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Jonathan Sprague

In memory of Jonathan Sprague Esq.
who deceased
March ye. 1741
in y. 93d year
of his age.

Jonathan Sprague went from Hingham to Mendon, Rhode Island in 1672 to live near his brother, John Sprague and his father-in-law, William Holbrook. In 1675 his father died and left him 60 acres in Providence. In 1687 his ratable estate was 2 oxen, 6 cows, 2 mares, horse, 18 sheep, 8 acres planting ground and six acres meadow. On December 13, 1687 he was fined for refusing jury duty. On July 2, 1695 he was appointed on a committee by the Assembly to propose a method of making rate; also with others to run the eastern line of the Colony. He was the Deputy in 1695-6, 1698, 1700, 1702-11 and 1714. In 1702 he was Justice of the Peace; 1703 Speaker of the House of Deputies; June 22, 1703 he and two others were appointed to draw up a method and proceedings of the Court of Common Pleas. In 1705-12 he was on the Town Council; in 1707 Clerk of the Assembly. On June 16, 1713 he was taxed. On May 23, 1719 he made an agreement with his sons-in-law William Jenckes, John Tefft, and Daniel Brown, deeding them his house and all lands in exchange for maintaining him for life and he to have choice of son-in-law to live with. They were to maintain his horse also. On November 9, 1719 he deeded to his son-in-law Ebenezer Cook certain land. On February 23, 1722 he wrote a long letter to three prominent Presbyterian ministers in Massachusetts, John Danforth, Peter Thatcher, and Joseph Belcher in answer to one they had addressed to him and other citizens concerning the establishment of a church in Providence. Mr. Sprague and other Baptists failed to see the necessity of a Presbyterian church and in his letter gave his views in very vigorous and unmistakable terms. He preached as an exhorter but was never ordained. He lived to the age of 93.
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jonathan Sprague (28 May 1648–10 Sep 1741), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17743068, citing Sprague-Dexter Cemetery, Lincoln, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by CB (contributor 46875046) .