Page 369, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




LINCOLN PINKSTON.—Since five years of age Lincoln Pinkston has been a resident of this state, and has been an interested witness of its growth, development and progress. He was born in Scott county, Virginia, on the 27th of January, 1863, a son of J. W. and Rachel (Groves) Pinkston, natives of North Carolina and Virginia, respectively. In 1868 they left the Old Dominion for the Sunflower state, taking up their abode in Cherokee county. Mr. Pinkston secured a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres. He engaged in its cultivation for fifteen years and then sold the property, removing to Texas, but not being pleased with the Lone Star state he remained for only a year, after which he returned to Kansas, settling in the southeastern portion of Allen county in 1884. There he bought two hundred and forty acres of land and began the development of the farm, but death ended his labors in 1894, when he was seventy-five years of age. His first wife had died many years before and he has been the second time married, his widow surviving him. He also left four children.

Lincoln Pinkston was reared in the state which he now makes his home and received limited educational privileges, yet by reading, experience and observation he has become a well informed man and is familiar with all the questions of general interest. He remained with his father until the latter's death and afterward continued upon the old homestead. He was married on the 15th of January, 1888, to Miss Ella Louisa Mashburn, a native of North Carolina, who came to Kansas with her parents when only two years of age. Her father, John Mashburn, was a native of North Carolina and came to this state in 1870, but is now living in Polk county, Missouri. Mrs. Pinkston is the eldest of ten children. By her marriage she became the mother of five children: Belle, Grace, Elmer, Robert and Roy, twins.

The subject of this review is now operating and managing two hundred and forty acres of land belonging to him and his heirs and has developed it into a very valuable property. He handles cattle, hogs and horses, watches the market prices and sells to good advantage, thus annually augmenting his income. He is independent in politics, studies the questions and platforms and then gives his support to the principles which he believes contain the best elements of good government. His worth as a man and citizen is widely acknowledged and among the substantial residents of Allen county he is numbered.

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