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Nathaniel Hale Pryor

Born: 1772

Death: Jun 10, 1831

Birthplace: Virginia

Nationality: United States

Nathaniel Hale Pryor

Date of Birth : 1772
Date of Death : Jun 10, 1831
Birth Place : Virginia

Nathaniel Hale Pryor served as Sergeant in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He was born in Virginia and was a cousin of fellow expedition member Charles Floyd. His family moved to Kentucky when he was eleven. He was married in 1798 to Peggy Patton, though the marriage may have ended before he joined the expedition on October 20, 1803, in Clarksville, Indiana; he was one of the "nine young men from Kentucky". Pryor was made sergeant in 1804, and led the First Squad of six privates. Lewis and Clark considered Pryor "a man of character and ability." In June, 1804 he presided over a court martial of privates John Collins and Hugh Hall, accused of theft of whiskey and drinking on duty; the men were found guilty and sentenced to a flogging. In 2009 a genealogist pursued California mission records archived at The Huntington Library? to find that a man named Nathaniel "Miguel" Pryor born about 1806 in Kentucky claimed Nathaniel Pryor of Louisville and Mary Davis as his parents. This new information indicates that the elder Pryor returned to Kentucky, fathering a child, after his journey westward.

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