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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


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


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.


Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Spencer


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