Children of Robert and Deborah Spence

silhouette of John Spence 01. John Spence

1775-10-13 b. Hardcastle Garth, Hartwith with Winsley, Kirkby Malzeard, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/1091, /1571; Edward H. Milligan (2007) Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775–1920. York: Sessions Book Trust
1788/1789 of Hartwith, Yorkshire; at Ackworth School Ackworth School Centenary Committee (1879) List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879, Ackworth
1789

Jonathan Hardcastle formed a very strong attachment to my half Brother and sister, and previous to his decease left to each of them a considerable estate, to John the family residence which I believe had been a grant from the crown for some particular services perform'd, together with the estate attached to it [ . . . ]

Journal of Robert Spence
1796 apprentice to James Procter, grocer, draper, and spirit merchant, of Yarm
1797-06-21 grocer and tea dealer, of Yarm, Yorkshire; m. Rebecca Procter (1774–1817), at Yarm PRO RG 6/203, /527; digest of Durham Quaker marriages: index; Milligan (2007)
Children: Hannah (1798–1837), Jane (1800–1870), John (1803–1826) RG 6/627, /628; Annual Monitor; GRO index
1798/1803 grocer digest of Durham Quaker births: index
1804 accompanied brother Robert in a gig to Stockton Philip Spence (1939) Robert and Mary Spence of North Shields. Newcastle upon Tyne, privately printed, p. 26
c. 1807-05-03 one First-day, walked from Yarm to Darlington with Thomas Shillitoe Journal of the Life, Labours, and Travels of Thomas Shillitoe. London, 1839
1821-07-17 grocer of Yarm; bankrupt Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 1821-07-19
1824 of Yarm digest of Durham Quaker marriages: index
1825-03-14

SPENCE'S FINAL DIVIDEND.—A SECOND & FINAL DIVIDEND of the Estate and Effects of JOHN SPENCE, of Yarm, in the County of York, Grocer, Druggist, & Tallow Chandler, may be received at the Counting-Houses of MR RICHARD MILES, in Yarm aforesaid, or MR. THOMAS STANWIX, at Stockton, in the County of Durham, the Trustees.

   YARM, March 14, 1825

York Herald, 1825-03-19
1828-05-14 grocer, of Yarm, at the date of the wedding of his daughter Hannah in Doncaster Durham County Advertiser, 1828-05-24
1841 ind., of High Worsall, Yarm, Northallerton, Yorkshire, apparently in a single room in a house with three other small households HO 107/1233/15 f4 p11
1851 not found in census  
1851-07-05 at the North Riding Sessions at Northallerton:

Richard Jones, stealing a watch at Yarm, the property of John Spence; to be imprisoned and kept at hard labour for two months.

Yorkshire Gazette, 1851-07-05
1851-10-08 d. Yarm Milligan (2007); GRO index


02. Hannah Spence

1777-09-17 b. Knaresborough MM TNA: PRO RG 6/776, /1571
1788/1790 of Hartwith, Yorkshire; at Ackworth School Ackworth School Centenary Committee (1879) List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879, Ackworth
1789 "Jonathan Hardcastle formed a very strong attachment to my half Brother and sister, and previous to his decease left to each of them a considerable estate, [ . . . ] to Hannah an estate a little lower down the same Valley" [ . . . ]" Journal of Robert Spence
1791 of Netherdale; at Trinity Lane School, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784–1816, 1831–1906 (1906) York: Sessions
1795-03-20 of Sculcoates, Yorkshire; m. James Procter (1766–1816, grocer and draper, of Yarm, Yorkshire), at Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire PRO RG 6/203, /348, /527, /785, /866; Journal of Robert Spence; Edward H. Milligan (2007) Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775–1920. York: Sessions Book Trust; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Children: James (1796 – after 1824), Jane (1797–1798) RG 6/487, /726, /776
1798-01-25 of Yarm, Yorkshire; d. in the catchment area of Stockton Monthly Meeting RG 6/47, /776
1798-01-28 bur. Yarm RG 6/776
  "She had a most amiable and engageing mind and a fine & interesting person" . . . Journal of Robert Spence


Children of Robert and Sarah Spence

This section was last revised on 2017-01-27.

daguerreotype of Robert Spence 01. Robert Spence


02. Thomas Spence

1785-05-18 b. Wait Miln House, Hartwith, Kirby Malzard, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/790, /1164, /1571
1788-08-14 d. of smallpox, Knaresborough MM PRO RG 6/901, /1165, /1571; Journal of Robert Spence
1788-08-16 bur. Hardcastle Garth fbg RG 6/901, /1165, /1571


03. Abraham Spence

1786-12-14 b. Wait Miln House, Hartwith, Kirby Malzard, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/790, /1571
1788-02-08 d. of smallpox, Knaresborough MM PRO RG 6/901, /1165, /1571; Journal of Robert Spence
1788-02-10 bur. Hardcastle Garth RG 6/901, /1165, /1571


04. Thomas Spence

1788-09-13 b. Wait Miln House, Hartwith, Kirby Malzard, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/790, /1571
1799/1803 of Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire; at Ackworth School Ackworth School Centenary Committee (1879) List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879, Ackworth
1841 not found in census  
1849 d. www.freenetpages.co.uk/hp/therbwalker, accessed 2006-01-18


Rachel Spence 05. Rachel Spence

1790-09-24 b. Wait Mill House, Hartwith, Kirby Malzard, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/790, /1571; Annual Monitor
1801/1806 of Hartwith, Yorkshire; at Ackworth School Ackworth School Centenary Committee (1879) List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879, Ackworth
1807 of Netherdale; at Trinity Lane School, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784–1816, 1831–1906 (1906) York: Sessions
1807-07-15

York 7 Month. 15th 1807.

   Thinking that my dear Brother would be pleased with a few lines, to inform him that I am well, of which favour I hope he is a partaker. I had the pleasure of receiving thy very kind and acceptable letter last week, and was glad to hear that thou wast well; thou mentionedst in thy letter something respecting thy having some shirts, which thou wishedst me to make; if thou wilt be kind enough to send me them, I will endeavour to make them in play Hours. I have begun to work a Map of England which is my employment in the sewing school, it is very pleasant Work. I am very sorry that thou was disappointed in thy intended Journey to York at the Quarterly Meeting, but I hope thou will not let any event prevent thee from coming to the ninth month Quarterly Meeting, for it will be a great pleasure to me to see thee. Thou mentionedst thy intended journey into Cumberland; I hope thou wilt have advantage from it. It may be a means of preserving thy health. Please to send me some muslin for Caps, also a pair of White silk Gloves when thou sendst the shirts for thou canst get them better than me, they must be a woman's size. Please when thou writest to brother Thomas, wish him to write to me for I am ready to conclude that I am almost forgotten by him, yet I should hope that was not the case, for it is quite the reverse with me. I have not had a letter from him since I came here, nor a considerable time before, and I am very desireous to hear from him. Thou must not expect a long letter this time for it is not long since I wrote to thee. I hope thou wilt favour me with a letter as soon as convenience will permit, for it affords me much pleasure to hear from any of my dear Relations and Friends.

   I conclude with dear love

from thy Affectionate Sister

Rachel Spence.

Philip Spence (1939) Robert and Mary Spence of North Shields. Newcastle upon Tyne, privately printed, p. 30
1808-10 visited Yarm; went to act as housekeeper to brother Robert, at the Wooden bridge Journal of Robert Spence
1819-09-16 m. Thomas Hagen (1788–1870, grocer, of Stanwell, Middlesex), at North Shields, Northumberland PRO RG 6/202, /527, /1245; Edward H. Milligan (2007) Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775–1920. York: Sessions Book Trust
"On the 16th of 9 mo. 1819 my sister Rachel was married to Thomas Hagen of Stanwell near Staines, Middlesex—& altho' removing to a great distance there is I think every change of it proving a happy union." Journal of Robert Spence

I went to Cousin Rachel Spence's marriage at Shields. I went without an exact invitation, but should have had one, but Cousin Robert did not get to see me the day before. They were very glad to see me and I met with Cousins John Spence of Yarm and Hannah and Jane his daughters, whom I had never seen before. They are two very nice young women. Cousin Rachel was married to Thomas Hagen, Grocer, near Staines, Middlesex. We had a very pleasant day and everything very comfortable. There was 39 to dine, 48 to tea and near 30 to supper, besides servants. We had the best dinner I ever sat down to. I think there was almost every dish, roast beef, veal, ham, ducks, fowls, salmon, pies of every description almost, and tarts, jellies, custard, cillibobs and a great many other articles. After dinner was removed, we had almost all kinds of fruits for the desert and plenty of wine. We had a meeting after tea. We broke up about ½ after 9. I stopped all night. It was very wet and came home next morning.

Journal of David Binns
Children: Sarah (1820–1878), Robert Spence (1821–1853) The British Friend; Annual Monitor
1830

Thomas Hagen's wife Rachel, Robert Spence's sister, was taken seriously ill in 1830 and not expected to recover, her family being twice summoned; however, owing to or in spite of the drastic methods of Sir John Chapman, who "bled her in the arm copiously, eleven large leeches on the side, succeeded by two blisters," she survived and lived till 1856, though always very delicate.

Spence (1939), p. 56
1834-07-09 husband sold an acre and a half of land in Stanwell Windsor and Eton Express, 1834-07-05
1841 of Grove House, Stanwell, Middlesex, living with her family and three other individuals PRO HO 107/718/14 f6 p5
1851 living with her husband in a flat in Norfolk Street, Tynemouth, Northumberland HO 107/2410 f164 p53
1856-10-11 of Carlisle; d. Annual Monitor
1856-10-13 d. Chiswick-street, Carlisle Carlisle Journal, 1856-10-17


Sarah (Spence) Gilpin 06. Sarah Spence

1792-12-20 b. Wait Mill House, Hartwith, Kirby Malzard, Yorkshire TNA: PRO RG 6/792, /1571; Annual Monitor
1804/1808 of Birstwith, Yorkshire; at Ackworth School Ackworth School Centenary Committee (1879) List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879, Ackworth
1807-05-19

Ackworth 5th month 19th 1807

My dear brother

   According to thy request I sit down to inform thee I received thy truly acceptable letter and the money for which I am obliged.

   I am at present in the enjoyment of health, which blessing I hope is extended to thee. I was at Pontefract monthly meeting on second day last, along with several more of my schoolfellows, where we enjoyed ourselves very much; it is a custom for about fifteen or sixteen girls to go and about twenty boys; as the monthly meeting is only held at Pontefract once in the year, so those that are not likely to be here another time draw lots, and they that get a paper with Pontefract marked on it are to go. I am glad to hear that Sister Rachel is gone to York School, I hope both she and myself may conduct ourselves to as to be worthy of thy kindness. I am much pleased with the thoughts of seeing thee before long, and am anxiously waiting for the time. Please present my dear love to Mother and Sister Rachel, and tell them that I have begun to think I am forgotten by them, it affords me much pleasure to hear from any of my dear Relations and Friends. I have not any more to express at present but dear Love in which J. Sams and Cousins wish to unite.

They affect. Sister

Sarah Spence.                                                                                                      

Philip Spence (1939) Robert and Mary Spence of North Shields. Newcastle upon Tyne, privately printed, p. 29
1808 of Yarm, Yorkshire; at Trinity Lane School, York The Mount School, York. List of Teachers and Scholars 1784–1816, 1831–1906 (1906) York: Sessions
1808-10 visited Yarm Spence (1939), p. 31
1815-03-23 m. James Gilpin (1788–1855, chemist and druggist of Newcastle-upon-Tyne), at North Shields, Northumberland PRO RG 6/527, /1245; Annual Monitor; Spence (1939), p. 35
Children: Benjamin (1817–1858), Sarah Spence (1818 – ?), James (1819–1868), Ann (1821–1893), Robert Spence (1823–1853), Sarah Maria (cal 1824 – 1885), Eliza (1827–1829), Charles Bernard (1830–1831) Annual Monitor; censuses; GRO index; Spence (1939); National Probate Calendar
1839-04 had subscribed 10s. 6d. to the Newcastle Girls' Jubilee School Newcastle Courant, 1839-04-19
1841 of Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, living with her family; in the house, too, are a chemist apprentice, two servants, and another individual PRO HO 107/845/6 f22 p3
1851 of 52 Pilgrim Street, All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne, living with her family, an apprentice, and two general servants HO 107/2407 f552 p10
1861 landed proprietor, of 3 Carlton Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle Tyne, living with a cook, a house maid, and a parlour maid RG 9/3834 f101 p42
1862-07-02 of Newcastle upon Tyne; made will; left property at Marnhull, Dorset, to son James, and effects to daughters Ann Sylvester and Sarah Maria Houseman equally; left £20 to great nephew Robert Spence Watson as remuneration for acting as executor; trusts for daughters; executors James Gilpin and Robert Spence Watson; witnessed by Joseph Watson solicitor Newcastle, and his clerk will
1863-09-24 elder; of 6 Lovaine Row, Newcastle upon Tyne; d. there Annual Monitor; will; National Probate Calendar; Newcastle Journal, 1863-09-25
  bur. Jesmond Old Cemetery, Newcastle upon Tyne Find a Grave
1863-10-22 will proved at Newcastle by son James Gilpin and great-nephew Robert Spence Watson, executors; effects under £5000 National Probate Calendar; will and probate
1863-11-03/04 her valuable household furniture and effects sold by auction at the Royal Arcade Sale Rooms, Newcastle Newcastle Courant, 1863-10-30


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