Almira Spencer

Brief Life History of Almira

When Almira Spencer was born on 20 July 1816, in West Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, her father, Moses Roswell Spencer, was 27 and her mother, Alma Flagg, was 27. She married Coley Enoch Betts on 1 May 1841, in Adams, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Ursa Township, Adams, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Adams, Illinois, United States in 1860. She died on 1 April 1901, in Mendon, Adams, Illinois, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Mendon, Adams, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Coley Enoch Betts
Almira Spencer
Marriage: 1 May 1841
James A. Betts
Harriet Elizabeth Betts
Mary Alma Betts
Almira Sophia Betts
Charlotte Amelia Betts
William Seymour Betts
Lucy Maria Betts
Ellen Sophia Betts

Sources (12)

  • Almira Mets in household of Cola E Mets, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Almira Spencer, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Almira Spencer, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 


Historical Boundaries: 1825: Adams, Illinois, United States

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): occupational name for someone who dispensed provisions or money, from Middle English spenser(e), spencer(e) ‘household steward, butler, almoner’ (Anglo-Norman French espenser, Old French despensier). Compare Spence and Spender . There is some dispute about the origins of the Spencer family, whose most famous member in recent times was the late Princess of Wales, born Lady Diana Spencer (1961–97). Some sources say that they are descended from William the Conqueror's steward, Robert Despencer. What is clear is that by the 15th century they had become prosperous from sheep farming in Northamptonshire. Robert Spencer (died 1627) was said to be the wealthiest man in England. Their titles have included Earls of Sunderland and Earls Spencer; and through the female line the 5th Earl of Sunderland also became Duke of Marlborough in 1733. This connection was the result of the marriage, in 1700, of the 3rd Duke of Sunderland to the daughter of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. The youngest son of this union, John Spencer (1708–46), was the father of the 1st Earl Spencer (1734–83).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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