Lt. Ralph Sprague

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Ralph Sprague

Birthplace: Upwey, Weymouth, Dorset, England
Death: November 24, 1650
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Sprague and Christiana Corbin
Husband of Joanna Converse
Father of Capt. John Sprague, of Malden; Jonathan Sprague; Jabez Sprague; Capt. Richard Sprague; Lt. Samuel Sprague and 4 others
Brother of Alice Eames; Edward Sprague, II; John Sprague; Christopher Sprague; Richard Sprague and 2 others

Occupation: Fuller, farmer, original covenant signer for Charlestown, Constaple of Charlestown, farmer/planter/constable/fuller
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About Lt. Ralph Sprague

From "Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs ...", Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter pp 860-861

The record of the completed allotment of Charlestown inhabitants Ralph appears as holding five acres. In the great allotment, April 23, 1638, Ralph Sprague received one hundred and twenty-five seventy-five acres. (D. P. Corey's "History of Malden"). On May 2, 1649, that part of Charlestown called Mystic Side was established, now the city of Malden, and Ralph Sprague was made a lieutenant of the train band organized to protect the inhabitants from unfriendly Indians, and the military history dated from that time. Ralph and his brother Richard were the earlier settlers of Malden.

From the old Bell Rock Cemetery, Malden. the entire line of Spragues and their wives, commencing with Ralph, have been removed to Forestdale Cemetery, Malden. Their headstones are more or less legibly inscribed.

(II) Ralph Sprague was about twentynine years of age at the time of his arrival at Salem. According to the Massachusetts Colony Records he took the freeman's oath in May. 1630, and was appointed constable of Charlestown. His name, with that of his wife, Joanna, are in the list of those who were first members of the church in 1632. He is mentioned in the Charlestown Records, April 18, 1634, commissioned with two others to advocate certain interests in the town before the general court; in November, 1636, he was for the first time chosen representative to the general court, and he filled this important post seven different times. In 1649 he was one of a commission to settle the bounds between Mystic Side and Charlestown. "Ralph was," says Frothingham, in "History of Charlestown," "a prominent and valuable citizen, active in promoting the welfare of the town and colony." He died in 1650; his widow afterwards married Edward Converse.

Ralph sailed over on the pilgrim ship "Lion's Whelp" in 1629. (NB: also said to have arrived on the "Abigail" with John Endicott] (1)


  1. The Abigail and John Endicott "Passengers known to be on board the Abigail from Weymouth 1628 ... Ralph Sprague of Upwey (son of Edward), Richard Sprague (brother of Ralph), William Sprague (brother of Ralph and Richard)"


These references were used by The Sprague Project

  1. [S76] Book: Sprague, Ralph, Genealogy, Sprague, E. G., (Montpelier, VT:The Capital City Press, 1913), page 25.
  2. [S442] Great Migration Begins, Anderson, Robert Charles, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995), "b. about 1595, probably at Upway, Dorsetshire", Volume III, page 1729..
  3. [S795] Mary & John, Spear, Burton W., (Toledo, OH, The Mary & John Clearing House), "b. ca 1599", Volume 17, page 141..
  4. [S393] Book: Spragues of Malden, Chamberlain, George Walter, (Boston, Mass, Privately Printed, 1923.), "b. ca 1599"..
  5. [S643] Publication:American Families-Genealogies/Bio's., (New York, NY: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1921), "b. 1603", pages 30-40..
  6. [S76] Book: Sprague, Ralph, Genealogy, Sprague, E. G., (Montpelier, VT:The Capital City Press, 1913), "b. 1603.", page 25.
  7. [S520] Book: Ancient Artillery Company, Book 2, National Society Women Descendants and the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company, Page 25, TERRY, Accepted March 10, 1943, National Number 330.
  8. [S3308] History of Artillery Company, page 78..
  9. [S1765] Correspondent: MacAulay, David, note of June 18th, 2005.
  10. [S1410] Book: Northern New York Genealogical History, Anonymous, (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910, 1417 pages), pages 477-481 provided by Barbara L. Gese, correspondent, note of December 7th, 2003.
  11. [S1878] Correspondent: Whitman, Don, note of February 11th, 2007.
  12. [S433] Book: New England Marriages, Torrey, Clarence A., (Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004), page 698.

Came to Salem, M,A in 1628 with his brother Richard, and they helped to build and make ready the house for Gov. Winthrop. He as a constable in 1630 and by profession was a husbandman/fuller (which was someone who prepared wool for spinning) He held many offices in town, admitted the to Ancient and Honorable Artillery co 1638. He was a Lt. and a Capt. in the militia and they belonged to the Boston church.

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Lt. Ralph Sprague's Timeline

June 20, 1599
Weymouth, Dorset, England
June 20, 1599
Weymouth, Dorset, England
June 20, 1599
June 20, 1599
Upway, Dorsetshire, England
June 20, 1599
Upway, Dorsetshire, England
June 20, 1599
June 20, 1599
Upway, Dorsetshire, England
June 20, 1599
Upway, Dorsetshire, England
June 20, 1599
Upway, Dorsetshire, England
June 20, 1599