Biography - Marion Berry

MARION BERRY, a resident of section 11, Rose Township, Shelby County, is a son of Elijah Berry who was born in Fairfield County, Ohio. His mother, Elmira Culp, was born and died in that county. The father still survives and is carrying on his farm there. They had four children who lived to years of maturity, and of these our subject is the only son.

He of whom we write was born in Fairfield County Ohio, May 7, 1849. He was reared upon his father's farm, and after coming of age he remained with his father until the ensuing fall, when he was married October 20, 1870 to Miss Missouri Zollinger who was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, May 23, 1853. She was a daughter of Jacob and Margaret (Shaffer) Zollinger, both of whom died in Perry County, Ohio. When Mr. Berry married he settled in Fairfield County, Ohio, and for two years engaged in farming. After this he came to Illinois and lived in Macoupin County for five years, and then returned to Ohio and resided in Perry County till the spring of 1884, when he came to Shelby County, Ill., and settled in Rose Township, where he owns two hundred acres on sections 10 and 11. He has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits and has been successful in carrying them on.

Mr. and Mrs. Berry are the parents of eight children, namely Vinnie E., Lousianna, Ernest A., William E., Daisy B., Susie, Walter and Mildred. The residents of Rose Township have united in making Mr. Berry School Director, but otherwise he has chosen to remain free from official duties. His political sympathies are with the Republican party and he is liberal in his religious views. His pleasant home is the scene of frequent social gatherings at which the hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Berry is exercised for the happiness of their guests.

Extracted 13 Jan 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 442-443

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