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Cyrus Lewis TERRY

Cyrus Lewis TERRY3,6,1,2,9,7,4,5

8th Sep 18826,2,7,4,5 - 22nd Jan 19488,1,2

Life History

8th Sep 1882

Born in Murray County, Georgia.6,2,7,4,5

between 1910 and 1930

Resident in McDonald, Murray, Georgia.3,4,5

22nd Jan 1948

Died in Murray County, Georgia.8,1,2

after 22nd Jan 1948

Buried in Hassler's Mill Cemetery, Murray County, Georgia.1,2

Notes

  • Cyrus Lewis Terry is well-documented under forms of his full name.  Inthe Georgia Death Index, he is listed as Cyrus L Terry, death date 22January 1848 in Murray  county, Georgia, where he lived all his life.

    In his WWI draft registration, he was listed and signed his full nameCyrus Lewis Terry.  In a couple of censuses, he is listed as LouisTerry, indicating he went by the name Louis (Lewis) at times.

    1900 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, 4 June, McDonaldDistrict, Enumeration District 71, page 5B, Hse #86, Fam #89
    Terry, Cyrus L  Head W M Jan 1847  53  Married 32 years GA NC NCFarmer Owns
    Terry, Emily  Wife W F  Apr 1862  48 Married 32 years  borne 7children, 7 living  GA GA GA
    Terry, Sirus Son W M Sept 1882  17  Single GA GA GA At School

    In the census of 1910 for McDonald District in Murray County, he islisted as Cyrus, while his father is listed as Louis W Terry.  Thismust be an error.  I have found no other indication that the elderCyrus had another name beginning with a W.  Family genealogies alsolist him as Cyrus Lewis Terry.

    1910 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, 20 April, McDonaldMilitia District, District 110, page 2A, Hse/Fam #27
    Terry, Louis W [Cyrus ] Head M W 64  Married 42 years GA GA GA Farmer(matches birth in 1846).
    Terry, Emily J  Wife F W 58 Married 42 years GA GA GA
    Terry, Cyrus Son M W 25 Single GA GA GA

    U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Cyrus Lewis Terry
    Residence Chatsworth, Murray County, Georgia
    Birth Date: 8 Sep 1880
    Self-Employed Farmer at Chatsworth
    Nearest Relative C L Terry (father)
    Short, Slender, Brown Eyes, Black Hair
    Registered 17 Sept 1918 Murray County, GA

    His father is also called Cyrus Lewis in family genealogies, and onegenealogy lists the younger CL as Cyrus Lewis Jr.  In the 1920 census,we find Louis Terry, age 74, with his wife Emily (Emily Jones BatesTerry) and their single son, 38-year-old Cyrus.  I have not yet(December 2007) found full details, but I expect this son was alsocalled Cyrus Lewis.

    1920 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, 21 January, McDonaldMilitia District, District 137, page 2A, Hse/Fam #25
    Terry, Louis W  Head M W 74  Married 42 years GA GA GA Merchant,General Store
    Terry, Emily  Wife F W 67 Married 42 years GA GA GA
    Terry, Cyrus Son M W 38 Single GA GA GA Farmer

    1930 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, 15 April, McDonald(Militia District 1013), District 11, page 5A, Hse #70, Fam #75.
    Terry, Cyrus L Head M W 49  Single GA GA GA None [b abt 1881]
    Terry, Emily J  Mother M W 77  Widow  GA GA GA None [b abt 1853]
    Terry, William O Brother M W 39  Single  GA GA GA None [b abt 1891]

    These ages in the three censuses give us possible years of birth 1880,1881 and 1882.

    Two family genealogies, by Kaye Nicholson Richard Bates, report thatCyrus Lewis Jr was born on 8 September 1882.  I found, however, thathis birth date on his WWI registration was given as 8 September 1880,as shown above.  And his age is given as a matching 38 in September1918.  This fits with his age in the 1910 census, where his age isgiven as 25.  Since Cyrus gave the birth date himself for the WWIregistration, you would think that was correct, but someone in thefamily disagreed.  His gravestone reports his birth date as 8September 1882, which is reflected in the reported date of death inthe Bates and Nicholson genealogies.  I have not seen his birthcertificate.

    The date in the genealogies is supported by the 1920 census, in whichCyrus is reported as 38 years old!  The same age he gave two yearsbefore when he registered for the draft!  Thsi is another example ofthe cultural fact that in that era ages and otrher objective detailswe vlaue now wee not so much in focus.

    Here is a transcription from  Cyrus' grave, from a photo posted onFind A Grave.

    Cyrus L, Jr Terry
    Birth Date 8 Sep 1882
    Age at Death: 65
    Death Date 22 Jan 1948
    Burial Hassler's Mill (Earnest) Cemetery, Murray County, Georgia
    --  Find a Grave, Memorial #68044468,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Terry&GSiman=1&GScid=33840&GRid=68044468&

    The picture was complicated further when the 1940 census was released. Cyrus is reported as 52 years old, meaning he would have been born in1888.  This is only 3 years older than the reported age in 1930.  Hisage should have been around 60-62.

    1940 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, 4 April, McDonaldDistrict, District 105-12, page 3A, Hse #34, Rents $40
    Terry, Cyrus Head M W 52 Single Grade 10 b Murray Co GA same place in1935 Farmer

Sources

  • 1. Ancestry Trees
    • Richard Bates,
  • 2. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 3. 1930 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia
    • 15 April, McDonald (Militia District 1013), District 11, page 5A, Hse
  • 4. 1920 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia
    • 21 January, McDonald District, Enumeration District 137, page 2A,
  • 5. 1910 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia
    • 20 April, McDonald Militia District, District 110, page 2A, Hse/Fam
  • 6. 1900 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia
    • 1900 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, 4 June, McDonald
  • 7. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  • 8. Georgia Deaths, 1919-98
  • 9. 1940 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia
    • 4 April, McDonald District, District 105-12, page 3A, Hse #34, Rents

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