Mary Earnshaw

18 December 1799–1889 (Age 89)
Settle, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Mary

When Mary Earnshaw was born on 18 December 1799, in Settle, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas Earnshaw, was 32 and her mother, Elizabeth Taylor, was 28. She married Richard Spencer on 13 November 1819, in Slaidburn, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1850 and Middleton, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years. She died in 1889, in Payson, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Payson, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Richard Spencer
Mary Earnshaw
Marriage: 13 November 1819
George Spencer
Elizabeth Spencer
Hannah Spencer
Ann Matilda Spencer
Sarah Jane Spencer
Martha Orissa Spencer
William Spencer
Richard Spencer Jr
John Henry Spencer
Matthew Spencer
Rachel Spencer
Jacob Hyrum Spencer

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 November 1819Slaidburn, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    +7 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 1
    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
    1821 · New Ouse Bridge Completed
    Age 22
    The original Ouse Bridge collapsed in 1154 under the weight of a crowd that was on it. In 1367, after the bridge had been replaced with stone and became the site of the first public toilets. In 1564-1565 the bridge was finally done being repaired. In 1810 and 1818 the bridge was dismantled to make way for a new Ouse Bridge design and completed in 1821.
    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 26
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    Name Meaning

    English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): habitational name from Earnshaw in Bradfield, Yorkshire. The placename means ‘eagle wood’, from Old English earn ‘eagle’ + sceaga ‘small wood, copse’.

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

    Story Highlight

    Richard John Spencer & Mary Earnshaw

    RICHARD JOHN SPENCER AND MARY EARNSHAW Richard John Spencer is the son of William Spencer and Hannah Witton. He was born on the 5th day of October 1794 in Slaidburn, Yorkshire, England. Mary Earnsha …

    Sources (52)

    • Mary Spencer, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Unknown in entry for Ann Spencer Whitehead, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"
    • Mary Spencer in household of Richard Spencer, "England and Wales Census, 1841"

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