Dear Martha:Thanks for the information. I have about the same thing you do. Robert, John and James were the three sons of William. He also had two daughters. I do have a copy of William's will. I have been unable to find out anything on William Sprout before 1784 at which time he was a land owner in North Carolina. Actually I have visited the area and obtained photos of the cemetary where some of his neighbors were buried. Did not find his grave even though he is probably buried there. I also don't know who Alexander is and how he fits, if he does, into this family. I have additional information on James, son of William as he is my Great-Great Grandfather. I have not to date tried to follow-up on the rest of the family.