Convention Member George Berry

Convention Member
Born January 16, 1805, in Bath County, Virginia. At 12 years of age, having lost both his parents, he made his home with his elder brothers and sisters, until 18 years of age, and having acquired a good common school education with a few terms at a select school, he engaged in teaching; this he engaged in for seven years, when, his health having failed, he traveled. On November 18, 1834, he married Isabel Given. In fall of 1836, they removed to Peoria, Ill., and in the spring of 1837 became pioneers of Lee County, Iowa. Mr. Berry rented what was then the Edson farm, and, at the land-sales of 1838, purchased the property, consisting of 165 acres of land. In 1846, Mr. Berry was a Delegate to the Convention for the purpose of reframing the Constitution made that year. In 1849, he was made Deputy United States Surveyor, and the same year, had ten townships assigned him west of Dubuque for surveying, and held the office of County Surveyor for fifteen years. He was one of three members who organized the townships into school districts. Mr. Berry was a Democrat in politics. Mr. and Mrs. Berry have, for nearly fifty years, been members of the M. E. Church, in which he held the offices of Steward and Class-Leader. Mr. Berry died June 10, 1884, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Source: The History of Lee County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879