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Spence Monroe

Also Known As: "Andrew Spence Monroe", "Spence Munroe"
Birthplace: Mill Hill On Monroe Creek, Westmoreland, Virginia, British Colonial America
Death: February 16, 1774 (46-47)
Monroe Farm, Westmoreland, Virginia, British Colonial America
Place of Burial: Monroe Hall, Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States of America
Immediate Family:

Son of Andrew Monroe and Christian(a) Monroe
Husband of Elizabeth "Eliza" Monroe
Father of James Monroe, 5th President of the USA; Elizabeth Buckner; Spence Monroe, Jr.; Elizabeth Monroe; Andrew Augustine Monroe and 5 others
Brother of Eleanor Bankhead; George Monroe; Ella Jane Monroe; Joseph James Monroe; Anne Monroe and 4 others
Half brother of Susanna Grayson and John H. Monroe, Sr.

Occupation: Planter, carpenter
Notable Kin: James Monroe, 5th Pres.
Managed by: Private User
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About Spence Monroe

Spence Monroe (1727–1774), son of Andrew Monroe & Christian Tyler, was a moderately prosperous planter who also learned the carpentry trade.

He married Elizabeth Jones (1730–1774), daughter of James Jones & Hester Davis, in 1752.

They had four children live to maturity:

  1. Elizabeth Monroe Buckner - b 1754. of Caroline County, Virginia. Married William Buckner.
  2. James Monroe - was born on April 28, 1758, in a wooded area of Westmoreland County, Virginia. The site is marked and is one mile from what is known today as Monroe Hall, Virginia. Married Elizabeth Kortright.
  3. Spence Monroe, Jr. - b 1759. Died at age 1.
  4. Andrew Monroe - d 1836. of Albemarle County, Virginia. Married Ann Bell.
  5. Joseph Jones Monroe - b 1764. clerk of the District Court of Northumberland County, Virginia; private secretary to President Monroe; later settled in Missouri. Married 1) Elizabeth Kerr 2) Sarah Gordon 3) Elizabeth Glasscock


From James Monroe 5th President, 1817-1825

Spence Monroe traced his ancestry back to King Edward III of England. James Monroe's great-grandfather had fought at the side of Charles I in the English Civil Wars before being taken prisoner and exiled to Virginia in 1649. James Monroe's branch of the family immigrated to America from Scotland in the mid-17th century. In 1650, Major Andrew Monroe, son of David Munro of Katewell, patented a large tract of land in Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia. He later built Monrovia, also known as Monroe Hall, on Monroe Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River near present day Colonial Beach, Virginia. This estate became the plantation that generations of Monroes would cultivate. Major Monroe died in 1668, leaving six heirs, one of whom was William, father of Andrew. Andrew Monroe married Christian Tyler and they had seven children, including Spence Monroe, father of James.

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Spence Monroe's Timeline

Mill Hill On Monroe Creek, Westmoreland, Virginia, British Colonial America
February 14, 1750
Knob Fork, Grayson, Virginia
Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA
Westmoreland, Virginia, British Colonial America
Westmoreland County, Virginia, British Colonial America
April 28, 1758
Monroe's Creek, Westmoreland County, Virginia, British Colonial America
Monroe's Creek, Westmoreland County, Province of Virginia, British Colonial America
Westmoreland County, Virginia
Rhode Island, United States