Mary Ann Hitchcock


Mary Ann Hitchcock Pinkerton


The lady pictured above is my 3rd great-grandmother Mary Ann Hitchcock Pinkerton.

She was the youngest out of seven children born to Alured Hitchcock and Sarah Warner Stevens 17 June 1824 in Vergennes, Vermont. Both of her parents come from a long line of New England Colonial families.

Mary Ann married David M. Pinkerton, Jr., a missionary preacher, on 27 October 1845 in Galesburg, Illinois. They spent the next twenty-five years of their married life as missionaries. Along the way, they had nine children.

Mary Ann passed away at her daughter Mary home on 8 November 1908 in Northfield, Minnesota.


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J. R. Findsen

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Genealogist Journal 5th Anniversary

Recently, 25 March 2012, Genealogist Journal celebrated its 5th Anniversary. How to commemorate the milestone? After careful thought, I decided to repost the first article. It featured a biography sketch of my third great grandfather put out by Dartmouth College.

Before we get to the first original posting, I want to thank all my readers and found family members for their support. I have enjoyed sharing my genealogical research with all of you and look forward to the next five years.


My third great grandfather was David Pinkerton, JR. He was an alumni of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire; class of 1841. While researching, I came across a biography sketch of David. Here is what it says:

David Pinkerton, the son of David and Susannah (Griffin) Pinkerton, was born at Landaff, Nov. 3, 1814. He studied divinity at And. Theo. Seem. Graduating in 1844; was ordained? Preached at Elkhorn, Salem, Two Rivers, Waupun, Fond Du Lac Co. and Maple Grove, all in Wise and now lives at Waupun without a charge. He married Ann, dau of Alfred Hitchcock of Vergennes, Vt at Galesburg, Illi. Oct. 27, 1845.


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J.R. Lowe

Mary Ann Hitchcock



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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J.R. Lowe