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Oral A. Sparks of Clio, Iowa, with his 1910 Maxwell

Photograph taken in  1910 by Fred Lane

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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 5319 Raleigh, North Carolina.
      Russell E. Bidlack, Secretary-Treasurer, 1709 Cherokee Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Sparks Family Association was founded in March, 1953, as a non-profit organization devoted to the assembling of and preserving for posterity all genealogical and historical material pertaining to the Sparks family in America.  Membership in the Association is open to all persons connected in any way with the Sparks family, whether by blood, marriage, or adoption, and especially to those interested in genealogical and historical research. Membership falls into three classeeg Active, Contributing, and Sustaining. Active membership dues are two dollars per year; Contributing meinbersldp 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, l953. The editor from March, 1953, to September, 1954, was Paul E. Sparks; since September, 1954, the editor has been Russell E. Bidlaok. The QUARTERLY is printed at the Edwards Letter Shop, .711 N. University, Ann Arbor, Michigan.



Oral A. Sparks

Clio, Iowa

In this day of modern equipment in our homes, time and labor-saving methods and machinery for our various avocations, improved thoroughfares and airlanes to accommodate today’s increasing transportation and many other conveniences undreamed of fifty years ago, memory takes me back to that day when, as a young man, I, like many other young men of the present day, became possessed of a desire to own an automobile.

I studied the auto ads in our newspapers and other publications as this was the chief source of advertising at that time since radio was in its infancy and T.V. was unknown. After a thorough study of these ads I was able to name all the various makes on sight, including the Oldsmobile, Ford, Buick, Rambler, Maxwell, Columbia Electric, Stanley Steamer, Cadillac and many more.

My next; problem was how to get it.  My parents were farmers of moderate means, and, under these circumstances, my chances for a car appeared rather slim indeed but, being their only child and with a more or less convincing attitude in my arguments, they finally, though reluctantly, consented to help me get the car; in fact, I think they later rather liked the idea.

The next step was the choice of a car. After a very careful consideration of many makes, models and prices, our final choice was a Maxwell model AB runabout, priced at $600.00 without windshield.


For the benefit of those interested in the specifications of this car, and to give you an idea of the problems and complications which might arise from a oar with such a make-up as this, I offer the following:

Motor: 2 horizontal opposed cylinders developing 16 h.p.
Carburetor: Standard float feed, single adjustment type.
Ignition: Double, battery for starting and magneto for running; Nonvibrating coil.
Oiling: Compression oiler on front of dash wider hood oils the engine automatically. Sight feed on dash in view of operator.
Cooling: Honeycomb radiator, natural circulation, no pump.
Transmission: Planetary type, 2 forward, 1 reverse adjusted by setscrews extending through side of case.
Drive: 2 univ. joints, bevel gear to differential.
Frame: Pressed steel.
Control: Right-hand steering; foot throttle, also spark and throttle levers on steering post.
Wheels: 28 inch, wood, artillery type.
Tires: 28 x 3 inch standard clincher type, high pressure.
Wheel base: 86 inches, tread 56 inches.
Springs: Full elliptic in front and rear.
Breaks: Double-acting on rear hubs.
Body: Metal, runabout type, divided seat, open deck in rear with metal tool box.
Tank capacity: Gasoline, 10 gals. Water, 2½ gals. Oil, 2 qts.
Weight: About 1100 lbs.
Equipment: Magneto, soft top with side curtains, gas generator, gas head—lamps, 2 oil side lights, 1 oil tail light, horn with tube and bulb, jack, tire pump, set of tools, tire repair kit.
Color: Red with black fenders.
How do these specifications compare with the modern cars of today?  Who would consider driving a sixteen-horsepower, two-cylinder car in these times? I have a six-cylinder car made several years ago which sometimes gets down to five, but should it get down to two I fear something would have to be done, With left-hand drive I also suspect we would have more wrong-side-of-the-road drivers than we have now. Another problem would be how to dim our gas head-lights when we meet other cars.

Also, before making a night-time drive, it was necessary to check the head-light generator for carbide and water and the two side-lights and tail-light for kerosene; then, before starting, all must be lighted by match. It was also necessary to oil most places of friction by hand as there were very few automatically lubricated.

As for gasoline, I ordered my gas by the barrel from a distant oil distributing station which was shipped to me by freight as “filling stations” as we know them, were very few in those days. I had no windshield wiper as I had no windshield. In case of a “flat tire” I jacked up the car on the spot, wet or dry, snow or dust, and patched the tube, replaced it within the casing on the wheel as we then did not have demountable wheels nor even demountable rims; I next pumped it by hand pump to sixty lbs. pressure, replaced my tire-repair tools and material in the tool box and then proceeded “happily” on my way because the job was done and I was still physically able to go.

I only offer these facts in the hope that at least some of my readers will sympathize with me in those, my early days of motoring; and those who do not, well, they weren’t friends of mine anyway.


After making the selection of the car best suited to our needs and circumstances, the next question: was I capable of driving and repairing an automobile? After due discussion of this with my parents, we decided that, since I had no experience in either of these activities, also, considering the unimproved road conditions plus the lack of auto mechanics at that time, I should learn something of them before buying a car. So, in November and December of 1909 I attended and completed a sixweeks course in automobile repair and driving. What I didn’t know was that there was a lot they didn't tell me that I found out later.

Now that the Automobile “Education” was completed, the tuition paid and my diploma in my possession, I was now ready for the car, or, at least I thought I was.

In March of 1910 I ordered the above-described Maxwell Runabout from The Hayes Auto Co. of Corydon, Iowa, who were just starting their auto business in that city, and which I believe was the first car they sold. I ordered my car license directly from the Secretary of State at Des Moines, Iowa. I still have the receipt dated April 7, 1910, for the $5.00 fee which, at the time, was considered good for as long as I owned the car, and signed by W. C. Hayward, then Sec’y. of State, giving me the number 14528-IA. I had to furnish my own plate which I had a harness-maker make for me, from a slab of thick leather, with this number riveted to it, which I hung on the rear of the car. However, this ruling was changed before the next year, and I have been buying a new car license each year since that time.

My first tribulation came the day I bought it as I drove it home from Corydon; I met a man driving a team of horses hitched to a buggy. I stopped, and as he passed the car the team became frightened and ran away. This experience cost me the price of a buggy tongue but, since neither man nor team was hurt, I felt that we both were fortunate that we came out of it as well as we did.

In my ten years of driving this car, I had many other experiences both comical and serious. Many times during the spring thaws I became stuck in the mud ruts which were common and frequently quite deep from the team and buggy or wagon travel which was the chief source of transportation over the country roads at that time.

Another problem was in meeting or passing folks with restive teams.  The automobile laws of that day required the driver of a car, upon meeting a team of this nature, to stop, offer assistance to the driver of such team or otherwise help him to get by. Some teams did not mind while others caused considerable trouble in passing and sometimes the drivers were more excited than the teams.

I remember one instance in which I came over a rise at a railroad crossing and met three ladies with a team and wagon; they were quite some distance away when they first saw the car; two of them jumped out of the wagon and the third, the driver, held the team. One of the two opened a field gate nearby and the driver drove the team and wagon some distance into the field and one hastened down the road toward where I had stopped the car after crossing the railroad. She very agreeably accepted my invitation to ride back to where the others were while they displayed considerable annoyance at her acceptance of the ride, but I believe either of them would have done the same as most folks who did not have a car in those days seemed to enjoy their first ride in one.

Another instance took place at a Fourth-of-July celebration at a neighboring town. As I drove into town at possibly fifteen miles per hour and neared the place where the folks were assembled for the occasion, the town marshall mounted my runningboard and directed me to a parking place, instructing me to “drive carefully.” I think even he enjoyed the ride.


I might mention many more such experiences but, fearing they might make .my story too long, I will allow your imagination to furnish the rest which, in many instances, perhaps, would be correct.

They also had strange styles and customs then as in the present day. For example, a chauffeur’s cap and a lady’s broad- brimmed hat tied down with a veil were considered necessary “head-gear” for’ such “fast” driving or riding. Also, goggles were needed, especially in the absence of a windshield, as a protection for the eyes from wind and insects at the “terrific!’ pace of twenty miles per hour which was the speed limit at that time. A duster and a heavy laprobe proved quite beneficial in an open car without a heater as protection for the clothing in the summer and for comfort in the winter, respectively.

Another problem of those days was the condition of our roads as very little work was done for road-improvement since, presumably, horse-drawn vehicles did not require such; but, as more autos came into use the need for better roads increased.

The first road improvement was done by farmers with nome made road drags pulled by two or four horses over their respective roads, which proved quite effective, and later some counties furnished drags for farmers who would do the work. This led to more road grading and surfacing and finally to the excellent road system which we now have; but in those early days of motoring the unimproved roads were quite a problem because of the dust in summer, the snows in winter and, worst of all, the mud in spring as the soft ground created deep ruts from wagon and buggy travel which, when filled with water or sticky mud, could and did produce a real car-trap which, in many cases, required the assistance of a team of horses to free the car from the mire.

Those days which we remember so vividly are past and gone, but, in spite of all these handicaps and many discouragements which we experienced at that time, our “Early Motoring” also had its pleasures and satisfaction, and, with. the passing of time and the increasing number of improved cars and better road and driving conditions, we, as “Early Drivers” can now look back into those days as pioneers in the Motoring Profession.

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Your editor is preparing an article for publication in the next issue of the Quarterly on the family of John and Sarah (Tickle) Sparks of Morgan County, Georgia. The record of this family is far from complete, and we hope that someone reading this query will be able to supply some of the missing links before the final copy is made for publication. John Sparks of Morgan County was born about 1780. Apparently he lived in North Carolina before coming to Georgia about 1815. He either died or moved away from Morgan County before 1830. Several of his children are known to have settled later in Alabama. According to a Bible record, John and Sarah (Tickle) Sparks were the parents of the following children. Do any members of the Association descend from them?

                Thomas Sparks, born October 6, 1801
                James Robert Sparks, born September 15, 1803
                John Henry Sparks, born May 15, 1806
                Henrietta Sparks, born July 28, 1808
                General Pinckney Sparks, born December 9, 1811
                Andrew Jackson Sparks, born February 23, 1815
                Mahala Bonner Sparks, born August 27, 1819




The officers of The Sparks Family Association have obtained on film from the National Archives in Washington copies of the applications for bounty land and pensions by soldiers named Sparks who served in the War of 1812. These records do not pertain to the granting of bounty land immediately following the War, which was apparently done on a rather informal basis, but rather those grants which were provided for by acts passed by Congress on September 28, 1850, and on March 3, 1855. Close to one hundred different Sparks are represented in these files. Unfortunately, most of them do not contain the details regarding family connections which the Revolutionary War applications contain, but nevertheless, they are of genealogical and historical value.

It has seemed impractical to attempt to print these documents in full, since they would fill a great many pages of close typing. We shall, therefore, present abstracts of these papers. In these abstracts we shall attempt to include all data of interest to descendants. They will be printed in alphabetical order over several issues of the Quarterly.

AARON SPARKS, of Camden, New Jersey, died September 4, 1856. ELIZABETH SPARKS, widow of Aaron Sparks. Pension File WC 6410.

     On Oct. 29, 1874, Elizabeth Sparks, aged 78, a resident of Camden City, Camden County, N.J., applied for a widow’s pension. She stated that she was the widow of Aaron Sparks who had enlisted “in lieu of a drafted man” in Capt. Sander’s Company of the New Jersey Militia. (Official records gave his service as from Sept. 27, 1814 to Dec. 27, 1814.) She stated that her husband had received a bounty land warrant No. 35,763 dated July 30, 1856, for 160 acres of land for his service. She stated that her maiden name had been Elizabeth Applin and that she had been married to Aaron Sparks on Sept. 19, 1813, by John Nichols, Esq., at Sharptown, Salem County, N .J., and that her husband had died at Camden., N .J., on Sept 4, 1856. She signed the application as “Elizabeth Sparks” and it was witnessed by J. C. Lacour and O. W. Spond.

     On Nov. 16, 1874, John W. Carter, aged 80, of Camden, N.J., swore that he was personally acquainted with Aaron Sparks. “I well remember his marriage to his present widow Elizabeth Sparks. They were married sometime in 1813, at Sharptown. My brother was at the wedding, I remember very distinctly. I afterward knew the said Aaron Sparks and Elizabeth lived together as nan and wife until the day of his death and had a number of children between them. Much of the time we were neighbors.”

     On Nov. 18, 1874, Daniel Taylor, aged 86 years, swore that he had known Aaron and Elizabeth Sparks since the year 1816. “I bought property of them and they both acknowledged the deed as husband and wife, they had one child at that time.” He added that he had seen Elizabeth Sparks "six weeks ago. She was living at Camden City with her son.”  On Nov. 20, 1874, Pancoast Roberts swore that he was an undertaker in the city of Camden and that he attended the funeral of Aaron Sparks and buried him on Sept. 6, 1856.

     On Nov. 19, 1874, the clerk of Salem County, N.J., copied the record of marriage from Book B, folio 21: “I John Nichols one of the Justices of the Peace in and for said County [of Salem], do hereby certify that on the 15th day of September 1813 at Sharptown, the County aforesd. I married Aaron Sparks and. Elizabeth Applen both of the said [county] of Salem, and them did pronounce Man and Wife agreeable to law.”

 Elizabeth Sparks was granted a pension of $8.00 per month.


AARON SPARKS, born about 1787, died May 31, 1856, of Baltimore County, Maryland. ELIZABETH SPARKS,  widow of Aaron Sparks. Pension File WC 21 601.

     Elizabeth Sparks, widow of Aaron Sparks, of Baltimore County, Maryland, applied for a widow’s pension under the act of 1878 on July 9, 1878.  In this application she gave her age as 75 and stated that her husband had served as an Orderly Sergeant in Capt. Edward Orrick’s company of the Maryland Militia commanded by Col. Hutchins or Hitchcock; that he was drafted in Baltimore County, Maryland, in the summer of 1814 and was discharged that autumn. (Official records give his service as from Aug. 25 to Oct., 1814.) She described her husband at the time be was drafted as about 26 years old, a farmer, born in Baltimore County, 5 feet and 10 inches tall, with dark hair, grey eyes, and of medium complexion. She stated that she and her husband were married on April 10, 1831, in Baltimore County by Rev. Geo. Morrison, Minister of the Presbyterian Church. She also stated that her name before her marriage was Elizabeth Sparks; that her husband died on May 31, 1856; and that she and her husband had lived near Monkton P.O. in Baltimore County. She stated that her husband had received a land warrant in 1856 “a short time before he died.” She signed her name by mark, which was witnessed by Levi Curtis, aged 77, and by John J. Merryinan, aged 76, both of Monkton.

     Another document citing proof of marriage states that Josiah Guuyton, aged 79, of the town of Black Horse, Harford County, Md., was present at the marriage. Josiah Guyton made the following sworn statement on Feb. 19, 1879: “That he was well acquainted with Aaron Sparks the Husband of Elizabeth Sparks who is an applicant for pension under the act of March 9, 1878, No. 29823 and that he Josiah Guyton was his waiter when be was married to Elizabeth Sparks and that he has a distinct recollection of engaging a Presbyterian minister by the name of George Morison to mary them, that he went with him to the Village of New Market, Baltimore Co., Md. on the 10 day of April AD 1831 and was present and saw them the said Aaron Sparks and Elizabeth Sparks married by the said George Morrison and what makes him recollect the circumstances more particular was that about the time that Aaron Sparks was about to come out on the floor to be married his nose commenced to bleed which detained him for some minutes before the marriage Ceremony was performed; he also recollects that a lady by the name of Miss Rachel Price waited with him on said couple she having died some years since.”

     Another document consists of the sworn statement of Levi Curtis and John J. Merryman dated July 9, 1878: “We each having known said Applicant and her Husband from Childhood being children together and we eaoh being about the same age of said Applicant Elizabeth Sparks attended school with her.  We knew them prior and after marriage and have every reason to believe that they were lawfully married as they lived together as Man and wife until the death of said Aaron Sparks. I Levi Curtis attended the Marriage feast at said Aaron Sparks Home on the day he was married to said Elizabeth Sparks.”

     Another document consists of a sworn statement dated March 1, 1879, by Lewis Parsons, aged 59, and William H. F. Anderson, aged 56, who stated that they had known Aaron and Elizabeth Sparks for over 38 years and that “on the 31st day of May 1856 Aaron Sparks the husband of said Claimant died and that they dressed him for burial.”

     On July 9, 1878, Levi Curtis and John J. Merryman swore they had known Aaron Sparks and had lived on adjoining farms, and that “we each were present at the funeral of said Aaron Sparks and saw him buried at St. James Church near Mockton.”

     Elizabeth Sparks’ s pension amounted to $8.00 per month.  In 1885 the Pension Office sent an inquiry to the post master at Monkton Mills, Md., to determine whether Elizabeth Sparks was still living. The postmaster replied on May 19 that she “has been dead 1 year 1st July.” Another record gives her death date as May 31, 1856.


(Editor’s Note: See the Quarterly of June, 1958 (Vol. VI, No. 2),p. 296 for information on the ancestry and family of Aaron and Elizabeth (Sparks) Sparks. Aaron and Elizabeth were first cousins.)

AARON SPARKS, born about 1790, of Killingly, Connecticut. FRANCES SPARKS, widow of Aaron Sparks. Pension  File NW Priv. 138.

     On Jan. 20, 1822, Fanny Sparks of the town of Killingly, Windham County, Conn., made an application for a pension in which she made the following statement: “On the 6th day of November AD 1812, she was lawfully married to Aaron Sparks of said Town [Killingly] by Anthony Brown Esquire a justice of the Peace in said Town & for said County whose certificate of marriage is hereto annexed, that she lived with said Sparks but a few days when be left her, that he was soon afterwards seen as she was told in Providence in the State of Rhode Island where he declared that he had enlisted and was going to sea in the Privatier Blockade fitting out in the Town of Bristol in the State of Rhode Island & that she hath never heard of him since nor does she know of any person who can give any account of him further except from some persons in sd Town of Bristol who inform her that Aaron Sparks of Killingly in Connecticut afterward sailed from Bristol in the Privateer Blockade and has not been heard from since & that she really believes & it is generally believed that said Aaron Sparks her husband perished on board said Privateer; that she has had one child by said Sparks since her marriage to him aged about nine years & named Aaron, that she has not been married to any person except said Sparks and is now his widow.” Fanny Sparks signed the above statement by mark.

     On the same date the following statement was signed by John Dixon, Harvey Day, John Eaton, James Herndell and William Herndell, all of Killingly: “that we knew Aaron Sparks of Killingly and that it was allways understood that he was lawfully married to Fanny Knight of Killingly afd now Fanny Sparks and widow of said Aaron Sparks, that said Aaron Sparks soon after their intermarriage went away from said Fanny, & it was reported & believed be went to sea & has not been heard from since & we believe he is dead--that Said Fanny is a person of truth & veracity & that full faith may be given to her oath & that we have no interest whatever in. the claims of the said Fanny on the United States in consequence of the death of her husband on the Privateer Blockade of Bristol. . . and we further testify that we have never known any other man of the Town of Killingly of the name of Aaron Sparks except the one we have mentioned & who married Fanny Knight.”

Also included in the file of papers is a copy of the marriage record: “Windham County 58 Killingly November 6 A.D. 1812, then Aaron Sparks of said Killingly and Fanna Knight of Plainfield in said county were joined in Marriage by me--Anthony
Brown, Justice of Peace.” There is also a copy of the birth record of Fanny’s child taken from the records of the Town Clerk: “Aaron Sparks Jr son of Aaron & Frances Sparks was born March 6, 1813.”

 The application of Fanny Sparks was approved and she was placed on the pension roll as of Sept. 1, 1813, to receive $3.00 per month.

 (Editor’s note: Shortly after Submitting this application for a pension, Fanny Sparks married Simeon Spaulding--on Feb. 10, 1822 (Killingly Vital Records, Vol. 1, Po 193.)

BARZILLA SPARKS, (also spelled Bazilla and Bazil), born about 1780, died Apr. 13, 1848, of Baltimore, Maryland. SARAH ANN SPARKS, widow of Barzilla Sparks. Bounty Land Warrant File 16 503-120-55.

     There are two files of papers pertaining Barzilla Sparks and his widow, one under the spelling “Barzilla” and the other under the spelling “Bazilla.” They belong together.


     Sarah Ann Sparks, widow of Barzilla Sparks, first applied for bounty land on the basis of her husband’s service on June 1, 1852, at which time she received 40 acres.  In 1855 she applied again and received 160 acres. There was some delay following her first application until her husband’s service could be established. It was finally determined that he had served from April 14 to 18, 1814, in Capt. Week’s Company of Kent County, Md., Militia, and again from July 10 to Sept. 23, 1814.

     In her first application, dated June 1, 1852, Sarah Ann Sparks stated that she was 73 years old and a resident of Gallia County, Ohio. She was able to give little information about her husband’s service, but in a later statement, which will be quoted below, she provided many details. She stated that she and Bazilla Sparks had been married in Kent County, Md., in March, 1823, by a Minister of the Gospel and that her husband had died at Baltimore, Md., on April 13, 1848. She signed her name by mark.

     Included with her application, Sarah Ann submitted a sworn statement by the County Clerk of Kent County, Md.: “I hereby Certify that Bazil [sic] Sparks and Sarah Ann Gudgeon of the County aforesaid applied for, and obtained a Marriage License from the Clerk of Kent County on the twelfth day of March in the year One Thousand eight hundred and twenty three, directed to the Rev. Thomas Dodson.”

     On June 26, 1852, William Gudgeon and William A. Gudgeon, apparently a brother and a nephew of Sarah Ann, residents of Hamilton County, Ohio, swore they knew Sarah Ann Sparks and her husband, and that William Gudgeon “was a Sergeant of Pages Co. Myland Militia, and has already Recd Land Warrant No. 2131 (40 acres) for his Service. He knew Sparks in Weeks Co. Myland Militia, who served at Same time with deponent.”

     On May 4, 1853, Sarah Ann Sparks signed a more detailed applioation for bounty land. She was then a resident of Gallia County, Obio, aged 74 years, declaring that “she is the widow of Barzilla Sparks, who was a soldier in a Rifle Company commanded by Capt. Chambers or Capt Weaks, in a Regt of Maryland militia commanded a part of the time by Col. Weeks in Genl. Reed's Brigade in the war declared by the United States against Great Britain on the 18th June 1812. That the said Bar’zilla Sparks in the fall of 1812 when the enemy was engaged in attacking all assailable points on the Atlantic board and tributary streams and being present in the Chesapeake bay, a Rifle company to which the said Barzilla was a member was called out by the Col of the Kent County militia, in obedience to orders from Major Genl. Smith as she believes, to repel an expected invasion of the American soil, that Capt. Chambers as she thinks marched said Company to the Chesapeake bay where they were stationed until the enemy sailed down the Bay again, at which time a portion of the Volenteer companies were permitted to return home, and soon to return so that others could also return home to remain a few days and return again, which rotation of service continued until the enemy went into winter quarters. And again when Spring opened and the enemy seemed determined to attack all assailable points again, Capt Chambers Company was ordered out again, and compelled to do military duty as long as the enemy was present, and in that way alternating service and returning home to labour and procure clothing, for some three years as her said husband always stated, which so continued him in actual service, some two years. He was honorably discharged as he always stated but she never saw or heard of a discharge; but he was with the said Rifle company honorably discharged at the point of rendezvooing, when the main service was performed. She says she cannot postively state the various officers be was under, but thinks it was Capts Chambers or Weeks at the start, and that the same Weeks was promoted to a Colonelship over said Militia force. She also states that she was married to Barzilla Sparks at Kent County, Md., on the 16th Day of March 1823 by a Clergyman, whose name she thinks was Reed, but her name before said marriage was Sarah Ann Gudgeon. That the said Barzilla Sparks died on the 13th March 1847 aged fifty eight years, that she was a widow on the 28th September 1850, and is still a widow at the date of this declaration. . ."


     Sarah Ann Sparks signed this declaration by mark. Attached to this statement is another signed by William Bennett, a Notary Public, dated May 4, 1853, in which he stated that he had examined Barzilla Sparks’s family Bible, and copied the following entries: “Barzilla Sparks and Sarah Ann Gudgeon was married the sixteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and twenty three.  Barzilla Sparks died 13th March 1847.”

     On March 29, 1855, Sarah Ann Sparks, then a resident of Campbell County, Kentucky, aged 75, made application for additional bounty land under the new law of 1855.  She gave no information in this application other than what has been quoted above.

DANIEL P. SPARKS, born 1784, died October 13, 1867, of Louisiana. MALIZA. V. SPARKS, widow of Daniel P.  Sparks. Bounty Land Warrant File 19 873-160-12; Pension File WC 24 261.

     Some of the papers in this file have apparently been lost. There is no application for bounty land by Daniel P. Sparks, but apparently sometime prior to his death in 1867 he received 160 acres. To support his application, he sent his discharge which is still in the file and reads as follows: “To all whom it may concern: KNOW YE, That Daniel Sparks a Corporal of Captain George Birch’s Company Seventh regiment of Infantry who was enlisted the twenty second day of June one thousand eight hundred and twelve to serve Five Years is hereby honorably discharged from the army of the United States by reason of the expiration of his term of enlistment. Said Daniel Sparks was born in [blank] in the state of Virginia, is thirty three years of age, five feet eight inches high, dark complexion, dark eyes, dark hair, and by occupation, when enlisted, a Carpenter. Given at Camp Montgomery this twenty first day of June 1817.”  The signature of the commander is nearly illegible, but his last name appears to have been Arbuckle.

     On May 17, 1878, the widow of Daniel P. Sparks applied for a pension. She was a resident of Houston, in Harris County, Texas, at the time of application. She stated that her husband had volunteered at Savanah, Ga., and that while in service “he recd. hip wound and was laid up in hospital at Savannah, Ga.” She stated that her maiden name had been Maliza Vinson and that she and Daniel P. Sparks bad been married on June 29, 1841, by Rev. B. Roberts at Franklin, La., and that her husband had died at New Orleans, La., on Oct. 13, 1867. Maliza signed her name in a clear hand. The witnesses to her application were Charles B. Sojourner and Martha L. Sojourner of Houston.

     On June 17, 1878, W. P. Allen, aged 71, and Wilson McKerall, aged 65, of St. Mary Parish, La., testified they had known the claimant and her husband “for the last 40 years.”  On Oct. 7, 1878, M. L. Sojourner, aged 50, and E. Hughes, aged 28, of Houston, stated they had known the claimant and her husband for the last 15 years.

     On April 16, 1879, the Adjutant General’s Office reported on the service of Daniel P. Sparks, stating that he had enlisted on June 22, 1812, at Augusta, Ga., for 5 years and that the record of his enlistment described him as: “5 ft. 8 in. high, black eyes, dark hair, dark complexion, 28 years old. Occupation, Carpenter, born in Moore, S.C., enlisted by Capt. Twiggs.” The record in the Adjutant General’s Office gave his service as follows: “The records of Capt. Farrars Co. 8th U.S. Infty. report him a Corpl. present Feby. 16th, 28th, Apr. 30 & June 30, 1815. Capt. Machesney 7th Infty. repts. him present Nov. 30 & Dec. 31, 1815, Feby. 29, April 30 & Aug. 31/16. Capt. Birch reports him present Dec. 31/16, Feby. 28 and Apl. 30, 1817 and discharged June 21, 1817.”

     On May 22, 1879, Maliza’s application was approved and she received a pension of $8.00 per month beginning Mar. 9, 1878.

(Editor’s note: Although Virginia was given as Daniel’s birth place on his discharge paper, the record of the Adjutant General’s Office, which gives his place of


birth as Moore, S.C., is probably correct.  Moore is located in Spartanburg County, S.C.  We have records of a Sparks family living in that area, but we have not been able to fit Daniel into the family.)
DAVID SPARKS born 1794, of Morgan County, Ga., and Talladega County, Ala. Bounty Land Warrant File 22 513-80-55.

     On Nov. 1, 1850, David Sparks, aged 56 years, applied for bounty land under the act of 1850. At the time of his application he was a resident of Talladega County, Ala. He stated that he had been a private in a volunteer rifle company commanded by Capt. H. Lane in the Volunteer Georgia Rifle Battalion commanded by Col. Jones in the War of 1812; that he had volunteered in Morgan Co., Ga., on or about Nov. 1, 1814 for 6 months and was honorably discharged at Ft. Hawkins, Ga., on or about May 1, 1815; he did not receive a written discharge. He signed his application by mark. He was granted 80 acres of bounty land.

     David Sparks obtained a sworn statement regarding his service by his former captain, Henry Lane.  Lane was living in Newton County, Ga., when he made this declaration on Aug. 24, 1850.  He gave essentially the same information as had David Sparks in his application.

     On April 3, 1855, David Sparks applied for additional bounty land in accordance with the act of March 3, 1855. He gave his age as 61 and was still a resident of Talladega County, Ala. Re gave essentially the same information about his service as he had in 1850. He signed by mark. The witnesses to this application were John B. Kidd and John C. Smith ot Talladega County. David Sparks apparently received 160 acres of additional bounty land.

(Editor’s note: David Sparks appears on the 1850 census of Talladega County, Ala. (see page 378 of the March, 1959, issue of the Quarterly). He gave his age as 56 in 1850 and his birthplace as North Carolina. His wife's name was Milly, age 59, born in South Carolina. Living with him was Abel Sparks, probably a son, aged 22, born in Georgia; also a 16-year-old girl named Matilda Rice, born in Georgia. In his applioation, David Sparks stated that he had enlisted in Morgan County, Ga., in 1814. Our only record of him in Morgan County is in the 1820 census. He and his wife were listed as between 26 and 45 years of age, with two males under 10 and one female under l0. He was not listed in the Morgan County census of 1830 but was probably the David Sparks listed on the 1830 census of Campbell County, Ga.  He and his wife were listed there as between 30 and 40, with 2 males between 10 and 15, one male under 5, 1 female between 10 and 15, and 2 females between 5 and 10.)
ELSBERRY SPARKS, (also called Berry Sparks), born 1793-94, of Shawney Town, Ill., Sebastian County, Ark.,and Johnson County, Texas. Bounty Land Warrant File 65 930-40-50 and 59 237-160-55.

     The papers pertaining to Elsberry (or Berry) Sparks are in two separate files because his application of 1852 was made under the name Elsberry Sparks while in 1855 he signed his name as Berry Sparks.

     He made his first application on April 20, 1852, at which time he was a resident of Sebastian County, Arkansas. He gave his age as 58 and stated that he had been a private in Capt. Trounsdale’s company in the First Illinois Militial Regt. of Infantry commanded by Col. Philip Trammel]. in the “War of 1812 with the Northern Indians;” that he was drafted “at or near Shawney town, Illinois” on or about the first day of September, 1813, for 6 months and served about 4 months; that he was honorably discharged at Shawney town on or about Jan. 1, 1814.  He also stated that his discharge had been lost. He signed his name as Elsberry Sparks.


      In a note made by the Pension Office, it was stated that “Berry Sparks” was on record as having served in Capt. Trusdale’s company from Sept. 5 to Nov. 20, 1812. He was granted 40 acres.

     On Aug. 13, 1855, he again applied for bounty land under the new law. At this time he was a resident of Johnson County, Texas. He gave his age as 62 years. He gave essentially the same information regarding his service as he had in 1852, except that he was mustered into service at the “Saline or Salt works in the Territory of the now State of Illinois in September 1812 and marched to Fort Edwards where be joined the main Army;” that he was drafted for 3 months and served 2 months and was discharged at “the Saline or Salt works . . .on account of a treaty being made with said Indians.” He signed his name as Berry Sparks. Willis Sparks and T. G. Soranoe, residents of Johnson County, Texas, signed as witnesses, the former by mark. It appears that he was granted 160 acres of bounty land in 1855.

(Editor’s note: Elsberry (Berry) Sparks was probably the son of Absolom Sparks, who was a son of Matthew and Sarah Sparks (see the Quarterly of December, 1956, Vol. IV No. 4, pp. 177-78, [Whole No. 16] for material on the elder Matthew Sparks.) In the will of Benjamin Elsberry, dated Aug. 21, 1789, probated Aug. 29, 1792, in Wilkes County, Ga., provision was made for Benjamin's wife and at her death his estate was to be divided “between all my daughters.” When the estate was settled in 1808, Absolom Sparks and Nathan Sparks, both sons of Matthew and Sarah, received “their part in full.” Without doubt, this means that Absolom and Nathan had married daughters of Benjamin Elsberry. The marriage record of Nathan Sparks to Sally Elsberry, dated May 10, 1800, is on file in Oglethorpe County, Ga., but that of Absolom has not been found. There seems little doubt that Elsberry (Berry) Sparks was a son of Absolom, because both Absolom and Elsberry were in Miller County, Ark., betweón 1821 and 1825. In 1821 a petition was drawn up by a group of citizens of  “Post Arkansas, Arkansas Territory,” who were concerned about the treaty of the United States with the chiefs of the Choctaw Nation of Indians. Among the signers were Benjamin Sparks, Berry Sparks, Mat. Sparks, and Absolem Sparks. (Benjamin, Berry, and Mat, were probably all sons of Absolom.) Another petition was drawn up by a group of settlers in Miller County, Ark., in 1825 protesting that part of the county in which they owned “farms and improvements we have laboured for years to make” had been ceded to the to the Choctaw Indians. Among the signers were Absolom Sparks, Absolom Sparks Jnr., Elsberry Sparks, Mathew Sparks, and Wilobe Sparks; see Territorial Papers of the United States, ed. by Clarence Edwin Carter, Vol. XIX, Arkansas Territory, 1819-1825, pp. 140-141.

     Elsberry (Berry) Sparks was living in Sevier County, Ark., in 1830; on the census of that year his family was listed as follows: Himself, aged 30 to 40; his wife, also between 30 and 40; 1 male 15 to 20; 2 males under 5; 1 female 15 to 20; 1 female 10 to 15; 2 females 5 to 10; and 1 female under 5.)
ENOCH SPARKS, born September, 1791, of Franklin County, Alabama. Bounty Land Warrant File 22 360-80-55.

     On Nov. 20, 1850, Enoch Sparks made application for bounty land. He was a resident of Franklin County, Ala., and gave his age as 58 years. He swore that he had been a soldier in the company commanded by Capt. John Hedge in the First Regt. of Volunteers commanded by Col. Reuben Nash; that he volunteered in Greenville District of South Carolina about Oct. 19 1812, for 6 months and was mustered into service about Jan. 1, 1814; that he was honorably discharged at the end of 6 months at Washington, Ga,, on July 20, 1814. He signed his name as Enoch Sparks. He was granted 80 acres of bonnty land.

     Submitted with his application was his discharge which reads as follows: “This is to Certify that Enoch Sparks, Private, having faithfully performed his tour of


duty of six months in the service of the United States, he is hereby honorably discharged, with the addition of five days pay Returning home. July 20, 1814 (Signed) John Hodges, Capt.; R. Nash, Lt. Col.”

      On April 27, 1855, Enoch Sparks again applied for bounty land. He was still a resident of Franklin County, Ala., and gave his age as “64 years next September.” He described his service as he had in 1850, except that he added that he had sold the 80 acres he had received in 1850 to W. H. Petty. He signed his name as he had in 1850; the witnesses were John Wattress and James H. Tremble. He received 80 acres of land in 1855.

(Editor’s Note: Enoch Sparks was a son of John and Mary (Parmely) Sparks. John Sparks was born in 1755 and died in 1831 (see the Quarterly of December, 1959, Vol. VII, No. 4, p. 433 (misprinted 333) [Whole No. 28 ) and was a son of Matthew and Sarah Sparks (see the Quarterly of December, 1956, Vol. IV, No. 4, pp. 177-78[Whole No. 16]).   Thus, Enoch Sparks and Elsberry Sparks, whose application for bounty land was given on pages 501-02, were first cousins.)
FRANCIS SPARKS, born May 11, 1792, died Nov. 26, 1867, of Baltimore County, Maryland; BETSEY E. SPARKS,  widow of Francis Sparks. Bounty Land Warrant File 50 097-120-55 and Pension File WC 17 211.

     On March 29, 1851, Francis Sparks applied for bounty land. He was a resident of Baltimore County, Md., and gave his age as 58 years. He stated that he had been a private in Capt. James Hutchins’ company in the 7th Regt. of Maryland Militia commanded by Col. William Jamison in the War of 1812; that he was drafted at Slades Tavern on or about Aug. 3, 1813, for 60 days or 6 months [sic] and marched to Baltimore and was discharged in Baltimore or or about Sept. 10, 1813, without receiving a written discharge. He was also a private in Capt. Orriok’s company in the 41st Regt. of Maryland Militia commanded by Col. William Hutchins and he was called out in defence of Baltimore on or about Aug. 24, 1814, and continued in service for about 3 months and was discharged on or about Nov. 18, 1814. He signed his name as “Frs. Sparks.” He was granted 40 acres under the 1850 law.

     On March 19, 1855, he applied for additional bounty land under the act of 1855. He was still a resident of Baltimore County, Md., and gave his age as 62. In this application be referred only to his service under Capt. Edward Orriok. He again signed his name as “Frs. Sparks.” Robert Morton and Moses Miles, both of Baltimore County, were his witnesses.

     The Treasury Dept. reported on Jan. 24, 1852, that Francis Sparks was on record as having served as a private in Capt. James Hutchins’ company of Maryland Militia from Aug. 17 to Sept. 16, 1813, and in Capt. Orriok’s company from Aug. 25 to Oct. 27, 1814.

     On May 11, 1878, Betsey E. Sparks, widow of Francis Sparks, applied for a pension. She was a resident of St. James P.O., Baltimore County, Md., and gave her age as 84. She swore that she was a widow of Francis Sparks who had been drafted in Capt. Edward Orrick’s company in the summer of 1814 and had been honorably discharged at Baltimore. She also stated that “he received two Land Warrants, one prior to the other, Edward Sparks procurred or acted as his Attorney in getting one Land Warrant.” She stated that her maiden name had been Betsey E. Schroder and that she bad been married to Francis Sparks on March 21, 1831, by Rev. John Wiley near St. James Church; and that her husband died Nov. 26, 1867. She signed her name as Betsey E. Sparks. The witnesses to her application were Isaac Standiford, aged 76, of St. James P.O., and Josiah Carling, aged 42, of Black House P.O., Harford County, Md.

     On Jan. 17, 1879, Amanda Z. Howard of St. James P.O. testified that she was well acquainted with Betsey E. Sparks, “that she lived at her father’s house for twenty-three years and was present and saw her married on the 15 day of January 1831 by


Revd. John Wiley who was rector of St. James Church, Baltimore County, Md. On Jan. 17, 1879, Rev. George K. Warner of St. James Church stated he knew Betsey B. Sparks and that her marriage was recorded in the parish register as she had stated.

      On Jan. 24, 1879, her application for a pension was approved in the amount of $8.00 per month, effective as of March 9, 1878. On Aug. 1, 1888, Betsey E. Sparks was dropped from the pension rolls “because of failure to claim pension.”

(Editor’s Note: For information on Francis Sparks see the Quarterly of December, 1959, Vol. VII, No. 4, page 439 (misprinted 339) [Whole No. 28] .)
GEORGE SPARKS, born May 16, 1794, died Dec. 30, 1839, of Adams County, Ohio; MARY (DECAMP) SPARKS, born 1806, widow of George Sparks. Bounty Land Warrant File  75 601-120-55.

     On May 30, 1851, Mary Sparks, widow of George Sparks, of Adams County, Ohio, applied for bounty land. She gave her age as 51 years. She stated that George Sparks had been a private in Lt. Hayslip’s company, Captain John Campbell’s battalion of Ohio Cavalry “in the expeditions commenced by Gen. McArther” in the War of 1812. She stated that George Sparks had volunteered on Sept. 15, 1814, in Adams County, served 3 months and was honorably discharged at Detroit on or about Dec. 15, 1814, but that his certificate of discharge had been lost. She further stated that she and George Sparks had been married in Adams County on Aug. 11, 1823, by one John Patterson, a justice of the peace, and that her maiden name had been Mary Decamp. She stated that her husband had died in Adams County on Dec. 30, 1839, and that she was still his widow. She signed her name as Mary Sparks.

     Also on May 30, 1851, J. R. Cookerill, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Adams County, Ohio, certified that, according to the marriage records of Adams County, on Aug. 11, 1823, George Sparks procurred a licence to marry Mary Decamp; that, although there was no return of the marriage record made, he knew from personal knowledge that they had been married and “have raised a large family of children.”

     On May 30, 1851, Joseph W. Lafferty of Adams County swore “that he was acquainted with George Sparks in his lifetime and that he died at said Adams County sometime during the year of our Lord 1839.”

     The official record of the service of George Sparks gave his period of enlistment from Sept. 20 to Nov. 19, 1814. Mary Sparks was granted 40 acres of land.

      On April 3, 1855, Mary Sparks applied for additional land under the act of 1855. She gave her age as 55 and stated that she was a resident of Adams County, Ohio. She gave essentially the same information as she had in her earlier application, although she added that it was in the town of West Union in Adams County that her husband had volunteered. She signed her name in 1855 as “My Sparks”--the witnesses to her statements were George Sparks (her son) and C. W. Stevenson.

(Editor’s Note: Mary (Decamp) Sparks was born Feb. 20, 1806. George Sparks was born in Penna. on May 16, 1794, and was a son of Salathiel Sparks (1756-1823) who came to Adams County, Ohio, with his family from Washington County, Penna., in 1804. Salathiel’s father was George Sparks of Hopewell Township, Washington County, Penna., who died there in 1806. George and Mary (Decamp) Sparks had five children:
John Sparks, born May 27, 1824; Mary Ann Sparks, born March 21, 1827; Salathiel Sparks, born Nov. 20, 1829; George Sparks, born Sept. 29, 1832; and Gracy Jane Sparks, born July 3, 1835.)




In previous issues of the Quarterly we have published Sparks records from the complete 1850 census of Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, and Indiana. In the future we hope to have the 1850 census of other entire states searched for Sparkses. Meanwhile, however, it may prove useful to give Sparks records from the 1850 census of some scattered counties in several states.

It should be noted that on the 1850 census, each family group represented a household, and that besides the parents and children, a household may have included relatives and employees living with the family. In each instance where a person named Sparks appears on the census, the entire household of which be was a member is given. In the following list, the page number refers to the page in the volume containing the particular county named on which the family appears. 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 liied in the same house, the sequences were thereafter different. These numbers are useful to the genealogist because one can frequently judge how near one family lived to another by comparing the numbers.  The age of each individual as recorded by the ceflaus taker follows the name; “M” or “F” is given to indicate sex. The place of birth is followed by the profession of the head of the household and that of any other member who was self employed. The value of any real estate owned is the last item.

Oswego County, New York - 1850 Census

City of Oswego, enumerated Aug. 8, 1850, by H. H. Bronson.
(p. 352, vol. 68, part I)
366-444 Sparks, Henry  41  (M) New York  Laborer  $600 
       "       Nancy  39  (F) New Hampshire
     "       Martha  20  (F) New York
     "       Francis  16   (M)    "        "
     "       Alphenis  13  (M)    "        "
     "       Cynthia  15  (F)    "        "
     "       Franklin  11  (M)    "        "
     "       Lydia   9  (F)    "        "
     "       Napoleon   7  (M)    "        "
     "       Nancy   5  (F)    "        "
     "       Betsey   3  (F)    "        "

   Town of Scriba, enumerated Oct. 24, 1850, by Archibald Stone.
(p. 748) Williams, Hannah   42   (F) New York    $200 
1813-1974  Sparks, Samuel  22  (M)    "        " Boatman
     "       George  18  (M)    "        "
     "       William  17  (M)    "        "
     "       Martha  15  (F)    "        "
     "       Polly  13  (F)    "        "
     "       Betsy  10  (F)    "        "

   Town of Orwell, enumerated Aug. 23, 1850, by Oliver N. Bennett.
   (p. 400, vol. 69, part II)
130-130 Darron, Abel  35  (M) New York  Farmer  $800 
       "       Melissa P.  27  (F)    "        "
Sparks, Abigail  73  (F) Massachusetts
Cashman, Sabra  14  (F) New York


(Oswego County, New York, 1850 Census, Continued:)

   Town of Orwsell, enumerated Aug. 23, 1850, by Oliver N. Bennett
(p. 404) Sparks, Major   40  (M) Massachusetts  Laborer   
148-148       "       Caroline  34  (F) Connecticut
     "       William  16  (M) New York
     "       Carlos  14  (M)    "       "
     "       Lucius  12  (M)    "       "
     "       Nelson   9  (M)    "       "
     "       James   5  (M)    "       "
     "       Almira   1  (F)    "       "

Jasper County, Iowa - 1850 Census

   Dist. No. 16, enumerated Sept. 5, 1850, by Cary D. Shelledy.
(P. 761) Sparks, Truelove   39  (M) Kentucky  Farmer  $1000 
182-182      "       Sarah  40  (F)      "
     "       Stephen  15  (M) Illinois
     "       John  14  (M)      "
     "       William  13  (M) Iowa
       "       Jeremiah  11  (M) Illinois
     "       Mary   8  (F) Iowa
     "       Angeline   6  (F)    "
     "       George   3  (M)    "
     "       Eliza   2  (F)    "
     "       Margaret 5/12  (F)    "

(p. 764) Sparks, John   43  (M) Tennessee  Farmer  $3000 
193-193      "       Elizabeth  43  (F) Kentucky
     "       Jeremiah  21  (M) Illinois
     "       Matthew  18  (M)      "
     "       Panina  14   (F)      "
       "       William  10  (M) Iowa
     "       John   8  (M)    "
     "       Elizabeth   6  (F)    "
     "       Samuel   3  (M)    "
Matthews, Mary  77  (F) Penna.
Smith, Samuel  18  (M) Ohio Farmer

Clinton County, Ohio - 1850 Census

   Dist. No. 182, Chester Township, enumerated Sept. 9, 1850, by Alanson Jones
(p. 561) Sparks, Joseph K.   59  (M) South Carolina  Physician  $5,000 
15-15       "       Abi  41  (F) Ohio
     "       Zachariah  70  (M) South Carolina
Farguhae, Benjamin  19  (M) Ohio School Teacher
     "          Francis  15  (M)    " Farmer
Sparks, Stephen L.   5  (M)    "
     "       Josiah W.   2  (M)    "


(Clinton County, Ohio - 1850 Census, continued:)

   Dist. No. 21, Wilmington P. O., enumerated Aug. 9, 1850, by J. B. Thomas
(p. 385) Hotel         
377-377  Strickle, Jacob W.  39   (M) Ohio Inn Keeper $7,680
     "       Mary  36  (F) Kentucky
Sparks, George  21  (M) Ohio Clerk
                           (Note:  Some fifteen other individuals were listed as guests.)

Holmes County, Mississippi - 1850 Census

[Scanner's Note:  The following persons named Sproles were originally included herein under the mistaken belief that their names were Sparks or Sparkes because of the poor handwriting of the census taker.  See the correction note in Whole No. 61, page 1133. There were no Sparkses in Holmes County Mississippi in 1850.]
(p. 252) Sproles, Wilson R.   30  (M) North Carolina  Farmer  $1500 
351-351        "        Mary A.  25  (F)    "          "
      "       Henry   6  (M) Mississippi
      "        Martha   4  (F)         "
      "        William   2  (M)         " 

352-352 Sproles, Cornelius   25  (M) North Carolina  Farmer  $265 
        "        Elizabeth  24  (F) Mississippi
      "        Mary   4  (F)        "
      "        Thomas 8/12  (M)        "

353-353 Sproles, S. M.   22  (M) North Carolina  Farmer  $500 
        "        Sarah  17  (F) Alabama
      "        Susan F. 3/12  (F) Mississippi

354-354  Sproles, John W.  24  (M) Alabama  Farmer  $600 
        "        Mary D.  20  (F) Mississippi
Skinner, Mycilla   20  (F)        "
Elmore, William   12  (M)        "
Skinner, William    6  (M) Missouri 

355-355 Sproles, Saml. J.   32  (M) North Carolina  Farmer  $400 
        "        Nancy  30  (F) Mississippi
      "        Nicy  12   (F)        "
      "        Richd.   9  (M)        "
      "        Mary E.   6  (F)        "
      "        Nancy A.   4  (F)        "
      "        Elisha M.   1  (M)        "
Riley, Ruth  18  (F)        "

357-357 Rogers, William M.  22  (M) South Carolina  Farmer  $1200 
  Sproles, Solomon  19  (M) North Carolina Farmer

(p. 253) Sproles, Elisha   28  (M) Georgia  Farmer  $1000 
362-362        "        Permelia  28  (F)      "
      "        Timon  12  (M)      "
      "        Margaret   2  (F) Mississippi
      "        Wilson 6/12  (F)        "



(Holmes County, Mississippi - 1850 Census , Continued:)

363-363 Sproles, Solomon H.   25  (M) Alabama  Farmer  $450 
        "        Matilda  25  (F) Mississippi
      "        Mary C.   4  (F)        "
      "        James M.   2  (M)        "
      "        Nancy  62  (F) North Carolina
Morrow, James  23  (M) South Carolina Farmer

366-366 Gober, Elijah C.  33  (M) Mississippi  Farmer  $300 
       "      Mary  37  (F) North Carolina
Sproles, Stephen  16  (M) Mississippi
      "        Mary  14  (F)        "
      "        Sarah  12   (F)        "
      "        Henry   9  (M)        "
      "        Martha   6  (F)        "
Gober, Elijah C.   3  (M)        "
    "       James D. 2/12  (M)        "
Sproles, Rebecca  63  (F) Alabama

395-395 Sproles, Elijahd [?]  27  (M) North Carolina  Farmer   
        "       Nancy C.  19  (F) Mississippi

(p. 255) Sproles, Zachariah   45  (M) South Carolina  Farmer  $800 
403-403       "        Elizabeth  45  (F)     "          "
      "        Sarah J.  15  (F) Mississippi
      "        James  11  (M)        "
      "        John   9  (M)        "
      "        Susan   7  (F)        "
      "        Margaret   5  (F)        "
      "        Claramon 5/12  (F)        "

(p. 261) Sproles, Sarah   33  (F) Mississippi    $240 
491-491        "        Pernicy  13  (F)        "
      "        Solomon  12   (M)        "
      "        Mary   9  (F)        "
      "        Sarah   8  (F)        "
      "        Rachel   5  (F)        "

Walker County, Georgia - 1850 Census

   Taylor Ridge Valley
(p. 392) Sparks, W. G.  41  (M) North Carolina  Farmer  $400 
688-688       "      Nazy  38  (F) South Carolina
      "      Owen D.  18  (M) Tennessee
      "      Jacob S.  14  (M)        "
      "      Susan J.  13  (F)        "
      "      Wm. G.  11  (M)        "
      "      Martha   9  (F)        "
      "      Cyntha   7  (F)        "
      "      Richard   6  (M)        "
      "      Joseph   3  (M) Georgia
Carlisle, John  (M) North Carolina Clerk
Gasnall, Thos. T.  29  (M) Maryland Merchant
      "      Laura   25  (F) Tennessee
      "      Frances    5  (F)        "



Copied by Mrs. Edna Briggs

The Crooked Creek Baptist Church Cemetery is located near Shelbina in Shelby County, Missouri. Several years ago Mrs. Edna Briggs, one of the Association’s charter members, visited this cemetery and copied the tombstone inscriptions pertaining to persons named Sparks. Mrs. Briggs has kindly supplied the Association with a copy of her findings. She reports that other surnames which appear on many of the stones include the following: Threlkeld, Rash, McGruder, Gains, Fitzpatrick, Kirkpatrick, Cutright, Beirly, Smith, Bates, White, Jeter, Pearoy, and Gilbert.

George Ann Sparks 1846-1923.
Zenora, dau. of S.A. & G.A. Sparks, Feb. 16, 1872, 6 mos.
Elizabeth, wife of R.T. Sparks, d. May 1, 1862. 30 years, 4 mos. 7 days.
Infant son of R.T. & LA. Sparks. Oct. 1854. [Stone broken.]
Infant son of G.E. & Maud Sparks. d. Aug. 4, 1881.
Robert F. Sparks, June 1844 - March 1889.
Albert Lewis Sparks, 1855 - 1938.
Robert Sparks, d. Jan. 21, 1872. age 61 years, 6 mos., 6 days.
Newton Sparks, b. June 29, 1856. d. Dec. 20, 1910.
Gabie B., dau. of R.F. & Polina Sparks, Mar. 22, 1869 - Apr. 29, 1885.
Oliver Perry Sparks, Nov. 7, 1847 - Jan. 24, 1918.
Isabell A. Sparks, Nov. 7, 1847 - Aug. 18, 1927.
Elijah T. Sparks, d. June 24 l8--[broken.] 40 yrs. 6 moe. 2 da. [Odd Fellow insignia.]
Lydia J. Sparks, wife of Samuel, b. Feb. 2, 1840, d. May 4, 1863.
William M. Sparks, d. Feb. 18, 1865 age 37 yrs, 10 mos.
Mellie D., dau. of Wm. M. & Mary E. Sparks, d. Aug. 13, 1861. 1 yr.
Jane, wife of H. J. Sparks, Apr. 12, 1816 - Nov. 4, 1885.
Martha A., wife of R.T. Sparks, d. Dec. 12, 1872. age 27 yrs. 11 mos. 14 das. Also infant dau. age 2 das.
Henry J. Sparks, b. Mar. 3, 1808, d. Feb. 28, 1888. age 79 yrs, 10 mos. 26 days. Sarah, wife of Henry J. [stone broken.] Apr. 16, 1821 - Feb. 6, 1865. 43 yrs. 9 mos. 20 das.
Parthesia, wife of Wm. N. Sparks, Sr. d. May 28, 1863. 51 yrs. 9 m. 12 d.
William M. Sparks, d. Nov. 20, 1879. age 73 yrs. 20 mos. 20 das.
Elisa A., dau. of Wm. N.. & Parthesia Sparks, d. Mar. 18, 1865.
James Judson Sparks, b. Mar. 24, 1876, d. Jun. 18, 1906.
Robert T. Sparks, d, Nov. 7, 1904. age 71 yrs. 7 moe. 20 das.
Eliza A. Sparks, d. Dec. 9, 1911. age 74 yrs. 9 mos. 15 das.
Notley M., son of O. & S.A. Sparks. d. Jun. 17, 1879. 23 yrs. 10 m. 22 d.
Jennie, wife of Hugh Sparks, b. Jul. 27, 1862, d. Jul. 11, 1901.
Annie V., wife of Henry O. Sparks, Mar. 6, 1863 - May 10, 1921.
Henry O. Sparks, b. Aug. 21, 1858, d. June 15, 1946.
Susan A. Sparks, b. Sep. 2, 1836, d. Mar. 16, 1915.
Oliver Sparks, b. Jun. 13, 1833, d. Oct. 4, 1862, m. Oct. 12, 1854.

Editor’s Notes on the Above Records

From the above records it is apparent that the members of the Sparks family buried in the Crooked Creek Baptist Church Cemetery were descendants of Robert of Isabella (Ford) Sparks. Robert Sparks was born in Culpeper (now Madison) County, Virginia in 1769. He was a son of John and Phoebe (Smith) Sparks and a grandson of Thomas and Mary (Towlee) Sparks (see the Quarterly of June, 1956, Vol. IV, No. 2, p.136). Robert Sparks and Isabella Ford were married in Madison County, Virginia, on July 18, 1798. They moved to Henry County, Kentucky, about 1810. There Robert Sparks died in 1830 or 1831. In his will, dated Oct. 9, 1830, which was probated in July, 1831,


Robert Sparks mentioned several, but not all, of his children by name. Following is that portion of his will which mentioned his wife and children: “To my dearly beloved wife Isabella after all debts and funeral expenses are paid all my possessions real and personal during her widowhood and good behaviour except as is hereafter disposed of that is to say unto my sons Robert and Oliver and also my youngest daughters Ibby Ann and Betsey each a horse and saddle a piece to make them equal with the others of my children who have had. And moreover when it shall please God to take my dearly beloved wife Isabella I wish that all property in her possession be divided among my children provided if upon division there appears an insufficiency to support my daughter Phebe enough shall be retained for that purpose and I wish that three men of intelligence and unblemished character shall be appointed as commissioners to settle the point of sufficiency. And I do constitute my sons John and William as my executors."  One of the witnesses to Robert Sparks’s will was his uncle, Henry Sparks, of Owen County, Kentucky.

From this will and deeds by which property was sold, it is apparent that Robert and Isabella (Ford) Sparks had the following children: (1) John F. m. Eleanor; (2) William M., m. Parthesia; (3) James P., m. Sarah Krelkeld and moved to Pike Co.,  Mo.; (4) Thomas I.[or J.], m. Maria or Mildred; (5) Henry J., b. 1808, m. Nancy; (6) Robert, b. 1810, m. Martha; (7) Oliver T., m. Elizabeth Locklin 1833; (8) Ibby Ann, m. Isaac P. McConnel in 1837; (9) Elizabeth (or Betsey) A.; and (10)
Phoebe S.

Note that three of the above children, Robert, William M., and Henry I.[or J.] were buried in the Crooked Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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It is a pleasure to report the names of eighteen new members of The Sparks Family

Belding, Mrs. Bettye N., 122 Crestwood Dr., Birmingham 13, Alabama.
Ford, Mrs. W. R., Rhome, Texas.
Gibbons, Mrs. Ethel Sparks, P.O. Box 63, Argyle, Texas.
Hooker, Mrs. Darthula Williamson, Apt. A, Belle Meade Apts., Nashville, Tennessee.
Kelly, Mrs. Stella, 1153 S.W. 7th St., Miami 36, Florida.
Pitcher, Mrs. Max, 1125 Vicentia St., Corona, California.
Sparkes, Samuel Lee, 2708 Westwood Ave., Nashville, Tennessee.
Sparks, Charles Edward, 2437 Hillview Drive, Fort Worth, Texas.
Sparks, Dr. Clyde C., 312 Mayo Arcade, Ashland, Kentucky.
Sparks, Miss Ivora M., Secor, Illinois.
Sparks, Jack B., 1405 H. Street, Renton 2, Washington.
Sparks, John Norvil, 500 4th St. W., Madison, West Virginia.
Sparks, Chaplain (Lt.Col.) John William, U.S. Army Chaplain School, Fort Slocum, New York.
Sparks, Louis Otto, 1261½ Cherokee St., Denver 4, Colorado.
Sparks, Oscar Glenn, 3215 So. Vernon Ave., Dallas 24, Texas.
Sparks, Phyllis Jean, 206 S. Bridge St., Streator, Illinois.
Sparks, Robert Warren, 3117 Melbourn, Ft. Worth 17, Texas.
Sparks, Dr. Samuel Fleming, 7533 Scyene Rd., Dallas 27, Texas.

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