Anne was descended from Abraham Spencer in James City county, Virginia. She is believed to be the daughter of Captain Thomas Spencer and Ann Woodward. 2. Anne (Spencer) Norvell is believed to have been descended from the Abraham-William-Thomas line of Spencers who had roots in Martin's Hundred in James City County near where Capt. Hugh Norvell lived about 1700. One of the Thomas Spencers had married Anne Woodward, and the Woodwards were a family the Norvells had known in Charles City County. Anne's grandson, Thomas Spencer Norvell through her son George, may have been a Spencer namesake. The name Benjamin, given to a younger son of Anne Norvell, may also have come from the Spencers who used that name. According to Anne Norvell's estate account, caretakers were hired for her and she was apparently supported during that time by the proceeds from Aggy's hire as a weaver. Anne may have been a member of the Benjamin Norvell household, just as her husband had been, because Aggy, Anne's slave, was included in the inventory of Benjamin' estate in September of 1803 (Albemarle WB 4-135).
Further evidence that Anne was the wife of James Norvell, Sr., of Goochland can be drawn from the fact that the men who were party to the settlement of her estate were men who would have been known to James Norvell. Charles Wingfield, the administrator of Anne's estate, was a neighbor of Anne's son Spencer Norvell in Albemarle. Samuel Pryor surely was from the Pryor family who lived near the Norvells and had dealings with them in Goochland (OB 8:125, 9:266, 10:221). The Hudsons, who intermarried with the Wingfields, lived in several of the earlier Norvell neighborhoods. Norvell, Grace; James Norvell of Goochland County, Virginia, With Some Indications of His Tidewater Ancestry; Magazine of Virginia Genealogy; p. 159-160.'
Anne was born about 1715. She passed away about 1803.
According to Anne Norvell's estate account, she appears to have been an invalid from 1797 until her death 27 May 1803. Caretakers were hired for her and she was apparently supported during that time by the proceeds from Aggy's hire as a weaver. Anne must have been a member of the Benjamin Norvell household, just as her husband had been, because Aggy, Anne's slave, was included in the inventory of Benjamin's estate in September of 1803.
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