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Re: SPROUT, Jensey: VA- abt 1789-1792; WVa
Posted by: Dave Sproat Date: April 24, 1999 at 10:17:47
In Reply to: Re: SPROUT, Jensey: VA- abt 1789-1792; WVa by Judy Mills Boie of 242

Dear Judy,
The problem I have experienced is the "flip-flopping" of the Sprout/Sproat surname spelling in PA. Also a burning of a Presbyterian church in Lancaster County in the 1840's destroyed many records which could link these individuals.
I am the grandson of George C. Sproat b.1871, Cambria County, PA. d. 1973 Pittsburgh, PA, an ironworker bridge builder who traveled over the Eastern and Central US. His father was a Henry Sprout b. 1842 of Lancaster County,PA. Henry's father was a Joseph Sprout b. 1818 in Mt. Joy or Donegal Twp., Lancaster County PA who's father is either a John Sproat, William Sprout,or a Robert Sprout.
According to verbal history given to me by my Grandfather George C. Sproat (Sprout)he changed his name's spelling "u" to "a" because it was originally "Sproat" and that his Grandfather was a John Sproat who came to America along with "five brothers" from "Northern Ireland" about 1770 from a place called "Galloway" according to oral history given me by my Grandfather, George C. Sproat (Sprout)many years ago when I was a teenager.
Since, I have researched ship passages from around that time and did find a reference to a John, Hugh and Thomas Sproat traveling from the port of Kirkcudbright, Scotland on the "Adventure of Liverpool" on 16 May 1774 bound for NY, NY. (The map of Kirkcudbright, Scotland does indeed show a Galloway Bay nearby just as my Grandfather told me years ago!) Co-incidentally a Hugh and John Sproat both appear in Lancaster County, Little Brittian, Twp. PA in the 1790-1810 census', but because of a dirth of records and the church's burning there along with all recorded vital documents, I cannot confirm any hard linkages. If you could help, I would be "much obliged" as my Grandfather George C. used to say. The Sproat Sprout generational and phonetic flip-flop really makes it tough doesn't it?


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