This is an excerpt from an interview with Barney Prine by Fred Lockley published March 31, 1927 in the Oregon Journal
"They call me Barne Prine but I was christened Francis B. Prine. I was born about twelve miles from Kansas City on January 1, 1841. My father, Frank Prine, was born in the south and was a preacher in the Methodist Church, South. My mother, Elsie Daley Prine was born in Kintucky. I was 12 years old when we started across the plains for Oregon in 1853. I drove one of the wagons, to which was hitched two yoke of steers and a yoke of cows. I was only 12 years old but I was a husky young chap and I stood guard regularly with the men. We settled in the forks of the Santiam, about 6 miles from Scio. In those days all the settlers in the forks of the Saniam were Southerners and of course Democrats.
Before long we began feeling a little crowded in the forks and I decided to go east of the mountains where I would have more room. Kit Carson was in what is now Crook County along in 1843. Major Steen built a Military Road from The Dalles to Fort Harney crossing through Crook County during the Civil War.
The first man to make a permanent settlement in Crook County was Marion Scott who looked on Trout Crook in 1863.....I went up to the Ochoco country in 1868 and took up a place on which is now Prineville, and which is named for me. I was 27 years old when I went there. When I first went up there I started a blacksmith shop and a small store. Two years later I started a saloon."
After more reminiscenses on his travels the closing statement in the book says "Barney Prine is buried at Weston, Oregon--crook county History 1981 edition
1994 edition states the following
Francis Barnett (Barney) Prine was born March 16, 1841 in Jackson County, Missouri, the sixth of seven children of Frank and Alice Elizabeth (Ailcy) Dealy Prine.
Frank Prine died in 1843 or 1844 and is buried in Lonejack Cemetery, Lonejack, Jackson county Missouri.
Barney's mother was the oldest of 26 children of David Dealy and Rebecca Mills Dealey. Aileys seventh child, John was only a baby when Frnak Prine died.
After Franks death, Ailcy married a Mr. Hooker. Then in 1850 she married William Ray of Raytown, Missouri. Bill Ray had seven children from his first marriage, Ailcy had seven, then they had five together, making a total of nineteen, although a number of the chidren were grown and gone from home before Bill and Ailcy married.....he was 6'2" dark hair and dark complection with blue eyes.
He married Elizabeth Sylvester April 5, 1867 in Albany, Linn County, Oregon she was born in Birmingham, England on April 10, 1845.
They had four children, David Francis, born dec 9, 1869,,, Minnie born Feb 22, 1876, Cora Belle born Sept 30, 1879 and William Ruble born Oct. 15, 1881.
He is listed in the 1880 census of Wasco County in the Prineville Precinct. His brother David lived in Prineville at that time too.
Eliza and Barney were divorced and she married his nephew John R. Prine, son of David, in Pendleton in 1902.
Barney died March 17, 1919 and is buried at Oroville beside his granddaughter, Ora belle Prine Smith.
Now this should really mess you up with two death places but the Oroville is correct. Barney's great, great, granddaughter had all the information for the second publication of the Crook County Oregon history.
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