Gerrard Spencer

Male 1614 - 1685  (71 years)


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  • Name Gerrard Spencer  [1, 2
    Born 16 Apr 1614  Stotfold, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Jun 1685  Haddam, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I9119  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 

    Father Gerard Spencer,   b. 20 May 1576, Edworth, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1625, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Alice Whitbread,   b. 1571, Upper Gravenhurst, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1628, Stotfold, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 10 Nov 1600  Upper Gravenhurst, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F1219  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hannah Joannis Hills,   b. 1618, Haddam, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1692, Haddam, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 17 Dec 1638  Lynn, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Rebecca Spencer,   b. 1660, Haddam, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1706, East Haddam, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F1218  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Rebecca Porter,   b. 16 Sep 1630, Felstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1682, Saybrook, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 1677  Haddam, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F2010  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • - Emigrated with his three brothers to America and settled first at Old Saybrook, then at Haddam CT. They came over in 1631 in the Colony of Lord Say and Seal, and settled at Old Saybrook at the mouth of the CT river. Baptized 04/25/1614 in Statford Parish Eng

      - The book "Spencer Family Record of the Springfield, VT. and Evansville, Wis. Spencers. (Descendants of Garrard Spencer of Haddam, Conn. Emigrant of 1630," by William Henry Spencer, New York, Tobias A. Wright, 1907 - Gerrard Spencer:
      "(Our emigrant Spencer, spelled his name in a quite original way. His father spelled his briefly Gerat. His uncle Richard in his will spelled it Gerard. It is spelled in the Court Records at Hartford, Jared or Garred. In his will, dated Dec. 17, 1683, he writes his name Garrard. As he was the father of thirteen children he may have reasoned he had a right, if not to a pension, at least to an extension to his name.) Garrard Spencer, the emigrant (son of Gerat), bap. April 25, 1614; m. Hannah ___, whose last name not recorded, by whom he had thirteen children, as follows:
      John, b. 1638, at Lynn; made Freeman, 1669; settled in Haddam; m. 1665, Rebecca Howard, b. 1648, dau. of Robert of Windsor. He d. 1682; she d. 1684. Had five children, two sons: Jared, Benjamin.
      Hannah, b. 1640, at Lynn; m. 1665, Daniel Brainard. Had eight children.
      Mehitable, b. 1642; m. Daniel Cone of Haddam. Had ten children.
      Alice, m. (1) 1662, Thomas Brooks of Haddam who d. 1668; m. (2) 1673, Thomas Shaler of Haddam, who was lost at sea 1692. She had four children by each husband.
      Thomas, m. Elizabeth Bates; settled at Saybrook, Conn., where he d. 1699. Children: Jared, Thomas, Caleb.
      Samuel, m. (1) 1673, Hannah Blackford (nee Willey). Had four children, sons: John, Isaac. He m. (2) 1689, Miriam Willery, widow (nee Moore); no children. He d. 1705.
      William, m. Sarah Ackley of Haddam; had nine children, sons: Joseph, James, Hezekiah, William, Jonithan, Ichabod. He d. 1711.
      Nathaniel, m. 1681, Lydia Smith; had nine children, sons: Nathaniel, John, Daniel, Phineas. He d. 1722.
      Rebecca, m. (1) 1682, John Kennard, who d. 1689; m. (2) John Tanner of Lyme; had two children by each husband.
      Elizabeth, m. Joseph Stannard of Haddam.
      Sarah, m. Stephen Backus of Norwich.
      Ruth, m. Joseph Clark of Haddam; had six children.
      Timothy, m. ___. It is from this youngest son and the thirteenth child of Garrard Spencer that the Springfield Spencers are, in the opinion of the writer, descended. Note how scant the records! We know not the year of this ancestor's birth, when he married or whom. Our only source of information respecting his death, and that he was the father of a family, we get from the Hartford Probate Records. In Vol. VII, p. 57, under date of Aug. 4th, 1704, appears this entry: 'Thomas Spencer of Haddam presented an inventory of the intestate estate of his father, Timothy Spencer, deceased, of Haddam, and was appointed administrator.' The value of the property amounted to over $1,200, which was divided between his widow and his six children."

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Como-recore.FTW.

    2. [S9] OneWorldTree, Ancestry.com, (Name: Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA;;), Database online.
      Record for Gerard Spencer