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Robert Spence, died 4 Jan 1900 Hempstead

Robert Spence, died 4 Jan 1900 Hempstead

Posted: 21 Mar 2013 1:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Spence, Major, Close
I am looking for details of Robert Spence born 1812 in Yorkshire, England and who arrived in Hempstead in 1867 from Houston where he had lived for two years. During this time in Houston he apparently married a widow Mary Major [her first husband being Isaac Major]. According to an article I read taken from Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas" by John Henry Brown [pub.1880]Robert worked as a clerk and kept books in a store. After settling in Hempstead he "engaged in merchandising, at which he has since prospered. He is now and has been for many years one of the most substantial citizens of that thrifty inland city. Mr and Mrs Spence have adopted and reared two grandchildren, C. M. and W. S. Close."
Robert had been married before and had a daughter who became a Sister of Charity and died in Mobile, Alabama.
C.M. and W.S. Close are I assume the grandchildren of Mary and Isaac Major.
Robert Spence and his second wife are buried in Hempstead Cemetery and I have photos of their headstones. Mary had died in 1893.
Robert had a brother William [a grocer]who according to the same article lived in Hempstead for a while before returning to England sometime in the 1870's.
Thank you,
Julia

Re: Robert Spence, died 4 Jan 1900 Hempstead

Posted: 22 Mar 2013 12:56AM GMT
Classification: Query

Robert Spence 1812 England
Mary Spence 1812 England
Charlotte listed as Spence 1850 England

Robert Spence married Mary Major 01 Mar 1866 Harris Co TX

25 Sept 1860 Harris Co TX
Mary Major 1815 England $5000 real estate $5000 personal wealth
Lucy Major 1843 England married William Green 19 Jul 1866 Harris Co
Charlotte Major 1850 England
. . .lived in a boarding house

1880 Hempstead, Waller, TX
C B Close 39 TX widowed male
H Close 14 TX son mother b. TX
Cephas Major Close 4 TX 22 Mar 1876-03 Mar 1901 buried Hempstead Cem mother b. England
Wm Close 3 TX son mother England
H Cunningham 30 TX female cook

Mrs. Charlotte Major Close died 26 Sept 1879 one stone with Mrs. Lucy Major Green died 16 Dec 1875, Hempstead Cemetery.

1880 Hempstead, Waller, TX
R. Spence 1812 England
M. Spence 1812 England
Wm Spence 1799 England brother

Name: William Spence Close
Event Date: 14 Dec 1936
Event Place: Livingston Polk, Texas
Gender: Male
Race (Original): White
Age (Formatted): 59 years 2 months 16 days
Birth Year (Estimated):
Birth Date: 28 Sep 1877
Birthplace: Hempstead Tx
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Lucy Close
Father's Name: C B Close
Father's Birthplace: Austin Tx
Mother's Name: Charlotte Major
Mother's Birthplace: Hempstead Tx
Occupation: Court Reporter
Residence Place: Livingston Polk TX
Cemetery (Original):
Burial Place: Livingston Tx
Burial Date: 15 Dec 1936
Informant's Name (Original): X
GS Film number: 2117123
Digital Folder Number: 4166732
Image Number: 2251
Reference ID: v X cn 61641
Citing this Record
"Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch

1870; Census Place: Galveston Ward 1, Galveston, Texas; Roll: M593_1586; Page: 173B; Image: 349; Family History Library Film: 553085.
Hiram Close 72 NY foundry & machine
H A Close 36 TX male
Anne Close 33 England
Hiram B Close 3 TX
Cephus B Close 29 TX machinist

Name: Cephas B. Close
Birth Date:
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Age:
Spouse's Name: Charlotte A. Mayor
Spouse's Birth Date:
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Spouse's Age:
Event Date: 20 Jul 1871
Event Place: Galveston, Texas
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Race:
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M59184-2
System Origin: Texas-EASy
GS Film number: 1008866
Reference ID:
Citing this Record
"Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/p

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1870 Austin Co TX
Samuel Green 60 England retired carpenter
William Green 30 England sheriff
Louisa Green 28 England
William Green 2 TX

1880 Austin Co TX
Wm. Green 39 England farming
Susan Green 23 PA 1857
Wm. Green 12 1868
Isaac Green 9 1871
Mary Green 2 1878
John Green 8mos 1879

Name: Robert Spence
Gender: Male
Christening Date:
Christening Place:
Birth Date: 09 Oct 1812
Birthplace: Birstwith or Knaresborough MM, York, England
Father's Name: Joseph Spence
Mother's Name: Rachel
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C04208-0
System Origin: England-EASy
GS Film number: 588423
Reference ID: p65
Citing this Record
"England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/

William Spence
12 Jul 1799 Knaresborough MM, York, England or Hampsthwaite, Birstwitt, York
Father's name: Joseph Spence
Mother's name: Rachel
ndexing Project (Batch) Number: C04208-0
System Origin: England-EASy
GS Film number: 588423
Reference ID: p64

Name:William Spence
Event Type: Birth
Birth Date: 12 Jul 1799
Birthplace: Yorkshire
Christening Date:
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Death Date:
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Father's Name: Joseph Spence
Mother's Name: Racheal Spence
Affiliate Publication Number: RG6_0630
Citing this Record
"England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8)," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/

Maria Spence 12 June 1802
Joseph Spence 23 Apr 1804
Grace Spence 11 Oct 1805
Charles Spence 25 May 1807
Francis Spence 24 May 1809
Rachel Spence 07 Jan 1811
Mary Ann Spence 14 Mar 1814
Sarah Spence 30 June 1815

Name: Joseph Spence
Birth Date:
Birthplace: of Birstwith
Age:
Spouse's Name: Rachel Sutcliffe
Spouse's Birth Date:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age:
Event Date: 15 Nov 1797
Event Place: Brighouse, York, England
Father's Name: John Spence
Mother's Name: Ann
Spouse's Father's Name: William Sutcliffe
Spouse's Mother's Name: Sarah
Race:
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Previous Wife's Name:
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M01171-8
System Origin: England-EASy
GS Film number: 588420
Reference ID: cn72
Citing this Record
"England, Marriages, 1538–1973 ," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org

Name: Rachel Spence
Gender: Female
Burial Date: 09 Nov 1830
Burial Place: Darley
Death Date: 08 Nov 1830
Death Place:
Age: 57
Birth Date: 1773
Birthplace:
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Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Joseph Spence
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B03381-8
System Origin: England-EASy
GS Film number: 588424
Reference ID: p12
Citing this Record
"England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/p

Charles Spence married Hannah Binns 16 May 1832 Brighouse, York father Joseph mother Rachel her parents Richard and Sarah Binns

Thomas Hodgson married Maria Spence 15 May 1834 Knaresborough Mn, York parents Joseph & Rachel Spence his parents Jno and Mary Hodgson.

Joseph Spence married Jemima Marriott 20 Mar 1834 Dewsbury, York her parents Richard and Ann Marriott

Name: Joseph Spence
Gender: Male
Christening Date:
Christening Place:
Birth Date: 30 Apr 1775
Birthplace: Knaresborough MM, York, England
Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:
Father's Name: John Spence
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Ann
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C04208-0
System Origin: England-EASy
GS Film number: 588423
Reference ID: p60
Citing this Record
"England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/

Name: Rachel Sutcliff
Gender: Female
Christening Date:
Christening Place:
Birth Date: 22 Jul 1773
Birthplace: Society of Friends. Marsden, Lancashire, England
Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:
Father's Name: Wm. Sutcliff
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Sarah
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I01773-4
System Origin: England-EASy
GS Film number: 817371
Reference ID: it 1 p 12

I am not related.

Re: Robert Spence, died 4 Jan 1900 Hempstead

Posted: 26 Mar 2013 12:35AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: spence major close
Thank you very much for that information and I will go through it all and add it to what I already have.
Julia
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