William SPENCE (1832-1908)
William Lloyd SPENCE (1908-1963)
William SPENCE (1832-1908) Birth: 1832 (Approximately) - Stewartstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Death: February 23, 1908 - New York, New York Father: William SPENCE ( - ) b. Ireland Mother: Mary HUTTON ( - ) b. Ireland William SPENCE came to the United States in approximately 1868. See William SPENCE Biographical Information below. Spouse: Susannah Mary BOULDING (1845-1910) b. May 18, 1845 - London Borough of Islington, England d. June 5, 1910 - New York, New York Father: James BOULDING (1823-bef1855) Birthplace: England Descendant of Samuel BOULDING Mother: Susannah Mary BACKLER (1817?-1883) Birthplace: England Father: Samuel BACKLER (1784-1870) Mother: Mary PELLATT (1789-1857) She was the sister of Apsley PELLATT who was co-owner of Pellatt and Green, glassmakers to the King. Susannah Mary BACKLER and James BOULDING were married July 31, 1844 in St Mary's, Islington, London, England. After the death of James she married Edwin John CROSS and had a son, Edwin John Frederick CROSS, born in 1856. Susannah Mary BACKLER died February 9, 1883. Susannah Mary BOULDING had at least one brother, Apsley Samuel BOULDING, born in London in February 1848 who also came to the United States and married a Francine HAMPSON who may have been from Tarrytown, New York, although more research would have to be done to verify that link. Another sister, Lucilla Charlotte BOULDING, was born in September 1846 but died of scarlet fever at the age of only 18 months. Susannah Mary BOULDING worked for a time as a nursemaid in London before coming to the United States, sailing from Liverpool and arriving May 1, 1866, although some records indicate her date of arrival to be 1869. There is also some indication that she arrived as a servant aboard the Steamship Scotia in 1867. Married: October 31, 1870 - Staten Island Borough (Richmond County), New York, New York Children: Susanna Mary SPENCE (1872?-aft1930) m. Charles H. WADELTON b. approx. 1866 in New York. Charles H. WADELTON and Susanna M. SPENCE later resided in Westchester County, New York Sarah Charlotte SPENCE (1874?- ) m. James MOIR (d. 1956) and later moved to Bloomington, Minnesota Children of Sarah C. SPENCE and James MOIR included: James MOIR, Jr.; Ruth MOIR; Alexander MOIR; Allen MOIR Florence Victoria SPENCE (1876?-1946) b. Approximately 1876 d. April 9, 1946 m. George Staples JONES b: Approx. 1872 - Connecticut Parents Born in England Occupation: Druggist Children of Florence Victoria SPENCE and George Staples JONES: Evelyn Spence JONES (1901- ) Donald Staples JONES (1905- ) m. First & Second Wife Mary Jane (Divorced & Remarried) m. Third Wife Janet Living Descendant(s) Elizabeth J. SPENCE (1878?- ) b. About 1878 in New Jersey * William Frederick SPENCE (1879-1956) Arthur Boulding SPENCE (1882-1966) b. January 8, 1882 - New York, New York d. July 31, 1966 - Middletown, New York Arthur Boulding SPENCE, known to the family as "Bussy" and "Uncle Bus," worked as an exporter for a foreign export company.William SPENCE Biographical Information
As indicated above, William SPENCE is believed to have arrived in New York from Northern Ireland in approximately 1868. He would have been about 36 by that time, but virtually nothing is currently known about his life before his arrival in the United States. There is a suggestion, posed by an advertisement in 1880, discussed below, that he may have been in the military, specifically in the Royal Artillery for five years, but that remains to be verified. If he did have a military background, however, the fact that he found employment with a military officer and his family is not at all surprising.
William SPENCE was by profession a coachman. He is believed to have started out as an ostler (stableman) and then was employed by wealthy families to drive private coaches in New York City and in Newport, Rhode Island. There is an indication that he worked for many years in the employ of the Gibbs family of New York and Rhode Island, specifically Major Theodore Kane GIBBS and his wife, Virginia BARRETT, possibly for as long as from 1868 to as late as 1908. If those dates are accurate, it would mean that William SPENCE worked for the Gibbs family for virtually all of the part of his working life following his arrival in the United States. The length and nature of his service, including the fact that he was needed in both New York and Rhode Island, strongly suggest that he advanced to a position of some importance relative to the use and care of the Gibbs horses.
The Gibbs family was one of the most prominent and wealthy in Rhode Island. Theodore Gibbs had been a military hero during the Civil War and spent some time in the military after the war as well. He was the son of William Channing Gibbs and his wife, Mary K. Gibbs. William Channing Gibbs was prominent in public affairs and had been governor of Rhode Island from 1820 to 1824. The Gibbs family maintained extensive stables in both New York and Rhode Island and evidently William SPENCE was involved in the operation of both of them and had frequent contact with both generations of the family.
There may have come a time when William SPENCE found it necessary to seek other employment, possibly having something to do with the ill health of Major Gibbs, related to earlier war injuries, that forced him to spend time in Pasadena, California where he was when he died at the age of 68 on January 16, 1909. This is only speculation, but it is based upon the fact that there was an advertisement in The New York Times on May 23, 1880 describing a "respectable" coachman seeking work who had "been in the Royal Artillery five years" and had the "best testimonials." Interested persons were asked to call at 130 West 28th Street, the address of the apartment at the Gibbs stables where the SPENCE family lived at the time. See "Where Charming Buildings Housed Horses" by Christopher Gray, The New York Times, January 27, 2008. Regardless of the advertisement, however, it appears that William SPENCE remained employed by the Gibbs family, essentially until his death in 1908.
As noted above, William SPENCE's employment by the Gibbs family made it necessary for him to spend time both in New York City and in Newport, Rhode Island, depending upon the needs of his employer. The Rhode Island location may have been open only at certain times of the year since the Gibbs family spent time in New York and also in California. Regarding the New York City location, indications are that Major and Mrs. Gibbs owned an extensive number of buildings on West 18th Street which were used as stables. At least one of the buildings, #130, also had residence facilities and William SPENCE and his family lived there for a period of time. Census records indicate that they were living there in 1880, the year of the advertisement described above.
-------------------------------------------------------------- William Frederick SPENCE (1879-1956) Known to the Family as "Will" Birth: July 5, 1879 - New York, New York Death: November 26, 1956 - New York, New York Father: William SPENCE (1832-1908) Mother: Susannah Mary BOULDING (1845-1910) Spouse: Mary Louise THOMAS (1881-1964) Married: August 1, 1907 Resided In: New York, New York Children: * William Lloyd SPENCE (1908-1963) Helen SPENCE (1911-1983) b. September 28, 1911 - New York, New York d. April 11, 1983 - Cambridge, Massachusetts Helen SPENCE graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and went on to become an editor, publisher, and administrator. m. Charles Anthony FEDERER (1909-1999) b. January 1, 1909 - St. Louis, Missouri Son of Charles Augustus FEDERER (1880-1966) and Anna Marie KNEPPER (1885-1989) d. September 28, 1999 - Mystic, Connecticut Charles Anthony FEDERER was an editor and publisher. Second wife was Helen KNAUSS; Third wife was Marion KORAB Helen SPENCE and Charles Anthony FEDERER have living descendant(s) Gwendolyn Thomas SPENCE (1916-2012) b. July 16, 1916 - New York, New York d. February 3, 2012 - Greece, New York m. Robert CUPPETT ( - ) Child: Helen Louise CUPPETT (1938-2009) Living Other Descendent(s) and/or Living Immediate Relative(s) of Other Descendant(s) of William Frederick SPENCE and Mary Louise THOMASBiographical Information
William Frederick SPENCE, known to the family as "Will," was a businessman, working primarily in sales, frequently specializing in machinery and metal parts.
William Frederick SPENCE was also a musician, specifically a talented violin player. His and his wife's cultural interests and capabilities were passed on to their children including, but not limited to, their first born child, William Lloyd SPENCE, who later attended Juilliard School of Music and became an accomplished organist and pianist. The children of Mary Louise THOMAS and William Frederick SPENCE attended private schools oriented toward the arts and were exposed extensively to the arts. Helen SPENCE and William Lloyd SPENCE both attended the Ethical Culture School in New York City.
-------------------------------------------------------------- William Lloyd SPENCE (1908-1963) Known to the Family as "Lloyd" Birth: June 23, 1908 - New York, New York Death: December 7, 1963 - Caldwell, New Jersey Interment: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York Father: William Frederick SPENCE (1879-1956) Mother: Mary Louise THOMAS (1881-1964) Spouse: Dorothy Gertrude TIGHE (1908-1980) See Also: Marriage of William Lloyd SPENCE (1908-1963) and Dorothy Gertrude TIGHE (1908-1980)Biographical Information
William Lloyd SPENCE, known to the family as "Lloyd," worked for many years in New York City in the credit and collection field, primarily as a claims adjuster.
In his youth, William Lloyd SPENCE attended The Ethical Culture School, a progressive private school now called the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, graduating from their high school in 1926. After graduation from Ethical Culture, he attended the world renowned Juilliard School of Music. He was an excellent musician who, although not pursuing music as a career, was a fine organ and piano player. In addition to his regular job in New York, he served for a number of years as the organist, and, for a time, choir director, at the family's church, the First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell, New Jersey, and later as organist for the Presbyterian Church in Paterson, New Jersey.
William Lloyd SPENCE was also a sports enthusiast, especially basketball, and played for the school team at Ethical Culture throughout his four years. After graduation, he played, managed, and coached basketball for other local teams in Manhattan.
During World War II, William Lloyd SPENCE was a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corps, now the U.S. Air Force, and served in England during the war.
William Lloyd SPENCE was active in the church and sang in church choirs throughout his life, initially in the Episcopal Church in New York City which is where he met his wife to be, Dorothy Gertrude TIGHE, and then later at the First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell, New Jersey where he was also organist and choir director as noted above.