Martha Ellen Spencer

Brief Life History of Martha Ellen

When Martha Ellen Spencer was born on 14 November 1832, in West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Hiram Spencer, was 33 and her mother, Mary Spencer, was 36. She married Daniel Stiles Cahoon on 16 January 1846, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839. She died on 12 January 1905, in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Oasis Cemetery, Oasis, Millard, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Daniel Stiles Cahoon
Martha Ellen Spencer
Marriage: 16 January 1846
Aaron Spencer
Nancy Amanda Cahoon
Julia Cahoon
Charles Henry Cahoon
Martha Ellen Cahoon
Margaret Cahoon
Antoinette Cahoon
Orson Spencer Cahoon
Alpha Alonzo Cahoon

Sources (24)

  • Martha Cahoon in household of Daniel S. Cahoon, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Martha Spencer Cahoon, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Martha in entry for Anthonette Cahoon, "Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976"

World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

1839 · Nauvoo is Settled

After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.


Historical Boundaries: 1860: Millard, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Millard, Utah, United States

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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Martha Ellen Spencer was born 14 November 1832 in West Stockbridge, Berkshire,Massachusetts to Hyrum and Mary Spencer.   She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1845 …

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