L. Norman Pinckard
L. Norman Pinckard is another of the old and prominent residents of Red Land Township, Cleveland County, Ark., and was born in Heard County, Ga., March 10, 1835, and was one of eight children born to Thomas C. and Susan (Crane) Pinckard, who were born in Georgia, the mother dying when the subject of this sketch was a child.
After her death the father married bliss Eliza Robertson, of Georgia, but he moved from that State to Randolph County, Ala., soon after, and in 1848 came to what is now Cleveland County, Ark.
During the late Civil War he removed to the Lone Star State, and there died in 1884, when about seventy-eight years of age. When a young man he was first engaged in selling merchandise, but afterward turned his attention to farming, which occupation received his attention up to the time of his death.
While in Heard County, Ga., he was a member of the State Legislature, and for a number of years prior to his death, drew a pension for services rendered in the War of 1812. He was a Democrat and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, his second wife, who also died in Texas, being a member of that church.
L. Norman Pinckard was the youngest child born to his father's first marriage, and received his education in the common schools of Arkansas. When twentyone years of age he commenced farming for himself and three years later began improving his present property, which now amounts to 700 acres, 150 of which are under cultivation.
He was married December 10, 1856, to Miss Emily E. Crane, a daughter of Warren and Narcissus Crane. She was born in Beard County, Ga., December 18, 1832, and her union with Mr. Pinckard has resulted in the birth of three children: Thomas W., Norman B. (who is in the mercantile business at New Edinburg), and William H. (who died when about thirty-two years of age, December 20, 1888. ) He was a farmer of Tyler County, Texas.
Mr. Pinckard, as well as his two sons, are Democrats, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
In June, 1862, Mr. Pinckard enlisted in Col. Fagan's cavalry regiment and remained with it until the close of the war, participating during this time in many important engagements, those of the Price raid in Missouri being worthy of note. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Back Bone, and was kept in captivity at Fort Smith for about two months, after which be succeeded in effecting his escape and rejoined his command.
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