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Welcome to Ingels History

My name is Mark Ingels and over the past several years my father Jerry Ingels and I have started tracing our ancestry and we are hoping that this page will centralize all of the information that we have gathered.  Our goal is that others interested in the same information will find this page useful and we hope to get contributions (pictures, names, dates, etc...) from anyone that can help expand our knowledge base. Please contact us if you see any errors, oversights or if you have any additional info and we'll do our best to update our site.


The Ingels Name

The Ingels surname is an English name with Norse roots, deriving from either of two Old Norse personal names "Ingjaldr" or from "Inglfr" (Ing's wolf). Few have not heard of the legendary prowess of the Vikings. This fierce sea-faring race acquired settlements in the 9th century at the Northern tip of Scotland. It was from this group that the family name Ingels originates.


The family name Ingels emerged as a Scottish Clan or family in the northern territory of Huntingdon where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated with manor and estates in that shire. The family claim descent from a Danish invader of the Danelaw, held before the Norman invasion of England. By the 13th century they had branched into neighboring Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex counties where they flourished and became a distinguished southeastern English family name.


Where do our Ingels come from?  

(Click the map to see the migration)

DNA evidence points to our lineal descendant coming from Scandinavia, most likely Denmark or Norway.  He would have crossed the North Sea by ship into Scotland.

 In Trans-Allegheny Pioneers from Thomas Ingles (English) great grandson in 1851: "My great grandfather, Thomas Ingles, was a merchant of Dublin, Ireland, who, upon suspicion of entertaining liberal principles and engaging in a rebellion him and his two sons were sent as convicts to Wales from whence they made their escape to the United States, my grandfather William Ingles being one of the number, they came first to Pennsylvania and from there to this country.

From John Hale, great grandson of William Ingles (English), and author of Trans-Allegheny Pioneers
(1884), describes the Ingles family this way: Thomas Ingles, according to family tradition, was descended from a Scotch family, was born and reared in London, lived about 1730 to 1740, in Dublin, Ireland, was a large importing
wholesale merchant, was wealthy, owned his own ships and traded with foreign countries,
chiefly to the East Indies.

We are continuing to research the direct link from Thomas Ingles (English) to our George Ingels, and there is overwhelming recorded evidence, as well as DNA results that show that we come from the same tree.  We are archiving that info here: Our Link to Thomas Ingles (English).

If you think you may be connected to our Ingels line, the Ingles line or the English line, please contact me at info@ingelshistory.com and consider visiting the English DNA Project.



Our trip to Iowa

Our trip to Ohio & West Virginia

Our trip to Ingles Ferry, Virginia

Please help identify these Ingels Family photos



10/20/2014 Updated:  Ingels (Holland)(Zikman), Chella Otisa (1896-1970)

10/16/2014 Updated: DNA Results

10/12/2014 Updated: DNA Results

8/17/2014 Updated:  Ingels, Gerald Frank (1942-    ), Ingels, Gerald Mark (1971-    )

5/30/2014: Updated:  Ingels, Dr. Anson Benjamin (1875-1942)

5/22/2014: Updated:  Van Liew, William Wallace (1862-1955), Ingels (Laughlin), Cora Belle (1874-1958)

5/20/2014: Updated:  Fulton (Van Liew), Edna Lotta (1882-1968)

5/14/2014: Added:  Ingels, John B. (1931-2014)  Updated: Site Resources, Ingels, Willard H. (1858-1941), Ingels, Truman Riggs (1898-1969)

5/8/2014: Updated:  Foust (Van Liew)(May), Ellen (1832-1906), Van Liew, William Wallace (1862-1955), Waddell (Van Liew), Emma Cora (1870-1896), Van Liew, William James (1889-1968)

5/5/2014: Updated: Ingels, Zachariah Taylor (1848-1929)

5/2/2014: Updated: Ingels, Zachariah Taylor (1848-1929), Ingels, Loyal Scott (1853-1897), Ingels (Lewis), Lorena Parker (1870-1923)

4/27/2014: Updated:  Ingels, Thomas Jefferson (1846-1905). Ingels, Millard Fillmore (1850-1924)

4/23/2014: Added:  Our trip to Iowa  Updated:  Ingels, Joseph (1790-1850), Crooks (Ingels), Nancy (1791-1865), Ingels (Meek), Cynthia Ann (1827-1906), Ingels, Joseph Kickersole  (1847-1920), Dooley (Ingels), Caroline (1851-1926), Bonaparte Cemetery, Van Buren County, Bentonsport Cemetery, Van Buren County