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52 Ancestors, Week 21: William Sprague arrives in America in 1628

This is the research work of Warren Vincent Sprague in 1913 (with some embellishments).  Here is a synopsis:

William Sprague was born in 1609, the youngest of six children.  His father, Edward Sprague owned a fulling mill (cloth manufacturing) in Upway, County of Dorset, England. Edward (age 37) died in 1614 when William was only 5. The father left a detailed will, and a detailed inventory was done of his estate totaling £258.

William (age 19) with two of his brothers, Ralph ( age 25), and Richard (age 23) came with Governor Endecott aboard the Abigail, in the interests of the Massachusetts Bay Company, paying their own transportation. The ship departed with fifty or so "planters and servants" on 20 June 1628 and arrived at Salem, 6 Sept 1628.

Soon after their arrival, the three brothers and a few other men were commissioned by Governor Endecott of Salem to explore the country about Mishawum.

They undertook the journey, traveling about twelve miles to the southwest through…

52 Ancestors, Week 20: Jonathan Sprague (1648-1741) and his son William Sprague (1691-1778), Baptists in Rhode Island.

This is the research work of Warren Vincent Sprague in 1913 (with some embellishments).  Here is a synopsis:

Jonathan Sprague was born 29 May 1648 in Hingham, Mass.  He was the 7th child of 10. Interestingly, he had on older brother with a similar name, John, who was 10 years older and also a brother with the exact same name who was 6 years older but who died in 1647, the year before he was born.

Jonathan (age 22) married Mehitable Holbrook (age 21) on 20 July 1670.  They had 6 children.

In 1671-2, Jonathan and his wife were living near his brother John, and father-in-law, William Holbrook, in Mendon, MA.  He was elected the Recorder of Mendon.

In 1675, his father died and left to him sixty acres of land in Providence, RI, where he located before 1680.

"Jonathan Sprague was evidently a man of strong character, and was one of the most prominent and influential citizens of Providence, RI, and served frequently in public office. He was a member of the House of Deputies for sixteen y…

52 Ancestors, Week 19: Joshua Sprague, enthusiastic patriot

This is the research work of Warren Vincent Sprague in 1913 (with some embellishments).  Here is a synopsis:

Joshua Sprague was born on July 3, 1729 in Smithfield, Rhode Island. The youngest of six children. He married Amey Darling on 2 Jan 1748 and they had a daughter in May 1749. Sadly, Amey (age 20) died in childbirth. Joshua married again to Abigail Wilbur on 22 Apr 1750, and they had 12 children.  The 8th child was Frederick, our ancestor.

Soon after his first marriage his father William deeded him "300 acres of land in Smithfield, a dwelling house and half a barn.”

In June, 1762, after having disposed of his farm, he with his wife and 7 children followed the tide of emigration into Nova Scotia for the purpose of occupying land left by the luckless Acadians. The Acadians were the descendants of the original French settlers in Nova Scotia. Eventually, after the French and Indian War, the British deported the Acadians from the region. Some migrated to Louisiana, where they b…

52 Ancestors: Week 18: Frederick Sprague, enlisted at age 16 in the Revolutionary War

Ancestry Trivia: How can a father serve in the Revolutionary War and his son serve in the Civil War? (the wars are 85 years apart).  Like this:  Frederick Sprague was 16 when he served in 1779 and his son, Sidney was the 14th child of 16, and was 55 when he served in 1861.  Pretty cool!

This is the research work of Warren Vincent Sprague in 1913.  Here is a synopsis:

"Frederick Sprague was born 17 Oct 1762 in Sackville, Nova Scotia, the 10th child of 16. (His family was American and they were only in Canada briefly.)

Frederick Sprague (age 16) enlisted at New Milford, CT as a private, and served from March to December 1779, under Captain Doan and Colonel Meigs, in the Connecticut line in the Revolutionary War.

He enlisted again  18 July 1781, and served 3 months, 21 days as a private under Captain Clark and Colonel Willett in the service up the Mohawk River.  He fought in two major battles:"

"The Battle of Stony Point took place on July 16, 1779. In a well planned and …