Joseph Pryor, John Pryor and Thornton Pryor Signatures

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”

joseph pryor botetourt

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.

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