Hannah Sprague

Brief Life History of Hannah

When Hannah Sprague was born on 5 December 1805, in Village of Oxford, Oxford, Chenango, New York, United States, her father, Ebenezer Sprague Jr, was 36 and her mother, Hannah Martin, was 37. She married Abner Blodgett in 1828, in Perrysburg, Perrysburg, Cattaraugus, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. She lived in New York, United States in 1870 and Fort Gratiot Township, St. Clair, Michigan, United States in 1880. She died on 28 April 1898, at the age of 92, and was buried in Hartford, Connecticut, United States.

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Family Time Line

Abner Blodgett
Hannah Sprague
Marriage: 1828
Edwin Blodgett
Daniel Blodgett
Marvin Ephraim Blodgett
Franklin Porter Blodgett

Sources (7)

  • Hannah Metcalf in household of Julius Granger, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Hannah Sprague Metcalf, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Hannah Houlet in household of Enoch Houlet, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (8)


Atlantic slave trade abolished.

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

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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