Richard C. Terrell appears first on the Pittsylvania tithables in 1782 with 1 tithable, 3 horses and 7 cattle.
In the census of 1782, his household is shown with a family of five. On 28 May 1793, his oldest son must have reached the age of 16 as Richard C. Terrell's record shows two tithables and two horses. This suggests a birthdate of 1776-7 for the oldest son, which of course, fits Jesse. In Feb 1796, Richard C. Terrell sells his land in Pittsylvania County (on "Stinking Creek" and "Straight Stone Creek") Deed Book 10, p. 313-314. By 1797, he is no longer on the tithable list in Pittsylvania County. But he appears on the Halifax County list with three tithables (we speculate they are Richard C., and sons Jesse and William). He has moved to Halifax to help his father with the father's farm.
Family stories say Richard C. Terrell and his father both died in 1797. In that year (04 Jul 1797), son William appears with one tithable, on the Halifax list. In 1798, Jesse appears, also with one tithable (this is right after his first marriage. And Richard C. Terrell's widdow, Elizabeth, appears as head of her household.
Apparently one or more of Richard's children were not old enough to settle Richard's estate until 1809 (when James would have been 19 according to our calculations. We believe Anthony was even younger, perhaps 16-18.
We have no will for Richard C. Terrell (at least not yet). We do know three of the children listed here are certain. Richard C. signed the bond for Jemima. And after his death, there is a Halifax County Court Order in 1807 ordering the widdow (Elizabeth) and the youngest sons, James and Anthony, to maintain Difficult Bridge Road (Cousin John A. Terrell, Jr. says he found that order in the basement of the Halifax County Courthouse). The other children are based on Census records in Caswell County, NC, and Halifax, VA, as interpreted by Halifax County Genealogist Marian Chiarito.