Daniel Perry Pinkard was born January 17, 1848, in Perry County, Tennessee. He was the son of Harris Pinkard and Lydia Perry. Daniel's mother died when he was a little over a year old. When he was about four, his father moved to Arkansas and Daniel went to live with his uncle, Jonathan Watson, who was married to Daniel’s Mother’s sister, Permelia Perry.
In 1853, Jonathan Watson was working for O. T. Tyler at Leon Junction near Fort Gates. O. T. Tyler and a Mr. McCoy operated a freight service from Fort Gates over the Fort Phantom Hill military road to the western frontier military outposts. Jonathan Watson was later employed by Mr. McCoy at the McCoy ranch located near Fort Chadbourne.
By 1856, Daniel's uncle'd family had moved to Comanche County. Daniel was a frontier Texas Ranger and was active in many of the early indian campaigns. He was a stock raiser and dealt in real estate. Daniel is credited as being the first to introduce Poland-China hogs to Comanche County.
On January 25, 1868, he married Sarah Caroline Barcroft, daughter of Elisha Barcroft and Margaret Hutchinson. Their children were: Joshua Turner; Henry B.; Clara Olney married James William Franklin; Lydia Alma married W. Terry Stewart; Walter; Elisha Irvin married Sarah Delena Isom; Mary Etta "Marietta" married Walter Barto Starling; Paul Revere married Mary Julia Rogers; Margaret married W. Terry Stewart; Johnathan Perry married Millie Tabitha Cross; Rufus Stevens married Nellie Pennington; Harvey S.; and Eva Edna married Bert Ray McCorkle.
Daniel died October 10, 1935.