The Inman Family

A family well known in Luther Valley history is that of Edward Inman who was born in Braintree, Mass., in 1645. From this place in Massachusetts succeeding generations migrated to the Wyoming valley of Luzerne county, Pennsylvania where two brothers, Israel and Elijah Inman were killed July 3, 1778, in the famous Wyoming massacre. A third brother, David, died as a result of injuries and exposure incident to the bloody uprising.

History describes the horrible battle as one in which a few residents who were British sympathizers allied themselves with Tories and a band of Indians to march upon the valley. The inhabitants took refuge in Forty Fort near the present site of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. There were only 400 men in the fort and the invaders numbered 1,100 of which 700 were redskins. On July 3 the settlers were utterly defeated in battle, nearly two thirds of them being killed or tortured to death by the Indians.

Owned First Team in Plymouth

Caleb Inman, a native of Wilkes-Barre, came to Plymouth township in 1842. He and his son, Lyman, took up 400 acres of land, the homestead being the farm now owned by A.J. Nelson and located near the Plymouth Methodist church. The land was Purchased from the government and remained in the family for 70 years. Caleb Inman owned the first team of horses in Plymouth township.

There were eight children born to Caleb and Elizabeth Inman. Lyman, Harrison C., Jonas, Thomas H., Edward, Hannah (who died in infancy), Margaret (wife of W.H. Tripp) and Mary (wife of Fayette Pepper).

An interesting thing connected with the death of Caleb’s son, Thomas H. Inman in California is related by a nephew, Ira Inman. His body was taken by ship on the Pacific ocean from a California city down the North and South American coasts around Cape Horn into the Atlantic ocean and north to New York City were it was shipped overland to Wisconsin for internment in the Plymouth cemetery, west of this city.

Identified With Public Affairs

Through nine generations in America the Inmans have been identified with public affairs, community improvement, better churches, schools and homes. Among descendants now living in this sections are Ira Inman, Mrs. Garrie Inman Ringen, Mrs. Elizabeth Inman Tripp and Mrs. Grace Inman Wilkins and others. Surviving children of Jonas Inman are O.D., Claude and Minnette Inman, all now now residing in California.

When Caleb Inman and family started by ox-cart for Rock county from far off Luzerne county, Pennsylvania in 1842 he was induced to do so by the fact that his brother, John Inman had preceded him, settling on Rock river in 1835 where he erected the first log house in what is now the southern part of Janesville.

Taken from: Luther Valley Centennial 1839-1939.