Tuesday, December 29, 2009

1704 Will of Captain Thomas Sprigg of Maryland

On this date in our family history . . . the 29th day of December . . . in the year 1704 . . . the will of Captain Thomas Sprigg . . . which is dated 09 May 1704 . . . is proved in Prince George's County, Maryland . . . this Captain Sprigg is a 9th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . the exact date of his death is unknown to me at this time.

Thomas Sprigg, Captain ca 1630-1704
&ca 1668 Eleanor Nuthall ca 1645-
Eleanor Sprigg ca 1669-
Thomas Hilleary ca 1686-
Henry Hilleary -1783
Elizabeth Hilleary 1763-1829
Catherine Ann Waring ca 1795-1867
Elizabeth A. Waring ca 1824-1871/
Mary Alexandrien Lemaire 1843-1876
Berta Mary Sharp 1873-1955
Robert E. Henry 1905-1976
[my maternal grandpa]

As of the date of this posting, Volume 8 of the Maryland Historical Magazine -- published in 1913 by Maryland Historical Society -- is available online via Google Books. The following information regarding Captain Sprigg is from that publication.

SPRIGG FAMILY. Christopher Johnston.

Thomas Sprigg, the ancestor of this family, was born in 1630 and died in 1704. In a deposition, made in 1665, "Mr. Thomas Sprigge" gives his age as 35 years (Prov. Court, Lib. FF, fol. 91), and in another deposition, made in 1694, his age is stated as 64 years (ibid., Lib. W. R. C., no. 1, fol. 696). His will was proved 29 Dec. 1704.

He appears as party to a suit in the Provincial Court in October 1657 (Arch., x, 546), and may have been a resident of Maryland for some years previously. 18 January 1658, a patent issued to Thomas Sprigg, who had transported to Maryland "himself, Catherine his wife, Verlinda Roper, Edward Bushell, Nathaniel Sprigge, and Hugh Johnson," for a tract of 6OO acres called "Sprigley" in Chester River (Land Office, "Torn Book").

In the opinion of the late George L. L. Davis, the author of the "Day Star of American Freedom," and a very able and conscientious genealogist, Thomas Sprigg arrived about 1655 and probably came from Northamptonshire, in England. Mr. Davis points out that one of the tracts taken up by him was called "Kettering," and that he held another tract called "Northampton" (Day Star, p. 265).

The records of the Maryland Land Office show that he obtained grants for a large amount of land. He lived on or near Resurrection Manor, in Calvert County, a district later included in Prince George's, and he was twice married.

His first wife, Catherine, was living in 1661 and executed a deed with her husband in that year. 17 August 1661, Thomas Sprigg of Resurrection Manor, Calvert County, and Catherine his wife convey to Simon Carpenter 600 acres in Worrell Hundred, Talbot County (Prov. Court, Lib. B. B., fol. 176).

Mrs. Catherine Sprigg may have been a sister of Gov. William Stone, or the latter may have married a sister of Thomas Sprigg. Gov. Stone in his will, dated 3 Dec. 1659 and proved 21 Dec. 1660 (Annapolis, Lib. 1, fol 89), mentions "my brother Sprigg," and Thomas Stone, son of the governor, executes an assignment, 3 August 1662, of his right to 100 acres of land to "my uncle Thomas Sprigg" (Land Office, Lib. 5, fol. 182).

Mrs. Catherine Sprigg seems to have died without issue and, before 1668, Thomas Sprigg married Eleanor, daughter of John Nuthall. In September 1668, the Council of Maryland passed an order dividing the estate of John Nuthall, deceased, among his three children John and James Nuthall, and Eleanor wife Thomas Sprigg (Arch., v, 34).

Mrs. Eleanor Sprigg was living in 1696, when she joined her husband in a deed. 2 July 1696, Thomas Sprigg and Eleanor his wife convey to John Nuthall of St. Mary's County, 250 acres in Resurrection Manor, purchased by the said Thomas Sprigg from Capt. Thomas Cornwallis; John and Elias Sprigg witness the deed (Prov. Court, Lib. W.R. C. no. 1, fol. 760. 771).

She was probably dead before the date of the following deed, in which she does not join. 16 March 1700/1, Thomas Sprigg of Prince George's County, Gent., to his eldest daughter Sarah Pearce, his grandson John Pearce, only son of said Sarah, and Sarah wife of John Bell daughter of said Sarah Pearce:- gift of certain lands (parts of Northampton, Kettering, etc.) lately in the tenure and occupation of John Sprigg deceased (Pr. Geo. Co., Lib. A., fol. 362).

Thomas Sprigg was one of the Justices of Calvert County, and of the Quorum, in 1658, 1661, 1667, 1669-70, 1674 (Arch., iii. 424; v, 14. 61; xv, 37; Lib. S.? 54; Lib. C. D., 412). In 1661 his name stands at the head of the Commission showing that he was Presiding Justice of the County (Arch., iii, 424). He was commissioned High Sheriff of Calvert County 1 April 1664 and held office until 4 May 1665 (Arch., iii, 490. 491. 520).

The following is a brief abstract of his will. Thomas Sprigg Sen'r. of Prince George's County— will dated 9 May 1704, proved 29 Dec. 1704 (Pr. Geo. Co., Lib. 1, fol. 23). Mentions daughter Sarah Pearce; son Thomas Sprigg; daughters Martha Prather, Eleanor Nuthall, Elizabeth Wade, and Anne Gittens; Thomas Stockett and my grandson Thomas Stockett; Eleanor Stockett; my son Thomas Sprigg and my sons-in-law James Wade, Philip Gittens, and Thomas Prather executors. The name James Wade is evidently a clerical error for Robert Wade. No James Wade appears in the records, and the following extract is conclusive:

5 January 1704/5, bond of Robert Wade, of Pr. George's County, as one of the executors of Thomas Sprigg, late of said County deceased, in the sum of £600 sterling; sureties Philip Gittings, Thomas Prather, and Samuel Magruder all of Pr. George's County (Test. Proc., Lib. 10, fol. 18).

Thomas Sprigg and Eleanor (Nuthall) his wife had issue:

  • i. Col. Thomas Sprigg.
  • ? ii. John Sprigg, d. about 1700.
  • ? iii. Elias Sprigg.
  • iv. Sabah Sprigg, mar. . . . Pearce.
  • v. Martha Sprigg, mar. Thomas Prather.
  • vi. Eleanor Sprigg, mar. 1st. Thomas Hilleary (d. 1697) [my 8th great-grandparents]; 2nd. her cousin John Nuthall, son of her uncle John Nuthall of St. Mary's County.
  • vii. Elizabeth Sprigg, mar. Robert Wade,
  • viii. Anne Sprigg, mar. Philip Gittings.
  • ix. Maby Sprigg, d. 27 Jan'y 1694; mar. 12 March 1689, Thomas Stockett of Anne Arundel Co. (Stockett Genealogy, pp. 14-15).


hummer said...

How do you ever keep track of all these dates! I am working on just keeping track of all my grandchildren. LOL. Great post.
Wishing you a beautiful new year!

Terri said...

Ok - "Oh Clever One" - how did you get the snow to fall on your blog?
I love all the little touches you put into your blog!

Vickie Everhart said...

Hi Terri -- Glad to see you out and about. ;) I had a snow-page on a former website, but the script for the falling snow that I used there would not work here on blogspot, so I went looking for one that would, and found > THIS < one. All you have to do is click a button to add it to your blog. I would like to be able to customize it -- e.g., instead of using a > . < (period) for the snowflake, I would prefer to use the little > * < (star) in various sizes with various fonts -- looks more like snowflakes -- but I have not been able to figure out how to do that yet. E-ya later. V.

Vickie Everhart said...

Hi Hummer -- I am one of those weird-ones who somehow remembers odd-ball dates, but I cannot take credit for remembering all of the dates I celebrate on my blogs.

Several years ago, as I came across events in the lives of my kith 'n kin, I started setting up reminders on my Google Calendar. And I still do that for dates that are not the usual birth or death or marriage dates. I set up my calendar to send me a daily agenda showing whatever events occur on that date.

FYI, I also subscribe (via Google calendar) to the geneablogger calendar, so I also receive those reminders on a daily basis.

As far as births or deaths or marriages, I use a free program called GeneWeb for creating the lists I post daily on my calendar blog.

Probably more than you really wanted to know, huh?!? V.

Beth Niquette said...

How do you keep track of it all! A Happy New Year to you! I pray the coming year will be filled with amazing adventures, laughter and joy! May you have strength through the hard times and peace throughout the year.

benotforgot said...

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Katielee4211 said...

Interesting. We're descended from Thomas Sprigg and Eleanor Nuthall as well through their daughter Martha I believe. I think I'm about 11th generation down. Interestingly, my oldest son's mouth bears a resemblance to the portrait of Thomas.
I was under the impression he did have children with Catherine, though I could be wrong.
Have you ever traced the family tree back from them? Eleanor's is quite interesting.

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