No. 21 Obediah

According to Audrey Mae’s artistic cemetery map diagram and Audrey Mae’s gravestone numbering system, Obediah’s gravestone is Gravestone Number Twenty-One. Using her Smith-Corona typewriter in the 1980s, Audrey Mae typed the following mini-biography of Obediah, a seventh-generation Spencer in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.ams-21-obediah

Web author does not know what Audrey Mae’s reference to Obediah’s poisoning first mate is all about.  Audrey Mae died in 2007, a couple weeks shy of her ninety-fifth birthday, so the opportunity to ask her is past.  More research is needed.

Bruce MacGunnigle’s book has year of death as 1867 whereas Audrey Mae has 1869.  In 2012 Audrey Mae’s granddaughter was “not able to read” the gravestone inscription. As Audrey Mae, Edith Anna and John Edward (“Ed”) do not descend from Obediah, the exact date is not crucial. Besides, Audrey Mae was an artist and not a typist by trade.

Bruce MacGunnigle – 28

Obediah born in 1821 is the son of Captain John (gravestone No. 4) and Phebe (née Vaughn) Spencer.  Captain John is the first son of Huldah (gravestone No. 1) and Patriot John (No. 2) Spencer. Obediah and six of his sisters are buried in this Spencer Family Cemetery. Gravestones 16-22 are the children of Captain John and Phebe (née Vaughn) Spencer.  Audrey Mae typed the following mini-biographies of Captain John and Phebe (née Vaughn) Spencer’s children, Eliza, Phebe, Harriet, Almira, Matilda, Obediah and Susan:


Five of Obediah’s sisters died at such young ages and he died at around 48 years.  Audrey Mae did not record the causes of their deaths but noted that their Spencer grandparents died at age 70 and age 89 and their own parents died at age 54 and 74.  More research is needed.

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