Spooner, John Pilgrim-AnneAbt 1587 - 1630 (~ 43 years)
Name Spooner, John Suffix Pilgrim-Anne Born Abt 1587 Gender Male AFN BRXB-06 Died 1630 Person ID I3400 32 Generations Last Modified 30 Dec 2008
Family Peck, Ann, b. 1600, d. WFT Est 1626-1693 (Age 93 years) Married 24 Dec 1616 Leyden, Hol Children 1. Spooner, Thomas, b. Abt 1600, LEIDEN, , HOLLAND , d. Bef 29 Sep 1664, SALEM, ESSEX, MASS Bay Colony (Age ~ 64 years) 2. Spooner, William, b. Abt 1600, Colchester, Essex CO., England , d. Mar 1683/4, Dartmouth, Bristol CO., Mass (Age ~ 84 years) Family ID F2823 Group Sheet | Family Chart
At Leyden, Holland with Pilgrims
1030 / B 58 / 24-12-1616 Marriage certificate
Parties: John Spooner, widower of Suzanna Bennett, ribbonmaker,
England, dwelling in the house of Douver, Ann Peck, spinster, England;
Marriage certificate John Spooner and Ann Peck, 1616
Witnesses: Samuel Lee, Elisabeth Spalding.
John Spooner was born ca. 1594 in Bucking(ham), England. His father was James Spooner of Colchester, England.
In 1609, John moved to Leiden, Holland, where he took up the trade of ribbonmaker. We know that he was actively employed in various capacities in the textile trades, as evidenced by a record at the Leiden City Archives that reads as follows:
20-2-1627 Statement of Facts
Parties: John Spooner, ca. 40, merchant, Leyden;
Statement made at the request of Thomas Barret, merchant in Norwich, about payment arrears. In 1625
John Spooner was Barret's agent and in that capacity he has sold a large shipment of English hose to Peter Passavant, merchant in Amsterdam, for an amount of one hundred and forty-eight guilders and fourteen stivers.
Witnesses: Heynderick van Noorduyn, shoemaker, Cornelis Oegstgeest, clerk.
John probably knew Jonathan Brewster (son of William Brewster) quite well, as they shared the same trade and were often partners on various transactions.
On December 24, 1616, John married Ann Peck, daughter of Robert Peck and Prudence Brewster, William's sister. The marriage certificate is also on file with the Leiden City Archives. This important genealogical document confirms that John was widowed from Suzanna Bennett, and that he was residing at the Douver House, a local house for bachelors in Leiden (the Douver House still exists today). Ann was born ca. 1598 in Scrooby, England, and had migrated to Amsterdam and then to Leiden with the original Pilgrim contiongent lead by her uncle and John Robinson, their minister.
John died in Leiden, Holland in 1628.
In 1637, Ann and her two sons, Thomas and William, left Leiden on a ship for the new world. Although there is no hard evidence to support it, they probably travelled on the ship "Hector", which sailed from Holland to Massachusetts and then to Connecticut that year. Ann first settled in Salem, where William was apprenticed to John Holmes of New Plymouth.
Ann died about 1650 in Plymouth, MA.