Royal Terry

30 September 1786–21 October 1873 (Age 87)
Halifax, Virginia, United States

The Life of Royal

When Royal Terry was born on 30 September 1786, in Halifax, Virginia, United States, his father, William Terry, was 36 and his mother, Susanna Thompson, was 36. He married Susannah Foster Thompson on 20 April 1820. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 21 October 1873, in Banister, Halifax, Virginia, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Banister, Halifax, Virginia, United States.

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Royal Terry
Susannah Foster Thompson
Marriage: 20 April 1820
James Edward Terry
Lewis E. Terry
John R. Terry
William H. Terry
Elizabeth P. Terry
James T. Terry

Spouse and Children

20 April 1820


    James Edward Terry


    John R. Terry


    William H. Terry


    Elizabeth P. Terry


    James T. Terry


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+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1787 · The Making of the U.S. Constitution.

Age 1

The Philadelphia Convention was intended to be the first meeting to establish the first system of government under the Articles of Confederation. From this Convention, the Constitution of the United States was made and then put into place making it one of the major events in all American History.
1788 · Becomes the 10th state

Age 2

On June 25, 1788 Virginia became the 10th state. 

Age 26

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

1 English and Irish: from the common Norman personal name, T(h)erry (Old French Thierri), composed of the unattested Germanic element þeudo- ‘people’, ‘race’ + rīc ‘power’. 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 often taken as a derivative of Greek Theodōros ( see Theodore ). There was an Anglo-Norman family of this name in County Cork.2 Irish: Anglicized (‘translated’) form of Gaelic Mac Toirdhealbhaigh ( see Turley ).3 Southern French: occupational name for a potter, from Occitan terrin ‘earthenware vase’ (a diminutive of terre ‘earth’, Latin terra).

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Royal Perry in household of James Perry, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Royall Terry, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Royael Terry, "United States Census, 1860"

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