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5. Thence to Daniel Spencer's, 50 rods on the river ; small improvements, settled by some other Spencers, 1774, and purchased by Moses Spencer.

6. Phillip Spencer, 50 rods on the river; log house, small improvements, settled 10 years.

7. Daniel Spencer, 50 rods on the river ; log house, now sold John Spencer, settled 12 years.


Married Bridget Simpson at Augusta, Dec. 8, 1772. Settled on Penobscot River, Bradley. He and wife Bridget sued Enoch Eayrs for assault, before Col. Jona. Eddy 1797. She died Feb. 1, 1830. He died in Bangor, Oct. 26, 1826, said to have been 103 years of age. Revolutionary soldier.

Nathan Spencer, Jr., of Bradley. First, married Lucy Rankins; second married Mary Warren. Seventeen children hy both

. wives. i. Son Elijah, b. in Bradley, Oct. 9, 1803; d. Greenbush, Nov. 1809. He

m. Elizabeth Stanley 1823.


(Arother account.) i. BENJAMIN, lived in Bradley; m. Hannah Stanley, July 16, 1795 by

Co). Eddy.

widow Place, of Bangor; she d. 1863; eight children by first ii. JAMES, in Edinburg 1813, Gould's Ridge, Passadumkeag later; m.

first Ann Ayers; published in Orono, May 28, 1810; m. second wife; four children by second wife and second wife had four chil

dren by first husband. iii. Asa, of Bradley; son of Elijah, b. Oct. 9, 1803; lived in Greenbash;

d. there. iv. John.

ISRAEL. vi. Lucy, m. Caleb Maddocks. vii. ABIGAIL, m. Stone.

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ISAAC SPENCER. ISAAC SPENCER, early in Bradley, original settler. (This account given me by Elijah Spencer of Bangor, now over 90 years old ; perhaps not correct.) Married a Patten.

Children : i. Phillip, in Eddington, 1791 taxed there. In Bradley, moved to Passa

dumkeag 1816; on the line between Greenbush and Passadumkeag; m.
Lillis Mansel. He d. in Lowell. She d. in Greenbush.
1. Lucy, married William Foster of Argyle about 1800. She d.

1826. He d. 1860.

2. Jane, married John Phillips, Jr., of Dedham.
3. Phillip, Jr., m. and settled in Argyle prior to 1813.
4. Patty, m. William Bailey.
5. Harriet.
6. Leah, m. James Anderson.
7. George, m. Ayers.
8. Nancy, m. Giles Littlefield.
9. Elijah, b. Jan. 17, 1799; m. Sally Littlefield. Lived in Passa-

dumkeag; Grand Falls; now Bangor.
10. Temperance, b. 1807, m. Elizabeth Pettengill. He d. She

lives at East Lowell. ii. DANIEL, Senior. iii. NATHANIEL. iv. SAMUEL, m. Phebe Page, Nov. 8, 1797 ; In Orono, 1804-6.

WILLIAM, of Orono, 1796. vi. Ruth, m. her cousin, Daniel Spencer. vii. MARTAER, m. Archibald McPheters. viii. ISAAC, probobly lived in Bangor, 1814; and probably m. Lucy Hath

orn; b. Sept. 16, 1785, d. July 31, 1848, age 62. Children :- Bangor

1. Lydia, b. July 7, 1805.
2. Ashbel, b. Nov. 12, 1807.
3. George, b. May 19, 1810.
4. Nancy, b. Oct. 29, 1812.
5. Daniel, b. July 8, 1814.
6. Reuben, b. Sept. 8. 1817.
7. Luenda, b. Nov. 8. 1820.
8. Isaac Hathorn, b. March 31, 1823.
9. Albert, b. Dec. 8, 1825.

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(Another account.) Children : i. PATTY, m. Archibald McPheters, Jr. ii. NATHANIEL. iii. John, in Bradley or Eddington; he and son John, Jr., complained of

for not training 1798. iv. PHILLIP, m. Lillis Mansell.

ISAAC, complained of for not training 1798. vi. DANIEL. vii. WILLIAM. viii. BETSEY; m. William Inman about 1801. ix. HANNAH.

SAMUEL SPENCER. SAMUEL SPENCER, of Bradley, widow Charlotte adminstrated on bis estate, Aug. 30, 1844. Four children. Bangor Records.

John SPENCER, widow Elizabeth, petitioned for adninistration on his estate, Feb. 18, 1851, and recommended that Peletiah Shaw of Brewer, be appointed Administrator.


In Bangor prior to 1784 petitioner to General Court 1787. Had lot No. 37 sold R. Treat. In Bradley 1797 ; had been there for twelve years. He or bis son Daniel in Argyle 1797.

Daniel, Jr., had lot in Bangor of second class as early settler, 36 and 41. Taxed in Eddington Pl., (Bradley,) married.

Daniel Spencer, Daniel Spencer, Jr., served with B. Brady March 30, 1796.

Daniel Spencer and his boys worked for Ibrook Eddy 1793.

Moses Spencer, of Eddington, married Sarah Grant, of Eddington Plantation Oct. 27, 1800. He was probably drowned 1821. Sons :

i. STEPHEN. ii. JORDAN. Samuel Spencer in Orono, 1804. William Spencer in Orono, 1804. Daniel Spencer, West side of river, Sept. 11, 1787.

John Spencer, died in Bangor, Oct. 6, 1812; wife Mary. Children probably :

i. SALLY, b. May 29, 1802, m. William Thomas, Mar. 30, 1822. ii. PELETIAA, b. June 17, 1804; m. Margaret Brown, pub. Mar. 13, 1824. William Spencer of Orono married Huldab Page, Oct. 11, 1796.

Rebecca Spencer, married Eber Ring of Orono, in Bangor, April 15, 1820.

Mrs. Mary Spencer, married David Ring of Orono, published there April 14, 1818, published in Bangor, April 4, 1818

Nancy Spencer of Great Works, published in Orono, to Rufus Foster of Sunkhaize, Sept. 12, 1809.

Nath. Spencer, Daniel Spencer, John Spencer : Brothers.

Olive Spencer, published Josiah Stone in Bangor, Mar. 27, 1814.

Ang married Thomas Inman of Orono.

Robert married Affee Drinkwater of Northport; published in Bangor, July 4, 1822.

Sarah, married Zepas Drinkwater, of do. published do Jan. 4, 1823.


1690 TO 1750.

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The first emission of paper money ever issued in Massachusetts or New England was in 1690 when the General Court voted to issue Bills of Credit to the amount of £40,000. In 1702 £10,000 more was issued, in 1709 £30,000, in 1711 £10,000, in 1714 £50,000, in 1716 £100,000, in 1721 £50,000, and in 1724 £30,000. The Province Treasurer took this currency for public dues, but in 1725 there was over £200,000 in circulation and there was a discount of sixty per cent. Various other emissions were made till 1740, when £35,000 were issued, which were called New Tenor, those previously issued being called Old Tenor. The currency became greatly deranged, and the gold and silver withdrawn from circulation. General bankruptcy and ruin seemed likely to ensue. This was averted by the proposition of Thomas Hutchinson, afterwards governor, to apply the money to be received form the Royal Treasury for reimbursement for money expended at the capture of Louisburg, Nova Scotia, for the redemption of the Province money. This money arrived in Boston, September, 1749. The amount was £183,649. It consisted of 215 chests of silver dollars, each chest containing 3,000 dollars, on an average, and 100 casks of copper. There were 17

. cart and truck loads of silver and ten truck loads of copper.

The Province money was redeemed at the following rates : One Spanish milled dollar for 45 shillings in Bills of Old Tenor, and the same for 11 shillings and 3 pence of the New Tenor. All bills not presented before March 31, 1751 to be irredeemable. All debts after this were made payable in silver coin at six shillings and eight pence the ounce. The currency thus established was then to be known as “Lawful Money."

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The Congress of the United Coloniesť at Philadelphia ordered an emission of notes for $2,000,000, June 23, 1775. July 29,

Gouge on American Banking, in Feltis Massachusetts Currency. + Vinton Memorial, p. 458.

1775, $3,000,000 more. In August, 1796, $19,000,000. In September, 1779 the amount had reached $160,000,000; and finally it was swollen to $357,476,541.

In 1776, the currency began to depreciate. In 1777, it was three for one. In December 1780, 70 for 1. In the spring of 1781, 150 for one, and finally at the end of three years 400 for one. In 1780 it ceased to circulate ; nobody would take it. Part of it was redeemed in 1790 at one hundred for one; part having previously been redeemed at forty and seventy-five for one; and some of the money being kept beyond the limited time was never redeemed.


"He was

He was the son of John Langdon (of Boston) horn Feb. 7, 1746. Graduated at Harvard College, 1765. Studied law with Jeremiah Gridley and settled at Pownalborough, now Wiscasset. He was appointed a Crown lawyer before the Revolution. Representative to the Provincial Congress, 1776, and Judge in Admiralty in 1778. After the Revolutionary War he seems to bave been unsuccessful in his profession, being troubled with a trouble that many men before and since bis time have suffered from. He went to several places ; he was at Stillwater, now Orono, for a short time in 1796, and then in towns on the upper Kennebec River.

a man of brilliant talents but unstable character."

H. B. Wardwell, of Penobscot, sends me a letter of Mr. Langdon's, which shows how a Harvard graduate could write in 1783.

WICHCASSET, May the 20, 1783. mr. Hutchings Sir I have Reseived your Leter with a great Deel of pleasure as I am impowered By the State to take your Cas in Consideration. My mind is greatly Exasperated against the Said three men for Distroying your According to your Leter orders to go by take with you two or three men and demand a settlement with them, and if they will Not setel with you, then Right to me and I will send a sheriff amedetly Down to your Content in behalf of the Steats and Commonwelth for I have Duly Considered all Distressed persons. I would have you to Right to me as soon as you Can fail Not So I Remain your Respected friend timothy Langdon, Esq., States Returney."

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