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Mr. Pryor Shot Mr. Green in 1875 – Waco, TX News Report

It was reported in the October 11, 1875 in The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) that a Mr. Pryor indicted Mr. Green in a magistrates court for obtaining money under false pretenses. Afterwards Mr. Green and his witness, a Mr. Evans tried to assault Pryor but were stopped by the police. Later that same evening they found Pryor again and this time he pulled out a gun and shot Evans dead. Pryor turned himself in to the police in the morning.

When I first started reading news stories about the Pryors I noticed that some reports were in papers far from the actual event.  I wondered if that was because the parties involved were from the area originally. Possibly. However I see that newspaper editors were subscribing to and reading other news reports– eventually re-printing them much in the same way (but not exactly) the AP syndicates news stories.

The most interesting part of the report was that Pryor, Green, and Evans were brothers-in-law. Sad to know this may have been a family dispute.

A report in The Waco Examiner stated that Evans was shot and killed and that J. S. Pryor escaped (see report).

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Murder of Sally Pryor in Rusk County, TX (1902)

The death of the widow Sallie Pryor was reported in The Liberty Vindicator. The story states Mrs. Pryor was aged 50 when she was shot by a stray bullet when her brother in law Robert Pryor Jr. was out bird hunting. She was in her garden about 200 yards from where the shot was fired. The report contained no information of a police investigation, inquest or any other criminal proceedings.

There was a Prior family on the 1880 Census in nearby Cherokee County, TX. Perhaps this is Robert Sr.

Dist. 11, page 286, house 64/64 Robt. PRYOR 50 farmer SC SC SC, M. P. wife 43 AL TN SC, J. J. son 26 AL SC AL, J. T. son 21 AL SC AL, M. J. daughter 16 TX SC AL, R. son 18 TX SC AL, B. F. son 11 TX SC AL, C. A. son 8 TX SC AL, E. A. Delaney 14 step daughter TX AL AL, R. M. Wier boarder 43 school teacher MS VA KY.

Does anyone have more information on this family or what happened?

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1842 – Benjamin W. Pryor of Robertson County, TN

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.

Did you catch the Pryor name on Antiques Roadshow tonight?

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A woman on the Antiques Roadshow from El Paso brought in the will of Texas patriot Ben R. Milam. She said she recovered the will from a stack of papers that were about to be burned to make way for new records at the old Nacogdoches Court House. That story got my attention. Makes my stomach sick to think of what records have been destroyed.

BUT… I wouldn’t be writing about this unless there was a Pryor mentioned on the will. Milam named Richard Pryor as one of the executors of his will.

Which Richard Pryor do we think this is?????

Pryors on the Tennessee Tax Lists

TaxesApril 15th has passed and now we can look at taxes for fun (hopefully). The Tennessee Tax Lists are up on Ancestry.com and I’ve had some fun going through them. There are a couple of connections that I’d like to share – just in case they will help out another Pryor researcher.

First I found on the 1794 Sumner County Tax List William Pryor. I’ve had several researchers tell me that this William was a son of Richard Pryor and Mourning Thompson. I looked at his neighbors on the list and found Elijah Ewing and Benjamin Downs are close by. In the early 1800’s Benjamin Downs is on several records in Stewart County with the William Pryor who later migrated to Austin’s Colony in Texas. So is William in Sumner County the same man?

I love these kind of questions because it’s like a domino effect… ask one question and how we look at other data comes into question.  Was he the same William who was surety for the Sumner Co. marriages of Mary Pryor to John Hannah, and Jenny Pryor to George Fairly (or Farely). Was he the William Pryor who in 1796 signed a bond for Richard Pryor for 200 pounds VA money for a tract of 2565 acres on the Cainey Fork of the Cumberland? Wouldn’t it make more sense in that kind of transaction that William might be Richard’s brother and not his son?

I mentioned Elijah Ewing. He is on the 1805 Tax List for Blount County—on the same page as a Thomas Pryor.  Let’s throw another name into the mix for Blount County — There’s a Joseph Pryor in that county on the 1805 Census.  I suspect that he was the same Joseph Pryor who was on the 1803 Tax List for Jackson County because both men were recorded near John Whitson.  The Whitsons were connected to the Pryors of White County. Researchers report Jeremiah Whitson married Susannah Pryor in about 1804, and Elizabeth Pryor married James Whitson.

It’s been speculated that Thomas is Thompson Pryor, who was a son of Richard and Mourning Pryor, and that Joseph, Susannah, and Elizabeth are additional children of Richard and Mourning Pryor.

Puzzle solvers welcome!