Genealogy (in part) of the Sprague Families in America.

As descended from Edward Sprague of England from 1614. This book starts out the with the wills of Edward Sprague and that of his son William, who settled in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636.

Edward Sprague (1576 – 1614) was my 10th great-grandfather. He is the starting point of this small, 49 page, book published by Augustus B. R. Sprague in 1905.

“The purpose of this work is not to give a complete or exhaustive history of the Sprague Families who settled in America, but to briefly record their origin as descended from Edward Sprague of England, three of whose sons emigrated to this country during the year 1628. Also, to furnish brief genealogies of three of his sons, particularly that of William who settled in Charlestown and Hingham, Mass.”

So for further reason of my interest in obtaining this book, William mentioned above was my 9th great-grandfather.

Edward Sprague (1576-1614) – Christina Hollard (1578-1651)

Edward Sprague was a resident of Upway, Dorset, England, and a fuller by trade. Not knowing what a fuller was, I looked it up in wikipedia: “A fuller, a worker who cleanses wool through the process of fulling .” I guess I had better find out what is the process of fulling. So, I found “a step in woollen clothmaking which involves the cleansing of cloth (particularly wool) to eliminate oils, dirt, and other impurities, and to make it thicker.” and “process that increases the thickness and compactness of woven or knitted wool by subjecting it to moisture, heat, friction, and pressure until shrinkage of 10–25% is achieved.” OK, got it, I think.

“Edward and Christina had six children: Ralph, Alice, Edward, Richard, Christopher, and William. Ralph, Richard, and William, in company with John Endicott, arrived at Naumkeag (Salem) in 1628. They came over in the interest of the Massachusetts Bay Company, to prepare a new colony, and this company decreed ‘that none but honest and Godly men should go over to settle'”.

And in Prince’s Chronology we learn they were to explore and take possession of the country westward. They traveled to Charlestown on the neck of the Mishawum (between the Mystic and Charles Rivers) and made peace with the natives there.

On February 10, 1643-5, the order creating a Board of Selectmen was passed. Richard and William Sprague, among others, signed said order.

William Sprague (1609-26 Oct 1675) – Millicent Eames (1615-1696)

William Sprague of Charlestown and Hingham, is called a planter. He married Millesaint Eames, daughter of Anthony Eames. She passed away on 8 February 1696. William and Millesaint were the parents of 11 children: Anthony (1635-1719), John (1638-1690), Samuel (1640- ), Elizabeth (1641- ), Jonathan (1642-1647), Perses (1643- ), Joanna (1644- ), Jonathan (1648-1741), William (1650- ), Mary (1652- ), and Hannah (1655-1658).

Jonathan Sprague (1648-1741) – Mehitable Holbrook (1649-1710)

Jonathan and Mehitable Holbrook Sprague (my 8th great grandparents) were married on 20 July 1670 in Providence, Rhode Island. Mehitable was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Pitts Holbrook. William was a member of the house of deputies for 16 years between 1695 and 1714, and was Speaker of the House in 1703. The couple were the parents of Jonathan ( -1712), William (1691-1768), Patience (1674- ), Joanna ( -1757), and Mary ( )

Patience Sprague married William Jenks. son of Joesph Jencks, Jr. and Esther Ballard. These were my 7th great grandparents. The recount of my pedigree ends with the statement that they were the parents of 10 children.

A very small book, but with a great deal of early American history with the merging of the Sprague family with that of the Eames, Holbrook, and Jenks families. The wills of both Edward and William have been transcribed into this tiny tome. I will be posting the contents of each at a later date.

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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