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and my wife died and about a year and a half after I marryed
again to a woman that was a baptis by profession which was a de-
nomination that I knew but little about but I thought they was not
right. I thought that infant sprinklin was the rite way of baptism
I had never heard it disputed and I thought I could convince my
wife but I said nothing to her nor she to me on that subject. I
thought it not best before I could bring scripture evidence suffi-
sant to prove it so went to searching the bible and I read the new
testament through and noted every place that I thought any way
favored infant baptism but I could not find the evidence that I
expected. I thought I had mist some then I read the whole of the
New testament through by corce again but I could not find that
even there was an infant baptised anyway. What to do I did not
know. I thought of going to some pedo baptis to see if he could
give me some instruction but I thought that the bible was the
likelvest to give me the best there was number of places that I
thought some ways favored infant baptism but I could not be fully
satisfied. It was said by som that it came in the room of circum-
cision. I was sprinkled in infancy and I thought if that was an
institution of god it was a great thing to renounce it so I thought
I would go to him who was able to instruct me in the right way
so went alone and praed and promised that if God would make
none my duty that I would endeavor to perform it. My duty was
then made known to me clearly. The places of scripture that had
been a dispute in my mind was clearly opened to my mind as to
circumcision it came to me in this way when a child was eight
days old it was a fit subject for circumcision in the old covnant
so in the new covnant when a person was born again thay was

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fit subjects for baptism and I felt fully satisfied that the baptis
was right and my duty was plain and I went forward the first

I am now entered on my ninety-third year about one month
and twelve days there is something on my mind that has been a
living Experience on the subject of war that is of learning or
bearing arms as the Sivil (law.^) Directs of standing in our De-
fence of our nattural lives by searching the new testament I find
there is nothing that will uphold it but altogether to the reverse
from it. This is a subject that has been laid before my mind for
about ten years and i leave these lines of my experience to show
to the Reader my mind as I think it very important to make our
calling and election sure and now when I have my facultyes bright
if these lines will be of any use to any is the sincere Desire of
the author as I conceive that we have got to Come into perfect
obedience to him who shed his precious blood and laid down his
precious life for all that would come for all that he cast none away
that came by him that Declared I am the Door of the true Sheep
fold any one that will Come to me I will in no wise cast away
but he shall go in and out and find pasture. If any is at a loss
respecting any subject let them remember that God is love and so
loved the world that he sent his only begoten son that whosoever
believeth in him should have everlasting life and come into the
Spirit of Christ for the apostle tells us that any man (that) hath
not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his.

Samuel Prindle, of Poultney, Vermont.


KiMBERLY Ancestry of the Descendants of Joseph and
Sarah (Kimberly) Prindle, Joel and Sabra (Kimberly)
Prindle, Currence Prindle and Abel Burritt Kimberly, and
Abram and Betsey Ann (Kimberly) Prindle.


Thomas Kimberly^ the emigrant ancestor, came from London
and was one of the Founders of the New Haven Colony. He was
in Dorchester, ]Mass., in 1635, and had a wife Alice with whom he
removed to New Haven in 1 63 8-9, where she died in 1659.

He married (2) Mary , and removed to Stratford, Conn.,

where he was made freeman in 1668, and later in that year pur-
chased land from Joseph Hawley. He died there in January,
1671-2, and the inventory of his estate was valued at l60 pounds
and l6 shillings.

His widow Mary married (2), in 1673, Eliasaph Preston, by
whom she had a daughter Mary, born April 12, 1674. In his will,
dated Jan. 11, 1671-2, he names the following children, and several^
grandchildren :

Children :
i. Eleazer, bapt. Nov. 17, 1639. He is said to have been the
first white male child born in New Haven ; was school-
master at Wethersiield in l66l, and continued as such
at intervals until 1689; succeeded John Allyn as Secre-
tary of the Colony of Connecticut, in I696, and so con-
tinued until his death. His home was on the east side
of the river in what is now called Glastonbury, where
he died in 1709. His son Thomas and four daughters
were mentioned in his will.

ii. Thomas, b. ; m. Hannah ; was a freeman

in 1669, and a proprietor at New Haven in 1685, where
he died in Feb. 1705, leaving no children.

2. iii. Abraham, b. ; m. Hanr(^h ; d. bef. 1701.

iv. Nathaniel, b. ; was one of the proprietors of New

Haven in 1685, and died in West Haven in 1705.
V. Abiah, bapt. Dec. 19, 1641; m. Israel Boardman.

vi. Mary, b. ; m. Nathaniel Hayes.

vii. Hannah, b. 1656.


Abraham Kimberly, b. — -; married Hannah , and

had a daughter, Mary, who was bapt. in New Haven, July 24,
1659; removed to South Carolina, where his other children were


240 Prindle Genealogy.

born; but was not "killed by the Indians" there, according to a
tradition, as he returned and settled in Stratford, Conn., where he
died before 16S0.

He was quite prominent in town offices and work. His widow
Hannah married (2) John Curtis, Jr., and died before 1701.

Children :
i. Marj^, bapt. July 21, 1659; prob. d.y.
ii. Mary, b. "in ye County of Charolina," May 4, l668; m.

John Blakeman, gr.son of Rev. Adam Blakeman.
iii. Abigail, b. 1670; m. Ebenezer Blakeman, also gr.son of

Rev. Adam Blakeman.
iv. Sarah, b. in County of Albemarle," Province of Carolina,
Aug. 1, 1672; m. Sergeant Benjamin Hurd, son of John
and gr.son of Adam Hurd, who was one of the first
settlers of Stratford, Conn., in 1639, who was b. Feb.
16, 1667, and rem. to Woodbury, Conn.

3. V. Abraham, 2nd, b. Albemarle, Province of So. Carolina,

March 14, 1674-5; m. Abigail Fitch; d. March 20,


Abraham Kimberly, 2nd, was born in the County of Albemarle,
Province of Carolina, March 14 or 15, 1674-5; m. in Stratford,
Conn., May 11, I696, Abigail Fitch, daughter of Thomas and
Sarah Fitch, of Wethersfield, Conn., and gr.son of Samuel Fitch;
died in Newtown, Conn., before March 20, 1727-8, leaving widow
Abigail and nine children. His son Abraham was appointed, July
26, 1727, administrator of his estate, valued at 652 pounds. He
was one of the original proprietors of Newtown, and his name is
prominently mentioned in the early records of the town.

1. Hannah, b. Jan. 19, l698; m. James Hard,
ii. Abigail, b. April 25, l699; m. John Lake.

4. iii. Abraham, 3rd, b. April 29, 1702; m. Abigail Adams; d.

June 1, 1772. i

5. iv. Gideon, b. ; m. Mary Osborne; d. Feb., 17§9.

V. Thomas, b. ; on March 7, 1735; he makes choice

of his bro. Abraham as his guardian.

6. vi. Sarah, b. abt. 1708; m. Joseph Prindle'^; d. 1758, ae. 50.
vii. Mary, b. .

viii. Abiah, b. .

ix. Prudence, b. .


Abraham Kimberly, 3rd, was born April 29, 1702; married,
Oct. SI, 1725, Abigail Adams, daughter of Freegrace Adams;

Appendix. 241

died June 1, 1772, ae. 70; resided in Newtown, and later removed
to Guilford, Conn.

1. Jedediah, b. Feb. 8, 1725-6.

ii. Anah, b. Aug. 8, 1727; m. Sept. 2, 1747, John Dunning,
iii. Sarah, b. Aug. 31, 1729; m. Aug. 14, 1751, Ebenezer Fair-
iv. Abiah, b. Aug. 13, 1731 ; m. July 19, 1750, Michael Dunning.
V. Mary, b. March 3, 1733; m. Dec. 25, 1752, Isaac Bostwick.
vi. Fitch, b. Dec. 22, 1736; m. Milford, Conn., July 6, 1758,
Abigail Woodruff; d. Watertown, May 3, 1813. He
served in the French war, in 1756, in the Regt. of Col.
Andrew Ward of Guilford, where he lived. He also
served in the Revolutionary war, having enlisted as a
private in Capt. Jarius Wilcox's Co., March, 1778, for
three years, from Newtown.

7. vii. Abraham, 4th, b. Jan. 6, 1739; m. Feb. 14, 1760, Tamar



Gideon Kimberly, was born ; married Oct. 9? 1735, Mary

Osborne, of Stratford; makes choice of his brother Abraham as his
guardian, Dec. 12, 1728; d. Norwalk, Conn., Feb. 1749. Nathan
Hubbell, Jr., appointed administrator of his estate, Dec. 20, 1759;
inventory dated Feb. 22, 1759-

8. i. Sabra, b. July 8, 1736; m. Joel Prindle*; d. Feb. 9, 1798.
ii. Phebe, b. ; m. Dec. 1, 1765, William Burwell.

and perhaps others.


Sarah Kimberly, born ; married Joseph Prindle^,

(Ebenezer-, William'^), son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Hubby)
Prindle, of Newtown, Conn., who was born New Haven, abt. 1703,
bapt. Milford July 4, 1703, and died Newtown, Nov. 11, 1772. She
died Sept. 22, 1758, ae. 50.

Abraham Kimberly, 4th, was born Jan. 6, 1739; married Feb.
14, 1760, Tamar Burritt, who died Oct. 1, 1768, ae. 30, in giving

birth to son Abel Burritt; married (2) Isabel ; removed to

Sandgate, Vt., and Salem, N. Y. where he died about 1809. His
will dated Jan. 21, 1808, and probated June 14, 1809, mentions
his wife Isabel; eldest son Abel B.; sons Abraham and Ichabod;
daughters Jerusha Busby and Sally Ann; two grandchildren
Jonnthan Northrop and Ann Peck, the children of daughter ^Nlary

242 Prindle Genealogy.

He served with his brother Fitch in the French war, in 1756, in
the Regt. of Col. Andrew Ward of Guilford, where they lived. He
also served in the Revolution, having been appointed by the As-
sembly, Jan. 7, 1777, "Lieutenant of the western alarm list com-
pany in the town of Newtown, in tlic l6th Regt. of this State."

i. Mary, bapt. Aug. 31, 1760; m. Northrop.

ii. Abel, d. in infancy,
iii. Ann, b. July 1, 1764.
iv. Jerusha, b. May 18, 1766; m. Busby.

9. V. Abel Burritt, bapt. Oct. l6, 1768; m. Currence Prindle^.
vi. Abraham, .^th, b. ; rem. to Rochester, N. Y. Land

records of Washington Co., N. Y., show transfer, by deed
dated Oct. 1, 1829, from Abraham Kimberly of
Rochester, N. Y., to Abraham C. Lansing of Lansing-
burg, N. Y., of "land in Cockburn's Patent in Salem,
N. Y., being the farm Abraham Kimberly, deceased, for-
merly owned and now occupied by Ichabod Kimberly,
bounded north by lands of Abel Kimberly," etc.

vii. Ichabod, b. .


Sabra Kimberly was born July 8, 1736; married in Wilton,
Conn., May 22, 1557, Joel Prindle*, (Joseph^, Ebenezer-,
William^) , son of Joseph and Sarah (Kimberly) Prindle, who was
born in Newtown, Conn., Nov. 19, 1734; removed to Sandgate, Vt.,
where he died Aug. 11, 1809. She died in Sandgate, Feb. 9, 1798.


Abel Burritt Kimberly, was born in Newtown, Conn., Oct.
l6, 1768; married Currence Prindle'^, (Nathan*, Joseph^
Ebenezer-, William^), daughter of Nathan and Ann (Bristol)
Prindle, who was born in Newtown, Oct. 7, 1773, and removed
in 1784, with her parents, to Sandgate, Vt.

10. i. Betsey Ann, b. Oct. 8, 1795; m. Abram Prindle''; d.

April, 1864.
ii. Ann, b. March 19, 1799; m. John J. Steele; d. Salem, N. Y.,

Nov. 3, 1870, and bur. in Evergreen Cemetery there,
iii. Jerusha Ann, b. 1801; d. March 8, 1829, in the 28th year
of her age; bur. in West Sandgate, Vt.


Betsey Ann Kimberly was born in Sandgate, Vt., Oct. 8, 1795;
married her second cousin, Abram Prindle^ (Zalmon^, Joel*,
Joseph^, Ebenezer-, William^) , son of Zalmon and Mary (Williams)
Prindle, who was born in Sandgate, Vt., Aug. 5, 1792, and died in
Hebron, N. Y., May 3, 1852. She died in Camden Valley, Wash-
ington, Co., N. Y., April, 1864.


Zalmon Prindle, the only son of Joel* and Sabra (Kimberly)
Prindle, was born in Newtown^ Fairfield County, Connecticut,
January 1 1, 1758.

He was a soldier of the American Revolution from February 23,
nil , to June, 1783, having enlisted at the age of nineteen, with the
following record of service as it appears on the files of the War
Department, Washington, D. C:

"It is shown by the records that one Zalmon Prindle served as a
private in Captain Samuel Comstock's Company, 8th Connecticut
Regiment, Revolutionary War. He enlisted February 23, 1777, to
serve during the war; was transferred in January, 1781, to Cap-
tain Comstock's Company, also designated that 2nd Company, 5th
Connecticut Regiment, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac
Sherman; again transferred November 1, 1782, to the 3rd Company,
2nd Connecticut Regiment, commanded by Colonel Heman Swift,
and his name last appears on the muster roll of that organization
dated May 26, 1783."

The following is also abstracted from the Record of Connecticut
men in the War of the Revolution. Adjt. Gen.'s Office, Hartford,

"Zalmon Prindle, enlisted from Newtown, Conn., February 3,

1777, for the war, as private in Capt. Samuel Comstock's Com-
pany, Eighth Regiment, Col. Chandler, of the 'Connecticut Line,'
in the formation of 1777-1781; transferred to the Fifth Regi-
ment, Lt. Comndt. Sherman, 'Connecticut Line,' in the formation
of 1781-1783; and to Capt. Munson's Company, Second Regiment,
Col. Heman Swift, 'Connecticut Line,' in the formation of January-
June, 1783."

The service rendered by these Regiments is summarized as
follows :

Eighth Regiment, "Connecticut Line," Formation of 1777-
1781. Raised from January 1, 1777, for the new "Continental
Line" to serve through the war. Enlisted in Litchfield and other
Counties. Went into the field at Camp Peekskill, spring of 1777.
Ordered into Pennsylvania, under Gen. McDougall, it fought
at Germantown, October, 1777, and suffered some loss. Assigned
to Varnum's Brigade, October l6. A detachment from the Regi-
ment, with one from Durkee's, continued the stubborn defense of
Fort ]\Iifflin, Mud Island, Penn., November 12-16, 1777, and "lost
some gallant officers and men." Wintered at Valley Forge, 1777-

1778, and on June 28th following present at battle of Monmouth.
Encamped during the summer at White Plains with Huntington's
Brigade. Wintered 1778-1779 at Redding. In summer of 1779,
on the Hudson, east side ; its light Company under Capt. Munson


244 Prindle Genealogy.

detached to Meig's Light Regiment and engaged in storming of
Stony Point, July 15, 1779. Wintered 1779-1780 in "Morristown
huts," Morristown, N. J. Wintered 1780-1781 at Camp "Connect-
icut Village," above Robinson's house, just back of Constitution
Island ojaposite West Point, about a mile and a half from the river
and not far from the main road, and advantageously situated as
lying between two mountains, and there consolidated for the Forma-
tion of 1781-1783, the men and officers receiving furlough in rota-
tion while here.

Fifth Regiment, "Connecticut Line," Formation of 1781-1783.
Fifth Regiment, in the second formation of the "Line," serving
from January 1, 1781, to January 1, 1783; composed of the First
and Eighth Regiments of the previous formations. In "Camp
Phillipsburg," near Dobbs Ferry, and formed in order of battle
in July 1781. Marched down nearer New York, and then returned
to Phillipsburg and Camp "Connecticut Village." The Commander-
in-chief, Washington, visited this camp, April 13, 1782. At Camp
Verplanck's Point, in order of battle, August-October, 1782. From
there marched to West Point, crossing the Hudson at Newburg,
where it went into winter quarters for the last time during the war.

This Regiment was consolidated in December, 1782, for the
third formation of January- June, 1783.

Second Regiment, "Connecticut Line." Formation of Jan. -June,

The Second Regiment, in the third formation of the "Line,"
of January- June, 1783, was composed of the Second and Fifth
Regiments of the previous formations. It remained in camp at
West Point and vicinity from January 1, 1783, until early in
June, when, by Washington's orders, it was disbanded with the
greater portion of the army. A certain number of men were re-
tained from the Regiment of the last formation.

It is most probable that while in camp and during the opera-
tions of the army in the Manor of Phillipsburg, the young soldier
first met Mary Williams, the daughter of Abraham and Mary (See)
Williams then living there, Abraham being also a soldier of the
Revolution, for in the year following the disbandment of his regi-
ment we find the record of their marriage, on May 13, 1784, at
South Salem, N. Y., near the Connecticut border, wliere her mother,
then a widow, had removed after the capture of her husband
Abraham, by the British and Tories, at the time of the assault
upon Young's House, the headquarters of the American forces, on
the night of February 3, 1780.

They removed to Tarrytown, N. Y., where their son Zenas was
born, April 17, 1786, and soon after again removed to Sandgate,
Vermont, where his father Joel, uncles Nathan and Jonathan, and
other kindred from Newtown, Conn., had preceded him. In those

Appendix. 245

early days traveling in the interior was largely on horseback, and
in this manner the young wife and mother, with her infant son
Zenas in her arms — their first born, Joel Wm., having died when
eight days old^made the journey to their new home in the sparsely
settled and mountainous country of Vermont, where they settled
near those who had preceded them, on Prindle Hill, in the western
part of the town and near the New York State line.

The township of Sandgate, in Bennington County, was one of
the New Hampshire Grants, its charter having been granted by
Gov. Benning Wentworth, August 11, 1761, to John Park and 65
others, embracing 23,0-10 acres, in 72 shares. Its first settler was
a Mr. Bristol, who located there in 1771. Reuben Thomas was
also one of the first settlers in Sandgate. He was one of its first
justices of the peace, and its first town representative to the State
Legislature, in October, 1778. His son, Samuel Thomas, was the
first child born in town, September 15, 1772, who served as justice
of the peace for 12 years and was also elected town representative
to the Legislature, in 1825.

It may prove interesting to note here that this Samuel Thomas
married Miriam Sherman, and that their son. Dr. Samuel Thomas,
who was born May 15, 1807, married January 14, 1841, Jane Cogs-
well, daughter of Samuel and Joanna (Smith) Cogswell whose
sister Hannah married Zenas*^ Prindle.

The first highway was laid out through the middle of the town,
passing through "The Notch," in March, 1781. The first deed of
land transfer was executed in 1778, and entered on the town
records, ^lay, 1782.

The emigration to this new country must have been consider-
able, for a few years after, in 1791, according to the census of
that year, the population had increased to 773. Many families
came from Newtown, Conn., and vicinity, and settled on the west
side of town, some of whose descendants still remain. Among
these from Newtown were several Prindles: JoeV, Nathan% and
Jonathan^ who were sons of Joseph'^ ; Ammon', son of Eliada*
and grandson of Joseph' ; and Zalm.on", son of this Joel*.

The Land Records show that Nathan was the first to become a
land owner there, on May 25, 1782, when he acquired 50 acres
from-Amon Hard, of Newtown, Conn., for 25 pounds. On October
18, 1783, he acquired another 50 acres from Samuel Drinkwater,
of Sandgate, for 20 pounds, and on January 26, 1784, these three
brothers — Joel, Nathan and Jonathan — all "of Newtown," each
acquired a tract of 50 acres from James Hard, of the adjoining
town of Arlington, Vt., the consideration being the same, 8 pounds,
in each case. In the summer of that year Nathan, with his family,
removed to Sandgate, and on September 20th following he ac-
quired still another 50 acres, this time from Samuel Bristol, of

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Sandgate, for 100 pounds. After this he no longer calls himself
as of Newtown^ but as "of Sandgate, Vermont."

Joel Prindle, on August 11, ITQi, still "of Newtown, Conn.,"
acquires another 50 acres from James Hard for 8 pounds, and
after that he calls himself as "of Sandgate, Vt."

Jonathan Prindle, on December 5, 1793, acquires 10 acres from
David Tuttle, of Sandgate, for one pound and three shillings; and
on January 19, 1799, another 50 acres from George Peck, of Sand-
gate, for one dollar. In all the transfers in which his name ap-
pears he calls himself as "of Newtown, Conn.," and it is not cer-
tain that he ever removed to Vermont to live for any great length
of time, if indeed at all, or ever transferred his citizenship from
his native town and state where he is reported to have died
February 15, 1814. We find that on November 2, 1803, he trans-
ferred his holdings in Sandgate to Joel and Zalmon, for $150,
which terminated his property interests in Vermont.

Amnion Prindle, "of Sandgate," on January 6, 1786, acquires
from Amos Tuttle 43 acres for 17 pounds, and on November 1,
1791, transfers the same to Sarah Cogswell for 28 pounds, he
then calling himself "of Newtown," from which it would appear
that he had returned to his native state.

The name of Zalmon Prindle first appears of record there on
February 11, 1788, when "Joel Prindle, of Newtown, in the County
of Fairfield, State of Connecticut, for the consideration of the
love, affection, and good will, I have and bear toward my son,
Zalmon Prindle, of Sandgate, County of Bennington, State of
Vermont," transfers unto the said Zalmon 30 acres of land adjoin-
ing his other land, and also adjoining land of Nathan Prindle.

All subsequent land records under the name of Prindle show
transfers only to or from Joel and Nathan and their descendants,
of which more than one hundred were entered prior to 1850.

The tradition runs that when the first settlers of the Prindle
famih^ sought a new home in southwestern Vermont, tliey traversed
the country along the Battenkill — a tributary of the Hudson River —
and, disdaining the lower pine lands of the valley as more or less
unhealthy, pressed onward and upward toward the higher and hard-
wood timber-land which indicated to them more healthful surround-
ings, and finally settled on the top of the low mountain still known
as "Prindle Hill."

Here they cleared away the forest, built them log houses and
barns, brought the hard and stony soil under subjection; raised,
spun, and wove flax and wool for clothing, and reared their sturdy
families for many years under pioneer conditions and in compara-
tive isolation; the succeeding generations gradually forsaking the
unthankful soil of the mountain top for the better and more
accessible, though limited, intervale and less hilly lands below.

Appendix. 247

A recent visit to this interesting locality showed but few remains
of the olden time. A few depressions in the earth mark the sites
of the old homes of which not a vestige remains, even of the one
in which the compiler remembers to have spent a night with the
family in his childhood. The formerly cultivated fields and meadow
land have relapsed into poor pasture lands, while these in turn
are being overgrown with new timber and underbrush which will
ere long take the place of the original forest, and little be left to
indicate the former period of toil and struggle and deprivation of
those of our ancestors, who here sought so courageously to subdue,
and did for a time, the unfriendly conditions of such primitive

In now visiting this region one is reminded of the rhyme begin-

"Up in Vermont where the hills are so steep,
The farmers use ladders to pasture their sheep," etc.,
and the impromptu lines of a native son of the soil there:
"Poor old Sandgate ! All 'round hemmed in;
Three sides mountains, t'other side Camden."
are still remembered by living descendants of those early settlers
who appreciated the one only, and comparatively easy, outlet over
the "York State line," to a more advanced civilization along the
valley of the Battenkill, via "Camden Valley," through which the
famous trout stream of Terrell's Brook still flows.

Here Zalmon Prindle lived and toiled as a farmer for twenty-
five years, and died August 19, 1811, at the age of 53, a victim of
an epidemic, said to have been then prevailing and which also
carried off other residents of Prindle Hill, and leaving a widow and
eight children to mourn his untimely death.

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