Nathaniel S. Spraggins (6 May 1804-15 Oct. 1876), son of Capt. William of Virginia and Nancy (Abney) Spraggins, was born in South Carolina and died in Rector, Clay Co., Ark. and is buried in Scatterville Cemetery, west of Rector. In 1850 the famil was in Poinsett Co., Ark., and they were listed in Greene Co., Ark. in 1860.
Nathaniel’s first wife’s name is unknown. The children were (1)Dudley G. (1828-1873) who married Elizabeth and had a daughter Augustine DeValone Spraggins (1854-1887). In 1860 he lived in Poinsett Co., and in 1870 he was living in Cross Co., Ark. He died at Wittsburg, Cross Co., Ark. (2) Lucinda C. Spraggins (1832- ), no information. (3) Mary A. Spraggins (1833-1884) married John M. Duke and John Taylor Duke. The children by her first husband were Catherine, Nathaniel Samuel and Dixie Ren Duke. (4) Thomas J. Spraggins (1838-1880) married Mary A. Brown in Nov., 1872 in Madison Co., Tenn. and died in 1880 in Poinsett Co., Ark. His children were Margaret, Mary, Phelia, Jadella Delila, and Lucy L. He served in the 60th Infantry in Civil War as a Confederate. (5) Emily J. Spraggins (1840- ), no information.
Nathaniel S. Spraggins was married about 1840 to Lucy Catherine Carpenter (1822-1880), daughter of Abner and Mary Elizabeth (Marshall) Carpenter. Catherine died in Humbolt, Richardson Co., Nebraska and her parents died in Mason Co., Ill. Her children were (6) Julia A. Spraggins (1841-1860/70) was born in Pemiscott Co., Ark. and married to Marion Clay Duke (1838 Miss- ) and the parents evidently died between 1860/70 as their son, Benjamin Franklin, was sent to Greene Co., Ark. to live with his maternal grandfather, Nathaniel S. Spraggins, and is on the 1870 census, age 10. (7) Jane Spraggins (1842- ), no information. (8) Rebecca L. (1842- ) was born in Pemiscott Co., Ark., no other information. (9) George Washington Spraggins (1848-1885) was born in Pemiscott Co. and is buried in the Piggott Cemetery. (10) James N. P. Spraggins (1855- ), no information. (11) Luvada Alice Spraggins (1864- ) was born in Greene Co., Ark., no information.
George Washington Spraggins (1848-1885), son of Nathaniel and Catherine Spraggins, was born in Pemiscott Co., Ark. and died in Clay Co., Ark., and he and his wife are buried in the Piggott Cemetery. He does not have a stone. In 1900, Virginia, widow of George, was living in Piggott with two of her children Blanche and Charles. In 1910 Virginia was in Pierce Co., Washington wit her daughter Zora and her husband W. J. Bridges. In 1920 Virginia had a boarding house on Second Street in Piggott. Her boarders at that time were Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Felts and son, Louis and Sarah Sullendar, and Miss Etta Sarver, a schoolteacher. The Spraggins House later became the Mohler Boarding House and was just south of the Presbyterian Church.
George W. Spraggins and Virginia (Jennie) C. Watson (185-1930), daughter of Josiah Watson, were married Dec. 19, 1867 in Arkansas. Their children were: (1) James M. Willey Spraggins (1868-before 1900) was born in Pemiscott Co., Ark. and died in Clay County. His wife is unknown. (2) Ida Ethel Spraggins (March 1870-1903) was born in Clay County and married Benjamin Franklin Crockett (a cousin to Davy Crockett). A daughter, Faye, married a Miles. Benjamin F. Crockett is buried in Little PRarie Cemetery in Pemiscott, Co., Ark. (3) Augusta Mae Spraggins (May 1874-Nov. 1948) was born at Rector, Ark. and died at Clarksville, Ark. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Don Hamm (Ruth). She married James K. Browning on Feb. 22, 1893 and they had five children: Eugene R. was a postmaster in Piggott in 1920; Everette was assistant postmaster in 1920; Ethel was a teacher in the Piggott School’ Ruth Hamm’ and Pauline Walsh. James K. and Augusta are buried in Piggott. James J. Browning was a schoolteacher, The Piggott Banner editor 1900, a Circuit Clerk 1900-1904, Cashier for The Bank of Piggott, a state senator (1904-1908), a director of the Clay County Mill and Elevator Co., a trustee of the University for 15 years, the Clay County land examiner, and a farm loan agent for the State Life Insurance Company. He was a member of the First Baptist Church since 1910 and a member of the local Masonic Lodge. (4) Zora B. Spraggins (1876-1970) was married in Clay County in 1897 to William J. Bridges, an oil lineman, and they did a lot of traveling with his work. They died in Mission, Hidalgo Co., Texas. (5) Blanche D. Spraggins (1879-1970) married G. H. Curry of Crawford Co., Ark. in 1909 in Clay Co., and they died in Dallas Co., Texas. (6) Charles Maurice Spraggins (1880-1959) died at Little Rock. He married Edna Susan Huston, daughter of Samuel Warren and Susan Jane (Lorance) Huston, in 1903 in Clay County. They both died in Little Rock.