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Thomas Spencer (1514 - 1547)

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Thomas Spencer
Born in Pavenham, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married about 1532 [location unknown]
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Died in Cople, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
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Thomas Spencer was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.


Thomas was born on 20 May 1514 at Pavenham, Bedfordshire, the son of John Spencer and Ann Arnold.[1]

He married Ann Bulkeley, the daughter of Robert Bulkeley of Burgate, Fordingbridge, Hampshire , circa 1532, with whom he had sons Robert and William, and daughters Elizabeth and Ann.[2] Robert died in Cople in 1620 when the parish register gives his age as about 87, from which is estimated his marriage date.

He died at Cople, Bedfordshire, in 1547, aged about 87.[3]

Research Notes

A property known as ROWLANDS MANOR appears in the parish in the 16th century, and was then held of Sir Thomas Snagge as of the barony of Bedford. Its origin is uncertain, but a family of Rodland or Rowland is associated with this parish from the 13th to the 15th century. The first mention of it as a manor is found in 1531, when John Spencer made a settlement of it. His father Robert's name occurs a few years earlier as holding land in Cople. Thomas son of John Spencer died seised in 1547. He was succeeded by his son Robert, who was followed by his son Nicholas, who died about 1625. His son, another Nicholas, married Mary daughter of Sir Edward Gostwick of Willington, and died in 1643. William Spencer, son and heir of Nicholas, was living and in possession of Rowlands in 1691. [4]

Biography: Litigation on his behalf: Source: C 1/814/23 Description: Short title: Harvy v Lord Mordaunt.

Plaintiffs: Edmund Harvy (?), esquire, guardian of Thomas Spencer.

Defendants: John Mordaunt, lord Mordaunt, William Gascoigne, knight, Richard Slade, and John Colbecke.

Subject: Detention of goods and of deeds relating to the manors of Cople and Barford, and land and rent there and [5]in Honeydon, Beggary, and Ford (in Eaton Socon), St Neots (Saynt Edes), Eynesbury, Weald and Caldecote (in Eynesbury), Great and Little Paxton, Odell, Little Brickhill, Elstow, Southmills and Stockton. Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Huntingdonshire

Date: 1533-1538


  1. Will of John Spencer dated 16 Jan 1531 in which he makes a bequest to his son Thomas to be paid on his 28th birthday on 20 May 1542. Repository: Bedford Archives and Record Service
  2. The Visitations of Bedfordshire 1566, 1582 and 1634. The Harleian Society 1884.
  3. 'Parishes: Cople', in A History of the County of Bedford: Volume 3, ed. William Page (London, 1912), pp. 238-242. British History Online [accessed 12 December 2018].
  5. Will of John Spencer dates
  • Thomas Family of Talbot County, Maryland and Allied Families by Richard Henry Spencer

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Spencer-5821 and Spencer-764 appear to represent the same person because: Appear to be the same person, relationships match
posted by Ellen Ilsley
Thomas ,son of John Spencer -Gent. b. abt. 1486 of Southmylles, Beds, d. 16 Jan 1532, probated 05 Feb. 1532.Source: Eng. 24, f, 23 pg. E 174 dIII, fls. in 1531 of Pavenham, Beds. - son and heir - Gent. and Anne Arnold- b. 14 Sept. 1492, dau. & heiress of _____ Arnolds. - Gent. of St. Needs, Hunt.
posted by Robert Spencer
Thomas Spencer b. 20 May 1514 d. 1547 -Source for date died: Chan. Inq. p.m. (Ser. 2), lxxxvi, 2.There is a brass to his memory in the south aisle of the church (Gent. Mag.1826, pt. i, 501).

From: 'Parishes: Cople', A History of the County of Bedford: Volume 3 (1912), pp. 238-242. = Ann Buckley- heiress and dau. of Robert Buckley of Burgate, Southhampton, had issue: Robert = Rose Cockayne, William b. abt. 1560 = 2 wife, Elizabeth = Robert Parrys, Ann. William b. 1560, was father of Thomas Spencer bpt. 1590 of Eton-Socon, He was Mayor of Bedford,Beds. sometime prior to 1634.

posted by Robert Spencer

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