Category Archives: Tennessee Pryors

Peter Nance and Mary Pryor Query from 1906

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It’s interesting to look at the old genealogy columns published in newspapers at the turn of the century. I thought this one was a great example of lots of names but not documentation. It was published on July 15, 1906 in The Times Dispatch, Richmond, VA.

I’m curious. What records were available to researchers 110 years ago? I suspect all research was done in the county record office or a researcher was hired to do it for you. In this newspaper column the reference to Edward and Nicholas Pryor in Henrico county sites the years and not the reference material. From what we know today, it’s likely they were citing the dates of Vestry Records.

And of course Roger A Pryor was still alive in 1906 and his involvement in US and Virginia politics, service as a Confederate General during the Civil War and appointments as a New York Judge were all well known and documented in newspapers.

I think there’s an interesting aspect to the query. In 1906 the writer was aware of who their ancestors were. Peter Nance was recorded with his wife Mary Pryor on the 1850 Census in Knox County. By 1860, when he was 86 years old, Peter Nance was living in Blount County, TN. So somewhere in the 40 or less years since his death, where in VA they originated from and who were their parents has disappeared from the family story.

This news clipping should be a reminder of why research continues and supporting documentation is needed for our findings. The writer never made a connection between the Pryors mentioned– they simply were dishing out names.

A Pryor Featured in Documentary on Netflix

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.

Category: Tennessee Pryors

Allen L Pryor Cemetery in Sumner County, TN

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.

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“Infant son of A Pryor died Feb, 15, 1865.”

 

Allen L Pryor infant son grave marker

Infant son of A Pryor died Feb, 15, 1865

 

Small part of a grave marker

Small part of a grave marker

 

Henry Pryor

“Henry Pryor … was born”

 

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Henry Pryor, close up

 

broken marker

Infant son Pryor

(In)fant son of A. and E. PRYOR born Sept.

Another view of Infant son Pryor marker

Another view of Infant son Pryor marker

 

Pryor grave maker

Broken grave marker

 

Elizabeth Pryor 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.

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Beatrice and Willie Ann Lee, grand-daughters of Willie Pryor Gregory.

Beatrice and Willie Ann Lee, grand-daughters of Willie Pryor Gregory.

 

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Connecting Members of Lincoln County, TN Pryor Line

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.

I’ve updated Mary Abbey Pryor Gill’s memorial on Find A Grave.