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.

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I hope everyone is doing well. I’m taking a break from posting to catch up on another genealogy project. I don’t often look at records above the Mason-Dixon line so it was interesting to see these ads from a directory of Brooklyn, NY more than a hundred years ago.

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Explaining Richard Pryor (b. 1838) Living in Pike County, GA

Everyone has a Richard Pryor in their family tree? Not everyone, well then most people. There’s a boy named Richard Pryor on the 1850 Census in Pike County, GA that can be explained (up to a point).

Richard appears on the 1850 Census in Pike County in the household of James Shipp and wife Rhoda. Richard was 12 years old and born in KY. I ended up looking at James Shipp in order to figure out a bit more about Richard.

James Shipp married Rhoda Parker in 1819 in Columbia county, GA. Richard was born about 20 years after their marriage.

In 1851 James Shipp made his will and explains that Richard was adopted.

Georgia Pike County

November 15th 1851

In the name of God Amen.

I James Shipp being affected in body but sound in mind have though? purpose to dispose of my worldly affairs in the following manner to wit– 1. My just debts shall all be paid

2 There shall be three hundred dollars of many given out of my estate by my administrator unto the church at Flat Rock to the trustees so long as the church remains an established church.

3. My negro man Isaac to be sold unto the highest bidder and the money given unto my brother William Shipp’s son James Shipp.

4. My land and farming implements and my negros: Mariah, Hannah, Manda, Gabriel, Lee and a boy Hampton, Milas boy shall be kept together on any farm belong unto my wife during her lifetime or widowhood.

5. And my adopted son Richard Prior shall remain with my wife Rody and be supported out of the proceeds of my estate until he arrives at the age of twenty one and if my wife Rody hereto marry someone, he the said R. Prior shall be and I here by make him my heir of my whole estate but not until her death or intermarriage with some other man and should Richard Prior depart this life before my wife Rhoda Shipp without lawful heir then and in that event after the death of him and my wife there without heirs my whole estate shall —-? unto my two brothers William M. Shipp and Lemuel G. Shipp or their heirs with an equal devise.

6. I hereby ordain and appoint Josiah Pyron of the county of Pike and Lewis Pyron [sic] of Meriweather my executors of this my last will and testament Signed and delivered in presence of W. P. Irvin, John Foxworth, Abraham D. Woods.

Will proved 1st December 1851

The progression of Shipp’s estate went from his death in 1851 to his wife who died in 1853 to his young adopted son, Richard Prior, who died in 1856. An administration bond was taken out in Pike county for Richard Prior, deceased with William Pryor and Matthew Coggin (the son in law of John Pryor who had died in 1848 in Pike County). Was Richard connected to the line of John Pryor? If Richard was really born in KY, who were his parents?

As always, more questions.