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Sir John Spencer, Sr.

Also Known As: "John Spencer"
Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Southam, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: (aka Brington Churchyard), Great Brington, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of William Spencer, of Rodburn and Elizabeth Spencer
Husband of Lady Isabel Spencer
Father of Jane Stafford; Leonard Spencer; Lady Isabel Spencer; Sir William Spencer; Anthony Spencer and 3 others
Brother of Thomas Spencer 1472 and Unknown Spencer

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About Sir John Spencer

  • Sir John Spencer1
  • M, #105367, d. 14 April 1522
  • Last Edited=6 Jan 2011
  • Sir John Spencer was the son of William Spencer and Elizabeth Empson. He married Isabel Grant, daughter of Walter Grant, before 1506.1 He died on 14 April 1522.1
  • On 3 September 1506 he acquired the Wormleighton estate in Warwickshire, as well as the Althorp estate in Northamptonshire.1
  • Child of Sir John Spencer
    • 1.Jane Spencer2
  • Child of Sir John Spencer and Isabel Grant
    • 1.Sir William Spencer+1 d. 22 Jun 1532
  • Citations
  • 1.[S9] Charles Kidd and David Williamson, editor, DeBretts Peerage and Baronetage (London, U.K.: DeBrett's Peerage, 1999), volume 2, page 1870. Hereinafter cited as DeBretts Peerage, 1999.
  • 2.[S21] L. G. Pine, The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms (London, U.K.: Heraldry Today, 1972), page 167. Hereinafter cited as The New Extinct Peerage.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p10537.htm#i105367

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  • Sir John Spencer1,2
  • M, #86772, b. circa 1455, d. 14 April 1552
  • Father William Spencer1 b. c 1435, d. a 1485
  • Mother Elizabeth Empson1 b. c 1438
  • Sir John Spencer was born circa 1474 at of Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England.1 He married Isabel Graunt, daughter of Walter Graunt and Elizabeth Rudinge, circa 1494.1 Sir John Spencer died on 14 April 1552 at of Brington, Northamptonshire, England.1
  • Family Isabel Graunt b. c 1475
  • Children
    • William Spencer+1 b. c 1495, d. 22 Jun 1532
    • Jane Spencer2 b. c 1496, d. 1560
    • Dorothy Spencer+3 b. c 1498
  • Citations
  • 1.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 121.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 569.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2888.htm#i86772

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Sir John Spencer (1455 – 14 April 1522)[1] was an English landowner, entrepreneur and ancestor of the Spencer family.

In 1469, John Spencer's uncle – another John Spencer – had become feoffee (feudal lord) of Wormleighton in Warwickshire and a tenant at Althorp in Northamptonshire in 1486. The Spencers’ administration of their Northamptonshire and Warwickshire estates was admired and often emulated by gentlemen all over England. Sheep from their pastures were purchased for breeding and it is probable that the family’s success as farmers was rarely equalled in the century.[2]

Althorp, the family seat of the Spencer family for 500 years John Spencer first made a living by trading in livestock and other commodities and eventually saved enough money to purchase both the Wormleighton and Althorp lands. Wormleighton was bought in 1506, the manor house was completed in 1512. In 1508, John Spencer also purchased the estate of Althorp with its moated house and several hundred acres of farmland.[3] He had grazed sheep here from the 1480s. Impressed by the quality of the land, he eventually bought it and rebuilt the house in 1508.[4] At that time, his estate and mansion in Warwickshire were considerably larger, the house in Wormleighton was four times the size of Althorp.[4] In 1511 he made further purchases to acquire much of the surrounding countryside, including the villages of Little Brington and Great Brington as well their parish church of St Mary the Virgin, from Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset.[3] By putting down roots at Althorp, Sir John provided what was to become a home for the next 19 generations.[4]

Sir John Spencer and Isabella Graunt's tomb at Great Brington.[4]

Between 1513 and 1515, Sir John Spencer devoted much funds and planning to the parish church for Althorp, St Mary the Virgin in Great Brington. In 1513, he appointed Thomas Heritage to be rector of the church, who had previously been chaplain to King Henry VII and surveyor of the monarch's works at Westminster Abbey. It is altogether probable that Heritage designed and superintended the execution of Spencer's idea for a family chapel at the parish church.[3] His will, dated the 12th day of April 1522, just two days before Sir John death, states that he virtually rebuilt the whole church. His bequests included "oon hool syte of vestments and a chales", "the making of the chauncell roffe with the ledde, wall and wyndowes, and my armes to be sett in the same wyndowes" as well as his tomb, shared with his lady Isabella Graunt. For this tomb, to be placed in the easternmost bay of the family chapel, nearest to the altar, he left the sum of 20 pounds.[3]

In 1519 John Spencer was knighted by King Henry VIII, died three years later and was buried in the new family chapel at Great Brington.[3] His younger son and successor Sir William Spencer later bequeathed the church's east window of stained glass which depicted St. John the Baptist and the Spencer coat of arms, now in a south window of the chancel, in memory of his father.[3]

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  • Elizabeth EMPSON
  • Born: ABT 1448, Towcester, Northamptonshire, England
  • Father: Peter EMPSON
  • Mother: Elizabeth JOSEPH
  • Married: William SPENCER ABT 1469, Towcester, Northamptonshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. John SPENCER (Sir)
    • 2. Thomas SPENCER (Esq.)
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/EMPSON.htm#Elizabeth EMPSON1

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Sir John Spencer married Isabel Grant, daughter of Walter Grant, before 1506.1 He died on 14 April 1522.

On 3 September 1506 he acquired the Wormleighton estate in Warwickshire, as well as the Althorp estate in Northamptonshire.


Knighted 1504. This is the beginning of the Princess Diana line

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Biography

Sir John Spencer (Speculation - 1455 – 14 April 1522) was an English landowner, entrepreneur and ancestor of the Spencer family. Death date is most commonly agreed upon by historians, but birth date is unknown, and is an estimate. Sir John is a direct male-line ancestor of Lady Diana Spencer.

Winston Churchill also hailed from the Spencer family. Churchill's Family History has an excellent genealogy that begins right with this very man, Sir John Spencer.

Let me begin with the Spencer line proper. Sir John, mentioned above, married Isabel, the daughter and co-heiress of Walter Grant of Snitterfield. He gained his wealth by enclosing lands and converting arable land into pasture. With thousands of sheep he was no common shepherd — more a farming entrepreneur. -excerpt from Churchill's Family History Coat of Arms

"In 1504, John Spencer, an innovative and entrepreneurial yeoman, considered himself sufficiently successful to justify petitioning for a grant of arms. He was awarded Azure a fess ermine between 6 sea-mews's heads erased Argent and could thenceforward be accounted a gentleman. He was subsequently knighted by Henry VIII."[1]


Sir John Spencer


1437–1552

Birth 1437 • Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England

Death 14 APR 1552 • Hodnell, Warwickshire, England

 

When Sir John Spencer was born in 1437 in Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England, his father, Robert, was 31 and his mother, Anna, was 27. He was married three times including to where I come from, "Lady Isabel Gaunt", and had seven sons and five daughters. He died having lived for more than 100 years. He died on April 14, 1552, in Warwickshire, England, at the age of 115.

Birth

Sir John Spencer was born in 1437 in Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England, to Anna Focke Smyth, age 27, and Robert Spencer, age 31.

Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England

1437 • Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England

     

1456

Age 19

Marriage

Sir John Spencer married Jane Graunt in England in 1456 when he was 19 years old.

England

Jane Graunt

1465–1498

 

1456 • England

     

1460

Age 23

Birth of Son

His son Robert was born in 1460 in Bedfordshire, England.

South Mills, Bedfordshire, England

Robert Spencer


1460–1521

   

1460 • South Mills, Bedfordshire, England

     

1462

Age 25

Birth of Son

His son John was born in 1462 in Bedfordshire, England.

Bedfordshire, England

John Spencer


1462–1532

   

1462 • Bedfordshire, England

     

1465

Age 28

Birth of Daughter

His daughter Jane was born in 1465 in Warwickshire, England.

Warwickshire, England

Jane Spencer


1465–1525

   

1465 • Warwickshire, England

     

1471

Age 34

Marriage

Sir John Spencer married Ann Empson in Towcester, Northamptonshire, England, in 1471 when he was 34 years old.

Towcester, Northamptonshire, , England

Ann Empson

1450–1475

 

1471 • Towcester, Northamptonshire, , England

     

1475

Age 38

Death of Wife

His wife Ann passed away in 1475 in Towcester, Northamptonshire, England, at the age of 25. They had been married 4 years.

Towcester, Northamptonshire, England

Ann Empson


1450–1475

   

1475 • Towcester, Northamptonshire, England

     

1475

Age 38

Birth of Son

His son Thomas was born in 1475 in Warwickshire, England.

Hodnel, Warwickshire, England

Thomas Spencer


1475–

   

1475 • Hodnel, Warwickshire, England

     

1477

Age 40

Death of Father

His father Robert passed away in 1477 in Bedfordshire, England, at the age of 71.

Bedfordshire, England

Robert Spencer


1406–1477

   

1477 • Bedfordshire, England

     

1482

Age 45

Marriage

Sir John Spencer married Isabel Graunt in Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England, in 1482 when he was 45 years old.

Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England

Isabel Graunt

1474–1530

 

1482 • Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England

     

1485

Age 48

Marriage

Sir John Spencer married Jane Graunt in Bedfordshire, England, in 1485 when he was 48 years old.

South Mills, Bedfordshire, England

Jane Graunt

1465–1498

 

1485 • South Mills, Bedfordshire, England

     

1489

Age 52

Birth of Daughter

His daughter Elizabeth was born in 1489 in Warwickshire, England.

Hodnell, Warwickshire, England

Elizabeth Spencer


1489–1560

   

1489 • Hodnell, Warwickshire, England

     

1494

Age 57

Birth of Son

His son Leonard was born in 1494 in Norwich, Norfolk, England.

Norwich, Norfolk, England

Leonard Spencer


1494–1568

   

1494 • Norwich, Norfolk, England

     

1496

Age 59

Birth of Son

His son William was born in 1496.

Althorpe, Northamptonshire, England

William Spencer


1496–1532

   

1496 • Althorpe, Northamptonshire, England

     

1496

Age 59

Birth of Daughter

His daughter Isabel was born in 1496 in Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England.

Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England

Isabel Spencer


1496–1560

   

1496 • Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England

     

1496

Age 59

Birth of Son

His son Sir William was born in 1496 in Northamptonshire, England.

Northamptonshire, England

Sir William Spencer, Baron Spencer, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire


1496–1532

   

1496 • Northamptonshire, England

     

1498

Age 61

Death of Wife

His wife Jane passed away in 1498 in Brinton, Norfolk, England, at the age of 33. They had been married 13 years.

Brinton, Norfolk, England

Jane Graunt


1465–1498

   

1498 • Brinton, Norfolk, England

     

1498

Age 61

Birth of Son

His son Anthony was born in 1498 in Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England.

Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England

Anthony Spencer


1498–

   

1498 • Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England

     

1504

Age 67

Death of Mother

His mother Anna Focke passed away in 1504 in England at the age of 94.

England

Anna Focke Smyth


1410–1504

   

1504 • England

     

1507

Age 70

Birth of Daughter

His daughter Dorothy was born in 1507 in Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England.

Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England

Dorothy Spencer


1507–1553

   

1507 • Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England

     

10 Sep

1521

Age 84

Death of Son

His son Robert passed away on September 10, 1521, at the age of 61.

St Albans, Bedfordshire, England

Robert Spencer


1460–1521

   

10 Sep 1521 • St Albans, Bedfordshire, England

     

12 Feb

1525

Age 88

Death of Daughter

His daughter Jane passed away on February 12, 1525, in Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, England, at the age of 60.

Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, England

Jane Spencer


1465–1525

   

12 Feb 1525 • Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, England

     

4 Feb

1532

Age 95

Death of Son

His son John passed away on February 4, 1532, in Bedfordshire, England, at the age of 70.

Bedfordshire, England

John Spencer


1462–1532

   

4 Feb 1532 • Bedfordshire, England

     

22 Jun

1532

Age 95

Death of Son

His son William passed away on June 22, 1532, at the age of 36.

Brington, Northamptonshire, England

William Spencer


1496–1532

   

22 Jun 1532 • Brington, Northamptonshire, England

     

22 Jun

1532

Age 95

Death of Son

His son Sir William passed away on June 22, 1532, at the age of 36.

Brington, Northamptonshire, England

Sir William Spencer, Baron Spencer, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire


1496–1532

   

22 Jun 1532 • Brington, Northamptonshire, England

     

14 Apr

1552

Age 115

Death

Sir John Spencer died on April 14, 1552, in Warwickshire, England, when he was 115 years old.

Hodnell, Warwickshire, England

14 Apr 1552 • Hodnell, Warwickshire, England

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Sir John Spencer's Timeline

1455
1455
Southam, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
1489
1489
Age 34
Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
1494
1494
Age 39
Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
1496
1496
Age 41
Northamptonshire, , England
1496
Age 41
Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England
1506
1506
Age 51
Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
1514
1514
Age 59
1522
April 14, 1522
Age 67
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
1538
1538
Age 67
Northamptonshire, England
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