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  • ID: I23974
  • _UID: A39CB1B15DF248A8A6269FBCCA1C8A950C3E
  • Name: Obadiah SPENCER
  • Suffix: 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1639 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
  • Death: MAY 1712 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
  • Note: 1 2 2 2 2

    3. Obadiah Spencer, son of Thomas, died 1712. He married Mary Disborough.
    Children
    4. Obadiah, born 1666; died 22 August 1741; married Ruth (____)
    Thomas, born 1668; married Esther Andrews
    Samuel, married Deborah Beckley
    Ebenezer, married Mary Booth
    John born 4 October 1673; married Mary Smith
    Disborough, married Abigail Elmer
    Mary, married (______) King

    Obadiah-2 (Thomas-), b.c. 1639-1712, of Hartford, Connecticut 55, 96, 138, 157, 167, 172, 173, 176, 182, 184, 186, 262, 289, 303.

    In a second list, William Spencer made the following note: Inhabitants granted lots to have only at the towns curtesy with liberty to fetch wood and keep swine or cows by proportion on the common. Nicholas Desborough "had 6" and Nathaniel Bearding "had 6". This record is significant because Nicholas Desborough (Disbrow) was the father of Mary Desborough who married Obidiah2 Spencer (ca. 1639-1712), oldest son of Sgt. Thomas Spencer. Nathaniel Bearing (Berden) was the father of Sarah Bearding second wife of Sgt. Thomas Spencer. The caveat regarding special provisions for Nicholas Desborough and Nathaniel Bearding might indicate that neither man was of sufficient wealth in terms of land ownership to receive automatic grazing privileges.

    The discipline and intolerance of the Church leaders can be illustrated by many examples, including some which must have been of real concrn to Thomas Spencer and his near kin folk. For example, Thomas had served in the Pequot War alongside Nicholas Disbrowe (Desborough) and later both of them had a long association as fellow woodworkers. Also, there was an intermarriage between the olderst son of Thomas (Obadiah2) and Mary, a daughter of Nicholas Disbrowe. In 1640, the wife of Nicholas was accused of "wanton dalliance" with three men. One of the men, Nicholas Olmsted, served time in the pillory.

    The tradition of producing "Spencer Chairs" appears to have extended far up the Connecticut Valley in the 1700's. Whether Silliam 3 Spencer was a factor in the spread of this style is unknown, but it may have been possible. Peter Miller calls attention to the Spencer chairs on display in the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connceticut. Miller attributs the chairs in the upper Connecticut vallye to Zadock King (1725-1769), whose grandfather, Thomas King (1662-1711), had married Mary 3 Spencer (ca 1675-1712), daughter of Obadiah 2 Spencer (ca 1639-1712). Obadiah and his descendants had inherited the Spencer woodworking shops in Hartford. Hence, Zadock King may have had the opportunity for an apprenticeship in the original Spencer shops. The Spencer styled chairs were characterized as "fashionable turned chairs with shaped and sometimes carved crest rails" emulating the bannister back and cane back chairs in Boston. A typical Spencer shair from the early 1700's is shown in the accompanying illustration. This might have been similar to the chairs which William 3 Spencer produced in Suffield in the same time period.Page: page 1103Page: page 138Page: page 167Page: page 303
  • Change Date: 4 NOV 2007



    Father: Thomas SPENCER c: 29 MAR 1607 in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
    Mother: Anne DERIFALL b: 1610

    Marriage 1 Mary DISBOROUGH
    • Married:
    Children
    1. Has Children Obadiah SPENCER b: 1666 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    2. Has No Children Thomas SPENCER b: 1668
    3. Has No Children Samuel SPENCER
    4. Has No Children Ebenezer SPENCER
    5. Has No Children John SPENCER b: 4 OCT 1673
    6. Has No Children Disborough SPENCER
    7. Has No Children Mary SPENCER b: 1675

    Sources:
    1. Type: Book
      Author: Bernard Christian Steiner
      Periodical: History of Guilford and Madison Connecticut
      Publication: Bernard Christian Steiner Baltimore 1897
      Location: Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah
    2. Type: Book
      Author: Jack Taif Spencer & Edith Wooley Spencer
      Periodical: The Spencers of the Great Migration
      Publication: Higginson Book Company 1997

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