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Gerard Spencer (1601 - 1649)

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Gerard Spencer
Born in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Stotfold, , Bedfordshire, Englandmap
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Since the publication of Goodwin's Genealogical Notes in 1856, the early wife of Gerard who was mother of his children has always been named as Hannah. The present compiler follows these authorities, though confessing that he has not seen an original or quoted contemporary record so naming her. Still, such a record may exist. The Four Spencer Brothers - Their Ancestors and Descendants.

Source of confusion:

Parish records, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England. Genealogia Bedfordiensis.Attached.

1628 Aug. 4 Spenser - Hills, Gerard & Joanna, mar.
1629 May 14 Spenser, Anna, filia Gerardi, bapt.
1630 Jan. 17 Spencer, Elizabeth, fil. Gerardi, bapt.
1631 Jun, 13 Spencer, Thomas, gen., sep.
1635 Sep. 16 Spenser, Maria, filia Gerardi & Joanna, bapt.
1635 Dec. 19 Spenser, Margareta, vidua, sep.

Note: Joanna Hills wife of Gerard, unknown Gerard. This Gerard still married? Son Gerard age 14, too young? Marriage date too late for our descendants. Lechner-18 14:16, 21 March 2012 (EDT)

Joanna Hills Was NOT Married To the Father of the American Immigrants

There are some genealogies out there showing a Joan Hills as a second wife to the father of the American immigrants, Gerrard Spencer, after Alice Whitbread. (Note, he is Michael > Gerrard.) I've seen one genealogy showing him having 8 more kids with the second wife, after he had already turned 50.

These folks have mixed up our ancestor with his nephew, also Gerard Spencer, who is Michael > Thomas > Gerrard. He is the Gerard who married Joanna Hills and never came to America.

Spencer, Sources and Resources, Research Notes, Questions and Errata


Gerard Sepncer was baptized 20 Sept. 1601 Stotfold. Childrens dates are baptismal dates. and burial dates


  • Attached Documents.

"The American Genealogist" vol. 27, pp 83 84. Records from office of County of bedford, Bedgord England. Aug. 1968 From Church Records of St. Marys paish church of Stoffold. courtesy Mrs. Louise Birnbaumer

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On April 20, 2014 at 18:36GMT Michael Spencer wrote:

Spencer-4646 and Spencer-3099 appear to represent the same person because: note: Jacobus, in the American Genealogist,27 (April 1951), pp. 79-87. has the child baptized on November 5, 1643 named as Richard, not Michael.

On October 11, 2013 at 13:26GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

This profile is part of a larger effort to fix the early Spencers which has become quite a knotted mess. Your patience is requested while we figure this all out.

Gerard is 17 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 20 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 30 degrees from Gene Kelly, 23 degrees from Bram Stoker and 16 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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