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


VOL. VII, NO. 4  DECEMBER, 1959 
WHOLE NO. 28a 

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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, 1709 Cherokee Road, 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 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 nembership dues are any amount over three dollars. All members, whether 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.  The QUARTERLY is printed at the Edwards Letter Shop, 711 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Appearing on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY is a photograph which has been made from an old tin-type now in the possession of Mrs. Milby Porter, 1816 Rosedale Avenue, Houston 4, Texas. Although we know very little about this Sparks ancestor, he is known to have been Mrs. Porter’s great-grandfather and was the father of Albert Cyrus Sparks (1830-1915) whose biography and genealogy appeared in the December, 1957, issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Vol. V, No.  4,  pp. 264-266). Mr. Norman Gross, a grandson of Albert Cyrus Sparks, believes that the latter’s father (the subject of this photograph) was named James Albert Sparks. It is known that his wife’s name was Elizabeth and that he was living in Lewis County, Kentucky, when his son Albert Cyrus was born in 1830. Later the family moved to Putnam County, Indiana. (Albert Cyrus Sparks married in Indiana and moved to Olmstead County, Minnesota; following the Civil War he moved to Missouri, later to Kansas.)

[Scanner's note:  See the article in The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 70, p 1315, identifying the subject of this cover photograph as Joseph Sparks, father of Albert Cyrus Sparks.]

Albert Cyrus Sparks is known to have had at least two brothers, Harry (or Henry) and John Sparks, both of whom lived at one time in Putnam County, Indiana, near Cloverdale, He also had a sister or sister-in-law named Eliza Sparks, and another sister named either Elizabeth or Sarah Kirk of near New Sharon, Iowa.

The picture of Albert Cyrus Sparks’s father is here published with the hope that a member of the Association may have a copy of this same old tin-type in his family album and may be able to supply additional information. The photograph appearing here has been somewhat enlarged and a damaged spot has been retouched. Please write to Mrs. Porter or the editor if you have information on this family.



Copied by William C. Robertson

Col. William C. Robertson, a descendant of Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland, visited the Franklin County, Indiana, courthouse last summer and searched the first eight volumes of marriage records for all persons named Sparks. The names are indexed in these volumes only under the male spouse, which means that Col. Robertson had to search the entire index to each volume for women named Sparks. He fears that he may have missed a few, since his time for this research was very limited. This is certainly an impressive list and appears to be nearly, if not entirely, complete.

ZACHARIAH SPARKS to Elizabeth Carter, marriage performed May 16, 1815, by James Smith.

Moses McCray to JANE SPARKS, license issued Feb. 16, 1817, marriage performed same day by Stephan Oldham.

JOSHUA SPARKS to Rachel McCray, license issued April 4, 1818, marriage performed April 9, 1818, by James Smith.

LEMUEL SPARKS to Nancy Bartelow, license issued Nov. 11, 1818, marriage performed Nov. 26, 1818, by Peter Yost.

THOMAS SPARKS to Janey Harwood, marriage performed Nov. 12, 1818, by A. Porter.

JOHN SPARKS to Vashti Wright, license issued Aug. 5, 1819, marriage performed same day by Joshia Holland, local deacon, M.E. Church.

Abraham Conwell to BETSEY SPARKS, license issued Feb. 20, 1821, no return.

JOHN SPARKS TO Mary Campbell, license issued April 19, 1823, marriage performed April 23, 1823, by Lemuel Miller, J . P.

Samuel Harris to MARY SPARKS, marriage performed April 6, 18214, by Thomas Flint, J.P.

James Blackburn to NEPPY SPARKS, license issue Dec. 1, 1825, marriage performed same day by Daniel Davidson.

WILLIAM SPARKS to Mary Templeton, license issued Jan. 25, 1830, marriage performed Feb. 28, 1830, by Joseph A. Ball, M.G.

Patterson McCoy to ANN MARIAH SPARKS, marriage performed July 23, 1830, by Joseph Reed, J.P.

JEREMIAH B. SPARKS to Eliza Rockafeller, license issued Sept. 16, 1830, marriage performed Sept. 19, 1830, by Thomas Mannarring, Minister of the Gospel.

Isaac Rose to ELIZA SPARKS, license issued Feb. 21, 1833, marriage performed same day by Joseph A. Ball.

Andrew Stephens to CASSANDRA SPARKS, license issued Oct. 19, 1833, marriage performed same day by Benj. Lawrence.

William Lowes to JULIA SPARKS, marriage performed Sept. 1, 1836, by Sam’l. B. Smith.


Elon Merril to CLARISSA SPARKS, marriage performed Sept. 15, 1839, by Elijah Barwick, Minister of the Gospel.

JOSHUA SPARKS to Elizabeth Gaines, license issued Sept. 19, 1839, marriage performed Oct. 7, 1839, by Wm. McClure, J.P.

TEMPLE SPARKS to Mary Ann Rogers, license issued March 214, 1843, marriage performed March 26, 1843, by Thomas --?--, J.P.

JOSHUA SPARKS to Ann Dickson, license issued Jan. 15, 1844, marriage performed Jan. 20, 1844, by A. Miller, Minister of the Gospel.

AMOS SPARKS to Mary Deweese, license issued July 6, 1844, marriage performed July 12, 1844, by Miltiades Miller, Minister of the Gospel.

JAMES SPARKS to Mahitable Davison, license issued Jan. 8, 1847, marriage performed Jan. 10, 1847, by S. S. Griffith, Elder in the M.E. Church.

LEMUEL SPARKS to Martha Ann Powner, license issued Nov. 8, 1849, marriage performed same day by Jacob Lanius, Elder in the M.E. Church.

JESSEE J. SPARKS to Elizabeth Miller, license issued Nov. 16, 1850, marriage performed Nov. 17, 1850, by E. H. Labin, Minister of the M.E. Church.

THOMAS SPARKS to Mary Drake, license issued Nov. 22, 1851, marriage performed Nov. 23, 1851, by Wm. Fraley, a regular Ordained Minister of the Gospel in the Methodist Episcopal Ch.

Daniel Ertley to MARTHA JANE SPARKS, license issued April 10, 1852, marriage performed April 11, 1852, by John McCullough, Minister.

Dennis Curran to MALINDA SPARKS, license issued July 24, 1852, marriage performed July 29, 1852, by John McCullough, Minister, M.E. Church.

WILLIAM SPARKS to Sarah Knott, license issued Feb. 16, 1853, marriage performed Feb. 17, 1853, by David Slaughter, J.P.

James C. Kennedy to SARAH SPARKS, license issued Jan. 16, 1855, marriage performed Jan. 21, 1855, by Marcellus A. Ruter, Methodist Minister.

John Williams to LIZIE SPARKS, license issued July 5, 1856, marriage performed July 29, 1856, by A. McFarland.

Paswell Long to LORA A. SPARKS, license issued Oct. 31, 1857, marriage performed Nov. 12, 1857, by Ludwig Ensminger, J.P.

John P. T. Davis to MARTHA JANE SPARKS, license issued Sept. 27, 1862, marriage performed Sept. 29, 1862, by Sam’l. C. Kerr.

William C. Robertson to CLARA SPARKS, license issued July 22, 1876, marriage performed July 23, 1876, by E. A. Campbell.

William Beard to LESSIE SPARKS, license issued Nov. 9, 1875, marriage performed Nov. 10, 1875, by A. Murphy, Minister of the Gospel.

JOHN SPARKS to Edna L. Moore, license issued July 2, 1877, marriage performed July 6, 1877, by James P. Orr, Minister.


Joseph (or Jason?) Carr to EDNA L. SPARKS, license issued Jan. 27, 1886, marriage performed same day by Charles P. Kelso, J.P.

JOHN SPARKS to Maggie S. Sommerfield, license issued Oct. 114, 1886, marriage performed Oct. 17, 1886, by Rev. W. C. Hissinger.

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The following tombstone inscriptions were copied a number of years ago by Robert Leslie James, a descendant of the Sparks family in Franklin County, Alabama. This copy has been furnished by Mrs. B. W. Gandrud, 311 Caplewood Terrace, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Mrs. Gandrud, a professional genealogist, has furnished the Association Sparks data from all parts of Alabama and continues to send material regularly as she finds it. As a result, we have a splendid file of Alabama Sparks records.

Inscriptions from stones in the Sparks Cemetery, several miles west of Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama:

JOHN SPARKS SR. born A.D. 1755, died Feb., 1831.

MOLLIE, wife of JOHN SPARKS SR. born A.D. 1763, died Sept. 1853.

WILLIAM SPARKS SR. born May 1, 1782, died Dec. 25, 1857.

EUNICA, wife of WM. SPARKS SR. born Aug. 25, 1786, died Sept. 25, 1842.

NANCY, wife of RILEY SPARKS born July 15, 1815, died Jan. 12, 1857.

W. B. SPARKS born Sept. 30, 1833, died Mar. 24, 1902. (Note by Mr. James: “W. B. Sparks was a son of Riley & Nancy  (Benson) Sparks; he was a well known farmer & also taught school.”).

MARY E., wife of W. B. SPARKS, born July 214, 18314, died Dec. 12, 1916. (Note by Mr. James: “She was a Miss Odom from Tenn.”)

C. C. SPARKS, born Dec. 30, l846, died Apr. 14, 1923. (Note by Mr. James: “He was a brother of W. B. Sparks & was tax assessor of Franklin County two or three times.”)

A. E., wife of C. C. SPARKS, born July 30, 1850, died Jan. 10, 1881. (Note by Mr. James: “She was Miss Adeline E. Cook, daughter of John and Mary (Patterson) Cook of near Russeliville. After her death Mr. Sparks married Miss Sarah E. Ezzelle, who is buried at Belgreen.”)

RILEY F., son of RILEY & NANCY SPARKS, born Sept. 23, 1849, died Oct. 5, 1890.

JOHN A., son of RILEY & NANCY SPARKS, born July 7, 1840, died Mar. 23, 1862.

JAMES M., son of RILEY & NANCY SPARKS, born Dec. 6, 18142, died Mar. 21, 1860.

NANCY VIRGINIA, daughter of RILEY & NANCY SPARKS, born Nov. 26, 1855, died Sept. 23, 1913.

DANIEL R., son of RILEY & NANCY SPARKS, born Jan. 7, 1838, died Mar. 7, 1862.

B. T. SPARKS, born Aug. 20, 1849, died May 10, 1909. (Note by Mr. James: “He was of illegitimate birth; his mother was  Miss Nancy Malone, daughter of James & Polly (Cook) Malone. His father is said to have been a Malone, a first cousin of his mother. After, the death of RILEY SPARKS’S first wife, he married Miss Nancy Malone and took her child into his home. She was considered a really good woman and was much respected. B. T. SPARKS never married.”)

Inscription on stone in Old Friendship Cemetery, about 14 miles south-west of Belgreen, Franklin County, Alabama:

CHRISTANA, wife of JOHNSON SPARKS, born Jan. 1, 1827, died Feb. 14, 19ll. (Note by Mr. James: “Her maiden name was Daniel. JOHNSON SPARKS died during Christmas week, 1903, while on a trip to Texas.”)


Inscriptions on stones in the cemetery at Red Bay, Franklin County, Alabama:

Lerriuel N. Sparks, born 1852, died 1944.
Nancy E. Sparks, born 1862, died 1944.
     (Note by Mr. James: “Lemuel N. Sparks was a son of Riley and Nancy (Benson) Sparks and Nancy was a daughter of  Edwin and Mary (James) Vinson. They lived together for sixty years and left many descendants.”)

Robert Leslie James, who copied the above tombstone inscriptions, was the author of a book entitled Distinguished Men, Women and Families of Franklin County, Alabama, published in 1927. In this work there appears a sketch of the life of Riley Sparks (page 15) and of Jimmie Roe Sparks (page 85), which read as follows:

Riley Sparks

Riley Sparks was a citizen of Franklin County, Alabama, for a great many years. Born October 22, 1811, in Spartanburg District, South Carolina, and died at his home near Frankfort, Alabama, December 29, 1892. Mr. Sparks was a son of William Sparks, who came to Franklin County from Spartanburg District, S.C., in the year 1820, arriving at Russellville on December 20th. He and his family located west of Russellville toward Frankfort.

William Sparks father of Riley Sparks, was a planter and a workman. Our father and mother now have a cook table which is said to have been made by him. He is said to have possessed a passionate temper, but so far as we know, he was a good, law-abiding citizen. His brother, Enoch Sparks, who was also a pioneer settler of Franklin County, was a soldier in the War of 1812 and according to Jimmie Roe Sparks, his grandson was in the great battle of New Orleans.

Riley Sparks, subject of this sketch, owned a large tract of land in the Tollison Creek section and was a progressive farmer for his day. He was noted for his ecconornical manner of living. The late Senator W. I. Bullock, who wrote Mr. Sparks’s obituary, said that some thought him parsimonious, but stated that he was not. He was a life-long Democrat, voting first for Jackson in 1832 and last (Presidential) for Grover Cleveland in 1892. In religion he was affiliated with the Presbyterians.

Mr. Sparks was twice married. His first wife was Miss Nancy Benson, daughter of John Benson, a pioneer settler on Tollison’s Creek. Several children were born to the first marriage. His second wife was Miss Nancy Malone, daughter of James and Polly (Cook) Malone, who also resided on Tollison’s Creek. No children were born to the second marriage.

Among the children of the first marriage were: (1) William, a farmer of Franklin County; (2) Christopher C. (“Kit”), who was tax assessor of Franklin County three terms; (3) Mrs. Carroll McRight; (4) Mrs. Thomas Malone; (5) Jennie; (6) Frank; and (7) Lemuel; also one or two sons who died in the Civil War.

Lemuel Sparks resides (1927) at Red Bay, Ala., and is the only surviving member. He formerly lived on Lost Creek, Franklin County, and was a successful farmer. He is one of Franklin’s highly respected citizens.

Riley Sparks and his two wives are buried in the Sparks Cemetery between Duncan and Tollison’s Creeks. A host of descendants live in Franklin County, many who are quite prominent.


Jimmie Roe Sparks

Jimmie Roe Sparks is (in 1927) one of the oldest and best loved men in Franklin County, Alabama. He was born on Cedar Creek four miles from Franklin in 1843.  His father was Samuel Magnus Sparks, who was a son of Enoch Sparks, a soldier of the War of 1812. His mother was Miss Lucinda Ramsey, related to the Ramsey family of Good Springs and Russellville.

Mr. Sparks was reared on the farm and has spent the greater portion of his life in the country, although he now lives in Red Bay. He served in the Confederate Army, first in Daily’s company and later in Nelson’s or Newsom’s company.

Although Mr. Sparks has lived in Arkansas and Mississippi, the greater portion of his life has been spent in Franklin County. For many years he lived on the Cotton Gin Road near where it crosses Little Bear Creek, half way between Belgreen and Burlieson. He owned a large tract of land and a mill. (He still owns all or part of this land and was one of the substantial farmers of Franklin County.) He has been married twice. His first wife was a Miss Reid, a member of one of the oldest families in the western section of the country. Several children were born to the first marriage. His second wife was Miss -----.  One child, a daughter, has been born to this marriage.

Mr. Sparks is a great conversationalist. He knows a great deal of family history and knows much about the history of the county, state and nation. He especially thrills when talking of deer hunting, for he was one of the greatest deer hunters in the history of Franklin County. He is a Democrat and a Baptist.

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The following record has been taken from Book II of the Family of John Stone, by Truman L. Stone, Buffalo, 1898, pp. 133 & 223.

Sarah Stone, daughter of Reuben and Almira (Merrell) Stone, was born in Orangeville, New York, Oct. 28, 1820, and died at Portland, Michigan, Jan. 15, 1871. She married, April 21, 1854, LESTER W. SPARKS of North Plains, Michigan. He was born June 11, 1811, at Syracuse, New York, and died July 30, 1882, at Grenola, Kansas. He was a farmer and lived in North Plains and Portland, Michigan, and in Grenola, Kansas. They were the parents of two children:

1. Harvey Burt Sparks, born at North Plains, Michigan, August 8, 1855. When quite young he removed with his father to  Kansas. He is by occupation a farmer, and now (1898) resides at Hydesville, California. He is single.
2. Clark Merrill Sparks was born at Muir, Michigan, July 14, 1858. He has been married twice, first, November 20, 1876,  to Cora Ettie Dickson, who was born at Portland, Michigan, March 23, 1860, and died September iS, 1887, at Senica, Missouri. He married, second, June 17, 18914, at Cleveland, Oklahoma, Lizzie H. Goss, who was born January 30,1876. Mr. Sparks is (1898) an architect and builder. He was the second settler in Broome County, Oklahoma. He has two children by his first wife:
(1) Clayton B. Sparks, born March 21, 1878.
(2) Pearl M. Sparks, born December 15, 1882.


A total of twenty-two soldiers named Sparks served in volunteer regiments from the state of Michigan during the Civil War. Their names, along with a brief statement regarding their service, appear in a 148-volume work entitled Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Individual Records published at Lansing, Michigan, in 1915. In this massive work, the records of 85,271 Michigan Civil War soldiers are recorded. Following are the records of those named Sparks:

SPARKS, ALBERTUS. Enlisted in Company M, Tenth Cavalry, Feb. 22, 1865, at Grand Rapids, for 1 year, age 24.  Mustered March 3, 1865. Joined regiment at Lenoir, Tenn., June 17, 1865. Discharged at Chattanooga, Tenn., Sept. 30, 1865. (Vol. 140, p. 131)

SPARKS, ALBURTUS, or ALBERTUS, Ottawa County. Enlisted in Company I, Third Infantry, May 13, 1861, at Grand Rapids, for 3 years, age 21. Mustered June 10, 1861. Discharged for disability Oct., 1861. (Vol. 3, p. 106) (Note: He was probably the same soldier as just above.)

SPARKS, ALEXANDER. Enlisted in Company H, First Colored Infantry, Jan. 12, 18614, at Detroit, for 3 years, age 35. Mustered Jan. 114, 18614. Mustered out at Charleston, S.C., Sept. 30, 1865. (Vol. 146, p. 93)

SPARKS, CITIZEN N. Enlisted in Company I, Seventeenth Infantry, Aug. 29, 18614, at Jackson, for 1 year, age 23. Mustered Aug. 29, 18614. Mustered out at Delaney House, D.C., June 3, 1865. (Vol. 17, p. 98)

SPARKS, COMFORT (Veteran), Kalamazoo County. Enlisted in Company F, Third Cavalry, Aug. 30, 1861, at
    Kalamazoo, for 3 years, age 21. Mustered Oct. 12, 1861. Reenlisted, as Corporal, Jan. 19, 1864, at La Grange, Tenn., mustered Jan. 27, 18614. Sergeant. Mustered out at San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 12, 1866. (Vol. 33, p. 159)

SPARKS, CORNELIUS. Enlisted in Company A, Seventh Cavalry, Feb. 13, 1864, at Niles, for 3 years. Mustered Feb. 18, 1864. Joined regiment at Stevensburg, Va., March 18, 1864. Transferred to Company B, First Cavalry, Nov. 17, 1865.  Mustered out at Salt Lake City, U. T., March 10, 1866. Present residence (1915), Benton Harbor, Mich. (Vol. 37, p.1214)

SPARKS, CYRUS L., Watrousville. Enlisted in First Company Sharpshooters, Twenty-seventh Infantry, Feb. 20, 1864, at Ovid, for 3 years, age 19. Mustered March 1, 1864. Died of disease at Annapolis, Md., May 2, 1864. Buried in National Cemetery at Annapolis, Md. (Vol. 27, p. 124)

SPARKS, FIELDS, Hudson. Enlisted in Company F, Fifteenth Infantry, Nov. 5, 1861, at Monroe, for 3 years, age 35. Mustered Dec. 214, 1861. Died of disease at Shiloh, Tenn., June 18, 1862. Buried in National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Section 52, Grave No. 916. (Vol. 15, p. 158)

SPARKS, GEORGE. Enlisted in Company K, Twenty-seventh Infantry, Dec. 31, 1863, at Scipio, for 3 years, age 24.Mustered Jan. 5, 1864. Discharged at Washington, D.C., June 10, 1865. (Vol. 27, p. 125)

SPARKS, JAMES H., Ionia County. Enlisted in Company I, Third Infantry, Feb. 214, 1862, at Saranac, for 3 years, age 18. Mustered Feb. 24, 1862. Deserted May 7, 1864. (Vol. 3, p. 106)


SPARKS, JOHN, Saginaw County. Enlisted in Company B, Tenth Infantry, Sept. 18, 1861, at Saginaw, for 3 years, age 35. Mustered Feb. 6, 1862. Discharged Feb. 8, 1862. (Vol. 10, p. 103)

SPARKS, LYMAN. Enlisted in Company K, Fifteenth Infantry, April 15, 1864, at Jonesville, for 3 years, age 18. Mustered April 22, 1864. Wounded in action at Rome, Ga., June 20, 1864.  Deserted at Marietta, Ga., July 6, 1864. (Vol. 15, p.158)

SPARKS, LYMAN J. Enlisted in Company K, Twenty-eighth Infantry, Aug. 30, 1864, at Coldwater, for 3 years, age 17. Mustered Sept. 2, 1864.  In arrest, awaiting sentence of General Court Martial at muster out of regiment. (Vol. 28, p. 59)

SPARKS, MELVIN P., Mill Point. Enlisted in Company G, Twenty-first Infantry, July 28, 1862, at Grand Haven, for 3 years, age 29. Mustered Sept. 3, 1862. Mustered out at Washington, D.C., June 8, 1865. (Vol. 21, p. 105)

SPARKS, NORMAN S. Enlisted in Company F, Thirteenth Infantry, June 20, 1863, at Jackson, for 3 years. Mustered June 20, 1863. Joined regiment at Hillsboro, Tenn., July 25, 1863. Discharged for disability at Chattanooga, Tenn., Dec. 26,1863. (Vol. 13, p. 133)

SPARKS, PHILEMON E., Leoni. Enlisted in Company F, Twentieth Infantry, Aug. 14, 1862, at Grass Lake, for 3 years, age 18. Mustered Aug. 18, 1862. Discharged at Annapolis, Md., July 15, 1865. Died in 1895. Buried in Grove Cemetery, Chelsea, Mich. (Vol. 20, p. 89)

SPARKS, REUBEN. Enlisted in unassigned, Eighth Cavalry, Aug. 27, 18614, at Erie, for 1 year, age 18. Mustered Sept. 2, 1864. Discharged on Surgeon’s certificate of disability at Jackson, Mich., Oct. 26, 18614. (Vol. 38, p. 143)

SPARKS, SAMUEL, Fentonville. Enlisted in Company F, Engineers and Mechanics, Aug. 214, 1864, at Holly, for 1 year, age 44. Mustered Aug. 27, 1864. Joined regiment at Tilton, Ga., Sept. 16, 1864. Discharged at Washington, D.C., June 6, 1865. (Vol. 143, p. 191)

SPARKS, SPENCER N., Niles. Enlisted in Company A, Seventh Cavalry, Sept. 8, 1862, at Miles, for 3 years, age 20. Mustered Oct. 13, 1862. Promoted Bugler. Transferred to Invalid Corps, Aug., 1863. Discharged at expiration of term of service at Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 13, 1865, from Company D, Sixth Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps. Died at Buchanan, Mich., Dec. 23, 1914. (Vol. 37, p. 124)

SPARKS, THOMAS. Enlisted in Company A, First Colored Infantry, Sept. 28, 1863, at Detroit, for 3 years, age 27. Mustered Oct. 3, 1863. Deserted at Detroit, Mich., Oct. 10, 1863. (Vol. 146, p. 93)

SPARKS, TOLBERT WESLEY. Enlisted in Company A, Engineers and Mechanics, Dec. 23, 1863, at Sturgis, for 3 years, age 29. Mustered Dec. 28, 1863. Discharged to date June 30, 1865. (Vol. 143, p. 191)

SPARKS, WILLIAM N., Huron County. Enlisted in Company H, Third Cavalry, Sept.15, 1861, at Port Austin, for 3 years, age 27. Mustered Nov. 11, 1861. Corporal. Deserted at Rienzi, Miss., July 15, 1862. (Vol. 33, p. 159)



In the June, 1958, issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY (Vol. VI, No. 2, Whole No. 22) pp. 294-298, appeared an article entitled “Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland, and His Descendants.” This account was based largely upon a record compiled by John F. Kaufman in 1890.  One of our most loyal and generous members, Mr. M. A. Sparks, P.O. Box 5142, Charlottesville, Virginia, is a great-great-great-grandson of Josiah Sparks. Following the publication of this article, Mr. Sparks journeyed back to his ancestral home in Maryland and gathered a considerable amount of additional data which he has kindly furnished the Association. Much of this new material pertains to the descendants of Josiah Sparks, Jr., the second son of the first Josiah Sparks. In order to present it in as clear a manner as possible, the sketch on Josiah Sparks, Jr., is explained below, incorporating the record of his descendants which had been published on pages 296 and 297. The method of numbering each descendant used in the earlier record has been maintained here.

12. Josiah Sparks, Jr., second son of Josiah and Penelope (Brown) Sparks, married Rachel. He died on January 19, 1846; his wife, Rachel, died on September 28, 1818. Both were buried in the Sparks family cemetery on My Lady’s Manor near Monkton, Baltimore County, Maryland. On Josiah’s gravestone it is recorded that he was 94 years old when he died; thus he was born about 1752. On Rachel’s gravestone it is recorded that she was 69 years, 9 months old when she died; thus her birth date was about December, 1748. Josiah Sparks, Jr., served in the Whiskey Rebellion as well as in the War of 1812. He lived in the Tenth District, Baltimore County. He and Rachel were the parents of eight children:

121. Aaron Sparks, born about 1787, died May 31, 1856. He was orderly sergeant in the War of 1812. He married his cousin, Elizabeth Sparks (135), daughter of Elijah Sparks (13), on April 7, 1831, in Baltimore County. She was born in 1803 and died July 10, 1883. Both were buried in St. James Churchyard, Monkton, Maryland. They were the parents of five children:
121a. Rachel Ann Sparks, born Dec. 31, 1831; died April 22, 1912; she was buried in St. James Churchyard, near Monkton, Baltimore County.

1211. Josiah Sparks, born Oct. 25, 1833; died Jan. 6, 1903. He married Margaret Scott, born Dec. 27, 1837, died  Nov. 3, 1899. Both were buried in St. James Churchyard, as were two of their children:

Freddie N., born April 28, 1866, died April 20, 1869; and John H., Born March 14, 1870, died Nov. 25, 1870.
1212. Francis Morrison Sparks, born Dec. 25, 1835, died Feb. 17, 1897.  He married Julia Rernare, who was born Jan. 28, 1850, and died Nov. 29, 1916. Both were buried in St. James Churchyard. They were the parents of three children:
12121. Douglas Alan Sparks. He married Emily Hutchins, who is no longer living. They were the parents of  three daughters and one son.
12122. Richard Remare Sparks, born in 1875. He married Charlotte Payne. They are the parents of two daughters, Dorothy and Anne, and one son.
12123. Joseph Morrison Sparks, born in 1877. He married Pauline Pie asants. No children. He owns the farm,  called My Lady’s Manor, which is near Monkton and on which the old Sparks graveyard is located.  Here Josiah Sparks, Jr., and his wife, Rachel, were buried, along with a number of their descendants.
121b. Mary Sparks, born about 1838.

121c. Marceline Sparks, born June 28, 1841; died Sept. 1, 1863.

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