Lieutenant Sprague was one of the three brothers who, with four others, formed the exploring party sent by Endicott from Salem in 1628-29. He was then but twenty-four years of age. They went out into an unknown country, following the Indian trail, and lighted on ‘an uncouth wilderness, full of timber,’ and adjoining ‘the farm Mr. Cradock's servants had planted.’ He became a settler in the peninsula we know as Charlestown the next year with Governor Winthrop's company and was a man of note in the town. Governor Winthrop died in 1647 but his farm was still in possession of the family and a fence was required between it and Charlestown's ‘common land.’ Through
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