Capt. John Sprague

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John Sprague

Birthplace: Fordington, Dorchester, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Ralph Sprague and Joanna Converse
Husband of Lydia Sprague
Father of Capt. Edward Sprague; Hannah Stowers; Lydia Sprague; Jonathan Sprague; Deborah Bucknam and 1 other
Brother of Jonathan Spraque; Jonathon Jabez Sprague; Capt. Richard Sprague; Jabez Spraque; Lt. Samuel Sprague and 3 others

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About Capt. John Sprague

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  • from "The Sprague Family: From Dorset, to Massachusetts & Gibraltar", by Joan Watkins, 1992, correspondent

In 1623 Ralph Sprague married Joanna Warren whose father Thomas Warren was thought to have lived in the Manor House at Fordington. In 1624 their first son John was born and baptised in the Church of Fordington St. George. Jonathan followed in 1625, (although there is no later mention of Jonathan it could be that he died in childhood.)

The year was 1629, Ralph was about 29 and a great friend of the Rev. John White. Somehow he was persuaded to uproot his family and join this scheme. According to records, Ralph, his wife Joanna and son John (aged about 4) together with his brothers Richard and William (only 19) agreed to join and set sail it is thought on the "Lyon's Whelp".

Even before Ralph died, his eldest son John was following in his father's footsteps, concerning himself with the community and building up various enterprises. England at that time was recovering from the Civil War, and Cromwell had become Protector. Religion and the unsettled estate had encouraged more and more families to look to New England for a better way of life. In 1651 John married Lydia Goffe. Like John, she too had been born in England, and traveled to New England with her father arriving in 1635.

In 1653 John was made Freeman of the Massachusetts Colony and later appointed to be one of a committee of three to lay out the county's highways between new towns Redding (now Wakefield) and Winnesmett (now Chelsea and Rivers). He joined the Malden Militia, first as an Ensign in 1654, then promoted to Lieutenant in 1664. Finally he was commissioned Captain and remained with the Foot Company of Malden from 1685-89. During his lifetime he was also chosen Selectman for Malden, then Representative in the General Court 1685-89 and Moderator and Clerk of the Writs in 1687. John and Lydia lived in a property known as Pound Farm, Malden (now Melrose). The house stood near Barrett's Mound on the southerly side of Maple Street. They had ten children: John, Lydia, Jonathan (born 1656) Samuel, Mary, Edward, Phineas, Deborah, Hannah and Sarah. It is thought that Mary died in infancy. Captain John as he was known, had a long life and was a much respected citizen. He died in 1692 and was buried in the Bell Rock Cemetery.


  1. [S643] Publication:American Families-Genealogies/Bio's., (New York, NY: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1921), "d. 24 June 1692.", pages 30-40..
  2. [S304] Sprague, Ralph & William, Sprague, Frank William, (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1909), "d. 25 June 1692.", page 3..
  3. [S304] Sprague, Ralph & William, Sprague, Frank William, (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1909), page 3..
  4. [S76] Book: Sprague, Ralph, Genealogy, Sprague, E. G., (Montpelier, VT:The Capital City Press, 1913), "m. March 2, 1651.", page 31.
  5. [S433] Book: New England Marriages, Torrey, Clarence A., (Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004), page 697.


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Capt. John Sprague's Timeline

May 23, 1624
Dorchester, Dorset, England
May 23, 1624
Dorchester, Dorset , England
Age 26
Malden, Middlesex, MA
September 1653
Age 29
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
August 8, 1656
Age 32
Malden, MA, USA
March 9, 1663
Age 38
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
September 1, 1670
Age 46
Middlesex, MA, USA
Age 45
June 25, 1692
Age 68
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Age 67
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States