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Monday, May 10, 2010

Escheator John Spenser Esq. & Joan Othe

184676. Escheator John Spenser Esq. & 184677. Joan Othe  

~1405, John Spencer born in Dorset, England, s/o 369352. William Spencer & 369353. Margaret ?.

~1415, Joan born in Somerset, England, §§Thomas Othe.

8/31/1422, Henry VI (an infant) succeeded Henry V as King of England.

4/12/1429, Joan’s father died. John occupied the land of deceased Thomas Othe.

5/4/1430, On the death of Thomas Othe’s son John Othe (age 11), John Spenser gave up the land to the heir, Walter Othe, brother of Thomas. [This makes a case for Joan being d/o Thomas Othe, an older sister of John.]

5/28/1430, Commitment to John Spenser and Walter Sergeant, … of the keeping of all the lands late of Thomas Othe, in the county of Dorset ; to hold the same from the time of the death of the said Thomas Othe, who held of the king in chief on the day of his death, until the full age of John his son and heir, together with the marriage of the said heir, rendering for the keeping of the lands. (S) CFRs.

Bef. 1433, John, Gent. of Frampton, Dorset, married Joan acquiring a share of Brompton Ralph, Somerset.

2/1/1438, Appointment of John Spenser in the port of Kyngeston upon Hull and in all adjacent ports to collect subsidies on wool and woolfells. (S) CFRs.

10/28/1438, Appointment of John Spenser and Robert Beaume as searchers of ships in the port of Kyngeston upon Hull and in all adjacent ports and places ; to examine in person all ships and boats passing from and to the realm in the said ports and places, and to make search of all such ships and boats suspected of being laden with uncocketed or uncustomed wools, woolfells, hides, cloths or other customable wares, or with gold or silver in money by tale or mass or plate, or with jewels, and of any persons suspected of having carried into or out of the realm bulls, letters, instruments or processes, or any other things prejudicial to the king or his subjects. (S) CFRs.

7/9/1437, IPM of Thomas Othe. Dorset: … Putton, a rood of land, annual value 2d., … John Spenser occupied the land and took the issues only from Thomas’ death (d.4/12/1429) until John’s death (age 11, s/o Thomas, d.5/4/1430), not afterwards. His title is unknown. (S) MMC, E-CIPM 25-20.

11/6/1438, Appointment of the office of the escheatry in the counties of Somerset and Dorset to John Spenser. (S) CFRs.

4/1439, Inquisition taken at Shirborne in co. Dorset on Thursday in Easter Week before John Spencer, escheator, … (S) Notes & Queries for Somerset and Dorset, 1903, P190.

1442, John an elector for Dorset.

8/10/1442, Somerset. Grant by John Spenser al. Heldeweyn to Thomas Basterde and Peter Pepkyn of Compton Basset, in Arnolds and Ayerys. (S) UKNA.


John married 2nd Christyne Swete, d/o Thomas & Joan.

5/11/1446, John pardoned.

1447, John an elector for Dorset.

1449, John an elector for Dorset.

1460, John on a piracy commission in Dorset.

1460-65, Defendants: John Spencer, merchant, of Bristol. Subject: Feigned attachment of goods at Minehead, Somerset. (S) UKNA.

11/14/1460, Commitment to John Tyler by mainprise of John Sepenser of Seynt Mary Otery, co. Somerset ‘gentilman’ and John Gaunt of Witcombe, co. Dorset. (S) CFRs.

1461, John an M.P. for Lyme, Dorset.

~1469, John died.


Christyen married 2nd Richard Hatfield of London, gent.

1467-72, Plaintiffs: Richard Hattefild and Cristyne his wife, late the wife of John Spenser, esquire. Defendants: John Monk. Subject: Manor of Brompton Ralph (Raff). Somerset. (S) UKNA, C 1/40/112.

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P761.

Child of John and Joan:

i. Robert Spencer (92338), born ~1435 in Dorset, England.

1486-93, Plaintiffs: Robert Spenser, knight, son and heir of John Spenser, esquire. Subject: A moiety of the manor of Brompton Ralph and the advowson of the church. Somerset. (S) UKNA.

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