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Ricky Edward Terrell (#47828985)
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I have been searching my family line of Terrell's and merging families since about 1976 after watching the TV documentary "Roots" while stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA near the National Archives. There is no confusion that my 3rd Great Grand Parents are Joseph E. and Nancy Elizabeth Davis-Terrell; however, there is so much confusion about who JOSEPH Terrell was, when was he born, who his parents were, and who he married. These are the important facts that need to be captured. Recently I had doubts about Nancy's maiden name of Davis. However, after traveling to DeKalb County Georgia Court House to see the marriage license I no longer doubt it. Sources indicate there were two Joseph. According to several sources, Richmond R. and Mary Hough-Terrell had a son named JOSEPH, but not my Joseph. This Joseph is documented as being born 29 August 1822 in Piercetown, Anderson, South Carolina. My Joseph was purportedly born in 1823 in Lancaster, South Carolina. Mine was married to Nancy Davis and the other to Martha Jane Gregory. For me, this Piercetown Joseph and Martha Gregory-Terrell family who ultimately moved from South Carolina to Mississippi. In explaining this assumption, it is important to understand between 1700-1900, although not the RULE, families named new borne after their grandparents, aunts, and uncles; then the parents. The first son was named after the paternal grandfather, second after maternal grandfather, and the third son after the father. The same rule applied to daughters. My 2nd-Grandfather was William Richard "Bud" Terrell and purportedly Joseph's was Richard Richmond or Richmond Richard Terrell. This is where it gets confusing. My Joseph's children [fact] were Mary Margaret [after Mary Hough?]; Martha M. [after Martha Gregory?]; Nancy Jane [after Nancy Davis?]; Matilda Elizabeth (after Nancy's middle name and her mother?]. The first son of my Joseph was Doctor John C. Terrell [nickname DOC; not a profession?]; therefore, could Joseph's father be John Terrell. I know factually, Nancy "Davis" is Nancy Elizabeth and believe her father was Joseph Lafayette Davis. An discovery about Joseph Davis revealed two of his daughters where named Nancy and Elizabeth, but accordingly were married to someone other. In adding to the confusion, Nancy was 30-years old; more than 10-years older than Joseph. They married 11 December 1842 in DeKalb County, Gerogia. However, Joseph was listed as Ferrell and not Terrell; a commom mistake when hearing one say it, plus other documents indicated Joseph could not read or write. Joseph and family had the unique opportunity to be listed in the Alabama and Georgia 1850 census. The name Ferrell was repeated in the 1850 U.S. Georgia census, but Terrell in the Alabama. There is the supposition that Nancy could have been married before Joseph. Why did they marry, well; remembering they married 11 December 1842 a hint of why might be found in the birth of there first children, Nancy Jane and Martha M., twins, were born 26 May 1843; about five months after being married; maybe a "shotgun" wedding. I am now weighing families in the 1830 South Carolina Census to determine who had sons between five and ten to narrow the possibilities. Although I am still searching; the greatest possibility is Joseph R. and Elizabeth Frances Hoff-Terrell.
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Dick Marsh
Tolberts in Cheatham Hill
Hi Ricky,

I processed the edits that you sent. If the Tolberts are related to you, I'd be happy to transfer their memorials. Just submit the requests.

Dick Marsh
Added by Dick Marsh on Jul 12, 2016 6:43 PM
Nancy Cornelius
Freddie Terrell
I did not know of this connection, but you are much closer related than myself. So certainly I will send the transfer. I do have Modene "Jennie" Cornelius Terrell in my family tree, but she is not a direct connection. Would like to talk to you about her dad Aaron C Cornelius to see if you know anything about him. Email me at
Added by Nancy Cornelius on Apr 02, 2016 8:01 AM
Catherine Whitten Wilson
I finally had time to check, but it looks like mine was a duplicate memorial, so I deleted it. Her name was Lucinda Catherine Whitten, and she was the daughter of William Whitten and Zillah Shamblin.I sent an edit to attach William Whitten to the Lucinda Catherine Whitten Wilson memorial buried at Hopewell.
Thanks for catching this!
Added by Tisha on Nov 19, 2015 8:30 AM
Judy K. Brantley/Wilson
Benjamin Cleveland
I didn't realize there was another memorial for him - I have deleted mine. Thanks for letting me know.
Added by Judy K. Brantley/Wilson on Jun 23, 2015 12:09 AM
Pleasant and Amy Terrill Cobbs
Thank you for the information. Damascus sure was a landing place for Virginia Quakers. I will have to remind myself where my ancestors came through, in Northern Virginia, before landing in Southwestern PA and Eastern Ohio. They probably all funneled through a few of the same meetings.
Added by jhb on May 26, 2015 9:29 AM
rhonda bruce
RE: Your Appreciation
Greetings, I have my Readers you had mentioned about the spelling of ones surnames, my Holsonback line, we have found 98 ways to spell it including Holsomback, amazing to me how they did not know how to read probably nor spell being Census recorders....also my Hulsey line and Kirby, Kearby and the like

rhonda bruce
Added by rhonda bruce on May 03, 2015 4:23 PM
rhonda bruce
RE: Your Appreciation
I just got thru with surgery, I agree with all the bad spelling's and thank you for the corrections, our lines seem to intertwine a bit in the King line
Added by rhonda bruce on May 02, 2015 4:02 PM
Wm Turnipseed
Thank you for the information. I have added his parents and I might add your census info to his bio. Thanks,

Added by rhondajo on Apr 12, 2015 8:01 PM
Jo "West" Stallbohm
Louthenia E Crampton
I have deleted my duplicate #63101123. Would you like for me to transfer her memorial to you? Thanks, Jo
Added by Jo "West" Stallbohm on Mar 15, 2015 11:36 AM
Louise (Bruman) Dice
John Cooley
Check out the John Cooley memorial. I made the changes per your email. You can remove your edits and re-submit them by going to the edit tab on your profile page. Look at the edits you have pending, there you can delete your edit and start over. I have done this a few times. If you would like John's memorial transferred to you, send me a note with your ID number. I am not related to anyone in Tennessee. Good luck with your research. Louise
Added by Louise (Bruman) Dice on Mar 14, 2015 1:58 PM
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