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1805: Pryor Signatures from Amherst County

More signatures from Amherst County.

Wm Pryor (William Pryor) is below Jeremiah Shoemaker and above Francis Taylor. There’s a Jeremiah Shoemaker on an 1806 petition filed by the citizens of Sullivan County, TN with a John Pryor. That may not be helpful because in 1810 and later census records there was a Jeremiah Shoemaker still counted in Amherst County.

Jesse Pryor.

Edward Taylor, above Peter Rucker whose daughters Edith and Mary both married Pryor men.

1803: Pryor Signature From Amherst County, VA

Yup, I’m still still piecing together Pryor signatures.  These are from a 1803 Amherst County, VA Legislative Petition asking for a flour inspector.

At the top of the left column: Isaac Wright, probably father of Elizabeth Wright who married Revolutionary War pensioner, William Pryor.  Also on the left is Edward Taylor or Edmund Taylor with possible “Jr” designation. It’s not yet confirmed if this was the same Edward/Edmund who was in Campbell County, VA.

Middle Column: I’ve seen this signature transcribed as “John Prior”. I think it reads “Jesse Pryor”— it’s that funny old-fashioned double “s” that looks like a “p”.

Right Column: Moses Taylor who in 1804 married Mary Polly Pryor, possibly a daughter of Nicholas Pryor.

1778: Pryors in Buckingham County, VA

The first Pryor I spotted was “David Pryer”. His signature is on a 1778 Inhabitants Legislative Petition in Buckingham County, VA. He’s on the same page with Anthony Dibrell. (2 of David Pryor’s grandaughters married Dibrells in AR).

Also on the same petition… Edward Prior. He’s on the same page with Peter Fore (Foree), John Garrott, William Flowers, Edmund Glover, Samuel Glover, Thomas Ballow. Is this the Edward Prior who went to GA? Not so sure. When Edward in GA signed his will in 1796 he made his mark with an “X”. Could he have been too old or sick to sign his name? Or are they completely different Edward Priors?

Oh, Susannah Pryor! 1777 Henrico County

Over the past couple months I’ve delved into some of the Susannah Pryors who were noted around the time of the American Revolution. It was quite the popular name.

I stumbled upon a signature on a 1777 Henrico County, VA Legislative Petition. It looks a lot like someone trying to write Susannah Pryor with it perhaps coming out looking like Susaner Pyrer.

The petition was filed to protest against running the dividing line between Henrico & Hanover Counties through the Chickahominy Swamp. Well, that’s an interesting location. Nicholas Pryor had land on the Chickahominy in Henrico County (see post). When Nicholas died in 1746 Susannah Pryor came into court to request the right to administer his estate. Could this signature be her signature?

The Chickahominy comes up again — on a 1751 deed filed in Henrico County mentions William Pryor of Albemarle County (see post). The deed also states the land in Henrico county was from William Laffoon’s patent and it was located on the Chickahominy river.

Can We ID the Father of Thomas Pryor of Amherst County, VA?

March 5, 1849: Amherst County, VA Legislative Petition asking for the repeal of the charter of the Lynchburg & Buffalo Springs Turnpike Company. The first Pryor signature on the petition was Hartwell T Pryor. His VA death record states he was born in 1807 in Amherst County to William Pryor and Sarah (was this Sarah Tucker?). He died 2 Aug 1881 in Bedford County, VA. His presence in Amherst county was also confirmed on the 1850 Census.

1850 Census, Amherst Co., VA
Page 78a, The Eastern Dist., house 75 H. T. PRYOR 45, Susannah 50, John W. 18, M. A. 13, Margaret 11

The second Pryor on the petition (on another page) was Thomas Pryor. It is clearly written next to the signature “son of Hartwell.” Sweet! I don’t know why it was necessary to write that. Did it prove residency to be able to sign the petition? Was clarification needed to determine WHICH Thomas Pryor had signed the petition?

Can we ID Thomas Pryor on other records?

  • There is a Thomas M. Pryor who was appointed post master of Pryors Vale, Amherst County in 1844.
  • There is a Thomas M. Pryor who was counted on the 1860 Census in Chariton County, MO. Thomas, his wife and children were all born in VA (except the youngest child).
  • Thomas M. Pryor and his family were counted in 1870 still in Mo.
  • In 1880 Thomas M. Pryor was counted in Amherst County. Living in his household was a child born in MO. This child, William, was also counted on Chariton County, MO census records.

There was no Thomas Pryor or Thomas M Pryor recorded in Amherst County in Hartwell’s household in 1850, nor in Amherst County. Perhaps he was missed from the count or he was elsewhere? However, the evidence is strong that there was a Thomas M. Pryor in the county in 1844, who went to MO, and returned to VA by 1880. I just wished he had locked down his ID by adding his middle initial to his signature on the petition..

1860 Census, Chariton Co., MO
Clark Twp., page 289, House 862 Thomas M. PRYOR 42 farmer VA, Elizabeth H. 39 VA, Mary E. 15 VA, Thomas 13 VA, Junius C. 9 VA, Samuel 6 VA, Sarah 3 VA, John H. 1/2 MO

1880 Census Amherst Co., VA
Elon Dist, Page 2 Thomas M. PRYOR 63 VA VA VA, Samuel B. son 21 VA VA VA, William S. son 17 MO VA VA.

Have we answered “Who’s your daddy?” I don’t think so. On all census records Thomas M Pryor stated an age that place his year of birth at about 1818. Hartwell’s age on census records placed his year of birth at about 1805-1808. He was 10 years old when Thomas M. Pryor was born? It’s even worse when using Susannah’s age at his birth… about age 7 or 8? If Thomas M is the same man who signed the petition, then it’s almost impossible for Hartwell and Susannah to have been his birth parents. UGH! So, did Hartwell have a son named Thomas adding ANOTHER Thomas to the Amherst County mix?