Saturday, November 1, 2014

William Pinchbeck (1852 - 1933)

William Pinchbeck, my great-grandfather, was born on Friday, May 14, 1852 in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire, England.  He was the eighth child (of twelve) of Isaac and Martha (Smith) Pinchbeck.  At the age of nine William was living on Fen Bank in Wainfleet All Saints.  By 1871, at age 19, he lived as a boarder in Batley, Yorkshire where he was a laborer in an iron works.  By the time he married my great-grandmother, Harriet Shirt, on February 12, 1876 he was living in Soothill, Yorkshire.

William and Harriet were married in Healey Lane End Chapel in Batley, Yorkshire according to the rites and ceremonies of the Primitive Methodists after a certificate was issued by the Minister, James Keightley.  In 1881, according to the England census, they were living on Oaks Road in Soothill with their children Thomas, William Jr., and Martha.  William was a colliery cart man at that time.

In June of 1888 William immigrated to the United States arriving in Castle Garden, New York on June 25 in the ship Alaska.  His son Thomas came with him.  Harriet followed him in September of 1888.  She arrived on September 29 with their other six children at the time -- William Jr, Martha, Abraham, Isaac, John, and Harriet.

I have not found where the family lived when they first arrived in the United States, but in 1892 William purchased two parcels of land from Elizabeth Purdy in Lewisboro, Westchester County, New York.  William was a farmer in 1895 in South Salem, New York when his youngest child, Robert Smith Pinchbeck, was born.

When Harriet died in 1896 William had ten children ages 19 to about 1 year old.  He was married again in 1897 to Mary Ann.  I haven't yet confirmed her last name, but she was born in England in 1851 and immigrated in 1897, according to the 1900 US census.  The family was living in Lewisboro in 1900 where William was a farmer.

William declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States on January 25, 1901 and was naturalized on February 27, 1903 at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, New York.

William and Mary Ann had moved to Glen Road in Redding, Connecticut by 1910 and they lived there in 1920.  In 1910 his daughter, Elizabeth, son, Robert, and Harriet's niece, Eva Kemp Gill with her husband and two children, were living with them.

In 1928 William and Mary Ann lived in Armonk, New York.  That year they traveled to England arriving from New York in Liverpool on September 24th on the ship Baltic of the Whit Dominion Line.  According to his passport, their intended address was Carlingham Road, Batley, Yorkshire.  They returned to New York aboard the ship Adriatic of the White Star Line arriving on November 19, 1928.

Passport photo
William and Mary Ann Pinchbeck

William died on May 21, 1933 at the age of 81 in Armonk.  He was buried in South Salem Cemetery in South Salem, New York.

Children of William and Harriet (Shirt) Pinchbeck:
Thomas      1877 - 1925
William Jr. 1878 - 1954
Martha       1880 - 1937
Abraham    1882 - 1917
Isaac           1884 - ?
John           1887 -  ?
Harriet        1888 - 1976
Elizabeth     1890 - 1953
Ada             1892 - 1987
Robert         1895 - 1949