Enterprise in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Thomas Sirls Terry
3 Oct 1825 – 12 Aug 1920
Thomas first heard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints (Mormons) in November of 1841. He was taught and baptized by Joseph Newton on 12 Mar 1952. Thomas was always true to his new faith. On 19 Jun 1947 he began the 1,030-mile journey west, as a teamster, to be with other members of the church, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley on 25 Sept 1847.
In 1849 Thomas became acquainted with Mary Ann Pulsipher, the daughter of a prominent pioneer family; they married on Christmas day of that year. On 5 May 1855 he took a second wife, Eliza Jane Pulsipher, the youngest sister of Mary Ann.
In October of 1856 Thomas was called to leave his families and farm and go on a mission. He labored in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He was released from his mission by Parley P. Pratt and was assigned, as captain, a company of the Saints going west.
In 1867 Thomas was ordained a high priest and called as bishop of the Hebron Ward. He served as bishop for 27 years. In 1878 he married his third wife, Hannah Louisa Leavitt. Because of the Edmunds Tucker act, in 1885 Thomas moved Hannah’s family to the Beaver Dam Wash in Washington County.
Hebron was abandoned. Thomas and his family moved to Enterprise where he was called as a patriarch of the area.
Perhaps the greatest written statement of Thomas Sirls Terry are his won words of encouragement to his 30 children: “When famine and starvation stared me in the face, and hunger had so weakened my moral frame, that when at my door I would have to sit down to rest in order to gain strength… still I hung on to my faith and integrity in the Lord… And when a mist of darkness had darkened the horizon of truth and when the prophets of God, who were slain for the testimony which they bore, by the wicked fiends of Hell, and when destruction seemed to the total overthrow of the whole Church, my faith was still in the Lord, and would serve the God of Israel and would never let anything
Thomas Sirls Terry died 12 Aug 1920 at the age 95 and was buried in Enterprise, Utah.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is May 5, 1855.
Location. 37° 34.417′ N, 113° 42.25′ W. Marker is in Enterprise, Utah, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Highway 18 near Highway 120. Located inside Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Enterprise UT 84725, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hannah Louise Leavitt Terry (here, next to this marker); Eliza Jane Pulsipher Terry (here, next to this marker); Mary Ann Pulsipher Terry (here, next to this marker); American Legion Hiatt-Hunt Post 80 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mountain Meadows Massacre (approx. 7.2 miles away); Mountain Meadows Massacre Grave Site Memorial (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Old Spanish Trail and The California Road1990 Mountain Meadows Monument (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Enterprise.
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