SPENCER, Joseph, a Delegate from Connecticut; born in East Haddam, Conn., October 3, 1714; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; held several local offices; judge of probate in 1753; served in the French war in 1758; member of the Connecticut Council in 1776; brigadier general in the Continental Army; commissioned major general August 9, 1776, and resigned June 14, 1778, because Congress had ordered an investigation of his military conduct in 1777; Member of the Continental Congress in 1779; again a member of the Connecticut Council in 1780 and was annually reelected until his death in East Haddam, Conn., on January 13, 1789; interment in Millington Green Cemetery; reinterment in Nathan Hale Park in 1904.
Father: Isaac SPENCER b: 8 JAN 1677/78 in East Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT
Mother: Mary SELDEN b: 5 MAR 1688/89 in Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA
Marriage 1 Martha BRAINARD b: 1 SEP 1716 in Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT
Marriage 2 Hannah BROWN b: 5 JUL 1730 in Bolton, Tolland Co., CT
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