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William SPENCER

Male - Aft 1637


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  • Name William SPENCER 
    Born ,, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1608  , James City, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Possessions 19 Jun 1635  , James City, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Possessions 10 Feb 1637  , James City, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died Aft 1637  [3
    Person ID I4303  Burnett / Halbrook Genealogy
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2020 

    Father ? SPENCER 
    Family ID F2481  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice LIGHTFOOT,   d. Aft 1624 
    Children 
     1. William SPENCER,   d. Bef 1624, , James City, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     2. Anne SPENCER  []
     3. Elizabeth SPENCER,   b. Aft 1624,   d. Between 09 Nov 1654 and 09 Jan 1660  (Age < 28 years)  []
     4. Alice SPENCER,   b. 1620
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F2120  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "William Spencer, born about 1560 in England, arrived in Virginia in either 1607 or 1608, depending
      upon which of two conflicting accounts one accepts. According to the "Encyclopedia of Virginia
      Biography," Vol. I, p. 329, William Spencer arrived in the so called 'First Supply' voyage from England
      to provision the first Colonists in 1608. This version is supported by information preserved by the
      "Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities." The other version, outlined in considerable
      detail on p. 580-5 of "Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1625," 1987 ed., has William
      arriving in the "Sarah Constant" at Jamestown in 1607 with the very first Colonists, subordinate officer
      to ship's Captain Christopher Newport. In either case, William Spencer was one of the first English
      Colonists in the New World."
      - taken from http://home.midsouth.rr.com/genealogy/newsom3 .htm 22Jun 07

      Below taken from Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5 by John Frederick Dorman, ebook (and therefore no page number) on library.genealogical.com

      *1. WILLIAM1 SPENCER came to Virginia, according to the muster of 24 Jan. 1624/5, aboard the Sarah, probably in 1611,2 then resided at James Island (Jamestown) with his wife Alice and their daughter Alice, the family being well supplied, having ten barrels of corn, 200 fish and for their protection ammunition consisting of four pounds of powder, eight pounds of shot and three ?peeces,? along with twelve swine, three goats and two kids. They also had two dwelling houses and one boat. As a ?yeoman and Ancient Planter? he received a patent for 12 acres at James City, 14 Aug. 1624.3 This acreage was ?part of his first divident within the Island towards Goose Hill? and was to be deducted out of his divident at Spencer's Hole.

      In 1629 the General Court granted William1 Spencer permission to take up 400 acres ?in any place not already taken up.?4 In three patents, 1632,1635 and 1637, he received a total of 1900 acres on the south side of James River adjacent to Lawne's Creek in the area which became Surry County, 1652. This included 1100 acres ?westwardly upon Hog Island Creek? and a 500-acre tract which he patented, 1637, as William Spencer, Gent.5 His fourth grant in the area was for 1350 acres, apparently including some of the land previously patented.


      Note: Surry county was created from James City county 1652

      Refer to Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol 4 Healy - Pryor; pgs 504-505 for list of accomplishments.

      See also Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography (Tyler), Vol1 p 329

  • Sources 
    1. [S243] Genealogies of Virginia Families From the Virginia Magazine of History and Biogrpahy, (Genealogical Publishing Co; Baltimore, MD; 1981;), Vol 4 Healy - Pryor, pg 504.

    2. [S243] Genealogies of Virginia Families From the Virginia Magazine of History and Biogrpahy, (Genealogical Publishing Co; Baltimore, MD; 1981;), Vol 4 Healy - Pryor, pg 502.

    3. [S243] Genealogies of Virginia Families From the Virginia Magazine of History and Biogrpahy, (Genealogical Publishing Co; Baltimore, MD; 1981;), Vol 4 Healy - Pryor, pg 505.