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Anne Spence (Rowe/Roe)

Also Known As: "Ann Roe"
Birthplace: South Shields, Durham, England
Death: Died in Somerset, Montgomery, MD, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Rowe and Anne Inglis
Wife of David Spence, Sr.
Mother of David Spence, Jr.; Alexander Spence; John Spence; James Spence, Sr. and Anne Spence
Sister of Edward Roe

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About Anne Rowe Spence

David Spence married ANNE ROWE Abt. 1665 in Northumberland Co., VA (Source: Beall, Dr. Barbara, Twigs of Inman-Spence, (Downloaded 9/6/99: <>), "Electronic," pp 6-11, Part I, Section I.), daughter of JOHN ROWE and ANNE INGLIS. She was born Abt. 1640, and died Abt. 1711 in Somerset Co., MD.

More About ANN SPENCE: Inherited: 1679, From her father, two heifers named "Black Bird & Mouse", the calves of which were to be used for Ann's nurturing and education; also the old mare "Nany", a ten gallon iron pot, and the "puter" (pewter) dishes. (Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Maryland Prerogative Court, Wills 10, (Baltimore, MD), p 57-61.) Registered livestock mark: 1681, In Somerset Co., MD (Source: Powell, Jody, Somerset County MD Livestock Marks 1665-1772, (1991), p 37.).

Anne is believed to have been the daughter of John Roe (Rowe) and Anne Inglis, sister of Margaret Inglis who was the mother of James Daishell, making Anne and James first cousins. As the daughter of John Rowe, Anne would have been the niece of David's step-mother (John's sister Anne) and thus David's step-cousin.

Anne may have lived until 1710. A careful reading of David's will shows that, while he did leave land to his two oldest sons, he left the main plantation to the two younger boys, then ages 7 and 5, but all of the household furnishings, farm equipment and livestock to his wife ("all goods, chattells & substance & all belonging thereto both without doores & within"). It seems clear that he wanted Anne to be assured of a home for at least the 10 or so years until the younger boys came of age. Add to this the fact that both the younger boys relocated to North Carolina around 1697 (at ages 25 and 23), but did not sell the Maryland plantation until 1710, and it is reasonable to speculate that Anne (with or without the boys' belssings) retained control of "Despence" until (probably) her death.


Children of DAVID SPENCE and ANNE ROWE are:

  • 2. i. DAVID5 SPENCE, JR, b. January 25, 1666, Somerset Co, MD; d. Bef. April 20, 1726, Northumberland Co, VA.
  • 3. ii. ALEXANDER SPENCE, b. September 13, 1669, Somerset Co., MD; d. August 24, 1734, Pasquotank Co, NC.
  • 4. iii. JOHN SPENCE, b. April 11, 1672, Somerset Co, MD; d. March 14, 1735, Pasquotank Co, NC.
  • 5. iv. JAMES SPENCE, SR, b. January 25, 1674, Somerset Co, MD; d. Bef. October 1740, Pasquotank Co, NC.
  • v. ANN SPENCE (Source: Somerset Co., MD Land Records, IKL, (Maryland Hall of Records, Baltimore, MD), p245.), b. October 30, 1677, Somerset Co, MD (Source: Somerset Co., MD Land Records, IKL, (Maryland Hall of Records, Baltimore, MD), p 245.).
	Notes for ANN SPENCE:

Updated 11/4/99

It is possible that Anne removed to Northumberland Co. VA with her oldest brother, David. On 20 July 1709, an Anne Lyon, wife of John Lyon and executrix of Hugh Callon, petitioned the Court to appoint Mr. John Downing, Charles Nelms and David Spence to appraise the said Callon's estate. Anne Spence could have married Callon first, then Lyon. (Downing was David's father-in-law.)

It is also possible that Anne remained near her mother in Maryland and married a Holland, as John Spence was one of the men who appraised the estate of an Ann Holland "at Wicomico" on April 27,1703. As it was the general practice to appoint at least one close male family member to handle or assist in handling an estate, it is reasonable to assume that Ann Holland and John Spence were closely related, possibly a brother and sister.

ADDED 2016:

Ann Roe (sometimes spelled Rowe) was born in South Shields, Durham, England in 1640, and she died in Somerset County, Maryland in 1711. She was the daughter of John Roe (Rowe) (1611-1653) and Ann Inglis (1604-1640). John Roe was the son of Sir Edward Roe (Roe) (b. 1580) and Elizabeth Pattison (1584-1618), all of South Shields. John Roe married Ann Inglis in South Shields in 1633.

Although four children are often credited to John and Ann, they actually had only two:

1. Thomas Roe, born 1639 in South Shields, Durham, England, and he died May 24, 1703 in Somerset County, Maryland. Thomas married Ann (maiden name unknown) (1), who died in 1702, in Northumberland County, Virginia in 1664, and they arrived in Maryland in 1672 (2). Their children are currently unknown, although a number of speculations exist.

2. Ann Roe (1640-1711) Ann was born in 1640 in South Shields, Durham, England, and she died in 1711 in Somerset County, Maryland. Her mother, Ann Inglis, died in childbirth shortly after Ann’s birth. Ann Roe became the wife of David Spence; she will reappear later.

Shortly after his wife’s death, John took his two children to Scotland where his wife’s twin sister lived in Edinburgh. Her name was Margaret Inglis (1604-1650), and she was the wife of James Da Shiell “The Scotchman” (1603-1645). They were the parents of James Dashiell “The Immigrant of Maryland” (1634-1697). And that is how John Roe became acquainted with James Dashiell’s family and with the family of David Spence.

Ann Inglis and Margaret Inglis were twin daughters of Andrew Inglis (b. 1550 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland) and Marjory Mitchell (b. 1554, Dunfermline.) Marjory was the daughter of David Mitchell (b. 1520) and his wife Isabel (b. 1520). Marjory’s brother was David Mitchell (1541-1620), who married Beatrice Kellok (1543-1620). Their son, James Mitchell (b. 1564) married Janet Paycock (b. 1561). And their son, James Mitchell (b. 1584), was the father of Helen Mitchell (1612-1633). Helen was the first wife of John David Spens (1611-1659)—the father of David Spence (1639-1679). To make a long story short—Ann Roe and James Dashiell were first cousins, and David Spence was a 2nd cousin twice removed of both of them—possibly a 2nd half-cousin twice removed since his mother was Margaret Alexander (1607-1642) [3].

John Roe died in Wicocomico, Northumberland, Virginia, having arrived there in 1653(4),(5). Apparently, he died on the Wicocomico River, Northumberland County. According to “Virginia Immigrants,” he was transported by Peter McKnight. In all likelihood, his son Thomas and daughter Ann accompanied him. Links

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Anne Rowe Spence's Timeline

Durham, England
January 25, 1666
Age 26
Wiccocomoco, Northumberland, Va., United States
September 13, 1669
Age 29
Somerset, Maryland, United States
April 11, 1672
Age 32
Somerset, Maryland, United States
January 25, 1674
Age 34
Somerset, Montgomery, MD, USA
October 30, 1677
Age 37
Wickocomoco, Maryland, United States
Age 71
Somerset, Montgomery, MD, USA