The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1922
OBITUARY - MRS. JAMES W. SPENCER.
Malinda Jane (FRANKLIN) SPENCER was born May 26, 1838 in Tippecanoe county, Indiana. She
died at Humeston, Iowa January 22, 1922 with interment beside her husband James at
Rose Hill Cemetery [Mount Ayr, Iowa]. On 6 Dec 1857 she married
James Whitney SPENCER in
Tippecanoe Co., Indiana, who born July 16, 1835 in Greene county, Ohio.
In 1863 their family moved to Piatt county, IL. In 1876 they moved to a farm two miles
southeast of Delphos, Iowa, in Rice Township, Ringgold county. They constructed the farm
home from lumber hauled from Bedford and it was still in use in 1992. For many years
James was one of Ringgold's respected farmers and a large land holder. Malinda and James
were members of the Hickory Grove Advent Christian Church. James died of cancer on
February 2, 1907 in their home in Mt Ayr. Malinda and James had nine children: six sons
and three daughters with two of the sons dying in infancy. Malinda was a very quiet soul
and was very small in stature.
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