Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


D. J. SPENCE comes from ancestors who have been closely identified with Monterey for several generations. His grandfather, Daniel Spence, was a native of Scotland and a member of an old and promient Scottish family. He came to California in 1824, and settled in Monterey, where he engaged in buying the products of the country and shipping them to Europe. In 1829 he married Adelaida, daughter of Marino Estrado, the commander of the Mexican forces, and was appointed Alcalde of Monterey by Governor Arguello, his wife's uncle. The result of their union was one child, David Stewart Spence, who, in 1856, married Miss Rufugio Malarin, and they are the parents of the subject, David J. Spence, who was born in Monterey in 1S62, and educated at the Santa Clara College. In 1886 he married Miss Hattie L. Foley, of Baltimore, Maryland, and they have one child, who bears his father's entire name. Mr. Spence's grandfather passed to a higher life in 1877, after having been a prominent citizen of Monterey over fifty years. He left a large estate, and after generous bequests to various churches and charitable institutions, the bulk of his fortune was left to his direct heirs. Part of his estate consists of the Buena Esperanza Rancho and the Lleno de Buena Vista. Mr. D. J. Spence has four thousand acres in the valley, one thousand of which he is improving, and putting in a hundred-acre orchard of prunes, olives, and vines. The balance is stocked. This is to be his beautiful country residence, known as the Oak Mound Farm.

Source: Monterey County : its general features, resources, attractions, and inducements to investors and home seekers. Salinas, Calif.: E.S. Harrison, 1889, 89 pgs.