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Born in Hillsborough, NC in 1836, Rosanna Berry was the daughter of the well-known builder-architect John Berry and Elizabeth Ann Vincent of French Huguenot ancestry. Named for her paternal great-grandmother, Rosanna was considered to be the most beautiful and charming of the six Berry daughters with a dark Spanish type beauty .
Rosanna attended the Burwell School in the 1850s along with two of her sisters, Elizabeth Ann Berry and Josephine Berry . Like her artistic sister Josephine, however, Rosanna may have been sent North at some point for further education.
In 1860 on the eve of the American Civil War, Rosanna Berry died at twenty-four years old. She is buried in the Berry plot in Hillsborough's Old Town Cemetery in Hillsborough, NC. A lamb surmounts her tombstone which is decorated with oak leaves and a grapevine and leaves. It carries the inscription:
GONE HOME .