Sarah Pryor (Squire, Carter, McCabe, McPhail) of Williamson Co., TN

I heard from a researcher who was interested in the McPhail family and the Sarah Pryor of Williamson County who had married Angus McPhail.

Here’s a website that’s quite helpful. There are a couple of Williamson County, TN wills that help to ID relationships of Pryors in that county as well as Pryors in Jackson County, TN.

Just do a “find” search for the word “Pryor”. You’ll have to read carefully, because the author quotes actual records and also adds comments. One of these days I’m hoping someone researching this line will send me a transcript of the will of Sarah Pryor McPhail. The extract on this website states that when she died in 1851 while she was estranged from her husband Angus McPhail, so hence Angus is on the 1850 Census in Lincoln Co., TN and in 1850 Sarah was listed as a Sarah McPhail head of household in Williamson Co.
Daniel McPhail is the only child of Angus McPhail who has surfaced. Daniel is on the 1850 Census in Lincoln Co., TN, with Angus in 1860 in TX, and back in Williamson Co. later with a son who carried on the name Angus McPhail.
Sarah Pryor and Angus were older when they wed and had no children. There’s no record of Sarah having any children from any of her marriages. The Pryors were in Tennessee early in the 1800’s. Her father Luke Pryor was in TN by 1802, so she probably came to Tennessee as a young woman. Her first marriage to David Squire was in 1816 in Williamson Co., so she was pushing 30 which made her an older bride in those days.  She then married Joseph Carter, Hugh McCabe and her last marriage was to Angus McPhail.
There are three marriages in Williamson Co. for Angus McPhail(s). 15 Dec 1812 to Nancy Sharp and 30 Dec 1828 to Sally Glass seem likely to be the Angus who married Sarah Pryor. Nancy Sharp is likely to be Daniel’s mother. The third Angus McPhail marriage was on 28 Oct 1844 to Sally Carter, who is probably Sarah Pryor since Sally was the diminutive version of the same name.  Daniel McPhail also married a Carter from Tennessee, perhaps a relation of Sarah Pryor’s husband Joseph Carter.

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