Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


WILLIAM PINKERTON was born in South Australia, May 16, 1844, his father being engaged in the sheep business there. In 1855 he moved with his parents to Otago, New Zealand, at which place his father continued in the same line of business. In 1862 and 1863, when the gold mines opened, the subject of this sketch commenced dealing in sheep and cattle, and continued in that business until he came with the family, in 1868, to California. Mr. Pinkerton was very successful in his operations, and at the age of twenty had accumulated about $20,000. His father purchased the Pleyto Rancho, in Monterey County, and four or five years later sold it to his son William and Mr. Jackson, of San Francisco, who have since successfully conducted it under the firm name of Pinkerton & Jackson. They are connected with other enterprises, and among them are valuable interests in Los Burros Mines. In 1875 Mr. Pinkerton married Mary H. Earl, and is the proud and devoted father of two bright children, a boy and a girl. He represented the Fourth District of Monterey County on the Board of Supervisors from 1884 to January 1, 1889, and faithfully discharged his duties in the interests of the people. He is a man of many excellent qualities, successful in business, loyal to his friends, upright and honorable to everyone.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.