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Edward Sprague

Birthplace: probably , Upwey, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Weymouth, Dorset, England
Place of Burial: Saint Lawrence Church, Upwey, Dorsetshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Tristram Sprague and Elizabeth Sprague
Husband of Christian Sprague and Christiana Corbin
Father of William Sprague, of Hingham; Alice Eames; Lt. Ralph Sprague; Edward Sprague, II; Richard Sprague and 3 others
Brother of Richard Sprague; William Sprague; Anne or Hannah Sprague; Rebecca Sprague; Elizabeth Sprague and 4 others

Occupation: Fuller
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About Edward Sprague

Alternate death date 6/16/1614.


Please see this article about his origins:


"The Sprague Family From Dorset, To Massachusetts & Gibraltar.", by Joan Watkins, 1992, correspondent.

Turbulent politics and religious strife were widespread in England as the reign of King Henry VIII came to an end in 1547. The subsequent decade did not improve as contenders for the throne vied for supremacy until Elizabeth I became queen. During this era, Tristram Sprague was baptized in 1550 in Fordington St. George Church, Dorchester, part of the Hundreds of Uggescomb which belonged to the Duchy of Cornwall.

At that time the county of Dorset with its rolling green landscape of meadows and tillage was lush. Agriculture especially sheep and cattle thrived. It is believed that the Sprague family were by trade Fullers, so that the plentiful supply of fleece and local weaving enabled their business to flourish. Fulling is a craft going back to ancient times that is an essential part of finishing newly woven cloth. According to records there was a Mill situated on the banks of a stream drawn from the River Frome that ran through Dorchester in the vicinity of Fordington. It could be that this mill was used by the Sprague family for the purposes of Fulling. Also it is thought they lived nearby in a house on Mill Street (written about by Hardy as Mixen Lane.) According to a Census of 1641 a William Sprague lived in Mill Street.

In 1575, Tristram married Elizabeth Colt of Puddletown. A son Edward was born in 1576. He grew to manhood in this prosperous atmosphere, and in 1595 Edward married Christian Holland and moved from Dorchester to live in Upway, near Weymouth. Their home was the "Mill House" situated near the River Wey, a small stream that worked the Mill for Fulling. (Note: The Mill House is still in existence and the village boasts the "Sprague Wishing Well", and a set of Bells given to the church nearby).


Resided in Upway, County Dorset, England. -------------------- "Edward Sprague was a fuller. Left quite a property. His three sons came to this country in 1628. Ralph, Richard, and William, the latter our ancestor."

From "Gerry Remembers: A history of the Howe Family of Port Orchard, Washington" by Gerry Howe Sprague Bruckart with Esther Bretthauer Sicks, 1997. According to a note, the information was sent to Wendell Phillip Sprague by his cousin Olive, in a letter in 1916.

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Edward Sprague's Timeline

Upwey, Dorset, England
Age 4
Owermoigne, Dorsetshire, England
Age 16
Upway, Dorsetshire, England
June 20, 1599
Age 23
Weymouth, Dorset, England
December 15, 1601
Age 25
Fordington, Dorset, England
Age 27
June 20, 1604
Age 28
Upwey, Dorset, England
Age 31
Age 31
Upway, Dorset, England
October 26, 1610
Age 34
Upway, Dorset, England