JOHN PINKNEY BEST
of Lancaster Co. S.C.



-  The name Minor was dominant in 
their families, so I will check out 'Minors'name nearby also.   Also John 
Pinkney Best married a Sarah Twitty (she said her father was Thos. Twitty) 
so I will try to find him.  I will list below what I have.
John Pinkney Best Sr. m/Sarah Twitty.  Their children were:
   1)Winn Minor Best b.1836 Ark m/Eliz Watters, no Children born to them.
   2)John Pinkney Best Jr. b.1833 Ark. m/Malinda Lewis
             1)Emalie Best b.1858 Tx.
             2)Thos. E. Best b.1864 Tx.
                     1)John D. Best b.1903 Tx.
                     2)Emery Best b.1906 Tx.
                     3)Ellwood Best b.1909 Tx.
             3)Henry Minor Best b.1868 Tx. (Here is the Minor
name again)
             4)George K. Best b.1872 Tx.  (K could be for Kinchen)
             5)Ruth Irene Best b.1875 Tx.
             6)Andrew Jackson Best b.Tx.

Descendants of John Pinkney Best Generation No. 1 1. JOHN PINKNEY1 BEST was born Abt. 1795 in SC, and died 1843 in Red River co, TX. He married SARAH TWITTY Bef. 1828 in SC, daughter of THOMAS TWITTY and ELIZABETH BASKIN. She was born Abt. 1802 in SC. Notes for JOHN PINKNEY BEST: PROOF: We have a transcript of a biography told by Andrew Jackson Best (grandson). He said this John P. Best Sr. moved to Arkansas before 1833 near Hot Springs. He was poisoning Wolves in Red River Co, Tx near Clarksville, Tx and forgot he had a cut on his hand. He died from the poison and is buried in Red River Co, Tx. He said Sarah Twitty said her father was Thomas Twitty from S.C. and she is buried in Red River Co, also. (We have not found graves yet) CENSUS & TIMELINE: -------1830 Hot Springs Co, Fentor Twp, ARK census pg 157 (John 30-40, wife Sarah 20-30, 1 girl 10-15, 1girl 5-10, 2 girls under 5(Caroline 2 & ?); ------1830-1835 Tax rolls of Hot Springs Ark. ------Aug 1, 1837 - I have Deed in Clark Co, Ark. ------1840 Clark Co (was Hot Springs), Manchester Twp., ARK census pg 103; (John 40-50, wife Sarah 30-40, 1 boy 5-10(John 8), 2 boys under 5 (minor 3 & ?); 1girl 15-20, 2 girls 10-15 (Caroline & ?) ------1842 Moved to near Clarksville, Red River co, Tx. ------1843 John died from Poisoning wolves. ------1849 After their mother died?, John Jr & Minor supposedly loaded up what they could in a wagon and moved. ------1850 Red River census shows William Carroll Twitty b. 1820 KY owned land near Clarksville. ------1853 daughter Lucinda Caroline Best & husband Jacob Cockran were in Red River Co. PROOF: (that the Pinkney in Darlington SC is not my Pinkney) --- Book "Darlingtoniana, A history of people, placed & Events in Darlington Co, SC" by Eliza Ervin & Horace Rudisill, pg 96, 97. It states Mount Elon Baptist Church was organized in 1831, members present were Kinchen Best & Elizabeth Best. Joseph Stegall went to SC and found the information that Pinckney Best was received into the Mount Elon Baptist Church by letter 'by 1835', and Pomelia Best was received by letter 'by September 1836'. William Pinckney Best & Permelia Best are in the book listed below. Kinchen & Eliz joined in 1831; ---There is a book titled "William Pinckney Best Sr. (1808, d. 1875) and Permelia Jane (Thomas) Best b.1810 d. date presently unknown: compilation of the family data covered the period of 1948 to 1983"/ authors Dale D. Best, 1914-(Main Published: Yorktown, Va. ---Wm. Pinkney must be the brother of Kinchen because there were very few Pinkney Bests in S.C.and because they both joined the same church. He could not be a son of Kinchen because of the birth date. Children of JOHN BEST and SARAH TWITTY are: i. FEMALE2 BEST, m. MR. ASHER. Notes for MR. ASHER: NOTES: In Andrew Jackson Best biography he states a female Best married and Asher at Hot Springs and left in 1840. No one heard from them again. 2. ii. LUCINDA CAROLINE BEST, b. Abt. 1829, Ark. 3. iii. JOHN PINKNEY BEST, b. 1833, Hot Springs, Clark Co, Ark.; d. August 1886, Angeline Co, Tx.. iv. MINOR WINN BEST, b. Abt. 1835; d. September 05, 1903, Leaf, Tyler Co, TX; m. ELIZABETH WATERS, March 15, 1857, Jasper Co, TX; d. 1888, Rockland, TX. Notes for MINOR WINN BEST: NOTES: I have D/C; He fought in civil War and was wounded. Ended up on East coast, did not have a horse, walked all the way home. He never recovered from his wounds. Dr. Pickering took care of Minor and gave him morphine for his wounds. Minor is buried at Sand Hill Cem. 3 miles south of Rockland. they had no children. Generation No. 2 2. LUCINDA CAROLINE2 BEST (JOHN PINKNEY1) was born Abt. 1829 in Ark. She married JACOB COCHRAN Bef. 1853. He was born Abt. 1830 in IL. Notes for JACOB COCHRAN: NOTES: His father is probably either N. H. Cochran in Newton Co, pg 257 1860 born in Mass.; or William Cochran Newton Co, pg 270 1860 born in Mass. Jacob's wife Caroline is sister to John P. Best and Minor Winn Best. CENSUS & TIMETABLE: ----1850 Can't find any of them!!!!! ----Sept 2, 1853 Jacob Cochran & Lucinda Caroline Cochran and James Warren are bound to Erwin Laney for tract 15 miles E. of Clarksville, Red River Co, TX on Beaver Dam creek, being N. part of Isaac Bateman hdrght. ----1860 Newton County, pg 248 Jacob 30 b.Ill; L. C.(Lucinda Caroline) 30 b.?; M.A. 7 b.Tx; Adeline E. 4 b.Tx; Henry M.(could this be Minor? named after her brother?) 2 b.Tx; ----1870 Trinity County, pg 336 (Next to John Best, and his brother Minor Winn Best), Jacob 36 b.Ind.; Caroline 42 b.Ark; Adeline 15 b.Tx; Henry 12 b.Tx; Caroline ? b.Tx; Martha 2 b.Tx ----1880 Orange County, ED 59, pg 106 Jacob 56, b. Ill, Mass, Ky; Lucinda 52 b. Ark, N.C., TN.; Henry 22, B. Tx; Malinda 15 b. Tx.; Martha 12 b. Tx; (Her brothers John P. and Minor are in Jasper County ED 36 pg 109) Children of LUCINDA BEST and JACOB COCHRAN are: i. M.A.3 COCHRAN, b. 1853. ii. A.E. COCHRAN, b. 1856. iii. HENRY M. COCHRAN, b. 1858. iv. MALINDA COCHRAN, b. 1865. v. MARTHA COCHRAN, b. 1868. 3. JOHN PINKNEY2 BEST (JOHN PINKNEY1) was born 1833 in Hot Springs, Clark Co, Ark., and died August 1886 in Angeline Co, Tx.. He married MALINDA HESTER LEWIS January 29, 1857 in Jasper Co, Tx, daughter of MARTIN LEWIS and NANCY MOORE. She was born February 07, 1839 in Bevilsport, Jasper Co, Tx, and died August 09, 1899 in Angelina Co, Tx. Notes for JOHN PINKNEY BEST: PROOF: -----He was a confederate soldier, musician, in Co C, 11th Spaights Battn Texas vols. also known as Co K, 21st Texas Inf.; -----Marriage Records Jasper county, Tx 1849-1900/Barbara Dore, pg 4; ----- "Angelina County, Texas Cemetery Records Vol I:/Gail Medford, pg 68, shows John & Melinda are buried in Dunc Havard Cemetery, south of Rd 1270 & south of the Saron neighborhood, Angelina Co, Tx. -----Bible Records & Ledger written by Martin Baty Lewis (in Dallas Public Library, Gen. Dept.) published in Local History & Gen. Soc. Her birth is from Bible Records & Ledger; NOTES: ------ We have a transcript of a biography told by Andrew Jackson Best (grandson), where Ann Kay sent me a copy. Her grandfather was Andrew Jackson Best who lived to be 98 yrs old. He gave a transcript of a biography about his family history. He said his mother, Melinda's middle name was Hester. John was a Baptist and Melinda was a Methodist. ----- In 1891 when moving to West Texas, Colorado City, halfway to Gail, Old man Dave Carter & wife had a little store and mail there. Dave Carter had his older son Emmett saddle up the mules to the wagon and took us up to a campsite. That is how Emmett met 15 yr old Irene. They were our only neightbors for 3 miles. 4 years later Emmett & Irene got married. CENSUS & TIMELINE: 1846- He was a mail carrier from Burkeville to Orange. Kept this route till he was 21. He met Melinda Lewis while carrying mail. 1854-Worked logs in Sabine River at Belgrade, Newton Co. also logged in Calcasieu parish, LA. 1860 Tyler Co census pg 375 shows his brother Minor Winn Best, but not John P. Sep 9, 1862- Joined into the Civil War Military at Sabine Pass. He was sent to Galveston & stayed until the war was over. He was sick in Hospital most of the time. 1866- Moved to Liberty County, Tx. 1867- Moved to Polk County, Tx. near Corrigan 1870-Trinity County Census, pg 34, John Best & Family, brother Minor next door & sister Caroline Cochran nearby. 1876 - Moved to Best Bend, Angelina Co. , Tx. 1879- Property accessment, John P. Best in Jasper Co, Tx. 1880- Jasper Co, Census pg 10, John P. Best & Family, Minor next door, sister Caroline Cochran in Orange County. Feb 1881-He was in Rockland, Jasper Co, according to B/C of son, Andrew Jackson Best. Oct 1885- John died possibly from sunstoke, or stress, but it was sudden. He is buried in the Henry Havard Cemetery, Angelina Co, Tx. 1887 -Moved to Rockland, tx. John Kinndy 18 yrs old died and Williams died who was 5 yrs old. 1888- Malinda in Jasper Co, assessment of property. 1888- Moved back to Best Bend, Melinda married Joe Hambrick Feb 3, 1889 in Angelina Co. The marriage only lasted about a year because their children did not get along and he could not get the business going. March 1890- Melinda took the train and moved to West Texas. Borden Co in Willow Springs in west Texas near Big Springs where Emily & Jack Youngblood lived. May 27, 1891 and July 4, 1891- Malinda sold land in Jasper that had belonged to her father Martin B. Lewis 1892-93-still in Borden co, but in town of Gail. 1895-moved to Coleman co,Tx. 1896-Moved to Fannin co, Tx near Ector to pick cotton. Aug 26, 1897 - His daughter Irene Best Carter & Husband Emitt A. Carter of Fannin Co, sign for sale of property of John P. Best deceased, in Jasper Co. Sept 1897 - Irene & Emmit are now in Hill County signing on sale of Property. 1897-moved back to Rockland in E. Tx. to Duncan Ferry where Minor & wife lived. Melindas health was not good and she died Aug 9, 1899 & was buried next to John P. Best. Minors daughter & husband the Tatums lived next to cemetery. Children of JOHN BEST and MALINDA LEWIS are: i. EMILY3 BEST, b. 1858; d. 1895, Coleman, Coleman co, Tx.; m. A. JACK YOUNGBLOOD, January 02, 1877, Jasper Co, TX. ii. ELIZABETH BEST, b. 1859; d. 1867, Corrigan, Polk Co, Tx. iii. THOMAS E. BEST, b. July 25, 1865; d. 1945; m. LOLA SMITH. iv. HENRY MINOR BEST, b. July 07, 1868; d. 1962, Rockland, TX; m. ELLER RICHARDSON. v. JOHN KINNEY BEST, b. 1872, Polk Co, Tx; d. 1888, Dr. Pickerings Place in Angelina Co, Tx.. vi. IRENE VICTORIA BEST, b. September 29, 1875, Jasper, Tx.; d. July 31, 1930, Cameron, Milam Co, Tx.; m. EMMETT A. CARTER, Abt. 1895; b. September 18, 1870, Slick Rock, Barren Co, Ky; d. July 11, 1902, Knight-Glendale Cemetery, Lufkin, Angelina Co, Tx.. Notes for EMMETT A. CARTER: PROOF: --- 'Angelina County, Texas Cemetery Records'/Medford & Wilkins, Vol 1, pg 116; He is buried in Knight-Glendale Cemetery, Lufkin, Angelina County, Tx. ---Her D/C, she is buried in Gauze, TX. ---1880 Barren Co, census. ---1900 census shows Emmet & Irene & their son David Earl. ---Aug 26, 1897 - Irene Best Carter & Husband Emitt A. Carter of Fannin Co, sign for sale of property of John P. Best deceased, in Jasper Co. ---Sept 1897 - Irene & Emmit are now in Hill County signing on sale of Property. ---Obituary from the Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, TX, Monday July 21, 1902. Mr. E. A. Carter, fireman of the engine of the Texas & Louisiana railroad, attempted to board the train while it was moving and in doing so slipped and fell under the wheels and was instantly killed on July 11, 1902. Their baby who was 14 days old died the next day and they were buried beside each other. --- She signs land papers in June 21, 1907 as Irene Carter. It shows she is daughter of John P. Best deceased & Malinda Lewis, and Malinda's father is Martin B. Lewis son of Samuel Lewis. This land in Newton Co, Tx was given to them for fighting with the Republic of Texas. NOTES: We have a transcript of a biography told by Andrew Jackson Best (brother to Irene), where Ann Kay sent me a copy. Her grandfather was Andrew Jackson Best who lived to be 98 yrs old. He gave a transcript of a biography about his family history. He said his mother, Melinda's middle name was Hester. John was a Baptist and Melinda was a Methodist. -- In 1891 when moving to West Texas, Colorado City, halfway to Gail, Old man Dave Carter & wife had a little store and mail there. Dave Carter had his older son Emmett saddle up the mules to the wagon and took us up to a campsite. That is how Emmett met 15 yr old Irene. They were our only neighbors for 3 miles. 4 years later Emmett & Irene got married. Emmitt was accidentally killed when boarding a passenger train. vii. ANDREW JACKSON BEST, b. February 11, 1881, Jasper Co, TX; d. April 05, 1979, Woodville, TX; m. LAURA FRANCES DOUGHARTY, May 30, 1906. viii. WILLIAM BEST, b. 1883; d. 1888.