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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 1384-1385 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

That branch of the Sproat family located at Valley Falls, New York, descend from Henry Sproat, born in Cumberland county, England, August 25, 1818, died in Lambertville, New Jersey, April 5, 1870. He emigrated to the United States, settling first in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, later removing to Lambertville, New Jersey. He was a ship caulker by trade, but in Lambertville engaged in the manufacture of twine, in partnership with Thomas Lape. After his death the business was sold and his family removed to Valley Falls, New York. He married, January 11, 1844, Harriet I. Perriman, born in England, February 5, 1824, died April 28, 1900. Henry Sproat was a Republican and a member of the Methodist church. Children:

  1. Mary E., born May 24, 1845, died September 23, 1899; married, September 22, 1869, George Lomas; children: Harry and William, both of whom died in infancy.
  2. Franklin, born November 28, 1846, died November 23, 1893; married (first) December 13, 1871, Bina Warner; (second) Lottie Thompson; children: Fred and Beulah, the latter dying in infancy.
  3. John W., born April 9, 1848; married, November 15, 1871, Louise Lusty; children:
    1. Grace B., married Arthur Byrnes, children: Gertrude, Edith and Harriet;
    2. Harry, died at the age of twenty years.
  4. Ashabel P., born September 1, 1851; married, September 22, 1872, Carrie E. Frost; child, Claude.
  5. William H., born May 25, 1855; married Mary Andrew; children: George W. and Harriet I.
  6. Charles Augustus, of whom further.
  7. Emily V., born November 20, 1859; married, June 9, 1884, Edward McGraw, born February 20, 1854; children:
    1. Harry E., born June 11, 1885;
    2. Amy H., born February 14, 1887, married, October 27, 1909, Leslie Hall Gifford;
    3. George B., born July 10, 1893;
    4. Augustus S., born March 23, 1896;
    5. Mary Elizabeth, born July 7, 1899.

(II) Charles Augustus, youngest son of Henry and Harriet I. (Perriman) Sproat, was born in Lambertville, New Jersey, December 26, 1857, he was educated in the public schools of Valley Falls, and graduated from Troy Business College in 1872. After completing his studies he entered the employ of his brother, John W. Sproat, a manufacturer of cigars. He learned the trade of cigar maker and at the age of twenty-one years was himself a manufacturer and the employer of seven men. His business life has been a successful one, and he stands well in his community. He is a member of Victor Lodge, No. 680, Free and Accepted Masons; Valley Falls Lodge, No. 689, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Lodge No. 141, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of Troy. He is a member of the Methodist church and a Republican. He married (first) December 25, 1877, Emma Maria Beach, who died February, 1882, daughter of Henry W. Beach, born April 5, 1828, died February 25, 1868, married Emily M. Andrew; children:

  1. Charles A., married Anna Van Keuren; Charles A. Beach was for a time superintendent of Lehigh Valley Railroad, and is now with the Reading railroad.
  2. Emma Maria.
  3. Philip Albert, married Rena Wetherwax.

He married (second) in 1884, Georgia A. Bennett. Children by first marriage:

  1. Laura Anna, born July 25, 1879; graduate of Waterford public and Plattsburgh State Normal schools; has taken up kindergarten work and is a successful teacher in New Rochelle, New York.
  2. Charles Henry, of whom further.

Child by second marriage:

  1. Frank R.

His first wife, Emma Maria (Beach) Sproat, was a granddaughter of Albert and Minerva (Comstock) Beach, who were the parents of five children.

(III) Dr. Charles Henry Sproat, only son of Charles Augustus and his first wife, Emma Maria (Beach) Sproat, was born at Valley Falls, Rensselaer county, New York, June 14, 1881. His early education was obtained in the public schools of Valley Falls after which he entered the preparatory school of Michigan University, Ann Arbor, where he was graduated in 1901. He then entered for the regular literary course, and was graduated A.B., 1905; choosing medicine as his profession he entered the medical department of the same university and was graduated M.D., class of 1907. Immediately after graduation he was employed as assistant medical director at Mudlavia Sanitarium, where he remained until 1909. In that year he removed to Valley Falls, New York, where he is now established in the general practice of his profession. He is a prominent member of the Masonic order, a thirty-second degree Mason of Indianapolis Consistory; member of Williamsport Lodge, No. 32, Free and Accepted Masons; Attica Chapter, No. 107, Royal Arch Masons; all of Indiana. He is a member of the American Medical Association, and Phi Beta Phi Medical fraternity of Michigan University. Republican in politics and a communicant of the Methodist church. He married, June 25, 1910, Flora, daughter of James Thompson.

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