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CALVIN C. SPENCER was born in Perry County, Ohio, August 6, 1829, and is the sixth in a family of eight children born to George A. and Sarah (Reynolds) Spencer, both natives of Pennsylvania, the former a native of Somerset and the latter of Juniata County. Thomas Spencer, grandfather of George A., was one of the colonists who came over with Lord Baltimore in 1630; George A. Spencer served under Gen. Brown all through the war of 1812. At the age of sixteen George moved to Perry County, Ohio, where he was afterward married. He was both a tanner and carpenter, and followed these trades in connection with farming on his tract of 160 acres. In 1829, he came to what afterward became Big Creek Township, this county, accomplishing the entire journey on foot, and the following year brought on his family. The same year, 1830, he bought 320 acres in this township at the land sale in Crawfordsville; this land he improved. increased to about 1,000 acres, and resided upon it until his death in January, 1867. Mr. Spencer was the first Treasurer of White County, and afterward was, for about twenty-five years, Justice of the Peace. Both he and his wife were members of the Baptist Church, and in politics he was a Democrat. Calvin C. Spencer, although he receive but a common school education at the frontier schoolhouse, has acquired a first-class, practical business education. He was employed on his father's farm until forty years old. He was married, December 8, 1858, to Mrs. Sarah J. (Jennings) Haven, a native of Tippecanoe County, Ind., and to this union have berth born five children- three yet living. In 1853, he bought 160 acres in this township, to which he has added until he now owns 920 acres. He is a member of Monticello Lodge, No. 154, A. 'F. & A. M., and is independent in his political views. Several of his brothers and nephews were active participants in the late war, and one of his nephews, T. C. Dale, is now a Surgeon in the United States Navy.

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