The surname Sparrell is fairly rare. To my knowledge, all the current living Sparrells in the US are descended from James Newton Sparrell (~1740-1770). When researching, I occasionally run across records of people with Sparrell as their first or middle name and was curious as to the origin; and to see if I was related. The records are mainly in the South (particularly confederate soldiers) whereas most surname Sparrells are from New England or can trace back to there. I did find a reference (which unfortunately I did not record and would like help finding again) that the governor of Virginia adopted a girl with surname Sparrell because her father had been lost at sea. This is at approximately the same time that James Newton Sparrell was a sea captain between North Carolina and Massachusetts; and family lore has it that two brothers were sea captains who immigrated from England.
I would appreciate any information anyone comes across on this adopted daughter:
- records of her parents
- records of her adoption
- records of her marriage and children
I would like to use this to confirm my hypothesis the first and middle names in the South are family names descended from her.