The Ingalls Inquirer e-newsletter
Vol. 1-10
March, 1984-November, 1993
Published by Arlene Ingalls Schrader
ISSN 1933-7329

Vol. 9, No. 2 - July, 1992



NOTE: These dates may not be for the current year. Please contact area family representatives for current time and meeting place.

FRANK & IDELLA INGALLS - 65th Annual reunion of the descendants on Saturday August 3, 1991, Mears, Michigan Potluck dinner. . . .

JAMES PARSHALL INGALLS - Met Saturday, August 10, 1991 at noon. Eating at 1 pm. Please bring a dish to pass, drinks, table service and lawn chair. Held at Don & Irene Ingalls, Unadilla, NY. For more information contact Irene or Diane Hughes.

JAMES E INGALLS and CHARITY LANE - met August 11, 1990 at Avon, NY. Contact Gertrude Smith, Webster, NY for more current information.

JACOB INGALLS family - Met October 12, 1991 in the Greenville-Norton Hill United Methodist Church Hall, on Route 81, Norton Hill, NY for their 63rd annual reunion at 111:30 am. Each to furnish toward lunch, except meat, biscuits and butter which will be provided from the General Fund. The Truman Ingalls Family will host - Gladys Bettina, Sec, Beacon, NY.

ALBERT EUGENE INGALLS - ROSA MAY DELANEY descendants met July 7 and 8, 1990 in West River, S. Dakota Contact Mable Stomprud, Mud Butte, SD for current information.

INGALLS, BECKMAN, DUNN REUNION - Met July 24, 25, 1990 in Eugene and Junction City, Oregon. The 1991 reunion was scheduled for Tacoma, WA, with Marion & Bertha Ingalls, hosts.


Please submit your reunion schedules to the editor for next year's calendar Please include the branch on the Ingalls tree you are on so people may contact you and share information on kin.


News from Linda Wright, Orlando, 328121 The second reprinting of Charles Burleigh, M.D.'s 1903 edition of The Ingalls Family in America is available - price per copy $20 which includes postage and handling.

The following is a note from Linda regarding her travels and an update the progress of the genealogy updates you all have been submitting to us for publication. Thanks, Linda, for keeping us informed of the progress on this project!

Some of you have written about errors in the Burleigh edition - if you have accurate data or any changes you feel should be noted re this book, please send them in to Linda or myself so we can update our records - AIS

Linda Ingalls Wright
22 Jun 1992

Dear Cousins,

Last summer I finished a quest that had started a few years before--visiting all the communities, towns, cities named Ingalls. The final two were Ingalls Park, IL and. Ingalls, MI. Ingalls Park, IL is a sleepy residential community just to the east of Joliet. The only establishments I found to identify that you were in the community were the Methodist Church and a liquor store. It's just a few square blocks big.

Ingalls, MI has been visited by a few of our cousins. It is a dying community. Even the building the post office is in is for sale. In some of the reading I've done (which isn't too much), it seems that most of the towns named Ingalls were named after the Kansas senator, John J. Ingalls (B3357). The only exception is Ingalls, MI which is named for Melville E. Ingalls (B4559).

I hope to possibly revisit Ingalls, AR this summer and see it in the daylight. It seems to be a small community in the middle of a national forest.

I want at this time to apologize to you for dragging my feet on the book Arlene and I are working on. One of these days I hope to be back on track. I should also link to clarify that it should not be viewed as an update of Burleigh's book but rather as a compilation of Ingalls descendants, most of whom can trace their lineage to Burleigh's book. Linda /s/



OSCAR "GUS" INGALLS - Spokane, WA - submitted by Susan Ingalls, Spokane, WA - Obit was published in May 27, 1992, Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA. Can anyone tie in the ancestors of Oscar Ingalls? Or his descendants?

Oscar ‘Gus’ Ingalls

No service will be held for Oscar "Gus" Ingalls at his request. Riplinger Funeral Home is in charge of cremation and arrangements.

Mr. Ingalls, 80, died Monday. He was a lifetime resident of Spokane and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. He was a painter for Northern Pacific Railway.

Mr. Ingalls was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen and the Boilermakers Union.

Survivors include a son, Don Ingalls of Spokane; a daughter, Elaine Sanders of Spokane; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.


CHARLES ROYAL SPAULDING - Longwood, FL - buried in Bridgeton, Maine. Died 7 June 1991, obit published in Orlando Sentinel 9 June 1991. Submitted by Linda Wright, Orlando, FL. Linda notes: see Dorcas Cheney INGELL. Contact Linda for further information.

Spaulding, Charles Royal

CHARLES ROYAL SPAULDING, 81, 520 Preston Road, Longwood, died June 7, 1991. Private service and internment will be in Ingalls Hill Cemetery, Bridgton, Maine. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Born in Richmond, Vermont, he summered in Bridgton, Maine and moved to Florida from Danbury, Conn. in 1967. Mr. Spaulding was a master pilot for Pan American World Airways for 26 years from 1941-1967 during which time he crossed the Atlantic Ocean 800 times. On one trip he set a speed record for piston passenger planes and he also flew the first non-stop flight from New York to Dakar, Senegal, French West Africa, a distance of 4485 miles. He was a check pilot for 17 years and commissioned a Lt. in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945 in order to fly Navy flying boats across the Atlantic to N. Africa. He also flew cargo airplanes in an Air Force uniform during WWII. Captain Spaulding, on May 19, 1938, flew the first airmail from Hudson, Mass. Carey-Hand Garden Chapel, Home for Funerals, S. Longwood.



From Mrs. Margaret Frandsen, Las Vegas, NV: I am researching the INGALLS family and am hoping you can help me.

LEVI AND SARAH REDMAN INGALLS were in Indiana in 1846. They had the following children:

JOSEPH married Mattie _____
AMY married James Boyce, brother of Elizabeth's husband JOHN
WILLIAM married Nona ____
SARAH married Miles Winters
ANN married Lemuel Summers
ELIZABETH was born 31 Dec 1846 in Indiana. Married William Leslie BOYCE 1 Feb 1866 in Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin. She died 31 March 1907 in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S. Dakota

I need any information about any of the above individuals, places of birth, death/burial, marriages, etc. I look forward to hearing from you.


From Martha H. West, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: Still looking for information on the wife of Henry Morris Ball - married Sept 1, 1875 Eunice E. Drullard b May 27 1841 in Albany NY - daughter of Solomon and Eunice (Ingalls) Drullard of French and English descent. The children of this marriage: Fred Henry, Arthur Rea, Margaret Loraine b 29 March 1885.

Does anyone have knowledge of this particular Ingalls line?


(From Notes from Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Inc, Pepin, Wisconsin 54759 - May 1992 issue)

PETER AND ELIZA INGALLS farm - from Arthur Mort of Milaca, Minnesota. And also the name and address of David R and Dianne Ingalls, Plato, MO.


More Ingalls Genealogy

One of our members, Arthur Mort of Milaca, Minnesota has written us occasionally of his efforts to research the Ingalls story in his area. Although he has come to lots of "dead ends," he does say that the old Peter and Eliza Ingalls farm is on the east end of a township road (now 120th Street) near the Rum River. Peter was 64 years old when he and Eliza Jane pur­chased these 240 acres of land in Bogus Brook Township south of Milaca in 1893. This was a beautiful farm but is now deserted.

Peter Ingalls died of a heart attack in 1900 and is buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca. Many people visit his grave which is located just inside the cemetery gate on the east side of the road. Mr. Mort further states that his daughters place flowers on the Ingalls grave when they tend their family graves each Memorial Day. After Peter's death, Eliza Jane moved to California and is buried there. Peter's son, Llewelyn, later had the farm, but sold it to Harry Bos in 1916.

Possibly a family connection can be made to the above with a note left at Pepin by visitors on August 10, 1991 by David R. and Dianne Ingalls. Their address is Plato, MO, and their phone number is . . . David and Dianne's note stated (quote) '"My Grandpa, Edmund L. Ingalls was double-first cousin to Laura. His (Edmund's) parents were Peter and Eliza Ingalls, brother and sister to Charles and Caroline." David and Dianne named their first daughter, Laura.

(Editors note: It seems to this writer that the above named Llewelyn Ingalls and Edmund Ingalls were brothers. It's a small world for our news sources to thus mesh!)



The World Book of Ingalls is sending impressive sales letters to persons with the surname, Ingalls. Almon Ingalls of Flushing, MI shares this letter. One of the claims is that you'll be provided with an international directory of virtually every Ingalls household (with address). It also has some history of the first immigrants to America, etc. The letterhead contains an Ingalls family crest, with William W. Ingalls, Director underneath. The letter is signed by William W. Ingalls, i. a.- in absentia? Is there a real William W. Ingalls? I would like to hear from this person. The book is selling for pre-publication price of $29.50 plus postage and handling charge $1.88 (Total $31.38 each). Order from William W. Ingalls, Bath OH 44210. PLEASE NOTE: A similar book has been offered in the past by Halbert's, Inc., Bath OH.

Similar books are being offered under various names. A comment from one of our family members, "We got the family registry. It was mailed Jan 15 1988 from Akron, Ohio.

My cousin had sent for the same thing under a different name and received the same information as we did only using a different name. There are 30 pages that could be applicable to any name. We got names and addresses of other Trende's - 3 in Canada, 3 in Australia and 37 in the U.S. Some we know, some we don't. My cousin got 18 names, one of them his own son in Calif. (He lives in Ariz.)

We sent the registry book back and will see if we get a refund."

Look out for familiar names - WHITNEY, BAYLEY, TAYLOR, HALBERT, ROSS - They are a group of very unprofessional individuals who produce what they call family tree books, These books are all the same except for a listing, by zip code, from a telephone directory, of names and addresses of any surname heads of households. Please be aware of these publications.

There have been law suits against some of these individuals because of mail fraud.

Thanks Almon Ingalls for alerting us!


Laura Ingalls Wilder - The Westville Florida Years by Alene M. Warnock Some genealogy was taken from this book on PETER FRANKLIN INGALLS b 16 Nov 1866 d 1932. Quoting from Mrs. Lou Ellen Simmons, Hackberry LA letter of March 1992:

PETER RILEY INGALLS and ELIZA ANN QUINER had six children - 3 sons and 3 daughters. PETER FRANKLIN was 3rd and the oldest son. He was born 16 November 1866. My father-in-law "Lell" LLewellyn was born 1880.

In 1890 Peter Riley and two cousins: Perley Wilder and Joe Carpenter sailed a skiff down the Mississippi River. (The book was written by David N. Sterling on Sailing Ship Edith 1890) As I have written this I think I'm mistaken about Perley being a cousin. He was Almanzo Wilder's  brother. They left the river, put the skiff on wheels and bought oxen to drive to the panhandle of Florida - east of Ft. Walton Beach.

On September 13 1891 Peter married Mary Edith McGowin. They had six children, 4 daughters and 2 sons: Edith Elsie b Feb 1894; Alexander b Nov 1896; Florence E. b Sept 1897; Perlie Belle b May 1899, Freddie Franklin b 1900; Mary Emily b Nov 1905 (Miss Emma). She married Gordon Marcus Huggins.

Thank you, Lou Ellen, for sending this useful information!



This article was published in Country America June 1991 re Little House on the Prairie by Rebecca Christian. This is a travel article showing how fans might follow the trail of LAURA INGALLS WILDER.

Little House On The Prairie

ABOVE (omitted): You'll find a replica of the Little House on the Prairie located near Independence, Kansas.

LEFT (omitted): A photograph of the Ingalls family taken around 1900 shows, from left, Ma, Carrie, Laura, Pa, Grace and Mary.


For some, it's Pa's fiddle. For others, it's Ma's shawl, Mary's Braille slate or the original book manuscripts of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

To Little House on the Prairie fans, these items are as familiar as the curios in their own grandmother's house. Thousands of curious visitors from all over the United States and many foreign countries make their way every year to the restored family homes and museums. The trail of Laura Ingalls Wilder begins in Pepin, Wisconsin (Little House in the Big Woods), winds south to Independence, Kansas (Little House on the Prairie), then moves north to Walnut Grove, Minnesota (On the Banks of Plum Creek), and west to De Smet, South Dakota.

Five Little House books take place in De Smet, including Little Town on the Prairie. Laura thought the West truly began here.

Part of the charm for visitors to the De Smet sites is that the country still looks as it did when Laura first saw it. "The prairie, the whole vast prairie, and the great sky and the wind were clear and free," she wrote.

The horizon still seems to go on forever, and the prairie grasses blow like waves. In fact, Laura wrote that after the mailman went 45 miles away to pick up the mail for De Smet, he could only find his way back by following the tops of the telegraph poles.

She touched Ma's shawl and cried
Vivian Glover, director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder sites in De Smet, says, "For people who love the books, coming here and standing in the rooms where Laura and her family really lived is a very emotional experience."

Vivian recalls, "There was once a little blind girl who came in here and asked if she could feel Ma's shawl, which was in a display case. We took it out for her, and as soon as she touched it, the tears just streamed down her face."

Two generations of spellbound youngsters had already been reading Laura's accounts of the dancing flames of prairie fires in summer and the clear ringing of sleigh bells in winter by the time NBC television started airing the series Little House on the Prairie in 1974.

As Little House fame spread in the mid-Seventies, fund drives began. Schoolchildren from all over the country contributed to a campaign called Pennies for Laura so that the old Masters Hotel the Ingalls once managed in Burr Oak, Iowa, could be restored.

At De Smet, guides in sunbonnets and long calico dresses like the ones Laura and her sisters wore give tours of the



ABOVE (omitted): The original organ played by Ma Ingalls of De Smet's First Congregational Church is now dis­played in the Surveyor's House.

LEFT (omitted): Displays at De Smet include Almanzo's trunk, a crazy quilt, a lap desk and tableware saved when the Wilders' cabin burned down.

Surveyor's House, which the family used during the winter of 1879 in exchange for taking care of railroad property. Those who have read By the Shores of Silver Lake nod knowingly as the guides tell how Laura was so excited on the day the family moved to the three-room house that she ran ahead of the wagon. She had often admired it and thought that a great many surveyors must live there because, by her standards, the house was huge.

The next stop on the tour is the comparatively palatial house where Pa and Ma finally settled on Third Street. In it, visitors spend countless hours looking at such items as the big green animal book that the girls loved to hear Pa read from. In The Long Winter, Carrie suggests, "We can play the wind is lions roaring."

The highlight of De Smet's year is the open-air summer drama held in sight of the Ingalls homestead. The house is long gone, but ground squirrels still skitter over the gnarled roots of the five giant cottonwood trees Pa planted. Since 1970, townsfolk in the pageant have acted out stories from the Little House books. The backdrop is the sun setting on the prairie and the glistening lake where muskrats still make their homes in wet years.

This volunteer effort is attended by as many as 15,000 national and international visitors who converge in the middle of nowhere on the last weekend of June and the first two weekends of July each year. The large crowd has a disproportionate number of eight- to 12-year-old girls who keenly identify with young Laura and bring their parents along to see firsthand how their pioneer heroine lived.

Each July, volunteers in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, grow beards and brave the heat in period cos­tumes to perform Fragments of a Dream, another drama based on the Little House books, with the Plum Creek that Laura wrote about flowing near the sets.

Though Laura remembered the town of De Smet fondly, she and her husband, Almanzo, had enough hardships there to try Job. The tree saplings that he planted struggled and surrendered. Their first cabin burned when bunches of hay flamed out of control in the cookstove. Their infant son died, and diphtheria struck them both. It was during a relapse that Almanzo suffered a stroke that left him crippled for the rest of his life.

Laura leaves hardships for Ozarks
But there was joy, too. Their daughter Rose was born in De Smet and named after the prairie roses Almanzo had picked for Laura during their courtship. In 1894, Laura and Almanzo left drought-stricken South Dakota and made their way down to the misty blue hills of the Ozarks.

Many Little House fans are drawn to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri. It was here that Laura lived most of her life, until her death at 90 in 1957, and here that she wrote her famous books.

continued on page 62


Little House On The Prairie continued from page 61

As Laura scribbled away about Pa in the small study of her Missouri farmhouse, she had no idea that the fledgling projects would turn into a series of nine Little House books that would eventually be translated into dozens of languages and made into a successful television series.

She once told a journalist, "At the time, I didn't know I was writing history." In fact, in her book On the Banks of Plum Creek, she never specifically named Manchester as the book's central town.

Neta Seal, who still lives in Mansfield and was Laura's friend, recalls, "Bessie--that's what her husband always called her--would wake up during the night and write things down. If she didn't put it down in writing right away, she'd lose it."

Mansfield curator Connie Tidwell says, "Many people come here already knowing about Laura, the pioneer girl. Here they learn that there was also a more mature Laura. Just as her parents had been, she and Almanzo were pioneers in their time, making their farm here thrive."

Past and present come together
"Now is now," young Laura once wrote. "It can never be a long time ago." At these bleak places where the Ingalls family lived, past and present come together in a way that is unforgettable to visitors. The trail of the Wilders attracts people from around the world--strangers bound by the values of hard work, faith and love of family. If visitors close their eyes and listen closely, they can still hear the haunting echoes of Pa's fiddle in the firelight.


ABOVE (omitted): The parlor was the last room added to the Rocky Ridge farmhouse near Mansfield, Missouri. The oak frame, paneling, beams and fireplace rock all came from their land.

RIGHT (omitted): The map shows the places where Pa Ingalls, a dreamer with an itching foot, led his family.


Pepin, Wisconsin
Little House Wayside, a replica of Laura's 1867 birthplace, is seven miles north of the junction of Route 35 and old Route 183. Write: Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, P.O. Box 269, Pepin, WI 54759.

Independence, Kansas
Little House on the Prairie has a replica of a cabin the Ingalls family once lived in and a restored one room schoolhouse. The site is located 13 miles southwest of Independence. It is open May 15 through September 1. Write: Little House on the Prairie, P.O. Box 110, Independence, KS 67301.

Burr Oak, Iowa
Little Hotel in the Village, the restored Masters Hotel the Ingalls family managed, is open daily May 1 through September 30. Write: Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum, Burr Oak, IA S2131.

Walnut Grove, Minnesota
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum is in the town where Laura spent three childhood years. Plum Creek and the sod house are open, too, daily June 1 through October 31. Write: Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, P.O. Box 58, Walnut Grove, MN 56180.

De Smet, South Dakota
Little Town on the Prairie features the Ingalls family home, the Surveyor’s House and 15 other sites from Wilder lore. Sites are open daily June 1 through September 15. Write: Laura Ingalls Wilier Memorial Society, De Smet, SD 57231.

Mansfield, Missouri
Rocky Ridge Farm, where Laura wrote her books, is one mile east of Mansfield. The home and museum are open daily May 1 through October 15. Write: Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum, Rte. 1 Box 24, Mansfield, MO 65704.

Little House Country: A Photo Guide may be purchased for $12 from photographer Les Kelly. Write: 15802 Springdale St., Box 14, Huntington Beach, CA 92649.



Join our stamp effort

Although this is by no means the first try at getting a postal stamp in commemoration of Laura Ingalls Wilder, a joint effort was recently undertaken to again request such a stamp. It was felt that if all the "Laura" sites would mail in their requests simultaneously, it may have more impact than an individual letter. All of the sites were notified of this effort and mailed their letters to Washington about February 1, 1992. As Connie Tidwell of Mansfield wrote, "people have been requesting such a stamp since the 1960's but if we 'keep on keeping on' it will someday happen." If you would like to join the cause, mail your request to: . . .


Laura Ingalls Wilder - Little House in the Ozarks by Stephen W. Hines (see insert). I have received a copy of this book and it is as advertised. If you enjoy reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder, this is a good book with short essays - easy reading!

Enclosed in this issue is an article written for Guidepost March 1992 by Stephen W. Hines, Nashville, Tennessee on his reasons and his quest in writing/compiling the writings of Laura.

STEPHEN W. HINES (Laura of the Simpler Life, page 14) says, "If you've ever read anything by Laura Ingalls Wilder, then you know why she means so much to me. And if you haven’t, what a pleasure—and an education—you have missed.” Stephen’s research resulted in a collection entitled Little House in the Ozarks: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Sampler: The Rediscovered Writings (Thomas Nelson). The book is now available from Guideposts for . . .


In search of the writer who loved the honest ways of the long-ago prairie ..

Laura of the Simpler Life
by Stephen W. Hones, Nashville, Tennessee

I was feeling particularly downcast that fall day in 1989 when, trudging along in downtown Nashville, my quest into the past began. It had been more than two years since I was laid off as an editor with Thomas Nelson book publishers due to economic conditions. Not only had I been suffering emotionally, feeling abandoned by God, but I was also having difficulty supporting my wife, Gwen, and our three little girls. I had taken any job available; I'd tried telephone sales, clerked and finally found work helping to put together a historical association's directory.

It had just started to sprinkle when I found myself in front of a bookshop. I thought a few minutes of browsing might lift my spirits, so I ducked in. Inhaling gratefully that wonderful aroma of ink and paper, I headed for the biographies. I was always fascinated by the ways other people met their problems. As I sorted through a table display, the name A Little House Sampler caught my eye. I picked it up. It was a book about Laura Ingalls Wilder published by the University of Nebraska.

Just seeing her name took me back to when I was a 10-year-old farm boy growing up on the plains of Kansas. As one of the last of those students attending one- and two-room schools, I would hurry through my work



books knowing when hushed I could choose whatever I wished from our little library. This was where I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books. all other books paled in comparison to Laura describing such things as the way the sun and wind dominated the endless prairie. I’d look out my school’s windows and see the same buffalo grass billowing the in ceaseless Kansas wind that Laura had seen many years before. As I gobbled her Little House on the Prairie and other books my identification with the Ingalls family grew. The fact that my mother played piano for Plum Creek Methodist Church and that Laura lived in Kansas briefly led me to winder if her On the Banks of Plum Creek had been written in our vicinity.

“That’s one of our newest titles.”

I look up into the face of a clerk smiling at the book in my hand “It’s kind of a biography,” she said. “It’s about her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, a novelist in her own right.”

I nodded, then noted the price: $16. I reluctantly put the book down.

But finding the book did inspire me to get out all my Laura Ingalls Wilder books at home and reread them. I had read them aloud to my daughters, who were already familiar with Michael Landon’s Little House on the Prairie television show. They loved hearing about the sod house near Plum Creek in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and how, when Laura’s sister, Mary, became blind from spinal meningitis, Laura painted word pictures for Mary so that she could “see” the sun dappled prairie grass, and the burnished gold leaves of autumn.

As I placed the books back on their shelves, I couldn’t get A Little House Sampler out of my mind. I went back twice to look at it. Finally, on the third trip I bought it, deciding that I could make up the money by cutting down on lunches for a while.

That night after dinner I opened the book and began reliving my old friend’s life. Born in 1867 in a log cabin in Wisconsin, she soon moved with her family to Kansas Indian territory, where she remembered hearing war whoops. At 18, she married Almanzo James Wilder. In 1888, he suffered a stroke. When their farm failed, they loaded all their belongings in a covered wagon and, with seven year old Rose, jounced south to the Missouri Ozarks near Mansfield. There, in 1894, Almanzo built their farm home of timber he cut himself.

What I read next was such an exciting discovery that I went in to tell Gwen. “Honey, I said, “Laura Ingalls Wilder has been writing for publication for twenty years before she started the ‘Little House’ books in 1932 when she was sixty five.”

“What did she write?”

“It says here all sorts of things: her observations on life, written in columns and articles in farm magazines and regional newspapers. They appeared early in the century.

How wonderful it would be, I thought, to read Laura’s early writings and learn more about her. What a bonus for all her fans. It was as if God had placed a hand on my shoulders and said, “Collect them in a book. A shutter creaked in the fall wind, and I sank down unto a chair. Gwen echoed the question my mind. “Where are those writings?”

“I don’t know,” I puzzled. “She wrote them when they lived in the Ozarks. They’re probably buried in a museum or repository out there.”

I stood up, fired by the conviction that I had to find them. The next day I launched my search, making phone calls, writing letters. Finally after some weeks I learned that the bulk of her early writings was stored at the University of Missouri.

I approached the editors at Thomas Nelson. They seemed only mildly interested. Who could blame them? Everyone knew the “Little House” series, but these early writings? Were they only bore-some ramblings of a backwoods housewife?

Finally Nelson agreed to a helpful advance that would allow me to look into it. Early on a Wednesday morning I kissed Gwen and our three daughters good-bye, took a paper sack of sandwiches and climbed into our Ford Fairmont. It would be an eight-hour drive to Missouri. I hoped our old heap would make it.

Two hours on my way it seemed something didn’t want me to reach my destination. The car gasped and died outside of Paducah, Kentucky. A good hearted garage mechanic helped get it going. Four hours later, as St. Louis’s riverfront Gateway Arch loomed on the horizon, the car  broke down again. Finally, late Wednesday evening my Fairmont limped into Columbia, Missouri. I found a Motel 6, and the next morning went in search of my material.

From outside the old limestone building didn’t look promising. However, inside, a cheerful young woman graciously led me to a room where snapping on a ceiling bulb, she pointed to stacks of bound volumes. “I hope you find what you’re looking for,” she said.

I hefted down heavy books and began opening covers, smelling the must of years. I leafed through old farm papers yellowed with age, carrying datelines from 1911 to 1925. Headlines on World War I battles, the influenza epidemic and the discovery of King Tut’s tomb cried out from the tattered sheets.

And in those pages, I began reading the pioneer woman journalist’s observations on everything from autumn coming to her Rocky Ridge farm to women’s roles in politics and the workplace. I chuckled at her bright sense of humor in “The Old Dash Churn.” I was reminded of the strong and tender Laura in her forthright “Don’t Call on the Government All of the Time” and her heartwarming “Growing Older.” Her wit and spunk dispelled any concern of bore-some ramblings. Instead I was impressed by her wisdom. Laura was sure that some things would remain constant.

“At long last, I am beginning to learn that is it the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all,” she observed. “We heap up around us things that we do not need as the crow makes piles of glittering pebbles. We gabble words, like parrots until we lose the sense of their meaning, we chase after this new idea and that, we take an old thought and dress it out in so many words that the thought itself is lost in its clothing, like a slim woman in a barrel skirt.




(Extracts on this page from November 1991 Laura Inalls Wilder Memorial Society, Inc.)

New Book in Publication

A new book sure to delight Wilder fans is LAURA INGALLS WILDER COUNTRY: THE PEOPLE AND PLACES IN LAURA INGALLS WILDER’S LIFE AND BOOKS. The book was released by publisher, Harper-Collins of New York, last December. Text is by William Anderson. It is illustrated with a combination of old documents, illustrations by Garth Williams and Helen Sewell, historic photos and beautiful, contemporary color pictures. The photography was done by Californian, Leslie A. Kelly, who spent nearly a year gathering pictures for this beautiful, over­sized volume.

The book contains thirteen chapters focusing on all of the “Laura” settings. Six pages are devoted to Pepin. For Laura enthusiasts his book lets us see what we have read about so often. We carry both the hard cover edition . . . and the quality paperback . . . at our museum gift shop.

We should mention that William Anderson is the friend who honored us with his presence at an autograph party during the summer of 1990.

AND . . .

We are pleased to announced that Leslie A. Kelly, the above named photographer, will be our guest presenter at the annual meeting in February of 1992. Les, in his work as a photographer is marking many popular “Laura” items through his business, Les Kelly Enterprises of Huntington Beach, California. His visit to Wisconsin will provide a special highlight for our annual meeting, and we hope it will fulfill his wish for seeing the Midwest in winter. For his benefit perhaps we should all “think snow,” (but not too much).

His presentation will be slides from all the Wilder locations and should be of interest to young and old. Les wishes his Pepin friends to know that if they have purchased any of his books, he will be happy to autograph them that evening. Also, we will plan to have his books for sale at that time.

Lafayette, LA Advertiser
Monday, December 3, 1990

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Delhomme Funeral Home, 101 Bertrand Drive, for Walter Wilder Thayer Sr. who died at his New Orleans home at 12:54 A.M. Sunday.

Burial will be in Lafayette Protestant Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife Elaine Ditch Thayer, a daughter, Cynthia Maihles of New Orleans; a son, Walter Wilder Thayer Jr. of New Orleans; three grandchildren; two brothers, F. G. Thayer of Texas and T. J. Thayer of Grand Isles and a sister, Betty Thayer Huey of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walcott Wilder Thayer and Frances Alma Cockrell of Lafayette.

He served in the Navy during world War II.

Visitation is from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Monday at Jacob Schoen and Son Inc. at 3827 Canal St. in New Orleans. Visitation is from 6:30 P.M. to 8 P.M. Tuesday at Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive in Lafayette.

The Wilders in Louisiana & Texas
by Evelyn Thurman

On the twelfth of December (1990) I received a Christmas greeting from my college friend who lives at Lafayette, Louisiana. She enclosed a newspaper clipping that stated that W. W. Thayer died in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 3, 1990. The funeral was at New Orleans, but he was buried in the Protestant Cemetery on Pinhook Road at Lafayette, Louisiana. Eliza Jane Wilder Thayer, his granddaughter, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilder W. Thayer are also buried in the same cemetery. Eliza Jane was Almanzo Wilder’s sister—Laura’s sister-in-law and her former teacher. Eliza Jane had three grandsons and one granddaughter.

Mr. Thayer had not been well for a number of years. When I visited Louisiana some years ago, I talked with Elaine, his wife, about his health conditions. I spent the 1990 Christmas holidays in South Texas. On Wednesday, December 19, the “Valley Morning Star” reported the sudden death of the former mayor of Harlingen. Mayor George Young served as mayor from 1966 until 1977. Wilder fans will remember that Rose Wilder Lane (Laura and Almanzo’s daughter) had a winter home in Harlingen. One can imagine that Rose probably knew Mayor Young because he had lived in the Rio Grande Valley since 1926 and in Harlingen since 1954. He and Rose were very civic minded. The obituary stated that the family requested that any contribution be made to Harlingen Public Library or to charity.

Harlingen is a typical valley city of more than 50,000 people. The city is located only a few miles from the Gulf. It is just as close in the other direction to Mexico. The temperature averages about the same as southern Florida. College and University students will remember that the city is not farm from South Padre Island where they “spring break”.

As we entered the palm tree lined streets of Harlingen, I though of Rose. Ms. Clara Webber, the former children’s librarian at the Pomona California Public Library told me she visited Rose at Harlingen. I have been told that her property at Harlingen was the first to be sold after her death in 1968. Their tourist pamphlet ended the statement of the city with “whether you decide to visit for a week or a winter, make it Harlingen, Texas FOR THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!”


Thanks to Anne Robinson, Redwood, CA for sharing this information! The information doesn't quite match up with the Burleigh edition but will be of interest. Editor’s note: I have this volume in my library, also, if anyone cannot locate it in their local library - AIS

(From History of the Town of Bristol, Grafton County, NH by Richard W. Musgrove. printed by R. W. Musgrove, 1904 )


1. Those bearing the name of Ingalls in Bristol are evidently the descendants of Capt. Samuel Ingalls, b. Andover, Mass., May 7, 1683. He settled in Haverhill, Mass., but removed, in 1720, to Chester, where, in 1721, he was granted a mill privilege on agreement to erect a saw-mill within one year. He was a selectman in Chester three years, was one of a committee to erect a church, and, in 1732, erected the first frame house in that town. He d. Oct. 6, 1747, ae. 64-4-29. He had nine children, of whom one was

2. Samuel, b. Sept. 15, 1712. He is supposed to be identical with Samuel, the father of Jonathan and Ebenezer, mentioned below. He was a resident of Sandown and evidently spent his last days in New Chester. In March, 1782, New Chester voted to exempt him from a poll-tax. Of his children, Ebenezer (No. 3) and Jonathan (No. 4 following) settled in New Chester.

3. Ebenezer was a settler on the Open Nelson farm west of Danforth brook, while Jonathan settled on the east side of the brook. Both were here as early as 1771, and each served one term in the Revolutionary army from New Chester. Ebenezer served as selectman in 1776, and soon after removed to New Hampton (See P. 252), and Jonathan succeeded to his farm.

4. Jonathan m. Martha Locke, a sister of Thomas Locke (See), probably his second m. The town records say Jonathan Ingalls m. Edna Hastings, Nov. 25, 1813, probably his third m. He removed to Canada with a portion of his family.


*5. Jonathan, supposed to have been b. about 1765.

6. Joanna, who m. Daniel Heath, Mar. 8, 1785, a dau. probably.

7. Samuel, m. Betsey, dau. of John Clough. (See.)

8. James, b. Bristol, July, 3, 1772; m. Ruth, dau. of David Sleeper (See), b. Mar. 4, 1774. In 1807, they removed to Durham, Lower Canada, where they were farmers. Methodists. Children:

a. David, b. Bristol, May 31, 1796. Settled in Bristol, Mich.
b. Jonathan, b. B., Sept. 23, 1798.
c. Jethro, b. B., Oct. 17, 1801.
d. Mary, b. B., Nov. 23, 1803.
e. Edmond, b. Mar. 26, 1809. Was a Methodist minister.
f. Orpha, b. June 5, 1811.
g. James, b. May 4, 1813.
h. Elvira, b. Apr. to, 1815.
i. Betsey L., b. Feb. --, 1818.

9. Abigail, b. B., Nov. 26, 1774; m. Daniel Heath, Nov. 12, 1795.

10. Olive, b. B., Aug. 4,1780; m. William Holt, June 23, 1795

11. Nanna, b. B., May 2, 1782.

12. Daniel, b. B., June 19, 1784.

(5) Jonathan Ingalls, b. 1765, m. Mar. 8, 1755, Abigail Cleveland, a sister to John Cleveland. They were the first settlers on what was afterward known as the town farm. He became involved financially through the dishonesty of another, and lost his farm. He then purchased what is now the Edwin T. Pike farm, his buildings being on the east side of the highway. Jonathan Ingalls and his wife were of deep religious convictions and were members of the first Methodist class organized in Bristol in 1801. She d. Jan. 10, 1833; he went to Michigan with his son, Charles, in 1836, and there d. in 1843, ae. 78.

CHILDREN, all born in Bristol

13. Betsey, b. Oct. 12, 1785; m. Aaron Nelson. (See.)

14. Hannah, b. Apr. 3, 1787; m. Ezekiel Smith.

15. Dolly, b. Mar. 12, 1789.

16. Patty, b. Apr. 16, 1791; d. at five years of age.

17. Sally, b. July 17, 1793; m. John Brown. (See.)

18. Polly, b. Oct. 6, 1795; m. John Tirrell. (See.)

19. John. b. Mar. 21, 1798; m. Laura Allen, a niece of Col. Ethan Allen, removed to Iowa. A son, Timothy, emigrated to California, and became wealthy.


20. Irena, b. Mar. 22, 1800.

21. Susan, b. B., May 19, 1802; m. Nov. 6, 1823, John Fowler, son of Abner, b. Sanbornton, Aug. 3,1800. He d. 1833, in Hill; she d. in Warner, Apr. 6, 1864, ae. 61-10-17. Children:

a. Lizzie Ann, b. Sanbornton, July 30, 1825; m. Samuel H. Minard. She d. Mar. 10, 1859, ae. 33-7-10. Four children, all d. He went to California.

b. Mary Abigail, b. S., Aug. 3, 1826; m. (1) Luther A. Shedd, Penncook. Child: Harriet, d.; he d., she went West and m. (2) ---­Clark. She d. Feb. 6, 1880 or '81. Child : Oscar M. Clark, res. Michigan.

c. Susan Augusta, b. Hill, May 24, 1836; m. Daniel G. S. Davis, and d. Canaan, June 25, 1872, ae. 36-1-1.

d. Harriet Adeline, b. H., Feb. 19, 1844; m. Jan. 5, 1860, Oscar F. Washburn. He was a corporal 4th Regt., N. H. Vols., and d. Aug. 13, 1864, at Fort Monroe, Va. She m. (2) John D. Webber. (See.)

e. John Wesley, b. Bristol, Mar. 6, 1848; m. (1) Clara Goodwin, of Warren. Three children: m. (2) Susan Elliott. He d. Warren, Sept. 14, 1888, ae. 40-6-8. She res. No. Woodstock. Three children.

22. Jonathan, b. B., June 23, 1804; m. Nov. 13, 1828, Eliza M. Harrington, b. Westboro, Mass., Jan. 9, 1806, and d. Aug. 3, 1831, in Waterford, N. Y., ae. 25-6-24. He m., Jan. 1, 1835, Eliza Shepherd, dau. of Harvey and Temperance (Worthington) Spalding, b. Worthington, Mass., Nov. 24, 1808, and d. Green Bay, Wis., Apr. 27, 1877, ae. 68-5-3. He d. Green Bay, Feb. 27, 1875, ae. 70-8-4. He left Bristol about 1830. Res. Waterford; Lockport. N. Y.; in 1850 settled in Green Bay, Wis., where he had first shingle-mill in that section; later operated a large carriage factory. Children:

a. Frances Augusta, b. Waterford, N. Y., Feb. 20, 1831. She m. Nov. 16, 1853, Myron P. Lindsley. Children: (1) Thales, b. Green Bay, Feb. 23, 1853. (2) Eliza Lelia, b. G. B., Mar. 15, 1859, m. Feb. 9, 1883, Frank B. Desnoyers. (3) Myron P., d. in Madison, Wis., Jan. 16, 1883. She res. Green Bay.

b. Charles Edward, b. Lockport, N. Y., Jan. 6, 1836. Served through the Civil war as paymaster; was 20 years in New Orleans custom-house. In 1771, he m. Mrs. Maygie Peters, of New York; d. Aug. 18, 1893; ae. 57-7-12.

c. George Albert, b. L., Jan. 24, 1840, and d. July 22, 1840.

d. George Henry, b. L., Oct. 23, 1841; m. July 6, 1876, Josephine Mojer, of New York. No children.

e. Mary Eliza, b. L., Oct. 27, 1845; m. Feb. 20, 1867, Thomas L. Best. Child: Lavis Freeman, b. Sept 13, 1877. Res. Green Bay.

23. Sherburn Sanborn, b. B., June 2, 1807. He m. at Westville, Jan. 1, 1833, Mary Jane Schoff. She was b. in Guildhall, Vt., Feb. 4, 1812, and d. Aug. 4, 1876, at Constable, N. Y., ae. 64-6-0. He d. June 3, 1879, in Chateauguay, N. Y., ae. 72-0-1. Farmer. "They had eight of the handsomest girls in the state." Children:

a. Charles W., b. Godmanchester, L., C., Nov. 25, 1833; m. Nov. 29, 1859, Lizzie A. Bowers. Res. Boston, Mass.

b. Marian F., b. G., Apr. 5, 1835; m. Curtis Stevens, Concord, Mass., Nov. 29, 1856.

c. Sophia S., b. Brasher, N. Y., Jan. 1, 1837; m. Hiram D. Shepherd at Chateauguay, Nov. 29, 1866, and d. Apr. 18, 1872, ae. 35-3-17.

d. Alzina S., b. B., Jan. 29, 1839; m. Nathan D. Roberts, Feb. 27, 1859, in Huntington, L. C.; m. Feb. 13, 1873, at Bradford, Vt., James C. Stevens.

e. Susan F., b. Bombay, N. Y., Feb. 4, 1841; m. Bradford S. Wright, May 5, 1861, of Chateauguay.

f. Lucy J., b. Brasher, May 15, 1842; m. Senaca Marks, May 25, 1862, at Massena, N. Y.

g. Oscar F., b. B., Mar. 9, 1844; m. Susie C. Dolby, Dec. 3, 1863, at Lowell, Mass., and d. Boston, Mass., Dec. 13, 1865. ae. 21-9-4.

h. James A., b. Constable, N. Y., Nov. 11, 1846; d. in C., Sept. 27, 1849, ae. 2-10-16.

i. Martha M., b. C., Apr. 30, 1849; m. Hiram D. Shepherd, Jan. 3, 1874. at Malone, N. Y.

j. Maria H., b. C., Apr. 10, 1851; m. I. Newton Perkins, at Bradford, Vt., Sept. 3, 1874.

k. Clara V., b. C., Jan. 11, 1853; m. Julius C. Dennis, Nov. 30, 1871, Malone; m. Jan., 1889, Hyman Carpenter, at Middlebury, Vt.

l. George A., b. C., Jan. 22, 1858; d. Sept. 9, 1858.

24. Keziah, b. B., 1810; m. Milton Sawyer. (See.)

25. Charles Wesley, b. B., Apr. 21, 1812; m. 1834, Catherine, dau. of Hall J. Hamm, b. B., Mar. 21, 1811; d. Harbor Springs, Mich., June 22, 1882, ae. 71-3-1. He d. same place, Feb. 9, 1889, ae. 76-9-18. He went to Boston; about 1836, to Ionia Co., Mich., with his wife, two children, and aged father, where he was one of the first settlers. Went to California by the overland route in 1850. Returned and elected member of the Michigan legislature in 1852. (See Roll of Honor.)


1. Ebenezer Ingalls (No. 3, of p. 250) was in Bristol as early as 1771. He is supposed to have removed to New Hampton about 1777. One child was

2. Gilman, b. Bristol, Feb. 4, 1775. He m. Abigail, dau. of Timothy Emerson, b. Alexandria, Apr. 18, 1778. About 1810, he returned to Bristol and settled on the Chase farm in Dist. No. 8; later res. on Cross street, and still later on the farm first settled by his father, where he d. May 23, 1855, ae. 80-­3-19; she d. Oct. 9, 1860, ae. 82-5-21.


*3. Gilman, b. New Hampton, Jan. 29, 1798.

 4. Abigail, b. N. H., Nov. 3, 1799; m. Osman Gale, b. Alexandria, Feb. 13, 1799. Both d. in family of Calvin Golden, Bristol. He d. Aug. 22, 1877, ae. 78-6-9; she d. Aug. 12, 1876, ae. 76-9-9. Children:

a. Elizabeth F., b. Sept. 30, 1820; m. Calvin Golden. (See.)

b. Matilda J. b. May 7, 1822; m. Isaac Follansbee; res. Hill.

c. Emeline H., b. Dec. 15, 1823; m. Hiram Esterbrook, Hill. He d. Bedford, where she res.

d. Mary M. A., b. Sept. 8, 1825; m. Wells Sargent. He d. Manchester, where she res.

e. Sarah M. b. July 7, 1827; d. Jan. 27, 1858, ae. 30-6-20; unm.

f. Gilman E., b. Sept. 12, 1829; m. (1) ---- Heath. Res. Manchester.

*5. Josiah Emerson, b. N. H., Sept. 6, 1802.

 6. Lydia, b. N. H., Jan. 28, 1804; m. Pattee Gale. (See.)

 7. Phebe, b. N. H., Feb. 8, 1806; m. Stephen Gale. (See.)

 8. Mary Jane, b. N. H., July 18, 1807; d. unm., Mar. 6, 1843, ae. 37-7-18.

 9. Harvey Nichols, b. N. H., Oct. 1, 1808; m. Sept., 1832, Sarah, dau. of Abigail (Swain) Weeks, b. Sanbornton, Oct. 10, 1811; d. Franklin, Jan. 8, 1864. ae. 52-2-28. He m., Dec. 8, 1865, Betsey Gilman Ayer, dau. of John. Was a cabinet maker in Bristol; in 1847. went to Franklin, and, in 1867, to Manchester, returning to Franklin, April, 1836, where he d., Dec. 22, 1890, ae. 82-2-21. After leaving Bristol, was a farmer. Children:

a. Horace Sanborn, b. New Hampton, Aug. 29, 1834; m. Sarah Ann Hill, Standish Plain, P. Q., Nov. 27, 1859; d. Franklin, Dec. 18, 1863, ae. 29-3-19.

b. Amanda Melvina, b. Sanbornton, July 4, 1836; m. Feb. 14, 1876, Alphonso Crosby, China, Me. Res. on her father's farm at Franklin.

c. Hiram Berry, b. Bristol, Dec. 29, 1840; m. Aug., 1860, Helen Carleton, and d. Manchester, May 5, 1881, ae. 40-4-6. Child: Daughter, b. Aug. 27, 1862. m. Oliver F. George, Pittsfield.

d. Helen Ann, b. B., Jan. 14, 1844; d. Franklin, Nov. 29, 1860, ae. 16-10-15.

e. Narcia Elmira, b. B., Jan. 20, 1847; d. unm., Feb. 8, 1870, ae. 23-0-18.

10. Timothy, b. Jan. 19, 1810; d. young.

11. Luther, b. Bristol, Nov. 13, 1815; m. Eliza Ann Jewell, dau. of John. Succeeded his father on farm. She d. Mar. 6, 1848, ae. 24-0-22. he m., Nov., 1849, Sarah Ann. dau. of Benjamin Emmons, b. Stewartstown, Oct. 27, 1823, and d. in Boston, Mass., Oct. 23, 1891, ae. 67-11-26. He d. Feb. 11, 1852, ae. 36-2-28. Child:

a. Charles Luther, b. Bristol, Sept. 12, 1851; m. Sept 17, 1870. Children: (1) Lillian Maud, b. Lowell, Mass., Feb. 9, 1871; m. --­- Perkins. (2) Arthur Forrest, b. L., Jan. 19, 1873. (3) Clarence Leland, b. L., Nov. 15, 1881. (4) Milo Luther, b. L., Mar. 21, 1887.

12. George Washington, b. B., Aug. 17, 1817; m. Oct. 28, 1840, Mary, dau. of Robert and Betsey (Currier) Lane, a resident of the Borough, b. Aug. 20, 1818, in Crownport, N. Y. He lived on Merrimack street, where he d. Aug. 11, 1853, of cancer, ae. 35-11-24. His widow m. June 9, 1873, Nathaniel Miner, and d. Jerseyville, Ill., May 10, 1894, ae. 75-8-20. Children:

a. Ellen Maria, b. Bristol, Aug. 6, 1841; m. Nov. 6, 1859, Edward Quinn, of Laconia. One child.

b. Lucy Augusta, b. B., Nov. 30, 1843; m.

c. Rose Jane, b B., Jan. 11, 1847; m. Apr. 3, 1861, Webster Maxfield.

13. Nancy B., b. B., Oct. 25, 1819; m. Jan. 10, 1839, John L. Colby, and res. Franklin, where she d. Apr. 3, 1844, ae. 24-5-8. He d. Franklin, 1888. Children:

a. Georgia Anna, b. Franklin, 1840; m. Dec. 14, 1862, Dr. John F. Dodge. She d. Franklin, Mar. 26, 1866, ae. 26. He res. Providence, R.I. Child : (1) Lenora G., b. Aug. 19, 1864; m. Mar. 22, 1887, Charles F. Burnham.

b. Charles Gilman, b. F., Apr. 8, 1842.

c. Nancy B., b. F., 1844; d. ae. 6 months.

(3) Gilman Ingalls, b. Jan. 29, 1798, m. (1) Nancy Bowen; (2) Oct. 9, 1823, Sarah, dau. of Dr. Thomas Roberts, of Alexandria, b. Nov. 3. 1801. They lived west side of highway on Hemp hill; house destroyed by fire. They removed to Oren Nelson farm  to care for his parents, and there he d. July 6, 1862, ae. 64-5-7; she d. Jan. 24, 1862, ae. 60-2-21.



*14. Gustavus Washington, b. Bristol. May 21, 1824.

15. Amanda Jane, b. B., June 11, 1826; m. (I) Joseph Rollins, (2) George W. Dow. (See.)

16. Lucinda Hibbard, b. B., Mar. 6, 1828; m. Andrew J. Waite, a tinsmith in Bristol. No children. She d. Bristol, Feb. 26, 1854, ae. 25­-11-20. he d. Lowell, Mass., July 26, 1855, ae. 36.

17. Mahala Plumer, b. B., Feb. 8, 1830; m. Oren Nelson. (See.)

18. George Harvey, b. B., Feb. 5, 1832; m. Helen Louise, dau. of John R. Edmonds, b. Warner, Mar. 25, 1833. He was a superior musician. It is claimed that be was the leader of the Methodist choir at 12 years of age. Was a member of Hilton Head (S. C.) Post band during the Civil war. Res. Concord 1849-63, when he returned to Bristol; kept restaurant in Abel block and was leader of a cornet band here. He d. Warner, Feb. 8, 1899, ae. 67-0-3. Children:

a. Alphonso Daniel, b. Dec. 3, 1855; W. Dec. 9, 1882, Mary F. Hardy; she d. and he m., Jan. 1, 1889, Mary Elizabeth Sawyer.

b. Susie Angie, b. Mar. 8, 1858; m. Dec. 29, 1885, Charles H. Osgood, Warner.

19. Mary Phiibrick, b. B., Jan. 3. 1834; m. Lewis F. Pattee. (See.)

20. Ann Maria, b. B., Feb. 16, 1836; d. Sept. 1, 1856, ae. 20-6-15.

21. Horace Langdon, b. B., Aug. 31, 1838; m. Mar. 9, 1869, Mary Pauline. dau. Abel L. and Pauline (Phelps) Crosby, b. Groton, Apr. 21, 1844. They res. Concord, where he is janitor of the state house. Served several terms as door-keeper of house of representatives. (See Roll of Honor.) Is a Republican, Mason, G. A. R. Children:

a. Linna Augusta, b. Hill, May 13, 1873,

b. Della Leona, b. Groton, Mar. 22, 1877.

22. John Henry, b. B., Apr. 16, 1841; d. Dec. 5, 1863, of disease contracted in the army, ae. 22-7-19. (See Roll of Honor.)

23. Frances Amelia, b. B., Aug. 13, 1843; m. Capt. George F. Prescott. (See.)

24. Alferetta Augusta, b. B., Oct. 12, 1846; d. Oct. 19, 1868, ae. 22-0-7.

(5) Josiah E. Ingalls, b. Sept. 6, 1802, M. Oct. 23, 1825, Dorothy, dau. of Josiah and Sally (Ladd) Sanborn, b. Alexandria, Sept. 19, 1805. She d. Bristol, Nov. 4, 1831, ae. 26-1-25, and he m., Oct. 18, 1832, Lucy Ferrin, dau. of Jonathan and Hannah (Ball) Ladd, b. Hebron, Mar. 3, 1803, and d. Alexandria, Nov. 24, 1890, ae. 87-8-21. He d. Alexandria, Oct. 28, 1860, ae. 58-1-22. Was a farmer in Alexandria.


25. Josiah Sanborn, b. Alexandria, Dec. 13, 1827; m July 16, 1851, Laura L., dau. William Mudgett. (See.) They res. Concord, where he is a manufacturer of essences. No children.

26. Sullivan, b. A., Jan. 15, 1831; m. Sept. 19, 1854, Caroline M., dau. of James and Lorana (Fellows) Berry, b. A., July 31, 1835. She d. Jan: 26, 1866, ae. 30-5-25, and he m., May 1, 1867, Sarah F., dau. of Sanders Herbert. (See.) He was a wheelwright in Alexandria and Bristol, where he d., Sept. 14 1876, ae. 45-7-29. His widow d. Bristol, Oct. 4, 1898, ae. 56-7-10. Children:

a. Emma Angenette, b. Nov. , 1855; d, Feb. 7, 1857, ae. 1-3-0.

b. Ida Nellie, b. July 4, 1858; 1 July 10, 1863, ae. 5-0-6.

c. Clara Maynette, b. Bristol, Oct. 31, 1808. Has been for three years a teacher in the graded school.

d. Ardena Lougardie, b. B., Aug. 21, 1871. Is a private school teacher.

27. Harriet Elizabeth Brooks, b. Alexandria, Apr. 13, 1837; m. Mar. 17, 1870, Charles L. Dalton, a farmer in Alexandria.

(14) Gustavus W. Ingalls, b. Bristol, May 21, 1824, m. June 20, 1847, Mary C. Sleeper, dau. of David (See), b. Sept. 1827. He was a superior musician. Manufacturer of organ reed boards at Worcester, Mass., where he now res., retired. (See Roll of Honor.) She d. Apr. 21, 1903, ae. 75-7-14.


28. Mary Susie, b. Concord, Oct. 2, 1849; d. Aug. 3, 1855, ae. 5-10-1.

29. Walter Gustavus, b. C., Aug. 10, 1856; m. Jan. 20, 1879, Mary Gertrude Leland, who d. Worcester, Mass., May 21; 1883, and he m. Oct. 12, 1885, Nettie M. Dunbar. Children:

a. Lottie Mildred, b. Jan. 31, 1880.

b. Francis Dunbar, b. Mar. 4, 1887.


Editor's note: I would like to contact any descendants of #22, page 472, Jonathan b 1804 d 1875 Green Bay, Wisconsin I am a descendant of #19, John b 1798, and am trying to update the descendants of #(5) Jonathan b 1765 (?) d in MI 1843. Anyone who has genealogy to share with me should write to me at the address shown on the mailing cover. Thank you!



From Norma T. Ingalls, Jacksonville Bch, FL: "Seeking parents or other relatives of GRANVILLE MELLEN INGALLS b 1833 in Bangor, ME. He moved south to Alabama and Tennessee as a young man. He was in the lumber business."

February 1, 1990 (transcription of copy of family tree)

1. John Mellon Ingalls, b. June 25, 1910, Gurley, Alabama.

2. (Father of No. 1) John Anderson Ingalls, b. Nov. 24, 1889, Paint Rock, Alabama, m. May 13, 1919, d. October 21, 1960

3. (Mother of No. 1) Vivian Frances Noyes, b. May 12, 1900, Washington D.C., d. April 9, 1985, El Monte, California

4. (Father of No. 2) Granville Mellon Ingalls, b. July 26, 1833, Bangor, Maine. m. Possibly 1871. d. Dec. 21, 1845, Princeton, Alabama.

5. (Mother of No. 2) Addie Binkley, b. May 12, 1854, Wilson Co., Tenn.? d. Dec. 31, 1902, Paint Rock, Ala.?

(see 476)



Family Group Sheet: Granville Mellen Ingalls

Information from: Family bible and newspaper clippings and as told by Laura Ingalls Jones (eldest child of G. M. and Addie Binkley Ingalls) in 1951.

Husband’s full name: Granville Mellen Ingalls
Born 26-7-1833, Bangor Maine (a mason of high rank)
Mar: 1871?
Death: 21-12-1895, Princeton, Jackson Co., Ala.
Burial: Paint Rock, Ala., Jackson Co.
Places of Residence: Bangor, ME., Stevenson, Ala., Anderson, Tenn., Paint Rock, Ala.
Occupation: Saw mill owner, timber dealer.
Military Rec: Captain – Confederate Army, Civil War

Wife’s Full Maiden Name: Addie Binkley
Birth: 12-5-1854, Wilson Co., Tenn.?
Death: 31-12-02, Paint Rock, Ala.
Burial: Paint Rock, Ala.?
Places of Residence: Wilson Co., Tenn., Anderson, Tenn., Paint Rock, Ala.
Her father: James Binkley
Mother’s Maiden Name: Susan Daniel Binkley

1. Laura (spouse C. Jones), b. 1-6-1872, d 18-12-1953, Burial: Paint Rock, Jackson Co., Ala.; Spouse: C. Jones
2. Elma, b. 13-4-1874, d 15-3-1915
3. Charlie b. 8-6-1876, d. 11-11-1946
4. Frank b. 1-3-1879, d 16-2-1924
5. Harry b. 29-8-1881
6. Bessie b. 13-2-1884
7. Al b. 5-4-1881, Paint Rock, Jackson Co., Ala.
8. John Anderson (spouse: Vivian Frances Noyes) b. 24-11-1889, Mar. May 13, 1919, d. 21-10-1970, Burial Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Madison Co., Ala.
9. Catherine, b. 17-11-1894, d. 18-1-1944, Burial: Paint Rock, Ala.



Family Group: William C. Lambert b. 1852-1858, Mich., d. 1927 Gaylor, Michigan; Places of Residence: Tuscola Co., Mich., Otsego Co., Mich.
Other wives: (2) Sarah McCallister McCloud; (3) Bertha Clark.
His father: Willard Lambert

Mother’s Maiden Name: Maryette Fory

Wife’s Full Maiden Name: Carrie Elizabeth Ingals, b. 5 July 1857, d. 25 May 1904, Otsego Co., Michigan; burial Otsego Co., Michigan


1. Ann Lambert m. Emery Warner
2. Mrylle Estella Lambert, b. 2 Aug 1883, Hayes twp., Otsego Co., Mich., married Ernest Henry Warner 22 Feb. 1901; d. 18 Feb. 1979, burial Otsego Co., Mich.
3. Thomas Lambert, b. 1887

From Mrs. Robert Warner, Gaylor, MI: "I am searching my husband's family and his great-grandmother’s name was INGALLS although we are uncertain of the correct spelling. Her name was CARRIE ELIZABETH INGALLS and her husband was WILLIAM C. LAMBERT."

If anyone can help Mrs. Warner with this query, please respond directly to the above address.



From Arlene Ingalls Schrader, DeWitt, MI: Does anyone have genealogical information on President Gerald Ford? A brief newspaper article (Jan. 1992) states marble markers were vandalized at the site of former President Gerald Ford's birth - (Omaha, Nebraska)

Was his mother ZOEY INGALLS? Who were her parents?


Also, I am searching for any articles on LAURA INGALLS, female aviator of the 1930’s and 40’s. Need an obituary and place of her burial, etc. She was an outstanding female aviator and there must be several articles written about her life. Thanks! Arlene Ingalls Schrader.





San Francisco, California Passenger Lists, Ships, 1850-1852, Rasmussen MSL 929.3 C151 S224R

Vol. I

Capt, p 97 - J. H. ROSCOE, schooner, arr. 21 Apr. 1864

J. W., p 142 - PANAMA ...passengers left and walked from St. Luis Obispo to San Diego

Capt. R (USA) p 24


S. H., p 130 - OREGON from Panama - left ship at Pt. Conception to San Diego

INGLE, J., p 159, British ship from Panama

INGALS, W. H. p 16, CALIFORNIA arr 3/26/1850 from Panama

Vol. II

Mrs., p 110 - TENNESSEE arr 3/4/1851 from Panama

J., p 3, TENNESSEE arr 6/20/1850 from Panama

Vol. III 7 November 1851 to 17 June 1852

Mrs --- and two children p 127 - COLUMBIA arr 28 Mar 1852 from Oregon Territory

B. T. p 108, - CARAGO from Panama 7 March 1852


W., p 206, PANAMA from Panama arr 5/27/1852

(abstracted from indexes - Arlene Ingalls Schrader)



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