Elisha Spence: Part Three–Who were Amos B. Spence (1800-bef 1850) and Mary Elizabeth Bright (1805-1872)?–The Conclusion

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WHAT???!!!”

My exclamation when I discovered something recently! My discovery compelled me to research and write this final article, adding this series’ conclusion at the end. By accident I stumbled across a host–and I mean a host–of people who think that Levi James Spence (1801-1843)–the second son of Elisha Spence and his first wife Susanna Spencer–had a wife named Mary!

He did not!

After I stopped hyperventilating, I looked at the records to see where these people were getting their inspiration. And yes, there was a Mary E. Spence, born in 1805–a widow–living in Weakley County, Tennessee, who appears on the 1850 Census!(1).  Levi Spence (1801-1843) last appears on the 1840 Census for Weakley County, Tennessee(2). So I suppose it was natural for people to assume that Levi was Mary’s deceased husband.

No, it didn’t happen that way!

I have already written about Levi Spence, so I will place a link to his article HERE! Levi James Spence had one wife and only one wife by the name of Elizabeth Gray! He followed her all the way from Tennessee to North Carolina, married her in North Carolina, lived with her in North Carolina until about 1830, and then they moved to Tennessee. They were in Madison County, Tennessee in 1830 and by 1840, they were in Weakley County, where they appear on the census. Levi died in Weakley County in 1843, and Elizabeth moved to Kentucky where she spent the rest of her life with their children. Levi did not have two families at the same time, as some people may argue. His wife was Elizabeth Gray and his children were those by her.

So who was Mary E. Spence, born 1805?

Her children’s names were quite similar to those in the Spence family, so she had to be related somewhere. In the end, I had to thank those people who mixed up Levi with Mary because they enabled me to make connections on another Spence line I have been researching for a long time.

 

Amos B. Spence (1800-bef 1850)

I mentioned Amos in my first article in this Spence series . Rather than go back and update it, I will place a link to it HERE so that people can see where I was back then and compare it with where I am now. I have wondered about Amos Spence for years after discovering him on a microfilm of the 1820 Census at the Denver Public Library. He appears on the 1820 Census for Perry County, Tennessee with Jordan Spence, whom I later determined to be his brother!(3)  I also determined, as noted in the earlier article, that Amos and Jordan were brothers of William Spence (1795-1869), who married Phoebe Forehand. Once I dove into this study, William and Jordan were easy to find. But for a long time, Amos seemed to disappear from the records. And I presumed he had died after the 1820 Census.

He didn’t!

What follows is an updated version of the story.

Amos, Jordan and William Spence were sons of Edward Spence (1764-1802) and Esther Pearce (1765-1800), grandsons of Greaves Spence (1742-1803) and his wife Elizabeth, who died in 1786; and great grandsons of James Spence (1702-1753) and Elizabeth Greaves (Graves) (1707-1755). They were second great grandsons of James Spence (1674-1740) and Esther Booth (1674-1715) and third great grandsons of David Spence (1639-1679) and Ann Roe (1640-1711). In other words, they connect with the Elisha Spence branch of the family. Elisha Spence’s father William Edward Spence (1722-1785) was a son of James Spence (1702-1753) and Elizabeth Greaves (1707-1755) and, therefore, a brother of Greaves Spence (1742-1803).

In addition, Greaves and Elizabeth Spence had another son whose family is going to be drawn into this: Edward Spence’s older brother James Spence (1761-1828). James’ wife was Rhoda McBride (1761-1850). Their children were: (a) Caleb Spence, born 1780; (b) Daniel Spence (1780-1848); (c) Caleb Spence (1800-1845); (d) Rencher Spence (1808-1868) [NOTE: Some people combine Caleb and Rencher and call him Caleb Rencher Spence]; (e) Almond Spence (1811-1872); (f) Enoch J. Spence (1813-1854).

Daniel Spence (1780-1848) married Elizabeth Betsy Koen (1792-1865). Their children were: (a) Abel Spence (1810-1884); (b) Wilson Spence (1814-1872);  (c) Daniel Baxter Spence (1817-1891) [NOTE: Daniel Baxter Spence’s story will be told later. I am introducing him here]; (d) Mary Polly Spence (1827-1850); (e) Susan Temple Spence (1830-1912); (f) Abraham (Abe) Spence–nothing else is known.

The children of Greaves Spence and Elizabeth follow:

  1. James Spence (1761-1828). James was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, and he died October 1828 in Pasquotank. He has been previously discussed. His grandson, Daniel Baxter Spence (187-1891) will be discussed later.
  2. Edward Spence (1764-1802). The subject under discussion here.
  3. Mark Spence (1794-1822). Mark was born in Camden County, North Carolina, and he died in 1822, when his estate was entered for probate March 5, 1822 in Camden County(4). According to his probate file, his wife’s name was Parthenia, and his daughter’s name was Elizabeth.
  4. Noah Spence (1794-1821). Noah was born in Camden County, North Carolina in 1794, and he died in Camden County in May 1821(5). According to his probate file, he had a son named John Spence, Jr. His wife’s name is unknown.
  5. Rhoda Spence, born 1830. I have no additional information.

The children of Edward Spence (1764-1802) and Esther Pearce (1765-1800) follow:

  1. Abner Spence (1786-1865). Abner was born January 4, 1786 in Camden County, North Carolina, and he died May 8, 1865 in Franklin County, Arkansas. His first wife was Nancy Amanda Burnham (1767-1820). Their children were:  (a) Edward Spence (b. 1806); (b) Charles Spence (b. 1810); (c) Margaret Spence (1820-1854). His second wife was Polly Green, who died in 1854. Their children were: (a) Lucy J. Spence (b. 1830); (b) Abner F. Spence (b. 1831); (c) Nancy A. Spence (b. 1834); (d) William A. Spence (b. 1836); (e) Esther Spence (b. 1845). According to Abner’s probate file, which was filed in Franklin County, Arkansas January 20, 1866, Abner died in Franklin County May 8, 1865(6). Abner moved around quite a bit. He married his second wife Polly Green in Madison, Alabama September 2, 1825(7). He was in Greene County, Missouri in 1833(8). He was in Polk County, Missouri in 1850(9). And he died in Franklin County, Arkansas.
  2. Rebecca Spence, who was born in 1788. I have no additional information.
  3. Jordan Pearce Spence (1792-1868). Jordan appeared in the Weakley County, Tennessee article about William Spence (1809-1858). He lived in Weakley County while exploring other options. Jordan was born in Camden County, North Carolina in 1792, and he died in 1868 in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas. His wife was Delilah/Delila Duncan Bidles (1795-1870). Their children were: (a) Parthenia Spence (b.1817); (b) Elizabeth Spence (1821-1892); (c) Margaret Spence (b. 1821); (d) Harvey Byron Spence (1826-1883); (e) Abner Spence (b. 1831); (f) Wilson Spence (1834-1870); (g) Ira Jordan Spence (1837-1922). Jordan and Amos Spence were very close and traveled together. I will go more into their travels in the section below pertaining to Amos. For Jordan’s section,  I have compiled a list by year, place and location for Jordan Spence. Amos was with him through some of those experiences:

*1792–Camden County, NC: Jordan was born

*1812–Davidson County, TN: Jordan was a private in 1 Reg’t Mounted Gunmen (Williamson’s), Tennessee Volunteers. Elisha Spence was on a militia roster in Davidson County, Tennessee.

*1818–Jordan married Delila Duncan Biddles (1795-1870) in Tennessee

*1820–Jordan and Amos appear on the 1820 Census, Perry County, Tennessee

*1830–Jordan was in Kentucky. (He had a total of five Kentucky Land Grants)

*1831–Jordan was in Tennesse, where his son, Abner, was born

*1834–Jordan was in Kentucky, where his son, Wilson, was born

*1836–Earliest record for Jordan in Texas. He was no doubt exploring there.

*1837–Jordan was back in Tennessee, this time in Weakley County,  where his son–Ira Jordan was born.

*1838–Jordan was still in Weakley County, Tennessee, where he appears on the tax records

*1840–Jordan was in District 13, Weakley County, Tennessee, where he appears on the Census.

*1846–Jordan was in Fannin County, Texas, where he appears on the Tax List

*1850–Jordan appears on the Tax List in Bonham, Fannin, Texas

*1850–Still a resident of Weakley County, Tennesse, Jordan was already buying property in Texas

*1850–Jordan was living in District 13, Weakley County, Tennessee, according to the Census

*1854–Jordon bought property in Johnson County, Kentucky

*1860–Jordan appears on the Tax Records for Fannin County, Texas

*1860–Jordan moved to Texas, where he appears on the 1860 Census for Beat 14, Rusk County, Texas

*1867–Jordan appears on the Voter Lists for Fannin County, Texas

*1868–Jordan dies in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas.

4. Cary Spence (1792-1861). Cary was born about 1792 in Camden County, North Carolina, and he died about 1861 in Camden County, North Carolina. His first wife was Sally Burnham, and his second wife was Polley Spence. His child by Sally Burnham was Cary Spence, born 1822. His children by his second wife were George Spence, born 1835, and Margarett Spence, born 1840. Cary’s estate was entered for probate September 9, 1861 in Camden County, North Carolina(10).

5. Sally Spence (b. 1793). Sally was born February 20, 1793 in Camden County, North Carolina. I have no additional information.

6. William Spence (1795-1869). William’s story is set out in the first article in this series. To access it, click HERE.

7. Mark Spence (1797-1865). Mark was born September 10, 1797 in Camden County, North Carolina, and he died January 18, 1865 in Finley, Dyer County, Tennessee. His wife was Margaret Edney (1798-1870). Their children were: (a) Mary E. Spence (1798-1870); (b) George E. Spence (1821-1879); (c) Ann Rebecca Spence (1824-1887); (d) Penelope Elizabeth Spence (1829-1919); (e) Harriet Eleanor Spence (1831-1864); (f) E. Sophronia Spence, b. 1832; (g) John E. Spence, b. 1836.

8. Amos B. Spence (1800-1845/50). Under discussion here.

Amos B. Spence (1800-1845/50) was born about 1800 in Camden County, North Carolina, and he died between 1845 and 1850 in District 13, Weakley County, Tennessee. He was the youngest child of Edward and Esther Pearce. Esther probably died after giving birth to him. The records are silent about Amos until 1820. In all likelihood, he was taken into another household since his father died just two years later.  The identity of that household is open for speculation. However, given the events that take place later, I believe he was taken into the James Spence (1768-1828)-Rhoda McBride (1761-1850) household.  They were introduced previously. James was Edward’s older brother. Amos was an interesting figure to the younger Spences. They either called him Amos or Uncle Amos. And he retained a close association with his brother, Jordan Spence. Amos remained in North Carolina when Jordan and another brother William set out for Tennessee with other family members. I believe that Jordan and William were part of the Elisha Spence migration because they all appear in Davidson County, Tennessee about the same period of time. Amos joined them there about 1818 or 1819.

Amos married in Tennessee shortly after his arrival. I do not know her name, nor do I know the county where they married. It is possible he married her just before leaving North Carolina. His first act in Tennessee was to reconnect with his brothers.  William arrived in the Harpeth, Davidson County, Tennessee in 1810, and he married Phoebe Forehand (1802-1878) in Davidson County, Tennessee on October 24, 1820(11).  After that, they appear to have divided their time between Davidson and Hickman Counties. After the deaths of the parents, William went to live with Samuel Spence and Julien Gray/Gray. William bonded with their family and appears to have followed Brittain to Davidson County.  Amos reconnected with Jordan.

Jordan and Amos appear together in the 1820 Census for Perry County, Tennessee(12). [I knew they had to be brothers when I saw the two of them together on the Census!]  Amos appears with his wife and with a daughter under five, who would have been an infant in 1820. The wife and the daughter both died about 1825. Devastated, Amos returned to North Carolina, his thirst for the wilderness gone!

He probably returned to the James Spence household. Their oldest son Daniel Spence (1780-1848) had married Elizabeth “Betsy” Koen (1792-1865), and they had three sons: Abel, Wilson, and Daniel Baxter Spence (1817-1891). Young Daniel Baxter will reappear in Amos Spence’s life later. Upon his return to the Pasquotank/Camden area, Amos reconnected with another person he remembered from Tennessee: Elisha Spence’s second oldest son, Levi James Spence (1801-1843)! Levi returned to North Carolina about 1820 in pursuit of a young woman he loved. Her name was Elizabeth Gray (1804-1883), and she was the daughter of Thornton Gray (1775-1830) and Mary Frances Porter (1785-1819). As stated in the opening, Elizabeth Gray was the only wife of Levi Spence! They were married in New Hanover, Pasquotank, North Carolina in 1824.

One day, Levi invited Amos to travel down to Lenoir County with him. He wanted Amos to meet the people he lived with when he first returned to North Carolina. They were looking for someone to move into a cabin on their property, the same cabin where he lived. And that’s how Amos met the Bright family and his future wife: Mary Elizabeth Bright (1805-1872).

 

The Bright (Brite) Family

Mary Elizabeth Bright (1805-1872) was born in Tennessee in 1805. Her brother Hollowell Bright (1808-1870) was born in North Carolina after their family returned there from Tennessee. Their parents apparently died in North Carolina. I do not know their names, but Mary and Hollowell were raised by a prominent Bright family in the Lenoir/Craven/Dobbs/Pitt area. I believe Hollowell was born in Pasquotank or in Camden County, North Carolina, since a large Bright/Brite family lived there as well. The Pasquotank/Camden Brights connect with the Lenoir/Dobbs/Craven/Pitt Brights as distant cousins.

Her adoptive parents, Simon Bright III (1764-1820) and Sarah Nancy Green (1768-1818) were deceased by the time Amos met Mary. She was living with her brother in Lenoir County: Hollowell Bright (1808-1870), and he is another figure who will come back into the picture later.

The Brights (Brites) were members of an old family that had been in Pasquotank, Lenoir, Dobbs, Craven and Pitt County for some time. The spelling of the name changes between Bright and Brite. Elisha Spence’s brother, Joseph Spence (1774-1841) married a Susan Bright in Pasquotank County, North Carolina January 27, 1828. There were other Spence-Bright marriages over the years. Mary and Hollowell Bright were the orphaned children raised by Simon Bright III (1764-1820) and Sarah Nancy Green (1768-1818). Simon was the son of Capt. Simon Bright, Jr. (1734-1799) and Elizabeth Graves (1738-1799)[probably the same Graves/Greaves family that intermarried with the Spences], the grandson of Col. Simon Bright, Sr. (1699-1777) and Mary Elizabeth Graves (b. 1715), the great-grandson of John Bright, Jr. (1680-1720) and Elizabeth Hill (1680-1744); and the second great-grandson of the immigrant–John Bright (1640-1682)(13). 

John Bright “The Immigrant” was born in England in 1640, and he settled in Albemarle Precinct, North Carolina, where he died in 1682. His wife’s name was Eleanor. They had three sons: (a) Richard Bright, Sr (1670-1740); (b) Henry Bright, Sr. (1670-1737); and John Bright, Jr (1680-1720). [Note: I am beginning to understand where the names Henry and Frances originated. They were Bright names!]

Col. Simon Bright, Sr. (1699-1777), is regarded as a Revolutionary War Patriot. According to SAR Application 93084:

Simon Bright II was a member of the First Provincial Congress which met at New Bern, N.C. August 25, 1774 from Dobbs County. “Wheeler’s History” page 65, Vol. 2; Col. Records, Vol. X, p. 187. Also, of every other Provincial Congress from above date to the Constitutional Convention at Halifax, November 12, 1776 to form a Bill of Rights and Constitution for a new state (Col. Records, Vol. X; Wheeler’s History, Vol. 2 “With the names of these men of said Provincial Congress is associated the most unsullied patriotism, uncalculating resistance to oppression of chivalric daring.” Wheeler’s History, Vol. 2, p. 66.

Captain Simon Bright II was appointed Captain of Militia of 2d Reg., Richard Caswell, Commander, August 1775 and resigned one year later to attend Provincial Congress Nov. 12, 1776. In Feb. 1776 occurred the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge in which Loyalists under McDonald were defeated by Caswell (Wheeler’s Hist. p. 67). The names of these officers are particularly noticeable as these were called into active service out of the state in the Continental Line (Wheeler’s Hist., p. 72). This battle (Moore’s Creek) was most important in its effects. Had the Tories affected a union with Clinton the whole country would have been at their mercy. (Wheeler’s Hist., p. 78).

Simon Bright was a signer of the Test. Oath at Hillsboro, N.C. in 1775.    Col. Records., Vol. X(14)

Simon died in Dobbs County in 1777. His will was entered for probate that same year(15).

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Amos Spence and Mary Elizabeth Bright were married in Lenoir County, North Carolina about 1827 or 1828. And about 1828, Levi Spence and Amos Spence began making plans to return to Tennessee.  Jordan Spence was still in Tennessee but was making plans to move to Kentucky. Sometime in late 1828 or in very early 1829, Amos B. Spence appears on the tax list for Davidson County, Tennessee(16). [Note: His name has been transcribed as Aries B. Spence, but when you look at the original, it definitely reads “Amos B. Spence.”]  Levi Spence appears on the 1830 Census for Madison County, Tennessee(17). Jordan Spence was in Kentucky in 1830 and moved back and forth between Kentucky and Tennessee.  From the summary above:

*1830–Jordan was in Kentucky. (He had a total of five Kentucky Land Grants)

*1831–Jordan was in Tennessee, where his son, Abner, was born

*1834–Jordan was in Kentucky, where his son, Wilson, was born

*1836–Earliest record for Jordan in Texas. He was no doubt exploring there.

*1837–Jordan was back in Tennessee, this time in Weakley County,  where his son–Ira Jordan was born.

*1838–Jordan was still in Weakley County, Tennessee, where he appears on the tax records

*1840–Jordan was in District 13, Weakley County, Tennessee, where he appears on the Census.

I have an idea that both Amos and Levi were traveling back and forth between Tennessee and Kentucky during the same period of time and that Amos and Levi both ended up in District 13 in Weakley County, Tennessee in 1840 with Jordan.

In 1841, Hollowell Bright (Mary Bright Spence’s brother) first appears on the Tennessee tax records in Haywood County, Tennessee(18). [NOTE: I should mention here that another Bright settled in Haywood County at the same time–a minister by the name of Johnston Eaton Bright (1807-1878), who was born in Norfolk, Virginia. At this point, I do not know whether he was connected with Hollowell’s family, although he may have been distantly related. His Bright family first settled in Princess Anne and moved to Kentucky. Some people think his family started out in Boston and moved to Virginia from there. That is a possibility. But there are those who also believe that they connect with the North Carolina Brights.] Hollowell Bright did not arrive in Haywood County alone. He was accompanied by his wife Mary “Polly” (1803-1881), and Daniel Baxter Spence (1817-1891)! Of course, Amos and Mary were happy to reconnect with Hollowell and Daniel and to meet Polly. Hollowell Bright appears on the 1850 Census for Haywood County as follows:

Name Hollowell Bright
Age 42
Birth Year 1808
Birthplace North Carolina
Home in 1850 District 5, Haywood, Tennessee
Gender Male
Family Number 1168
Household Members
Name Age
Hollowell Bright 42
Mary Bright 47
Daniel Spence 30 (19)

The 1860 Census for Haywood County shows the following about Hollowell Bright:

Name Holloway Bright
Age 52
Birth Year 1808
Gender Male
Birth Place North Carolina
Home in 1860 Brownsville, Haywood, Tennessee
Post Office Brownsville
Family Number 312
Household Members
Name Age
Holloway Bright 52
Polly Bright 57 (20)

Hollowell’s name has been spelled Hollowell, Hallowell, Halloway, Holloway, which has made tracing him difficult. According to his Find-a-Grave Memorial, he was born May 4, 1808 in North Carolina, and he died February 1, 1870 in Haywood County, Tennessee. He is buried in the Betts Cemetery, Haywood, Tennessee(21). His wife Mary E. “Polly” (Bright) was born May 3, 1803, and she died December 5, 1881. She is buried beside her husband in the Betts Cemetery, Haywood, Tennessee(22). It does not appear that they had any children.

The Children of Amos B. Spence and Mary E. Bright

Amos B. Spence died in Weakley County, Tennessee between 1845 and 1850 before the 1850 Census was taken. His widow Mary E. appears on the 1850 Census in Weakley County with her family in District 13. Jordan Spence still resided in Weakley; however, he was planning to move to Texas. Daniel Baxter Spence resided with Hollowell Bright in 1850, but he eventually moved in with Mary to help her with her farm.

The children of Amos B. and Mary Bright Spence follow:

  1. John Wesley Spence (1831-1863). John was born about 1831 in Tennessee, and he died about 1863 during the Civil War. John’s probate record follows:
Name John W Spence
Probate Date 5 Aug 1863
Probate Place Randolph, Arkansas, USA
Inferred Death Year Abt 1863
Inferred Death Place Arkansas, USA
Item Description Administrators bonds and letters, vol 1-3, 1852-1886
Household Members
Name Age
John W Spence (23)

 

2. Lemuel William Spence (1832-1864/5). Lemuel was born in 1834 in Kentucky, and he died 1864-1865 in the Civil War. His service record follows:

Name L W Spence
Birth Date 1834
Age 30
Enlistment Date 1864
Military Unit Nineteenth Cavalry (Burford’s Regiment) (24)

3. Nancy Spence (1834-1870). Nancy was born about 1835 in Tennessee, and she died before 1870 in Randolph County, Arkansas.

4. Levi Spence (1836-1850/9). Levi was born about 1836 in Kentucky, and he died between 1850 and 1859 in Haywood County, Tennessee.

5. Frances E. Spence (1838-1860). Frances’ story is told is the Joseph Spence (1816-1860) Click HERE for her story.

6. Henry Harvey Spence (1838-1900). Henry was born June 1838 in Tennessee, and he died after 1900 at Duck Creek, Stoddard, Missouri. He is the child who lived the longest of Amos and Mary’s children. Henry had two marriages. His first wife was Mary (last name unknown), who was born in 1850. Their children were: (a) John H. Spence (1870-1908); (b) Sophia Spence (1872-1904). His second wife was Permelia Amelia Butler (1852-1900). Their daughter was Martha Spence (1881-1931).

7. Mark Spence (1842-1861/5). Mark was born about 1842 in Tennessee, and he died between 1861-1865. His Civil War Record follows:

Name Mark Spence
Side Confederate
Regiment State/Origin Arkansas
Regiment 15th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Josey’s)
Company G
Rank In Private
Rank Out Private
Film Number M376 roll 22         (25)

8. Elisha Spence (1843-1861/5). Elisha was born about 1843 in Tennessee, and he died between 1861-1865. His Civil War Record follows:

Name Elisha Spence
Side Confederate
Regiment State/Origin Arkansas
Regiment 8th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry
Company D
Rank In Private
Rank Out Private
Film Number M376 roll 22   (26)

[Note: These are not the same names as the children of Levi James Spence (1801-1843). Levi’s children moved to Kentucky with their mother Elizabeth Gray after their father’s death in Weakley County in 1843.]

In 1854, Daniel Baxter Jones (1817-1891) married Emma J. Jones (1836-1916) in Benton County, Tennessee. Their children were: (a) James Allen Spence (1855-1917); (b) Nancy Elizabeth “Lizzy” Spence (1858-1934); (c) Sarah F. Spence, born 1861; (d) Eliza J. Spence, b. 1866; (e) Richard H. L. Spence, b. 1868; (f) Henry Lee Spence (1868-1938); (g) Rhoda Spence (b. 1871); (h) Daniel B. Spence (born 1874). As yet, I don’t know the exact year they started discussing a move to Arkansas, but Daniel invited Mary Bright Spence and her children to move there with them. By 1860, both families were living at Little Black, Randolph County, Arkansas(27),(28). Daniel died October 9, 1891 at Middlebook, Randolph County, Arkansas and is buried in the Siloam Cemetery. His Find-a-Grave entry follows:

Name: Daniel Baxter Spence
Birth Date: 17 Mar 1817
Birth Place: North Carolina, USA
Death Date: 9 Oct 1891
Death Place: Middlebrook, Randolph County, Arkansas, USA
Cemetery: Siloam Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Middlebrook, Randolph County, Arkansas, USA
Has Bio?: Y
Children: Henry Lee Spence
URL: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-…       (29)

His wife Emma died December 13, 1916 in Maynard, Arkansas

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1870 must have been a sad year for Mary Bright Spence. All of her children were gone except Henry, and he lived in Stoddard, Missouri. She does not appear on the 1870 Census in Randolph County, Arkansas because she must have been traveling to Stoddard to visit her son and his wife.  I don’t know how long she stayed there, but she returned to Randolph County. She still had Daniel Spence in the area. But no sooner did she return to Randolph when she met a man by the name of W. J. Kollak. Their marriage license information is listed below:

Name: Mary E Spence
Gender: Female
Residence: Randolph, Arkansas
Spouse’s Name: W J Kollak
Spouse’s Gender: Male
Spouse’s Residence: Randolph, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 14 Sep 1871
Marriage County: Randolph
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 1293694     (30)

For the life of me, I have not been able to discover anything about W J Kollak. Mary would have been sixty-six at the time of her marriage. I believe he was probably close to that age. They disappear from Randolph County, Arkansas and do not seem to emerge anywhere else. So I am left to speculate.

CONCLUSION

This article concludes this series. I’ve accomplished what I set out to do over a year ago: to update my Spence and related families information on my family tree. I often need to talk my way though it. That’s what I have done in this blog. And what a ride this has been! I would like to meet the people in this series. Then we could sit down and talk about all of this excitement. I’m sure they would give me an earful.

There are about five articles I saved from my old Historical Footprints website dealing with the Spences that I want to add to this collection. From time to time, I may add others to the Spence section. I’m going to shift my focus now to another family line on my father’s side of the family. I will need to update my research for the line I have chosen before I start writing the articles  because–like the Spence line–I haven’t looked at it in years. Updating my research takes time.

I will probably add those five Spence articles after I update them–one per week–and after I have them updated and added–then I will start the new line.

So, am I going to write a book? I don’t know at this point. I have my research updated now. It would be easy to do.

I will have to wait and see!

References

(1) 1850 Census for Weakley County, Tennessee about Mary E. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 9 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(2) 1840 Census for Weakley County, Tennessee about Levi Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 9 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(3) 1820 Census for Perry County, Tennessee about Amos Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 9 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(4) North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 about Mark Spence, Camden County, North Carolina. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(5) North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1993 about Noah Spence, Camden County, North Carolina. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(6) Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1783-1998, Abner Spence, Franklin County, Arkansas. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(7) Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1783-1998 about Abner Spence and Polly Green, Madison County, Alabama. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(8) Missouri, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1830-1870 about Abner Spence in Greene County, Missouri. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(9) 1850 Census, Polk County, Missouri about Abner Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(10) North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 about Cary Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015.  Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(11) Tennessee Marriages to 1825 about William Spence and Phoebe Forehand. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(12) 1820 Census, Perry County, Tennessee for Jordan and Amos Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(13) Bright Names and Dates from Photo of the Bright Obelisk, St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Grifton, Pitt County, North Carolina. Find-a-Grave Memorial No. 89349550. Find-a-Grave.com. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=89349550&ref=acom

(14) SAR Application No. 93084. Copy at Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(15) North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 about Simon Bright (d. 1777). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(16) Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895 about Amos B. Spence, Davidson County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(17) 1830 Census for Madison County, Tennessee for Levi Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 11 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(18) Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895 for Hollowell Bright, Haywood County, Tennessee. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(19) 1850 Census, Haywood County, Tennessee for Hollowell Bright. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(20) 1860 Census, Haywood County, Tennessee for Hollowell Bright. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(21) Find-a-Grave Index for Hallowell Bright. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(22) Find-a-Grave Index for Mary E. “Polly” (Bright). Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(23) Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1783-1998 about John W. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(24) U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 About L.W. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(25) U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 about Mark Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(26) U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 about Elisha Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(27) 1860 Census, Little Black, Randolph County, Arkansas for Daniel B. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(28) 1860 Census, Little Black, Randolph County, Arkansas for Mary E. Spence. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(29) Daniel Baxter Spence Find-a-Grave Index. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

(30)  Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 about Mary E. Spence and W. J. Kollok. Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah. Date Accessed: 12 Oct 2015. Available online at http://www.ancestry.com

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