Silas Spicer

Silas Spicer

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  • Name Silas Spicer 
    Born 23 Jan 1744 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I36502  Tree2020
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 

    Father Ancestors Edward Spicer
              b. 4 Apr 1722
              d. 18 Jan 1797  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Hannah Bill 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F13563  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah Draper 
    Married: 1x1. Eli Spicer
              b. 5 Apr 1787, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Oct 1841, Jefferson County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x2. Thomas Draper Spicer
              b. 10 Mar 1785
              d. 23 Jun 1870  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 May 2021 
    Family ID F13562  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Silas5 Spicer, (Edward4, John3, Edward2, Peter1), was born Jan 22, 1744-5 in North Groton, Ct. The date of his death has not been ascertained. He married Hannah, a daughter of Thomas and Huldah (Burch) Draper. The correspondent who sent the maiden name of Huldah Draper was not certain if it was Burch or Borck. Preference has been given Burch, as it was a local name in the locality where they lived. A little book, once the propery of Mrs Hannah (Spicer) Vaughan, with a cover of worsted embroidery, bears the following memorandum: "This embroidery was done in 1742 by Huldah Borck or Burch wife of Thomas Draper the mother of Hannah Draper the wife of Silas Spicer, grandmother of Wm. Spicer, great grandmother of Hannah Spicer the wife of Ansel Vaughan." From the "Vital Statistics" of Groton, Ct, it is learned that Thomas and Jane Draper had son William, born July 23, 1719; Thomas, born Dec 22, 1722. William Draper married Mary ___ and had Thomas, born ___; Hannah, born Jan 2, 1745-6. No record of Thomas Draper found in Groton, but he was undoubtedly the father of Hannah (Draper) Spicer.

      The Groton "Land Records" furnish the following information of Silas Spicer. March 18, 1780, he bought of Increase Billings and Phebe his wife of Westmoreland, Westmoreland County, Ct (now Pa,) for five pounds, eight acres, laid out originally to Christopher Stark, "late of Groton, deceased, beginning at a heap of stones in the west line of the Masantuxet Land 12 and 1/2 Rods South of land laid out to Ebenezer Avery Dec'd at the Southwest corner of said land; thence East 110 Rods; thence South 12 and 1/2 Rods; thence West 110 Rods in said West line thence North 12 & 1/2 Rods to first bound"; witnesses, Wright Penyard and Phebe Sabin. May 8, 1780, he sold the same to Benjamin Gray, for twelve pounds and ten shillings; witnesses, Benjamin and Amos Geer. Feb 8, 1783, he made several land deals; he sold to Jonathan Hilyard of Stonington, the lot where his dwelling house stood, "beginning the Northerly side the North Stonington road which leads Westerly to the Norwich road and being on the Easterly side of a brook and two rods South of said dwelling house;" deed mentions lands of Joseph Lee and Thomas Morgan; sold with the lot "Dwelling house and Hovel thereon," also a small lot lying south of said road "beginning at an apple tree the south side said road, 'the Northwest corner of Capt. Morgans old Orchard' with the blacksmith shop thereon"; witnesses, William Spicer and Amos Geer. Some of the above said land he had purchased the same day of Capt. John Morgan and Joseph Lee. Feb 11, 1783, he bought from Timothy Parke six and one quarter acres for twelve pounds, "beginning the north side of the road leading from the Norwich road Easterly to Stonington in the line between the land of Joseph Lee and said Timothy Parke, running West with said Lee's land and land of Capt. Abel Spicer to the Northeast corner of Capt. Spicers land, thence Easterly with Silas Spicers land to the Northwest corner of Shapely Morgans, Westerly with Timothy Parke's own land and the road to first bound." March 3, 1794, he sold to Benjamin Gray his "proprietary Right in the Common undivided Mashantuxet Land so called, it being South of land of Asa Gray, North of the Starke Right and South by land formerly owned by Capt. Abel Spicer deceased"; witnesses, Stephen Billings and Thomas B Gray [The Mashantuxet lands, reserved for the remnant of the Pequod. Indians, after a time seemed to be thought to be too extensive for their needs, their number gradually diminishing, so the town appropriated and divided some of the reservation among the landholders of the town]. Feb 18, 1796, he sold to John Enos for one hundred and eighty pounds a tract of land in the Second Society of Groton; boundaries mentioned, lands of Joseph Lee, the widow Thankful Stanton, Benjamin Grey, Shapely Morgan, and the widow Elizabeth Parke, being the whole contents of three separate puchases, one from Timothy Parke, late of Groton, deceassed, and the other two conveyed by deed from Capt. Oliver Spicer as administrator of the estate of Capt. Abel Spicer, June 23, 1788 (consideration fifteen pounds and ten shillings); witnesses, Amos and Ruth Geer.

      He is said to have been a wheelwright and farmer, and was probably also a blacksmith, and seems to have lived while in Groton where the roads crossed, a most convenient location for his chosen occupation. He removed early in 1796 to New York State, where he became a large and prosperous landowner. He seems to have adopted the Quaker faith, using the "thee" and "thou" in his correspondence; his descendants say he was a Quaker. The record of his family has been collected from several descendants of the children. In 1790 his family consisted of two males over sixteen, two under sixteen, and seven females.