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Mary Baker Pridgen
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Birth: 1798
North Carolina, USA
Death: Apr., 1856
DeWitt County
Texas, USA

Mary Baker married Wiley Washington Pridgen b. 1790-1795. Married; about 1820-1821.
They lived in Nash Co, N C before going to Alabama then coming to Texas and settling in Marshall, Texas about 1839, later going to Dewitt Co, Texas.
They divorced Oct 1851 according to a newspaper article in Gonzales, Texas. He remarried. Ann Elizabeth (unk) Pridgen.
Lived in Gonzales, Texas and died there 1854.
Mary Baker Pridgen stayed in the Price Creek, Thomaston area.

It seems as though Mary was given the DeWitt Co. holdings in the divorce. The Marshall, Texas properties and his other holdings were divided among his children after his death, whereas Ann Elizabeth was the executrix. Martin Van Buren Pridgen died before 1854 so he had died prior to the death of his mother and father.

Bolivar J, Wiley W. Jr, James K. Polk, Redding S, Henderson McBride, Benjamin Franklin. all his sons. A commission was appointed to partition the property. Ann Elizabeth Pridgen (second wife of Wiley W) remained the executrix of the estate until her resignation on 1 Mar 1856, the date of her final partition of the estate. She married George White on 11 March 1856.

Mary Baker Pridgen died in April 1856 and was buried in the cemetery at the Old Irish Creek Settlement (later called Burns station).

Besides advancements already made to Bolivar, Benjamin Franklin, and Redding, the Mary Baker Pridgen estate consisted of 19 slaves, the home, and some 1100 acres of land. The court appointed commissioners who were to partition the property equally among the six sons, making due allowance
for advancements previously allowed the three sons.

On 27 Jan 1858 the commissioners reported that the slaves had been appraised in value and divided out among the sons. The land had been estimated to be $8,637.50, but since it was difficult to divide the land area into six equal tracts it had been mutually agreed that the son Henderson (Hense) McBride would buy out the other heirs. For some years (Hense) had managed the plantation.

Children listed in bio.

Son;Bolivar Jackson Pridgen

Son; Wiley Washington, Pridgen Jr. was born 1841 in Texas. he died in the Sutton-Thomas Fued. He was riddled with bullets at Thomas Store where he had gone to get his wife medicine. Died abt. 1873, Thomaston, DeWitt Co, Texas. Unable to find his burial spot. I thought he would have been in the Thonaston cemetery, but he is not of the list of burials.

Son; Martin Van Buren Pridgen was born in 1842, Texas. he died before 1862. His burial was not to be found either.

Son; James K. Polk was not found either.

Wiley Washington Pridgen, Sr. moved to Gonzales, Gonzales County, Texas. I searched every cemetery transcript in Gonzales County, and did not find his burial.

Family links: 
  Henderson McBride Pridgen (1822 - 1870)*
  Redding Scott Pridgen (1822 - 1896)*
  Bolivar Jackson Pridgen (1829 - 1903)*
  Benjamin Franklin Pridgen (1835 - 1913)*
*Calculated relationship
Burns Station Cemetery
DeWitt County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Paul Gunnels
Originally Created by: Nancy Franklin-Walling B...
Record added: May 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89569250
Mary <i>Baker</i> Pridgen
Added by: Nancy Franklin-Walling Bundrick
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Do not stand by my grave and weep; I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blows, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. Do not stand by my grave and cry, I am not there.
 Added: May. 30, 2013

- Nancy Franklin-Walling Bundrick
 Added: May. 5, 2012

- Nancy Franklin-Walling Bundrick
 Added: May. 4, 2012

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