OH DEAR! Two New Pryors in Tennessee

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Just when you think you’ve got all the Pryors in TN at 1850 and earlier two new ones pop up. We now have a JOHN PRIOR and DAVID L. PRIOR in Weakley County. I located two court records that named John on charges of unlawful gaming (gambling). One of the cases has David L. Prior as John’s security (bondsman?).

In trying to figure out who these Prior/Pryor men may be I looked at other Weakley County records. I don’t see neither John nor David on the 1830 Census nor on the 1840 Census. There’s a John L. Prior who married in 1846 to Lucinda Smith, but  he was age 22 and she was 20 on the 1850 Census, so he would have been a toddler in 1830-1831.  If the census is correct, John L. Prior was born about 1828 in Tennessee.

Any ideas to match these Prior/Pryor to their families?

1830 Court Record, Weakley Co.
Page 151 (image 224)
January the 15th 1830
This day the grand jury appeared in open court in a body and returned the following bills of indictment to wit…John Prior (for unlawful gaming)
(FamilySearch.org, Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927; pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-195-343301-1-59, Weakley County Minutes 1827-1835)

1831 Court Record, Weakley Co.
Page 270 (image 365)
Wednesday October Sessions 1831
State of Tennessee vs. John PRIOR
For unlawful Gaming
This day came the Attorney General on behalf of the State and the defendant being solemnly called to come into court as he was this day bound to do and answer the State’s charte against him came not but made default. Therefore it is considered by the court that a Judgment Nici be entered up against the John Prior & David L. Prior, his Security, for the sum of two hundred dollars and that a Scire Facias issue direced &c. of the
(FamilySearch.org, Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927; pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-195-343301-1-59, Weakley County Minutes 1827-1835)