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 Elizabeth Hannah <I>Wright</I> Pridgen

Elizabeth Hannah Wright Pridgen

North Carolina, USA
Death 23 Aug 1885 (aged 54)
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Burial Grapeland, Houston County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 51315298 · View Source
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Elizabeth Wright was the daughter of Alpheus Billings Wright and Lucy Benefield Taylor Wright. Lucy Taylor was the daughter of William Taylor and Hannah Dudley Taylor. Both of prominent and prosperous families of North Carolina. It is believed that this Lucy Taylor was a second cousin to President Zachary Taylor. In 1847 Alpheus Billings and Lucy Benefield Taylor Wright migrated to Harrison County, Texas
traveling in covered wagons drawn by oxen. They purchased land from Lucy's cousins Benjamin Franklin and Redding Scott Pridgen (a gift from their parents Wiley W. Pridgen, Sr. and Mary Baker Pridgen) to establish what became their plantation home. The home still stands and is owned by Wright Descendants. It was known as "Locust Grove"
As of June 9, 2012, I was notified that the house is indeed standing and is near what is now Jonesville, Texas.
Still owned by Wright descendants. Built in 1847 to 1849.
Information came from Lora Taylor Hornberger descendant of Alpheus Wright and Lucy Taylor Wright. She was so gracious to send a picture taken in 1991-1992. In fact she was at the home 2 weeks ago.

Married; Redding Scott Pridgen 11 Oct 1847.
Redding and Elizabeth owned property either in Old Union or Livelyville Community.

He and Elizabeth Hannah Wright Pridgen had the following children;
1. Unnamed- died in infancy
2. Lucy Pridgen b. 25 Aug 1851
3. Wiley W. Pridgen b. 24 Aug 1854
4. Mollie Pridgen b. 2 Feb 1857
5. Alpheus Wright Pridgen b. 24 Nov 1859
6. Redding S. Pridgen, Jr. 11 Mar 1862
7. Von Moltke Pridgen b. 8 Apr 1872

Elizabeth was left at home to manage the plantation along with her brother in law, Benjamin Franklin Pridgen while
her husband was fighting for the confederacy.

Elizabeth Hannah Wright Pridgen (commonly known as Bettie) died in Fort Worth, Texas on 23 August 1885 at the residence of Dr. Brooks where she had gone for medical treatment.

Sister; Edith Florence Wright
Sister; Emma Gertrude Wright Hart
Sister; Lucy Alice Wright Pridgen
Sister; Mary Roseline Wright McLean
Brother; Robert Ross Wright

Family Members


w/o Redding Scott





  • Maintained by: Paul Gunnels
  • Originally Created by: Petty & Pickens
  • Added: 18 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51315298
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Hannah Wright Pridgen (21 Apr 1831–23 Aug 1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51315298, citing Matthews Cemetery, Grapeland, Houston County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Paul Gunnels (contributor 47394940) .