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Pryor Names from the Tennessee Death and Burial Records

John Pryor, born Oct 4 1831 in Jackson Co., TN
Died Jan 7, 1920 in the same county.
Lists his mother as Jane Pryor and her birthplace as the same county. Was his mother Nancy Pryor, if so, was her full name Nancy Jane?

Joseph P Pryor, born 2 Mar 1833 in KY (probably Trigg Co.)
Died Mar 15 1917 in Stewart Co., TN
Lists his parents as William Pryor and Olive Elliot.
Joseph was a retired postmaster.

William A Pryor, born 16 Sept 1837 in TN
Died Apr 7 1914 in Hamilton Co., TN.  He was buried in Jasper, TN (Marion Co.)
Lists his parents as John Pryor and Harriet Williams.

Monroe Pryor (black), born 1842 in Marion Co., TN
Died Oct 11 1923 in Jasper, Marion Co., TN.
Lists his parents as Jim Pryor and Sylvia Townsel
Possible that Monroe was born into slavery, occupation retired rail roader.

James Madison Pryor, born Sep 23 1846 in  Sumner Co., TN
Died May 11 1931 in Sumner Co., TN
Lists his mother as Margaret Curry (former wife of William Pryor)

Fanny Pryor Smith, born Aug 4 1844 in Stewart Co., TN
Died Jun 22 1915 in Stewart Co., TN
Lists her parents as Wesley Pryor and Miss Elliot (census records list mother as Fannie).
Both parents born in Trigg Co., KY.

We can add another Pryor to our list of TN Pryors!
Susannah Pryor Fox born 1818 in TN
Her daughter Margaret Fox Bowington, born Jan 15 1847 in Jackson Co., TN
Died Aug 25 1931 in Jackson Co.
Lists her parents as Richard O Fox and Susie Pryor, both born in Jackson County.
I suspect this new Pryor will send researchers scurrying to their databases. I know I did! There’s only a short list of Pryors who were in Jackson County in 1820.

Another Pryor descendant who fills in some added details…
John McDonad Hummel born abt 1840 in Livingston, TN
Died Aug 13 1915 in Clay Co., TN.
Lists his parents as William Huston Hummel and Julie Pryor (census records show her as Juda). His father was born in VA and his mother in East TN. On census records she states her place of birth as VA,  however I found with another ancestor there was a lot of travel between eastern TN and western VA and the place of birth can become confused.

And what would new Pryor information be without a new Pryor mystery?
Death record of John Marsh born Apr 1848 in TN, died Sept 1918 in Lincoln Co., TN.
Lists his parents as Goodman Davis and a Miss Pryor both born in TN.  Was he the son of Goodman Davis and Harriet Lee Smith Pryor and if so, why was his surname Marsh? Who was John? He’s not recorded on the census.

Mystery of the Finley-Pryor Line

Can we solve another Pryor mystery?

There are at least 3 descendants of Matthew Pryor who migrated from North Carolina and settled in Marion County, Tennessee who have done the latest DNA testing to confirm their relationship. For one of them the results were quite a surprise because their family name wasn’t Pryor at all! I’ve received some terrific photos and a request for help from this researcher.

Charlie Finley, from the Marion County PryorsHer ancestor Charlie Finley (or Findley) was born January 15, 1880 in Wright County, MO. His parents are unknown. Although he was born before the date of the 1880 Census, Charlie Finley has not yet been found on the census. Family folklore is that Charlie went to live with Erasmus Findley after his parents died. Erasmus is on the 1870 and 1880 Census in Wright Co. In 1870 Helen McCain Pryor, widow of Philip Pryor, and her sons were also living in Wright County, MO.  However other than knowing they were kin to Matthew Pryor of Marion County, TN, it is unknown how or if Philip’s children were connected to Charlie Finley.

An interesting little piece of information: William Pryor, son of Matthew Pryor of Marion Co., TN was living in Finley Township, Greene Co., MO in 1850. Is this clue to the connection of the Pryors and the Finleys?

Charlie migrated from MO to Texas. He was counted on the 1900 Census in Red River County, TX:
Pct. 2., page 61b, John W. Dowell Sept 1866 33 TN MO TN
Martha wife Feb 1871 29 MS MS MS
Velma dau Sep 1891 8 TX
William son May 1894 6 TX
May dau Sep 1896 3 TX
Charlie Finley laborer Jan 1880 20 AR IA MO

Charlie married Minnie Maud Dowell on 24 Oct. 1900 in Red River Co., TX.  Charlie and his family were counted on the 1910 and 1920 Census in the same county. His children were named Chester Guy, Opal, Ira, Charles, Ida