Category Archives: South Carolina Pryors

Joseph Pryor Born 1805 in SC, Resided in Tallapoosa County AL

We may be able to match Joseph Pryor b. 1805 in SC to his ancestors. He’s on the 1850 Census in Tallapoosa County, AL

1850 Census Tallapoosa Co., AL
Page 125A House 1845 Joseph PRYOR 45 SC, Sarah 30 SC, William 19 SC, Ann 17 GA, Robert 16 GA, Elizabeth 14 GA, Eliza 12 GA, Francis 7, GA, Louisa 6 GA, Jasper 4 AL, Christopher 2 AL.

This record has lingered — no clear record of this family on the 1840 Census or the 1860 Census. An 1857 marriage in Tallapoosa County helped to provide a lead.

David Z Clark married Elizabeth B PRIOR on 30 Dec 1857. This marriage is in the Tallapoosa County records AND filed under another dated (4 Dec 1857) in Edgefield Co., SC.

There was a David Clark living in household of Charlotte PRIOR on 1850 Census in Edgefield county. David was born 1811 and was working as a wheelwright. The household above is Richard PRIOR born 1805 who was also working as a wheelwright. In 1860 and 1870 David Clark (also counted as D. Z. Clark) was still living near Richard Prior and his household included his wife Elizabeth born 1836. Elizabeth’s year of birth is a close match to the Elizabeth Pryor who was in Joseph’s household in Tallapoosa in 1850.0

Another David Pryor – Georgetown, SC

Since I just wrote about one or two or three David Pryors, I thought I should mention one more.  There’s a David Pryor in who appears on the 1790 Census (first US Census) in Georgetown, SC. He’s also on the 1800 and 1810 Census.  I found an obituary for his daughter, Continue reading

John C Pryor — Not to be confused with John C Pryor

Genealogy is always looking at the past, however sometimes we have to revisit the not so distant past. Back in 2009 I wrote Is David C. Kin to David Pryor Who Married Susan Ballou/Ballow? which dances around John C. Pryor. This week I’ve looked at John C. Pryor to see if we can weed out duplicates and confirm his correct lineage.

John C. Pryor of Hampton (VA)

The first John C Pryor  is the one who is the easiest to pin-down. “Genealogies of Virginia Families” states he died in 1846 at age 67,
placing his date of birth in 1779. His parents were Christopher Pryor of Ware Parish and Anne Clayton– How do I know this? In 1855. John C.’s son Skaife Whiting Pryor was involved in a lawsuit (Taliaferro & als. v. Pryor filed in Richmond) It clearly states that John C. Pryor was the only of Christopher Pryor and Skaife was the son John C. Pryor. All of this John C’s activities were in the tidewater counties: a graduate of William and Mary College, he was the director of Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, he represented Williamsburg in the House of Delegates. He died in 1846 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Hampton, VA. I can’t prove it, but I suspect this John’s middle name was Clayton.

John C. Pryor of Franklin, TN

His age on the 1850 Census leads to a year of birth of 1776 in VA. This John C. Pryor is often referred to as John Cannon Pryor by researchers. I’ve tried to find the source of the middle name, but I’m unable to find a document within his lifetime that refers to him by that name. The oldest reference to the middle name Cannon is an inquiry in The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), 9 January 1898– an unidentified party queried the genealogy column for information on the ancestors of John Cannon Pryor of Virginia and his wife Ann Bullard. This is the John C. Pryor mentioned in my 2009 post (see link above).

It’s likely he’s the John Pryor on the 1812 Tax list in Franklin Co., TN. He married Ann Bullard in Franklin in 1818, acted as a witness on the divorce of Capt. Hardy Doyle in 1819, and was recorded as John C. Pryor on the 1820 Census. franklin-1820

The book Trail Drivers of Texas states that John’s son, David C. Pryor, was born 1847 on a plantation in Alexandria, located in Rapides Co., LA. John C. Pryor is on the 1830 Census in Rapides County and in 1840 he was in De Soto County, MS. If John C. was in LA as late as 1847, he may have had family or land ties in LA even while living in MS. If this is your line, you may find some interesting information in the LA land records.


While in Franklin County, John C. Pryor may have become friends with General Isaac Thomas. Researchers report Gen. Thomas married an Ann Pryor and later a Jane Bullard (as this a relative of the Ann Bullard who married John C. Pryor? Gen. Thomas also went from Franklin County to Rapides Co., LA and is on the 1840 Census in that county.

A 1927 Pryor application to the Sons of the American Revolution, states this John C. was John Cannon Pryor, son of David Pryor and Susannah Ballow of Buckingham County, VA. It doesn’t state the source of this information, however there may some peripheral information that supports this relationship. Nicholas B. Pryor of Nashville, a known son of David Pryor and Susannah Ballow was named in a 1829 suit in Franklin County.

A funny little coincidence or a clue? Isaac Thomas land grant in Franklin was from land awarded to David Ross after the American Revolution. Throughout 1808-1809 David Ross disposed of his land in Franklin County and Rutherford County. And of course David Ross has connections to the Pryor and Ballew/Ballow lines. (read older post)

In 1813, after he appears in records in TN, John C. Pryor wrote to ex President Thomas Jefferson requesting appointment to the Office of Collector of the Direct Tax. His return address was Hermitage, Prince Edward County, VA. Was this Pryor keeping a foot in two states? He would have been 37 years old in 1813– was there a marriage before Ann Bullard? Were there other children before those he had with Ann?

John C. Pryor of Amherst County

This John C Pryor is the toughest one to figure out.  He shows up on the 1810 Census Amherst County near Hugh McCabe. It’s the same Hugh McCabe who married Sarah Pryor in Williamson County, TN around 1819. When Sarah Pryor  Squire McCabe Carter McPhail (Whew!) died in 1851 she referred to her deceased brother, John Pryor. My contention is that this is a THIRD John C. Pryor. I don’t think it was a coincidence that McCabe and this Pryor were close to each other in Amherst County and then show up among the Williamson County Pryors.

We know from the land records that Hugh McCabe was on the Peddlar River with Nicholas Pryor (was that F. Nicholas Pryor?) and was sued by William Pryor and wife over some form of slander. So, it’s likely that John C. was also living near relatives on the Peddlar River.  John C’s Williamson County siblings (Sarah and Susannah) stated their place of birth South Carolina, and Luke Pryor married Nellie Rogers in NC, and John C’s son Henry B. Pryor stated his place of birth as SC in 1790 and his own children born after 1820 stated their place of birth and SC,  so we may need to contend with the concept that this John C. Pryor was MOBILE and there were Carolina Pryors in Amherst County after the Revolutionary War.

Who Are All the Kinchins and Pryors in NC and SC?

This may seem like an odd assortment of names but I’m sensing that these people are connected.

  • In 1750 Henning Ferette of Nansemond County, VA deeded to Seth Pryor of Edgecombe County, NC land on the Morattock River. Witnesses were John Pope and William Kinchen Jr. (Note: I think John Pope is related to Jacob Pope, first husband of Patience Lewis who married Robert Pryor, son of John Henry Pryor. I don’t have a family for Seth Pryor, but  he appears related to the John Pryor married Lucretia and was in Halifax Co., NC. John was the father of a Luke– possibly the Luke Pryor who went to Williamson Co., TN– and a Elizabeth Pryor). 
  • In 1757 William Kinchen Jr. deeded land to Blake Baker in Edgecombe Co., NC. Montfort Eelbeck witnessed the deed.  In 1762 Montford Eilbeck shows up again this time he witnessed a deed that mentions property in Halifax adjoining John and Robert Pryor and Charles Smith. (Note: I think this is John Henry Pryor, his son in law Charles Smith, and his son Robert Pryor)

One of the few Pryors left that I have very little information on is Thornton Pryor, son of Samuel Pryor and his wife Prudence. Is Seth from the line of Thornton Pryor? There’s a Seth Thornton Pryor who died 1830 in Colleton Co., SC. His death notice was published in the Charleston Observer, stating he was 49 years old (born 1781).

I wondering about the other Kinchin names in other Pryor records.

1788 John Pryor purchased property in Campbell Co.,VA from John Kinchin.

1824 Mary Pryor married Kinchin Rambo in Barnwell Co., SC

Richard Pryor b. 1805 in SC named his son Kinchin Robert Pryor b.1843 in Edgefield Co., SC

Seth Pryor, Revolutionary War Soldier

I’m working through the Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications that are now on I think Seth Pryor, a Revolutionary War Soldier from South Carolina, needs a closer look.

Claude Henry Babb submitted his application to the SC Chapter in 1925. He claimed to be a descendant of Seth Pryor was born in VA in 1734, migrated to SC, and served as a volunteer in a company commanded by Darius Dalton in 1775. Babb’s research states Seth was deceased by 1811. His son Seth Thornton Pryor born 1782 was born in St. George Parish and died in the same parish in 1850. The younger Seth was the father of Joseph Pryor born 1815 in Laurens County.

I looked at the census extracts on the Tennessee Pryors website and see that there was indeed a Joseph Pryor who was a head of household in Laurens Co., SC in 1840 through 1860 censuses. However Seth T. Pryor does not appear on the census in St. George Parish, but in Colleton County, SC. He was last recorded on the 1820 Census and I found that a death notice published around 1830 in the Charleston Observer stated he had died at age 49. Doing the math, that would make Seth T. Pryor born in about 1781 or 1782 which matches with the data presented by Mr. Babb. However, it appears Seth T. Pryor was deceased about 20 years before the death date of 1850 on Babb’s application.

The names Seth and Joseph seem to have been passed down through generations. I found another Seth Thornton Pryor born 1840 in an Ancestry Family Tree (see Adam’s Family). This Seth was the son of Joseph Pryor born 1818 in SC and they were counted in the same household on the 1850 Census in Laurens County, SC.

Living in a county that differs from the census records… bad death date… I’m wondering how much is fact and how much is fiction on these applications. I know that in 1925 access to the census records was probably limited and the census wasn’t even used as a source for the application. Where did the information come from that Seth Pryor came from Virginia?