- "The Spragues of Malden, Mass.," 1923, by George Walter Chamberlain, (#2), pg. 33, 41, and 45. Came over (pg. 45) on the "Lion's Whelp," landed at Naumkeag (Salem) on Monday, Jun 29, 1629, after a 45 day voyage. Five ships sailed to New England. The "Talbot," "George," "Lion's Whelp," "Four Sisters," and "Mayflower," (pg. 43).
Sprague family ancestry, compiled by AAS (1874-1946), notes birth as 1600 and death at Charleston.
"The Brothers Ralph and William Sprague and Some of Their Descendants," 1909, by Frank William Sprague, (#1), pg. 1. Came to Salem, Mass., in 1628 and from there went to Charlestown in 1629. He married Joan Corbin. CHECK OUT!!!
Sprague family ancestory, compiled by AAS (1874-1946). Conflict of marriage date with GWS and AAS (1874) sources. CHECK OUT!
FGS, sent by Elizabeth Sprague (Coolidge) Windship, compiled by Edith Haddon Littleford. All on that sheet have been Baptized, Endowed, and Sealed. Shows wife of son Richard as Eunice C. Hester. Citations: "Spragues of Malden p 22,33,42; Malden vital rec p 378,297; New Engl Hist, Gen reg vol 63, p 147; Carolene Calls Fam rec; Asel Brodt's Fam rec; other marriages: #6 Phineas md (2) 5 Jan 1670 @ Hasey, Sarah."
4 Ralph1 (s Edward), was b. 1603 in Upwey, Dorset County England and m. Joan Warren in Fordington, St. George Church, Dorchester, Dorset County, England August 15, 1623; came to Salem, Mass., in 1628 with his two brothers, Richard and William, his wife and two little boys, John and Richard. Whether actuated by desires for religious liberty or by hopes of gain there is some controversy. With several others, they journeyed twelve miles to a hill on the north side of the Charles River, and on the south and southeast slope they made a settlement in 1628, building their homes in a semi-circle on the two acres of land Governor Endicott granted to each of them. This settlement, called Charlestown, was within the present city limits of Boston. Here they found one solitary white man, Thomas Welford, an Englishman, living in a pallisadoed house upon their arrival. This territory was owned and occupied by the Massachusetts Indians, a powerful but friendly tribe, with Sagamore John as Sachem, who gave them permission to settle. Whether the Spragues came to America in the Abigail or the Lion's Whelp is immaterial but their arrival has been convincingly shown by the Hon. H. H. Sprague, to be in 1628. The following spring Mr. Bright, a minister and Mr. Graves, an engineer, with a hundred others. joined them. September 28, 1630, Ralph was one of a jury impaneled. This was the first jury in Massachusetts. In his short life of forty-seven years he was a very prominent man. On October 19. 1630, he made requisition to be admitted as a Freeman of the Colony, and took the Freeman's oath May 18, 1631. At General Court this month he was made constable and became in regular succession, sergeant, ensign, lieutenant and captain of militia. May 18, 1631, he was admitted a Freeman. October 14, 1632, he and his wife were dismissed from the "Congregation of Boston" to enter into a new body at Charlestown. In 1634 was made one of the first selectmen of Charlestown. In May, 1635 was Representative, and frequently afterwards, 1636-1638, 1644-1645. In 1639, he became a member of Artillery Company. Nine years from the settlement in Charlestown, Ralph and Richard owned large tracts of land on the opposite side of Mystic River, near Ell Pond, which they called "Pond Feilde." This was in the west part of Maiden, now Melrose. Ralph had ninety acres, and Richard, sixty acres. At Ralph's death, he bequeathed his homestead, and its farm, to his sons, John and Phineas, and his farm in "Pond Feilde" to his sons Richard and Samuel. His home was located near what is now Mountain Avenue. By a letter dated March 25, 1651, one John Corbin of Upwey, England, appears to have been Ralph's father-in-law. A copy of this letter is to be found in the N. E. H. and G. Reg. IV 289. In Lochford's Note Book are several legal papers and letters of 1638-9 from Ralph Sprague and Joan his wife wherein it is expressly stated that her father had died and that his name was Richard Warren, so that instead of John Corbin being her father, he had probably married her mother, the widow Warren. Besides the N. E. H. and G. Reg. much information can he obtained from the Bradford's History of Massachusetts, The Young's Chronicles and Hutchinson's History of Massachusetts, Frothingham's History of Charlestown and from the "Glimpse of the Beginning of the Massachusetts Bay Settlement" by H. H. Sprague, et. al. The Charlestown Land Records, page 53, describes (1638) twelve different pieces of real estate in Ralph's possession. His homestead consisting of one acre of "earable land ----- with a dwelling house upon it and other aptinances" was situated at the east of the common, butting south and west upon the highway, having Mystic River on the northeast. Ralph Sprague, sometime of Fordington, Dorset, fuller, afterwards of Charlestown, N. E., planter, and his wife, Joan, dau. of Richard Warren of Fordington, husbandman, sent in 8-9-1638 power of attorney to Wm. Derby of Dorchester, England, gentleman to demand and receive such portion as might come to them from Warren's estate and remit the same through Sprague's sister Alice (Sprague) Eames of Pomberry Mill near Dorchester, and a letter was sent the same day by Ralph to his sister Alice about this same matter. In August, 1640, Ralph, and his wife, Joan, made John Holland of Tinekleton, Dorset, fuller, an attorney to receive of John Cox of Bowlington, and Elizabeth his wife, executors of Richard Warren, deceased, seven pounds given by his will to said Joan and her children John, Jonathan, Richard, Samuel, Mary, Phineas, or any other sum due unto them. (Ref.\emdash N. E. H. and G. Reg. LI 1897 105.) He d. in September, 1650, at the age of 47, in Malden, Mass., which has been the home of some of his descendents during all of these 250 years. His will was dated June 11, 1650 and entered in 1651. Joan his widow, m. Deacon Edward Converse of Woburn, Mass., September 2, 1662. She d. there February 24,1680.
9 John, b. 1624 in England.
10 Richard, b. about 1627 in England.
11 Jabez; d. about 1651, soon after signing in the settlement of his father's estate; left widow, Judith; no children. Had been in trade in Barbadoes for his uncle Richard.
12 Samuel, bap. June 3, 1632, in Charlestown.
13 Mary, bap. Sept. 14, 1634, in Charlestown.
14 Phineas, bap. May 31, 1637.
15 Jonathan, d. Dec., 1650 in Malden.
* In the will of Richard2 mention was made of Sister Clark, wife of Timothy: hence it may be inferred that Ralph had one more child than is tabulated above.
["Ralph Sprague genealogy, 1913"]