Arlene Spencer

Arlene Spencer

Bachelor of Science


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Arlene Spencer is an Independent Researcher of history. Her current project is 'Historical research of early 17th century English maritime Master for Historical Non-Fiction Book'. She is a Staff Writer for Global Maritime History. She was offered the position after her article, "New Evidence: Was Thomas Weston, Seventeenth Century London Merchant among the First to Sail Fish to Virginia’s Starving Colonists?" was published by Global Maritime History in February, 2019. The article is based on her research into merchant maritime Master, Richard Cornish (alias Williams) and his career and subsequent execution in James City in the Virginia Colony in 1625. She is seeking a three book signing deal with a publisher passionate about the history of the 'every person'.


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Thomas Weston, early seventeenth century London merchant, was by the end of 1623 among the first to ship fish into the Virginia colony. Record of three colonial Virginia court hearings: the first Virginia records we have involving either Weston or his ship, Sparrow, will be considered. These three hearings came to my attention during research for a...


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Fourth year of full time historical research into Richard Cornish (alias Williams), 17th century English merchantman maritime Master, hanged in James City, Virginia Colony in 1625 to inform an historical non-fiction biography I am writing. Cornish is an American folk hero as he is believed to be the first person executed on the North American continent for the crime of sodomy. A year later, at great risk to their persons and freedom, three different men, separately of one another, spoke out publicly against the Governor's ruling and execution of Cornish saying it was unjust. This will be the first book about Cornish and the research into his career and what occurred in James City shedding light on him and his even then controversial execution.