Sprague Pioneer Family

Along with Colvin - Andrews - Wasson - Haskins
Contributed by Kimberly Stone
From her grandmothers family collection -- Charlotte Wasson Snodgrass
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Sprague House

Seaman Sprague, the son of Jonathan & Susanna (Owens) Sprague, was born 3 April 1821 in Washington County OH. His marriage to Mary Powers Devol happened on 22 November 1840. Mary, also born in Washington County OH, was born 24 November 1820. Their family consisted of 9 children, the first five being also born in Washington Ohio. They were Silas, Mary, Eliza, Sarah and William Joshua and the other 4 were born in Kinderhook Twp., Pike Co IL. They were David, Jane, Lucy and Merritt.

Their son Merritt Gifford, the youngest, was born 12 December 1860. He married Florence M. Colvin on 12 October 1887. Florence was born 30 July 1863. Merritt and Florence (Colvin) Sprague had no children of their own, so they adopted John Wilbur born 15 November 1899 and Lottie Isabel born 19 April 1904. Both came from an orphanage in Chicago. Neither John nor Lottie are in the photo above. The children that were in the photo were using the antler to play croquet. Seaman and Mary are in the photo which places the date about 1897.

The house burned down, and for many years the chimney was left standing. It's been told that the Sprague son took the stones to use them for a mantle at the Sprague Lodge.

The other part of the story begins in Farmington, Hartford County, CT, when Hiram Andrews, (born 23 April 1799 - died 22 Jun 1860) married Lucy Fitch Bishop (born abt 1803 in Avon, Hartford CT). They were married 4 November 1823 and began to build a family. They had 4 children -- Charlotte Elvira, 10 Jan 1825, Ann M., 23 Aug 1826, Sarah Frances, 2 May 1830 and Lucy Biship, 26 Jul 1832.

Their daughter, Ann M. Andrews, married Joseph Carpenter Colvin on 28 November 1854. Joseph was born 19 October 1823 in West Avon, Hartford, Connecticut. They had several children and went west to Illinois.

Their daughter, Charlotte "Lottie" Maude was married to Joseph Andrew Colvin born 1 May 1869 , in Kinderhook, Pike IL. Their children were all born in Pike County. Eugene Hiram Colvin b: 8 July 1856, Clarence Colvin b December 1857, Florence M. Colvin born 30 July 1863, Charlotte Colvin born 1865 and Joseph A. Colvin 1869

It was their daughter, Florence M. who married Merritt Gifford Sprague.

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Merritt and Florence Sprague are sitting back row, 2nd and 3rd from left.
Lady back on the right, dark dress, is Mary Powers Deval Sprague.
Deacon Seaman Sprague is missing in this photo so it had to be taken between 1897 - 1908.
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Joseph and Ann M. (Andrews) Colvin
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Merritt G. and Florence (Colvin) Sprague
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Florence (b 1863) and her brother Joseph (b 1869)
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List of Names on the Quilt

This quilt was made in 1888/89 by the Kinderhook Baptists Ladies Aid Society. It has the names of about 420 members of the Kinderhook Baptists Church. This was passed down from Samuel and Emma Shinn Clark....my greats. Everyone's on there...includiThis quilt was made in 1888/89 by the Kinderhook Baptists Ladies Aid Society. It has the names of about 420 members of the Kinderhook Baptists Church. This was passed down from Samuel and Emma Shinn Clark....my greats. Everyone's on there...including Florence Colvin Spragues family...the Andrews of Connecticut. ng Florence Colvin Spragues family...the Andrews of Connecticut.

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George Washington Wasson
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Alta (Haskins) Wasson
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John Mewmaw Birthday Party of 1905

The few that are named have numbers but its very faded -- impossible to read.
This family (Wasson,Hawkins,Mewmaw) is mostly found in Adams County
1)Gertrude Johnston Wasson holding Helen
2)Susan Wasson Gay holding grandchild
3)Alta Hasins Wasson holding Florence
4)Margaret Moomaw Wasson
5)Mrs John Mewmaw
6)John MooMaw
7)Alice Haskins Distlehorst
8)George W Wasson (grandfather of Charlotte & Linden)
9) Annie Gay Kuhn
10)Joseph Wasson holding Hazel (son of Henry Wasson and Margaret Ann Mewmaw
11)Charlie Wasson

Info on these relatives (Great Grandparents of Kim Stone) starts with Margaret Ann Mewmaw. She came to Adams Co. in 1839 and had 10 Wasson children while living in Hull (Pike County). She was married to Henry Wasson (1825-1872). It seems they eventually went back to Adams Co. where Henry's buried at the Journey Cemetery. Margaret passed at the home of George Washington and Alta (Haskins) Wasson. Margaret Mewmaw Wasson's mother and father were Joseph Mewmaw and Amelia Slusher Mewmaw of Adams Co. (They built what we refer to as the old stone house near Payson called the "possum hollow" house where they once made peach brandy with the stream running under the house. The photo above is of the Wasson Mewmaw family that got together in 1905 for the birthday of John Mewmaw....Margaret Mewmaw Wassons brother. The party might have been in Adams or Pike County ??.

The Sprague - Wasson connection comes thru the marriage of Joseph Wasson born 1901 Kinderhook IL - died 1976 Quincy IL (son of George Washington Wasson and Alta Haskins Wasson), and his wife Lottie Sprague Wasson born Chicago, IL 1904 and died 1939 Hannibal MO, (daughter of Merritt and Florence Sprague) Both Joe and Lottie are buried at Akers.

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Aged Lady Passed Away.

The passing of Mrs. Margaret Ann Wasson, Saturday morning at the home of her son Geo. Wasson of Hull, takes from the community a lady who had spent many years in southern Adams county.
The Mewmaw family were among the first settlers and can tell of many experiences of privation of frontier life as they saw it at the time. This part of the county was a real wilderness from which they leveled big trees to make their first cabin. Years wrought wonderful change--from the ox team to motor vehicles and aunt Margaret lived to see it all even the aeroplane.
The family have scores of friends about their old home who will be sorry to learn of her death although realize she had lived the allotted time.
Her funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Payson Methodist church, Rev. E C, Swaney, pastor officiating, attended by a large funeral party. Many beautiful floral offerings were in evidence showing the esteem in which she was held by those who knew here and loved her.
The family wish to thank the friends for their kindness during the sickness and death of their mother, also for many beautiful floral offerings.
Margaret Ann Mewmaw daughter of Joseph and Amelia Mewmaw was born in Virginia, May 2 1834, and departed this life November 20, 1920, aged 86 years, 6 months, and 18 days.
She came to Illinois when 5 years of age. Was married to Henry Wasson July 12, 1849, who passed away October 20, 1872.
From this union were born nine children [this part of obituary is unlegible....likely states four unnamed children that preceded her in death and continues with living children and siblings (k.s.)] ....Mrs. Susan Gay, of Payson; George Wasson, of Hull; Charles Wasson, of Hannibal; Joseph Wasson, of Payson; Mrs. Anna Haskins, of Hull; one sister, Mrs. Luticia Lawrence, of Quincy and one half sister, Mrs. Eliza Fuller, of Payson. There are 34 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren and one great great grand child and many other relatives and friends who mourn her departure.
She is united with the M E church at Pigeon creek about 45 years ago and later removed her membership to Payson M. E. church where she remained a faithful member until death.