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William P Pryor (Land) In The Cumberland River

This plat map is the first I’ve ever seen and definitely worth sharing. The survey for William P Pryor in Davidson County, TN in 1829 was for land “in” the Cumberland River rather than “on” or bounded by the river. Whaaaat?

I’d love to know what he did with the land. Was it a strategic purchase to control property on either side of the river? Was it to have access to the river? Did he operate a ferry?

Who was William P Pryor? I haven’t seen a William who used the middle initial P. Nor is there a William Pryor on the 1830 Census in Davidson County. Was this William T Pryor a son of Nicholas B Pryor?

I was also curious about where this land may have been located, so I set out to see it it was visible in current maps of the area. This was a small parcel – 4 1/2 acres. There are a few small pieces of water bound pieces of land in Davidson county, but I highly doubt it can be ID’d today after almost 200 years of erosion and sedimentation.

William P Pryor Record Transcript:

Ploted by a scale of 20 poles to an Inch.
State of Tennessee Davidson County
by V–y of Entry No 781 Dated Sept 14th 1829 founded on the Consideration of one cent per acre paid into the entry taken off– of Davidson County I have surveyed for William P Pryor four and a half acres of land in said county and in Cumberland River. Beginning at the lower point of a sand bar below the first Island in Cumberland river below Nashville thence Running up the Southers Sluce with its meanders at low water mark south fourteen degrees east thirty poles, South twenty and a half degrees East twenty six poles, south twelve degrees. East twenty one poles to a stake in John Boyd’s line of an Eighteen and a half —? survey, which includes said Island thence with said line North ten poles to a Stake said Boyd’s corner with his line South twnety seven degrees East twenty six poles to the northern sluice at low water mark, thence lower said sluice with its meanders north two degrees East Eight poles, then North twenty three degrees west Twenty six poles, North Eight degrees West twenty four poles North twenty degrees West twenty four poles North thirty degrees West Eighteen poles then North Sixty four degrees west and a half poles to the Beginning the balance of said Entry could not be satisfied by reason of water and an older claim.
Surveyed Oct 2nd 1829
(signed) Sam. Weakley SDC
Isaac Clemmons
Joseph Parks

 

Sumner County, TN: Samuel Pryor Son of John and Massey

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I love documents that name lots of kin because they are a boon to researchers when trying to figure out relationships. While I can’t say with certainty that Samuel Pryor was in fact a brother of Allen L. Pryor, and a son of John Pryor and Massey Taylor Pryor— it looks like it’s a very strong probability. Samuel died with out any offspring, but in 1921 his nieces and nephews settled out a piece of property that was in his estate. These heirs are the probable grandchildren of John and Massey.

While it’s a boon to ID John and Massey’s children and grandchildren, it should be noted that there are some “grandchildren” who were missing. Children of William Pryor (d. bef. 1850) and Margaret Curry (d. aft. 1880) are not on the deed. When I (and cousins) speculated that William was an additional son of John and Massey Pryor we should have paid more attention to their omission from this document, since Y-DNA testing now indicates William was perhaps an “adopted” child and very distant Pryor “cousin.” William’s omission makes me think that everyone at that time knew that William wasn’t a blood relative and the division of Samuel’s property wasn’t contested. Interesting how the family story gets lost over time.

J. W. Pryor et al . . . . . . . . . . . )

 . . . . . .To . . . . Deed . . . . . . .

Frank McCullough . . . . . . . . . )

For and in consideration of the sum of Eight Dollars, paid in cash, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, we, J. W. Pryor and wife, N. E. Pryor; Monroe Pryor and wife, Mary PryorThos Gregory and Bettie Gregory;  A.J. Wright and Lucy WrightWm Pryor and wife, Cannis PryorLicurgus Pryor and wife, Nellie PryorJohn Pryor and Genie PryorJosh SimmonsAnn E. SimmonsBud Belt and Alice BeltJas Linsey and Sis LinseyJas McCullough and wife, Mary McCullough, have bargained and sold, and do hereby transfer and convey unto Frank McCullough, the following described land, in Sumner County, State of Tennessee:  Civil District No. 9, bounded as follows:  North by Frank McCullough; East by Frank McCullough; South by Jas McCullough, and west by Gillespie, and containing 25 acres, more or less, and being the lands of Samuel Pryor, dec’d, and we being the heirs of Samuel Pryor, dec’d.

To have and to hold the said lands with the improvements and appurtenances thereunto belonging, to the said Frank McCullough, and his heirs and assigns forever.  And we covenant with the said Frank McCullough, his heirs and assigns,  that we are lawfully seized of said land, have a good right to convey it, and that it is unincumbered.  And we do further covenant and bind ourselves and our heirs and representatives to warrant and forever defend the title to said property to the said Frank McCullough and his heirs and assigns against the lawful claims of all persons.

And we, the above named wives of the said heirs, do hereby transfer and convey and release and relinquish to the said grantee, his heirs and assigns, all right, title and interest of every kind whatever we have or may have in and to said property, and particularly such as we have or may have under and by virtue of the laws of Tennessee relating to homestead and dower.

Witness our hands, this the 28th day of October, 1907.

(signed by and “X”)
J. W. PRYOR;  N. E. PRYOR ;  MONROE PRYOR;
MARY E. PRYOR;  T. M. GREGORY; BETTIE GREGORY;
JAMES  M. LINDSEY; MARTHA LINDSEY; J. E. PRYOR;
GENIE PRYOR; J. W. McCULLOUGH; MARY McCULLOUGH

State of Tennessee, Sumner County:
Personally appeared before me, Harris Brown, Clerk of the County Court of said County, the within named J. W. Pryor and wife, N. E. Pryor, and Monroe Pryor and wife, M. E. Pryor, the bargainors, with whom I am personally acquainted, and who acknowledged that they executed the within instrument for the purposes therein contained.  And N. E. Pryor and M. E. Pryor, wives of the said J. W. Pryor and Monroe Pryor, having appeared before me, privately and apart from her husbands, the said N. E. Pryor and M. E. Pryor acknowledged the execution of the said instrument to have been done by them freely, voluntarily, and understandingly, without compulsion or constraint from their said husbands and for the purposes therein expressed.

Witness my hand at office, this 28, day of Oct, 1907.
Harris Brown,   Clerk . . . . . . .State of Tennessee, Sumner County:

Personally appeared before me, J. W. Albright, a Notary Public in and for said County and State, the within named James. M. Lindsey & wife, Martha Lindsey; J. E. Pryor and wife Gene Pryor; James McCullough and wife Mary McCullough; T. W. Gregory and wife, Bettie Gregory, the bargainors, with hom I am personally acquainted, and who acknowledged that they executed the within instrument for the purposes therein contained.  And Martha Lindsey; Gene Pryor, Mary McCullough & Bettie Gregory, wives of the said James M. Lindsey; J. E. Pryor; J. W. McCullough & T. W. Gregory having appeared before me privately and apart from their husbands, the said Martha Lindsey, Genie Pryor, Mary McCullough & Bettie Gregory acknowledged the execution of the said instrument to have been done by them freely, voluntarily, and understandingly, without compulsion or constraint from their said husbands, and for the purposes therein expressed.

Witness my hand and official seal, at __________ Tennessee, this 1st day of Dec, 1908. (SEAL)       J. W. Albright, , , Notary Public  . . . .
Received for registration Feby 12, 1921, at 12:05 P.M.
Registered and examined Feby 12, 1921.
. . B. E. Rippy , , ,Register . . . . .|

The above from: Sumner County, TN Archives; Document: Vol 88, page 63; Source:  Microfilm

NIECES AND NEPHEWS OF SAMUEL PRYOR PER DEED J. W. PRYOR TO FRANK MCCULLOUGH

SUMNER COUNTY, TN  DATED 28 OCTOBER 1907; REGISTERED 12 FEBRUARY 1921,

Deed Book Volume 88, Page 63 on Microfilm at Sumner County, TN Archives.

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Transcription provided by Shirley Anderson.

November 19, 2002

Explanation of the Samuel Pryor’s heirs:

J. W. Pryor and N. E. Pryor
James Wesley Pryor, and wife Nora E. Branham. James Wesley Pryor was the son of George W. Pryor and wife Lucy Jane Lumsden/Lumsdale (George is probable brother of Samuel Pryor). Allen L Pryor was the executor of Lucy’s estate in 1871.

Monroe Pryor
Monroe Pryor, and wife Mary Stanson. “James” Monroe Pryor was the son of George W. Pryor and first wife Mary Odell/Odle. (George is probable brother of Samuel Pryor).

T. M. (sic) Gregory and Bettie Gregory
Thomas Washington Gregory, and wife Bettie Pryor. Bettie was the daughter of Allen L. Pryor and first wife Elizabeth Talley. (Allen is probable brother of Samuel Pryor).

A. J. Wright and Lucy Wright
Andrew J. Wright and wife Lucy Pryor. Lucy was the daughter of Allen L. Pryor and first wife Elizabeth Talley. (Allen is probable brother of Samuel Pryor).

William Pryor and Cannis Pryor
William Pryor and wife Kannie Robinson Pryor. William was the son of Allen L. Pryor and first wife Elizabeth Talley. (Allen is probable brother of Samuel Pryor).

Licurgus (sic) Pryor and Nellie Pryor
Lycurgus L. Pryor and wife Clara Elon “Nellie” Ayers. Lycurgus was the son of Allen L. Pryor and first wife Elizabeth Talley. (Allen is probable brother of Samuel Pryor).

John Pryor and Genie Pryor
John Edward Pryor and wife Eugenia Hill.  John was the son of Allen L. Pryor and first wife Elizabeth Talley. (Allen is probable brother of Samuel Pryor).

Josh Simmons and Ann E. Simmons
Josh Simmons and Ann E. Pryor. Ann was the daughter of Allen L. Pryor and first wife Elizabeth Talley. (Allen is probable brother of Samuel Pryor).

Bud Belt and Alice Belt
James Golden Belt and Alice Pryor. Alice was the daughter of Allen L. Pryor and first wife Elizabeth Talley. (Allen is probable brother of Samuel Pryor).

Jas. Linsey and Sis Linsey
James Lindsey/Linsey and Martha “Sis” McCullough. Martha “Sis” is the probable the daughter of Elizabeth/Louisa Pryor and Husband David McCullough/McCulley/McCully. (Elizabeth/Louisa is probable sister of Samuel Pryor).

Jas. McCullough and Mary McCullough
James McCullough and wife Mary C. Taylor (a probably grand-daughter of David Taylor, brother of Massey Taylor Pryor). James was the probable son of Elizabeth/Louisa Pryor and Husband David McCullough/McCulley. (Elizabeth/Louisa is probable sister of Samuel Pryor).

Franklin McCullough
Franklin McCullough the probable son of Elizabeth/Louisa Pryor and Husband David McCullough/McCulley/McCully. (Elizabeth/Louisa is probable sister of Samuel Pryor).

Henry Co., KY Pryors

Mary Ann Dobson is sharing some interesting Shenandoah Co., VA deeds that name Pryors in Henry Co., KY. These Pryors may be related to the Pryors and Duncans who migrated to Missouri- Bates County and Gasconade County.

“Last month, I had a chance to research at the genealogy library in Salt Lake City and look again at the microfilm.  I have a JPG image of page 34 and most of page 35, but did not look at the images until I got home (no portable computer).”

Shenandoah Co. VA Deed (SLC 8/30/2010)
Y-34/35:  15 July 1815, Reuben Duncan and wife Martha (X) to Taverner Young and Thomas Young, all of Henry Co. KY, for $1,000, sell all their right and title to the three? farms in Virginia with all appurtances belonging known by the names of the Manor place, the mountain place & Bottom Place, which said Reuben & Martha hold as heirs at law of John Young deceased.  Wit. Jack Pryor, Willis Duncan.  Reuben Duncan & Martha appeared 23 Sept. 1815 in Henry Co.  Ordered recorded, 12 Oct? 1817.  (FHL film 33,898)  (MAD: son of James & Aseneth Browning; grandson of Wm. Elder)

“I also found the image of the first part of the following deed:”

Y-35:  13 Oct. 1817, Taverner B. Young Senr?/one? of the sons & heirs at law of John Young 3rd decd, who was one of the sons heirs and devisees of Edwin Young the elder decd and Nancy his wife of Bath Co. KY, to Benjamin Ward? (Wood?) of Shenandoah Co. VA; the said Edwin Young the elder decd by his last will and testament in writing dated 9 December 1772 among other things therein gave and devised to his son the said John Young the 3rd a tract of land in the afsd Shenandoah Co. which the said Edwin Young the elder purchased of Enoch Lot? (Job?) at the sum of 400 pounds to be divided among his eight children and 1/4 thereof to be paid annually after the said John Young 3rd should be in possession one? year as by the will … will fully appear.  And whereas the said John Young 3rd departed this life intestate leaving the afsd Taverner B. Young, Thomas J. Young and Johnston Young his children and heirs at law, and the said Johnston Young having deparated this life before he attained the age of 21 years, …. (MAD: do not have the rest of the document on pg.35 or following).

I hope this helps. Let us know if you make some headway into the Pryor lines !