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Transcription of John Pryor Will – Signed Halifax County, NC 1769

quillpen1Sifting through various Pryor lines to determine who is connected to my projected line and who isn’t connected. That’s what took me to Halifax County, North Carolina records.  When I looked at the will of John Pryor — husband of Lucretia, father of Luke, John and Elizabeth— and the will was witnessed by William Pryor.

Will of John Pryor, Signed 1769

In the Name of God Amen. I John Pryor of Halifax County Being in Perfect and sound Health and strength of memory thanks be to almighty God for the same do make and Ordain this my Last will and testament in manner and Form following viz first I recommend my soul to Almighty god that gave it hoping thro’ my ever blessed Redeemer to receive Salvation and my body to be Deciently buried at the Discretion of my Exers. herein after mentioned and as for what worldly goods is hath Pleased Almighty god to besto on me. I give and Bequeath in manner and Form Following first I desire all my just Debts be paid. Item my will and desire is that my Negro Peter be sold with all my year’s crop. Crop of corn —? much as my loving wife Lucresa can spar with what stock and household furniture she shall Direct to pay my just Debts. Item I lend to my Loveing wife all my whole estate be it ow what kind so ever During her Natural Life. She raising what money out of my Estate to school my Two children Jno. and Elizabeth and after her decease to be Equally Divided Between by two Children Jno. and Elizabeth. Item I give to my son Luke Pryor one bed, one Desk, three plates to him and his heirs which he hath Now in his possession. Lastly I constitute and Appoint my loving wife Lucresa whole and sole Excx. of this my last will and Testament Revoke all other former wills by me made. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Third day of September 1769.
John Pryor {seal}
William Pryor
Halifax County —-? May court 1770. Then this will was exhibited in open court and Duly proved by the oat of Wm. Pryor a witness thereto who on his oath did say that he —? the Testator Jno. Pryor signed Published and Declared the same to be his Last Will and Testament and that he subscribed his Name as a witness thereto in the presents of the Testator and his request where upon the said will was ordered to be recorded.
Test. Jos. Montfort, CoC

Who Are All the Kinchins and Pryors in NC and SC?

This may seem like an odd assortment of names but I’m sensing that these people are connected.

  • In 1750 Henning Ferette of Nansemond County, VA deeded to Seth Pryor of Edgecombe County, NC land on the Morattock River. Witnesses were John Pope and William Kinchen Jr. (Note: I think John Pope is related to Jacob Pope, first husband of Patience Lewis who married Robert Pryor, son of John Henry Pryor. I don’t have a family for Seth Pryor, but  he appears related to the John Pryor married Lucretia and was in Halifax Co., NC. John was the father of a Luke– possibly the Luke Pryor who went to Williamson Co., TN– and a Elizabeth Pryor).
  • In 1757 William Kinchen Jr. deeded land to Blake Baker in Edgecombe Co., NC. Montfort Eelbeck witnessed the deed.  In 1762 Montford Eilbeck shows up again this time he witnessed a deed that mentions property in Halifax adjoining John and Robert Pryor and Charles Smith. (Note: I think this is John Henry Pryor, his son in law Charles Smith, and his son Robert Pryor)

One of the few Pryors left that I have very little information on is Thornton Pryor, son of Samuel Pryor and his wife Prudence. Is Seth from the line of Thornton Pryor? There’s a Seth Thornton Pryor who died 1830 in Colleton Co., SC. His death notice was published in the Charleston Observer, stating he was 49 years old (born 1781).

I wondering about the other Kinchin names in other Pryor records.

1788 John Pryor purchased property in Campbell Co.,VA from John Kinchin.

1824 Mary Pryor married Kinchin Rambo in Barnwell Co., SC

Richard Pryor b. 1805 in SC named his son Kinchin Robert Pryor b.1843 in Edgefield Co., SC

Goochland Pryors: The Children of Samuel and Prudence Pryor

After the research that went into my last post I have new confidence in The Pryor Family (pub. 1900). I hate to rely on old books and second-hand information (memories and anecdotes) without any first-hand data (wills, deeds, court records) available. Show me a document that says Thornton Pryor was a son of Samuel Pryor and Prudence Thornton?! Continue reading

GA and NC – Henry Lansford Match Up

PeachesWhen I was adding more records to the North Carolina Pryors pages of the website, I stumbled upon a connecton to Wilkes County, GA. Henry Lansford and wife Catharine Pryor were the parents of Henry Lansford born 1754 in Halifax County, NC.  Like in the old card game “Concentration” I matched up a Henry Lansford named in a 1793 deed in Henry County, GA (filed in Wilkes Co., GA). Also named in the deed is a John Pryor.

I haven’t found the parents of Catharine Pryor, perhaps she pre-deceased her parents and didn’t make it into their will(s).

Let me know if this helps anyone.