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Pringle, Julia A. Laughlin


Age: 29, credited to Ryegate, VT
Unit(s): Nurse
Service: Epitaph: "Volunteer Nurse, 1863, Slocum Hospital, Washington." See her husband's obituary for documentation.

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Birth: 04/29/1834, Ryegate, VT
Death: 02/23/1921

Burial: Blue Mountain Cemetery, Ryegate, VT
Marker/Plot: 6
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 121712628


Alias?: Laughlin, Julia A.
Pension?: See Remarks
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Died in Bangor, Maine


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Death of Mrs. Julia Laughlin Pringle in Bangor, Maine.

Word has come of the death at 21 Sixth St., Bangor, Maine, of Mrs. A. B. Pringle, long a resident of St. Johnsbury Center. Mr. and Mrs. Pringle have lately been residening with their daughter in Bangor, and Mrs. Pringle has for nine months been struggling with serious illness due to old age.

Mrs. Alexander Pringle was born Julia Ann Laughlin at Ryegate, Vt., April 29, 1834. Her grandfather, Hugh Laughlin, a younger son of a landed Irish family of Ballygraffin, Newtownards, near rGay, County Down, through his warm sympathies was led to espouse the cause of the "United Irishman", and served as Lieut. Colonel under that banner in the famous "Irish Rebellion" of 1798. Disaster having befallen the cause, Col. Laughlin escaped under disguise to America with the price of sixty pounds on his head his family being safely embarked by friends on the same ship. One member of the family was Mrs. Pringle’s father Andrew, then a boy of four years, who came near betraying his father by nearly recognizing him in disguise. No hostile person noticing the slip, however, the family came safely yo Ryegate, Vermont, a well known Scotch settlement, where Col. Laughlin lived until his death in 1926 in great respect, having served his town as representative in the Vermont legislature no less than four terms.

The boy, Andrew, grew to manhood, espoused Lucy, daughter of Nathaniel and Hannah (Smith) Knight, born 18 May 1797. They became Mrs. Pringle’s parents, and transmitted to her on the one hand the strength and persistency of the Scotch-Irish and the grace and taste of an American family noted for its cunning workmanship in gold and silver and musical ability. In Mrs. Pringle’s case, the Scotch-Irish was manifested in the strength, positiveness and persistency of character that made her a vital force in every community where she lived; and the Yankee took form of that wizard-like gardenry that makes every clod to bloom with beauty, the taste that arranged and gave with glad profligacy her flowers on every occasion of joy or sadness, and the musical genius that made her rich contralto voice always sought for choirs and concerts.

She was educated in Peacham Academy under the tutelage of the famous Phebe McKeen, and after graduation taught several successful terms of school; but she was soon claimed by the son of the parsonage, and on Sept. 3, 1857 she married Alexander Bullions Pringle, son of Rev. William, Scotch minister of the United Presbyterian church of her native town.

They lived together in Ryegate, Haverhill, N.H., and Thetford, Vermont until 1892, when they purchased the home in St. Johnsbury Center, Vermont, from which Mrs. Pringle was taken by motor ambulance last November cared for in Bangor by her daughter.

Five children were born to her, and she lived to rejoice in eight grandchildren, all of whom she loved with a rare devotion. One daughter and one grand-daughter preceded her to the better land. The surviving children are: William Alexander Pringle, superintendent of the Niagara Falls factory of the American Salesbook Company; Rev. Henry Nelson Pringle, for many years secretary of the Civic League of Maine, now asst.-superintendent of the International Reform Bureau, of Washington, D.C. ; Mrs. Florence Eleanor, wife of Rev. Charles Frederick Robinson, of Bangor Theological, Bangor, Me.; James Nelson Pringle, Deputy Commissioner of Education for the State of New Hampshire, Concord.

The surviving grandchildren: Alexander Moncrieff Pringle, of the Government Air Service, Washington; William Prescott Pringle, in business, Washington; Edward Edmund and Helen Pringle, High school students, Washington; Nelson Giles Pringle, United States Army, Panama Canal Zone; Hugh Laughlin Robinson, student, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Robin Robinson, student, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.

Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, March 2, 1921
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.