The belief of Charles Stedman Ripley (author of "The Ingersolls of Hampshire", 1893) that two brothers, John and Richard Ingersoll, arrived at Salem together -- aboard the second Mayflower in 1629 -- has led to confusion for decades. Ripley believed that John had been born in Bedfordshire in 1615; this would have meant there was a large, but not impossible, age difference between him and Richard, who was born in 1587. There was in fact a John Ingersoll born in 1615 -- but it was Richard's short-lived son John, who died in Bedfordshire, an infant. A second son christened John was born in 1620, came to Salem with his father Richard, and remained there or nearby throughout his life.
The John Ingersoll of this profile, son of Thomas of Derbyshire, christened there in September of 1626, came to America a decade or more later; and he ultimately settled in Westfield, in the western part of Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The apparent conflation of the several John Ingersolls is a good illustration of the fallibility of even relatively good secondary sources (Ripley's work is, in other areas, beyond reproach).
(It is also worth noting that different dates are given in different sources for the death of the second wife of Westfield's John Ingersoll, Abigail Bascom. Ripley's 1666 could conceivably be correct, but 1667 and 1668 now appear in various online genealogies. The debate is significant to descendants of John's son Thomas, born in March of 1668, because it defines the identity of his mother: if indeed Abigail died in 1666 or 67, she cannot be his parent, and his mother is Mary Hunt – as indicated elsewhere in this profile biography. If however Abigail did not die until April of 1668, as proposed by (among others; see profile comments below) experienced genealogist Rick Ingersoll (see ingersoll.net), then John would not have married third wife Mary until after that date... and Thomas could not be their child. Finding a definitive, primary source will probably be required in order to reach a final conclusion.)
The debate over John's identity is reflected in the exchange of offerings below, which cites the will of Thomas Ingersoll as giving us the ultimate answer:
"This is incorrect.
" John Ingersoll, born Oct 01, 1615 in Bedford, England; died Sep 03, 1684 in Westfield, Hampden, Mass. He was the son of 404 Richard Ingersol and 405 Ann Langley... different parents from the ones reflected on this profile."
"The John Ingersoll of Westfield who married Dorothy Lord, Abigail Bascom and Mary Hunt is not the son of Richard Ingersoll. He is the son of Thomas and Margery (Eaton) Ingersoll. The source just referred to has a copy of the will of Thomas Ingersoll that mentions John of New England."
John Ingersoll was born 1626 and baptized at St. Werburgh, Derby, Derbyshire, England
He married 1st Dorothy Lord, before 1652.
Children of John Ingersoll and Dorothy Lord are:
He married 2nd Abigail Bascom, on 12 Dec 1657.
Children of John Ingersoll and Abigail Bascom born in Northampton, MA are :
He married 3rd Mary Hunt, about 1667.
Children of John Ingersoll and Mary Hunt born in Westfield are :
He died 03 Sep1684 at Westfield, Massachusetts Bay.
Below, as found on Ancestry, is an image for St. Werburgh, 1626, but it is almost impossible to read, hence the confusion about the name and parents. Underneath the year 1626 is the page number 38. It is Image 22 of 403 for Derby, St. Werburgh. This information can be found by searching for Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, through Ancestry's card catalog.
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edited by Maggie Oakley