William Spencer

1755–
Edenham, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William

When William Spencer was born in 1755, in Edenham, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, James Spencer, was 42 and his mother, Joanna Simpson, was 23.

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Family Time Line

James Spencer
1713–1806
Joanna Simpson
1732–1813
Thomas Spencer
1745–1830
John Spencer
1752–
James Spencer
1753–1816
John Spencer
1754–1774
William Spencer
1755–
Robert Spencer
1757–1826
George Spencer
1759–1817
Mary Spencer
1761–1777
Elisabeth Spencer
1764–
Ann Spencer
1766–1766
Charles Spencer
1767–1768
Thomas Spencer
1769–1769
Jane Spencer
1770–

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World Events (5)

1801 · The Act of Union
Age 46
The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.
1815
Age 60
The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1823
Age 68
Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): occupational name for someone who dispensed provisions or money, from Middle English spenser(e), spencer(e) ‘household steward, butler, almoner’ (Anglo-Norman French espenser, Old French despensier). Compare Spence and Spender . There is some dispute about the origins of the Spencer family, whose most famous member in recent times was the late Princess of Wales, born Lady Diana Spencer (1961–97). Some sources say that they are descended from William the Conqueror's steward, Robert Despencer. What is clear is that by the 15th century they had become prosperous from sheep farming in Northamptonshire. Robert Spencer (died 1627) was said to be the wealthiest man in England. Their titles have included Earls of Sunderland and Earls Spencer; and through the female line the 5th Earl of Sunderland also became Duke of Marlborough in 1733. This connection was the result of the marriage, in 1700, of the 3rd Duke of Sunderland to the daughter of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. The youngest son of this union, John Spencer (1708–46), was the father of the 1st Earl Spencer (1734–83).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Spence
Spenser
Spender

Sources (5)

  • William Spencer, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • William Spencer, "England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990"
  • William Spencer, "England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990"

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