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Allsop-Terrell 1845 Marriage Bond – Anderson County

Know all men by these presents that we, William Alsop and Elijah Lyon, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the sum of 50 pounds, to the payment of which well and truly to be made.  We bind ourselves, our heirs, firmly, jointly and severally by these presents.  In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 17th day of May 1845. 

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be celebrated between the above William Alsop and Duquiney A. Terrell, of this county.  Now shall it always hereafter appear that there is no just cause to obstruct said marriage than this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.

                                                William Alsop, Elijah Lyon

License issued by consent of Z. Terrell, 17 May 1845.

Married by Elder J. Hawthorn 17 May 1845, filed 11 July 1846.

Jordan Walker, Clerk

From a portrait and biographical review of Johnson County, Illinois, we find information on the couple above.  Their son, George T. Alsop (Alsip) was featured in this article, the following is his background information:

George T. Alsop, who has resided three years on his eighty-acre farm on section 22, Tunnel Hill Township, Johnson County, was born in Kentucky February 14, 1850, to William P. Alsop, a native and farmer of Kentucky.  He removed from Daviess County, Kentucky, to Tunnel Hill Township in 1869, and settled on the farm which is now the home of his son, George T.  His first wife was a Miss DeQuincy Terrell, who died in Kentucky when George T. was a small boy, leaving six children, four sons and two daughters, of whom our subject is the third child and the second son in order of birth.  The father was married after his first wife’s decease to a Miss Lutitia Jackson, of Daviess County, Kentucky, and shortly after left the farm in Kentucky and came to lands in Illinois which Mr. Terrell’s father had located on a land warrant, he having been a soldier in the Mexican War.  The latter died in Kentucky at about the age of seventy-five years.  William P. Alsop died on his farm in 1871, at the age of fifty-two, leaving his widow, who is still living near her son George, and five children:  Joel W., Oscar, Alice, Elizabeth, wife of Jasper N. Simmons: and Delilah P., wife of Joseph Attneff, who resides at Tunnel Hill.  They are all residing on a portion of the two hundred acres of land left by their father.

Some of the above information is a bit questionable, but I think it helps us understand this family.  If Rhoda DuQuincy Terrell’s father was in the Mexican War he would have been quite old at the time.

Zachary Taylor Alsop, son of William and DuQuincy, was born September 10, 1848, and died October 13, 1921, in Owensboro in Daviess County, Kentucky.  Evidently not all the children moved to Illinois.  His death certificate lists his parents as Bill Alsop and Rhoda Terrell.

The 1850 census of Daviess County shows the family with William, Alsop, 27, a farmer; Duquincy, 23; Ann, 5, Zach T., 3; and George, 1.  Also in Daviess County we find a consolidated list of all person of Class II, subject to do military duty in the Second Congressional District, in which William P. Alsop is listed as 44, a farmer, dated July 1863.  However, in the 1860 census William and second wife, Lutitia, were living in neighboring Ohio County.  William was 38, Lutitia 25.  Children were Polly A., 13; Zach T., 12; George T., 9; Emma J., 8; and Joseph W., 1.

The 1870 census of Johnson County, Illinois, shows William Alsop, 48, a farmer born in Kentucky; Lutitia is 33.  The children living in the family are George, 21; John, 15; Joseph, 11, Oscar, 8; Alice, 7; Margaret, 3, and Lila, 3/12.  All were born in Kentucky except Lila, born in Illinois.

Rhoda DuQuincy Terrell Alsop, daughter of Zachariah Terrell and Mary Floyd, was born February 27, 1827, and died August 28, 1854.  If we look at the ages of the children in the census, she bore three children to William Alsop – Mary Ann, Zachary Taylor and George T.  Lutitia Jackson Alsop was the mother of Emma J., John (?), Joseph W., Oscar, Alice, Margaret and Lila.


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