George Spencer was born in 1837 in Warren County, Pennsylvania.
George left Pennsylvania and settled in western Michigan where by 1860 he was a boatman living with and/or working for R. Morse, a ferryman in Georgetown, Ottawa County.
He was 24 years old and probably still residing in Georgetown when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861; he was probably related to Alfred Spencer who was also from Ottawa County and who would enlist in Unassigned in 1864. (Company I was made up largely of men from Ottawa County, particularly from the eastern side of the County.)
George was reported as a Sergeant and sick in the hospital in August and September of 1862, probably in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he died of typhoid fever on September 10, 1862, in ward no. 2 at Chester hospital in Philadelphia. He was originally buried at Chester and then reinterred in Philadelphia National Cemetery: section A, grave 64.
In 1873 George’s father applied for and received a pension (no. 166708).