Category Archives: Tennessee Pryors

Pryor and Taylor Marriages Cloud AncestryDNA Results

I’ve created a mega chart of Pryors from AncestryDNA kits. These are the Pryors in Sumner County and Overton County, TN. I will share what I’ve found in a few posts. I’m going to follow the same guidelines I used as admin of the male Y-DNA project through FTDNA– I won’t divulge test names, names of the testers, or other identifying info. I will refer to refer to dead people, most of whom passed more than 50 years ago.

A few years ago I started off with one test from a descendant of Allen L Pryor b. 1816 and tried to figure out how it matched with others. One of the worst methods of searching was searching by the surname Pryor– it picks up on all Pryors many of whom have no relationship to you (that’s me!).

Gradually more descendants of Allen L Pryor have tested. Tests matches include descendants of his children John Edward, Betty, Annie, and Lycurgus. What’s especially splendid is that Ancestry predicts the same generation distance as predicted through paper research.

Using the Autosomal Ancestry DNA test to match up people only goes so far because of all the marriages between lines. For instance, there’s a test that can matches to Allen’s projected sister Louisa. It’s helpful in matching her to the Pryor line until you look down the list of Louisa’s descendants and realize they married into the same Taylor family as the Taylor grandparents of both Allen and Louisa. This means the match can be for Pryors or Taylors or both.

There are now AncestryDNA tests for descendants of the children of William Pryor and Spicy Taylor who lived in Overton County. They match to tests on the Allen L Pryor side of the tree. However, Allen’s parents were John Pryor and Massey Taylor, the known sister of Spicy Taylor. So are the tests matching on the Pryors or Taylors or both?

See how the marriages between lines can cloud things?

 

 

 

 

 

Another Look at The Taylor Line in Sumner Co. TN

Since Massie Taylor and Spicey Taylor married Pryor men I was tempted to revisit an old post (see post) about the Taylors who were aligned with the Pryors. I found a new thread to follow on Garrard/Garrett Taylor brother of Thomas Taylor who was in Sumner County, TN.

William R S Taylor, who was the head of household in 1850 and 1860 with the elderly Garrard Taylor under his roof. Although living in Monroe County, KY at the time of the census William had a tie to Sumner County, TN; he married there in 1847. William was born in VA in 1822, so I hoped that perhaps Garrard was on the 1820 Census.

I found him! He was in Buckingham County, VA. There’s a Jarratt Taylor on page 148. He’s recorded below Jesse Hood, which makes great sense since researchers have him married to Mildred Hood. There’s also a Christopher Taylor on the same page. On the prior page are more Hoods and if you advance a page there are 3 Garretts (Anna, William and Reuben).

I also did more prowling in KY records to see I could form my own answer to a thread of queries posted about the ID of another Jarrett/Garrett/Garrard Taylor. The question is… who is the Jarrett Taylor who married Delilah Angel/Anglea?

I found a death record for James Taylor b. 1837 in Monroe County, KY. His parents were Jarrett Taylor and Delila Angel. If this was the same Jarrett who was the brother of Thomas Taylor, then he would have been about 65 years old in 1837. Seems a bit old to be having another child, although not unheard of.

The researchers who posted in the thread point out that Jarrett and Delila were in neighboring Barren County in 1850. This Jarrett was 50 in 1850– he would have been 37 in 1837 which seems more likely to be an age for fathering children.

So I looked at the 1840 Census again for Monroe County. There is Garrett E Taylor (aka Jarrett E Taylor) and Jarrett Taylor Jr. who I suspect is the younger man who appears in Barren County. Is his a son of Jarrett E? Possibly since the “Jr.” is used. However more research is needed.

I may be able to unravel another string in the Taylor tree. Thomas Taylor included son David Taylor in his will. I suspect this is the David Taylor who was living near Jarrett Taylor in Barren County in 1850. David was born 1807 in Virginia and his probable wife was Louisa born 1812 in TN. There’s a Sumner County, TN marriage record for David Taylor who married Louisa M. Durham on 7 March 1831. David’s Find A Grave memorial (see FindAGrave) has a copy of his obit which states he was born in Buckingham County. There’s no Jarrett Taylor on the 1810 Census of Buckingham County, but there is a Thomas Taylor. My working theory is that David is Thomas’ son.

 

Allyn Prior of Mason Co., WV

An Allen Prior was in Mason County as early as 1794 (see records). Allyn PRIOR, 1806 legislative petition from Mason County, VA (now WV).

His signature on 1812 legislative petition.

Category: Tennessee Pryors

Wm Pryor Signature – 1794 Sumner County, TN


Signature of William Pryor on marriage bond for Jenny Pryor in 1794.

William P Pryor (Land) In The Cumberland River

This plat map is the first I’ve ever seen and definitely worth sharing. The survey for William P Pryor in Davidson County, TN in 1829 was for land “in” the Cumberland River rather than “on” or bounded by the river. Whaaaat?

I’d love to know what he did with the land. Was it a strategic purchase to control property on either side of the river? Was it to have access to the river? Did he operate a ferry?

Who was William P Pryor? I haven’t seen a William who used the middle initial P. Nor is there a William Pryor on the 1830 Census in Davidson County. Was this William T Pryor a son of Nicholas B Pryor?

I was also curious about where this land may have been located, so I set out to see it it was visible in current maps of the area. This was a small parcel – 4 1/2 acres. There are a few small pieces of water bound pieces of land in Davidson county, but I highly doubt it can be ID’d today after almost 200 years of erosion and sedimentation.

William P Pryor Record Transcript:

Ploted by a scale of 20 poles to an Inch.
State of Tennessee Davidson County
by V–y of Entry No 781 Dated Sept 14th 1829 founded on the Consideration of one cent per acre paid into the entry taken off– of Davidson County I have surveyed for William P Pryor four and a half acres of land in said county and in Cumberland River. Beginning at the lower point of a sand bar below the first Island in Cumberland river below Nashville thence Running up the Southers Sluce with its meanders at low water mark south fourteen degrees east thirty poles, South twenty and a half degrees East twenty six poles, south twelve degrees. East twenty one poles to a stake in John Boyd’s line of an Eighteen and a half —? survey, which includes said Island thence with said line North ten poles to a Stake said Boyd’s corner with his line South twnety seven degrees East twenty six poles to the northern sluice at low water mark, thence lower said sluice with its meanders north two degrees East Eight poles, then North twenty three degrees west Twenty six poles, North Eight degrees West twenty four poles North twenty degrees West twenty four poles North thirty degrees West Eighteen poles then North Sixty four degrees west and a half poles to the Beginning the balance of said Entry could not be satisfied by reason of water and an older claim.
Surveyed Oct 2nd 1829
(signed) Sam. Weakley SDC
Isaac Clemmons
Joseph Parks