Jonathan Sprague

Male 1739 - 1822  (82 years)


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  • Name Jonathan Sprague 
    Born 7 Apr 1739  Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jan 1822  Hanover, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Jonathan Sprague was a noted carpenter and joiner of his time, and
      worked at his trade in Malden and Medford. Here most of the twelve
      children were born. He sold his property in Malden for $3,000
      continental money which proved worthless and left him dependent on his
      daily labor. In consequence of his skill as a mechanic in the erection
      of buildings he was frequently called "Captain". He was executor of
      his mother's will in 1775. In 1778 with his wife and two children
      commenced his pioneer journey on horse-back to make a home somewhere
      in Vermont. For a time they stayed in Cardington, NH, later called
      Dorchester, then went to Hanover, NH, where he laid out and built one
      of the college buildings by square rule, which is claimed to be the
      first building in this vicinity to be built by this method. An amusing
      incident concerning it is that some one of the workmen who was only
      familiar with the scribe rule, disappointed in not getting the
      contract himself, sawed off one-half inch of Jonathan's ten-foot pole.
      Jonathan however, discovered it before much use had been made of it
      and after this the pole was measured every morning to guard against
      further trouble. Deeds are recorded in Randolph on October 15, 1792
      and March 12, 1793 conveying to him 100 acres of land in the S.E. part
      of Lot 85, where after returning from Malden with the rest of his
      children, he built the one and one-half story French roofed house
      which still stands one-half mile below No. Randolph village (which was
      known in those days as Farewell village), and is a very modern,
      well-preserved, up-to-date looking house today. He took the Freeman's
      oath there in 1795.
      "American Families--Genealogies and Biographical Information from Most
      Authentic Sources Including Much Valuable Material Drawn from Hitherto
      Unpublished Family Records with Accurate Reproduction--and
      Descriptions of Ancient Emblazonry Compiled by Masters of Genealogic
      and Heraldic Science", published by The American Historical Society,
      Inc., New York, 1921, pages 30-40.
      Jonathan Sprague was a noted carpenter and joiner of his time, and
      worked at his trade in Malden and Medford, Here most of his twelve
      children were born. He sold his property in Malden for three thousand
      dollars Continental money, which proved worthless, and left him
      dependent on his daily labor. In consequence of his skill as a
      mechanic in the erection of buildings he was frequently called
      "Captain". He was executor of his mother's will in 1775. In 1778, with
      his wife and two children, he commenced his pioneer journey on
      horseback to make a home somewhere in Vermont. For a time they settled
      in Cardington, New Hampshire, later called Dorchester, then went to
      Hanover, New Hampshire, where he laid out and built one of the college
      buildings by square rule, which is claimed to be the first building in
      this vicinity to be built in this method. An amusing incident
      concerning it is that some one of the workmen who was familiar with
      the scribe rule, and disappointed in not getting the contract himself,
      sawed off half an inch of Jonathan's ten foot pole. Jonathan, however,
      discovered it before much use had been made of it, and after this the
      pole was measured every morning to guard against further trouble.
      Deeds are recorded in Randolph on Oct. 15, 1792, and March 12, 1793,
      conveying him to one-hundred acres of land in the southeast part of
      Lot No. 85, where, after returning form Malden with the rest of his
      children, he built the one and one-half story French roofed house
      which still stands one-half mile below North Randolph Village (which
      was known in those days as Farewell Village), and is very modern,
      well-preserved, up-to-date looking house to-day. He took the freeman's
      oath there in 1795, and died in Jan. 1822
    Person ID I8161  OurNorthernRoots | Andrew Burdett Ancestry
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2011 

    Father William Sprague,   b. 4 Sep 1695, Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1747  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Dorothy Floyd,   b. 29 Oct 1699 
    Married Jan 1716/1717 
    Family ID F2045  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Townsend,   d. 16 Mar 1761, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 11 Apr 1760  Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2044  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Tabitha Burditt,   b. 10 Mar 1738/1739, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1806, East Randolph, Orange Co., Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 8 Apr 1762  Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Sprague,   b. 17 Aug 1763, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary Sprague,   b. 4 Apr 1765, Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Lucy Sprague,   b. 7 Jul 1767, Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Dorothy Sprague,   b. 12 Feb 1769, Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Dolly Sprague,   b. 2 Dec 1769, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Elizabeth Sprague,   b. 26 Feb 1770, Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. John Sprague,   b. 6 Jan 1773, Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. John Sprague,   c. 11 Jan 1773, Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1822, Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
     9. Lydia Sprague,   b. 13 Dec 1776, Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +10. Edward Sprague,   b. 20 Nov 1779, Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1858, Randolph, Orange Co., Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     11. Dorcas Sprague,   b. 7 Jan 1780, Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Darius Sprague,   b. 10 Dec 1781, Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F1998  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Apr 1739 - Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Apr 1760 - Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Apr 1762 - Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jan 1822 - Hanover, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, USA Link to Google Earth
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