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Abiel Sprague (b. 10 Nov 1710, d. 09 Jul 1773)Abiel Sprague (son of Samuel Sprague and Ruth Alden) was born 10 Nov 1710 in Plymouth Massachusetts, and died 09 Jul 1773 in Machias Maine.He married (1) Elizabeth Ashley on 18 Jun 1730, daughter of Joseph Ashley and Elizabeth Percival.He married (2) Hannah Getchell on 02 Jun 1744.
Notes for Abiel Sprague:
"History of Early Baileyville"
There were three Spragues involved in frontier building in Washington County, Maine. Abiel No. 1 ( born 1710) came from Scarboro, Maine to Machias in 1763 in Capt. Buck's vessel of first settlers.
"Supplement to Sprague Families in America" by W V Sprague, 1941 P 188
Abiel Sprague appears in records variously as Abiel, Abial, Abral and
15 Aug 1759: Abial Sprague of Harpswell in the County of York,
Cordwainer, and wife Hannah sold for 72 pounds, a certain island in
Harpswell, commonly called Great Sebascodegan Island, where he had lived
for more than 20 years past [Cumberland Co Deeds].
1763, May. Sailed with other settlers to Machias on Capt. Buck's vessel.
1765. His name appears on a petition for a grant of land in Machias, NB
[Folder 61, "The Machias Men," Book 1, PANB].
24 Aug 1767: Abiel Sprague, Yeoman, of Machias sold to Joseph Thompson
about 300 acres in Boothbay [Lincoln Co Deeds 5:232].
In 1769, there were about 74 settlers on a large tract of land called
Machias, which they had believed to be Crown Lands in New Brunswick. They
had been there six years making improvements. However, this proved to be
in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. A petition was presented to the
General Court of Massachusetts at Boston to recognize their rights and
establish a township. Among those who signed were Abial Sprague and Abial
Sprague Jr. The request was granted and 250 acres apiece was given them
20 May 1774: Abiel Sprague (Jr.), yeoman of Machias, representing the
heirs of Abiel Sprague, late of Machias, deceased, sold the lands
containing about 250 acres on the south side of the Machias River,
beginning at a spruce tree, marked A: S:, then running by the side of the
river, easterly 100 rods, morre or less, to a creek * * * * with dwelling
house and fences, free of incumbrances. Recorded 31 Jan 1786 [Washington
Co Deeds 1:28].
9 Aug 1786. Abiel Sprague of Passamaquoddy was appointed administrator of
the estate of Abiel Sprague Sr., late of Machias, yeoman, deceased. Heirs
not cited [Washington Co Probate].
More About Abiel Sprague and Elizabeth Ashley:
Marriage: 18 Jun 1730
More About Abiel Sprague and Hannah Getchell:
Marriage: 02 Jun 1744
Children of Abiel Sprague and Elizabeth Ashley are:
- +Ruth Sprague, b. 17 Jul 1739, Scarborough Cumberland Maine, d. 03 Oct 1829, Standish Maine.
- Zerviah Sprague, d. date unknown.
- Abiel Sprague, b. 24 Oct 1742, Cumberland Co. Maine, d. 07 Feb 1816.
Children of Abiel Sprague and Hannah Getchell are:
- James Sprague, b. 1746, d. date unknown.
- Elizabeth Sprague, d. date unknown.