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The Spencer Family 
Lynn, Mass to Connecticut
William and Thomas - founders of Hartford, Conn - 1630's
Gerard and son John - founders of Haddam, Conn - 1662

 
The Spencers migrated as adults, without their parents. There were four brothers and one sister that migrated:  William, Thomas, Michael, Gerard, and their sister, Elizabeth (Spencer) Tomlin. There had been a total of nine children in their family, three had died young and five came to America. Their sibling John seems to be the only child of that family that did not migrate. Although it is possible that they all came together as early as 1631, there is no evidence to support that. "The Great Migration Begins", by Robert Charles Anderson, which lists all persons for whom there is documentation of being in New England by the end of 1633, only lists William and Thomas. Note also that most of the "experts" believe that the John Spencer found in New England contemporary with this family is not the brother John.
 

Sources: For Thomas and William Spencer, and Timothy Tomlins, the prime source is: "The Great Migration Begins", by Robert Charles Anderson, 1995. For Michael and Gerard, I have relied on various sources, primarily the TAG articles in the 1950's on the Spencer family by Jacobus and Connecticut Families.


Related Links:
Go to the Spencer Links page for some interesting material, including a photograph of the church where all of the above children were baptized.
 
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