Another settler at Sandy Bluff (Solomon's Land-ing), mentioned
by Bishop Gregg, was a Berry. He does not say what his name was, or anything
else about him. The writer takes it for granted that he is the progenitor of the
extensive family by that name, in the county, and such supposition is not in conflict
with the traditions of that family, but rather corroborate it. The writer a few years ago,
and not long before her death, talked with old Mrs. Fama Tart, who died in her
ninety-fourth year, and who, as she said, was the grand-daughter of the first Berry
in this region of country, and she said his name was Andrew Berry-a small man in stature; he settled
at Sandy Bluff, on Pee Dee River. How long he remained or who he married, is not known; but,
according to Mrs. Tart's statement, he had and raised a family of ten children, six sons and
four daughters. From the Berry family and its connections is
derived much of our citizenship. The sons of old Andrew were six. Henry and Stephen
were both known to the writer. Henry was a man of family, and had lands granted to
him on Little Reedy Creek in 1786; he married a Miss Hays, and settled on said
Reedy Creek. Henry Berry, was a capital man and intelligent for his day and time; he served as
Justice of the Peace for some years, evidenced by his official signature to the probate of deeds
for record seen by the writer; he accumulated a good property for his time; he founded or built
the Catfish Baptist Church, not where it now stands, but back from its present location on Little Reedy Creek.
His brother Stephen also lived to a great age. I do not know who he married ; he raised a
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
Excerpt transcribed and contributed by Helen Moody, March 2000.
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