William Burnhope Spens

Brief Life History of William Burnhope

When William Burnhope Spens was born on 7 May 1863, in Jarrow, Durham, England, United Kingdom, his father, Nathaniel Spens, was 24 and his mother, Jane Ann Burnhope, was 23. He died on 4 September 1864, in Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States, at the age of 1.

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Nathaniel Spens
Jane Ann Burnhope
Isabella Ervine Spens
William Burnhope Spens

Sources (5)

  • William B. Spens, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company Financial Accounts (Worldwide), 1849-1886"
  • William B. Spens, "Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868"
  • William B. Spens, "Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868"

Name Meaning

Scottish (Lanarkshire): variant of Spence . This surname is also found in Sweden.

History: A Scottish family with the name Spens are descended from Henry de Spens (died c. 1300), who was compelled to submit to Edward I of England in 1296. The family became established in France in 1450 when Patrick de Spens went there as an officer in Charles VII's bodyguard of Scots Guards, settled in Gascony and married the heiress of the Estignols family; this family has since been known by the name de Spens d'Estignols. The surname Spens was also established in Sweden by Sir James Spens, originally sent as an ambassador of James I of England, and created Baron of Orreholmen in 1635.

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