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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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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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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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