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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

MOTHER: Margery (?-1783), daughter of John
Wight (?-1705) and wife Ann (?-1726). UNCLES:
Edward Sprigg (1697-1751); Osborn Sprigg (ca.
1707-1749/50). HALF UNCLE: Thomas Gantt (?-
1765). AUNTS: Priscilla Sprigg, who married Ralph
Crabb (?-1733/34); Elizabeth Sprigg (?-1787),
who married Turner Wootten (ca. 1695-1760).
BROTHERS: John (ca. 1716-1787); Edward Sprigg
(ca. 1721-1790). HALF BROTHER: Humphrey Belt.
STEPBROTHERS: John Belt (ca. 1707-?); Joseph
Belt, Jr. (1717-1761), who married Anne Sprigg
(by 1726-?); Tobias Belt (1720-1785); Jeremiah
Belt(1724-1784), who married Mary Sprigg(1723-
?);and James Belt (1726-?). SISTERS: Mary (1723-
?), who married Jeremiah Belt (1724-1784); Anne
(by 1726-?), who married Joseph Belt, Jr. (ca.
1717-1761). HALF SISTER: Margery Belt, who
married (first name unknown) Perry. STEPSIS-
TERS: Mary Belt (1722-?), who married second,
Edward Sprigg (1697-1751); Rachel Belt (1711-
?), who married Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1707-1749/
50); and Anne Belt (1708/9-?). FIRST COUSINS:
Edward Sprigg (1723-1758); Margaret Sprigg (ca.
1726-1804), who married William Bowie (1721-
1791); Joseph Sprigg (1736-1800); Osborn Sprigg
(ca. 1741-1815); Thomas Sprigg (ca. 1747-1809);
Henry Y/right Crabb (1722/23-1764) ; Francis King
(1724/25-1771); and Thomas Sprigg Wootten (?-
1789). NIECE: Elizabeth Belt (?-1808), who
probably married Thomas Sprigg (ca. 1747-1809).
MARRIED on December 14, 1737, Elizabeth (1721-
1789), only daughter of Richard Galloway (1691-
1741) of West River, Anne Arundel County, and
wife Sophia Richardson (?-1781). Her first cou-
sin was Elizabeth Richardson (ca. 1748-?), who
probably married Benjamin Bradford Norris (1745-
1790). CHILDREN. SON: Richard (1739-1798), who
married in 1765 Margaret Caile (?-1796) of Dor-
chester County. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: lit-

erate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: The Galloways
were prominent Quakers and family tradition says
that Sprigg beame a Quaker upon his marriage
to Elizabeth. His marriage and death and the
births of his child and grandchildren were re-
corded in the minutes of the West River Quaker
meeting. Sprigg did, however, take the Oath of
Fidelity in 1778. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1762; Esq., by 1781; active in local
horse racing, 1762. OCCUPATION AL PROFILE: mer-
chant, 1758; planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLA-
TIVE SERVICE: Conventions, Anne Arundel
County, 1st, 1774 (appointed, but did not attend),
2nd, 1774. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Anne Arundel
County, appointed 1749 (did not serve); Com-

mittee of Observation, Anne Arundel County,
elected 1774, 1775. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: his wife's grandfather,
Richard Galloway (?-1736), bequeathed her
£100.0.0 at her marriage. LAND AT FIRST ELEC-
TION: 3,327 acres in Anne Arundel, Frederick,
and Dorchester counties (1,000 acres in Frederick
County inherited from his father, 700 acres in
Dorchester County acquired through marriage,
773 acres in Anne Arundel County acquired
through marriage but subject to mother-in-law's
life estate, 854 acres in Anne Arundel County by
purchase). WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: on December
29, 1781, at his plantation on West River, Anne
Arundel County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: re-
quested that no account be made of his estate.
His property at West River was assessed in the
name of his wife at £3,205.0.0 (including 64 slaves
and 216 oz. plate), 1783. LAND: ca. 3,327 acres
in Anne Arundel, Frederick, and Dorchester
counties.

SPRIGG, THOMAS (ca. 1747-1809). BORN: ca.
1747, probably at "Northampton," Prince George's
County; third son. NATIVE: fourth generation.
RESIDED: Prince George's County until 1775;
Elizabeth Hundred, Frederick (later became
Washington) County, 1776; Washington County,
1777-death. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Os-
born Sprigg (by 1707-1749/50), son of Thomas
Sprigg (1670-by 1739). MOTHER: Rachel (1711-
?), daughter of Joseph Belt (ca. 1680-1761). UN-
CLE: 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); Osborn
Sprigg (ca. 1741-1815). 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); and Thomas Sprigg Wootten (?-
1789). NIECE: Lucy Harwood, who married sec-
ond. Richard Harwood (1738-1826). MARRIED
possibly first, by 1776, Amelia (ca. 1754-?). MAR-
RIED possibly second, on February 8, 1780, Eliz-
abeth Belt (?-1808). Elizabeth was probably his
first cousin, the daughter of Joseph Belt, Jr. (ca.
1717-1761) and wife Anne Sprigg (1726-?). She

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