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Thomas Pryor Of Guilford County, NC – Deed For A Saw Mill

Thomas Pryor was mentioned in an 1828 notice in an Alabama newspaper.

On Saturday evening last, between Huntsville and Triana, the subscriber lost a Red Morocco Pocket Book, containing sundry papers– amongst them a conveyance from Thos. Pryor, of Guilford County, NC for a patent right for a Saw Mill, for a sawing circular lumber, &c. Also several receipts, accounts, and some notes. The finder will be rewarded for his trouble by leaving the same at the Democrat Office, or delivering it to me at Triana
Wm B Johnson
Nov. 21, 1828
The Democrat (Newspaper), Huntsville, AL

I wonder if Pryor’s mill was in NC or did he own land in Alabama. In 1822 a Thomas M Pryor served on a jury in Madison County (Huntsville is in Madison County). Did the same Thomas Pryor venture from NC to Alabama?

Another Pryor from the Huntsville area was named in another lost wallet notice:

Pocket Book Lost
Lost on Tuesday evening last in the vicinity of Huntsville, a pocket book containing a fifty dollar note on the Branch Bank at Mobile, and some change tickets. Also the following notes of hand, viz: One on F. ?. Newmann for $60, one on C D Kavannaugh for $???, three notes on Beatman and Cox– one for $700 and for $200, and one for $125. Also the following
Also the following — in favor of different persons drawn by Richard Pryor, viz: One for $73– one for $50– one for $150–one for $49–one for $33–one for $?? and one for $25: all of which were paid by –. Any person who may have found said pocket book and contents shall be entitled to $25 by returning the same or for such information that I recover the —-. The drawers of the above described notes and forfeiture from paying the same to any person except myself, as they belong alone to me.
B. Jolley
The Democrat, January 4, 1840


Emory Dent Pryor of Henry County, TN

Emory Dent Pryor is another Pryor who was in Guilford County, NC and made his way to TN. I haven’t yet connected him to the other Pryors in Guilford County. I worked my way backwards, starting with his will.

Johnson County, IL

In the name of God Amen. I Emory Dent Prier feeling weak in body though of sound mind and disposing memory for which I thank God and feeling to according to the stern desire of heaven that all men must Return to their mother — and that my time is near at hand and wishing to dispose of all such worldly goods as God has been pleased to bless me with I therefore give and bequeath the same in manner as follows to wit—
1st it is my will and desire and I hereby give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah S. Prier all my property to wit Land and Tennents, money, cash notes, stock of every kind to have and to hold and to enjoy and dispose of the same without any restraint whatever first paying all my just debts. In testimony where of I have her unto and seal this 6th day of September.
A. D. 1857
E. D. Prier {seal}
Gabriel Utley
John Jones
State of Illinois, Johnson County
I certify that on the 18th day of September A. D. 1854 —-ally appeared Gabriel Utly and John Jones the subscribing witnesses to therefore giving Last will and testament and being first duly sworn according to law depose and says that they attested at the request of said E. D. Prier that the said E. D. Prier acknowledged the same in these presents to be his Last will and testament and that they believe that the said E. D. Prier was of sound mind and memory at the time of signing and acknowledging the same in testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of Johnson County County Court as officer in Vienna this 18th day of September 1854
J N Pearce clerk

1850 Census Henry Co., TN – Dist. 15, page 384, house 117 Emory D. Pryor 51 teacher NC, Sarah 21 TN. Emory had married Sarah Burton in 1848. Sarah who was three decades younger than Emory is most likely Sarah Burton since the 1854 will clearly mentions Sarah his wife.

1830 and 1820 – Emory D. Pryor was on the US Census in Rockingham County, NC, a neighbor of Guilford County. In 1820 he was living near a Thomas Pryor and Elizabeth Pryor Archer. Elizabeth’s grandson recorded she was a Pryor, daughter of David Pryor and Mary Cunningham. This is cause to reassess Thomas and Elizabeth and which David was their father.

1820 Marriage in Guilford County.  Emory married Jane Knight.

1804 Will, explains Emory’s other kin. His mother was Eleanor who died around 1804. If Emory was born about 1799 (see 1850 Census). he was only about 5 years old when his mother Eleanor Pryor wrote her will. The will also named another son, Paschal Benjamin? Pryor. I haven’t found a trace of Paschal, yet there are other men in Guilford County who carried the first name and surname Paschal.


Guilford County, NC Pryor Family

The parents of these Pryors are unknown, yet they were most probably deceased by 1820 when Alson and Dennard were recorded as “orphans”. Alson Pryor gives us the best trail to find their parents: He was born around 1807 and stated on one census that he was born in Rowan County and on another in Iredell County.

Sinnie Pryor b. 1789 in NC. Possibly the wife of Andrew Waggoner/Waggonman of Guilford County, NC.  Andrew was a head of household on 1820 Census in Guilford County, NC. Both Andrew and Sinnie are on the 1850 Census in Clinton County, IN.

Thomas Pryor b. 1791-1800 probably in NC. In 1820 Thomas married Betsy Gerringer; Samuel Pryor was bondsman.  Thomas is on the 1840 Census in Clay County, MO– his wife Elizabeth/Betsy was on the 1850 Census in Lawrence County, MO.

Elizabeth Pryor b. 1799 in NC. Wife of George Wynick/Wyrick/Wannick/Winnick/Waynick (Yup, probably more ways to spell than Pryor!). They are on the 1850 Census in Dickson County, TN. She named a son Denhardt Alson Pryor.

Samuel Pryor born about 1800 in Guilford County. In 1820 he was the bondsman for Thomas Pryor‘s marriage. He married Theresa Nicks in Guilford County in 1822. Samuel is on the 1850 and 1860 Census in Wilkes County, NC. The 1850 census recorded his place of birth.

Dennard Pryor b. 1801-1810 probably in NC. In 1820, he and his brother Alson were apprenticed to Andrew Waggoner/Waggonman in Guilford County, NC. His first known child James T. Pryor stated on Civil War Record that he was born in Guilford County, NC in 1830. Dennard only appeared on the 1840 Census in Clay County, MO, although he lived to 1863 or thereafter.  He served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Alson Pryor b. 1807 in NC. He was apprenticed with Dennard Pryor to Andrew Waggoner/Waggonman in 1820. In 1828 Alson married Lucinda Nicks. Alson was on the 1840 through 1880 Census in Guilford County.


Other Possible Pryor Kin:

Eliza Pryor b. 1809 in NC. Eliza was living with Elizabeth Betsy Pryor and her husband George Waynick on the 1850 Census in Dickson County, TN and with Elizabeth on census records in Houston County, TN. She is described as “single” and as an “aunt”; since Elizabeth’s son in law was the head of household we know Eliza wasn’t his aunt. She may have been a younger sibling Elizabeth and the Pryors listed above.

David Prior d. 1816. His estate was settled in Iredell County, NC. Thomas Prior and Andrew Waggaonman purchased items from the estate. David Pryor was surety for a 1803 Marriage Bond – Asa Carman and Isabel Cummings on 25 Nov 1803.



Orange County NC Record Mentions Luke Pryor of Williamson County TN


Looking at NC Pryors I hope to find answers for us questioning our Tennessee Pryor families. Luke Pryor is one of the folks in Williamson County, TN I looked at through probate records a while ago (see post). His wife was Nelly/Eleanor. I looked recently at the will of William Rogers, her father. It adds another piece of documentation to support she was a Rogers.

31st August 1819, Estate divided among heirs by commissioners in Orange Co., NC. William and John Rogers signed the estate sale as administrators.
Wife, Elinor Rogers
William Rogers
John Rogers
Heirs of James Rogers
John Sharp and Luke Prior
—? Holmes, husband of Janet Rogers
John Sharp, husband of Polly Rogers
Luke Pryor, husband of Nelly Rogers
Robert Hunter, husband of Peggy Rogers

Luke Pryor was named on 1805 and 1810 Tax lists in Williamson County, TN. It looks like he may have been living outside of NC at the time of the settlement of his father-in-law’s estate.

My last post may be of significance for anyone searching this line.  The Pryors in Guilford County, NC were connected to the Waggamon/Waggoner family.  When Luke Pryor married Nelly Rogers in Orange County, Peter Waggoner was bondsman (see post).

Pryors from Guilford County, NC – Connections to IN and TN and MO

I heard from a researcher who is descended from some of the Pryors from Guilford County, NC who made their way to Dickson County, TN. They have a family story penned by a relative long ago.  It’s a lovely, romantic tale of siblings Tommy Pryor (or Thomas) and his sister Elizabeth who traveled to see another sister named Sinnie who was married and living in Guilford County.  The tale is unclear where the Pryors were traveling from. Elizabeth met and married George Waynick (there are multiple variations of the spelling)– and settled in Guilford County. We know George and Elizabeth “Betsy” married around 1814 (around the time their first child was born) which helps to date the story.

But I take these stories with a hefty dose of skepticism. Do any of the facts match the records? Do any of the facts help to explain the paper records? Well, in this case there’s a little of both.

Part of the story is that on this same trip, brother Tommy Pryor met a beautiful farmer’s daughter and married her shortly thereafter. This is probably an embellishment because there is a marriage record for Thomas Pryor who married Elizabeth Gerringer on December 8, 1820 in Guilford County.

The researcher suspects that these Pryor siblings were related to Denard Pryor (grandfather of famed trombonist Arthur Pryor) and Alson Pryor who were orphans and apprenticed to Andrew Waggonman/Waggoner in Guilford County in 1820. It’s not just a hunch based on the surnames showing up in the same locale — Betsy Pryor Waynick named a son Denard.

Thomas and Denard have a connection. There is a Thomas Pryor and Denard Pryor on the 1840 Census in Clay County, MO. Thomas had died before the 1850 Census and Thomas’ widow was Elizabeth later recorded in Lawrence County, MO.

I decided to play a hunch. What if apprentice-master Andrew Waggonman/Waggoner was not just a master, but a relative? I found an Andrew Waggonman/Waggoner b. 1780 who is ID’d in several family trees as from Guilford County, NC. On the 1850 Census his wife was ID’d as Sinni b. 1789 in NC:

1850 Census – Michigan Twp., Clinton County, Indiana
House 15/15 Samuel Waggoner 27 NC, Malinda 22 IA, David J 5 IA, Andrew V 2 IA, Mary A 4/12 IA.
House 17/17 Andrew Waggoner 70 farmer NC, Sinni 61 NC, Samuel 3 IA, John Burket 11 IA

andrew-waggoner-denard-pryorSinnie in these Family Trees is recorded as Cynthiann Thomas. Does that crush the idea that she may be Sinnie Pryor? Not yet because the family trees are unsourced.  Looks like more homework is needed to figure out if she’s a Pryor or a Thomas, or if she was a Pryor who had married a Thomas. Any Waggonmans out there who want to offer a source for Sinnie’s surname?

Find A Grave has memorials for both Andrew and Sinnie. Sinnie’s doesn’t contain a photo and the birth year is 10 years earlier than the age reported on the 1850 Census, so approach with caution:

S. Waggonman:


The story of the Pryor siblings gave an account that George Waynick and family had stayed in Indiana to grow one crop before moving into TN, so perhaps the Waynicks and Waggonmans both went to IN from NC.

If indeed Sinnie, Tommy, and Betsy are related to Denard and Alson, then we may also know the identity of Tommy.  Denard only shows up on one census records and it’s on the same page in Clay County, MO with Thomas Pryor b. 1791-1800. Thomas’ wife was recorded as Elizabeth and their first known child was David Josiah b. 1825 in NC –  could Thomas be the same man who married Betsy Geringer on 8 Dec 1820 in Guilford County with bondsman Samuel Pryor?

There’s a Guilford County marriage on https://ncgenweb.us :
Andrew Gerinor [Gerringer] + Elisabeth Wyrick ~ 16 Feb 1803 bond ~ Andrew Waggonman [Waggoner]

This marriage brings together the Gerringer, Wyrick, and Waggonman surnames. That certainly helps to tie together the story, the surnames and the Pryors.