Hepzibah Church

24 December 1678–13 September 1745 (Age 66)
Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Hepzibah

When Hepzibah Church was born on 24 December 1678, in Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Edward Church, was 52 and her mother, Mary Hopkins, was 41. She married Samuel Spencer ll on 16 September 1696, in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 11 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 13 September 1745, in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 66, and was buried in Bolton Center Cemetery, Bolton, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America.

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Samuel Spencer ll
Hepzibah Church
Marriage: 16 September 1696
William Spencer
Caleb Spencer
Hepsibah Spencer
Edward Spencer
Nathaniel Spencer
Samuel Spencer lll
Job Spencer
William Spencer
Edward Spencer
Sarah Spencer
Caleb Spencer
Philip Spencer
Job Spencer

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16 September 1696
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America


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Age 42

Originally part of the town of Hartford, the area was referred to as Hartford Mountains or Hanover, until incorporation in October 1720. On 11 November 1723, Jonathan Edwards was installed as the pastor of Bolton.[3] Bolton was known for its high quality schist stone in the 18th century, and many tombstone carvers such as Gershom Bartlett and Jonathan Loomis sourced their stone from Bolton quarries. Bolton was removed from Hartford County when Tolland County was originally formed on 13 October 1785. The northern half of Bolton was set aside in 1808 to form the town of Vernon. Quarries played a significant role in the area's developing economy, and Bolton Notch became the location of the small community of Quarryville. Prior to the railroad, granite was taken by oxcart to the Connecticut River where it was then shipped to major cities on the East Coast.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic surname for someone who lived near a church. The word comes from Old English cyrice, ultimately from medieval Greek kyrikon, for earlier kyriakōn (dōma) ‘(house) of the Lord’, from kyrios ‘lord’.2 Translation of German Kirch .

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

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Samuel Spencer, Jr., son of Samuel and Sarah (unknown maiden name) Spencer, was born in about 1668, probably in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut. He married Hepzibah Ch …

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  • Hepzibah Church, "Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953"
  • Hepzibah Church, "Maine, Church Records, 1734-1907"
  • Hepzibah Church, "Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995"

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