This article is devoted to the three youngest children of James Spence (1702-1753) and Elizabeth Greaves (1707-1755): Letisha Spence (1734-1786), David Spence (1735-1790), and Greaves Spence (1742-1803)
Letisha Spence (1734-1786)
Very little is known about Letisha Spence. She was born about 1734 and she died in 1786 in Pasquotank, North Carolina. She appears of record in District #6 of the North Carolina Compiled Census for 1786 (1) and on the North Carolina State Census for 1786 (2). She appears to have never married.
David Spence (1735-1790)
More information is available concerning David Spence, another son of James and Elizabeth Greaves Spence. For one thing, his plantation was adjacent to his oldest brother William. David was born about 1735 in Pasquotank, North Carolina, and he died there in 1790. He was married about 1754; however, his first wife’s name is unknown. They had two known sons, who later appear on Middle Tennessee records:
1. Lewis Spence (1775-1811). Lewis was born in Pasquotank, North Carolina about 1775, and he died after 1811 in Davidson County, Tennessee. He last appears on the Davidson County Tax Records for 1811 (3) and disappears from the records after that.
2. John David Spence (1776-bef 1830). John was born in Pasquotank, North Carolina about 1776, and he died before 1830 in Stewart County, Tennessee. He appears on the Stewart County 1810 Compiled Census record (4), and he last appears on the 1820 Census for Stewart County, Tennessee (5). His wife’s name is unknown, but he may have had a son named John Spence. Nothing else is known about his son or other children.
David Spence would later marry his brother, William’s widow. He will later reappear in the William Edward Spence article.
Greaves Spence (1742-1803)
I have already mentioned Greaves Spence in an earlier article about his grandson, William Spence (1795-1869) and the mystery surrounding him (6). So I will provide a brief outline here. Greaves was born in Pasquotank County about 1742, and he died in Camden County, North Carolina in 1803. His wife’s name was Elizabeth. The last record for her in Camden County is December 1, 1786, but her last child was born in 1803 (unless Greaves had two marriages.) The children of Greaves and Elizabeth Spence follow:
1. Edward Spence (1760-1802). Edward’s wife was Elizabeth Pearce (1765-1800). Their children were:
a. Penelope Spence
b. Rebecca Spence
c. Abner Spence (1786-1865)
d. Cary Spence (1792-1862)
e. Jordan Pearce Spence (1792-1868)
f. William Spence (1795-1869)
g. Mark Spence (1797-1865)
h. Amos Spence (1800-1845/50)
2. James Spence (1761-1828). James married Rhoda McBride (1761-1850). Their son was Almond Spence (1811-1822)
3. Mark Spence (1794-1822)
4. Noah Spence (1794-1822)
5. Rhoda Spence (b. 1803).
(1) North Carolina Compiled Census about Letisha Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date accessed: 12 Jan 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(2) North Carolina State Census for 1786 about Letisha Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Jan 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(3) Index to Early Tennessee Tax Records and copy of actual 1811 Davidson County, Tennessee Tax List. Obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
(4) Compiled Tennessee State Census Records about John David Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Jan 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(5) 1820 Census about John David Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo. Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Jan 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(6) The Mystery of William Spence (1795-1869). Life With Barbara Blog, WordPress.com. Date Accessed: 12 Jan 2015. Available online at https://drbibeall43.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/the-mystery-of-william-spence-1795-1869/