|The SPROATS- originally of Scotland- and the PEEKS- of England, followed separate paths to St. Joseph, Missouri where both families have resided for several generations, before being united by marriage. |
The family tree is ancient and intricate, the stubborn roots of two families running parallel until they blend into an inseparable tangle of twisted branches ever near but seldom meeting. Among these branches one may find not just SPROATS and PEEKS, but CAMPBELLS, HIGDONS, MOERMONDS, KLENKES, WINSLOWS, BERRYS, METZINGERS, PUTHOFFS, PORTERS, and SMITHS- all sprouting suddenly from roots that cross several continents to form an unusual blend of culture and custom.
Much of the SPROAT family line has been unearthed by RICHARD SPROAT, SR- recently deceased at the age of 96. Born to Orange Reilly Sproat and Mary Elizabeth Smith. O. R. Sproat was one of the earlier SPROAT arrivals in St. Joseph. The CAMPBELLS, HIGDONS, BERRYS, and METZINGERS have married into this line.
I myself traced the PEEK line through James W Peek, Civil war veteran and blacksmith.James Peek and his wife Emily Porter were among the first PEEKS in St. Joseph in the late 1800s. The KLENKES, MOREMONDS, PUTHOFFS and WINSLOWS tie into this line.
|The Sproat-Peek Family Lineage|
Updated September 5, 2000