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John William Berry

1822– 1890

Native of Wilson County, Tennessee; one of the miners with GQC at Slap Jack Bar; called as missionary to Hawai‘i in 1850 but returned to Utah to take care of his mother; married Jane Thomas in 1851; settled in Spanish Fork, Utah, where he served as counselor in bishopric; fulfilled mission to Europe, 1857–58; helped establish Berryville (now Glendale), Utah, in 1864; later settled in Kanarraville, Utah, where he died. (See Esshom, Pioneers and Prominent Men, 752; Davies, Mormon Gold, 228–29, 234; Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church, 286; “Missionaries en Route,” Mormon, June 13, 1857; Farrer diary, Sept. 25, 1850; Bigler autobiography, “Journal A,” Oct. 21, 1850; GQC journal, Sept. 25, Oct. 18, 1850.)