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NEW KENT COUNTY, VA - where the American Terrells settled & beaverdam, VA - home to the 19th & 20th century Terrell family

The house to the right is where my father, Emmett Terrell, was born.  Obviously, it has been restored by the present occupants as it is, most probably, much more beautiful today then it was in 1911 when he was born.  The Terrell family always attended church.  Everett Carr Terrell and his wife Annie Parrish Terrell donated the beautiful stained glass window in the Beaver Dam Church.  There is a nice plaque there commemorating this event in the Parish Hall.  We were invited next door to have tea with a lovely Virginia widow who lives there.  Her house was quite beautiful so even though Beaver Dam has seen better days there are definitely people living there that care for their property.  How I would love to restore the house above !

Below is the Terrell General Store of Beaverdam, which was located on the train route from Richmond, VA to Washington D.C.  The Terrells have always been farmers up until my grandfather who was a salesman at the turn of the century.  The house below the Beaver Dam plaque is where he was born.  During our trip my Aunt Martha entertained us with stories of her childhood in Virginia.  She told many wonderful tales and I loved our time together.

During the summer of 2002, I made a pilgrimage back to Virginia to visit my relatives and to discover more about the area where Richmond Terrell settled. He was given several thousand acres of Crown Land by the King of England in exchange for farming and sending the procuce he had grown back to the king.  The area that I visited is much today as it was then - sparcely settled (except for the deer in the road).  I made the trip with Jack Garrett, who married Ann Terrell, my Aunt Martha and my cousin, Robbin (pictured to the left).  We had a splendid day visiting all of the places that our ancestors had lived.  We ended our tour in Beaverdam, VA, the home to most of the later 19th century and early 20th century Terrells.  It was there that my father, grandfather, and great- grandfather were born.  The pictures on this page are from that trip.  How wonderful it was!!

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Above - Built in 1701, the St. Peter Parish Church is believed to be the location of the marriage between George and Martha Washington on January 6, 1759. The church of our line of Virginia Terrells, it was one of the oldest churches in the Commonwealth, the site was originally purchased for 146,000 pounds of tobacco. In 1862, Union soldiers marching from Fort Monroe toward Richmond used the building as a stable. The original portion of the church is one of the few Jacobean baroque style structures in America; the 1740s stump tower is also unusual. Located on S.R. 642 (St. Peter's Lane) off S.R. 609 (Old Church Road) near Talleysville. Church grounds are open to the public every day, but the interior is open only by appointment. Regular worship services are held at 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays. Call (804) 932-4846 for information.

(Source: "Discover New Kent" - August 1988)

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When the Courthouse was built in 1691 at the site of the present courthouse, the Tavern (above) was a necessity. Later, the Courthouse at Hanover (1735) was built several years after the Old Tavern was built at that place.

 

The exact date of its erection is not known, but it was built about the time the Courthouse was built, which seems to have been prior to 1700.

(Source: "Old New Kent County" by Malcolm H. Harris, page 100)

 

This building was built of brick and the bricks were laid in the usual English Bond of the period in which the construction took place.

 

The type of building was that so frequently seen in the old houses in Virginia, a story and half with an English basement at almost ground level, which afforded rooms for cooking and eating and storage.

 

The upper floor above the basement was separated by a hallway, with two rooms on each side, and the rooms under the roof were lighted by dormer windows, which were reserved for guests.

 

Many years ago, the roof was raised and the dormer windows discarded, which remodeling produced a monstrosity. Mr. and Mrs. Martin restored the roof and dormer windows and it now retains its original symmetry and colonial style. This restoration has been done with meticulous detail, and the owners are to be commended for their good judgement in doing a marvelous job.

 

The cluster of buildings which stood at New Kent Courthouse suffered a disastrous fire in 1862. The Tavern escaped, although it was used by the Federal Army under General McClelland as a Communications Headquarters while the Army was based at Cumberland on the Pamunkey, and later at the White house.

(Source: "Old New Kent County" by Malcolm H. Harris, page 103)

 

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My father's church (restored) in Beaver Dam and the Terrell window above

   TO VISIT THE TERRELL GENERAL STORE WEBPAGE PLEASE GO TO -  http://www.beaverdam-heritage.org/museum.htm

AND FROM THE RICHMOND PAPER -

http://www.nbc12.com/Global/story.asp?S=12748600