Sprowl is a variant of the ancient spelling of Spreull with it’s roots in thirteenth century Scotland. The modern SPROWL spelling is that of which was adopted by the Delaware line about the time of The American Revolution. It is generally accepted that Thomas Sproul was the emigrant ancestor from Ireland about the time of the French-Indian war. Thomas settled in New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware about 1755. The SPROUL spelling is known, as that is how Thomas signed his documents. It was not until his son Robert began using the Sprowl spelling as signed on the Oath of Allegiance, New Castle County, in 1778. SPROWL was also used by his other two sons Thomas and John who removed to Hawkins County, Tennessee.
So where does this family originate? DNA analysis point to Walter Spreull c,1240, seneschal to the Earl of Lennox in the west of Scotland. There will be more information regarding the importance of DNA analysis and further details of Walter in future pages.