THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION
“He who careth not from whence he came, careth little whither he goeth.” Daniel Webeter
|VOL. VI, NO. 2||JUNE, 1958||WHOLE NO. 22a|
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[NOTE: Here appear three photograph, beneath which are the following captions:]
The brick house built by Lemuel and Nancy Sparks
more than 100 years ago.
|THE SPARKS QUARTERLY,
published by The Sparks Family Association.
Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 N. Hite
Ave., Louisville 6, Kentucky
The Sparks Family Association was founded in March, 1953, as a non-profit organization devoted to the assembling of and preserving for posterity all genealogical and historical material pertaining to the Sparks family in America. Membership in the 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 two dollars per year; Contributing membership dues are three dollars per year; Sustaining membership dues are any amount over three dollars. All members, whether Active, Contributing, or Sustaining, receive THE SPARKS QUARTERLY as it is published in March, June, September, and December. Libraries, genealogical and historical societies, and individuals may subscribe to the QUARTERLY without joining the Association, at the rate of two dollars per year. Back issues are kept in print and are available for fifty cents per issue. The first issue of the QUARTERLY was published in March, 1953. The editor from March, 1953, to September, 1954, was Paul E. Sparks; since September, 1954, the editor has been Russell E. Bidlack.
JOSIAH SPARKS OF BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND, AND HIS DESCENDANTS
In 1890 a descendant of Josiah Sparks, John F. Kaufman of Baltimore, Maryland, prepared a record of the branch of the Sparks family to which his grandmother, Elizabeth (Sparks) Kaufman, belonged. A copy of this manuscript came into the possession of another descendant of Josiah Sparks, Mr. Laban Sparks of 220 St. Paul Street, Baltimore. In 1932 Major Charles H. Smith of Pittsburgh obtained a copy of this record from Laban Sparks and has since turned it over to The Sparks Family Association. This genealogy of the family of Josiah Sparks is far from complete and it is poorly organized, but the data which it contains seem to be accurate. It is partially presented below, with additions from other sources. Very few dates were given by Mr. Kaufman--it has been possible to provide some from other sources. Major Smith copied the inscriptions of some tombstones in St. James Churchyard in the town of Mockton near Baltimore which have been incorporated below.
The order of birth of the five Sons of Josiah Sparks is not positively known. They were born between 1749, the year in which he was married, and 1765, when he died. Exact birth dates are known for only two, Elijah (1754) and Thomas (1758) - - these appear on their tombstones. It seems probable, however, that they were born in the following order: (1) Francis, (2) Josiah, Jr., (3) Elijah, (4) Thomas, and (5) Matthew.
Mr. Kaufman attempted to trace the descendants of each of these five sons. Of the descendants of the son Matthew, however, Mr. Kaufman was able to learn little because this family had moved many years earlier to Indiana. Fortunately, Mary Turner Jones (3344 Steele Street, Denver 5, Colorado), a great-great-granddaughter of Matthew Sparks, has been able to supply a detailed record of Matthew’s descendants through his son Lemuel. Mrs. Jones was assisted by two other members of the Association, Mrs. Ethel Lawler of Wheaton, Illinois, and Mrs. Florence K. Rode of Los Gatos, California.
A word of explanation of the system used
to number the descendants of Josiah Sparks is probably necessary. Josiah
Sparks has been assigned number “1”. In the number for each of his sons,
Josiah’s number is repeated, followed by a number to represent the order
of birth, believed to be correct, of these sons. Thus, the number “15”
is used for Matthew Sparks because he is believed to be the fifth son of
Josiah. Matthew’s oldest son, Levi, thus receives the number “151”. To
indicate daughters, letters are added instead of numbers. Thus, the number
for Mrs. Jones is “152d2a”, which reveals (reading from right to left)
that she is the eldest daughter (a), of the second son (152d2, Darwin Samuel
Turner), of the fourth daughter (152d, Isabella Sparks), of the second
son (152, Lemuel Sparks), of the fifth son (15, Matthew Sparks), of Josiah
|1.||Josiah Sparks, the earliest ancestor of this branch of the Sparks family about whom definite information has been obtained, was born about 1729. The earliest official record which has been found pertaining to Josiah Sparks is that of his marriage. In the records of St. Anne’s Parish, Annapolis, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, is the following: “Josiah Sparks married July 15, 1749, to Penelope Brown, by the Rev. Mr. Andrew Lendrum.” One deed involving Josiah Sparks is on record in Anne Arundel County. It is dated December 9, 1749, and records the sale of fifty acres of land by Josiah Sparks to Doctor James Doull. This tract of land was called “Hunting Park” and was located in Frederick County, Maryland. Doctor Doull, who was a resident of Frederick County, paid “twelve pounds Maryland currency” for the tract. Josiah Sparks was identified in this deed as being a “planter of Ann Arundale County in the province of Maryland.” How he had come into the possession of this land has not been learned--perhaps he was a resident of Frederick County at an earlier date.|
|By 1759 Josiah Sparks had moved to Baltimore County, Maryland, for in that county on August 7, 1759, he received a mortgage from Gale Frizell. In all probability, Josiah Sparks was a son of Thomas Sparks who purchased 162 acres of land in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, in 1748. Thomas Sparks moved to Baltimore County between 1752 and 1756. The last record among the Baltimore County land records pertaining to Thomas Sparks is a certificate dated 1760 which he held for 38 acres in Baltimore County called “Hawk’s Nest.” A patent was not issued for some reason, so he was never actually granted the land. Thomas Sparks was still alive in 1765 when he was named as Josiah’s only relative “in this province” when the latter’s estate was settled. (In this connection, widows and children were not considered as “relatives.”) (See The Sparks Quarterly, Vol. III, No. 3, Whole No. 11, September, 1955, pp. 79—80,for additional notes on Thomas Sparks.)|
|Josiah Sparks died in 1765 in Baltimore County. Unfortunately, he did not leave a will. His wife, Penelopy, was appointed administratrix. Her inventory of Josiah’s estate has been preserved--it was dated June 17, 1765, and amounted to slightly over 84 pounds.|
|Penelopy (Brown) Sparks, widow of Josiah, was married, second, on April 10, 1770, to Aquilla Wyle. This marriage is recorded in St. John’s & St. George’s P. B. Church in Harford County, Maryland. (In 1770 Harford County was part of Baltimore County--it was cut off from Baltimore County in 1773.) By 1781 Penelopy and her second husband had moved to Shrewsbury Township, York County, Pennsylvania.|
|Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks were the parents of five children, as follows:|
|11.||Francis Sparks, believed to have been the eldest son of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks, was born about 1750, married a Miss Wright, sister of the wife of his brother, Matthew, and lived near New Market, Baltimore County, Maryland. He was the father of eight children, order of birth not proven:|
|111.||John T. Sparks, said to have moved to the central part of Kentucky; married and had one son named George; removed to Mississippi between 1845 and 1850.|
|112.||Thomas Sparks, according to Mr. Kaufman’s account, moved to Ohio about 1834. He was probably the same Thomas Sparks who married Jennie Harwood, who was born in Ohio, and settled at an early day in Sullivan County, Indiana, where he resided until his death about 1849. Thomas Sparks, according to Mr. Kaufman, had a son named John who was living in Posey County, Indiana, in 1890. The History of Sullivan County, Indiana, by Thomas J. Wolfe, 1909, stated that Thomas Sparks was the father of Walter P. Sparks, born March 29, 1842, who married Martha J. Lisman. He was also the father of Philip Sparks who married Mahala J. Capner and settled in Montgomery County, Indiana.|
[Scanner's note: See the following item which appeared in the QUARTERLY for March, 1986, Whole No. 133, at page 2857 regarding the above-mentioned Thomas Sparks:
On page 296 of that issue, we stated that the Thomas Sparks shown as a son of Francis and ----- (Wright) Sparks "was probably the same Thomas who married Jennie Harwood." This has proved to have been an erroneous speculation. The Thomas Sparks who married Jennie Harwood was actually a son of Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks. (This Thomas Sparks, who married Rachel Perdue, is shown on page 298 of the same issue of the QUARTERLY cited above.) Thomas Sparks, son of Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks, received bounty land based on his service in the War of 1812; these papers were abstracted and published in the QUARTERLY of June 1964, Whole No. 46, page 818. Thomas Sparks, son of Francis and Cassandra (Wright) Sparks, married Mary Elizabeth Pierce on December 24, 1824, in Baltimore County, Maryland; subsequently they lived in Butler County, Ohio, and in Jackson County, Indiana.
See also the Editor's Note on page 2865.
See also the article entitled TWO COUSINS NAMED THOMAS SPARKS - GRANDSONS OF JOSIAH AND PENELOPE (BROWN) SPARKS which appears in the June 1988 issue of the QUARTERLY, commencing at page 3223 with the following language:
(Editor's Note: In the present issue of the QUARTERLY, page 3250, we present an abstract of the Civil War record of Phillip Sparks, born ca. 1842, died September 24, 1862. He was a son of Thomas and Mary Elizabeth (Pearce ) Sparks. Unfortunately, in an article devoted to this family in the QUARTERLY of June 1958, Whole No. 22, pp. 293-307, this Thomas Sparks was confused with a cousin, also named Thomas Sparks. Both men were grandsons of Josiah and Penelope (Brown) Sparks. The following brief sketches of these cousins' lives are presented with the recommendation that readers who maintain a back file of the QUARTERLY make the proper corrections on pages 296 and 298 of the June 1958 issue. Previous corrections to this article have been noted on pages 2857 and 2865 of the March 1986 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 133.)
End of Scanner's note.]
|113.||Josiah Sparks, died at his father’s homestead near New Market while young.|
|114.||Wright Sparks, the fourth and last son of Francis Sparks, was born about 1786. He moved to Franklin County, Indiana, prior to 1820; on the 1850 census of Franklin County his age was given as 64. Wright Sparks married Ann and had sons named John, Lemuel, and William.|
|11a.||Mary Sparks, married, first, a Mr. Sharp (who was a son of Matthew Sparks’s wife by her first husband, John Sharp); they had several children, including a daughter who married a man by the name of Cardwell of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Mary Sparks married, second, Isaac Decker by whom she had one son. They lived in Hancock County, Ohio.|
|11b.||Ruth Sparks, married Josiah Pearce in Baltimore County, Maryland, on December 5, 1816. He was a farmer and lived on Deer Creek in the Seventh District of Baltimore County. They moved to Crawford County, Ohio, thence to Holt County, Missouri. They had several children, the oldest son being Silas Pearce who was living in Holt County, Missouri, in 1890, according to Mr. Kaufman.|
|11c.||Elizabeth Sparks, married Frederick Kaufman
in Baltimore County, Maryland, on March 31, 1813. He carried on the saddlery
and harness business in the Seventh District of Baltimore County. She died
in 1828, and he died in 1858. They had four sons and one daughter: Francis
S. Kaufman, James M. Kaufman, Thomas Kaufman, John P. Kaufman, and Eliza
Kaufman. It was John
T. Kaufman who compiled the history of this Sparks family upon which the present account is largely based. He married Mary A. Bond of Baltimore City, Maryland, in 1856. His occupation was that of a saddle and harness manufacturer. He was living in the city of Baltimore when the record was compiled in 1890.
|11d.||Prudence Sparks, married Richard Gasnell in Baltimore County, Maryland, on December 9, 1820. No further data.|
|12.||Josiah Sparks, Jr., believed to have been the second son of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks, was born about 1752. He served in the Whiskey Rebellion as well as in the War of 1812. He lived in the Tenth District, Baltimore County, Maryland, married, and was the father of eight children:|
|121.||Aaron Sparks, born about 1787, died May 31, 1856. He was orderly sergeant in the War of 1812. He married his cousin, Elizabeth Sparks (135), daughter of Elijah Sparks (13). She was born in 1803 and died July 10, 1883. Both are buried in St. James Churchyard, Mockton, Maryland. They were the parents of five children|
(Children of Aaron and Elizabeth (Sparks)
| Rachel Sparks, born about 1832.
Josiah Sparks, born October 25, 1833.
Francis Sparks, born about 1836.
Mary Sparks, born about 1838.
Marceline Sparks, born about 1840.
|122.||Thomas Sparks, son of Josiah Sparks, Jr., born about 1790, married, and had the following children:|
| Aaron Sparks
|123.||Francis Sparks, son of Josiah Sparks, Jr., was born about 1792. He was a farmer and lived on “My Lady’s Manor,” a farm in the Tenth District, Baltimore County, Maryland. He was listed on the 1850 census as being 58 years old; his wife Betsy’s age was given as 56. They had no children, according to Mr. Kaufman.|
|124.||Matthew Sparks, son of Josiah Sparks, Jr., occupied and owned a farm in the Tenth District. He married and had four children, but their names were not given by Mr. Kaufman.|
|125.||Daniel Sparks, also a farmer in Baltimore County, was living with his brother, Aaron, in 1850--his age on the 1850 census was given as 56. He married and had two children, but their names were not given by Mr. Kaufman.|
|l2a.||Sarah Sparks, daughter of Josiah Sparks, Jr., married, but died childless.|
|l2b.||Ruth Sparks, daughter of Josiah Sparks, Jr., married a farmer named Pearce and lived in the Seventh District of Baltimore County, according to Mr. Kaufman. She had children, names unknown, some of whom lived in the “Western States” in 1890.|
|12c.||Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Josiah Sparks, Jr., married William Carlin, a farmer. She had children, names unknown. [Scanner's Note: Original article showed her as Rachel and her spouse as Carland. See the QUARTERLY, p. 1756]|
|13.||Elijah Sparks, son of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks, was born in 1754 and died in 1812. He married Annie -----, who was born in 1756 and died in 1808. Both are buried in St. James Churchyard, Mockton, Maryland. Their birth and death dates are taken from their tombstone. Elijah and Annie Sparks were the parents of the following children:|
|131.||Joshua Sparks, son of Elijah Sparks, settled in Indiana near White Water, according to Mr. Kaufman. He was probably the Joshua Sparks who, with wife Rachel, was living in Rush County, Indiana, in 1832 according to a deed.|
|132.||Aquila Sparks, son of Elijah Sparks, moved to “one of the Western States as a young man” according to Mr. Kaufman. An Aquihla Sparks, age 30, was living in Logan Township, Dearborn County, Indiana, in 1850--he was listed on the census as a teacher and his birthplace was given as Maryland.|
|133.||Elijah Brown Sparks, son of Elijah Sparks, was born about 1808; he married Elizabeth Anderson and lived at Parkton, in the Seventh District of Baltimore County, Maryland. The following children were listed on the 1850 census:|
| William Sparks, born about 1835.
Elmira Sparks, born about 1838.
Rebecca Sparks, born about 1840.
Alice Sparks, born about 1843.
John Sparks, born about 1846.
Joshua Sparks, born about 1849.
|134.||Edward Sparks, son of Elijah Sparks, married a Miss Miles. He was sheriff of Baltimore City in 1860. In 1890 he was living in York County, Pennsylvania. No children.|
|l3a.||Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Elijah Sparks, married her cousin, Aaron Sparks (121), son of Josiah Sparks, Jr. (12). She was born in 1803 and died July 10, 1883.|
|13b.||Mary Sparks, married Matthew Drake, a hardware merchant of Baltimore City. No children.|
|14.||Thomas Sparks, son of Josiah and Penelopy
(Brown) Sparks, was born May 23, 1758, and died on January 19, 1815. He
was married on August 16, 1779, in Baltimore County, Maryland, to Rachel
Perdue, daughter of Laben Perdue. She was born August 13, 1758, and died
January 17, 1815. Both are buried in St. James Churchyard in Mockton, near
the city of Baltimore. Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks were the parents
of the following children:
[Scanner's note: See corrections on page 296 above.]
|141.||Laban Sparks, son of Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks, married Sarah Green in Baltimore County, Maryland, on March 27, 1816. He was a farmer and lived in the Tenth District, Baltimore County. He was the father of the following children:|
| Rachel Sparks, born about 1818.
Shadrack Sparks, born about 1820.
Matilda Sparks, born about 1828.
Cecilia Sparks, born about 1834.
|142.||Aquila (or Quila) Sparks, son of Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks, married Dorcas Conway in Baltimore County on August 24, 1816. He settled in the city of Baltimore. No further data.|
|143.||Thomas Sparks, son of Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks, moved to Indiana. No further data.|
|144.||Walter Sparks, son of Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks, moved to St. Michaels. No further data.|
|14a.||Sarah Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks, married Lawrence Cuddy in Baltimore County on July 30, 1805. No further data.|
|14b.||Penelopy Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks, married Charles Robinson on August 14, 1816, in Baltimore County. No further data.|
|14c.||Rachel Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks, married John T. Sumwalt in Baltimore County, on December 21, 1816. No further data.|
|15.||Matthew Sparks, son of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks. (See Mary Turner Jones’s article which follows.)|
THE DESCENDANTS OF MATTHEW AND PRUDENCE SPARKS
THROUGH THEIR SON, LEMUEL
By: Mary Turner Jones
|15.||Matthew Sparks, believed to have been the youngest son of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks, was born about 1760 in Baltimore County, Maryland. He died, presumably, in 1845 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He was married in 1786 to a widow, Prudence (Wright) Sharp, who was a sister of William Wright of Baltimore. On the marriage bond, which was dated March 23, 1786, and recorded in Baltimore County, her name was given as “Providence” instead of “Prudence,” but this appears to have been an error. Her first husband was John Sharp, by whom she had one son and one daughter; his estate was settled early in March, 1786, in Baltimore County; Prudence was the adininistratrix.|
|According to the account of John T. Kaufman, Matthew Sparks settled first on the Mason and Dixon Line above New Market in Baltimore County. Sometime prior to 1814 Matthew Sparks moved to Indiana, for in that year he purchased land in Franklin County. On December 16, 1815, he was chosen as a Justice of the Peace in Franklin County. He was still living in Franklin County when the 1830 census was taken. Later the family moved to Schuyler County, Illinois, where Matthew was living when he wrote his will on October 3, 1842. It was probated on May 13, 1845, which probably means that he died early in 1845. Following is the text of the will of Matthew Sparks:|
|In the name of God Amen-|
|I Mathew Sparks, being weak in body, but
of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this, My Last
Will and Testament, In Manner and form Following, (that is to say) I give
and Bequeath to my beloved wife, Prudence Sparks and my daughter, Ruth
Sparks, in manner and form following Viz: I will and Bequeath all my land
estate with all the appurtenances therewith belonging or in any wise appertaining
The land lying and being as follows viz: the Homestead being the West half
of the North West quarter of section Nineteen (19) Town two North, Range
one West of the fourth principal Meridian, also the North East Quarter
of Section Twenty-nine (29) Town Two North, Range One West of the fourth
principal Meridian lying and being in the County of Schuyler, and State
of Illinois. As to all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal estate,
Chattel and title of what kind and nature soever, I will and bequeath to
my beloved wife Prudence, and my daughter Ruth, jointly and sever by during
their natural life.
After the death of my beloved wife Prudence and my daughter Ruth, all property left by them, I will and bequeath to be divided equally between my four grandsons, namely Levi Sparks, son of Leonard and Hannah Sparks; Bloyes Sparks, son of Lemuel and Ann Sparks; Sam C. Sparks, son of Levi and Sophia Sparks; and Robert Blackburn, son of Sam and Nippy Blackburn, and I hereby appoint my beloved daughter Ruth Sparks, sole executor of My Last Will and Testament hereby revoling all former wills by me made, and that this my will may be binding.
I Will and bequeath to Leonard Sparks, $1.00, to Lemuel Sparks $1.00 and Levi Sparks $1.00, and my daughters Casander Roberts, Betty Cornwell, and Nippy Blackburn, $1.00 each.
In witness hereof I have herinto set my hand and seal this thrice day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred forty two.
|Signed, sealed published and
aclaimed by the above named Mathew Sparks, In the presence of us who have
hereto subscribed our names and Witnesses in the presence of the testators.
[signed] Samuel McMatter
|[signed] Mathew Sparks|
Matthew and Prudence (Wright) Sparks were
the parents of the following children:
|151.||Levi Sparks. It is apparent from the will of Matthew Sparks that Levi married and was the father of at least one child, Sam C. Sparks. He was listed on the 1840 census of Schuyler County, Illinois, and from other records it is|
|known that he was a candidate for justice of the peace from Ridgeville precinct in Schuyler County on August 5, 1839, and again on August 7, 1843. When the 1850 census was taken in Schuyler County, Sophia Sparks was listed as head of the household; this probably means that Levi had died, although it is possible that he had joined the California gold rush. Sophia’s birth place was given as Vermont, her age as 40. Living with her were James Sparks (age 20) and Esther Sparks (age 17), both born in Ohio.|
|152.||Lemuel Sparks, born 1794, married Nancy Bartlow in 1818. (See below)|
|153.||Leonard Sparks. From the will of Matthew Sparks, it is apparent that Leonard Sparks married Hannah , and that he had at least one son, Levi Sparks. Fhere can be little doubt but that he was the same Leonard Sparks who was listed on the 1820 and 1830 census records of Franklin County, Indiana. By 1840 he was living in Clay County, Illinois. On the 1850 census of Clay County, Hannah Sparks was listed as the head of the household; this probably means that Leonard had died prior to 1850, although it is possible that he had joined the California gold rush. The children of Hannah Sparks were given as: Levi B. Sparks, Mathew J. Sparks, Nancy Sparks, Prudence Sparks, and Leonard Sparks.|
|15a.||Elizabeth Sparks, according to Mr. Kaufman’s account, married a Mr. Conner and lived at Connersville, Indiana. Mr. Kaufman stated that she had children and grandchildren.|
|15b.||Ruth Sparks, according to Mr. Kaufman’s account, lived in Connersville, Indiana, with her sister, Elizabeth. She was probably single.|
|15c.||Neppy (probably Penelope) Sparks, was born in 1804 and died in 1876. She married James Blackburn, who was a physician and surgeon in Schuyler County, Illinois; Dr. Blackburn was born in 1805 and died in December, 1852. Their family consisted of five sons and four daughters; among the sons were Robert Blackburn, Bryson M. Blackburn (born 1828), and Orville Blackburn (born in 1832).|
|15d.||Casander Sparks married Silas Roberts of Xenia, Ohio; he died about 1880 and, according to Mr. Kaufman’s account, was worth about a million dollars at that time. Casander died about 1850. Mr. Kaufman stated that five daughters were living in 1890: Elizabeth Kaufman at Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio; Mrs. Inskip, Lexington, Kentucky; Emmersetta Roberts, a single woman; Dianah Roberts, also single; and Louise “who married a gentleman in St. Louis, Missouri, who died several years ago”.|
|152.||Lemuel Sparks was born in 1794 in Baltimore County, Maryland, and died in 1855 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He was married in 1818 in Franklin County, Indiana to Nancy Jane Bartlow, who was born in 1794 in Kentucky, a daughter of James Bartlow, who was a son of John Bartlow of Ohio. She died in 1879 in Schuyler County, Illinois. The brick house built by Lemuel and Nancy Sparks after he returned from the California Gold Rush is still standing. It is located about three miles north-west of Rushville, on the Camden Road, on what was known for many years as the McCreery estate. (The portraits of Lemuel Sparks and his wife appear on the cover of this issue, along with a picture of this house.) The Sparks Cemetery was located on the piece of land on which this house stands, and quite a number of Sparks descendants were buried there. The bodies were later removed to the Rushville Cemetery. Some of the stones may possibly still be found there. Lemuel Sparks made his will on March 22, 1849. He left all of his property to his wife; to each of his children he gave a token bequest of two dollars.|
Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks were
the parents of eleven children:
|l52a.||Ruth Sparks, daughter of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1820 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She married John Campbell. They had one daughter, Lizzie Campbell, who married George Ballard and died in childbirth at the age of 23 years.|
|l52b.||Louisa Sparks, daughter of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1821 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She married James Leas. She died in 1915 in Brazos, Texas.|
|1521.||Bloyce W. Sparks, son of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1822 in Schuyler County, Illinois; died in 1916 in Lewiston, Missouri. He was married to Sarah Hale. Children:|
|1521a.||Mary; married Al Clark; no children.|
|15212.||John S., born in 1854 near Rushville, Illinois; died in 1911 near Huntsville, Illinois. He was married in 1886 to Ida Blanch Galliher, who was born in 1868 near Astoria, Illinois, and died in 1938 at Galesburg, Illinois. Children:|
|152121.||Glenn, born 1871; unmarried.|
|15212a.||Nellie Blanche, born 1891; married Ed. Behymer. They live in California and have three children: Ernest,Chester, and Donald.|
|152122.||Lloyd, born 1895 at Augusta, Illinois. He married Helen Hurley in 1926 at Galesburg, Illinois. They have one son, Robert.|
|15212b.||Lola, born 1901 in Augusta, Illinois; unmarried.|
|15213.||Lafayette, born in 1853 near Brooklyn, Illinois, he died in 1916 in Wichita, Kansas. He was married in 1874 to Manzella Brown, who was born in Illinois in 1854. She died in Wichita, Kansas, in 1934. Lafayette and Manzella (Brown) Sparks were the parents of the following children:|
|15213a.||Ota, born in 1875 near Brooklyn, Illinois; married Mel Holderby in 1917; she died in 1942 in Wichita, Kansas. There were no children.|
|15213b.||Iva, born 1878 near Brooklyn, Illinois; she married, first, Ed Harris and had one son, Merle, born in 1904. She married, second, Roy Richardson. They had no children. She died in 1955 in Wichita, Kansas.|
|1522.||Lemuel A. Sparks, son of Lernuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1824 in Franklin County, Indiana. He was married in 1848 in Rushville, Illinois, to Catherine Swan Masten, a widow. He died in 1893 in Oakland, California. Catherine Swan was a daughter of George Swan and was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1819. She died. in Oakland, California, in 1896. Lemuel A. and Catherine (Swan) Sparks were the parents of the following children:|
|1522a.||Mary E. Sparks, born 1851 in Oregon; married W. L. Crocker of Oregon. They had two children, Ormon and Everett Crocker.|
|1522b.||Sarah C. Sparks, born 1853 in Oregon; died in 1891.|
|1522c.||Orra June Sparks, born 1856 in Portland, Oregon; died 1945 in Oakland, California. (See next page for record of descendants.)|
|1522d.||Georgia Ann Sparks, born 1858.|
|1522e.||Marie Louise Sparks, born 1860.|
|1522c.||Orra June Sparks, daughter of Lemuel A. and Catherine (Swan) Sparks, was born in 1856 in Portland, Oregon; she married twice. Her first husband was H. C. Newby of Portland, Oregon, whom she married in 1875. Her second husband was Frederick L. Krause of Marysville, California; they were married in 1886 in San Francisco. By her first husband she had the following children:|
|1522ca.||Mildred Newby, born in 1877 in San Jose, California; She died in 1944. She was married in 1906 to T. T. Kincaid. No children.|
|1522c1.||Albert E. Newby, born in 1878 in San Jose, California. He was married in 1910 to Sadie Hatfield of Portland, Oregon. Mr. Newby is still living. Sadie (Hatfield) Newby died in Hillsboro, Oregon, in 1924. Mr. Newby married (2nd) on May 9, 1953, Bessie (Hatfield) Ingram. Children of Albert E. and Sadie (Hatfield) Newby: (see p. 324 for corrections which appear here.)|
|1522c11.||Paul Newby, born 1911 in Oakland, California; died in 1945. He was married in 1939 to Marcella Davis. They had two children: Albert, born in 1940; and Garry born in 1944.|
|1522c12.||Al C. Newby, born 1912, in Portland, Oregon. He was married in 1940 in Ethete, Wyoming, to Thelma Duntsch of Riverton, Wyoming. They are the parents of two children: Paul, born in 1943 in Dallas, Texas; and Alison, born in 1947 in Bozeman, Montana.|
By her second husband, Frederick L. Krause,
Orra June Sparks had the following children:
|1522cb.||Florence Krause, born in 1888 in Oakland, California. She was married in 1926 to Walter E. Rode and is presently living in Los Gatos, California.|
|1522c2.||Fred Krause, born in 1891 in Oakland, California.|
|1522c3.||George Krause, born in 1893 in Oakland, California.He was married in 1922 to Pruda Moon of Oakland, California. Children:|
|1522c31.||George B. Krause, born 1923 in Oakland, California; married in 1950 to Helen Dorward of San Diego. They have a son, George Lawrence, who was born in 1951 in Redding, California.|
|1522c3a.||Phyllis Krause, born 1929 in Oakland, California; she was married in 1951 in Larainie, Wyoming, to E. A. Watlington of Dyersburg, Tennessee. They have three children: Susan, born 1952 in Laramie; Amy, born in 1954 in Casper, Wyoming; and Avery, born in 1957 in Casper, Wyoming.|
|1522cc.||Miriam Krause, born in 1896 in Oakland, California. She was married in 1921 to L. C. McDonald of Oakland. Children:|
|1522cca.||Betty June McDonald, born 1923 in Oakland; married in 1951 to Leonard Schwinn. They have two children, Cathy June, born 1953, and Penny, born 1955, both in Redwood City, California.|
|1522cc1.||Leonard C. McDonald, born in 1929 in Oakland, California.|
|1523.||John Bartlow Sparks, son of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1825 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He died in 1910 in Rushville, Illinois. He was married twice. His first wife was Mary Jane Hare. His second wife was Lucy Matilda (Ripp) Berg, a widow with three sons, Auther, Nelson, and Edwin Berg. Matilda was born in 1847 and died in 1924 in Rushville, Illinois. By his first wife, John Bartlow Sparks had the following children: (several died in infancy.)|
|1523a.||Adra Agnes Sparks, born in 1862 in Schuyler County, Illinois; died in 1942 in Laporte, Texas. She was married in 1884 to Frank Rader, a teacher, who died in 1915. They were the parents of the following children:|
|1523a1.|| Morris Rader. He was publisher of
the Glasford Gazette for many years. He died in 1957. He married Kate Barron
of Glasford, Illinois, and had two sons:
1523a11. Lynn Rader, married Pearl Lightbody and teaches at the Univ. of Calif.
1523a12. Bruce Rader, is unmarried a publishes the Glasford Gazette.
|1523a2.||Claire Rader, married Essie Ostrand at Laporte, Texas. They have four children: Charles, Evelyn, Esther, and Herbert.|
|1523a3.||Ivan Rader, lives in Houston, Texas. He married and has one son, Bill.|
|1523a4.||Berwin Rader, lives in Houston, Texas. He married and has two daughters, Mary Frances and Judy.|
|1523b.||Eva Sparks, daughter of John Bartlow and Mary Jane (Hare) Sparks, was born in 1865 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She died in 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. Her husband was Ollie Negley who died in 1915. They were the parents of the following children:|
|1523b1.||Dale Negley, married Addle Ballou. They have one daughter, Virginia.|
|1523ba.||Enola Negley, married Alexander Healy. They live in Detroit and have two children: Nancy and Tommy.|
|1523b2.||Harold Negley, married, first, Lois McCormick; second Lorraine Donner. There were no children by the first marriage; by the second marriage there was one daughter, Carrol.|
By his second wife, John Bartlow Sparks
had the following children:
|1523c.||Carrie Rose Sparks, was born in 1869 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She taught school for twenty-five years. She is a graduate of the University at Normal, Illinois and was principal of Washington School at Normal. She is presently living at Wheaton, Illinois. Unmarried.|
|1523d.||Alta Enola Sparks, was born in 1871 and died in 1926 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She was married to Ralph Brines in 1905. They had one daughter who died at birth.|
|1523e.||Catherine Sparks (Katie), was born in 1875 and died in 1949. She was married to Claude Scott in 1900. They had one son, John, who married Irene Ward; they have two children, Virginia, who married John Campbell of Astoria, and Richard, who is unmarried.|
|1523f.||Abbie Ethel Sparks, was born in Schuyler County in 1879. She was married in 1902 to Wm. R. Lawler who died in 1914. She presently lives in Wheaton, Ill. They had two children:|
|1523f1.||Charles Harold Lawler, was born in 1905. A Lt. Commander of the USNR in the South Pacific in World War II, he was accidently drowned in 1944.|
|1523fa.||Doris Lucie Lawler (see next page).|
|1523fa.||Doris Lucie Lawler, daughter of Win. R. Lawler and his wife, Abbie Ethel Sparks, was born in 1909. She was married in 1934 to Sheldon Olson of Chicago. They live at Wheaton, Illinois, and have two children: Sheldon Olson, Jr., born in 1935; and Darrell Olson, born in 1941.|
|152c.||Angeline Sparks, daughter of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Spark8, was born in 1826 and died in 1916 at Raritan, Illinois. She married a Lovell and had one child:|
|152ca.||Cora Lovell, married Frank Wells and had four children: Myrtle, Edd, Percy, and Archer.|
|152d.||Isabella. Sparks, daughter of Lemuel arid Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1831 and died in 1893 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She was married in 1852 to Allen Robertson Turner, son of Samuel and Rachael (Robertson) Turner. He was born in 1832 and died in 1913. They were the parents of the following children:|
|152d1.||Otto Sparks Turner, was born in 1853, died in 1929 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He married, first, in 1885, Mary Etta Ford who died in 1914. They had no children, but raised an orphan boy, Reno Fink. Otto Sparks Turner married, second, in 1915, Jessie Peyton Suddeth, a widow.|
|152d2.|| Darwin Samuel Turner, was born in
1857 in Schuyler County, and died in 1937 in Denver, Colorado. He was married
in 1885 to Emma Nelson, a daughter of Teel and Mary Jane (Little) Nelson.
She was born in 1858 arid died in 1918 in Schuyler County, Ill.
They were the parents of the following children:
|152d21.||Clinton Nelson Turner, was born in 1888, died in infancy.|
|152d2a.||Mary Olive Turner, was born in 1892 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She was married in 1920 in Denver, Colorado, to Orb .Jones of Camden, Illinois. They are the parents of the following children:|
|152d2aa.||Lois Olive Jones, born in 1921 in Boulder, Col.; died in 1935 in Denver, Col.|
|152d2a1.||Richard Nelson Jones, born in 1924 in Boulder, Cob.; died in 1940 in Denver.|
|152d2a2.||George Turner Jones, born in 1928 in Boulder, Col. He was married in 1949 to Fern Fritz of New Raymer, Col. They have three children: George Charles Jones, born in 1950 in Denver, Col.; Betsy Ann Jones, born in 1953 in Denver, Col.; and Diana Lynn Jones, born in 1956 in Grand Junction, Colorado.|
|152d3.||Willis Fred Turner, was born in 1864, died in 1941 in Rushville, Illinois. He was married in 1889 to Alice Bertroche, who was born in 1868 and died in 1958 in Denver, Colorado. They were the parents of the following children:|
|152d3a.||Effie Ainanda Turner, was born in 1890, died in 1957 in Rushville, Illinois. She was married to Howard Quinn. A daughter died in infancy; a son, Esmund, was born in 1910.|
|152d3b.||Bessie Margaret Turner, was born in 1891. She married Russell Fallgatter. They reside in Denver, Colorado.No children.|
(Children of Willis Fred and Alice (Bertroche)
|152d31.||Ward Allen Turner, was born in 1896, died in 1956 in Hammond, Indiana. He had a son,Norris.|
|152d3c.||Lois, died in infancy.|
|152d3d.||Loa, was born in 1897, died in 1911 at Rushville, Ill.|
|152d3e.||Helen Katherine, was born in 1900, died in 1919. She was married to Max Fritz. She died in childbirth, leaving twin sons, George and Fred Fritz.|
|152da.||Olive Rose Turner, daughter of Allen R. and Isabella (Sparks) Turner, was born in 1867 and died in 1948 in Schuyler County, Ill. She was married in 1886 to James Creighton (Crate) Bartlow, who was born in 1867 and died in 1949, a son of James Henry and Charlotte (Moore) Bartlow. Their children were:|
|l52daa.||Fontanelle Bartlow, born 1887, died 1918. Unmarried.|
|152dab.||Floy Maude Bartlow, born 1891. She married Clarence Sherman and they had one child, James Henry Bartlow Sherman, born in 1914, died in 1951; unmarried. Floy taught school in Schuyler County and was graduated from I.S.N.U. She taught in Springfield, Illinois, until retirement.|
|152da1.||Herbert Allen Bartlciw, born 1893, died in 1944 in a fire caused by a gasoline explosion. He was married in 1914 to Reba Reich, daughter of Matthias and Laura (Honefenger) Reich of Brown County, Illinois. Their children were:|
|152da1a.||Doris Elizabeth Bartbow, born 1915. She was married, first, to Robert Greer who died in 1938. They had one child, Gary Allen Greer, born in 1936. She married, second, in 1940, Beryl Skiles. They have two children, Cheryl Beth, born 1941; Mama Sue, born 1942.|
|152da1b.||Maurine Lucille Bartlow, born 1917. She was married in 1939 to James Strong. They have two children, Herbert Lee Strong, born 1946; and James Michael Strong, born 1947.|
|152da1c.||Margie Darlene Bartbow, married Edwin
J. Davis in 1942. They have two children:
Eddie Joe Davis, born 1945; and Catherine Davis, born 1948.
|152dac.||Tressa Isabella Bartlow, born 1894, died 1941. She taught school in Schuyler County, Ill.; married in 1916 to Robert Rittenhouse, who was born in 1894, son of William and Rachael (Stoneking) Rittenhouse. Children:|
|152dac1.||Randall Bartlow Rittenhouse, born 1917. He was married in 1943 to Evelyn Fehr in Bremerton, Washington. They have two children: Robert (Bobby), born 1944; and Randa, born 1945; both in Bremerton, Washington.|
|152daca.||Roberta Rittenhouse, born 1920 in Schuyler County, Ill. She received her M.A. degree from the Univ. of Michigan in 1951 and now teaches in Springfield, Illinois.|
|152dac2.||Dexter Lee Rittenhouse, born 1921 in Schuyler County. He married Shirley Jones of Bader, Ill. They have two children: Lynette, born1950; Thomas Lee, born 1953.|
(Children of Robert and Tressa (Bartlow)
|152dacb.||Almeda Fboy Rittenhouse, born 1925. She was married in 1945 to Don. S. Runkle of Rushville. They have two children: Teresa Nan Runkle, born 1948; and Douglas Steele Runkle, born 1952. They live in Quincy, Illinois.|
|152da2.||Norris Creighton Bartbow, son of James C. and Olive Rose (Turner) Bartbow, was born in 1898, died in 1950. He was married in 1929 to Alice Burnside. Their children:|
|152da21.||Byron Burnside Bartlow, born 1930. He was married in 1949 to Shirley Jean Wheelhouse. They have three children: Terryl Jean Bartlaw, born 1950; Kathy Ann Bartbow, born 1951; and Byron Michael Bartlow, born 1955.|
|152da2a.||Bonnie Nell Bartbow, born 1931. She was married in 1953 to Keith Vaughn. They have two children: Brenda Dianne Vaughn, born 1955; and James Melvin Vaughn, born in 1957.|
|l52da2b.||Norma Elaine Bartlow, born 1933. She was married in 1951 to Vernon Chute. They have two children: Stephen Norris Chute, born 1952; and Rodney Craig Chute, born 1956.|
|152e.||Rozella Sparks, daughter of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in in Schuyler County, Illinois. She was married to Daniel Knock, a widower, in 1885. She died in 1898 in Rushville, Illinois|
|1524.||Peter Boring Sparks, son of Lernuel and Nancy (Bartbow) Sparks, was born in in Schuyler County; he died in 1890 in Decatur, Illinois. He was a doctor. He was married twice. We have no data on his first wife. His second wife was Ellen Wegley, born in 1842 at Perry, Illinois; died in 1923 at Dwight, Illinois. By his first wife, he was the father of the following children:|
|15242.||Clifton Sparks, born in 1858 and died in 1940. He was married to Mary Ellen Verrnillion in Decatur, Illinois. They had one son:|
|152421.||Ralph Sparks, born in 1893, died in 1937. He was married to Gayle Threlkeld in Decatur, Illinois. They had one son, James Sparks, born in 1926.|
By his second wife, Peter Boring Sparks
was the father of the following child:
|1524a.||Mary Ellen Sparks, born 1880. She was married in 1904 to Daniel Fox at Dwight, Illinois. They have two children:|
|1524a1.||John Fox, born 1909 in Dwight, Illinois. John was married in 1946 to Cleo Knoebel of Medford, Oregon. No children.|
|1524aa.||Eleanor Fox, born 1913 in Dwight, Illinois. She was married in 1940 to Edmond Redmond. No children.|
|152f.||Amanda Olive Sparks, daughter of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1838 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She taught school in Schuyler County and attended the university at Normal, Illinois. She was never married. She died in 1930 in Rushville, Illinois, at the age of 92 years.|
|1525.||James Francis (Frank) Sparks, son of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartbow) Sparks, was born in 1840 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He died in 1918 on his farm in Tina, Missouri. He was married to Martha Ross, daughter of Tolbert and Catherine (Snyder) Ross of Schuyler County. Three children, Laura, Hetty, and Myrtle died in childhood of diphtheria. They were the parents of two other children:|
|1525a.||Jennie Sparks, was born in 1869 in Illinois, and died in 1947 in Denver, Col. She was married in 1890 to Charles Liggett of Iowa. Their children were:|
|1525aa.||Frankie Liggett, (named for her grandfather), was born in Tina, Missouri, in 1893. She now lives in Denver.|
|1525ab.||Charles Marvin Liggett, born in 1898 in Tina, Missouri. lie was married in 1919 to Celia Cbausen of Tarkio, Missouri. They have three daughters:|
|1525a1a.||Charlotte Genevieve Liggett, born in 1920 in Colorado Springs, Col. She was married in 1940 to Harold Lee Merritt. They have four sons: Harold Lee, born 1942; Gary Allen, born 1945; Darrell Wayne, born 1952; and Gene Kent, born 1955. Living in Eng1ewood, Colorado.|
|1525a1b.||Catherine Marietta Liggett, was horn in 1922 in Colorado Springs, Col. She was raarried in 1945 to Raymond Jansen of Chicago. They have two children: Tommy Burgess Jansen, born in 1945 in Denver, Col.; and Kenneth Michael Jansen, born in 1947 in Chicago.|
|1525a1c.||Donna Lorraine Liggett, was born in 1928 in Denver, Col. She was married in 1947 to Bob L. Skogg. They have three children; Larry Lee, born 1950 in Denver; Laurie Lorraine, born 1952 in California; and Susan Lynn, born 1955 in California.|
|15251.||Bert Sparks, son of James Francis and Martha (Ross) Sparks, was born in 1870 and died in 1939. Me was married twice. No children.|
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Members of the Association are requested to make the following correction in their copies of The Sparks Quarterly of December, 1955 (Vol. III, No. 4, Whole No. 12, Page 99):John Sparks, Revolutionary soldier of Wilkes County, North Carolina, was a member of Old Roaring River Baptist Church, rather than South Fork of Roaring River Baptist Church.
A correction should also be made in the issue of December, 1957 (Vol. V, No. 4, Whole No. 20, Page 266): Aletha Sparks, daughter of Albert C. Sparks, married Napoleon B. Simonds and had three children: the surname for these children was incorrectly given as “Sparks” when, of course, it should have been Simonds. These three children were: (1) Lula Simonds; (2) Earl Simonds; and (3) Walter Simonds.
[Scanner's note: Corrections made.]
THE STORY OF THOMAS HUNTER SPARKS (1814-1863)
Continued by Charles H. Smith
In the March, 1958, issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY the events in the life of Thomas Hunter Sparks, son of Martin P. aixl Elizabeth (Whatley) Sparks, were related to the year 1861 when Thomas, with his family, left the comforts of his plantation in Cedar Valley and moved to Clark County, Arkansas, where he had purchased a tract of 2,240 acres.
The “Arkansas Dream” was doomed to failure. Adversity and sorrow first struck on August 16, 1863, when ten-year-old Carter Whatley Sparks died from some local malady. On a Sunday afternoon a fortnight after Carter was buried, his father and mother were walking over the property and stopped to admire an impressively wooded knoll, which prompted his father to remark, “Wife, when I die, I wish to be buried there.” She replied: “But, husband, you are too young to contemplate death.” He responded: “I am not too sure of that”; and they walked on. (Was it a premonition?) This was on September 6, 1863; one week later, on Sunday, September 13, at 10 P.M., Thomas Hunter Sparks died and was laid to rest in the grave with his son Carter, who had been his constant companion--not on the wooded knoll, but in the Bozeman Community Cemetery five miles from Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
On the day of his death, he. dictated his
last will, which reads as follows:
|“In the name of God, Amen. I, Thomas H.
Sparks, of the County of Clark and State of Arkansas, being of sound mind
and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory
life, do therefore make and ordain, publish and declare this to be my last
will and testament, that is to say:
“First, after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, the residue of my estate, real and personal, I give, bequeath and dispose of as follows: To wit. To my beloved wife the tract of land upon which she is situated, embracing the whole tract of land which is on Boggy and McNeeley Creeks in the County of Clark and State of Arkansas, which the deed and certificate will show, embracing stock, household furniture, farming utensils contained on the place, also the slaves that I possess. My wife to hold and control according to circumstances that will best protect the interest of my estate now possessed by me, during her natural life or widowhood. After death or marriage, to be equally divided with the heirs of her body and at majority of my son Linton for him to have his equal share and all of my sons as they become of age to receive their equal shares. If either son shall decease before becoming of age his portion to be considered as the original estate. My two daughters, Sarah Jane and Eliz. Towns, whenever they shall marry, that their portion of my estate be settled upon them and their heirs. To my mother, a servant of her own choosing to wait on her during her life and $1000 annually from my death and at her death for her to dispose of it at her will with her grandchildren. I also will and bequeath to my wife and mother, $40,000 in Confederate money, $30,000 in notes on different persons. I also will and bequeath to my wife and mother certain tracts of land in Mississippi known as the Lost Lake Place, which the deed and oertifioate will show. I also ---?--- my stock and dividend in the Athens factory in Georgia amounting to $40,000. I also will and bequeath to my wife and mother my stock and dividend in the Georgia Railroad, $5,000 as the original stock and whatever there may be due on the same. I also will and bequeath to my wife and mother certain notes amounting to several thousand dollars in the hands of Col. Herbert Fielder. Also one note in the ---?--- of William Moore of $1250. Likewise I make, constitute and appoint my wife Ann Sparks and Michael Bozeman to be executors of my last will and testament, thereby revoking any former wills by me. In
|testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed
my name and annexed my seal this 13 Sept. 1863.
[Signed] Thos. H. Sparks (Seal)
“It is understood my daughter Medora and my son James Martin are to have their portions out of my estate upon the appraisement as though they had an advancement already. Then they shall have out of my estate such portions as shall make them equal to my other children. The property hereby bequeathed to my daughter Medora is given to her and her children.
H. H. Coleman
[Signed] Thos. H. Sparks
The will of Thomas Hunter Sparks, although made, witnessed, and executed in Clark County, Arkansas, is recorded in the court house in Athens, Georgia, also in the Floyd County Court House at Rome, Georgia. The explanation is that, in order that the estate might be settled, it was necessary to record the will in both places. A search in the court house in Clark County, Arkansas, by a member of the family disclosed blank pages left in the Book of Wills, the first page being headed: “Will of Thomas H. Sparks.” However, the will was never recorded there, presumably due to a shortage of clerical help during the Civil War. It was first located in Will Book D, pages 188-205, in Athens, Clarke County, Georgia. The will itself, as can be seen, is relatively short, but there are six pages of legal appendanges. Ann Sparks, as one of the executors, provided bond in the amount of $60,000. James M. Sparks, her stepson, and R. P. Peeples, signed as securities on November 10, 1865, in Clark County, Arkansas. Since Martin P. Sparks, father of Thomas H. Sparks, had the middle name “Peeples,” it would seem that R. P. Peeples was in some way connected with the family, but thus far he has not been identified. (Note: If any members of the Peeples family should read this article, the Editor of the QUARTERLY will be glad to hear from them.)
Thus, Widow Ann Linton Sparks was left at the age of thirty-six with nine children of her own, the eldest sixteen and the youngest still at the breast, together with a stepson, James, and a stepdaughter, Medora, both of whom were married. Thomas H. Sparks died believing his family would be well provided for. He owned plantations, not only in Arkansas but in Mississippi, and land in Texas. However, due to sickness and occasional deaths, the slaves in Mississippi had been shifted to Arkansas and “Lost Lake” abandoned. He had invested $30,000 in Confederate Bonds and had $40,000 in Confederate cash, confident in the ultimate success of the Southern cause.
As a young widow, Ann Linton Sparks took over the management of the plantations in the midst of the Civil War. As the months passed, her burdens grew heavier. In April, 1864, a group of marauders of the Union Army, led by a Col. Kidd, arbitrarily commandeered 1,330 bushels of corn. They arrived at noon time, as dinner was being served, and, regardless of the absence of men and the hunger of the children, pirated the meal. On departing, they left a receipt for the corn, knowing that it was a worthless slip of paper. Such is the hypocricy of war. None was ever fought for a Godly cause.
The fall of the Confederacy ended the Arkansas dream. Ann Linton Sparks packed her requisite belongings and moved to Athens, Georgia, where she occupied a house owned by her older brother, Dr. John Linton (previously mentioned). Since baggage was not checked in those days, the owners were responsible for seeing that transfers were made from trains to boats and boats to trains. At Memphis, all trunks were put
aboard the boat on the Arkansas side. One particular trunk impressed the stevedores as being unusually heavy and they were heard to comment to that effect. Arriving at the Memphis side, no check of the baggage was made. However, on reaching Athens, the “heavy trunk” was missing. It contained the “family silver.” Although son Linton returned to Memphis to recover it, neither trunk nor any of its contents were found. Nor, to this day--regardless of its being initialed--has a piece been heard of. Of the “family silver,” only that carried in a handbag, for feeding the children enroute to Athens, was saved.
The reason Widow Sparks decided to return to Athens was not only in order to live in a familiar environment, but, more important, in order that she could educate her children at local schools and the university. Sarah Jane was sent to a girls’ school at Lagrange, Georgia, where she spent the closing months of the war. When Union troops entered the town, the girls were notified “The Yanks are coming.” Having been instructed regarding their conduct and warned that they would doubtless be dispossossed of most or all of their belongings, they squeezed themselves into as many garments as possible and waited. Sarah Jane recalled “twenty” and “looking like a balloon.” On arriving, the “Yankees evaluated the situation with circumspection,” although conversing with the girls; one of whom presented Sarah Jane with a “ten dollar greenback,” which she feared to accept or refuse. It was the first valuable money she had seen in many months. Fortunately, the troops were either of superior origin or under orders of superiors of gentility--the girls being accorded merited respect.
The war of shooting was over, but Reconstruction defiled the south. There was a revival of social life, however, in which the Sparks family participated. Although reduced in circumstances, Sarah Jane had two maids to dress and admire her, and to attend her, regardless of the hour, on her return from social affairs. Those were her halcyon days. Marriage and motherhood imposed obligations and responsibilities remote from those of a “Planter’s Daughter”; but as wife and mother, she excelled--a model “worthy of all acceptation,” just as in her halcyon days she was an exemplary and model daughter.
Before leaving Cedar Valley, the home furnishings, consisting of mahogany of “clawfoot” design from Maryland, a harpsicord, and less valuable articles had been sold locally, with the understanding that they could be reclaimed if wanted. In the middle 1890’s, Charles Sankey Sparks, youngest son, with his wife Lee Ella, cruised the area in search of the ante-bellum furnishings. Aside from the harpsichord, nothing was found. It was purchased and sent to their home in Rome, Georgia, and is now the property of Mrs. Sarah Smith Henshall (only daughter of Sarah Jane and her husband, Hines M. Smith) now residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Although aged and crazed and missing many ivory tops for the keys, it is still a handsome instrument, an antique worthy of a place in any museum. Fortunately, Mrs. Henshall and her retired husband, George K. Henshall, Sr., are engaged in a work of restoration such as will revitalize the strains of a century ago.
The mother of Thomas Hunter Sparks, Elizabeth (Whatley) Sparks, became a member of her son’s household following the death of Martin P. Sparks in 1837. She moved to Arkansas with the family, and, following the “fall of the Confederacy,” moved, with her daughter-in-law and family, to Athens, Georgia. There she died on September 4, 1870, at the age of seventy-five years. Her body was returned to Cedar Valley and lies beside that of her husband. She failed to leave a will; at least none is on record. A much read and badly worn New Testament, published by the American Bible Society in New York in 1859, carries this presentation: “To Grandmother from her devoted Grand Daughter Medora, May 1st, 1862. - - Affection’s Gift - - Her Children rise up & call her blessed.” (The penmanship is excellent.)
[Note: On page 311 is a photograph with caption and a copy of a handwritten record with caption.]
Photograph of Mrs. Ann Linton Sparks
and child, believed
to have been her youngest daughter, Annie Elizabeth.
Exact copy of record which Thomas H.
Sparks made on Christmas Day,
1859, of the height and weight of each member of’ his family.
My Grandmother, Ann (Linton) Sparks, seldom discussed the past, so, little could be learned about the every-day occurrences of her life as wife and widow. She did disclose that her son Sam was bitten by a copperhead while playing on a lumber pile, and son Alex. was kicked by a mule on her brother John’s place in Athens, converting him to a friend of false teeth at an early age. Questioned about the loss of “Grandfather,” Thomas H. Sparks, at the comparatively early age of forty-nine years, to which she seemed, outwardly, to have become entirely reconciled, she replied, in substance: “He died thinking the Confederacy would survive. Had he lived to be confronted with the vicissitudes of defeat, having had so much, I fear he would have found life difficult. It was the way of Providence.” When Grandmother died, my father’s tribute was: “She was the best woman I have ever known,” a conviction shared by all who knew her. Before her death, she destroyed a drawer full of personal letters and effects considered “too intimate” for the curiosity of posterity. Of such was the gentility of her times. God bless her.
Daughter Sarah Jane recalled that on one occasion she was to accompany her father and mother on a visit. She was duly dressed, her clothes packed and in the carriage. For some childish reason, she was unhappy about her attire. Rufusing to be reconciled, she was left at home--her father’s ruling. This incident illustrates the importance of rational parental austerity as recognized a century ago by Thomas H. Sparks, and so universally ignored today. (In this Scribe’s case, “peachtree oil” and the “hickory stick” were unencumbered.)
Shortly after my advent, in Athens, Georgia, on June 15, 1872, my Grandmother Sparks purchased a home in Rome, Georgia, where my parents had settled--which home she shared with them for many years on a mutual expense basis. Later she purchased a larger and more pretentious home “across the street,” into which we moved. In 1889, my Mother (Sarah Jane) purchased the “front yard” and built a modern home--the old house being modernized and occupied by “Grandma,” her son Charles Sankey Sparks and his wife Lee Ella, until her death on May 3, 1895. She lies in the Sparks lot on Myrtle Hill at Rome, Georgia, with her three sons--John Veasey Sparks, Samuel Peeples Sparks, Charles Sankey Sparks, and the latter’s wife, Lee Ella Sparks. Linton Sparks, eldest son of Thomas and Ann, and his wife, Sally Wimberly, are buried in Cave Spring, Georgia. (Uncle Linton is remembered with particular affection. I was a frequent visitor with Grandma in his homes at Etna, Priors Station, Cave Spring, and the “Tumlin Place,” where I saw my first and last flying squirrels and my only alternately-coupled black and red snake. Memory recalls how at Etna he gathered hickory nuts and sweet gum from the trees for the children, and how, when there, we occupied the front room, first floor right of the center hail; how in the mornings he slipped in and “lit the fire.” The blowing, flames and striking of the old Seth Thomas clock are still music in my ears.) Thomas Sparks, Jr., died and was buried in Tyler, Texas. Alexander H. Sparks is buried in Neame, Louisiana. He was killed by a train. William D. Sparks and his wife, Annie (Wimberly) Sparks, are buried in Punta Gorda, Florida. Annie Elizabeth Sparks and her husband, David B. Hamilton, Jr., are buried on Myrtle Hill, Rome, Georgia. The parents of the writer, Sarah Jane Sparks and Hines Maguire Smith, are buried on Myrtle Hill, beside their second son, Linton Sparks Smith, and fifth son, “Little Hines.” Medora Sparks, daughter of Mary Ann (Leonard) Sparks, and her husband, Col. James Waddell, are buried in Marietta, Georgia. James Sparks, brother of Medora, and his wife, L. Virginia Blance, are buried in Cedartown, Georgia.
Among the writer’s uncles, William Daniel Sparks was “a big brother.” Following his return from Arkansas to Georgia, he attended local grade schools in Athens, matriculating at the University in 1871. There is no record of his being graduated. A recent disclosure is to the effect that he left Athens rather suddenly, following the disappearance of a negro soldier, a former slave, guilty of “pushing” the Athens girls off the sidewalk. If there is substance to this disclosure, he was not alone
in the “disappearance.” However, his resentment and courage can be vouched for in case of such a circumstance. He was fearless. My first recollection of him is as manager of the Etna Furnace Company’s store at Etna, Georgia. It was while employed there that, on June 1, 1882, he married Miss Annie Elizabeth Wimberly. The author is the lone surviving witness of the event. Prior to the wedding, Grandmother Sparks went from Rome to Etna to rehabilitate a dilapidated employee’s house on “Furnace Row.” It was a two-story structure of rough boards, applied vertically and stripped for protection against the weather. The floors were of 12-inch planks, dresse’d on one side, but neither tongued nor grooved. The inside walls and ceilings were undressed. It was a sorry prospect - - however, to Grandma, just another incident. Her versatility was limitless. The exterior was whitewashed - - the inside walls and ceilings covered with cheese cloth, over which appropriate paper was applied. The floors were covered with matting, a practice universal in the south. Over the outside back stairs, upper landing, a grooved wheel was mounted, being equipped with a rope and bucket for elevating water, kindling wood, and coal to the second story. (This was a very wonderful contraption to me, and thrills me still. Only Grandma “could do so much with so little.”) When finished, the transformation was that of a magician’s wand.
Following the wedding at the home of the bride’s mother at Prior Station, Georgia, Grandma and I joined the newlyweds on their wedding trip, in a “double buggy” with fringe hanging from the top, drawn by two horses, on their wedding trip of the long, long mile from Prior Station to Etna, where they crossed for the first time the threshold of their transformed abode. Of their honeymoon season, my memory recalls only their first Sunday night supper--cold fried chicken, cooked only as that age knew how, cold biscuits, the usual side dishes, all cold. Being seated, our bride: “Willie, ask the blessing.” Willie: “Lord, bless us and make us thankful for this cold snack. Amen.” Irreverent? No, just a statement of fact. Nevertheless, consternation and, “Why! Willie!”
I do recall not spending the night with Joe Stilwell, son of the Furnace Superintendent, for the reason that he refused to close the door to his room on account of fear of being “hanted” by the cats he had killed. He died later from typhoid fever. That was seventy-five years ago, when pig iron was reduced from local ores with charcoal and furnaces belonged to independents. The woods were spotted with charcoal ovens, which devastated the forests. The “pig” was known as “hot blast” and was considered superior to coke iron, known as “cold blast,” which has long since taken its place, combinations having absorbed or eliminated independent furnaces. Etna has been only a name for an ordinary lifetime. However, while independents were still in power, William D. Sparks left Etna to assume managership of the Bass Furnace Company’s store at Rock Run, Alabama, where his success was immediate and stewardship long. When a New England cotton mill company built a modern mill in Georgia, he was induced to assume managership of their extensive store. It happened that the agent of the mill, ignorant of southern pride and practices and afflicted with a disagreeable superiority complex, was given to domineering outbursts, one of which he directed to Manager Sparks, whose resentment was mimediate, also his resignation, together with a warning that further indignities would exact physical measures. Subsequently, William D. Sparks became manager of a second mill nearby, which position he later relinquished on account of failing health. In time, he recovered sufficiently to accept other duties, finally establishing a business of his own in Chattanooga, Tennessee. When that venture was closed, he moved to Florida, where he and his wife Annie lived with their son, William Randolph Sparks, until their days were numbered. In Florida, he fished his life away. Always a lover of rod and gun, he was self-sufficient. When in his late eighties, he accompanied the writer to Morgan County, Georgia, who hoped he would be able to bring to light some of the Martin Peeples Sparks background, but without success, due primarily to a temporary digestive upset which precluded physical as well as mental effort on his part. He was an individuality deserving of far greater values than were his lot. Providential justice will bless him and “his Annie.” William
D. Sparks died and was buried in Punta Gorda, Florida. His beloved wife died in a hospital at Arcadia, Florida, but is buried beside him. Thus endeth an inadequate appreciation of an uncle and aunt of enviable prestige.
In a future issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY will appear a record, as complete as the author is able to compile, of the descendants of Thomas Hunter Sparks--to be contributed largely by the descendants themselves. For the material on Thomas H. Sparks and his father, Martin P. Sparks, it has been necessary to rely upon memory, legend, and official records. The tragic destruction of family lore during the Civil War imposes constant problems on those who “careth from whence they came and whither they goeth.” It is to those who “careth” that we submit this “story,” fully recognizing its failure to do credit to the worthiness of the actors involved. Selah. Except for the past, there would be no present or future. Time and space would stand still.
(Note: Such Sparks, Whatley, Linton, Daniel,
Smith, Maguire, Holt, Hutchins, Dixon, Noyos, Rawson, Reed, and other data
as I have are subject to call without money and without price. One never
knows where or when the “missing link” will turn up.
Address: Charles H. Smith
213 Dewey Street, Edgewood,
Pittsburgh 18, Pennsylvania.)
Editor Bidlack and the author wish to thank
those who have contributed, both data and dollars. Among them:
|Miss Lucy Linton, Athens, Georgia
Mr. Frank T. Sparks, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Mrs. Sallie Sparks McHenry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania
Mr. & Mrs. G. K. Henshall, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Miss Anne Mae Mims, Augusta, Georgia (Miss Mims is
compiling a genealogy of the Whatley family.)
Miss Anne Hamilton, Rome, Georgia
Mrs. Annie L. Sparks Omberg, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The family of the late Dr. John G. Herndon, Jr., for his
Mayor C. W. Bramlett, Marietta, Georgia, & Mrs. Alice
W. Heck, of his staff
Mrs. Lucy Young Hawkins, Cedartown, Georgia
Mrs. Kirby Anderson, Madison, Georgia
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CORRECTION: One of the values as well as one of the virtues of the Quarterly family stories is the receipt of corrections from our readers. All are welcome and appreciated. The following has been received in connection with the “Martin Peeples Sparks Story” which began in the March, 1958, issue. All interested should refer to page 278, second paragraph, which, to be all inclusive, should have read: “Dr. Alexander Brown Linton and his wife, Jane Daniel, were first buried in the old cemetery at Athens, across Jackson Street from the east side of the University campus. In time it became neglected and desecrated. Mr. Hal Linton, brother of “Miss Lucy,” bought a lot in the new Oconee Hill Cemetery and had their remains, together with their tombstones, transferred to the new lot.” “Miss Lucy” adds the further correction: “I, Lucy Linton, was born July 14, 1865, in Athens, Georgia. I will have completed 93 years on June 13, 1958.” Therefore, “Miss Lucy,” who submitted these additions and changes, is now entering her 94th year. May she continue to contribute additions and corrections to our “Story.”--C.H.S. [NOTE: Corrections made by scanner.]
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