William Lawson Pridgen was born on a farm in Washington County, Georgia, in 1873. He was the second of eleven children of Alsbury L. and Lizzie Mosley Pridgen.
Ella Anna Louvinia Braddock was born in Montgomery County, Georgia, in 1876. Her parents were Wiley G. and Tempe Aetna Cooper Braddock.
Ella and Lawson were married in 1895. They moved with their first three children to Florida, and in 1910 homesteaded 100 acres of federal land near Panama City. In the late 1930's they were displaced by the government with other residents of the area to make way for Tyndall Air Force Base. They moved to Millville, Lynn Haven, and then to Parker, Florida.
Ella and Lawson raised seven children and two of their grandchildren. During his time on earth, Lawson was a farmer, a photographer, and a justice of the peace, ran a seashell exchange, a store, and a post office, and built a body onto the back of a Model A pickup truck and ran a "rolling grocery."
Ella died in 1950 at the age of 74. Lawson died in 1962 at the age of 89. They were preceded in death by their daughter Bertha Mae, whose children Bertha Eunice and Rebecca Pearl they raised, and were survived by sons William Thomas and Elzie Lawson, daughters Nora Esther, Ruby, Alma Elizabeth, and Mattie Lucille, and numerous grandchildren in addition to Eunice and Pearl.
All of Ella and Lawson's seven children are now deceased. This webpage is dedicated to their memory as well as that of Ella and Lawson Pridgen.
Lawson's parents Alsbury L.
and Lizzie Mosley Pridgen
Young Lawson Pridgen | Lawson (far right) and brothers
Ella and son Elzie Lawson
Ella and Lawson in their late years in Parker, Florida
Ella and Lawson's first child Nora
Esther, who married Lacy Raffield
Esther's daughter Ola and husband
Esther's daughter Ruth with husband Woodrow Bryant
and daughters Jerri Bauer and Nancy Newsome
Ella and Lawson's oldest son William Thomas
Pridgen and his wife Virgia Lewis Pridgen
Tom and Virgia's sons Dennis, Jerry, Benny, and George
George and Jerry Pridgen and their sister Louise Pitts
Jerry Pridgen and wife Viola Hall Pridgen
Tom and Virgia Pridgen's daughters Margaret Raffield and Louise Pitts (second and third from left) with Lucille Pridgen Ecker and Eunice Heath Strickland
Ella and Lawson's daughters
Bertha Mae and Ruby Pridgen
Bertha Mae, who married Hollie Heath,
died young of typhoid fever in 1926
Bertha's daughters Pearl and Eunice Heath,
raised as their own by Ella and Lawson
Eunice and Pearl
Pearl (right) with Eunice's daughter Gloria Jeanne Williams
Pearl and Sidney Brahier's children Dianne, Dwain, and Donna
Ella and Lawson's daughter Ruby,
who married Mark Garrett
Ruby with children Aubrey, Billy,
Jerald, Juanita, and Gertie
Ruby and son W.M.
Ella and Lawson's daughter Alma Elizabeth, who married Claude Williams
Alma and son Horace Wayne Williams
Alma's other sons Emory, Basil, and Vernon Williams
Ella and Lawson's son Elzie L. Pridgen, who married Melvina Hand
Elzie and Melvina's children Michael and Marie
Ella and Lawson's seventh and youngest child Mattie Lucille,
who married Roy Walter Ecker, Jr.
Terrell Walter Ecker and Ronald Lawson Ecker
with parents Lucille and Roy Ecker
Lawson Pridgen with daughters Lucille and Alma
Ella Pridgen with great-grandaughter Jeanne
Williams and grandson Ron Ecker