WILLIAM PEYTON PINCKARD, of Birmingham, Ala., was born in Chambers county, Ala. His father, Peyton Jett Pinckard, was born in Coweta county, Ga., and lived in Tallapoosa and Chambers counties, Ala., and in Troup county, Ga, until a few years before his death. His last years were spent in Lee county, Ala., near Opelika. He was captain of Company I, Mitchell's regiment, Thirty-fourth Alabama C. S. A., and was honorably discharged for physical disability. He was the son of Peyton and Elizabeth Robinson Pinckard, who lived at the time of the latter's death, in 1843, near Newnan, Ga. Peyton Pinckard died in 1852 at LaFayette, Ala. William Peyton Pinckard's mother, Edna Armstrong Gross, was the daughter of Bluford and Elizabeth Armstrong Gross, of Camp Hill, Tallapoosa county, Ala., having removed from Pike county, Ga., to Alabama about 1840. Peyton Pinckard, the grandfather of William Peyton, was the son of James and Elizabeth (Smith) Pinckard, who removed from Lancaster or Westmoreiand county, Va., to Greene county, Ga., in 1783. Elizabeth Smith was the daughter of Peyton Smith, son of______ Smith and Mary Peyton. Mary Peyton was the daughter of William Peyton, of Stafford county, Va. James Pinckard was the son of Thomas Pinckard the fourth, of Lancaster county, Va., and Ann Corbin Griffin.
Thomas Pinckard (4) was the son of Thomas Pinckard (3) and his wife, Eliza Downman. Thomas (3) was the son of Thomas Pinckard (2) of Lancaster county, Va., and his wife, Frances Anderson, daughter of Rev. Charles Anderson; Thomas Pinckard (2) was the son of Capt. Thomas Pinckard (1) and wife, Elizabeth. Capt. Thomas Pinckard (1) was sheriff and justice of Lancaster county, Va., and was the son of Capt. John Pinckard, probably born in England of Norman-French ancestry. Capt. John Pinckard was a burgess and a justice of Lancaster county, Va. The first record of his Virginia residence was made in 1683. Eliza Downman Pinckard, mother of Thomas Pinckard (3) was the daughter of Ann Conway Downman, and William Downman. Ann Conway was the sister of Eleanor Conway Madison, mother of James Madison, president of the United States. She was also the daughter of Edwin Conway (3) and wife, Ann Elizabeth Ball Conway. Ann Elizabeth Ball was the daughter of Joseph Ball and Ann Elizabeth Romney Ball, first wife of Joseph Ball. Joseph Ball married a second time, and of this second marriage Martha Ball was born and she married Mr. Washington, and became the mother of George Washington. William P. Pinckard obtained his primary education in the common schools of Chambers county, Ala., and of Troup county, Ga. He attended Howard college at Marion, Ala., and afterwards took the degree in constitutional and commercial law at the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the bar of Alabama at Opelika, and in the Supreme court of Alabama, at Montgomery, and conducted an active and successful practice in the courts of East Alabama for eight years. He removed to Tuscaloosa as special attorney for the Corbin Banking company in 1882, where he continued until April, 1886, and at that time removed to Birmingham, Ala. Since then he has been thrown with the active industrial life of Birmingham, Ala. He was one of the pioneers in the development of the DeBardeleben Coal & Iron company at Bessemer, the Bessemer Land company, the Bessemer rolling mills, the Bessemer & Birmingham Street railway, the founding of the old Herald company and subsequent organization of the Age-Herald company; was a majority owner and directed the policies of the morning newspaper at Birmingham, from organization to 1894, when he sold his interests in the newspaper business. From 1899-1900 he aided and participated in the organization of the Republic Iron & Steel company, buying the Pioneer Mining & Manufacturing company and selling it to the Republic company. He has since been accumulating coal and iron properties in Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties, and is now engaged in opening up and developing a new and very valuable coal and iron field at Dudley, in Tuscaloosa county, Ala. He has never held or sought a public office. He is a Democrat, but has only participated in politics when he felt the good of the State required it of him as a good citizen. He is too busy to seek or care for office. He is not in active communion with any church, but is a Missionary Baptist in faith. His writings are crisp and logical and altogether editorial. During the last year of his connection with the Age-Herald, he did all the editorial work of the paper. He married Lucy E. Ryburn, Jan. 15, 1880, and they have four boys and three girls, the pride of their life. Mrs. Pinckard was the daughter of Rev. P. M. Ryburn of the North Georgia conference, now deceased, and his wife, Antoinette Lumpkin Ryburn. Rev. P. M. Ryburn was the son of Scotch parents, Matthew Ryburn and his wife, Elizabeth McArthur. Her mother was Miss Lumpkin, daughter of Henry Hopson Lumpkin of Georgia, and wife, Lucy Milner. Lucy Milner Lumpkin was of English ancestry, and had a common ancestor with Lord Chatham, William Pitt. An interesting incident is the fact that the children of William Peyton and Lucy Ryburn Pinckard have a common ancestry, not only with George Washington, but with England's prime minister. William P. Pinckard's life is an open book. He has tried to do his duty as a man and a citizen, without regard to reward, or the hope of it, or the fear of punishment. His life has been a continuously busy one. He is trying to rear seven good, brave, men and women, and equip them to fill the highest possible functions of life. He regards this the criterion of life's success, whether he makes millions out of coal and iron or loses all trying, or whether he fills a political office. His ideal place of honor "now-a-days" is the private station. His children are Ryburn, a college boy, at Cornell university, taking the course of mechanical engineer; Marie Lumpkin, at Vassar college; Peyton, a student at the University of Virginia; Peter, preparing for college, will probably take the course of his elder brother; Lucy and Marion, little girls, and Paul, the five-year-old boy, too young to forecast.
Source: Notable Men of Alabama, Personal and Genealogical, with portraits, Volume II, by Hon. Joel C. DuBose, published by the Southern Historical Society, Atlanta, Ga., 1904; Pgs. 82-84