The original form of this family name was Tyrrell. The Terrells, originally a New England family, came to New Jersey from the state of Ohio. The great-great-grandfather of William Jones Terrell, a prominent citizen of Burlington, New Jersey, was a soldier with General Wolfe at the taking of Quebec from the French, afterward settling in the state of Connecticut, where he married and reared a family.
Jonathan Terrell, grandson of the emigrant, was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, 1775. He married, and was the father of sons: Judson, Jonathan, Reuben and Sherman, and other children.
Sherman, son of Jonathan Terrell, was born in Woodbury, Connecticut, October 5, 1805; died in February, 1875. He was a farmer, and at one time was in the employ of Rev. Lyman Beecher, father of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, removed to the state of Ohio, residing there for the remainder of his days. He was also a local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal denomination. He married, at Hartford, Ohio, December 26, 1831, Olive Jones; children: Lorena; William Jones, see forward; Mary; Elzaida; Leavitt, Albert, Leavitt. (See Jones).
William Jones Terrell, eldest son and second child of Sherman and Olive (Jones) Terrell was born in Johnston, Trumbull county, Ohio, November 11, 1834. He attended the common and select schools of his native town; Hartford and Farmington academies, Trumbull county; Kingsville Academy, Ashtabula county, adjoining Trumbull, leaving that institution at the close of 1859; in 1861 he attended the literary department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. Later he engaged in school teaching, thus obtaining the means for the further prosecution of his studies, and in 1864 again entered the University of Michigan, this time in the law department, graduating therefrom in June, 1865. He was admitted to the practice of law by the supreme court of Michigan, held at Detroit, immediately after his graduation, and in Missouri by the circuit court, and practiced as attorney and counsellor [sic] of law from August, 1865, to June, 1889, in Missouri, and from July, 1889, to March, 1892, in Ohio. He was admitted to the practice of law in the circuit court, eighth judicial circuit, and in all federal courts of the United States. In 1865 he was commissioned by the governor of Missouri as superintendent of public schools for Cass count, and elected in 1866 to the same office. He served as county solicitor with criminal jurisdiction two terms of two years each, and the last time by appointment of a Democratic county court; was chairman of the Republican county committee from 1870 to 1889, member of congressional committee for two terms up to removal to Ohio in 1889, nominated as Republican elector for fifth district of Missouri, 1880, and nominated and canvassed the sixth district for congress, 1882. In June, 1865, Mr. Terrell located in the state of Missouri, and in September of that year settled in Harrisonville, the shire town of Cass county. Later he established himself in business at Youngstown, Ohio, where for three years he was a member of the law firm of Jones, Andrews & Terrell. He was a lawyer of good repute, and handled some very important legal cases with gratifying result to his clients and credit to himself. During the four years that he was prosecuting attorney he made a vigorous and able prosecutor, and gained popularity with all classes except wrong-doers.
On May 1, 1862, he enlisted in Company B, Eighty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and was honorably discharged from the service October 4, 1862, on the expiration of his term of enlistment. He has always taken an interest in politics, being a staunch adherent of the principles of Republicanism, and has been an active factor in the management of county and state affairs. In March, 1892, Mr. Terrell left the active and strenuous political and professional life that had claimed him for so many years and came to New Jersey, where he purchased a beautiful estate two and a half miles from the city of Burlington, where he has since resided, leading the quiet life of a prosperous farmer. His farm, "West Hill," contains about seventy acres, which he devotes lrgely to the culture of small fruits, etc. He is high up in Masonry, having been made a Mason while in college at Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1865. He is affiliated with Burlington Lodge, No. 32; Boudinot Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; and Helena Commandery, No. 3, Knights Templar, joining the latter in 1872. He served as past grand commander of Knights Templar of Missouri Grand Commandery, 1882-83, and is now a member of the Grand Commandery of New Jersey with rank of past commander by election. He is also a member of the Grand Encampment, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Knights of Honor.
Mr. Terrell married, December 24, 1864, at South Ridge, Ashtabula county, Ohio, Julia, [sic] A. Quigley, born at Portland, New York, June 18, 1835, daughter of Captain Robert and Obedience (Everts) Quigle, the father a sea captain, engaged on steamers on the northern lakes, a resident of Chautauqua county, New York; he died in 1836, aged about thirty years. His wife, Obedience (Everts) Quigley, was born in Vermont, 1811, and was of French descent. Mrs. Terrell received a thorough academic education at the Kingsville Academy. Mr. and Mrs. Terrell are connected with the Methodist Episcopal church. They had one adopted daughter, Daisy, born in Harrisonville, Missouri, November 26, 1871, died at Youngstown, Ohio, June, 1891.
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Benjamin Jones, ancestor of Olive (Jones) Terrell, wife of Sherman Terrell, and mother of William Jones Terrell, the date and location of whose birth is unknown, served in King Philip's war (1675-76), and subsequent to that event was residing in Enfield, Connecticut. The "History of Enfield" states that he was of Welsh descent, but makes no mention of his parents. He was the first settler in Somers, removing there from Enfield in 1689 and erecting a dwelling house about half a mile east of the present village. He and his family resided there during the summer season until 1706, when they settled there permanently, and he died in that town July 6, 1718. He served as highway surveyor and also held other town offices. The christian name of his wife was Anne; children: Thomas, see forward; Benjamin, Joseph, Eleazer, Anne, Levi, Abigail, Naomi, Samuel.
Lieutenant Thomas Jones, eldest son of Benjamin and Anne Jones, was born at Enfield, Connecticut, 1680, died there in 1763. He was a man of wealth and prominence, and was chosen first representative from Enfield to the general assembly of Connecticut after its separation from Massachusetts. In the records he is referred to as Thomas Jones, gentleman. He married, April 24, 1708, Mary, daughter of Captain Isaac Meacham; she died November 8, 1744, aged sixty years. Children: 1. Mary, born April 22, 1709; married Abraham Whipple. 2. Jerusha, April 8, 1711; married A. Spencer. 3. Thomas, March 15, 1712-13. 4. Israel, see forward. 5. Isaac, January 29, 1717-18; educated at Harvard College, entered the ministry and became pastor of the church in Weston, Massachusetts; died May 3, 1784. 6. Bathsheba, February 25, 1719-20; married John Rees. 7. Samuel, October 29, 1724. 8. Elizabeth, married David Kellogg.
Israel Jones, son of Lieutenant Thomas and Mary (Meacham) Jones, was born in Enfield, Connecticut, March 18, 1715, died in Barkhamsted, Connecticut, December 28, 1798. He was the second permanent settler in Barkhamsted, settling there in 1761, and in the records is designated as husbandman. He served as constable in Enfield, 1748-49, and was a captain in the colonial militia. He married, November 9, 1744, Jemima Clark (intentions published September 23). Children: 1. Samuel, born January 3, 1745-46; died September 4, 1747. 2. Mary, October 28, 1747. 3. Samuel, July 31, 1749. 4. Thomas, June 6, 1751. 5. Israel, September 21, 1753; served in the revolutionary war s sergeant in Captain Watson' company, Colonel Benjamin Hinman's regiment, September 1775; as ensign in Seventh Regiment Connecticut line, 1777; second lieutenant, 1778; captain in Eighth Regiment Connecticut Militia, same year, and attained rank of colonel; participated in the battles of Germantown and Monmouth Court House, and wintered at Valley Forge; married, 1790, Lois Wadsworth; died in Barkhamsted, September 1, 1812. 6. Jemima, June 5, 1755. 7. Submit, October 8, 1757. 8. William Clark, see forward.
William Clark Jones, youngest son of Israel and Jemima (Clark) Jones, was born in Enfield, Connecticut, May 9, 1760. He was drafted August 25, 1777, and served in Captain Skinner's company, of which John Rockwell was lieutenant, and Simon Abel ensign; discharged October, 1777. He married December 28, 1784, Elizabeth Hayes, of Hartland, Connecticut.
William Jones, son of William Clark and Elizabeth (Hayes) Terrell, was born at Barkhamsted, Connecticut, October 3, 1785. Later he resided in Hartford, Ohio. He married Olive Brockway, October 27, 1807; she died at Hartford, Ohio. April 26, 1813. They were the parents of Olive Jones, aforementioned as the wife of Sherman Terrell.