Peter Terry

b. 21 December 1777, d. 1825
FatherJohn Terry d. 1809
MotherSarah Hollands d. 1794
     Peter Terry was born in 1777 at Newhaven, Sussex, England.
Peter Terry was baptized on 21 December 1777 at St Michael, Newhaven, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of John Terry and Sarah Hollands.
Peter Terry and Elizabeth Alce obtained a marriage license on 17 April 1798 at Archeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England. Elizabeth age 18 years with consent of father Abr.A. East Blatchington. Peter age 20 years of Newhaven, jnr.2
Peter Terry married Elizabeth Alce, daughter of Abraham Alce and Sarah (?), on 18 April 1798 at East Blatchington, Sussex, England. Peter is "of Meeching alias Newhaven."2
Peter and Elizabeth were married by licence which is unusual as marriage was normally by banns (marriage by licence could be performed immediately, the couple did not have to wait for the banns to be read over three consecutive weeks). The record for the marriage licence is contained in volume 26 of the Sussex Record Society publications (Marriage Licences, Archdeaconery of Lewes):
"Terry, Peter the younger of Meeching, otherwise Newhaven, labourer, bachelor, aged 20 and upds, with consent of Peter Terry his father, and Elizabeth Alce of East Bletchington, spinster aged 18 and upds, with consent of Abraham Alce her father: bondsmen, said P.T. and Thomas Simmons of Seaford, yeoman 17 April 1798 [Lewes]"
The information on this marriage licence indicates Peter Terry as the father which disagrees with the information deduced so far (i.e. that John Terry is the father). Certainly, the Peter Terry baptised to John and Sarah Terry on 21.12.1777 at Newhaven is of the correct age, but there may be another Peter Terry (son of Peter Terry) who was the person that married Elizabeth Alce. However, the East Sussex Baptisms Index was searched for the period 170090 and no baptism of Peter Terry to father Peter Terry was found. The original marriage licences have been destroyed so it cannot be checked.
Their first son Richard stated his place of birth as Blatchington on the 1851 census but his baptism occurred in Newhaven. Peter and Elizabeth were married in East Blatchington so this possibly indicates that they moved from Blatchington to Newhaven shortly after his birth, or that Elizabeth had returned to her parents for the birth of their first child (a common practice).
Peter Terry was a labourer.3
Peter Terry died in 1825 aged 48 years leaving Elizabeth with a young family of eight children. She remained a widow until she died in 1864, nearly 40 years later. Each parish was responsible for it's own poor and the 1851 census indicates that she was a parish relief widow (i.e. receiving financial support).
Peter Terry died in 1825 at Newhaven, Sussex, England.
Peter Terry was buried on 1 May 1825 at St Michael, Newhaven, Sussex, England.4
The information about Elizabeth ALCE and her parentage originally came from the IGI submission form for the TERRY & ALCE marriage (batch 8405832, serial sheet 74, input source 1395725) and correspondence with Mrs Wendy Barry, 65 Vanier Drive, Chatham, Ontario, N7L 2T3, Canada, who is a descendent of Elizabeth's brother, James ALCE, born 18.2.1776 Wilmington, Sussex. This has been verified by a search through the parish records.

Family

Elizabeth Alce b. 21 Mar 1779, d. 1864
Marriage License
Peter Terry and Elizabeth Alce obtained a marriage license on 17 April 1798 at Archeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England. Elizabeth age 18 years with consent of father Abr.A. East Blatchington. Peter age 20 years of Newhaven, jnr.2 
Marriage*
Peter Terry married Elizabeth Alce, daughter of Abraham Alce and Sarah (?), on 18 April 1798 at East Blatchington, Sussex, England. Peter is "of Meeching alias Newhaven."2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S25] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S26] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S55] Copy marriage certificate of Peter Terry and Jane Smart, married 22 Feb 1849 in the Registration District of Hastings, Sussex, England (General Register Office, England, Vol 7 Page 441).
  4. [S27] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.