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Lottie’s other sister, Alice Dwight Berry Lodge, also had an obituary published in the Grosse Pointe News. The obit index reports her death as 1961-02-26 and printing of her obit on 1961-03-09 on page 6 of the paper.

blockquoteALICE DWIGHT BERRY LODGE
Mrs. Lodge of 60 Lakeshore road, widow of the late Dr. Edwin Lodge, died Sunday February 26, at her home.
She was the last of three daughters of the late Joseph Berry, paint and varnish tycoon who came to Grosse Pointe in the 1870’s. Mr. Berry built a brick mansion on the Lakeshore land which is still owned by the family.
Hew as a founder of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and donated land for the church. He also gave land for the first Country Club at the foot of Fisher road.
Mrs. Lodge taught Sunday school and played the organ in the original Memorial Church when it was an ivy-covered frame building.
She was a member of the Detroit Museum of Art Founders Society, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Needlework Guild of America.
Private funeral services were held Thursday, March 2. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Lodge, and a daughter, Miss Adelaide Lodge.1

Adelaide also traveled to Europe. She returned from Le Havre, France, aboard the Paris, arriving on 30 Jul 1929 in New York City. The list reports that she was born on 1 Oct 1871 in Detroit, Michigan, and lived at 60 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.2 Her daughter Adelaide, born 3 Apr 1910, was traveling with her.3

1. “Obituaries,” Grosse Pointe News, 9 Mar 1961, p. 6, col. 3-4; digital images, Grosse Pointe Public Library Local History Archives (http://digitize.gp.lib.mi.us/newspapers.htm : accessed 30 Dec 2011).
2. “New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” online images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 Dec 2011), manifest, Paris, Jul 1929, p. 11, line 5, Alice Lodge, age 59.
3. “New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” online images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 Dec 2011), manifest, Paris, Jul 1929, p. 11, line 6, Adelaide Lodge, age 19.

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Before we move onto the next generation, I do want to check into filling in the information about Lottie’s two sisters who survived to adulthood. I need to fill in specific information about their vitals.

I know from censuses and the history of Detroit that Charlotte married a man named Henry G. Sherrard. He is buried in Elmwood. There is no photo of his stone, but the database entry says he was born on 6 Aug 1861 in Illinois, and died on 13 Nov 1909 in Grosse Point, Wayne, Michigan.1 This is why he isn’t found with his family on the 1910 and later censuses. There is currently no entry for Charlotte or her three children in Elmwood.

Records at Ancestry.com consist of census records for her as well as a number of passenger lists which name her year of birth as anywhere from 1869-1872; however, they all agree on her day of birth. One of her trips ended in Southampton, England, where she boarded the Washington to return to New York City on 14 Sep 1946. The list states that Charlotte Sherrard was 76 years and 9 months old and was born in Detroit, Michigan on 8 Nov 1869.3 Her address was 59 Lake Shore Road. Gross Pointe Farms, 30. Michigan.

A quick check at Joe Beine’s index of death records for Detroit and Wayne County shows that the Grosse Pointe Public Library has an Obituary Database. The index reports that Charlotte Berry Sherrard died on 1952-01-04 and her obit was printed on 1952-01-17 in the Grosse Pointe News on page 15. The index also points to digital copies of the papers where the full text is available.

blockquoteCharlotte Berry Sherrard
Mrs. Charlotte Sherrard, 82 of 59 Lake Shore road, died in her home on Friday, January 4. She was the wife of the late Henry Gray Sherrard, prominent Detroit educator.
Mrs. Sherrard, active in civic and charity organizations for many years, was the one time president of the Michigan League of Women Voters. She was also a member of the Women’s City Club and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Alfred Coleman of South Weymouth, Mass., and Mrs. Hugh K. Bullit of Louisville, Ky.; a son, Joseph B. of Grosse Pointe; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Services were held on Monday, Jan 7, at 2 p.m. in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.2

Using her age at death, I can nail down Charlotte’s year of birth as 1869.

1. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 Nov 2011), Henry Gray Sherrard (1861-1909), Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
2. “Obituaries,” Grosse Pointe News, 17 Jan 1952, p. 15, col. 3; digital images, Grosse Pointe Public Library Local History Archives (http://digitize.gp.lib.mi.us/newspapers.htm : accessed 29 Nov 2011).
3. “New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957,” online images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Nov 2011), manifest, Washington, Sep 1946, p. 85, line 17, Charlotte Sherrard, age 76.

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In addition to her parents, there are other Berry family members buried at Elmwood.

Lottie’s young siblings are there, sharing a large monument with their parents:
Laura Hooper, daughter of Joseph H & Charlotte E, died Dec 1 1870, aged 21 days1
Alfred Dwight, only son of Joseph H & Charlotte E, died Aug 5 1873, aged 4 months & 3 days2

Following links from Joseph H. Berry leads to his parents and the tree gains some branches.

John Berry was born on 27 Oct 1798 in South Malling, Sussex, England, baptized on 16 Nov 1798, and died on 24 Mar 1867 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan. He married Catharina Mercy Hooper on 18 Oct 1721 in Lambourn, Essex, England.3

Their children were:

  • Catharina M. Berry Marshall (1822-1872)
  • Mary H. Berry (1824-1884)
  • John Adams Berry (1825-1891)
  • Elizabeth M. Berry (1827-1857)
  • Thomas Berry (1829-1917)
  • Adelaide H. Berry (1831-1918)
  • Fanny Berry (1834-1853)
  • Sarah W. Berry (1838-1917)
  • Joseph Hooper Berry (1839-1907)

1. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 Oct 2011), Laura Hooper Berry (1870) gravemarker, Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
2. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 Oct 2011), Alfred Dwight Berry (1873) gravemarker, Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
3. Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital images and memorial data (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 Oct 2011), John Berry ( -1867) gravemarker, Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

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Charlotte’s headstone does confirm the information in the online tree (here’s hoping that the tombstone is also right!)

Charlotte and Joseph are buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

Additionally, from the information on the stone, Charlotte’s date of birth can be calculated. She died September 26, 1875, aged 31 years, 1 month & 22 days; therefore, she was born on August 4, 1844.*

*Jim Tipton, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 24 Sep 2011), Joseph H. Berry (1838-1907) and Charlotte Eugenia Dwight Berry ( -1875) gravemarker, Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

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I have general information about the Berry family and where they lived. I want to make sure that I add more specific vitals for Lottie’s parents if they are available. There is an online family tree that reports that Joseph Hooper Berry was born on 10 Mar 1839 in Elizabethtown, Union, New Jersey, and that he died 22 Mar 1907 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.1 He married Charlotte Eugena Dwight on 22 Oct 1868 in Wayne County, Michigan. She was born in 1844 in Michigan and she died on 26 Sep 1875 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

A search for Michigan Death Records at www.deathindexes.com (a GREAT site) shows that certificates are available online for Michigan from 1867 to 1897 at FamilySearch.org and from 1897 to 1920 at the Library of Michigan.

Joseph H. Berry’s certificate can be found here. The dates above are confirmed and his parents are named as John Berry and Catherine Hopper, both born in England. The informant at his death and the doctor who completed the medical certificate portion was his son-in-law Dr. Edwin Lodge. Joseph was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.2

Searching for Charlotte’s death record proves problematic though. She isn’t in the database. Therefore, I decided to try navigating page by page to see if she was mis-transcribed. When I began the process, I was presented with a list of microfilm numbers to begin narrowing my search. Not knowing those off the top of my head, I opened another tab and navigated to the card catalog record for the death records. There I found this little note: missing Oceana County to Wexford County, 1875. Proof that catalog records should be checked!

I’ll have to keep looking for confirmation of Charlotte’s dates. Maybe the cemetery…

1. “reblady”, “Read – Berry Family Tree,” member tree, Ancestry.com (http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/25883569 : accessed 28 Aug 2011), entry for Joseph Hooper Berry.
2. Michigan Department of Community Health, death certificate 82 (1907), Joseph H. Berry; digital image, “Death Records, 1897-1920,” Seeking Michigan (http://seekingmichigan.org/ : accessed 28 Aug 2011).

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I mentioned in my last post that spelling is something that I don’t consider a conflict. There are many reasons for this. People may not have been able to spell (yes, even their own names). If the person writing was listening to someone say their name, they may have misheard. A person reading an old record may have had trouble making out the letters. And the list goes on.

This is what happened for the 1910 Census for Lottie. The record was found on Ancestry under either Lattie D. Bery or Lottie D. Bery. (And as I will add a correction, it will eventually be found under the correct spelling.)

Here is her family in 1910, living on Jefferson Ave.:

  • Lottie D. Bery, head, female, white, 35, single, Michigan, New Jersey, Michigan, Own Income, owner of home free & clear.1
  • Adlatie H. Bery, aunt, f, w, 79, s, England (English), England, England, immigrated 1860.
  • Sarah W. Bery, aunt, f, w, 73, New York, England, England.
  • C. V. Marshal, cousin, f, w, 51, s, Louisiana, Virginia, England.
  • Four servants: Herriete Teaple, Johanna Layer, Elen Scriver, Mary Seanschank.



And again nearby are her two sisters. Alice is on Jefferson Ave. as well:

  • Edwin Lodge, Male, White, age 60, Married (First) for ten years, born Michigan, parents born England, England, Doctor of medicine.2
  • Allice Lodge, Wife, F, W, 38, 3 births, 2 living children, Michigan, Michigan, Michigan.
  • Joseph B. Lodge, Son, M, W, 3, Michigan.
  • Adlaid Lodge, Daughter, F, W, 2/12, Michigan.
  • Three servants: Elizabeth Materson, Anna McClain, Elizebeth Smith.



And Charlotte is on McKinley Ave:

  • Charlotte B. Sherrard, Female, White, age 40, widowed, three children, all living, born in Michigan, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Michigan, own income.3
  • Joseph B. Sherrard, Son, M, W, 17, Michigan, Michigan, Michigan.
  • Valeria G. Sherrard, Daughter, F, W, 12, Michigan.
  • Laura D. Sherrard, Daughter, F, W, 10, Michigan.
  • Two servants: Anna O’Connor and Reba Graham.



If the Bery spelling had been even more butchered, I’d have tried to trace the sisters to see if they were nearby on this census, thereby giving a reason for why it can be helpful to collect data on relations you are not directly focusing on.

1. 1910 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe, enumeration district (ED) 288, sheet 16B, p. 90 (rev.), dwelling 65, family 65, Lottie D. Bery household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 678.
2. 1910 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe, enumeration district (ED) 288, sheet 16B, p. 90 (rev.), dwelling 66, family 66, Edwin Lodge household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 678.
3. 1910 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe, enumeration district (ED) 288, sheet 16B, p. 90 (rev.), dwelling 69, family 69, Charlotte B. Sherrard household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 678.

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As we do with our cold genealogy projects, I am imposing limits on this project. In addition to the main line, I will only search out information about siblings, their spouses, and the basics (dates) regarding their children. Much more than that takes forever, but checking into at least those collateral lines helps to identify information about people that I want to trace. (Of course, I reserve the right to change the limits if needed!)

Within these limits I can research Lottie Berry Hoyt’s sisters. Charlotte (that name must have been important to the family to have both a Charlotte and a Lottie) and Alice were near Lottie on the 1920 Census. Here are their families:

  • Charlotte B. Sharrad, age 50, widowed, born in Michigan, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Detroit (lined out), Michigan.1
  • Joseph B. Sharrad, son, age 28, single, born in Michigan, father born in Illinois, mother born in Michigan, employed as a lawyer.
  • Address: 55 Lake Shore Drive
  • And at the rear of the property were:
  • Laura Sharrad, daughter, age 19, single, born in Michigan.
  • and the one servant, Almer W. Kappen, a chauffer.


  • Edwin Lodge, age 70, born in Ohio, parents born in England, employed as a physician.2
  • Alice D. Lodge, wife, age 48, born in Michigan, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Michigan.
  • Joseph B. Lodge, son, age 13, all places of birth reported as Michigan.
  • Adilade D. Lodge, daughter, age 9, born in Michigan.
  • Two servants: Elizabeth Mathieson and Ester Redmond.
  • Address: 60 Lake Shore Drive.


None of this information offers conflicts with the information found already (yes, I don’t consider spelling to be a true conflict).

1. 1920 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Point, enumeration district (ED) 730, sheet 5A, p. 45A, dwelling 81-82, family 86-87, Charlotte B. Sharrad household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 821.
2. 1920 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe, enumeration district (ED) 730, sheet 4B-5A, p. 44B-45A, dwelling 73, family 78, Edwin Lodge household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 821.

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Tracing Lottie Berry Hoyt’s family through the easy to find censuses proves some of the secondhand information provided in the article about Joseph Berry.

The first census result for Lottie Berry on Ancestry is the 1880 Census. Her father’s household at 750 Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, consists of:

  • Joseph Berry, age 40, widowed, a varnish manufacturer, born in New Jersey, parents born in England.1
  • Adelaide H, age 44, sister, born in England.
  • Mary H, age 54, sister, born in England.
  • Sarah M, age 37, sister, born in New Jersey.
  • Charlotte F, age 9, daughter, born in Michigan, father born in Michigan, mother in New Jersey.
  • Alice F, age 8, daughter, born in Michigan, parents born in England.
  • Lottie D, age 5, daughter, born in Michigan, parents born in England.
  • Three servants: Hannah Quigg, Mary E Brown, and Anthony Brandt.


However, this year’s census appears to be riddled with errors which contradict its own information. Did you notice that Joseph is listed as born in New Jersey, but his daughter Charlotte’s information indicates that her father was born in Michigan? And how were Charlotte’s parents born in places that don’t match the other two daughters? So, were these children not actually the children of Joseph (one never knows — we could construe that his dead wife had children with other men or that the daughters were adopted and not Joseph’s natural children)? I’m thinking that the census taker just made errors. But to check, let’s check the rest of the censuses as they could shed some light.

The second census result is for 1900. During this year, the follow was reported about the household on Jefferson Avenue:

  • Joseph H. Berry, born Mar 1839, widowed, born in New Jersey, parents born in England, manufacturer.2
  • Adelaide H. Berry, sister, born Aug 1830, single, born in England.
  • Sarah W. Berry, sister, born Oct 1836, single, born in New Jersey.
  • Lottie D. Berry, daughter, born Nov 1874, single, born in Michigan, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Michigan.
  • Alice D. Berry, daughter, born Nov 1871, married for one year, no children, born in Michigan.
  • Four servants: Julia Haas, Charlotte Taylor, Martha Leyer, and Fredrica Leyer.


The only error this year seems to be that the census taker didn’t catch Alice’s married name. However, it does set straight the birthplaces of Joseph and his dead wife.

By 1920, Lottie is the head of her own household on 50 Lake Shore Drive.

  • Lottie D. Berry, age 45, single, born in Michigan, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Michigan.3
  • Caroline Marshall, cousin, age 60, single, born in Louisiana, father born in Virginia, mother born in England.
  • Two servants: Alice M. Garden and Mary Mulrose.


On the same page are her two sisters and their families (more to come about them later).

1. 1880 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Detroit, enumeration district (ED) 301, p. 200A, dwelling 105, family 118, Joseph Berry household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 613.
2. 1900 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe Farms, enumeration district (ED) 188, sheet 3A, p. 191, dwelling 33, family 35, Joseph H. Berry household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 754.
3. 1920 U.S. census, Wayne County, Michigan, population schedule, Grosse Pointe, enumeration district (ED) 730, sheet 5A, p. 45A, dwelling 74, family 79, Lottie D. Berry household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 Jul 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 821.

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I didn’t have to go far to find out more about Lottie’s parents. A quick Google Search for “Hayward Hoyt” returned one book that states that he married into the Berry family on 26 Feb 1921. The book is titled “The City of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922.”

The genealogical information the book contained:
Joseph H. Berry was born 10 Mar 1839 at Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.1 His father was John Berry, a native of Lewes, England, who immigrated in 1835. One of Joseph’s brothers was named John A. Berry, who was the first of the family to move to Detroit; another brother, who became his business partner, was Thomas Berry. In 1868, Joseph married Charlotte E. Dwight, a daughter of Alfred A. Dwight, a prominent and well known lumberman of Michigan. Charlotte Berry died in 1875, leaving three daughters: Charlotte, the widow of Henry G. Sherrard; Alice Dwight, the widow of Dr. Edwin Lodge; and Lottie D., wife of Hayward N. Hoyt. Joseph Berry died 22 May 1907.

Biographical facts: Joseph H. Berry was a pioneer manufacturer and financier of Detroit. His father, John Berry, was a tanner. Joseph attended private schools in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Richmond, Virginia, when his family lived in those locations. When he moved to Detroit at age sixteen, he shortly became employed and in his work at a chemical house, he developed a superior varnish. When nineteen, he established his own business and prospered thereafter.

This book gives clues about family which can now be “chased down.”

Research Plan:

  1. Using censuses, verify the parents and siblings of Lottie Berry Hoyt.
  2. Discover more about Lottie’s grandparents: John Berry and Alfred Dwight. To do this, begin by checking for more books!

1. Clarence M. Burton, et al., editors, The city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922, 5 volumes (Detroit: The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1922), 3: 16-20.

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Checking at genealogy.az.gov, I did find a death certificate for Lottie.

Certificate of death

Lottie Dwight Hoyt was born on 17 Nov 1874 in Detroit, MI.1 Her parents were Joseph H. Berry, who was born in Elizabeth, NJ, and Charlotte E. Dwight, who was born in Detroit, MI. Hayward was the informant when she died on 23 Feb 1949. From the information regarding her usual residence and her Tucson address at E. Broadway (Rural Rt.8), it seems that Tucson’s “snowbird” phenomenon is not new. Lottie’s body was removed to Detroit for burial.

So where is Hayward?

1. Arizona Department of Health Services, death certificate 1026 (1949), Lottie Dwight Hoyt; digital image, Arizona Genealogy Death Certificates (http://genealogy.az.gov : accessed 1 May 2011).

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