m. 10 Nov 1600
m. aft 2 Nov 1634
Facts and Events
"In the Cambridge inventory of lands on 1 May 1635 'Thomas Spenser' held four parcels: 'in the town one house with a garden plot and backside about one rood'; two acres in Smalllot Hill; one acre in the Neck; and one acre more in the Neck [CaBOP 7]. The first two of these parcels were purchased by Emond Angier [CaBOP 50].
In the Hartford land inventory in February 1639/30 'Thom[as] Spenser, sergeant at arms,' held thirteen parcels (some of which he acquired after the date of the inventory): 'one parcel on which his dwelling house now standeth with yards & gardens therein being which was sequestered for Thom[as] Fisher & is now settled on Thom[as] Spenser part whereof he hath sold to Will[ia]m Spenser & now remaineth by estimation one acre'; one acre and two roods in the West Field; three roods in the Soldier's Field; four acres in the North Meadow; one acre and two roods on the east side of the Great River; one acre and one rood on the east side of the Great River 'which is a parcel of that which was sequestered for Mr. Woolcott'; four acres on the east side of the Great River 'which he bought of Will[ia]m Spenser for a parcel of land which lay in the Middle Oxpasture & contained seven acres two roods & was parcel of the said Thom[as] Spenser's land'; three acres and two roods in the cowpasture; five acres and twenty perches in the cowpasture; five acres in the Little Oxpasture 'which he bought of Nath[aniel] Yela for land belonging to the said Thom[as] Spenser'; four acres & two roods in the Little Oxpasture 'which he received of Richard Goodman for land belonging to the said Thomas Spencer'; two acres in the Little Oxpasture 'which he bought of Ric[hard] Goodman' on 24 February 1653; and four acres on the east side of the Great River 'which he bought of Joseph Eston' on 24 February 1653 [Ha BOP 152-54].
In his will, dated 9 September 1686 and proved 26 October 1687, 'Thomas Spencer Senior of Hartford, … finding the shadows of the evening are stretching over me,' bequeathed to 'my eldest son Obadiah … my housing and land in Hartford, all my lands both meadow and upland on the west side and east side of the Connecticut River' in Hartford (he paying certain legacies), along with some personal goods; to 'my son Thomas' £15, of which he hath £5; to 'my son Samuel (he having received a good portion of his uncle) all my wearing apparell'; to 'my son Jarrad my shop & tools & £12, all of which are in his hands' ; residue to 'my five daughters Sarah, Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary and Martha, to be equally divided to them by their brother my son Jarrad'; 'my son Obediah Spencer my executor'; Capt. Allyn, Lieut. Caleb Standly and my cousin Samuel Spencer' overseers [Hartford PD Case #5095; Manwaring 1: 365].
The 'inventory of the estate of Sergeant Thomas Spencer who deceased the 11th of September 1687' totalled £139 19s., including £132 in real estate: 'six acres of land on the east side Coneticutt River,' £60; 'four acres of land in the long meadow,' £20; 'four acres of woodland,' £2; and 'his homelot and housing,' £50; after listing the few items of personal estate, the appraisers noted that 'the other moveable estate wa s distributed by himself and delivered to his daughters most of it in his lifetime and the remainder before the inventory was taken as his executors gave the account of said estate' [Hartford PD Case #5095]."