Spence - Caldwell - Montgomery
James Spence was the son of William Spence, who - years before the
Revolutionary war, came from Ireland with his father, Andrew Spence, and
two brothers and two sisters, all children of a first wife. Andrew Spence
married again, a Miss Caldwell, sister of the celebrated
"Devil" Joe Caldwell, who was one of General
Marion's Scouts during the Revolution. Mrs. Esther Spence
Montgomery was a daughter of this second marriage - half aunt of Capt.
Capt. James Spence commanded a company in the war with
the Creek Indians, and was within hearing of the sound of the gun's at the
battle of the Horse Shoe Bend, where the Creeks were routed and so badly
defeated by the Americans under General Jackson. Captain Spence was under
a General Milton. After his return from the war he married Betsy Cannon, a
half-sister of Abel Cannon and of Mary Wilson, wife of Elder Jimmy. He had
only two sons, Milton and Wm. Harrison; the older named for General Milton
and the younger for Old Tippecanoe - grandfather of Benjamin - who, at the
time he was in the service, was fighting the British and Indians in the
Several Spences were in Captain James' company; Robin, an
uncle of James, and also John Spence, a cousin. An uncle of the present
John Spence was fifer of the company.
WilIiam Harrison Spence died
early. Milton Spence died in the last year of the war between the States.
He served some time with the State Troops. These were sons of Capt. James
Spence, who died in December, 1864.
Of the family of Captain Spence
only two granddaughters were living in 1892, who owned the homestead of
their grandfather, but lived on the place settled by their father, Milton
Some of the descendants of "Devil" Joe
Caldwell yet live in Newoerry. John F. McCleland and his sister, Mrs.
Caroline Boozer, are his grandchildren. Thomas Q. Boozer and Mrs. W. T.
Jackson are great-grandchildren. "Devil" Joe was distantly related to the
family of Robert T. Caldwell. [Annals of Newberry, Part Two by
John A. Chapman, page 617-18]