According to Audrey Mae’s gravestone numbering system in her Spencer Family Cemetery, William Anthony’s gravestone is Gravestone Number Twenty-Three. Using her Smith-Corona typewriter in the 1980s, Audrey Mae typed the following mini-biography of William Anthony, an eight-generation Spencer in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
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William Anthony Spencer (gravestone No. 23) only lived one year and 7 months.
According to Audrey Mae’s mini-biography of William Anthony, he is the son of Audra (gravestone No. 53) and Benjamin (gravestone No. 54) Spencer. See following:
Audra is the first daughter of Richard Anthony (“Deacon”)(gravestone No. 6) and Roby (née Tarbox) Spencer (gravestone No. 5). Richard Anthony (“Deacon”) is the sixth child of Huldah (née Johnson)(gravestone No. 1) and Patriot John (gravestone No. 2).
Both William and Anthony are Spencer names that have been repeated in many Spencer generations by this time in history and continuing.
Of special interest to Audrey Mae, John Edward and Edith Anna is that their grandfather, John Johnson Spencer (gravestone No. 8) was the older brother of this William Anthony Spencer of gravestone No. 23.
Spencer descendants do not know the reason for William Anthony’s death at such a young age.
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