"Father" Pledger was named James Pledger.He was born 21 Jan 1788, in Granville Co., NC. He died Sept 4, 1866 in Yell Co., AR. James and Mary Ford Pledger were the parents of nine children. In my notes I have that he was referred to as "Father" Pledger by his grandchildren. I show that James was the son of Thomas Pledger, Sr and Nancy Ann Leavister.I hope this will proove helpful.