William Pringle

1820: In the section on Bedford County gunsmiths, the 1983 booklet "Gunsmiths and Gunmakers of Bedford and Somerset Counties Pennsylvania 1770-1900" by Whisker & Whisker lists William Pringle as being a son of Jacob Pringle, and as being recorded in St. Clair Township in 1820 with a value of $20.00. The authors of the 1983 booklet did not include William Pringle in their 1991 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties" or in their 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Bedford County, Pennsylvania". The oldest Jacob Pringle that James Whisker mentions in his 2017 book "Gunsmiths of Somerset County, Pennsylvania" is the Cambria County gunsmith Jacob Pringle who was born on April 13, 1806, which makes him too young to be the father of an 1820 gunsmith.

1820: I was unable to find a William Pringle in a transcript of the 1820 federal census of St. Clair Township, Bedford County. I did find a William Pringle and a William Pringle, Jr. in a transcript of the 1820 federal census of Woodbury Township. One of those individuals would probably be the father of the Sarah (Pringle) Hissong from Morrison's Cove who is mentioned below.

The household of the individual listed as William Pringle in the 1820 census of Woodbury Township has one male in the 26-44 age group, one female in the 16-25 age group, and one male and one female under age 10, with one individual engaged in agriculture.

The household of the individual listed as William Pringle, Junior in the 1820 census of Woodbury Township has one male and one female in the 45 and over age group, and one female in the 10 to 15 age group, and one individual engaged in manufacturing.

1828: I don't know if it concerns the right William Pringle, but a transcription of the announcement of a December 20, 1827 wedding from the January 4, 1828 issue of Bedford's "Democratic Enquirer" newspaper states, "Married on Thursday, 20 ult., by Henry Fluck, Esq., John Hissong to Miss Sarah Pringle, daughter of William Pringle of Morrison's Cove." Sarah is said to be the daughter of the William Pringle who is buried in the Hollowtown Cemetery in Highland County, Ohio. The present-day Woodbury Township and South Woodbury Township of Bedford County are located in Morrison's Cove.

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