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Michael Spencer

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Edworth, Bedfordshire, England
Death: November 18, 1599 (69)
Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Spencer, Sr., of Edworth and Anne “Agness” Spencer
Husband of Agnes Lymer and Elizabeth Spencer
Father of John Spencer; Michael Spencer, (not the twin); Anne Spencer; Joan Spencer; Michael Spencer, Jr. and 6 others
Brother of John Spencer, III; Mary Spencer; Christian Spencer; Margaret Greene; Jane Spencer and 3 others

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About Michael Spencer

MICHAEL SPENCER was born BET 1530 AND 1535 in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England, and died ABT 18 NOV 1599 in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England. He was the son of 2. JOHN SPENCER and 3. Anne MERRILL.

He married

  1. Agnes (Anne) LIMER (LYMER) 22 JAN 1555/56 in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England. She was born in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England, and died 23 FEB 1561/62 in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England. She was buried 23 FEB 1561/62 in Edworth Cem., Edworth, Bedfordshire, England
  2. Elizabeth COLLAMORE ABT 1563 in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England. She was born ABT 1532 in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England, and died 18 NOV 1599 in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England. She was buried in Stotford Cem., Stotford, Bedfordshire, England.


"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

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Notes from George Spencer's Rootsweb database at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=george&id=I91:

The division of Michael's children between the two wives is somewhat different from what might be inferred from the rev. Mr. Holdings's book, because of the discovery of the burial of the first wife, Agnes, early in 1562. The name of the mother is not stated in the Edworth baptisms, but Elizabeth is stated as mother of two children, Gerard and Richard, who were baptized at Stotfold. We therefore assume that Elizabeth was mother of the other children who were born after 1562 and before the birth of Gerard in 1576, though it remains possible that there was a seond, unknow, wife between Agnes and Elizabeth. The removal of the family from Edworth to Stotfold occured between 1571 and 1576. The above notes taken from: The American Genealogist, Whole Nr.105, Vol 27, Nr. 1, Jan. 1951

  • **Additional Notes from Rev.John Holding***

Michael was the oldest son of John and Anne Spencer. Mr Holding says of him: "We find Anne Spencer in her Will, conveying her interest in the lease to Michael, her eldest son, who must have remained there as long as the lease was in force, and then, if not further confirmed or continued in the tenancy, he must have removed elsewhere. The later event took place, for we find him in Stotfold in 1576, where first evidence of his appearance there is the record in the register of this parish of the baptism of Gerard Spencer, son of Michael and Elizabeth Spencer, May 20, 1576." There is an entry in the church record that on November 5th, 1597, among those present at a church meeting, was Michael Spencer. (Stotfold is situtated but a few miles from Edworth.) The first wife of Michael Spencer was Anne Lorimer. They were married January 22nd, 1555. His second wife Elizabeth (Last name not known) Mr. Holding, on page 33, says: "While Richard and Thomas were flourishing in London, Michael and his sons who remained at Stotfold, seem to have been less prosperous, for we find Michale filing a bill in chancery in 1581, and we find Gerard Spencer, his son, and his wife Alice, leasing their land in Stotfold to Thomas, his brother in London, in 1615, and then the next year they conveyed these lands to Thomas. This decadence in this branch of the of the family, no doubt was one great reason for William Spencer, and his brothers, Thomas, Michael and Gerard migrating to New England in 1632." Mr Holding is of the opinion that the name "Micael" was given for the reason that his parents lived in St.Albans, which is in St. Michael's parish.

  • **The beginning notes are from Flora Clark's manuscript, "Genealogy of the Four Spencer Brothers."
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  • Our New England ancestors and their descendants, 1620-1900: historical ... By Henry Whittemore
  • http://archive.org/details/ournewenglandanc00whit
    • Spencer and Allied Families
  • Pg. 49-84
  • http://archive.org/stream/ournewenglandanc00whit#page/104/mode/1up
  • Pg. 53
  • Prof. Ray T. Spencer while making researches in his own line, discovered among the church records of St. George's Parish, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England. much interesting data, concerning the line of Gerrard Spencer, the father of William, Thomas, Michael and Gerrard the emigrants, from which it appears that the above named Gerrard was the son of Michael who also had a brother Gerrard, and they were the sons of John. Thus three generations preceding the emigrants are definitely established. The church records of St. George's Parish, above referred to, show that "June 9, 1558, John Spencer, Sen., was buried."
  • There is evidence to show that this John was the father of Michael and of the first Gerrard mentioned.
  • The ancestry of Gerard Spencer and his brothers William, Thomas and Michael Spencer, appears from the parish registers of Edworth and Stotfield in Bedfordshire, Eng., and other contemporaneous documents.
  • Jan. 25, 1555, Michael Spencer and Annis Liuur were married (the last name of Annis is so poorly written in the record that is cannot be definitely determined.)
  • April 20, 1557, John, son of Michael Spencer baptized.
  • May 27, 1558, was baptized Michael, son of Michael Spencer.
  • April 15, 1560, buried Michael, son of Michael Spencer.
  • 23 Feb. 1561, Annis, the wife of Michael Spencer, was buried.
  • 20 Aug., 1564, Joan, the daughter of Michael Spencer, was baptized.
  • 30 Aug., 1566, Alice, daughter of Michael Spencer, was baptized. }Twins.
  • 30 Aug., 1566, Michael Spencer, was baptized,} Twins
  • 24 July, 156?, Ann, daughter of Michael Spencer baptized.
  • 30 July, 1568, Jarratt Spencer and Ellen Whitson were married, whose will was proved at London, 20 May, 1577; he was brother of Michael the elder.
  • http://archive.org/stream/ournewenglandanc00whit#page/106/mode/1up
  • Pg. 54
  • 12 March, 1571, Thomas, son of Michael Spencer was baptized.
  • 20 May, 1576, Gerat Spencer, son of Michael Spencer, and Elizabeth his wife, baptized.
  • 9 July, 1580, Richard, son of Michael and Elizabeth Spencer, baptized.
  • 18 Nov., 1599, Elizabeth, wife of Michael Spencer, was buried.
  • It is quite probable that Michael Spencer of Edworth, and Gerrard Spencer of Biggleswade, were sons of John Spencer, Senior, and Ann Spencer who burials are recorded in Edworth register, the former June 9, 1558, and the later June 16, 1569: Nothing more is known of them than what is disclosed by these records .... etc.
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Michael born about 1531 was the son of John Spencer and Ann. He 1st married Annis Li???/Li?r/Linne/Limer she was bur. 23 Feb 1561 , they had children:

  • John Spencer bapt. Apr 20, 1557
  • Michael Spencer bapt. May 27, 1558 bur. 15 Apr 1560

Michael 2nd married Elizabeth she was bur. Nov 18, 1599; they had children:

The Spencer Family

This prominent family were antecedents of the Wrights of Maryland, on the maternal side. They came from Bedfordshire, England, and settled first in Lynn, Mass., afterwards in East Haddam, Conn.

John Spencer married Ann, of Bedfordshire, and died June 9, 1568. Their son, Michael Spencer, married Elizabeth, of Bedfordshire, about 1563. Their son, Gerard Spencer, married Hannah, and came to America in 1638.

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  • New England families, genealogical and memorial; a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths and the founding of a nation; (1914) Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter
  • http://archive.org/details/newenglandfamil01cuttgoog
  • http://archive.org/stream/newenglandfamil01cuttgoog#page/n298/mode/1up
    • Spencer Pg. 1332 - 1334
  • Pg. 1332
  • Four brothers named Spencer were living in New England in 1648, namely - Michael, Jared, Thomas and William. They were legatees of Sir Richard Spencer, of London, England, evidently their uncle. Michael settled first in Cambridge, then in Lynn, and owned land also on the Connecticut river. William settled in Cambridge and then went to Hartford, Connecticut. Thomas lived in Cambridge and Hartford.
  • (I) Ensign Jared Spencer, son of Gerrard or Jerrard Spencer, was born in Stotfold, England, and baptized April 28, 1614. ....
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  • Commemorative biographical record of Hartford County, Connecticut : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families (1901) Volume Part 2
  • http://archive.org/details/commemorativebio12jhbe
  • http://archive.org/stream/commemorativebio12jhbe#page/1110/mode/1up
  • Pg. 1110
  • The Spencer family is descended from (I) Michael Spencer and his wife Elizabeth, residents of the parish of Stratford, Bedfordshire, England, the line being traced through twelve generations to our subject.
  • (II) Jerad Spencer, son of Michael, was born in the parish of Stratford, where he was baptized May 20, 1576. He married Alice __, and had five sons, all of whom came to America.
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  • Gerard Spencer
  • M, b. 20 May 1576, d. before May 1646
  • Father Michael Spencer b. c 1530, d. 18 Nov 1599
  • Mother Agnes Lorimer b. c 1533, d. 16 Jun 1562
  • Gerard Spencer was born on 20 May 1576 at Edworth, Bedfordshire, England. He married Alice Whitbread, daughter of Henry Whitbread and Eleanor Radcliffe, on 10 November 1600 at Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, England. Gerard Spencer died before May 1646 at Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England.
  • Family Alice Whitbread b. 7 Oct 1571, d. 20 Nov 1628
  • Children
    • William Spencer+ b. 11 Oct 1601, d. 4 May 1640
    • Michael Spencer+ b. 5 May 1611, d. 6 May 1654
    • Gerard Spencer+ b. 16 Apr 1614, d. 20 Jun 1685
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2337.htm#i70245
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Date of death has also been (erroneously?) reported to be after 1599.


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Michael Spencer's Timeline

May 27, 1530
Edworth, Bedfordshire, England
May 27, 1556
Age 26
Stotfold, Bedford, England
May 27, 1556
Age 26
Stotfold, Bedford, England
April 20, 1557
Age 26
May 27, 1558
Age 28
Edworth, Bedfordshire, England
May 27, 1558
Age 28
Edsworth, Bedfordshire, Eng
July 24, 1560
Age 30
Edworth, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
August 21, 1564
Age 34
Edworth, Bedfordshire, England