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Edmund Ingalls
Birth: Jun. 27, 1598
Boston Borough
Lincolnshire, England
Death: Sep. 16, 1648
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Edmund Ingalls (ca. 1598-1648) was a founder of Lynn, Massachusetts. Born to Robert Ingalls in Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, England, he arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in Governor John Endicott's company in 1628.

We think that he and his family came with Endicott and a party of about 100 in the "Abigail," which sailed from Weymouth and arrived at Salem, Sept. 6, 1628, after a voyage of 11 weeks. The passenger list of the "Abigail" is incomplete. Our belief that Edmund and his brother, Francis Ingalls, with their families, came in that ship is based on the fact that no other ship arrived in Salem until mid July of 1629, and Alonzo Lewis, the historian of Lynn, refers to manuscripts showing that Edmund and Francis settled in Saugus (Lynn) as early as the first of June. The writings of Charles Burleigh and Walter Renton Ingalls also indicate the Ingalls brothers association with Endicott.

The colonization of Massachusetts was only partly of religious inspiration. It was largely commercial and largely appealing to men who desired more freedom and especially more opportunity. A company had obtained a grant of a strip of land along the sea-coast. It wanted to get settlers upon the land in order to develop trade. It offered to assist them in getting there and to them it promised 10 acres of land.

To those who could pay their own way it agreed to allow 50 acres. Edmund and Francis Ingalls were evidently of the latter class, inasmuch as when the allotments of land were finally made they jointly received 120 acres. The Ingalls' family was economically well off enough to employ some servants and write wills, even leaving some of their wealth to the poor.

In 1629, Edmund, his brother Francis, and four others, founded the settlement of Lynn, Massachusetts. In the opening pages of "The History of Lynn, MA" by Alonzo Lewis and James R. Newhall, appears the following: "The first white men known to have been inhabitants of Lynn were Edmund Ingalls and his brother Francis Ingalls."

Edmund and Francis, arriving in (Saugus) Lynn, were received kindly by the Indians, who were of the Pawtucket tribe, and the Indians gave them leave to dwell there and occupy what land they would.

Edmund chose for his dwelling "a fayre plain" beside a sedgy pond, which became known as Ingalls pond and so appears on the maps of (1880), but is now called Goldfish pond. The site of the house that Edmund Ingalls built was between Nos. 33 and 43 of Bloomfield street at the present time (1930).

It is of record that Edmund had a malt house, whence it is to be inferred that he knew how to malt grain and brew beer, and probably did so. It is likewise probable that he drank of what he brewed. According to the accounts there was a (festive) time, with much hilarity and profanity, when his house was erected with the assistance of his friends. We do not therefore imagine our ancestor as being a severe Puritan.

Edmund was reportedly of good character, although it was found in a court record that "20/4/1646, Edmund Ingalls was fined for bringing home sticks in both his arms on the Sabbath day from Mr. Holyokes rails, witnesses Joseph Mood, Obadaya Mood, Jane Mood". This is an example of Puritan Blue Laws. Edmund's name is often found on the town records showing him to be one of the prominent citizens.

Edmund Ingalls lost his life in March 1648, by falling with his horse through a defective bridge over the Saugus River where it is crossed by the road that is now Boston Street. He was probably then about 53 years of age. His eldest son, Robert, who was then 27 years of age petitioned the General Court for damages in the amount of 100 in accordance with a law just previously enacted in the Colony. This may have been the first claim of that sort in New England.

His will was probated on September 16, 1648, and his estate appraised at a value of 135.

Edmund Ingalls is recognized as an early American founder by The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America. He is the 6x Great Grandfather of Charles Ingalls. He is the 7x Great Grandfather of author Laura Ingalls Wilder. He is the 5X Great Grandfather of Revolutionary War Patriot Jonathan Ingalls.


Founders of Early American Familes 2nd Rev Ed 2002 p. 175; Ingalls Gen., pp. 17-18.

The Genealogy and History of the Ingalls Family in America Giving the Descendants of Edmund Ingalls who Settled at Lynn, MA in 1629. Burleigh, Charles. Malden, MA (1903)

Andover, MA Vital Records Ingalls Gen. pp 20-22

The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America R/C 6124 listing the lineage and references of Edmund Ingalls and his descendants.

The Will of Edmund Ingalls from The Essex Antiquarian page 120.

Jordan, JW p844 Vol I Colonial & Rev. Fam. of Penn.

"The History of Lynn, MA" by Alonzo Lewis and James R. Newhall

WALTER RENTON INGALLS, B.S.; D. ENG., In Commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the settlement of Lynn, Mass.,
by Edmund and Francis Ingalls
Family links: 
  Robert Ingalls (1563 - 1617)
  Elizabeth Ingalls (1567 - 1631)
  Ann Tripp Ingalls (1599 - 1648)*
  Elizabeth Ingalls Dane (1618 - 1676)*
  Robert Ingalls (1620 - 1698)*
  Faith Ingalls Allen (1623 - 1690)*
  John Ingalls (1624 - 1721)*
  Henry Ingalls (1627 - 1718)*
*Calculated relationship
Western Burial Ground
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
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- Alice Morton
 Added: Jan. 5, 2017
To my 10th great grandfather on my fathers side. May you rest in peac.
- Loretta Winchester
 Added: Nov. 1, 2016
Posting this for my step-grandpa Leslie Donald Tees... This is his 10th great-grandpa on his mothers side... RIP
- Marissa Dodd
 Added: Sep. 11, 2016
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