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

VOL. VII , NO. 2  JUNE, 1959
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[Note:  Here appears a photograph, beneath which is the following caption:]

GEORGE W. SPARKS, 1817-1892

with his second wife


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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 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 pprsons 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 membprship 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

(Note of acknowledgment: The records upon which this article has been based have been provided by a number of persons. Our Historian-Genealogist, William Perry Johnson, has copied and evaluated all of the North Carolina records referred to. Paul E. Sparks, our President, spent an entire day recently in the courthouses of Wells and Huntington Counties, Indiana, gathering data; in order to begin his research as soon as the Huntington County courthouse opened, Paul had to leave his home in Louisville at 3:00 A.M.!   Mrs. Elizabeth Sparks Erickson, of 225 North Prospect, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has supplied much of the data on the family of George W. Sparks, grandson of Solomon and Charity Sparks, including the photograph used on the cover. Mrs. Una Sparks Pierce, of 2851 Ewald Circle, Detroit, Michigan, is responsible for getting us started on this article when she loaned the author copies of two letters written by William Henderson Sparks, son of George W., in 1867; these letters will be published in the September issue of the Quarterly. Mrs. Bertha J. Davis, of 2036 Harrison Blvd., Boise, Idaho, has supplied the data on Delila Sparks Conklin as well as her photograph. To all of these generous contributors, a hearty THANK YOU!  R.E.B.)

In an article by William Perry Johnson entitled “The Genealogy of John Sparks, Revolutionary War Pensioner of Wilkes County, North Carolina,” which appeared in the Quarterly of December, 1955 (Vol. III, No. 4, pp. 97-104), the data were summarized which have been gleaned thus far on the life of Solomon Sparks, early settler in Wilkes County, North Carolina. In his article, Mr. Johnson pointed out that Solomon Sparks was probably born in Frederick County, Maryland, and that he was probably a son of Joseph Sparks who died in Frederick County in 1749. Solomon Sparks, with his wife, Sarah, and family moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to


near Salisbury, Rowan County (now Davie County), North Carolina, sometime during the year 1753. They settled in the forks of the Yadkin River where Solomon obtained a land grant of 250 acres in 1761 near the mouth of Muddy Creek. About 1772 they moved from Rowan County to what is now Wilkes (then a part of Surry) County, North Carolina. The last record we have of Solomon and Sarah Sparks is dated 1788 when they sold land whioh they still owned in Rowan County to Jonas Sparks. (Jonas Sparks was probably a brother of Solomon and accompanied Daniel Boone to Kentucky in 1773; he did not remain in Kentucky, however, and soon returned to North Carolina--see the Quarterly of September, 1953 (Vol. I, No. 3), pp. 13-16.)

Solomon and Sarah Sparks had probably both died by 1800, perhaps as early as 1790. As Mr. Johnson explained in his article (p. 98), a complete list of the children of Solomon and Sarah Sparks has not been discovered, but on August 4, 1801, a power of attorney was given to Abel Sparks in connection with the settlement of Solomon’s estate which appears to list the surviving children of Solomon and Sarah Sparks. (The family Bible of Abel Sparks survives and gives Abel’s date of birth as January 8, 1767 - - see the Quarterly of December, 1958 (Vol. VI, No. 4, p. 337).) Eight children were listed in this power of attorney, one being Solomon Sparks, Jr.

Little is known of Solomon Sparks, Jr., son of Solomon and Sarah Sparks, except that he lived his life in Wilkes County, near the boundary line between Wilkes and Surry County, and was a farmer by occupation. The earliest record of his purchasing land is a deed recorded in Wilkes County (Book Fl, p. 153) dated January 12, 1791, by which “Solomon Sparks, Jr. of Wilkes County, North Carolina” purchased a tract from William P. Lewis of Surry County. Solomon Sparks, Jr., paid six pounds, eight shillings for this piece of land which was located in Wilkes County, “on the head of the north fork of Hunting Creek.” It was described in the deed as follows:  “Beginning on a white oak in the County Line on the North side of a branch and Running North with Sd. Line thirty Chain to a poplar on the brushy Mountain in Joseph Sparks’ line thence west with sd line fifty [chains] to a Maple in Clemmons’s Line thence South with Sd. Line thirty Chain to a Chestnut thence East fifty Chain crossing the branch to the beginning.” The deed was witnessed by Robt. Lewis and Joseph Sparks. Another deed on file in Wilkes County (Book Fl, p. 161), dated February 1, 1805, records the sale by George Denney to Solomon Sparks, Jr., for twenty pounds, a tract of 6l 1/2 acres adjoining Solomon’s other land. This tract was located also on the north fork of Hunting Creek, “Beginning on a white oak in the County line, Said Sparkes South east Corner, Runing thence west along sd. line one hundred twenty pole to a post oak in sd line thence South eighty two pole to a hicory in sd Denneys line thence East one hundred and twenty poles to a black oak in sd County line thence North Eighty two poles to the begining at the branch in the County line.”   This deed was witnessed by Daniel Wilcockson and John Felts. In 1808, Solomon Sparks, Jr., purchased 150 acres in Surry County. From 1813 until Solomon’s death in 1817, his son William appears to have lived on this tract and to have paid the taxes. On the 1817 tax list he was described as “William Sparks of Solomon.”

Solomon Sparks, Jr.’s name appears occasionally in the court records of Wilkes County, as when he served on “road jury” in 1809 and in November, 1817. In the latter record he was one of eleven men to “view and lay off a new road from John Sales the nearest and best way to Hamptonville.” He was taxed, according to extant Wilkes County tax records, on real estate amounting to 128 acres in 1797 to 111 1/2  acres in 1805. On the 1810 census, his age was given as between 26 and 45.

Solomon Sparks, Jr., married Charity about 1785. They were the parents of six sons: (1) George, (2) Solomon, (3) William, (4) Samuel, (5) Jonathan, and (6) Joseph. The latter two, Jonathan and Joseph, were apparently minors when their father died in 1817; from the 1820 census it would appear that Jonathan was born about 1800 while Joseph was born between 1802 and 1804. The four oldest sons, George, Solomon, William, and Samuel, had each been given some livestock and a “Feather Bed and furniture” by their father before his death, which would imply that they had married and left home by 1817.


Solomon Sparks, Jr., died on the night of December 18, 1817, probably from a sudden injury or illness. He was unable to prepare a written will, but on his deathbed dictated how he wished his property to be divided. A few days later, his son, Solomon, and Elizabeth Chappel, who was probably a relative or near neighbor, put into writing Solomon Jr.’s last wishes. (An oral, or unwritten will, is called a “nuncupative will.”) Recorded in Wilkes County Will Book 3, page 171, the will reads as follows:

Nuncupative Will of Solomon Sparks, Deceased.
State of North Carolina/
Wilkes County / 

The Will of Solomon Sparks of the County aforesaid Deceased who died on the Night of the 18th of Decr. 1817. On the day before he died we do Certify that he the said Solomon Sparks Requested that his property should be disposed of in the following manner to wit. -- 
First as much of his personal Estate to be sold as shall be Sufficient to pay all his Just debts. 
2d. His two Youngest Sons Jonathan and Joseph to have as much out of his Estate as he had previously given to his older children which was the following property. One Horse, Bridle and Saddle, One Cow and Calf, One Sow and pigs, and One Feather Bed and furniture.
3d. All the Ballance of his Estate he desired that his wife Charity Sparks should hold and enjoy both Personal and Real during her life.
4th. Then all the aforesaid property to be Sold to the best Advantage and the money Arising from the sale to be Equally divided amongst his six Sons, George, Solomon, William, Samuel, Jonathan and Joseph. In Witness whereof we the under Signed do certify the above to be true and believe the said Solomon Sparks was in his proper mind and Sences, Deoenzber 23d 1817.
                                                                                             /S/ Elisabeth    X    Chappel Jut.
                                                                                             /S/ Solomon Sparks

North Carolina/
Wilkes County / Feby. Term 1818. The foregoing Nuncupative Will was duly 
                                                       proven in open court by the Oath of Elisabeth Chappel.

                                                                                           /S/ Test. R. Martin. Clk.

On February 2, 1818, Charity Sparks, widow of Solomon Sparks, Jr., submitted to the court an inventory of her late husband’s estate, which is recorded on page 168 of Will Book 3, as follows:

An Inventory of the Estate of Solomon Sparks, Deceased.

One tract of Land
Three Negroes
One Waggon and Geers
One Still
Ten Hogsheads
One Horse 
One Mare
Three Cows and Yearlings 
Nine Head of Sheep
Three Beds and furniture
Two Chests 
Three Pots
Two Ovens 
Two Skillets 
Four Jugs
Three Bedsteads
One Loom and Gears
Three flat irons
Five pales and piggins
Four tubs
One Cutting knife
One Ax
One grindstone
A parcel of pewter
Some Earthen Ware
One Mattock
Corn, Bacon and fowls
One drawing knife



Some cotten and flax
Eight Cheirs 
One set of fire dogs 
One Shovel and tongs
One Shovel Plow
Three hoes 
A Quantity of Hogs
Two Tables
One Reel
Four Wheels
One Hackle
One Hand saw
Some knives and forks, and
other affairs too tedious
to mention.

2d Feby. 1818

 /S/ Charity X Sparks

                                                                               North Carolina/
                                                                              Wilkes county/ Feby. Term 1818.
                                                                                     The above Inventory was Return’d on Oath by
                                                                                     Charity Sparks.
                                                                                                                                   /s/ Test. R. Martin. Clk.

In accordance with Solomon’s will, his widow, Charity, continued in possession of his estate until her death. Tax records of Surry County, North Carolina, for instance, reveal that she was taxed regularly on 25 acres which lay in Surry County from the time of Solomon’s death until 1828, the year in which she apparently died. This tract of land lay on the Hunting Creek and through the years was described on the tax records as adjoining land of the following persons: William Jeffrey, Lewis Samuel, Hyram Sales, Levi Chappel, and John Jackson. Following the death of Charity Sparks, her son Samuel Sparks became administrator. On February 3, 1829, Samuel Sparks gave bond “in the sum of $4700”; his bondsmen were his brothers, Joseph and Jonathan. The court then ordered that “Sam’l Sparks, Adm., sell the Estate of Solomon Sparks, dec’d., and make due Return thereof to our next County Court.” (Quoted from Wilkes County Court Minutes, 3 Feb. 1829.) On May 6, 1829, Samuel Sparks reported that his father’s estate had been sold, that the total amount received was $2185.91, and that $186.25 had been paid out in legacies. (Wilkes County Will Book 4, p. 131.) Presumably, the “legacies” pertained to the provision which Solomon had made for his two youngest sons, Jonathan and Joseph.

An attempt has been made to trace each of the five children of Solomon and Charity Sparks.
I. GEORGE SPARKS. From the order in which the children of Solomon and Charity Sparks were listed in Solomon’s nuncupative will, it would appear that George was the oldest. He was probably born about 1788. He is known to have married Delila in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and to have migrated to Randolph County, Indiana, in 1830. He died in Wells County, Indiana, in 1843. Additional information on George Sparks and his descendants appears on pages 387-94.

II. SOLOMON SPARKS. The second son of Solomon and Charity Sparks was named Solomon. The name “Solomon” was used .so frequently in the Wilkes County branch of the Sparks family that it is difficult to distinguish between the several men with that name living there in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. It seems virtually certain, however, that the Solomon Sparks who came to Randolph County, later to Wells County, Indiana, and was closely associated in Indiana with George Sparks, was the Solomon Sparks who was the second son of Solomon and Charity Sparks. He died in Wells County, Indiana on April 28, 1854, at the age of 62 years (thus he was born about 1792). He married Isabella Swaim. Additional information on Solomon Sparks and his descendants appears on pages 395-400.


III. WILLIAM SPARKS. William Sparks, the third son of Solomon and Charity Sparks, was listed in the tax records of Surry County, North Carolina, between 1813 and 1818 as living on 150 acres of land which his father had purchased in 1808. His name did not appear in the tax lists after 1818, however, and he was not listed on the 1820 census of either Surry or Wilkes County.

IV. SAMUEL SPARKS. Samuel Sparks, fourth son of Solomon and Charity Sparks, was born early in the 1790’s (he gave his age as 58 on the 1850 census) in Wilkes County, North Carolina. It was he who administered the final settlement of his father’s estate in 1829. Samuel Sparks married Mary Alvey, daughter of William Alvey, in 1814 (the Wilkes County marriage bond is dated October 22, 1814; Wiseman Alvey, bondsman). Mary (Alvey) Sparks was born about 1793 in Wilkes County and died about 1851. Samuel Sparks married, as his second wife, Sarah Ellis in 1852 (the Wilkes County marriage bond is dated October 26, 1852; William Redding, bondsman). Samuel Sparks died in 1858--he made his will on January 29, 1858, and it was probated in May of the same year. In his will he mentioned his wife, Sarah, and the following children: (1) Solomon Sparks; (2) Reuben Sparks; (3) Joseph Sparks;  (4) Elias Sparks; (5) Ransom Sparks; (6) Noah Sparks; (7) George Sparks; (8) Matilda Gray; (9) Mary Goforth;  (10) Malinda Chambin; and (11) Jane Adams. He also had a son named Samuel, born about 1837, who apparently died before 1858.

V. JONATHAN SPARKS. Jonathan Sparks, fifth son of Solomon and Charity Sparks, appears to have been living at home and single when his father died in 1817, judging from the wording of the nuncupative will. A Jonathan Sparks married Rachel Swaim in November, 1817, in Surry County, North Carolina (marriage bond dated November 26, 1817; William Sparks, bondsman) and was living in Surry County when the 1820 census was taken, aged 26 to 45, with his wife who was between 16 and 26, with two sons and one daughter under 10. Another. Jonathan Sparks [NOTE: This Jonathan was the son of Solomon and Charity Sparks] was listed on the 1820 census of Wilkes County, North Carolina, aged 18 to 26, with his wife, aged 16 to 18, and one son under 10. This Jonathan must have married about 1819. These two Jonathan Sparkses were probably first cousins. Which one was the son of Solomon and Charity is difficult to determine, although probably it was the one in Wilkes County. What became of him is not known - - he was not listed on the subsequent Wilkes County records. The Jonathan Sparks who married Rachel Swaim was probably a son of John and Sara Shores Sparks.  [NOTE:  No. He was a son of Joseph Sparks (d.1820) and nephew of Solomon and Charity Sparks]. By 1840 this Jonathan Sparks had moved to Franklin County, Tennessee and was still there in 1850. On the 1850 census of Franklin County, a Solomon Sparks, aged 60, with his wife Susan, aged 48, and family, is listed as living near Jonathan and Sarah Sparks. This Solomon Sparks was probably also a son of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks; his children, as listed on the 1850 census were: Mary E., George, John, Hannah, Carroll, Peter, Jane, Alfred, and Lucinda. By 1860, Jonathan Sparks had moved from Franklin County, Tennessee, to Dallas County, Arkansas, and on the census of that year gave his age as 68 (thus born about A 1792). From the census records of 1850 and 1860, it would appear that Jonathan and Rachel (Swaim) Sparks had the following children born between 1828 and 1843: Jacob, Cynthia, Isabella, Jane, John C., Edward, and Sarah F.  There were doubtless older children who had left home by 1850, born between 1817 and 1828.

VI. JOSEPH SPARKS. Joseph Sparks, sixth son of Solomon and Charity Sparks, was born between 1802 and 1804. In all likelihood, he was the Joseph Sparks who married Sabry (or Sabra) Deinmit in Wilkes County in 1822 (the marriage bond is dated February 4, 1822; Joseph Brown, bondsman). He and his wife were in Wells County in 1838 for on February 19, 1838, "Joseph Sparks, and wife, Sabary, of Wells County, Indiana" sold 40 acres of land to Albert Draper;  Solomon Sparks witnessed the deed.  In October, 1838, Joseph and "Sabra" 


Sparks sold 80 acres of land in Wells County to Thomas T. Smith.  By 1850 Joseph Sparks was living in Adams County, Indiana. His wife’s name was given as “Sarah” on the 1850 census, but on the 1860 census it was given as “Sabra.” The age of Joseph Sparks was given as 47 on the 1850 census of Adams County, which means that he was born about 1803. His birthplace was given as North Carolina; he was a farmer by occupation, and owned real estate valued at $600. Sabra’s age was given as 49 in 1850, her birthplace as North Carolina. Living with Joseph Sparks in 1850 were:  Ransom Sparks, 26 years old, born in North Carolina; Hampton Sparks, 24 years old, also born in North Carolina; and Mary Sparks, 14 years old, born in Indiana. Also living with the family in 1850 was an 18-year-old laborer named Benjamin Blue, born in Ohio. Joseph Sparks apparently died between 1850 and 1860, because on the 1860 census of Adams County, Sabra Sparks was listed as the head of the household. Ransom Sparks, aged 36 in 1860, was still living with his mother, his occupation being given as “farmer.” Mary Sparks was also still at home. A Ransom Sparks, probably the above son of Joseph and Sabra, died in Wells County, Indiana, on December 18, 1876. He did not leave a will; Warren McBride was appointed as his administrator. He died insolvent; no heirs were named in the settlement. A search of Adams County records would doubtless produce further data on Joseph Sparks and his descendants.


George Sparks, eldest son of Solomon and Charity Sparks, was born about 1788. He married, in Wilkes County, North Carolina, Delila about 1806. Since no marriage bond has been preserved, it is probable that George and Delila were married following the publication of their banns. (See Mr. Johnson’s article entitled “Sparks Marriage Bonds from North Carolina,” in the Quarterly of December, 1954, Vol. II, No. 4, pp. 54-55.) On the 1810 census of Wilkes County, George Sparks was listed with his wife and one male (son) and one female (daughter), both aged under ten years. He was a farmer by occupation. At least one deed pertaining to his purchase of land is on record--on November 24, 1810, he bought for $200 a tract of 100 acres in Wilkes County “on the waters of Hunting Creek.”  He purchased this land from Abednego Sanders; the witnesses to the deed were Henry Martin, Leonard Sale, and Daniel Wilcoxen. George Sparks appears as a grantor in only one deed preserved in Wilkes County. This was dated August 14, 1828, and was a deed of trust. He owed Richard J. Cook, formerly of Wilkes County “but now of Rowan County, North Carolina, $236.22, and he deeded the 100 acre tract which he had purchased in 1810 to John Martin in trust against his debt. Apparently he gave up the land rather than pay the debt. George Sparks owned other land besides this 100 acre tract, however, because in 1829 he was taxed on 330 acres in Wilkes County valued at $800.

All but one of the eleven children of George and Delila Sparks were born in North Carolina. Their daughter Delila, who was the next to the youngest child, is known to have been born on January 26, 1830, and on the later census records her birthplace was given as North Carolina. By the fall of 1830, however, George Sparks had migrated to Randolph County, Indiana, and was listed as a resident of that county when the 1830 census was taken, probably late in the year. Although we have not been able to search Randolph County records, it would appear from the marriage records of two of the daughters of George Sparks, dated 1832 and 1833, that he settlëd in West River Township. A descendant of Solomon Sparks, supposed brother of George Sparks, states that Solomon settled in Nettle Creek Township which today adjoins West River Township on the east. About 1836 George Sparks moved to Wells County, Indiana, and, according to Biographical Memoirs of Wells County, Indiana, by B. F. Bowen, 1903, page 28, he was one of the first settlers of Liberty Township. George Sparks lived in Wells County until his death in 1843.


George Sparks did not leave a will, but among the documents which have been preserved in connection with the settlement of his estate are several interesting items. The earliest is a note which George Sparks had signed on March 9, 1830, but which he had never paid off and which was collected from his estate. It reads as follows: “March 9, 1830. Three months after date I promise to pay or Caus to bee paid unto William West or order the Just and full sum of Three Dollars being for Value receved of him as witness my hand and seal attest.”  Another similar note, dated November 13, 1838, reads: “Twelve months after date I promise to pay to Bowen Hale or order sixty dollars with interest from the 13th day of March next value received 13 Nov. 1838. The above note may be discharged in corn at market price.”

A record on file which reveals the approximate date on which George Sparks died is the bill submitted by his doctor, N. C. Burson. Dr. Burson charged $2.50 per visit on each of the following dates: October 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31; November 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 19, 20, and 23, 1843. In all probability, George Sparks died either on November 23, 1843, or a few days later.

On January 18, 1844, Delila Sparks, widow of George Sparks, signed the following document: “State of Indiana, County of Wells. I, Delila Sparks, of County of Wells, State of Indiana, widow of George Sparks, late of said county, deceased, have renounced and do by these presents renounce, release, and forever quit claim all my rights and title to the administration of the estate of said decedent and I Desire that the same be committed to my son, Aaron Sparks or to such person or persons as the Honorable Probate Court may think proper to appoint. Witness my hand this 18th day of January A.D. 1844.

                                                                                                                            /S/ Delila Sparks (her mark)
[Witness]  James Johnston.”

The witness to the above document, James Johnson, sometimes spelled Johnston, was Delila’s son-in-law, the husband of her daughter Sally.

On February 3, 1844, Aaron Sparks signed the administrator’s bond, with James Johnson as his bondsman, in the amount of $400.00.

Since George Sparks did not leave a will directing the manner in which his estate should be divided, and since he left a number of debts, it was necessary that his belongings be sold at auction soon after his death. A sale was held on March 8, 1844, and the report listing all items sold gives an excellent picture of life on an Indiana farm in 1843. The names of those who purchased goods also reveal the identity of his neighbors.

Account of the Sale of Personal Property of George Sparks, late of the County of Wells and state of Indiana, deceased, at a public auction held at the late dwelling house of the deceased on the 8th day of March A.D. 1844.
John Mar
John Madox
Aaron Sparks
John Bar
John Dougless
Jacob Simmerle
Aaron Sparks
Thomas F. Smith
John Bar
Jacob Miller
1 frow
1 hoe
1 hoe
2 hoes
3 axes
1 ax
1 ax
1 brier hook
1 shovel plow
1 shovel and hammer
.37 1/2


John Bar
James Johnson
William McGowery
Aaron Sparks
Ambros Redding
Aaron Sparks
Jacob Miller
James Johnson
John Bar
James Johnson
Aaron Sparks
Jacob Zimmerle
Ades Fannon
Aaron Sparks
N. W. Rogers
Ambros Redding
Madison Fannon
Jesse Wilcoxson
John Wallen
Thomas Brown
Jacob Zimmerle
Lorenza Hart
John Douglass
Jacob Zimmerle
Ades Fanon
James Johnson
James Johnson
Jesse Wilcoxson
Henry Rigsby
Ambros Redding
John Dougless
Jacob Miller
John Dougless
Solomon Sparks, Jun.
John P. Grant
John Dougless
Delila Sparks
John J. Grant
John Bar
W. C. Burson
Ades Farmon
James Johnson
James Johnson
Thomas Brown
John Bar
Jesse Wilcoxson
Ades Fannon
James Johnson
Ambros Redding
Aaron Fering
Simon Miller
Isaac Morgan
Jacob Zimmerle
William McGowery
H. C. Burson
William Miller
Francis Fields
John Douglas
1 mattoc
1 handsaw
1 squair
1 augur and squar
2 augurs
2 chairs
1 pr steelyards
1 set Hors geers
1 ooller and bridle
1 clevis and hames
1 brodax
1 scythe
1 oven
1 pot
1 tea kittle
1 shovel
1 pot
1 flat iron
1 rifle gun
1 rifle gun
1 coffee mill
1 set shewing tools
1 meat saw and ball
1 mantle brass olock
1 table pale
2 pans strainer and tin
1 coffee pot and frame
1 table
1 cubbourd and wood
1 set knives and forks
1 churn
1 crook and lard,
1 jug
1 bullet ladle
4 crocks
1 spinning wheel
1 spinning wheel
1 bbl of salt
13 pieces of bacon
2nd lot of bacon 48 pounds
3rd lot of bacon
4th lot of bacon
5th lot of bacon
6th lot of bacon
7th lot of bacon
1 skillet and lid
1 skillet and oven
1 lot meat
3 barrels and soap
1 firkin
1 lot 10 bushels 73
2nd lot 10 bushels 73
3rd lot more of logs 65
1 lot of flax
1 lot of flax
1 waggon
1 lot of rock
1 lot of flax
  .37 1/2
1.12 1/2
  .37 1/2
  .18 3/4
2.12 1/2
1.12 1/2
2.12 1/2
2.25 1/4
1.23 1/2
1.32 1/2


H. C. Burson
N. W. Rogers
W. Madison Fannon
Jacob Wilcoxson
Jacob Miller 
Aaron Sparks 
Francis Fields
Crawfort Marquis
Lorinzy Hart
George Fryback
John P. Grant
Delila Sparks 
Delila Sparks
Delila Sparks 
Madison Turner
1 cow
1 cow
1 heifer 
2 calves 
1 lot of hogs firs choice
2nd lot of hogs
3rd lot of hogs 
3 pigs
3 acres wheat
5 acres wheat
1 meal sack
1 bed
1 bed 
1st chairs
1 geography and atlas
5.37 1/2
2.18 3/4
  .10 3/4
l6.l8 3/4
.62 1/2
4.l2 1/2
                                                                                                            Total                         130.57 3/4

                               Test: Thomas T. Smith, Clerk of Sale.

A further inventory of the property of the estate of George Sparks, deceased, the said administrator reports to the Court that the following accounts have come to his knowledge since filing his first inventory, towit:
          1 due bill against John J. Grant for sum of 2.00
          1 due bill against James Johnston for sum of 17.00
 11 Nov. 1844.                                                                               /s/ Aaron Sparks,

Numerous claims against the estate of George Sparks were presented, some not until several years following his death. For example, on November 11, 1850, John Studebaker presented a bill for “6 yards shrouding” in the amount of $1.50, plus 52 cents “interest for 6 years and 11 months.” Note that the period for which interest was charged, if exact, would indicate that George Sparks died on December 11, 1843, but this probably does not represent an exact calculation.

On February 11, 1845, Aaron Sparks, as administrator of the estate of George Sparks, submitted to the Probate Judge a petition which identifies the heirs of George Sparks. As was the custom at the time, married daughters’ husbands were designated as heirs along with the daughters themselves. This document reads as follows:

To the Honorable William H. Parmilu, Judge of Wells County Probate Court, sitting, Your Petitioner, Aaron Sparks, administrator of the estate of George Sparks, late of said county, deceased, humbly sheweth to your Honor that the personal assets of the said estate amounts only to the sum of $219.75; that $35.00 of said assets was applied in payment of a bill to Dr. Burson incurred in the last illness of the intestate; $2.50 paid to John Dougless and $1.50 paid to Enoch Robinson in satisfaction to claims against the estate, making $39.00 and leaving $180.75 of the personal assets of said estate in the hands of your petitioner. Your petitioner further sheweth to your Honor that the debts outstanding against the estate is $422.41 leaving $241.66 of a deficit and exhausting the personal assets of the said estate. Your petitioner further sheweth to your Honor that the said George Sparks died seized in fee simple of the West half of the Southwest quarter of Section 2, Township 27, North of Range 11 East consisting of 80 acres; also the Southwest quarter of the Northwest quarter of Section 2, Township 27, North of Range 11 East, consisting of 40 acres, supposed to be worth $3.00 per acre and amounting in value to the sum of $360. Your petitioner further sheweth to your Honor that it will be necessary to make sale of the above described land and that the proceeds thereof be made assets in the hands of your petitioner to complete payment of the


debts of said estate. Your petitioner therefore prays your Honor to make an order for the sale of said lands for that purpose and that Richard Vernon and Dicey Vernon, Aaron Sparks, Mordecai Samuels and Elizabeth Samuels, James Johnson and Sarah Johnson, Thomas Brown and Lydia Brown, George Sparks, Jackson Grant and Matilda Grant, heirs at law of the said intestate; also Abel Sparks, Delila Sparks, and Mary Sparks, minor heirs of the said intestate; also Delila Brown and William Brown, infant heirs of Faribee Brown, deceased, to be made parties to this petition, and that your Honor do appoint a guardian ad litem to appear to this petition for the minor heirs of said intestate and such other relief and take such other steps touching the matters set forth in this petition as may Seem Just and right all of which is Respectfully Submitted to your Honorable.

                                                                     /s/ Aaron Sparks, administrator of the estate.
                                                                         of George Sparks, deceased; by I. P.
                                                                         Greer, His Solicit.

On August 19, 1845, the adult heirs of George Sparks consented to the sale of his real estate as Aaron Sparks had requested. Note that husbands signed opposite their wives, except that for some reason Richard Vernon, husband of Dicey, did not sign.

19 Aug. 1845. This is to show that we have consented to the sale of a lot of land belonging to George Sparks, deceased, towit: West one-half of the Southwest one-quarter and the Southwest one-half of Northwest one-quarter in Township 27, North of Range 11 East, lying in Wells County.

Mordecai Samuels
George Sparks
John J. Grant
Dicey Vernon
James Johnson
Aaron Sparks 
Thomas Brown
Delila Sparks, widow of George Sparks, deceased.
 Elizabeth Samuels
Susanna Sparks
Matilda Grant

Sarah Johnson
Huldah Sparks
Lydia Brown

On May 11, 1846, Aaron Sparks reported to the Probate Court that on May 9 he had tried to sell the land at auction, but that “the same could not be sold for want of bidders.” In February, 1848, he was ordered by the court to sell the property and in May, 1849, be reported as follows: “Aaron Sparks, administrator of the estate of George Sparks, deceased, respectfully reports that in pursuance of the order of his Honorable Court made at the last May term thereof he agreeable to the direction of said court did on the 12th day of April 1849 sell the West half of the Southwest quarter and the South quarter of the Northwest quarter of Section 2, Township 27, North of Range 11, East in Wells County, containing 120 acres to Harrison Griffin for the sum of $580.00 which sale he prays may be confirmed.
                                                                                                                                            /S/ Aaron Sparks.

Meanwhile, on September 18, 1848, Delila Sparks, widow of George Sparks, received “$150.00 in full of her demands upon the estate of George Sparks.” On October 11, 1853, the final settlement sheet was filed in open court. There are numerous scraps of paper in the file proving claims against the estate of George Sparks. The names of his creditors were: Aaron Sparks, Lewis D. Smith, Thomas Smith, William M. Fannon, Henry Courtney, Hannah Lawellin, Lewis Lynn, Isaac Morgan, Samuel Decker, William Burton, George Fryback, Frances Morgan, Jacob Zimmerle, Patrick Williams, Studebaker & Townsend, Aaron Fleming, John Laughian, Jacob Miller, John Lewis, and Albert Draper.


The date on which Delila Sparks, widow of George, died is unknown. In 1850 she was living with her son, Abel Sparks, in Huntington County. She was then 62 years old, according to the census, and her daughter Mary, 16 years old, was living with her.

From the records cited above, it has been possible to compile a list of the children of George and Delila Sparks. Although some may have died in infancy of whom we have no record, those who were living in 1844, or who had died and left issue, as was true of the daughter Faribee, are known. The order of the birth of these children is unknown, except the last three. Perhaps they were listed in the order of their birth in the petition by Aaron Sparks quoted above. They are listed in this order below, with the daughter Faribee, deceased in 1844, inserted following Sarah, since Faribee was married one year after Sarah.
1. DICEY SPARKS, daughter of George and Delila Sparks, married Richard Vernon.
2. AARON SPARKS, oldest son of George and Delila Sparks, was born about 1809 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Huldah -----, who was also born in North Carolina, about 1814. Aaron Sparks was a farmer in Rock Creek Township, Wells County, Indiana, and was the administrator of his father’s estate. He died in Wells County in 1854. He did not leave a will; his wife Huldah was adininistratrix. She was probably the same Huldah Sparks who married Jacob Roush in Huntington County, Indiana, on October 18, 1862. From the 1850 census of Wells County, it would appear that Aaron and Huldah Sparks were the parents of the following children:
        (1) Lydia Sparks, born in Indiana about 1835. She was probably the Lydia Almeda Sparks who married Noah Redding in Wells County on November 22, 1853.
        (2) William R. Sparks, born in Indiana about 1837.
        (3) Sarah Sparks, born in Indiana about 1843. She was probably the Sarah Ann Sparks who married William Haflich in Wells County on March 1, 1859.
3. ELIZABETH SPARKS, daughter of George and Delila Sparks, married Mordecai Samuels.
4. SARAH (SALLY) SPARKS, daughter of George and Delila Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, about 1813. She married James Johnson in Randolph County, Indiana, on March 8, 1832. The ceremony was performed by Elijah Arnold, a justice of the peace of West River Township.
5. FARIBEE (or PHEREBY) SPARKS, daughter of George and Della Sparks, was born about 1815 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She married Wisexnan Brown on September 13, 1833, in Randolph County, Indiana, the ceremony being performed by Elijah Arnold, a justice of the peace of West River Township. On the marriage record in Randolph County her name is spelled “Phereby,” but in the settlement of her father’s estate it was spelled “Faribee.” She died before 1844, leaving two children:
        (1) William Brown.
        (2) Delila Brown.
6. LYDIA SPARKS, daughter of George and Delila Sparks, was born about 1817 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She married Thomas Brown in Randolph County,  Indiana, on March 30, 1834, the ceremony being performed by Jonathan Shaw,  a Methodist minister.


7.  GEORGE W. SPARKS, GEORGE SPARKS, JR., son of George and Delila Sparks, 

[Scanner's note:  The George W. Sparks described correctly here (was a son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks.  See the QUARTERLY for December 1990, Whole No. 152, pp. 3706 - 07 for an article which correctly identifies this George W. Sparks and his cousin George Sparks, Jr., the son of George and Delila Sparks.  Also see the Quarterly for Dec. 1990, Whole No. 152, p. 3706, correcting this error. The correct information regarding George Sparks, Jr. is found immediately following and is in Italics. The information contained on page 393 concerning George W. Sparks is stricken below. ] 

"The other cousin named George Sparks, who seems not to have had a middle initial, was born on January 31, 1820, also in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Actually, he was George Sparks, Junior because his parents were George and Delila Sparks. In the list of children of George and Delila Sparks given on pp. 392-4, George [Jr.) should follow his sister, Matilda, on page 393.

Since the publication of the 1959 issues of the QUARTERLY mentioned above, we have received a copy of a family Bible record kept by George and Delila Sparks listing their children's names and birth dates. These are as follows:

      Lodicea Sparks, born September 28, 1807
      Aaron Sparks, born April 14, 1809
      Elizabeth Sparks, born January 10, 1811
      Sarah Sparks, born November 10, 1812
      Phereby Sparks, born May 11, 1815
      Lydia Sparks, born May 11, 1816
      Matilda Sparks, born July 20, 1818
      George Sparks, born January 31, 1820
      Solomon Sparks, born October 5, 1822
      Jane Sparks, born July 7, 1824
      Abel Sparks, born May --, 1827 
      Delilah Sparks, born January 26, 1830
      Mary Ellen Sparks, born January 30, 1832

"When we listed these children of George and Delila Sparks in 1959 (pp. 392-4) we guessed at their dates of birth based on census records. It will be noted that these proved to be nearly correct, except for the confusion regarding the son named George. Also, we did not know about the daughter named Jane who was born on July 7, 1824. We wonder whether she may have died in childhood. it should be noted that some of these children were listed under the nicknames, Lodicea being listed as "Dicey," for example. The name "Phereby" obviously presented a spelling problem to census takers.

"George Sparks (born 1820), son of George and Delila ( ) Sparks, accompanied his parents in their move from North Carolina to Indiana about 1830, and it was probably in Indiana that he was married to Mary Susanna about 1841. They lived near Markle, a village located in Huntington County, but quite near the Huntington-Wells Counties boundary line. After the death of his father in Wells County in the fall of 1843, George Sparks and his wife, Susanna, agreed (along with the other heirs) to sell two tracts of land that had belonged to his father in order to satisfy claims against the estate. He and Susanna signed the petition on August 19, 1845, and it was filed in Wells County

"When the 1850 census was taken of Huntington County, George and Susanna Sparks were living in Rock Creek Township. He was then 29 years of age and Susanna was 26, according to the census taker. With them were two daughters, Elizabeth, aged 8, and Mary Jane, aged 6.

"George and Susanna were involved in at least six land transactions in Huntington County. The first of these was recorded on May 8, 1849, when George bought 57 acres of land from David and Mary Wayne. He sold that tract on May 17, 1852, to Lemuel Andrews. The last transaction was made on April 18, 1857, when George and Susanna sold land to William Austin. George signed his name on one of these documents, but on the others he and Susanna made their marks, according to the clerk who copied them into the deed books.

"George Sparks was still living near Markle, Indiana, when the 1860 census was taken. He was then 39 years of age, a farmer, with land valued at $1000. His wife's name was given as Mary - - --it seems apparent that her full name was Mary Susanna. With them in 1860 were children named Mary, aged 16; Amos, aged 9; Catherine, aged 8; and Amanda, aged 6. (George's oldest daughter, Elizabeth, was not with them in 1860; she may have been the Elizabeth Sparks who was married to Lafayette Messler on June 4, 1859, in Huntington County.

"Neither George nor Susanna Sparks appeared on the 1870 census of Huntington County, Indiana, nor have we found further information about them. Can any reader tell us what became of this family?"

was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on February 16, 1817.  He was married in Wells County, Indiana, on August 7, 1838, to Sarah Mossburg. She was born   May 14, 1817, in Ohio and died in Wells County, Indiana, on May 26, 1864. (In the settlement of the estate of George Sparks, father of George W., Sarah’s name was given as “Susanna,” and in several deeds recording the sale of land by George W. Sparks her name was given as Susanna; on the1850 census it was given as “Sally,” and on the marriage record and on at least one deed as Sarah.) George W. Sparks married, second, on July 18, 1865, in Wells County, a widow named Phoebe Jane (Pouless) Light, who was  born February 11, 1832, in Highland County, Ohio, and died in Wells County, Indiana, on January 18, 1921. George W. Sparks is said to have been sympathetic with the Southern cause during the Civil War, although his sons favored the Union side. He died in Wells County on September 14, 1892. In his will, dated May 2, 1890, he left his entire estate to his second wife, Phoebe. By his first wife, George W. Sparks had the following children:

        (1) William Henderson Sparks, born May 18, 1839. He married in Wells County., Indiana, on November 15, 1860, Mary Jane Sale, daughter of Hiram and Margaret (Mitchell) Sale. He died on January 24, 1904, at Lowry City, Missouri
        (2) Henry Sparks, born November 25, 1841. He married Elizabeth and died in April, 1882.
        (3) Melinda Ann Sparks, born June 16, 1847. She married William Henry Earhart and died in 1923.
        (4) Emerson Barber Sparks, born March 25, 1850. He married in Shelbyyule, Indiana, on July 27, 1873, Lovicy  Gunn, daughter of William and Jane (Morford) Gunn. He died at Kalamazoo, Michigan, on December 6, 1919.
    By his second wife, Phoebe Jane, George W. Sparks had one child:
        (5) Ellison George Sparks, born in Wells County on December 19, 1866. He married Rosella Redding, daughter of John and Sarah (Nicholson) Redding, on November 17, 1888 • He died on November 27, 1946. 
8. MATILDA SPARKS, daughter of George and Delila Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, about 
    1820. She married John Jackson Grant in Wells County, Indiana, on May 29, 1839.
9. ABEL SPARKS, son of George and Delila Sparks, was born in Wilkes County,  North Carolina, about 1828. He married Elizabeth Douglass in Wells County, Indiana, on May 4, 1850.
10. DELILA SPARKS, daughter of George and Delila Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on January 26, 1830. She was married to David C. Conklin in Wells County, Indiana, on February 23, 1847. He was born in Ohio about 1826. Delila (Sparks) Conklin died in Falls City, Nebraska, on February 12, 1921, at the age of 91 years. They were the parents of the following children:
        (1) Louisa Conklin, born about 1847.
        (2) Elizabeth Conklin, born about 1850.
        (3) Mary Conklin, born about 1852; married - - - - - MacFees.
        (4) John Fletcher Conklin, born about 1854.
        (5) Matilda Conklin, born about 1856; married - - - - - Fields.
        (6) Lydia Conklin, born about 1858; married - - - - - Scholm.
        (7) Winfield Scatt Conklin.
        (8) Lue].la Conklin, married Hotelling.
        (9) Katherine Conklin, married - - - - - Stagkemper.
      (10) Lucinda Conklin.


Children of Delila (Sparks) and David C. Conklin, continued:
        (11) Melinda Conklin.
        (12) Adaline Conklin, born February 3, 1864; she married, first, George William Davis; second, A. E. Golsby.
        (13) Amanda Conklin.

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


(Daughter of George and Delila Sparks)

Taken at the age of 91, shortly before her death.

(The child, probably a great-grandson, has not been identified)

(View photograph)

11. MARY (MOLLY) SPARKS, youngest child of George and Delila Sparks, was born in Indiana about .
      1834. She married Elias Wilcoxson in Wells County, Indiana, on December 6. 1851



Solomon Sparks, believed to have been the second son of Solomon and Charity Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, about 1792. He died in Wells County, Indiana, on April 28, 1854; his tombstone gives his age as 62 years at the time of his death.  Little is known of his life in North Carolina. He married Isabella Swain, presumably in Wilkes County, about 1808. The parentage of Isabella has not been determined, but the Swaim family was prominent in the Wilkes County area in the early 1800’s. They were a New Jersey Dutch family in which there is a strong tradition of Indian blood. Isabella (Swaim) Sparks was born about December, 1792; she died in Wells County, Indiana, on May 25, 1852. Her age at death, as given on her tombstone, was 59 years, 6 months.  Solomon Sparks was listed on the 1810 census of Wilkes County (called “Solomon Sparks, Jr.” since his father, Solomon, was also listed), with his wife and one child, a son under ten years. He also appeared on the 1820 census of Wilkes County.

According to a biographical sketch of one of Solomon’s sons, Isaac B. Sparks, which appears in the History of Huntington County, Indiana (Chicago, Brant & Fuller, l887), page 786, Solomon “emigrted to Ohio in an early day, and later to Indiana, renting on what is known as Nettle Creek, where he lived until his removal to Wells County in 1834.” Nettle Creek is in Randolph County where Solomon Sparks was listed on the 1830 census. According to Biographical Memoirs of Wells County, Indiana, by B. F. Bowen (1903), page 29, “The first settlers of Rock Creek Township [Wells County] were Solomon Johnson, Benjamin Brown, Solomon Sparks, and Isaac Dewitt, who located here in 1835.” The following is a further quotation from the sketch of Isaac B. Sparks: “He [Solomon Sparks] settled near the present site of Markle on the south side of the Wabash, and was one of the earliest settlers in that locality. He entered a valuable tract of land near Rock Creek, and spent quite a number of years in true pioneer style, meeting with many interesting adventures with the Indians and wild beasts during his early experience in the backwoods. He lived to see ten of his children grown and settled, was a man of influence in the community where he resided, and died sometime prior to 1860.”

As stated earlier, Isabella (Swaim) Sparks died, according to her tombstone inscription, on May 25, 1852. Apparently, prior to his own death on April 28, 1854, Solomon Sparks married a second time. In his will, dated April 14, 1854, he left property to his “beloved wife” but did not give her name. In the settlement of the estate, however, there is a list of the articles “taken by widow” and on April l5, 1855, she signed the following: “Received of Albert Praper, executor of the last will of my late husband, Solomon Sparks, deceased, the articles charged to me in the foregoing inventory, amounting to $23.65. [signed] Susannah Sparks.” From this lone document, it would appear that Solomon’s second wife’s name was Susannah. We have found no record of the marriage, however, nor any record of Susannah’s death. On the 1860 census of Wells County, Indiana, Susannah Sparks, aged 55, born in Ohio, was listed as living next door to Andrew J. Sparks, youngest son of Solomon and Isabella Sparks.  Living with Susannah Sparks in 1860 were Hannah Bain, aged 21, born in Ohio, and Sylvester Huff, aged 15, a “laborer” born in Indiana. Susannah Sparks owned real estate valued at $1000 in 1860, and personal property valued at $500.

Solomon Sparks left an interesting will which was drawn up two weeks before he died (with a codicil dated April 18). He signed by mark, apparently because of illness, for on earlier records he had signed his name. Unfortunately, from a genealogical point of view, Solomon Sparks did not name all of his children in his will. It reads as follows:


Last Will of Solomon Sparks

Copied from the Original in File 78, Wells County, Indiana.

I, Solomon Sparks of Rock Creek Township, Wells County in the state of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament. First that my body be decently intered and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life--and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same in the following [manner] to wit. I direct first that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first monies that shall come to the hands of my executors from any portion of my Estate real or personal. I give and bequeath two (2) acres of land [to] the public for a burying ground said ground has been lately surveyed and staked off I direct that the same be deeded to my executor to the county commissioners for the purposes above specified. I give and bequeath to my son Andrew Jackson Sparks one hundred (100) acres of land the same to be taken from the west side of my farm including my farm buildings in case he will keep and maintain my beloved wife in good comfortable and respectable way during her natural life. I also direct that the remainder of my farm be sold and my four horse waggon and my small horse called Balley and Eighteen (18) head of Hogs and my share of the grain that is growing on that part of the farm that I have directed to be sold. I also direct that the net proceeds of my property both real and personal hereinbefore ordered by me to be disposed of be equally divided as soon as it can be done share and share alike among my seven children. I also give and bequeath to my son Andrew J. Sparks a certain forty (40) acre lot of land in Huntington County being the same that Nathan W. Rogers was in possession of at the time of his first wifes death. I further direct that in consideration of the above bequest the said Andrew J. Sparks will pay to the heirs of my daughter Jane Rogers deceased the sum of $300.00 the said amount to be paid to Albert Draper and by him kept for the use and benefit of the said heirs namely James Culver Rogers Philo Rogers and Laroy Rogers the above amount to be equally divided between them when they arrive at the age of twentyone (21) years. I also direct that the whole of my household furniture shall be and remain the absolute property of my beloved wife if she shall be living at the time of my decease and all of my personal property of every kind whatever except such articles as is specially bequeathed to my other heirs. And I hereby make and ordaine Albert Draper executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I, Solomon Sparks, Senr., the testator have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of April in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and fifty four.                                                                                his
                                                                                                                /S/ Solomon   X   Sparks (Seal)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Solomon Sparks Sr. as his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other.
                                                                                                               /S/ Joseph Scott
                                                                                                                    Daniel Cup
Whereas I, Solomon Sparks of Rock Creek township Wells County Indiana having made and duly executed my last will and testament in writing bearing the date the the [sic] fourteenth day of April in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Fifty Four. Now I do hereby declare this present writing to be a codicil to the said will and direct the same to be annexed thereto and taken as part thereof and I do hereby give and bequeath to the heirs of my son Moses Sparks namely Albert Sparks and Mary Jane Sparks the sum of twenty dollars to be equally divided between them. In witness whereof I Solomon Sparks have to this codicil set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty four.
                                                                                                            /S/ Solomon   X    Sparks (Seal


Among the documents preserved in connection with the settlement of Solomon Sparks's estate are bills f rom two doctors.  These read as follows:

      Bill from Joseph Scott, Doctor, 1854.
           To Solomon Sparks, Senior, Deceased.  Visits.

April 10 day 1.00 April 11 night 2.00 April 12 stayed all night 4.00
April 13 night 2.00 April 14 day 1.00 April 15 day 1.00
April 16 day 1.00 April 17 night 2.00 April 18 night 2.00
April 19 day 1.00 April 20 night 2.00 April 21 night 2.00
April 23 day 1.00 April 25 day 1.00 April 26 day 1.00
April 27 day 1.00
                                                                                                                                   Total bill                       $25.00

Bill from W. B. Lyons, Doctor. 1854
        April 13,  Consultation visit                      $6.00
        April 17,  Visit and medicine and attention  5.00
        April 19,  Visit and medicine and attention  4.00

                                                    Total $15.00

Another interesting bill, dated May 1, 1854, is from John Pitzer for “Shrouding and gloves, $3.00.”

As directed in Solomon’s will, Albert Draper, his son-in-law, became the administrator of the estate, with Jacob Shively and Solomon Sparks (son of Solomon and Isabella), acting as his bondsmen.  The inventory of the personal property of Solomon Sparks was taken by Daniel Cup and John Houtz on July 8, 1854, and amounted to $788.25. This is a lengthy document and only the items labeled as “taken by widow” are given below:

4 hogs
2 horses
1 windmill
2 saddles
1 feather bed
1 stove 
10 shotes
2 grain cradles
43 sheep
1 bureau desk
3 cows
1 grindstone
1 cider mill 
1 clock
1 cupboard
2 heifers
1 thrashing machine
1 crosscut saw
2 beds
1 table

 Several “Notes for money loaned” were listed in the inventory, as follows:

Henry Miller 4.42 
C. Higginbotham 3.00 
Edward Rhett 3.74 
John Earhart .55
Samuel Fried .50
James Williamson .75
William Sparks 4.00
H. Swaim 20.00
John Dalrymple 3.30
John Nave .50
Daniel Cup 16.50
William Sparks 2.54

There are various other documents in the file on Solomon’s estate. One of these is a claim made by Nathan Rogers, one of Solomon’s sons-in-law, which reads as follows:
“Rock Creek, Indiana. 1 April 1830. Nathan Rogers makes an affidavit that at that time Solomon Sparks employed him in cleaning, fencing, deadening, building house, stable, and hog-pen, for which he promised to pay him $126.00.” This must refer to the time at which Solomon Sparks settled in Randolph County, Indiana.

Of particular interest from a genealogical point of view are the receipts showing the division among the heirs of rent collected from land owned by Solomon Sparks before it was finally sold. From these receipts, for the years 1856 through 1861, it has been possible to identify the children of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks.


     1. WILLIAM SPARKS, oldest child of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks, was born. in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on December 10, 1809. He married Hester (Hettie) Miller in Wells County, Indiana, on December 27, 1838. She was born August 6, 1821. He was a farmer by occupation and when the 1850 census was taken was living in Huntington County, Indiana. He died May 18, 1872, and his wife, Hester, died April 14, 1901. Both were buried in the Sparks Cemetery, set aside in Solomon Sparks’s will, in Rock Creek Township, Wells County. William and Hester (Miller) Sparks are known to have had the following children, there may have been others:
     (1) Moses Sparks, born about 1839; married Hannah A. Bane. He died October 9, 1874, in Wells County.
     (2) James R. Sparks, born about 1846.
     (3) Henry Sparks, born about 1848.
     (4) K. P. Sparks.
     (5) John Sparks.
     (6) Rachel Sparks.
     2. MOSES SPARKS, son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, about 1812.  He had died by 1854 when his father made his will. In the History of Huntington County, Indiana (Chicago, Brant & Fuller, 1887), page 748, appears the following:  “In 1834 Moses Sparks, a native of North Carolina, moved to the township [Rock Creek] and settled a short distance southwest of Markle, where he located and improved a small farm.” From the will of Solomon Sparks, it would appear that Moses left two children:
     (1) Albert Sparks, born about 1839. On the1850 census of Wells County he was listed as being 11 years old and living with the family of Robert and Abigail Roberts. (Abigail was probably his mother, the widow of Moses Sparks; on April 21, 1841, Abigail Sparks married Robert Roberts in Wells county.) Albert Sparks married Mary Ann Roberts in Huntington County, Indiana, on February 10, 1860. She died September 30, 1860, aged 18 years and 5 months, according to the inscription on her tombstone. Albert Sparks married, second, Martha Roberts in Huntington County, Indiana, on June 25, 1861. She died March 7, 1915, aged 70 years, 9 months, and 9 days. Albert Sparks died June 17, 1923, aged 84 years, 6 months, and 23 days. Albert Sparks and both his wives were buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Wells County.
     (2) Mary Jane Sparks, born about 1841. She was listed on the 1850 census of Wells County as being 9 years old, also living with Abigail and Robert Roberts. She was probably the “May Jane Sparks” who married Thomas C. Kelsey in Huntington County, Indiana, on August 13, 1866.
     3.  JACOB E. SPARKS, son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks. Nothing has been learned regarding this son. He signed for his share of the rent from “that part of my father’s farm willed to me and others,” but his name does not appear on the 1850 census of either Wells or Huntington County. A  Jacob J. Sparks married Ellen Jane McCarty in Huntington County on January 24, 1852.
     4. CHARITY SPARKS, daughter of Solomon and Isabella (Swaiin) Sparks, was born about 1817. She married Daniel Snider in Wells County, Indiana, on February 16, 1839. She had died before the settlement of her father’s estate. In the division of the rental money among the heirs, Charity’s brother Solomon signed for “the heirs of Charity Snider.” In 1857 he signed “for the heirs of Daniel Snyder.” These receipts reveal that Daniel and Charity (Sparks) Snider had children, but their names have not been discovered.


     5. JANE SPARKS, daughter of Solomon and Isabella (Swaiin) Sparks, was born about 1819. She married Nathan W. Rogers in Wells County, Indiana, on April 20, 1839. She died July 3, 1850, and was buried on her father’s farm in the spot; which became the Sparks Cemetery as set aside in Solomon’s will. As named in the will of Solomon Sparks, Nathan W. and Jane (Sparks) Rogers had three children:
     (1) James Culver Rogers.
     (2) Philo Rogers.
     (3) Leroy Rogers, born September 14, 1845.
     6. ISAAC B. SPARKS, son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on April 2, 1822. The following is quoted from a sketch of the life of Isaac Sparks which appears on pages 786-787 of the History of Huntington County, Indiana (1887): “Isaac B. Sparks was born April 2, 1822, and was only twelve years of age when his parents moved to Wells County. He was early taught those lessons of industry and frugality by which his subsequent life has been characterized, and grew to manhood amid the rugged duties of farm life. He attended school for only a limited period, consequently did not acquire much of an education so far as books are concerned, but by intelligent observation has since obtained a valuable practical knowledge, which has enabled him to transact business in a safe and satisfactory manner. He early became quite expert in the use of the rifle, and at one time killed nine deer and crippled the tenth in one day. He made his home with his parents until his twentyeighth year, and in 1845 purchased his first land, an eighty-acre tract, for which he paid the sum of $240, and upon which he made a number of substantial improvements, including a double log barn that is still [l887] doing good service. He moved to the farm in 1853 and has since made it one of the best places in the township. Mr. Sparks was formerly a Democrat, but espoused the principles of the Greenback party when Greeley ran for the Presidency, and has ever since been an earnest advocate of said principles. He was for some years prominently identified with the Grange movement, having been one of its ablest workers in Rock Creek Township. Mr. Sparks was married December 18, 1851, to Miss Cynthia A. Roberts, of Kentucky, and daughter of William and Martha (Hultz) Roberts. Mrs. Sparks was born December 27, 1832, and is ... a member of the Christian Church, and Mr. Sparks, although a man of strong religious convictions, is not identified with any church organization.” Isaac Sparks died on January 15, 1904, and his wife died December 17, 1897. Both were buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Wells County. Their children were:
     (1) William Sparks.
     (2) Albert D. Sparks, born in February, 1855; died October 6, 1877
     (3) Robert R. Sparks, born in 1857; died in 1945; he married Mary Jane McClurg, born 1862, died 1934.
     (4) Rachel E. Sparks, married Frank Hart.
     (5) Frederick F. Sparks, born 1861; died 1948. He married Nora Roos who was born in 1868 and died in 1953.
     (6) Sarah A. Sparks, married Alvidor Roos.
     (7) Maria Sparks, born in. 1865; died in 1922. She married John Dalrymple.
     (8) Rebecca Jane Sparks, born November, 1868; died July 19, 1869.
      (9) Susan E. Sparks, married Silas Threlkeld.
     (10) Isaac H. Sparks
     (11) Cynthia E. Sparks, born June 21, 1874; died June 25, 1874.
     (12) Mary E. Sparks, born August 21, 1875; died September 12, 1875.

[Scanner's note:  The following note was included on page 418 of the Quarterly, Whole No. 27, to correct an error at this place as follows:]


The editor regrets that in his article entitled “Descendants of Solomon Sparks, Jr. (Died 1817) & His Wife Charity of Wilkes County, North Carolina,” which appeared in the June, 1959, issue, three of the children of Solomon and Isabella (Swam) Sparks were omitted. These three should have been numbered 7, 8, and 9 and should have immediately followed the last item on page 399. Following are the records of these three children:

7.    Rachel Sparks, daughter of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks, was born about1823 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She married Albert Draper, date unknown.  A son named William Draper was born July 7, 1843, and died Dec. 25, 1848, and was buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Wells County, Ind. There were doubtless other children.

8.    John Sparks, son of Solcmon and Isabella (Swam) Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1825 and died in Wells Coupty, Indiana, in 1917. He married Rebecca Roberts in Wells County on July 25, 1853. She was born in Ohio in 1837 and died in 1926. Both were buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Wells County. John and Rebecca Sparks were listed on the 1870 census of Huntington County, Ind., with the following four children:

(1) Mary Sparks, born in Indiana about 1856.
(2) Lillian Sparks, born in Indiana about 1865.
(3) Robert Sparks, born in Indiana about 1867.
(4) Janetta Sparks, born in Indiana in Oct., 1869.
9.    Solomon Sparks, Jr., son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks, was born about 1827. On the 1850 census his age was given as 23 and his place of birth as Indiana, but this must have been an error for he was probably either born before his parents left North Carolina or during their short stay in Ohio. He married Susannah Johnson in Wells County, Ind., on Nov. 16, 1846. He farmed in Wells County and died there about 1877. He left no will, but from the records pertaining to the settlement of his estate and from census records, his children can be identified as follows:
(1) Henry C. Sparks, born about 1848; married Margaret E. Reilly in Wells County, md., on Oct. 1, 1868.
(2) Isaac B. Sparks, born July 24, 1849; died May 25, 1855.
(3) Andrew J. Sparks, born about 1852; apparently died in youth.
(4) Sarah Sparks, born about 1853.
(5) Elvina (or Levina) Sparks, born about 1857; married David Siebold in Wells County, Md., on July 10, 1875.
(6) Charles W. Sparks, born about 1858; married Maggie Baker in Wells County, Ind., on May 12, 1881. He died about 1889 in Wells County.
(7) Laura Sparks, born about 1865; married John W. McCance in Wells County, Ind., on Sept. 2,1883.

[End of note.]

     7. ANDREW JACKSON SPARKS,  youngest child of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks, was born in 1833 and died in Wells County, Indiana, on April 28, 1873.  He married Mary Eikenburg in Wells County, Indiana, on June 22, 1854.  They are known to have had at least four children:
     (1) Josiah Sparks, born about 1856.
     (2) Lydia Sparks, born about 1858.
     (3) Andrew J. Sparks, Jr., born 1859; died July 18, 1862.
     (4) Ephriam Sparks, born March 12, 1862; died April 1, 1862.

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George Sparks, Junior Sarah Mossburg 7 Aug. 1838 Book1, Page 4
William Sparks Hester Miller 27 Dec 1838 "    1,   "  9
Charity Sparks Daniel Snider 16 Feb. 1839 "    1,   "  12
Jane Sparks Nathan W. Rodgers 20 Apr. 1839 "    1,   "  16
Matilda Sparks John J. Grant 29 May 1839 "    1,   "  17
Abigail Sparks Robert Roberts 21 Apr. 1841 "    1,   "  46
Solomon Sparks, Junior Susanna Johnson 16 Nov. 1846 "    2,   "  5
Delila Sparks David C. Conklin 23 Feb. 1847 "    2,   "  9
Abel Sparks Elizabeth Douglass 4 May 1850 "    2,   "  55
Isaac Sparks Cynthia Ann Roberts 16 Dec. 1851 "    2,   "  90
Molly Sparks Elias Wilcoxson 6 Dec. 1851 "    2,   "  90
John Sparks Rebecca Roberts 25 July 1853 "    2,   "  137
Lydia Almeda Sparks Noah Redding 22 Nov. 1853 "    2,   "  149
Andrew J. Sparks Mary Eikenbury 22 June 1854 "    2,   "  165
Sarah Ann Sparks William Haflich 1 Mar. 1859 "    2,   "  308
William Sparks Samantha Brickley 14 June 1859 "    2,   "  323
William Sparks Mary J. Sale 8 Nov. 1860 "    2,   "  363
George Sparks Phebe J. Light 18 July 1865 "    3,   "  183
Henry M. Sparks Elizabeth E. Grant 22 Aug. 1867 "    3,   "  342
Henry C. Sparks Margaret E. Reilly 1 Oct. 1868 "    3,   " 428
Elvina Sparks David Seibold 10 July 1875 "    4,   "  488
Lydia Sparks Abraham W. Mast 30 Sept. 1876 "    5,   "  42
Charles W. Sparks Maggie Baker 12 May 1881 "    6,   "  34
Laura Sparks John W. McCance 2 Sept. 1883 "    6,   "  291

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Jacob J. Sparks Ellen Jane McCarty 24 Jan. 1852 Book B, Page 127
Elizabeth Sparks Lafayette Messler 4 June 1859 Book B, Page 396
Albert Sparks Mary Ann Roberts 10 Feb. 1860 Book C, Page 34
Moses Sparks Hannah Bane 14 Feb. 1861 Book C, Page 101
Albert Sparks Martha Roberts 25 Jun 1861 Book C, Page 129
Wilson T. Sparks Mary Ellen Price 10 Mar. 1862 Book C, Page 173
Hulda Sparks Jacob Roush 18 Oct. 1862 Book C, Page 208
May Jane Sparks Thomas C. Kelsey 13 Aug. 1866 Book D, Page 167
Henry Sparks Matilda Hutsell 22 Aug. 1868 Book D, Page  370
Mary E. Sparks William C. Divilriss 2 Jan. 1873 Book E, Page 364
Hannah Sparks Jacob Snyder 2 apr. 1876 Book F, Page 319



Compiled by Paul E. Sparks

Indiana, the sixth state to be admitted to the Union (the nineteenth, if the original thirteen states are included), gained statehood in 1816. Approximately 75,000 persons then lived in the thirteen existing counties scattered along the Ohio River from Dearborn County in the east to Posey County in the west. In the main, these inhabitants had come from neighboring Kentucky, and from Virginia and the Carolinas, to settle in the hilly lands adjacent to the Ohio River.

The next three decades in the history of Indiana stagger the imagination!  Westward down the Ohio by flatboat, and northward through Kentucky by the Wilderness Road, the migrating families poured into the state through the gateways at Louisville and Madison. The Northwestern Indians gave ground slowly, granting cession after cession. By the middle 1830’s, the Indians had been driven from the state and the Cumberland Road (National Pike) had been completed from Cumberland, Maryland, to Indianapolis. On this road, throngs of families from the east jostled each other to claim the flat, fertile land of central and northern Indiana. By 1850, the population of Indiana was almost a million persons (actually 988,416 according to the 1850 Federal census)!  All but one (Newton County) of Indiana’s ninety-two counties had been formed.

Persons named SPARKS had helped to swell this migrating horde. In 1820, twenty-eight Sparks families lived in Indiana. By 1830, there were fifty-seven Sparks families living there. (See The Sparks Quarterly, Vol. VI, No. 3, Whole No. 23, September, 1958, pp. 326-330.)  In 1850, according to the Federal census, there were 631 persons named Sparks living in 46 counties in Indiana.

The reader is reminded that on the 1850 census, each family group represented a household and that besides the parents and children, a household might have include relatives and hired hands. In each instance where a person named Sparks appears on the census, the entire household of which he was a member is given. 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.

Adams County, Indiana - 1850 Census

Kirkland Township.
(p. 107) Sparks, Joseph   47  (M) North Carolina  Farmer  $600 
 687-687      "       Sarah  49  (F)      "          " . .
.      "       Ransom  26  (M)      "          " Laborer
.      "       Hampton  24  (M)      "          " Laborer
.      "       Mary  14  (F) Indiana . .
. Blue, Benjamin  18  (M) Ohio Laborer .
                            [Note:  The wife of the above Joseph Sparks was actually named Sabra, not Sarah.]


Allen County, Indiana - 1850 Census

   Eel Township
(p. 506) Sparks, Jesse   43  (M) New York  Clergyman  $1000 
 2451-2553      "       Jemima  43  (F) Indiana . .
.      "       Jeremiah  17  (M)      " . .
.      "       Stephen  14  (M)      " . .
.      "       Mary T.  11  (F)      " . .
.      "       Margaret   9  (F)      " . .

   Boone County, Indiana - 1850 Census

   District No. 7
(p. 192) Hall, David   28  (M) Ohio  Carpenter   .
 504-513    "    Ann  20  (F)    " . .
.    "    John   1  (M) Indiana . .
. Jones, Martin  25  (M)      " . .
. Johnson, Erastus  21  (M)      " . .
. Sparks, William  24  (M) Unknown . .
. Owen, Ephriam  16  (M) Indiana . .
. Grover Katharine   8  (F) Ohio .

Brown County, Indiana - 1850 Census

   Hamblin Township.
(p. 448) Admire, George   26  (M) Kentucky  Farmer  $500 
 80-80      "       Rosannah  26  (F)        " . .
.      "       Silas   8  (M) Indiana . .
.      "       Delila   6  (F)      " . .
.      "       Sarah A.   3  (F)      " . .
.      "       Jesse 6/12  (M)      " . .
. Sparks, George  73  (M) Pennsylvania Farmer .
.      "       Fanny  70  (F)           " . .

Carroll County, Indiana - 1850 Census

   District No. 9
(p. 516) Riley, Wm.   25  (M) Ohio  High Constable  $300
 135-135    "      Isabella  23  (F)    " . .
. Sparks, Wm.  16  (M)    " . .

(p. 542) Campbell, John   40  (M)  Ohio  Farmer
311-311         "       Mary   36  (F) Virginia . .
.         "       Geo.  14  (M)         "  . .
.         "       Mary M.  12  (F)         "  . .
.         "       Nancy  10  (F)         "  . .
.         "       Andrew   5  (M)         "  . .
.         "       Martha J.   2  (F)         "  . .
. Sparks, Samuel   27  (M)         "  . .


Clark County, Indiana - 1850 Census

   Silver Creek Township.
(p.30) Sparks, Zacharia   40  (M) Kentucky   .
 151-151      "       Rebecca  29  (F)      " . .
.      "       Henry N.   6  (M) Indiana . .
.      "       Mary E.   3  (F)      " . .
.      "       Martha   1  (F)      " . .

   Monroe Township
(p. 143) Louis, Thomas   36  (M) Indiana  Cooper 
 22-22      "    Emily   7  (F)      " . .
.      "    Martha  73  (F) Tennessee . .
. Sparks, Thomas  18  (M) Kentucky Cooper .

   Town of Jeffersonville.
(p. 162) Sparks, Levi  35  (M) Maryland  Merchant $2500 
275-275      "       Mary M.  27  (F)      " . .
. Waggoner [?], Mary  17  (F) Kentucky . .
. Sparks, Mary W. [?]   2  (F) Indiana . .
. Heiskell, Issac  72  (M) Virginia . .
. Sparks, Thomas  12  (M) Indiana . .

(p. 185) Morgan, S. P.   37  (M) Virginia  Hotel Keeper 
 650-650      "        L. R.  35  (F) Indiana . .
.      "       Ann  14  (F)      " . .
.      "       M. E.  12  (F)      " . .
.      "       Virginia  10  (F)      " . .
.      "       Josephine   7  (F)      " . .
.      "       Chas. K.   4  (M)      " . .
. Toomey, George  28  (M) Unknown Clerk .
. Sparks, John  19  (M) Maryland . .

Clinton County, Indiana - 1850 Census

   Perry Township
(p. 653) Sparks, Allen   32  (M) Pennsylvania  Farmer  $1400 
120-120      "       Nancy  24  (F) Kentucky . .
. Rogers, Elijah   6  (M) Indiana . .
. Whitinger, Susana   6  (F)      " . .

(p. 653) Sparks, Thomas   40  (M) Pennsylvania Farmer  $500 
124-124       "       Martha 34  (F) Ohio . .
.      "       James A.  12  (M) Indiana . .
.      "       Elizabeth  10  (F)      " . .
.      "       Mary A.   8  (F)      " . .
.      "       Emeline   4  (F)      " . .
.      "       Minerva   2  (F)      " . .
.      "       James  85  (M) Maryland . .

   Warren Township
(p. 759) Sparks, Thomas   34  (M) Tennessee  Farmer   .
76-76       "       Barbara  35  (F)        " . .


Daviess County, Indiana - 1850 Census

   Washington Township
(p. 178) Webber, Issac H.   31  (M) Ohio  Merchant 
(63-63)        "       Margaret  26  (F) Indiana . .
.       "       Charles 5/12  (M)      " . .
. Sparks, Nancy  27  (F) Ohio . .
. Lytle, Henry  30  (M)      " Shoemaker .

(p. 184) Sparks, Daniel   49  (M) Ohio  Farmer  $300 
 116-116      "       Daniel S.  21  (M) Indiana . .
.      "       John T.  19  (M)      " . .
.      "       Calvin R.  14  (M)      " . .
.      "       Maria J.  16      " . .

   Bogart Township
(p. 227) Sparks, Levi, Sen.   61  (M) Maryland Farmer  $1200 
747-747      "       Mary B.  34  (F)        " . .
.      "       Nathan  11  (M) Indiana . .
.      "       Sarah A.   9  (F)      " . .
.      "       Mary J.   5  (F)      " . .
.      "       James A.   3  (M)      " . .

   Barr Township
(p. 322) Moore, James   49  (M) Virginia  Farmer  $500 
1071-1071       "      Judith  44  (F)      "  . .
.      "      Emily  22  (F)      "  . .
.      "      William  20  (M)      "  . .
.      "      David  17  (M) Indiana . .
.      "      Thomas  14  (M)      "  . .
.      "      Mary  11  (F)      "  . .
.      "      Enos    9  (M)      "  . .
.      "      Elizabeth   6  (F)      "  . .
.      "      Margaret   4  (F)      "  . .
. Sparks, William  6/12  (M)      "  . .
.      "       James  26  (M)      "  . $500


It is a pleasure to report the names of three new members of  THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION:

     Heck, Mrs. Alice W., c/o The Mayor's Office, Marietta, Georgia.
     Sparks, Charles Harrison, 1610 North 25th Street, Lawton, Oklahoma.
     Strother, Miss Mary Inez, c/o Jack W. Strother, Grayson, Kentucky.

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