Martha Jane Anderson

1 January 1844–2 July 1893 (Age 49)
Grayson, Virginia, United States

The Life of Martha Jane

When Martha Jane Anderson was born on 1 January 1844, in Grayson, Virginia, United States, her father, Elisha Anderson, was 44 and her mother, Ruth Pugh, was 42. She married John Hash Spencer in 1870, in Grayson, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Wilson Creek, Grayson, Virginia, United States in 1880. She died on 2 July 1893, in Virginia, United States, at the age of 49.

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Family Time Line

John Hash Spencer
Martha Jane Anderson
Marriage: 1870
Ruth Ellen Spencer
Rosa Anna Spencer
Solomon Aras Spencer
Elisha Byres Spencer
Minnie Lena Spencer
Callie Spencer
Omega or Maggie A. Spencer

Spouse and Children

Grayson, Virginia, United States


    Ruth Ellen Spencer


    Rosa Anna Spencer



    Elisha Byres Spencer


    Minnie Lena Spencer


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Ruth Pugh




+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 0

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Age 2

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1861 · The Battle of Manassas

Age 17

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: very common patronymic from the personal name Ander(s), a northern Middle English form of Andrew . See also Andreas . The frequency of the surname in Scotland is attributable, at least in part, to the fact that St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, so the personal name has long enjoyed great popularity there. Legend has it that the saint's relics were taken to Scotland in the 4th century by a certain St. Regulus. The surname was brought independently to North America by many different bearers and was particularly common among 18th-century Scotch-Irish settlers in PA and VA. In the United States, it has absorbed many cognate or likesounding names in other European languages, notably Swedish Andersson , Norwegian and Danish Andersen , but also Ukrainian Andreychyn, Hungarian Andrásfi, etc.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Martha J Anderson in household of Ruth Anderson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha Spencer in household of John Spencer, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Martha J Anderson in entry for Elijah Byers Spencer, "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987"

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