I don’t remember my mother.  All I know about her are the things that I have been told, or that I have found through research.

Eunis Emily Terry was born in El Paso, El Paso, Texas, in 1920. Her parents were John Edward Terry and Cora Mae Lung.

As a child she fell on a pair of baling shears and lost an eye.  Infection set in and she lost her vision in the other eye.

While they were living in Arkansas, her father John Terry tied her to the bed and beat her with a belt.  He was arrested and sent to prison.


(1)  Edwin Albert Braem Sr.

(2)  Virgil Floyd Reed

(3)  John Roly Motley

Eunis died in 1975, in Bay Minette, Alabama, from a heart attack.

Eunis Emily Terry   Picture taken in Amarillo, Texas, in the early 1950s.



Tombstone Tuesday

These are the front and top views of my great-grandfather, James R. (Razee) Reed’s headstone in Falls City, Nebraska.

James Reed is an enigma to me.  His surname was originally “Razee.”  At some point he changed it to “Reed.”   I am searching for the reason for his name change.  At this point, I believe it was due to the following factor…James R. Razee served in the Civil War.  He was wounded and sent to a hospital in Tennessee.  At some point during his hospital stay, he simply walked away, and disappeared.  He is listed on military records as a deserter.  I am thinking he must have ended up in Nebraska, and decided to begin a new life, with a new name.  However, I have no proof that this is the reason for the name change.  If you have any proof that will shed light on this conundrum,  please contact me.