William Brown Pinkerton was the son of David M. Pinkerton, Jr. and Mary Ann Hitchcock. He was born on 16 August 1861 in Waupun Wisconsin.
In the picture above, William is about 24 years old, the year being 1883. His future wife, Agnes Ellen Gurney, wrote about William during this time in her later reminiscences:
“That fall of 1882 I entered the preparatory department of the college and the conservatory. I used to see a fine-looking young man walking past our house often and soon learned to recognize his quick, brisk step. Then I became acquainted with his sister, Lillie, and sometimes went to their home. Occasionally Will, a senior, or maybe Winnie, a high school boy, brought me home. I shall have to confess that before long my heart lost its steady rhythm when Will was near, and somehow no one ever was a competitor for my heart. But it was a secret which I never admitted to anybody for a long time, for you see I was only fifteen years old then — much too young to fall in love!
That fall of 1883 he went away to study at the Chicago Theological Seminary. He remained there three years, then transferred to the Andover Theological Seminary in Andover Massachusetts.”
According to Agnes’s account, the picture above probably was taken in Chicago Illinois.
Will and Agnes were not married for another seven years. Both were graduates of Grinnell College in Grinnell Iowa. They married on 25 June 1891 in Grinnell.
I have to agree with my 2nd great grandmother, Agnes, William was a good-looking young man.
Thank you for reading.
J. R. Findsen