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Pryors in the War of 1812

First posted on October 12, 2014. I’ve grouped the Pryors by the state from which they served.


(This may be the brother of Joseph E. Pryor who fought in Louisiana. Or this may be Nicholas B. Pryor of Nashville who wrote to President Thomas Jefferson in 1813 requesting a military commsision).

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More Letters on General Brazure Williams Pryor Land Grant

Working through some older items I’ve meant to post. Two more letters regarding the War of 1812 land warrant for Brazure W. Pryor– the Hero of Hampton.

Richmond, VA
June 17th 1854

Dear Madam
In making an investigation I find further sum for your deceased husband Brazure W Pryor in the War of 1812 which in my opinion will give you an additional land warrant.

With your permission I will endevor to get you another warrant. In that evente you will please say that the 80 acre warrant No 36.536 which issued to you has long since been sold out of your possession in the acknowledgment of this letter.

Oblige, yours respectfully,

Elizabeth A Pryor
Care of Carter B Fogg
Newtown, VA

Brazure W Pryor was pay master to 115th Regt VA Mi (Militia?) from 28 Jul 1814 to 26 Feb 1815.

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X Mrs Pryor was paid by certificate of deposit No 902 for $56.70 for her land warrant No. 36.556 16 August 1852

Poplar Grove, July 2nd 1854

Mr. Martin
I  have just received your communication of the 17th June. I should like to get the additional claim which you think I am entitled to and as soon as obtained please to send a check for the amount of it and

oblige, yours most respectfully
E A Pryor

X Received of Mr. John K. Martin, 56 dollars clear of all expenses for the services of my deceased husband B. W. Pryor, during the War of 1812.

Please direct to Carlton’s Store
King and Queen Co.

PS should the money be applied for, do not pay in ??? a written order from me.
E A Pryor
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William H Pryor of Clay County and Blessed Bruington

WAR of 1812: Claim of Widow for Pension, under the Provisions of Sections 4736 to 4740 inclusive Revised Statutes, and the Act of March 9, 1878.

State of Tennessee
County of Clay

On this 25 day of January, AD one thousand eight hundred and eighty personally appeared before me W W W Hearn, the same being a Court of Record within and for the county and State aforesaid, (1) Blessed Bruington age 88 years, a resident of Clay Co., in the State of Tennessee, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is a widow of (2) James Bruington deceased, who was the identical (3) James Bruington, who served under the name of (4) James Bruington as a (5) private in the company commanded by Captain Sutton, in the regiment of Infantry, commanded by William Woodfork in the War of 1812; that her said husband (6) was drafted at Jackson Co., Tenn on or about the 1st of September, AD 1814, for the term of 6 months and continued in actual serviced in said war for the term of (7) 6 months, and whose services terminated, by reason of (8) discharge at Fort Jackson, on the ____ day of March, AD 1815.  She further states that the following is a full description of her said husband at the time of his enlistment, viz: (9) stout, dark complexion, height not known.  She further states that she was married to the said james Bruington, at the city (or town) of _________, in the county of Jackson, and in the State of Tennessee, on the 11th day of ____ AD 1812, by one (10) Hollingsworth, who was a (11) Justice of Peace and that her name before her said marriage was Blessed Smith, and that she has not remarried since the death of the said soldier; and she futher states that (12) neither she nor her husband had been previously married and that her said husband (13) James Bruington, died at Putnam Co., in the state of Tenn., on 14 day of October, AD 1864; and she futher declares that the following have been the places of residence of herself and her said husband since the date of his discharge from the Army, viz; (14) Jackson Co., Tenn and Putnam Co., Tenn. She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the pension to which she may be entitled under the provisions of Sections 4736 to 4740 inclusive Revised Statues, and Act of March 9, 1878, and herby constitutes and appoints with full power of stubstitution and revocation. J. L McFarland of Washington, DC her true and lawful attorney, to prosecute her claim and she futher declares that she has heretofore made a application for (13) pension, which she is informed is incorrect and substitutes this therefore and that her residence is Clay Co., Tenn and she is physically unable to go before the clerk of court Oakley, Overton Co., Tenn.

Signed Blessed Bruington (her mark)
Attest: John M. Hummel
Attest: William H Pryor

Tennessee Death records are  now available on John McDonald Hummel is not only living near Blessed Bruington and William H Pryor in 1880, but his mother Judith Hummel was living with him. Hummel’s death record confirms his mother was Judith Pryor Hummel. 

So, not only did Mrs Bruington choose these two neighbors to witness the pension application, but two neighbors who were Pryors. I think researchers of William H. Pryor’s line should consider that he and Judith are related.

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