Ingram Family p.2

Harden Ingram, born October 13, 1825, was one of James Ingram, Jr.'s many children. Harden married another child of a huge breed: Mary Ann Akers, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Akers. Mary Ann was the 13th of 15 children. Perhaps in reaction to such wanton child production displayed by their respective parents, Harden and Mary Ann Ingram kept their numbers of offspring low. Their children were Lucinda (which I have seen written Lurinda and Luvinda), Nathaniel Claiborne (probably named for Mary Ann's older brother Nat Clayborn Akers), Alexander, and Mary E. Ingram. Harden would seem to have been too old to have served for the Confederacy during the Civil War. However, Dr. Harry King of Henry (Franklin County), Virginia has a letter dated 1862 written by his ancestor George King (to wife Exony), while in Confederate service in Lynchburg, Virginia; Harden draws mention in this letter (a portion below), although in a dubious light. Harden seems to have been in the same regiment as the other local characters (Company B, 57th Regiment; Stewart's Brigade), before falling from a 'high door' and injuring himself.

A portion of George King's letter to his wife Exony, dated "Lynchburg, Virginia....March the 24th, 1862". Transcribed, the above reads: "I tould you in my last letter that my foot was much inflaimed it is some what better at this time though I suffer considerable with it Hardin Ingerram fell from a high door in the factory last night and it killed(?) him dead for a long time he is living yet and placed in the hospital and sergent Dr attending to him seam to think that he will not get well at all we are stationed in and old tobacco factory with out any fire at all it is Rough you may be sure its is snowing at this time the officers are now arranging the Redgiment in order to have them on duty going though the motion of war" ('hospital' written in by Dr. Harry King).

Mary Ann Ingram lived from February 17, 1827 to July 19, 1885, while Harden managed to last until July 1, 1907. They are buried together in Franklin County, on a family plot just across a field off 788 (a short distance from Harden's father James Ingram Jr.'s burial site, on the other side of 788).

FIFTH GENERATION: Nathaniel Claiborne Ingram
Nathaniel Claiborne Ingram, one of Harden and Mary Ann Ingram's children (born August 21, 1850), lived in Franklin County, Virginia, where Eddie and Mabel France now live ("Sunning Hill Farm", along route 623 just north of Smith River), straying only a few miles from where dad Harden and granddad James Ingram lived. Nathaniel Claiborne ('Clabe') evidently got married in the same church his grandparents James Ingram Jr. and Elizabeth Hall were married: he married 'Nannie' Turner on May 1, 1878, in a service performed by A.J. Cassel (pastor of Union Primitive Baptist Church from 1865 to 1901). Clabe was a farmer, and evidently grew wheat (see below).Clabe also evidently knew a little something about the fine art of brewing, as well as farming. Eddie France, Mabel's husband, told of how when Clabe sold his property to them, he asked to keep something under the stairs in the house, which turned out to be nine gallons of 'moonshine'. Eddie pointed out, however, that he never saw Clabe drunk, he just liked a drink before dinner (all of this failed to draw mention in Mabel's book). Clabe probably passed on some of his skill to his sons, who, along with many in Franklin County, engaged in a little 'bootlegging' (local radio station WROV still claims to serve the 'moonshine capital of the United States') . Clabe's brother Alexander Ingram (who married Serepta Turner, sister to Clabe's first wife Nanny Turner) probably also passed on the same skills to his offspring; there is a great picture of this Alexander's wife, sons, and daughters all sitting around their moonshine still on Thompson's Ridge in Franklin County (one of the daughters with a shotgun). Clabe Ingram and wife Nancy 'Nannie' Turner (daughter of Andrew Hardin Turner and Martha Prillaman Turner) had 7 children: Patrick Marshall Ingram('Doc', b. 1880), George T. Ingram(b. 1881), Samuel R. Ingram (b. 1883), Posey Meshack Ingram (b. 1887), Andrew Hardin Ingram(b. 1890)Ingram, John (b. 1892), and Martha Maude Ingram(b. 1897). Nannie Ingram (born March 7, 1856) died 3 weeks short of seing a new century, on December 10, 1899. Clabe Ingram then married Julia Carter, who live until Fall of 1932. Clabe lived to see his 88th birthday, and died on April 23, 1939, outliving two wives and at least two of his sons and surpassing his father Harden Ingram's impressive run of 82 years. Clabe is buried in a family plot on his old property (right along route 623 in Franklin County), along with his two wives, and son John Ingram and wife.

Nathaniel Claiborne Ingram

Nathaniel C. Ingram's old house and property

SIXTH GENERATION: Posey Meshack Ingram
Posey Meshack Ingram, one of Clabe Ingram's sons, was born in July 18, 1887. Posey engaged himself in a general mercantile operation in Bassett, Henry County, Virginia, and married Luna Via, the daughter of William Via and Martha Adaline Via. He later became manager of the Rex Hotel and was a member of the Knights of Pythias organization. Posey Ingram only managed to live to the age of 47 years, suffering a 'stroke of paralysis' (according to his obituary) about a year before his death, then a second stroke from which he did not recover. Luna only lived to age 55, dying in 1945.

Posey Ingram and wife Luna Via Ingram, looking eminently pleased with one another

Posey and Luna Ingram had seven children: Addie Irene Ingram (b. ~1907), Era Mae Ingram (b. 1912), Curtis Lee Ingram (b. dead, 1914), John Akers Ingram (b. 1916), Robert Ralph Ingram (b. 1919), and two other living children. Both John Akers and Robert Ralph Ingram served in the Pacific in World War II; Robert Ralph apparently lost his life there, his submarine (the 'Snook') was missing.

SEVENTH GENERATION: John Akers Ingram, Sr.
John Akers Ingram Sr. was born on June 3, 1916. He attended the National Business College in Roanoke, Virginia, and took a job in Williamson, West Virginia, where he married Helen Marcum, daughter of Albert L. Marcum and Murlah Copley Marcum. Helen Ingram died from complications from her third pregnancy on the 15th of February, 1948, and when her parents moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, so did John Akers Sr. and the kids. Later in life, John Akers Sr. remarried, to a lady named Ruby, and eventually moved to Chesapeake, Virginia, where he retired. He died of cancer on March 20, 1984. This union produced three children, all of whom are alive and, in the interest of privacy, will not be named.

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