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Warren County, TN – 1822 Notice

I’m passing along this notice from the 8 May 1822 edition of the Nashville Whig. It may be of interest to researchers who are working on the the line of Scipio Pryor or Joseph Pryor who were possibly from Warren County, TN. I notice that some of the names are familiar to this line: Wilcher, Ewing, England. It’s been a few years since I wrote about Scipio (see post https://about-tn-lines/scipio-africanus-pryor-of-benton-co-ar-back-to-tn/)

William Pryor of VA, TN, AL, and Texas – Kin to Richard Pryor


So many common names. Have you had your share of William, John, James, and Joseph Pryors? I know I have! I think we can now tease out enough information to ID a William Pryor and I’m now ready to believe he is related in some manner to Richard Pryor who was married to Mourning Thompson. I’ve listed what we know of his life and I hope it helps others sift through all the data. Maybe we can even figure out HOW everyone is related.

  • William Pryor stated in his will that he was from Botetourt County, VA although in the 30 years preceding his death he had lived in TN and AL (MS Territory).  Did it hold some clout to be from Botetourt County? The earliest known record of William Pryor was 1789, making his year of birth about 1769 or earlier (presuming he was age 21 or older in 1789)/
  • 1789 Greene Co., TN William Pryor and Joseph Pryor signed the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants South of French Broad.
  • 1791 Sumner Co., TN – William Pryor was surety for marriage of Mary Pryor to John Hannah. The Hannah’s were also from Botetourt County and were early settlers along the Nolachucky River in Greene County, TN. In 1790 John Hannah had sold a slave in Sumner County to Isaac Bledsoe and it was witnessed by Peter Looney who was also from Botetourt County.
  • William Pryor obtained land in Sumner County, TN.  This transaction has been fleshed out by researcher Bill Lindsey– On 4 Oct 1791 William Pryor of Greene County, TN received 640 acres in Sumner County, TN from Martha Fletcher the mother of Jesse Goldsmith a Revolutionary War soldier. On 6 Feb 1792 Robert Ewing filed the survey. Mark Armstrong was surveyor, with John Young and Benjamin Smith as chain carriers. The plat states that the land came to Jesse Goldsmith by virtue of military warrant #3724, and states that the land was on middle fork of Drake’s Creek.
  • 1793 Tax List in Sumner Co., TN – William Pryor with Philip Trammel, Elijah Ewing and John Pryor.
  • Philip Trammel connection: William Pryor was married to Betsy Trammel. I found Philip Trammel who was in Logan Co. at the time of Richard and Mourning Pryor and Elijah Ewing.

Philip Trammell was a resident of Logan Co, Ky, 17 Jan 1797 when his deposition was to be taken to prove an agreement between Wm Stair & Jethro Sumner. (Robertson Co, Tn, Co. court min. 18 Jan 1797). Said Trammel being blind, his handwriting was proved.

  • Elijah Ewing connection: Elijah married Elizabeth Trammel, a daughter of Philip Trammel. Elijah got a land grant in Logan County in 23 Sept 1796. In 1801 he signed a petition against using Smith County land to make Wilson County with signers:  John Pryor, William Pryor, Elijah Ewing, Caleb Job, Joseph Pryor. In 1802 he was on a Jackson Co. Tax List in Capt. Fitzgerald’s Company with Daniel Job, William Pryor, Ezekial Rhea, Elijah Ewing, James Taylor. In 1808 he was granted land on Roaring River in Jackson County, TN. He was on the 1812 Tax List Jackson County, TN.
  • 1794 Tax List in Sumner Co., TN – William Pryor on the list with Elijah Ewing and Benjamin Downs who is also on records with William Pryor in Stewart Co., TN. 1805 Benjamin Downs witnessed deed to William Pryor in Stewart Co., 1805 William Pryor deeded land to John Churchill witnessed by Benjamin Downs.
  • 1794 Land Grant in Sumner Co. – William Pryor bought land from Howell Tatum land borders John Pryor and Philip Trammel. I suspect this is the John Pryor who in Jan. 1791 was bonded in a Sumner Co. court case involving John Cotton and Howell Tatum.
  • 1795 Tax List in Sumner Co., TN. William Pryor is listed near John Hannah.
  • 1796 in Sumner Co., TN William Pryor signed bond to Richard Pryor for land on Caney Fork out of tract purchased from Howell Tatum.
  • 1798 William’s daughter Stacey was born in SC per the 1850 Census. I think that perhaps the year and/or place are incorrect as her name seems to have taken on many variations. In his will she is named as Stacey. Perhaps she was born slightly earlier in TN when it was still NC. On the 1850 Census she is Susan. In 1830’s court documents she is Fannie. Richard Pryor’s heir Jonathan Pryor of Graves Co. named his first daughter Eustacia “Stacy”, so perhaps that’s a family name.
  • 1802 List Tax List Jackson Co., TN. William Pryor recorded in Capt Fitzgerald’s Co. with Daniel Job, Ezekial Rhea, Elijah Ewing— Job and Rhea were heirs of Richard Pryor. Jackson County was formed out of land that was part of Sumner County.
  • 1802 Smith County William Pryor and James Pryor were ordered to lay a road from Lancaster’s Ferry on the Caney Fork River to Walton’s Road. William Pryor left Jackson Co. in about 1804 for Stewart County (that is when he starts appearing on Stewart County records). Both William Pryor and James Pryor were in Stewart County Records. James may be the James B. Pryor b. 1778 in VA later shows up in Pike Co., IL and obit for his wife Rebecca stated they had lived in Stewart Co. and Christian Co., KY before moving to Pike Co.
  • 1802 Smith County deed for the land on Caney Fork that William bonded to Richard. 400 acres to Wm and 400 to James. I suspect these are William and James who went to Stewart Co.
  • 1803 Jackson Co.Deed to William McNabb… 100 acres… West fork of Russell’s Mill Creek on which fork William PRYOR lives.
  • 1804 William Pryor deeded land in Christian Co., KY (this is important because James Pryor was also in Christian Co.)
  • 1805 Deed in Stewart Co., TN – William deeded land to William Haynes. Benjamin Downs witnessed. (see #5 above, Benjamin Downs was in Sumner Co. with William Pryor)
  • 1805 in Stewart Co. ordered to build a road with Robert Lancaster. Is this one of the Lancasters who was in Smith Co., TN with the Pryors?
  • 1811 Settlement of Richard Pryor’s estate filed in Logan County, KY
  • Both William and James Pryor named on 1812 Guardian Bond in Stewart Co. for orphans of Samson Trammell (son of Philip Trammel?)
  • 1816 William Pryor was in Clarke Co., MS Territory (no Alabama)
  • 1824 William Pryor was in Waller Co., TX with Austin 300. A Spanish deed dated 9 May 1828 (see his signature above) confirms he was from the United States and a resident of Stephen Austin’s Colony.
  • 1825 his daughter Harriet Pryor married Noel Roberts in Austin, TX.
  • William died 9 Sept 1833 in San Felipe, TX. it was recorded in Gov. Travis’ diary.

Shadowing Elijah Ewing Reveals New Clues for the Pryors

I like to scope out the “neighborhood” — I like to see who was living around the Pryors and then see where they came from and where they went for more clues. By shadowing them (following them  around) I hope to turn over even more new leads. Let’s hope for some great shadowing results this year and let them start with Elijah Ewing.

Here we go…

1793 Tax List Sumner County, TN
Counted in Capt. Young’s Company: John Pryor, Elijah Ewing, William Pryor, Philip Trammel Sr. and Philip Trammel Jr.

Ewing and Trammel Connection
An Ancestry family tree states Elijah Ewing married Elizabeth Trammel, a daughter of Philip Trammel. The Trammel surname is familiar to Pryor researchers — William Pryor of Stewart County, TN married Betsy Trammel and in 1811 William was appointed the guardian of Samson Trammel’s orphans (Samson was a son of Philip Trammel).

1794 Tax List Sumner County, TN
Elijah Ewing, William Pryor

1796 KY Land Grant
to Elijah Ewing on Ducks Lick in Logan County, KY. Surveyed 23 Sept 1796.
Richard Pryor’s land grant wasn’t on a watercourse and was surveyed 13 Jul 1796.

1801 – Signers of petition against using Smith County land to make Wilson County
John Pryor, William Pryor, Elijah Ewing, Caleb Job, Joseph Pryor (Caleb Job, William Pryor, and Joseph Pryor were heirs of Richard Pryor the husband of Mourning Thompson)

1802 Tax List Jackson County, TN
Capt. Fitzgerald’s Company Elijah Ewing with Daniel Job, William Pryor, Ezekial Rhea, Elijah Ewing, James Taylor (Daniel Job, William Pryor, Ezekial Rhea were heirs of Richard Pryor the husband of Mourning Thompson)

1808 TN Land Grant
to Elijah Ewing on Roaring River in Jackson County, TN

1812 Tax List Jackson County, TN
Elijah Ewing

Mystery Tax List on Ancestry.com – Sometime between 1803 and 1820… 
Elijah Ewing was counted in perhaps Jackson County in Captain Prescott’s Company near William Crocker, William Stafford, Thomas Pryor, James Whitson, and Joseph Pryor. More investigation is needed to pin-down this mystery list.
[…read more in last post] (Researchers have placed James Whitson b. 1761-1770 as a husband of Elizabeth Pryor, possibly related to Jeremiah Whitson b. 1774 who may have been married to Susannah Pryor on the 1850 Census in White Co., TN)

1820 Census in Franklin Co., IL
Elijah Ewing – oldest male in  household was over 45 years.

Elijah had a son born 1802/1803 who was also named Elijah. Elijah Ewing Jr. who is on the 1850 Census in Franklin Co., IL. This is kind of interesting because there’s a Jerry Odle age 23 living in his house and the following household is Isaac Odle age. 22. The Odles are of interest because Enoch Odle married Catherine Pryor and was also in Jackson Co., TN records. And just to put that icing on the cake, there is also a Trammel Ewing on 1830’s Franklin County land records– a first name which seem to confirm these are the same Ewings who were in early Sumner County!

Another Jackson County – Franklin County Connection?
Cinderella of Jackson County was the widow of Allen Pryor b. 1810 had to Franklin Co. and was counted there on the 1870 Census. Tabitha Pryor, the widow of Thomas Pryor b. 1813/1814 moved from Wilson Co., TN and was counted in Franklin County in 1870.
[… read more ]

We need some investigation to see if these folks are related.