William Cyprian Pinkham, 1844-1928, first Anglican bishop of Calgary, Alberta, was born in Newfoundland. He studied theology at St. Augustine's, Canterbury. In 1868 he was assigned to the Mission of St. James in the Red River Settlement and was ordained the following year. He married Jean Anne Drever, 1849-1940, of Lower Fort Garry in 1868. They had eight children, six of whom survived past childhood, Augustine M., 1875-1936, James F.M., 1877-1942, Mary I., 1878-1964, Jean (Crowe), 1880-1968, Margaret, 1884-1978, and Ernest F., 1890-1916. Pinkham became the bishop of the large diocese of Calgary in 1887, and the family moved to Calgary in 1889. When the diocese was split in 1903 Pinkham was given Calgary as his see. He retired in 1926. Bishop Pinkham School in Calgary is named in his honour.
Jean (Sr.) was a founder and first president of Calgary's Women's Hospital Aid Society, established in 1890. From 1891 to 1904 she was president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Anglican Church. She was the sister of Mrs. James Farquharson Macleod and Mrs. J.P.J. Jephson, both of Calgary. Mary Pinkham was very active in the Red Cross and in the Women's Hospital Aid Society. She received the Order of the British Empire in 1935 for her community work.
For further information see "Selections from the unpublished recollections of Mrs. W.C. Pinkham, an early Manitoban", in Manitoba Pageant. -- vol. 19/20 (1974/1975). For further information see William Cyprian Pinkham / Keith Wilson. -- Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Faculty of Education, 1986.