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William Pringle (abt. 1813 - aft. 1880)

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William Pringle
Born about in Kentuckymap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Warren, Indiana, USAmap
Husband of — married in Washington Co IAmap
Husband of — married in Kansas, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Iowamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 7 Nov 2014
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"Rev. William Pringle was born about 1813 in Kentucky. Circumstantial evidence points to his parents being William and Elizabeth Shofner Pringle. My DNA results show that he is definitely related to Elizabeth Shofner Pringle. He grew up in KY, Ohio and Indiana. On 17 July 1833 he married Rachel St John In Warren CO IN. They had 5 daughters and 3 sons between 1835 and 1845. Around 1841 the family arrived in Fairfield, IA. After the death of his 1st wife, William married Rebecca Williamson Gilliland, a widow with 1 daughter and 4 sons, on 8 Dec 1846 in Washington CO IA. This did not please Rebecca's father who wrote any children she had by William out of his will. This likely was because of William's non-European ancestry. He was part American Indian and possibly also of East Indian and/or African descent. William and Rebecca went on to have 3 sons and 4 daughters including my great-grandmother, Jennette Pringle Siemiller. They lived in Iowa, MIssouri, Kansas and possibly Nebraska until Rebecca died on 1 Mar 1877. William was a farmer, minister in the United Church of the Brethren and conductor for the Underground Railroad. He owned a false bottom wagon to transport slaves to freedom. He married for the 3rd time 4 June 1877 to Lucy Jane Parker Moore, a widow with 3 grown daughters. In the 1880 census they are living in Plum, Phillips, Kansas. I can't find him in later censuses or any death record but his daughter Lucinda's obituary states that he lived to an old age in Iowa where he was known as Grandpa Pringle." by Mary Lay-Stephenson "Rev William and Rebecca Williamson Gilliland Pringle. They were married on this date in Washington Co IA, their ages listed as 32 and 28. It was the 2nd marriage for both. He had 6 children between 4 and 11 and she had 5 children between 1 and 7. Her father did not approve of the marriage (likely because William was mixed race) and may have taken her Gilliland children from her. They would go on to have 7 children together between 1848 and 1856. 5 of those children including my great-grandmother, Jennettie Pringle Siemiller, lived to adulthood. Because of their involvement with the Underground Railroad Rebecca and William moved often living in IA, MO, KS and possibly NE. She died in KS on 1 Mar 1877. He later remarried and died at an old age in Iowa (death info from his daughter Lucinda Pringle Green Allison Byerd's obituary)." by Mary Lay-Stephenson

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1880 Plum, Phillips, Kansas, United States. [1] 01 MAR 1875. Freedom, Republic, Kansas. [2] United States. [3] 01 JUN 1840. Warren, Indiana, United States. [4] 01 JUN 1840. Warren, Indiana, United States. [5] 1860 Morgan, Mercer, Missouri, United States. [6] 1860 Morgan, Mercer, Missouri, United States. [7] 01 MAR 1875. Freedom, Republic, Kansas. [8] 01 MAR 1875. Freedom, Republic, Kansas. [9] 01 MAR 1875. Freedom, Republic, Kansas. [10] 01 MAR 1875. Freedom, Republic, Kansas. [11] United States. [12] 1852 Keokuk County, IA. [13] 1852 Keokuk County, IA. [14] 01 MAR 1875.

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