This information is contributed by Carol Pridgen Martoccia
Records of the Veterans' Administration, Washington, D.C. s 8982 (RG 15)
State of North Carolina
Question propounded to William Pridgeon this applicant for a pension. 1st. Where and in what year were you born? Answer. I was born in Duplin County State of North Carolina and am one hundred years of age the 27th June last (1832). I am unlearned and can't tell exactly the year born. Question 2nd. Have you any record of your age, and if so, where is it? Answer. No; not now, but it was recorded in a Bible belonging to Abram Sellers who removed to Georgia and carried the Bible which contained the second of my age with him. Question 3rd. Where were you living when called into service; where have you lived since the Revolutionary War, and where do you now live? Answer. In Duplin County N.C. on a creek called Cunwhiffle. Since the Revolutionary war I have lived in Duplin County, N.C. in Brunswick County N.C. and in the County of Bladen N.C. and I now live in the County of Bladen N.C. about two miles and a half from Elizabeth Town. Question 4th. How were you called into service. Were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute? And if a substitute, for whom? Answer. I was a volunteer, I was neither drafted nor substituted. Question 5th. State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served, such continental and militia regiments as you can recollect and the general cirmucmstances of your services. Answer. I did not serve with any regular officers as I know of. The regiments I recollect were the followers commanded by Col. James Kenan, one by Caswell, one by Col. Thomas Bloodworth who was commander of the militia of New Hanover County N.C. The general circumstances of my service are stated in the foregoing declaration.