Our Pinkerton Family History

Pinkertons, A Family History

Introduction

Generation 1: Robert Pinkerton

Generation 2: Samuel Pinkerton


Generation 3: Robert R. Pinkerton

Generation 4: Arthur R. Pinkerton

Generation 5: Ruth E. Pinkerton

Generation 3: Robert R. Pinkerton

From left to right: Robert R. Pinkerton, holding baby Arthur R. Pinkerton, Jennie Campbell Pinkerton, Walter Pinkerton, 2nd wife (and our ancestor) Margaret L. Cochran.

Robert R.3 Pinkerton (Samuel2, Robert1) was born 17 January 1842 in Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland1, and died 28 June 19062 in Waupaca, Wisconsin.  He married first Zelia M. Jewett, daughter of Samuel and Laurette Jewett3,in Waupaca, Wisconsin in 18724. She was born 25 April 1850 in Wisconsin35, and died of complications of childbirth in Waupaca on 25 February 18736, fourteen days after the birth of son, Walter Pinkerton.

On 18 December 1875, in Waupaca, Robert married as his second wife, Margaret L. Cochran7, daughter of James Cochran and Jane Campbell3. Born on 22 March 1850 in Hartford, Washington County, New York3 8, she was much younger than Robert. Her family had been friends with the Pinkertons in New York and when Margaret was only 3 years old had made the arduous trip west to Waupaca with them in 1853. Margaret is the mother of Robert's three younger children. She died of tuberculosis on May 11, 18893 9 in Waupaca,Wisconsin.

Robert married as his third wife, Margarette McElwain in 1897 in New York City, New York10.  She was born December 1860 in Ireland11.

Robert R. Pinkerton, Zelia Jewett Pinkerton and Margaret L. Cochran Pinkerton are all buried in Lakeside Memorial Park Cemetery, in Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin.

From Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties: Robert Pinkerton..."was only five years of age when his parents came to America, and was a lad of ten summers on their removal to Wisconsin. The family traveled by team from Milwaukee to Waupaca. His school privileges were quite meagre, for, as he was the oldest in the family, and his parents were in limited circumstances, he early began to earn his own living. However, he and his brother John studied at home, and thus added greatly to their store of knowledge. Their father's health failed, and the two boys took charge of the home farm in Waupaca, doing all the work connected with its development and improvement. They also owned a breaking team and threshing machine, and worked for neighbors, thus securing the capital with which the father got a start in his western home.

Though our subject has devoted his time and attention principally to farming, he has also other business interests, and engages in loaning money and buying and selling real estate, which have proved to him profitable enterprises. In addition to his other property he has a fine business block in Waupaca. In his business dealing he is strictly honorable, a man whose word is as good as his bond, and he has gained and merited the confidence of a large circle of friends and acquaintances. In his political views he is a Republican, and, though he has never been an officer-seeker, he has been honored with some local positions of trust."

From The Waupaca Republican, issue of 29 June 1906:
"ROBERT R. PINKERTON

Another Worthy Pioneer Passes the Ordeal to Another Life.

Once again death has removed from our midst another of the sturdy stock that has done much to build up Waupaca and vicinity, Robert R. Pinkerton who died at his residence in the Third ward, Thursday morning, June 28. For a number of years he has suffered more or less with Brights disease. The winter of 1904-5 he spent in Cuba, the climate greatly benefiting him. Last fall an attack of pneumonia with other complications was too much for his strength. While he rallied sufficiently to be moved to the Stanfield home which he purchased, a relapse finally resulted in his death.

Deceased was born in Northern Ireland, Jan. 17, 1842, of Scotch ancestry, coming with his parents the late Samuel Pinkerton to New York when he was eleven years of age. The boys, Robert and John were hard workers and each secured a competency by sticking to the farm and farm work, which finally resulted in their investments in buildings and lots in this city, both being careful, temperate and prosperous.

In 1872 deceased married Zella Jewett, who died in 1874 leaving one son Walter who is a practicing physician and surgeon at Bessemer, Mich. His second wife was Miss Maggie Cochran who died in 1889. Of this union two children, Jennie C. a teacher in our public schools and Arthur now a college student, in the Minnesota State University, survive, together with the widow whose maiden name was Miss Margarete McElwain to whom he was married April 6, 1898 in New York City. Robert Pinkerton was a good man, upright and honest in all his dealings and a man who believed in temperance and morality as the key to right living. While he felt that in Godís own time he was ready to go, he was pained to leave his loved ones, especially his faithful wife who had been such a vigilant, faithful companion and nurse to him in his long, trying sickness. The funeral will be held Saturday, at 2:30 oíclock p.m., at the house; Rev. F. Arthur Hayward officiating. Mrs. Pinkertonís brother, Mr. S. A. McElwain of Marion, Iowa has arrived to remain a few days to comfort his sister in the trying ordeal."

Child of Robert Pinkerton and Zelia M. Jewett is:

  1. Walter J.4 Pinkerton was born 11 February 1873 in Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, and died 9 May 1945 in Bessemer, Gogebic County, Michigan. Walter became a doctor and a surgeon and established his practice in Bessemer where he lived out his life. He married Belle Thorne there in 1905 and they had a daughter named Beatrice Pinkerton, born in 1906. Beatrice died at age 12, in 1918. The loss of their daughter appears to have damaged the marriage and Walter and Belle divorced about 1929. An interesting side note is that Walter ran for Mayor of Bessemer, Michigan in April of 1911 - and won. He served as Mayor in 1911-1912.

Children of Robert Pinkerton and Margaret Cochrane are:

  1. Rosa4 Pinkerton,born August 22, 1877 in Waupaca, Wisconsin; died October 27, 1884 in Waupaca, Wisconsin and is buried in Lakeside Memorial Park.

  2. Jennie Campbell Pinkerton, born July 05, 1881 in Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin and died 6 Sep 1974 in Lee County, Florida.

  3. Arthur Robert Pinkerton, born April 11, 1886 in Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin; died April 16, 1966 in Orlando, Orange County, Florida.

Sources:

  1. Biography of Robert R. Pinkerton, Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano, (Chicago, Illinois: J. H. Beers & Company, 1895), 810. Also, Robert R. Pinkerton's tombstone in Lakeside Memorial Park, plot 62-O, space 12 Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin.

  2. Wisconsin Vital Records Death Index, Volume 2, page 397. Also, Robert R. Pinkerton's tombstone in Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin.

  3. Biography of Robert R. Pinkerton, Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano, (Chicago, Illinois: J. H. Beers & Company, 1895), 810. Also, 1850 U.S. census, Dodge County, Wisconsin, population schedule, Williamstown, p. 237, dwelling 114, family 113, Samuel Jewett; digital images, Ancestry.com†(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Jan 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432.

  4. Biography of Robert R. Pinkerton, Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano, (Chicago, Illinois: J. H. Beers & Company, 1895), 810.

  5. 1850 U.S. census, Dodge County, Wisconsin, population schedule, Williamstown, p. 237, dwelling 114, family 113, Samuel Jewett; digital images, Ancestry.com†(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Jan 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432.

  6. Zelda M. Pinkerton's tombstone in Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin.

  7. Waupaca County, Wisconsin, Marriage Book 2: 123, Robert R. Pinkerton-Margaret L. Cochran, 1873.

  8. 1850 U.S. census, Washington County, New York, population schedule, Hartford, p. 266-B, dwelling 829, family 886, James Cochran; digital images, Ancestry.com†(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 July 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 610.

  9. Lakeside Memorial Park (Waupaca, Wisconsin), Sexton Records, plot 62-O, space 11. Maggie Pinkerton, 1851-1899.

  10. "Another Worthy Pioneer Passes the Ordeal to Another Life," The Waupaca Republican, issue of 29 June 1906. [Obituary of Robert R. Pinkerton]

  11. 1900 U.S. census, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, population schedule, Waupaca City, enumeration district (ED) 140, sheet 8-A, p. 312-A, dwelling 148, family 151, Robert R. Pinkerton; digital images, Ancestry.com†(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 29 Jan 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1823.