BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
(1847- aft. 1904)
Jefferson County, Alabama
William Everette Berry, of Birmingham, Alabama, was born Feb. 17, 1847, in Tippah county, Mississippi. His father, James Furman Berry, was born in Laurens county, S. C. and lived in Tippah and Pontotoc counties, Mississippi where he was a prominent physician. His father died May 1861, at the age of forty-one from overwork in his profession. William Everette Berry’s grandfather was William Berry, (Aug. 17, 1780, NC – Jun 14, 1857, MS) whose wife was Elizabeth Halbert (Jan 6, 1788, SC)
The mother of William Everette was Eliza Jane Woods of distinguished Georgia people, being a sister of the Rev. Jesse M. Wood, a noted Baptist. William Everette Berry’s early education was obtained in the county schools of Tippah and Pontotoc counties.
For a number of years, he was a merchant at Okolona, Mississippi. In 1882 he became a real estate agent in Birmingham, Alabama. He was a deacon of the Baptist church at Okolona, Chickasaw county, Mississippi and was for thirteen years superintendent of that Sunday school, later he was a member of the First Baptist church at Birmingham and Woodlawn, Alabama. He was a member of the Masonic order.
He married Cecelia R. Thomson of Mobile, Alabama, daughter of Maj. John M. Thomson, State senator of Mississippi in 1871. They had one son William Thomson who was a successful physician and surgeon in Birmingham. Cecelia lived only a few years.
His second wife was Mary A. Hughes, daughter of Rev. John F. Hughes of Nashville, Tennessee. Rev. Hughes was for over forty years a presiding elder in the Methodist Episcopal church.
- Notable Men of Alabama: Personal & Genealogical (on microfiche) by Hon. Joel C. DuBose, Editor, pub. 1904.