Septimus Watson Ingham
(1837 - ) Septimus Watson Ingham, the son of Solomon W. and Lydia Ann (Gadd) Ingham was
born on September 22, 1837 in Shelby County, Indiana. He attended the Iowa Conference Seminary during its first
year, 1853 – 1854, the "Seminary" would be re-named Cornell College in 1857. Septimus was 1 of 161 students enrolled - 104 were "gentlemen" and
57 were "ladies". In the catalogue for that year his address was
He was received into the Upper Iowa Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in
1858 and served Churches at Boonsboro, Toledo, Sioux City, Fort Dodge, La Porte
City, Nashua, Cedar Rapids and Osage.
Septimus was ordained Deacon in the Upper Iowa Conference in September 1860.
He was ordained Elder in the Upper Iowa Conference in September 1869. With
this ordination also came full membership in the Conference. Septimus
was appointed as a missionary to the Dakota Territory in September 1860 and
served there for two years as a circuit rider.
He married Anna (Householder) Bates on July 2, 1863 at Sioux City Iowa.
She had been married before to a Bates. During the early 1870's, Septimus was a
faculty member (Professor of Moral Philosophy and Biblical Literature) of Upper
Iowa University at Fayette, Iowa. He also served a few years as a member
of the University's Board of Trustees. His term as Trustee expired in
1875. During his time as a Trustee, he served as secretary of the Board as
well as on the Executive Committee. His wife, Anna, served at President of
the Ladies' Professorship Association at Upper Iowa University for the 1874 -
1875 year. In the mid 1870's, Septimus returned to pastoring local
Churches beginning at Cedar Falls, Iowa. He was elected to another term
(apparently 3 years) on the University Board of Trustees which expired in 1878.
Septimus's only child, a daughter, Winona Belle, born in 1864 in Fort Dodge,
Iowa, died on February 4, 1884. She was a
student in the departments of music, painting and drawing at Upper Iowa
University. His wife, Anna (Born on January 31, 1843) died on February 28,
1884 at Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa. Seven and a half months after the
death of his wife, Septimus married
Fannie Grimes, daughter of Charles Grimes on October 14 1885 at Osage, Mitchell
They moved to the Fargo, Northern Dakota Territory, where he accepted an
appointment to the First Methodist Episcopal Church.
In 1886 he transferred his membership and became a
Charter member of the newly formed North Dakota Conference of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. He served for three
years and then resigned for a year "of rest and secular occupation." He left Fargo in 1888.
From the year 1888 on he served Wisconsin's ME Churches at Superior (Cummings
Avenue ME Church), Washburn, Medford and Philips (1901 to at least 1904).
Fannie, Septimus' second wife, died on April 22, 1915, the day after a fire
destroyed her home in Wisconsin. She had been an invalid for two years and
also had cancer. The date and place of his death is unknown to me at this
From the year 1888 on he served Wisconsin's ME Churches at Superior (Cummings Avenue ME Church), Washburn, Medford and Philips (1901 to at least 1904). Fannie, Septimus' second wife, died on April 22, 1915, the day after a fire destroyed her home in Wisconsin. She had been an invalid for two years and also had cancer. The date and place of his death is unknown to me at this time.
Septimus Watson Ingham
The following link is to information on Septimus Watson Ingham's father, Solomon W. Ingham.
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