WILLIAM PRYOR/PRIOR was somehow an heir of WILLIAM LAFFOON (who died about 1744 in Henrico/Goochland Co., VA, and who received a 628 acre land grant in Henrico Co., Va in 1746 (after his death). In 1751, WILLIAM PRIOR/PRYOR (who was then listed as a resident of Albemarle Co., VA) sold 200 acres of land in Henrico County to WILLIAM HARDING of Henrico Co. This land was noted as "part of a greater tract of land granted to WILLIAM LAFFOON by patent".
GRACE LAFFOON was the widow of WILLIAM LAF(F)OON. She had a court suit against WILLIAM PRIOR which lasted from at least 1746-1748. It began in February 1746 in Albemarle Co., VA and continued at least until 13 Aug 1748. I have the particulars if anyone is interested.
We, at first, thought that this WILLIAM PRYOR/PRIOR was the same one who lived in Henrico Co., VA who married SARAH WOOD, but have since begun to change our thinking. There seems to be no link between that William Pryor and William Laffoon and his wife Grace.
However, I did recently find a court record showing that a NICHOLAS PRIOR (who died 1746 in Goochland Co., VA) had a son WILLIAM PRIOR born in 1725 in New Kent Co., VA. There is a JOHN LAFFOON who was listed on the 1704 New Kent Co., VA Rent Rolls which we have been trying to tie into WILLIAM LAFFOON of Henrico. The people involved in Nicholas Prior's estate administration were similar to those involved with William Laffoon's estate administration.
Goochland Co., Va Order Book #6, 1744-49, page 218, August Court 1746, "SUSANNAH PRIOR came into court and makes oath that NICHOLAS PRIOR, dec'd, died without any will so far as she knows or believes and on her motion, certificate is granted her for obtaining Letters of Administration in due form. WILLIAM HARDING and JOHN UTLEY entering themselves security for the same. Ordered that WILLIAM FORD, GILES LETCHER, ROBERT WILLIS JR and RENE LAFORCE or any three...do appraise the estate of NICHOLAS PRIOR, dec'd and that his administratrix do return an inventory thereof to the next court."
Can anyone tell me who this William Pryor/Prior was and how was he an heir of William Laffoon of Henrico/Goochland?
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