Thornton Spriggs was the son of William and Mary Wilson Spriggs. They came to this county in 1840. William and Margaret Wilson are the parents of Mrs. Spriggs. Mr. William Spriggs died in 1875 and his wife in 1859.

Thornton Spriggs, their son, was born in Jackson County, Ohio, in 1836, and was raised on a farm, and is also a stock-raiser. He married his wife, Jane Wilson, Oct. 21, 1858. She was born in 1838. Their children are William, Seth, Daniel, John, James, Henrietta, Lucretia, and Charles.

He served four years as assessor, and sheriff of Mercer County four years, from 1870 to 1874. He had three uncles in the Revolutionary war, one of whon was a colonel, another a captain, and the third a private.

His wife's brother and his own brother were in the Rebellion, and he was drafted, but furnished a substitute.


History of Van Wert and Mercer Counties, Ohio, by Sutton pub 1882