I have read with interest the messages posted by Spratt researchers, including but not limited to Jim Harris, Wanda Andrews, Joyce McCool and Dee Ballard.
My interest in Andrew Spratt and his wife, Mary, stems from my hunch,and a rather strong one, that they were the parents of my Mary who was the wife of Francis Herron who died in 1780, age 38, and is buried in Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Mecklenburg County.
One of the professional researchers who assisted in research on this Herron Family found very little record of the estate of Francis Herron, and he felt this was due to the confusion of war at the time.Cornwallis was in the area.However, he did find in the Court Minutes that Letters of Administration were issued to John Herron, Mary Herron and Andw. Sprott Admrs. of the estate of Francis Herron, deceased.While he found no estate file preserved in Francis Herron's name, he did find in the estate file of John Herron a signed, blank bond which served as the Administration Bond for Francis' estate and stated that due to the confusion of war, the estate was likely handled privately and never called to account.
It seems certain from various sources that Mary Herron was the widow and we feel she might very well have been a Spratt.
It is interesting that Mary, widow of Francis and most if not all of their children went to Madison County, Kentucky, and settled on Paint Lick Creek in the area that became Garrard County.In reconstruction the family from various sources, it seems that the oldest son was James, probably named for Francis' father.It would also appear that the second son was Andrew, and we believe he was likely named for his maternal grandfather.Andrew was not a name we were finding in this Herron line, and in addition, it appeared that this Herron family, for several generations, was following the old Scots-Irish naming pattern for the males.
After some years in Kentucky, this Herron Family moved to Williamson County, Tennessee and four of the brothers purchased adjoining land "on the West Harpeth, near the hear."It seems that John Tate had acted as a finder for one Dr. Joseph Blythe and for acting as such, he received 640 acres in the northwest corner of the Blythe Grant.He sold this 640 acres in 5 parcels, four to the Herron brothers and the 5th parcel to Thomas Spratt.All five of these land transactions took place on the same day, 24 June 1805.Thos. Spratt & William S. Allen were witnesses to the James Herron deed; James Herron and Thos. Spratt to the Andrew Herron deed; Andrew Herron and Thos. Spratt to the John Herron deed; John Herron and William Allen to the Thomas Herron deed; and John Herron and Thomas Herron to the Thomas Spratt deed.
Can anyone give me more information on the family of Andrew Spratt, b. Ireland and his wife, Mary?Please feel free to contact me here, or privately at: firstname.lastname@example.org.