Son of Nathaniel and Jane Spens. He emigrated from England with his parents and his sister. The Spens family arrived to New York on 23 June 1864 by way of the ship General McClellan. They then continued their westward journey as part of the 1864 Rawlins Company.His birth and death dates come from a personal, online family history source without accompanying documentation. Additional evidence is needed to determine their accuracy.