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Alva Ansel Terry
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Birth: Jan. 21, 1869
Daviess County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1932
Chase County
Nebraska, USA

S/o Robert Jackson Terry & Susan Mariah Hammons Born January 21, 1869 Daviess Co, Missouri

Alva Terry's homestead in Chase County NE was 14 miles straight south of Elsie and 20 miles north of Wauneta. The 4-room sod house consisted of a kitchen, living room and two bedrooms. Their two chicken houses and milk house were also made of sod, but their barn was of wood, Pumped by a wind mill, running water ran through a wooden tank in the milk house to keep milk and cream cold and then emptied into a cistern. The Terry's sod house is assumed to have been built about 1900 when Alva Ansel and Luella DINNELL Terry moved onto the property with four young children William Robert, .John Everett, Hazel Bessie and Ethel Mae.

Alva and Luella had been married 21 Sept 1892 in Hayes County, Nebraska, and lived several places in Nebraska and Kansas before homesteading. Both were born in Daviess County, Missouri.

Five children were born to Alva and Luella Terry in their Chase County sod house between 1903 and 1912. They were George Clayton, Alice Myrtle, twins; Sylvester Creed and Sylvia Jane and lastly Gladys Marie.

Only Sylvester (Buck) who lives in Salem, Oregon, and Gladys Silvrants remain of this large family. Alice died at age 19 and William drowned in a tragic 1929 boating accident along with a brother of Carrie Fisher Terry, wife of Sylvester.Mae Miller passed away in 1973 and the other four siblings, Hazel Powell, Sylvia Bodeman, John and George in the past five years or so. Several of them lived their lives in Chase County or nearby. Their mother, Luella DINNELL Terry, lived to the age of 92 in Wauneta near her daughter Sylvia. After marrying and starting families in western Nebraska, three of the children moved with other relatives to Salem, Oregon in the 1940's where you will find Terry, Miller, Powell and Brown descendants.

The soddie served the family for many years, but they eventually built a big new house on the same property In the early 1920's when there were only the five youngest children, all Soddie Babies, still at home. The new house had four bedrooms upstairs, The main floor had a bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen and sewing room with a poured cement basement under part of it.

The Terry children all rode horses three miles to school. Some of the teachers remembered by Sylvester were Mellie Ingles, Frieda Hanna who married Fred Towachee, Carl Harvey and Belle Hagarty, Miss Hagarty boarded with the Terry family and Sylvester remembers with distaste having to wait around after school. He with sisters Sylvia and Gladys and the teacher drove a buggy to and from school. The family were members of the Church of Christ and went to church In this same schoolhouse.

Alva Terry had a large orchard of cherry, apple, peach and plum trees. There were mulberry trees and red grapes in the draw. He was well-known for his watermelon and always grew an abundant crop with people coming many miles for his special watermelon. He always gave them all they could eat on the spot, but they had to pay for any they took with them. The youngest son, Sylvester, married Carrie Fisher in 1928. They lived with his folks and 'Buck' farmed with his Dad those first few years. Their first daughter, Leah, was born during this time, 'Buck' hauled lots of grain 14 miles to the Elsie elevator by team and wagon. It took most of the day to make this round trip. When Alva Terry died in March 1932, they had 500 acres of corn. SODDIE BABIES Chase County USGenWeb & AHGP Site

By Shirley SIEMS Terry
Family links: 
  Robert Jackson Terry (1832 - 1897)
  Susan Mariah Hammond Terry (1845 - 1932)
  Louella I Dinnel Terry (1872 - 1965)
  William Robert Terry (1893 - 1929)*
  John Everett Terry (1894 - 1986)*
  Hazel Bessie Terry Powell (1897 - 1984)*
  Ethel "Mae" Terry Miller (1900 - 1973)*
  George Clayton Terry (1903 - 1987)*
  Alice Myrtle Terry (1905 - 1924)*
  Sylvester Creed Terry (1908 - 1992)*
  Sylvia Jane Terry Moody (1908 - 1985)*
  Gladys Marie Terry Silvrants (1912 - 2010)*
  Fannie E. Terry (1853 - 1864)**
  Lewis F. Terry (1855 - 1865)**
  George C Terry (1857 - 1925)**
  Charles W. Terry (1862 - 1864)**
  John Grant Terry (1865 - 1917)*
  Martin Sherman Terry (1866 - 1935)*
  Alva Ansel Terry (1869 - 1932)
  Mary Frances Terry Ackerman Glasscock (1871 - 1947)*
  Ella Evelina Terry Craig (1873 - 1942)*
  David Newton Terry (1875 - 1963)*
  Robert Jackson Terry (1878 - 1879)*
  Ida Mae Terry Breeden (1880 - 1954)*
  Cordia Alice Terry Harrah (1883 - 1971)*
  James Logan Terry (1885 - 1940)*
  Benjamin Harrison Terry (1889 - 1927)*
*Calculated relationship
Elmer Cemetery
Hayes County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Block 11 Lot 179
Created by: T.Pat Wolfe
Record added: Jul 13, 2010
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Alva Ansel Terry
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Alva Ansel Terry
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Alva Ansel Terry
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