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Subject: [BENSON] BENSON-SPENCER , PRICE & WICKES CONNECTION (MD)
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2001 10:00:45 -0400
167. MARTHA WICKES, daughter of Samuel (157) and Mary (Dunn) Wickes, was b.
circa 1750, and d. 1818. She m. Dec. 23, 1771, Richard Spencer, who was b.
1734, and d. 1820, the son of James and Ann (Benson) Spencer. Issue: Anne,
b. Aug. 1774, and d. 1841, who m. Colonel William Wickes: Lambert Wickes, b.
July 11, 1776, Richard, b. July, 1779, Emma, -b. Sept. 1781, who m. Theodore
Banning: Samuel, b. Aug. 16, 1785, and d. circa 1794: Martha, and Gayus, and
Demetrius (twins), b. Aug. 9, 1792, and who d. in infancy.
Oct. 1734, the son of James Spencer (of the ancient and noble House of
Spencer, now represented by Earl Spencer, of England) and Ann Benson (aunt
of Gen. Perry Benson, of the Revolutionary Army), and had child., viz., Anne
Spencer, b. in Aug. 1774,--Lambert Wickes Spencer, b. 11th July
1776,--Richard Spencer, b. in July 1779,--Emma Spencer, b. in Sept.
1781,--Samuel Spencer, b. 16th Aug. 1784,--Samuel and Gower Spencer, twins,
b. 9th Aug. 1792.
ANNE SPENCER, dau. of Richard Spencer and Martha Wickes, m. Col. William
RICHARD SPENCER, of Spencer Hall, Kent, son of Richard Spencer and Martha
Wickes, m. Sophia Gresham, descended from the noble family of Sir Thomas
Gresham, of London, founder of the Royal Exchange and of Gresham College,
who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, and had child., viz., Martha Sophia, d.
young, -- Charlotte Anna (who m. James Page Wickes, son of Col. William
Wickes and Milcah Page, and had child., viz., Mary Anna, Charlotte Augusta,
who m. T. Romie Strong, William Henry, who m. Matilda Ruth, Mary Antoinette,
Martha Spencer, James Page, Richard Spencer, Robert, Samuel De Coursey, and
Maria Spencer Wickes),--and Maria Louisa Spencer.
MARIA LOUISA SPENCER, dau. of Richard Spencer and Sophia Gresham, of Spencer
Hall, m. 28th Nov. 1843, Alexander Harris, son of Capt. Thomas Harris, of
Rock Hall, and Henrietta Ringgold, dau. of Maj. William Ringgold, of Eastern
Neck (see RINGGOLD), and had child., viz., Alexander, d. young,--Anna Maria,
m. 23d Nov. 1869, Daniel Chase Chapman, of Baltimore,--Emma,--Spencer, and
Allan Alexander Harris.
LAMBERT WICKES SPENCER, son of Richard Spencer and Martha Wickes, settled in
Talbot County, and m. Anna Spencer, dau. of Col. Perry Spencer, of Perry
Hall, Talbot, and had child., viz., Dr. Samuel
Wickes,--Perry,--Lambert,--George,--Martha, and Anne Spencer.
Richard Spencer, who m. Martha Wickes, was the grandson of James Spencer,
who, when about the age of twenty years, came from England, and settled in
Talbot county, in 1670, and d., leaving a son, James Spencer.
JAMES SPENCER, of Spencer Hall, Talbot county, son of James Spencer, m. Ann
Benson, and had child., viz., Robert,--Richard,--James, and Nicholas
ROBERT SPENCER, son of James Spencer and Ann Benson, m. Mrs. Lydia Sherwood
Ennalls, and had child., viz., Perry,--Samuel,--John,--Henry, killed in the
Revolutionary Army,--Jonathan,--Rebecca,--Mary,--Dorothy, and Richard
COL. PERRY SPENCER, of Perry Hall, Talbot county, son of Robert and Lydia
Sherwood Spencer, m. twice. His 1st wife was Mary Hopkins, and had child.,
viz., Jonathan,-- Richard,-- Mary,-- Dorothy,-- Eleanor, and Anne Spencer,
who m. Lambert Wickes Spencer, son of Richard and Martha Wickes Spencer. His
2d wife was Eliza Hayes.
Col. Spencer d. in 1822. He was a Presidential Elector in 1801 and 1805, and
voted for Thomas Jefferson.
JONATHAN SPENCER, son of Col. Perry and Mary Hopkins Spencer, m. Miss
Robinson, of Talbot, and left child., viz., Mary, who m. W. B.
Willis,--Elizabeth, who m. John Willis,--and Ellen Spencer, who m. Mr.
Jewell, of Washington, D. C.
HON. RICHARD SPENCER, Member of Congerss, 1829-1831, son of Col. Perry and
Mary Hopkins Spencer, m. Anna S., dau. of William Baker, of Baltimore, and
had child., viz., William Baker, d.,--Mary Anne, who m. Rev. John Keener,
Bishop of the M. E. Church, South,--and Emma Spencer.
MARY SPENCER, dau. of Col. Perry and Mary Hopkins Spencer, m. John Kennard,
and had child., viz., John H.,--Perry,--Robert, and Elizabeth Spencer.
ELEANOR SPENCER, dau. of Col. Perry and Mary Hopkins
PRICE (Ap Rhys)
The first of the name recorded in this country, William Price, came from
Wales early in the seventeenth century, and settled in Kent County, Md.,
with two sons, William and Thomas.
"The Dividings," a tract of six hundred acres, on the east side of the Elk
River, was bought by these three men May 27, 1661. "Price's Venture," on the
west side of the Elk, "Price's Forest," and "Woodlawn Neck," were also
bought by them.
The eldest son, William II., was born 1626. He married Margaret (???), and
sold "Price's Forest."
His son, William III., a church warden of St. Stephen's Church, Cecil
County, Md., 1709, married Mary, the daughter of John and Mary (Dorrington)
Hyland. Issue: Richard, William, Andrew, Hyland, John and Rebecca.
In October, 1677, "John and Mary's Hyland," consisting of ten hundred and
fifty acres on the west side of the Elk River, was surveyed for Colonel John
Hyland, of Labadeen, Eng., who settled at Elk Neck, Cecil County, Md. He
also owned "Arundell," "Triumph," a tract of six hundred acres, and "The
Hylands," containing over two thousand acres. This and "John and Mary's
Hyland" were part of "St. John's Manor," Elk Neck.
He married Mary Dorrington, and died January 17, 1695, leaving two sons,
John and Nicholas, and his daughter Mary, who married William Price III.
The third son of William III. and Mary (Hyland) Price, Andrew Price, was
born November 17, 1704; married, in June, 1725, Elizabeth Perry.
Their son, John Hyland Price, born April 22, 1744, married Rachel, the
daughter of Nicholas and Rachel (Bruff) Benson. Issue: Hyland, Benson,
Benjamin, Isaac, James, Spencer, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Rachel.
The fifth son, James Price, was born in Kent County, Md., and died in
Wilmington, Del., June 10, 1840. He was the first president of the Union
Bank, of Delaware, 1839, and second president of the Philadelphia,
Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad (Pennsylvania Railroad), 1837.
He married, June 12, 1802, Margaret, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth
(Lea) Tatnall. She was born August 23, 1767, and died March 21, 1841. Issue:
Joseph, John, and James Edward.
SAMUEL ALEXANDER HARRISON, A. M., M. D.
The subject of this Memoir was born October 10, 1822, at Clay's Hope farm in
Saint Michael's district, Talbot County, Maryland, fronting on the Tread
Avon river, directly opposite the town of Oxford. His parents were Alexander
Bradford Harrison and Eleanor (Spencer) Harrison, daughter of Colonel Perry
Spencer of "Spencer Hall," whose grandfather, James Spencer, Junior, married
Anne Benson, daughter of Dr. James Benson, who emigrated from England to
Maryland in 1670, and who commanded a troop of horse in Talbot County in
Doctor Harrison spent the active years of his youth in securing the
education and knowledge necessary for the work he had in view. His
preliminary instruction under the skilled and learned Reverend Joseph
Spencer, D. D., was completed at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., where, in
a large and talented class, he gave evidence of a marked superiority in
those branches pertaining to history, rhetoric, logic and the philosophies.
He graduated, with honor, in 1840, at the age of eighteen.
The descendants and connexions of the New Jersey and Connecticut Spencers,
to quote one of the family, are so numerous that the mention of them all
would fill two sides of a large room. There are the Spencers, the Wrights,
the Sergeants, the Collins, the Wise family, the Biddles, the Millers, the
Fullertons, the Merchants, the Montgomerys, the Duncans, the McCandless
family, the McClures, the McCalmonts, the Breckenridges, the Penroses, the
Baches, and a host of others. There was of course a "Smith" among them, but
no "Browns" or "Jones" that I ever knew of. I hope that I have furnished a
satisfactory genealogy of the Connecticut and New Jersey Spencers, and that
their descendants will be able to trace the names they bear to their
distinguished antecedents. Joanna Eaton, Elizabeth Sergeant, Margaret
Lowrey, John Duncan, Stephen Collins, John Spencer, Stephen Lowrey, Richard
Alexander, etc., etc., etc., are names very familiar to the Wright family
now living. By reviewing this sketch of their ancestors, they will know
exactly whence they derive their christened names.
Another Spencer family, no doubt relatives of the New Jersey branch,
consisting of two brothers, Robert and Nicholas, came from Bedfordshire,
England, in the year 1657, and settled in Virginia. They were accompanied by
the two brothers, John and Lawrence Washington, John being an ancestor of
General Washington. Nicholas Spencer came into possession of large tracts of
land in Maryland, and owned these lands as late as 1667. He finally settled
permanently in Westmoreland County, Virginia, where the Washington family
established themselves, and was very intimate with General Washington's
predecessors. Mrs. Alexander Harris (Maria Louisa Spencer), of Kent County,
has in her possession a piece of silver with a crest upon it, which is the
same as that engraved upon the seal of General Washington, and the one used
by Lawrence Washington. This piece of silver is supposed to have been the
property of Richard Spencer, son of James Spencer, of Talbot County. James
Spencer, Jr., it is thought, was the founder of "Spencer Hall," Talbot
County, which is situated north of the main road leading from St. Michael's
to Easton, through the village of "Royal Oak."
A son of James Spencer, Jr., of "Spencer Hall," named Joseph, served in the
Continental army throughout the whole war. Nicholas was warden of St.
Michael's parish in 1757. Henry Spencer, grandson of James Spencer, Jr.,
removed to Kent County and went to sea with Capt. James Nicholson, and it is
supposed was taken prisoner and died. Captain Nicholson was a uative of the
Eastern Shore, and was a gallant officer. He was appointed the senior
captain of the Continental navy, in 1776. He commanded the colonial vessel
"Defence," also, the "Virginia," which latter vessel struck upon ground at
the entrance of Chesapeake Bay, and was captured by a superior British
force. Captain Nicholson and part of his crew escaped. It is probable that
Henry Spencer was taken at this time. Perry Spencer, of the fourth
generation of the Talbot Spencers, was a man of strong character. In 1776 he
joined the independent company of troops raised in Talbot County for the
defence of the province, which afterwards became incorporated in the "Flying
Camp." After Mr. Spencer left the army, he became an extensive ship-builder.
During the war of 1812, he built numerous privateers. His ship-yard was made
a special object of an attack by a portion of the British fleet, under the
notorious Cockburn, in 1813. The attacking force was bravely repulsed by the
Eastern Shore troops, under General Perry Benson. Dr. Samuel H. Harrison
said of Mr. Perry Spencer--that he was "as stalwart in mind as in person."
He died in 1822, and was buried in the family burying-ground, at "Spencer
Hall." Richard Spencer, youngest son of Robert Spencer and brother of Perry,
served in the Maryland line under General Smallwood, during the Revolution.
He was a mere boy, and was present at the battles of Brandywine and
Germantown, September and October, 1777. He was also with the troops at
Valley Forge during the terrible winter of '77-'78. He married Eleanor
Hopkins, and was buried at "Spencer Hall." Lambert Wickes Spencer engaged in
business in Easton until 1814, when he retired to the farm known as the
Miles River Ferry farm. His family removed to Columbus, Ga., after his
Jonathan Spencer came into possession of the Robinson homestead, about two
miles from Oxford, and was a man of high character. He commanded the
"Surprise," the fast steamer that appeared in the Chesapeake Bay in 1818,
and for a few years engaged in traffic between Baltimore and French Town,
then the direct route between Baltimore and Philadelphia. He died at the
Oxford Neck farm.
Edward Spencer, born in 1800, was a successful merchant in Baltimore City,
and married Guinelda Mummey. Their children were Edward, who has been
mentioned as a beautiful writer; Thomas Mummey and Robert. Matthew Spencer
conducted a flourishing school in Easton, Md., and was well known throughout
the State of Maryland as a thorough instructor and an intelligent gentleman.
His son, Rev. Charles Sidney Spencer, D. D., is at this writing rector of
old St. Stephen's Church, Kent Island. He married Clara, daughter of Dr.
Solomon Jenkins, of Talbot County, Md. Samuel Wickes Spencer married
Henrietta Maria Chamberlaine Hayward, of Talbot County. They settled in
Florida in 1840.
Rev. Charles S. Spencer has two sisters, Selina Skinner, who married Dr
James M. Spainhour, of North Carolina, and Matilda Augusta, who married
Eugene H. DeRiezie, of Denver, Col. Richard Perry Spencer, who died in 1880,
married Laura Yonge. Their children reside in Munroe, N. C., and Columbus,
Ga. William Yonge was killed in the Confederate army August 18, 1864.
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