Martha Spraque

Female10 August 1802–

Brief Life History of Martha

Martha Spraque was born on 10 August 1802, in Danby, Rutland, Vermont, United States. She married Benjamin Sweet on 29 November 1818, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters.

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Benjamin Sweet
Martha Spraque
Marriage: 29 November 1818
Jerusha Sweet
Silvia Sweet
Garvey Sweet
Roxena Sweet
Sylvia A. Sweet
Alonzo A Sweet
Caroline Sweet
Otis Comstock Sweet
James M Sweet
Tryphena C. Sweet
Solomon Sweet
Lydia Sweet

Sources (3)

  • Martha Sweet in household of Benjamin Sweet, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha Sweet in entry for Triphena Sweet Hicks, "Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005"
  • Martha in entry for Triphena Sweat Hicks, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    29 November 1818New York, United States
  • Children (12)

    +7 More Children

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

    1803 · The U.S doubles in size

    Age 1

    The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.

    1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

    Age 32

    The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 

    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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