John Wilson Sprague

Maleabout 1795–

Brief Life History of John Wilson

When John Wilson Sprague was born about 1795, in Spencer, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Asa Sprague, was 48 and his mother, Martha Wilson, was 48.

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Asa Sprague
1748–1830
Martha Wilson
1748–1814
Patty Sprague
1773–1793
John Wilson Sprague
1795–
Chloe Sprague
1775–1837
David Sprague
1777–1852
Ruth Sprague
1780–1840
Rebecca Sprague
1782–1863
Phila Sprague
1784–1863
Olive Sprague
1787–1872
Asa W. Sprague
1788–1875
Otis Sprague
1791–1869
Ara Sprague
1793–1884

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    World Events (3)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 5

    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.

    1803

    Age 8

    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

    1803 · The U.S doubles in size

    Age 8

    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.

    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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