“He who careth not from whence he came, careth little whither he goeth.” Daniel Webster

VOL.  VII, NO. 1 MARCH, 1959 

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

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


By Russell E. Bidlack

During the time I have been editing The Sparks Quarterly, several members of the Association have suggested that my picture be used on the cover of one of the issues. I have felt that this was inappropriate because my connection with the Sparks family is through marriage and not blood. Paul E. Sparks and William P. Johnson, the other officers of the Association, have insisted, however, that I owe it to the membership to reveal my visage, so I have complied. They have also demanded that I write an autobiographical sketch as well.

I was born on an Iowa farm near the town of Manilla on May 25, 1920, and am the only child of Harold Stanley and Mabel (Thompson) Bidlack. My parents' home and that of my paternal grandparents were located on the same farm, only a few steps being required to go to “the other house.” As an only child, reared near doting grandparents, the reader may guess that I was appropriately spoiled. For my elementary school training, I attended a country school nearly two miles distant from home. For my secondary education, I attended the high school in Manilla.

My childhood was a happy one, for my parents gave me the love and affection which every child needs, and their devotion to each other gave me the quiet security which, I discovered later, many a child never knows.

Being an only child and living near grandparents, (the five of us always ate dinner and supper together in one house or the other), gave me a maturity and an interest in the activities of adults which many of my contemporaries lacked. At school picnics, for example, I preferred to listen to the conversations of people of my parents' and grandparents' generations rather than to play games with children of my own age, particularly if those grown-ups were recounting events of the "old days."  My present interest in history and genealogy doubtless stems from this childhood characteristic.


I completed high school during the closing years of the Great Depression and, what was a greater worry to Iowa farmers, the drought.  My future was uncertain when I attended the graduation exercises, but during the ceremonies, to my complete surprise, the superintendent announced that I had been awarded a scholarship at Simson College in Indianola, Iowa. An N.Y.A. job and the opportunity to work for my room in the home of an old friend of the family were godsends, and my next three year were happy and exciting as I came into contact with some of the most inspiring teachers and models of character and intellectual curiosity for which a young man could ask. My chance assignment to the college library for my N.Y.A. job had a profound effect upon my future, for I soon decided that I wanted to become a librarian.

I completed my junior year in college in the spring of 1941, spent that summer studying theatre at Cornell College, and entered the U.S. Army in October. My army career was uneventful, though it lasted until January, 1946. After serving on the cadre in a medical training unit at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, for two year I was assigned to the Manhattan Project and was stationed in Chicago. Although duties with the Project were administrative in nature, not scientific, I shared the secrecy and excitement which precluded the successful use of the atomic bomb

While in the army, on June 13, 1942, I was married to my college sweetheart, Melva Helen Sparks, daughter of Oral A. and Alice (Mace) Sparks of Clio, Iowa. Our first child, Stanley Alden Bidlack, was born while I was stationed in Chicago, on April 8, 1945.

I was discharged on January 6, 1946, and immediately we returned to Simpson to complete my degree. Upon my graduation in 1947, we moved to Michigan where I had been accepted to do graduate work in the field of Library Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In all, I earned four degrees at Michigan, receiving my Ph.D. in 1954.

During my second year at the University, I was offered and accepted the position assistant to the professor who taught cataloging, Katherine E. Schultz. As a result of this unexpected opportunity, my future career again was shaped. I gradually began teaching library courses in summer school and, while working on my doctor’s degree, was made an instructor. When Professor Schultz retired in 1954, I was assigned most of her courses and have remained with the University ever since, with the present rank of assistant professor.

Three more children have been added to our family while at Michigan: Martha Sue born November 25, 1948; Christopher Joel, born January 2, 1956; and Harold Wilford born March 15, 1958.

From my childhood I have been interested in family history and remember plaguing grandparents with demands that they tell me about their ancestors. Unfortunatel none of them had a very complete record of their ancestry, and it was not until was a junior in college that I began a systematic search for records of my forebears. It was my favorite professor, Dr. Harold F. Watson, Chairman of the Engineering Department at Simpson, himself an amateur genealogist, who told me how to begin. Using the genealogical collection in the Iowa Historical Library in Des Moines, was able to trace the Bidlacks back to the immigrant ancestor who came to America in 1692. While stationed in Chicago, I made frequent evening visits to the Newberry Library, which has one of the finest genealogical and local history collections the United States, and there began working on my wife’s ancestors. My father-in law was much interested in my research and gave me all the informatinri which he had.  He knew that the Sparks family from which he descended lived in Johnson County, Missouri, at the time of the Civil War and that the family had come to Missouri


earlier from North Carolina. But for a while we could go no further back. It was then, in 1944, that I happened to notice in The Handbook of American Genealogy (Vol. IV, 1943) the fact that one William Perry Johnson was interested in the Sparkses of North Carolina. I wrote to him, and after exchanging two or three letters it became evident that we were both interested in the same branch of the Sparks family, a family which resided in the Rowan, Surry, and Wilkes County area prior to the Revolution. A close friendship followed, augmented by a correspondence which has literally filled reams of paper. In 1951 we got in touch with Paul E. Sparks of Louisville who, it developed, descended from this same North Carolina family, and more reams of paper began passing through the mails. The three of us formed a “triumvirate” which, in 1953, resulted in the formation of The Sparks Family Association and the publication of  The Sparks Quarterly.

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By Charles H. Smith

(Editor’s Note: A biographical sketch of Thomas Hunter Sparks, son of Martin P. Sparks, by Charles H. Smith, appeared in the March, 1958, issue of  The Sparks Quarterly, continued in the June issue. Since this sketch appeared, Mr. Smith has been preparing a record of the descendants of each of the children of Thomas H. Sparks. These “units” will be published in successive issues of the Quarterly.)

“Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain,
Our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain;
Awake but one, and lo!  What myriads rise!
Each stamps its image as the other flies.” 
     (quoted from Annals of Athens by A. L. Hull, 1906)

By his first wife, Mary Ann (Leonard) Sparks, Thomas H. Sparks had three children: (1) Martha A. M. E. T. Sparks, born April 27, 1836; (2) Medora Newton Sparks, born August 16, 1837; and (3) James Martin Sparks, born October 11, 1839.

Martha A. M. E. T. Sparks

Nothing is known of the first child, Martha A. M. E. T. Sparks, other than her name and the fact that she lived less than a month, dying on May 11, 1836. Her name, with four middle initials, has long been a matter of curiosity. Perhaps the “E. T.” stood for “Elizabeth Towns” since a daughter of Thomas H. Sparks born in 1860 was named Annie Elizabeth Towns Sparks.

Medora Newton Sparks

Medora Newton Sparks, second child of Thomas H. and Mary Ann (Leonard) Sparks, was probably named after a relative or friend of the family. She was born in what is now Polk County, Georgia, then a part of Paulding County, on August 16, 1837. Her mother died when Medora was two years old, and she was reared by her step-mother, her father’s second wife, Ann (Linton) Sparks, and by her grandmother, Elizabeth (Whatley) Sparks who lived with the family of Thomas H. Sparks from 1837 until her death in 1870. When she wrote her will in 1880, Medora referred to Ann as “my Mother .“

From the diary of Thomas H. Sparks, it is apparent that in 1853 and 1854 Medora attended school in Madison, Georgia. On November 15, 1853, her father recorded the


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                    COL. JAMES D. WADDELL (1832-1881)    MEDORA (SPARKS) WADDELL (1836—1880)

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fact that he was in Madison and paid Medora’s tuition in the amount of $32.00. On November 17, 1853, he entered in his accounts: “Difference in board MA, $20.00”, “Medora acct. Board & Tuition, $21.00”, and “MA acct. making dress, $9.00.” On January 4, 1854, he recorded: “Fare to Madison, 2, $5.40,” and on the following day he noted: “Gave Medora $10.00” and “MA tuition, $75.00.”

Shortly before her twentieth birthday, on January 14, 1857, Medora Sparks was married to James D. Waddell. The marriage was recorded in her father’s family Bible as follows: “James D. Waddel and Medora N. Sparks were married in Polk County, Georgia on 14th of January 1857 at 8 o’clock P.M. by Revd. J. M. Wood, on Wednesday.” James D. Waddell was born in Abbeville District, South Carolina, on December 22, 1832. According to the Annals of Athens by A. L. Hull (1906), he was the son of Isaac Watts and Sarah (Daniel) Wadell. Sarah Daniel, his mother, was a daughter of James Kelso and Violet (Bell) Daniel; his father, Dr. Isaac Watts Waddell, a Presbyterian minister, was a son of Dr. Moses and Eliza W. (Plesants) Waddell. In 1819, Dr. Moses V. Waddell had been chosen president of the University of Georgia. James D. Waddell was a farmer by occupation and owned a plantation near Marietta, Georgia. During the War Between the States, he contributed extensively to the Confederate cause. The first company to leave Polk County to join the Confederate Army was commanded by Captain James D. Waddell, who, before the war ended, was wounded five times and was promoted to colonel. During the closing years of his life, Col. Waddell wrote a biography of Linton Stephens, half-brother of the Vice-President of the Confederacy, Alexander H. Stephens. The latter was a frequent guest in the Waddell home, which still stands on the corner of Waddell and Hansell Streets in Marietta. James D. Waddell died on December 15, 1881. Medora, his wife, died on March 11, 1880. Both were buried in Marietta. There were no children.


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 JAMES MARTIN SPARKS (1839-1876) and his wife LULA VIRGINIA (BLANCE) SPARKS (1841-1888)

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James Martin Sparks

(Author's note:  This unit in the record of the descendants of Thomas H. Sparks has been largely contributed by two grandchildren of James M. Sparks:  Mrs. Annie Sue Brewer Morgan, 3008 Avenue F, Ensley 8, Alabama, and her brother, Joseph Blance Brewer, Rt. 6, box 484, Bessemer, Alabama.  Mrs. Eva Williamson, 639 Riverview Drive, Dravosburg, Pennsylvania, has also contributed on the descendants of Carrie Josephine Brewer.)

James Martin Sparks, eldest son of Thomas H. Sparks, was born at Cedartown, Polk County (then Paulding County), Georgia, on October 11, 1839.  His mother, Mary Ann (Leonard) Sparks, died when he was only seven days old, and James, like his elder sister Medora, was reared by his step-mother, Ann (Linton) Sparks, and by his grandmother, Elizabeth (Whatley) Sparks.

Little is known of the youth of James M. Sparks.  We may assume that he was properly educated in the manner of sons of Southern gentlemen of the time, and that he was trained to follow in his father's footsteps as a farmer and plantation owner.  Mrs. Morgan, a daughter of James's first child, recalls her mother telling that, on his wedding day, James was given twenty slaves and a plantation.  When the 1860 census was taken of Polk County, he was listed as a "farmer," with real estate valued at $4,000 and personal property valued at $13,600.

The marriage of James M. Sparks was recorded in his father's family Bible as follows:  "James M. Sparks and L. Virginia Blance were married at the residence of Col. H. Fielders in Cedar Town, Polk County, Georgia, on the 2nd December, 1858 at 8 o'clock P.M. by the Rev. J. M. Wood."  Lula Virginia Blance was born on November 13, 1841, and had thus just turned eighteen when she was married.  She was born in Georgia, probably in the Cedartown area, but this far, nothing has been learned regarding her ancestry, although it is known that she and Mrs. Fielders were sisters which accounts for her being married at the “residence of Col. H. Fielders.” The fact that her second son was named Joseph Blance Sparks suggests that her father’s name may have been Joseph.

Mrs. Morgan has recorded some of the things which her mother used to tell about James M. Sparks: “Mother said that he had the slaves assemble each morning, in a place for the occasion, and would read the Scripture to them and let them sing a few songs before starting the duties of the day. He was just and kind, and he provided well for his household. Throughout the Civil War he served in the Confederate Army as a Lieutenant. Either just before, or during, the war he sold his plantation, and when the war was over, his money was of no value and his slaves had been set free. Although a man of only twenty-six years at the war’s end, he was a victim of heart dropsy and never regained his health, remaining an invalid until his death in 1876. Grandmother taught school to support the family, while Aunt Medora Waddell and Uncle Joe Blance seem to have given financial assistance. Grandfather died at the age of thirty-six years, but we reverence his memory as a just, upright man who lived his life, loved and served the Lord, and no doubt led some of his slaves into Heaven. I am the happy possessor of a silver cup which he gave my mother on her first birthday.”

James Martin Sparks died on March 5, 1876, and his widow, Lula Virginia (Blance) Sparks, died on May 18, 1888. They were buried in Westwood Cemetery, Cedartown, Polk County, Georgia. They were the parents of six children, as follows:


Children of James Martin and Lula Virginia (Blance) Sparks:

I. Medora Waddell Sparks, born September 15, 1859; died September 8, 1937.
II. James M. Sparks, Jr., born October 6, 1861; date of death unknown.
III. Mary E. Sparks, born about 1863; died May 13, 1863.
IV. Joseph Blance Sparks, born about 1865; died October 6, 1865.
V. Annie D. Sparks, born September 17, 1866; died October 20, 1884.
VI. Eugene Pierce Sparks, born March 21, 1871; died May 1, 1943.
I.  Medora Waddell Sparks, first child of James M. and L. Virginia (Blance) Sparks, was born September 15, 1859, and diedSeptember 8, 1937. She was married on October 1, 1876, to George W. Brewer who was born November 11, 1856, and died May 4, 1933. They were the parents of eleven children, as follows:
1. James J. Brewer, born Oct. 17, 1877; died May 4, 1921. He was married in Oct., 1911, to Lettie Adams  who died in Aug., 1918. They were the parents of the following children:
(1) Lucille Gertrude Brewer, born Nov. 20, 1912; died Nov. 5, 1936
(2) George I. Brewer, born Nov. 12, 1914. He was married to Mrs.Mattie Ree Irvin who was born June 21, 1915. They have two children:
(a) James Edward Brewer, born May 9, 1947; and
(b) Larry Benjamin Brewer, born May 8, 1953.
(3) Urna Brewer (triplet) born Sept. 12, 1917; died in infancy.
(4) Erma Brewer (triplet) born Sept. 12, 1917; died in infancy.
(5) Ernest Brewer (triplet) born Sept. 12, 1917; died in infancy.
2. Julious B. Brewer, born March 12, 1880; died Oct. 4, 1906.

3. George Brewer, born Aug. 10, 1881; died Nov. 10, 1882.

4. Carrie Josephine Brewer, born Feb. 28, 1883; died Aug. 10, 1936. She was married on Oct. 1, 1906, to Joseph T. Gay who was born Oct. 17, 1882; he died March 28, 1946. They were the parents of the following children:

(1) Julius Louise Gay, born Dec. 9, 1907; died May 5, 1935. She was married to Galen H. Teeple in 1928. He died in 1948.
(2) Lula Esther Gay, born Nov. 22, 1912; died Jan. 29, 1916.
(3) Lois Mae Gay, born March 4, 1915, in Cuilman Co., Ala. She was married to Charles A. Wolfe on Aug. 30, 1934. They have one son, Charles C. Wolfe, born Nov. 21, 1935.
(4) Eva Jeannette Gay, born Jan. 5, 1918, in Cullman Co., Ala. She was married to James E. McLaughlin on June 10, 1937, in Duquesne, Penna. One son was born to this marriage, John Edward McLaughlin,  born June 15, 1942. They were divorced on Jan. 19, 1949. Eva Jeannette Gay married, second, Edwin H. Williamson on Aug. 2, 1957, in Dravosburg, Penna.
(5) Joseph T. Gay, Jr., born Jan. 12, 1920, in Cullman Co., Ala. He was married to Jessie Brandt on Oct. 2, 1941, in Duquesne, Penna. They have two Sons:
 (a) William Robert Gay, born June 9, 1942; and
 (b) Curtis Taylor Gay, born Sept. 29, 1947.
(6) William Edmond Gay, born Sept. 23, 1923, in Birmingham, Ala. He was married to Shirley Lee McNellis on April 1, 1948, in Brooklyn, New York. They were divorced in 1956. On February 14, 1959, Mr. Gay was married to Elizabeth Ann Trask.  She was born January 5, 1934, in Farmington, Maine.  Two children were born to his marriage with Shirley Lee McNellis and one child was born to his marriage with Elizabeth Ann Trask::
(a)  Linda Lee Gay, born Jan. 11, 1951; and
(b) William E. Gay, Jr., born Jan. 4, 1954.
(c)  David Robert Gay, born December 31, 1961, in Schenectady, New York.
 5. Benjamin E. Brewer was born April 3, 1886. He was married on April 1, 1917, to Leola E. Stephens who was  born April 11, 1894. No children.

6. Virginia Brewer was born March 12, 1888, and died Jan. 8, 1889.

7. Medora Sparks Brewer was born April 3, 1891, and died Feb. 4, 1953, in Nashville, Ga. She was married on May 21, 1914, to William George Connell, who was born on May 12, 1886, in Berrien County, Georgia. They were the parents of the following children:

Children of Medora Sparks Brewer and her husband, William George Connell:
(1) Willie Mildred Connell, born May 12, 1915, in Nashville, Ga.  She was married on Jan. 25, 1937, in  Polk City, Fla., to William Seabron Cameron who was born March 23, 1899. They are the parents  of two children:
(a) Judith Dianne Cameron, born Feb. 17, 1939, in Winter Haven, Fla.; and
(b) George Ronald Cameron, born Feb. 29, 1944, in Nashville, Ga.
(2) Hazel Juanita Connell, born July 11, 1916, in Nashville, Ga. She was married in Nashville on Aug. 20, 1945, to Edward Wilson Smith who was born Aug. 28, 1913. They are the parents of one child,
(a)Sharon Lea Smith, born Aug. 7, 1946, in Winter Haven, Fla.
(3) Randall Brewer Connell, born Feb. 17, 1918, in Nashville, Ga.
(4) Ruby Pauline Connell, born Jan. 25, 1921, in Nashville, Ga. She was married on Aug. 25, 1945, to Prince Bragg who was born Apr. 10, 1909. They are the parents of the following children
(a) Carolyn Sue Bragg, born Sept. 29, 1946, in Winter Haven, Fla.;
(b) Patricia Ann Bragg, born Oct. 23, 1951, in Nashville, Ga..; and
(c) Dora Kathryn Bragg, born March 8, 1955, in Nashville, Ga.
(5) George Ferrell Connell, born Sept. 27, 1923, in Nashville, Ga. He was married on March 1, 1947, in  Nashville, to Reatha Mae McClelland who was born May 17, 1928. They are the parents of the .following children:
(a) Sandra Kay Connell, born Dec. 16, 1947, in Hahira, Ga.; and
(b) George  Ferrell Connell, Jr., born May 15, 1951, in Winter Haven, Fla
(6) Doris Irene Connell, born Feb. 7, 1925, in Nashville, Ga. She was married in Atlanta, Ga., on Sept. 4, 1947, to Loyd Lee Henderson who was born Jan. 2, 1923. They are the parents of two children
(a) Sarah Marlene Henderson, born Oct. 20, 1949, in Atlanta; and
(b) Gary Lee Henderson, born May 30, 1952.
8. Annie Sue Brewer, eighth child of George W. and Medora Waddell (Sparks) Brewer, was born May 4, 1892. She was married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Craddock on Dec. 24, 1915, to Joseph Westly Morgan who was born May 22, 1891. They are the parents of five children, as follows:
(1) Flora Ann Morgan, born Jan. 20, 1916. She was married on May 18, 1943, to Paul Crump. They have two children: (a) Judith Cruznp, born Sept. 23, 1946; and (b) Jeanne Crump, born Dec. 23, 1949.
(2) Ruth Morgan, born Jan. 1, 1917; died Jan. 5, 1917.
(3) Joseph Westly Morgan, Jr., born Dec. 2, 1918. He was married on March 28, 1941, to Nanomi Eloise Tillman. They have two children: (a) Joseph H. Morgan, born Dec. 2, 1943; and (b) Larry W. Morgan,  born April 28, 1948.
(4) Dorothy Lee Morgan, born Nov. 21, 1919; died July 3.
(5) Geneva Blance Morgan, born July 16, 1921. She was married to Thomas Gorden Taylor and they have one child, John Morgan Taylor, born Dcc. 16, 1940.
 9. Ernest L. Brewer was born Aug. 10, 1894, and died Feb. 4, 1953. He was married on March 25, 1921, at Shadyside Baptist Church by the Rev. Theador Harris to Mattie W. Boswell, who was born Dec. 25, 1898, and died Feb. 23, 1946. They had three children:
(1) Robert L. Brewer, born Feb. 12, 1922; died in the Spring of 1925.
(2) Emily Jane Brewer, born Nov. 20, 1924. She was married to Samuel Clem on July 30, 1941. They have  two children: (a) Brenda Jane Clem, born April 28, 1946; and (b) Ernest Roland Clem, born March 28, 1947.
 (3) Mattie Willine Brewer, born Feb. 14, 1928. She was married on Feb. 28, 1953, to Fred Huston. They have two children:
(a) Mary Cathryn Huston, born Oct. 15, 1956; and
(b) David Kyle Huston, born Dec. 17, 1957.
10. Joseph A. Blance Brewer, tenth child of George W. and Medora Waddell (Sparks) Brewer, was born Feb. 22, 1899. He was married on March 30, 1937, to Dessie Edith Berry who was born July 14, 1907. They  have one daughter:
(1) Jo Elaine Brewer, born March 10, 1942.
11. Daisy B. Brewer, eleventh child of George W. and Medora Waddell (Sparks) Brewer, was born March 12, 1902. She was married on June 27, 1928, to Daniel Sturgeon McLean who was born March 29, 1901. They have two children:
(1) Joyce Imogene McLean, born Oct. 18, 1929. She married William Fenn on Feb. 27, 1954.
(2) Donald Wayne McLean, born Feb. 26, 1938.
II.  James M. Sparks, Jr., second child of James Martin and L. Virginia (Blance) Sparks, was born October 6, 1861. His date of death is not known. It is known that he was married to Ella Carter and that they had one Son:
1. James Sparks.
 III. Mary E. Sparks, third child of James Martin and L. Virginia (Blance) Sparks, was born about 1863. She died in infancy on May 13, 1863.

 IV.  Joseph Blance Sparks, fourth child of James Martin and L. Virginia (Blance) Sparks, was born about 1865. He died in infancy on October 6, 1865.

 V. Annie D. Sparks, fifth child of James Martin and L. Virginia (Blance) Sparks, was born September 17, 1866, and died October 20, 1884. She was married to John W. Brewer who was born March 21, 1859, and died April 4, 1951. They were the parents of two children

1. William E. Brewer, born Oct. 10, 1881; died May 15, 1956. He was married to Lula Burnley who was born Nov. 10, 1881. They had two children:
(1) Inez Brewer, born April 6, 1902.
(2) Terrell Brewer, born March 22, 1904; died May 3, 1930.
2. Annie Brewer, born Sept. 17, 1884; died. March 19, 1914.
VI.   Eugene Pierce Sparks, sixth child of James Martin and L. Virginia (Blance) Sparks, was born March 21, 1871, and died May 1, 1943. In May, 1928, he was married to Mrs. Addle Bates who died in 1957. There were no children.

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One of our most faithful members, Mrs. Frances Sparks, 1202 West Washington Ave., Santa Ana, California, has written us of the death on January 16, 1959, of Walter Everett Sparks of 4027 East McMillan Street, Compton, California. He was born on June 11, 1888, in Missouri and ‘was a descendant of George Sparks of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, an American soldier in the Revolutionary War. For many years Mr. Sparks was Secretary of the Hollywood Movie Carpenters and was a faithful member of  “The Sparks Clan of Southern California,” an organization in which Mrs. Frances Sparks has long been active. He was a member of The Sparks Family Association, having joined in 1954. He leaves his wife, Lena, and one daughter, Mrs. Pearl
Deal Stoysin. He also leaves two grandchildren, Curtis Dean and Donna Dean.



By Mrs. H. A. Hood

(Editor’s Note: The following record of James Sparks and his family has been prepared by Mrs. H. A. Hood, of Katy, Texas. Mrs. Hood hopes that someone reading this will be able to tell her more about the parents of James Sparks.)

James Sparks, my great-grandfather, was born on July 6, 1802, in South Carolina and died on September 5, 1866, in Alabama. He was married on January 24, 1830, to Mary Ann (Matthews) Bell, widow of Joseph Bell of Wilkes County, Georgia. She was born March 11, 1807, in Georgia and died on October 11, 1868, in Alabama. Both were buried in Shelby County, Alabama.

Mary Ann’s mother crossed over from Ireland at the age of eight years. We have been unable to find her maiden name, however, nor where her family settled, but she married a Matthews and was living in Georgia when Mary Ann was born. A sister of Mary Ann’s married Thomas Ellender.

Mary Ann Matthews married, first, Joseph Bell in Wilkes County, Georgia. He died there in 1826. Their daughter, Lucretia Ann Bell, was born January 29, 1827. (Lucretia Ann married a man named Caldwell and moved to Texas. She had three children, two sons and one daughter. One of the sons was named Joe; the daughter was named Lou and married a Chappell.)

In 1830, James Sparks, his wife, Mary Ann, and Mary Ann’s daughter, Lucretia Ann, moved to Jefferson County, Alabama. They were received into membership in the Canaan Baptist Church of Jefferson County on November 26, 1831. James Sparks was the only Sparks listed on the 1830 census of Jefferson County, but on the 1840 census, two other Sparkses appeared, Peterson Sparks and Samuel Sparks, both of whom gave their ages as between 30 and 40. Both were married and had children, but it will be recalled that census records prior to 1850 listed by name only the head of each family. (By 1850, Peterson Sparks had moved to Pontotoc County, Mississippi; the census of that year gave his age as forty-four and his birthplace as South Carolina. Isabella Sparks, Peterson’s wife, was only 30 years old and must have been his second wife. The Sparks children were listed as (1) Sarah, 19, born in Tenn.; (2) Dred, 11, born in Ala.; (3) Caroline, 10, born in Ala.; (4) Ruth, 9, born in Ala.; (5) Samuel, 7, born in Ala.; (6) William, 5, born in Miss.; (7) Robert, 3, born in Miss.; and (8) James, 4 months, born in Miss. By 1860, Peterson Sparks had moved to Carroll County, Arkansas, where the census of 1860 listed additional children: (9) Richard M., 8, born in Ark.; (10) Martha I., 6, born in Ark.; and (11) Noah, 4, born in Ark. It is believed that Peterson Sparks moved to Texas shortly after 1860 and died there.)

There is some evidence to indicate that James Sparks, my great-grandfather, born in 1802, and Peterson Sparks, born about 1806, were brothers; that they had three other brothers named Thomas, Samuel, and Joshua; and that eventually all of these brothers moved to Texas. Mrs. Lida D. Phillips, Rt. 1, Box 8-B, Opelousas, Louisiana, is a granddaughter of Robert Turner Sparks (1847-1936), who was a son of Peterson Sparks. According to Mrs. Phillips, Robert Turner Sparks listed the following names in an old ledger in such a way as to suggest that he was recording his line of descent:
Peterson Sparks, born Georgia
Richard Sparks, born Georgia
Peter Sparks, born Georgia
Robert Turner Sparks, born Aberdeen, Miss.


The Peterson Sparks noted on the above census records was the “Peter Sparks" listed above Robert Turner Sparks, his son, although he was then in South Carolinia, not Georgia. The implication of this list is that the father of Peterson Sparks was named Richard Sparks. It is interesting to note that living very near the family of Peterson Sparks in Carroll County, Arkansas, near the town of Cross Creek, was listed an old couple on the 1860 census as follows:
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Sparks, Richard 81  Farmer  Virginia
        "       Sarah  78 South Carolina

Could the above Richard and Sarah Sparks be the same Richard and Sarah listed on the 1850 census of Roane County, Tennessee, as follows?

Sparks, Richard 69 Farmer Virginia
         "       Sarah 67  South Carolina Tennessee
       "       Abigal  24 
       "       Nancy  J. 22
       "       David 16

 James Sparks (1802-1866), my great-grandfather, settled in Jefferson County, Alabama, near the village of Jonesboro (now Birmingham). By 1860, James Sparks had moved over the county line into Shelby County, Alabama, near the town of Montevallo.

James and Mary Ann (Matthews) Sparks were the parents of nine children, all born in Jefferson County, Alabama. Their names and dates of birth have been taken from the family Bible belonging to James Sparks, now in the possession of Ed D. Horn, Nashville, Arkansas.
 I. John Harvey Sparks, oldest child of James and Mary Ann (Matthews) Sparks, was born Dec. 6, 1830, and died Dec.11,1919, in Berwyn, Oklahoma. He was married three times. His first two wives died soon after marriage. His first marriage was to Melissa Caroline King. This marriage was recorded in the Jefferson County Marriage Book No. 3, p. 307, as follows: “John H. Sparks to Melissa C. King, 7 Mar. 1855; married 7th Mar. at residence of James Peterson by A. M. Sadler, M. G.; Joseph Goodwin, security.” A note accompanies this record which reads: “Judge Bagley:  Sir, This will inform you that we have no objection in Melissa Caroline King being married to John H. Sparks. March 6, 1855. [signed] James Peterson, Mahala Peterson.” On September 15, 1859, John H. Sparks was married to his second wife, Elizabeth Luretter King, by Thomas J. Freeman, J.P., in Shelby County, Alabama, (see Marriage Book 3, p. 59). John H. Sparks and his second wife were living in Shelby County when the 1860 census was taken (his wife’s name was given by the census taker as “Eliza L. Sparks” 17 years of age). A son named Frank, one month old, was also listed, but since there is no further record of this child it is probable that he died in infancy. After the War of 1861-65, John H. Sparks moved to Arkansas and there married Frances Mason. She was born April 19, 1844, in Lockesburg, Sevier County, Arkansas, and died in Bowie, Texas, on May 24, 1883. John H. and Frances (Mason) Sparks moved to Cook County, Texas, around 1870. In the early 1870’s, he freighted between Jefferson City and Gainsville, and in 1880 he moved to Bowie and operated a store. They had six children, three of whom died in infancy. Following the death of his third wife, John H. Sparks and his three surviving children moved to Berwyn, Indian Territory, (now Oklahoma), about 1890. He operated a grocery store and was postmaster for a while, then bought a ranch. John H. Sparks was known as a “lone wolf” type, crowding the frontiers. He described the Indian Territory as “plenty tough.” His children were:


(Children of John Harvey and Frances (Mason) Sparks:)
     1. Mary Lou Anna Sparks, born Nov. 28, 1871; died April 6, 1929, in Okia. She was married to a Mr. Wallis. Their children were:
                   (a) Fred Wallis, who married Florence Bone
                   (b) Lorena Wallis, who married Nat Vance.
                   (c) W. H. Wallis, who married Kitty Rambo
     2. William John Sparks, born March 7, 1874; died May 17, 1878.
     3. Josy May Sparks, born March 21, 1876; died April 24, 1878.
     4. Oliver G. Sparks, born March 16, 1878. He ‘was married to Callie Wright. They ‘were the parents of three children:
                  (a) Allen Sparks, unmarried.
                  (b) Hazel Sparks, who married Oliver
                  (c) Alta Sparks, who married a Mr. Pettyjohn.
     5. Olice Allen Sparks, born Aug. 15, 1880. He was married to Gladys Vance and they have two children:
                  (a) Frances Sparks, unmarried.
                  (b) Olice Allen Sparks, Jr
     6. Alice Mauderia Sparks, born Jan. 31, 1883; died May 31, 1883.
    II. Easter Luvena Sparks (called Luvena), the second child of James and Mary Ann (Matthews) Sparks, was born August 31, 1833, and died January 10, 1911, in

[Note:  Here appears a photograph, beneath which is the following caption:]

Easter Luvena (Sparks) Hooker (1833—1911)
Daughter of James and Mary Ann (Matthews) Sparks

(View Photograph)


Howard County, Arkansas. She was married on September 16, 1851, in Jefferson County, Alabama, to James Hooker. He was born February 4, 1829, in Jefferson County, Alabama, and died July 18, 1875, in Howard County, Arkansas. James Hooker was the son of John and Rachel (Loveless) Hooker. Five of James and Luvena (Sparks) Hooker’s children were born in Alabama. In 1859, they sold their farm (which is now covered by the city of Birmingham) and moved to Cane Ridge, Louisiana. One child was born there. Luvena lived with her sister, Sarah, while James served in the War Between the States. After he returned home from the war, he moved across the state line to Eldorado, Arkansas. Two children were born there. In 1869, James bought some land in Howard Co~inty, Arkansas, and built a large double log house on it. For a few years this was home for the growing family. Three more children were born there. Following is a list of the eleven children of James and Luvena (Sparks) Hooker:
     1. Lafayette Hooker, born July 30, 1852; died Dec. 26, 1922, in Hempstead County, Ark. He married Mary Clark.
     2. William L. Hooker, born Nov. 19, 1853; died Jan. 11, 1933, in Hempstead County, Ark. He first married  Mary Anne Gathright, who died in 1880. He married, second, Cyntha Barton.
     3. Anney Hooker, born March 8, 1856; died in Howard County, Ark., in 1884. She never married.
     4. Safrony Hooker, born June 20, 1857; died May 6, 1918, in Howard Co., Ark. She married William H. Jones.
     5. John Richard Hooker, born June 19, 1858; died April, 1897, in Howard Co.,  Ark. He married Betty Myrick.
     6. Mary Elizabeth Hooker, born Aug. 8, 1861, in Cane Ridge, Louisiana; died in 1912 in Howard Co., Ark. She married Johnny Alphin.
     7. Samuel W. Hooker, born July 13, 1866, in Eldorado, Ark., and died Feb.17, 1938, in Howard Co., Ark. He married Malinda Blackwood.
     8. Joab Hooker, born May 10, 1868, in Eldorado, Ark. He is the only child of James and Luvena (Sparks) Hooker still living. He married Alice Gathright.
     9. Thomas Oliver Hooker, born Sept. 28, 1870, in Howard Co., Ark.; and died Aug. 22, 1923, in Balwin Park,  Calif. He married Emily Jane Holly.
    10. Robert Edward Hooker, my father, was born Jan. 14, 1872, in Howard Co., Ark.; and died Feb. 24, 1952.  He married Nancy Jane Simpson on Nov. 18, 1891. She was born March 15, 1872, and died April 2, 1918. She and Robert Edward are both buried at Quanah, Texas. They had five children:
                   (a) Zelba Hooker, born Aug. 24, 1892; died Sept. 24, 1892.
                   (b) Ottra Hooker, born June 29, 1895; died Aug. 4, 1917; unmarried
                   (c) Vera Dove Hooker (author of this sketch), born July 6, 1901; married Henry Hood. We have five children:
                        (1) Jane Hood, born Aug. 29, 1921; married Herbert Carew.
                        (2) Doris Hood, born June 28, 1923; married John Hencke.
                        (3) Henry Ed Hood, born Jan. 11, 1931; married Bonnie Smith.
                        (4) Shirley Hood, born Aug. 10, 1934; married Philip Lykes.
                        (5) Dean Hood, born Jan. 10, 1942.
              (d) Irene Hooker, born Feb. 15, 1905; married Eugene Hoyt.
              (e) Texas Hooker, born Oct. 31, 1909; married Oscar Hale
     11. W. A. Hooker, born March 18, 1785; died in infancy.
     III. Sarah (Saraphin) Sparks, third child of James and Mary Ann (Matthews) Sparks, was born September 15, 1835, and died in 1900 in Homer, Louisiana. She was married at the residence of Thomas Allender in Jefferson County, Alabama, on  October 28, 1857, to Shelton Alphin, and shortly after their marriage they moved to Cane Ridge, Louisiana. They had two children:


        1. Johnny Alphin, who married Betty Hooker.
        2. Billy Alphin, who married Julia Jackson.
Following the death of Shelton Alphin, Sarah married Thomas Everett. They had five children:
        1. Emma Everett, died in infancy.
        2. Minnie Everett, died in infancy.
        3. Eunia Everett, married John Farrar.
        4. Viola Everett, married John Young.
        5. Ada Everett, married Obie Kenly.
       IV. William B. Sparks, fourth child of James and Mary Ann (Matthews) Sparks, was born January 22, 1837, and died May 25, 1862. He was killed in the War Between the States.
        V. Mary Ann Sparks, fifth child of James and Mary Ann (Matthews) Sparks, was born July 15, 1839. She was married in Shelby County, Alabama, on January 5, 1862, to Wesley W. Arnett. They had two children:
        1. William Lee Arnett, born Sept. 19, 1862; died in early childhood.
        2. Sam Arnett, born about 1864; died in 1934 in Arkansas; unmarried.
       VI.  Nancy Jane Sparks, fifth child of James and Mary Arm (Matthews) Sparks, was born May 8, 1840. She died 
     February 7, 1923, in Howard County, Arkansas. She was married to Harrison Bradford on October 12, 1865, 
     in Shelby County, Alabama, and they moved to Howard County, Arkansas, in 1869. They purchased land 
     which is still in the possession of the family. Of their eight children, the first three were born in Alabama.
        1. Mary Ellen Bradford, born Aug. 3, 1866; died Dec. 23, 1926. She married James Dennis.
        2. James Bradford, born Sept. 25, 1867; died May, 1924. He married Sally Bandy.
        3. Ludie Bradford, born April 21, 1869; died Dec. 26, 1953. She married Stephen Lewis.
        4. Bartholow Bradford, born March 28, 1871; died in 1879.
        5. Shelby Bradford, born March 2, 1874; died Feb. 26, 1950. He married Ella Garrett.
        6. Hoy Bradford, born July 12, 1878. He married Willie Eppers.
        7. Naomi Bradford, born Oct. 10, 1881. She married Charlie Davis.
        8. Eliza Hope Bradford, born Nov. 10, 1883. She never married.
        VII. James Hopson Sparks, sixth child of James and Mary Ann (Matthews) Sparks, was born December 4, 1843. He died December 19, 1863, in an army hospital.
      VIII.  Samuel H. Sparks, seventh child of James and Mary Ann (Matthews) Sparks, was born April 26, 1845, and died in 1924 in Locksburg, Arkansas. He was married to Lou McMurrian and they followed his sisters to Arkansas, settling in Sevier County. They had one son and three daughters:
        1. Rudson Sparks, married Anna Mauldin.
        2. Emma Sparks, married Ben Hopson.
        3. Maude Sparks, married Stanford White.
        4. Fanny Sparks, married a Mr. Johnson.


       IX.  Eliza 0. Sparks, ninth child of James and Mary Ann (Matthews) Sparks, was born on December 25, 1848. She died December 25, 1887, in Nashville, Arkansas. She was married to Louis C. Horn on December 5, 1867, in Shelby County, Alabama. Following the death of her parents in Alabama, Eliza and her husband also followed  the rest of the family to Arkansas. They had five children:
        1. Oscar Horn, born Aug. 14, 1869; died in 1949.
        2. Laura Horn, born June 9, 1873; died in 1937.
        3. Ed D. Horn, born April 7, 1879.
        4. Mary Etta Horn, born Oct. 21, 1876; died Oct. 21, 1957. She married J. W. Bailey.
        5. Sim P. Horn, born Dec. 19, 1882; she married R. H. Ford.

The letter which Eliza 0. Sparks wrote to her relatives in Arkansas following the death of her father, James Sparks, has been preserved. Eliza was the youngest child and had assumed the responsibility of looking after her parents in their old age. This letter reads as follows:

                                                                                                                              December the 6, 1866

Dear brothers and sisters and children
I seat my self this morning to write a letter for the first time in life. This leaves us all well at this time hoping these few lines may find you all well. I haven't any good news to write to you, times is hard here. We have all made plenty of corne to do us by being saving with it but there are a great many that have not made half enough to do them.

You all have heard of the death of our beloved father. It was an awful thing but we could do nothing more, death came and we had to part with him. Sisters oh sisters I stayed by his bed side till the last breath left him. Oh it seemed like my hart would burst but he has only paid the debt that we all have to pay and the last word that he spoke was to hurry me to the graveyard. Oh sisters you would miss him if you was here today for he was a father that was always at home with his family.

Nancy Jane and Harrison live in that old house where you lived above us. Nancy Jane has a girl. Its name is Mary Elviry. Wesley and Mary live at the place where they lived when you left here and are doing very well there. Sam is a great big fellow and says he can whip any of his cousins.

Mother has broke a great deal since you have seen her. All her talk is in her children. She says that she would give all she has in the world to see you all again.

Oh sisters if I could call back the days I have stayed with you and your sweet little children, oh it would be joyful but that day will never come again. Brother Jim you was more like a father to me than a brother.

All the old neighbors are well. Tell Fate and Billy and Anny and Frony when they get grown they must come to see sis. They will not see little sis, I weigh one hundred and thirty pounds. Well I will come to a close for this time. Nothing more only I remain your true sister untill death. Write to me soon if you please. farewell.
                                                                                                                                Eliza 0. Sparks
                                                                                                                                        to James Hooker
                                                                                                                                        and connection


QUERY - WILLIAM SPARKS, SR. (ca. 1809-1860)

Mrs. B. W. Chandler, 1040 Burlington St., Dallas 8, Texas, is seeking information regarding the family and ancestry of her great-grandfather, William Sparks, Sr., who was born about 1809 and died in 1860. On the 1850 census, his birthplace was given as North Carolina, but on the 1860 census it was given as South Carolina. He spent most of his adult life in Tennessee. When the 1850 census was taken, he was living in McNairy County, Tennessee. It is believed that he had lived earlier in Hardeman County, but this has not been proved conclusively. Shortly before his death, he moved with his family to Prairie County, Arkansas. He is known to have been a member of the Baptist Church and to have been married twice. His first wife was Emiline Moore (called Emily on the 1850 census), who was born about 1820 in Alabama. His second wife was a widow, Mrs. Lucinda Davis.

When the 1850 census was taken of McNairy County, Tennessee, the family living on the farm adjoining that of William Sparks was that of David Sparks, who was born about 1808. Likewise, on the 1860 census of Prairie County, Arkansas, the two families were living very near to each other. Since William and David were so nearly the same age and appear to have moved from Tennessee to Arkansas at about the same time, it seems probable that they were brothers. David Sparks’s wife’s name was Comfort (an aunt of Mrs. Chandler’s remembers her parents speaking of an “Aunt Comfort”), who, according to census records, was born about 1810 in North Carolina. From the census records, it appears that David and Comfort Sparks were the parents of the following children, all born in Tennessee: (1) Julia A., born about 1829; (2) Fonety, born about 1831; (3) Sarah, born about 1833; (4) Spencer, born about 1836; (5) Comfort, born about 1838; (6) John, born about 1842; (7) William, born about 1845; (8) Almeda, born about 1849; (9) Amanda, born about 1852; and (10) James D., born about 1854.

~David Sparks was listed on the 1840 census of Hardeman County, Tennessee. Near him was living David Sparks, Sr., who was still living in Hardeman County in 1850. On the 1850 census he was listed as being 82 years old, a farmer, born in North Carolina. With him in 1850 was living “Minus” Sparks (male), aged 39, also born in North Carolina. As will be pointed out below, it is believed that this was intended for “Miner” Sparks, but the writing of the census taker is difficult to decipher.

This David Sparks, Sr., who was 82 years old in 1850, was the son of Jonas Sparks of Rowan County, North Carolina, who referred to “my son David Sparks” in his will dated May 11, 1805. Many years ago a Judge Cooledge of Buchanan, Michigan, who descended from David Sparks, wrote that David’s father (Jonas), married, as his second wife, a Dutch woman named Little who was a widow. David disapproved of his father’s second marriage, but eventually married the Dutch woman’s pretty daughter, Mary Little. Judge Cooledge descended from Cornelius Sparks, eldest son of David and Mary (Little) Sparks. Cornelius Sparks migrated to Indiana from Tennessee as a young man and later settled in Michigan. According to Judge Cooledge, David and Mary (Little) Sparks were the parents of the following children: (Note sons William and David.)
            (1) Cornelius Sparks, born 1793
            (2) Joseph Sparks
            (3) John Sparks
            (4) William Sparks
            (5) Daniel Sparks
            (6) David Sparks
            (7) Jonas Sparks
            (8) Miner Sparks (probably the “Minus” Sparks living with David in 1850)
            (9) Betsy Sparks
            (10) Folly Sparks
            (11) Sally Julina Sparks


On the 1850 census of Hardeman County, Tennessee, living next door to David Sparks, was Julila [Julia?] Birkhead, age 36, apparently a widow, born in North Carolina. Living with her was William Birkhead, age 15, also born in North Carolina, Eleaser Birkhead, age 14, David Birkhead, age 12, and Mary Birkhead, age 10, the latter three born in Tennessee. This was probably the Sally Julina Sparks whom Judge Cooledge listed as David Sparks’s youngest child.

William and Emiline (Moore) Sparks, Mrs. Chandler’s great-grandparents, are said to have been the parents of eight children, although from census records only six can be clearly identified. It is believed that Emiline died soon after the youngest child, Mary Ann, was born. Following are the known children of William and Emiline (Moore) Sparks: (1) Rufus Sparks, born about 1839, lived in Prairie Co., Arkansas; married Em (some say her name was Mary), and had at least two children, Mary and Flora; (2) Daniel Sparks, born about 1841; (3) Albert Sparks, called John on the 1860 census, born about 1842; (4) Martha, born about 1844, married Sam Ferguson, both died at Denton, Texas; no children; (5) William Sparks, Jr., born July 9, 1846; and (6) Mary Ann Sparks, born about 1849, married Sam Orrick in Prairie Co., Arkansas, and had children named Ida, Hubert, and Lily.

William Sparks married, as his second wife, Mrs. Lucinda Davis. It is known that Mrs. Davis, when she married William Sparks, had a son by her former husband named James H. Davis. On the 1860 census of Prairie County, Arkansas, James was listed as living in the Sparks household, but was mistakenly listed as “James H. Sparks”. Also listed were Marandy, age 11; Ellen, age 4; Cordelia, age 3; and Virginia, age 1. These four girls, like James, were listed by the ‘census taken as named Sparks, but it seems probable that they were all Mrs. Davis’ children by her first marriage.

Wi1liam Sparks, Jr., son of William and Emiline (Moore) Sparks, was Mrs. Chandler’s r;randfather. He was born in McNairy County, Tennessee, on July 9, 1846. He grew up in Prairie County, Arkansas, where in 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Army, Smith’s Artillery, Polk’s Division, later joining Whitfield’s Legion, Army of the Tennessee. He fought at Shiloh as well as in other famous engagements. In 1863 he came west of the Mississippi River and served in Arkansas and Missouri until the end of the conflict. He was married in Prairie County, Arkansas, on February 15, 1864, to Miss Frances Elizabeth Gatewood, born January 21, 1842, in Carroll County, Mississippi. She was a daughter of Peter Gatewood, born in Virginia in 1813, and Nancy Hoover (Smith) Gatewood, born in Tennessee in 1818. In 1874, William Sparks, Jr., moved with his family to Texas, where he followed farming until 1879, when he was appointed deputy sheriff of Denton County, Texas. In 1886 and again in 1888, he was elected sheriff of Denton County. William Sparks, Jr., died in Denton County on December 4, 1893; Frances Elizabeth died in Dallas, Texas, on April 11, 1936. They were the parents of the following children: (1) William Sparks, born
1866, died 1883; (2) Thomas J. Sparks, born 1867, died 1931, married his cousin, Molly Sparks, daughter of John and Mitty Sparks of Arkansas; they had one son;  (3) James N. Sparks, born 1869, died 1921, married Louvisa Elizabeth Smith; they had three children; (4) Virginia Ann Sparks, born 1872, died 1933, married J. W. Durbin; they had six children; (5) Della Jane Sparks, born 1877, died 1953, married Claud May; they had three children; (6) Martha Elizabeth Sparks, born 1879, married
J. H. Davis who was the son of Mrs. Lucinda Davis, second wife of William Sparks, Jr.; they had no children; and (7) Samuel Sparks, born 1882, died 1955, married Mary Williams; they had no children.

Should anyone have additional information on any of the Sparkses mentioned in the above sketch, please write either to Mrs. Chandler or the editor, Dr. Bidlack.



(Continued from page 355)

(Editor's note:  It should have been pointed out on page 351 of the December, 1958, issue of the QUARTERLY that Benton County in Alabama is now called Calhoun County.  Also, on page 355, in the transcription of the family of James Sparks in Jefferson County, the age and sex of Eliza O. Sparks was omitted; she was 1 year old.) [Note:  Corrections made by scanner.]

Lawrence County, Alabama - 1850 Census

   8th District, enumerated Nov. 4, 1850, by J. B. Speake.
(p. 739) Sparks, William   26  (M) Alabama Farming  $150 
 77-77      "       Elvira  22  (F)      "
     "       Richard    4  (M)      "
     "       Elizabeth    2  (F)      "

(p. 739) Sparks, Rutha   50  (F) Virginia    $400 
 78-78      "       Thomas W.  22  (M) Alabama Farming
     "       Stephen  18  (M)      "      "
     "       Eli  15  (M)      "      "

   8th District, enumerated Dec. 7, 1850, by J. B. Speake.
(p. 833) Sparkes, Thomas   48  (M) North Carolina Merchant  $600 
 732-732      "         Julina  35  (F) Tennessee
     "         Almira  14  (F) Alabama
     "         Thaddius  11  (M)      "
     "         John   8  (M)      "
     "         Titus   6  (M)      "


The city of Mobile, enumerated Jan. 21, 1851, by J. M. Park.
(p. 790)
1752-1871 Sparks, Elmira   26  (F) North Carolina    
          1872 Rollings, E. J.  24  (M) South Carolina Coachmaker
     "        Margaret  20  (F) Alabama
     "        Ann   9  (F)      "
     "        Laura   4  (F)      "

The city of Mobile, enumerated Feb. 20, 1851, by J. M. Park.
(p. 833) Sparks, Joseph   22  (M) England  Carpenter   
2121-2186       "      Mary Ann  23  (F) Alabama

The city of Mobile, Enumerated Jan. 21, 1851, by J. M. Park.
(p. 461) Adair, John T.   36   (M) Alabama  Farmer  $2,000
488-475       "    Sarah  22  (F)      "
Obrian, Creede  17  (M)      " Labourer
Sparks, Robert A.  22  (M) Tennessee Tanner


Pickens County, Alabama - 1850 Census

   Yorkville, enumerated Oct. 25, 1850, by C. B. Sanders
(p. 1) Sparks Thomas   53  (M) South Carolina  Carpenter   
 7-7      "      Finady  16  (F) Alabama

   Southern District, enumerated Sept. 19, 1950, by C. B. Sanders
(p. 17) Sparks, Nath'l.   52  (M) South Carolina Farmer  $500 
 5-5      "       Mary  57  (F)     "          "
     "       Phelix  24  (M) Alabama Farmer
     "       Nancy  22   (F)      "
     "       Sarah  17  (F)      "
     "       Richard  15  (M)      "
     "       Wm.   8  (M)      "
     "       Elizabeth  12  (F)      "
     "       John W.   5  (M)      "

(p. 17) Sparks, George S.   22  (M) Alabama  Farmer   
 6-6      "       Rebecca A.  24  (F)      "
     "       Frances   2  (F)      "
     "       Ellen E. 6/12  (F)      "

   Southern District, enumerated Sept. 20, 1850, by C. B. Sanders
(p. 22) Richardson, Isaac  28  (M) Tennessee  Farmer  $1000
44-42         "          Martha  22  (F) Alabama
        "          Robert   4  (M)      "
        "          Richard 1/12  (M)      "
Sparks, Isaac  29  (M)      " Farmer

   Southern District, enumerated Oct. 28, 1850, by C. B. Sanders
(p. 140) Sparks, Sparks [sic]   70  (M) South Carolina Farmer   
 870-902      "       Sarah  60  (F)      "          "
     "       Bird  33  (M)      "          " Farmer
     "       James  22  (M)      "          " Farmer
     "       Elenor  30  (F)      "          "
     "       Nancy  28  (F)      "          "
     "       McCune   3   (M)      "          "
     "       Lucy 6/12  (F)      "          "

     Southern District, enumerated Nov. 4, 1850, by C. B. Sanders
(p. 155) Richmond, William T.   53  (M) South Carolina Farmer   
989-1025        "          Nancy  53  (F)      "           "
       "          John  30  (M)      "           "
       "         Absalom  18  (M) Alabama
Sparks, T.  16  (M)      " Laborer

    Southern District, enumerated Nov. 8, 1850, by C. B. Sanders
(p. 173) Peebles, Mary  53   (F) South Carolina   $200 
1125-1163      "        Lucy  17  (F) Alabama

 (Family continued on next page)


Pickens County, family of Mary Peebles continued:
Peebles, Mary  15  (F) Alabama     
       "        George  12  (M)      "
Sparks, John  20  (M) Georgia
     "       Martha  18  (F)      "

   Southern District, enumerated Nov. 13, by C. B. Sanders
(p. 191) Sparks, John   48  (M) South Carolina  Farmer  $1000 
 1269-1308      "       Elizabeth  45  (F) North Carolina
     "       Mary A.  14  (F) Alabama
     "       Eli  12  (M)      "
     "       Manerva C.  10  (F)      "
     "       Catharine   8  (F)      "
     "       Didamy   6  (F)      "
     "       Mathew   4  (M)      "
     "       Wm.   2  (M)      "

   Southern District, enumerated Nov. 21, 1850, by C. B. Sanders
(p. 191) Sparks, James   23  (M) Tennessee  Farmer   
1270-1309       "       Adaline  19  (F) North Carolina
     "       Margaret   2  (F) Alabama

Russell County, Alabama - 1850 Census

   (No district shown)  Enumerated Dec. 14, 1850, by John W. Phillips
(p. 111) Sparks, Green   27  (M) Georgia  Farmer   
771-771       "       Ann  20  (F) Alabama
(p. 112)      "       William   3  (M) Georgia
     "       Martha   1  (F)      "

St. Clair County, Alabama - 1850 Census

   District No. 40, enumerated Nov. 16, 1850, by Irby Wooley
(p. 224) Sparks, Jonathan   37  (M) Georgia Farmer   
 131-131      "       Amelia  35  (F)      "
     "       Wm.  17  (M)      " Farmer
     "       Celia  15  (F)      "
     "       Sarah  13  (F)      "
     "       David  10  (M)      "
     "       Minerva   8  (F) Alabama 
     "       Carolina   6  (F)      "
     "       Josiah   4  (M)      "
     "       Martha   1  (F)      "

Sumter County, Alabama - 1850 Census

   Livingston, enumerated Dec. 27, 1850, by Danl. L. Ayers
(p. 662) Allison, Robert G.   58   (M) South Carolina  Farmer   
1124-1153       "      Ladocia A.  50  (F) North Carolina
     "      Robert J.  31  (M) South Carolina

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   Sumter County, Alabama, family of Robert G. Allison continued:
Allison, John F. A.  18  (M) South Carolina     
       "      Mary V.  16  (F) Alabama
     "      Henrietta   7  (F)      "
     "      William   2  (M)      "
Sparks, Julia A.  29  (F) South Carolina
Moore, Catharine  18  (F) Alabama

Talladega County, Alabama - 1850 Census

   Talladega District, enumerated Nov. 8, 1850, by J. A. Hogan
(p. 828) Sparks, David   56  (M) North Carolina  Farmer  $500 
883-904      "      Milly  59  (F) South Carolina
     "      Abel  22  (M) Georgia Laborer
Rice, Matilda  16  (F)      "

   Talladega District, enumerated Dec. 21, 1850, by J. A. Hogan
(p. 974) Sparks, Stephen   41  (M) South Carolina  Pedler   
1852-1890      "       Phebe  40  (F) North Carolina
     "       Jas. PF  13  (M) Alabama
     "       John  12   (M)      "
     "       Wm.   9  (M)      "
     "       Abner   7  (M)      "
     "       Laura A.   4  (F)      "
     "       Alexander   2  (M)      "

Tallaposa County, Alabama - 1850 Census

     Township No. 19, enumerated Sept. 20, 1850, by Eli T. Pouncey
(p.15) Sparks, N. F.   39  (M) Tennessee  Tavern Keeper  $2000 
105-105      "       Sarah E. A.  28  (F) Alabama
     "       Virginia T.  13  (F)      "
     "       Frances D.  10  (F)      "
     "       Nathan F.   4  (M)      "
Goolsby, James T.  22  (M) Georgia Tailor

  Township No. 24, enumerated Jan. 6, 1851, by Eli T. Pouncey
(p. 227) Sparks, Mary A.   37  (F)  South Carolina    $100 
1682-1682      "       Wm. J.  19  (M) Georgia Farmer
     "       Sarah  16  (F)      "
     "       John N. B.  13  (M) Alabama
     "       Idris L.  12  (M)      "
     "       Alisson W. B.   8  (M)      "
     "       Mary M.   7  (F)      "
     "       Angelline   5  (F)      "

     Township No. 24, enumerated Jan. 9, 1851, by Eli T. Pouncey
(p. 244) Sparks, George T.  50  (M) South Carolina  Farmer  $50 
 1811-1811      "       Martha P.  41  (F) Georgia
     "       Richard   19  (M)      "

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   Tallapoosa County, Alabama, family of George T. Sparks, continued:
Sparks, Thomas  14  (M) Georgia    
       "       Ann  12  (F) Alabama
     "       George T.  10  (M)      "
     "       Margarett   7  (F)      "
     "       James Polk   2  (M)      "

Tuscaloosa County, Alabama - 1850 Census

   District No. 1, enumerated Oct. 16, 1850, by E. A. Powell
(p. 322) Sparks, Ann R.   28  (F) Georgia   $600 
376-376      "       James A.   8  (M) Alabama
     "       Richard W.   6  (M)      "

Walker County, Alabama - 1850 Census

   District No. 11, enumerated Dec. 5, 1850, by John K. Gamble
(p. 585) Sparks, Samuel   32  (M) Alabama  Farmer $350 
315-315      "       Frances  26  (F)      "
     "       Mary   7  (F)      " 
     "       Thomas   5  (M)      " 
     "       James   2  (M)      "
     "       Lidda  18  (F)      "
(Note:  This census taker used the word "inmate" frequently on this census under the heading "profession"; what he meant by the term is not known.)

   District No. 11, enumerated Dec. 6, 1850, by John K. Gamble
(p. 587) Sparkes, Elijh   24  (M) Alabama  Farmer   
325-325      "        Elizabeth  20  (F)      "
     "        Nancy   2  (F)      " 
     "        Mary 1/12  (F)      "

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

Brewer, Joe B., Rt. 6, Box 484, Bessemer, Alabama
Dowell, Mrs. W. M., Pleasant Hill, Louisiana
Fairchild, Mrs. A. R., Sr., 6438 Vermont Ave., St. Louis 11, Missouri
King, Mrs. Minerva, 8105 Fremont Ave., Seattle 3, Washington
Sparks, James F., Box B, Seagoville, Texas
Sparks, Miss Lucile, Lynnville, Iowa
Sparks, Miss Lucile, Isola, Mississippi
Sparks, Walter William, Iverness, Mississippi



Mrs. Cecil Crowell, of Orient, Illinois, a charter member of the Association, writes of the passing of her brother, Lester Foley Sparks, who died on September 6, 1958. Mr. Sparks had been living with his sister. He was born on May 30, 1902, in Mt. Ash, Kentucky, and had been a resident of Clifford, Illinois. He leaves his wife, Hilda Sparks, of Chicago, and the following children: Rosemary, of Indianapolis, md.; Mrs. Jeanie Farrell and Virginia, of Chicago; and Robert Sparks, of Chicago. He also leaves the following sisters: Mrs. Crowell; Mrs. Hazel Donaldson, of Bush, Illinois; Mrs. Ethel Bowden, of Hurst, Illinois; and Mrs. Elizabeth Ligette, of Cincinnati.

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In the L:arch, 1959, issue of The North Carolinian appears a fascinating study and compilation by William Perry Johnson entitled “Was Your Family Surname Rare or Common in the U.S. in 1790?” Mr. Johnson begins his analysis with an account of the first census taken in the United States, pointing out that of the 827,844 square miles constituting the U.S. in 1790, only 29 per cent had been settled. The total U.S. population in 1790 was 3,231,533 (exclusive of 697,681 slaves). Mr. Johnson estimates that there were about 30,000 different surnames to be found in the country in 1790. From a table published in a volume entitled A Century of Population Growth in the United States, 1790-1900, which lists over 4,300 surnames represented by at least 100 white persons in 1790, Mr. Johnson has determined which were the 1000 most common names. It will interest our readers that the name Sparks is among this 1000, tying with eight other names for the 915th place. The names with which “Sparks” ties are: Bullard, Chadwick, Joiner, Joslin, Kilbourn, Lacy, Sinclair, and Woodman. There were 97 persons named Sparks according to the exiant portions of the 1790 census. The census records of Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Tennessee, and about half of Virginia were not included in this figure since these records were destroyed many years ago.

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S  K  R  A  P  S

The contents of the present issue of the Quarterly seemed to keep growing as the pages were typed, with the result that we have been unable to include all that we had planned. We had expected to begin printing Paul E. Sparks' compilation of the Sparks families listed on the 1850 census of Indiana, but this must wait until the June issue.

1959 membership dues from over two hundred of our members had been received by the end of March. Well over one hundred members who paid their dues in 1958, however, have not paid for 1959. We are sure that nearly all of the latter group have simply misplaced their notices, fully intending to send their checks but have forgotten. If you are one of those who have neglected to send their 1959 dues, won’t you do so soon?

Again may we remind all members of our constant hope to attract new members. We know that there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Sparks descendants who would like to join our organization if they only knew of its existence. We send invitations to everyone known to be a Sparks descendant whose name and address we obtain. We are especially pleased whenever a member sends us the names and addresses of Sparkses found in telephone directories.


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