Anthony Sprague 1742-1831

Anthony Sprague tomb stone from Ancestry

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Anthony Sprague was my 5th great grandfather.

When Anthony Sprague was born on June 29, 1742, in Hingham, Massachusetts, his father, Knight, was 30 and his mother, Mary Lewis, was 24. He married Sarah Harper and they had 7 children together. He then married Chloe Jane Harvey in 1780 and they had 5 children together. He died on November 20, 1831, in Waltham, Vermont, having lived a long life of 89 years.

Anthony’s father Knight Sprague was an American patriot having served in the Revolutionary War. Here is a blog that I did on Knight.

My interest in Anthony Sprague is that he was my 5th great grandfather.  It was his first wire, Sarah Harper that was our direct ancestor and 5th great grandmother. She died at the age of 37. I presume that she died in childbirth as it was also the year that her son David Sprague was born. At the time that Mary died, her husband Anthony was 31.

Anthony remarried at the age of 38 to Chloe Jane Harvey.

Like his father, Anthony also was an American patriot. I found the following clip on-line

Anthony Sprague

“…struck the 1st blow of defense on the memorable battlefield of Bunker Hill”

In 1775, Anthony was serving as a sergeant in Col. Jonathon Ward’s regiment.

Sometime between the time of the census taken in 1790 and the census taken in 1800, Anthony had moved from his home in Massachusetts to Weybridge, Addison, Vermont.


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1 thought on “Anthony Sprague 1742-1831

  1. Robert C. McElver

    I left a post on your article regarding Knight Sprague who was my 6th great grand father as well. I also descend from Knight’s son Anthony Sprague, and in turn his son Col. Anthony Sprague Jr. My line continues through Anthony Jr. ‘s son Jedediah, then William Jedediah Sprague on to my Ggrandmother Persis Sprague.

    Bob McElver



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