Francis Pringle (often spelled Prindle or Prindel) was born about 1779, Skenesborough?, New York. It is not certain if his middle initial was S. or J. His family fled about 1781 to Fort Edward and in 1784 settled in Ontario. Francis was probably still in Ontario in 1799, and was married there (or back in New York?) about 1801 to Rue Dibble (b. 06 April 1780, Danbury, Connecticut; d. 1851+, Oxford Co., Ontario), daughter of Eli Dibble and Rachel Lockwood. However, their children are said to have been born in New York State, so perhaps his wife was going to New York to have the children born there (perhaps to also make them citizens of the United States?). Or perhaps the family stayed in New York, and Francis traveled back and forth between New York and Ontario?
Francis was a resident of Camden Township when he took the Oath of Allegiance on 13 February 1802. By 27 February 1807, he was a resident of Ernestown Township (Lennox & Addington County, Ontario) when he petitioned to receive 200 acres as the son if a United Empire Loyalist. On 08 February 1808, he was granted Lot 52 Concession 9 ( containing 200 acres) in Camden (East) Township. However, he signed over ownership rights to this land to John Reed on 05 June 1809 (at which time the Pringles were living in Ameliasburg Township, Prince Edward County). Francis Pringle continued to be a Loyalist (like his father and grandfather) and fought on the British side during the War of 1812 as a member of Upper Canada's Incorporated Militia at Kingston, enlisting on 01 April 1813 in Capt. Davey's Company. During August and September of 1813, he was sent on detached duty as a crewman aboard a gunboat patrolling the area of the Thousand Island of the St. Lawrence. He was listed as being sick in quarters in January and February 1814. In March 1814, he was raised to the rank of Sergeant, and soon after his unit marched to York (Toronto). In April the companies were reorganized and he was part of Company No. 4 (under Captain Daniel Washburn). He was present at Fort Erie in late September 1814. He was apparently a prisoner of war (in the United States) from November 1814 to March 1815.
The Pringles were living in Fredericksburg, Oxford Township, London District, in 1816. On 08 February 1830, he sold 200 acres of land (in Whitby Township, Ontario Co., Ontario) to John Murray. This was the same 200 acres his mother received in 1802, so she transferred ownership to Francis sometime between 1802 and 1830. In 1830 he is said to be a resident "of Richmond Township", Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario. They were living in the London District in 1836. However, he is clearly dead by the 1851 Census, since his widow Rue was living with her daughter Lucinda during the 1851 Census of Norwich Township, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada. He may have died about 1836, because although he was recommended for a 100-acre grant in Oxford Twp., Oxford County, on 11 September 1836, he never took up the government's offer for this free land.
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