Duncan TERRY Joseph William TERRY George Walter TERRY Martha L TERRY Mary E TERRY Louis A TERRY Louis Alexander TERRY Donnie Lee TERRY Hettie Maye TERRY William Lafayette TERRY Ola D TERRY Harriet SLIGER Ina ADAMS Mollie WALTON Wysetta NOLASTNAME Mini tree diagram
Duncan Lafayette TERRY

Duncan Lafayette TERRY1,3,4,11,7,9,5,12,13

about 18555 - after 19109,10

Life History

about 1855

Born in Murray County, Georgia.1,2,3,4

(most likely)


Born in Georgia.9

(less likely)


Born in Georgia.5

(less likely)

between 1860 and 1870

Resident in Georgia Militia District 1013, Murray, Georgia.1,5


Married Harriet SLIGER in Scott County, Arkansas.2,7

about 1879

Married in Harriet Sliger, Scott County, Arkansas.2


Residence2 in Lafayette, Scott, Arkansas.7

9th Jan 1880

Birth of son Louis Alexander TERRY in Scott County, Arkansas.2,14,15,16,17

29th Feb 1884

Birth of daughter Donnie Lee TERRY in Spiro, Leflore County, Choctaw Nation.18,19,16

12th Dec 1886

Birth of daughter Hettie Maye TERRY in Indian Territory.20,21,13,22,23,24,16,25

21st Jul 1889

Birth of son William Lafayette TERRY in Oaklodge, Choctaw, Nation, Indian Territory.11,26,27


Birth of daughter Ola D TERRY in Indian Territory.11,20,28


Death of Harriet SLIGER in Scott County, Arkansas.2

19th Sep 1896

Married in Ina Adams, Waldron, Scott County, Arkansas.6

Sep 1896

Residence3 in Oak Lodge, Indian Territory, residence on marriage certificate.2

19th Sep 1896

Married Ina ADAMS in Sebastian County, Arkansas.3

before Nov 1905

Death of Ina ADAMS in Oklahoma.8

Nov 1905

Residence4 in Spiro, Central District, Indian Territory, Residence on marriage license.8

9th Nov 1905

Married Mollie WALTON in Spiro, Central District, Indian Territory.4,8

9th Nov 1905

Married in To Mollie Gaddy, Spiro, Central District, Indian Territory.8


Residence5 in Prices Chapel, Sequoyah, Oklahoma.9

after 1910

Died in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma.9,10


  • The Terry Family History reconstructed much of Duncan LafayetteTerry's life.  This was the starting point of my investigation intohis life, as a cousin of my great-grandfather Thomas Duncan Terry.That research reports limited details of the last few years of hislife.

    The will of Duncan Terry refers to Duncan L Terry as the youngestchild of Duncan Terry.  He is willed a slave family, named as "Dennismy Negro man 42 years old, Edna his wife 29 years old, Harriet a girla year old, Sally 4 years old and John one year old and the home placeknown as part of a lot of land No. two hundred and ninety-nine and aportion of lot to this hundred which fill ... to my part of myfather's estate in  this divide of his land."  These are willed to hiswife till Duncan is 21 years old.  Duncan, born in 1855, would havebeen 7 years old when his father died.  I do not have the exact monthof Duncan Lafayette's birth.

    1860 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, 26 July, Georgia MilitiaDistrict 1013, PO Hoplers Mills, page 92-93, Hse #653, Fam #624
    Duncan Terry 47 M Georgia  Former Baptist Preacher 4000 3000 SouthCarolina
    Wyzitta Terry 43 F South Carolina
    Duncan L 3 M Georgia

    In 1870 Duncan Lafayette is in the home of his widowed mother WysettyTerry.

    1870 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, 21 July, Militia District1013, PO Spring Place, page 2 (scan p544), Hse/Fam #11
    Terry, Wysetty  55 F W Keeping House South Carolina
    Terry, Duncan L 15 M W Farm Laborer Georgia

    They sold the land and moved west before his mother's death.  Theymoved to Scott County, Arkansas, near Waldron, east of Little Rock.Wysetta lived to be 104 years old, surviving an Indian attack on theirArkansas homestead, and suffering a scalping that left her injured andliving with a metal plate in her head for the rest of her life.

    Duncan Lafayette later moved west near Fort Smith, then finally intoeastern Indian Territory, while cousins were in northern Texas andsouthern Indian Territory.  In 1880, he was enumerated in the U SCensus with his wife Harriet Sliger.  Note that her nephew's familyname is spelled Sligo by the enumerator.

    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 bornin South Carolina
    Terry, Harriet W F 21 Wife  Keeping House Born in Louisiana, parentsborn in Tennessee.
    Terry, Louis W M 5mos born Feb 1880  Son At Home AR GA LA
    Sligo, James W M 5 Wife's brother's orphan  At Home AR TX TN

    "Duncan Lafayette Terry: I'm noticing on several family treesregarding Duncan Terry and Harriet Sliger that they are missing mygrandmother.  My grandmother is Hettie Maye Terry Mosley Trotter[daughter of Duncan Lafayette Terry and Harriet Sliger].  Her siblingswere Ola, Donnie, Louis Alexander and William Lafayette.  She was bornDec 12, 1886 in Indian Territory, Oklahoma and died April 15, 1969 inLos Angeles, Calif.  She had 3 children, Olive Mosley, Maggie Mosleyand Woodrow L Mosley (my father).
    --  pjsj1970juno.com, Anonymous comment on genealogy

    After Harriet's death, Duncan married Ina Adams.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Duncan Lafayette Terry
    Age 41, Birth Year abt 1855
    Residence Skullyville, Oak Lodge, Indian Territory
    Spouse's Name Ira Adams
    Spouse's Age 18 [b abt 1878]
    Spouse's Residence Oak Lodge, Indian Territory
    Marriage 15 Sep 1896 Sebastian County
    Marriage License Date 11 Sep 1896

    Ina died in 1905.  Soon after Ina's death that same year D L marriedMollie Walton Gaddy.  The ceremony was performed by the Mayor ofSpiro, Indian Territory.

    Choctaw Nation Marriage
    DL Terry, Age 50, of Spiro, Oklahoma
    Mrs Mollie Gaddy, Age 32, of Spiro, Oklahoma
    License #issued 6 Nov 1905
    Married by J Wesley Smith , Mayor of Spiro 09 Nov 1905 Spiro, CentralDistrict, Indian Territory
    Certificate #2695 Filed 10 Nov 1905
    Marriage Records, LeFlore County. Oklahoma, Bk C, Pg 130

    The 1910 census reported Lafayette and his third wife Mollie Gaddy,with a grandson Rosco Grant (or some similar name, hard to read in thecensus).  They were in Prices Chapel, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma.  Thisis consistent with our earlier information of him in Choctaw Nation,out of which was created LeFlore County, Oklahoma, bordering Arkansas,where he had lived earlier after migrating west after 1870 with hismother.

    1910 Federal Census, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, 2 May, Prices Chapel,District 206, page 7A, Hse#103, Fam #105
    Terry, Duncan L  Head M W 54 2nd Marriage married 4 years  GA SC SCFarmer
    Terry, Mollie  Wife F W 35 2nd Marriage married 4 years  AR AR AR
    Grant [?], Rosco grandson M W 1 yr 5 mos OK AR OK

    Mollie had several children with her first husband Stephen Gaddy.  Sheand Duncan had no children.

    " I found a letter that Terry wrote to one of his daughters and it waswritten on Christmas Eve in [1910]. He says that Steve, Roscoe andEthel [and Elmer] are coming for Christmas. Duncan and Mollie areliving with a grandchild in 1910 and it is hard to read the name. Itlooks like Roscoe Gunt....probably is Grant. Roscoe served 7 years ina Huntville prison for being in on a robbery that ended in a killingof a constable. He didn't fire the gun. They were off their militarybase at the time."
    --  "dferg1200," Ancestry Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 08September 2016

    "Dont guess we will have any Turkey they cost to mutch and Im a Boutout of money and there is steve rosko [Roscoe] Ethel and Elmer allhere [for Christmas dinner]"
    --  Duncan L Terry, letter to daughter Hattie Mosley, 14 December1910, page 2; scan of the letter courtesy of "dferg," accessed 9September 2016

    No specific death date has been found for Lafayette.


  • 1. 1870 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia
    • 21 July, Militia District 1013, PO Spring Place, page 2 (scan p544),
  • 2. Terry Family -- History
    • Name:http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~troy/terry/terry_family_history.html;;
  • 3. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
  • 4. Choctaw Nation Marriage Records
    • Marriage Records, Leflore County. Oklahoma, Bk C, Pg 130
  • 5. 1860 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia
    • 26 July, Militia District 1013, PO Hoplers Mills, page 93, Hse #653,
  • 6. Terry Family -- Duncan-Ina Marriage
    • Name: Name:http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~troy/terry/duncan_ina.html;;
  • 7. 1880 Federal Census, Scott County, Arkansas
    • 5 June, Lafayette, District 172, page 10B, Hse/Fam #89
  • 8. Terry Family -- Duncan-Mollie Marriage
    • Name: Name:http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~troy/terry/duncan_molly.html;;
  • 9. 1910 Federal Census, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma
    • 2 May, Prices Chapel, District 206, page 7A, Hse#103, Fam #105
  • 10. Terry Duncan Lafayette Letter to daughter
  • 11. Terry Family -- Descendants
    • Location:http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~troy/terry/lewisterrydescendanttree.html;
  • 12. Terry Family -- Duncan Terry Will
  • 13. Ancestry Comments
  • 14. 1880 Federal Census, Scott County, Arkansas
  • 15. 1910 Federal Census, Le Flore County, Oklahoma
    • 14 May, Shady Point, District 161, page 12A, Hse #210, Fam #213
  • 16. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 17. 1920 Federal Census, LeFlore County, Oklahoma
    • 2 January, Panama, District 116, page 3B, Country Roads, Hse #14, Fam
  • 18. 1920 Federal Census, Sebastian County, Arkansas
    • no date January, Midland Town, Jim Fork Township, District 136, page
  • 19. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
  • 20. 1910 Federal Census, Jackson County, Missouri
    • 25 April, Kansas City, District 63, page 12A,  4200 Tennessee St, Hse
  • 21. Arkansas Marriage Certificate
  • 22. 1920 Federal Census, Sebastian County, Arkansas
    • 24 January, Jim Fork Township, District 136, page 16B, Hse #321, Fam
  • 23. California, Death Index, 1940-1997
  • 24. 1930 Federal Census, Sebastian County, Arkansas
    • 12 April, Jim Fork Townshp, District 66-20, Page 5B, Hse/Fam #116
  • 25. 1900 Federal Census, Sebastian County, Arkansas
    • 12 June, Mississippi Township, District 116, page 8A, Hse/Fam #126
  • 26. Social Security Death Index
  • 27. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
    • Memorial #6910609
  • 28. 1940 Federal Census, Sebastian County, Arkansas
    • 8 April, Midland, District 66-19, page 7B, Old Hse #158, Owns $150

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