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Joanna Converse (Warren)

Also Known As: "Joannah Convers widow to Edward deceased sometimes wife of Lieutenant Ralph Sprague", "Johane", "Joan", "Johane/Joan Warren", "Joannah Convers and wife of Lt. Ralph Sprague"
Birthplace: Fordington,St. George,Dorset,England
Death: February 24, 1680 (72-81)
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Unknown
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Warren and Eve Warren
Wife of Lt. Ralph Sprague and Deacon Edward Converse
Mother of Capt. John Sprague, of Malden; Jonathan Sprague; Jabez Sprague; Capt. Richard Sprague; Lt. Samuel Sprague and 3 others
Sister of Marie Bartlett and Elizabeth Cox

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About Joanna Converse

Ralph Sprague married in Fordington St. George, Dorsetshire, 15 August 1623 Johane/Joan Warren, daughter of Thomas Warren. Joan Sprague was admitted to Boston church as member #103, immediately after her husband; dismissed with him to newly formed church at Charlestown.

They had six children: John, Jonathan, Richard, Samuel, Mary Edmunds, & Phineas.

She married (2) in 1663, EDWARD CONVERSE.

She died in Woburn 24 February 1680 and called herself "Joannah Convers widow to Edward deceased sometimes wife of Lieutenant Ralph Sprague" in her will.

Source: Anderson's Pilgrim Migration & Winthrop Fleet.


In 1623 Ralph Sprague married Joanna Warren whose father Thomas Warren was thought to have lived in the Manor House at Fordington. In 1624 their first son John was born and baptised in the Church of Fordington St. George. Jonathan followed in 1625, (although there is no later mention of Jonathan it could be that he died in childhood.)

The year was 1629, Ralph was about 29 and a great friend of the Rev. John White. Somehow he was persuaded to uproot his family and join this scheme. According to records, Ralph, his wife Joanna and son John (aged about 4) together with his brothers Richard and William (only 19) agreed to join and set sail it is thought on the "Lyon's Whelp".

According to the Massachusetts Records, Ralph took the Freeman's Oath in May 1630 and was appointed Constable of Charlestown in the same year. It is also recorded that in 1634 he was commissioned with two others to advocate certain interests of the town before the General Court, and the next year 1635 he was chosen Selectman, and continued in that position for some time. In 1632 with his wife, Joanna, they were listed as Members of the first Church and "did enter into the Covenant". In 1635, the General Court granted him 100 acres of land "having borne great difficulties in the beginning." Their home stood in Crooked Lane, later called Bow Street near the Great House and what is now part of the City Square.

Joanna was the second wife of Deacon Edward Convers, who settled in Charlestown in 1630 with Governor Winthrop, and later helped to establish the town of Woburn. "He was accompanied on his journey to America by his wife Sarah and several children. She died January 14, 1662, and he was married (second) September following, to Joanna, widow of Ralph Sprague."


  1. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, George Thomas Little, ed. Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1909. Vol. 4, p. 1865.



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Joanna Warren (1603 - 1680 (77 years))<ref name="database"> Sprague Project. Accessed June 7, 2015. </ref>

Birth and Parentage

Joanna Warren was born in 1603. <ref name="database"/>She was the daughter of Richard Warren. <ref name="database"/> Joanna was born in 1603. She is the daughter of Richard Warren and Eve Unknown. The Richard Warren who was her father was not the Ricahrd Warren who was a Mayflower passenger.

1623 First Marriage to Ralph Sprague

Joanna Warren married Lieutenant Ralph Sprague, who was born Abt 1599,Upwey, Dorsetshire, England and died 24 Nov 1650, Malden, Middlesex Co., MA, (Age ~ 51 years) The marriage took place 15 Aug 1623 at Saint George, Fordington, Dorchester, , Dorsetshire, <ref> New England Marriages, Torrey, Clarence A., (Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004), page 698. </ref> She married Ralph Sprague August 15, 1623 in Fordington, St. George, Dorsetshire, England, before the family immigrated to America.


Richard Warren of Fordington, yeoman, left legacy to his dau. Joane and her children John, Jonathan, Richard, Samuel, Mary and Phinehas; sheempowered John Holland of Tinckleton, Dorset, fuller, to collect thisfor her, 29 (6) 1640. [L.] She was adm. to the chh. with her husband in 1630, and joined with him in the organization of the Charlestown church in Nov. 1632, and in that of Malden in 1649. His father-in-law, John Corbin, wrote him from Upway, Dorset, March 25, 1651. [Reg. IV, 289, and LI, 105.] Ch. Samuel bapt. at Bo. 3 (4) 1632, Mary bapt. at Char. 14 (7) 1634, (m. Daniel Edmunds,) Phinehas bapt. 31 (5) 1637, Jonathan d. Dec. 1650.<ref name="pioneer"> The Pioneers of Massachusetts, pages 11320-11329,, 1998, cited by The Sprague Project </ref> Ralph Sprague d. (9) 1650. Distribution of his est. was made 6 (11) 1650, to widow Joanna and ch. John, Richard, Samuel, Mary and Phinehas. The widow m. 2, Edward Converse, q.v

1662 Second Marriage to Deacon Edward Converse

The marriage took place 2 Sep 1662. Deacon Edward Converse's dates are unknown. <ref name="database"/>

1680 Death

Joanna Warren died 24 Feb 1680 in Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA, <ref> "The Genealogical Register", July 1954, page 227, cited in Sprague Database. </ref>. She died at Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts on February 24, 1679/80


  1. Capt. John, b. 23 May 1624, Saint George, Fordington, Dorchester, , Dorsetshire, England d. 24 Jun 1692, Malden, Middlesex Co., MA, USA (Age 68 years)#Jonathan, b. 23 May 1624, d. Dec 1650, Malden, Middlesex Co., MA, (Age 26 years)#Capt Richard, b. Abt 1627, England d. 7 Oct 1703 (Age ~ 76 years)
  2. Jabez, b. 1629, d. 1651 (Age 22 years)#Lt. Samuel, b. Bef 3 Jun 1632, Charlestown, SuffolkCo., MA, d. 3 Oct 1696, Malden, Middlesex Co., MA, (Age ~ 64 years)#Mary, b. Bef 14 Sep 1634, Charlestown, Suffolk Co.,MA, d. 26 Nov 1717 (Age ~ 83 years)#Phineas, b. Bef 31 May 1637, Charlestown, Suffolk Co., MA, d. 23 Jan 1690, Malden, Middlesex Co., MA, (Age ~ 52 years)


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Note: Ancestry trees indicated she was wife of John Sprague. Her first name may also have been spelt "Joan"


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Joanna Converse's Timeline

Fordington,St. George,Dorset,England
May 23, 1624
Dorchester, Dorset, England
November 27, 1625
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
November 27, 1625
Fordington, Dorset, England
Fordington, Dorset, England
June 3, 1632
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
September 14, 1634
July 31, 1637
Fordington, Dorset, England