Cyrus Lewis TERRY Major Douglas TERRY Houston Bogel TERRY Jennie Ruth TERRY Robert Lee TERRY Cyrus Lewis TERRY Grover Cleveland TERRY Emily Jones BATES Mini tree diagram
William Owen TERRY

William Owen TERRY3,5,1,2,4,7

7th Jan 18773 - 21st Mar 19401,6

Life History


Born in Georgia.3

(less likely)

between 1877 and 1900

Resident in Murray County, Georgia.3

7th Jan 1877

Born in Murray County, Georgia.1,2

(most likely)


Residence2: boarding house, working as Railroad Frieight clerk in Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia.4


Residence3 in Murray County, Georgia.5

21st Mar 1940

Died in Cobb County, Georgia.1,6

after 3rd Mar 1940

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


  • The 1880 census reports William O as 5 years old, which means his birthday would have been in 1875 or even 1874.  Yet his exact birth date is reported by Kaye Nicholson and Richard Bates as 7 January 1877.  He should have been 3 in 1880.

    This is not the only date in these two genealogies that fails to match the reported ages in censuses.  I comment on discrepancies in this matter for Grover Cleveland as well as Grover's wife Sarah in the notes for Sarah Addie Pendley.

    1880 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, 23 June, McDonald, District 155, page 29A (scan 482A), Hse #259, Fam #268
    Terry, Cyrus L W M 34 Farming GA GA NC
    Terry, Emely J W F 28 Keeping House GA GA GA
    Terry, William O  W M 5 Son GA GA GA [born ca 1875]

    In 1900 the 22-year-old Owen appears t be the child reported in 1880 as William O.

    1900 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, 4 June, McDonald District, Enumeration District 71, page 5B, Hse #86, Fam #89
    Terry, Cyrus L  Head W M Jan 1847  53  Married 32 years GA NC NC Farmer Owns
    Terry, Emily  Wife W F  Apr 1862  48 Married 32 years  borne 7 children, 7 living  GA GA GA
    Terry, Owen Son W M Jun 1878  22  Single GA GA GA Farm Laborer

    In 1920, a William O Terry is reported as a boarder in Atlanta, Georgie, where he works as a Railroad Freight Clerk.  This William is 44 years old, which puts birth at about 1876, matching the earlier reports.  On the other hand, the 1930 census reports that William is 39 years old, which would yield a birth year of 1891!  This is 16 years different from the 1880 census, and 14 years off from the genealogy date.

    In 1930, William is single and living with his single brother Cyrus L Jr.  Their widowed mother is also living with them.  Cyrus is reported as age 49, which would make his birth year about 1881.  This also differs, of course, from the birth dates reported by Nicholson and Bates in their genealogies, 8 September 1882, but only by about a year.

    The younger brother of William Owen, Robert Lee Terry, is reported was 3 years old in 1880.  This would yield a birth year matching the date of birth Nicholson and Bates give for William, January 1877!  But there are two different conflicting dates of birth for Robert Lee from Nicholson and Bates.  Bates reports the birth date of 13 January 1879, while Nicholson reports 13 January 1878.  I find no notes explaining or citing sources in either of the genealogies.  I have not found any independent sources to confirm these exact dates.

    There are two sets of death information for what appear to be this same William O Terry.  The Georgia Death Index (certificate #9215) reports for Wm O Terry a date of 20 Mar 1940, with death occurring in Cobb County.  Richard Bates reports 3 March 1940, with death in Murray County, Georgia.  Bates may have used the place of residence at time of death.  I have found other cases of official entries for death dates differing by a few days from the date reported by family sources.  But it is possible the Georgia death registry I found is for another William O Terry that I have not yet identified.

    William's burial memorial on Find a Grave has a slightly different date of death, being 21 March 1940.  Links are given there to the grave memorials of his parents and siblings.

    William Owen Terry
    Birth Jan. 7, 1877 Georgia, USA
    Death Mar. 21, 1940 Cobb County, Georgia, USA

    Cyrus Lewis Terry (1846 - 1925)
    Emily Jones Bates Terry (1852 - 1931)

    Major Douglas Terry (1869 - 1927)
    H. B. Terry (1871 - 1941)
    Jennie R. Terry (1873 - 1919)
    Robert Lee Terry (1878 - 1908)
    Cyrus Lewis Terry (1882 - 1948)
    Grover Cleveland Terry (1885 - 1962)

    Burial Hasslers Cemetery, Murray County, Georgia, USA

    Maintained by Cindy, Originally Created by dreid2277 Apr 07, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #68044528,


  • 1. Ancestry Trees
    • Richard Bates,
  • 2. 1900 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia
    • 4 June, McDonald District, Enumeration District 71, page 5B, Hse #86, Fam #89
  • 3. 1880 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia
    • 23 June, McDonald, District 155, page 29A (scan 482A), Hse #259, Fam #268
  • 4. 1920 Federal Census, Fulton County, Georgia
    • 9 January, Atlanta, District 106, page 13B, 173 West Alexander St, Hse #271, Fam #318
  • 5. 1930 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia
    • 15 April, McDonald (Militia District 1013), District 11, page 5A, Hse #70, Fam #75
  • 6. Georgia Deaths, 1919-98
    • certificate #9215
  • 7. Find a Grave Memorial Registry

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