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John J. Berry
Thomas Breeden
Martha Maynard
John Berry
(Abt 1824-1874)
Mary Louisa Breeden

Dr. James Gordon Berry I


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1. Elizabeth

2. Kate ? Berry
3. Josephine J. Deegan

Dr. James Gordon Berry I 72

  • Born: 24 Nov 1850, London, England 14,34,53,55,65,386
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth in Abt 1904 13
  • Marriage (2): Kate ? Berry
  • Marriage (3): Josephine J. Deegan on 28 Apr 1874 in Cook County 74
  • Died: 19 Jan 1933, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA at age 82 31,54,55,451
  • Buried: 21 Jan 1933, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL 31,63

bullet  General Notes:

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.
Jim was married twice. His first wife's children were Mamie and Jimmy. Mamie lived with Grandmother when she was a young woman. She had many beaux who would bring her chocolates.... [see Mamie's entry.] Once Uncle Jim made a trip around the world. He brought a cousin from Australia with him. They went up to Rice Lake, and the roof blew off a silo and killed the young cousin.
Uncle Jim's second wife was a Catholic, and this was the source of much trouble. ... After Uncle Jim died there were long conversations about who got all of Jim's money, and [his second wife's next husband,] Paul Vincent was under suspicion.

source: letter from Sally Packard to Richard P. Radcliffe dated prior to July, 2002. Also a second letter from Sally dated June 3, 2007.

Dr. Jim died when I was small. I just remember all the talk about where his money went. I used to go to the cemetaries with my grandmother, and I wish I had paid more attention. I am pretty sure that one of them was Oak Wood Cemetary on the South Side, another may have been a Masonic cemetary on the Southwest side, Mount Hope, perhaps. I never heard of Albert Atlee Radcliffe. Back of the Yards was a tough neighborhood, I never had any contact there. Mother said she remembered staying overnight at Uncle Jim's and hearing the guns going off in the area. Grandmother had a story about Jim crossing one of the canal bridges on foot at night and being held up. One of his assailants got a better look at him and said, "Oh, it's Dr. Berry, let him go." Sally 6-2007 email to EW
"My name is James G. Berry IV. Dr. James G. Berry, brother of Molly (Berry) Greathead was my great grand father. My grand father James G. Berry Jr. moved to Birchwood, Wisconsin around 1905-06. He had four sons, Gordon, James III (my father), Herbert, Lyle and Erwin. Dr. James G. Berry had a summer cottage on the Berry farm in Birchwood and traveled to Birchwood to birth each of his grandsons. His sister Elizabeth and her husband W.W. Vincent also built a summer home on part of that farm in 1929. His brother Dr. Herbert Berry also spent time there." -- from an email of 12-12-2008 from James G. Berry IV. I believe he meant to say "His daughter Elizabeth and her husband..."


bullet  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.

Immigration: From England to Canada, 30 Aug 1856. 61,68 Sailed out of London, arrived in NY, NY. Traveling in the group were Louisa Berry, age 29; Esther, age 7; James, age 5; Wm, Inf.

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.

James Gordon Berry appears in the "Graduates of Rush Medical College" listing for 1874-75 (a school yearbook) through Ancestry.

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.

Occupation: Physician, general practice, at least 1880 through 1920, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 13,14,25,34 His obituary says he practiced for over 50 years.

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

She had a broken arm and Dr. Berry gave her too much chloroform. "The jury brought in a verdict finding that the child's death resulted from paralysis of the heart caused by an overdose of chloroform, but exonerated the doctors." I'm not positive this is the correct Dr. Berry.

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.

He's listed as a physician from Chicago, age 43, traveling with his wife Elizabeth, age 29. This was a "protracted sojourn," and they were in first class. They had 4 pieces of luggage. It looks as though they were traveling with Charles Edward Caldwell, age 43, also a physician from Chicago in first class.

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.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Got married by Catholic clergy -- source, marriage license.

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