Clarissa Sprague

Brief Life History of Clarissa

When Clarissa Sprague was born in 1834, in New York, United States, her father, Reuben Sprague, was 37 and her mother, Mary Reed, was 35. She lived in Mexico, Mexico, Oswego, New York, United States for about 5 years and Michigan, United States in 1870.

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Reuben Sprague
Mary Reed
Anna Sprague
Thomas Sprague
Lucy Sprague
Levi Sprague
Ezra Sprague
Katherine Sprague
Mary Sprague
Samuel Sprague
Clarissa Sprague
Francis Sprague
Samuel Sprague
Clarissa Sprague

Sources (3)

  • Clarissa Sprague in household of Asa Sprague, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Clarissa Sprague in household of Asa Sprague, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • Clarissa Sprague in household of Silas Clark, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (8)

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Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.


Michigan is the 26th state.


Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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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