Early Settlers of
Their Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Lifting the Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
Ingram, Father of a Large Family
John Little Ingram (1788-1866),
the father of twenty-two children, twenty-one of whom lived to be
adults, was the ancestor of many with
John Little Ingram was married three times and had children by each wife. First he married Mary “Polly” Cagle (1793-1829). Their ten children included one child that died as an infant and nine more, seven daughters and two sons: Rebecca, Isaac, Elizabeth, Sarah, Tillman, Nancy, Mary Jane, Louisa and Malinda.
After his wife Mary “Polly” died, John Little Ingram married Cynthia Kittle in 1830. To them were born ten children, five sons and five daughters: Lucretia, Little, Jr., Ginsey, Allen, Clary, Cynthia, Jeremiah, Benjamin, Ruth and Martin.
his second wife’s death, John Little Ingram married, third, Catherine
At the age of
78, John Little Ingram died at the home of his daughter, Lucretia
Ingram Rhodes in the Ivy Log District of Union County.
She was the first child of Little’s second wife, Cynthia Kittle
Ingram. Lucretia had married George
Rhodes, a widower with two small sons, Grant and Wiley Rhodes. Even though John Little Ingram had been an
early member of Choestoe Baptist Church (listed in the 1836 membership
rolls), he was buried at the Ivy Log Baptist Church Cemetery, because
transporting the body to Choestoe in 1866 would have been
a long journey by wagon. His first
wife Mary had been buried in
My interest in
the Ingram family stems from my great grandmother, Louisa Eliza Ingram
(1827-1907) who married James Marion Dyer (1822-1904) on
The Ingrams in
We can only
imagine the stories John Little Ingram told his many children of his
experiences as a soldier in the War of 1812 and his service in the
Indian uprisings. Little Ingram was
Five of John
Little Ingram’s sons served in the Civil War and three of them lost
their lives in that conflict. Tillman
Ingram (1822-1863) was the fifth child of Little
and Mary “Polly” Cagle Ingram. His first
enlistment ended in discharge with the notation that he was “too old
for service.” However, Tillman, wishing to
“defend against the enemy,” reenlisted, giving his age as younger than
his actual years. He died of a raging
fever in Trinity,
Jr. (1832-1863), son of Little’s second wife, Cynthia Kittle, died at
the Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi and was buried there.
He had married Mary King on
(1838-?) was a brother to Little, Jr. and the seventh child of John Little and Cynthia Kittle Ingram.
He enlisted in the Confederate Army and fought at the Battle of
Chancelorsville, Virginia where he was captured
(1840-?) married Charity Gilbert on
(1844-1863) married Rebecca Bozeman prior to enlisting in the
Confederate Army. He was a casualty of the
war, dying at
John Little Ingram learned the importance of patriotism from his father, Pvt. John Little Ingram of South Carolina who was a patriot in the American Revolution. Next week’s column will go further backward in time to trace the service of this soldier.
c2005 by Ethelene
Dyer Jones; published
Dyer Jones is a retired educator, freelance writer, poet, and historian.
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*Editor's Note 1: We have received the following correction from Charles Ingram, MD: "Rev Martin Ingram who married Rebecca (Bedeey) Bozeman was the son of Tilman Ingram brother of John Little Ingram. Martin and Rebecca lived and died in Cherokee County, GA and are buried at Four Mile Cemetery in Pickens County, GA where he was a preacher and a founder of the church. Any census research shows them living in Cherokee County, GA and I have photos of the Bible record of his birth and their tombstones, etc."
Editor's Note 2: The 1844 Martin Ingram, who died
in 1863 in the Civil War, was a son of John Little Ingram (1788-1866).
There may have been an error in listing his wife as Rebecca Bozeman.
The wife of the 1816 Rev. Martin Ingram was Rebecca (Beede/Becky)
Bozeman. The 1816 Martin Ingram was a son of Tilman Ingram (1794-?).
This Tilman Ingram was a brother to John Little Ingram, father of the
1844 Martin Ingram. So we are definitely referring to two different
persons, first cousins, both with the name Martin Ingram -- Ethelene