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Written By Talen Williams

Suburban High takes place in the town of Ingram Park. Ingram Park is seated in the north side of Livingston County. It has a population of 1930 (according to the 1990 census) and is hailed as one of the biggest and best suburban communities to live in.

Ingram Park, and Livingston County as a whole was founded on November 18, 1784, one year after the American Revolution. Seven colonists and their families left their homes after the war in search of new land and new purpose. Despite leaving from different places and at different times, all of the “Seven Founders” happened to meet with each other on a hill with a large oak tree standing upon it. They all came to the conclusion that this land that they stood upon would be their new home and that it was fate that made it so.

All of the territories within Livingston County are named after one of the seven founders, with the exception of one, Ingram Park itself. Initially named just “Ingram,” this territory was supposed to be named after the founder Addison Taylor.

Taylor was stripped of his name as a result of the controversy surrounding him during the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Although the history books will never say it, Taylor was supposed to be one of the signers of the document as a delegate of the Second Continental Congress. However, he refused to after objecting to the statement that “all men are created equal.” Taylor was a huge anti-slavery advocate despite his family greatly profiting from the slave trade. He accused fellow members of the Second Continental Congress of “hypocrisy of the highest degreeconsidering that members owned many black men, women, and children as slaves. Taylor also would go on to say that the delegates regarded the slaves as more property than people allowing the delegates to exempt them from the rights pointed out in the declaration.

Author’s Note: In Suburban High’s universe, Addison Taylor is stricken from all recorded history of the signing of the Decoration of Independence. According to the history books, Georgia didn’t even send a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. Although, recent research has unearthed evidence of his presence at the meeting.

When news of Addison’s refusal to sign the document reached his home colony of Georgia, he was met with disgrace. His father, the owner of one of the biggest plantations in the state, disowned him, deeming him a traitor to the nation and was fed up with his anti-slavery stance.

With no other option, Addison left the Taylor plantation and signed up to fight in the revolutionary war under the newly created surname Ingram. He would claim amnesia if anyone asked him of his family background. No leader of the army would look into this, they needed every capable body that could fight, and Addison would fit that mold regardless of name.

At the end of the war, Addison Ingram left the colonies altogether in search of new land in which to live. It was when he, along with the other seven founders came across land that was ceded by Great Britain at the end of the war.

Next time: The Civil War and The Reclamation of the Taylor Name.