Jonathan Ingalls (1762-1843)

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Jonathan Ingalls
Sebewa, Michigan
Sebewa, Michigan

Born: 4 May 1762 New Hampshire
Died: 2 Oct 1843 Sebewa, Ionia, Michigan
Father: Jonathan Ingalls
Mother: Martha Jane Locke
Siblings: Hannah Ingalls
Joanna Ingalls
Jonathan Ingalls
Sarah Ingalls
Abigail Ingalls
Olive Ingalls
Nancy Ingalls
Daniel Ingalls
Mary Ingalls
Samuel Worthen Ingalls
James Ingalls
Daniel Ingalls
Spouse: Abigail Cleveland
Married: 8 Mar 1785 Maine
Children: Betsy Ingalls
Hannah Ingalls
Dorothy Ingalls
Patty Ingalls
Sally Ingalls
Jacob Ingalls
Polly Ingalls
John C. Ingalls
Irena Ingalls
Martha Ingalls
Susanna Ingalls
Jonathan Ingalls
Sherburn Ingalls
Keziah Ingalls
Charles Wesley Ingalls

Portland Review, Memorial Day 1921

Monuments of Old Indian Chief and Revolutionary Veteran Unveiled Near Portland.

D.A.R. Chapter Honors Memory of Makers of American History. Okemos was Chief of Old Potawatomi Tribe. Jonathan Ingalls, Uncle of President Cleveland, Buried in Sebewa with ceremonies impressive and highly interesting, the Stevens Thomson Mason Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution unveiled two monuments Sunday afternoon to two makers of history who are buried near Portland. One boulder was placed at the grave of Okemos, former chief of the Potawatomi tribe and nephew of Pontiac. The other marks the grave of Jonathan Ingalls, Revolutionary War Soldier and patriot.

The grave of Okemos is located in the old Indian reservation, Meshimmenconing, on the river road east of Grand River and south of Portland. His body was placed there in 1858. The body of Jonathan Ingalls lies in a field a short distance south of Sebewa Corners. The stone is placed close to the roadside, where it may easily be read by those who pass. The two stones were prepared from native Ionia County rock by John Shell of Ionia and were designed with taste as well as with a thought to permanency.

“White Chief” Tells of Okemos. The ceremony at the grave of Okemos was made more impressive by the presence of friends who knew the old chieftain or whose fathers were associates of Okemos. Among those persons was Hall J. Ingalls of Sebewa, called by the red men “White Chief”. Ingalls befriended Okemos and from that time until the death of the chief, the two were close friends. Hall J. Ingalls superintended the burial of Okemos.

Mrs. Levi Marshall, regent of the chapter, led the ceremonies. Following the reading of the ritual, the purpose of the placing of the stone and some of the projects of the chapter were told by Miss Kate L. Benedict, former regent. She stated that the work done by the chapter is conducted largely to preserve for posterity the interesting historical facts and legends concerning Michigan.

Dr. F. N. Turner of Lansing read a highly interesting paper concerning the later days of Okemos and of how in his declining years he often visited his old planting grounds on the banks of the Cedar River in Ingham County, near where the town of Okemos now stands, and of his friendships among the white settlers of that county. Dr. Turner’s information was gleaned mostly from stories told by the doctor’s father.

Mrs. Marshall formally presented the red granite monument to the public, as Geer Smith and Marian Morse drew the cords which raised the American flag from the cut face of the rock. Mr. Ingalls told many interesting things about Okemos, which must be recounted in later stories. He told of the appearance of the old chieftan. When Okemos died his guns, clothing, cooking utensils, and food were buried with him and fires of sassafras wood appeased the evil spirits as Okemos’ spirit journeyed that long trail to the happy hunting ground.

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