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Captain William Sprague b. 2 Feb 1690 Smithfield, , Rhode Island d. 20 Oct 1778 Smithfield, , Rhode Island: QuotidianGenealogy
 
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Captain William Sprague[1]

Male 1690 - 1778  (88 years)


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  • Name William Sprague 
    Prefix Captain 
    Born 2 Feb 1690  Smithfield, , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Oct 1778  Smithfield, , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1253  FamilyTree
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2007 

    Father Jonathan Sprague,   b. 28 May 1648, Hingham, , Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1741, Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother Mehitable Holbrook,   b. Abt 1649, , , Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Unknown 
    Family ID F52  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ellis Brown,   b. 1691,   d. 1744  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 16 Sep 1714  [1
    Family ID F512  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mrs. Mercy Walling,   d. Bef 1751 
    Married 26 Aug 1744  [1
    Family ID F513  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Birth year given as 1690/91

      "Sprague Families in America", by Dr. Warren Vincent Sprague, page 143.
      Capt. William Sprague was from Smithfield, RI.
      1720, Oct. Was made Freeman from Providence.
      1728 to 1731. Lieutenant in Providence Co. Militia.
      1732. Captain in 1st Co. of Smithfield, 2d Regt. Providence Co. Militia.
      1738, Aug. 28. He deeded 100 acres to his son Nehemiah Sprague.
      1738, Aug. 31. He deeded "the land whereon the Baptist Meeting-house stands to certain persons for and in consideration of a Meeting-house by my leave and consent erected and built for the worship of god, by my honored father, Jonathan Sprague, James Ballow, James Walling and Richard Sprague, with the help of self and some others".
      1747, Dec. 15. For fatherly love and affection he deeded 11 1/3 acres on both sides of Crookfall River, to his well beloved son and daughter Stephen Sly and Sarah Sly, of Smithfield.
      1748. Citizen of Highway District No. 6.
      1757, Dec. 20. He deeded for love, etc. to "dutiful and obedient son Joshua" half of the homestead in Smithfield and the easterly half of the lands in Cumberland, 300 acres, with a dwelling house near the Pawtucket River and half the barn.
      1762, July 21. Joshua Sprague and wife Abigail, of Smithfield, for 1,200 pounds, conveyed land inherited from their honored father, William Sprague.
      1768, April 20. William Sprague, for love and good will, and natural affection, deeded to his "dutiful grandsons" Elias and Nehemiah Sprague, and for his honorable maintenance, the homestead on Pawtucket River. "For upwards of a century the Spragues were prominent actors in the religious and political history of old Smithfield". "In the will of James Walling, Mercy is called wife of William Sprague, who was made executor, and to her was given one-third and to her children, Hannah Phillips, Joseph Cook, Abigail Cutter and Samuel Cook, also one-third.

      "Sprague Families in America", by Dr. Warren Vincent Sprague, page 581.
      William Sprague of Smithfield, deeded to his son Samuel of Glocester in 1747. (Glocester Deeds, III, 146) In a Journal dated December 25, 1793, Amasa Sprague stated that his father, Samuel Sprague was the son of William of Smithfield.

      "Genealogy (in part) of the Sprague Families in America", by Augustus B. R. Sprague, page 17.
      William Sprague bore the rank of Captain in 2nd Regiment Providence Co. Militia in 1732. Smithfield was a part of Providence before 1730, when the tereitory was set off and the town of Smithfield incorportated. To this date, the town of Providence extended north to the Massachusetts line.
      In the History of Woonsocket, RI, formerly a part of Smithfield, page 203, we read, "For upwards of a century the Spragues were prominent actors in the religious and political history of old Smithfield".
      August 31, 1738, he deeded "the land whereon the Baptist meeting house stands, to certain persons, for and in consideration of a meeting-house by my leave and consent erected and built for the worship of God, by my honored father, Jonathan Sprague, James Ballou, James Walling and Richard Sprague, with the help of self and some others.
      December 15, 1740, he deeded to his daughter Sarah Sly, and her husband, William, for love, etc., eleven and one-half acres.
      December 20, 1750, he deeded for love, etc., to dutiful and obedient son Joshua, half of land in Smithfield and Cumberland, 300 acres, and dwelling-house on easterly part of homestead on the intervale on the west side of Pawtucket River, also half the barn.
      February 9, 1754, he and his son made a division of lands above deeded.
      May 21, 1762, he bought of his son, Joshua, and the latter's wife, Abigail, for $1250.00, certain lands.
      April 15, 1768, he deeded for love, etd., to dutiful grandsons, Elias and Nehemiah Sprague, and for "my honorable maintenance, all my homestead where I dwell." "Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island"

      "The Brothers Ralph & William Sprague and some of Their Descendants", by Frank William Sprague, 1909, page 7.
      He deeded land 7 Dec. 1738, to son Nehemiah of Smithfield (Smithfield Deeds, vol 1, p. 413); on 15 Dec 1740 to his beloved son and daughter, Stephen Sly and his wife Sarah Sly, both of Smithfield, (Ibid., vol 2, p. 26); on 20 Dec 1750 to son Joseph of Smithfield (Ibid., vol. 3, p. 59); and on 16 May 1755 to son Joshua (Ibid., vol. 3, p. 59).
      "The Genealogical Register", April 1909, page 151.
      The children of William Sprague were Nehemiah, Joseph, Joshua, and Sarah (who married Stephen Sly).

  • Sources 
    1. [S121] Richard E. Weber, Sprague Database (www.sprague-database.com), http, Page, http, [Q:3], P.

    2. [S121] Richard E. Weber, Sprague Database (www.sprague-database.com), http, Page, http, [Q:3], P.
      1877 May 3; Clarksville Star; Clarksville, Iowa
      1877 May 3; Clarksville Star; Clarksville, Iowa
      Proceedings of the Town Council.
      Mayor's Office, April 23, 1877
      Council met with Mayor Eichar in the chair.
      Members present--Poisal, Palmer, Burton and Schellenger.
      Minutes of last meeting read and approved.
      Mr Palmer offered the following resolution, which was adopted.

      Resolved. That the Street Commissioner be required to have the sidewalks on Main Street put in thorough repair, and require each person having obstructions on said Main Street or on the sidewalks, to remove the same, leaving the street clear and free from obstructions.

      Dan. McDonald, Recorder.
      [I'm assuming this is Peter Poisal, and am also thinking it's the older Peter Poisal that is more likely]