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Capt. Robert Spencer

Male 1674 - 1748  (73 years)

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Capt. Robert Spencer was born on 6 Nov 1674 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island (son of John Spencer and Susannah); died in 1748 in Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island.

    Robert married Theodosia Whaley on 15 Jul 1697 in Kingston, South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. Joanna Spencer was born on 30 Sep 1711 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island.

    Robert married Susanna Babcock on 7 Nov 1723. Susanna (daughter of John Badcock and Mary Lawton) died after 1740. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Robert married Martha Whaley about 1741. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  John Spencer was born before 1640 (son of Michael Spencer and Isabel); died in 1684 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island.


    A founder of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, he was granted land for his service in King Philip's War.

    "He evidently came here directly from Newport, where he had been made a freeman in 1668. His wife was Susannah Griffin."
    [The History of East Greenwich, Rhode Island 1677-1960]

    Torrey calls him "Dr. John Spencer."

    John married Susannah before 1666. Susannah died in 1719. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Susannah died in 1719.
    1. 1. Capt. Robert Spencer was born on 6 Nov 1674 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; died in 1748 in Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Michael Spencer was born before 5 May 1611 (son of Gerard Spencer and Alice Whitbread); died before 29 Nov 1653 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 5 May 1611, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England


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

    Michael(1) Spencer, baptized at Stotfold, Beds, England, 5 May 1611, died at Lynn, Mass., in 1653; married Isabel ______, who died at Salem, Mass., 9 Oct 1674, having married second, Thomas Robbins, a carpenter, of Salem, born about 1618, living 1681. Robbins married second, 11 Mar 1674/5, Mary (Gould), widow of Richard Bishop.

    Michael is the only one of the four brothers of whose family we lack a complete account. Administration on his estate was granted, 29 Nov 1653, to Gerard Spencer, who was also then living in Lynn, and Gerard was called his brother when he brought in the inventory. The estate was small and was ordered sold "for the bringing up of Michael's children." On 30 Nov 1654 we read that Thomas Robbins of Salem had some of the estate and, with the consent of Gerard Spencer, was to keep it, as Robbins had a child of the deceased to bring up, Michael, aged six years. This is almost certain evidence that Michael's widow had married Robbins, especially as in 1657 she is mentioned as having a young son.

    It is possible that Isabel was not the first wife of Michael Spencer, and that he had more children than have been discovered. His proved son Michael settled in East Greenwich, R.I., where a John Spencer had earlier settled. That, and the fact that John named a son Michael, establishes a presumption that John was an older son of Michael of Lynn. There is, moreover, some direct evidence. The will of Michael(2) of East Greenwich in 1723 named his friend and kinsman Major Thomas Fry and Thomas Spencer overseers. The latter was a son of John(2), and obviously chosen because he was a relative. Major Thomas Fry was a prominent man, later Deputy-Governor. Michael Spencer witnessed a deed, 11 Mar 1688/9, which this Thomas Fry of East Greenwich had from his father, Thomas Fry, Sr. On 14 July 1710, Thomas Fry deeded to his "cousin" John Spencer, for love, 13 1/2 rods for a burial place. This was John(3) Spencer Jr., son of John(2). It thus appears that both Spencer families of East Greenwich, those of John and Michael, were related in some way to Thomas Fry.

    The notion that John Spencer of East Greenwich was nephew of John Spencer of Newbury has already been considered and dismissed as false in the first chapter of our account. We conclude that John was son of Michael(1).

    Michael married Isabel before 1640. Isabel died on 9 Oct 1674. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 5.  Isabel died on 9 Oct 1674.
    1. 2. John Spencer was born before 1640; died in 1684 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island.

Generation: 4

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

    Other Events:

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


    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 on 10 Nov 1600 in Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, England. Alice (daughter of John Whitbread and Eleanor) was born about 1578 in Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

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


    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, reproduced in full on our entry for Alice Whitbread's mother Eleanor. If Stone's reasoning is correct, the connection through the Hervey family to the Great Medieval Cloud is trivially easy to establish.

    1. 4. Michael Spencer was born before 5 May 1611; died before 29 Nov 1653 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.
    2. Jared Spencer was born before 25 Apr 1614; died after 17 Sep 1683 in Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.