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Birthplace: Duxbury, Plymouth co., Massachusetts
Death: Died in Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Occupation: Member of Genl Court 1689-91, served with Major Simon Willard in King Phillip's War
Managed by: Christopher Lee Empey
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About John Sprague

Information from the Sprague Project Database.

Sprague Families in America", by Dr. Warren Vincent Sprague, page 12.

John Sprague was Constable of Duxbury in 1692, and held other public trusts there at various times from 1684 to 1701. He was one of the conspicuous members of the Church in Duxbury.

1702-3, January 8. John Sprague, "Mariner," and Lydia his wife, of Duxbury, deeded 40 acres of upland with dwelling house and barn standing thereon in duxbury for 125 pounds to Israel Sylvester of Scituate. His last deed in Duxbury was given January 28, 1702-3. 1703. He removed to Lebanon, CT, probably in the spring of this year and became the owner of much land there.

1705, 1710, 1714. Selectman, Lebanon.

1706, May and Oct.; 1708, May and Oct.; 1709, May and Oct.; 1711, 1713, in May; 1714, 1716, 1718, in Oct.; 1719, May and Oct.; 1720, May. Rep. from Lebanon to General Court.

1706. He bore the title of Ensign; and of Lieut. in 1710-20.

1712-3, Jan. 8. He deeded to son Benjamin Sprague, land in Lebanon.

1713-4, Jan. 19. He deeded to son John Sprague, 120 acres of land.

1714, Sept. 21. He deeded to George Way, Jr., of Lyme, 100 acres of land.

1715-6, Jan. 18. He deeded to son Samuel sprague 120 acres of land.

1718, July 14. John Sprague, Sr., and John Sprague, Jr., agree to liberate Jack, an Indian slave bought by them when he has served faithfully 12 years, and give him a colt which they agree to keep free of charge until Jack sees fit to dispose of him. They also give him a ewe sheep, which they agree to keep and her increase for two years.

1726, July 6. Will mentions beloved wife, Mrs. Lois Sprague, granddaughter, Mary Way, and son Ephraim Sprague.

From George Sawyer.

Lt. John Sprague was a weaver and legislator.

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Notes for JOHN SPRAGUE:

John was Constable of Duxbury, MA, in 1692, and held other public trusts there at various times from 1684 to 1701.  He was also an active member of the church in Duxbury. 
On January 8, 1702/3, John and his wife Lydia deeded 40 acres of upland with dwelling to Israel Sylvester of Scituate (Plymouth Co. deeds, v. 103).  His last deed in Duxbury was given January 28, 1702/3. 
It is believed that in the spring of 1703, he moved to Lebanon, CT, and became the owner of much land there. 
In 1705, 1710 and 1714, he was Selectman from Lebanon.  In May & October 1706, May & October 1708, May & October 1709, May 1711, May 1713, 

October 1714, October 1716, October 1718, May & October 1719, and May 1720, he served as Representative from Lebanon to General Court. In 1706, he bore the title of Ensign and 1710-20, the rank of Lieutenant.

On January 8, 1712/13, he deeded land in Lebanon to his son Benjamin.  He deeded 120 acres of land to his son John on January 19, 1713/14.  On September 21, 1714, he deeded to his son-in law, George Way, Jr., of Lyme, 100 acres of land.  On January 18, 1715/16, he deeded to son Samuel, 120 acres of land.  All of the above deeds are registered in Lebanon, CT. 
On July 14, 1718, John and his son John agreed to liberate Jack, an Indian slave whom they had purchased, when he had served faithfully for 12 years.  They also gave him a colt which they agreed to keep free of charge until Jack saw fit to dispose of him.  In addition, they gave him an ewe sheep which they agreed to keep along with her offspring for two years.  This is also registered in the Lebanon deed records. 
In his will dated July 6, 1726, John mentions his second wife Lois, grand-daughter Mary Way and son Ephraim. 

-------------------- Served as town fence viewer and constable.

His homestead was in extreme South West corner of Milford, MA on the road from Mendon, MA.

1669- He removed to Menden, MA about this year.

1682- He sold his estate in Hingham, MA.

Siblings: Anthony born 2 September 1635, Samuel baptised 24 May 1640, Jonathan baptised 20 March 1641-died 4 July 1647, Persis baptised 12 November 1643-married John Doggett, Joanna baptised 16 December 1644-married Caleb Church, Jonathan born 28 May 1648, William born 7 May 1650, Mary born 25 April 1652-married Thomas King, and Hannah born 25 February 1654-died 31 March 1658.

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

(NOTE: Continued from John Sprague's Uncle William Sprague.)

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.

(NOTE: continued in Capt. John's second son's notes for Jonathan Sprague.)

"The Genealogical Register", July 1954, page 227. Capt. John Sprague was a member of the General Court from 1689 to 1691. He served with Major Simon Willard in King Philip's War.

"American Families--Genealogies and Biographical Information from Most Authentic Sources Including Much Valuable Material Drawn from Hitherto Unpublished Family Records with Accurate Reproduction--and Descriptions of Ancient Emblazonry Compiled by Masters of Genealogic and Heraldic Science", published by The American Historical Society, Inc., New York, 1921, pages 30-40. John Sprague was 14 years old when he came to America, took the freeman's oath May 18, 1653, was tall of stature, and of fine appearance. He succeeded his father in his homestead, and was engaged in shipping foreign trade with his Uncle Richard. In 1689-91, he was representative to the General Court, and was selectman of the town many years. Some of the early town meetings were held at his house. He belonged to the militia in Malden, advancing from ensign to captain; was with Major Willard in 1676; served in King Philip's War. He was known as Captain John Sprague. In 1652 he bought the Ell Pond farm from his brothers Richard and Samuel (Richard's part being sixty-seven acres of tillage land), which he bequeathed to his two sons John and Phineas. He owned many parcels of real estate as recorded by "Wyman", and among theme were four acres near the top of Bunker Hill. His estate settlement (Middlesex Probate Court No. 16068) mentions Lydia, his wife, and sons John, Phineas, Samuel, Edward, Jonathan, and daughters Lydia Greenland, Hannah Stowers, Deborah Sprague, and Sarah Fosdick. On March 2, 1650-1, he married Lydia, daughter of Edward and Lydia (Joyce) Goffe, of Cambridge, Mass. She was born in England and died Dec. 11, 1715, in Malden, In the will of Mrs. Margaret Witchfield, of Windsor, Conn., made in Cambridge, Mass., proved Oct. 5, 1669, the children, John and Lydia, were each given five pounds.

"The Ralph Sprague Genealogy", by E. G. Sprague, page 31 John was four years old when he came to America, took the Freeman's oath May 18, 1653; was tall of stature and of fine appearance; succeeded his father in his homestead; was engaged in shipping in foreign trade with his uncle Richard; Representative to the General Court in 1689-91; selectman of the town many years. Some of the early town meetings were held at his house; belonged to the militia in Malden, advancing from ensign to captain, was with Major Willard in 1676; served in King Philip's War among others in those dark days. He was known as Captain John Sprague. He bought the Ell Pond farm from his brothers Richard and Samuel in 1652, (Richard's part being sixty-seven acres of tillage land), which he bequeathed to his two sons, John and Phineas. He owned many parcels of real estate as recorded by "Wyman" and among them was four acres near the top of Bunker Hill. His estate settlement Middlesex Probate Court No. 16068, mentions Lydia, his wife, and sons John, Phineas, Samuel, Edward, Jonathan, and daughters Lydia Greenland, Hannah Stowers, Deborah Sprague, and Sarah Fosdick. March 2, 1651, he married Lydia, dau. of Edward and Lydia (Joyce) Goffe of Cambridge, Mass. In the will of Mrs. Margaret Witchfield of Windsor, Ct., made in Cambridge, Mass., proved October 5, 1669, the children, John and Lydia, were each given £5. [2]

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

(NOTE: Continued from John Sprague's Uncle William Sprague.)

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.

(NOTE: continued in Capt. John's second son's notes for Jonathan Sprague.)

"The Genealogical Register", July 1954, page 227. Capt. John Sprague was a member of the General Court from 1689 to 1691. He served with Major Simon Willard in King Philip's War.

"American Families--Genealogies and Biographical Information from Most Authentic Sources Including Much Valuable Material Drawn from Hitherto Unpublished Family Records with Accurate Reproduction--and Descriptions of Ancient Emblazonry Compiled by Masters of Genealogic and Heraldic Science", published by The American Historical Society, Inc., New York, 1921, pages 30-40. John Sprague was 14 years old when he came to America, took the freeman's oath May 18, 1653, was tall of stature, and of fine appearance. He succeeded his father in his homestead, and was engaged in shipping foreign trade with his Uncle Richard. In 1689-91, he was representative to the General Court, and was selectman of the town many years. Some of the early town meetings were held at his house. He belonged to the militia in Malden, advancing from ensign to captain; was with Major Willard in 1676; served in King Philip's War. He was known as Captain John Sprague. In 1652 he bought the Ell Pond farm from his brothers Richard and Samuel (Richard's part being sixty-seven acres of tillage land), which he bequeathed to his two sons John and Phineas. He owned many parcels of real estate as recorded by "Wyman", and among theme were four acres near the top of Bunker Hill. His estate settlement (Middlesex Probate Court No. 16068) mentions Lydia, his wife, and sons John, Phineas, Samuel, Edward, Jonathan, and daughters Lydia Greenland, Hannah Stowers, Deborah Sprague, and Sarah Fosdick. On March 2, 1650-1, he married Lydia, daughter of Edward and Lydia (Joyce) Goffe, of Cambridge, Mass. She was born in England and died Dec. 11, 1715, in Malden, In the will of Mrs. Margaret Witchfield, of Windsor, Conn., made in Cambridge, Mass., proved Oct. 5, 1669, the children, John and Lydia, were each given five pounds.

"The Ralph Sprague Genealogy", by E. G. Sprague, page 31 John was four years old when he came to America, took the Freeman's oath May 18, 1653; was tall of stature and of fine appearance; succeeded his father in his homestead; was engaged in shipping in foreign trade with his uncle Richard; Representative to the General Court in 1689-91; selectman of the town many years. Some of the early town meetings were held at his house; belonged to the militia in Malden, advancing from ensign to captain, was with Major Willard in 1676; served in King Philip's War among others in those dark days. He was known as Captain John Sprague. He bought the Ell Pond farm from his brothers Richard and Samuel in 1652, (Richard's part being sixty-seven acres of tillage land), which he bequeathed to his two sons, John and Phineas. He owned many parcels of real estate as recorded by "Wyman" and among them was four acres near the top of Bunker Hill. His estate settlement Middlesex Probate Court No. 16068, mentions Lydia, his wife, and sons John, Phineas, Samuel, Edward, Jonathan, and daughters Lydia Greenland, Hannah Stowers, Deborah Sprague, and Sarah Fosdick. March 2, 1651, he married Lydia, dau. of Edward and Lydia (Joyce) Goffe of Cambridge, Mass. In the will of Mrs. Margaret Witchfield of Windsor, Ct., made in Cambridge, Mass., proved October 5, 1669, the children, John and Lydia, were each given £5. [2]

-------------------- "They lived in Mendon where he held town offices and had a large grant of land. They had eight children."

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.

According to Cutter (p. 1028) "Sprague Island was given him by his father; he died in Mendon, 1690."

Cutter, William Richard. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation. Vol. 3. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913.

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John Sprague's Timeline

1624
May 23, 1624
Hingham, New Plymouth Col., Plymouth Co., Massachusetts
May 23, 1624
Fordington,Dorset,England
1638
April 1638
Duxbury, Plymouth co., Massachusetts
April 1638
Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
April 1638
Hingham, Plymouth, Ma
1651
March 9, 1651
Age 12
Malden, Essex, Mass
1654
1654
Age 15
1656
1656
Age 17
1658
1658
Age 19
1661
April 13, 1661
Age 23