William Ingraham and Mary Barstow The First American Ingraham

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William Ingraham (1634-1721)and Mary Barstow (1641-1708)

The first Ingraham born in America

William Ingraham was born in about 1634 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts. He was the oldest son and second child of Richard Ingraham and Elizabeth Wignall. He had three sisters and three brothers, all born in Rehoboth, except for his older sister, Elizabeth, who was born in England before his parents emigrated to the United States. His father, Richard, became a Freeman of Massachusetts in 1631.

Another generation begins

William married Mary Barstow on 14 May 1656 in Boston. If birthdates are accurate, he was 22 and she was 15 — although not common, Mary's age would have been acceptable in those times. Mary was born on 28 Dec 1641 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of William Barstow and Ann Hubbard.

William and Mary had at least six children:

There may have been other children. Mary was only 28 when Elizabeth (born in 1669) was born, yet she lived until she was 67. 3

Moving within several counties

William and Mary remained primarily in Massachusetts towns — Rehoboth, Boston, Dedham, and Scituate. Their movement from one Massachusetts town to another were all within four adjoining counties: Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth, and Bristol. They also clearly remained in Boston for the birth of many of their children. Why they moved so much is not known, but it most likely has to do with whatever William’s occupation was.

Suffolk County is small, but its county seat is Boston, so population then and now is dense. It was named for Suffolk County in England. Bristol County is located south of Suffolk County, and perhaps William and Mary wanted to live in a less populated area.

The County of New London in Connecticut is along its southern and western borders, but two trails — the Boston Post Road and the Old Connecticut Path — began in Boston and went directly into the southern portion of New London county. It would not have been an easy trip, but not an uncommon one for their time. 4

End of life

Mary died first, at the age of 67, on 16 Nov 1708 in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. William lived until 1721 and died, at the age of 87, on 4 May 1721 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

This page written and researched by Susan Overturf Ingraham, wife of Robert Philip Ingraham, a descendant of William Ingraham and Mary Barstow. This page last updated on March 1, 2016.

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  3. There may have been other problems as well — including miscarriages or stillbirths — or illnesses or problems conceiving. 

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