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  • ID: I54878
  • Name: Pryor Lea 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 31 AUG 1794 in Knox County, Tennessee 1
  • Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery (Goliad, Goliad County, Texas)
  • Death: 14 SEP 1879 in Goliad, Texas
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    Pryor Lea (1794-1879)

    Lea Estate Article


    Pryor Lea (1794-1879)

    Pryor Lea - First Baptist Church of Goliad, Texas

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    His parents are uncertain. Some show Major Lea and Lavinia Jarnigan Lea; others believe he is the son of Luke Lea and Elizabeth Wilson Lea.

    Pryor Lea (August 31, 1794-September 14, 1879) was a two-term U.S. Representative from Tennessee. Lea was born in Knox County, Tennessee. He studied at the former Greeneville College (now Tusculum College) and then studied law, being admitted to the bar in 1817 and practicing in Knoxville. He had previously served in the Creek War of 1813. He was appointed United States Attorney for Tennessee in 1824. Lea was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1826 as a supporter of Andrew Jackson and re-elected in 1828, serving in the 20th and 21st Congresses from March 4, 1827 to March 3, 1831. He was defeated for a third term in 1830. Lea moved to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1836 and to Goliad, Texas, in 1846, where he was involved in the railroad business. He was elected to the Secession Convention which met in Austin in January 1861 which voted for secession, leading to eventual Texas membership in the Confederacy.

    Lea was elected to the Texas Senate in 1861, and after the Civil War was selected for the 1875 Constitutional Convention, but declined due to his ?extreme age.? Lea died on September 14, 1879 in Goliad and was buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Pryor Lea was the brother of Luke Lea, also a two-term Congressman from Tennessee.

    Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005
    Name: Pryor Lea
    Elected Office(s): Representative
    State: Tennessee, Mississippi
    Country: USA
    Relationship: Brother of Luke Lea [1783-1851]
    Biography: (brother of Luke Lea [1783-1851]), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Knox County, Tenn., August 31, 1794; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Greeneville College; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1817 and commenced the practice of his profession in Knoxville, Tenn.; served in the Creek War in 1813; United States attorney for Tennessee in 1824; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth and Twenty-first Congresses (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1831); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1830 to the Twenty-second Congress; moved to Jackson, Miss., in 1836 and to Goliad, Goliad County, Tex., in 1846; engaged in railroad building and management; member of the State People's convention which met at Austin, Tex., in January 1861 and passed the ordinance of secession; died in Goliad, Tex., September 14, 1879; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

    Pryor Lea attended Blount College. In 1813 he joined the Army for service in the War of 1812. He was elected to the 20th and 21th Congress and was a close political alliance with Gov. Sam Houston and Gen. Andrew Jackson. Pryor moved to Mississippi in 1836 and was a co-founder of the University of Mississippi. He moved to Texas in 1846 and was a delegate to the Texas Secession Convention in 1861. He was the first Superintendent of Public Instruction in the State of Texas.

    Major Lea came to Grainger County [Tennessee] in 1792 and was elected to be one of the commissioners who selected the seat of justice for the county. He was only 25 years old at the time. It is believed that Major lea built the home called The Springs around 1793. Major Lea married Lavinia Jarnagin and they had a son named Pryor Lea, who, from 1827 to 1829 was a representative to Congress. In 1880, The Springs was enlarged into a hotel and resort area known as Lea Springs which quickly became a very famous resort where people came to enjoy the mineral waters.

    Source: Tribune State Newspaper, date unknown.

    Judge Pryor Lea, born 31 August 1794, died September 1880 in Goliad, Texas, married (1) 6 October 1818, Knox County, Tennessee, Maria Kennedy, married (2) Minerva Heard, married (3) Mrs. Mary Perkins (died 1866 in Goliad, Texas). See the 1830 Grainger County, Tennessee Census.

    Source: Casey, Albert Eugene. Amite County, Mississippi 1699-1890 (Volume #3): The Environs. Birmingham (Alabama): Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1957, p.565. Print.

    U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
    Name: Pryor Lea
    SAR Membership: 41716
    Birth Date: 31 Aug 1794
    Death Date: Sep 1880
    Father: Lea
    Mother: Lavinia Jarnagin
    Spouse: Maria Kennedy
    Children: James Kennedy Lea

    Mississippi Census, 1805-90
    Name: Pryor Lea
    State: MS
    County: Hinds County
    Township: No Township Listed
    Year: 1845
    Database: MS 1845 State Census Index

    1850 United States Federal Census
    Name: Prior Lee [Pryor Lea]
    Age: 53
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1797
    Birth Place: Tennessee
    Gender: Male
    Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Goliad, Goliad, Texas
    Family Number: 25
    Household Members: Name Age
    Prior Lee 53
    Mary Lee 35
    Abraham H Lee 20
    Julia Lee 15
    Centhia Lee 13

    1860 United States Federal Census
    Name: P Lea
    Age in 1860: 65
    Birth Year: abt 1795
    Birthplace: Tennessee
    Home in 1860: Goliad, Goliad, Texas
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Goliad
    Household Members: Name Age
    P Lea 65
    W M B Lea 50
    E C Lea 21

    U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918
    Name: Pryor Lea
    State: Texas
    Tax Year: 1866
    Roll Title: District 2; Monthly and Special Lists; Dec 1865-Dec 1866
    NARA Series: M791
    NARA Roll: 1

    1870 United States Federal Census
    about Pryor Lea
    Name: Pryor Lea
    Birth Year: abt 1795
    Age in 1870: 75
    Birthplace: Tennessee
    Home in 1870: Goliad, Texas
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Value of real estate: View image
    Post Office: Goliad
    Household Members: Name Age
    Pryor Lea 75

    Texas Land Title Abstracts
    Grantee: Puerta Tierra Irrig.Co.
    Certificate: 11
    Patentee: Pryor Lea
    Patent Date: 4 Apr 1879
    Acres: 596
    District: Goliad
    County: Goliad
    File: 162
    Patent #: 584
    Patent Volume: 31
    Class: Goliad Scrip

    1880 United States Federal Census
    Name: Prior Lee
    Home in 1880: Precinct 1, Goliad, Texas
    Age: 85
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1795
    Birthplace: Tennessee
    Relation to Head of Household: FatherL
    Father's birthplace: North Carolina
    Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
    Marital Status: Widower
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    J. A. Dill 52
    N. C. Dill 45
    Julia Dill 20
    J. A. Dill 18
    N. Dill 17
    A. Dill 16
    L. Dill 14
    M. Dill 12
    E. Dill 10
    S. L. Dill 8
    Prior Lee 85

    Father: Major Lea b: 21 APR 1771 in North Carolina
    Mother: Lavinia Jarnagin b: 02 OCT 1770 in Virginia

    Marriage 1 Maria Kennedy
    • Married: 06 OCT 1818 in Tennessee 1
    • Note:
      U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
      Name: Pryor Lea
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: TN
      Birth Year: 1794
      Spouse Name: Maria Kennedy
      Spouse Birth Place: TN
      Spouse Birth Year: 1799
      Marriage Year: 1818
      Marriage State: TN
      Number Pages: 1
    1. Has No Children Abraham Lea b: ABT 1830
    2. Has No Children Julia Lea b: ABT 1835
    3. Has No Children Centhia Lea b: ABT 1837
    4. Has No Children James Kennedy Lea b: 27 NOV 1819

    Marriage 2 Minerva Heard

      Marriage 3 Mary Unknown [Perkins]

        1. Details: Amite County, Mississippi 1699-1890 (Volume #3): The Environs, Albert Eugene Casey (1957)

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