My wish list of testers has changed and it’s also now prioritized.
1. John and Massey of Sumner Co., TN. If you are a male descended from this line we need you to test! Allen L. Pryor is a “proven” son of John and Massa with male descendants.
Who should test? Allen L. Pryor (a proven son of John and Massey) had several sons—John Edward Pryor stayed in Sumner County, TN and I’ve communicated through the years with several Pryors in the Gallatin area. Lycurgus Pryor and his brother William Thomas Pryor went to Texas and settled near Farmersville. Please contact me through the website link if you are interested in testing http://www.tnpryors.com/contactus.htm
2. A male Pryor from the line of James Calvin Pryor of Graves County, KY. James is the only proven son of Richard and Mourning Pryor (at least they’re listed as his parents on his death record). It would be a boon to all TN Pryors to have a tester from this line in the Pryor Project on FTDNA– it would help to rule in and rule out relationships to Richard Pryor. If a male Pryor from this line has already done a Y-DNA test, can you let us know so we can figure out a way to compare tests results?
3. James and Nancy of Overton County, TN. I’ll be doing a separate post on this line. There are numerous female descendants of this line who would very much like to know who James Pryor was related to. James may very well be related to William/Spicy of the same county or he may from a completely different line all together. The point is that the paper trail has dried up and Y-DNA testing is needed to crack this riddle.
Who should test? We’ve ID’d men who descend from James’ son Pleasant Pryor. Pleas, as he was known, migrated to Texas. Descendants from this line have been located in Texas and California.
4. David Pryor and Susannah Ballow – Testing from this line would help unravel some of the mystery of the Pryor relationships in VA and TN. Plus, how cool would it be to find out you’re related to President Thomas Jefferson by marriage?
Who should test? Descendents of this line lived in Maxwell and Grimes in Colusa County, CA since the time just after the Gold Rush. I know of a descendant who recently passed away on the East Coast.
5. Harris from Knox Co., TN – Recent posts have elaborated on the Knox County line or lines of Pryors. There may have been two or more Pryor families in Knox Co., some descending from the line of Joseph Pryor of Botetourt County, VA and others from Harris Pryor of Bedford County and Prince Edward County in VA.
Who should test? I think the line we are looking at for testing were in Blount County, TN. There’s a memorial for Millard Pryor who’s buried in Maryville, TN. Can we get a descendant to test?
Y-DNA testing from these lines would not only sort out my family tree (hopefully!), but the testing could help to untangle the spaghetti of Pryor families in TN.
About Pryor Y-DNA Testing
There are more than 60 male Pryors who have tested on Family Tree DNA (ftdna.com). The results can be viewed online. Testing is anonymous, painless, and simple– they are identified only by the test number. If you purchase a test through this link (it’s not an affiliate link, I don’t make any referral fees) you’ll be part of the Pryor project and save $20 on testing. The 111 marker test is the highest level of testing, however 67 markers is enough to show kinship.
I know there are many ladies like myself who are interested in our Pryor genealogy and disappointed that we can’t test (it must be a male with the surname Pryor, not through a known adoption). We can reach out to our brothers, cousins, nephews, uncles, fathers and grand-children. Don’t put off testing because of the confusing science of DNA — there are many really nice Pryors who are part of the Pryor DNA project at FTDNA.com who are willing to share their genealogy and share their knowledge of DNA results.
If you are interesting in learning more about the Pryor surname project or DNA testing, please feel free to contact me. I’ll do my best to answer questions. http://www.tnpryors.com/contactus.htm