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From: "Bill Brewer" <>
Subject: Re: [ALL] Ingram family of Indiana Township
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 09:19:35 -0800
Diane, and any others that are interested...
You've summed up my information nicely, Diane, and saved me a rather long
and drawn out email I was constructing. You got it all very concisely, so
I've discarded mine.
One thing...I think I made a mistake when I identified the Arthur Ingraham
on board the ship "Thomas Gelston" from Belfast. The ship docked in
Philadelphia on 8 May 1817. Since Thomas Ingram, the presumed first son of
Arthur and Sarah Ingram (or Ingraham), was born 19 Oct 1817, it would be
impossible for Arthur to be his father if Arthur didn't arrive in the U.S.
until May 1817. Also, Arthur would not have satisfied the residency
requirements of the time in order to file his Naturalization papers on 10
Nov 1817 (a Declaration of Intent) if he had only arrived in May. It's
possible, of course, that he had previously lived in the U.S. and returned
to Ireland for a few months, but this seems to be reaching a bit.
I have found the name spelled both as Ingram and as Ingraham. My
great-grandmother, Lauretta Jane Ingraham, insisted that the name was
spelled "Ingraham." She was a daughter of William John Ingraham and his
wife, Mary Ann Silvey, and of course a granddaughter of Arthur Ingraham and
Sarah Stewart of Indiana Township. William John Ingraham married Mary Ann
Silvey of Sharpsburg, PA on 24 Jul 1851. They subsequently moved to Morgan
County, Ohio where Lauretta Jane was born on 25 Dec 1863. Later they moved
on to Calloway County, Missouri, then to Lyon County, Kansas where Lauretta
Jane married John Willard Brewer on 18 Jan 1888. The family, now minus
Lauretta Jane and two other daughters who married in Kansas, then moved on
to Monroe, Snohomish County, Washington where both William John and Mary Ann
died, he on 26 Oct 1903 and she on 1 Oct 1909.
An interesting, but obviously inaccurate family story concerns Arthur Ingram
Sr. According to this story, Arthur was a sea captain in Britain before
coming to the United States. He resided, in the U.S. in New York, during
which time he was also a sea captain...in both cases it is not specified
whether he was in the navy of the two countries, or a merchant sea captain.
During the Revolutionary War, again according to the story, he was captured
by the British and held captive for eleven years before escaping somehow,
and returning to the U.S., this time locating in Allegheny County, PA.
Now, this tale is obviously inaccurate, and perhaps totally false. Arthur's
census records and his tombstone establish a birth date sometime around
1778, making him far too young to have taken any part in the Revolutionary
War. However, it is a fact that between the end of the Revolutionary War
and the War of 1812
the British persistently stopped U.S. ships on the high seas and impressed
seamen they considered to be British citizens. This was a major cause of
the War of 1812. It is possible that Arthur Ingram, having been born in
Ireland, might have been taken by the British in this manner. There is also
a possibility that the family story confused our Revolutionary War with the
aborted Irish Revolution of 1798, and that Arthur was taken prisoner during
that conflict. It does seem that Arthur was unusually old in 1817 to have
fathered his first child, so maybe he was a captive for eleven years, or an
I will be happy to share any information I have with any interested parties.
----- Original Message -----
From: "D. Nichols" <>
Sent: Friday, March 12, 2004 8:32 AM
Subject: [ALL] Ingram family of Indiana Township
> To everyone searching for bits and pieces of the Ingram family, here's my
two cents worth.
> Several years ago, Bill Brewer contacted me about this family, some of
whom are buried in the Pine Creek Cemetery. This was located in Indiana
Township, then O'Hara Twp.. and now Fox Chapel Boro. Much of the info comes
from Bill, whose e-mail address was . Haven't heard from
him in a while. We started corresponding about the Silvey family buried in
> Bill found a record of the ship"Thomas Gelston" docked at Philly between
January and June of 1817 will Arthur Ingraham on board from Belfast. An
Arthur Ingraham filed Naturalization papers in Allegheny County on November
10, 1817, stating he was born in Ireland. The name is later spelled Ingram
in records, but Bill had a relative that spelled it the old way too.
> Arthur Ingram and his wife Sarah were members of the Pine Creek church in
1839. There are 6 Ingram tombstones in Pine Creek Cemetery, including
Arthur and Sarah, Mary Wible who probably was the wife of Arthur's son
Arthur, one of Arthur and Mary's children, Thomas Ingram and a daughter of
> An 1851 map of Indiana Twp.. show 3 Ingraham residences, that of A.
Ingraham, D. Ingraham and T. Ingraham
> Arthur Ingram's will lists his children, and Bill gave the following list
from that and other sources:
> Thomas - b. October 9, 1817. Buried in Pine Creek Cemetery.
> Arthur - b. 1823, from a newspaper obituary which stated that he
starved to death on August 11, 1889 while on a trip
> to the Yukon. He went to California during the gold rush, then
back to PA before living in Kansas.
> David - b. December 5, 1825 from a Topeka Kansas newspaper obituary
when he died in 1887. Buried in Allegheny
> County. Bought land in Kansas in the 1860s, moved there in 1885.
> William John - b. October 13, 1827 from family papers. He married
Mary Ann Silvey and moved to Ohio, Missouri
> and then Washington state.
> Henry - b. about 1830. Little known about him.
> Sarah Ann - b. about 1832. Very little known.
> Arthur Ingram's will is in Will Book Volume 7, page 381-382 Allegheny
County, 1853 probated.
> I have more info from Bill, if this touches a nerve out there.
> Diane Nichols
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