Sproat Family Genealogy Forum
Some fun information and link for a famous Sproat:
When visiting the Franklin County Sheriff's office in Columbus, Ohio I was shown a large mural on the wall depicting the first Sheriff of that region, a tall man named Eb Sproat -
"Col. Ebenezer Sproat, Army of the Revolution, 1752-1805 had made an impression on everyone, including the local Indians who nicknamed him, "Big Buckeye". Some people believe this is where the nickname "Buckeyes" for Ohioans originated. Sproat was a distinguished soldier. When Sproat was elected Sheriff, he marched triumphantly up the main thoroughfare on a horse with his sword drawn. He immediately convened the first session of the Court of Common Pleas for Washington County. It was the first court convened in the new Northwest Territory. Court was immediately adjourned as there were no cases to be heard." From: (http://www.washingtoncountysheriff.org/about/history.htm shows picture of his tombstone)
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