BRIEF HISTORY OF SPRAGG FAMILY
Sometime around the year 1845 in London, England, John Spragg and Rebecca Franklin were married. About the same time, James Franklin, brother of Rebecca, and Juline Windsor were also married in London, England. Shortly after their marriages both young couples immigrated to Canada. They settled in the Plantagenet, Ontario region.
Both the Spragg family and the Franklin family are of English decent.
Born to John and Rebecca Spragg were three children, Peter, Susan and James. If there were other children we have no trace of them. James was born December 1, 1851.
Born to James and Juline Franklin were seven children, Sarah Jane, George, Mary Ann, John, Albert, James and Thomas. Sara Jane was born September 15, 1851.
We do not have a definite date, but sometime around 1870, James Spragg married Sarah Jane Franklin, who happened to be his first cousin. They lived in Pendelton Ontario, Canada. They had three children, Juline, Wilmer and George. We do not have a date of birth for Juline. Wilmer was born on June 6, 1874. He died on May 3, 1971. George was born November 17, 1876. He died June 6, 1964. The family moved from Pendelton to Alpena, Michigan in 1877 where they resided until 1895 when they purchased a farm in Ossineke Township, Alpena County and engaged in lumbering. In 1916 they sold their farm in Wolf Creek and moved to Spratt where they operated a small farm and a grocery store until the early 1930Â’s.
After coming to Michigan, James and Sarah Jane had six more children, John Irving born June 6, 1882 (died November 24, 1916), Clemmie (Mrs. Wm. Brandenburg) born November 11, 1884 (died August 5, 1958) Florence (Mrs. Sam Stoddard) born March 6, 1888 (died April 28, 1975), Maud (Mrs. Delos Dant) born June 27, 1891 (died January 10, 1983), Grace (Mrs. Charles Jacobs) born August 9. 1896 (died September 2, 1971), and Ruth (Mrs. Dan Goodrich) born September 17, 1900 (died December 7, 1979).
Peter Spragg, brother of James, remained in Canada. The five Franklin boys, brothers of Sarah Jane, all came to Michigan. Most of them settled in Alpena.
On December 7, 1902 John Irving Spragg married Maud Sephrona Kingsley, daughter of Charles Jasper Kingsley, in Ossineke Township, Alpena County, Michigan. John, better known as Ed, engaged in lumbering and Maud cooked in the lumber camps. They had nine children,. Manatee Genevieve born August 21, 1904, Wilmer Arthur (Buzz) born August 4, 1906, Jasper James (Ted) born September 19, 1908, Marcia May born May 4, 1912, Clarence Irving born November 12, 1913, Norman Eugene born December 28, 1916. Two babies, a girl born August 2, 1903 and a boy born January 9, 1911 lived only a short time.
John was killed in a hunting accident on November 24, 1916 at the age of 34. The baby, Sarah Jane, was born a month and four days later on December 28, 1916.
Maud raised the seven children alone on a five acre farm in Spratt, Michigan until 1928 when she and six of her children moved to Alpena. The oldest daughter, Manatee, had married Dean Eagle on December 20, 1923 and was now living in Melvindale, Michigan. Maud worked at practical nursing to support herself and Norman and Jane. Arthur, Jasper, Marcia and Clarence had secured employment and were self supporting and able to help their mother financially.
Jasper was married on June 11, 1929, Arthur on January 2, 1937, Marcia on December 24, 1938 and Clarence on August 12, 1939. Norman and Jane never married. They lived at home an supported their mother until her death due to coronary thrombosis on September 20, 1959 at age 77.
Manatee died of cancer on May 22, 1961. Arthur died August 22, 1971 and Norman suffered a fatal heart attack on October 19, 1973. All of the deceased members of the Spragg family are buried in the Spratt cemetery.