Revolutionary War captain, married Thomaston girl, paid off General Knox, fathered many future citizens

‘Ingraham Diaries’ authors to speak in Hope

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HOPE — Tuesday, July 16, authors Peter and Eleanor Motley Richardson will speak on their mammoth publication, The Ingraham Diaries: 1795 - 1875.

Before taking on this 1169-page illustrated book, come to Hope Historical’s July meeting and find out why you might – or be happy to get the high points, according to the Historical Society, in a news release.

The Richardsons will present after a short business meeting at 7 p.m.

Joseph Ingraham was born in 1759 in Gloucester, Massachusetts (then a part of Maine). During the Revolution, he captained a fast row boat. 

After America’s worst-ever naval defeat, he was harbored by a Thomaston family, fell in love with the daughter, and married her. They took up 200 acres on the south end of what is now Rockland Harbor, which was then just getting established as Thomaston’s shore village.

From 1795 to 1875, Joseph and his son kept a diary. They also paid off General Knox when he claimed to own their strategically-located land, and prospered at the things early settlers did: farming, seamanship, limerock and the like.

They also fathered a lot of today’s Knox County citizens, including Rev. Peter Tufts Richardson.

The Richardsons are the authors of more than a dozen books on diverse subjects from Unitarian-Universalist history to application of Jungian psychology to personal spiritual practice. Several are on local history, but nothing of the dimension of this labor of love by a devoted descendant of the Ingrahams.

“There is nothing to match the insights to be gleamed from this chronicle from the time Hope got its first European settlers to the height of the limerock industry,” said the Society.

The Richardsons have lectured and preached in hundreds of towns across the USA and in many foreign countries. 

All HHS meetings are free and open to all. Snacks follow.

The Hope Historical Home is on Rte. 105, a stone’s throw northwest of Hope Corner.

For further information, contact Bill Jones (, 763-3576).

Event Date: 

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 7:00pm


Hope Historical Home
Hope  Maine
United States