Jeri, here's some history of the Englesbys:
Mary Electa (Englesby) Brobst's family originally came from England, in the parish or village of Ingoldsby in Grantham District in Lincolnshire, County of Lincoln. Very early on, they descended from Ingeld (Ing's Tribute), and lived in Ingol (Inga's Valley) in Lancastershire. The name "Ingalls" has the same heritage; Edmund Ingalls was born in Lincolnshire, and later died in Lynn, Massachusetts.
The name "Ingoldsby" dates back to the year 900, and is of Danish (ninth century) and later English (1208) origin., Sir Anthony Ingoldsby, born around 1575 (married Dorcas Bulkeley), traces his ancestry back through King Henry II of England (1154-1189) and some 25 of his kingly ancestors, back to Cerdic, King of the West Saxons (519- 534)! Nigel de Ingoldebi was born in England in 1208 during the reign of Henry III; his son Roger Ingoldsby was born about 1230-1240. One of Roger's descendants, his great-great grandson, Sir Richard, married Elizabeth, Cromwell, a daughter of Oliver Cromwell. Are they our ancestors? It seems so.
A detailed story of the Englesby family may be found in one of the old books in the LDS Library in Salt Lake City. That book states that the name derives from the Danish King "Ingald" or "Ingeld". Danish warriors carried the name to the county of Lincolnshire during their conquest of England around 1100, a hundred years or so prior to the record of Ingel de Ingoldebi. Several of them were knighted: (1) Richard Ingoldsby was knighted on October 22, 1617, at the home of Sir Oliver Cromwell, at Hinchinbroke, Theobalds; (2) William Englesby was knighted on July 24, 1482, by the Duke of Glouchester; and (3) his grandson, William Englesby, was knighted on September 23, 1545, by the Earl of Hertford.
The present day small English village of Ingoldsby lies in the Grantham district of Lincoln county, England.
John Ingoldsby (1621) was the first known Ingoldsby to come to America, and was one of the very early English settlers. He settled in the area of York, Maine. His 100-acre farm became known as Point Ingleby, southwest of York. Although still in his teens, he worked as a sawyer in the Aguamenticus Sawmill owned by Sir Ferdinando Gorges on the west side of town. He moved to Boston in 1641, where he married Ruth Griffin.
They had one daughter and eight sons, most of whom died in infancy; one of those who lived was Ebenezer, born 13 Dec 1656. His son, Ebenezer, (ca 1700) and his wife, Anne, had a son, Ebenezer (1730). (They loved that name!) In 1751, Ebenezer III married Susanna Robbins. He fought in the French and Indian Wars as an Ensign and later Lieutenant in the British Army. During the Revolutionary War, he changed his allegiance to side with the Americans, and fought first as a sergeant and later as a Captain in the Revolutionary Army. He changed his name from Ingoldsby to Ingalsby in order to avoid prosecution by the English as a traitor!
Note: Ebenezer Englesbee is listed in the "Register of New England Families". Whether this was Ebenezer II or Ebenezer III is not certain.
Many descendants of the Ingoldesbys changed their name due to spelling errors, but one change is worthy of note. Capt Ebenezer Ingoldsby and his brother John were British soldiers in the French-Indian War. They also fought in the Revolutionary War as American soldiers, and were concerned that, if captured by the British, they might be treated as traitors. So around 1775, they changed their names to Ingalsby.
Ebenezer's son, Eber (b. 1767, in Massachusetts) married Sally Roxanna Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake. Eber was one of fourteen children! His son, Durham S. Inglesby (b. 1795, in New York; d. 1864), married Electa Bell of New York. They both died and are buried in Gilmanton. Their son, Harrison W. (b. 1826 in Enosburg Falls, VT), married Roxanna Hammond; they were both from Vermont. Harrison had two brothers, Haldon  and Philo F. , who also lived in Gilmanton. Philo settled in the fall of 1885 in the "Loomis Settlement" on the east side of Beef River in Buffalo County.
William A. Brobst, Curator
National Brobst/Probst Family Historical Registry
6072 Currituck Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
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