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Redding Scott Pridgen

  • Birth 18 Nov 1822 Alabama, USA
  • Death 12 Dec 1896 Grapeland, Houston County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Grapeland, Houston County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 51315301

~Redding S.~
Was born to Wiley Washington and Mary Baker Pridgen.
Wiley W. and family lived in Nash County, N.C. prior to living in Alabama and he was sheriff of Nash Co, N.C.

The records show that Wiley W. was granted 640 acres of land in Harrison Co, by the Republic of Texas. Wiley W. and Mary moved to Dewitt County, Texas settled in the Guadalupe River Valley (called Price's Creek Settlement)

Redding joined the Mexican war June 15, 1846 at Port Isabel, Texas. He served in Captain McCowan's Company, First Mounted Texas Rifleman. He served until his detachment mustered out July 31, 1847. (His name was spelled Reddin S. Pridgen on his military records in the Mexican War).

Brother Benjamin Franklin moved his wife to Houston County, Texas in 1863. I do not know if Redding came to Houston County prior to Benjamin Franklin, but I do believe he did due to his entering the Civil War.

Redding Scott Pridgen and wife Elizabeth had a farm in Old
Union or Livelyville Community in Houston Co, Texas.

Redding Scott was 37 years old when he entered the Confederate Service at Elkhart in Houston County (now located in Anderson County) on Sept 1, 1861.
The following statement is included in the official report of an engagement near Sorocco, New Mexico, on Feb 27, 1862. "Captain Redden S. Pridgen and his company H5H Texas Calvary must be given great credit for their coolness and gallantry". Later he served in the Mississippi River area. Union Prisoner of war records show that Redden S. Pridgen was captured at Vicksburg. His name appears on a list of prisoners that were surrendered at Victoria, Texas in 1865.
He then returned to his family and plantation in Houston County, Texas. (The reason his name is spelled Redden S. is because on his military records, that is the way it is spelled).
***Brother Benjamin Franklin mentions taking care of his brother's plantation during the Civil War, while he was away.

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

Redding Scott died 12 Dec 1896-1898 in Grapeland, Texas.

On September 29, 2012 a Confederate Marker was dedicated to this Confederate Hero. The United Daughters of the Confederacy" Davis-Reagan Chapter #2292 assisted by the "Sons of Confederate Veterans" John H. Reagan Camp #2156
held a program honoring Capt. Redding Scott Pridgen.
Led by President of the Davis-Reagan Chapter Dollye Sheridan Jeffus, G-G-Niece. Also Ronnie Hatfield Commander
of John H. Reagan Camp. Harry Wayne Pridgen gave the personal history of his ancestor and received the folded Confederate flag presented to him that draped the stone.
The weather was not good. I had been pouring rain all day and was still pouring down during the ceremony, but many friends and relatives attended the ceremony, and did not seem to mind.

Family Members



Capt CSA; h/o Elizabeth





  • Maintained by: Paul Gunnels
  • Originally Created by: Petty & Pickens
  • Added: 18 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51315301
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Redding Scott Pridgen (18 Nov 1822–12 Dec 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51315301, citing Matthews Cemetery, Grapeland, Houston County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Paul Gunnels (contributor 47394940) .