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Early Families
ST.FRANCIS COUNTY,ARK.





First, a Picture of home of John Banner Terry in Forrest City


Second, a picture of John Banner Terry


Third, picture of Eliza Jane (Newman) Terry
Early Families of St.Francis County
Per descendant, Jack Darr, the people in the photo probably include John Banner Terry, and his wife Roberta.
In the 1905 Art Souvenir, pages 99 and 101, this is the article along with his and his home pictured, as above:
John B.Terry was born June 28,1867, on a farm five miles north of Forrest City, in this county. He is a son of James A. and Eliza (Newman) Terry. His parents were pioneers, his father coming here in 1848 from Tennessee and his mother in 1851 from Maury county, in the same state. His father was one of the successful farmers of the county. The subject of this sketch received a limited education in the schools of Forrest City and began his career as a merchant. He located in Forrest City from Caldwell in January 1898, an has since been engaged in farming and merchandising. He is a stockholder in The J.W.Beck Company, of which he is one of the directors; in the Planters' Gin & Manufacturing Company and the Choctaw Brick & Tile Company. In 1904 Mr.Terry was appointed assessor to fill out an unexpired term and was elected to the same office in the September election. He enjoys the distinction of having made the largest and best assessment ever made in this county, turning in two of the neatest and prettiest books ever filed in the clerk's office. Prior to his removal to Forrest City, Mr.Terry was postmaster and railroad ticket agent at Caldwell for four years. He is a Democrat in politics, having cast his first vote for Grover Cleveland. He was first married in 1891 to Miss Mary Lindsey, of Caldwell, and to them two children, Lida and Velma, were born. The latter died in 1901. He was again married, this time in 1901, to Mrs.Roberta Montgomery, of Searcy, White county, Arkansas. He is a member in good standing of the Masons, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Knights and Ladies of Honor, Knights of the Macccabees and the Redmen. He owns his lovely home in this city, a splendid picture of which is shown herewith, and three good farms, comprising about seven hundred acres, all situated in this county, west of the St.Francis river. He will be glad to answer any inquiries concerning the resources, opportunities, etc., of this vicinity, and his thorough knowledge of conditions will render his answers valuable. He has been entirely successful in his business undertakings, and from the day he started as a farmer boy has gradually attained his high position. He will be a candidate for re-election before the Democratic primary next March.. He regards manufacturing establishments as the greatest need of our section. Mr. Terry considers coming to Forrest City the greatest event in his life-except marriage.
Father of John Banner Terry is also buried with the Terry family in the Hughes Cemetery:this is his obituary: James Alvin Terry- Birth: Feb. 24, 1838 Death: Mar. 5, 1905
The Forrest City Times newspaper's Obituary. James Alvin Terry, son of Wm. and M. Terry, was born in Lafayette county, Tennessee, February 24, 1838. He and one brother (now living in Indian Territory) have for some time been the only survivors of a family of ten sons and two daughters. In 1852 he removed with his parents to Harrisburg, Poinsett County, Ark. In 1861 he enlisted as a volunteer in the 5th Arkansas Regiment, Co. F, and remained in the service till the close of the war. He was distinguished for his gallantry on all occasions, and in the battle of Murfreesboro was severely wounded. At the close of the war he settled in St Francis county, six miles north of Forrest City. On Sept 10, 1865, he married Miss Eliza Jane Newman, who with four sons and one daughter remain to deplore his demise. There other sons and one daughter have passed on before. In 1874 Mr.Terry united with the Good Hope congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and in 1904, thirty years later, transfered his membership to the Presbyterian Church of Forrest City. Of both of these churches he has been a consistent member. His death occurred on Sunday, March 5th, 1905, at the age of 67 years and 9 days. The surviving members of his family are his wife, Mrs. E. J. Terry, and four children, Mr. John Banner Terry, Ernest and Miss Maggie, of this city, Dr. F. E. Terry of Brinkley, and Dr. H. W. Terry of De Val's Bluff. P. H. H. The funeral services were conducted at Good Hope Church Monday, March 6th, 1905, by Rev. P. H. Hensley, of the Presbyterian Church, assisted by Eld. J. A. McCord, of the Baptist Church, both of this city, and the precious remains were tenderly laid to rest in the beautiful Hughes Cemetery, in the presence of a large number of sorrowing and sympathetic friends. The Times extends its deep and sincere sympathy to the bereaved family. - Brenda Huntley Added: 11/3/2007 on FindAGrave Other Members of Family
Other obituaries on family may be found at: Terry Family in Hughes Cemetery, St.Francis County, Arkansas


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