Thomas Duncan TERRY Julia Virginia TERRY Thomas Everett TERRY Nannie Jane TERRY Carrie Lee TERRY William Ernest TERRY Joan Payne TERRY Lela Festus PAYNE Jeffie Mae TERRY Clarice Mabel TERRY Ouida Mayfield TERRY Rama Wall TERRY Martha Wiley WALL Mini tree diagram
Arthur Wiley TERRY

Arthur Wiley TERRY4,1,11,8,6,10,5,7,9,13

6th Aug 18892,3,4,1,5,6,5,7,8,9 - Oct 196812,1

Life History

6th Aug 1889

Born in Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia.2,3,4,1,5,6,5,7,8,9


Resident in McDonald, Murray, Georgia.6

between 1910 and 1917

Residence2 in Richland Township, Stephens, Oklahoma.5,10

about 1911

Married Lela Festus PAYNE in Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma.8

between 1920 and 1968

Residence3 in Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma.11,8,7

21st Sep 1923

Birth of daughter Joan Payne TERRY in Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma.14,8,9,15,16,13

Oct 1968

Died in Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma.12,1

Oct 1968

Buried in Marlow Cemetery, Marlow, Stephens County, Oklahoma.1

Other facts


Social Security number Social Security #: 440-22-1427.11


  • Date of birth from SS Death Index, 8 Jun 1889, though an exact date, differs from the month and date given in the 1900 census:  Aug 1889.  This census month agrees with information from Arthur's sister, Jennie, in the exact birth date of 6 August 1889.  Arthur's gravestone in Marlow Cemetery gives only the year of birth and death, August 1889.

    1900 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, McDonald, District 71, Page 5B, House #86, Fam #89
    Terry, Arthur Son  M W  Aug 1889  10  single  GA GA NC At School

    In 1910, Arthur is still on the farm with his parents.  The 1930 census gives us the information of when he was married.  In 1930 we are told that Arthur married when he was 22 years old and his wife Lela was 20.  That would be about 1912.  In 1930 their daughter Joan P is 6 years old.  That would make her born about 1923.

    1917 -- We learn a lot from Arthur's WWI Draft Registration, filled out in June 1917:
    Arthur Wiley Terry
    b 6 August 1889, Dalton, Georgia
    Draft objections: "Religious conscientious scruples"
    Farmer, address Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma
    Tall, Brown eyes, Dark hair
    Registered in Richland Precinct 1, Stephens, Oklahoma, 15 June 1917

    First of all we find he states his town of birth, which I have not seen before in any source.  This was the first source for any town of birth for any of Thomas Duncan and Mattie's children.  The town is Dalton, which is in Whitfield County, Georgia, not Murray.  Murray County is the only location in Georgia I otherwise find associated with the Terrys. Dalton is about 4 or 5 miles into Whitfield form the Murray County line.

    I found that Whitfield County was created out of the original Murray County, which was itself a creation in 1832 out of Cherokee County.  I do not have enough information about the specific location of the Terry family to know if some of the children besides Arthur were born in territory that was actually by that time designated as Whitfield County.  In each census they are reported as living within Murray County.

    In 1920, Arthur is no longer farming, as reported in his WWI Draft Registration in 1917, but both he and Lela are working in the town of Marlow.  He is in a grocery store while she is a sales person in a dry goods store.

    1920 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma, 29 January, Marlow, District 257, page 14A, Hse #467, Fam #578
    Terry, A W  Head M W 30  GA GA TX Salesman, grocery store
    Terry, Lela  Wife F W 26 TX TN TX Saleswoman, Dry goods store

    Note that Arthur's mother is reported as born in Texas, not North Carolina.

    The 1930 census, where Arthur first is married, reports his as 35, only 5 years older than the 1920 report..  The census, taken in April 1930, would make him born in 1894.  According to the 1900 census and the family information, Arthur's age in April 1930 should have been 38 or 39.

    Likewise his wife's birth year differs from that reported on her gravestone in the Marlow Cemetery.  Lela is reported as 33 years old, which would make her birth year 1896, but her grave says she was born in 1893.  That makes a 3-year gap.  According to the birth date on her gravestone, Lela should have been 36 or 37.

    1930 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma, 18 April, Richland, District 22, page 10A, Hse #181, Fam #182
    Terry, Arthur W  Head M W 35  married at age 22  GA GA NC
    Terry, Lela  Wife F W 33 married at age 20  TX TN USA
    Terry, Joan  Daughter F W 6  OK GA TX

    1940 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma, 4 April, Marlow Ward 1, District 69-18, page 3B, 207 North 2nd, Hse #58, Owns $1000
    Terry, Arthur Head F W 50 Married Grade H4 b Georgia Denton, Comanche Co OK in 1935 WPA TImekeeper [b abt 1890]
    Terry, Lela Wife F W 47 Married Grade H4 b Texas Denton, Comanche Co OK in 1935 Housework [b abt 1893]
    Terry, Joan Wife F W 16 Single Grade H2 b Texas Denton, Comanche Co OK in 1935 Housework [b abt 1924]

    SSDI Broderbund Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 6, and online version
    Arthur Terry
    b 6 Aug 1889
    d Oct 1968
    Last Residence Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma
    SSN 440-22-1427 issued Oklahoma (Before 1951)

    Marlow (Oklahoma) Cemetery List
    Terry, Arthur W
    1889 - 1968
    Lela  1893 - 1973
    --  RootsWeb,

    The grave has only the year of birth and death.

    Arthur W. Terry
    Birth Aug. 6, 1889, Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia
    Death Oct., 1968 Marlow, Stephens County, Oklahoma
    Thomas Duncan Terry (1857 - 1935)
    Martha Wiley Wall Terry (1859 - 1932)
    Spouse Lela Payne Terry (1893 - 1973)
    Julia Virginia Terry Jenkins (1880 - 1966)
    Thomas Everett Terry (1882 - 1888)
    Carrie Lee Terry (1885 - 1888)
    William Ernest Terry (1887 - 1888)
    Jeffie M. Wagnon (1892 - 1967)
    Clarice M. Terry Lewis (1895 - 1982)
    Ouida M. Terry Hill (1899 - 1986)
    Rama W. Terry (1904 - 1965)
    Burial Marlow Cemetery, Marlow, Stephens County, Oklahoma
    Created by Jean Jan 22, 2008
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #24104506,


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