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Elizabeth Betsy Ingersoll (Pettit)

Also Known As: "Betsy"
Birthdate: (87)
Death: June 16, 1846 (87)
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Pettit and Sarah Pettit
Wife of Jared Ingersoll, Jr.
Mother of Charles Jared Ingersoll; Joseph Reed Ingersoll and Edward Ingersoll
Sister of Sarah Bayard; Andrew Pettit and Theodosia Pettit

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About Elizabeth Betsy Ingersoll

Wife of Jared Ingersoll, signer of the U.S. Constitution.


Find A Grave Memorial# 27286601; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=27286601

Elizabeth Pettit Ingersoll

  • Birth: Dec. 26, 1758
  • Death: Jun. 16, 1816 [This date is incorrect; should be 1846. See comment in info following this./pscoggin]
  • Wife of Jared Ingersoll.
  • Family links:
    • Spouse: Jared Ingersoll (1749 - 1822)*
    • Children:
      • Charles Jared Ingersoll (1782 - 1862)*
      • Joseph Reed Ingersoll (1786 - 1868)*
      • Edward Ingersoll (1817 - 1893)*
  • Burial: Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA


Elizabeth (Betsy) Pettit (26 Dec 1758 – 16 June 1846)

  • She was the daughter of Charles Pettit and Sarah Reed.
    • Of Huguenot origin, the first Pettits settled in New York in the mid-1660s.
    • Her father was a New Jersey Lawyer and merchant and in 1771 was appointed as aide, to Gov. William Franklin, the son of Benjamin Franklin.
      • When Gov. Franklin was arrested as a Loyalist in 1776, Pettit cast his lot with the colonies.
      • He served as an assistant quartermaster general in the Continental Army under Gen. Nathaneal Greene and was later a member of the continental Congress, spending most of the war years in Philadelphia.
    • Elizabeth’s mother, Sarah Reed was half-sister of Joseph Reed, who was George Washington’s military secretary for a time.
    • She was the oldest of four children and spent her early years in New Jersey. During the war years, she lived with her mother and siblings in Trenton at the home of Joseph Reed.
  • Husband: Jared Ingersoll (1749-1822)—of Pennsylvania was a signer of the US Constitution.
  • Married on 6 December 1781 in the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.
  • She lived the rest of her life in Philadelphia.
  • Nothing is known about her schooling, but as her family was of the intellectual aristocracy, it can be assumed that she received a better than average education for a woman of her time.
    • Since her brother, Andrew, attended the Nassau Hall Grammar School in Princeton, she and her sisters could this school also or been privately tutored.
  • She had four sons:
    • Charles Jared, who became a lawyer and writer, and married Mary Wilcocks (daughter of Alexander and Mary [Chew] Wilcocks);
    • Henry, who went to sea and died young and unmarried;
    • Joseph Reed, who became a Philadelphia lawyer, was active in the military during the war of 1812, and later served in the US Congress. He married Ann Wilcocks, sister of his brother's wife;
    • Edward, who became a lawyer and married Catherine Ann Brinton.
  • It is assumed that the Ingersolls lived a life of quiet dignity in Philadelphia.
    • On May 19, 1787, George Washington noted in his diary that he had dined that evening at their home.
  • In Elizabeth’s spare time, she probably did fine needlework and knit garments for her family and like other women in Philadelphia, she probably played cards, whist being a popular pastime.
  • Elizabeth died on 16 June 1846 in Philadelphia.
  • The tombstone for Betsy lists an incorrect date of death.
    • This is because it was a replacement tombstone which was made when she and her husband's remains were exhumed from their original burial at the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and re-interred at the old Pine Street Presbyterian Church.
    • The date given for her husband's death is also incorrect on the gravestone. He died in 1822.
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Elizabeth Betsy Ingersoll's Timeline

December 26, 1758
October 3, 1782
Age 23
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
June 14, 1786
Age 27
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
July 27, 1790
Age 31
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
June 16, 1846
Age 87
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States