|Death:||Died in Greenville, OH, USA|
Son of John Terry Jr. (1747) and Ruth Terry (Heaton)
|Managed by:||Thomas A. Martin|
About Enos Terry
After his father John Terry (1747) received some gift land in Losantiville, Ohio (now Cincinatti), Enos, his brother Robert and their father bought more land in the area.
ENOS not only had an unusual name, he had an unusual occupation. A book,
"The Trans-Appalachian Frontier," reveals that he was not a hunter or a
trapper, as many pioneer men were, but a potter. He is said to have fashioned
trenchers, dishes and bowls to trade with the hunters for meat and pelts, in
1780 at Strode's Station, near present Winchester, Ky. He was listed as
present at Strode's during the Indian attack of 1781.
In March, 1782 ENOS is listed as "AMOSS" Terry; in May, 1782 as "ENEAS"
Terry, and in November, 1782 as "ENOUS" Terry, in the Lincoln County, Ky.
militia. Also in the November was his father, JOHN, with both surnames spelled
"TERREE" on that list. (I am curious as to the type of military duty performed
by a potter not familiar with firearms -- could he have been a cook?)
The Madison County, Ky. tax lists of 1787 show ENOS as the owner of one
horse and two cattle. His father, JOHN, is much more affluent with three
horses and 16 cattle. The same county's 1788 tax lists say that both Terrys
had moved to Fayette County.
My conjecture is that the families moved to a location near the Ohio
River opposite Cincinnati in what later became Woodford County, Ky., extending
north to the river at the time it was formed.
JOHN and son ENOS lived close enough to acquire lots in what is downtown
Cincinnati in May, 1789. John received a gift lot from the developers and
bought two other lots. ENOS made news by paying an unheard-of 80 shillings for
a lot at Sixth and Main Streets. Even my ancestor, Robert, then a youth of 18,
bought a lot.
Prior to the Cincinnati move, the name "ENES" Terry appears on a Kentucky
petition in 1785, asking that two additional counties be created from Lincoln
County, the division occurring two months later.
In Cincinnati proper, ENOS was listed with early settlers of the present
Cumminsville community in 1790, but removed with others as the result of
Indian threats. My guess is that he came back to Cincinnati and began to buy
and sell real estate.
In 1794, ENOS gave $2 toward a new Presbyterian church (his own parents
were Baptists); he appraised the oxen and wagon of a man killed by Indians.
Since 1790, ENOS had filed for forfeitures of land in sections whose owners had
not provided for settlement; he received forfeitures in several cases, and
either sold the land or absented himself for another location. On one
occasion, he bought a 100-acre tract and sold it at a profit five weeks later.
By 1803, ENOS was listed among organizing members of the South Bend
Baptist Church formed west of Cincinnati. He had acquired in 1799 the 106-
acres originally forfeited to his father, JOHN, in that community.
ENOS apparently left Cincinnati for Montgomery County, Ohio and by 1808
or 1809, had settled in Darke County, where he afterward became an associate
judge of Common Pleas Court. The "History of Darke County" says that ENOS and
Billy Wilson connived to win designation of their settlement, called
Greenville, as the county seat in 1810, but the Ohio Legislature reversed the
selection and re-established the county seat at the old military fort site.
As a judge, ENOS once inflicted unusual punishment on a man convicted of
stealing a watch from a Fort Greenville soldier. ENOS gave him the choice of
40 lashes, OR divesting his clothes and climbing a thorny locust tree at Enos'
home. The outcome has not been recorded.
In Darke County, Enos operated a mill near Greenville which the troops
from the fort dismantled due to Indian dangers. He also operated a tavern.
There is no identification of his first wife, mother of his sons: Nathan,
administrator of ENOS' estate, and John. His second wife was Elizabeth (Hole)
Craig, widow of John Craig, of Montgomery County, and the mother of eleven
children. They were married in 1816.
ENOS died May 1, 1826 at Greenville, Ohio. Because his parents gave him
an unusual name and because he was a colorful character, I owe much of my
success in researching Terrys to him.