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Timothy Ingraham (1691- 1775) and Abigail Eddy (1725 -ABT 1795)
When and where was Timothy born?
It is believed that Timothy Ingraham was the son of Timothy Ingraham and Sarah Cowell. Most documents indicate that he was born 7 Jan 1691, in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. But information about Timothy is sketchy and scarce and, of this writing, there are still quite a few mysteries.
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 (born about 1692-?) in 1710. He was 19; she was 20.
Timothy and Margaret had a son who they also named Timothy who was born 1 Feb 1711 or 1712. Margaret may have given birth to a girl who they named Peggy, but Margaret 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. They may have had one son, Daniel Hathaway, born in 1745 and died in 1746, and Jemima died just a year later on 17 May 1747.
Within the year after Jemima’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.
As already stated, Timothy lost two wives and by the time he married his third wife, Abigail Eddy, he had just one son, Timothy, who was born to his first wife, Margaret. It is believed that he and Abigail had several children:
- Benjamin b. 15 January 1747
- Timothy b. 23 Aug 1754
- Haphribah b. 10 Dec 1756
- Jonathan b. 4 Apr 1760 in Berkely, Bristol, MA 2
- Abigail b. 1760 (possibly a twin to Jonathan)
- Samuel b. Jul 1768
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.
Not an easy life and Information is Elusive
According to "US Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930)", "Captain Timothy Ingraham, of Bristol, RI, died from exposure after the attack on the town by the British, October 8, 1775."
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 April 20, 2019.