HON. WILLIAM FRANKLIN BERRY was born in Union County, Ky., May 24, 1828, is the second child of Martin M. and Rachel F. (Anderson) Berry, and is of English extraction. The Berry family came to America some time in the last century, and settled on what was originally known as the Fairfax Grant, in Virginia, where the paternal grandfather of our subject was born about 1760, and about 1795 came to what is now Union County, Ky. (then Henderson County), and here, in 1805, the father of Mr. Berry was born. The subject of this sketch, at the age of twenty-three, began the mercantile business at Morganfield, and there remained about seven years, and then removed to Uniontown, and engaged in the tobacco business. In 1868 he began the study of law, and two years later was admitted to practice in the courts of Union and adjoining counties. Since 1872 he has been continuously engaged in the practice of his profession. Politically he is a Democrat, and was elected in 1881 to represent Union County in the general assembly of Kentucky. The marriage of Mr. Berry occurred March 24, 1857, to Miss Anne L. Berry, daughter of Philander and Lavinia Berry. They have five children, as follows: Henry E., Willis A., Philander, John J. and Noel A. The parents of Mr. Berry are still living. Mrs. Berry is a member of the Presbyterian Church.


Source:  J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Page 1021.