American Silversmiths

Peter Spencer
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Asa Spencer
(Abt 1780-1847)


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1. Elizabeth Hempstead

Asa Spencer
  • Born: Abt 1780, Connecticut
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Hempstead on 1 Nov 1801 in New London CT
  • Died: 1 Feb 1847, Philadelphia PA

  General notes:


  Events in his life were:

  • He worked circa 1800-1806 as a silversmith and watchmaker in Hartford CT as a journeyman in the shop of ? Douglas. 14
  • Advertised in the Connecticut Gazette (Hartford CT), 22 Feb 1804, offering his services as a watchmaker and silversmith. He noted goods for sale: "English and French watches, silver table- and teaspoons of the best quality, gold beads, elegant minature lockets, mourning rings, etc." 3
  • Advertised in the Connecticut Gazette (Hartford CT), 2 Jan 1805, announcing his discovery of a new improved method of manufacturing "silver thimbles with steel tops," for which he had obtained a patent from the President of the United States. 3
  • Advertised in the Connecticut Gazette (Hartford CT), 25 Jun 1805, seeking a journeyman silversmith to commence work immediately. 3
  • Advertised in the Connecticut Gazette (Hartford CT), 10 Sep 1806, the formation of the firm of SPENCER & HEMPSTED. 3
  • He worked in 1819-1820 as a machinist in London England
    An agreement dated 18th May, 1819, was signed at Philadelphia between Asa Spencer, mechanician, and Jacob Perkins and Gideon Fairman, under which Asa Spencer was to proceed to England and work for PERKINS & FAIRMAN for three years at 3,000 per annum, plus 1/6, up to 18,000, of any sums received for the Bank of England or similar contract.


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Asa married Elizabeth Hempstead, daughter of Unknown and Unknown, on 1 Nov 1801 in New London CT. (Elizabeth Hempstead was born about 1765 in New London CT and died on 26 Mar 1823 in New London CT.)

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