Two More Immigrant Pryors

It’s not often that we find early Pryors entering the U.S., so happy to pass on information of two (or is it three?) Pryors who arrived more than 200 years ago.

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Samuel Pryor of Montgomery County, TN Also in Mercer County, KY

Pryor Will

I’m not sure Samuel Pryor actual lived in Mercer County, KY or if he was just transacting business there.

Samuel Pryor of Montgomery County, TN, Christian County, KY, and Hardeman County, TN was married to Frances Hooe. Samuel and his brother in law Thomas B. Hooe are named an instrument filed in Mercer County in 1820 (DB 11: 284)

“…bonds was taken by the Sheriff of Mercer County by Virtue of an execution issued from the office of the Mercer Circuit court in the name of Ezekiel Barber assignee against the Estate of said Saml Pryor and which rep9?)n bond is dated the 12th day of November 1819 and is for the total amount of Four hundred and forty eight dollars ten cents payable…”

“…the second which —-? bonds was taken by the said Sheriff by virtue of an execution issued from the same office in the name of Jesse Head against the Estate of the said Saml Pryor and is dated on the said 12th day of november Eighteen hundred & nineteen and is for the total amount of one hundred & three dollars thirty one & one half cent payable with in three months from the date thereof which Interest…”

“…The third of which rep(?)y Bonds was taken by the said Sheriff by virture of an execution (—?) from the said office in the name of David Epperson assignee against the estate of the said Saml Pryor and is dated on the said twelfth day of November Eighteen hundred & nineteen and is for the total amount of Two hundred & sixty eight dollars thirty Eight & half cent payable with Interest thereon within three months from the date there of…”

“…Pryor paid by the said Waugh & Hooe the receipt where of is here by acknowledged hath bargained & sold and by these presents doth Bargain & sell unto them the said Geo L. Waugh and Thomas B. Hooe the heirs & the following described property {to wit} Sam a negro man Slave aged about Twenty five years by profession a Blacksmith, Anthony a negro boy slave twelve years of age and Billy a negro man slave aged about forty years and also a certain Bay stud horse with a blazed face called Tanner. All which Slaves & which horse are now the property of him the said Pryor …”

The witnesses were Richard Sutfield and Robert McCoun

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Luke D. Pryor is Luke Pryor Sr. of Williamson County, TN

Ready for some more Pryor confusion? How about a deed from Williamson county that uses the name Luke d. Pryor and Luke Pryor Senr. interchangeably in the document? It appears they are one and the same person. The land transaction was to Samuel Winstead, the husband of Susannah Pryor Winstead Stephenson. This deed actually clarifies that Luke D. Pryor was likely the senior Luke Pryor in Williamson County.

1810 Deed – Luke D. Pryor (also Luke Pryor Sr. on same deed ) to Samuel Winstead. 22 March 1810. Book 2B, page 448. Wits: Henry Wisenor, Jno. Shores. (see Henry Wisener on 1807 data above).

Sumner County Pryor Deed Mentions Greene County, TN and Logan County, KY

This Indenture made this twentyeth of march in the year of our lord on thousand seven Hundred & Ninty six between Joseph Poyr of the one part of the county of Green & District of washington & Richard Proyer of the County of Lowgin & state of Kentucky witnesseth that the said Joseph for & in consideration of the sum of two hundered pounds current mony of virginia to him in hand paid the receip whereof is hereby acknowledges hath bargined sold [—?—] conveyed & confirmed & by these payments Doth bargin sell aline convey & confirm unto the sd Richard his heirs & assigns forever that certain tract of land situate lying & beaing on the Cainey fork of fork of Cumberland river in the Country of Sumner & District of [—?—] begining two hundred & eight three poles & forth poles east of the beach & dogwood trees marked ass for ta begining to survey which includes the bargined p[—?—] runing North five hundred & six four poles to teh North boundrey line of the original survey thence East with sd. boundry line seven hundred twenty six & one quarter poles thence South five Hundred & sixty four poles to the sout East corner of said Survey thence west to the begining containing two thousand five hundred & sixty five acres be the same more or less which tract of land is part of a tract of land grant to Captain Howel Taytom* for his services in the continental trupes of said State Conveyed to me by said howel togethe[r] with all woods water mines minerals [—?—]ments appurtenances & to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining to [—?—] hold the aforesaid land & bargined premises to the [—?—] proper use benefit & hehoof of him thesaid Richard His Heirs & assigns & the said Joseph Doth by these presents [—?—] himself his heirs executors & administrators covenent & agree to and with the said aforesaid Richard his heirs executors & administrators that he aforesaid tract of land & bargined premises will worrent & defent against all maner of persons whatever laying claim to the same in witness whereof he the said Josepph Pryor hat hire unto set his hand & affixed his seal the day & year [—?—] above writen
Signed and delivered in presence of
James Ewing
John Young
[signed]
Joseph Pryor [seal]
17 April 1796

  • This is likely Howel Tatum

Jackson County & Montgomery County, MO Tie to the Pryors in White County, TN

This is an interesting tie-in between Pryors in different states. First there is a deed dated 14 February 1834, between Joseph Pryor and Dudley Hunter. It was for land in White County, TN on Caney Fork in Dry Valley. The conveyance was signed by witnesses Joseph Bartlett and Jesse A. Bounds. It was filed in White County on 6 January 1840. Yes, that’s six years after the transaction.

The next deed in the book was a conveyance between William Pryor to Dudley Hunter on 13 March 1834. It refers to William Pryor of Montgomery County, Missouri. It is also for land on Caney Fork in Dry Valley. It refers to a survey dated 19 June 1828. In the body of the conveyance in two spots William is referred to as William Pryor Jr.

It looks like William was already in Missouri when this land was sold. There is a notation at the bottom from the State of Missouri, Jackson County dated 14 March 1834, before Samuel C. Owens, clerk of the court. “Came William Pryor Jr. whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument…” Then justice Richard Fristoe of Jackson County certified the document. Then the White County court recorded it on 7 January 1840.