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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Grover P. Terrell ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Grover P. Terrell
BORN: 1 Feb 1836 DIED: 3 Oct 1912 BURIED: Oct 1912
ETHNICITY:   OCCUPATION:  Businessman, Polititian, Judge
BIRTH PLACE:  Litchfield Co., Connecticut
DEATH PLACE: Marion Co., Oregon

Marriage of Parents Sylvester Terrell and Rhoda L. Clemmons md 29 Dec 1831, Norfolk, Litchfield Co, Connecticut

1850 CT CENSUS Grove Tyrell (15y, b Conn) enumerated with Sylvester (42y, b Conn, occupation farmer), Lamira (38y, b Conn), Abigail (12y, b Conn), Willis (13y, b Mass), Hubert (6y, b Mass), Alcina (3y, b Mass) and Rhoda A. (9y, b Ohio)

MARRIAGE G.P. Terrell and Emma Smith m 11 Dec 1867 at house of J. Smith; P.S. Knight, MG. Wit: M.N. Chapman and A.J. Brown

1880 OR CENSUS Grove P. Terrill (44y, b Connecticut, occupation merchant) enumerated with wife Emma (34y, b Michigan) and 2 children Ralph W. (4y, b Oregon) and Lila (3y, b Oregon)

1910 OR CENSUS Grove P. Terrell (74y, b Connecticut, married 42y, occupation salesman) enumerated with wife Elenora (64y, b Michigan, mother of 3 children, 2 living at time of census), daughter Lila Irvine (32y, b Oregon, married 11y, no children), Lila’s husband John W. Irvine (41y, b Ireland, immigrated 1886, naturalized, occupation merchant) and ward Alice F. Mulkey (19y, b Oregon, occupation teacher)

G. P. TERRELL, Marion County's affable Judge, is a native of Litchfield county, Connecticut, where he was born on February 1, 1836. He remained in the city of his birth until twenty years of age, by which time he had acquired a thorough common school education. In 1856 he went "West" locating in Wyandotte county Kansas, where he lived four years. He crossed the plains in 1860 and located in Salem, and he has continued to reside in this couty, with the exception of one year, which was spent in the Florence Mines in Idaho.
For several years, following his arrival in Salem he clerked in different stores, finally embarking in the general merchandise business for himself, in which he was quite successful. In 1884 he was elected County Commissioner and in 1886 was re-elected.
On December 11, 1869, he married Miss Emma Smith who then resided six miles north of this city, the ceremony being pronounced by Rev. P. S. Knight, Salem's pioneer clergyman.
The subject of this sketch was elected, with a flattering vote, on the Republican ticket, in June, 1896, to the highest position in the gift of the county, which he now holds and from which he will retire on July 1st, at the expiration of the term for which he was elected. Judge Terrell has made a faithful and efficient officer and at the head of the county's judicial department has proved a fair and impartial presiding officer.
Oregon Statesman Illustrated Annual, Supplement to the Oregon Statesman, January 3, 1900. pg. 26:1. Photograph is included.


Another Pioneer Goes Over the Big Divide.
Another pioneer of the valley passed into the Great Unknown yesterday, when Judge Grove P. Terrell died at his home at Mehama. Judge Terrell was 76 years of age, and was formerly a resident of this city, coming here from Vermont in the 60’s. For some time he was in the employ of Eugene Breyman, who was engaged in the mercantile business. Then he went to Mehama and entered the mercantile business for himself, and continued it until a few years ago, when he retired. When he died he was residing with his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Irvine, and, besides this daughter, leaves a son, Ralph, who lives at Roseburg. Mrs. Terrell also survives him.
Judge Terrell halped make the history of the Willamette valley and was of that sturdy stock that is still Oregon’s pride. It might be mentioned in this connection that the town of Mehama was named after Mrs. Terrell’s mother, that being her Christian name.
He served two terms as commissioner and one term as county judge.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Lehman & Clough undertaking parlors. Interment in I.O.O.F. cemetery.
Weekly Captal Journal 10 October 1912 4:4

End Came Yesterday Afternoon
Funeral Takes Place Tomorrow
Former County Judge Grove P. Terrell died about 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon at his home in Mehama. The end had been momentarily expected for the past week or more. At the time of his death Judge Terrell was seventy-six years of age. For a number of years he occupied the position of county judge, preceding Judge Kelly on the bench.
The deceased had been suffering from the effects of la grippe, contracted last May, and although everything possible had been done for him, the malady resisted the efforts of the attending physicians.
Mr. Terrell leaves a wife, one son, Ralph Terrell of Roseburg, and a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Irvine of Mehama. The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon from the Lehman & Clough chapel. Services are to be in charge of the I.O.O.F.
Daily Oregon Statesman 4 October 1912 1:7


G. P. Terrell
Feb. 1, 1836
Oct. 3, 1912

(as of March 2002 - stone loose and leaning against tree in lot)


Saucy marker photo

Connecticut Marriage Index (

1850 CT CENSUS (Litchfield Co, Norwalk, FA#96)

Marion Co, Oregon, Marriage Records, 1849-1871, Vol 1, page 66

1880 OR CENSUS (Marion Co, Mehama, ED 88, FA#56)

1910 OR CENSUS (Marion Co, Mehama, ED 216, sheet 2A-B)

WCJ 10 October 1912 4:4
DOS 4 October 1912 1:7

LOT: 520 SPACE: 2 SE LONGITUDE: N 44° 55.211' LATITUDE: W 123° 02.865'

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