SPINNING, Humphrey - I30748

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Old colonial records show this name spelled Spinage, Spenning, Spining, and the more modern Spinning.

I. Humphrey SPINNING was an early settler at New Haven, being recorded there as early as 4 December 1639.[1] He was evidently a man of enterprise, and is known to have owned lands on Delaware Bay, and at Oyster Bay, besides money in the hands of John Brown, of Salem.

His marriage was probably in England, and upon his emigration to New England he brought with him the "kinsman," thought to be nephew, Humphrey Spinning, whom he remembers in his will, and who "had been taken by his relative when but a child from his father in England."[2] His wife died at Delaware Bay, leaving two hundred pounds to her husband. Whether she was his only wife or not seems uncertain. The inventory of his estate in 1656 makes mention of his "former wife's daughter," his "own daughter Mary," and at least one "son in law" in England.

On 6 December 1655 he refused to watch, claiming he was but a "sojourner" there in New Haven, and too old for the service needed. He made his will 20 June 1649, before going on a voyage to the Bay[3], like a provident man making his wishes known before possible accident or disaster should overtake him. However, he lived to return safely, and it was not until 29 September 1656 that his estate was inventoried. The records of the settlement are of interest here, and indicate the marriage of his daughter Mary.

Humphrey Spinning, the "kinsman," married (1) 14 October 1657 Abigail, daughter of George HUBBARD, of Guilford, and removed to that town shortly after, being admitted planter there, 13 March 1661. About 1666 he removed to Elizabeth Town, New Jersey. He married (2) Anna ???? He had five sons and, three daughters. (New .England Historical and Genealogical Register 59: 267.) Of Lettice, the step daughter of Humphrey Spinning, senior, we have no record, nor of her brother Edward, who in 1656 was in England. Child: 1. MARY; married Jonathan ROYCE. II. Mary SPINNING married about 1656 or 1657, Jonathan, son of Robert Royce, of STRATFORD.

For continuation of this family line please see the SPINNING biography.
  SOURCE:  The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926)


  1. (New England Historical and Genealogical. Register 59: 267.)
  2. (Ibid. 59: 267.)
  3. (Genealogical Dictionary of New England, James Savage, 4: 150)