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William Berry 1828/29 in Arkansas/Miss, Sintha Jane Welch/berry 1830-1870.

William Berry 1828/29 in Arkansas/Miss, Sintha Jane Welch/berry 1830-1870.

Posted: 6 Jan 2014 10:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Berry, Welch,
I was on here last year, and have made several additions to my tree, but these folks still elude me. I need to know the PARENTS of William Berry (died in TX in 1902), and the PARENTS of Sintha Welch Berry , died in TX in 1870, just after the birth of their last child Henrietta, Berry.

I captilized the words "Parents" because nice helpful folks send me info on everything but the parents. I really have no idea where to start again, as I have already run into brick walls and the same problems.

I am hoping after a year someone out there knows more about William and Sintha and especially their parents.
I think I have tried every name variation for Sintha and for William, but someone out there knows more than I do and hopfully more information than I have.

Thank You in Advance

PS these people are the great grandparents to my mom....

Re: William Berry 1828/29 in Arkansas/Miss, Sintha Jane Welch/berry 1830-1870.

Posted: 7 Jan 2014 5:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
For those that may offer additional input, the following information may be helpful:

Columbia County, AR marriage records
William G. Berry, age 27 resident of Columbia County married to Senthey Roberts age 24 resident of Columbia County on 8 Nov 1854.

This couple is shown on the 1860 census in Angelina County, TX. In the same township is a Phil(ander?) Berry born c1820 in Mississippi. Perhaps he was a relative, though I did not find him earlier or later than that census listing. If he lived long enough, his death certificate would possibly give the names of parents.

I did not see any obvious match to Cynthia on the 1850 in either Arkansas or Louisiana, but do notice this one in Lafayette County adjacent to Columbia:

1850 Census
Lafayette County, AR
Red River Township, family 33/33

David H. Dickson, 33, farmer, $6000, LA
James R. Roberts, 41, overseer, VA
Cinthia ", 18, LA
William C. ", 13, TN
Lucy A. ", 11, TN

I would be interested in seeing if this Cynthia is the wife or daughter-in-law of this James Roberts. A check of that county's deeds or probate records may be helpful. Nearby counties in Arkansas and parishes in Louisiana could be checked for a marriage record as well.

As Welsh (Welch) is not a very common name, it may be worthwhile to check north Louisiana parish probate and deed records to see if you can find the father. Start with the 1830 and 1840 censuses as Cynthia's father, in theory, would be listed. See if you can track each of those men and identify a place of death where estate records may be filed. The LDS church has digitized some of these parish records. Though they are not computer indexed, browse to each record and look in the front of the volume for the clerk's index. Here's a link:

Since William Berry was in Columbia County in 1854, I would suggest checking that county's tax and deed records to see what turns up. As families tended to travel together, perhaps there are other relatives that you can find to help you back into his parentage. He should have been easy to find on the 1850, but I turned up nothing.

William is shown with daughter Mary Robertson in Hamilton County, TX in 1900. I note that William's parents are listed as born in Ireland, so that may be useful down the road.

Hope this helps,


Re: William Berry 1828/29 in Arkansas/Miss, Sintha Jane Welch/berry 1830-1870.

Posted: 8 Jan 2014 3:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: roberts, berry, robberts,
Thank you Scott, that is a lot of good information for me to check on.

As for Sintha Roberts and James Roberts, I did find a marriage notation between the two. Since James was over seer, not owner of that farm, I am thinking he married her to help with the kids, which are either his from a former marriage, or his younger siblings. There are so many ways you can spell cynthia (or mis spell) but I have traced her thru her marriage to Roberts , then to Berry, and all her kids , then she died in 1870, about the time my great grandmother was born (Henrietta), so I am thinking she died in childbirth? I will chase the leads you gave me and do appreciate any and all help. Brenda (hprangnells mom)
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