Diller Genealogy - Page 28
The following data is extracted from The Diller Family, By JL Ringwalt.
Of Samuel Ringwalt, who is buried in Northwood Cemetery, near Downingtown, a number of obituary notices were published in the journals of Philadelphia, Chester, and Lancaster counties. I extract the following from the notice in Forney's Press: "Deceased in early life took a prominent part in the affairs of Lancaster, his native county, where he filled many positions of tryst and responsibility; and also served as deputy sheriff and brigade inspector. His duties in this connection brought him prominently before the public, who highly esteemed him for the genial courtesy of his manner, and the staunch integrity of his character. In 1840 Colonel Ringwalt removed to Chester County, where he has since continuously resided, save when his duties as brigade quartermaster under the gallant Meade called him to the field in defense of his country. With Hon. John Hickman, lately deceased, and other distinguished men of Chester County, Colonel Ringwalt took a prominent part in protesting against the outrage attempted to be perpetrated by the passage of the Lecompton bill. He was a patriot in the fullest sense of the term, a valued and respected citizen, and a successful, practical farmer.
In all the relations of life --- as friend, parent, and counselor --- Colonel Ringwalt gave evidence of the truest manhood, and justly deserved the high reputation he had so well earned." Col. John W. Gorney, then in Europe, writing home to The Press, after receiving intelligence of the death of my father, referred to " his deep interest in scientific agriculture, his devotion to his State and country, and especially his experience in the war, when in his sixtieth year he entered the Union army, and served honorably in a most responsible position. he was the type of the best condition of a Pennsylvania Farmer. Down to the day of his death his fondness for books and society, his earnest devotion to the development of his town and country, and his advanced views in everything relating to the improvement and cultivation of the soil, were actively maintained."
The Chester County Jeffersonian, in a very kind and extended notice, said: "Of strong and massive physique and noble bearing, his mental qualities seemed to partake of the powerful organization of his bodily powers. De cided in the maintenance of , and mode of manifesting, his opposition to whatever encountered his disapprobation, both in respect to public and private affairs, Col. Ringwalt preserved a heart susceptible of the kindest impulses, and the warmest attachments. Few men exhibited greater detestation of pretense and deceit. As a citizen, he was a useful man, possessing a well balanced mind, and the capacity to express his views in a terse and forcible manner, both in conversation and with his pen. As a politician he was an earnest and active supporter of the Democratic party until during the political contest of 1858, oat which time a division occurred in both the political parties, Colonel Ringwalt vigorously supported the late Hon. John Hickman. As a friend, he was always faithful and true --- as an opponent he was equally
Source: The Diller Family, By JL Ringwalt