1920 Federal Census, McMinn County, Tennessee, 5 January, Etowah Town, District
58, page 5A, 113 7th St, Hse #68, Fam #89
Terry, Emma Head Rents M W 48 Widowed GA GA GA Boarding House Keeper
Terry, Lois Dau M W 18 Single GA GA
U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
Applicant Richard Wayne Flora
Application 11 Jan 1956, SAR Membership #80024
Born 31 January 1936 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Father Wayne Wrightsman Flora
Birth 2 June 1900 South Haven, Michigan (still living in 1955)
Mother Lorraine Terry
Birth 23 September 1902 Gorman, Texas (still living in 1955)
Married 26 June 1923 Detroit, Michigan
Grandfather Ernest Bruce Terry
Birth 12 June 1880 De Leon, Texas, Death 20 August 1945 Tahoka, Texas
Grandmother Frances Hutley
Birth 21 May 1884 Lone Grove, Texas (still living in 1955)
Married 10 May 1900
Great Grandfather John Williamson Terry
Birth 6 February 1840 Madison Parish, Louisiana, Death 21 August 1902 De Leon,
Great Grandmother Rebecca Alice Nelson
Birth 27 July 1849, Death 28 December 1932 Shelbyville, Tennessee
Married 15 June 1865
Great Great Grandfather Todd Robinson Terry
Birth 1811 Anson County, North Carolina, Death 14 Dec 1847 near Mobile,
Great Great Grandmother Mary Eliza Hill
Birth 1816, Death 14 March 1863 Rusk County, Texas
Married 2 July 1837
Great Great Great Grandfather Eli Terry
Birth abt 1772 Anson County, North Carolina, Death 1836 Autauga County,
Mary A Pickett Birth Richmond County, North Carolina (adjacent to Anson Co)
Married 17 December 1799
Great Great Great Great Grandfather James Terry
Birth 19 November 1746 Edgecomb County, North Carolina, Death 27 May 1816
Richmond County, North Carolina
Great Great Great Great Grandmother Anna Robards
Birth 13 February 1756 Cumberland County, North Carolina, Death Richmond
County, North Carolina
Married 24 May 1771
5 Great Grandfather William Terry
Birth abt 1725 Carolina County, Virginia, Death 1776 Anson County, North
5 Great Grandmother Mary Raiford
Birth 1728 Cumberland County, North Carolina, Death Unknown
Married abt 1745 Edgecomb County, North Carolina
William Terry was a "recognized Patriot -- furnished
The middle name of Louis A Terry is likely Alexander. I have not found it
definitely documented, but his brother Duncan Lafayette named his first son
Louis Alexander, who also named his son Louis Alexander. There is a pattern
in this Terry line for brothers to name sons after their brothers, rather than
fathers naming their sons after themselves.
Louis Lafayette Terry was born in February 1880, a few weeks before the 1880
census. He is recorded with his family in Scott County, Arkansas.
1880 Federal Census, Scott County, Arkansas, 5 June, Lafayette, District 172,
page 10B, Hse/Fam #89
Terry, Delayafette W M 26 Head Farmer Born in Georgia, parents born in South
Terry, Harriet W F 21 Wife Keeping House Born in Louisiana, parents born in
Terry, Louis W M 5mos born Feb 1880 Son At Home AR GA LA
"My grandmother is Hettie Maye Terry Mosley Trotter [daughter of Duncan
Lafayette Terry and Harriet Sliger]. Her siblings were Ola, Donnie, Louis
Alexander and William Lafayette.
-- firstname.lastname@example.org, Anonymous comment on genealogy
In 1910, both Louis (Lewis) and his wife Sarah are "servants" working as farm
laborers for a family named Rose. This may be a kinsman, but the relationship
has not been determined. They have been married for 3 years but have only one
child, a new daughter, 5 months old.
1910 Federal Census, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, 14 May, Shady Point, District
161, page 12A, Hse #210, Fam #213
Terry, Lewis A servant M W 30 Married for 3yrs AR GA AR Farm Laborer
Terry, Sarah servant F W 18 Married for 3yrs AR USA AR
Terry, Jessie M daughter [of Lewis and Sarah] F W 5mos OK AR AR
In 1918, he is living back across the border in Bates, Scott County, Arkansas,
and working as a carpenter for a company in Hartsford, Sebastian County,
Arkansas. We get this and other details from Louis' WWI draft registration
Louis Alexander Terry
Born 9 January 1880
Residence Bates, Scott County, Arkansas
Occupation Carpenter, employed in Hartsford, Sebastian County, Arkansas
Eyes Blue, Hair Dark
Wife Sarah Terry
Registration Waldon, Arkansas, 12 September 1918
In the 1920 census, he was reproted as the City Marshall of Panama, Oklahoma,
wehre he was living.
1920 Federal Census, LeFlore County, Oklahoma, 2 January, Panama, District
116, page 3B, Country Roads, Hse #14, Fam #16
Terry, Lewis A Head Owns M W 39 Married GA GA GA City Marshall [b abt 1880]
Terry, Sarah Wife F W 27 Married AL GA GA [b abt 1892]
Terry, Jessie Dau F W 11 Single OK GA AL [b abt Sept 1908]
Terry, Louise Dau F W 1yr4mos Single OK GA AL [b abt Aug 1918]
A news story reports that by 1921 he was a peace officer in Poteau, also in
LeFlore County, Oklahoma. The article is somewhat ambiguous, but it appears
Louis, also known as Luke, is a deputy sheriff. This appears to be a county
position, since the illegal still they busted is northwest of Spiro:
The Poteau Weekly Sun, September 15, 1921
"Officers Capture Still.
"Wednesday morning of this week Deputy Sheriff Costello, assisted by Officers
Luke Terry and Oscar Krebs, captured a still of twenty-gallon capacity that
was running full blast when the officer made the raid. G. R. Herriott and
Leon Kellam were arrested and brought to Poteau and lodged in jail, charged
with operating the still, and one gallon of hooch was brought in as evidence
against them. The still was located about six miles northwest of Spiro and
the officers consider it a good haul."
Luke is still active with the Sheriff's Department in 1922 against
moonshiners. Stories in the papers indicate there was a lot of public outcry
over the drunkenness and social disorder in LeFlore County, and
dissatisfaction with the small fines ($5) given for the too-common public
The Poteau News, June 15, 1922
"Sheriff's Force Round 'Em Up.
"John Hunt and his force have been on some mighty big still hunts for the past
two weeks..., and several men are out on bond waiting county, state and
"Last week a man named John Jones at Shady Point, and his still were captured.
This went to the federal court and the commissioner at Sallisaw put him under
a bond of one thousand dollars.
"Sunday night, Hunt, Ruyle, Terry and Hardesty made a raid three miles west of
Wister and picked up a man named Maxwell with the goods. Ruyle first bought a
quart from him and the boys succeeded in getting him on three charges. He is
"John Hunt and Luke Terry went to Monroe last Monday and raided a house,
capturing some jake and other stuff."
Luke was later either still with the sheriff's office or already a US Marshall
in Spiro, Oklahoma. The following story is unclear exactly what his office
was. He is not referred to as a U S Marshall but was given responsibility by
the US Marshall's office for a prisoner. He could have been still a Sheriff's
deputy but had official authority under the marshall's office for the man he
was to apprehend.
In the course of his duty, he shot a man named Hal Evans and was charged and
convicted of manslaughter. Here is a copy of the court ruling on his appeal
of his conviction on manslaughter in the first degree. This document recounts
a summary of the event and the testimony.
Terry v State
1926 OK CR 368
249 P. 1113
35 Okl. Cr. 229
Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
Cite as: 1926 OK CR 368, 35 Okl. Cr. 229, 249 P. 1113
Appeal from District Court, LeFlore County; E. F. Lester, Judge.
Luke Terry was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree, and he appeals.
Sam A. Neely, W. D. Wooley, and W. C. Peters, for plaintiff in error.
George F. Short, Atty. Gen., for the State.
BESSEY, P. B. The plaintiff in error, Luke Terry, was convicted of
manslaughter in the first degree, with his punishment fixed by a jury at
confinement in the state penitentiary for a term of ten years.
No briefs have been filed in support of this appeal, and from this the court
may assume that the appeal is without merit, or that the same has been
abandoned. This being a homicide case, the court has examined the record with
care, and finds that the information sufficiently charged the crime of murder,
and that the evidence amply supports a conviction for manslaughter and
included offense. The instructions of the court fairly stated the law of the
case, and that the plaintiff in error in all respects was accorded a fair
The evidence shows that Hal Evans, the man slain, was one among many others
who had left the employment of the railway company on a strike; that the
plaintiff in error, Luke Terry, was posse comitatus under the United States
marshal for the Eastern district of Oklahoma; that the deceased, Evans, and
others engaged in the strike had been enjoined by the United States court of
the Eastern district from in any manner interfering with the operation of the
railroad or its employees, and that there may have been a hostile feeling
between the former employees then on strike and the officers, whose duty it
was to see that the provisions of the injunction should not be violated. Other
than this, the evidence shows that there had been no personal controversy or
animosity existing between the plaintiff in error and the deceased.
The tragedy took place at a railway station in the presence of many witnesses,
several of whom testified that the plaintiff in error assaulted the deceased
without just cause or provocation, and, in the course of the altercation,
fired the fatal shot. The evidence would have sustained a verdict for murder.
The verdict for manslaughter will therefore not be disturbed.
The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.
DOYLE and EDWARDS, JJ., concur.
There is an oddity about reports concerning Marshall Luke Terry. Family and
public sources, and the associated dates, confirm that Louis Alexander Terry
and Luke Terry are the same person. The oddity comes in another court trial
in 1932. Marshal Luke Terry, still (or again) on duty in Spiro, Oklahoma, is
again on trial for killing a suspect in Spiro.
The date of the offence is uncertain but a news story during the trail is
dated 17 October, and references to another incident mentions December 1931.
The victim this time is name Charlie Lemons, who was shot in alleged
resistance at the time of an attempted arrest. In a news story during the
trial he is referred to as "Night Marshall Luke Terry."
The date of the news article during the trial in 17 October . But in
1926 he was convicted to ten years for manslaughter. So this next killing was
only 6 years into the ten years term, yet he is again functioning as a
Marshall in the same location. In early November 2007, I found a blog of a
nephew of Louis "Luke" Terry with some comments. This is the person who had
constructed the Terry Family History website a few years ago. He comments
that Luke was tried for murder after he had served time for manslaughter.
This confirms that the two trials are for the same Deputy Sheriff Luke Terry.
This would mean that he did not serve the full term for the first conviction.
I still have not discovered whether he was convicted in this second trial.
He comments in this same posting that his great-grandfather Duncan Lafayette
Terry was convicted and served time in the Ohio State Penitentiary for selling
liquor to the Indians. I had found this listing of Duncan as a convict, but
was uncertain whether this was our same Duncan Lafayette Terry. But this
It seems odd, that even if he was released early, the US Marshall would have
rehired him as a marshall, being a convicted killer.
Info from :
-- Lawmen and Outlaws, OKGENWEB, http://marti.rootsweb.com/law/pic/lterry.htm
-- Terry Family Historian, actual clipping,
I found also that on his son's birth certificate in 1922, Luke's occupation at
that time is Guard, Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Louis A Jr was born on 23
June 1922. This is just 8 days after Deputy Luke is reported (above) as
involved in the arrests and confiscation of the stills in the county! Perhaps
the sheriff's officers alternated in field duty and as guards at the prison.
"Deputy Sheriff Costello, assisted by
Officers Luke Terry and Oscar Krebs" -- Poteau (Oklahoma) Weekly Sun, 15 Sept
1900 Federal Census, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, 6 June, Township 8,
District 74, page 5A, Hse #88, Fam #93
Terry, Joseph W Head W M Nov 1838 61 Widowed GA SC SC Farmer Rents
Holt, Sarah T W F Aug 1859 40 Widow 0 children/0 living GA GA SC
Terry, Jane A Dau W F Mch 1884 14 [should be 16] Single AR GA SC
Terry, Louis L Son W M Jan 1886 14 Single AR GA SC
Terry, Lillie R Dau W F Jan 1892 8 Single AR GA GA
1910 Federal Census, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, 13 May, Spiro Township,
District 162, page 17B, Hse #304, Fam #313
Terry, Joe W Head M W 71 Widowed GA GA SC Farmer (Renting farm)
Terry, Lillie Dau F W 18 Single AR GA AR
Holt, Sarah Dau F W 51 Widow GA GA GA
Terry, Lewis L Son M W 21 Single AR GA AR Farm
Raymond A Terry
Burial Pleasant View Cemetery, Shawnee, Johnson County, Kansas
Created by David Woody Sep 05, 2011
-- Find A Grave Memorial #76026854,
Louis Alexander "Luke" Terry
Birth Jan. 9, 1880 Arkansas
Death Oct. 15, 1958 Oklahoma
Spouse Sarah Elizabeth McCullar Terry (1891 - 1974)
Burial New Hope Garden of Memories, Spiro, Le Flore County, Oklahoma
Created by Frances Allen Titsworth Dec 15, 2013
-- Find A Grave Memorial #121750918,