Jacob Sperry Family Papers

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
archives@handleyregional.org
www.handleyregional.org 

Jacob Sperry Family Papers
817 THL

Finding aid created by Archives Staff 08/88. Last revised 01/18.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers. 

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EXTENT:  0.25 linear feet

DATE: 1779-1847

LANGUAGE OF MATERIALS: English, German. 

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection consists of Jacob Sperry’s will dated 1807, Catherine Elizabeth Sperry’s will dated 1847, indentures between John Lantz and Jacob Sperry dated 1779, and the family record in German of Jacob and Elizabeth Sperry, 1790-1805. Jacob Sperry was a resident of Winchester, VA, USA. 

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL :  Jacob Sperry was born about 1754 to Peter Sperry/Speary and Catherine E. Wolff. He was a member of Daniel Morgan’s Virginia Riflemen, also known as the “Dutch Mess,” and participated in the attack on Quebec with Morgan in 1775 where he was captured. Jacob married Catherine Elizabeth Lauck. Jacob Sperry died in 1808 and is buried in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA. 

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Quarles, Garland R. and Barton, Lewis N., Ed., What I Know About Winchester, The Recollections of William Greenway Russell, 1800-1891, Staunton, VA: McClure Publishing Co., 1972; Virginia General Assembly, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, Special Report: Preservation of Revolutionary War Veterans Gravesites in Virginia, Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia, 2001; Pension application of widow, Catherine. 

CITE AS: Jacob Sperry Family Papers, 817 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA. 

ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift. 

ORGANIZATION

BOX 1

Sperry, Catherine E.–Indenture for the purchase of Lot 215 in Mt. Hebron Cemetery, 1 leaf, manuscript on printed form

Sperry family–Miscellaneous papers, 1836-1856, unnumbered leaves, manuscript; manuscript on printed form

Sperry family–Miscellaneous papers, 1861-1868, unnumbered leaves, manuscript; manuscript on printed form

Sperry family–Miscellaneous papers, 1876-1889, unnumbered leaves, manuscript; manuscript on printed form

Sperry family–Wills, 1860 and n.d., 2 items, manuscript

Tax receipts of the Sperry family, 1834-1862, unnumbered leaves, manuscript; manuscript on printed form

(OVERSIZE) MAPCASE 1, DRAWER 13 

Jacob Sperry—Will, November 5, 1807, manuscript

Family record of Jacob and Elizabeth (Lauck) Sperry, 1790-1805, manuscript in German

Catherine Elizabeth Sperry—Will, 1847, manuscript

Indenture—John and Susannah Lantz to Jacob Sperry, Lot 113, April 2, 1779, manuscript on printed form

Indenture - John Lantz to Jacob Sperry, Lot 113, April 1, 1779, manuscript on printed form