the reward of his toil and
sacrifices. The home circle was completed by the birth
of six sons: Calvin J. is engaged at farming in Bates
County, Mo.; John H. carries on farming in Maple Grove
Precinct, this county; James, Alonzo, Joseph C. and
Charles are at home with their parents.
Mr. Derr, when a lad of about
thirteen years, proudly carried a musket under Gen.
Harrison during the Indian troubles of 1840. He cast
his first Presidential vote for Zachary Taylor, and
has since that time been a stanch supporter of
Republican principles. He has never been an
office-holder in Johnson County, but with his
excellent wife is a member in good standing of the
United Brethren Church, although reared a
Presbyterian. He is a strict temperance man, never
indulging in card playing, whisky or tobacco. In his
comfortable home, surrounded by the good things of
life, and enjoying the confidence and esteem of his
neighbors, he is but enjoying the regard which he has
earned by an honorable and upright career.
BERRIE, one of the worthy and representative citizens
of Lincoln Precinct, residing on section 30, township
5 north, range 12 east, and owner of 200 acres there,
is a native of Bucks County, Pa., where he was born on
the 30th of August, 1815. His parents, Thomas and
Susan Berrie, were of English and German a ancestry.
They were the parents of eleven children, of whom the
four below mentioned alone survive, viz: Peter and
Moses, both in Montgomery County, Ill.; Elizabeth, who
was married to E. R. White, a Mexican War veteran, now
deceased; and our subject. Those deceased were named
as follows: George, Hannah, Susan, Thomas, William,
Catharine and John. By the father's second marriage
four children were born, viz: David and Margaret, both
of Montgomery, Ill., and Anthony and Mary A.,
Our subject was about six years old
when with his parents he removed to Hamilton County,
Ohio, where he grew up until he attained to man's
estate. He was brought up on the farm and educated in
the district schools, but it must be remembered that
those were early days, and Ohio was in the then Far
West, consequently his education was limited, and
practically what has been done has been the result of
his own ambition and effort.
In the year 1837, and while yet a
resident of Hamilton County, our subject was united in
marriage with Lydia H. Moore, who presented him with
eight children. One son only, William Henry, of
Montgomery County, Ill., is now living. The other
members of the family were named as follows: George
W., Harriet E., Abner, Emeline, Albert, Susan M., and
one daughter who died in infancy unnamed. William H.
was in the 6th Missouri, Company 11, and served four
years in the late Civil War.
Mr. Berrie was married a second
time, the lady of his choice being Mary S. Brown,
widow of Hiram Brown, of New York. This event was
celebrated at Hillsboro, Ill., on the 11th of May,
1852. Mrs. Berrie is a native of Hamilton County Ohio,
and was born on the 12th of September, 1823, to Jacob
and Agnes Swallow. Her parents had seven children, of
whom two alone survive, viz: Eliza, the wife of
William Williamson, of Montgomery County, Ill., and
Mrs. Berrie. The deceased members of the family were
named as follows: Isaac, Ereminah, Martha, Margaret A.
and John. To Mr. and Mrs. Berrie have been born six
children, whose names the as appended: Camilah and
Joseph, both deceased; Frank C., Laura; Ella, who is
the wife of George Grim, of this county, and Samuel
From his early manhood Mr. Berrie
has taken a deep interest in political affairs. He was
one who helped to elect William H. Harrison to the
Presidency. During that campaign he helped to build a
Buckeye canoe, which was lettered off with buckeyes
bearing the inscription, "Tippecanoe and Tyler too."
This was put on a wagon, and drawn by six horses from
Springdale to Hamilton, Ohio, a distance of six miles,
and was the event of the campaign in that district.
Shortly after that event he left Ohio for Montgomery
County, Ill., where he lived until he came to Johnson
County, where he purchased 200 acres of land, and
settled to agricultural life.
Mr. and Mrs. Berrie have for many
years been active members of the Presbyterian Church,