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Samuel Prior Under Sentence of Transportation from England (1748)

I get pretty excited when I find Pryor and Prior men who went afoul of the law in Great Britain. Executions reveal death dates. Lesser offenses… TRANSPORTATION. Before the Revolutionary War transportation meant a ride to the American Colonies. Wikipedia states transportation to Australia didn’t begin until 1787 (after the American Revolution and the American colonies were no longer an option). I’ve been trying to figure out from this 1748 newspaper article if any of these Priors were transported– it sounds like brothers John Prior and Thomas Prior were put in jail, thus rescuing their brother Samuel from transportation.

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John Pryer Transported in 1750

A Pryer/Pryor who was transported for life (probably to the American colonies) about 20+ years before the Revolutionary War…

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Richard Pryor Escapes to America? (1819)

This news article about a Pryor who ran to America may be one of the few stories to confirm a Pryor’s journey from the old world to the new world. Did he go to the United States or Canada? I wonder if the US was extraditing many suspected felons back to the UK? Did he continue to use the Pryor surname? Oh, so many questions.

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