Isom TERRY John P TERRY Myrtle Ava TERRY Gertie May TERRY Elsie Jewel TERRY Leo Alfred TERRY Otto Willie TERRY Gladys M TERRY Augusta TERRY Washington Eugene TERRY Agnes TERRY Robert Ray TERRY Carrie Belle LOVIN Holly TERRY Celia C DAVIS Mini tree diagram
Joseph A TERRY

Joseph A TERRY1,6,2,5,3,4,7,8,9,10,11

27th Jul 18821,2,3,4,5 - Oct 1959

Life History

27th Jul 1882

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5

26th Sep 1902

Married Carrie Belle LOVIN in Maud, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma.5,1,21

3rd Dec 1903

Birth of daughter Myrtle Ava TERRY in Oklahoma.4,3,2,12,13,14

about 1906

Birth of daughter Gertie May TERRY in Oklahoma.4

13th Sep 1907

Birth of daughter Elsie Jewel TERRY in Oklahoma.4,3,14

1st Oct 1909

Birth of son Leo Alfred TERRY in Oklahoma.4,3,15,16,2

2nd Feb 1911

Birth of son Otto Willie TERRY in Oklahoma.17,3,16


Death of daughter Gertie May TERRY.6

15th Aug 1913

Birth of daughter Gladys M TERRY in Arkansas.3,2,17,13

about 1916

Birth of daughter Augusta TERRY in Oklahoma.3

22nd Feb 1924

Birth of son Washington Eugene TERRY in Konawa, Seminole, Oklahoma.17,18,16,11,19,20

about 1926

Birth of daughter Agnes TERRY

30th Jan 1928

Birth of son Robert Ray TERRY in Oklahoma.14

before 1930

Death of daughter Augusta TERRY in Oklahoma

Oct 1959

Died in Oklahoma


  • I found Joe A Terry first in 1900 as a single fellow working as aServant in a Stiles family in Sprio, Choctaw Nation.  I could notimmediately match him to a Terry parent, but he matches the ages andbirth places of children of Joseph W Terry, who moved in to ChoctawNation from Arkansas, before the 1900 census.

    After checking some other sources, I got some details from otherrecords, but then found a photo matching the first name of Joe's wifefrom his draft registration.  This photo had a note stating that Joe'sfather was Isham/Isom Terry, whom I did not have in this genealogy.  Ifollowed up from there.  Details below.  Her maiden name Lovinintrigued me since we have Lovins in the family on my mother's Greenlineage.

    1900 Federal Census, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, 13 June, SpiroTown, Township 9, District 179, page 5A, Hse #167, Fam #168
    Stiles, William Head W M  Nov 1832 67 Married 45 yrs AR VA SC FarmerRents
    Stiles, Sarah M Wife W F May 1834 66 Married 45 yrs 5 children/4living LA GA Unknown
    Stiles, William E Grandson W M July 1884 15 Single AR AR AR
    Stiles, Jasper Grandson W M Feb 1887 13 Single AR AR AR
    ** Terry, Joe A Servant W M April 1881 19 Single AR GA AR **
    Stamps, William Servant W M May 1884 16 Single AR Unk Unk

    1910 Federal Census, Latimer County, Oklahoma, 15 April, BuffaloTownship, District 133, page 4A, Hse/Fam #70
    Terry, James [Joseph] Head M W 28 Married 7 years AR KY AR FarmerRents
    Terry, [Carrie] Bell Wife F W 23 Married 7 years 4 children/4 livingAR NC NC
    Terry, Murtle Dau 6 Single OK AR AR
    Terry, Gurtie M W 4 OK AR AR
    Terry, Elsey M W 5 OK AR AR
    Terry, Leo Son M W 6mos OK AR AR

    By 1918, Joe and Belle have moved to Seminole County, Oklahoma

    U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Joe Terry
    Residence Hazel, Seminole County, Oklahoma
    Birth 27 Jul 1882
    self-employed Farmer
    Nearest relative (wife) Belle Terry, Hazel, Seminole, OK
    Medium Height and Build, Black hair and eyes
    Registered Seminole, Seminole, Oklahoma 12 September 1918
    Signed Joe Terry

    1920 Federal Census, Seminole County, Oklahoma, 3 March, KonawaTownship, District 245, page 12B,  Hse #222, Fam #234
    Terry, Joe Head  Rents  M W 38 Married AR AR AR Farmer
    Terry, Bell Wife F W 33 Married AR NC NC
    Terry, Myrtle Dau F W 16 OK AR AR
    Terry, Elsa Dau F W 11 OK AR AR
    Terry, Leo Son M W 9 OK AR AR
    Terry, Auto [Otto?]  Son M W 8 OK AR AR
    Terry, Gladis Dau F W 5yrs4mos  AR AR AR [abt 1914]
    Terry, Gusta [Augusta] Dau F W 3yrs9mos  AR AR AR [abt 1916]

    Gertie, who would be 13 or 14 at the 1920 census, is missing here.Did she die before 1920?  The notes on a photo does confirm Gertiedied in 1912.

    1930 Federal Census, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, 3 April, AvocaTownship, District 10, page 1A, Hse/Fam #9
    Terry, Joe Head M W 49 Married at age 23 [abt 26 yrs, or 1904] AR ARAR Farmer
    Terry, Belle Wife F W 42 Married at age 16 [abt 26 yrs, or 1904] AR ARAR
    Terry, Myrtle Dau F W 25 OK AR AR [abt 1905]
    Terry, Leo Son M W 19 OK AR AR Farm Laborer [abt 1911]
    Terry, Gladys Dau F W 18 OK AR AR  [abt 1912]

    Joe and Carrie's granddaughter Sharon gave me some basic informationabout her ancestors, reporting her father's name as Eugene.  Eugenewas born in 1924.  At least geneology one cites the California DeathIndex, which reports that the mother of one Eugene Terry, born inOklahoma 22 Feb 1924 had the maiden name Lovin.  Yet there is no childin the 1930 census to match Eugene, who should be 6 years old at thattime.  If this California report is indeed the for the correct EugeneTerry, where was Eugene in 1924?

    Sharon Terry said she thought he was in the home of an older sibling." I recall him [Eugene] talking of his sister Elsie often caring forhim along with her own child of the same age."
    --  Sharon Terry, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 14 March 2016

    The child whose name appears to be Otto Terry, age 8 in 1920, might beout of the home on his own by 1930.  But what happened to Gusta(probably Augusta), who should be about 14 in 1930?

    In 1952 and later, Carrie and Joseph are the only Terrys listed in theModesto, California, City Directory.  Their residence address is inTurlock, one of the towns included in the Modesto directory.  Nooccupation is reported for either in these directories.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Modesto, California, City Directory, 1952, p 824
    Terry Jos (Belle) h 598 Vermont av

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Modesto, California, City Directory, 1956, p 447
    Terry Joseph (C Belle) h 598 Vermont av Turlock

    The 1956 directory indicates that Joe and Carrie lived in Turlock.

    "The reason you see only Joe and Carrie in Turlock CA is that myparents moved to Hayward CA and other places in the bay area.  Weoften moved following boilermaker jobs.  We were in NM in the early70's and then Keyes CA (where my parents originally met), which isvery close to Turlock, where Joe and Carrie had lived at one point.Some of my relatives also lived in the bay area."
    --  Sharon Terry, email to orville Boyd Jenkins, 14 March 2016

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Modesto, California, City Directory, 1957, p 65
    Terry Jos (Belle) h 598 Vermont av

    Whereas up to now, Joe and Carrie have been the only Terry family inthe Modesto directory, there is a whole slew of Terrys in the 1958directory.  I cannot determine that any of them are kin to Joe andCarrie.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Modesto, California, City Directory, 1958, p 540
    Terry Joe (Carrie B) h 598 Vermont av (Tur)

    Another child is reported by genealogies and other sources, Robert R(Bobby) Terry.  The California Death Index again identifies him asborn in Oklahoma and his mother as a Lovin.  This child is reportedborn in 1928, yet is missing, like his brother Eugene, from the 1930census.

    California, Death Index, 1940-1997
    Bobby R Terry
    Birth 30 Jan 1928 Oklahoma
    Death 14 Sep 1964 Nevada County
    Mother's Maiden Name Lovin
    Social Security #566301538

    An old family photo is annotated by Carrie and Joe's granddaughterSharon, commenting on her father Eugene.  She also includes the fullnames of some of the siblings.  Notably, she does not mention a childnamed Robert (Bobby) Ray, who would not be in this photo.  The date onthe photo is 1912.  In later email discussions she reported that BobbyRay worked with his brother Eugene in Boilermaker work.  Bobby waskilled on teh job one day when someone working above him dislodged arock that hit him in the back of the head, under his hard hard.

    "I believe several got into boilermaker work including my dad andBobby.  Bobby was killed when a rock hit him under his hard hat (backof his neck) during his lunch break.  The rock was dislodged from thehill above him when someone was working with equipment up there."
    --  Sharon Terry, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 14 March 2016

    U.S. Family Photo Collection, c. 1850-2000
    Image Title: Joe and Carrie Belle Lovin Terry and family
    Konawa (Seminole County), Oklahoma 1912
    Carrie Belle Lovin Terry

    Annotation: Joe was a child of Isom (Isham) Terry and Celia Davis.Carrie parents were James Wesley Lovin and Callie Augustine West. Joeand Carrie had 10 children, my father Eugene was their 8th child bornin 1924.

    People in Photo: Joe (Cepheus?) Terry, Carrie Belle Lovin-Terry, BabyOtto Willie Terry, Elsie Jewel Terry, Gertie May Terry (died 1912),Myrtle Terry, Leo Alfred Terry

    "My grandfather Joe returned to Oklahoma. near the end of his life.Grandma Carrie passed when I was about 2 years old and I believe wasliving with one of her children in the bay area.  Grandpa Joe andGrandma Carrie originally came to California together during the timewhen my father was coming home from WW2.  At some point they weren'tgetting along and Joe returned to Oklahoma.  On one trip back toCalifornia, grandma let him know he would be sleeping on the couch,He wasn't happy about that and went back to Oklahoma."
    --  Sharon Terry, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 14 March 2016

    Bob Ray Terry
    Birth Jan 30, 1928 Oklahoma
    Death Sep 14, 1964 Nevada County, California
    "Robert Terry" - birth and death dates and locations, mother's maidenname Lovin, from California Death Index Records.
    Inscription California PFC US Army, Korea
    Burial Paradise Cemetery, Paradise, Butte County, California,Parklawn, K-8
    Created by Adriana Aug 29, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #96208311,


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