Old Man William Pridgen 1832-1845 applied for his RW pension 7 Aug. 1832, stating he was 100 yrs old. This pension was recorded in Bladen Co., NC. He stated that he enlisted in Duplin Co.(now Sampson) "in the latter part of summer because we had new cider to drink" His enlistment was for 6 months and was present at Moore's Creek Bridge in Feb 1775. He enlisted twice more and remained a Minute-Man until war's end. Also stated his current domicile was Bladen Co "about 2 miles and a half from Elizabeth Town."
His pension witness review was held in Columbus Co. court, August session.
Now for the two Williams... There is no available evidence other than place and time that connects the various early Pridgens. "William Pridgen d. 1762" married Martha Horn and lived in Edgecombe Co, where he died. The two families never interacted either... Wm.1762's family stayed in and around Nash and Greene Co's, with the exception of one branch that moved to the Whiteville area of Columbus in the early 1800's. No interaction there, either.
"Old Man William b. 1732" married Sarah Elizabeth Taylor and they are the parents of Sarah Elizabeth Pridgen who married Josiah Sykes, and Francis Pridgen who married Mary Sykes (d/o John Sykes and Mary Meredith). Francis' daug Mary (b. 1803) married John M. Sykes. All of their children married and stayed in the Bladen, Duplin, Sampson, and New Hanover Co area.
the "Pridgen Pages of the Past" site shows no Sykes/Sikes as having married into the William 1762 line. He had a daughter Elizabeth mentioned in his 1762 will, but no more is known about her except that she was a minor child at the time of his death. No marriage records, etc.
My interest in the "William 1762" line is his wife Martha Horn. My 7th g-grandmother was Hannah Horn and I think they were 1st cousins, but no proof as of yet.
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