Friday, August 8, 2008

Parshall Terry the 1st : 5th Great Grandfather

Parshall Terry #38 (son of Jonathan Terry #19 and Jemima Parshall) Born on Long Island, August 8, 1734; died at East Palmyra, New York, May 15, 1811, probably 1810) Settled in the Wyoming Valley, Pa. Land speculator. Elder in the Presbyterian Church at Wyalusing and at Terrytown. Married (1) at Mattituck, L.I. May 15, 17755 Deborah Clark, daughter of William Clark and Mary Reeves (Widow Benjamin), born June 7, 1736 at Mattituck, died at Stroudsburgh, Pa. in July 1778. Married (2) in 1782 Sarah Lee Horton, widow of Israel Horton. Their combined family number twenty two. They had a private school in their home. Married (3) Bethia Wells. (This is probably correct, although Stuart T. Terry crossed this name out and in place of it added Joana Moore (widow) Parshall.
He lived to see two of his grandchildren (Parshall III and Hannah) marry and begin their family in Palmyra NY. Their second child, his greatgrandchild Jacob ER Terry was born in Palmyra on the 4th of July 1805. This family lived in Palmyra till after 1819 but moved to Canada before 1821. The family joined the church there in 1838. They personally knew the Joseph Smith family and so were receptive to the missionaries when they heard the Gospel.

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