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Re: Simon/Timothy/Amelia Terrell and Allan Family
Posted by: Andrew Ayers Martin (ID *****0535) Date: December 05, 2012 at 06:49:53
In Reply to: Simon/Timothy/Amelia Terrell and Allan Family by Ellen Winningham of 3245

The chapter dealing with Timothy Terrell and wife Mary Martin is XVI on page 232 of the outstanding Dicken book on the Terrell genealogy. Lt. Simon Terrell of the NC Dragoons is listed along with his wife Sarah Thompson, daughter of Senator William Thompson of NC, who is listed elsewhere as a signer of the Halifax Accords, and wife Hannah Bell. Simon Terrell and Sarah moved south first to South Carolina then to Franklin County, Georgia, which at the time comprised most of northeast Georgia on the South Carolina border, including what is now Banks County and Stephens County near Currahee Mountain. He moved south with his nephews, the sons of brother in law Zachariah Martin Jr. and wife Rebecca Brooks. One son named James Allen Martin Sr. was a Justice of Peace for Franklin County. Next door to James in what is now Banks County was living John [Catlett] Martin, who married his cousin Elizabeth Terrell, and served as the first surveyor of Franklin County. Their sons, including my great great grandfather Judge William Terrell Martin and his twin John Washington Martin, as well as older brothers Van Allen Martin, Philip Martin and James Van Martin are listed, as well as older sister Charlotte Martin on page 250. Amelia Madison Terrell is listed on page 248, but is said to have married David Van Dyke. Thomas F. Terrell is listed on that page, but is said to have died in his youth. Their father Timothy Terrell also a son of Lt. Simon Terrell and Sarah Thompson, died in Banks County, Georgia in 1860. I think Simon also served as a Justice of Peace, which seems to have been a family tradition. This younger Timothy Terrell married Mary Polly Davis in 1799. I also descend from James Allen Martin Sr. through my paternal grandmother Retha Acree, daughter of James Knox Acree and Nancy Catherine Banks [great niece of Dr. Richard Banks for whom the county was named], with James Knox Acree being the son of William Brantley Acree and wife Mary Rachel Martin, and Mary the daughter of James Allen Martin Jr., also a JP and his wife Catherine Wheeler, and James Jr. the son of James Allen Martin Sr. and wife Rachel Headen, who migrated south to Franklin County from North Carolina after the Revolutionary War to receive headright land for service in the War. Since Simon Terrell was also a grandson of Zachariah Martin 1698 and wife Ann, that makes descendants of my grandparents descended from them three ways, once through Simon Terrell, once through John [Catlett] Martin, and once through James Allen Martin Sr., therefore magnifying autosomal DNA matches on FTDNA and ancestry. The descendants of Zachariah Martin match the other descendants of Abram Martin 1647 in group 21 Martin, where I am 1682228. The children of Amelia Terrell and Thomas Flourney Terrell are not discussed in the book, nor are the sons of my GG grandfather Judge William Terrell Martin, who served as a Major in the Creek and Seminole Wars and received special dispensation by the U.S. Congress after the Civil War in 1867 to resume his duties as judge, in an article we found in the New York Times of the same year. The Emma Dicken book also lists the lineage of the Terrells back to William the Conquerer on page 5, with many other illustrious ancestors. William Terrell and wife Susannah Waters are also the ancestors of two United States presidents. I highly recommend the book, republished by the Terrell Association of America and The Naylor Book Company, San Antonia in 1952. The Terrell family is also discussed in the Brooks Family History out of North Carolina. Many of the descendants of Lt. Simon Terrell and Sarah Thompson still live in Northeast Georgia, never having left the area, but seem to have preserved reocrds and old books well, probably for purposes of DAR and SAR membership. I grew up in Toccoa, Stephens [formerly Franklin and Habersham], Georgia near the South Carolina border.

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