Note: Connecticut Nutmegger Article, Volume 21, page 417
Origin of Names: Spencer: This name is from the Norman, meaning dispenser, house steward.
Connectictut Nutmegger Article Volume 27, #4, page 570
The Genealogy of the "Four Spencer Brothers" of Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England, has been discussed in some detail in earlier publications from the present authors. The "Brothers", all of whom came to New England, were: William Spencer (1601-1640)
Thomas Spencer (1607-1687) Michael Spencer (1611-1653) Gerard Spencer (1614-1683) The Spencer brothers came to New England in the early 1630's almost certainly as passengers in the first vessels of the Winthrop Fleet. 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. Thomas Spencer was a co-founder of Hartford and a veteran of the Pequot War of 1637. Both Michael and Gerard were among the earliest settlers in both Newe Towne and Lynn, Massachusetts.
It is not widely known that the Four Spencer Brothers had a sister. Elizabeth Spencer (b 1602), who also came to New England......She married Timothy Tomlins (Tomlyns), a member of a large family which was native to county Gloucestershire, England.
From Tim Tucker:
1. GERRARD (ENSIGN) (HADDAM FOUNDER)13 SPENCER (GERRARD12, MICHAEL11, JOHN (SR)10, JOHN9, ROBERT8, JOHN7, ROBERT6, THOMAS5, THOMAS (DE)4, NICHOLAS (DE)3, JOHN (LEDE)2, WILLIAM (LEDE)1) was born April 25, 1614 in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England, and died September 03, 1685 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT. He married (1) HANNAH JOANNIS HILLS December 17, 1636 in Lynn, Essex, MA, daughter of William Hills. He married (2) REBECCA PORTER Aft 1677 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT, daughter of John Porter and Rose White.
Gerrard came to America with the first Winthrop Fleet in 1630. He was under the leadership of John Winthrop who established the Massachusetts Bay Colony in Cambridge. The first mention of Gerrard is in the Cambridge Town records "in the prime of September 1634, Lots granted one west side River - Gerrad Spencer 4 ackrs." He moved to Lynn, MA with his brother Michael in 1638 and ran the ferry there. The ferry ran from Needham's Landing in Lynn to Biards Landing in Saugas. In 1661 he was one of the 28 purchasers of the town of Haddam. He was commissioned as Ensign for the town of Haddam on September 14, 1675. A pewter flagon and Urim Basin are in the glass case in the rear of the church sancturary at Haddam.
Colonial Records of Connecticut, Volume 2, published 1852, states on p. 182 that "Ensigne Jarrad Spencer is propownded for a freeman." This entry was made at a Court session held at Hartford, June 26, 1672. This session was presided over by Governor John Winthrop, and a footnote indicates that this session was hastily called in response to a letter from the King of England that he had declared war against the States General. The King's letter advised the Colonies to make "speedy and effectual provision for their defence against the Dutch." Exactly what is meant by the entry regarding Ensign Spencer is unclear.
At page 260-61 of the Colonial Records of Connecticut, Volume 2, Ens. Gerrard Spencer is listed as a deputy at a "Generall Court by Speciall Order of the Gouernor," which met on July 9, 1675. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Indian War which broke out in Plymouth Colony and the danger it presented to the eastern towns in Connecticut. ("The Court being mett, they were acquainted wth the occasion of theire meeting, which was the present trouble of the Indians now risen against the English, spoyleing and destroying of them by fire and sword . . .")
In Early Connecticut Probate Records, Volume IV - Hartford District, 1677 - 1687, published 1984, p. 363-64, the Will of Ensign Jarrad Spencer is transcribed. The Will was dated September 17, 1683 and was taken on June 29, 1685. The will is as follows:
"The last Will of Ensign Jarrad Spencer of Haddam: I give unto my son William the Land which I bought of Steven Luxford's Estate. How I come by it the Court Record will show. I give unto my son William 1-3 part of 48 acres lying by that wch was commonly called Welles his Brook. I give to my son Nathaniel my now Dwelling house with the Lott that was the Houselott, with an Addition lying by the side of it, granted by the Committe. I give unto my daughter Rebeckah that Houselott I bought of Thomas Smith. Likewise I give unto my daugthter Rebeckas 1-3 part of the Lott by Welles his Brook. I give unto my son Thomas 40 acres on Matchamodus Side. I give unto my son Thomas his son, Jarrad spencer by name, my Rapier. I give unto my son Timothy Spencer the remainder of that 6 score acre lott wherof his 2 brothers had their shares. The other 6 score thereof I dispose of as followeth: To Grace Spencer, the daughter of my son John Spencer, 40 acres; to Alice Brooks, the daughter of my daughter Brooks, 40 acres; to Grace Spencer, the daughter of my son Samuel Spencer, I give the other 40 acres. I give unto Jarred Cone, the son of my daughter Cone, my Carbine. A pewter Flagon and Urim Basin I give to the Church at Haddam, if there be one within five years. It is my Will that my son John Spencer his Children and my son-in-law Daniel Cone his Children have an equal proportion of my Estate with my other Children. It is my Will that however my Estate falls out for portions to my Children, that my daughter Ruth Clarke's portion shall be 15 pounds, which was my Covenant with her father at her marriage, which 15 pounds she hath received some part thereof, as my Books will testify; & to son Joseph Clarke I give him 40 acres of land at Matchemodus. It is the humble request of Jarrad Spencer that the honoured Major John Talcott and Capt. John Allyn would be pleased to oversee that his Will. I appoint my two sons Daniel Brainard and William Spencer Adms. to the Estate."
Witness: John James, JARRAD SPENCER
Court Record, Page 111-3 September 1685: Adms. to Daniel Braynard and William Spencer, with the Will annexed.
Children of Gerrard Spencer and Hannah Hills are:
2. i. MEHITABEL14 SPENCER, b. 1638, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. 1691, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.
3. ii. JOHN (HADDAM FOUNDER) SPENCER, b. August 17, 1638, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. August 03, 1682, Haddam, Middlesex, CT.
4. iii. HANNAH SPENCER, b. 1641, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. 1691, Haddam, Middlesex, CT.
5. iv. ALICE (MARAH) SPENCER, b. 1642, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. December 22, 1714, Haddam, Middlesex, CT.
6. v. SARAH SPENCER, b. July 27, 1644, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. Aft 1707.
7. vi. ELIZABETH SPENCER, b. 1646, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. August 1688, Saybrook, Middlesex, CT.
8. vii. SAMUEL SPENCER, b. 1648, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. August 07, 1705, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.
9. viii. THOMAS SPENCER, b. 1650, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. February 03, 1698/99, Saybrook, Middlesex, CT.
10. ix. TIMOTHY SPENCER, b. 1652, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. May 06, 1704, Haddam, Middlesex, CT.
11. x. RUTH SPENCER, b. 1654, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. November 28, 1744, Haddam, Middlesex, CT.
12. xi. WILLIAM SPENCER, b. 1656, Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 1731, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.
13. xii. NATHANIEL SPENCER, b. December 21, 1658, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. 1718, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.
14. xiii. REBECCA SPENCER, b. 1660, Lynn, Essex, MA; d. Abt 1706.
Ancestor information provided by Tim Tucker.
His children married the children of the following other Haddam founders: Nicholas Ackley, John Bailey, James Bates, William Clarke, Thomas Shayler, Joseph Stannard; and one daughter married founder, Daniel Cone
(re-check and see if others)
Pioneers of Massachusetts by Charles Henry Pope:
Garrett or Jarrett, Cambridge, propr. 1634, frm. March 9, 1636-7. The Court granted him leave to keep the ferry at Lynn 13 March, 1638-9. A witness in Ess. Court in 1641.
CT Nutmegger Vol 28,issue 2, page 219
General Joseph Spencer of Haddam, a grandson of the first Gerard Spencer in America, also saw service in the French and Indian War as well as serving on General Washington's staff in the Revolutionary War.
Colonial Families of the United States of America: Volume 3
GERARD SPENCER, b. 1614; d. 1685. Emigrated to America, 1638, from Stotfold, England, and settled in Cambridge; removed to Hartford, Conn. Was Captain of train band and served as member of the General Court of Connecticut, 1674, '75, '79, '80, '83. Served in King Philip's War. He was the son of Gerard, b. 1576, who was the son of Michael, who was the son of John, d. 1558, who was descended from the SPENCERS of Southmylls (established by investigation of Rev. John HOLDING, M. A., Cantab., Vicar of Stotfold), who were descended from Robert DE LE SPENCER, Steward to William the Conqueror, 1066.
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