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Thomas Spencer (founding father of Hartford), Sargeant

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Cause of death: (age 80)
Place of Burial: Old Center Cemetery, Suffield, CT
Immediate Family:

Son of Gerard Spencer, Sr. and Alice Whitebread
Husband of Sarah Spencer; Ann Spencer and Sarah Spencer
Father of Thomas Lawrence Spencer; Obadiah SPENCER; Samuel SPENCER; Jared Spencer; Sarah Huxley and 5 others
Brother of William Spencer; Richard Spencer; Henry Spencer; Elizabeth Tomlins, Twin; John Spencer and 6 others

Occupation: Surveyor of Highways; Soldier in militia and Pequot War;, Sergeant, Sargeant
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About Sgt. Thomas Spencer

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"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]

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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.
    • FROM NOTES OF GEO. T. SPENCER.
  • 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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  • Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut By Lucius Barnes Barbour
  • 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
  • Pg.555
  • Gerald Spencer s of Michael & Elizabeth bp May 26, 1575
  • Pg. 556
  • (Eng) mar Alice.
  • children:
    • William bp Oct 11, 1601 m. Agnes
    • Thomas bp Mch 29, 1607 m/1 ( ___ ) m/2 Sarah Bearding
    • Michael bp May 5, 1611
    • Gerald bp Apl 25, 1614 m. Hannah
  • William Spencer s of Gerald & Alice bp Oct 11, 1601 (Eng) died 1640 mar Agnes who m William Edwards. Early member 1 ch. Name on Founders Mounument.
  • children: .... etc.
  • Sgt. Thomas Spencer s of Gerald & Alice bp Mch 29, 1607 (Eng) died Sept 11, 1687 mar/1 ( ___ ). Mar/2 Sept 11, 1645 (HTR) Sarah Bearding dau. of Nathaniel Bearding. Early member 1 ch. Name on Founders Mounument.
  • children:
    • Elizabeth bp Mch 26, 1648 (HTR) m. Samuel Andrews
    • Hannah b Apl 25, 1653 (HTR) m/1 George Sexton m/2 Daniel Brainerd (See Brainerd Gen p 32)
    • Marah/Mary b May 18, 1655 (HTR)
    • Martha b Mch 19, 1657-8 (HTR) m. Andrew Benton
  • by 1st Marriage
    • Obadiah m Mary Disbrough
    • Thomas of Enfield m Esther Andrews
    • Samuel
  • by 2nd Marriage
    • Gerald m. Hannah Pratt
    • Sarah m. Thomas Huxley
  • Cambridge; freeman May 14, 1634; removed in 1639 to Hfd, where he was an original proprietor; his home lot in 1639 was on the east side of Main st., near what is now the junction of Main & Windsor Strs.; served in the Pequot War; ....

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The earliest documentation for Thomas puts him in the Colonies by the end of 1633, apparently arriving as a single man. He first settled in Cambridge, Mass and moved by 1636 to Hartford, Conn. This would place him among the earliest of Hartford settlers. He was referred to in his estate papers as "Sergeant Thomas Spencer". He had been a constable in Hartford. I'm not sure if the "Sergeant" refers to his position as "constable" or a military reference. He was a furniture maker and left his son, Jared, his shop and tools. He lived a full and long life and died at the age of 80 years old on Sep 11, 1687, in Hartford, Connecticut. He married first, Anne Dorryfall in 1634, and had three children by her. She died by 1645, leaving three small children. He then married Sarah Bearding in 1645 and they had six more children.

"In the Cambridge inventory of lands on 1 May 1635 'Thomas Spenser' held four parcels: ' in the town onw house with a garden plot and backside about one rood'; two acres in Smalllot Hill; one acre in the Neck; and one acre more in the Neck [CaBOP 7]. The first two of these parcels were purchased by Emond Angier [CaBOP 50]. In the Hartford land inventory in February 1639/30 'Thom[as] Spenser, sergeant at arms. ' held thirteen parcels (some of which he acquired after the date of the inventory): 'one parcel on which his dwelling house now standeth with yards & gardens therein being which was sequestered for Thom[as] Fisher & is now settled on Thom[as] Spenser part whereof he hath sold to Will[ia]m Spenser & now remaineth by estimation one acre'; one acre and two roods in the West Field; three roods in the Soldier's Field; four acres in the North Meadow; one acre and two roods on the east side of the Great River; one acre and one rood on the east side of the Great River 'which is a parcel of that which was sequestered for Mr. Woolcott'; four acres on the east side of the Great River 'which he bought of Will[ia]m Spenser for a parcel of land which lay in the Middle Ox pasture & contained seven acres two roods & was parcel of the said Thom[as] Spenser's land'; three acres and two roods in the cowpasture; five acres and twenty perches in the cowpasture; five acres in the Little Ox pasture 'which he bought of Nath[aniel] Yela for land belonging to the said Thom[as] Spenser'; two acres in the Little Ox pasture 'which he bought of Ric[hard] Goodman' on 24 February 1653; and four acres on the east side of the Great River 'which he bought of Joseph Eston' on 24 February 1653 [Ha BOP 152-54].

In his will, dated 9 September 1686 and proved 26 October 1687, 'Thomas Spencer Senior of Hartford, ... finding the shadows of the evening are stretching over me,' bequeathed to 'my eldest son Obadiah... my housing and land in Hartford, all my lands both meadow and upland on the west side and east side of the Connecticut River' in Hartford (he paying certain legacies), along with some personal goods; to 'my son Thomas' 15; to 'my son Samuel (he having received a good portion of his uncle) all my wearing apparell'; to 'my son Jarrad my shop & tools & 12, all of which are in his hands' ; residue to 'my five daughters Sarah, Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary and Martha, to be equally divided to them by their brother my son Jarrad'; 'my son Obediah Spencer my executor'; Capt. Alyn, Lieut . Caleb Standly and my cousin Samuel Spencer' overseers [Hartford PD Case #5095; Manwaring 1: 365].

The 'inventory of the estate of Sergeant Thomas Spencer who deceased the 11 of September 1687" totalled 139 19s., including 132 in real estate; 'six acres of land on the east side Coneticutt River,' 60; 'four acres of land in the long meadow,' 20; and his homelot and housing,' 50; after listing the few items of personal estate, the appraisers noted that 'the other moveabl e estate wa s distributed by himself and delivered to his daughters most of it in his lifetime and the remainder before the inventory was taken as his executors gave the account of said estate' [Hartford PD Case #5095].

Sources

S1. Bedfordshire parish registers (Stotfold 1559-1812)

S2. Jacobus, Donald Lines, “The Four Spencer Brothers: Their Ancestors and Descendants,” The American Genealogist, Vol. 27-28, 1951

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Thomas SPENCER - bap. Mar. 29, 1607, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England; d. Sep. 11, 1687, Hartford, CT. Son of Gerard SPENCER and Alice WHITBREAD. To Cambridge, MA about 1631 with brothers William, Gerard, and Michael. Freeman May 14, 1634. To Hartford, CT by 1639 as orginal proprietor; chimney viewer 1650; north side constable 1658; surveyor of highways 1672; Sgt. of train band 1650, receiving grant in 1671 for his service in militia and Pequot War. His name appears on Hartford's Founders Monument. Will dated Sep. 9, 1687. Married first Ann DORRYFALL (b. 1610; d. 1645), sister of Barnabas of Braintree, MA. Married second Sep. 11, 1645, Hartford, CT.

Founders Monument (1986), located in the Ancient Burying Ground, also known as the Center Church Cemetery. Image scanned from The Original Proprietors, by the Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford, Inc. (n.d.). Peter Grant, past Governor of the SDFH, wrote in the 1986 Register that:

"The Council of the Founders organized the Ancient Burying Ground Association in 1982 as a committee of the Founders. An earlier organization of the same name was formed in 1836 and erected the Founders Monument in 1837. A brownstone obelisk which listed the names of the city's founders, the monument had deteriorated severly, despite various conservation efforts.

"The Ancient Burying Ground Association determined that it was impossible to restore the 1837 monument. A replacement monument, carved from beautiful, durable Connecticut granite, was dedicated on August 6, 1986. While the new monument retains the size and proportions of the original, the Founders' names are now listed in alphabetical order. Several names, omitted from the 1837 monument, are now included."

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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 brother 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.

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  • Genealogical Notes First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts
  • http://www.archive.org/details/genealogicalnote00good
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/genealogicalnote00good#page/205/mode/1up
  • Sergeant Thomas Spencer, one of the first settlers of Hartford, Conn. , was twice married. 1. To ___. 2. To Sarah Bearding , daughter of Nathaniel Bearding , also one of the first settlers of Hartford , September 11, 1645 .
  • Sergeant Thomas Spencer died September 11, 1687 , aged ___.
  • Children,- by his first wife.
    • I. Obadiah , born
    • II. Thomas , born
    • III. Samuel , born
  • Children,-by his second wife.
    • IV. Jared , born
    • V. Sarah , born Married Thomas Huxley .
    • VI. Elizabeth , bap. March 26, 1648 . Married Samuel Andrews , of Hartford
    • VII. Hannah , born April 25, 1653 .
    • VIII. Mary , born May 20, 1655 .
    • IX. Martha , born May 19, 1657 . Married a Benton .
    • SECOND GENERATION
  • I. OBADIAH SPENCER, of Hartford, Conn., was married to Mary Disborough, daughter of Nicholas Disborough,* one of the first settler of Hartford. ..... etc.
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/genealogicalnote00good#page/206/mode/1up
  • Mrs. Mary Spencer died ___.
  • Mr. Obadiah Spencer died 1712.
  • Children, - named in his will.
    • .... etc.
    • SECOND GENERATION
  • II. Thomas Spencer , of Suffield, Conn. , was married to Esther Andrews , daughter of William Andrews , of Hartford, Conn.
  • Mr. Thomas Spencer died -.
  • His widow, Mrs. Esther Spencer , died March 6, 1698 .
  • .... etc.

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  • In America many Spencers have been traced back genetically to four Spencer brothers: William Spencer 1601–1640, Thomas Spencer 1607–1687, Michael Spencer 1611–1653, and Gerard Spencer 1614–1685.[55][56]
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_(surname)

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Biographical Summary:


Sergeant Thomas Spencer, Cambridge; freeman, May 14, 1634; removed in 1637 to Hartford, where he was one of the original proprietors; his home-lot in 1639 was on the east side of Main St., near what is now the junction of Main and Windsor Streets.; he served in the Pequot War; chimney-viewer, 1650; constable, north side, 1658; surveyor of highways, 1672; he was sergeant of the trainband in 1650, and received in 1671 a grant of 60 acres, "for his good service in the country." He married (1)____;(2) September 11, 1645, Sarah, only child of Nathaniel Boarding, of Hartford. He died September 11, 1687.

Children of 1st wife:

i. Obadiah, Hartford; freeman, 1658; married Mary, daughter of Nicholas Disborough; died 1712.

ii. Thomas; freeman, 1658; married Esther, daughter of William Andrews, of Hartford; removed to Suffield.

iii. Samuel.

Children of 2d wife:

iv. Gerard, Hartford; married December 22, 1680, Hannah, daughter of John Pratt, Jr., of Hartford; died 1712.

v. Sarah, married Thomas Huxley, of Suffield; died October 24, 1712.

vi. Elizabeth, baptized March 26, 1648; in.. Samuel Andrews, of Hartford, vii. Hannah, born April 15,1653.

vii. Mary, born May 18, 1655.

ix. Martha, born March 19, 1657-8; married Benton.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 259. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

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Thomas SPENCER - bap. Mar. 29, 1607, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England; d. Sep. 11, 1687, Hartford, CT. Son of Gerard SPENCER and Alice WHITBREAD. To Cambridge, MA about 1631 with brothers William, Gerard, and Michael. Freeman May 14, 1634. To Hartford, CT by 1639 as orginal proprietor; chimney viewer 1650; north side constable 1658; surveyor of highways 1672; Sgt. of train band 1650, receiving grant in 1671 for his service in militia and Pequot War. His name appears on Hartford's Founders Monument. Will dated Sep. 9, 1687. Married first Ann DORRYFALL (b. 1610; d. 1645), sister of Barnabas of Braintree, MA. Married second Sep. 11, 1645, Hartford, CT.

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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) Vol. part 1
  • http://archive.org/details/commemorativebio15jhbe
  • http://archive.org/stream/commemorativebio15jhbe#page/129/mode/1up
  • .... etc
  • (I) Thomas Spencer, who with his wife came to Hartford in the company of Thomas Hooker. He was representative to the General Court, and had a grant of land given him for his services.
  • (II) Samuel Spencer, son of the above, moved to Windham (now Scotland), Connecticut.
  • (III) John Spencer, son of Samuel, born in Windham, died a violent death during the raising of a church, and is furied in Scotland. He had five sons in the Revolutionary war.
  • (IV) Jonathan Spencer, son of John, born in Windham, was one of those who "turned out" at the "Lexington Alarm." He marriad a Miss Brown, of Brooklyn, Connecticut.
  • (V) Ichabod Spencer, .... etc.

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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
  • MRS. HARRIET ARABELLA (SPENCER) FULLER .... etc.
  • The Spencer family is descended from (I) Michael Spencer and his wife Elizabeth, ....
  • (II) Jerad Spencer, son of Michael, ... married Alice .... children Thomas, John, William, Jerad, Michael
  • (III) Thomas Spencer, known as Sergeant Thomas, was the progenitor of the Suffield branch. He was born March 27, 1607, at the old home in Bedfordshire, England, and on coming to America with his four brothers located first at Cambridge, Mass., in 1632. In 1635 he removed to Hartford with Rev. Thomas Hooker's company, being among the first settlers in that town. He served in the Pequot war in 1637, being promoted to the rank of sergeant, and later he received a grant of sixty acres of land for his good service. By his first wife, he had three children: Adaiah, Thomas and Samuel. By the second there were six children, viz.: Jarad; Sarah, who married Thomas Huxley; Elizabeth, who married Samuel Andrews, of Hartford; Hannah; Mary; and Martha, who married a Mr. Benton.
  • (IV) Thomas Spencer, the next in the line of descent, was born in Hartford, Conn., and settled at Suffield, Conn., in time to be made a voter at the first town meeting. He located on a tract of land known as the "Norton & Morgan Place," on Main street, originally High street, and there engaged in farming. He died July 23, 1689, and was buried in Suffield. His wife Esther (Andrews), daughter of William Andrews, died in Suffield March 6, 1698. They had seven children: Abigail, Thomas, Samuel, William, Anna, Elizabeth and Esther.
  • (V) Samuel Spencer was born in Suffield, where he was engaged in farming many years, his death occurring Nov. 23, 1743. he was married, March 18, 1700, to Elizabeth Mancroft, a daughter of Daniel Mancroft, of Roxbury, Mass., and two children were born to them: .... etc.

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  • Sgt Thomas Spencer
  • Birth: Mar. 29, 1607 Bedfordshire, England
  • Death: Sep. 11, 1687 Glastonbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Thomas, Cambridge MA; freeman, May 14, 1634; removed in 1637 to Hartford, CT, where he was one of the original proprietors; his home lot in 1639 was on the east side of Main Street, near what is now the junction of Main and Windsor Streets; he served in the Pequot War; chimney-viewer, 1650; constable, north side, 1658; surveyor of highways, 1672; he was sergeant of the trainband in 1650, and received in 1671 a grant for 60 acres, "for his good service in the country".
  • The progenitor of the Suffield's Spencer family is memorialized on a large family monument.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Gerard Spencer (1576 - 1646)
  • Alice Whitebread Spencer (1572 - 1682)
  • Spouses:
  • Anna Dorryfall Spencer*
  • Sarah Bearding Spencer*
  • Children:
    • Thomas Spencer (1641 - 1689)*
    • Sarah Spencer Huxley (1647 - 1712)*
    • Hannah Spencer Sexton (1653 - 1715)*
  • Burial: Old Center Cemetery, Suffield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 18828294
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18828294

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  • Sgt Thomas Spencer
  • Birth: Mar. 29, 1607 Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
  • Death: Sep. 11, 1687 Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Sgt. Thomas,1 Spencer, s. of Gerard,A Spencer and Alice Whitbred (q.v. Whitbread), bapt. Mar. 29, 1607 at Stotfold, Bedfordshire, Eng. He d. testate Sept. 11, 1687 at Hartford, Conn., Æ 81.
  • Any claim that Thomas, along with his three Spencer brothers, arrived on one of the ships known as the "Winthrop Fleet" and specifically the "Mary & John" is not true, as neither of the four brothers arrived at New England prior to 1631. The term "Winthrop Fleet" applies only to those who arrived on one of the ships that sailed by the Spring of 1630 and were part of Gov. John Winthrop's 1630 Mass. Bay Company fleet.
  • Sgt. Thomas first settled at Cambridge, Mass. where in 1633 he received a grant of a homelot, was made a freeman of the Mass. Bay May 14, 1634 (implying he had joined the Cambridge church), and received an additional grant of land at Cambridge in 1635. He removed to Hartford, Conn. by 1639 where he was a member of the Hartford First Church and his name is on the Hartford Founders Monument. In 1639 his homelot was on the east side of what was later Main St. near the junction of Windsor Street. According to the 1640 replicated map of Hartford, his lot adjoined the south side of his older brother William's lot. He served in the 1637 Pequot Indian War and in 1650 was elected Sergeant of Hartford's train(ing) band. In 1671 he received a grant of 60 acres "for his good service in the country." His will dated Sept. 9, 1686 at Hartford was proved Oct. 26, 1687.
  • At Sgt. Thomas Spencer's death, the only cemetery within the then limits of Hartford was the one adjoining the Hartford 1st Church, now known as Hartford's Ancient Cemetery, where he was undoubtedly interred. The Hale Connecticut Cemetery Database inappropriately infers that Sgt. Thomas was interred at Suffield, Conn. due to a lack of genealogical understanding by the person who in the 1930s inventoried the cenotaph monument of the Suffield descendants of Corp. Thomas,2 Spencer Jr. (Sgt. Thomas,1). At the time of Sgt. Thomas Spencer's death at Hartford, Suffield was barely a settled town of Mass., and did not secede from Mass. and become part of Conn. until 1749.
  • On an unknown date after Nov. 2, 1634, Thomas m. 1) Ann Derifield (q.v. Doryfall, etc.), sister of Barnabas Derifield of Braintree, Mass. She, "aged 24 yeeres," departed in late April 1634 aboard the Elizabeth of Ipswich (Mr. William Edwards, Master) and was admitted to the Boston Church Nov. 2, 1634 as "Ann Derifall, our brother Wm. Coddington's maid servant." Assuming Ann was obligated to serve Coddington for a minimum of three years and could not marry while in his service, she and Thomas Spencer likely m. not earlier than late 1637, which is complemented by the earliest likely date of birth of her first child, son Obadiah in circa 1638. They had the following three known children. Based on the recorded age at death of Samuel, the birth order of Thomas' children by Ann is different than normally written:
    • • i. Obadiah Spencer (called eldest son in his father's will), b. circa 1638, d. testate at Hartford betw. May 2 and May 6, 1712 (date of codicil to his June 22, 1709 will; date of invt.); m. circa 1666 at Hartford, Mary Disborough (q.v. Desbrough), who d. before Obadiah wrote his will in June 1709, dau. of Nicholas Disborough and Mary Bronson, b. circa 1641 at Hartford. Seven children of the family.
    • • ii. Samuel Spencer, b. circa 1639, d. Jan. 8, 1726/7 at Windham, Conn., "age about 88" [i.e., Ætatis 88]; m. Sarah ---, who d. at Windham Apr. 15, 1733, "age about 73." Four children of the family.
    • • iii. Corp. Thomas Spencer, Jr., b. circa 1641, d. July 23, 1689 at Suffield (age not stated), until 1749 part of Hampshire County, Mass., but now in Conn.; m. Esther Andrews, dau. of William Andrews and Abigail Graves, b. Sept. 1641 at Hartford. She d. Mar. 6, 1697/8 at Suffield, Mass, now in Conn. Six known children of the family.
  • On Sept. 11, 1645 at Hartford, Thomas m. 2) Sarah Bearding, daughter of Nathaniel Bearding. Based on her father Nathaniel's will dated Jan. 7, 1673/4 at Hartford, Sarah may have been dead by the latter date. She certainly d. before Sept. 9, 1686, the date Sgt. Thomas wrote his will. Their children were:
    • • iv. Sarah Spencer, b. circa 1646, d. Oct. 24, 1712 at Suffield, Mass.; m. Sgt. Thomas Huxley of Hartford, Conn. who d. July 21, 1721 at Suffield, Mass.
    • • v. Elizabeth Spencer, bapt. Mar. 26, 1648 at Hartford (1st Ch.), d. aft. Feb. 5, 1711/2; m. Samuel Andrews, brother of her half-brother Thomas Spencer's wife Esther, b. Oct. 20, 1645 at Hartford. He d. testate at Hartford betw. Jan. 1 and 29, 1711/2 (date of will, date of invt.). Six children of the family.
    • • vi. Jared Spencer, b. circa 1650-51, d. testate at Hartford betw. Mar. 15 and Apr 4, 1712 (date of will, date on invt.); m. Dec. 22, 1680 at Hartford, Hannah Pratt, dau. of John Pratt of Hartford, b. there Nov. 25, 1658. She d. at Hartford Oct. 22, 1692. Nine children of the family.
    • • vii. Hannah Spencer, b. Apr. 15, 1653, m. (1) George Sexton, Jr. and 2) Nov. 29, 1698 at Hartford (1st Ch. Rec.) as his 3rd wife, the immigrant Daniel Brainerd, widower of Hannah's 1st cousin Hannah2 Spencer (Ens. Gerard,1 Gerard,A) of Haddam.
    • • viii. Mary Spencer, b. May 18, 1655, d. Nov. 4, 1690 at Westfield, Mass.; m. Oct. 7, 1675 at Westfield as his 2nd wife, Thomas Roote, s. of John Roote, b. 1648 at Farmington, Conn. He d. Aug. 16, 1709 at Westfield, Mass. Both are interred with common gravestone at Somers, Conn. Seven children of the marriage recorded at Westfield, Mass.
    • • ix. Martha Spencer, b. Mar. 19, 1657/8, d. at Hartford aft. 1698 but before Feb. 1703/4; m. circa 1677 at Hartford, Andrew Benton, Jr., s. of Andrew Benton and Hannah Stocking, bapt. Aug. 12, 1653 at Milford, Conn. He d. intestate and insolvent Feb. 5, 1703/4 at Hartford. Nine children of the family.
  • Edited and expanded 12/14/2015
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Gerard Spencer (1576 - 1646)
  • Alice Whitbread Spencer (1578 - 1628)
  • Spouse:
  • Sarah Bearding Spencer (1624 - 1685)*
  • Children:
    • Obadiah Spencer (1638 - 1712)*
    • Elizabeth Spencer Andrews (1648 - 1712)*
    • Jarrett Spencer (1651 - 1712)*
    • Mary Spencer Roote (1655 - 1690)*
    • Martha Spencer Benton (1657 - 1703)*
  • Siblings:
  • William Spencer (1601 - 1640)*
  • Elizabeth Spencer Tomlins (1602 - ____)*
  • Thomas Spencer (1607 - 1687)
  • Michael Spencer (1611 - 1653)*
  • Gerard Spencer (1614 - 1685)*
  • Burial: Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 40275474
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40275474

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  • BEARDING, Sarah
  • b. ABT 1623
  • d. 11 SEP 1685 Hartford, CT.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1640 Hartford, CT.
  • Spouse: SPENCER, Thomas
  • b. 29 MAR 1607 Stortford, England
  • d. 11 SEP 1687 Hartford, CT.
  • Children:
    • SPENCER, Thomas
    • SPENCER, Sarah
    • SPENCER, Elizabeth
    • SPENCER, Jared
    • SPENCER, Hannah
    • SPENCER, Mary
    • SPENCER, Martha
  • From: http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_7a5.htm#9

_____________ Stotfold Stotfold is a small town and civil parish in the English county of Bedfordshire. In the 19th century, Stotfold was regarded as a wealthy place. The saying was that to live in Stotfold, one has to have £100 and a pig. Wikipedia

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Sgt. Thomas Spencer's Timeline

1607
March 29, 1607
Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
March 29, 1607
St. Mary's, Stotford, Bedfordshire, England
March 29, 1607
Stotford, Bedfordshire, England
March 29, 1607
Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
March 29, 1607
Stotfold,Bedford,England
March 29, 1607
St Mary's, Stotfold, Bedforshire, England
March 29, 1607
St Mary's, Stotfold, Bedforshire, England
1639
1639
Age 31
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
1641
September 6, 1641
Age 34
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, America
1643
1643
Age 35
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA