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Prior R Hughes

Prior R Hughes in Williamson Co. A great grandson of Catherine Pryor and Henry Lansford of Pittsylvania County, VA. There are other Pryors and Hughes connections; is Prior R. Hughes connected to any of them?

I believe we have John Hughes Pryor born 1785 on the 1840 Census in Williamson County, TN. John married Sallie Smith in 1802 in Goochland County. John was the son of William Pryor and Elizabeth Hughes and the brother of Judith Neville Pryor who married Fountaine Duke and settled in McNairy County, TN.

I found an affidavit in the loose court documents from Williamson County.

State of Tennessee
Williamson County
Personally appeared before me Lemuel? B McConners? clerk said James Hughes and made oath that Pryor Hughes as the guardian for Polly Hughes, Barrett Hughes, and Sally Hughes had never received anything– that he was appointed for the purpose of petitioning the court for an order of sale of land belonging to said minors and others, but abstaining would be attended with much cost it was never deal.
signed Jas. Hughes

There’s a Williamson County will for Polly Hughes proved 15 November 1825 by James Hughes and Nancy Hughes, his wife. It names her brother James Hughes, Benjamin Hughes, 5 sisters (unnamed), and her brother-in-law John Lane.

I don’t want to go on a wild goose chase, but there is also a Lane connection to the Pryors in Goochland County. David Lane married Elizabeth Pryor there in 1757. Are they related to John Lane in Williamson County?

Does anyone have information that connects Prior Hughes with John Hughes Pryor?

Martha A Boyd Hughes (Mrs Pryor) of Williamson County, TN

tn-pryorsIt looks like I’ll be staying in Williamson County, TN for my next few posts on the Pryors.

I got an email from another researcher… it was about this reference to a Pryor in the Guardian Recods of Williamson County book:

Martha A Boyd Hughes (Mrs Pryor) is the ward of Margaret Boyd 1830

Many of us Pryor researchers have seen this record indexed when looking at the Pryors of Williamson County. Now I think  I know who is this “Mrs. Pryor.”

I found in the probate records on Ancestry.com the will of William I Boyd (or possibly William J Boyd). It’s signed 6 Nov 1828 in Williamson Co., TN. It names a daughter Martha A. Hughes. I believe that’s the Martha A Boyd Hughes named in the guardian book. Martha A Boyd married Pryor R. Hughes (also spelled Prior R Hughes)– marriage bond dated 2 July 1825. After William I Boyd died there was a Pryor R. Hughes who purchased items from the estate (1829).

When I did some searching on Pryor R. Hughes I found he was on the census in Williamson Co., TN starting in 1830 through 1880. On each census his year of birth is about 1804 and he states he was born in VA, and as well as his parents (on the 1880 census).

Martha may have died early because by the 1850 Census Pryor’s wife was Kezziah. I found a divorce for Prior Hughes from Kezziah that states they married 21 September 1839 and they filed for divorce in 1857. In 1861 Prior Hughes married Milly Giles.

Several Ancestry family trees state that Pryor R. Hughes was a son of James Hughes and Susannah Reynolds. Susannah was a daughter of George Reynolds and Susannah Lansford (daughter of Catherine Pryor and Henry Lansford). This is the Pittsylvania Co. Pryor line on the right side of yesterday’s chart on my blog post. (view the chart)

I know it was a small world back in the day, however these 3 Pryor families in Williamson Co. cross over, and over and over again. On the 1829 estate sale for William I Boyd items were also purchased by Nicholas P Stone and R(Richard) Reynolds (a son of George Reynolds and Susannah Lansford).

The Boyds look to be connected to the Pryors too. I found the estate of Armistead Boyd (1822). Robert McLemore and Nicholas Perkins were involved in the estate case. They are connected with the Pryors on the left side of the chart.

So, who was Mrs. Pryor on the Guardian record? It’s Martha A. Boyd, wife of Prior R. Hughes. Not really a Pryor surname.

Next post… more on the Hughes line.