A Short Life…
Born on 23 Jun 1906 in 41 Cherryville Street, Belfast I had always thought that my paternal grandmother, Lizzie Berry; was the youngest of seven children born to James Berry and Mary Agnes Scott. It would seem I was wrong…
During my trip back home this summer I was lucky enough to get the burial records for Stoneyford Parish Church. After hours of transcribing records I discovered a name… Annie Jane Berry! Annie Jane was buried in the same grave as my paternal great grandparents and my great uncle Berry. For many years I had known a child was buried in the grave. Unfortunately no name was attached to previous records I had uncovered, and no living family knew of her .
Annie Jane had a very short life; she was born on 20 Apr 1908 in 41 Cherryville Street. Records show that her mother was Mary Agnes Berry, formerly Scott; who signed the Registration of Birth with her mark, an “X”, and her father was James Berry, a plumber.
On 3 Jun 1910, at 41 Cherryville Street, Belfast, Annie Jane passed away just after she turned two. With her older sister present at her death Annie Jane died from Meningitis (Tubercular). She had been ill for twenty one days. Her death was registered on 4 May 1908 – this resonated with me as I was born on 4 May… just not 1908!
So, it would seem that Annie Jane was the youngest child of eight and the younger sister of my grandmother Lizzie. She is interred in the Stoneyford Parish Churchyard with her parents and older brother William.
The sadness I feel for my great aunt Annie Jane Berry, someone I have never met, someone I didn’t know of until recently; is inexplicable!
“In the end, we’ll all become stories.” – Margaret Attwood