Nancy Ann (Atwood) Sprague, 1837-ca. 1916

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Nancy Ann Atwood was born in 1837 in Barnard, Vermont. She was the seventh of twelve children, with five older brothers, one older sister, four younger brothers, and one younger sister. Until her marriage to Albert Arnold Sprague, she lived in the small towns of Barnard and Royalton, Vermont. Following her marriage in 1862, she and AAS moved to Chicago, where he was to become a prominent businessman. They spent many of their summers in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Spragues had three daughters, two of whom died in childhood. Elizabeth Penn Sprague, the eldest and sole surviving child, married Frederic Shurtleff Coolidge in 1891; they had one son, Albert Sprague Coolidge. EPSC was notable for her financial support of musical performance, especially at the Library of Congress.

  • Sept. 3, 1837: NAAS born
  • May 19, 1835: AAS born
  • Sept. 29, 1862: NAAS and AAS married
  • Oct. 30, 1864: EPSC born
  • Nov. 12, 1891: EPSC and FSC married
  • Jan. 23, 1894: ASC born
Oct 22 2014 new policy via email, do nothing. NAAS' Family: Father: Ebenezer Atwood -1870 Mother: Elvira (Tucker) Atwood -1871 NAAS' siblings Joseph Foster, c.1825-1895 Thomas, 1827-1872 Elizabeth, 1830-1861; married Zerah B. Stetson in 1860 Charles, c.1834-1880 George and one other older brother (No dates) Oliver, c.1839-? Ebenezer, Jr.(killed in Civil War), c.1842-c.1863 Irving (killed in Civil War), c.1844-c.1862 Myron, c.1847-? Lucia Elvira, c.1854-1901; married Otho S.A. Sprague in 1871 Other relatives: Children of Lucia Elvira (Atwood) Sprague and OSAS Mary Amelia, 1872-?; married Adolf Casper Miller in 1895 Albert Arnold Sprague II, 1874-1946; married Frances Dibble in 1901 Nancy Atwood, 1876-?; suffered from mental illness Lucy, 1878-1967; married Wesley Clair Mitchell in 1912 2 boys die young (No dates) Charles Atwood married Helen Beebe

From the guide to the Papers, 1854-1916, (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)

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creatorOf Papers, 1854-1916 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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Birth 1837

Death 1916

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