Born 25 October 1845, Samuel Ingram Jr. was the oldest son of Samuel John Ingram Sr. and Susannah Crawford Ingram. Samuel and Susan were married 22 October 1842 in DeKalb County, Georgia (Georgia, Marriage Records, 1828-1978, image) where their fathers were successful landowners. They purchased land in Randolph County, Alabama in 1850 (U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Doc. #11687) and moved there to raise a family.
In August 1860, fourteen-year-old Samuel Jr. was growing up in a thriving farming community near Rockford, Alabama. He had plenty of family nearby, including grandparents, aunts, and uncles, from both the Ingram and Crawford sides of the family. Samuel, four of his brothers and one sister attended the nearby school (1860 U.S. Census, Rockford, Alabama). The value of the family’s estate was about $1,600, which is the same as $50,200 in today’s American dollars (www.in2013dollars.com).
Six months later, the state of Alabama seceded from the Union. The newly formed Confederate States of America attacked Fort Sumter, and on 15 April 1861, President Lincoln called on the militias to suppress the rebellion. By July, Alabama was calling on able bodied men to join the fight for independence.
Samuel enlisted as a Private with the 17th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Company D (U.S., Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865), along with his brother David. They mustered in Montgomery, Alabama, and spent time in Rome, Georgia, Dalton, Georgia, and Atlanta, Georgia. They moved into Tennessee with General Hood and suffered a great loss at Nashville. Both David and Samuel survived and were decommissioned when the regiment surrendered at Greensboro, North Carolina in 1865 (https://archives.alabama.gov/referenc/alamilor/17thinf.html)
The Ingram family lands were significantly reduced by 1870, and their estate was worth only $200 (1870 U.S. Census), an 85% loss from before the war.
Samuel returned to Coosa County and married Mary Jane Blaylock in 1868 (Alabama, County Marriages, 1805-1967). Between 1870 and 1889, the Ingrams had eight children: Mary S. Ingram 1870, Samuel W. Ingram 1871, George Washington Ingram 1872, Sarah “Nettie” Barnett Ingram 1876, Martha Ingram 1879, Susie Ingram 1880, Annie Georgia Ingram 1883, and Bessie Laura Ingram 1888.
Mary Jane passed away in the late 1880s, and I haven’t yet found a cause of death. Samuel moved in with his oldest son, Samuel, in Shelby County, Alabama. As he grew older, he found a woman who could help take care of him and keep him company in his later years.
Samuel married 38-year-old Oda Gambrell in 1910. Oda had never been married and the pension that she would be entitled to as the widow of a Confederate Veteran would help her in her later years. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement for Samuel and Oda. The couple settled in Vincent, Alabama.
Samuel died in 1913 and he was laid to rest at the Macedonia North Cemetery in Shelby County, Alabama.