This is for all of you who have Martha Sprigg in their line. b. 1675
Calvrt Co., MD She was my 8th great grandmother. ( she was my husband's 7 great grandmother). She married Thomas Prather my line is from their son Aaron Allen Prather d. 1777 Montgomery Co., MD He married his first cousin Jane Prather. Sorry to say I do not know what book the information was obtained from. Maybe some one else
will know? I inherited the information when my grandmother died and it
was passed on to me. It was written in 1985.
" Thomas sprigg from Ketherland, Northhamptonshire, England; appeared in
Northhampton Co., VA. 1650 and earlier; removed to Calvert Co., MD
1660/1; later received a grant of 1000 acres from Lord Baltimore in
Prince George's Co., MD., which became "Northhampton", the ancestral
seat of the Spriggs family; The Colonial mansion destroyed by fire on
March 17, 1909 is described below. He was commissioner Calvert Co., 1661
(Virkus III, 663); high Sheriff, 1663/4; signed the submission to
Parliament; married first in 1650 Katheryn_______ widow of Capt. Roper.
He married second Eleanor Nuthall; served against Nanricoke Indians
before 1678. Will made in Prince George's Co. MD 5-9-1704; proved
12-29-1704; names son Thomas to receive Kethering and Colington;
daughter was Martha who married Thomas Prather and had heirs.
"DESCRIPTION OF SPRIGG ESTATE, NORTHHAMPTON:
(published in the Baltimore Sun previous to the destruction of the Manor
house by fire on March 17, 1909)"
"In Prince George's County, some six or seven miles inland from the
grant steel highway, along which travelers between Annapolis and
Washington are borne swiftly to their destination, there stands an old
Manor House, encircled by a plantation of 800 acres.
"Northhampton" was built by Thomas Sprigg, Colonist and Gentleman, from
England, whose death occurred in 1704. A full length portrait of that
worthy gentleman, still in the possession of descendants represents a
handsome man in full Court Costume, while the archives of Maryland give
abundant proof that the original was a gentleman of official distinction
and social importance.
The Manor House is a frame, about 125 feet front, and such portion as is
of the original architecture, is put together without nails. The drawing
room, library and dining rooms, all with high chimney places and wide
open fireplaces, face the front and in the rear according to the fashion
of 200 hundred years ago, are bedrooms with tall gothic windows, and
other rooms now used as pantries.
The place is well wooded and about the residence are Elm and Willow
trees, also flowering Magnolia trees, White Fringe trees, trailing their
delicate blossoms. There is a real lover's walk, winding between a hedge
of old fashioned Lilacs, that being in clusters of purple and white send
their fragrance through the early spring sunshine.
Here was spent the youth of Governor Samuel Sprigg. Who became the heir
of his uncle Osborne Sprigg and from him inherited "Northhampton". Here
was brought in 1811 the Governor's bride and here was born in 1811 the
Governor's little daughter, Sally whose baby helplessness was the
safeguard of "Northhampton from destruction by the British, when the
latter's troops advanced along the Patuxcent River to attack Washington.
Governor Sprigg was in hiding at the time and the house was examined but
owing to the young baby and its mother, the homestead escaped injury, or
pillage beyond the seizure of Wines and provisions."
Christine (Sullivan) Metzner
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