Margaret (or Eleanor) Spencer (1472–1536) was the daughter of Sir Robert Spencer, of Spencer Combe in the parish of Crediton, Devon, by his wife Lady Eleanor Beaufort, the daughter of Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset and Lady Eleanor Beauchamp.
Marriage and issue
In 1490 she married Sir Thomas Carey, of Chilton Foliat, in Wiltshire, second son of Sir William Cary (1437-1471) of Cockington, Devon, by his second wife Alice (or Anna) Fulford, a daughter of Sir Baldwin Fulford (d.1476) of Great Fulford, Devon. They had eight children:
- Sir John Carey, of Plashey (1491–1552), married Joyce Denny (1495–1559). She was the daughter of Sir Edmund Denny, of Cheshunt by his second wife, Mary Troutbeck.
- Anne Carey (1493–1550)
- William Carey (1500–1528), Gentleman of the Privy Chamber and Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII of England, married Mary Boleyn. It is thought that shortly after the marriage, Henry VIII began an affair with Mary, and around this time she gave birth to two children whose parentage is questioned by historians, Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon and Catherine Carey.
- Margaret Carey (1496–1560)
- Eleanor Carey (died after 1528). She was a nun at Wilton Abbey.
- Daughter Carey. She was a nun at Wilton Abbey.
- Edward Carey (after 1500–1560)
- Mary Carey (1501–1560), married John Delaval, Sheriff of Northumberland (1493–1562).
- Risdon, Tristram (d.1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, pp.100-101
- Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.150, pedigree of Cary
- Vivian, p.378, pedigree of Fulford. Date of death per Prince, John, (1643–1723) The Worthies of Devon, 1810 edition, London, p.394
- According to Michael Riordan, 'Carey, William (c.1496–1528)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2009, William Carey was the second son.
- The royal descent of Nelson and Wellington, from Edward the first, George Russell French, 1853, page 28
- The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII, Retha Marvine Warnicke, 1984, page 36
- The Baronetage of England: containing a genealogical and historical account of all the English, Edward Kimber, 1771, Page 221