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PRINGLE, Agnes (Madison)

    Johnstown Tribune, 1 Nov 1922, Page 20, Contributed by Diann Olsen

Mrs. D. M. Pringle an Octogenarian, Has Passed Away

Deceased Was Widow of Civil War Veteran Who Served in 178th Ohio Infantry

Funeral on Friday

Mrs. Agnes (Madison) Pringle, aged 80, widow of David M. Pringle, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. W. Long, 237 Main street, Conemaugh, at 5:30 o'clock this morning, after an illness lasting about nine months. Her death was due to a complication of diseases, including dropsy and heart troubl. Funeral services will be held at the Long residence at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon by the Rev. C. G. White, of the United Brethren Church, of which the deceased was a member for 65 years. Mrs. Pringle joined the church at Wilmore. Later she was a member of the Pringle Hill congregation before transferring her membership to the Conemaugh charge in 1896 during the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. I. P. Truxal. Burial will be made in the Pringle Hill Cemetery, near Wilmore, the funeral party to leave the church immediately following the services.

Agnes M. Madison was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Madison and was born December 15, 1842, at Plumville, Indiana County, and was married in this city to David M. Pringle on September 2, 1875, by the Rev. George Wagoner, then the pastor of the First United Brethren Church. Mr. Pringle died near Summerhill on August 24, 1886, at the age of 52 years. He served as a private in Company H, 178th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and took part in a number of important engagements, among them the Battle of the Wilderness. Mr. Pringle when he died left his widow and five small children, two of them, David M. and Emma Belle, having died of diphtheria in 1888.

On account of financial reverses of Mr. Pringle his widow was compelled to make a struggle to raise her children which would but for her indomitable courage and faith have failed. She was familiarly known as "Aunt Nannie." She was beloved by the entire community.

Mrs. Pringle's father, John Madison, was a wool carder and came to Forwardstown, Somerset County, many years ago and later removed to the present town of Sitman in this county. Her ancestry on her maternal side have lived in Pennsylvania since 1729 and two of them served in the Revolutionary War.

Mrs. Pringle's uncle, the Rev. William Beighel, was the founder of the First United Brethren Church, this city. The original congregation worshipped in a building that stood on the corner of Jackson and Main streets. The deceased is survived by a brother, John Madison, of Nebraska, who served in one of the Pennsylvania regiments in the Civil War; two sisters, Mrs. William Cole, of Richland Township, and Mrs. J. A. Cavanaugh, of 200 Horner street; a daughter, Mary Z., wife of D. W. Long, of 237 Main street, Conemaugh, and two sons, Cenate M. Pringle, of 216 Main street, and A. W. Pringle, of 1125 Boyd avenue, this city, together with eight grandchildren.

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