Howard Orson Spencer

Howard Orson Spencer

Middlefield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 4 Mar 1918 (aged 79)
Orderville, Kane County, Utah, USA
Burial Orderville, Kane County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 5548954 · View Source
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Son of Orson and Catherine Cannon Curtis Spencer. He, with his sisters and brother crossed the plains without their parents because their mother had died and his father was sent to England to be the editor of the Millennial Star.

When their father returned to Utah with a new wife, they lived in the Muddy Valley, then moved to Orderville when he was young. He lived in Orderville during the United Order days.

Howard Orson married my great-great grandmother Louisa Lucy Catherine Cross 18 Apr 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, but had other wives, Asenath Emmeline Carling [married 1 Feb 1877 in St. George, Washington, Utah]; and Persis Ann Brown [married 22 March 1875 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah].

According to my grandmother, Harriet Hoyt Cox, he died when he fell off the bridge in Orderville while walking home one evening.

Utah Death Certificate transcript:
Male, White, Married
Death date & place 04 Mar 1918 Orderville, Kane, Utah
Birth date& place: June 16th, 1838 Mass.
Age at death: 79 years 8 months 18 days
Occupation: Farmer
Father name: Orson Spencer
Birthplace of father: Massachusetts
Mother name: Catherine Curtis
Birthplace of mother: New York
Medical certificate of death: No physician in attendance.
The cause of death was as follows:
Accidental falling from an embankment, lived but two hrs after.
Place of burial: Orderville Cemetery
Date of burial: Mar 6th 1918
The above is true to the best of my knowledge-- signed Louisa C Spencer
Address: Orderville, Utah Filed Mar 10, 1918 by Elvira Blackburn - Registrar
GSU film number: 2229751 Digital GS number: 4121280
Image number: 192 Reference number: 4
Collection: Utah Death Certificates 1904-1956