Name: William PING
Given Name: William
Birth: Dec. 16, 1808 in Pulaski Co., KY
Death: Sept. 15, 1867 in Jasper Co., IL
m. to Elizabeth Reid on Dec. 6, 1828 in Pulaski Co., KY and had 10 children: Silas b. 1829 in KY; Thomas b. 1831 in IL; Lucy A. b. 1834; Nancy E. b. 1836; Robert W. b. 1839 (*See below); William b. 1841; Mary Elizabeth**(see below) b. 1843; Elisha Dadger b. 1846; Margaret Jane b. 1850; and Zerua Ellen (f) b. 1854.
In abt. 1830, William and his wife of two years, Elizabeth, and their young son, Silas, left KY with William's parents, Robert and Jemima Ping, and headed west to new country that opened up following the War of 1812. They first settled in Clark Co., IL briefly, then Vigo Co., IN, and finally to Jasper Co., IL, where William and Elizabeth and their family were prairie farmers and settlers (William's parents, Robert and Jemima Ping, lived with William and his family until their deaths, as they are both buried in Jasper Co., IL).
*William and Elizabeth's son, Robert W. Ping, wrote the following description of "Life of the Prairies", recounted in book by Martha Robins on the history of Jasper Co., IL 1831-1938: "With a plow and four yoke of oxen they cut the prairie sod which never broke from one field to the next. With an ax the sod was opened and the corn was dropped. This was all that was needed for a good crop. For making a path across the prairie, two yoke of oxen were hitched to a large jack oak bush and the tall grass was dragged down. Oxen were used for tramping out grain. The first threshing machines had a crude fan mill to blow the chaff out. For the pioneer on the prairie, the prairie fire was something that had to be guarded against. A small spark often started a fire in the tall grass that swept everything before it. The settler protected his home either by plowing a strip around it or by setting a fire to meet the coming one."
**Daughter, Mary Elizabeth Ping, was married two times: #1 to Austin T. Higgins; and #2 to James David Miller. Mary E. Ping Higgins had dau. Emma Jane Higgins, who later m. Sterling Price Parker in Benton Co., ARK (source: SonShineLady2@aol.com personal comm. of May, 2002 - direct descendant of William Ping and Mary Elizabeth Ping).
Father: Robert PING b: Dec. 13, 1785 in Lincoln Co., Dist. of KY (later Pulaski Co.)
Mother: Jemima Ann SMITH b: Jan. 16, 1786 in Pulaski Co., KY or Sullivan,NC (now TN)