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Are ANN Terrill (b1760) & James Finnell's wife NANCY the same person?
Posted by: James T. Holt (ID *****4659) Date: February 09, 2011 at 19:55:16
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According to many (but not all) published sources, one Ann Terrill was born 8 Sep 1760 into the Culpeper County Virginia household of Robert Terrill and Judith Towles. Ann had siblings, reportedly including a slightly older brother named Killes Terrill. If anything is known of the later lives of these people, I haven’t found it. But I know many members of this family moved to central Kentucky about 1780, settling in Lincoln and Garrard counties.

About 1779 in Virginia, a man named Achilles Finnell was born as the first child of James Finnell and his wife Nancy. James (b~1755) also then lived in Culpeper County and he went to central Kentucky circa 1780, and lived mainly in Garrard County, where he died in 1810. Later records show his wife was then called Nancy – but Nancy is kind of a nickname for Ann, so I am thinking this Nancy was born as Ann Terrill.

James Finnell’s neighbors both in Virginia and Kentucky included many members of the Robert Terrill family. For instance, in 1784 James Finnell, Robert & William Terrill all testified in one trial in Lincoln County, Kentucky. James and his wife named their first child Achilles – perhaps after Ann Terrill’s brother Killes, who may have died young. Finally, a grandson (b1829) of Achilles Finnell was given the name James Terrill Mott. I have found no other explanation for this use of the Terrill name.

My theory tying these facts together is that Ann Terrill (b1760) did indeed marry James Finnell (b~1755) about 1778 in Culpeper and she used the name Nancy, at least in later life. I would like to hear from anyone with evidence for, or against, this theory.

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