Spinning #1800

English St George flag animationHumphrey Spinning (1630-1689)

Born in England. Arrived in Connecticut by 1639 and later settled in New Jersey and

USA flag animationAbigail Hubbard (1640-1689)

Born in Connecticut and later settled in New Jersey.

Spinning #1800

Humphrey Spinning is also my 8th g-grandfather through his son Edward[1].

Not much is known of Humphrey Spinning and his wife Abigail Hubbard.  Most of information I have found comes from two sources:

  • ”Humphrey Spinning of Guilford, Connecticut and Elizabeth, New Jersey and his Descendants,” compiled by Hon. Ralph T. Smyth and communicated by Dr. Bernard C. Steiner, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register: Volume 59 – Page 267.
  • “The Spining-Spinning family of New Haven [and] Guilford, Connecticut and Elizabethtown, N.J.”; Authors: Edythe Wilson Thoesen, George Lawrence Spining and Joseph Monfort Spining (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah – 1 microfilm reel; 35 mm.; OCLC Number 865864155), 1957.

 

English Origins:

Humphrey Spinning was born in 1630 in England.  He died 6 Sep 1689 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, at the age of 59.  On 14 Oct 1657 at Guilford, Connecticut, he married Abigail Hubbard.  She was born in 1640 in Wethersfield, Connecticut, the daughter of George Hubbard and Mary BishopAbigail died in November 1689 at Elizabethtown, New Jersey.

Humphrey Spinning appears on New Haven Records as early as 4 Dec 1639.  On 6 Dec 1655, he refused to watch claiming that he was old and but a sojourner.  His will made 20 Jun 1649 before going for the Bay makes bequest to his wife’s son Edward his daughter Mary and his wife’s daughter Lettice and speaks of his son in law in England. He mentions having money in the hands of John Brown of Salem lands in Delaware Bay which he leaves to his kinsman Humphrey Spinning and property at Oyster Bay. His estate Sept 29 1656 was inventoried at New Haven as worth 208 pounds His wife who died at Delaware Bay had brought him 200 pounds. Goodman Rice’s son was about to marry Mary Spinning when her father died.

The children of Humphrey Spinning and Abigail Hubbard are listed as follows:

  1. John Spinning, born 11 Feb 1659 in New Haven, Connecticut.  He married Rachel Savage 22 Aug 1694.  John died 27 Feb 1712, at the age of 53.
  2. Daniel, born 5 Feb 1661 and died 9 Sep 1690.
  3. Abigail, born about 1662.
  4. Edward Spinning, see below.
  5. Ebenezer Spinning, see below.
  6. Hannah, born about 1672 and died about 1750.  In about 1690, she married George Royce about 1690.
  7. Elizabeth, born about 1675 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.  She married Daniel Price.
  8. Benjamin, born 1685 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.  He married Margaret [family surname unknown] and died in 1731.

I am descended from two of the sons of Humphrey Spinning and Abigail Hubbard:

  • Edward (1666-1727)
  • Ebenezer (1667-1702)

Humhrey Spinning and Abigail Hubbard are my maternal 8th g-grandparents through both of these sons.  The path back to me branches here and does not reconnect until William Benson Watkins marries Julia Ann Morris in 1858 in Ohio, and then their lineage continues under the heading of Thomas Watkins (1629-1689) and Elizabeth Baker (1632-1689).

 

Descent through Edward Spinning

Edward Spinning (son of Humphrey Spinning and Abigail Hubbard) was born in 1666 and died about 14 Nov 1727, both in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.  He married Anna Lee.  I have not been able to determine the identity of Anna’s parents, although some sources indicate Thomas Lee and Anne White.

Edward’s Will is transcribed below:

Will of Edward Spining In the name of God Amen. The twenty seventh day of January in the Thirteenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the Grace of God King of Great Brittain Etc and In the year of our Lord our Christ (according to English account) one thousand Seven hundred and Twenty Six, I Edward Spining of Elizabeth Town in the County of Essex and Eastern Division of the Province of New Jersey, Yeoman, Being Sick and weak in Body, but of Sound and perfect understanding and memory (Thanks to almighty God therefor) Do make this my Last will and Testament in manner and form following (That is to Say) first I commit my Soul and Spirit to almighty God who Gave it and my Body to the Dust whence it was Taken, to Receive a Decent Christian Burial; and Touching and Concerning The Distribution of that Temporal and worldly Estate; which it has Pleased God In his Goodness to bestow upon me I dispose of the Same as followeth: (That is To Say) Imprimis I will and order That all Such Debts as I shall Justly ow to Any Person or Persons whatsoever at the Time of my Decease Shall well and Truly be paid out of my Movable Estate by my Executrix and Executor hereafter in this my Last will and Testament Named and Appointed. – Item, I give and bequeathe unto my Loving Wife, Ann (after all my Just Debts paid throuout) all that the one half part or Equal Moyoty of all my whole movable Estate, of what Nature, Quality or kind Soever, To have and to hold the same unto my Said wife Ann her heirs and assigns, to her and their only proper use, Benefit and behoof forever. ~~Item, I give and bequeath unto my Three Daughters, Namely Ann Spining, Mary Spining and Elizabeth Spining, The Other half part of my Movable Estate (my Debts being first paid throuout as aforsd) To them the Said Ann, Mary and Elizabeth, To be Equally Divided amongst them my Said Three Daughters, part & Part Equal and Alike, and to their heirs and assigns forever. ~~Item I give and bequeathe unto my Said Wife Ann the whole and sole use and Improvement of all and Singular houses Lands Tenements and hereditaments situate and being anywhere and wheresoever in the Bounds of Elizabethtown aforsd – which are any ways belonging and appurtaining to me together with the Rents Issues and profits thereof During the whole time She Remains Intirely my widow – And if she happen again to be married, Then at the Time of her Remarriage and from thenceforth only the one Equal Third part of all Such Improvements Rents Issues and profits as aforsd During the whole term of her Life ~~Item, I will and ordain by these Presents, that if my Sd wife Shall happen to Dye Intirely my widow that then at the time of her Death and from thenceforth until my three Sons Ebenezer Spining, Daniel Spining and Edward Spining Shall Successively arrive to the age of Twenty one Years of their Several Lives all the Improvements of all my said Lands Tenements and hereditaments with the Rents Issues and profits thereof, shall be and Remain to the Use of my said three Daughters to each of them the one equal third part thereof their several [?] [?] and assigns ~~Item, I Give Grant Devise and Bequeathe unto my Eldest son Ebenezer Spining all that Lott or parcel of meadow adjoining to the Creek-meadow of Samuel Winansh which was given and devised to me in and by the will and testament of my honored father Humphrey Spining Deceased containing three acres both [?] more or less to remain continue and be to the sd Ebenezer Spinning my son his heirs and assigns forever after the death of my sd wife Ann at and from his age of twenty one years of his life ~~Item, I Give Grant Devise and Bequeathe unto my three sons, Ebenezer, Daniel and Edward Spinning and to their heirs and assigns forever All and singular other my Lands Tenements and hereditaments with the rights members and appurtenances thereof to be equally divided among them part and partie Equall and Alike and to be equal.

The son of Edward Spinning and Anna Lee is Ebenezer Spinning, born about 1712 at Elizabethtown, New Jersey and married Phebe Dillsworth in 1737.  Phebe was born 27 May 1705 and died in 1792, and Ebenezer died after 6 Apr 1771, both at Elizabethtown, New Jersey.

In his Will, Ebenezer mentions his brother, Edward, and sons: Mathias, Isaac, Ichabud and Ebenezer; daughters: Rhoda and Abigail and wife: Phebe.

The children of Ebenezer Spinning and Phebe Dillsworth were all born in New Jersey and died in Ohio, with the exception of Ebenezer, who died in New Jersey.  The details are listed as follows:

  • Ebenezer (1748-1785)
  • Mathias Spinning (1750-1830), see below.
  • Rhoda, born 20 Nov 1752 and died 13 Dec 1836 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County.
  • Abigail, born in 1754 and died 28 Jul 1810 in Hamilton County.
  • Ichabod, born 11 Jul 1757 and died 21 Jan 1819 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County.
  • Isaac, born 3 Oct 1759 and died 24 Dec 1825 Dayton, Montgomery County.

Mathias Spinning was born 27 Jan 1750 and died 6 Apr 1830 at Lebanon, Ohio.  On 10 Jun 1772 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, he married Hannah Haines, the daughter of Benjamin Haines (1722-1744) and Katherine Woodruff (1730-1777).  Hannah was born 4 Dec 1752 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey and died at Lebanon, Ohio 17 Jan 1837.

Matthias Spinning was a Revolutionary War veteran[2] (as were his brothers, Ichabod and Isaac), serving as a Private and Minute Man for about 8 years in the Essex County Militia of New Jersey, Continental Army.  He was taken prisoner and confined in a sugar house prison[3] in New York for several months, and served until the end of the Revolutionary War.

Matthias Spinning was a Revolutionary War veteran (as were his brothers, Ichabod and Isaac).

Matthias Spinning was a Revolutionary War veteran (as were his brothers, Ichabod and Isaac).

The following passage is taken from A Roster of Revolutionary Ancestors of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution, Vol. 1 (1973-76), p. 600:

“SPINNING, MATTHIAS, b. Jan. 1750, Elizabeth­town, N. J., d. 4 Dec. 1830[4], Lebanon, Ohio, m. 6 Oct. 1772, Hannah Haines, b. 4 Dec. 1752, Eliza­beth, N. J., d. 1837, Lebanon, Ohio. SERVICE: State of New Jersey – Office of Adjutant Gen., Trenton N. J. Oct. 30, 1904. It is certified that the records of this Office Shows that Matthias Spinning private of Essex Co. Militia received certificate No. 445 dated June 16th, 1784 for 5, 6, 8 for the Depreciation of his Continental Pay, in the Militia, during the Revolutionary War. Signed, R. Heber Brenthrall Adj. Gen. CHILDREN: Mary, b. 21 Dec. 1774, m. Benj. Morris; David, b. 28 Aug. 1775, d. 1777; Ste­phen, b. 11 Oct. 1777, m. Mary Bush; David, b. 30 Aug. 1779, m. Louise Budle; Kate, b. 17 Aug. 1781, d. 1782; Wm. Matthais, b. 27 Feb. 1783, m. Hannah Osborn; Elias, b. 9 Oct. 1785, m. Phoebe Ball; Benjamin, b. 29 June 1787, m. Sarah Holloway; Hannah, b. 22 Sept. 1789, m. Henry Drake; Jerusha, b. 7 Feb. 1793, unmarried; Isaac Newton, b. 24 Mar. 1796, m. Elizabeth French. DESCENDANT: BUN­NELL, Sarah Jean, No. 577795.”

The Livingston sugar house (left) on Liberty Street in lower Manhattan once detained 400 to 500 American prisoners of the Revolutionary War. (George Hayward, 1858, "The old Sugar House & Middle Dutch Church, Liberty St. N.Y. in 1830.")

The Livingston sugar house (left) on Liberty Street in lower Manhattan once detained 400 to 500 American prisoners of the Revolutionary War. (George Hayward, 1858, “The old Sugar House & Middle Dutch Church, Liberty St. N.Y. in 1830.”)

Mathias Spinning is buried at the Pioneer (Methodist) Cemetery in Lebanon, Ohio.  The following is a quote from his obituary in The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), Saturday, 10 Apr 1830
:

” . . . The deceased was one of the few remaining patriots of the revolution, and sustained a great share of the toils and dangers of that long and fierce contest.  He was one of those confined in what was called the Sugar House, at New York, for a number of months, where with his unfortunate comrades he suffered everything but death.  After the termination of the revolutionary struggle, Mr. Spinning, with his family moved from New Jersey to Symmes’ purchase where he was among the first settlers…”

A few details of the life of Matthias Spinning are known through the memoir[5] written by his son, David Spinning, who was a convert to the Shaker religion and an Elder of the Shaker community at Union Village, Lebanon, Ohio.  David Spinning relates that he was born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and his family settled near the Ohio River, five miles north of Cincinnati, late in the fall of 1790.  David relates that at an early age, his occupation (in addition to farming) was to wind quills for his father, who was a weaver.  He was raised by his parents as a strict Presbyterian.  In “the latter part of February 1798”, the family settled at few miles from where David subsequently made his home near Union Village, Warren County, Ohio, where they dwelt in “an openn cabin, altogether in the thick woods”.

The children of Mathias Spinning and Hannah Haines are listed as follows:

  1. Mary Spinning, born 1 Jan 1774 and married Benjamin MorrisMary died 21 Dec 1837.  Benjamin was born 20 Feb 1774 and died 17 Oct 1861.
  2. David, born 28 Aug 1775 and died in 1777
  3. Ste­phen, born 11 Oct. 1777 and married Mary Bush
  4. David, born 30 Aug 1779 and married Louise Budle.  Her dates are unknown.  David died on 22 Dec 1841.  He became a Shaker convert and joined the Shaker community at Union Village, Turtle Creek Township (near Lebanon), Warren County, Ohio before 1812.  By 1830, he was “First Elder” of the Gathering Order on the North Family Lot, where he lived until 1832.  He made missionary trips for the Shakers to other parts of Ohio and Kentucky.  In the 1830 Census, David Spinning was listed as Head of Household consisting of 75 “Free White Persons” – the North Family of Shakers, Union Village.  Click —> here to see the related Census schedule.
  5. Kate, born 17 Aug 1781 and died in 1782
  6. Willliam Mathias, born 27 Feb 1783 and married Hannah Osborn
  7. Elias, born 9 Oct 1785 and married Phoebe Ball
  8. Benjamin, born 29 June 1787 and married Sarah Holloway
  9. Hannah, born 22 Sep 1789 and married Henry Drake.
  10. Jerusha, born 7 Feb 1793; unmarried
  11. Isaac Newton, born 24 Mar 1796 and married Elizabeth French.

The lineage of Mary Spinning and Benjamin Morris is continued under the heading of John Morris ( -1677) and Elizabeth Harrison (1626-1669).

 

Descent through Ebenezer Spinning

Ebenezer Spinning (son of Humphrey Spinning and Abigail Hubbard) was born in 1667 died in Sep 1702, both in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.  He married Francis Baker, who was born in 1671.  She was possibly the daughter of John Baker and Agnes Pierce, although efforts to link this Francis Baker with other known Baker lines have been inconclusive.  She has NOT been linked to Frances Baker (1611-1696), who emigrated from England in April 1635 aboard the Planter, and who settled with his wife, Isabel Twining (1615-1706), in Yarmouth, Massachusetts.

First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth (Old First of Elizabeth) is a historic church at 14-44 Broad Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The current structure was built in 1783 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The church was founded in 1664.

First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth (Old First of Elizabeth) is a historic church at 14-44 Broad Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The current structure was built in 1783 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The church was founded in 1664.

In “Rev. Harriman’s Account Book”[6], Ebenezer appears on the list of subscribing members of 1st Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, New Jersey from 1664-1699.

The only known children of Ebenezer Spinning and Frances Baker are sons:

  • John Spinning (1698-1776)
  • Ebenezer (1700- )

John Spinning was born 10 Dec 1698 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey and married Constant Littell in 1728.  Constant was born in Marshfield, Massachusetts on 11 Feb 1706.  My investigations into her ancestry have been vexing.  Many sources agree that her parents were John Littell (1646-1713) and Mary White (1660-1715), but convincing proof seems to be lacking.  Also efforts to link of this line to George Little (died 1694) of Newbury, Massachusetts and his wife Alice Poore are not substantiated.  Other sources identify her parents as John Little (1683-1767) and Constance Fobes (1686-1771).  This would connect her to Mayflower passengers Richard Warren (on her father’s side) and John Alden (1599-1687) and Priscilla Mullins[7] (1602-1688) (on her mother’s side), but this too poses difficulties.  Her family is probably connected in some manner with the family of George Little, early settler of Newbury or Thomas Little, early settler of Marshfield, Massachusetts, but a direct line of descent is unproven.  Constant Littell died 9 Sep 1757 and John Spinning died 10 Mar 1776, both in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

John Spinning and Constant Littell were buried in the First Presbyterian Churchyard (Elizabeth, New Jersey).  The inscription on his grave marker reads thus:

aged 77 years / & 4 months / Pray look upon my grave / All you that passeth by / When one lives to such age / Thousands do younger die

The children of John Spinning and Constant Littell are listed as follows:

  1. Elizabeth Frances Spinning (1730-1787)
  2. Jonathan (John) (1732-1779), married Elizabeth Miller.
  3. Phebe (1736-1822), married William Stiles on 7 Jun 1761.
  4. Ebenezer (1738-1790), married Ann [family surname unknown]
  5. possibly John
  6. Daniel (1749-1811), married Mindwell [family surname unknown] in about 1771.

In about 1761, Elizabeth Frances Spinning  married Joseph Watkins, the son of Benjamin Watkins and Sarah Marsh.  Joseph had migrated from Connecticut to New Jersey some time prior to 1761, when he married.  The lineage of Elizabeth Frances Spinning  and Joseph Watkins is continued under the heading of Thomas Watkins (1629-1689) and Elizabeth Baker (1632-1689).

 

 


[1] Humphrey Spinning is also my 8th g-grandfather through his son Edward, as follows:

Spinning #1872

[2] SAR #21079 (Application of Alva Lacy Spinning, M.D. accepted 8 Aug 1909, Indiana Society) and SAR #32507 (Application of Lynne John Bevan accepted 29 Mar 1919, New Jersey Society).

[3] Sugar houses in New York City were used as prisons by occupying British forces during the American Revolutionary War. Out of 2,600 prisoners of war captured during the Battle of Fort Washington in November 1776, 1,900 would die in the following months at makeshift prisons throughout the city. At least 17,500 are estimated to have perished under substandard conditions of such sugar houses and British prison ships over the course of the war, more than double that of casualties from battle.

[4] According to the grave marker of Mathias Spinning in the Pioneer Cemtery, Lebanon, Ohio, his date of death was 6 Apr 1830.

[5] Pelham, Richard W. (ed.). A Short Sketch of the Life of David Spinning, written by himself, August 30 – November 11, 1841 and A Sketch of the Life and Religious Experience of Richard W. Pelham, written by himself, 1862. Typescript of the original manuscript notebook (in Pelham’s handwriting) in the collection of the Ohio State Archeological & Historical Society, borrowed and copied by Dayton (Ohio) Public Library, November 1944.

[6] Ellison, Harry C. (ed.). Church of the Founding Fathers of New Jersey: A History of the First Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1664-1964 (Cornish, Maine: Prepared under the authority of the Session) 1964. p .27.

[7] My paternal 10th g-grandparents, discussed under their own heading.

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3 comments

  • Ina Stretch

    My records, available on Family Search, show Constant/Constance Littell married to John Spinning in Elizabethtown, NJ Constance is d/o Mary white and John Littell.(Newbury, MA) John Littell is s/o Alice Poore and George Littell. (Newbury, MA) George Littell, born in Southwark, London on 1 July 1617 was s/o Iona Taberman and Edward Littell.

    • Ina – I’d like to learn more about your sources. I’m not sure how to look at the records you refer to on Family Search. As I stated above, according to published sources I consulted “John Spinning was born 10 Dec 1698 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey and married Constant Littell in 1728. Constant was born in Marshfield, Massachusetts on 11 Feb 1706. My investigations into her ancestry have been vexing. Many sources agree that her parents were John Littell (1646-1713) and Mary White (1660-1715), but convincing proof seems to be lacking. Also efforts to link of this line to George Little (died 1694) of Newbury, Massachusetts and his wife Alice Poore are not substantiated. Other sources identify her parents as John Little (1683-1767) and Constance Fobes (1686-1771). This would connect her to Mayflower passengers Richard Warren (on her father’s side) and John Alden (1599-1687) and Priscilla Mullins (1602-1688) (on her mother’s side), but this too poses difficulties. Her family is probably connected in some manner with the family of George Little, early settler of Newbury or Thomas Little, early settler of Marshfield, Massachusetts, but a direct line of descent is unproven. Constant Littell died 9 Sep 1757 and John Spinning died 10 Mar 1776, both in Elizabeth, New Jersey.”

      Of course, I may not have access to all the information available on this line, so I would love to hear about sources you have found.

      • Larry Smith

        Constant was born in 1706 John and Constant Fobes were married in 1708 but the places constant was born and lived made me believe her parents , my ancestors were John and Constant

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