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Zachariah Spencer Sr. (abt. 1705 - 1782)

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Zachariah "Zacharias" Spencer Sr.
Born about in Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Baltimore, Baltimore, Marylandmap
Husband of — married after [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Harford, Maryland, USAmap
Spencer-312 created 16 Dec 2010 | Last modified
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Event years 1773-1789.
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Please do not add parents or siblings for Zachariah without documentary evidence of the relationship. We do not know his parents or if he had siblings. Additional yDNA tests would be appreciated.

Zachariah Spencer Sr. has German ancestry.
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I think this is Zachariah traveling not his actual immigration date due to the fact that he was married in Maryland in 1728 Zachariah arrived in America as a primary immigrant U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s VIEW RECORD Name Zachariah Spencer Arrival Year 1742 Arrival Place Maryland Source Publication Code 9916 Primary Immigrant Spencer, Zachariah Annotation Denizations, pp. 1-3 (1660-1771); naturalizations, pp. 5-71 (1666-1775). The compilation covers about 1,600 new citizens. Appendix: place names, clergymen and parishes. Source Bibliography WYAND, JEFFREY A., and FLORENCE LEONE WYAND. Colonial Maryland Naturalizations. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1975. 104p. Repr. 1986. Page 15

Zachariah Spencer was born around 1705. His parents are unknown. He is listed in a Maryland court record, dated 13 October 1742, as a "Native of Germany"[1]

Zachariah was first heard of 2 March, 1727 when he witnessed the will of John Stokes of Baltimore, Maryland. He signed as "Zacharias" [2]. On 4 August 1736 Zacharias proved the Stokes will in another legal proceeding. [3]

Zachariah married first Christian Coob or Cobb on Feb 2, 1728 in Baltimore. [4] They had the following children:

  1. Elizabeth Spencer, b.16 May 1730.
  2. Zachariah II, b.13 March 1732. (who later moved to North Carolina)

Christian died after the birth of their son Zachariah.

Zachariah married second Charity Cobb or Coob. They had the following six children:

  1. Rachel Spencer,
  2. Rebecca Spencer,
  3. James Spencer,
  4. Charity Spencer,
  5. William Spencer,
  6. John Spencer and
  7. Margaret Hill (Spencer) Crail

Zachariah is said to have owned a plantation and slaves in Harford County, Maryland. He owned at least some of that land at the time or near to the time of his marriage in 1728. He is listed in the parish records of St. John's Church, Hartford county.

Zachariah became a naturalized citizen in Annapolis, Maryland in 1742. His taking of the Pledged Allegiance to the Cause of Liberty is listed in the Maryland Record.[5] He is listed as having taken the Pledge before March 18, 1778.

Zachariah passed away in 1783. His Will was dated 13 Aug 1782, presented for Probate 16 Dec 1783, but because of 'defects' was apparently not proven until 11 May 1803. Charity and all 8 children are listed in the last will which was probated in 1783.


  1. Md. hall of Records, Judgment of Provincial Court, Vol.EI 7, pp. 108-9
  2. Cotton, Abstracts of Maryland Wills, Vol. VI., p. 232.
  3. Cotton, Vol, VII., p. 183
  4. St. George's Parish Records, Microfilm #M-1158, 1681-1798, Maryland Hall of Records
  5. Maryland Records E-6954112, page 238, No.47
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed September 19, 2016), "Record of Zachariah Spencer, Sr.", Ancestor # A002761.
  • Spencer Y-DNA Project Zachariah Spencer under Ungrouped Families - Haplogroup R1b1
  • Zachariah is listed as RM269

SPENCER, ZACHARIAH SR Ancestor #: A002761 Service: MARYLAND Rank: PATRIOTIC SERVICE Birth: CIRCA 1700 GERMANY Death: ANTE 12-16-1783 HARFORD CO MARYLAND Service Source: BRUMBAUGH, MD RECS: COL, REV, CHURCH, VOL 2, PP 233, 238 Service Description: 1) TOOK OATH OF FIDELITY, 1778

RESIDENCE Created: 2002-03-27 23:23:55.3, Updated: 2009-06-25 11:25:31.0, By: 1) County: HARFORD CO - State: MARYLAND

SPOUSE Number Name

Created: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, Updated: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, By: Conversion 1) CHRISTIAN COOB Created: 2009-06-25 11:25:31.0, Updated: 2009-06-25 11:25:31.0, By: 2) CHARITY X

R1b1a1a2 (R-M269) R-M269 (previously R1b1a2, amongst other names) is defined by the presence of SNP marker M269. R1b1a2* or M269 (xL23) is found at highest frequency in the central Balkans notably Kosovo with 7.9%, Macedonia 5.1% and Serbia 4.4%.[3] Kosovo is notable in having a high percentage of descendant L23* or L23(xM412) at 11.4% unlike most other areas with significant percentages of M269* and L23* except for Poland with 2.4% and 9.5% and the Bashkirs of southeast Bashkortostan with 2.4% and 32.2% respectively.[3] Notably this Bashkir population also has a high percentage of M269 sister branch M73 at 23.4%.[3] Five individuals out of 110 tested in the Ararat Valley, Armenia belonged to R1b1a2* and 36 to L23*, with none belonging to known subclades of L23.[32]

European R1b is dominated by R-M269. It has been found at generally low frequencies throughout central Eurasia,[33] but with relatively high frequency among the Bashkirs of the Perm region (84.0%) and Baymaksky District (81.0%).[34] This marker is present in China and India at frequencies of less than one percent. The table below lists in more detail the frequencies of M269 in regions in Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Trofimova et al. (2015) found a surprising high frequency of R1b-L23 (Z2105/2103) among the peoples of the Idel-Ural. 21 out of 58 (36.2%) of Burzyansky District Bashkirs, 11 out of 52 (21.2%) of Udmurts, 4 out of 50 (8%) of Komi, 4 out of 59 (6.8%) of Mordvins, 2 out of 53 (3.8%) of Besermyan and 1 out of 43 (2.3%) of Chuvash were R1b-L23 (Z2105/2103),[35] the type of R1b found in the recently analyzed Yamna remains of the Samara Oblast and Orenburg Oblast.[26]

The frequency is about 92% in Wales, 82% in Ireland, 70% in Scotland, 68% in Spain, 60% in France (76% in Normandy), about 60% in Portugal, 45% in Eastern England, 50% in Germany, 50% in the Netherlands, 42% in Iceland, and 43% in Denmark. It is as high as 95% in parts of Ireland. It is also found in some areas of North Africa, where its frequency peaks at 10% in some parts of Algeria.[36]

From 2003 to 2005 what is now R1b1a2 was designated R1b3. From 2005 to 2008 it was R1b1c. From 2008 to 2011 it was R1b1b2.

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On 10 Dec 2016 at 19:16 GMT William Spencer II wrote:

On 2 February 1728 Zachariah married Christian "Coob" in St. George's Parish, Baltimore County, Md. (St. George's Parish Records, microfilm #M-1158, 1681-1798, Maryland Hall of Records.)

She died evidently after Zachariah II was born and he married Charity Cobb. ( WTSII note ) Date given as 13 July 1725 (cannot be accurate since it precedes first marriage date )but listed in ( Adm.. Accts. book 12, pp. 475-7).

On 10 Dec 2016 at 18:48 GMT William Spencer II wrote:

According to. Henry W. Rigby ( Cotton, Abstracts of Maryland Wills, Vol. VI., p. 232) Zachariah Spencer1on 2 March 1727, witnessed the will of John Stokes of Baltimore, county, "he signed as Zacharias." The will was probated on 5 September 1732. On 4 August 1736 Zacharias proved the Stokes will in another legal proceeding ( Cotton, Vol. VII., P. 183).

On 10 Dec 2016 at 18:48 GMT William Spencer II wrote:

According to. Henry W. Rigby ( Cotton, Abstracts of Maryland Wills, Vol. VI., p. 232) Zachariah Spencer1on 2 March 1727, witnessed the will of John Stokes of Baltimore, county, "he signed as Zacharias." The will was probated on 5 September 1732. On 4 August 1736 Zacharias proved the Stokes will in another legal proceeding ( Cotton, Vol. VII., P. 183).

On 22 Sep 2016 at 00:51 GMT JD Snyder wrote:

Hi William, Thank you for posting the information . I would love to see a photo of you or any of the Spencer men. If you have any family stories we would love to hear them. I descend Zachariah ll son John's daughter Mary

On 21 Sep 2016 at 17:18 GMT William Spencer II wrote:

Henry W. Rugby wrote 15 September 1983 " As early as 2 March 1727 a Zachariah Spencer was in Baltimore County, Maryland . He was at least 16 at the time, and probably older, and astonishly - was a native of Germany." He married (1st) Christian Coob (or Cobb) born15 April 1712. The second marriage took place between 13 March 1732 and 1734. He had 8 children, William and young Zachariah who came to Tryon, County, N. c. By 26December 1772 and their sister married a Robinson. On 13 October 1742 the older Zachariah was naturalized in Annapolis, Md. He left a will dated 13 August 1782, probated in Harford County (previously Baltimore County), Md. In 1783." Zachariah II married married Ann Pogue in Md. On 29 September 1755. They had 4 children in Md. Elizabeth , Sarah, Ann and Zachariah III.

On 14 Sep 2016 at 13:20 GMT JD Snyder wrote:


I had written Floyd Spencer one of the co mgr of Spencer's FTDNA asking for clarification on dna kinship

This is Floyds(Spencer FTDNA PROJECT) answer to me. I have started trying to research the Spencer Family in general

"Given that Zachariah was born in early 1700's, any connection to the brothers would likely be through their grandchildren or great grandchildren. Death dates for the brothers themselves are: William - abt 1640, Thomas - 1687, Michael - 1653, and Gerard - 1683-1685. The first 3 to 5 generations of the 4 brothers descendants has been researched and written about by several well-known genealogists (Jacobus and Clark). I am unaware of the name of Zacharias being mentioned. I don't believe there is any records of the descendant families of the 4 Brothers migrating from the northeast to Maryland as early as the 1700's. This would also suggest a connection, even through adoption, unlikely, since the records for Zacharias indicate he was in Maryland at an early age."

On 13 Sep 2016 at 08:10 GMT JD Snyder wrote:

I have posted to G2G. The DNA is not my DNA. This is how the question was answered in 2015

"Chet and Frank don't have the M269 SNP. That is to say - they are not related to the R-M269 haplogroup. Chet and Frank belong to the E-L117 haplogroup. commented Nov 25, 2015 by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot edited Nov 25, 2015 by Peter Roberts"

On 4 Sep 2016 at 00:18 GMT Paula J wrote:

Thanks Jennie!

The PPP is supposed to protect from adding unverified relationships. You should not be able to add parents or children until I remove it.

For some reason it did not work this time. I removed it and added it back to see it that corrects the glitch.

Thanks for making the corrections while my power was out!!

On 2 Sep 2016 at 05:59 GMT JD Snyder wrote:

I guess I should tell you the people you keep listing as his parents are not his parents. I had them removed before and someone keeps adding them back, his profile was made protected so people wouldn't keep putting them on there. I'm removing them again because there is no proof they are related to him. He is German they are English. I had the documentation on here and it isn't anymore .

On 2 Sep 2016 at 05:49 GMT JD Snyder wrote:

I joined the Spencer Historical Assoc. and discovered through records they had that Zachariah does not descend from the four brothers

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