Name: Robert Spencer
Death: 1678 in Surry Co, Virginia
Note: Wills of Surry County, Virginia, p.124. "SPENSER, Robert: Estate.
Change Date: 14 FEB 2012
To daughter Elizabeth Spenser, land at Blackwater, Surry County (not of age). To daughter ANN, sheep given daughter Elizabeth, by Capt. George Watkins, deceased and spoons, bought of Mr. Place, and chest that came from Accomack... fine thread now aboard Capt. Lavemar's ship, and be in care of friend, Wm. Edwards, until she is married. Godsons, Henry Browne and James Mason. To Jonas Bennett, his Executors. and administrators. To Martha Whittson, my grandchild, due her from the estate of her deceased father, John Whitson and cows due from Roger Archer and to remain with the same, he giving bond to Martha Whitson. To William Brown, to William Edwards. To wife, JANE, my land and make her exerx. Wit.: George Lee, Jno Phillips (Scotchman, Jane Plow. Made: 5 March, 1678. Prob: 6 May 1679, Book 2, p. 207." AND 'SPENSER, ROBERT, (Capt.) Estate - Signed: JANE JORDAN, Wife of Thomas Jordan, Swears it is a true inventory,, 22 7br: 1681. Robt. Ruffin, Wm Newsum, Jno Prise, Wm. Gray. Book 2, p. 292
WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE Quarterly Historical Magazine Vol. VII. April, 1899. No. 4 ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS I. Historical Sketch
There is in Surry the nuncupative will of Capt. William Corker "made at the house of his dau. Judity Clay in ye Isle of Wight Co." Feb. 26, 1675-6. Divides his estate between his wife and his three daus: Susanna (who m. George Branch, Jr.), Judith Clay and Lucy Jordan; he confirms a gift to Elizabeth and Mary White, daus. of Capt. John White, of whom Elizabeth md. Capt. Robert Spencer, of Surry. Col. George Jordan names in his will his nephew Edward Bayley. So he had probably a sister who married Bayley. Col. Henry Browne of the Coucil, probably married Anne Flood, a sister of Col. John Flood. The Jordans of Isle of Wight were leading Quakers. In 1728 Samuel Bownas visited the staid with "Old Robert Jordan." In company with Joseph Jordan he called on the Governor, who received him kindly and promised to release from prison certain friends who refused to perform militia duty. "Travels of Rev. Samuel Bownas."
(1) In the Surry records there is a suit entitled "Col. John Lear as marrying exx of Col. John George vs. Thomas Jordan as marrying relict of Capt. Robert Spencer, 1680." Capt. Spencer was born in 1630; was justice of Surry, and made his will March 5, 1678. He married several times. His dau. Anne mar. John Whitson, a violent rebel, hanged in Bacon's Rebellion. They had a dau. Martha Whitson. In 1675 Capt. Spencer married Elizabeth White, dau. of Capt. John White (Gen. Court Records). Then he married Jane, who survived him. He names (in will pr. 1679) children Elizabeth and Ann, which last child was by last wife. Capt. John White, of James City, had, (1) John White (will proved in Surry, 1679). (2) Lucy m. Capt. William Corker. (3) Elizabeth m. Capt. Robert Spencer. (4) Mary m'd probably James Barrett. (1) Major John Bond had been a burgess during the Commonwealth, and at a time of the restoration he was removed from his office as justice by the House of Burgesses, "because of factious and schismatically demeanor." Hening's Stats. at large, II, p. 39. (2) George Hardy came to Virginia before 1636, when he is called "Ship- right." In 1644 he patented 300 acres (increased to 500 in 1648), situated upon Lawne's creek and bordering upon Alice Bennett's land (doubtless widow of Robert Bennett, of London), for 6 persons, Thomas Sabin, Thomas Hardy, George Nettleford, James Strong, and John Smith. He had a noted mill, which is still used. From this family of Hardy was descended Hon. Samuel Hardy, a prominent member of the Continental Congress.
In 1675 Capt. Spencer married Elizabeth White, dau. of Capt. John White (Gen. Court Records). Then he married Jane, who survived him. He names (in will pr. 1679) children Elizabeth and Ann, which last child was by last wife. Capt. John White, of James City, had, (1) John White (will proved in Surry, 1679). (2) Lucy m. Capt. William Corker. (3) Elizabeth m. Capt. Robert Spencer. (4) Mary m'd probably James Barrett
(1) The following wills answering to the name of George are recorded at Bristol, viz.: Julian George (1616), Robert (1628), Edward (1633), Richard (1654), Eleanor (1665). In the Surry records there is a suit: Col. John Lear as marrying exx of Col. John George, plt., vs. Thomas Jordan as marrying exx (Jane) of Capt. Robert Spencer. Spencer's first wife was Elizabeth White, dau. of Capt. John White.
Surry Co, VA
Pg 390--John Whitson & Robert Spenser--To all Christian people know that John Whitson of Surry County having married Ann Spenser, daughter of Robert Spenser of same county, and having had one daughter, Martha Whitson, and her mother being dead, Robert Spenser out of natural love to his Grandchild and to her benefit, has delivered to John Whitson, father of said child, one mare filly and some livestock, and deliver to her when she is sixteen or married, if she die to return to donor.
Recorded-April 7, 1671
Wit: Edward Petway; Geo Watkin
On 5 September 1660, in Court held at Southwarke Parish for Surrey Co, further evidence was introduced in the case. In a deposition, dated 16 August 1660, Robert Spenser, aged 30, son of Edmund Spencer, under sheriff of Surrey Co, state that "he heard Bartholomew, on several occasions and in various places speak very "scandulous" words against the Commissioners of Surry Co, saying he would never have justice done him in that Court." Further, both in James City and in Surrey Co, Bartholomew had highly reviled Captain George Jordan, calling him "Raskell and Rogue" and "shouten Raskell" and several other such base terms. Spenser rebuked Owen for his "Mullitious" words. Owen replied, swearing, "God damn him, of that raskell" George Jordan. (Surry Book 1 1652-1672 Deeds p. 166
Father: Edmund Spencer
- Ann Spencer
- Ann Spencer
- Elizabeth Spencer