|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1839|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 1922|
James Spence was born in Adams county, Illinois, March 14, 1839 and was the sixth of ten children. His father was John Spence, of Davidson county, North Carolina who emigrated to Illinois about 1826. James Spence was reared on a farm and attended the common schools of the neighborhood during the winter months. In 1858 he attended McKendree college at Lebanon, Illinois, and spent part of the following year in teaching. The following two years he attended Quincy college under the presidency of Prof. J. F. Jaques, who afterward was colonel of the famous "Preacher's Regiment," the 73rd Illinois infantry in the civil war and who gained some notoriety as one of the peace committee who ineffectually interviewed Jefferson Davis on the subject of bringing about peace between the north and south. He became of age in 1860 and cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln for president in November of that year. He enlisted as a private in Company L, 2nd Illinois cavalry, July 15, 1861, at Quincy, Illinois, being one of four brothers to enlist, and served in that capacity for two years and ten months. His first experience in battle was at Belmont, Mo., November 7, 1861 under General Grant, General Logan and some other officers who afterwards gained distinction during the war. In the spring of 1862 he participated in the capture of New Madrid, Mo., and from there went to Island No. 10 on the Mississippi river, spending the remainder of the year in scouting duty between that point and Memphis, Tenn. On account of serious disability he was sent to a government hospital at Paducah, Ky., in the early part of 1864. In the month of May of that year General Forest made a raid and attacked a small fortification called Ford Holt. The fort was garrisoned by about three hundred colored soldiers belonging to the 8th U.S. heavy artillery which was being organized there at that time. Many of the hospital convalescents, of which Mr. Spence was one, hastened to the fort and assisted in its defense, as a result of which Forest was defeated with considerable loss and ingloriously retreated from the scene of action.Took a Lieutenancy Observing the bravery displayed by the colored troops and the demand at the time for officers to lead them, the subject of this sketch accepted the appointment of second lieutenant and soon thereafter entered on duty with the regiment. The organization did garrison duty till the spring of 1865 when it was ordered to Richmond, Va., to participate in the siege of that city. Being delayed somewhat in securing transportation the regiment was sailing up the Ohio river when the news came that Lincoln was assassinated. Richmond in the mean time having fallen, the regiment moved on to Washington, which they reached the second day after Lincoln's assassination, and was detained there for several days during the excitement of that terrible occasion. From Washington they were ordered to City Point, Va., and after a brief stay there, were put aboard transports. After a tedious voyage of about thirty days they reached the coast of Texas as a part of the 25th army corps, all on account of the trouble brewing at that time over the action of France in placing Maximillan on the throne as emperor of Mexico. Much of the time of Lieutenant Spence was spent, after he was commissioned with this regiment, in staff duty of different kinds. His last service was that of quarter master in charge of a large amount of government property used in rebuilding and equipping a military railroad from Victoria, Texas, to Indianola on the gulf. The regiment was mustered out of service in March, 1866, but Lieutenant Spence was detained nearly a month longer to turn over the property in his charge and make settlement with the government. His service covered a continuous period of more than four years and eight months. Almost immediately after his discharge Captain Spence came to Jasper County, Missouri, reaching here about the first of May, 1866. He has resided ever since, most of the time in the city of Carthage. Captain Spence was married on November 11, 1868, to Miss Mary Elizabeth Hood, who died many years ago. To them two children were born, Mrs. Inez Ornduff, now deceased, and Mrs. Nelle Royse, wife of O. D. Royse, of Joplin. Captain Spence's second married was to Miss Emma Corwin, who survives him. To them one child was born, Walter Spence, who died as the result of an electrical accident in this city many years ago.
Above information provided by Russell Kasper
CARTHAGE WEEKLY BANNER
JANUARY 29, 1885
Mr. James Spence has sold out his grocery store on East Fourth street to Mr. George Corwine. Mr. Spence will devote his attention to serving the public to the best of his ability as county treasurer.
Husband of Emma Corwin Spence,
NOTE: The name spelling of Corwin was originally spelled Corwine by her father and some of the other members of the family. Some of the family dropped the 'e' off of the end of the name, it thus became Corwin.
They resided at 1529 South Garrison, Carthage, MO. and he was in the insurance business, also having been a public servant in the position in 1885 of Jasper county treasurer.
Civil War Veteran, Union Army
FATHER: John Spence
Birthplace: North Carolina
MOTHER: Elizabeth surname n/a
Birthplace: North Carolina
Died at 82 years, 11 months & 28 days
Cause of death: arterio-sclerosis
Dr. Gentry, M.D. was the attending physician
Funeral arrangements in charge of Knell Undertaking Co.
Captain James Spence, commander of Stanton Post in 1888 served Carthage and Jasper County as county and city treasurer, member of the city council and school director. A native of Illinois, Spence saw his first Civil War action under Gen. U.S. Grant in the Battle of Belmont, in southeast Missouri, November 7, 1861
Buried in the Spence family plot, Block 32 Lot 178. If there is a stone, it is possibly hidden beneath the huge, majestic Colorado Blue Spruce tree. The stone for Walter Spence was partially hidden.
Mary Elizabeth Hood Spence (1849 - 1877)
Emma Corwine Spence (1860 - 1933)
Inez Spence Ornduff (1871 - 1897)*
Nelle Spence Royse (1875 - 1942)*
Walter C. Spence (1884 - 1899)*
Plot: Park Lawn Sector Bl 32 Lot 178 Sp 6
Created by: I Remember When
Record added: Apr 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68006365
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