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Ora Clark at writes on March 3, 2007:

LOVINA THOMPSON INGALLS QUILT - Perhaps the most interesting tale that we have in this branch relates to a quilt which my daughter presently has. According to family tradition, this quilt was made by an ancestress during the War of 1812 while she was waiting for her fiancé to come home from the war. Again, according to tradition, it was to be handed down over the years through a female line. Unfortunately, no one ever wrote down where it came from until my daughter received it from my sister and I began to look at the possible routes.

I know that my grandmother, Lana, received the quilt from her mother Lovina.  Since she had no daughters she passed it to her sister, Lillian Garber, who later passed it to her daughter, Alberta Garber Mills.  Since Alberta only had a son, she gave it to my sister when it became obvious that he would never have any daughters for her to pass it along. In a similar manner, when my sister realized that her daughter would never have a daughter she gave it to my daughter who did have two daughters.

Unless it came into Lovina’s possession by a collateral line, Lana probably received the quilt from her mother, Lovina Thompson, spouse of William R. Ingalls.  She in turn most probably received it from her mother and there I have been stymied until recently.  Previously I only knew her mother to be Cornelia Thompson, wife of John Thomson.  Now I know that her maiden name was Rowley and her parents were Samuel Rowley and Amy Kidder.  From the time frame, Amy would be the originator of the quilt.  The location of a War of 1812 record of service for Samuel would tend to verify this.  So far I have not been able to locate any such records.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

ABIJAH INGALLS (1737-1777) - Another conundrum I’m faced with is the death of Abijah 1737-1777. I have had indications that he died during the American retreat from Ft. Ticonderoga following Gen. Burgoyne’s attack. But I have not been able to find any reference to him in any Revolutionary War records.

JERMIAH INGALLS (1764-1838) - I just recently learned from the Forum that my third great grandfather, Jeremiah 1764-1838 was a church music composer of some renown. I had seen references to this previously but never had been able to confirm it. In fact, there was a celebration of the 200th anniversary of his tune book in 2005 in Newbury, VT. According to the posting, Thomas B. Malone of Boston University is editing a modern version of the tune book.

His son, Jeremiah Jr. 1796-1859, moved to Ohio from Vermont about 1830 with his wife Lana and sons, William and George. Soon after that they became involved in a Shaker community. It wasn’t long before Lana became dissatisfied with the life and left taking William with her; Jeremiah and George remaining there until their deaths. Probably a good thing she did, otherwise I wouldn’t be here because they did not believe in procreation!

If anyone has any information on the above lines, you can write Ora at the above e-mail address.



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