Hall Jackson Ingalls (1837-1927)

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Hall Jackson Ingalls
Born: 11 Mar 1837 Boston, Massachusetts
Died: January 1927 Sebewa Twp., Ionia, Michigan
Father: Charles Wesley Ingalls
Mother: Catherine D. Hamm
Siblings: Maranda Ingalls
Charles Manley Ingalls
Hall Jackson Ingalls
George Augustus Ingalls
Cleveland Alphonso Ingalls
Edward August Ingalls
Frances Augusta Ingalls
Sylvester William Ingalls
Spouse: Helen Thompson


Portland Review, January 25, 1927 HIS BOYHOOD DAYS SPENT WITH INDIANS Hall J. Ingalls’ Long Life Ends Friday, After Illness Lasting Only a Few Weeks. Born in Boston, Came to This Section at Age Three Months.

Hall J. Ingalls, stricken with paralysis while in his barn at the farm in Sebewa Township a few weeks ago, died Friday evening. He would have been 90 years old had he lived until March 11. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, a neighbor, Wm. Rosevere, taking the place of a minister and making a few personal remarks. Burial was in Portland Cemetery.

Mr. Ingalls was born in Boston, Mass., March 11, 1837, coming to Novi, Mich., with his parents at the age of 3 months. They moved to Sebewa in 1838. There were only three white neighbors, but many Indians. In 1844 the family moved to Portland, remaining seven years. In 1851 the elder Ingalls (Charles W.) bought the place where Hall J. lived at the time of his death, building a sawmill and dam (Editor’s Note: This would have to be on the site of Weippert’s Mill, surrounded by the Hall J. Ingalls farm). The country was thickly wooded and father and sons helped to clear it. In 1857 the family moved to Ionia and next year Hall J. helped to survey a state road from Ionia to Mackinac.

In 1860 a party of Indian leaders came to Ionia and wanted to sell the tract known as Shimnecon, located in Danby Township. Hall’s father bought it for $2000, the son turning in a pony, valued at $50, as first payment. They moved to the tract in 1861. In 1865 Hall J. bought from his father the farm in Sebewa where he last resided, a little north of Sebewa Corners. From the time he came to this section until his death, he had spent but one year outside this county. That was in 1872, when he made his headquarters in Grand Ledge, while selling sewing machines.

Mrs. Ingalls was formerly Helen Beden. Though 83 years old now, she enjoys good health and has borne up under the strain of helping care for her husband during his illness remarkably well. Part of the time she has insisted on being alone with him nights, but two neighbors, Edward Spencer and Carl Lindsley, were keeping vigil with her Friday night, when, shortly before midnight, the old pioneer breathed his last.


  • 1850 Federal Census, Sebewa, Ionia, Michigan
Ingalls, Charles W.
, Hale, male, 13, New Hampshire

From: "Bruce Ingalls" <bhingalls@prodigy.net> 
Subject: Re: [INGALLS] Re: Kitty ingalls autograph book 
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 Jay, I have a Hall J. Ingalls (parents unknown) b. 1838-1841 in MA. who m. Helen Thompson in Ionia Co, MI Oct 6, 1863. Hall is in the 1880,1900, and 1920 Sebewa, Ionia Co, MI census. Portland is also in Ionia Co, MI. I also have a Kettie Ingalls b. abt 1862 in MI per the 1880 Danby, Ionia Co, MI census. This census lists her parents as Manly C. Ingalls b. 1835/6 in MI. and Lucinda (Unknown). This census also lists a Charles W. Ingalls b. abt 1858 as Kettie's brother. From the above looks like Manly C. and Hall J. may have been brothers. Bruce