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Joseph Christopher TERRELL

Joseph Christopher TERRELL

Male 1831 - 1909  (77 years)

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  • Name Joseph Christopher TERRELL 
    Born 28 Oct 1831  Sumner, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Oct 1909  Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7454  Christian Eller
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2008 

    Father Christopher Johnson TERRELL,   b. 18 Jul 1798,   d. 18 Aug 1833, Booneville, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Susan KENNERLY,   b. 27 Mar 1805, Amherst County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 22 Aug 1822  Amherst County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2586  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Victoria LAWRENCE 
    Married May 1871  [2
    Children 
     1. Sue TERRELL
     2. John TERRELL,   b. 1873,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Joe C. TERRELL,   b. 1875,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Mary TERRELL,   b. 1878,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Alex W. TERRELL
     6. Christopher TERRELL
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2016 22:44:06 
    Family ID F2594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Peters YOUNG 
    Married 31 Mar 1887 
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2016 22:44:06 
    Family ID F6639  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Joseph C. Terrell, lawyer, businessman, and Civil War officer, was born in Sumner County, Tennessee, on October 28, 1831, the son of Dr. Christopher Joseph and Susan (Kennerly) Terrell, who were en route to Booneville, Missouri, from Virginia.
      After graduating from the local academy in 1850 he moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, to study law with his brother, Alexander W. Terrell. He received a license two years later and immediately set out for California. In 1853 Terrell opened an office in Santa Clara, but he had few clients and moved to Monterey the next year and to Oregon in 1855. While wandering about another year he occasionally practiced law, but his western years were frustrating and financially unrewarding.
      Terrell crossed the continent in 1856 to visit relatives in Missouri and Virginia. By January 1857 he had decided to return to the Pacific coast and stopped on the way to visit his brother Alexander, by then a judge in Austin, Texas.
      Joseph Terrell was in Fort Worth in February, looking for a wagon train, when he met Dabney C. Dade, an attorney and former schoolmate, who persuaded him to end his odyssey. They formed a partnership that lasted until the Civil War.
      Although he had opposed secession, Terrell put loyalty to his adopted state above personal conviction when the war broke out. At his own expense, he recruited a cavalry unit, which became Company F of Maj. Edwin Waller, Jr.'s, Thirteenth Texas Battalion in Gen. Thomas Green's brigade.
      Terrell fought with distinction at Yellow Bayou, Camp Bisland, Fordoche, and other battles in Arkansas and Louisiana. To stay with his men, he repeatedly refused promotion and always remained a captain.
      After the war he returned to Fort Worth, resumed the practice of law, and eventually became a wealthy landowner. He married Mary V. Lawrence of Hill County in May 1871; they had five children. After her death he married Mary Peters Young of Marshall, on March 31, 1887. In 1906 he published his memoirs, Reminiscences of the Early Days of Fort Worth.
      On October 15, 1909, Terrell, then almost seventy-eight, died accidentally from an overdose of strychnine that he had taken as a tonic.

      (Information from Irby C. Nichols Jr. in the "Handbook of Texas." http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/TT/fte43.html. This information was provided to me by Lisa Luther, 11.14.08, wf_luther@comcast.net.)


  • Sources 
    1. [S280] Nichols, Irby C.

    2. [S281] Luther, Lisa.