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Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ann Berry was born in Hillsborough in 1840. She was the daughter of John Berry (a famous builder/architect of Hillsborough) and Elizabeth Ann Vincent Berry, who was said to be of French Huguenot descent.
Elizabeth Ann was the third and last of the Berry girls to attend the Burwell School and the only one of them, so far as is known, who became a teacher.
Elizabeth Ann, later to be known in Hillsborough as "Miss Lizzie" Berry, was willed the beautiful little Berry Brick House in Hillsborough by her father. She did not marry, but lived with her sister, Caroline Victoria Berry and Caroline's husband Benjamin Hardesty Bell. Elizabeth's niece wrote of her: "Elizabeth Ann was the beloved "Aunt Lizzie" of the Bell children with whom she was a delightful companion and teacher. She inspired them with a love of classical literature which has persisted throughout their lives. One of the children, Mr. Franklin Wilhelm Bell, became a collector of rare books and all the children have a loving recollection of their Aunt."
Elizabeth was called Lizzie.