BERRY, M. (?–?). M. (possibly Manders or Mandus) Berry was a partner of M. M. Battle and John Williams, Sr.,qqv as one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred. The partners received title to a sitio of land on Linnville Bayou in what is now Matagorda County from the Baron de Bastrop on August 10, 1824. A Mandus Berry voted in an alcalde election on December 1824 at San Felipe de Austin, and an 1826 census of Austin's colony lists Mandus Berry as a single man and carpenter aged between sixteen and twenty-five. Berry and Battle were contractors at San Felipe. In 1832 Mandus Berry served under Aylett C. Buckner or John Austinqqv at the battle of Velasco, which Berry survived.

Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Charles Adams Gulick, Jr., Harriet Smither, et al., eds., The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar (6 vols., Austin: Texas State Library, 1920–27; rpt., Austin: Pemberton Press, 1968). Matagorda County Historical Commission, Historic Matagorda County (3 vols., Houston: Armstrong, 1986). Texas General Land Office, First Census of Austin's Colony, 1826 (MS, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin).

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