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Connecting Pryor from 1789 TN Frontier to 1840 MO Census

It looks like friends and family stayed connected as they migrated from the TN frontier into Middle Tennessee, and onward to Missouri. I stumbled on this connection between 1789 and 1840 that may help Richard and Mourning Pryor line support their genealogy.

Petition Sundry Inhabitants South of French Broad

These are frontier residents petitioning North Carolina in 1789. (see petition transcript)

Page 15 of 19
Thomas Going | Toms Odle
Ezekel Ray | Moses Mckay
Jossaway (?) Movels(?) | Thomas Woodfin
Daniel Job | Niklas (?) Woodfin
Joseph Pryor | William Heney (Henry? or Haney?)
Isaac Odell(?) | Henery Jones

Ezekial Ray (or Rhea) was on the 1802 Tax List in Jackson County, TN. It’s thought that he died in White Co., TN before 1820. It’s thought that a younger Ezekial Ray (born about 1811) was his son. Daniel Job (or Jobe) is thought to the man who married Mourning Pryor, a daughter of Richard and Mourning Pryor.

Now, for something interesting. Similar names appear living in close proximity in 1840.

1840 Census in Van Buren County, MO

Osage Twp
Line 7, Thomas Woodfin
John Woodfin
Jas. M. Smith
John M Henry
James Goodrich
Line 12, Jonathan PRYOR
William Summers
William Barnes
Daniel Smith
Line 16, William Bartlett
Mark Whittied
Line 18 William PRYOR
Line 19 Ezekiel Ray
Line 20 John L. Wood

Sumner County Pryors in Robertson County, TN

Chart - BotetourtHere’s another morsel for our search for Tennessee Pryors. I had to differ back to the Botetourt County chart I made last year (above).

Mary Pryor married John Hannah on 20th January 1791 in Sumner county, TN. I have in my notes that William Pryor was surety for this marriage.

I see there’s an 1802 deed in Robertson county between James and Thomas Haynes on the Red River bordering Kentucky. This was near Logan County, KY. This deed also mentions that the land bordered property owned by “Hannah and Pryor” and adjoined William Pryor‘s corner. (see truncated deed). The deed is in Deed Book F, p. 318. Dated 6 Oct 1802.

Hmmm… Haynes? At times it feels like a game of Concentration with a never-ending deck of cards! Haynes was a name that I mentioned in a recent post: William Haynes May Connect Jefferson County KY Pryors in Tennessee and Missouri.  Last year I wrote about William Pryor of Stewart County, TN as the likely candidate for the surety for Mary Pryor and John Hannah: William Pryor of VA, TN, AL, and Texas – Kin to Richard Pryor.  You know where I”m going with this… I think he’s the same William who was in Sumner County, and perhaps the same one who was in Stewart County.

Remember William Pryor was supposed to have been from Botetourt County? Well, how about this transaction in Sumner County that involved Hannah and Looneys who hailed from Botetourt County, VA?

14 August 1790
Isaac Bledsoe paid for a slave named Sall. Signed John D. Hannah, Sumner County, NC
Peter Looney, Robert Looney

And well if you Google Haynes’ from Botetourt and Robertson Counites… well, a Haynes family went from Botetourt to Robertson County.

Pryor Logan County, KY and the 1807 Estate in Christian County

Pryor geography KY and TN map

KY and TN county map – click to enlarge

In an older post I wrote about men named John Pryor Logan Co., KY and Christian County who seem to be connected (Richard and Mourning Pryor: Christian County, KY Tie-In). I looked again at the names in the John Pryor estate filed 1807 in Christian County. If we weren’t sure that the Pryors in Christian County were related to the Pryors in Logan County, then hopefully this Christian County document is a good confirmation of their Logan County residency.

This is an exercise in several project I’m working on that “builds neighborhoods” (looks at Pryor neighbors on early records).  Then looking at maps to see what the geography says. The maps are saying that Christian County, KY existed side by side with Logan County because Todd County was not formed until 1820.

I think what we have in the 1807 estate is a nice way of shedding light on who was living near each other in Logan County and… associating with each other.

So, here are the names on the documents and some information about them.

Robert SharrardRobert Sherrod received a land grant in Logan Co. in 1816 and is on the 1810 and 1820 census in Logan Co., KY. He may be the Revolutionary War soldier who filed for a pension in Todd County (next to Logan Co.) In 1790 he was in Edcombe County, NC.

Elizabeth PRIOR: Possibly the Elizabeth Crawford who married a John Pryor in Logan County, KY in 1803. It’s unknown if she married John Sr. or Jr. because there were both a Sr. and Jr. in Logan County. These men were involved in survey of Richard Pryor property in Logan County in 1796. 

John PRYOR: John Jr. or John Sr. who was in Logan Co., KY. 

Elizabeth Henkman (or possibly Kirkman): See Dunlop below.

James PRYER: My theory is that this is the James B. Pryor who was married to a Rebecca (surname unknown) and lived in Christian County, KY; Stewart County, TN; and Pike Co., IL per her obituary.

John Burdine: ?

Obadiah Dewhit (DeWhitt): Obadiah Dewitt on 1800 Tax List Logan Co., KY

John Bayley (Bailey): Mourning Pryor White was counted on page 175 of 1810 Census, Logan County. John Baily is on page 176.

Vinson Layston: ?

Jacob Dalmaldson (possibly Donaldson?): Jacob Dollason (sic) counted on the 1810 Census in Russellville, Logan County on the same page with Robert Sherrod and Abel Crawford (sic)

Hoxa Boren: Hosea Borren was counted on the 1800 Tax list in Logan County, KY.

James Nunn: James Nunn counted on page 183 in Russellville, Logan County

Able Crawford: Abel (sic) was counted on the 1810 Census in Russellville, Logan County on the same page with Robert Sherrod and Jacob Dollason (sic)

Matthias House: Possibly the man by this name who was the father of Revolutionary War pensioner Adam House (see pension application http://revwarapps.org/r5260.pdf). Adam House served under Bohannon. Remember the Bohannons and the Pryors married and lived near each other in White Co., TN.

William Dunlop: William and Benjamin Dunlop are on the 1810 Census in Christian County, KY. On the line above William Dunlop is James Kirkman (see Elizabeth Kirkman above) and on the next page William Kirkman. Benjamin Dunlop received a land grant in Logan County in 1806. 

Peter Simon: ?

 

Thompson Pryor of Lawrence County, TN

Thompson Pryor of lawrence countyI found 2 interesting documents from Lawrence County, TN and I think they may shed new light on Thompson Pryor/Prior.  Thompson is probably a son of Richard and Mourning Pryor as there’s a Thompson mentioned as an heir of “Richard Prior” in an indentured filed in 1812 to settle the estate. I suspect the following is an inventory of Thompson Prior, not Thompson “Prics.”**

Decr. 3rd. 1838 Inventory of Thompson Prics decd.
2 plans, 7 head of cattle, from 6 to 13 head of sheep supposed, a Lot of Hogs number unknown, and doubtfull whether the can be got up, 3 beds, Furniture, Bed Steads, one Loom, one table, 3 spinning wheels, 1 Press, one oven, one Pot, one Sad Iron, 1 Farming tools &C some other Small artickles, some corn in the Field, some Fodder, Some wheat
F. Buchanan, Administrator

Then I found an account was filed by Dicey Prior, Thompson’s widow. This account is very odd. It was filed in the September 1843 session of court, yet Dicey had remarried in May 1843 to Payton Manuel (also spelled Peyton). Why was she not referred to by her new married name? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mother having to present an account of expenses for her children to the court. Were these her’s and Thompson’s children? Has anyone else seen this practice done before?

Sept. Term 1843
Dicy Prior guardian for William J., John A., Martha and Angeline Prior to said Wards
April 5th 1843,
Dr. To cash received on the 5th April 1842 $12.00
To Int. on same 12 months $00.72 $12.72
Cr. by sundry articles bought for said wards and trouble of keeping them $12.72
—————————————
00.00

Finally, I’ve seen that family researchers have a death date for Thompson — 5 Nov 1838. Does anyone know the source of this date?

** There is a Lawrence County will of  a Thomas Price. This will is from 1837 and appears to be a different person that the Thompson Prics… Thomas Price’s executor was John Wasson and names wife Elizabeth and children Rebecca and Samuel who are not names associated with Thompson Pryor.  So I don’t think this is Thompson’s will under yet another misspelling of his name. Thompson Prior/Pryor probably died without a will since F. Buchanan is recorded as an administrator. F. Buchanan is on the 1840 Census living near Tripp families who were Dicey’s family and Thompson Pryor’s in-laws.

Richard and Mourning Pryor: A Georgia Connection, A Tatum, and Edward Pryor

GA Survey for Edward Pryor and Peter TatumIt’s time to re-visit Howell Tatum who was involved in several deeds with Richard Pryor and his widow Mourning Pryor White in Middle Tennessee. I think I’ve found a connection to another Pryor family. When I looked at Howell Tatum in the past and discussed him with other researchers I was told the he was just a guy who had received a boodle of land in TN after the Revolution. But what if there is another connection to the Pryors? Here we go…

A Pryor researcher has provided a survey (see above) of land in Wilkes County, GA. The survey was done in 1788 for plot number 679 for Edward Prier (sic).  Edward’s 300 acres bordered “Tatum’s Land” (see bottom of the survey map). The 1791 Tax List for Wilkes County, GA provides the next clues (see tax list).  It includes Edward Prier, Howell Tatum, and Peter Tatum.

I’ve looked at several online family trees that show Howell Tatum as a son of Peter Tatum and Rebecca Howell. In these trees researchers also show Peter as also the father of Epps Tatum who married Sukie Pryor. Last week I posted about Benjamin Catching who was on a 1785 deed in Wilkes County, GA with an Edward Pryor and Peter Tatum (read post).  Well, that’s interesting!

So I’ve separated out records involving Pryors and Howell Tatum. It should be noted that the Howelll Tatum who’s the primary man of interest is of an age to have served in the Revolutionary War. His brother, James, served in 1775 (see application http://revwarapps.org/s39102.pdf) — Howell Tatum also applied for a pension, so he may have been born in the 1750’s or 1760’s. There is a younger Howell Tatum (“Holewell Tatum”) in Rutherford County in 1820, so perhaps some of the records pertain to one or the other. Online family trees show Sukie Pryor Tatum as the mother of a Howell Tatum, so perhaps the younger Howell is a nephew. Figuring out who is whom may take some sifting.

NOTES OF RECORDS

1791, Sumner Co., TNWilliam Pryor bought land from William Fort and Howell Tatum (land bordered John Pryor and John Hannah. John Pryor in Jan. 1791 was bonded in a Sumner Co. court case involving John Cotton and Howell Tatum.

1802- Smith Co., TN – Thomas White & Mourning White (formerly Mourning Prior[sic]) Administrator & Administratrix of Richard Pryor decd. of Logan County & State of Kentucky of the one part and James Ewing of Smith County & State of Tennessee of the other part Witnesseth, that whereas in the life time of the said Richard Pryor Decd. he bound himself by his Writing Obligatory in the penal Sum of two hundred pounds to Execute a Deed valid in Law to William Pryor four [sic] hundred Acres of Land his choice of twelve hundred & Eighty Acres, part of Tract of three thousand acres lying on the Caney fork of Cumberland River, formerly the property of Howel Tatum…

1803, Wilson Co., TNHowell Tatum is on the 1803 Tax List for Wilson Co., TN (no ages notes on tax list)

1806, Logan Co., KY – John Prier Jr. of Logan Co deeded 376 acres on the Caney Fork of the Cumberland (in TN) to Stephen Cantrell of Smith County, TN on 27 Mar 1806. Deed states land previously belonged to Howell Tatum. Wit. James Ewing.

1812 Davidson Co., TN – Howell Tatum married Rosannah Wendel (see his Revolutionary War Pension  http://revwarapps.org/r2027.pdf).

1818 Davidson Co., TNHowell Tatum made an oath in Davidson County as a witness to James Tatum’s application for a Revolutionary War Pension. Howell Tatum not only received land but also applied for a Revolutionary War pension (see http://revwarapps.org/r2027.pdf).

1820 Rutherford Co., TN — On the census, Allen Prior 210110 – 10010 (oldest male 26 to 45 years, born between 1775-1794). On the same page with Allen Pryor is a James S. Hannah. Also in Rutherford Co. was a Howell Tatum (he was no older than 44, so he does not appear to be old enough to be a Revolutionary War vet). This may be Allen Pryor, son of Edward Pryor of Wilkes Co., GA. Allen Pryor was in Obion Co., TN by the 1830 Census.

1822 – Howell Tatum died (per witness in his Revolutionary War pension application file).

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? — Is Richard Pryor of Greene County, TN and Logan Co., KY related to these Pryors in GA? There’s a possibility with this connection through Howell Tatum. Tatum served through NC. Greene County, TN is known as an entry point to TN for men who served through NC.

Hope this fuels your Pryor research!