William Pryor Estate in Hancock County, IL

The estate of William Pryor piqued my attention since it’s thought that he was from a Pryor line that was in early Greene County and later White County and migrated into Illinois. Sherrill Pryor, son of John Pryor and Ruth Sherrill is a rare name– he was on an 1823 work order for a White Co., TN road.

1847 William Pryor Estate – Sally PRYOR appointed administrator of the estate. Included in the estate are the names Sherrill PRYOR, Ruth PRYOR, James Massa, Wesley Perkins, William Kimbrough, Thomas L. Barnes. William’s personal property was sold on 31 January 1847.


Researchers of this line have stated Margaret Pryor (a daughter of John Pryor and Ruth Sherrill, a possible sister of William Pryor) was the wife of James Massa. They were on the 1850 Census in Macoupin Co., IL and later Montgomery Co., IL.