John, I'm not sure but may have corresponded with your wife, Patricia, if you are the same John in this message. If so, then she will have most of the info I can tell you here. If not, my apologies.
George and Mary were my great, great grandparents through their son, William Terry, Thomas' older brother.
To answer your question regarding who George's parents were, I don't have proof yet, but from all the circumstantial evidence that I've been able to find so far, I am convinced that his father was William Terry who has been reported to be born in 1794 TN.This information has been mostly taken off of the 1850 census in Perry Co, IL, the only census that shows his family at that time.He had remarried his 2nd wife Rebecca Moore Brasher in August 1839 in Perry Co and listed their children: Martin, b. 1840, Mary Jane, b 1843, Sylvester and Sylvanous, twins, b. 1845, and John M. b. 1847.These were all children with Rebecca.She had a daughter, Georgian, b. 1834 I think it was in Christian Co, KY from her first marriage to Elijah Brasher.He died in 1836.
William's first wife and I believe mother of our George was Elizabeth, aka Betsey, Marlow, d/o George and Ellender Marlow of Wilson Co, TN.William and Betsey (shown there under the name Martin-but I have their marriage bond) were married January 29, 1812 in Wilson Co, TN.I believe that William had a sister, Elizabeth Terry, who married Betsey's brother, also named George Marlow in June 1815 Wilson Co, TN.William and George are shown in the 1820 census for Maury Co, TN living next door to each other.No other Terrys or Marlows in that area at that time that I've found.I think they were probably in the process of moving at that time toward IL.I think George must have died early as Elizabeth stayed behind and shows up in future census.I think Betsey probably made it to IL and died just before William remarried in 1839.We know they were in the county by 1832 because George enlisted from there at that time to fight in the Black Hawk Indian War and is listed in a Perry County History book along with others who fought for a period of I think 3 months.Also, George's brother Hansel Terry, b. around 1823, d. 1903, in his obit was reported that Hansel came to Perry Co, IL with his parents, brothers and sisters from Bedford Co, TN.Another cousin, now deceased, who was a great granddaughter of another of Thomas' brothers, Marion, told me that her cousin Wilma had once seen a Bible page that had George and Hansel as brothers.Something we had suspected, but that confirmed it.She said that their father's name was listed there as Thomas Terry, but I have come to believe that William and Thomas are one and the same person.
The first census where any of the Terrys show up in Perry County or any surrounding county for that matter, is 1840.There are 3 Terrys listed, William, George, and James.William and George are next door to each other as is George's father, Tyre Bridges.James lives several houses away.By 1839, I think all of William and Betsey's kids are married with the exception of 2 younger sons, Hansel and Carter.There is another son, Alfred, who was also married in 1839, along with George who married 1839 and James who married 1838.
Betsey, who I believe was mother to all of the above sons, also had a daughter Saletha, who, according to all the census reports, was born around 1809-1810.This would mean that she was either a child from a previous marriage, or illegitimate.That did happen, even back then.Either way, Saletha, in her marriage to David Pyle in 1833 in Perry Co, gave her name as Saletha "Tarry"-a common misspelling. But in 2 of Saletha's sons death certificates, she is listed as Saletha "Marlow", her mother Elizabeth's maiden name.Elizabeth (Betsey_ was George Marlow's daughter as she is listed as such in his will, not daughter-in-law.On Saletha's daughter, Nancy Gill's, death certificate, her mother is listed as "E. Marlow." That was her grandmother.That also happened on my grandfather Hansel Terry's death certificate.They listed Polly Bridges as his mother, instead of Mary Ward.Mary (aka Polly) Bridges was his grandmother.
Now to the elder William's real age.I have always suspected that he was older than the 56 years that he listed in the 1850 census.I came to this conclusion for a couple of reasons.First, his 2nd wife Rebecca was only 45 years old.I suspected that he lowered his real age so as not to appear so much older than she.Also, his first wife Betsey was born in 1788.If he was born in 1794, she would have been 24 and he merely 18 when they married in 1812.Usually, it was the man who was older, and in many cases, several years older than his wife.This is the case with our George and Mary Bridges Terry.Her father, Tyre had to give his consent for her marriage as she was underage.Apparently, he did this for other of his children as well.Our George Terry was born some say in Dec 1811-not sure where the Dec comes in, but if it were, I believe it was 1812, simply because his parents married in Jan 1812.According to the different censuses, it could go either way.One I think even has his age being such that he was born 1810.In any case, I recently found evidence that William, his father, was not born in 1794, but as early as 1779 or possibly 1789.This was discovered when I learned of his service in the War of 1812.So I sent the the National Archives and got his record when he applied for Bounty Land that he eventually received in 1853 in Franklin Co, IL.
William's first application for Bounty Land was in July 1851 where he listed his service in Captain John Spinks Company of the 2nd Regiment commanded by Col Winn, enlisting in Wilson County, TN in Sept 1812.He was discharged in Jan 1813 according to this claim.However, in 1852, it was stated that he entered 24 Sept 1813 and discharged 21st Jan 1814.The years were probably correct from 1812 to 1813.Anyway, in this application, he states that he is 62 years old, making his birthdate 1789.In a Bounty Land Claim Form of Declaration for Surviving Officer or Soldier in April, 1855, he states that he is 76 years old.Evidently, either they misunderstood him or he gave his age at first as 77, then was crossed out and 76 written next to it.In reality, he may not have known exactly just how old he really was.This makes his birth year 1779.He died on January 1, 1856 in Franklin Co, IL, so he would have been 77 then when he died or 67 if the earlier age was correct.According to earlier censuses, 67 may have been closer to correct.Either way, he was older than the 56 he gave as his age in 1850.
There wasn't a lot of personal genealogical information in the Bounty Land Claim forms, but one interesting tidbit was that he stated he volunteered in the place of another who was drafted at Lebanon in the County of Wilson, the State of Tennessee on or about the last of September, 1812 for the term of three months and was discharged at Fayetteville, TN the 4th of January 1813, but that he did not receive a discharge paper at that time.Another interesting thing other than that he volunteered in someone else's place was that it stated he served as a drummer for the company.And then he also signed his name on both forms and the signature is very similar to one for his son Carter that William signed when he was named administrator for Carter's probate when he was killed in the Mexican War.Carter's brother Alfred, was also killed in the Mexican War, but his father-in-law, John Lynch, was named his administrator for his probate.Then there is Hansel, who also fought alongside his brothers and was wounded in the leg and while convalescing, contracted measles that settled in his eyes, causing him to go blind sometime around 1880.Just a sidebar there.
This is some info for you to try to absorb and I can give a little more of my theory on George's probable father later.Feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org