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John Spencer was born in Suffolk, England.
John Spencer was born before 1544, and was the son of Richard Spencer of Waldingfield in Suffolk.
John made his way to London, was a member of the Clothworkers Company, and made his fortune during the profitable Cloth trade, in Europe, which, as it happens, was also, in high demand in London, during the same period , and also, obviously, when close tie's were cemented with Spain, Turkey and Venice.
John married, the twice widowed, Alice Bromfield in London, about 1569, and their only child Elizabeth was born about 1574.
With his wealth, he purchased Canonbury Manor, or Tower, as it is known, which, at the time was one of the tallest buildings in London, and Crosby Place in 1583. The family moved with London's high society, and entertained at both addresses.
John passed away, suddenly, in London, on Wednesday, 3rd March 1610, "as he was pullinge on his netherstockes in the mornynge" and was buried at St Helen'S Church, Bishopsgate, London."
To add to the mystery, John is also named as Roger Spencer, Lord Mayor of London in 1594, and was probably born in Great Waldingfield.
I have found reference here, to Alice Wyncoll, who was either the mother of John, or the second wife of Richard and therefore, John's step-mother.
The reference to "children of my daughter Alice Spencer" who dies in 1544, makes it obvious that John had other siblings or half siblings, and was definitely born before 1544.Urquhart-93 00:28, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
Canonbury Tower passed to Elizabeth and his husband and still remains in the Compton family.