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Thornton Pryor – 1813 Robertson County, TN

thornton Pryor 1813


I have for sale 220 acres of good LAND, lying on Red River, Robertson County, within one mile of Mr. Cavitt’s; 100 acres cleared, and under good fence, a good Dwelling House, Kitchen, Smoke-house, and all necessary buildings– a good Distillery, one still holding 150 and the other 50 gallons– two good Apple Orchards. I have also for sale about 100 barrels of corn. Terms made known on application to th esubscriber, on the premises.
Oct. 29, 1813

Published in the Nashville Whig, 9 Nov 1813

Sumner County Pryors in Robertson County, TN

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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.

1842 – Benjamin W. Pryor of Robertson County, TN

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If you’re looking for Benjamin W. Pryor who may have been in Nashville and later in Tipton County, and definitely on the 1850 Census in Ellis Co., TX – I may have found another record of him. There’s a Benjamin W. Pryor recorded in 1842 on a document titled “Report of Unconditional Certificates Issued by The Board of Land Comrs. (Commissioners?) for Robertson County.” The certificate was issued in August 1842 and the amount of acres was left blank.
https://familysearch.org/photos/documents/3962510?p=1580303 The witnesses on the transaction were John West and James Lane.

Originally published in the Waxahachie Enterprise, on May 31, 1889 are the Reminiscences of Robert Mayfield. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txellis/mayfld.htm
Mayfield states that Benjamin W. Pryor was one of the early settlers of Ellis County. He also recounted a story that When a Mr. Sterrett married, “In order to claim his bride, he had to go to Franklin, in Robertson County, to procure a license.” I mention this in order to avoid confusion—he’s talking about Robertson County, TX.