Ancestral Family Topic 2

 2   William McCaddin Pritchett (1914-1989)
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William McCaddin Pritchett was born 26 March 1914, the son of Henry McCaddin and Lula Inez Pritchett. “Mac” graduated from Danieltown High School in 1931 and was baptized at New Hope Christian Church in 1924. After working for 3 years, he enrolled at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va., graduating in 1938 with a B.A. degree. He then attended the University of Virginia where he received an M.A. in education in 1939. Dr. Pritchett taught in secondary public and private schools, including Covington High School, from 1939 until 1944 and was principal of the Powhatan High School in Powhatan, Va. Mac served one year as a staff member of the Christ Church School, an Episcopal school on the Chesapeake Bay in eastern Virginia.
Mac returned to the University of Virginia in 1944 to study economics for two years and attended the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University for a year, where he received an M.S. in agricultural economics in 1946.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas employed Dr. Pritchett in July 1946 initially as research assistant in the Research Department. He held various other positions in that department, including the editor of the Monthly Business Review. He completed his work for the Ph.D. degree in economics at the University of Virginia in June 1948.
On 23 Dec. 1948 at Crewe, Nottoway County, he married Elizabeth Carolyn Vaughan, a daughter of Holmes Arthur Vaughan and Sarah Frances Carr of Nottoway County. “Betsy” and Mac were the parents of 4 children, all of whom were born in Dallas, Tex., and attended Lake Highlands High School.
Dr. Pritchett continued to work in the Research Department until appointed to the official position of executive assistant 1 Jan. 1955. He was promoted to an assistant cashier in 1956, supervising the Loans and Securities Department that extended loans to commercial banks. During the summers of 1955, 1956, and 1957 he attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, completing his thesis, Industrial Development Program for the Commercial Bank, with honors. Copies were placed in the libraries of Rutgers University, the American Bankers Association, and the Harvard School of Business.
Dr. Pritchett was promoted to assistant vice president in 1959 and vice president in 1961. After 1958, Dr. Pritchett had responsibility for the Bank’s building program, which involved the construction of the new branch buildings in El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio and an $8 million addition to the Dallas Bank building. Additionally, he supervised the Bank’s Services and Building Maintenance and Protection Departments in Dallas and had responsibility for the building engineering and maintenance and for security and protection at the branch banks. He also served as the bank’s security officer and emergency planning officer.
After Dr. Pritchett and his 1st wife divorced, he married Esther Ramona (Story) Ferguson 3 July 1978. They lived in Dallas until 1979 when Dr. Pritchett retired from the Federal Reserve and they returned to Esther’s home in Greensboro, N.C. He died Saturday, 6 May 1989, in Greensboro, N.C., and was buried at New Hope Christian Church.

More about Esther Storey
Esther, the daughter of William Thomas Story and Sybil Parker, was born in Hertford County, N.C., 16 Dec. 1927. On 16 Sept. 1950 she married Elias Vernon Ferguson Jr., grandson of Pvt. Andrew Jackson Ferguson who served in the Confederate Army from Brunswick County. Elias died 25 Jan. 1976 and was buried at Tabernacle United Methodist Church Cemetery, Vance County, N.C. Esther and Elias were the parents of 3 children:
Gregory Vernon Ferguson (8 Oct. 1953) married Terri Ann Smith 14 Aug. 1976 and they are the parents of Andrew Gregory Ferguson (17 April 1982) and Graham Smith Ferguson (8 Oct. 1988).
Kevin Thomas Ferguson (17 Aug. 1955).
Mark Wayne Ferguson (15 Jan. 1957) married Kathy Jean Pesther.
Esther Pritchett died 16 May 1998 at Rex Hospital, Raleigh, N.C., and lies buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Murfreesboro.

Civil War Soldiers from Brunswick County
One of Dr. Pritchett’s boyhood recollections was a story about his grandfather, David Pritchett, paying $10 for a gingerbread cookie while in Florida during the Civil War. Although Dr. Pritchett was skeptical about this story, his investigation revealed that his grandfather was one of the Brunswick Blues, a Confederate Army regiment, and eventually a member of Col. Henry Wise Brigade that fought through South Carolina, Ga., and into Florida where the Union troops held Jacksonville. As he checked his grandfather’s record, he discovered other relatives in the war, and then early relatives of neighbors, and located a book with a partial listing of Civil War soldiers from the county.
That brief recollection of a story about a gingerbread cookie lead to a 30-year research effort resulting in the publication of the family history of more than 1,140 Brunswick County citizens who contributed to the Civil War effort. His articles appeared in the Brunswick Times-Gazette of Lawrenceville, Va., over a period of 7 years and were appreciated by the many descendants of these men who served. His son John William Pritchett edited these articles into book form entitled Civil War Soldiers from Brunswick County, Virginia. Dr. Pritchett was noted for his knowledge of the Civil War and Brunswick County and contributed a chapter on this topic to Brunswick County, Virginia 1720-1975 written by Gay Neale in celebration of the American Bicentennial.

My mother, Elizabeth
While raising the children, Elizabeth sewed, took various educational courses, and joined Bankers’ Wives and White Rock Garden Club. In 1965 when Beth was old enough to go to school, Elizabeth began to substitute for absent teachers in the Richardson Independent School District, where her children attended. Two years later, she took a full-time position teaching English and History at Lake Highlands High School and in 1968 she returned to teaching Home Economics. In 1969 Elizabeth began to work on her master’s degree in Home Economics. Beginning in 1969, she commuted with Beth each day to Texas Women’s University in Denton, Tex., north of Dallas and graduated in 1972.
Elizabeth worked as a full-time Home Economics teacher at Lake Highlands High School until retiring in 1988 after 23 years.

Descendants of William McCaddin Pritchett
Information about the children of William McCaddin Pritchett, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 John William Pritchett (1950-),  
Carolyn Millie (Claunch) Alberts,  
 Daniel Vaughan Pritchett (1952-),  
Rebecca Lynn White,  Denise Otto Nicole Nieman,  
 Thomas Henry Pritchett (1954-),  
Nancy Fredrickson,  
 Elizabeth Carolyn (Pritchett) Bordelon (1959-),  
Malcolm Mark Bordelon,  Lamar J. Bordelon,  Ruth —,  
Emily Grace Bordelon,  
Jackson Matthew Bordelon,  

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