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This work has been compiled with great care and after 
much study. I do not claim to have collected all that it 
may be possible to know of this branch of the Ingersoll 
family, but I unhesitatingly do say that in these pages 
will be found all that it has been possible for me to ob- 
tain. All records and papers relative to the subject that 
could be found among the various living members of the 
family have been placed in my possession. I have per- 
sonally searched the records of various cities and towns, 
and the archives of the New England and other histor- 
ical and genealogical societies. As a result of several 
years' work, I now place in the possession of my relatives 
and others who may be interested, a true genealogical his- 
tory ; and the facts herein stated may be relied upon as 
correct. It is possible, however, that unintentional errors 
may have crept into the work, and if such exist I would be 
much pleased to have them pointed out, that they may 
be corrected in some future edition. I am also desirous of 
gaining additional information relative to this branch of the 
family, and request that such, if it exists, be forwarded 
to me. 

It is the custom generally, in compiling genealogical his- 
tories, to dwell and expatiate upon the virtues of the good, 
and to remain silent upon those ancestors who were not so 
perfect. In this work, however, nothing which has come to 
my notice has been suppressed. The good and the bad 
have been given an equal chance. Fortunately the good 
predominates, and, of the deeds of our Ingersoll ancestors, 


as early Puritan settlers, as loyal British subjects in colonial 
times, and afterwards as honest American citizens, we have 
reason to be proud. 


The surname Ingersoll was originally and properly writ- 
ten in England Inkersall, and became corrupted into Inger- 
soll, either just before or about the time of the settlement 
of the family in America. 

Ann Ingersoll, of Westfield, Massachusetts, embroidered 
in 1758 what she believed to be the Ingersoll coat of arms. 
This same coat of arms for many years hung in the hall of 
Major Edward Ingersoll's house in Springfield, and is yet 
in possession of the family. Now it is quite evident that 
the lady who worked these arms inherited the designs from 
her immediate ancestors, otherwise she must have manu- 
factured them to suit her taste. She had no other way of 
obtaining them. The last hypothesis is improbable, as she 
belonged to one of the most pious and aristocratic of the 
colonial families of New England. 

I now find, from the English records, that the emblazonry 
on the old arms of Inkersall of Hertfordshire and Middle- 
sex, England, is identical with that on the arms embroidered 
by Ann Ingersoll in 1758. This seems almost conclusive 
evidence that the Ingersoll arms were not invented, but 
that they were inherited through generations, and that 
Inkersall was the original surname of the family. 


The arms were recorded (original manuscript C. 28) at 
the College of Arms in the beginning of the seventeenth 
century. They were then borne by Robert Inkersall, ot 


Weston, who inherited them from his father in the latter 
part of the sixteenth century. 
The record is as follows : — 

" Gu. a fesse, dancettfie, erm, betw. six trefoils, slipped, or Crest : 
A griffin's head gu. gorged with a fesse, dancettfie, erm, betw. two wings, 
displayed, or." 

The visor of the helmet is closed and faced to the right 
(looking at the arms, it faces to the left), showing that the 
person who was originally given the right to bear the arms 
was an esquire or gentleman, and that he was horn in 

In a pamphlet issued by Mr. O. K. and Mr. O. W. 
Ingersoll, in 1884, the statement is made that " the trans- 
lation of the Latin motto on the coat of arms is ' Virtue lives 
hut fame dies.' " I can find no authority for this. There is 
no motto on record with the arms in England, and there it 
should be if it exists. There is no motto on the arms 
embroidered by Ann Ingersoll in 1758, but in the scroll 
where the motto would be found are the words "Bi/ the 
name of Ingersoll." 


Our branch of the Ingersoll family may appropriately be 
called " The Ingersolls of Hampshire," for within the original 
limits of Hampshire County they have mostly resided. John 
Ingersoll with others were the first settlers in this county, 
and from their settlement, which is the earliest record of the 
county, to the present day, — a period of two hundred and 
fifty years, — the name of Ingersoll appears most promi- 
nently. As, in the following pages, Hampshire County 
and those other counties which were subsequently set off 
from Hampshire are often mentioned, these facts will be of 


Hampshire County was incorporated May 7, 1662, taking 
the name from a county in the south of England. It was 
the first county in the western part of the State, and the 
largest of all. In 1761 a portion was set off to form Berk- 
shire Count}^ another portion in 1811 to form Franklin, and 
a third portion in 1812 to form Hampden. 

The "Old Style" and the "New Style." 

Many readers are puzzled when historians give in January, 
February, and March (up to the 25th), in the years prior to 
1753, the year thus, 1748-9, 174-| or 17489. When the 
date for a certain occurrence is so given, the first date, 1748, 
means the English date, the year beginning on the twenty- 
fifth day of March, and the second date, 1749, means the 
Gregorian date, the year beginning on the first day of 
January preceding. The former is called " old style " and 
the latter " new style." 

A few words will explain this confusion in the calendar. 
The first Julian year commenced with the first day of Jan- 
uary of the 46th year before the birth of Christ, at which 
the equinox fell on the twenty-fifth day of March. In 1582 
the equinox had retrograded to the eleventh day of March, 
and Pope Gregory XIII. corrected the calendar by directing 
that ten days be suppressed. The true solar year consists 
of 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, which 
reduced are 365.2422 days. Thus we see that 365^ days is 
too long for one year. The Gregorian year is 365.2425 days. 

A Catholic havins: ordered a change because science had 
proven the incorrectness of the measure which had been 
used in the computation, Protestant England protested 
against the change, and continued to protest for 170 years. 

In England, from the seventh to the twelfth century, 


Christmas was reckoned as the beginning of the year, and 
after the twelfth century the beginning of the year was 
transferred to the twenty-fifth day of March for the double 
reason that this day was the date of the conception and had 
been the true vernal equinox at the inception of the Julian 

In 1751 the Gregorian calendar was adopted by England, 
and it was declared that after the last day of December, 
1751, the twenty-fifth day of March should no longer be 
accounted the beginning of the year, but that the year 1752 
should begin on the first day of January, and so in each 
succeeding year, and that eleven days should be omitted. 
There was neither September 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 
nor 13 in the year 1752 in any part of the world under the 
jurisdiction of England. 

Thus, February 10, 1741 (old style), would be February 
21, 1742 (new style). 

In the following pages the dates are set down as they were 
originally written or as they appear on the records. All 
dates preceding the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by 
England are therefore " old style," and those following 
"new style." This must be borne in mind, otherwise cer- 
tain events will seem to have occurred at an earlier date than 
could be possible. For instance, the will of Richard Inger- 
soll is dated "July 21, 1644," and "proved in Court upon 
oath, 2 Jan., 1644." At first this would seem impossible, 
but, remembering that the English year did not begin until 
the twenty-fifth day of March, it may be easily seen that, 
for the same year, January is the sixth month after July. 
These two dates, corrected for the Gregorian calendar, are 
August 1, 1644, and January 13, 1645, respectively. 


Boston, Massachusetts, January 1, 1893. 




In the year 1629, in the reign of Charles I., Kichakd 
Ingersoll and his brother John came from Bedfordshire. 
England, and settled in Salem, Massachusetts. Richard, 
the elder brother, brought with him to the new continent his 
wife AniFaud a family of two sons and four daughters. A 
third son was born in Salem about 1632. 

Richard Ingersoll died in Salem in 1644, probably very 

soon after making his will, of which the following is a 

copy : — 

Will of Richard Ingersoll. 
July 21, 1644. 

I, Eichard Ingersoll of Salem in the County of Essex in New England, 
being weake in bocldy, but through God's mercy in perfect memorye doe 
make this my last will and testament as f olloweth, viz. 

I give to Ann my wife all my estate of land, goods, & chattells whatso- 
ever except as followeth, viz. 

I give to George Ingersoll my son six acres lying in the great meadow. 

I give to Nathaniel Ingersoll my youngest son a parcell of ground with 

a little frame thereon, which I bought of John P , but if the said 

Nathaniel dy without issue of his boddy lawfully begotten, then the land 
aforesaid to be equally shared between John Ingersoll my son, «&. Richard 
Pettingell & William Haines, my sons-in-law. 

I give to Bathsheba my youngest daughter two cowes. 

I give to my daughter Alice Walcott my house at town with 10 acres of 
upland and meadow after my wife's decease. 

R X I 

Witness mark 

TowNSEND Bishop. 

I read this will to Richard Ingersoll & he acknowledged it to be his 

Inventory taken 4 Oct. 1644. 

Proved in Court upon oath 2 Jan, 1644-5. 


Ann, the widow of Richard Ingersoll, married for a 
second husband John Knight of Newbur3^ He was the 
father of John Knight, Jr., who married Richard's youngest 
daughter Bathsheba. Ann was his second or third wife. 


I. Lieutenant George Ingersoll, Richard's eldest son, 
was born in England in 1618, and consequently was eleven 
years of age when he arrived in America. He is first heard 
of as one of the selectmen of Gloucester. Afterwards he 
removed to Falmouth, Maine (now known as Portland), and 
in 1658 was a representative from that town. His military 
talents and tastes procured for him the command of the 
military company raised in Falmouth for the defence of the 
colonists against the Indians. With this company he fought 
through the first Indian war and won much renown in his 
skirmishes and combats with the Indians. In 1683 and 85 he 
was a representative to the General Assembly. Before the 
second Indian war he returned to Salem where he died in 
1694, leaving two sons, George and Samuel. 

Letter Written by Lieutenant George Ingersoll while engaged 

IN THE Indian "War. 
Leif : Augur, — 

Yesterday morning, beiug the 9th of September, was heard three Guns, 
and was seen a great smoke up in the Kiver above Mr. Mackworth's : 
Whereupon I caused an alarme, but could not get the Souldiers together, 
by reason of which I was" uncapable for that day to know the cause 
thereof, and what the issue might be ; but this day, being the 10th of the 
said month, having strengthened myselfe, I went up with two fils, and 
when I came to the place, I found one house burnt dowue, and six persons 
killed, and three of the same family could not be found. An old man and 
woman were halfe in, and halfe out of the house neer halfe burnt. Their 
owne son was shot through the body, and also his head dashed in pieces. 
This young man's wife was dead, her head skined, she was bigg with child, 
two children having their heads dashed in pieces, and lay by another with 
their bellys to the ground, and an oake planke laid upon their backs. While 
we were upon this discovery we saw a smoke, and heard two Guns about 
one mile or more above, in the same quarter. We judge there be a company 
of Indians, but how many we know not : therefore I would entreat Major 


Pendleton and yourselfe to send me, each of you, a dowzen men. I shall 
then goe to see whether it be according as we thinke or noe. Pray post 
this away to Major Walden. Thus taking my leave, I subscribe myselfe, 

Your loving friend, 

Sept. 10, 1675. 

II. John Ingersoll, Eichard's second son, was born in 
England in 1623. He was a mariner, and was admitted a 
freeman at Salem, April 29, 1668. He married Judith 
Felton, and died in 1716. 

Eichard's four daughters, all of whom were born in Eng- 
land, were : — 

HI. Alice, who married Josiah Walcott. 

IV. Joanna, who married Eichard Pettingell in 1643. 
V. Sarah, who married William Haines of Salem in 
1644, and for a second husband, Joseph Houlton of Danvers. 

VI. Bathsheba, who married John Knight, Jr., of New- 
bury in 1647. 

VII. Deacon Nathaniel Ingersoll, Eichard's youngest 
child, born in Salem in about 1632, was admitted a freeman 
at Salem, March 22, 1689. He married Hannah Collins. 

The following is from the Danvers church records : — 

" 24 November, 1689, Sab : day. 

Brother Nathaniel Ingersoll chosen by a generall vote of the Berethren 
to officiate in the place of a Deacon for a time." 

Deacon Nathaniel Ingersoll died in 1719t. 

John Ingersoll, Eichard's younger brother, was born in 
England in 1615, and, therefore, was about fourteen years 
of age when he left England to come to America with his 
brother's family. For a time John lived with his brother 
Eichard, at Salem, under whose protection he seems to have 
been. We next hear of him in Hartford, Connecticut, in 
which place he settled after his brother's death. In 1651 
he married Dorothy Lord, daughter of Thomas Lord, one of 
the first settlers of Hartford. At the time of his raarriasfe 


he was thirty-six years old, and his wife Dorothy, about 

The first two children by this marriage were born in Hart- 

I. Hannah, born in 1652. 
II. Dorothy, born in 1654. 

In 1655 John and his family removed to Northampton, 
Massachusetts, in which place another daughter was soon 
born . 

III. Margery, born in January, 1656. {Northampton Becords.) 

In giving birth to Margery Mrs. John Ingersoll died, 
leaving three daughters, the eldest of whom was but four 
years of age. Mrs. Ingersoll was but twenty-six years old 
at the time of her death. 

On December 12, 1657, about one year after the death of 
Dorothy, John married again. The second wife was Abigail 
Bascom, daughter of Thomas Bascom, one of the first settlers 
of Windsor, Connecticut, but who afterwards removed to 

The children by this marriage, four daughters, were all 
born in Northampton. {Northampton Records.) 

IV. Abigail, born January 11, 1658. 
V. Sarah, born October 30, 1660. 

VI. Abiah, born August 24, 1663. 
VII. Hester, born September 9, 1665. 

In 1666 John removed with his family to Woronoco, 
which was the Indian name by which Westfield, Massachu- 
setts, was then known. In April of the same year, and soon 
after his arrival at Woronoco, his wife Abigail died, leaving 
four more daughters for John to care for. 

During the following year, 1667, he married a third wife. 
She was Mary Hunt, a daughter of John Hunt*, and a sister 

* An extract from " Smith's General! Historie " shows that a member 
of the Hunt family, possibly an ancestor of John Hunt, had visited New 


of Jonathan Hunt of Northampton. The name of Mary- 
Hunt's mother previous to her marriage was Mary Webster. 
She was a daughter of John Webster, one of the first 
settlers of Hartford, and the fifth governor of the Colony of 
Connecticut, chosen in 1656. He was from County Warwick, 
England, and settled in Hartford with his wife Agnes and 
several children in 1636. Noah Webster, LL. D., author 
of Webster's Dictionary, was born in Hartford, and was a 
descendant of Mary Hunt's grandfather. 

It is recorded in the town book of Westfield that in the 
year 1666 land was granted to John Ingersoll and others, 
and that he settled there in that year. In 1679 he was one 
of the " Seven Pillars," or "Foundation Men," who united 
to form the church at Westfield. 

By his wife Mary there were born in Westfield eight 
children, seven sons and one daughter, and their names and 
dates of birth may be found in the Town Records of 

VIII. Thomas, born March 28, 1668. 

IX. John, born October 20, 1669. 

X. Abel, born November 11, 1671. 

XI. Ubenezer, born October 15, 1673. 

XII. Joseph, born October 16, 1675. 

XIII. Mary, born November 17, 1677. 

XIV. Benjamin, born November 15, 1679. 
XV. Jonathan, born May 10, 1681. 

John Ingersoll died in Westfield, September 3, 1684 
( Westfield Records), in the seventieth year of his age, and 
his grave may be found in the old Westfield cemetery. He 

England previous to the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. Thomas 
Hunt was in company with Captain John Smith in his voyage to New 
England, in 1614, and was master of the ship that " stayed to fit herself 
for Spain with the dry fish." After Smith had gone, Hunt " betrayed four 
and twenty of those poor savages, and most dishonestly and inhumanly 
carried them to Malaga, and there for a little private gain sold those silly 
savages for rials of eight." 


was the father of fifteen children. His widow, Mary, died 
in Westfield, August 18, 1690 ( WestfieU Records), 

The land granted to John Ingersoll in Westfield, and on 
which he built his house, has always remained in possession 
of the Ingersoll family, and has always been known to the 
inhabitants of Westfield as " Ingersoll Place." 

Note. — Throughout the work it will be observed that each succeeding 
generation includes only those children whose names appear in italics 
when their dates of birth are mentioned in the preceding generation. 





I. Hannah Ingersoll, born in Hartford, Conn., in 1652 
married Stephen Kelsey of Hartford, November 15, 1672. 
He was a son of William Kelsey, one of the first settlers of 
Hartford, and was born in 1647, and baptized November 7 
of the same year. He died November 30, 1710, aged 

Children by this marriage were : — 

I. Hannah, born ]675. 

II. Stephen, born September 20, 1677. 

III. John, born January 20, 1680. 

IV. Daniel, born September 14, 1682. 
V. William, born February 19, 1685. 

VI. James, born August 1, 1687. 

VII. Charles, born June 15, 1692. Died in Hartford July t, 
1777, aged eighty-five. 

II. Dorothy Ingersoll, born in Hartford, Conn., in 
1654, married Jacob Phelps of Westfield, Mass., May 2, 
1672. He was born February 7, 1649, and died in Westfield 
October 6, 1689. He was a son of George Phelps of 
Windsor, Conn., afterwards of Westfield, Mass., and of 
Frances, his second wife, widow of Thomas Dewey. 

Children by this marriage were all born in Westfield. 

I. Dorothy, born December 18, 1673. Died February 2, 1674. 
II. Dorothy, born May 10, 1676. Married Edward Kibbe of 
Enfield, Coun., November 13, 1693, 

III. Hannah, born November 26, 1677. Married John Kibbe of 

Enfield, Conn., August 18, 1698. 

IV. Israel, born April 3, 1681. 

V. Benjamin, born January 8, 1683. 
VI. Joseph, born August 5, 1686. 
VII. Jedediah, born December 7, 1688. 


After the death of Jacob Phelps, Dorothy married a Mr. 
Root. There were no children by the second marriage. 

III. Margery Ingersoll, born in Northampton, Mass., 
in January, 1656, married Jacob Goife of Wethersfield, 
Conn., December 5, 1679. He died October 21, 1697, in 
the forty-ninth year of his age. 

Children by this marriage were : — 

I. Jacob, born November 5, 1680. Died December 14, same 

II. Moses, born March 10, 1682. Died before 1708, when his 
father's estate was distributed, as he is not mentioned in 
the order of distribution. 

III. Mabel, born October 31, 1690. Married Daniel Andrus of 

Wethersfield, Conn., October 30, 1707. They had seven 

IV. Mary, born November 15, 1693. Married John Andrus of 

Wethersfield, Conn., June 26, 1712. He died June 16, 
1740. They had two children. 

After the death of Jacob Goffe, Margery married Jonathan 
Buck of Westfield, Mass. There were no children by the 
second marriage. 


IV. Abigail Ingersoll, born in Northampton, Mass., 
January 11, 1658, married Thomas Rix of Wethersfield, 
Conn. He died May 21, 1690. About 1696 she married 
Lieut. Joshua Wills of Windsor, Conn. She was his third 
wife. Lieut. Wills died January 6, 1721, in the seventy-fifth 
year of his age, and his gravestone may be found in the old 
burying ground in East Windsor. 

Abigail, the only child by the first marriage, married John Burt, Jr., of 
Springfield, Mass., in October, 1710. They had six children. Mrs. Burt 
died in childbirth, February 17, 1727. Mr. Burt married Mary Sikes, 
December 22, 1727. There were no children by the second marriage. 

V. Sarah Ingersoll was born in Northampton, Mass., 
October 30, 1660. 


VI. Abiah Ingersoll, born in Northampton, Mass., 
August 24, 1663, marriedJerlediah Strong, Jr., of Northamp- 
ton, January 1, 1688. Jedediah Strong resided in North- 
hampton until about 1695 when he removed to Lebanon, 
Conn., and there continued to reside until his death, October 
12, 1709. His widow, Abiah, died November 2, 1732, in the 
seventieth year of her age. 

Seven children were born, the first three in Northampton 
and the four last in Lebanon. 

I. Azariah, born October 7, 1689, and died October 30, 

same year. 
II. Stephen, born November 24, 1690. Died in Lebanon, Feb- 
ruary 2, 1785. His -widow died October 24, 1788, in her 
eighty-seventli year. 

III. David, born June 19, 1693, and died May 21, 1712. 

IV. Supply, born October 10, 1697. 
V. Jedediah, born January 15, 1700. 

VI. Ezra, born March 2, 1702. Married Abigail Caverly, Jan- 
uary 12, 1731. Six children are recorded. 
VII. Freedom, born May 16, 1704. Married John Buel of 
Lebanon, May 19, 1726. Eight children are recorded. 

VII. Hester Ingersoll, born in Northampton, Mass., 
September 9, 1665. Married William Gurley * of North- 
ampton, in 1684. He died May 1, 1687. 

There was one child by this marriage. 

Samuel, born in Northampton May 6, 1686, settled in Coventry, Conn., 
but subsequently removed to Mansfield, Conn. Married Experience Rust, 
about 1712. Died February 23, 1760. " He was distinguished for his 
piety, and was eminently useful in the cause of religion and humanity." 

* " William Gurley, the first of the name, was brought into New Eng- 
land from Scotland; as he said, — probably from Edinburgh. He was 
born in the year 1665, but left no record by which we are able to satisfy 
ourselves concerning his parents or relations. He was brought up in the 
family of the Rev. Mr. Solomon Stoddard of Northampton. He died at 
the age of twenty-two years, having been accidentally drowned in the 
Connecticut River (May 1, 1687), leaving an only child, a son, about one 
year old. He is reputed to have been truly pious, and a sincere follower 
of Jesus Christ." {Manuscript relating to the Gurley Family.) 


The widow of William Gurley married, for a second hus- 
band, Benoni Jones, of Northampton, January 23, 1689, 
and soon afterwards went to live at Pascommuck, north end 
of Mount Tom, Northampton. 

Four sous were born : — 

I. Jonathan, born January 4, 1(595. Died in childhood. 
II. Benjamin, born 1696. Settled in Coventry, Conn. Nine 
children are recorded on the Coventry records. 

III. Ebenezer, born November 12, 1698, Killed May 13, 1704. 

IV. Jonathan, born March 3, 1703. Killed May 13, 1704. 

On May 13, 1704, the French and Indians made a descent 
upon Pascommuck and killed Benoni Jones and his two 
youngest children. One was five years old, and the other a 
babe of fourteen months. Hester was captured and was 
taken to Canada as a prisoner. She was obliged, by her 
captors, to make the whole journey on foot, and suffered 
many hardships and was treated with much cruelty. She 
eventually died in Canada after enduring many tortures by 
the French priests in their vain endeavors to convert her 
from the Puritan faith to the Roman Catholic religion. 


VIII. Thomas Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
March 28, 1668. On the old town records of Westfield is 
the following entry : — 

" Thomas Ingersoll and Sarah Ashley was joined in marriage July 22d 

Robert Ashley, the settler, established himself, with his 
wife Mary, in Springfield, Mass., in 1639. David Ashley, 
the son of Robert and Mary, first resided in Springfield, but 
about 1673 removed to Westfield. His daughter Sarah was 
born in Westfield, September 19, 1673. 


Five children were born in Westfield to Thomas Ingersoll 
by his wife Sarah ( Westfield Records) : — 

I. Thomas, born November 27, 1692. 

II. Moses, born February 10, 1694. 

III. Meriam, born June 4, 1697. 

IV. David, born September 30, 1699. 
V. Eleayior, born March 12, 1704. 

After the birth of Eleanor, his wife Sarah died, and for a 
second wife he married the widow of Hezikiah Dickinson, of 
Springfield. She was the daughter of Samuel Blakeman, of 
Stratford, Conn., and grand-daughter of the Rev. Adam 
Blakeman, the first minister of that town. There were no 
children by this marriage. 

"Dec. 6tli, 1707, Mr. Thomas Ingersoll of Westfield enters his inten- 
tion of marriage with Abigail Dickinson of Springfield and ye publish- 
ment was posted the same day. 

Thomas Ingersoll and Abigail Dickinson both of aforesaid were mar- 
ried January 21st, 170J." {Springfield Becords.) 

"Abigail Ingersoll ye wife of Thomas Ingersoll was sick and died 
March ye 30th 1719." {Springfield Becords.) 

For a third wife he married Ruth Child of Watertown, 
Conn. No children were born. 

" April 30th, 1720, Thomas Ingersoll of Springfield hath entered his 
intentions of marriage with Ruth Child of Watertown and ye publishment. 

Thomas Ingersoll of Springfield and Ruth Child of Watertown were 
married May 17th, 1720." {Springfield Becords.) 

Thomas Ingersoll died in Westfield, November 14, 1732, 
in the sixty-fifth year of his age, and his widow, Ruth, died 
January 10, 1746^. {Westfield Recoi-ds.) 

IX. John Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
October 20, 1669. 

This entry may be found in the Westfield Records : — 

"John Ingersoll and Isabell Brown was joined in marriage April 12th 

One child, Isabell, was born March 18, 1701. She married Samuel 
Merrick of Springfield, November 23, 1725. 


John Ingersoll died May 18, 1750 {Westfield Records)^ 
in the eightj^-first year of his age, and his widow, Isabell, 
died January 26, 1772 (^Westjield Records), in the ninety- 
sixth year of her age. Her gravestone may be found in 
West Springfield, Mass. 

X. Abel Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
November 11, 1671, settled in Northampton, and there con- 
tinued to reside until he died, June 18, 1745 {Northampton 
Records), in the seventj^-fourth year of his age. He was 
never married. 

XI. Ebenezer Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
October 15, 1673, and died in Westfield, March 4, 1681. 
( Westfield Records. ) 

XII. Joseph Ingersoll, born in Westfield, Mass., Octo- 
ber 16, 1675, was killed in battle February 29, 1704, at Deer- 
field, Mass., during Queen Anne's War. He was unmarried. 

The following is an extract from the record found in the 

town book of Hatfield : — 

" An account of the Desolation of Deerfleld, the last day of February, 

1704. Four hundred of French and Indians, as is thought, assaulted 

the fort, took it, and killed and captured 162 of the inhabitants, and con- 
sumed most of their estates into flames." 

Among those who were killed in defending the fort was 
Joseph Ingersoll, and such fact is noted on the town record. 

XIII. Mary Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
November 17, 1677, and died in Westfield, September 1, 
1690, in the thirteenth year of her age. ( Westfield Records.) 

XIV. Benjamin Ingersoll was born in Westfield, 
Mass., November 15, 1679, and was either killed in battle 
or died in service about 1704, during Queen Anne's War. 
He was not married. 

XV. Jonathan Ingersoll, born in Westfield, Mass., 
May 10, 1681 ; settled in Milford, Conn., where he continued 
to reside until his death. 


His wife, Sarah, died February 14, 1748, in the sixty- 
second year of her age {gravestone) . 

Mr. Jonathan Ingersoll died November 28, 1760, in the 
eightieth year of his age (gravestone) . 

By his wife Sarah, six children were born to him in 

Milford : — 

I. Jonathan, born in 1713. Graduated at Yale College, 1736. 
Was the n.inister of Ridgefleld, Conn. Married Dorcas 
Moss, daughter of Rev. Joseph Moss of Derby, Conn., 
November 10, 1740. Died October 2, 1778. Mrs. Dorcas 
Ingersoll died September 29, 1811. Ten children are 
II. Sarah, born June 16, 1716. Died in childhood. 

III. Mary, born December 14, 1718. Died in early life. 

IV. David, born September 4, 1720. Married Mehitable Bryan^ 

daughter of Richard Bryan, Jr., of Milford, Conn., and of 
Mehitable, his first wife, daughter of Samuel Clark, of 
the same town, about March 1740. She was born August 
15, 1721. Mr. David Ingersoll died February 14, 1742, in 
the twenty-third year of his age (gravestone.) His 
widow, Mrs. Mehitable Ingersoll, died June 7, 1798, in 
the seventy-seventh year of her age {gravestone). An 
only child, David, was born December 11, 1740. Mr. and 
Mrs. David Ingersoll resided at Milford, Conn. 
V. Jared, born June 3, 1722, married Hannah Whiting of New 
Haven, daughter of the Hon. Colonel Joseph Whiting of 
New Haven, August 1, 1743. She was born February 21, 
1712. Colonel Whiting was a son of Rev. John Whit- 
ing, fourth minister of Hartford, Conn., and of Phebe, 
his wife, daughter of Thomas Gregson of New Haven, 
and grandson of the Hon. William Whiting, one of the 
first settlers of Hartford. Two children are recorded, — 
James and Jared.* 

Mr. Ingersoll was graduated at Yale College in 1742, 
and settled in New Haven as a lawyer. In 1757 he was 
appointed the agent for the Colony, in England, but, ac- 

* Jared, the younger son, born October 21, 1749, graduated at Yale 
College in 1766, LL. D., and attained a high rank as a lawyer in Philadel- 
phia. He was a member of Congress and of the convention which framed 
the Constitution of the United Sta'es. In 1812, he was the Federal candi- 
date for the office of Vice-President of the United States. The office of 
Attorney-General of Pennsylvania he resigned in 1816. He died October 
31, 1822, aged seventy-three. At the time of his death he was Judge of 
the United States District Court of Pennsylvania. 


ceptiug the ofRce of Distributor of Stamps in Connec- 
ticut, under the " Stamp Act," he lost his popularity. On 
August 24, 1765, the people of New Haven compelled him 
to resign. Not deeming this resignation explicit, a large 
company from the eastern part of Connecticut set out on 
a journey to New Haven. They met Mr. lugersoU at 
"Wethersfleld, when they compelled him to again resign 
and cry out three times, " Liberty and Property." The 
next day 500 men escorted him to Hartford. About the 
year 1770 he was appointed Admiralty- Judge for the 
Middle District, and removed to Philadelphia, but, in con- 
sequence of the Revolution, he returned to New Haven, 
where he died, August 25, 1781. 
VI. Sarah, born in 1729, married John Whiting of New Haven, 
November 7, 1751. He was a brother of the wife of her 
brother Jared. She died July 24, 1769. Six children are 

An Account of the Manner in which a Stamp Officer was 
obliged to resign. 

" Last Wednesday afternoon a large company of able-bodied men came 
to town (on horse-back) from the eastern part of this government, and in- 
formed those who were willing to join them, that they were on their way 
to New Haven to demand the stamp officer of the colony to resign his 
office ; that a number of their associates had gone on the lower roads, and 
that they had all agreed to rendezvous at Brandford the next day (,Thurs- 
day) , and that they should tarry in town that night : they then dispersed to 
different parts of the town for lodging. In the evening advice was re- 
ceived that Mr. IngersoU was on the road to this place, — that he would be 
in town next day, and that he intended to apply to the assembly for their 
protection; and it being conjectured that he might come to town in the 
night to shun the mob, (who he heard were on their way to pay him a visit) , 
it was agreed that a watch should patrol the streets all night, to prevent 
his coming in unnoticed, but they made no discoveries. On Thursday 
morning, the whole body (including a considerable number from this 
town,) set off on the intended expedition, and in about an hour, met Mr. 
IngersoU at the lower end of Wethersfleld, and let him know their business. 
He at first refused to comply ; but it was insisted upon that he should 
resign his office of stamp master, so disagreeable to his countrymen. 
After many proposals he delivered the resignation mentioned below, which 
he read himself in the hearing of the whole company. He was then 
desired to pronounce the words, Liberty and Property, three times, which 
he having done, the whole body gave three cheers. Mr. IngersoU then 
went to a tavern, and dined with several of the company. After dinner, 
the company told Mr. IngersoU, as he was bound to Hartford, they would 
escort him there, which they did to the number of 500 persons, on horse- 


back. After they arrived in town, Mr. Ingersoll again read his resigna- 
tion in public, when three liuzzas were given, and the whole company im- 
mediately dispersed, without making the least disturbance." {The Con- 
necticut Courant, September 23, 1765, publishedin Hartford, Conn.) 

The following is a copy of Mr. IngersoU's resignation : — 

Wethersfield, Sept. 19th, 1765. 

I do hereby promise that I never will receive any stampt papers 
which may arrive from Europe, in consequence of any Act passed in the 
Parliament of Great Britain, nor officiate in any manner as Stamp Master, 
or distributor of stamps within the Colony of Connecticut, directly or 
indirectly. And I do hereby notify all the inhabitants of his majesty's 
Colony of Connecticut, (notwithstanding the said office or trust has been 
committed to me,) not to apply to me ever hereafter for any stampt 
papers, hereby declaring that I do decline said office, and execute these 
presents of my own free will and accord, without any equivocation, or 
mental reservation. 

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand. 






I. Esquire Thomas Ingersoll was born in Westfield, 
Mass., November 27, 1692, and tliere resided during the 
whole of his life. His residence, "Ingersoll Place," he 
inherited from his father. He was commissioned a mag- 
istrate for Hampshire by George I., was elected twelve 
times one of the selectmen for the town of Westfield, and 
was a representative for that district at the General Court 
at Boston. 

The house of Esquire Thomas was very large. A portion 
of it was built by John Ingersoll the settler, but it was 
reconstructed and enlarged in 1700. It was so arranged 
that it could be used as a fort, or stronghold, against Indian 
attacks, and was so used many times during the early Indian 
wars. The property has always remained in possession of 
his descendants. 

Greylock, that famous Indian chief and warrior, so noted 
for his savage cunning, his cruelty, and the great number of 
murders which he perpetrated, was killed by Esquire 
Thomas on the lands belonging to this estate. When shot 
he was endeavoring to surprise and scalp Mrs. Thomas 
Ingersoll as an act of retaliation against the esquire, who 
had been the means of thwarting him in some of his designs. 

Thomas Ingersoll was married but once. His wife was 
Sarah Dewey of Westfield. 

By his wife Sarah eight children were born to him. All 
were born at Ingersoll Place, and their names and dates of 
birth may be found on the Eecords of Westfield. 


I. Jonathan, born January 24, 1715. 

II. Daniel, born May 26, 1718. 

III. Sarah, born January 27, 1720. 

IV. Miriam, born iSTovember 4, 1723. 
V. 3Iargaret, born February 1, 1727^. 

VI. John, born February 26, 1731. 
VII. Mary, born November 16, 1733. 
VIII. Ann, born June 21, 1737. 

Esquire Thomas Ingersoll died in Westfield, October 10, 
1748 ( Westfield Records), in the fifty-sixth year of his age. 

The value of his estate, from the inventor}'^ taken October 
28, 1748, amounted to £9,662 6s, which was a very large 
fortune in those days. 

The following lines are cut on his gravestone, which 
stands in the old cemetery at Westfield : — 

" This stone stands but to tell 
Where his dust lies. 
Not what he was. 
When Saints shall rise, 
That day will show 
The part they acted here below." 

II. Moses Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
February 10, 1694. He resided for a time in Springfield, 
Mass., but removed to Great Barrington, Mass., about 1727. 
He was the proprietor of two and one-half rights, and owned 
the land on the west side of the highway, from the north 
end of Edward Manville's premises to the Sheldon land, a 
distance of ninety-four roods, and on the east side of the 
main street, from John Brewer's, northerly to the Miss 
Nancy Kellogg place, including Mount Peter and the meadow 
north of it. Mr. Ingersoll's residence was, apparently, 
where the brick house built by his son. Captain Peter 
Ingersoll, in 1766, and now owned by the Pope family, 
stands ; but he afterwards had a dwelling on the east side of 
the street. He was the "inn-keeper" in this part of the 
town, a large land-holder, in comfortable circumstances, a 
prominent man among the settlers, and held the office of 


Parish Treasurer. Mr. Ingersoll died in 1751. The distri- 
bution of his estate is dated /July 31, 1751. His wife, 
Catharine, survived him, and died March 9, 1772. 
There were three sons and five daughters. 

I. Thomas, bora June 7, 1720. Died November 6, 1742. 
II. Eleanor, born November 11, 1722. Married Capt. Stephen, 
Gunn in 1751. Died in 1772. 

III. Joanna, born February 1, 1725. Married Rev. Samuel Hop- 

kins in 1748. Died August 31, 1793. 

IV. Lydia, born October 1, 1727. Married William Ingersoll in 

1746, the son of her uncle David. She died June 2, 1804. 
V. Elizabeth, born October 9, 1729. Married Rev. Noah Wad- 
hams, of New Preston, Conn., in 1758. 
VI. Peter, born May 11, 1733. Died in 1785. 
VII. David, born March 1, 1736. Died in early youth. 
VIII. Bathsheba. Married Rev. Daniel Sanford in 1757. 

III. Meriam Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
June 4, 1697. 

IV. Captain David Ingersoll was born in Westfield, 
Mass., September 30, 1699. The first mention we find of 
David Ingersoll is as a trader at Springfield, at which place 
he remained until about 1732, when he removed to Brook- 
field. In about 1735 he removed to Great Barrington. In 
that year his house, on the road to Stockbridge, is mentioned 
in the records of the Upper Propriety, but it is not certain 
that he was then living: there. He was one of the most 
enterprising men of Great Barrington, and, perhaps, exer- 
cised a wider influence than any of its inhabitants. His first 
appearance as a prominent man in the settlement is in 1739 ; 
and from that time on, for a period of fifteen years, his name 
is connected with most of its business interests. He became 

Note. — Much information relative to Moses and David Ingersoll was 
obtained from Taylor's History of Great Barrington. 


the owner of five rights in the Upper, as well as a large 
landholder in the Lower Township. 

With an eye to business, Mr. Ingersoll, early in 1739, 
under a title of extremely doubtful validity, obtained pos- 
session of the water power, which of recent years has been 
occupied by the Berkshire Woolen Company, where he 
built a dam, erected a saw mill and grist mill, and also a 
forge and trip-hammer for the manufacture of bar iron. 
These works, which were on the east bank of the river, 
below the bridge, were soon completed, and in 1740, he 
made iron at his forge from ore obtained from the bed east 
of Lubben M. Pixley's. He had also a store and small 
stock of goods near by, and was, for the time, quite exten- 
sively engaged in business. 

Mr. Ingersoll built his house in 1739, on the west side of 
the way in Water Street. This house, a low one and one- 
half story building, with a porch in front formed by a long 
sloping roof, stood directly in front of the site of the dwelling- 
house next north of the old Gorham Tavern, and partly within 
the present highway. It was taken down about 1828 by the 
late Charles W. Hopkins, Esq., who built the present house, 
standing nearly upon the site of the old one. Here Mr. 
Ingersoll resided for ten years, until 1749, when he sold the 
house to Deacon Timothy Hopkins, and removed to another 
part of the town. 

Mr. Ingersoll was the first clerk of the Upper Propriety, 
chosen in 1741 ; one of the committee for building the meet- 
ing-house, and for providing a minister, and is reputed as 
having donated the land on which the meeting-house was 
erected. He was the first magistrate residing within the 
bounds of the parish, having been commissioned a Justice of 
the Peace September 8, 1749, — an office, at that time, of 
honor and trust, which conferred dignity and importance 
upon its incumbent, and entitled him to consideration and 
respect. He was the captain of the militia, and also a 
selectman of the town of Shefiield. 


In his individual as well as bis official capacity he became 
enofao-ed in the interest of some of the tenants of Livinsrston's 
Manor — who were then presumed to live within the limits 
of Massachusetts — in their quarrels with their landlord, and 
in incurring the displeasure of Mr. Livingston who, in a 
letter to Lieutenant-Governor Delancey, denounced him 
as " that wicked varlet David Engersoll." 

Mr. IngersoU was not permanently successful in his busi- 
ness enterprises, and in 1755, his mills and other property 
were taken on execution to satisfy the demands of creditors. 
At about the same time, August 15, 1755, in consequence 
of some irregularities in his transactions with the govern- 
ment, in his official capacity as selectman of Sheffield, tradi- 
tion says in a matter of bounties on wolf scalps, David 
IngersoU was, by order of the General Court, removed from 
the offices of Justice of the Peace and Captain of Militia, and 
thereafter disqualified from holding any office of honor or 
profit under the government. From this time his influence 
waned, and his name seldom appears in parish or town his- 
tory. He afterwards, for a time, resided upon the farm, 
lately David Leavitt's, south of the village, which he owned 
in connection with a large tract of land to the southward ; the 
whole, embracing some five hundred acres, was commonly 
known as " Ino-ersoll's Great Farm." 

David IngersoU was married twice. His first wife was 
Lydia Child, of Springfield, whom he married in Springfield, 
March 13, 1720-1. She is supposed to have died before 
his removal to Great Barrington. His second wife was 
Submit Horton, daughter of Thomas Horton, of Springfield, 
whom he married in Springfield, July 9, 1739. She died 
November 23, 1770. David IngersoU died March 23, 1773, 
in the seventy-fourth year of his age. 

By the first marriage, there was one son, William, born in Springfield) 
April 1, 1724, and who became a prominent man of Great Barrington, and 
after 1769, an influential citizen of Lee, Mass. He married his cousin, 
Lydia IngersoU, in 1746, and by her had seven sons and four daughters. 
He died August 10, 1815. 


Inscription on gravestone in Lee : — 

" Sacred to the memory of Wm. Ingersoll, Esq., who was one of the 
first settlers of this town, and one of the few who, in 1780, were formed 
into a church in this place. Satisfied with living, and rejoicing in hope 
and glory, he died Aug. 10, 1815, aged 91 years and 4 months, leaving 
behind him in this dying world, 149 descendants." 

His seven sons died in the order in which they were born. They had 
forty-four sons. 

By the second marriage, there were born to David 
Ingersoll, by his wife Subnait, six sons and two daughters : — 

I. Thomas Horton, born June 30, 1740. 

II. David, born September 26, 1742. Graduated from Yale 
College in 1761. Was a lawyer and magistrate of Great 
Barrington. In 1775 he was proscribed and banished as 
a Tory. He removed to England and married Frances R. 
Ryley, of England, in 1783. 

III. Deodat, born April 18, 1744. 

IV. Stephen, born September 17, 1745, and died July 1, 1755. 
V. Sarah, born January 24, 1747. Married Dr. Barnard, of 

Deerfield, Mass. 
VI. Louisa, born October 14, 1751. Married William Schemers- 
VII. Oliver, born December 10, 1752. Resided in Seekonk. 
VIII. Stephen, born July 24, 1756. 

V. Eleanor Ingersoll was born in Westfield, March 
12, 1704. 

Note. — " Pompey, a Negro boy belonging to David Ingersoll, of 
Westfield, died November 6"^ day, 1737." (Westfield Becords.) 





I. Captain Jonathan Ingersoll was born in "VYestfield, 
Mass., January 24, 1715. He was a captain in the " Hamp- 
shire Eegiment," Colonial Troops. This regiment was 
raised in Hampshire County, to accompany the expedition of 
1755 against Crown Point, commanded by Sir William 
Johnson. The command of the "Hampshire Regiment" 
was given to Colonel Ephraim Williams, the hero of Fort 

Captain Jonathan Ingersoll was killed at Lake George, 
September 8, 1755, in an engagement with the French and 
Indians, commanded by the Baron Dieskau. In this engage- 
ment the English loss was two hundred and sixteen killed and 
ninety-six wounded. The " Hampshire Regiment " sufi'ered 
most severely of all, forty-six being killed and twenty-four 
wounded. The colonel and nine of his officers were among 
the killed. At the time of his death Captain Ingersoll was 
acting as major of the regiment, and, without doubt, would 
have received his commission as such had he lived. There 
are several regimental camp orders in existence which were 
issued previous to the engagement, and which are signed by 
Jonathan Ingersoll as major of the regiment. 

In the old Town Records of Westfield may be found the 
following : — 

' ' Jonathan Ingersoll and Eunice Moseley had their names entered with 
their Intentions of Marriage and publication thereof set up as the law 
directs October 28"' day 1738." 

"Jonathan Ingersoll and Eunice Moseley was joined in Marriage by 
John Ashley, Estf Nov. 15"' 1738." 

" Captain Jonathan Ingersoll died in Battle September S"' 1755 at Lake 


InvScription on tombstone in the old cemetery at West- 
field : — 

" Capt. Jona. Ingersoll, who, being in the service of Ms country, was 
killed at Lake George, Sept. 8, 1755, in the 41st year of his age." 

There were eight children by his wife, Eunice Moseley : — 

I. Oliver, born January 15, 1738^, and died March 7, of same 

II. A son (unnamed), born December 7, 1739, and died same 

III. Oliver, born March 19, 1740^. Married Abigail Marshall. 

Resided in Westfleld and there died in 1787, in the forty- 
sixth year of his age. Ten children are recorded. 

IV. Thomas, born July 8, 1743. Died in infancy. 

V. Jared, born October 29, 1745. Was a captain of militia-. 
Married Mrs. Col. Brown. Resided at Pittsfield, Mass., 
where he died at ninety -four years of age. Four children 
are recorded. 
VI. Sarah, born February 22, 1747^. Married Major Taylor. 
VII. Thomas, born March 24, 1750. Emigrated to Canada 
before the Revolutionary War. Settled the town of 
Ingersoll. Served as a major in the Colonial troops« 
Married three times : (1) Elizabeth Dewey, 1775 ; (2) 
Mrs. Mercy Smith, 1785 ; (3) Mrs. Sarah Backus, 1789- 
One child is recorded of the first marriage, and six of the 
third. His eldest son. Major Charles Ingersoll, was an 
officer in the British army during the War of 1812, and 
afterwards was a member of the Canadian Parliament. 
VIII. Jonathan, born November 7, 1754. Was a deacon in the 
church at Stockbridge, Mass. Married Eunice Pixley in 
1780. Died December 28, 1840. Nine children are 

11. Daniel Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
May 26, 1718, and died in 1754 while serving with the 
Colonial troops at the beginning of the French and Indian 
War. He was unmarried. 

in. Sarah Ingersoll, born in Westfield, Mass., Jan- 
uary 27, 1720, married Moses Eoot, May 31, 1741. She 
was married in Westfield by John Ashley, Esq. ( Westfield 

No children are recorded by this marriage. 


Moses Root died in Westfield, October 7, 1744. ( West- 
field Records.) 

Mrs. Sarah Root married Benjamin Agur, of Shrewsbury, 
November 15, 1748, and settled in that town. (^Westfield 
Records. ) 

IV. Meriam Ingersoll, born in Westfield, Mass., 
November 4, 1723, married Charles Dixson, of Colchester, 
Conn., April 29, 1747. She was married in Westfield by 
the Rev. John Ballentine. ( Westfield Records.) 

A daughter, Eunice, was born August 30, 1747. {Westfield Becords.') 

V. Margaret Ingersoll, born in Westfield, Mass. , Feb- 
ruary 1, 1727^ married Ezra Clap, October 13, 1743. She 
was married in Westfield by the Rev. John Ballentine. 
(^Westfield Records.) 

Captain Clap died October 25, 1768, and his widow, Mrs. 
Margaret Clap, died September 15, 1782. ( Westfield 

Six children are recorded on the Westfield Records. 

I. Molly, born July, 1745. 

II. Margaret, born August 10, 1747. 

III. Paul, born June 19, 1748, and died July 5, 1748. 

IV. Lydia, born July 23, 1757. 
V. Ezra, born May 24, 1760. 

VI. Charlotte, born January 10, 1763. 

VI. Esquire John Ingersoll was born in Westfield, 
Mass., February 26, 1731. He was commissioned by 
George III. as the Chief Magistrate of Westfield. He 
served as one of the selectmen of the town a number of 
times between the years 1758 and 1785 ; was a representa- 
tive at the General Court at Boston, and was a member 
of the body which framed the constitution of Massachusetts. 

The following may be found on the records of Westfield : — 

"John Ingersoll and Margaret Moseley had their names entered of 
their Intention of Marriage and publication thereof posted up as the law 
directs Aug. 22, 1762." 


"John Ingersoll and Margaret Moseley was married by the Eey. Mr. 
Ballentine Sept. 21, 1752." 

John Moseley, the fouuder of the Moseley family in Massa- 
chusetts, came from Lancashire, England, in the year 1630, 
and settled at Dorchester, Mass., where he died. A grey 
stone tablet, with brick foundation, still marks his last rest- 
ing place in the old Dorchester grave-yard. His son, Joseph, 
removed to Windsor, and in 1666 settled in Westfield. 
Lieutenant Moseley, who served during King Philip's War, 
was a son of the latter. His brother, Joseph, was the father 
of Colonel David Moseley, who received from George H., 
in the year 1749, a commission as Magistrate for the County 
of Hampshire. Margaret Moseley, the wife of John Inger- 
soll, was a daughter of Colonel David Moseley. She was 
born November 15, 1730. 

Nine children were born to John Ingersoll by his wife 
Margaret. All were born in Westfield, and their names and 
dates of birth may be found on the records of the town. 

I. Margaret, born April 14, 1753. 

II. Molly, born Tebruary 23, 1755. 

III. Lucretia, born August 21, 1757. 

IV. Isabell, born January 17, 1761. 
V. Electa, born February 13, 1765. 

VI. Anna, born September 8, 1767. 

VII. John, born August 12, 1769. 

VIII. Charles, born February 29, 1772. 

IX. Cynthia, born October 22, 1774. 

At the breaking out of the Kevolutionary War, Esquire 
Ingersoll found himself in a most embarrassing and trying 
position. He was one of the king's officials and, as the 
Chief Magistrate, held the highest position of honor, trust 

Note. — The Arms of Moseley (originally Maudesley, then Mosley) of 
Lancashire, England : — 

" Sa. a chev. betw. three mill-picks ar. quartered 
with or, a fesse, betw. three eagles, displayed sa. 
Crest, an eagle displayed erm." 

Motto : " Mos legem regit." Custom rules the laio. 


and dignity in the District of Westfield, and in accepting 
his commission as such, he iiad given his oath of allegiance 
to England and the king. The final result of the coming 
struggle was then uncertain and, though his personal inter- 
ests were with the colonies, considering his trust and oath of 
oflSce, he hesitated as to what course to pursue. Though an 
English official, he was American born and an American in 
heart. Westfield was his home and the home of his ances- 
tors. What property he had was in Westfield, and to West- 
field he was bound by every possible tie of blood and 
relationship. Loyalty meant that he should sever forever all 
connections with his native associations and place himself 
under British protection with doubtful prospects of gaining 
a living for himself and family. This was almost impossible, 
yet, bound by an oath which he respected, he could not take 
sides against the king. He therefore chose a course which 
seemed most in accord with his conscience and in keeping 
with his secret sympathies, which were with the rebels. He 
remained in Westfield, but he took no part either for or 
against England. To his trust as an official he remained 
loyal until the office which he held ceased to exist in conse- 
quence of the progress of the Revolution. His inactivity, 
however, led to suspicion, and he was denounced as a Tory. 
On May 5, 1777, he was arrested by direction of the Com- 
mittee of Safety and placed under a military guard. His 
trial followed and, as no material evidence was produced 
against him, he was, on general suspicion, due to his having 
held an office under the Crown, sentenced to the trivial pun- 
ishment of confinement to his own premises. 

Vote of the "Committee op Correspondence, Inspection ant) 
Safety for the Town of Westfield." 

May IQth 1777. 

Voted that John Ingersoll Esq"" be confined to his house 
and home lot and the lot across the way; that he may not tra veil any 
further in the highway than the width of his home lot, excepting on Sab- 
bath days from his own house to the Meeting House and bacli again ; that 


he may not converse with any persons called Tories at any time, an^ that 

he must observe these directions until further orders of the Committee on 

Penalty of Close Confinement. 


Notification of having been Drafted for Service in the Army. 

Westfield, May 15"^ 1777. 

To John Ingersoll, Esq^ 


In obedience to orders of April 
30th, I have mustered my Company, and the Alarm List, and am obliged 
with the advice of the Selectmen and Committee of Correspondence to 
draft you to serve as one in the Continental Army as the Act directs. 


Keceipt for Eine Paid in Lieu of Services. 

Westfield, May 17"' 1777. 

Keceived of John Ingersoll Esq'' ten pounds 

as his fine for not going into the Continental Army, being drafted for 

that purpose on the fifteenth day of May, agreeable to an Act of the 

General Court. 

£10. 0. 0. 

Whatever the trials and annoyances to which Mr. Inger- 
soll was subjected during the period of the Eevolution by 
his most patriotic and zealous townspeople, his honesty and 
ability remained unassailed ; and after the war he regained 
his popularity, as is evinced by his having been chosen a 
member of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention. 

John Ingersoll died in Westfield, March 1, 1792, and his 
widow, Margaret, died May 27, 1799. ( Westfield Records). 

Before the Revolutionary War, Esquire John Ingersoll 
was one of the wealthiest citizens of Westfield. But the 
heavy expenses to which he was subjected during the long 
continuance of hostilities and the troublesome and embar- 
rassing times which followed, taxed his resources to the 
utmost, and finally completely impoverished him. At the 
time of his death there was nothing for him to leave to his 
children except his example and his reputation for the strict- 
est integrity. 


The following is on the records of the Court of Probate 
and Insolvency, at Northampton, Mass. : — 

" Ou Oct. 2, 1792, Joseph Lyman and John IngersoU (son) were 
appointed administrators of the estate of one, John IngersoU, Esq., of 
Westfield, deceased. The estate of the said John IngersoU was declared 
insolvent and commissioners were appointed to examine claims against 
the estate and a dividend of four shillings and five pence was paid on the 

Esquire Ingersoll's Account of His Arrest and Trial. 

A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Military Officers ani> 
THE Committee of Safety of the Town of Westfield with 
John Ingersoll, Esq., and eleven other gentlemen, viz: Cap- 
tain John Bancroft, Mr. John Banckoft, Jur., Mr. John 
Atwater, Mr. John Lee, Mr. John Lee, Jur., Mr. Roland 
Parks, Mr. Beldad Fowler, Mr. Beldad Fowler, Jur., Mr. 
William Ashley, Mr. Zadok Martindale and Mr. Abel Eager. 

May 5th, 1777. I being at the house of Mr. John Phelps in West- 
field on a muster day about 6 of the clock in the afternoon, a sergeant 
with an armed guard with bayonets fixed took me into custody by virtue 
of a warrant signed by three captains, viz : David Moseley, John Kellogg 
and Daniel Sacket. I was ordered by the sergeant to march in the centre 
of his guard to Landlord Fowler's and was kept there under guard that 
night. The sergeant and one assistant went to my house and overhauled 
my papers without my consent. Nothing very material happened more 
on this day. 

May 6th, 1777. In the fore part of the day I was ordered before 
the committee and examined, but still continued under guard. In the 
evening I petitioned for the whole, and particularly for myself, for 
leave to go home on parol, or under bond, or with a guard, but was 
refused; and about 6 of the clock at night I was taken under guard to a 
dirty school house and there kept, without any provision being made, 
until next day. 

May 7th, 1777. About 3 of the clock in the afternoon I was taken 
back to Landlord Fowler's and there confined in a chamber with the other 
gentlemen with a sentry at the door. The examination of the others 
before the committee continued. I renewed my request to be allowed to 
go home on parol, but was refused. On this night the guard was doubled. 

May 8th, 1777. We continued under guard in the chamber at Land- 
lord Fowler's. The committee sent for a Justice of the Peace and evi- 
dence was taken against us. We were not allowed to hear this evidence. 
May 9th, 1777. I was very unwell, and I requested leave to go home, 
as before, on parol, bond or guard, and was refused. But I obtained 
liberty to be removed, and was taken to Captain David Moseley's house 


who was chairman of the committee. I was still under guard, but I 
obtained leave for my wife to come and see me, and also the doctor. 

May iOth, 1777. About 3 of the clock in the afternoon the guard was 
taken away, and about 5 of the clock I had my sentence sent me, which 
was to be confined to my home lot and not to speak to any persons called 

In this manner we were tryed, judged and sentenced without being 
allowed to be heard or to hear the evidence given against us. 


YII. Mary Ingersoll was born at Westfield, Mass., 
November 16, 1733. 

" Elisha Parks and Mary Ingersoll both of Westfield had their names 
entered with their Intentions of Marriage and publication thereof set up 
as the law directs on December 21^' 1750" {Westfield Records). 

" Elisha Parks and Mary Ingersoll was married by the Rev. Mr. Bal- 
lentine Jany 29th 1750 " ( Westfield Records). 

Two sons are recorded on the records : 

I. "Warham, born March 13, 1752. 
II. Roland, born December 11, 1756. 

"Upon the first alarm sounded at Lexington, Westfield sent out a 
Company of seventy men commanded by Captain Warham Parks. Every 
man in the Company was a citizen of Westfield " {History of the Connecti- 
cut Valley). 

Warham Parks became a Major in the Continental Army and after- 
wards a General Officer. 

Mrs. Mary Parks died in 1823, ninety years of age. 

Vni. Ann Ingersoll, born in Westfield, Mass., June 
21, 1737, married Colonel Sluman, of the British Army, 
while on a visit away from her home. He was stationed at 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, 

It was this Ann Ingersoll who embroidered the " Inger- 
soll Coat of Arms," which for so many years was in the pos- 
session of Major Edward Ingersoll, of Springfield, and yet 
is in possession of the family. 





I. Margaret Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
April 14, 1753. 

II. Molly Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
February 23, 1755. 

m. LucRETiA Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 

August 21, 1757. 

rV. Isabell Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass.. 
January 17, 1761. 


V. Electa Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
February 13, 1765. She never married, and died in Spring- 
field, Mass., February 18, 1839, seventy-four years of age 
(Springfield Records). She was somewhat of an eccen- 
tric character and is credited with having been an opium 
eater, " but she was full of fun and as smart as a whip."* 

VI. Anna Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
September 8, 1767. 

* Quoted from the sayings of her nephew, Major Edward Ingersoll. 

Note. — Of these six daughters I have been uuable to ascertain what 
Tjecame of five of them. Family manuscripts, town records, old news- 
papers and genealogies of other families have been searched in vain. 
Their names and dates of birth appear in the old record book of West- 
field, but never again are they mentioned. They were the aunts of my 
grandfather, the late Major Edward Ingersoll, yet he could give no ac- 
count of them. He was of the opinion that they died in infancy, or at 
least before he was born. If any of them married, it was probably while 
the Revolutionary War was in progress, or immediately after. During 
this period all was in confusion in Westfield, and the records were very 
poorly kept and at times^discontinued entirely. I am inclined to believe 
that Margaret, the eldest daughter, married first a Mr. Granger and, after 
his death, Mr. Zenas Noble of Washington. I base this supposition upon 
the following certificate of marriage which was found among her father's 
personal papers : — 

" This may certify that the Intention of Marriage between Mr. Zenas 
Noble, of Washington, and Mrs. Margaret Granger, of Westfield, hath 
been published in the manner the Law directs ; and their names entered 
with me fourteen Days previous to the Date. 

Westfield, Oct. 24th, 179 L 


" P. WHITNEY, Toion-Clerk." 

I can find no other Margaret (unaccounted for) on the Westfield 
Records whose date of birth would be consistent with the above date of 
marriage. c. s. r. 


VII. John Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
August 12, 1769. He received his collegiate education at 
Yale College, graduating in 1790. He began the study of 
the law in Westfield, and subsequently continued it in the 
office of the Hon. Caleb Strong, of Northampton, Mass., 
where he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court 
in 1797. 

" Hampshire, ss, Common wealth of Massachusetts: 

At the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
begun and holden at Northampton within and for the County of Hamp- 
shire on the fourth Tuesday of September, A. D. 1797 — 

I certify that Mr. John Ingersoll was admitted an Attorney of the 
Supreme Judicial Court at the above Term. 
A true Extract from the Record. 

JN. TUCKER, Clk. of Sup. Jud. Court." 

He commenced practice in his native town of Westfield, 
where, as early as the year 1800, he was successfully estab- 
lished. He also held the commission of a Justice of the 

He married in Northampton, July 1, 1800, Miss Elizabeth 
Martin, of English Harbor, Island of Antigua, West Indies. 

On the Town Records of Northampton, in "A list of Marriages 
returned by the Rev' Solomon Williams," appears the following : — 

" John Ingersoll of Westfield and Elizabeth Martin, July 1, 1800." 

Seven children were born by this marriage, the dates of 
birth of the first six appearing on the Westfield Records, and 
that of the seventh on the Springfield Records : — 

I. Margaret, born May 16, 1801. 

II. Elizabeth, born June 12, 1803. 

III. Jane, born October 28, 1805. 

IV. Mary, born April 2G, 1808. 
V. John, born August 13, 1810. 

VI. Edward, born December 18, 1812. 
VII. Martha Ann, born March 15, 1815. 


Upon the organization of the County of Hampden, in 
1812, John Ingersoll was appointed Clerk of the Courts for 
the County, but continued to reside in Westfield until 
November, 1814, when he removed with his family to 
Springfield, and there continued to reside until his death, 
which occurred December 26, 1840. {Springfield Records.^ 

He held the office to which he was appointed until his 
decease, — a period of about twenty-nine years, — which is 
ample evidence that he was a faithful and able official. He 
was referred to generally by the townspeople, in a spirit of 
kind familiarity, as " Honest John," an epithet which serves 
to show for what qualities he was so highly esteemed. 

Obituary Notice. 

" John Ingersoll, Esq., died at his residence in this town, on Saturday 
last, in the 72d year of his age. Since the organization of this County, a 
peried of twenty-eight or nine years, he has held the office of Clerk of the 
Courts for the County, the duties of which he has faithfully and promptly 
discharged. He was universally respected by the members of the bar, 
and his absence from the post which for so many years he has honorably 
occupied, will be by them seriously felt. In his social and private rela- 
tions he was, we believe, what a good citizen, a friend and father should 
be, and by his virtues endeared himself to a large circle of friends by 
whom his loss will be felt, his memory cherished." — Springfield Weekly 

Elizabeth Martin was born at English Harbor, Island 
of Antigua, November 17, 1779, and was the only child of 
John Martin, an Englishman, who held a civil office (Col- 
lector of the Port) on the island under the British govern- 
ment. Her mother was a Creole, whose maiden name was 
Hester Stephens. Elizabeth was baptized in the church 
belonging to the Parish of St. Paul, Antigua, and was edu- 
cated in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her father was a man of 
means, and belonged to an English family of distinction. 
He was a younger son, and was a relative of a former gov- 
ernor of the island, whose name also was Martin. Elizabeth, 
previous to her visit to the United States, had made the trip 
from Antigua to Enc^land and return several times. When 
in England, she resided with her Aunt Mary Copeland (her 


father's sister) , and her education at Edinburgh was con- 
ducted under the direction of this hidy. Francis Copeland 
(her Aunt Mary's husband) was an official in the Stamp 
Office in London. The Copelands resided on Bloomsbury 
Square, Mary-le-Bone District, London. 

When Elizabeth Martin arrived in New England, she was 
attended by a maid (slave) who had accompanied her from 
Antigua, and a man and his wife, whom her father had sent 
along with her, sufficiently supplied with funds to defray 
all expenses. These people proved unfaithful to their 
trust, for they disappeared, carrying all the money and val- 
uables with them, and were never heard of again. It was 
in Hartford that Elizabeth was left without means, but friends 
in Northampton invited her to visit them until she heard 
from Antigua or England. In those days communication 
between these places and the United States was much more 
difficult than at present, and she remained in Northampton 
some months. It was during this time that she met and 
married John IngersoJl, — the promising young lawyer. 
At the time of her marriage she was twenty years of age. 

" Early in 1798, the ships ' Hope ' (Capt. E. Clark) and ' Sally' (Capt. 
Jno. L. Boswell) were respectively fitted with an armament of 15 and 12 
guns for the purpose of protecting themselves and others." {Becords of 
3Iercliant Shipping ; Hist, of Norwich, Conn.) 

These two vessels proceeded to the West India Islands and arrange- 
ments were there made for them to convoy a fleet of merchantmen to the 
United States. 

" A fleet of thirty American vessels left the islands under convoy of 
the ' Hope ' and ' Sally.' " {Records of Merchant Shipjnng of Norwich and 
New London.) 

" Thirty vessels under escort of the ' Hope,' 15 guns, and the ' Sally,' 
12 guns, arrived October 17th, 1798." (Becords of Merchant Shipping of 
Norwich and New London.) 

Elizabeth Martin was a passenger from the Island of Antigua on board 
one of these thirty vessels. 

Captain John L. Boswell, of Norwich, commanded the " Sally." In 
after years his daughter Sarah married John Ingersoll, Jr., the eldest son 
of Elizabeth Martin. 

Many passengers arrived on board the ships of this convoy. Yellow 
fever was raging in the West India Islands, and all who could leave their 


posts, and could afford it, embraced this opportunity and escaped to the 
United States. John Martin, Elizabeth's father, was the port ofBcer at 
English Harbor, Antigua, and was obliged to remain. His daughter, 
however, he seat to the United States that she might escape the scourge. 
It was the nearest place of refuge, and the sailing of the convoy offered 
the opportunity. She was provided with sufficient means and was 
entrusted to the care of persons believed to be honest and reliable. Her 
mother was dead. Her father probably died soon after the sailing of the 
vessel on which she was a passenger, as the fever almost depopulated the 
island. A few cases of yellow fever appeared in New London at this 
time, having been brought by the shipping. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Ingersoll died in Springfield, Mass., Janu- 
ary 31, 1868, in the eighty-ninth year of her age. (Spr'ing- 
Jield Hecords.) At the time of her death she was residing 
with her son, Edward, at his house on the armory grounds. 

VIII. Captain Charles Ingersoll was born in West- 
field, Mass., February 29, 1772. Captain Ingersoll followed 
the sea from his early youth, and became a hipmaster in 
the service of the merchant marine. He married Mrs. 
Clarissa Ingersoll, August 27, 1798, and began housekeeping 
at the residence of his brother, Mr. John Ingersoll, in West- 
field, September 24, 1799. It was not until the following 
year that Mr. John Ingersoll was married. Captain Charles 
Ingersoll died in Westfield, Mass., May 29, 1808. 

Mrs. Clarissa Ingersoll was the widow of Stephen Inger- 
soll, who was a son of Oliver Ingersoll and grandson of 
Captain Jonathan Ingersoll (killed at Lake George). She 
was born December 8, 1772, and was a daughter of James 
Taylor and granddaughter of the Rev. Edward Taylor, 
who came from Lancashire, England, and settled in West- 
field. She married for a third husband Timothy Holton in 
1812, and died August 5, 1818. 

Children of Captain Charles Ingersoll by his wife Cla- 
rissa : — 

I. Lucy, born March 28, 1799. Married, in 1817, Capt. Jede- 
diah Perkins, of Norwich, Conn. Nine children were 
born- (1) Clarissa Ingersoll, born November 30, 1818; 
(2) John, born April 3, 1820; (3) Harriet, born August 


7, 1821; (4) Charlotte Whiting, born October 6, 1824; 
(5) Edward Thomas, born December 27, 1826; (6) Lucy 
Ingersoll, born February 6, 1829; (7) William Henry, 
born January 28, 1832; (8) Mary Ann Dickinson, born 
September 25, 1834; (9) Abby Elizabeth, born July 1, 
1837. Mrs. Lucy Perkins died December 10, 1859. 

II. Clarissa, born July 2, 1803. Died May 16, 1804. 

III. Charles John James, born May 1, 1806. Married, 

October 4, 1831, Elizabeth Hubbard Leavitt. Two 
children were born : (1) Eliza Leavitt, born August 7, 
1832; (2) Charles Thomas, born September 10, 1840. 
Deacon Charles John James Ingersoll died October 10, 
1863, and his widow May 30, 1867. 

IV. Thomas, born July 26, 1807. Married Sarah Walker, Feb- 

ruary 7, 1833. Resided in Westfield, N. Y., where six 
children were born: (1) Lucy, born February 15, 1834; 
(2) Julia AUis, born August 9, 1835; (3) Orton, born 
December 13, 1836 ; (4) Chalmers, born October 29, 1838 ; 
(5) Clementine, born March 29, 1840; (6) Walker, born 
June 3, 1842. Mr. Thomas Ingersoll died April 20, 1851, 
in the forty-fourth year of his age. 

Deacon Ingersoll. 

{From the Greenfield Gazette and Courier.) 

"It is with feelings of sadness that we are called upon to announce 
in to-day's paper the death of Deacon Charles J. J. Ingersoll, who died 
20 minutes past 2 A. M., Saturday. He has been so long and intimately 
connected with the press in this county that we deem a brief history of 
his connection with it of especial interest to our readers and his numerous 
friends. At the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to Hon. Ansel Phelps, 
with whom he continued as an apprentice at the printing business five 
years, in the office of the Greenfield Gazette. From about 1830 to 1834, he 
was associated with Colonel Phelps as partner in publishing the paper. 
In 1836 he purchased and published the Franklin 3Iercury, which he pub- 
lished for a year or two, when it was united with the Gazette, and Mr. 
Ingersoll again associated himself with Colonel Phelps as publisher of the 
Gazette and Mercury, in which connection he continued until July, 1841, 
when he removed to Westfield, New York, and established a paper there 
called the Westfield Messenger. In 1847 he returned to Greenfield again, 
and associated himself with Colonel Phelps in the publication of the 
Gazette and Courier. In 1848 he dissolved his connection with Colonel 
Phelps and established the American Bcpublic, which he published until 
July, 1856. He was afterwards engaged for a few months in editing a 
Republican paper at Rockville, Conn. In 1857 he was appointed Register 
of Insolvency for this county (Franklin), and upon the union of the 


Insolvency and Probate Courts, in 1858, was appointed Register of both, 
a,nd at the subsequent election he was elected to the office by the people, 
which he held up to the day of his death. For the past six years he has. 
In addition to his other duties, assisted in editing the Gazette and Courier. 
As an editor, his articles were always well written and pointed. There 
was no mistaking his meaning. His views on public questions were 
sound, and he had always in view the good of his country, his fellow-men 
and sound morals. As a Register of Probate, he made one of the best 
officers the county ever had, — faithful and punctual in the discharge of 
the duties of his office, and kind and courteous to all with whom he came 
in contact. As a citizen, the town has met with a loss not easily filled. 
He was a consistent and active Christian, whose light shone so that all 
could see it, and the church of which he has been an officer for twenty-two 
years has met with an irreparable loss. He dies, lamented by all, and will 
long be remembered for his many virtues." 

{From the Westfield Bepuhlican, Westfleld, iV. Y.) 

"We are pained to record the death of our former townsman, Deacon 
Charles J. J. IngersoU, who died in Greenfield, Mass., Oct. 10, 1863, aged 

"But few men have died leaving a better record of life and as many 
genuine friends as Mr. IngersoU. He was born in Westfield, Mass., May 
1, 1806. His father died when he was but two years old, and his mother 
died some six years after. He was left penniless, yet by industry and 
strict integrity of character, he battled his way alone and rose to honor 
and usefulness in life. Wherever he lived, by his kindness and gentle- 
manly Christian conduct, he gained the respect of all. 

" For about six years he was the editor and publisher of the Westfleld 
Messenger (Westfield, N. Y.), and did credit to himself as an editor and 
printer. He was also an elder in the Presbyterian Church in this place, 
and superintendent of the Sabbath school, and his counsels and instruc- 
tions were much respected. He was a good scholar and possessed a well- 
disciplined mind. 

" Mr. IngersoU was naturally social and companionable in his relations 
with men, and ever ready, without obtrusion, to make himself useful. His 
numerous friends in this place and in the county will mourn his death, 
but they can truly say, a good man and a Christian has fallen." 

Mks. Elizabeth Hubbard Ingersoll. 

(From the Greenfield Gazette and Courier.) 

" Mrs. Elizabeth Hubbard IngersoU, whose death we announced last 
week, deserves a fuller notice than we were able to give in our last paper. 
She was the youngest daughter of the late Judge Jonathan Le:ivitt. Her 
mother was Amelia Stiles, daughter of a former president of Yale College. 
She was born March 7, 1807, and dedicated to God by baptism in early 
infancy. Her parents were among the founders of the Congregational 


Church of this village. They are remembered by the aged here as devoted 
Christians, and trained up their children vpith strict Christian fidelity. At 
the age of ten years, Mrs. Ingersoll, under parental instruction, enter- 
tained a hope in Christ and expressed a strong anxiety to unite with the 
Church, but from her youth her parents deemed it prudent for her to 
defer making & public profession, but she continued to manifest her strong 
desire to unite with the Church and publicly to own Christ before men 
and enjoy the privilege of commemorating his dying love, and at the age 
of twelve, in 1819, she united with the Church. Her subsequent life 
has demonstrated to all who knew her, the now generally conceded fact 
that children may be soundly converted to God. She was married to 
Charles J. J. Ingersoll, printer of Greenfield, a member of the Congrega- 
tional Church in this village, Oct. 4, 1831. Mr. Ingersoll was subse- 
quently elected a Deacon of the Church, August, 1835. Their two chil- 
dren, Mrs. Eliza Stone of this village, and Dr. Charles T. Ingersoll, of 
Waterloo, Iowa, survive the parents. Deacon Ingersoll removed to West- 
field, N. Y., about 1842, where he established and published the Westfield 
Messenger, and where he was elected an Elder of the Presbyterian Church 
of that village. Deacon Ingersoll and wife were there esteemed among 
the most devoted and useful members of that church, and are most afi"ec- 
tionately remembered at Westfield. In 1847, Deacon Ingersoll sold his 
printing office and paper in Westfield, N. Y., and returned to this village 
and resumed the publication of the Gazette and Courier. Deacon Ingersoll 
died here Oct. 10, 1863, aged fifty-seven. She died May 30, 1867, aged 
sixty, in the house where she was born. At this time probably there are 
not over six members of the Congregational Church of this village senior 
to Mrs. Ingersoll in date of membership. Her life and triumphant death 
are known in this community*" 

IX. Cynthia Ingersoll, the youngest child of John 
and Margaret Moseley Ingersoll, was born in Westfield, 
Mass., October 22, 1774, and died June 24, 1776, in her 
second year. ( Westfield Records.) 





I. Margaret Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
May 16, 1801, and died in Springfield, Mass., May 11, 
1819, within five days of her eighteenth birthday. She was 

II. Elizabeth Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
June 12, 1803, and married William Dwight Eipley*, of 
Norwich, Conn. He was born September 2, 1799. The 
following is from the records of the city of Springfield : — 

"The intention of marriage between W" D. Eipley, of Norwich, Conn., 
and Miss Elizabeth Ingersoll of this town are entered this 8th day of April, 
1822, notification posted Hth inst." 

" W" D. Ripley and Elizabeth Ingersoll were married May 16, 1822. 
Rev. Dr. Samuel Osgood." 

When Mr. Ripley came to Springfield to claim his bride 
and to conduct her to the home in Norwich over which she 
was to preside, he came with a coach and four, and, symbolic 
of the occasion, the horses were all of the purest white. This 
bridal equipage, with its luxurious fittings and accompany- 
ing servants, eclipsed anything of like character ever before 
seen in the town, and its remembrance has been preserved 
to the generation now living. It will be remembered that 
at the date of this marriage railroads were not in existence. 
Six children were born by this marriage. 

I. John Ingersoll, born September 14, 1823, and died August 

27, 1826. 
II. William Colt, born April 27, 1825, and died January 9, 1827. 
III. John Ingersoll, born March 8, 1828, and died in Jackson- 
ville, Fla., January 27, 1856. He was unmarried. 

* Mr. "William Dwight Ripley was a brother of James Leonard Ripley, 
of Norwich, Conn., and consequently the uncle of Mr. C. P. H. Ripley, 
who married Harriet Jencks Ingersoll, a niece of Elizabeth Ingersoll. 
See Seventh Generation. 


IV. William Coit, born Julj^ 14, 1830, and died August 1, 1831. 
V. Mary Dickinson, born July 23, 1833. Married, July 1, 1863, 
James Humphrey, of Peoria, 111. Children: (1) Maria 
Antoinette, born July 11, 1864; (2) Elizabeth Kipley, 
born May 8, 1867; (3) James, born June 18, 1871. 

VI. Elizabeth Parks, born April 26, 1838. 

(From the Norioicli Advocate and Examiner.) 
"Died, Jan. 27, at Jacksonville, Florida, in the 28th year of his age, 
John IngersoU Ripley, formerly of this city. 

" The following is from an intimate friend of the deceased : — 

" Savannah, Jan. 29, 1856. 

Dear Examiner, — Doubtless the painful and startling intelligence of 
the sudden and unexpected demise of John IngersoU Eipley at Jackson- 
ville, Florida, on Sabbath morning last has, ere this, reached you and cast 
a gloom over the many who knew him. 

"He left us about three weeks since, that he might more rapidly regain 
his health which had been somewhat enfeebled by a slight sickness; but 
God's ways not being as our ways, he, instead of being returned unto us, 
has been translated to the skies, where sickness, sorrow and death are 
swallowed up, 'mid the ineffable glory of God. 

" As you, together with many of your readers, well knew, he was a 
devotedly pious young man of an exemplary Christian character, — a 
Christ-like humility, —a heavenly sincerity, and, indeed, rich in all the 
priceless virtues which alone make man an ornament to the religion of 

" Possessing such a character, living such a life, who was better fitted 
to tlie the death of the righteous ; who could say with a better assurance 
than he said, when conscious that the bridegroom had come, ' If the Lord 
desires me I am ready to go '? Where then, I would ask, oh ! death, is thy 
sting, and oh ! grave, is thy victory, to the man who lives and dies in 
Christ? Such was his last state, — for just as the morning sun was 
spreading its golden sheet o'er the sable garb of night, he wrapped himself 
up in the shining folds of a Saviour's love, and, without a fear, without a 
shudder, wended his way through the dark valley and shadow of death, 
rendered brilliant by the translucent brightness of the Son of Righteous- 
ness. What a befitting time to die, —the holy day, the glorious morn, 
the matchless hour, — the chosen moment that Christ himself sundered the 
bonds of the tomb and unpinioned his plumes, rose in sublime, triumphant 
splendor to the bosom of his Father, did our brother shake ofl" the 
shackles of clay, and mounting on the broad wings of a Saviour's love, 
then hovering around his dying couch, he mounted and soared until over- 
whelmed 'mid the inefi"able glories of Heaven. J. f. c." 

Mrs. William D wight Ripley died in Norwich, Conn., 
April 28, 1856, about three months after the death of her son. 



" KiPLEY. — At Norwich, Conn., Mrs. Elizabeth Ripley, aged 52, a lady 
whose character presented the most symmetrical union of the moral 
and mental elements. 

"In all the vicissitudes of her pilgrimage, whether prosperous or ad- 
verse, she has with unfaltering faith and constancyladoroed her profession. 
Her piety was not of the spasmodic type, but a gentle light which cheered 
the circle in which she moved, and shone brighter and brighter till it has 
culminated in perfect day. Forgetful of herself, even when under the 
pressure of personal adversities and trials, it was her assiduous endeavor 
to contribute to the comfort of those around her. The afflicted, especially, 
were sure to find in her an angel of sympathetic ministrations. Many a 
cup of bitterness and sorrow her Heavenly Father saw fit to put in her 
hand, which she ever received with unrepining trust. For a long time 
she has been, in a quiet, gentle manner, setting her house in order for the 
anticipated coming of death. And when the crisis was announced, she 
met it with a calm and comforting assurance of her Saviour's presence." 

For a second wife, William Dwight Ripley married Emily 
Bullock, of RoyalstoD, Mass., December 14, 1859. 

III. Jane Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., Oc- 
tober 28, 1805, and died in Springfield, Mass., February 19, 
1876, in the seventy-first year of her age. She never mar- 
ried, and during the latter portion of her life resided with 
her brother, Major Edward Ingersoll, who was stationed at 
the National Armory at Springfield. 

Miss Ingersoll was a woman of great literary ability, and 
was well versed in the sciences. As a teacher, she was most 
successful, and in following that occupation the greater por- 
tion of her life was passed. She taught successively in 
young ladies' schools at Gorham, N. H., Courtland, N. Y., 
and Belmont, Va. In the latter school, of which Margaret 
Mercer was the principal and proprietress, the daughters of 
many of the most distinguished families of the South were 
educated. Later in life she became the principal of a young 
ladies' boarding school in Norwich, Conn., and afterwards of 
one in Springfield, Mass. Her last services as a teacher 
were rendered to Charles Stedman Ripley, the eldest grand- 
son of her brother. Major Edward Ingersoll. She was then 


in her seventieth year, but in full possession of her mental 
powers, and it was mainly due to her exertions and instruc- 
tions that her grand-nephew was enabled to pass a most 
severe examination and enter the United States Naval Acad- 
emy at Annapolis. 

At her death, the following resolutions were passed by the 
"Women's Christian Association," of which she was an 
active member : — 

Besolved, That in the death of our sister, Miss Jane Ingersoll, the 
" Women's Christian Association" have sustained a loss we deeply feel. 

Her cheerful presence at our weekly meetings, the labor of her hands, 
and the prayers pledged and so earnestly offered for success in our work, 
will ever be remembered and gratefully appreciated. 

When her "race" was run, and the victory almost gained, the deep 
solicitude expressed revealed to us the absorbing interest she felt in our 

Besolved, That in view of the work before us, self-denying or pleasur- 
able as it may be, and the brief time allotted us to obey the command of 
our Saviour, we will double our diligence and go forward cheerfully, 
trusting now for promised grace and for support and resignation when 
labor must be exchanged for suffering and farewells. 

Besolved, That to the brother and relatives we extend our sincere sym- 
pathy and most earnest prayer that God would sanctify to them this 
bereavement, and fully prepare them, when done with life's duties on 
earth, to join her in the abode of the blessed. 

ly. Mary Ingersoll was born in Westfield, Mass., 
April 26, 1808. She married Worthington Hooker, M. D., 
of Norwich, Conn., September 29, 1830. Married by the 
Rev. Dr. Samuel Osgood at Springfield, Mass. Four 
children were born : — 

John Worthington, born in 1832. Graduated from the Yale Medical 
School. Never married. Died in New Haven, Conn., January 25, 1863. . 

There was a daughter, Elizabeth, who died in childhood, and two other 
children who died in infancy. 

Mrs. Hooker died in Norwich, Conn., January 11, 1853, 
in the forty-fifth year of her age. Shortly before her death 

Note. — The records at Norwich and New Haven have been searched 
in vain. Further information relative to the Hooker family I have been 
unable to obtain. C. S. R. 


Dr. and Mrs. Hooker had removed to New Haven, where 
Dr. Hooker had entered upon his duties as Professor of the 
Theory and Practice of Medicine, in Yale College. At the 
time of her decease she was in Norwich upon a visit to her 
friends. Dr. Hooker and his family resided in Norwich 
previous to his appointment to the Professorship at Yale 
College. Dr. Hooker was the author of a number of scien- 
tific text-books, which, at the time of publication were 
extensively adopted by schools and colleges. 

Worthington Hooker, M. D., died in New Haven, Conn., 
November 6, 1867. 


{From the Norwich Courier of January 13, 1853.) 

" Under the usual obituary head, in to-day's paper, is recorded the sud- 
den death of Mrs. Mary Hooker, wife of "Worthington Hooker, M. D., 
recently of this city. 

"Amidst the deep sorrow which this announcement will spread over 
her large circle of friends and acquaintances, there is to us a melancholy 
satisfaction in the thought that, notwithstanding her recent removal, this 
estimable lady was permitted to return here to die in the bosom of a 
community where she was so truly beloved. 

"Mrs. Hooker was the daughter of John Ingersoll, of Springfield, Mass., 
and though for many years a resident of this city, there are those in her 
native place who hold in remembrance the loveliness of her unblamable 
youth, and can trace back her maturer excellences to their germ, in the 
quiet discharge of the duties of daughter, sister and friend. 

" There are those, too, who remember her as the exemplary and diligent 
pupil of Miss Beecher's Seminary, of Hartford; and it is not too much to 
say of her, what it would not be safe to say of many, that in no relation 
of life was she ever found deficient, nor did she ever fail to gather about 
her the thorough respect and warm aflTections of those who surrounded 

" Of the estimation in which she was held in this community, where her 
worth has been fully tested, we hardly dare trust ourselves to speak. 
Occupying the arduous post of a physician's wife, she used to the full the 
opportunity it afroi-ded of ministering to the suffering and the destitute. 
Her ready sympathy and active aid were ever at the service of the sick; 
her home was the abode of a hospitality as sincere as it was unstinted. 
That cheerful and well-ordered home will long be held in grateful remem- 
brance, not only by a large circle of friends and relatives, but by many a 
weary invalid and wayfarer, who there found rest, sympathy, and aid. 


" And yet many would have found, in the successive bereavements vphicb 
darljened her home, an excuse for want of cheerful alacrity in serving' 
others. The use she made of them was, to learn a truer sympathy and a 
more ready adaptation to the wants of other fellovv-sufterers. 

"Notwithstanding the many and varied demands of her home, she ever 
lent her cheerful aid in every enterprise for doing good in the community 
and church to which she belonged. Superior to petty jealousies, her 
judicious counsels, her prompt activity, her self-sacrificing efforts, will be 
long in finding their parallel. In a day when attempts to do good on a 
large scale are more commended than the filling up of the thousand lesser 
claims of social and domestic life, it is profitable to contemplate a charac- 
ter like that of the deceased. In her were conspicuous ' that goodness, 
gentleness, and charity against which there is no law.' She possessed, 
in an eminent degree, that rare combination of qualities known as good 
sense. She was a practical woman. Naturally retiring, she never sought 
to shine in any department of life, but quietly followed on in the unob- 
trusive path of usefulness which Providence opened, ' doing with her 
might what her hj^nds found to do.' 

" Her death, while here on a visit, has been a great and sudden shock, 
but it was an end 

'. . . fitting her uniform piety serene.' 

"The same calmness and self-possession which marked her life charac- 
terized her in death. To her pastor, called at midnight to break to her 
the intelligence that she was dying, she immediately replied that it was 
an unexpected summons, but, ' if it were the Lord's will, she had no 
desire to live another hour,' and calmly said farewell to a life which she 
said ' looked desirable to her, for the sake of her friends.' She expressed 
a deep sense of her uuworthiness, but a firm trust in her Almighty Saviour. 

" When her pastor repeated the verse, ' I know in whom I have believed, 
she instantly added, ' I know in whom I have believed, and that he is 
able to keep that which I have committed unto him.' 

" Amidst her sufferings, she could remember soothing words for her 
aged mother, and manifested a touching care for the exposure to which 
her pastor had been subjected on her account. 

" Self -forgetful to the last, the welfare of others ceased to interest her 
only when her heart of love ceased to beat. She has entered into that 
rest which here on earth she never allowed herself ; or, may we not rather 
believe that her wonted ministrations of mercy are not discontinued, but 
to be carried forward hereafter, without weariness and without end ! " 

y. John Ingerroll was born in Westfielcl, Mass., 
August 13, 1810. He married in Norwich, Conn., July 17, 
1833, Sarah Coit Boswell, a daughter of Captain John 
Lovett Boswell and Mehitable Coit Boswell. Mr. IngersoU 
died in Springfield, Mass., May 14, 1857, in the forty-seventh 


year of his age. Seven children were born to him by his 
wife Sarah. 

I. Julia West, born ia Savannah. Ga., September 26, 1836. 

II. Elizabeth Coit, born in Savannah, Ga., Eebruary 15, 1839. 

III. George Huntington, born in Savannah, Ga., February 3, 1841 . 

IV. Harriet Bosioell, born in Savannah, Ga., September 20, 1843. 
V. Susan Copeland, born in Woodstock, Fla., November 23, 

VI. Sarah Boswell, born in Springfield, Mass., June 23, 1848. 
VII. Worthington Hooker, born in Springfield, Mass., October 31, 

( Written by his son, Worthington Hooigsr Ingersoll.) 

The advent of John Ingersoll, Jr., was hailed with joy. 
Four daughters had been born to John Ingersoll (his father) 
by his wife, Elizabeth, and now a son, who would bear down 
to posterity the time-honored name of "John Ingersoll," was 
a great satisfaction to all. He was born in Westfield, the 
town which his ancestors had settled and in which they had 
resided for generations. His educational advantages were 
limited mostly to the public schools. Filial and obedient at 
home, thorough and conscientious in his work at school, he 
laid well the foundations of a noble character. In his boy- 
hood days he made many friends, yet his appreciation of 
sterling qualities and his tastes were such that he chose for 
his warm personal friends those boys only whose characters 
were moulded upon sound principles, and, as a proof of his 
early discernment, we have as evidence the fact that all of 
his intimate boyhood companions became prominent and in- 
fluential men in after life. At the same time there was in 
him enough dash and daring to make him fully the equal of 
his associates, if not their leader. He was very fond of all 
sports, but particularly of skating. Once, when on the 
Connecticut Eiver, the ice gave way and he nearly lost his 
life, but he was rescued hy Henry Brewer of Springfield. 
At the time, it was very cold and he was chilled through, 
but, instead of going home, he dried his clothing at school, 


and it was not until after his marriage that his mother knew 
of this adventure. 

In 1823, when thirteen years old, he was sent to Norwich, 
Conn., and began his mercantile life in the store of William 
D wight Ripley, Esq. It was in Norwich that he met Miss 
Sarah Boswell, and formed an acquaintance that in time 
ripened into attachment and finally resulted in marriage. 
He remained in Norwich until 1830, about seven years, and 
then went South to engage in a business enterprise at St. 
Mary's, Fla. The firm was Ripley, Clark & Co. (Inger- 
soll), and the business consisted in shipping pine lumber 
North, and furnishing planters and others with supplies and 
materials. The business prospered and was extensively de- 
veloped, and the members of the firm received substantial 
profits. In the summer of 1833 Mr. Ingersoll returned to 
Norwich and there married Miss Boswell, the choice of his 
early youth, and who, throughout his entire life, proved so 
substantial a helpmeet. In 1830, and previous to his depart- 
ure for the South, he united, as did also Miss Boswell, with 
the old church of Norwich City (Congregational), which 
was then under the pastoral care of the Rev. Alfred Mitchell, 
the father of Donald Mitchell. 

After his marriage, Mr. Ingersoll returned to his post in 
the South accompanied by his wife ; but he had hardly been 
there a year, when news of the failure of William Dwight 
Ripley, of Norwich, reached him. This necessitated the 
closing up of the business at St. Mary's. After the affairs 
of the firm were settled, Mr. Ingersoll removed to Savannah, 
Ga., and engaged in the dry-goods business with his brother 
Edward, who came on from Springfield, Mass., to join in 
the new enterprise. Their store was on the square, facing 
what is now the "Pulaski House." The building is still 
standing and the old sign, "J. & E. Ingersoll," shows 
through the thin paint above the door. From the first the 
firm prospered. John remained in Savannah and managed 
the store, and Edward lived most of the time in New York, 


purchasing and forwarding goods. Three clerks were em- 
ployed the first year, two of whom were James Carew and 
James Child. All three were said to be handsome and 
polished. The business continued to prosper, and during 
the second year the brothers raised the mortgage which was 
on their father's Elm Street house in Springfield. They 
also took stock in the satinet factory of William Dwight 

The great panic of 1837 came. Exchange between New 
York and the South became enormous, resulting in a general 
depression of business throughout the land, but especially in 
the South. The planters, with whom the brothers had their 
large trade and extended accounts, could not convert their 
€otton into cash. The satinet factory belonging to Mr. 
Eipley failed. An opposition store also started to do busi- 
ness at this time. These things combined caused the 
failure of the Savannah enterprise. The firm of "J. & E. 
IngersoU" went down, as did thousands of others during 
these times. 

Mr. Edward IngersoU returned North, but Mr. John 
IngersoU remained in Savannah and opened another store. 
He was assisted financially by Dr. Richardson. Business 
interests throughout the country seemed to be brightening, 
but it proved to be only a gleam of light through a heavily 
■clouded horizon, and Mr. IngersoU was soon obliged to close 
his store. 

In 1840, Mr. John IngersoU, Sr., died in Springfield, and 
as Captain Boswell's health was then very poor, Mrs. John 
IngersoU, Jr. (Sarah Boswell), came North. For a time 
she boarded with her mother-in-law on Elm Street, in Spring- 
field, then went to Norwich in order to be near her father, 
taking with her Julia, Lizzie, and George who was then the 
baby. While in Norwich she passed through a severe attack 
of sickness. Recovering, she returned to Springfield, and 
again took up her residence with Mother IngersoU. The 
next spring the house in Elm Street Avas sold, and Mrs. 


Ingersoll, Jr., returned to Norwich. Her father, Captain 
Boswell, died in June, 1842, and in the fall of the same 
year Mrs. Ingersoll returned to the South and joined her 
husband who, during her absence, had been conducting a 
commission business. 

About this time a teller was wanted in the bank at 
Savannah. Mr. Ingersoll applied and secured the position, 
with a salary of $1,800 per year, which for those times 
was a large amount. He was obliged to give bonds for 
$20,000, and Dr. Richardson, Edward Pynchon (originally 
from Springfield), and a third gentleman became his bonds- 
men. At the end of two years his health had so broken 
down that he was obliged to stop work. The bank officers, 
however, continued to pay his salary through the winter, 
but he was never able to return to his post. 

While on a trip to St. Mary's, Fla., he met a Mr. 
Alberty who offered him a fair salary and many perquisites 
if he would remain and manage his business in Woodstock, 
a small town about twenty-three miles from St. Mary's, and 
on the St. Mary's Elver. Mr. Alberty was the owner of 
extensive plantations, saw-mills, timber lands, stores, etc. 
Mr. Ingersoll accepted, and Mr. Alberty built a house for 
him to live in. But his health gave out and he was obliged 
to come North and recuperate. In his absence, Mr. Doolit- 
tle, of Savannah, took charge of the business. He returned 
during the next winter, but early in June of 1848 he was 
obliged to give up the business entirely, much to Mr. 
Alberty's regret, and remove to a colder climate. He came 
to Springfield and for a year resided with his brother 
Edward, who was then living at the National Armory. 
While at his brother's he was attacked by typhoid fever 
and barely escaped death. 

For several years he remained in Springfield establishing 
the Massasoit Flour Mills which, in the spring of 1853, 
were removed to Fall River. But the New England climate 
he found was too severe for him and he removed to Tennes- 


see, where he established a large commission trade, forward- 
ing wheat to New York and to Europe. During the first 
year his profits amounted to $30,000. The wheat was for- 
warded to Liverpool through Nason & Collins, of New 
York. This firm failed for a very large amount, and at 
the time of their failure there were three cargoes of wheat 
en route, consigned to them. Mr. Ingersoll was then 
residing in Savannah and the news of their failure reached 
him late on a Saturday evening. Because of his religious 
principles he refused to start for New York on the following 
day — the Sabbath — and stop the cargoes. He proceeded 
Monday, and two of the cargoes were stopped — and saved. 

Returning from New York, he proceeded to the " up 
country " of Georgia, where he began negotiations for certain 
water-power rights, a house, etc. But his health soon began 
to fail very rapidly. All enterprises were given up, and he 
started North. At times it was thouoht that he would 
hardly survive the journey. But he reached Springfield, 
though in a very feeble condition. On Thursday, May 13, 
1857, about a week after his arrival, he died at his brother's 
house on the armory grounds. 

Dr. Thurston's subject at the funeral service was aptly 
chosen: "John, the beloved disciple." He was ever a 
meek, faithful follower of the Lord. As a Christian worker 
he was never found wanting. Zealous, and with a keen 
sense of responsibility for the full use of what talents he 
had, he entered into church work heartily in whatever city 
or town he resided. He was an oflace bearer in the church, 
either deacon or elder, for many years. It was never need- 
ful for him to lament, "I have offended reputation," for he 
ever walked worthy the high vocation to which he was 
called, and left to his children an exemplification of the 
truth, "A good name is rather to be chosen than great 
riches." His Christian course, his loving counsels, and his 
worthy name are and will always remain inspirations to his 


(From a Manuscript loritten hij Charles P. H. Ripley.) 

" John Ingersoll, of Westfleld, Springfield, Savannah, and New York — 
He, like his famous relatives, has passed away. Good things are seldom 
lasting. In him were represented the finest features of the New England 
gentleman — culture, refinement, ceremonious courtesy, religious devo- 
tion and consistent goodness. All harmonized in his spiritual and social 
nature. His conversation, the echoes of a soul, which answered but the 
truth — he left good evidence of his interest in a better Avorld. 

" She, who to this day as his widow survives him, is one of the very last 
of those ladies of the old school, of whom her friend, Mrs. Sigouruey, has 
said, ' They would grace any foreign court.' She was a Miss Boswell, of 
Norwich, a name that brings up the pleasing memories of my youth. Her 
ancestral home stood on the crest of a great hill that bore her father's 
name. Boswell's Hill ! The story of the winter sports on, over and 
down Boswell's Hill has been given in the same interesting book that 
relates to us how, twenty years before Norwich was settled, Sir William 
Boswell wrote over to the military captains of the two Colonies of what 
is now Connecticut, ' Crowd out the Dutch.' " 


I. Robert Boswell was born in Scotland and was of 
Scotch descent. He came to America with his wife, Hannah, 
who was English, and settled in Canterbury, Conn., where 
he bought 120 acres of land. Four children were born : 
Thomas, Sarah, Hannah, and Moses. In 1727, Robert 
Boswell deeded 62 acres of land to his son Thomas. 

II. Moses Boswell, his youngest son, was born in Can- 
terbury, November 8, 1708. He married, January 30, 
1732^, Mehitable Baker, and a son, Lemuel, was born. 

HI. Dr. Lemuel Boswell successfully established a 
large practice in Norwich, Conn., but "he was too generous 
and easy in collecting his accounts, and, consequently, never 
amassed much of a fortune." 

*NoTE. — Balmoota Castle, near Edinburgh, Scotland, the ancient home 
of the Boswells, was built during the twelfth century, and is yet in pos- 
session of the Boswells of Scotland. 

The Arms of Boswell: " Ar. on a fesse sa. three cinque-foils of the 
field, within a bordure gu." 


"Dr. Lemuel Boswell, a contemporary of Dr. Marvin, possessed an 
extensive practice at tlie landing." — Early Physicians of Norwich, Norwich 

" Lemuel Boswell bought pew No. 24 at the time of Rev. Mr. Judson's 
ordination." — " October 3, 1771." — Caullcin's History of Norwich. 

Dr. Boswell married Annie Lovett in about 1771. 

IV. His son, Captain John Lovett Boswell, born Sep- 
tember 23, 1776, married, in December, 1809, Mehitable 
Coit, daughter of Wheeler Coit, a merchant of Grriswold, 

Captain Boswell followed the sea from his early youth, 
and when but nineteen years of age was master of his own 
brig. He became a sea commander of great prominence, 
and his voyages and adventures are recorded in numerous 
historical works. Norwich was then a port of considerable 
commercial importance, and the trade with the West Indies 
was in a most flourishing condition. Between Norwich and 
the various islands of the West Indies, Captain Boswell 
made many voyages. "The largest sum, over $12,000.00, 
ever paid in the port of Norwich for custom dues on one 
cargo, was paid on one which he brought in." {History of 

Captain Boswell was one of the first seamen to arm his 
vessel so that he might protect himself against the British 
privateers, and also against the pirates, which were then 
becoming quite numerous on the high seas. 

" The ' Sally,' Capt. Boswell, bound to Jeremie, with nearly ninety head 
of stock on board, was taken by the armed brig, ' P;indure,'of 14 guns, the 
privateer firing a broadside before hailing. She tooli out 21 men, nearly 
the whole crew, and putting eleven Frenchmen in their place, ordered the 
vessel to a French port. Eight days afterwards she was taken by an 
English brig, carried into a neutral port, and there given up to Capt. 
Boswell, half of the cargo being retained for salvage." (History of 

Early in 1809, Caj)tain Boswell, having gathered a com- 
fortable fortune, retired from the sea, and, in December of 
the same year, married Miss " Hetty " Coit. The home 


which was established in Norwich, on Church Street, became 
noted far and wide for its liberal appointments and its great 
hospitality, and many are the stories which have been passed 
down to younger generations of the " grand good times " at 
Captain Boswell's house. 

Five children, two sons and three daughters, were born 
at the Norwich home, and these were reared amid most 
happy surroundings. Abundant provision was made for 
their every requirement and for the best development of 
their physical, mental, and spiritual natures. The captain 
was very fond of children, and, as his investments were 
within easy distance and required little attention, he had 
ample leisure to enjoy their companionship, and plan for 
their progress and welfare. 

Captain Boswell died June 11, 1842. 


I. Sarah Coit, born in 1810. 
II. John Wheeler, born in 1812, and died in 1857. 

III. Harriet Ann, born in 1814, married Jesse Mies, Esq., and 

died in 1853. 

IV. George Lemuel, born in 1817, married Susan Copeland, and 

died in 1872. 
V. Elizabeth Coit, born in 1820, married Rev. A. H. Hand. 

V. Sarah Coit Boswell, the eldest child, was born 
October 20, 1810. Through her grandfather, Wheeler 
Coit, she was a descendant in the seventh generation of 
John Coit, who came from England betM'^een 1630 and 1638, 
and settled in Salem, Mass. He afterwards removed to 
Gloucester, Mass., but receiving a grant of land in New 
London, Conn., in 1650, he removed there during the year 
following. Through her grandmother, Sybel Tracy Coit, 
she was a descendant in the seventh generation of Lieutenant 
Thomas Tracy, a son of Nathaniel Tracy, of Tewksbury, 
England. He was born in Tewksbury about 1610, and 
came to Salem, Mass., in April, 1636. He went to Weth- 
ersfield. Conn., soon afterwards, where he married, in 1641, 


the widow of Edward Mason. He then removed to Say- 
brook, where his wife died about 1659. They had seven 
children. He subsequently married two other wives, but 
had no issue by either. In 1645 he and Thomas LefBng- 
well, with others, relieved Uncas, the sachem of Mohegan, 
with provisions, when he was besieged at Shattuck's Point 
by Pessachus, sachem of the Narragansetts. This led to 
the subsequent grant of the town of Norwich, in 1659. He 
removed to Norwich with his family in 1660, of which town 
he was one of the proprietors, and he represented the town 
in the General Court at Hartford for about twenty years. 
He died November 7, 1685. He was a descendant in the 
twentieth generation of Henry de Tracy, feudal lord of 
Barnstaple, in Devonshire, and therefore was a direct 
descendant of the " Sire de Tracy " named in Wace's account 
of the battle of Hastings (fought at Senlac, near Hastings, 
October 4, 1066). 

Lieutenant Thomas Tracy was also a descendant of the 
Princess Goda, a daughter of Ethelred H. of England. Con- 
sequently, Mrs. Sarah Coit Boswell Ingersoll is a descendant 
of Alfred the Great and other Saxon kings ; also of the Em- 
peror Charlemagne and Cerdic, the first king of the West 

Cerdic died in 534, after having reigned about thirty-three 
years. Flountius, a monk of Worcester, writing in the first 
quarter of the twelfth century, shows that Cerdic descended 
from Woden in the tenth generation. 

Woden, who some antiquarians claim to have descended 
from the eldest son of the patriarch Noah, made himself 
master of a considerable part of the north of Europe in the 
third century, and died in what is now Sweden. 

Note. — Arms of Tracy of Gloucestershire, Stanway, and Barnstaple: 
" Or, belw. two bendlets gu. an escallop, in the dexter chief point, sa. 
Crest, on a chapeau gu. turned up erra. an escallop sa. betw. two wings, 
expanded, or." 


Mrs. Sarah Coit Boswell Ingersoll. 
(Writteii by her son, "Worthington Hooker Ingersoll.) 

There are those who shine amid any surroundings, whose 
vivacity and wit give zest and cheer to life, whose noble 
souls are reflected and announced in their attractive counte- 
nances and bearing, whose qualities of mind make them at 
once wise counsellors and delightful companions. My mother 
is such a person. Although in her eighty-third year, she is 
alert and fully possessed of her faculties. Her memory is 
remarkably clear and exact, and as it ranges over experi- 
ences of almost eighty years, it brings forth much that is 

She was born in that historic town of Norwich, which is 
the pride and joy of so many noble men and women who 
claim it as the place of their nativity. Her ancestors — the 
Boswells, Tracys, Adgates, Coits, Lathrops, Lovetts, and 
Spauldings — took important parts in the life and progress 
of the town from its earliest days. These names are well 
known in and about Norwich, and the deeds of many mem- 
bers of these families have been recorded and preserved in 

During my mother's childhood, her companion and escort 
was her brother John, who was two years her junior. They 
attended the same school, and in their play and sports were 
always together. She often refers to the great attachment 
which they had for each other, and the manliness and devo- 
tion of her brother. 

When old enough, she was placed in a boarding school at 
Wethersfield, Conn., where, when she became accustomed 
to her new surroundings, she found herself most pleasantly 
situated. In the course of time her school-days ended and 
she returned to her home in Norwich, where she continued 
to reside until her marriage. 

For a number of years she resided in the South during the 
winters. She has made over thirty trips between New York 
and Savannah. Many of these journeys were made by sea, 


and in sailing vessels, before the days of steamers, when 
it took more time to make this coasting voyage than it now 
does to cross the Atlantic. 

Of late years my mother has resided in Hamburg, N. J., 
where she now has lived longer than at any one place since 
her marriage. 

My mother, like my father, has ever striven to honor the 
" Master," and to our spiritual interests she has been faith- 
ful. She has taught and led us wisely, and we delight to 
honor her, "for her price is far above rubies." 

The children of Mrs. Sarah Coit Boswell Ingersoll are of the eighth 
generation from the Rev. John Lathrop. the first pastor of the first Puri- 
tan Church in London. When he came to this country in September, 
1634, he brought with him a Bishop's Bible, bearing the impriut of the 
year 1605, in old English text. Charles Lathrop, of the fifth generation 
from John, in the year 1839, delivered it into the custody of the American 
Bible Society, On the passage to this country, the original proprietor 
dropped on one of its pages a spark from the candle with which he was 
reading at his evening devotions. Unaware of the accident, he partially 
closed the book in his berth, but the result was that a piece about the 
size of a shilling was burned through several of the sacred pages. It is 
recorded of him that before the voyage was ended he had, from memory, 
filled in the missing words and letters on each page, aud in the form of 
the type in which they were printed. At the two hundredth anniversary 
of Norwich (1859) the thirty-second chapter of Deuteronomy was read 
from this same Bible. 

VI. Major Edward Ingersoll, United States Army, 
was born in Westfield, Mass., December 18, 1812. Two 
years later the family removed to Springfield, and in Spring- 
field he passed his youth and grew to manhood, and there 
continued to reside almost uninterruptedly until his decease. 
His education was obtained in the public schools of Spring- 
field. Early in life he evinced a desire to become a merchant, 
and his father placed him with the firm of Reynolds & 
Morris, with whom he served his apprenticeship. Their 
store was then the largest in Springfield, and was located 
near the corner of Main and State Streets. When eighteen 
years of age he accompanied the junior partner, Edward A. 


Morris, to Michigan, which was then a Territory. While at 
the trading post in Detroit the Black Hawk War broke out, 
and young Ingersoll was drafted for military service. Soon 
after the troops had been assembled, the cholera appeared, 
and attacked both white man and Indian. Panic ensued, and 
the settlers and traders scattered. The troops were dis- 
banded and young Ingersoll returned East. Upon his return, 
he was employed by Kalph Snow in his dry-goods store at 
Northampton, but subsequently entered the employ of the 
Hon. William Child, of Springfield. 


" Edward Ingersoll enters his intentions of marriage with Harriet J. 
Child, both of this town, Oct. 3d, 1834. 

WM. BLISS, Town Clerk." 

"Married, Oct. 29th, 1834, Edward Ingersoll and Harriet J. Child, by 
Kev. Dr. Samuel Osgood of the 1st Church of Springfield." 

Six children were born to Major Ingersoll by his wife, 

I. Harriet Jencks, born in Springfield, Mass., October 1, 1835. 
II. Caroline Phelps, born in Savannah, Ga., February 1, 1838. 

III. William Edward, born in Springfield, Mass., September 22, 


IV. John Martin, born in Springfield, Mass., January 26, 1845. 
V. James Child,hoYU in Springfield, Mass., September 27, 1848. 

VI. Isabella, born in Springfield, Mass., September 12, 1850. 

In about 1835, Mr. Ingersoll removed to Savannah, Ga., 
and formed a partnership with his brother John, who had 
there established a mercantile business. His next residence 
was in New York, where he remained most of the time pur- 
chasing and forwarding goods to his brother in Savannah. 
At first the enterprise was a great success, but the prosperity 
of the firm did not long continue. The great financial panic 
of 1837 came and suddenly put an end to the business. 
After the foilure of the firm, Mr. Edward Ingersoll returned 
to Springfield. 

In connection with the Savannah enterprise, Mr. Ingersoll 


was obliged to make several trips between the North and the 
South. In those early days the best route was the sea, and 
sailing vessels were the only means of transportation. 
Several voyages were made in the " Millegeville," and his 
anecdotes of what occurred on board " the good ship Millege- 
ville," were always most interesting and amusing. Once, 
in May, 1835, when en route from New York to Hartford, 
Mr. IngersoU nearly lost his life. He was a passenger on 
board the "Chief-Justice Marshall" when she was wrecked, 
and was swept overboard, but was rescued by the captain. 
In the disaster he was severely injured by a splinter or piece 
of iron. The scar on his side always remained, and he often 
would refer to it when relating the story of the wreck. 

One journey from Springfield to Savannah was made 
overland. Mr. IngersoU took his family with him, and, in 
company with the family of his brother John, dvove, fow-in- 
hand, the entire distance. 

But the work in which Major IngersoU so greatly distin- 
guished himself was in the service of the United States. 
As the military storekeeper and disbursing officer of the 
National Armory at Springfield, a position of great trust and 
responsibility,. and which he held from May, 1841, until July, 
1882, covering the period of the Civil War, he rendered 
most efficient service to the government, and left a name on 
the records of the War Department in Washington, which, 
for loyalty and integrity, none can excel. 

[copy of commission when first appointed.] 

'^^e "^rcsibcnt of t^e ^xxitcb ^tatcs of Jlmertcct : 

To all who shall see these Presents, Greeting: 
Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, 
fidelity and abilities of Edward Ingersoll, I have nominated and, by 
and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint hiin a Military 
Storekeeper in the service of the United States, from the twenty-fourth 
day of May, eighteen hundred and forty-one : He is, therefore, carefully 
and diligently to discharge the duties of Military Storekeeper by doing 
and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging. And I do 
strictly charge and require him to observe and follow such orders and 


directions, from time to time, as he shall receive from me, or the future 
President of the United States of America, or the General, or other 
superior officers set over him, according to the rules and discipline of 
War. This Commission to continue in force during the pleasure of the 
President of the United States for the time being. 

Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, this 
thirtieth day of May, in the year of onr Lord, one 
thousand eight hundred and forty-one, and in the sixty- 
eighth year of the Independence of the United States. 
By the President, JOHN TYLER. 

Wm. Wilkins, 

Secretary of War. 

Recorded Adjt. Genls. Office, Vol. 10, page 359. 

R. Jones,, 

Adjt. Oenl. 

On July 28, 1866, as a recognition of services rendered 
to the government during the War of the Rebellion, he was, 
by a special Act of Congress, given the rank and emolu- 
ments of a major in the Army of the United States. 

Oil July 1, 1882, he was placed upon the retired list with 
three fourths of the highest pay of his grade. 

[From the Springfield Daily Republican. '\ 
To the Editor of the Bepuhlican : By the operation of Section 1 of the Act 
of Congress approved June 30, 1882, vyhich provides that all officers of the 
United States Army, sixty-four or more years of age, shall be placed on the 
retired list, there passes from active service one deserving of more than 
casual mention, — Major Edward Ingersoll of the ordnance department. 
Entering the service of the United States more than forty-two years ago, 
■when the grounds of the armory, which is now an ornament to the city, 
and in which it has a just pride, vpere little more than a sandy desert, he 
devoted himself witti the approval of the then commanding officer. General 
Ripley, to beautifying and improving them that they might be a credit to 
the army and to the country, and that others in after years might enjoy 
them. Roads were laid out, the grounds graded and sodded, and trees were 
planted, the latter largely by Major IngersoU's own hands. To-day we see 
the results of his labors in the velvet lawns, the shady walks, the beauti- 
ful grove, and the later " Benton Park," to which ha applied himself with 
an enthusiasm indicative of his devotion to his late chief. The record of 
his services, covering as they do the active part of a longer life than 
usually falls to the lot of man, would require too groat space to be tran- 
scribed; much of it is ineffaceably stamped on the soil. As ordnance 


storekeeper and paymaster, he was responsible for a vast amount of public 
property, and many millions of dollars passed through his hands. Faith- 
ful and business-like in the performance of all duties connected with his 
office, he yet, by his uniform courtesy and thoughtful consideration, en- 
deared himself to all with whom he was brought in contact. Now, when 
by reason of years, he gives up his work to younger hands, he does it with 
the knowledge, and the pleasure arising from it, of having faithfully done 
all and more than all required of him, of having deserved well of his 
country. Respected and beloved by his associates for his pure character 
and warm heart, he leaves them, cari'ying with him their best wishes for 
his happiness and prosperity, and the hope that for many years he may live 
to enjoy that rest to which he is now entitled in this most beautiful of 
New England cities. 

SpringfieU, July 11, 1882. X.* 

Major Ingei'soU died January 28, 1891, at his home on 
Maple Street, Springfield, in the seventy-ninth year of his 

The commanding officer of the National Armory, upon 
receiving the news of Major Ingersoll's death, promptly 
issued the following order : — 

" The death, at his home in this city, at seven o'clock this morning, of 
Major Edward IngersoU, so long paymaster and storekeeper of this 
armory, is an event in which the armorers generally will take a deep 

" While Major IngersoU has not been for a number of years officially 
connected with the armory, its commanding officer deems it a duty to 
endeavor to express in this official way his appreciation of the sterling 
qualities of the deceased, and of his many and varied services to this 
armory, which owes very much of its beauty to his wise forethought and 

" As a mark of respect, the flag — under the shadow of which he lived 
for so many years — will, on the day of his funeral, be placed at half- 
staff from reveille until retreat." 

INIajor IngersoU was always a conspicuous figure in 
Springfield, and was always most prominently identified 
with local afiiurs. From early manhood he was interested 
in the growth of the city, and many movements were made 
successful by his efforts. When the volunteer fire service 
was a conspicuous thing in local affairs. Major IngersoU was 

* Captain John E. Greer, U. S. Army, 


an active member; and when, in 1864, the big fair for the 
benefit of wounded soldiers was held at the City Hall, he was 
the leader in its promotion, and it was by his efforts that it 
was so successful, clearing nearly $25,000 for this fund. He 
had an ability of management that was remarkable, and that 
was shown, not only in his work at the armory, when, during 
his administration, work to the value of over $100,000,000 
was turned out, but in many minor affairs. Years ago, when 
the Moody and Sankey meetings were held in the City Hall 
to such large audiences as had never before gathered in that 
building, Major Ingersoll attended to the affiiirs, and even 
looked after the minor details. His life covered the princi- 
pal epochs in the city's history, and its progress and growth 
were carefully watched and admired by him. Besides his 
interest in public affairs. Major Ingersoll was prominent in 
church matters. He early joined the First Church, but left 
there and attended the South Church, where he remained 
but a short time. He then connected himself with the Olivet 
Church, where he remained, a most prominent member, 
until the day of his death. 

In all matters pertaining to religion in any way, Major 
Ingersoll was a leader. No general religious assembly in 
Springfield was complete without him, and his opinions and 
views relating to religious subjects were always found to be 
logical and correct. 

[From the Springfield Daily Union, January 28, 1892.] 

The death of Major Edward Ingersoll, at his home on Maple Street, 
early this morning, removes one of Springfield's oldest and most highly 
respected citizens. He had been in delicate health for several mouths and 
had been gradually drifting away from his hold on life; but his death 
comes as a sudden shoclv to the community, and was the result of a par- 
alytic shock on Monday. No man in Springfield was more widely known 
and no one would be more geuerallj^ missed or more sincerely mourned. 
He leaves an untarnished record for integrity and fidelity to duty ; and 
the remark, " Ah, but he was a good man and an honest man," overheard 
this morning from a group of expressmen and laborers who stood oppo- 
site Court Square, expresses the general verdict of the community upon 
the record of his life here. 


The great work of Major Ingersoll was his connection with the United 
States Armory of this city, wliich extended from May, 1841, to July, 
1882, and covered the period of tlie Civil War, when the position which 
he held called for the services of a cool and tireless brain. The major's 
intense loyalty to the United States Government, his righteous indigna- 
tion at all efforts to destroy or cripple Federal authority, and his personal 
energy in distributing and forwarding the arms which were turned out by 
a force of three thousand men, contributed to make him the right man in 
the right place. Nor was his invaluable service during the war by any 
means his only warrant for being held in grateful remembrance as an offi- 
cer of the government, for he did a great deal to improve and beautify 
the government grounds in this city. 

But while always loyal and faithful to the interests of the government 
which he served, Major Ingersoll thoroughly identified himself with the 
local interests of Springfield, and gave himself no less untiringly and 
devotedly to forwarding the best things connected with our citizenship 
than he did to his duties at the armory. A generation ago he was the 
leading spirit of the local musical society of the young city: — a society 
which had organist Fitzhugh, of the Church of the Unity, as its leader, 
and which did a great deal in its day for musical improvement and culti- 
vation. In 1864, when the great soldiers' fair was held in our City Hall, 
and realized nearly $25,000 for the Soldiers' Rest, of blessed and fragrant 
memory, Major Ingersoll was the leading spirit; and to his splendid 
organizing and executive ability was due no small measure of its wonder- 
ful success. In the spring of 1878, when the Moody and Sankey meetings 
were held in the City Hall, Major Ingersoll took charge of all the hall and 
seating arrangements, and his large experience in handling large bodies 
of people was invaluable in that connection. A very tangible monument 
to Major Ingersoll is to be seen in Court Square, a living and abiding 
monument, for he it was who raised the money for setting out the trees 
which add so much to the beauty and comfort of that open space in the 
heart of our busy city. 

No mention of Major Ingersoll would be in any sense complete which 
failed to recognize his religious life. He was a young man nearina: his 
Bineteenth birthday when, with a long line of young people, he stood up 
in the First Church and made public confession of his faith in Christ as 
the Saviour of men, and from that time to the hour when unconsciousness 
veiled activity from him he was " fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." 
He had been connected with the First, the South, and the Olivet Churches, 
during his residence in this city; but for many 5'ears had been a member 
of the Olivet Church and a tower of strength iu all its religious activities 
and work. As long os he could go out at all, he attended the Suuday and 
mid-week services, and he was never too busy nor too weary to say a word 
upon the value of religious faith. His very presence in a religious gather- 
ing was a benediction, aud his words came straight from the heart. 
Major Ingersoll never lost his interest in young men, and the Young 
Men's Christian Association and its efforts in behalf of young men had no 


more devoted and sympathetic friend tlian he. One of our best known 
business men said to-day : "The Christian life of a man lilve Major Inger- 
soU is to me one of the strongest possible evidences of the reality and 
vitality of Christianity. Even were it possible to brush away all the 
miracles, it would be impossible to set aside that power which brought 
the young man of nineteen into the Christian Church and kept him a liv- 
ing epistle, known and read of all men, for sixty years." Among those 
who united with the First Church at the same time with Major Ingersoll, 
all of them in the very flush of active youth, were the late Rev. Dr. Sim- 
eon H. Calhoun, the well-known missionary to Syria, and the late William 
Hyde of Ware. Those three men filled large places in life, and it is 
worthy of mention that, on the same day when they, with scores of other 
young people, united with the First Church on confession of faith, the 
late Deacon George Merriam, of fragrant memory for his long and useful 
Christian life, together with his wife, was admitted to membership by 
letter from West Brookfield. 

The death of a man like Major Ingersoll always comes too soon, and 
as a sad surprise. But there is much to be grateful for in his long and 
beneficent life which had almost reached fourscore. 

[From the Springfield Daily Bepuhlican, January 29, 1891.] 

Major Edward Ingersoll, for forty-two years identified with the admin- 
istration of our National Armory as storekeeper and paymaster, died 
yesterday morning at his home, 69 Maple Street. He had been in failing 
health some time, and Sunday afternoon he took his usual nap, but never 
awoke to full consciousness. Death was due to a spinal trouble which 
had afiected Major Ingersoll's limbs for some time, although he was quite 
recently able to drive out. The family gathering, Christmas day, at the house 
of Mr. James C. Ingersoll, was the last time Major Ingersoll was called 
away from home, but he rallied on that occasion and seemed in unusually 
bright spirits. The death of Major Ingersoll removes one of the most 
conspicuous of Springfield's older citizens, a man of sterling principles 
and conscientious devotion to duty, whose nature was warmed by a sunny 
and hopeful disposition. In the ordnance department he proved an indus- 
trious and painstaking officer, conscientious in work that involved patient 
dealing with details. Some idea of the responsibility involved can be 
gained by the fact that he disbursed over $100,000,000 during his long 
service. Strong religious principles governed his life, and he sought 
opportunities for infiuencing others through the church and other organiza- 
tions, and by personal eff"ort. A love for nature led him into landscape 
gardening, and the beautiful elms on Court Square, as well as the trees 
that line the avenues on the armory grounds, will stand in his memory. 
The dell in " Ingersoll Grove " was the object of his special care, however, 
and there his fancy wrought out winding paths, and he planted trees, 
which sometime he hoped would shade the home where he would pass 
his leisure days, an ambition that was never gratified. Personally, Major 


Ingersoll was a picturesque figure. Tall and slender, he had finely cut 
features, an expressive mouth, and penetrating blue eyes that were shaded 
by heavy white brows when he was serious, and twinkled as he laughed, 
his face blushing to the ears in fits of merriment. He enjoyed a joke, and 
would thrust home a retort with his long tapering fingers, or pointing at 
his listener with a cane. Carefully brushed out side whiskers, high on the 
cheek, added to the striking individuality of the face. While most strict 
in his adherence to Puritan principles, Major Ingersoll was always a 
Christian gentleman. He was an ardent prohibitionist, and one of his 
last talks with his old friend, Homer Foot, illustrated this quality as well 
as his ready replies. Colonel Foot remarked that he had lived to be still 
older than Major Ingersoll, and was in just as good health, but had not 
been a total abstainer. "That's all right," replied Major Ingersoll, 
"there 's a man up at the armory who was shot through the body, and is 
yet able to be about ; you would not advise everybody to be shot because 
one escaped, would you? " 

In about 1835 Major Ingersoll formed a partnership with his brother 
John, and removed to Savannah, Ga. The business in Savannah did not 
continue to prosper, and, in consequence, Major Ingersoll returned to 

Soon after his return, Congress had decided to restore the armory here 
to military rule ; and as Major Ingersoll had a wide military acquaintance, 
he saw the opportunity for nppointment with the new force soon to be 
selected. Colonel Ripley had then been selected as commanding ofiicer at 
the armory, and Major Ingersoll started for Washington backed with 
abundant credentials. It was in April, 1841, and he reached the capital 
just after the death of President Harrison. The department buildings 
were closed and there was general confusion, so that Major Ingersoll 
walked about the streets discouraged. He finally decided to leave his 
papers, and hunted up a clerk in the department. Major Ingersoll had 
arranged his papers carefully, indexed the references, and had his petition 
so systematically prepared that the ch rk seemed to be pleased, and asked 
Secretary Bell for an interview, which was granted. "This looks busi- 
ness-like," was Mr. Bell's remark, as he glanced over the documents, and 
Major Ingersoll returned much encouraged. Colonel Ripley received his 
commission in April, and in May following came Major lugersoll's 
appointment as militai'y storekeeper. 

Few, living now, can realize the circumstances under which Major 
Ingersoll entered upon his duties. There was the bitterest opposition to 
the military rule, which was denounced as a secret society in the '• Masonic 
mysteries initiated at West Point." Colonel Ripley was hanged in efligy, 
and finally a committee of armorers went to Congress with a protest 
against his administration. Under the lax civilian rule, armorers had been 
able to take profitable jobs, work a part of the year, and lock up their 
tools and gun parts for long vacations. The straightening out of these 
abuses resulted in the most hostile demonstration; nnd Colonel Ripley was 
tried by a board of officers on charges preferred by the citizens, but he 


was acquitted aud carried out his reforms. An instance of the unpopu- 
lar! tj^ of the new regime was shown in the " Stearns riot," when Charles 
Stearns, who cliampioned the cause of the civilan rule, attempted to liold 
Prospect Street against government invasion, and was finally ordered off 
with his men by Major Ingersoll. The bitterness wore away, however, 
and Major Ingersoll did his part in the reconstruction. The armory 
grounds were then a sandy waste, covered with blackberry bushes and 
other shrubbery. Beside the officers' quarters, the principal buildings 
were those which have since been reconstructed into the structure at the 
east end of the old grounds. Major Ingersoll saw the possibility of im- 
provement, and with his own hand guided the ox team which plouglied up 
the rough land, which was succeeded by terraces, artistic driveways, and 
rows of beautiful trees. He was an early riser, and was accustomed to 
stroll over the grounds before work hours, planning improvements, which 
lie was able to carry out in liis long service there. An ornamental iron 
fence was wanted, and when the department objected to the expense, Major 
Ingersoll suggested that the old iron cannon, which were being replaced 
by brass Napoleons, and other condemned ordnance be collected and cast 
over into a fence. The plan was carried out economically, and the 
grounds were soon securely fenced in. Most of the trees on the grounds 
were planted by Major IngeisoU's own hands, and the beauties of the 
reconstructed spot will always remain a memorial to his artistic taste and 
tireless energy. 

When the Civil War broke out, the office of storekeeper became one 
of the most important at the local post. Not only were the buildings 
enlarged, and the force increased so as to work night and dny, but the 
old muzzle-loaders had to be replaced with modern breech-loading rifles. 
The study was to send out arms as rapidly as possible, and on this 
arsenal fell the bulk of the burden. Major Ingersoll then had at least a 
dozen assistants and clerks, and all were kept busy accounting for the 
government property going to the front and coming in as regiments 
disbanded. There were over three thousand workmen employed then 
and $200,000 was disbursed through Major lugersoll's office on the 
monthly pay-day. General James S. Whitney, who followed closely on 
Colonel Ripley's retirement as commanding officer, in 1854, was relieved 
when the war broke out by Major A. B. Dyer, who served until October, 
1864, when Colonel Laidley was appointed, and carried the institution 
through until the close of the war. Early in 186fi Colonel Benton 
assumed command, and it was during his administration that an effort was 
made to secure recognition for the important service Major Ingersoll per- 
formed. A bill was introduced in Congress conferring on the storekeeper 
at the Springfield Armory the rank and emoluments of a major of cavalry, 
and, although opposed by many army officers, it wns championed by 
Ex-Governor Buckingham, of Connecticut, and became a law July 28, 
18G6. It was urged that the storekeeper here had to provide f50,000 
bonds, and that his duties were much greater than those of other 
officials holding similar positions. Other storekeepers received the rank 


-of captain by the same act, however. The only direct hostility to Major 
IngersoU, after the feeling over the military regime died out, was over 
his course in protecting armorers from pledging their wages to saloon- 
keepers. His strong temperance principles did much toward his decis- 
ion to break up this custom, and he refused to recognize assignments of 
wages to liquor dealers. This raised a storm, and eflforts were made to 
secure his removal to another post. Major IngersoU made a trip to 
Washington, and was wont to recall with no little pleasure his interview 
with Secretary Marcy. Mr. Marcy faced him sternly and asked him if 
the charges against him were true ; and when Major IngersoU, with some 
misgivings about his official head, admitted that they were, the Secretary 
of War grimly said, " Go back to your work, you are just the man I want 
in that place." The Act of 1882, requiring retirement of army officers at 
sixty-four, relieved Major IngersoU of active duty July 1 of that year, 
with three-fourths pay, and he had since lived in the Barnes house, on 
Maple Street. 

Few among the older residents carried such a fund of reminiscences ; 
and Major IngersoU's memory was freely called upon by writers of arti- 
cles touching the history of Springfield. His recollections were not only 
accurate, but they were accompanied with anecdotes that gave them rare 
flavor. He was one of the few men who carried out the resolution to 
keep a diary, and the volumes he left, with incidents jotted down each 
day, will prove a treasure if they are given into the custody of such an 
organization as the Connecticut Valley Historical Society. His recollec- 
tions began with very early life, and he often told how he watched the 
parade when President Monroe addressed the company, standing under 
the old elm on the southeast corner of Court Square, which then threw 
shadows over the old tavern behind. The trees in the city were his 
pride, and he knew the history of each conspicuous elm. He early had 
a taste for landscape gardening, and when a lad sixteen years old he 
circulated a paper for subscriptions with which to buy the elms that 
now grace Court Square. In the planting of all these, with the excep- 
tion of the two older ones on the noi'th and southeast corners. Major 
IngersoU was concerned, and he watched their growth with no little anxi- 
•ety and interest. One of his war-time stories was concerning the visit of 
Blaine to secure rifles for a regiment. Mr. Blaine started to look over 
the armory grounds before breakfast, and found Major IngersoU busied 
with his favorite occupation of planting trees. Mr. Blaine made known 
his errand, and urged the greatest haste. He wanted one thousand rifles, 
and must have them in two weeks if possible. "What time are you 
going back ? " asked Major IngersoU ; and Mr. Blaine told him the hour of 
•an evening train. "We can make the guns to-day, and ship them 
to-night," said Major IngersoU, much to the amazement of Maine's rising 
politician, who had little idea of the armory's capacity. One of Major 
IngersoU's interesting recollections was that of seeing the hand-press 
on which the Weeldy Republican was first printed, in 1824, drawn ui) Elm 


Street from the river on an ox- sled. The press was transported from 
Hartford by boat on the river. 

The home life of Major Ingersoll has been a most happy one. Many 
older residents remember the hospitalities enjoyed with him in the house 
that used to stand just south of the west arsenal building, where the 
fountain now plays. The golden wedding anniversary of Major and 
Mrs. Ingersoll was celebrated at the Maple Street residence October 29, 
1884, and was a notable occasion. Among the guests were Thomas 
Bond and Daniel Ripley, of New York City, who were the groomsmen at 
the ceremony fifty years before. A congratulatory cable message came 
from William E. Ingersoll, of Paris, the European manager of the New 
York Life Insurance Company. All the other children were present, — 
James C. Ingersoll, who has been emploj^ed at the armory nearly twenty 
years; Caroline P., wife of Richard S. Ely, of New York City; Isabella, 
wife of George E. Wilder, of Boston ; John M., who died at Haddami 
Conn., a year after, and Harriet J., the wife of Charles P. H. Ripley, of 
New York City, but who has lived at the Ingersoll Homestead for some 
years, and relieved her aged mother of many cares and responsibilities. 
Her son, Lieutenant Charles S. Ripley, then an ensign in the navy, had 
returned from a long cruise just in time to enjoy the festivities. Major 
Ingersoll wore his army uniform, a costume reserved for state occasions, 
and received warm congratulations from many friends. 

In his religious life. Major Ingersoll's influence left its impress on the 
community. His activity began early in life, when with the late Simeon 
H. Calhoun, the revered missionary of Mt. Lebanon, he joined the First 
Church. The bond of sympathy between these two men continued 
through life, and their relationship was of the warmest and most sympa- 
thetic nature. When the South Church was set off, in 1842, Major Inger- 
soll was one of the charter members, but he soon transferred his mem- 
bership to the Olivet Church, where he was a pillar the rest of his life. He 
was Superintendent of the Sunday school for many years, and, until com- 
pelled to retire by failing health, he taught a large Bible class. His inter- 
est was by no means confined to the Olivet Church, for he was active in the 
promotion of new parishes, and was a frequent speaker at union meetings. 
When the Moody revival set vices were held in the City Hall, he was chairman 
of the committee of arrangements, and his executive ability was recog- 
nized in the successful conduct of the gathei'ings. When the Olivet Church 
was remodelled, he was a member of the building committee, and it was 
his idea that the vestry should be conspicuous from the street. " Let the 
people see what we are doing," he said; "the saloons attract from the 
street, why should not the prayer meeting ? " He was interested in the 
Young Men's Christian Association movements, and especially active in 
the Railroad Association, where he was a director. He often worked 
personally with people over their spiritual welfare, but used tact in pre- 
senting the subject, and at least won the respect of the man he was inter- 
ested in. His work in public enterprises was chiefly confined to the 
soldiers' fairs, but he was president of the famous fair of 18G4, and. 


later, of the loan exhibition for the Grand Army, in 1879. On both occa- 
sions he displayed remarkable energy, which resulted in success. When 
a difficult problem was presented he was accustomed to think it over, and 
if the course was desirable, he would quietly say, " We can do it some- 
how, if we want to." 



G. A. E. 

Department of Massachusetts. 

Major Edward Ingersoll, U. S. Army: 

At a regular meeting held June 11, 1879, Wilcox Post 16, G. A. R., 
appointed the undersigned a committee to convey to you their sincere and 
hearty thanks for the untiring efforts and zeal displayed by you as Presi- 
dent of the Loan ExMhition held in this city, April, 1879, and, by which, 
said exhibition was rendered a complete success, and the Post enabled 
thereby to add largely to their relief fund, now held sacred for the benefit 
of the destitute and deserving comrades and their widows and orphans. 

The members of the Post will ever treasure the recollection of your 
noble work. 

Springfield, Massachusetts, 

July 23, 1879. 

[signed] C. C. BURDETT. 

Harriet Jencks Child, daughter of the Hono);able 
William Child, of Springfield, Mass., was born in Spring- 
field, July 29, 1815. 

Mrs. Harriet Ingersoll survives her husband and resides 
in Springfield, where she has always lived, and is, by her 
cheerful and patient Christian character, a constant benedic- 
tion to her children and her grandchildren. 

In consequence of an unsuccessful operation which was 
performed in February, 1883, for the removal of cataracts, 
Mrs. Ingersoll has since been totally blind. 

She is a descendant of Jeremiah Child in the seventh 
generation, who was of the same family as Sir Francis Child, 
the Lord Mayor of London in 1699, and Sir Josiah Child, 
who, when President of the Court of Governors of the 


Honorable East India Company, founded the cities of Cal- 
cutta and Bombay, and formed the nucleus of the present 
British Indian Empire. 

On the records of the College of Arms, in England, may 
be found eleven Coats of Arms, which at various times have 
been granted to members of this family. 

The origin of the surname of Child is said to have been Hildr, of Norse 
Mythology and Sagas ; in the latter it is frequently found embodied in 
names, as Kreim/n7cZ, Bryn/w'M, of the Nibelungen Lied, and mention of 
Childe is first used as a title for a king when Ildica married Gishelder, the 
King of Burgundy. 

" This done, with gentle gesture, the damsel meek and mild, 
By the hand yet trembling, took Gishelder, the Childe." 

The Goths carried the title to Spain as Hild£a.ns, which southern influ- 
ence turned into Alfonso. From being a kingly title, Childe became the 
cognomen of the heirs of kings and the eldest of noble families, and 
finally a surname, and a noun denoting offspring of either sex. 


I. Jeremiah Child, born in 1645, became a resident of 
Swansea, Mass., and was a man of considerable prominence 
in the colony. By his wife, Martha, three children were born. 

II. John Child, his eldest son, was born in Swansea, 
Mass., in 1672, and married Margery Howard about 1692. 
By his wife, Margery, eleven children were born in Swansea. 
He died January 16, 1739, leaving an estate of considerable 
value to his heirs. 

III. James Child, his second son, was born September 
5, 1708, and married, June 3, 1729, Sarah Haile, a daughter 
of Bernard and Abigail Haile. He removed to Warren, 
R. I., and there began housekeeping February 10, 1730. 
He died February 10, 1738, aged 30. By his wife, Sarah, 
six children were born in Warren, R. I. 

IV. James Child, his 3'oungest son, was born "on Sab- 
bath morning, the sun one hour high," September 3, 1738. 
He married Hannah Kelley, about 1760, and removed to 


Higo-anum, Conn., about 1765, where he continued to reside 
until his death, which occurred March 2, 1817. His wife, 
Hannah, died the same day. There were twelve children. 

V. James Kelley Child, his eldest son, was born in 
Warren, R. I., August 30, 1763. He resided in Higganum, 
and was married three times. His wives were Prudence 
Brainard, Jane Brainard, and Amelia Crane. By his first 
wife. Prudence, eleven children were born. 

VI. Honorable William Child, his eldest son, was born 
in Higganum, January 7, 1788, and married Ann Clarke, of 
Utica, N. y. He resided in Springfield, Mass., and was a 
member of the Legislature from that place. He died in 
Springfield, June 27, 1847, aged 59. His wife, Ann, died 
in Springfield, April 20, 1846, aged 58. Four children were 
born, the eldest in Windsor, Conn., and the three youngest 
in Springfield, Mass. 

I. Cynthia Ann, born November 12, 1813. Married, June 6, 

1838, Henry Brewer, of Springfield, Mass. 
II, Harriet Jencks, born July 29, 1815. Married, October 29, 
1834, Edward IngersoU, of Springfield, Mass. 

III. James Kelly, born April 19, 1817. Married, September 16, 

1856, Laura E. Dewey, of Palmer, Mass. 

IV. William Clark, born April 13, 1820. Married, September 8, 

1815, Martha Emily Dewey, of Palmer, Mass. 

VII. Martha Ann Ingersoll was born in Springfield, 
Mass., March 15, 1815, and married Joseph Washburn, of 
Savannah, Ga., September 30, 1841. Mr. and Mrs. 
Joseph Washburn resided in Savannah, and three children 
were there born : — 

I. IngersoU, born September 24, 1842. Married, March 9, 
1871, Anne Clay, of Savannah, Ga. Children: (1) 
Ingersoll, born March 26, 1872 ; (2) Emma Habersham, 
born July 18, 1874 ; (3) Willis McAlister, born January 
16, 1876, and died in infancy; (4) Edward Emory, born 
August 31, 1877; (5) Evelyn, born January 18, 1884, and 
died in infancy; (6) Matilda, born February 18, 1888. 


II. Frederica, born August 31, 1844, Married, March 15, 
1«64, Robert M. Wade. Children : (1) Peyton Lisby, born 
January 9, 1865; (2) Eugene Washburn, borii November 
1, 1867; (3) Edward lugersoll, born September 24, 1869; 
(4) Rosalie, born November 23, 1871 ; (5) Robert Maner, 
November 17, 1876; (6) Frederick Habersham, born 
November 5, 1879; (7) Georgiana, born October 17, 1884. 
III. Edward Davis, born January 13, 1848. Presbyterian min- 
ister. Married, October 26, 1881, in Martinsburg, W. 
Va., Jane Cary Harrison, of same place. Children : (1) 
Edward Davis, born December 29, .1884; (2) Peyton 
Randolph Harrison, born Januai*y 10, 1887; (3) Edmund 
Emory, born June 21, 1889; (4) Sarah Hunter, born 
October 19, 1891, and died July 30, 1892. 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Washburn both died in Savannah • 
Mrs. Washburn, February 21, 1853, and Mr. Washburn, 
February 24, 1862, in the sixty-seventh year of his age. 

^From the Norwich Courier of March 12, 1853.'\ 

Died, in Savannah, Ga., on Monday, February 21, Martha, wife of 
Mr. Joseph Washburn, of that city, and youngest daughter of the late 
John Ingersoll, Esq., of Springfield, Mass. 

As the eye of friend after friend glances over this short record of the 
passing away from earth of one loved and cherished in many hearts, 
memory will busily recall all those graces of person and those more 
endearing attractions of character that marked the departed. 

To some, she will bring the recollection of the fair child, cherished as 
the youngest and choicest treasure of an harmonious family circle; to 
others, the beautiful maiden, admired and beloved; to others will come 
recollections of the happy and active wife and mother, the intelligent and 
sympathizing friend; and still again, there are those in whose hearts £^11 
fond remembrances will be absorbed in the thought of the dying Christian. 

In every relation of life, she was faithful. Naturally reserved and 
timid, so quietly and calmly did she perform each day her daily duties, 
that few even of her best friends knew how strong were the affections of 
her heart, how deep her interest in those slae loved, or how resolute her 
purposes of life. Self-distrusting, conscientious, and truthful, fearing 
lest she might mistake the natural impulses of an amiable heart for the 
graces of God's spirit, she often doubted her right to the Christian's hopes, 
but never, for an hour, did she waver in her Christian walk or doubt God's 
right to her services, her heart, her life. In her youth, she consecrated 
that life to Him, and when called to resign health and activity, she mur- 
mured not; the sorrowful farewell to friends, even the pangs of dissolu- 
tion brought no questioning of God's goodness. Meek, humble obedience 


to His will had been the rule of her life ; so in the hour of her death, if 
His hand led her, she could cheerfully, calmly walk through the dark 
valley, and though sufl'fering, could say with her last breath, "^e makes 
death easy to me." 

Thus has she fallen asleep in Jesus, bearing testimony to the truth of 
God's promise, " As thy day is so shall thy strength be." 





I. Julia West Ingersoll was born in Savannah, Ga., 
September 26, 1836. At the age of two years she began 
attending a little private school where the scholars were all 
so very young that their nurses were obliged to accompany 
them to and from the school. When six years old she 
entered the "Academy," on Broad Street, — the Eev. Mr. 
White was then the principal. When eight years old the 
family removed to Woodstock, Fla., and there she was 
placed under the tuition of her uncle, the Rev. A. H. Hand. 
Her parents, not feeling satisfied with the limited educational 
advantages which that section of the country afforded, 
decided to send her North to attend school. In May, 1846, 
at the age of ten years, she arrived in Norwich, Conn., and 
entered the " Norwich Academy," then under the charge of 
Dr. and Mrs. Webster. While in Norwich she resided with 
her Aunt Mary Hooker* In 1848, her parents removed to 
Springfield, Mass., and there she attended a private school 
for a time. A year later, her aunt, Miss Jane Ingersoll, 
opened her young ladies' boarding-school in Norwich, and 
Miss Julia became one of her scholars. In the fall of 1852, 
she returned to Springfield, and in the following spring re- 
moved with the family to Fall River, Mass., and there united, 
upon confession, with the Central Congregational Church, of 
which the Rev. Eli Thurston was the pastor. 

She was married in Fall River, November 14, 1854, to 
William Thomas Coggeshall, son of William Coggeshall, 
cashier of the Fall River Union Bank. The Rev. Eli Thurs- 
ton performed the ceremony assisted by the Rev. Thatcher 


Thayer, of Newport, a former tutor to Mr. Coggeshall. At 
the time of this marriage. Miss Ingersoll was but eighteen 
years of age. 

Twelve children have been born : — 

I. Mary Ingersoll, born in Fall Eiver, Mass., December 24, 

II. John Ingersoll, born in Fall Elver, Mass., October 9, 1857 
Married in Lowell, Mass., September 7, 1881, Mary E. 
Lavelle. A daughter, Edith, was born in Lowell, Novem- 
ber 4, 1882. 

III. Marianna Wardwell, born in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., August 

15, 1859, and died in Washington, D. C, August 28, 1865. 

IV. Julia Ingersoll, born in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., August 28, 

1861, and died in Springfield, Mass., March 25, 1866. 

V. Elizabeth Coit, born in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., June 1, 1863. 

Married, November 4, 1890, Frederick Colton Shepard. 

A son, Lawrence Ingersoll, was born September 1, 1891. 

VI. William, born in Washington, D. C, March 12, 1865, and 

died in July of same year. 
VII. William, born in Franklin Furnace, N. J., September 7, 
1866. Married in Auburndale, Mass., June 12, 1891, Grace 
Helena, only daughter of Judge H. H. Mather. 
VIII. Ralph Fales, born in Franklin Furnace, N. J., December 
23, 1867. 
IX. George Ingersoll, born in Hamburg, N. J., July 28, 1869, 

and died in August of same year. 
X. Susan Almy, born in Hamburg, N. J., October 6, 1871. 
XI. Evelyn Church, born in Hamburg, N. J., March 8, 1873. 
XII. Hooker Ingersoll, born in Auburndale, Mass., September 6, 

In the spring of 1858, Mr. Coggeshall and family removed 
from Fall River to Poughkeepsie, N. Y., where they resided 
until 1863, when they removed to Beltsville, Prince George 
County, Maryland. In 1864, when General Early raided 
Maryland, the attack upon the railroad train was made from 
the " Beltsville Farm," the Coggeshall home. Communica- 
tion was cut off entirely between Washington and Baltimore, 
and for three days the raiders had possession. Warnings 
were sent to the family " to leave their house," as the raiders 
had threatened "to burn or destroy the home of every 
Yankee." During this "reign of terror" the family were 


protected by a " Secesh " neighbor, in wliose house they 
found refuge. 

In 1865, the faruily returned to Massachusetts, and in the 
following year removed to New Jersey. In 1872, after the 
death of Mr. Coggeshali's mother, they returned to Massa- 
chusetts, and in this State have since continued to reside. 


I. John Coggeshall, born in England in 1581, came to this 
country in the ship " Lyon," in 1632, and settled in Salem, 
but soon moved to Boston, and was a representative to 
the General Court for several years. He afterwards 
removed to Rhode Island, and was the first president of 
that colony. He died in 1649. 
II. John Coggeshall, his son, was born in England, in 1618, 
and died in Newport, R. I., in 1708. 

III. John Coggeshall, his son, was born in Portsmouth, R. I., 

February 12, 1649, and died November 7, 1701. 

IV. William Coggeshall, his son. was born in Portsmouth, R. j., 

September 7, 1677, and died in Bristol, R. I., November 
2, 1752. 
V. Newby Coggeshall, his son, was born in Bristol, R. I., 

August 26, 1719, and died in 1814. 
VI. William Coggeshall, his son, was born in Bristol, R. I., in 
1758, and died in 1823. He was one of the largest land 
holders in Rhode Island. 
VII. William Coggeshall, his sou, was born in Bristol, R. I., in 
1797, married Mary Ann Wardwell, and died in Fall 
River, Mass., in 1860. 
VIII. William Thomas Coggeshall, his son, was born in Bristol, 
R. I., June 7, 1826. 

{Written by Hon. W. T. C. Wardwell, of Bristol, B. I.) 

The Wardwells have always been leading people of the town (Bristol) 
and State (R. I.) since 1680, the first settlement of the place. Uzel Ward- 
well first came to Bristol, or was here at its settlement, in 1680. He came 
from Massachusetts. The Wardwells intermarried with the Howlands, 
whose ancestors came over in the "Mayflower," and the present Ward- 
wells are descended from this union of the two families. 

John Wardwell married Phoebe Howland in 1741. William Wardwell 
married Mary Howland in 1742. Stephen Wardwell married Mehitable 
Howland in 1746, and John Howland married Martha Wardwell in 1736. 
These Howland children were the daughters and son of Jabez Howland who 


was born in 1662 and died in 1732, as Ms gravestone shows. He was a 
grandson of the Howland who came over in the "Mayflower." William 
Thomas Coggeshall's grandmother Wardwell was a Church, a descend- 
ant of the Captain Cliurch of "King Philip" fame, and who also was 
one of the pioneers of our town in 1680. 

II. Elizabeth Coit Ingersoll was born in Savannah, 
Oa., February 15, 1839. At eight years of age she was 
sent to Norwich, Conn., to attend Miss Coit's school, and 
resided with her aunt, Mrs. Dr. Hooker, under whose care 
she was placed. She afterwards attended school in Spring- 
field, Mass., for a number of years. Her teachers were 
Eev. A. H. Hand, Mr. Chester Chaffee, Miss Bliss, and 
Mr. Strong. For a short time she was a scholar in a young 
ladies' school in New Haven, Conn., conducted by the Rev. 
Mr. Hutchings. Her education was completed at Mrs. 
Lee's school in Pittsfield, Mass. Soon after leavinof school 
she had a very narrow escape from drowning by the capsizr 
ing of a sail boat in Narragansett Bay. 

On November 14, 1861, she was married to John Rigby 
Gill, in Springfield, Mass. The officiating clergyman was 
the Rev. W. W. Woodworth, of the Olivet Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gill settled on a farm four miles south from 
Poughkeepsie, N. Y. In the following year Mrs. Gill united 
with the First Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie. 

Five daughters were born to them : — 

I. Sarah, born March 14, 1863, and died May 2, same year. 
II. Susie Maria, born December 5, 1864. Married September 
24, 1891, Charles Van Winkle. A daughter, Charlotte, 
was born July 3, 1892. 

III. Wilhemina^Rigby, born February 9, 1867. Married August 

1, 1888, Theodore A. Rose. 

IV. Georgianna Boswell, born Januarj^ 9, 1869. 
V. Elizabeth Ingersoll, born March 23, 1871. 

Note. — Mrs. Gill is in possession of a pair of plates which she care- 
fully preserves as an heirloom. They were presented to her on the day of 
her marriage by her grandmother, Elizabeth Martin Ingersoll. These 
same plates had belonged to her great-grandmother, Margaret Moseley 
Ingersoll, over a century ago. 


Mr. Gill died in Poughkeepsie, March 23, 1872, and after 
his death, Mrs. Gill removed to South Framinghara, Mass., 
where she intended to educate her four little girls. From 
there she removed to Hamburg, N. J., and in 1880, to 
Hackensack, N. J., on account of the better educational 
institutions. In the latter place she continued to reside until 
her youngest daughter graduated and her second daughter 
married. She then removed to Garfield, N. J., and there 
resided three years. In Garfield, her eldest daughter was 
married, wearing, upon the occasion, a dress which on a 
similar occasion was worn by her fother's grandmother, one 
hundred and nine years before. After this marriage (1891), 
Mrs. Gill removed to High wood, N. J., where she has con- 
tinued to reside. For a number of years she has been con- 
nected with the Catholic Apostolic Church of New York, 
N. Y. 


(^Written by M-RS. Elizabeth Coit Ingersoli. Gill.) 

The old house on the Hudson, at Milton Ferry, four miles south from 
Poughkeepsie, in which my husband was born and in which he lived up to 
the time of his marriage, has been in possession of the family for over 
one hundred years. During the Revolutionary War, when the British 
landed to burn the mill and other buildings, this house was saved through 
the intercession of one of the servants — Old Mamm Dinah. This faith- 
ful old soul could not be persuaded to leave the premises, and upon the 
arrival of the British set before them her Saturday's baking, and begged 
the officer in charge not to burn the house. The house was spared, but 
not until after much arguing and pleading. As the ships sailed away, 
however, a few musket shots were fired, and the bullet holes may still be 
seen in some of the barns. 


I. Peter Willemse Eoome, married November 26, 1684, Hester 

Van Gilder. Ten children. 
II. Hester, the eighth child, born February 9, 1701, married 
Mr. Elsworth, and after his death, Nicholas Anthony,, 
March 16, 1733. Five children. 
III. Theophilus Anthony, the second child, born August 26^ 
1735, married June 28, 1759, Williraintje Vrcdenburg. 


IV. Willielmina, their only child, born April 15, 1761, married 
April 2, 1783, Kobert Gill, an Englishman residing at 
Milton Ferry. Six children. 
V. Thomas, the eldest child, born November 30, 1785, married 
Maria Cronkright, in 1810. Seven children. 

VI. John Rigby, the third child, was born June 25, 1815. 

III. George Huntington Ingersoll was born in Savan- 
nah, Ga., February 3, 1841. He was a scholar of great 
ability and promise and, in his studies, was always in advance 
of others of his age. When but seventeen years old, his 
father died, and he was obliged to leave school and seek a 
remunerative position. He entered the employ of the Spring- 
field Fire and Marine Insurance Company, and there remained 
until May 7, 1862, about five years, when he resigned in order 
to accept a government position at the National Armory. 
In September of the same year he was transferred to the 
War Department in Washington. In the civil service his 
promotion was rapid. On April 3, 1863, he passed the 
examination and was appointed as a clerk of " Class Two " 
in the Ordnance Department. On October 10, 1863, he 
was promoted to "Class Three," and on December 15, of 
same year, to " Class Four," and a few days after was ap- 
pointed the Chief Clerk of the Property Return Division. 
He was then in his twenty-third year. At this time there 
were employed in this division, nearly two thousand clerks. 
On May 3, 1864, he was relieved from duty as Chief Clerk 
of the Property Return Division and appointed for special 
duty in the Executive Division. 

{Extract from Department Orders of May 3, 1864.) 
"In relieving Mr. Ingersoll from this duty, the Department desires to 
express its appreciation of the ability which he has shown in carrying out 
the system of accountability introduced into this Division of the Ordnance 
Office, and of the faithful manner in which the duties of his office have 
been discharged." 

The following, from the "Quarterly Report of Returns, 
Letters and Reports received. Letters written, Returns ex- 
amined, etc., in the Property Return Division, Ordnance 


Office, for the Quarter ending March 31, 1.864," will serve 
to show the mao-uitude of Mr. Ino-ersoll's work : — 

Reports, Returns and Letters received .... 47,862 

Letters sent out 43,516 

Returns examined 18,138 

Letters and Reports endorsed 44,503 

Returns endorsed 23,125 

Letters, Reports and Returns registered by name . . 41,661 

Returns registered by Co., Reg't, Corps or Post . . 50,593 

Miscellaneous 2,810 

In consequence of this continuous and most arduous work, 
Mr. IngersoH's health gave out, and lie was obliged to resign. 
His resignation was accepted by the Secretary of War, 
August 9, 1864. 

Letters from Chief of Ordnance and his Principal Assis- 
tant : — 

Ordnance Office. 

War Department, 

Washington, August 9, 1864. 
Mr. G. H. Ingersoll, 

Ordnance Office : 
Sir, — I have to inform you tliat the Secretary of War has accepted 
your resignation of the Clerkship of Class Four, held by you in this office, 
to take effect this day. 

You have been entrusted with important duties since you have been 
in this office, vphich, so far as they have come under my notice, you have 
discharged with ability, and I can but hope that your change of avocation 
may soon restore you to health. 
Very respectfully. 

Your Obt. Servt., 


Brig. Gen. Chief Ord. 

Ordnance Office. 

War Department, 

Washington, August 9, 1864. 
Mr. G. H. Ingeksoll : 

Dear Sir, — It is with much regret that I learn to-day of your resig- 
nation of your position as a Fourth-Class Clerk in this office. 

During the whole course of your employment in this Bureau, a period 
of nearly two years, the manner in which you have discliarged the multifa- 
rious and ofttimes very difficult duties assigned you, has met with my 
entire approval, and I should do you injustice if I did not acknowledge the 


careful and yet energetic manner in which you have carried out the official 
instructions given you from time to lime, and the order, method and in- 
dustry you have uniformly introduced in every division of the office in 
which you have been on duty. 

In the labor of reorganizing the business of this office I owe much to 
your hearty co-operation and business talent, and I do not hesitate to say, 
that but for your efforts and the manner in which you seconded my aim in 
the arrangement of the duties of the Property Return Division, it would 
have been impossible to have attained the beneficial results growing out 
•of that reorganization in anything like the time in which it was accom- 

Hoping that you will soon find a suitable field for your energy, business 
talent and capacity, and commending you for the integrity and faithful 
performance of duty which has characterized your course here, 
I remain, 

Truly your friend, 


Captain of Ordnance. 

In January of 1865, Mr. Ingersoll was appointed a recruit- 
ins: ao-ent for tiie State of Connecticut. Tlie followina; is a 
<3opy of his appointment : — 


Governor and Commander-in-Chief nsr and over the State of 

To George H. Ingersoll, Esquire, of Washington, D. C, 
Greeting : 
Reposing special trust and confidence in your skill and integrity, I do, 
by virtue of the statute and regulations of the War Department, me there- 
unto enabling, appoint you a Recruiting Agent, for the State of 
Connecticut, to procure enlistments in the Department of North East 
Virginia for the credit of Connecticut, with full authority to exercise the 
powers and perform the duties incident to said office, until this appoint- 
ment shall be revoked. You will in all your actions be governed by the 
laws of the United States, and the regulations of the War Department, and 
obey all orders you shall receive from this Department or by direction of 
the same. 

In testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, 
and seal of the Executive Department, at Norwich, in 
said State, on this the twelfth day of January in the year 
of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, 
and of the Independence of the United States of America 
the eighty-ninth. 
By his Excellency's Command, WM. A. BUCKINGHAM. 

H. J. MORSE, Adjutant- General. 


After the war, Mr. Ingersoll became connected with the 
Atlantic and Great Western Railway, and established his 
headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. While residing in that city 
he married, in 1866, Miss Sallie May Beechler, of same city. 
After his marriage he removed to Kansas City, and in 1868 
came East with his wife. For a time he resided in Hamburg, 
N. J., but, becoming interested in the management of the 
Coleman House, on Broadway, New York city, and in that of 
the West End Hotel at Long Branch, N. J., he finally settled 
in New York city. In 1872, upon the organization of the 
Twenty-Third Street Railway Company, he was chosen its sec- 
retary. The construction of the road had been going on for 
some time without office organization, and the accounts were 
in D-reat confusion. Mr. Ino-ersoll soon introduced order and 
discipline, and subsequently the management of the road de- 
volved very much upon him. The road constantly increased its 
mileage by construction and by the absorption of other 
roads. This increase caused continued enlargement of all 
arrangements. On one such occasion, when changes were 
being made in his private office, and during a severe storm 
when the temperature was suddenly lowered, he was seized 
with a chill, which was the beginning of pneumonia. In 
August of 1882, he was carried to Hamburg in a very criti- 
cal condition, a special Pullman car having been secured to 
enable him to make the journey. He never fully recovered 
his strength, and after a struggle of eight and a half months, 
he died, January 30, 1883. His body was buried in the 
cemetery of Warwick, N. Y., a place of his own selection. 

Mr. Ingersoll was a man of great ability, and inherited 
the courteous disposition and conscientious character of his 
father. As an organizer, he was most successful, and he 
left a reputation which, for integrity, none can excel. 
Thorough and exact in his w^ork, a beautiful penman, and 
scrupulously neat, he set an example to those who came 
under his control which instilled in them a desire to render 
faithful service and to try to emulate him. He was a very 


early riser, and for a Dumber of years it had been his habit 
to be at his office at six o'clock in the morning. His work 
■was usually concluded by one o'clock, and the remainder of 
the day he devoted to pleasure. He was somewhat of a 
sportsman, was fond of gunning, and was an expert in "cast- 
ing the fly." He was also very fond of horses, and owned 
several very valuable ones. 

Kesolutions op the Board of Directors of the Twenty-Third 
Street Railway Company. 

At a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Twenty-Third 
Street Railway Company, held at their office February 13, 1883, the follow- 
ing resolutions were unanimously adopted : — 

Whereas, The President and Board of Directors of this Company have 
met to record on their minutes their sense of loss at the decease of their 
late Secretary, George H. lugersoll, who, from the original organization 
of the Company, had been an earnest and unfaltering promoter of its 
interests, faithful to the trusts reposed in him ; 

Besolved, That the Board tender their sympathy to the family of the 
deceased in their great affliction and bereavement, and that the Secretary 
be instructed to convey to them a copy of this resolution. 

[signed] JACOB SHARPS, President. 
THOMAS H. McLean, Secretary. 

lY. Harriet Boswell Ingersoll was born in Savan- 
nah, Ga., September 20, 1843, and died October 15, 1847, 
four years of age. 

V. Susan Copeland Ingersoll was born in Wood- 
stock, Fla., November 23, 1846. She was eighteen months 
old when her parents removed to Springfield, Mass., and 
six years of age when she was removed to Fall River, Mass., 
"where she remained until her thirteenth year, passing the 
winters of 1855 and 1856 in Savannah, Ga. From her thir- 
teenth year until the date of her marriage she resided almost 
continually in Springfield. She attended school in Fall 
River, Savannah, and Springfield. Her teachers were Miss 
Lovell, Miss Seabury, Mr. Gordon, Mrs. Lee, and Mr. 
Barrows. Her education was being completed at the 
Springfield High School, when she was obliged to relinquish 


her work on account of poor health. For a year or more 
previous to her marriage she resided in Maryhmd, which 
was then in a ver}'' unsettled condition on account of the 
Civil War. She was in the hands of the rebel raiders at 
Beltsville, when they cut communication between Washing- 
ton and the North, and at another time she fell mto the 
hands of a party of the enemy's cavalry, but was released 
after a brief colloquy. She saw Burnside's entire corps on a 
march from Annapolis to Washington and, with two other 
young ladies, held an American flag as the troops passed, 
and as each regiment filed by, the men loudly cheered the 
"stars and stripes " and the three "Yankee girls." 

In 1870 she united with the North Hardyston Church, in 
Hamburg, and by letter with church in Wyckoff, in 1879, 
church in Jersey City, in 1885, and church in Boonton, in 

She married John Lovell Brown, in Springfield, Mass., 
November 14, 1865. The Rev. Dr. Samuel Buckingham 
performed the ceremony. 

Thirteen children have been born to them : — 

I. Julia Ingersoll, born in Franklin Furnace, N. J., September 
28, 1866. Married Samuel Davis, in Boonton, N. J., 
September 10, 1891. 
II. John Hancock, born in Franklin Furnace, N. J., December 
31, 1867. Married Elizabeth Hanan in Jersey City, N. 
J., December 31, 1888. Children: (1) George IngersoU, 
born in Jersey City, December 13, 1889, and died in 
Boonton, N. J., July 15, 1890; (2) John Harold, born in 
Norfolk, Neb., September 10, 1892. 

III. William Eustis, born in Franklin Furnace, N. J., September 

19, 1869, and died in same place, July 31, 1870. 

IV. Emily Louise, born in Franklin Furnace, N. J., January 11, 

V. Sarah IngersoU, born in Hamburg, N. J., July 1, 1873. 
VI. Lucy Lovell, born in Hamburg, N. J., August 12, 1875. 
VII. Lizzie GilL born in Hamburg, N. J., March 10, 1877. 
VIII. Laura Lovell, born in Wortendyke, N. J., November 3, 
1878, and died in Jersey City, N. J., October 26, 1887. 
IX. Lucius Lovell, born in Wortendyke, N. J., September 7, 


X. George Huntington, born in Wortendyke, N. J., February 

1, 1882. and died in Jersey City, N. J., October 22, 1887. 
XI. Edward Ingersoll, born in "Wortendyke, N. J., September 

13, 1883. 
XII. McCarter, born in Wortendyke, N. J., December 26, 1884. 
XIII. William Eustis, born in Jersey City, N. J., August 27, 1887. 


I. John Brown, born September 29, 1780, married Lucy Cor- 
bin, January 1, 1829. She was a daughter of Samuel 
Corbin and Lucy Learned Corbin, and was born April 1, 
1785, and died August 20, 1835. Her mother, Lucy 
Learned, was a descendant, in the sixth generation, of 
William Learned who died March 1, 1646. 
II. John Hancock Brown, a son of John and Lucy Brown, was 
born November 8, 1813, and married Lucy Berthia Lovell 
March 29, 1842. He died May 19, 1881. His wife, Lucy, 
born May 18, 1824, was a descendant, in the third gener- 
ation, of Shubael Lovell, who was born in 1770. She 
died September 20, 1878. 
III. John Lovell Brown, their son, was born May 22, 1843. 

VI. Sarah Boswell Ingersoll was born in Spring- 
field, Mass., June 23, 1848. She attended select schools 
in Fall River, the family having removed there when she 
was young. In 1866 she removed with her mother and 
family to New Jersey. She was married to Hugh Taylor 
Lawrence, son of Hon. Thomas Lawrence, of Hamburg, 
N. J., November 14, 1870. The marriage ceremony was 
performed by the Rev. A. A. Haines, in the Presbyterian 
church of Hamburg. This marriage was the first to take 
place in this church, which had but shortly before been 
dedicated. In 1871 she united with the Presbyterian church 
on profession of faith. In a most quiet and unostentatious 
way she has ever been ready to aid the sick and suffering 
and to lighten every burden for others. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence continued to reside in Hamburg, 
and there five children were born to them : — 

I. Hattie May, born October 22, 1871, and died in Poughkeep- 
sie, N. Y., July 12, 1872. 
II. George Ingersoll, born June 13, 1874. 

III. Catherine Morris, boi-n February 1 1 , 1876. 

IV. Thomas, born August 28, 1879. 

V. Hugh Taylor, Jr., born August 27, 1881. 


"The Lawrence family are of English extraction. Thomas Lawrence, 
the fifth of his name, having, in 1780, removed to Hamburg from Phila- 
delphia, his birthplace, and settled upon an extensive estate, to the care 
of which he devoted himself. He was also the first postmaster of Ham- 
burg (1795). Thomas Lawrence, his son, the sixth of the name, was born 
in Hamburg, in 1789, and spent his life on the ancestral property. He 
died in 1851. The seventh of the family bearing the name of Thomas is 
now the occupant of the homestead where he was born in 1814. He has 
devoted himself to the improvement of his land, but has also engaged to 
a limited extent in the labors incident to public life, having been since 
1861 a Trustee of the State Normal School, and in 1870, a member of the 
State Board of Education. He is, at the present time (1881), a member 
of the State Senate from Sussex County." * — History of Sussex and War- 
ren Counties, Nero Jersey. 

yil. WoRTHiNGTON HooKER Ingersoll wqs bom in 
Springfield, Mass., October 31, 1852. He married Harriet 
Baker in Scranton, Pa., September 26, 1883. The clergy- 
man performing the ceremony was the Rev. T. R. Beeber. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ingersoll reside in Hamburg, Sussex Co., 
N. J., where Mr. Ingersoll is engaged in business. He is 
the proprietor of the Wallkill Roller Flour Mills, the 
Hamburg Plaster Works, and a lumber and coal yard. For 
many years he has served as chairman of the Township 
Board of Registry and Elections, and for five years has been 
chairman of the Town Committee and a member of the 
School Board. Mr. Ingersoll is a Republican, and has 
served several years as a delegate to the State Convention. 
In the campaign of 1888 he was a member of the State 
Executive Committee of the Republican League. 

Two children have been born to them in Hamburg : — 

I. Bessie Latham, born March 15, 1889. 
II. Margaret Moseley, born December 1, 1892. 

{Written by his sister, Mus. Julia West Coggeshall.) 

Worthington Hooker Ingersoll was born in Springfield, 
Mass., October 31, 1852. His sainted father died when he 

* His grandson, the fourth child of Hugh Taylor Lawrence, is the 
ninth bearing the family name of Thomas. 


•was but three years old, leaving to him the precious legacy of 
his blessing and his benediction — a boon he has always 
valued. From 1860 to 1866 he was a scholar in the public 
schools of Springfield, and he always appreciated and made 
the most of the opportunities offered. In May, 1866, he 
removed, with his mother and sisters, to Franklin Furnace, 
N. J., where he entered, as clerk, the general store of the 
Boston Franklinite Company; later, in September, 1867, 
be became a student at the Newton Collegiate Institute, 
Newton, N. J., and afterwards entered the Linnwood Insti- 
tute at Coytesville, N. J. In September, 1868, he went 
to Wawayanda, Sussex County, N. J., to remain a year as 
clerk in the store of Mr. George Hunt. In September, 
1869, he returned to Franklin Furnace and was employed 
as agent for the Sussex Railroad, then just completed, and as 
assistant bookkeeper in the office of the Franklin Iron Co., 
and while connected with the latter company he had charge 
of their lumber and coal yards. In October, 1871, he went 
to Hamburg, three miles from Franklin Furnace, and entered 
the employ of Beardslee & Brown. In 1872 he built his 
present home, living there with his mother and youngest 
married sister. In July, 1873, he formed a partnership 
with John L. Brown and A. W. Cross, the firm being J. L. 
Brown & Co. ; the business was general milling. In 1874 
he sold out his interest in the firm and accepted a position 
with James B. Davenport as bookkeeper and superintendent 
of the Hamburg Paper Mills. In March, 1876, the mills 
were closed and he went into the employ of the Wallkill 
Cement and Lime Co., of Hamburg. In July, 1877, this 
company failed, and he then began business for himself, 
commencing in a small way. In time, he leased the mills 
and other property of the company which had failed. By 
this time he had a very general business experience in store 
and office work, in flour milling and saw milling, in handling 
coal and lumber, in manufacturing paper, plaster, lime and 
cement, and he also had some knowledge of the railroad 


business. In April, 1881, be closed up his business affairs 
intending to take a year's vacation. He remained a few 
months in Philadelphia and then travelled about, east and 
west, looking over business openings. In the fall of the 
same year he concluded to buy what was called "the Stone 
Mill property," and settle in Hamburg. In April, 1882, he 
took possession. On September 26, 1883, having success- 
fully established himself in business, he married Miss Harriet 
Baker, of Scranton, Pa. In 1871, he united with the North 
Hardyston Presbyterian Church, and of which he has always 
been a hard working member. He has always favored and 
practised total abstinence. In 1878 he was elected to the 
office of elder, and has been, since 1877, almost continuously 
the superintendent of the Sunday school. He is also one of 
the managers of the Sussex County Bible Society, which 
organization last year celebrated its seventy-fifth anniver- 
sary. God's promise " to be a father to the fatherless " has 
been fulfilled to him. 

Mrs. Harriet Baker Ingersoll is a daughter of John 
Gillespie Baker, of Weare, N. H., and was born January 
15, 1857. Through her mother she is a descendant of 
William Latham, who came over in the " Mayflower," of 
John Winslow, brother of Governor Edward Winslow, who 
came over in the " Mayflower," and of Mary Chilton, the 
first female who landed on Plymouth Mock. 


I. Robert Latham, son of William Latham, married, in 1649, 
Susanna Winslow, daughter of John Winsloio and Mary 
Chilton Winslow. 
II. Captain Chilton Latham, their son, bora in 1671, married 
Susanna Kingman in 1699. Died in 1751. 

III. Arthur Latham, their son, born in 1705, married Alice 

Allen in 1733. Died in 1736. 

IV. Nehemiah Latham, their son, born in 1735, married Lucy 

Harris in 1757. Died in 1807. 
V. Arthur Latham, their son, born February 16, 1758, married 
Mary Post, May 21, 1782. Died November 25, 1843. 


VI. William Harris Latham, their son, born June 13, 1788, mar- 
ried Azuba Jenks, October 18, 1809. 
VII. Mary Ann Latham, their daughter, born March 27, 1823, 
married John Gillespie Baker, May 18, 1852. 
VIII. Harriet Baker, their daughter, was born January 15, 1857. 


I. Harriet Jencks Ingersoll was born in Springfield, 
Mass., October 1, 1835. For several years she attended 
Miss Campbell's school in Springfield, and when about thir- 
teen years of age entered the " Academy " at Norwich, Conn., 
which was then in charge of Dr. and Mrs. Webster. While 
attending the " Academy," she resided with and was under 
the care of her aunt, Mrs. Dr. Hooker. In the following 
year. Miss Jane Ingersoll opened her " Young Ladies' Sem- 
inary," in Norwich, and she became one of her scholars, and 
there continued her studies until the spring of 1853. In the 
fall following she entered the famous " Hartford Female 
Seminary," at Hartford, Conn., and there completed her 
education, having taken a special course of study. The 
seminary was then in charge of Miss Catharine Esther 
Beecher, that most distinguished of New England teachers. 
She was married August 13, 1856, to Charles Phelps Hun- 
tington Ripley, of New York (formerly of Norwich, Conn.), 
The marriage ceremony was performed in the Olivet 
Church, at Springfield, by the Rev. George De Forest 

Mr. Ripley, through his mother, Ruth LeflSngwell Hunt- 
ington, is a descendant of Major-General Jabez Huntington, 
who was given the command of the troops of Connecticut, 
at the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, and who in 
so many ways materially aided the cause of Independence, 
and through General Huntington's wife, Elizabeth Backus, 
he is a descendant of Lieutenant Thomas Tracy, of Nor- 


wich.* He was born in Norwich, Conn., November 26, 
1832, and is the eldest son of James Leonard Ripley, who 
was a great-great-grandson of Hannah Bradford, daughter 
of William Bradford, Jr., Deputy Governor of Plymouth 
Colony, and granddaughter of Governor William Bradford, 
who came over in the "Maj'^flower." 
Five children have been born : — 

I. Charles Stedman, born in Brooklyn, N. Y., June 20, 1857. 
Lieutenant, United States Navy. Married, April 15, 
1886, Katharina Margaretta von Hausse, daughter of 
Johann von Hausse, of Speyer-on-the-RMne. 
II. Edward Ingersoll, born in Brooklyn, N. Y., November 16, 

III. A female child (unnamed), twin to Edward Ingersoll. 

Died fourteen hours after birth. 

IV. James Huntington, born in Brooklyn, N. Y., October 3, 

1859. Married, February 2, 1886, Jennie Tannatt Day, 
daughter of Alfred D. Day, of Springfield, Mass. A 
daughter, Mary Day, was born in Springfield, Febru- 
ary 23, 1892. 
V. Henry Brewer, born in New York, N. Y., May 22, 1863, and 
died in Springfield, Mass., September 10, 1864. 

* See Boswell Ancestry, pages 62 and 63. 

Note. — The Ripleys are of Saxon origin and come from Yorkshire, 
England, in which shire the town of Ripley is situated. In former times 
there was a feudal castle attached to the town, and was in possession of 
the " Ripleys of Ripley." Some portions of the ancient structure are yet 
standing. The Ingleby family came into possession of the castle and 
estates towards the close of the fourteenth century. The main structure, 
as it now stands, was built by Sir William Ingleby in the reign of William 
and Mary, but the great tower is far more ancient, having belonged to the 
former structure, supposed to have been erected by the Ripleys. The 
castle is known in England as " Ripley Castle." 

Note. — Mr. Ripley's paternal ancestor, William Ripley, came from 
England and settled in Hingham, Mass., in 1638. He came to America in 
the ship " Diligent," of Ipswich, commanded by John Martin, and brought 
with him his wife and four children. 



II. Caroline Phelps Ingersoll was born in Savannah, 
Ga., February 1, 1838. She first attended school in Spring- 
£eld, in the "old barracks'* on the armory grounds, and 
later, Mr. Bang's school in the same city, and afterwards 
Mrs. Mary Lee's school in Pittsfield, Mass., and when Mrs. 
Lee removed her school to Springfield, she continued her 
studies with her there. 

Towards the close of the Civil War, Miss Ingersoll's 
patriotic zeal prevailed over all personal considerations, and 
in November of 1864 she proceeded South as one of that 
noble band of Northern ladies who, following in the wake of 
the conquering armies, braved the perils and endured the 
hardships that they might aid in the " cause of freedom " and 
humanity by befriending and instructing the many emanci- 
pated negroes who, in their ignorance, were incompetent 
to become free men and free women. 

Miss Ingersoll took the federal oath of allegiance, and at 
her post on Ladies' Island, near Beaufort, S. C, she labored 
assiduously for many months. Her school was in a cotton- 
house on the Bythewood Plantation. 

Miss Ingersoll's experiences while in the South were most 
exciting, and a detailed account of them would fill many 
pages. She was in Beaufort and saw Sherman's troops when 
they entered, on their famous march to the sea. She was in 
Savannah a week after Sherman took possession (December 
21, 1864), and also was in Charleston a few days after the 
city was abandoned by its garrison (February 17, 1865). 
She was shown many attentions and greatly aided in her 
work by the general oflicers and their aids. By special invi- 
tation she was present and witnessed the re-raising of the 
"stars and stripes" over Fort Sumter, making the trip from 
Beaufort in that famous little steamer, the "Planter," com- 
manded by Eobert Small. At the conclusion of the cere- 
monies, a federal ensign, which had been raised over the 
platform where brave old General Anderson sat, was pre- 
sented to Miss Ingersoll ; and this same flag is now in the 



possession of the Historical Society of Providence, R. I. 
She was also at Fairfax Court House and saw the army, 
seventy thousand strong, when it was reviewed by General 
McClellan and the Duke de Chartres and Count de Paris, 
who were then attached to his staff. 

Upon the conclusion of her labors Miss IngersoU returned 
to her home in Springfield. 

She was married in Springfield, April 18, 1872, to Richard 
Sheldon Ely, of New York City, a son of William Ely, of 
Hartford, and Clarissa May Davis Ely, daughter of Major 
Robert Davis,* of Boston. The marriage ceremony was per- 
formed by the Rev. George De Forest Folsom, assisted by Rev. 
Dr. Samuel Buckingham, of Springfield. Mr. Ely was born 
in Hartford, Conn., May 25, 1818. He was a merchant and 
banker in Liverpool, England, for six years, and during that 
time (1853-59) was elected president of the "American 
Chamber of Commerce " in that city. He first visited Europe 
in 1839 ; and that winter, while residing in Paris, was pre- 
sented by the American Minister to the King (Louis Philippe) 

* " Eobert Davis was a major of artillery during the Eevolutionary 
War. He was an active member of the ' Boston Tea Party,' and was in 
service throughout the ' siege of Boston.' When the troops follovired the 
retreating British to the outlet of the harbor, he sent to his wile, by spe- 
cial messenger, the earliest news of their final departure, written on part of 
a barrel head, the only stationery at hand. His resemblance to Washing- 
ton was so striking that he was often mistaken for him. His brothers 
were the Hon. Caleb Davis, Speaker of the House of Representatives of 
Massachusetts in 1780, and delegate from Boston to the Massachusetts 
Constitutional Convention in 1787, and Brigadier-General Amasa Davis. 
All the brothers resided in Boston, and were members of the Ancient and 
Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts." 

Note. — The name of Ely, as a surname, was derived from tlie well- 
known Isle of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, which has been known as a relig- 
ious seat from the earlier periods of Christian history. But there is 
authority that the place, Ely, owes its name to a personage who bore the 
name, as his distinguishing cognomen, Helie, and who was no less than 
the last of thirty-three old British kings, or dukes, who ruled the south- 
ern portion of the '■'Anglian Isle" from one to three centuries before the 
Christian Era. 


and the members of the royal family. The court dress, which 
etiquette required him to wear upon the occasion, is still in 
his possession. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ely, when not travelling in Europe, reside 
at their home in New^ York City, except during the summer 
months. Their two children were both born in New York. 

I. Richard Fenwick, born March 4, 1874. Student at Yale 

University, class of 1896. 
II. Maud Ingersoll, born Februai-y 29, 1876. 

III. William Edw^aed Ingersoll was born in Spring- 
field, Mass., September 22, 1842, and was educated in the 
public schools of that city. 

His first employment was in the office of his father, the 
disbursing ofiicer of the National Armory. Upon several 
occasions, during the continuance of the Civil War, he 
served as a special ordnance messenger, charged with the 
care and delivery of arms forwarded from the armory to 
points south. 

In February of 1867, Mr. Ingersoll started for San Fran- 
cisco on a trip of pleasure and instruction, with the idea of 
ultimately going around the world. As there were then 
no railways connecting our Atlantic and Pacific coasts, he 
proceeded by way of Aspinwall, crossing the Isthmus of 
Panama. The French were then invading Mexico, and Mr. 
Ingersoll, on his way up the Pacific coast, arrived in Aca- 
pulco the day after the French troops had taken possession 
of the city. Arriving in California, he was so enchanted 
with the climate and the cosmopolitan life that existed 
there at that time, that he remained for nearly three years. 
During these years, however, he never gave up the idea of 
ultimately continuing on his journey around the world. But 
in 1870 circumstances occurred which put an end to the trip 
around the world, and brought Mr. Ingersoll back to the 
New England States. Upon his return he settled in Had- 
dam. Conn., and there resided for two years, during which 
time he was engaged in working a stone quarry. While in 


this business he married, May 16, 1872, Annie Gardner 
Hart, of Springfield, and, with his bride, started house- 
keeping in Haddam. 

In May of 1874 Mr. Ingersoll gave up his business in 
Haddam in order to accept a position in the New York Life 
Insurance Company. The company's headquarters for 
Europe were then in London, and it was there that Mr. 
Ingersoll entered the company's service as an office employee. 
In September of the same year the office was removed from 
London to Paris, and about this time Mr. Ingersoll was 
advanced from book-keeper to cashier, and soon afterwards 
from cashier to sub-manager. In January of 1889 Mr. 
Ingersoll was appointed the general manager for Europe, 
and since has held that position. 

During the Paris Exposition (1889), Mr. Ingersoll was 
nominated by the Commissioner General of the United 
States Department, as one of the United States Jury. In 
connection with the Exposition he rendered certain services 
to Denmark, relative to the Danish exhibit, which the king 
of that country recognized by bestowing upon him the 
Danish Order of Dannebrog, one of the oldest orders in 
Europe and most difficult to obtain. In August of 1892, he 
was made a member, by right of inheritance, of the MiUtarT/ 
Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. 

IV. John Martin Ingersoll was born in Springfield^ 
Mass., January 26, 1845, and received his education in the 
public schools of the same city. During the War of the 
Rebellion he served an enlistment in the 8th Massachusetts 
Volunteers. He was but nineteen years of age at the time 
of his enlistment, but, notwithstanding his youth, was 
appointed a corporal in Company " A " as soon as the regi- 
ment was mustered. This company consisted entirely of 
men from Springfield. He was honorably discharged when 
the regiment was mustered out of service on the 10th of 
November, 1864. In the January following, as a special 


messenger of the government, he was sent South from the 
National Armory at Springfield in charge of ordnance stores, 
and while eii route, on board the steamer " Georgianna," 
narrowly escaped drowning. The following accounts of the 
disaster were published at the time : — 

Collision in the Chesapeake. 

Fortress Monroe, Jan. 10, 1865. 
The Mail Steamer " Georgianna," whicli left Baltimore Monday evening, 
bound to Old Point, collided with the schooner "John Walker," bound up 
the bay, at about two o'clock this morning, between Smith's Point Light 
and the Wolf Trap. The night was dark and stormy, with a thick fog, so 
that the schooner, under sail, was not discovered until it was too late to 
avoid the disaster. The bowsprit struck the steamer near the forward 
gangway, completely wrecking the light-work and staterooms as far aft 
as the port wheel-house. Three hands and the stewardess belonging to 
the steamer are missing. Several of the passengers were slightly injured, 
and one or two are thought to be lost. The schooner sustained little 

The weather still continues unsettled and stormy. — Neio York -Herald. 

A Narrow Escape. 
John M. IngersoU, of this city, son of Major Edward Ingersoll, had a 
very narrow escape from drowning in Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday morn- 
ing last, while on board the steamer " Georgianna," bound from Baltimore 
to Fortress Monroe, as a special messenger in charge of ordnance stores. 
In dense fog and rain, about two o'clock, and while the passengers 
were asleep in their staterooms on deck, the steamer came in collision 
with a schooner which swept off nine staterooms with contents at once 
into the sea. Young Ingersoll managed to get hold of a plank and, though 
severely bruised on the head and shoulders, was picked up after being in 
the water half an hour, though he lost everything save the shirt and 
trousers in which he lay asleep. Seven lives were lost and two persons 
are yet missing. One man, a passenger from Baltimore, was caught 
between two timbers and held by the head, injuring him so that he died 
soon after. The steamer was not otherwise damaged and returned to Bal- 
timore for repairs. The schooner was uninjured save the loss of her 
bowsprit and, after the collision, assisted in saving those swept overboard 
as far as possible. Major General Meade was ou board. Mr. Ingersoll 
reached home this morning, and for his safe return his many friends are 
truly grateful. — Spritiyfiekl Daily Bepublican. 

In the spring of 1870, Mr. Ingersoll became interested in 
the quarrying of stone at Haddam, Conn., and entered the 


employ of Isaac Arnold who was then the proprietor of the 
quarries. In time, he hecame Mr. Arnold's business mana- 
ger, and was permanently settled in Haddam. He married 
Sabra Anna Arnold, the only daughter of his employer. He 
was married in Haddam, November 12, 1872,* by the Rev. 
E. E. Lewis, pastor of the Congregational Church of Had- 
dam. His wife, Sabra Anna, was born December 24, 1845. 
Two children were born in Haddam : — 

I. Harriet Arnold, born August 15, 1876. 
II. Charles Martin, born August 9, 1878. 

Mr. Ingersoll died in Haddam, March 4, 1885. His death 
was caused by pneumonia, the termination of a severe cold 
contracted while fish i no; throuo;h the ice on the Connecticut 

[copy of corporal's warrant.] 

The CojvoiANDiNG Officer of the Eighth Regiment of Massachusetts 
Volunteer Militia. 

To all vjho shall see these Presents, Greeting : 

Know Ye : That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, 
valor, fidelity, and abilities of John M. Ingersoll, I do duly appoint him 
Corporal in Company A of the 8th Regiment of Massachusetts Vol- 
unteers now in the service of the United States, to rank as such from 
the 13th day of July, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-four. He is 
therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of Corporal by 
doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging. And I 
do strictly charge and require all Nan- Commissioned Officers and Soldiers 
under his command to be obedient to his orders as Corporal. And he is 
to observe and follow such orders and directions from time to time, as he 
shall receive from me, or the future Commanding Ofiicer of the Regiment, 
or other Superior Ofllcers and Non-Coramissioned Officers set over him, 
according to the rules and discipline of War. 

* "The wedding, at Haddam, Conn., of Mr. John M. Ingersoll, formerly 
of this city, to Miss Arnold, a sister of Capt. Isaac Arnold, U. S. Army 
recently stationed at the Spriugflekl Armory, was a notable and pleasant 
occasion. The epizootia, however, broke in upon the proposed arrange- 
ments somewhat, and as there was not a well horse in the place the bridal 
train to the railway station, after the wedding ceremony, consisted of two 
ox teams which were, in honor of the occasion, most gaily decorated." 


This Warrant to continue in force during the pleasure of the Com- 
manding Officer of the Regiment for the time being. 

Given under my hand at the Head Quarters of the Regiment at 
Baltimore, Md., this second day of August in the Year of our Lord one 
thousand eight hundred and sixty-four. 

By the Commanding Officer, 


Commanding the Begiment. 
Lieut. Chauncy Hickox, 

Act. Adjt. of the Begiment. 

V. James Child Ingersoll was born in Springfield, 
Mass., September 27, 1848. He received his education in 
the public schools of Springfield. In 1863 he obtained a 
position at the National Armory in his father's office, and, 
with the exception of two years, during which time he 
resided in New York, he has continued in the service of the 
government at the National Armory. 

He married in Springfield, June 4, 1873, Ellen Persis 
Newell, daughter of Horace Sessions Newell, of Springfield. 
She was born January 30, 1852. 

Three children were born in Springfield : — 

I. Bobert Newell, born January 29, 1875. Graduated from 
the State Military Institute of Florida, in May, 1892. At 
time of graduation he was the senior captain, and the 
adjutant of the Corps of Cadets. 
II. Elizabeth Mai tin, born August 1, 1877. 
III. Baymond, born September 6, 1880. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ingersoll were members of the choir of the 
South Church (Springfield) for five years, and for thirteen 
years have been members of the choir of the First Congre- 
gational Church (Springfield). Mr. Ingersoll is a member 
and officer of the Orpheus Club of Springfield. 

Note. — Robert Sessions, one of Mrs. Ingersoll's ancestors, resided in 
Boston previous to the Revolutionary War, and was in the employ of 
Major Robert Davis. He was one of the party who, in company with 
Major Davis, boarded the British ships and threw the tea overboard. 


VI. Isabella Ingersoll was born in Springfield, Mass., 
September 12, 1850. Her education was obtained at Miss 
Howard's school in Springfield. She was married June 4, 
1872, to George Endicott Wilder, of Boston. The follow- 
ing account of the wedding was published in the Springfield 
Daily Republican: — 

The Grand "Wedding. 

More unpropitious weather than that of last night could scarcely 
have befallen a wedding party; yet an exceptionally brilliant and nicely 
dressed assemblage honored such an occasion at the house of Major 
Ingersoll, on Armory Square. The marriage took place at the Olivet 
Church, where the guests, while waiting for the appointed hour, listened 
to selections from "Martha," " L'Eclair," "Faust," " Tannhauser," 
performed on the organ, which was also played softly during the entire 
ceremony. The officiating cleiigyraen were Eev. G. De Forest Folsom, a 
former, and Kev. L. H. Cone, the present, pastor of the Olivet Church. 
The bridal party left the church to the music of Mendelssohn's Wedding 
March, and drove to the family mansion on Armory Square, where the 
bride and groom received the congratulations of their friends under an 
exquisite floral design, representing a marriage bell. A covered passage- 
way had been built from the house to the arsenal, and a portion of the 
latter transformed by the decorator's art into as beautiful a dancing hall as 
heart could wish. As befitted the place, the national colors, in flags and 
streamers, were everywhere to be seen, while Springfleld muskets, sabres, 
and swords, in handsome groupings, glistened on all sides, and even a 
field-piece stood in an alcove, as if ready to add its word of congratulation 
in honor of the occasion. In this place, illumined by gas jets iu fanciful 
shapes, and echoing to the bewitching music of the Germanias, no wonder 
the guests quickly forgot the storm outside in the delights of the festivi- 
ties within. The bride, a belle in fact as well as in name, looked and was 
charming, and the occasion of her taking-off will be remembered as a real 
and delightful event in our fashionable society. 

Mr. Wilder was born in Lancaster, Mass., October 7, 
1841, and is a son of Captain Daniel Kelsey Wilder and 
Mary Morse Andrews Wilder, both of Lancaster. Captain 
Wilder was the master of the brig " Highlander," of Thomas- 
ton, Me., when she was wrecked in 1847 on one of the 
Bahama Islands. He and his crew were taken oft' by 
wreckers and carried into Nassau. There Captain Wilder 
died, and his body was buried on the island. 


The records of the town of Lancaster show that the im- 
mediate ancestors of Captain Wilder took active parts in the 
early Colonial Wars and the French and Indian War. 
During the Ke volution, however, they were Tories as were 
many others in that vicinity. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wilder have resided almost continually in 
Boston, except during the summer months, which they usually 
pass at their country residence at Chestnut Hill, Mass. They 
have made several pleasure trips through Europe. Mr. Wilder 
has been for many years a member of the Boston Stock 
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