Hello Jennifer, I am also a St. Louis descendant and have some information regarding your query about Leland Franklin spence.He was one of 6 children of Mary E. (maybe F.) St. Louis and William Spence.Here’s what I have:
Mary E. St. Louis b. 1856, Yolo Co. Calif d/o Joseph Colbert St. Louis and his 2nd wife Marguerite Lucier.She m. William Spence (don’t know date) and had:
Dora Spence m. ? Wolfe William Henry Spence b. 13 Dec 1873; d. 13 Mar 1945, Glenn Co., Calif Robert N. Spence b. 25 May 1877; d. 2 Sep 1954, Willows, Glenn Co., Calif Crawford Joseph Spence b. 26 Mar 1885; d. 2 Jun 1952, Sacramento Co., Calif Leland Franklin Spence b. 19 Nov 1892; d. 3 Sep 1964, Marysville, Yuba Co., Calif Retah Belle Spence b. 23 May 1895; m. ? Wright; d. 16 Dec 1982, Contra Costa Co., Calif
I have a photo of Mary E. St. Louis taken during the 1870s or 1880s, and one of Dora Spence Wolfe taken about 1900. I know nothing else about the Spence children listed above, but the California birth records at http://userdb.rootsweb.com/ca/birth/cgihttp://userdb.rootsweb.com/ca/birth/cgi, and death records at http://userdb.rootsweb.com/ca/death/cgihttp://userdb.rootsweb.com/ca/death/cgi might give you some information. I also have lots of information on Mary E. St. Louis’ father’s ancestry.It’s way too much to put in a message like this, so if you will send me your address I’ll be happy to send you what I have.In brief, though, I can tell you that her father, Joseph Colbert, was b. 1804 in Canada, went to Portage des Sioux, St. Charles Co., Mo in 1833, and then in 1852 he and most of his relatives moved to Yolo Co., Calif.Joseph Colbert died there in 1863.