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Edward Young Terral & Artalissa Stephens

Edward Young Terral & Artalissa Stephens

7/10/1765, Edward born in Little Pee Dee, Cheraw District, SC; s/o 72. Joshua Terral & 73. Mary Ann Young.

10/3/1768, Artalissa born in Marion Co., SC; d/o 74. John/Henry Stephens.

12/21/1782, Edward married Artalissa in Marion Co., SC.

By 1800 Edward was in Marlboro Co., SC.

By 1810 Edward was in Washington Co., AL. (MS Terr.)

12/26/1811, Artalissa died in Wayne Co., MS.

By 1812 Edward was on the Wayne Co., MS tax rolls.

By 1819 Edward was on the Covington Co., MS tax rolls, where he was shown in the 1820 census.

By 1823 Edward was in Copiah Co., MS.

By 1827 Edward was in Jones Co., MS., where he also appeard on the 1830 census.

(S) 1830 Census, MS, Perry Co. Edward is 60-70; with a male 15-20, and a female 40-50 with him.

11/6/1833, Edward died in Vossburg, Jasper Co., MS, on the same property that was earlier in Wayne Co.; buried in Montrose Cem.

Family notes:

·         The following story of a Revolutionary experience was told to John L. Lightsey by Edward Terral who fought in the great American struggle for Independence. John L. Lightsey in turn related it to his son, Joseph B. Lightsey, who recorded it in his diary Wednesday, October 12, 1853. This diary is now in possesion of D. M. Lightsey of Louin, Miss. The story goes as follows: Edward Terral, who enlisted in South Carolina, at one time was with a company of men who were taken prisoner by the Tories. Night coming on, they halted. Their captors prepared their prison by cutting down pine trees and building a pen of the logs, this they called a "Bull Pen", in which their prisoners were huddled after being tied. A guard was stationed in the door while the other members indulged in heavy eating and drinking. "Sometime past the midnight hour when all were asleep, Mr. Terral succeeded in untying his hands, then one by one unloosed his comrades. He then told them they must make their escape, "to stay there till the break of day was certain death, for the Tories had condemned them all to be hung the next morning". All were more than ready to make the effort and follow directions with the exception fo one fellow who was regarded as the lazy member of the unfortunate band, he having given up hope and accepted his fate. "Mr. Terral, the leader, then announced he would knock down the guard who sat knodding at the door, run over and past him, and they were to follow suit. So saying, he laid the guard full length on the ground and the stampede followed. All passed out into the open except the lazy fellow afraid to take the chance. The constant beating of heels against the ground aroused the sleepers who seized their guns, firing after them without affect. "On and on they ran until they reached the American camp. Here the Captain with his company pushed back to give the Tories a fight. When they reached the "Bull Pen" the Tories were in the act of hanging their comrade they left behind, and just as the sun began to rise behind the eastern hills, a bloody fracas took place. The Americans killed and captured as prisoners each and every one of them. Those captured as prisoners, they hung.

·         Lissa’s brother Col. Jim Terral was killed at the Battle of Corinth, MS. A brother Judge Sam Terral signed the papers of secession for MS and was a Supreme Court judge.

Children of Edward and Artalissa:

i. James Stephens Terral born 12/26/1811 in Wayne Co., MS.

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