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

State of Missouri; and Samuel (ca. 1783-1855),
who married in 1811 Violetta Lansdale, and was
governor of Maryland, 1819-1822. STEPSON: Capt.
Daniel Bowie (1754-1776), who died a prisoner
after the Battle of Long Island. DAUGHTERS. Let-
tice (ca. 1762-?); Ann (ca. 1766-?), who married
Charles Carroll, of Bellevue, and moved to Gen-
esee County, New York; Corbin (ca.1767-?); and
Hannah (ca. 1770-?). STEPDAUGHTERS: Eliza-
beth Lawson Bowie (ca. 1752-1816), who mar-
ried by 1776 Thomas Belt (ca. 1740-1823); Bar-
bara Bowie (1756-1805), who married first, in
1773, Thomas H. Hall (1744-1788), and second,
ca. 1789, Ignatius Taylor (?-1807). PRIVATE CA-

REER. EDUCATION: literate. SOCIAL STATUS AND

ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1758; Esq., by 1782; third
generation legislator. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
planter, mill owner. Purchased a mill with his
mother in 1758 in Prince George's (later became
Washington) County, valued at £40.0.0 in 1783.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower

House, Washington County, 1777, 1777-1778
(Manufactories 2), 1778-1779 (Elections 2; Laws
to Expire 1; Manufactories 1; Tax Commissioners
3), 1779-1780 (Claims 2). LOCAL OFFICES, jus-
tice, Prince George's County, 1766-1773 (quo-
rum, 1773), Washington County, 1777-1784, Al-
legany County, 1790-1791 (resigned and moved
to Calvert County after February 1791); Com-
mittee of Correspondence, Frederick County, ap-
pointed 1774, 1775; Committee of Observation,
Frederick County, appointed 1774, 1775, Wash-
ington County, in office 1776; judge, Orphans'
Court, Washington County, 1777-1780; judge,
Court of Appeals for Tax Assessments, appointed

1786. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: assessed value £1,125.1.8, including 17 slaves
and 50 oz. plate, Washington County, 1783; 3
slaves, Washington County, 1790. LAND AT FIRST
ELECTION: ca. 3,750 acres in Washington County
(all by personal acquisition, including 3,163 acres
of a 4,163-acre tract purchased in 1773 for
£5,250.0.0 sterling). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN

LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: sold

over 2,100 acres of the 3,163-acre tract and pur-
chased 1,035 acres in Washington County, 1779;
sold over 1,281 acres, 1780-1782, and purchased
910 acres in Washington County, 1783; prior to
1790 purchased ca. 1,400 acres in St. Mary's County
and agreed in 1790 to sell it to pay a debt (title
not conveyed until after Sprigg's death); divested
himself of the remaining Washington County land,
including the transfer of portions of it to his sons

Joseph, Jr., and Osborne, 1791-1795. Sprigg also
may have owned land in Calvert County. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: on October 8, 1800, in Calvert
County; size of estate unknown.

SPRIGG, OSBORN (ca. 1707-1749/50). BORN:
ca. 1707, in Prince George's County; third son.
NATIVE: third generation. RESIDED: at "Nor-
thampton," Prince George's County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Thomas Sprigg (by 1670-
by 1739). MOTHER: Margaret Mariartee (?-by
1739). UNCLE Daniel Mariartee (ca. 1676-ca. 17267
27). BROTHERS: Thomas (?-1125), Edward Sprigg
(1697-1751). SISTERS: Priscilla, who married Ralph
Crabb (?-1733/34); Margaret; Eleanor; and Eliz-
abeth (?-1787), who married Turner Wootten (ca.
1695-1760). FIRST COUSINS: John Smith Prather
(1706-1763); Sarah Pierce (?-ca. 1700), who
married John B e ale, of Lawson (ca. 1674-1751).
NEPHEWS: 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). MARRIED first, Elizabeth (?-ca. 1726).
MARRIED second, on July 11, 1727, Rachel (1711-
?), daughter of Joseph Belt (ca. 1680-1761) and
wife Hester (Esther) Beall; stepdaughter of Mar-
gery Wight Sprigg (?-1783). Rachel was the
granddaughter of Ninian B e ale (ca. 1625-1717/
18). She was the niece of Sarah Beall (?-1734),
who married Samuel Magruder (1 654-1711). Her
brothers were John (ca. 1707-?); Joseph, Jr.
(1717-1761); Tobias (1720-1785); Jeremiah
(1724-1784); and James (1726-?). Her step-
brothers were Thomas Sprigg (1715-1781); Ed-
ward Sprigg (ca. 1721-1790). Her sisters were
Anne (1708/9-?); Mary (1722-?), who married
second, Edward Sprigg (1697-1751). Her first
cousins were Joshua Beall (ca. 1719-ca. 17%);
Thomas Beall, of George (1735-1819); and John
Magruder (1694-1750). Her niece was Elizabeth
Belt (?-1808), who probably married Thomas
Sprigg (ca. 1747-1809). CHILDREN. SONS. Joseph
Sprigg (1736-1800); Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1741-
1815); and Thomas Sprigg (ca. 1747-1809).
DAUGHTERS: Margaret (ca. 1726-1804), who
married William Bowie (1721-1791); Lucy (ca.
1728-?), who married Baruch Williams; Esther
(1730/31-?), who married Thomas Bowie; Rachel
(1733-1808), who married in 1753 Thomas Har-
wood; Priscilla (1735-?), who married in 1762
Col. Barton Lucas; Elizabeth; and Anne. PRIVATE

CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILI-

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