Lyle, Berry  (1831 – 1901)

SENATE, 35th General Assembly, 1867-69; representing Montgomery, Robertson, and Stewart counties; HOUSE, 50th General Assembly, 1897-99; representing Montgomery and Houston counties; Republican. Born in Montgomery County Jan 29, 1831; names of parents not determined. Attended “common schools”, showing “much aptitude and application to studies”. Married first in 1855, to Ally N. Trice, daughter of John and Harriet Trice; she died June 14, 1866; children – Emily, Henry J., Ida E., Margaret E., Lulie, James, and Serepta, second marriage, Sept 30, 1872 to Eliza Trice Alsup; children – Berry H., Beulah A.  Taught school, 1849; clerked at Yellow Creek Furnace; moved to New Providence, Montgomery, to enter livery and tobacco business. Elected justice of the peace 1860; sheriff 1865; appointed postmaster at New Providence 1870, served seven years. Master Mason 1867; Royal Arch Mason 1868; Knights Templar, 1869. Died in Montgomery County June 15, 1901; buried at home place of daughter, Mrs. L. A. Giles, Howell, KY.

Sources: Clarksville Daily Leaf-Chronicle, June 15, 1901; Goodspeed, History of Montgomery County, 1068; Richardson, Tennessee Templars, 136.

Biographies submitted by Jill Hastings-Johnson, Montgomery County Archivist

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