When Roger Spencer was born about 1620, in Risley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Spencer, was 32 and his mother, Ann Hardman, was 17. He married Jennet Halsall about 1648, in Aughton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 2 daughters. He died in February 1684, in Aughton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 65, and was buried in Aughton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom.
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).