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Name Origin
Family Origin
The Oak
Edmund &
In Lynn
Spread of Family



 SAMUEL Ingalls, the youngest son of Edmund, also removed from Lynn to Ipswich, where he bought a farm in 1655. At this time his brother Henry had already removed to Andover. In 1656 Samuel married Ruth Eaton, and by her he had five sons and four daughters.

  The farm that Samuel Ingalls acquired, upon which he lived during the remainder of his life, was in the second parish of Ipswich, that was then known as Chebacco, and in 1819 was set off as the town of Essex. His farm appears to have been right on the line between Ipswich and Gloucester, indeed overlapping into Gloucester. I have not identified its location any more closely.

  In the county records Samuel Ingalls as a young man appears several times as having been "presented," i.e., brought up on charges of misdemeanor and reprimanded or fined. Once he was charged with having been profane. Another time with "taking tobacco," i.e., having a smoke, on a Sunday. He seems to have been a "regular fellow."

  However, as he matured he became more sober and in 1673 he was admitted into the church. Previously he had become a soldier and he served along with the other Ipswich men in King Philip's war, experiencing great hardship in that campaign. Maintaining his interest in things military he became the lieutenant of the Ipswich Horse, a famous troop in the Essex regiment, which performed service in protecting the Merrimac valley. against Indian raids in the '90s. Also he served as a selectman of his town and for several terms as its representative in the General Court.

  In his will (1716) he bequeathed to his sons his sword and his carbine, his bible, and the great chair in which he used to sit. This old farmer and cavalryman seems to have been a picturesque figure, reminding us of one of Cromwell's Ironsides.

  Samuel Ingalls had four sons who lived to maturity, but of them only Joseph is of record as having posterity and it seems certain that the other three either did not marry or if so had no children. Joseph, who was born in Ipswich was a housewright, or builder, in Gloucester where he died in 1724, leaving a substantial estate. It may be remarked that the part of Ipswich where Samuel Ingalls had his farm was in fact nearer to the village of Gloucester than to the village of Ipswich. With the former town, therefore, the Ingalls family has not been so closely identified as with Andover, although Samuel lived within its limits from 1655 to 1717. His son Joseph had two sons, Samuel and John. Both of them were born in Ipswich and lived there. Samuel received from the state grants of land in Buxton, Me., and Winchendon Mass., in consideration of the military services of his grandfather, Samuel, and his uncle, Edmund; but he does not appear to have occupied either of them. He was living in Ipswich as late as 1737 and probably continued to do so. He was married and had children, but does not appear to have had male posterity.

 John (Joseph3 Samuel2) moved from Ipswich to Dunstable in 1760, and the name continued in the latter place for about 100 years subsequently. In the sixth generation this branch of the family scattered widely, but some of the name who have lived in Tyngsboro, Dracut, Lowell and Nashua, places near Dunstable, thus trace their descent.

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