James Spencer

James Spencer (1826 - 1896)

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Pvt. James Spencer
Born in Kingston, Fraontenac County, Ontario, Canadamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 16 Dec 1853 (to before 1860) in Tuscola, Michiganmap
Husband of — married 27 Dec 1871 in Denmark, Tuscola County, Michigan, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Denmark Junction, Tuscola County, Michigan, USAmap
Profile last modified 21 Jan 2020 | Created 14 Nov 2013 | Last significant change: 21 Jan 2020
01:51: Beverly Henry edited the Biography for James Spencer (1826-1896). [Thank Beverly for this]
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Pvt. James Spencer served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: Sept. 27, 1861
Mustered out: 6 Feb. 1864 (according to him)[1], 16 Feb. 1864, Deserted (failed to return from veteran's furlough, according to regimental roster)[2]
Side: USA
Regiment(s): 10th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Company B

James Spencer was born on December 20, 1826 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. James Spencer is the son of Daniel Spencer and Mary Perkins. James was a Farmer.

James Spencer fought in the Mexican War and the U.S. Civil War. In the Civil War, James was enlisted in the 10th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Company B on Sept. 27, 1861. He may have deserted 16 Feb. 1864, when he failed to return from veteran's furlough after reenlisting 6 Feb. 1864, according to the regimental roster, but he states he was mustered out 6 Feb. 1864 and he filled for a pension and as far as I can tell it was granted (Was his "reenlistment" a clerical error? Also, why would a deserter file for a pension?).[3] This Regiment lost during service, 7 Officers and 95 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 223 Enlisted men by disease. Total of 327 lives lost.

James marries first to Marcia Clark on December 13, 1853 at Tuscola, Michigan. They Divorced. They have two children: Daniel M. Spencer and Elijah Spencer.

He marries second, his brother Mose's widow, Jane E. Randall on December 27, 1871 at Tuscola, Michigan. Jane Randall is admitted to an Asylum at Pontiac, Michigan on January 7, 1895.

James Spencer was hit by a train in Denmark Township and subsequently dies on June 6, 1896 at Denmark Junction, Tuscola County, Michigan, United States.


"Michigan, Marriages, 1822-1995"

Name: James Spencer
Birth Date: 1826
Birthplace: Kingston, Canada West
Age: 45
Spouse's Name: Jane E. Spencer Or Randall
Spouse's Birth Date: 1824
Spouse's Birthplace: Zoro, Canada West
Spouse's Age: 47
Event Date: 27 Dec 1871
Event Place: Tuscola, Michigan


"Battle Unit Details 10th Regiment, Michigan Infantry"

Name: Spencer, James
Battle Unit Name: 10th Regiment, Michigan Infantry
Side: Union
Company: B
Soldier's Rank In: Private
Soldier's Rank Out: Private
Alternate name: Film Number: M545 ROLL 40


Burial: Denmark Township Cemetery, Reese, Tuscola County, Michigan, USA.


  1. "United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890," database with images, FamilySearch: 11 March 2018, James Spenser, 1890; citing NARA microfilm publication M123 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 338,177.
  2. Roster of the 10th Michigan Infantry
  3. "United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917," database, FamilySearch: 24 March 2016, James Spencer, 1880.
  • Marriage - "Michigan, Marriages, 1822-1995," index, FamilySearch : accessed 24 Oct 2014), James Spencer and Jane E. Spencer Or Randall, 27 Dec 1871; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 983816.
  • Death - Find A Grave: Memorial #24880642 Memorial Record Maintained by Elise Anderson. Originally Created by Dana Spencer. Record added: Feb 25, 2008. Request for Image of Headstone submitted.
  • Military - "Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914," The National Archives. Publication Number: M233. Page 249. NARA. Fold3 Publication Year: 2013. Record Group: 94. National Archives Catalog ID: 575272. Fold3 Job: 13-010. NARA M233. Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914. Roll: MIUSA1798_102882.
  • Census- "United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch : accessed 24 Oct 2014), James Spencer, Michigan, United States; citing p. 9, family 63, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000552204.


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