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Murder of Sally Pryor in Rusk County, TX (1902)

The death of the widow Sallie Pryor was reported in The Liberty Vindicator. The story states Mrs. Pryor was aged 50 when she was shot by a stray bullet when her brother in law Robert Pryor Jr. was out bird hunting. She was in her garden about 200 yards from where the shot was fired. The report contained no information of a police investigation, inquest or any other criminal proceedings.

There was a Prior family on the 1880 Census in nearby Cherokee County, TX. Perhaps this is Robert Sr.

Dist. 11, page 286, house 64/64 Robt. PRYOR 50 farmer SC SC SC, M. P. wife 43 AL TN SC, J. J. son 26 AL SC AL, J. T. son 21 AL SC AL, M. J. daughter 16 TX SC AL, R. son 18 TX SC AL, B. F. son 11 TX SC AL, C. A. son 8 TX SC AL, E. A. Delaney 14 step daughter TX AL AL, R. M. Wier boarder 43 school teacher MS VA KY.

Does anyone have more information on this family or what happened?

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More on the Murder of William Pryor (Nashville 1833)

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Nashville, TN PryorRemember the account of William Pryor who was murdered in Nashville in 1833? (see post) I can’t resist working on a 180 year old murder mystery. This probably goes beyond a cold case. It’s downright frozen!

I found another report of the murder. There aren’t any more details, but it’s interesting to know where it was reported: The Military and Naval Magazine of the United States, Vol. 1, from March to August 1833. It was reported under Deaths in the General Intelligence section.

At Nashville, Tenn. Mid. WILLIAM PRYOR, murdered.

If William was in the Navy, what was he doing in Nashville? I found in another version of The Military and Naval Magazine of the United States, Volumes 1-2, William Pryor was listed as a midshipman as of 11 Feb 1832 and murdered April 1833. His rank confirms he was in the Navy and the dates firm up that this is the same Pryor I wrote of earlier.

The initial report said he was from Clarksville, TN (Montgomery County). All the twists and turns. It does get to be interesting.

1835 – Deaths in Middle Tennessee

tn-pryorsA report of cholera deaths from The Gallatin Tennessee Union (Sumner Co., TN) made it into the New York Evening Post on 10 August 1835. This may be of interest to researchers who have found diminished households between the 1830 Census and 1840 Census.

“The cholera has been more fatal in the upper part of Wilson county and the lower part of Smith, than almost any part of the US… 50 cases have proved fatal in the course of a few weeks in the neighborhood of Cainsville.”  The report also includes names of some of the families who were struck by the disease, “Mrs. Hearn, N E of Lebanon, had 3 deaths in her house in one day and 2 the next.” That’s 5 members of one family!

Cholera was also in Sumner Co. “It has reached our own county at the S E corner. Mr. Puryear, Mrs. Clardy and a negro man belonging to James Walton have fallen victims.”

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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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Clifton O. Pryor Buried in Overton County, TN


I recently received a link to the casualties of the Detroit Riots in the 1960’s from a family history researcher. They had stumbled upon a Tennessee Pryor and thought he may be one of our TN Pryors.  He’s listed on the Rutgers University website as Clifton Pryor, a white male from Tennessee. http://www.67riots.rutgers.edu/d_victims.htm (Wayback Machine Link).

This poor guy was working in Detroit when he was mistaken for a sniper and shot by the National Guard. I found that he’s buried in Overton County in the Stover Cemetery. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56850519

I don’t have the families of Overton County Pryors researched into the 60’s. Does anyone know which line of the Pryors he was related to? Was he buried in Overton County or related to a family in Overton County?

If you want to read more about this event Google “Clifton pryor sniper.”