George Finley Spence
(c1840 – 1907)
(Also known as George F. Spencer and Edward Spence) George Finley Spence enlisted on December 27, 1864 as a private in the 30th MI Infantry, Company K at age 24. At the time of enlistment he listed his residence as Southfield Twp. George Spence survived the war and was mustered out on June 17, 1865 in Jackson, MI. He applied for a veteran’s pension on June 2 (the year is unreadable). He appears in the 1890 Census Veteran’s Schedules as Edward Spence and no disabilities due to the war are listed for him.
George was born about 1840 to Thomas and Hannah Spence of Van Buren Twp., Wayne County, MI. Following the war he returned to Van Buren Twp. and on June 25, 1868 he married Eliza Plumb (b.1848) in Sumpter Twp., Wayne County, MI. The couple had one child. George was employed as a farm laborer and, by 1900, owned his own farm. By the time of his demise on May 15, 1907 he had been preceded in death by his wife and child. His death certificate lists the cause of death as acute gastritis. George Finley Spence is buried in the Martinsville Cemetery, Belleville, Wayne County, MI.