Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
INGRAM, JAMES - The present generation can have no conception of the spirit which moved the brave boys of the early 'sixties and sent them off to the front to fight in defense of their country. Only those who went through those trying days know anything about these matters. One of the veterans of Sangamon County, now living retired at No. 1906 South Grand Avenue, Springfield, is James Ingram. He was born in Putnam County, Ind., August 7, 1845, a son of Robert and Margaret (Miller) Ingram, natives of Kentucky and Indiana respectively. The father was a cooper who came from Kentucky to Indiana at an early day, settling near Terre Haute, where he followed his trade, this continuing to be his home until his death. His wife is also deceased. There were five sons and two daughters in the family, those surviving being: James; Oliver of Cuba, Ill., and two sisters living in Oklahoma.
James Ingram was educated in Indiana, and when still a boy, worked in a spoke and hub factory in Vermont (IL), following this occupation for several years, or until he felt that his services were needed by his country. When only nineteen years of age, he enlisted from Fulton County, Ill., in Company D, One Hundred and Fifty-first Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving under Colonel Woodall. His regiment was first stationed at Columbus, Ga., being on guard duty the greater part of the time. Returning to Camp Butler, he was discharged, and went back to Fulton County, having done his duty as a soldier. From then until 1907, he followed his trade in Fulton County, but in that year retired coming to Springfield, but is still the owner of property in Fulton County. While living in Fulton County, he was a member of the Joe Hooker Post, G.A.R. and is still a member of Astoria Lodge, I.O.O.F He has always been a Democrat.
Mr. Ingram was married in Schuyler County, Ill., in 1875, to Miss Mary Wallace, born in that county, where her parents were early settlers, and he worked at his trade of cabinet making until his death. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ingram: Edward, living with his father, engaged in mining; Inez, at home; Robert and Clyde, both miners; Bruce, William and Walter all at home. There are two grandchildren in the family. Mr. Ingram is one of the reliable and substantial citizens of his community, whose probity and general kindliness of character have won him respect and confidence.