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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.

William Haynes May Connect Jefferson County KY Pryors in Tennessee and Missouri

handwritingWilliam Haynes is yet another new lead on the Pryors from a name in David Crawford’s 1801 will. Crawford was from Amherst County, VA and filed his will in Jefferson County, KY. The will was witnessed by William Pryor and John Pryor. He mentions land, presumably in KY, that he had purchased from William Haynes.

1801 – Jefferson Co., KY Will
David Crawford, 14 Dec 1801 — 20 Sept 1802; 4 Mar 1805.
To sons David and Reuben, land on Harrods Creek; to Nathan land in Shelby County where he now lives; to daughter Salley Cocke 80 pounds money, money also to daughters Elizabeth Davis and Nancy Jones; to son Charles land bought of Richard Talliaferro adjoining Elias Wells [or Wills]; to sons Nelson and William land in Amherst County, adjoining Buffalo Ridge, granted testator in 1789; to my wife part of land where “I now live,” bought of Robert Johnston and William Haynes; special gift to Nathan “for him not receiving assistance in setting out in life in a remote and distant country”; to son John one half of all lands in Kentucky seruveyed by him.
Exec. Sons John, William S., Nelson and Charles [Crawford]
Bondsman: Charles Taliaferro, Nathaniel Warwick
Witnesses: William Pryor, John Pryor, Stella Sullivan.
Codical dated 14 Mar 1802. Land to son William to be sold and “divided among my legatees”; son John to manage estate. Sons David and Reuben to be “given equally as much as my other children.”
Witnesses: William Pryor and John Pryor, Stella Sullivan.

This may be the same William Haynes and the same William Pryor who appear on a deed in 1805 Stewart County, TN. Just a refresher… That Pryor was likely the William Pryor who was part of Austin’s colony who claimed birth in Botetourt County, VA (see post).

Stewart County, TN. William PRYOR to William HAYNES, 314a; wit: Benjamin DOWNS, W. M. HICKS; 4 Mar 1805

One researcher is looking for a William Haynes who married a Mary Pryor. (see query). They point to William and Mary Haynes in MO:

1850 Census Audrain Co., MO
Dist. 4, page 172B, house 245/263 William Haynes 75 farmer VA, Mary 69 VA

1860 Census Sullivan Co., MO
Milan PO, sheet 150, house 1025 Samuel T. Haynes 55 farmer & doctor VA, Nancy 42 KY, Jesse R. 18 MO, Rebecca 12 MO, Malissa C. 10 MO, John W. 7 MO, Hannah 5 MO, Lucinda F. 1 MO, Samuel Parmely 42 KY, William Haynes 86 farmer KY

The William Haynes in MO lived to a ripe ol’ age. He was counted on the 1870 Census at age 96.

I don’t see any independent documentation that states William Haynes married Mary Pryor. I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has discovered a source for her Pryor surname.

I may have had an “AH-HA” moment. William Haynes is on the 1830 Census in Callaway County, MO.  I  noticed an interesting name on the same page… Robert McClelland. I wonder if this is the same man who was married to Nancy Pryor in 1792 in Jefferson County, KY. McClelland was explorer Nathaniel Pryor’s brother in law– it’s reported that his gravestone was found on William Clark‘s Missouri farm (see article). So, isn’t it interesting that Mr. Haynes from Jefferson County, KY may be counted on the same page with McClelland who was also from Jefferson County and closely associated with the Pryors.

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: ?

 

Richard and Mourning Pryor: Christian County, KY Tie-In

Richard Pryor and Other Pryors Genealogy Chart

I’d like to thank Beverly Watson from the My Jackson Purchase Families website for starting a new conversation on Richard and Mourning Pryor (his wife). She found in the Christian County records on FamilySearch.org an estate inventory and sale for a John Prior Sr. who died in about 1806/1807.

The Christian County estate sale occurred 25 July 1807 and the list of people who purchased from the estate are as follows (the list was written phonetically and I’ve tried to sub-in some common spellings of names):

Robert Sharrard, Elizabeth PRIOR, John PRYOR, Elizabeth Henkman (or Kirkman), James PRYER, John Burdine, Obadiah Dewhit (DeWhitt), John Bayley (Bailey), Vinson Layston, Jacob Dalmaldson (possibly Donaldson?), Hoxa Boren, James Nunn, Able Crawford, Matthias House, William Dunlop, Peter Simon, John Burdine.

There was a John Pryor on the 1794 Tax list in Logan County. In 1796 John Pryor Sr. and John Pryor Jr. were chain carriers when Richard Pryor‘s land was surveyed in the same county. It’s likely that John Sr. is the John Pryor counted on the 1800 Tax list in Logan County with a James Pryor. And that John Sr. and John Jr were the men (or some of the men) who married in Logan County:

Rebecca Baily married John PRIOR on 11 Jan 1800
Polly Heathman married John PRIOR on 22 May 1800
Elizabeth Crawford married John PRIOR on 12 Mar 1803
Yes, there is a Crawford and a Bailey listed on the estate sale which may support that these families married into the Pryors.

It’s  not that Christian County and Logan County are near each other on a map, as I read through documents I began to see names from Logan County on Christian County documents. For instance, Finis Ewing (founder of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church) is in Wikipedia as a resident of Logan County (no mention of Christian County), yet I found in Christian County (see the estate of James and Ethelred Scoggins, 1809). And if you remember an older post, an Elijah Ewing was often found on records near Richard Pryor and people suspected to be from his line of Pryors (see post).

Beverly also found that a Mrs. Elizabeth Pryor married Absolom Bert (or Best) on 6 August 1808 in Logan County. Perhaps Elizabeth is the widow of John Pryor Sr.– an Elizabeth Pryor purchased his watch from the estate sale and the 1808 marriage is near the time of John Sr.’s death.

The recent DNA testing has only pointed out again just how many John and William Pryors were running around TN and elsewhere. It’s frustrating, however by following the paper trail I think we’re getting a better idea of who is who.

The Pryor Chart

So, lets look at the chart. I think there’s certainly some fodder here, some food for thought, some fuel for more record searching.

  1. John Pryor Sr. John was referred to as Sr. on both the Logan Co. survey of Richard Pryor’s land and in his 1807 Estate in Christian Co. There’s a possibility that these Johns were one person.
  2. John Pryor. There’s a John Pryor, not differentiated with Jr. nor Sr., who was “bonded” in Sumner Co., in 1791 in a court case with Howell Tatum. Has anyone ever looked at this document? Howell Tatum. An 1802 indenture, a land record in Smith County [Deed Book B, Pages 94-95], names Mourning White, formerly Mourning Prior, and land described as formerly belonging to Howell Tatum. There’s so many John Pryors, this John and John Sr. may be one man or two, however they both may have had ties to Richard Pryor.
  3. James Pryor. Again we may have one man or two. James B. Pryor b. 1788 in VA and counted in 1850 in Pike Co., IL was the widow of Rebecca Pryor whose obit stated they had lived in Christian County, KY AND Stewart County, TN. Then isn’t it interesting that a James Pryor purchased items from the estate of John Sr. in 1807 also in Christian County? And there’s a James Pryor named on Stewart County documents with the William “of Botetourt County”.
  4. William Pryor and Richard Pryor – As discussed under John and James, William appears to be connected to both of these Pryor names. The survey of Richard’s land in Logan County was witnesses by John Sr and John Jr. William and Richard are associated with the Ewings: Elijah, Robert, James.

christian_co_pryor

 

Explaining Botetourt County, VA Pryors

Chart - Botetourt

Here goes… Botetourt County.

It’s another of my charts that attempt to make sense out of what we’ve found this year. I’ve used numbers in identifying the Pryors who link to the line of Samuel and Prudence Thornton. I’ve used letters for the Pryors who I can’t yet identify a line. Even then I think there are a few questionable matches… they just may not be from the lines they appear to be from!

  • I’m pretty sure that Joseph, Luke, and John were brothers. They are named as brothers in Luke’s (#2) will. Joseph owned land on Looney’s Creek.
  • I’m certain that Samuel Pryor (#8) was NOT the brother of Joseph, Luke, and John because their brother Samuel died in 1766 (see Chancery Court suits in prior posts). Samuel seems likely to be the Samuel Thornton Pryor who was the executor of his father William Pryor and his mother Sarah (Wood) estates. I’ve gone through the other grandchildren of Samuel and Prudence who were named Samuel and they were either dead or living in other counties, or too not yet adults in 1800 to be called as a witness on the suit involving Norvell. There’s always the possibility that he’s not that Samuel, but the Samuel who eventually married Fannie Ferguson and died in 1815 in Anderson County, TN.
  • John Pryor (#9) who sold land on Looney’s Creek is possibly, though not probable yet, Luke and Joseph’s brother. John was married to Mary Dennis. He died in 1785, so perhaps he was cleaning up his estate when he sold the land.  He may also be the John Pryor who was in Albemarle and Campbell County, however not enough information is available and we don’t have the name of his wife.
  • I’m not convinced that John (#9) who was married to Mary on Looney’s Creek is the same man who fought in Captain Preston’s Rangers. I think the one who fought with the Rangers is more likely to be an older John Pryor.
  • The Mitchell Bible said Samuel and Prudence had a son Frank Pryor. So where is Frank or Francis in records????

This was a good exercise to see who was in Botetourt and when. All ideas welcomed.