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Henry Spencer
(Abt 1365-1416)
Isabelle Lincoln
(Abt 1365-1420)
Peter Empson
(1414-1473)
Elizabeth Joseph
(1418-1475)
William Redbone Spencer
(1399-1485)
Elizabeth Empson
(1422-1542)
Sir John Spencer Knight
(1460-1522)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Isabel Graunt

Sir John Spencer Knight

  • Born: 1460, Wormleighton, Stratford-on-Avon District, Warwickshire, England
  • Marriage (1): Isabel Graunt
  • Died: 14 Apr 1522, Althorp, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England at age 62
  • Buried: St Mary the Virgin with St John Churchyard, Great Brington, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England
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bullet  General Notes:


Sir John Spencer, Kt, of Snitterfield & Wormleighton was born before 1490. He was the son of William Spencer of Rodburn, Warwicks and Elizabeth. He married Isabel Graunt before 1506. To this union five children were born; Sir William Spencer, Kt, of Wormleighton & Althorp, Northants, Jane, Anthony, Isabel, and Dorothy.

Sir John established the wealth whereby his family was to prosper. He acquired Althorp in Northamptonshire on September 3, 1506 from the Catesby family and Wormleighton estate in Warwickshire in 1508 from William Cope. He began the Spencer family sheep farming, his flock reportedly totaling around 20,000 at its greatest. He built Wormleighton Manor for himself and sixty relatives, this was to be the Spencer family seat till the 1640's, when much of it was destroyed by the Royalist in the English Civil War.

Henry VIII, honored Sir John Spencer with a knighthood due mostly because of his riches and loyalty.

Sir John chose to be buried in Brington, near Althorp and had a family vault built on the north side of the chancel of Brington church. This family vault is still in use today by the Spencer family.


Bio by: KRW

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below the arch, is the following Inscription:
Here lieth the boddies of Sir John Spencer Knight & Dame Isabell his wife one of the daughters & coheires of Walter Graunt of Snitterfield in the Countie of War: Esquier her mother was the daughter & heire of Humphrie Rudinge of the wich in the Coun: of Worcester Esq: which John & Isabell had issu Sir Will'm Spencer 1.
Anthony Spencer 2 who died without issu. Jane wife to Rich Knightley Esquier son'e & herie of Sir Richarde Knightley of Fawsley in the Coounte of North: Knight. Isabell maried to Sir Nic's: Strelly of Strelly in the Cou'tie of Nott. Dorothye maried to Sir Rich Catesbie of Legers Ashbie in the Coun: of North: Kni:
Which Sir John Spenc: departed this life the 14 of Apr: Ao D'ni 1522


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John married Isabel Graunt. (Isabel Graunt was buried in St Mary the Virgin with St John Churchyard, Great Brington, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England.)


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