Richard Bennett Berry [Obituary]

Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 9, (1877) p. 60.

Provided by Michael Steer

Ann Bligh’s comprehensive, illustrated  website on Old Ashburton, with a well-researched section on Berry family genealogy, can be visited at: https://www.oldashburton.co.uk/about-me-and-contact.php. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Richard Bennett Berry was a member of an old Ashburton family engaged in the woollen trade. During the time of depression, caused by the removal of the East India Company monopoly, he obtained a Government appointment in Jamaica, which he held until failing health and a longing for home brought him again to England in 1873, when he settled at Torquay. He joined the Association last year at its Ashburton meeting, and lived to receive the Transactions, which he perused with much pleasure. He died at his residence, 18, Belgrave Terrace, Torquay, on the 20th November, 1876, aged 77 years.