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Thomas Sparrow

Birthdate: (47)
Birthplace: Estimated birthdate based on spouses birthdate
Death: circa May 12, 1719 (39-55)
Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Constable Thomas Sparrow and Elizabeth Kinsey
Husband of Anne Sparrow; Anne Sparrow; Sapphira Elizabeth Sparrow and Anne Sellman
Father of Solomon Sparrow; Thomas Sparrow, Jr.; John Sparrow; Kinsey Sparrow; Elizabeth Sparrow and 3 others
Brother of Charity (Sparrow) Tydings; Solomon Sparrow; Mary Sparrow; Kinsey Sparrow; Elizabeth Coale and 2 others
Half brother of Margaret Hopkins; Aquilla Johns; Kensey Johns and Isaac Johns

Managed by: William Glenn Cummings
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About Thomas Sparrow, Pirate Captain

“In the late summer of 1705 five men outlawed in Maryland on charges of high treason seized the West River sloop Little Hannah and were ‘suspected to be going on a Pyratical design’ The villains included one Thomas Sparrow; a Philadelphia mariner named John Stapes; John Taylor, described as a tall, thin brown man; a flaxen-haired youth of middle stature and clean complexion called Sterritt. The leader of the band was a notorious desperado named Richard Clark from the South River region of Anne Arundel County.”

Maryland archival records to follow indicate that after his escape from Maryland in 1705, Richard Clarke was said to have made his way to the Neuse River area in North Carolina.[1] Donald G. Shomatte in Pirates on the Chesapeake, states that “In the late summer of 1705 five men outlawed in Maryland on charges of high treason seized the West River sloop ‘Little Hannah’ and were ‘suspected to be going on a Pyratical design’ The villains included one Thomas Sparrow; a Philadelphia mariner named John Stapes; John Taylor, described as a tall, thin brown man; a flaxen-haired youth of middle stature and clean complexion called Sterritt. The leader of the band was a notorious desperado named Richard Clark from the South River region of Anne Arundel County.”

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Thomas Sparrow, Pirate Captain's Timeline

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Age 27
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