Franklin Cogswell Prindle.

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bring in such profits to Mr. Sherley. ... At length, they,
having an opportunitie, resolved to send Mr. Winslow, with what
beaver they had already, into England, to see how ye square wente,
being very jealouse of these things, and Mr. Allerton's courses."

Mr. Sherley writes also,

"I fear neither you nor we have been well delte withal . . .
and 3^et for all this ... I dare not but thinke him honest,
and that his desire and intente was good."

In the Chronicles of New Haven Green, it is stated that,

"On the lower Green, in some place unknown, but supposed
to be not far from the flagstaff, lies Isaac Allerton, one of the
-^ Mayflower Pilgrims, and 'father of American Commerce'." X"

This is the man under whose roof our William Pringle found a
home, but for how long a time we do not know. The town records
of New Haven make some interesting references to him, which
gives us some idea of the man he was, as will be seen by the follow-
ing extracts:

"Feb. 27, 1653. — -The townsman were desired and appointed to
speak with the Scotchman which lives at Mr. Allerton's, and see if
they can agree with him to sweep the chimneys in the town ac-
cording to the order made 13th of November, 1643."

"Jan. 28, 1655. — It was propounded that one might be gotten
to sweep chimneys in the town. William Pringle was named, and
some were desired to speak to him to come to the governor and
speak with him about it."

"Feb. 11, 1655. — The governor further acquainted the town that

Appendix. 229

William Pringle, who was spoke of to the last court to sweep
chimneys for the town^ had been with him, and propounded some
difficulty in the Avork, but the manner of paying discouraged
him much, but hoping that may be amended, he is willing to try
another year, if the town will lend him 40 shillings in corn, and
let him have a canvas frock, and hood, to cover his clothes when
doth the work. But now, Peter ^lallory, from him declared, that
the 40 shillings to be lent, he let it fall, so he may have the
frock propounded, and his pay for his work duly paid him. The
town declared if canvas can be got, he shall have such a frock
and hood, he promising that if he leave the work, to leave such
garment to the town again, and that men pay him down for his
labor, or otherwise to his content, but if not, upon complaint the
court will see it remedied, and that all chimneys in the town be
included, and none exempted from pay, though they sweep them
themselves, provided that he come within such time Winter and
Summer, as is expressed in an order in the town records."

"The 4th of the 10th month, 1656.- — The townsmen are desired
to treat with William Pringle and agree with him to sweep chimneys
for the town as they see cause."

The inhabitants were obliged to have their chimneys swept twice
a year, or be fined. The doer of the task was not looked down upon
by the others, for there were many things essential to the welfare
of such a community that were not particularly agreeable, but
persons to perform such duties were appointed by the town meet-
ing and regarded as a call to duty for the common welfare. Many
of the early chimneys were built of logs and plastered with clay
on the inner surface, and it was, therefore, a matter of self-pro-
tection to appoint and maintain the office of Chimney sweep. But
it was sometimes difficult to get and keep one in the office, largely,
no doubt, because "the manner of paying discouraged them much,"
for in 1658 "the townsmen informed the Court that they could
prevail upon no man to be chimney sweeper." William's inde-
pendent way of "treating with the townsmen" indicates his stand-
ins; in the community.

After these records William's name appears in the transfer of
property, and in the birth records of his children, etc. His will,
dated October 17, 1689, and probated June 5, 1690, with inventory
of his estate, also appear; but the exact date of his death is not
now known.

William and Mary were in all probability buried in the ancient
ground of New Haven Green, which was used as a place of burial
from 1638 to 1812.

The part of this ground so used was that around and under the
present Center Church, in the crypt of which are still preserved
many headstones of the early settlers. When the Green was leveled

230 Prindle Genealogy.

in 1820 the stones that were in good condition were taken to the
then new Grove Street Cemetery and placed against the stone fence,
but none can be found there of William or Mary.

The vestry records of Christ Church date back as far as known
only to 1778, while those of Trinity Church date back only a few
years earlier, to 1767, and contain the names of many Prindles,
including those of Joseph"' ^' ■*, at which time the Prindles of New
Haven were, and ever since have been, stanch Episcopalians.

It is not known to what denomination William belonged, but
in the assignment of seats in the old "meeting house," by order of
the general court, Feb. 20, 1661-2, the name of William Pringle
appears, with others, on the list of those seated "Below the door,"
and ]\Irs. Isaac Allerton is assigned a seat, with other women,
"In the short seats at the upper end," Mr. Allerton having died
in 1659- It is probable that William may have had a sitting in
the meeting house before this time, as the last order of the court
before this, assigning the seats, was dated 4 yrs. before and then
the names of both Mr. and Mrs. Allerton appear.

Besides the name of William Pringle in 1653, on the New
Haven records, we have a John Pringle, "after-planter," in l645,
on the Milford records; but thus far nothing further has been
learned about him, nor of his relationship, if any, to William.
He might easily have been an older brother, perhaps bringing
William with him as a lad, for William does not take the oath
of allegiance until 1654. Or perhaps William may have followed
John a little later; possibly one or both "were adventurers" in
a company brought over by Mr. Allerton. About these things,
however, we can only conjecture. Of the traditions that come
from more or less widely separated branches of the family, nearly
all agree that there were "brothers" who came to this coimtry, but
differ as to the number, whether two or three, though all agree
that one settled in Connecticut.

There were Prindles and Pringles in several of the colonies, but
they were probably later emigrations from England and Scot-
land. In the old country they were most numerous in the border
counties of Northumberland in England, and Roxburgh in Scot-
land, the earliest records of Pringles being found at the latter

William Pringle's Will. Probated June 5, 1690.
New Haven Probate Records. Vol. II, pp 38-39.
Wm. Pringle.

The last Will & Teftament of William Prindle: Imprimis,
when it shall pleafe god to take me out of this world, I doe
bequeath my foule to the lord, & my body to a decent buriall;
And as for my goods & effects I doe bequeath unto my loveing
wife & my son Eleazer Prindle, and when it shall pleafe god to

Appendix. 231

take away my wife by death, Then doe I will the whole of my ef-
tate unto my aforefd fon Eleazer Prindle to be his forever; only
further, for the comfortable fubsiltence of my wife, I doe will
that fhe fliall have command of the houfe & what is within ye
houfe dureing her life, & at her deceafe, then my fon Elea-
zer Prindle as aforefd fhall receive ye whole of my eftate, he
paying all my debts & Legacyes & the Legacyes are to my chil-
dren that are here mentioned : Unto John Prindle twenty fhillings./
Unto Ebenezer Prindle twenty fhillings./ Unto Sam^^ Prindle
twenty fhillings Unto Mary Roach twenty fhillings. — Unto Han-
nah Prindle twenty fhillings Unto my daughter Beecher five
fhillings & unto Joseph Prindle five fhillings. And further-
more my aforefd son Eleazer whom I have made my executoJ", doth
engage to maintaine me and my wife as long as we shall live
comfortably: And upon thefe confiderations, I doe as above fd
Will will unto mv aforefd fon Eleazer Prindle, all & the whole
of my eftate, goods, cattle, chattels, my houfe, orchard, up-
land & meadow, to be his & his heyrs forever; peaceably & quietly
to poflefs the whole of my eftate, without any hindrance, lett or
moleftation, from any perfon or perfons to enjoy forever: This
I doe own as my last Will & Testament as wittnefs my hand this
feventeenth of October one thoufand fix hundred eighty nine./

The marke of X William Prindle.

William Trowbridge
John Umf revile

An Inventory of the eftate of William Prindle defeased.

1. s. d.

Imprim's The houfe & land & meadow 82 : 10 : 00

:fp : one cow 4I./ a cheft 10^^, Two payre of fheets

2l 06 : 10 : 00

# : By bedding & blankets 5l, two bedfteads 15^. 05 : 15 : 00

# : By two wheels 16^ his clothing 2^ 02 : 16 : 00

^ : By an iron pott, a pan, tramels, & pothangers. 05 : 05 : 00
^ : bv axe & old iron, 13^ 6^/ winding blades &

'scales 2s 00 : 15 : 06

:^ : bv trays, dishes & spoones 5^ 5^./, old tubs &

"salt '12s 05 : 13 : 00

# : bv chayres & formes 8^./ an old bible 5s 00 : 09 : 00

# : bV Tobaccoe 5^./ by fowles 5s 00 : 10 : 00

105 : 19 :06

John Clarke | Apprifors
John Smith

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The following copy^ from the files of the Pension Bureau at
Washington, of the application of Samuel* (Samuel^, Samuel',
Williayn-^) for a pension, is of interest in connection with his service
as a soldier of the Revolutionary war:

State of Vermont
Rutland County

On this 21st day of August, A. D. 1832, personally appeared
in ojDen Court before the Hon. Probate Court for destrict of Fair-
haven in the County of Rutland now sitting Samuel Prindle a res-
dent of Poultney in the County of Rutland & State of Vermont aged
85 years the 30th day of March last who first being duly sworn ac-
cording to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in
order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th

That he entered the service of the United States under the
following named officers & served as herein stated — That in March
1775 he enlisted at New Milford Litchfield County Connecticut in
a regiment commanded by Col Waterbury — the major's name was
Hawby the Captain of his company was Joseph Smith Ensign
Asbel Ruggles Orderly Sergant David Smith — That in about one
month after enlisting he marched from New Milford into New-
town through Norwalk to Horseneck & remained there about one
month on drill when Gen Washington called on his way to Boston
& ordered them to New York — That he in the Regiment com-
manded by Col Waterbury & accompanied by three others (he
thinks) marched to that place & encamped a short distance out
of the City until sometime near the first of August when they re-
ceived orders to leave for St. Johns — -That he in company with the
same Regiment aforesaid ascended the North River to Albany where
he landed and marched to Halfmoon Point now Waterford — that
he remained here three or four weeks when the army was separated
into two divisions, one to advance to Ticondaroga by the way of
Lake George, the other by Lake Cham plain, that he marched to
Skeensboro now Whitehall & there took boat to Ticondarago where
the other division arrived two or three (days) after them — Ac-
cording to the best of his memory he remained here four or five
weeks & then proceeded with the army under the command of
Gens Schuyler and Montgomery down the lake in the Batteaux
they had constructed (at) Ticondaroga to the Isle aux Noix which
on their approach was abandoned by the enemy who retreated im-
mediately to St Johns — that he with the American Army followed
& landed on the west side of the lake within nearly one mile from
the Fort. This shore the applicant says was a wilderness except
a cleared place of a few rods on which stood a small log hut. That


Appendix. 233

here he with the army had a skirmish with a party of Indians a
few moments after their arrival — that fifteen Americans were
killed & some wounded. Among the wounded was Major Hawby
whom the applicant aided in bearing to the boat. That during this
time Gen Schuyler remained on board the boat & soon after the
engagement with the Indians he saw a well dressed gentlemanly
appearing man issue from the woods & make a signal when he was
permitted to pass & went on board the boat where Gen Schuyler
had remained & after staying there two or three hours returned in
the same direction he came — That soon after the stranger retired
& on the same day they arrived he with the army were ordered
back to Isle aux Noix where they went & (agreeable to the best of
the applicants memory) remained ten or twelve days. He re-
members that in consequence of the above named occurrence & the
delay occasioned by their return, the oilicers & soldiers became
disaffected with Gen Schuyler & also that during a very dark night
a number of musket balls were fired through his markee, when the
Gen immediately returned to Ticondaroga. That the command then
developed upon Montgomery who led the applicant with the Ameri-
can army back to St Johns & commenced besieging the fort which
surrendered after forty six days. That during this siege they took
a number of prisoners who in small parties endeavoured to obtain
a passage into the fort — That he with the American army took
between six & seven hundred prisoners. About the last of No-
vember he with a hundred Americans comprising a guard for the
prisoners & commanded by Capt Mott returned to the Isle aux
Noix agreeable to orders. That he with the guard & prisoners
proceeded up the lake & remained over night at the following named
places — The 1st night at the Point of Fair, the 2nd on a small
island in the (lake) in order to guard the prisoners with more
ease & safety, the 3d at Crown Point, the 4th at Skeensboro (now
Whitehall), the 5th at Fort Ann, the 6th at Fort Edward, the 7th
he has forgotten, the 8th arrived at Albany where they remained two
days to obtain conveyance down the North River. That four sloops
were obtained one for the guard & two for the prisoners — That in
the evening before they sailed while lying by the wharf, the ap-
plicant with two others by the name of Piatt and Hogins went a
few rods from shore to a tavern to obtain some cider; that while there
the guard vessel moved off & they were compelled to go on board
the sloop which contained the prisoners & there remain over night
— That the next morning he informed the Captain of the sloop
how they were situated & requested him to send them to their vessel.
That the Captain went with them & on the way informed them that
the prisoners in the rear sloop had during the preceding night ob-
tained by the aid of some Tories at Albany a box of arms & ammu-
nition confined the Captain & sailors on board their sloop & were

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prepared upon the first favourable breeze to take the other vessel
containing the prisoners & run by or capture the guard vessel & join
an English ship of war by the name of Asia then lying near New
York — That upon Capt Mott receiving information of the above
circumstances he sent the applicant with others who boarded the
sloop^ took the arms & ammunition unbound the Capt & sailors & soon
after landed on the west side of the River and marched to Kings-
ton & remained there until a sufficient number of militia were
raised to take the prisoners to Philadelphia — That he having served
nine months had a written discharge from Capt Mott in December
of the same year which has long been lost. That in March 1776
he enlisted in a company for nine months commanded by Capt
Lazarus Ruggles. Lieut Ashbel Ruggles Serjant Asa Warner &
marched from New Milford to White Plains & joined the main
army at that place under Gen Washington — That he with the army
marched from there to New York remained there for some time,
on different duties — that upon their approach he with the army
fought upon the retreat back to White plains during which he
remembers that the son of Capt Ruggles was taken prisoner with
some others in his company — That he was in the battle at White
plains which ensued & remembers that Capt Ruggles was wounded
in the arm by a cannon ball, after which engagement the enemy
retired to New York — That in October of the same year being in-
formed that his wife was dangerously sick he hired a man for two
months (at the end of which time the term for which he enlisted
would have expired) when he received an honourable discharge &
returned immediately to New Milford haveing served under this
enlistment seven months.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or
annuity except the present & declares that his name is not on the
pension roll of the agency of any State.

Sworn & Subscribed the

day & year aforesaid Samuel Prindle.

A Certificate of Pension, No. 15,577, was issued to this appli-
cant, Samuel Prindle, August l6, 1833, and his name placed on
Roll of Vermont at the rate of $53.33 per annum, to commence on
the 4th day of August, 1831, under the Act of June 7, 1832.

The following interesting statement of the religious experience
of this Samuel Prindle was found among his papers, and now
contributed by one of his descendants, Mr. Charles I. Brooks, of
New York City:

Appendix. 235

Samuel Prindle's Experience,
I was born in Newmilford in Connecticut in the year A. D.
1747 and brought up by Religious Parents in the Presbyterian
order and had good instruction from them; but I lived much like
the great part of youths, but I thought it was necessary to have
Religion before I died, but Put it off for Some future time. When
I was about fifteen I had been to a ball and we had agreed to have
another the next week. One day as I was alone this question
seemed to be put to me: Will you follow the vanity of this world
and go to hell, or will you Seek Religion and go to heaven? I
paused awhile and my conclusion was I could not bear to think
of going to hell but I would go to the ball this once and then I
would Seek Religion. But after I had been I thought but little
about Religion but I intended when a more convenient time came
then I would have religion, which I thought would be when I came
to be Settled in the world. But alass when that time came I was
no more ready or willing than before. My mind was taken up
with the cares of this world but when I came to have children
according to custom I went and owned the Covenant and had my
Children Sprinkled and thought my Self about as good as other
people. So I lived till I was about twenty-five years of age, when
it Pleased God to bring a sore sickness upon me so that one night
the neighbors and friends was called in thinking I was dying and
I thought so too. But the Distress of my mind cannot be ex-
pressed by tongue or pen. I knew I was not Prepared for death
but oh the eternity that opened to my view. If I had been going
to be Cast into the midst of a burning firv fernis it would have been
nothing in comparison to the thots of eternity which I expected
soon to fall into. All the hopes I had was that my life mite be
Spaird, which I earnestly prayed for and Promised the allmity if
he would spair my life I would live a religious life. My request
was granted and I recovered by degrees but as I recovered my
Concern wore off and the Concern about the world increased for
about three months when one day these words Came into my mind
but and if that evil Servant Shall Say in his heart my Lord de-
layeth his Coming and shall begin to beat his fellow servant and to
eat and to drink with the drunken the Lord of that servant shall
come in a day when he thinketh not and in an hour that he is not
aware of, and will cut him asunder etc. These words came with
such power on my mind that had there been a hard clap of thunder
in a clear day it would not have given me a greater shock. It
seemd it was spoke to me. I was the very man My Promises came
to my mind that I made to my Creator in my sickness but I had
broke them. I was under very heavy Conviction for a great while.
I then took to reading my bible and to pray in my family and in
secret but I could find no Comfort about this time I dreamed tha

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I was on a very Slippery Place by a great gulf where I could
see no bottom and I went along and held by little bushes and any
thing that I could get holt of to keep from slipping into the gulf
and at last I got where I could not get anything to hold by and
was just slipping off and I cryed Lord have mercy on me and im-
mediately I was taken up without hands and set on the beautifull-
est Rock that ever I saw and a clear Crystal stream of the pleasantest
water that ever I drank issued out of the Rock which I followed
down into a wilderness and I awoke and I beheld it was a dream.
What the interpretation could be I could not think but I thought
it implyed some important event. My Concern still grew greater.
I read in my bible Except a man be born again he Cannot see the
Kingdom of God, but what it was to be born I knew not I thought
I must do some good works or God would not accept of me so I
went about to mend my ways and to Repent. But when I came to
look into my own heart I see that there was no goodness there.
My heart was at enmaty with God. My Repentance was nothing
but fear of Punishment. I had no love for God. Sometimes I
thought of giving all up and not troubling myself about Religion
but I dare not. Sometimes I was Greatly afraid I had committed
the unpardonable sin but at last I was brought to see it would be
just with God to cast me off forever and I despaired of ever making
myself any better and I Concluded to go and Cast myself at the
foot of mercy so I went away alone and Prostrated myself on the
ground and said god be mercyfull to me a poor helpless sinner
but by the time I had got to the ground these words came to my
mind say not in your heart who shall ascend into heaven that is to
bring Christ down from above or who shall descend into the deep
to bring Christ up from the dead. The word is nigh thee the
word which we Preach that if thou shalt Confess with thy mouth
the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that god hath
Raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. I did then believe
that God had Raised Christ from the dead and that the Father,
the son and the holy ghost was united in the salvation ot all that
believed in him. I felt willing to resine myself and all I had into
his hands and oh the happiness I then enjoyed is beyond tungue
or pen to describe. There is none but them that has felt the same
that can have an idea of that joy. It is a joy that the world cannot
give or take away. God appeared to be Just such a one as I
wished him to be and I cryed out Glory be to the father, to the son
and to the holy ghost and I had a desire that all rational creturs
should give honor and Prais and Glory to him that sets upon the
throne and to the lamb forever and ever. When I came to get
up I could not think what was the meaning of what had past in
my mind but the concern of my mind was gone and I did not know
what was agoing to become of me but the way of life and salva-

Appendix. 237

tion through Jesus Christ appeared so Glorious that I wanted
everybody to except of it but what would become of me for I did
not at that time think myself Converted. But my Concern of mind
was gon but it was not long before it came into my mind what our
Saviour said to Nicodemus of being born of the Spirit the wind
bloweth wliere it listeth and we hear the sound thereof but canst
not tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth so is everyone that
is born of the spirit and I felt Peas of Conscience and Joy in
the holy ghost and I thought I should never have any inclination
to do anything contrary to the will of God but it was not long
before I found I had temptations to strive against but I ment by
divine assistance to maintain Religion in my soal. Soon after the
Revolution war bokeot (broke out) and I thought it my duty to
stand for the liberty of m}- Country and I enlisted into the servis
in the year A.D. 1775 and in the year A.D. 1776 for 8 or 9 months
each year and in the year A.D. 1777 I set up a salt works at New-
field now called Bridgeport and followed that till the war ended.
Then I moved to ferrisburg (Vt.) and lived there about four years

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