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Elizabeth Dolhonde

Female Abt 1725 - Bef 1757  (~ 32 years)

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Elizabeth DolhondeElizabeth Dolhonde was born Abt 1725, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA; died Bef 27 May 1757.

    Other Events:

    • Name: Elizabeth Delhonde

    Notes:

    Wymond's Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass. (Vol. I, p. 287) have Elizabeth Delhonde, daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth Delhonde of Boston, married Dr. John Sprague in 1744, but the vital records of Cambridge, Suffolk, Mass., have Elizabeth Delhonde, daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth Delhonde, died 11 January 1729 aged 3 days. The vital records of Boston have John Sprague married Eliza. Dolhonde 28 March 1745.

    Elizabeth married Dr. John Sprague 11 Apr 1745, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA. John (son of Joseph Sprague and Sarah Stedman) was born 4 Dec 1718, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA; was christened 7 Dec 1718, First Church - Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA; died 29 May 1798, Dedham, Norfolk Co., MA. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 2. Dr. Lawrence Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1746; died Unknown.
    2. 3. Rev. Edward Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 May 1750, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA; died 16 Dec 1817.
    3. 4. Dr. John Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 10 Sep 1752, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA; died 17 Apr 1800.


Generation: 2

  1. 3.  Rev. Edward SpragueRev. Edward Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (1.Elizabeth1) was born 20 May 1750, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA; died 16 Dec 1817.

    Notes:

    "The Genealogical Register", April 1909, page 157.

    Rev. Edward Sprague was Pastor of the Congregational Church in Dublin, NH 1777-8.

    "The Ralph Sprague Genealogy", by E. G. Sprague, page 89.

    Pastor of the Congo. church at Dublin, NH., 1777-78; He graduated from Harvard College in 1870 (Note: this must be an error, probably 1780), was ordained 2nd minister of the church in Dublin, NH, May 12, 1801, his father having d. 3 or 4 years before, he received his legacy and thereupon relinquished his salary from this date. His residence was on lots 9 and 10, range V near the centre pond; after 1801 he had a residence in Keene, but kept his Dublin house open and furnished for his occasional use while his wife continued to live in the Keene home. Dec. 9, 1817, he met with an accident which resulted in his death. Dec. 13 he made his will, a copy of which wand a probate record is kept in the Town History. He was wealthy; drove his coach with 4 horses, gave the town $5,000 for support of the religion in the Congo. Society, and gave his physician and friend Dr. Moses Kidder $2,000. To John Twitchell and Alline Newhall each, provided they stay in his service during his natural life $300. To the town for support of public schools $10,000, and the residue to the town for the use of school purposes. His portrait is on page 162 of the Town History and much is said therein in various places if incidents and anecdote, obituary and eulogistic, as also the long grave stone inscription of himself and Hannah his wife. No mention is made of any children. The will was dated Dec. 13, 1817. It was probated Feb. 3, 1818, Elijah Parker of Keene Exr. Account allowed Feb. 1823. Inventory in 1818 was 430,060.39.

    Edward married Martha Hill 24 Sep 1769. Martha died Bef 1778. [Group Sheet]

    Edward married Hannah [--?--] 26 Sep 1778. Hannah was born Abt 1737; died 10 Jul 1818, Keene, Cheshire Co., NH. [Group Sheet]


  2. 4.  Dr. John SpragueDr. John Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (1.Elizabeth1) was born 10 Sep 1752, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA; died 17 Apr 1800.

    Notes:

    "The Genealogical Register", April 1909, page 157.
    John Sprague was a physician in Dedham. His estate was divided on 7 January 1801. It mentioned six children living and the heirs of Esther Sweet and Elizabeth Sweet.

    "The Sprague Family: From Dorset, to Massachusetts & Gibraltar", by Joan Watkins, 1992, correspondent.

    John Sprague, born in 1752, also decided as did his elder brother, Lawrence to follow their father and become physicians. Edward became a pastor and was appointed to the Congregational Church in Dublin. Dr. John (Jr.) graduated in 1772. In 1773 he married Rebecca Chambers. It is thought that sometime after this he went to Europe to further his studies as there is a record showing his name on the passenger list of the "Minerva" that left London bound for Boston in 1775. As his mother Elizabeth Delhonde and his grandfather were French, John most probably spent some of his time in France.

    On his return to Boston he settled with his wife in Milton (Mass.) then finally went to Dedham to be near his father and probably assisted with the practice. John and Rebecca had nine children: John Charles, Eliza, Esther, Jonathan, Lawrence, Horatio born in 1784, Sarah and Rebecca. As far as can be ascertained Dr. John (Jr.) never had his own practice and seemed to prefer other pursuits and did not enjoy good health. In 1800 he died at the age of 48 only outliving his father by 3 years. His wife Rebecca was left with at least three children who were under the age of 21, as it is thought two of the sons died before their father, as they are not mentioned in his will.

    John married Rebecca Chambers 1773. Rebecca was born Abt 1755; died 2 Jul 1813. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 5. Charles Harrison Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 3 Feb 1774; died Unknown.
    2. 6. Eliza D. "Elizabeth" Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 7 May 1776; was christened 8 Mar 1795, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Unknown.
    3. 7. Esther "Estha" Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 14 Dec 1777; was christened 2 Aug 1792, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Bef 7 Jan 1801.
    4. 8. Jonathan Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 16 Sep 1779, Dedham, Norfolk Co., MA; was christened 8 Mar 1795, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Unknown.
    5. 9. Dr. Lawrence Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 3 May 1781, Dedham, Norfolk Co., MA; was christened 8 Mar 1795, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Unknown.
    6. 10. Horatio Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 19 Dec 1784, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; was christened 28 Dec 1798, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died 20 Mar 1848, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar.
    7. 11. Rebecca Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 22 Jul 1787; was christened 28 Dec 1798, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died 8 Jun 1820.
    8. 12. Sarah Chambers Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 11 Oct 1789; was christened 28 Dec 1789, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Unknown.


Generation: 3

  1. 6.  Eliza D. "Elizabeth" SpragueEliza D. "Elizabeth" Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 7 May 1776; was christened 8 Mar 1795, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Unknown.

    Eliza — Samuel Swett. Samuel died Unknown. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 13. Elizabeth Swett  Descendancy chart to this point was born 9 Nov 1807, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; died 7 May 1901, Worcester, Worcester Co., MA.

  2. 7.  Esther "Estha" SpragueEsther "Estha" Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 14 Dec 1777; was christened 2 Aug 1792, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Bef 7 Jan 1801.

    Esther — Mister Sweet. Mister died Unknown. [Group Sheet]


  3. 8.  Jonathan SpragueJonathan Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 16 Sep 1779, Dedham, Norfolk Co., MA; was christened 8 Mar 1795, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Unknown.

    Jonathan married Mary Ann Winterton 5 Apr 1800. Mary died Unknown. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 14. Edward Harrison Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 24 Jan 1802; died Unknown.
    2. 15. Amanda Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 Jun 1803; died Unknown.
    3. 16. Samuel Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1811, Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Unknown.

  4. 9.  Dr. Lawrence SpragueDr. Lawrence Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 3 May 1781, Dedham, Norfolk Co., MA; was christened 8 Mar 1795, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Unknown.

    Lawrence married Sarah Titcomb Aft 13 Sep 1804. Sarah (daughter of Gen. Jonathan Titcomb and Sarah Stedman) was born Bef 24 Oct 1777, Newburyport, Essex Co., MA; was christened 24 Oct 1777, Newburyport, Essex Co., MA; died Unknown. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 17. Esther Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 31 Dec 1806, Newburyport, Essex Co., MA; died 22 Jan 1863, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK.
    2. 18. Sarah Stedman Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 14 Oct 1808, Providence, Providence Co., RI; died 7 Mar 1880, Portland, Multnomah Co., OR.
    3. 19. Jonathan Titcomb Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 3 Jul 1810, Newburyport, Essex Co., MA; died 6 Sep 1878, New York, New York Co., NY; was buried Aft 6 Sep 1878, New York, New York Co., NY.
    4. 20. Lawrence Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born Bef 10 May 1812; was christened 10 May 1812, Newburyport, Essex Co., MA; died Unknown.

  5. 10.  Horatio SpragueHoratio Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 19 Dec 1784, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; was christened 28 Dec 1798, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died 20 Mar 1848, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar.

    Notes:

    "The Sprague Family: From Dorset, to Massachusetts & Gibraltar", by Joan Watkins, 1992, correspondent.

    After the death of Dr. John (Jr.) his son Horatio was about 16 and it is thought he joined his Great-Uncle's firm situate at Key Wharf, Boston. Between the years 1803-08, with other members of the firm Horatio set off for the Mediterranean with a view to opening branches in that area to secure cargo for the homeward voyages. At that time the Napoleonic Wars were raging, but the shipping trade was flourishing. One of the centres selected was Gibraltar which stood at the crossroads of trade.

    Thus began the Sprague Gibraltarian dynasty. Within very few years, Horatio established the firm in a position of high standing and he himself was well-received in the social life. In 1812 hostilities broke out between England and America. The British Governor of Gibraltar, Sir Colin Campbell succeeded by Sir George Don, ordered all Americans to leave the Rock. Horatio went to live in nearby Algeciras, Spain. In reply to Horatio's request ( a copy of this letter is in R. Macdonald's volumes), so high was the esteem in which he was held, the Governor granted him special permission to cross the Bay in a boat and berth alongside the wharf in order that he could supervise his daily business in the office there.

    At the conclusion of the War in 1815 Horatio returned to Gibraltar and resumed his domicile there. During his exile he befriended a French family by the name of Flechelle who had escaped the massacre at the Arsenal at Toulon. They were assisted in their flight by a British vessel that took them to Minorca. They then went to Tangiers where their daughter Victorine was born in 1800. Horatio fell in love with her and they were married in Gibraltar in 1816.

    In 1832 President Jackson of the United States appointed Horatio to be the Consul for America in Gibraltar. He and Victorine lived in some style in Prince Edward Road, their private residence being part of the Consulate. It commanded a splendid view of the famed Rock together with the entire Bay, the Straits of Gibraltar and the coast of Spain and Morocco. They had a large family: John in 1817, Daphnia in 1819 (died in infancy), Rebecca 1821, Horatio (Jr.) in 1823, Victoria 1826, Louise 1828, Richard 1830, Delphine 1832, Anna 1834, Charles 1835 and Henry 1837. (Note: There is an oil painting of Richard, Delphine, Anna and Victoria, the original was held by Gladys Janssen in Belgium.)

    For the 16 years as Consul, Horatio became well-known for his tact and efficiency in dealing with the many aspects this position entailed. Among the distinctions awarded him was the Gold Medal of the Humane Society of Massachusetts in recognition of his successful efforts to secure the release of the crew of an American sailing vessel, captained by James Riley which had been captured by Moorish pirates who had held them to ransom. The Gold Medal is still held by the family (John Morgan). An authentic narration on the loss of the American ship by James Riley was printed in New York in 1817.

    In 1848 Horatio (Sr.) died at the age of 64 leaving his widow Victorine, only 48 with four children still under the age of 21. She lived for a further 20 years surrounded by all her family. She was well-known for her unostentatious benevolence and her charities were boundless, for she regarded affluence as a worthless possession unless subservient to the relief of poverty and distress. She was one of those rare persons "who do good by stealth and blush to find fame."

    Horatio married Victoria Marguerite Ecolastique Fleshelle 3 Dec 1816, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar. Victoria was born 1 Jan 1800, Tangier, ____, ____, Morocco; died 25 Jan 1868, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 21. John Bartholomew Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 Oct 1817; died 10 Jul 1882.
    2. 22. Delphine Mary Roznia Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 Aug 1819; died 13 Oct 1819.
    3. 23. Rebecca Mary Theresa Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 31 Mar 1821; died 5 Dec 1838.
    4. 24. Horatio Jones Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 12 Aug 1823, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar; died 18 Jul 1901.
    5. 25. Victorine Francisca Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 24 Mar 1826; died Unknown.
    6. 26. Eloisa Maria "Heloise Mary" Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 25 Mar 1828; died 26 Jan 1872, Saint Louis, St. Louis Co., MO.
    7. 27. Richard Tucker Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 10 Jul 1830, Consulate at Gibraltar, ____, ____, Gibraltar; died 17 Jul 1898, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA.
    8. 28. Delphine Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 May 1832; died Unknown, Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD.
    9. 29. Ann Maria Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 18 Feb 1834; died Unknown.
    10. 30. Charles Dominque Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 15 May 1835; died 10 Dec 1888, ____, ____, NY.
    11. 31. Henry Elliott Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 7 Mar 1837, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar; died Unknown.

  6. 11.  Rebecca SpragueRebecca Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 22 Jul 1787; was christened 28 Dec 1798, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died 8 Jun 1820.

    Rebecca married Capt. Abraham Eutis 6 Jul 1809. Abraham died Unknown. [Group Sheet]


  7. 12.  Sarah Chambers SpragueSarah Chambers Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 11 Oct 1789; was christened 28 Dec 1789, Episcopal Church - Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Unknown.

    Sarah married John Maguire 28 Jan 1806. John died Unknown. [Group Sheet]



Generation: 4

  1. 13.  Elizabeth SwettElizabeth Swett Descendancy chart to this point (6.Eliza3, 4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 9 Nov 1807, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; died 7 May 1901, Worcester, Worcester Co., MA.

    Elizabeth married James Green 1 May 1833. James was born 23 Dec 1802, Worcester, Worcester Co., MA; died 10 Jun 1874, Worcester, Worcester Co., MA. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 32. John Green  Descendancy chart to this point was born 2 Apr 1835, Worcester, Worcester Co., MA; died 7 Dec 1913, Saint Louis, St. Louis Co., MO.

  2. 16.  Samuel SpragueSamuel Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (8.Jonathan3, 4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 1811, Stoughton, Norfolk Co., MA; died Unknown.

    Samuel married Mary Kingsbury 25 Apr 1833. Mary was born Abt Oct 1811; died 10 Jun 1853. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 33. Samuel M. Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt Jun 1839; died 6 Jan 1841.
    2. 34. Benjamin F. Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 3 Sep 1843, Dedham, Norfolk Co., MA; died Unknown.

  3. 17.  Esther SpragueEsther Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (9.Lawrence3, 4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 31 Dec 1806, Newburyport, Essex Co., MA; died 22 Jan 1863, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK.

    Esther married George C. Gooding 19 Aug 1830, Fort Armstrong (Upper Mississippi), Rock Co., IL. George (son of Capt. George Gooding and Lucia J. Hunnewell) was born 1802, Portland, Cumberland Co., ME; died 8 Oct 1851, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 35. Lawrence S. Gooding  Descendancy chart to this point was born 29 Jun 1831, Rock Island, Rock Island Co., IL; died 20 Aug 1913, Durant, Bryan Co., OK.
    2. 36. Sarah S. Gooding  Descendancy chart to this point was born 22 Jan 1833, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK; died 17 Nov 1833, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK.
    3. 37. Elizabeth B. Gooding  Descendancy chart to this point was born 28 Oct 1834, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK; died Abt 27 Jun 1921, Old Goodland, Choctaw Co., OK.
    4. 38. Caroline Gooding  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 Oct 1836, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK; died 6 Jan 1909, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK.
    5. 39. Sarah A. Gooding  Descendancy chart to this point was born 24 Nov 1838, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK; died 12 Sep 1841, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK.
    6. 40. George C. Gooding  Descendancy chart to this point was born 14 Apr 1841, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK; died 11 Oct 1905, Old Goodland, Choctaw Co., OK.
    7. 41. Henry Levensworth Gooding  Descendancy chart to this point was born 17 Oct 1844, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK; died 18 Oct 1926, Old Goodland, Choctaw Co., OK.

  4. 18.  Sarah Stedman SpragueSarah Stedman Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (9.Lawrence3, 4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 14 Oct 1808, Providence, Providence Co., RI; died 7 Mar 1880, Portland, Multnomah Co., OR.

    Other Events:

    • 1860 Census: 4 Aug 1860

    Notes:

    1860 Census:
    Elizabeth PO - Ward 3 - Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, p. 584, age 50, b. MA, w/Edwin Babbitt, as Sarah Babbitt

    Sarah married Col & Brevet Brig. Gen. Edwin Burr Babbitt 9 Feb 1832, ____, Fairfield Co., CT. Edwin (son of Abiel Babbitt and Abigail Burr Sturges) was born 8 Jan 1804, Monroe, Fairfield Co., CT; died 10 Dec 1881, Fort Monroe, Elizabeth City, VA. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 42. Edwin Sprague Babbitt  Descendancy chart to this point was born 4 Nov 1832, Fort Jessup, Sabine Parish, LA; died 24 Sep 1853.
    2. 43. Sarah Frances Babbitt  Descendancy chart to this point was born 6 Jul 1834, Fort Jessup, Sabine Parish, LA; died 16 Jul 1905.
    3. 44. Henry Bainbridge Babbitt  Descendancy chart to this point was born 23 Jun 1836, Fort Towson, Choctaw Co., OK; died 14 May 1849.
    4. 45. Col. Lawrence Sprague Babbitt  Descendancy chart to this point was born 18 Feb 1839, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; died 1903.
    5. 46. Laura W. Babbitt  Descendancy chart to this point was born 18 Feb 1839, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; died 16 Jan 1905.

  5. 19.  Jonathan Titcomb SpragueJonathan Titcomb Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (9.Lawrence3, 4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 3 Jul 1810, Newburyport, Essex Co., MA; died 6 Sep 1878, New York, New York Co., NY; was buried Aft 6 Sep 1878, New York, New York Co., NY.

    Other Events:

    • Occupation: Jun 1860; Major of US Army
    • 1860 Census: 1 Feb 1861

    Notes:

    From Steve Sprague, correspondent.

    Jonathan Titcomb Sprague was the negotiating intermediary that got Confederate General Kirby Smith to surrender at the end of the Civil War.

    "Who's Who In American History", page 499.

    SPRAGUE, John Titcomb, army officer; b. Newburyport, Mass., July 3, 1810. Apptd 2d lt. Marine Corps, 1834, served in war against Seminole Indians, 1838-39; brevetted capt., 1839; served in Tex., commanded Dept. of Fla., 1846, brevetted maj. while serving in Tex., 1848; promoted maj. 1st U.S. Inf., 1861; stationed in Tex., arrested and paroled, 1861; commd brig. gen. N.Y. State Militia, 1862-65, served as mustering and disbursing agt., adj. gen of state, 1862-65; brevetted col. 7th U.S. Inf., 1865, served as mil. gov. Fla., 1865-66; retired from U.S. Army, 1870. Author: Origin, Progress and Conclusion of the Florida War, circa 1845. Died N.Y.C., Sept 6, 1878; buried N.Y.C.

    "Who Was Who In Florida", by Henry S. Marks, page 233.

    Sprague, John Titcomb (July 3, 1810 - Sept. 6, 1878)
    He was an active participant in the Second Seminole War; he published in 1848 "The Origin, Progress and Conclusion of the Florida War." This was considered to be the standard work on the war for over a century.

    1860 Census:
    Ward 9 - Albany, Albany Co., NY, p. 86, w/Margaret Worth, age 45, b. MA, as Major J. T. Sprague

    Jonathan married Mary Worth Bef 1844. Mary (daughter of Mister Worth and Margaret [--?--]) was born Abt 1828, ____, ____, NY; died Unknown. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 47. Margaret W. Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1844, ____, ____, NY; died Unknown.
    2. 48. Mary W. Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1847, ____, ____, NY; died Unknown.
    3. 49. Sarah Worth Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 23 Sep 1854, ____, ____, NY; died Unknown.
    4. 50. Joseph C. Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1859, ____, ____, NY; died Unknown.

  6. 24.  Horatio Jones SpragueHoratio Jones Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (10.Horatio3, 4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 12 Aug 1823, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar; died 18 Jul 1901.

    Notes:

    "The Genealogical Register", April 1909, page 158.

    Horatio Sprague was appointed by President Polk, May 1848, to succeed his father as Consul, holding that office for fifty-three years and was also made Consular Agent at Algeciras in 1854. During the years as Consul, Gibraltar became increasingly important. The American Civil War, 1861-65 was a time of particular anxiety. Then in 1867 the Suez Canal was opened and Gibraltar became a vital staging post for maritime traffic. In 1872 the strange case of the "Mary Celeste" focused international attention on Gibraltar. Horatio was appointed to be on the Board of Enquiry to examine the fate of the crew, which was never satisfactorily determined. He was succeeded by his son Richard.

    "The Sprague Family: From Dorset, to Massachusetts & Gibraltar", by Joan Watkins, 1992, correspondent.

    On his father's death in 1848 Horatio (Jr.) became head of the family at the age of 25. He was immediately appointed by President Polk to succeed as Consul. The following year he made his first visit to America where he was presented to the new President Zachary Taylor. In 1854 he was also appointed U. S. Consular Agent at Algeciras and its surrounding coast in Spanish Territories. The same year at the age of 30 he married Antonia Thorn Francia. She was born in New York where her father was a well-to-do merchant with interests there and in Gibraltar. They were Spanish by nationality and Catholics.

    During the years that Horatio (Jr.) was Consul, Gibraltar became increasingly important in shipping circles. The period of the American Civil War from 1861-65 was a time of particular anxiety. An example of this was when the Confederate steamer "Sumnter" arrived for re-fueling. Though the coal yards were full, the warship had to lie there for many months because the American Consul was held in such esteem that no one would sell to the Southerner without his permission. The sympathies of the British Government were known to be with the Southern cause.

    In 1867 when the Suez Canal was opened Gibraltar became a vital staging post for all traffic between the Northern and Western maritime countries of Europe, North America and the West Indies wishing to pass through the Mediterranean to go to the Eastern countries of the world. It was also during Horatio's tenure that the case of the "Mary Celeste" became a centre of interest in 1872. She was an American Barkentine found drifting on the high seas with not a soul on board. Horatio was appointed to be on the Board of Enquiry to examine what happened to the crew. It was a mystery that was never solved and has now passed into the realms of legend. Other activities included getting American sailors released from Barbary pirates and helping American warships with information to enable them to run down Slavers and free their captives.

    Horatio and Antonia lived in the Consulate buildings and enjoyed a very colourful life with a continuous stream of visitors from all parts of the globe. They had 8 children, John born 1855, followed by fanny 1858, Rebecca 1859, Antoinette in 1861, Horatio 1867, Delphine 1869, Richard 1871, and lastly Louis in 1875. Just two years later Antonia at the age of 40 died of consumption in 1877. She was deeply mourned, her life had been exemplary and her death was happy for she departed surrounded by her family of four sons and four daughters.

    All the girls had the advantage of first class education with domestic training and needlework at the Sacred Heart Convent, Tours, France. They were very musical and spoke French and Spanish fluently. The sons were very handsome. Sadly soon after his wife's death, Horatio was devastated when their eldest daughter Fanny aged 22 on holiday in Nice caught a fever and died in 1879. A few years later in 1886 their eldest son John, who had been helping his father as Vice-Consul also died of a fever. At that time he was engaged to Leonora (?). She was heart-broken and never married. As an old lady in her 80s, she passed on her beautiful engagement ring that John had given her to Antoinette (my grandmother). She in turn gave it to her eldest daughter Gladys Janssen. The ring was 'lost' during the Second World War when she was living in Belgium during the German occupation. A further tragedy struck the family. Their second son Horatio, who was a brilliant scholar and intended joining the Diplomatic Service suffered a mental breakdown from which he never recovered. He went to live in a monastery where he was cared for by the Brothers and died in 1939.

    Horatio married Antonia Thorn Frances 16 Sep 1854, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar. Antonia was born Abt 1837, ____, ____, NY; died 17 Sep 1877, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 51. John Louis Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 27 Aug 1855; died 31 May 1886.
    2. 52. Fanny Victorine Maria Louise Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 2 Mar 1858; died 14 Aug 1879, Nice, ____, Provence, France.
    3. 53. Rebecca Marguerite M. L. Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 7 Dec 1859; died 15 Dec 1903.
    4. 54. Antoinette Clarisse Marie Louise Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 17 May 1863, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar; died 5 Jul 1942, Mechelen, ____, Antwerpen, Belgium.
    5. 55. Horatio Louis Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 29 Apr 1867; died Unknown.
    6. 56. Delphine Anna Marie Louis Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 24 Oct 1869; died Unknown.
    7. 57. Richard Louis Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 May 1871; died 16 Oct 1934, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar.
    8. 58. Louis Charles Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 19 Dec 1875; died Jun 1939.

  7. 25.  Victorine Francisca SpragueVictorine Francisca Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (10.Horatio3, 4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 24 Mar 1826; died Unknown.

    Victorine — Charles Homer. Charles died Unknown. [Group Sheet]


  8. 26.  Eloisa Maria "Heloise Mary" SpragueEloisa Maria "Heloise Mary" Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (10.Horatio3, 4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 25 Mar 1828; died 26 Jan 1872, Saint Louis, St. Louis Co., MO.

    Notes:

    Burned to death.

    Eloisa married Thomas C. Reynolds 28 Nov 1849. Thomas died Unknown. [Group Sheet]


  9. 27.  Richard Tucker SpragueRichard Tucker Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (10.Horatio3, 4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 10 Jul 1830, Consulate at Gibraltar, ____, ____, Gibraltar; died 17 Jul 1898, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA.

    Richard married Louise Fanny "Fanny A." Oxnard 8 Aug 1860, Marseille, ____, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France. Louise (daughter of Thomas Oxnard and Louise Brown) was born 11 Mar 1840, ____, Jefferson Parish, LA; died 18 Apr 1907, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 59. Richard Homer Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 11 Apr 1862, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; died Unknown.
    2. 60. Louise Victorine Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 10 Oct 1863; died Unknown.
    3. 61. Fanny Alice Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 17 Nov 1865, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; died Unknown.
    4. 62. Horatio T. Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 28 Jul 1868, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; died 1900, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA.
    5. 63. Alice Marie Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 Feb 1875; died Unknown.
    6. 64. Benjamin Oxnard Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 13 Jun 1878, Reedville - Boston, Suffolk Co., MA; died 31 Jan 1944.

  10. 31.  Henry Elliott SpragueHenry Elliott Sprague Descendancy chart to this point (10.Horatio3, 4.John2, 1.Elizabeth1) was born 7 Mar 1837, ____, ____, ____, Gibraltar; died Unknown.

    Notes:

    "The Genealogical Register", April 1909, page 158.
    Henry Elliott Sprague resided in New York City.

    Henry married Mary Goddard 16 Apr 1859. Mary (daughter of William W. Goddard and Miss [--?--]) died 1861. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 65. Mary V Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1860; died Unknown, infant.

    Henry married Harriet Goddard 1869. Harriet (daughter of William W. Goddard and Miss [--?--]) died Unknown. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 66. John B. C. Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 14 Aug 1872; died Unknown.
    2. 67. Shirly E. Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 Jul 1874, ____, ____, NY; died Unknown.
    3. 68. Harriet E. Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 Mar 1876; died Unknown.
    4. 69. Harry G. Sprague  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 Oct 1884; died Unknown.