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John Berry

John Tucker? Berry ca 1778-?

Ann Berry 1812-1896


meaning and origins

A geographical surname derived from either the old English Byrig meaning a fortified place, or beri/buri meaning a fortified manor house - therefore someone either owning such a place or living nearby.  It could also derive from places called Bury.  Curiously it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with berries - though you would think it would - someone who grew or picked berries?


Bury, Barrie, Barry

distribution in England and Wales

In 1891 it was very heavily concentrated in Lancashire with Yorkshire a close second.

Minster in Sheppey, Deptford, Lewisham

Like the Richards family this seems to be a family of shipwrights - but this time on the lower reaches of the River Thames.  Flat and misty countryside - very Dickensian.  They seem to have been centred on the small village of Minster in Sheppey although our first Berry - Ann, ventured as far as Norwich where she married Roger Magee, only to return to the south.


I think there were many Berry people in Minster in Sheppey.  I hope to discover how they were all interrelated.


Do email us if you know anything about them.



The Isle of Sheppey




The Workhouse

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