My Brick Wall is my great-great-grandfather Pinkney Bumgarner b. ~1855 d. unknown who married Catherine Williams on March 4, 1875 in Catawba Co., NC. Catherine Williams b. 1859 d.1946 is the daughter of John Williams and Elizabeth “Tabitha” Bumgarner.
Pinkney Bumgarner and Catherine Williams had the following children:
Theodore “Doras” Bumgarner b. 3/14/1873 (before the marriage)
Alonzo Bumgardner b. 11/22/1875
Shortly before the marriage, Catherine Williams appeared in court reference a Bastardy Bond for her son Theodore naming Pinkney as the father.
Witnesses for her at the wedding were Thomas Bumgarner, Daniel Abernathy and Charles Parker. Must have been a shotgun wedding, because it appears she may have been pregnant a 2nd time with Alonzo.
The family who knew her, the grandchildren, say that right after Alonzo was born, Pinkney took off, left Catherine and started a new family he raised in Kings Mountain, Cleveland Co., NC. All of them agree that Pinkney went to Kings Mountain and none of them ever saw him again but only heard of him from time to time.
So I’ve been searching for every Pinkney Bumgarner I could locate in North Carolina, never finding a Pinkney anywhere in Kings Mountain.
I have already located the following Pinkney’s and eliminated them:
Pinkney Bumgarner b.1902 son of Hosea P and Fanny Bumgarner (born too late)
Jasper Pinkney Bumgarner b.1874 (born too late)
Howard Pinkney Bumgarner b. 1942 (born too late)
Joseph Pinkney Bumgarner b. 1888 (born too late)
Nathanial Pinkney Bumgarner b. 1866 (born too late)
William Pinkney Bumgarner b. 1838 (born to early and married to Mary Howard from
June 1857 till she died in 1887)
One Possibility that has possibilities has always been:
William Pinkney Bumgarner b. 1849 s/o Aaron Amon Bumgarner and Elizabeth Mauney
Married to Harriett Painter Dec 1869, he had 2 children with her in 1871 and 1874.
Married to Candice Hollar Oct 1876 (12 years before Harriet Painter died. Did they divorce?)
Of course there is a time gap between the birth of a child in 1874 and his marriage to Candice Hollar in 1876 (my Pinkney married, had a son Alonzo, and left Catherine all in the span of one year 1875)
Speaking to descendents, they just totally do not believe this to be possible.
Then just recently I found a new possibility:
William Pinkney Bumgarner b. 1848 per gravestone records (though census records have given a later date) Married to Martha Bennett and found living in Kings Mountain, Cleveland, NC on the 1920 and 1930 census
So far I have found 3 children:
Charles H Bumgarner b. 1886
Zettie B Baumgardner b. 1889
Edward W Baumgardner b. 1894
There is a discrepancy of spelling which I have eliminated, as although the census records show the spelling as Baumgardner, the tombstones in Mountain Rest Cemetery for both he and Martha show the spelling Bumgardner. (I find this interesting, because my great-grandfather Alonzo, changed the spelling of the family name to Bumgardner, adding the D when his children were younger, and none of them knows why he did that)
Anyway, this William Pinkney Bumgardner appears to “fit” all the elements:
Lived in Kings Mountain
Was the approximately correct age
Had his children after Catherine Williams Bumgarner had hers.
It appears from documents that they did call him Pink and Pinkney.
Can anyone tell me who this William Pinkney’s Parents may have been? Or any other information about him?
He died, presumably in Kings Mountain, Cleveland, NC on December 27, 1941. I have not yet located the death records.
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