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John Spencer

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  • Name John Spencer 
    Born 1505  St Albans, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 09 Jun 1558  Edworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 09 Jun 1558  Edworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2552  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2014 

    Father John Spencer,   b. 1478, South Mylles, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1532, South Mylles, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Christian Baker,   b. Abt 1474, Cope, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1532, Rarvenham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married Bef 1495  South Mylles, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1047  Group Sheet

    Family Anne Merrill,   b. Abt 1509, Edworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1560, Edworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Married Edworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Michael Spencer,   b. Between 1530 and 1535, Edworth and Statford Court, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1583, Biggleswade, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
     2. John Spencer,   b. 1555,   d. 1560, Edworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
     3. Gerard Spencer,   b. 1543, Edworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1577, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     4. William Spencer,   b. 1545
    Family ID F1046  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Text: The American Genealogist Vol. 27
      Text: The American Genealogist 1951
      His will was proved 21 April 1561 Edworth, co. Bedford, England.

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

      John was called "senior" at burial. The recorder in entering the burial of Ann Spencer, widow, paid her respect by the following tribute: "the good hospitallity keeper; and she did give to the township of Edworth ii of her best beasts, to be let to the pore folks in the town for iii s. a cow and the parson and church warden to have the letting of them and the distributing of the money to the poor and to see the stock maintained each of them to have iiii d. of the vi s. for their pains to see this truly done according to her last will." Her will dated 13 June 1560, proved 21 April 1561, calls her Widow, in Edworth, Bedfordshire and names her Gerard (age 17); son Michael, to have the chest that was his brothers John's; John Spencer, so Michaels child, to have 20 Marks, Elizabeth Lymer, to have 4 Marks at marriage; Alice Aystin, to have a callf; servants; for the mending of "London Brygge Waye" 10s.; brother Edward's children, to have the 1 Mark that he borrowed of her; Nicholas Merrll and John Meryll his brother, to have the barley their father gave her sons; and the poor of Edworth, to have the gift already mentined. Michael Spencer was a witness. From this will we gain the impression that our Spencer family at the period was of the yeoman class, and somewhat better off than the average village family of the time and place. Whether they wer in origin a younger branch of an older gentry family, or a more humble clan which by industry and good fortune had improved its lot, we are not in a position to affirm. It would be necessary to prove the parentage and more remote ancestry of John Spencer, Sr, by documentary evidence, before claiming any specific connection with any other Spencer family in England. From the terms of the will, it would seem that Anne's brother was Edward Merryll or Merrill and that this was her maiden name. A search of Merrill wills might confirm this conjecture. The above was taken from: The American Genealogist, Whole Nr. 105, Vol 27, Nr. 1, Jan. 1951 ***Additional notes**** According to Mr. Holding, John was a son of John Spencer of South Mylls. From an extensive search of records in Bedfordshire Mr Holding ascertained to his satisfaction that John Spencer, the 18th in descent from Robert the steward of King William, was the John Spencer who resided at St.Albans, England in the 1553, and who later moved to Kempton and Edworth, Bedfordshire, and is the ancestor of the Massachusetts and Connecticutt Spencers. In the year 1553 a Royal charter was given to the town of St. Albans by Edward VI. One of the chief burgesses or alderman was John Spencer. Shortly afterwards he moved to Edworth, where he died a few years later, in 1558, and where his family resided. He was buried at Edworth. In the parish register is this entry: John Spencer, Senior Buried June 9,1558 Anne Spencer died June 16, 1560. She left a will bequeathing her property to her children, and to certain public charities. The Will is set forth at length in the brochure of the Rev. John Holding. He says: "There is every indication that previous to his advent at Edworth. John resided at St.Albans, where he was held in such high esteem as to be chosen one of the first chief burgesses of that town, and as such is named in the Royal charter granted to that town by King Edward VI in 1533." From research made by Mr. Holding it appears that John Spencer occupied a farm of about 600 acres at Edworth, as lessee of Robert Parry of Ellington, who was then lord of the Manor. Writing of the Will of Anne Spencer, Mr Holding says: "It is interesting as showing the position in life she occupied, and her kindly, thought nature. The ennumeration of stock and chattels, and her bequests certainly show that the family was at least that of a prosperous gentleman." "She nowhere makes mention of land or tenements belonging to her. There is only the lease of the farm which evidently refers to the ones of which she was then the tenent, and which is handed on to her oldest son Michael." Regarding the Edworth farm Mr Holding says: "Edworth is a parish on the borders of Hertfordshire, and is situatied half way between Baldock and Biggleswade. There have always been two large farms in Edworth, comprising really the whole land in the parish, with the exception of about 8 acres glebeland attached to the rectory, giving a totla of about 1122 acres." "So that the Spencer farm would cover about 600 acres in extent, a large farm even at that present time, and gave employment to half the laboring poor of the place. The Hall, where the Spencers resided, is still standing, although much modernized. It is now occupied a gentleman named 'Smyth'." In 1923, H.R. Spencer, author of the Spencers of East Haddam, visited Edworth. The old church is still standing, in the same shape as when John and Anne Spencer worshipped there. The old Baptismal font is still in use-the same font at which the Spencer children were christened. The church register is still in a good state of preservation, and dates back several hundred years prior to the time when John and Anne Spencer resided there. Original entries show the dates of christening the Spencer children, and the date of the death of both John and Anne Spencer. There is nothing in the churchyard to indicated at what precise spot John and his wife are buried. On the interior wall of the church H.R. Spencer placed a brass tablet containing the words: In Memoriam John and Anne Spencer 1558-1560

      BIRTH & DEATH & MARRIAGE:
      Title: The Four Spencer Brothers Their Ancestors and Descendants
      Author: Jacobus, Donald Lines
      Date: 1951
      Text: p. 80