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John Pryor in War of 1812

war-of-1812I don’t think I’ve mentioned this relationship before. Chesley Taylor, brother of both Spicy Taylor Pryor and Massey Taylor Pryor served in the same regiment (3 REG’T (DICKINSON’S) VIRGINIA MILITIA) during the War of 1812 with a John Pryor. I suspect this is John Pryor who was married to Massey Taylor. They married in December 1812 — perhaps it was spurred by the beginning of the war.

I looked through the list of soldiers in this regiment. There are some familiar names, like John Jared (Garrett?). There were a few names that point directly to Campbell County, VA:

Tarlton Asher – His father John Asher lived and died in Campbell County, VA. A researcher posted online that the senior Asher owned land near Pryor Wright’s property in  1795

Isaac Crews – he married Mary/Polly Oglesby the widow of Hezekiah Taylor who was killed in the War of 1812 in Canada (related to Edmund Taylor, but not his son Hezekiah Taylor who lived to a ripe old age in TN). Isaac Crews was counted on the 1820 Census in Campbell County, VA on the same page with with Edmund Taylor and his son Hezekiah.

Samuel Davidson – possibly the same man who married William Pryor and Spicy Taylor in Campbell County in 1809 (read more)

More Letters on General Brazure Williams Pryor Land Grant

Working through some older items I’ve meant to post. Two more letters regarding the War of 1812 land warrant for Brazure W. Pryor– the Hero of Hampton.

Richmond, VA
June 17th 1854

Dear Madam
In making an investigation I find further sum for your deceased husband Brazure W Pryor in the War of 1812 which in my opinion will give you an additional land warrant.

With your permission I will endevor to get you another warrant. In that evente you will please say that the 80 acre warrant No 36.536 which issued to you has long since been sold out of your possession in the acknowledgment of this letter.

Oblige, yours respectfully,
J K M

Elizabeth A Pryor
Care of Carter B Fogg
Newtown, VA

Memo
Brazure W Pryor was pay master to 115th Regt VA Mi (Militia?) from 28 Jul 1814 to 26 Feb 1815.

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X Mrs Pryor was paid by certificate of deposit No 902 for $56.70 for her land warrant No. 36.556 16 August 1852

Poplar Grove, July 2nd 1854

Mr. Martin
I  have just received your communication of the 17th June. I should like to get the additional claim which you think I am entitled to and as soon as obtained please to send a check for the amount of it and

oblige, yours most respectfully
E A Pryor

X Received of Mr. John K. Martin, 56 dollars clear of all expenses for the services of my deceased husband B. W. Pryor, during the War of 1812.

Please direct to Carlton’s Store
King and Queen Co.
Virginia

PS should the money be applied for, do not pay in ??? a written order from me.
E A Pryor
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Pryors in 8th Reg’t (Wall’s) Virgnia Militia

When I was looking at Pryors in the War of 1812 I wanted to see who served with John H Pryor, Samuel T Pryor, and William Pryor in 8th Reg’t (Wall’s) Virginia Militia. So I Googled. This is a reconstructed list of this regiment.

The Pryors in this regiment were sons of William Pryor and Elizabeth Hughes.  They were all from Goochland County, VA. Samuel Thornton Pryor was born about 1791 and was on the 1850 and 1860 Census in that county. He married Lucy Hunter and she claimed a widow’s pension for his service in the War of 1812. John Hughes Pryor married Sarah Smith and first moved to Williamson County, TN and then settled in Rutherford County, TN.  I didn’t have any information on their brother William Pryor, however I found that Louisa Jane Pryor filed for a widow’s pension based on the service of William Pryor in 8th Reg’t (Wall’s ) Virginia Militia, so we may have his wife’s name!

Henry Bourne

John Bourne

Robert Chumley

Edward Couch

John Couch

Richard Davenport

Tasleton Davenport

Burrell Featherston

John Garrett

Richard Garrett

William Garrett

John Gentry

Lany Gentry

Nicholas Gentry

Patrick Gentry

Robert Gentry

James Herndon

Joseph Herndon

David Hicks

John Hix

Josiah Hix

Godfrey Isbell

William I Isbell

Henry Kerby

John H Marks

Edward B Naylor

Joseph Nuckols

James Pendleton

John Poindexter

Thomas Poindexter

Cornelius Powell

John H Pryor

Samuel Pryor

William Pryor

Evan Rawlins

James Terry

William Thurman

Little Gerry Whitehead

Nicholas B. Pryor’s Letter to President Thomas Jefferson

Monticello

OK, I admit sometimes I drool over Thomas Jefferson like he was a rock star. But isn’t it fun when you can tie family research with one of the Founding Fathers? The National Archives has been putting Founding Fathers documents online. Hazzah! Double Hazzah!… the website is cross referenced so when you find one thing you easily find more. Oh yea, this is a history junkie’s dream!

On August 7, 1812 Nicholas B. Pryor of Nashville (one of our Sumner County and Overton County, TN cousins! He’s my 1st cousin x6) wrote to Jefferson asking for help with a military appointment http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/03-05-02-0238. The letter made it’s way from Nashville to Jefferson’s desk at Monticello (he was retired by 1809). Perhaps because Nicholas’ sister Mitchie Pryor was married to Jefferson’s brother, the letter didn’t sit at the bottom of a slush pile– On August 24 Jefferson wrote to William Eustis, the Secretary of War, recommending Pryor and he also responded to Pryor. I wonder if Jefferson used that wild letter copying device they have at Monticello! http://www.monticello.org/site/house-and-gardens/polygraph

Jefferson mentioned in the letter that he knew Pryor from a neighboring county. Hmmm, he failed to mention their relationship by marriage–they were brother-in-laws. Now that’s an interesting little insight into Thomas Jefferson. Guess he had been involved in the political system long enough to  know how to move along a political appointment. http://tennesseepryors.com/virginia-pryors/the-pryors-and-their-jeffersonian-connections/