James Spence (1674-1740), Esther Booth (1674-1715), and Sarah Elizabeth Truman (1673-1740)

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The youngest son of David Spence and Ann Roe, James Spence was born January 5, 1674 in Wicocomico, Somerset County, Maryland, and he died in October 1740 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. His first wife was Esther Booth, daughter of John Booth (1630-1698). They were my seventh great grandparents. After Esther’s death in Pasquotank, North Carolina, James married Sarah Elizabeth Truman, another daughter of John and Ann Truman of Somerset County, Maryland. Sarah was known by her middle name Elizabeth on Somerset County records when her father was still living. As already noted in previous articles, the three daughters—Dorothy, Catherine and Elizabeth—were bound out to guardians after John Truman died. Elizabeth moved into the John Booth household, where she began using her first name. The Booths already had a daughter named Elizabeth or Eliza, so Sarah used her first name in order to avoid confusion.

James Spence was five years old when his father David died. David had originally patented 1,000 acres in Somerset County, 500 acres of which became the property of James Dashiell. Concerning David Spence’s remaining 500 acres of Despence:

“He (James) inherited half (250 acres) of his father’s Maryland plantation, “Despence” (his brother John inheriting the other half). Lord Calvert’s rent rolls for 1663-1723 show that James retained ownership of this half interest for some time. The same documents show that at some time all 240 acres of his father’s second plantation, “Spence’s Choice”, was “apportioned” to James (specified as being in North Carolina), although it had been left to his older brothers David and Alexander, and was eventually sold by their heirs. The documents also show that James shared with his brother, John, a 200 acre tract named “Hereafter”, assigned to them by Thomas Roe, and that James “possessed for Isaac Booth” a 200 acre plantation called “Fatsters Quarter”, “near the branches of the Wicomico”. The word “fatster” appears to be a corruption of “Fatt Steer’s”, the name originally given the Booth plantation, and the term “possessed” suggested that James managed, rather than owned, the latter plantation.” (1)

In the 1690s, the Spence brothers relocated to the Virginia and North Carolina colonies. Some speculation has been presented that perhaps their mother Ann (Anne) Roe Spence remained in full control of Despence until her death, and the Spence brothers never really settled upon it. (2) David Jr., Alexander and John Spence were the first to leave Somerset County—David settling in Northumberland County, Virginia, and Alexander and John settling in Perquimans, North Carolina. In all likelihood, James probably moved to Perquimans with Alexander and John, per the following:

“It is known that James moved with his brothers to Perquimans Precinct, NC around July 1697, when he would have been only 23. No wife is mentioned, and he was back in Maryland by May 1698, when he witnessed the will of John Booth, of “Wiccocomacoe, Somerset Co.”. James married Booth’s daughter, Esther, and both she and their daughter, Bridget, are mentioned in Booth’s will. From this, it appears that James and Esther may have married sometime before his venture to North Carolina in 1697, and that she did not accompany him on the journey because she was pregnant with Bridget. Esther was a sister to Isaac Booth, who subsequently inherited the above-mentioned plantation, “Fatsters Quarter”, from their father, John Booth Sr.” (3)

The possibility exists that James traveled back and forth between the two colonies until after his mother’s death. Then he was free to finally settle in North Carolina.

The children of James Spence and Esther Booth follow:

1. Bridget Spence (1698-1740). Bridget was born before May 1698 in Somerset County, Maryland, and she died ca. 1740. She married Truman McBride (1686-1727) in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. Their children were:
a. James McBride (no information)
b. Rhoda McBride (no information)
c. John McBride (1725-1766)
d. Sarah McBride (1725-1766) (Dates for John and Sarah are approximate). Sarah McBride will return later in the future William Edward Spence article.

Truman McBride was born March 27, 1686 in Somerset County, Maryland. He was the son of John McBride (1664-1704) and Margaret Truman (1654-1711).

After Truman’s death, Bridget married Benjamin Coen (1697-1734) on August 5, 1727. They had one daughter: Betty Coen, born 1734.
2. Alexander Spence (1700-1752). Alexander married Ann Sawyer. I have no additional information.
3. James Spence (1702-1753)—my sixth great grandfather. He will be treated in a separate article.

After Esther’s death, James Spence married Sarah Elizabeth Truman, who has already been identified as one of the orphaned daughters of John Truman. Their children follow:
4. David Spence (1717-1775). I have no additional information
5. Betty Spence (1719-1740). I have no additional information
6. Sarah Spence (1721-1739). I have no additional information.

An abstract of James Spence’s will follows:

“Name: James Spence
Location: Pasquotank Precinct
Will Date: 20 Mar 1739
Probate Date: Oct 1740
Will:
Sons: Alexander, David, James. Daughters: Bridget Spence and Betty Mardrum. Wife and Executrix: Sarah. Witnesses: John Jones, Berd Banger, Elizabeth Perishe. Clerk of the Court: James Craven.” (4)

The Booth, Truman and McBride families all came from Somerset County, Maryland. Concerning the Booth and Truman families, I have not found any evidence that they were directly connected with the Booths of Baltimore County, Maryland (John Wilkes Booth’s family) or the Truman families of St. Mary’s County, Maryland (President Harry S. Truman’s ancestors). At most, they may have been distant cousins. A George Booth settled in Wicomico, Somerset County, Maryland about the same period of time as David Spence. As yet, I have not determined David’s connection with John Booth other than the fact they settled in the same neighborhood. The dates of birth and death for George Booth appear to have been 1625-1666. I have speculated that he was John Booth’s brother, but do not have any proof of that as yet. The McBrides originated in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland, where John McBride was born in 1664. He died in Pasquotank, North Carolina in 1704. John McBride’s wife was Margaret Truman (Trewman) (1654-1711). She was the daughter of Robert Trewman (1634-1685)—a cousin of John Truman of Somerset County. The relationship is established in John Truman’s will. (5)

According to “Notes for James Spence”:

“James died in 1740 at about age 65 in Pasquotank, survived by his wife and executor, Sarah; children Alexander, Bridget, Betty Mardrum, David, James Jr., and Sarah; and grandson James (III), according to his will written on March 20th of that year. As mentioned above, it appears that he had 3 children with each wife, as the will leaves “the rest of my estate to my wife Sarah and her 3 children, above specified”. Unfortunately, the will doesn’t actually identify which children were Sarah’s. It is easy to assume that the children are listed in birth order, and, in fact, Alexander probably was the eldest son since he was made co-executor. Bridget would also fall in the “first three” group, and may actually have been the eldest, as she is known to have been Esther’s child, born in 1697 or 1698. But “James Spence Junr” bought land in 1731, so he had to have been born well before Esther’s death ca 1715, and thus could not have been Sarah’s child. Best guess at present is that Betty, David, and Sarah were the youngest of James’ children.

The will was probated in October 1740. He had retained enough land to leave his “maner plantation.. that lieth on the South side of Taylors Branch” to his son, David; “all the land that lieth on the North side of …Taylors Branch” to his son James Jr.; and, finally, “100 acres that lieth in the fork joyning of Jacob Sawyers and Grapevine ridge” to his grandson, James III.” (6)

References

(1) “Notes for James Spence”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: January 2, 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(2) “Notes for James Spence”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: January 2, 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(3) “Notes for James Spence”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: January 2, 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(4) North Carolina Will Abstracts, 1660-1790 about James Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: January 2, 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(5) From The Maryland State Archives,No. SM16 PREROGATIVE COURT (Wills) JOHN TRUMAN. Book 4 pp. 215-216, SR 4400
(6) Notes for James Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: January 2, 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

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

The Cousin Connection: David Spence (1639-1679), Ann Roe (1640-1711), and James Dashiell (1634-1697)

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[Note: Map Photo is from Dryden, Ruth T. Land Records of Somerset County, Maryland. Family Line Publications, Westminster, Maryland (1985) (p. 125)]

When I first undertook this research, I thought more than a friendship existed between David Spence and James Dashiell, but at that period of time I could not find the connecting link or links. I originally thought David’s wife Ann may have been a Dashiell—a false assumption. Then because of relationships in Northumberland County, Virginia, I thought she was an Alexander—also a false assumption. Shortly before retiring from my genealogical pursuits about ten years ago, I discovered that she was a Roe. And I recently discovered the Roe family was the missing connecting link.

Ann (Anne) Roe (1640-1711)

Ann Roe (sometimes spelled Rowe) was born in South Shields, Durham, England in 1640, and she died in Somerset County, Maryland in 1711. She was the daughter of John Roe (Rowe) (1611-1653) and Ann Inglis (1604-1640). John Roe was the son of Sir Edward Roe (Roe) (b. 1580) and Elizabeth Pattison (1584-1618), all of South Shields. (Ann Inglis’s family will be discussed shortly.) John Roe married Ann Inglis in South Shields in 1633.

Although four children are often credited to John and Ann, they actually had only two:

1. Thomas Roe, born 1639 in South Shields, Durham, England, and he died May 24, 1703 in Somerset County, Maryland. Thomas married Ann (maiden name unknown) (1), who died in 1702, in Northumberland County, Virginia in 1664, and they arrived in Maryland in 1672 (2). Their children are currently unknown, although a number of speculations exist.

2. Ann Roe (1640-1711) Ann was born in 1640 in South Shields, Durham, England, and she died in 1711 in Somerset County, Maryland. Her mother, Ann Inglis, died in childbirth shortly after Ann’s birth. Ann Roe became the wife of David Spence; she will reappear later.

Shortly after his wife’s death, John took his two children to Scotland where his wife’s twin sister lived in Edinburgh. Her name was Margaret Inglis (1604-1650), and she was the wife of James Da Shiell “The Scotchman” (1603-1645). They were the parents of James Dashiell “The Immigrant of Maryland” (1634-1697). And that is how John Roe became acquainted with James Dashiell’s family and with the family of David Spence.

Ann Inglis and Margaret Inglis were twin daughters of Andrew Inglis (b. 1550 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland) and Marjory Mitchell (b. 1554, Dunfermline.) Marjory was the daughter of David Mitchell (b. 1520) and his wife Isabel (b. 1520). Marjory’s brother was David Mitchell (1541-1620), who married Beatrice Kellok (1543-1620). Their son, James Mitchell (b. 1564) married Janet Paycock (b. 1561). And their son, James Mitchell (b. 1584), was the father of Helen Mitchell (1612-1633). Helen was the first wife of John David Spens (1611-1659)—the father of David Spence (1639-1679). To make a long story short—Ann Roe and James Dashiell were first cousins, and David Spence was a 2nd cousin twice removed of both of them—possibly a 2nd half-cousin twice removed since his mother was Margaret Alexander (1607-1642) [3].

John Roe died in Wicocomico, Northumberland, Virginia, having arrived there in 1653(4),(5). Apparently, he died on the Wicocomico River, Northumberland County. According to “Virginia Immigrants,” he was transported by Peter McKnight. In all likelihood, his son Thomas and daughter Ann accompanied him. I do not know whether he ever remarried. James Dashiell also arrived in Virginia in 1653. The possibility exists that they were on the same ship and if so, they left from Yorkshire, England.

David Spence (1639-1679)

David Spence was born April 5, 1639 in Dysart, Fife, Scotland (6), and he was christened April 16, 1639 in Dysart, Fife, Scotland (7). His parents were John David Spens (1611-1659) and Margaret Alexander (1607-1642). As previously noted, John David Spens’ first wife was Helen Mitchell (1612-1633). David Spence’s mother died in 1642, indicating that one of two things happened: David and his siblings were taken in by different family members or else they were bound out to people outside the family. I have not found a record for another marriage for David’s father, nor do I believe the children were bound out as orphans to people outside the family. In all likelihood, the children went to live with other relatives. Here, I am focusing on David’s uncle, John Alexander, who went to Virginia in 1653 (8). I believe that David Spence was raised by his uncle, John Alexander. John Roe, his children Thomas and Ann (9) and James Dashiell (10) also arrived in Virginia that year. David Spence was fourteen years old in 1653.

The records are silent about David until December 3, 1663 when he entered a land patent in Wicomico, Somerset County, Maryland for 1,000 acres known as Despence “received for transporting twenty persons into the province” (11). On January 1, 1665, David Spence “…enters eleven rights: James Dashiell, David Spence, Ann Dashiell, James Dashiell, John Thomas, Joel Taylor, Robert Murdrake, William Laytone, George Doone, Eliz. Dashiell and Isabell Egions” in Somerset County, Maryland (12)

On October 28, 1665, David Spence made an assignment of land to John Graham in Northumberland County, Virginia (13). On November 21, 1665, David Spence made a deed of gift to John Alexander for one heifer in Northumberland County, Virginia (14). Also in 1665, David Spence married Ann Roe in Northumberland County, Virginia. Sometime that year, David Spence was listed as the primary immigrant to Maryland (15). I believe that he traveled back and forth between Northumberland County, Virginia and Somerset County, Maryland prior to permanently locating to Maryland. And he still bought land in Northumberland County, per the following deed dated February 4, 1666: “George Pickering, planter & Sarah, wife, to David Spence for land in Northumberland County, towards head of lower Chetank Creek–part of a patent granted to Pickering 4 Feb 1662” (16).

In 1666, David Spence registered his cattle marks in Somerset County, Maryland (17). He was shown as a resident of Somerset County, Maryland that same year (18) Then in March 1667, David Spence “demanded land for transp. himself and wife Ann out of Wiccocomico in VA and made an oath in common form. Took 50 acres for his wife and assigned 50 for himself to others “(19). David and Ann appear on a transportation list in 1667—the entry for a land record as already noted (20).

On June 30, 1668, David Spence was made Constable for “…the Wiccocomoco Hundred, Somerset, Maryland” (21) And in June 1668, David Spence sold 500 acres of Dispense to James Dashiell (22).

David Spence drew up his will on March 29, 1679, and he died July 31, 1679 (23) His will was entered for probate August 1, 1679 (24).

David and Ann Roe Spence’s children will appear in subsequent blog entries.

James Dashiell (1634-1697)

The son of James Da Shiell, Sr. “The Scotchman” (1603-1645) and Margaret Inglis (1604-1650), James Dashiell was born in 1634 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland (25), and he died before August 31, 1697 in Somerset County, Maryland. His will was entered for probate August 31, 1697 (26). At the age of nineteen in 1653, he traveled from Yorkshire, England to Northumberland County, Virginia (27) and in 1659, he married Ann Cannon (1639-1698) (28). She was the daughter of Edward Cannon (1618-1660) and his wife Ann (1620-1660), and she was transported to Virginia by her father. Their children were:

1. Captain James Dashiell, Jr. “Gentleman” (1660-1708)
2. Thomas Dashiell (1666-1755)
3. George Dashiell (1669-1733)
4. Katherine Dashiell (1672-1696)
5. Jane Dashiell (1675-1714
6. Robert Dashiell (1677-1718)
A niece, Elizabeth Dashiell (1655-1724) lived with them.

In 1663, the James Dashiell family relocated to Somerset County, Maryland; however–like David Spence—James Dashiell may have traveled back and forth between Northumberland County, Virginia and Somerset County for several years. His name appears on a transportation list to Maryland in 1665 (29). And he registered cattle marks in Maryland that same year (30). In 1680, his name appears on a list of signers on a Memorial stating that Lord Calvert was not partial to Catholics (31), and in 1690, he served as Customs Officer in Somerset County (32). Among his other activities:

1. Record of Transportation into Maryland-Land office index for 1663. February 1663. Patent for 1000 Acres called “DESPENSE” for transporting twenty persons into this Province to inhabit it, lying on the southernmost side of the Wicomico River at the mouth of a little creek called, “DECELLS” running up said river and part of the southernmost branch-James Dashiell, Ann Dashiell, James Dashiell and Elizabeth Dashiell appear as well as seven others. (Vol. 1, p. 22)
2. James Dashiell, Surveyor of Highways-Appointed by Court 27th November 1666 one of the surveyors of highways. (Vol. 1, p. 27)
3. August 10, 1668, Long Hill, was granted to Samuel Jackson by Caecilius Calvert, Lord Baron of Baltimore, Liber 12, folio 124. March 12, 1671, Samuel Jackson, Deed to James Dashiell Long Hill, on Nanticoke River and on Wetipquin Creek, 300 Acres, Liber S. C. 9, folio 80, Somerset County. (Vol. 1, p. 27)
4. Patent, September 2, 1675, Warrant to James Dashiell from Cecilius, Lord Baltimore, Whereas, James Dashiell of Somerset County, hath due unto him 50 Acres of land within our said Province, for transporting William Davis into our said province to inhabit as appears upon record and upon such “Conditions of Plantation” of date at London July 2, 1649,… Do hereby grant to James Dashiell all that parcel of land called “Wolf Trap Neck”, Liber 19, folio 148. (Vol. 1, p. 29)
5. BECKNAM. April 23, 1677, Leonard Jones made an Assignment for James Dashiell of 150 Acres of Land, which was to be taken out of 850 acres granted Leonard Jones by a Warrant dated April 6, 1675. (Vol. 1, p. 29)
6. JAMES DASHIELL. JUDGE. Commission dated March 8, 1678 to JAMES DASHIELL, Justice of Somerset County. (Vol. 1, p. 31)
7. ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND. August 1681, James Dashiell, member of Lower House of Assembly-Maryland Archives, Volume 7, page 125. (Vol. 1, p. 31)
8. MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF BURGESSES-1682 was a member from Somerset County in the Maryland House of Burgesses. (Vol.1, p. 32)
9. RELIGIOUS TOLERATION IN MARYLAND-“Lord Baltimore Declaration” dated Maryland 13 May 1682 and which is “signed by twenty five of the leading members of the Church of England in the Province of Maryland, in testimony of his impartiality in administering the Government of the Province to Protestants as well as Roman Catholics.” James Dashiell was the twelfth person of the 25 that signed the above mentioned memorial. (Vol. 1, p. 32) (32)

His will and documents pertaining to his estate follow:

WILL OF JAMES DASHIELL IN THE NAME OF GOD Amen, his Twenty and Seventh day of Feb. in ye sixth year of his Majesty King William’s Reign of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defender of the faith and in the year of our Lord God One Thousand and Six hundred Ninety and Six, I JAMES DASHIELL, of ye County of Somerset and Province of Maryland, through at present in health of body, and of good Perfect Memory, thanks be to God Almighty, yet knowing the Uncertainty of this Present Life and being desirous to put things in Order, Doe make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following—First and Principaly I commend my soule to God Almighty my creator assuredly believing, that I shall receive full and free remission of all my sins and be saved by the precious death and Merritts of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ, and my body to ye earth from whence it was taken to be buried in a Christian and decent manner and as touching such worldly Estate as ye Lord in Mercy hath lent me, My Will is ye it be employed and bestowes as hereafter is expressed.—- My Will is that all my Debts and Demands. Whatever, if owe in right or conscience to any manner of person whatever be and truly satisfied within a convenient time after my decease by my Executors hereafter named. It is my Will that my beloved Wife Ann Dashiell I leave her this plantation where she now liveth during her life time or her widowhood with every convenience there now belonging, Servants, Cattle, or what else thereunto belonging, what Corn or Tobacco they make she hath the desposing of to keep her self and her son Ro : and ye Servants in Clothing but if she marries another husband, I desire she may have her dew and begon. I Leave and bequeath unto my son James Dashiell these several tracts or Parcells of Land, Meeches Desert, Meeches Right, Woolf Trap Neck containing in all five hundred and fifty Acres, bounded as Will appear by Patterns to him and his heirs for ever only he shall pay George Dashiell Three Thousand Pounds of Tobacco — I leave my son Thomas Dashiell a parcel of land of a hundred and fifty acres called Becknam Lying between ye Woolf Trap Neck at ye head of Tyaskin Creek, I leave to him and his heirs for Ever. – Extem. I leave and bequeath unto my son Robert Dashiell one tract of Land Containing three hundred acres called Long Hill as will Appear by Patten to him and his heirs for Ever. Only George Dashiell Three Thousand Pounds of Tobacco to be paid by Robert Dashiell. ——– It is my will ye all my goods if have moveable or on moveable should be equally divided Amongst all my children with ye Negroes yet is alive. I appoint my son Robert Dashiell One feather bed and Furniture I appoint my Daughter Jane to have one mare with her increase it is my desire that ye tables Chairs, couches and ye Coberd should sty in thr house, I Constitute and apoyant my son James Dashiell to be Executor of this my last Will and Testament disannulling and making void any Will or Wills formerly by me made either by word or writ. In Witness whereof I have set my hand and Seal the day and year above Written. I Disannull my son Thos. Dashiell and Daughter Jane from having any share of Negroes. As Witness my hand and Seal. Benjn. Nestham Sworn and is Evidence before me S. Hopkins Dep. Com’r, HisJohn I T Taylor (said to be dead) Mark
Aug. 1697. James Dashiell (SEAL)Memorandum, that we the Subscribers and Legatees concerbed in the above Written Will do hereby declare, that we and every of us do Unanimously Consent agree to Conclude to stand to Abide by and fulfill the said Last Will and Testament of our Hond. Father sd. Deceased. In Witness Whereof we have hereunto PUT OUR HANDS AND Seal this last day of Aug. Amno Domini, 1697. TestisS. Hopkins Senr. Thos. Dashiell (SEAL)Benjn. Besham Geo. Dashiell (SEAL) Robt. Dashiell (SEAL) Wm. Dashiell (SEAL)
Memorandum, that this last day of Aug. 1697Granted Administration to James Dashiell of Estate of his Father James Dashiell Deceased he and appraisers Sworn and Bond taken etc.Witness Recorded in Lib, No K folio 328, 329 S. Hopkins Dep. Com’r. Recorded in Liber, E B No 5 folio: 119, 111 Testo Esme Bayly Regr. W. S. C. (34)

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In May 1998, Howard and I traveled to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, specifically to Somerset and Wicomico Counties. We traveled through an area where Despence was originally situated. A visit to the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis led me to the map, showing original locations of the property and subsequent divisions.

From Land Records of Somerset County, Maryland (1985):

DESPENCE

Patented on 8 Dec 1663 by David Spence for 1000 acres in Mt. Vernon, Election District 5, Map 5
Rent Rolls 1666-1723: James Spence, son of David Spence, 250 acres
John Spence, son of David Spence, 250 acres
Thomas Walker 242 acres by the name of WOODBRIDGE
The remainder cut off by an older survey after sold to Thomas Holbrook
30 June 1668: David Spence deeded to James Dashiell
8 Nov 1670: James Dashiell and Ann Dashiell made over 500 acres to Thomas Rowe
4 June 1672 Thomas Rowe and wife Ann Rowe sold to Thomas Holbrook and John Holland 258 acres
5 June 1675: Thomas Rowe and wife Ann Rowe sold to Thomas Walker 242 acres now called WOODBRIDGE.
1 Sep 1675: John Holland sold to Thomas Holbrook 258 ¼ acres called HOLD HOLLAND
1678 Will: David Spence, to sons John Spence and James Spence at age 18 years, 500 acres
4 Dec 1710: James Spence and John Spence sold to George Dale the elder, one half.
22 June 1750: George Gale, brother and executor to will of Leven Gale deceased and Leah Gale, only child and heir of Levin Gale, sold to Henry Lowes 500 acres.
1761: Henry Lowes willed to son Tubman Lowes dwelling plantation purchased from the heirs of Levin Gale (unnamed).
9 Mar 1773: Henry Lowes sold to James Dickenson and William Hayward of Talbot County, 500 acres w/ FATHERS CARE, hereafter RALPHS PREVENTION, ROBERTSONS LOTT (MORTGAGED TO PAY DEBTS)
1783: Tax—Henry Lowes—50 acres
1786: Matilda Bounds, Jane Dashiell, Margaret Waters sold to Thomas Waters, Thomas Waterstone and Daniel White (p. 126) (35)

HEREAFTER

Patented on 1 Oct. 1679 by Thomas Roe and assigned to John Spence and James Spence for 200 acres in Mt. Vernon, Election District 5, Map #1
Rent Rolls 1666-1723: Possessed 100 acres by John Spence, 100 acres by James Spence. (They were sons of David Spence).
22 June 1750: George Gale, brother & Executor of Levin Gale, deceased and Leah Gale only heir of Levin Gale sold to Henry Lowes.
1761: Henry Lowes willed to son Tubman Lowes, land bought of heirs of Levin Gale & 1/3 to son Henry Lowes.
9 Mar 1773: Henry Lowes mortgaged to James Dickinson & William Hayward of Talbot County, 200 acres.
1783 Tax—Henry Lowes (p. 30) (36)
Location of Despence: Mount Vernon, Northwest of Princess Anne, Near Monie Point—Jason.

References
(1) Dryden, Ruth T Property known as Hereafter (Thomas Rowe (Roe)’s wife is identified as Ann). Land Records of Somerset County, Maryland, Family Line Publications, Westminster, Maryland (1985) (p. 30)
(2) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Thomas Roe, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(3) Inman-Spence-Beall-Warfield Family Branches, A Private Tree. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(4) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about John Roe, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(5) Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666 about John Roe, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(6) Microfilm of Scottish Birth & Christening Records, International Genealogical Library, Family History Library, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 1995
(7) Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 about Dauid Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(8) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about John Alexander, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(9) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Ann Roe, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(10) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(11) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore of Maryland: A Study in Foundations and Founders” Whitett & Shepperson (1966), Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(12) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(13) Northumberland County, Virginia Records, The Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia. Obtained 1995
(14) Northumberland County, Virginia Records, The Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia. Obtained 1995.
(15) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about David Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(16) Northumberland County, Virginia Records, The Virginia State Archives, Richmond, Virginia, Obtained 1995.
(17) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(18) Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890 about David Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(19) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(20) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about David Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(21) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(22) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(23) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(24) MARYLAND CALENDAR OF WILLS: Volume 1—David Spence (1679—Somerset County, Maryland. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(25) U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah, Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(26) James Dashiell Will, Lib, No K folio 328, 329 S. Hopkins Dep. Com’r. Recorded in Liber, E B No 5 folio: 119, 111, Somerset County, Maryland, Wills. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(27) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(28) U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah, Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(29) U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(30) Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890 about James Dashiell, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 12, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(31) PROPRIETARY ASSEMBLY OF 1676-1682, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 12, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(32) Torrence, Clayton, “Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore…”, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(33) Facts from Dashiell Family Records, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 12, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(34) James Dashiell Will, Lib, No K folio 328, 329 S. Hopkins Dep. Com’r. Recorded in Liber, E B No 5 folio: 119, 111, Somerset County, Maryland, Wills. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: September 11, 2014. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(35) Dryden, Ruth T. Land Records of Somerset County, Maryland. Family Line Publications, Westminster, Maryland (1985) (p. 126)
(36) Dryden, Ruth T. Land Records of Somerset County, Maryland, Family Line Publications, Westminster, Maryland (1985) (p. 30)

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

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