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By: Paul E. Sparks

(Editor’s Note: Among a large number of political exiles sent from England to Prince George’s County, Maryland, in 1716-1717, was one Thomas Spark. He was probably the same Thomas Sparks who died intestate in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, in 1727. (See The Sparks Quarterly, Vol. III, No. 3, September, 1955, p. 79.) The following account by our President, Paul E. Sparks, gives the historical background necessary to understand the circumstances under which this early Sparks immigrant came to America.)

James II, King of England, was deposed in 1688 primarily because he attempted to restore Catholicism as the religion of England. The birth of a son, by his second wife, who was to be educated as a Roman Catholic, precipitated the crisis. James fled to France where he died in 1701. His son James, (later to be called The Old Pretender), was proclaimed at once by the French court as “James III, King of England and Scotland.” The English people, however, had selected as their rulers William and Mary, the latter of whom ruled Great Britain until 1702, when she was succeeded by Queen Anne.

In 1707, during Queen Anne’s reign, England and Scotland formed a political union. The union was not popular, and there was much unrest. It set into motion several factions: “highlander” against “lowlander,” Whig against Tory, “low” churchman against “high” churchman. The discontent mounted and reached a climax in August, 1714, when Queen Anne died and George I was crowned as King.

Under the leadership of the Jacobites (Latin for “followers of James”), a dissenting group of Englishmen and Scotchmen invited James, The Old Pretender, to become their King. Internal friction within the group, however, and a lack of concerted leadership, caused a premature meeting of the Jacobite forces and a Loyalist army at Preston, England, and in November, 1715, the rebel group surrendered or dispersed. A month later, James landed from France, but his supporters had melted away, and he speedily returned to France. The rebellion collapsed.

Seven hundred and thirty-eight men were taken as prisoners of war by the English army and were sentenced to exile in the colony of Maryland. They were forbidden to return to England within seven years. Most of these exiles, lowlanders from


THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 N. Hite Ave., Louisville 6, Kentucky
William Perry Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer, Box 531, Raleigh, North Carolina
Russell E. Bidlack, Historian-Genealogist, 1131 Granger Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich.

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.

Scotland in the main, settled in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where they remained. They called their new home “New Scotland.”

Among these exiles was Thomas Spark. Since there were so many factions involved in this short rebellion, it is not known to which faction he belonged.

1. Richardson, Hester Dorsey. Side-Lights on Maryland History (Baltimore, Williams and Wilkins Company, 1903), Vol. I.
2. Cross, Arthur Lyon. A Shorter History of England and Great Britain (New York, The MacMillan Compa~y, 1929).

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In the December, 1957, issue of The Sparks Quarterly (Vol. V, No. 4), pp. 264-66, appeared a query submitted by Mr. Milby Porter regarding the ancestors of Albert Cyrus Sparks (1830-1915). Mrs. Porter provided information on the descendants of Albert Cyrus Sparks, but was unable to give detailed information on the children of his eldest daughter, Hester Ann (Sparks) Gross. Mrs. Porter has since learned from her cousin, Jesse Norman Gross, that Hester Ann and her husband, Francis Marion Gross, were the parents of the following children:
(1) Frankie May Gross, born April 28, 1878; died April 15, 1881, presumably in Newton County, Missouri.
(2) Jesse Norman Gross, born Nov. 12, 1881, in Newton County, Missouri.
(3) Charles Orville Gross, born March 22, 1887, at Fort Scott, Kansas; died Nov. 24, 1936, at Fort Scott, Kansas.
(4) Nellie Matilda Gross, born Jan. 30, 1895, at Fort Scott, Kansas.




It is with deep regret that we report the death of George William Wagner, a devoted member of The Sparks Family Association since 1955. Mr. Wagner died of a heart attack at his home in Conrad, Montana, on August 31, 1958. He was eighty-three years old at the time of his death.

Born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, on September 18, 1874, Mr. Wagner moved with his parents to a farm near Blue Earth, Minnesota, where he attended school. They later farmed near Guckeen, Minnesota. He married Minnie Gertrude Brownlee, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Gordon) Brownlee, in December, 1902, and he and his wife came to Montana in 1910, homesteading twenty-eight miles east of Conrad. He lived there until he retired in 1942. Mrs. Wagner died in 1956. He is survived by four daughters: Mrs. George (Gertrude) Kovatch of Kellogg, Idaho; Mrs. Olive Harris of Conrad; Mrs. A. J. (Marian) Kovatch of Conrad; and Mrs. Mae Bales of Tillamook, Oregon.

Mr. Wagner was connected with the Sparks family through his paternal grandmother, Mary (Sparks) Wagner, daughter of Abel and Sarah Sparks. Abel Sparks, Mr. Wagner’s great-grandfather, was the son of Solomon and Sarah Sparks of Surry County, North Carolina. (See page 98 of the December, 1955, issue of  The Sparks Quarterly.)

[Scanner's note::  This and much of the information below is erroneous.  This Abel Sparks was the grandson (not the son) of Solomon and Sarah Sparks and the son of Joseph and Rachel Sparks.  The issue is clarified in The Sparks Quarterly for June 1987, Whole No. 138 in an article titled Two Men Named Abel Sparks, pp. 3061-3084.]

Mr. Wagner owned the family Bible in which was recorded the birth of Abel Sparks, along with that of his wife and children. Following is a transcription of this record:

Abel Sparks was born Jan. 8th, 1767
Sarah Sparks was born May, 1767

    Geo. Sparks, born Oct. 14th, 1800
    Hannah Sparks, born May 9th, 1802
    Frances Sparkes, born Oct. 27th, 1803
    Elizabeth Sparkes, born April 13th, 1805
    Ann Sparkes, born June 7th, 1808
    Martha Sparkes, born April 1st, 1811
    Soloman Sparkes, born Sept. 5th, 1812
    John Sparkes, born March 25th, 1814
    Mary Sparks, born October 25th, 1815
    Sarah Sparks, born Sept. 13th, 1817
    Abraham Sparks, born July 27th, 1821
    Rebecca Sparkes, born Dec. 27th, 1825
    Jane Sparks, born July 19th, 1827

Relatively little has been learned regarding the life of Abel Sparks. He may have been married twice, for on the 1800 census of Wilkes County, North Carolina, he was listed with five children, two boys and three girls, all under ten years of age. Since the Bible record gives no children born before 1800, it would seem probable that they were children by. an earlier wife. It is possible, of course, that these five children were not his own and were merely living in his household when the 1800 census was taken. Another problem exists regarding the birth date of Sarah, wife of Abel. If she was born in 1767, as the Bible record indicates, she would have been thirty-three years of age when her first child, George, was born in 1800, and sixty years old when her daughter, Jane, was born in 1827. Although it is not impossible for a woman of sixty to bear a child, it is very unusual -- so unusual that, if she was the mother of all the children named, she must have been born several years after 1767.

Several records have been found in Wilkes County, North Carolina, pertaining to Abel Sparks. The earliest of these is a tax record dated 1800 on which he was taxed for 60 acres of land. A letter of attorney dated July 31, 1801, to Abel Sparks from his brothers and sisters is also on file in Wilkes County; this appears to have involved the settlement of the estate of Abel’s father. Although it is evident that Abel Sparks owned land in Wilkes County by 1800, the only deed pertaining to his purchase of land is dated December 12, 1801. It records the purchase by Abel Sparks from Humphrey Cockerham, both of Wilkes County, for 100 pounds, a tract of 150 acres described as follows: “a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Wilkes beginning on the East fork of Swan Creke on Timothy Sisks line, running with the sd line South to a stake in James Foxes line, then East running with sd line to a white oak on the County ithe, thence North with the County to the Long Glade Creek, thence running down sd crick with the various courses of the stream to the beginning.” The witnesses to this deed were Mordecoi Samuel and James Dowell; it was recorded in the Wilkes County courthouse in February, 1805.

In 1805, Abel Sparks was taxed for 100 acres of land in Wilkes County. The last record pertaining to him in the county states that he was chosen to serve on a jury on August 5, 1807.

By 1812 Abel Sparks had moved to Tennessee, but in what section he settled is not known. Sometime between 1815 and 1820 he moved to Illinois, settling in Bond County, for he and his family were listed on the 1820 census of that county as follows:

Abel Sparks
1 male over 21 years
3 males under 21 years
7 free white females
No record has been found thus far to reveal when or where Abel and Sarah Sparks died. Some members of the family moved to Grant, Wisconsin, in later years. A marrlage is recorded in Bond County, Illinois, for one of Abel Sparks’ children: on October 10, 1822, Fanny (Frances) Sparks married Francis Kirkpatrick. Of the other children, it is known that Elizabeth married a Jones, Sarah married William Dennis, and Rebecca married William Andrews.

Mary Sparks, daughter of Abel, was Mr. Wagner’s grandmother. She was born while her parents were living in Tennessee, and died on May 10, 1879, in Hampton, Franklin County, Iowa. She was married twice, her first husband being Jacob Wagner, who was born in Palatine, New York, August 24, 1807. He was a farmer living in Grant County, Wisconsin, when, about 1844, he was killed by a neighbor who struck him on the head with a fence post. It was winter and there was lots of snow; Jacob Wagner had taken down this man’s fence in order to take a shortcut home. The children of Jacob and Mary (Sparks) Wagner were as follows:

(1) Elizabeth Wagner, born Jan. 22, 1832, died Mar. 17, 1923; married Samuel Wanamaker.
(2) George Wagner, born May 1, 1833, died Mar. 9, 1863; never married.
(3) Sarah Jane Wagner, born May 22, 1834; married Jake Wire.
(4) Jesse William Wagner, born June 28, 1835; died June 1, 1922; never married.
(5) Emdine Catherine Wagner, born Jan. 9, 1837, died Feb. 1, 1929; married Scott Vincent.
(6) Solomon Wagner, born Aug. 20, 1838, died Jan. 20, 1924; he was married five times. His first wife’s maiden  name was Sullivan; he married 2nd Mrs. Pricella Ice Ward. Solomon is buried at Stockton, California.
(7) Jasper Newton Wagner, born Nov. 4, 1839; never married; he was lost in a storm on a wagon train going West.
(8) Jacob Harrison Wagner, born Feb. 28, 1841; died Feb. 25, 1929; married Margaret Horning.

Mary (Sparks) Wagner married, as her second husband, Joseph Brown who was born about 1810 and died about 1860. He was a Quaker, born in Pennsylvania, but lived in Grant County, Wisconsin. They had the following children:

(1) Apame Ann Brown, born March 25, 1845; died May, 1909; married Bentley Wheeler.
(2) Minerva Brown, born Nov. 14, 1846; died June, 1921; married Charles Humphrey.
(3) John Brown, born July 23, 1848; died Aug. 24, 1920; married Mary Ann Gullickson.
(4) Dave Brown, born Aug. 20, 1850; died Feb., 1914; married Evelyn Medley.
(5) Marques De Lafayette (Mark) Brown, born June 14, 1852; died Dec. 26, 1899; married Agnes Nowell.
(6) Pheobe Brown, born July 9, 1854; died June 4, 1855.
(7) Mary Idell Brown, born Feb. 21, 1858; died Dec. 18, 1933; married Dr. John Pride.
The above information on Mary (Sparks) Wagner Brown has been supplied by Mr. Wagner’s daughter, Mrs. Olive M. W. Harris, who has been an active supporter of the Association for the past several years.

Shouid anyone have further information on Abel Sparks or his descendants, your editor would be very pleased to hear from him.

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In the December, 1955, issue of The Sparks Quarterly, we reviewed a book entitled A New Frontier in Education by Bertram Holland Flanders which is largely a biography of Dr. George McIntosh Sparks. It is with deep regret that we must now record the death of’ Dr. Sparks.

Dr. Sparks joined The Sparks Family Association during its first year of existence and was a generous contributor during the succeeding years. He was a descendant of John and Margaret (Hampton) Sparks of Washington County, Georgia, a full record of whose decendants we plan to publish in the near future.

Dr. Sparks died suddenly on October 28, 1958, of a heart attack while visiting a daughter, Mrs. William T. Eison, at Tryon, North Carolina. He was sixty-eight years of age, having been born in Quitman, Brooks County, Georgia, on November 19, 1889. He was the second son of Andrew Jackson and Julia Catherine (McIntosh) Sparks and was a great-grandson of  John Sparks, mentioned above.

Since the story of Dr. Sparks’s inspiring life was told in the December, 1955, issue of the Quarterly, it will not be repeated here: except: to note that, until he retired in June, 1957, Dr. Sparks was president of the largest accredited business college in the South, the Georgia State College of Business Administration, Atlanta, Georgia. President Noah Langdate, Dr. Sparks’s successor, expressed his personal sentiments and those of the faculty and staff of the College as follows: “I express for myself and for all of us our sense of grief and loss at the death of Dr. George McIntosh Sparks. We owe to him that we are here present today in our college with the good achievements we have made and the prospect of greater ones soon. Dr. Sparks showed strength and character throughout a long, productive life. He always concerned himself for the welfare of the people with whom he found himself. He labored ever in the interest of education and endeavored to support and to found schools.”



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Genealogical research in New England is easier than in any other section of the United States largely because of the early custom whereby the town clerk was required to record vital statistics as part of the town records. A transcription of the births, deaths, and marriages recorded in these town records of Connecticut prior to 1850 was made many years ago and is located in the Connecticut State Library. Known as the Barbour Collection, these records have since been master indexed by the Library and microfilmed. Below is a copy of all the Sparks entries in the Collection, alphabetically arranged. Following each entry is the name of the town where the record was made, with the volume and page number. By no means every Sparks vital record before 1850 is recorded here. Some town records have been lost, and we can be sure that town clerks occassionally simply forgot to record a birth, marriage, or death. Nevertheless, these records should prove invaluable to the descendant of the Connecticut Sparkses.

Sparks, Aaron, Jr., son of Aaron and Frances, born March 6, 1813. (Killingly Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 300)

Sparks, Abigail, daughter of Henry and Joan, born April 22, 1729. (Killingly Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 3)

Sparks, Abigail of Sheffield, married David Chapin, of Salisbury, March 23, 1806, by Joseph W. Grossman. (Salisbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 113)

Sparks, Alrnira, of Killingly, married Darius A. Wood, of Webster, Mass., Dec. 14, 1847, by Rev. John D. Baldwin. (Killingly Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 49a)

Sparks, Amos, son of Isaiah and Philisity, born Sept. 24, 1792. (Ashford Vital Records, Vol. 4, p. 239)

Sparks, Annett, of Vernon, married William 0. Weaver, of Manchester, Aug. 1, 1852, by Rev. George W. Brewster. (Manchester Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 260)

Sparks, Arial, son of Jonas and Olive, born Apr. 1, 1806. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 260)

Sparks, Ariel, of Vernon, married Matilda Ingham, of Windham, Jan. 15, 1829, by Rev. Dennis Platt. (Windham Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 134)

Sparks, Caleb, son of Joseph and Eleanor, born Feb. 3, 1804. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. B, p. 84)

Sparks, Calvin, of Sheffield, married Eleanor Harris, of Salisbury, Dec. 21, 1831, by L. E. Lathrop. (Salisbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 139)

Sparks, Caroline, daughter of Nathan, born Sept. 6, 1812. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 184)

Sparks, Caroline H., of Glastonbury, married Horace Abbey, of Enfield, March 29, 1837, by Jeremiah Stocking, Elder. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 140)

Sparks, Chauncey, son of Nathan, born Dec. 21, 1814. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 184)


Sparks, Chloe, daughter of Jonas and Olive, born Jan. 30, 1809.  (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 260)

Sparks, Chloe, married James Ingraham, both of Vernon, Nov. 26, 1829, by A. Benedict. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 218)

Sparks, Daniel, son of Joseph and Elenor, born Nov. 1, 1797. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. B, p. 84)

Sparks, Dorothy, married John Parsons, May 27, 1712. (Hartford Vital Records, Vol. D, p. 28)

Sparks, Ebenezer, of Woodstock, and Elisabeth White, of Hartford, intention of marriage published June 5, 1736. (Woodstock Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 63)

Sparks, Edward, son of Nathan, bonn Oct. 7, 1798. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 184)

Spanks, Edward, married Esther Burr Nov. 27, 1823, by Charles J. Hinsdale. (Meniden Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 24)

Sparks, Edward, married Phebe Ann Stone, both of West Haven, June 10, 1849, by Rev. A. B. Chapin, of West Haven. (Orange Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 21)

Spanks, Edwin King, born Killingly, resident of Norwich, died July 15, 1849, age 8 years. (Norwich Vital Records, Vol. 7 1/2, p. 152.)

Sparks, Electa, married Noah Selleck, both of Salisbury, Oct. 31, 1813, by Enos Honkins, J.P. (Salisbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 114)

Sparks, Elijah, married Pamela Fox, both of Glastonbury, May 1, 1826, by Rev. Jacob Allen. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 89)

Sparks, Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Mehetable, born Nov. 2, 1751. (Tolland Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 75)

Sparks, Elizabeth, of Derby, married Henry B. Joy, of Danbury, July 28, 1845, by Rev. N. S. Richardson. (Derby Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 325)

Sparks, Emily, of Derby, married Menrit Sperry, of Meniden, Dec. 23, 1839, by Rev. Joseph Scott. (Derby Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 185)

Spanks, Emily M., of Glastonbury, married William Brainand, of Haddam, Oct. 5, 1830, by Jeremiah Stocking, J.P. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 109)

Sparks, Enos, son of Henry and Mehetable, bonn Nov. 23, 1733. (Killingly Vital Records Vol. 1, p. 14)

Sparks, Enos, of Baltimore, m. widow Lucy Grumley, of Saybrook, June 19, 1831, by Fred W. Hotchkiss. (Saybrook Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 88)

Sparks, Enos, married Jane Ann Tripp, both of Saybrook, Sept. 19, 1852, by Rev. J. H. Pettingill. (Saybrook Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 139)

Sparks. Erastus. son of Isaiah and Philisity. born Sept. 29. 1789. (Ashfond Vital Records, Vol. 4, p. 239)


Sparks, Esther, daughter of John, deceased, of Hartford, married Joseph Fox, son of Richard Fox, Sr., of Glastonbury, Dec. 6, 1717. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 40)

Sparks, Fanny, widow, married Simeon Spaulding, Feb. 10, 1822, by Israel Day. (Killingly Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 193)

Sparks, George Washington, married Susan Cheesbro, both of Vernon, Oct. 17, 1849, by Rev. Albert Smith. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 35)

Spanks, Hannah, daughter of Jonas and Olive, born May 8, 1794. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 259)

Sparks, Hannah, married Mark Merrick, Dec. 22, 1815. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 252)

Sparks, Harriet, married John Miller, both of New York City, Sept. 20, 1849, by Rev. Robert Turnbull. (Hartford Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 268)

Sparks, Harriet M., of Glastonbury, married Marvin T. Nash, of Winchendon, Mass., Nov. 2, 1834, by Rev. Jacob Allen. (Glastonbuny Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 128)

Sparks, Harriet M., of Portland, married David T. Fuller, of Deleware, Ohio, Oct. 8, 1849, by Rev. Saml. M. Emery. (Portland Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 20)

Sparks, Helen S., of West Killingly, married George H. Stanton, of Norwich, July 7, 1850, by Rev. B. W. Walker. She aged 18, born Killingly; he aged 20, of Norwich. (Norwich Vital Records, Vol. 7, p. 153)

Sparks, Henry, married Lydia Ann Aldrich, both of Killingly, June 3, 1838, by Rev. Epaphras Goodman. (Killingly Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 4a)

Spanks, Henry S., of Glastonbury, married Clarissa B. Eames, of Lisbon, Mar. 2, 1834, by Henry Hazen, J.P. (Franklin Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 31)

Sparks, Honora, daughter of Nathan, born June 3, 1802. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 184)

Sparks, Honoria, married David Andrews 3rd, December 30, 1819. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 187)

Sparks, Isaiah, son of Joseph and Mehetable, born Nov. 3, 1754. (Tolland Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 75)

Sparks, Isaiah, married Filisity Dawset, Dec. 9, 1779; died Dec. 7, 1794. (Ashford Vital Records, Vol. 4, p. 239)

Sparks, Isaiah, son of Isaiah and Philisity, born Dec. 16, 1783; died May 27, 1785. (Ashford Vital Records, Vol. 4, p. 239)

Sparks, Jane, married Joseph Hoss, Feb. 25, 1741. (Pomfret Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 104)

Sparks, Jeremiah, son of Joseph and Mehetable, born October --, 1757. (Tolland Vital Records, vol. 1, p. 75)


Sparks, Jeremiah, son of Lemuel and Bathsheba, born Nov. 6, 1778. (Mansfield Vital Records, Vol. D, p. 165)

Sparks, Joan, wife of Henry, died May 16, 1729. (Killingly Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 3)

Sparks, John B., of Willimantic, died Oct. 10, 1859, age 2 years, 4 months. (Windham Vital Records, Vol. 4, p. 159-60)

Sparks, Jonas, m. Olive Smith, Feb. 19, 1794. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 251)

Sparks, Joseph, married Mehitable Johnson, April 29, 1747. (Windham Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 275)

Sparks, Joseph, son of Joseph and Mehetable, born Feb. 3, 1761. (Tolland Vital Rec Vol. 1, p. 75)

Spanks, Joseph, son of Lermuel and Bathsheba, born Aug. 23, 1772. (Lebanon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 278)

Spanks, Joseph, married Eleanor Orcutt, Dec. 24, 1789. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. B, p. 84)

Sparks, Joseph, son of Joseph and Eleanor, born June 24, 1809. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. B, p. 84)

Sparks, Joseph, of New York, married Mary Batty, of Willington, Oct. 13, 1833, by Francis Wood, Clark. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. D, p. 25)

Sparks, Josephine C., of Willington, married Waldo Johnson of Warren, Mass., Dec. 30, 1852, by Rev. William C. Walker. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. D, p. 88)

Sparks, Julia, daughter of Nathan, born Mar. 27, 1806. (Glastonbury Vital Records: Vol. 2, p. 184)

Sparks, Julia, of Glastonbury, married Elias Ingham of Marlborough, Dec. 25, 1827, by Jeremiah Stocking, J.P. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 96)

Sparks, Julia M., married James K. Logee, both of Killingly, Oct. 13, 1844, by Ven Stiles, J.P. (Thompson Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 75)

Sparks, Larass, daughter of Jonas and Olive, born April 14, 1802. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 259)

Sparks, Larissa, married Ira Thrall, Oct. 18, 1826, by A. Benedict. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 213)

Sparks, Laurance, son of Isaiah and Philisity, born March 18, 1782. (Ashford Vital Records, Vol. 4, p. 239)

Spanks, Lemuel, son of Joseph and Mehetable, born Sept. 11, 1747. (Windham Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 275)

Sparks, Lemuel, son of Lemuel and Jane, born April 6, 1769, in Tolland. (Willington Vital Records. Vol. B. p. 28)


Sparks, Lemuel, married Bathsheba Clark, July 9, 1772, by William Metcalf, Esq. (Lebanon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 278)

Sparks, Lemuel, administration from, 1794. (Hampton Vital Records, Vol. TM, [no p.])

Sparks, Lemuel, of Sheffield, Mass., married Mrs. Hannah Ingram of Canaan, Sept. 1, 1844, by Rev. Stephen J. Stebbins. (Canaan Vital Records, Vol. A, p. 103)

Sparks, Lucinda, daughter of Nathan, born July 18, 1818. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 184)

Sparks, Lucinda, of Glastonbury, married Mark E. Perkins, of Bristol, March 29, 1837, by Jeremiah Stocking, Elder. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 140)

Sparks, Lucretia, daughter of Jonas and Olive, born Jan. 20, 1796. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 259)

Sparks, Lucretia, married Walter Harris, both of Vernon, Oct. 8, 1823, by Oliver H. King, J.P. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 209)

Sparks, Lucy, household duties, born in Mansfield, resided in Rockville, died Nov. 10, 1850, aged 48 years. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 144-5)

Sparks, Maria A., married David Q. Curtis, both of Glastonbury, March 22, 1840, by Elder Jeremiah Stocking. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 154)

Sparks, Martha, married John Mclntire, Dec. 17, 1843, by Rev. William H. Smith. (Bridgeport Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 54)

Sparks, Martin, son of Isaiah and Philisity, born Aug. 30, 1785. (Ashford Vital Records, Vol. 4, p. 239)

Spark, Mary, married Ledusky Munn, both of Derby, Oct. 12, 1835, by Rev. Joseph Scott. (Derby Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 166)

Spanks, Mary Ann, daughter of Nathan, born Aug. 18, 1810. (Glastonbury Vital Record: Vol. 2, p. 184)

Sparks, Mary Ann, m. Osman T. Curtis, both of Glastonbury, Jan. 1, 1840, by Elder Jeremiah Stocking. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 153)

Spanks, Mary G., married John Deacon M.D., both of Waterbury, Jan. 3, 1853, by Rev. J. L. Clark. (Waterbury Vital Records, Vol. 4, p. 28)

Sparks, Mehetabel, daughter of Henery and Mehetabel, born July 28, 1737, in Warwick. (Killingly Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 40)

Spanks, Mehetabel, daughter of Isaiah and Philisity, born Sept. 14, 1787. (Ashford Vital Records, Vol. 4, p. 239)

Sparks, Melven Perlye, son of Joseph and Mehetable, born Feb. 15, 1749/50. (Tolland Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 75)

Sparks, Moses, son of Henry and Mehetabel, born Aug. 23, 1731. (Killingly Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 7)


Sparks, Moses, died June 12, 1757. (Pomfret Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 4)

Spanks, Noah, married Margaret Strong, both of Windsor, July 29, 1736. (Windsor Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 199)

Sparks, Noah, died Aug. 12, 1767. (Tolland Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 28)

Sparks, Olive, daughter of Jonas and Olive, born Aug. 1, 1804. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 260)

Sparks, Olive, married Augustin Parker, both of Vernon, Sept. 25, 1823, by Oliver H. King, J.P. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 209)

Sparks, Orrigin, son of Joseph and Elenor, bonn June 23, 1800. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. B, p. 84)

Sparks, Origin, married Calista Converse, both of Willington, Nov. 26, 1829, by Samuel S. Mallory. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. C, p. 92)

Sparks, Osborn, of Sheffield, Mass., married Sarah M. Taylor of Litchfield, Sept 2, 1846, by Rev. William Dixon. (Litchfield Vital Records, Vol. TM49, p. 15)

Sparks, Parker, son of Joseph and Elener, born July 15, 1793, died Aug. 19, 1794. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. B, p. 84)

Sparks, Parker, son of Joseph and Elenor, born Aug. 14, 1802, died July 9, 1806. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. B, p. 84)

Sparks, Pearl, son of Joseph and Elener, died Jan. 6, 1797. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. B, p. 84)

Sparks, Phineas, son of Lemuel and Bathsheba, born Dec. 13, 1774, in Ashfond. (Mansfield Vital Records, Vol. D, p. 164)

Sparks, Phinehas, administration from, 1799. (Hampton Vital Records, Vol. TM [no pg.])

Sparks, Priscilla, daughter of Lemuel and Bathsheba, born May 15, 1777. (Mansfield Vital Records, Vol. D, p.165)

Sparks, Pressilla, daughter of Lemuel and Barshela [sic], died Apr. 8, 1795, in the 18th year of her age. (Hampton Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 323)

Sparks, Rockey, son of Joseph and Elenor, born April 3, 1791. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. B, p. 84)

Sparks, Ruth, daughter of Thomas, married Elizur Loveland, son of Lot Loveland, May 17, 1758. (Glastonbuny Vital. Records, Vol. 2, p. 73)

Sparks, Sarah, daughter of Thomas, married Samuel Bidwell, son of Nathaniell Bidwell, Nov. 7, 1751. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 125)

Sparks, Solyman, son of Joseph and Elenor, born March 15, 1807. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. B, p. 84)

Sparks, Solyman, married Annis Holman, April 14, 1833, by Rev. Samuel S. Mallory. (Willington Vital Records, Vol. D, p. 22)


Sparks, Stephen, son of Joseph and Mehitable, born April 24, 1759. (Tolland Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 75)

Sparks, Stephen, son of Isaiah and Philisity, born Aug. 24, 1780. (Ashford Vital Records, Vol. 4, p. 239)

Sparks, Susanna, daughter of John, born July 31, 1730, married Samuel Rice, son of John Rice, Aug. 24, 1757. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 42)

Sparks, Thankful, daughter of Jonas and Olive, born August 2, 1811. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 260)

Sparks, Thankfull, of Vernon, married Charles Ingraham of Hebron, March 9, 1834, by Chester Humphrey. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 1)

Sparks, Thomas, married Betsey Granger, Feb. 14, 1821, by Rev. Ebenezer Washburn. (Torrington Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 24)

Sparks, Uniah, son of Joseph and Mehetobel, bonn April 17, 1752. (Tolland Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 75)

Spanks, Walter C., married Jane Fry, both of Danbury, this day July 3, 1842, by Rev. Rollin S. Stone. (Danbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 116)

Sparks, Washington, farmer, aged 24, of Vernon, married Susan Cheesbro, aged 25, of Vernon, Oct. 17, 1849, by Rev. A. Smith. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 130-1)

Sparks, William, son of Lemuel and Bathsheba, born May 21, 1775. (Mansfield Vital Records, Vol. D, p. 165)

Sparks, William, son of Jonas and Olive, born Oct. 22, 1798. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 259)

Spanks, William, married Lucy Parker, both of Vernon, Oct. 9, 1823, by Olive H. King, J.P. (Vernon Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 209)

Spanks, William, married Emeline Wadsworth, both of Glastonbury, April 6, 1825, by Jeremiah Stocking, J.P. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 83)

Sparks, William C., son of Nathan, born March 17, 1804. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 184)

Sparks, William C., of Glastonbury, married Mary M. Buck of Manchester, Jan. 4, 1852, by Charles Merse. (Glastonbury Vital Records, Vol. 3, p. 223)

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Your editor regrets that the following typographical errors appeared in the article by Martha Spanks Smith in the September, 1958, issue of the Quarterly. On page 318 the first line of the 4th paragraph should read: William Sparks died as a relatively young man in 1816. On page 320, in the last line of the 3rd paragraph, the town in Georgia where Ludlow Ekillis Sparks was placed on special service was Columbus, not Columbia.



(Continued from Vol. VI, No. 3, Whole No. 23, page 333)

Compiled by Paul E. Sparks

Infant's Name Date Father's Name Mother's Name

  Lizzie 12 Feb. 1907 Riley Sparks Frances Holbrook

  Amanda 20 Jan.1859 Wm. Sparks Sian Gilbert
  Caroline 15 Sep.1859 Joseph Sparks Louisa I. Coons
  David C. 20 Apr.1859 Melville Sparks Sarah A. Robb
  Louisa 18 June1855 Wrn. Sparks ——— Gilbert
  John E. 20 Jan. 1877 T. J. Sparks Eliz. Berry
  John W. 29 July 1877 John W. Spanks Eliz. Messer
  (unnamed female) 16 Dec.1852 I. Sparks Ann Sparks

   P. A. (male) 26 Sep. 1904 Lennis Sparks Ida L. Karnes

  Sarow Frances 26 Sep. 1852 Samuel Sparks July Ann Anderson

  Mary E. -- Feb. 1858 James B. Sparks Harriett Johnson

   James Hany 11 May 1858 John Sparks May Lykins
   John Milton  25 Feb. 1855 Jesse Sparks Sarah Sparks
      (born at Caney Creek)
   Nancy -- ----   1855 John Sparks Mary -----
   Mary Jane 11 May 1856 John Sparks Mary Lykins
   Thomas  26 Aug. 1853 John A. Sparks Mary Lykins
      (born at Elk Fork)

   C. B. 14 Mar. 1857 Jas. Sparks M. A. Tankle
   Jno. E.   4 Jan.  1859 James R. Sparks Marget Tinkle
   Mary   6 Sep. 1907 Maynard Sparks Lelia Hardison
   Mary J. 15 Sep. 1861 W. Sparks Nancy E. Huhler
   Reva A.  23 July 1906 H. L. Sparks Verda M. Harrison
   (unnamed male) 15 Mar. 1858 William Sparks Susan Overhulie
   (unnamed female) 23 July 1907 Harvey Sparks Susan Overhulie

   Benjamin Throop 10 Dec. 1855 John Franklin Sparks Cyntha Bradshaw
   Charles   9 Aug. 1855 Otho Sparks Sarah Jane Smith
   John J.   3 Nov. 1857 John F. Smith Cyntha Bradshaw
   Lucy Ellen   3 Nov. 1855 Charles Sparks Mary Ann Barnett
   Melvina   7 Dec. 1877 Granville Sparks Sallie Gifford
   Sarah Eliz.   7 Aug. 1855 Samuel Sparks Abby H. McVey
   Thos. Franklin 23 July  1855 James Sparks Eliz. Redmon


Infant's Name Date Father's Name Mother's Name

   Vernon 22 Jan. 1907 Ruben Sparks Louisa James

   Albert   8 July 1852 Henry Sparks Sarah Smither
   M. F. 10 Dec. 1854 A. J. Sparks Sally A. Eads
   (unnamed)   4 May 1856 A. J. Sparks Sarah Ead
   (unnamed) 25 Feb. 1858 A. J. Sparks E. Eads

   Aaron C. 25 Nov. 1859 John D. Sparks Phebe Sparks
   America (female)   9 Sep. 1854 Harvey D. Sparks Nancy Johnson
     (born at Devils Creek)
   Andrew 15 Oct. 1852 Tobias Sparks Delina Sparks
     (born at Devils Creek)
   Andrew Jackson 30 Oct. 1853 Solomon Sparks Angeline Roister
     (born at Devils Creek)
   Charlotte 13 June 1853 William Sparks Minerva Johnson
     (born at Devils Creek)
   Daniel 29 Dec. 1859 Sylvester Sparks Nancy Ashcraft
   Ephriam   1 June 1858 William Sparks Minerva Johnson
   Felding (male) 13 Dec. 1859 John J. Sparks Tamer Jane Tolson
   George W. 20 Dec. 1854 William Sparks Sarah Ann Muck 
   Isaac S. 23 Nov. 1857 John J. Sparks Phebe Showmaker
   James 30 Apr. 1852 H. D. Sparks N. J. Sparks
   James 27 May 1852 J. D. Sparks Pheba Sparks
   John   2 June 1854 Robert Sparks Mary Wood
   John W. 13 Sep. 1857 William Sparks Susan Tillson
   Mary 28 Aug. 1855 William Sparks Minerva Johnson
   Mary E. 24 June 1855 Tobias E. Sparks Delilah Shoemaker
   Robert   8 Apr. 1853 Wm. Sparks Sarah Muck
   Sarah   3 Feb. 1858 Silvester Sparks Nancy Ashcraft
   Tobias 27 Nov. 1855 John D. Sparks Phebe Shoemaker
   William 12 Feb. 1852 Robert Sparks ----- -----

   Alfred   3 July 1853 James Sparks Martha Patton
   Allen 14 Oct. 1855 Jonas Sparks Martha Patton
   Sandford   1 July 1858 Jonas Sparks Martha Patton

   Irtley 16 July 1904 Richard Sparks Mary Stanley
   Martha 18 Apr. 1852 Richard Sparks Mary June Johns
   Victoria -- Apr. 1894 Cy Sparks Louisa Charles
   (unnamed male) -- ----- 1877 Josiah Sparks ----- Charles

   George C. 14 Aug. 1853 Preston Sparks Mary Ely

   Isabel 31 Mar. 1857 W. J. Sparks Eliza Terrell


Infant's Name Date Father's Name Mother's Name

   Alexander 13 Sep. 1856 Alexander Sparks Louisa Antle
   Charles F. 13 Jan. 1853 Alex. K. Sparks Louisa Antle
   Elnora 28 Dec. 1855 Wm. Sparks Lucy E. Pierce
   Nancy C. 19 Jan. 1855 Alex. Sparks Louisa Antle
   Thomas   4 Aug. 1861 A. K. Sparks Louisa Antell

   Andrew J. 18 Jan. 1855 Alexander Sparks Elizabeth Butler
   George Ann (female) 15 Oct. 1855 Isham Sparks Sarah C. Prewitt

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Reviewed by: Paul E. Sparks

(Editor’s Note: The book here reviewed should prove of particular interest to the descendants of the Sparkses who settled in the Yadkin Riven Valley of western North Carolina during the period 1750-70.)

Jemima, Daughter of Daniel Boone is a charming and refreshing story for teenage boys and girls, but it will be of interest to all who are interested in pioneer life as well.

The story begins in October, 1768, in the Yadkin River Valley, near Salisbury, North Carolina. Here live the Boones, the Bryans, the Grants, the Sparkses, and other pioneer families. As the story opens, plans are being made to leave for the new land of Kentucky -- plans that mature in September of the following year. (See The Sparks Quarterly, Vol. I, No. 3, September, 1953.)

This is the biography of a frontier girl, and it is told in simple but interesting style. The central character, of course, is Jemima Boone, who celebrates her sixth birthday in the first chapter. She marries Flanders Calloway ten years later, in the last. chapter. One of her favorite girl friends is Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Jonas Sparks.

A good description is given of the ill-fated venture into Kentucky, which ended with the Indian attack in the Powell Riven Valley. Subsequently, the party turned back into Virginia, and the trip was not completed until the fall of 1775.

This book was written by Margaret Sutton (Mrs. William H. Sutton), and it was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, in 1953. It costs $2.50, and the proceeds from the sale of the book go to a building fund of Mrs. Sutton’s church. Mrs. Sutton lives at 261 Rutland Road, Freeport, New York.

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“Genealogical research by an individual results not only in benefit to his posterity, but also to the welfare of the nation. As an individual gains Imowledge of his forefathers, he becomes conscious of his place in the march of civilization, and in the progressive evolution of mankind. He also becomes aware that his background is the sum total of all that, for ages, have gone before.” -- Ethel W. Williams, Kalamazoo, Mich.



In the March, 1956, issue of The Spanks Quarterly, (Vol. IV, No. 1, pp. 127-28) appeared William Perry Johnson’s compilation of the Sparkses listed on the 1830 census of Alabama. In 1830, Alabama had a total population of 309,527. This was more than twice what its population had been in 1820 (127,901). Settlers continued to pour into the state during the 1830’s and 1840’s, coming primarily from Virginia the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and other Southern states. Immigrants found that much of the soil in the new state was suitable for growing cotton, and farmers tended to specialize in this crop, importing food and draft animals from other states. A plantation economy rapidly developed, and by 1850 nearly 45 per cent of the population were slaves. The 1850 census recorded a total of 771,623 people, white and black, living in Alabama.

Mr. Johnson found that in 1830 there were 14 Sparks families living in Alabama--at least there were 14 persons named Sparks who were listed as heads of households. In these 14 households were enumerated (but not named) a total of exactly 100 persons, mostly children. These 14 Sparks families were scattered among 11 of the 36 counties.

By 1850, there were 52 counties in Alabama; today there are 67. When the 1850 census was taken, there were Sparkses living in 18 of these 52 counties. These 18 counties were: Benton, Cherokee, Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Mobile, Morgan, Pickens, Russell, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, and Walker.

The importance of the 1850 census in genealogical research has been discussed in previous issues of the Quarterly. Not only was the head of each household named on this census, but also the name of each person living in the household was given, along with his age, birthplace, and sex. For those who were bread-winners, the census taker was also supposed to note their occupation and the value of their real estate.

The following record of Sparkses listed on the 1850 census of Alabama has been supplied by Mrs. Pauline Jones Gandrud, 311 Caplewood Terrace, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Mrs. Gandrud is a professional genealogist who has spent many years copying and indexing all sorts of genealogical materials relating to Alabama. She has indexed the 1850 census of the state, as well as those for 1830 and 1840, and has copied records from nearly every Alabama courthouse. In transcribing census records, it has not been Mrs. Gandrud’s policy to note the page number of the census nor the house number. Since we have given these data in previous 1850 census records published in the Quarterly, we engaged Mrs. Carrie Grant Heppen, our Washington researcher, to provide these additional data. We were pleased when Mrs. Heppen reported that Mrs. Gandrud’s transcription had been accurately made, which means that we can be reasonably certain that every Sparks listed on the 1850 census of Alabama has been found.

In the following list, the page number refers to the page in the volume containing the particular county named. The two numbers given below the page number are those supplied by the census taker. The first was the house number, the second was the family number. These two numbers are often the same, but when two families lived in the same house, the sequences would thereafter be different. These numbers are useful to the genealogist because one can frequently judge how near one family lived to another by comparing the numbers. (Thus, in Fayette County the family of Russel Sparks obviously lived next door to the family of William Sparks, since Russel’s numbers were 456-456 and William’s were 457-457.) Opposite each


person's name is given his age, whether male or female, and the state in which he was born.  Where the census taker listed occupation and value of real estate owned, this information is also given.

In using the 1850 census the genealogist must realize that each family group actually represented a household and that besides the parents and children, a household might have included relatives and hired hands.  In the following list, the entire household is given in each case just as the census taker recorded it.  Thus, in Benton County, all members of the Smith familhy, in which Achsah E. Sparks was living, are named.  Although this requires a good deal of space, it is thought that such a listing may at times aid in establishing relationships.

Since the full listing of the Sparkses on the 1850 census of Alabama will occupy about nine pages, it will be necessary to continue this report in the March, 1959, issue of the Quarterly.

Benton County, Alabama (Now Calhoun County)-- 1850 Census

   Jacksonville, 72nd Regt., enumerated Oct. 31, 1850, by Spartan Allen
 (p. 656) Smith, E. T.   44  (M) South Carolina Lawyer $4,000 
 11-11     "      Caroline E. 38  (F) Georgia
   "      Elizabeth E. 17  (F) South Carolina
Sparks, Achsah 17  (F) Georgia
Smith, Mourning C. 14  (F) South Carolina
   "      Jane T. 5  (F) Alabama

   Jacksonville, 72nd Regt. enumerated Nov. 12, 1850, by Spartan Allen
 (p. 660) Aderhold, Jacob J.   35  (M) North Carolina Carpenter $1,000 
 36-36        "        Phebe C. A. 30  (F)     "           "
       "        Laura C. 9  (F) Alabama
       "        Mariah E. 6  (F)       "
       "        Ida F. 2  (F)       "
Sparks, Thompson 25  (F) South Carolina Appr. Carpenter

  29th Sub-Division, enumerated Feb. 20 1851, by Spartan Allen
 (p. 770) Sparks, Daniel   49  (M) South Carolina    
 774-775      "       Lucinda 37  (F)    "          "
     "       Marinda 17  (F)    "          "
     "       William 13  (M) Alabama
     "       Nancy J. 10  (F)      "
     "       Martha L. 8  (F)      "
     "       Charles B. 6  (M)      "
     "       James 4  (M)      "
Waddille, Matilda 27  (F) South Carolina

Cherokee County, Alabama -- 1850 Census

   27th District, enumerated Nov. 16, 1850, by D. C. Turrentin [?]
 (p. 152)  Sparks, Henry   46  (M) Georgia Agriculture   
 212-212      "       Martha 43  (F) South Carolina
     "       Russell J. 20  (M) Georgia
     "       Wm. J. 19  (M)      "
     "       Elizabeth A. 17  (F)      "

(Family continued on next page)


Cherokee County, family of Henry Sparks, continued:
Sparks, Nancy C.   15  (F) Georgia     
       "      Margaret 13  (F)      "
     "      John B. J. 10  (M)      "
     "      Martha 6  (F) Alabama
     "      Sarah M. 3  (F)      "
     "      Henry T. 1  (M)      "
Kersawn, Mary 40  (F) Georgia

   27th District, enumerated Dec. 9, 1850, by D. C. Turrentin [?]
 (p. 180) Sparks, Matthew  50  (M) South Carolina  Agriculture  $150 
 410-410      "       Elizabeth  49  (F)     "          "
     "       Nehamer  10  (M) Georgia
     "       Virgil  14  (M)      "
     "       Jane   7  (F)      "
Norton, Orpha  70  (F) South Carolina

   27th District, enumerated Dec. 17, 1850, by D. C. Turrentin [?]
 (p. 200) Sparks, Benjamin C.   31  (M) Georgia  M. D.  $200
 560-560      "       Mary  24  (F) South Carolina
     "       Susan   4  (F) Alabama
     "       Mary   1  (F)      "

    27th District, enumerated Dec. 31, 1850, by D. C. Turrentin [?]
 (p. 218) Sparks, Matilda   41  (F) Georgia    
 675-675      "       Sarah  11  (F) Alabama
     "       William   6  (M)      "
     "       William Seaborn   2  (M)      "
     [Note:  Mrs. Heppen reports that f rom the handwriting of the above, it is difficult to determine whether the two-year-old was named William Seaborn Sparks or Seaborn William(s) ]

Fayette County, Alabama -- 1850 Census

   15th Division, enumerated Nov. 2, 1850, by J. H. Moon
 (p. 125) Sparks, John  68  (M) North Carolina Farmer  $1,000 
 114-114      "       Nancy  54  (F) South Carolina
     "       Carrol  29  (M) Alabama $1,000
     "       John  19  (M)      "
Philpman, Mary  19  (F)      "

   15th Division, enumerated Dec. 3, 1850, by J. H. Moon
 (p. 175) Sparks, Russel   31  (M) Georgia Farmer  $300 
 456-456      "       Nancy  28  (F) South Carolina
     "       Sarah   5  (F) Alabama
     "       Barshaba   3  (F)      "


Fayette County continued:

   15th Division, enumerated Dec. 30, 1850, by J. H. Moon.
 (p. 176) Sparks, William   54  (M) Georgia  Farmer  $500 
 457-457      "       Sarah  54  (F)      "
     "       Jackson M.  20  (M) Alabama
     "       Milly  17  (F)      "
     "       George  14  (M)      "
     "       Phebe  11  (F)      "

Franklin County, Alabama -- 1850 Census

   District No. 6, enumerated Dec. 16, 1850, by W. W. Frost
 (p. 409) Sparks, John C.  21  (M) Alabama  Farmer  $250 
 489-489      "       Minerva  21  (F)      "
     "       Elizabeth 9/12  (F)      "

   District No. 6, enumerated Jan. 1, 1851, by W. W. Frost
 (p. 451) Sparks, Riley   40  (M) South Carolina  Farmer $500 
 772-772      "       Nancy  35  (F) Alabama
     "       Wm.  16  (M)       "
     "       Daniel  12   (M)       "
     "       John A.  10  (M)       "
     "       James   7  (M)       "
     "       Charles   4  (M)       "
     "       Riley   2  (M)       "
     "       Martha   6  (F)       "
     "       Mary  15  (F)       "

 (p. 451) Sparks, Willis  35  (M) South Carolina  Farmer   
 773-773      "       Martha  30  (F)     "          "
     "       Marion   8  (M) Alabama

 (p. 451) Sparks, William   68  (M) North Carolina  Farmer  $800 
 770-770      "       Lucy  38  (F)      "          "
     "       Wm.  20  (M) Alabama

   District No. 6, enumerated Jan. 3, 1851, by W. W. Frost
 (p. 462) Sparks, Sarah  40   (F) Tennesee  Farmer $600 
 850-850      "       Martha  17  (F) Alabama
     "       Benjamin  16  (M)       " Farmer
     "       Joseph  14  (M)       "
     "       Mary  13  (F)       "
     "       Elizabeth  10  (F)       "
     "       John L.    7  (M)       "
     "       James   4  (M)       "
     "       Newton   2  (M)       "


Franklin County, continued:

   District No. 6, enumerated Jan. 7, 1851, by W. W. Frost
 (p. 272) Sparks, Enoch   58  (M) Georgia  Farmer  $300 
 918-918      "       Nancy  58  (F) South Carolina
     "       John P.  21  (M)      "         "
     "       Malinda  19  (F)      "         "
     "       Matilda  17  (F) Alabama

 (p. 472) Sparks, L. M.   35  (M) South Carolina  Farmer   
 919-919      "       Nancy  37  (F) Tennessee
     "       John M.   8  (M) Alabama
     "       Amelia M.   3  (F)      "
     "       Simeon 6/12  (M)      "

 (p. 472) Sparks, Johnson  32  (M) South Carolina     
 920-920      "       Christina  25  (F) Alabama
     "       Agnes   4  (F)      "
     "       Ariminta   2  (F)      "

   District No. 6, enumerated Jan. 8, 1851, by W. W. Frost
 (p. 473) Sweet, Liberton   40  (M) South Carolina  Carpenter  $100 
 926-926      "     Elizabeth  45  (F) Tennessee
     "     Calup  19  (M) Alabama
     "     Clay  14   (M)        "
     "     Usilla  12  (F)        "
     "     Rictor   7  (M)        "
     "     William   5  (M)        "
     "     Martha   8  (F)        "
     "     Lalenia   7  (F)        "
     "     Serry   3  (F)        "
     "     Margaret   1  (F)        "
Sparks, Mary  87  (F) New Jersey

 (p. 480)  Sparkes, James   36   (M) Alabama  Farmer  $50 
 974-974       "       Rebecca  37  (F)      "
      "       Ellin  12  (F)      "
      "       Andrew J.   1  (M)      "

Jackson County, Alabama -- 1850 Census

   District 19, enumerated Dec. 9, 1850, by H. L. Higgins
 (p. 61) Sparks, Solomon   30  (M) North Carolina   Grocer  
 445-445      "       Jane  25  (F) Tennessee
     "       John   1  (M) Alabama


Jefferson County, Alabama -- 1850 Census

   Jonesboro Beat, District No. 31, enumerated Nov. 4, 1850, by L. G. McMillion.
 (p. 291) Sparks, James   47   (M) South Carolina  Farmer  $74 
 31-31      "       Mary Ann  42  (F) Georgia
     "       John H.  19  (M) Alabama Laborer
     "       Lavinia  17  (F)       "
     "       Sarah  15  (F)       "
     "       Wm.  13  (M)       "
     "       Mary M.  11   (F)       "
     "       Nancy   9  (F)       "
     "       James H.   7  (M)       "
     "       Samuel H.   5  (M)       "
     "       Eliza O.   1  (F)       "

Lauderdale County, Alabama -- 1850 Census

   District No. 1, Lauderdale Factory
 (p. 268) Berry, Rebecca  38  (F) Georgia  Cook   
 520-520 Scott, John  19   (M) Alabama Weaver
    "     Nancy  15  (F)      "
    "     William  10  (M)      "
    "     Marthy  18  (F)      "
Sparks, Nancy  68  (F) Georgia


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It is a pleasure to report the names of eighteen Sparks descendants who have joined The Sparks Family Association since September, 1958:

Adams, Mrs. Betty Jane, Qrs. No. 1010, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
Bodine, Harry L., 307 -  4th St., Evanston, Wyoming.
Butler, Bessie Dawson, 1131 S.E. 2nd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Button, W. G., P.O. Box 918, Waco, Texas.
Chandler, Mrs. B. W., 1040 Burlington, Dallas 8, Texas.
Gay, William E., 17 Vernon Place, Stamford, Connecticut.
Pierce, Mrs. Una May Sparks, 2851 Ewald Circle, Detroit 38, Michigan.
Robertson, Col. William C., III, 416 Millaudon St., New Orleans 18, Louisiana.
Scott, Arthur E., Jr., 3809 Lamont, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Spalding, Mrs. Genevieve Sparks, 172 Rumson Road, N.E., Atlanta 5, Georgia.
Sparks, Charles Reed, II, 4825 Matilda St., Dallas 5, Texas.
Sparks, Floyd L., 21218 Birch St., Hayward, California.
Sparks, Gladys Elizabeth, Rt. 2, Box 68 A, Quinton, Alabama.
Sparks, Jim T., 1201 Larkwood Dr., Austin 5, Texas.
Ward, Alan Sparks, 808 Tennessee Ave., Alexandria, Virginia.
Ward, Ruth Anna, 120 - 10th St., Manhattan Beach, California.
Wilson, Mrs. James D., 206 N. 5th St., Temple, Texas.



It is believed that the following letter received recently from Mrs. Kirby-Smith Anderson written from her home, The Magnolias, in Madison, Georgia, will interest a number of our members. Mrs. Anderson is the official historian of Morgan County, Georgia, and has generously furnished historical and genealogical material to many persons who trace their lineage to Morgan County. She has been a friend for many years of Maj. Charles H. Smith and contributed valuable data for his record of the descendants of Martin Peeples Sparks which appeared in the March and June issues of the Quarterly. Mrs. Anderson writes as follows:

“The nation-wide reputation of Mr. Smith’s grandfather, ‘Bill Arp’, first brought me into contact with Mr. Smith, and I had the pleasure of supplying information on his Sparks, Leonard, Whatley, Peeples, and Carter lines. All of these families were prominent in Georgia. I am just recovering from a serious fall which I received while serving as President General in the opening of the National Headquarters of the National Society Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century. I slipped on the highly polished floor of the Conference Hall and broke my right leg just below the hip. Seven months have passed since my accident, but I am now back home and able to use crutches. I hope soon again to lead the active life to which I have been accustomed. Not until today was I able to open all of my spring mail, and foremost I find the most interesting Sparks Family Quarterly, giving not only printed history, but also the quaint pictures of those dearest to Mr. Smith and even the old family home which later burned. I certainly enjoyed receiving this valuable family record and am anxious to send any additional data which might be of interest. The way that the record is presented is most attractive and in the choicest of English, which adds to its charm. As the study of history and genealogy is my hobby, I congratulate all who are sharing in the collection of the Sparks family history and wish their continued success.
                                                                                        [signed] Mrs. Kirby-Smith Anderson.”

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With this issue we complete the sixth volume of The Sparks Quarterly and likewise mark the close of the sixth year of the existenc of The Sparks Family Association. During 1958, 310 individuals and 13 libraries paid dues totaling $1008.82. Of these 310 individuals, 57 joined the organization during the year. We regret that 45 old members failed to renew their mebership during 1958, but we are not discouraged. We are convinced that no other family association has as loyal and enthusiastic a membership as does our organization, and that our future is bright.

As was announced in the financial statement which members received some time ago, Russell E. Bidlack will serve as Secretary-Treasurer as well as Editor next year, while William Perry Johnson will once more assume the title of Historian-Genealogist. Paul E. Sparks will continue as President. Members are requested to send their renewals for 1959 to Dr. Bidlack promptly. Your cooperation on this matter will greatly simplify the financial record keeping of the Association.

During 1959 we shall continue to print records of the family taken from various primary sources, as well as genealogies of individual branches of the family. Maj. Smith’s family group records of the children of Thomas H. Sparks will appear, and, through the efforts of Col. William C. Robertson and Mr. M. A. Sparks, we shall be able to trace many more of the descendants of Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland. Paul E. Sparks’s compilation of the Sparkses on the 1850 census of Indiana will also be published.


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