Samuel Pryor of Clarksville (b. 1771-1780)

Looking at the Samuel Pryor d. 1811 has caused me to look again at the Samuel Pryor in Montgomery County, TN to see if I could sift through and make better sense of him.

Samuel’s Wife Ann Frances or Frances Ann

Frances’s grave is located in Cadiz, Trigg County, KY. The grave marker helps to establish her birth was in about 1775 (or at least in the 1700’s).

The Mortal remains of
Mrs. Frances Ann Pryor relict of Samuel Pryor Esq.
Obit A. D. Dec. 23, 1847
Aged 62
Entombed beneath this sacred urn,
She lies whom many children mourn
Not for her loss but theirs.
She’s gone
To praise her saviour
at his throne,
Where scenes of joy
and peach and love
Ever delight the blest above.

Estate Settlement in Hardeman County (1836)

When Samuel died in about 1830-1837, he died intestate. His estate was settled in Hardeman County, TN. The division of property, namely the slaves, provided the names of his heirs: widow Ann F., and Richard H. , Frances A., Bernard H., Attaway E., and Samuel B.

Estate of Samuel Pryor, decd 1836
State of Tennessee
Hardeman County
We the undersigned commissioners (after being duly sworn) by leave to present to your worships the following schedule of settlement made in pursuance of the above order
Mr. E. L. Pryor Dr.
For the hire of Sam for 1834 & 1835 at one hundred Dollars each year $200
Hire of Sally 2 years at $50 — $100
Hire of Hellen 2 years at $50 — $100
$400
Cr for keeping 5 negro children $50… $350.00
And the hire of Mary, Ellen, and Spencer (about 9 years old) to be included in the support of the other file unto with the fifty dollars
To present 2 negores sy Saml & Sally sold at Bolivar 19th December 1835. —- $997
Sold at Jackson a negro boy sold at public auction in the Town of Bolivar on 4th Jany 1836 — $305
Hire of Isaac $50
1 cart steer & a cow $60— $110
$1762.00

No. 2 Estate of Saml Pror decd
To E. L. Pryor Dr.
Sudry Duty
Voucher No. 1 paid to Joel L Jones shff Fayette County $198.89
No. 2 ” ” ” $200.00
Int on do 14 monthly $14.00
No. 3 “” $10
No. 4 “” $179.97
Interest & cost on Do $255.23
No. 5 “” $9.62
Interest 2.38
No. 6 ” ” $2.13
No. 7 $116.50
No. 8 $5.88
No. 9 $96.44
No. 10 $14.97
No. 11 $26.00
No. 12 $25.05
No. 13. $18.75
No. 14 is missing a number in the column.
[total] $1788.42

Page 2
Six Legatees Divided $375 each
Mrs. Ann F Pryor widow takes Hellen $475.00
Richard H. Pryor takes Spencer $400.00
Miss Frances A Pryor ” Mary Ellen 400.00
Bernard H Pryor ‘ ‘ Turner 350.00
Miss Attaway E Pryor ‘ ‘ Louisa $250.00
Samuel B. Pryor ‘ ‘ Beverly & Sydney 375.00
Mrs. A. F. Pryor pay to Attaway E Pryor $100
Miss Frances A Pryor to Attaway E Pryor $25
Richard H Pryor to Attaway E Pryor $25 to make equal
This 31st May 1836
Sworn before me in open court June 6th 1836 by J. W. Haden, Wm. Irious? . [additional witness Jas. R. Houston]
My note: John W. Haden, William Irious? and James R. Houston appear near one another on the 1836 Tax list for Hardeman county.

Guardian Bond in Montgomery County (1837)

A guardian bond was filed in Montgomery County in 1837 naming Ann F. Pryor and three minor children: Bernard, Bolen, and a daughter named Attway.

Know all men by these presents that we Ann F Pryor & F H Badger are held and firmly bound unto Charles Baily Esq Chairman of the county court of Montgomery County his successor or successor, survivor or survivors, his administrators or assign in the sum of Twenty Eight Hundred Dollars in trust for the benefit of Burnard, Allaway & Bolen Pryor Infant heirs of Saml Pryor deceased for the payment of which we bind ourselves as his executors and administrators and assign jointly & severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 7th day of August 1837. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas Ann F Pryor has been appointed guardian of the said Bernard Allaway & Bolen Pryor infant heirs as aforesaid. Now if the said Ann F. Pryor shall well and faithfully make — — and settlement make with the county court of Montgomery agreeable to laws during her said Guardianship and at the exparation thereof shall well and faithfully account with the justices of the county court of Montgomery and pay over to them order the pro–ssts of said Burnard, Allaway & Bolen Pryor that may come into her hands by virtue of said guardianship agreeably to law and then this obligation to be – else remain in full and virtue in law.
Acknowledged in open court this 7th day August Term 1837
Ann F. Pryor
Felix H Badger, by his attorney in fact Chas Baily
Harriet Pattison by her attorney in fact G. A Henry

The photo of Frances the widow of Samuel grave marker is magnificent, not just because her details are legible but also because it captures a small tombstone to the right. This smaller grave is Jesse Armistead, son of “R.A. and Atway E. Armistead.” Attway Pryor married Richard Armistead, a physician, on 27 Nov 1842 in Trigg County. There’s another child named Atway Armistead buried in the same cemetery, perhaps another child of Richard and Attway Pryor Armistead. This helps to confirm we have the right Samuel and Frances both in Montgomery County and Trigg County.

I think the children attributable to Samuel and Frances are:

  • Edward L. Pryor (b. 1805) in VA. He married Martha A. Ryburn. He was in Hardeman County, TN in 1840 and in Hempstead County, AR in 1850. He was security for the estate of Richard Pryor (b. 1798 in VA) in Hempstead County in 1864. See Ryburn v. Pryor that states Samuel Pryor was Edward’s father.
  • Harriet Pryor (b. 1801-1810) A Harriet Pryor married Joseph Hise in Christian County, KY in 1824. There is a Joseph Hise on the 1830 Census in Montgomery County, TN. I wonder if she’s the Harriet Pattison/Patterson on the guardian bond.
  • Richard H. Pryor (b. ?) Named in the estate settlement. There was a Richard H. Pryor who died in Vicksburg, MS about July 1836, after Samuel’s estate was settled. Richard died intestate and his business partner Samuel Gordon was appointed the administrator which may indicate he didn’t have any close kin in MS.
  • Mary Amanda Pryor (b. about 1813). A possible daughter. There are family trees online that show her as the wife of Felix H. Badger (a dentist and one of the parties in the guardian bond filed in 1837), however neither she nor her husband were named in the 1836 estate settlement. She is on the 1850 Census in Hickman county, TN.
  • William Pryor (b. abt. 1814). A possible son. On March 31, 1833 William Pryor was found murdered in Nashville with friend Michael Hoover after a night of gambling (reported in the Nashville Banner). He was a Navy midshipman from Clarksville, Montgomery Co., TN (The Military and Naval Magazine of the United States, Vol. 1,  from March to August 1833). He was deceased before Samuel’s estate was settled.
  • Bernard H. Pryor b. 1823. He was counted on the 1850 Census in Trigg Co., KY with a Frances A. Pryor who was a year younger. If this was a sister then it should be questioned why she wasn’t named on the guardian bond. Although there was a Miss Frances A Pryor noted as an heir of Samuel Pryor on the estate settlement. He married Laura Jane Cole and settled in McCracken County, KY.
  • Attway E. Pryor b. 1826 married Richard Armistead, a physician. They were in Trigg County in 1850 and by 1880 they were living in Vanderburgh County, IN.
  • Frances A Pryor may have been born about 1827 if she is the woman counted in Bernard’s household in 1850.
  • Samuel Bolen Pryor b. 1833. There are slim records for this Samuel. There’s a Samuel B. Pryor age 18 on the 1850 Census in Hickman County, TN. I think he’s the S. B. Pryor who enlisted in the US Army at age 30 in 1863 in Trigg County, KY. He is probably the Samuel B. Pryor in Vanderburgh County, IN who was counted on the 1880 Census and in city directories dating back to 1876. He died in 1884 in McCracken County, KY and in his will he gave his brother Bernard a town lot in Cadiz, Trigg County. I’m a bit concerned that Samuel was not a child born of Frances Ann Pryor because if her grave marker is correct, she was 57 in 1833!
Samuel B. Pryor counted in Hickman County (1850)

The 1830 Census, Montgomery County, TN

How do these children stack up against Samuel’s household on the 1830 census? Edward was probably still at home–the Ryburn lawsuit indicates he didn’t marry until 1836. Harriet (whether a daughter or not) would probably have been in Joseph Hise’ household. So a rough draft of matching possible children to the people counted in the household in 1830:

Males 11111001
1826-1830 Samuel B?
1821-1825 Bermard
1816-1820 William
1811-1815 Richard
1801-1810 Edward
1771-1780 Mr. Samuel

Females 1012001
1826-1830 Attway ?
1816-1820 Miss Frances?
1811-1815 Amanda
1781-1790 Mrs. Frances

If the 1830 Census is correct, Mrs. Frances Ann was younger than the age recorded on her tombstone and of an age to be the mother of Samuel B. in about 1833.

Attway Pryor Armistead was counted on the 1880 census and it was recorded her father was born in Virginia and her mother was born in Kentucky. If her mother was born in KY it should be considered that perhaps Samuel had a wife before Frances who was the mother of Edward. Edward was counted in 1880, stating both parents were born in Virginia.

Hopkinsville Kentuckian, January 7, 1908

Samuel Pryor Timeline

  • Samuel born 1771-1780 in Virginia
  • Frances Ann (maiden name unknown) born 1781-1790, possibly in KY
  • Edward L. born 1805 in Virginia
  • 1820 Census Samuel Pryor counted in Christian County, KY
  • 1823 Bernard H. Pryor born in Hopkinsville, Christian County, KY
  • 1830 Samuel Pryor counted in Montgomery County, TN
  • 1830 Writ of Attachment – 20 Jan 1830 writ returned to the Montgomery County Court of Please and Quarter Session, “commanding E.L. Pryor to be attached to answer the complaint of Saml. Pryor. (Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Law and Equity of the State of Arkansas, Volumes 13-14, pub. 1889)
  • 1830-1836 Samuel Died before his estate was settled in Hardeman County, TN in 1836
Cadiz – Hopkinsville – Clarksville (Google Maps)

Samuel Is Not…

There are a lot of Samuel Pryors. I found only one marriage of a Samuel Pryor to a Frances/Fannie/Ann (and all the variations of the name): Samuel Pryor who married Frances Ferguson in Prince Edward County (1789). The Samuel who was in Clarksville is not the Samuel who married Miss Ferguson. This other Samuel died before this Samuel (see post).

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