My 11-year-old son and I visited Amos Ingram (Ingraham), Revolutionary War Patriot who served under George Washington.
In 1836, Barry was the least settled county in the southern three tiers and Irving only had one resident, a single man, a Mr. Bull.
In the spring of 1838, there came to the township William W. and Velorous Ingraham, two brothers, from New York, and upon section 34, made a clearing. By summer, they were ready to receive their grandfather Amos, father Frederick, and brother Orrin, all of whom then became residents of Irving. Frederick Ingraham had bought a place on the hill just east of his son William’s farm, but all lived at first with William and his family, he is the only one of the sons who married.
While living there, Amos Ingraham died. He passed Aug. 11, 1838, of “chills and fever” (probably malaria) and was buried on the farm. He is the first person of European descent to have died and be buried in Irving Township.
His body was removed some years later to the cemetery after State Road was built (a stagecoach line that ran from Battle Creek through Hastings to Grand Rapids), and interred in 1846. Local historians write that “He was a good man”, and proud to be a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He talked of forced marches by Washington of up to 70 miles a day.
Thank you for your service, Mr. Ingram.