I have been researching the Pringle line in Philadelphia from approx. 1730- 1800's.I am listing hypothesis that I have come up with relying on my research.
1.There appears to be at least 2 possibly 3 Pringle families in Philadelphia from 1730's to 1800. 2.1st line involves William Pringle and Mary Rachel Trumbo (middle name was found on another tree however have not found on any documents) and apparently had three children.This is evidenced by church records on ancestry.com. Samuel Pringle,John Pringle and Hannah Pringle. Two children were listed as children of William and Mary Pringle and the third was listed as s/o William and Rachel. I would suggest you verify this with the church records.The births of the children and no record of the death of 1st wife suggest that Mary and Rachel were the same individual.The children Samuel and John were the same individuals of "Pringle Tree" fame during the Revolutionary War.I could find no further reference to this individual. 3.The 2nd line is that of John Pringle, a Philadelphia merchant born in Ireland and apparently helped to finance the Revolutionary War by providing money to Morris.Their is documentation of the financers of the Revolutionary War.I have no documentation that this is the same individual who was born in Ireland and was a merchant in Phila until his death in 1798 (burial @ Christ Church). I know that my ancestor (only surmising by naming patterns, etc) that Jane and Mary Pringles father was John Pringle by time framework as both Jane and Mary were born approximately 1758 in Philadelphia.I discounted the Pringles associated with the Pringle tree as they left Philadelphia and went to West Virginia, Kentucky, etc and appeared not to return to Philadelphia. Their was a will of New Castle, Delaware of John Lewis which names his brother; Joel Lewis and brothers and sisters:Thomas and Andrew, Lydia, Martha, Mary and Jane Pringle.My ancestor definitely was a Jane Pringle of Philadelphia who married John Williamson and her sister, Mary Pringle married John's brother, George and they lived in Cecil County, Md.The only assumption that I can make is that a Widow Lewis married John Pringle and the 1st 2 Lewis children were children of a 1st marriage and the Pringle's were either children of her second marriage to John Pringle or John Pringle was married and probably widowed himself prior to the marriage.There is record of John and Joel Lewis being the children of David Lewis who was a quaker and died in 1751.Apparently this was before John Pringle married and thus Widow Lewis could have been the mother of the Pringle children.This Mrs. Pringle must have died before 1780 since there was a marriage of John Pringle in 1780 to the Widow Elizabeth Hassell Huston with multiple Pringle children recorded.They are buried together at Christ Church. The third hypothesis involvesSir John Pringle, a famous prominent physician who frequently travelled and was seen with Benjamin Franklin.There does not appear to be any evidence that he spent any long periods of time in Philadelphia.A will exists in Philadelphia of Dr. Robert Pringle of Jamaica who left property to his brother, John of London.Whether they are one and the same needs to be further verified. I have been doing my family history for over 35 years and therefore had several phone conversations with distant relatives early on.My suspicion of hypothesis two (John Pringle) as the father of Jane and Mary is due to a match for time framework, naming patterns and phone conversations with information that "my family" helped to finance the Revolutionary War.John Pringle had both the finances and was a strong supporter of the Revolutionary War since he apparently provided ships to carry gunpowder and did provide financial money in the sum of over 3,000 to Morris which is documented.Anyone who has information that can verify or deny the above, feel free to email me at email@example.com.Helen Fink