Julia Joins Her Family In LeRoy
by Lynne Belluscio
This story has a happy ending thanks to the generosity of a lot of people who opened their wallets to bring a piece of history home to LeRoy. And it wouldn’t have been possible, but for the patience and persistence of an art dealer in Florida - - and the concern of a woman in Florida for her grandmother’s favorite painting and a tenacious researcher in Ohio who kept immaculate records.
Last year I received an email from Victoria Golden, an art dealer in Florida. She had a portrait of Julia Ingham painted by Phineas Stauton. She was selling the painting for a client in Florida. Many years ago, the painting belonged to an Ingham descendent, Julia Ingham Jones, but for financial reasons, in 1960, she sold the portrait to her good friend, Elva Morgan.
And when Elva took custody of the portrait, she also assumed the care of the story of her friend’s ancestor. I’ve written about Julia Ingham before. She was the twin sister of Emily Ingham, the founder of Ingham University in LeRoy. They were born in Saybrook, Connecticut in 1811. The twin baby girls were given to older sisters to care for.
Emily was raised by her sister Marietta. Julia by her sister Anna. When Anna married Benjamin Franklin Hayes, Julia became his ward. Tragically, Anna died when she was 26. Anna was fifteen. A year later, Julia married her brother-in-law, Benjamin Hayes. They had a son Julius in 1830 and it appears that they lived in Chicago. Benjamin Hayes died in 1850, and Julia moved to LeRoy to join her sisters, Marietta and Emily at the university. READ MORE
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