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Spencer and Wigley Connection?

Postby woodchal » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:26 am

We have an Great Uncle in the family called Frank Spencer Wigley (1887-1964).

Over 50 years ago my Mother-in-Law met some Wigleys from St Kitts and our Frank entered into correspondence with the St Kitts' Wigleys. I have recovered some of these letters and after some googling it turns out that the Wigley’s had been in St Kitts for a long time (at least 1832) and that the tradition was that all first born sons were called Franck Spencer Wigley.

We cannot find any any link between the families but the Francis/Frank Spencer naming strongly suggests some linkage somewhere.

When you search for Spencer Wigley you get many Wigley’s with Spencer as a middle name.

Has anyone come across a link between a Spencer family and the Wigley Family? Or indeed the Francis Spencer Wigley name
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Re: Spencer and Wigley Connection?

Postby jimbo50 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:50 am

Hello.
You might have seen this, but I found this mention of Spencer Wigleys.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/person/view/25939

....Archibald Paull Burt has an entry in the ODNB as colonial judge. The entry says that he owned three enslaved people at the time of abolition: Sarah, a washerwoman aged 40; John, a house servant aged 12; and a one year old baby. It makes no mention of the other enslaved people held by his 'trading partnership' with Francis Spencer Wigley.
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Re: Spencer and Wigley Connection?

Postby woodchal » Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:33 pm

Yes thanks - there was a Francis Spencer Wigley in St Kitts back to at least 1832, when he acquired two new young slaves. At some time it appears he had about 32 slaves and was heavily involved in the leadership of the islands and as you say partnering with Archibald Burt, who was also in a position of responsibility in Western Australia later on.

The Spencer link must predate 1832 and is probably rooted in England, where the "posh" Wigleys were based at Scraptoft Hall in Leicestershire having left the poorer Wigleys behind in the Wirksworth Derbyshire area.
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