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)

Col. John Pryor of VA: An Engineer?

I was reading an old article about canal work on the James River. It mentioned a Pryor so I became interested in the Maiden’s Adventure Dam.  There’s an old book I found on Google Books– 3rd Annual Report of President to the Stockholders of the James River in Kanawha Company, Together With the Proceedings of the Stockholders at Their Third Annual Meeting in December 1837 (see book). I know, catchy title! It mentions the Maiden’s Adventure Dam several times as a project attached to their company.

I did some digging to see where this place is located… Continue reading