Capt. Richard Sprague

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Richard Sprague

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Fordington, Dorset, England
Death: October 7, 1703 (75)
Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Ralph Sprague and Joanna Converse
Husband of Eunice Chester and Katherine Sprague
Brother of Capt. John Sprague, of Malden; Jonathan Sprague; Jabez Sprague; Lt. Samuel Sprague; Mary Edmunds and 3 others

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About Capt. Richard Sprague

  "The Ralph Sprague Genealogy", by E. G. Sprague, page 32

Richard was born in England; came to America in his mother's arms in 1628

He was a sea captain of the pink "Consent," for Nevis and St. Christopher, November 14, 1664. Succeeded to part of his uncle Richard's estate and foreign shipping trade with Barbadoes.

He made his will October 5, 1703, probated the 18th, devising to five sons of Bro. John and two sons of Samuel a farm; to daus.of John; to dau of Samuel; to Winefred Dexter; to Mary Edmands; to the poor of the town; to the ministry; to Mary Everton dau. of bro. Phineas; to sister Clark, wife of Timothy of Boston; £50 to the free school of Charlestown; £400 to Harvard College.

During the Dutch War 1674, he commanded an armed vessel of twelve guns and cruised in Long Island Sound for the protection of the coastwise trade. In 1680-1, March 16, Capt. Richard commanded the 2d train-band of Charlestown. He was Representative in the General Court from Charlestown in 1681 and for several years after. He joined the First Church in Charlestown in 1681. In 1681-2, he recruited as a member of the Artillery Company, and in 1683-4 became first sergeant of the same. He marched with his company into Boston on the memorable 18th of April 1689, and assisted in the revolution against Andros. He was made on of the "Council for the safety of the people and conservation of the peace." which was established for the provisional government of the colony; but when the convention of the colony subsequently chosen, besides taking temporary measures for the public safety, assumed to institute a new government without the sanction of the crown, he, with other leading citizens, protested and appealed to their majesties, William and Mary, believing the action of the convention unconstitutional and contrary to their oaths of allegiance.

He was thereupon deprived of his captaincy, expelled from the House of Representatives for "his contemptuous carriage against the government," and was arranged before the court for "seditious libel." He was however, acquitted of the charge and was elected to represent the town in the General Court until his death. Frothingham in a note, (page 203), cites, as an instance of the expense attending funerals, that of Richard Sprague in 1703. "Among the charges, there for gloves £62 12s; and gloves for Bess negro, 2s 6d; for gloves and hat bands, £3, 2s; for black serge and crape, £2, 16s; for crape to cover the leading staff, halberts, etc., 14s, 1d; for rings, £41, 6s, 1d; for wine, £15, 10d. Total--£147, 16s."

Regarding the same funeral, Sewell writes in his Diary --"October 13, 1703. Capt. Richard Sprague is buried. Mr. Russell, Capt. Hayman, Capt Belcher, Mr. Leverett, Capt. Cary, Capt. Fowl, bearers. Is buried in Mr. Morton's tomb. I was there. Most of the scholars, Joseph for one. My gloves were too little. I gave them him. Governor there." [3]


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Capt. Richard Sprague's Timeline

Fordington, Dorset, England
Fordington,St. George,Dorsetshire,England
Fordington,St. George,Dorsetshire,England
October 7, 1703
Age 75
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
October 13, 1703
Age 75
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
January 22, 1927
Age 75
January 22, 1927
Age 75
March 29, 1931
Age 75