John Ingram was born 1808 in Kentucky. On January 4, 1827, Ingram signed a petition with many others of Austin’s colony condemning the instigators of the Córdova rebellion as “traitors” and “infamous characters” and in 1832 declined the inducement of his friend Aylett C. Buckner to join in the attack on the Mexican fort at Velasco. In September 1835, however, he enlisted with Col. John H. Moore’s command and in October 1835 fought against Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos’s cavalry at the battle of Gonzales. In early December, as a member of Capt. Michael R. Goheen’s company, he served with great distinction at the Siege of Béxar. He reenlisted on March 15, 1836, and served until April 1 in the company led by Philip Haddox Coe. On March 21, 1836, he and three other men volunteered to guard the Atascosito Crossing of the Colorado River to prevent the Mexican army from crossing below Sam Houston’s army. Ingram led this party through the night and returned the next day to report to Houston. On April 1 he joined Capt. William W. Hill’s Company H of Col. Edward Burleson’s First Regiment, Texas Volunteers; he remained with this unit until May 29 or 30, when the company disbanded. Although Houston instructed a Maj. John Ingram, in an order dated April 5, 1836, to recruit volunteers for the army, at the battle of San Jacinto Ingram served as a private in Company H.
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