Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
1885 Seven Counties History
- Bradford County PA
Postcard of Terytown from
“HISTORY OF SEVEN COUNTIES presented by the Elmira Weekly
Gazette". It is an “Outline History of Tioga and Bradford Counties in Pennsylvania,
Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler in New York by TOWNSHIPS,
VILLAGES, BORO’S AND CITIES.” Written expressly for the Gazette Company,
Elmira, N. Y. Copyright 1885.From AN OUTLINE HISTORY
of Tioga and Bradford
Counties in Pennsylvania, Chemung,
Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Schuyler in New York by TOWNSHIPS, VILLAGES,
BORO'S AND CITIES"
Terry township was formed in 1859. It
is bounded on the north by Asylum township, on the east by the Susquehanna
river and Wilmot township, on the south by Wilmot, and on the west by Albany
and Asylum. It is a peculiarly shaped township, its principal lines
running in a northeast and southwestern direction, forming a similar figure
to a key stone placed between the township of Wilmot and Asylum.
Terrytown is situated in the northeastern portion of the township, on the
banks of the Susquehanna river and New Era, situated in the south western
portion of the township are villages and post towns of the township.
Along the Susquehanna river settlements were early made, and the land well
cultivated, while back from the river lumbering was carried on extensively
for years. The timber being removed the lands are now being cleared
and cultivated with a fair degree of success.
The early settlers were Benjamin Budd, Johnathan
Terry, Stephen Durell, Joshua Terry, Nathaniel Terry, Nathan Terry, Israel
Parshall, John Horton, Lebbeus Gardner, Parshall Terry, Uriah Terry, William
Terry, Oliver Dodge, Edmund Dodge, George F. Horton, Edmond Horton, J.
L. Jones, Charles Homet, Isaac Schoonhover.
--There is an Odd Fellows’ Hall at New Era.
--The French refuges built a house near New
Era, in Terry township, to receive the King and Queen of France, during
the French revolution. The house was erected about the year 1795.
--Uriah Terry was a teacher and poet.
--Marshall Terry erected the first grist mill,
--Major Oliver Dodge was an early settler
--Uriah Terry was the first white child born
--Benjamin Budd erected a log house in Terrytown,
--There were five brothers named Dodge, in
the battle of Bunker Hill.
--Major John Horton, Sr., built the first
framed house in Terry township.
--Union Church or Tabernacle erected at Terrytown,
in 1852, open to all evangelical organizations
--“Terry Castle” an old landmark, a double
two story hewed log house was for many years an object of interest.
--Jonathan Terry, was the first permanent
settler in Terry township, and the founder of the village of Terrytown,
--Major John Horton Sr., built the first framed
barn in Terry township, in 1805. He did service in the revolutionary
war. He settled in Terrytown in the year 1792.
--Hon. Uriah Terry was the democratic member
of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, in 1875 and 1876, the only
democratic member elected in Bradford county in many years.
--Major John Horton Jr., was Justice of the
Peace for many years, a merchant, Captain and Major in the milita, county
treasurer of Bradford county, and one of the prominent and influential
democrats of the county. He was born in 1793, and died in 1867.
--Jonathan Terry was commissioned Justice
of the Peace, by Gov. Simon Snyder, in the year 1812, and continued in
office until the year 1821, when he resigned, and was succeeded by Uriah
Terry. The office of Justice of the Peace was held by the Terry family
for four successive generations.
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