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Burials in Pryor Cemetery, Sumner County TN

I recently looked at the Pryor Cemetery on FindAGrave.com. There are 14 burials or Pryors and Gregorys recorded. They appear to be correctly noted and not phantom graves (people who have no recorded burial but end up in plot on Find A Grave).

My notes from the Sumner County Cemetery Book, state the cemetery is located 2 & 7/10 miles N of Hwy 31E on Rock Bridge Road; then 6/10 mile NW on Pryor Branch Road. Cemetery is on N side of road. Only 6 burials were recorded, perhaps because markers were obscured or no longer existed.

PRYOR, Elizabeth – 19 Dec 1825 – 22 Feb 1865 – Aged 39 yrs 2 mos 6 days
PRYOR, Infant son of A. & E. Pryor – 16 Sep 1857 – 21 Jun 1858
PRYOR, Infant son of A. Pryor – Died 15 Feb 1865
PRYOR, Henry D. – ____ Oct 1858
PRYOR, Eugenia – Age 73 yrs
PRYOR, Edward – Died 19 Jan 1945 – Aged 93 yrs 1 mo 16 days ***

Additional Burials per Other Sources

PRYOR, Thomas Jefferson b. 1845, died May 22, 1912. Son of William Pryor and Margaret Curry. Thomas was the father of Willie Pryor who married Thomas Gregory. Gregory’s first wife was Betty Pryor, a daughter of Allen L. Pryor. It is speculated that William Pryor was Allen’s brother. Obituary of Thomas Pryor states he was buried in the Allen Pryor Cemetery.

GREGORY, Thomas Washington b. 25 Aug 1864 – 25 Sep 1931, son in law of Allen L. Pryor. Johnny Adcock 5 Jan 1895 reported in a first hand account that he helped with the burial of Thomas Gregory in the Pryor cemetery off of Rockbridge Rd.

GREGORY, Vernon Head
b. 16 Dec 1890 – 11 Jun 1909. Son of Thomas Washington Gregory and Betty Pryor. His burial in the family cemetery was reported by his brother Thomas M. Gregory.

PRYOR-GREGORY, Betty b. Jul 1861 – 15 Jan 1909, daughter of Allen L. Pryor. Obituary states she was buried in the family burial plot on the same farm on which she was raised.

*** Death record confirms this was John Edward Pryor, son of Allen L Pryor.

Estate Sale of Massey Taylor Pryor, 1867 Sumner Co.,TN

State of Tennessee, Sumner County. This day appeared before me Allen L. Pryor, administer of Massey Pryor deceased, and swore an oath that the above is true and correct inventory of the estate of his mother. Sworn to before me 3 June 1867. Signed Allen L. Pryor. Witnessed by John Bugg and J.A. Truesdale.

State of Tennessee, Sumner County. Personally appeared before me William Matthews, an acting justice of the peace for said county, F.M. Elliot and made an oath that the within account as stands charged is just and true this 14th day of September 1867. Signed F. M. Elliot. (The account that was attached was for shoeing horses for Massey Pryor from 1856 to 1861).

List of Items Purchase Amount Purchased By (Relationship)
2 Single Bed 0.35 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 Candlestick 0.50 Allen L. Pryor (son)
2 Qt. Bottles 0.50 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 Lot of Bottles 0.10 Allen L. Pryor (son)
5 Bottles 0.15 Allen L. Pryor (son)
2 Small Bottles 0.05 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 Dressing Table 1.25 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 Mule Colt 117.60 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 Chest 1.90 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Box of Books 0.45 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Lot of Books 0.30 Sam Pryor (son)
Lot of Bacon 2.35 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Axe 0.35 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Small Mare 28.50 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Fork and Knife 0.11 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Looking Glass 0.15 Sam Pryor (son)
6 Chairs 2.35 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Water Bucket 0.35 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Keg Molasses 1.25 Sam Pryor (son)
2 Plows 1.25 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Barrel 0.50 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Bridle 0.25 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Coffee Mill 1.05 Sam Pryor (son)
Pot Rack and Hooks 0.50 Sam Pryor (son)
1 Bible 0.50 Grant Taylor (african-american)
Barrel of Lye 6.25 Betsy Pryor (dau. or dau. in law?)
Sugar Chest 3.75 Betsy Pryor (dau. or dau. in law?)
1 Water Can 0.25 Betsy Pryor (dau. or dau. in law?)
Pot and Hooks 1.10 Betsy Pryor (dau. or dau. in law?)
Small Pot and Hooks 2.00 Betsy Pryor ((dau. or dau. in law?)
Bacon 5.55 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
3 Plates 0.25 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
1 Stone Jug 0.30 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
1 Bottle 0.15 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
1 Lot Bottles 0.50 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
1 Pair Hound Dogs 4.00 Luisa McCulley (Daughter)
1 Plow 1.00 George Pryor (Son)
6 Plates 0.25 George Pryor (Son)
1 Sugar Bowl 0.25 George Pryor (Son)
1 Jug 0.35 George Pryor (Son)
1 Small Jar 0.05 George Pryor (Son)
3 Hogs 11.30 Mrs. Luisa Williams
2 Forks 0.10 Mrs. Luisa Williams
1 Clock 2.50 C. Brazil
3 Small Hounds 7.20 E.D. Robinson
1 pair __? 0.35 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 side __? 12.60 Allen L. Pryor (son)
1 _____? 0.80 John Laskey

Chesley W Taylor: Changed His Name to Richard Taylor?

1870 Census, Cheatham County. Chesley W Taylor. His sister Mary Ann Taylor Allen is also on this page.

It’s so frustrating to run into the name switcheroos among the Pryors (see Shadrack to Chesley post) Wouldn’t you know, I also run in to mysterious name changes among the Taylor cousins who settled in TN.

I’ve been trying to flesh-out the family tree on Chesley Taylor about 1785 in VA. Edmund Taylor, the father, died in VA in 1827. William Pryor and Spicy Taylor were in Overton County, TN by the 1820 Census, and soon after Edmund’s death Chesley and his other Taylor siblings followed, including Massey Taylor and her husband John Pryor. He married Mary Ann Hardeman in Sumner County in 1829 and settled in Davidson County.

Chesley left a very small trail. There was a post the Tennessean giving notice that here was a letter held for him in Nashville in 1835. At some point a baby or young boy came to live with Spicy Taylor and William Pryor; they named him Chesley. From 1835 to his death in 1839, Chesley Taylor and his wife Mary Ann had 4 children: Susan, Mary Ann, John Edward, and Chesley Washington– Chesley Washington b. 1837 again brings up the issues of name changes.

Chesley Washington Taylor was recorded on all census records as C. W. His name Chesley Taylor appears on a land grant in Cheatham County. However, C. W. appears on the 1880 Census in Chatham County and there are several children recorded in his household who were recorded as sons and daughters. When those children died, their death records and social security records state their father was Richard Taylor.

His son James General Taylor:

His son George Washington Taylor:

His daughter Ella Catharine (Taylor) Wilkerson:

His daughter Rosa (Taylor) Demonbrun

So Richard it is. Did he have multiple names? Did he drop one name for another? Absolutely confounding but also a great reminder that evolving research means being open to new data and asking new questions.

My new question: When we can’t find Taylors and Pryors are we looking for the wrong first name?

 

Will of Edmund Taylor: Fathter of Massey and Spicy Taylor Pryor

Will of Edmund Taylor, 1824 – Campbell Co., VA
(father in law of William Pryor of Overton Co., TN & John Pryor of Sumner Co., TN)
In the name of god, Amen. I Edward Taylor of the County of Campbell and State of Virginia, being sick and weak in body but of a sound mind and disposing memory for which I thank God and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, I give and bequeath the same in the following that is to say in consideration of the love I bear towards my wife, Elizabeth, I give and bequeath unto her all my estate during her natural life after my just debts are paid, after that to be equally divided between all my children except Spicy and Massia, the wives of William and John PRYOR. I lend unto them their equal part during their natural life and after their death. I give it to their children in Testimony wereof (viz) I have herunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of July 1824. My wish is that Anderson Woodson Junr. to be my Executor.
Witnessed by Lefever Street, William B. Taylor, Charles Wright.
At a court held for Campbell Co., Nov 8, 1824, the within last will and testament of Edward Taylor, deceased, was produced in court proved by the oaths of Lefever Street and William B. Taylor witnesses, whose names are thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded.
Teste. John Alexander CCC <Campbell County Clerk>

Note: Anderson Woodson md. Elizabeth Clarkson on 30/1/1818 in Campbell Co., VA. Anderson Woodson possibly the son of Robert Woodson and Rebecca PRYOR. Lefever Street appears on early tax lists in Sumner Co., TN.

Ancestry DNA and William Pryor of Sumner County, TN


It’s time to make some comments on DNA testing. While it may not be the end-all for determining relationships; it can help to shine some light on who is related to whom and point to a direction for further research. Finding out that the surname you’ve been searching may be a “detour” may be disappointing however it shouldn’t detract that we are part of a family’s story and shared in the journey of that family. Rather than exclude us it shows more clearly how we became included!

So what’s new with the Pryors? We have perhaps a clearer picture of the family William Pryor of Sumner County, TN who died en route to the California Gold Rush in the 1840’s.

A male Pryor who can prove his line back to William tested several years ago via an Ancestry Y-DNA test. His kit was a VERY distant match to other Pryors from the known line of Allen L Pryor of Sumner County.

This was a bit of a surprised because William’s grand-daughter Willie Pryor was referred to as “cousin Willie” after she married Thomas W. Gregory whose first wife was Allen L. Pryor’s daughter, Bettie.

When I went back to working the chart for my Pryor autosomal DNA results I discovered there’s an Ancestry DNA kit for William’s line. They are a descendant of Thomas W Gregory and his second wife Willie Pryor. They are a very high match to my test and they also match to other known Gregory tests.

So who do they match to with the Pryors, Taylors, and Talleys? That’s where it gets to be interesting. There are 12 tests that are very clearly matches to these lines. Willie’s descendant matches up with only one of the 12 tests (the tester is a ggg-grandson of Allen L Pryor).

From the male Y DNA testing there was a low expectation that a descendant of William Pryor would match to the Pryors and Taylors, so the results are pretty much as expected.

HOWEVER, Willie Pryor’s mother was suppose to be a Talley and a sister of Elizabeth Talley who married Allen L Pryor. I’d expect a match to the kits among the 12 that are descended from Allen L Pryor and wife Elizabeth Talley. There is still only that one lone match.

Where does the break in the DNA lineage occur? Was Willie not a daughter of a Pryor and a Talley? Possibly not. If her mother had an affair then she would still match to some of the Talley kits, so results so far indiate her mother wasn’t a Talley.

Some fodder for research.