Note: THOMAS (SARGENT) (HARTFORD FOUNDER) Spencer was born March 29, 1607 in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England, and died September 11, 1687 in Hartford, Hartford, CT.
He married (1) ANNE DERIFIELD Abt. 1632 in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England, daughter of BARABAS DERIFIELD. He married (2) SARAH BEARDING September 11, 1645 in Hartford, Hartford, CT, daughter of NATHANIEL BEARDING and ELIZABETH of Hartford.
Children of THOMAS SPENCER and ANNE DERIFIELD are:
i. OBADIAH14 SPENCER, b. 1633, Hartford, Hartford, CT;
took freeman's Oath at Hartford My 20, 1658
married Mary Disborough ( - bef 1709) , dau. of Nicholas
d. May 1712, Hartford, Hartford, CT.
ii. THOMAS SPENCER, b. Abt. 1635, Hartford, Hartford, CT;
married Esther Andrews ( -March 6, 1698), dau of William Andrews
and Abigail Graves of Hartford, CT d. July 23, 1689, Suffield, Hartford, CT. iii. SAMUEL SPENCER, b. Abt. 1643, Hartford, Hartford, CT;
married Sarah ______(abt. 1660-1733) d. January 08, 1725/26, or 24 Oct. 1727 Windham, Windham, CT.
= Children of THOMAS SPENCER and SARAH BEARDING are:
iv. JARED or GERARD SPENCER, b. 1651, Hartford, Hartford, CT;
married Hannah Pratt (1658-1692) on Dec. 22, 1680, dau of John Pratt
d. January 01, 1711/12, Hartford, Hartford, CT. v. SARAH SPENCER, b. 1647, Hartford, Hartford, CT;
married Thomas Huxley( - July 21, 1721) d. October 24, 1712, Suffield, Hartford, CT. vi. ELIZABETH SPENCER, b. March 26, 1648, Hartford, Hartford, CT;
married Samuel Andrews of Hartford (brother of Esther Andrews above)and
son of William Andrews and Abigail Graves of Hartford, CT
d. 1712, Hartford, Hartford, CT. vii. HANNAH SPENCER, b. April 25, 1653, Hartford, Hartford, CT;
married (1) George Sexton, Jr. and (2) Daniel Brainerd Sr.
d. 1713 Haddam, Middlesex, CT. viii. MARY SPENCER, b. May 29(or 18) , 1655, Hartford, Hartford, CT;
married Thomas Root of Westfield, Ma, son of John Root on Oct. 7, 1675
d. November 04, 1690, Westfield, Hampden, MA. ix. MARTHA SPENCER, b. May 19, 1657, Hartford, Hartford, CT.
married Andrew Barton Benton Jr. (1653-1704), son of Andrew Barton Sr.
Pioneers of Massachusetts by Charles Henry Pope:
Thomas, Cambridge, prop. 1633, frm. May 14, 1634.
CT Nutmegger Vol. 27, Issue 4, pg 570:
Thomas Spencer was a co-founder of Hartford and a veteran of the Pequot War of 1637.
CT Nutmegger Vol.29, issue 1, June 1996 pg 14-19
article by Jack T. Spencer CSG#08948
Sgt. Thomas Spencer was one of the "Four Spencer Brothers" of Bedfordshire, England, who were among the earliest settlers of New England and who almost certainly were passengers in the earlies vessels of the Winthrop Fleet in 1630 or 1631. Thomas was the second oldest of the Spencer brothers....The male Spencer siblings (William, Thomas, Michael, Gerard) first settled at Newe Towne (Cambridge, MA). A few years later the two older brothers, along with other pioneers, became co-foundres of Hartford, CT. Michael and Gerard eventually settled at Lynn, MA, but Gerard made another move in later years to becom the "patriarch" of Haddam, CT
All The Spencer siblings were born at Stotfold, co., Bedfordshire, England. Their parents were Gerard Spencer and Alice Whitbread. These Spencers were descendants of a long line of this surname in Bedforshire whose ancestry can be traced back with certainty to the middle of the 14th century. Tracing the general lineage to even earlier times, we know that the original ancestors came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066 and participated in the Battle of Hastings. In the ensuing two or three centuries, the "Despencers" ranked among the highest of the Norman nobility, sometimes gaining and sometimes losing (their lives) for this close relationship.
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