Virginia – A Counties

Records from Accomack County, Virginia

1880 Census Accomack Co., VA
ED#5, page 141d, Columbus PRYOR 43 MD MD MD waterman, Elizabeth wife 36 MD MD MD, William son 15 MD, Eddie son 8 VA, Riley son 4 VA, Greeny son 3 VA.
(Joseph Columbus Pryor married Mary Steward on 2 March 1864 in Somerset Co., MD. They are on the 1870 Census in Princess Ann Dist. of Somerset Co. Obit for Dolly V. Crockett Pryor in The Daily Times, 13 August 1958, p. 2, states Dolly married James Edward Pryor. James Edward Pryor was alive and living in Onancock, VA in 1957.)

1910 Census Accomack Co., VA
#134 William T. PRYOR 44 (married 24) VA VA VA Oysterman, Vienna F. 42 VA VA VA, John W. son 25 VA VA VA Oysterman

1920 Census Accomack Co., VA
#251 W. T. PRYOR 54 MD MD MD, Viana F. 51 VA VA VA
#253 John PRYOR 30 VA MD VA, Ethel W. 25 VA VA VA.

Records from Albemarle County, Virginia

Albemarle County was formed out of Goochland County in 1744. Albemarle was divided in 1761 to form Buckingham and Amherst Counties

1751 – “WILLIAM PRIOR (who was then listed as a resident of Albemarle Co., VA) sold 200 acres of land in Henrico County to WILLIAM HARDING of Henrico Co. This land was noted as “part of a greater tract of land granted to WILLIAM LAFFOON by patent”. (Online query from a Pryor researcher. This William is likely William, the father of William, Nicholas, and John Pryor who were born in Albemarle County in the 1750’s)

1752/54 Birth – William PRYOR born to William and Margaret Pryor. William Jr. settled Kanawha County with his brothers John and Nicholas. William lived out his life in Amherst County, VA after his military service during the Revolutionary War. (William Pryor’s 1832 Revolutionary War Pension Application)

1756 Military Orders – Peter Jefferson, county lieutenant of Albemarle militia, Albemarle county, June 6, 1756, order to Captains Charles Ellis, Nicholas Pryor, James Sanders, James Budar, Joshua Fowler, and Richard Trout. D. S. E, 51.” (Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Collection of the Virginia Historical Society, and Also of Some Printed Papers… By Virginia Historical Society – printed 1901. NOTE: Peter Jefferson 1708 – 1757 was the father of President Thomas Jefferson. Peter Jefferson married Jane Randolph in Goochland County. In William Pryor (b 1752) account of military service he refers to Nicholas Pryor as an “elder brother”, therefore, I suspect Nicholas was born in 1740 or earlier.

1758 Act of General Assembly – March 1758 awarded pay to officers and soldiers for service (French Indian Wars) to William PRYOR and Nicholas PRYOR of Albemarle Co.(Relying on William Pryor’s account of military service given in 1832, he was born in about 1752, making him too young to have served in 1758. This William is perhaps his father or a cousin).

1758 MilitiaRichard PRYOR paid 13 shillings for militia service in Albemarle County.

1758 Militia – Albemarle County, Sept. 1758, reimbursed by King George 2nd. Charles Ellis, for provisions to Indians
William Floyd, for provisions to Indians
William PRYOR, for provisions to Indians
Nicholas PRYOR
William Shoemaker and William PRYOR = 10 shillings
(see 1756 Military Orders above), (Virginia Colonial Militia, page 66.) (Of note, Charles Ellis was the father of Susannah Ellis who married Isaac Wright, Ellis’ grand-daughter Elizabeth Wright married Capt William Pryor whose account of military service was recorded in 1832.)

1759 Property Record, Albemarle County – deed of John Cannon of Albemarle to John Bates for land on south side of Fluvanna bounded by property held by Abraham Childers, John PRYOR, and Cannon (DB 2, pp. 120-1). (Per will of Abraham Childers 1763, he was the grandfather of David PRYOR, a son of David Pryor)

1759 Property Record, Albemarle County – deed of Abraham Childers to Ingram, Kippin (merchants of Glasgow), mentions land in Albemarle on south side of Fluvanna bounded by Wm. Childers (Childress?), Elizabeth Bates, and John PRYOR (DB 2, pp. 185-7).

1760 Survey – Richard PRYOR Jr. has survey of 192 acres north branch of Rockfish, Albemarle Co., VA (Albemarle Surveyor’s Bk. 1, pt. 2, 1744-55, p. 54)

1762 Deed – David Lewis of Parish of St. Ann’s in Albemarle appoints Alexander Baine to gather payment from a list of those indebted to him. These include Richard PRYOR and John PRYOR of Amherst Co. (This document noted by a Rootsweb researcher notes ” Note that Albemarle deed book shows Richard Pryor’s brother-in-law Thomas Ray/Rhea living in Amherst by 1767.”)

1762 Birth – Edwin Hickman born to William Hickman and Mildred Ann Smith. Edwin married Elizabeth Green Pryor, possible daughter of Green Pryor and Susannah Perkins. Their son John Pryor Hickman migrated to Nashville, Davidson Co., TN. John Pryor Hickman is mentioned in “The Papers of President Andrew Jackson, 1825-1828”

1763 BirthRichard PRYOR and Mary Mooney, parents of a son named Richard born 11 Dec 1763.  Baptized 28 June 1764

1763 Will – Will of Abraham Childress, dated 28 Nov 1763, probated 11 Apr 1764. Willed “the land where I now live” to his grandson David PRYOR.

1765 Deed Richard PRYOR witnessed deed for James and Patience Glen of St. Ann’s Parish. (Patience Thompson Glen was a possibly a *sister of Mourning Thompson Pryor).

1774 Ad – 
TWO TRACTS of LAND. One lies in Albemarle County, on Hardware River, about five Miles from the great River, containing 370 Acres, 100 of which are the best Kind of low Grounds, and situated so as always to have the best Range for Stock of any Land between the Capes and Little Mountains.
The other Tract lies in Goochland County, on Lickinghole Creek, near the Three Notched Road, and contains 700 Acres. The high Land is equal to any in these Parts, fine for Tobacco and Wheat, or any Kind of Grain or Meadow. About 200 Acres are cleared, now under good Fences, laid off in three Fields, and in fine Order to work about ten Hands to great Advantage. The Improvements are a good Dwelling-house, Kitchen, Smokehouse, a Diary, four good Tobacco Houses, with Negro Quarters, and other convenient Buildings, also a fine Apple and Peach Orchard. The Place is pleasantly situated, has fine Water, is as healthy as any Part of the Colony, and in convenient to Church or Providence Meetinghouse, and several Mills, besides one on the Land turned by a Spring Branch to grind for three or four Families the whole Year, and is not in the least unhealthy, as the Water may be ground off every Day. Credit will be given for Part of both Tracts. Any Person inclinable to purchase may know the Terms by applying to Mr. William Mitchell, Merchant in Richmond, or to the Subscriber, who will show the Land. WILLIAM PRYOR.
Goochland, November 1773, 3
(The Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg, 3 February 1774. Samuel Thornton Pryor witnessed a deed on Licking Hole Creek in 1792.)

1774 – John PRYOR from Albemarle Co. fought in Lord Dunsmore’s War (per Revolutionary War pension declaration filed in 1832 by William Pryor of Amherst Co., VA. Researchers state this John Pryor was killed by Indians in 1780 in the frontier area near Fort Randolph (where the Ohio and the Kanawha rivers meet) which is probably now West Virginia)

July 15, 1781 (During Revolutionary War) we find Major John Pryor back at Charlottesville writing to Colonel William Davies at Richmond, thanking Colonel Davies for approval of his conduct. He laments the endeavors of the Quarter Master not crowned with success. Says he has followed the instructions of Baron de Steuben, mentions artificers idle for want of material, “men threatening to leave”, requests that Captain Bohannon come for these men; is informed by Mr. David Ross the enemy is at Amelia Courthouse. Says that he has sent officer to New London to have the “whole of the military stores removed over the Ridge from that place.” He scores Major Claiborne for not furnishing wagons to remove stores from Charlottesville. Marquis (Lafayette) orders him to send 300 stand of arms to General Lawson. He says further: “ I am sick of the whole world.” (2 Cal. VSP. 221). – From New London: The Forgotten. (This may be Maj John Pryor from Richmond, VA. He was serving as a Capt. Lt, 1st Reg., Continental Artillery in 1781 so it’s unlikely that was referred to as “Major”. His use of this title or name came into use after the war).

1 Sept 1782 Land Grant – On Mechum River 107 acres, Richard PRYOR

1810 Census Albemarle Co., VA
PRYOR Woodson

1813 Estate – WB 6, page 27 Isaiah Cheatham, signed 24 Jun 1813. Proven 5 Dec 1814. Commissioners: W. Dabney, Lewis Nicholas, John PRYOR. Admin. Harry T. Harris.

1820 Census Albemarle Co., VA
PRYOR Woodson 100010101 – 101002

1840 Census Albemarle Co., VA
PRIOR Woodson 310201001 – 02001 (oldest male 50 to 59 years)

1849 News  – R. A. Pryor noted as delegate to Democratic Convention representing Albemarle. (Richmond Enquirer, Feb 27, 1849)

1850 Census Albemarle Co., VA
Page 182a, house 377 L. P. Hargrave 54 farmer VA, Mary B. 46 VA, Roger A. PRYOR 22 lawyer VA, Sarah 20 VA, Maria 4/12 VA. (Roger A. Pryor md. Sarah A. Rue on Nov. 8, 1848 in Albemarle Co., VA. Roger Atkinson Pryor and family were in Petersburg City, VA in 1860. Roger Pryor was fined $50 in 1850 for contempt of court and it was cited that he was a member of the bar in Albemarle Co.)
Scottsville, Page 300a, house 2049… living in a hotel Charles PRYOR 26 merchant VA.
Page 258b, house 1477 PRYOR Woodson 64 VA, Josephine 51, Elizabeth 20, Lydia 18, Pryor 17, Tarlton 15

1852 Marriage – Wm H PRYOR married May Hett. Walker at 5 o’clock in the morning at Logan, Albemarle. (Record in Pryor-Callum Bible located at LVA. Addional notation that this was William Hamlin Pryor)

Records from Amelia County, Virginia

1741 Land Grant – Deed of 386 acres to Philip PRYOR in Amelia County. On branches of Great Nottaway and the branches of Little Nottaway, Adjoining Bolling lines. (Philip Pryor, son of John Pryor and probably Mary Dennis, his sister Mary Pryor married Alexander Bolling This is likely not the son of John Pryor and Mary Dennis, as John was born in the 1740’s. Philip would have been John’s contemporary. This is possibly the Philip Pryor who was in Granville County, NC in about 1767)


1754 – Deed —- Mumford to Samuel PRYOR of Rawley Parish, Amelia Co. Land on both sides of Sweat Creek in Amelia Co. John Hall deeded 2,715 acres near Sweathouse and Deep creeks in Amelia County to James 15 July 1748. James gave 400 acres of this tract to Buckner Stith 7 April 1753 and sold 401 acres to Samuel PRYOR 21 February 1754/5. (Notes on Southside Virginia By Walter Allen Watson, pub. 1925. Note a Thomas Mumford headed the tax list for Raliegh Parish in 1778)

1758 Deed – John Ellis and wife to Thornton PRYOR of Amelia Co. Land located on Horsepen Creek.

1760 Deed – (Amelia Co., Va. DB 7:356) November 23, 1760. John JETER, Jr. and Lucy, his wife, of Nottoway Parish, Amelia County, to Samuel SMITH of same for V200, 264 acres in Nottoway Parish on the south side of Whetstone Creek in the fork of Nottoway River, being patented to John TOMLINSON on August 1, 1745, and conveyed by him to John JETER, Sr., and by him to John JETER, Jr. on December 22, 1756. Adjoins lines of Henry BEUFORD, PRYOR, John WINN, Charles IRBY, Abraham MOSLEY and William BEUFORD. [No witnesses given] Lucy relinquished… (Deed Book 7 and Deed Book 8, Amelia County, Virginia. Gibson Jefferson McConnaughey. Note Charles Irby is mentioned as a landowner in Lunenburg County in a land advertisement mentioning Arthur Pryor, Christopher Pryor and John Waller in 1752. )

1761 Deed – Deed to ___? Shelton. Thornton PRYOR sold land in Nottaway Parish, part of the land he purchased from John Ellis and wife. (This appears to be the land Thornton Pryor purchased in 1758)

1762 Deed Filed in Albemarle, names Amherst Pryors – David Lewis of Parish of St. Ann’s in Albemarle appoints Alexander Baine to gather payment from a list of those indebted to him. These include Richard PRYOR and John PRYOR of Amherst Co. (This document noted by a Rootsweb researcher notes ” Note that Albemarle deed book shows Richard Pryor’s brother-in-law Thomas Ray/Rhea living in Amherst by 1767.”)

1763 Deed – Deed, March 16, 1763, from Thornton PRYOR, of Halifax County, North Carolina to Samuel PRYOR of Goochland County, Virginia, conveying that portion of the estate of their father, Samuel PRYOR, deceased, which he bequeathed to the said Thornton PRYOR, and which at the time of making the deed, was in possession of their mother, Prudence PRYOR. [Vol. 7, No. 1, July 1899, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, pages 75 through 79]

1765 Deed – Muse deeded land on Sellar Creek and Deep Creek (Leath’s Creek) to John Pryor of Amelia Co. (Amelia County deed book 8, page 597).(Notes on Southside Virginia By Walter Allen Watson, pub. 1925. This property is mentioned in John’s 1785 will.)

1768 Marriage – Paschal Greenhill married Ann Ward (orphan of Nancy Ward). Consent given by Llewellen Jones her guardian, witnessed by Luke Pryor, Will Watts.

1768 Tax List, Amelia Co., VA
Capt. John Winn’s Poll: John PRYOR, Benjamin Lockett and William Hudson . (Samuel Pryor and Frances Ferguson’s daughters in Roane Co., TN married a Benjamin Lockett and Berry Hudson)
Capt. Robert Munford’s Poll: John PRYOR

1772 Deed – Thornton PRYOR
of the province of North Carolina, conveys to John Thweat, of Prince George County, land bought of John Ellis, except that sold to Shelton. (Amelia County Deed Book 11, page 365)(Thornton Pryor son of Sameul Pryor and Prudence Thornton).

1772 The Virginia Gazette
16 Jan 1772, announcement of auction of slaves, cattle, hogs, horses and corn belonging to the “estate of Captain Samuel PRYOR, deceased”. He offered 6 months credit on larger purchases and purchases under 20 shillings needed to be in “ready money” or cash. Ad placed by Will PRYOR, administrator.

1772 in Amelia County – Richard Dennis of Raliegh (Rawley) Parish, conveyed to his grandson Richard PRYOR, son of John PRYOR, of Nottoway Parish a negro girl “Cate” and her children (Notes on Southside Virginia By Walter Allen Watson, pub. 1925) (Richard Dennis and Dearest Dennis were the parents of Mary Dennis, wife of John Pryor who were the parents of Richard, Luke, Elizabeth, Mary, Philip, Ann and Samuel.)

1776 Deed – William PRYOR to Daniel Burford, p 367

1778 Personal Property Tax List – Peter Randolph Bland’s list, Nottoway Parish
John Pryor
**Samuel Pryor
10 slaves, 12 tithes
** OTHER WHITE MALE TITHES: The names of other men above the age of
21, whose tax was paid by the taxpayer. When of the same surname, these
were usually sons of the taxpayer. Otherwise, they were guests, overseers or
other employees. (John Pryor was paying the taxes for Samuel Pryor

Samuel Pryor
See John Pryor
(Henry, John and Richard Dennis are on the same tax list)

1782 Continental Census -John PRYOR Sen,

1782 Marriage – Alex. Bolling married Mary PRYOR (daughter of John) on 24 Dec 1782.

1784 Census – Amelia Co., Heads of Families
List of Samuel Sherwin, John PRYOR Sr. 10 whites, 19 non-whites
John PRYOR Jr. 8 whites, 1 dwelling, 6 other buildings.

1785 Will – John PRYOR
heirs: sons Richard PRYOR and Luke PRYOR, land on Leath’s Creek bought of muse; to son Philip PRYOR, the rest of the tract of land on condition that daughter Ann PRYOR have use for a home; son Samuel PRYOR, daughter Elizabeth Timberlake; Mary Bolling. Executors to raise 200 pounds to reducate Philip and Luke Pryor. mentions also a legacy from his deceased brother Luke Pryor.
executor John Timberlake
witness: Richard Dennis and Martha Pryor

1787 Amelia Co. Land BookRichard PRYOR charged with 150 acres, Luke PRYOR charged with 150 acres, Philip PRYOR charged with 324 acres. (Children of John Pryor and Mary Dennis)

1790 – Proved in Amelia Co., May 27, 1790 will of Samuel PRYOR (not yet 21 yrs), names brothers Richard and Philip Pryor and possible third brother Luke Pryor. (Samuel is a son of John Pryor who died in 1785 and Mary Dennis)

1792 Chancery Court Case – Richard PRIOR of Amelia County, son of John PRIOR, dec’d. of Amelia Co. Richard’s brother Luke PRIOR. “Orator forever prays the answer of Luke PRIOR, an infant under the age of 21, by John ROYAL his guardian, defendant to the —-? of complaint of Richard Prior, complainant. Commissioners: William Greenhill, John Royal, Richard Bland, Peter Bland, Sterling Thornton (crossed out), and Abner Osborne. Land survey of 1789 attached “surveyed for Richard Pryor and his brother (an orphan).

1820 Census Amelia County, VA
Jesse Waltrip 1011103101001
Joseph Waltrip 300101011010102001

1840 Census Amelia County, VA
Page 188, line 2 William B Hamblin (sic) 000110001 – 000101101 (Father of Mary Ann Hamlin who married Samuel Pryor in 1821)

1841 Chancery Court Case – Estate of William B. Hamlin, widow Ann P Hamlin, and children James B Hamlin (a minor), William B. Hamlin, Edward Y Hamlin, and Mary Ann Hamlin, wife of Samuel Pryor.

1848 Chancery Court CaseSamuel Pryor, guardian of his infant children Samuel Edward, William, Anna, Virginia Frances, Lucy Osborne, and Agnes Epes Pryor. Married daughter Mary Elizabeth, husband James R. Craig. Complaint is to gain interest in estate of Anna Hamlin, widow of W B Hamlin. (Samuel Pryor and his family are on the 1850 Census in Dinwiddie County, VA. Anna Hamlin was stilll alive — she and son James B Hamlin were counted on 1850 and 1860 Census in Amelia County.)

1877 Marriage – Page Henderson age 21 married Wiliam PRIOR age 20 on 4 Feb 1877 in Amelia County. Couple’s race: “colored”. Groom’s parents John and Mahala Prior. Bride’s parents James and Fannie Henderson. The couple divorced in 1891, at that time Page Pryor was living in New York.

Records from Amherst County, Virginia

Amherst County was formed in 1761 out of parts of Albemarle County

1762 – Amherst Deed: William PRYOR, 350 acres on Peddlar Creek (This is not the Revolutionary War soldier William Pryor b. 1752)

1766 – Amherst Deed: William PRYOR 395 acres on Irish Creek, Blue Ridge (This is not the Revolutionary War soldier William Pryor b. 1752)

1773 – Amherst Deed: Deed Book D, p. 434 14 Nov 1773 Chas.Tuley, Botetourt Co., to Benjamin Thurmond, Albemarle Co, for £60, 300 acres S side Pedlar on Enchanted Mt. Wit: Philip Thurmond, Joseph Edwards, Nicholas PRYOR. (Charles Tuley left VA for the frontier which today is part of Kentucky. Researchers state his will was probated 1787 in Jefferson Co., KY. Family trees online state he was the father of Charles Preston Tuley and William Floyd Tuley.)

1774 Amherst County Property Record: Deed Book D, p. 166 3 Jan 1774 WM. PRYOR & wife MARGARET, AC, to PHILIP THURMOND, AC, for L114-11, 395 acres on the blue ridge; branch of Irish Creek. Wit: Roderick McCulloch, David Crawford, Isaac Wright, Wm. Crawford. (Roderick McCullough’s daughter, Isabelle married Charles Taliaferro, son of Richard Taliaferro) (Isaac Wright married Susannah Ellis, daughter of Capt. Charles Ellis, their daughter Elizabeth Wright married Capt. William Pryor son of William and Margaret Pryor, born in Albemarle Co., VA) (Philip Thurmand in his 1804 will names daughters Elizabeth Rucker, Mary McCabe. P. Gooch was a witness – Philip Gooch?)

1774 Amherst County Property Record: Nicholas PRYOR witness, deed on South Side of Peddlar.

1776 Amherst County Property Record: Feb 3 1776 William PRYOR deeded to David Burford 99 acres Wit: Micah Goodwin, Virginia Burford, Edmund TAYLOR, Elizabeth Goodwin, Edward Goodwin. (Micajah Goodwin was married to Elizabeth Burford)

NOTE: I am working on the theory that the William Pryor in above records is the William Pryor married to Margaret who may be the father of Revolutionary War soldier William Pryor , John, and Nicholas

1776 Revolutionary War Service Zedikiah Shumaker (Shoemaker) states on his pension application in 1832 that he served with William Pryor of Amherst Co. William Pryor was serving in the stead of a Mr. Frazer and reenlisted when his service was completed. When Shumaker arrived at Point Pleasant in Kanawha Co., William Pryor was already at the fort. Shumaker states he was born in Albemarle Co. in an area that had become part of Amherst Co.

1777 Amherst County DeedHenry Childers from William Goolsby land on branch of Robert’s Creek and south branch of Pedlar River adjacent William Pryor, Neil Johnson, William Hix, John Childers. Land patented by Thomas Goolsby at Williamsburg in 16 Feb. 1771 (Thomas Goolsby married Lucy Bryant in 1742, Albemarle Co., daughter Susanna married Robert Childers and are in Grant Co., KY)

1777 Amherst County Deed – 2 Aug 1779 RO. DAVIS (Robert Davis) & wife JENNY, AC (signed Jean) to PHILLIP THURMOND, AC, for L2000, 375 acres both sides Wilderness Run. Lines: RO.DAVIS (Robert Davis?), John FLOYD. Wit: Thomas JOPLING, EDMOND POWELL, RO. DAVIS JR. Orig. del. to grantee. Amherst Deed Book E, p. 157 (Philip Thurmond is on deeds with William and Margaret Pryor, Nicholas Pryor. John Floyd may be the man who was the uncle of explorer Nathaniel Pryor — Nathaniel married a Mary Davis per the Miguel Pryor of Los Angeles)

1780 Land Grant – William PRYOR Jr. grantee, 247 acres on Enchanted Creek

1782 Land Grant –
21st, No. 125: Hugh McCabe with part of a warrant from the Register of the land office on Treasury Rights for 301 acres of land issued to Andrew Moore the 5th day of January 1782 & No. 1646, Enters 50 acres of the same on the South branches of Pedlar River between the lines Samuel GuestNicholas Pryor and his own & to join the above said line. The above 50 acres withdrawn from his entry No. 179. Withdrawn 40 acres of the above and laid in Entry 222. (Col. James Higginbotham, Surveyor of Amherst County, Virginia. William and Mary Quarterly (Jan 1931). See Sarah Pryor of Williamson Co., TN who married Hugh McCabe.

1783 Census – Amherst Co., Heads of Families
from “Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790. Records of the State Enumerations: 1782 to 1785
Page 47: John PRYOR 1 white, no non-whites (possibly the brother of David Pryor. John and David Pryor were sons of David Pryor Sr. and a daughter of Abraham Childress. When David Pryor Sr. died, Abraham Childress and Samuel Taylor – Abraham’s son-in-law and the boys’ uncle- became their guardians. John Pryor and Samuel Taylor are on records on Cumberland County)
On same page with John Pryor: Gutridge Thurmond, Ann Childress, Francis Meriwether,
Page 48: David PRYOR. 1 white, no non-whites (Possibly the grandson of Abraham Childress, named in his 1763 will in Amherst Co.)
Nicholas PRYOR 9 whites, 1 dwelling
On same page with David and Nicholas: Richard Tankersley (Richard Tankersley served in the American Revolution with David Pryor and was drafted with William Pryor in 1780 ), Isaac Wright, Joseph Childress, Thomas Stovaul (Stovall?), Goolsbey Childress.
Page 85: Nicholas PRYOR 10 whites, no non-whites
On same page with Nicholas: Charles Ellis, Roderick McCullough, David Crawford, Philip Thurmond, Charles Taliafero

1784 Court Case – June Court 1784 in Amherst co VA Samuel PRYOR Adm. of William PRYOR, deceased, in a law suit versus Peter Stoner

1788 – Court Record from Amherst Co.
William PRYOR and wife Mary PRYOR, slander case vs. Hugh McCabe. The case was dismissed and the defendant ordered to bear costs. (Note: Sarah Pryor of Williamson Co., TN married THIS Hugh McCabe see his Revolutionary War Pension Application)

1790 Personal Tax Record
Nicholas PRYOR Sr. 3 males over 16 years, no blacks, 2 horses, mules, mares, or colts
William PRYOR 1 male over 16 years, 1 black over 16, 2 horses, mules, mares, or colts
Nicholas PRYOR Jr, 1 male over 16 years, 1 black over 16, 1 steed (or stud?) at 9/ (does this indicate that Nicholas Jr was breeding horses? Is the “9/” the tax rate?)

1790 Inhabitants of Lexington Parish – 20 Nov 1790; William PRYOR, Samuel Meredith, Robert Stewart, Thomas Rucker, William Carter and 132 others reported.

1790 Census – Amherst Co, VA
Nicholas PRYOR 9 whites, 1 dwelling, no other buildings
(on the same page Isaac Wright, John Eubank, George Eubank, Joseph Layne)

1792 Legislative Petition – Oct 11 A889. John Peyton, William PRYOR, Nelson Crawford, John Ware, Benjamin Powell and 53 others. Referred.

1792 Land Grant – Nicholas PRYOR grantee, 82 acres on Irish Creek.

1792, Inhabitants of Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt – 11 Oct 1792 John Peyton, William PRYOR, Nelson Crawford, John Ware, Benjamin Powell and 53 Others.

1794 Deed, Lovelady Creek – Pedlar River, Nicholas Pryor.

1794 Deed – 14 Feb 1794 JNO. FLOYED, Ga. Power of Attny to PHILLIP THURMOND, AC – DANL. BURFETT (BURFORD) of Va. By will of 1787 bequeathed to VA. TAYLOR 250 acres in AC on headwaters of Stoval – for life or until she leaves; remainder to me. JF of Wilks Co, Ga. – PT to dispose of my interest upon removal or death of VA. TAYLOR. Acknowledged before BENJ. CATCHING, Clk. Of Superior Ct., W. STITH JR. one of the judges. Rec. in AC, 21 Jul 1794. (John Floyd uncle of Nathaniel Pryor was deceased by 1783, he had first married a daughter of Daniel Burford, the sheriff of Amherst Co.

Deed 12 Mar 1795 – James Matthews, Stokes Co, NC, to Hugh McCabe & James McCabe of “Co and state of VA” for L115, 300 acres both sides Pedlar. Lines: N side Pedlar, crossing it. Wit: William Matthews, Benj Powell, Jno Wright, Jno Alford, Jas Hollingsworth, Randolph Bibb.(see Hugh McCabe above on 1788 suit and Hugh McCabe who married Sarah Pryor in Williamson Co., TN)

30 Nov 1796 Marriage Jesse Bibb Pryor to Polly Nuckols; parent or Guardian of Husband Nicholas Pryor (consent from my son Jesse Pryor); Security and witnesses W. R. Crawford, William Ware.

20 Dec 1796 MarriageDavid PRYOR to Lucy Brown (from Lexington Parish); Security and witnesses
Leroy Brown, W. R. Crawford.

4 December 1797 Marriage – William PRYOR, Jr. married Sarah Tucker. Nicholas Pryor, Sr. is listed as the father (or guardian) of William Pryor, Jr. Thomas Tucker was the father of Sarah Tucker. Jesse Pryor was a witness.

30 January 1798 Marriage – John PRYOR married Elizabeth Tucker. Thomas Tucker is listed as father of the wife. (There is a further reference to this marriage in a Bible from the Wertz family — trascription states the groom’s name as John C. Pryor.)

1800 Tax List, Amherst Co., VA
David PRYOR 1-0-0-0
Jesse PRYOR 1-0-0-0
John PRYOR 1-0-0-0
Nicholas PRYOR 1-3-0-0 (Nicholas was deceased before 1806 when William Paxton died without a will. In the ensuing litigation it was determined Nicholas and Sallie were deceased.)
Nicholas PRYOR Jr. 1-0-0-0 (Nicholas the older brother of William b. 1752, and brother John)
William PRYOR Sr. 1-5-2-3
William PRYOR Jr. 1-1-0-0
Garrett Lane 1-1-0-0
Henry Lane 2-2-4-0
Henry Lane Jr. 1-2-0-0
Joseph Lane 1-2-0-1
William Lane (son of Joseph) 1-2-0-0
William Lane (wagoner) 2-3-00
Philip Gooch 1-5-7-1 (See 1850 Gasconade Co., MO Census)
Fleming H. Duncan 1-1-1-0

1801 – Jefferson Co., KY Will
David Crawford, 14 Dec 1801 — 20 Sept 1802; 4 Mar 1805.
To sons David and Reuben, land on Harrods Creek; to Nathan land in Shelby County where he now lives; to daughter Salley Cocke 80 pounds money, money also to daughters Elizabeth Davis and Nancy Jones; to son Charles land bought of Richard Taliaferro adjoining Elias Wells [or Wills]; to sons Nelson and William land in Amherst County, adjoining Buffalo Ridge, granted testator in 1789; to my wife part of land where “I now live,” bought of Robert Johnston and William Haynes; special gift to Nathan “for him not receiving assistance in setting out in life in a remote and distant country”; to son John one half of all lands in Kentucky surveyed by him.
Exec. Sons John, William S., Nelson and Charles [Crawford]
Bondsman: Charles Taliaferro, Nathaniel Warwick
Witnesses: William Pryor, John Pryor, Stella Sullivan.
Codical dated 14 Mar 1802. Land to son William to be sold and “divided among my legatees”; son John to manage estate. Sons David and Reuben to be “gven equally as much as my other children.”
Witnesses: William Pryor and John Pryor, Stella Sullivan.
(Today Harrod’s Creek is a neighborhood of Louisville, it’s near the Ohio RIver. It’s a waterway used for recreational boating, so it’s possible to assume that boats were used on the waterway by early settlers.) (Early Kentucky Settlers: The Records of Jefferson County, Kentucky, Excerpted and reprinted from The Filson Club History Quarterly by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1988)

15 Oct 1801 Deed – . WM. HALL & wife MOLLEY, AC, to JNO. MASE, AC, (Orig. del. to JNO. MAYS, 28 Sep 1820) for L100, 100 acres Pedlar. Lines: ISAAC WRIGHT, NICHL. PRYOR, JAS. MATTHEWS.

1802 Deed, Lovelady Creek, Nicholas PRYOR.

1803 Legislative Petition -Dec. 9. A909. Establishment of flour inspection at Bethel; place is convenient to people coming down James River from mountains. Richard F. Ellis, Burnett Jenkins, John PRIOR, Anthony Christian, and 125 others. Reported.

1803 Legislative Petition Amherst County – Signed by Jesse Pryor.

1804 Land Grant – William PRYOR grantee, 42 acres on Horsely Creek

3 August 1804 Marriage – Polly Pryor
married Moses Taylor. Nicholas Pryor is listed as father of the wife and Edward Taylor as the father of the groom. William Pryor was a witness.

1805 Division of Amherst County – 20 Nov 1805, William Jopling, Jesse PRYOR, Robert Sebree, John Roberts, John Harding and 60 others, (Annual Report of the Library Board of the Virginia State Library, By Virginia. Library Board, Virginia State Library)

1805 Legislative Petition – Nov 20. A920 Division of county. William PRYOR, William Jopling, Jesse PRYOR, Robert Sebree, John Roberts, John Harding and 60 others.

15 Jun 1805. William Pryor certifies that William Ware & wife Patty have conveyed 48 1/2 acres on Horsley. Ware may raise his mill dam as high as Isaac Wright had at present place & pointed out by Nelson & John Crawford, Henry Lane, John Euaband, Edward Carter & Isaac Wright. If any higher, to pay damages. Wit: John Crawford & William Evans.p. 248

15 Aug 1805. William Pryor, Amherst Co. to William Ware, Amherst Co., for 60 pounds, 42 acres Horsley. Lines: grantee, William Lawless. Wit: John Crawford, Abram Carter, Moses Martin, Jos. Dodd, John Davis, William Evans. p. 248

1807 Amherst County Legislative Petition – Signers
Nicholas Pryor and Zedekiah Shoemaker (he served with Capt. William Pryor in Revolutionary War)
John C Prior

15 Mar 1807 Marriage – William Pryor to Nancy Adkins on 15 Mar 1807. Charles Crawford, S. Garland, and John Pryor were listed as witnesses.(Charles Crawford, John Pryor, William Pryor named in 1801 will of David Crawford)

1807 Deed – Jos. Henson & wife Jemimah, Amherst County, to Chas. P. Taliaferro, Amherst County, for $410, three (3) tracts Lovelady Creek.1)300 acres.2)60 acres.Lines: Nichl. PRYOR, Hezekiah Shoemaker, Jno. Roberts.3)50 acres.Lines:Jno. Key, Nelson Crawford, his own.Wit:Peter Taliaferro, Jas. Brown, Wm. Clements. 13 Apr. 1807

1809 Land Grant – William Sleed grantee to Nicholas PRYOR, 100 acres on Irish Creek,

1810 Census, Amherst Co., VA
Page 10 of 50:
Charles Crawford (See 1801 will above, William and John Pryor witnesses)
Hugh McCabe 00001 – 000001 (Hugh McCabe was involved in a 1788 suite against the Pryors – see above)
Page 12 of 50:
John C PRYOR 4001 – 1101 (oldest male 24 – 44 years, born 1766 – 1786)
Page 13 of 50:
Edward Taylor Sr 00101 – 00101 (oldest male 45 years or older, born before 1765)
Page 14 of 50:
William PRYOR Sr. 00101-0011 (oldest male 45 years or older, born before 1765)
Page 26 of 50:
Philip Hammond 0001 – 01001 (oldest male 24 – 44 years, born 1766 – 1786, too young to be the Philip Hammond who saved Fort Donnelly with John Pryor)
Page 31 of 50:
Nicholas PRYOR 00001-1001 (Nicholas, the older brother of William Sr, oldest male 45 years or older, born before 1765.)
Page 34 of 50:
Fleming Duncan 3101 – 3101 (md. Leticia Hall, they are on the 1850 Census in Sumner Co., TN)
Sally Duncan 01001 – 11102
William PRYOR Jr. 1001-002 (oldest male 26 – 44 years, born 1766 – 1786)
David PRYOR 30001 – 0011 (oldest male 45 years or older, born before 1765. Be ware if trying to prove this is the David Pryor who was also in Buckingham Co., VA because the unproven death date for that David Pryor is 1804. More research is needed.)
Richard Tankersley 00311 – 001101 (Friend of William Pryor Sr. who was a witness on his Revolutionary War pension application, oldest male 45 years or older, born before 1765)
Page 49 of 50
Benjamin Downs 11101 – 10011 (There’s a Benjamin Downs who witnessed land transactons in Stewart Co., TN for William Pryor)

1813 Land Record in Amherst County – James Gatewood, Amherst County, VA. to Philip Thurmond, Amherst Co. for f50 40 acres by survey of 4 Feb 1801 on Lovelady Creek. Lines: Zed Shoemaker, Nicholas PRYOR, William PRYOR. Witness: Landon Hiley, Joel Bias, Thomas Lain, James Rowsey

1817 Land – Record in Amherst County – Deed – Charles C. Carter, Nelson County to Jonathan Bullock, Deed of Trust, debt to Charles Crawford, Lynchburg, £5, 460 acres, Horsey and whereon Crawford lived for many years. Lines: Richard Millner, William Thurmond, Richard Jones, William Jopling, Jonathan Crawford, Caleb Ralls, Thom. S. Gilliam, Wit: Nelson Crawford, JONATHAN PRYOR, Jonathan McDaniel, Charles Taliaferro on 28 Aug 1817 (Charles and Nelson Crawford are mentioned in the 1802 Will filed in Louisville noted above. )

1818 Land DealElliott v. Carter & als. January Term 1853, Richmond. John Crawford of the county of Amherst, died in April 1818. He gave estate to Elizabeth Carter, wife of John Crawford, and her son John Elliott. “It appears that on the 12th of November 1818, the executors of John Crawford deceased, by virture of the power given them by the will, made sale of the the real estate of their testator at public auction, at which a tract of 320 acres was knocked off to one William Pryor upon a credit; that on the same evening, and before the sale to Pryor was further effectuated, by agreement of the parties, one Richard Eubank was accepted and received as the purchaser of 199 1/2 acres of the tract cried off to Pryor, * and it was agreed that when that portion of the land should be laid off by a survey, the said Eubank was to give his bonds, with security for the amount of the purchase money. .. in October 1822, a bill in chancery was filed, seeking to assert a lien upon the land for the unpaid purchase money.” Litigation continued to 1836. (Virginia Reports: Jefferson–33 Grattan, 1730-1880, Michie Company, 1902, pg. 253. Google Books. Richard Eubank was the son in law of Capt. William Pryor.)

1820 Census, Amherst Co., VA
Census recorded in alpha order
John PRYOR 31011 – 1001 (oldest male 26-45 years, born 1775-1794)
Robert H. PRYOR 0101 – 01001 (oldest male 16 to 26 years, born 1794-1804)
Will. PRYOR 000001 – 01001 (oldest male over 45 years,  born bef. 1775)
Will. PRYOR 101201 – 1021 (oldest male over 45 years, born bef. 1775)
(Capt William Pryor who applied for a Revolutionary War pension was born in 1752-1754– he was 81 in 1835)

1826 Marriage in Amherst Co., VA – Richard Pryor
to Nancy C Bibb 21 Nov 1826

1829 Land Grant – 17 September 1829, grant to John Pryor, 143.25 acres on the west slope of South Mountain near Amherst County line.

1829 Property Record in Amherst Co., VA
– 5 December 1829. Jeff Pryor, for self, and attorney-in-fact for Lucy, Jordan, and James B. PRYOR, Kentucky, to Wiatt Gatewood. This was for land on Lovelady Creek in Amherst Co., VA – Wiatt Gatewood married Malinda Pryor in Amherst Co., VA. Jordan, James B. and Thomas Jefferson Pryor are probably sons of David Pryor and Lucy Brown.

1830 Census, Amherst Co., VA
page 492 line 27 Peter Rucker 0010101 – 2202001
page 493 line 2 Andrew A Brown 2110001 – 11001 (his widow Polly was living in Thomas Pryor household on 1870 Census, Pike Co., MO)
page 493 line 5 Richard Eubank 3200001 – 012101
page 495, line 1, Richard I. PRYOR 00001 – 10001
page 495, line 17 Robert H. PRYOR 000001 – 00000101
(Robert was 30 – 39 years old. Older woman living in household 50-59 years)
page 497, line 3 John PRYOR 1030001 – 010101 (oldest male 40-49 years)
page 497, line 4 Richard N. Eubank 100001 – 130011 (Oldest male 30-39 years, wife Margaret Pryor)
page 501, Wm Pryor Senr. 0000000001 – 0000000101 (Oldest male on the census age 70-79, born 1751-1760. In 1832 William Pryor b. 1752 in Albemarle Co (now Amherst Co) provided his account moving into the frontier of the Great Kanawah– see Life on the Kanawah and Ohio During the Revolution, William Pryor’s Declaration. He also states he had an older brother named Nicholas, and another older brother John .)
page 509, line 11 Hartwell T. N. PRYOR 30001 – 00001 (Oldest male 20-29 years. Hartwell Pryor md. Susanna Pryor on June. 16, 1825)
page 509, line 12 Nicholas P Taylor 00001 – 0000110001 (Nicholas Pryor Taylor)
page 521, line 25 Nelson Crawford 000001001 – 0000200101 (probably son of David Crawford mentioned in will above)
page 525, line 12 Susan PRYOR no males – 000020001 (oldest female 60 – 69 years)

4 February 1831 MarriageJane PRYOR married William H. Bibb. Charles Bibb is listed as the guardian for William, and the bond includes the consent of William Pryor

1831 Postmaster in Amherst Co. S. PRYOR was postmaster in Pryor’s Vale. (This was Sarah Pryor. The First of April 1831, Also An Index to The Whole (US Post Office Dept.) by Direction of the Postmaster General, published in Washington, printed by Duff Green, 1831)

1831 Deed, Thomas Tucker deceased. Proved by witnesses Susannah PRYOR, Jane PRYOR on 20 June 1831, however witness Moses Martin had died so Moses H Martin testified to his signature. Additional witness William Gatewood. (The Deeds of Amherst County, Virginia: Books S-Z, 1827-1852. By Bailey Fulton Davis)

1833 Marriage – George W. Haley md. Elizabeth A Pryor on 7 Sept. 1833

1834 Land Record – Land division of Jarratt GILLIAM by Josiah Ellis, Jas. Davis, and Geo. Burks. Jno. Pryor, surveyor – 235-1/2 acres. 6 Nov 1834 (see 1833 case in Nelson county that refers to Col. Pryor the surveyor)

17 December 1834 Marriage – Elizabeth W. Pryor Wright married Layne Garret. John Pryor father of Elizabeth Wright.

1840 Census, Amherst Co., VA
Page 202, line 7 Robert H. PRYOR 0001101000000 – 0100000010000
Page 202, line 8 Geo W Haley 100001 – 210001 (George W. Haley married Elizabeth Pryor in 1833)
Page 204
William PRYOR 000100001000 – 0000000001000
Wyatt Gatewood (married to Malinda PRYOR) 0121101000000 – 1101110000000
Susanna PRYOR 0000020001000 – no females listed
Hartwell T. PRYOR 0120010000000 – 2100010000000 (Hartwell Pryor md. Susanna Pryor on June. 16, 1825)
Page 197 Nicholas P. Taylor 11001-110001 (Nicholas Pryor Taylor) (line below Hartwell T. Pryor)
Page 214 Andrew Brown (married to Mary Polly Duncan) – (Mary is on the 1870 Census in the household of Thomas Pryor in Pike Co., MO. War of 1812 Pension Applicaton says they married 25 Dec 1821, resided in Amherst Co. 1851, resided Pike Co. 1878)
Richard Eubank (Married to Margaret PRYOR) 0122100100000 – 0001301000000
John PRYOR 0010200100000 – 000000100001 (Oldest male was 50 to 59 years. In 1837 Rev. John Pryor was the principal at the Baptist Academy at Horton. 1842 lawsuit (Crawford v. McDaniel) states John Pryor was the deputy surveyor of Amherst Co.)
Garrett C. Lane (married to Elizabeth PRYOR) 1000010000000 – 2000100000000
Page 215 Richard J. PRYOR 1100010000000 – 0010010000000 (Richard Pryor married Nancy C. Bibb 21 Nov. 1826 in Amherst Co.)

1840 Postmaster – Richard J Pryor appointed postmaster in Pedlar’s Mills on 7 Feb 1840.

Court Case 27 Jul 1841; 20 Jun 1842. Witnesses: Jno. Pryor; Julius Simpson; Thos. Lain. Phebe is also employed. Sons, Henry, Benj., and Willis Franklin; daughter, Jane B. Moss, ux of Anderson Moss; children of decd daughter, Lucinda, ux of Wm. Clarkson; land in Virginia, North Carolina, and Alabama. Daughter-in-law,
Jane C. Franklin, ux of my son Henry Franklin, and her children. Henry is to admr. page 67 is his bond on
probate date.

6 February 1844 Marriage – John Pryor, Jr. married Mary Rucker. Peter Rucker bride’s father.

1844 PostmasterThomas M Pryor appointed postmaster in Pryor’s Vale on 13 Mar 1844.

1845 Revolutionary War Pension Application for Abraham Tinsley. On June 2, 1845 in Lynchburg Virginia, Colonel John Pryor, 57, makes reference to a Mrs. Lucas one of the children of the veteran and his widow who the witness states is as old as the witness. (If John Pryor was 57 he was born in 1788. This is likely John C. Pryor b. 1787 on the 1850 Census in Amherst County, son of Capt. William Pryor and Elizabeth Wright)

1850 Postmaster – James N Pryor appointed postmaster in Pryor’s Vale on 14 Jan 1850.

1850 Census, Amherst Co., VA
Page 78a, The Eastern Dist., house 75 H. T. PRYOR 45, Susannah 50, John W. 18, M. A. 13, Margaret 11 (Hartwell T. Pryor is also on the 1840 and 1860 Census. Marriage record for his son John N. states he was born in Amherst Co., VA, birth year 1833 per census records)
Page 85a, The Eastern Dist., house 216 Rebecca Crawford 90, Betsy Staton 70, Margaret Crawford 60, Elizabeth 57 (Rebecca Staton md. John Dennis Crawford 4 Dec 1786 in Amherst Co.)
Page 90A, The Eastern Dist., #260 Wiatt Gatewood 50 farmer, Balinda (PRYOR?) 40, Leanna 26, Thomas 24, Robert 21, Malinda 19, Wiatt 14, Sarah 10, James Gatewood 85. (Wyatt Gatewood married Malinda PRYOR on 19 Dec.1818 in Amherst Co., VA. Malinda is possibly the daughter of David Pryor and Lucy Brown.)
Page 90B, The Eastern Dist., #263 Richard Eubank 67 farmer, Elizabeth 30, Margaret (PRYOR) 58, Delila 28, Julia 27, Lucy 23, James 22, Thomas 18 (Richard Eubank married Margaret Lafew Pryor on 19 Apr. 1813 in Amherst Co., VA. They were given the house “Walnut Hill in Amherst Co. on the occasion of their marriage by the bride’s father Capt. William Pryor”)
Page 96A, The Eastern Dist., #344 James P. Taylor 52 shoemaker, VA, Elizabeth 36 VA, Richard H. 19 farmer VA, Mary A. 16 VA, James W. 13 VA, Oney J. (f) 12 VA, Wm. H. 10 VA, Thos. D. 8 VA, Andrew 5 VA, Marcellus 3 VA, Mary Ann 18 VA.
Page 97A, The Eastern Dist., #388 Richard PRYOR 47 shoemaker, VA, Nancy 45 VA, Emily 21 VA. (Richard Pryor married Nancy Bibb on 21 Nov. 1826 in Amherst Co., VA. They are on the 1860 Census in Botetourt Co., VA)
Page 98B, The Eastern Dist., #384 Edward Taylor 47 farmer VA, Betsy D. 40, Mary E. 12, Ann M. 11, Madison C. PRYOR 38 farmer VA, Brooks Burks 28, Lucy Burks 15. (Madison C. Pryor married Nancy L. Savage on 12 Mar. 1842 in Amherst Co., VA. Perhaps Harriet and Nancy Pryor living with the elder Nancy Savage (below) are his children. Edward Taylor married Betsy Burks on 20 Apr. 1835 in Amherst Co.)
Page 100A, The Eastern dist., #405 Moses Taylor 68 farmer, Mary (PRYOR) 74, Parthena 24, Louisa 26. (Moses Taylor married Polly Pryor August 3, 1804 in Amherst Co., VA. Mary/Polly is possible sister of John Pryor Sr.)
Page 101B, house 425 Nancy Savage 70, Betsy 35, John 30, Sarah Hunter 25, Harriet PRYOR 7, Nancy PRYOR 5. (Madison C. Pryor married Nancy L. Savage. Possibly Nancy died and Madison was living apart from his children who were probably living with their grandmother.)
Page 101B, house 431 Mary R Brown 48 VA, Peter 25, Mary E 20, John F 21, Wm A 19, Charles W 16, Lucy A 14, Saml 12, Elizabeth 10, Leftwich 8, Louisa Brown 6, Jane 4 (Mary Duncan married Andrew Brown. Mary Brown was counted in the household of Thomas Pryor in Pike County, MO in 1870. Probably her daughter Mary E. married Thomas Pryor.)
Page 103B, house 456 John PRYOR Jr. 32 farmer , Mary 28, Sarah J 5, Wm. 3, Cornelia 6, John PRYOR Sr. 63 surveyor, James M. 23, Eaney (f) 17 VA. (John Pryor married Mary Rucker, 6 Feb. 1844 in Amherst Co., VA. John Sr married Elizabeth Tucker. John Pryor age 73 died of a cold in May 1860– occupation surveyor. His death was recorded on the US Census mortality schedule.)
Page 104A, house 457 Garret C. Lane 38 farmer, Elizabeth (PRYOR) 36, Ann M. 15, John T. 14, Sarah 12, Margaret 10, Mary 5, Douglas 1. (Garret C. Lane married Elizabeth Pryor on 11-Dec-1834 in Caswell Co., NC. The marriage was recorded in Amherst Co., VA on 17-Dec-1834. )
Page 131b, house 849 Thomas Barbour 58, Elizabeth 48, Verilla Berry 28, Ann Barbour 26, Martha 24, Milly Henderson 10, Richard 19, Hudson 8, Roda? 5, Ann 3 (Rhoda Barbour married J. N. Pryor. She is recorded as his widow in Lynchburg City directory. She was living in Lynchburg with her sister Martha Barbour in 1910)

1852 Hotel Register – Exchange Hotel in Richmond, VA, W. H. PRYOR and S. PRYOR of Lynchburg (Richmond Dispatch, 20 May 1852)

1860 Census, Amherst Co., VA
page 343, house 854 Henry L. Markham 26 farmer VA, Mary A. (PRYOR) 23 VA, Wellington T. 5, Elly C. (Ely Cora) 2, Leonidas R. (Leonidas Rosser) 1, Paulin Watts 13 (male) (Mary Ann Pryor md. Henry Markham in Amherst Co., VA on 10 Nov. 1853. Mary Ann is probably the daughter of Hartwell T. Pryor who was counted as “M.A.” on the 1850 Census.)
p. 343 house 856 Isah PRYOR (male) 33, Malinda 28, Gilford 3, Bascomb 1, James (Isaiah Pryor and family are on the 1870 Census in Bedford Co., VA. Bascomb’s death record states his parents were Richard Pryor and Malinda Gatewood. Isaiah’s death record states he was the son of John Pryor and Susan.).
p. 343 house 857 Littleberry Grant 40 farmer VA, Martha 36, Jno W 9, Emily E 7, ??? A (f) 3, Martha A 1, Betsey Rowsey 38 VA, Susy F. 13.
p. 343 house 858 Susan Grant 83, Mary 57
p. 346 house 876 Mary S. PRYOR, widow, 37 VA, Sallie J. 14, William R. 12, Cornelia F. 9, John H. 8, Nicholas 2, Betsy Evans 15 (mu) (Mary is the widow of John Pryor Jr. of the 1850 Census)
p. 354 house 937 Hartwell T. PRYOR 52 VA, Eliza I. 25, John 27, Margaret 23, Emma J. 4, Ben 3, Willy 6/12 (born Apr 1860) (Hartwell Pryor married Susanna Pryor on 16 Jun. 1825 in Amherst Co., VA. Hartwell Pryor and family were on the 1870 Census in Bedford Co., VA. Ben and Wiley were sons of John Pryor and his wife — possibly Margaret.)
p. 360 house 976 Wm. PRYOR 93 (that’s what it looks like to me!), Louisa 34, William 17, Sina? (f)10 (William Pryor married Louisa Jane Fitzgerald on 03 January 1848 in Amherst Co., VA)
p. 420 house 1415 Jas. PRYOR (James Pryor) 33 VA, Eliz. 34, C. R. (m) 3, M. F. 2 (f), John PRYOR 73 surveyor. (John aged 73 is John Pryor Sr. from the 1850 Census)

1862 Rape Case Rape and Race in the Nineteenth-Century South By Diane Miller Sommerville. The book discusses the rape of Betsey Rowsey by a slave named Ben. Ben escaped after the crime to the farm of Isaac Pryor. Is this the Isaiah Pryor who was living near by Rowsey in 1860? In 1862 Rowsey was living on the property of her brother in law R C Burks.

1870 Census, Amherst Co., VA
All of the Pryors in 1870 are living in Pedlar Twp., same place I found Garrett C. Layne in 1880 Census.
page 508B, house 384 Moses Taylor 91 VA, Louisa F. 53 VA, Parthena 56 VA, Mary White (b) 30, James White (b) 3.
page 513A, #453 Henry PRYOR 27 (b) VA, Betsy 21 (b) VA, Amelia 7 (b) VA, Mary E. 4 (b) VA, Henry W. 3 (b) VA, Martha 2 (b) VA.
#454 James PRYOR 44 VA; Edith 44, Charles 13, Mary 12, James 9, Lucy 6
#456 Burrell PRYOR 55 (b) VA, Pheba 30 (b) VA, James 14 (b) VA, Margaret 5 (b) VA, Cornelius 1 (b) VA
#457 William PRYOR 22 VA; Mary E. 24, Mary E. 4, Edward 2 (John Pryor Jr. & Mary> William R. Pryor)
#459 Mary E. PRYOR 46 VA; John 17, Nicholas 13, Sarah Sheppard 25, Ortie 3, Mary E. 2 (Mary Rucker Pryor, widow of John Pryor Jr.)
#461 John Lane 33… also in household Garrett Lane 64 VA (widow of Elizabeth Pryor Lane)
#490 William A. PRYOR 21 VA, Louisa 40, Susan 18
Page 527B, #691 William Williams? (poor handwriting) 57, Elizabeth 49, Cornelia PRYOR 19
Page 530A, #731 Elizabeth Taylor 60 VA, Marcellus 21 farmer VA, Walker S. 19 VA, Bettie 7 VA.

1880 Census, Amherst Co., VA
Elon Dist, Page 2. John W. PRYOR 21 MO VA VA, Capsiden wife 21 VA VA VA, Margaret 1/12 (Apr) VA.(John Pryor, son of Thomas M.. He was likely born in Chariton Co., MO. John and wife Capitola are on the 1900 Census in Campbell Co., VA)
Elon Dist, Page 2 Thomas M. PRYOR 63 VA VA VA, Samuel B. son 21 VA VA VA, William S. son 17 MO VA VA. (Thomas M. Pryor is on the 1860 & 1870 Census in Chariton Co., MO)
Pedlar Dist, page 48 Mary S. PRYOR 56 mother VA VA VA, Mary 12 gr-dau VA VA VA, Edward M. 10 gr-son VA VA VA, John B. 8 gr-son VA VA VA, Nicholas 22 son VA VA VA, Emma 22 wife VA VA VA.(Mary Rucker Pryor widow of John Pryor Jr. Grandchildren are children of her son William Rucker Pryor and wife Mollie Franklin)
Pedlar Dist, page 4 Robert B. Bibb 49 VA VA VA, Leanna wife 49 VA VA VA, Fanny PRYOR (mu) 15 VA VA VA.
Pedlar Dist, page 4 Thomas PRYOR (mu) 35 VA VA VA, Easter (mu) wife 35 VA VA VA, Betsy(mu) dau 12 VA, Jane (mu) dau 10 VA, Alice (mu) dau 7 VA, Oscar (mu) son 4 VA, Thomas (mu)son 5/12 VA (b. January).(This family is on the 1870 Census in Bedford Co., VA, living near Hartwell Pryor)
Pedlar Dist., page 4, house 31/33 Thomas Gatewood 52 minister VA, Nancy 35 wife Alma 18 dau VA, Marshall 17 son VA, Linna 11 dau VA.
Pedlar Dist., page 4, house 32/34 Malinda PRYOR 40 VA VA VA, Bascom son 21 VA VA VA, Watson son 12 VA VA VA, Nora dau 10 VA (Malinda Gatewood widow of Richard Isaiah Pryor on the 1860 Census)
Pedlar Dist., page 4, house 33/35 Louisa or Lucinda PRYOR 72 VA VA VA.
Pedlar Dist., page 4, house 35/37 William A. PRYOR 31 VA VA VA, Rebecca 29 wife VA VA VA, Silas 8 son VA, Ann 6 dau VA, Willie 4 son VA, Mary 2 dau VA, Henry 1 son VA
Pedlar Dist., page 5 Louisa PRYOR 55 VA VA VA(Widow of William Pryor)
Pedlar Dist., page 11 living with John Gaines and family… Jane PRYOR 75 (black) grandmother VA VA VA
Pedlar Dist., page 50 James N. PRYOR 53 VA VA VA, Mary F. 21 dau VA VA VA, James 17 son VA, Lucy J. 15 dau VA, George M. 8 son VA.
Pedlar Dist, page 23 Gilford PRYOR 23 VA VA VA. Emma 19 wife VA VA VA, Harvey 8/12 (born Oct. 1879) son VA, Ann Campbell 43 mother in law VA VA VA, James Campbell 20 brother in law VA VA VA (Isaiah & Malinda Pryor>Gilford Pryor)
Pedlar Dist, page 232C. M. C. Harlow 38 wheelwright VA VA VA, Victoria 21 wife VA VA VA, Mayo B. 10 son VA, Mary L. 8 dau VA, Neoney 6 son VA, Sammy 4 son VA, Tempy 2 VA, Garrett Layne 71 clerk in store VA VA VA, William Goosby (mulatto) 35 VA VA VA (Garrett Lane is the widow of Elizabeth PRYOR)

Court Case 14 Dec 1896
; 15 Mar 1897. Witnesses: C. J. Campbell; A. W. Franklin; Nichl. Pryor. Daughter,
Julia Simpson; sons-in-law: Wm. Simpson; S. C. Burks; Jno. Peters. Son, Jno. J. Franklin. My children:
Julia Simpson; Emma Myers; Edith Peters; Alice Burks; Wm, . E. Franklin; Mollie J. Franklin, ux of my
son Jno. J. . . . My grandchildren: Mollie Pryor’s heirs: Eddie, Jno. W. Pryor and Mary Bettie Phillips. My
7 grandchildren or heirs. Grandson, Chas. C. Myers, trustee for children, grandchildren, and exr

1900 Postmaster Appointment – on 13 Nov 1900 Nicholas PRYOR

1920 Census, Amherst Co., VA
ED#17, Pedlar Dist., Pleasant View, Chestnut Road, #188 Bascom PRYOR 60 VA VA VA, Emma W. wife 52 VA VA VA, Norman C. son 25 VA, Charles W. son 21.
ED#17, Pedlar Dist., Chestnut to Snowden Road, #179 William E. PRYOR 43 VA VA VA, Hortense wife 26 VA VA VA, Minnie dau 7 VA, Gomer L. son 7 VA, Willie S. son 4 VA (On the same page is Joshua Bibb 101 widow VA VA VA)
ED#18, Pedlar Dist., Robinson Gap Road, #244 John H. PRYOR 67 VA VA VA, Ella C. wife 66 VA VA VA, William R. son 36 VA, Mary E. dau 34 VA (other families on same page: Rucker, Eubanks, Brown, Hudson, Harris, Dempsey)

Records from Appomattox County, Virginia

Note: Part of Campbell County became Appomattox County

1850 Census Appomattox Co., VA
Page 168b house 198 James Patteson 42 Va…
Page 168b house 199 David Patteson 78 VA…
Page 169a house 205 John Hughes 68 VA…
Page 169a house 212 Poindexter Evans 55 VA… living in the household Joseph G Crews 16 VA, Sarah Crews 13 VA, Frances Crews 10 VA, Richard Crews 6 VA
Page 169b, house 214 Mary Crews 59 VA, Manerva A 26 VA, Elizabeth O 25 VA
Page 169b house 215 Charles Powell 45 VA
Page 169b house 216 Joel Mann Jr 53 miller VA
Page 169b, house 218 PRYOR D Martin 45 farmer VA, Nancy 42 VA, Purvis 16, Calimore 10, Isabella 13, Nancy 9, Elizabeth 8. (Pryor D Martin married Nancy Wooldridge on 4 Feb 1824 in Prince Edward Co., VA)
House 326 PRYOR Wright 60 farmer VA, Mariah 38, Leanus 16, Fountain C 9, Gilliam 7, Chambers L 5.
House 171 PRYOR B Wright 48 VA, Lucinda P 48, Mary J 23, Saunders F 22, Caswell C 20, Claudius F 15, Cornelius A 13, Lucinda P 12, Aripa C 10, Nancy C 8, Robert P 6, Barbary F 4 (Pryor Wright who married Mariah was the older cousin of Pryor B. Wright per A Place Called Appomattox by William Marvel.)
House 428 Samuel A Wright 73 VA, Barbary G 70 VA, Crosby 35, Barbary G 30, Laviny A 30 (Samuel and Barbary the parents of Pryor B. Wright– Samuel married Barbee Glover Mason in Prince Edward Co in 1800)

1860 Census Appomattox Co., VA
PO Reedy Spring, page 472, house 343 PRYOR D MARTIN 50 mail carrier VA, Isabella 22 VA, Nancy 19 VA, Elizabeth 15 VA, Pryor 11 VA
house 392 PRYOR B Wright 57 farmer VA, Lucinda P Wright 57 wife VA, Mary J 35 VA, Saunders F 33 VA, Caswell C 29 VA, Cornelius C 26 VA, Lucinda P 23 VA, Aripa C 20 VA, Barbary 11 VA, Robert P 14 VA.

1870 Census Appomattox Co., VA
Clover Hill Twp, page 24a, house 405 Pryor B Wright 66 farmer VA, Lucinda 66 VA, Mary J 35 VA, Lucinda P 21 VA, Aritha C 20 VA, Fannie 18 VA
Clover HIll Twp, page 26a, house 438 Marsha Dugerid (bl) 74 keeping house VA, Kitty (bl) 35 cook VA, PRYOR MARTIN 54 invalid VA, Nancy 29 VA, Bettie 28 assists with housework VA, Isabella 30 seamstress VA, Mary 5 VA (1840 Pryor D. Martin and Azariah Martin were on the census in Prince Edward County, VA)
Clover Hill Twp., page 25a, house 416 Asariah Martin 55 shoemaker East VA, Lucy 48 VA, Charles 14 VA, Luther E 12 VA, Marietta 8 VA, Phoebe Syree 75 no occupation VA
Clover Hill Twp., page 25a, house 425 PRYOR MARTIN 22 VA, Judith 18 VA, Bridgett 6/12 VA

1880 Census Appomattox Co., VA
Clover Hill, page 349c, house 305 Pryor B. Wright 70 farmer VA VA VA, Lucinda 30 dau VA, F. B. 21 dau VA. (Pryor B Wright died in 1882, his parents were Samuel Wright and Barbary.)
Clover Hill, page 315c, house 19 Pryor D Martin 73 farmer VA VA VA, Bette E dau 32 VA, Samuel R 12 gr-son VA, John P 9 gr-son VA.

Records from Augusta County, Virginia

1747William Priore (sic) qualified under sheriff. 20 Aug 1747.

1757 Militia John Pryor, Joseph Pryor and Richard Jr paid for service in Capt Preston’s company. Richard Pryor Sr. was in Captain Preston’s company and assisted in the building of Fort George (location is now in Higland County, VA.. Capt. William Preston. The Preston’s married into the Lewis, Clark, Randolph, Floyd, Patton families. Joseph Pryor was in Botetourt County by 1800).

1758 Militia – Richard PRYOR paid for service in the Augusta militia. (May be the same Richard Pryor who was in Albemarle County)

1763 Court Case from Augusta County – “Graham v. Clark”, Richard PRYOR was a witness, called to testify in October 1763.

1764 Militia Roll out of Augusta County – Richard PRYOR on the roll of Capt. William Christianson from Apr through Sept. 1764.

1765 Writ – By August 1765 it was noted in the case of Felix Gilbert vs. Richard PRYOR. States that Pryor lived on the Roanoke, but was absent from the county. (Richard Pryor knew Felix Gilbert from his service in Capt. Preston’s Company?… see 1757 above. Felix Gilbert was an admin of the estate of Archibald Clendenin who was attacked by Indians in the Greenbrier. He may be the same Felix Gilbert who was in Orange County, NC. Haden Pryor in Greenville Co., NC named a son Felix G. Pryor).

1786 Property Record in Augusta County – Land Grant – Luke Pryor grantee, 90 acres on James River (Possibly Luke Pryor who was near the James River on Looney’s Creek in Botetourt County)

1789 Marriage Augusta County
– Samuel PRIOR witnessed marriage on 10 Oct 1789, daughter _________? of Thomas Rutledge. (“Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County” by Lyman Chalkley.)

1790 Personal Tax – George PRIOR

1792 Land GrantJoseph PRYOR grantee, 1486 acres on the waters of the North River

1796 Marriage – John PRIOR widower married Sally Alford on 11 Oct 1796. Bride was a widow. John Collins swore the bride’s age. John Prior and Edmund Wills were surety. (“Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County” by Lyman Chalkley.)

6 June 1800, Chancery Court case filed in Augusta County. Joseph Pryor, the elder vs. William Norvell and George Hancock. States that Norvell and Hancock had filed suit in Botetourt against Joseph Pryor the elder and Joseph Pryor Jr. Says Joseph Jr had hired Thomas Madison to defend him and that Madison practiced in the Botetourt court. Madison was also a member of the State Assembly. The answer by the defendant, Hancock, states that Jr. was the son of the elder Joseph Pryor. William Skillern, John Griffith, gave their deposition. Skillern stated that he remembered a conversation with Joseph Pryor Jr who at the time was a deputy sherrif and he seems to confirm that Joseph Sr was the father of Joseph Jr.. Also the deposition of Susannah Campbell, wife of William Campbell, in the house of James Lockhart in Fincastle — she states she was present when Joseph Pryor Jr and Sr and the sheriff made a land transaction with William Evans, whose daughter Rebecca Evans was also present. David Wade was also deposed at Lockhart’s house. In 1802 John Pryor, son of Joseph Pryor Jr. was deposed and he says he remember his father sold tract of land in 1795. Major Matthew Harvey also deposed. Samuel Pryor of Botetourt served papers on 23 Aug 1800. Receipt dated 31 Aug 1795 naming Joseph Pryor Sr and Jr.

1806 Chancery Court Case– Filed in Augusta County. Heirs of William Paxton vs Eleanor Paxton, widow. William Paxton died intestate in Rockbridge County. He owned land in Rockbridge and Amherst Counties. Paxton’s widow Eleanor. Heirs Joseph Paxton, Polly Paxton and husband Samuel Greenlee, James Prior a grandson and son of Prior and Sally, a daughter of William Paxton.(James Paxton Pryor was the son of Nicholas Pryor and Sally Paxton, grandson of William and Margaret Pryor of Albemarle Co., VA)

1808 Chancery Court Case – Allen PRIOR of Kanawha Co. vs. Heirs of George Alderson. Also spelled Allyn Pryor. David Ruffner, Joseph Ruffner, Edward Graham, Sary Alderson relic of George Alderson deceased, James McClung and Mary his wife late Mary Alderson.

1811 Chancery Court Case filed in Augusta County – Alexander Love vs Allyn Pryor etc. In 1799 Edward Ramsey and Allyn Prior purchased for Alexander Love a tract of land in Kanawha Co. on the Kanawha River and Pocatillo Creek.

1832 Marriage – Thomas M. Pryor md. Patsey E. Hartigan Aug. 16, 1832 in Augusta Co., VA. (Martha “Patsey” Pryor is probably Thomas’ widow, living in household of D C Hartigan on 1850 Census in Dickson Co., TN)

1844 Postmaster – John Pryor appointed postmaster in Buffallo Gap in 14 Feb 1842

1850 Census Augusta County, VA
Dist. 2, page 309b, house 1393, Pike Powers academy, living in school with other young men… Samuel PRYOR 15 VA (This is likely the Samuel E. Pryor in Charlotte Co., VA in 1860).

1870 Census Augusta County, VA

South River, page 459a, house 1 William Coldwell 60 farmer VA, Susan 52 VA, Bettie E 24 VA, Celestine 22 VA, Joseph Scott 11 VA, Elizabeth S. 52 housekeeper VA, Margaret Lareiu 44 no occupation VA, Betsy Johnson (bl) 44 cook VA, Mary F. (bl) 8 VA, Thompson (bl) 4 VA, Cyrus PRYOR (bl) 16 farm laborer VA.

1880 Census, Augusta County, VA
Riverhead Dist., page 194d, George PRYOR (bl) 61 works on farm VA VA VA, N. Ann 52 wife VA, VA VA, Lewis son 23 works on farm VA, William 19 son VA, Dinah 21 dau Va, Irene 4 gr dau VA.