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All of the following are
America's FIRST SETTLERS
and all are Direct Ancestors
of Sarah Elizabeth Rose


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REVERAND WILLIAM SPENCER

11th Great Grandfather of Sarah Elizabeth Rose


A First Settler of Stotfold, Bedfordshire, and Cambridge, MA,

 

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1) Title: Reverand

 

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2) Occupation: Massachussets Colony Judge

 

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3) Emigration: 1608 Va - Came In The "first Supply"

 

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4) ORIGIN: Stotfold, Bedfordshire

 

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5) MIGRATION: 1631

 

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6) FIRST RESIDENCE: Cambridge

 

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7) REMOVES: Hartford 1639

 

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8) Admission to a Massachusetts Bay church

(probably Watertown) prior to 4 March 1632/3

implied by freemanship.

 

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9) FREEMAN: 4 March 1632/3 [MBCR 1:367].

 

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10) EDUCATION: Cambridge town clerk, 1632-1635

[CaTR vi (with facsimile of a page of records in his

hand facing CaTR 9)]. Wrote a well-reasoned and

well-spelled letter to Winthrop in 1638 [WP 4:74-75].

 

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11) OFFICES:

 

11a) Deputy from Cambridge to the General

Court, 9 May 1632, 4 March 1634/5, 3 March

1635/6, 8 September 1636, 18 April 1637 (as 'Lieut.

Spencer'), 17 May 1637, 26 September 1637,

12 March 1637/8 [MBCR 1:95, 135, 164, 178, 191,

194, 204, 220].

 

11b) Observer to committee on bounds

between Cambridge & Watertown, 4 March

1634/5 [MBCR 1:139].

 

11c) Committee on bounds between

Boston & Charlestown, 28 March 1636

[MBCR 1:162].

 

11d) Committee to 'set out bounds of the new

plantation above Charles Ryver,' 3 March 1635/6

[MBCR 1:166]; report of above committee rendered on

13 April 1636 [MBCR 1:173].

 

11e) Committee on colony debts,

8 September 1636 [MBCR 1:179, 184].

 

11f) Committee on compensation of soldiers

who made the expedition to Block Island,

9 March 1636/7 [MBCR 1:188].

 

11g) Committee to 'view Shaushin, & to consider

whether it be fit for a plantation,' 1 August 1637

[MBCR 1:200].

 

11h) Committee on 'plantation upon the

river which runs to Concord,' 20 November 1637

[MBCR 1:210].

 

11i) Committee on codification of laws,

12 March 1637/8 [MBCR 1:222].

 

11j) Cambridge town clerk, 1632-1635 [CaTR vi].

 

11k) Committee to 'survey the town lands and enter

[mutilated] a book appointed for that purpose,'

3 February 1634/5 [CaTR 12]. On 27 October 1636 '

Newe Towne presented a book of their records under

the hands of Will[iam] Andrews, constable,

John Beniamin, & Will[iam] Spencer' [MBCR 1:182].

 

11L) A Cambridge general meeting ordered that '

William Spencer and Georg[e] Steele should measure

all the meadow ground undivided belonging

to the Newtowne' and allot 'to every man

his proportion,' 20 August 1635 [CaTR 12].

 

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12) Cambridge selectman, 23 November 1635 [CaTR 13].

 

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13) Lieutenant of the Cambridge train band,

9 March 1636/7 [MBCR 1:190].

 

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14) Charter member of the Ancient and Honorable

Artillery Company [HAHAC 1:40; MBCR 1:250-51].

 

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15) Deputy for Hartford to Connecticut General Court,

11 April 1639, 8 August 1639, 10 September 1639, 16

January 1639/40, 9 April 1640 [CCCR 1:27, 29, 34, 41, 46].

 

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16) Surveyor of 'armor and other military provisions'

for Hartford, 8 August 1639 [CCCR 1:30].

 

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17) ESTATE: Granted three roods for a cowyard

in Cambridge, 5 August 1633 [CaTR 5]. Granted '

the swamp on the other side the creek,'

2 March 1633/4 [CaTR 7].

 

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18) Granted 'that corner of ground by Joseph

Myat's between the swamps,' 1 December 1634

[CaTR 10].

 

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19) Received a proportion of 2 in the

undivided meadow, 20 August 1635 [CaTR 13].

 

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20) In the list of houses in Cambridge, William

Spencer was credited with two in the Westend,

8 February 1635/6 [CaTR 18].

 

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21) In the Cambridge land inventory on 1 May 1635 Willi

am Spencer held at least eleven parcels (entry partially

mutilated): 'one dwelling house with other outhouses

and a garden and backside, about one rood'; 'more in old

field about five acres and a half'; 'more on small lot hill

about three acres'; 'more in the neck about seven acres'; '

more in Long Marsh about fifteen acres'; 'more in Great

Marsh about nine acres'; 'more in the Great Marsh about

two acres'; 'more in the Great Marsh about two acres';

'[mutilated] west end one house with other [mutilated]

houses garden backside and other [mutilated] about

three acres'; 'more by the pine swamp about six acres';

and 'more in Cowyard Row about one rood'

[CaBOP 5-6]. On 1 April 1636 William Spencer

of New Towne acknowledged that he had sold to

Nicholas Danforth his right in three and a half acres

[CaBOP 38]. In an undated record, Symon Crosby

purchased from William Spencer one house with

three acres of ground [CaBOP 58]. On 20 November

1637 '[t]hose that are to view the new plantation of

Watertowne are to view the place which Mr.

Spencer desireth, & if it be convenient, to certify

the Court' [MBCR 1:211]. On 2 May 1638 'Mr.

Willi[am] Spencer is granted 300 acres of ground

beyond Concord, by the Alewife Ryver'

[MBCR 1:228]. In the Hartford land inventory in

1640 William Spencer held six parcels: two acres 'on

which his dwelling house now standeth with other

outhouses, yards & gardens ... which he bought of

John Halles'; sixty-three acres in the Middle Oxpasture

'part whereof he bought of Edward Stebing &

another part he bought of William Kelse & another

part thereof he bought of Thomas Spenser'; four

acres in the Pine Field 'which he bought of John

Halles' (annotated 'sold [to] Jno. Moris'); ten acres

in the Pine Field 'part whereof he bought of Edward

Stebing & another part of John Beddell'; eleven acres

and two roods of meadow and swamp in the North

Meadow; and ten acres of meadow and swamp on the

east side of the Great River (annotated 'mead sold [to]

Calsey' and 'swamp sold [to] Barding & Pantry')

[HaBOP 352-53].

 

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22) In his nuncupative will, dated 14 March and

4 May 1640 and 4 March 1640/1, William Spencer

bequeathed that the estate that he hath in New

England, and also that which may come to his wife

hereafter, that is, any part of his wife's portion if

any do come, that all the estate be divided as

followeth: ...to my wife one third part of all my

estate ... to my son Samuel one third part ...

to my two daughters Sarah and Elizabeth one

third part ... the children to be brought up

with the improvement of the whole estate that

I leave both to my wife and children. Also my

mind is my Cousin Matthew Allyn, my brother

John Pratt and John Taylcoate, that these

three parties or any two of them shall have

the oversight of my estate, and in case that

they shall see in their judgement the estate to

be wasted, that they shall have power to take

the children and their portions [blank] for

their bringing up, and to pay the children

their portions that remain at the several times

above written. Also my mind is that my wife

shall have no power to alienate or make sale

of my house or any part of my land I leave

without the consent of two of the parties that

are to oversee my estate [CCCR 1:449-50;

Manwaring 1:36-37]. The undated 'inventory

of the estate of the said Will[iam] Spenser'

totalled 67 12s. 2d. in moveables; there were '

several debts ... owing in the Bay, the which the

most of them are denied, and those that are

confessed are very doubtful whether much of

it will be paid, being in the hands of some of

his kindred that are poor.' The supplement to

this inventory also included 'the house and

houselot containing about 2 acres, with some

outhouses; also several parcels of upland lots,

to the value of [blank] 74 acres, as may appear

by the records to that purpose, whereof, besides

the right which he had in any other lands to be

divided'; 'also, eleven acres of meadow and

swamp, lying in the North Meadow'; 'also, one

parcel lying on the east side of the Great River

containing ten acres'; 'also, there is land yet

remaining at Concord in the Bay, which while

he lived he esteemed at 120' [CCCR 1:450-51].

It was agreed that if any of the children died

before they came of age, 'the survivor & survivors

shall receive it at the time when it should have

been paid to the deceased, if he or she had lived,

and if they all die before the said time, then it

shall be paid to Agnes Edwards or her lawful

attorney of the said Agnes, the mother of the

said children' [Manwaring 1:37].

 

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23) The estate of William Spencer, deceased, was

brought to court 24 June 1650 and, 'with the

information of the overseers in the presence of

Thomas Spencer, brother to the said William, with

the consent of the wife of William Edwards, they

do judge that 30 is as much as the estate here

will bear to be sequestered for the use of the

children, which is to be paid to them according to

the will of the said William Spencer ... provided

also that whatsoever shall be paid here or in

England of any estate due to the wife of the

said William Spencer while she was the wife of

William Spencer, or that shall come from

Concord, two thirds thereof shall be and remain

to the proper use of the children aforesaid'

[RPCC 85-86]. BIRTH: Baptized Stotfold,

Bedfordshire, 11 October 1601, son of Gerrard

and Alice (Whitbread) Spencer [TAG 27:162].

 

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24) DEATH: Hartford after 4 May 1640

[Manwaring 1:36-37]

and probably before 22 May 1640 [Aspinwall 141].

MARRIAGE: By about 1633 Agnes Harris, baptized

Barnstaple, Devonshire, 6 April 1604, daughter

of Bartholomew and Elizabeth (Collamore)

Harris. She married (2) Hartford 11 December 1645

William Edwards [TAG 63:33-45]. CHILDREN:

i ELIZABETH, b. say 1633; m. (1) by about 1650

William Wellman [TAG 37:7-9]; m. (2)

by 1672 Jacob Joy (Jacobus gives the date of

marriage as 23 May 1671 and McCracken as 23

May 1672, in Killingworth, but the Killingworth

vital records do not contain an entry for this event

[TAG 37:7-9; FOOF 1:348]). ii SARAH, b. about 1635

(of full age [18] in the year 1653 [Manwaring 1:37])

; m. by 1656 John Case [TAG 34:66-69]. iii SAMUEL,

b. about 1639 (of full age [21] in the year 1660

[Manwaring 1:37]); m. by about 1668 Sarah _____

(estimated b. of first child [TAG 27:165-66]).

ASSOCIATIONS: William Spencer was brother

of THOMAS SPENCER of Cambridge and Hartford,

and of Michael Spencer and Gerard Spencer of Lynn

[TAG 27:79-87, 161-65].

 

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25) COMMENTS: William Spencer appeared on

a list of early inhabitants of Cambridge, apparently

dated 1632 [CaTR 2]. On 29 November 1638 William

Spencer wrote from Hartford to John Winthrop

asking why Winthrop had made suggestions regarding

arguments to support the union between the Bay

and 'the plantations here,' and yet when men

came to treat with him regarding it, many using the

very arguments suggested by Winthrop at Spencer's

prompting, all were met with 'a prejudice in the

spirits of some men' and forced to go away unsatisfied

[WP 4:74-75]. On 4 July 1648 Aspinwall certified '

copies of five letters unto Edmund Angier - 3 letters

from John Talcot & John Pratt, one dated 22 May

1640, another August 10th 1640, & another 15th

June 1641, a fourth from Anne Spenser dated

2 May 1642 and the fifth from W[illia]m Edw[ards]

no date. Also unto a copy of a writing under W[illia]m

Spencer's name dated 3 July 1639. Also to a letter

[of] attorney from Ed[mund] Angier to Joseph Mayet

dated 5 July 1648' [Aspinwall 141]. From the

chronology and the persons involved, it would seem

that these letters pertained to the estate of

William Spencer in England.

 

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26) BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1988 Douglas

Richardson ably demonstrated the identity of

Agnes Harris, wife of William Spencer

[TAG 63:33-45].

A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT

PROBATE RECORDS. 1635 to 1650. Page 449

Name: William Spencer Location: Invt. oe231-12-02.

A coppy of the will & testament of William Spencer,

late of Hartiord, deceased, prsented in Court vpon

oath by John Taylcott & John Pratt, of the said

towne. A noate of the mynd and will of Willia

Spencer, for prsent the 4th of May, 1640. Imprs.

His will is that the estate that he hath in New

Ingland, and also that wch may com to his wife

hereafter, that is, any prte of his wifes portion yf

any doe com, that all the estate be dyuyded as

followeth: I give to my wife one third prte of all my

estate. I give to my sonne Samuell one third prte:

I give to my two daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth,

one third partte. The children to be brought vppe

wth the improvement of the whole estate that I

leaue both to my wife and children. Also my mynd

is, my Cosen Matthew Allyn, my brother John

Pratt, and John Taylcoate, that these three

partyes or any two of them shall have the Ouersight

of my Estate; and in case that they shall see in

theire judgement the Estate to be wasted. that they

shall haue power to take the children and their

portions ( ) for their bringing vppe, and to pay the

Children their portions that remayne at the severall

tymes above written. Also my mynd is, that my

wife shall have no power to alienatt or make sale

of my howse or any prte of my land I leave

wthout the eansent of two of the prtyes that are

to ouersee my Estate. These last three lines were

added subsequently in the hand writing of Secretary

John Allyn. The distribution of the estate appeares

in the Records of the perticular Courte, the 24th

June, 1650, fol. 10, and the Coppyes of the bills

given to the Courte for the payment of the oe30 to

the children are in the Booke of Records of Lands

for the Severall townes, at ye other end of it. The

original Bills are vppon fyle of wills & Inventories.

Land Records. Vol. II, Page--(Not paged in this

side of the Book). Know all men by these prss, that

I, John Tayllcott, of Hartford, upon Connecticut

River, do hereby Bynde my selfe, my Heires,

Executors, Administers and Assigns, to pay or

cause to be paid unto Sara Spencer, and to

Elizabeth Spencer, the full value of tenn pounds

when they shall bee of full age of eighteen yeares,

in some pay that is Current for so much when

the said payments are to be made. John Tallcott.

Witness: Richard Lord. John Steele 14 March,

1650. It is also agreed, that if either of the

children dye before the time that they are of

age, then the survivour & survivours shall receive

it at the time when it should have been paid to

the deceased, if he or she had lived. And if they

all dye before the said time, then it shall bee paid

to Agnes Edwards, or her Lawfull Attorney of the

said Agnes, the mother of the said children. John

Tallcott, John Steele. March the twelth, one

thousand Six hundreth and fifty. Know all men

by these prsents, that I, Richard Lord, of Hartford,

doe owe and confess my self to be Indebted unto

the Executors & supervisors of William Spencers

Last will and Testament, the full sum of Twenty

pounds Sterling for the aloane use of Samuel

Spencer and Sara Spencer, to be paid as follows:

fifteene pounds when the said Samuel shall be of

full age, which will bee in the yeare 1660, in any

pay that shall be Current in the Country at that

time for so much; and five pounds unto Sara

Spencer, at the age of eighteen yeares, wch will be in

the yeare 1653. Richard Lord. Witness: John Steele.

William Edwards. Court Record, Page 10--(Vol. II)

24 June, 1650. With the Information of the

Overseers, in presence of Thomas Spencer, the

brother of sd. Decd, with the Consent of the wife

of William Edwards, this Court do judge that oe30

is as much as the Estate here will bear to be

sequestered for the Use of the Children, also

provided that what shall be paid here or in

England of any Estate due to the wife of the

sd. William Spencer, 2-3 shall be and remain

to the Children.

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