Betsey Sprague

Female14 November 1788–6 February 1809

Brief Life History of Betsey

When Betsey Sprague was born on 14 November 1788, in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Seth Sprague, was 43 and her mother, Betty Wilder, was 35. She married Bela Hobart on 2 November 1807. She died on 6 February 1809, at the age of 20.

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Bela Hobart
1783–1840
Betsey Sprague
1788–1809
Marriage: 2 November 1807

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  • Betsyh Sprague, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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  • Marriage
    2 November 1807
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    World Events (6)

    1789

    Age 1

    George Washington elected first president of United States.

    1789 · The United States Constitution

    Age 1

    Originally comprising seven articles, the United States Constitution is the backbone of the law in the Nation. The first three articles talk about the separation of powers, dividing the government into three branches: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. Articles Four, Five and Six describe the what each state governments have rights to do, how the states and the federal government should act in their relationship, and how the constitutional amendments are shared between all states. The Seventh Article explains and establishes the procedure used by the thirteen States to ratify it. It is regarded as the oldest written and codified national constitution in force. Since the Constitution came into force in 1789, it has been amended 27 times, including an amendment to repeal a previous one.

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 12

    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

    Name Meaning

    English (Devon): nickname from Middle English sprag ‘brisk, energetic’, a variant of Sprake with voicing of the -k-, which survives in the 19th-century dialect word spragg ‘lively, ingenious’. It was occasionally used in the 12th century as personal name, recorded as Spreg'c. 1177–86.

    History: William Sprague came from England to Salem, MA, in 1628 with his brothers Ralph and Richard. He was one of the founders of Charlestown, MA, and later of Hingham, MA. His descendants include Peleg Sprague, a jurist and MA legislator, who was born in 1793 in Duxbury, MA; William Sprague a textile manufacturer born in 1773 in Cranston, RI; and Yale College educator Homer Baxter Sprague, who was born in 1829 in South Sutton, MA, and whose legacy lives on in Yale's Sprague concert hall.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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