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Orange County NC Record Mentions Luke Pryor of Williamson County TN

Looking at NC Pryors I hope to find answers for us questioning our Tennessee Pryor families. Luke Pryor is one of the folks in Williamson County, TN I looked at through probate records a while ago (see post). His wife was Nelly/Eleanor. I looked recently at the will of William Rogers, her father. It adds another piece of documentation to support she was a Rogers.


31st August 1819, Estate divided among heirs by commissioners in Orange Co., NC. William and John Rogers signed the estate sale as administrators.
Wife, Elinor Rogers
William Rogers
John Rogers
Heirs of James Rogers
John Sharp and Luke Prior
—? Holmes, husband of Janet Rogers
John Sharp, husband of Polly Rogers
Luke Pryor, husband of Nelly Rogers
Robert Hunter, husband of Peggy Rogers

Luke Pryor was named on 1805 and 1810 Tax lists in Williamson County, TN. It looks like he may have been living outside of NC at the time of the settlement of his father-in-law’s estate.

My last post may be of significance for anyone searching this line.  The Pryors in Guilford County, NC were connected to the Waggamon/Waggoner family.  When Luke Pryor married Nelly Rogers in Orange County, Peter Waggoner was bondsman (see post).

Harris Pryor House in Limestone County, AL

If you’re interested in a little Pryor sightseeing… follow the historical markers in Limestone County, Alabama to Flower Hill Farm. Senator Luke Pryor was born in 1820 in Alabama to Luke Pryor and Ann Batte Lane. Luke Pryor, the father was born in VA and served as a quarter master in the War of 1812. He was in Madison County for the 1820 Census. The Pryor grandparents were John Pryor and Mary Dennis.

Harris ~Pryor House (Flower Hill Farm)

Harris ~Pryor House (Flower Hill Farm)

Harris ~Pryor House (Flower Hill Farm)

New York, New York!

A new page of census extractions is now on the TNPryor website. New York! http://www.tnpryors.com/states_census/newyork.html. The first entry is John B. Pryor, grandson of John Benjamin Pryor of Natchez, MS and a great newphew of Senator Luke Pryor.

A great source for New York records… the New York Times. Here’s a link to their online archives. http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/nytarchive.html. I found an obituary for John Benjamin Pryor on this site. There are lots of news stories in the Times archives for Senator Luke Pryor, Roger A. Pryor, and bandleader Arthur Pryor.