Spencer, Massachusetts, USA - View from High Street, Spencer, Mass.
Spencer, Massachusetts, USA

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Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
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Where is Spencer, Massachusetts, USA? 

Spencer, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Spencer was first settled in 1717 by Nathaniel Wood, and first permanently settled by Samuel Bemis in 1721. It was officially incorporated on April 12, 1753, splitting from the town of Leicester. Spencer was named after the then-acting governor of Massachusetts, Spencer Phips.wikipedia

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General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights, Massachusetts and used by George Washington's army on March 17, 1776 (Evacuation Day) to free Boston from British control during the American...Read MORE...

30. SPENCER. [Pop. 1,604. Inc. 1753.]
Spencer was originally a part of Leicester.

The town is on elevated ground,, but the soil is good, and watered by several small streams belonging chiefly to the Chicopee.

The manufactures are boots and shoes, woollen goods, gunpowder, wire, and palm-leaf hats.

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1848 - Spencer
The whole of this town was included in the original grant of Leicester. It was made a parish in the year 1744, by the name of the West Parish of Leicester, and was incorporated a town in 1753, by the name of Spencer. The church was organized here in 1744, and Rev. Joshua Eaton was ordained their...Read MORE...

News  1873 - Wrong Vaccine
Doctor Fontaine, of Spencer, Mass, was held in $2,000 bonds yesterday for manslaughter in causing the death of a child by using small pox virus for vaccination instead of vaccine matter.
The Daily Milwaukee News
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 8, 1873
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News  1885 - Men of Brains - Some of the Distinguished American Inventors
Elias Howe, inventor of the modern sewing machine; born at Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1819; died in 1867; machinist; sewing machine patented in 1846. From that time to 1854 his priority was contested, and he suffered from poverty, when a decision of the courts in his favor brought him large...Read MORE...

1888 - Spencer Fair
The Spencer Fair was established in 1888.
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Spencer Massachusetts, 1890
Spencer is an elevated and beautiful farming and manufacturing town in the southwesterly section of Worcester County, 18 miles from Worcester and 62 from Boston. The Boston and Albany Railroad runs through the southwestern part, haying a station at South Spencer and sending a branch to Spencer...Read MORE...

Spencer, a banking post-village in Spencer township (town), Worcester co., Mass., on the Boston and Albany R., and about 12 miles W. of Worcester. The town has manufactures of wire, satinets, woollens, boots and shoes, etc. Pop. of the town in 1900, 7627.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
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Spencer, Nov. 24 - Mrs. Justin D. Anderson, wife of the president of the Hartford Rubber Works Company of Hartford, Conn., was severely injured tonight by the overturning of a heavy touring car in which she was riding with Mr. Anderson and J. J. Shea, chief engineer of the rubber works. They were...Read MORE...

News  1910 - HOTEL BURNED.
Spencer, Mass., Oct. 7. - Through smoke-filled corridors the thirty guests of the Massasoit house, the largest hotel in Spencer, made hurried exits in their night clothes in a fire that destroyed the hostelry early today. It is believed that everyone escaped. An exploded lamp is believed to have...Read MORE...

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

We currently have information about 26 ancestors who were born in Spencer, Massachusetts, USA.
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Ancestors Who Died Here

America/USA  Rachel Curtis (17 June 1705, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA - 1741, Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

America/USA  Zoe Dumas (, Putnam, Connecticut, USA - 6/18/1940, Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

America/USA  Josephine Forcier (April 1874, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA - 16 December 1907, Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)
immigrant - Canada to US   Paul Forcier (March 1847, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) - 11 June 1901, Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

America/USA  Josiah Goddard (25 July 1729, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro) - 5 June 1798, Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

America/USA  Rosalie Luc (abt. 1860, , United States (USA) (American Colonies) - 30 November 1889, Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

America/USA  Lillian Elisabeth Renaud (26 January 1911, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA - 26 August 1992, Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

immigrant - Canada to US   Toussaint (Austin) Richard (1 November 1839, Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada - 6 June 1916, Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

Canada/New France  Marie Anne St-Martin (26 July 1820, Sorel, Québec, Canada - 14 February 1887, Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)
Canada/New France  Pierre St-Martin (9 July 1828, Sorel, Québec, Canada - 16 January 1903, Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

immigrant - Canada to US   Alexander Thibeault (10/13/1858, Saint-Ours, Québec, Canada (Immaculée-Conception) - 3/27/1932, Spencer, Massachusetts, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Jonathan Stoddard (May 1733 - 21 June 1812) & Elizabeth Baldwin (1736 - 9 November 1798)
married 10 April 1760

James A Quinn (abt. 1874 - ) & Josephine Forcier (April 1874 - 16 December 1907)
married 28 January 1903

Frank Laliberte (1 February 1903 - 4 August 1980) & Ovaline Peloquin ( - )
married 1 October 1927

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