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Luke Pryor of Limestone County, AL

I stumbled upon an obit for Senator Luke Pryor of Limestone County, AL. Most of published obits contain a lot of the same data we see in every online family tree. This obit was a bit different. It was published March 30, 1901 in the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, WI.

It’s actually more of a little story than an obit full of data points. It tells the tale of the wealthy Mrs. Gable inviting Luke Pryor to a dance through his widowed mother. In the story it refers to Luke as Mrs. Pryor’s “read-headed boy.” This may be of interest to Pryor researchers following the trail of red-heads in their Pryor line.

Another part of the story was that Luke Pryor was an accomplished fiddle player. Who knew.

Just passing it along for those who are interested.

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More on Dolly Pryor, daughter of Beverly Pryor of AL

Back in July I wrote about Dolly Pryor, the illegitimate daughter of Beverly Pryor in Madison County, AL (read more). I think I’ve found her marriage.

Her marriage was announced in Tuskegee Republican, 17 June 1852: Hilliard C Harmon married Dolly Pryor on 23 May 1852 in Lawrenceburg, TN. The paper reported that they were both from Florence, Lauderdale County, AL.

There’s a marriage record in Lawrence County, TN that identifies the bride as D B B Pryor which corresponds with her name change in 1836. The AL state legislature changed her name from Dolly Beverly B Harrell to Dolly Beverly B Pryor.

Dolly was living with her mother in 1850, but seems to have disappeared by the 1860 Census. Hilliard C Harmon was recorded in his parents’ household in Lauderdale county — no Dolly.

Judge William H Pryor Jr. – Possible Trump Appointee

I recently read that a Pryor is being considered for an appointment in the Trump administration. I wondered which Pryor line he could trace his ancestry to. From his photo he doesn’t look to be one of the red-headed Pryors.

Judge William H Pryor Jr (photo from Wikipedia)

Judge William H Pryor Jr (photo from Wikipedia)

 

Wikipedia states he is the son of William Holcombe Pryor Sr. and Laura Louise Bowles. William H. Pryor was born in Mobile, AL. I located his parents marriage announcement in the newspaper. It states his grandfather was William F. Pryor of Mobile.

Monroe Morning World, 28 August 1960

Monroe Morning World, 28 August 1960

William Frank Pryor was born about 1889 in AL, but is one of the Pryors who were in Florida at the turn of the century. .

The Pensacola journal., July 24, 1906, Page PAGE [THREE], Image 3
Frank Pryor, formerly of this city, but now of Mobile, spent Sunday here and was cordially greeted by his many friends. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Pryor are now located in Mobile.

The 1906 announcement (above) helps to ID his parents as Obed Pryor and Susie Nord (the judge’s great grandparents).

1900 Census Escambia Co., FL
Pensacola Pct 13, ED#22, sheet 19a, house 723 Obed M PRYOR July 1861 AL GA GA furniture dealer, Sallie C. wife Mar 1870 30 AL AL Al, William F son Jan 1889 11 AL, DeWitt M. son May 1890 10 AL, Lillian L. dau Oct 1891 AL, Leana dau May 1893 7 FL, Rothmeyer dau Nov 1894 5 FL, Fannie Mae dau Apr 1896 4 FL.

Obed Pryor was the son of Francis Pryor and wife Caroline who were on the 1860 Census in Butler County, AL  I did some digging on Francis a couple years ago and the post can viewed online. (read more). The Pryors were slave owners, possessing one female black around age 22 in 1860. Francis’ personal estate was recorded as $1500 on the 1860 Census.

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Alice Pryor: Another Pryor in the Edgefield County, SC Family Tree

I think we may be able to reunite another Pryor with the Edgefield County, SC Pryors.

Mrs. Alice Archbell died in Harrison County, TX in 1938. Her death record states she was born Alice Pryor in 1854 in Tallapoosa County, AL to John Pryor (no mother’s name). She was married to William B Archbell and was counted in his household on the 1880 and 1900 Census where it was recorded that both of her parents were from South Carolina.

I suspect she is the Alice Pryor age 5 who was counted in the household of Richard Pryor and Barbara in Edgefield County, SC in 1860.

1860 Census, Edgefield Co., SC
Beach Island PO, page 51, house 758 Richd (Richard) PRYOR 55 mechanic SC, Barbara 47 SC, Richard Jr. 21 SC, Cinchin (Kinchin R. Pryor) male 16 mechanic SC, Archibald 12 SC, Jane 10 SC, James 8 SC, Alice 5 AL.

1870 Census, Edgefied Co., SC
Hammond Twp., page 292b, house 507/522 Richard PRYOR 65 wheelwright SC, Jane S 19 SC, James 18 SC, Alice 15 SC

In 1870 Elizabeth B Prior wife of David Z Clark was counted in the household following Richard’s family. I speculated in a recent post (see post) that Elizabeth B Prior is the same person who was in Tallapoosa County. It certainly seems that Elizabeth and Alice may be related.