William Spencer, Rev. (1601 - 1640) MP

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Birthplace: Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Occupation: Selectman, elected to first assembly of Connecticut, Reverend
Managed by: Jocelynn Oakes
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About William Spencer, Rev.

"The Four Spencer Brothers", 1950, compiled by Donald Lines Jacobus, "The American Genealogist. New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .)" viewed by Kris Stewart, Jun 11, 2013

incorrectly identifies Agnes as likely Agnes Tucker....this is disproven elsewhere...


"Gerard (1) Spencer (1614-1685) along with his older brothers, William (1601-1640), Thomas (1607-1687), and Michael (1611-1653) were among the very first settlers in New England under the auspices of the Massachusetts Bay Company. Their sister, Elizabeth Spencer, also was a pioneer as the wife of Timothy Tomlins. Almost certainly all were among the first passengers of the Winthrop Fleet when the first contingent of eleven ships reached New England in 1630." [Jack T. & Edith W. Spencer, Gerard Spencer, A Pioneer of Cambridge, Lynn & Haddam; Connecticut Nutmegger, Sept 1997, pgs 188-614, as cited in http://ketchum.bobaddleman.com/spencer_family.html]


Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut By Lucius Barnes Barbour Pg.556 http://books.google.com/books?id=WJ_XiLoXvLkC&pg=PA558&lpg=PA558&dq=Hannah+Hill+Spencer+1692&source=bl&ots=C4QaMah3Lw&sig=0AomX9yl_smnX-vhZHXUA_OnIVI&hl=en&ei=cseLTITSNIr2tgOGtK3RBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CDQQ6AEwCTgU#v=onepage&q=Hannah%20Hill%20Spencer%201692&f=false ----------- William. The earliest documentation available is for William (as deputy from Cambridge to the General Court in May, 1632 - no ships would have arrived in 1632 by then), showing arrival by the end of 1631. He was 30 years old then, and married Agnes Harris. The "Spencers of the Great Migration" reports he returned to England to marry her about 1633 and then brought her back. He first settled in Cambridge, but was in Hartford, Connecticut by 1639. He was very active in the community and the Great Migration Begins shows many committees and positions he held in the community. He owned at least 11 parcels of land in Cambridge in 1635. He was the first to die, at a relatively young age of only 39, leaving three kids 1-7 years of age.

His widow, Agnes Harris, married, second,William Edwards in 1645, and he became the step-father to the Spencer children. By her second marriage, she became matriarch of the Edwards clan that includes Jonathan Edwards, the noted preacher of the Great Awakening, and Aaron Burr. Thus, descendants of William Spencer are half-cousins of their Edwards kin, by sharing Agnes Harris as their ancestral "mom." Agnes Harris is of royal descent. See Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants, by Roberts.

William and Agnes SPENCER settled at NewTown (Cambridge), MA in 1632, and he took the Freeman's Oath on Mar. 4, 1632/3. He was Deputy to the General Court seven times 1634-1638, Selectman in 1635, Lt. of the Train Band 1632, and charter member of the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company in 1638/9. The family moved to Hartford, CT in 1639. [1]

Children of William and Agnes: Elizabeth married first William WELLMAN, and second Jacob JAY; Sarah married John CASE; and Samuel, Sr. married Sarah MEAKINS (a 4-great grandson, bibliophile William Augustus SPENCER, perished in the sinking of the Titanic).

Text References ↑ Lawson, Steven. Kinnexions (Spencer Ancestry). http://kinnexions.com/smlawson/index.htm

Sources S1. Weis, Frederick Lewis. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England between 1623 and 1650: The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Some of Their Descendants 8th ed., p 229 S2. Manwaring, Charles William, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records [online database] Names his son, Samuel and daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth. Also names cousin Matthew Allyn and "my brother" John Pratt and John Taylcoate (i.e., Talcott) S3. William Spencer, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 S4. Jeffhomes/Magna Carta Ancestry, p.416 Notes N1. The will has been dated March 4th as well as May 4th, so the month of execution is difficult to discern. ----------------------------------------- The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883) http://www.archive.org/stream/descendantsofwil01tutt#page/n841/mode/2up

  • Rev. Richard Edwards came from Wales to London, time Queen Elizabeth; he was a minister of the established chh. His wf. Anne was employed in some capacity in the Queen's household. She m. 2d hus. James Coles and came with her only child William Edwards to America. She d. in Hartford Feb. 20, 1679, leaving by will the use of her house and land to her son William during his life, then to her gr. s. Richard Edwards and his heirs forever. Wm. Edwards is named with Wm. Tuttle and others as concerned in the East Haven settlement. He m. about 1643 Agnes __, wid. of William Spencer; the latter of Hartford; selectman 1639, and d. 1640. Agnes, it is said, had two brothers in England, one of them Mayor of Exeter the other of Barnstable, Devon. By William Edwards she had an only child, Richard, who m. Elizabeth Tuttle; (2) Mary, dau. of Lieut-Col. John Talcott of Hartf. Col. Talcott was Justice of the Peace, Assistant from 1662 to 1668, Treasurer of the colony nineteen years, and distinguished himself as an officer in King Philip's war, in which he commanded a body of 550 men, composed of Englishmen and Mohegan Indians. He d. July 23, 1688. Inv. (english pound)2,272. Chil. of Richard Edwards by 2d m. 5 sons and 1 dau. 1. Jonathan, b. June 20, 1692; d. March 11, 1693. 2. John, Feb. 22, 1694; Dea.; d. May 16, 1769; m. Dec. 14, 1719, Christian Williamson, who d. June 18, 1769. 3. Hannah, Jan. 3, 1696; d. Oct. 17, 1747; m. March 1, 1722, Joseph Backus, jr. 4. Richard, Jan. 5, 1608; d. May 10, 1713. 5. Daniel, April 11, 1701; Hon.; d. Sept. 6, 1765; m. 1728 Sarah Hooker (gr. dau. of Rev. Thomas), who d. July 31, 1775, a. 70 yrs. 6. Samuel, Nov. 1, 1702; d. Nov. 4, 1732; m. 1731 Jerusha Pitkin, who d. July 31, 1799, a. 89 yrs--Godwin's Gen. Notes of Conn.


-------------------- WILLIAM SPENCER was born on October 11, 1601, in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England, the son of Gerald and Alice (Whitbread) Spencer.

William married Agnes Tucker in England sometime before 1633. Agnes was born about 1601 in Barnstaple, Devonshire, England, the daughter of Richard and Agnes (Wyatt) Tucker. They were the parents of at least three children, one son and two daughters.

Between 1633 and 1636 they came to America and settled in Hartford, Connecticut.

William died in 1640 in Hartford, Connecticut, only about 39 years old.

-------------------- William Spencer one of the original founders of Hartford, Connecticut with his brother Thomas and John Arnold. -------------------- William Spencer, Esq., of Lincoln's Inn, London, England, and of Boston, Massachusetts, 1631, one of the committee to form a body of laws for the government of the colony of Massachusetts, founder of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery. He was in Hartford

in 1636 and prepared the first code of laws for the Connecticut colony.

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William Spencer, Rev.'s Timeline

October 11, 1601
Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
October 11, 1601
St. Mary's, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
October 11, 1601
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
October 11, 1601
St Mary's, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
October 11, 1601
October 11, 1601
St Mary's, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
October 16, 1601
Stotfield, Bedfordshire, England
Age 23
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 31
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
April 20, 1636
Age 34
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts