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William Spencer, Ancient Planter

Also Known As: "Ensign William Spense of Mulberry Island"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Wales
Death: Died in Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Spencer, Esq. and Rose Spencer
Husband of Alice Dorothy Lightfoot
Father of Anne Cockerham Amry; William Spencer; Elizabeth Foster Sheppard Warren; Robert Spencer; Alice Spencer and 1 other
Brother of Nicholas Spencer, I; George Spencer; Anne Spencer; Margaret Spencer; Jane Spencer and 2 others

Occupation: Burgess of Mulberry Island
Managed by: Francis Gene Dellinger
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About William Spencer, Ancient Planter

Arrived Jamestowne, Virginia 1607 or 1611. Either with the Susan Constance or the Sarah. Records show his active involvement with colony.

"Sail w/ Cap. John Smith's 1st Expedition arrived 10/13/1607 Va. Colony"

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-------------------- Please do not merge this record with one showing parents for William Spencer (unless you can prove them).

He is said to be a son of Robert Spencer and Rose Cokayne (aka Rhose, aka Cokain, Cockayne) of Cople Parish, Bedfordshire. They had a son William Spencer who was born 1576. Is there proof that this is the same man?

It seems more likely that the family was from WALES. His great-nephew Robert was insulted by his son-in-law, who called him a "Welch rogue Welch dog sonn of a whore...." http://www.blueeyesbluebonnets.com/surnames/elizabeth-spencer/

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There is NO PROOF of any relationship to Edmund Spenser, poet.

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WILLIAM SPENCER is often confused with an Ensign WILLIAM SPENCE, who arrived in 1607 on the "SUSAN CONSTANT," lived at Archer's Hope, was a member of the House of Burgesses for James City 1619, and was reported slain, along with his wife, in 1622 (reported by John Smith, 1622, verified by court order, 1626). He had a daughter who survived, Sara Spence, who reportedly married Robert Allison of Archers Hope.

WILLIAM SPENCER and WILLIAM SPENCE were two different men.

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WILLIAM SPENCER arrived c. 1611 on the "SARAH." (Adventurers of Purse and Person, 2007, Vol. III, 4th Ed., page 226.)

As a "yeoman and Ancient Planter," William Spencer received a patent for 12 acres at James City, 14 Aug. 1624. This acreage was "part of his first dividend within the Island towards Goose Hill" and was to be deducted out of his divident at Spencer's Hole. In 1629 the General Court granted him permission to take up 400 acres "in any place not already taken up." Source: Adventurers of Purse & Person: VA 1607-1624/25

In the muster of 24 Jan. 1624/5 William Spencer resided at James Island (Jamestown) with his wife Alice and their daughter Alice, the family being well supplied, having ten barrels of corn, 200 fish and for their protection ammunition consisting of four pounds of powder, eight pounds of shot and three "pieces," along with twelve swine, three goats and two kids. They also had two dwelling houses and one boat.... Source: Adventurers of Purse & Person: VA 1607-1624/5 http://www.coveytrees.com/SpencerTree

On 21 January 1638, Nicholas Spencer, brother of William testified that John Lightfoot left all of his property to William Spencer in a nuncupative will. (Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia, page 181.) John Lightfoot thus appears to have been the father of Alice Lighfoot (or other relative).

Record showing date of death:

1685/6, January 4 - Indenture, Wm. Cockerham to Wm. Harris, 150 acres in Hog Island granted to Wm. Spencer, late of the County, dec'd February 1, 1637/8. Beginning at a marked white oak very neare a saw pitt in the line twixt said Cockerham and Robt. Barham, orphan, to the edge of the marsh of Hog Island Creek, east by a line dividing Cockerham and Wm. Sewards land, s and se by Jno. Case's cart path. (Note: this land deeded to Harris Taylor, grandson of Wm. Harris, to John Holt, Feb. 20, 1738/9).

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LAND RECORDS 1624 Aug 14: William Spencer, Yeoman & Ancient Planter, 12 acs., James City; part of his 1st divident within the Island, towards Goose Hill, near land of Sir Thos. Dale & John Lytefoote, due for his personal adv. Land measured by Wm. Clayborne. Fee Rent: 3 pence...due yearly at Feast of St. Michael the Archangel....”which is to be abated out of his devidend at Spencers hole." [LVA Pat.#1, pg. 9]

1632 Sep 9: William Spencer of James Is., 250 acs on west sd. Lawne’s Creek at mouth, James Island, James City County [LVA Pat#1, p.120]

June 19, 1635 William Spencer [1], 1,100 acres on Lawne's Creek, adjoining a parcel of land which said Spencer has already taken up - due for the transportation of 22 servants (names below). By West, June 19, 1635. Head Rights: Robt. Stoakes, Edw'd Wilmott, Robt. Arnall, Ananias Coplestone, George Pruwer, Nicholas Atwell, Evan Williams, Franc Barle, Wm. Michaell, John Lewis, Katherine Perie, Ellen Alice, Antho. Streate, Hector Godbeare, Nicholas Spencer, Jon. Dodman, John Holdin, Thos. Powell, Thos. Smith, Thos. Clayton, Jon. Mathews, Eliz. Nicholson.

NOTE: See Virginia Historical Magazine, 1, 89. ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA LAND PATENTS Prepared By W.G. Stanard http://genealogytrails.com/vir/landpatents.html [LVA Pat.#1, p.249]

1637 Feb 6 - William Spencer, 1,350 acs. Lying in “Lawnes Creek”. [LVA Pat.#1, p. 521]

1667, May 24 - Nicholas Spencer of Lawne's Creek Parish (son of the aforementioned Nicholas), sells to Capt. Wm. Cockerham, a parcel formerly his uncle's: Wm. Spencer, deceased, and lately bequeathed to Nicholas Spencer by will or right of descent. (Surry Co. VA, D & W, Book I, 1652-1672, p. 287) 1685/6, January 4 - Indenture, Wm. Cockerham to Wm. Harris, 150 acs in Hog Island granted to Wm. Spencer, late of the County, dec'd February 1, 1637/8. Beg. near a saw pitt in the line twixt said Cockerham and Robt. Barham, orphan, to edge of the marsh of Hog Island Creek, east by a line dividing Cockerham and Wm. Sewards land, SSE by Jno. Case's cart path. (Surry Co., VA, D & W, Book I, 1652-1672, p. 287). (Note: this land deeded to Harris Taylor, grandson of Wm. Harris, to John Holt, Feb. 20, 1738/9).

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William Spencer, Ancient Planter's Timeline

1560
1560
Wales
1599
1599
Age 39
1620
1620
Age 60
Jamestown, James City County, Virginia, United States
1620
Age 60
James City, Va
1621
1621
Age 61
Jamestown, James City County, Virginia, United States
1622
1622
Age 62
Jamestown, James City, Virginia, United States
1625
1625
Age 65
Jamestown, Surry, Virginia
1630
1630
Age 70
Surry, Virginia, United States
1654
July 5, 1654
Age 94
Virginia