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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association
 Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 N. Hite Ave., Louisville 6, Kentucky
 Oral A. Sparks, Vice—President, R.F.D., Clio, Iowa
 Melva (Sparks) Bidlack, Sec’y.—Treas., 1131 Granger Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich.
 William Perry Johnson, Historian—Genealogist, Box 531, Raleigh, N.C.
 Russell E. Bidlack, Editor, 1131 Granger Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Membership in The Sparks Family Association is open to all persons connected in any way with the Sparks family, whether by blood, marriage, or adoption, and especially to those interested in genealogical and historical research. Membership falls into three classes: Active, Contributing, and Sustaining. Active membership dues are one dollar per year; Contributing membership dues are two dollars per year; and Sustaining membership dues are any amount over two dollars. All members, whether Active, Contributing, or Sustaining, receive THE SPARKS QUAPTERLY as it is published in March, June, September, and December. Libraries, genealogical and historioal societies, and individuals may subscribe to the QUARTERLY, without joining the Association, at the rate of one dollar per year. flack issues are kept in print and are available for twenty-five cents per issue. 


Paul E. Sparks, President of The Sparks Family Association, whose picture is featured on the cover of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY for this issue, was recently awarded his Doctor of Education degree at the University of Indiana. We are all very proud of Paul’s accomplishment, particularly in view of the fact that his thesis is a practical and timely contribution to knowledge, for it is a study of the teaching of reading in our modern schools. In the August 12, 1956, issue of the Louisville Courier-Journal appeared an article by Jean Howerton summarizing Paul’s findings. We are privileged to quote from this article:

“Emphasis on phonetics does not make better readers of children, Dr. Paul E. Sparks has found. And this, he says, is a major victory for educators in the parent-vs.-teacher controversy over how children should be taught to read. Sparks, principal of Lannie Lee Frayser School, made a four-year study of two groups of children. One group of 418 pupils at Frayser was taught to read by the phonetics method. Another group of 406 at Ellen C. Semple School was taught by the widely used ‘conventional’ method, sometimes called the sight method. The latter method includes training in phonetics, but does not emphasize it.

“Sparks wrote his study in thesis form as a requirement for a doctor-of-education degree at Indiana University. He has just received his degree. He found that at the end of the fourth grade there was no significant difference between the two groups in comprehension, vocabulary, speed, or spelling. However, the group taught by the sight method ‘appeared to be superior to the other group in the accuracy with which they read.’

“Here is an explanation of the two methods: Phonetics: Letters and groups of letters aro used to get the pronunciation of a word. A child, therefore, learns parts of words before he learns the whole word. He learns the alphabet--the names and sounds of letters, vowels, and consonants. Then he reads. Sight method: The pupil learns words as a whole, not in parts, so that he can recognize them on sight without stopping to figure them out. After he has learned 50 to 100 words, he begins to learn about ocnsonants and vowels.


“Sparks found at the end of the first grade, pupils taught phonetics were superior in comprehension and vocabulary to those taught by the sight method. There is a possibility, he said, that the text used favored the group that had more phonetic training. At the end of the second grade, pupils taught phonetics showed superiority in comprehension, but there was no significant difference in vocabulary. Sparks says the explanation for this is probably that near the end of the first grade and later the sight method places more emphasis on phonetics. At the end of the third grade, neither group showed a significant difference in performance, except that a slow learning group taught by the sight method showed slight superiority in comprehension over slow learners in the other group. ‘It seems apparent' concludes Sparks, ‘that, with the exception of reading accuracy, the two methods of teaching reading produced approximately the same end results within the limits of the reading tests used in the study.

“Sparks said that for years the values of phonetic training have been debated. Much of the controversy has concerned whether it is worth while to spend the extra time required to teach phonetics. He believes his study is ‘the answer’ to Rudolf Flesch, who aroused the country two years ago with his book, Why Johnny Can’t Read. Flesch maintained Johnny couldn’t read because he hadn’t been taught properIy--by phonetics. Incidentally, Sparks began his study before Flesch’s book was published.

“Sparks, 46, a native of Louisa, Ky., has taught in Louisville schools 21 years. He has been at Frayser eight years and before that was principal of Emet Field four years. He also has taught at Western Junior High, J. Stoddard Johnston, and James Russell Lowell. He began his teaching career in Lawrence County. He has a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State College and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.  He served four years in the Air Force and was discharged as a captain. He lives at 155 N. Hite with his wife, and son, 11.

“Sparks began work on his doctorate in 1951, attending school mostly in the summer. He took a sabbatical leave in the spring of 1955 and was at I.U. for eight months. He was president of the Louisville Principals Club in 1949 and is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, honorary education fraternity. He is the only City school principal with a doctorate.”



On May 16, 1956, death came to one of the Association’s most active and enthusiastic members, Ernest Richard Sparks of San Augustine, Texas. It is with deep personal sadness that your Editor writes this obituary for he had been corresponding with Mr. Sparks and was gathering material for an article on his ancestry for an early issue of the QUARTERLY. Ernest R. Sparks had provided funds for extensive research in South Carolina and Texas records which added a large amount of Sparks history to the Association’s files. This material is making it possible for a number of other members to trace their ancestry. Mr. Sparks had also contributed generously to the Association and had arranged for all seven of his children to become members. A recent letter from his widow, Audra Eva (Ford) Sparks, contains the following statement: “My husband was so proud of belonging to The Sparks Family Association and was so interested in tracing his family.”

Ernest Richard Sparks was born Dec. 13, 1890, at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, the fifth child of Samuel Lawrence and Frances E. (Freeland) Sparks. When he was about six years old the family moved to a farm in Texas. When he was eighteen, he began writing life insurance and also taught singing  [in] schools throughout East Texas and Louisiana.


As the years passed he became increasingly successful in the insurance field and for several years was State Representative of National Life Insurance Company, being one of their top salesmen.

In 1935 Mr. Sparks established his own insurance firm, calling it the Home Life Association. Located in San Augustine, this company gradually grew in size and importance until by 1955 it had become the largest Local Mutual Aid in the State of Texas. At the end of 1955 the Home Life Association was able to report a total of 24,000 satisfied members, with a surplus fund of over $375,000.00. Over $4,000,000.00 worth of new insurance was written by the firm in 1954 and 1955.

Ernest R. Sparks was a kind, friendly man who never boasted of his success; he was hard-working and humble. His widow has described him as a man who made friends wherever he went. “He always looked for the good instead of the bad, and to the richest and to the poorest he always had a kind word and a smile.”

Mr. Sparks contributed freely of his time to many worthy causes. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the San Augustine Salvation Army Chapter for many years and was still a member of the Board when he died. He served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the San Augustine Independent School District for a number of years and was active in that work during the building of the present elementary building and the gymnasium in San Augustine. He was active in the promotion of sports and had much influence in establishing the school’s athletic program and band.

Mr. Sparks was active in the Methodist Church and for a number of years served on the Board of Stewards. He was an active member in the Redland Lodge No. 3 A. F. & A. M. In the Blue Lodge he had served as Worshipful Master, District Deputy Grand Master, and Secretary. In the Chapter he had served as Excellent High Priest and Grand Visitor. In the Council he had served as Thrice Illustrious Master and Grand Visitor. In the Commandry he had served as Secretary and Treasurer. That he was a faithful mason is an understatement.

On July 25, 1914, when he was twenty-three, Ernest R. Sparks was married to Audra Eva Ford who was born Feb. 5, 1894, in Bronson, Texas, the daughter of Robert Lee and Pinkie (Baldree) Ford, Seven children were born to this union, all in San
Augustine, as follows:

(1) Beeman R. Sparks, born Nov. 29, 1915, married Gertha Williams Oct. 5, 1940; sho was born in San Augustine County, Texas, Apr. 19, 1921. They have two children, Cornelia Ann Sparks born in San Augustine Apr. 24, 1941, and John Richard Sparks born in San Augustine Jan. 10, 1943.

(2) Dixie Marie Sparks, born May 2, 1917, married Wyman W. Roberts Aug. 2, 1939; he was born in Coffeville, Alabama, May 25, 1916, and passed away Sept. 15, 1950. They had no children. Marie is now married to Charles Pasco Lawrence who was born July 15, 1925; they were married Mar. 13, 1952, and have no children.

(3) Frances Kathleen Sparks, born Mar. 5, 1919, married Paul Bryan Weaver Sept. 30, 1939; he was born in Garrison, Texas, Jan. 27, 1908. They have one child, Ernestine Paula, born in Nacogdoches, Texas, Jan. 11, 1944.

(4) Hugh Bernice Sparks, born Aug. 27, 1920, married Anna Inez King Dec. 7, 1946; she was born in Hemphill, Texas, Jan. 30, 1926. They have two children, Deborah Ann Sparks born Apr. 7, 1952, in Nacogdoches, Texas, and Hugh Bernice Sparks, Jr., born Mar. 27, 1955, in Minden, Louisiana.

(5) Ernest LeRoy Sparks, born Mar. 26, 1922, married Agnes Marie Williams Jan. 30, 1946; she was born in San Augustine County, Texas, Jan. 14, 1928. They have one child, Stephen Randal Sparks, born Feb. 4, 1949, in Lufkin, Texas.

(6) Betty Jean Sparks, born Jan. 4, 1928, married Baxter Polk Cartwright, Jr., Feb. 9, 1946. Baxter Polk was born in San Augustine Dee. 20, 1924. They have two children, Ford Sparks Cartwright born Aug. 26, 1947, in Center, Texas, and Kalitah Bernice Cartwright born in Center, Texas, Aug. 3, 1950.

(7) Claudine Sparks, born July 10, 1931, married James Robert Selden Feb. 4, 1949; he was born in Palestine, Texas, Apr. 13, 1926. They have one child, Robert Zachary Selden born Mar. 28, 1950, in Center, Texas.

The parents of Ernest F. Sparks were Samuel Lawrence and Frances E. (Freeland) Sparks.  They were married Jan. 2, 1881, at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, Frances being the daughter of James A. and Amanda (Salter) Freeland. She was born Dec. 27, 1860, in De Sota Parish, Louisiana, and died July 24, 1930, in San Augustine. Samuel Lawrence Sparks was born March 31, 1856, in Henderson County, Tennessee, and died Jan. 10, 1929, in East Hamilton, Texas. Samuel Lawrence and Frances B. (Freeland) Sparks were the parents of the following children: (All except Webster and Syble were born at Pleasant Hill, La.; Webster and Syble were born at East Hamilton, Texas.
(1) Louis Ollie Sparks, born Dec. 3, 1881, died Sept. 16, 1952. He married Grace Cox.
(2) Alva Reeves Sparks, born June 28, 1884. He married Mattie Taylor Oct. 1, 1908.
(3) Eula Reeves Sparks, born Sept. 12, 1886. She married Tom Giles.
(4) Ever Sparks, born Sept. 30, 1888.
(5) Ernest Richard Sparks, born Dec. 13, 1890, died Klay 16, 1956.
(6) Henry H. Sparks, born March 28, 1894. He married Effie Fussell.
(7) webster F. Sparks, born June 13, 1899. He married Marjorie Wilburn.
(8) Syble Lee Sparks, born Nov. 29, 1904. She married James Garner.

The grandparents of Ernest R. Sparks were Laurence Ivan and Elizabeth (Prince) Sparks. Mr. Sparks did not have a very complete record of his grandfather and was anxious to obtain more information on his life and ancestors. Research into various records has revealed that Lawrence Ivan Sparks (he was known by his contemporaries as “Ivey”) was born in Georgia, but by 1840 was living with his parents, Lloyd and Rebecca Sparks, in Union County, South Carolina.

The exact date of birth of Lawrence Ivan Sparks has not been determined--his age was given on the 1850 census as 17, which, if correct, would indicate that he was born about 1833. Other records indicate that he may have been born a few years earlier. Soon after 1850, Lawrence Ivan Sparks married Elizabeth Prince, daughter of Joseph Franklin and Millie (Barnet) Prince. Elizabeth was considerably older than Lawrence Ivan for she was born in 1820. Joseph F. Prince, Elizabeth’s father, died April 11, 1842, as a result of falling out of a boat in the Tyger River in Union County, S.C. Elizabeth’s mother, Milley Barnet, was the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Barnet. Milley married, as her first husband, Abel Putman and it was after his death that she married Joseph F. Prince. The 1850 census indicates that the Lloyd Sparks family and Milley Prince’s family lived on adjoining farms in Union County. Milley Prince died in 1864. On Dec. 22, 1854, Lawrence and Elizabeth (Prince) Sparks sold to Elizabeth’s brother, Gist Prince, Elizabeth’s share of her father’s estate. Gist Prince paid $100 for Elizabeth’s share. This land was described as lying on Tyger River bounded by lands belonging to John Cain, Elisha Easters, the Rev. Thomas Ray and John Prince.

Lawrence Ivan Sparks and his wife moved from Union County, S.C., to Henderson County, Tenn., about 1856. Several other members of his family, including his parents, had moved to Henderson County earlier. From Tennessee, Lawrence Ivan Sparks moved to Shelby County, Texas, where on March 25, 1863, he enlisted in the Confederate Army (Company A, 28th Texas Cavalry). Discharged at the close of the war, Lawrence Ivan Sparks traded his home and about 300 acres of land near Buena Vista Post Office in


Shelby County for a team of horses and a wagon and took his family to Louisiana. He settled near the tovm of Pleasant Hill in De Sota County. He appeared on the 1880 census of’ De Sota County giving his age as 54; he stated that his parents had been born in South Carolina while he had been born in Georgia. About 1896 he returned to Shelby County, Texas, where he settled near the town of East Hamilton. There he died in April, 1910, His wife, Elizabeth, died in 1899 in Patroon, Texas.

Lawrence Ivan and Elizabeth (Prince) Sparks had two children besides Samuel Lawrence (father of Ernest Richard Sparks). They were: Ellen Sparks, born about 1852, who married a Smith, and Lugenia Sparks, born about 1854, who married an Adams. Both of these daughters were born in South Carolina before the family moved to Tennessee.

Lloyd Sparks, great-grandfather of Ernest R. Sparks and father of Lawrence Ivan Sparks, was born about 1796. By occupation he was a farmer, or “planter” as he was described in the 1850 census. Both Lloyd and his wife, Rebecca, were born in South Carolina, probably in Union County, but after their marriage they apparently moved to Georgia where their children were born. By 1840, however, they were living in Union County, S.C. On the 1850 census, Lloyd Sparks’s age was given as 53 and Rebecca’s as 51; on the 1860 census, Lloyd’s age was siven as 64 and Rebecca’s as 63.

The only record of Lloyd Sparks purchasing land in Union County, S.C., is a deed dated June 5, 1850, by which he purchased 216 acres for $1404 from J. R. Starnes. The deed was witnessed by John Gibbs and T. B. Thomson. The land is described as being located on “Sparks Creek” and “bounded by lands of Hiram Wilbourn, the heirs of Joseph Prince, Marshall Barnette, James Johnson and the said Starnes.”

Lloyd and Rebecca Sparks were members of the Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church in Union County. A member of  The Sparks Family Association, Mr. Claude E. Sparks of Union, S.C., is Church Historian of this Church and has very kindly searched the records for references to the Sparks family. He found that Rebecca Sparks was received “by letter” into the Church in April 14, 1849. Between Sept. 29, 1849, and Oct. 11, 1849, Lloyd Sparks “was received into the fellowship of the Church by experience and baptism,” along with his sons, Thomas Sparks and James C. Sparks. (Census records indicate that these two sons of Lloyd were aged 22 and 21, respectively, in 1850, while Lloyd’s other four sons were under 21 and hence ineligible for membership in the Baptist Church at that time.) On Oct. 18, 1851, Letters of Dismission were granted by the Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church to “Brother Loyd Sparks and his wife, Rebecca Sparks, also to his two scns, Thomas Sparks and James C. Sparks.”

The reason for the issuance of this “Letter of Dismission” was obviously to enable Lloyd Sparks and his family to become members of a church in another community; we may assume, therefore, that it was in 1851 that the family moved from Union County. In 1860 Lloyd Sparks and three of his sons were living in Henderson County, Tenn., the place to which they had probably moved in 1851. Unfortunately, the court house in Henderson County burned a number of years ago making it virtually impossible to learn whether Lloyd Sparks bought or sold land there or whether his estate was probated in that county. He was not listed in the 1870 census of Henderson County.

Besides his son Lawrence Ivan Sparks, Lloyd Sparks seems to have had five other sons, but no daughters; (this conclusion is based upon census records). The 1840 census, which listed only the head of the family by name, indicated that two sons were born between 1825 and 1830, three sons between 1830 and 1835, and one son between 1835 and 1340. The 1850 census gave the ages of the six sons as fellows: (1) Thomas, 22; (2) James Callaway, 21; (3) Elijah, 19; (4) Lawrence Ivan, 17; (5) B. Marion, 15; (6) Washington Berry, 13. Anyone having further knowledge of this family is requested to write to the Editor.



In an ancient trunk in the attic of many an old house are to be found family papers dating back many years--the records which our grandparents carefully preserved for one reason or another. Frequently these faded manuscripts have a story to tell which not only illuminates history but often reveals family relationships otherwise unknown. All too often these papers are deliberately destroyed by careless descendants who fail to recognize their historical value.  It is hoped that members of the Sparks Family Association will never be guilty of this sort of negligence.

Harry L. Sparks of Milton, Kentucky, has carefully preserved several documents which have been handed down in his family, the oldest being a contract which was penned nearly a century and a half ago. It is an agreement entered into by Martin Sparks (great-grandfather of Harry L. Sparks) and a wealthy planter of Madison County, Ky., named Green Clay. Because this agreement should make fascinating reading for anyone interested in American history, it is presented below word for word, except that capitalization and punctuation have been modernized.

Martin Sparks was the son of Humphrey and Milly (Nalle) Sparks (see pp. 136-37 of the June, 1956, issue of the Quarterly) and was born about 1780. His parents migrated from Virginia to Scott County, Kentucky, in 1795 and it is not illogical to assume that Martin came with them. By 1800, however, Martin Sparks was living in Woodford County, Ky., (his name appears on an August 1800 tax list) and the following year he married Catty Middleton in Woodford County (the marriage bond is dated Oct. 3, 1801, with Lewis Sullivan as bondsman). The 1810 census of Kentucky lists Martin Sparks as living in Madison County, Ky., with four sons under ten years of age. By 1826 he had moved from Madison County to Owen County, Ky., where his parents had settled earlier, for en April 10, 1826, Martin Sparks purchased from William Marston for $500 a tract of land “at the mouth of Sparks Spring Branch.” (Owen County Deed Book B, p. 274) He is described in this deed as “of Owen County.”

Martin Sparks died in Owen County early in 1849--he made his will on Jan. 18, 1849, and it was probated in April of that year. He left two-thirds of his estate to his son, Abraham Gregory Sparks, and the other third to his daughter, Milly Sparks. Milly also received a horse “called Davy Crockett.” (The witnesses to this will were W. H. Smither and Robert Smither.) Martin Sparks made no mention of his wife in his will and it is assumed that she had died earlier. Whether there were other children than the two named who survived infancy is not known, although Harry L. Sparks believes that there was a son named Humphrey. Abraham Gregory Sparks (grandfather of Harry L. Sparks) was born about 1810 (his age is given as 50 on the 1860 census) and he died July 18, 1886, in Owen County. In 1858 he married a widow named Sarah Francis (Martin) Moore (she died in 1875) and had children: (1) Martin Sparks, born 1859, died 1860; (2) Sarah Sparks, born 1863, died 1940; and (3) John Abraham Sparks, born 1863,

The document which follows is dated Oct. 2, 1810, and from the contents it is apparent that Martin Sparks was living in Madison County, Ky., at the time it was written. Green Clay (1757-1826), with whom Martin Sparks signed this contract, was one of the wealthiest men in Kentucky during the early part of the nineteenth century. He had migrated to Kentucky from Virginia in 1781 and there studied surveying. He was soon in great demand as a surveyor and, as was the custom of that day, he exacted a half of the land called for by the warrants he surveyed. As a result of his sagacity and good business sense, he amassed a fortune and settled in Madison County. There he built the first hewn log-house in that county on the uplands of Tate’s and Jack’s Creeks near the Kentucky River. Later he built a mansion near the cabin and turned the cabin over to his overseer. In 1813, as a major-general in the state militia, he led 3,000 Kentuckians to the relief of General Harrison at Fort Meigs in Ohio and


afterwards succeeded in beating off an attack by General Proctor and Tecumseh. Thus he proved himself as effective a soldier as a man of business.

The following document is of historioal interest because it reveals the manner in which a wealthy slave owner managed one of his farms through an overseer. Green Clay is said to have been much ahead of his time in introducing more modern farming techniques, a fact which this contract illustrates.

Articles Between Green Clay & Martin Sparks

The said Sparkes undertakes to do the said Clays busaines as an Overseer where he now lives for the term of five years, to commence the first day of next January; to have under him the same hands, to wit, Peter, Stephen, Henry, Adam, Spencer, Lender & Clary--alsc Hannah to cook for the negroes & milk so that no time be lost on that account by the hands under him; put in the orop & what time Hannah has to spare over cooking & milking she is to spin one pound for Sparkes & six for Clay; & Clay is to put 12 head of horses at least there & not over 24; for every six head Clay puts, Sparks is to put one, & they are to be feed together out of the crop, there is to be no differenoe paid to them in care nor feeding & all to run togather in the pasture but none in the fields, winter and summer, without the consent of both parties; & these horses are to fare alike in all respects. Near New Years day Sparks is to furnish one seventh part of as many sheep, hogs & cattle as Clay hath on that plantation, & in that proportion of vallue, into a general stock; this stock is to be keep & feed [i.e.kept and fed ] out of the crop of corn, hay, fodder & oats; the hogs are to be fattened yearly & then divided by weight, so also the beeves as they are fattened or sold are to be divided, Clay to have six parts, Sparks one. The wool of the sheep are to be divided in the same way. Any loss of sheep, hogs or cattle are to be the loss of the general stock or fund.

Clay is to furnish as many as four work horses if necessary & an ox cart & Sparks is to brake two yoaks of oxen out of the stock before they are thrown into a general fund and keep that many allways on sd place for the use of the farm out of Clay’s stock. There is to be no division of corn, fodder, hay [or] oats but that part of the crop is to be appropriated to the support of the place, to wit, the corn to bread, black & white, the ballance to be stilled, and any oats, hay [or] fodder over feeding the stock to he sold & the money divided according to each partys proportion.

All the Rye & Corn over what is necessary for the usual seeding is to be stilled if possible, but if any cannot be stilled it is to be sold & the money divided as aforesaid. All the grain got by tole at the horse mill is to be applyed as a part of the crop & so divided. Sparks is to have one seventh part of all the crop of every description made for market, to wit, tobacco, hemp, flax, cotton, whisky, brandy, cider, cider royal, sugar, & other things as aforesaid, pears & perry. Sparks is to carry on the destillery there as here to fore until said Clay shall build a mill & erect a destillery on Tates Creek; then all the grain is to be taken there to Tates Cr. & stilled. While stilling at Sparkes’s he is to have the stills supplyed with chops & wood & do all the planters part, with his hands, & also all fixing; the stiller, if one is hired, is to be paid according to each man’s proportion. When the destillery is set up at Tates Creek, Sparks is to take all his grain for stilling there & to cut & hawl his proportion of wood & vessells to the stillhouse, that is, if Clay has more grain stilled there than Sparks raises, in that case, the partnership hogs at Sparks’s are to be sent to the Tates Creek destillery annually to eat the slop in proportion to Clays other hogs & grain sent from other plantations.

Clay is to have a house covered with shingles on the hill for Sparks's family hut Sparks is to do the other part with his hands.


At the end of the said five years the stock of cattle, hogs & sheep are to be divided according to each proportion. The negro men hereby put under Sparks are to assist in diging the mill race at a leasure time from the crop when the destillery shall be erected at Tates Creek. Clay is to find a miller to attend the mill but such hands as necessary to still the grain that Sparks sends there are to be found out of Sparks’ hands put under him, & if a stiller is hired to manage the destillery at Tates Creek, Sparks is to pay his proportion of his hire while stilling his grain. Whenever a wagon is needed at Sparks’s plantation, he is to have one. The four work horses are to be out of Clay’s part of horses. Should any of the negroes die in the said five years Clay is to put [manuscript torn] their place at the end of that year that they shall die & the said Clay has the priviledge of selling Peter & Spencer & putting another good hand in their places.

October 2d 1810
Test                                                                                                                   [signed] Green Clay
Mary Clay                                                                                                         [signed] Martin Sparks

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(Continued from Vol. III, No. 1, Whole No. 7, page 61)

[Editor’s note: In the following documents, which were copied by the Editor from a microfilm copy of the originals, capitalization and punctuation have been modernized for the sake of clarity, but no changes have been made in spelling or content. The file number given to the application papers of John Sparks in The National Archives is 1910. He was granted a pension on 28 July 1818 under an act of Congress dated 18 March 1818. Under this act pensions were granted only to the most needy veterans of the Revolution. John Sparks received $20.00 per month from 23 March 1818 until his death 30 April 1826. Little has been learned regarding John Sparks besides the data in his application. In 1927 Mrs. Sam Bretch of 1005 West 18th St., Oklahoma City, Okla., wrote to the Bureau of Pensions regarding this John Sparks and stated that from other information which she had it appeared that John Sparks had married twice and that he had a daughter named Nancy who married George Beal. Minnie Beal Miller of 611 No. Drake Ave., Fullerton, Calif., gave similar information in 1939. According to data compiled by Mrs. Leonard T. Harris, 72 West 14th Place, Chicago Heights, Ill., Nancy Sparks, daughter of John, was born about 1764 and died in Jan. 1854 in Guernsey County, Ohio, at the home of her son, Isaac Seal. Anyone having additional information on the family of John Sparks is requested to write to the Editor.]

District of New-Jersey, SS.
Salem Inferior Court of Common Pleas, June Term, 1820.
        On this 14th day of June 1820 personally appeared, in open Court, before the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Salem in the state of New- Jersey, being a Court of Record, proceeding according to the course of the common law, having jurisdiction unlimited in point of amount and keeping records of its proceedings, and possessing the power of ---?--- and ---?---, JOHN SPARKS, aged 63 years, resident in Upper Acreek [?] in said county, who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary war as follows: in Captain Faulkner’s company to Canada in 1776 and in the Revolutionary Army under Captain John B. Cummins as first lieutenant, 2d Regiment, commanded by Colonel Israel Shreeve, Jersey line; after the Battle of Germantown promoted to a captain in the same regiment and line; that he has received a pension certificate No. 1910.


And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March, 1818, and that I have not, since that time, by gift, sale, or in any manner, disposed of my property, or any part thereof, with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled “An Act to Provide for Certain Persons Engaged in the Land and Naval Service of the United States in the Revolutionary War,” passed on the 18th day of March 1818; and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me, any property, or securities, contracts, or debts, due to me; nor have I any income other than what is contained in the schedule following, and by me subscribed.
9 chairs, 2 pine tables, 1 doughtray, andirons, shovel & tongs
2 iron pots, 1 bake iron, lot of blockinware, 2 candle sticks
2 pigs, 1 tea kittle, 1 frying pan, 1 tub, 3 pales, 1 cupboard 
1 ax, 1 candle stand, 1 looking glass, 1 cedar tub, I pine chest & books 
  3.62 1/2
  5.62 1/2
                                                                                                                        [signed]  John Sparks

That he is by occupation a carpenter but from bodily infirmity he is not able to obtain a living without assistance; that his family consists of himself aged 63 years, his wife Sarah aged 50 years, infirm and unable to labor, one daughter named Sarah Ann aged 13 years.
                                                                                                                        [signed] John Sparks

Sworn to and declared on the 14th
day of June before Jerediah Dubois,
Presiding Judge of Salem Court.

I, James Newell, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Salem in the state of New Jersey, do hereby certify that the foregoing oath and the schedule thereunder written, are truly copied from the record of the said Court; and I do further certify that it is the opinion of the said Court that the total amount in value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is twenty-two dollars and no cents. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court on this 28th day of July 1820.
                                                                                                                        [signed] James Newell

To the Honourable J. C, Calhoon, Secretary of the War Department, Pension Office.
    State of New Jersey
    Gloucester County, Ss.
An application to obtain a pension for service rendered the United States.

Be it made known that before me, James Matlack, one of the Judges of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas in & for the County & State aforesaid, personly appeared John Sparks, a native of the County & State aforesaid, aged sixty-one years last March, who being duly sworn upon the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God, did depose, declare & say that from his reduced circumstances he needs the assistance of his country for support. That he served in the War of the Revolution, on the Continental Establishment, about three years; that he entered the service as an ensign in Captain Wm. Fortiner’s company in the Second Regiment, New Jersey Line, commanded by Colonel Wm. Maxwell, in the year seventeen hundred & seventy seven or thereabout; that he resigned his comision [sic] & gave it up to the said Wrn. Maxwell (then a general) who accepted the same & gave this deponent a discharge from the Army about the year seventeen hundred & eighty, which discharge is lost or mislaid; this deponent further saith that on his march to Quebec with the Army he was promoted to second leutenant [sic] & after his return he was appointed first lieutenant & during the


time the British was in Philadelphia this deponent was promoted & appointed captain of a company in the Second Regiment under the command of Colonel Israel Shreeve & inlisted about fifty men in the town of Woodbury, County and State aforesaid, for the Army, and remained in the service untill about the time the British left New York for Little York.

Sworn and subscribed this twenty-third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, before me at Woodbury.
 [signed] James Matlack                                                                                     [signed] John Sparks

[There follows the usual certification of the Judge’s signature by the Clerk of the Court, Thomas Hendry.]

State of New Jersey
Burlington County, Ss.
        Before one Thomas Adams, one of the Judges of said County, appeared Capt. Samuel Hendry of the Revolutionary Army, residing in that city of Burlington, & being duly sworn deposeth that he was an officer in the Second Regt. of Continental forces raised in the Autumn of 1775 in New Jersey, whereof William Maxwell was colonel; that John Sparks of the County of Gloucester in said State, was a subaltern officer in Capt. Faulkner’s company, in said regt., & that the said John Sparks continued in service from the raising of the said regt. untill the summer of seventeen hundred & seventy eight, & further this deponent saith not.

Sworn the 15 June 1818 before me [signed] Samuel Hendry

        [signed] Thos. Adams, Judge

[There follows the usual certification of the Judge’s signature by the Clerk of the Court, Joseph McIlvaine.]

[The following statement appears at the bottom of the above document:]

It appears from the within deposition of Capt. Samuel Hendry that John Sparks was an officer in 1775 & continued untill the Summer of 1778, and by a return of the commanding officers in the New Jersey Brigade, signed by Genl. Maxwell, it appears that John Sparks is returned in Feb. 5, 1778, a captain in the 2d Regt. I knew John Sparks, a subaltern in Capt. Falkner’s company in 1775. Capt. Falkner died near Ticonderoga, on the march to Canada in 1775-6. Capt. Sparks was near three years in the N. Jersey Line of Continental Forces.
                                                                                                                        {signed] J. B. Bromfield
                                                                                                                                     July 7, 1818.

[On the back of the following document appears this statement:"Doctr Elmer’s certificate. D. Elmer was Surgen of the 2d Regt. in 1777 & 1778, &c.”]

State of New Jersey, Cumberland County.
 I do hereby certify that I knew John Sparks of Woodbury in this State as an officer of the Second Regiment in the New Jersey Line of troops in the Revolutionary Army; that he first served as an ensign & was promoted through the different grades to a captain previous to his resignation; that I cannot recollect the precise period of his resignation, but I am fully persuaded that he served in the different capacities nearly if not fully three years.
                                                                                                                        [signed] Eben. Elmer
                                                                                                                                     June 8th 1818.



In the September, 1955, issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY we reported the death of William Granvil Sparks. We must now report the death of his widow, Mrs. Estella (Morse) Sparks who passed away on June 22, 1956, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Wallin of Grant, Nebraska.

Mrs. Sparks was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Morse and was born August 31, 1874, at Belleville, Wisc. She was eighty-one years old at the time of her death. At an early age she moved with her parents, brother and sister by covered wagon to Kansas and later to Faulkton, S.D. When still a small girl she was baptized in a river near Faulkton and joined the Methodist Church to which faith she remained a faithful member until her death. At Easter time of this year she was presented her fifty year membership pin of the church at Soottsbluff which was her home.

From Dakota the family moved to Beatrice, Nebr., and on March 7, 1894, she was united in marriage to William Granvil Sparks at Beatrioe. Eight children were born to this union: Mrs. Alta Crook and Mrs. Lucile Miller of Scottsbluff, Nebr.; Mrs. Edith Wallin of Grant, Nebr.; Chester Sparks of Kearney; Ralph Sparks of Fort Collins, Cole.; Norbert Sparks of North Platte, Nebr.; Mainard Sparks of Denver, Cole. One son, Wallace, passed away in 1930.

In 1915, Mr. and Mrs. Sparks moved with their family to a farm south of Parton, Nebr. They spent the next seventeen years on farms in Perkins, Keith and Lincoln counties and in 1932 they purchased a home in North Platte and retired. While living in North Platte, she was an active member in community affairs and belonged to the Mary Lincoln group of the church and the HOA club. About five years ago she was presented the good neighbor award in North Platte. Three and a half years ago she and her husband purchased a home in Scottsbluff and moved there to be near their two eldest daughters.

Mrs. Sparks was loved by all who knew her and was a kind, loving and faithful wife and mother, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She and her husband had celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on March 7, 1955. She was preceded in death by her husband, and son, Wallace, her father and mother, one brother, Henry Morse. Besides her seven children she leaves to mourn her passing one sister, Mrs. Lucy Burcham of Loveland, Cob., twelve grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Adams Funeral Home in North Platte, June 24, 1956. The Rev. Luverne Hicks, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated. Interment was in the family lot in North Platte cemetery.

[Editor’s Note: In the obituary of William Granvil Sparks his grandparents’s names were given but no birth and death dates had been found at that time. We have since learned that Calvin Sparks (grandfather of William Granvil Sparks) was born on Dec. 3, 1823 and died at Hoag, Nebr., on July 3, 1903. Mahala Carmichael, wife of Calvin Sparks, was born April 7, 1824, and died March 5, 19l0.]

[Editor's Note:  The following motto is used in the Shackelford Clan Magazine edited by T. K. Jones of 2306 8th Street, Lubbock, Texas: “A people which places no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors, are not likely to achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.]

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[Editor's Note:  The following is a coy of an account which appeared in a newspaper published in Clio, Iowa, or in one of the nearby towns in 1891.  The Clipping has been preserved by Oral A. Snarks, Vice-President of The Sparks family Association, who is the son of John Sparks who wrote the following account.   John Sparks’s full name was John Garland Sparks and he was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1851. He came to Wayne County, Iowa, about 1875 and married Martha Hughes there in 1880. A few years later he and his family moved to Nebraska but remained there only a short time before returning to Wayne County, Iowa, where John Sparks spent the remainder of his life. He died in 1923.]

Box Butte. Neb., Feb. 10, 1891.
     Ed. Tribune--
It may be of some interest to your readers to hear of the severe storm that swept over this section of country last Sunday. On the 27th and 28th of Jan. there was about a foot of snow fell, and on last Saturday myself, wife, and little boy [this little boy was Oral A. Esparks--Ed.] started to Alliance, about 22 miles and our nearest trading point, to do some trading.  When we levt home, about 10 o'clock, it was nice and warm; but about noon the wind raised from the northwest and drift show.  We arrived in town about 2 o’clock, did our trading, and started about 5 o’clock for Mr. Ed. Rick’s, 4 1/2 miles out of Alliance, to stay all night. The storm kept getting worse all the time, and after we traveled about two miles it got dark and we could not see to keep the road, and finely landed up against a barbed wire fence completely lost. We then turned around and undertook to follow our sled tracks back to the first house, but the snow had covered up our tracks so we could not follow them, and we wandered about, we knew not where, until hope was well nigh gone, when we accidently stumbled upon a house. We stayed there until Monday. Sunday was the worst day I have ever seen, and old settlers here say it was the worst blizzard that ever swept over this country within their knowledge. We arrived home Monday. One of our neighbors lost his team and some cattle by the stable drifting full of snow and smothering them. This is the 16th and the roads have been blocked so the mails could not get through. There has been 4 men and 1 woman frozen to death in the vicinity during the storm.
                                                                                                      JOHN SPARKS

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In the December, 1955, issue of the Quarterly, nine marriage bonds from Rowan County, North Carolina, were listed, as copied by William Perry Johnson. The following three bonds should also have been included--these three were found by Joy Sparks, one of our charter members.

 Cornelious Sparks - Susannah Stephens - 14 Dec. 1812. Bondsman: Abraham March.
 Joseph Sparks - Polley Cole - 14 Dec. 1814. Bondsman: Jesse Walker.
 Joseph Sparks - Polley Call -  28 Aug. 1823. Bondsman: Fielding Slater.

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“Happy is the man who recalls his ancestors with pride, who treasures the story of their greatness, tells the tales of their heroic lives, and with joy too full for speech realizes that fate has linked linked him with a race of goodly men.” - Goethe.



By William Perry Johnson

A branch of the Sparks family settled during the American Revolution (or earlier) in that section of Guilford County, North Carolina, that became Rockingham County in 1785. The earliest documentary record is to be found in Guilford County, dated 1780, when Thomas Sparks obtained a land grant for 452 acres from the State of North Carolina. Guilford County Deed Books also show that in 1785 (a few months before Rockingham County was formed on 28 December 1785) Thomas Sparks, along with his wife Margaret, deeded to Jeremiah Sparks 402 acres of the original 452-acre grant.

Rockingham County Deed Books show that in 1786 Thomas and Margaret Sparks sold the remaining 50 acres to Joseph McClain. The couple evidently removed from North Carolina at this time, perhaps going to Georgia as did other members of the Rockingham County Sparks family.

In Rockingham County in 1787 Jeremiah Sparks and wife Mary deeded to William Bethell of Rockingham County 200 of the 402 acres that Thomas and Margaret Sparks had deeded to Jeremiah two years earlier. In 1788 Jeremiah Sparks and wife Mary, then residents of Franklin County, Georgia, deeded to William Bethell the remaining 202 acres of their 402-acre tract.

Rockingham County records show that in 1797 Thomas Sparks, Junior, purchased 108 acres of land from William Bethell. In 1798 Thomas Sparks and wife Elizabeth sold this 108-acre tract. This couple probably removed to Franklin County, Georgia, also, as there is a couple by that name on early records in that county.

From 1798 to 1846 there are no further Sparks deeds on record in Rockingham County, N.C. A Matthew Sparks from Virginia (probably from Pittsylvania County, Va., which adjoined Rockingham County, N.C.) settled about 1846 in Rockingham County, and from that year until after 1900 he and his descendants are on record.

The only Sparks given on the 1790 census of Rockingharn County, N.C., was a Thomas Sparks. He is probably the Thomas Sparks, Junior, who purchased land in 1797 and sold out in 1798, as all the others appear to have moved to Georgia before 1790.

No Sparks wills or administrations have been found in Rockingham County. The few marriage bonds on record in the county are listed below and are, no doubt, for members of the Pittsylvania County, Va., family:
 13 Aug. 1812 - Nehemiah x Sparks - Catharine Norton - Bondsman: John Norton.
 30 Dec. 1843 - Thomas French - Ann Sparks - Bondsman: William x Mobley.
 19 Dec. 1848 - Henry x Greenwood - Elizabeth Sparks - Bondsman: Mathew T. x Sparks.
 10 Oct. 1848 - John C. xWall - Matilda Sparks - Bondsman: Henry x Greenwood.

Following are abstracts of the seven Sparks deeds mentioned previously, two from Guilford County, five from Rockingham County, N.C.

1. Guilford Co., N.C. — Deed Book 2, page 162:
Grant to Thomas Sparks. A Tract of Land containing Four hundred and fifty two acres lying and being in our County of Guilford on the waters of the lick fork of Hogans Creek Beginning at a white Oak on John Thrashers line Running South Two hundred and Sixty poles to a black oak thence West one hundred and forty six



poles to a white Oak thence South Eighty poles to a beach thence West Eighty poles to Persimmon Tree thence North sixty two poles to a post Oak thence West Twenty poles to a Red Oak on Mullins old line thence North on said line three hundred poles to a Burch on the bank of lick fork Creek being Thrashers Dividing line thence East on said agreed line by the meanders of the Creek to Thrashers Deeded Land thence along the line of said Deeded Land to the Beginning. Recorded &c., William Sheppard, D. Sec.

2. Guilford Co., N.C. - Deed Book C-3, page 207:
13 May 1785. Thomas Sparks and wife Margrett of Guilford Co., N.C,, to Jeremiah Sparks. Consideration, 50 Pounds. “A certain tract Pice or Parcel of Land situate laying and being in the aforesaid County of Guilford on the waters of Lick fork of Hogans Creek it being the survey or Tract of Land he now live on as will appear by a Deed bearing Date March 1st 1780 containing by estimation foure hundred and two acres to wit Beginning at a white oak on John Thrashers line Running South one hundred & fifty poles to a black Jack thence west one hundred & fifty poles to a white oak thence North two hundred and sixty poles to a post oak on Mullens line to a Beach on the bank the creek thence East one hundred & fifty poles to the Beginning.” /s/ Thos. his X mark Sparkes, Margret her X mark Sparkes. Witnesses: William Bethell, Isham his H mark Hancock.

3. Rockingham Co., N.C. - Deed Book A, page 154:
1786. Thomas Sparks to Joseph McClain, both of Rockingham County. Consideration, 50 Pounds. 50 acres, “Parte of a Tract of Land Granted by the State to Said Sparks Containing 452 acres Bearing date March 1st 1780 lying and Being in Said County on Both Sides of the Road Called Dixes ferry Road on the Waters of Lick fork of Hogains Creek. Beginning at a Black Oak South East Corner of the original Survey Running West on Said line 90 poles to a hicory thence North Crossing Two Branches 90 poles to a Black Oak thence East 90 poles to a hiccory thence South on William Bethells line 90 poles to the first Station.” /s/ Thomas his X mark Sparkes, Margret her X mark Sparkes. Witnesses: Nathaniel Linder, John ODell, William his X mark Bethell, Thomas Chance, Thomas his X mark McClain, Sarah her X mark Washband.

4. Rockingham Co., N.C. - Deed Book B, page 184:
10 Nov. 1787. Jeremiah Sparks and wife Mary of (place not given - WPJ) to Willaim Bethell of Rockingham County. Consideration, 120 Pounds. 200 acres “on waters of Cabben branch of Hogans Creek It being part of a Survey Granted by said State to Thomas Sparks Containing 452 and the South end of said Tract Bounded by Joseph McClams line, James Horsfords, Thos. Mullins, Samuel Bethels, William Bethells and my own. Beginning at Possimmon the South west Corner of Original Survey thence East -- poles thence North -- Polls thence East -- Poles thence North -- Poles thence West -- Poles thence South -- Poles thence East -- Poles thence South -- Poles to the first Station.” (Poles not given - WPJ) /s/ Jeremiah Sparkes, Mary her X mark Sparkes. Witnesses: Richd. Stubblefield, Moses Vincent, Samuel Bethell.

5. Rockingham Co., N,C. - Deed Book B, page 185:
12 Dec. 1788. Jeremiah Sparks and wife Mary, of Franklin County, Georgia, to William Bethell of Rockingham Co., N.C. Consideration, 100 Pounds. 202 acres “on waters of Hogans Creek it being part of a Survey of Land Granted by Thomas Sparks to Said Jeremiah Sparks, & the lower end of Said Survey, Butted & bounded as followeth Beginning at a White Oak said Bethells old corner on Thrashers line Runing west on Thrashers line 200 poles to Thrashers Corner a post oak saplin thence North 40 Poles to a Small White oak on the bank of Lick fork of Hogans Creek, thence with said fork as the water Meanders to a Burch, thence South on Flower Swifts line 150 Polls to a Red Oak Millins line, thence East to a Post Oak 260 on said Bethels line, Thence North with said Bethels line 130 Poles to the first Station.” /s/ Jeremiah Sparks, Mary her H mark Sparks. Witnesses: Isham Hancock, Milley Sparkes.


6. Rockingham Co., N.C.- Deed Book E, page 83:
22 Feb. 1797. William Bethell to Thomas Sparks Junr., both of Rockingham County. Consideration, 50 Pounds. 108 acres on Waters of Hogans Creek. “Beginning at a White Oak the corner of an Eighty Acre Tract thence East 17 poles to a black oak William MoCallums corner, thence with his line North 32 poles crossing a branch to a hickory grub thence East 140 poles to a Spanish Oak thence South 32 poles the same course to first Station.” Including the 80 acres tract. /s/ William Bethell.
Witnesses: John Hunter, Richd. Bethell.

7. Rockingham Co., N.C. — Deed Book E, page 279:
25 Aug. 1798. Thomas Sparks and wife Elizabeth of Rockingham County, to Jeremiah Odell of same. Consideration, 100 Pounds. 108 acres “on Waters of Lickfork of Hogans Creek Butted & bounded as follows. Beginning at a white oak the corner of an 80 acre tract formerly the property of Will. Bethell runing East 17 poles to a black oak Wm McCallurns Corner Thence with his line North 32 poles crossing on branch to a hiccory Grub thence East 140 poles to a Spanish Oak thence South 32 poles, thence to the first Station So as to Include the 80 acre Tract.” It being a Survey or tract of land granted by William Bethell to Thomas Sparks as will more fully appear by a Deed of conveyance bearing the date 22 day of Feby. 1797. Registered in Book E page 83. /s/ Thomas Sparks, Elizabeth Sparks. (No witnesses. Acknowledged in presence of W. Bethell as to Thomas Sparks.)

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In previous issues of the QUARTERLY we have mentioned the importance of the 1850 census of the United States as a source for genealogical research. Because of the time and expense involved in locating Sparks families in this census, it will seldom be feasible to give data from an entire state as was done in the March 1956 issue for Texas. We plan, instead, to include miscellaneous counties from different states as space permits. For each county, however, we shall always list all the Sparkses named in the census.

In the 1850 census, not only was the name of the head of the family given, but also the name of each member of the household along with his age, birthplace and sex. For those who were bread-winners the census taker also noted the occupation and the value of property, real and personal. In the following lists only the total value of property is given.

Sparkses in the 1850 Census of Union County, South Carolina

Copied by Inez Waldenmaier

(p.4) Lloyd Sparks 53 So. Car. (M) Planter
No. 36 Rebecca " 51  "       " (F)
Thomas " 22  "       " (M)
James    " 21  "       " (M)
Elijah     " 19  "       " (M)
Ivan       " 17  "       " (M)
Marion  " 15  "       " (M)
Washington " 13  "       " (M)
            (Later census records give the birthplace for these children as Georgia)


(p.20) Jesse Sparks 30 So. Car. (M) Planter $1000
No. 276 Mary     " 35  "       " (F)
James    " 7  "       " (M)
Mary     "  "       "  (F)

(p. 25) Holly Sparks 47 So. Car. (F) $2000
No. 352 Susan     " 22  "       " (F)
Barham  " 20  "       " (M)
John       " 16  "       " (M)
Mary      " 14  "       " (F)
Martha   "  6  "       " (F)
Jesse      " 3  "       " (M)
Levi       " 23  "       " (M)

(p. 29) Zachariah Sparks 96 So. Car. (M)
Catharine     " 55  "       "  (F)
                        (Living with a William Lawson family)
(p.32) Leonard Sparks 28 So. Car. (M) Overseer
No. 469 Zeriah      " 29  "       " (F)
Thomas    " 11  "       " (M)
George     " 7  "       " (M)
Amanda   " 5  "       " (F)
Catharine 3  "       " (F)
Elizabeth 17  "       " (F)

(p.37) William Sparks 68 So. Car. (M) Planter $1500
No. 542 Mary       " 48  "       " (F)
Charlotte " 20  "       " (F)
Sarah Ann " 18  "       " (F)
William    " 14  "       " (M)
Amanda  " 10  "       " (F)
Susan     " 11  "       " (F)
Elizabeth " 7  "       " (F)

 (p.52) William Sparks 27 So. Car. (M)
 No. 759         (Living with a William Jeffries family)
(p.53) Shelton Sparks 40 So. Car. (M)
Rebecca    " 40 No. Car. (F)
Susan        " 17 So. Car. (F)
Sarah        " 13  "       " (F)
Innins [?]   " 12  "       " (M)
Rebecca    " 9  "       " (F)
Julia Ann    " 7  "       " (F)
Nancy       " 5  "       " (F)
James        " 4  "       " (M)
Frances     " 2  "       " (F)

(p.54) James Sparks 26 So. Car. (M)
No. 787            (Living with Pinckney Littlejohn family)
(p.55) Josiah Sparks 86 Maryland (M)  Farmer $500
No.793 Lydia     " 79 So. Car. (F)
Abigail 46  "      " (F)



(Sparkses in the 1850 census of Union County, S. C. continued)
(p.55)  John Sparks 55 So. Car. (M) Farmer
No. 794 Sarah     " 25  "       " (F)
Mary      " 11  "       " (F)
Elijah      " 27  "       " (M)
Martha   " 14  "       " (F)
Catharine " 70   "       " (F)

 (p.55) Absolom Sparks 15 So. Car. (M) Laborer
No. 795           (Living with a Henry Maberry Family)
 (p.60) Mildred Sparks 16 So. Car. (F)
No. 873           (Living with a Levi Bailey family)
(p.60) Mary Sparks 13 So. Car. (F)
No. 876           (Living with a William Bailey family)
(p.77)  Nancy Sparks 31 No. Car. (F)
Zeary [?]  " 13 So. Car. (M)
Herrans [?]  " 12  "       " (M)
Ann       " 17  "       " (F)
Michail   " 9  "       " (M)
Elizabeth   " 8  "       " (F)

 (p.100) Thomas Sparks 45 So. Car. (M) Teacher $2380
No. 163

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Sparkses in the 1850 Census of Schuyler County, Illinois

Copied by Inez Waldenmaier

(Note: All of the Sparks families living in Schuyler County in 1850 were located in Rushville Township.)
(p.318)  Blois Sparks 27 Iowa (M) Farmer $2000
No. 6 Sarah     " 22 Missouri (F)
Charlotte   " 2 Illinois (F)
Lemuel     " 1     " (M)
                        (Note:  Blois Sparks was probably born in Indiana, not Iowa; apparently the census taker made a mistake)
(p.326) James Sparks 69 Virginia (M) Farmer
No. 93 Elizabeth   " 55 Kentucky (F)
Hamilton   " 30      " (M)
Fountain   " 27      " (M)
Jane L.     " 24      " (F)
Mildred H.  " 21      " (F)

 (p.387) Lemuel Sparks 54 Maryland (M) Farmer $4300
No.81 Nancy     " 54 Kentucky (F)
Ruth        " 29 Iowa (F)
John        " 25    " (M)
Angeline  " 23    " (F)
                        (This family is continued on next page.)


(Sparkses in the 1850 census of Schyler County, Ill., continued)
(Family of Lemuel Sparks, continued)
  Isabel A. Sparks  20 Iowa (F)
Rozella       " 18 Illinois (F)
Peter B.      " 15     " (M)
Amanda D. " 12     " (F)
James F.     " 10     " (M)
                        (Note:  The children listed in the above family as  being born in Iowa were probably born in Indiana; the census taker apparently made a mistake.)
(p.412) Edward Sparks 50 Kentucky (M)  Farmer
No. 137 Maria       " 50        " (F)
Henry       " 15 Iowa (M) Farmer
Phebe A.  " 13   " (F)
Maria       " 9   " (F)
                        (Note:  The children listed as born in Iowa were probably born in Indiana.)
(p.433) Sophia Sparks 40 Vermont (F)
No. 35 James      " 20 Ohio (M)
Esther      " 17    " (F)


 Sparkses in the 1850 Census of Huron County, Ohio

Copied by Inez Waldenmaier

Richmond Township
(p.64) Asof W. Sparks 40 Connecticut (M) Farmer $1200
No. 842 Betsey       " 38         " (F)
Liman        " 18 New York (M)
Alma A.    " 16    "        " (F)
Ana          " 14 Ohio (F)
Mercia     " 10    " (F)

New Haven Township
(p. 178) George W. Sparks 47 Rhode Island (M) Farmer $3760
No. 2461 Martha         " 49 New York  (F)
Bryon           " 24   "        "  (M)
Seldon         " 21   "        " (M)
Sarah A.      " 18   "        " (F)
Elizabeth      " 16 Ohio (F)
Wesley        "  13    " (M)
Judson        " 10    " (M)

(p.179) William Sparks 19 New York (M)
No. 2466        (Living with a Meigs Palmer family)

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Oscar Frank Stetson, author of The Art of Ancestor Hunting, claims to have found the following inscription engraved on a gravestone in New England:

“Here lies Jane Smith, wife of Thomas Smith, Marble cutter. This monument was erected by her husband as a tribute to her memory and a specimen of his handiwork. Monuments of this style are two hundred and fifty dollars." 



It is a pleasure to report the names of twenty-two Sparks descendants who have joined The Sparks Family Association since June, 1956.

Amos, Mrs. Hazel M., 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas
Goughnour, Mrs. Doris M., Route 2, Hollisopple, Pennsylvania
Gubser, Mrs. Betty Ann, P.O. Box 645, Winston, Oregon
Holbrook, Mrs. Anna Jane, 7112B Rossburg Drive, College Park, Maryland
Jones, Mrs. Mary Turner, 3344 Steele Street, Denver 5, Colorado
Palmer, Mrs. Robert, Box 359, Loveland, Colorado
Prince, Mrs. Eula May Watters, 2916 Sharon Ave., Dallas 11, Texas
Robbins, William M., 7350 University Ave., Chicago 19, Illinois
Rose, C. C., Keaton, Kentucky
Skousen, Mrs. Marvin, 1631 East Meadowbrook, Phoenix, Arizona
Sparkes, William H., 367 Wilson Avenue, Salt Lake City 15, Utah
Sparks, Miss Beatrice M., 1492 Fairview Ave., Apt. D, Columbus 12, Ohio
Sparks, Miss Carrie H., 512 Western Ave., Wheaton, Illinois
Sparks, Charles C., 410 2nd Street, Idaho Falls, Idaho
Sparks, Dr. Clyde C., 312 Mayo Arcade, Ashland, Kentucky
Sparks, Franklin S., 108 N. Roys Ave., Columbus, Ohio
Sparks, G. W., Plevna, Montana
Sparks, Harper, Editor, Eagle Pass News-Guide, Eagle Pass, Texas
Sparks, Mrs. Mary G., Box 186, Louisa, Kentucky
Sparks, Rupert T., San Juan, Texas
Sparks, Miss Verna, 1742 North Raymond, Pasadena 3, California
Williams, Robert, Lawton, West Virginia

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During the four years of our Association's existence, many Sparks descendants have become interested in their family history for the first time. The founders of the Association hoped that this would result and they have not been disappointed. One of those who has become most enthusiastic is Perry H. Sparks, Postmaster of Hamlin, Texas. (His address in Hamlin is Box 127.) Perry descends from the William Sparks whose pension application appeared in the March and June, 1954, issues of the QUARTERLY. He is gathering material for an article on the descendants of this William Sparks, but has extended his research to include all branches of the Sparks family which settled in Texas. He has added many new members to our roster and has collected an impressive amount of Sparks data. Members with Texas connections will enjoy corresponding with Perry and the officers of the Association wish to thank him publicly for his contributions.

Occasionally a member writes that an issue of the QUARTERLY has failed to reach him. It is only to be expected that once in a while a copy will become lost in the mail, and your editor must admit that he has sometimes missed a name or addressed an envelope incorrectly. We are only too happy to correct these mistakes by sending another copy when a member informs us that he is lacking a given issue.

Members are urged to continue sending us names of prospective members. A form letter is sent to each person named Sparks or known to be a Sparks descendant whose name and address we can obtain. We particularly appreciate receiving names from city directories and telephone books. There are hundreds of people all over the country who would be happy to join the Association if they only knew about it. Help us contact these people!

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