VIRGINIA RECORD EXTRACTIONS
The following are record extractions of Pryor families who lived in Virginia. The extractions are presented in chronological order by county in order to give a sene of the time period and hopefully to make it easier to establish family relationships
Records from Richmond City, Virginia
1699 - 9 Jan 1699 in Richmond, Edward PRYOR appraised the estate of John Lovell (or Lovett), appraisers Peter Ellis, Ralph Bartlett (See Hanover Co. Records - Samuel Pryor on 1732 Vestry record with with John Lovell).
1781 Revolutionary War Service - Nathan Fry states on his pension application in 1822 that he was at Corwallis' surrender (the Battle of Yorktown) and that he was known by Maj. J PRYOR of Richmond and David Meade Randolph (Randolph was related to President Thomas Jefferson whose mother was a Randolph).
1791 Personal Tax Record - Recorded May 28, 1791, John PRYOR, 1 free male, 1 black over 16, 1 black over 12 and under 16, 3 horses, mares, colts, mules, 4 carriage wheels, 1 "coach" (written in because there was no category for "coach"-- perhaps this was like owning your own private jet?)
1800 Tax List -
Lewis Burwell - 4 blacks above age 12, 2 horses, 2 carriages.
(In 1823 Will, Maj. John Pryor left part of his estate to his friend Lewis Burwell).
John Pryor - 4 blacks above age 12, 2 horses (This is Maj John Pryor.)
1807 Revolutionary War Land Warrant - I do certify that John PRYOR was c--- (commissioned?) in a Captain Lieutenant in the first Regiment of Artillery on Continental the 13th of January 1777 - in the service until the end of the war. Given under my hand this 29th day of June 1807. Samuel COLEMAN. [from Revolution Bounty Warrants, Library of Virginia online Catalog. The back side of this document states that Captain Pryor was given 4000 acres. This is supported on the affidavit of Susan Lowery, Pryor's sister in law-- she filed the affidavit to support Pryor's second wife's application for his Revolutionary War Pension. Mrs. Lowry stated he had already been awarded a "considerable" amount of land for his service.]
1810 Census Richmond, VA
Susanna PRYOR no names counted in household, no children in household.
1812 - Major J. PRYOR was living in Richmond during War of 1812. He was descirbed as decrepit and very fat. (Richmond During the War of 1812, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Apr., 1900), pp. 406- 418)
1820 Birth in Richmond, VA - Edmund PRYOR (bl) age 43 in 1863 was in Co A, 6th US Colored H. Artillery. Deserted May 1864 in Natchez, MS. Stated Richmond as his place of birth, occupation servant.
1820 Census Richmond, VA
Alsey PRYOR 1 "free colored" female over 45 years.
1820 Revolutionary War Pension Application - on 19 Feb 1820 John PRYOR testified that he was acquainted with Major General Robert Howe of Richmond (note: Pryor's signature is on this document. It also states that Pryor was deceased in 1823.)
1823 Death - Death of Maj John PRYOR announced in the Richmond Enquirer on 23 Mar 1823
1850 Census Richmond, VA
City of Richmond, page 269a, house 2 living in the household of Mosby Johnson blacksmith... Samuel A. PRIOR 28 coach maker VA.
City of Richmond, page 375a, house 547 Mildred Taylor 58 VA, Junius PRYOR 25 carpenter VA, Caroline PRYOR 30 VA, James Lumpkins 26 wheelwright VA, John Drew 33 hatter England, Martha Drew 23 VA, Thomas Allen 18 machinist VA. (Junius B Pryor married Caroline E Gregory in Henrico Co in 1849. Junius Pryor served in the Confederate military during Civil War-- 1st regiment, VA Infantry, Co. G, Private)
1852 Hotel Register - Columbian Hotel in Richmond, VA, J. PRYOR of Hanover (Richmond Dispatch, 27 Jan 1852)
1852 Hotel Register - American Hotel in Richmond, VA, W. PRYOR of Petersburg (Richmond Dispatch, 17 Feb 1852)
1852 Hotel Register - American Hotel in Richmond, VA, R. A. PRYOR of Petersburg (Richmond Dispatch, 25 Mar 1852)
1852 Hotel Register - Exchange Hotel in Richmond, VA, W. H. PRYOR and S. PRYOR of Lynchburg (Richmond Dispatch, 20 May 1852)
1852 Hotel Register - American Hotel in Richmond, VA, R. A. PRYOR, his wife and servant of Petersburg (Richmond Dispatch, 25 Mar 1852)
1852 Hotel Register - Exchange Hotel in Richmond, VA, C. R. PRYOR of Amelia (Richmond Dispatch, 22 Jul 1852)
1852 Hotel Register - Exchange Hotel in Richmond, VA, C. R. PRYOR of Amelia (Richmond Dispatch, 11 Sept 1852)
1859 Birth - Laura PRYOR born 5 Jan 1859 to Junius B Pryor and Mary J.
1890 Marriage - Randolph Bailey married Ann Pryor on 25 Nov 1890. Groom's parents Sam Baily and Nancy Baily, bride's parents Junius PRYOR and Rachel PRYOR. Bride's age 25 (born 1865), born in Powhattan Co., VA. Bride was widowed at time of marriage.
Records from Roanoke County, Virginia1870 Census Roanoke Co., VA
Cave Spring, Salem PO, page 328b, Noah F. Wertz farmer 50 VA, Emily (PRYOR) 41 VA, George N. 18 VA, James 15 VA, Christian R. 14 VA, Nanny 3 VA, (Emily Pryor daughter of Richard Pryor and Nancy Cash Bibb of Amherst Co., VA)
Records from Rockbridge County, Virginia1786 Chancery Court Case - Filed in Rockbridge Co against JOSEPH PRYOR of Botetourt County. Thomas Morris vs Joseph Pryor.
1809 Chancery Court Case - Filed in Rockbridge County by POSTON PRYOR against Nicholas Spring. This is a partial case, so it's unclear what were the circumstances or the result of litigation.
1829 Land Grant - John PRYOR grantee, 143.25 acres west slope of South Mountain and adjoining Amherst Co. line
1830 Census Rockbridge Co., VA
Peter PRIOR family counted as free black males 000201 - no females
Pantow? PRIOR. free black household 0001 - no females
William PRIOR 0220001 - 11001
1835 Washington College - Joseph William PRYOR attended Washington College in Lexington. (He is on the 1850 Census in Fayette Co., VA. He later settled in Marion Co., MO)
1840 Census, Rockbridge Co., VA
page 199, P. PRYOR (black) Free blacks: 00001 - no females
page 197, Military Institute, S. B. PRYOR 00001 - no females (counted as a single male resident with other students. (Samuel B. Pryor of Brunswick Co. and later the first mayor of Dallas, TX was in the first class of cadets at VMI - Virginia Military Institute.)
1850 Census Rockbridge Co., VA
Dist. 51, page, house 304 living in the household of Andrew Patterson 48 merchant... R. N. PRYOR (male) 18 clerk VA. (R.N. Pryor aged 29 is on the 1860 Census in Harris Co., TX)