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Timothy Ingraham (1691- AFT 1768) and Abigail Eddy (1725 -ABT 1795)
When and where was Timothy born?
Oral family history states that Timothy Ingraham was born in “about 1720.” He was the son of Timothy Ingraham and Sarah Cowell. However, numerous family trees on ancestry.com say that Timothy Ingraham was born 7 Jan 1691. Family history says he was born near Rehoboth on the southeastern tip of Massachusetts in Berkley, Bristol County, Massachusetts while Ancestry.com indicates that he was born in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. The bottom line is: proof of Timothy’s existence — and of the three women he is said to have married — is hard to find. His father and mother are found in some sources, and his son — Jonathan — is more visible because he was a Revolutionary War soldier. But Timothy and the details of his life are elusive.
Timothy was born into a time when Daniel Defoe and Jonathan Swift were living and writing. The Salem Witch Trials occur just a year after his birth, and more and more immigrants are pouring into the country and moving further west. Massachusetts must have begun to look “settled” and “established” compared to those who were expanding the country by leaving the early colonies.
Based on the best information so far, it is believed that Timothy Ingraham first married Margaret Maxfield (about 1692-?) in 1710. He was 19; she was 20. They had a son, Timothy, born 1 Feb 1712. Margaret may have given birth to more than one child, but she did not live beyond about 1739. They were married for nearly 30 years.
After Margaret’s death, Timothy married Jemima Hathaway (1722-1747) on 10 January 1740. He was 49 and she was 18. It is not known if they had any children, but Jemima died just four years later on 17 May 1747.
Probably within the year of his second wife’s death, Timothy married Abigail Eddy. She was born 13 May 1725 in Middleboro, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, and was the daughter of Benjamin Eddy and Abigail Pratt. He was 56 years old, and she was 22. The difference in their ages seems a little surprising; however, it was not uncommon then, particularly when a man had not been able to produce many heirs. At age 56, after losing two wives and having only one son, Timothy may have been quite hopeful that with a younger wife, he might be able to father more children. As it turned out, Abigail was able to bear him three children before Timothy died.
Was Timothy in the Rehoboth area?
Abigail and Timothy lived in Massachusetts, but there is some discrepancy about precise location. There is no doubt that his great-grandfather, Richard Ingraham, lived in the Rehoboth area, but Timothy could just have well moved on to other areas in the county. Rehoboth, named for the Biblical place, is among the earlier incorporated towns in Massachusetts, having been incorporated in 1645.
If they were not in Rehoboth, they were almost certainly in Bristol County. The land that is now Bristol County was part of the Plymouth Colony, which pre-dates the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Part of the county was detached in 1740 to form Bristol County, Rhode Island.
After one son with his first wife, three more children with Abigail
It is believed that Timothy and Abigail had the following children:
Not an easy life
Timothy died some time after the birth of his son, Samuel, but the exact date is not known. He probably did not live to see the Revolutionary War, but his son Jonathan certainly did.
After Timothy’s death, Abigail married Benjamin Hathaway. It is believed that Abigail and Benjamin may have had one son, Daniel Hathaway.
Abigail died, at the age of 70, in about 1795 in Pelham, Massachusetts.
This page written and researched by Susan Overturf Ingraham, wife of Robert Philip Ingraham, a descendant of Timothy Ingraham and Abigail Eddy. This page last updated on March 2, 2016.