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Kathleen Pryor: Hollywood Secretary

kathleen pryor at hollywood studio

Kathleen Pryor was mentioned in the biography of Syd Chaplin, Charlie’s half brother written by Lisa K Stein. It was noted that she had studio records going back to 1918. She may not have been working there at that time because she would have been 12 years old in 1918.

1930 Census, Los Angeles, CA – Recorded living on 1211 N Ogden Dr.  Her occupation was listed as secretary at movie studio.

Surprisingly I found Ms. Pryor on The Swedish Film Institute website where she was recorded as the Production Secretary for The Great Dictator (1940) and Limelight (1952), both Chaplin films. It looks like she continued to work in the film industry and with Chaplin long after the 1925 photo above.

January 12, 1987 Death Record in Los Angeles, CA for a Kathleen Ruth Pryor, born in IL in 1906. Her mother’s maiden name was Luby. There’s a 1906 birth record in Cook County, IL for a Kathleen PRIOR born to Thomas Prior and Kitty Laby.

William Pryor Photo with Overton County Connection

This photo has been on the TN Pryor website for some time and is begging to be identified.  It was shared with the website by a descendant of Edward Pryor (son of Spicy and William Pryor) of Overton County, TN.  On the back is written “William Pryor and son George Pryor.”  I’ve mulled over this relationship with several researchers and we can’t come up with a William who was kin to Edward Pryor who would have been about this age in roughly the early 1900’s.

We’ve speculated that this may be Overton Pryor b. 1816. Was his full name William “Overton” Pryor?

Or was this William Anderson Pryor b. 1865 son of Edward Pryor and Eliza Knight with his son George Bryant Pryor b. 1893? William Anderson Pryor moved to Pulaski Co., KY after 1880 and lived there until his death in 1950. There’s even some question whether William Anderson was actually the son of Edward Pryor in that he was born while Edward was away serving in the Civil War and only Shadrack, Ellen and Eliza were stated to be his children on his Civil War pension application (William and 3 other children were omitted). Possilby the birth of 3 children while Edward was away explains why he and Eliza listed their marital status as divorced on the 1880 Census.

Can anyone give us a positive ID of these folks?

ID’ing Old Photos from Sumner County, TN

I’ve going through lots of old photos. Many of the people I can ID but then there’s the one’s that are unidentifiable. I found some photos taken of my grandfather Tom Gregoy and his father Tom Sr. The Elder Gregory was first married to Betty Pryor (a grand daughter of John Pryor and Massie Taylor), and then later he married Betty’s cousin Willie Ann Pryor. Maybe we can ID some of the folks in these photos. Continue reading

Log House Belonging to Richard Pryor of Greene County, TN?

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Francis Hughes Home and Stagecoach Stop

Is this really a building owned by Richard Pryor (as in Richard and Mourning Thompson Pryor)? I found online a discussion of the property owned by Francis Hughes in Greene Co., TN. Hughes bought this log structure where the Jonesborough Road crosses Camp Creek probably before 1792 because in that year Hughes sold the property to Thomas Hardwick, who in turn sold to Richard Pryor in 1793. Richard Pryor didn’t hold onto it for long, selling in 1795 to James Penny.

Richard Pryor was in Greene County as early as 1783 when he appeared on a tax list in that county. Was this a move into a larger house from perhaps a smaller home he built when first settling in Tennessee? Or was this an addional property… perhaps commercial investment property of its day?


Photo: Daughters of Marion County Pryors, Matthew Pryor and Mary Williams

A new Pryor photo on the TN Pryor website! This photo is from a collection of photos of Eliza Pryor Biese, a daughter of Matthew Pryor and Mary Williams of Marion County, TN. Eliza was born in 1836 and has been identified as the woman in the upper right. Her sisters are possibly the other women in the photo– Nancy, Henrietta, and Mary/Molly. There are quite a few photos on the the website from the Biese album. Can anyone ID others as the women in this photo?