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Anne Merrill

Female Abt 1509 - Bef 1560  (~ 50 years)


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  • Name Anne Merrill 
    Born Abt 1509  Edworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Bef 1560  Edworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Edworth Cem., Edworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2553  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2014 

    Father Michael Gerrard,   b. 1479, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F1048  Group Sheet

    Family John Spencer,   b. 1505, St Albans, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jun 1558, Edworth, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 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 
    • She might have been Anne Gerrard, the daughter of Michael Gerrard.
      Her will was proved 21 April 1561 Edworth, co. Bedford, England.

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

      REF: http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=bmills&id=I12850
      Birth: ABT 1509 in Of,Edworth,Bedfordshire,England
      Death: 10 JUN 1560 in ,Edworth,Bedfordshire,England
      Burial: 16 JUN 1560 ,Edworth,Bedfordshire,England

      REF: Deming families of Conn Sharon Deming
      http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=sdeming&id=I4569

      The recorder in entering the burial of Ann Spencer, widow, paid her respect by the following tribute: "the good hospitaligy keepr; and she did give to the township of Edworth ii (2) of her best bease (beasts) to be lett to ii (2) pore folks in the towne for iiis. a cow and the parson and church warden to have the letting of them and the distributing of the money to the poore andt to se the stock maintained etch of them to have iiiid of the vis. for ther paynes to se this truly doen according to her last will."
      Her will, dated 13 June 1560, proved 21 Apr. 1561, calls her Widow, in Edworth, Beds., and names her son Gerard (aged 17); son Michael, to have the chest that was his brother John's; John Spencer, son Michael's child, to have the 20 pounds; Elisabeth Lymer, to have 4 pounds at marriage; Alice Aystin, to have a calf; servants; for the mending of "London Brygge ways," 10s.; borther Edward's children, to have the 1pound that he borrowed of her; Nicholas Merryll and John Merryll his brother, to have the barley their father gave her sons; and the poor of Edworth, to have the gift alfready mentioned. Michael Spencer was a witness.
      From this will we gain the impression that our Spencer family at that period was of the yeoman class, and somewhat better off than the average village family of the time and place. Whether they were 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 postion 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. Gen. of the Four Spencer Brothers. p. V.