While looking for my Woods family of Fleming Co., KY, I ran across your message about the Pinkstaff and Van Meter's. I am a descendant of Andrew Pinkstaff, son of Christopher Pfingstaag of Altenreit, Germany. Christopher Pfingstaag married Anna Eberwein, probably in Germany and they came to America and settled in PA first and later in Frederick County, VA. My Andrew was born 1743 in Frederick Co, VA and died 10 Sep 1841 in Lawrence Co., IL. Andrew married Winnie Ann Owen Redmon about Jan 1786 in Frederick Co. VA. He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, under the command of Gen. Dan Morgan of Frederick Co., VA. Andrew was present in many of the important battles. The name was not spelled Pinkstaff until after the war. It seems that Andrew and Winnie had four children: John, b. 22 Oct 1787; Catherine Pinkstaff, b. 1789; Mary Redmon Pinkstaff, b. 1790 (my line); Redmon Pinkstaff, b. unknown.
I believe that Andrew and Winnie left Frederick Co., Va and went to Fleming Co., KY before coming to Lawrence Co., IL. Their daughter Catherine married an unknown Graham about 1816 in Fleming Co., KY. The little town of Pinkstaff, IL is named for Andrew Pinkstaff, he and Winnie are buried in the Pinkstaff Cemetery in Lawrence Co., IL. It is said that all Pinkstaff's are descended from Andrew and Winnie. I think the reason you are not finding your Pinkstaff's is because they didn't stay in Fleming Co., KY very long and probably were there between the census years. It seems that their two daughters came to IL with them. A few years ago there were Pinkstaff's and Van Meter's in Vincennes, Knox Co., IN, which is not far from Pinkstaff, IL. If you need more help please contact me either here or via e-mail.
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