An agricultural labourer and the child of William Spratt (a labourer) and Mary Hughes, James Spratt, the great-great-grandfather of Nigel Horne, was born in St Nicholas-at-Wade, Kent, England on 12 May 18161,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, was baptised there on 16 Jun 1816 and also married Sarah Spain (with whom he had 9 children: Eliza, Mary, Emma, Jane, James Henry, John, Charles, William and Alfred) on 9 Jan 18429.
During his life, he was living at Crump's Farm, St Nicholas-at-Wade on 6 Jun 1841 and on 30 Mar 1851; at The Row, St Nicholas-at-Wade on 7 Apr 1861; at Parish Cottage, St Nicholas-at-Wade on 2 Apr 1871 and on 3 Apr 1881; and at The Street, St Nicholas-at-Wade on 5 Apr 1891 when he was living with his daughter Jane following the death of his wife on 7 Jun 1884.
He died on 18 Nov 1895 in St Nicholas-at-Wade7,8 (apoplexy) and was buried there on 24 Nov 1895 (aged 79yrs. Verified at Margate library 24 Mar 2010.)10.
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