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Grace Spencer

Female Bef 1676 - 1714  (> 37 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Grace Spencer was born Bef 24 Sep 1676, Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut (daughter of John Spencer and Rebecca Hayward); died 12 May 1714, Colchester, New London, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 24 Sep 1676, Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut

    Notes:

    Grace Spencer b. 27 Jul 1674 in East Haddam, Connecticut, daughter of Samuel Spencer and Hannah Willey, is named by several sources as the wife of John Day, Jr., among them Ancestors and Descendants of Andrew Lee and Clarinda Knapp Allen by Gerald R. Fuller, 1952; Genealogical Notes, First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts, by Nathaniel Goodwin, 1982; and The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy ed. Frederick A. Virkus (1968).

    However, in his article "The Four Spencer Brothers -- Their Ancestors and Descendants", The American Genealogist 27, April 1951, Donald Lines Jacobus pointed out that the absence of this Grace Spencer from her father's will strongly suggests that she died young. Jacobus says that the Grace Spencer who married John Day was the one who was baptised 24 Sep 1676 in East Haddam, a daughter of John Spencer and Rebecca Hayward, and that she was a cousin to the other Grace Spencer. It is also this Grace Spencer that is given as John Day's wife in Jacobus and Waterman's Hale, House and Related Families.

    Grace married John Day 21 Jan 1696, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut. John (son of John Day and Mary) was born Abt 1676; died 4 Nov 1752, Colchester, New London, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Lydia Day was born 11 Apr 1698, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; died 2 Nov 1763, Kent, Litchfield, Connecticut.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  John Spencer was born Abt 1636 (son of Jared Spencer and Hannah); died 3 Aug 1682, Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1638
    • Alternate death: Aft 3 Aug 1682

    John married Rebecca Hayward Abt 1665. Rebecca (daughter of Robert Howard and Lydia Kilbourne) was born 17 Aug 1648, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died Bef 1682. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Rebecca Hayward was born 17 Aug 1648, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut (daughter of Robert Howard and Lydia Kilbourne); died Bef 1682.
    Children:
    1. 1. Grace Spencer was born Bef 24 Sep 1676, Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut; died 12 May 1714, Colchester, New London, Connecticut.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Jared Spencer was born Bef 25 Apr 1614, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England (son of Gerard Spencer and Alice Whitbread); died Aft 17 Sep 1683, Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 25 Apr 1614, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
    • Alternate death: Abt Jun 1685
    • Alternate death: Bef 29 Jun 1685

    Notes:

    Jacobus calls him Gerard. He is called Jared in The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S. He was a ferryman by trade.

    From Donald Lines Jacobus, "The Four Spencer Brothers -- Their Ancestors and Descendants," citation details below:

    "[M]arried first, Hannah _____, who died before her husband made his will in 1683 and perhaps much earlier; perhaps married second, after 1677, Rebecca (Porter) Clark, baptized at Felsted, co. Essex, England, 16 Sep 1630, died 9 Jan 1682/3 (recorded at Saybrook), daughter of John and Anne (White) Porter of Windsor, and widow of John Clark of Saybrook.

    "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 Backas with my wief Sarah of Norwich" to Daniel Brainerd of Haddam of one acre 'that fell to us by portion of the estat of our fther Garrard Spencer.'

    "The second marriage is suggested for Gerard because there was, by elimination, no other adult Spencer in Connecticut of proper age to be the widow Clark's husband (and unencumbered with a wife known to be living) execpt 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."

    Jared married Hannah. Hannah died Bef Sep 1683. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Hannah died Bef Sep 1683.

    Notes:

    "Since the publication of Goodwin's Genealogical Notes in 1856, the early wife of Gerard who was 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." [Donald Lines Jacobus, "The Four Spencer Brothers -- Their Ancestors and Descendants," citation details below.]

    Children:
    1. 2. John Spencer was born Abt 1636; died 3 Aug 1682, Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.

  3. 6.  Robert Howard was born Abt 1613; died 23 Aug 1684, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Or Hayward. Emigrated in July 1635 on the Assurance; briefly in Dorchester before settling in Windsor. He was a miller and a millwright.

    Moved to Northampton in 1658, probably to build the mill there. Appears to have been in Hartford for a time as well. Back to Windsor by 1669.

    Robert married Lydia Kilbourne Bef 1641. Lydia (daughter of Thomas Kilbourne and Frances Moody) was born Bef 14 Jul 1616, Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England; died Aft 4 May 1697, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Lydia Kilbourne was born Bef 14 Jul 1616, Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England (daughter of Thomas Kilbourne and Frances Moody); died Aft 4 May 1697, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 14 Jul 1616, Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England

    Children:
    1. 3. Rebecca Hayward was born 17 Aug 1648, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died Bef 1682.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Gerard Spencer was born Bef 20 May 1576, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England (son of Michael Spencer and Elizabeth); died Bef 1646.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 20 May 1576, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England

    Notes:

    Also called Gerat.

    "It seems quite possible that Gerard and his family moved from Stotfold some years before the emigration of his sons to New England; perhaps to London, where his brother Richard had become a prosperous haberdasher." [Donald Lines Jacobus, "The Four Spencer Brothers -- Their Ancestors and Descendants," citation details below.]

    According to projections by the Mormon Pioneer Genealogy Library, Alice Whitbread and her husband Gerard Spencer were among the six couples living circa 1600 from whom the largest number of contemporary Americans are directly descended; in 1985 their posterity was estimated at about eighteen million.

    Gerard married Alice Whitbread 10 Nov 1600, Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, England. Alice (daughter of John Whitbread and Eleanor) was born Abt 1578, Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, England. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Alice Whitbread was born Abt 1578, Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, England (daughter of John Whitbread and Eleanor).

    Notes:

    Or Whitbred.

    Alice Whitbread (b. 1578) pings the gentry-detecting spider-sense of every genealogist with any experience dealing with the late Middle Ages. Many theories of Alice Whitbread's ancestry have been ventured. To us the most convincing is Don C. Stone's. If Stone's reasoning is correct, the connection through the Hervey family to the Great Medieval Cloud is trivially easy to establish.

    Children:
    1. Michael Spencer was born Bef 5 May 1611, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England; died Bef 29 Nov 1653, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.
    2. 4. Jared Spencer was born Bef 25 Apr 1614, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England; died Aft 17 Sep 1683, Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.

  3. 14.  Thomas Kilbourne was born Bef 8 May 1578, Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England (son of John Kilborne); died Bef 3 Sep 1640, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Wethersfield Village Cemetery, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 8 May 1578, Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England
    • Alternate birth: 8 May 1578, Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England
    • Alternate death: Bef 1639, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
    • Alternate death: 5 Sep 1640, Wethersfield Village Cemetery, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut

    Notes:

    Emigrated with his wife and children in 1635 on the Increase.

    Came with his family in 1635 on the Increase. [The Great Migration; also Hale, House and Related Families]

    "He spent most of his life at Wood Ditton, where he served as churchwarden in 1632. [...He] was one of the first settlers at Wetherfield, Conn., and died before 1639 when the distribution of lands was made in the name of his widow. It has been suggested, and is quite possible, that he was one of the Wethersfield men killed in the massacre of April 1637, the event which occasioned the Pequot War." [Hale, House and Related Families]

    Thomas married Frances Moody 5 Sep 1604, of Moulton near Spalding, Lincolnshire, England. Frances (daughter of George Moody and Margaret Chenery) was born Bef 11 Oct 1584, of Moulton near Spalding, Lincolnshire, England; died Between 13 Nov 1650 and 3 Dec 1650, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Wethersfield Village Cemetery, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]


  4. 15.  Frances Moody was born Bef 11 Oct 1584, of Moulton near Spalding, Lincolnshire, England (daughter of George Moody and Margaret Chenery); died Between 13 Nov 1650 and 3 Dec 1650, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Wethersfield Village Cemetery, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 11 Oct 1584, of Moulton near Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
    • Alternate death: 10 Nov 1650, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut

    Children:
    1. 7. Lydia Kilbourne was born Bef 14 Jul 1616, Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England; died Aft 4 May 1697, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    2. Mary Kilbourn was born Abt 1619, Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England; died 1697.