Cause of Death: fatty deganeration of the heart
BIOGRAPHY: Peter Riley Ingalls, the older brother of Charles Ingalls, w
as born to Landsford and LauraIngalls in 1833 in Cuba, New York.
Eliza Ann Quiner, the younger sister of Caroline Quiner Ingalls, was bo
rn to Henry and Charlotte Quiner on April 21, 1842, in Brookfield, Wiscons
BIOGRAPHY: The Ingalls andQuiner families moved several times over the ne
xt few years, and eventually both ended up in Jefferson County, Wisconsi
n. Peter and Eliza were married in Concord, Wisconsin, on June 5, 1861. Th
ey had six children, who were Laura's double cousins: Alice (1862), Ella (
1865), Peter (1866), Lansford (1870), Edith (1872), and Edmond Llewellyn (
BIOGRAPHY: Uncle Peter and Aunt Eliza came to the Ingalls cabin for Christ
mas in Little House in the Big Woods. Laura wrote of playing with Alice, E
lla, and Peter, and also mentioned the baby, Dolly Varden.Dolly Varden w
as the family's nickname for Edith because she had a dress made of a mater
ial by this name.
BIOGRAPHY: Uncle Peter and his family leftPepin with Laura's family in 187
4. The two families traveled together until reaching Zumbro Falls, Minneso
ta, where Peter's family settled. Laura's family continued on to Walnut Gr
BIOGRAPHY: Laura never wrote of seeing Uncle Peter and Aunt Eliza again, b
ut Cousin Alice and her husband camefor avisit in These Happy Golden Yea
rs and Cousin Peter lived in De Smet, South Dakota with Laura and Alman
zo during The First Four Years.
BIOGRAPHY: Laura did not record this in her books, but her family spent t
he summer of 1876 at Uncle Peter's farm in eastern Minnesota, before trave
ling on to Burr Oak, Iowa. Baby Freddy died here, and is likely buri
ed on Uncle Peter's farm orin a nearby cemetery. Also not mentioned in t
he books, Ella and her husband and baby Earl also visited De Smet briefly, as recorded in the diary of Laura's sister Grace.
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