Prince/Printz Family History

From "Brentz" in Duehren, Germany to "Printz" in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to "Prince" in Ohio and Beyond

Prince's of Rockwell City, Iowa

This comes from a history of Rockwell City, Iowa.

In 1893 Stephen Douglas Prince moved from Champaign County, Illinois to Rockwell City via train.  The train took him to Fonda where he connected with the train to Rockwell City.  He took up farming in Logan Township.  SD Prince was born in Wabash County, Indiana in 1864 to John and Susan (Krustenberger) Prince.  John was a native of Virginia and was a pioneer in settling in Ohio and Indiana where he cleared land for farming.  He was know as a progressive farmer.  Susan was born in Germany.  To this union were born twelve children of which SD was the tenth.  Mrs. Prince died at the age of 62 and John at the advanced age of 86.

SD Prince began his education in the public schools of Indiana and continued when his family moved to Illinois.  He walked two miles to a log school house equipped with slab benches and desks.  At the age of 21 he began farming in Champaign County, Illinois where he lived until 1893.  He married Nellie Stephens in 1893.  Nellie was a native of La Salle County, Illinois.  The daughter of William C. and Mary (Dowler) Stephens.  William Stephens was born in New York in 1832 and was a sailor during his early years.  In 1861 he enlisted in the Long Island regiment and served to protect the Union.  Following marriage he moved to La Salle County, Illinois where he farmed a tract of land.  In 1888 he moved to Ford County, Illinois.  He lived in Gibson City at the time of his death in 1903.  Mary was born in Northern Ireland in 1852 and died in 1903.

To Stephen and Nellie Prince were born four children.  Two died in infancy, Thomas D. and Charles E.. Mary Neva, born in 1896 and Lloyd Gaylord, born in 1904 grew up on the family farm.  The Prince Logan township farm was notied for its productive ways and during these early years a breeder of quality Shire horses.  He was actively involved in area politics and social functions.  SD retired and moved to Rockwell City, Iowa.  Nellie Prince died in 1945 at the age of 76 years.  SD died seven days following his 85th birthday in 1949 at the family farm where he lived with some Lloyd.

Lloyd was to go on and carry on the family farming tradition in Logan Township.  He farmed the family farm plus the farm where he was born across the road.  He operated a grain and dairy farm.  He was widely known for his prize winning Belgian horses during the early years on the farm.  In 1945 he increased his Grade A dairy farm operations.  In 1929 Lloyd was united in marriage to a neighbor girl, Nora Etta Young (see below for data on her family).  Nora was born in 1907 to Charles and Blanche (Babcock) Young of Logan Township.  Nora graduated from Rockwell City Public School in 1928.


In 1954 the Prince farm was one of several that was heavily damaged by a tornado that traveled across several Logan Township farmsteads killing a valued neighbor.  The tornado destroyed the barn and several out buildings along with heavily damaging machinery on the Prince farm.

Lloyd Prince passed away in 1980 at the age of 76 years.  He lived his entire life in Logan Township and at the time of his death lived a half mile from where he was born.  He worked the family farm until the day he died of a stroke.