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I do fear that Silas' record of immigration to the United States may have suffered that fate. The family story is that Silas was the second son, with older brother, James Pryor, being the heir to the family estate. As second son, Silas was left with little, and traveled to America to seek his fortune. Back in England, James died early in life, and Silas was summoned back to his homeland. However, he had already married his Quaker wife, and refused to leave America.
The occupation of Constable- I had run across, as well as James' indiscretion! James was indeed Silas' son- and married to Elizabeth Phillips. James died in New Garden in 1761. Elizabeth transfers back and forth between the Concord and Fairfax MM. The Pryor family migrates to Loudon Co. James' son, Silas and wife, Esther Talkenton, were finally disowned from the Quaker family when Esther bore a child too quickly after marriage. The Pryors as a family are fairly easy to find in Quaker records, with the exception of the "original" Silas. I was hoping the land records would lend a clue, but the early Chester Co records simply refer to him as "yeoman". Is there a source such as Hinshaw's, only an English version so to speak- that records Quaker MM minutes in England? It would be an incredible stab in the dark, but may be one of the remaining options. Births are not recorded, correct? Would Silas leaving his English MM be recorded? Thanks so very much for your help!
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