Deacon Spencer White passed in his home at 7:30 pm on May 15, 1929 He was a respected citizen of Moberly, Missouri. He was born into slavery in Chariton / Howard County Missouri. He was the son of Andrew / Ander White and Julia (Finney) White from Virginia.
Spencer’s age on is obituary states that he was 72. His birth year in 1857. On his death record, it states his birth year was about 1856 or 1857. According to a slave ad in Feb of 1858, he was 6 years old. His birth year was about 1852. The 1880 census states year of birth 1852. His birth is listed as July 15, 1852.
Spencer married Malinda Banks on July 15, 1887 in Glasgow, Missouri at city hall.
They had two daughters, Ceola (White) Reed and Sallie (White) Hudson.
Spencer married Dora Cason, date not known.
They had a daughter named Obenetta “Benetta” V. (Craig) Pearl.
Spencer married Miss. Lou / Lu Washington on Oct 10, 1895.
They had no children together
Spencer married Mrs. Fannie Brown on Nov 17, 1906.
They didn’t have children together. Fannie had children
Spencer had failing health for some time before his passing. He was a member of U. D. Ledge and Masonic Lodge. He worked as a laborer / day laborer, He owned his own home on a farm. He serviced as a deacon for seven years. His funeral was held at the Second Baptist Church. Rev C B Johnson preached funeral at 2:30 pm. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Moberly. Missouri.
Sources: Obituary, Slave Ad, Census Records, Death Certificate. Marriage Records. News articles…Spencer’s wife Fannie (Moonman White was the informant on his death certificate.
Bio by S. A. Blakley
19 Aug 2019