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: Kathleen Hale Thierman

ThiermanKathleen Hale Thierman is my great grandmother. She was born Jan 14, 1892 in Iowa and died August 8, 1960 in Oakland, California. She was married to Bevan Berryman and had two children — Richard and Mildred.

What I know:

  • She was born in Iowa, but lived almost her entire life in California. As a child, she lived in Southern California and Northern California.
  • She was very involved in her Methodist Church.
  • She was a bit of a collector and often clipped items (poems, recipes, etc.) out of newspapers. I have a couple of notebooks full of them.


“Oakland Tribune”
August 8, 1960, page 37:

BERRYMAN, Katheline H., in Oakland, August 8, 1960, beloved wife of the late Bevan P. Berryman: loving mother of Richard E. Berryman and Mrs. Mildred I. Richards, both of Oakland; sister of Mrs. Edna M. Dean of Paradise; grandmother of JoAnne, Barbara Lee and Gregg Richard Berryman, and James Donald Richards.  A native of Iowa, a member of the Shattuck Avenue Methodist Church, Oakland. Friends are invited to attend funeral services Wednesday, August 10, at 10 a.m. at Truman’s Chapel, Oakland, Reverend Warren W. Peters officiating. Entombment, Mountain View Mausoleum. Memorials may be sent to the Shattuck Avenue Methodist church, 63rd Street and Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, for forwarding to the Sonoma State Hospital to be used for handicapped children.

My ancestors: Bevan Berryman

ThiermanBevan Puckett Berryman is my great grandfather. He was born April 20, 1891 in Chicago, Illinois and died April 18, 1956 in Alameda, California.

What I know:

  • Bevan was the fourth child for Richard Berryman and the first child for Lizzie Puckett Berryman. His father had been married to Hannah Berryman and had three children with her before marrying Lizzie.
  • He spent most of his early childhood in Chicago, but moved to California as a teenager and lived in California for the rest of his life. He lived in Southern California until the 1930s and then moved to the Bay Area.
  • He had two children — Richard Berryman (my grandfather) and Mildred Irene Berryman Richards.


Oakland Tribune
Friday, April 20, 1956, page 15:
B.P. Berryman Funeral Rites Set Tomorrow
Funeral services will be held tomorrow for Bevan P. Berryman, 65, a 35-year resident of Oakland, who died last Wednesday. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Berryman was a retired railway clerk, a job he had held for 43 years. He lived at 417 60th Street. He was a member of the Shattuck Avenue Methodist Church and the Retired Railway Mail Association.  Survivors include his wife, Kathleen H.; a son, Richard, of Oakland; a daughter, Mrs. Mildred I. Richards of San Leandro; a brother, Albert of Berkeley, and grandchildren. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. at Truman’s Mortuary. Private committal will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

My ancestors: Emma Mae Gibson

American_Legion_Drum_and_Bugle_CorpEmma Mae Gibson was born May 2, 1921 in Wisconsin. She spent most of her childhood in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin before moving to California in the 1940s. She married Richard Berryman and they had three children — JoAnne, Barbara and Gregg. She died on December 9, 1965.

One of my favorite things is an old suitcase I have that is filled with items that my grandmother kept over the years. After she died, my grandfather hung on to the suitcase and it made its way into my hands.

My grandmother was very active in the Wisconsin Rapids social community in the 1930s and was mentioned in the newspaper several times. She is also featured in a picture in a book “The 100 Years of Pictorial & Descriptive History of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin”. 

My grandfather loved taking photos and I have literally hundreds of photos of Emma Mae, including some doing very every day activities like ironing on vacation.

I’m grateful that even though I was never able to meet Emma Mae that I have so much information about her.


My ancestors: Richard Elwyn Berryman

Richard Elwyn Berryman was born July 20, 1917 in Los Angeles, California and died November 15, 2002.

Richard Berryman played a huge role in my life.

What I know:

  • Richard Berryman was born in 1917 to Bevan and Kathleen Hale Thierman
  • He lived in the Bay Area for a bit as a child, but spent a good bit of his childhood in Los Angeles.
  • He served in the Navy in World War II.
  • He was married to Emma Mae Gibson, and they had three children — JoAnne, Barbara and Gregg.
  • After Emma Mae died, he married Helen Armstrong Conrad in 1967.
  • He worked at Chevron for a large part of his career.
  • He died in 2002 after a battle with cancer.