Arthur James Terry was born 4 October 1901 in South Carolina, most likely in Richland County. His parents were John TERRY (1868-1942) and Maria MARTIN TERRY (1874-1950). Maria was a sister of my great-grandfather, Adolphus Burdine MARTIN (1687-1917) which makes Arthur my first cousin, twice removed.
Arthur’s family lived on the Fort Jackson property in Richland County along with many of my other ancestors. In 1910, Arthur was a wage earner on the family farm along with all of his many older siblings.
By 1920, the building of Fort Jackson, then called Camp Jackson, was well underway and the displaced families scattered. Some stayed in South Carolina, and some went to other states in search of work.
Arthur was working at the Navy Yard in Norfolk as a dredge hand in 1920. I don’t believe he served in the Navy; he was a civilian employee. He lived in Portsmouth. He was 19 at this point.
Arthur, Edna, and Marie
Arthur married Edna HENLEY at some point. I have looked and found next to nothing about her. I only know her name because of two death certificates.
In November 1928 Arthur suffered an abscessed appendix and a lung infarct. He was operated on, but complications set in. He died on 4 December 1928 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia at 27 years of age. He was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. According to his death certificate, he was a steamboat engineer.
That’s the first death certificate where I found Edna’s name.
Three weeks later, On Christmas Day, Edna gave birth to Marie Elizabeth TERRY. Marie died on 3 February 1929 from bronchial pneumonia. She was 1 month and 9 days old. She is also buried at Forest Lawn.
That’s the second death certificate with Edna’s name.
Where did Enda go?
I know. My heart went out to Edna when I found all this information. Losing her husband, having a baby, and then losing the baby in just two months’ time. There are no words.
I’ve looked, and I can’t find any more information on Edna. Not a census record or death record even. Now she could have remarried before the 1930 census or just not counted in that census, and then remarried before 1940. There is an Edna Terry that I thought was her at first, but I found she was not my Edna once I did more looking.
Some of Arthur’s brothers have been previously profiled on my website. Here’s the links if you would like to read about them:
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