|Birth: ||May 26, 1759|
He was the son of Daniel and Patience (Olds) of Suffield, Connecticut and the
husband of Catherine Cramer.
Daniel Spencer was a dark-haired young shoemaker from Pomfret, Conn. On July 8, 1780, exactly one month before turning 21, he began his service in Capt. John McGregier's Company of the 4th Infantry Regiment, Connecticut Continental Line. The outfit had suffered through the harsh winter at Valley Forge
By July 4, 1853, those days of hardship and danger were relegated to the dim past. Daniel Spencer basked in celebrity as one of the last surviving soldiers of the Revolution. He was honored for being part of that brave band of Americans whose sacrifice paid for our country's freedom. He died a year later
"He sat up all night fanning his commanding officer, Captain George Hurlbut, who
had been shot in a fight during which the British captured a supply ship.
Spencers account of the death of the officer differed markedly from that of
Gen. Washington's; Spencer said the wounds of the officer had nearly healed when
he caught a disease from a prostitute and this illness killed him, whereas
Washington said he died of his wounds.
Spencers pension was revoked soon after it was granted and for years he and his
family lived in severe poverty. Eventually his pension was restored.
He was the guest of honor during New York Citys celebration of July 4, 1853."
Canajoharie Falls Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Andrew L.
Record added: Dec 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23449882