William Spencer

11 October 1601–after 4 May 1640 (Age 38)
Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England

The Life of William

When William Spencer was born on 11 October 1601, in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England, his father, Gerrard Spencer I, was 25 and his mother, Alice Whitbread, was 23. He married Agnes Harris before 1633, in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died after 4 May 1640, in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 38, and was buried in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Spencer
Agnes Harris
Marriage: before 1633
Elizabeth Spencer
Sarah Spencer
Samuel Spencer l

Spouse and Children

before 1633
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America


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World Events (1)

1620 · The Pilgrims Board the Mayflower

Age 19

"The Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower in search of religious freedom in the New World in September 1620. The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers, 40 of whom called themselves ""Saints."" After two stormy months at sea, the ship reached the New World. Nearly half of the group died during their first winter due to malnutrition and the harsh New England winter."

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for someone employed in the pantry of a great house or monastery, from Middle English spense ‘larder’ + the agent suffix -er.

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

Story Highlight


BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: William Spencer, son of Gerard and Alice (Whitbread) Spencer, was baptized (christened) in St. Mary's Parish, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England on 11 October 1601. He emig …

Sources (3)

  • Gerard Spencer & Whitbread in Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section, 1942-1969; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-897M-X9CC-2?cc=2060211&wc=WWJR-J19%3A352088301%2C353905401
  • William Spencer, "Find A Grave Index"
  • The Spencer Genealogy Part One - "the Four Spencer Brothers"

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