Samuel met Jane Elliott in Payson. They married in November 1853 and raised a large family.
Over the years, Samuel M. Spencer built extensive farming and dairy interests, and later went into cattle breeding. He earned the moniker "The Wheat King". Samuel owned many acres of Ralls County, Missouri, in township 54 range 6 and township 53 ranges 6 and 7 and other tracts in the area. Many families worked on it. Some of his cattle herds were driven east of Spencer Creek across the prairie to water each night, according to Clara Lee Johnson. Cattle on the western reach of this ranch could water in Lick Creek; the head of Straight Creek was on the ranch. The village of West Hartford was located within the ranch. His breeding business suffered after an epidemic in his cattle.
Samuel was known for his singing voice. His son William Henry wrote in 1937 "I have heard my father called the finest bass singer in Illinois. He got his volume from his father, but the music from his mother, for the Flaggs were great singers."
Samuel passed 9 December 1903 and was buried in Payson New Cemetery in Payson, Illinois (Adams County) Lot 110.
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