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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Among the substantial farmers of Wilson Township is Mr. Calvin W. Ingraham, who was born in Bristol, Ontario Co., N. Y., December 5, 1826. His father, while a young man, moved to Ontario, and there married Mehitable Wilder, a native of Ontario County and educated at Bristol. The family moved to Ohio in 1828, locating at Granger, Medina County, where they remained eight years. They subsequently moved to Cook County, Ill., where their father followed the carpentering trade. He afterward moved to Kankakee County, but died in St. Joe County, Mich., at the home of his daughter. Calvin W. grew to manhood on the farm in Cook County, Ill. After reaching majority he farmed in Cook and Will Counties for about seven years, after which he moved to Jackson County, Mich., where he bought an improved farm and ran it until 1871. He then sold out and moved to Adair County, Mo., where he bought the farm upon which he now resides. The place was then but slightly improved, but he has now ninety of his 120 acres nicely cultivated. His house is a good two-story one with a fine cellar, and ordinary stables and outhouses. He has an apple orchard of about 100 trees, and there are cherry and other fruit trees upon the place. Mr. Ingraham married Catherine M. Morse, in 1851, a native of Maine. She is a daughter of Capt. Newberry Morse, and was reared and educated in Portland, Me. There were four children by that marriage: Katie (wife of Morris Kemble, of Jackson County, Mich.), Jeremiah, Lizzie (wife of H. E. Bailey) and Jacob. The last three are married, and all but Jacob live in Adair County. His first wife died January 27, 1881, and February 25, 1884, Mr. Ingraham married Joan Mills, a daughter of Lydia Mills. Mrs. Ingraham was born and reared in Jackson County. There is one son by this marriage, a bright little fellow two years old. Mrs. Ingraham is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Ingraham is identified with the Republican party. He spent the summer of 1859 in Kansas, during the Kansas Free State troubles, and was personally acquainted with John Brown, James Lane, and others prominently connected with those border troubles. He was once captured by border ruffians, and considerable property taken from him.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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