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A Colorado Pryor Goes On A Mesmerizing Treasure Hunt

Here’s an old news story that includes a Pryor.


Denver Police Disperse Crowd Digging Near Platte River

Denver, Oct. 27
Police were called upon to suppress a riot among several hundred persons attracted to a point along the Platte river by a report that treasure had been buried there.

A M Pryor, real estate agent, with another man and a woman were responsible for the stampede. They began digging yesterday and were arrested. Pryor, who is an amateur hypnotist, used the woman and man as mediums to direct him to the alleged “treasure hole.”

Today hundreds of persons assembled to finish the work begun by the trio.

The Evening Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) on October 27, 1914

There were 3 different men who went by the name A. M. Pryor who lived in Colorado at about the same time.

Archibald M. Pryor born about 1846 was the son of David Christopher Pryor. His brother, Ike Pryor, was a wealthy Texas rancher. This Archibald was in Huerfano County as early as 1885 and drops off the records around 1906.

The second man was Archibald M Pryor born about 1876-1877 in TN– He was the son of Archibald born in 1846. He was on Colorado census records from 1900 through 1920 when he was living in Denver.

Austin M Pryor born 1853 in MO was the son of Bennett Pryor. He was in Colorado as early as 1884 through the 1910 Census. His occupation changed from miner to ranch man between census records.

I wonder if A M was really practicing hypnotism or if this was some kind of dowsing or divining rod technique applied to searching for ore.

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Google Books Perks Interest in Giles Co., Pryor line

In researching my family tree, I’ve become a big fan of Google Books. It’s amazing what Google has gobbled up (actually scanned) and stores on their site. The books that seem to have the best information for Genealogists are the older books. The older the better! First, copyright restrictions are usually long expired on the older books, so Google can display the text in it’s entirety. Second, in the older books there are often first-hand recounts of biographical information or other generations of stories that are closer in time to the actual events — hence, better memory – better information!

Recently I stumbled upon The Trail drivers of Texas, by John Marvin Hunter, B. Byron Price in Google Books.  There are sketches of David Christopher Pryor b. 1850 in LA. He and his parents are on the 1850 Census in Desoto Co., MS. The sketch confirms that David C. , Ike T. and Archibald M. were all children of David C. Pryor and Emily McKissack. The book has a photo fo David C. Pryor and an additional biographical sketch  and photo of Ike T. Pryor.

To connect the dots back to Tennessee, the 1850 Census states that the elder David C. Pryor born 1826 was born in Tennessee. The sketches (above) of  his sons David and Ike both state their family lived in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee, and from the birthplace of the siblings, it appears that David Sr. and his wife were in Louisiana and Florida.  As adults the siblings also moved from state to state , living  in Texas and Colorado.

1845 – 1847  John Pryor and David C. Pryor Jr. born in Louisiana.
1850 David C. Pryor  Sr. and family counted on census in Desoto Co., MS.
1852 Ike Pryor states he was born in Tampa, FL.
1855 After Pryor Sr died, Mrs. Pryor took her 3 sons to Alabama.
1858 Mrs. Pryor died and I was sent to live with an uncle in Spring Hill, TN  (Williamson Co., TN).
1860 Census David C. Jr. and brother Isaac “Ike” were in Lawrence Co., AL.
1873 A. M. Pryor married Lucy J. McKissack in Giles Co., TN
1877 Archibald M. Jr. born in TN (1880 he and his mother are in Giles Co., TN).
1881 Ike and Archibald joined in cattle stock partnership.
1885 Archibald M. Pryor living in El Paso Co., CO.

Which Tennessee Pryor family is the line David C. born in 1826?

Photo of Colorado Pryors on

I was spending a snowy, holiday Monday Googling for Pryors. I found a very cute photo of Pryor boys in a goat cart: (as of 2019 link unavailable)

The boys are children of Guy and Jewel Pryor who are on the 1920 Census in El Paso Co., CO
Guy is the son of Allen and Ameila Pryor, both from Virginia.