Elisha Spence (1776-1835)–Part Ten: The Children of Daniel Spence (1806-1857) and Mary Ann “Polly” Pewitt (1810-1859)

Joel Spence (1832-1896) and Martha Jane Hood (1828-1887)

Joel Spence (1832-1896) and Martha Jane Hood (1828-1887). Photo sent to me by Wayne Spence.

John William Spence (1864-1935) and Myrta Alzina Moss (1877-1953)

John William Spence (1864-1935) and Myrta Alzina Moss (1877-1953). Photo sent to me by Wayne Spence.

John William Spence (1864-1935) and Daniel Wayne "Tucker" Spence (1859-1940)

John William Spence (1864-1935) and Daniel Wayne “Tucker” Spence (1859-1940) Photo sent to me by Wayne Spence.

 

As noted in the previous article, Daniel Spence was born in Randolph County, North Carolina in 1806, and he died in Jasper County, Missouri in April 1857. His wife Mary Ann “Polly” Pewitt was born in Williamson County, Tennessee in 1810, and she died in October 1859 in Jasper County, Missouri. They were married in Williamson County, Tennessee on December 9, 1828(1). Their children follow:

Joel Spence (1832-1896)

Joel Spence was born August 17, 1832 in Davidson County, Tennessee, and he died January 20, 1896 in Jasper County, Missouri. On September 7, 1853, he married Martha Jane Hood in Jasper County, Missouri(2). She was a daughter of  Joel Owensby Hood (1803-1891) and Nancy Haskins (1807-1876)–my third great grandparents. [Note: I will be covering the Hood line in a later article.] This family fled to Kansas during the Civil War and in Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas and in Palmyra, Douglas, Kansas. They were probably in Lawrence during the Quantrill Massacre, although I believe they probably lived on a farm outside the town. It would have been a frightening experience for them.  According to an article titled “Lawrence, Massacre: August 21, 1863”:

The bloody guerrilla fighting along the Kansas-Missouri border that began with the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 only got bloodier with the coming of the Civil War. Union Brig. Gen. Thomas Ewing, Gen. William T. Sherman’s brother-in-law, was assigned to command the District of the Border, where he was faced with the seemingly impossible task of trying to stop Confederate raiders–primarily the guerrilla band led by the notorious William C. Quantrill.

In 1863, Ewing began arresting women suspected of aiding Quantrill’s men. Many were mothers, sisters, and wives of the guerillas. Ewing jailed some in a dilapidated three story building in Kansas City. On August 14, the building collapsed, killing four of the women and seriously injuring others. Four days later, Ewing ordered that the wives and children of known guerillas were “to remove out of this district and out of the State of Missouri forthwith.”

Seeking revenge, Quantrill and 450 men set out on August 19 for the abolitionist stronghold of Lawrence, Kans. They stormed into the town with blazing guns at daybreak on August 21. For three hours they committed an orgy of burning, pillaging, and massacring its citizens. The victims were shot down in front of their families or burned up in their houses. At 9:00 A.M. the raiders departed, leaving 80 new widows, 250 fatherless children, and a smoldering ruin of a town. Fewer than 20 of Quantrill’s 150 victims were soldiers. No women were physically harmed.

Quantrill had lived in Lawrence for a short time before the war and had a vengeance list of persons to be disposed of. He got them all except for the one on the top of the list, Sen. Jim Lane, the leader of a band of Union guerrillas that had been making raids into Missouri. On the morning of Quantrill’s raid, Lane had heard the horses coming and hid in a cornfield in his nightshirt until the raiders left.

Fascinating Fact: Four of Quantrill’s raiders at Lawrence were Cole, James, John, and Robert Younger. Known as the Younger Brothers after the war, they teamed up with Frank and Jesse James to rob banks, trains, and stagecoaches (3).

 They returned to Newton County, Missouri after the war was over. About a year after his wife’s death, Joel married Sarah Elizabeth Copple (1842-1932) in Jasper County, Missouri.

The children of Joel Spence and Martha Jane Hood follow:

  1. Myra L. Spence (1855-1857). Myra was born April 16, 1855 in Jasper County, Missouri, and she died July 12, 1857 in Jasper County, Missouri. She is buried in the Moss Springs Cemetery.
  2. Permilia Jane Spence (1856-1879). Permilia was born December 5, 1856 in Jasper County, Missouri, and she died August 28, 1879 in Jasper County, Missouri. She is buried in the Moss Springs Cemetery.
  3. Daniel Wayne “Tucker” Spence (1859-1940).  Daniel was born June 21, 1859 in Newton County, Missouri, and he died August 14, 1940 in Marion, Newton, Missouri. His wife was Mattie Alberta Benschotter (1871-1955). Their children were
    1.  Lynwood Alton Spence (1894-1962);
    2. Una Elberta Spence (1907-1976) (4).
  4. Nance Elizabeth “Lizzie” Spence (1862-1926). Nance was born May 25, 1862 in Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas, and she died August 10, 1926 in East Benton, Newton, Kansas. Her husband was Henry H. Burr (1859-1920). Their children were:
    1. Ralph R. Burr (1882-1955);
    2. Bradley Benton Burr (1884-1961);
    3. Pearl Coella Burr (1886-1962);
    4. Oscar E. Burr (1888-1975);
    5. Homer T. Burr (1895-1987);
    6. Claude J. Burr (1898-1985);
    7. Earl L. Burr (1901-1982) (5).
  5. John William Spence (1864-1935). John was born March 27, 1864 in Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas, and he died January 23, 1935 in Union Twp., Jasper County, Missouri.  His wife was Myrta Alzina Moss (1877-1953)(6). She was the daughter of  Samuel Taylor Moss (1846-1921) and Georgia Ann Elliott (1858-1940) and granddaughter of Dr. David Franklin Moss (1815-1908) and Margaret A. Daugherty (1816-1898). The Moss family originally settled in Rappahannock, Virginia. From there they moved to Rowan County, North Carolina. They were in Putnam County, Indiana prior to their removal to Jasper County, Missouri. Their children were:
    1. Hobart Franklin Spence (1897-1975)
    2. Chester Howard Spence (1898-1900)
    3. Clifford Walter Spence (1902-1976)
    4. Martha Georgia Spence (1907-1985)
    5. Claryce Myrtle Spence (1911-1985)
  6. Ida L. Spence (1866-1935). Ida was born in Newton County, Missouri in 1866, and she died in August 1935 in Sapulpa, Creek, Oklahoma. Her husband was William Bannister Hickey (1860-1948). Their son was:
    1. John Brice Hickey (1898-1983)(7).

 

Samuel J Spence (1833-1901)

Samuel was born in December 1833 in Davidson County, Tennessee, and he died in 1902 in Baldwin City, Douglas, Kansas. His wife was Sarah Elizabeth Bryant (1842-1932)(8).  The Bryant family connects with the Spence family in a number of ways, and I will be dealing with them more fully in a separate article. Sarah Elizabeth was a daughter of David Bryant (1812-1880) and Rachel Spencer (1808-1880). David Bryant was the brother of Daniel Bryant (1804-1858)–the father of Adeline Elizabeth Bryant (1833-1931)–wife of Lazarus Spence (1825-1902). They were the sons of John Bryant (1760-1830) and Ruth Maynor O’Briant (b. 1770). Rachel Spencer was the daughter of John Spencer (b. 1788) and his first wife Rachel (1790-1808). John’s second wife was Rachel Key (b. 1805). Rachel Key was the sister of Lucy Key (1810-1903)–the wife of Daniel Bryant. The Key sisters were the daughters of William Wesley Key (1783-1860) and Susanna Akers (1787-1819). John Spencer’s half-brother, William H. Spencer (1817-1888), was a major figure in the John Bass Jones murder trial which will be portrayed in a later article. The Spencers and Bryants all settled in Franklin County, Virginia. From there they moved to Putnam County, Indiana. And from there, they relocated to Jasper County, Missouri.  Samuel J Spence and his family fled to Kansas during the Civil War. Their children follow:

  1. William David Spence (1861-1886). William David was born August 31, 1861 in Jasper County, Missouri, and he died November 17, 1886 in Baldwin City, Douglas, Kansas.
  2. Nellie C. Spence (1865-1934). Nellie was born in 1865 in Palmyra, Douglas, Kansas, and she died April 22, 1934 in Baldwin, Douglas, Kansas.
  3. Samuel Alfred Spence (1866-1886). Samuel was born May 25, 1866 in Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas, and he died November 18, 1886 in Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas.
  4. Myra Belle Spence (1869-1944). Myra Belle was born in June 1869 in Palmyra, Douglas, Kansas, and she died in July, 1944 in Palmyra, Douglas, Kansas. Her husband was Hewitt Taylor (1859-1944). Their children were:
    1. William A. Taylor, born 1889.
    2. Lucy E. Taylor, born 1895.
    3. Charles H. Taylor, born 1899.

Rhoda Spence (1833-1879)

Rhoda Spence (1833-1879). Rhoda was born in December 1833 in Davidson County, Tennessee, and she died in 1879 in Osage City, Labette, Kansas. Her husband was James G. Penix (1830-1917) (9). Their children were:

  1. Samuel Lafayette Penix (1854-1905). Samuel was born September 13, 1854 in Jasper County, Missouri, and he died July 3, 1905. His first wife was Matilda Shinn (1857-1903). Their children were:
    1. Delia Mae Penix (born 1878)
    2. Charles Lafayette Penix (born 1883-1963)
    3. Robert A. Penix (1885-1909)
    4. Nora B. Penix (1890-1978)
    5. Emma Penix (1893-1897)

His second wife was Minnie Lee Giles (1878-1956). Their children were:

  1. Charles (Charley) L. Penix (b. 1883)
  2. Robert A. Penix (b. 1885)
  3. Silvia Z Penix (1887-1969)
  4. Nora B. Penix (b. 1890)
  5. Travis Jack Penix (1899-1983)
  6. Samuel Lee Penix (1901-1975)
  7. Mearl Penix (1902-1982)
  1. Mary J. Penix (Ellis) (1856-1936). Mary was born in April 1856 in Jackson Twp., Jasper, Missouri, and she died April 12, 1936 in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington. Her husband was Luther Ellis (born 1853). Their children were:
    1. Charles F. Ellis (b. 1884)
    2. Laura R. Ellis (b. 1888)
    3. Inez N. Ellis (b. 1892)
  2. Eliza E. Penix (1859-1860). Eliza was born in 1859 in Jackson Twp., Jasper County, Missouri, and she died after 1860 in Jackson Twp., Jasper County, Missouri
  3. Milly E. Penix (1861-1865). Milly was born in Missouri in 1861, and she died after May 1865 in Wakarusa, Douglas, Kansas.
  4. Minnie E. Penix (1861-1875) Minnie was born about 1861 in Missouri, and she died after March 1875 in Mound Valley, Labette, Kansas.
  5. George S. Penix (1864-1880). George was born in Kansas in 1864, and he died after 1880 in Mound Valley, Labette, Kansas.
  6. Anna E. Penix (1866-1880). Anna was born in in Kansas about 1866, and she died after 1880 in Mound Valley, Labette, Kansas.
  7. Mattie Penix (1869-1880). Mattie was born about 1869 in Kansas, and she died after 1880 in Mound Valley, Labette, Kansas.

James Penix’s second wife was Mahala “Mollie” (surname unknown). Their children were:

  1. Bessie Penix, born 1885.  Bessie was born in January 1885 in Kansas. She married a Schareta. Her last residence was listed as Oakland, Alameda, California in 1920
  2. Earl Penix (1888-1905).  Earl was born May 9, 1888 in Labette, Kansas. In 1900, he lived in Cherryvale, Montgomery, Kansas. He died in 1905 and is buried in the Griffith Cemetery, Labette County, Kansas.
  3. Verne P. Penix (1890-1940)  Verne was born January 17, 1890 in Cherryvale, Montgomery, Kansas, and she died after 1940 in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas. Her husband was Stratton D. Walker (1882-1940).

Susanna (Susan) Spence (1835-1906)

Susanna (Susan) Spence (1835-1906). Susanna was born in Tennessee June 23, 1835, and she died March 28, 1906 in Jasper County, Missouri. Her husband was Samuel Jackson “Sam” Hood (1834-1877) (10). He was a son of  Joel Owensby Hood (1803-1891) and Nancy Haskins (1807-1876)–my third great grandparents mentioned previously. Their children were:

  1. Joel Newton Hood (1856-1910). Joel was born in November 1856 in Jasper County, Missouri, and he died before 1910 in Jasper County, Missouri. His wife was Lucy M. Craig (b. 1866). Their children were:
    1. Arthur Ernest Hood (1883-1942)
    2. Gertrude M. Hood (b. 1886)
  2. Charles Marion Hood (1859-1940). Charles was born in June 1859 in Jasper County, Missouri, and he died June 25, 1940 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. His wife was Annis Gertrude Gregory (1860-1936). Their children were:
    1. Edith M. Hood (b. 1889)
    2. Carl W. Hood (b. 1891)
    3. Joseph S. Hood (b. 1894)
    4. Lucille G. Hood (b. 1898)
  3. Margaret Elizabeth Hood (1862-1900). Margaret was born in Jasper County, Missouri in 1862, and she died before 1900 in Jasper County, Missouri.
  4. Ezra Phillip Hood (1864-1940). Ezra was born April 28, 1864 in Lowell, Cherokee, Kansas, and he died June 25, 1940 in Webb City, Jasper, Missouri. His wife was Mary “Polly” Crabtree (1869-1952). Their children were:
    1. Nina Alma Hood (b. 1889)
    2. Carl Clayton Hood (1892-1975)
    3. Harry E. Hood (b. 1896)
    4. Ethel Hood (1901-1901)
    5. Edna P. Hood (b. 1902)
    6. John Richard Hood (b. 1903)
    7. Florence Ivie Hood (1904-1989)
    8. Joseph Westly Hood (1907-1988)
    9. Joe Hood (b. 1908)
    10. Walter Hood (1909-1909
  5. Samuel J. Hood (1865-1900). Samuel was born in Kansas in August 1865, and he died before 1900 in Jasper County, Missouri.
  6. Nancy M. Hood (1870-1872). Nancy was born August 27, 1870 in Jasper County, Missouri, and she died October 27, 1872 in Jasper County, Missouri.
  7. John F. Hood (1877-1878). John was born August 5, 1877 in Jasper County, Missouri, and he died March 12, 1878 in Jasper County, Missouri.

 

Larkin Spence (1839-1860)

Larkin Spence (1839-1860). Larkin was born in Jasper County, Missouri in 1839, and he died before 1860 in Jasper County, Missouri (11).

John D. Spence (1843-1893)

John D. Spence (1843-1893). John was born March 18, 1843 in Jasper County, Missouri, and he died October 19, 1893 in Jasper County, Missouri. His first wife was Margaret C. Copple (1844-1875) (12). She was a sister of Sarah Elizabeth Copple (1842-1932)–the second wife of Joel Spence. Their parents were Jacob Copple (1805-1871) and Margaret Blaylock (1810-1892). Their children were:

  1. Anna J. Spence (1867-1933). Anna was born September 6, 1867 in Newton County, Missouri, and she died May 23, 1933 in Joplin, Jasper, Missouri. Her husband was John Paul Howard (1859-1933). Their children were:
    1. Perry Franklin Howard (1888-1970).
    2. Cora Howard (b. 1891).  [Married a Jordan]
  2. Alice M. “Alice” Spence (1868-1870). Alice was born in Newton County, Missouri in 1868, and she died in Newton County about 1870.

John’s second wife was Mary Alice Mitchell (1852-1922). Their children were:

  1. Claude Roscoe Spence (1886-1965). Claude was born October 4, 1886 in Newton County, Missouri, and he died March 9, 1965. His wife was Mary Mabel Redden (1889-1968). Their children were:
    1. Beulah May Spence (1914-1919)
    2. Nadine Loretta Spence (1916-2002)
    3. Wylie W. Spence (b. 1921)
  2. Vernie Burton Spence (1891-1977). Vernie was born October 1, 1891 in Jasper County, Missouri, and he died April 17, 1977 in Jasper County, Missouri. His wife was Miriam Eliza Randall (1893-1976). Their children were:
    1. Burton Randall Spence (1918-1969)
    2. Hollis Howard Spence (1919-1925)
    3. Alice May Spence (1924-1970)
    4. Laura Gale Spence (b. 1928)
    5. Dorothy Marie Spence (b. 1932).

[Note: A Randall married one of my great grandmother ‘s sisters in Jasper County, Missouri.  My great grandmother was Josephine Virginia Kessler (Spence). I have an idea that Miriam Eliza Randall is connected with the same family.]

William L. Spence (1845-1902)

 William L. Spence (1845-1902). William was born October 30, 1845 in Jasper County, Missouri, and he died November 15, 1902 in Jasper County, Missouri. His wife was Martha Josephine Williams (1859-1946) (13). Their children were:

  1. Carrie Ada Spence (1881-1901).  Carrie was born March 21, 1881, and she died in 1901. I have no additional information about her.
  2. Charles Lewis Spence (1883-1966). Charles was born May 12, 1883 in Quapau, Ottawa, Oklahoma, and he died June 28, 1966 in Miami, Ottawa, Oklahoma. His wife was Lavena Annie Beager (1887-1916). Their children were:
    1. Floyd Eugene Spence (1908-1998)
    2. Beth Spence (b. 1911)
    3. Lois Spence (b. 1912)
    4. Mable Midge Lucille Spence (1913-1991)
    5. Virginia Ruth Spence (1915-2006)
  3. Ethel C. Spence (1885-1958).  Ethel was born February 14, 1885 in Oklahoma, and she died in 1958 in Miami, Ottawa, Oklahoma. Her husband was Guy Collins (b. 1884). Their children were:
    1. Leona M. Collins (b. 1909)
    2. Edith Faye Collins (b. 1911)
  4. James Franklin Spence (1887-1969). James was born June 16, 1887 in Missouri, and he died in 1969 in Miami, Ottawa, Oklahoma. He is buried in the Ottawa Indian Cemetery.
  5. Mary Edna Spence (born 1890).  [She is also listed as Edna Mary Spence] she was born February 17, 1890 in Kansas, and she died July 27, 1975 in Orange County, California. Her husband was Claude Dile Umphenour (1887-1975). Their children were:
    1. Arthur Umphenour (1911-1975).
    2. Clarence Lee Umphenour (1926-2003)
  6. Gary Worren Spence (1892-1985). Guy was born October 20, 1892 in Kansas, and he died July 30, 1985 in LaGrande, Union, Oregon. His wife was Gertrude Wilson (b. 1898). Their children were:
    1. Inez M. Spence (b. 1919).
    2. Lucille Spence (b. 1922)
  7. Nellie Mae Spence (1895-1936). Nellie was born March 3, 1895 in Oklahoma. (Some references state Missouri City, Fort Bend, Texas)–and she died May 11, 1936 in Miami, Ottawa, Oklahoma. Their daughter was Juanita Mae Sutton (1923-2000).
  8. William Carl Spence (1899-1900). William was born June 16, 1899, and he died February 14, 1900 in Cherokee County, Kansas.
  9. Betha Spence (born, 1901).  Bertha was born March 8, 1901 in Oklahoma. I have no additional information concerning her. She last appears on the 1920 Census for Ottawa, Oklahoma in her mother’s house.

Mary Jane Spence (born 1848)

Mary Jane Spence was born about 1848 in Missouri. She last appears on the 1865 Census for Wakarusa, Douglas, Kansas (14).

Parmelia (Amelia) Ann Spence (born 1848)

Parmelia was born in 1848 in Missouri. She last appears on the 1860 Census for Jackson Twp., Jasper, Missouri (15)

 

References

(1) Tennessee Marriage Records about Daniel Spence and Mary “Polly” Pewitt, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(2)Missouri Marriage Records about Joel Spence and Martha Jane Hood. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(3) “Lawrence Massacre: August 21, 1863”. Civil War Article Website. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.us-civilwar.com/massacre.htm

(4) Missouri Marriage Records about Daniel Spence and Mattie Alberta Benschotter, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(5) Missouri Marriage Records about Henry Burr and Nance Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online http://www.ancestry.com

(6)  Missouri Marriage Records about John William Spence and Myrta Alzina Moss. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(7) 1900 Census, Sapulpa, Creek Nation, Oklahoma about Ida Spence and William Bannister Hickey. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(8) Missouri Marriage Records about Samuel J. Spence and Sarah Elizabeth Bryant. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(9) Missouri Marriage Records about Rhoda Spence and James Penix, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(10) Missouri Marriage Records about Susan Spence and Sam Hood, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(11) 1850 Census for Jasper County, Missouri about Larkin Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(12) Missouri Marriage Records for John D. Spence and Martha Copple, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(13) Missouri Marriage Records for William Spence and Martha J. Williams, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(14) 1865 Census, Wakarusa, Douglas, Kansas for Mary Jane Spence, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sep 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(15) 1860 Census, Jackson Twp., Jasper, Missouri for Amelia Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 3 Sept 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

One thought on “Elisha Spence (1776-1835)–Part Ten: The Children of Daniel Spence (1806-1857) and Mary Ann “Polly” Pewitt (1810-1859)

  1. I am the daughter of Lynwood Spence, who was the son of Daniel Wayne, and a grandson of Joel. Thank you for this wonderful info. I’m a DAR member through my grandmother Mattie Elberta Benschoter Spence, wife of Daniel Wayne. Hope to someday have a supplemental through the Spence line. Many of the names posted are so familiar as we recently visited the Moss Springs Cemetery. Our youngest grandchild Phoebe Clinton (my married name) Briggs shares her birthday with that of her ggg grandfather Joel Spence.

    Elberta Spence Clinton

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