Searching for info on Richard Terry 1618-1676 married to Abigail Lines?

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Hey Carolyn,  Can you add a geographical location please?  Mags
I believe my relatives settled in Southold, Suffolk, NY after arriving in America in 1635.  As far as I know they stayed in the NY-NJ-CT area.  I was raised in Chester Co., Pa

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I found this story on Ancestry:

(Grandson of Joel Terry)  Born in England about 1618.  Mrs. Chase in her notes prepared in June, 1933, gives the date of his birth as August 17, 1618, and refers to Yates-Terry Genealogy by Josephine C. Frost (Mrs. Samuel Knapp Frost).  He died on his farm in Quashaneck, Southold on May 13, 1676.  His will, dated July 6, 1675, proved at Southold on May 13, 1676. Names his five sons and five daughters and his brother, Thomas.  It designated his wife Abigail as executrix and his son Gershom executor.  Richard Terry sailed from London on the ship “James” on July 13, 1635, and landed at Salem, Mass.  He moved around during the next few years. In 1640 he settled in Southold, Long Island, going there apparently from New Haven.  He was recorded as one of the thirteen original settlers of Southold.  He was recorder of Southold town, and clerk of the Court from October 3, 1664, until he moved from the village and settled on his farm “Quashaneck” at Corchaug in 1672/3.  While recorder he spread upon the Town records, the “Bearths” of his children.  In the list which we give here the quaint spelling is retained just as Richard himself recorded them.  The records of deaths, marriages, etc., of course are added from other sources.  In 1649, Richard Terry sold certain property describes as “One first lot at Occabuck”.  The deed was signed by his wife, Abigail as giving her consent to the sale.  In Stuart T. Terry’s manuscript, Gershom Terry is reported to have spoken to his father as “Lieutenant”.  We have not found any other reference to this title.  Married May 22, 1659-50, Abigail Lines, names variously spelled Loines, Line, Lyne, Linde, etc.  In the NYG & B, REC. Vital Statistics, Bol. VI., p 103, she is said to have been the daughter of Ralph Lines who died in New Haven in 1640.  We have not found the record of her death. She was living on the Quashaneck farm with her son, John, in 1686.  

In Griffins Long Islander Traveler, December 23, 1898, the statement is made that Richard, when he came to Southold, brought with him a certificate of marriage from the minister of New Haven.  Some have taken this as evidence of a former marriage; and some have even attempted to connect up certain children.  We find nothing to substantiate this claim.  Griffin’s journals have been subjected to the criticism that he is inclined to accept hearsay evidence.  It is an acknowledged fact that Griffin was not a careful researcher.  We are inclined to doubt the accuracy of the statement in the Traveler, but suggest, that if there were some kind of certificate, it could have been of the several declarations which in those days preceded marriage.  It seems scarcely possible that Richard could have been married at the time when he came to Southold, without there being some definite record concerning it.  The idea of other children seems to be definitely excluded by Richard’s will and by the list of children as written by himself on the records of the Town of Southold.

by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
selected by Vincent Piazza
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This is from Find A Grave

Find A Grave Memorial# 7593696

What a coincidence, I was just working on this line.

This link is supposed to have family info:

by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
Hi..Thank you so muxh.  I believe I have a connection to Richard and will be looking over this information you posted!

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