Two Children of David and Anne Roe Spence: David Spence (1666-1726) and Ann Spence (1677-1713)

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David and Ann Spence were the oldest and youngest children of David Spence (1639-1679) and Ann Roe (1640-1711). I focus on the two of them here since they ended up in the same location. While their siblings relocated to Pasquotank, North Carolina, David and Ann settled in Northumberland County, Virginia.

David Spence (1666-1726)

According to the Maryland, Births and Christening Records, David Spence was born 25 Jan 1666 in Wicocomico, Somerset County, Maryland.(1) He was the oldest son and child of David and Ann Roe Spence. The next reference to young David is in Somerset County where at the age of fifteen, David registered his cattle marks.(2) His father had died in 1679, so David became a man at a relatively young age. When his brothers began focusing on North Carolina in the 1690s, David elected not to go there. Instead, he turned his attention to Northumberland County, Virginia, where his father had originally settled. He had visited Northumberland with his father, for David Sr. continued investing in property there. While I have yet to find a specific record indicating his earliest presence there, he was definitely in Northumberland by 1699.

On September 23, 1699, David married a widow by the name of Sarah Downing Span (1668-1711) in Northumberland County, Virginia.(3) Sarah was the daughter of John B. Downing (1645-1698) and Elizabeth Hughlett (1643-1715). Her first husband was John Span (1663-1697), whom she had married in Northumberland County May 19, 1697. Their daughter, Elizabeth Span, was born in 1698 in Wicocomico, Northumberland County, Virginia and died in Northumberland February 17, 1698.

Sarah Downing and David Spence had the following children:

1. Sarah Spence, who was born in 1700 in Wicocomico, Northumberland County, Virginia, and who died before March 2, 1752 in Northumberland County. For the longest time, I thought Sarah did not exist until I found her marriage listed in the Northumberland County Records. Sarah Spence, the daughter of David Spence and Sarah Downing married William Pickering (1694-1736) before December 18, 1718 in Northumberland County.(4) William was the son of William Pickering (1660-1712). People have confused this William Pickering with a William Pickren (1698-1752)—but they were different individuals. William Pickren’s parents were Richard Pickren (1675-1740) and Martha (b. 1675). William Pickren died in Georgia. His wife was Elinor Haynie (b. 1708), whom he married in Northumberland County in 1729. Their children were Robert F. Pickren (1726-1800), Spencer Pickren (1729-1783) and Nelly Pickren (b. 1732). William Pickren may have had a previous marriage, but it was not to Sarah Spence.

The children of William Pickering and Sarah Spence were:

a. Sarah Pickering (b. December 18, 1718, St. Stephen’s Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia).
b. William Pickering, Jr. (b. November 24, 1720, St. Stephen’s Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia). William died after March 2, 1752.
c. Ann Pickering (b. December 28, 1722, St. Stephen’s Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia).
d. David Pickering (b. February 2, 1725, St. Stephen’s Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia).

William Pickering died in Northumberland County, Virginia December 13, 1736.

2. Anne Spence, who was born April 5, 1702, Wicocomico, Northumberland County, Virginia and who died before March 2, 1752 in Northumberland County.(5) About 1724, Anne married Sylvester Welch (Welsh) II (1696-1754) in Northumberland County, Virginia.(6) Their children were:

a. Winifred Welch (b. 1721)
b. Benjamin Welch (1723-1785)
c. Anne Welch (b. 1725)
d. Sarah Welch (b. 1725)
e. John Welch (b. 1727)
f. Sylvester Welch III (1729-1810)
g. Dempsey Welch (1729-1792)’
h. Daniel Welch (1732-1753)
i. Laurenah or Lurena Welch (1733-1754)
j. Sarah Welch (b. 1735)
k. Nancy Welch (1740-1850).

A note on my family tree indicates: “Silvester referenced, w/ wife’s nephew, William Pickering Jr., as the “two surviving heirs” to the half of “Spence’s Choice”, Somerset Co. MD plant. inher. by Anne’s father, David Jr. from his own father in 1679. Welch & Pickering sold to Purnell Johnson.” (7)

Concerning Silvester Welch:

Name also given as Welsh. Served as executor to wife’s brother (John Spence) estate in 1726/7. According to the William & Mary Quarterly, the Welches were a substantial and well known family and furnished several soldiers to the Revolutionary Army. The records of St. Stephen’s Parish in Northumberland Co., VA indicate that a Silvester Welsh had a daughter, Winefred, on Dec. 8, 1714, and a second daughter, also named Winefred, on August 22, 1721. Even for that time it is unlikely that Anne Spence was the mother of the first Winefred, as she would have been only 11 when she became pregnant. A more reasonable scenario is that Silvester’s first wife and child died, with Anne Spence being his second wife, and their first child named after the one who died.(8)

3. John Spence, who was born March 21, 1707 in St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia, and who died March 15, 1727 in Wicomico, Northumberland County, Virginia. He remained single.

After Sarah Downing Spence’s death in 1711, David Spence married Anne Edwards (1666-1719) in Northumberland County, Virginia about 1711.(9) I believe I should mention here that the reason why there are so many approximate dates in these early records stems from the fact that the earlier records burned or were otherwise destroyed and Northumberland County had to recreate those early records. If no witnesses were still around and the County was forced to guess, recorders used approximate dates. Existing records for David Spence and his two wives follow:

17 Nov 1714 — Age: 48
Northumberland County, Virginia, USA
Lawsuit filed against Frances Clifford, Relict of Robert, now wife of Jno Archbell by David & Ann Spence, Admrs of Nicho Edwards Estate

16 Sep 1719 — Age: 53
Northumberland County, Virginia, USA
Charles Edwards, son of Nicholas Edwards, decd. David & Ann Spence ordered to answer his Petition.; Appt. Admrs of Nicholas Edwards Estate 17 Jun 1714 (10)

David Spence died in Wicomico, Northumberland County Virginia on April 20, 1726. (11)

Ann Spence (1677-1713)

The youngest child and only daughter of David and Ann Roe Spence, Ann Spence was born October 30, 1677 in Wicomico, Somerset County, Maryland.(12) She was two years old when her father died in 1679. Then in 1699 at the age of twenty-two, she joined her brother David in Northumberland County, Virginia, where she met and married her first husband Hugh Callan (1670-1709). Hugh Callan was born in England or in Scotland, and he died June 1, 1709 in Northumberland County, Virginia. Their children were:

1. Nicholas Callan, born in 1701, Northumberland County, Virginia
2. Eliza (Elizabeth) Callan, born 1706, Northumberland County, Virginia.(13)

In June 1709, Ann married John Lyon, who was born in 1669 and who died after 1711 in Northumberland County, Virginia. Northumberland County Records show the following:

20 Jun 1711
Northumberland County, Virginia
Jno. Lyon Re-rec Inv. of est of Hugh Callan, decd, 17.113

20 Jun 1711
Northumberland County, Virginia
Inv of Est re-rec by John Lyon and Alexander Mulraine. Orig. date of inv. not shown it having been burned. 17.113 (14)

Concerning Ann Spence Callan Lyon, the records show:

20 Jul 1709— Age: 31
Northumberland Co. Virginia
Anne Lyon, wife of John Lyon, and executrix of Hugh Callan, petitioned the Court to appoint Mr. John Downing, Charles Nelms and David Spence to appraise the said Callan’s Estate (15)

Ann’s second husband John Lyon predeceased her in 1711. She died before March 1713/14, when her orphaned children by Hugh Callan were bound out as follows:

Eliza Callan (orph. Dau. of Hugh Callan) dec’d, seven years old the first day of July next, bound to Tho. Harding till 18. 12 Mar 1713/14. 6.21.
Nicho: (orph Son of Hugh Callan) dec’d. abt 12 years of age, bound to Charles Moorhead till 21 to be taught the trade of a cooper. 18 Mar 1713/14. 6.25
Nich: (orph Son of Hugh Callan) dec’d abt 13 years, bound by his request to John Crump to learn the trade of a shoemaker. 16 Mar 1714/15. 6.100 (16)

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References

(1) Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911 about David Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(2) Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890 about David Spence Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(3) Virginia, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800 about David Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(4) Northumberland, Virginia County Records about Sarah Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(5) Virginia, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800 about Anne Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(6) Virginia, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800 about Anne Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(7) Somerset County, Princess Anne, MD, Deed Book A, p 227
(8) From FamilyTree Maker
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/k/e/e/Janie-S-Keenum/ GENE2-0002.html Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(9) Virginia, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800 about David Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(10) Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. I, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(11) Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. I, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(12) Maryland, Births and Christenings Index, 1662-1911 about Ann Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(13) Northumbria collectanea, 1645-1720, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(14) Northumbria collectanea, 1645-1720, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(15) Northumbria collectanea, 1645-1720, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(15) Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 22, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

3 thoughts on “Two Children of David and Anne Roe Spence: David Spence (1666-1726) and Ann Spence (1677-1713)

  1. I have come across your blog doing research on my family tree. I was so excited to see your posts on the Spence family. You have one particular abstract posted about David and Ann Spence suing Frances Archbell, relict of Robert Clifford. This is where my brick wall has been Frances and John Archbell are my 8th ggrandparents. I have been unable to find out any information about them before this 1714 date. So, as most researchers, when I cant go up I branch out to try and find clues about my family. That is where David and Ann Spence come in. I see that Ann who is the widow of Nicholas Edwards, is suing Frances who is the widow of Robt Clifford. Do you happen to have any more information on this law suit? I have been unable to find any will for Robt Clifford or Nicholas Edwards. Your research reads so easy, and I have enjoyed reading your commentaries and theories as well. I find tantalizing clues and distant links in family surnames in your research. I would like the privilege of speaking or emailing with you. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.
    Sincerely
    Amy Keane

    • No, I don’t have any additional information on the lawsuit. Unfortunately, many of the county records were destroyed in a fire. So far, this is the only reference I have found.

  2. Do you have records showing that William Pickering (not married to Sarah Spence) is the father of Spencer Pickering of Northumberland County, VA? My ancestor is Malachi Pickering and we can’t find his father. We do know that he lived in Springfield, TN in early 1800s with John Pickering (son of Spencer) and his family so we think they are related. We know Malachi was born in NC in 1790. Would love to have any info.

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