January 27, 2015

William Pryor

   William Pryor, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was born in either Virginia or Alabama. He received title to a labor of land now in Waller County on August 24, 1824. By January 1825 he was living on the Brazos River close to San Felipe. William B. Travis recorded in his diary that Pryor died at San Felipe on September 9, 1833. Travis attended his funeral on September 10. Pryor left his estate to his five daughters and disinherited his son. Source

Note: This is a cenotaph. During the Texas Revolution, the town of San Felipe was largely destroyed by Mexican troops chasing after the Texan army. Nothing was spared, not even the town graveyard. The majority of those buried here prior to 1836 are no longer marked, so although William Pryor is known to be buried here, the exact location has been lost.

29° 47.894, -096° 06.043

San Felipe de Austin Cemetery
San Felipe


  1. Thanks for posting photo of William Pryor's
    "marker". Most researchers are fairly certain he was from Botetourt County, VA and settled for a while in Stewart County, TN and later in Clarke Co., MS before heading to Texas.

  2. Thank you for the information regarding his origins, I have added Botetourt County as his place of birth.