Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sunday Obituary - Almeda Vincent Robinson Terry

There were two different obituaries and a death notice in the local newspapers for my paternal great-great grandmother Almeda Vincent Robinson Terry. (See previous post Celebrating the Life of Almeda Vincent Robinson Terry for information about her life.)

23 October 1925, page 3:

Cutchogue, Oct 15, Almeda, widow of Gilbert V. Terry, aged 87 years.

23 October 1925, page 2:
Mrs. Almeda Terry, widow of Gilbert Terry, died last Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. T. Billard, aged 87 years. She was a woman quiet and retiring and made many friends and will be greatly missed in the village. Her husband was the miller at the old Inlet Mill, Peconic. The mill is gone, but the old residence still remains. Mrs. Terry’s funeral was held at Mrs. Billard’s residence last Saturday. Rev. P. H. Dodd officiating, and the burial was at Mattituck. Besides Mrs. Billard, Mrs. Terry leaves one son, Forrest, who lives at Riverhead with his family.

22 October 1925 page 12:

Mrs. Gilbert Terry
Cutchogue-The death last week of Mrs. Terry removed one of the best known residents of this section. The deceased who was born 87 years ago, had resided in Southold town all her life. She was the widow of Gilbert Terry, who conducted a mill at the inlet. The mill has gone, but the home where Mr. and Mrs. Terry lived still stands. She was a good woman and led a quiet and peaceful life and will be missed by her many friends. She is survived by a son, Forrest Terry, of Riverhead, and a daughter, Mrs. George [Ella] Billard. Mrs. Terry resided with her daughter for some time and her funeral was conducted from the Billard residence on Saturday afternoon, Rev. P. H. Dodd, pastor of the local M. E. church, officiating, and the internment was at Mattituck.

While the two obituaries are basically the same they do tell me a little more about Almeda the ‘woman’ then the facts of her life can tell me. It was an honor to know she was a “good woman”, well known in the area with many friends that would miss her. I also learned the name of the clergy that officiated at her funeral. I wonder if the church would have any additional information about her? More research to do.

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,


  1. Even a slight difference in the obituary can give us another clue. I love that.

    1. Thank-you Diane. Yes, it gives us another little piece of her life story.