Estate Sale of Massey Taylor Pryor, 1867 Sumner Co.,TN

State of Tennessee, Sumner County. This day appeared before me Allen L. Pryor, administer of Massey Pryor deceased, and swore an oath that the above is true and correct inventory of the estate of his mother. Sworn to before me 3 June 1867. Signed Allen L. Pryor. Witnessed by John Bugg and J.A. Truesdale.

State of Tennessee, Sumner County. Personally appeared before me William Matthews, an acting justice of the peace for said county, F.M. Elliot and made an oath that the within account as stands charged is just and true this 14th day of September 1867. Signed F. M. Elliot. (The account that was attached was for shoeing horses for Massey Pryor from 1856 to 1861).

List of Items Purchase Amount Purchased By (Relationship)
2 Single Bed 0.35 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 Candlestick 0.50 Allen L. Pryor (son)
2 Qt. Bottles 0.50 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 Lot of Bottles 0.10 Allen L. Pryor (son)
5 Bottles 0.15 Allen L. Pryor (son)
2 Small Bottles 0.05 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 Dressing Table 1.25 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 Mule Colt 117.60 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 Chest 1.90 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Box of Books 0.45 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Lot of Books 0.30 Sam Pryor (son)
Lot of Bacon 2.35 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Axe 0.35 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Small Mare 28.50 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Fork and Knife 0.11 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Looking Glass 0.15 Sam Pryor (son)
6 Chairs 2.35 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Water Bucket 0.35 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Keg Molasses 1.25 Sam Pryor (son)
2 Plows 1.25 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Barrel 0.50 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Bridle 0.25 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Coffee Mill 1.05 Sam Pryor (son)
Pot Rack and Hooks 0.50 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Bible 0.50 Grant Taylor (african-american)
Barrel of Lye 6.25 Betsy Pryor (dau. or dau. in law?)
Sugar Chest 3.75 Betsy Pryor (dau. or dau. in law?)
1 Water Can 0.25 Betsy Pryor (dau. or dau. in law?)
Pot and Hooks 1.10 Betsy Pryor (dau. or dau. in law?)
Small Pot and Hooks 2.00 Betsy Pryor ((dau. or dau. in law?)
Bacon 5.55 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
3 Plates 0.25 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
1 Stone Jug 0.30 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
1 Bottle 0.15 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
1 Lot Bottles 0.50 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
1 Pair Hound Dogs 4.00 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
1 Plow 1.00 George Pryor (Son)
6 Plates 0.25 George Pryor (Son)
1 Sugar Bowl 0.25 George Pryor (Son)
1 Jug 0.35 George Pryor (Son)
1 Small Jar 0.05 George Pryor (Son)
3 Hogs 11.30 Mrs. Luisa Williams
2 Forks 0.10 Mrs. Luisa Williams
1 Clock 2.50 C. Brazil
3 Small Hounds 7.20 E.D. Robinson
1 pair __? 0.35 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 side __? 12.60 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 _____? 0.80 John Laskey

Chesley W Taylor: Changed His Name to Richard Taylor?

1870 Census, Cheatham County. Chesley W Taylor. His sister Mary Ann Taylor Allen is also on this page.

It’s so frustrating to run into the name switcheroos among the Pryors (see Shadrack to Chesley post) Wouldn’t you know, I also run in to mysterious name changes among the Taylor cousins who settled in TN.

I’ve been trying to flesh-out the family tree on Chesley Taylor about 1785 in VA. Edmund Taylor, the father, died in VA in 1827. William Pryor and Spicy Taylor were in Overton County, TN by the 1820 Census, and soon after Edmund’s death Chesley and his other Taylor siblings followed, including Massey Taylor and her husband John Pryor. He married Mary Ann Hardeman in Sumner County in 1829 and settled in Davidson County.

Chesley left a very small trail. There was a post the Tennessean giving notice that here was a letter held for him in Nashville in 1835. At some point a baby or young boy came to live with Spicy Taylor and William Pryor; they named him Chesley. From 1835 to his death in 1839, Chesley Taylor and his wife Mary Ann had 4 children: Susan, Mary Ann, John Edward, and Chesley Washington– Chesley Washington b. 1837 again brings up the issues of name changes.

Chesley Washington Taylor was recorded on all census records as C. W. His name Chesley Taylor appears on a land grant in Cheatham County. However, C. W. appears on the 1880 Census in Chatham County and there are several children recorded in his household who were recorded as sons and daughters. When those children died, their death records and social security records state their father was Richard Taylor.

His son James General Taylor:

His son George Washington Taylor:

His daughter Ella Catharine (Taylor) Wilkerson:

His daughter Rosa (Taylor) Demonbrun

So Richard it is. Did he have multiple names? Did he drop one name for another? Absolutely confounding but also a great reminder that evolving research means being open to new data and asking new questions.

My new question: When we can’t find Taylors and Pryors are we looking for the wrong first name?

 

John Pryor of Orange County, NC and Daughter Dorothy

Sometimes it’s interesting to continue to dig for Pryors by following the trail of men with the first name Pryor. You never know if it will lead to related families of the Pryor surname. I saw this announcement in an 1838 newspaper

We are authorized to announce Gen. Pryor M Grant of Columbus, a Candidate for the office of Major General of the Fourth Division of the Mississippi Militia, composed of the counties of Lowndes, Noxubee, Kemper, Oaktibbeha, Winston, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, Smith, Atalla, Choctaw, Carrol, Yalabusha, and Tallahatchie.
Published in Southern Argus, 2 January 1838

Who was General Pryor M Grant? Online family trees show him as the son of Henrietta McNeill and Joshua Grant of Person County, NC. Boddie and Allied Families, by John Thomas Boddie (pub 1918) states “(Henry McNeil) married at Petersburg, Va. Dororthy Pryor, born in Virginia, 23 March 1755, died in Christian County, Ky., 17 March 1824, daughter of John Pryor, Dinwiddie County, Virginia.” They lived in Person County, NC before moving to KY. They were the parents of Henrietta McNeill who married Joshua Grant, and thus Dorothy Pryor Grant was the grandmother of Pryor M Grant.

There is a Dorothy Pryor named as a daughter of John Pryor in his will dated 1771 in Orange Co., NC

“…to my daughter Dorothy Pryor my negro girl named Cloe and one feather bed and furniture, two cows and calves one horse or mare and saddle when she arrives to lawful age or married to her and her heirs forever…”

If this is the same Dorothy Pryor who married Henry McNeill, she was underage when her father died in NC and perhaps of age when she married in Petersburg, VA. Petersburg is interesting. Why Petersburg and not in NC? I checked Google maps and it’s about 120 miles between the two areas. The Boddie book also states she was a  “daughter of John Pryor, of Dinwiddie County, Virginia.”

I wonder where this Pryor and McNeil information came from. The editor of the book writes of having letters from the 1700’s when McNeil had to prove his relationships in order to claim an inheritance. It would have been nice if he had printed transcripts and sited complete source information in his book.

If you like a swashbuckler ending: The Madison Whig (MS) on 16 March 1839 reported Pryor W (sic?) Grant and Maj S F Butterwoth “both of Columbus in this State” had fought with “four pistols each, at thirty paces.” The duel ended without death or injury. It sounds like Roger A Pryor of Dinwiddie County who got into scraps when he disagreed.

Free African American Pryors in King George County, VA

The following information on the free African American Pryors in King George County, VA was previously published as a web page.

100 years before the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery, there was a free black community in King George County, Virginia.

The earliest known free African American of the Pryor name was Alice. She was born about 1750 or earlier and was the mother of Leviny Prior whose birth was recorded in 1764. Leviny was the mother of Milly Prior born in about 1783 and whose birth was registered in King George County in September 1820. Andrew Pryor is described a s a black man of about twenty two years old and the son of a free black woman. His birth was recorded in January 1775. Winny Pryor was free born in about 1792 to Syllah Pryor, a “bright mulatto woman.” Her birth was also recorded in King George County in August 1820.

Several of the names recorded as free blacks in the birth records also appear as heads of household at the time of the 1820 Census.

1810 Census – All Free African Americans in King George County
(Head of Household Only)

Henry Bransican
William Bernard
Richard Brunbury
Daniel Wilson
John Taylor
Lucetta Smith
William Prestrage
Helen? Prestrage
Sarah Prestrage
James Punch
James Moore
Marry matthews
Tazey Kendall
Philip Lucas
David Lucas
George Ware
William Jett
William Ford
Caty Frazier
Clay Ford
August Dunlop
Lidia Dunlop
Townsend Dade
Thornton Dean
James Cunningham
Peggy Carroll
Philip Cunningham
Benjamin Cunningham
Mary McGee
Jenny Pryor
Lawrence Paney
Sally Ware
1820 Census – All Free African Americans in St. Paul’s Parish

Richard Bunbury
Lucinda Bunbury
John Evans
Lawrence Gordon
(born 1787, Gordon was living in Washington, DC in 1850)
Milly Grayson
Frances Hoose
David Lucas
George Lucas
Thomas Lucas
Anna Lucas
Jenny Lucas
Simon Mountjoy
Bernard Moore
William Payne
Fanny Phillips
Verlinda Pryor
(no males – 1001)
Winny Pryor
(1000 – 3010)
Milly Pryor
(2000 – 2300)
Nelly Pryor
(2000 – 0100)
George Rothrock
Robert Tibbo
Mingo Walker

1820 Census – All Free African Americans in Hanover Parish

Mingo Walker
Polly Astin
Grace Branham
Daniel Carmichael
James Cunningham
Benjamin Cunningham
Lucy Cunningham
John Dean
John Dunlop
Jenny Pryor
(01000 – 10000)
Dicy Dunlap
(born 1757, Dunlap was recorded as a midwife on the 1850 and 1860 Census in King George Co.)
Charity Evans
William Greenlaw
Spence Johnson
Ellzay Kendall
William Lawrence
Mancy Lawrence

1840 Census – African American Pryor Families in King George County
Nelly Prior (120000 – 1100)
James Prior (100100 – 201)
Milly Prior (no males – 00001)
Jane Prior (010000 – 02011)
Charles Prior (101000 – 11100)
Winny Prior (300100 – 1111)

1850 Census – African American Pryor Families in King George County
Page 227a, #336 Nelly PRIOR 48 black, VA, Catharine 18 black VA, William 27 black VA.
Page 227a, #367 James PRIOR 19 black, VA, Frances 25 black Washington
Page 201a, 856 Walker Hawes 43… living in household Elizabeth A. PRYOR 58 white VA.
Page 229a, #405 Caroline PRYOR 30 mu VA, John 8 mu VA
Page 222b, #297 James PRIOR 50 black, Peggy 24 black, Mary Frasier 4 black.
Page 223a, #302 Elizabeth PRIOR 22 black, Mildred 4 black, Thomas 1 black (Mildred and Thomas were living with Charles Prior in 1860).
Page 223a, #304 Mary PRIOR 29 mu “spinster”, Louisa 17 mu, Mary 12 mu, Nancy 10 mu, Sarah 8 mu, Mary 7 mu, Clay 5 mu, George 3 mu, Jane 14 black.
Page 210b, #84 Benjamin Redman 30 white merchant… living in household William PRIOR 36 black.
Page 235a, #514 Charles Evans 60 black, Susan 45 black, Ann 13 black, Charles 7 black, Peggy 5 black, Betsy PRIOR 21 black, Willie Ann 3 black, William 1 black.

1860 Census – African American Pryor Families in King George County
Page 371 Nelly PRIOR 51 mu, Catharine 32 mu, William Dunlop 32 mu
Page 371 Louisa Bunbery white… living in household Clay PRIOR 16 mu.
Page 421, #571 Sally PRIOR 45 mu, Robert 22 mu
Page 383, # 243 William Worrell… living in household William PRIOR 43 mu
Page 404, #427 James PRIOR 74 mu, Peggy 40 mu, Matthew Hamilton 25
Page ? Charles PRIOR 40 mu, Angeline 40 mu, Sarah 9 (married Madison Brooks), Martha 4, Caroline 3/12, Thomas 10, Mildred 13 (Thomas and Mildred are children of Elizabeth Prior – see 1850 Census), John 14

King George County Pryors on later Census Records

The only one of these Prior families I’ve been able to locate on later census records is Charles Prior and wife Angeline.

1870 Census 6th Ward Washington, DC

Page 256a, #1671 Chas. PRYOR 45 mu carpenter VA, Angeline 46 mu, Martha 14 mu, Caroline 10 mu, Eliz. 8 mu, Madison Brooks 27 mu coachman VA, Sarah 20 mu VA, ? PRYOR 28 male mu laborer.

1880 Census 7th St., Washington, DC

#27 Madison Brooks 36 mu coachman VA VA VA, Sarah A. (PRIOR) 29 dressmaker VA VA VA, Stevie 7 son DC VA VA, Mary J. 5 dau DC VA VA.

1880 Census East Capitol St., Washington DC
Charles R. PRIOR 55 mu, Labor Bureau employee VA VA VA
Angelina 54 wife mu VA VA VA
Martha E 23 dau mu teacher in public school VA VA VA
Carrie E. 20 dau mu teacher in public shcool VA VA VA
Ellsworth W. 18 son mu VA

1900 Census East Capitol St., Washington DC

Page 17a, #704 Charles R. PRYOR black Sept 1824 75 VA VA VA carpenter
Angeline M. wife, black Dec 1824 75 VA VA VA
Mary Brooks boarder Jun 1875 24 DC VA VA dressmaker
Charles M. boarder Jul 1892 19 DC VA VA at school
Lucy Lewis boarder Nov 1888 11 DC VA VA at school
(Mary Brooks was a grand-daughter of Charles and Angeline, daughter of Madison Brooks and Sarah Pryor).

1910 Census East Capitol St., Washington DC
#704 Charles R. PRYOR black Sept 1824 86 VA VA VA
Angeline M. wife 86 VA VA VA
Mary J. Tignor gr-dau 34 divorced DC VA VA
Madison Tignor gr-gr-son 8 DC DC DC
Lucy Lewis lodger 24 DC

1920 Census Washington DC – ED#235
Sheet 14b, #704 Angeline PRYOR 100 widow VA VA VA
Mary J. Tignor gr-dau 42 widow DC VA VA
Lucy Lewis roomer 32 DC VA VA teacher
Madison W. Tignor gr-son 18 DC VA VA

Chesley Pryor or Shadrick Pryor: One Person or Two, Please?

A blog is an evolving thing, much like a family tree. So I felt the need to circle back and look at the son of Edward Pryor of Overton County again. The last time I mentioned Chesley Allen Pryor or Shadrick Pryor in a post was 2013. That was quite a long time ago.

Edward was born in 1822 in TN to William Pryor and Spicy Taylor. It’s speculated that he was named for Spicy’s father Edmund Taylor.  Edward’s line is ripe with questions — were all of his children fathered by him? After all, some were born while he was hospitalized out of state during the Civil War and he and his wife divorced several years after his return.

Both AncestryDNA and male Y-DNA testing has led to the probable conclusion that Edward’s younger brother Chesley was “adopted” and not a Pryor or Taylor at all.

So, I didn’t easily jump to the conclusion that Chesley Allen Pryor and Shadrick C Pryor were the same person. It’s a pain to conclude that someone with different names is the same guy.

1850 Census: Edward and his wife were in Clinton County, KY. They had a one year old named Shedrick.

Then there’s no mention of Shadrick on the 1860 census nor 1870 census. In 1860 Edward and his wife Eliza were living in two different households. Eliza and two young daughters were living with the Gunters. Edward was living on his own. In 1870 they were under one roof again, however there was no son in the household.

The 1890 census for Pickett County, TN seems to explain where Shadrick Pryor was during part of this time. He was serving in the military: Private, Co. D, 1st TN Inf. If he was born in 1849 per the 1850 Census he would have been a young teen at the time of the Civil War. He married Miss Sarah Walker in Overton County in 1872.

The 1850 Census, a 1872 marriage record, and the 1890 Veterans Census are the only three records of Shadrick.

Chesley Allen Pryor, sometimes recorded as just Allen, appears on the 1880 through 1920 censuses. I obtained the Scott County, TN death records for both Chesley and his wife.

Scott Co., TN. Village of Robbins
Registration Dist. No. 47702. File No. 8
C. A. Pryor
Male, white, marital status blank, born Sept. 16 1850.
Age 73 yrs., 6 mos., 15 days.
Occupation: farmer.
Birthplace Tennessee
Father Edd Pryor, born in Tennessee
Mother Don’t Know
Informant: J. R. Pryor of Robbins, TN
Date of death: March 14, 1924
Cause of death “Don’t Know”
Place of Burial: Cross Roads. Date of Burial March 16, 1924.
Undertaker: J. R. Pryor, Robins TN.

Scott Co., TN. Village of Robbins
Registration Dist. No. 47702. File No. 25
Katherine Pryor
Female, white, married, born 1850
Age 70
Occupation: housewife
Birthplace Overton Co., Tennessee
Father Robert Walker, born in Virginia
Mother Story, born in Tennessee
Informant: C.A. Pryor of Robbins, TN
Date of death: January 8, 1924
Cause of death Pulmonary Tuburclosis
Place of Burial: Black Creek. Date of Burial January 8, 1920
Undertaker: none stated.

Chesley’s death record ID’s his father as Edd (or Ed) Pryor.  His wife was a Walker which matches up with Overton County marriage. Perhaps the clue is in the 1890 Census where he was recorded as “Shade C”– Chesley was a middle name?