William Sprague was born circa 1664 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts to John Sprague (1630-1676) and Ruth Bassett (1632-c1694) and died 25 November 1712 in Atlantic Ocean of Fall and drowning from whaling ship. He married Grace Wadsworth (1679-1757) January 1700 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Research Notes

(William/John/Francis Sprague)

William Sprague died at age 48. He fell off a whaling ship and drowned. He had 4 children. His wife Grace Wadsorth Sprague (John2, Christopher1) married 2nd Josiah Wormall 24 Dec 1723 in Middleboro, son of Josiah Wormall and Remember Brown. She was b. abt. 1672.

"Sprague Families in America", by Dr. Warren Vincent Sprague, page 12.

William Sprague was chosen "Surveyor of Highways" March 17, 1708. He was drowned, November 25, 1712, by the upsetting of a whale boat.

1716, April 2. Grace Sprague, widow of William Sprague, late of Duxbury, deceased, appointed guardian of Jethro, Terah, Ruth and Zerviah Sprague, minor children of said Grace Sprague.

Her will dated 1748, January 13, proved April 3, 1758, mentioned sons Jethro Sprague and Terah Sprague; daughter Zerviah Chandler; "my Six Grand Children the Children of my Daughter Ruth late deced viz/ William Keen, Levi Keen, Abel Keen, Samuel Keen, Josiah Keen and Grace Cole"; granddaughters Silvine Sprague and Grace Sprague; grandson William Sprague.

Person ID I15216


Offspring of William Sprague and Grace Wadsworth (1679-1757)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ruth Sprague (1701-1748)
Zerviah Sprague (1704-1778) 10 December 1704 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 10 October 1778 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Nathaniel Chandler (1699-1741)

Jethro Sprague (1709-1780)
Terah Sprague (1711-1782)


Offspring of John Sprague and Ruth Bassett (1632-c1694)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Sprague (1656-1728) 1656 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 6 March 1728 Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut Lydia Unknown Sprague (1658-1725)
Lois Abel Standish (1677-1731)

Elizabeth Sprague (1657-1727) 1657 Plymouth County, Massachusetts 27 May 1727 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Stephen Sampson (1638-1714)

Ruth Sprague (1659-1743)
William Sprague (1664-1712) 1664 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 25 November 1712 Atlantic Ocean Grace Wadsworth (1679-1757)

Desire Sprague (1668-)
Samuel Sprague (1670-1740)
Dorcus Sprague (1672-)


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