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Keziah TERRY

Keziah TERRY1,5,2,3,3,6,7,1,4

17301 - 6th Sep 18092,3,4

Life History


Born in Virginia.1


Married James SCOTT in Virginia.1

before 1760

Death of James SCOTT in Virginia.5

before 1760

Married Richard MURPHY in Virginia.5,1

6th Sep 1809

Died in Lincoln County, Kentucky.2,3,4


  • Some have understood this name as Keziah, which was a common name in that period.  I have never seen Roziah, which is in the transcription of her father's will.  The actual document does look like the intended name was Roziah.  Family sources sometimes list her as Kezia, which was usually spelled Keziah.

    Her record of marriage to James Scott also reports her as Keziah.

    U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    Keziah Terry
    Gender Female
    Birth VA 1730
    Spouse James Scott
    Spouse Birth VA 1730
    Marriage 1748 VA

    U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    Richard Murphy
    Birth Year 1736
    Keziah Terry Scott

    Excerpt from the Will of Benjamin M Terry Sr, probated 26 September 1771, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

    "Item, I lend to my daughter Rozia Murphy two negros namly Harry and Tillie, during her natural life and after her Desease [decease] to be equally divided between her children. She the said Rozia, had by her former husband James Scott and all her other children that she has or should have by her present husband Richard Murphy."
    --  Transcribed by Julia Clark,

    Kezia was the daughter of Benjamin Terry, Sr and Elizabeth Dickerson of Pittsylvania Co, Virginia, at least that's where they lived for the last several years of his life and where Benjamin's will was proved in 1771.  His will is the proof for the marriage of Richard Murphy and Kezia in addition to the fact that they sold land that she had purchased as Kezia Scott, prior to the move to North Carolina.

    They went to Roane Co, the part that became Surry Co.  James Scott, Kezia's first husband by whom she had five children, John, Benjamin, Lucy, Elizabeth and Sarah, not necessarily in that order, and in addition to Peter Terry (named after her brother) and Joseph, she and Richard had Mary Murphy who married Aaron Wright in Surry Co, went with the families when they all moved to Lincoln Co about 1800 but moved back to Surry Co according to a descendant of Mary and Aaron's, about 1805, which was before Kezia died in 1809.

    Notes from "Jan Knox" 5 February 2001

    One genealogy gives an exact date of death but provides no source information.

    Keziah Roziah Terry (1728-1809)
    6 Sep 1809 Lincoln, Kentucky, USA
    --  Stafford Familiy Tree,

    Daniel Murphy and Richard Murphy are two separate people.
    1. Daniel Murphy born circa 1734/6 possibly in NC (wife unknown/not certain) is the father of William Murphy (husband of Nancy Hornbeak) and grandfather of Reverend Richard Daniel Murphy.

    2. Richard Murphy was born 1738 in Virginia he is the husband of Keziah Terry-Scott they had three children Joseph Murphy, Peter T Murphy, and Mary Murphy.  Richard and Keziah's children are confirmed in a lawsuit between Richard Murphy and Zadock Riggs that went on for over ten years.  Richard and Keziah's children and most of their grandchildren are mentioned in this lawsuit many times through the years.  There is no doubt who thier children are.
    --  Tonya Brown, Geneanet Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 29 March 2019


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