George Washington Terry

George Washington Terry

Death 11 Feb 1906 (aged 71)
Bates, Scott County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Scott County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 130651677 · View Source
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George Washington Terry was born January 1, 1835, most likely in Saline County, Arkansas. His father, Stephen S. Terry, was found in 1836 on a tax list in Saline County, Arkansas. His mother was named Unity and it is believed she was a Bankston, but there is no proof for this supppostion that I'm aware of.

George was found in 1850 on the Saline County, AR census with his brother James living with their uncle George Terry. Their parents evidently having died about 1838/ca 1839 respectively.

George is next found in Scott County, Arkansas in the 1860 census with his wife Arena and daughters Polly and Margaret. The census has been transcribed as Anna for his wife, but it looks like Arina to me. I have more proof from a record I copied at the Scott County Courthouse I will refer to.

It should also be noted that in 1860 George and Arena are living next door to Ezra & Pernina Jones and one of the daughters in Ezra's houshold was Emeranda.

George served in the Civil War (which explains the time lapse in the births of their children):

Pension #11198 George W. Terry
Widow: Sarah E. Terry
Co. I, 2nd Regiment Arkansas M (Militia?)
Served 1861-65
Veteran applied for pension 28 Aug 1901
Widow applied for pension 14 Aug 1907
Veteran died 11 Feb 1907

In 1870 George and Arena are still living in Scott County with daughters: Polly, Margaret, Mary and Terrcie. They also have living in their household Emeranda Jones and a two year old named William T. Jones.

I found a document at the Scott County, Arkansas Courthouse wherein George was named as executor for the estate of Ezra Jones. This document was being refiled after the courthouse burned down in 1882. Ezra's descendants are named as follows: Starlin T. Jones, Nancy Hunt, Arena Terry, Emeranda Jones, Henry Jones and two Choate grandsons (of an unnamed daughter).

I believe Arena died sometime between 1873-1874, when George married the widow Sarah Elizabeth Ann Wilson Welch about 1874 based on the birth year of their first child in 1874 or 1875. Sarah & George had six children.

I do not believe he married Anna Indiana Terry or Betty Barloe. I believe the person who published this information was incorrect. Nor do I think either lady can be proven by any record to have been a wife of George Washington Terry.

George died either Feb 11, 1906 (date on his marker) or Feb 11, 1907 (date on the Widow's Pension filed by Sarah). He is buried at Weeks Cemetery in Scott County, Arkansas. In the Widow's Pension that I have a copy of it states he lived at Bates, Scott County, Arkansas at the time of his death.

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  • Created by: Barbara Hale Reynolds
  • Added: 31 May 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 130651677
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Washington Terry (1 Jan 1835–11 Feb 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 130651677, citing Weeks Cemetery, Scott County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Hale Reynolds (contributor 47973169) .