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Updated October 13, 2014

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Sonja Sprayberry
Sprayberry-Stinchcomb-Hough-Morgan families

I've gathered much information from various other genealogy sites,search engines and sources,and other genealogists and relatives,have discovered a lot of things about my family and have researched them much further back than I ever imagined possible.It turns out some of the stories passed down from older family members are accurate while some were a complete surprise.

My 10x grandfather,and my earliest recorded maternal ancestor to set foot in the Colonies,was Captain Thomas Morgan,a merchant ship captain who according to records was cousin of the more famous Captain Sir Henry Morgan.Their great-grandfathers,also named Thomas and Henry,were brothers,both sons of Rowland Morgan.
Thomas Morgan was born in Pembrokeshire,Wales,in 1623,and settled in Baltimore,Maryland in 1655.He married Mary Cromwell in 1656 and had three daughters - Sarah,Martha,and Jemima - and he died in Baltimore in 1697.

Thomas and Mary Morgan's daughter Sarah Morgan married Hector MacLean,who is listed as "an exiled Scot sent to the American plantations" in the 1680s;their son Hector MacLean II(b. 1687) married Amy Norman(b.1689);and Hector II's & Amy's daughter,Katharine MacLean,married John Stinchcomb - John was grandson of Nathaniel Stinchcomb & Thomasine Massey,who came to Maryland from Gloucestershire,England,in 1664,and who were the original ancestors of the Maryland,Ohio,and Georgia Stinchcombs.

So I am related to the Morgan family(I think that would make me cousin 9 times removed to Captain Sir Henry Morgan)through my mom's paternal line,the Stinchcombs,who later moved to Elberton,Georgia in the late 1700s and then to Fayetteville,Georgia in the mid-1800s.

My earliest paternal ancestor,Francis Hough,the first of the Hough/Huff family to selttle in Virginia and later Georgia,came to Virginia from Cheshire,England,in 1624.He later returned to England where he died in St. Peter's parish in London,though his son John Hough returned to Virginia after his father's death.

My patrilineal ancestor's surname had been recorded with various spellings - Spraybury,Spradbury,Spradbarrow,and Sprotbrough,the latter being the name of a parish in Yorkshire,and it is from this name the last name Sprayberry comes from;John Spradbarrow/Sprotbrough arrived in Virginia aboard The Miller in 1741 and within a generation the name was spelled Sprayberry.He married Joshan Robinson,daughter of Henry Robinson and Mary Mutton,in 1745,according to the parish records of Aquia Episcopal Church in Stafford county,Virginia.He died in 1774.

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