England, South Carolina and Illinois
b. 4 May 1764 Gisbro(now Guisborough), (North Riding) Yorkshire, England [records of Ruth Miller Davis]
d. 4 Sep 1838 Whitewater Twp., Franklin Co., Indiana (74 years)
1st m. Elizabeth
buried: Newton, England
2nd m. Mary Fair 23
b. 20 Sep 1777 Yorshire, England [records of Ruth Davis]
d. Franklin Co., Indiana
His father: John Terry
His mother: unknown
|Children with Elizabeth
|John Terry||b. 10 June 1795 Newton, Cleveland (now Middlesbrough), Riding, (N.)Yorkshire, England||d.
|| b. 13 June 1796 Newton, Cleveland (now Middlesbrough),
Riding, (N.)Yorkshire, England
bapt: 11 Oct 1796 Newton, Guisbourgh, York [LDS births]
|d. in 1860 Indiana
||1m. Nancy ?
2nd. (probably Margaret ? shown in 1860)
|Thomas Terry|| b. 7 April 1798 Newton, Cleveland (now Middlesbrough),
Riding, (N.)Yorkshire, England
christen: 15 Apr 1798 Newton, Guisbourgh, York [LDS births]
|d. before June 1831
||m. Eleanor Mathews
(dau. of Thomas Mathews and Nancy Terry, granddau of Thomas Terry and Eliz. Harrison
|Children with Mary (?Fair)|
|Jane Terry||b. 30 Jan 1801 England||d. alive in 1850 census
||m. Isaac Soper (moved to Franklin Co., Indiana by 1850)|
|Ann "Nan" Nancy Terry||b. 4 Jul 4 1802 England||d. 17 May 1888 Franklin Co. , IN
||m. Joseph Eldon (in Indiana 1860 died by 1870)
|Elizabeth "Betsy" Terry|| b. 20 Jun 1805 (in S. C in 1860 census)
||d. 10 Mar 1873 Greenville Co., S.C. buried-Fork Shoals
Baptist Church Cem. , S. C.
||m. Harrison Thompson
(in S. C. 1860)
|Margaret "Mary" Terry
"Aunt Peggy" (twin)
| b. 23 Feb, 1809 Greenville Co., SC [obit]
||d. 22 Nov 1889 Franklin Co., IN [obituary Indiana newpaper]
||m. she never married but raised her nephew William Miller
from 14 months
|Alice "Aley" Terry (twin)
||b.23 Feb 1809 SC(in S. C in 1860 census)||d. after 1870 Indiana
||m. Harmon Long Miller (in Indiana 1860)
|William Alexander Terry
(this may be the eldest son)
| b. 19 Oct 1811 SC
||d. before 18 June 1855 Lawrence Co., AR
||m. Mahala (? possibly dau. of Thomas Graydon)|
|Sarah Taylor Terry||b. 21 Nov. 1815 S. C.||d. after 1870 census
||m. John Miller
his 1m: Elizabeth Cotton
We have been able to identify the father of
Thomas and George Terry. There are many Terry's in the Yorkshire area
of England that we suspect may be the origination of the family.
1785 - 1790- Of the two or more brothers,Thomas Terry came to the colonies shortly after the American Revolution. He seems to have come with the intent of setting up a ministry in the wilds of Fork Shoals, South Carolina. R. Y. H. Terry, Thomas' grandson, contends that there were four brothers Thomas, George, William and John. [Norfleet]
1808, Sept - George came over with his family.
He was already married with at least one child, George.[records of
1820 - US Census, Greenville Co., S. C. roll 120, page 152
1833 - George Terry sells his property in South Carolina.
Greenville, Dist., S. C. Deed Bk. "R" p. 293
- Nov. 26, 1833
George Terry of Greenville Dist. S. C. to James Thompson of Greenville Dist. S. C. - sold 175 acres for $690 - land on the north side of Reedy River, originally granted to Jesse Kirgy and part of a tract granted to Pierkles. Beginning at a stake by the road on John C. Sullivan's land, near Meek's (?Mears) field.
Wit: Asberry Terry............................... George Terry Sr.
Greenville, dist., S. C., Deed Bk. "R"
p.293- Nov. 26, 1833
George Terry of Greenville Dist. S. C. to James Thompson of Greenville Dist. S. C.- sold 175 acres for $690 - land on the north side of Reedy River, originally granted to Jesse Kirgy and part of a tract granted to Pierkles. Beginning at a stake by the road on John C. Sullivan's land, near Meek's (Mear's) field.
Wit: Asberry Terry George Terry Sr.
South Carolina, Greenvill District March th 9 1834
Dear Father & Mother (this seems to be a term of affection since he refers to his own mother later on in this letter- EC)
we take this oppertunity to inform you that
we are all well at presant we got your leter the 20 Febuary after a
long look we are glad to heare that you got Safe to your journy end
with out much bad luck we had rather you had bin lentheyer I have not
got anny thing of anny great importance to write to you at presant so
you must look four small things & we have had a verry sever winter
last as I ever recolect of Seeing we ware afeard you wold be stoped on
the road. We have nullification hotter this winter then ever the
legeslator past an act last sesheon that all offices is to be vacated
against the first of Aprile and new wones to be selected that will take
the test oath or if elected and not thak the said oath will be forst to
pay a fin of twenty Dollars & the unien party has had metings at
most every store in the Cuntry making resolves that they wont abide by
the presant law they ahve resolved that they wont be commanded by no
person that will take the test oath they have resolved also to have a
convention at Greenvill Court house in this month to Determin what they
will doo & I am in hopes it will turnout more talk then anny thing
else they have nullified thil they have got Cotten dowen from 7 til 10
cents I have sent your Cotten to market along with my one I have stored
it up and I expect to glut the markit with it about next may I sent it
Down to same high Carriage the unsertenty of giting it holled Mr Meaks
has dad his stored in hamberg all winter til now and then took nine
cents for it that is the way to make the Cash & Some thinks it will
be beter there is a great many got all their Cotten on hand yet some
has carred it of sins Chrismus and has got as low as 6 cnts Mr
Woodsides has got his all yet the people has been moving every sence
you left here some has lived on most all sides of us Harrison &
Betsy Thompsons has only mooved twice sence you left heree they are now
living in Lopers old house not fare from your spring he has sot in with
gim to make a Crop they are all fat and goley at presant William and
Mehally has got to be very steady old people and attending to there one
bisness they are both well and wish to heare more from you next time
you right he wants to now how you like that part and how you are all
sattefied Lasson T Arnol has moved to Evens old place and Mr Dickeson
to his old place Asbury has got a overseer on ants old place one Mr
Hammons tell Alley that Charles and Permeler was maried two weeks after
you left and we hapen to eat ther enfard diner with them James hond and
Salley Devenport is married allso. I expect you have heared somthing of
these as hannah wroat last mail out to your part Polly Terry has a
nother sun and Calle it John Wesly. tell Peggy that we have two
preacers on this Sercit this year named Morse & Walker we wish to
now somthing about your metings out in your part tell Sally our Nancy
when we tell her she dun anny thing she sys we dunit litte Ally grows
verry fast she will soon sit alone wheet crops is midling this year
here Concidering such a hard winter as has bin Corn is likly to bee
verry high here this year it is now seling at seventy five cents a
bushel flower is seling 8 Dollars per barel Bacon from 10 to 12 cents
mary sends George word that I ahve got a overseer this year named John
Thompson and I send you werd old Pheeby was very bad of for a house and
I bilt them a house ove in the woods to over see here so you may be
shore we all have over seers a plenty in this part for one year My
mother has been verry sickly this winter she has been verry low latly
but is rether on the mend at presant she sends her best love to you all
Mary says she think when you have all got together you might send us
some word how you like the place she want ally to not forgit what she
promist to Doo as for my one part I want to hear from you often and a
heap of it when it dose come I must begin to Draw my noncence to a
close as I have wrote a long answe to a short letter we wish to heare
from you as soon as posable When you write Direct Your letters to the
fork shols post offas give our best respecks to all inquirings fiends
we remain your humble sun and Daughter until Deth Gaston Mary Terry
Mary wishes you all to sned word how you lake the place and whether you have bettered your selves or not [Bollin collection and transcription]
The above letter was written by Gaston Terry, son of Thomas Terry, is thirty years old and married to a Mary. His mother who is ill would be Rebecca Ann McDowell Terry, who should be 70 years old. The other persons mentioned would be Gaston's brother Charles and his wife,Permelia McElroy Terry. Harrison and Elizabeth "Betsy" Thompson are George's daughter and son-in-law. Gaston is apparently living on the land that was registered to Rebecca Ann Terry, his mother, on Fork Shoals Road in 1834.
1838- the following letter is from his other niece Hannah (Terry) and Charles Davenport.
S. C. Greenville District June 3th 1838
Dear uncle and ant I take this oppertunity
of sending you a few lines to in form you that wee are all well at this
time & the connection is all well at this time and is doing well as
fare as I know at this time I would like to know how you like that part
of countyr and how you are Satisfied with it I would like to heare how
you are doing and what land is worth as I have a notion to come and See
it as I think that is a better country thaen this for me our crops look
very bad at this time corn cotton wheet and oats all have a bad
prospect of good crops we have nother verry good to write to you only
that Hannah has a fine daughtor and her name is Polly Anne She was born
13th of December 1837 Hannah Sais that She wishes to be remembered by
her and ________ all tho it has bin a long time since she saw any of
you She has the same love for you as ever also She wiches to be
remembered to Aley miller tell here that She wished her much Joy and a
happy life to it also Isaac Loper and Jane and family wee would be glad
to hear from you how you are Doing and how you like that part of
country and what for crops your are making this year also how manny
bushels of corn your land will fetch to the acre also wheet & oats
Mr Loper Sir I wold take it as a faveor if you will write me a etter as
soonas you have the opopertunity of doing So also wee wont to know what
has become of old John Cursier and family and how they are doing and
here tha ar livintg and what tha are doing also joseph Eldon and nancy
and family also old John Young wher his is living now I must come to a
close so write to us Soon we have nothing more at presant but remain
yours until death.
Charles Devenport and Hannah Devenport [Bolin collection and transcription]
before 1838 - This undated letter was to George and Mary Terry in Indiana.
Harrison and Elizabeth Thompson. "
[Bolin collection and transcription]
1850- US Census, Indiana, Franklin Co.,
Whitewater Township. page 2
1860's - Mary Terry may have died. I have not been able to find a record for Isaac Soper or Loper in the USA in this census.
1850 - According to Ruth Miller Davis papers:
(Rowe) daughter of Maggie Jane (Flucky) born March 15, 1890
married Walter Thornton and they too had twin girls -- Coral and Carol,
born July 13, 1912.
Adelia May Flucky
married ________ Crothers and they had one daughter, Ruth, born October
[Davis papers p. 2]
1870 - US Census. Whitewater, Franklin
Co., IL, page 32
1880 - US Census. Whitewater, Franklin
Co., District 90. page 5, enumerator dist. 90.
1889 - Margaret Terry's obituary gives some
details of the family [clipping perhaps from Bookline, Indians
newspaper, files of Eunice Terry]
The notes of the Eunice Terry Family
"We haven't any record of any coming to America except George and his family. They landed in the south about Sept. 1808, Aily and Margaret being their first-born in America. Sometime after the death of the father, the mother with part of the children and and a step-son caem to Indiana from North Carolina. Three of the children remained in the south. The family made the trip to this state on foot. Sometime later the mother and Margaret (called Peggy) returned for a visti and made this trip on foot also.
When reaching this state they came to Franklin
county and decided to buy a home. They had the choice of two
farms, one where Richard Kerr now lives, the other where they bought on
"Old English Hill". This being preferred on account of drainage.
George the step-son died Nov. 8 1862 and was
buried on their farm and the mother died June 23, 1864 and buried at
the same place with several of the family and relatives. .....
About this time the cholera was in almost
every home, there were so many sick and so many deaths that there
weren't enough well people to care for the sick and to bury teh dead.
On almost every farm there are a few graves owing to the lack of time
to get the dead any farther. " [records of Eunice Terry]
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