Thursday, June 21, 2018

William B Praytor


Photographer: Grondal & Praytor
Round Rock, Texas




page updated 21 Jun 2018

William Bluford Praytor
(1861 - 1942)

Timeline sources: US census; newspaper items as noted, short biography

1861 Jun 02
Smith County, TX, William Bluford Prayton is born to Andrew Jackson Praytor and Frances Julia Ann Simmons
1864 Jun
Smith, TX, state records, W B Praytor’s father Andrew Jackson Praytor dies
1866 Oct 31
Smith, TX, state records, W B Praytor’s mother marries Nicholas Franklin Chambers
1867 Aug 25
Tyler TX, state records, Mary Adaline Chambers, W B Praytor’s half-sister is born
1870 Nov 07
Hunt County, TX, US census, Wm B Praytor is living with his mother Francis JULIA Ann and her second husband Nicholas (Newton?) Chambers and one half-sister, Mary Adeline (Mada?) (This is a loose connection. The names are only an approximate match, the ages are close to the 1880 ages minus 10 years and the location is logical. And further, W B Praytor has not been found anywhere else in 1870.)(See comparison below)
1880 Jun 07
Johnson, TX, US census Wm B Praytor at age 19, is still living with his mother “Julia A” and stepfather Nicholas Chambers and half sister Mary Chambers

1891 Nov 10
Stephenville (TX) Empire, news item Praytor will open a new studio in Stephrnville, TX
1892 circa
Round Rock, TX, short description accompanying photograph at Round rock Historical website
1892 Jul 15
Dublin (TX) Progress, news item Theo Roessle is arrested for swindling W B PRator
1896 Oct 07
Ladonia, TX, Shiner (TX) Gazette news item, household goods and art gallery lost in fire
1898 May 31
Williamson, TX, state records, Wm B Praytor marries Maude Sillure
1900 Feb 25
Titus, TX, son Sillure A Praytor is born
1900 Jun 18
Titus County, TX, US census as photographer, no address given
1901 May 04
Mt Pleasant, Titus County, TX, state records, son Sillure A Praytor dies at age one
1905 Oct 11
Texas, state records, daughter Edith Praytor is born
1907 Mar 05
Texas, state records, mother Frances Julia Ann Simmons dies
1910 Apr 21
Mt Pleasant, Titus County, TX, US census as photographer

-- Continued in next row --
Shiner (TX) Gazette - 07 Oct 1896


1920 Jan 13
Mt Pleasant, Titus County, TX, US census as photographer
1925 Aug 28
Naples (TX) Monitor, small ad for new studio in Naples
1925 Dec 11
Naples (TX) Monitor, news item about closing Praytor studio in Naples, TX, on 26 Dec 1925
1927 Aug 16
Naples (TX) Monitor, news item mentions working with Marshall Redfearn (sic)
1930
Mt Pleasant, Titus County, TX, US census as photographer
1935
Mt Pleasant, Titus County, TX, 1940 US census residence same







A comedy of errors? Yes. But below is probably William B Praytor in the 1870 and 1880 US census. This is a good guess as William Bluford Praytor has been found no where else in 1870.


1940 Apr 01
Mt pleasant, Titus County, TX, US census, as photographer at “West First Street”
1942 Dec 20
Mt Pleasant, Titus, TX, state records Wm B Praytor dies of heart failure at age 81

Praytor moved around a lot but seems never to have left Texas. Still, no documentation has been found showing when he was actually in Round Rock, TX. Available records show him in Mount Pleasant, TX, most of his life from 1900 on. Mount Pleasant, TX, is not close to Round Rock, TX.

So far, no documentation has been found connecting Praytor to Bror Gustaf Grondal but they were possibly working together between about 1887 and 1891 before Grondal moved his family from Red Rock, TX, to Lindsborg, KS. Most likely, they worked together around the first part of 1890.

See this page for the timeline of
Bror Gustaf Grondal
(1855 - 1948)

Stephenville (TX) Empire - 10 Oct 1891


Photograph purported to be
William Bluford Praytor


Stephenville (TX) Empire - 07 Nov 1891


Dublin (TX) Progress - 15 Jul 1892

Stephenville (TX) Empire - 16 Jun 1898

Naples (TX) Monitor - 28 Aug 1925


Naples (TX) Monitor - 23 Oct 1925

Naples (TX) Monitor - 11 Dec 1925


Naples (TX) Monitor - 16 Aug 1927


Mt Pleasant (YX) Times - 06 May 1933



Photographer W B Praytor, Stephenville, TX
example from Portals to Texas History
provided by Private Collection of T. B. Willis

Photographer W B Praytor, Stephenville, TX
example from Portals to Texas History
provided by Private Collection of T. B. Willis

Photographer W B Praytor, Stephenville, TX
example from Portals to Texas History
provided by Private Collection of T. B. Willis

Photographer W B Praytor, Stephenville, TX
example from Portals to Texas History
provided by Private Collection of T. B. Willis


Photographer W B Praytor, Granbury and Stephenville, TX
example from Portals to Texas History
provided by Private Collection of T. B. Willis

studio in Stephenville, TX
(it appears that something like "Plano" has been crossed out)
example from Portals to Texas History

studio in Stephenville, TX (from the same negative as the card on the left)
(it appears that "Round Rock" has been crossed out and Stephenville added)
example from Portals to Texas History

Grondal and Praytor
Round Rock, Texas
Example from "Round Rock" by Bob Brinkman


studio in Round Rock, TX, (date unknown)
example from an auction site

Not the one you were looking for? Here's the photographer's INDEX by name. Listed here are all the Cabinet Card photographers of the 19th century found in LOST GALLERY. This is a work in progress. For a look at the original postings go to LOST GALLERY.

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