I need help crashing through a brick wall. Charles Terry is my third great grandfather on my mothers side of the family. He was born in approximately 1815 in New York. He was married to an Eliza Lathrop born Jan 1829 in Ohio and died 07 March 1910 in Minneapolis Minnesota (Eliza Eastman at time of death. She had remarried a gentlemen by the name of Alva Eastman in 1874 in Mantorville, Dodge County)
Charles and Eliza had 5 children Edgar Terry (1853-1931), Selinda Terry (1854-1927), Dora Terry (1857-??), Jerome Terry (1859-1939), and Elmer Terry (1866-1932). Charles and Eliza show up in the 1860 census living in Milton, Dodge County, MN with Edgar, Selinda, Jerome, and Dora. Prior to that they show up in the 1854 Iowa Census in Boardman, Clayton County, Iowa with their son Edgar.
After the 1860 census Charles Terry disappears from the census records. Eliza shows up in 1870 living in New Haven, Olmsted, Minnesota with her children but no mention of Charles. There is scant information about both of their parents. I did find an 1850 census record of a Charles and Eliza Terry in Conneaut, Crawford County, Pennsylvania but I have been unable to confirm this is the correct couple. I would love to have more information about either of these two individuals. In particular the following:
What happened to Charles Terry after 1860. I know he was in Dodge County until 1866 because that is where his youngest son Elmer was born in Dodge County. But he completely disappears from the records from 1860 onward. Did he and Eliza divorce possibly? Maybe he abandoned her?
There is a family story that Charles Terry served with General Custer as a General himself. I believe this to not be true but wonder if he didn't serve in the Civil War or the Indian Wars? Perhaps he died in the war?
Who were the parents of Charles Terry? Several possible leads are a Horace Terry who lived in Dodge County and John Dwight Terry as well. The 1850 census also has a Leziah Terry living with Charles and Eliza in Conneaut, PA.
Who were the parents of Eliza Lathrop? I have almost no clues as to who her parents might be.