John Macpherson Berrien was born on 23 August 1781 at the home of his grandfather in Rockhill, New Jersey, the son of Major John Berrien and Margaret Macpherson. In the Fall of 1784, John's mother died of fever, and at the age of six, he was sent to boarding school in New York. John returned to Georgia only once in the next nine years.
Family moved from New Jersey to Georgia in 1782
Graduate of Princeton College, 1796; admitted to the bar at age 18 in Georgia
Veteran of the War of 1812. Rank: Captain in the Georgia Hussars.
Strong advocate of slavery. In the 1830 Census, her owned 90 slaves. This increased to 148 in 1840, with 143 slaves reported in 1850.
John married twice.
He married, as his 1st, to Eliza Anciaux, daughter of Major Nicholas Anciaux. She died in 1828.
He married in July 1833, as his 2nd, to Eliza C. Hunter, daughter of James Hunter of Savannah. She died in 1852.
Death and Legacy
Berrien County, Georgia and Berrien County, Kentucky are both named in his honor.
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