Orson Spencer

14 March 1802–15 October 1855 (Age 53)
West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of Orson

When Orson Spencer was born on 14 March 1802, in West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Daniel Spencer, was 37 and his mother, Chloe Willson, was 36. He married Catherine Curtis on 13 April 1830, in West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1853 and lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839 and Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1850. He died on 15 October 1855, in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Orson Spencer
Catherine Curtis
Marriage: 13 April 1830
Catharine Read Spencer
Ellen Curtis Spencer
Aurelia Read Spencer
Catherine Curtis Spencer
Howard Orson Spencer
George Boardman Spencer
Lucy Curtis Spencer
Chloe Spencer

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 April 1830West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
    Age 10
    Missouri Territory was organized from part of the Louisiana Territory on June 4, 1812.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 17
    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. 

    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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    Story Highlight

    A life sketch written by George B Spencer Jr for his sister Lilian

    A Genealogical Sketch of Lilian Horne Spencer Budge written by her brother George B. Jr. At the request of her son’s wife Mrs. Newel Budge (typed by Spencer E. Stucki, a grandson of George B. Spencer …

    Sources (81)

    • Orson Spencer, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Orson Spencer in entry for Luna Simmons, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Orson Spencer, "United States Census, 1840"

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