NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
There were early settlers of the name at Kittery, Maine, in 1663, Cambridge, Mass., 1631-34, Ipswich, 1634, and in other places. The Jefferson county, New York, family of Spencer descend from William, of Cambridge, Mass., 1631, who was an influential citizen of that town. He was a member of the committee to raise funds by the sale of common stock to erect a building for the meetings of the house of representatives, and was deupty in 1634-38. He was lieutenant of the militia, and one of the founders of the Ancient Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, his name being fourth on the list name in their charter. In March, 1639, he removed to Hartford, Conn., and the same year was representative, also in 1640. He died in 1640. His will, proved March 4, 1641, names wife, Agnes, son Samuel, daughters Sarah and Elizabeth.
Samuel, the only son named in the will, was born in England. In 1640 he was under twenty years of age. He inherited one-third of the estate. Had a wife, Sarah, and children: Samuel, Sarah, Caleb, Elizabeth, Rachel, Mary, Abigial and Agnes. Samuel Spencer died in 1716; Sarah, his wife, April 24, 1706. Through Samuel the line descends and for two generations the links connecting cannot be found.
The family settled in New York state in several places and showed a marked partiality for the profession of medicine, generation after generation producing a skillful physician. This is especially noted of the Jefferson county family.
(V) The great-grandfather of Dr. Ira D. Spencer was Emmons Spencer, who married and had issue.
(VI) Edward, son of Emmons Spencer, married Polly, daughter of William and Lucy (Balcom) Maynard. Children: William, Louise, Darius and Nancy. (See Maynard VI).
(VII) Darius, youngest son of Edward and Polly (Maynard) Spencer, was born in Champion, N.Y., 1826. He was a farmer of Jefferson county, N.Y., a member of the "Church of The Disciples" and a life-long Democrat.
He married Cornelia Ann, daughter of James and Martha Bockus Duley, who had other children: William, Philip, James Andrew, George, Edna, Celeste and Francis Duley. Cornelia Ann was the fourth child and eldest daughter.
Children of Darius & Cornelia Ann Spencer:
Andrew Jackson, born March 2, 1849.
Winfield Scott, June 16, 1851.
De Witt Clinton, Aug. 6, 1853.
Mary Louisa, Aug. 9, 1857.
Nettie Matilda, Dec. 2, 1860.
Ira Darius, mentioned below.
Darius Spencer died 1874; his wife Corelia Ann in 1876.
(VIII) Dr. Ira Darius, fourth son and youngest child of Darius and Cornelia Ann (Duley) Spencer, was born in the town of Wilna, Jefferson county, N.Y. Oct. 12, 1867. His early education was obtained in the public schools and at Utica Business College. Deciding upon the profession of medicine, he entered the Eclectic Medical College of New York City, from which he was graduated M.D., March 13, 1889.
He at once located in Croghan, Lewis county, N.Y., where he established a medical practice that has grown and increased until it requires his constant, unremitting attnetion. His skill as a physician and surgeon is recognized throughout the section, and brings him well deserved reward.
He was appointed United States pension examiner by President Cleveland, holding under his administration. He is examining physician for the Independent Order of Foresters, and the K. O. T. M., and holds membership in both orders. He was health officer of Croghan for fourteen years.
He is a Democrat, and in 1902 represented Croghan on the Lewis county board of supervisors. In 1908 he was a delegate to the Democratic state convention, held in New York City. He has served several terms as village trustee.
He married, Oct. 5, 1893, at Croghan, N.Y., Virginia Adella, daughter of Augustine and Sarah Elizabeth Simonet. Augustine Simonet is a druggist and pharmacist, established in the drug business at Croghan. He married Sarah Elizabeth Giblin, and has children: Lauretta Estella, Virginia Adella, Mary Catherine Simonet.
Dr. and Mrs. Ira D. Spencer have a son, Gerald Darius, born May 5, 1896.
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