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Allan Pinkerton

Birthplace: Gorbals St, Glasgow, Glasgow City, UK
Death: Died in Chicago, IL, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Pinkerton and Isobel Pinkerton (McQueen)
Husband of Joan Pinkerton (Carfrae)
Father of Isabella McQueen Pinkerton; William Allan Pinkerton; Joan Pinkerton; Robert Allan Pinkerton; Mary Pinkerton, INFANT and 1 other
Brother of John Pinkerton and Robert Pinkerton

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About Allan Pinkerton

Pinkerton was born in the Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland, to William Pinkerton and his wife, Isobel McQueen, on August 25, 1819.[1] The location of the house he was born in is now occupied by the Glasgow Central Mosque.[citation needed] A cooper by trade, Pinkerton was active in the British Chartist movement as a young man. He secretly married Joan Carfrae, a singer, in Glasgow on 13 March 1842.[2] Pinkerton emigrated to the United States in 1842.

Siblings: Love Watson (born Pinkerton), Isabella Pinkerton, James Pinkerton, Mary Stewart (born Pinkerton), Janet Murphy (born Pinkerton), William Pinkerton, John Pinkerton, Robert Pinkerton, Allan Pinkerton

Wife: Joan Pinkerton (born Carfrae)

Children: Isabella Mcqueen Pinkerton, William Allan Pinkerton, Joan Pinkerton, Robert Allan Pinkerton, Mary Pinkerton, Joan Chalmers (born Pinkerton)


Allan Pinkerton, one of the co-founders of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, succumbed to gangrene of the tongue after slipping on the sidewalk. (From: Wikipedia – Gangrene)

  • AND this site (Wikipedia - Allan Pinkerton) says there is some confusion on his cause of death: “Allan Pinkerton died in Chicago on July 1, 1884. It is usually said that Pinkerton slipped on the pavement and bit his tongue, resulting in gangrene. Contemporary reports give conflicting causes, such as that he succumbed to a stroke (he had had one a year earlier) or to malaria, which he had contracted during a trip to the Southern United States. At the time of his death, he was working on a system to centralize all criminal identification records, a database now maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
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Allan Pinkerton's Timeline

August 25, 1819
Glasgow, Glasgow City, UK
August 1843
Age 23
April 7, 1846
Age 26
Carpentersville, Kane County, Illinois, United States
December 2, 1848
Age 29
Kane, IL, USA
Age 28
April 1850
Age 30
July 22, 1855
Age 35
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
July 1, 1884
Age 64
Chicago, IL, USA