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Lincoln County, NC Marriages – Looking For Patterns Among the Pryors

wedding bouquet on a ChairI noticed a pattern among the Pryor marriages in Lincoln Co., NC: V McBee was a witness on several of them (I think there’s  problem with the marriage transcript because McVee was the Clerk of the Court who probably would have signed the marriages). A more interesting patter are the multiple marriages into the Tucker and Kincaid families.

Thomas J. Pryor married Polly Tucker 20 Oct 1817. Daniel Tucker bondsman. V. McBee witness.

Wiley Pryor married Martha Tucker married 21 September 1821. Wilson Tucker, bondsman. V. McBee, witnesss.

Burton Pryor married Catherine Kincaid 8 Jul 1827. John M. Jacobs, bondsman. V. McBee, witness.

David Kincaid married Golsey Pryor 14 Nov 1827. Isaac Lowe, bondsman. V. McBee, witness. (and by the way, David and his wife are on the 1850 census and she’s a head of household in 1860. Her name is recorded as “Gadsey/Gadsy” not Golsey).

David J. Pryor married Jinsey Janet Shelton on 23 May 1832. George W. Kincaid, bondsman. L. McBee, witness

I’ve seen another marriage listed on Ancestry family trees yet I can’t find a source. It looks like folks have gleaned a marriage from the death record of Robert Pinkney Pryor (see his Find A Grave Memorial): John Pryor to Liza Hord.  Robert was born in 1845 so his parents may have been married about that time although I’m unsure where researchers are finding a 1827 marriage date or a record from Lincoln County, NC. Have you seen it?

**There’s a very nice article available online that mentions Vardy McBee (V. McBee) in context of developing Greenville: Hampton-Pinkney Historical District: Celebrating Two Centuries of Greenville’s History (Wayback Machine link), by Robert Benedict.



Will of Nelson Shelton of Lincoln County, NC – names daughter Jincy Pryor

handwritingYes, I’m spending some more time in the NC records trying to pair up Pryors who went to TN. Jincy Shelton Pryor named in the following will appears on the 1850 Census in Fayette County, AL. I think that researchers who’ve posted online are correct: David of Fayette County is related to Thomas Pryor in Pickens County, AL. I think they are the David and Thomas Pryor counted on the same page of the 1840 Census in Lincoln County, NC.  Thomas probably is the father of Emory Pryor living counted in the subsequent household in 1850 — could Emory be named after a brother? Is Emory D. Pryor born 1799 in NC who lived in Henry Co., TN that brother?

Transcription of Nelson Shelton’s Will, 1832 Lincoln Co., NC

In the name of God amen. I Nelson Shelton of the County of Lincoln and State of North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God, do this 5th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two make and publish this my last will and testament. 1st I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Fanny Shelton the plantation that I now live on during her widowhood for the purpose of Raising the young children on or some place where she may think worth? proper for their support. I give and bequeath untio my said wife Fanny Shelton all the stock that is now on having after my debts to the balance of my children. My will is that my executor sell the plantation that I hold in the State of Georgia for the purpose of settling up all my just debts and as much of the rest of my property as will satisfy all these demands if that would not satisfy all demands that is against. I give and bequeath unto Jency Pryor one cow and one bed and furniture and some other little things. I give and bequeath unto my three smallest girls, Avery/Anny, Cynthy, and Lucinda Shelton at the death of their mother and when they marry if it case be made on the place our …..? and bed and furniture and some other things and it is my will that the rest of my small boys Leroy Shelton, Spencer Shelton, and Jeremiah F. Shelton and Westley A. Shelton each have a horse or a colt if it can be on the place my will is that if my wife Fanny Shelton and my executors think it proper to sell my plantation I will live or swap it for another they are at liberty to do so. And after paying all my just debts and making the devise to my …? children that the rest of my property to be sold as my wife decides and devided equally among all my children Polly Dellinger? Young Shelton, Rebecca White, Hugh Shelton, Jinsy Pryor, Leroy Shelton, Spencer Shelton, Jeremiah F. Shelton, Westly A. Shelton, Amy/Avery Shelton, Synthy Shelton, and Lucinda Shelton and I hereby ordain my worthy friend Young Shelton and Henry Shelton executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I the said Nelson Shelton have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Nelson Shelton {seal}
witness J. Soral? Jurat
Young and Henry Shelton, Executors

North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1790
Lincoln County, Wills 1824-1838, Vol. 1, page 260
FamilySearch.org – image 387