Sprague Family Information
by Virginia Sprague Webster
My name is Virginia Sprague Webster and I was
delighted to find genealogical work being done in Cattaraugus
County. I am a direct descendant of one of the earliest
families in Mansfield. I am in possession of "History of
Cattaraugus County New York" Philadelphia: L. H. Everts (press
of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia) which my family
purchased when it was first published in 1879. Among
various references, there are two in particular: on p. 457 is
mention of STEPHEN SPRAGUE and his son ARGALUS who settled in
Mansfield c. 1823; and on p. 455 is a picture of the residence
of ADDISON SPRAGUE (son of ARGALUS).
STEPHEN SPRAGUE (my great, great,
great grandfather) is the direct descendant of Francis Sprague
who arrived in Plymouth, MA in 1623 aboard the ship THE
ANNE. Stephen was born 10/24/1771 in Sharon, CT. He
is the son of Thomas and Prudence (Eggleston) Sprague who
eventually settled in Hannibal, NY (Onondaga Co.). I do
not know the name of Stephen's wife or any of his other children
(except Argalus, my great, great grandfather).
ARGALUS SPRAGUE was born 1809 in Onondaga Co., NY.
He married Mary ____, who was born in Vermont in 1807.
They had 5 children: Addison Sprague b. 1832; George Sprague b.
1834; Mary Sprague b. 1838; Julia Sprague b. 1840; Angeline
Sprague b. 1844. No further info.
ADDISON SPRAGUE (my great grandfather) was born 2/14/1832
in Mansfield,NY. He married Sarah Jane Peterman (b. 4/20/1836,
Milton,PA) on 5/29/1855, Rev. James C. Watson was officiating
minister. Addison died 4/1893 and Sarah Jane died
1/1/1916--I believe they are both buried in E.
Randolph,NY. They had six children: WILLIAM A. SPRAGUE
b.12/15/1856, New Albion,NY; m. Suzie _____; no further info.
JOHN DEVILLO SPRAGUE b. 5/25/1858, Mansfield,NY; m. Lydia
____ on 10/14/1877. John died 9/15/1939 and is buried in Little
Valley where he lived most of his adult life. Children:
Sarah Sprague Steward; Marcus Sprague; Benjamin H. Sprague; May
Sprague Mink; Hazel Sprague Woodard.
CLARENCE ANDREW SPRAGUE b. 12/27/1859, Milton, PA; never
married; lived most of his adult life in E. Randolph,NY; d.
11/25/1931 and is buried in E. Randolph.
GEORGE ADDISON SPRAGUE b. 11/28/1861, Mansfield,NY;
m.(1)______; children: Vernon Sprague of Albion, NY; Hesta
Sprague (died as a child); Blanche Sprague Otto. George
was a co-founder of the Woods & Sprague Milling Co., later
bought by GLF, Albion,NY; m.(2) Alice Maude English b.
12/31/1870, Albion,NY; d. c. 1971. George died 10/12/1928
THOMAS HILLABRANT SPRAGUE (my grandfather)b. 12/14/1869,
Mansfield,NY ; d. 7/2/1921, Cohoes,NY. He moved to Cohoes
as a young man and married Bertha Mott (b. 4/8/1879, Cohoes,NY)
in 1898. They had 8 children and are buried in Oakwood
Cemetery, N.Troy, NY.
BLANCHE ADELL SPRAGUE b. 7/28/1872; never married; lived
with her brother, Clarence in E. Randolph. Died 8/6/1960
and is buried in E. Randolph Cemetery, Lot No. 356.
This is all the info I have on the Spragues in that area. I am
trying to find missing names and burial cites for any of the
above. Hope this has been of some help to you.
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