Governor Col. Nicholas Spencer

Governor Col. Nicholas Spencer

Male 1634 - 1689  (55 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 32 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Nicholas Spencer 
    Prefix Governor Col. 
    Born 1634  Cople Parish, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Sep 1689  Westmoreland Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I101230  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2001 

    Father Nicholas Spencer,   b. 16 Nov 1611, Cople, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1631, Willington, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years) 
    Mother Mary Gostwick,   b. Abt 1615, Willington, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1694  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Family ID F48623  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frances Mottrom,   b. 1645, Coan Hall, Northumberland Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1720  (Age 75 years) 
    Married Abt 1662  Coan Hall, Northumberland Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. William Spencer, Esq,   d. England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mottrom Spencer,   d. Abt 1703
     3. Nicholas Spencer, Jr.,   d. England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary Spencer,   b. 1681, West Chester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Francis Spencer,   b. Abt 1685,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. John Spencer,   b. Aft 20 Dec 1685,   d. Abt 8 Feb 1726, Cople Parish, Weatmoreland Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
     7. Elizabeth Spencer,   b. 1703, Caroline Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F41119  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Merchant of London, settled in Westmoreland Co, VA bef 1659.
      Responsible for Francis Wright's education after the death of Richard Wright.
      Secretary of colony of Virginia, 1678-23 Sep 1689.
      Cousin to Lord Culpeper, the Governor of VA.
      Allied by marriage to Washingtons of Sulgrave.
      Acquired 1100 acres of land at Piscattaway, on the Potomac, incl. Mt. Vernon. in 1661 with brother in law Richard Wright.
      Overseer w/ John Mottrum II of Richard Wright's estate.

      Nicholas Spencer, Esq., of Cople, in Bedfordshire, who immigrated to Virginia and was Secretary of Virginia from 1678 to his death Sept. 23, 1689, and acting Governor from Sept. 1683 to April 1684.

      His family was one of dignity and extensive estates in England, and in the Virginia Magazine II, pg. 33, is an account of his pedigree back to Robert Spencer, who was living in Bedfordshire 150 years before. His parents were Nicholas Spencer, Esq. of Cople Parish, in Bedfordshire, England and Mary, his wife, second daughter of Sir Edward Gostwick. Colonel Nicholas Spencer, the immigrant, was a merchant of London, who settled in Westmoreland County, Virginia, before 1659, where the parish of Cople was named in honor of his family in England. He held a great variety of offices; was a member of the House of Burgesses that continued from 1662 to 1676, Secretary of State from 1678 to his death, Sept. 23 1689, and as President of the Council was acting governor from Sept. 1683 to April 1684. By the death of his brothers, he was the only surviving son of his father at his death, and succeeded to all the estates in Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire.

      By Frances Mottrom, daughter of Colonel John Mottrom, he had, according to his will proved in England, June 15, 1699 (New England Hist. & Gen. Reg., Vol XLV. pg. 67), William Spencer Esq., who died in England without issue; Mottrom, who married Jane-----, and died about 1703; Nicholas, to whom Richard Cole, in 1671 left a legacy styling him young Nich., son of old Nich.: (Westmoreland County Records) After the death of his brother, William, Nicholas Spencer, Jr. succeeded to the estates and went to England. (Virginia Magazine of History and Biography II, pg. 84, IV. 451); John to whom his father left lands on Pope's Creek; Francis, to whom his father left the moiety of 5,000 acres held in joint tenancy with Capt. Lawrence Washington; Frances mentioned in a deed in 1706 as now of age.

  • Sources 
    1. [S91] The Stronghold, A Story of Historic Northern Neck of Virginia & Its People, Miriam Haynie, (The Dietz Press, Richmond, VA 1959 , , Repository: J.H. Garner), p 81 (Reliability: 0).


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