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From My Window Seat

The Story of my Ancestors

(C)2000 Elaine Ingalls Hogg

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St. Nicholas Church built about 1180 was the centre of their little village. They had heard the story of how their fore fathers had built the church and finally completed the tower in 1450. They had also heard of the large tide that damaged the church severely in 1571. It wasn't until 1598 that the church was finally repaired from that storm.

The Ingalls Arrive in the
New Land

The name INGALLS is supposed to be of Scandinavian origin and derived from INGIALLD. During the ninth century the Scandinavian pirates often descended on the East Coast of Great Britain and in after years many of these nationalities made settlements in Lincolnshire. The Doomsday book records a Baron Inglad, a tenant of King William at Rerabi and Elvestone in 1080, who came from Normandy. I was told that Ingialld would have meant "Ing's geld" or "Ing's treasure."
Nearly fthree hundred and seventy years ago in Skirbeck, England in the county of Lincolnshire lived two brothers, Edmund and Francis Ingalls.The brothers had heard stories of their grandfather Henry, born about 1480.



Saint Nicholas Church
Skirbeck, Lincolnshire, England.This is a suburb of Boston. According to a note from K.L. Ingalls, Skirbeck would have meant something like "Clear Brook" in Old Norse.

They had been taught the history of their name and how their forefathers also had left their Scandinavian homeland to follow their hearts and make new homes for themselves and their families. These people were a hardy sea faring group owing to their environment, but they settled down to tilling the soil in their new home.
Word came back to the Boston ports of ships taking settlers to the New World and Edmund and Francis followed Endicott's invitation to make their home in a new land. The time was 1628 and one can only picture the activity as the brothers prepared for their journey to their new home. Their present home was made along the low land of the river Witham. The land was so low in fact that the river often overflowed and they had to build dikes at times to keep the water from claiming back the farmlands.

Ing is a fairly common prefix for Scandinavian names.(i.e. Ingrid, Ingmar, Inge, Inger...). It was also used by the royal dynasty of Sweden during Viking times (the Ynglings) Source: told to me by K.L.Ingalls

Ing was a mysterious being in Norse mythology, about whom we know only four lines in a manuscript. Scholars have deduced from those four lines that he was connected with the Vanir, the old gods in Norse mythology, who were connected with fertility, death, and resurrection. Ing may have been another name of the god Freyr, or may have been one of Freyr's companions, or perhaps originally a hero who was eventually elevated to the pantheon of Norse gods. Source: Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, H.R. Ellis Davidson (p.104).