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INGRAHAM, TIMOTHY

INGRAHAM, TIMOTHY was born in Massachusetts in 1810. In 1832 he migrated to Cleveland. He became secretary of the Ohio Canal Packet Company and later was a principal in the firm of Standart, Ingraham and Company, forwarding a commission merchants. He served on the City Council as a Whig and was secretary of the Mutual Protecting Society.

Ingraham had been a member of a volunteer militia company at New Bedford, Mass. After several unofficial meetings, Ingraham gave public notice for an official meeting to organize a Cleveland company. The company was formed on August 28, 1837 and those present elected him as their captain. Initially they called themselves the Cleveland City Guards, but in June 1838, the name was changed to the CLEVELAND GRAYS.

In 1845, Ingraham returned to New Bedford where he continued to serve in the independent militia. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was elected captain of the New Bedford City Guards and commanded them during three months service in 1861. Eventually he rose to the rank of colonel and commanded the 38th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Ingraham's first wife died of cholera in 1834; the following year he married Jane S. Woverton. He had 7 children: Charles W., Robert, Alma, William Milford, Timothy, Jr., Frank, and Henry. Ingraham died in 1876.


Vourlojianis, George N. "The Cleveland Grays: An Urban Military Company 1837-1919." (Ph.D. Diss., Kent State Univ., 1994).