Biography of Joseph C. Terry
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Terry, Joseph C., was born in Fall River, June11, 1828, a son of Church and Mary M. (Chace) Terry. His father was a farmer and lived two and a half miles northeast of Fall River, on the new Boston road, on the old homestead farm which has been in the possession of the Terry family since 1750, in which year it was purchased by Robert Terry. great grandfather of Joseph C. Terry. During his boyhood Mr. Terry assisted his father on the farm and when he could be spared attended the Fall River schools. At the age of eighteen he left home and began an apprenticeship to the ship carpenter's trade in Warren, R. I., under the firm of Chace & Davis. He remained with them nearly two years and for the two years following worked in Newberne, N. C., during the winter and at Warren, R. I., in the summer. Later he worked at his trade in Boston, New York city and Somerset, Mass., gaining a wide experience and acquaintance among those interested in shipping and ship building. In 1853 he removed to Fall River and began a business for himself, repairing and building ships. His marine railway was located where the mills of the Fall River Iron Works Company now stand. Mr. Terry conducted this business for twenty years and gained a reputation along the whole Atlantic coast. He built during this time a number of steamers as well as sailing vessels, most of which were of large tonnage. About 1874 he began his present business as wharf and bridge builder and contractor. Among the bridges and wharves he has constructed are the Westport factory bridge, Lee's River bridge on the Warren road, Berkley bridge on Taunton River, Swansea bridge on Cole's River, 425, 500, and 350 feet wharves at Promised Land, Long Island, for the American Fisheries Company. Mt. Hope Park wharf and Dighton Rock Park wharf. Mr. Terry served in the Common Council from the old Sixth ward for three terms. He is a director of the Bowenville Coal Company. In 1854 he married Susan G. Gunn, and they have two children: Walter D., and Ida F., wife of C. W. Francis. In 1890 Mr. Terry married Barbara E. Teasdale of Nova Scotia.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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