Descendants of James Spensley and Elizabeth Alderson

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1-James Spensley b. 19 Mar 1737, Feetham Holme, Whitaside, Swaledale, c. 19 
  Mar 1738, Grinton, Swaledale, d. 1817, Feetham Holme, bur. 3 May 1817, 
  Grinton
 +Elizabeth Alderson d. Jun 1796, Whitaside, bur. 12 Jun 1796, Grinton, m. 26 
  Feb 1770, Grinton, Swaledale
|--2-James Spensley b. 10 Jan 1773, Whitaside, Swaledale, Yorkshire, d. 
|    1845, Dubuque, Iowa
    +Rosamond Mason b. 1778, Camshouse, Hardraw, c. 31 May 1778, Hardraw, d. 
     Oct 1824, Whitaside, Swaledale, Yorkshire, bur. 17 Oct 1824, Grinton, m. 
     12 May 1798, Hardraw
   |--3-Thomas Spensley bur. 13 Sep 1808, Grinton
   |--3-William Spensley bur. 8 Sep 1807, Grinton
   |--3-James Spensley b. 1799, England, c. 30 Jun 1799, Grinton, d. 1875, 
   |    Calva House, Stainmore, Brough, England
   |   +Mary Falshaw b. 1809, East Witton, c. 20 Aug 1809, Coverham, d. 1830, 
   |    m. 9 Apr 1829, Coverham, North Yorkshire
   |  |--4-Margaret Spensley b. 14 May 1830, Coverham With Horsehouse, d. 1857, 
   |  |    Barden
   |   +Elizabeth Graham b. 1796, Askrigg, c. 7 Aug 1796, Askrigg, d. 20 Nov 
   |    1836, bur. Coverham, m. 19 Apr 1832, Askrigg
   |  |--4-Rosamund Spensley b. 17 Sep 1834, Caldberge, d. 14 Nov 1911
   |   +Jane Metcalfe b. 20 Jan 1808, Ivelet Heads, d. 5 Jan 1892, Calva House, 
   |    Stainmore, Brough, England, m. 23 May 1838, Coverham, North Yorkshire
   |  |--4-Ann Spensley b. 1840, d. 27 Mar 1845, Widdiman, Coverdale
   |  |--4-William Mason Spensley b. 18 Jun 1843, Coverham With Horsehouse
   |  |--4-Ann Spensley b. 17 Apr 1845, Coverham With Horsehouse, d. 1 Jun 1882
   |  |--4-George Spensley b. 2 Jun 1850
   |--3-John Spensley b. 1801, England, c. 21 Jun 1801, Grinton, d. 27 Aug 
   |    1865, Feetham, bur. 29 Aug 1865, Low Row
   |   +Elizabeth Carter b. 1807, d. 20 Aug 1850, Feetham, m. 11 May 1824, 
   |    Grinton, Swaledale
   |  |--4-Carter Spensley b. 13 Jan 1825, Whiteside, c. 20 Feb 1825, Low Row, 
   |  |    d. 1894
   |  |--4-Rosamond Spensley b. 8 Sep 1827, Whitaside, c. 29 Sep 1827, Low Row, 
   |  |    d. 24 Oct 1857, bur. Low Row
   |  |--4-John Spensley b. 9 Dec 1833, Harkerside, Nr. Grinton, c. 1 Sep 1834, 
   |  |    Low Row
   |  |--4-James Spensley b. 4 Nov 1836, Whitaside, c. 13 Jun 1837, Low Row, d. 
   |  |    13 May 1898, Kearton, bur. 19 May 1898, Low Row
   |--3-Elizabeth Spensley b. 1803, c. 12 Jun 1803, Grinton, bur. 25 Oct 1805, 
   |    Grinton
   |--3-Richard Spensley b. 19 May 1805, Yorkshire, c. 21 Jul 1805, Grinton, 
   |    d. 24 Nov 1892, bur. 25 Nov 1892
   |   +Alice Bonson b. 1805, d. 28 Aug 1887, bur. West Galena Cemetery, m. 24 
   |    Apr 1824, Grinton, Swaledale
   |  |--4-Rosamond Spensley b. Cir 1824, Swaledale
   |  |--4-Robert Spensley b. 24 Nov 1826, Swaledale, Yorkshire, d. Jun 1837, 
   |  |    Stainbrough, Nr Barnsley, bur. 25 Jun 1837, Stainbrough, Nr Barnsley
   |  |--4-Mary Spensley b. 19 Dec 1828, Swaledale, Yorkshire, d. 6 May 1886, 
   |  |    Fort Dodge , Iowa
   |  |--4-Elizabeth Spensley b. 14 Feb 1831, Swaledale, Yorkshire, d. 22 Oct 
   |  |    1872, Asbury, Dubuque
   |  |--4-James Spensley b. 17 Apr 1833, Swaledale, Yorkshire, d. 4 Nov 1916, 
   |  |    Madison, Wisconsin, USA
   |  |--4-Bonson Spensley b. 5 Apr 1835, Swaledale, Yorkshire, d. 6 Feb 1885, 
   |  |    Shullsburg, Lafayette, Wisconsin
   |  |--4-Margaret Spensley b. 3 Aug 1837, England, d. 2 Sep 1881, bur. 1881, 
   |  |    Grant Hills Cem., Council Hill, IL
   |  |--4-John Robert Spensley b. 13 Sep 1839, Dubuque, Iowa, d. 24 Feb 1872, 
   |  |    Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois, USA, bur. 1872, Greenwood Cem., 
   |  |    Galena, IL
   |  |--4-William Spensley b. 26 Dec 1841, Catfish, Dubuque, Iowa, d. 12 Feb 
   |  |    1910, Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois, USA
   |  |--4-Alice Ann Spensley b. 25 Dec 1843, Dubuque, Iowa
   |  |--4-Ellen Spensley b. 4 Aug 1846, Dubuque, Iowa, d. 20 Mar 1923, Galena, 
   |  |    Jo Daviess, Illinois, USA
   |  |--4-Richard Mason Spensley b. 31 Dec 1849, Dubuque, Iowa, d. 14 Nov 
   |  |    1922, Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois, USA
   |--3-Thomas Spensley b. 1811, Swaledale, c. 23 Jun 1811, Grinton
   |   +Mary Shaw b. Abt 1812, Stainbrough, Nr Barnsley, m. 1833, Silkstone Nr 
   |    Barnsley
   |  |--4-George Spensley b. 1833
   |  |--4-Mason Spensley b. 1837, d. 1838, Ecclesfield District
   |  |--4-John Spensley b. 1839, Ecclesfield
   |  |--4-Mason Spensley b. 1842, d. 1842, Ecclesfield District
   |  |--4-William Spensley b. 1843
   |  |--4-Robert Spensley b. Abt 1846, Silkstone
   |  |--4-Ann Spensley b. 1849
   |  |--4-John Spensley b. 1851
   |  |--4-Thomas Spensley b. 1854
   |  |--4-Hannah Spensley b. Cir 1853, Stainbrough, Nr Barnsley
   |--3-Mason Spensley b. 14 Jan 1814, Feetham Holme, c. 6 Nov 1814, Grinton, 
   |    d. 4 Nov 1884, Smelser, Nr. Elmo, Grant County, Wisconsin
   |   +Frances Ann Taylor b. Cir 1834, Knox Co., Ind., m. 9 Nov 1853, Dubuque, 
   |    Iowa
   |  |--4-James T. Spensley b. 1854, d. 1924, California
   |  |--4-Rosamond Spensley b. 1856, Wisconsin, d. 1939, MI
   |  |--4-Frances A. Spensley b. 1860, Platteville, Wisconsin, d. After 1921
   |  |--4-John Thomas Spensley b. 1861, Wisconsin, d. 1916, Wisconsin
   |  |--4-William Ellsworth Spensley b. Dec 1864, Wisconsin, d. 15 Aug 1874, 
   |  |    Wisconsin
   |  |--4-Margaret Ellen Spensley b. 1867, Wisconsin, d. 1945, IA
   |  |--4-Richard Mason Spensley b. 1869, Wisconsin, d. 1910, IL
   |  |--4-Charles Wesley Spensley b. Abt 1870, d. Bef 1880
   |  |--4-Mary Maria Spensley b. 1871, Wisconsin, d. Bef 1900
   |  |--4-Alice Elizabeth Spensley b. 1873, Wisconsin, d. 1950
   |  |--4-Laura Spensley b. Apr 1875, d. 20 Jul 1875
   |  |--4-Cora Spensley b. 1877, Wisconsin, d. 1964, IL
   |--3-Pratt Spensley b. Whitaside, c. 24 Aug 1817, Grinton, d. 6 Nov 1817, 
   |    Whitaside
   |--3-William Spensley b. Cir 1819, Feetham Holme, c. 17 Apr 1819, Low Row 
   |    Methodist, bur. 12 May 1819, Grinton
   |--3-Margaret Spensley b. 14 Sep 1820, Feetham Holme, c. 17 Sep 1820, Low 
   |    Row Wesleyan Methodist, d. California
   |   +? Richards d. California, m. California
   |--3-William Spensley b. 30 Sep 1823, Swaledale, Yorkshire, d. 14 Sep 1902, 
   |    South Dakota
       +Elizabeth Chalder b. Raw, Arkengarthdale, c. 29 Nov 1829, St. Mary, 
        Langthwaite, d. 31 Mar 1920, Vermillion, South Dakota, m. 16 Jun 1851, 
        Rockdale, Dubuque, Iowa
      |--4-Margaret H. Spensley b. 1859, IA
      |--4-James Mason Spensley b. May 1852, Dubuque County, Iowa, d. 1931, 
      |    Vermillion, S. Dakota
      |--4-Rosa A. Spensley b. 1854, d. 22 Dec 1942, Vermillion South Dakota
      |--4-Alice A. Spensley b. Abt 1856, d. 26 Nov 1921
      |--4-Thomas James Spensley b. 31 Jan 1861, Dubuque, Iowa, d. 24 Dec 1937, 
      |    Merced, CA
      |--4-Robert Ellsworth Spensley b. 10 Jul 1863, Dubuque Iowa, d. 1956
      |--4-Mary E. Spensley b. Mar 1868, SD, d. 15 May 1937, Vermillion South 
      |    Dakota
      |--4-Joseph Spensley b. Cir 1871, Iowa

James
In 1841, James was in Silkstone, a 68 year old coal miner, with daughter Margaret and son William. James later emigrated to America and died there in October 1845.


 

Richard of Swaledale/Galena

Richard, click for larger image

James (m. Rosamond Mason) had 7 children, of which several emigrated to the USA. Richard was one of these. Born May 19, 1805, Whitaside, Swaledale, he married Alice Elsie Bonson, April 20, 1824. The following description, from the History of JoDaviess County, gives some insight into his life.

"Mr. Spensley received such an education as the schools of Yorkshire then afforded, which was but meager. His early life was spent in the lead and coal mines of his native county, and for several years he held the responsible position of banksman in the famous Barnsley coal mines in that county. Being impressed with the better opportunities offered for a man in his condition in the United States, in the year 1839, with his wife and family, then consisting of six children he emigrated to this country, crossing the ocean in a sailing-vessel which was six weeks on the way. Landing in New York he went by canal to Buffalo, thence across the lakes to Chicago and from thence by team to Dubuque, Iowa, Mr. Spensley himself walking the entire distance from Chicago to Dubuque. He erected a log cabin near the city of Dubuque, in which he and his family lived for many years enduring all the hardships and privations incident to a pioneer life. By industry and frugality, he accumulated what would now be considered a pittance, but at that time was considered a fair sum of money, and in 1852 purchased what was then known as the Blair lead smelting furnace on the Sinsinawa River in the township of Vinegar Hill, Jo Daviess County, Ill., about five miles north of Galena, and removed there with his family. Here he prosecuted the lead-mining and smelting business with marked success until advancing years admonished him to cease active business."

Richard and family left for the United States on April 19th 1839, sailing on the Roscius. This trip was organised by his father-in-law Robert Bonson and included several Swaledale families. An image of Robert's diary showing costs etc can be see here and another here

Richard was a friend of General Grant, and pastured Grant's war horse after the commander returned home in 1865.

James Spensley Richard and Alice had 12 children, some of whom continued the mining/farming tradition. One of the most successful was to be James Spensley. James left home at the age of 16, to seek his fortune in California, during the gold rush period. He set off with an ox team, but had to abandon these because of lack of fodder and walked the remaining 600 miles. After 3 years he returned to work with his father, but eventually, in 1856, migrated to Mineral Point, Wisconsin, where he engaged in mining, smelting and farming. Later he embarked in the creamery business. James was a respected member of the community and held several positions of trust, including that of mayor. James' home at Mineral Point is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
select for larger image James was married 3 times and it is said he built his Mineral Point home to please his second wife Elizabeth who was never really happy in America. The house is very reminiscent of a Dales' farmhouse.

select for larger image Spensley House, Mineral Point one of James' lead ingots

John Robert Spensley.
During the American Civil War he served in Company D of the 45th Infantry Illinois Volunteers. Signed up Oct 5th 1864 at Dixon, Ill. Was 25, 5'8'', Brown hair, brown eyes, fair complexion. Mustered out May 23rd 1865 in New York City. He was a commissioned officer during the war and later a lawyer in Galena.

Son of John R was John William Spensley who, with his mother, converted to Catholicism, and later he became an ecclesiastical student at the North American College at Rome where he spent seven years studying philosophy and theology. He was ordained a priest in 1894 at Rome for the diocese of Albany, New York. In 1911 he became President of the Catholic University.