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James Alvin Terry Biography

(written & submitted by William G. Latham, Jr.)

James Alvin Terry was born January 13, 1880 in Alabama, the son of William David and Elizabeth [Brimmer] Terry. James Alvin married Alma Pearl Staggs about 1901/1902 in Gordo, Pickens County, Alabama. Alma Pearl was born June 7, 1885 in Pickens County, Alabama, the daughter of William Rush “Bill” and Cynthia Rebecca [Wilburn] Staggs. Alma Pearl died during child-birth March 1, 1920 at Montpelier, Clay County, Mississippi. She was buried at Old Montpelier Cemetery, Montpelier, Clay County, Mississippi.


James Alvin and Alma Pearl had 10 children, and they are listed as Alvin C. Terry, Grace Terry, James Lewis Terry, John Henry Terry, Leonard Rush Terry, Lillie Gertrude (Terry) Foster, Lula Sevate (Terry) Gray, Willie Edna Terry, Little William Terry, and Mae Selina (Terry) Brooks. Mae Selina was married to Samuel O’Neal Brooks, (my wife’s Grandparent’s). James Alvin married a second time to Maggie Bell Jackson about 1921. Maggie Bell was born March 4, 1900, and died October 8, 1975 in West Point, Mississippi.


James Alvin died Apr. 15, 1959 in Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi. He and Maggie were buried at the Houston City Cemetery, Houston, Mississippi. James A. and Maggie had seven children; Manuel Jefferson Terry, Christine (Terry) Carroll, Earnest Franklin Terry, Earvin Wesley Terry, Earlie Leslie Terry, Thomas Edward Terry, and Winford Eugene Terry. James Alvin lived at Montpelier, and Pheba, in Clay County, Mississippi. He once ran a grocery store in Pheba, Mississippi. He had a very large family of seventeen children by both wives.

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