There were two different lines of William Pridgens who came from the same area, one is known as "William Pridgen died 1762", and my line is "Old Man William Pridgen born 1732"
He was reported as being 123 yrs old when he died, but I found his obit in a Wilmington paper dated 10/14/1845, stating he was 123, but proving he was "only" 113. Probably a typo. Stated he was in full faculty and walking until he caught a cold and died. He was a Minute Man and was present at Moore's Creek in 1775. His pension application stated he was 100 yrs old. DAR certified.
Family records state he was born in Bertie Co., NC 1732. Next door to Halifax, which was formed from Bertie.
His son Francis was in the 2nd Continental Line. Pension #6880, dated 2/6/1846, and awarded his widow, Mary Sykes Pridgen. She is my direct line and I would love to find her parents.
Here are a few msc. Sykes deeds from Bladen...
AUG 5, 1778 Josiah SIKES 100 A joining his own land & includ part of his improv & joing Wm. STUART'S land & joining back upon SPEARMAN'S land #406
MARCH 5, 1780 Daniel MELVIN to Josiah SIKES. His own line & running to Cypress Creek #1420
MAY 2, 1780 John SIKES 200 A on E side of Colley Swamp bet lines of James WHITE & Henery YOUNG'S #1468
NOV 1770. Jacob & Rachel SIKES of Bladen to Stephen ANDERS. 7 lbs. On Cole's Swamp at Wm. SMITH'S line..70 A..Wit: James WHITE, David Lindsey WHITE P.536
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