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Mary Spencer (abt. 1629 - bef. 1695)

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Mary Spencer aka Ormarode
Born about in Burnley, Lancashire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 6 Jun 1650 in Burnley, Lancashire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Mother of
Died before in Burnley, Lancashire, Englandmap
Profile last modified 30 Jan 2020 | Created 27 Sep 2011 | Last significant change: 30 Jan 2020
21:14: Becky Troth edited the Biography for Mary Spencer (abt.1629-bef.1695). [Thank Becky for this]
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Mary Spencer was born in Lancashire, England.


Mary Was born in the early part of the 17th century but I have been unable to so far find a birth record and so her parents are both unknown. The Spencers have had a long association with the Hamlet of Hurstwood [1](see research notes) which is close to Burnley. There is a strong possibility that Mary came from this family but the evidence cannot be proved. See research notes.


Mary Married Oliver Ormarode in 1650 at St. Peter's Church Burnley lancashire[2]


Margarett Ormerode Christened 09 March 1651 at St Peter's Burnley [3][4]
Lawrence Ormenrode Christened 16 Jul 1654 at St Peter's Burnley [5] [6]
Mary Ormerode [7][8]


Mary was buried in St Peter's Church Burnley , the same church in which she was married[9]

Research Notes

  • Spencers Cottage Hurstwood where the Spencers lived for four centuries from 1292 to 1690. When John Spencer of Marsden sold this house to Oliver Ormerod of Foxstones (Hurstwood) and his son Lawrence. [10]
  • The Spencer or Spenser family was of long continuance in Hurstwood. (fn. 50) Upon very doubtful evidence the poet Edmund Spenser is alleged to have sprung from this family, and it is supposed that he composed his Shepherd's Calendar while staying with his relatives here. The building known as Spenser's House stands north-west of the hall, and is a small house of somewhat similar type and apparently of about the same date with three plain gables without copings facing south to the road, between the two westernmost of which is a projecting porch with low-arched doorway and with a room over. The porch has a lean-to roof which is almost a continuation of that of the house, but at a flatter pitch, and was probably not the intention of the original builder. Some of the windows have been modernized, but others, including those over the porch, retain their rounded lights. Like other buildings in the village, the house is constructed of gritstone and is covered with stone slates, but its chief interest lies in its reputed connexion with the family of the poet.
  • (fn.50)See the lists of tenants above. John Spenser of Hurstwood in 1526 granted to feoffees lands in Worsthorne and Hurstwood. His will names Janet his wife; Towneley MS. C 8, 13, S 229. Edmund Spenser in 1548 held two messuages, &c., of Simon and Joan Haydock by a rent of 13½d.; Duchy Plead. iii, 41. Edmund and Robert Spenser occur in pleadings of 1564; Ducatus Lanc. ii, 249, 298. An agreement was made in 1571 for the marriage of Isabel daughter of Edmund Spenser of Hurstwood with John son of Robert son of John Halsted of High Halstead. The agreement names John as the son and heir-apparent of Edmund Spenser, as well as many of the Halstead family; Add. MS. 32108, no. 675. Edmund Spenser's will (dated 1586, proved 1587) is printed in Wills (Chet. Soc. new ser.), ii, 6. It mentions his eldest son John and his son Edmund. The will of his widow Margaret (1602–5) is printed ibid. 13. She left money to the poor of Burnley to be distributed on the first Good Friday after her decease. Grace Spenser in 1591 claimed a messuage, &c., against John Spenser; Ducatus Lanc. iii, 263.


  2. England, Lancashire, Parish Registers 1538-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 October 2017), Olliver Ormerode and Mary Spencer, 06 Jun 1650; citing Marriage, St Peter's Church, Burnley, Lancashire, England, volume , Lancashire Record Office, Preston; FHL microfilm 1,517,689.
  3. Baptisms 1562 - 1653, Page 101 Source: LDS Film 1517689
  4. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, Margrett Ormerode, 09 Mar 1651); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 844,794.
  5. Register: Baptisms 1653 - 1727, Page 4, Entry 29 Source: LDS Film 1517690
  6. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, Lawrence Ormerode, 16 Jul 1654); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 0093654, 0093664, PLUS.
  7. Register: Baptisms 1653 - 1727, Page 16, Entry 41 Source: LDS Film 1517690
  8. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, Mary Ormerode, 18 Mar 1660); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 0093654, 0093664,
  9. Burial: 11 Nov 1695 St Peter, Burnley, Lancashire, England Mary Ormerod - wife of Oliver Ormerod Abode: Hurstwood Register: Burials 1653 - 1727, Page 44, Entry 43 Source: LDS Film 1517690


  • WikiTree profile Spencer-2183 created through the import of Carter01.ged on Sep 1, 2011 by Robert Kay.
  • WikiTree profile Spencer-2244 created through the import of The Kay Carter Arand and co.ged on Sep 27, 2011 by Robert Kay.

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