Thomas Spencer

Thomas Spencer (1607 - 1687)

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Sgt. Thomas Spencer
Born in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1635 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 11 Sep 1645 in Hartford, Hartford Co CTmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hartford, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified 9 Feb 2020 | Created 30 Dec 2010
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Thomas Spencer migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Thomas was born before 1607. He is the son of Jarrard Spencer and Alice Whitbread. He passed away in 1687.

Sergeant Thomas Spencer, Cambridge; freeman, May 14, 1634; removed in 1637 to Hartford, where he was one of the original proprietors ; his home-lot in 1639 was on the east side of Main St., near what is now the junction of Main and Windsor Sts.; he served in the Pequot War; chimney-viewer, 1650; constable, north side, 1658; surveyor of highways, 1672; he was sergeant of the trainband in 1650, and received in 1671 a grant of 60 acres, "for his good service in the country." He m. (1) -; (2) Sept. 11, 1645, Sarah, only child of Nathaniel Bearding, of Hartford. He d. Sept. 11, 1687.-Ch. of 1st wife : i. Obadiah, Hartford; freeman, 1658; m. Mary, dau. of Nicholas Disborough; d. 1712. ii. Thomas; freeman, 1658; m. Esther, den. of William Andrews, of Hartford; removed to Suffield iii. Samuel. Ch. of 2d wife: iv. Gerard, Hartford; m. Dec. 22, 1680, Hannah, dau. of John Pratt, Jr., of Hartford; d. 1712. v. Sarah, m. Thomas Huxley, of Suflield; d. Oct. 24, 1712. vi. Elizabeth, bapt. March 26, 1648; m. Samuel Andrews, of Hartford. vii. Hannah, b. April 15, 1653. viii. Mary, b. May 18, 1655. ix. Martha, b. March 19, 1657-8; m. - Benton.

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A short biography of this man and the documentary evidence relating to him is given in The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002), (Orig. Pub. New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).

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  • Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. Frank Spencer and Chet Spencer match on 64 out of 67 markers (see YSearch IDs BVDU9 and 23V7R) thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA Gerard Spencer.


  • "The Four Spencer Brothers" by Jacobus, Donald Lines in "The American Genealogist" 27 April 1951, pp. 79-87.

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Please add a statement to this profile documenting the two matching yDNA tests used to confirm his relationship to his father, the number of markers the two test takers share, and the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of the two. See this page for the format:

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posted by Kay (Johnson) Wilson
There seems to be some confusion on this profile. The wives in the biography do not match the wives shown on the profile. And the information below is different still.
posted by Robin Lee
information on the Spencer Historical and Genealogical Society confirming Sgt. Thomas Spencer's wifes.

Thomas married Ann Derifield, daughter of Barabas Derifield and Ann (unknown), about 1638 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Ann was born about 1610 in Stotsfold, Bedfordshire, England and died about 1644 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Thomas next married Sarah Bearding, daughter of Nathaniel Bearding and Unknown, on 11 Sep 1645 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Sarah was born about 1623 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT and died on 11 Sep 1685 in Hartford, Hartford Co.,

posted by Mary (Spencer) Harris

Thomas is 16 degrees from Peter Roberts, 9 degrees from Emma Smith and 9 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.