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History of Edgar Co. IL, William H. Perrin, Chicago, 1879
A J. PINNELL, hardware and agricultural implement dealer, Kansas; as born in Oldham Co., Ky., Jan. 14, 1821; son of Edward Pinnell, who was among the first white settlers of Edgar Co., and like many of the pioneers had nothing of importance in value wherewith to begin life, but was not lacking in two very essential elements to those who will succeed, hope and courage. At the age of 16, the subject of this sketch returned to Kentucky, and attended school for a time; then returned and joined his people in their new home; and, after receiving a good schooling, he engaged in teaching. He also was engaged in mercantile business as clerk in Kansas, Ill., where he learned business. He has followed farming and mercantile business at intervals up to 1875, since which time he has given his entire attention to his present business. By industry, integrity and square dealings, he has won the confidence of many patrons, and now enjoys a flourishing trade. He married Miss Eliza, daughter of John Poulter (an early settlers of this county), Jan. 20, 1842; they are the parents of nine children, only two of whom are living – James H. and Winfield S.; as a family, they are well-to-do and highly respected.