Recently I’ve been monitoring the DNA results of a male Pryor cousin who I shall refer to as Sumner2. He’s from the line of Pryors who were in Sumner County, TN. Sumner2 is descended William Pryor, whom the paperwork points to as a son of Massie Taylor and John Pryor. William Pryor left his ex-wife and 3 children in TN and went off to the Gold Rush and died in route, probably aboard ship. We’re getting some results that may muddy-up the Pryor tree, so it will be a wee while before we can clear up the connections and I can write more on-point of what we’ve discovered.
I used to think Tennessee was messy (that’s why I started the website), but Virginia is an even bigger mess. There are Pryors from several sources and the paperwork isn’t crystal clear as to who is related to who. That makes identifying the ancestors of TN Pryors exceptionally tough.
LET THE DNA DRIVE BEGIN!
If you’re a male with the surname Pryor and can trace your roots to Virginia or the Carolinas, you’re the ideal tester! The Y-DNA test is the best way to figure out which other Pryors share kinship.
If you’ve hesitated to take the test because you just don’t understand DNA there is help through myself and Laurie Scott, an experienced Pryor researcher and Pryor DNA researcher.
It’s important that the DNA results are in one place so they can be compared. There are about 55 Pryor testers through Family Tree DNA (FTDNA). FTDNA gives us something we can’t see on Ancestry DNA– a specific Pryor Project with a chart that shows all the DNA results.
What will people see? That’s a great question because we all like our privacy. You can look at all the Pryor results on FTDNA right now.
It looks like a bunch of numbers. Your name is not displayed– you’re just a number. You’ll see there are some kits that have blank squares as you read the results from left to right. These are people who were tested EARLY with a test that shows fewer genetic markers. The standard now is the 111 marker test.
Laurie Scott has been working on research and with Pryor testers to decipher their results. I’m working on the Southern paper trail through the blog and the TNPryor website. Between us we can provide help to crack the mystery of the Pryors. So let us know if you take the test! We honor confidentiality– you’d be referred to by an AKA like Sumner3, Goochland2, Rockingham4.
Have you already tested on Ancestry?
If you’ve already taken the Y-DNA test on Ancestry you can download your results and submit them to FTDNA. Go to your DNA page and click on the settings “wheel” to the right of your test name, then on the right click the “Get Started” button to download your raw DNA results. It will create a file that can be uploaded on familytreedna.com.
Instructions on how to set up a transfer account and complete the transfer are available on FTDNA’s website (http://www.familytreedna.com/landing/ydna-transfer.aspx)
You can contact me through the TNPRYORS.com website (email email@example.com)
You can contact Laurie Scott via email (email firstname.lastname@example.org)