Terrell Family in America

RECENTLY, I WAS LOOKING FOR THE HISTORY OF OUR TERRELL FAMILY IN AMERICA, SO SEARCHED “TERRELL” ON GOOGLE, AND WAS SURPRISED TO FIND THE “TERRELL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, INC.”!

The Terrell Society, which had addresses in Cairo GA and Charlotte NC, is sadly now dissolved.

But even more surprising than the discovery of the Terrell Society itself was the wealth of information that they had. And that the main officer’s name was Daniel F. Brinson, which just shows that the Terrells and the Brinsons had an affinity for each other, even among those who never migrated to Mississippi, but stayed in North Carolina and Georgia.

Originally, I was going to organize the abundant Terrell information from the Society and put it all together for you into one article. But instead, I’m going to make smaller articles to get the information out to you quicker. I’ll probably put it all together into one book later, with appropriate bibliographic references.

Terrell Family in America

In this article, I’ll be following our Terrell male line back from my great-grandfather, Dr. Jasper DeKalb Terrell, to our first Terrell family in America, Richmond Terrell.

Edit 12-22-21 – I decided to renumber to start with my father, Ralph Brinson, in order to make the information more relevant to the younger generations. Most of them remember their Grandaddy/Uncle Ralph.

So, Number 1 in our generational count will be Ralph Cranford Brinson, the son of Edna Eudora Terrell Brinson and Henry Hector Brinson.

Edna Eudora Terrell will be number 2.

Jasper DeKalb Terrell will be number 3 in our generational count. This is the opposite direction that genealogists usually go, as number 1 is typically the farthest back known ancestor. However, I haven’t counted back to find out how many generations of Terrells can actually be proven – but this I know – there are a lot! Maybe I’ll change the numbering when I actually get to the end of the line, so to speak. Or maybe not.

Update 12-22-21 – Eighty-seven… that’s how many generations of Terrells have been proven in our line, to the satisfaction of British and French historical societies! Here is your link to the complete list:

https://www.genealogy.gailbrinsonivey.com/direct-line-ancestors-terrell/

Hopefully you all know how you relate to Ralph, or to Edna, or to Jasper. If not, contact me and I’ll help you figure it out.

1. Ralph Cranford Brinson – Seventh Generation of our Terrell Family in America

  • Born May 12, 1922, Prentiss, Mississippi.
  • Married August 12, 1951 to Catherine May Shumaker, who was born May 11, 1927, died December 13, 2018.
  • Died September 15, 1998, in Jackson, Mississippi.

Children not listed, because I’d rather not post names of living people. Contact me if you want to know. Thanks!

2. Edna Eudora Terrell – Sixth Generation of our Terrell Family in America

  • Born April 21, 1882, Mississippi.
  • Married March 28, 1901, to Henry Hector Brinson, who was born March 28, 1877.
  • Died July 26, 1961, Prentiss, Mississippi.

Children:

  • Hazel Alva Brinson (born December 30, 1902 / died November 19, 1990 )
  • Alton Clarence Brinson (born April 26, 1904 / died February 21, 1984)
  • Jasper Terrell Brinson (born February 19, 1906 / died December 30, 1990)
  • Earl Needham Brinson (born May 10, 1909 / died November 10, 1979)
  • Sarah Louise Brinson (born September 23, 1911 / died February 13, 2001)
  • Henry Orville Brinson (born June 2, 1913 / died January 2, 1968)
  • Ralph Cranford Brinson (born May 12, 1922 / died September 15, 1998)

3. Jasper DeKalb Terrell, M.D. – Fifth Generation of our Terrell Family in America

Jasper Dekalb Terrell, M.D. Photo taken between 1900 and 1905. Terrell Family in America
Jasper Dekalb Terrell, M.D. Photo taken between 1900 and 1905.
  • Born February 11, 1841 in Covington County, Mississippi.
  • Married August 3, 1865 to Sarah J. Durr, who was born October 6, 1846, died January 22, 1891.
  • Died October 30, 1905 in Prentiss, Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi.

Children:

  • LaFayette Duncan Durr “Leff” Terrell (born May 14, 1866 / died September 30, 1909)
  • Samuel Gilliland Terrell (born December 14, 1867 / died January 3, 1868)
  • Infant Terrell (born November 7, 1868 / died December 30, 1868)
  • Jasper DeKalb Terrell, Jr. (born February 3, 1870 / died January 2, 1946)
  • Angie Lamkin Terrell (born September 8, 1872 / died April 20, 1874)
  • Sallie Terrell (born September 16, 1874 / died December 19, 1874)
  • Paul Vanderbilt Terrell (born December 14, 1875/ died October 12, 1876)
  • Mary Elizabeth “Mamye” Terrell (born November 22, 1876 / died April 1, 1930) *
  • Ethel Faustina Terrell (born September 27, 1878 / died November 28, 1948) *
  • John Michael Terrell (born 1880 / died 1941) *
  • Edna Eudora Terrell (born April 21, 1882 / died July 26, 1961 / married Henry Hector Brinson about 1900) *
  • Grover Cleveland Terrell (born July 17, 1884 / died September 26, 1941) *
  • Charles Betts Galloway Terrell (born December 15, 1886 / died December 14, 1963) *
  • Vernon LaGrange Terrell (born March 11, 1889 / died April 27, 1952) *

Edna Terrell Brinson told my mother, Catherine Shumaker Brinson, that the first seven listed here are the children of Jasper Dekalb Terrell’s brother, who Jasper and Sarah took in after the children’s parents were killed in a tornado. The second seven (the ones with an *asterisk*) are Jasper and Sarah’s biological children.

When I locate my mother’s Terrell genealogy research, which includes information from Edna Terrell Brinson, I will make whatever corrections above are necessary. If you know of any corrections needed in the meantime, just let me know.

Jasper DeKalb Terrell served as 2nd Lieutenant in Company I, 7th Mississippi Infantry Regiment CSA from 1861-1862.

Later, I’ll write another article about Jasper and Sarah, as there is enough information available about them for their own article.

4. John Philemon Terrell – Fourth Generation of our Terrell Family in America

John Philemon Terrell headstone - Terrell Family in America
Headstone of John Philemon Terrell, in Terrell Cemetery, Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi.
  • Born December 4, 1785 in North Carolina. Some sources list his birthdate as April 12, 1785.
  • Emigrated to the Mississippi Territory in 1811.
  • Married November 29, 1821 to Mary Alexander “Polly” Gilliland, who was born July 7, 1800, died January 10, 1861.
  • Died March 20, 1858 in Covington County, Mississippi.

I have seen his middle name listed variously as Philemon, T., and M. If anybody knows and can document what his middle name actually was, please let me know so that I can correct it here.

John Philemon Terrell’s gravestone reads, “Sacred to the Memory of John Terrell, Member of the Presbyterian Church, Born Dec 4th 1785, Died March 20th 1858, Aged 72 years, 3 Months and 16 Days ~~~~ Sleep on dear Husband, Make thy rest, Till Jesus calls thee with the blast.”

Children:

  • Elizabeth Jane Terrell (born 1822 / died 1844)
  • James Gilliland Terrell (born 1824 / died 1824)
  • John Philemon Terrell, Jr. (born 1825 / died 1863)
  • Mary Ann Terrell (born 1827 / died 1861)
  • Samuel Gilliland Terrell (born 1829 / died 1878)
  • Adaline Sutlin Terrell (born 1830 / died 1867)
  • Vernon LaGrange Terrell (born 1832 / died 1894 / graduated from University of Mississippi, Department of the Arts, 1857)
  • Angeline Melissa Terrell Lamkin (born 1836 / died 1903)
  • Newton LaFayette Terrell (born 1839 / died 1854)
  • Jasper DeKalb Terrell (born 1841 / died 1905)

Later, I’ll write some more about John and Polly, as there is some information available about them.

5. Philemon LaFayette Terrell, Sr. – Third Generation of our Terrell Family in America

  • Born 1744 in Bladen County, North Carolina.
  • Married 1772 to Elizabeth Andress, who was born 1749, died 1816.
  • Died 1813

Children:

  • Richard or Richmond Terrell (born after 1772 / died )
  • Pierce Terrell (born about 1774 / died )
  • Mary Terrell (born about 1776 / died )
  • Josiah Terrell (born about 1780 in North Carolina / died )
  • Philemon LaFayette Terrell, Jr. (born about 1784 / emigrated to the Mississippi Territory in 1811 / died October 12, 1864 in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana / married 1809-1810 to Margaret Ratcliff)
  • John Philemon Terrell (born December 4, 1785 in North Carolina / emigrated to the Mississippi Territory in 1811 / died March 20, 1858 in Covington County, Mississippi / married November 29, 1821 to Mary Alexander “Polly” Gilliland, who was born July 7, 1800, died January 11, 1861)
  • Nancy Terrell (born 1788 in Bladen County, North Carolina / died before 1840 in Georgia )
  • Elizabeth Terrell (born about 1792 / died about 1860 in Simpson County, Mississippi)
  • Malcolm B. Terrell (born about 1793 / died )
  • Doriety Terrell (born about 1794/ died )
  • Lucy Terrell (born about 1795 / died November 1850 in Lawrence County, Mississippi)

More information is available about Philemon Terrell, Sr. and his activities in Virginia. I’ll write more about him later.

The information below comes primarily from the book “Terrell Genealogy” by Emma Dicken, published in 1952. It is considered to be the best and most accurate Terrell research that exists.

Look for another article later about our ancestor Philemon Lafayette Terrell, Sr.

6. James Nimrod Terrill – Second Generation of our Terrell Family in America

  • Born about 1698 in New Kent County, Virginia, British Colonial America. Some sources list his birthdate as 1707.
  • Married May 1722 or to Margaret Watkins, born 1700 in New Kent County, Virginia, British Colonial America / died May 1772 in St. Margaret’s Parish, Caroline County, Virginia, British Colonial America.
  • Died April 1772 in St. Margaret’s Parish, Caroline County, Virginia, British Colonial America, at Polecat Swamp.

Children:

  • William Terrell
  • Dudley Terrell
  • James Terrell
  • John Terrell
  • Elizabeth Terrell
  • Mary Terrell
  • Jonathan Terrell
  • Patty Terrell
  • Philemon LaFayette Terrell, Sr. (born 1744 in Bladen County, North Carolina / died 1813 in Georgia / married 1772 to Elizabeth Andress, who was born 1749, died 1816.)
  • Richmond Terrell
  • Richard Terrell
  • Neffie Terrell
  • Edward Terrell

One source lists him as a “Planter in Polecat Swamp, St. Margaret’s Parish VA.”

Look for another article later about our ancestor James Nimrod Terrell.

7. Captain William Terrell, Sr. – First Generation of our Terrell Family born in America

  • Born 1656 or 1659
  • Christening 1660
  • Married 1685 to Susannah Waters, daughter of Edward Waters and Grace O’Neil.
  • Died about 1743 according to New England Historical Society.

Children:

  • David Terrell (born about 1686 in New Kent County, Virginia / died 1759 in Caroline County, Virginia / married Agatha Chiles)
  • Anne Terrell (born 1687 in New Kent County, Virginia / died 1734 in Hanover County, Virginia / married David Lewis who was born in 1695)
  • Joel Terrell (born 1692-1695 in New Kent County, Virginia / died 1758 in Franklin County, North Carolina / married Sarah Oxford about 1716-1718)
  • Henry Terrell (born 1695 in Hanover County, Virginia / died 1760 in Caroline County, Virginia / married (1)Ann Chiles in Hanover County, Virginia / married (2) Sarah Woodson in Hanover County, Virginia)
  • Timothy Terrell (born about 1705 in Virginia / died February 1763 in Orange County, North Carolina / married Mary Martin, born between 1725-1731)
  • James Nimrod Terrell (born 1698 in New Kent or Caroline County, Virginia / died about 1772-1773 in Caroline County, Virginia / married May 1722 to Margaret Watkins, born 1700 in New Kent County, Virginia, British Colonial America / died May 1772 in St. Margaret’s Parish, Caroline County, Virginia)
  • John Terrell (born 1707 in New Kent County, Virginia / died about 1785 in Franklin County, North Carolina / married (1) Martha (2) about 1730 to Elizabeth Oxford? or Harrison? in Virginia)
  • William Terrell, Jr.  (born about 1710 in New Kent County, Virginia / died about 1744 in Caroline County, Virginia OR October 14, 1784, Bennettsville, Marlboro County South Carolina)
  • Susannah Terrell (born about 1711 / married Thomas Wingfield)
  • Mary Terrell (born 1713 / married after 1734 to Matthew Mills)

New Kent County, Virginia, was later renamed Hanover County.

William Terrell, Sr. was known to be married and settled in King William County, Virginia, in 1717 or 1718. Not much is certainly known of his children. He died about 1753-1755.

Look for another article later about our ancestor William Terrell, Sr.

8. Richmond Terrell, Immigrant – the First of our Terrell Family in America

  • Born October 1624, Reading, Berkshire, England
  • Baptized October 17, 1624, St. Giles Parish, Reading, Berkshire, England
  • Emigrated to America about 1645, landing in Gloucester, Virginia, British Colonial America.
  • Married to Mary Elizabeth Waters, born 1625 in Reading, Berkshire, England / died November 1683.
  • Died, Pamunkey River, Blisland Parish, New Kent County, Virginia, British Colonial America.
  • Burial June 13, 1680, New Kent County, Virginia, British Colonial America.

Children:

  • Richmond Terrell II, who signed the Grievance in 1677 and may have been the eldest son. He was probably born in 1650-1656.
  • Timothy Terrell, of New Kent County. His descendants say that he was born in 1658.
  • Willliam Terrell, of New Kent County, who was born about 1659-1660, died about 1753, and married Susannah Waters.
  • It’s believed that there were other children, as the Terrells typically had quite large families.

More about Richmond Terrell HERE.

Next installment in our Terrell line (after I finish the six articles about the above Terrells)- Terrells in England. Look for it!

Sources:

https://www.genealogy.gailbrinsonivey.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/L013_Dicken_withNewIndex_S.pdf

Catherine Shumaker Brinson’s Research

http://www.terrellsociety.com/genealogy/index.php

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