Charles Spencer

Brief Life History of Charles

When Charles Spencer was born on 2 August 1841, in Michigan, United States, his father, George Nelson Spencer, was 35 and his mother, Atlanta Van Buren, was 32. He lived in Lockport Township, St. Joseph, Michigan, United States in 1850. He died on 24 May 1917, in Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 75.

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Family Time Line

George Nelson Spencer
1806–1855
Atlanta Van Buren
1809–1887
Sylvania Spencer
1831–
Julia M Spencer
1846–1918
Emogene Spencer
1849–
Cordelia D Spencer
1833–1906
Ezra Spencer
1835–1863
George Neilson Spencer
1838–1925
Charles C Spencer
1840–1894
Charles Spencer
1841–1917
Anson Vanburen Spencer
1842–1929

Sources (4)

  • Charles Spencer in household of George Spencer, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Charles Spencer, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • Charles Spencer, "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994"

World Events (8)

1846

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.

1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

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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