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Re: where did deberry originate from?
Posted by: Lother Thomas DeBerry Date: December 26, 2000 at 11:17:58
In Reply to: Re: where did deberry originate from? by Joe DeBerry of 590

... Came over from Lourdes, France. Were part Spanish and that did NOT hit it off very well with the locals. "De Berry" means "The Fruit" or "the fruit of the vine". We were wine-makers. We were called all kinds of names. . . finally from "Acadians" we were called "Cajuns" and to this day, many know of us as "Koonasses". (You can always tell a real coonass because he spells it with a "K") In the beginning, after sailing from France, we settled in Canada (French Quebec) and we were very very devout Catholics . . . Because of religious beliefs, we would NOT bow to the king. We were pushed out to Nova Scotia. The poem by Longefellow ("Evangeline") was very much in tune with us. About 1721 we settled in parts of Tennessee (Chattanooga down through Birmingham, Alabama and especially near Ft. Payne, Alabama, which is just South of DeBerry Mountain . . . Much like the famed Walton's Mountain.) We also scattered out through New Orleans and on into Texas. By the turn of 19th Century we were in Colorado, California, Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. My grandfather, A. M. (Amos Martin) DeBerry was a minor leauge baseball player in Alabama, as well as a composer of inspirational hymms ("I Know He's King") and many were published. He was also a bootlegger and had to leave the state of Alabama because the "Revenuers" were hot on his tail. There were basically two DeBerry groups who fled Nova Scotia from about 1710-21? and only one of them was considered "civilized". We were the first of the "uncivilized" group. In the beginning there were NO Protestant DeBerrys; however, today only a few of us are still Catholics. Ironicaly it was our devout Catholocism that kept getting us into trouble when we moved into non-Catholic neighborhoods, villages, townships, etc. Thanks. Lother

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