Benjamin Nicholson Spencer

Benjamin Nicholson Spencer

Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 17 Mar 1881 (aged 74)
Sherburne County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Elk River, Sherburne County, Minnesota, USA
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Transcribed from The Princeton Union March 31, 1881 page 1.

Benjamin N. Spencer was born in Perry county, Ohio (sic), April 30, 1806; moved to Porter county Indiana, in 1828, where he married his first wife; all of his children two sons and six daughters, were born in Indiana; moved to Minnesota in the fall of 1853, where he engaged in the lumbering business and agricultural pursuits - hence the town was named Spencer Brook in honor of the Judge; he finally settled down in Livonia, Sherburne county, where he resided up to the time of his death, March 17, 1881 . In early life Mr. Spencer worked at the carpentering and cabinet making trade and of late years followed farming exclusively, on his beautifully situated and extensive farm in Livonia. In politics, Mr. Spencer was an old time Democrat. He was twice elected to the legislature in Indiana, and was one of the bench judges in that state for nine years. Mr. Spencer was a jovial, social gentleman, and never more happy than when surrounded by his friends in his pleasant home. He was a man of decided ability and sterling character, and goes down to his grave at a ripe old age, beloved and respected by all who knew him.

Benjamin married Drusilla Bartholomew in 1827 and had children:

Margaret (1832-1918)Lliff
Austin (1834-1903)
Charlotte (1837-1916) Lliff
Hulda (1839-1927) Stoddard
Miranda (1842-1902) Magner Stretch
Jerome (1845-1925)
Marietta (1847-1924) McNeil
Jocuette (1851-?) Johnson

In 1864, after Drusilla's death, he married Sarah Jane Lewis

Benjamin N. Spencer, deceased, was born in Pennsylvania, on the 30th of April, 1806. When a child, he removed with his parents to Ohio, where he grew to manhood, and at the age of twenty-two years, went to Indiana, where he was engaged in farming, and also worked at the carpenters trade. About 1854, he came to Minnesota, and lived in St. Anthony for a time, after which he went to Isanti county, and was engaged in farming for three years. In 1864, he came to the farm in Livonia township, where he resided until his death, which occurred on the 17th of March, 1881. Mr. Spencer was highly respected by those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He filled the office of Judge of Probate of Sherburne county, for two terms. His wife was Mrs. Sarah J. Thompson, a native of Tompkins
county. New York, and a resident of Minnesota since 1849. She still resides on the old homestead.

Source: History of the upper Mississippi Valley

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APR. 30, 1806
MARCH 17, 1881


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