William Arthur James Sprouse

Brief Life History of William Arthur James

When William Arthur James Sprouse was born on 20 May 1867, in Virginia, United States, his father, William Arthur Sprouse, was 32 and his mother, Marie Rinehart, was 22. He married Lou Ella Ellis on 17 April 1893, in Olney, Richland, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died on 13 April 1912, in Olney, Richland, Illinois, United States, at the age of 44.

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William Arthur James Sprouse
Lou Ella Ellis
Marriage: 17 April 1893
William Arthur Sprouse
Lou Ettie May Sprouse

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  • William Sprouse in household of William Sprouse, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Sprouse in entry for William H Sprouse and Hazel E Oldfield, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • William Sprouse in household of William A Sprouse, "United States Census, 1880"

World Events (8)

1868 · Impeach the President!

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.


In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English (Gloucestershire): nickname for someone from Prussia, from Middle English Spruce, Sprewse ‘Prussia’ (an alteration of Middle English Prus(se)). Compare German Preuss . The adjective spruce ‘neat, dapper’, which probably derives from an attributive use of the name of the country, is not recorded until the late 16th century, too late for it to be a likely source of the surname. The tree (earlier called spruce fir) has likewise only come to be known by this name in the last couple of centuries. This surname is now rare in Britain.

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

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