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Gerard Spencer

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  • Name Gerard Spencer 
    Born 16 Apr 1614  Stotfold, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 25 Apr 1614  St Mary's Parish, Stotfold, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Jun 1685  Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 03 Sep 1685  Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2501  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2014 

    Father Gerard Spencer,   b. 20 May 1576, Stotfold, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1646, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 69 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Alice Whitbread,   b. Abt 1578, Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1628, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 10 Nov 1600  St Mary's Parish, Upper Gravenhurst, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1018  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Hannah Hills,   b. Abt 1616, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1692, East Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 17 Dec 1636  Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mehitable Spencer,   b. Abt 1638,   d. 1691, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
     2. John Spencer,   b. 17 Aug 1638, Stotfold, co. Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Aug 1682, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     3. Hannah Spencer,   b. 1640, Stotfold, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Apr 1715, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     4. Mara Alice Spencer,   b. Abt 1642, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 22 Dec 1714  (Age ~ 72 years)
     5. Sarah Spencer,   b. Abt 1644, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1707  (Age ~ 64 years)
     6. Elizabeth Spencer,   b. Abt 1646,   d. 20 Aug 1688, Saybrook, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
     7. Thomas Spencer,   b. 1648, , , , Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1699, Saybrook, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     8. Timothy Spencer,   b. 1646, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1704, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     9. Ruth Spencer,   b. Abt 1654, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1744, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years)
     10. William Spencer,   b. Abt 1656, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 06 Feb 1730, East Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     11. Nathaniel Spencer,   b. Abt 1655, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1722, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
     12. Rebecca Spencer,   b. Abt 1660, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1706, Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years)
     13. Samuel Gerrard Spencer,   b. Abt 1650,   d. 07 Aug 1705, Dddd Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
    Family ID F1011  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Rebecca Porter,   b. 16 Sep 1630, Felstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jan 1682, Saybrook, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 1677  Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1017  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • REF: Gregory S Strong's Genealogy Gregory S Strong
      http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=actuarius&id=I15257

      REF: CANNEY/PECKHAM GENEALOGY Susan P. Canney
      http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=canney&id=I14790

      His will was proved 3 September 1685. He arrived at Cambridge, MA about 1631 with his brothers William and Thomas and settled at Lynn, MA. He removed to Hartford, CT and about 1660 to Haddam, CT. Freeman at Cambridge 1634; Juryman in 1638; Ensign of train band in 1656 and Grand Juror in 1659 at Lynn; Ensign in 1672, serving in the militia in King Philip's War, Representative in 1674/5 and Deputy to General Court in 1678-80. He may have married second after 1677 to Rebecca Porter bapt. 16 Sep 1630.

      REF:
      Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
      (Hartford District),
      Charles W. Manwaring,
      Hartford, 1902,
      Vol 1, p 363
      Spencer, Jarrad, Ensign, Haddam. Invt. 124-12-00 of Estate not disposed of by Will. Taken 29 June, 1685, by Joseph Arnot & Alexander Rollo. Will dated 17 September 1683.
      The last Will of Ensign Jarrad Spencer of Haddam; I give unto my son William the Land which I bought of Steven Luxford's estate. How I come by it the Court Record will show. I give unto my son William 1-3 part of 48 acres lying by that wch was commonly called Welles his Brook. I give to my son Nathaniel my now Dwelling house wth the Lott that was the Houselott, with an Addition lying by the side of it, granted by the Committe. I give unto my daughter Rebeckah that Houselott I bought of Thomas Smith. Likewise I give unto my daughter Rebeckah 1-3 part of the Lott by Welles his Brook. I give unto my son Thomas 40 acres on Matchamodus Side. I give unto my son Thomas his son, Jarrad Spencer by name, my Rapier. I give unto my son Timothy Spencer the remainder of that 6 score acre lott whereoff his 2 brothers had their shares. The other 6 score thereof I dispose of as followeth: To Grace Spencer, the daughter of my son John Spencer, 40 acres; to Alice Brooks, the daughter of my daughter Brooks, 40 acres; to Grace Spencer, the daughter of my son Samuel Spencer, I give the other 40 acres. I give unto Jarred Cone, the son of my daughter Cone, my Carbine. A pewter Flagon and Urim Bason I give to the Church at Haddam, if there be one within five years. It is my Will that my son John Spencer his Children and my son-in-law Daniel Cone, his Children have an equal proportion of my Estate with my other Children. It is my Will that however my Estate falls out for portions to my Children, that my daughter Ruth Clarke'' portion shall be 15, which was my Covenant with her father at her marriage, which 15 she hath received some part thereof, as my Books will testify; & to son Joseph Clarke I give him 40 acres of land at Matchemodus. It is the humble request of Jarrad Spencer that the honoured Major John Talcott and Capt. John Allyn would be pleased to oversee this his Will. I appoint my two sons Daniel Brainard and William Spencer Adms. To the Estate.
      Witness: John James Jarrad Spencer
      Joseph Arnot

      Court Record, Page 111-3 September, 1685: Adms. To Daniel Braynard and William Spencer, with the Will annexed.

      Text: The American Genealogist 1951
      Text: Spencer Family of Bedfordshire, Eng and East Haddam, Ct. by Herbert R. Spencer
      Text: Heritage Books Inc. CD "Early Records of Hartford, CT"
      Text: Connecticut Nutmegger, Sept 1997

      REF: The Descendents of Henry G. Spencer George Spencer
      http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=george&id=I91

      He was named a freeman in Lynn, MA March 9, 1637. He was granted the use and operation of the ferry service, Lynn, MA Mar 1639. He was elected to Haddam CT about 1660 when his son John is named a proprietor of Haddam. Haddam CT land deed from Stephen Backus toDaniel Brainerd, "given by Stephen Backus with my Sarah of Norwich, CT to Daniel Brainerd of Haddam, once acre that fell to us by portion of the estate of our father, Gerard Spencer. He was named freeman of CT,and elected to Ensign of militia circa 1672. He was elected to Representative to Ct General Court circa 1674-1675.
      From Virkus, Vol1, The abridged compendium of American Genealogy pg 991, Came from England with his brother William, and Rev. Thomas Hooker, to Newton,MA, 1633; a founder of Hartford, CT. 1636; ensign Train band, Lynn,MA, 1656, and rep. Gen. Ct ., 1674, served in King Phillips Wars. From NE Marriages prior to 1700; Torrey (?) m: 1st Hannah (?) ca 1637. m: 2nd wife Rebecca (Porter) Clark, widow of John aft 1677, resided Haddam, CT.
      Source: From a letter by Jack T. Spencer (address, etc,elsewhere) states the Gerard did not go to Hartford until many years after he settled at Lynn. He did not go to Hartford with THOMAS, for that matter neither did WILLIAM. (He is correctly a statement in a article entitled BUTLER-SPENCER CONNECTION, which appeared on page 1,vol 17 Feb 1993) In Love's History of Hartford, THOMAS was at Hartford early in 1637 and WILLIAM in 1638. The latter date agrees with the General Court Records where WILLIAM does not appear as Secretary subsequent to 1638. He also states that GERARD does not appear in the Hartford land records until 1661 and then only for a brief period (until 1663). During this short interval he was awaiting approval for a charter at Haddam.
      Source: From Colonial Families of the UnitedStates. Emigrated to America, 1638, from Stotfold, England; settled in Cambridge, MA; removed to Hartford, CT. Was Captain of train band and served as member of the General Court of Ct, 1674, '74, '79, '79','80, '83. Served in King Philip's Wr. He was the son of Gerard, b.1576, who was son of Michael, who was the son of John, d. 1558, who was descended from the Spencers of Southmylls (established by investigations of Rev. John Holding, M.A. Canterbury, Vicar of Stotfold), who were descend from Robert De Le Spencer, Steward to William the Conqueror, 1066. Source: From "Early Settlers of New York State" by Janet Wethy Foley, V1 and V2, orignally published serially:vol 1 1934 - vol 9 1942. Available thru Genealogy Publishing Co.,Baltimore, MD Gerard came in 1632 with Rev. Thomas Hooker, and was one of the first settlers of Haddam, CT. Some of the information on Gerard's children taken from: Mrs Louise M. Birnbaumer 33 WestCalvert St. Lincoln, NB SLC LDS Film #0496485 Oct 1969
      Source:NEHGR Oct 1941, #95, pp: 350-351 Baptized at St. Mary's Parish,Stotfold, co. Bedford, Eng., 25 April 1614, immigrated to New England in 1630, lived at Cambriddge until 1637, moved to Lynn, thence to Hartford in 1660, and finally settled in 1662 at Haddam, where he died between 17 Sept 1683, the date of his will, and 1685, the year of its proving, an ensign in the Lynn militia in 1636, a freeman in 1637, a deputy from Haddam in the General Court from 1674 to 1680.
      Source: A Spencer Genealogy. The Descent from Gerard of Haddam, Conn. Harold L.Spencer, 1977, FHL 929.273 sp332, pp 18-19, 26-27, 37-38, 113-114.Will dated 17 September 1683, proved 3 September 1685. Gerard settled in Lynn, Mass., later came to Hartford and thence to Haddam, Conn.There are several good accounts of him and his family in print, but some of them omit the daughter Sarah, proved by an undated deed in Haddam Deeds (1:49) given by "Steuen Bacas with my weif Sarah of Norwich" to Danial Brainerd of Haddam of one acre "that fell us by portion of the estat of our father Garrard Spencer." The second marriage is suggested for Gerard because there was, by elimination, no other adult Spencer in CT of proper age to be the widow Clark's husband (and unencumbered with a wife know to be living) except his brother Thomas, who was an older man and resident at a greater distance from Saybrook. Nevertheless, she may have been a third wife of Sergt. Thomas Spencer. All that the records disclose is that she died under the name of Spencer, and the loss of the early New London probate records where her estate was settled may leave it forever a matter of conjecture who her Spencer husband was. Gerard's will does not even name all his children, and lack of reference to a wife may be explained in either of two ways. A second wife may have been provided for by prenuptial agreement, or such a marriage may have occurred after the will was made. Since the publication of Goodwin's Genealogical Notes in 1856, the early wife of Gerard who was the mother of his children has always been named as Hannah. The present compiler follows these authorities, though confessing that he has not seen an original or quoted contemporary record so naming her. Still, such a record may exist. The birth dates as signed to the children below are mostly guesses. Gerard was at Cambridge, MS in 1631 where he owned land on the south side of the river. Soon after 1631he moved to Lynn, MS where, in 1635, he was a journeyman; he was granted the ferry in 1638-1640 by a General Court in Boston. He was appointed administrator of his brother Micahels estate in 1653; was chosen Ensign in the Train Band, 1656, and in 1659 was on the Grand Jury. At this time Gerard and his son John were amoung the 28 purchasers of land which eventually became Haddam, CT, on the CT River. Our Spencer heritage in America could be considered to have it's origin here in this small village where Gerard raised his family,and lived out his life, and left many descendants of whom some yet remain in the Haddam area.

      Additonal Information:

      The first mention of Gerrard is in the Cambridge Town records "in the prime of Sept. 1634, Lots granted one west side River-Gerrad Spencer 4 ackrs." He removed to Lynn, MA with his brother Michael in 1638 and operated the local ferry. In 1661 he was one of the 28 purchasers of the town of Haddam. He was commissioned an Ensign for the town of Haddam on Sept 14, 1675.

      Colonial Records of CT, list a "Ensigne Jarrad Spencer as a freeman." This entry was made at a Court session held in Hartford, June 26,1672.

      At page 260-61 of the Colonial Records of CT., vol 2, Ens. Gerrard Spencer is listed as a deputy at a "General Court by Speciall Order of the Gouernor, " which met on July 9, 1675.

      Abbrev: 1st settlers of CT & MA
      Title: Genealogical Notes Contributions to the family history of some of thefist settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts BibliographicInformation: Goodwin, Nathaniel, Genealogical Notes, F.A. Brown,Hartford, CT 1856
      Text: DESCENDANTS IN THE LINE OF WILLIAM SPENCER, SON OF JARED SPENCER, THESETTLER.
      THIRD GENERATION. VII.