- 68 Timothy4 (s. Edward3, John2, Ralph1, Edward), b. in Malden, Mass., May 23, 1700. d. October 10, 1765; was a resident of Malden; succeeded his father and grandfather Captain John in the homestead; was well to do, possessed considerable land, several houses, a fulling mill and a grist mill, both getting power from Spot Pond, which was in itself a valuable possession now that it had been raised by a nine foot dam, giving abundant water privilege. He built what was known as the guard house near the dam to protect it and lived there. Though annoyed and harrassed through his life by towns trying to get a title of Spot Pond, which had been in the possession of the Spragues one hundred years, and by law suits concerning the overflow of adjoining meadows, he succeeded in preserving the dam and pond at great cost and sacrifice of time. This was a great blessing to future generations who now enjoy the beauties of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. This property was all disposed of in his will which he made October 3, 1765, to his family, beside bequests to several others; for instance, to his cousin Joseph of Leicester he gave two negroes, Christie and Jethro. He held many positions of trust. In 1739, as agent for the town, he petitioned the court to rule that there be no gates hung across any town road. Traveling at this time was entirely on foot or horseback and the inconvenience of gates had not been great, but vehicles were beginning to be used and unobstructed roads were desirable. He m. Mary Legg of Salem, April 14, 1737, who d. January 5, 1739. There is some evidence that he m. a Sarah Whipple of Ipswich; all reliable dates are wanting however. He m. Sarah Connery of Stoneham, October 18, 1759. She was a dau. of John and Sarah (Fenson) Connery.
221 Matthew Whipple, b. Dec. 24, 1760.
222 Timothy b. Oct. 2, 1762.
223 Sarah, b. Apr. 21, 1765; m. William Punehard of Salem, Dec. 6, 1785.