Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
The high place of honor which is held by the members of the Ingraham family in the old Pine Tree State, and wherever they are well known, has been won by the quiet and sturdy traits of character which have been preserved in the midst of the busiest lives, and in the midst of many testing conditions. Men and women of rare modesty, and often of few rods, they have believed sincerely in God, and that He would give them truet wisdom. No plan of work has ever been allowed to interfere with their home life. With a few quiet glances they have been able to read the needs of those around them and how to help along lines of relief, and the same quick glances have read new openings for work and service. In the midst of life's greatest successes they have had kind words for the humblest neighbor or stanger.
Professor Joseph Holt Ingraham, the most widely known of the family line at Portland, Maine, as author of the "Prince of the House of David," and other books of wide circulation ,was one of the busiest of men, first engaging in mercantile pursuits, then becoming an instructor in Washington College, Mississippi, and then an Episcopal minister at Holly Springs, Miss. But at all times he was ready to help any one who was in need, and with as full a sympathy as if no other work but that lay before him.
One blustering November day a bronzed old fisherman entered the store of the merchant, Charles P. Ingraham, at Portland, Maine. The merchant, a tall, handsome man, sat at his desk, as if no sound of the howling winds and roaring waves had reached him. But as soon as the door closed behind the fisherman he was at his side with, "Well done, Hugh! I knew this gale wouldn't keep you away. You always bring us fish in the right time." "And here is the boy, too," he added. "You don't like fishing as well as Dad. Here is a book you'll like to read when you get home. I know you like to read aloud to grandfather." "Does he know everybody that way - when he don't look around much, and when he don't need to bother himself about us?" the lad asked on the way home. "Yes, and away beyond Matinicus. See this cloth for a new dress he sent to your mother." The tears of joy shone on the old fisherman's face, as he spoke. The gift was from a true heart unspolied by life's great successes.
(I) Edward Ingraham, American ancestor, born in England about 1702, and settled at York, Maine, in 1730. He was a man of quiet manners, but one whose very word and act showed that he was a true gentleman. "Old York," as it is familiarly called, was settled by some of the strongest famiolies in England, and they made names and fortunes which are well known by all historians. But "Without fuss or flurry," Edward Ingraham followed his daily work and was regarded as one of the most upright and successful citizens of York. His keen blue eyes, so quick in reading men, and good openings for financial ventures, saw at a glance that Lydia Holt, of York, would make a true helpmeet for the man who might win her hand. She and her father, Deacon Joseph Holt, had both noticed the young stranger on his first Sabbath spent in York. He was the first worshipper in church, and his manner of attentive listening to the services showed that he had been "well trained in godly things, with a strong liking for such withal." No storm was ever fierce enough to detain Edward Ingraham from the religious services at York. So, when he sought the hand of the fair Lydia in marriage, the father smiled to himself, "The very man I would have chosen for my favorite child." But he said aloud to Edward, whose face was tinged with a slight blush, "What are thy plans for life, young man? I think that thou [trans note; what were they, Quakers?] canst give a good account of thyself, but it is well that we have a perfect understanding of how thou wilt conduct thy affairs, and what sort of a home thou canst make for our Lydia, the best housekeeper in all this region, save her mother, whose worthy patterns she hath ever followed." And modestly, but clearly, Edward Ingraham made answer. At the end good Deacon Holt grapsed the young man's hand and said, "You have my full consent to wed with Lydia for yours are the plans and Christian qualities which are handed down to far generations. Let us ask God's blessing on this marriage which I trust will soon take place." So Edward Ingraham wed the fair Lydia, daughter of Deacon Joseph Holt; she was born at Andover, Mass., Nov. 28, 1702, died in 1774, a woman of the noblest Christian faith, and a descendant of Nicholas Holt, who came to America from Romeny, England, in 1635. The name Joseph Holt Ingraham has been borne by many of the Ingraham family, and was given to that faithful Christian teacher, Professor Ingraham, whose books, "The Prince of the House of David" and "The Pillar of Fire," have been read by so many thousands.
1. Joseph Holt, who moved to Portland, Maine, in 1768, becoming one of the most worthy citizens; was twice married and the father of a large and godly family.
2. William, mentioned below.
3. Lydia, married June 30, 1766, Esaias Preble.
(II) William, son of Edward and Lydia (Holt) Ingraham, was born at York, Sept. 25, 1761, died in Portland June 15, 1815. He was a man of deep religious faith, and his good influence was widely felt in Portland, then called Falmouth, and in all the adjoining towns.
He married Nov. 2, 1784, Sarah, born April 24, 1803, daughter of John and Abigail (Sweetsir) Tukey.
1. Edward, mentioned below.
2. Joseph, born Aug. 15, 1787, died Feb. 4, 1867.
3. Nathaniel M., born June 21, 1790.
4. William, born June 22, 1793, died Aug. 21, 1794.
5. William, born June 14, 1795, died June, 1827.
6. Thomas, born Sept. 8, 1797.
7. Louisa G., born March 31, 1802.
(III) Edward, son of William and Sarah (Tukey) Ingraham, was born in Portland, June 27, 1785, died in that city Aug. 11, 1874. He was a perfect type of his ancestor Edward, of a deeply religious nature, though never uniting with any church, and of a quiet, but wonderfully helpful mould, quick to see all good openings for trade, but careful never to instude on the rights of any fellow man. Early in life he saw that it would be of great advantage to all the fishermen on the outer islands of Casco Bay to have a store nearer than Portland where they might quickly sell their fish and obtain goods; he saw, too, that this would be a fine venture for the man who carried on such a business in an honest and kindly way. He established a large stgore at the lower end of the now famous summer resort, Bailey Island, as well as upon Orr's Island, and made of this a great success. Finding that his wife was homesick on her island home, he sold out his business and returned to Portland, saying to himself: "My home must be a happy one at any cost." For many years he was one of the best known of the old-time traders and merchants in Portland, dealing also in ship chandlery supplies, and deeply interested in the fishing business on the Maine coast and the more distant fishing banks. He helped hundreds of sturdy fishermen. While his words of counsel to them and others were few they were full of power for good. Long after others of his age had retired from business he kept busily and quietly at work, with the same keen outlook on life, and where he could help any one who was sad or unfortunate.
Edward Ingraham married (first), 1806, Mary Daley, born Jan. 1, 1786, died in Portland Feb. 16, 1824, a woman of great worth and helpfulness. He married (second) Sept. 30, 1824, Mrs. Mary (Aspinwall) Greeley, born at Roxbury, Mass. Feb. 25, 1786, died in Portland April 16, 1876.
Children, all of 1st wife:
1. Sarah Ann, born Nov. 12, 1806, died Nov. 12, 1869; married June 4, 1826, her cousin Holt Ingraham; five children.
2. Emore Daley, born Sept. 29, 1808, died 1827.
3. Edward Tukey, born Dec. 29, 1810, died 1828.
4. Charles Porter, born Oct. 18, 1813, died Feb. 18, 1891; he was one of the most successful fish merchants of Portland, acquiring great wealth, and helping thousands of people.
He married Elizabeth Stover, of Harpswell, and his home was one of great happiness.
5. Ferdinand, 1815, died 1893.
6. Mary Daley, born May 9, 1817, died Feb. 5, 1861; married Capt. Stephen Knight and Elbridge Randall.
7. George W., born at Orr's Island, Maine, June 1, 1819, died 1850.
8. Cordelia, born Orr's Island, June 1, 1821, died in Portland July 31, 1863; married Dec. 3, 1846, Benjamin Worth Jones, born at China, Maine, March 25, 1821.
9. Araxine, born Aug. 20, 1823, died March 27, 1831.
(IV) Fredinand, fifth child of Edward and Mary (Daley) Ingraham, was born at Portland Oct. 9, 1815, died at Yarmouth, Feb. 22, 1893. He largely inherited the quiet, religious and farseeing qualities of his ancestors, and was a man beloved by all who knew him, for his advice was always prompt and sound. He was a very diligent scholar, but early left school and became a baker and trader at Portland. His success was good, but, in lookign abroad, he saw that there was a fine opening for ship-building at Yarmouth, and removed thither in 1836, and continued this business in a diligent manner until his health failed. His many kind deeds were done in the most quiet and unostentatious way, and his home was his joy and pride. He had a strong influence in political matters, and did this work for the sake of his town, state and country, the only public office which he could be induced to accept being that of town treasurer, which he held for two years.
In early life Mr. Ingraham united with the Second Parish Congregational Church of Portland, but he afterward became a strong Universalist. He was a charter member of the Maine Lodge at Portland, I.O.O.F., and at the time of his death had been a member fifty years.
He married, in Yarmouth, Oct. 16, 1838, Harriet Jane, daughter of Amos Storer. She was born at Yarmouth July 15, 1819, died Feb. 17, 1902. She was a woman of great nobility of character.
2. Adelaide S., who died in 1890; she married Capt. David W. Blanchard and had children: Paul G., Mabelle L. and Fredinand David.
3. Hattie A., deceased.
4. Cordelia J., deceased.
5. William C. Storer, born at Yarmouth March 29, 1859; resides at Yarmouth; he was a faithful student in the town schools and North Yarmouth Academy; he early showed the strong liking for the ocean which had characterized many of his ancestors, and he shipped before the mast, intending to study navigation and all matters pertaining to a sailor's life and so become a captain who knew every part of the work which should devolve upon him. In 1879 he made a long voyage from Philadelphia around Cape Horn to San Francisco and returned. He had been at sea about three years when his father's health failed. With the great love of home which had been such a strong trait among his ancestors he gave up all his plans of a sea life, and the brilliant prospects which this life held out to him, and cared for his parents in the most tender manner.
Mr. Ingraham is a member of Knights of Pythias, and a member of Casco Lodge, No. 35, and Cumberland Chapter of Free Masons. He is a man who is highly esteemed by all who know him. He has never taken much interest in political matters, and has not married.