William Spencer

William Carney Spencer (1831 - aft. 1892)

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William Carney Spencer
Born in Washington, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of
Husband of — married 1858 (to before 1880) in North Carolina, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 7 May 1882 in North Carolina, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died after [location unknown]
Profile last modified 9 Jan 2020 | Created 8 Jan 2020
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William was born in 1831. His brother was Nathan Spencer, his sister-in-law was Matilda Jane (nee Reynolds) Spencer. During the Civil War: "They were both were both taken by the [Confederate] rebels one night and forced to go to an enlistment camp near Washington, N.C. While they were being taken to the camp, they heard about the conditions there -- the recruits were starving, and epidemics were killing many. They decided they had to get away, and at Plymouth they broke ranks and took off through the woods. The rebel soldiers fired shots after them, but didn't catch them. They got separated, and William went back to his farm. But Nathan was so scared he didn't stop running until he reached the Yankee camp and signed up with them -- he figured it was the only way to stay out of that rebel camp. Meanwhile, William farmed his land during the day, but was afraid the rebels would come looking for him while he slept. So he hid in a hollow tree each night keeping his gun nearby. So Nathan ended up on the winning side and got to collect a pension, and William didn't!" ~ As told by Alton Spencer, grandson to William Spencer to Mark Bateman, grandson of Nathan Spencer.


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