Henry H. Berry

In 1817, Henry passed the house and property to his son, Henry H. and his wife Leah Lambert Berry. Henry H. Berry was born in Pompton Plains February 15, 1771. He married Leah Lambert (1776-1851) and they had 4 children: John, Henry H, Keziah and Jane. It is not known when Henry H. and Leah were married; they had their first child in 1798. It is possible that they lived in the Martin Berry House when they became married. Henry H. Berry died in 1833. Unfortunately, the 19th century tax ratable lists are not clear. There are several Henry Berry’s listed, no Henry H. Berry’s and none with substantial land holdings. Over the 19th century, the Berry’s sold land, that is clear because in 1862, the farm was only 34 1/2 acres.

In his 1833 will, Henry H. Berry left, “my beloved wife Leah Berry the use and occupation of one room in the home I now live in during her widowhood and that my youngest son Henry H. Berry to furnish her with such necessaries during said term she may need …I give my said loving wife the bed and bedding on which I now lay with the curtains thereunto belonging… I give and bequeath to my youngest son Henry Berry and to his heirs and assigns forever my homestead whereon I now live together with all the residue of my lands…” Among other things listed, including his inventory of goods, he gave to his youngest daughter Jane Berry, “the bed and bedding with a set of curtains there unto belong standing in the parlor”

The Inventory of Henry H. Berry, July 25, 1833.

The Inventory of Henry H. Berry, July 25, 1833.

Transcribed from HMR Architects Martin Berry House Preservation Plan.