Andrew W. Sprague

Brief Life History of Andrew W.

When Andrew W. Sprague was born on 15 May 1848, in Shelby, Tennessee, United States, his father, John S. Sprague, was 34 and his mother, Anne Langwell, was 32. He married Melissa Jane Overleese on 22 October 1874, in St. Joseph, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Penn Township, St. Joseph, Indiana, United States for about 20 years. He died on 13 May 1917, in Osceola, Penn Township, St. Joseph, Indiana, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Osceola Cemetery, Elkhart, Elkhart, Indiana, United States.

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Andrew W. Sprague
1848–1917
Melissa Jane Overleese
1856–1907
Marriage: 22 October 1874
James Andrew Sprague
1875–1941
John Sherman Sprague
1877–
Schuyler William Sprague
1885–1966

Sources (8)

  • 2nd District, Shelby, Tennessee, United States 1860 Federal Census
  • Marriage record
  • Andrew W. Sprague, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1851 · Constitution of 1851

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

1862 · Battle of Shiloh

The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

1867 · Sorry Mr. President, You can't do that.

This Act was to restrict the power of the President removing certain office holders without approval of the Senate. It denies the President the power to remove any executive officer who had been appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate, unless the Senate approved the removal during the next full session of Congress. The Amendment was later repealed.

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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