Here’s my theory on these two (or one) men/man named Nathaniel Edwin Pinkham or Edwin Nathaniel Pinkham.I’m posting this to genforum to see if anyone has an opinion about this.It’s so funny to have a private theory for so long and then have to present it.
Luther Hale Pinkham (1815-1873) was the son of Jonathan-6 (Thomas-5 Jonathan-4 James-3 John-2 Richard-1) and Alice (Runnels) Pinkham.Jonathan was a shoemaker by trade, a skill he passed to his son Luther who was both a shoemaker and farmer/laborer.Luther married three times:first to Ann Randall on 8 April 1836 at Farmington, NH.They had a daughter Ann Dorcas Pinkham born at New Durham on 4 Sep 1837.Both mother and daughter die shortly thereafter.Luther married secondly on 27 April 1840 at New Durham, Mary Chamberlain Wallis. (Marriage from NH Vital Records, hereinafter NH VRs).Together this couple had seven sons.
This family is described in “A Genealogy of Runnells and Reynolds Families in America” by Moses Thurston Runnels (Boston, 1873, reprinted by Heritage Books, 1999), p. 208-9.I trust this genealogy because (1) Moses Thurston Runnels was a minister in NH and must have gathered his information directly from Luther Hale Pinkham who was alive to 1873 when the book was published; (2) no date given in this genealogy can I dispute.In fact the birth dates of the Pinkham sons are corroborated by the log of births of Dr. Parker of Farmington (which was reprinted in the Genealogical Record of Strafford County, NH starting in vol. 16 (1993), No. 4 et seq.).NH VRs also corroborate several dates.The importance of this is that the birthdate of Nathaniel Edwin Pinkham is given as June 2, 1846.
Luther’s first son was Charles Luther Pinkham born on 18 Nov 1841.His second son was George Hale Pinkham born on 3 July 1843 (Dr. Parker’s Log).Next was Nathaniel Edwin Pinkham born on June 2, 1846.Dr. Parker does not log this son here which is important.This family is recorded in the 1850 census (NH, Strafford County, New Durham, page 596, family #1448) as Luther H. Pinkham, age 36 b. NH, Farmer; Mary age 34, b. ME. And children: Charles L. age 10 b. NH; George H. age 7, b. NH; and Nathl. E. age 4 born NH.
Later that year Horace Jonathan was born on 30 Dec 1850.Dr. Parker noted this birth.Note that he was there for no. 2 and 4 but missed no. 3.Could that be because the family was in Natick at the time?Also Horace Jonathan is noted as Jonathan Horace in New Durham Vital Records Book.Then came Seth Taylor Pinkham born 8 May 1852; an unnamed son born on 7 May 1854 from Dr. Parker’s log; and finally Isaac Dearborn Pinkham, born on 10 Apr 1858 (Dr. Parker’s log).
The family appears in the 1860 census in Alton, Belknap County, NH, page 81, family #715 as:Luther H. Pinkham, age 44, m. day laborer, b. NH; Mary, age 44, b. NH; Charles L., age 19, shoemaker, born, NH; George H., age 16, born, NH; Nathaniel E. age 13, born, Mass., Horace J., age 9, born, NH; Seth T. age 6, born NH.Please note that Nathaniel is specifically given a Mass birthplace in this census.
Why Natick, Mass?Luther’s sister Emeline Pinkham had married Gilbert Faxon Jones at Natick on 29 March 1843 (see Natick VRs) and had two sons born there on 27 Jan 1848 (Charles Herbert Jones) and 29 Jan 1846 (James Faxon Jones).So there is a family tie to Natick.
This is where the story of Nathaniel E. ends.By the 1870 census, Mary had died and Luther had remarried to Hannah R. Lucas widow of Mr. Tibbets on 20 Aug 1869 at New Durham (NH VRs).None of his children are living with him in Farmington, NH in 1870.He died at Milton, NH on 27 Oct 1873 (NH VRs).
The saga of Edwin Nathaniel begins on 30 April 1864 when he shows up in the muster rolls of Company C, 1st Regiment of NH Cavalry in the Civil War.(Pension file #641506).If born in 1846 he would have been 17 turning 18 in June.So this is a possibility.After his stint during the Civil War, he re-enlisted and was assigned to Company I, 33rd regiment of the U.S. Infantry.He was assigned to Macon Ga; Atlanta Ga; Milledgeville, GA; and Huntsville, Alabama from 1866 to 1869.His certificate of Disability for Discharge, dated 29 Jan 1869 notes his birthplace as Natick, MA and his age as 21.In his Declaration For Pension dated 25 Feb 1907 he states his birth date as 2 Jun 1843 at Natick, MA.He signed by mark.
Is it just a coincidence that a man named Edwin Nathaniel Pinkham is born on 2 Jun 1843 at Natick, MA with another Nathaniel Edwin Pinkham born on 2 Jun 1843 at either New Durham or somewhere in Mass.?I think not.
An Edwin Nathaniel Pinkham married on 4 Jun 1871 at Strafford, NH, Mary A. Hussey (NH VRs).This could be his first marriage and his wife may have died.I can’t find a death certificate for her and his marriage certificate to Addie Ballou noted it as a first marriage for both.However, this marriage notes his birthplace as Natick, MA and his father is definitely given as Luther H. Pinkham.Mary Hussey’s father was John Hussey (she age 20, born in Farmington, NH).
His second marriage certificate (NH VRs) to Addie E. Ballou dated 7 Jun 1877 at Deerfield, NH, she is listed as the daughter of David J. and Mary (Danforth) Ballou.He is listed as age 29 and his parents were listed as: C.H. Pinkham, born in Chelsea, MA and Mary E., born in Providence, RI.His birthplace is listed at Natick, MA.C.H. in cursive handwriting looks like L.H. and the Pinkhams had real familial ties to Chelsea, MA (Luther’s aunt and uncle lived there and his grandmother Pinkham died there).Mary E. is close to Mary C. and the Providence, RI is interesting.
The obituary of his brother Charles Luther Pinkham in the Morningstar for February 11, 1904 notes that Charles left a brother.All other brothers (including my great-great-grandfather who died in 1888) were dead.
So there are many inconsistencies—which ones does one overlook and which ones do you say—that’s him?
Children of Edwin Nathaniel were:Edna L. 1878-1883; Charles G. 1881-?; Gertrude M. 1883-??J. Austin 1885-??; Alma F. 1890-??; Ada Ballou 1892-??; Etta (1893-1896); and Harry R. 1895-???.Other than the two who died in infancy, the others were all alive in 1907 according to their father’s pension papers.I thought the child name Charles G. could be Charles George and named after his two older brothers.
Well, this is all I have.Let me know what you think.I always wanted to meet someone from your line because I have searched in vain for the ancestry of Mary Chamberlain (Wallis) Pinkham.I was hoping someone in your line might have a family Bible or something to help out.Since you can’t even hook up with her, I know you can’t be a lot of help with her.Anyway, I have the entire known ancestry of Luther Hale Pinkham researched if you need that.Let me know.