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Posted: 19 Nov 2011 11:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
> I have my grandmother's copy of The Spalding Memorial, which
> has given me the line all the way back to the original settler,
> Edward Spalding

I do not know whether you have the original 1872 edition by Samuel Jones Spalding or the revised 1897 edition by Charles Warren Spalding. I would advise using either with caution, especially with regard to the early generations, as each contains errors and unwarranted assumptions.

> David Worthington Spalding, born 1 August 1818 in Worthington

That is not correct. He was baptized 01-Aug-1818 in the First Church of Worthington [Worthington VR 62]. I do not find a record of his birth, but since he had siblings baptized at Worthington with no birth records it may be that the family lived on the outskirts of Worthington, perhaps near the Peru town line, and did not record the births with the Worthington Town Clerk, or perhaps the Clerk was negligent.

It seems that you need to exercise caution with either edition of the Spalding Memorial even with regard to later generations, as both give birth dates for David and siblings which are later than their baptisms in Worthington.

David was apparently already living in Peru when he married Lovice [Peru VR 87] as he was not named in the marriage record as being of another town. When did he move from Peru, and where did he move to? I see the only birth record at Peru for children was for Charles Lemuel {Peru VR 43], so the move was presumably about 1850.

Dale H. Cook, Member, NEHGS and MA Society of Mayflower Descendants;
Plymouth Co. MA Coordinator for the USGenWeb Project
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