The book "Murray County Heritage," compiled by The Murray County Heritage Committee documents the founding and early years of Murray County Georgia.
The first elections in 1834 were hotly contested. In fact the Governor was petitioned to call another election, and among those signing the petition was Duncan Terry.
The book also includes the Muster Roll of the Murray County Rangers of 1838. "In January, 1838 a group of Murray citizens petitioned Governor George R. Gilmer to address the subject of their exposure to Indian hostilities. J.W.P. Buckanan and William McGaughy apparently led the effort. The men wanted a competent military force, composed of residents of the county and therefore best calculated to protect it, feeling that the time had arrived when it was indispensible to the safety of the people and property of the section. The mounted soldiers would be accepted as part of the U.S. forces protecting the frontier, but would be stationed in Murray. Some 80 men signed the petition and soon the Rangers were formed.
Among those listed on the muster roll were: Terry, Wm. Terry, G.C. Terry, Duncan Carder, Thomas
The book also describes the founding of the Holly Creek Baptist Church on July 21, 1848. Among those attending were Joseph Terry, Dovina Terry, Constantine Terry, Wysette Terry, and Julia Ann Terry. It was commented that Joseph Terry may have been an early pastor for the church. Census records record Duncan as being a former baptist minister, and it may have been here that he preached.
"Holly Creek has had several houses of worship. The first structure was located some 300 yards back of the present building and was also used as a school according to the deed from Duncan Terry to the church dated December 11, 1855. "
"George C. Terry once had a store and business on the Old Federal Road north of Holly Creek/Fort Mountain. He applied for a liquor license in the late 1830's."
"This well-known house was built by Joe Terry and his sons in the 1890's"
The Terry's were an important family in Murray County Georgia, and they are mentioned often as the book progresses through the years and generations.
Also of note are the spellings of Terry women that I hadn't seen before. Wysetta, Wyzetta, or Wygetta, was spelled here Wysette. A search on Google resulted in a copy of this book, or parts of it, online here: http://www.murraycountymuseum.com/book_01.html
The 1830 Georgia Census only recorded the names of heads of household, and number of other members in several different categories. The name Lewis Terry appears in this census on page 28, line 4, dated June 1, with the following information: Males between the ages of 15 and 20 years -4 Males between the ages of 50 & 60 - 1 (Lewis, if born in 1770, would have been 60) Females between the ages of 50 & 60 - 1 (If Constance was born in 1765 she would be approximately 65, and appear in the next age group)
Total members of the household stood at 6, with no slaves recorded.
This would fit with the information I have with my family. The oldest male son, George C. Terry would have been 20 years old at this time, with the others being 19, 16 and 14 years old.
Nancy (Terry) Carder was married to Thomas Carder two years previously. In fact we see Thomas Carder on Page 27, living with a female between 15 & 20, and a child under 5yrs.
Back in February of 2002 I had a brief correspondence with Kaye Nichols, a genealogical researcher in Georgia. Her email failed shortly afterward, and I have never been able to get back in touch with her. She mailed me (via snail mail) a great genealogical report entitled "Descendants of Lewis Terry. " Being new to research and less diligent than I should have been, I entered the main points into my Family Tree Maker program and filed the hard copy. Then I exported a digital version from my FTM program and saved it to my hard drive.
As is usually the case, I was busy and wasn't able to get back to my research hobby for a number of weeks or even months. By that time I had forgotten about the hard copy, and assumed that Kaye emailed me the digital version.
To make a long story short, I just found the hard copy. Nine pages of great information. I won't have time to transcribe the whole thing for the website at one time, but will be blogging is bit by bit, and sending a copy via snail mail to my cousins.
So without further ado:
Descendants of Lewis Terry
Generation No. 1
1. Lewis1 Terry was born 1770 in Habersham County*, South Carolina. He married Constance. She was born 1765 in Virginia.
Children of Lewis and Constance are: + 2 i. George C.2 Terry, born July 07, 1810 in South Carolina; died January 01, 1888 in Murray County, GA. + 3 ii. William "Bill" Terry, born 1811 in Pendleton, South Carolina; died 1890 in Murray County, GA. 4 iii. Nancy Terry, born 1813 in South Carolina. She married Thomas Carder. + 5 iv. Joseph L. Terry, born March 12, 1814 in Pendleton, South Carolina; died August 23, 1880 in Darwar County, Texas. + 6 v. Duncan Terry, born December 25, 1816 in South Carolina; died 1862
* Various census records have Lewis Terry's birthplace in South Carolina. However the only Habersham County I have been able to locate is in Georgia, and was not created until 1818. The current location of Habersham County and the area once known as Pendleton District, South Carolina are less then 100 miles from each other. More research needed here.
Another item of note, that has been pointed out by other researchers, is that Constance would have been 51 years old at the time of Duncan's birth. It would be nice to have another source of information to confirm 1) the date of birth of Constance and 2) that Constance is actually Duncan's mother. Unfortunately the document I have doesn't list sources.
Here's some information sent to me on the family of Louis Lafayette Terry in OK.
Louis (Born 1888) and Ellen Terry had nine children, only three of which are living. They resided in Poteau, OK until their deaths. Louis died @1968, Ellen died @ 1974.
Raymond - accidently shot and killed at approx. 14 yrs. - I believe he was their first child.
Ward - may be a nickname, died in infancy
Carl - deceased @ 1990 in CA, was married to Thelma (now deceased) and they had three children.
Gene - deceased in Mena, AR (this could have been in the 80's), he was married to Ruth and they had three children: Raymond, Clifford and Connie. Gene served in the Army during WWII and was wounded in France. In later years he drove a truck and had a little ranch in Mena, AR.
She remembers hearing about "Long Luke" Terry. My mother remembers her uncle Louis A. Terry being referred to as "Big Luke" with Louis L. Terry as "Little Luke."
I received an email from a researcher of the Harkins family who had found a connection to the Terry Family. She gave me the following information
In the 1850 census in Murray Co, GA, next door to Lewis Terry is the Harkins family. Nancy Terry, believed to be the daughter of George Terry, married Asbury Harkins. Asbury's brother, Tilman married Jane Elizabeth Terry. She was on the other side of the houses, in the Carder household.
The family story is that Elizabeth and Nancy are sisters. When looking into application for Cherokee roll citizenship, both children of Nancy and Elizabeth list the same two people, one specifically listed as a grandmother. This makes them at least first cousins.
In a letter of information from Sarah Chastain, Tilman's sister, she states that Nancy D Pierce (Nancy Dovina Harkins Pierce, daughter of Tilman) is the 'daughter of Jane Harkins (nee Terry) whose great grandmother Nancy C Keith and who was the descendant of John Keith who were Cherokee Indian by blood.' and continues 'said Nancy D Pierce's grandparent was Polly Smith, who was also Cherokee Indian by blood.'
On Nancy's application she states she is related to John Keith and 'Polly Smith, my grandmother.'
From information on your site I do not see Polly Smith or any Keiths. These Cherokee relatives must be on the Terry side as Sarah Harkins Chastain stated has no interest in the application. Perhaps their mother?
The following are results of some great research conducted by my cousin, Ann, on a recent trip she made to Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Lewis A. Terry Son of Duncan & Wysetta Terry Born May 1853, Murray County, Georgia
We find Lewis Terry and his younger brother, Duncan Lafayette Terry living in Scott County Arkansas by 1880.
Duncan Lafayette "Fate" Terry (recorded as Delayafette in the AR 1880 census) is in Scott County for the 1880 census with his infant son, Louis Alexander Terry, his wife, Harriet Sliger Terry, and Harriet's young brother, James Sliger. Harriet's father and mother, W.C. and Hester McConnell Sliger, have both died before the 1880 census and their young children are in the homes of Harriet's two brothers - Pleasant W. Sliger and Francis Marion Sliger. I have found guardianship papers in Scott County court records naming these brothers as guardians.
Lewis Terry first appears in Scott County documents in 1880 and as follows:
1880 Scott County Arkansas Record of Guardian's Letters and Bonds, Volume A., Compiled by Delaine Edwards, May, 1994, published by Scott County Historical & Genealogical Society, PO Box 1560, Waldron, Arkansas 72958 Page 27: 8 October 1880, Waldron Amount: $250 L.A. Terry as guardian of R.L. Thomas, Minor. Security: J.O.A. Sullivan
1882 From Scott County Coroner's Inquisitions, Transcribed by Carolyn Hanna, 2002, Published by Scott County Historical and Genealogical Society: Mr. L.A. Terry is listed as a deputy sheriff of Scott Co. Arkansas and is deposed regarding the shooting death of W.T. Thomas on 7 July 1882. Mr. Dempsey makes a dying statement "to Mr. L.A. Terry, a deputy sheriff of Scott Co. Ark and that statement was reduced to writing by Mr. Terry and read over to Mr. Thomas before his death...." Later in the inquisition, L.A. Terry is interviewed and the interview is signed by him. ( Transcripts on file.)
1885 From Scott County Arkansas Will Record A, 1882-1918, Transcribed by Delaine Edwards, 1995, Published by Scott County Historical & Genealogical Society, PO Box 1560, Waldron, AR 72958 L.A Terry is the witness to the following wills: Kerby Goolsby, Sr., Page 31-33, 14 May 1885;
Record of Administrator's Bonds & Letters, Volume A, 1882-1932, Abstracted by Delaine Edwards, 1994, Published by Scott County Historical & Genealogial Society, PO Box 1560, Waldron, Arkansas, 72958. Page 39: Administrator's Bond 26 November 1885 Alfred Lovett as principal and L.A. Terry as surety in the amount of $150. Alfred Lovett as Administrator of the estate of Ruben Lovett, deceased.
1886 On Microfilm at the Fort Smith Public Library, Fort Smith, Arkansas OATH OF OFFICE: L.A. Terry, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute all lawful precepts, directed to the Marshal of the United States for the Western District of Arkansas, under the authority of the United States, and true returns make, and in all things well and truly, and without malice or partiality, perform the duties of Deputy Marshal of the Western District of Arkansas during my continuance in said office and take only my lawful fees, so help me God. Signed L.A. Terry (his signature) Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of January, 1886. J.C. Gilbreath , Clerk.
1889 Scott County Citizen, 1887-1891, Published by Scott County Historical and Genealogical Society, Fort Smith Public Library, Arkansas: On Microfilm at the Fort Smith Public Library, Fort Smith, Arkansas OATH OF OFFICE: L.A. Terry, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute all lawful precepts, directed to the Marshal of the United States for the Western District of Arkansas, under the authority of the United States, and true returns make, and in all things well and truly, and without malice or partiality, perform the duties of Deputy Marshal of the Western District of Arkansas during my continuance in said office and take only my lawful fees, so help me God. Signed L.A. Terry (his signature) Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of January, 1886. J.C. Gilbreath , Clerk.
1889 Scott County Citizen, 1887-1891, Published by Scott County Historical and Genealogical Society, Fort Smith Public Library, Arkansas:
25 Jan 1889 Scott County Citizen: Mr. L.A. Terry intends moving to Huntington soon. Bud has many friends here but their loss will be a gain for Huntington. 24 May 1889, Scott County Citizen: On last Sunday morning Mrs. Terry, wife of Lafayette Terry, a prisoner in the Scott County jail, put in her appearance at the jail building and asked leave to see her husband and to visit a few hours with him. Deputy Sheriff W.G. Jones...admitted her into the side-room of the jail house and turned the key and then went to the heavy jail door, unlocked it and presented Terry to his wife. Mr. Jones retired to the other end of the room leaving the couples at the end the door was in. He forgot to take the key from the lock...Terry made a dash for the door, turned the key and in a flash was out, running at breakneck speed...after a swift race Terry was overtaken by Dick Jones, brother of W.G. Jones.. Terry was brought back and placed in jail...
I received and email from one of the Mosely clan informing me I had mispelled the name as "Mosley" as "Mosely" in a couple of places on my Genealogy Website. I did a check and the misspelling only occurred on the GEDCOM output of my Family Treemaker file , so I need to go back to the source and correct it.
Nancy Caroline Carder, daughter of Berry and Melissa, married Thomas Lee Burris, son of Jacob Burris and Emeline Willbanks.
Nancy and Thomas Burris, Nancy's mother Melissa Roper Carder, and Nancy's brother Robert Carder are all buried in Fairy Cemetery in Hamilton County, Texas.
Nancy's sister, Olive Carder Willbanks, is buried with her husband Joe Willbanks in Hico Cemetery, also in Hamilton County.
Nancy and Thomas Burris had a daughter, Selma, who married Marion Lee Agee.
1830 Federal Census, Habersham County, Georgia, page 10 Iverson Carder, age 50-60 female 30-40 male 15-20 female 10-15 near son Thomas CARDER, age 20-30, page 27 female 15-20 female under 5
1840 Federal Census, Murray County, GA, District 824, page 14. (near William Wilbanks) Thomas Carder and wife both age 20-30 daughter age 10-15 son 5-10 son 5-10 son under 5 son under 5
1850 Federal Census, Murray County, GA, page 265A, 1621-1621. (next door to Nancy’s parents, Terry and Constance Lewis) Thomas Corder, 45 SC illiterate Nancy, 37 SC Elizabeth, 21 GA Berryman, 19 GA Thomas, 17 GA John, 13 GA Kimsey, 11 GA Ann, 9 GA Martha, 7 GA John B. KEITH, 5 GA Reugen J. KEITH, 1 GA
1860 Federal Census, Murray County, GA, Dist 972, Rock Creek, page 42. #286 George C. Terry, 49 SC, $5000-$2500 Nancy Carder, 47 SC Kimsey, 29 GA, farm laborer William H., 12 GA #287 M. G. West, 21 GA, farm laborer, $125 Sarah E., 23 GA William J., 8/12 GA #288 Berry Carder, 25 GA, farm laborer, $100, illiterate Malissa, 24 SC Olive, 2 GA Martha M., 5 GA
1870 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, District 1013, page 13, #91 Berry Carder, 36 GA, farm laborer, --- $200 Margaret M. Carder, 36 GA [Margaret Melissa Roper 1832-1917] Olive M. Carder, 11 GA Jane Carder, 7 GA Luella Carder, 5 GA Nancy C. Carder, 3 Rose E. Carder, 9/12, b. Nov. neighbors: Roberson Bates, 43 GA and John and Caroline Sellers, 45 and 43 NC
1880 Federal Census, Doolittle (972), Murray County, Georgia, 5 June 1880, page 10 near William Jackson Willbanks Malissa Carder, 44 GA SC SC, keeping house Lou E., 15 GA. at school Robbison, 7 GA Elisa, 4 GA Rosa ,10 GA, at school page 11. James J. Smith, 59 NC SC SC, wagon maker Jane, 58 SC SC SC Caroline Carder, 12 GA GA GA. at school, ward of Smith
Jackson, 16 GA William K., 12 GA John, 10 GA
1910 Federal Census, Tilton, Whitfield, Georgia Kimsey Carder, 75 GA GA GA, married 45 years, owns farm Sarah A., 61 GA GA SC, 8 of 11 children alive Nancy E., 30 GA GA GA Andrew J., 24 GA GA GA, carpenter at railroad building William, 21 GA GA GA, laborer for railroad John, 19 GA GA GA, farm laborer