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Aaron Burr Plot and A Branch of the Pryor Family

aaron-burrCan you believe the “Got Milk” ad that featured the peanut-butter-mumbler who flubbed “Aaron Burr” is now more than 20 years old? You may think of milk when someone says Aaron Burr, but maybe you’ll start thinking “Mr. Pryor.” Continue reading

L. M. Pryor of the Mexican War

mexican american warI’m wondering if we can I.D. the Pryor mentioned in this post-Mexican war report (the war ended 2 February 1848 with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo).

Unclaimed Corpses. — If it is a joke, it is a melancholy one, that a number of boxes, with dead bodies in them–the remains of gallant men–American soldiers who fell in Mexico–have been stored at New Orleans for a long time past with nobody to claim them. One of them, marked “L. M. Pryor,” contains it seems, the body of Dr. Phaill of Tennessee, and was broght (sic) to N. Orleans two years ago! (pub. St. Louis Organ)
–printed in The Greensboro Patriot, Greensboro, NC
22 Sept. 1849

I wonder if L. M. Pryor is one of the Williamson County Pryors. Luke Pryor’s sister married Angus McPhail. The Boston Liberator carried the same report and stated the doctor’s name as McPhail (it helps to have 2 sources!). There’s no indications that Angus was a doctor and it appears he was alive after the Mexican War in 1850. Perhaps this is a relative?

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Allen L. Pryor’s Notebook – A Clue to a Sumner County Pryor

Edward Pryor of Sumner County This little book is a jewel in Pryor family research. It’s the kind of thing that could easily have been swept into the trash when long-ago clearing out a house. It’s also the kind of thing that many of us have tucked away and haven’t thought to share. This is a note book that Allen L. Pryor of Sumner County began to keep in about 1841. Thanks to a cousin I’ve met on Ancestry.com we have an important clue to our Pryors.

In Gallatin Cemetery there’s a cenotaph (not a tombstone, but a monument– no bodies buried there) to Sumner County soldiers who were killed Monterey during the battle of the Mexican War. The monument names Edward Pryor who Allen L’s family has long claimed to be one of Allen’s brothers. Without birth records nor even a Bible entry, we haven’t had much proof of their relationship.

The Battle of Monterey was fought in 1846 (five years after Allen L. Pryor began entries in this book. The monument can be viewed on Find A Grave, which states it was installed in Gallatin in 1850.  There are some notable people buried in Gallatin City Cemetery.

I haven’t been able to find John Pryor, father of Allen L. and probably Edward on the 1820 Census. It’s interesting to know that in about 1850 the family believed  he was born in Sumner County in 1823. That helps to place the family in Sumner County BEFORE the death of John’s father in law, Edmund Taylor, in 1824. It also puts John Pryor in TN about the time his probable brother William Pryor show up on the 1820 Census in Overton County– but still before his Taylor kin migrated to Tennessee after Edmund Taylor’s death.

Allen L. Pryor claimed on census records and in his Goodspeed biography to have been born 1816 in White County, TN. That’s even earlier than we can find this Pryor line in the paper records.

Pryor Surname in Veracruz Mexico

Ancestry.com is offering a free trial of the 1930 Mexico Census today. !Esta es la dia a buscar de los Pryors in Mexico!


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I couldn’t resist looking for Pryors.  Not a “Pryor”, not even a “Praya” as was the Spanish spelling adopted by Nathanial Miguel Pryor in Alta California. No Pryor, however in 1930 there were people named “Prior” in Veracruz Mexico.

Raymundo P. Martinez 43 and wife Francisca Marin de Prior 32 were married in a civil ceremony, both were born in Veracruz, and both were Catholic. Their children were Raul Prior Marin 17, Regina Prior Marin 12, Refuto? Prior Marin 9.

Still in Veracruz, there’s another Prior household: Enedina Martinez V. de Prior 68 widow, Domaciana Prior 23 single, Luzaro Prior 15.

And counted next to them Buhman? P. Martinez 48 married in the church and in a civil ceremony, Genoveva Ortega de Prior 30, Emma Prior 23, Antonio Prior 4, Mario Prior 2, Maria Forres? 50, Eugenia Campo 45, Policarpo? Orillano 4.

And counted right after the above, yet another Prior family. Hermila Prior 35 single, Nereo Cerecido? 8, Elvia Cerecido? 6, Juana Hernandez 23 single, Josefa Vasques 12

And also in Veracruz: Simon Garcia 78, Josefa Prior Martinez 45, Simon H. Garcia 22 single, Leoncio Prior Martinez 20 single. The marital status checked for Simon and Josefa is “union libre”, perhaps this was like a common law marriage.

The last Prior household is Isaias Lechuga 27, Carmen Prior Martinez 25, Emelina Lechuga 2.

All of these Priors were born in the state of Veracruz Mexico (located on the Gulf of Mexico, north of the Yucatan peninsula).

I found one other Prior outside of Veracruz Mexico – yet they were born there. Living in Tamaulipas (the state to the north of Veracruz) Reymundo Cuervo 24, Felronio? Cuervo 21 born in Veracruz, Antonia Prior de Cuervo 41 born in Pachuca in the state of Hidalgo. Antonia was married in both the church and in a civil ceremony. Reymundo and Felronio? were recorded as both single, so they may be Antonia’s children.

Any idea how the Prior name got into Mexico?

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