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

VOL. XII, NO. 2  JUNE, 1964

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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 P. Johnson, Historian-Genealogist, Box 531 Raleigh, North Carolina.
      Russell E. Bidlack, Secretary-Treasurer & Editor, 1709 Cherokee Road, 
                                                                                       Ann Arbor, Michigan. (48104)

   The Sparks Family Association was founded in March, 1953, as a non-profit organization devoted to the assembling of and preserving all genealogical and historical material pertaining to the Sparks family in America.  Membership in the Association is open to all persons connected in any way with the Sparks family, whether by blood, marriage, or adoption, and especially to those interested in genealogical and historical research. Membership falls into three classes: Active, Contributing, and Sustaining. Active membership dues are two dollars per year; Contributing membership dues are three dollars per year; Sustaining membership dues are any amount over three dollars.  All members, whether Active, Contributing, or Sustaining, receive THE SPARKS QUARTERLY as it is published in March, June, September, and December. Libraries, genealogical and historical societies, and individuals may subscribe to the QUARTERLY without joining the Association at the rate of two dollars per year. Back issues are kept in print and are available for fifty cents per issue. The first issue of the QUARTERLY was published in March, 1953.  An index for the next five years is in preparation.  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, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


A Biographical Sketch

Chaplain John William Sparks, whose picture appears on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY, is one of the most distinguished members of The Sparks Family Association. During the several years that he has been a member, he has contributed generously both in financial support and in time. We think it appropriate that he be introduced to the other members of the Association.

Chaplain Sparks was born on January 9, 1911, in Washita County, Oklahoma, the son of Thomas Joshua and Lula (Mashburn) Sparks. He was graduated from high school at Rocky, Oklahoma; he received the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939 from Bethel College, at McKenzie, Tennessee. He attended the Cumberland Presbyterian Theological Seminary and received the degree of Bachelor of Divinity in 1942 from the School of Religion at Vanderbilt University. He was ordained by Cherokee Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and has served churches in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

In November, 1942, Chaplain Sparks was called to active duty with the U. S. Army as a. first lieutenant and attended the Chaplain School at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. His first assignment was with the 475th Quartermaster Regiment at Camp Blanding, Florida. From 1944 to 1946 he served in Alaska with transportation units which included duty on the historic Alaska Railroad and a roving assignment from Adak to the Aleutians to Point Barrow. These travels required the use of snow tractors, dog sleds, and flights with the colorful bush pilots.


After a year’s service with the Engineer Test Branch in Yuma, Arizona, Chaplain Sparks was transferred to Bremerhaven, Germany, for hospital duty. In October, 1948, he was assigned to the 351st Infantry Regiment in the Free Territory of Trieste where he served for over three years. In December, 1951, he served at Fort Custer, Michigan, as assistant Post Chaplain and Personnel Center Chaplain, later moving to Fort Knox, Kentucky, with the Personnel Center Unit. In September, 1953, he attended the Advanced Course at the U.S. Army Chaplain School.

In January, 1954, Chaplain Sparks was transferred to the Far East where he served in Korea and later in Japan. In June, 1956, he reported for duty with the staff and faculty of the U .S. Army Chaplain School, Fort Slocum, New York, where he served for four years. The last eighteen months he served as Senior Instructor and Director of Instruction and finally as Deputy Coimnandant.  In August, 1960, he reported for duty as Post Chaplain at Frankfurt, Germany, later becoming Northern Area Conznand Chaplain.

In August, 1963, Chaplain Sparks assumed the duties of Army Chaplain for the five-state Fourth U.S. Army area at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Among his awards and decorations are the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Commendation Ribbon, the TIN Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. In June, 1964, Chaplain Sparks was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by his alma mater, Bethel College, for “outstanding service to the church, the nation, and to higher education.” He is a member of South Texas fresbytery of the Cumber land Presbyterian Church. In addition to interest and activity in civic and religious affairs, Chaplain Sparks is a 32nd degree Mason.

Chaplain Sparks was married to Jacqueline Rays of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, daughter of Walter Francis and Cora Grace (Lowey) Hays, on August 26, 1936, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  Mrs. Sparks was born in Paducah, Kentucky, on January 24, 1916. They have two children: (1) Alice Jacqueline Sparks, born July 3, 1937, at McKenzie, Tennessee; she was married to Norman Richard Johansson in 1956 and they have three children, Karen Leslie, Douglas Kieth, and Kristine Lee; (2) Jon Walter Sparks, born October 16, 1949, in Trieste, Italy.

Thomas Joshua Sparks, father of Chaplain Sparks, was born on March 21, 1877, at Boxley, Newton County, Arkansas. He was married to Sarah Louisa Mashburn on July 9, 1899, at Huntsville, Arkansas. She was born November 25, 1882, the daughter of William H. Mashburn, Presbyterian clergyman, and Rachel Virginia Johnston.

The parents of  Thomas Joshua Sparks were John English and Mary Jane (Grogan) Sparks.  John English Sparks was born on January 6, 1857, in Boxley, Arkansas, and died in September, 1934. His wife, Mary Jane (Grogan) Sparks, was born January 5, 1857, and died on January 21, 1953, at the age of 96. Both were buried at Dutch Mills, Arkansas.

The parents of John English Sparks were Joshua and Catherine (Edgmon) Sparks. Joshua Sparks was born in 1820 in Tennessee; his wife, Catherine, was born in 1819, also in Tennessee. They were married in Roane County, Tennessee, on March 26, 1843. They moved from Roane County, Tennessee, to Newton County, Arkansas, in 1849 or 1850, where Catherine died in 1858. Joshua married (second) in 1862, Emaline Farmer, who died in 1866. In 1869, Joshua Sparks married (third) Sarah Elizabeth Self. There were children by all three marriages. Joshua Sparks died in Newton County about l880.

Joshua Sparks was a son of Richard and Sarah (Peterson) Sparks. Richard Sparks was born in Virginia in 1781 and died between 1860 and 1870 in Arkansas; Sarah, who was born in 1782, probably in South Carolina, was still living with her son, Joshua, in 1870. Richard and Sarah (Peterson) Sparks were the parents of some twelve children. Chaplain Sparks has been gathering information on their descendants for a number of years, and we hope to publish the results of his research in the near future. [NOTE: See Whole No. 63 at pps. 1164-5 for additional information on Richard and Sarah (Peterson) Sparks.]



Copied from the 1850 Census by Carrie Grant Heppen

[Scanner's note:  It was later determined that this list was incomplete and a more complete version can be cound in the December, 1984 edition of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 129 from pages 2690 to 2694.]

The area that became the state of Iowa on December 28, 1846, had been a part of the vast tract called Louisiana sold by Napoleon to the United States in 1803. Except for an occasional explorer or trapper, however, Iowa was rarely visited by white men until about 1830, when settlers began to infiltrate. As the Indians gradually gave up their rights to the land, white men came in ever greater numbers. In 1836, the white population numbered 10,531; it more than doubled during the next two years, and by 1840 had reached 43,112. When the census of 1850 was taken, Iowa had a population of 192,212. These settlers bad come generally from the eastern and southern states and were largely of British ancestry.

From 1812 until 1821, Iowa was a part of Missouri Territory; from 1824 until 1834, it was unorganized; it was then attached to Michigan Territory, but in 1836 it was made a part of Wisconsin Territory. In 1838 it became a territory in its own name, and in 1846 was admitted to statehood.

In 1850, Iowa consisted of 49 counties; some of these counties were subdivided in later years and today there are 99.  The 49 counties in 1850 were: Allamakee,
Appanoose, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Buchanan, Cedar, Clarke, Clayton, Clinton, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Frernont, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Muscatine, Page, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Taylor, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, and Winneshiek.

Persons named Sparks lived in only the following Iowa counties in 1850: Appanoose, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton, Davis, Dubuque, Jasper, Jefferson, and Lee. Of the 192,212 persons living in Iowa in 1850, only 76 were named Sparks.

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 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 andther by comparing the numbers. For example, in Clinton County we know that the family of Joel Sparks and that of Edward B. Sparks appear to have lived side-by-side, since Joel Sparks is numbered 473-482 and Edward B. Sparks is numbered 474-483.

Appanoose County, Iowa - 1850 Census

   Independence Township
 (Vol. 1, p. 24) Census taken on Nov. 13, 1850, by Samuel L. Caldwell.

13-13 Sparks, Daniel P.   34 (M)  (born) Pennsylvania  Farmer  $1,000
       "       Mary A.  22 (F)             Delaware
     "       Daniel P.    2 (M)             Iowa


Appanoose County Iowa - 1850 Census, continued:

   Rochester Township.
 (Vol. 1, p. 34)  Census taken on Nov. 16, 1850, by Samuel L. Caldwell

15-15 Waples, Leah   45  (F) Delaware     
        "      Margaret  17  (F)       "
      "      Edward  10  (M)       "
      "      William    8  (M)       "
      "       Elizabeth    5  (F)       "
Sparks, William  29  (M) Ohio Farmer $100

Cedar County, Iowa - 1850 Census

   Rochester Township.
 (Vol. 1, p. 187) Census taken on September 4, 1850, by J. H. Robinson.

185-185 Sparks, David T.   28  (M) Indiana  Farmer  $600 
       "       Susan E.  22  (F)      "
     "       Albert T.    3  (M) Iowa
     "       Aquilla J. 1/12  (F)    "

    Rochester Township
  (Vol. 1, p. 187) Census taken on September 4, 1850, by J. H. Robinson.

194-194 Sparks, William   23   (M) Indiana  Farmer  $100 
       "       Lucinda  17  (F)      "

Clayton County, Iowa - 1850 Census

    Mendon Township.
  (Vol. 1, p. 352) Census taken August 22, 1850, by Etepolet Price.

659-659 Sparks, James  50  (M) Kentucky Farmer $1,200 
       "      Elizabeth  45  (F)      " 
     "      Allen  27 (M)      "  Farmer $400
     "      Barton  26) (M       "  Farmer $200
     "      James  24 (M)      "  Farmer $300
     "      Harriet  22 (F)      " 
     "      Cyrus  21 (M)      "  Farmer
     "      Joseph  19 (M)      "  Laborer
     "      Rebecca  16 (F)      " 
     "      Henry  14 (M)      " 
     "      Mary  12 (F)      " 
     "      Elizabeth    9 (F)      " 
     "      John    5 (M)      " 

Clinton County, Iowa - 1850 Census

    Bloomfield Township
  (Vol. 1, p. 430) Census Taken October 5, 1850, by J. D. Bourne.

473-482 Sparks, Joel   56 (M)  New York Farmer   
       "       Lydia  56 (F)    "          "
     "       John M.  20 (M)    "          "
     "       William  25 (M)    "          "

474-483 Sparks, Edward E.   27 (M) New York  Farmer  $1,000 
       "       Mary  26 (F) Ohio
     "       George    2 (M)    "


Jasper County, Iowa, 1850 Census, continued:

    District No. 16.
  (Vol. 2, p. 764)  Census taken September 6, 1950, by Cary D. Shelledy.

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

    Fairfield Township.
  (Vol. 3, p. 119)     Census taken October 15, 1850, by R. W. Steele

40-41 Sparks, A. R.   29  (M) Virginia  Druggist  $400 
       "      Sarah Ann  25  (F) Pennsylvania
Markle, Elizabeth  15  (F) Ohio
Bighorn, D. S.  26  (M) North Carolina Speculator
     "       Hannah M.  21   (F) Massachusetts

Lee County, Iowa - 1850 Census

    28th Division.
 (Vol. 3, p. 600)  Census taken September 5, 1850, by Thos. Cherry.
313-313 Sparks, Thomas   36   (M) Iowa (? see note below)  Farmer   
       "       Sarah  36  (F) Iowa
     "       Elizabeth  16  (F)    "
     "       Martha  14  (F)    "
     "       Mary  12  (F)    "
     "       Sarah    7  (F)    " 
     "       Harriet    6  (F)    " 
     "       Louisa    4  (F)    "
     "       Marion 3/12  (F)    "
     "       Ann (Arena?) 3/12   (M)    "
[Note:  Iowa was given as the birth place for all members of this family, but since there were almost
no white settlers in Iowa at the time Thomas and Sarah were born, about 1814, the census taker probably intended Indiana as the birth place of at least the older members of this family.)

     29th Division.
  (Vol. 3, p. 880)  Census taken September 13, 1850, by John M. Newcomb.

797-803 Barber, Luther, Sr.   58   (M) Connecticut  Farmer  $500 
       "      Levia  50   (F)          "
Darrow, Willard   25   (M) New York Farmer
     "        Margaret  17   (F) Ohio
Sparks, William F.    8  (M) Iowa
Anston, Genette  10   (F) Ohio



(Editor’s Note: The following biographical sketch of John W. Sparks was published in 1912 in Vol. II of The Centennial History of Oregon, the S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, page 195. We have no further information on this family and would be much interested in learning where in Ohio his parents, William and Rachel Sparks, lived originally.  Does anyone have information on this family?)

John W. Sparks, one of the best known growers of wheat and alfalfa in the state of Oregon, owns a farm of two thousand acres, located ten miles south of Pendleton on Birch Creek, one of the most productive wheat belts of the state. He was born in Ohio, July 22, 1837, a son of William and Rachel Sparks, both of whom wore natives of Ohio. The family removed to Illinois in 1838, locating first in Adams County. They later removed to Peoria, Illinois, and remained in that locality until they crossed the plains to California, settling in Eldorado County, where the father engaged in mining operations. To this family six children were born, of whom the subject of this review is now [1912] the only surviving member. William Sparks passed away in 1852 and his wife lived until 1898.

John W. Sparks was reared in his father’s home and educated in the public schools. At the age of seventeen he entered upon his career and in March, 1855, set out for California by way of the Isthmus of Panama. Arrived in the gold fields, be engaged in mining from Sacramento and Folsom to Virginia City and the neighboring regions, being thus engaged until 1864. He also owned trains of pack mules for carrying supplies to the mines, at one time having as many as one hundred and six animals thus engaged. He participated in numerous engagements with bands of Indian marauders, whose attacks upon the pack trains often resulted in sharp fighting on both sides. In 1864 he came to Oregon, settling in Umatilla County, where he filed upon a homestead upon which he lived for some time, after which he purchased the farm upon which he now resides. To his original purchase he has steadily added until he now owns a two thousand acre tract devoted to agricultural purposes. He has continued to improve his property during the years of his ownership and has specialized upon the raising of wheat and alfalfa until his is considered to be one of the very best wheat and alfalfa farms in this portion. He has also engaged extensively in the breeding of horses. His place is equipped with the essential buildings and modern farm machinery of every class and description required upon a property of such large proportions.

On May 10, 1872, Mr. Sparks was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Gienger, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Gienger. Mrs. Sparks is a native of Missouri, but her parents moved to Oregon in 1862 and located in the western portion of the state, whence they later moved to Morrow County, where they continued to live until their deaths, which occurred several years ago. To Mr. and Mrs. Sparks five children have been born: Jessie, now the wife of J. D. Muir, of Umatilla County; Orlando L. and Ora, both of whom also reside in Umatilla County; Joy, who is at home with his parents; and Ida, deceased. [Note this was written in 1912.]

Mr. Sparks is in every respect a progressive, representative citizen of the great state of Oregon. During his long term of residence be has proven not only to himself but to the people of his county and state that the soils and climate of Oregon are capable of producing the very highest grades of wheat and alfalfa, and in the demonstration of these facts Mr. Sparks has rendered a very valuable service. In his political views he adheres to the policies of the Republican Party. In addition to attaining success as a farmer Mr. Sparks has been an active participant in matters relating to the development of the social and educational features of his county and state and in every relation of life commands the respect and confidence of his fellowmen in a high degree.



By Paul E. Sparks

(Continued from page 766)


Copied by Paul E. Sparks

Dorcas Sparks & Aaron Fairchild, February 25, 1845. (Book I) Married by Henry Jayne.
Dianah Sparks & Wiley Craft, December 24, 1845. (Book I) Married by Henry Jayne.
William Sparks & Louisa Blevens, September 15, 1855. (Book I) He was aged 22 years; she was
     aged 16. Oath of Daniel Blevens.
Henry Sparks & Mary Conley, November 2, 1857. (Book II, page 32) He was 22 years old; she
     was 16.
Thomas Sparks & Peggy Johnson, August 19, 1858. (Book II, page 42) He was 26 years old;
     she was 21.
Sarah Sparks & Peter Scaggs, October 27, 1858. (Book II, page 44) Witness: Andrew Scaggs.
Lucy Sparks & John Scaggs, December 25, 1858. (Book II, page 48)
Mary Ann Sparks & Layfayette McKenzie, February 17, 1859.
William Sparks & Martha Salyer, December 13, 1859. (Book II, page 58) Witnesses: Elisha
     Sparks and Martin McKenzie.
Jane Sparks & Lemuel G. Janes, June 19, 1860. Witness: James McKenzie. (Book II, page 66)
Nathan Sparks & Elizabeth Craft, June 1, 1861. (Book II, page 82)
Lydia Sparks & Martin McKenzie, April 1, 1859. Witnesses: Elisha Sparks and James McKenzie.
Robert Sparks & Frances Melvinia Carter, August 14, 1865. Witnesses: Daniel Sparks and Daniel
Diana Sparks & Edwin O’Bryan, August 21, 1866.
Jane Sparks & Ransome Lyons, May 16, 1867.
David Sparks & Elizabeth Evans, February 24, 1868. Witness: Robert Sparks.
Nancy Sparks & William J. McKenzie, December 25, 1873, in home of William Sparks. She was
     aged 17 years. Her father and mother both born in Kentucky.
Elizabeth Sparks & James McDowell, February 14, 1874, in home of Matthew Sparks. She was
     31 years old and both her parents were born in Bath County, Kentucky. Marr iage performed in
     home of  Matthew Sparks.
Tillman Sparks & Susie E. Murry, May 6, 1874, in houae of Sam Murry. He was 24 years old; his
     father was born in North Carolina, his mother in Kentucky.
Benjamin Sparks & Nancy Jane Caudill, January 6, 1876. He was 20 years old.
Survilla Sparks & Eslen M. Lyons, February 9, 1877. He was 22 years old, his father’s name was Nickles.
Allen Sparks & Mary Hundley, March 9, 1877, in house of Matthew Sparks. His father born in North
William Henry Sparks & Susan Alley, 1877, in house of William Sparks. Nichelous Sparks &
     Martha J. Williams, May 12, 1877, in house of Robert Sparks.  He was 29 years old, his father
     was born in North Carolina. She was 25 years old, she was born in Russell County, Virginia.
Margaret Sparks & William Mullins, November 4, 1881, in house of Elisha Sparks. She was 20
     years old.

(These records of Sparks marriages in Kentucky will be continued in future issues of the QUARTERLY.)




(Continued from page 783)

THOMAS SPARKS of Montgomery County, Maryland, and Montgomery County, Indiana; born  about 1790 in Maryland. Land Warrant File 36 524-120-55.

On January 21, 1851, Thomas Sparks, a resident of Montgomery County, Indiana, appeared before a notary public named John S. M. Vanbleau to make application for bounty land under the provisions of the Congressional act of September 21, 1850. He stated that he was 61 years old; that he had been a private in Capt. Orrick’s Company in the 41st Regiment of Maryland Militia commanded by Col. William Hutchens in the War of 1812. He stated that he had been drafted at Chincapin Hill in Maryland on or about August 25, 1814, and continued in service until November 12, 1814. He stated that he had not reoeived a written discharge. He signed his application as “Thos. Sparks.”

Records in the Treasury Department confirmed his claim, except that they indicated he was actually discharged on November 31, 1814. He was issued warrant number 27,151 for 40 acres of bounty land.

On April 9, 1855, Thomas Sparks, still a resident of Montgomery County, Indiana, appeared before a notary public named James Heaton to make application for additional bounty land under the new act of March 3, 1855. He gave his age as 65 and stated that he had been drafted at Baltimore County, Maryland. He gave the same information about his service as he had earlier. He signed his name as “Thomas Sparks.” James Baughor (or Baughan ?) and John D. Vanghan signed as witnesses. Thomas Sparks named Congressman J. B. McDonnald as his representative. He was issued warrant number 36,524 for 120 additional acres of bounty land.

(Editor’s note: Thomas Sparks was a son of Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland, and a grandson of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks. (See the QUARTERLY of June, 1958, Vol. VI, No. 2, Whole No. 22, page 298 - - at the time that issue appeared we had not identified Thomas Sparks in Indiana.) On the 1850 census of Montgomery County, Indiana, Thomas Sparks was listed as a resident of Franklin Township. His age was given as 72, whereas in his application for bounty land in 1851 he stated he was 61 years old and in 1855 he stated he was 65. It would appear that the census record was incorrect. Living with Thomas Sparks in 1850 was Jinsey Sparks, aged 47, born in North Carolina, who was doubtlessly his wife. There was also a Jinsey Williams, aged 15, in the family who was probably a relative. Also living with Thomas Sparks in 1850 were the following, probably sons:

                     Andrew Sparks, born about 1823 in Ohio.
                     Thomas     “           “       “    1829 in Indiana.
                     Jonathan    “           “       “    1835 in    “
                     Laban         “           “       “    1837 in    “
                     Walter        “           “       “    1840 in    “

Since the eldest, Andrew J. Sparks, was born in Ohio, it would seem likely that Thomas Sparks moved from Maryland to Ohio, then, between 1823 and 1829, to Indiana.)

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THOMAS SPARKS, of Pittsylvania County, Virginia; born about 1795; married Nancy Wright in 1817.   Land Warrant File 19-145-80-55. Pension File, Surv. C  13-443.

On April 19, 1851, Thomas Sparks, a resident of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, appeared before a justice of the peace named H. G. Daniel to make application for


bounty land under the Congressional act of September 28, 1850. He stated that he was “about 57 years of age;” that he had served as a private in Capt. William Linn’s company in the 7th Regiment of Virginia Militia commanded by Lt. Col. David Saunders in the War of 1812; that he was mustered into service at Beaver’s in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on or about August 16, 1814, for the term of 6 months. He stated that he had been discharged at Camp, Fort Barbour, Norfolk, Virginia, on February 22, 1815, at the expiration of his term. He signed his application by mark. On the same date he appointed A. S. Buford of Pittsylvania County his lawful attorney.

With his application, Thomas Sparks submitted the written discharge that had been issued to him on February 22, 1815, at Camp, Fort Barbour, Norfolk, Virginia, by his captain, William Linn. It was also signed by Col. David Saunders.

Thomas Sparks’s application was approved and he was issued Land Warrant No. 35230 f or 80 acres of bounty land.

On April 6, 1855, Thomas Sparks appeared before a justice of the peace in Pittsylvania County named Greenbery Thornton to make application for additional bounty land under the new act of March 3, 1855. He stated that he was still a resident of Pittsylvania County and that he was 63 years old. He gave essentially the same information about himself as he had in 1851. He again signed his application by mark. James Haizlip and James A. Thomas signed as witnesses (the latter by mark).

Again his application was approved, and Thomas Sparks was issued a warrant for 80 acres of additional bounty land.

On April 24, 1871, Thomas Sparks appeared before the clerk of the Pittsylvania County Court to make application for a pension under provisions of the Congressional act of February 14, 1871.  He declared that he was a resident of the town of Whitmell, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; he stated that he bad been married to Nancy Wright on July 8, 1817, in Caswell County, North Carolina. He gave the same information about his service as he had in 1851, except that he stated he had been drafted and had served under Capt. Nathaniel Wilson as well as William Linn. He again signed by mark. A. G. Pritchett and C. H. Tompkins, both of Pittsylvania County, signed as witnesses. John W. Cole, the postmaster of Pittsylvania Court House, signed a statement that both Pritchett and Tompkins were men of “undoubted good character for truth and veracity.”

Thomas Sparks’s application for a pension was approved on February 28, 1872, in the amount of $8.00 per month. There is nothing in this file to indicate when Thomas Sparks died.

(Editor’ s note: Data on the Sparks family of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, were published in the QUARTERLY of September, 1955 (Vol. III, No. 3, Whole No. 11) and that of March, 1956 (Vol. IV, No. 1, Whole No. 13) Thomas Sparks, whose application was abstracted above, was born about 1795. He apparently was unsure of his age--on the 1850 census his age was given as 50, but the following year, on his application, he stated he was “about 57.”  We cannot be sure of the parentage of Thomas Sparks, although he was probably the Thomas Sparks who was the youngest son of Matthew and Kezia (Stone) Sparks, both of whom had died prior to 1811. Thomas Sparks stated in 1871 that he had married Nancy Wright in Caswell County, North Carolina (which adjoins Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on the south) on July 8, 1817. According to the 1850 census, it would appear that they were the parents of at least the following: (1) Susan L Sparks, born about 1825; (2) Sandy I. Sparks, a son, born about 1828; (3) Jane Sparks, born about 1831; (4) Matthew Sparks, born about 1834; and (5) Mary Sparks, born about 1837.)


THOMAS SPARKS, of Rhode Island and Spencer, Tioga County, New York; died in 1813 at Sacketts Harbor while a soldier in the U.S. Army; married Margaret Cowell February 17, 1812, at Spencer, New York. Bounty Land Warrant File 27 814-160-12 and  Pension File OWW 13 920.

On June 26, 1851, Margaret Sparks, a resident of the town of Spencer, in Tioga County, New York, appeared before James H. Bostwick, a justice of the peace, to make application for bounty land under the Congressional act of September 28, 1850. She stated that she was 65 years old and that she was the widow of Thomas Sparks who had served as a private in a company commanded by a Capt. Batty or Beattie in the War of 1812. She did not know the name of the regiment. She believed that he had enlisted sometime in 1813 at Providence, Rhode Island, for the term of 5 years. She stated that he had remained in service for 2 years when he died. She stated that she had been married to Thomas Sparks in Spencer, New York, in February, 1812, by Joel Barker, a justice of the peace, and that her name before her marriage was Margaret Cowell. She said her husband died at Sacketts Harbour sometime in 1815 (later it was proved he had died in 1813), but she could not recall the month or the day. She stated that she had no proof of her marriage, but that she was still a widow. She signed her application in a clear hand as “Margaret Sparks.”

To accompany her application, Margaret Sparks submitted a statement signed by Jonathan Vorhis and his wife, Betsey Vorhis, aged 63 and 57 respectively, residents of Spencer, on July 28, 1851, swearing that they were well acquainted with Margaret Sparks and had been well acquainted with her husband, Thomas Sparks, in his lifetime, and that they had been present at their marriage in February, 1812. They signed this statement before a justice of the peace named Augustus T. Garey.

Upon receipt of Margaret Sparks’s application, the Commissioner of Pensions asked the Treasury Department for proof of Thomas Sparks’s service. On September 14, 1852, the Treasury Department reported that documents on file there proved that Thomas Sparks had been a private in Capt. William Batty’s company in the 25th Regiment of U.S. Infantry from his enlistment on March 29, 1813, until November 25, 1813, “when he died in the service of the United States.”

When Margaret Sparks submitted her application for bounty land, the Commissioner of Pensions asked for proof regarding all heirs of Thomas Sparks, and on November 18, 1852, a Tioga County judge named W. F. Warner signed a statement that “Olive Sparks is the only child and legal heir of Thomas Sparks.” On November 24, 1852, land warrant no. 27-814 for 160 acres of bounty land was issued to Olive Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Cowell) Sparks.

On September 12, 1853, Margaret Sparks appeared before Presiding Judge Charles P. Avery in Tioga County, New York, to make application for “whatever benefits she may be entitled to and by virtue of the Acts of July 4, 1836, July 20, 1848, and February 22, 1849, or April 16, 1816,” in other words, a pension. She was still a resident of Spencer; she now gave her age as 67. She gave essentially the same information as in 1851, except that she stated Thomas Sparks had served under both Capt. Batty and Capt. Ketchem, and gave his death as November 25, 1813. She also gave the exact date of her marriage--February 17, 1812. Whereas she had signed her application in 1851, she now made her mark. George Crosson and C. P. Avery signed as witnesses.

With her application in 1853, Margaret Sparks submitted a sworn statement made by Lewis Cowell, a resident of Spencer and probably a close relative, dated September 7, 1853, that she .vas the widow of Thomas Sparks. She submitted a similar sworn statement by Henry Miller, also of Spencer, dated September 7, 1853. On September 8, 1853, Jonathan Vorhis, aged 64 and a resident of Spencer, again swore that he


had been present when Margaret Cowell and Thomas Sparks were married on February 17, 1812, at Spencer. Betsey Vorhis signed a similar statement on September 8, 1853, stating that she had also been present at the marriage which had been performed by Joseph Barker, a justice of the peace.

The application of Margaret Sparks was approved and under an act of February 3, 1853, a pension of $3.50 per month for a period of five years was approved effective on September 12, 1858.

The reason why Margaret Sparks submitted so many sworn statements to prove that she had been married to Thomas Sparks was that relatives of Thomas Sparks claimed there had been no such marriage. One of the documents in the file is a court order from Erie County, New York, dated March 24, 1857, appointing Arnold Irons administrator of the estate of Thomas Sparks, who, it was claimed had died intestate 44 years earlier, in 1813. (The purpose of this court order was obviously to gain any benefits to which Thomas Sparks was entitled from the government for his brother and three sisters.) The Court declared that Thomas Sparks had “left no widow or child” and that “his father and mother are dead and Betsey Irons, Sylvia Northrup, Sally Smith, and Henry W. Sparks are his brothers and sisters and the only heirs in law of Thomas Sparks, deceased.”

On February 20, 1858, Betsey Irons, a resident of Hamburgh, Erie County, New York, swore before Nelson Jones, Clerk of Deeds in Erie County, that she was a sister and one of the heirs of Thomas Sparks who had enlisted at Providence, Rhode Island, under Capt. Batty on March 29, 1813, and died in service on. November 25, 1813. As she was advised that for his service there had been allowed and remitted to the administrator of his estate some $87.43, she demanded her share. She stated that at the time of his death, Thomas Sparks was single and left no child, that his parents were dead, and that she, Sylvia Northrup, Sally Smith, and Henry W. Sparks, his sisters and brother, were his only heirs. Christopher Armstrong and Daniel C. Beard, both of Buffalo, signed as witnesses.

Whether Margaret Sparks received any of this service pay or not is unknown, but on February 3, 1858, her five-year pension expired and on March 21, 1859, she applied once more. She now gave her age as 70 years and stated that she had moved from the town of Spencer and was living in the town of Van Etterville in Chemung County. She signed her application by mark before A. T. Ga.rey, justice of the peace. Sheppard Bassett and Isaac Stanclift, both of Spencer, signed as witnesses and swore that Margaret was a widow of Thomas Sparks, “all of which they know from a long and intimate acquaintance with her and her family and its circumstarices and domestic relations.” Also on March 21, 1859, Margaret Sparks again appointed Henry H. Bostwick of Auburn, New York, as her attorney.

On April 13, 1859, Margaret Sparks was again allowed a pension of $3.50 per month effective as of September 12, 1858. There are no subsequent records in this file.

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THOMAS SPARKS, of Salem County, New Jersey, born about 1793, died 1822; married Phebe Mayhew, April 20, 1816. Bounty Land Warrant File 77-970-120-55.

On February 15, 1853, Phebe Sparks, of the township of Upper Pilesgrove, in Salem County, New Jersey, appeared before a notary public named William L. Oleaver (?) to make application for bounty land under provisions of the Congressional act of Sept. 28, 1850. She stated that she was 60 years old and the widow of Thomas Sparks, deceased, who had been a private in a company commanded by Capt. Peter Sanders in the New Jersey Militia commanded by Col. Joshua L. Howell in the War of 1812. She stated that her husband, Thomas Sparks, had been drafted in Salem County for a term


of six months; she did not indicate the date he was drafted, but stated that he had been discharged on December 23, 1814. Phebe Sparks swore that she had been married to Thomas Sparks in Salem County on April 20, 1816, by one John Boqua, a minister of the Gospel, and that her name before her marriage had been Phebe Mayhew. She stated that her husband had died at Upper Penn’s Neck, Salem County, New Jersey, on March 24, 1822, and that she was still his widow. She signed her application as “Phebe Sparks.”

Accompanying this application is a sworn statement of Josiah Ale dated February 22, 1853, that he had served with Thomas Sparks in Capt. Sander’s Company and that he had known Thomas and Phebe Sparks and that they had lived together as man and wife. Also in this file is a sworn statement dated March 24, 1853, by David Sparks to the effect that he was a brother of Thomas Sparks and that he was well acquainted with his brother’s wife, Phebe Sparks, and that she was still his widow.

Phebe Sparks also submitted a certified copy, signed by Samuel Capner, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, of the record of marriage of Thomas Sparks and Phebe Mayhew “in Book B of marriages, page 89, in this office,” as recorded on March 22, 1817. The record reads: “April 20th, 1816, Thomas Sparks & Febe Mahue both of the county of Salem and at. of New Jersey were joined together in wedlock by me. [signed] John Boqua, minister.”

The application of Phebe Sparks was approved and she was issued warrant no. 87681 for 40 acres of bounty land. Records in the Treasury Department proved that Thomas Sparks had served in Capt. Sander’s Company, Col. Joshua L. Howell’s Regiment of New Jersey Militia from September 27, 1814, to December 21, 1814, and that his rank had been sergeant.

On April 17, 1855, Phebe Sparks appeared before a justice of the peace named Charles F. H. Grey, to make application for additional bounty land under the act of March 3,1855. She stated she was now 63 years old, still a resident of Salem County. Edward T. Wase and Jeremiah B. Fox signed as witnesses. Again, Josiah Ale, now 69 years old, swore that he had served with Thomas Sparks in Capt. Sander’s company.

On December 19, 1855, Elizabeth Lloyd, aged 57, a resident of Pilesgrove Township, Salem County, swore that Thomas Sparks had been her brother and that she “was to see Thomas Sparks while he was in camp at Billingsport.” She stated that she knew Thomas and Phebe Sparks were married and she added that she had attended the funeral of Thomas Sparks, her brother, and saw him buried. She signed her name as “Elizabeth Lloyd.”

The application of Phebe Sparks was approved and she was issued a warrant for 120 additional acres of bounty land.

(Editor’s note: Mrs. Albert G. Peters, our authority on the Sparks family of New Jersey, reports that there can be little doubt but that this Thomas Sparks (born about 1793 and died 1822) was a son of Thomas Sparks, born 1760, of Pilesgrove, Salem County, New Jersey, who married Sarah.  The inscription on this elder Thomas Sparks’s gravestone in the Old Pilesgrove M.E. Cemetery at Sharpstown, New Jersey, reads: “Thomas Sparks died May 26, 1801 aged 41.4 years.” That of his wife reads: “Sarah Sparks, wife of Thomas Sparks, died Sept. 6, 1854, aged 86 years.” In his will dated May 20, 1801, the elder Thomas Sparks left all his real and personal property to his wife, Sarah, until his sons should “come of age.” He named his children as: David Sparks, Aaron Sparks, Thomas Sparks, Jesse Sparks, and Elizabeth Sparks.

We have no data on the children of Thomas and Phebe (Mayhew) Sparks.)




On January 5, 1852, Thomas Sparks, a resident of Conway County, Arkansas, appeared before a justice of the peace named Lewis W. Porter to make application for bounty land on the basis of his service in the War with the Creek Indians in 1836. He stated that he was 37 years old; that he had been a private in Capt. James McAdorg’s company in a regiment of mounted volunteers comnanded by Col. L. G. McMillen; and that he was mustered into service on June 19, 1836, for the term of three months or until the war’ ended. He stated that he actually served for 33 days and was honorably discharged at Montgomery, Alabama, on July 21, 1836. He signed his name in a clear hand as “Thomas Sparks”. He submitted his discharge along with his application; it was signed by Capt. James McAdory. Records in Washington proved he had entered service on June 12, 1836. His application was approved and he was issued a warrant for 40 acres of bounty land.

On April 16, 1855, Thomas Sparks applied for additional bounty land under the Congressional act of March 3, 1855. He was still a resident of Conway County, Arkansas, and was now aged 38. He gave essentially the same information about his service as in 1852, except to note that he bad entered service at Montgomery, Alabama. He again signed his name as “Thomas Sparks.” J. W. Willbank and R. S. Cargill, both of Conway County, Arkansas, signed as witnesses. His application was approved and Thomas Sparks was issued a warrant for 120 additional acres of bounty land. (Bounty Land Warrant File 46 414-120-55.)

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(Editor’s note: the following Sparks marriages were copied for us by Helen Rogers McKee from a transcript made by the Central Texas Genealogical Society of Volume I of McLennan County, Texas, marriages.)

        Stephen F. Sparks & Jane M. Journey, 14 April 1856 by John T. Eubank. (p. 5)
        A. E. Sparks & J. O’Hair, 9 August 1856 by J. T. Eubank. (p. 5)
        R. E. C. Sparks & R. M. Deckard, 12 May 1856 by J. W. Smith. (p. 6)
        M. B. Sparks & Marshall King, 23 June 1859 by I. N. Mullens. (p. 10)
        Martha A. Sparks & N. W. Crane, Esq., 17 November 1859 by John Collier. (p. 10)
        Ellen Sparks & M. M. Burgess, 13 March 1862, by N. P. Modrall. (p. 14)
        C. A. Sparks & H. S. McCann, 10 February 1864, by M. Yell. (p. 15)
        Eliza Sparks & I. C. McCoy, 18 January 1865, by Chas. S. Robinson. (p. 16)
        America Sparks & J. H. Dawson, 12 February 1866, by J. J. Riddle. (p. 21)
        J. H. Sparks, Jr., & Mary A. Davis, 4 December 1866, by J. H. Richey. (p. 25)
        Nancy Sparks & Frank Briscoe, 5 February 1867, by J. J. Riddle. (p. 27)
        J. B. Sparks & J. P. Dowell, 26 March 1868, by Rufus C. Burleson. (p. 41)
        Allen Sparks & Mrs. Annie Scott, 28 December 1869, by W. W. Hay. (p. 53)

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        Mary Sparks & Westley W. Arnett, 5 January 1862. (Vol. III, page 148)

        Nancy J. Sparks & Harrison Bradford, 12 October 1867. (Vol. III, page 370)



(Editor’s Note: The following Sparks records were copied by Carrie Grant Heppen from James N. Arnold’s Vital Records of Rhode Island, 1636-1850.

        John Sparks and Abigail were married in Newport County, Rhode Island in 1762 by the Rev. Nicholas Eyres. (Vol. 4, p. 65)

        Edward C. Sparks, age 69 years, buried at St. Mark’s Church, in the town of Warren on September 3, 1860. (Vol. 8, p. 143)

        Samuel Sparks and Rachel Glidding were married December 31, 1818; he was a son of Joseph and Charity Sparks and she was a daughter of John and  Rachel Glidding. This marriage is recorded among “Elder Wright’s Marriages” in the town of Warren. (Vol. 8, p. 350)

        Joseph Sparks and Hannah Glidding were married on November 9, 1828; he was a son of Joseph and Charity Sparks and she was a daughter of John and Rachel Glidding. This marriage is recorded among “Elder Wright’s Marriages” in the town of Warren. (Vol. 8, p. 350)

The following deaths were recorded by Elder Wright in the town of Warren:

        Sparkes, Samuel, aged 5 months, December 11, 1814.
        Sparkes, Samuel, May 12, 1819.
        Sparkes, Amanda, daughter of Samuel Sparks, aged 20 months, October 21, 1822.
        Sparkes, Samuel, son of Samuel Sparks, aged 17 months, died in 1823. (Vol. 8, p. 391)

The following Sparkses were listed in the records of the First Baptist Church of Warren:

        Eliza Kingsley Sparks
        Barney Sparks, born May 5, 1867. (Vol. 8, p. 555)

The following marriages were copied from the records of the State Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Bristol, Rhode Island: (Vol. 8, p. 574):

        Sparks, Rachel J. & Cyrus H. Edson, December 31, 1848.
             "       Lydia w. & James F. Stoughton, January 13, 1850.
             "       Hannah & John N. Burgess, February 3, 1850.
             "      Ann S. & Samuel P. Munro, October 14, 1874.
             "      Mary P. & Eugene A. Rounds, December 15, 1874.

The following baptisms are recorded in the records of Trenity Church, Newport:

        Sparks, Anna Maria, May 2, 1756.

        Sparks, Elizabeth, January 6, 1758.

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In the March, 1964, issue of the QUARTERLY we reported the death of Mrs. Amanda Sparks Lange. We regret that we gave her name incorrectly as “Long.” Mrs. Lange, a native of Denton. Texas, and a daughter of Robert Thomas Sparks, was born April 6, 1898, and died at her home in Wichita Falls, Texas, on March 2, 1964. Among survivors are sisters and brothers, Mrs. Jim George of Denton, Frank Sparks of Aubrey, Ray Sparks of Pilot Point, and Mrs. John Gibbons of Argyle, all in Texas.

[Scanner's note:  Correction made.]



(Editor’s note: The following have been copied for us by Carrie Grant Heppen from a three-volume work in the D.A.R. library in Washington entitled Early Marriage Records of Butler County, Ohio, 1803-1847 by the Ohio Genealogical Records Committee, N.S.D.A.R.)

Isabella Sparks & Samuel Dick, Jr., March 20, 1834, by the Rev. Adam B.Gilliland.
John Sparks & Almira Menel, January 26, 1832, by John Burk, J .P.
Charlotte Sparks & McTheny, September 23, 1836, by Saml. McLean, J.P.
Jeremiah Sparks & Ann Hughs, November 6, 1837, by the Rev. William D. Barrett.
Malinda Sparks & James Love, March 3, 1836, by Richard Easton, J..P.
Rhoda Sparks & Jacob Beard, March 31, 1838, by Samuel McLean, J.P.

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Copied by Carrie Grant Heppen

   (Hanover Township, Dist. No. 193, enumerated October 2, 1850, by F. N. Slack)
 (page 305 or 153)

493-500 Hueston, Wm   44 Ohio  Farmer  $25,400 
        "        Hester  38    "
      "        Joseph    1    "
Gestus, Mary  17 Germany
     "      Eliza  15        "
Sparks, John  22 Maryland Laborer
Stuart, Wm.  34 Ireland      "
Sprigg, Samuel  30 Maryland      "
Kemp, Samuel  19 Delaware      "
       -501 Kennedy, Wm  22 Ireland      "
McCoy, John  19      "      "

   (Milford Township, Dist. No. 193, enumerated November 28, 1850, by F. N. Slack)
 (page 426 or 214)

1380-1398 Sparks, Thomas   50 Maryland  Farmer  
       "       Mary  40        "
     "       Wm.  20        "
     "       Cassandra  15 Ohio
     "       Francis  10    "
     "       Phillip    8    "
     "       Sarah    6    " 
     "       Mary E.    3    "

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Copied by Carrie Grant Heppen

                                           (Upper Sandusky, District No. 60, enumerated October 31, 1850, by Azariah Root) (page 646)
                                        (page 646)

203-1630 Sparks, Henry   35  Canada  Farmer   
       "       Lucy  40 New York
     "       Lucy A.  15 Canada
     "       Willard  13      "
     "       Aurelin  12       "
     "       Margery    8      "
     "       Farmilla    5 Ohio 
     "       Rebecca    3    "


[NOTE:  The last six names in the above family actually appeared on page 825 of the QUARTERLY.]


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     (West Union Township, District No. 5, enumerated August 29, 1850, by James Sparks)
  (page 274, Vol. 1)

1313-1313 Sinton, Mary   65  (F) Ireland    $1500 
  Sparks, Mary  20  (F) Ohio
     "       George B.  19 (M)    " Student

   (page 280)

1358-1358 Sparks, Mary   50  (F) Ohio    $1500
       "       John  24  (M)    " Merchant $700
     "       Salathiel  20  (M)    "
     "       George  18  (M)    "
     "       Grace  15  (F)    "
Hasshey, Thomas  22  (M) Pennsylvania Carpenter
     "          Mary A.  23  (F) Ohio

     (Winchester Township, District No. 5, enumerated September 2, 1850, by James Sparks
  (page 317 or 159, Vol. 1)

1633-1633 Sparks, Catharine   73   (F) Pennsylvania     
       "       Abner  38  (M) Ohio Farmer
     "       John O.  30   (M)    " Carpenter

   (page 323 or 162, Vol. 1)

1676-1676 Sparks, James   45  (M) Pennsylvania Inn Keeper $300 
       "       Rebecca A.  42  (F) Kentucky Keeps house
Shriver, William  26  (M) Ohio Farmer
Hufman, Mary  20  (F) Pennsylvania
Monrer(?), James  17  (M) Kentucky
Harris, Richard B.  11  (M)        "
Eylor, Joseph  26  (M) Ohio Saddler
Turne(?), Charles  22  (M) New Jersey Coach Driver
Nickel, Henry  21  (M) Ohio Coach Driver
Sparks, John  25  (M)   " None
Hay, Berry  42  (M)   " Trader
 "      Elizabeth M.  20  (F)   "
 "      Martha  16  (F)   "
Day, John  14  (M)   "
 "      Catherine  10  (F)   '
 "      Abbot    7  (M)   '
Foster, Samuel  49  (M)   '



     (Winchester Township, District No. 5, enumerated September 4, 1850, by James Sparks)
 (page 345 or 173, Vol. 1)
1822-1822 Sparks, Jonathan B   32   (M) Ohio  Carpenter  $1,000 
       "       Rebecca  32  (F)   "
     "       Cynthia A.  11  (F)   "
Wright, Joseph  40   (M)   "

     (Scott Township, district No. 5, enumerated September 23, 1850, by James Sparks)
 (page 438 or 220, Vol. 1)
2437-2437 Sparks, Levi   24   (M) Ohio  Farmer  $1,000 
       "       Nancy  22  (F)    "
     "       Rebecca    1  (F)    "

     (Same township and district, enumerated September 24,1850, by James Sparks)
 (page 441 or 221)
2463-2463 Sparks, Ezra   55   (M) Pennsylvania Farmer  $7,000 
       "       Mahala  49  (F) Virginia
     "       Solomon  29  (M)  Ohio
     "       John  28  (M)   "
     "       Robert  21  (M)   " Farmer
     "       Mary  19  (F)   "
     "       Catherine  16  (F)   "
     "       Cutley(?)  15  (F)   "
     "       Ezra  12  (M)   "
Dugan, James  10  (M)   "
   "        Abbertine    4  (F)   "

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We regret to report the death of Leonard Jesse Sparks of Fresno, California, father of one of our active members, Gerald J. Sparks. Leonard Jesse Sparks was born on August 1, 1884, in St. Paul, Nebraska, where he lived for many years. Twenty-two years ago he moved to Southern California and for the past eleven years he has lived in Fresno. Ho died on May 26, 1964, and was buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Fresno. Surviving are his son, Gerald J. Sparks of Manhattan Beach, California; a sister, Mrs. Effie Madison of Anaheim, California; a brother, George Newton Sparks, of Lucerne Valley, California; and two grandchildren, Daniel and Cheryl Sparks.

Leonard Jesse Sparks was one of ten children of Jasper N. and Margaret Ellen (Gregory) Sparks, who ‘were married on April 17, 1875. Jasper N. Sparks was born March 25, 1847, in Indiana; be was a son of Temple T. Sparks and Mary Ann (Rogers) Sparks who were married on March 26, 1843 in Franklin County, Indiana.

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Mrs. Gerald J. Sparks of 1746 6th St., Manhattan Beach, California (90267), daughterin-law of Leonard Jesse Sparks, whose obituary appears above, has been attempting to trace her husband’s Sparks ancestry, but has been unable to discover the parentage of Temple T. Sparks, her husband’s great-grandfather. It is known that Temple T. Sparks was married to Mary Ann Rogers in Franklin County, Indiana, on March 26, 1843. This county is near the Ohio border and Temple Sparks may have been a resident of


either Indiana or Ohio. We have not been able to locate the family on the 1850 census. About 1858 or 1859, however, Temple Sparks moved with his family to Tama County, Iowa, where they were enumerated on the 1860 census. The birth place of Temple Sparks was given then as Kentucky, while that of his wife was given as Ohio. His children born before 1860 were listed as having been born in Indiana. Temple Sparks died in Oakland, Oklahoma, in 1898 or 1902. He and his wife were the parents of the following children:
     (1) Alonzo Sparks, born January 10, 1845; died 1856.
     (2) Jasper N. Sparks, born March 25, 1847; died 1931; married Margaret Ellen Gregory.
     (3) Leonard Sparks, born April 28, 1850; died 1918; married (1st) Hester N. Brook; (2d) Elmira
          (Gregory) Lewis.
     (4) Sarah Jane Sparks, born January 10, 1852; died 1875; married John Farley.
     (5) Melisa Sparks, born November 26, 185-; died 1856.
     (6) Melinda Sparks, born July 6, 1857; died 1860.
     (7) James H. Sparks, born October 29, 1859,
     (8) Francis N. Sparks, born June 22, 1863; died 1889; married Mary B. Dove.

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We regret to report the passing of Jerimy N. Sparks of Lucerne Valley, California, who had been a member of the Sparks Family Association for many years.

Jerimy N. Sparks was born August 6, 1880, in Boone County, Iowa, and left this life on April 17, 1964, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife, Nina L. Sparks, his sister, Mrs. Dorothea James, a daughter, Mrs. Florence Steffen, and two grandsons, Richard and Loren Steffen.

During World War I, Jerimy N. Sparks served in France with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. After the war, he attended the Garrett Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, to study for the ministry. For several years be was pastor of three rural churches in Kansas at the same time. In 1915 he drove with his family from Kansas to Los Angeles. Here he helped to establish the First Methodist Church where he was a member for many years. In October 1939 he and his wife, Nina, moved to Lucerne Valley, Calif., and lived in a tent while building their own home. Shortly after that, they, along with Mr. & Mrs. Miller and Mr. Conrad established, the United Church of Lucerne Valley, presently known as the Calvary Bible Church. At one time this church held their services in the Sparks home for a two-year period. In the construction of the church buildings, Mr. Sparks donated many hours of labor and did more of the work than any one individual.

Mr. Sparks always had a great interest in missionary work throughout the world. In 1914 ho helped establish a school for boys in Hyd.rabad, India, which today has some 3500 students. He has always encouraged the ministry of world-wide missions and in the last few years he and his wife have supported a Korean orphan under the World Vision Orphanages. His home throughout the years in Lucerne Valley was always open to missionaries and many church fellowship potlucks, parties and meetings were held there.

Funeral services for Mr. Sparks were held on April 20 at the Calvary Bible Church, the Rev. Russell L. Sloan officiating. The Rev. Bob Allen, missionary under the Sudan Interior Mission and friend of the family for many years led in prayer.

Shortly before her husband’s death, Mrs. Sparks submitted records of his branch of the Sparks family. Your editor regrets that it is not possible to publish this article in the QUARTERLY prior to Mr. Sparks’s death. It will appear in the near future.

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