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Some Pryor Men Named in Obion County, TN Records

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Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927
Obion County
Inventories, Settlements, Wills 1834-1844

State of Tennessee
Obion County
July Term 1835

William Andrew Administrator of the Estate of Enos Hay deceased Present the following Statement of his Administration of S. Estate to wit

No. 1 Paid to Benjamin Totten of note deed $16.40
2 Paid to Doctor N. L. Allen on Proven acct 5.00
3 Paid to Benjamin Totten on note 1.45
4 Paid to James N. Cullen on note V (viz) Interest 11.58
5 Paid to Lonsdale Walton due on note .88
6 Paid to Byrd Turner on note V (viz) Interest 8.47
7 Paid to THOMAS PRYER on Proven account 8.43
8 Paid to Joshua C Richmon Proven accout 2.50


Inventory of notes belonging to the Estate of A. Linn Dec’d–

… One note on HENRY PRIAR Due the 25th of Decr. 1835— 6.00


State of Tennessee
Obion County

Know all men by these presents that we HENRY PRYOR all of the County of Obion and State of Tennessee are held and firmly bound unto Newton Cannon Governor of the State for the time between and his successors in the Penal Sum of ….. dollars for the payment of which well and truly to be made we bind our selves our  heir s executors administrators and assigns jointly and Severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our Seals and dated this 4th day of April 1835—

The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound  Henry Pryor administration of all and singular the goods and chattels lands and Tenements of MATTHEW YOUNG Deceased, do make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and Singular the goods & chattels Eights & credits of Said Matthew Young Dec’d which have or shall come to the hands or possession or Knowledge of him the Said Henry Pryor or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons and for him and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited to the County Court when orders for administration passed within ninety days after the date of these presents and the Same goods chattels and credit and all other goods chattels and credits of the Said deceased at the time of his death or which at any time after Shall come to his hands or possession of the Said Henry Pryor or into the hand or possession of any other person for him well and truly administrator according to Law and further do make or cause to be made a true and perfect account of his said administration within two years after the date of this presents and all the rest and residue of the said goods chattels and credits which Shall be found remaining upon the said administrator’s account the same first being examined by the court and allowed of by the county court. Shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectfully to whom the same shall be d…,  unto pursuant to the true intent and meaning of the act of assembly in such cases made and provided.  An d if it shall appear than any last will and Testament was made y the deceased and the Executor or Executors therein named do Exhibit the same into court making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly. if the said Henry Pryor be thereunto requested do render and deliver the said letters of administration approbation of such Testaments being first had and made in the said court then this obligation to be Void and of no Effect, or otherwise to remain in full force and Virtue.

Henry Pryor

Abraham Enloe

Jos. S. Enloe


The amount of Property of the Estate of Matthew Young Dec’d amounted to fifty eight dollars and 18 cents—H. Prior, administrator



Account of the estate of George H. Long
1 Log chain purchased by Henry Pryor
2 saws purchased by Henry Pryor

Edward Pryor of Wilkes Co., GA – Born Before 1740

Signature Edward Pryor

Thanks again to our Georgia researcher — we have the will (dated 1796) of Edward Pryor of Wilkes and Oglethrope Counties in GA. My last post discussed his land survey. Rather than post the photo copy of his will which is a bit hard to read, I’m posting a transcript. From the will we can confirm this is the Edward Pryor who’s land was near “Tatum’s Land” on the survey– in the will Edward identifies his neighbor as Peter Tatum. Edward also states his wife was Mary and identifies his 3 sons according to age as John (the oldest), Obediah, and Allen the youngest.

Can we tell when he was born? He states he was of “an Infirm age” — how old was that in 1796? If he was born in 1746 he may have been 50. If he was born in 1726 he may have been 70.  Yep, Edward Pryor may be from waaaaaaaay back.

He refers to Allen as his youngest son. I suspect Allen Pryor is the Allen Pryor  (b. 1771-1780) who  was on the 1830 Census in Obion Co., TN.  Perhaps Henry Pryor (b. 1810 in GA) from the 1850 Census of Obion Co. , is his son. Then is Allen Pryor (b. 1775-1794) on the 1820 Census in Rutherford Co., TN the same man? Allen’s age may be a clue to Edward’s age– If Allen were born between 1775-1780, then it’s likely that Edward was was born before 1760, so how long before is the question.

When were his sons born? I think the rules of getting land in Georgia are interesting. “Beginning in 1783 a head of household living in Georgia could be granted 200 acres of land on his own head-right and fifty acres for each additional family member, including slaves, up to 1000 acres.” Edward had 300 acres on his 1789 survey and in 1796 when he gifted the land to his sons. That would be 200 acres for him, 50 acres for his wife Mary, and another 50 acres perhaps for his son Allen who if he’s the same man in the TN records, was 9 to 14 years old when Edward got his land. Edward’s oldest son, John Pryor, has been identified as a Revolutionary War vet. He would be have been born about 1763 or earlier.

Where was Edward before coming to GA? I suspect he was the Edward Pryor recorded on the 1784 Tax List in Pittsylvania County, VA. Oh no, back to Pittsylvania County? Yup! There’s more about this connection in my next post.

When did Edward die? He appears to have still been living in 1798 when he was on the Oglethorpe Co., GA tax list.

While exploring the names in this document,  Jeremiah Lindsey is mentioned in an application for a Revolutionary War Pension. Henry Talley of Newton Co., GA had served through Virginia as a substitute for his uncle Jeremiah Lindsey. https://revwarapps.org/w4350.pdf. A researcher has posted information on Lindsey’s will online archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/LINDSAY/2006-07/1152631375

Transcript of Edward’s Indenture


This certifies to all whom it may concern that I Edward Pryor being of an Infirm age do Give & bequeath all my Real Estate on the following Terms. First of all I give to my oldest son John Pryor one hundred acres of Land being more or less according to the Description herein mentioned. The said land being Bounded on the South side by the Augusta Road & by a branch on the West side and by Peter Brook’s land on the East Side.

Next I give to my son Obediah Pryor one hundred Acres of Land being a part of the Said Tract more or less according to the boundaries herein mentioned the said Land being Bounded on the North side by the Augusta Road & on the East side by a branch & on the West Side by Jeremiah Linsey’s* land & by William Elay’s land on the North side & lastly. I give to my  youngest Son Allen Pryor One Hundred Acres  o f Land the same where I now live being a part of the same Tract & lying on the South side of the Augusta Road joining of Lands belonging to the heirs of Peter Tatum Dec’d which said Lands I give to the said John, Obediah, & Allen to them & their heirs forever. But still it is to be for the use & behoofs of the above mentioned Edward Pryor & Mary his wife During their natural lives to possess and enjoy the said three hundred acres of Land without Interruption or Constrains and should the said Edward Pryor Die before his wife then shall his wife (next page)

Then shall his wife Enjoy the said land and premises In like manner as tho the said Edward Pryor was still living and should Edward Pryor shall enjoy the said in like manner but after the Decease of Both the said Edward & Mary his wife then the said three hundred acres of Land shall be to the ___? Use & behoof of the said John, Obediah & Allen as above mentioned to them & their heirs for Ever and for myself I do hereby utterly revoke all other Gift or Gifts, will or wills whatsoever & this only to be taken & allowed as my last & only Gift of the said Lands to the said John Obediah, & Allen  and in Testimony hereof I have set my hand and seal this 20th day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven Hundred & ninety six. Signed  sealed and Delivered in the presence of
T. Shropshire
Bazel Swan
and Jno. Fluker
Edward Pryor (his mark X)