Thomas  Sprigg

Thomas Sprigg (1630 - aft. 1704)

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Capt Thomas Sprigg
Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Virginiamap
Husband of — married in Calvert, Maryland, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Northampton, Prince George's, Marylandmap
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Categories: English Immigrants to Province of Maryland | Province of Maryland | Maryland Founders and Settlers | Maryland Colonists | Prince George's County, Maryland.

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Thomas Sprigg migrated from England to Maryland, Colonial America.
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Capt. Thomas Sprigg was born circa 1630 at supposedly, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.

He married Eleanor Nuthall, daughter of John Nuthall and Elizabeth Bacon, in 1667/68.

Thomas SPRIGG, b. about 1630; d. 1704; probably came from Northamptonshire, England, and first settled in Northampton Co., Va., where he and John NUTHALL signed the 'Submission to Parliament' in 1651. He probably came to Maryland with Gov. William STONE.

He was a party to a suit against John NEVILL in the Provincial Court in Oct. 1657.

He lived at first on or near Resurrection Manor in the part of Calvert Co. which was afterwards included in Prince George's Co., and later at 'Northampton,' which is still in the possession of a descendant, Lord FAIRFAX of Cameron.

He was one of the Justices of the Peace and of the Quorum for Calvert Co. in 1658-61-67-69-70-74; commissioned High Sheriff of Calvert Co., 1st Apr. 1664, and held office until 4th May, 1665. Was Justice of the Peace and of the Quorum for Prince George's Co., 1696.

His first wife was Katherine, d. after 17th Aug. 1661, probably without issue.

He m. (secondly) prior to 1668, Eleanor NUTHALL, dau. of John NUTHALL and Elizabeth HALLOWAY (née BACON).

John NUTHALL was a son of John NUTHALL, and was granted 300 acres of land in Northampton Co., on 27th July, 1645. [Colonial Families vol. 2].2 Capt. Thomas Sprigg died between 9 May 1704 and 29 December 1704 at Northampton, Prince George's, Maryland.2,3

From "The Pedigree of Fletcher Garrison Hall," by Garrison Kent Hall, Boston, NEHGS, 1979, page 239.

". . . nr. Northampton City, VA. 1651; nr. Resurrection Manor, Calver Co., Md.; Northampton Manor, Md. "Thomas Sprigg, the colonist and Lord of Northampton Manor," probably came from Northamptonshire, England, and first settled in Northampton County, Virginia, where he and John Nuthall signed the 'Submission to Parliament' in 1651. He probably came to Maryland with Gov. Stone. He was a party to a suit against John Nevill in the Provincial Court in October 1657. He lived at first near Resurrection Manor in that part of Calvert County that was afterwards called Prince George's County and later at Northampton, which in 1910 was still in possession of the descendant Lord Fairfax of Cameron.
"Sprigg was one of the Justices of the Peace and of the Quorum for Calvert County in 1658-1661-1667-1669-1670-1674, commisioned High Sheriff of Calvert County April, 1664, and held the office until May, 1665. He was Justice of the Peace and of the Quorum in Prince George's County in 1696. Thomas Sprigg's first wife, Catherine, died after August 17, 1661, probably without issue.
"He built Northampton Manor house, encircled by a plantation of 800 acres, prior to 1661. His direct descendants have owned and occupied this manor though seven generations. The full length portrait, in which Thomas Sprigg is in full court costume, ks still in the possession of his descendants. No other family other than the Sprigg family and their kindred ever owned the manorial rights of Northampton Manor although the Fairfax family about the end of the Civil War, 1865, became owners of the land."

Thomas Sprigg's biographers said he was "an officer in the Royal Lancers." Sharon Doliante's book (cited before) says they are unable to confirm this, but that in 1653, in Virginia, he "signed himself as 'Leift. Sprigge,' meaning he was an officer in the military. He came to Virginia as a "Cavalier" and left England "immediately after the execution of Charles I in 1649 . . . " Burke’s Landed Gentry says this for the lineage of a James Cresap Sprigg: "Lieut. Thomas Sprigg of Kettering, Northamptonshire England, b. 1630, officer with Royal army, left Great Britain to settle in America before 1650 . . . .”


Marriages: #1 Katherine (Graves) Roper, d aft Aug 17 1661; #2 bef 1668 Eleanor Nuthall.
"Sprigg Family History," unidentified.
Virkus, Vol 3, p 683: "Thomas Sprigg b 1630 d 1704, from England to VA, and res in Northampton Co, removed to MD; served against the Nanticoke Indians bef 1673; Commander for Calvert Co MD, 1661; Justice 1667-1674; presiding Justice 1674; High Sheriff 1663-4; m first Katherine [Graves] and secondly before 1668 Eleanor, daughter of John Nuthall."
MD Archives 1658-1686, Liber 2-4, No 1, folio 696; VA Historical Magazine.
Thomas Sprigg was the brother of Sir John Gordon Sprigg, Premier Cape Colony and member of Privy Council.

Life story

At the time of his removal to America Thomas Sprigg was about 21 years old. Shortly after his arrival in Virginia he married the widow Catherine (Graves) Roper who at the time was the sister in law of William Stone, governor of Maryland. She was about ten years older than Thomas. Sprigg soon was a lieutenant and given these circumstances it seems likely that this marriage was not a romance as much as a way for a younger son to make good in the new world.... Another avenue of speculation might be that Sprigg's immigration had something to do with the Obedience Robbins mentioned above. Robbins was a leader on the Eastern Shore of Virginia which area was as Royalist as Northamptonshire was Parliamentarian. Robbins was a witness along with one William Andrews to the first American document that names Thomas Sprigg. This was essentially a pre-nuptial agreement in which it was stated that Sprigg was to have no part of the estate of Catherine Roper's daughter Verlinda. From this point on the life of Thomas Sprigg is well documented.
Sprigg moved in just a few years to Maryland and lived most of his life at Resurrection Manor in today's St. Mary's County. Late in life he moved to a tract which he named "Northampton" in today's Prince Georges County. The house there stood until the early 1900s and in modern terms was located just outside and east of the interstate beltway that goes around Washington, DC. This tract was inherited by his son, Lt. Col. Thomas Sprigg Jr. at the time of Sprigg Sr.'s death in 1704.
It was Thomas Jr. who named sons Edward and Osborn, reflecting the family connections back in Northamptonshire.[1]



"Vol. 2, page 48:

"9th May, 1704 "29th Dec. 1704 "Thomas Sprigg, Sr., Prince George County, Maryland. "Mentions son-in-law: Thomas Prather and daughter Martha"


  • Archives of Maryland, Volume 49, Provincial Court Proceedings, 1665. Page 498-501, Liber FF, [p. 90]; Saturday 14th Octobr 1665. All prnt as afore (Except Mr Edward Lloyd & Mr Henry Coursey) Mr Thomas Sprigge aged 35 yeares or thereabouts sworne sayth, That uppon the 15th ffeb. 1664 [this may belong to a different paragraph on this page]
  • Source: S188 Author: Title: Register of Maryland's heraldic families : period from 1634, March 25th to March 25th, l935, tercentenary of the founding of M Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - Parran, Alice Norris,. Register of Maryland's heraldic families : period from 1634, March 25th to March 25th, l935, tercentenary of the founding of Maryland. Baltimore, Md. Repository: #R1 Note: "The tercentenary edition is sponsored by the Southern Maryland Society Colonial Dames."|||Includes index to v. 1. Record ID Number: MH:S188
  • Source: S80 Author: Title: London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1812. London Metropolitan Archives, London.Images produced by permission of the City of London Corporation Libraries, Archives Repository: #R1 Record ID Number: MH:S80 User ID: 331737E5-6D59-4B9E-9E67-60026AEFB576

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