Septimus Watson Ingham

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 "Jamesville, Wisconsin".  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 County, Iowa.  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 time.

  Septimus Watson Ingham

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