Spencer family (569)
1337. “Goodman” Spencer. “Goodman” died in 1640.
The first name of “Goodman” Spencer is not known. He was steward of Capt. Lamberton on the voyage over from England in 1640, but died on the passage and was succeeded as steward by Roger Alling. He left an only daughter in the hands of Mr. Fowler and “Goodman” Tapp. This was Hannah Spencer, who seems to have been raised in Milford, Conn. She married, 2 May 1661, Benjamin Jones, and left a son Benjamin and descendants.
See Donald Lines Jacobus article “The four Spencer brothers—their ancestors and descendants” in The American Genealogist 27 (1951), pages 79-81. Jacobus does not suggest that Goodman Spencer is related to the other Spencers in the article, but just mentions him in passing.
Jacobus mentions another Spencer New Haven man, however, who might have some relation to Goodman Spencer, namely a certain George Spencer. This George Spencer was hanged about 1641. He had lost one of his eyes when young, and when a piglet was born with one eye he was convicted of beastiality. He was the first non-Native American to be executed in Connecticut, and the second in the state after the Native American Nepauduck was executed for murder. The real reason for his execution appears to be his lack of piety. George Spencer testified that he knew Roger Alling in England. As Jacobus says, “Since both of these New Haven Spencers were acquainted with Roger Alling, who was a native of Kempston, co. Bedford, and since there were Spencers in Kempston, it seems likely that they came from that vicinity. Descendants of Hannah (Spencer) Jones might do well to seek her origin there.”
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