John BERRY and Ann RITCHIE
Ireland to Gloucester Township, Ontario, Canada
May 19, 2013:
At the request of the Berry Family I am researching the Berry Family from Gloucester Township. John Berry,
born about 1821 and married to Ann Ritchie born about 1825 daughter of Catherine Johnston and James Ritchie married in Bytown at
First Presbyterian Church on August 14, 1843. John died April 2 1861 and is buried at Johnston Corners Presbyterian Cemetery.
As a widow Ann moved to Owen Sound, Ontario and then further west to the Manitou, Manitoba area where her son James born about 1844-45
in Gloucester homesteaded and where Ann Ritchie Berry died November 21, 1920 and is buried in the community cemetery close to where
some of her descendants reside today. There has been a marriage between the Berry and Wiebe families who reside there as well.
I am particularly interested in knowing if anyone can tell me anything about who John Berry’s parents might have been or when they
came to Canada from Ireland. He is listed as a labourer in the church marriage record but later seem to own property in Gloucester
per the 1879 Canadian County Atlas RF II,30.
I wonder if Andrew Berry mentioned on your website might have a connection to this family or whether the Mrs. Berry mentioned as a
mother in law to Isaac Firth who supposedly married Andrew Berry’s sister, and is buried at
Billings estate cemetery have left any records I might consult. I will be in the Ottawa area the week
after the May long weekend and plan to visit the Billings estate. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
I have gained many valuable insights through your website that have confirmed or expanded upon the Berry family records.
Edith J. Wiebe
Good evening, Ms. Wiebe:
Thanks for your e-mail regarding the early Berry family in the Ottawa area.
There seems to be another Berry family who were in the Aylmer, Quebec area, www.bytown.net/aylmerquebec.htm(across the
Ottawa River on the Quebec side). There may be a connection to the Andrew Berry family who are mentioned as being in
Gloucester Township. In Aylmer, a John Berry appears in the 1851 business directory as a tinsmith. Just a thought for
possible further research.
Also, a Gottfried Berry and a Richard Berry are listed in the account books of Hamnett Pinhey. These accounts
cover the period 1821-1857. The Pinhey Estate is located in March Township / Torbolton Township where there was an early
In Gloucester Township, a James Ritchie is listed as being on the potential 1828 Militia Unit.
Is it OK with you if I start a new web page on our site for John Berry and Ann Ritchie and hopefully, we will hear from
other researchers of these families? Please let me know.
Have you been in e-mail contact with Mrs. Joan Rooney who works at the Billings Museum? She may also be able to help us out.
Good luck with your research.
... Allan Lewis
September 17, 2013:
John BERRY b. ca 1817 Killyfaddy, Magherafelt, Londonderry abt 1840 and was a labourer in Gloucester Township in 1843 when
he married Ann RITCHIE b. 1826 Leckagh (adjoins Killyfaddy), Magherafelt, daughter of James Ritchie and Catherine JOHNSTON.
James, Catherine and Ann Ritchie arrived in Gloucester Township 1827. Catherine Johnston Ritchie is believed to have been
sister of. James JOHNSTON (1798-1870) of Johnston Corners, Gloucester Township who also arrived 1827 with his parents,
wife and children. James Johnston was born Antrim per his Ontario Death Certificate but I believe he may have lived in or near
Magherafelt prior to immigrating. Thomas DUNCAN b. 1806 Magherafelt, may have travelled with Ritchie and Johnston families.
After the premature deaths of James Ritchie and Thomas Duncan's first wife, Catherine Johnston Ritchie and Thomas Duncan
married each other in 1842.
I would be interested in knowing whether there were any other Presbyterians from Magherafelt who immigrated to Gloucester
Township about 1840.
E-mail Edith Wiebe, Bonnie Ostler and Allan Lewis
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