Caroline Quiner "Ma" Ingalls Birthplace

Photographed November 14, 2014
Erected 2006 by Waukesha County Historical Museum
Funded by Elmbrook Historical Society Board
Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
43° 1.467′ N, 88° 8.84′ W

CAROLINE QUINER
"MA" INGALLS BIRTHPLACE
Caroline Quiner, mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder author of the “Little House” series of books, was born in a cabin here, December 12, 1839. Caroline was the earliest known settler born in the Town of Brookfield. Her parents, Henry N. Quiner and Charlotte Tucker, purchased 80 acres north of this intersection on November 5, 1839. Henry Quiner died in 1845 in a shipwreck on Lake Michigan. The family moved in 1847 to Concord in Jefferson County where Caroline met and married Charles Ingalls.
The marker is located upon a hill on westbound Davidson Road, at its intersection with southbound South Brookfield Road, Brookfiend, Wisconsin 53045.

Wikipedia: Caroline Ingalls
Caroline Ingalls, born Caroline Lake Quiner (/ˈɪŋɡəlz/; December 12, 1839 – April 20, 1924), was the mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House books.
Letter to Martha Quiner Carpenter, Oct. 6, 1861
A letter written from Caroline Quiner to her sister, when both were in their early 20's and recently married.

See also, Marker 118: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Little House Wayside, related markers in Pepin County, Wisconsin.

This marker is No. 02-02 in a series of historical markers erected by the Waukesha County Historical Society.


Caroline and Charles Ingalls


There's plenty of parking at the marker location.


The marker is up on a hillside.

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