Dr. James Gordon Berry I
Dr. James Gordon Berry I 72
According to Sally Packard, Uncle Jim worked in an apothecary shop, worked his way through Upper Canada College and got an MD. He moved to Chicago and had a large practice in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Mother (Alice Radcliffe) said that when she would stay overnight at his house they could hear gun shots at night. His waiting room would be full of women wearing shawls over their heads. One night when he was crossing a bridge on foot he was held up. The robber looked at him and said, "Oh, it's Dr. Berry, let him go." According to Grandmother (Louisa Berry), he was good looking, and all the women were in love with him including her girl friends and Aunt Sadie and Uncle Ernie's wife, Helen. When Ernie proposed to Helen she went to Jim and asked his advice. He told her to marry Ernie.
Noted events in his life were:
• Alt. Birth: (Incorrect info), 1859, Hammersmith, London, England. 481
• Residence, 1851, Bermondsey, Surrey, England. 65 Living here are John and Louisa Berry with their children Esther, age 2 and James, age 4 months.
• Education: Picton Ontario High School. 55
• Residence, 1871, Prince Edward, Hallowell, Ontario, Canada. 482 Living here are John and Louisa as parents and their children Esther, James, William, Jane, Mary, and John.
• Religion: Wesley Methodist, 1871. 56
• Immigration: from England to USA, 10 Aug 1872. 14 His passport application for a visit overseas said he sailed on the ship Old York Town on 8-10-1857, but that he'd been living in Chicago in the time span between 1872 and the passport's date of 1890. The Old York Town sailed out of London. He intended to be back in the U.S. in two years.
• Residence, 1878, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada. 483
• Education: Rush Medical College, class of 1879: Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 55,484 A member of the staff of the Cook County and Mercy hospitals and a member of the Americn and Illinois Medical Associations and the Chicago Medical Society.
• Citizenship: Superior Court of Cook County, Chicago, Cook, IL, 6 Apr 1880 or 1875. 14,386 While the 1920 census lists him as having been a citizen since 1875, his passport application included an enclosed copy of his naturalization papers, dated 4-6-1880.
• Residence: 3654 Halsted, Jun 1880, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 25 Living with his wife Josephine, daughter Mary Louisa, son John J., Mary F. Dugan, ( her sister age 21), and Bridgett Ryan, a servant age 23.
• Residence, 1885, 3659 S. Halsted, Chicago, Cook, IL. 85
• Residence, 20 Feb 1886, 3659 S. Halsted, Chicago, Cook, IL. 38
• Physical Description, 28 May 1890, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 386 5'10" tall, medium high forhead, grey eyes, straight nose, medium mouth, prominent chin, brown hair, fair complexion, long face.
• Legal: Exonerated in girl's death, 27 Jul 1892, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 88 "Drs. Boyd and Berry Exonerated" article, page 3 -- Chloroform Held to Have Caused Mary Grace O'Brien's Death
• Residence: 249 E. 43rd St., Chicago, Jun 1900, Hyde Park, Cook, IL. 34 Living in this home were James G. Berry as head, wife Elizabeth, Mary, daughter, James Jr., son, and Elizabeth R., daughter. Also Katherine Reid, an Irish girl aged 10 as a servant and Henry Smith, coachman, aged 48.
• Residence: 812 E. 43rd St, 1910-1920, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 14 Owned the home. In 1900, they had 2 servants. In 1910, they had 2 servants living with the family -- Edward Wilson (born in IL) and Stella Lopotka, born in Germany/Poland. Also living with the family in both 1910 and 1920 was sister-in-law, Mary.
• Organizations: Mason for 50 years. 485 Member of Home Lodge No. 508, A.F. & A.M., of Chicago.
• Travel, 6 Aug 1894. 486 Departed Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France on the Spaarndam (sic), arriving in NY,NY on 8-6-1894.
• Residence, 23 Apr 1910, 812 E. 43rd St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 Living here were James G. Berry as head, his wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth, son William, daughter Sarah, mother-in-law Sarah, and sister-in-law Mary. Also living here were Edward Wilson and Stella Lopatka, both servants.
• Residence, 5 Jan 1920, 812 E. 43rd St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 14 Living here are James G.; Sarah, his 15 year old daughter, and Mary L., his sister-in-law, age 45, listed as single. James G. is listed as widowed.
• Occupation: General Practice Physician, 5 Jan 1920, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 14
• Residence, 2 Apr 1930, 812 E. 43rd St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 3,38 He was living here with his daughter, Sarah, Sarah's husband, and their daughter, another Sarah. His death certificate lists himself as widow of first wife, Elizabeth.
• Death, 19 Jan 1933, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 38 His death certificate was filled out by his son, William B., with whom he lived at 812 E. 43rd. His parents are listed as "unknown."
• Obituary, 20 Jan 1933, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 487 Dr. James G. Berry, a physician in Chicago for 50 years, died yesterday in his home at 812 E. 43rd street. He was 83 years old and had been ill about two months. Dr. Berry was graduated from the Rush Medical college with the class of 1879. After completing his internship he established an office at 3659 South Halsted street, from which he had conducted his practice ever since. He was formerly a member of the staff of the Cook county and Mercy hospitals and was a member of the American and Illinois Medical associations and the Chicago Medical society. He also had been a Mason for 50 years. Two daughters, Mrs. W.W. Vincent and Mrs. J.B. Porter of Chicago, and two sons, William B. and James G. Berry Jr. of Birchwood, Wis., survive. Funeral services will be held tomorrow from the home. Burial will be in Mount Hope cemetery.
• Obituary: Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 488 Berry -- Dr. James G. Berry, beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (nee Berry), fond father of James G. Jr., Mrs. W.W. Vincent, William B., Mrs. J.B. Porter and the late Mary Hancox and Thomas Berry, brother of Dr. J.C. Berry, Dr. H.T. Berry and Mrs. A.J. Greathead. Funeral Saturday at 1:30 p.m. from residence, 812 E. 43rd St. Interment Mount Hope. Member of Home Lodge No. 508, A.F. & A.M., of Chicago, Ill. Bev. 9180
• Burial, 21 Jan 1933, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL. 63 Buried in this plot are: Louisa Berry, Thomas N. Berry, Alfred J. Greathead, Mary Louisa Hancox, Elizabeth Berry, Mary L. Berry, and James G. Berry. Also a 1 day old infant, unnamed, last name Greathead. This plot is owned by James G. Berry, and has perpetual care. It seems as though there's one more space left here, but I'm not positive. Lot 82, Sec. 3, 316 square feet. At the bottom of the card shown to us at Mt. Hope is shown this: 8/23/19 J.C. Berry 1135 W. 63rd St. We asked why that was there and they said because that was an updated address for Mr. Berry. I don't know if it should have had G as a middle initial or else this is for someone else.
• Residence, 1861, Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario. 69 Living here are John and Louisa Berry and their children Esther, 13; James, 10; William, 7; Louisa (Jane?), 4; and Sarah, 1.
James married Elizabeth, daughter of Living and Living, in Abt 1904.13 (Elizabeth was born in 1865 in Illinois,13,421 died in Mar 1916 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA and was buried on 25 Mar 1916 in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL 421.)
James next married Kate ? Berry.
James next married Josephine J. Deegan, daughter of Unknown and Unknown, on 28 Apr 1874 in Cook County.74 (Josephine J. Deegan was born about 1849 in Quebec, Canada,25,38 died on 20 Feb 1886 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 489 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, IL 38.)
Got married by Catholic clergy -- source, marriage license.