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Genealogy of the Spencer Family

Lydia Alveretta Spencer

Lydia Alveretta Spencer was the fifth child born to John Henry Spencer and Lucy Lodica Elmer, and she was my great grand aunt.  Lydia was born in Payson, Utah on 21 May 1873.  Sometime around the time that Lydia turned four years old, the family relocated to Sanpete County, where she spent her childhood.  On 1 Jan 1899, at the age of 25, Lydia married John Wesley Tidwell. 

Lydia Alveretta Spencer Tidwell - from the collection of Blaine Spencer

 John Tidwell was born 22 January 1861 in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah to William Nelson Tidwell and Mary Elizabeth Reynolds.  John had previously been married to Mary Rosetta Gardner, another of my great grand aunts from the Gardner family line, who died in 1892. 

John Wesley Tidwell - from the collection of Blaine Spencer

By the time the 1900 census had been enumerated, both of Lydia’s parents were dead.  She was with her husband in Sanpete County, and their first daughter Bertha had been born.  Her younger brother Elmer Bert Spencer is living with the family.  Lydia’s father’s “other” wife, Jerusia Spencer is living nearby with her minor children. 

 When we find Lydia and John in the 1910 census, we see that they have relocated their family to Marysville, Freemont County, Idaho.  Lydia tells the enumerator that she has given birth five times and that three of the children are living: 

1.   Bertha Tidwell (1900-1989 – married Howard Lawson White Craven);
2.   Teresa (1906 – ?);
3.   Lydia Lodica (1909-1998 – did not marry);
4.   Thomas Elmer Tidwell was born 1903 in Utah and died 1909 in Idaho; and
5.   Vera Tidwell was born 16 Jan 1908 in Idaho and died that same day; and

By 1920 the couple has added another daughter, Effie (1911 – ?). 

Lydia and John owned their own farm – and we can always find John Tidwell listed as “farmer” on the census records.   

By the time the 1930 census rolls around – John Tidwell continues to have a house full of women!  The family is still present in Marysville, Idaho.  Lydia is 56 years old; John is 69.  They state that they own their own home worth $500 – and that it is not a farm.  John lists his occupation as farm laborer.  Also in the home are Bertha, age 30 and Teresa, age 25 – both state they are married – but no husbands are with them in the census.  Younger daughters Lydia Lodica,, 20 and Effie, 18 are also in the home. 

John Wesley Tidwell died seven years later at the age of 76.  He is laid to rest in the Pineview Cemetery in Ashton, Freemont County, Idaho. 

Lydia Alveretta Spencer Tidwell lived another 25 years.  She died at the age of 89 on 18 Dec. 1962 in Ashton, Freemont County, Idaho.   She is also laid to rest in Pineview Cemetery.

Lydia Alveretta Spencer Tidwell - Pineview Cemetery

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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in Spencer

 

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George Francis Spencer

George Francis Spencer was my great-grandfather – and one of the 12 children of John Henry Spencer and Lucy Lodica Elmer – born in Payson, Utah County, Utah Territory on 30 Jun 1870.  George’s father was a member of the Mormon sect.  Imagine how puzzled I was when I first started studying the census records of that time period….more wives and children and confusion than I could count.  It finally dawned on me – my great great grandfather was a polygamist!  Accordingly, in the childhood census records of George Francis Spencer, he is always present with his mother and father AND John Spencer’s first wife  Jerusha Kibbe Brunson Elmer and her 14 children, George’s half siblings.  Whew….Now that we’ve got that sorted out…let’s continue ! 

George Francis Spencer from the collection of Blaine Spencer

Sometime around the time George turned 7 years old, his large family relocated to Thistle/Indianola, Sanpete County, Utah.  This is where he met and married my great-grandmother, Sarah Elsie Gardner.  The Mormon records indicate that they married 22 Oct 1987 – when Sarah was only 15 years old.  However, the 1910 census indicates that they had been married only 10 years – putting the marriage closer to 1900.  Sarah was the daughter of Henry Erastus Stanley Gardner and Mary Rosetta Patterson. 

Sarah Elsie Gardner from the collection of Blaine Spencer

 George and Sarah had five children: 

Earl Francis in 1903; married Margaret “Mollie” Mack; died in Utah County, Utah in 1964;

Mary Lodica “Aunt Marie” in 1905; married first James Patrick Hyland and second Paul Allias; died 1999 in Salt Lake City;

Ernest Richard in 1907; married Mary “Honey” and Cleotha Peterson; died 1960 in Utah County, Utah (my father named after him);

Elmer Bert in 1908; married Peggy Marie Barnett; died in Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas in 1999; and

Pearl Eva in 1914 (my grandmother); married Jose Celestino Montoya; lost her life in a car accident at the age of 34 in 1949. 

It appears that the marriage of George and Elsie might have been a rocky one – on again and off again.  In the 1910 census they are together – in 1920 George is alone with the four older children and is indexed as divorced – Elsie is in another county with youngest daughter Pearl Eva and is living with another man (Carl Persow) – later she leaves Pearl with her father and goes to California where she died young in 1925.  It is assumed that George and Sarah were together until at least 1914, when my grandmother, Pearl Eva Spencer was born.  It is not known if the couple actually divorced or only separated.  Her headstone carries the “Spencer” name – and she is listed as “wife” of George Spencer on his death certificate.  The family story states that George Francis Spencer was a sheep herder – and that Elsie wanted a better life than that could afford her.  The 1910 census states that he was a laborer doing “odd jobs”; the 1920 census that he was a laborer working for the “steam railroad”; and the 1930 that he was a laborer working on a farm.

It appears that George Francis Spencer spent the remainder of his years in Indianola.  In his old age, George Francis Spencer, was wheelchair bound.  His death certificate states that he was “an invalid for 27 years prior to his death.”  He lived in the home of one of his sons – probably Earl Francis Spencer – and he had rooms at the back of that house.  He died in the Utah County Infirmary at Provo, Utah at the age of 73 on 22 Apr 1944.  He had been a resident at the Infirmary for ten months prior to his death.  

George Francis Spencer is laid to rest in Payson City Cemetery in Payson, Utah County, Utah. 

George Francis Spencer - Payson City Cemetery

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2011 in Spencer

 

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Cynthia Alice Spencer Hutchison

Cynthia Alice Spencer Hutchison was my great grand aunt and the oldest daughter born to John Henry Spencer and Lucy Lodicia Elmer.  She was born in Payson, Utah County, Utah on 15 Apr 1867.  Cynthia grew up with her family in Utah and Sanpete Counties. 

Cynthia Alice Spencer Hutchison

 On 11 Dec. 1885, when she was 18 years old, she married William Greenville Hutchison in Logan, Cache County, Utah.  The couple raised a very large family:  John Henry was born in 1886; Sarah Lodica in 1888; Ethel Eva in 1890; Lydia Ann in 1892; William Richard in 1893; Alice Maida in 1896; Zettie Delora in 1899; Diean Lucy in 1900; George Earl in 1903; Lloyd L in 1905; and Lorin Spencer in 1908.

By 1920 the family has relocated to Marysville, Freemont County, Idaho.  According to the census record, her husband William was a farmer, and they owned their own home. 

William Greenville Hutchison

Cynthia died at the age of 79 on 23 Dec 1946 in Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho.  She is laid to rest there in the Grove City Cemetery. 

Cynthia Alice Spencer Hutchison - Grove City Cemetery

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Spencer

 

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Richard Henry Spencer

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

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2011 in Spencer

 

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John Henry Spencer – Mormon Pioneer

John Henry Spencer is my great great grandfather. 

John Henry Spencer

John Spencer was born in 1835 or 1836 in Waddington, Yorkshire, England.  He was the son of Richard Spencer and Mary Earnshaw – the ninth of eleven known children.     His parents joined the Mormons in 1837 – and a few years later the family decided to make the journey to America.  On 7 Feb 1841, the Spencer family sailed for America from the Port of Liverpool on the ship Sheffield.  After six weeks at sea, the Spencer family landed at the Port of New Orleans on 13 Mar 1841. 

Log Book of the Ship Sheffield – Spencer

From there the Spencer family journeyed up the Mississippi River and joined the Mormon settlement at Kanesville (now Council Bluffs, Iowa).  It was there that Richard, John’s father, was killed while riding on horseback 22 Aug 1851.    

John Spencer made the trek across the plains with his mother and siblings and arrived in Utah in 1852 with the Third Company under Captain Thomas C.D. Howell.  The party left Kanesville, Iowa (consisting of 200 people) on 7 Jun 1852.  They arrived in Salt Lake City on 27 Sept 1852. 

It was here that John met and married Jerushia Kibbe Elmer on 4 Jul 1858.  John’s brother, Richard, married Lucy Lodica Elmer on that same day.  Sadly Richard died just 10 days later. On his death bed he asked John to marry his widow and raise a family for him.  Accordingly, John and Lucy Lodica were married on 7 Oct. 1860. I should remind you here that the Mormons practiced polygamy – and John had two wives – Jerushia and Lucy.  Lucy Lodica Elmer was my great great grandmother.  John Henry Spencer was the father of 24 children, 14 by his first wife and 10 by his second wife.   Both wives had children the same year in seven instances. Six of the children died in infancy.   

According to the various oral family stories about John Spencer, he was said to have mastered the local Native American languages and was an interpreter between the pioneers and Indians for many years.  He was appointed by his church to preside over the “Indian Mission” in Skull Valley in 1877. 

Territorial Case File

Later in life, John was arrested for practicing polygamy (unlawful cohabitation).  He was sentenced to four months imprisonment and required to pay court costs.   

John Henry Spencer died on 20 Aug 1891 in Indianola, Utah of “black jaundice” – an old medical term for bacterial infection of the liver.

Sarah Elmer, his sister-in-law described him this way:
He was a man of splendid character and integrity.  He taught his boys and girls to be good citizens and helpful friends.  He accepted all the principles of the Gospel and tried to live them as consistently as he could under the trying times in which they lived.  He was a kind, patient husband and father to his family and a truthful friend as I knew him and I knew him well, or even better, than any other relatives.  He was fair and just in all his dealings.

John Henry Spencer is laid to rest in Payson City Cemetery in Payson, Utah County, Utah.  He shares a headstone with his wife Lucy Locia Elmer Spencer. 

Richard Henry Spencer - Payson City Cemetery

I  would like to thank my distant cousin, Blaine Spencer of Payson, Utah for getting me started on the Spencer genealogy.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Spencer

 

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