Caroline Grayson

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Caroline (Katie)  Grayson
was the younest daughter of Thomas Porter Grayson (Sr.) and Caroline White. She was born in 1867 in Donnington, Lincs. The family moved to Westerham, Kent after 1881.

It was in Westerham that Caroline married Horton T. Ingersoll (b. 1865) in March 1888.

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Photograph (3rd March 1888) at the wedding of Caroline Grayson and Horton Ingersoll. Outside the King's Arms Westerham, Kent.
Left to right: back row: Thomas Porter Grayson (Sr), Emily Ingersol (step-mother of the groom), Caroline (White) Grayson, Riley Ingersoll (father of the groom).  Left to right front row: Caroline Grayson and Horton Ingersol. 

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Thomas Porter Grayson (Sr.) was unable to attend the church ceremony for his daughter, although he was in the photograph after the wedding.  He died in June 1888 three months after his daughter was married.

Caroline and Horton Ingersoll had two sons:
    • Cyril Ingersoll b. 1889 married Kathleen Oyler in 1922. She was the youngest child of George Benjamin Oyler. They did not appear to have any children. He was a marine engineer and travelled extensively. He died in 1951 in Ware Hertfordshire.
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    • Gerald Ingersoll b. 1892 married Kathleen Bestall in 1920 in Epping, Essex. He worked as an electrical engineer for the Eastern Telegraph Company. This was a company that laid submarine cables. (In 1872 the British India Submarine Telegraph Company was renamed the ETC). 
      • In the 1939 England and Wales Register Gerald and Kathleen are living at 115 Mountjoy, Worthing, Sussex. Living with them are Annie (Oyler) Bestall (b.1867) and Agnes (Oyler) Grayson (b. 1866).  Annie (Oyler) Bestall was Kathleen's grandmother ; Agnes Grayson was Gerald's great aunt (mother-in-law of William Henry Grayson, with whom Caroline Grayson, William's brother, had lived for many years in Hertfordshire). Annie (Oyler) Bestall and Agnes (Oyler) Grayson were sisters, daughters of George Benjamin Oyler.
      • He died in Worthing, Sussex in 1965. Kathleen died in 1969 in Worthing, Sussex
        • Son John Gerald Richard Ingersoll b. 1923 in Fayal, Azores. He married Valerie Osborn in 1948. They lived in Rustington, W. Sussex. He was a Corporal,  Mar 1945.  Appointed to commission as a flying officer, Aug 1952.

The marriage of Caroline Grayson and Horton Ingersoll did not last, in fact Horton was on a ship to Australia before his second son was born.  He left London on Nov 26th 1891 arriving in Tasmania on the 6th of January 1892, he was escorting stud cattle & sheep on the ship RMS Ionic. Later there is a record of Horton T Ingersoll on the voters list in Australia between 1909 and 1928.

Horton Ingersoll settled in Tasmania and there are few records of his presence there. He appears several times on the electoral rolls. In December 1894 there was a notice of him selling his Residence & Racing Stables in Glenorchy, Tasmania;  He was listed in the Tasmanian papers again in 1908 selling his cows, pigs, sheep dog & other farm equipment as he was moving to another part of Tasmania.  Again he was in the papers for selling his land, cottage etc in Saltwater River in Tasmania in April 1914.   He does not appear to have ever returned to England.  He died in March 1929 and did not mention his sons in his will. 

By 1901 Caroline Ingersoll was living with her brother William Grayson in Cheshunt, Herts. while her two sons were at boarding school in Hampstead. When Caroline died on 13th October 1922 at the age of 55, she was identified as the wife of Horton T. Ingersoll. Her brother William was the executor of her will. She was buried in the same grave as her parents in Westerham, Kent.

Thanks to Becky Hopwood for her contributions regarding Horton Ingersoll.