Please, all who see this forum, note that I responded in full to this article by Mr. Spencer in The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Summer 2006, Volume XXXIV, No 3. Therein I accepted the evidence that Samuel Spencer was married to Sybil Tisdale, though I contended - and still contend - that his first wife was Philippa Pegues, who was the mother of Spencer's daughter Mary.I refer all who question to that response, which is in detail.
Also, please note that my large book based on the papers of Calvin and Samuel Spencer and their families is being published by NewSouth Books, Montgomery, Alabam, this fall.It is some 500 pp. and is titled Carolina Planters on the Alabama Frontier / The Spencer-Robeson-McKenzie Family Papers.My research on the marriages of Judge Samuel Spencer are within the text and in a special appendix to this volume.
Sybil Tisdale is, at best, a person of mystery, as she was left nothing whatever by Judge Spencer, which surely was illegal - not a house, not a slave, not a nickel. The estate was handled by William Samuel Spencer, the only son and whom I assume was Sybil's son, and he allocated nothing to her. He was as busy as could be selling most of his assets, some to his half-brother-in-law,Isaac Jackson, and the bulk to his uncle, Calvin Spencer.Then he left and moved to Huntsville, Ala. Sybil later married a man named Wharton, but I suspect that Spencer died on bad terms with his wife, hence this strange estate settlement. If someone has a better explanation, I would be happy to know of it (there had been no earlier settlement on her either).