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Berry, Stevenson, Snyder family connections in Pittsburgh

Family connections: Berry, Stevenson, Snyder in Pittsburgh

1870—Charles and Celia Berry worked as domestic servants. They were both about 12 years old. Their father, William Berry, 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.

1880—Charles Berry, 21, worked in a drugstore. Celia worked as servant for Dr. Benjamin Bowman. Charles and Celia lived with the Berry-Wise family Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Their address was at North Franklin Street and Miller Street.

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.

1886—Charles Berry, a son of William Berry and Hannah Strange, married Mary Jane Stevenson, a daughter of Matilda Stevenson.

1888-1892—Charles Berry lived at 4 ˝ E. Jefferson and worked as a porter, according to Pittsburgh city directories.

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, 2nd Ward, Pittsburgh, with his mother-in-law Mathilda/Matilda Stevenson, 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 son George W. apparently is named for Mary Jane Berry’s brother George W. Stevenson.

1910—Charles Berry (Charles Berry Sr.), 42, 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 Diggs, 1118 Decatur Street in Pittsburgh’s 21st Ward.

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. and Mary J. Berry; granddaughter Celia H. Berry and grandsons George W. and Samuel C. Berry.

1910—Robert D. Berry, 23, probably a 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.

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. She and her children George, Celia, and Samuel lived in the household of her mother Mathilda/Matilda Stevenson at 543 Jefferson Street, 25th Ward, Pittsburgh.

1920—A younger Charles Berry, probably a son of Charles Sr., 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, 7th Ward, Pittsburgh.

1920—Robert D. Berry, probably a 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.

1920—George W. Stevenson and wife Pauline E. lived with their children at 2713 Ellis Avenue, 26th Ward, Pittsburgh.

1958—Charles, Robert, and George Berry (sons of Charles Berry Sr.) were named in an obituary as surviving relatives of Hattie Wise Tolliver.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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