Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Steamer Trunks and Christmas Cactuses

An interest of mine (Kevin) is family genealogy. Since Coralynn was born, it brought a new reason for gathering family information. With Christmas coming in a week, I thought I'd share a piece of our family history, as well as family photos. To view a slideshow of our family photos, click here. We will be uploading more.

Emily Jean IngallMy grandmother, Emily Jean Ingall (1915-2006), had grown up in the Plymouth, Michigan area, on the "Joy Road Farm". She spoke fondly of this 120 acre farm, describing the orchard of fruit trees that their family tended. She recalled climbing the barn's silo and looking around at all the houses and country side. The orchard was hidden from view of the home, and she recalled the city folk sneaking fruit from their trees. "It was a big house, with a porch on the east and west side of the house. There were a lot of trees in the front. It was an old, old house. There was a garden on the east side of the house. The barn was on the west side, ways, ways away from the house. It's gone now."
Joy Road Farm - Plymouth MI Joy Road Farm - Plymouth MI Joy Road Farm - Plymouth MI Harriett and Dave Ingall Harriett Ingall Ice Storm Ice Storm Frances Ingall

Her father, Harlow Ingall (1884-1969), married Agnes Jewel Gallup (1885-1967). The Gallup family was involved in the Real Estate in Ann Arbor and helped Harlow find the farm on Joy Road. Harlow had a college degree in animal husbandry and moved the family to Plymouth from Medina, Michigan. The steamer trunk that Harlow took to college now sits our dining room.

Ingall Family 1919Grandma Emily reminisced about this move, "Father drove the dairy herd 70 miles while Mother drove the buggy. Each night they made arrangements so they could stay in a barn yard at night." As Agnes drove the buggy, Harlow walked with the ox goad to prod the cattle along. She explained that her brother and sister, "Frances and Lawrence traveled by train to Grandpa Gallup's house in Ann Arbor."

Ingall Family Agnes (Gallup) and Harlow Ingall

Harlow and Agnes Ingall were actively involved in the local school district, fighting for equality for teachers. They were also heavily involved in the local Republican party. After Agnes died in 1967, Emily inherited her mother's Christmas cactus. Forty years later that same Christmas cactus is blooming on Harlow's steamer trunk in our dining room, a living connection to Coralynn's great great grandmother.

Martha Ellen Dewey IngallHarlow's father, Frederick James Ingall (1855-1944), had moved to the Medina, Michigan area from Canada when Frederick was a child. Harlow's mother, and first wife of Frederick, was Martha Ellen Dewey (1856-1919). She came to America from England when she was 13. She was told to "put a penny in her shoe so she would never be broke."

George Augustus IngallFrederick's parents were George Augustus Ingall (1815-1904) and Mary Ann Hopkins (1810-1875).

Emily Ingall and Wayne Flick (1912-1952) met each other while working at a hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He worked in the kitchen, and their eyes met as she slid him a tray of dirty dishes. They began dating and were married April 20, 1937.

Wayne Thomas FlickAfter they were married, Emily and Wayne lived with Leander Flick, Wayne's father, in Rawson, Ohio for the remainder of the turbulent `30s. Wayne found a job at Marathon, in Findlay, Ohio, a few miles away from his home town of Rawson. Grandpa Wayne's Royal typewriter now sits in our living room, while Leander's oak dresser serves as Cora's changing table. Emily and Wayne moved to Findlay and Gwen Deanne (1942-1971) was born on December 27, 1942. Seven years later in 1949 Gary, my father, was born.
Flick Family - Feb 23 1946 Leander Flick

Grandma Emily's brother, Dave Ingall, served in World War II. Favorite family photos of ours include photos of Dave saluting, taken in Europe, and a photo of the family celebrating his return from the war. While Dave was serving in Africa stringing communication lines, he was injured and received a Purple Heart. That year he appeared on the front cover of Life Magazine, with an in depth story of his experiences in the war.

David Ingall

Ingall Family (Sept 23 1945)

Letters of correspondence between Emily and her mother have survived the years. In the letters, Wayne is described as a hard working man, good with his hands, always improving the house. Unfortunately, Wayne had a weak heart and was confined to bed rest in 1952. On February 11, 1952 he passed away.
Wayne, Gary, Gwen, and Leander Flick Harriett Ackerly, and Emily, Gary, Gwen Flick

The Ingall, Flick, and Gallup lineage
The Ingall family has been traced back to Jonathan Ingall, born on November 11, 1666, married to Frances Webster, born on March 1, 1670. This stretches back 11 generations from Coralynn.

The Flick lineage has been traced 10 generations from Coralynn to Wilhelm (William) Flick, born in 1730 in Blenheim, Germany. He brought his family to America and settled in Sharpsburg, Maryland. His son, Andrew Flick (1750-1833), was born in Yorkshire, Germany, and died in Fairfield County, Ohio. The Flick family eventually settled in Hancock County, Ohio, three generations before Leander Flick was born.

The Gallup family has an interesting history, tracing back 19 generations from Coralynn (Grandma Emily's mother was Agnes Gallup). John Gollop was born in 1440 in Netherbury, England. The family motto was "Be bolde, be wyse." His great great great grandson, Captain John Gallup (1590-1649), came to America in 1630 aboard the ship Mary and John. He arrived in Nastasket, and developed a shipping company in Boston. He owned an island in the Boston Bay, and became a member of the Old South church of Boston. Gallup was a close friend of John Winthrop.

When John Gallup's wife was reluctant to come to America, Winthrop wrote a letter to Rev. John White in England, asking him to persuade Gallup's wife to make the crossing with their children, and they arrived a year later. Captain Gallup developed a reputation when he captured a boatload of Indians, the first naval battle on the Atlantic coast. This incident was the beginning of the Pequot War. (I didn't exactly say I was proud of the way our ancestors interacted with the Indians.)

Descendants of John Gallup include: President Bush, Senator John Kerry, Emily Dickinson, George Horace Gallup (the founder of the Gallup Pole). One branch of the Gallup family ties into the Washington lineage, 14 generations back from Coralynn, making Cora a distant cousin to President Washington. But aren't we all related?

Most of the other Ingall/Flick ancestors came over from Germany or England during the 1700s. Each one deserves the time needed to research, but I'm just beginning.

Hope you enjoyed the bit of history. It's interesting to look back and see how your family played a part in history... and how it shapes who you are today.

- Kevin

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Was your Aunt Gwen Deanne a writer, author to a magazine article or book?
I share the same name and my mother (now deceased) told me I was named after a Gwen Deanne that wrote an article she read and thought she liked the name.
It's an unusual name together, most Gwen's are Gwendolyn's etc.