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Ella Pridgett (Allen)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Hatchechubbee, Russell County, Alabama, United States
Death: June 08, 1935 (61-62)
Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, United States (Paralysis, cerebral hemorrhage )
Place of Burial: Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edmund Allen and Emily Allen
Wife of Thomas Pridgett
Mother of Essie Pridgett; Gertrude "Ma" Rainey; Thomas M. Pridgett, Jr.; unknown Pridgett and Malissa Nix
Sister of Doc Allen; Eliza Allen; Lula Allen and Willis Allen

Occupation: Central Railway of Alabama; Housekeeping
Managed by: Erica Howton
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

About Ella Pridgett

From Persephone Magazine

Born somewhere between 1882 and 1886, one of several children born to an extremely poor family in Columbus, Georgia, “Ma” Rainey was groomed from a very early age to sing and perform for her dinner. Just like her Mother and Grandmother before her, Rainey was an experienced performer by the time she was a pre-teen. At just 12 years old, she had already started singing at minstrel shows and appearing in Vaudeville acts, which were popular at the time. Her hometown of Columbus, Georgia, was a well known river port that often had many musical acts, and the Pridgett family were one of the families that earned a living performing in the area.

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  • Year: 1880; Census Place: Hatchachubbee, Russell, Alabama; Roll: 30; Family History Film: 1254030; Page: 553B; Enumeration District: 157; Image: 0510
  • "Mother of the Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey" By Sandra R. Lieb.  [Ma Rainey's] mother worked for the Central Railway of Georgia.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 70090886
    • Georgia Death Certificate, Register # 456. "This is the mother of the famous blues singer: Ma Rainey(born:Gertrude Pridgett). Ella's death certificate states she was born 1873...earlier census reports(1910 & 1920-census-birth around 1864+/- & (1900-census-birth: April 1862) Alabama.
      • Ella's son: Thomas Pridgett is listed as the informant.
      • Ella's children: Gertrude (Ma Rainey), Melissa/Malissie/Lizie Nix, Essie & Thomas/Tommy. Ella's husband:Thomas Pridgett/Prigget.".
      • Ella's parents: John & Lettie (?) Allen, Russell, Alabama.
  • Residence: 1880 - Hatchachubbee, Russell, Alabama, USA
  • Race: Black
  • Ethnicity: American
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Ella Pridgett's Timeline

1873
1873
Hatchechubbee, Russell County, Alabama, United States
1886
April 26, 1886
Age 13
Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, United States
1890
January 1890
Age 17
Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, United States
1891
1891
Age 18
Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, United States
1894
May 26, 1894
Age 21
Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, United States
1935
June 8, 1935
Age 62
Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, United States
1935
Age 62
Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, United States