Martha A Boyd Hughes (Mrs Pryor) of Williamson County, TN

tn-pryorsIt looks like I’ll be staying in Williamson County, TN for my next few posts on the Pryors.

I got an email from another researcher… it was about this reference to a Pryor in the Guardian Recods of Williamson County book:

Martha A Boyd Hughes (Mrs Pryor) is the ward of Margaret Boyd 1830

Many of us Pryor researchers have seen this record indexed when looking at the Pryors of Williamson County. Now I think  I know who is this “Mrs. Pryor.”

I found in the probate records on the will of William I Boyd (or possibly William J Boyd). It’s signed 6 Nov 1828 in Williamson Co., TN. It names a daughter Martha A. Hughes. I believe that’s the Martha A Boyd Hughes named in the guardian book. Martha A Boyd married Pryor R. Hughes (also spelled Prior R Hughes)– marriage bond dated 2 July 1825. After William I Boyd died there was a Pryor R. Hughes who purchased items from the estate (1829).

When I did some searching on Pryor R. Hughes I found he was on the census in Williamson Co., TN starting in 1830 through 1880. On each census his year of birth is about 1804 and he states he was born in VA, and as well as his parents (on the 1880 census).

Martha may have died early because by the 1850 Census Pryor’s wife was Kezziah. I found a divorce for Prior Hughes from Kezziah that states they married 21 September 1839 and they filed for divorce in 1857. In 1861 Prior Hughes married Milly Giles.

Several Ancestry family trees state that Pryor R. Hughes was a son of James Hughes and Susannah Reynolds. Susannah was a daughter of George Reynolds and Susannah Lansford (daughter of Catherine Pryor and Henry Lansford). This is the Pittsylvania Co. Pryor line on the right side of yesterday’s chart on my blog post. (view the chart)

I know it was a small world back in the day, however these 3 Pryor families in Williamson Co. cross over, and over and over again. On the 1829 estate sale for William I Boyd items were also purchased by Nicholas P Stone and R(Richard) Reynolds (a son of George Reynolds and Susannah Lansford).

The Boyds look to be connected to the Pryors too. I found the estate of Armistead Boyd (1822). Robert McLemore and Nicholas Perkins were involved in the estate case. They are connected with the Pryors on the left side of the chart.

So, who was Mrs. Pryor on the Guardian record? It’s Martha A. Boyd, wife of Prior R. Hughes. Not really a Pryor surname.

Next post… more on the Hughes line.