AMOS INGOLD. Among the many prominent farmers and citizens of Shaw's Point Township, Macoupin County, none are more favorably mentioned by their acquaintances than Mr. Ingold, who with his interesting family, lives on section 20. He is the son of Jonathan and Mary M. (Michaels) Ingold, and was born in Marion County, Ind., November 19, 1834. His parents, who were natives of North Carolina came to Madison County, Ill., in 1840 and upon the farm which they purchased spent the remainder of their lives. They had a family of sixteen children, to whom they gave as good an education as opportunity permitted, and taught them many things not found in text books but necessary to prosperity and happiness.
Our subject who was one of the younger members of the family circle, grew to manhood in Madison County, Ill., and while still quite young learned how to carry on a farm and develop the resources of the land. When it was possible, he attended the pioneer schools and gained what knowledge he could under the circumstances, but was necessarily obliged to be content with a limited amount or to add to it by self effort. He chose the latter, and by reading has kept himself in touch with the world at large. In 1856 he left his home in Madison County and going to Minnesota, sojourned there one year. He then returned to this State, of which he has since been a resident.
For three years Mr. Ingold resided in Bond County, this State, and it was during this time that he was married in December, 1863, to Miss Malinda Kingsbury. Mrs. Ingold was born in Indiana, June 16, 1839, and is the daughter of Ira and Hannah Kingsbury, natives of Ohio, who came to Illinois at an early day and died in Bond County. Mrs. Ingold was the next to the youngest in their family of seven children, and under the parental roof she was trained to a noble womanhood, learning those lessons which have enabled her to preside over her cozy home with hospitality and refinement. They mourn the loss of six children, all of whom died in infancy excepting a daughter, Mary, who was taken from them at the age of fourteen. However three children remain to brighten the home - John, Oren, and Flora.
After his marriage Mr. Ingold located in St. Clair County, where he followed farming pursuits until 1876, at that time he came to Macoupin County, and purchasing a farm of eighty acres in Shaw's Point Township, has devoted his attention since to its cultivation and improvement. Mr. Ingold believes it the duty of every man to keep himself well informed in matters of political and general importance and to be assured of his standing on every question of national or local interest. He has decided in favor of the principles of the Democratic party, and supports them with his vote and influence. He takes special interest in educational matters and has served efficiently as School Director. He has also been Highway Commissioner, but has never sought office, caring little for the plaudits of the crowd, and feeling that the responsibilities would far outweigh the pleasures.