Amherst County Legislative Petitions Pryor Signatures

Pryor signatures

Hello all, I’m back with some new Pryor posts. The Pryors are not my full-time job so sometimes like in these past month, I have to focus on work first. Thanks for inquiring about my good health while I was on a hiatus. My health is fine– I’ve just been blessed with a busy schedule.

I’m still intrigued by Pryor signatures. It’s interesting that on some documents (like census record) a Pryor claims not to be able to read nor write and yet they sign their name to another record years before or years later. Some documents, like petitions appear to be have been signed by one person (all the signatures are the same). That issue led me to question if some documents were merely transcriptions of the original.

Pryor Signatures

I’ve collected some Pryor signatures from Amherst county, VA. Some of the signatures, because of the date of the petition, help to place when a Pryor lived in the county. Sometimes the signature helps to place where the Pryor lived (ie. upper Amherst county). The nature of the petitions also give clues to what the Pryor was interested in. And at times when more than one Pryor signature appeared on a page, it could be a clue to who were Pryor kin or even Pryor neighbors.


Hartwell T. Pryor 
1849



1.23.1847
Jno Pryor (Jno Pryor)
Flour Inspection
Accession Number 36121, Box 13, Folder 25

1.6.1845.
Jno. Pryor, secretary
John Pryor, Director
President & Directors of the Lynchburg & Buffalo Springs Turnpike Company: Petition
Accession Number 36121, Box 13, Folder 23


12.20.36
Hartwell T. Pryor, Robert H. Pryor, Wm Pryor Jr., Nicholas Pryor, Richard I Pryor. 
Inhabitants of Amherst & Lynchburg: Petition
Accession Number 36121, Box 307, Folder 25


1.3.1833
John Pryor
Citizens Petition regarding bridges
Accession Number 36121, Box 12, Folder 76a

12.31.1830
John Pryor
Inhabitants of Amherst & Nelson: Petition
Accession Number 36121, Box 12, Folder 71


12.28.1829
Richard I Pryor
Elections petition
Accession Number 36121, Box 12, Folder 65


12.7.1827
Ro H Pryor (Robert H Pryor)
Residents of Amherst, Nelson, & Albemarle: Petition
Accession Number 36121, Box 12, Folder 61



12.21.1826
John Pryor and Thomas M Pryor (signature below Wiatt Gatewood)
Inhabitants of Amherst, Campbell, Bedford, & Lynchburg: Petition


12.22.1807
William Pryor and Wm Pryor Junr. (William Pryor Jr.)
Inhabitants petition
Accession Number 36121, Box 307, Folder 19

12.9.1807
John Pryor
Inhabitants of county: division of county
Accession Number 36121, Box 307, Folder 18

12.9.1803
Wm Pryor Jr. (William Pryor Jr)
Jesse Pryor
Inhabitants Petition: Flour Inspection
Accession Number 36121, Box 12, Folder 9


12.18.1800
John C Prior
Citizens of Upper Part of Amherst County Petition
Accession Number 36121, Box 11, Folder 99


12.15.1800
David or Daniel Pryor, Wm Pryor?, John C Prior
Inhabitants: Remonstrance – Division of county
Accession Number 36121, Box 11, Folder 98


12.15.1798
William Pryor
Freeholders & Inhabitants: Remonstrance
Accession Number 36121, Box 307, Folder 13



Nicholas Pryor
Inhabitants Petition, Tobacco
Accession Number 36121, Box 307, Folder 9


Nicholas Pryor
Inhabitants Petition, Tobacco
Accession Number 36121, Box 11, Folder 73 


10.11.1792
William Pryor (near Zedikiah Shoemaker and Hugh McCabe), Nicholas Pryor, David Pryor
Flour Inspection Petition
Accession Number 36121, Box 11, Folder 65

1790 – Earliest Pryor Signatures

10.20.1790
William Pryor (near Zedekiah Shoemaker), Wm Pryor
Inhabitants of Lexington Parish: Petition
Accession Number 36121, Box 307, Folder 2

*Pryor and Shoemaker were both living in Lexington Parish when they filed their applications for Revolutionary War pensions in 1832.

Category: Tennessee Pryors

Autosomal DNA: Separating Two Pryor Lines

The kids are back in school and it’s time to get back to Pryor research.

Sometimes mixed up family lines help to solve each other. I recently was looking at the Ancestry DNA (autosomal) results for a test kit that matches one of my own. This tester is descended from the line of Allen L Pryor of Sumner County, TN through his son William. The interesting thing about William is that he married a woman who was the grand-daughter of a Pryor: Absolem Bostic Pryor born about 1797 in NC. 

My tester matches to my kit as approximately a 5th cousin which works out correctly on paper if Allen L Pryor is our common relative.  If we were related also through the line of Absolem Bostic Pryor, then this cousin who tested would have more Pryor DNA than expected.  

Surnames and geography don’t prove out a family tree. I’ve seen some sloppy Ancestry trees where people see a surname in a geographic area and wrongly assume that everyone using the name in their family tree must be related.  Or even when someone finds their ancestor in one state and wrongly assumes that someone living in another state can’t be related.

So, if the DNA doesn’t point to a connection between these two Pryor families and Absolem has been placed in family trees that stem from “North Carolina” Pryors that haven’t converged with the line that includes Allen L Pryor, then I’d have to suggest that unless there’s a story of an adoption or other story that can explain the DNA — these two lines aren’t related.

Newspaper Account of Nathaniel Pryor in Wisconsin

The War of 1812 began on June 18, 1812. This report of Nathaniel Pryor’s activities defending forts on the frontier reflects the anti-British sentiments that were ripe just months before the outbreak of the war.  Continue reading

1829 Newspaper Account of Nathaniel Miguel Pryor Capture

Nathaniel Pryor coon skin cap

This news story is perhaps the only “contemporary” report I’ve seen of Nathaniel “Miguel” Pryor‘s capture in Mexico… Continue reading

Transcript of 1745 Deed: Nicholas Pryor of Henrico County

This indenture made the twenty first day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty five between Nicholas Pryer of the Parish and county of Henrico of the one part and Henry Woodey of the county of Henrico of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Nicholas Pryor for and in consideration of the sum of forty pounds currant money of Virginia to him in hand paid —- the said Henry Woodey the receipt thereof he doth hereby — himself to be fully satisfied contented and —- contain parcel or tract of land containing one hundred and seventy acres lying and being in the parish and county of Henrico aforesaid and at the head of a branch at Tuckahoe Creek called Drinking hole branch being the place where on the said Nicholas Pryer now lives and is the same parcel or tract of land which the said Nicholas Pryer purchased of John Mayler and bounded according to the dimention bounds courses and distances mentioned in the said John Martin‘s deed. to the said Nicholas Pryer as by the said deed being had more fully may appear with all houses, orchards, gardens, fences woods, waters, and advantages whatsoever to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining to have and to hold the said son hundred and seventy acres of land and premisses with — and every of the appurtences unto the said Henry Woodey his heirs and assigns against the said Nicholas Pryer his heirs, Est and administrator and against all other persons whatsoever doth by these presents warrant and for ever will defend in witness whereof he hath hereunto set his h and and seal the day month and year first above written.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us
Wm Street, Benj Johnson (his mark), Sarah Johnson (her mark)
Nicolas Pryer (his mark)