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Thomas Sprigg, Jr.

Birthplace: Kettering, Northumberland, England
Death: Died in Northampton, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Sprigg, Sr. and Catherine Ann Sprigg (Griffin)
Husband of Katherine Sprigg and Eleanor Sprigg
Father of Alice Brashears; Thomas Sprigg; Nathaniel Sprigg; Samuel Sprigg; Catherine Sprigg and 14 others
Brother of Sarah Sprigg; John Jacob Sprigg; Abraham Sprigg; Katherine Sprigg and Joanne Tyler

Managed by: Richard Arthur Neary
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About Captain Thomas Sprigg, Jr.

Lord of Northampton Manor

came to VA @1650

Moved from Virginia to Maryland in about 1630

After Katherine's death, married Eleanor Nuthall

Emigrated from England to Virginia, arriving around 1669, and resided in Northampton County, removed to Maryland; served against Nanticoke Indians before 1678; commander, for Calvert Co,. 1661; justice, 1667-1674;presiding justice, 1674; high sheriff 1663-64.

Thomas Sprigg's biographers said he was "an officer in the Royal Lancers." Sharon Doliante's book (cited before) says they are unable to confirm this, but that in 1653, in Virginia, he "signed himself as 'Leift. Sprigge,' meaning he was an officer in the military. He came to Virginia as a "Cavalier" and left England "immediately after the execution of Charles I in 1649 . . . " Burke’s Landed Gentry says this for the lineage of a James Cresap Sprigg: "Lieut. Thomas Sprigg of Kettering, Northamptonshire England, b. 1630, officer with Royal army, left Great Britain to settle in America before 1650 . . . .”

Cap badge (motto) of the Queen's Royal Lancers

There is a picture in Doliante's book of a painting of Thomas Sprigg by Jacob Huysman (shown on this page). The painting is still in the possesion of a descendant, says Doliante. At any rate, he is in full Court dress and is left-handed (he is holding the handle of a rapier in his left hand).

Three of his descendants were governors of Maryland: Robert Bowie (1803-4-5 and 1811); Samuel Sprigg (1819-1822) and Oden Bowie (1869). He was the owner of “Northampton” (destroyed by fire in 1909) in Prince George’s County, MD, as well as Resurection Manor. He served as a commissioner (justice) in both Virginia and Maryland. His will, includes a list of goods and chattels and slaves, and begins on p. 945 in Doliante's book (which is in our possession)..

From Tidewater Maryland Architecture and Gardens, a Sequel to Early Manor and Plantation Houses of Maryland, by Henry Chandlee Forman:

In the section "Sprigg's Northampton and L'Enfant's Garden: "One of the important estates of Prince George's County is Northampton, a tract of 1000 acres surveyed on May 26, 1673, for Thomas Sprigg I, born in Northamptonshire, England, and who later became High sheriff, Justice, and Commissioner of Calvert County, Maryland. He was married twice, first to Katherine Roper, as sister-in-law of Governor William Stone of Maryland . . . , then to Eleanor Nuthall, a granddaughter of John Nuthall, who owned the Manor of Cornwaleys Crosse and St. Elizabeth's Manor near St. Mary's City.

"When Sprigg died in 1704 he bequeathed to his son, Thomas II, 'my dwelling home and all houses and land of Northampton and Rolling that I have not disposed of, and one part of five hundred acres of land I patented for me, The Manor Collington.' In 1707, fifty acres of Northampton were possessed by Thomas Brooke, and 850 by Thomas Sprigg II.

"It is evident that the timber-framed gambrel-roofed house which stood on the Northampton tract had been erected by Thomas Sprigg I before his death in 1704." (There is a description of the house, a photograph taken about fourteen years before it burned down in 1909, and a drawing of the garden.)

"At Northampton once lived Samuel Sprigg, who was Governor of Maryland from 1819 to 1822. In 1811, on New Year's Day, he brought his bride, Violette Lansdale, to this homestead; and in 1812 their daughter Sally was born. When the British military forces made their attack on Washington, they came to Northampton and, out of regard for the helplessness of the young Violette and her baby, they refrained from burning the home.

"President Madison took refuge here from the British after the Battle of Bladensburg on August 14, 1814 . . . . The event most significant to Northampton was the visit of Pierre L'Enfant, that great French engineer, who planned the Federal City on the banks of the Potomac. He is credited with designing and laying out, in whole, or in part, the gardens at Northampton in the year 1788 — the date of the wing of the house.

"Off to the south once stood a little brick schoolhouse, and to the west stands a 'switch willow,' grown up from a little switch planted over 40 years ago (ca. 1916). The great locust tree, adjacent to the rose beds, has a trunk covered with ivy sentimentally brought from the Fairfax domicile, Leeds Castle, England. Down the hill and below the garden are two large slave quarters, one a brick duplex, the other with vertical-board walls, each having a central chimney."

From "The Pedigree of Fletcher Garrison Hall," by Garrison Kent Hall, Boston, NEHGS, 1979, page 239. ". . . nr. Northampton City, VA. 1651; nr. Resurrection Manor, Calver Co., Md.; Northampton Manor, Md. "Thomas Sprigg, the colonist and Lord of Northampton Manor, probably came from Northamptonshire, England, and first settled in Northampton County, Virginia, where he and John Nuthall signed the 'Submission to Parliament' in 1651. He probably came to Maryland with Gov. Stone. He was a party to a suit against John Nevill in the Provincial Court in October 1657. He lived at first near Resurrction Manor in that part of Calvert County that was afterwards called Prince George's County and later at Northampton, which in 1910 was still in possession of the descendant Lord Fairfax of Cameron.

"Sprigg was one of the Justices of the Peace and of the Quorum for Calvert County in 1658-1661-1667-1669-1670-1674, commisioned High Sheriff of Calvert County April, 1664, and held the office until May, 1665. He was Justice of the Peace and of the Quorum in Prince George's County in 1696. Thomas Sprigg's first wife, Catherine, died after August 17, 1661, probably without issue.

"He built Northampton Manor house, encircled by a plantation of 800 acres, prior to 1661. His direct descendants have owned and occupied this manor though seven generations. The full length portrait, in which Thomas Sprigg is in full court costume, ks still in the possession of his descendants. No other family other than the Sprigg family and their kindred ever owned the manorial rights of Northampton Manor although the Fairfax family about the end of the Civil War, 1865, became owners of the land."

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Captain Thomas Sprigg, Jr.'s Timeline

Kettering, Northumberland, England
Age 16
Maryland, United States
Age 19
Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's County, Province of Maryland

Of, Calvert, MD.

March 3, 1650
Age 20

This couple had 6 children.

Age 21
Northampton County, Virginia Colony
Age 23
Northampton, Virginia, USA
December 1655
Age 25
Northampton, Virginia, USA
Age 28
Calvert, Maryland, United States
Age 35
Charles County (Present Prince George's County), Province of Maryland
September 1668
Age 38
Calvert County, Province of Maryland