Ancient SPROWL History

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.

8 thoughts on “Ancient SPROWL History”

    1. Hi Ronald – I’m not sure. Does any of the information here ring a bell to you? Would love to know more about your line and where and when it originated. Can you give more information or where your tree might be viewed? Thanks so much for visiting this site. Look forward to hearing more from you. Best regards – Joe Sprowl

  1. Recently I tested the 37 marker test through FamilyTree DNA. I have a positive result for the Sproul/Sprowl modal. The predicted SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) haplogroup is R-P311. Currently I’m testing for the SNP R-P312 to determine if the Sproul line is Germanic or from a more Atlantic origin. I hope to have the results for that in the next month. The plan is to follow our Y-tree as far back into our ancient lineage as possible. If you’d like to know more about my experiences with this project please feel free to email me or leave a comment below.

  2. My Sproul’s/Sproule’s originate from Barrhead, Scotland. In my family there are a couple of spellings & pronunciations.

      1. My grandmother Margaret Sproull (nee Sinclair) was born in Barrhead in 1872 and migrated to Australia in 1923.

  3. Dr. Godfrey Spruill is my 8th great grandfather.
    My DNA shows 41% Great Britain; 27% Irish; 10% Scandinavian; 7% Italy,6% eastern Europe the rest is Various Trace regions. A friend, who also has Godfrey as his 8th great-grandfather also had essentially the same pattern; largest portion Great Britain, then Irish and then about 30% from other regions. One of my cousins, also had her DNA tested and she showed the same pattern–Great Britain then Irish, then others.

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Ancient and Modern Ancestors of the Sprowl Family of New Castle County, Delaware and Camden County, New Jersey