Capt. John Sprague was born 23 May 1624 in Fordington, Dorsetshire, England to Ralph Sprague (1599-1650) and Joanna Warren (1603-1680) and died 25 June 1692 in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Lydia Goffe (1628-1714) circa 1650 in Massachusetts. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.

Lieutenant John Sprague was born in England in 1624. His gravestone says he was sixty-eight years. He was four years old when he came to America. He took the Freeman's Oath May 18, 1653; he was tall of stature and of fine appearance; he succeeded his father in his homestead; he was engaged in shipping in foreign trade with his uncle Richard; he was a representative to the General Court in 1689-91; he was also selectman of the town many years. Some of the early town meetings were held at his house; he belonged to the militia in Malden, advancing from ensign to captain, he was with Major Willard in 1676; he served in King Philip's War among others in those dark days. He was known as Captain John Sprague. He bought the Ell Pond farm from his brothers Richard and Samuel in 1652, (Richard's part being sixty-seven acres of tillage land), which he bequeathed to his two sons, John and Phineas. He owned many parcels of real estate as recorded by "Wyman" and among them was four acres near the top of Bunker Hill. His estate settlement Middlesex Probate Court No. 16068, mentions Lydia, his wife, and sons John, Phineas, Samuel, Edward, Jonathan, and daughters Lydia Greenland, Hannah Stowers, Deborah Sprague, and Sarah Fosdick. March 2, 1651, he m. Lydia, dau. of Edward and Lydia (Joyce) Goffe of Cambridge, Mass. She was born in England and died December 11, 1715 in Malden, Mass. "The Ralph Sprague Genealogy" by Edward G. Sprague, 1913 Pg 31


Offspring of Capt. John Sprague and Lydia Goffe (1628-1714)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarah Sprague (1651-)
John Sprague (1652-1703)
Lydia Sprague (1653-1705)
Jonathan Sprague (1656-1730) 8 October 1656 Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 8 March 1730 Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Mary Bunker (1658-1714)

Samuel Sprague (1658-1743)
Mary Sprague (1661-1692)
Edward Sprague (1662-1715)
Benjamin Sprague (1665-1736)
Phineas Sprague (1666-1736)
Deborah Sprague (1670-1751)
Sarah Sprague (1672-1752)
Hannah Sprague (1675-1721)


Offspring of Ralph Sprague and Joanna Warren (1603-1680)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Samuel Sprague (1632-1696) 3 June 1632 Boston, Massachusetts, United States 3 October 1696 Malden, Massachusetts, United States Rebecca Crawford (1633-1710)

John Sprague (1624-1692) 23 May 1624 Fordington, Dorsetshire, England 25 June 1692 Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Lydia Goffe (1628-1714)

Jonathan Sprague (1625-1650)
Richard Sprague (1628-1703)
Sarah Sprague (1629-)
Mary Sprague (1634-1717)
Phineas Sprague (1637-1690)


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