Born: March 1, 1764, Andover, Massachusetts.
Died: April 6, 1828/1838, Hancock, Vermont.
Buried: Rochester, Vermont.
Ingalls moved to Newbury, Vermont, in 1787, and in 1791 began leading the singing at the First Church there. The choir became quite well known, and people came from miles around to hear them. In 1803 Ingalls became a deacon, though he was removed and excommunicated in 1810. He had run a tavern for a number of years, but sold it and moved to Rochester, Vermont, after his falling out with the church. His works include:
Christian Harmony, or Songsters Companion (Exeter, New Hampshire: Henry Ranlet, 1805)
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The poem is an acrostic of the name of Judith Brock who died in 1797 at the age of 13. Ingalls also wrote the tune LAMENTATION, and probably also the text, which was sung at her funeral.
Dianne Shapiro, from "History of Newbury, Vermont" by Frederick P. Wells, The Caledonian Company, St. Johnsbury, Vt., 1902" p. 475 and p. 582