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Re: Pridgen marriages in Nash Co.
Posted by: Doug Rader (ID *****7023) Date: February 16, 2008 at 20:45:09
In Reply to: Pridgen marriages in Nash Co. by Debbie of 960

I have some limited information on Hardy Pridgen (ca. 1764-1848), but none on David (other than listings from the indices of land records for the Pridgens).

According to P.A. Jones (1998; "The Pridgen Family of St. Mary's Parish, Old Edgecombe County, North Carolina"), Hardy apparently married first Piety Tisdale (daughter of Renison Tisdale); Renison's 1808 will in Nash County, NC mentions his grandchildren Joel and Josiah Pridgen. Her death date isn't given. That same source lists their children as: Polly (born ca 1783, married Calvin Taylor in 1830), Willie (b. ca 1790), Larkin (b. ca 1795), Elizabeth (b 12 July 1796), Piety (b. ca. 1803), Henry (b. ca.1804), Josiah (b. ca. 1805), Primoline (b. ca. 1807), Penelope (b. ca. 1810), Callie (b. ca. 1815), Atsey (b. ca. 1815) and Joel.

That same source gives his second marriage to Elizabeth (Peacock) "Taylor" (and gives inaccurate dates). BUT she was actually Elizabeth (probably nee Thompson or Hinnant) Peacock, the widow of Noah Peacock (died 1824 in Johnston County, NC). B.H. Holcomb (1985; "Marriages of Johnston County, North Carolina") lists the marriage of Hardy Pridgen to Betsy Peacock as occurring on 31 January 1838, bonded by Arthur Thompson.

There are extensive estate records for Hardy Pridgen, plus court records (among other things, his kids tried to take the slave that Elizabeth had inherited from her dead husband, Noah Peacock). She received a dower of 381 acres on Turkey Creek in 1848 (Nash County Deed Book 14, page 473). Hardy's lands were divided in 1853 (Nash Deed Book 22, page 4 ff); lots were drawn by: William High in right of wife Alsy, Larkin Pridgen, Calvin Richardson in right of wife Piety, Henry Eatman in right of his wife Mourning, Calvin Taylor in right of his wife Polly, A.H. Barnes in right of wife Primmy, Raford Kent in right of wife Cealy, Wilson Renfrowe in right of wife Cally, the issue of Sally (viz. Henry H. Kent), Elizabeth ONeal (formerly Pridgen), the heirs of Josiah Pridgen, and Joel Pridgen. (Source: abstracts of Nash County deed books.)

Elizabeth Peacock Pridgen died in 1858. As an interesting aside, one of her sons by Noah, Alvin Peacock, was the second husband of a granddaughter of Renison Tisdale's, also named Elizabeth (nee Tisdale) Williams Peacock. They married in 1838 -- the same year his mother remarried to hardy Pridgen. Alvin operated a large turpentine works near the confluence of Turkey and Mocassin Creeks, near Hardy's lands, up until the eve of the Civil War. Alvin (1814-1904) and Elizabeth (1818-1900) Peacock are both buried in Elm City, NC.


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