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American Pharoah’s Lineage Has A Pryor Sidenote

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I can’t resist posting about American Pharoah’s lineage. When I start posting horse stories you know it must be Triple Crown time again in the world of horse racing. This year’s horse to beat is American Pharoah. I checked out his lineage and found he’s another thoroughbred descended from Lexington b. 1850 (that’s his skeleton pictured above in the Smithsonian Institute). Lexington was trained by John Benjamin Pryor of Natchez, MS. 165 years later it’s still worth a mention because we have a Pryor in the mix. Lexington’s descendant California Chrome was in the run for the Tripple Crown last year (read post).

American Pharoah’s Pedigree (Family Tree)

Lexington b. 1850 (and Bellamira)
Embrys Lexington b. 1858 (and Carrie D.)
Kate Walker b. 1868 (and Alarm)
Ann Fief b. 1876 (and Virgil)
Tremont b. (and Salina)
Sara b. 1891 (and Prince of Monaco)
Fancywood b. 1898 (and Yankee)
Nonpareil b. 1909 (and Hassock)
Cushion b. 1917 (and Upset)
Rude Awakening (and Bull Dog)
Roused b. 1943 (and Free For All)
Rough’n Tumble b. 1948 (and Iltis)
My Dear Girl b. 1957 (and Intentionally)
In Reality b. 1964 (and Magic)
Charedi (and Le Fabuleux)
Gana Facil b. 1981 (and Fappiano)
Unbridled b. 1987 (and Toussaud)
Empire Maker b. 2000 (and Star of Goshen)
Pioneer of the Nile b. 2006 (and Little Princess MMA)
American Pharoah b. 2012

A Pryor Who Put A Hit Out On The President

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lincon-wikipediaSometimes I cringe at the antics of our Pryor ancestors. Impassioned by the start of the Civil War in April 1861, Richard Pryor in Mississippi put  a price on Lincoln’s head (see ad). I’d like to know if that was $10,000 US cash or Confederate funny-money. If that was in US dollars that was quite a sum 150 years ago!

Vicksburg, April 20th, 1861.
100,000 REWARD!
I WILL give the above reward for the head of ABRAHAM LINCOLN. If taken a live, or 50,000 if taken dead and delivered to me at Vicksburg , in time for me to hand it over to President Davis, by the 4th of July, next. All the papers please copy.
(Vicksburg Evening Citizen)

Who was this Richard Pryor? Probably this was the Richard S. Pryor, son of William B Pryor, who lived in Madison County. LA (1850) and in Warren County, MS (1860). Vicksburg is in Warren County.

Enjoy your 4th of July!

American Flag

#3 Bible Entry: On His Father Green Pryor

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Entry 3 Form the Bible of  John Polk Pryor

Family Memoranda, Script 1867, continued…

It follows from the facts stated in the first part of the foregoing paragraph, that, beyond my immediate family, I have no near relatives of my own name.  My half-brother, Sam, and my children, are the only Pryors (living in 1867) whose “kinship” I can trace. Roger Pryor of Virginia sojourning in New York (1867), sent me word once by my old partner, Dr. Georgelya) that he and I were certainly kin, for that his father, The Pryor (a Presbyterian clergyman) possessed a “Family Tree” upon the branches of which he had found the names of my father and myself.

Uncle Peter Pryor died in my native Lauderdale Co., Alabama, near Florence. He was a gay, extravagant, fast living, impulsive young man, very fond of pleasure — in all which respects he was the very reverse of his only brother, my father, who was gentle, grave, prudent, and of a religious turn from his earliest youth. And yet these two brothers loved each other with a more than brotherly affection, the younger being generally taken for the elder, and indeed, watching over his welfare with the interest and affection, joined to the prudence and fondness of a father. A year or two after Uncle Peter’s death, my aunt (his then still young and beautiful widow) married Col. Wm W. Crawford, (a nephew of Gen. Andrew Jackson) by whom she had some  9 or 10 children. Col. C. becoming dissipated, the family reduced to comparative poverty, and was only rescued from absolute want by the friendly intervention of my father and cousin G. W. Perkins. Indeed, my father did more for his poor kinfolk, generally, than any man of moderate fortune I ever knew. For example, he mainly supported for twenty years his half-brother, Alfred Stone, with his large family, his foster-brother William Stone with his large family, his brother-in-law and  half sister Walter and Agnes Jenkins with their 8 or 9 children — educating several of the latter; — besides contributing largely to the support of his half-brother Nicholas P. Stone after the latter  lost his property and many others whose names escaped me. Economical and self-denying to a degree seldom surpassed, he was nevertheless always liberal and bountiful to the loved ones at home, and to every unfortunate neighbor; indeed, he came as near living up to the “two  great commandments” on which “bring all the — and the prophets,” as perhaps any Christian in this country ever did. Assuredly, if ever man did, he loved God with all his heart, and his neighbor as himself. A devoted communicant of the Presbyterian Church for 25 or 30 years, he assuredly contributed largely of his means to church purposes, and to every educational or charitable object that —— his assistance. Born in 1796 in Pittsylvania Co., VA: reared in Williamson County, Tenn; married in Maury County, where we resided a few years; thence recurring to Lauderdale County, Ala., where he remained about four years; thence to Hardeman County in Tennessee where he sojourned seventeen years (til 1842) and thence to Marshall County, Miss. 18 miles S. W. of Holly Springs, where he resided to the day of his death in 1852; — in all these places, after he attained to man’s estate, he left behind him a reputation as a perfectly good and true man, of which his children may be justly proud, and by which one of them, I am sure, has been a thousand times and in a thousand ways incalculably benefited. He was, beyond questions, “A righteous man.” I never met one of his contemporaries, who had known him well, who was not ever enthusiastic in praise of his integrity, his piety, his benevolence, and the rare gentleness and goodness of his character generally; some of the sweetest enjoyment of my life has occurred from listening to these eulogies of my father by his old friends. A warmer heart than his, I think, never beat in a human bosom, and it seemed that he  loved his children with a love passing that of women. And the great regret of my life since his death has been, that, although, I did indeed love him deeply and truly, yet I fear I did not show him my heart as much or as often as I ought while living


J. P. P.

 TN Pryor Notes:

Green and Peter Pryor are on the 1820 Census in Maury Co., TN

Green Pryor was in Marshall County, MS for the 1850 Census. Also in the same county were his step-sister Angnes Stone Jenkins, son James Polk Pryor, his daughter Martha Elizabeth Pryor Alexander.

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#2 Bible Entry: Early Family History

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Entry 2 Form the Bible of of John Polk Pryor

Family Memoranda, Script 1867

I have heard (from my father, Edward, I believe) that while my great-great grandfather, John Pryor, had 12 children of whom 4 were sons, my great-grandfather, Green Pryor (born in 1745) died before he was 25, leaving but a child, one son (John) .  This son lived to be only 27, dying of the small pox at Norfolk, VA., leaving only 2 children, Peter and Green. My uncle Peter, who was two years older than my father, married my mother’s half sister, Angelina Harris, and dying at the age of 27, left but one child, a daughter named Eliza, who married her cousin George Washington Perkins. Washington and Eliza, both always seemed so near and dear to me almost as brother and sister.  Eliza lived a happy wife for many years with a home-full of the fairest children ever seen, and then became partially insane for a year or two — recovered entirely — added considerably (2 or 3 children) to her bright home circle, and then after living nearly through the war and until she was about 43 years old, died beloved and lamented by all who knew her. (She was a noble and beautiful woman — gentle and true).

TN Pryor Notes:

George Washington Pryor and wife Eliza are found on the 1850 and 1860 Census in Desoto County, MS.

Break out the champagne! We’ve added another Pryor to the TN Pryors Project. Eliza Pryor, daughter of Peter Pryor was probably born in Williamson County, TN.

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Samuel N. Pryor of the Marion County Line

This week I heard from a researcher who is trying to find more information on Samuel N. Pryor.  She believes she has uncovered the identity of Samuel’s daughter.

Samuel N. Pryor is believed to be a son of Matthew J. Pryor of Marion Co., TN. Samuel was born about 1793 in Granville Co., NC. He was granted land in Marion County in 1824.  In 1830 he was counted on the census in McNairy Co.  He bought a lot in Purdy, McNairy County in 1831 and then sold it in 1833.

S. N. Pryor was counted on the 1840 Census in Tippah Co., MS. At that time he had a contemporary aged female in the home, believed to be his wife Delana Street, and a younger female who was between the age of 5 years and 10 years.

The researcher has found that Martha Adelaide, the wife of Thomas Jefferson Hill, was formerly a Pryor and suspects that she was Samuel’s daughter. Martha was born in 1833 in Tennessee and appears on the 1850 and 1860 Census in Tippah County, living with her husband. Their first born son was named Samuel. It should also be noted that a family with the surname “Hill” was recorded near Samuel Pryor on the 1840 Census.

The Tippah Co. genealogy site notes that Samuel served as a tax assessor and collector for  the county.

If anyone has further information on Samuel or Martha, please comment on this entry. Thanks!