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Robert Hawley Ingersoll

Watchmaker



1 John Ingersoll 1615- 1684
..+Mary Hunt Abt 1646 -1690
.....2 Thomas Ingersoll 1668- 1732
........+Sarah Ashley 1673- 1704
...........3 Moses Ingersoll 1693/94- 1751
..............+Catherine Van Slyke -1772
.................4. Lydia Ingersoll 1726 -
.....................+ William Ingersoll 1724- 1815
.........................5 David Ingersoll 1759- 1839
............................+Sarah Parsons 1760- 1837
..............................6 Erastus Ingersoll 1782- 1851
.................................+Sally Smith 1783- 1845
....................................7 Orville Boudinot Ingersoll 1818- 1892
........................................+Mary Elizabeth Beers
...........................................8 Robert Hawley Ingersoll 1859- 1928

Robert was:
My 4th cousin twice removed

Born: December 26, 1859
Place: Delta, Eaton Co, MI
Died: September 04, 1928
Place: New York City, NY

In 1880, 21 year old Robert Ingersoll & his brother, Charles set up a dollar-a-time mail order company. By 1892 the company launched a dollar-and-a-half Universal pocket watch (about a tenth of the price of contemporary watches). At one point, they were shipping 8000 a day to various places around the world.

By 1895 the dollar watch, the Yankee, was created. In 1905 the founder sailed to England to launch the Crown for 5 shillings.
Robt. H. Ingersoll & Bro also made watches for Walt Disney.
After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Ingersoll Limited was launched as a British public company.

Timex was formed from the remnent of several important 19th century American clock and watch manufacturers. Like the company today, they all specialized in durable yet affordable timepieces. The Waterbury Clock Company, founded in 1857, made a wide variety of clocks for home and business. The Waterbury Watch Company, founded in 1880, and the Robt. H. Ingersoll & Bro firm, founded a year later, made hundreds of millions of pocket watches and sold them around the world. With the beginning of World War I, a great demand arose for a new timepiece - the wristwatch - that could be used more easily that the pocket watch on the battlefield or in the trenches. Timex's forerunners, Waterbury Watch Company and Ingersoll, made and sold some of these early wartime wristwatches and after the war, civilians sought after this novel and handy timekeeping device.

 The first Timex-branded watch, introduced in 1950, used a new movement that replaced jewels with long wearing bearings, making it far less expensive than Swiss watches, yet more durable and easier to produce. By the 1960's, Timex was the most popular watch brand in the country, known for the famous slogan: Timex - It Takes a Licking and Keeps on Ticking.