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Pryor Inheritance Announced for Noble Descendants

When I came across this a news article of a Pryor inheritance; I thought of all the Pryors who hope to find their ancestry in Wales:

A Fortune for somebody. The Marquis of Cordoroy, a Welch nobleman, whose family in a direct line has become extinct by his decease; has left a large personal property, worth, it is said, seven millions sterling. The family name is Pryor. which has been modernized into Pry. Numerous descendants are in America, and they are called upon by the Crown-officer, who has charge of lapsing estates, through the columns of the London Times. There are branches through the female line, entitled to shares, of the names of Smith, Tompkins, and Shores; and the Crown-officer says if there are any persons in America, by these names, they will notify him of that fact, their address, residence, &c. &c.— Not time should be lost in making applications they ought by all means to telegraph.
Arkansas Intelligencer, May 4, 1848

My suspicious were aroused by the use of “welch” rather than “welsh”. I think this akin to the modern-day email offers from Nigerian princes, although not on such a grand scale. I’ve searched for this article in other newspapers from the time and there are no other reports. There is no such person as the Marquis of Cordoroy, nor is there a Marquis of Corduroy. There’s not even a place named Cordoroy/Coorduroy.

I think this was a spoof played upon one of the Pryors living in Van Buren, Crawford County, AR. Cornelius D Pryor (a son of Nicholas Ballow Pryor of Nashville, TN) had been one of the editors of the Arkansas Intelligencer from 1845 to 1847. Perhaps the story was aimed at him or one of his kin living in the area.

If anyone can find anything different, let me know — willing to reconsider this one!

C J D Pryor: Semple’s Seminary in James City VA

“I have established on my Farm, in the County of James City, about 12 miles from Williamsburg, and about one mile to the est of the main stage road, a Male and Female Seminary, to which I beg leave to invite the attention of the public.”

“The Institution will be entirely under the direction of Mr. C.J. D. Pryor and such other teachers as he may associate with him.”

Richmond Enquirer, December 31, 1839

Pryor had taught at Hampton Academy before teaching at Semple’s Seminary.

Posted by John T. Semple, who was C.J.D. Pryor’s cousin in law. Semple was married to Elizabeth Armistead Pryor (C.J.D. and Elizabeth were both grandchildren of Christopher Pryor.

Category: Tennessee Pryors

Pryor and Taylor Names in Overton County Records

William B. Churning dec’d, Rachel Chourning adm. Money due to the following:
Roland Flowers due 1 Jan 1837
Overton PRYOR due 26 Apr. 1837
Hezekiah Taylor Jan 1832 (Brother of Spicy and Massie Taylor Pryor)
J.H. Storie, Overton PRYOR and Elijah Garrett $9.45 (William & Spicy Pryor>Overton Pryor)

13 Nov 1846 Estate Sale of Enid Huddleston, Levi and Roland Flowers buyers. (Edward Pryor, probable son of Wm and Spicy Pryor was living near a Roland Flowers in Clinton Co., KY in 1850)

27 Jul 1849 Joseph Bates estate, Hezekiah Taylor purchased 2 lots of shoemaker tools, 1 lot barrels, 1 large kettle, William Richardson also made a purchase (Hezekiah Taylor, brother to Spicy and Massa Taylor Pryor. William Richardson may be kin of Hezekiah’s wife Margaret Richardson?)

1850 Estate of William Harp, dec’d. (The top part of this document is now obscured, but there are groups of debtors and creditors listed by the county they lived in). Persons in Overton Co..Jno. R. Buck, S. Tipton, Joseph Duncan. Persons in Fentress County: John Rogers, Jas. K. Brown, William Poor, Hiram Hills, Michael H. Frogg, William R. Cambell, William Travis?, James Finley?, Jacob Rich. Persons in Fentress County: Joshua Owens, David Smith, John Albertson, George W. Ashburn, Evan? D. Frogg, PLEASANT TAYLOR (note due June 1841), William M. Simpson, William Wright, –? Wood.

15 Aug 1850 Andrew Boswell dec’d, note due to Pleasant Taylor, Isaac Stockton and Eddy Paul: $100.91 (Pleasant Taylor, brother of Spicy and Massa Taylor Pryor)

30 Jul 1852 William H. Harrison, 1 Dec. 1852… 19 head of geese for Mary, James, Wesley and Jeremiah Taylor.

Benjamin McDonald – supplemental. Joseph Garrett, David Garrett’s son a note dated 1852, Samuel Taylor (residence unknown) 1852, Robert B. Garrett (residence unknown) 1852 and 1853.

3 Jun 1853 Thomas Cope dec’d, J. M. Garrett, B. Flowers, Nancy Garrett, Louisa Garrett, Ki Taylor, J. Taylor, T. A. Garrett, John Taylor, Kiah Taylor (Kiah Taylor is probably Hezekiah Taylor, brother to Spicy and Massa Taylor Pryor. )

30 Jul 1862, James Fancher dec’d, money due to William Parrott, Simeon Taylor and Samuel Taylor

7 May 1879 M. I. Taylor, M. V. Taylor , administrator

13 Aug. 1895 A. J. Taylor filed a claim of $25 against the estate of T. B. Lee, dec’d

20 Nov 1912 J. K. Taylor, J. S. Hargrove, administrator

20 Feb 1913
Mrs. M. C. Taylor

4 Jun 1913 J. W. Burnes filed claim against the estate of T. S. Taylor.

The Last Words of William Pryor of Middlesex County, VA

I love the the Virginia estate records on When you can read the originals there’s more insight into what the record is and the circumstances.  I had identified information on the TnPryors website as the will of William Pryor. The record indicates this wasn’t a written will, rather death bed instructions.

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On Monday night the 22nd day of May 1786 about four or five — before the death of Mr. William Pryor with Martha S Caty — was sitting in the room where he lay sick, the said decedent did call on them to come to his bed side and bid them to take notion — his will and — — that after his just debts were paid the residue of his estate he left to his wife during her life to support his children and after her death to be equally divided amongst all his children and reminded them again be sure to take notice as they must make oath to the same. His six or twelve horses he did not know which . The above committed to –ting the twenty seventh day of May in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six by
Henry Voss
The above testamentary words confirmed by Saunders Bristow who was present at the time this 25th day of Sept. 1786
Henry Vass

It’s likely that Henry Vass was William’s son in law. “Henry Vass Jr., married Elizabeth Pryor of Middlesex county, VA. The bond is dated 22 Nov 1779.” The same article connects the Voss and Boyd families, including in the line the 1834 marriage of Robert Byrd Boyd to Mary A Pryor (a daughter of Brazure Williams Pryor,  although no connection is made to William Pryor who died in Middlesex County).

Category: Tennessee Pryors

A Pryor Name from McNairy County, TN

While I was searching for Huddleston and Pryor connections I found an obituary that may be of interest. I was able to confirm that the family of William Pryor Huddleston was in McNairy Co., TN in 1840 and in Independence Co., AR in 1850.

Mrs. Rachel Miranda Huddleston widow of Mr J P Jones, fell sweetly on sleep Friday evening at 6:30 o’clock, March 19, 1915, at her home in West Batesville, at the ripe age of 74 years and 19 days.

She was born at Woodville, McNairy County, Tennessee, February 28, 1841, and came to Batesville December, 1849, with her parents, William Pryorand Sallie Hodges Huddleston.

Batesville Daily Guard, 22 march 1915

The obituary also states her brother was named James Pryor Huddleston.

A second obituary for Mrs Mary Elizabeth Ball also states she was a daughter of the same parents and also a sibling of James Pryor Huddleston (published Batesville Daily Guard, 24 Dec 1915.)

William P Huddleston was counted as a head of household in Independence county, AR in 1850. He was born about 1810 in TN and his daughters Rachel and

Category: Tennessee Pryors