Moses Spencer

Male 1786 - 1861


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  • Name  Moses Spencer 
    Born  08 Dec 1786  Montgomery Co., Va Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  10 Sept. 1861  Wolfe Co., Ky. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Spencer Cem., Sandy Ridge Rd., Wolfe Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1860 United States Federal Census
      Name: Moses Spencer
      Age in 1860: 73
      Birth Year: abt 1787
      Birthplace: Virginia
      Home in 1860: Owsley, Kentucky
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Spruce Grove
      Value of real estate: View image
      Household Members: Name Age
      Moses Spencer 73
      Elizabeth Spencer 65



    • The Moses Spencer family were some of the first settlers to come to Wolfe Co., Kentucky. He brought slaves with him from Virginia. They travelled over the wilderness roads in covered wagons. He farmed 8,000 acres, raising wheat which he shipped down the Kentucky River to Beattyville on rafts. He owned land from the mouth of Devil's Creek, where it goes into the Kentucky River, to the mouth of upper Devil's Creek, which is a distance of about fifteen miles, and the land ran back for about five miles from the river, all the way to the Wolfe County line.

      The Moses Spencer plantation was passed down to James and Deborah Bowman Spencer, who continued to work the farm with slaves. James had 17 slaves at the time of the Civil War when President Lincoln freed the slaves. James gave them their freedom but some of them didn't want to go. Four of James' slaves are buried on a hill on the farm. They died after drinking water from a spring in a cave on the farm. Most people thought they died because of being overheated in the wheat fields and then drinking too much cold water. James thought someone had poisened them and after that would never let anyone drink water from that spring.

      Moses Spencer was born in N. Carolina, Dec. 8, 1786, and died in 1861 at the age of 75 years. He was a son of Joseph Charles Spencer and his wife Mary. He married Elizabeth Deaton, born in N. Carolina, 1793 and died March 3, 1874. She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Deaton. They are buried at the lower end of Sandy Ridge in Wolfe Co., Kentucky, in the Moses Spencer Cemetery. Moses and Elizabeth Deaton had 15 children. One child, a boy named Bert, died on the road from Virginia to Kentucky.

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      Source: "Early Settlers of Lee Co., VA and Adjacent Counties"
      4. Moses Spencer (son of Joseph) had a wife named Elizabeth. Moses and Elizabeth most likely had several children but their names are not known. Moses Spencer was a land owner in Lee County, the deeds are all of record. John D. Spencer is mentioned in the records, he was most likely a son. Many of Joseph Spencer's descendants removed from Lee County, Virginia and settled in Kentucky, and Moses Spencer most likely moved to Kentucky after 1831.
    • Notes from Sharon Kouns skouns7@aol.com
      There was a Moses Spencer b. 1744 ...generation before this one...I'm adding the note here so that I can refer back to it later.
      Source: Tennessee Heroes in the Revolution
      Moses Spencer, also spelled Spenser, applied for revolutionary pension while living in Maury County, Tenn., December 28, 1818. He was born January 16, 1744, but the place of his birth and names of his parents are not given. He enlisted February 10, 1778, in Captain James Baytop's company in the Seventh Virginia regiment and later in Colonel William Heth's Virginia regiment. he transferred to Captain Young's company and was in the battle of Monmouth. He received his discharge February 16, 1779. He volunteered for service in the battle of Guilford Court House.

      Soon after the close of the Revolution he moved to North Carolina and then moved to South Carolina. From there he moved to Mercer County, Kentucky, then to Barrent County, Kentucky, and about the year 1810 to Lawrence County, Tenn., which had meanwhile been erected from Maury County. He died March 27, 1826 in Lawrence or Maury County. He married November 20, 1779, in Henry or Amelia County, Virginia, Elizabeth Tinsley, daughter of Thomas Tinsley, who was present at the marriage. The eldest child of Moses and Elizabeth Spencer was born February 9, 1781. In 1820 Moses Spencer referred to his son Amasa Spencer, and in 1821, he said that his youngest son Amzi, was twenty-three years of age. Other children were: Ellen Blithe (Blythe), Thomas, who in July 1850, said he was sixty-five years old, Tabitha Woods, the oldest daughter.

      The widow Elizabeth Spencer applied for pension in 1843 when she was a resident of Lawrence county, and eighty years old. She died August 13, 1849 in Lawrence county. Her surviving children in that year were: Thomas, Tabitha Woods and Ellen Blythe.
    Person ID  I789  Cox-Hobbs-Shoemaker
    Last Modified  10 Jul 2009 

    Father  Joseph Charles Spencer,   b. 06 Nov 1738, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jan 1837, Poor Valley, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary DeRoach Broom,   d. 2 Sept. 1816 
    Family ID  F024  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Elizabeth Deaton,   b. 1790, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Mar 1874, Wolfe Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  abt. 1806  Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  5 Mar 2009 
    Family ID  F630  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Elizabeth Deaton,   b. 1790, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Mar 1874, Wolfe Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1806  Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Rev. John Daniel Spencer,   b. 1807, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1883, Lee Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Temperance Spencer,   b. 1809, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt. 1870
     3. Phenabie Ann Spencer,   b. abt. 1810, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Joseph Charles Spencer,   b. 1812, Lee or Montgomery Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1858, Wolfe Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. William Taylor Spencer,   b. 1813, Lee co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1898
    >6. Isabella Spencer,   b. 1817,   d. 02 Jan 1898, Wolfe Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Delilah Spencer,   b. 1818, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. bef. 1912
    >8. Moses Spencer, Jr.,   b. 1819, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. bef. 1910
     9. Goolman Spencer,   b. abt. 1824, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sept. 1894, Powell Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    >10. Hiram Armstrong Spencer,   b. Feb. 1826, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1916, Wolfe Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    >11. Brantley B.or T. Spencer,   b. 1829, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1894
     12. Elizabeth Spencer,   b. 1830, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >13. Jeames Spencer,   b. 14 Jul 1831,   d. 04 Jul 1894
     14. Jemima Spencer,   b. 1832, Lee Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     15. Bert Spencer
    Last Modified  7 Sep 2009 
    Family ID  F256  Group Sheet