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The Berry Family - Sampling the Generations

Brief biographies and selected resources about members of the extended Berry family, prepared for the Berry Family Reunion@Berry College, April 18-21, 2013

Caryl Johnston: Freelance Writer and Archivist

Caryl Johnston is a freelance writer and archivist. Her latest bookStewards of History: A Study of the Nature of a Moral Deed, is a memoir of Southern history, race and civil rights. The book focuses on Caryl’s ancestor, John Hartwell Cocke, a friend and contemporary of Thomas Jefferson, recognized for his efforts to bring about the emancipation of slaves.

Caryl’s other books include Indulge Me Once and Earthly Nurturance, available through, and Consecrated Venom: The Serpent and the Tree of Knowledge, a meditative essay on the Creation story in Genesis, published in 2000 by Floris Books.

Caryl was born in 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama. She received her B.A. in philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College, and Master's degrees from Tufts University in Boston and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She lives in Philadelphia.


April 2013