The Shemwell Family

John William PringAge: 77 years18451922

John William Pring
Given names
John William
Birth June 22, 1845 35 36
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 6 months)
Note: The Mexican-American War was an armed conflict between the United States of America and the United Mexican States from 1846 to 1848 in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory despite the 1836 Texas Revolution -
Death of a fatherHenry William Pring
1858 (Age 12 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 11 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Death of a motherMary Ann Patch
1863 (Age 17 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 15 years)

Note: In the spring of 1861, tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues including state's right versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery exploded into the American Civil War -
MarriageMary Jane BeerView this family
July 15, 1866 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a son
#1Henry William Pring
May 20, 1867 (Age 21 years)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 21 years)
Note: The Alaska Purchase was the purchase of 586,412 square miles of new territory by the United States from the Russian Empire (a bargain at two cents an acre) -
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 21 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Birth of a daughter
#2Henrietta Jane “Etta” Pring
December 27, 1869 (Age 24 years)
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 23 years)

Note: The First Transcontinental Railroad was a 1,907-mile contiguous railroad line constructed between 1863 and 1869 across the western United States to connect the Pacific coast with the existing Eastern U.S. rail network -
Birth of a son
#3William John Pring
January 13, 1871 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a son
#4Elizabeth Lydia Pring
March 28, 1873 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5Lucy Ann Pring
December 20, 1876 (Age 31 years)
Address: Rock Island Fall
Birth of a son
#6Oliver Perry Pring
August 17, 1878 (Age 33 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 32 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Birth of a son
#7Edward Adelbert Pring
December 13, 1880 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a son
#8Aubrey Jasper Pring
February 27, 1883 (Age 37 years)
Birth of a son
#9Arthur James Pring
June 1887 (Age 41 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam David ShemwellHenrietta Jane “Etta” PringView this family
1891 (Age 45 years)

Birth of a granddaughter
#1Mary Jane Shemwell
March 1896 (Age 50 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam John PringNellie May GalleyView this family
March 10, 1896 (Age 50 years)
Marriage of a childHenry William PringMinnie WalkerView this family
September 9, 1896 (Age 51 years)

Birth of a grandson
#2Clarence Henry Shemwell
December 15, 1897 (Age 52 years)
Marriage of a childDr. William McConnellLucy Ann PringView this family
June 22, 1898 (Age 53 years)

Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 52 years)
Note: The Spanish-American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States, the result of American intervention in the Cuban War of Independence -
Death of a sonAubrey Jasper Pring
June 13, 1899 (Age 53 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#3Dorothy Pruitt “Mable” Shemwell
June 30, 1899 (Age 54 years)
Marriage of a childOliver Perry PringMabel GregoryView this family
January 25, 1900 (Age 54 years)
Birth of a grandson
#4John William Shemwell
August 21, 1903 (Age 58 years)
Birth of a grandson
#5Judson A Shemwell
January 7, 1906 (Age 60 years)

Death of a wifeMary Jane Beer
February 6, 1906 (Age 60 years)
Marriage of a childEdward Adelbert PringMargery Faye WillettView this family
1908 (Age 62 years)

Marriage of a childArthur James PringEva SmithView this family
October 25, 1912 (Age 67 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 70 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 71 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 72 years)

Note: Spanish Influenza killed over 500,000 people in the United States, and somewhere between 20 and 40 million in what has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in history -
Death November 25, 1922 (Age 77 years)
Note: From: Portrait and Biographical Record of the State of Colorado, 1899
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Marriage: England
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Marriage: July 15, 1866London, England
10 months
Henry William Pring
Birth: May 20, 1867 21 23London, England
Death: May 12, 1926Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States
3 years
13 months
William John Pring
Birth: January 13, 1871 25 27Westborne Park, London, England
Death: October 23, 1950Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States
2 years
Elizabeth Lydia Pring
Birth: March 28, 1873 27 29Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois, United States
Death: June 6, 1958Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States
4 years
Lucy Ann Pring
Birth: December 20, 1876 31 33Whiteside, Illinois, United States
Death: 1930Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States
20 months
Oliver Perry Pring
Birth: August 17, 1878 33 35Husted, El Paso, Colorado, United States
Death: July 24, 1963Lewiston, Nez Perce, Idaho, United States
2 years
Edward Adelbert Pring
Birth: December 13, 1880 35 37Monument, El Paso, Colorado, United States
Death: November 24, 1944Denver, Colorado, United States
2 years
Aubrey Jasper Pring
Birth: February 27, 1883 37 39Husted, El Paso, Colorado, United States
Death: June 13, 1899Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States
4 years

From: Portrait and Biographical Record of the State of Colorado, 1899 JOHN W. PRING, who has made his home in Colorado Springs since 1897, came to this state in 1876, for the purpose of investigating a tract of two hundred and forty acres he had previously purchased without ever having seen the property. He found the place a barren waste, without, apparently, enough upon it to keep a rabbit alive. Although making up his mind that he had made a most unfortunate trade, he determined to settle here. He at once began to cultivate and improve the land, upon which he engaged in stock-raising and general farming. Since then he has brought the tract under irrigation, built fences around it, and erected substantial farm buildings, so that the place has been made one of the best farms in El Paso County. It is situated fifteen miles north of Colorado Springs, on both the Santa Fe and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroads, at Pring Station, which was named for him. His specialty has been the raising of graded Shorthorns. Prior to his removal to Colorado Springs he engaged in the dairy business and for seven years furnished the milk for the Antlers' hotel, whose bill amounted to more than $18,000. Shipments of milk were made over the Rio Grande road. In addition to this place he owns a farm at Gwillimville, five miles east of Monument, where his son superintends the cultivation of the four hundred and forty acres comprising the estate; and he is also the owner of three other farms in the same vicinity, all of which were improved by himself. The Pring family is from Devonshire, England. Our subject's grandfather, Henry Pring, owned a fine estate, "The Rosewood," where he spent his entire life. He was drowned one night while fording a stream. His son, Henry, who succeeded to the ownership of the estate, was killed, when forty-seven years of age, by being thrown from a buggy by a runaway horse. Henry Pring, Jr., married Mary Ann Patch, who died in Devon, her native shire. Of their nine children six are now living, all in Devonshire except John W., the sixth in order of birth. He was born June 22, 1845, and attended in boyhood the pay schools of Devon. His father died when he was a lad of eleven years. Four years later he was apprenticed to the carpenter's and builder's trade in the vicinity of his home place, and there he continued until he was twenty-one. Going to London in 1866, he engaged in contracting and building. With the money bequeathed him by his father he bought property and built eighteen residences at one time, afterward erecting houses in different parts of the city. In addition to the residences built for himself, he carried out contracts to build stores, hotels and houses for others. After having been in London for five years, in the fall of 1871 Mr. Pring came to America, and bought the Utility works in Rock Falls, Ill., where he engaged in the manufacture of all kinds of articles in wood. After two years, however, he sold out. Since coming to Colorado he has given his attention principally to raising draft-horses, graded stock, and to the dairy business, in which he has been successful. His home is now at No. 318 West Kiowa street, Colorado Springs. When the Cripple Creek excitement began, he was among the first in that district, and is still interested in mines there, owning the Bonnie Nell and Raven Hill, and having an interest in other claims there. In political views he is a Republican. He takes an interest in public affairs, but has always refused to accept public office. In London, England, Mr. Pring married Miss Mary J. Beer, daughter of William Beer and a native of Exeter. They are the parents of nine children, namely: Harry, who lives in Montana; William, who occupies one of his father's ranches; Mrs. Ettie Shemwell, whose husband manages the home ranch; Lucy, wife of Dr. McConnell, of Monument; Lydia, Oliver, Edward, Aubrey and Arthur, who are at home. Information provided by FAG volunteer Ron West
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