Charles Lafayette Terry

Brief Life History of Charles Lafayette

When Charles Lafayette Terry was born on 13 March 1881, in Sullivan, Crawford, Missouri, United States, his father, James Lewis Terry, was 32 and his mother, Sarah Ann Blankenship, was 29. He married Lockie Bell Bowman on 1 September 1901, in Henderson, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Texola, Beckham, Oklahoma, United States in 1910 and Justice Precinct 5, Stephens, Texas, United States in 1930. He died on 4 February 1961, in Houston, Harris, Texas, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Conroe, Montgomery, Texas, United States.

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Charles Lafayette Terry
Lockie Bell Bowman
Marriage: 1 September 1901
Elmer Christopher Terry
Frank James Terry
Charlie Lee Terry
Jesse James Terry
Raymond Bradford Terry
Ruth Mae Terry
Leo Hue Terry
Homer Townes Terry

Sources (27)

  • Charles L Terry, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Lafe Terry - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Lafe Terry
  • C. L. Terry, "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965"

World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.


The Oklahoma Land Run on April 22, 1889, was the first land rush, or land opened for settlement on a first-come basis, opened to the Unassigned Lands. The land rush lured approximately 50,000 people, saddled with their fastest horses, looking to claim their piece of the newly available two million acres. The requirements included the settler to live and improve on their 160 acres for five years in order to receive the title. Choice land tempted people to hide out and get an early lead on their claim. These people became known as “sooners.” It is estimated that eleven thousand homesteads were claimed. Oklahoma Historical Society - Land Run of 1889

1902 · So Much Farm Land

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.

Name Meaning

English and Irish: from the Norman personal name T(h)erry (Old French Thierri), a short form of Theodoric, which is composed of the ancient Germanic elements theud ‘people, race’ + rīc ‘power(ful), rich’. Theodoric was the name of the Ostrogothic leader (c. 454–526) who invaded Italy in 488 and established his capital at Ravenna in 493. His name was sometimes taken as a derivative of Greek Theodōros (see Theodore ). An Anglo-Norman family of this name has been in County Cork, Ireland, since the 13th century.

Irish: sometimes an Anglicized (‘translated’) form of Gaelic Mac Toirdhealbhaigh (see Turley ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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