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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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SPR BIOGRAPHIES

ATION. Anglican; Queen Anne Parish, Prince
George's County. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVI-
TIES: Gent., by 1739; Esq., by 1748. His obituary
describes him as "greatly beloved, not only in his
own county, but by all who knew him." OCCU-
PATIONAL PROFILE: planter; merchant, by 1741/
42, in partnership with Joseph Belt, Jr. (ca. 1717-
1761) and Thomas Clark (?-1766) trading with
merchants in England and Philadelphia. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Prince George's County, 1739-1741 (Aggriev-
ances 1-3), 1742-1744 (Aggrievances 1, 2), 1745
(Aggrievances). LOCAL OFFICES: churchwarden,
Oueen Anne Parish, Prince George's County,
1733, 1745; Queen Anne Parish Vestry, Prince
George's County, 1734-1736, 1742-1744; com-
missioner to erect town of Bladensburg, Prince
George's County, appointed 1742; sheriff, Prince
George's County, 1747-death. WEALTH DURING

LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: Ca. 1,670 acres

in Prince George's County (at least 525 acres from
his father as a gift, 1722; 600 acres by purchase;
545 acres by patent). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: pur-

chased 100 acres in 1741/42 and 495 acres in 1747,
all part of the same tract in Prince George's County;
sold and gave away 500 acres in Prince George's
County, 1741-1745; with a partner purchased 1,185
acres in Prince George's County, 1746, and re-
ceived half of 150 acres in Frederick County as
security for a loan, 1749. Much of Sprigg's land
was located in that part of Prince George's County
that became Frederick County. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED on January 8, 1749/50, in Prince George's

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, 281,976

pounds tobacco, £161.16.9 sterling, £2,488.0.11
current money (including 30 slaves, 4 servants,
64 oz. plate, books, maps, and one-third of the
assets of the partnership with Belt and Clark);
FB, estate overpaid £1,669.0.5 current money.
LAND: ca. 2,214 acres in Prince George's and
Frederick counties. Over 1,700 acres were sold
after Sprigg's death to pay his creditors.

SPRIGG, OSBORN (ca. 1741-1815). BORN: ca.
1741, probably at "Northampton," Prince George's
County; second son. NATIVE, fourth generation.
RESIDED: at "Northampton," Prince George's

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Osborn

Sprigg (ca. 1707-1749/50), son of Thomas Sprigg
(by 1670-by 1739). MOTHER: Rachel (1711-?),
daughter of Joseph Belt (ca. 1680-1761). UNCLE:
Edward Sprigg (1697-1751). AUNTS: Priscilla
Sprigg, who married Ralph Crabb (?-1733/34);

Elizabeth Sprigg, who married Turner Wootten
(ca. 1695-1760); and Mary Belt (1722-?), who
married second, Edward Sprigg (1697-1751).
BROTHERS: Joseph Sprigg (1736-1800); Thomas
Sprigg (ca. 1747-1809). SISTERS. Lucy (ca. 1728-
?); Esther (1730/31-?); Rachel (1733-1808);
Priscilla (1735-?); Elizabeth; and Anne. HALF
SISTER. Margaret (ca. 1726-1804), who married
in 1745 William Bowie (1721-1791). FIRST COUS-
INS: Thomas Sprigg (1715-1781); Edward Sprigg
(ca. 1721-1790); Edward Sprigg (1723-1758);
Henry Wright Crabb (1722/23-1764); Francis King
(1724/25-1771); Thomas Sprigg Wootten (?-1789);
and Elizabeth Belt (?-1808), who probably mar-
ried Thomas Sprigg (ca. 1747-1809). NIECE: Lucy
Harwood, who married second, Richard Harwood
(1738-1826). MARRIED first, in 1771, Martha (?-
1778), widow of both William Hamilton (?-1759)
and Charles Clark (?-1767), daughter of David
Crauford (?-1749) of Prince George's County, a
merchant, and wife Mary (?-1794). Her brother
was David Craufurd (ca. 1738-1801). Her sister
was Mary, who married (first name unknown)
Parker. MARRIED second, in 1779, Sarah, proba-
bly the daughter of Thomas Gantt (ca. 1710- 1785)
and his second wife Eleanor Hilleary (?-1787).
Sarah was probably the granddaughter of Thomas
Gantt (?-1765). She was the niece of Fielder Gantt
(?-1807); Edward Gantt (?-by 1783); and Ann
Gantt, who married John Brome (1703-1748).
Her brothers were probably Levi; Erasmus Gantt
(?-?); and Fielder. Her half brothers were prob-
ably Thomas Gantt, Jr. (?-1808); Edward (ca.
1741-1837); and John (1740-?). Her sisters were
probably Priscilla (?-ca. 1784); Ann; and Eliz-
abeth. Her half sister was probably Rachel (?-
1793), who married Richard Brooke (1716-1783).
Her first cousins were probably Ann Gantt, who
married Thomas Harwood, 3rd (by 1757-by 1805);
Thomas Gantt (?-ca. 1802). ADDITIONAL COM-
MENT: Sarah may have been the daughter of
Eleanor Hilleary by a previous marriage. CHIL-
DREN. STEPSONS: Thomas Clark (ca. 1760-1796);
David Clark (ca. 1766-1792), a physician, who
married in 1788 Eleanor Hall, daughter of Ben-
jamin Hall, of Francis (?-1803). STEPDAUGHTER.
Wilhelmina Hamilton (ca. 1759-?), who married
in 1780 Edward Nicholls. PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION: literate. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1778; Esq., by 1782. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Conventions, Prince George's County,
1st, 1774, 2nd-3rd, 1774, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775,
9th, 1776 (election voided on August 15, 1776,

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