THE INMAN NAME
Submitted by - James B. Inmon - Springfield, MO - GRGS Member
The INMAN name had many spellings in early American history. Since 1910 I have been collecting family history. Thousands of hours have been spent in research, and thousands of miles have been travelled by me over the past decades into forty-nine states. Research in surnames reveals that the INMAN name has existed in England for many centuries. Willelmus Inman lived in England in 1379. The INMAN name originally was, perhaps, spelled INN-MAN (the inn man who cared for the inns in England). Certainly, the name was developed form the occupative surname group. such as the inn servants, who cared for the needs of their lords, their horses, and equipment, also their vast estates.
Margaret Inman lived in Broughton in Furness in 1507. In 1607 Edward Inman married Margaret Broughe. John Inman came to America in 1619 at the age of 26 years. Edward Inman was a glover in Providence, RI in 1646. Revolutionary War records show numerous Inmans in several states.
It seems by 1975 the spelling of this surname has been stabilized into two spellings - INMAN and INMON. Genealogical research shows that the correct spelling is INMAN and that INMON is a derivative acquired by some families since coming to America. Very few INMONS can document their name spelling change from INMAN to INMON. Other spellings of this surname in my files are: INDMON, INNMANN, INNMAN, ENMAN, INDMAN, INMANN. ENDMAN AND INMIN.
Ezekiel Inman, my great grandfather, used the INMAN spelling on his land records in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, also on his three marriage records. My files of US Census reports show his name to be INMAN in all census records from 1830 through 1880. My grandfather, John W. Inman, used the INMAN spelling until the Mexican War. The war records show his name to be INMON, on part of his records, but discharged him as INMAN. His brother, Henry L. used INMAN in both the Mexican War and the War of the Rebellion. In the Civil War John Inman served again and both spellings were used. Grandfather never requested a correction by the government, therefore, kept the spelling INMON until his death in 1913.
My father, William A. Inmon, was born after the name-spelling was changed, so he took the INMON spelling. His older brother, Henry N. and his sister Martha ann both retained the INMAN spelling. This situation disturbed me very much as a child, but I was never told the reason for the difference in spelling. In later years I researched the family history and was able to document the name change through Military Records and Pension Documents.
Ezekiel Inman of Hardin County, Kentucky; Parke County, Indiana; and Adams County, Illinois sired seventeen children - eight sons and nine daughters. Six sons retained the INMAN spelling. John W. Inmon and James W. Inmon changed their spelling.
It was late in life that I learned the truth concerning the family name change. Inasmuch as my military, educational, professional, business, marriage and retirement records were all recorded years ago, I made no attempt to correct my legal name. My published books, "Orphans of the Ozarks" and "A Pioneer from the Ozarks" are based upon the history of my early INMAN family. Since I never had my legal name changed to INMAN, I am James Bayard Inmon. However, I have many relatives yet living, who are INMANS, or their descendants. My files contain over 1,000 Inman marriages into such families as Sanders, Beebe, Hunsaker, Payne, Massey, Taylor, Hail, Walker, Brothers. Campbell, Boone, Wood, Gibney, Moore, Daniels, Tompkins, Freeland, Combs, Flood, Cloud, Watson, Alexander, Ackers, Gilmer, Warren, Jones, Wilson, Graves, Davis, Hillhouse, Couch, Buckmaster, Gilmore, Perkins. Keltner, Goodrich, Bussard, Pope, Carr, Aven, Bolin, Black, Love, Pettijohn, Nunn, Sparkman Glidewell and Burton.
Copied from PERSI files from Allen County, IN Public Library - listed as
Inman name (ILYJ, 5, 1, Mar 1979)
1. William King Inman, born 1825 - died 14 May, 1896
2. Henry Inman, born 20 January, 1827 - died 27 Sept., 1894
3. John W. Inman, born 16 April, 1828 - died 12 Sept., 1913
4. James W. Inman, born 16 April, 1828 - died 13 December, 1890
5. Elizabeth Ellen Inman, born 22 Feb., 1831 - died 13 May, 1911
6. Mary A. Inman, born 1833 - died ?
1. Amos F. Inman, born 1837 - died ?
2. Martin L. Inman, born 1840 - died ?
1. Sarah Inman, born 1847 - died ?
2. Joseph Inman, born 1849 - died ?
3. Susan Inman, born 1852 - died ?
4. Bradford Inman, born 16 Sept., 1853 - died 8 April, 1927
5. Elizabeth Inman, born 1855 - died ?
6. Mary E. Inman, born 1858 - died ?
7. Melvina Inman, born 1860 - died ?
8. Nancy J. Inman, born 1862 - died ?
9. Gelina Inman, born 1866 - died ?
The above materials have been researched and documented by James Bayard Inmon between the years of 1910 and 1975. He is the great grandson of Ezekial Inman and Sally Sanders, and the grandson of John W. Inman and Jane Payne. Jane was the daughter of Archibald Payne. The name of John W. Inman was changed from Inman to Inmon by the War Department during the Civil War. He never corrected the spelling, therefore my father took the name INMON.
I. WILLIAM KING INMAN, 1825 - 14 May, 1896
1. Jacob Inman, 1852 -
2. John Henry Inman, 1853 - 1906
3. William Franklin Inman, 1856 -
4. Ellan Inman, 1858 - 1910
5. Willis Edmond Inman, 1860 - 1879
6. Susan Inman, 1863 - 1919
7. Jane Inman, 1866 - 1930
II. HENRY INMAN, 20 January, 1827 - 27 Sept., 1894
1. Amanda Inman, 1867 -
2. Nanly Inman, 1869 -
3. Leonadas Inman, born 25 Sept., 1878 - died 27 Sept., 1974
III. JAMES W. INMAN, 16 April, 1828 - 13 December, 1890
1. *William King Inman, 1846 - 1928
2. John W. Inman, 1848 -
3. Joseph W. Inman, 1850 -
4. Henry L. Inman, 1854 -
5. Mary Ann Inman, 1856 -
6. James E. Inman, 1858 -
7. Isaiah Inman, 1860 -
8. Sarah Inman, 1861 -
*Only son by first marriage to Malenda Sawyers, 7 August, 1845, Robertson Co., TN.
IV. JOHN W. INMAN, 16 April, 1828 - 12 Sept., 1913
1. Archibald V. Inman, 1856 - 1856
2. Henry N. Inman, 1857 - 1943
3. Martha Ann Inman, 1860 - 1935
4. Sarah Ellan Inman, 1863 - 1864
5. William Alexander Inman, 1867 - 1927
6. James Abraham Inman, 1868 - 1882
V. ELIZABETH INMAN TAYLOR, 22 February, 1831 - 13 May, 1911
1. Martha Taylor, 1849 -
2. John H. Taylor, 1852 -
3. George S. Taylor, 1854 -
4. Milton T. Taylor, 1855 -
5. William D. Taylor, 1858 -
6. Atlanta B. Taylor, 1861 -
7. Mary A. Taylor, 1862 -
8. Fannie B. Taylor, 1864 -
9. Rebecca F. Taylor, 1866 -
10. Sidney Jane Taylor, 1869 -
VI. MARY A. INMAN HAIL, 1833 - ?
1. Sarah Jane Hail, 4 Dec., 1852 - 25 April, 1931 Umatilla Co., OR
I have never been able to document the death date or burial place of Mary A.