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Allen L Pryor Cemetery in Sumner County, TN

During the summer of 2016 a Pryor researcher sent me photos of the grave markers in the Pryor Cemetery near Sumner County, TN (near Gallatin). My apologies for being slower than maple syrup in January in getting these posted! I’ve got some photos I took in the 1980’s – I’ll have to see if I can find them. It’s interesting to compare what is known of a cemetery at different times. For instance, there are only 6 burials noted on a Rootsweb page. It’s possible that those were the only markers visible when the survey of the cemetery was done for the book Sumner County, Tennessee Cemetery Records.


“Infant son of A Pryor died Feb, 15, 1865.”


Allen L Pryor infant son grave marker

Infant son of A Pryor died Feb, 15, 1865


Small part of a grave marker

Small part of a grave marker


Henry Pryor

“Henry Pryor … was born”



Henry Pryor, close up


broken marker

Infant son Pryor

(In)fant son of A. and E. PRYOR born Sept.

Another view of Infant son Pryor marker

Another view of Infant son Pryor marker


Pryor grave maker

Broken grave marker


Elizabeth Pryor grave marker

Memory of ELIZABETH PRYOR was born Dec 19, 1825. Died Feb. 22, 1865. Aged 39 years. (Elizabeth Talley wife of Allen L Pryor)


Monument put up many years after Allen L Pryor’s death in early 1900’s.


Beatrice and Willie Ann Lee, grand-daughters of Willie Pryor Gregory.

Beatrice and Willie Ann Lee, grand-daughters of Willie Pryor Gregory.



Elizabeth Gaines Pryor Obit – 1912

The obituary of Elizabeth Gaines Pryor published in The Tennessean on 28 Jun 1912 provides some great nuggets to piece together this branch of the Pryor family.elizabeth-gaines-pryor-obit1

Elizabeth Gaines Pryor in the census records:

1910 Census Hamilton Co., TN
Chattanooga 1st Ward, ED#45, sheet 1b, house 203/15 William PRYOR 34 KY VA VA, insurance agent. Ruta wife 33 TN TN TN. Elizabeth PRYOR mother 72 widow VA VA VA (See 1912 death)

1900 Census Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN
10th Dist., page 91a, house 616 Oak St. Elizabeth H. PRYOR 10/1837 62 widow 10 children/2 living VA VA VA, William H. son 7/1875 24 KY VA VA, Philip J. son 7/1883 19 TN VA VA.

1880 Census Montgomery Co., TN
Samuel E. PRYOR 45 KY KY KY, Eliz F 40 wife KY KY KY, Mary C 14 dau KY, Sam 14 son KY, Martha 12, William 5, Virginia 3.

1870 Census Todd Co., KY
Trenton Twp. Page 461a. Samuel D. PRYOR 35 farmer VA, Elizabeth 32 VA, Richard G. 11 VA, Elizabeth V. 9 VA, Mary C. 6 VA, Samuel 4 VA, Pattie 2 VA, Samuel Gains 28 lawyer VA, Ada S. 22 VA, Frances 1 VA.

1860 Census Charlotte Co., VA
Charlotte Court House, page 247 house 422 Richard J Gaines 60 farmer Charlotte VA, Eliza W. 58 Charlotte VA, Mary C 28 Charlotte VA, Robt. H. 26 Charlotte VA, Robt. C. Bouldin 27 lawyer Charlotte VA, Mary R. 27 Charlotte VA, M. M. Bouldin (f) 8 Prince Edward Co. VA, Eliza L Bouldin 1 Charlotte VA, Sallie H. Morton 12 Charlotte VA, Wm J Roach 20 overseer Charlotte VA
Charlotte Court House, page 247 house 423 Sam E. PRYOR 26 Dinwiddie Co VA, Bettie F. 22 Charlotte Co. VA, R. G. Pryor (m) 2 Charlotte Co. VA

Nashville Pryor Names in A 1836 Chancery Sale in Williamson County, TN

This Chancery Sale notice was published in The Tennessean on December 13, 1836. It refers to Pryors in Franklin, TN. Williamson County was formed from Davidson County, so it doesn’t surprise me that the names in the notice were commonly associated with the Nashville Pryors.  The sale involved the sale of 3 slaves: Nancy and her children Reuben and Henderson.


Banister L. Pryor (was the “L” sometimes transcribed as a “S” or vice versa?) was the postmaster in Prince Edward County, VA in 1831 and was recorded again as postmaster in Charlotte County, VA in 1840 and also on the 1840 Census in the same county. Were there two Banisters who separated themselves by using middle initials? Was there one Banister Pryor who was in VA and a defendant in a suit in TN?

I’ve seen Lancaster S. Pryor noted in online family trees as Banister’s brother, yet I’ve never seen his name mentioned in print before. I’ve tried to tackle the siblings in this family before (see post)

The sale wasn’t probably for Bannister’s brother Zachariah B Pryor because his will was signed on 19th September 1837, after this estate sale.

Pryor Bible – Marion County, TN Pryor Family

Sometimes people not related to the Pryors come up with the most interesting things. Remember back in 2007 when some Pryor graves were found in Kansas? (see post). I was contacted by someone who purchased an old Bible. It’s a Pryor Bible that purports to be from the line of Marion County Pryors. It doesn’t have genealogy names and dates in it, but it’s signed by Madison C Pryor and also contains the name Richard S Pryor. It was published in 1854, before the Civil War. The owner has kindly sent photos– THANK YOU FOR SHARING THESE!. If someone is from this line and would like the Bible I can put you in touch with the owner– they made it clear they would want this Bible to go to a good home.

Photos of the Pryor Bible

Old Tennessee Ephemera

Sometimes I stumble upon beautiful ephemera while searching out old documents. They also give a glimpse into life of the 1800’s. Servants in front of Victorian breakfronts. Ladies riding side-saddle. A bill from a livery stable (that’s like my Shell gas bill?). The Weekly Tobacco Leaf was a newspaper. Enjoy these papers from from Clarksville, TN.

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