Category Archives: Photos

William Pryor Photo with Overton County Connection

This photo has been on the TN Pryor website for some time and is begging to be identified.  It was shared with the website by a descendant of Edward Pryor (son of Spicy and William Pryor) of Overton County, TN.  On the back is written “William Pryor and son George Pryor.”  I’ve mulled over this relationship with several researchers and we can’t come up with a William who was kin to Edward Pryor who would have been about this age in roughly the early 1900’s.

We’ve speculated that this may be Overton Pryor b. 1816. Was his full name William “Overton” Pryor?

Or was this William Anderson Pryor b. 1865 son of Edward Pryor and Eliza Knight with his son George Bryant Pryor b. 1893? William Anderson Pryor moved to Pulaski Co., KY after 1880 and lived there until his death in 1950. There’s even some question whether William Anderson was actually the son of Edward Pryor in that he was born while Edward was away serving in the Civil War and only Shadrack, Ellen and Eliza were stated to be his children on his Civil War pension application (William and 3 other children were omitted). Possilby the birth of 3 children while Edward was away explains why he and Eliza listed their marital status as divorced on the 1880 Census.

Can anyone give us a positive ID of these folks?

Photo: Daughters of Marion County Pryors, Matthew Pryor and Mary Williams

A new Pryor photo on the TN Pryor website! This photo is from a collection of photos of Eliza Pryor Biese, a daughter of Matthew Pryor and Mary Williams of Marion County, TN. Eliza was born in 1836 and has been identified as the woman in the upper right. Her sisters are possibly the other women in the photo– Nancy, Henrietta, and Mary/Molly. There are quite a few photos on the the website from the Biese album. Can anyone ID others as the women in this photo?

New Photos on the Tennessee Pryor Website

There are more photos now on the TN Pryor website.  Thanks to researcher Casey Craig we now have a clear photo of Pleasant Pryor born 1844 in Overton County, TN– a son of James and Nancy Pryor. Included are also photos of Pleasant’s children Jesse C. and Margaret.

Sharing a Pryor Family Heirloom

While packing up some of my mother’s things I found an hold horn. She had a note packed with it that it had been her father’s and that it had belonged to his grandfather. I’m guessing that it was his Grandfather, Allen L. Pryor, who was born in 1816. My grandpa was raised on the Pryor farm near Gallatin, in Sumner County, TN. I’ve done a bit of research, enough to learn that it isn’t a powder horn. My mom’s note said that she remembered her uncle blowing the horn (that would have been Allen Gregory of Nashville) in the 1930’s. From some photos online it looks hunting horns that people blow to call in the hounds on a hunt. Any ideas of what it was used for in Tennessee? Did they have fox hunting in Tennessee? Do you have a Pryor family heirloom you’d like to photograph and share?

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Eliza Pryor of Marion Co. – Photos of Matthew Pryor Jr.’s Line

More photos? YES! Thanks to researcher Jeanne Maxi we have some very old photos of Matthew Pryor Jr.’s line. Jeanne is in possession of a photo album that was once owned by Matthew Jr.’s daughter Eliza A. Pryor who was born in Marion County in about 1837. Eliza married Carl Biese.

Enscribed in the album: “Grandma Biese’s photo album before she married Grandpa in 1874 – so this book is at least 100 years old – Mother.” [written in pencil] and “This was a step-grandmother but the only one I ever knew – Dad’s own mother died of yellow fever in 1873. Her name was Harriett Narcissa McDonald before she married Grandpa” [written in ink].

There are almost 30 wonderful photos and we need your help to ID these even if it’s to ID when the photographer was active in the area. Can you ID the era from clothing or accessories?

VIEW THE ALBUM on the Tennessee Pryor webiste

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