Ithamer Thomas Sprague

Brief Life History of Ithamer Thomas

When Ithamer Thomas Sprague was born on 18 September 1807, in Oxford, Chenango, New York, United States, his father, Hezekiah Sprague, was 32 and his mother, Abigail Jeffers, was 35. He married Elizabeth Goodner on 27 January 1839, in Switzerland, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Washington, Washington, Utah, United States in 1870 and Utah, United States for about 13 years. He registered for military service in 1850. He died on 13 April 1879, in Bunkerville, Clark, Nevada, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Bunkerville Cemetery, Bunkerville, Clark, Nevada, United States.

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Ithamer Thomas Sprague
Sarah Sheffield Steadwell
Marriage: from October 1848 to December 1848
Margaret Ann Sprague
Ithamer Smith Sprague Jr
Sarah Sprague
Rebecca Betsey Sprague
Solomon Abraham Sprague

Sources (49)

  • Thomas Sprague, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Ithamar Thomas Sprague - birth: 18 September 1807; New York, United States
  • Ithmer Sprague, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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Atlantic slave trade abolished.


EARLIEST KNOWN BURIAL: Ray Whiting BIRTH 1815 DEATH 1815 (aged less–than 1 year) BURIAL Bunkerville Cemetery Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada, USA MEMORIAL ID 16262186

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.

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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Letter to Sister Electa

Great Salt Lake City Feb. 4, 1861 Dear Sister Electa we received your letter dated Dec. 25 1860 by the hand of Mrs. Clark a few days ago, and was glad to hear from you but sorry to hear of your tro …

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