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[PA] Timeline for Berry & Stevenson families in Pittsburgh
Charles Berry was the husband of Mary Jane Stevenson Berry. Their children include Robert Davis Berry, George W. Berry, Samuel Charles Berry, and Celia H. Berry of Pittsburgh.
Charles Berry and Celia Berry (Jones) were two of several children of Hannah Strange Berry Wise with her first husband, William Berry. It was difficult to find Charles Berry in Pittsburgh because he was not always listed as head of household, and sometimes his name was misspelled in the census as "Verry" or "Burry." H.T. Mitchell: "Every year Uncle Charlie would send books as gifts for Christmas and birthdays. He'd send us the latest children's books from the bookstore where he worked. The first Bibles that Bea and I had were from Uncle Charlie in Pittsburgh." (Sources: Family oral history; Ancestry Library Edition census and military records)
1870—Charles and Celia Berry worked as domestic servants. They were both about 12 years old. Their father, William Berry, had died during the Civil War. Charles, Celia, and other siblings lived with their mother Hannah Strange Berry Wise and their stepfather Uriah Wise in Fauquier County, Virginia.
1878-1879--Frank Berry, 19-year-old brother of Charles and Celia, died of "consumption" or tuberculosis in Chambersburg, PA. His attending physician, Dr. Samuel G. Lane, was surgeon general of Pennsylvania.
1880—Charles Berry, 21, worked in a drugstore. His sister Celia worked as a servant for Dr. Benjamin Bowman. Charles and Celia lived with the Berry-Wise family in Chambersburg, PA. Their address was at North Franklin Street and Miller Street. Charles E. and Fanny A. Diggs lived at 152 Washington Ave. in Pittsburgh, PA.
1880—Matilda Stevenson, 35, widow, headed a family in Pittsburgh's 3rd Ward that included Mary Jane Stevenson, 13, future wife of Charles Berry. Other children in Matilda's household: Annie, George W., James E., Emma Louisa, Martha Frances, Josephine. Matilda's son Samuel was a hotel waiter.
1886—Charles Berry, a son of William Berry and Hannah Strange, married Mary Jane Stevenson, a daughter of Matilda Stevenson. Their children include: Robert D., Celia H., George W., and Samuel C. Berry.
1888-1892—Charles Berry (Charles Berry Sr.) lived at 4 ˝ E. Jefferson and worked as a porter, according to Pittsburgh city directories. His sister Celia Berry Jones had a son named Burl Jones, born in Chambersburg, PA on August 4, 1892.
1900—Charles "Verry" (Charles Berry Sr.), 36, was an express man? (His actual age was closer to 42. His occupation is difficult to read on the scanned census form.) He lived at 1405 Veto Street, 2 nd Ward, Pittsburgh, with his mother-in-law Mathilda/Matilda Stevenson, his wife Mary Jane Berry, 34, and children Robert, Celia, George W., and Samuel Berry. Charles and Mary Jane Berry had been married fourteen years. Charles apparently named his daughter after his sister Celia. His sons George W. and Samuel apparently are named for Mary Jane Berry's brothers George W. and Samuel Stevenson. Charles also had a cousin named Samuel Wescott/Westcott.
1910—Charles Berry (Charles Berry Sr.), 47, was listed as single. (His actual age was closer to 52.) He worked as a porter for a book company. He was a roomer in the home of Fannie/Fanny A. Diggs, widow of Charles E. Diggs, at 1118 Decatur Street in Pittsburgh's 21 st Ward. In 1900 Mazie Diggs was counted with her widowed mother Fanny Diggs at 720 Dawson in 2nd Ward and also as servant of physician William Riggs at 1402 Charters in 5th Ward near home of George W. and Pauline Stevenson at 1418 Gladstone.
1910—Matilda A. Stevenson worked as a laundress. She headed a household at 1405 Veto Street (near Sherman Avenue and Jackson Street) 25th Ward, Pittsburgh. Her family included sons James E. and Samuel E. Stevenson; daughters Emma L. Stevenson and Mary J. Berry; granddaughter Celia H. Berry and grandsons George W. and Samuel C. Berry.
1910—Robert D. Berry, 23, son of Charles Berry Sr., worked as a chauffeur. He lived with wife Anna E. Berry at 1404 Sherman Avenue, 25th Ward, Pittsburgh, home of Anna's mother Mary and stepfather John K. Snyder.
1910—George W. Stevenson, a son of Matilda A. Stevenson, lived with wife Pauline and their children at McNaugher Avenue, 25th Ward, Pittsburgh. He worked as a janitor in an office building. In 1900 he was laborer living at 1418 Gladstone St. (formerly Evans); in 1920, a messenger for a coke company living at 2710 Ellis Ave.
1917-18—During World War I, three sons of Charles and Mary Jane Berry registered for the draft in Pittsburgh; nephew Burl Jones registered for the draft in Philadelphia:
1) Robert Davis Berry, born on May 15, 1885, lived at 415 Jules Verne with wife Anna Berry. He was a messenger employed at James A. McAteer & Son, 2201 E. Penn Ave.
2) George W. Berry was born in Allegheny County, PA on Oct. 7, 1890. He lived at 206 Carrington St., nearest relative, mother, Mrs. Mary Jane Berry. His employer was National Bank of America, 709-711 E. Ohio St., Pittsburgh.
3) Samuel Charles Berry, born on January 26, 1898, lived at 1405 Veto, nearest relative, mother, Mary Jane Berry.
4) Burl Jones, unemployed chauffeur with a wife and child, registered in Philadelphia.
1920—Charles "Burry" (Charles Berry Sr.), 52, was listed as widowed. (His actual age was closer to 62.) He worked as a porter at a book store. He was still rooming in the home of Fannie Diggs at 1428 [Birdwell or Bardwell?], 21st Ward, Pittsburgh.
1920—Mary Jane Berry, 42, was listed as divorced. (Her age was closer to 52.) She and her children George, Celia, and Samuel lived in the household of her mother Mathilda/Matilda Stevenson at 543 Jefferson Street, 25 th Ward, Pittsburgh.
1920—A younger Charles Berry, 26, possibly Samuel Charles Berry, a son of Charles and Mary Jane Berry, worked as a restaurant waiter. He headed a household that included his wife Charlotte and two lodgers, including one who was a driver for a bookstore. Their address was 6321 Shakespeare Street, 7 th Ward, Pittsburgh.
1920—Robert D. Berry, 33, son of Charles Sr., worked as a messenger for a grocery company. He lived at 415 W. Jefferson, 25th Ward, Pittsburgh with wife Anna M. and daughter Mary O. Berry. This daughter could be named after Anna's mother Mary Snyder as well as Robert's mother Mary Jane Berry. Clementine Berry and Mary O. Berry may be the same person.
1920—George W. Stevenson and wife Pauline E. lived with their children at 2713 Ellis Avenue, 26th Ward, Pittsburgh. Their son Arthur was an attorney.
1930—Robert Berry, 42, son of Charles Sr., lived with NC-born wife Hannah (Anna E. or Anna M. Berry) and daughter Clementine Berry, 18, at 401 Jefferson in 25 th Ward, Pittsburgh. Robert worked as a bank messenger. Arthur D. Stevenson, attorney, lived at 200 Frederick Ave. in Sewickley, Allegheny, PA. He was a son of George & Pauline Stevenson, a grandson of Matilda Stevenson.
1941-1942—Two sons of Charles and Mary Jane Berry registered in Pittsburgh for WW II draft:
1) Robert Davis Berry born May 15, 1886 lived with wife Anna Berry at 220 Carrington. His employer was Mr. Guy Porter, 7020 Ohio River Blvd., Bellevue Savings & Trust, 495 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue.
2) George W. Berry was born in Allegheny County, PA on Oct. 7, 1890. He lived with his mother, Mrs. Mary Jane Berry, at 206 Carrington St. and worked at National Bank of American, 709-711 E. Ohio St. in Pittsburgh.
1958—Three sons of Charles and Mary Jane Berry were named in an obituary as surviving relatives of Hattie Wise Tolliver of Harrisburg, PA: Robert (Robert Davis Berry), Charles (Samuel Charles Berry), and George (George W. Berry). She was the youngest child of Uriah Wise and Hannah Strange Berry Wise of Fauquier County, VA and Chambersburg, PA.