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Origin of the Ingersoll name

The surname Ingersoll was originally and properly written in England Inkersall, and became corrupted into Ingersoll, either just before or about the time of the settlement of the family in America.  Source: "The Ingersolls of Hampshire"

My earliest known Ingersoll ancestors

I descend from both John Ingersoll of Westfield and Richard Ingersoll of Salem on 2 separate family lines.  Both are outlined below.  To date there has been no relationship found between them.


John Ingersoll of Westfield was born abt. 1626 and died on Sep 02, 1684 in Westfield, Hampden Co., MA.  


Richard Ingersoll of Salem was born Abt. 1588 and died on Jul 21, 1644 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.  



John Ingersoll of Westfield Line of Descent

The source of John's line of descent and children unless otherwise noted comes from "The New England Historical and Genealogical Register" Vol. 151, Apr. 1997; article "The English Origin and Spiritual Turmoil of John Ingersoll of Westfield, MA" by David. L. Greene p. 163-164 (link here courtesy of
01. John Inkersall was born about 1567.  He married Rose Saley (or Taley) on December 02, 1592 in St. Werburghs, Derby, England.   John died on August 18, 1617 in St. Werburghs.  Rose was buried at St. Weburghs on August 1, 1617.  John Ingersoll s origin is unknown, although there were earlier Inkersalls in the borough of Derby who may have been related to him.  Thomas is their only child listed in this source. 
02. Thomas Inkersall, son of John and Rose was born about 1593 probably in Derby, England.  He married Margery Eaton, daughter of John Eaton, ropemaker of Stepney on December 15, 1620 in St. Dunstans, Stepney, Middlesex, England.  Thomas was buried on May 30, 1681 in St. Werburghs, Derby, England.  Margery was buried on December 26, 1664 at St. Werburghs.

"It appears that Thomas Ingersoll moved from Derby to the Greater London area, where he became a ropemaker in Stepney. Around 1625, he returned to Derby, where he was a shoemaker and the town crier. A town crier was not the figure of legend who called out the hours throughout the night. He was instead a paid town official who made official announcements at specified times to a populace that was still largely illiterate. The Derby rental rolls include yearly payments by the borough; the rolls for 1677, 1677/8, 1680, and 1682 show that he was paid 2 12s a year for performing his duties."

"He executed his will on 12 August 1673, w4en he was sickly and weak, but he recovered and continued to perform his duties as town crier. When he died in 1681, he was about 88 years old. His son, Samuel Ingersoll, succeeded him as town crier and may well have been performing the duties earlier."

Children of Thomas and Margery listed in this source are:

1 John Ingersoll (bapt. on Nov 12, 1624 in St. Dunstan's, Stepney, Middlesex - buried there Dec 13, 1624)
2 John Ingersoll (See Below)   
3 Thomas Ingersoll (bapt. Apr 14, 1628 at St. Werburgh's) living in 1628 when his father was buried as Senior. 
4 Sarah Ingersoll (bapt. Feb 27, 1629/30 at St. Alkmund's, Derby) living in 1673 when she was mentioned in her father's will   
5 Hester Ingersoll (bapt. Oct 30, 1631 at St. Alkmunds, Derby) - Not mentioned in her father's will
6 Elizabeth Ingersoll (bapt. Oct 1633 at St. Werburgh's) - Not mentioned in her father's will
7 Samuel Ingersoll (bapt. Oct 14, 1638 at St. Werburgh's) - Married Catherine.  Succeeded his father as town crier of Derby.
03. John Ingersoll, son of Thomas and Margery was bapt. at St.Werburgh', Derby in September, 1626. 

According to "The New England Historical and Genealogical Register" source, p.153-4 "...he was married about 1651 to Dorothy Lord, a daughter of Thomas Lord, an original proprietor of Hartford.  From Hartford, Ingersoll moved up the Connecticut River to Northhampton, Massachusetts, where his wife died in January 1656/7.  He married secondly, on 12 December 1657, Abigail Bascom [daughter of Thomas Bascom and Avis].  She died in April 1666, and he married, third, Mary Hunt; this marriage must have ocurred about 1667, since they had a child in 1668.  He settled about 1666 in what became Westfield, where he died on 3 September 1684; his widow died on 18 August 1690."

The 4 daughters of John and Abigail are:

1 Abigail Ingersoll (Jan 11,1658 - )
2 Sarah Ingersoll (Oct 30, 1660-)   
3 Abiah Ingersoll (Aug 24, 1663-) 
4 Hester (Ester) Ingersoll (See Below)      
04. H)ester Ingersoll, daughter of John and Abigail.  According to "The Ingersolls of Hampshire" by John Ingersoll (1893); p. 20-21 : Hester "was born in Northampton, Mass. September 9, 1665. She married William Gurley of Northampton in  1684.  He died in May 1, 1687.  There was one child by this marriage...Samuel, born in Nothampton May 6, 1686 died February 23, 1760....The widow of William Gurley married for a second husband, Benoni Jones of Northampton, Jan 23, 1689 and soon afterwards went to live in Pascommuck, north end of Mount Tom, Northampton.  Four sons were born.

On May 13, 1704, the French and Indians made a descent upom Pascommuck and killed Benoni Jones and his two youngest children.  One was five years old, and the other a babe of fourteen months.  Hester was captured and was taken to Canada as a prisoner.  She was obliged, by her captors, to make the  whole journey on foot, and suffered many hardships and was treated with much cruelty.  She eventually died in Canada after enduring many tortures by the French priests in their vein endeavors to convert her from the Puritan faith to the Roman Catholic religion."

I descend from Hester and Benoni's son, Benjamin Jones who survived the massacre and married Patience Evarts





Richard Ingersoll of Salem Line of Descent

The source of Richard's ancestry and descent comes from
01. George Ingersoll, was born abt. 1562.  He married Alicia Hankin.  George died abt 1644.
02. Richard Ingersoll, son of George and Alicia was christened Mar 16, 1587 in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England.  He married Ann (Agnes) Langley on Oct 10, 1611 in St. Swithin's Church, Sandy, Bedfordshire, England.  Richard died on Jul 21, 1644 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.  Ann died on Jul 30, 1667 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.

03. Sarah Ingersoll, daughter of Richard and Ann - was christened July 01, 1627 in Sutton, Bedfordshire, England.  She married William Haynes abt. 1643 in Salem, MA.  Sarah died in 1719 in Houlton, MA and William before 1651.  I descend from their son Jonathan Haynes who married Sarah Moulton.


Migration pattern of my Ingersoll family
England -- Massachusetts


Surnames that married into my Ingersoll family


Winthrop Society

Richard Ingersoll came to America on the Winthrop fleet in 1629.  Descendants of Richard are eligible to join the Winthrop Society which is open to all with proven descent of an ancestor from the Winthrop fleet.


Source Material Used on this PageS


"The New England Historical and Genealogical Register" Vol. 151, Apr. 1997; article "The English Origin and Spiritual Turmoil of John Ingersoll of Westfield, MA" by David. L. Greene p. 163-164 (link here courtesy of

2 "The Ingersolls of Hampshire" by John Ingersoll (1893); p. 20-21

3 -  Ingersoll genealogy research page by Rick Ingersoll

Other Books


"A Genealogy of The Ingersoll Family in America 1629 - 1925" by L.D. Avery (1926) 596p.

2 "The Ingersolls of Hampshire. A genealogical history of the family from their settlement in America, in the line of John Ingersoll of Westfield, Mass." , by C.S. Ripley. 107p. 1893.


"Richard Ingersoll & some of his descendants" , by A.W. Greeley. 21p. 1909.


My Descent From The Ingersoll Line from Ester

Generation Father Mother
14 John Inkerstall (1567-1617) Rose Saley (1570-1617)
13 Thomas Ingersoll (1593-1681) Margery Eaton (-1664)
12 John Ingersoll (1626-1684) Abigail Bascom (1640-1668)
11 Benoni Jones (1665-1704) Ester Ingersoll (1663-1705)
10 Benjamin Jones (1696-1783) Patience Evarts (1695-1770)
9 Ebenezer Jones (1718-1800) Zerviah Loomis (1724-1808)
8 Miles Jones (1764-1812) Mehitable Adams (1771-1812)
7 Miles Jones (1794-1885) Pamelia Turner (1805-1883)
6 Darius Benjamin Jones (1834-1918) Marquerite Cowan (1835-1906)
5 Nathaniel Henry Hawk (1858-1944) Anna Irene Jones (1868-1936)
4 Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944) Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)
3 William Edward Marshall (1901-1981) Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)
2 William Edward Marshall
1 Tod Howard Marshall

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