SPENS/SPENCE, MITCHELL, ALEXANDER, ROE, DASHIELL CONNECTIONS: JOHN DAVID SPENS (1611-1659)

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Scottish Parish records show that my eighth great grandfather, David Spence, was born in Dysart, Fife, Scotland April 5, 1639(1) and was christened April 16, 1639 in Dysart, Fife, Scotland.(2) His father John David Spens (1611-1659) had two marriages. The first to Helen Mitchell (1612-1633) on February 19, 1628 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland(3) produced two children.

1. Margaret Spens, who was christened February 8, 1629 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.(4) She married James Thomson on November 29, 1642 in Dunfermline.(5)
2. James Spens, who was christened March 25, 1632 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.(6) I have no additional information about him.

Helen Mitchell’s (7) name was erroneously transcribed as Helen Morris years ago. This explains the reason why I could find nothing about her. Helen Mitchell’s father was James Mitchell, who was christened in Dunfermline July 26, 1584(8), and she was a child of his first wife, whose name is unknown. Helen Mitchell Spens died about 1632-1633.(9) Her line reconnects with the Spence family later.

The Mitchell Family

As already noted, the identity of Helen Mitchell’s mother is unknown, and Helen appears to be the only child of that marriage.(10) On July 4, 1626, James Mitchell married Christian Thomson (b. 1599) in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.(11) Their children follow:

1. James Mitchell, baptized August 7, 1634, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland (12)
2. Janet Mitchell (b. 1637)–baptized January 15, 1637, Dunfermline(13)
3. Christian Mitchell (b. 1638)—baptized March 18, 1638, Dunfermline(14)
4. David Mitchell (b. 1640)—baptized November 29, 1640, Dunfermline(15)
5. Euphame Mitchell (b. 1642)—baptized October 9, 1642, Dunfermline (16)
6. Henry Mitchell (b. 1643)—baptized October 17, 1643, Dunfermline(16)
7. Thomas Mitchell (b. 1646)—baptized January 11, 1646, Dunfermline(18)
8. John Mitchell (b. 1647)—baptized March 26, 1647, Dunfermline.(19)

James Mitchell’s father was James Mitchell, who was baptized in Dunfermline March 5, 1564, and his mother was Janet Paycock, who was baptized in Dunfermline December 7, 1561.(20) His grandparents were David Mitchell, who was born in Dunfermline in 1541 and who died March 16, 1620 in Dunfermline, and Beatrice Kellok (b. 1543).(21)David Mitchell and Beatrice Kellok were married September 15, 1566 in St. Andrews, Kincardineshire, Scotland.(17)The children of David Mitchell and Beatrice Kellok were:

1. Andrew Mitchell (b. 1560) (23)
2. John Mitchell (b. 1562) (24)
3. James Mitchell (b. 1564)—Father of James (1634) (25)
4. Janet Mitchell (b. 1566)(26)

And finally, the parents of David Mitchell (b. 1541) were David Mitchell (b. 1520 in Scotland) and Isabel (b. 1520).(27) This is where the Mitchell line makes another connection with the Spens/Spence family.

David and Isabel had two children. The first was David Mitchell (b. 1541), and the second was a daughter: Marjory Mitchell, who was born in Dunfermline in 1544. (28)

On February 6, 1575, Marjory married Andrew Inglis (b. 1550) in Dunfermline, Fife Scotland.(29) Their children follow:

1. Ellen or Helen Inglis, who was baptized November 17, 1577, Dunfermline(30)
2. James Inglis, who was baptized October 11, 1579, Dunfermline (31)
3. Christian Inglis, who was baptized August 29, 1582, Dunfermline (32)
4. Janet Inglis, who was baptized May 12, 1585, Dunfermline (32)
5. ANN INGLIS, who was born in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland in 1604. She married John Roe (1600-1653), who was born in Scotland. Ann died in Wicocomico, Northumberland, Virginia. John died after 1653 in Wicocomico, Northumberland, Virginia. His parents were Sir Edward Roe, who was born in 1580 in South Shields, Durham, England and who died in South Shields, Durham, England, and Elizabeth Pattison, who was born in 1584 in South Shields, Durham, England and who died in 1618 in Durham.(33)(34) The children of Ann Inglis and John Roe were:

a. Edward Roe (1634-1676)—He settled in Talbot County, Maryland (35)
b. Elizabeth Roe (1639-1719)—She settled in Talbot County, Maryland (36)
c. Thomas Roe (1639-1703). Thomas was baptized in Bourne, Lincolnshire, England, and he died in Somerset County, Maryland in May 24, 1703. He married Frances Richardson (1643-1712) in 1664 in Norfolk, Virginia.(37)
d. ANN ROE (1640-1711)—THE WIFE OF DAVID SPENCE (1639-1679).(38) Ann will reappear later in the David Spence article.

6. MARGARET INGLIS (1604-1650). Margaret was born in Midlothian Edinburgh, Scotland in 1604, and she died in 1650 in Edinburgh.(39) She married JAMES DA SHIEL (1603-1645). Their son was JAMES DASHIELL (1634-1697).(34)

A cousin relationship not only existed between DAVID SPENCE and ANN ROE, but a cousin relationship also existed with JAMES DASHIELL.

David Spence, Ann Roe and James Dashiell will return in the David Spence article.

The Spens Family

The father of David Spence (1639-1679), John David Spens, was christened in Dunfermline March 12, 1611.(35) His parents were John David Spens (1571-1615) and Janett Cunningham (1565-1665).(37) Reportedly, his grandparents were Sir David Spence, Laird of Wormiston (1538-1571) and Margaret Learmonth (1542-1572).(36) I don’t know whether this has been solidly proven as yet; it is something I plan to research further. DNA tests on this family line go back to Dysart, Fifeshire, Scotland, but I don’t know whether they extend to Wormiston. A note on my ancestral tree indicates that John David Spens (b. 1571) was killed by a pistol shot in Dysart in 1615.(37)
The children of John David Spens (1561-1615) and Janett Cunningham (1565-1665) were:

1. William Spens. Nothing else is known
2. David Spens (b. 1592)
3. John Spens/Spence (1600-1704). John was born in Dysart in 1600.(38) On November 4, 1636, he married Jane Jordan (1633-1685) in Airsland Kirkoswall, Ayr, Scotland.(39) They are the parents of Patrick Spens/Spence, who was born in 1633 in Dysart, and who died in Westmoreland, Virginia in 1685.(40) John Spens was transported to Virginia in the 1650s. In 1654, Patrick Spens/Spence married Dorcas Norrie (1635-1708) in Westmoreland County, Virginia.(41) Their children were:

a. Dr. Alexander Spens/Spence (b. 1656)
b. Patrick Spens/Spence (b. 1658)
c. Elizabeth Spens/Spence (b. 1660)
d. Thomas Spens/Spence (b. 1660)
e. Eleanor Spens/Spence (b. 1664)
f. John Spens/Spence (b. 1665).(42)

Patrick Spens/Spence was a first cousin of David Spence (b. 1639-1679).

4. Janet Spens/Spence (b. 1605)
5. Margaret Spens/Spence (b. 1605)
6. John David Spens/Spence (1611-1659) (43)—the subject under discussion here.

The Alexander Family

After the death of his first wife, John David Spens (b. 1611) married Margaret Alexander (1607-1642) on November 3, 1636 in Ayrshire, Scotland.(44) She appears to have been the daughter of Sir William Alexander (1567-1640)—Lord Stirling—and Lady Janet Erskine (1580-1649).(45) Given later associations between the Spens and Alexander families, this connection is probably true. The children of John David Spens/Spence and Margaret Alexander were:

1. Margaret Spens (1637-1667). Margaret was born November 5, 1637 in Dysart, Fife, Scotland and was baptized in Dysart January 12, 1644.(46) On December 13, 1659, Margaret married Johne Alshunder (Alexander) in Dunfermline. He was the son of James Alshunder (Alexander).(47) They had two known children:

a. John Alshunder (Alexander) (b. June 20, 1661, Dunfermline)(48)
b. Jonet Alshunder (Alexander) (b. 1667 in Dunfermline.)(48)

2. David Spens/Spence (1639-1679) (49)—under discussion here
3. James Spens (1639-1639). James was David’s twin. He was born on April 5, 1639, and he died the same day.(50)
4. Thomas Spens (b. 1641). Thomas was born January 19, 1641 in Dysart, and he was baptized January 24, 1641 in Dysart.(51)
5. Alexander Spence (b. 1642). Alexander was baptized in Dysart November 12, 1642.(52)

John David Spens/Spence died April 28, 1659 in Gorballs Govan, Stirling, Scotland.(53)

References

(1) Microfilm of Scottish Christening Records, International Genealogical Index, Family History Library, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 1995.
(2) Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 about Dauid Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 8, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(3) Fife, Scotland, Extracted Parish Records about David Spens Helen Mitchell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 8, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(4) Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 about Margaret Spens, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 8, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(5) Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 about Margaret Spens, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 8, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(6) Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 about James Spens, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 8, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com.
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(14)Microfilm of Scottish Christening Records, International Genealogical Index, Family History Library, Provo, Utah, Date Accessed: 1998
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(39)Inman-Spence-Beall-Warfield Family Branches, a Private Tree. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 8, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
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(50)Microfilm of Scottish Christening Records, International Genealogical Index, Family History Library, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 1995.
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(53)Microfilm of Scottish Death Records, International Genealogical Index, Family History Library, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 1998

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