Tennessee Counties - D

The following are record extractions of Pryor families who lived in Tennessee. The extractions are presented in chronological order by county in order to give a sense of the time period and hopefully to make it easier to establish family relationships

Records of Davidson County, TN

1807 Letter - A letter for Benjamin W. Pryor was held at the Nashville Post Office. (Benjamin W. Pryor father of William Pryor born in Nashville in 1810)

1808 Marriage - 14 May 1808 Laura L. Pryor married John Bernard. The couple were living in Tipton Co., TN on the 1850 Census.

1808 Marriage - 6 May 1808 Susannah Pryor married Jasper Sutton (Jasper R. Sutton is a head of household on the 1830 Census of Maury Co., TN and is living with a Humphreys family in Hickman Co., KY on the 1850 Census)

1808 TN Supreme Court Case - Samuel PRYOR vs. Jackson Hutchins. Contract dispute. Names: Andrew Jackson.

1810 Birth - William Pryor b. 1810 in Nashville. His place of birth is recorded on the 1860 Cenus in Jackson Co., TX. He was living in Rapides Co., LA in 1846 when his son W. T. was born there. (John C. Pryor, son of David Ballow Pryor (brother of Nicholas B. Pryor below) was on the 1830 Census in Rapides Co., LA. John C. Pryor was about 40 when he married in 1818, so he may have had a first marriage and children).

Before 1811 - Dick Pryor, Patton Anderson, and Mr. Rutherford owned horse racetrack in Nashville (Patton Anderson, friend of President Andrew Jackson, was murdered in Bedford County in 1811)

1811 Death - Samuel Pryor died in Davidson Co., leaving an inventory of his estate, but no will.

1811 Tax List for Davidson County, TN
Capt. James Bennings Co.
Richard PRYOR
(living near him are John Rogers, Burwell Sneed, David Krantz. Burwell Sneed is on the 1810 Census in Williamson Co., TN)
Capt. ----'s Company, Town of Nashville
Nicholas B PRYOR 3000 acres

1812 Tax List for Davidson County, TN - Nicholas B PRYOR

1812 Letter - Nicholas B. Pryor wrote to ex-President Thomas Jefferson requesting a military appointment. Sent from Nashville on 7 Aug 1812.

1818 Marriage - 7 March 1818 John C. Pryor married Ann E. Bullard (John C. Pryor and wife were recorded in Franklin Co., TN in 1820. He may be the John C. Pryor who later lived in DeSoto Co., MS)

1820 Census Davidson Co., TN
Nicholas B. PRYOR 30131-001
Page 68 line 3 Zachariah PRYOR 0002-00001
(Sons of David Pryor & Susan Ballow of Buckingham Co., VA)
Page 68, line 4 Alexander Donnelson
(brother in law of Pres. Andrew Jackson, his obit in the National Banner on 2 June 1834 states he was the eledest brother of Mrs. Jackson)

1826 Will of Alexander Donelson, died in Nashville. Names Nicholas B. Pryor and William Carroll of Davidson Co., TN as his executors. “Signed, sealed and published In presence of E. Talbot and Zach B. Pryor.” (Alexander Donelson brother in law of Pres. Andrew Jackson's wife.Donnelson died in 1834-- it's stated in family trees that Nicholas died in 1833, so he may not have fulfilled his role as executor of the Donelson estate.).

1826 TN Supreme Court Case - Nicholas B Pryor vs Felix Grundy. .

1829 TN Supreme Court Case - Nicholas B Pryor
-- see Franklin County, TN

1829 Tax List, Davidson County
Nicholas B Pryor, 3000 acres

1830 Census, Davidson Co., TN
Nashville, Page 293A. Nicholas B. PRYOR 02100011-200001 (David B. Pryor & Susan Ballow of Buckingham Co., VA>Nicholas B. Pryor. Nicholas Pryor married Sally Thomas in Sumner Co., TN 13 Sept. 1813)
Page 293a, Benjamin PRYOR 000000001 - 00001 (Writing on record looks like "PRYZER". Oldest male is 60 to 70 years, born 1760-1770).
Unk. Twp., Page 256, Zach. PRYOR 00000001-0 (Zachariah Pryor brother of Nicholas B. Pryor)

1832 Death - April 25, 1832 died in Davidson County on Monday, 16th instant, Mrs. Susannah PRYOR, aged 89 years. Obituary date 4/25/1832, death date 4/16/1832. Obit from National Banner or Nashville Daily Advertiser. (Page 100, Jan. 25, 1836) (Widow of David Pryor, Susanna Ballow Pryor)

1833 Death - January 14, 1833 - "Died in this town, Mr. Charles B. Pryor, Esquire.", buried in Nashville City Cemetery

1836 Court Record - Rec. from A Wright – A receipt from Aaron Wright to Reuben Patterson and the Representative of Nicholas B Pryor decd was acknowledged in open court by the said Aaron Wright to be his act and deed and was ordered to be recorded (Page 112, Feb. 2, 1836)

1836 Court Record - Z B Pryor adm. of S Pryor – Ordered that Zachariah B Pryor have letter of Administration granted to him on the estate of Susannah Pryor decd. Whereupon the said Zachariah B Pryor in court here gave bond in the sum of one thousand dollars with Garrett Mays his security and qualified according to law. (Susannah Ballow Pryor, widow of David Pryor. She was the mother of Nicholas B. Pryor and Zachariah B Pryor.)

1838 - Letter to Adjutant General written by R. P. PRYOR from Nashville on 10 Dec 1838 states he was discharged in May 1837 from the army. He served in Capt. H. Brown Company "H", 4th artillery, rank Seargant. He was enlisted. Pryor wanted to be reimbursed for his effects that went with the Company to Alabama. (This is probably Rueben Patterson Pryor, son of Nicholas Pryor and Sally Thomas)

1838 Tax List - Davidson Co., TN
A A Pryor
James Pryor
S. M. Pryor
N. A. Pryor

1840 Census Davidson Co., TN
8th Dist., page 327 C. C. PRYOR 011001001-100000001
22nd Dist., page 363, Alfred PRYOR 0201001-202101
(counted next to John Beasley and Carter Adcock)
Mary Taylor
Males: 1- under 5, 1-5 to 9
Females: 3- 5 to 9, 1- 30 to 39
(Edmund & Elizabeth Taylor>Chesley Taylor md. Mary Ann Hardeman Dec 25, 1829 in Sumner Co., TN. Chesley died in 1840 before the Census. Chesley's sisters, Massa and Spicy both married Pryor men in Campbell Co., VA)
Jacob D. Mayo
(He is a witness to Chesley Taylor's will)

1850 Census Davidson Co., TN
Nashville, House 755 James W. McCullough 25 carpenter TN, Mildred 22 TN, Elizabeth PRYOR 13 TN. (Is this McCullough family related to the Cullom/Culley/McCullough family living next door to Massa Taylor Pryor in Sumner Co.?)
House 879 "Nashville Female Academy": Olivia M PRYOR 16 MS.
Dist 25, House 61 Mary TAYLOR 50 farmer TN, Susan Taylor 50 teamster TN
Dist. 25, House 62 Mary TAYLOR 50 farmer NC Susan 15 TN, Mary A. 18, Edward 11, C. W. (male) 9 TN. (Widow of Chesley Taylor, son of Edmund & Elizabeth Taylor, brother of Spicy Taylor Pryor and Massa Taylor Pryor)
Nashville Pennitentiary, page 398A, John PRYOR, (incarcerated) 1847, 28, laborer, TN, (conviction) murder.

1853 Marriage
- J. F. Kincaid (male) married to Miss ??? Prior on 25 Dec 1853.

1860 Census Davidson Co., TN
Dist. 7., page 150A, house 791 William Crocker 30 carpenter TN, Mary A. (PRYOR) 27 AL, Samuel 2 TN.
House 792, Thomas Crocker 28 farmer TN, Rhoda A. (PRYOR) 26 AL, Laura 4 TN, Sis 1 TN. (Mary/Polly Pryor & her sister Rhoda A. were on the 1850 Census living with William & Alsey Pryor in Jackson Co., TN. Rhoda & Mary are on the 1870 Census in Williamson Co., TN)
3rd Ward, Nashville, page 352, house 351 "store" Robert Brightwell 22 salesman VA... living with several boarders James J. PRYOR 20 bookeeper, TN. (Probably also a son of Thomas M. Pryor of Franklin Co., TN)
3rd Ward, Nashville, page 353, house 355/393 Lafayette F. Beech 32 merchant... living with several boarders William J. PRYOR 22 bill clerk $200 property TN. (Son of Thomas M. Pryor and Rose of Franklin Co., TN. This is probably the William J. Pryor who married Virginia/Jennie Estill in Franklin Co., TN and is counted on the 1880 Census in Bexar Co., TX at aged 42)
Dist. 10 (State Prison) John PRIOR 30, Laborer, TN, Convicted of Stabbing (William Pryor & Spicy Taylor Pryor of Overton Co., TN>Jonathan Pryor)
Dist. 13, page 216b, house 763 Mahlon Jones 43 carpenter, Susan (Taylor) 27 TN, Elarena 6 TN, William 2 TN, Millard 14 TN.

1865 Letter - Unclaimed letter at the Nashville post office, Jere PRYOR on 20 June 1865 (The Nashville Daily Union 21 Jun 1865)

1865 Death
- George W. Pryor b. 31 Jan 1853, died 26 Jan 1865 and is buried in McBurnie Gray Cemetery in Nashville.

1870 Census Davidson Co., TN
5th Ward, Nashville, page 322, Female Seminary School... Anna PRYOR 16 AL, Snow PRYOR 14 AL.
5th Ward, Nashville, page 307a. house 168 C. W. PRIOR 50 physician Ireland, Jessie 46 milliner England, Emma 13 IL, Wm. 10 IL, Clara 8 IL, Mary Phillipe 16 milliner PA, Anna Webster 23 black domestic servant TN, Frank PRIOR 4/12 TN (born Feb) (This family was on the 1860 Census in Hardeman Co., TN and in 1880 in Warren Co., TN. Cornelius W. Pryor and family were on the 1850 Census in Washington Co., PA)
2nd Ward, Nashville, page 203, house 110 Martha PRYOR 32 TN, Nancy 16 TN, Fannie 4 TN. (Martha and daughter Fannie are on the 1900 Census in Hamilton Co., TN)
10th Civil Dist., page 372a, State Penitentiary... John PRYER 21 GA (John Pryor was incarcerated on 28 Sept. 1869, he was convicted in Hardeman Co., TN and sentenced to 20 years at age 18. He was born in GA).
19th Civil Dist. Madison Stn. PO, Page 83 House# 30/32
Eliza PRYOR 42 Keeping House TN, James P. PRYOR 23 farm laborer TN, Melvina PRYOR 24 at home TN, Charlie Douglas 12 at home TN (this family is on the 1860 Census in Hamilton Co., TN)

1874 Probate Court - "Jno Pryor (John Pryor), a colored orphan was apprenticed to Thomas A Johnson until 21 years of age." (Nashville Union and American, 17 May 1874)

1880 Census Davidson Co., TN
Dist. 18, page 281A James J. PRYOR 40 book keeper TN IRE TN, Nannie B. wife 29 TN TN TN, James C. 9 TN, Thomas M. 6 TN, William W. 4 TN, "nameless" son 1 TN. (Thomas M. Pryor of Franklin Co., TN>James J. Pryor)
Beat 20, Page 16D, House 220 Linnville Bower (or Bowen) 53 TN TN TN, Milly 42 wife TN TN TN, Lucien 20 son TN, Lorenzo 23 son TN, (crossed out... Mary J.) Stephen 19 son TN, Callie 17 dau TN, Emma? 13 dau TN, James 11 son TN, Marvin 7 son TN, Nancy PRYOR 63 mother in law TN TN TN, Alice 27 sister in law TN TN TN, Josie Bower 21 daughter in law TN TN TN
Nashville, 5th Ward, Page 135D Martha PRYOR 44 seamstress TN TN TN, Nancy 24 dau TN TN TN, Frances 14 dau TN TN TN.

1881 Nashville Directory
James J. Pryor bookkeeper 53 Public Square, h 18 district
Martha Pryor, widow Jonathan Pryor, h Cannon Block
Tillman Pryor (c), laborer Gas Co.

1897 News Article - "Mrs. Prior has been at the head of the local Spiritualist societies for some time, has resigned her position and gone to Nashville, where she will still continue the work. (The Atlanta Constitution, 18 Apr 1897)

1900 Census Davidson Co., TN
Nashville, 6th ward, page 241, house 439 Frank C. PRYOR 8/1858 41 md 7 yrs. AL VA AL ind. life insurance agent, Sarah? R. wife 9/1862 37 no children TN TN TN (Francis C Pryor is on the 1860 Census in Butler Co., AL. He is on the 1910 Census in Jackson Co., MO)
18th Dist., page 213, house 10/10 James J. PRYOR 12/1839 60 md. 30 yrs. TN Ireland TN farmer, Nannie B. 1/1850 60 11 children/8 living TN TN TN, Thomas M. son 6/1873 26 TN, Mary B. dau 4/1881 9 TN, George E. son 11/1884 15 TN, Sarah V. dau 11/1886 13 TN, Lindley H. son 2/1893 7 TN....continued on page 234b James C. PRYOR son 3/1871 29 TN TN TN Physician in Navy. (Thomas M. Pryor of Franklin Co., TN>James J. Pryor. His son Lindley is on the 1930 Census in Los Angeles Co., CA. Mary B. Pryor married Vaughn Preston on April 11, 1903.)

1910 Census Davidson Co., TN
11th Dist., page 130A, house 246 James J. PRYOR 70 (md. 40 yrs.) TN TN TN, Nannie B. 60 (11 children/7 living) TN TN TN, Lindley son 17 TN TN TN (Thomas M. Pryor of Franklin Co., TN>James J. Pryor)
District 11, sheet 15a, house 303, Preston Vaughn 44 md 7 TN TN TN Lawyer, Mary (PRYOR) wife 29 (4 children/4 living) TN TN TN, A. Vera dau 6 TN, Emmet P. son 4 TN, Mary B. dau 1 TN, Nancy E. dau 4/12 TN. (Mary B. Pryor Vaughn daughter of James J. Pryor of Davidson Co.)

1920 Census Davidson Co., TN
11th Dist., North East Eastland, ED#125, sheet 36a, house 760 Hugh L. PRYOR 38 TN KY VA, Mary wife 25 TN TN TN, Ruby dau 9 TN, Jewel dau 7 TN, Hugh L. son 5 TN, Pearl dau 2 11/12 TN.
Dist. 11, North East Eastland, ED# 125, sheet 19a, house 385 James J. PRYOR 80 TN Ireland TN, Nancy B. wife 70 TN TN TN (son of Thomas M. Pryor of Franklin Co., TN)

1922 Death - James Jones Pryor died and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville.

1930 Census Davidson Co., TN
Nashville-Dist. 63 page 30A 834 Stockwell St. John T. PRYOR 34 (26) TN TN TN, postal clerk, Pearl wife 34 (26) TN TN TN, Mary E. dau 7 TN, Gwendolyn dau 4 TN, Raymond son 5/12 TN, Amos father 65 widow TN TN TN farmer.
(Nancy the weaver & Caleb Pryor of Jackson Co., TN>John & Mahala>Amos C. & Bell>John T. Pryor)
Dist. 8 - page 1B Owen E. PRYOR 24 boarder, single TN TN TN deaf
(John & Massa Pryor of Sumner Co.>Allen L. Pryor>John Edward Pryor>Owen E. Pryor)
Dist. 210- page 21A Cecil Graham 24 TN TN TN, Erma (PRYOR) wife 21 TN TN TN, Berlie PRYOR fa-in-law 50 widow TN TN TN, Eldridge PRYOR bro-in-law 14 TN TN TN, Allen Brown boarder 21.
(William Pryor & Margaret of Sumner Co.>Thomas Jefferson Pryor>Burlington Dority Pryor and son Burlington Eldridge Pryor).

Records from Dickson County, TN

Dickson County was formed in 1803 out of parts of Montgomery and Robertson counties. Later parts of Dickson county were aportioned to Hickman County (1807), Cheatham County (1856), Houston County (1871).

1820 Census Dickson Co., TN
PRYOR Pane 00001 - 3101 (oldest male 26 to 45)

1840 Marriage - 24 June 1840 Lydia Pryor married Minor Bibb. (Lydia Pryor Bib was the daughter of Benjamin W. Pryor b. 1788 in VA and possibly Mary Billings. Benjamin Pryor is on the 1820 & 1830 Census in Iberville Parish VA, and in 1850 in Ellis Co., TX)

1840 Census Dickson Co., TN
Minor Bibb 00001001 - 000010001 (Oldest male 50 to 59 years, younger male 20 to 29 years. The younger people in the household may be Minor Bibb and wife Lydia Pryor Bibb who married in 1840)

1850 Census Dickson Co., TN - The Middle District
Page 141a, House 733 D. C. Hartigan 41 overseer VA, Nancy 36 VA, Elizabeth 15 VA, D. C. (male) 13 VA, Martha J. 11 VA, James J. 8 VA, Catharine 6 VA, Nancy 4 VA, Martha E. PRYOR 30 VA. (Thomas M. Pryor md. Patsey E. Hartigan Aug. 16, 1832 in Augusta Co., VA. Martha "Patsey" Pryor is probably Thomas' widow.)
Page 142, House 750 George Winnick 62 VA, Elizabeth (PRYOR) 51 NC, George M. 21 NC, Sarah M. 20 NC, Mary E. 16 NC, Lavinda M. 13 NC, Elisa J. 10 NC, Elisa PRYOR 41 NC. (Eliza Pryor is on the 1860 Census in Dickson Co., TN, 1880 in Houston Co., TN. On the 1880 Census Elisa Pryor is identified as the "Aunt" of Elizabeth J. Winnick Patterson b. 1840)
Page 119A, House 429 Minor Bibb 32 farmer VA, Lydia (PRYOR) 27 LA, Lucetta A. 6 TN, William M. 4 TN, Alexander C. H. 2 TN, Laura E. 2/12 TN. (Minor Bibb md. Lydia Pryor on 25 Jun 1840 in Dickson Co., TN, 1860 in Timshongo Co., MS, and in 1870 in Humphreys Co., TN)
Page 126a, house 530 James C. Pullen 43 farmer VA, Elizabeth S. 32 TN, James Egbert 16 TN, Laura 14, Bernard 12 TN, William 10 TN, Benjamin 9 TN, Mary 4 TN, Mumford 6/12 TN, Wm. Thedford 26 school teacher TN, Sophronia Thedford 23 TN (Elizabeth Susan Bernard Pullen was the daughter of John Bernard and Laura L. Pryor who were living in Tipton Co., TN in 1850).

1860 Census Dickson Co., TN
Middle Division, Danielsville PO, page 298b, house 1361 D. C. Hardigan (Hartigan) 52 farmer VA, N (f) 50 VA, E.(f) 25 VA, D.C. (m) 22 VA, M. J. (f) 21 VA, J. J. (m) 18 VA, C (f) 16 VA, N. P. (f) 14 VA, M. F. (f) 9 TN, M.E. (Martha E.) PRYOR (f) 60 VA, A. G. Cursau? (m) 26 millwright VA
Middle Division, Danielsville PO, page 204b, house 41 George Waynock 73 NC, Elizabeth (PRYOR) 62 NC, G. M. W. 26 farm hand NC, Mary E. Waynock 23 NC, Eliza J. 19 NC, Eliza PRIOR 51 NC, George J. Waynock 15 farm hand TN

1930 Census Dickson Co., TN
Dist. 19, page 3B Jodie PRYOR 37 (25) TN TN TN timber cutter, Marguerite wife 38 (18) TN TN TN, Pearl dau 12 TN, Beatrice dau 9 TN, Sadie dau 7 TN, Marie dau 6 TN, J. W. son 4 TN, W. C. son 1 1/12 TN (John & Massa Pryor of Sumner Co.>George Pryor>Monroe Pryor>Jodie Pryor)

Dyer County

1910 Census Dyer Co., TN
Dist. 10 - p. 186A: Head, James M. - 48 - m2 - MO TN KY; wife Caldone (PRYOR) - 37 - m1 - 1 child 1 living - TN TN TN; Henry - son - 15; Pinky - dau - 13; Herbert - son - 6. (Caledonia M. Pryor daughter of Jacob N. Pryor of McNairy and Hardin Co., TN)

1920 Dyer Co., TN
Dist. 30 - p. 217B: James M. Head - 60 MO TN TN; wife Mathal? C. (PRYOR)- 53 - TN TN TN; son Herbert N. - 14. (Martha or Malthard as indexed Caledonia Pryor is on the 1910 Census in Dyer Co.) 1930 Census Dyer Co., TN
J.M. Head - 73 - m age 23 - MO TN TN; wife Callie (PRYOR)- 65 - m age 35 - TN TN TN; son Herbert - 25 - m age 24 TN TN TN; daughter in law Loraine - 25 - m age 24 TN TN TN.
(Further research showed that Caledonia PRYOR Head (1866 - 1942) and her husband James M. (1851-1940) are buried in the old section of Fairview Cemetery in Newbern, Dyer Co.  Also buried there are Herbert N. Head (1904 - 1967), his wife Loraine H. (1903 - 1989), and perhaps Herbert's son, James H. (1933 - 1969) Caledonia and husband James M. Head are on the 1920 Census records in Dyer Co. Caledonia is the daugher of Jacob N. Pryor of McNairy and Hardin Co., TN).



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