In researching North Carolina Higher Court records, Godfrey Spruell appears in North Carolina records as early as 1694, several years earlier than commonly believed. Most notable is the 1694 entry where he lists himself and 7 other rights, matching the October 21, 1684 grant (University of Virginia Colonial Collections) received“ due by transportation of 7 psons.” The spelling “Spruell” is that found in the Albamarle and Chowan County records:
“These may certify yt at a Crt. Holden for the precinct of Chowan ye. Second of July 1694: Godfrey Spruell proved these Eight rights as followeth: Godfrey Spruell Sen., Joana Spruell, Susanah Spruell, Ana Margeritta Spruell, Saml. Spruell, Godfrey Spruell Junr., Nicholas Phelps, Sarah Walker. Attest: Nathanl. Chevin Crk.” Original spelling retained! (1)
It is quite possible that Nicholas Phelps was English, not Scottish, as is Godfrey and Joana are also English pronunciations… Ever wonder why Godfrey received a land grant while Andrew Spruell had his ear cropped, John Spruell (apothecary) got the boot, and John Spruell, clerk of Glasgow went into hiding? It is interesting that there are as many English Spruell’s in the 1600’s as Scottish… but that would be another discussion, anyway…
There are 64+ additional entries for Godfrey Spruell in the North Carolina Higher-Court Records in the years 1699 – 1708, including entries where he describes himself as a Chururgion, as a resident of the county of Albamarle, where he is ordered arrested in multiple pleas of Debt and Complaints by Captain William Randolf, where Godfrey Spruell sues others for failure to pay their debts etc. (2)
Most interesting is [CCR185] where Tanner Spruilll“Relinquish my Right of Dower to three hundred Acres of Land Given by my husband Godfrey Spruill unto our Son in Law John Stuart and to Anritta his wife and their heires as witness my hand and Seal this 20th march 1701/2. Tanner Spruill.”
My guess is that Tanner was the wife of Godfrey Spruill, Jr…. ====================== Some Sample Entries: (2) April 1  Capt. W. Randolph versus Dr. Godfrey Spruel Debt for Sixty five pound sterling. Retorne. Retraxit.
General Court, July 1699. Godfri Spuill test. to bill of Richard Burtenshall …
[Randolph v Spruill] [CCR148] General Court, July 1699. “Captain William Randolph plaintiff versus Dr. Godfrey Spruel Defendant in a plea of debt complaines that the Defendant by his Bond under his hand and seal bearing Date the 20th Day of June Anno Domini 1695 standeth bound to the plaintiff in the sum of sixty five pounds sterling… “
[Randolph v Spruill] [CCR148] N. Carolina SS. To the provost Marshall or Deputy “These are in the name of his Excellency the palatine and Lords proprietors to require you to arrest the Body of Dr. Godfrey Spruell and him in Safe Custody to hold Soe that he may appear the 1st Day of the nest General Court to be holden att the house of Mrs. Godfrey to answer the Sute of Captain Wm Randolph in a plea of Debt and have there this Writt Dated the 1st Day of Aprill 1699.”
[CCR 188] the following indenture was presented at the General Court, July 1699: “Know all men by these presents that I Godfrey Spruill of the County of Albamarle in North Carolina doe owe and stand justly indebted unto William Randolph his heirs and assignes in the sume of…Witnesse my hand and seal this 20th day of June 1695. “
“The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bounden Godfrey Spruell, do and shall well and truly pay to the above William Randolph or his Assignes at his now dweling house in Henrico County in Virginia…”
======================= (1)Book of Warrants and Surveys, 1681-1706, for land in the North Carolina county palatine of Albemarle … presently in the North Carolina State Archives (shelf mark: Secretary of State 978.1)
(2)North Carolina Higher-Court Records 1697-1701 edited by Mattie Erma Edwards Parker. State Department of Archives and History. Raleigh, North Carolina.