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Dr. Samuel B. Pryor, Early Prominent Dallas County Resident
privates.67 The roster list of 22 February 1861 sent to the State of Texas listed Samuel B. Pryor as 1st
Lieutenant. Charles R. Pryor was not listed.68 Today a fine marker marks John J. Good's final resting
place in the same cemetery where Samuel P. Pryor is buried.
This research gave me more insight, if not complete, into the life of Samuel B. Pryor and the history he
was part of. He and his brother, without doubt, along with countless other prominent pioneers
contributed a great deal to Dallas' early development, both personal and political.
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1. Dr. Samuel B. Pryor obituary, The Dallas Herald, Dallas, Texas, Saturday morning 20 October 1866, page 2.
2. The Dallas Herald, 20 October 1866.
3. Patricia Freeman, compiler and editor, Twenty-One Southern Families: Notes and Genealogies by Elizabeth Pryor Harper
(Albuquerque, NM: P. Freeman, 1985), 150.
4. The Dallas Herald, 20 October 1866.
5. Bible Records, Library of Virginia, Archives & Manuscripts, online <http://image.vtls.com/BibleII/25295a/p/index.html>,
Jones Family Bible Record, 1777-1909 downloaded 11 December 1999. Mrs. Heather Stuart Mitchell, researcher
and descendant, located this source. The Bible was published in 1836.
6. Bible Records, online <http://image.vtls.com/BiblelI/25295a/p/index.html>.
Descendant Line of Thomas Wilkes, The Circle of Life: Family History & Genealogy web site (web master's name
not listed), online <http://www.infomrt.com/ familyhistory/wilkes_cf/descends.html>, information on Susanna
Cordle Wilkes' family downloaded 9 December 1999. Mrs. Heather Mitchell located this web site and forwarded
the information via e-mail message to the author, 9 December 1999.
7. Dennis W. Halliden, e-mail message from <firstname.lastname@example.org> to author, 7 December 1999.
8. Lester Newton Fitzhugh, compiler and editor, Cannon Smoke: The Letters of Captain John J. Good, Good-Douglas Texas
Battery, CSA (Hillsboro, TX: Hill Junior College Press, 1971), 18.
9. Bible Records, online <http://image.vtls.com/Biblel/25295a/p/index.html>.
10. Bible Records, online <http://image.vtls.com/BibleI/25295a/p/index.html>.
11. Descendant Line of Thomas Wilkes, online <http://www.infomrt.conm/ familyhistory/wilkes_cf/descends.html>.
12. Virginia Military Institute Class of 1843 Roster, Virginia Military Institute Archives, online
<http://www.vmi.edu/-archtml/1843rost.html>, Samuel B. Pryor information downloaded 8 December 1999. Mrs.
Heather Mitchell located this information and contacted the archives for additional information. Ms. Mary Laura
Kludy, VMI Archives Assistant, replied via e-mail message to Mrs. Mitchell who forwarded a copy to the author, 8
December 1999. According to Ms. Kludy, a historian, Joseph R. Anderson, in 1910 requested that every cadet up to
that time send in information about their family history, their war record, and their careers to be put in the files. The
small amount of information on Dr. Pryor came from a 1911 letter written to Mr. Anderson from Mrs. M. P.
Callhun, apparently a distant relative who knew very little about Pryor, but filled in what she could. The dates of
when he entered VMI and when and why he left are part of the school's official records.
13. The Dallas Herald, 20 October 1866.
14. Sevier County Marriage Records, Vol. B1: 87, County Clerk's Office, DeQueen, Arkansas. Photocopy of record sent by
Heather Mitchell to author.
15. Ann M. Pryor obituary, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sunday 2 March 1902, page 21, column 4.
16. Marie Louise Giles, "Early History of Medicine in Dallas, 1841-1900" (Thesis, University of Texas, Austin, Texas,
1951), 31, 33.
17. Giles, "Early History of Medicine in Dallas, 1841-1900," 33.
[Anonymous], Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas (Chicago, IL: Lewis Publishing
Company, 1892), 164, 185, 205.
18. Giles, "Early History of Medicine in Dallas, 1841-1900," 34.
Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas, 164.
19. Letter from Mrs. Lucile A. Boykin, Genealogy Library, History and Social Sciences Division, Dallas Public Library, to
Mrs. Henry G. (Evelyn S.) McKeown of Renovo, PA, 3 April 1974; copy located in "Biography - Pryor" folder at
Texas / Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library. The letter was written in response to Mrs.
McKeown's letter dated 23 February 1974.
Seymour V. Connor, The Peters Colony of Texas (Austin, TX: Texas State Historical Association, 1959), 369.
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