Ohio Valley General Hospital, Wheeling
Class of 1924

By Linda Fluharty and Gary Timmons.

     Blanche Mae Spencer, born 3 Oct 1894 in Doddridge County, West Virgina, was the daughter of Thomas Richard Spencer and Clara Belle Scott.


John Spencer, 4th W. Va. Cavalry
[Photo owned by Gary Timmons.]

     The father of Thomas Richard Spencer was John L. Spencer, who served as a wagoner in Company "H" 4th West Virginia Cavalry during the Civil War. J. L. Spencer and wife, Caroline (Backus) Spencer, were found in the Doddridge County Census in 1860 with their first child, Silas. In 1870, John Spencer and Caroline were living in McElroy District, Tyler County, with their children, Silas, Richard, Sarah, Rebecca and Leonora.

     John L. Spencer died 11 May 1871 in Tyler County. At the time of the 1880 Census, his widow, Caroline, is listed with children, Richard T., 19, Rebecca A., 14, Samantha L., 12 and William W., 9. Caroline was not found in the 1890 Census of Veterans & Widows.

     In the 1900 Doddridge County Census, Silas and Thomas R. (Richard) Spencer were back in Doddridge County; Caroline was there, too.

     Thomas Richard Spencer married Clara B. Scott, the daughter of Benjamin J. Scott, born in Monongalia County, West Virginia, and Elizabeth Bever born in Belmont County, Ohio. According to the 1910 Census of Doddridge County, Blanche's siblings were Clema B. (male), Ila, Dewey, Aldon and Guy. Thomas Richard Spencer, born 9 May 1861, died in Doddridge County 30 July 1938; his wife, Clara, died 17 June 1835.

     Blanche married Archer Lee Howard on July 31, 1925. Her death occurred July 3, 1963 and she is buried in the Mt. View Cemetery, Dallas, Marshall County, West Virginia.