And Massachusetts, too…

Early History of Lynn, Massachusetts by Obadiah Oldpath

Besides the author’s name drawing me to this work, I knew that a number of my ancestors passed through Lynn, Massachusetts in the mid 1600s. A number of ancestors appear through the book, and from pages 420 – 426, the section is devoted to Joseph Jenks, the younger, my 8 times great-grandfather.

“Joseph Jenks [1627-1717], the younger, who labored with his father [Joseph Jenks, the elder – 1599-1683] at the Iron Works [Saugus Iron Works], was a frequent visitor to the Anchor [Tavern], in Captain Marshall’s time. He was opinionated, and quite free to express his estimation of others. But he was intelligent, generous and companionable and withal an ingenious worker on such machinery as was required in the industrial arts of those days. For these reasons, if no other, he naturally stood high in the community. On the long winter evenings he was always welcome in the bar-room or the parlor, and regarded as one of the chief entertainers; joined zealously in the debates, and being among those best informed on current topics, received marked attention. With the irrepressible landlord [of the tavern] he very well agreed on political questions, and few exceeded him in fervor of lamentation over the restoration of the monarchy or in denuciation of those through whom it was brought about. His loyal opponents, at one time, not being able to overcome him in argument, resorted to the questionable expedient of accusing him of treason.”

And a few pages later:

“But he should not have been there [at the tavern] too much at night, for he had a wife [Esther Ballard, 1633-1695] at home. That he had affection for her, too, and acted the part of the indulgent husband cannot be doubted. As she was a lady of some account among the more fashionable of the little community, and withal comely in person, he took pleasure in seeing her bedecked in such a manner that the jewel should lose no lustre though an unbecoming setting. Here again he was brought into trouble, for the watchful Court, in a series of sumptuary enactments, sought to discourage every species of extravagance; and upon the 29th of June, 1652, at the Quarterly session, this presentment was made: ‘We present Ester, the wife of Joseph Jenks, Junior, ffor wearing silver lace.’ “

8 times Great-Grandmother was fined 2 shillings for this “crime”!

Traits are genetic?

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Then there is the Connecticut Family

I had joined the Descendants of Gov Thomas Welles of Connecticut at the urging of my distant cousin. Shortly after I joined, an initial version of the above was released. Then my 10th cousin, once removed, got really busy and over a short period, published the six-volume set.

Descendants of Gov. Thomas Welles of Connecticut, Volume 1, 2nd Edition – Barbara Jean Mathews

Descendants of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut and his Wife Alice Tomes, Volume 2, Part A – Barbara Jean Mathews

Descendants of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut and his Wife Alice Tomes, Volume 2, Part B – Barbara Jean Methews

The Descendants of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut and his Wife Alice Tomes, Volume 3, Part A – Kathryn Smith Black

The Descendants of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut and his Wife Alice Tomes, Volume 3, Part B – Donna Holt Siemiatkoski

The Descendants of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut and his Wife Alice Tomes, Volume 3, Part C – Barbara Jean Mathews

This is the lineage of my second Colonial Governor ancestor — also descendant from Governor Jencks of Rhode Island.

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And then, I found Grandmother Thankful Isham – my roadblock for years.

I had been stumped as to what was next in my 5 times great grandmother, Thankful Isham, pedigree. I was stumped for a number of years and I admit this is where I stopped looking because it was too daunting. Thankful married Jonathan Simons and among their 9 children was my 4 times great grandmother, Mercy. Mercy married Noah Munn, Jr on 26 Nov 1796, and they were the parents of 11, including my 3 times great grandmother, Hannah. Hannah married Horatio Lee on 5 April 1825, in West Bloomfield, Ontario, New York. But Thankful was my brick wall to go any further.

Then, looking through my DNA matches in December, 2019, on MyHeritage, I saw a 40 cM, 2 segment, 23.3 cM longest, match with the surname of ISHAM! I quickly sent a message and was surprised to get a fairly quick response. I had asked if Thankful was in his line. He replied that she was not, but there was this book on the Isham family that might have some insight. I found it on Amazon (where else), for the low, low price of over $400.00! I kept looking and ran across a reasonably priced copy (above). My match and I turn out to be 6th cousin, once removed.

Thankfully, Thankful was there and a great deal of her pedigree, including that her mother was Rebecca Fuller, with a direct line back to Edward Fuller and his wife, and their son, Samuel, who all arrived in North America aboard the Mayflower in 1620. So, Thankful was transformed from a brick wall into my gateway to the Mayflower Society!

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And then, back to the Norman Conquest of England …

The book on the Lee family pointed me to this book on the Stevens GenealogySome Descendants of the Fitz Stephen Family in England and New England by C. Ellis Stevens, 1905

As an introduction, the book begins:

“The Norman house of the Fitz Stephen originally too its cognomen from the Christian name borne in honor of St. Stephen, the first martyr of the Church. “

The line of pedigree begins with Airard Fitz Stephen, a nobleman of Normandy who placed by William the Conqueror in command of the “Mora”, the ship presented by his Duchess, and eventual Queen, Matilda of Flanders for his personal use in the fleet conveying Norman forces to England for the Battle of Hastings, 1066.

The line continues down to the parents of Elizabeth Stevens, the Honorable Thomas Stevens, an officer in the military expedition against the Dutch of New York during the War between England and the Netherlands in 1654. Elziabeth was my 7 times great grandmother. Thomas was my 8 times great grandfather. Tracing the pedigree back Airard Fitz Stephens was my 28 times great grandfather.

The book goes into great detail on the rewards Airard was given for making it possible for William, Duke of Normandy, to eventually become William, the Conqueror, King of England. There are also additional histories of the others in the direct line. Many nobles and landed family members. The final entry was for 8 times great grandfather, Thomas Stevens Thomas was born in England, but came to North America as part of the English Army, and stayed. He was one of the founders of Killingworth, Connecticut; was a member of the General Court form 1671-1683. Thomas died in Connecticut on 18 November 1685. His daughter, Elizabeth, my 7 times great grandmother, married Edward Lee in 1687 and this continued my Lee line down to my great grandmother Effie Clarissa Lee who married, Lemuel Weaver.

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The 400 Year Story of an American Family

My 5th cousin mentioned in a letter that there was this book about our Lee ancestors that I might want to find. The book was The 400 Year Story of an American Family, Characters, Communities & Contributions, by Paul B. Lee, 2016. OK, she knew what to say to get me to check our Amazon, find and order the book. The Highlights start out:

Study of the Lee Family’s Maternal Branches

“This section is about our ancestors Hugh Lees, Edward Lee, William Backus, Matthew Beckwith, and Francis Bushnell. They founded the close knit Saybrook Colony, along with Edward Griswald, an ancestor of Amy Griswald Lee.”

“We also learn about how William Backus went on to become one of the 39 founders of Norwich (CT) in 1659 when the Mohegan chief Uncas sold to the settlers “nine miles square’ “

So far this track with my research. Then the next section begins:

The Lee – Stevens Branch

“Here we learn that Edward Lee was a single parent before he remarried to Lemuel’s mother, Abigail Stevens. Abigail’s ancestry traces back to 11th Century England and the Norman Conquest. Abigail’s [grand]father, John Stephens, was one of the early settlers of Guilford (CT). Details of his advance in rank from ‘common’ to ‘free’ man are included in this section.”

OK, I knew that my 7 times great grandmother, Abigail Stevens Lee, was from Guilford and that she was married to 7 times great grandfather, Edward Lee. I had no idea about the family dating back to the Norman Conquest of England. Digging deeper into this volume led me to the family name was really Fitz-Stephens in Normandy in the 11th Century. This led me to do more research on Grandmother Abigail’s Fitz-Stephens lineage. This will be next week’s book from my library.

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After the Jenks Family, I discovered my Botsford roots

My great-great-great grandmother was Almira Botsford Jenks, wife of Morris Jenks.

Because the Botsford name was familiar in my area (the Botsford Inn was a famous local of the famous and want-to-be famous.

I decided to look into any connection. After a search of the Botsford Query page and posting of my interest, a distant cousin replied that I needed to get into contact with the Botsford Family Association. I made the contact and purchased the first volume of the Botsford Genealogy, The Line of Samuel,1.1.3, 1977. This was a 2-inch-thick tome that recounted the descendants of Samuel Botsford of Milford, Connecticut, the third son of Elnathan 1.3 and grandson of Henry 1. Well, to my surprise, on page 657 was my grandfather, Lee Goodliff Weaver, his wife, and children (my mother was the second child). From Grandpa, I worked my way back up the line and then back down the line to the Inn which was named by my great great grand uncle.

Since the release of Volume 1 in 1977, a supplement was issued in 1991. No new members of my immediate family. OK, so I am now a member of the Botsford Family Historical Association and Supplement No 3, 2006, includes my generation plus one.

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The First Family History Book I found with my family mentioned.

The first family history book I found (at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society Library) was the Jenks Family of America by William B, Browne. The book was commissioned by Harlan Walker Jenks and published in 1952, ten years after his death. On page 399, I found my great grandmother, Effie Clarissa Lee, who married Lemuel Weaver and was born on August 3, 1859. She is listed, along with her siblings, beneath her mother, Esther Jenks Lee, married to Charles Norton Lee. Great-Great Grandmother Lee [Esther Jenks] was born in Southfield Twp, Oakland County, Michigan on October 24, 1832, before Michigan became a state. The Jenks line follows through her father, Morris Jenks to his parents, Laban and Prudence White Jenks, all the way to Joseph Jenks, the inventor, who held the first patent issued in the American Colonies.

When I did my own research on the line, I found a number of inaccuracies and corrected these in my own records of our lineage and family. I then received histories from distant cousins that I and met through various online sites. Their histories were word-for-word out of the book. In every case, they claimed this record had been in their families for generations (i.e. preceding the publication date). This has led me to believe this was an early crowd sourced project.

I was most surprised a few years after returning the original book from the NEHGS Library, that a copy was available to purchase. Of course, I bought it!! Then to my further surprise a few years later, I found the book had been digitized and available for download; which, of course, I did.

In part of the biographical data about, my Great-Great-Great Grandmother Jenks (Prudence White) was the clause that said she was the descendant of a Mayflower passenger. There was no mention of which one or the lineage that got her back to that person. I have spent a lot of time gathering evidence on her lineage and have as yet tied her to any of the Mayflower passengers. I have applied to the Mayflower society on a different pedigree line and have been admitted, but I still am looking for this second connection.

I did confirm the Jenks line back to participation in the American Revolution (Patriot Side), and have used that connection to join the Sons of the American Revolution. But, in tracing Prudence’s pedigree, I find I have potential supplemental applications I can make to the SAR!

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9 Times Great Grandfather, William Sprague, Last Will and Testament (1675)

William Sprague’s Will

In the name of God, Amen. The nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord God, one thousand, six hundred, seventy & five.  I, William Sprague, senior, of Hingham, in New England, being sick in body, but yet of perfect memory; praise be almighty God! do make and declare this my last will and testament, in manner and form following: Revoking, and, by these presents making void, and of no force, all and every will and wills heretofore by me made, and declared, either by word or writing, and this to be taken only, for my last will, and none other.

First and principally, I commit and commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the earth, to be decently buried, at the discretion of my executor hereafter mentioned, hoping of salvation, both of soul and body, by the mercies of God in the merits of my Savior Jesus Christ. And as for such temporal estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I do order, give and dispose the same in manner and form as followeth – that is to say:

First – I will that all those just debts and duties that I owe in right and conscience to any person whatsoever, shall be well and truly contended and paid by my executor hereafter named out of my estate, with my funeral charges, which I will shall be first paid.

Item – I give and bequeath unto Millesaint Sprague, my loving wife, the sum of 10 pounds in money, and one cow and one horse.

Item – I give unto the said Millesaint, my wife, 10 pounds per annum during the term of her natural life, (to be paid to her by my son, William Sprague, which I have reserved for her, as may fully appear by a deed of gift under my hand and seal to said son, William, of my house and several lands and commons, as is therefore expressed,) and the summering and wintering of one cow and one horse, and the use of one half of my dwelling house, and half the orchard, according as I have reserved upon the said deed of gift.

Item – I give unto Millesaint, my said wife, thirty and five pounds which is due from me by my son, Anthony Sprague, to be paid five pounds a year until the whole is paid: that is to say in case my said wife lived until all the said payments be made to her: but if my wife decease, before all said payments of thirty and five pounds be made, then my mind and will is that what is remaining unpaid of the said thirty and five pounds at my wife’s decease, shall be divided equally amongst all my children hereafter named, that is to say my son Anthony Sprague, my son Samuel Sprague, my son William Sprague, my daughter Perses Doggett, the wife of John Doggett, Joanna Church, the wife of Caleb Church, and Mary King, the wife of Thomas King, every one of them to have part and part alike.

Item – I give unto Millesaint, my said wife, all my household stuff and furniture, linen, woolen, and utensils of household whatsoever, for and during the term of her natural life: and after my wife’s decease my mind and will is, that it shall be divided amongst all our aforesaid children, every one of them to have part and part alike. And all my cattle not before given in this my will, to be immediately after my decease disposed by my executor or as followeth; that is to say: to my son William Sprague two steers three years old, and the one cow; and all the rest of my cattle to be equally divided among the rest of my children aforenamed every one of them to have part and part alike.

Item – I give and bequeath unto Anthony Sprague, my SWORD, which was my brother Richard Sprague’s, and one of my biggest pewter platters and twenty shillings in money; which with what I have given him before, in land and other things, and his part of my household stuff in cattle, after the decease of myself and my wife, as is afore expressed, I judge a sufficient portion for him.

Item – I give unto my son John Sprague, a piece of saltmarsh, lying in Lyford’s liking River, in Hingham, containing two acres and a half, be it more or less, which was given me by the town of Hingham, to enjoy to him and to his heirs and assigns forever. And I give unto my son John Sprague my searge suit of apparel, which with the neck of upland, called Sprague’s Island, lying by the aforesaid meadow which I formally gave to him I judge a sufficient portion for him.

Item – I give unto my son Samuel Sprague my cloth coat, which was my brother’s and one of my biggest pewter platters.

Item – I give and bequeath unto my son Jonathan Sprague, threescore acres of land, lying in the bounds of the Township of Providence, in New England, which I lately purchased of John Dexter, of the said Providence; which said threescore acres of land, I do give to my son Jonathan during the term of his natural life; and after his decease unto his heirs male, lawfully begotten of his body, lawfully begotten or to be begotten; and for want of such heirs the said threescore acres of land to return to the next heirs of the Spragues descended from me. Also I give unto my said son Jonathan Sprague my best cloth suit of apparel.

Item – I give unto William Sprague one featherbed, which he used to lodge upon when he lived with me, and one of my best pewter platters.

Item – I do make and ordain Millesaint Sprague, my loving wife, my full and soul executrix of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof, I the said William Sprague have here to set my hand and seal the day above written.

William Sprague

Signed, sealed, published and delivered by the above said William Sprague, senior, to be his last will and testament in presence of these witnesses.

Daniel Cushing sen.

Matthew Cushing.

Daniel Cushing, sen., And Daniel Cushing, jr. Appeared before John Leverett, Esq., governor, etc.

Now it seemed that Edward Sprague was quite comfortable based on his last will and the living he made as a fuller. (See prior blog entry.) But, his son, William looks to have made his fortune in North America.

William Sprague was born in 1609 in Upway, Dorsetshire, England, to Edward and Christiana Holland Sprague. He came to North America with his brother, Ralph, in 1628 and by 1636 had settled in Hingham. On 26 May 1635, in Charlestown, Massachusetts, William married Millesaint Eames, the daughter of Anthony and Margery Pierce Eames. It was a very warm testament to their lives together that Grandmother figured so prominently in Grandfather’s will, even to the extent that she was names Executrix of his estate. William died on 26 October 1675. Millesaint lived until 8 February 1696. Their son, Jonathan, is my 8th Great Grandfather.

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10th Great Grandfather Edward Sprague’s Will (1614)

Will of Edward Sprague of England – – – 1614.

The VI-th day of June in the year of our Lord God, 1614.  In the name of God, Amen.

I, Edward Sprague of Upway in the County of Dorset, fuller, being sick and weak of body, but well and perfect in mind, thanks be given unto Almighty God, do ordain and appoint this my last Will and Testament to be made in manner and form following. This is to say, first of all, I do bequeath my soul unto Almighty God, my savior and redeemer, and my body to be buried within the church yard. As for such temporal goods as God has blessed me withall, I give and bequeath as hereafter follows: viz. I give unto the parish church of Upway ten shillings.

Item – I give unto the poor of the said parish of up way ten shillings.

Item – I give unto Ralph Sprague my eldest son one of the oldest pairs of shears in my shop and one lesser pair called the quarrell.

Item – I give and bequeath unto my eldest daughter Alice Sprague fifty pounds, to be paid within one year after my decease.

Item – I give and bequeath unto Edward Sprague my second son, two pairs of shears and twenty pounds to be paid likewise within one year after my decease.

Item – I give and bequeath into Richard Sprague my third son twenty pounds to be paid when he shall be one in twenty years of age.

Item – I give and bequeath into Christopher Sprague my fourth son twenty pounds to be paid when he shall be of the age of one and twenty years.

Item – I give and bequeath unto William Sprague my youngest son twenty pounds to be paid when he shall be of the age of one and twenty years.

All the rest of my goods movable and unmovable I give and bequeath into Christian [Christiana] Sprague my wife whom I do make my whole [sole] executrix of this my last will and testament.

Memorand: that if Richard Sprague, Christopher Sprague or William Sprague shall happen to die either of them before they shall be of the age of one and twenty years that then his legacy to be divided between the other two, or if two of them shall happen to die before they shall be of the age of one and twenty years, that then their legacies to remain to the other then living.

Finally, I do appoint Harvey Samweys and Willia[m] Bryar overseers of this my last will and testament in presence of those whose names are underwritten.

John Bishop.

John Taylor.

His

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Mark

Memorandum: that whereas, the living of the aforesaid Edward Sprague does fall into his son Ralph Sprague after his decease, the said Ralph Sprague doth upon his father’s request promised that his mother Christian [Christiana] Sprague shall quietly enjoy the said living until he shall be one in twenty years of age.

Inventory

A true and perfect inventory indented of all and singular the goods rightes, chattels and dets of Edward Sprague late of Upway in the County of Dorset, fuller, deceased made sixth day of June and priced and valued by Thomas Leball, John Sellar, William Bryar and Francis George, as follow with, viz., 1614.

Imprimus, his wearing apparel                                               

Item, a piece of russet cloth                                    

item, two beds furnished                                          

item, one coverlet and a carpet                

item, ten pair of sheets, board cloths, with two pair of pillow buys, and six table napkins  

Item, thirteen silver spoons                                      

item, 1 cupboard, nineteen pewter vessels, three candlesticks, and three salts

item, four coffers, one chest, two chairs and a flasket      

 item, a sword and dagger                                                         

item, two other beds furnished                               

item, mill

item, a sack of wheat and a sack of malt              

item, iron ropes, with other old yron                     

item, one willow, for old tugs with a hedlop                       

item, one table, board and cupboard                                    

item, five barrels, with other timber vessels        

item, to frying pans, one spit, to andyrons,   three pair of pot hooks, with other kytchin stuff         

item, one in twenty brass vessels                            

item, butter and cheese                                             

item, a cheese press, the latter thread, with other small implement                             

item, for pair of Fuller’s shears with the sheer boards and iron bar, beams, and scales and weights with other things in the mill 

item, three saddles                                                                   

item, one pyge                                                               

item, seven kyne with three yearlings                           

item, one horse                                                              

item, fourscore sheep and forty-two lambs                   

item, 4 acres and a half of corn                                     

item, due unto the administratrix without specialty      

item, due upon bond                                                      

suma totalissimus Inventury,                                        

So, the estate was valued at £ 257, 6 s.

Probation and Registration of the Will of Edward Sprague

We, George, by Divine Providence, Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of all England and Metropolitan, make it known that on the 13th day of the month of October in the year of our Lord, 1614, at London, before that venerable man Sir John Benet, Knight and Doctor of laws, custos or commissary of our prerogative court of Canterbury, due proof was made of the Will of Edward Sprague late of Upwaie in the County of Dorset, in the diocese of Bristol, of our providence of Canterbury, deceased, having while he lived and at the time of his death goods rights and credits in the aforesaid diocese or peculiar jurisdiction.

Upon the production and proof of the same testament, the administration of all and singular, is goods, rights and credits, the accounts calculations and reckonings of an administration of this sort having been heard without diminution from the same are adjudged to pertain to us alone and not any other, judge inferior to us.

Mission was issued for ministry all and singular, the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased and all things whatsoever contained in his will to Christiana Sprague, widow of said deceased and the executrix nominated in his will, well and faithfully to administer the same and to make a full and true inventory of all and singular, the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased to be brought to our prerogative court of Canterbury, on the 2d day after the feast of St. Oblasus, Bishop, and also to exhibit and return a full and true computation, calculation, or reckoning thereof.

Even on the year, day, and the hour above written, and of all our translation the fourth year.              

Edmund Woodhall

Register

Looking at Grandfather Sprague’s inventory and who got what bequests, it appears that the family was living comfortably in 1614. I am glad I looked up what a fuller was as an occupation since him calling out a number of scissors would be confusing if I had not done that. From the looks of the bequests, a number of the sons were following in the same trade.

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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.

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