Mary Elizabeth Lay

2 March 1847–21 February 1902 (Age 54)
Aberdeen, Monroe, Mississippi, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Lay was born on 2 March 1847, in Aberdeen, Monroe, Mississippi, United States, her father, William Harvey Lay, was 29 and her mother, Sytha Solena Crosby, was 29. She married Benjamin Franklin Terry on 3 May 1869, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 1 daughter. She immigrated to Utah, United States in 1848 and lived in Washington, Washington, Utah, United States in 1860 and United States in 1900. She died on 21 February 1902, in Draper, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Draper, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Franklin Terry
Mary Elizabeth Lay
Marriage: 3 May 1869
William Franklin Terry
George Austin Terry
Joseph Terry
James Delbert Terry
John Reynolds Terry
Sytha Elizabeth Terry
Willard Burgess Terry
Silas Terry
Leo Terry

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 May 1869Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 14
    Mississippi became the second state to leave the Union at the start of the Civil War in 1861.
    1861 · Ship Island is Captured by Union Forces
    Age 14
    Ship Island was an important port for French Louisiana as it helped to establish the growth of the Gulf Coast. It is nicknamed “Plymouth Rock of the Gulf Coast.” Later it helped Union forces capture New Orleans and Mobile. Located there is Fort Massachusetts. In 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War, volunteers from Connecticut were sent there. It was used as a place for the POW Confederate soldiers. This area was important to the Battle of Vicksburg and General Sheridan’s victory at Cedar Creek.
    Age 16
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Lee .Scottish: shortened form of McClay .German: habitational name from any of the places so named, in the Rhineland near Koblenz and in Bavaria, from lay(h), a word meaning ‘stone, rock, slate’.

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

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    Story Highlight

    Ancestors of Velma Howard Who Came to Utah (North America) with the Mormon Pioneers

    NOTE MANY INDIVIDUAL STORIES OF THESE INDIVIDUAL ANCESTORS UNDER MEMORIES ON FAMILYSEARCH: Samuel Lorenzo Howard 1840-1906, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England to Riverton, Salt Lake, Utah in 1856 with the …

    Sources (17)

    • Elizth Lay in household of Wm H Lay, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Mary A Lay in entry for Joseph Terry, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
    • Mary Terry in household of Franklin Terry, "United States Census, 1880"

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