James TERRY James TERRY Benjamin M TERRY Stephen TERRY Joseph TERRY Christian EVANS Nathaniel TERRY Mary Diane ROYALL Mini tree diagram

Champness TERRY2,1

17201 - 25th Mar 17581

Life History


Born in Pittslyvania County, Virginia.1

25th Mar 1758

Died in Fredericksville Parish, Louisa, Virginia.1

Other facts


Married Christian EVANS


Resident in USA.1


  • Some genealogies report Champness born as early as 1700, some as late as 1720.  They have no source documentation on their dates.  I have seen no birth records.

    Champness Terry of Virginia

    CHAMPNESS Terry was born Bef. 1727, and died 1758 in Louisa Co. VA.  He married CHRISTIAN TERRY.  She was born Bef. 1740, and died Aft. 1785.

    The 1782 Tax List for Louisa Co. mentions "Christian Terry (widow of Champness Terry)"

    SOURCE: "Terry Records of Virginia, by Edna Harris Bushnell, 1980"

    Probated Will: Terry, Champness - Fredericksville Parrish, Louisa County; sons: Thomas, Joseph, William; to Wm. 200 acres land which I purchased of my brother James, to be upper end at place called "the three lots", 200 acres in each the others lott having ___ hundred 79 acres; to Joseph first choice of those lots; SON THOMAS NEXT CHOICE AND MY RIFLE; son Henry next choice, son David the last lot. ADMIN: THOMAS & Joseph. Mentions "wife & daughters" but no names.
    Written 18 Mar 1757;
    rec. 25 Mar 1758;
    witness Benjamin Bibb, Mary Bibb, William Thomson

    SOURCE:  VA. Cty. Louisa Book: 1, Page: 36, Champness Terry, Type: Will, Date: 25-May-1758

    SOURCE: Pittsylvania Co. Va. Deed Book 3, pg 212-217, mentions David, William, Thomas, and Joseph Terry as children of Champness Terry, dec'd 1758 in Louisa Co.;

    Also, Pittsylvania Co. Va. Deed Book 9, pg 37, 18 Oct 1790:  David Terry and Eleanor, his wife of Louisa Co. .... it being part of 979 acres sold by James Terry to his brother Champness Terry, and Champness left 179 acres to his son David Terry.....


    [Vague dates make it hard to follow, Mother born "before 1740, but how long before?  Son born "before 1754" but how long before?]

    i. JOSEPH TERRY, b. Bef. 1754

    ii. THOMAS TERRY, b. Bef. 1754

    iii. WILLIAM TERRY, b. Bef. 1754

    iv. HENRY TERRY, b. Bef. 1754

    v. DAVID TERRY, b. Bef. 1755; d. Bef. 1819

    --  Farmer Family Tree, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/4899749/person/-358517856

    Christian "Cristina" Evans
    Birth before 1740 in Virginia, Death 1785 in Virginia
    1717 Marriage to Champness Terry (some uncertainty) [This date is impossible, since it is before her reported birth]
    Thomas Terry 1734-1816
    William Terry Sr. 1745-1805
    Henry Terry 1754-1816
    JOSEPH Terry b 1754
    DAVID Terry 1755-1819
    --  Terry Family, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/24042377/person/1486097786

    Date of death reported here is the date of probating his will.  So death occurred some days before that date.  No actual date of death has been found.  I have seen no burial information.

    A few years ago, another researcher, Charles Owens, insisted that Champness Terry was the husband to Elizabeth Irby (some have her maiden name as Dickerson).  Others have her husband as Benjamin, which frankly doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but maybe it was another Benjamin? I believe Benjamin was their son, who also married Elizabeth Irby or Elizabeth Parker (? cousins).

    Anyway - I am writing you to let you know that I have DNA matched from my Elizabeth Truheart Garland to the Irby line.  This tells me that Elizabeth Garland likely had 3 husbands; Nathaniel Dickerson, James Overton (I also am DNA matched to), and unknown Irby (poss.  Edmund?).

    I followed the E B tree all the way down to E B (Sheryl is the manager).  He is a descendant of Irby, who owned many slaves.  I believe that Elizabeth Irby (not Dickerson) was the daughter to Elizabeth Truhart Garland Dickerson Overton Irby, and married into the Terry family (a Benjamin or Champness).  I have yet to find DNA evidence for Dickerson, but still looking.

    Perhaps there was a Benjamin Terry who married Elizabeth Dickerson who was a daughter to Nathaniel Dickerson and Elizabeth Truhart Garland Dickerson.  This may have led to some of the confusion.  Don't know.  Thought you might like to know about this new DNA evidence.  I will transfer some of your data to my tree.  Thanks.

    Sandra Lytch (daughter to Mildred Crawford Horn - descendant of Terry/Irby/Garland, etc.)
    --  Sandra Lytch, Ancestry Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins, Jan 22, 2018


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