Charles Wesley Ingalls (1812-1889)

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Charles Wesley Ingalls
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Born: 21 Apr 1812 New Hampshire
Died: 9 Feb 1889 Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan
Father: Jonathan Ingalls
Mother: Abigail Cleveland
Siblings: Charles Wesley Ingalls
Spouse: Catherine D. Hamm
Married: bef 1832 of Canada
Children: Maranda Ingalls
Manley Ingalls
Hale Ingals
George Ingalls
Cleveland Alphonso Ingalls
Edward Ingalls
Frances Ingalls
Sylvester Ingalls


  • 1850 Federal Census, Sebewa, Ionia, Michigan
Ingalls, Charles W., male, 36, New Hampshire
, Catharine, female, 37, New Hampshire
, Manley, male, 14, Massachusetts
, Hale, male, 13, New Hampshire
, George, male, 11, Michigan
, Alfonzo, male, 8, Michigan
, Edward, male, 6, Michigan
, Francis, female, 4, Michigan
, Sylvester, male, 1, Michigan
, Maranda, female, 18, Canada
  • 1860 Federal Census, Ionia Co., Michigan, Family # 426
Ingalls, Charles, W., male, 47, New Hampshire
, Catherine, female, 47, New Hampshire
, Alphonso, male, 18, Michigan
, Edward, male, 17, Michigan
, Frances, female, 14, Michigan
, Sylvester, male, 11, Michigan
  • 1870 Federal Census, Danby, Ionia, Michigan
Ingalls, Charles, male, white, 27, b. Michigan
, Catharine, female, white, 59, b. New Hampshire
, Alphonso, male, white, 27, b. Michigan
, Sylvester, male, white, 21, b. Michigan
Ham, Doratha, female, white, 90, b. New Hampshire
  • Schrader, Arlene Ingalls. Ingalls Inquirer, Vol. 1-10, 1984-1992 P. 11, 12
13.Charles Wesley b 21 Apr 1812 m Catherine Hamm, NH d 1889 Harbor Springs, MI


Jonathon Ingalls came to MI in 1837 with his son, Charles W. and wife, Catherine and their sons, C. Manley and Hall J. They stopped in Novi and later came to Sebewa, Ionia Co MI. Hall Ingalls as a boy grew up with the Indians at Shim-ne-con. At the placing of a marker by the DAR in memory of Chief Okemos, Hall related the story of the chief's illness and his return to the summer camp Shim-ne-con and his death and burial 12 May 1858. The Indians later removed to the reservation at Mt. Pleasant, MI. Charles W. bought the land known as Shim-ne-con in 1861.

Early in 1874, Charles W. Ingalls arrived and engaged in the real estate business, the firm at that time being C. W. Ingalls & Son (EMMET CO, MI). He had been engaged in business for many years carrying on farming, mill business and general merchandising.

In December 1863 he enlisted in Company I, 21 Regiment Michigan Infantry. Afterward promoted to captain of the second regiment. He was disabled in 1864 and resigned. In the spring of 1874 he came to EMMET CO MI and was actively engaged in locating soldiers upon homesteads after the lands of the county came into market and has continued to carry on real estate business to present time (1884). When Mr. Ingalls settled in Harbor Springs, there were but two stores in the place and less than a half dozen white people.

Story of three brothers arriving in Sebewa, Ionia Co MI

The first attempt at a permanent settlement and the one from which the history of the town properly dates, concerns the coming in 1838 of John F. Terrill, Charles W. Ingalls, and John Brown. Terrill located in Sec. 25 and Brown and Ingalls on Sec. 36 not far away. All three were pushing VT Yankees and laid hold with a will to the heavy task before them. They had come to stay and when they came they knew what they were coming to, so there was neither faint heart nor failing energy among them. Slowly but surely the forest-wild gave way before the sturdy blows of their ringing axes, and where erstwhile stretched a wilderness soon spread a pleasing prospect of comfortable, if not elegant homes and fruitful farms...

John B. Terrill m 10 Oct 1812 at Bridgewater NH Polly Ingalls dau of Jonathan and Abigail Ingalls. Polly was b 6 Oct 1796 Bristol NH and d 21 Nov 1883, Portland, MI. Polly's grave is marked as a Original Daughter of the Revolution. Her father Jonathan Revolutionary war soldier is buried in Sebewa township on the old Terrill farm (see photo elsewhere). This is reported to be the first burial in Sebewa before there was a cemetery. John Brown m Sarah Ingalls, dau of Jonathan and Abigail. Charles W. Ingalls m Catherine Hamm in 1834, MA.