1. THOMAS SPICER (son of SILAS & HANNAH (DRAPER) SPICER) was born March 9, 1785 in North Groton, Connecticut. In 1796, at age 11, Thomas moved with his family to Oswego, NY. In 1807, Thomas was located in Hounsfield.
Thomas was a soldier in the War of 1812. He served in Captain Elisha Camp's Company in the Regiment of Colonel C.P. Bellinger from June 28, 1812 to July 28, 1813. He was a Sergeant at the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor, May 28-30, 1813. According to family legend, Thomas took a cannonball that the English had fired, wrapped it in burlap, and fired it back at the English. This was after the Americans had depleted their own ammunition. He was one of the master workmen at the building of the Madison Barracks, and bossed the digging at Camp's Ditch.
Also according to family legend, Thomas fought in the Civil War with 2 sons and 9 grandchildren. A Thomas Spicer from Jefferson County, NY did enlist December 19, 1861 as a corporal in Company C of the 94th NY Regiment, but Thomas would have been 76 years old! It is unlikely that Thomas actually served. According to Spicer Genealogy, Thomas "was a tall, dark-skinned man, with great physical strength. His feats of daring were talked of far and wide. He never knew a sick day until after he had arrived at an age when most men die. He was noted for his integrity and honor. So sacred was his word that 'as true as Tom Spicer' became a favorite expression among the men and women who knew him. He was for fifty years a devoted member of the Methodist Church and a consistent Christian. He often addressed the assembled congregation, having a fine speaking voice, and always with great pathos and feeling. He was also an excellent singer. In all his life he never quarreled." Thomas was chairman of the July 4th festivities and ceremonies at Sackets and Hounsfield for 40 years. Thomas died June 23, 1870 at age 85 in Hounsfield, NY. He is buried in Sulphur Springs.
He married on March 13, 1805, in Plainfield, Otsego County, NY
ABIGAIL BUTTON, who was the daughter of JOHN & ANNIE (COON) BUTTON. She was born August 12, 1785 in Stonington, Connecticut. Thomas and Abigail had eleven children. According to the same Spicer genealogy, Abigail was "a woman of great sweetness of disposition. She was renowned as a singer, having a particularly fine soprano voice." Abigail died in 1863, and is most likely buried in Sulphur Springs, Jefferson County.
Original E-mail sent to Nan Dixon on 23 May 2002 from Julie Milan. The subject: Thomas Spicer
“I just saw your Pioneer Spicer Family. I enjoyed reading the bio on Thomas but would like to make a small correction. You have; “1. THOMAS SPICER (son of SILAS & HANNAH (DRAPER) SPICER) was born March 9, 1785 in North Groton, Connecticut. In 1796, at age 11, Thomas moved with his family to Oswego, New York.” This Thomas was born 5 years after Hannah Draper’s husband Silas died. Although I am not Silas’ descendant this is what I have. Silas Spicer b. January 23, 1744 New London, Connecticut, d. April 26, 1850 North Groton, New London, Connecticut married Hannah Draper (daughter of Thomas and Huldah Burch Draper) July 1762 in North Groton, New London, Connecticut. She was born January 02, 1745.
Silas Draper Spicer B. March 09, 1785 New Gronton, New London, Connecticut
Thomas Draper Spicer b. March 09, 1785 New Gronton, New London, Connecticut d. June 23, 1870 Sulphur Springs, Jefferson County, New York married Abigail Button (March 31, 1805 in Plainfield, Otsego County, New York. She was b. August 12, 1785 Stonington, Connecticut, d. 1863 Sulphur Springs, Jefferson County, New York
I hope some of this helps.
Julie. (End of E-mail).
Note: Houndsfield, as quoted here, is properly stated as: Hounsfield, Jefferson County, New York. The name of the town is from Ezra Hounsfield, a land agent and land owner. The Town of Hounsfield is in the western part of the county and is southwest of Watertown.
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