Ingalls on Grand Manan
John grew up in Sullivan
but like his forefathers before him, he too started to wander as a young man. For a while he settled in St. Andrew's and then
moved to Grand Manan in the early 1800's.
There is a record of him coming before the Magistrate, McDonald, and taking
his oath of allegiance to His majesty. (McDonald's comment about those who came to take the oath was, "Several deponents are
men of some property, friends to order and Government, and will probably make useful and Loyal Subjects."
To make a living,
one had to raise their own food so John engaged in farming and fishing as well as in partnership with Oliver Wooster and John
Ross in a sawmill on the Grand Harbour Brook. John settled near Grand Harbour. According to the McDonald Survey done about
1805, John and his partner Oliver Wooster had claims on all land from the "Thoroughfare" to Grand Harbour Brook, the lots
fronting the shoreline of the harbour. The "Thoroughfare" refers to the waterway between Grand Harbour and Ross' Island. On
low tide one can walk across a rocky pathway to and fro the island. However, when the tide comes in, boats can travel in the
well-marked channel out of the harbour.
By the time John arrived on the island he was married to Rebecca Belcher Newton
and they had four children. Unfortunately, Rebecca died in 1805, leaving husband and small children alone to struggle in their
new environment. Two years later, John married his second wife, Sarah Cheney. Sarah was born in St. Andrews NB but moved with
her family to Cheney's Island around 1800. Here her family claimed about one hundred of the two hundred and fifty acres of
the island. Her sister, Barbara was the first white girl born on the island of Grand Manan, while her father, William, was
the first male child of permanent residents. William was drowned in 1806 while driving cattle across the passage that divided
Ross's Island and Cheney's Island. He made an error in judging the oncoming tide, and like the Thoroughfare, this passage
is covered in a high tide.