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Bridges-Ingram Cemetery
Wood County,
Texas

Ingram Cemetery
Also known as: Bridges-Ingram Cemetery

John Spires and Julia Ingram settled on two sections of land, which they purchased in the Forest Hill Community of Quitman, Texas, in 1860. John Spikes was a successful farmer, but enlisted in the Confederate army,
leaving slaves to care for his family and land until his return. Wesley, one of the slaves, remained with the family freedom came. Descendants of the Ingram slaves lived in the Lake Quitman area on land that was given to them by John Spires Ingram after the war. He reportedly gave 40 acres and a mule to each family.
Upon the death of an infant son in 1869, John and Julia Ingram designated and area of their property as the burial site. As years passed, family members were laid to rest here: thus Ingram Cemetery was established.
Ruth Ingram, daughter of John Spires and Julia, married J H Bridges in the 1800s. They had six children, tree died prior to J H Brides drying in
1900. Ruth was left with three children, Lindsey, Robert and Julius Bridges. She later married Claude Jennings. However, in later years the cemetery became know as the Bridges-Ingram Cemetery.
Family members have continued to be buried here, with the latest one being buried in the year 2004. By the year 2007, a total of forty-three family members had been buried in the cemetery, along with eight unmarked
graves of early settlers that died from scarlet fever while passing
through Quitman in the late 1800s.
The children of John Spires and Julia Ingram, J H, Mary, Irene and Ruth,
carried on their parents' tradition of contributing to the growth of their
community. Ruth Ingram Bridges, Mary Ingram Baker, and Irene Ingram
Kennemer were chartered members of the Forest Hill Baptist Church, and J H Ingram was a charter member of the Board of Directors for the First
National Bank, Quitman, Texas.
Descendents of the sixth generation of John Spires Ingram continue to live
on the land he settled in 1860. Family members of those buried here are the caretakers pof this family site.
Wood County Historical Commission

Photo Courtesy of Gregg Clanton

Contributed on 10/12/14

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Submitted: 10/12/14 • Approved: 10/12/14 • Last Updated: 3/26/18 • R28887-G0-S3

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