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SPR BIOGRAPHIES

Elizabeth Pile. STEPMOTHER: by ca. 1744 Mary
Belt Hall (1722-?), daughter of Joseph Belt (ca.
1680-1761). UNCLE: Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1707-1749/
50). AUNTS: Priscilla Sprigg, who married Ralph
Crabb (?-1733/34); Elizabeth Sprigg (?-1787),
who married Turner Wootten (ca. 1695-1760).
BROTHERS: Richard (1721-ca. 1776); James (11241
25-1778); Thomas (1726/27-?); and Gilbert (?-
1765). HALF BROTHERS: Jacob (?-1770); Fred-
erick. SISTERS: Elizabeth; Mary. HALF SISTERS:
Margaret (?-ca. 1783); Lucy (1752-?). STEPSIS-
TER: Ann Hall. FIRST COUSINS Thomas Sprigg
(1715-1781); Edward Sprigg (ca. 1721-1790);
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 Wright Crabb (\122I
23-1764); Francis King (1724/25-1771); and
Thomas Sprigg Wootten (?-1789). MARRIED by 1746
Eleanor (last name unknown). Eleanor Sprigg
subsequently married ca. 1760 Jeremiah Duvall
(?-1774). CHILDREN. SONS: at least Edward (1746-
?) of Prince George's County, a merchant by 1771.

PRIVATE CAREER. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: prob-

ably Anglican. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
Gent., by 1754. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Frederick County, 1754-1757. MILITARY
SERVICE: captain, by 1758. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: probably 351 acres
in Frederick County (the remainder of 1,410 acres
inherited from his father in 1751, of which he sold
1,059 acres in July 1754). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES

IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH:

purchased 113 acres in Frederick County, 1756.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between September 20
and October 19, 1758, in the explosion of a pow-
der magazine at Ft. Cumberland, Frederick

County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £212.13.8

current money (including 3 slaves, 1 servant, and
books); FB, zero. LAND: probably 464 acres in
Frederick County.

SPRIGG, JOSEPH (1736-1800). BORN: in 1736,
probably at "Northampton," Prince George's
County; eldest son. NATIVE: fourth generation.
RESIDED in Prince George's County until 1744;
Frederick (later became Washington) County,
1744-at least 1785; Calvert County by 1786; Al-
legany County by 1790; Calvert County, by 1791-
death. 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 (?-1787), who married Turner
Wootten (ca. 1695-1760); and Mary Belt (1722-
?), who married second, Edward Sprigg (1697-
1751). BROTHERS: Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1741-1815);
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 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 Battee, who mar-
ried second, Richard Harwood (1738-1826). MAR.
RIED first, by November 1760, Hannah (ca. 1736-
by 1781), widow of Thomas Bowie (1723-1758),
daughter of Philip Lee (ca. 1681-1744) and his
second wife Elizabeth Lawson Sewall. Her broth-
ers were Corbin Lee (?-1774); George Lee (1736-
1807); John; and Hancock (?-1759). Her half
brothers were Nicholas Lewis Sewell (ca. 1721-
1800); Richard Lee (ca. 1707-1787); Arthur Lee
(?-1760); and Francis Lee (?-1749). Her sisters
were Lettice (?-1776), who married third, Joseph
Sim (?-1793); Elizabeth; Alice; and Margaret.
Her niece was Margaret Lee Clarke (?-1795),
who married John Rogers (?-1789). MARRIED sec-
ond, on April 8, 1781, Margaret (?-1783), widow
of (first name unknown) Elzey, daughter of James
Weems (ca. 1707-1781) and wife Sarah Parker
Stoddart, stepdaughter of Mary Wheeler Cromp-
ton (?-1769). Her brothers were William Loch
(?-1783); James; and John Weems (1737-1813).
Her sisters were Sarah (?-1763), who married
Samuel Chew (1737-1790); Susannah. Her first
cousin was John Weems (1727-1794). Her nieces
were Sarah Wheeler (ca. 1754-ca. 1804), who
married William Allein (ca. 1742-ca. 1802); Mar-
garet Weems, who married Levin Covington
Mackall (1760-?). MARRIED third, by June 1787,
Elizabeth. CHILDREN. SONS: Philip (ca. 1761-?);
probably Casper (ca. 1761-?); Joseph (?-1821),
who married Ann, daughter of Ignatius Taylor (?-
1807), and moved to Illinois in 1816; Osborn, who
married Sarah Cresap; Thomas (ca. 1769-
?); William (ca. 1770-?), a judge of the Supreme
Court of Ohio, 1803, U.S. judge for the territories
of Michigan, 1805, of Orleans, 1806, of Louisi-
ana, 1812, of Illinois, 1813, district judge of the

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