Biography of Lewis Ingalls
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Ingalls, Lewis, was born in Hartford, Washington county, June 8, 1817, and when young learned the blacksmith trade, but has generally been a farmer. At the age of twenty one he began life for himself, working farms in Geneseo, Livingston county. From here he went to Nunda, Allegany county, where he purchased land; thence to Perry, Wyoming county, and finally, in 1850, moved to Orleans county, and located three fourths of a mile from Gaines village. In 1856. Mr. Ingalls purchased his present excellent farm, located in the southeast quarter of the village of Alboin, and here he has continued to reside until the present time. Lewis Ingalls began life destitute of means, his only capital being his determination to succeed, coupled with a strong constitution and excellent health. As a farmer and business man, his life has been abundantly successful, and today he is in the enjoyment of a competency. Until he was twenty six years of age, Mr. Ingalls's faith was atheistical, but after a long and critical attention gven to prophetic and historic portions of inspiration was converted and became a true Christian, this change being the result of his own meditation, unaided by any known human influences. From then until the present time Mr. Ingalls has devoted much of his life in heralding the gospel among his fellow men, and as an expounder of Bible truths he has but few equals in the county. His early education was limited, but in his maturer years he became a student of Greek, was self taught, and is now unquestionably familiar with the classics, and translates Greek scriptures into English. Mr. Ingalls is not identified with any church society, yet he inclines toward Methodism. In 1838 he was married to Sarah Warren, then a resident of Livingston county, but a native of Massachusetts. Of this marriage one child was born, Mary L., wife of Foster Udell, a large and successful fruit grower in Brockport, western New York.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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