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Spratt family papers

 Collection — Box: SFC1 [F09.090.02.01], Folder: 140
Identifier: MS0140

Scope and Contents

All items are photocopies. 1. Seven pages of notes and anecdotes from the Revolution, no author, no date. Names mentioned include John B. Bamett, Susan Barnett, Capt. Jack Tarleton, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, John Williams, Currie family of Caswell Co. 2. Letter to Brother from (L.M McRee?), Kirkville, Ala., May 18, 1835 includes letter to Sister, addressed to T.D. Spratt, Fort Mill. 3. Letter to Niece from' Sam Woods, Orange Co., August 10, 1835, addressed to Widow Margaret Woods, Chester District, SC. 4. Letter to Sister from Your Brother James, includes note to My Dear son from Your Pa, Selma, Dec. 22, 1842. Addressed to Miss Margaret McRee, Fort Mill, York District. 5. Newspaper article reporting on patriotic speech given by T. D. Spratt, in the "Hornets' Nest and True Southron", Charlotte, NC, November 16, 1850. 6. Letter to My Dear Children from John Killian, Catawba Co., Feb. 21st, 1854. Addressed to Frances M. Killian, Chesterville, SC. 7. Letter to My Dear Brother from R. D. Spratt, Florida, April (?8). No address. 8. Letter to My Dear Son Barney from T. D. Spratt, no date, no address. 9. "Recollections of the Spratt Family", July 1875, by T. D. Spratt. 10. Newspaper article, Mecklenburg Neighbors, May 18, 1988, "Bag Held Memoirs, and a Niche in Pre-Revolution History" - interview with Ann Spratt Wilson. 11. Newspaper article,"Homes of the Signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration by Gen. Thomas Polk, Charlotte Daily Observer, May 4, 1913. 12. Lineage chart, "Progenitors of Bamett McRee Spratt & Frances Killian Spratt" 4 pages. 13. Lineage chart, "Descendants of Bamett McRee Spratt and Frances Killian Spratt, 1875-1968" 5 pages. 14. Lineage chart, "One Line of Descendants of Thomas Spratt - First White Settler in Mecklenburg" 2 pages.


  • 1835 - 1988
  • Majority of material found within 1835 - 1877


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical Note

The Spratt family was first established in Mecklenburg county, North Carolina with the arrival of Thomas Spratt, Sr. (1685-1757) from Pennsylvania around 1750. Thomas is believed to be one of the first settlers to establish a permanent home in the area that is now Charlotte. His daughter, Susannah, married Thomas Polk (one of the founders of Charlotte and Mecklenburg county). His only son, Thomas Spratt, Jr. (1731-1807) moved to his father's plantation on Twelve Mile Creek near present-day Fort Mill, South Carolina around 1753 and became a friend and ally of the Catawba Indians in the area. He fought with them in Lord Dunmore's War in 1774 against the Shawnee on the Kanawha River in present-day West Virginia and earned the nickname "Kanawha." Many Spratt descendants still live in the area, including former U.S. Representative John Spratt.


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Language of Materials



Photocopies of correspondence, memoirs, genealogical material, and clippings relating to the descendants of Thomas Spratt, one of the first white settlers in Mecklenburg County. Includes a memoir (1875) of Thomas Dryden Spratt with references to the disputed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

Existence and Location of Originals

Copies of originals were in possession of Ann Spratt Wilson as of 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, 1988.

Spratt Family papers
Randy Penninger
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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