Simeon Spencer was born about 1739 in Haddam, Connecticut. Simeon is the son of Timothy Spencer.
Simeon Spencer, Timothy Spencer, and Taylor Spencer were among the first to settlers in what later became the town of Springfield, Vermont. The brothers sought out and bought a parcel of land there that became known as "Spencer Hollow". They thought it was ideal because it had a good brook running through it, and the Skitchewaug Mountain protected the hollow from Indian raiding parties.
Simeon was instrumental in developing the town of Springfield. In 1769, he was elected as a town official - Commissioner of Highways (History of Springfield, page p. 519). In that same year, he cared for the less fortunate in his position as "overseer" of the poor (History of Springfield, page p. 573, 1776). Later, he was elected as Constable (History of Springfield, page p. 573). And in 1781, Simeon served as member of the council in establishing the building of a Church for Springfield (History of Springfield, page p. 73).
Simeon Spencer enlists in the military in about 1761 under the leadership of General Wolfe. (It cannot be known what part Simeon played, but General Wolfe used troop movements as diversions to confuse enemy forces. Likely, scouts served importantly in that activity.)
In the Haddam force, led by Lt. Josiah Brainerd (his second cousin once removed), Simeon fought at the Plains of Abraham as a Scout. (Many historians report that the victory of that battle caused the collapse of Quebec City and was critical in insuring the British victory of the war.) In that battle Simeon was wounded in the thigh by a French sword. Simeon worried about the wound's healing but later in the family bible wrote thanks to God.
Later, Simeon served as a scout in the Revolutionary War. Sent out from Springfield in July 1777. He initially served under Captain Zerathmen Powers. On 10 October 1778, he is listed as a third sergeant in Col Marsh's regiment, under Lt Joseph Little. On Oct 24, 1781 he appeared to be an aid to Capt Abner Bisbee. Just previous to that time, he had "gone on alarm for Springfield" with other men from Col Wood's regiment. (From Rolls of the soldiers in the revolutionary war, 1775 to 1783 by Vermont; Goodrich, cited below.)
Detail from Military Sources
From NEHGR Oct 1941, #95, pp: 350-351 DAR Ancestor #: A107124 SPENCER, SIMEON Service: VERMONT Rank(s): THIRD SERGEANT, SCOUT Birth: 1740 EAST HADDAM CONNECTICUT Death: 3-23-1808 SPRINGFIELD VERMONT Service Description: 1) ALSO PVT, 1SCT, LT LITTLE 2) CAPT BISBEE; COLS MARSH,WOOD (Residence: VERMONT Spouse: ESTHER GOULD)
From Revolutionary War Files - Simeon Spencer Content Source: The National Archives Publication Number: M246 Publication Title: Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783 Publisher: NARA National Archives Catalog ID: 602384 National Archives Catalog Title: Revolutionary War Rolls, compiled 1894 - 1913, documenting the period 1775 - 1783 Record Group: 93 Short Description: NARA M246. Muster rolls, payrolls, strength returns, and other miscellaneous personnel, pay, and supply records of American Army units, 1775-83. Roll: 0091 State: Vermont Military Org: Wood's Regiment Date Range: 1780-81. Folder: 107
From Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land. Warrant Application Files. NARA M804. State: Connecticut. Veteran Surname: Spencer. Veteran Given Name: John. Pensioner Surname: Spencer . Pensioner Given Name: Eunice. Service: Conn. Continental. Pension Number: W. 6157. Veteran Surname Starts With: S.
Simeon began his family by marring Esther Gould in 1764 at Springfield, Vermont. His wife Esther was born on December 31, 1738 in Groton, Middlesex County, Connecticut. Esther is the daughter of Nehemiah Gould and Esther Bowers. Together with his family they built and developed the farm, which became known as the "Harvey Slade Place".
Simeon Spencer and Esther (Gould) Spencer had the following children:
1. Maria Spencer was born about 1765 in Springfield, Vermont. on October 28, 1784, Maria Spencer marries Daniel Hill Spencer in Springfield. Daniel Hill Spencer is the son of Timothy Spencer and Lois Hill. He was born on June 23, 1762 in Springfield and according to the "Smith Family Bible" he died after 1850 in Lapeer County, Michigan. Maria dies on August 26, 1845 in Lapeer, Michigan.
2. Nehemiah Spencer was born in about 1766 in Springfield. On May 12, 1791, Nehemiah marries the widow of William Never, Martha Bragg in Springfield. Martha Bragg was born about 1769 and died July 5, 1831 in Springfield. She is the daughter of Nicholas Bragg and Eleanor Coolier.
3. Aaron Spencer was born January 29, 1771 in Springfield, Vermont. Aaron dies on November 25, 1852 Rutland, Rutland, Vermont. In about 1797, he married Martha "Patty" Glazier in Rutland. Martha dies on November 10, 1864.
4. Moses Spencer. (Twin)
5. Simeon Spencer Jr. was born on January 15, 1769 at Springfield, Vermont. On May 25, 1796 , Simeon marries Abigail Chapman in Cavendish, Vermont.
6. Jonas Spencer was born on March 2, 1773 in Springfield, Vermont. On August 4, 1799, Jonas marries Bethiah Bates in Springfield, Vermont. She dies 1822 in Springfield, Vermont.
Jonas marries second to Mercy (Tower) Shattuck on September 26, 1822. Mercy was born on January 31, 1779 the daughter of Isaac and Betsey (Stoddard) Tower and widow of Lemuel Shattuck. Mercy dies on December 4, 1856 in Springfield. Jonas dies on October 2, 1839 in Springfield, Vermont.
7. Esther Spencer was born March 15, 1777 in Springfield, Vermont. On June 23, 1799, Esther marries Sherman Leverett of Weatherfield, Vermont.
8. James Spencer was born on October 1, 1779 in Springfield, Vermont. James marries to Charlotte Bartholomew (she died October 5, 1863 Hartford, Vermont) daughter of Noah and Mabel Bartholomew of Hartford, Vermont. James dies on May 10, 1863 in Springfield.
9. John Spencer was born on March 19, 1782 in Springfield, Vermont. On March 27, 1806 John marries Lydia Fletcher in Springfield. John Spencer dies on February 7, 1865 at Evansville, Rock, Wisconsin. Lydia dies on June 17, 1850 in Evansville.
Simeon passes away on March 25, 1808, at age 69, in Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont. Later, Esther dies on July 20, 1821 at the age of 82 (Estimated birth year of Esther is 1739. GS Film Number: 27695 , Digital Folder Number: 004705278 , Image Number: 00831.), also in Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont. Both Simeon and Esther are buried at the Summer Hill Cemetery in Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont.
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