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 Ibra Terry Wornick

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Ibra Terry Wornick

  • Birth 23 Jun 1866 Leon County, Texas, USA
  • Death 10 Aug 1945 Troup, Smith County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Troup, Smith County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 34808708

Ibra Terry Wornick was the oldest of seven children, born June 23, 1866 in Leon County, Texas to William David Wornick and Elizabeth Pate.

Soon after his birth the family moved to Navarro County. The family moved frequently, but finally settled in Hamilton County. A Troup Banner article printed in 1937 describes Ibra being given a book published in 1838, “The Family Physician,” by a Mr. Gallager to carry with him on a twenty three mile journey from Jonesboro in Coryell County to Hico in Hamilton County. The trip took two days by horseback.

When his father died in 1884, Ibra became the man of the house at seventeen. Not much is known of these days until he met and married Lilly Pearl Pennington October 22, 1896 in Coryell County.

As in other families of the times they moved frequently. Their first two children were born in Coryell County in 1898 and 1900. By 1902 they were living in Centerville in Leon County where their third child was born. In 1904 they were again living in Coryell County where their next child was born. In 1905 they were in McLennan County where their next child was born and in 1907 they were back in Coryell County where another son was born that year and then two daughters in 1909 and 1912. Also in 1912 the son born in 1907 died of pneumonia with tuberculosis as a probable contributing factor.

Shortly after the marriage their oldest daughter Grace in 1913 the rest of the family moved to Milano in Milam County. While living there two more children were born, a daughter in 1914 and another son in 1917.

In the later portion of World War I Ibra opted to move the family to East Texas where there were better opportunities. They arrived in Tecula in northern Cherokee County about 1918 where they lived on two separate Searcy owned properties and a third property owned by Johnny Johnson, all of which were located near Blackjack in Cherokee County. This is also where their last child was born in 1919.

After a couple of years they again moved to a property outside of Carlisle (now Price) in Rusk County. At the time the property was on the road from Troup to Carlisle but is now bypassed by Farm-to-Market (FM) Road 13 and is part of County Road 476. There they worked the fields, mostly accomplished by Terry and whichever brother or sister he could enlist the help of. Ibra wasn’t much of a farmer and relied on Terry to take care of the crops while he spent time wandering the local area and trading goods.

In late 1923 the family moved to the Henry’s Chapel area onto property owned by Buford Wilkinson located off of FM 13, now located at the end of County Road 4624.

From there they moved a couple of miles east to the Bud Stubblefield place off FM 13 that would now be on County Road 4614 just off the intersection with County Road 4616, on the south side of the road. The directions were to turn south off of FM 13 across from the old Stewart place located on the north side of FM 13 to get there. There they had a garden adjacent to the house and a large oak tree where they hung an old tire for a swing. Their neighbors were Albert Pace, Johnny Burton, Silas Ferguson, Obie Sadler and Bud Stubblefield.

In late 1925, or early 1926, the family moved to the property most of the family alive today refers to as ‘the farm.’ It was located three miles east of Troup, about a quarter mile south of Union Grove Baptist Church off Wright City Highway (now FM 15). The county line road (no longer there), known as ‘the lane,’ ran in front of the house. The farm was originally located on 37½ acres of land purchased by Terry from Charlie Whiteside, but was expanded when Ibra acquired an adjacent 37½ acres from Julian and Newel Jarvis, large landowners and businessmen of the area.

They farmed the land, raising all crops of the era until late 1944, or early 1945, when they sold the farm and moved to a rental house on E. Calvert St. at the corner of S. Athena St. in Troup. Their intent was to live there until Terry finished building their house at the corner of Athena and Magnolia. However, before the house could be finished Ibra passed away a few months after moving to town.

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  • Maintained by: Bill Elliott
  • Originally Created by: Gary Wills
  • Added: 14 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34808708
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ibra Terry Wornick (23 Jun 1866–10 Aug 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34808708, citing Union Grove Cemetery, Troup, Smith County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Bill Elliott (contributor 47799629) .