Esther Andrews

Female 1641 - 1698  (~ 56 years)

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  • Name Esther Andrews 
    Born Sep 1641  Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 6 Mar 1697/1698  Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old Center Cemetery, Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4424  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 13 Jan 2015 

    Father William Andrews,   d. From 1 Apr 1659 to 8 Aug 1659, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mary,   d. Bef 1682, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 19 Jan 1639/1640  of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1836  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Thomas Spencer,   b. Abt 1637, of Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 23 Jul 1689, Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married Bef 1666  Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1835  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. The book "Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut," Lucius Barnes Barbour, 1982 ed.: "William Andrews died 1659. Early member 1st Church [of Hartford]. Name on Founders' Monument [in downtown Hartford]. Mar. 1st Mary Jan. 19, 1639/40 (Savage) at Cambridge. M/2 Abigail Mch 20, 1682/3 who m. Nathaniel Bearding. [Kerry's note: date of 2nd marriage is evidently wrong considering William died in 1659. Additionally, Nathaniel Bearding notes Abigail as being the mother of Samuel Andrews in his will which would make a marriage between William Andrews and Abigail more likely before 1645 unless Nathaniel was speaking of Abigail in a generic sense without specifying whether she was the natural mother or stepmother.] Children:
      Samuel, b. Oct. 20, 1645 (HTR) m. Elizabeth Spencer.
      Abigail, died May 1653 (HTR) in Fairfield.
      Christian, m. John Birchard.
      John, died June 6, 1690 m. Mary.
      Elizabeth, m. Edward Grannis May 3, 1654 (HTR).
      Thomas, b. May 4, 1638 (Conn Land Rec) m. Hannah Kirby dau of John.
      Esther, b. Sept 1641 (Conn Land Rec) m. Thomas Spencer Jr. of Suffield.
      William Andrews, freeman Mass. Mch 4, 1634-5; constable, Newtown Oct 1636; an original proprietor of Hartford; received 30 acres in the division of 1639-40; his home lot was south of the Little River on land now included in the West Park. He was the first schoolmaster, teaching from 1643 until 1656; town clerk 1651-8. Will dated April 1, inv. Aug 8, 1659 ₤211.14.11, mentions his second wife Abigail and also names 'bro George Grave'.
      Samewell Andrewes son of William Andrewes was borne Oct. 21, 1645."
      [Kerry's note: we can assume that George Graves was the brother-in-law to William making Abigail's maiden name Graves.]

      2. The following partial excerpts about the wives and children of Thomas Spencer are from "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633," Volumes I-III (see notes of Thomas Spencer for full transcript):
      "...Thomas, b. say 1637; m. by about 1666 Esther Andrews (estimated b. of first Child), daughter of William Andrews [TAG 27:166-67, 35:57]..."

      3. "The American Genealogist," Vol. 27 "The Four Spencer Brothers: Their Ancestors and Descendants," compiled by Donald Lines Jacobus, M. A., pp. 166-67:
      "Thomas2 Spencer (Thomas1), born about 1641, died at Suffield, Conn., 23 July 1689 (but inventory of his estate was presented that date); married Esther Andrews, who died at Suffield, 6 Mar. 1697/8, daughter of William and Elizabeth.
      i. Esther3, b. (say 1666); m. in 1688, William Pierce. She had a child by John Barnard, 1683.
      ii. Elizabeth, b. (say 1668); m. 24 Mar. 1685/6, John Taylor of Suffield.
      iii. Thomas, b. (say 1670); d. 22 Aug. 1692. His will, 9 Apr. 1692, proved 30 Sept. 1692, named mother Esther Spencer; estate of father Thomas brothers Samuel and William; sisters (sic); uncles Thomas Huxley and Jarrad Spencer.
      iv. Samuel, b. (say 1674) d. 23 Nov. 1743.
      v. William, b. (say 1677) d. Dec. 1745.
      vi. Anna, b. at Suffield, 6 June 1680 d. 4 Oct. 1660. Note: Ann Spencer m. (1) at Hartford, 25 Jan. 1704/5, Thomas Hill, b. 13 Jan. 1681/2, d. 1707 two children; m. (2) at Hartford, 15 Nov. 1710, Edward Foster, and settled in Suffield. She could conceivably have been a younger child of Thomas2 of Suffield [above]; or the child born to Esther3 in 1683 (No. 12 above); or identical with Hannah3 [Jared2, Thomas1]. The names Hannah and Ann were sometimes used interchangeably though in other cases they were so little confused that both names were given to daughters in the same family. However, it is to be noted that this Hannah3 was so named in her birth record and in her father's will also, making it less likely that she was ever called Ann."

      4. FHL book 929.273 Sp33 "The Spencers of the Great Migration," by Jack Taif Spencer and Edith Woolley Spencer (Gateway Press, Baltimore; 1997) vol. 1, partial excerpts from pp. 272, 275-279 (see notes of Thomas2 Spencer for full transcript):
      "The Family of Thomas2 Spencer and Esther Andrews. Thomas2 Spencer was born at Hartford, Connecticut, ca 1641 and died at Suffield, CT, ca 23 July 1689. Esther Andrews was born in September, 1641 and died at Suffield on 6 March 1698. Thomas and Esther removed from Hartford to Suffield about 1674, but perhaps did not make the move permanent until 1677 after the close of the King Philip War. Esther was the daughter of William1 Andrews and Abigail (Graves) Andrews. Children..." [Author continues with details on six children of Thomas and Esther; however, I do not transcribe it.]
      "When Thomas2 Spencer died at age 48, his wife Esther (Andrews) Spencer was of the same age. They had had six children, including 3 boys and 3 girls. Ester3, the eldest, was only 23 and she had married William Pierce a year before the death of her father. (Incidentally, Ester3 had a son by John Barnard who was raised by the Barnard family). Elizabeth3 was 21 years of age, but at age 18 had married John Taylor of Windsor and had a son one year of age when Thomas2 died.
      [Note that book has a photo of the "Monument to the Descendants of Sgt. Thomas1 Spencer in the Old Burying ground of Suffield now the Churchyard of the First Church of Christ Congregational. Different lines of Descent are on each of the four faces of the monument. It notes "Serg. Thomas Spencer, b. England 1607, d. Hartford 1687."]
      The third child of Thomas2 Spencer and Esther Andrews was Thomas3 who was 18 in 1689, but he died only three years after his father and hence played no further role in the history of the Thomas2 family. The fourth and fifth child of Thomas and Esther were Samuel3 and William3, the youngest of the male offspring. It is clear that the extension of the Thomas2 family in Suffield would revolve around these two men. Samuel3 was only 15 when his father died, while William3 was 11 years of age. Indeed, the long lines of descendants from these two third generation Spencers divided all the subsequent Spencers in Suffield into two very contrasting groups which we will describe in detail as the story unfolds...
      Because Esther (Andrews) Spencer was widowed at an early age (45), we can see that the burden of survival for the family rested on the shoulders of Samuel3 who was barely 15 when his father died. As noted above, in the later years, the two surviving sons equally divided the land pioneered by their father. The descendants of Samuel3 seemed to be oriented more to commercial enterprises in Hartford County, whereas the descendants of William3 remained wedded to the land. The latter group also participated in the great westward movements to New York State (some also to Vermont) and the lands of the Connecticut Western Reserve in northern Ohio. We shall recount all these diverse activities in detail (particularly the Ohio migrants) as we move from generation to generation."

      1. From the Internet 6 Jul 2008 at Suffield, Hartford County, Connecticut Headstone Inscriptions 1660-1937. This list of inscriptions, town of Suffield, was copied in 1934, under the auspices of the F.E.R.A. and the W.P.A. sponsored by the Connecticut State Library, as compiled under the supervision of Charles R. Hale, State Military Necrologist, assisted by Miss Mary H. Babin, Secretary. Hartford, Connecticut, December 1937. Inscriptions, 125-1 Old Center Cemetery, Suffield, Connecticut, listed in the following order:
      Spencer Sergeant Thomas born in England 1607, died in Hartford 1687. [KP note: Father of Thomas below and father-in-law to Esther.]
      Spencer Thomas died 1689. [KP note: husband to Esther.]
      Spencer Esther Andrews wife of Thomas, born 1641, died 1698. [KP note: wife to Thomas.]"