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My Spencer Ancestry

My maternal grandmother, Evelyn Spencer O'Brien (photo #1), was the 3rd child and first daughter of great-grandparents Walter Alonzo Spencer and Lodema Olive Beach. When my mother Marjorie O'Brien Ward, daughter of Evelyn And Frank Richard O'Brien, started working on her ancestry, she told me that her great-grandfather's father was named Alonzo and that he was an abusive alcoholic. She stated that her grandfather wanted nothing to do with him, turning him away when he tried to visit him and his family. She also stated he was in the lumber business in Saginaw County in the mid to late 1800s, but had no specific dates.

One problem is that the marriage record entry has Walter A. Spencer and Lodema Olive Beach switched with a couple on the next line and list Robert Spencer and Nancy Lockwood as Walter's parents. Also, another problem is that Walter Spencer's daughter Lorena and granddaughter (my mother) have stated Walter's father was named Alonzo, which would make sense, given Walter's middle name, but there's no Alonzo Spencer anywhere he was said to have been. YIPES!! Consider this transcription from grand aunt Lorena Spencer Huntoon Lindahl here. It's very confusing!

Here's a link to an incomplete list of grands and great-grandparents. Some links might not work.

The last 3 images can be viewed at full resolution by clicking on "Link" in the caption.

Spencer Family Photo Album
Photograph of Evelyn (Evolyn) Spencer O'Brien.
1 - Evelyn Spencer O'Brien.
Photograph of Walter Alonzo Spencer.
2 - Walter Alonzo Spencer.
Photograph of Walter A and Lodema Olive Beach Spencer.
3 - Newlyweds Walter A and Lodema Olive Beach Spencer.
Photograph of Lodema Olive Beach Spencer and her children.
4 - L to R - Lodema holding Lorena, Burrell Beach, Frank Gales and Evelyn, dated 1912.
Photograph of Walter A. Spencer.
5 - A young Walter Spencer.
Photograph of Burrell B. Spencer.
6 - Burrell Beach Spencer in WW1 uniform.

More Spencers
Photograph of Spencer kids in the 1950s.
7 - Frank Gales, Evelyn (O'Brien), Burrell Beach and Lorena Spencer (Huntoon), 1950s.
Photograph of Lorena Spencer and Marjorie O'Brien.
8 - Lorena Spencer (Huntoon) holding Marjorie O'Brien (Ward) in about May 1923.
Photograph of John Smith.
9 - Twelve Spencers in 1934.
Evelyn Spencer O'Brien obit.
10 - Obit of Evelyn Spencer O'Brien.Link
Robert Spencer 1870 Census.
11- Robert Spencer & family, 1870 census. Link
Photograph of John Smith.
12 - John & Anna Spencer 1861 Canada Census. Link