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Signature of Luke Pryor b. 1834 in VA

Luke Pryor Signature White Co AR

Luke B Pryor is recorded at L B Prior on the 1860 Census in White County, AR. He was born about 1834 in Virginia. The probate file from the same county in 1867 names his wife Mary Frances and son Thomas Jefferson Pryor. The above note on a debt has his signature for comparison.

Jackson Co., TX Estate for Virginia Pryor of Hempstead Co., AR

My last post mentioned Richard Pryor and wife Virginia Pryor (nee Boyd) in Petersburg, VA records (see post). The June 1869 Petition filed in Jackson Co., TX includes a transcript of Virginia Pryor‘s will signed about 8 Nov 1865, she was deceased by the 21st when the will was filed with the court in Hempstead County, AR.  The petition states Charles R. Pryor “of Dallas” was her executor. He filed the petition because Virginia owned property in TX and he was seeking permission to sell the land.

I bequeath to Dr. Chas. R. Pryor my —- and dividend interest in Texas. And I make the said Chas R. Pryor my Executor. I bequeath to Virginia Finley all my silver ware marked “E. P.” and to Chas R. Pryor all my Silver marked R. P. and V. P. I bequeath to my servant Marion all my own wearing apparel. One bed and clothing. Five Hundred dollars in money and one hundred acres in land and to Thomas Boyd my own homestead. A codicil instructed that any other money be applied to bringing her husband and daughters remains to the family graveyard for burial and a marble monument erected.

Unfortunately neither the will, the probate, nor the petition reveals the relationship between Virginia Pryor and Charles R. Pryor. Virginia was married to Richard Pryor, the postmaster in Hempstead Co., AR. Charles R. was born 1832 and is reported to be a brother of Samuel B. Pryor (b. 1820) who was mayor of Dallas. I tried to tie up Charles’ loose ends last month, but they just unravel. [http://texas-pryors/charles-r-pryor-b-1832-in-brunswick-county-va/].

I’ve used the TSHA article on Charles R. Pryor [https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpr16] to connect him as the brother of Samuel B. Pryor. But what is their source? They may be right because Samuel’s first born son was also named Charles R. (b. 1854).

Even taking the leap to say that Samuel and Charles were brothers, what’s their relationship to Richard Pryor in Hempstead County? Edward L. Pryor in Hempstead County was also a postmaster, born in VA, and definitely the son Samuel Pryor who lived in Montgomery County, TN (there’s a lawsuit that proves this). Are Richard and Edward L. brothers? After seeing the Jackson County petition, I now think that Edward and Richard don’t share a close relationship and that researchers should look for a closer relationship between Richard, Samuel B. of Dallas, and Dr. Charles R.

Floyd Jackson Pryor to Nathaniel West Pryor and Backward

diggingforrootsI was recently contacted by a Pryor who wanted to know more about their family tree. They found the Find A Grave memorial for Floyd Jackson Pryor b. 1938 Sumner Co., KS, d. 2011 Wichita, Sedgwick  Co., KS (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=75755548).  I took a stab at trying to see how far I could go back with her family tree with just the Internet sources available.

The first clue came out of the Find A Grave memorial; it mentions that Floyd had a brother named Melvin and one named Lloyd and that their father was Nathaniel Pryor. There’s a family with 3 sons by that name on the 1940 Census in Sumner Co., KS.  The father was Nathaniel J Pryor born about 1902.   I didn’t have to go too far online because I found that Nathaniel Pryor also has a memorial on Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=58331038). Now if this is your line, make note that there’s a Masonic symbol on Nathaniel’s grave maker– you may find newspaper clippings of Mason events that he participated in. The marker also gives his name as “Nathaniel J. Jack Pryor.”

Both the 1940 and 1930 Census state that Nathaniel J. Pryor was born in AR, but I didn’t have any luck finding him by that name on earlier census records. I went back to his memorial on Find A Grave and clicked on the left link to “Find all Pryors in Caldwell City Cemetery.” There’s a few but I thought Winifred Leighton Pryor was of interest because he was close to Nathaniel’s age. I found Winifred on the 1940 census. He was in the military and stated he was living in Perry Co., AR in 1935. Winifred led me to look in Perry County.

1940 Census
Caldwell, Sumner Co., KS
Nathaniel J Pryor 37 AR, Mabel E 30, Charles 11, Dorothy 10, Lloyd D 8, Helen L 7, Rosetta A 5, Katharine M 3, Floyd J 1, Melvin 9/12

1930 Census
Bluff, Sumner Co., KS
Benjamin Builta 45 KS, Rosa E 45, Roy A 22, Mabel Pryor 20, Nathaniel J. 27 AR, Charles L 1, Dorothy 0

When I found the 1910 Census for Perry Co., AR I found a “Jack” Pryor who is the right age to be Nathaniel J, or as his grave marker says, “Jack.” The head of household was John H. Pryor born 1873 in AR. There’s a 1897 marriage for John H. Pryor to Alice Ramey in Conway Co., AR.

1910 Census
Casa, Perry Co., AR
John H Pryor 37 AR, Alice 34, Bertha 10, Jack 7, Mary 4, Theodore 1

1910 Census
Higgins, Conway Co., AR
Marley L Gibson 40, Sallie 35, James B 15, Mantie L 13, Lela11, Lanick  7, Okla A 3, John H Pryor 78 AL father-in-law

In 1910 a daughter Bertha was living in the household of John H. Pryor. She was also in his household of “J. H. Pryor Jr.” on the 1900 Census in Conway County, AR.  John H.’s birth date was recorded as September 1875 rather than 1873 in 1900. Also in the same county was J. H. Pryor born 1837 in AL, living with his daughter Narcissa 26.

John H. Jr. was in household of “J. H. Prior” on the 1880 Census in Conway Co., AR. Another child in the household was Nathen Prior (sic), perhaps the namesake of John H. Pryor’s son Nathaniel Jack.

1880 Census
Conway Co., AR
J H Pryor 46 AL GA AL, N Jane 38 GA SC SC, W Ann 11, M S 10, John H 7, Sallie 6, Nathen 2, Lee Collins Pryor 4mos., Mary Jennings 16 step-daughter

In 1870 John Pryor Sr. and his family can be found in Perry Co., AR.

It was a pretty easy jump to find John H. Pryor as a 14 year old on the 1850 Census. He was living in his father’s household in Lafayette Co., MS. His father was John Pryor b. 1804 in NC (the “C” is exaggerated and looks like a “J” however it matches the “C” in SC on the same page). Also in the same household is a Nathaniel W Pryor b. 1832– this is Nathaniel West Pryor who settled in Iron Co., UT.

I found in my notes, a brother of Nathaniel West Pryor was William Montifort Pryor. The name Montifort may be a family name to be explored: see my post that includes Montiforts (March 2014 post).

Other researchers have uncovered that John Pryor b. 1804 was married to Malinda Gurles and they had lived in Jefferson Co., AL before migrating to Mississippi. I’ve seen that researchers also state John was a son of John Henry Pryor and Elizabeth Stokes of Casewell County, NC. The relationships get a little cloudy that far back, however the common thought is that this John Henry Pryor is son of John Henry Pryor who named him in his 1772 will filed in Orange Co., NC.

The online  resources are great to give you a course to research, but just because someone is found in a county with another Pryor on a census record, you can’t rely that they’re related. Nothing beats good old fashioned paper research: order death records, get copies of marriage records, glean information from military pension files, get your hands on the old deeds, and court cases.

And most import… please share with us what you find!!! There are other researchers from this line who are interested in their Pryor ancestry.

Scipio Africanus Pryor of Benton Co., AR — Back to TN?

scipio-africanusBack to the TN Pryor named for the Roman General who defeated Hanibal. Is anyone looking for Scipio Africanus Pryor of Benton County, AR?  Scipio is one of the Pryors on my “mystery” list. He seemed to have come out of no-where when he shows up in Arkansas records. No kin living in the same county nor any living near by. (Photo above of the Roman named Scipio by Shakko at http://commons.wikimedia.otrg/wiki/User:Shakko)

Scipio Pryor, his wife and several of his children were buried in the small Goad Springs Cemetery in Benton Co.  The death records of several of his children state their mother was Sallie Colville (born 1820) in TN.

Ann Colville b. 1802 is buried in the same cemetery. Her grave marker states she was the wife of Joseph Colville.  Ann was already widowed by 1850—she was a head of household in Osage Twp., Benton County (page 69) and Ann was born in TN.

There’s a Joseph Colville in TN records.  I’m not sure if this is Ann’s husband. He seems more than a bit older than her.  TN land grant No. 6591 recorded that Joseph Colville assigned his land on Hickory Creek near the line of Thomas Wilcher to Elisha Pepper on 10 Jan 1815. I wonder if this was the same Thomas Wilcher of Warren Co. who was on the 1812 Tax List near Joseph Pryor and later on a suit in White County, TN with William Pryor. This is the same Joseph and William Pryor I mentioned in a post back in February (read Old Joseph of White Co., TN – Here’s the Monkey Wrench)

In 1844 S. A. Pryor (Scipio Africanus) is named on a Benton Co., AR deed with James Hubbard in deed book A, page 359. I haven’t had reason to believe this is my line, so I haven’t obtained the actual deed. There may be some good reading there a Pryor researcher from this line.

James Hubbard on the deed intrigued me, so I took a look at him too. I found some information online — http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/h/e/Dena-J-Chester/GENE14-0002.html. He also lived near Goad Springs and had lived in Warren County, TN! James Hubbard was on the 1850 Census in Osage Twp., age 77 born in NC.

It’s enough to give a girl an ulcer. I found grant No. 430 in Warren Co. filed 13 June 1809 for James Hubbard. Across the screen was deed No. 424 filed the same date for…. Here goes… DAVID ROSS whose property it states bordered “Hubbard’s Corner”. Just search David Ross on this site— I can’t keep tract of how many times he shows up among the Pryors!

This doesn’t tie up the family tree in a nice bundle, more work needs to be done. I can’t tell you if Joseph and William of Warren County were related or if there were 2 Pryor families in Warren County at that time. I can’t tell you if David Ross was associated with just Joseph, just William or BOTH. I also can’t tell you if Scipio Africanus Pryor was associated with just Joseph, just William or BOTH.

There are male Pryors of Joseph’s line who went to Illinois and probably some males from Scipio’s line that went to AR and later TX. Wouldn’t it be interesting if one male from each line did Y-DNA testing?

If you’re related to these lines — I’m interested if you’d pulled the deeds for the sale of the Warren County property and the AR land deed for Scipio and James Hubbard.

I think this line will get interesting!

Jefferson Pryor Killed in Chicot Co., AR – 1831

February SnowAgain another reminder of a Pryor who disappeared from the records and family memory. I’d really like to know which family Jefferson Pryor connects to. Could his full name be Thomas Jefferson Pryor?

The Newbern Spectator (New Bern, NC) republished on 15 July 1831 a report of a grizzly murder originally reported in the York, Pennsylvania Gazette. A fight broke out at a house in Old River Lake, Chicot County which was still in Arkansas Territory at the time Arkansas didn’t become a state until 1836). The fight occurred on February 19, 1831 between Jefferson Pryor and two brothers — James and Stephen Ferrel. It started out as a fist-fight, but ended with all three drawing their knives. All 3 of the men were stabbed to death and there was one surviving witness— a female.

The men were reported to be single with no children which makes me think they were in their twenties.  In 1840 there were 2 “Farrell” men on the Census of Chicot County, however there were no Pryors. This Chicot County is very close to the Mississippi border so this may have been a MS Pryor. It’s also close to Ashley County and Desha County where Pryor families were living.

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