“He who careth not from whenoe he came, careth little whither he goeth.” Daniel Webeter

VOL. V, NO. 4  DECEMBER, 1957 WHOLE NO. 20a

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(Continued from Vol. V, No. 3, Whole No. 19, page 233)

JOHN SPARKS (1750-1825)

Compiled and Edited by Russell E. Bidlack

On April 17, 1818, John Sparks, a resident of the town of Easton, Washington County, New York, applied for a pension based on his service during the Revolutionary War. In order to qualify for a pension under the law of 1818, a veteran not only had to prove that he had served in the War, but also that he was in real need of financial assistance. It was not required, however, that he give his birthplace nor a record of his activity following the War. It would appear that. John Sparks belonged to the rather large Sparks family of Salem County, New Jersey, for he stated that it was “in the town of Salem in West New Jersey” that he enlisted in December, 1775. (in the September, 1956, issue of The Sparks Quarterly, pp. 157-59, the pension papers of another member of the Sa1em County family were printed. This pensioner was also named John Sparks (born about 1757, died 1826), and was probably a relative of the above John Sparks.)

The only statement regarding the parentage of John Sparks (1750-1825) to appear in his papers was that made by W. B. Graves in 1851 that “his father also rendered some service.” (see page 258)

In addition to the pension papers of John Sparks, there are many documents in his file pertaining to applications of his widow, Lovina (Brewster) Sparks. Furthermore, in one of her applications she enclosed the pages from the family Bible which contained the records of the family. These remained in the pension file and from them it has been possible to compile a rather complete record of John Sparks’s family. (Photocopies of these appear on pages 259-60.)

The signatures of John Sparks on his application are clear and legible. He spelled his name “Sparks,” but Lovina always signed as Lovina “Sparkes.” For the sake of consistency, the name has been copied as “Sparks” in each of these records.

John Sparks was born on March 24, 1750. He was married on June 10, 1786, to Lovina Brewster who was born August 9, 1769. (She appears to have been commonly called “Vina,” and sometimes her name was copied as “Covina” in the records.) John Sparks was thirty-six years old when he married Lovina Brewster, and she was ninebeen years


THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

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his junior. On his application of June 2, 1820, John Sparks stated that he was the father of fourteen children, although the births of only eleven were recorded in the Bible. Perhaps the other three died in infancy and were not recorded, or perhaps John Sparks was the father of three children by a previous marriage.

According to these Bible records, John and Lovina (Brewster) Sparks were the parents of the following children:

(1) Dameris Sparks born April 8, 1790; married Sept. 4, 1821.
(2) Rachel Sparks, born June 11, 1793; married Dec. 11, -----.
(3) Thankful Carren Sparks, born Feb. 28, 1796; married July 20, 1812.
(4) Elisha B. Sparks, born March 25, 1798; married Sept. 1820.
(5) Ozias Sparks, born July 29, 1800; married Wilthe [?] B. Burnett, March 22, 1829
(6) William B. Sparks, born March 11, 1803; married Rachel Hine [?] July 31, 1828.
(7) Sary Mariah Sparks, born July 24, 1805; married Abel Brewster, May 19, 1826.
(8) John Sparks, Jr., born Aug. 22, 1810; married Nancy Ackaman, Dec., 1829.
(9) Harriet A. Sparks, born Nov. 1, 1812; married Joseph Fuller, July, 1837.
(10) Charlotte A. Sparks, born Nov. 1, 1812; married Isaac Blodget, Jan. 1, 1830.
(11) Abraham Sparks, born July 28, 1814; died Nov. 1, 1814.

In addition to the births of the children of John and Lovina Sparks, six other births were recorded in the Bible. These were apparently grandchildren. Since three of these have the surname Standley, it would appear that either Rachel or Thankful married a Standley.

Ozias S. Standley, born Oct. 11, 1828
Thomas Standley, born Oct. 29, 1833
Jane Standley, [b1ank]
Elizabeth L. Sparks, born April 20, 1831


John Sparks was still living in Washington County, New York, when he died in 1825. In 1838 a law was enacted by Congress under which widows of soldiers of the Revolution could apply for a pension. Lovina Sparks applied in 1840. At that time she was living in Potter County, Pennsylvania, as were her sons, Ozias Sparks and William B. Sparks. When the 1850 census was taken, Lovina was listed as living with her son John and his family in Clara Township, Potter County. Her son William B. Sparks was living nearby with his family in Sharon Township. There were no Sparkses living in Washington County, New York, in 1850 according to the census.

Following are the families of William B. Sparks and John Sparks, Jr., as given in the 1850 census of Potter County, Pennsylvania:
p. 274 Sparks, William B. M 46 Farmer $150 New York (birthplace)
     "       Rachel F 32    "        "
     "       Benjamin M 18 Laborer Penna.
     "       Sarah F 15    "
     "       Andrew M 13    "
     "       Nancy F 10    "
     "       Abel M 8    "
     "       Rachel F 5    "
     "       William M 1 New York [error?]

p. 265 Sparks, John M 39 Farmer $500 New York 
     "       Naoma F 27    "       "
     "       Henrietta F 20    "       "
     "       James E. M 18    "       "
     "       Jorace H. M 13 Penna.
     "       Riley M 6     "
     "       Lovina J. F 3     "
     "       Henry N. M 1     "
     "       Lovina F 79 New York

A Lydia E. Sparks, age 14, born in New York, was living with the family of Ira and Folly Ellis in Harrison Township. She was probably a daughter of John Sparks, Jr., and was “working out” at the time the census was taken. The birthplace of William, one-year-old son of Williazri B. Sparks, was given as “New York”; it would seem probable that this was an error and that he, like the rest of the children, was born in Pennsylvania.

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(Editor’s Note: In copying these documents, capitalization and punctuation have been modernized for the sake of clarity, but no changes have been made in spelling or content. Several minor documents and certificates which contain no data of interest have been omitted. John Sparks was granted a pension of $96.00 per annum, effective Sept. 4, 1818. Lovina Sparks was granted a pension of $36.00 per annum, effective March 4, 1836; this was increased to $96.00 per annum in 1852. The file number for these documents in the National Archives is W.19,391.)

State of New York
Washington County SS           Greenwich, April 17, 1818.

John Sparks, being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that he was a soldier of the Revolutionary Army of the United States of America on the Continental establishment.


That he enlisted as such soldier in the month of December, 1775, in the town of Salem in West New Jersey, under Capt. David Duboies & in Col. Newcomb’s Regiment for the term and period of nine months; that he marched with the said Capt. Duboies and with Sd. company to Philadelphia, where he was mustered & joined the regiment; that he continued then untill the spring following when he marched in said regiment & in Genl. Hurd’s Brigade to Staton Island, retreated from thence & marched to New York, thence to Long Island & that after this, & on the landing of the British at said Long Island, he, with the American troops, retreated again & marched to Flatbush & fighting on said retreat; thence left the Island & went to New York; thence to Kings Bridge at Fort Washington, where the Army made a stand--had a warm action with the enemy--repulsed the enemy three times. That after this & leaving a respectable force at said Fort, your deponent with the remainder of the Army marched to what was called the English Neighborhood in New Jersey, passing up by the way of Fishkill & crossing the North River. That after this, Fort Lee being taken, he retreated, crossed the river and lay at Correll’s Ferry where he continued until December when he marched to Trenton, engaged the enemy, took nine hundred Hessions, arms &c.; went from there to Lancaster where he received his discharge, having served out three months more than the time of his enlistment. And your deponent further saith his said discharge was verbal, not written.

And your deponent further saith that after this & in the month of June, as he believes, he enlisted at Boston under Capt. John Manly as a marine on board the Frigate Hancock of thirty-six guns; that he immediately sailed with the said crew on a cruise; that they were out about nine days when they espied the British fleet of Gravesport consisting of eleven sail; that they lay to and as the British came up the said Frigate attacked them, boarded and secured their crews & sent them into port; that one of the said vessels was a brig loaded with arms, &c.; and your deponent further saith that after this, on the same day, our said Frigate came up with the British convoy, a fifty gun ship, the Rainbow, commanded by Capt. John Hill; that the sd. Frigate had an engagement with the said ship, fought five glasses, when she struck, but before the men were secured an English twenty gun sloop of war came up & gave us action. We then in turn were obliged to strike to her & surrender as prisoners of war. That your deponent was then taken with the sd. Capt. Manly’s crew to Hallifax, thence to Quebeck in the ship Hine [or Fline ?] of twenty guns, put in irons in jail where they remained sixteen months. After this your deponent, with the said crew, were carried to England, taken before the Mayor & condemned to be hung. That after this he, with the said crew, were carried to Plymouth and confined in Mill Prison where they were held in sd. confinement untill after the Peace, when your deponent, with the said crew, were set at liberty; and that after this your deponent worked his passage home to America on board the ship Nancy which was a Scotch ship. And your deponent further saith that he is now sixty-six years old & that from his reduced situation in life he is in need of assistance from his country for support. And that he now lives in the town of Easton, County of Washington and State of New York; and that he has no other evidence now in his power of his said service.
                                                                                                                                                    [signed] John Sparks

State of New York
Washington County SS Greenwich, 17th April 1818.

        Then personally appeared before me John Sparks, the signer of the above declara— tion or affidavit, and made oath that the same was true. And I hereby certify that it does fully appear to my satisfaction that the said John Sparks did so serve as stated in his said affidavit against the common enemy in the Revolutionary War, and he is in my opinion a proper subject for a pension under the “Law of the United States providing for persons engaged in the Land ar~1 Naval service of the same in the Revolutionary War.” And I now transmit the proceedings & testimony taken & had before me to the Secretary for the Department of War pursuant to the aforementioned Act of Congress.
                                                                                                                                 [signed]  Jonathan Sprague


[Note: This document is followed by a certificate signed by D. Shepherd, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, dated April 23, 1818, certifying that Jonathan Sprague was a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Washington.]

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[Note: From the following record it appears that the application of John Sparks was at first rejected because his name could not be found in the rolls. After receipt of this letter his name was apparently found on the roll of Capt. Manley who was second in command of American naval forces during the Revolution.]

Hon. J. C. Calhoun, Esquire.
                The case of John Sparks was returned from the Department for further evidence of service and discharge, he not appearing on the Rolls. By perusing his declaration in order to obtain a pension, you will perceive his case interesting & his service long and wretched. He still thinks he can be traced on the Rolls of his land service, or more particularly on the Roll of Capt. Manley of the Hancock crew. The important service of Capt. Manley & crew to the government at the time, and their common & general suffering in prison in Plymouth, has been proverbial, & the individual names at the time was notorious in the U. States. He feels that he has complied with the law allowing pensions & if he fails he fails with the utmost regret as his family is large, he entirely destitute of property, & worn out [from] age & Infirmity. Therefore, in his behalf, I must interest you to cause further search of the Rolls in his case, & from the facts of his service so generally known, perhaps it may be an
exception to the common rule.

                                                                                                                            I am Sir, with much respect your
State of New York                                                                                                         obt. servt. &c.
Washington County    SS                                                                                                         [Signed] John C. Walker.
        Greenwich, 13th August 1818.

[Note: The application of John Sparks was finally approved, but it was then neccessary for him to prove that he was actually in need of assistance.]

District of New York
Washington County.
        On the 2nd day of June, 1820, personally appeared in open court, being a court of record for the said County . . . John Sparks, aged seventy years, resident in Easton in said County, being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows: in the Marine Corps under Capt. John Manly, ship Hancock, taken prisoner with Capt. Manly & kept prisoner till after the War when he was released in England, as stated in his original declaration dated 17th April 1818, appears by his pension certificate number 3004 dated 25th September 1818.

And I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818, & that I have not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner desposed of my property or any part thereof with interest 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 & Naval Service of the United States in the Revolutionary War” passed on the 18th day of March 1818, & 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 hereto annexed & by me subscribed, viz.:


1 cow  6 spoons 1 chair
1 yearling heifer 10 knives & forks 1 chest
1 calf  1 two-quart tin pail  1 little wheel
3 plates 1 tea kittle 1 great wheel
1 pewter platter 1 spiner  1 axe
1 pewter tea pot  1 pot  2 hoes
2 milk pails 1 wash bowl 1 shovel
1 churn Tongs  1 reel

My necessary clothing & bedding excepted, [no] income now but my pension.

My family consists of myself, whom am able to labor most of the time, and my wife, Vina, aged fifty-two, Ozias Sparks, aged 19; Maria Sparks, aged 14, weakly, unable to do much; John Sparks, Junr., aged 10 years; Angeline and Cordelia, aged 8 years.  [Note: Angeline and Cordelia were the twins whose names were recorded in the family Bible as “Harriet A.” and “Charlotte A.]  The whole number of my children is fourteen. I have, before receiving my pension, been obliged several times to obtain relief from the town.
                                                                                                                                        [signed] John Sparks
Subscribed & sworn this 2nd day
of June, 1820, in open court.

                    [signed] D. Shepherd, Cik.

I Daniel Shepherd, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in & for the County of Washington do hereby certify that the foregoing oath and the schedule thereto annexed are truly copied. And I further certify that it is the opinion of the said Court that the total amount in value of the property exhibited in the foresaid schedule is twenty- five dollars and seventy cents. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court on the second day of June, 1820.

[signed] D. Shepherd, C. Clerk.

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[Note: John Sparks died on March 14, 1825. In 1838 Congress passed an act to aid widows of soldiers of the Revolution. On May 25, 1840, Lovina Sparks, widow of John Sparks, made her application for a pension.]

State of Pennsylvania,
Potter County. SS
On this twenty-fifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty, personally appeared before the Honorable the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas now holding a Court in and for the said County, Lovina Sparks, a resident of Hebrun Township in the County of Potter, aged seventy-one years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed July 7th 1838 entitled “An Act Granting Half Pay and Pensions to Certain Widows.”

That she is the widow of John Sparks who was a soldier in the Army of the United States in the Revolution, and that the said John Sparks was a pensioner and drew a pension as a soldier up to the time of his death the fourteenth of March, one thousand eight hundred & twenty-five. She further declares that she was married to the said John Sparks on the tenth day of June in the year seventeen hundred and eighty-six; that her husband, the aforesaid John Sparks, died on the fourteenth day of March eighteen hundred and twenty-five.  That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but the


marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety- four, viz, at the time above stated.

                                                                                                                            [signed] Lovina Sparks

Sworn and subscribed on the day
& year above written, before:

                    [signed] Timothy Ives, Jr.
                                                                        Associate Judges.
                     Senica Freeman

[Note: This is followed by a certificate signed by Isaac Strait, Prothonotary, certifying to the correctness of the above signatures.]

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Potter County. SS

        Personally appeared before me, Ezra L. Graves, Esquire, one of the Justices of the Peace of the County of Potter and State of Pennsylvania, Ozias Sparks and Wm. B. Sparks of the township of Hebrum in said County, who, after being duly affirmed according to law, saith that the Claimant, Lovina Sparks, is the identical widow of John Sparks who served in the army of the Revolutionary War who received a pension therefore and the said John Sparks received his pension under the New York agency and that he, the said John Sparks, resided in the Town of Easton and County of Washington and State of New York at the time he first received his pension.
                                                                                                                                        [signed] Ozias Sparks
Affirmed and subscribed,                                                                                                               Wm. B. Sparks
July 2d 1840, before me
                                        [signed] Ezra L. Graves, J.P.

[Note: This is followed by the usual certificate attesting Graves’s signature, signed by Isaac Strait.]

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[Note: A number of documents in the file of John and Lovina Sparks are omitted here because they add nothing to our knowledge of this family. On September 9, 1840, Crosby W. Ellis wrote to the Commissioner of Pensions on behalf of Lovina Sparks asking why she was not entitled to $96.00 per annum, the amount which her husband had received, instead of $36.00 per annum which she had been granted. On June 6, 1843, Lovina Sparks, then seventy-four years old, made a new application for a pension under the provisions of a new law passed on March 3, 1843. On March 4, 1848, Lovina Sparks appointed Charles Wise of Philadelphia to be her lawful attorney in the collecting of her pension. This power of attorney was witnessed by W. B. Graves and John Sparks. On December 8, 1848, Lovina Sparks, then seventy-nine years old and a resident of Clara Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania, made a new application for a pension under the provisions of an Act of Congress passed February 2, 1848. The following letter is perhaps of sufficient interest to quote in its entirety.]

                                                                                                                                    Clara, Potter Co., Pa.
                                                                                                                                    Jany. 2d 1851.

To the Commissioner of Pensions:

 There is in this vicinity some persons that are interested in the bounty land law of last session of Congress. One is an old man who served as he says some 8 or 10 mo. in the War of the Revolution, but I think 5 mos. only, 4 at one time and 1 at another are found on record. His discharge is lost. The other services were rendered


at sundry times, as guard of the military stores at Fredericksburgh, on alarm parties, &c. &c. He also stood as minute man a considerable length of time. His father also served, at one time one month and afterwards, having lost his health to do duty in the ranks was employed as conductor of teams for considerable time, I am not advised how long, I think 2 or 3 mos., finding his own horse, &c. Neither of these men, father or son, ever recd. a pension. Is not this man (Isaac Phillips) entitled to something in his own right and also in right of his father?

There is a widow (Lovina Sparks, widow of John Sparks, deceased) who is a Revolutionary pensioner. She now receives a pension of $36.00 per annum on account of sea service of her husband. He served also on land and before his death, which was in 1825 or 6, received $96.00 a year on account of land service. His father also rendered some service. Now what I wish to know is what these persons are entitled to and what they must do to obtain it. They are both old persons and in need of anything that may be due them. From some years acquaintance with them I have no hesitation in saying that I think any statements they may make are entirely reliable.

I shall esteem it a personal favor to receive any papers, documents or copies of acts in relation to pensions that it may be convenient for you to forward to me and your early attention to the above queries will much oblige
                                                                                                                                          Yours Respy.

                                                                                                                                          [signed] W. B. Graves.

[Note: On March 12, 1851, Lovina Sparks, still a resident of Potter County, Penna., made application for a pension in the same amount as her husband had received, $96.00. In February, 1852, Lovina Sparks moved with her son to Erie County, New York, as the following document reveals.]

State of New York,
County of Erie.

 On this 13th day of May A.D. 1853, before me the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace in and for the said county, personally appeared Lovina Sparks and made oath in due form of law that she is the identical person who as the widow of John Sparks, deceased (who was a seaman in the Revolutionary War) is a pensioner of the United States under Act of February 2d, 1848, at the rate of $96 per annum upon the Roll of the Pennsylvania Agency at Philadelphia. That she has lately removed from the State of Pennsylvania and now resides in the State of New York, where she intends to remain, and wishes her pension to be made payable at Albany, N.Y., in future. That the following are her reasons for removing from Pennsylvania to New York, viz: That she lived with her son in the State of Pennsylvania and that her son moved into the State of New York in February, 1852, and she moved or came with him.

Sworn and subscribed before me the                                                                             [signed] Lovina Sparks
day & year first above written, & I
certify that I am not interested.
                                    [signed] James C. Paul, Justice of the Peace.

[Note: The above is followed by a certificate attesting that Paul was a Justice of the Peace, signed by William Andrew, Clerk of the Erie County Court. The last document in the file is a letter dated May 25, 1853, signed by E. C. Dale, Pension Agent in Philadelphia, addressed to L. N. Waldo, Commissioner of Pensions, stating that he was transferring Lovina Sparks’s account to the agent in Albany. How long Lovina Sparks lived after 1853 is unknown.]


[NOTE: On pages 259 and 260 are copies of two pages entitled FAMILY RECORD.  These pages are referred to on the cover page of Whole No. 20 (page 252, paragraph 3) as being from the family bible of Lovina (Brewster) Sparks.]

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Compiled and Edited by Russell E. Bidlack

(Continued from Vol. V, No. 3, Whole No. 19 (September, 1957) page 249)

1764, June 12 John Sparks, innholder, of Deptford, Gloucester Co., was fellowbondsman for Job Kimsey, joiner, of same place, who was appointed guardian of his brother, Nathan Kirnsey. (33:232)
1765, Jan. 8. John Sparks was named executor along with Joseph Hillman in the will of Elizabeth Hiliman of Deptford, Gloucester Co. (Joseph Hillman was a son of Elizabeth Hiliman) (33:192)
1765, Feb. 3. Thomas Sparks, with Michael Hashel and David Long, witnessed the will of Azel Peirson of Stow Creek, Cumberland Co. (33:323)
1765, June 24. John Sparks, with Benjamin Rambo and Samuel Blackwood, witnessed the will of George Flaningam of Greenwich Township, Gloucester Co., yeoman. (34:180)
1765, Dec. 19. Henry Sparks and Thomas Thackra prepared the inventory of the estate of Edward Dougherty, of Penns Neck, Salem Co. (33:119)
1766, Nov. 4. John Sparks, yeoman, of Deptford, Gloucester Co., was fellowbondsman for Benjamin Rambo, “shop joyner” of same place, who was appointed guardian of Robert Murry, only son of Francis Murry, of said place. (33: 303)
1766, Dec. 6. Thomas Sparks and John Hunt prepared the inventory of the estate of Samuel Harcor (Harcourt) of Pilesgrove Twp., Salem Co., yeoman. (33:178)
1767, May 1. John Sparks and Randall Marshall prepared the inventory of the estate of James Jagard of Deptford Twp., Gloucester Co., yeoman. (33:216)
1767, June 1. Robert Sparks and Jechonias Wood prepared the inventory of the estate of Joseph James of Woodstown, Salem Co. (33:217)
1767, June 3 Richard Sparks and Adam Kiger prepared the inventory of the estate of Christian Benners of Salem Co. (33:39)
1768, Jan. 8. Margaret Sparks, Gabriel Dalbow, and Samuel Linch witnessed the will of John Dalbow of Upper Penns Neck, Salem Co., yeoman. (33:104)
1768, May 5. John Sparks, Margaret Sparks, and Isaac Somers witnessed the will of John Somers of Penns Neck, Salem Co., yeoman. (33:401)
1768, Dec. 19 John Sparks, yeoman, of Deptford, Gloucester Co., was fellowbondsman for James Hinchman, yeoman, of the same place, who was appointed guardian of Grace Sherwin, daughter of William Sherwin of Burlington Co., deceased. (33:382)



1769, April 14. Thomas Sparks and John Mayhew prepared the inventory of the estate of James Eacritt, of Pilesgrove Twp., Salem Co., yeoman. (33:124)
1769, July 9. John Sparks and Richard Sparks were named as executors in the will of John Marshall, blacksmith, of Penns Neck Twp., Salem Co. and were called “my brothers-in-law.” John Marshall’s wife Elizabeth was also named as an executor. The witnesses to this will were Henry Sparks, Thomas Sparks, and Elizabeth Marshall. (33:272)
(Note: There is little doubt but that Elizabeth Marshall, wife of John Marshall, was a sister of John and Richard Sparks and that John, Richard and Elizabeth were children of Simon Sparks who died in 1749, (see page 245 of the Sept. 1957, issue of the Quarterly.) John Marshall was probably a relatively young man when he died for he provided that half of his estate go to his children “when my son Joseph is 10 years of age.”)
1769, Nov. 13. John Sparks and William Hugg were appointed guardians of Daniel Rumsey of Gloucester Co., “who is heir-at-law of Sarah Miller, his aunt, of said Co., widow, deceased.” (33:368)
1770, Jan. 27. Henry Sparks was named as executor and called “son-in-law” in the will of John Deviney of Alloways Creek, Salem Co. Following is a full abstract of this will: “John Deviney of Alloways Creek, Salem Co.; will of. Wife, Rebecka Deviney, 1/2 my moveable estate; my wife, with my daughter Margett, 1/2 my plantation. Daughter, Prudence, 10 pounds. Daughter, Margett, 30 pounds. Grandson, Samuel Bacon, 25 pounds. Daughters, Mary, Prudence and Margett, all my lands. Executors: son-in-law, Henry Sparks, and my daughter Margett. Witnesses: Susannah Cleaver, Elizabeth Cleaver, Thomas Sayre. Proved March 22, 1715.” (34:141)
1771, March 4. Robert Sparks witnessed the bond of Samuel Blackwood who was fellowbondsman for Ann Perce, widow of Samuel Perce of Deptford Twp., Gloucester Co. She was administratrix. (34:389)
1771, Feb. 25 John Sparks and Randall Marshall prepared the inventory of the estate of Samuel Perce of Deptford Twp., Gloucester Co. (see above) (34:389)
1771, June 10. Thomas Sparks, Richard Sparks, and William Alderman witnessed the will of Jacob Richman of Pittsgrove Twp., Salem Co., yeoman. (34:422)
1771, Sept. 10. Thomas Sparks and William Alderman prepared the inventory of the estate of James Arons of Pittsgrove, Salem Co. (34:22)
1771, Oct. 29. Richard Sparks, Jr., of Pittsgrove Twp., Salem Co., and Esther Meyhew, widow, were appointed administrators of the estate of Stanford Mayhew of Salem Co. Thomas Sparks, also of Pittsgrove, was fellowbondsman. (34: 342)
1772, Jan. 3. Henry Sparks, Jr., and Thomas Thackery prepared the inventory of the estate of Daniel Garrison of Lower Penns Neck, Salem Co. (34:198)
1772, June 6. Henry Sparks and Hance Lambson were fellowbondsmen for Sarah Green, adm’x. of the estate of Charles Green of.Lower Penns Neck, Salem Co. Henry Sparks and Hance Lambson prepared thc inventory of this estate on May 20, 1772. (34:210)



1772, Sept. 23 Henry Sparks and Allen Congleton prepared the inventory of the estate of Jacob Townsend of Salem Co. (34:530)
1773, Oct. 7. John Sparks. In the will of Charles Dalbow of Penns Neck, Salem Co., there appears the following statement: “...the plantation which I bought of Andrew Vaneman, of 150 acres in the old part and 50 acres which Vaneman bought of John Sparks.” (34:125)
1774, Feb. 7. John Sparks. In the will of William Mickle of Greenwich, Gloucester Co., yeoman, there appears the following statement: “To my son, James, my house and lot in Woodbury, which I bought of John Sparks, Surveyed for 94 perches.” (34:345)
1775, Jan. 2. Rachel Sparks was named as daughter in the will of John Willets of Cape May Co. Other children were: Sarah Townsend, Massah Townsend, Hannah Corson, James Willets, and Isaac Willets. (34:585)
1775, Jan. 6. John Sparks was named in an account in the settlement of the estate of Philip Deverex (Deverix) of Gloucester Co., yeoman, who had died some 30 years earlier. (30:142)
1775, March 31. Robert Sparks estate. Desire Sparks was appointed adm’x. of estate of Robert Sparks of the town and county of Gloucester, inn keeper, who died intestate (without a will). John Sparks, also of Gloucester Co., was her fellowbondsman. The inventory of the estate of Robert Sparks was prepared by Robert Friend Price and William Harrison on March 29, 1775. (34:489)
1775, June 24. Henry Sparks, Cathrine Sparks, and Mary Childs witnessed the will of Sarah Green of Penns Neck, Salem Co. (34:212)
1776, Aug. 2. Simon Sparks, Adron Chew, and Ephraim Cheesman witnessed the will of Jonathan Williams of Gloucester Twp., Gloucester Co. (35:443)
1776, Oct. 16. Richard Sparks and Joseph Champneys prepared inventory of the estate of Joseph Sharp of Pilesgrove, Salem Co. (34:455)
1777, Jan. 22. Robert Sparks and Matthew Gill prepared the inventory of the estate of Zebulon Peirson of Woolwich Twp., Gloucester Co. (34:386)
1777, Feb. 3 John Sparks and William Armstrong, yeomen, of Upper Penns Neck, Salem Co., were fellowbondsmen for Elizabeth Dorsey, widow and adm’x. of estate of John Griffee of Upper Penns Neck, Salem Co. (34:212)
1777, Feb. 25. John Sparks and George Peterson prepared the inventory of the estate of John Griffee of Upper Penns Neck, Salem Co. (see above) (34:212)
1777, Feb. 27. Robert Sparks, Benjamin Holme, and Frederick Freas witnessed the will of Jonathan Wood of Lower Alloways Creek, Salem Co., miller. (34:593)
1777, May 27. Thomas Sparks, Thomas Newark, and Elizabeth Newark witnessed the will of Catherine Alexander of Lower Penns Neck, Salem Co., widow. (34:11)





Ruth Ely Porter (Mrs. Milby Porter) of 3112 Wheeler Ave., Houston 4, Texas, is seeking information regarding the ancestry of her grandfather, ALBERT CYRUS SPARKS. He was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, on January 8, 1830, and died at Fort Scott, Kansas, on March 22, 1915 (buried in the Chapel Grove Cemetery). It is known that the Christian name of Albert Cyrus Sparks’s mother was Elizabeth, but the name of his father has not been proved, although there is some reason to believe that it was James Sparks. Mrs. Porter has a picture (tin-type) of Albert Cyrus Sparks’s father; he is believed to have had English ancestry.

Albert C. Sparks is known to have had at least two brothers, Harry Sparks and John Sparks, of the vicinity of Cloverdale, Putnam County, Indiana. There was also an “Aunt Eliza Sparks,” but whether she was a sister or a sister-in-law of Albert C. Sparks is unknown. Albert C. Sparks was a member of the Campbellite, or Christian, Church. It appears that in his youth he lived in Indiana, probably Putnam County, and was married in Indiana, date unknown, to Sarah Jane Collins, who was born on Jan. 20 (or 30), 1836, in Putnam County, Indiana; she died on August 29, 1876, near Webb City, Missouri. Sarah Jane was the daughter of John Collins, whose tombstone in Evergreen Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Minnesota, indicates that he was born on August 1, 1806, and died on August 25, 1886. (The eldest child of John Collins was Betsy Ann Collins Burgan who was born at Somerset, Kentucky, on February 27, 1827; died at 87 years in 1911, at Pleasant Grove, Minnesota, Sarah Jane’s brothers, William H. Collins (whose farm is still owned and cultivated by his descendants) and John Collins served in the Indian Wars and in the Civil War, from August, 1862, to August, 1865. William Collins enlisted, at 32 years of age, John at 31. Both are buried at Pleasant Grove.)

It would seem probable that there was a close relationship between Albert Cyrus Sparks and James Harvey Sparks of Putnam County, Indiana. According to a history of Putnam County by Jesse W. Weik (1910), James H. Sparks was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, on February 8, 1826, the son of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks. (Elizabeth Gilrnan was the granddaughter of Henry Gilman, a soldier in the Revolution under General Wayne.) According to Mr. Weik’s account, the family moved from Lewis County, Kentucky, to Putnam County, Indiana, about 1838, locating near Mt. Meridian. It seems probable that Albert C. Sparks was a member of this family. James Sparks, father of James Harvey Sparks, was listed on the 1840 census of Putnam County, Indiana, as follows:

                    himself, between 40 and 50 years
                    wife, between 30 and 40
                    2 sons under 5
                    2 sons between 5 and 10
                    1 son between 10 and 15
                    2 sons between 15 and 20
                    1 daughter between 5 and 10
                    1 daughter between 10 and 15

Mr. Weik stated that James H. Sparks learned the blacksmith trade in Greencastle and on February 27, 1851, was married to Emily Jane Coffman, daughter of John and Mary (Williams) Coffman of Fountain County, Indiana. She died February 7, 1902, at the age of 69. James H. Sparks was still living in 1910 and was a member of the Christian Church. He served in Company I, 43rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. On the 1850 census of Putnam County, Cloverdale Township, James H. Sparks was listed as “Harvey Sparks,” which was his middle name. He was living with the family of Greenburg and Lucinda Lyon. Greenburg Lyon was also a blacksmith. The only other Sparks living in Putnam County in 1850 was Elizabeth Sparks, age 22, born in Indiana, who was living with the family of David C. and Elizabeth A. Allen in Floyd Township.


Albert Cyrus Sparks moved to Minnesota as a young man and settled near Pleasant Grove in Olmstead County. The exact date on which he moved is unknown, but it was some prior to the summer of 1856 for in August of that year his oldest child was born Minnesota. The first census of Minnesota was taken in 1857. Albert C. Sparks wa listed in Olmstead County as 28 years old, a farmer, born in Kentucky, with his wife and first child. He was living in “Town 105, Range 13.” Living next to Albert C. Sparks was the family of Elizabeth Sparks, 54 years old, born in Pennsylvania. Without doubt, this was the mother of Albert C. Sparks. Living with her were William Sparks, age 18, and Mary Sparks, age 16, both born in Indiana; these were doubtless younger children of Elizabeth. Also living with her were E. R. Tubbs, age 5, born in Iowa, and L. J. Tubbs, age 3, born in Minnesota. Perhaps these were grandchildren. Living with the family of Allen and Alice Dice nearby was John Sparks, age 11, born in Indiana. Perhaps he was also a son of Elizabeth. Also living in Olmstead County in 1857, only a few houses from Albert C. Sparks, was Joseph Sparks, age 25, farmer, born in Indiana, and his wife, Armela Sparks, age 18, also born in Indiana.

On the 1860 census of Olmstead County, Minnesota, Albert C. Sparks was listed with his wife and two children, but also living with him were two nephews, Winfield Sparks who was born February 20, 1852, and Benjamin Sparks, born October 3, 1857; both were born in Iowa. Elizabeth Sparks was not listed in the 1860 census of Olmstead County--perhaps she had died between 1857 and 1860, or she may have moved back to Indiana. Living next-door to Albert C. Sparks in 1860 was Jas. Sparks, age 27, farmer, born in Kentucky, with his wife Sarah (age 21, born in Indiana), and two children, Angeline, age 2, and James, age 1 month, both born in Minnesota. Living with them was a Josephine Sparks, age 7, born in Iowa.

Following the Civil War, Albert C. Sparks and his family moved from Minnesota to Missouri, later to Kansas, where he operated a saw mill. Albert Cyrus and Sarah Jane (Collins) Sparks were the parents of the following children:

    1.    Hester Ann Sparks, born Aug. 27, 1856, at Pleasant Grove, Minn.; died April 1945, at Fort Scott, Kansas. She married Francis Marion Gross on July 3, 1876. They were the parents of four children: (1) Jesse Gross; (2) Norman Gross; (3) Orville Gross; and (4) Nellie Matilda Gross.
    2.    Charles Sparks, born July 7, 1858, at Pleasant Grove, Minn.; died on Dec. 10 1951, in Colorado Springs, Cob. He married, first, Otie Rosetta Lee, who was born in Fredonia, Kansas, and died in Chandler, Okla., on Aug. 20, 1895. They were the parents of two children: (1) Albert Sparks, born Jan. 28, 1891, at Fredonia; and (2) Syble Sparks, born Aug. 20, 1893.  Charles Sparks married, second, at Chandler, Okla., on Dec. 28, 1898, Madge Evelyn Funk, who was born Aug. 8, 1874, in Stark County, Illinois. They were the parents of the following children: (3) Phyllis Sparks; (4) Jennie Sparks; and (5) Isaac Sparks. (Madge Evelyn (Funk) Sparks, second wife of Charles Sparks, was the daughter of Edgar Mortimer Funk, born Sept. 23, 1848, near Peoria, Ill., and Jennie Sharer, born near Laceyville, Penna., on Feb. 26, 1849. They were married at Toubon, Stark Co., Ill., on Sept. 23, 1869; bc died near Vernon, Colo., and were buried in Chandler, Okla. Edgar Mortime Funk was the son of Jesse Funk, born in Fayette County, Ohio, and his wife Cynthia (Hanes) Funk, born in Brooks County, Va., near Natural Bridge. Jennie (Sharer) Funk was the daughter of Samuel Sharer, born in the state New York, a Baptist minister, who died in Ewart, Iowa, and his wife, Jerusha (Smith) Sharer who was born in Pennsylvania, a school teacher, of the Quaker Faith.)
    3.     James Madison Sparks, born October 17, 1860, at Pleasant Grove, Minn.; died April 30, 1937, at Los Angeles, Calif.; buried in Westminster Memorial Park Cemetery.


.4.    Matilda Jane Sparks, born May 15, 1862, at Pleasant Grove, Mirm.; died Aug. 8, 1905, at Palmyra, Missouri. She married Alphonso Ethelbert Mills Ely at Ft. Scott, Kansas, on March 26, 1883. They were the parents of the following children: (1) Ruth Ely (Mrs. Milby Porter, author of this query); (2) Drusilla Ely; and (3) A.E.M. Ely.
5.     Albert Sparks, born Jan. 27, 1864, at Pleasant Grove, Minn.; died Aug., 1891, in a silver mine accident at Lamertine, Cob.; buried in Idaho Cemetery, close to Cripple Creek.
6.     Aletha Sparks, born June 22, 1866, at Pleasant Grove, Minn.; married Napoleon B. Simonds on Aug. 27, 1885. They had an apple orchard at Doniphan, Kansas.They were the parents of three children: (1) Lula Simonds; (2) Earl Simonds; (3) Walter Simonds. (One of the boys died at Camp Funston while in training for World War I.)
7.     Flora Sparks, born May 15, 1868, at Pleasant Grove, Minn.; died June 3, 1869.
8.     Luella May Sparks, born June 27, 1870, near Webb City, Missouri; died August 10, 1871.
9.     Stella May Sparks (twin), born June 27, 1870, near Webb City, Missouri; died in childhood.
10.   Cora Sparks, born Oct. 21, 1871, at Boonvilbe, Missouri; died May 6, 1952, at Atchison, Kansas. She married Ira Jett in August, 1895, at Doniphan, Kansas. He was born March 3, 1870, at Doniphan, Kansas, and died May 28, 1929, at
Atchison, Kansas.
11.    Nora Sparks, born Dec., 1874; died August 11, 1876.

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Compiled by John Frederick Dorman

The following marriages are taken from a card file at the Hall of Records in Annapolis, Maryland. The references to the original marriage license books is shown, but most of these books reveal no more information than is contained in the card index. The State Record of Marriages, which covered only the years 1865-67, does give more information and those data have been added in the following list.

Ann Sparks to William Cbough, 7 Nov. 1825. Caroline County License Book, 1816—73.

Anna Sparks to Benjamin Biggs, 7 June 1823. Cecil County Marriage Book, 1777-1840, p. 290.

Edward Sparks to Rosetta Pinkney, 26 July 1826. Anne Arundel County Marriage Book, 1810—45, p. 69.

Edward Sparks to Sophia R. Pinkney, 26 Jan. 1832. Anne Arundeb County Marriage Book, 1810—45, p. 91.

Edward A. Sparks to Lizzie Clark, .27 Sept. 1866. State Record of Marriages, p. 78. (married in Baltimore County by M. O’Reilly; he aged 22, a blacksmith; she aged 22; both resided in Baltimore County.)

Elizabeth Sparks to George Reynolds, 30 July 1795. Dorchester County Marriage
Book 1, p. 45.

Elizabeth Sparks to Nathan Russell, 8 Oct. 1803. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1797—1815.

Elizabeth Sparks to John W. Hynson, 21 Jan. 1840. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1816-1873.

George Sparks to Sally Harriss, 26 Aug. 1826. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1816-1873.

Henry E. Sparks to Louisa E. Diggins, 18 Jan. 1864. Caroline County Marriage Book,1816-1873.


James W. Sparks to Lizzie Richardson, 13 Sept. 1872. Anne Arundel County Marriage Book, 1851-1873, p. 117.

Joseph H. Sparks to Anna R. Hazzard, 15 Dec. 1873. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1873-1886.

John Alfred Sparks to Charlotte Ann Meeds, 23 Aug. 1866. State Record of Marriages, p. 177.(married at Centrevible, Queen Anne County, by J. A. Cooper; he aged 22, farmer; she aged 19; both resided in Queen Anne’s County.)

Julia Ann Sparks to Jesse Gibson, 8 Jan. 1831. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1816-873.

Mary R. Sparks to Thomas E. Hepner, 14 June 1866. State Record of Marriages, p. 4. (married in Ablegany County by J. H. A. Kitzmiller; he aged 16 yrs. 8 mos.,, laborer; she aged 13 yrs. 6 mos.; both resided in Allegany County.)

Melvina Sparks to Joseph Ross, 7 June 1870. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1816-73.

Rachel Sparks to Samuel Covington, 13 April 1818. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1816-73.

Samuel E. Sparks to Anna E. Emerson, 20 Feb. 1872. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1816-73.

Sarah Sparks to Lewis Comegys, 8 Dec. 1835. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1816-73.

Solomon Sparks to Henrietta Pippin, 18 Oct. 1831. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1816-73.

Solomon Sparks to Sarah Ann Bambury, 6 Nov. 1837. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1816-73.

Stephen Sparks to Sarah Childerson, 6 Dec. 1806. Dorchester County Marriage Book 1, p. 97.

William P. Sparks to Mary Emerson, 21 April 1866. Caroline County Marriage Book, 1816-73.

The only marriage records for Talbot County at the Hall of Records are contained in a mimeographed volume: The Marriage Licenses of Talbot County, Maryland, from 1796-1810 (n.p.;n.d.), compiled by the Carter Braxton Chapter, D.A.R., of Baltimore. In it on page 42, appears the following:

Moses Sparks to Mary Armstrong, 16 May 1796.

The Washington County marriage register at the Hall of Records is a microfilm copy of a negative photostat which is very difficult to read. There is no index to this volume and it has not been searched for Sparks marriages. It appears that many of the Maryland counties do not have marriage records, or that they are preserved for only very short periods.

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(Note: The following Sparks marriages are taken from a volume entitled Early Virginia Marriages, by William A. Crozier, 1953.)

James Sparks and Margaret Dawson, Dec. 15, 1785. Fauquier County, Virginia.

James Sparks and Harnar Parker, July 10, 1791. Westmoreland County, Virginia.

William Sparks and Lucy Redman, Jan. 6, 1801. Westmoreband County, Virginia.



It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Thomas McHenry, Jr., whose widow, Sallie (Sparks) McHenry, is one of the charter members of The Sparks Family Association. Mr. McHenry was a graduate civil engineer, having retired after forty- nine years of service with the Pennsylvania Rail Road. He and his wife made their home in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. For some time prior to his death, Mr. McHenry was the victim of arthritis and a few months ago suffered a heart attack. He died suddenly on the night of October 22, 1957, while alone with his wife. He was an exemplary citizen and an active worker in the Presbyterian Church.

Thomas McHenry, Jr., was born on December 18, 1880, at Allegheney City, Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas and Sarah (Wilson) McHenry. He was married in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on June 3, 1919, to Sallie Wimberly Sparks, daughter of William Daniel and Annie Elizabeth (Wimberly) Sparks. Mrs. McHenry was born on November 18, 1888, at Rock Run, Alabama. Her great-grandfather was Martin Peeples Sparks (1786-1837) whose life and descendants will be sketched in the March, 1958, issue of The Sparks Quarterly.

Thomas and Sallie (Sparks) McHenry, Jr., were the parents of three sons, all of whom served in World War II and are now married: (1) Dr. Thomas McHenry, III, born June 6, 1920; married Gloria Louise Schmitt on May 20, 1944, in Pittsburgh, Penna.; (2) William Sparks McHenry, industrial engineer, born February 24, 1923; married Adelaide Kowabeska on September 6, 1947, in Ambridge, Penna.; (3) Frank Wilson McHenry, industrial engineer, born July 30, 1927; married Betty Sittig on October 3, 1953, in Ambridge, Penna.

Genealogical statistics concerning these marriages will be extended in the March, 1958, issue of the Quarterly. We extend our sympathy to Mrs. McHenry and her family. Also to Miss Katharine Mdllenry, sister of Mr. McHen.ry, and the only surviving member of his parental family.

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(Continued from Vol. IV, No. 4, Whole No. 16, page 188)

Sparkses in the 1850 Census of Blount County, Tennessee

Copied by Carrie Grant Heppen

(p. 49)                4th Civil District (enumerated Oct. 4, 1850, by B. M. Russell)
No. 328 Sparks, Samuel 24 Tennessee (M) Sadler $200
    "       Mary 19         " (F)

(p. 96)                8th Civil District (enumerated Oct. 4, 1850, by B. M. Russell)
No. 677 Lane, Margaret 50 Tennessee (F)
   "     Sarah 26         " (F)
   "     Alsy 23         " (F)
   "     Rose 21         " (F)
   "     Nancy 19         " (F)
   "     William 16         " (M)
   "     John 14         " (M)
   "     Martha 13         " (F)
   "     Jas. 10         " (M)
   "     Rachel 7         " (F)
Sparks, Absolom 19         " (M)


(1850 Census of Blount County, Tennessee, continued)

(p. 162)                10th Civil District (enumerated Nov. 21, 1850, by B. M. Russell)
No. 1169 Sparks, Hyram 31 North Carolina (M) Mechanic
     "       Palitha 31 Tennessee (F)
     "        Samantha 11         " (F)
     "       Sarah J. 9         " (F)
     "       Saml. 8         " (M)
     "       Jas. 7         " (M)
     "       John 6         " (M)
     "       Wm. R. 4         " (M)

(p. 246)                16th Civil District (enumerated Nov. 21, 1850, by B. M. Russell)
Fisher, Charles 40   Tennessee (M) Farmer
    "      Amanda 44         " (F)
Sparks, Matthew 23         " (M)
     "       Lucinda 21         " (F)
     "       Robert B. 17         " (M)
     "       Susan 15         " (F)
     "       James 13         " (M)
     "       John A. 11         " (M)
Fisher, Will 12         " (M)
     "      Nancy 7         " (F)
     "      Susannah 5         " (F)
     "      Modene A. 4         " (F)
     "       Benjamin 2         " (M)

Sparkses in the 1850 Census of Tioga County, New York

Copied by Carrie Grant Heppen

(p. 168)                Town of Tioga (enumerated Aug. 30 1850, by John L. Sawyer)
No. 1212 Sparks, William 30 England (M) Farmer $1,000
     "       Sarah 32      " (F)
     "       John R. 9 New York (M)
     "       Franklin 7    "       " (M)
     "       Emma 8/12    "       " (F)

 (p. 500)               Town of Onigo (enumerated Aug. 30 1850, by John L. Sawyer)
No. 1223 Sparks, Samuel 38 England (M) Shoemaker $800
     "       Elizabeth 36      " (F)
     "       Mary 15      " (F)
     "       Sarah 13      " (F)
     "       Asinath 8      " (F)
     "       Elizabeth 6 New York (F)
     "       Fanny 4    "        " (F)
     "       Shirsa 3    "        " (F)

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Subscribers to The Sparks Quarterly should make the following corrections in their copies of the September, 1957, issue (Vol. 5, No, 3, Whole No. 19): On page 242, 7th line from the bottom, the date should be 1748, not 1848; on page 243, 18th line from the bottom, the street name should be Carpenter, not Carpernter. (NOTE: Correction made by scanner.]



Dr. Paul E. Sparks, President of The Sparks Family Association, has compiled an index to the first five Volumes of The Sparks Quarterly. It covers the twenty issues published from March, 1953, through December 7, 1957, and lists all names of persons and places mentioned in these 270 pages. The preparation of this index has required many hours of painstaking work, but users of the Quarterly in years to come will be saved countless hours of searching. It will form a vital part of every complete file.

The index runs to almost as many pages as one of the issues of the Quarterly and will be ready for distribution in January, 1958. The officers have considered carefully how it should be distributed, since the cost of publication will be rather high and Association funds do not permit us to distribute it free of charge. Following is the method decided upon: It will be sold for fifty cents per copy, but to those who become Contributing or Sustaining members in 1958, a copy will be sent free of charge. In other words, those who renew as active members ($2.00) will have to pay fifty cents extra if they wish a copy of the index, but those who send $3.00 or more as their dues for 1958, will receive a copy without additional charge. We feel confident that members will agree that this is a fair method of distribution.


It is a pleasure to report the names of eight Sparks descendants who have joined The Sparks Family Association since September, 1957:

Akin, Mrs. Jesse Mann, 104 Robin Street, Rome, Georgia
Harrison, Miss Lucy, 501 East. 28th Street, Bryan, Texas
Peters, Mrs. Amy Sparks, 45000 Joy Road, Plymouth, Michigan
Sparks, Crosby, 19 Finbay Road, Winchester, Kentucky
Sparks, Miss Folsom, 413 Franklin Street, Waxahachie, Texas
Sparks, M. A., P.O. Box 542, Charlottesville, Virginia
Sparks, Marco, 4320 Zenopia Street, Denver 12, Colorado
Waite, Mrs. Russell, 1301 South 3rd Avenue, Wausau, Wisconsin


With this issue of the Quarterly The Sparks Family Association passes an important milestone--this is the twentieth issue and marks the end of five successful years of publication. During these years, over 500 Sparks descendants have joined the Association and the Quarterly has grown from a six-page to a twenty-page periodical. We regret that we are going into our sixth year with a financial deficit, but are confident that membership dues in 1958 will put us in the black again. We wish to thank publicly three members who have generously contributed toward reducing this deficit:

Mrs. Florence K. Rode, 125 Wheeler Ave., Los Gatos, California
Dr. Aubrey L. Sparks, 1180 Maywood N.W., Warren, Ohio
Lt. Col. Enoch P. Sparks, Ordnance Tank-Automotive Command, 1501 Beard St.,  Detroit, Michigan.
Our Secretary-Treasurer, William Perry Johnson, will mail out the Association’s financial statement early in January with a form to fill out for renewing membership for 1958. We hope that as many as possible will renew as Contributing or Sustaining members, for the amount received in membership dues will determine the suacess or failure of the Quarterly. Remember that Active Membership dues are $2.00, Contributing Membership dues are $3.00, and Sustaining Membership dues are any amount over $3.00.

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