John B. “Johnnie” Prindle

John B. “Johnnie” Prindle

Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York, USA
Death Jan 1891 (aged 45–46)
Burial Glover, Orleans County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 101734294 · View Source
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Info below provided by: DJ Miles

John, aka Johnnie PRINDLE was born in Plattsburgh, Clinton County, NY.

He was the son of Eli PRINDLE and Mary Elizabeth MONTY, and was found with the family in the 1850 census as a 4 year-old.

In the 1860 Plattsburgh, Clinton, NY census, John was 14 years old. His occupation was listed as a peddler.

On Apr. 11, 1865, John, age 19 enlisted in the Union army as a Private in the 162nd Infantry out of Plattsburg. He was described as "5'-5", dark hair, dark complexcion with brown eyes". He mustered out from Albany, NY on May 2, 1865.

In 1870, he was listed as a 24 year-old sailor, and had a 2 year-old daughter, Carrie. They were living in the Eli and Betsey PRINDLE household. The mother of his daughter, Carrie, is unknown. It is presumed that she died young, possibly in childbirth.

Johnnie PRINDLE married Caroline Elbertine BENNETT, aka Carrie, on Apr. 24, 1876 in Orleans County, VT, as reported in the May 1, 1876 edition of The Orleans County Monitor. She was born on Jun. 3, 1851 in Orleans County, the daughter of Quincy N. BENNETT and Caroline E. LAWRENCE. Johnnie's young daughter, Carrie, lived with them. Together, Johnnie and Carrie BENNETT-PRINDLE had three children who spent most of their lifetime in Glover, Orleans, VT. The family was not found on the 1880 census because they had moved to Canada briefly.

The Orleans County Monitor, Barton, Orleans, VT Apr. 19, 1880
"Johnnie Prindle's family have moved to Coaticook, P.Q. Johnnie has engaged with a circus which makes a tour in Canada this season." This move took place a couple of months before the 1880 census was taken in VT. P.Q. stands for the Province of Quebec. Coaticook is a border town. Its southern border is the line between the State of VT and Canada.

The Plattsburgh Sentinel, Plattsburgh, Clinton, NY Jan. 2, 1891

Death of "Johnnie Prindle."
"It is with sincere regret we learn of the death of this well known comedian.

Johnnie Prindle was a native of Plattsburgh, where his aged mother, now well advanced toward the nineties, resides. Some 23 years ago, he took the stage as a comedian, and he has followed the profession continuously ever since, and with great success, traveling with many of the best companies, and visiting all parts of the country.

He was taken sick Dec. 5th, with typhoid malaria, while traveling with his company, and carrying the part of "Reuben Glue," in "Peck's Bad Boy," and went to his home in Glover, Vt., where he died on the 18th. He leaves a wife and three children.

He was buried at Glover. He was aged 46 years.

None will feel his loss more severely than his aged mother, to whom he was always very kind, and whom he frequently visited.

Johnnie Prindle honored his profession and leaves an honorable record every way."

The Boston Daily Globe, Boston, MA Dec. 28, 1890
"Johnnie Prindle, of "Reuben Glue" renown, died recently at his farm in Glover, Vt. The comedian was born in 1848. He was a sailor of the United States Navy during the early part of the war and later a soldier of the United States Army. His life was one of constant activity, and was a rare instance of an itinerant and a money-making man. At the time of his death he had been in the circus and theatrical business for 20 odd years. He was a Mason and an Elk. He leaves a widow and three children. His life was heavily insured."

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 101734294
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John B. “Johnnie” Prindle (1845–Jan 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101734294, citing Westlook Cemetery, Glover, Orleans County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Barb Destromp (contributor 46785064) .