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Joel Pringle Jr. (1726 - 1800)

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Joel Pringle Jr. aka Prindle
Born in New Haven, Colony of Connecticutmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about in Canaan?, Connecticutmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Hallowell, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Jan 2011
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Categories: United Empire Loyalists.

Joel Pringle was a United Empire Loyalist.
UEL Status:Proven
Date: Undated


Joel Pringle, Jr., son of Joel & Jemima Benham Pringle, Sr., was born on January 16, 1725/26 at West Haven, Connecticut. He married Deborah Bigelow in 1745 at Albany, New York. They had 5 sons and 1 daughter:

  1. Joel III (1747-1806), m. Mary Woodcock
  2. William (1749-1835), m. Eunice Benedict
  3. Timothy (1751-1793), m. Huldah Weldon
  4. Joseph (1753-1833), m. Mary Springsteen
  5. Dexter (1761-1839), m. Margaret Petersen
  6. Lois (1766-1831), m. John Dafoe, Jr.

Joel is buried in United Empire Loyalist Cemetery, Adolphustown, Lennox and Addington County, Ontario, Canada[1]

"Pringles Came to Quinte Area at End of American Revolution"

The Napanee Beaver, December 8, 1970

On Sunday, 40 descendants of the late Sidney and Edith Pringle, of Selby, met for a family dinner at the Wayfare Restaurant, Napanee. Besides an opportunity to visit and for the young people to get to know their cousins, they were entertained by Miss Jennie Pringle giving excerpts from her research into the history of the Pringle family.

Special attention was paid to the period of the American Revolutionary War when the patriarch of the family in Canada, Joel Pringle, or Prindle as he was sometimes called, joined the Royal rangers, together with all his sons, Joel the Younger, Timothy, William, Joseph and Doctor and fought to keep the American Colonies within the British Empire.

Since the men were away with the army, the women and children had to run the farms which were in Albany County east of Lake George. They were subjected to much harassment by the rebels and were finally forced from their land and they had to seek shelter in nearby Fort Edward at the south end of Lake George. Later, when the fort was about to fall into the rebel's hands, they again fled down Lakes George and Champlain to fort St. John's on the Richelieu River inside Quebec. They arrived there in July 1781 as shown on the ration list and remained until the close of the war and final dispersal of the refugees to permanent settlement.

The Pringle families had lost everything and they could not return to their homes, so they agreed to go with the rest of the Roger's Rangers to the Bay of Quinte area. At that time, it was an unknown wilderness, far from settled areas and difficult to reach on account of the rapids in the St. Lawrence River.

The Rangers and their families travelled up the St. Lawrence in batteaux, camping on the shore at night. On arrival in Kingston in June 1784; they drew lots from the deputy surveyor's hat. The grantee's name was written on the proper place on a map which the surveyor had and a ticket of location was given to him. A copy of this map may be seen on the wall in the United Empire Loyalist Museum at Adolphustown Park. The next thing was to find their future home in the wilderness. If it were on the water they were lucky as they could travel there by boat, but if inland, the forest made it difficult to reach. Major Rogers' Corps was assigned to Fredricksburg.

Joseph Pringle, the progenitor of the assembled group, drew a lot on the south shore where the Van Dyke farm is located now. William and Timothy were in the second concession of Fredricksburg. Additional and [sic] Doctor and his brother-in-law, John Dafoe Jr. shared a 200 acre lot on the south shore of Hay Bay in the fourth concession. The father, Joel and his eldest son, Joel the Younger, drew lots at the eastern end of Hay Bay in the fourth concession but they were never occupied by them. Joel moved to what was later Hallowell Township in Prince Edward and his son went to Loughboro Township in Frontenac County.

Owing to the need for more land for their growing families and also because they received further grants in other areas, many did not stay long on their original grants. Timothy's son, Timothy Jr. went to Marysburgh, while his eldest son also called Joseph, stayed on the original homestead until the 1840's when some went to Michigan and others to East Whitby. Other members of this large family went to Hastings County and the northern part of Lennox and Addington when the Road was put through. Doctor Pringle and his family also went to Prince Edward but the boys soon went on to Hastings and Daniel and Abraham finally ended up in Napanee.

Opened Township

Joseph, his family and some of his nieces and nephews practically opened up the Township of Richmond when it was surveyed as the 10th township. He moved from Fredricksburg to a farm on the Deseronto Road just wet of the Slash Road, where he built a two-story frame house which he ran as a country hotel. It was a busy corner where the inn stood and it was known as New Liverpool. It was thought it would become a shipping point for the whole area as the river ran deeply here, wharves had been constructed and higher up at Napanee Falls the stream was rapidly being choked by sawdust from the saw mill.

Joseph was active in may ways. He was an officer of the First Militia, formed in Lennox when the war of 1812 threatened, and he and all of his six boys -- William, John, Richard, Simeon, Joseph and David --saw service in the war. According to John Ross Robertson in the book, "The History of Freemasonry in Canada," Joseph Pringle was the first Worshipful Master of the Mason Lodge when it was organized in Napanee in 1812 and described him as a worthy man with a fair education, standing about six feet in height; a magistrate who had the courage of his convictions and assisted in the execution of his warrants. He was seriously injured by a blow to the head by club when assisting with the arrest of some fruit stealers and never completely recovered.

In his obituary in the "Christian Guardian", Oct 30 1833 issue, his age was given as 77 years and five months and date of death the 22nd 'ultimo' and said that he was firm and impartial in his decisions as Justice of the Peace, indefatigable in the discharge of his duty as an Officer of the Militia, an indulgent parent and a good neighbour. It also said that he left to deplore his loss, six children, 54 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.


  1. Find A Grave memorial
  • Sadie Pringle Personal notes. ca 1920.


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Title: Old United Empire Loyalist Cover for book The Centenial of the Settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists 1784 1
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On 18 Apr 2018 at 13:34 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

I have replaced the old "Early Ontario Settlers" weblink (which wasn't working) with a new weblink that does work.

On 18 Apr 2018 at 01:01 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

The "Early Ontario Settlers" source doesn't seem to work any more.

This link seems to work: Book "Early Ontario Settlers":

On 28 Feb 2016 at 20:25 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

Pringle-609 and Pringle-33 appear to represent the same person because: Same birthdate, same parents.

On 12 Feb 2016 at 18:36 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

I agree,

Pringle-609 lists the correct parents. Pringle-33 mistakenly lists the grandparents instead of the parents.

On 12 Feb 2016 at 11:32 GMT Nan Lambert wrote:

Reset as unmerged match to Pringle-33, instead of rejected match -- everything matches except parents.

Joel is 26 degrees from Rosa Parks, 20 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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