William Alanson Terry was the son of Charles Alphonsa Terry and Sarah Louanna Hammond. He was born May 11, 1854 at Union, Salt Lake County, Utah. At the age of 4 he moved with his parents to a farm 1½ miles from Union. Later his family moved again; this time to the old camp grounds east of St. George, Utah. The plots for the city of St. George had not then been surveyed. But soon after it was, so in 1862 he and his parents moved to a lot in St.George. He was ordained a Deacon July 28, 1871 and advanced in the Priesthood until on July 20, 1813 he was ordained a High Priest.
He was always a great music lover and when a small boy learned to play the snare drum. He played in a juvenile band for a number of years. Later he played in the St. George Marshall Band until he was 45 years old. He also played in the band in Lund, Nevada.
During his younger years he herded cows in the summer time and went to school in the winter.
While living in St. George he served 21 years as Water Master over the Washington Field Canal. Here too he held almost every office in the Sunday School, and was also President of the Mutual.
In 1874, he went into the United Order and worked all summer. In the winter he hauled lumber for the St. George Temple. With 7 yoke of oxen and 2 big wagons, he also worked on the Temple grounds. This was the time when polygamy was taught and practiced by the Latter Day Saints. William Terry beieved in it. He married Martha Ann Hunt March 15, 1877 in the St. George Temple, and in August 24, 1878 he married Mary Elizabeth Baker in the Temple.
After 7 of his children died, he decided to move to another climate for the sake of those living, so in the spring of 1899 he moved his families to Lund, Nevada. There he engaged in farming and stock raising. While living in Lund he served as Ward Clerk, Ward Choir Leader, as Superintendent of the Sunday School, President of Y.M.M.I.A., as Chairman of the Old Folks Committee, as a School Trustee, and as a Justice of the Peace.
Also while in Lund, he was called to go on a mission; a call he accepted gladly. He served 26 months in the Central States Mission in Kansas City, Missouri.
In June 1916 he moved with his wife, Martha Ann, and her children to Alpine, Utah.
He was the father of 19 children. He had 57 grandchildren and 96 great grand children.
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