Smith Spencer

1817–22 February 1892 (Age 75)
Dutchess, New York, United States

The Life of Smith

Smith Spencer was born in 1817, in Dutchess, New York, United States. He had at least 1 son and 4 daughters with Sally E. Howe. He lived in Caton, Steuben, New York, United States for about 20 years. He died on 22 February 1892, in Corning, Steuben, New York, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Corning, Steuben, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Smith Spencer
Sally E. Howe
Harlan Hedley Spencer
Charlotte E Spencer
Mary E Spencer
Louisa E. Spencer
Ella E Spencer

Spouse and Children



    Harlan Hedley Spencer


    Charlotte E Spencer


    Mary E Spencer


    Louisa E. Spencer



World Events (7)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 2

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. 
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 10

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 29

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for someone employed in the pantry of a great house or monastery, from Middle English spense ‘larder’ + the agent suffix -er.

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

Sources (3)

  • Smith Spencer, "New York State Census, 1865"
  • Smith Spencer, "New York State Census, 1875"
  • Smith Spencer, "United States Census, 1870"

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