William Sprague (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of October 31, 2020:

  • Recruiting additional direct male-line descendants of William Sprague for further SNP testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)

Still to do as of October 31, 2020

  • NGS/WGS test multiple descendants of William Sprague to place the family clade as well as test descendants to discover any subclades unique to descendants lines


First Generation

William Sprague was born about Oct 1609 in Upwey, Dorsetshire, England, the youngest son of Edward & Christian Sprague. William married Charlestown 26 May 1635 to Millicent Eames. They had eleven children: Anthony, John, Samuel, Elizabeth, Jonathan (died young), Persis, Joanna, Jonathan, William, Mary & Hannah (died young).

Second Generation

Anthony Sprague was born Charlestown 2 Sep 1635 and died Hingham 3 Sep 1719. He married Hingham 26 Dec 1661 to Elizabeth Bartlett. They had eleven children: Anthony, Benjamin, John, Elizabeth, Samuel, Sarah, James, Josiah, Jeremiah, Richard & Matthew

John Sprague was born Hingham about 1638 and died Mendon 26 Oct 1683. He married Weymouth 13 Dec 1666 to Elizabeth Holbrook. They had eight children: John (died young), Elizabeth, Melicent, John, William, Persis, Ebenezer & Hannah.

Samuel Sprague was baptized Hingham 24 May 1640 and died Marshfield in 1709. He married Duxbury abt 1665 to Sarah Chillingsworth. They had eight children: Sarah, Mary, Hannah, Joanna, Samuel, Nathan, John & James.

Jonathan Sprague was baptized Hingham 28 May 1658 and died Smithfield, RI in Sep 1741. He married three times, but only had children by his first marriage, Weymouth 20 Jul 1670 to Mehitable Holbrook. They had six children: Jonathan, Patience, Joanna, Persis, William & Mary.

William Sprague was born Hingham 7 May 1650 and died Providence, RI 26 Sep 1723. He married twice, first 13 Dec 1674 Hingham to Deborah Lane and second, Hingham aft 5 Nov 1709 to Mary Tower. He had eight children by first wife: William, Deborah, Joanna, David, Jonathan, Abiah, John & Benjamin. By his second wife, he had four children: Rowland, Judith, Mary & Peter.

DNA results R1b-S3933

Previous Y-DNA testing

The Sprague DNA Project Group: "Hap'group R1b - Genetic Family A" has two individuals claiming William Sprague as their Most Distant Known Personal Ancestor (MDKPA). One match in the project (who does not list any ancestor) has Y-SNP tested to R1b-U106>>Z8. Plugging in the modal values for this group into the Nevgen Haplogroup Prediction tool gives a result of: R1b-U106>Z381>Z301>>Z30>>Z8 >>Z346>>S3933

Further needed testing

We need additional direct male-line descendants of William Sprague to WGS/NGS test to refine it further and delineate descendant clades.

References & External Links

Wakefield, Robert S., Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol. 18 part II (daughters Mary, Annna & Elizabeth), General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 2011

Sprague Database