Hi I am a descendant of William Spencer & Alice/Anne (Lightfoote/Bullock)<-- still investigating this.
My lines: Myself-Katie Kelley-Lillian Richeson-Erastus Richeson-Fielding Richeson-Frances Pace-Murray Pace-John Pace-Joseph Pace-Elizabeth Newsom-Anne Sheppard-Elizabeth Spencer and then William Spencer b. abt 1560<--I believe later, closer to 1600, otherwise he would have been 60 of the time of daughter Alice's birth and 55y at the time of dau. Elizabeth's my ancestor whom married my next line of ancestry Robert Sheppard:
Genealogy.com: Family Archive Image; Family History: Southern Genealogies #1, 1600's-1800's: One source (Cockerham of Surry, Virginia) says: He was known as the "Ancient Planter", came over with Capt. Christopher Newport in the "Sarah Constant" in 1607. ) info in (Colonial Surry-47 <--this I can't find to get more info on him). He was Burgess from Mulberry Island in 1624 and 1632.
Another source (Appendix A: Sheppard and Spencer Families) says: "William Spencer, yeoman and ancient planter, came to Virginia in the "First Supply" in 1608, was an honest, valiant and industrious workman (weren't they all), and first to choose land. He was an ensign; Burgess for Jamestown in the first Assembly in 1619; Burgess for Mulberry Island in 1624; patented 12 acres on Jamestown Island in 1624; at which time he had a wife Alice and a daughter Alice b. 1620. In 1632-3 he was Burgess of Mulberry Island". (From Tyler "Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography", Vol.1, p.329). Hotten's "Emigrants" (p.228) shows among those living at James Island in 1624 "William Spencer came in the "Sarah", Alice his wife in the __, Alice their daughter aged 4 years." Among the dead at James City and in the island is mentioned "William Spencer a child" (id., p.229), who was almost certainly a son of this family. Numerous land grants were made to William Spencer in Surry Co. In 1624 he is referred to as "Ensigne William Spencer" in a grant to John Johnson, yepman (Nugent, p. 4). A grant of 550 acres in Surry in 1635 calls him " William Spencer, Gent.", indicating that he was a Justice of the county at that time. We have mentioned the two largest grants made to him, one for 1100 acres in 1635 which was later held by Robert Sheppard and by him deeded to William Caulfield in 1652; and one for 1350 acres in 1637, which was inherited by William Corkerham. The date of William Spencer's death is uncertain. The last reference to him is in the land grant of of 1637. On Jan. 21, 1628 Nicholas Spencer testified that John Lightfoot left his property to William Spencer (Minutes of the Council and Genrl. Ct. of Colonial Va., p. 181), which may indicate a relationship between Spencer and Lightfoot. Only two daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Robert Sheppard and Anne (not mention by name in this source, bd), wife of Capt. William Cockerham, seem to have survived him; at least, Robert Sheppard and William Cockerham seem to have inherited all his land. We have dealt with the Sheppard family, and shall now discuss briefly the Cockerhams, as these two families alone represent the line of William Spencer.
Three are mentioned as brothers: Thomas, Nicholas & Robert <--tho this Robert may be a nephew, son of Nicholas).
If you learn Alice's parentage, please let me know. Thanks! Bobi