MAJOR STEPHEN TERRY 1788-1866*
Departed this life on his farm about four miles from Atlanta, on the 15th of November, 1866, Major Stephen Terry, one of the earliest settlers of the city and one of her most respected citizens. Major Terry was born in Chester District, S. C., August 10, 1788 and was consequently at the time of his death in the 79th year of his age, retaining to the last the faculties of his naturally strong mind, and much of the energy which characterized his young manhood. On July 4, 1809 he was married in Fairfield District, S. C. to Miss Elizabeth H. Hill, and in 1826 removed to DeKalb Co., Ga. He had the misfortune to lose his wife on Dec. 3, 1838, but in the same year he joined the Methodist Church, of which he remained a firm and consistent member. In uniting with the church he followed the examples and teachings of his youth. His father, John Terry, having joined with the Methodists in 1774. In 1843 Major Terry settled in Atlanta, which was then an unimportant depot known as Marthasville. He witnessed her early struggles, and her rapid growth and development, and participated in the measures and policies which have advanced her to her present and prospective prosperity, securing as his reward a fair competency for himself.
He was a contractor for the Monroe (now Macon & Western) and Georgia Railways, and the builder of the original "Washington Hall" one of the first, if not the first, hotel built in the city, in which as in all other business engagements he executed his trusts with scrupulous fidelity.... [signed] A Friend.
*A copy of original tintype was given to me by a cousin Janet Elliott Cain. The female on the right was Mary Lewis whom Major Stephen Terry married late in life. It appears the title "Major" was a result of his being an officer in the Georgia Militia.
[Obituary of Major Stephen Terry Published in the Dec. 9, 1866 newspaper "Atlanta Daily New Era".]
This is the Editor's 4th Great-Grandfather
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