Matilda Gwathmey, b. 1829 d/o William B. Gwathmey, MD & Katherine (Akers)Gwathmey m. Benjamin F. Pinckney in Bushnell, McDonough Co., IL 7 May 1851. This simply points up the confusion in spelling of the Pinky, Pinckley, Pinkley, Pinckney, Pinkney surname in and around the Clay Co., IN Coles Co., IL communities.
If you will send my your address I will mail you a copy of the 1850 census of Posey Twp., Clay Co., IN that shows the family group following:
114 - 114 Willson Pinckley, age 31, M, farm er, b. IN Martha Pinckley24FKY Susan Pinkley10FIL Ann Pinckley7FIL Elizabeth C. Pinckley3FIN Sarah B. Pinckley1FIN
Susan is Anna Susanna, likewise Ann is Sarah Ann (my geat grandmother) who named a son Fred Pinkney Reed. Compare the above with the IGI record that shows:
Robert Pinkley b. 1819 IN Martha Ringob. 1823 KY Elizabeth C. Pinkleyb 1 Jul 1847IN Sarah Belle Pinkleyb.28 Mar 1849IN William Pinkleyb.21 Feb 1851IN
Since both Willson and Robert were b. 1819 they could be twin sons which could explain the combining of 2 families and 1850 cesus. In my Reed family family there are two Bryans who m. Reed females:Joseph Bryan m. Charity Reed and John Bryan, Jr. m. who m. Mary Reed.From what I have discovereed to date it appears Joseph & John, Jr. Bryan may be descendants of Morgan Bryan and Margaret Daniels parents of Elizabeth Bryan, b. 1797 wife ofMajor Ringo parents of Martha Ringo who m. Robert Pinkley. I see this as a possible explanation for the migration of my Reed family to Moultrie Co., IL. As I have previously commented the spelling of the Pinckney/Pinkney /Pinkley does not make much difference since they all appear to descend from the same root.Perhaps the ongoing DNA testing may provide answers.