Nancy Jane Berry

June 1859–18 October 1939 (Age 80)
Benton, Iowa, United States

The Life of Nancy Jane

When Nancy Jane Berry was born in June 1859, in Benton, Iowa, United States, her father, Robert Berry, was 31 and her mother, Anna Jewell, was 23. She married John F. Featherkile on 2 February 1899, in Urbana, Benton, Iowa, United States. She lived in Iowa, United States in 1870 and Polk Township, Benton, Iowa, United States for about 40 years. She died on 18 October 1939, in Urbana Township, Monroe, Iowa, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Urbana, Benton, Iowa, United States.

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John F. Featherkile
Nancy Jane Berry
Marriage: 2 February 1899

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2 February 1899
Urbana, Benton, Iowa, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 4

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 8

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 22

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 Irish (Galway and Mayo): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Béara or Ó Beargha ( see Barry 1).2 Scottish and northern Irish: variant spelling of Barrie .3 English: habitational name from any of several places named with Old English byrig, dative case of burh ‘fortified manor house’, ‘stronghold’, such as Berry in Devon or Bury in Cambridgeshire, Greater Manchester, Suffolk, and West Sussex.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • N Jenny Fetherkile in household of John F Fetherkile, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Nancy J Berry in household of Robt Berry, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Janie Berry in household of Robert Berry, "United States Census, 1880"

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