James Steptoe Pinckard, lawyer and financial broker, has been a member of the Montgomery Bar Association more than forty years, but his chief interest is in the mortgage loan and abstract business. He organized the State Abstract Company in 1886, and the Capitol Heights Development Company in 1904, and was the first and only president of each company. In addition to these institutions in which he has figured, Mr. Pinckard has had active part in nearly everything else that has been done in Montgomery during the last thirty years, he having been instrumental in the organization of new enterprises.
He was born at Forsyth, Georgia, August 4, 1859, and is a descendant of John Pinckard, a native of England who came to the American colonies about 1665 and established a home in Virginia. In old title deeds he is designated as "Captain John Pinckard, gentleman," and in 1688 was a member of the House of Burgesses in Virginia, and in 1687 was a justice of Lancaster County. He had four sons, John, Thomas, James and William, and all Pinckards in the United States are descended from one of these. Some of his daughters and their descendants intermarried with the foremost families of Virginia. His son Captain Thomas was sheriff and justice of Lancaster County, Virginia in 1710. Thomas, a son of Captain Thomas, was the father of another Thomas Pinckard. This last Thomas was the father of James Pinckard, who established his home in Greene County, Georgia, in 1783. James Pinckard was the father of four sons: John, James, Peyton and Thomas, also two daughters, Elizabeth Durr and Judith W. Dabney. The eldest of these sons, John was the grandfather of the Montgomery lawyer and financier. His will was recorded in Monroe County, Georgia, in 1827, in the will book of that date. One of the early Thomas Pinckards married Eliza Downman, whose mother, Ann Conway, was a sister of the mother of President James Madison, and the mother of Ann Conway was Elizabeth Ball, whose sister was the mother of George Washington.
Colonel James S. Pinckard, father of James S. Pinckard. of Montgomery, was born in Greene County, Georgia, March 26, 1810, graduated from the University of Georgia in 1832 and practiced law for many years at Forsyth, where he died July 27, 1879. His ability, energy and efficiency as a lawyer gained him a large practice, and he was one of the successful men of his profession and noted for his integrity as a public and private citizen. He was a soldier of the Confederacy, and also fought in the Seminole Indian and Mexican wars. He was a captain and major in the Confederate army. He served several terms as mayor of the City of Forsyth, was chosen to represent the people in the Senate and House of Representatives of Georgia and at the time of his death was a member of the Board of Trustees of the State Lunatic Asylum and the Monroe Female College. He was a sincere and humble Christian, and the elements of his personal character, especially esteemed by his friends and associates, were honesty of conviction, devotion to truth and unfaltering adherence to duty.
Colonel James S. Pinckard married Martha Washington Hubert. Their son, James S. Pinckard, Jr., grew up at Forsyth, Georgia, was liberally educated, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1882. In the same year he moved to Alabama to engage in practice with his cousin, William Peyton Pinckard, at Tuscaloosa, opening a branch office at Eutaw, but in 1883 established himself permanently at Montgomery. He was associated with Judge John M. Chilton and subsequently formed a partnership for law practice in the abstract business with Jack Thorington. In his private practice he handled a large amount of the legal business of mortgage and insurance companies, and it is said that Mr. Pinckard has loaned more money in Alabama and Mississippi, than any other two men in the states. He was founder of the State Abstract Company and the Capitol Heights Development Company of both of which he has been president from the beginning.
Mr. Pinckard has never been an aspirant for political office. He served one term on the staff of Governor O'Neal. Mr. Pinckard married Nina Winter, a daughter of Judge John G. and Sarah (Calhoon) Winter. Her father was one of the able lawyers of Montgomery and for some years was a judge of the Circuit Court of Montgomery County.
Source: History of Alabama and Her People, Alabama Biography by Special Staff of Writers, Volumn II, published by The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1927; Pg. 33