Birth: Francis Sprague was born in England about 1590 (based
on his estimated date of marriage).
Death: He died between 1670 and March 2, 1679/80.
Ship: Anne or Little James, 1623
Life in England: Nothing is known of his life in England.
Life in New England: Francis Sprague came to Plymouth with
his family. He was admitted a freeman of Plymouth on June 7, 1637. He
moved to Duxbury the next year and served as surveyor of highways for
two years, and as constable for one. He was licensed to keep victualling
[inn-keeping] on October 1, 1638 for Duxbury, but was fined several
times for selling wine contrary to the order of the Court. He lost his
licence on May 5, 1640, but had it reissued on July 7, 1646. His license
was recalled on June 5, 1666.
Family: Francis, Anna and Mercy Sprague came to Plymouthin
1623. Opinion is divided as to whether Anna was his wife or his
daughter. If his wife, then the couple had another daughter, name
unknown, who married by 1644 and was therefore born soon after May 22,
1627. If his daughter, then Francis Sprague came to Plymouth with two
daughters but no wife, and married in Plymouth by about 1630.
Children of Francis and _____ Sprague: