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John Spencer (abt. 1510 - bef. 1584)

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John "grocer of London" Spencer
Born about in South Mylls, Blunham, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] in Londonmap
Husband of — married Mar 1581 in Londonmap
Died before in St Stephen, Walbrook, City of London, Englandmap
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John was born about 1510, the son of John Spencer and Christian Baker. [1]

He married Anne Clarke, daughter of ..... Clarke of London.[2]

In the Visitation of Bedfordshire, additional pedigrees,[3] he is shown with wife Anne Clarke having four daughters:

- Mary wife of 1. John White of Nordiam, Sussex, 2. Thomas Ballard of near Wadehurst, Sussex
- Christian wife of Reignald Green of London
- Jane wife of Richard Cockerham of London grocer
- Margarett wife of Lawrance Green of London

It seems from the baptism register of St Stephen, Walbrook, that there were more children, who presumably died young.

The manor of Bramfield was alienated to John Forster and Margery his wife in 1557/8. On his death in February, 1559, Forster bequeathed the manor of Bramfield to his wife for the term of her life, with remainder to his son Humphrey, and in 1565 Humphrey conveyed it to John Spencer, gentleman. (Humphrey's sister Frances was married to John's son Robert). John Spencer, citizen and grocer of London, and George Smyth sold it in 1567.[4] It seems that John the father acquired the property in 1565, and on his death in 1567 it was sold by his son, John the grocer.

His wife Anne Spencer was buried at St Stephen Walbrook, City of London, on 14 Mar 1580/1.[5]

He married Margaret unknown at some time after Mar 1581. Her first married name was Green as in his will John referred to Lawrance Green his wife's son. Margaret remarried on 17 Dec 1584 to Thomas Tomlinson at St Stephen Walbrook. A litigation in 1596: Defendants: Thomas Thomlynson and Margaret his wife, widow of Lawrence Green deceased, who was uncle to Margaret Hall the plaintiff, and Lawrence Green, eldest son of Margaret and Lawrence. [4]

He made a will dated 1 Jan 1583/4[6] - John Spencer, citizen and grocer of London of the parish of St Stephen upon Walbrook, which mentions

- to be buried in St Stephen Walbrook next to late wife
- my wellbeloved wife Margaret
- my four children Christian, Jane, Margaret and Mary, all Spencer all under 20
- my brother Robert Spencer
- my daughter in law Bennett Wright
- William Tichborne my first wife's son
- my cousin Thomas Barnwell
- my cousin John Spencer
- my cousin Ann his sister
- my son Wright his step daughter's husband
- my sister Barnwell
- Lawrence Green my wife's son
- Thomas Green his brother
- John Green his brother

The will was probated on 16 Jan 1583/4

He was buried on 8 Jan 1583/4 at St Stephen, Walbrook, City of London.[7]


  1. Ed F.A.Blaydes "The Visitations of Bedfordshire 1566, 1582 and 1634". The Harleian Society 1884. p 195.
  2. "The Visitations of Bedfordshire 1566, 1582 and 1634"
  3. "The Visitations of Bedfordshire 1566, 1582 and 1634"
  4. 'Parishes: Bramfield', in A History of the County of Hertford: Volume 2, ed. William Page (London, 1908), pp. 343-345. British History Online [accessed 23 May 2019].
  5. St Stephen Walbrook parish register. [1]
  6. The National Archives; Kew, England; Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 66 [2]
  7. St Stephen Walbrook parish register. [3]

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We can now give an exact date of John Spencer's burial , it was 6 days after his will Jan . 1, 1583 was made . Source: The registers of St. Stephen's, Walbrook, and of St. Benet Sherehog, London, page 82, under the year 1583. Jan 8th he was buried 1583. Not 1584...


posted by Robert Spencer
A few notes on his daughters. with some bapt. dates:

Elizabeth Spencer c. 22 Jun 1567 Buried: 3 Nov1568

Christian c. 27 Jul 1568, (of 1st Wife)= Reynold Green on 19 Jul 1585 - Merchant, he was buried 2 Nov 1624 ( this Christine has a dau. bapt. named Christine Grene..Sept., 10, 1600 in St. Walbrook records.)

Ann Spencer c. 23 Nov 1569 died Young.

Jane c. 5 Jan 1570 = Richard Cockeran

Mary = John White and =Thomas Ballard

Margaret c. 8 Mar 1579 = Lawrence Greene , London Merchant, son of his wife Margaret,

posted by Robert Spencer
There was perhaps another wife prior to Ann Clarke and Margaret.

The 1st wife may have been another wife named Elizabeth married bef. 1553. The dating seems to fit also. Source: *Feet of Fines: 1553: Mich. Term. John Spencer -Gent. of St. Albans, Herts. and his wife Elizabeth.

= 2nd to Anne Clarke of London = 3rd Margaret

Question : Was this the wife who married a Tichborne who John callas in his will his "first wife" as he names a stepson named William Tichborne.


posted by Robert Spencer

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