"To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree
without a root." -- An old Chinese proverb.

 DECEMBER,  1980
Whole No.  112a

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION     Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Hite Ave., Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
Russell E. Bidlack, Secretary-Treasurer & Editor, 1709 Cherokee Road,
Anm Arbor, Michigan (48104) 

The Sparks Family Association was founded in March 1953 as a non-profit organization devoted to the assembling and preserving of genealogical and historical materials pertaining to the Sparks Family in America. Membership in the Association is open to all persons connected with the Sparks Family, whether by blood, marriage, or adoption, and to persons interested in genealogical research. Membership falls into three classes: Active, Contributing, and Sustaining. Active Membership dues are $5.00 per year; Contributing Membership dues are $10.00 per year; and Sustaining Membership dues are any amount over $10.00 that the member wishes to contribute to the support of the Association.

All members of the Association receive THE SPARKS QUARTERLY as it is published in March, June, September, and December. Back issues are kept in print and are available for $2.00 per issue. The first issue of the QUARTERLY was published in March 1953. Five indexes have been published for the years 1953 -1957, 1958 -1962, 1963 -1967, 1968 -1972, and 1973 -1977. Each is available for $4.00. A complete file of back issues of the QUARTERLY (1953-1979) with the five indexes may be purchased for $100.00. (These twenty-seven years of the QUARTERLY comprise 2,176 pages of Sparks Family history. The five indexes total an additional 360 pages.)

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(Son of Anderson West Sparks)

of Lee County,  Texas

(Editor's Note: In 1979, Mrs. Eula Sparks Fisher, a member of the Sparks Family Association, wrote a detailed account of the murder of her grandfather, Sam Sparks, in 1880 at Giddings, Texas. The article was published in the May 1979 issue of FRONTIER TIMES. Copies may be obtained from Western Publications, 700 East State Street, Iola, Wisconsin, for $1.25 each. Mrs. Fisher lives at 116 South Taylor Avenue, Montebello, California (90640). We are pleased to give the ancestral background of her branch of the SPARKS family.)

Samuel Sparks, grandfather of Mrs. Fisher, was born on September 28, 1854, at Sweet Home, Lavaca County, Texas. (We shall refer to him as “Sam Sparks” to distinguish him from other men named Samuel Sparks in this family.) He was a son of Anderson West Sparks and Martha A. "Mattie” (Aiken) Sparks, and a grandson of Samuel and Elizabeth (West) Sparks. The family of Samuel and Elizabeth Sparks appeared on the 1820 census of Dickson County, Tennessee; on the 1830 and 1840 censuses of Perry County, Tennessee; and on the 1850 census of Decatur County, Tennessee.

Samuel Sparks, grandfather of Sam Sparks, was probably born about 1782; his place of birth is not known. He married Elizabeth West, probably in Dickson County, Tennessee, about 1810. She was born about 1786 in Greenville County, South Carolina, and was a daughter of Isaac and Susannah (Anderson) West. The West family moved from Greenville County, South Carolina, to Dickson County, Tennessee, about 1804. It was in Dickson County, on September 18, 1812, that Isaac West sold 100 acres of land to his son-in-law, Samuel Sparks. The land was located on Jones Creek and West acknowledged that Sparks had given him “full satisfaction” for the property.

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Samuel Sparks acquired additional land in Dickson County between 1816 and 1823, but by 1830 he had disposed of his holdings and had moved to Perry County,  Tennessee. There, he settled in the area which would become a part of Decatur County when that county was formed in 1845. He died sometime between 1840 and 1850.

Samuel and Elizabeth (West) Sparks probably had six children before she died, apparently about 1822. After her death, Samuel married Rebecca Hudson, probably about 1823. She was born about 1807 in Virginia. Samuel and Rebecca had eight children. He apparently died prior to 1850, for when the 1850 census was taken of Decatur County, Tennessee, Rebecca was listed as the head of her family.

According to a Bible record which has been preserved, Samuel Sparks had fourteen children, all of them born in Tennessee.

1. Anderson West Sparks, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (West) Sparks, was born on September 13, 1811. He married Martha Adaline “Mattie” Aiken on April 27, 1842, in Tennessee. She was born on December 7, 1820, in Tennessee. When the 1850 census was taken of Decatur County, Anderson and Mattie Sparks were listed as Family #57 in District No. 2. They had four children at that time: Hugh S., 8; Elizabeth, 6; William, 4; and. Tennessee (a daughter), age 1. They also owned one male slave. Family #59 was headed by Rebecca Sparks, step-mother of Anderson W. and widow of Samuel Sparks. Living with her in 1850 were sons: Lafayette, 19; Thomas, 17; Ulysses K., 14; and Samuel, 12. Rebecca Sparks was shown as owning five male slaves and two female slaves.Family #66 on this census was that of John and Elizar Sparks, (John was the second son of Samuel and brother of Anderson w.). John's age was given as 35 and Elizar’s as 20; they had a daughter named Nancy C. Sparks, age 3, and a son named George M. Sparks, aged one year. John Sparks owned one male slave and two female slaves in 1850.

Anderson and Mattie Sparks moved to Texas in 1854, and it was there on September 28, 1854, that their son Samuel Sparks was born in Lavaca County. Anderson Sparks did not stay in Lavaca County very long, however, but moved to Giddings in what would become Lee County in 1874. He bought a small farm near Giddings and a few cattle. This was during the eve of the Civil War and feelings were bad between the newcomers (such as the Sparks family) and the Texans. It was during the Civil War that Anderson Sparks was mysteriously drowned in a small stream near his home while looking for some of his cattle. Mattie (Aiken) Sparks was left with a large family of eleven children, ranging in age from four to twenty years. (Her son, Hugh Scott Sparks, was in the Confederate States Army where he died on March 1, 1863.) Mattie died on December 11, 1902. The children of Anderson W. and Mattie (Aiken) Sparks were:

a. Hugh Scott Sparks was born in 1843. He died on March 1, 1863, while serving in the Confederate States Army.

b. Margaret Elizabeth Sparks was born on November 19, 1844,  in Tennessee.  On December 28, 1865, she was married to Robert N. Atchison and they had three daughters: Monta, Sally Lee, and Maude Willard. Margaret died on August 18, 1918.

c. William Anderson Sparks was born on March 21, 1846, in Tennessee. On March 18, 1874, he was married to Martha Louisa Kuykendall.  She    was born on December 18, 1856, at Old Evergreen, Texas, and. was a daughter
of Gibson and Martha L. Kuykendall. She died in Lee County, Texas, on April 25, 19011.. William died on June 13, 1920. They were the parents of fourteen children: Thurston Ross, Fred Anderson, William Neel, Arthur Jackson, Ira Duke, Grover Cleveland, Addie Lou, Mamie Rose, Homer Clonton, Horace Gipson, Hughlen Hampton, Isaac Jonathan, Mattie Beatrice, and Cecil Ray.

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Children of Anderson West and Martha Adaline (Aiken) Sparks, continued:
d. Susan Mary Sparks was born on October 16, 18b7. She died on August 11, 1858.

e. Tennessee Rebecca "Tennie" Sparks was born on February 10, 1819, in Decatur County, Tennessee. On February 19, 1867, she was married to Andrew Jackson Rogers at Lexington, Texas. He was born on February 20, 1846, in Choctaw County, Mississippi, and was a son of Jesse W. and Mary (Middleton) Rogers. Tennie died on July 5, 1883. Andrew died on October 3, l904. They had seven children: Hugh King, Dee Thomas, Addie Cole, Emma Creath, Oscar Franklin, Mary Beulah, and Harvey Pue.

f. Mary Eliza “Molly” Sparks was born on August 8, 1850. She married Chappell Martin and they moved to Oklahoma. She died in 1883.

g. An unnamed son was born to Anderson and Mattie Sparks in 1851 and died at birth.

h. Sam Sparks was born on September 28, 18511, in Lavaca County,Texas.

A photograph of Sam Sparks appears on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY and he is the subject of the article by Eula Sparks Fisher that was mentioned at the beginning of this record. Sam Sparks was married to Susan “Sue” Burden on December 11, 1876. For awhile he was a cowboy and “went up the Trail one time with the Curtaindall (Kuykendall) herd." He was a Texas Ranger from July 18711- to February 1875. He was a fine-looking man according to his contemporaries, one of whom stated, “He had blue eyes, dark hair, and stood about six feet tall. He was unusually strong with broad shoulders and a perfect physique.?? He and Sue lived on a homestead which was located four miles from Giddings, Texas, on theSan Antonio-Nacogdoches road.

The cause of the untimely death of Sam Sparks in 1880 began with a quarrel with Jim Brown in 1875 while Sparks was a Texas Ranger. The quarrel ended when Sparks disarmed Brown, and a feud sprang up between them. A few years later, Brown, a wealthy, race-horse man, was shot (but not fatally) from ambush and immediately blamed Sparks, or Sparks’s brother, Isaac Sparks, a teen-aged youth. When Brown, now a sheriff, tried to arrest Isaac Sparks, Sam interfered and arranged for Isaac to leave Texas and to return to their relatives in Tennessee.

On the night of January 10, 1880, Sam Sparks was shot from behind by an unknown person as he was leaving a saloon in Giddings. Subsequently it was proved that the murder was committed by two friends of Brown, and they were hanged - - not for the murder of Sam Sparks, but for the murder of W. T. Sharman, twelve years later. Sharman, a young blacksmith, had been an innocent witness to the shooting of Sam Sparks and was to have been a witness to the trial of Brown’s friends. Brown was killed, several years after the death of Sam Sparks, in Garfield Park, Chicago, by a policeman while resisting arrest.

Sam Sparks left his widow with one child, Eula Lee Sparks, born about 1877. A son, Samuel Sparks, Jr., was born posthumously on January 29, 1880, just two weeks after his father was murdered. Eula Lee Sparks married Ed Templeton. Samuel Sparks, Jr. married Zora Pope and they had nine children,including Mrs. Eula Sparks Fisher who has been so helpful in preparing this record. Samuel Sparks, Jr. died about 1914 in El Paso, Texas, at the age of 81 years.

1. Emily Sparks, daughter of Anderson and Mattie Sparks, was born on August 9,1856. She died on June 19, 1858.
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Children of Anderson West and Martha Adaline (Aiken) Sparks, continued:

j.Adaline Sparks, daughter of Anderson and Mattie Sparks, was born on march 2,1858. She died on January 6, 1861.

k. Isaac West Sparks, son of Anderson and Mattie Sparks, was born on July 18, 1859, at Giddings, Texas. After his flight from Texas toTennessee, with the help of his brother, Sam Sparks,he returned from Tennessee to Lee County, Texas, where he served as a deputy sheriff for awhile. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Rose Kathryn McKim by whom he had a son,Clifford Sparks. His second marriage was to Alice Lipscomb by whom he had five children: Jake, Jim, Isaac, Gains, and Julia. Isaac West Sparks died in 1928 at Austin, Texas.

2. John Franklin Sparks, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (West) Sparks was born on April 23, 1813. He married Elizar ----- , probably about 1845. When the 1850 census was taken of Decatur County, Tennessee, they had two children, Nancy C. Sparks and George M.Sparks.

3.Tennessee Sparks,daughter Samuel andElizabeth(West)Sparks,was born on February 18, 1815.

4. Andrew Jackson Sparks, son of Samuel andElizabeth (West) Sparks was born on March 18, 1817.

5. Elizabeth Evaline Sparks, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (West) Sparks,was born on September 16, 1819.

6. Comfort Sparks, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth(West)Sparks,was born on December 26, 1821.

7. William H. Sparks, son of Samuel and Rebecca (Hudson) Sparks, was born on December 1, 1824. The initial “H” may have been for Hudson, his mother's maiden name.

8. Emily Sparks, daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Hudson) Sparks, was born on October 26, 1826.

9. Minerva Sparks, daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Hudson) Sparks, was born on May 31, 1829. She died on February 16, 1835.

10. Marcus L. Lafayette Sparks, son of Samuel and Rebecca (Hudson) Sparks, was born on September 12, 1830. He died on November 24, 1915.

11. Thomas L. Sparks, son of Samuel and Rebecca (Hudson) Sparks, was born on August 9, 1832.

12. Mahulda Caroline Sparks, daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Hudson) Sparks, was born on January 6, 1836. She died on January 13, 1836.

13. Ulysses K. Sparks, son of Samuel and Rebecca (Hudson) Sparks, was born on April 20, 1837.

14. Samuel Christopher Sparks, son of Samuel and Rebecca (Hudson) Sparks, was born on June 13, 1840. He served in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War for four years, and after the war ended he went to South America where he lived in Brazil for four years. He returned to the United States and lived in Little Rock, Arkansas where he married Robenia Bringle in 1870. In 1874, he moved to Lane County, Oregon, where he founded the village of Blue River with a hotel, general store, sawmill and livery stable. He died there on July 11, 1911. He and Robenia had three children:

a. Manana Sparks, daughter of Samuel and Robenia Sparks,was probably born about 1872.  She died in infancy.

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Children of Samuel C. and. Robenia (Bringle) Sparks, continued:
b. Dexter Sparks was born on January 3, 1875. He married Rosa Lane on May 21, 1903, and they had three children: Manena Rosa Sparks, Frank Clayton Sparks, and Naomi Elaine Sparks. Dexter Sparks died in August 1949.

c. Felix Sparks was born in 1878. He married Belle Shough.

Frank Clayton Sparks, grandson of Samuel Christopher Sparks, has provided us with an interesting sketch of the life of his grandfather, which follows. Mr. Sparks has also provided us with the photographs of his grandparents.

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Samuel Christopher Sparks was one of the founders of the town of Blue River, Oregon. He came to the Willamette Valley in 1875. He lived for several years in the Coburg area and later in Cedar Flats. In 1895 he came to the upper McKenzie Valley where he purchased two adjoining homesteads, belonging to Sewell Smith and J. M. Davis. This property totaled 320 acres of land and included the site of the present community of Blue River, Oregon, in Lane County.

Samuel Sparks was born on a farm 6/13/1840, in Tennessee. In many ways his life reflected. the unsettled and chaotic conditions of the Union after the Civil War. A pioneering instinct for change and adventure, as well as frustration and uncertainty regarding the future, prompted him to uproot his family and look for a home in new lands. As many others of his generation, he left behind the familiar ordered farms of the South to make a new start in the free lands of the West.

Samuel Sparks grew up in a large family which included eight brothers, most of whom fought in the War Between the States on the side of the South. He joined the Confederate Army and fought with the South during the four long years of

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that war. He was 21 years of age when the Confederacy was formed. He served as a cavalryman and scout under General Bedford Forrest, with the troops of Tennessee. His picture as a cavalryman at this time shows him sitting on his horse, a straight, exceptionally handsome young man, holding his long rifle in still military pose. He served under Albert Sidney Johnson at Shiloh, was in the lines at Chickamauga and under General Robert E. Lee in the Battle of the Wilderness. After Appomatox he found himself, along with thousands of others, with a way of life destroyed and without resources.

He apparently had no taste for the problems of the reconstruction and sailed almost immediately for Rio de Janeiro, expecting to settle in Brazil. He spent four years there. During that time he joined an exploring expedition dispatched by the Emperor Don Pedro, up the Amazon River and across the continent to the Andes Mountains. After his return from this long and exhausting trip,he made the decision to return to the United States and establish a way of life.

He then returned to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he remained for five years. He  m a rried Robenia Bringle there in 1870. They had two children during this time,one daughter, Manena, who died in infancy and a son, Dexter, born January 3,1875. Being unable to establish a secure future for his young family, he made the decision to come West late in 1874 to look for a future in the Oregon Country. He came West by Emigrant Train to California in 1874 and eventually made his way to San Francisco late in that year. In letters to his young wife at that time, he expressed great appreciation for the beauty and climate of that area. He then went by ship to Portland, Oregon, and completed the journey on foot to the Willamette Valley in January of 1875.

After acquiring farm land in the Coburg area of Lane County, he sent for his young family and they came by train across the continent. A second son, Felix, was born in 1878. Some years later the family moved to the Cedar Flats area and built a shingle mill which they operated along with farming.

In 1895 the last move was made to Blue River, Lane County, Oregon, where he acquired a quarter-section of land - - the two homesteads recently "proved-up" on under the Homestead Act of 1862. This property was acquired through purchase and trade from the two homesteaders, Smith and Davis. The two original log buildings used as the homestead dwellings were built near the present site of the community of Blue River. The larger of the two was used as the family home until 1910. It was a six-room all-log structure with two stone chimneys,fireplace, and wide stoop across the front, the interior having log partitionsand wide plank floors.

Gold mining was first opened up in the Blue River District in 1863. Considerable investment and development had taken place by this time. His interest in this promotion and his ambition to develop his property prompted Samuel Sparks to build a sawmill, general store, hotel and livery stable, all on the site of the present town of Blue River. The hotel was operated by Dexter Sparks andwife, Rosa, and the sawmill by Felix Sparks. Samuel Sparks had the town site of Blue River laid out and plotted. The survey was made, blue prints and maps completed for Cascade Park and Blue River City in July 1911. The death of Samuel Sparks came very suddenly of a stroke on July 11 of that year. He was 71 years old. The authorization of the subdivision was signed July 18, l9ll, by his widow, Robenia Bringle Sparks, one week after his death.

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(Editor’s note: The June 1955 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No.10, contained an article entitled "Col. William C. Sparks and His Descendants." According to the information available at that time, William Crain Sparks was born on June 14, 1798, in Tennessee and was thought to have been a son of a Richard and Mildred (Crain) Sparks. Data uncovered since the publication of that article indicate that the parents were not Richard and Mildred (Crain) Sparks, but were probably James and Nancy "Ann" Sparks of Franklin County, Georgia. The same data also show that the paternal grandparents of William Crain Sparks were Thomas and Amelia "Milly" Sparks who moved from Franklin County, Georgia, to Alabama about1820. Other children of Thomas and Milly Sparks were Elijah Sparks, Thomas Sparks, Jr., and John Sparks.

This article is concerned only with the descendants of a daughter of Colonel William C. Sparks and his first wife, Sarah (Reed) Sparks, who married IsaacCarter Spence. Her name was Martha Ann Sparks. A descendant of David Spence,Revolutionary War soldier and grandfather of Isaac Carter Spence, Mrs. LouiseBishop Fowler, of Longview, Texas, has done extensive research on the Spence family and plans to publish a book about that family. She has unselfishly given the data pertaining to the family of Martha Ann (Sparks) Spence to the Sparks Family Association, and we are grateful to her.)

Martha Ann Sparks, daughter of William Crain and Sarah (Reed) Sparks, was born on February 11, 1827, probably in Hardeman County, Tennessee. She died on December 31, 1858, at Wheelock, Robertson County, Texas, and was buried in the Arnett-Sparks Cemetery nearby. She married Isaac Carter Spence about 1841 in Texas. He wasborn about 1809 in Robertson County, Tennessee, and was a son of Thomas and Catherine (Carter) Spence. The Spence family moved to Illinois in the fall of 1828 and itwas there, on January 3, 1836, that Isaac Carter Spence married Mary Ann Keppenbury in Morgan County. They had at least one child, a son, Julius Gustavus Spence.

Nothing has been found to indicate what happened to the first marriage of Isaac or when he moved to Texas. He served on a jury in Brazos County in 1842 and he was appointed as a justice of the peace in 1844. As mentioned above, he married Martha Ann Sparks about 1841. He was a merchant in Robertson County, Texas, but after the Civil War ended, his business failed and he moved to Houston where hedied on August 14, 1867.

At the time of her marriage, Martha Ann Sparks received from her father the following: 5 cows, 5 calves, a horse, a saddle and a bridle. This was the apparent dowry he gave to each of his daughters. On July 5, 1846, he gave Martha Ann 500 acres from his Brazos County league, the consideration expressed being natural love and affection. The will of Martha Ann, dated December 18, 1857, was filed in Robertson County, Texas, on May 30, 1859. She named her husband as her sole executor and requested that her interest in the community property held jointly with him be divided into two equal shares, one of which she bequeathed to him. The remainder of her estate was to be divided into six equal parts which she devised to her stepson, Julius Gustavus Spence; to her sons, William Thomas Spence,Stephen Eugene Spence, and Belvedere Spence; and to her daughters, Hortense D. B. Spence and Frances Ione Spence.

Martha Ann further stipulated that her husband be appointed as guardian of the property and persons of her children, and as a codicil, she made provision that all of the expense of rearing and educating all six of the children should be reserved out of the community property before any division was made.

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Julius Gustavus Spence, son of Isaac Carter and Mary Ann (Keppenbury) Spence, and stepson of Martha Ann (Sparks) Spence, was born about 1836 in Illinois. He was probably the J. G. Spence listed on the 1880 census of Walker County, Texas, with his wife, Emily, age 35, and five children: Cora,l4; Maud, ll; Willis, 6; Gussie, 4; and Hortense, 1.

A. William Thomas Spence, son of Isaac andMartha Ann (Sparks) Spence, was born about 1842. Hedied at Vicksburg, Mississippi, during the CivilWar.Family tradition is that during a rest period, theConfederate soldiers were placing hats on sticks and holdingthem up to draw fire from the Union soldiers. William jumped up to replace a hat and was killed by a sniper. Another tradition is that his comrades, Ted Wilson and Sam Allen, became so interested in the letters he received from his sisters, Hortense and Ione, that they declared they were going to marry the girls although they had never met them.  This they did after the close of the war.
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B. Hortense de Beauharnaise Spence, daughter of Isaac and Martha Ann (Sparks) Spence, was born on February 5, 1848, at Wheelock, Texas. She died on June 18, 1878, at Houston and was buried there in the Glenwood Cemetery. She was married to Edward "Ted" Houston Wilson on June 15, 1865. He was born on July 25, 1840, at Baltimore, Maryland, and was a son of Peter and Mary (Warren) Wilson. Edward was a grocer. He died on May 28, 1918, and was buried in the Glenwood Cemetery. Six children were born to Ted and Hortense Wilson.
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Children of Edward H. and Hortense de Beauharnaise (Spence) Wilson:

1. Zanetta “Nettie” Paralee Wilson was born on July 2, 1866, at Houston. She married Wallace O’Leary there on November 5, 1884. He was born on March 1, 1863, and was a son of John and Martha Jane (Lee) O’Leary. He was associated with the railroad in his early life, but was a hotel manager at the time of his death in 1915. Nettie was a Presbyterian. She and Wallace had four children.
a.  Hortense O’Leary was born on July 15, 1887. She studied art in Atlanta and opened the first art studio in Houston. She married Thomas Coleman Born and they had two children: Hortense and Annette.
b.  Wallace Cauldwell O’Leary was born on July 30, 1891, at NewOrleans,La. He managed the Warwick Hotel in Houston from 1926 until his death in 1944. He married Frances Mason Dennis and they had two children, Susanna and Wallace, Jr.

c.  Lillian Ione O’Leary was born on November 24, 1896. She married Thomas Levin Powell. He was in the hotel business in Houston and San Antonio.  They had three children: Lillian Ione, Thomas Levin, and Eleanor Inez.

d.  Alice Lelia O’Leary was born on August 16, 1898. She married Fred W. McConkey, Jr., a rubber company executive, and they had one child, Fred, Jr.

2. Thomas Winfield Wilson was born on August 21, 1868, at Houston. He married Lelia Blake,a daughter of Eugene C. and Marylou (McQueen) Blake. Thomas was connected with the oil industry of Houston. He died on August 1, 1946, and Lelia died on June 26, 1970. They are buried in Olenwood Cemetery. They had two children:
a.  Edward Clifton “Clif” Wilson was born on July 13, 1891. He married Miriam Moore and they lived in Houston where Clif is chairman of the board of a stationery and printing firm. They have two children, Edward, Jr. and Carolyn Lelia.

b.  Wallace Daniel Wilson was born on July 13, 1893. He is chairman of the board of Wilson Industries. He married Elizabeth Barry and they have one child, Wallace S.

3.  Edward Houston Wilson was probably born about 1870. He married and had at least one child. We have no further information about him.
4.  Eugene Spence Wilson was born on August 21, 1873, and he died in 1927.  He never married.

5.  N. R. Wilson was born on December 12, 1875, and he died on November 21, 1878.

6.  Ione Fulton Wilson was born on June 8, 1878, and she died on July 1, 1878.C.  Frances Ione Spence, daughter of Isaac and Martha Ann (Sparks) Spence, was born on September 25, 1849, at Wheelock, Texas. She married Samuel Allen on February 20, 1867, at Houston. He was born on May 26, 1843, and was a son of George K. and Harriet Allen. Samuel was a Captain of Cavalry during the Civil War and after the war ended, he walked from Georgia to his home in Texas where he became an important figure in the lumber and logging business.  After the death of her husband in 1899, Frances moved to Portland, Oregon, where she died on September 23, 1927. She and Samuel had nine children, all born in Houston.

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Samuel and Frances lone (Spence) Allen were the parents of the following nine children:

1. Percy Allen was born on December 12, 1868. He died on April 21, 1949, Portland, Oregon. After attending the University of the South, he returned to his family’s lumber business. He was married three times. By his first wife, Ruth A. Dumble, he had one child.
a. Charlotte Mary Allen was born on June 13, 1893. She died on February 22, 1911.  After the death of his first wife in 1896, Percy Allen married (second) Mamie Scholibo and they had one child.
b. Sam Scholibo Allen was born on June 26, 1901. After studying forestry at Oregon State University, he continued in the lumber business. He was a talented musician. He married Louise Jacobsen and they had a daughter, Suzanne Marie. Manic (Scholibo) Allen died in 1906, and Percy Allen married (third) May Belle Eggeman. One child was born to this marriage.

c.  May Belle Allen was born on February 25, 1909. She married Dr. Ralph M. Prag and they had three children: John Allen, Gretchen Jane, and Susan Louise.

2.  Baltis Allen was born on December 2, 1870, and he died in October 1945.  He married (first) Annie May Bridewell and they had two children. He married (second) Winifred Chance. No children were born to the second marriage.
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            Children of Baltis and Annie May (Bridewell) Allen:

a. Baltis Allen, Jr. He was married three times.He had no children.
b. Bessie Allen. She married Lucien Butler. They had no children.
3. Hortense Allen, daughter of Samuel and Frances Ione (Spence) Allen, was born on July 6, 1873. She married Lee Bruce Menefee, Sr. They lived in Portland, Oregon, where Lee was in the lumber and milling business. They had five children.
a. Percy Lee Menefee was born about 1898. He married and had three children

b. Virginia Menefee.  She married and had a son.

c. Lee Bruce Menefee, Jr.  He married and had two daughters.

d. Edith Menefee was born in 1909. She married (1st) Ernie Johnson who was killed in a plane crash in 1957. She married (2d) M. L. Crimmons. Edith had two daughters.

e. Richard Allen Menefee. He married and had two sons.

4. Samuel Allen was born in 1876. He died in infancy.

5. Ione Allen was born on October 30, 1877, and she died in 1902. She married Edward Andrew Peden, an official in the Peden Iron and Steel Company of Houston. They had three children.

a. Edward D. Peden.

b. Allen V. Peden.

c. lone Peden. She married Birdwell Masterson.

6. George Allen was born in 1878. He died in infancy.

7. Eugene Allen was born on March 24, 1882, and died in 1946. He was in the lumber and milling business in Rainier, Oregon. He married Bernie Maynard and they had two children.

a. Ben Jean Allen. She married -----Smith.

b. Mary Jane Allen. She married ----- Brennan.

8. Jennie Nettie Allen was born on May 24, 1884, and died on June 13, 1962. She married Edward G. Bleker and they had one child.
a. Hortense Alice Bleker was born on June 15, 1904. She married Luther 0. Lemon.
9. Ruth Lelia Allen was born on December 30, 1888, and she died on May 27, 1955. She was a talented singer and studied voice, opera, and piano in Berlin, Germany, for four years. She married John Vassie, a native of Edinburg, Scotland, and they had one child.
a. Cecelia Vassie was born on October 31, 1914. She married Wendell E. Kent and they had three children: Larry Edward, David Allen, and John Paul.
D.  Stephen Eugene Spence, son of Isaac and Martha Ann (Sparks) Spence, was born on November 9, 1852, at Wheelock, Texas. He died on December 12, 1906,at Houston, On February 1, 1875, he married Sarah Ann Perkins. She was born on February 1, 1857, and was a daughter of Henry E. and Ann (Wrigley) Perkins. Stephen and Sarah Arm lived on a sheep ranch near Morgan, Texas, later moving to Houston. They were the parents of eight children.

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Children of Stephen Eugene and Sarah Ann (Perkins) Spence:

1. Annie Ione Spence was born on February 6, 1876, and she died on May 29, 1959. She married William Edward Hornbuckle on June 30, 1898. He was a son of Wyley Hornbuckle. He served as an official of a Houston bank.  Annie and William had two children.

a. John Spence Hornbuckle was born on November 9, 1901. He married Margaret K. Shearn and they had one child, John Spence Hornbuckle, Jr.

b. William Edward Hornbuckle was born on April 12, 1905. He married Grace Palmer and they had three children: William E., Jr., Thomas Stephen, and Catliryn Carmen.

2. Mamie Fannie Spence was born on May 30, 1878, and she died on August 17, 1962. She married Dr. Wallace N. Shaw on November 22, 1899, and they had two children.
a. Sarah Agnes Shaw was born on March 6, 1906. She married Stanley C. Hornsby, an Austin, Texas, attorney. They had one child, Joan.
b. Hampton Lee Shaw was born on July 15, 1910. He married Jesse Jean Jeter and they lived at Freeport, Texas, where he is a dentist. They had three children: Mary Jean, Patricia Lucile, and Wallace Nelson.
3. William Henry Erastus Spence was born on December 7, 1879; he died on January 24, 1885.
4. Julius Gustavus "Jewell" Spence was born on April 8, 1884. He was a dentist in Houston. He married (first) Frances H. Roussel and they had one child. He married (second) Gertrude -----.
a. Frances Ione Spence was born on January 6, 1909. She married Harold B. Kirkham and they had two children, Frances Ione and Harold Spence.
5. Ella Spence was born on August 8, .1886, and died on October 24, 1886.

6. Stephen Eugene Spence, Jr. was born on March 13, 1890; he died on April 9, 1890.

7. Edward Lorraine Spence was born on April 24, 1892; he died on June 25, 1892.

8. Jack Sampson Spence was born on September 5, 1897; he died on September 25, 1897.

E. Belvedere Brooks Spence, son of Isaac and Martha Ann (Sparks) Spence, was born about 1855. He was killed by a horse when in his youth.

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(Copied by Frances Woods, 1964)

John Rainwater to Mary E. Sparks, November 27, 1853 George Sparks to Elizabeth Litteral, July 21, 1853

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It is with deep personal sadness and regret that your President and Editor report the sudden death of William Perry Johnson on October 17, 1980. Mr. Johnson was one of the founders of The Sparks Family Association and served from 1953 until his death as the Association’s Historian-Genealogist.

William Perry Johnson was born on May 16, 1918, on a farm near Fairmount (Grant County) Indiana, the son of Carter Guy and Mary Evelyn (Seale) Johnson. His interest in genealogy began when he was only 16 years old (in 1934). He traced his paternal ancestry to Charles Johnson who married Susannah Sparks, daughter of Solomon Sparks, in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1784. Charles and Susannah (Sparks) Johnson were his great-great-great-great-grandparents.

In 1936, Mr. Johnson moved to North Carolina where many of his ancestors had lived in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries. He used to joke that he was probably the only 18-year-old in American history who ever ran away from home to search for his ancestors.

Mr. Johnson served in the United States Army from June 1942 until October 1943, advancing from private to staff sergeant. He was discharged because of health problems. He then settled in Los Angeles where he graduated cum laude in 1950 from Los Angeles City College. He studied for an additional year at Los Angeles State College. While in the Army, Mr. Johnson was married on July 23, 1943, to Della Florence Hinshaw. They had one child, a daughter named Rosemary, who was born November 1, 1944.

While attending college, Mr. Johnson continued his genealogical research and published his first major work in 1951, the Hiatt-Hiett Genealogy and Family History, 1699 -1949, comprising over 1,000 pages.

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