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The Spence Family

3G-Grand Parents

William Spence 1795-?, My 3G-GF.
and Phoebe Faraby Grubbs about 1790.
and Their Children:
Nancy 1824, William Washington 1827 [My maternal 2G-GF] and Francis Marion 1830. [My paternal 2G-GF]

William Spence was born in 1795. He married Phoebe Faraby Grubbs in about 1823. She was the daughter of Francis Grubbs and Mary Cobb. Phoebe was born about 1790 in Georgia and died in Pike County Mississippi.

    According to Doctor Henry L. Spence, William was from either Illinois or the Carolinas and William had a sister whose name was either Mollie or Mary.

    There is a William Spencer and a John T. Spencer on the 1825 Tax List, Marion County, Mississippi Auditor's Records, Volume 67, Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

    The Book Of Records For Marion County Mississippi Orphan Court recorded October, 1812 to March, 1827 shows on Page 24: Bond; William Spencer, George Henry Nixon, and Jesse Thompson of Marion County are bound to the Governor of the Mississippi Territory for the Sum of $5000.00, dated March 13, 1815. William Spencer is to be Sheriff of Marion County. Witness: D. Mc Laughlin, J. Qm.

    Page 25 Bond: William Spencer and Francis B. Lenoir bound to Dugal Mc Laughlin Chief Justice of Marion County, in the Sum of $500. Dated March 8, 1815. Wm Spencer has Been appointed Ranger of Marion County. Test: Alexander Rea.

    Page 34 and 35 Michael Harvey in the month of November last appointed John Clower of Marion County his true and lawful attorney to transact all his business in the State of Georgia. He revokes the power of attorney. Witness: James Phillips, Junior, John T. Spence. Registered on May 23, 1817.

    Page 36, 37, and 38 June 8, 1816: Estate of Jacob Magee, deceased, Appraised by William Spence, John Waren, and Isam Chismom. Recorded August 12, 1818.

    Page 54 Bond: Daniel Magee, Fleet Magee, William Spence, and Jesse Croft are bound to Dugal Mc Laughlin, County judge of Orphan Court, for the sum of $6000. Dated May 27, 1816. Daniel & Fleet Magee are appointed Administrators of the estate of Jacob Magee.

    Book Of Records For Marion County Mississippi Orphan Court Recorded 1825-1831 Book 2

    It looks like William Spencer is now a Judge.

    Abstracts of Conveyance Book A Marion County, Mississippi A Book of Brands, Deeds, Bonds (Marks and Brands from 1812: Deeds from 1818) (These marks and brands descriptions were first recorded in two small miscellaneous books referred to as the road books. Since this will be the third volume of marion County Records, they will be given then.)

    list a Captain William Spencer-1813 Thomas Harvey-1812 Michael Harvey-1812 Moses Brown-1813

    1816 Territorial Census of Marion County, Mississippi William Spence was listed 4 White men over 21 3 White men under 21 1 White Female over 21 0 White Females under 21 0 Total free people of color 3 Total slaves 14 Total Inhabitants

    1813 Tax List, Lawrence County, Mississippi Territorial Archives, Auditors Records, Series B, Real & Personnel Assessment Rolls, Volume 21, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson Lawarance & Marion County was enumerated together. in 1813 Marion County was Functioned as a Government Unit.

    Spencer, William 220 Acres, 4th Class, 1st Quality 100 Acres, 4th class, 2nd Quality $.59 Pearl River, 2 pole, 3 slaves $2.83 1/3

    He was also a Captan of William Spencer's Company under the 13th Regiment (Nixon's) of Mississippi Melitia.[johnsd2.GED]








2G-Grand Parents

William Washington Spence 1827-1920, My 2G-GF and 2G-Granduncle
and Susan Ollie Ann Brown 1836-1903.
and Their Children:
Francis M. 1850, James Monroe 1851, John Wesley 1854, Quinea Louis 1856, Henry Jabe 1859, Willie A. 1861, Mary (Sissie) M. 1863, Susan Abbigale 1866, Joseph (Joe) 1868, R.A. 1870, Thomas (Tommy) W. 1870, Jessie Oscar 1873, Mary E 1875, Walter Howard 1876 and Bennie M 1879.

From Chris Beard per Brenda Merrill: Susan may have been an orphan taken in by William and Faraby Spence since nothing is known about Susan's mother, Catherine Rooks. Perhaps Catherine died in childbirth or soon after, leaving the children for her husband Daniel Brown. With no mother in the home Daniel may have had to give the children to other families for their care. This is just speculation.

    From Chris Beard: William Washington Spence can be found in the Pike County, Mississippi Censuses of 1850, 1860 and 1880. In 1850 their real estate is valued at $150.00 and in 1860 at $600.00. William and Susan are living alone in 1850 and in 1860 the first four children are listed. In 1880, the first four are out of the house and all the other children are listed.

    The original house of Willian and Susan was located in the flatland just northwest of the Spence Cemetery and almost directly behind the current home of Shirley Pigott. The land is now owned by Houston and Mary Jo Spence-Brumfield who have built a modern log cabin on the exact spot of the original log cabin.[Chris has Photos.]

    William and Susan are both buried in the Spence Cemetery in Salem, Mississippi and his tombstone reads:

Remember Me as You pass by
As You are now, So once was I
As I am now, soon You will be
Prepare for death and follow Me."

    William was baptized at the China Grove Methodist Church in Marion County, Mississippi.

    In 1887 a young girl, about 19 years of age, named Eva "Pink" O'Quin came to William and Susan barefoot and pregnant. They took her in and she lived with and worked for them.

    In December of 1887 Pink gave birth to a son, Oscar O'Quin. The father may have been James Oscar Spence, but this is just speculation. About 1891 she had another illegitimate son by Quinea Lewis Spence and after the death of Susan, Pink stayed on to take care of the then aging William Washington.

    After Willam's death in 1920, Walter Spence, a younger brother of Quinea Lewis, looked after Pink and either bought or had built a house for her just down the hill from Sam Grubbs place in Tylertown. Sam was the nephew of Phoebe Grubbs-Spence. Pink died in 1945 and is buried in the Spence Cemetery.

Papers of Ettie Spence-Pigott and Prentiss Knippers.
Descendants if John Connerly and Cullen Conerly, by William and Irma Lampton.
Aaron Beard and Kizziah [Carter] Beard of South Mississippi, by Janis Stringfield
The Harvey Jones Family, by Luttie Lawrence.
Fields of Broom, by Dell Clawson.

Quinea Lewis Spence and Miranda Jane Duncan
and Their Children

Quinea Louis Spence 1856-1923, My Great-GF, Great Granduncle and 1C3R.

    Quinea Louis Spence [William Washington > William] was born 07 August 1856 in Pike County, Mississippi and died 26 January 1923 in Walthall County, Mississippi. He is buried at the Spence Cemetery in Tylertown, Mississippi.

Quinea Spence and Miranda Duncan:
History of Picture Unknown.


    He married Miranda Jane Duncan on 29 January 1873 in Walthall County, Mississippi. She was born 29 January 1859, the daughter of James Pinkney Duncan and Mary Ann Walker. Miranda died 06 July 1932 in Walthall County, Mississippi.

    Excerpt from one of Aunt Tera's letters, possibly inserted by my mother, Atha: "My fathers parents, Quinea Lewis Spence & Miranda Jane Duncan, 16 children. Choctaw Indian Ancestors - 5 generations back a goverment agent bought part of Pike County from them & married the cheifs daughter. Turner Ward was his name. I have more records on this." In a seperate ltr from O'Tera there is also a statement made that Choctaw Indian Ancestry started with Miranda Jane Duncan.

    From Chris Beard: This family can be found in the 1880 Pike County, Mississippi Census. They lived in the Salem Community in Walthall County and their house stood where the present home of Shirley Pigott now is. Original brick from the fireplace was used to construct the floor of the kitchen in Shirley's home.

    They either ran or owned a country mercantile store near the house in Salem Community and for a while moved the store to Tylertown and lived there; then went back to Salem. The old store ledger is now in the ownership of Shirley Pigott.

    Quinea had an illegitimate child, name unknown, by "Pink" O'Quin and Miranda Jane refused to let the child stay around. An Andrews family was moving from the area to Texas and agreed to take the boy to raise him. This was about 1891.

    The sources for the above are the papers of Ettie O. Spence, Prentiss Knippers, Late of Tylertown and Edith Pigott Brumfield Kemp.

Hosea Olliver Spence and Mary Magdalene Jones
and Their Children

Hosea Olliver Spence 1877-1940, My Grandfather, 1C2R and 2C2R.

    Hosea Oliver Spence [Quinea Louis > William Washington > William] was born 15 July 1877, in Walthall County, Mississippi and died 10 August 1940. He was buried in the Spence Cemetery in Walthall County, Mississippi.


Hosea Spence:
History of Picture not known.

    He married his 4C1R, Mary Magdalene "Mollie" Jones on 23 December 1894 in Salem Community, Mississippi. She was the daughter of Marion Jones and Mary Gartman. She was born 28 April 1874 in Tylertown, Mississippi and died 31 May 1964 in Wichita Falls, Texas and buried in the Spence Cemetery near Salem, Mississippi.


Mary Magdalene Jones 1874-1964, My Grandmother,1C2R, 4C3R and 5C1R.


Mary Magdalene Jones:

History of Picture not known.
Mary Magdalene Jones

    More About MARY MAGDALENE "MOLLIE" JONES: Burial: 03 June 1964, Spence Cemetery Tylertown Walthall Cty. , Religion: Baptist

The Children of Hosea and Mary were: Murray Lewis 02 November 1895, Clarence Oliver 02 October 1897, Earney Dewey 05 December 1899, Christopher Columbus 30 October 1901, Vernon Joseph 03 October 1903, O'Tera Olivia 26 November 1905, Lucious Marion 22 October 1907, Cleavy Lee 26 August 1909, Atha Anne 10 October 1911, Ollie Mae 15 October 1913 and Quinea William 06 September 1916.

    Aunt Tera's birthday was the same as mine and as a child I remember wondering how she could be so old and have the same birthday I did.


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Hosea Olliver Spence Mary Magdalene Jones and And Thier Children

Picture was probably taken in Wichita Falls, Texas about 1926.

    Obituary of Mary Magdalene Jones-Spence

    Mrs. Mary Magdalene Spence, 90 years, died Sunday morning in a Wichita Falls hospital after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Spence was born April 28 1874 in Tylertown, Mississippi and had lived in Waco and Sherman before coming to Wichita Falls.

    Services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from Owens & Brumley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev C.I. Aly, pastor of the Missionary Bible Church officiating. The body will be taken to Salem, Miss. for burial Wed. Morning [Aunt Tera wrote in "really was Tues 10am"]

    Survivors include 3 daughters and 7 sons, Mrs. W.C. Ratliff, Sherman, Mrs. Atha Tadlock [my mother] Twin Falls, Idaho, Mrs H.F. Buchanan, Wichita Falls, Texas, Clarence of McComb, Mississippi, Earney, Chris & Quinea of Waco, Texas, Vernon and Lucius of Huston, Texas and Cleavy of Salem, Alabama. Four Sisters, Sallie Kemp of Foxworth, Mississippi, Mrs. Lovie Barker and Mrs Mattie Morgan, both of Melville, Louisiana and Mrs Nettie Rayborn of Laurel, Mississippi and three brothers, David G. Jones of Columbia, Louisana, Mike Jones of Monroe, Louisiana and William Jones of Bogalusa Louisiana. There are 39 Grandchildren, 64 Great grandchildren and 4 Great-great-grandchildren.

    Bearers: Mr. H. Forest Buchanan; Mrs. John W Jackson [Louise Buchanan]; R.W. Creton Ratliff; Mr. Roy Rowley and Mr. Lucius M. Spence Jr.