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Timothy Ingraham (1660-1748) and Sarah Cowell (1669-1743)
1660 in Boston
Timothy Ingraham was born 2 Jul 1660 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. His parents were William Ingraham and Mary Barstow. The Ingrahams and their descendants settled and remained in the areas of Boston and Providence, Rhode Island from their first arrival in the New World.
In the same year as Timothy’s birth, The Puritan Age was ending in England as Charles II was restored to his throne. John Milton’s supremacy as an author was waning and the Restoration authors of John Dryden and Samuel Pepys would soon take his place.
The first battle of King Philip’s War took place in Bristol County in 1675 when Timothy was a 15-year-old boy. He undoubtedly knew and heard the stories of that war. Although Philip was eventually defeated, his Indian name, Metacom, is now the name of a main road in Bristol.
King Philip also made nearby Mount Hope (Montaup) his base of operations. "King Philip's Chair," a rocky ledge on the mountain, was a lookout site for enemy ships on Mount Hope Bay. After that war concluded, the town was settled in 1680 (when Timothy was 20) as part of the Plymouth Colony. It remained a part of Massachusetts until the Crown transferred it to the Rhode Island Colony in 1747.
1690 in Boston
Timothy married Sarah Cowell in 1690 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. Sarah was born on 3 Apr 1660 in Bristol, Bristol County, Rhode Island. Her parents were Edward Cowell and Sarah Wilson. At the time of their marriage, both were 30 years old; Sarah was actually three months older than Timothy.
Timothy and Sarah spent most of their lives in Bristol county, either in Boston or the town of Bristol. The county was part of the Plymouth Colony, which pre-dates the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It borders the state of Rhode Island.
A Family to Raise
Timothy and Sarah had the following children:
- Timothy Jr. b. 7 Jan 1691 in Bristol Township, Bristol, Rhode Island d. 1768 2
- Sarah b. 23 Sep 1695 in Bristol Township, Bristol, Rhode Island d. 1761
- Jeremiah b. 18 Jan 1697 in Bristol Township, Bristol, Rhode Island
- Edward b. 2 Nov 1699 in Bristol Township, Bristol, Rhode Island d. 1745
- John b. 8 Dec 1701 in Bristol Township, Bristol, Rhode Island d. 1786
- Joshua b. 1 Feb 1705 in Bristol Township, Bristol, Rhode Island d. 1793
- Isaac b. 17 May 1706 in Bristol Township, Bristol, Rhode Island d. 1780
According to these dates, Sarah would have been 46 at the birth of her last child, Isaac, in 1706.
Into the 18th Century
Sarah and Timothy lived to see the world move into the 18th century. By 1743, when Sarah died, Rhode Island had elected three governors. She died before Timothy, at the age of 73, on 12 Jan 1743 in Boston.
Timothy died just five years later, at the age of 87, on 30 Jun 1748.
This page written and researched by Susan Overturf Ingraham, wife of Robert Philip Ingraham, a descendant of Timothy Ingraham and Sarah Cowell. This page last updated on April 20, 2019.