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GENERATION I: HENRY BERRY

Henry O. Berry (or Henry O'Berry) received several land grants in south-central North Carolina, including one in what is now Robeson County, NC) in 1750.1  Lumbee Indian tribal records identify his as a Lumbee Indian named Henry O. Berry.  Nevertheless, his direct male descendants are all R1b1b2 Y-DNA haplotype, meaning that Henry's direct male ancestors were Anglo-Saxon.  This strongly suggests that Englishmen mixed with the Lumbee Indians (as, their tribal lore has it, did the Lost Colonists at Roanoke, which included a Henry Berry and Richard Berry).


Henry had one son, Andrew (more about him below).  Four male descendants of Andrew are a Y-DNA match to members of the Mississippi Berry Family.2

 

Many secondary sources refer to Henry Berry as a Lumbee Indian.  Examples:

From http://www.unc.edu/~mmaynor/religious/baptists.html :

That some Indians of Robeson County were already familiar with the tenets of Christianity is evidenced by a hymn written by Priscilla Berry Lowrie before 1776. Priscilla Berry, the Indian granddaughter of Henry Berry, a survivor of the "Lost Colony of Roanoke," had married the James Lowrie who obtained a land grant for over one thousand acres. According to family tradition, the Lowrie's were a devout family before migrating from Pamlico Sound to present-day Robeson County.