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A Samuel Pryor Signature from Goochland County

Samuel Pryor Signature

Samuel Pryor Legislative Petition 1780, Goochland county — near several Payne signers: John Payne Jr., George Payne, Archibald Payne. Also near Tucker Woodson, John Sutton, Turner Clarke, Mr.? Layne.

Is it Samuel Pryor who died in about 1763-1767? Nope. (Possibly married to Prudence).

Is it Samuel Pryor who married Francis Morton Meriwether? Nope. He died in about 1766 when his estate was inventoried.

Was it Samuel, son of Francis Morton Meriwether Pryor? Maybe. He was born in about 1762; he would have been 18 in 1780, which seems a bit young since 21 was the age of majority.

Was it the Samuel who married Mary Wimbush? Maybe, but again he seems a bit too young.

My bet is on it being the signature of Samuel Thornton Pryor, son of Col. William Pryor. His sister Sally had married Matthew Payne in 1773. This Samuel was likely born in the 1750’s so he would have been of age in 1780.

Anyone have a Samuel Pryor signature for comparison?

Thornton Pryor – 1813 Robertson County, TN

thornton Pryor 1813

LAND FOR SALE.

I have for sale 220 acres of good LAND, lying on Red River, Robertson County, within one mile of Mr. Cavitt’s; 100 acres cleared, and under good fence, a good Dwelling House, Kitchen, Smoke-house, and all necessary buildings– a good Distillery, one still holding 150 and the other 50 gallons– two good Apple Orchards. I have also for sale about 100 barrels of corn. Terms made known on application to th esubscriber, on the premises.
THORNTON PRYOR
Oct. 29, 1813

Published in the Nashville Whig, 9 Nov 1813

Who Are All the Kinchins and Pryors in NC and SC?

This may seem like an odd assortment of names but I’m sensing that these people are connected.

  • In 1750 Henning Ferette of Nansemond County, VA deeded to Seth Pryor of Edgecombe County, NC land on the Morattock River. Witnesses were John Pope and William Kinchen Jr. (Note: I think John Pope is related to Jacob Pope, first husband of Patience Lewis who married Robert Pryor, son of John Henry Pryor. I don’t have a family for Seth Pryor, but  he appears related to the John Pryor married Lucretia and was in Halifax Co., NC. John was the father of a Luke– possibly the Luke Pryor who went to Williamson Co., TN– and a Elizabeth Pryor). 
  • In 1757 William Kinchen Jr. deeded land to Blake Baker in Edgecombe Co., NC. Montfort Eelbeck witnessed the deed.  In 1762 Montford Eilbeck shows up again this time he witnessed a deed that mentions property in Halifax adjoining John and Robert Pryor and Charles Smith. (Note: I think this is John Henry Pryor, his son in law Charles Smith, and his son Robert Pryor)

One of the few Pryors left that I have very little information on is Thornton Pryor, son of Samuel Pryor and his wife Prudence. Is Seth from the line of Thornton Pryor? There’s a Seth Thornton Pryor who died 1830 in Colleton Co., SC. His death notice was published in the Charleston Observer, stating he was 49 years old (born 1781).

I wondering about the other Kinchin names in other Pryor records.

1788 John Pryor purchased property in Campbell Co.,VA from John Kinchin.

1824 Mary Pryor married Kinchin Rambo in Barnwell Co., SC

Richard Pryor b. 1805 in SC named his son Kinchin Robert Pryor b.1843 in Edgefield Co., SC

Goochland Pryors: The Children of Samuel and Prudence Pryor

After the research that went into my last post I have new confidence in The Pryor Family (pub. 1900). I hate to rely on old books and second-hand information (memories and anecdotes) without any first-hand data (wills, deeds, court records) available. Show me a document that says Thornton Pryor was a son of Samuel Pryor and Prudence Thornton?! Well, that’s just rhetoric because there actually is a document that names Thornton as a son of Prudence and there are wills that help to identify sons of Samuel and Prudence.

1763 Deed Amelia Co., VA – Deed, March 16, 1763, from Thornton PRYOR, of Halifax County, NC to Samuel PRYOR of Goochland County, VA, conveying that portion of the estate of their father, Samuel PRYOR, deceased, which he bequeathed to the said Thornton PRYOR, and which at the time of making the deed, was in possession of their mother, Prudence PRYOR [Vol. 7, No. 1, July 1899, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, pages 75 through 79]

So we have the Bible record that appears to hold up in my last post AND we have a 1763 deed that mentions Samuel and Prudence. OK, I had my doubts, but they exist.

I went back to the Mitchell Family Bible that names the children of Samuel and Prudence: William, Samuel, John, Thornton, Robert, Luke, Frank and Joseph, Nancy and Molly. I wondered if I could confirm these children with other available records.

So here goes… the children of Samuel and Prudence.

William Pryor

  • Married Sarah, probably Sarah Wood
  • Children: William, Samuel, John, Elizabeth, Sarah/Sally, Martha/Patty, Mary/Molly, Ann, Valentine, and Luke.
  • 1753 he was a Captain in the VA militia.
  • 1753, William and Henry Wood witnessed the marriage of Alexander Trent to Elizabeth Woodson, consent from Charles Bates, Stephen Woodson, deceased. Security: John Woodson.
  • 1768 William was sued by Reuben Meriwether (over the administration of his brother Samuel Pryor’s estate).
  • 1777 – William died around 1777 and his will was filed in Goochland Co. In 1779 the 1768 suit was amended to show William Pryor was deceased. His son Samuel was appointed the executor of his estate.

Samuel Pryor

  • First marriage to unknown. Children: Martha, Prudent (Prudence?), Mary, and Elizabeth (See Robert PRYOR’s will below)
  • Married 1760 at St. James Northam to the widow Frances Morton Meriwether.
  • His son Samuel baptized 1762 at St. James Northam.
  • 1763 Deed Amelia Co., VA – Deed, March 16, 1763, from Thornton PRYOR, of Halifax County, NC to Samuel PRYOR of Goochland County, VA, conveying that portion of the estate of their father, Samuel PRYOR, deceased, which he bequeathed to the said Thornton PRYOR, and which at the time of making the deed, was in possession of their mother, Prudence PRYOR [Vol. 7, No. 1, July 1899, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, pages 75 through 79]
  • Died between 1763 and 1779.  He’s probably the Samuel Pryor who died intestate in 1766 when a settlement of his estate was filed in Goochland County.
  • 1768 his widow, Frances, sued his brother William in Chancery Court over the handling of the estate. Her suit states Samuel had land in Dinwiddie and Goochland Counties. (see transcript of suit)
  • 1779 – Mentioned as “deceased” in brother Robert Pryor’s will.
  • 1783 – Mentioned as “deceased” in brother Luke Pryor’s will.

John Pryor

  • Mentioned in Halifax Co., NC records. Amelia Co., VA tax list.
  • Married: Mary Dennis (see post on Mary Dennis Pryor)
  • Will filed in Amelia County in 1785.
  • Children named in his will: Richard, Luke, Elizabeth, Mary, Philip, Ann, Samuel
  • 1785 John Pryor mentioned in a Halifax Co., NC (see above deed that mentions his brothers in Halifax Co.) John Rogers, Sr. to Roger Atkinson of Dinwiddie County VA, for 15 Pounds, 100 acres on north side of Hico Creek adjoining John PRYOR, Country Line Creek. Halifax County Deed Book E., page 14. (Note: Roger Atkinson was the father of Lucy who married Theodorick Bland Pryor.)

Thornton Pryor

  • Named in Amelia Co., VA and Halifax Co., NC records
  • 1763 – Mentioned on deed with Samuel Pryor in 1763 (see above)
  • 1772 deed in Amelia Co. – Thornton PRYOR of the province of North Carolina, conveys to John Thweat, of Prince George County.
  • Deceased by 1783. Not mentioned in Luke’s 1783 will (see below)

Robert Pryor

  • Named in Charlotte Co., VA records.
  • Married: Mildred
  • Children: Samuel Pryor
  • Died 1779 Will Charlotte Co., VA – Will of Robert PRYOR written in Dec 1779, proved Apr 1780. Names wife Mildred Pryor, son Samuel PRYOR (a minor), Martha PRYOR, Prudent PRYOR, Mary PRYOR, and Elizabeth PRYOR daughters of Samuel PRYOR, deceased. (These are Robert’s nieces, children of his brother Samuel Pryor’s first marriage (Samuel’s second marriage was to Frances Morton Meriwether).

Luke Pryor

  • Botetourt Co., VA
  • Married: Susannah Poythress (see post that ID’s Susannah Poythress)
  • Children: Possibly at least one child, as his wife was pregnant at the time he wrote his will.
  • 1783 – Will of Luke PRYOR proved Oct 1783 in Botetourt County, VA. Names wife, Susan and an unborn child. Brothers, John, Joseph and Luke and heirs of deceased brother, Samuel.

Joseph Pryor

  • Named in Botetourt Co., VA records and later in Bourbon Co., KY
  • Married Mary Fleming
  • 1774 and afterwards – Resided Botetourt Co.., VA
  • Capt in Rev War out of Botetourt.
  • 1783 – Will of Luke PRYOR proved Oct 1783 in Botetourt County, VA. Names wife, Susan and an unborn child. Brothers, John, Joseph and Luke and heirs of deceased brother, Samuel.
  • 1787 Joseph and his cousin Samuel Mitchell posted security for John Kennedy in Botetourt County. (Samuel was the son of his aunt Molly Pryor Mitchell)
  • Settled in Woodford Co.., KY (1800 Tax List).
  • Named Son Thornton Pryor, Samuel Pryor…. after his parents?
  • Died: 1813 in Bourbon Co., KY (Will)

Molly “Mary” Pryor

  • Married: First, William Berry. Second, James Mitchell.
  • Children: Her daughter Prudence Berry married George Blackburn and settled in Woodford Co.., KY (1800 Tax List) near her uncle Joseph Pryor.
  • Resided Botetourt Co., VA 1783.  Her sons Edward and Samuel Mitchell state in their applications for Revolutionary War pensions that their father moved the family to Botetourt County in the 1780’s.
  • 1787 Joseph Pryor and Samuel Mitchell posted security for John Kennedy in Botetourt County. (Samuel was Molly’s son.)

Who was in the Berry Bible that isn’t on the list?

  1. Francis Pryor
  2. Nancy Pryor – married Samuel Wells?

I wish I had all the answers. Like… Are there ANY records that confirm these 2 were children of Samuel and Prudence? Well, are there? Let us know!

DNA and Marriage Connections

MarriageIt’s amazing how identifying the Pryors gets easier when the connections become clearer. In my last post (William Pryor of Amherst County – Do We Have A Name For His Mother?) I discussed uncovering a possible link between the Pryor and Laffoon families of Goochland County. So many wonderful connections have popped up in my research over the weekend– I hope that sharing will spur your own research.

An interesting connection came out my family member’s DNA results. We’re distant cousins (1st cousin 6x removed) of  Ann Pryor, daughter of John Pryor and Mary New. I theorized in a past post (The Patriarch: Tracing Nicholas Pryor) that John was the son of my ancestor Nicholas Pryor. John the older brother of David and William Pryor was born in about 1689, not too long after Nicholas was recorded as a Headright in Goochland County.

There have been NO DNA matches between the “other” Pryors in Goochland County… that’s the line of Col. Samuel Pryor and Prudence Thornton who go back to Robert Pryor and Virginia Betty Green.  That means that the Pryors in Amherst, Albemarle, Cumberland Counties in VA are probably not related to this other line. It also means that the Pryors in Nashville, Sumner County, and Overton County in TN are not related to the Pryos in Marion Co., TN.

Two Wrights… This weekend I looked at William Pryor of Amherst Co. He gave a statement about his service in the Revolutionary War with his brothers John and Nicholas (I know many people get tired of me mentioning this but it’s a good way to ID which William I’m talking about). William married Elizabeth Wright. Ann Pryor (daughter of John Pryor and Mary New) married John Wright. William and Ann Pryor were first cousins. I wonder if the Wrights were kin to one another?

Captain Ellis and the Pryors… In looking at Wrights I found that William’s wife Elizabeth Wright was the daughter of Isaac Wright and Susannah Ellis. I haven’t placed Isaac yet (really I haven’t worked on it), however I found that Susannah was the daughter of Capt. Charles Ellis and Susannah Harding. If you go back to my last post you’ll see that William’s father (William who was married to Margaret) sold land to a William Harding in 1751. And Captain Ellis is tied to the Pryors through their military service: William, Nicholas and a Richard Pryor all served under Ellis.