Timothy Sprague (1700 - 1765)

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Birthplace: Malden, MA, USA
Death: Died in Malden, MA, USA
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About Timothy Sprague

"The Ralph Sprague Genealogy", by E. G. Sprague, page 52

Timothy succeeded his father and grandfather Captain John in the homestead; was well to do, possessed considerable land, several houses, a fulling mill and a grist mill, both getting power from Spot Pond, which was in itself a valuable possession now that it had been raised by a nine foot dam, giving abundant water privilege. He built what was known as the guard house near the dam to protect if and lived there. Though annoyed and harassed through his life by towns trying to get a title of Spot Pond, which had been in the possession of the Spragues one hundred years, and by law suits concerning the overflow of adjoining meadows, he succeeded in preserving the dam and pond at great cost and sacrifice of time. This was a great blessing to future generations who now enjoy the beauties of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. This property was all disposed of in his will which he made October 3, 1765, to his family, beside bequests to several others; for instance, to his cousin Joseph of Leicester he gave two negroes, Christie and Jethro. He held many positions of trust. In 1739, as agent for the town, he petitioned the court to rule that there be no gates hung across any town road. Traveling at this time was entirely on foot or horseback and the inconvenience of gates had not been great, but vehicles were beginning to be used and unobstructed roads were desirable.

There is some evidence that Timothy married a Sarah Whipple of Ipswich but all reliable dates are wanting. [1]

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  1. [S76] Book: Sprague, Ralph, Genealogy, Sprague, E. G., (Montpelier, VT:The Capital City Press, 1913), page 52.

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Timothy Sprague's Timeline

1700
May 23, 1700
Malden, MA, USA
1759
October 18, 1759
Age 59
Malden, MA, USA
1760
December 24, 1760
Age 60
Malden, MA, USA
1762
October 2, 1762
Age 62
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1765
April 21, 1765
Age 64
October 10, 1765
Age 65
Malden, MA, USA