Septimus H. Spencer – Oregon Pioneer dies Mar 4, 1890

“Septimus H. Spencer died at  his home near Irving Tuesday, March 4, 1890.  His health had been gradually declining for several months, and his death was not unexpected.  Mr. Spencer was born in St. Charles county, Missouri, Nov. 15, 1821, and at the time of his death was 68 years, 3 months and 19 days of age.  With his wife and three children he came to Oregon and located in Lane county in 1854, taking a claim on Camp Creek.  After a residence there of four years he purchased the property where he died, and removed thereto.  Mrs. Spencer died several months ago.  He had many friends, and was held by them in high esteem.  The funeral took place to the Masonic cemetery near Eugene Thursday.  By request Hon. L. Bilyeu delivered an eloquent and appropriate tribute to the memory of the deceased a his late residence and also at the grave.  A more extended biography of Mr. Spencer will appear next week.”  Eugene City Guard, Mar. 8, 1890, pg. 5, col. 5  [note no other mention of Mr. Spencer’s death was found in later issues].

This obituary caught my eye because of Mr. Spencer’s unusual given name of Septimus.  In doing a little searching I see that the name Septimus was most popular in the 19th century.  It has a Latin origin and  means “seventh”.  When used, it was often given to the seventh child if he was male.  Apparently it was not well liked by Mr. Spencer as we see in the cemetery records below, he was generally known as “Charlie Spencer”.   If tradition is correct when searching for Septimus’ siblings, most likely he has six younger brothers and sisters.

The Eugene Masonic Cemetery lists Septimus H. “Charlie” Spencer born 1821, died 1890.  Septimus Stoven Spencer born 1865 and died 1918.  Mahala Smith Spencer born 1823 and died 1889.  Nellie B. Spencer born 1867 and died 1961.


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