Mary Ann Hitchcock was an amazing woman. She was the mother of nine children and the wife of a circuit preacher who showed a tenacity and grit to rival any man. I have the privilege of being her third great granddaughter. In the picture, Mary Ann is holding her grandson William Douglass Pinkerton, Sr.
Mary Ann Hitchcock was born 17 Jun 1824 in Vergennes, Addison County, Vermont to Alfred Hitchcock and Sarah Warner Stevens. Mary’s father died in 1830 when she was only six years old. She was the youngest of seven children. Soon after the passing of her father, the Stevens family went on a long journey that landed them in Galesburg, Illinois. It was in Galesburg, on 27 October 1845 at the age of twenty-one, Mary Ann married David Pinkerton; a native of New Hampshire.
His ministry took them from Illinois to Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas and into Minnesota. In Iowa, two of her teenage sons drowned while swimming in the Iowa River on a hot summer day. Mary Ann’s eldest daughter, Mary Elizabeth, traveled to Africa as a missionary. After Mary Elizabeth’s return to America, she married a preacher and moved to Minnesota. Mary Ann, widowed in 1886, went to live in Minnesota with her missionary daughter. There she stayed for twenty-two years until she passed away in 1908 at the age of 84. Her body was taken back to Grinnell, Iowa to be buried along side the two sons she had lost.
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