November 4, 2014

All History is Family History

Have you ever set out to take a simple short drive in your car, but once you got out there, you encountered one detour after the next...where each new turn took you down roads and to places you'd never been to...or even knew existed?

That's sort of what's happened in my search to find my immigrating ancestors. I really believed it would be a short journey going back to the mid-1800's, at best, where I'd learn that my great or great-great grandparents left their homeland to find new opportunities here in America. That is exactly what I learned from all my family's lines...all, that is, except one! And, as it turns out, one detour in your path can make all the difference in the world.

When tracing back down my grandpa's father's line, the search didn't stop at the mid-1800's as didn't stop at the Civil War or the Revolutionary War or even the Salem Witch Trials. No, this journey took me down paths in this county's history that dated to nearly the arrival of the Mayflower and what I wound up with was a new perspective from which to view American history and myself.

So, come along with me...I'll take you on the shortcut path of my journey down just one of these family lines...the Ingalls' line that begins here in America with the arrival of my 10x great-grandfather, Edmund Ingalls, in 1628.

The list below shows each generation from Edmund going forward to my grandfather, Royal Cain. I love how it so clearly shows how I came to be born in Wisconsin (a wonder I'm always fascinated by)...much like a seed blowing in the wind. And, to simply see each generation before me like this makes me feel so...well...rooted!

The Ingalls Family Crest
The motto "Humilis Ex Corona" is
Latin and translates to "low (humble) from the crown"

Relationship between
Edmund Ingalls of Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, England
& Royal Gordon Cain

Our immigrating ancestors, down our Ingalls line – Edmund and Ann (Tripp) Ingalls and their six children - came from Skirbeck, England in 1628 with Governor John Endicott’s party on the ship “Abigail.” Edmund later founded the city of Lynn, Massachusetts. He is recognized as an early American founder by The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America. He is the 6x Great Grandfather of Charles Ingalls. He is the 7x Great Grandfather of author Laura Ingalls Wilder. He is the 5x Great Grandfather of Revolutionary War Patriot Jonathan Ingalls.

Edmund Ingalls (1598-1648)
Born in Skirbeck, Lincolnshie County, England
Died in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts
Immigrated to America in 1628 on the ship “Abigail” landing at Salem, Massachusetts

John Ingalls (1624-1721)
Born in Skirbeck, Lincolnshire County, England
Died in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
John was identified as a “Yeoman”
Note: in the United States – 18th and 19th centuries – yeomen were recognized as non-slaveholding, small landowning, family farmers. In 15th century England, a yeoman was identified as a “commoner who cultivates his own land.”

Edmund Ingalls (1679-????)
Born in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island
Died in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts

Edmund Ingalls (1713-1749)
Born in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Died in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Was born a fraternal twin – with sister, Eunice (They were the namesakes of their parents)

Edmund Ingalls (1739-1826)
Born in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Died in Hartford, Washington County, New York
Pioneer Farmer at Hartford
Revolutionary War Veteran – Enlisted May 8, 1775
Private in Cpt. Samuel Bliss Company

Edmund Ingalls (1761-1820)
Born in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Died in Gouvernor, St. Lawrence County, New York
He and wife, Mary Stockwell, had 10 children together.
Occupation was farmer.

Wisconsin becomes a state in 1848 and government land is being offered to anyone willing to settle them at little or even, no cost. This Ingalls' line - and many others - seem to have taken the state up on that offer in that period. 

Otis Ingalls (1790-1856)
Born in Hartford, Washington County, New York
Died in Rushford Township, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
According to 1850 WI Census, he owned land and was living in Waukesha County, WI in 1850
Wisconsin became a state in 1848 and government land was offered for very little cost.
War of 1812 Veteran – Private, New York Militia, 118th Regiment
Occupation was farmer.
Otis Ingalls' gravestone and War of 1812 - Marker

Benjamin Franklin Ingalls (1838-1922)
Born in Hartford, Washington County, New York
Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
American Civil War Veteran – Enlisted, Wisconsin Company A, 16th Regiment
Ultimately promoted to Brevet Captain – Died at Veteran’s Home in Los Angeles, California
Benjamin F. Ingalls gravestone
Los Angeles National Cemetery, CA

Henrietta “Mabel” Ingalls (1861-????)
Born in Nepeusken, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Place and year of death unknown
Henrietta, her daughter, Margaret,
and grandson, John, in Idaho

William Roy Cain (1881-1970)
Born in Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Died in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Worked as a Machinist & Mechanical Engineer
William Roy Cain

Royal Gordon Cain (1902-1980)
Born in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Died in Green Lake County, Wisconsin
Worked as a Street Car Conductor, Tavern Keeper, Tool & Die Maker
Royal and Emma Cain at a wedding (1950) and at home (1942)

Perhaps this list will inspire you to set out on your own journey of discovery...if so, 
may your path be filled with detours.