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John Terhune (abt. 1803 - abt. 1873)

John Terhune
Born about in Henry, Kentucky, United Statesmap
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Died about in Brownstone, Indianamap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Oct 2020 | Last significant change: 14 Jan 2022
21:46: Barbara (Schwalm) Regan edited the Biography for John Terhune (abt.1803-abt.1873). (Added link to online version of source.) [Thank Barbara for this]
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John Terhune, son of Stephen and Polly, was born in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1803. He grew to manhood in Henry County, where in 1823 he married Susan Garret, a daughter of William Garret.

In the year 1829, John Terhune brought his wife and three small children to the wilds of Johnson County, Indiana. He had been well endowed by nature with the strength to seize and subdue the wilderness. "Like some viking of old, with his fierce blue eyes and flaxen hair, he towered six feet four, and weighed two hundred and forty pounds. He was a typical pioneer, and excelled in those feats of strength which in his day were the measure of a man. He loved to sing ,and so powerful was his voice that its echoes rang far thro' the boundless woods. He never prepared his fuel a day ahead, but loved in winter, (or pretended he loved) to spring out of bed and stand barefoot in the snow while he chopped off the logs of which he built his morning fire."

His wife died in March, 1859, and he then went to Brownstown. Ind., where he married Mrs. Nancy Costello, Aug. 25, 1859. He died in 1873. He and his first wife were the parents of twelve children. [1]


  1. Van Nice Family History 1661-1979, or Vannice, Van Nuis, Van Nuys. A Record of the Family of Isaac Van Nuys (or Vannice) of Harrodsburg, Kentucky son of Issac Van Nuys of Millstone, New Jersey by Carrie Allen 1916. page 19.

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