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The John Henry Pryor Family of North Carolina

Updated on June 17, 2011

Descendants of Judge John Henry Pryor

John Henry PRYOR, son of Robert PRYOR and Bettie Virginia GREEN, was born in 1695, in Gloucester County,Virginia and died on 21 Nov 1771, in Orange County, North Carolina at age 76. John married Margaret GAINES, daughter of George GAINES and Elenor, about1732 in Gloucester County. Margaret was born between 1706 and1715, in Richmond County,Virginia and died between 1777 and 1790, in Orange County, North Carolina. They had 12 children: Robert,Elizabeth, Rhoda, Mildred, Lucy, Green, Leah, Rachael, Dorothy "Dolly," Martha Heneritta, John Henry, and Abnor.


Robert PRYOR was born on 11 Jul 1733, in Virginia and died before 17 Nov 1786, in North Carolina.

Elizabeth PRYOR was born on 1 Jun 1735, in Virginia. Elizabeth married Charles SMITH after 1745, probably in Halifax County, Virginia. Charles was born before 1740, in HalifaxCounty. They had two children: Lemuel and John Pryor. Elizabeth next married Matthew FLOURNEY after 1750. Matthew was born before 1740, in Virginia.

Rhoda PRYOR was born on 6 Jul 1739, in Virginia. Rhoda married William STONE. William was born in1730, in Virginia and died in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Mildred PRYOR was born on 6 Aug 1741, in Virginia and died in North Carolina. Mildred married David WOMACK, son of Richard WOMACK and Nancy Ann CHILDRESS, in Sep 1771, in Orange County, North Carolina. David was born in1735, in Henrico County,Virginia and died before1804, in Beaufort, Orange County, North Carolina. They had nine children: John, Richard, Dorothy Pryor, Robert Pryor, David, William Washington, Abner, Jacob Green, and Abraham.

Lucy PRYOR was born on 20 Jul 1743, in Virginia. Lucy married Hosea TAPLEY about 1763, in North Carolina. Hosea was born about 1710, and died on 21 Mar 1777, in Hillsboro,Orange County, North Carolina about age 67. They had two children: John Pryor and Hosea. Lucy next married John WOMACK, son of Richard WOMACK and Nancy Ann CHILDRESS, on 28 Sep 1771, in Orange, North Carolina. John was born in1748, in Henrico County, Virginia and died on 30 Sep 1825, in Person County, North Carolina at age 77. They had seven children: John Pryor, David, Green, Jesse, Jacob Pryor, Josiah, and Henry.

Green PRYOR was born on 29 Sep 1745, in Caswell,North Carolina and died before 1771. Green married Susannah PERKINS. They had one son: John.

Leah PRYOR was born on 20 Nov 1747, in North Carolina. Leah married Nicholas PERKINS.

Rachael PRYOR was born from 23 Mar 1749/1750 in North Carolina. Rachael married Joel POPE.

Dorothy "Dolly" PRYOR was born on 23 Mar 1753, in North Carolina and died about 1777, in Madison County,Georgia about age 24. Dorothy married Jesse WOMACK, son of Richard WOMACK and Nancy Ann CHILDRESS, about 1760, in North Carolina. Jesse was born in1739, in Henrico County,Virginia and died in 1811, in the Mississippi Territory, which is now Washington County,Alabama at age 72. They had four children: David, Richard Mansel, Elizabeth, and John N. "Jack".

Martha Heneritta PRYOR was born on15 Sep 1756, in North Carolina. Martha married Frederick CABLER about 1785, in North Carolina. Frederick was born about 1750, possibly in North Carolina. They had two children: John and Francis Pryor.

John Henry PRYOR was born on4 May 1759, in North Carolina.

Abnor PRYOR was born in Dec1761, in North Carolina.


John Henry Pryor: Will Book A p. 160 Caswell Co. NC. He lived in Hanover Co. VA; Edgecombe Co. NC, 1748; Orange Co. NC. John Henry Pryor was a judge and served in NC Col. Assembly. His will listed his sons: Robert, John Henry, Abner; Daughters: Elizabeth Flourneoy, Rhoda Stone, Mildred Womack, Lucy Tapley, Leah Perkins, Rachael Pope, Dorithy Pryor, Moritha Pryor. Grandson: John s/o Green; John Pryor Smith. Son-in-law: William Stone, David Womack. (Dated:Sep 28, 1771) [Spelling is as in will]

Bible record of John Henry Pryor located inTennessee. They were owned by grandson of John Henry Pryor, father of Mildred Pryor; Valentine Papers; Orange Co. NC; Burke Co, GA; family records; bible records; Womack quarterlies; "Information on Some Pioneers of GA" by Joe Maddox; cemetery tombstones; and marriage and courthouse records.


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      Carol Acosta 

      13 months ago

      I need proof that Robert Pryor was John Henry Pryor's father - trying to get into Colonial Dames -

      Appreciate any help -

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      Annette Womack 

      2 years ago from North Louisiana

      John Pryor's wife was Margaret (not Martha) Gaines. Check the wills in Richmond Va, for documentation. She is listed in her father's will.

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      Linda Alcott Maples 

      2 years ago

      Hi, just would like to know where I can go for primary documentation which will prove that John Pryor's wife Martha was a daughter of George Gaines.

      DAR will not accept that her maiden name was Gaines because no DAR applicant has given primary documentation.

      I would love to show the proof that her father was George Gaines when I do a DAR supplemental on Martha Pryor.

      I connect to Martha and John Pryor through their daughter Mildred who married David Womack I and then on to their son David II who was a soldier in War of 1812. I have ordered David II's 1812 records from National Archives. If anyone, interested would be glad to send records via email. I plan to use David II as supplemental for Daughters of 1812.

      Thx for any info anyone can share regarding mother of Mildred Pryor Womack.


      Linda Maples

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      Jane A. 

      6 years ago

      Elizabeth Pryor and Charles Smith had 3 children: John Pryor Smith, Lemuel Smith, and Margaret "Peggy" Smith who married John Dabney.

      May Ct. 1760 Halifax Co VA - Mathews FLOURNOY is appointed guardian of John Pryor SMITH, Lemuel SMITH and Peggy SMITH, orphans of Charles SMITH, dec'd.

      Elizabeth Pryor and Mathews Flournoy had at least 8 children together. See for a transcription of her will. Her heirs include: John P Smith, Lemuel Smith, Peggy Dabney, Saml Flournoy, Robt Flournoy, Thomas Flournoy, John J Flournoy, Francis Flournoy, Mathews Flournoy, Lucy Flournoy, Eliza L Henry


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