Mercy Sprague Tubbs b. 1623

Mercy Sprague 7th great grandmother of Faber Miller who married Gladys Cable.


Mercy was 6 in 1623 when she sailed on the Ann to Plymouth colony. Her dad Francis and ‘Anna’ are mentioned in the arrival records. Anna is probably Mercy’s sister, some believe Anna is Mercy’s mom, not enough info to decide absolutely so lots of theories.
May 22, 1627 Francis, Anna and Mercy 10 years old, were part of the 6th Lot in dividing up the cows and goats that also recently sailed to America. By 1637 at age 20, Mercy was married to William Tubbs, they had at least 3 children and a rocky marriage in Colonial America. Mercy and William eventually divorced.
48873869_1406062740By 1668 at age 50 or so, Mercy was gone from Plymouth. She may have been in love with Joseph Rogers of the Mayflower who was banished from Plymouth and sent to Rhode Island. Mercy probably died in Rhode Island near Jospeh Rogers, her burial is unknown.
At Mercy’s Find A Grave Memorial there’s a photo of the Mercy Sprague Doll made by Mary Michaud for the Plimoth Plantation, Mercy’s doll is no longer offered, other characters are. Photo added to FindAGrave by Family Seeker.

 

Francis Sprague b. 1590

Francis Sprague 10th great grandfather on RootsMagic tree

Francis, along with daughters Anna (most likely a daughter, could have been a wife) and Mercy sailed on the Anne in 1623 from England to the Plymouth Colony. It was a summer voyage lasting about 3 months.

Wikipedia article, Passengers of the ships Anne and Little James 1623 has more detail. “From these statements … the reason so many of the first arrivals disappeared from Plymouth … many of the emigrants on the Anne and Little James would eventually be sent back to England as unfit for the task of living and working in a harsh colonial environment.” William Bradford’s history tells of his dismay at some of the passengers sent. “And some were so bad, as they were faine to be at charge to send them home again next year.”

Francis Sprague got to stay. He was a freeman, an innkeeper licensed to sell liquor and he owned land.

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Snapshot from Memorial of the Sprague family by Soule, Richard page 30 at HathiTrust