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These are transcripts and excerpts of records that refer to relatives of Richard and Mourning Pryor. They are listed in chronological order.
Tuesday, March 18, 1802
Smith Co., TN.
Ordered that Richard Lancaster, Tom Lancaster, William Pryor, James Pryor, Will Walker, John Goad and David Morrison view, mark and lay off a road from Lancasterís Ferry on the Caney Fork River to intersect Waltonís Road at the most convenient (place) going toward Knoxville.
Smith County, Tennessee,
Deed Book B, Pages 94-95
"This Indenture made the tenth Day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & two, between Thomas White & Mourning White (formerly Mourning Prior[sic]) Administrator & Administratrix of Richard Pryor decd. of Logan County & State of Kentucky of the one part and James Ewing of Smith County & State of Tennessee of the other part Witnesseth, that whereas in the life time of the said Richard Pryor Decd. he bound himself by his Writing Obligatory in the penal Sum of two hundred pounds to Execute a Deed valid in Law to William Pryor four[sic] four hundred Acres of Land his choice of twelve hundred & Eighty Acres, part of Tract of three thousand acres lying on the Caney fork of Cumberland River, formerly the property of Howel Tatum, and whereas the said Mourning White (formerly Mourning Pryor) the then Widow & relict of the said Richard Pryor Dec obtained Letters of Administration on the Estate of the said Decedant, who has since intermarried with the aforesd. Thomas White & whereas the said William Pryor has Bargained & Sold to the said James Ewing his Equitable Right & Claim, to two Hundred Acres of the aforesaid Four hundred Acres of Land, which by agreement between the said William Pryor & James Ewing was to be convey'd by the Administrator & Adminstratrix aforesaid to the said James Ewing, Now this Indenture witnesseth, that in consideration of the Writing Obligatory given the said Richard Pryor to the said William Pryor as well as a valuable consideration paid by the said William to the said Richard at the time of giving the said Writing, the said Thomas White & Mourning White (formerly Mourning Pryor, Administrator & Adminstratrix[sic] aforesd by virtue of the Power & Authority in them Vested by an Act of Assembly passed at Knoxville in the year Seventeen Hundred & Ninety four, Authorizing Executors, Administrators & Sherriffs[sic] to make Conveyances, hath Granted, Bargained & Sold & by these presents doth Grant Bargain & Sell unto the said James Ewing, the aforesaid two Hundred acres of Land, part of the four Hundred as aforesaid situated & lying & being in the County of Smith State of Tennessee aforesd. on the East side of the Caney fork of Cumberland river & bounded as follows (to Witt[sic]) Begining[sic] a Hickory the NorthWest corner of Hundred Acre Tract, part of the said four Hundred Acres Convey'd by the said Administrator & Adminsitratrix to James[sic] Pryor, by Deed bearing Date the same ... to the Begining[sic] ....
"Sign'd Seal'd & Deliver'd in presence of
"William Pryor (Jurat)."
1805 Will of Thomas White
As transcribed by Beverly Watson
18 Day of March 1805 Logan County, Ky. Witnessed: 3-18-1805 by Nathaniel Fulton and Joshua Henley, Affidavit by John Philips, J.P., 2-12-1806 of Robertson Co.,Tn. and Armistead Morehead, 1st day of Feb. 1806, and 14th year of the Commonwealth. Attest: Marion Johnson, Clerk & Rebecca Bouldin, DCLC Court File Box of Wills, "W" Russellville, Ky. 1-6-1972.
"In the Name of God Amen
"In the Presents of God and these witness I do hereby constitute and ordain this my last will and testament And first I commit my soul to god and my body to be decently intered in the ground at the Discretion of my Beloved wife, And for my Worldly Concerns I Do first Bequest that All my Lawfull Debts be Justly Discharged, and then to my Eldest son John White and Andrew White and James White I Thomas White and to Each and Every of them Doth leave the just sum of one Dollar And to my son Richard White have my horse Being a Sorrel about twelve years old having some White in his face I do further constitute to Richard and Thomas White All my Coopers tools to be Equally divided Between them And Next to my Daughter Mary I Do Constitute and Bequest that she Receive the Sum of One Dollar with a Negro girl Named Luce To my Daughter Sarah I do bequeath to her a nego boy named Dick, one Named George And To my youngest Daughter Elizabeth I do Bequeath to her A Negro Boy Named Abb and a Mulatto girl named Lusinda and a feather Bed. I Do further Bequeath to Sarah & Elizabeth a Negro Woman Named Han(unsure of spelling) to be Equally Divided Between them and lastly I Do Bequeath to my Beloved Wife, Mournan White all the Rest of my Estate goods and Affects to Dispose off At her Discretion. I Do further Constitute And Appoint my Beloved wife Mournin White to be Whole Executrix, and In the Presents of these Witness I do Anounce and Make Void all former Wills and Testaments to be of None affect But this to be________my last Will In the name of god Amen. Written In the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and five And Read and Signed In presents of this Eighteenth Day of March in the County of logan and State of Kentucky
1811 From Logan County, KY, Deed Book C, pages 467-468:
"This Indenture made this twenty ninth day of November in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven between the heirs of Richard Prior Decd of the County of Logan and state of Kentucky of the one part Jonathan Prior of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of two thousand dollars to them the sd heirs of Richard Prior in hand paid by him the said Jonathan Prior at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt and payment whereof they do hereby acknowledge hath granted bargained sold and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien enfeoff forever all the tract or parcel of Land situate lying and being in the State and county aforesaid on the far(?) fork of red river Beginning twelve poles below where the cumberland trace crosses said River running thence south ten degrees west ninety poles to a white oak thence North Eighty degrees west three hundred and thirty four poles a Stake in the barrens thence North ten degrees East crossing the River at forty poles one hundred and seventy poles to a white and Red oak thence south Eighty degrees East three hundred and thirty four poles to three white oaks thence south Ten degrees west thirty poles to the Beginning containing two hundred and fifty Acres be the same more or less to have and the sd tract or parcel of Land together with all and singular the advantages and appertenances unto the said Jonathan Prior his Heirs and assigns forever and the said Heirs of Richard Prior Decd for themselves and their Heirs doth covenant to and with the sd Prior his heirs and assigns that they will warrant and forever defend the aforesaid tract of Land with its every benefit against any person or persons who may claim the same or any part thereof In testimony whereof each of the said heirs of the above named Richard Prior decd hath hereunto Set their hands and affixed there[sic] seals the date above written
"Signed and Sealed and delivered
"in the presents[sic] of James Prior and Jeremiah Prior
"Logan County Sct
"the within Indenture was this day proven before me by the oath of James Prior & Jeremiah Prior subscribing witnesses thereto to be the -?- and Deed of the within named William Prior, Tompson Prior, Jeremiah Prior, Joseph Prior, James Prior, Caleb Jobe, Elizabeth Ray, Daniel Jobe, Henry Newby & William Newby and ordered to be recorded and the same together with this certificate is hereby recorded in my office given under my hand this 29th day of July 1812