Thomas Davis Berry Jr.
b. 19 February 1891, d. February 1968
- Thomas Davis Berry Jr. was born on 19 February 1891 in Bedford, Virginia.
- Research Note: Further research is required to determine whether Thomas Davis Berry Jr. and Thomas D. Berry were the same person.
- The following appeared on 30 January 1908 in The Times-Dispatch: (Bedford City, Jan. 29) The funeral services of Mrs. Em. Campbell Berry took place this morning from the home of her husband, Mr. James M. Berry, on Bedford Avenue, conducted by Rev. Dallas Tucker, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, of which she was a devoted and valued member, being also a most efficient and useful member of the Woman's Auxiliary Missionary Society and Guild of the church. There was a large assemblage of relatives and friends to testify to their love and admiration.
Mrs. Berry was a native of Galveston, Tex., whence about fifteen years ago she came as the bride of Mr. James M. Berry, and by her attractive person, rare intelligence, culture and loveliness of character soon won her way to the hearts of all those with whom she came in contact. She is survived by her husband and six children, who are Ellaoise, Mary, Clark, Edmonia, Nellie and Georgia, the two last twin infants, only ten weeks old. Scarce less devoted to her are the children of Mr. Berry's first marriage, who are Mrs. George Miles, Jr., James and Tom Berry.
- The following appeared on 13 May 1909 in The Times-Dispatch: (Bedford City, May 12) James M. Berry died this afternoon after an illness of many months, aged forty-eight years. He was engaged in the tobacco business until ill health compelled his retiring. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. George Miles, Jr., J. M. Berry, Jr., Thomas D. Berry, Eloise, Mary, Clark and Edmonia Betty; a sister, Mrs. J. F. Spencer, of Brookneal; two brothers, T. D. and W. W. Berry. He was a nephew of B. H. Berry, Miss Ophelia and Mrs. James Poindexter, of Richmond.
- It is possible that Thomas D. Berry was enumerated in 1910 in Neponset Township, Bureau County, Illinois, employed as a hired man by farmer August Block (identified as Thomas Berry, age 19, born in Virginia).
- He married Lillian Preston Campbell, daughter of James Lawrence Campbell, circa 14 February 1913 in Washington, District of Columbia.
- Thomas Davis Berry Jr. registered for the draft on 5 June 1917 in Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois, while living with his wife and two children at 608 Washington Avenue in Cairo, and employed there by an advertising agency.
- He served in the military during World War I, according to the 1930 census.
- Thomas Davis Berry Jr. and Lillian Preston Campbell appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, at 611 Jefferson Street.
- He was employed in newspaper advertising, according to the 1920 census.
- Apparently Thomas Davis Berry Jr. and Lillian Preston Campbell divorced sometime between 1920 and 1929.
- The following appeared on 12 September 1929 in The Daily Herald: Mr. and Mrs. Newton H. Hewes announce the engagement of their daughter Deborah Bennett, to Thomas Davis Berry, to Thomas Davis Berry, the ceremony to take place on September 30.
- He married Deborah Bennett Hewes, daughter of Newton Heirn Hewes and Deborah Bennett Maybin, on 30 September 1929.
- The following appeared on 1 October 1929 in The Daily Herald: (Gulfport) The wedding of Miss Deborah Hewes of Gulfport, and Thomas Davis Berry of New Orleans was celebrated yesterday evening 6 o'clock at the bride's home in a lovely setting and in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends. The Bride is the daughter of Newton Heirn Hewes of Gulfport and the late Mrs. Deborah Bennett Maybin Hewes of New Orleans and Gulfport. . . .
The bride was educated in the Gulfport city schools, graduated at Gulf Park College and studied at State Teachers College, Hattieburg. Mr. Berry is a special representative in the advertising department of the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. Out of town guests attending the wedding included: Miss Mary Maybin, maternal aunt of the bride, mr. and Mrs. Maybin Hewes, brother and sister-in-law of the bride, and mrs. E. C. Upton, sister of Mrs. Hewes, all of New Orleans.
- Thomas Davis Berry Jr. and Deborah Bennett Hewes appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi, at 614 East Beach Street.
- He was employed by a newspaper as a traveling man, according to the 1930 census.
- The following appeared on 10 October 1930 in The Daily Herald: (Gulfport) Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Davis Berry of 3615 10th street announce the birth of a daughter Thursday afternoon, 1:30 o'clock, at the King's Daughters Hospital, who has been named Deborah Newton Berry. Mrs. Berry was before her marriage Miss Deborah Hewes. Mr. Berry is connected with the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
- The following appeared on 14 October 1932 in The Daily Herald: (Gulfport) Thomas Davis Berry of 3426 West Beach announce the birth of a son, Thomas Davis Berry, Jr., 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 13. Mrs. Berry was the former Miss Deborah Hewes. Mr. Berry is connected with The Times-Picayune. This is the second child in the family.
- Thomas Davis Berry Jr. and Deborah Bennett Hewes appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi, at 811 Second Street. Other members of the household included Thomas Davis Berry. The family was living in the same house in 1935.
- He was employed as an advertising salesman by a city paper, according to the 1940 census.
- The SSDI lists Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi, as the last residence of record of Thomas Davis Berry Jr.
- Thomas Davis Berry Jr. died in February 1968.
- His wife Deborah Bennett Hewes became a widow at his death.
- Last Edited: 24 Nov 2014