Contributed by Wanda Ridge. 2018

James Ingram married Phoebe Woodward 11 September 1823 in Calloway Co., Kentucky; record stated they were both of legal age. They are shown in Calloway County through the 1840 census. In 1850 the Ingrams were already in Hampton Twp., Monroe County, Arkansas with five children in the household, all born in Kentucky. Next door to James and Phoebe was William Ingram, age 25, born in Kentucky. Both James and William were farmers.

James died 8 October, 1847, intestate, in Monroe County. Letters of Administration were filed 9 October 1847 and Phoebe and Austin P. Roper were appointed administrators. As widow, Phoebe was given dower of 55 1/3 acres of 160 acres known as Calvert tract, and 13 1/3 acres of a 40 acre tract elsewhere. PROBATE: Monroe Co AR 17 Apr 1849. Settlement of Estate of James Ingram. Whole amount of said estate both personal and real estate, shown to be $1710.75.

Phoebe continued living in Monroe County, and farming until after 1870 census. She was shown in the 1860 Agricultural Census for Monroe County in possession of 160 acres of land, 30 acres improved and 130 acres unimproved, cash value of farm $1300, value of farming implements and machinery, $10. Livestock valued at $465 included 8 sheep, 4 horses, 6 milk cows and 10 other cattle. She had 50 bushels of Indian corn.

Phoebe sold 40 acres of her dower rights to John McAnnulty in the Aubrey/Rondo area. In the 1870 Monroe County census, Phoebe, age 67, is living with the youngest son, John, There is a McAnulty Cemetery on the property and it is supposed that Phoebe may be buried there, without a marker. In this deed, Phoebe names her children: Edward Ingram, Elizabeth Neely and husband John G. Neely, Henry Ingram, Nancy and her husband John Ford, Sarah Ingram and John H. Ingram. Although William Ingram is not listed as a child in this deed, it is believed he was the oldest child and maybe had received his inheritance earlier.

Edward (Edwin) Ingram married in 1853, Phillips County, Arkansas, to Sarah Wright, daughter of William Lyndsey and Catherine Wright. W. L. Wright’s will written 3 May 1855 names daughter Sarah Ingram. 1860 Monroe Co AR Agricultural Schedule, Hampton Twp: Edward Ingram had farming implements valued at $15. He owned 1 horse and 40 swine with livestock valued at $200. He had 150 bushels of Indian corn.

Edward was actively involved in several land transactions in Monroe, Lee and Phillips counties. Phillips Co, Arkansas, probate court October 1869: Edward Ingram, as guardian of his daughter, Lola Montez Ingram, is asking permission to sell property left to Lola Montez Ingram by her grandfather, William Lyndsey Wright. Says she is a minor over the age of 14 years, owns in her own right fractional NE 1/4 S7 T1S R5E 25 acres. Grandmother's name given as Catherine Garrett. Permission granted by Phillips County Court October term 1869. It is thought that Sarah had died by this time as she did not go to California with Edward and Lola. Various records are written in the given names of Edwin, Edmond and Edward.

Edward and Lola were in Fresno, California by 1880. Edward’s death certificate dated July 1911 says he was a resident of California 37 years, indicating he moved there in 1874. Obit from Santa Barbara Independent July 24, 1911, page 5 (rec'd from Santa Barbara Public Library) reads: Edwin Ingram Dead: Edwin Ingram died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. McLain on Hollister Avenue. Mr. Ingram was eighty-seven years old. He came here thirty-seven years ago from Kentucky and was well known throughout the Goleta Valley and this city. Services will be held at the home of his daughter at 2 o'clock tomorrow, Rev. Coy of Goleta officiating. Burial will be made in the Goleta cemetery.

Elizabeth Jane Ingram, James and Phoebe’s third child and first daughter, married John G. Neely. This family is covered in a separate article.

Henry Ingram was born about 1834 in Kentucky. He married in Monroe County, Arkansas in 1858 to Sarah Jane Breeding, They had James Wesley Ingram who was born in March of 1860. Sarah died before 1868 and Henry married Amanda Louise Curtis, daughter of John and Mary Curtis who came to Arkansas from Tennessee. Henry and Amanda had Virginia C. Ingram and Ada B. Ingram. Amanda had previously been married to Henry W. C. Jones who died in Monroe County prior to 1867. They had one son, William. 1860 Monroe Co AR Agricultural Schedule, Hampton Twp., showed Henry Ingram owing 240 acres of land of which 30 acres were improved. Cash value of farm was $1500 with value of farming implements and machinery of $10. Henry had 2 horses, 3 milk cows and 5 other cattle along with 20 swine. Live stock was valued at $200. He had 200 bushels of Indian corn.

In January 1874, Henry Ingram, petitioned to Commissioner of Claims for compensation for supplies provided Army of the U. S. during Civil War. Residence given was 2 1/2 miles south of Moro. He signed in own handwriting. Petitioner states he served in both US and Confederate Army.

Probate records for Henry Ingram were filed 5 February, 1877 in Lee County, Arkansas, widow Amanda named as administrator. On 20 Nov 1877, widow Amanda Ingram petitioned Probate Court asking to be relieved of administration of Henry Ingram's estate as she desired to leave the state. Inventory of real and personal property of Amanda Ingram before and after marriage to Henry Ingram: 160 acres in Lee Co NW 1/4 S9 T2N R1E, 1 mare, 1 mule colt, 37 head of cattle, 4 beds, 1 beauro, other house furniture too tideous to mention, total of $374.25. Subscribed and sworn to 20 day of Nov 1877. Papers filed in probate court 31 May 1887, from Fresno Co, California, indicate that Amanda Ingram received $400 for tract of land sold to Fany Spivey. Signed by Amanda Ingram.

After Henry died and before she moved to California, Amanda married John Harrison Ingram, youngest brother of Henry Ingram. They were shown in the 1880 census, Fresno County, California, as husband and wife. Living in the household with them are William, age 13, Jenny, age 10, Ada age 4 and John 2. It may be noted that James Wesley Ingram, Henry and Mandy’s first child, was living in the household of Wesley Breeding, his grandfather, in the 1880 Monroe County, Arkansas census.

Nancy Ingram was the fifth child of James and Phoebe Ingram. She married John N. Ford who also came to Arkansas from Kentucky. John apparently died prior to 1870, as this census shows Nancy with children Phoebe, James, Robert and Bill living in the household of her youngest brother John Ingram and their mother, Phoebe. Nancy may have been in Fresno Co., California by December 1870, as daughter Phoebe Jane Ford married James Alexander Miller in Fresno Co. 22 Dec 1870.

There are many records of these families in the Phillips, Lee and Monroe county court houses.

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