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History of Edgar Co. IL, William H. Perrin, Chicago, 1879
EDWARD PINNELL, retired farmer; P. O. Kansas; is a pioneer of Edgar Co.; was born in Culpeper Co., Va., March 23, 1795; and at the age of 21, he with parents moved to Jefferson Co. Ky., where he married Miss Nancy Ross Dec. 25, 1818, and remained there engaged in farming until 1830; when they removed to Edgar Co., Ill., locating in what is now Kansas Tp., and entered land and began farming, at which time the country was inhabited by roving bands of Indians, with now and then an adventurous pioneer, and by perseverance, industry and a firm will, he withstood the many disappointments and hardships incident to a pioneer’s life. His wife died Nov. 19, 1864, leaving a family of three children – Andrew J., Rachel M. (now Mrs. J. K. Boyer), and Margaret (now Mrs. T. Atkins); and on Oct. 14, 1866, he married Miss Martha A. Pearman, formerly of Hardin Co., Ky.; she was born March 29, 1828. Mr. Pinnell is an ex-soldier of the war of 1812, and has since that time been an active worker in all public matters pertaining to the good of the community in which he has lived. He has also been engaged in the work of the ministry for about fifty years in connection with the Christian Church. He has lived an active, industrious and an economical life, and his career is marked with integrity and honor; there are but few that can look back over their past life with that satisfaction, and now at the ripe old age of 84, he lives to see the prosperity and usefulness of his children.