An American Family History

Sarah Pitts Sprouls

  Also spelled Sproles, Sprouls, Sproules, Sproul, Sprole, Sprals, Sprawls, Sprowls, and Sprouts  
Slavery is an immoral system of forced labor where people are treated as property to be bought and sold. It was legal in the American Colonies and the United States until the Civil War.

Fincastle County, Virginia was created in 1772 from Botetourt County and abolished in 1776. It was divided into Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky Counties.

Sarah Pitts was born about 1775 in Washington County, Virginia. Her father was Lewis Pitts.

She married James Sprouls, Jr. in March, 1793. James was the son of James and Catherine Sprouls. His brothers included John and Samuel Sprouls. They were early settlers and large land owners in Washington County, Virginia. James' father signed the 1777 petition of men living on the north Holston River complaining about the division of Fincastle County. They felt the line was not equitable and the court house was too far away.

Their children may have included:
Solomon Sprouls (1800),
Lewis Sprouls (1801, married Letitia Childs)

They lived in Washington County, Virginia.

In 1810 Washington County, Virginia

a man and a woman between 26 and 44
a girl between 16 and 25
a girl and a boy between 10 and 15 - Solomon age 10
3 boys and 2 girls under 10 - Lewis and Noah
3 enslaved people

from Washington County, Virginia Survey Book 2
Sprouls, James Jr.
26 Jan 1818
50 acres
Warrant No. 5492 dated 31 Oct 1815
On both sides of Cove Creek a south branch of the North Fork of the Holston River
adj: Alexander Porter, James Fulkerson’s survey, at the Grind Stone Quarry, Peter McCall

In 1819 James Sprouls, Jr. had 226 acres on the Holston River, Cove Creek.

from Washington County, Virginia Survey Book 2
Sprouls, James
05 Jul 1820
50 acres
30 acres by Warrant No. 5885 dated 18 Feb 1817
20 acres by Warrant No. 6830 dated 21 Feb 1820
adj: corner to Elijah Green top of Walkers Mountain

from Washington County, Virginia Survey Book 2
Sprouls , James
13 Mar 1830
40 acres
30 acres by Warrant No. 10085 dated 10 Apr 1828
10 acres by Warrant No. 7772 dated 03 Nov 1824
waters of Abrahams [Abrams] Creek [a south branch of the North Fork of the Holston River]
adj: on James Sprouls, Smith’s survey


The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser

Washington County, Virginia was formed from Fincastle County in 1777. It originally contained Sullivan County, Tennessee.




Will -
Samuel Sproles,
Washington County, Virginia, Will Book
page 94-5
Executed – 27 Aug 1838
Proved – 26 June 1839
Wife – Susana Sproles

Mary Rector
Anna Davis
Lettichia Ball
Marthy Smyth
Deliah Sprole
Susanna Sproles
Rebeckah Fleenor

Isaac Sproles
James Sproles
Samuel Sproles
Noah Sproles 
John Sproles

Sole Executor - George E Guff
Witnesses – Henry H Fleenor, James Sproles, John Smith


Will -
John Sproles,
Washington County, Virginia, Will Book
page 28-29
Executed – 28 Oct 1840
Proved – 22 Nov 1841
Wife –Margaret Sproles

Lettica Moore
Elizabeth Fleenor
Polly Smith


John Maryland
Sole Executor – Abram Nandyha

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