George Spencer

George Spencer

Birth
West Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 12 Apr 1872 (aged 42)
Glendale, Kane County, Utah, USA
Burial Glendale, Kane County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 27614636 · View Source
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George Spencer was born the youngest son of nine children born to Moses Roswell and Alma Flagg Spencer. George attended Knox Manuel Labor College in Galesburge, Illinois. While there he met a petite young woman scarcely five feet tall, Emily Brown Bush. Because Emily's parents thought she was to young to marry, they eloped to Burlington, Iowa and were married on January 10 1851. Emily was born Jun 14 1834 in Buffalo, Erie, New York, the forth of seven children born to Robert Warner and Minerva Chapin Bush.
After their marriage they decided to go to the California gold fields with George's brother-in-law. When they got to Fort Laramie, George and his brother-in-law decided to go through Salt Lake City. Some time after leaving Fort Laramie, one of their cow's became lame. George and Emily stayed behind in Salt Lake City for the winter, leaving the brother-in-law to go on to California alone. While in Salt Lake City, George and Emily learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. They were soon baptized.
Together, George and Emily had eleven children, a set of premature twins, which didn't survive, were their first. They went on to have nine more, three girls and six boys. Unfortunately, four of the boys died at young ages.
George would go on to married two other women, Mary Ann Payne and Sarah Marinda Thompson. George was not in favor of plural marriage, so Emily choose each new wife, and convinced George to marry them. George fathered seven children with Mary Ann Payne Spencer and six with Sarah Marinda Thompson Spencer.
In 1871, Brigham Young sent George to Kane County, eight miles from Glendale, to start a cheese factory. In April of 1872, George went to Glendale to pickup supplies with an older gentleman. Coming back through a ravine, they were caught in a sudden cold spring storm. George gave his coat to his companion, who was very cold. Because of his kindness, George developed pneumonia and died on Apr 12, 1872. He was laid to rest in a field near Glendale. Later when a cemetery was established in Glendale, no relative or friend was there to request his remains be moved to it, so his grave was left in the field, unmarked. Many years later a headstone, for him, was placed in the Glendale
Cemetery.
He was the first death in Glendale.




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  • Maintained by: GW Utley
  • Originally Created by: Danielle Williams Antczak
  • Added: 17 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27614636
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Spencer (7 Oct 1829–12 Apr 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27614636, citing Glendale City Cemetery, Glendale, Kane County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by GW Utley (contributor 47307760) .