Spencer Family Genealogy
Spencer Family Genealogy

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1. Amaury Raoul D'Albetot - was born in 1066 in Lincolnshire, England and died after 1096 .



Amaury - The name Spencer or DeSpencer comes from the Latin dispensarius, or 'le dispencer' in Norman French, according to historians. The term 'spence' also means a kitchen. However the intended meaning of Spencer was 'Steward' or Stewart', one who is entrusted with the management of property and finances, and that surname also derives from the same source.
 
1392, that the De Spencer family dropped the French appellation De, and simply became known as Spencer.
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i.  Robert Despencer was born before 1086 in Lincolnshire, England. See #2. below.
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----- Second Generation -----
2. Robert Despencer - also known as: d'Arbetot - was born before 1086 in Lincolnshire, England. He is the son of Amaury Raoul D'Albetot.



Robert - One of the Norman knights, who accompanied William's order of knights, was Robert the Dispencer. He had fought along side William in his invasion of England, and was rewarded by William for his support with land grants in County Bedford. His children who took the surname, married into the royal blood which descended from English, French and Spanish royalty lines. In 1086 Robert was granted the Motte and the Bailey Castle in Tamworth Burgess.
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i.  Urse d'Arbitot was born about 1090.
ii.  William Talvas Montgomery Despencer was born in 1100 in Elington, Lincolnshire, England. See #3. below.
iii.  Robert Despencer was born about 1105 in Lincolnshire, England.
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3. William Talvas Montgomery Despencer - was born in 1100 in Elington, Lincolnshire, England. He is the son of Robert Despencer.
William married Alix Ala de Bourgogne. Alix was born about 1040 in Elington, Lincolnshire, England. She is the daughter of Duke Eudes Borel I de Bourgogne and Sibylle de Bourgogne.
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i.  Thurston Le Despencer was born about 1122, lived in London, Middlesex, England. See #4. below.
ii.  Richard Despencer was born in 1120 in Elington, Lincolnshire, England.
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4. Thurston Le Despencer - was born about 1122, lived in London, Middlesex, England. He is the son of William Talvas Montgomery Despencer and Alix Ala de Bourgogne.

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i.  Hugh Despencer was born in 1152 in Ryhall, Rutlandshire, England and died in 1199 . See #5. below.
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5. Hugh Despencer - was born in 1152 in Ryhall, Rutlandshire, England and died in 1199 . He was the son of Thurston Le Despencer.

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i.  Thomas Despencer was born about 1169, lived in Elington. Lincolnshire, England. See #6. below.
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6. Thomas Despencer - was born about 1169, lived in Elington. Lincolnshire, England. He is the son of Hugh Despencer.
Thomas married Miss /Despencer/. Miss /Despencer/ was born about 1172, lived in Rhyale, Futlandshire, England.
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i.  Muriel Le Despencer was born about 1181, lived in Cheshire, England.
Muriel married Hugh Dutton about 1211 while living in Cheshire, England. Hugh was born about 1172 in Dutton, Cheshire, England. He was the son of Hugh Dutton and Isabell de Massey. He died after 1234 while living in Cheshire, England .
See de St. Sauveur family for children.
ii.  Hugh Le Despencer was born about 1197 in Ryhall, Rutlandshire, England and died on 23 Feb 1238 . See #7. below.
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7. Hugh Le Despencer - was born about 1197 in Ryhall, Rutlandshire, England and died on 23 Feb 1238 . He was the son of Thomas Despencer.

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i.  Sir Hugh Le Despencer was born before 1223 in Loughborough, Leceistershire, England and died on 4 Aug 1265 in Battle Of Evesham, Worcestershire, England . See #8. below.
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8. Sir Hugh Le Despencer - was born before 1223 in Loughborough, Leceistershire, England and died on 4 Aug 1265 in Battle Of Evesham, Worcestershire, England . He was the son of Hugh Le Despencer.
Sir Hugh married Countess of Norfolk Iline Bassett about 1260 in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. Countess of Norfolk Iline was born in 1241 in Wooten Basset, Wiltshire, England. She died before 11 Apr 1281 .
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i.  Hugh Le Despencer was born on 1 Mar 1260 in Winchester, Hampshire, England and died on 27 Oct 1326 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England . See #9. below.
ii.  Joan Le Despencer was born about 1252 in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England.
Joan married Thomas Furnival before Jan 1272. Thomas was born in 1270 in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England.
See Furnival family for children.
iii.  Eleanor Le Despencer was born about 1252 in Ryhall, Rutland, England and died on 30 Sep 1328 in London, Middlesex, England .
Eleanor married Hugh de Courtnay about 1274 in Devonshire, England. Hugh was born on 25 Mar 1250 in Okehampton, Devonshire, England. He died on 3 Mar 1291 in Cullicomb, Devonshire, England .
See de Courtnay family for children.
iv.  Anne Le Despencer was born about 1248 in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England.
Anne married William de Ferrers about 1262 in Wooten Bassett, Wiltshire, England. William was born about 1240 in Groby, Leicestershire, England. He died on 20 Dec 1287 .
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9. Hugh Le Despencer - was born on 1 Mar 1260 in Winchester, Hampshire, England and died on 27 Oct 1326 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England . He was the son of Sir Hugh Le Despencer and Countess of Norfolk Iline Bassett.
Hugh married Isabel de Beauchamp before 1286. Isabel was born about 1252, lived in Warwick, Warwickshire, England. She was the daughter of William de Beauchamp and Maud Fitzgeoffrey. She died about 30 May 1306 in Emley Castle, Worcestershire, England .

Hugh - supported King Edward I in the war against his rival, the Earl of Lancaster. He served in the Welsh war but was fined 2,000 marks because he married, without the king's license, Isabel, daughter of William Beauchamp, earl of Warwick, the widow of Patrick of Chaworth.
 
He accompanied Edward to Scotland and fought in the Battle of Dunbar (I) and the expediition against Flanders in 1297. The King used him to negotiate for peace between Edward I and the King of the Romans and the King of France.
 
He served again in Scotland and then was sent to negociate with France which led to the peace of 1303. In 1305 he was sent to see Pope Clement V at Lyons and obtained a Papal bull which absolved King Edward from the oaths he had been forced to take to his people. When Edward II was coronated as King, Hugh carried part of the royal insignia. He defended the king's favorite, Gaveston, in 1308 against the league of barons, which alienated him from the barons who regarded him as a deserter from their cause.
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i.  Hugh Despencer was born on 1 Mar 1260/1261 in Barton, Gloucestershire, England and died on 24 Nov 1326 in Hereford, Herefordshire, England . See #10. below.
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10. Hugh Despencer - was born on 1 Mar 1260/1261 in Barton, Gloucestershire, England and died on 24 Nov 1326 in Hereford, Herefordshire, England . He was the son of Hugh Le Despencer and Isabel de Beauchamp.
Hugh married Eleanor de Clare after 14 Jun 1306 in Westminster, London, Middlesex, England. Eleanor was born Oct 1292 in Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly, Glamorganshire, Wales. She was the daughter of Sir Gilbert "The Red Earl" de Clare and Joan of Acre. She died on 30 Jun 1337 in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, Wales .

Hugh - was hanged for treason in 1326.
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i.  Elizabeth Despencer
Elizabeth married Maurice "The Valiant" de Berkeley. Maurice was born on 27 May 1349. He was the son of Thomas "The Rich" de Berkeley and Catherine Clivedon. He died on 3 Jun 1368 .
See Berkeley family for children.
ii.  Hugh Despencer was born about 1310.

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