Family Tree Maker Online
Navigation Bar

[ Home Page | First Page | Previous Page | Next Page | Last Page ]

Descendants of David Spence




Generation No. 1


1. DAVID4 SPENCE (JOHN3, DAVID2, DAVID1) was born April 5, 1639 in Dysart, Fife, Scotland, and died Bef. August 1679 in Wiccomocomo, Somerset Co., MD (Source: Compiled and edited by Cotton, Jane Baldwin, Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol 1, (Baltimore, MD: W.J.C. Dulany Co., 1901-), p216.). He married ANNE ROWE Abt. 1665 in Northumberland Co., VA (Source: Beall, Dr. Barbara, Twigs of Inman-Spence, (Downloaded 9/6/99: <http://twigs-of-inman-spence.rootsweb.com>), "Electronic," pp 6-11, Part I, Section I.), daughter of JOHN ROWE and ANNE INGLIS. She was born Abt. 1640, and died Abt. 1711 in Somerset Co., MD.

More About D
AVID SPENCE:
Appointed constable: June 30, 1668, For Wiccocomoco (Wicomico) Hundred (Source: Torrence, Clayton, Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, (Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, VA 1935), p74-75.)
Assigns right in land: October 28, 1665, To unspecified parcel of land in Northumberland Co., VA to a John Graham. (Source: Edited & published by Ruth & Sam Sparacio, Deed & Will Abstracts of Northumberland Co., VA 1662-1666, (Antient Press, McLean, VA 1993), p 169 (110).)
Christening: April 16, 1639, Dysart, Fife, Scotland
Church: Bet. 1639 - 1679, Adherent of the Church of England (Source: Torrence, Clayton, Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, (Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, VA 1935), p131.)
Conveys gift: November 21, 1665, Gives a "heyfer calfe" to John Alexander, the young (under 10) son of Wm. Alexander, who is believed to have been kin through David's mother's family (Source: (1) Edited & published by Ruth & Sam Sparacio, Deed & Will Abstracts of Northumberland Co., VA 1662-1666, (Antient Press, McLean, VA 1993), p 175 (118)., (2) Pippenger, Wesley E., John Alexander: A Northern Neck Proprietor..., (Gateway Press, Baltimore, MD 1990), p 2-3, Text shows photocopy of conveyance in David's hand and with his signature. .)
Conveys half of patent: June 30, 1668, Conveys half (500 ac) of original grant of "Despence" to James Dashiell. (Source: Benjamin J. Dashiell, Dashiell Family Records, (The Sun Printing Office, Baltimore, MD, 1928), p23.)
Daughter born1: October 30, 1677, First daughter born in Somerset Co., MD; named Ann (Source: Somerset Co., MD Land Records, IKL, (Maryland Hall of Records, Baltimore, MD), p 245.)
Enters rights1: January 1663, Appears before Wm. Thorne, an official of Lord Calvert's Maryland colony, to enter rights "in part to make good his Pattent for one thousand acres". (Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Land Office Index 1663, #6, Liber 149, (Baltimore, MD), Liber 149.)
Enters rights2: March 1667, Enters second demand for land rights for himself and wife, Anne, indicating that they came to MD from "Wicomico in Virginia" (Note: there are 2 rivers so named in VA and 1 in MD) (Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Land Office (Patents) 11, (Baltimore, MD), p499.)
Enters rights3: December 1677, Filed third demand for rights for himself alone. (Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Land Office (Patents) 15, (Baltimore, MD), p 449.)
Is sued: September 9, 1674, By Isaack Hudson, who claimed David had not lived up to terms of Isaack's indenture. Jury found for David. (Source: Lankford, Wilmer O., Court Records of Somerset Co., MD, 1674, (Manokin Press, Princess Anne, MD 1992), p 63-65.)
Jury service: September 8, 1674, Serves on jury convened in the "Sommersett" County Court under 7 justices, among them James Dashiell, re case of George Johnson and a wandering cow. (Source: Lankford, Wilmer O., Court Records of Somerset Co., MD, 1674, (Manokin Press, Princess Anne, MD 1992), p 59-60.)
Location of "Despence": 1663, Situated on the south side of the present-day Wicomico River, just below the mouth of Wicomico Creek, near present-day towns of Whitehaven & Mt. Vernon (Source: Torrence, Clayton, Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, (Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, VA 1935), p 8-9.)
Occupation: Bet. 1663 - 1679, Planter (Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Maryland Prerogative Court, Wills 10, (Baltimore, MD), pp 57-61.)
Patents land in MD: March 17, 1673, Patents 250 acres called "Spence's Choice" on the north side of the "Cuttymortyes River", Somerset Co., MD (Source: Dryden, Ruth T., Calvert Papers, Rent Rolls of Somerset Co. MD 1663-1723, (R. T. Dryden, 2414 Front St., #25, San Diego, CA 92101: 1981?), p 15.)
Purchased land in VA: April 8, 1664, From George & Sarah Pickrin (Pickering), a "parcell of land" situated on the southwest side toward the head of the "Lower Machotanck Creeke" in Northumberland Co., VA (Source: Edited & published by Ruth & Sam Sparacio, Deed & Will Abstracts of Northumberland Co., VA 1662-1666, (Antient Press, McLean, VA 1993), p129 (53).)
Receives deed: February 8, 1663, For David & wife, Anne. (Source: Benjamin J. Dashiell, Dashiell Family Records, (The Sun Printing Office, Baltimore, MD, 1928), p 23.)
Recieves patent: September 8, 1663, For 1000 ac. tract named "Despence", on the south bank of the Wicomico River, Somerset Co., MD (Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Land Office (Patents) 6, (Baltimore, MD), pp 148-150.)
Records livestock mark: November 26, 1666, In Somerset Co., MD (Source: Powell, Jody, Somerset County MD Livestock Marks 1665-1772, (1991), p10.)
Reimbursed by Gen. Assy.: November 1678, An act passed by the MD General Assembly reimbursing a number of men (including David, 102 lbs) for the tobacco they had "layd out & disbursed...in the late Expedicon against the Nanticoke Indians.." (Source: Browne, William Hand (Ed. 1883-1912), Archives of Maryland, (Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD 1883- (Serial)), pp 87, 98.)
Son born1: January 25, 1666, First son born in Somerset Co., MD; named David Jr. (Source: Somerset Co., MD Land Records, IKL, (Maryland Hall of Records, Baltimore, MD), p 241.)
Son born2: September 13, 1669, Second son born in Somerset Co., MD; named Alexander (Source: Somerset Co., MD Land Records, IKL, (Maryland Hall of Records, Baltimore, MD), p 243.)
Son born3: April 11, 1672, Third son born in Somerset Co., MD; named John. (Source: Somerset Co., MD Land Records, IKL, (Maryland Hall of Records, Baltimore, MD), p 243.)
Son born4: January 25, 1674, Fourth son born in Somerset Co., MD; named James (Source: Somerset Co., MD Land Records, IKL, (Maryland Hall of Records, Baltimore, MD), p 243.)
Transports to MD: 1663, People listed on demand for MD rights were: James & Ann Dashiell, their son, James, a niece, Elizabeth (age 9), George Doone, John Thomas, Joell Taylor, Robert Murdrake (Muldrake?), William Layton, and Isabell Egions (Evans?). (Source: Benjamin J. Dashiell, Dashiell Family Records, (The Sun Printing Office, Baltimore, MD, 1928), p19, 22.)
Will probated: August 1679, In Somerset Co., MD (Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Maryland Prerogative Court, Wills 10, (Baltimore, MD), p 57-61, Leaves "Despence" to two younger sons (James & John); "Spence's Choice" to two older sons (David Jr. & Alexander); minor bequests to maid, Sophia, and dtr, Ann; personality to wife Ann and she to be executrix.)
Will written: March 29, 1678, In Somerset Co., MD (Source: Compiled and edited by Cotton, Jane Baldwin, Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol 1, (Baltimore, MD: W.J.C. Dulany Co., 1901-), p 216.)

Notes for A
NNE ROWE:
10/15/99

Anne is believed to have been the daughter of John Roe (Rowe) and Anne Inglis, sister of Margaret Inglis who was the mother of James Daishell, making Anne and James first cousins. As the daughter of John Rowe, Anne would have been the niece of David's step-mother (John's sister Anne) and thus David's step-cousin.

Anne may have lived until 1710. A careful reading of David's will shows that, while he did leave land to his two oldest sons, he left the main plantation to the two younger boys, then ages 7 and 5, but all of the household furnishings, farm equipment and livestock to his wife ("all goods, chattells & substance & all belonging thereto both without doores & within"). It seems clear that he wanted Anne to be assured of a home for at least the 10 or so years until the younger boys came of age. Add to this the fact that both the younger boys relocated to North Carolina around 1697 (at ages 25 and 23), but did not sell the Maryland plantation until 1710, and it is reasonable to speculate that Anne (with or without the boys' belssings) retained control of "Despence" until (probably) her death.
     
Children of D
AVID SPENCE and ANNE ROWE are:
2. i.   DAVID5 SPENCE, JR, b. January 25, 1666, Somerset Co, MD; d. Bef. April 20, 1726, Northumberland Co, VA.
3. ii.   ALEXANDER SPENCE, b. September 13, 1669, Somerset Co., MD; d. August 24, 1734, Pasquotank Co, NC.
4. iii.   JOHN SPENCE, b. April 11, 1672, Somerset Co, MD; d. March 14, 1735, Pasquotank Co, NC.
5. iv.   JAMES SPENCE, SR, b. January 25, 1674, Somerset Co, MD; d. Bef. October 1740, Pasquotank Co, NC.
  v.   ANN SPENCE (Source: Somerset Co., MD Land Records, IKL, (Maryland Hall of Records, Baltimore, MD), p245.), b. October 30, 1677, Somerset Co, MD (Source: Somerset Co., MD Land Records, IKL, (Maryland Hall of Records, Baltimore, MD), p 245.).
  Notes for ANN SPENCE:
Updated 11/4/99

It is possible that Anne removed to Northumberland Co. VA with her oldest brother, David. On 20 July 1709, an Anne Lyon, wife of John Lyon and executrix of Hugh Callon, petitioned the Court to appoint Mr. John Downing, Charles Nelms and David Spence to appraise the said Callon's estate. Anne Spence could have married Callon first, then Lyon. (Downing was David's father-in-law.)

It is also possible that Anne remained near her mother in Maryland and married a Holland, as John Spence was one of the men who appraised the estate of an Ann Holland "at Wicomico" on April 27,1703. As it was the general practice to appoint at least one close male family member to handle or assist in handling an estate, it is reasonable to assume that Ann Holland and John Spence were closely related, possibly a brother and sister.



  More About ANN SPENCE:
Inherited: 1679, From her father, two heifers named "Black Bird & Mouse", the calves of which were to be used for Ann's nurturing and education; also the old mare "Nany", a ten gallon iron pot, and the "puter" (pewter) dishes. (Source: Maryland Hall of Records, Maryland Prerogative Court, Wills 10, (Baltimore, MD), p 57-61.)
Registered livestock mark: 1681, In Somerset Co., MD (Source: Powell, Jody, Somerset County MD Livestock Marks 1665-1772, (1991), p 37.).



[ Home Page | First Page | Previous Page | Next Page | Last Page ]
Home | Help | About Us | Biography.com | HistoryChannel.com | Site Index | Terms of Service | PRIVACY
© 2009 Ancestry.com