“Loyalist Trails” 2010-14: April 4, 2010
In this issue:
– The Best Loyalist Romance: Part One — © Stephen Davidson
– Ebenezer Dibble (1715-1799): Fifth Generation in America (Part 7 of 13; © 2009 George McNeillie)
– Thomas Hooper UEL of PEI
– Cornelius Thompson Branch Details
– The Tech Side: Publishing Your Research, by Wayne Scott
– Gloria and Lloyd Oakes 60th Wedding Anniversary
– Egg Had A Long Journey (and no Easter Bunny to Carry it There)
– Additions to the Loyalist Directory
– Last Post: Margaret Jean Goodger
– Last Post: Annie Webber
– Last Post: Margaret Casselman
+ Loyalist Statue in Massachusetts
+ Family of Archibald and Catherine Campbell
+ Prindle – Pringle Families
The movie Titanic became the highest grossing film of all time thanks to the skillful grafting of a love story onto an outstanding moment in history. And maybe that’s all that has to be done to widen the appreciation for loyalist history — the retelling of a heartwarming romance in the midst of an awful revolution. But what is the greatest of all the loyalist romance stories?
Most of the love stories that have come down to us from the American Revolution are fragmentary and lie hidden in dry old records. Take the example of John Prince, a loyalist who was a private with the Third New Jersey Volunteers for seven years. In the summer of 1783, his regiment’s muster roll noted the fact that the 41 year-old bachelor was absent and that he had “gone to the country”. The Volunteers were preparing to leave the Thirteen Colonies. Prince’s absence may have seemed an oddly timed one, but it certainly hinted at nothing very romantic. However, there was an affair of the heart hidden in the muster roll’s matter of fact report on John’s whereabouts.
Throughout the revolution, Prince had had a sweetheart in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. The reason Prince had gone to the country was to make eighteen year-old Abigail Riddle his wife. The new Mrs. Prince returned with John to his regiment, and the couple sailed north with the Volunteers and their families. The newlyweds established their new home along the Kennebecasis River. Had John Prince not taken a leave of absence, he would not have married Abigail. But the story lacks a certain “romantic sizzle”, doesn’t it?
However, the story of Stephen Jarvis and Amelia Glover has definite cinematic possibilities. Is theirs the great loyalist romance?
In 1783, Stephen Jarvis was stationed in St. Augustine, Florida, far from his home in Danbury, Connecticut. It had been six years since he had seen either his family or his fiancé, Amelia Glover. With all of the speed that he could muster, Jarvis sailed up the coast to New York, and then, with the written permission of the patriots of Danbury, he travelled home with his brother.
He later wrote, “It is impossible to describe my feelings on again embracing those who had always been so dear to me. Immediately on my arrival, my Father sent for Miss Glover, who happened to be in town. I shall leave the reader to judge of the ecstasy and the joy that filled our breasts. Immediately preparation were set on foot for our marriage.”
Stephen and Amelia’s plans for their wedding did not work out quite as they planned. Two men warned Jarvis that a mob was coming to arrest him. Turning to his bride-to-be, Jarvis said, “Miss Glover, good-bye, I can die – in no place more honorably than this – you shall see that I can die bravely.”
Suddenly, a crowd of patriots filled the Jarvis home, demanding to see Stephen. He calmly reminded them that they had given him permission to return to Danbury, and that if they harmed him, they put their friends at risk who had been given similar safe passage in British-held New York.
A local patriot officer promptly promised to have his squadron protect Jarvis from any harm, but Stephen could see that it would be best if he left Danbury as soon as possible. But not without his beloved Amelia.
Pointing out the danger of staying in town for even another day, Stephen urged his father to let him marry that very evening. His father consented, but it took more persuasion to bring Amelia around. Doubtless, she was upset that her long anticipated wedding was to be such a rushed affair. The family sent for a minister, everyone gathered in a large room in the home, and, within the hour, Stephen and Amelia were made husband and wife.
The mob outside the Jarvis house dispersed following the wedding. A sergeant and 12 dragoons prepared to guard the house through the night. However, early the next morning during the changing of the guard, the local sheriff forced his way upstairs into the newlyweds’ bedroom and demanded payment for an old war debt. Jarvis stood up to him with such defiance that the sheriff fell down the stairs.
Unhurt, the sheriff returned to the Jarvis house with a posse, but by this time the squadron had returned to its station. Seeing that his reluctant bodyguards might have to fight against their neighbours, Jarvis decided to endear himself to the soldiers. “I threw them a dollar, desired they would get something to drink the Bride’s health, which they did, and before they had finished the bottle I had won them all to my side.”
Suddenly, the mood of the guards changed. The soldiers claimed that Stephen “had got one of the best of women for a wife in the world; that I was deserving of her, and that they would defend us as long as they had a drop of blood in their veins.”
Recognizing that Stephen’s quick wits had won the day, the posse withdrew. The newlyweds enjoyed a comfortable breakfast, but did not sit still for long. A mob of disgruntled citizens had gathered down the street. Trading his loyalist uniform for his brother’s coat, Stephen slipped out the back door and met his brother in a nearby field. He rode off to the home of Amelia’s sister where six years before he had safely hidden from patriots. The new Mrs. Jarvis joined her husband the following day, and the couple promptly set off for New York. A Connecticut honeymoon was clearly out of the question.
By the end of 1783, Stephen and Amelia had settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick, but they would end their days in York, Upper Canada. By the following year, another newlywed loyalist couple had also arrived in New Brunswick. The romance of David and Sarah will be told in the next edition of Loyalist Trails.
To secure permission to reprint this article, email Stephen Davidson.
Dr. Dibblee’s remark, at the end of his letter [Editor’s note: see last week’s installment], that his son Frederick is invited to go home [that is to England] for Holy Orders, furnishes additional proof that this letter was written not later than the early part of 1787, for Bishop Charles Inglis arrived in Halifax on October 15th, 1787, and after that event there would be no talk of going to England for ordination. I therefore conclude that Dr. Dibblee’s letter was sent to New Brunswick by the hands of Mr. Holly in April, 1787, and that the marriage of John Bedell and Margaret Dibblee took place at Long Reach at that time.
A few words more may be said of Frederick Dibblee, the first Rector of Woodstock.
He was born at Stamford on December 9, 1753, and was educated at King’s (now Columbia) College in New York, where he graduated in 1776, probably with the intention of entering the ministry, but the war interfered.
In November, 1776, he, with other Stamford Loyalists, was transferred to Lebanon, in the eastern part of Connecticut, but Governor Trumbull allowed him to return home the next Spring. In April, 1777, when the King’s troops engaged in their expedition to Danbury, his life was threatened for refusing to take part with the rebels and he was obliged to take refuge on Long Island, where his brother Fyler had already gone. While living on Long Island he married Nancy Beach of Stamford. Her brothers, William and Lewis Beach, were grantees of Kingston, N.B. Mr. Dibblee was plundered no less than five times by his rebel countrymen to the aggregate amount of twelve hundred pounds. The plundering parties came in whale-boats from New Jersey and other places. As late as November, 1782, after the war was virtually ended, they robbed him and his wife of their household goods and best wearing apparel. He joined the company of Loyalists going to St. John under the leadership of the Rev. John Sayre, but could not settle his business in time to go with his brother Fyler in the “Spring Fleet” in 1783. his wife’s delicate condition and the state of his own health detained him at his father’s in Stamford until the next Spring, when they came to New Brunswick. He drew a lot in Parr-town on his arrival, but soon went to Kingston, where he became lay reader and lived for two or three years.
In 1787 he went up the St. John River to “Meductic”, or Woodstock, as a lay missionary teacher of the Indians. Next year he moved his family thither and took up a valuable tract of land. His son, the late Colonel John Dibblee, was born during his stay in Kingston. The name of his wife (Nancy Beach) was handed down to her niece, the late Mrs. Charles Peabody, mother of Stephen Peabody. She was a very great friend of my mother’s and was with her I think when her four boys were born. I remember well the last time I called to see this dear old lady. I said, “Well, Mrs. Peabody you have known me a good while haven’t you?” To this she quietly answered, in her gentle voice, “My, dear, I guess I was the first one who ever saw you.”
It will be seen that the coming to Woodstock of Frederick Dibblee was practically coincident with that of John Bedell and the family of his brother Fyler Dibblee. Further information about the first Rector of Woodstock will be found in the Collections of the N.B. Historical Society No. 2 pp. 252-258, and in my scrap-book No. 4 in the St. John Public Library. When the Centennial of the Parish of Woodstock was celebrated in 1891, I read a paper on the work of the Rev. Frederick Dibblee on the Upper St. John, which was afterwards printed in pamphlet form. A sketch of his ministry later appeared in the “Episodes” of local Church History Numbers 55, 56, 57, 58 published in the Saturday edition of the St. John Daily Telegraph, of which there are copies in my scrap-book here in Toronto. (Scrap-book No. 2 [now in the possession of George McNeillie], pp. 55-58)
Excerpt from Book of Family History, by The Ven. William Odber Raymond, LL.D, FRSC. © 2009 George McNeillie – all rights reserved [published here with permission; see footnote].
Thomas Hooper, UEL was an example of how the War of Independence could split families apart. With ancestral roots established in New York for decades, he was the only one of his siblings to leave the Colonies after the War. As well, his eldest daughter refused to leave.
Born in Middlesex County, New Jersey in 1734, Thomas Hooper had, by the start of the American Revolution, a plantation there and a tavern where local business was carried out. Early on, he supported the British and for this was pillaged and mistreated by Rebel soldiers. Also, he was subjected to an Inquisition in the Middlesex County Court of Common Pleas.
By 1782, Thomas was actively seeking an alternative place to settle. He travelled to New York, then Shelburne, Nova Scotia followed by sailing to the Island of Saint John (now Prince Edward Island) – just one of several trips back and forth.
Upon his return to his New Jersey home, he found that during his absence his property had been raided by Rebel soldiers; his wife, who had recently given birth to a son, had her bed taken from under her and had been treated with such cruel indignities that she died just days later. Thomas became an embittered man with contempt for anything belonging to the United States.
Around the time of the impending evacuation of the Loyalists from New York in 1783, Hooper and his eldest son left for Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Similar to other Loyalists there, Thomas documented for the British Government, a deposition and an estimate of his New Jersey losses, dated December 1783.
The following May with a few others, Hooper and his son went to Charlottetown to present a Memorial to the Governor requesting land on the Island. By September, Hooper’s acreage there comprised 250 acres fronting on Bedeque Bay and 250 acres further inland. However, with no shelter for the winter, the Hoopers returned to Shelburne until the spring of 1785, when once again they sailed for the Island, this time bringing a second son.
Hoping to draw needed settlers, the Island’s Governor Patterson had decided to provide each refugee Loyalist family and Disbanded Troops settling on the Island with enough provisions for a year: food, some lumber, and essential tools including a whipsaw and falling axe. The two boys and their father began clearing their farm and built a log house.
Leaving the two sons, Thomas Hooper returned to New Jersey and brought three daughters and the baby son back to the Island of Saint John in 1786 ending the four year period of acquiring a new home. In the same year, he was appointed one of the Justices of the Peace for the Island.
As for compensation for his claim for losses, eventually he was allowed about 60% of his claim, although it is believed he never received restitution.
…Lynne Charles (recently added to the Loyalist Directory, with her certificate application as well)
While researching another topic, President Fred came upon some details of the mystery branch – Cornelius Thompson Branch
The Cornelius Thompson Branch was formed June 13, 1969. The official founding ceremony took place at Sandy Bay, Penetanguishene, August 2nd. In addition to the formal ceremonies there were several activities for all members of the families who are or will be joining the organization. The festivities included a luncheon party, a banquet, fishing competition and a cruise through part of the Thirty Thousand Islands. It is hoped to repeat the founding activities every third year in the future.
The President of the Cornelius Thompson Branch at its foundation was Donald G.E. Thompson of London and Penetanguishene, and the new President appointed August 2nd was Dr. James D. Spohn of Kitchener and Penetanguishene. The members are looking forward to a fruitful association in the new Branch and association with the other branches. (LG Vol. VII, No.2 . Autumn 1969.)
– President: Mrs. Christine Hebscher
– VP: Dr. Allen Thompson
– Sec.: Miss Tory Thompson
Many genealogists get an urge to publish their work. Family members show interest in what you have found, and distant relatives found through your research want to see more of your research. Maybe this is the time to publish.
There are many ways to publish. Put all your information, pictures and research files together and send them to a publishing house such as Lulu (www.lulu.com). They will edit and assemble your files into a book complete with indexes and footnotes with citations, etc. With a signed contract for 50 or more copies and, depending on the number of pages and services you require, you will pay about $30.00 or more per book. Of course, if you order more copies, the price will go down. There are many other publishers. Family Heritage Publishers offers similar services with their best price printing option beginning at 26 copies. While checking full service publishers, go to Instant Publishing and find their full printing pricing chart, which gives a myriad of options to consider. This can be an expensive way to go.
Many people are publishing electronically. With a setup fee of about $500.00 and a one time cost of $10.00 for each picture inserted, an electronic pdf book version can be published. Hard bound copies can then be ordered for about $0.12 per page (with a minimum 10 copies). Your pdf book can be hosted on websites such as Pierce Genealogy where a fee is paid for downloading your book. There are many Publish on Demand services found on the net. Many offer download services in addition to hard copy printing. A look at Cyndi’s List for book examples, and a host of publishing resources that you may find of interest.
Another option is to produce your own pdf book. If you are familiar enough with Microsoft Word, Publisher, Page Maker, etc. a book can be created right on your desktop. Many of these programs will allow you to create footnotes on pages which require them. Indexes can also be created without much difficulty and of course, you wouldn’t be paying $10.00 for each picture or document scan that you include. Microsoft Word has many genealogy templates including a downloadable template called Family History Book. It is a simple presentation of information which does not leave room for sources or footnotes. It has 27 pages with room for numerous documents, photos and stories. It works with Microsoft Word 97 or newer. Family members can be enlisted to proof your final copy, then the finished product can be printed to pdf. Later versions of Open Office, Word Perfect and Microsoft products have a built-in pdf creation feature. Are you unsure of how to publish just the bare essentials of your research? Maybe the following is more suitable.
Alpha to Omega is a program that you purchase ($10.00 US for a download version, or $15.00 plus shipping and handling for a disk version). After installing and registering the program, you will be asked to input your Gedcom files. The program will then take the information and produce the following pages. A Title page followed by an Introduction page that outlines how the book was produced and how read the pages. Next there will be family records for each individual. There will also be an index of descendants, followed by an index of non-descendants. A number of output options will be offered, including pdf (if you have Adobe Acrobat on your computer). A picture page can be added at the end of your publication.
There are many help resources for writing and publishing your family history book. “Writing & Publishing Your Family History” on About.com is a good place to start. Ancestry.com is also a good place to visit for help. In addition, most of the family history publishers have help forums and tips sections. Genealogy programs also offer various printing options.
Your family history book will become an instant heirloom. With this in mind, consider the quality of the publication that will be passed along and read over the years. Many of your relatives would relish a copy. They make an excellent gift, and will hopefully inspire other family members to get involved in this fascinating labour of love.
[Wayne Scott can be contacted at: mail4wayne AT cogeco.ca if you have suggestions, comments or questions.]
This week, Gloria and Lloyd Oakes UE will be celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary on April 8. Gloria, President of the Hamilton Branch 1996-7, was UELAC Credential Officer for the AGM for a number of years and continues to serve as the Branch Membership Chair. Lloyd was president in 2004-5. Several years ago their sons Peter James and David received their Certificates of Loyalist Lineage for Harmanus House while Daniel proved his line to John Depew. Celebration includes a family dinner at the Scottish Rite where Lloyd continues to play the organ in the Cathedral. As reported in the Hamilton Spectator, The Song goes on – Hallelujah.
Dundalk Lady Writes Name on Egg Which Turns Up in Scotland Many Months Later
The Dundalk Herald states that in the Spring of 1917 Miss Irene Meddaugh, saleslady in J. E. Richard’s store, Dundalk, while watching the crating of eggs for shipment, jokingly wrote her name and address on an egg. She was surprised the other day to receive a letter from Scotland, dated at Keilarsbrae, Alloa, Nov. 13th, 1917. The circumstances leads one to wonder how that egg dodged the submarine torpedo and also where it rested in cold storage for all those months of the summer. It is clear that Dundalk hen fruit travels some. The letter says in part: “I have just come across your name on an egg that came in with your name on it. There are no boys in the shop now with the war on, so I write you. I suppose you will hear lots about the war, too, with so many of the boys being away from Canada. We have about 300 Canadian boys stationed about five miles from us and they come to the village often. They are working in the woods felling trees. We have had quite a nice time with them at parties, etc. Now, as to myself, I work in the Alloe Company’s shop with nine girls, three men (old) and two boys. It is the biggest shop in town in the grocery line. Alloa is a small town but it is a lovely countryside. Now dear Miss Meddaugh, if you should care to answer this note, I will be very pleased to hear from you. Your new friend, MEG. McDONALD
Irene and I would be 1st cousins, 2 times removed. Our first common ancestors would be George & Mary Ann (Rogers/Rodgers) Meddaugh/Middaugh. Irene Meddaugh would have been a 2nd great grand-daughter to Martin Sr. Middagh, the Loyalist.
…Gary Middaugh UE
As time permits, we add information to the Loyalist Directory. The latest additions and updates are:
– Bates, Alexander and Samuel from Ruth Cleghorn Ker
– Bengel, Johann Adam – from Aurise Smith Kondziela
– Brisco, Isaac (father) and Norris (Son) – from Catherine Fryer with certificate application [NEW – April 4]
– Campbell, Archibald and son Alexander – from Lois Davis O’Hara (formerly Lois Love)
– Detlor, Valentine, and sons George, Jacob, John, Samuel – from Aurora Feletti (Volunteer Jo Ann Tuskin)
– Flewelling, Flewwelling, Flueling surnames: Abel, Enos, Francis, James, John, Joseph, Maurice and Thomas – from Thomas A. Murray (Volunteer Jo Ann Tuskin)
– Hooper, Thomas – from Lynne Charles with certificate application
– Jarvis, Frederick Starr, (see in record for Stephen, Frederick’s father), by Bob Jarvis
– Pringle, Joel Jr. – from Marlene Kerr with certificate application
– Williams, John Sr. and John Jr (of Ernestown ON) – from Myrna Perry
GOODGER, Margaret Jean (nee Graham), B.A., UEL – Passed away peacefully on March 29, 2010 at Hyland Crest Senior Citizens Home, Minden, Ontario in her 93rd year. Wife of the late Rev. William Donald Goodger. Mother of Norma Jean Goodger and the late Bryan Robert Goodger. Predeceased by her brother Harland Edward (Ted) Graham. Jean was born and raised in Toronto, graduating from Victoria College, University of Toronto in 1939 with an Honours Degree in Modern Languages. Jean and Don were married in 1940, having met at University. During Don’s ministry, they resided in Florence, Kirkton, Ayr, Dunnville and Niagara Falls. The family moved to Toronto in 1963 when Don assumed a position in the head office of the United Church of Canada. Interest in her family history led Jean to genealogy, becoming Dominion Secretary of the United Empire Loyalists. For a number of years, Jean supply taught High School French in Toronto. When Don retired from the ministry, he pursued a second career in gemology and Jean came out of retirement to become his business manager. Cremation has taken place. There will be a Celebration of Jean’s Life in the Fireplace Lounge at Hyland Crest Senior Citizens Home in Minden on Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 2 to 4 p.m. Interment at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. www.gordonmonkfuneralhome.com. Published in the Toronto Star on March 30, 2010.
Loyalist Gazette shows Jean was UELAC Dominion Secretary – recording secretary for meetings – Jean’s name as secretary first appears in the fall of 1973. The last is in December 1984.
…Libby Hancocks UE
Annie Webber, peacefully at the Cornwall Carefor Hospice on Tuesday March 30, 2010 age 101 years. Annie Webber nee-McEwan of Cornwall. Wife of the late James Webber. Mother of Harry Webber (Bonnie) of Newington, Jean Webber (William) of Kingston and Elizabeth Webber (John) of Toronto. Cremation.
A service in celebration of Annie’s life was held April 1, 2010. Committal service will be at a later date Hillcrest Cemetery in Newington. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or C.N.I.B. would be appreciated by the family. Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
Annie was a Charter member of The St. Lawrence Branch, a descendant of Loyalist William Wood.
…Lynne Cook UE
Peacefully at home on Saturday, April 3, 2010, Margaret Casselman (nee Durant) of R.R. #1 Iroquois, age 95. Beloved wife of the late Ken Casselman. Loving mother of Betty (Fred) Hutt of R.R.# 1 Iroquois, Anne Thompson of Prescott, Arnold (Tilda) of R.R.# 3 Williamsburg, Shirley (Jack) Nelson of Cochrane, Alberta, Barbara Benson (Bill Barnett) of Brockville, Dwayne (Myrna) of Blackie, Alberta, Charlotte (David) Froats of Brinston, Gordon (Shirley) of Newington, Marion Casselman of Morrisburg, Karl (Brenda) of Sundre, Alberta, Susan (Mac) Lewis of Iroquois, Janet Casselman of R.R.# 1 Iroquois, Janice Bradford of Glen Becker, Sandra Casselman of Morrisburg, Cathy Casselman of Morrisburg, Darlene (Martin) Vanderbruggen) of Glen Stewart and Donna (Karl) Billings of Hanesville. Dear sister of Muriel Cornell of Ottawa, Audrey Ducolon of Winchester, Mason (Beulah) Durant of Winchester and Milfred Durant of Kingston. Margaret will be fondly remembered by 33 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and 6 great, great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at Williamsburg United Church on Wednesday, April 7th at 11 a.m. Interment New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg. Published in the Ottawa Citizen on 4/4/2010
Margaret was a former Associate member of St. Lawrence Branch and 15 of her children, and 8 of her grandchildren became members at the same time.
…Lynne Cook UE
After telling Bill that I didn’t know if the statue of Count Rumford was still to be found in Woburn, I went to Google and did a photo search. Sure enough, there were SEVERAL pictures of the statue — the version in Massachusetts as well as the one in Germany. When in doubt, always Google!
Thanks also to Dave Cooper for a great picture of the statue in the front yard of the Woburn Library in Woburn Mass, taken in 2008. Donald Partridge adds: “I responce, I am attaching a 2005 photo (looks like the same photo) of the statue of Benjamin Thompson taken in front of the architecturally beautiful, Woburn, Massachusetts Public Library. You can also confirm this by using Google’s street view. Photo credit to “Daderot” who took the picture in 2005 and made it available under the “GNU Licence” (free to reproduce, but not alter). Additional information on Benjamin Thompson can be found on Wikipedia.
I am descended from Archibald Campbell UEL m. Catherine ? and from his father Alexander Campbell. The families were from New York and after the Rev. War, settled at Adolphustown. Information abut both families has just been posted to the Loyalist Directory.
Archibald and Catherine had several children:
– Sarah 1800-1873 (11 children) m Henry Davis Jr of 2nd Con Adolphustown 1798-1876, settled S Adolphustown
– John M b abt 1800 of Tyendinaga, settled Marysville m. Jane Huyck 1812 – (6 children)
– Phoebe b 1802 ?1810 m 1826 d Dec 27,1889 age 78 y, 11m m. John Bogart of 5th Con Adolphustown, desc. of Paul 1794-1869 (10 children – 8 mentioned in Phoebe’s obit) settled N Adolphustown
– Alexander Campbell b 1803 Adolphustown d March 12, 1863 age 60 (day after David Roblin, polititian) as per Napanee Standard, settled Napanee m “Millie”Amelia B Taylor (widow of John Taylor) nee Brown 1806/7-1878 1878
– Archibald Campbell 1808-1862/3 (age 54/55) municipal duties – incl Reeve 1851, 1853, 1858 m Mary Valleau, 1812-1894, see monument in Adolphustown, settled Napanee
– Eleanor “Ellen” Campbell b 1812 m. Alexander McHenry 1817-1847 (had 3 children)
– Catharine Campbell b 1823 d 1902 (wrong generation)? m. James M McConnell, settled Roblin
– ? Lanor or Laney Campbell b ? OC 1832 m. ? Maybee
I am fairly certain of the first six children, but would like more information about them if anyone can help. However of the last two I am quite uncertain and would really appreciate help with information about them, or any other children.
…Lois Davis O’Hara (formerly Love)
The Loyalist Directory shows a number of Pringle and a number Prindle entries.
Marlene Kerr notes that Joel Sr was born about 1696. One of his children was Joel Jr., born c1724. He m.1745 Deborah (nee Bigelow) Brownson. Joel Jr. and Deborah had six children:
1. William & Eunice Benedict;
2. Joel III & Mary Woodcock;
3. Timothy Sr. & Huldah Weldon;
4. Joseph & Mary Springsteen;
5. Doctor & Margaret Petersen;
6. Lois & John Dafoe Jr.
The Prindle/Pringle entries in the Loyalist Directory could be all from this one couple and their five sons.
Could anyone give an opinion based on some amount of area research in the Fredericksburgh and Prince Edward County area, or on the Prindle/Pringle families give an opinion about these being one or two families? Also, did Joel Sr., born 1696, come to Canada as a Loyalist?