William Printop was listed as a boarder living in a New York City poorhouse in 1695. "William was one of nine male boarders under the care of Maria Obia, mother of the poorhouse." (The researchers assumed that William was "likely a young boy," citing an entry in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 102, NYG&B Society,1971.) These researchers found no record of William's birth, parents, or possible passage to America. They deduce from a reference to his marriage in 1710, that if he was a young man of about 25, he'd have been born around 1685.
There is also a birth record in the Warwickshire (England) Parish Registers, 1535-1984, for a William Prentop, baptised Sep 30, 1676, in Meriden. It is tempting to conclude that this is the same person, but evidence is lacking.
"By 1710, he had left New York City and headed north along the Hudson River, settling in the area of Albany. Here he lived among the Mohawk Indians, learning their language as well as the blacksmith trade. His knowledge of the language provided opportunities to serve as interpreter. On one such occasion, he accompanied a delegation from Albany in the spring of 1710 to a meeting of the Five Nations held at Onondaga, NY."
On Oct 14, 1710, the Oneidas "earnestly requested" the services of a smith. "William was sent, but, because he was just recently married, the Commissioners at Albany 'had much ado to prevail on him to go.'"
"Records relating to New York Colonial history reveal that from April 25 to June 24, 1708, and again [in 1713] William Printup was listed on the Muster Roll of Colonel Richard Ingoldesby's Company of Grenadiers. This suggests that William may have participated in the second of four French and Indian Wars, known as Queen Anne's War, which spanned the period from 1702 to 1713.
"By 1722 he had settled at Fort Hunter, NY. It is there we learn that William apparently could not read or write." However, his son William Printup Jr. was literate in English. Both were employed as blacksmiths by the British government.
William's son apparently stopped signing his name as "Jr." after 1750, but no death record has been found for William Sr.
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