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Richard Sparrow

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Sparrow and Joane Sparrow
Husband of Pandora Sparrow
Father of Capt. Jonathan Sparrow

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About Richard Sparrow

Richard Sparrow 1580-January 8, 1659

Parents:Robert Sparrow and Joane Watkins

Wife Pandora Bangs 1605-March 27, 1661


  • Jonathan 1633
  • Adopted Elizabeth Hopkins in 1644

Richard Sparrow, his wife Pandora, and son Jonathan, left their home in England, and arrived in New Plimoth by 1633. By Seventeenth Century standards, Richard's family was small, which dictated the demanding work of colonial life be completed by only three family members. In 1639, Mary Moorecock was apprenticed to Richard and Pandora for nine years in exchange for food, lodging, clothes and a ewe lamb. The lamb was to be kept by Mary's stepfather, who was to "keep one third of the increase for labor".

Richard Sparrow was a surveyor by trade. He was actively involved in the Colony and appointed to "View of the Meadows" in 1640. During the same year and the following one, he served as Constable for the Colony. Between 1640 and 1653 he was named Surveyor of Highways seven times, and sat on over twenty-eight juries.

Upon Richard Sparrow's death on January 8, 1660, he was buried in Eastham and his estate was divided among his wife, son and three surviving grandchildren.

'''Richard Sparrow House:'''

As a freeman, Richard was granted a house tract of six acres in 1636, which required him to construct a house within four years. The original two-story house contained one room on each level and utilized cross summer beam construction. With its large rooms, leaded glass windows and paneled walls, it was a grand home on the banks of what is now known as Town Brook. By 1642 Sparrow's land base grew, adding seven or more tracts to his original six acre house lot. The Sparrow family remained in this house until 1653 when it was sold to George Bonum. The Richard Sparrow House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It is the oldest surviving house in Plymouth.


One of the notable events in his life was being sued by Capt. Miles Standish growing out of his being given custody of an Elizabeth Hopkins when her father died. She was to stay with the Sparrow family until she was 19 years of age. On October 5, 1656 Captain Myles Standish brought an action against Sparrow for breach of contract on behalf of Elizabeth. Jonathan died in 17-5/6 at Eastham, Barnstable County.

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Richard Sparrow's Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
October 26, 1633
Age 29
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
January 8, 1661
Age 57
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
May 27, 1937
Age 57
May 27, 1937
Age 57
January 26, 1939
Age 57
January 26, 1939
Age 57
January 25, 2003
Age 57