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Benjamin Franklin Pridgen

  • Birth 9 Jan 1835 Greene County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 12 Jul 1913 Anderson County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Grapeland, Houston County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 51315297

~Benjamin Franklin ~
Was born in Greene Co, Ala. on Jan. 9, 1835. He died in Anderson County, Texas on July 12, 1913. His parents were Wiley Washington and Mary Baker Pridgen. His parents had seven sons; Henderson McBride, Redding Scott, Bolivar Jackson, Benjamin Franklin, Wiley Washington, Jr, James K. Polk and Martin Van Buren.
Wiley W. Pridgen, Sr. and family lived in Nash Co, N.C. prior to living in Ala. and he was sheriff of Nash Co., N.C. Benjamin Franklin was 4 yrs old when his parents came to Texas, arriving on April 10, 1839. The records show that Wiley W. was granted 640 acres of land in Harrison Co., by the Republic of Texas on Jan. 2, 1840.
Wiley W. and wife Mary moved to Dewitt Co, Texas in Jan, 1846 and settled in the Guadalupe River Valley (called Price's Creek Settlement).
Benjamin Franklin grew up in this settlement, but returned to Harrison County, Texas where he married Lucy Alice Wright on Nov. 12, 1863. They moved to Houston County and established a home on Elkhart Creek, 5 miles from Grapeland. To this union were born six children; a boy (died in infancy), Lula May, Robert E. Lee, Wright Taylor, Lena Ross and Edith Pearl.

Benjamin Franklin and wife Lucy Alice were fine, sincere citizens--always sharing and ministering unto the needs of their family and friends. To their many friends they were affectionately known as "Uncle Frank" and "Miss Alice". He was a successful farmer and from 1863 until the end of the Civil War, he managed his own plantation, the plantations
of William Nugent Sheridan and Captain Redding Scott Pridgen (his brother). He also assisted other families where the need arose during the hard years of the Civil War.

He and his wife had a good education and were intensely interested that their children had the same. Schools were sparse and they helped engage the services of fine teachers who lived in their home.

Written by Nettie Brown.
Houston County History 1687-1979.

Daughter; Lula May Pridgen Sheridan 1866-1933

Family Members

Gravesite Details Information submitted by the Houston County Historical Commission, Crockett, TX





  • Maintained by: Paul Gunnels
  • Originally Created by: Petty & Pickens
  • Added: 18 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51315297
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Franklin Pridgen (9 Jan 1835–12 Jul 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51315297, citing Matthews Cemetery, Grapeland, Houston County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Paul Gunnels (contributor 47394940) .