Saturday, January 14, 2012

Surname Saturday - Spencer

My Spencer line reaches back to Shaftsbury, Bennington, Vermont to about 1800.

My oldest known ancestor is Asa Spencer, born about 1783, likely in Rhode Island.  He was in Shaftsbury by 1808 when his oldest son Waterman was born.  The family removed to Town of Sheldon, Genesee (later Wyoming) County, New York about 1822.  Asa is buried in Varysburg Cemetery, Varysburg, Wyoming, New York.

His children were:

Waterman,   m Russel Thomas
Wright,   m Sally Joslin
William,   m Margaret Rosa
Catherine,   m (probably) Stephen Thayer
Sarah Ann,   m Abram Long
Melissa,   m Amariah Lincoln
Marcia,   m Benjamin Jones
Charles,   m Sophronia Nicholas

Asa was married to Sarah Calkins of Arlington, Bennington, Vermont.

While there are several other Spencer families in Bennington County, I have not yet been able to connect Asa to any family.  Asa likely has a brother Waterman who spent time in Ontario, Canada before moving to Town of Sheldon as well.

If you have connections or hints, please contact me.

Asa Spencer circa 1855
courtesy D. Carlson