Joanna Sprague (mtDNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of Aug 9, 2022:

  • Recruiting matrilineal (direct female-line) descendants of Joanna Sprague, wife of Caleb Churchfor mtDNA testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact


First Generation

Joanna was baptized at Hingham 16 Dec 1644, daughter of William Sprague and Millicent Eames. She died Watertown 11 Jul 1678. She married Hingham 16 Dec 1667 Caleb Church and they had eight children: Hannah (1668), Ruth (1669/70), Lydia (1671), Caleb (1673), Joshua (1674), Abigail (1676-1676), Isaac (twin, 1678) and Rebecca (twin, 1678).

Second Generation

Hannah Church was born Hingham 26 Dec 1668 and died Freetown 6 Oct 1732. She married Freetown 27 Jun 1688 Matthew Boomer (II) and they had nine children: Matthew (1689), Lydia (1690-1761 unm.), Hannah (1692 m John Jenks), Mercy (1694 m Nathaniel Luther), Deborah (1696 m Elisha Mason), Caleb (1698), Ruth (1700 m Richard Salisbury), Joshua (1702) and Mary (c1705 m Ephraim Elsbree).

Ruth Church was born Hingham 12 Jan 1669/70 and died Westfield 10 Jan 1746/7. She married three times, first Watertown 23 Jun 1689 John Maddocks, second Watertown 25 Jul 1705 Joseph Child and third May 1720 Thomas Ingersoll. By her first husband she had seven children: Ruth (1690/1 m Joseph Chadwick), John (1692/3), Mary (1694 m Peter Oliver), Sarah (1696 m Thomas Ward), Henry (1698), Caleb (1700) and Joanna (17023 m Edward Oakes & Richard Sprague). By her second husband she had three more children: Lydia (1706 m David Ingersoll & James Fay), Abigail (1708 m Gideon Pratt) and Ebenezer (1711/2 no further record).

Lydia Church was born Dedham 4 Jul 1671 and died Watertown 9 Feb 1690/1. She married Watertown 14 Jan 1686 and they had one child: Lydia (1690/1-1690/1).

Rebecca Church was born Watertown 27 Jun 1678 and died Waltham 1 Apr 1757. She married about 1695 Joshua Warren[1] and they had twelve children: Lydia (1696 m Stephen Southworth), Josnua (1698), Nathaniel (1700), Rebecca (1701 m Isaac Hathaway), Mary (1703 m Benjamin Tucker [III]), Elizabeth (1704 m Peter Gibbons), Abigail (1705 m Jedediah Howe), Susanna (1706/7 m Bezaleel Flagg), Hannah (1708 m Noah Rice), Prudence (1709 m Phineas Hardy), Daniel (1713) and Phineas (1718).

  1. NOT descended from Pilgrim Richard Warren.

DNA results TBD

To date, we know of no matrilinear (all female line) descendants of Joanna Sprague, wife of Caleb Church, has taken a mtDNA test and published their results. Matrilineal descendants are encouraged to contact