Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John SPICER (c1650-?)

and Sibbell RICKELLS (1655-?)


John Spicer and Sibbell Rickells were, I believe, my 8x Great Grandparents, twice over.  (Click here to see their possible place in my pedigree chart, via their eldest grandchild, and here via their youngest grandchild.)  They married before or about 1672.  As no possible marriage has been found in the IGI or the Sussex Family History Group's marriage index, I am speculating as to Sibbell's maiden name, but the couple did name a son Rickles.

John Spicer's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me, but he may have been born about 1650.  He was most probably the son of John Spicer (c1619-1680) and Elizabeth (?-1683).

Sibbell Rickells was baptised on 11 March 1654/5 in Brighton.  She was the daughter of Thomas Rickells (1615-1672) and Joane.


John Spicer and Sibbell Rickells may have had the following children:

  1. Elizabeth Spicer was baptised on 14 April 1672 in Brighton and buried there on 10 June 1672.  (Her possibly grandfather Thomas Rickells was buried on 30 April 1672.)

  2. John Spicer was baptised on 16 September 1673 in Brighton and probably died as an infant, although nothing appears in the Brighton burial register.

  3. John Spicer was baptised on 28 March 1675 in Brighton.  He was mentioned in his grandmother's will of 1683.  A John Spicer was buried on 8 May 1749 and another John Spiser was buried on 5 March 1750/1, both in Brighton.  (He did have a nephew  born in 1720.)

    As a 17 year old John may have married Mary Stream on 24 August 1692 in Brighton.

    Mary was baptised on 8 February 1662/3 in Brighton and was the daughter of Edward Stream and Mary.

    John and Mary had 1 known son:

    1. Spicer Strem was baptised on 14 February 1691/2 in Brighton and the baptism register records that he was the son of John Spicer, junior.  (He was baptised before his parents were married.)

    However, John would seem to have been a little young to have married Mary.  Could there have been another John Spicer son of John Spicer?  Or, if he did marry Mary, were there any more children?  At one point I had considered that this John's father had married Mary, but as the register states that Spicer Strem's father was John junior, then he could have been the John born about 1650, as his father died in 1680.

  4. Thomas Spicer was baptised on 21 September 1679 in Brighton and died between 1683 and 1689.  He was mentioned in the 1683 will of his grandmother.

  5. Robert Spicer was mentioned in his grandmother's will of 1683, but no baptism has been found for him.

  6. Richard Spicer may have been my 7x Great Grandfather.  He was baptised on 24 September 1682 in Brighton.  Richard married Mary in 1706.  (They have their own page.)

  7. Rickles Spicer was baptised on 14 September 1684 in Brighton.  The transcriber of the Brighton parish registers was undecided as to whether his Christian name was Nickles or Rickles, but I think it was the latter given that I believe his mother's name was Rickells.

  8. Enchin Spicer was baptised on 9 October 1687 in  Brighton.

  9. William Spicer was baptised on 9 February 1689/90 in Brighton.

  10. Thomas Spicer was baptised on 9 February 1689/90 in Brighton.