- text from a handwritten version of "The William Gault Family History" by Pressley Brown Gault, 1893. (transcribed as is.)
Benjamin F., third son of William and Nancy Pinkerton, was pious from his infancy, a lover of letters, made everything bend to his securing an education - which he accomplished by dint of personal exertion, and individual push. He studied Theology, came out a full-fledged preacher, married a wife, Miss Dealie Eiker by name, a most estimable young lady, and a year after they offered themselves as missionaries to Egypt. They were accepted by the Board, went to Egypt, learned the language of the country, and for several years labored for the uplifting and Christianizing of that degraded people, then resigned and came home. Soon after their return, Mr. Pinkerton accepted a call from a congregation at New Burlin, Ill., where he preached for a time. Here his wife died leaving him almost crazy and sorrow-stricken, with a helpless family of four children to be cared for. His friends here rallied to his assistance, and gave his children good homes, where they have lived ever since. They are now all grown, and William Hope, the youngest son was lately married.
Mr. Pinkerton, for many months after his wife died, for some reason hardly at his best, and much anxiety was felt by his friends lest he should lapse into imbecility, or something worse; but after a time he rallied, and decided to return to Mission work in Egypt, or rather Syria, which he did, and after a few years he married a native - a well educated and refined Christian woman. She accompanied him to this country on a visit some three or four years after they were married; they had one son. After some weeks spent here visiting friends, they returned to Syria where he died, leaving his wife and son there.