Thomas Berry & Rebecca Ricker were original settlers to then called Middle Coverdale, which we now know as Riverview.

My 4th great grandfather Thomas Berry [Ron] was one of the very early settlers of Middle Coverdale. As you see from the land grant map he owned two parcels which we believe totalled 380 acres. [below] The westerly lot may have bordered on the Pine Glen Rd beside the Ryan farm, as I read in the History of Riverview 1985 book. His kids scattered mostly throughout Albert County to Berryton, Prosser Brook, Turtle Creek, Elgin area, etc. A private Berry cemetery stills exists on Gowland Mountain, just outside Elgin amongst the blueberry fields. Thomas married neighbour Jacob Ricker's (the 3rd), daughter Rebecca Ricker in 1795 and they had 13 children. This Jacob Ricker was the grandson of early settler Jacob Ricker (b.1703), who arrived in 1766 as one of the well documented 11 families to settle in this area known as the Pennsylvania Settlers.


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Both the Berry & Ricker grants are noted in that land grant map. [below] The two Berry lots were positioned about 5 lots away from the Jacob Ricker (the 2nd) lot which included the Point Park area and the 'bend' in the river. In 1796 they had their first born son Matthias, one of 13 kids. My grandfather Roy D Berry was eventually born in Prosser Brook in 1893.

Thomas's original grants were located where the Moncton Golf course, McAllister Park and Fairways subdivision are now located. He settled there circa 1783 and was a disbanded soldier from the British military. As the ship was returning to England via Halifax, he honourably disbanded at the Halifax port, it is believed, and found his way to Middle Coverdale. However, he only officially received title and ownership to that land in 1797. Later in 1812 he petitioned the King to give up his Coverdale lots in lieu of attaining a 100 acre lot grant in Nixon Settlement on the Little River. NIxon is just just up the road from Turtle Creek corner.






Note: Grants were given with conditions which explains why the date of occupancy and date of receiving title were often a decade or more apart. Those conditions were that the grantee must improve the land so that it was an active and healthy farm and productive to the local economy. Over time the grantee must prove to the King of England official that he deserved to receive the title. One family that I know of - Ross & Joan MacCallum - still reside on a small portion of that original land grant in Riverview on Coverdale Road.

I have wondered why Thomas received two initial lots, but can only surmise this was because he was in the British Military [Thomas served in the 38th Yorkshire Regiment] and fought in the American Revolutionary War, so additional land was rewarded for that service. Generally, standard land grants were 100 acres to lure others loyal to the British Crown from other places to undeveloped areas to expand the British Colonies.

There is a private Facebook group dedicated to The Descendants of Thomas Berry & Rebecca Ricker   You must login to access and ask permission to join.


[Editor note:  You will also find reference to Thomas Berry's land holdings on the main website - Riverview Heights Interview - Book