Thomas Ingersoll
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Thomas Ingersoll (1749 - 1812)

Major Thomas Ingersoll
Born in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 28 Feb 1775 in Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Husband of — married 26 May 1785 in Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Port Credit, Upper Canadamap
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Biography

Major Thomas Ingersoll was a Loyalist in the American Revolution

He was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, later moving to Great Barrington where, aside from his trade as a hatter, he also served as constable and tax collector. In 1775, he married Elizabeth Dewey. He served as a lieutenant in the American militia from 1777 to 1781 and continued to serve in the Great Barrington militia after the American Revolution, reaching the rank of major.

After the death of his first wife in 1784, when Laura (his eldest daughter) was eight, he married on 26 May 1785, Mercy Smith, the widow of Josiah Smith. After the death of his second wife, he married Sarah Whiting, the widow of John Backus, in 1789.

Ingersoll immigrated to Upper Canada after hearing about the availability of land there for new settlers. In 1793, he obtained a land grant of 66,000 acres (267 km²) in Oxford County from Governor John Graves Simcoe. He named the new settlement Oxford-on-the-Thames. Ingersoll was named a justice of the peace for the county.

By November, 1795, Ingersoll had once again uprooted, moving to Queenston, Upper Canada and operating one of the earliest taverns before putting it up for sale in 1801.

Thomas Ingersoll emigrated to Upper Canada from the United States in 1795. He operated a tavern in Queenston before settling on his land grant in Oxford County.

In 1806, he left the settlement at Oxford-on-the-Thames and settled on the Credit River near Port Credit, operating "Government House" until his death in 1812.

His farm is the site of today's town of Ingersoll, His son Charles renamed Oxford-on-the-Thames "Ingersoll" in his honor.

His daughter, Laura Secord, was a heroine of the War of 1812. [1]

1st Marriage: 28 Feb 1775 Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts. Maj Thomas M Ingersoll 1750–1812 and Elizabeth Dewey 1758–1784

Children:

  1. Laura Ingersoll 1775–1868 • LCRT-J4Y ​​
  2. Abigail Ingersoll 1776–1821 • KZFD-5WT ​​
  3. Elisabeth Franks Ingersoll 1778–1811 • LHLQ-XD3 ​​
  4. Myra Ingersoll 1781–1848 • K4D1-3D8

2nd Marriage: 26 May 1785 Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. Maj Thomas M Ingersoll 1750–1812 and Mercy Smith 1752–1789. No Children

3rd Marriage: 20 September 1789 Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. Maj Thomas M Ingersoll 1750–1812 and Sarah Whiting 1762–1832

Children:

  1. Charles Fortescue Ingersoll 1791–1832 • K2SG-27C ​​
  2. Charlotte Ingersoll 1793–1845 • G9Y7-8XX ​​
  3. Apollonia Ingersoll 1794–1872 • LCZ8-SD8 ​​
  4. Thomas Ingersoll 1796–1847 • KNNS-93F ​​
  5. Samuel Ingersoll 1798–1861 • K2SG-2H9 ​​
  6. Col. James Ingersoll 1801–1883 • K2SG-2C7 ​​
  7. Sarah Ingersoll 1807–1826 • K2SG-2WF

Sources

  1. Ruth McKenzie, “INGERSOLL, LAURA,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 9, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed September 19, 2015, [1]
  • "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FHPM-QZQ : 9 February 2018), Thomas Ingorsole, 24 Mar 1750; citing , WESTFIELD, HAMPDEN, MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 185,474.
  • "Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2RW-CST5 : 27 January 2017), Thomas Ingersoll, 14 Oct 1777; citing Massachusetts State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,056,796.
  • "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FHMP-NQ8 : 17 October 2017), Thomas Ingersoll and Elisabeth Dewey, 28 Feb 1775; citing Marriage, Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 250,321.
  • "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FHM5-ZXY : 13 July 2016), Capt. Thomas Ingersoll and Mercy Smith, 26 May 1785; citing Marriage, Great Barrington, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 250,321.


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Thomas Ingersoll was married three times. His first wife, Elizabeth Dewey, had four children: Laura (who was to become famous), Elizabeth, Myra, Abigail. His second wife, Mercy Smith had no children. His third wife, Sarah Whiting, had seven children: Charles, Charlotte, Appy, Thomas, Samuel, James, and then Sarah who was born after they left Oxford.

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