From Shannon Sprott
Gunnison, CO on December 1, 2006:
Greetings Julian, for years i have wondered about relatives and
my family tree in the Sprott name. My dad sent this
me and it seems that you are part of the sprott family
tree. I find it fascinating and very cool that i have all
this family that i never knew about. Did not know if you
had a copy of this document. My grandfather was William
Leonidas Sprott (1908-1984) and i believe he was your dad's
brother. So i am attaching a copy of the family tree and i
would like to work on adding to it. Was curious if you
ever married and if you did, if you had any children? They might
even already have children of there own now.
Well, i am very excited to have found some family from our
family tree and any information you can give to add on to this
tree, would be much appreciated. And, please share this
with your family, if they have not already seen it.
From Bryon Sprott
Carolina on March 28, 2007:
Hello I was searching the Sprott name on the web and ran accross
your site. I am not sure the distance of relation. My father and
grand-father were both James Morgan Sprott and they both lived
in South Carolina. I am working on building a house on the site
where my great-great-grand-father lived. His house burned in the
late 1800s. We still have a small portion of the farm and I feel
a connection to the past each time I walk the land. Good Luck to
you and yours.
And continued on March 30,
I am not sure who the James Sprott that died in Atlanta was. If
he was a relation I have not heard. I think the Sprott family in
this area financed a gaurd unit named Sprott Guard. I am not
sure about the financing, but we have a loan to the confederacy
document that may have been related to the guard. That is just a
guess since I have not noticed any Sprotts in Sprott Guard.
After writting you last time I found out my great-great
grandfather James M Sprott was one of the signers of the South
Carolina State Constitution. The signature list states he died
during the sesion.
And continued on April 2,
You are probably correct. The Sprotts in this area are
decendants from a Joseph Sprott who died around 1895 in his 70s
according to my father. His oldest son was James M Sprott
who died also the same year.
From Kevin M.
of Charlotte, NC on April 3, 2007:
I found your site when searching for the name Sprot. I noted
many previous posts from people doing geneological research on
the name, including those who trace ancestors to North Carolina,
including "Mecklenburg," North Carolina and South Carolina.
(Mecklenburg is the county within which the city of Charlotte
resides.) I have some news that may help those researchers. Late
last month (March 2007) my employer, Carolinas HealthCare System
in Charlotte, was clearing ground at one of its hospitals and
rediscovered a burial ground that was thought to have been
destroyed decades ago. Local records refer to it as "Spratt's
Cemetery" and it dates from the Revolutionary War era. We found
13 graves and four headstones. One headstone was a double. On
the left side is the inscription "In Memory of Andrew Sprot who
Died Nov the 29th 1772 Aged 64 years." On the right side is the
inscription "Also Here Lys His Wife Mary Sprot Who Died June the
7th 1771 Aged 64 years. There are also two gravestones with the
name of Barnet. The Barnets are thought to have intermarried
with the Sprots. We hired a consulting archaeologist who
discovered the following web site describing the cemetery and
those buried there: http://www.cmstory.org/cemetery/details.asp?id=161
All work in the area has stopped and advertisements seeking
descendants will be placed in local newspapers. Descendants
seeking additional information on where the graves and
gravestones will be relocated may contact the consulting
archaeologist, Chris Espenshade of New South Associates, at
336-379-0433 or email@example.com
An article on the find appeared in the April 3, 2007 Charlotte
Observer, accessible through the following link: http://charlotte.com/115/story/72313.html
It was a fascinating discovery and I hope it helps fill in some
empty places on your family tree.
From Lorelei Sprott
Oklahoma on June 23, 2007:
So good to hear from you! my mother recently passed
and my dad died years ago, he was a professor @ USC in
Ca....In Jan 2006 the last of the Sprotts died and with
her a lot of history, her name is Mary Graham (Sprott)...so I
have been trying for the last year to find other Sprotts, her
stories were incredible, funny, sad...I was told they are in
AL, SC, and OK, and we are related to the Clintons with deep
southern roots...I have met my cousins in AZ, CA and HI.
My name as you know is Lorelei Sprott I was born 8-12-59 in
Father is Blythe Sprott son of Bearl and Gertrude Sprott
Mother is Donalda Jean Edwards - the Edwards are from the
TX area, would love to find out more on that side as
well. Have heard they were one of the origional
land/cattle barons of the state.
I came to OKC for treatment of Cancer as well as the fact I
don't like where the "west" is going these days, I feel such a
closeness to the lifestyle it is uncanny, like I belong, I am
not a city "type" but have done very well..., I have 3 great
kids, I am fine but thru all this I have had an urgency to
find my family...for myself and my children ages 18, 13 and
9. As you know it is a wonderful gift out family brings
to us by birth.
I have attached a recent photo of me
as well as
Enjoy! Would love to get one of you as well!...my love
is the outdoors and horses...I founded a therapeutic center in
AZ...now I am just working on my move and total wellness!
PLUS getting in touch with FAMILY!
I hope to hear from you, please feel free to pass on this
note, pics and my contact info to other sprott family
From Michael Earl Sprott
in Texas on November 28, 2007:
My grandfather was Andreas Sprott from Germany, dob about
From Joseph Sprott Tuss
January 30, 2007:
My name is Joseph Sprott Tuss, and am related to the Sprott
and McDonald family. My mom is Lorelei Sprott, and she told me
to email you. I'm in the 8th grade, and I'm two
years ahead in math. I wear a size 15 shoe, and I'm very
athletic. I just wanted to know a little about you.
From Karen C. Holden
of Madison, WI on November 22, 2008:
Did you know this? Six brothers Sprott came to the U.S. in the
1600s. One, rumor, has it, killed someone and fled to texas,
later to settle (or perhaps it was his descendents) in the
Nashville area. The others in NC and some in Nova Scotia
(maybe they became cajuns! My comment, of course, not
history). That is the history Richard L. Sprott, PhD.
Executive Director of the Ellison Medical Foundation gave me
when we talked over a beer at a Gerontological Fellows
reception. He said to ask you if you know an Evan Sprott. In
any case, he would very much like to hear from you--nice he
said to know another PhD scientist Sprott. Though he said all
Sprott's look alike (his father being called "hey Sprott" by
someone he didn't know but who knew his father), he doesn't
look too much like you (shorter and rounder) but looks like I
remember your brother looking like in a picture I once saw.
Another interesting thing he said is that there are a whole
bunch of Black Sprott's in Nova Scotia, slaves from the south,
having taken on the plantation owners' names (and probably
many related!), who escaped through the underground railroad.
So you might have African American French Speaking relatives!
From the National
on May 9, 2008:
This is an article
about my billionaire distant cousin Eric Sprott, founder of
Sprott Securities in Canada, who purchased the sprott.com
domain name from me
for a very generous sum.
From Grace Ebneter
January 5, 2009:
FRANK WILSON SPROTT, JR., 77, passed away Thursday,
January 1, 2009. Beloved husband, father, and grandfather,
he leaves his wife, Mara Fulghum Sprott and his children,
Skip and Harriett Sprott, Sherri Ethier Kimbrough, Meredith
and Chip Harris, Caroline and Nathan Phillips; and John,
Ken, Billy, and Tim Patterson. He also leaves his brother,
Clinton Sprott as well as his grand-children;Ashley,Sean,
Matthew Ethier and several great-grandchildren and his furry
friend, Presley. Frank was the retired owner of Memphis
Office Supply Company; an Army veteran of the Korean War,
serving as chief clerk in the 11th Finance Corp 3rd Army in
Germany; and a lifelong member of Union Avenue United
Methodist Church, where he taught the Theophilea Sunday
School class for many years. Visitation will be held at
Canale Funeral Directors, Tuesday, January 6 from 5-7 p.m.
The funeral will be at Canale Funeral Directors, Wednesday,
January 7 at 2 p.m. Interment will be private in the West
Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. The family requests memorials
be sent to Union Avenue United Methodist Church, 2117 Union
Avenue, Memphis, 38104. Canale Funeral Directors
Published in The Commercial Appeal on 1/5/2009
From Randy Schmadeke
December 8, 2010:
I'm trying to find information regarding my gr-grandfather,
Frank Sprott, born in Van Buren County, Iowa in late 1800s.
By chance was this where your father was from?
And continued on December
I've been doing a lot of genealogy research lately on the
Sprott family tree, going back to Thomas Sprott and family,
who immigrated about 1745 from Ireland to PA. Perhaps we'll
find a common link elsewhere. Just out of curiosity, do you
pronounce your last name with a long O?
I'll take a look at your tree
tonight. My Sprott line also came from County Downe,
Ireland. I'm communicating with a group of Sprott
descendents in Iowa and MN, all from the Thomas immigrant I
mentioned earlier. His wife was a McFadden. So far we've not
found a link back to Ireland, though some of the English
records I've found, indicate a long history for the name.
There also seems to be another Sprott group that took a
southern migration route through the USA. I'll let you know
if I find anything.
I was curious as to the pronunciation. My mom has always
referred to it the same as you, but as we are meeting these
other relatives, they say it as in boat, with the long O.
And continued on January
I misspoke when stating that the Thomas Sprott family
immigrated to America in 1745. As close as we can determine,
they probably came here around 1766 or 67. One story is
that, one of the children, another Thomas, was born on the
ship in an American port, during the voyage. This Thomas
later moved to Ohio. Another account says he was born
in Newville, PA in 1766 http://ashlandohiogenealogy.org/historyashland/historyashland95.html
Anyway the date I stated was incorrect. Please post this
correction to your website.\
From Mark Sprott
June 3, 2011:
My name is Mark Sprott, my family also come from County
Down, in Ireland. They migrated to New Zealand. We
have some old photo’s and stuff that may be of interest to
you. My father has some photos of the brothers of
Robert Sprott, and we have traced our family to that of
Samuel H. Sprott who fought in the civil War. While doing some
research on our family I came across your web page. I would be happy to pass on any information
that you may want.
From Kingswood Sprott
of Lakeland, FL on August 25, 2011:
Dr. Sprott, as you will see at the end of this note, we are
probably related. My branch of the Sprott family derives
from a Hugh Sprott who came to NC from Ireland in the
1790s with five sons who dispersed across the country, one
to SC (my branch), one to Alabama, one to TX (I think), one
remaining in NC and the other Who Knows. I would be
delighted if you could inform me how you fit into the Sprott
From Dorothy Sprott
of Brevard, NC on September 17,
Since our cousin Kingswood Sprott wrote to you, he has
graciously consented to have his Y-DNA added to the
familytreedna.com database. We want to encourage all
male Sprotts to do this, as it is so easy (mail back to them
a couple of cheek scrapings) and costs between about $169
and $286 I believe. It would help so very much to
confirm (or not) our common ancestors. The more
participants, the more detailed may be our results.
From work done by descendants of the New Zealand Sprotts, I
believe that our great great grandfather, Hugh Sprott
(1764-1842) was a first cousin to your James
(1754-1846) who m. Margaret Hamilton. Your James's
father John Sprott who m. Elinor Atkin and our Hugh's father
Hugh Sprott who m. Jane Boyd, were brothers. Our immigrant
Hugh's son Joseph, our great grandfather, would be 2nd
cousin to immigrant Robert Sprott who m. Mary Bothwell and
sired the Alabama Sprotts.
Consider doing the y-DNA test to help us sort out this
great family. I will be happy to share any of this
information and more details on DNA and how to
From Stephen Wood
Roseburg, OR on March 2, 2014:
I am from the Sproat Family of Kirkcudbright Scotland. I am
a Douglas and I have heard many of the stories I have read
about your family on your website. If interested in further
Sproat Genealogy as far as I have researched it for 15 plus
years, send me a note. I live in Roseburg Oregon.
From Anne Grady
NC on August 20, 2016:
live in Charlotte, NC on Norcross Place and had to check my
attic this afternoon. After pulling away some insulation, I
found a pamphlet from "The New York Artist" addressed to Mr.
Sprott Long A.D., Bennett-Advertising, Inc., 302 S. College
St., Charlotte, NC. Although there isn't a publishing date
on it, there is a car ad from a 1951 model.
J. C. Sprott