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KY Pioneers Who Signed the Low Dutch Petition in 1783

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john-pryor-bearcreekI looked at the KY pioneers who were signers of the Low Dutch petition for land in 1783 (see post), hoping to see if there were clues to where these men were living when they signed the document. One signer was John Galloway. I have a man by that name in my Pryor database, but is it the same man?

1780 Court Record – On 9 Mar 1780, “This court doth recommend John Robinson as Captain, John Galloway Lieut, and Thomas Carper for Ensign to a Company of Militia in this County. Also Joseph PRYOR Capt., John Crawford Lieut, and Hugh Allen Ensign to Militia Company in this County (Note: George Skillern was present, serving as a justice). — A Botetourt County, VA court record from ANNALS OF SOUTH WEST VIRGINIA

There were 2 John Galloways– each one served on the Virginia frontier.

#1 is the Lieut. John Galloway who is the man mentioned in the 1780 Botetourt County court record. He states in his Revolutionary War pension application that he joined Capt. Matthew Arbuckle’s company in 1776 and served at Point Pleasant or Fort Randolph. When his term of service was up he received a commission (the Botetourt court record) in the Milita that took him to the Battle of Guilford Court House, NC (March 1781) and later that year the capture of Cornwallis’ arm at Yorktown. There’s  no mention in his application of when and how he arrived in KY. He was living in Garrard County, KY in 1818.

My gut tells me that #2 John Galloway is the one who signed the petition of the Low Dutch Inhabitants in 1783.

  • He went to KY in 1781.
  • In 1782 he served under General George Rogers Clark in battling Indians into Ohio.
  • “1783 under Col Isaac Cox to he marched to Floyd fork & crossed it, ascended to Bullskin and marched to the Burnt station…, which had been Burnt by the indians two days previous who killy [killed] Neel Davis.” [John Galloway #R3877, transcribed by C. Leon Harris on revwarapps.org]. I did some Googling and found that Floyd fork was near Louisville and Bullskin may be Bullskin creek in southwest OH, today in Clermont County.

While it’s not 100% proof, it’s sounding like Galloway #2 and perhaps John Prior were both in Jefferson County in 1783. So I looked at other names. Amos Goodwin is a signer on the same page. He filed for a Revolutionary War pension (Pension Application #W2096) in 1832 in Jefferson County, KY.  He recounts joining  his unit at “the Falls of the Ohio” in 1780. Amos was 83 years old on the 1850 Census and was counted in Jefferson County.

KY Pryor Frontier Signatures

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jefferson-county-KYI was looking for one of my other lines that traveled through Kentucky and it looks like I’ve stumbled upon the signature of John Pryor and maybe another KY Pryor. Continue reading

Digging Deep for Campbell County, VA Pryor Roots – The Pattersons!

Campbell County Pryor FamiliesHow could I have missed this? I’m going to blame the handwriting!

I picked up that Harris Pryor born about 1740 was a witness on the will of John Wright, the husband of Ann. Ann was the daughter of John Pryor and Mary New of Henrico County, VA. I missed another witness: Landis Pattison (or Patterson). I think I’ve passed over Landis several times when I’ve looked at census records because it looked like Candis (a common variation of Candice). However, I was excited to spot Landis Pattison on the 1820 Census in Campbell County, VA!

And I love where Landis Pattison/Patterson is on the census. He’s wedged in nicely on the two pages that contain my own line of Taylors (they married into my Pryor line), suspected Taylor kin, grandchildren of John Pryor and Mary New. If Harris Pryor and John Pryor & Mary New aren’t part of the Pryor line I’m tracing — I’m not making any bets, just saying I’ll be stunned.

1820 Census Extracts, Campbell County, VA

page 138, John Garrett, 010101
page 138, line 28 Landis Pattison 0000001
(Landis Pattison witnessed will of John Wright, son in law of John Pryor and Mary New, in Prince Edward County, VA in 1775, with Harris Pryor also a witness. Landis Pattison’s mother was Elizabeth New.)
page 138, line 32 Archibald Bolling Sr.
(Archibald Bolling married 4 times – Sarah Cary, Jane Randolph, Sarah (Woodson) Clarke, and Mary Taylor (Page) Bird)
page 138, line 33 David Pattison
page 138, line 34 Littleberry Pattison
(brother of Landis Pattison)
page 138, line 39 Jacob Woodson
page 138, line 40 David Alvis
page 139, line 42 Charles Wright, 120001201
(witnessed Edmund Taylor’s Will)
page 139, line 43 Anderson Woodson Sr.
(Oldest male over 45 y.o, 11 whites, 28 slaves. Son of Robert L Woodson and Rebecca Pryor, a grandson of John Pryor and Mary New.)
page 140, line 2 Isaac Crews
(Isaac married Mary/Polly Oglesby the widow of Hezekiah Taylor who was killed in the War of 1812 in Canada. It’s believed that Mary was the sister-in-law of Edward Taylor on the same page of the 1820 Census)
page 140, line 32 Edward Taylor
(Oldest male over 45 y.o, 7 whites, 4 slaves. Edward/Edmund Taylor father of Spicy Taylor who married William Pryor & Massa Taylor who married John Pryor. Edmund Taylor was married to Elizabeth Garrett)
page 140, line 33 Hezekiah Taylor
(oldest male over 16 to 25 yo, 5 whites, no slaves. Son of Edward/Edmund & Elizabeth Garrett Taylor)
 

The Pattersons or Pattisons were all over the same counties where I’m searching out John Pryor, David Pryor, Harris Pryor (Campbell, Amherst, Bedford, Pittsylvania). I see Landis’ brother Littleberry Patterson was recorded on the tax list for Pittsylvania County. Littleberry is on the tax list with… David Ross (the iron foundry guy– he pops up so many times I’m making him his own TAG link!).  There’s an extensive foot note that discusses Ross’ holdings in Pittsylvania County in The History of Pittsylvania County, Virginia  By Maud Carter Clement.

Pattersons have several connections to David Pryor and Susannah Ballow in Buckingham County — After David died his heirs sold part of the estate in 1813 to David Patteson.  David’s son Zane Pryor is supposed to have married a Miss Patterson.

So, you know that habit people had of naming their children after kin. I had to turn over that rock… I looked to see if there were any men named Patterson. Sometimes you turn over a rock and you find something. .

I found another interesting name: Patterson Childress (Patterson Childers). I know there are Pryors who are hunting Childress because of the David Pryor from Henrico County who married a daughter of Abraham Childress. Patterson Childress served with the VA line out of Buckingham County during the Revolutionary War per his wife’s application for a widow’s pension in 1831 (see the transcript). This Childress served under Capt. Leonard Balew, spelled a hundred different ways but the same surname as Susannah Ballow also of Buckingham County, VA who married David Pryor (grandson of Abraham Childress).

And where was widow Childress in 1844? She says she was living in Jefferson County, TN. I found her daughter Nancy (Childress) Hamilton in a well documented family tree on Ancestry (see the tree), which shows she was in Sevier County, TN in 1850 and 1860. Patterson Childress is on the 1784-1787 Census for Surry Co., NC with some names that deserved a review… they sound like they’re from VA. I even spotted an Edward Taylor and Richard Taylor which will need to be searched. Patterson’s military file on Ancestry.com contains a letter that says he had a son named Abraham Childress.

I smell a connection! My research list is getting rather long and I have a stash of 40 posts I’ve written that I can’t get published because I keep digging out this newer stuff.

Patience…

 

Shippingport, KY on “The Falls of the Ohio”

Louisville and Ohio RiverSometimes the places are as interesting as the people. I’ve been updating the Pryors on the Kentucky pages of the TNPRYORs website. I was reading the truncated will of James Offand of Jefferson County and became interested in Shippingport, KY (near Louisville).  While I haven’t solved any great mysteries, I thought it was worth mentioning this river port — perhaps someone will find an connection to the Pryors who passed through Jefferson County.

1818 Will, Jefferson Co., KY – Will of John M. Offand [of France]. 23 Nov 1818– 11 Mar 1822. Of Shippingport, KY. Estate to James PRYOR , William McKever, and Fortunatus Cosby in trust for wife Henrietta for life and then to children including what he shall receive from his father Thomas Offand of France, where testator was shortly going. Executors: wife Henrietta, James PRYOR*, Fortunatus Cosby, and William McKeever. Witnesses: Thomas Phillips, David Jewell, J. W. Harrison, Samuel Tyler.

According to Wikipedia.org Shippingport, KY was part of Jefferson County as early as 1785. It got its name in 1803 (the same year as the Lewis and Clark Expedition) when a warehouse and mill were established. Lewisandclarkinkentucky.org states “Boats going down the Ohio regularly put into Louisville to hire a pilot to go through the Falls. Their cargoes were often off-loaded and portaged around the Falls to the lower landing – soon to become the town of Shippingport.” The same site discusses how fur traders and trappers went through Shipping port as a supply point. It sounds like the area was the hub of frontiersmen entering and exiting the Louisville area. For Pryor researchers it’s a site to keep in mind when researching pioneer ancestors who came to Kentucky from Virginia, Ohio, and what would later become West Virginia.

I spent some time trying to find a trail of the people who were mentioned in the will.
Fortunatus Cosby was christened at St. James Northam in Goochland Co., VA. This was a church where numerous Pryor marriages and christenings were performed.

John M. Offond (sp.) is on the 1820 Census in Shippingport, KY and Henrietta Offand is on the 1830 Census in Shippingport, KY near William McKeever. I believe I found traces of the Offand’s children (Henrietta had no children recorded in her household in 1830) or grandchildren: William H. Offand age 12 and Sofia Offand age 16 (Ofand) were on the 1850 Census in Jefferson Co., KY. They were living with a family whose head of household was a boat builder. William was in Gunnison Co., Colorado in 1880, age 36, miner, born in KY, parents born in France and KY. William Henry Offand was registered to vote in San Diego, California in 1869 and his reported occupation was carpenter. It looks like William had the frontier spirit and continued West.

David Jewell is on the 1820 Census in Portland, Jefferson Co., KY. On the same page Charles Floyd and a Henry Lewis were also recorded.

I didn’t find Harrison or Tyler.

* James Pryor, possibly the brother of Lewis and Clark explorer Nathaniel Pryor. James signed a will in 1814 during the War of 1812, however he died around 1822.