Richard Henry Spencer

19 Jan
Richard Henry Spencer

Richard Henry Spencer, my great grand uncle, was the oldest son born to John Henry Spencer and Lucy Lodica Elmer.  Richard was born in Payson , Utah County, Utah on 12 Oct. 1862.  Richard spent most of his time growing up in Utah County and then later in Sanpete County .  It was there that he met Annie Harriet Reynolds.  The couple married in Salt Lake City on 14 Feb. 1884 and spent the remainder of their lives living in Indianola, Sanpete County , Utah . 

Annie Harriet Reynolds

They had a very large family:  Richard Leo in 1884; Hannah L. in 1886; Henry Mert in 1888; George Earl in 1890; Mary Ada in 1892; Hattie A. in 1894; Jesse Vord in 1895; Elvareta in 1898; Elmer Ward in 1901; John Edison in 1904; and Eliza Arsula in 1907. 

 From A History of Sanpete and Emery Counties , Utah :

 SPENCER, RICHARD H., merchant, son of John and Lodica, was born in Payson , Utah , October 12, 1862.  The family came to Indianola in 1874, father being called here as a missionary to the Indians, and was appointed bishop, holding the position until his death, August 14, 1891.  Mother died in Utah County , September 17, 1890.  Richard was raised on a farm, and in 1885 and 1886 was superintendent of the Co-Op store.  In 1889 he opened a store of his own, where he carries a general stock of goods needed in a country store and does a good business.  He is also a farmer and sheep raiser, owns 700 acres of land and is making a specialty of thoroughbred Cotswold sheep and doing much in breeding up the native herds.  Was married in Salt Lake City on February 14, 1884, to Annie, daughter of Levi B. and Hannah Reynolds, born in Mt. Pleasant on February 22, 1862.  They have six children:  Leo, Lodica, Henry M., Hattie, Vard and Aurelia.

 The following news snippet was included in Richard’s “Obituary Scrapbook.”  It pertains to his 50th Wedding Anniversary:

INDIANOLA:  Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Spencer, pioneer residents of Indianola, entertained in honor of their fiftieth anniversary at their home in Indianola recently.  They were married in the Salt Lake L. D. S. endowment house February 14, 1884. They journeyed from Indianola for eight days in covered wagons with four other couples that were married the same day.  All the others have since died.  Mr. Spencer was born in Payson, October 12, 1862.  He came to Indianola in 1875 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John and Ann Reynolds Spencer.  They were called as missionaries by President Brigham Young to labor among the Indians of Indianola.  Mr. Spencer became one of the most prominent farmers and stockmen of the community, and has always been active in civic and L. D. S. church work.  He filled a mission to Great Britain in 1900 and was bishop of Indianola ward several years.  Ann Reynolds was born in Mt. Pleasant January 22, 1861, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi B. Reynolds. She came to Indianola with a sister and has made this her home since.  She always has been active in L. D. S. church work, serving 25 years as choir leader.  Of their 12 sons and daughters, eight are living, J. Edison, H. Murt and Vard Spencer, and Mrs. R. D. Tibbs, Indianola; R. Les Spencer, Gunnison ; Mrs. J. R. Seeley, Hazelton. Idaho ; Mrs. J. M. Price and Mrs. J. H. Peterson, Salt Lake ; also 30 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Richard Henry Spencer died at the age of 83 years on 3 June 1946 in Indianola , Utah .  He is laid to rest in the Indianola Cemetery .  I have been told by people familiar with this area that the “old” Indianola Cemetery was at one time owned by the Spencer family.  It lies near an old Indian burial ground and is now nearly eroded to nothing.

Richard Henry Spencer - Indianola Cemetery


Posted by on January 19, 2011 in Spencer


Tags: , , , ,

10 responses to “Richard Henry Spencer

  1. Eric

    June 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I’ve been looking for the Indianola Cemetery – can you provide directions to find it? Thanks in advance!


    • Judy Curbow

      June 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Hi Eric – Thanks for stopping by! Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of information on the cemetery. I am located in Texas and have not been to Utah for many years. I found this on line at: Located at Indianola, Utah – 1/3 mile east of Highway 89 at Indianola turnoff; ½ mile south of Utah County line. It used to be known as “Spencer Family Cemetery.” There are 27 known burial spots with the first burial in 1887 and the last in 1994. “Second” (and I don’t know what that means and old Indian burial ground nearly all eroded away at this time. Let me know if you find it…would love to see some photographs! Judy

      • Richard Henry Spencer

        January 12, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        My name is Richard Henry Spencer. I Was named after my grandfather, Richard Henry Spencer. I am the son of John Edison Spencer. The Spencer family still owns the Indianola Cemetery and the property it is on. This geneology page is very interesting. Thanks.
        My e-mail is Would like to hear from you and your relation..

        • Judy Curbow

          January 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

          Dear Mr. Spencer: Thanks for stopping by the blog and taking the time to comment! I have always been very interested in the Spencer family. My Spencer grandmother died in 1949 in a car accident well before I was born – so I never met her. I will email you at your email address to discuss further. Thank you again. Judy Curbow

  2. Shanna Besendorfer

    July 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Judy-I was able to visit the Spencer cemetery today. I took pictures of all the headstones that are visible. It is obvious that some of the headstones are no longer there but there are quite a few that are still there.

    Eric- I could try and give you directions if you want to contact me.


    • Judy Curbow

      July 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Shanna – that is awesome! I wish I could have been there to go with you…….I know this sounds crazy…but I just love cemeteries. Did you find any of our family buried there? If so – I would really love to see some of the photographs! Thanks for writing – it was good to hear from you.

  3. Heather

    February 17, 2017 at 4:00 am

    I am Richard H Spencer’s great great grand daughter, as his son Henry Murt Spencer was my grandmothers father. I just wanted to say I admire all the research you’ve done in your family history and feel it’s a privilege to see my/our ancestors lives being remembered in such a way. I’m new to genealogy so your blog was a great find

    • Judy Curbow

      February 17, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Heather, thanks so much for stopping by the blog and taking the time to leave this sweet note. If you click on the button on the upper right hand page of the blog (“Family Tree”) it will take you to my family history website. From there you can click on the Spencer tab to see what I have. Richard Henry Spencer was my great, great-grandfather. His son George Francis Spencer was my great grandfather and then his daughter Pearl Eva Spencer was my grandmother. I find this family line very, very interesting. Which of Richard’s wives do you descend from? Thanks again!

  4. Jacob Barlow

    February 7, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Here’s some photos and video of the cemetery.

    • Judy Curbow

      February 15, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Jacob, thank you very much. I have deep Spencer roots in Indianola, Utah; however, I have never been there. My grandmother and her father grew up there. I very much appreciate all the photographs you have posted. Thank you!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: