Dr. William McCaddin Pritchett was for many years the premier genealogist of Brunswick County, Virginia, and an exceptional Civil War historian, author, and lecturer. During his lifetime he gathered a tremendous amount of genealogical and Civil War material about families of Brunswick County.

The “Pritchett Collection” at the Meherrin Regional Library at Lawrenceville, Brunswick County, Virginia, is a standard information source for Brunswick County and Southside Virginia genealogists.

In recognition of his contributions to the county, the Meherrin Regional Library in Brunswick County dedicated their “Local History and Genealogy Room” to Dr. Pritchett in October 2002.


Dr. Pritchett compiled  the family history of the Civil War soldiers of Brunswick County that were published in the Brunswick Times-Gazette of Lawrenceville, Virginia. He later gathered them together under the title Civil War Soldiers from Brunswick County, Virginia.  

Dr. Pritchett contributed a chapter about the Civil War to Brunswick County, Virginia, Virginia 1720-1975  by Gay Neale (Brunswick County Bicentennial Committee, 1975) and wrote also  A History of Secondary Education in Brunswick County, Virginia, 1715-1938 and New Hope Christian Church at Danieltown in Brunswick County, Virginia.

“Mac” was born in Brunswick County, Virginia, in 1914 and was baptized at New Hope Christian Church in 1924. After graduating from Danieltown High School in 1931, he worked for a few years before pursuing his interest in education. He attended Lynchburg College (BA-1938) and the University of Virginia (MA-Education-1939) and then taught in Virginia secondary public and private schools, including Covington High School, from 1939 until 1944. He was principal of the Powhatan High School in Powhatan, Virginia, and served one year as a staff member of the Christ Church School, an Episcopal school on the Chesapeake Bay in eastern Virginia.

Mac’s interest turned to economics and he went back to the University of Virginia in 1944 and completed his degree at Cornell University (MS-Agricultural Economics-1946). The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas employed Dr. Pritchett in July 1946 initially as research assistant in the Research Department. While working there he completed his work for the doctor of philosophy degree in economics at the University of Virginia in June 1948. Dr. Pritchett spent his entire career at the Federal Reserve Bank, retiring in 1979.

Mac died in 1989 and lies buried at New Hope Christian Church, Danieltown, Brunswick County, Virginia.

Civil War Soldiers from Brunswick County, Virginia
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