Searching for Augusta, a 2015 World War II documentary, showed up in my Netflix queue. The documentary follows the heroic exploits of a Belgian-Congolese nurse named Augusta Chiwy and an American doctor: John “Jack” Prior. It’s quite a fantastic story of bombings, explosions, and evading the Nazi’s during the infamous Battle of the Bulge.
The film states Dr. “Jack” Prior was from St. Albans, VT and the son of Pearl Prior (his father). While the documentary locates Ms. Chiwy and features the children of Dr. Prior. I did some searching to see if I could find more about him. He was in his parents’ household on the 1930 census records. After the war he became practiced medicine in Syracuse, NY — there’s an article on Syracuse.com.
During the summer of 2016 a Pryor researcher sent me photos of the grave markers in the Pryor Cemetery near Sumner County, TN (near Gallatin). My apologies for being slower than maple syrup in January in getting these posted! I’ve got some photos I took in the 1980’s – I’ll have to see if I can find them. It’s interesting to compare what is known of a cemetery at different times. For instance, there are only 6 burials noted on a Rootsweb page. It’s possible that those were the only markers visible when the survey of the cemetery was done for the book Sumner County, Tennessee Cemetery Records.
“Infant son of A Pryor died Feb, 15, 1865.”
Infant son of A Pryor died Feb, 15, 1865
Small part of a grave marker
“Henry Pryor … was born”
Henry Pryor, close up
(In)fant son of A. and E. PRYOR born Sept.
Another view of Infant son Pryor marker
Broken grave marker
Memory of ELIZABETH PRYOR was born Dec 19, 1825. Died Feb. 22, 1865. Aged 39 years. (Elizabeth Talley wife of Allen L Pryor)
Monument put up many years after Allen L Pryor’s death in early 1900’s.
Beatrice and Willie Ann Lee, grand-daughters of Willie Pryor Gregory.
We can ID another Tennessee Pryor marriage. The Nashville City death record for Mary Abbey Gill born 1839 states her parents were William Pryor born in NC and Jane Hopkins also born in NC. I found the Gill family on the 1910 Census in Nashville; at that time her mother’s place of birth was recorded as AL.
I agree with online researchers who’ve matched her as the daughter of William and Jane C Pryor who were counted on the 1850 US Census in Lincoln county, TN. This was further confirmed by looking at the 1870 Census — Mary and her husband Charles W. Gill were counted below Jane Pryor’s household in Lincoln county.
There are 3 Pryor signatures on a bond signed in Owen County, KY. Signatures on the marriage bond of Juliet Prior (sic) are dated 30 March 1829. It’s possible that the Joseph, John and Thornton who signed the bond were brothers, sons of Joseph Pryor Sr. Joseph Pryor Sr. died in about 1813 (his will was probated in February 1813) — making it unlikely that he was the Joseph who signed the bond.
Is this the same Joseph Pryor who signed as a witness on the estate of Thomas Lang in 1804 in Botetourt County? I created a graphic to do a side by side comparison. The signature on the left is from 1829 and the one on the right is from 1804.
Even if we aren’t handwriting experts we can look at these signatures and make some comparisons.
The “J” on the left has a bottom loop that tilts upward and more left. Its tail intersects with itself. The “J” in left sample ends with a tail that flows to the right, connecting with the “o”.
The “o” in Joseph differs between signatures. On the left, it’s open at the top and connects with the next letter. The right “o” is made from the tail of the “J” and doesn’t connect.
The left “s” is in cursive. The right “s” is in printed font.
The “p” in Joseph is also different in both scripts. On the left it has a tail with a loop at the bottom and on the right there is no loop.
On the left the “h” connects to the “p” and on the right the “h” stands alone.
Both “r”s in Pryor are made the same on the left as well as on the right, however they differ in structure in both signatures.
The capital “P” in each signature differ wildly as does the “y”
My rudimentary conclusion is that the signatures were not made by the same person. Perhaps they were written by Joseph Sr. and Joseph Jr. of even someone else.