Joseph A. Pinkey Family

Joseph Andrew PINKEY was born 13 Aug 1882 in Saginaw, MI to Joseph and Anna (SHOLTZ) BEHNKE, natives of Germany who are buried in St. Andrew's Cemetery, Saginaw, MI. Joseph Andrew died 21 Dec 1951 and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.  He married Martha Ann SPARROW 14 Aug 1902 in Fairhaven, Whatcom, WA.  Martha was born 14 Aug 1884 in MI to John and Aldora (McAFEE) SPARROW. She died 17 May 1973 and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.


  1. Leon Joseph PINKEY was born 5 Jun 1903 at Lawrence, Whatcom, WA.  He died 3 July 1982 and was buried in Greenacres Cemetery.  He married 14 Aug 1925 in Bellingham, Whatcom, WA Helmi Marie JOHNSON who was born 14 May 1909 in Vassa, Finland to Emil and Olivia JOHNSON aka JERN.

  2. Anna Aldora PINKEY was born 27 Apr 1904 at Lawrence, Whatcom, WA and died 2 Jan 1992 in Tacoma, Pierce, WA. She m. (1) Clint LANGDON; m. (2) Claude BURGESS; m. (3) Les GILLIS.

  3. Ruby Frances Leona PINKEY was born 31 July 1905 in Petoskey, Emmet, MI.  She m. (1) 18 April 1923 in Bellingham, Whatcom, WA  Albert Jacob THEEL who was born 29 Apr 1900 and died July 1962; m. (2) 1963 Ross Charles ALEXANDER who was born 16 Jan 1898 and died 23 Aug 1976 in Bellingham, Whatcom, WA.

  4. Henry James PINKEY was born 15 April 1911 in Hopewell, Whatcom, WA. He died 27 Nov 1983 in Sedro Woolley, Skagit, WA.  He married Pearl Hazel HARRIS on 25 Jun 1938 in Bellingham, Whatcom, WA. Pearl was born 23 Jan 1918 in East Sound, San Juan, WA to Guy Willard HARRIS and his wife Grace Jenevery COLSON. Pearl died 24 Apr 1989 in Lynnwood, Snohomish, WA.

  5. Clifford Gerald PINKEY was born 7 Apr 1914 in Hopewell, Whatcom, WA and died 22 Oct 1981. His remains rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. Clifford married Eileen Florence INGERSOLL who was born 25 May 1913 in Lincoln, NE and died 6 Apr 1964. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. Clifford m. (2) Mrs. Stella GERJETS.

  6. Donald Eugene PINKEY  was born 6 Jul 1919 and died 30 May 1998 in Marysville, Snohomish, WA. He m. (1) Aileen Frances THIELEN 22 Feb 1941 in Bellingham, Whatcom, WA. Aileen was born 08 Jun 1922 in Langdon, ND; m. (2) Linda; m. (3) Babe; m. (4) Lillian.

  7. Mary Margaret "Midge" PINKEY was born 27 Oct 1922 in Bellingham, Whatcom, WA . She married Mervyn Jake BENSHOOF 4 Oct 1947 in Vancouver, Clark, WA. Jake was born 19 Oct 1922 in Elliot, Montgomery, IA to Arthur Lee BENSHOOF and his wife Kattie Effie MENDEL.

Brothers of Joseph Andrew PINKEY who also came to Whatcom County were James P. PINKEY  and Jack PINKEY. James Paul PINKEY was born in 18 Sep1875, in Saginaw, MI and married 28 Nov 1899 at New Whatcom, Whatcom, WA Helen DAHLEN who was born 13 Jul 1874 in WI to Harold and Edith (JOHNSON) DAHLEN. She died 7 Feb 1913 and is buried in Bay View Cemetery. James P. PINKEY was manager of the Lawrence Shingle Co. in 1902. Later he was a co-owner of the HOFF & PINKEY Lumber Mill. He m. (2) Viola REEMS who was born 6 Dec 1890 and died July 1987 in Seattle, King, WA. James PINKEY died 12 Aug 1956. Another brother was John "Jack" PINKEY who was born 8 Mar 1884 in MI and died 25 Mar 1959 in Bellingham, WA. There are markers for him in both Woodlawn Cemetery and Greenacres Cemetery.  His wife was Susie E. KENOYER, daughter of J. W. and Emma (ALLEN) KENOYER, born 27 Jul 1888 Bellingham, Whatcom, WA and died 16 Feb 1982 in Bellingham, Whatcom, WA.  She is buried in Bay View Cemetery.

Submitted by James W. Pinkey , Janice (Pinkey) Clark and Joyce (Pinkey) Groom

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