My ancestors: Lizzie A Pucket

Lizzie A Pucket was my great, great grandmother. She was born in September 1852 in Wales / England.

For a very long time, I was stuck on Lizzie, and in many ways I still am. Almost all the records that I found about Richard Berryman had him married to his first wife, but there was nothing about Lizzie.

I finally found information on her, but there are a lot of holes in what I know and don’t know.

What I know:

  • She was born in 1852 in Wales: By some reports it was Landshipping
  • In 1871, she was working as a housemaid for a family in Canton
  • In either 1872 or 1882, she came to the U.S.
  • In 1890, she married Richard Berryman
  • She lived in Chicago until Richard died.
  • After living in Chicago, she moved to California and lived in both Northern and Southern California
  • As of 1930, she was living in Los Angeles with Bevan

What I don’t know:

  • I know from other records that she was born in 1852, but I don’t have any specific birth record.
  • Between 1852 and the census record in 1871, I don’t know much about her.
  • I know she came over to the US in 1872 but then she was back in England and came over again in 1882. Between the census record in 1871 and her marriage to Richard in 1890, I don’t know what she was doing other than those two trips from England to the US.
  • I don’t know exactly when she died or where she’s buried. In 1930, she was living with her son Bevan. By 1940, she’s not living with Bevan any longer and has most likely died, but I haven’t found a death record yet.

My ancestors: Richard Berryman

Richard Berryman is my great, great grandfather. He is the father of Bevan Berryman and the grandfather of Richard E. Berryman. He was born February, 1835 in Ashwick, Somerset, England and died September 23, 1905.

What I know:

  • He was married twice — Hannah Holmes was his first wife and they had three children.
  • After the birth of his third child, Richard emigrated to the United States in 1872.
  • In 1890, he married Lizzie A. Pucket and they had one child – Bevan Berryman
  • He lived in the Chicago area his entire time in the United States
  • He worked as a shoemaker both in England and in the United States

My ancestors: Elizabeth Hopper

Elizabeth Hopper is my great, great grandmother. She was born in 1851 in Milton Next Gravesend, England and died August 27, 1911 in Dartford, Kent, England. She’s one of only two great, great grandparents who never lived in the United States.

What I know:

  • She married John Alfred Weatherley in 1874 and they had 10 children
  • She lived near Dartford, Kent most of her life

My ancestors: John Alfred Weatherley

John Alfred Weatherley is my great, great grandfather. He was married to Elizabeth Hopper and they had 10 children. He was born in 1851 in Dartford, England and died on October 16, 1915 in Dartford, Kent, England. I only have two great, great grandparents who never lived in the US — John and his wife Elizabeth.

What I know:

  • John Alfred always lived in Dartford, Kent, England
  • He worked as a gardener

My ancestors: Rebecca J Faulkner

Of my all great, great grandparents, Rebecca J is the one that know the least about. I know that Rebecca was born in Tennessee sometime around 1848. By 1880, she was married to Jefferson Faulkner and they had 5 children.

Other than that, I have very little information. She doesn’t show up on the 1870 census with Jefferson, and by the 1900 census Jefferson is a widow.


My ancestors: Jefferson Faulkner

Jefferson Faulkner is my great, great grandfather. He was born in 1837 in Tennessee and he died in 1903 in Muldrow, Oklahoma. He was married to Rebecca and they had 5 children.

What I know:

  • Jefferson was born in Tennessee.
  • Jefferson lived in Kentucky for most of his life. He lived in Indian Territory for awhile and lived in Oklahoma shortly before his death.

What I don’t know:

  • I know from census records and other documents that Jefferson was born in 1837 in Tennessee, but I don’t have any additional details other than that.
  • I know that he lived in Kentucky during the Civil War, but haven’t been able to find any specific records about his service. There is a very famous Jefferson Faulkner that was in the Civil War during that time that makes searching for a less-famous Jefferson Faulkner a bit difficult.
  • I’m trying to find where he’s buried.


My ancestors: Charity J

Charity J is my great, great grandmother. She was born about 1827 in Virginia and died June 18, 1996. She was married to Archibald Gosnell and they had one child.

What I know:

  • Charity was married in 1862 to Archibald Gosnell.
  • She died in 1896.

What I don’t know:

  • I have not been able to find much information about Charity J before her marriage to Archibald Gosnell.
  • I don’t have a specific birth date or birth place.

My ancestors: Archibald M Gosnell

Archibald M Gosnell is my great, great grandfather. He was born May 1828 in Lawrence, Tennessee and died July 12, 1906. On some records he’s listed as Archelaus Gosnell.

He was married three times: Sarah J. Carter was his first wife; Charity J was his second wife (and my great, great grandmother), and Louisa W. Snow was his third wife.

What I know:

  • He was born in Tennessee and lived in Missouri for awhile. After the Civil War, he moved to Arkansas. He lived in Arkansas until his death.
  • He served in the 5th Regiment Infantry of the Missouri State Guard during the Civil War: Link to his war record is here.

My Ancestors: Mary Elizabeth Perrell

Mary Elizabeth Perrell is my great, great grandmother. She was born April 23, 1836 in Davidson, North Carolina and died July 6, 1927 in Spring Valley, Arkansas.

She was married to Franklin Phillips and they had 12 children.

What I know:

  • She spent most of her adult life in Arkansas as a farmer’s wife.
  • She was 42 when she had her youngest child
  • She didn’t remarry after her husband died and according to census records lived alone

What I don’t know:

  • I don’t know where she lived between 1860 – 1880
  • I don’t know where she’s buried

My ancestors: Franklin Barron Phillips

Franklin Barron Phillips is my great, great grandfather. He was born October 27, 1834 in Salem, North Carolina and died February 11, 1911 in Spring Valley, Arkansas. He was married to Mary Elizabeth and they had 12 children.

What I know:

  • He worked as a farmer
  • His father was also a farmer
  • After leaving North Carolina, they briefly lived in Indiana before settling moving to Arkansas

What I don’t know:

  • I don’t know where he is buried
  • I don’t know where he was for a stretch of years between 1860 – 1880