Ezra Terrill was the son of Zalmon and Betty (Shepherd) Terrill. He was the husband of Roxanna (Elliott) Terrill. They were married Pavilion, New York February 20, 1815. Roxanna died May 3, 1884. Ezra served during the War of 1812.
Ezra Terrill, one of the pioneer fathers of Genesee county, died in Pavilion a few weeks since, and last week the Le Roy Currier published the following locally interesting notice of him:
Ezra Terrill was born at Bennington, Vt, Nov. 5th, 1789. When an infant one year of age his parents removed to Van Rensselaer's Patent, now Rensselaer County, New York. They remained there until Ezra was about seven years old, when in the state of Empire they were at war, they took their way again, locating this time at Marcellus, Onondaga County. Ezra Terrill with his parents in this place, assisted his father in farming matters, and improving such meagre opportunities as the region afforded for the attainment of an education, until he became twenty years of age. The aprin^ preceding his majority, that of 1810, he in company with Roswell Newell, a neighboring young man of about his own age, came on foot to the present town of Byron, and engaged to work during the season for (????) Preston. In the fall he returned home, here he remained during the winter. The glowing accounts which he gave of the beauty and fertility of the Genesee country induced his father, Zalmon Terrill, to go with him the next spring to seek out the ratio in that region, while the father was so pleased with the outlook, that together with Ezra he purchased the three quarter (BecHuh) of land bounded on the east by the road running north and south through Union Center; on the north by the road to Pavilion Center; on the west by the line of lots three quarter of a mile west of the Union Cornels road, and on the south by the highway running past George Van Buren's present residence, containing three hundred and sixty actes of land. Zalmon built a log-house near where the highway crosses the line, just west of the Wesley Chapel and a few rods east of the present residence of Edward Cheney. In this house Ezra lived with his parents until 1815, when he married Miss Roxanna Elliot, of Cherry Valley, N. Y. She was a sister of Mrs. Eljiah Phelps who came in the year 1811, to the new country to bear her sister company. After his marriage he lived on the northeastern corner of the section, and occupied one hundred acres of the farm now owned by the children of Duncan McMillan. Here he resided until 1833 when he purchased the old farm of his father and removed to the place of his subsequent residence and of his death. On the west Mr. Terrill joined farms with Lovell Cobb. When Mr. Terrill began housekeeping there was no highway in all his neighborhood. He was obliged to go to Le Roy to mill as well as for many necessaries of life. Religious meetings were held in the log school houses, and attended by such traveling preachers as might happen along. Miss Laura Terrill, a sister of the subject of this sketch, taught the first school within the limits of the present town of Pavilion. When neighbors visited each other, blazed trees by day, and lighted firebrands by night told the way, and when all were snug in bed at night the howl of the wolf was no common lullaby. There were no poor houses then, nor many jails. The pioneers were a hardy, industrious race with no time to become paupers or criminals. Mr. Terrill was one of the exemplary men of his time and generation. He was polite and was never found wanting when his opinion was desired upon any topic of local or general interest. In religion he was a Universalist. and during his whole life was an ardent supporter of that faith. In matters of reform or improvement he was always an active and vital worker, and while careful and prudent in money matters, had always an open purse toward charity. He was, in a few words, a worthy member of that worthy pioneer band whom we try at all times proud to regard as our ancestors.
Roxanna Elliott Terrill
Died Mar 31, 1876
Ae 86 yrs 5 mos"