Saturday, October 7, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ SPENCER of Lynn, Massachusetts


Four Spencer brothers all came to settle in New England at about the same time.  Michael Spencer (1611 – 1653), my 10th great grandfather, and his brothers, my 10th great grand uncles (William Spencer, Thomas Spencer and Jared Spencer) probably did not arrive together on the same ship.  Elizabeth, the wife of Timothy Tomlins, was probably their sister.

The eminent genealogist Donald Lines Jacobus wrote a series of articles in the 1951 and 1952 issues of The American Genealogist on the ancestors and descendants of these four Spencers.  I would encourage you to read these articles if you are a Spencer descendant, as well as the long sketch about Michael Spencer in the Great Migration series. 

Michael Spencer died young, leaving his widow Isabel with small children.  At least one of these children, Michael, was named in a guardianship record naming Isabel’s second husband, Thomas Robbins.  My 9th great grandmother, Susannah Spencer, probably lived with her mother and stepfather in Salem, too.  She was married there in 1664 to Daniel Bacon.

Some SPENCER resources:

"The Four Spencer Brothers: Their Ancestors and Descendants" by Donald Lines Jacobus, The American Genealogist, Volume 27, pages 79- 87, and pages 161 - 185 (continued in Volume 28). 

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 – 1635, Robert Charles Andeson, Volume VI, pages 436-439.

My SPENCER genealogy:

Generation 1:  Michael Spencer, son of Gerard Spencer and Alice Whitbread, baptized on 5 May 1611 in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England, died before 29 November 1653 in Lynn, Massachusetts; married about 1640 to Isabel Unknown. Three (possibly four) children.

Generation 2:  Susannah Spencer, born about 1643 in Lynn, died 1719 in Salem, Massachusetts; married on 1 August 1664 in Salem to Daniel Bacon, son of Daniel Bacon and Mary Read.  He was born about 1641 in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and died 1720 in Salem. Seven children.  

Generation 3:  John Bacon and Hannah King
Generation 4:  Tabitha Bacon and Jonathan Glover
Generation 5:  Daniel Glover and Hannah Jillings
Generation 6:  Tabitha Glover  and Thomas Homan
Generation 7:  Betsey Jillings Homan and Jabez Treadwell
Generation 8:  Eliza Ann Treadwell and Abijah Hitchings
Generation 9:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings and Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings and Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings and Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ SPENCER of Lynn, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 7, 2017, (  accessed [access date]). 

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