Ada Elizabeth Spencer

1 March 1875–25 May 1954 (Age 79)
Cortland, Cortland, New York, United States

The Life of Ada Elizabeth

When Ada Elizabeth Spencer was born on 1 March 1875, in Cortland, Cortland, New York, United States, her father, James Lavars Spencer, was 51 and her mother, Lovina R. Grannis, was 44. She married Gerry Clay Allen on 9 October 1910. She lived in Cortland, New York, United States in 1910 and Summit Township, Jackson, Michigan, United States in 1930. She died on 25 May 1954, in Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Cortland, Cortland, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Gerry Clay Allen
Ada Elizabeth Spencer
Marriage: 9 October 1910

Spouse and Children

9 October 1910

Parents and Siblings

    James Lavars Spencer


    Lovina R. Grannis




    Mary Lovina Spencer


    Emma E Spencer


    William J Spencer


    Catharine Hope Spencer


    Fred David Spencer


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

Age 1

The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 4

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 21

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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)

  • Ada Spencer in household of Fred D Spencer, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ada E Spencer in household of William Lang, "New York State Census, 1905"
  • Ada E Spencer in household of Clayton R Lusk, "United States Census, 1910"

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