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Ingalls Family History

Ingalls Family History

Charles Phillip Ingalls

Born: January 10, 1836, Cuba, New York.

Died: June 8, 1902, De Smet, South Dakota.

Age: 66, buried in De Smet.

He was 52 years old when he built the Ingalls home.


Caroline Lake Quiner Ingalls

Born: December 12, 1839, Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Died: April 20, 1924, De Smet, South Dakota.

Charles and Caroline were married on February 1, 1860 in Concord, Wisconsin

Married 42 years, 5 children were born to this union.


Mary Amelia Ingalls

Born: January 10, 1865, Pepin, Wisconsin.

Died: October 17, 1928, Keystone, South Dakota

Age: 63, buried in De Smet, South Dakota.

Mary became blind at age 14. She graduated from the Iowa College for the Blind, Vinton, Iowa on June 12, 1889. Never married, no children.


Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder

Born: February 7, 1867, Pepin, Wisconsin.

Died: February 10, 1957, Mansfield, Missouri.

Age: 90, buried in Mansfield, Missouri.

Laura and Almanzo were married on Brown's Hill, De Smet, South Dakota on August 25, 1885, and were married 64 years. One son, died in infancy and one daughter, Rose Wilder Lane.


Almanzo James Wilder

Born: February 13, 1857, Malone, New York

Died: October 23, 1949 in Mansfield, Missouri.

Age: 92, buried in Mansfield, Missouri.


Caroline (Carrie) Celestia Ingalls Swanzey

Born: August 3, 1870, near Independence, Kansas.

Died: June 2, 1946, at Keystone, South Dakota.

Age: 76, buried in De Smet.

Carrie married David N. Swanzey (1854-1938) at the age of 42 on August 1, 1912 in Keystone, South Dakota and were married 26 years.Two step-children, Mary and Harold.


Charles Frederick Ingalls

Born: November 1, 1875, Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

Died: August 27, 1876, buried in South Troy, Minnesota.

Age: 9 months.


Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow

Born: May 23, 1877 in Burr Oak, Iowa.

Died: November 10, 1941 at Manchester, South Dakota.

Age: 64, buried in De Smet, South Dakota.

Grace married Nathan William Dow at the Ingalls home in De Smet, October 16, 1901. They were married 40 years, with no children. Nate Dow's (1858-1943) nephew was Harvey Dunn, famous prairie artist.


Rose Wilder Lane

Born: December 5, 1886 in De Smet, South Dakota.

Died; October 30, 1968 in Danbury, Connecticut.

Age: 81, buried in Mansfield, Missouri.

Rose married Claire Gillette Lane on March 24, 1909 in San Francisco, California. They divorced in 1918 after 9 years of marriage. No children.


Other Information

  • Laura, Almanzo and Rose left De Smet for Mansfield, Missouri in 1894.
  • The Wilder family were English
  • The Ingalls family were English, French and Scots.
  • The Quiners were Scottish
  • The Ingalls family lived in the Surveyors' House from 1879 to 1880.
  • They lived in the Homestead and in Pa's store on main street from 1880 to 1887
  • Pa built the Ingalls home in 1887 and they moved in on December 24, 1887.
  • Pa sold the Homestead in 1892 and the store in 1893.