|Birth: ||Jun. 13, 1811|
|Death: ||May 28, 1893|
Josiah was orphaned at age 2 and was adopted by his father's brother and raised for 15 years in Delphi, Onondaga Co., New York.
He moved at age 18 to Lake Pleasant, Erie Co., PA where he
attended Erie Academy.
In 1839, he moved with his family to Rutland Twp., Kane Co., IL. He purchased property in Grafton Twp., McHenry Co., and Rutland Twp., Kane Co., IL in 1840.
In 1849 he went to the California Gold fields.
Josiah E. Spratgue was born in Ohio, June 15, 1811.
He was left an orphan at a very tender age. His father enlisted as a soldier in the War of 1812 and died in the service of his country. He was adopted by his father's brother and lived with him for fifteen years near Delphi, Onondaga Co., N. Y. At the age of eighteen he moved to Lake Pleasant, Erie Co., Penn., where he remained for the next ten years. While there he attended the academy in Erie (Penn.) for a few terms.
He was married on March 4th, 1832 to Miss Susannah Loomis. Their family consisted of six sons all of whom grew to manhood, except one who died at the early age of eight years.
He moved to Illinois with his family in 1839 and soon located on the prairie west of Dundee.
One of his sons, Henry L. Sprague, who was a member of the 52d Regt. Illinois Volunteer Infantry, was killed in the great Atlanta campaign in 1864. Mr. Sprague buried his wife, who was a most excellent and worthy woman, April 6, 1876. He continued to live in this section until 1887, when he went to Chicago with his son, H. J. Sprague, with whom he made his home since Oct., 1873. He was converted when he was but twenty years of age, and connected himself with the Baptist church and has been a consistent member of that great denomination for a period of about sixty-two years. Mr. Sprague was quite a traveler in his day, having visited Pike's Peak and California. He died from a stroke of paralysis Sunday May 28, 1893. Another old settler has gone to his reward. He was kind and obliging and had many friends.
Ephraim Sprague (1775 - 1815)
Phebe Negus Sprague (1780 - 1813)
Wallace J Sprague (1843 - 1915)*
Lydia Sprague Benson (1800 - 1863)*
Josiah Ephraim Sprague (1811 - 1893)
Buena Vista Cemetery
Created by: Sam
Record added: Aug 08, 2008
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