I heard from another researcher in answer to the last post. Thank you to Beverly Watson from the My Jackson Purchase Families website. She has an 1815 Bond from Bourbon County, KY signed by Joseph Pryor and John Pryor. These men were seeking a bond to open a tavern. It looks like their signatures are a very good match to the signatures on the 1829 marriage bond for Juliet Pryor in Owen County, KY.
I think the strongest part of the match are the “P” in both Pryor signatures. It’s also a good match on the tilt of the “h” in Joseph and the loop shape and direction in the “y” in John Pryor.
Since Joseph Pryor Sr. was deceased by about 1813, the signature is most likely Joseph Pryor Jr. on both documents.
Another observation is the time span between documents… 14 years. John Pryor’s projected year of birth from most researchers is about 1773. He was 77 at the time of the 1850 Census. It’s interesting that his signature was consistent.
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.
I dug deep into my stash of Pryor records and looked again at the lawsuit they were engaged in back in 1830’s in Sumner County, TN. Of interest… their signatures on the answer to the complaint. I think these are signatures because some state his/her mark when they were unable to sign.
Massy Pryor – X her mark
Jane Taylor – X her mark
Polly Taylor – X her mark
John Pryor – X his mark
Elizabeth Taylor – X her mark
Chesley Taylor – X his mark
Elizabeth Taylor Jun, by her guardian Hezekiah Taylor
Joel Pariss (Parish?)
Elizabeth Garrett Junr.
If you click on the image you can view the full size.
Beware of the signature that’s not a Pryor. I’ve stumbled upon NC governor William Tryon’s signature several times and misread it as Pryor. An important signature to check against other signatures on documents.