Happy 372nd Birthday, Grandfather Sprague!

Jonathan Sprague, my 8 time great grandfather, was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 28 May 1648, to William and Millicent Eames Sprague.  He married Mehitable Holbrook, daughter of William and Elizabeth Pitts Holbrook, 20 July 1670, in Providence, Rhode Island.  In 1672, the couple removed to Mendon, Massachusetts.  William Sprague died in 1675 and left Jonathan 60 acres of land in Providence, Rhode Island, where the family relocated before 1680.  He was appointed, with other, by the Assembly to run the eastern line of the Colony.

From Genealogy (In Part) of the Sprague Family in America As Descended from Edward Sprague of England from 1614, compiled by Augustus B. R. Sprague. 1905:

“Jonathan Spague was evidently a man of strong character, was one of the most prominent and influential citizens of his town, and served frequently in public office. He was a member of the House of Deputies for sixteen years between 1695 and 1714; Speaker of the House in 1703, and member of the Town Council, eight years, from 1705 to 1712; Clerk of the Assembly in 1707.  In 1703, he, with two others, was appointed to draw up the methods and proceedings of the Court of Common Pleas.

“Of a decidedly religious bent, he professed the Baptist faith, and preached as an exhorter. — Staples’ Annals of Providence

“He died probably in Smithfield, Rhode Island, September 1741.”

Jonathan and Mehitable were the parents of 6: Jonathan, Joanna, an infant daughter, Patience (1674) [my 7 time great grandmother], William (1691), and Mary (1697).   Their daughter Patience married William Jenks, connecting that family line.

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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