Terpening family of Moundville 

The Peter Terpening family was among the earliest Moundville families. Peter C. Terpening had maried Hanna A. Francisco (both born in New York) on November 2, 1842.

They appear in the 1850 Warren County Illinois Census. Peter was age 42, Hannah, age 27. Their first two children were Francis, age 6 and Harriet, age 2. The parents were born in New York and the children in Illinois.

The 1860 Warren County census shows Peter and Hannah with five daughters: Francis, age 16; Harriet A., age 11; Sarah, age 5, Cynthia, age 2 and Mary E. 1 month.

By 1870, the family had moved to Moundville Township, Vernon County, MO. The children who moved with them were Sarah, age 15; Martha C., age 13; Mary, age 10; Charles, age 7 and Minnie, age 4. All of the children were born in Illinois, indicating that the family had not moved to Missouri until after 1866 (in other words, not long after the Civil War).

In the 1880 census, they were in Deerfield Township. Four daughters were still at home - Sarah 23, Mattie 21, Mary 18, and Minnie 14.

Burials in Welborn Cemetery: Peter E. Terpening - March 15, 1808 - November 26, 1898 and Hannah A. Terpening - May 19, 1823 - February 19, 1889.

Mattie and Minnie Terpening. Minnie married Professor C. H. Miles.

Photo from Kelly family.

left: A Terpening sister.

Photo from Kelly family.

Left: Home of Mary Terpening Ream in Moundville. Site of the early Moundville Switchboard.

Photo from Kelly family.

Left: Mrs. Mary Terpening Ream and Sarah Terpening

Mary Terpening had married wealthy Joseph Ream after Joseph's first wife died in 1896. Joseph died in 1901. Joseph is buried beside his first wife, Susan, at Welborn Cemetery. Mary died in 1951 and was buried at Welborn beside her sister, Sarah, who had died in 1947.

Photo from Kelly family.

Welborn Cemetery. Charles Terpening (1863 - 1879) and Francis Terpening (1844 - 1920)

The engraving on another side of this marker is for their parents, Peter and Hanna.

Samuel Terpening was a younger brother to Peter Terpening. He was born in 1821 in Saratoga, New York. On February 25, 1852, he was married to Abigail K. Rockwell in Warren County, Illinois. They remained in Illinois longer than his brother did. The 1870 Warren County, Illinois census lists Samuel and Abigail with five children: Annie, age 16; Fannie, age 10; Mary, age 7; George E., age 4; and Olive, 8 months.

They were still in Warren County in the 1880 census. Six children were listed: Annace, age 26; Fannie, age 20; Mary I, age 17; George E., age 14; Olive I., age 10; and Samuel E., age 7.

Sometime after this, the family moved to Vernon County, Missouri. Samuel and Abigail Rockwell Terpening lived northeast of Bronaugh on a farm now owned by Donald Irwin. The photo to the left was taken in the 1950's and is of the house that sat on the property that was once owned by Samuel Terpening. I don't know if this is the house the Terpenings lived in because I do not know what year this house was built. The house no longer stands.

Samuel Terpening, 102nd Illinois Infantry. Welborn Cemetery. Apparently there are no dates on the stone and no mention of a burial of his wife.

George Terpening shot and killed his brother Samuel Ernest Terpening in Canada. They were out on a hunting expedtion for moose when he accidently shot and killed his brother. Their sister Mary Terpening Alexander was living in Canada at the time with her brothers.

There is additional Terpening information at the Warren County, Illinois Website.

Fannie J. wife of William Twigg, 1860 - 1887. Fannie was a daughter of Samuel and Abigail Terpening of Bronaugh. Fannie married William Twigg and after she died, William married her sister Ollie. See their home and other family information on the Twigg page.

Welborn Cemetery. Moundville. Grave marker for Fannie Terpening Twigg who died in 1887 at the age of 27.

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