The Life and Times of William Edward Spence (1722-1785)–Part Five

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Shortly after the death of William Edward Spence in March 1785, his wife Judha married William’s brother, David Spence (1735-1790). They were married by August 1785. David’s plantation bordered William’s, and the two families were quite close. William and David’s brother, James Spence (1730-1804), became the sole executor of William’s estate (1). The name of David Spence’s first wife is unknown, but they had two sons:

1. Lewis Spence (1775-1811). Lewis was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina in 1775, and he last appears on the 1811 Tax List in Davidson County, Tennessee (2). I have no additional information about him.

2. John David Spence (1776-bef 1830). John David Spence was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina in 1776, and he died before 1830 in Stewart County, Tennessee. His wife’s name is unknown, but they appear to have had a son by the name of John Spence. I have no additional information about the son. John David relocated to Tennessee and settled in Stewart County by 1810 (3). He also appears on the 1820 Census for Stewart County (4), and then he disappears from the records.

David and Judha Perry Spence also had two sons:

1. David Spence (1786-1814). David was born in 1786 in Pasquotank, North Carolina. On June 20, 1814, David enlisted in Capt William McKay’s Co. of Inf., Capt. Pipkin’s 1st Reg’t Tennessee Militia for service in the War of 1812 (5). On November 2, 1814, David Spence died in camp at Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee (6). In October 1815, Letters of Administration were granted in the David Spence Estate to John Jones in Davidson County, Tennessee (7). [Note: John Jones will reappear in Part Six of this article.] On November 16, 1817, John Jones filed an Inventory in the David Spence Estate in Davidson County, Tennessee (8). David never married.
2. William Spence (1787-1873). William was born in Pasquotank County in 1787, and he also relocated to Davidson County, Tennessee. His wife’s name was Jane, and they had two sons: Richard and Stewart. William died September 16, 1873 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. The following obituary is from the Nashville Union and American, 19 Sept 1873: “SPENCE, William, 86, died on the 16th at home of his son Richard Spence; he had lived in Rutherford County for 40 years” (9).

A summary of William Edward Spence’s Warrant for Land for his service in the Revolutionary War follows:

Military warrant for land, NC Archives to James Malloy, assignee of William Spence. Original given to William Spence, a priv. 5 in the line of this state 30 Sept. 1785. William Spence died by March 1785. Grant was signed by William’s brother, David Spence (whose land bordered William’s plantation) in Pasquotank, 19 Oct 1785 to John McNees 22 Oct. 1785. McNees signed it over to John Nichols 8 ??? 1786, Nichols signed it over to Thomas Malloy. Malloy had the property surveyed in Davidson County, TN and consisted of 640 acres(10).

The property was located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, Tennessee. Today it appears to be the site of the Metropolitan Bordeaux Hospital Complex!

William’s Estate Inventory was not recorded until February 17, 1796. On a list of proven accounts: Sarah Leakes. Document establishes the married name of William and Judah’s daughter. Rencher Spence’s name also appears of record. Other names appearing on the record as purchasers: Isaac McDaniel, James Spence, Thomas Rhodes, Jarvis Jones, James Temple, Asa Sexton, Mark Spence, Peter McDaniel, William Cartwright, Timothy Burnham, Thomas Deal, Ebenezer Sawyer, Solomon Temple and Caleb Koen (11).

David Spence last appears of record on the 1790 Census for Pasquotank County (12). He probably died that year since Judha married David Jones either that summer or early fall.

This article concludes with Part Six

References

(1) William Spence Estate File. Obtained from The North Carolina State Library and Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina
(2) 1811 Davidson County, Tennessee Tax List About Lewis Spence. Copy obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
(3) 1810 Census about John David Spence, Stewart County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 16 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(4) 1820 Census about John David Spence, Stewart County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 16 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com
(5) Spence, David: 1 Regiment (Pipkin’s) West Tennessee Militia (War of 1812). Documents obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
(6) Spence, David: 1 Regiment (Pipkin’s) West Tennessee Militia (War of 1812). Documents obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee
(7) Spence, David: 1 Regiment (Pipkin’s) West Tennessee Militia (War of 1812). Documents obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee
(8) David Spence Estate Inventory Filed by John Jones (Administrator), Davidson County, Tennessee 16 Nov 1817. Copy obtained from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
(9) From the Nashville Union and American, 19 Sept 1873: SPENCE, William, 86, died on the 16th at home of his son Richard Spence; he had lived in Rutherford County for 40 years.
(10) William Spence Warrant for Land for Service in the Revolutionary War. Copy obtained from the North Carolina State Library and Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.
(11) William Spence Estate File (1785). Copy obtained from the North Carolina State Library & Archives. Raleigh, North Carolina.
(12) 1790 Census about David Spence, Pasquotank, North Carolina. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 16 Apr 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

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