Note: Provided by Tim Tucker:
WILLIAM (REV) (HARTFORD FOUNDER) was born October 11, 1601 in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England, and died May 04, 1640 in Hartford, Hartford, CT. He married AGNES (TUCKER) HARRIS 1633 in England, daughter of BARTHOLOMEW HARRIS and ELIZABETH COLLAMORE.
Notes for WILLIAM (REV) (HARTFORD FOUNDER) SPENCER:
William Spencer was a Deputy to MA General Court, 1634 thru 1637, and representative to CT General Court, 1639-1640. He graduated from Trinity College at Cambridge. He came to this country with the friends of Winthrop in 1631 (?) and settled Cambridge, MA. He was on the committee to frame a body of fundamental laws for the colony and was a founder of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, his name appearing in the original charter. In 1634 he was on the committee to confer with the governor and assistants in regard to the care of the common stock, which led to the formation of the House of Representatives. In 1633, he returned to England to bring his wife Agnes Harris (one book calls her Tucker). They moved to Hartford, CT. in 1639, where his brother Thomas had settled. He died in 1640 and his widow Agnes married Mr. Edwards. These notes from the CT. Biographies, The Spencer Family by Glora Clark, Willa Mae Heisler's research in CT. and PA. CeCilia Seiber's research in KY and IL records, and the Census.
From the files of Stephen M. Lawson.
William and Agnes Spencer settled at New Town (Cambridge), MA in 1632, an
d he took the Freeman's Oath on Mar. 4, 1632/3. He was Deputy to the General Court seven times 1634-1638, Selectman in 1635, Lt. of the Train Band 1632, and charter member of the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company in 1638/9. The family moved to Hartford, CT in 1639. Children of william and Agnes: Elizabeth married first William Wellman, and second Jacob Jay, Sarah married John Case, and Samuel, Sr. married Sarah Meakins( a 4-great grandson, Bibliophile William Augustus Spencer, Perished in the sinking of the Titanic).
Children of WILLIAM SPENCER and AGNES HARRIS are:
30. i. ELIZABETH14 SPENCER, b. 1633, England; d. September 16, 1718, Killingsworth, Middlesex, CT.
31. ii. SARAH SPENCER, b. 1635, Simsbury, Hartford, CT; d. November 03, 1691, Simsbury, Hartford, CT.
32. iii. JOHN SPENCER, b. 1638; d. 1684.
iv. RICHARD SPENCER, b. 1640. 33. v. SAMUEL SPENCER, b. 1642; d. 1716, Hartford, Hartford, CT.
Pioneers of Massachusetts by Charles Henry Pope: page 427
William, Cambridge, frm March 4, 1632; prop. 1633; town officer and deputy 1634. Perhaps he returned to England, and was the William who came in the Mary and John in March, 1633-4.
Connectictut Nutmegger Article Volume 27, #4, page 570
William Spencer played an important role in the activities of the Massachusetts Bay Company and was a co-founder of both Cambridge(Newe Towne), Massachusetts, and Hartford, CT.
CT Nutmegger vol.29, issue 1, page 14 by Jack T. Spencer
William Spencer was the first Town clerk of Cambridge and later served as a "Selectman" for several years. William played even more important roles for the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Company, especially in regard to surveying and setting the boundary lines for many of the towns under the control of the Court. For many years he served as a Deputy representing Newe Towne at the frequent meetings of the General Court in Cambridge and in Boston.
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