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Olivia M. Pryor b. 1836

I was doing a Google search through their book section and stumbled upon a Pryor connection. The Physicians and Surgeons of the United States by William Biddle Atkinson, page 70 states Christopher Smith Fenner married Olivia M. Pryor who was born in Marshall County, MS. This appears to be the Olivia M. Pryor who was at the Nashville Female Academy, a boarding school in Nashville, TN on the 1850 Census. The article indicates that Dr. Fenner was a famous ophthalmic surgeon and author (Vision: Its Optical Defects And The Adaptation Of Spectacles ). He was born in Smithfield, RI in 1823. In 1854 he arrived in Memphis  and married on 11-9-1853 (so did he marry in Nashville and move to Memphis?).  In 1872 he moved to Louisville, KY to further his medical studies. On Ancestry.com I found a passport application from 1867 for a Christopher S. Fenner, but no information to further the search. He died in 1879.

 I can’t find either Olivia or Dr. Fenner on the 1860 or the 1870 Census. Has anyone had better luck finding information on this couple? Is she the daughter of Green Pryor and Olivia Mareberry Polk of Marshall Co., MS?