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Samuel Pryor of Perry County, IL (James and Nancy Pryor Line from Overton Co., TN)

Some time ago I was contacted by a researcher who identified the wife of Samuel Pryor who lived in Perry County, IL. Just passing along this research info.

Samuel Pryor b. 1832 in Tennessee is believed to be a son of James and Nancy Pryor from Overton Co., TN. Samuel left Tennessee with his probable brother Jesse some time between April 1849  and September 29, 1850 when he was counted on the Census in Carroll County, AR (Jesse’s son was born in TN about that time).

Samuel’s wife is reported to be Sarah Jane Poston, also from Overton County, TN. She and her family are on the 1850 Census in Overton Co. Samuel and Sarah married about 1856. Their first child was born in 1857 in Illinois. By 1860, Samuel’s brother Henry Logan Pryor had married Sarah Elizabeth Mize. Both of these Pryor men were counted on the 1860 Census in Perry Co., IL.

If you’re a male who carries the Pryor surname from the line of James and Nancy, there are female researchers who’d appreciate your Y-DNA test through the Pryor project.  https://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=Pryor. The testing is a mouth swab (no blood needed), and we have a great representation of American and UK Pryor families, so odds are good that you’ll find a match to your family line.


Hilpy Chapin Pryor of Overton County: A Remarkable Record

This is news article is of interest to Overton County, TN Pryors.

hilphy-pryorSpringfield Republican (Springfield, MO)
10 Dec 1898
Greenfield Viedette: Paul Chapin, a soldier of 1776 from New Jersey, has four surviving daughters, viz: Elizabeth Carmack of Dadeville, MO, aged 90; Elcy Carmack of Livingston, Tenn. aged 88; Hilpy Pryor of Osage, Ark., aged 81; Matilda McMasters of Dadeville, MO., aged 77; Hiram Chapin, a son and soldier of the war of 1812 resides in Indiana, aged 108 years.

Hilpha was born about 1823 in Tennessee. She married Jesse Pryor in about 1848-1849. Jesse is thought to be a son of James and Nancy Pryor of Overton County, TN. Jesse and Hilpy are on the 1850 Census in Newton County, AR and from 1860 onward in Carroll County, AR.

Looking at the Chapins is interesting because it illustrates just how mixed up recollections can be. It’s nice to know that it’s this confusing in other families, not just the Pryors!

The Revolutionary War pension file for Paul Chapin is on Ancestry. Rather than NJ as stated in the news article, he served through MA. He swore to his service in 1818 while still living in MA.

Chapin document from MA

Hilphy’s sister, Elizabeth Chapin Carmack, states her year of birth as 1810 in TN per the 1850 Census in Overton County, TN and in 1880 while living in Dade County, MO.  I’m wondering how her father was living in MA in 1818 and she was born in TN in 1810. Did they move back and forth? Was she just plain wrong about where she was born? The first document signed in Overton County in Chapin’s pension file is dated 1820.

chapin in Overton County, TN


Photos of Overton Co. Pryors: James and Nancy Pryor Line

Old photos are always an exciting find for Pryor researchers. I’m happy to share with you photos from Ruth Larson’s MyFamily.com website: Photos of Mary Ellen Pryor and her husband Jeff Engler, an early photo of Mary Ellen Pryor and probably her first child, and Mary Ellen’s half-sister Lizzie Pryor with her husband William Reid (or Reed)– the photos appear in this order below. Both Lizzie and Mary Ellen were daughters of John Pryor, and granddaughters of James and Nancy Pryor.

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