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Pinnick, Pierce, Mather, Penicks, Hubbard, Stone, McCracken, Holland, Vawter, Ziese, Pennock, Penex, Cathey,

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Pinnick, Pierce, Mather, Penicks, Hubbard, Stone, McCracken, Holland, Vawter, Ziese, Pennock, Penex, Cathey,

Posted: 26 Nov 2002 7:12PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1 Mar 2007 8:43AM GMT
Surnames: Pinnick, Pierce, Mather, Penicks, Hubbard, Stone, McCracken, Holland, Vawter, Ziese, Pennock, Penex, Cathey
This book has no cover, and no index, and no author. I bought it on Ebay; it just has the insides, but it is full of Indiana biographies. I am not researching this family, just thought I would share. I do not know anymore about these families or these surnames. NOTE: I don’t know if there is any additional mention of this family in the book, it has no index. I do not want to sell this book. I am typing the biographies from it.

Typed by Lora Radiches:



Surnames in this biography are: Pinnick, Pierce, Mather, Penicks, Hubbard, Stone, McCracken, Holland, Vawter, Ziese, Pennock, Penex, Cathey,


RUFUS E. PINNICK. A well-known, substantial citizen of Orange County, Indiana, and for a number of years a very efficient public official, is Rufus E. Pinnick, civil engineer, who resides on his well-improved farm, situated near West Baden. A native of Orange County, born January 16, 1867, he has always been proud of her people and her record in the war between the states, his honored father being a veteran of the same, and has willingly made this section his lifelong home. He now owns the land his grandfather bought from the Government. After completing his course in the Southern Indiana Normal School he entered the teaching field, in which work he spent many useful years. An ambitious, thoughtful young man at that time, he improved every opportunity to add to his own education and the time came when he was not only known as a successful educator, but also as a competent and reliable civil engineer. In 1910, 1912 and 1918 he was elected county surveyor, and later was elected as county engineer, and after serving in that office for several years, was made city engineer of French Lick and West Baden. In 1930 he was again elected county surveyor and county engineer of Orange County. William W. Pinnick, father of Rufus E. Pinnick, was born in Orange County, a son of “Kentucky” John Penicks and grandson of William Penicks. John Penicks changed the spelling of the name to Pinnick after moving to Orange County, the change being made to conform to the spelling on his land deed. Growing up in his native county, William W. Pinnick was one of the first of the young patriots who volunteered from Orange County for the War Between the States, during which he served in the Forty-ninth Indiana Infantry, under Col. James Keigwin. When he was honorably discharged he returned to Orange County, and for many years was engaged in farming. He married Susan E. Pierce, also a native of Orange County, who died in 1908, he surviving her until 1922. They had six children, namely: Rufus E., who is the eldest; Marietta, who is unmarried, lives in the old homestead; Oscar F., who lives at Orleans, has been twice married, first to Miss Clara Mather, who bore him two children, and second to Mary E. Mather; Cloes J., who married Albert A. Hubbard, has no children; Ida G., who lives in Idaho, is the wife of Albert Stone, of Rigby, Idaho, has four children; Tressa M., who lives at Monroe, Iowa, is the wife of Raleigh McCracken, and has three children. Graduated from the Southern Indiana Normal School in 1891, Rufus E. Pinnick became a teacher, as already stated, and has made as fine a record as a civil engineer as he did in the educational field. He is a strong believer in education, and has worked hard to educate himself and to give his children the advantages he lacked in his youth. Politically he is a Democrat. While he has no church affiliations, he lives up to the high ideals of the Odd Fellows, of which organization he has long been a faithful member, and he is now a past grand of the local lodge. On April 19, 1897, Mr. Pinnick was married to Miss Carrie Holland, a daughter of William P. and Louisa (Vawter) Holland, and a native of Lawrence County, Indiana. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Pinnick, namely: Willis H., who lives at Steubenville, Ohio, is manager of the store of Montgomery Ward & Company. He married Anna Ziese, but they have no children. Bessie, who has the degree of Master of Arts, is principal of the school at Pekin, Indiana, and is unmarried. Ralph E., who has the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and the degree of Civil Engineer from Purdue University, had several years of practical experience under his father as assistant city engineer and is now with the State Highway Department. His scholastic record at Purdue was exceptionally high. Clyde H. who is a student in the University of Indiana; and Walter P. who is a student of high school. Mr. Pinnick is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and in pursuing a study of the family history for this purpose he has been able to compile from official records, at considerable expense and effort, a history that is almost complete. This record goes back to Christopher Pennock, who was a native- of England but fled religious persecution to Ireland, being one of the earliest Quakers. He immigrated from Cork, Ireland, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1684, and the records of the Quaker meeting of Philadelphia show him to have been a member in good standing on September 4, 1684. Christopher’s son, John Penex, bought land in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1686, and from him the family of Rufus Pinnick is descended. He had two sons, Edward and Joshua, and which is these is the ancestor of the family has not yet been determined. In those days no standard of spelling either of common works or names had been established and the variation in spelling of the name as shown on various documents is very interesting. The next definite record is the marriage of William Penicks to Agnes Cathey in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1782, and he is Rufus Pinnick’s great-grandfather, as mentioned above.
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