· 2I. RICHARD- bpt. 10 Mar. 1586
Edworth, Bedfordshire, m. 10 Oct. 1611 St. Swithun's, Sandy, Bedford. AGNES
LANGLEY (m.2. John Knight (bpt. 30 Jan. 1595 Romsey, Hants, d. May 1670
· II. William- bpt. 31 Oct., bur. 17 Nov. 1590 Edworth
· III. Joan- bpt. 31 Oct. 1590 Edworth, m. 7 Oct. 1619 Sutton, Bed., Nicholas Raynor
· III. John- bpt. 30 Nov. 1594 Edworth
· II. William- bpt. 8 Mar. 1600/1 Edworth
bpt. 10 Mar. 1586 Edworth, Bedfordshire
m. 10 Oct. 1611 St. Swithun's, Sandy,
will 21 July 1644-2 Jan. 1644/5
St. Swithun's Church- Sandy, Bedfordshire
Richard and Agnes lived initially in
In 1629 the family decided to emigrate to the
Richard received a town grant of two acres on 6 Apr. 1635 and was reminded
to allow room for a highway on his land.(5) Although, he
undoubtedly had received a grant earlier than that. In 1636 he had another of
80 acres "on Cape Ann side".(6) Anne Ingersoll is on
the list of those admitted to the Salem church before the end of 1636 with the
notation "removed"(7) In the 1636 land grant Richard
appears in that portion of the list which included "non-freemen"
meaning that he was not a member of the church. He and Pasco Foote on 10 Apr.
1637 were to have "such pportions as is nominated for them: by the frost
fish brook next to Goodman Barneys."(8) The land grant next
to Jacob Barney was a problem. Richard sued Barney at the Sept. term 1639
regarding the land.(9) Barney sued him back over feeding cattle
in his marsh in the Sept. term 1640 and won a verdict of "two loads of hay
at water side as convenient as his own was".(10) Joshua
Verrin sued Ingersoll at the same term over maintenance of a fence and was
countersued immediately.(11) Desiring to have some meadow in 1639
he was granted 10 acres in the great meadow on November 20, and 20 acres on
December 23.(12) In an undated list, possibly of 1637, in the
handwriting of Roger Conant, it is stated that Ingersoll,'s family consisted of
9 persons and he was granted one acre.(13) On January 16, 1636/7,
Ingersoll was named to maintain a ferry across the North river during the
town's pleasure, charging one penny for every passenger. About 1639 or 1640
Ingersoll rented from Mr. Henry Chickering the Townsend Bishop farm at
Richard Ingersoll found the Salem miller lacking and in September 1640 took grandjuryman Lawrence Leech with him to the mill to prove that the grists were "much short of weight".(15) His neighbors found his cattle and the cattle of a dozen other men offensive in the common cornfields and Ingersoll paid the court's fine.(16)
21 July 1644:
I, Richard Ingersoll of
I give to Ann my wife all my estate of land, goods, & chattells whatsoever except as followeth, viz.:
I give to George Ingersoll my son six acres lying in the great meadow.
Item I give to Nathaniel Ingersoll my youngest son a parcell of ground, which I bought of John P[???], but if the said Nathaniel dy without issue of his body lawfully begotten, then the land aforesaid to be equally shared between John Ingersoll my son, & Richard Pettingill & William Haines my sons in law.
I give to Bathsheba my youngest daughter two
I give to my daughter Alice Walcott my house at town with 10 acres of upland and meadow after my wife's decease.
R (his mark) I
Witness Townsend Bishop.
I read this will to Richard Ingersoll & he acknowledged it to be his will. Jo, Endicott.
Proved in court upon oath 2 Jan. 1644-5.
The inventory of the estate, dated October 4, 1644, amounted to £214: 19: 0.
His 80-acre farm and 20 acres of meadow were worth £14: 13:2, and another farm
of 75 acres (the Weston grant in
The "parcell of ground" given to Nathaniel who lived to be over
eighty years old and gave this lot to the church. Ninety years after the date
of Richard's will the title to this land was cleared and the names of a number
of his great-grandchildren appear in the
For some of the larger and more expensive farm implements noted in the inventory, it's stated that he owned one third of each item. This would indicate that he shared ownership with one or two other husbandmen in the neighborhood, or, as seems more likely, with two of his sons. In depositions at the June 1678 Essex Quarterly Court, the brothers George, John and Nathaniel "Ingerson" gave evidence regarding events in the 1640s. George deposed that "living apartner with his father Richard Ingerson upon the farm that the said Rich(ar)d Ingerson hired of Mr. Chickering which the said Chickering had bought of Mr. Townsend Bishop," demonstrating that the Ingersolls were in a cooperative family enterprise and placing them on Mr. Chickering's farm.
"This Indenture made the fourth day of the eight month Ano 1648,
Between Henry Chickering of
Several years after the widow, Ann, married John Knight, Sr. of Newbury litigation arose over the farm her husband had willed her and in the trial her son in law gave the following testimony: "I Richard Pettingell, aged about 45 years doe testify that this farm of land that is now in contriversy was reserved by the widow Inkersoll to her self before her marriage to John Knight, Sr. and she verbally gave this land to John Inkersoll, her son. I, Richard Pettingell doe farder testify that about the year 52 the said John Knight came home too Newbury and tould his wife that hee had promised Mr. Pain sum timber at frost fish river; she was then troubled at it and said what have you to doe to sell my timber wher upon the said John Knight promised her twenty shillings, and the said John Knight, Sr. did then own that he had no right in that land"(18)
On 10 Apr. 1668 Anne Knight deeded eighty acres at Royalside bequeathed to her by her late husband "Richard Ingerson" to their sons John and Nathaniel Ingerson with the consent of her now husband John Knight Sr. of Newbury. (19)
· I. Alice- bpt. 21 Dec. 1612 Sandys,
· II. John- bpt. 1 Oct. 1615, d. before 17 Nov. 1615 Edworth, Bed.
· III. George- bpt. 2 July 1618 Sutton, Bed.,
· IV. John- bpt. 11 mar. 1620/1 Sutton, m.
before 1644 Judith Felton (b.c.1625
· V. Joanna- bpt. 3 Mar. 1624/5 Sutton, m.
Richard Pettingell (bpt. 6 Jan. 1610 Shotesham All Saints,
· 3VII. BATHSHEBA- b. 1 July 1629
· VIII. Nathaniel- b.c.1633, m. 25 Mar. 1657
· IX. Richard- b.c.1623, d. by 1683 (3)
(1) Mass. Archives- Vol. 15B, p.35; see also Vol. 16, p.71
(2) Ibid- Vol. 39, pp.570,573; Vol. 40, pp. 44,55,58
(3) Ibid- Vol. 39, p.573
(4) Mass Bay Court Records- Vol I, p. 401
(5) Salem Town Records- Vol. I, p. 9
(9) Essex Quarterly Court-
(10) Essex Quarterly Court-
(11) Ibid- pp. 22, 29
(15) Essex Quarterly Court-
(16) Ibid- pp. 49, 56
(18) Essex County Court Files- Vol. XIV, pp. 28-32
(19) Essex Quarterly Court- Vol. 4, p. 109
Parish Registers- Sandys & Edworth, Bedfordshire
"The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633"- Robert Charles Anderson, Boston, 1995
"Massachusetts and Maine Families"- Walter Goodwin Davis, Baltimore, 1966- Vol. II, p. 337
"The New England Ancestry of Dana Converse Backus"-Mary E. N. Backus, Salem, 1949- p. 92
"The Knight Family"- Charles S. Tibbetts, pp.1-3
"English Origins of New England Families"- Vol.II, Second Series, p. 948
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