Spence Gravesite

Mary Ann
Alice Spence

High on a hill above the Humboldt River sits the lonely grave of Mary Ann Alice Spence. She was the daughter of James and Matilda Spence, who lived in Oreana. At five years old, she died of cholera and was buried here. Some time after, James and Matilda moved on to Oregon, but later returned with the fine marble headstone to mark her grave. In 1949, the Duncan Ranch was established and began maintaining the lonely gravesite. Over the years, cows have rubbed against the stone, causing its corner to separate, and at some point a vagrant shot holes at the base of the stone, causing it to break. The Duncan family has since had the stone encased in cement and re-erected for its continued preservation. The inscription is as follows:

In Memory of MARY ANN ALICE.
Daughter of James & Matilda Spence.
Died Sept. 24, 1867.
Aged 5 Years 10 Mo's & 15 Days

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