Our Pinkerton Family History

Pinkertons, A Family History


Generation 1: Robert Pinkerton

Generation 2: Samuel Pinkerton

Generation 3: Robert R. Pinkerton

Generation 4: Arthur Robert Pinkerton

Generation 5: Ruth E. Pinkerton

Pinkertons in the Waupaca County Histories

Samuel Pinkerton, from History of Northern Wisconsin (Chicago, Illinois: The Western Historical Company, 1881), 1086:

Samuel Pinkerton farmer, Sec 21 P O Waupaca was born in Ireland Jan 1, 1803. His early life was on a farm. His father rented a small piece of land and upon that his family eked out an existence. April 10, 1841 he married Mary Warnock, she was born in 1809. In 1847, Mr Pinkerton with his wife and three children, set out for America and landed in New York. He remained in Washington Co., NY for six years, having hired out upon a farm to earn a support for his young family. In 1853 he came to Waupaca and settled on his present place. He had means to buy one forty of land and pre-empted a quarter section. He at once erected a log house and commenced to carve out a home. He now owns with his son John, now at home, 640 acres of land, 280 acres being in the homestead. At the time he came there was one little log store kept in Waupaca, run by Holt. He has been Supervisor several times, but never wanted to be bothered with offices. His son, John who is at home and superintends the farm, is Chairman of the town, and has been for several years. Mr Pinkerton has reared a large family of children who have become respected and influential citizens. He has striven zealously to educate them, two of whom have graduated from seminaries and colleges.

Robert R. Pinkerton [Arthur Robert Pinkerton's father] from page 810 of the Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano (Chicago, Illinois: J. H. Beers & Company, 1895).

ROBERT R. PINKERTON, the eldest son of Samuel Pinkerton, was born in Ireland, January 17, 1842, and 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.

Robert Pinkerton was married in 1872, to Zelia Jewett, a native of Wisconsin, whose parents were farming people in the southern part of the State. Of this union was born a son, Walter, who is now attending college in Monmouth, Ill. The mother died in 1874, and for his second wife, Mr. Pinkerton chose Maggie Cochran, who was born in New York, and with her parents came to Wisconsin, they traveling with the Pinkerton family. Their names were James and Jane (Campbell) Cochran, and they too lived upon a farm which the father operated in pursuit of fortune. Their family was composed of five girls: Mary Jane, Nancy, Katie, Maggie and Mattie. To Mr. and Mrs. Pinkerton were born three children: Rosa, who died at the age of seven years; Jennie and Arthur. In 1889, he was again called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who died in the spring of that year.

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.

John And Samuel Pinkerton from pages 804-805 of Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin counties: Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano by J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1895

JOHN PINKERTON was born in the town of Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland, April 4, 1845. His grandfather, Robert Pinkerton, was one of three brothers who emigrated from Scotland to Ireland, and was a farmer in that country. He married Jane Lockridge, by whom he had six children, five sons and one daughter.

Samuel Pinkerton, the father of our subject, was the youngest in the family, and was born in County Antrim on January 1st, 1803. He was reared upon the home farm, educated in the common schools, and about 1840 wedded Mary Warnock. They had seven children: Robert, Eliza and John, who were born in Ireland; James, Jane and Samuel, who were born in Hartford, Washington Co., N. Y., and William, who was born at Waupaca, Wis. Of these Jane died at the age of sixteen years, and Samuel at the age of twenty-one; William was a graduate of Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill., and at the age of twenty-two, while fording a river in Texas, was drowned. The father of this family was a tenant farmer in Ireland, and hoping to better his financial condition came to America about 1847. He was also a weaver, having learned that trade in his youth. For a time he worked as a farm hand in New York, and in 1848 he sent for his family, who joined him in the Empire State, where he was employed on farms in Washington county for six years. Saving his means, he at length decided to invest his earnings in Wisconsin lands, which his nephew, living in Waupaca county, wrote to him were very cheap. In 1858 he pre-empted forty acres in Section 21 , Waupaca township, and the family worked and labored together to improve the farm, to which he kept adding from time to time until it contained 240 acres, now the property of his son John. The father built a log house and cleared the land, making a good home for his children, and at one time his possessions aggregated some 400 acres. In his political views he was a Republican, and served as town supervisor, and in other minor offices. From his childhood he was a faithful member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and educated two of his sons, James and William, for the ministry. He died in 1891, his wife passing away in 1890. Her people were of Scotch descent, and were weavers and farmers in Ireland. The parents of Mrs. Pinkerton, the Warnocks, had a family of seven children, and the mother died when they were young. The father, however, reached a ripe old age. The members of the family, Robert, James, John, William, Ellen, Mary and Sarah, all came to America and located in New York, Mary and Sarah (now Mrs. Anderson) afterward removing to Waupaca, Wisconsin.

The subject of this sketch was reared at home, and as soon as old enough to handle the plow began work in the fields, being employed at farm labor through the summer months, while in the winter season he .attended the common schools of the neighborhood. Even after he attained his majority he remained upon the home farm, and at length assumed its management. In 1884, he was married to Mary Pinkerton, a native of New York, and daughter of Robert and Rachel (McAllister) Pinkerton, natives of Ireland, who came to America during childhood, and were married at Salem, Washington Co., N. Y., in which county the father, who was a farmer, still resides. They had a family of seven children: John, Sarah, Mary, Rachel, Belle, Emma and Carrie. The grandfather, James Pinkerton, who spent his entire life in the Emerald Isle, married Rachel Warrick, by whom he had seven children: Robert, Samuel, William, John, James, Andrew and Sarah. James McAllister, the maternal grandfather of Mrs. Pinkerton, also made farming his life work; he was joined in wedlock with Mary Henry, and Samuel, Rachel, Jane, Sarah, Mary, James, John and Solomon were the children born to their union.

Since coming to Wisconsin John Pinkerton, the subject of this article, has always lived upon the old homestead, save for four years when he rented his place and resided in Waupaca City. There he engaged in dealing in potatoes, and later purchased an interest in a general merchandise store, with which he was connected for three years. He has had a tendency toward speculation, beginning when a boy, when, in connection with his brother Robert, he ran a threshing machine and breaking team. He has also bought and sold a number of farms and much city real estate, and is a sagacious, far-sighted business man, the success that has come to him being the natural consequence of his able management of affairs. He erected a brick block and other buildings in Waupaca, which have materially increased his income.

Seven children were born to the union of our subject and his estimable wife: Eiah, Carrie, Alta, Fred, Effa, Samuel and John. In his political views Mr. Pinkerton is a Republican, and for seven years has served as chairman of the town board of supervisors; was also town clerk, and for one year was supervisor of Waupaca city. He has been a delegate to the county conventions, and takes an active interest in the growth and success of his party. His public and private life are alike above reproach, and in all the relations of life he is found true and faithful to the trust reposed in him. In religious connection he belongs to the Reformed Presbyterian Church, but attends the Baptist Church.

Mr. Pinkerton has spent some time in traveling, visiting various points of interest, and in 1876 returned to his old home in Ireland, and visited the beautiful lakes of Killarney and other places of interest. The visit was principally made for the benefit of his brother James, who was an invalid, the latter remaining in Ireland about a year and a half, after which he returned greatly improved, and is now living with our subject. Mr. Pinkerton remained some three months with his brother at Port Stewart, a coast town in the north of Ireland, and then returned home by steamer from Londonderry. He left the Emerald Isle with no desire to make it his home, for while the country was a beautiful one and well-deserving of its name, he could not reconcile himself to the difference in the mode of farming, everything there being on a much smaller scale than in America.

John And Samuel Pinkerton from pages 496-498 of A Standard History of Waupaca County, Wisconsin, published in 1917.

John Pinkerton has lived most of his life in Waupaca Countv. Farming and various commercial ventures have absorbed his energies and have given him the substantial prosperity he now enjoys, and he personally has contributed much to the prestige of the name which is known throughout the length and breadth of this county.

He was born in Ballymony County Antrim, Ireland, April 4. 1845. Robert Pinkerton was one of three brothers who went from Scotland and settled in Ireland. Robert Pinkerton married Jane Lockridge, and they were the parents of six children.

The founder of the family in Wisconsin was Samuel Pinkerton, the father of John. He was born in County Antrim, January 1, 1803, was reared on an Iri»h farm, and about 1840 he married Mary Warnock. Her brothers and sisters were named Robert, James, John, William, Ellen and Sarah Warnock. Samnel Pinkerton and wife had seven children. Robert, Eiiza and John were born in Ireland. James, Jane and Samuel were born at Hartford, Washington County, New York, while William, the youngest, was born in Waupaca, Wisconsin. William, just noted was a gradtuate of Monmouth College at Monmouth, Illinois, and at the age of twenty two, while fording a river in Texas, was drowned.

It was in 1847 that Samuel Pinkerton came to the United States. As a young man in Ireland he had learned the trade of weaver. In this country he found employment on a farm in Washington County, New York, and in 1848 he was sufficiently well settled to be able to send for his family. In 1851 be brought his family to Waupaca County. Wisconsin, and thus they became identified with the county when it was in the pioneer stage of its development. In 1858 Samuel Pinkerton pre-empted forty acres in section 21 of Waupaca Township. hat Was a small begining as a farm, but his tremendous energy and sound ability enabled him to build np & considerable estate. He increased the forty acers to 240 acers, aad at one time owned 400 acres of rich and fertile soil of this county. The 240 acres subsequently became the home place of Mr. John Pinkerton, and now 1917] owned by the latter's son Altai and Samuel Pinkerton.

After becoming an American citizen Samuel Pinkerton allied himself with the republican party. He was a man of notable influence in the early days of Waupnca Township, served us supervisor and held other offices. From childhood he was reared in the faith of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and he educated his sons, James and William, for the ministry. Samuel Pinkerton died in 1891 and his wife in 1890. Her people were of Scotch descent. and as a family they were weavers and farmes in Ireland.

Six years of age when brought to Waupaca County, Mr. John Pinkerton has many interesting reminiscences of the days when the greater part of this county was covered with dense timber and when the lumber industry was of much greater importance than agriculture. As soon as his strength permitted he took his place on the home farm, and in the meantime he benefited from the advantages afforded by the local public schools. Most of his active years have been spent on the old homestead formerly owned by his father in Wanpaca Township. He left the farm in charge of a renter for four years, and spent that time in the City of Waupaca, at first as a potato dealer and later as one of the proprietors of a general store. He was in merchandihing for three years, and then returned to the farm. In his earlier years Mr. Pinkerton operated a threshing- machine with his brother, Robert, and both of them also broke up many acres of the virgin soil of this county. In his investments and business transactions he has used splendid judgment and has bought and sold a number of farms and also much city real estate. He has contributed to the improvement of Wnupaca by the erection of a brick block and other buildings. In 1900 he retired permanently from farming, and has since lived retired in Waupaca. His home is at 905 School Street, and he built the substantial brick residence at that number.

In matters of politics he is a republican, and has attended many of the county conventions and has wielded more than an ordinary influence in local politics. He served as chairman of the townahip board of supervisors for seven years, was township clerk, and for one year was a supervisor of Waupaca City. He has always been faithful to the church in which he was reared, the Reformed Presbyterian, but for several years past has attended the Baptist services. In 1876 Mr. John Pinkerton returned to his old home in Ireland, and in the course of that tour he visited the beautiful lakes of Killarney. In 1884 he married Mary Pinkerton. She was born in New York State, a daughter of Robert and Rachael (McAllister) Pinkerton, both natives of Ireland. They were brought to the United States in childhood and were married at Salem, in Washington County, New York. Their seven children were named John, Sarah, Mary, Rachael, Belle, Emma and Carrie. Robert Pinkertion was a son of James Pinkerton, who spent his life in Ireland and married Rachel Warrick, their seven children being Robert, Samuel, William, John, James, Andrew acd Farah. James McCALLISTER, maternal grandfather of Mrs. Pinkerton, married Mary HENRY, and their children were Sanmel, Raehael, Jane, Sarah, Mary, James, John and Solomon McCallister.