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

VOL. XIII, NO. 2 JUNE, 1965 

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And their five oldest children:

                                               Nathan Russell Sparks, born 1880
                                               Marion Andrew Sparks, born 1882
                                               Nancy Caroline Sparks, born 1884
                                               Mary Etta Sparks, born 1886
                                               Millie Sparks, born 1889

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

      Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 N. Hite Ave., Louisville, Kentucky.
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                                                                                  Ann Arbor, Michigan. (48104)

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   organization devoted to the assembling of and preserving of genealogical and 
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   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 covering the first five years (1953-1957) has been published and is
   available for $1.00. An index for the next five years is in preparation.  The
   editor of THE QUARTERLY from March, 1953, to September, 1954, was 
   Paul E. Sparks; since September, 1954, the editor has been Russell E.
   Bidlack. The QUARTERLY is printed at the Edwards Letter Shop, 711 N. 
   University Ave,  Ann Arbor,  Michigan.


By Agnes Sparks Jaynes

On the cover of this issue of the Quarterly appears a photograph of William Wiley Sparks and his wife, Penelope Keller, with their first five children. This picture was taken about 1893 and has been furnished by Agnes Sparks Jaynes of 327 West 7th Street, Long Beach, California. Mrs. Jaynes is a daughter of William Wiley and Penelope (Keller) Sparks and is anxious to learn more about this branch of the Sparks family.

William Wiley Sparks was born on March 2, 1854, in Pike County, Arkansas, and died on April 6, 1930, in Snyder, Oklahoma. Mrs. Jaynes believes that his father's name was Andrew Russell Sparks and that his mother’s name was either Caroline Osborne or Caroline Larkin. It is believed that William Wiley Sparks had brothers named Green Sparks and Marion Sparks.

William Wiley Sparks was married to Penelope Keller on June 27, 1878, in Franklin County, Arkansas. She was born on October 18, 1860, in Franklin County, Arkansas, and died on October 16, 1952, at Hunting Beach, California. She was a daughter of Nathan and Nancy (Stone) Keller. William Wiley Sparks and Penelope Keller were the parents of nine children, all born in Branch, Franklin County, Arkansas.


Children of William Wiley and Penelope (Keller) Sparks:

(1) Nathan Russell Sparks, born June 6, 1880; died Jan. 1, 1948; he married Lizzy Vest on Jan. 10, 1904.
(2) Marion Andrew Sparks, born Feb. 28, 1882; he married Cleme Hunter about 1905.
(3) Nancy Caroline Sparks, born Feb. 10, 1884.
(4) Mary Etta Sparks, born Oct. 28, 1886.
(5) Millie Sparks, born Feb. 9, 1889; she married Bill Champion about 1913.
(6) Ora Viola Sparks, born Oct. 5, 1896; she married Thomas King Feb. 18, 1912.
(7) Agnes Sparks, born Jan. 12, 1900; she married Anderson Keykendall Oct. 25,1914; she married (2d) Orville Sidney Jaynes on Sept. 12, 1943.
(8) Millard McKinley Sparks, born Jan. 8, 1903; he married Gene Tarpley on Oct. 9,1918.
(9) Marvin Sparks, born Jan. 4, 1906; died Oct. 9, 1906.
Mrs. Jaynes would be very pleased to hear from anyone with information on the ancestry of William Wiley Sparks.

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Following is a record of the Sparks families living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when the 1850 census was taken. These have been copied by Carrie Grant Heppen.

City of Philadelphia, Cedar Ward
(Vol. 50, p. 138(70) Census taken by Henry Quanten on Aug. 24, 1850) House 787, Family 1205

Blisset, David 46  (M) Delaware  Laborer  
         "     Sarah 49 (F) Jersey
       "     David M.    8  (M) Pennsylvania
Family 1206
Sparks, John 26  (M) Jersey  Laborer
     "        Rebecca 24 (F) Pennsylvania
Cullen, Rachel 30 (F)           "

City of Philadelphia, South Mulberry Ward
(Vol. 51, p. 489(245) Census taken by R. Sheaffsmitt on Aug. 3, 1850)
House 393, Family 455

Sparks, Sarah   70 (F) Pennsylvania Gentlewoman $4000
         "      Samuel  50 (M)           " Merchant
       "      Elizabeth  37  (F) Delaware
Henderson, Sarah  18 (F) Ireland  Domestic

City of Philadelphia, North Mulberry Ward
(Vol. 51, p. 878(421) Census taken by Tho. Moore on Aug. 16, 1850) House 1291, Family 1439

Sparks, Peter  46  (M)  Pennsylvania    
        "       Harriet  45 (F)              "
      "       George Ann (sic)  17 (M)              "
Cummiskey, Mary  25 (F) Ireland

City of Philadelphia, Dock Ward
(Vol. 51, p. 472(942) Census taken by A. G. Duhainel on Sept. 4, 1850) House 271, Family 316

Sparks, Thos.   50  (M)  Pennsylvania  Shoe(shot?) Manuf.
       "        Eliza   45 (F)           "
Donaldson, Sophia   40  (F)           "
Macdonald, Maria  21 (F)  Ireland
McGuire, Sarah  20 (F)      "



By: Flossie Sweaney

In the September, 1962, issue of The Sparks Quarterly appeared an abstract of the documents on file in the National Archives relating to the application of Anna Sparks for bounty land. This claim was based on the service of her husband, Richard Sparks, in the War of 1812. From these and other records, we know that Richard Sparks was a resident of Iredell County, North Carolina, when he volunteered during the War of 1812, and that he continued to live there until sometime in the 1850’s. When he died on October 19, 1836, however, Richard Sparks was living in Jefferson County, Tennessee. About 1840, Anna, widow of Richard Sparks, moved with her family to Wright County, Missouri.

One of the children of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks was a daughter named Senith (called Siney), who was born about 1810. She was married to Wade P. Bradshaw while the family was living in Tennessee, and when her mother moved to Wright County, Missouri, about 1840, she, with her husband and children, accompanied her. Following is a record of the known descendants of Senith (or Siney) Sparks and her husband, Wade P. Bradshaw.

1. Benjamin Bradshaw, son of Wade P. and Senith (Sparks) Bradshaw, was born about
1835 in Tennessee [Scanner's note::  This birthdate was corrected to 1832 on page 925, Whole
Number 51 of the Quarterly.]. He was a doctor and married two or three times. His last
wife was Cindy Hughes. Children by his first wife were:

(1) Wade Bradshaw.
(2) Katherin Bradshaw, married Henry Hopkins.
(3) Sarah Bradshaw, married George McCallister.
2. Elizabeth Bradshaw, daughter of Wade P. and Senith (Sparks) Bradshaw, was born in
1837 in Tennessee. She married Tom Jarrett. They had the following children:
(1) Eli Jarrett.
(2) John Jarrett, married Isabell Caudle. Their children were:
(A) Mamie Jarrett, died about 1918. She was married to Burt Purtle and had a
daughter named Bonnie Purtle.
(B) Zenna Jarrett, married Millard Taunt.
(C) Zada Jarrett.
(D) Macey Jarrett, married Joe Huffinan. Their children are J. R. Huffman and
Bernice Huffman.
(E) Orla Jarrett, died with T.B.
(F) Robert Earl Jarrett, married first Christine Sawyer; they were the parents of
Majorie (Jarrett) Ward and Beverly (Jarrett) Cook. He married, second,
(G) Cecil Richard Jarrett, born Feb. 28, 1908. He married Jewell Pullen on
Feb. 26, 1932. Children:
(a) Robert Joseph Jarrett, born Dec. 2, 1932, married Lucille Roberts, June 26, 1953. They have children named Michel Joe Jarrett, born Feb. 4, 1955; Stephen Robert Jarrett, born Nov. 23, 1957; and Karren Sue Jarrett, born Nov. 18, 1959.
(b) Nellie Ann Jarrett, born May 12, 1934, married Bill Leland. Their children are Richard Allen Leland, born Mar. 4, 1954; William Luther Leland, born Apr. 23, 1957; and Jeffery Clay Leland, born July 8,1962.
(c) Lois May Jarrett, born May 5, 1935, married George Reed, July 2, 1958.

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Elizabeth Bradshaw Jarrett
Joseph Bradshaw, Born 1837
Born 1837
with Grandchildren
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Martha Bradshaw Owens 
Sarah Bradshaw, Born 1850
Born 1846
with Husband, Isaac Owens
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Children of Cecil Richard Jarrett, continued:
(d) John Henry Jarrett, born Sept. 10, 1958, married Annetia Morris July 3, 1958. They have a son named John Bruce born in August, 1962.
(e) Paul Allen Jarrett, born Oct. 30, 1944, married Susan Richerdson on June 26, 1964.
(f) Geroldine Jarrett, born March 19, 1946, married Jimmy Moore.
(3) George Jarrett, son of Tom and Elizabeth (Bradshaw) Jarrett, married Laura Killfoey.
(4) Ace Jarrett, son of Tom and Elizabeth (Bradshaw) Jarrett, married, first, Hulda ; they had a daughter named Zel la Jarrett. He marr ied, second, Emma Caudle, and had a daughter named Agness Jarrett who married Richard Trottin.
3.Joseph Bradshaw, son of Wade P. and Senith (Sparks) Bradshaw, was born May 6, 1837, in Tennessee. He married Pearlie -----. They had three sons and two daughters. His wife and three sons died of typhoid fever. The fright of this dreaded disease caused people to refuse to help and Joseph had to bury his family by himself. His two daughters were:
(1) Siney Bradshaw, married George Hurt. They had at least two children, Johnny Hurt and Molissia Hurt.
(2) Martha Bradshaw, married John Street. She died March 19, 1956, following and automobile accident. Their children were:
(A) Dora Elizabeth Street, died at the age of 7.
(B) Jennie Stella Street, born April 10, 1901; she married, first, Oron Tucker, and, second, Laverrie Black. She died April 16, 1956.
(C) Alta Joe Street, born June 25, 1903. She married Arlis Henegar.
(D) Leonard Alva Street, born March 21, 1906. He married Goldie Steel.
(E) Lawrence John Street, born July 16, 1908. He married Lula Miller.
(F) Gladys Lucinda Street, born Dec. 24, 1910. She married Winferd Gray.
(G) Lola Bell Street, born May 21, 1915. She married Willie McCollough.
(H) Mary Anna Docas Street, born May 29, 1918. She married Wallace McCoullough.

4. Richard Bradshaw, son of Wade P. and Senith (Sparks) Bradshaw, was born in 1839 in Tennessee. No further information.

5. William Bradshaw, son of Wade P. and Senith (Sparks) Bradshaw, was born in 1842. He married Senith Brutton; they were the parents of the following children:

(1) Jim Bradshaw, married Laura Shackford; they had two daughters:
(A) Myrtle Bradshaw, married Oscar Kidd.
(B) Mabel Bradshaw, married Wilbur Thomas.
(2) Frank Bradshaw, married Lizzie Monohand.
(3) Paul Bradshaw, killed in service during the first World War.
(4) Pansy Bradshaw, married Okra Owens.
(5) Walter Bradshaw, married Kelley Kirk.
(6) Logan Bradshaw married Alice Street. Their children were Eunice Bradahaw and
Carl Bradshaw. Carl was killed in the second World War.

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(Children of William Bradshaw continued)

(7) Molly Bradshaw, married Ish Cottengim. Their children were:
(A) Bessie Cottengim, married Newt Claxton.
(B) Billy Cottengiin, married Verba Preston.
(C) Denver Cottengim, married Pearl Ridyens.
(8) Zada Bradshaw, married Wess Scott.
(9) Jenny Bradshaw, married John Sanders.
(10) Verba Bradshaw, married Joe Turgon.
6. Martha Bradshaw, daughter of Wade P. and Senith (Sparks) Bradshaw, was born in
1846 in Missouri. She married Henry Owens, and they were the parents of the following
(1) Harrison Owens, deceased.
(2) John Owens, married Bessie Long.
(3) Quince Owens, married Maggie Long.
(4) Jim Owens, married Ellar Moore.
(5) Arthur Owens, deceased.
(6) Dora Owens, married Charlie Sanders.
(7) Thulie Owens, married Fate Scott.
(8) Ada Owens, married Amos Sanders.
7. Anna Bradshaw, daughter of Wade P. and Senith (Sparks) Bradshaw, was born in 1848 in Missouri. She married Sanders.

8. Sarah Bradshaw, daughter of Wade P. and Senith (Sparks) Bradshaw, was born September 4, 1850, in Wright County, Missouri. She died in 1956. She married, first, -----Jarrett, and they had one son, Pierson Jarrett.

(1) Pierson Jarrett was born Aug. 25, 1872, in Norwood, Missouri.; he was killed by a train in Chanute, Kansas, on Aug. 28, 1915. He married, first, Vick Williams; they had one son, Shelley Jarrett, who died as a teenager. Pierson Jarrett married, second, Myra Ridyens, and they had one son, named Charlie Jarrett.
Sarah Bradahaw married, second, Isaac Owens, a widower who had been married to Rachel Seagraves and was the father of two children, William Owens who married Hiley Forrest, and William Owens. Isaac and Sarah (Bradshaw) Owens reared the three children left by William following his death in Idaho (he was killed by a horse). These three grandchildren were Elmer Owens, Donald Owens, and Iva Owens. Isaac and Sarah
(Bradshaw) Owens were the parents of seven children, as follows:
(1) Britton Elisha Owens, son of Isaac and Sarah (Bradshaw) Owens, was born Aug.2, 1878, in Norwood, Missouri; he married Janie Wilson; they had the following children:
(A) Owen Owens, unmarried, he lives in Mountain Grove, Mo.
(B) Lamer Owens.
(C) Lester Owens, died in an automobile accident.
(D) Chester Owens, twin to Lester.
(2) Frank Henry Owens, son of Isaac and Sarah (Bradshaw) Owens, was born March 14, 1882, in Norwood, Mo. He married Hannah Moore and they had the following children.
(A) Ona Owens, born June 25, 1904, in Norwood, Mo. She married Sam Caudle. They had one daughter, Beulah Caudle, who married Joe Kerns, now living in Exeter, Calif.
(B) Earl Owens.
(C) Denver Owens.
(D) Gladys Owens.
(E) Sarah Owens.
(F) Bessie Owens.
(G) Lona Owens.
(3) James Isaac Owens, son of Isaac and Sarah (Bradahaw) Owens, was born Jan.
27, 1884, in Norwood, Missouri. He married Lulah Harrington. Their children were:
(A) Norman Owens, married Wilma Ramsey, Jan. 20, 1927. They live in Warm,
Okla., and have the following children:
(a) Jimmy Owens, who was killed in a hunting accident in 1948.
(b) Norma May Owens, who married Chester Stevens; they live in Tyro, Kansas.
(c) Alice Adell, married Eldon Thomas.
(d) Davis Dean Owens.
(e) Cecil Norman Owens.
(B) Leon Owens, married, first, Anna Mae Jones, deceased. He married,
second, Dorris. No children, They live in Ramona, Okla.
(4) Benjamin Owens, son of Isaac and Sarah (Bradshaw) Owens, was born Feb. 28,
1886;  he married Arizona Cartwright. He is a Free Will Baptist minister. Children:
(A) Jessie Owens.
(B) Florence Owens, married John Rattrree.
(C) Ruth Owens, married Otto Akers. Ruth is deceased.
(D) Tommy Owens.
(E) Morris Owens.
(F) Robert Owens.
(G) Lige Owens.
(H) Fern Owens, married Clyde Rattrree, of Houston, Mo.
(I)   Ruby Owens, married Leo Beesley, of Grandview, Mo.
(5) John Joseph Owens, son of Isaac and Sarah (Bradshaw) Owens, was born on
Feb. 17, 1888, at Norwood, Mo. He married, first, Frances Myrtle Caudle, daughter
of George Pleasant and Lucy (Bennett) Caudle, on Dec. 18, 1908. They were the
parents of three children:
(A) Alta Owens, born Dec, 23, 1909, died April 21, 1915.
(B) Dalta Owens, twin of Alta, born Dec. 25, 1909, died April 21, 1915. (Alta and
Dalta died one hour apart with membrainous croup and were buried at Caudle Cemetery in Norwood, Mo.)
(C) Flossie Alberta Owens, born June 12, 1915, at Norwood, Mo. By her first marriage she had two children:
(a) Berta Joan Miller, born Feb. 24, 1935, at Vera, Okia. She married Robert Torbett on Sept. 21, 1963.
(b) Jack Warren Miller, born Feb. 4, 1955, at Verar, Okla. He married Ellen Roberta Swift on June 12, 1954, at Collinsville, Okla. Children:
(1) Jackie Kent Miller, born Apr. 10, 1955.
(2) Gary Lynn Miller, born Sept0 13, 1957.
(3) Timothy Jay Miller, born Dec. 26, 1962.
Flossie Alberta Owens married, second, James Eugene Sweaney, on Nov. 11, 1941. No children. (Mrs. Sweaney is the compiler of this record of the descendants of Senith (Sparks) Bradshaw; her address is Box 34, Vera, Okla.)
John Joseph Owens married, second, Perllia Mae Ramsey on Nov. 4, 1920, in Norwood, Mo. Mae is the daughter of Davis Ramsey and Myrtle Crawford. They have four children:
( A) Jason Edgar Owens, born May 19, 1922, in Norwood, Mo. He married Margaret McAfee on Jan. 18, 1947, in Sedan, Kansas. Their children arelisted on the following page:
Children of Jason Edgar and Margaret (McAfee) Owens:
(a) Emilie Kay Owens, born Feb. 17, 1948.
(b) Teresa Jan Owens, born Oct. 2, 1951.
(c) Jason Lee Owens, born May 3, 1955.
(d) Mark David Owens, born Sept. 20, 1959.
(B) Agness Pauline Owens, daughter of John Joseph and Perllia Mae (Ramsey) Owens, was born Jan. 9, 1929, in Norwood, Mo. She married Henry William Lawrence on May 17, 1946, at Howard, Kansas. Henry is the son of Marshall Henry and Sarah Katherine (Wachteous) Lawrence. Pauline and Henry have two children:
(a) Gwendolyn Pauline Lawrence, born Jan. 17, 1948.
(b) Charles Henry Lawrence, born July 13, 1952.
(C) Zelma Ilean Owens, daughter of John Joseph and Perllia Mae (Ramsey) Owens, was born July 7, 1932, at Vera, Okia. She married on June 5, 1948, at Bartlesville, Okla., Charles Wayne McMillian, son of Charles Bradford and Gertrude (Hopkins) McMillian. They have three children:
(a) Ronald Wayne McMillian, born Dec. 22, 1948.
(b) Michael Joe McMillian, born July 22, 1950.
(c) Johnny Charles McMillian, born Feb. 29, 1952.
(D) Jimmie Donavan Owens, son of John Joseph and Perllia Mae (Ramsey)
Owens, was born Aug. 5, 1945, in Tulsa, Okla.
(6) Amanda Elizabeth Owens, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Bradshaw) Owens, was born Sept. 23, 1891. She married Lee Rufus Harrington in Norwood, Mo., on March 19, 1912. Their children were:
(A) Iva Harrington, drowned in 1926 in a flood at Vera, Okla.
(B) Itis Harrington, born Aug. 23, 1914; married Chester Stewart on Dec. 24, 1931. Their children are:
(a) Bettie Sue Stewart, married James Baldwin; they have a daughter named Dana Jay Baldwin.
(b) Billie Lynn Stewart, married James Deakin.
(C)Twin daughters, who died at birth on Feb. 10, 1917. Their mother,  Amanda,
(D) also died at the birth of these twins.
(7) Fred Lincoln Owens, son of Isaac and Sarah (Bradshaw) Owens, was born Nov. 18, 1893, at Norwood, Mo. He married Itis Ramsey, daughter of Davis and Myrtle (Crawford) Ramsey. Their children were:
(A) Ira Isaac Davis Owens, born Jan. 12, 1914, at Norwood, Mo. He is a Free Will Baptist minister. He married Bernice Clifton and they have the following children:
(a) Carl Dean Owens, married Sharon Kay Brown.
(b) Billy Earl Owens, married Joan Vickers.
(c) Leo Owens, married Ann Winton.
(d) Paul Lincoln Owens.
(B) Verba Leona Owens, born Aug. 7, 1915, at Norwood, Mo. She married Norman Lee Gaugler, Sr., of Talala, Okia. Their children are:
(a) Norman Lee Gougler, Jr., married Judy Deen; they have one child,
Gena Gougler.
(b) Bobby Gougler, married Julia Ruminer on July 25, 1964.
(C) Nellie Marie Owens, born Nov. 29, 1917. She married Raymond Stout of Vera, Okla.. Their children are:
(a) Alberta Stout, married Jimmy Hughes; they have children named Sandy
Sharon, Delores, and Ruth.
(b) Gayle Stout, married Ronda Bingham. They have a son named Mark
(c) Lewis Ray Stout.
Children of Fred Lincoln and Itis (Ramsey) Owens, continued:
(D) Ernest Edgar Owens, deceased; buried in Spillman Cemetery, Norwood, Mo.
(E) Fred Lincoln Owens, Jr., deceased; also buried in Spillman Cemetery.
(F) Arthur Alson Owens, born July 19, 1922, at Norwood, Mo.; died at the age of 19 and is buried at Buck Creek Cemetery, Talala, Okla.
(G) Lucille Mae Owens, married Kenneth CarlLong. Their children are:
(a) Donald Carl Long.
(b) Fred Lincoln Long.
(c) Gary Long.
(H) Maxine Zelma Owens, married Paul Thompson. Their children are:
(a) Jackie Thompson.
(b) Debbie Thompson.
(c) Connie Thompson.
Fred Owens died on October 13, 1959, and is buried in Ridgelawn Cemetery in Collinsville, Okla.
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From the Autobiography of Dr. John B. Sparks

(Editor’s Note: The following paragraphs are taken from a copy of a book called An M.D. the Hard Way by Dr. John B. Sparks, which was loaned to the editor by Mr. E. F. Smith of Floresville, Texas. It was published by The Neylor Company in San Antonio, Texas, in 1955. Dr. Sparks, the author, was born on September 1, 1877, near Waco, Texas. His father was James Hawkins Sparks, born July 29, 1844, at Nacogdoches, Texas. His mother was Mary Ann Davis, born September 16, 1846. His parents were married on December 4, 1866. Dr. Sparks’s paternal grandfather was Stephen Franklin Sparks, who was born in Yazoo County, Mississippi, on April 7, 1819, and died at Rockport, Texas, on May 12, 1908. Stephen Franklin Sparks emigrated to Texas with his parents, Richard and Elizabeth (Cooper) Sparks, in 1834 and located in what is now San Augustine County. He married Emily B. Whitaker on October 6, 1836. She died in McClellan County in January, 1855. He married, second, Jane M. Journey in December, 1856. When he died in 1908, Stephen F. Sparks was the last hero of the famous Battle of San Jacinto, fought on April 21, 1836. Richard Sparks, father of Stephen F., was born about 1793 and was a son of William Sparks, whose application for a pension for his service in the American Revolution appeared in the Quarterly of March and June, 1954. William Sparks was born April 3, 1761, near Salisbury, North Carolina. He was a son of Matthew and Sarah Sparks, about whom we published a long article in the June, 1961, issue of the Quarterly.)

I saw the light for the first time September 1, 1877, in a log cabin twenty-five miles north of Waco, Texas, in Bosque County, where my parents were ranching. Our closest town was Valley Mills, nine miles from the ranch. When I was about one and a half years old I had a severe spell of sickness, and no one thought I would ever live through it - - not even the family physician, who came horseback to see me every day for one year. I guess I was too tough for them; after one year I began to recuperate. I was about four years old when the log cabin was torn down and replaced by my father with a typical ranch house.

I was one of nine children, having five sisters and three brothers. ... Our closest neighbor on the ranch was five miles away and our transportation was the horse. Some people had buggies. When I was six years old my father gave me a thousand sheep to herd. On foot we would travel five to ten miles from home every day. He gave me a shepherd or collie dog that had been trained to help me manage the sheep. We had no fences those days. A few people fenced their land, but those


who did not have land cut the fences down to let their stock have the rree and open range. One day a wolf ran into my flock and killed three sheep before the dog and I could stop him. My responsibility was very great for a boy of six years.

We had about three or four months of school a year, and I was very glad when school opened so I could get loose from those sheep. I had to walk four miles to school and Mother would fix me a lunch, usually of the finest sausage and big biscuits. Mother rolled the biscuits out by hand.

My father talked himself into trouble at church on one Sunday morning. Father said, “I don’t have a fence, but I had just as soon have my barn set on fire as to have a fence cut.” That same night, his barn was set on fire and 1,000 bushels of corn were destroyed, and we came very near losing a lot of the sheep. After that fire, twelve ranch men over the county paid a visit to all who they suspected of cutting fences and starting fires and notified them that if another fence was cut or a barn or anything set on fire, they would swing by the neck until dead, All of’ this had a rather bad effect on me.

My father did some farming on the ranch. He grew corn, oats, wheat and some cotton. The cotton seed was hauled off and dumped or put on the farm for fertilizer. The people thought the seed was poisonous for stock and had no value of any kind. I did not like to herd sheep and did not like farming, especially when I had to take the down row gathering corn.

I had a little pony named Joe, and while I was only six years of age, I had to ride many nights to Valley Mills to get a doctor when someone was sick, and some of us were sick very often. Going after the doctor in the middle of the night was a lonely job, but for some cause or another it always fell to my lot to go for him. Between the ranch and Valley Mills, where the doctor lived, was the river. There was no bridge, and it seemed to me that river got up a great deal. However, we had one place to cross it. It was considered fairly safe, but not too safe, evidently, because quite a few people drowned at that crossing.

One night when I was going after the doctor, the moon was shining bright as day. I met a man- -on horseback, of course- -about a mile before I got to the river. He stopped me and asked me if I was familiar with the crossing. I told him I had been, but that I hadn’t crossed the river in a week or two and if it had changed any, I didn’t know about it. He wondered where the crossing was. He said, “Well, the river is up, but not so much that you can’t cross it without having to swim your horse. But only if you cross it just right. If you don’t cross just right, there is a good deal of danger of you getting drowned there.” He tried to tell me how to cross it, and finally said, “I think I had better go back with you and show you how to cross it.” He did to back and show me exactly how, and I had no trouble. Unfortunately, I didn’t get this gentleman’s name and until this day I don’t know who he was.

I found the doctor at home that night. I didn’t always find him there, because he frequently was up the river or down the river on a case, and maybe you couldn’t get him. But he was home that night. He saddled his old black single-footing horse and we were off. He asked me about the river before we left, and I told him it was up some. It had come up to my pony’s side nearly to the saddle—-way above the stirrups I told him. He said, “Well, I will tell you. I will take my leg off now, and then I won’t have to take it off down at the river.” He had a cork leg. He had lost his own leg when a team had run away several years before. So he swung that cork leg around his neck. The leg would have been ruined if it had got wet.- -soaking wet, at least. After we crossed the stream, he put his leg back on and we rode to the ranch.


I was very much pleased when I could find the doctor home, as then I would have company back. I was very fond of the doctor and evidently he was pretty fond of me after having treated me for a whole year. He talked to me a great deal, when we had the chance, about my becoming a doctor. I guess he instilled that into me and I never recovered from it.

We didn’t have a bridge across this river, but we did have a foot-log where we could cross afoot when the river wasn’t up. When the river was up, you just didn’t cross unless you took a chance of having to swim, and it was very swift.

My father finally built a fence on the ranch. He put me to digging some post holes. I guess I was about seven years of age then, and we had to dig the holes in almost solid rock. He gave me some fuse that we called dynamite fuse. The fuse was in sticks about one foot long, and he told me to drill a hole down the middle of the post hole a few inches deep and put one end of the fuse down there and tamp it good and hard. Then I was to light the other end and run like the dickens. And that is what I did. It would blow out maybe three or four inches of rock, and I would dig that out. Then we would go through the same procedure again. Some days I dug two post holes, but most days I dug only one and part of another. That was a hard job for a big, strong man; for a kid seven years old it was almost impossible. However, I plugged away and got some post holes dug.

Things went along on the ranch about as they do on most ranches, I suppose. There were not very many changes made the next year or two. One of my brothers, three years a my senior, had a curvature of the spine. It didn’t cripple him, but he was not as strong as I was and ever since I could remember I could throw him down, out-run him or out-jump him. Since he was three years older than I, you ordinarily would have expected him to be able to handle me, but he couldn’t. We were not together a great deal, however, because I was doing one kind of work on the ranch and he was doing another.

Once, as I remember, somebody had taken the sheep herding job off our hands and Daddy told this brother and me that we could go down in the woods and chop up some stove wood. It was raining or had been raining or was cold or something. We knew all about cutting wood, so we did go there and cut some wood. Then I had an accident; I cut my foot. I cut a vessel and lost a lot of blood. At the time, I was thirty or forty yards away from my brother, and I hollered at him to come over to me. My foot was bleeding so profusely that he became frightened. Nevertheless, he took his handkerchief- -or both our handkerchiefs- -and tied the foot up the best he could. Then he carried me most of the way back to the house. I don’t know how he managed to do that, but he did.

I was laid up quite a while with a bad foot. My parents didn’t call a doctor; they didn’t call him as a rule until they needed him badly. They treated my injury themselves. The foot finally got all right, but I was laid up with it for a long while. I still have a scar on that foot and will always have.

My father had a pair of old tooth forceps- -rusty most of the time. He pulled all our teeth while we were kids out there on the ranch, Whenever a tooth would start bothering us, Pa would get those old rusty, filthy forcepts off a plate or somewhere. They had been laying there catching dust for weeks and months, but he pulled a tooth out alright with them. I don’t know how badly our teeth were infected at times, but we didn’t die from the infection. We didn’t have a dentist in those days, and the family doctors never filled a tooth. If he did anything for you, he pulled a bad tooth out. I can remember that these doctors didn’t inject anything into the gum before pulling teeth. They didn’t have anything to inject. Later they had cocaine, but it was so toxic that they seldom used it.


I never saw my paternal grandmother, Emily B. (Whitaker) Sparks She passed away a long time before I was born. My grandfather, Stephen Franklin Sparks, married again several years after that, and I remember my step-grandmother, Jane M.(Journey) Sparks, of course, very well. She was almost - - well, she was a wonderful woman; and we all thought a great deal of her, too. But she didn’t live with us like my maternal grandmother did; so, naturally, we didn’t have the opportunity to be with her as much. My grandfather married when his children were quite young, and she took that family in charge, in a real motherly manner, and they were all very fond of her. She was probably thirty-five or forty years of age when she married my grandfather. She had never married until then. But she knew about children. She took those children, with the youngest just a baby - - I think his mother passed away when he was born - - brought them up to manhood and womanhood.

My paternal grandfather was in the battle of Goliad and he was a San Jacinto veteran. He was not at the Alamo, but he was known throughout Texas on account of being a veteran of San Jacinto and having fought the Goliad War. He used to tell us children great things about his war days, about the reason they could kill most of the Mexicans before they even started shooting at them. The Mexicans smoked “cigaritos” he said, and the Texans would see the fire on the end of their “cigaritos.” They would shoot at the spark and down would come the Mexican. His grandchildren would sit up for hours until midnight or more to hear him tell about his experiences. It was pretty wonderful. ... When he came to Texas he preempted quite a bit of land. I have heard my grandfather say that they could buy a section of land for a pair of boots. I said, “Granddaddy, why didn’t you buy up a lot of it?” He said, "Son, I didn’t have the boots.”

That’s right, they had hardly anything. They didn’t have any money. One year my grandfather made a crop, and the only money he had was $1.75. They could trade dressed turkeys and deer skins for groceries they couldn’t raise themselves, such as sugar and coffee. I remember he said he and my grandmother went to church after he was married one Sunday. There was another lady there who had a new hat, a bonnet it was called then, and my grandmother fell in love with that hat and wished that she had one. It was so beautiful, that she was beside herself nearly. Well, Grandfather found out that the lady’s husband had paid for the hat by killing some wild turkeys and dressing them and sending them into town. So my grandfather, first thing Monday morning, went turkey hunting. From what he said, you could go anyplace nearly and kill as many turkeys as you wanted. I don’t know how many he killed, but he found out how many it took to get a bonnet.

They lived twenty miles from town. They had some slaves, and he put a Negro boy on a horse with the dressed turkeys the same day he killed them, and sent them to town. It took the boy almost all day to get there, and he didn’t get home that night. But he got home the next day, and he had the bonnet. Men, back there, all had a hard time, but from what history we can get, most of them were good to their families. They were just as good as they could be. Of course, circumstances were such that they couldn’t be very good. They didn’t have much to be good with.

My grandfather was also a missionary preacher. He traveled in a buggy with a double team all over the country preaching the gospel. He didn’t charge anything for it. I don’t know whether his congregations took up a collection or not, but not very likely. If they put anything in the hat, it might have been a turkey. They certainly didn’t have any money. I went with him many a time on these trips. I couldn’t have been over five years of age. Sundays, especially, he would go fifteen or twenty miles to preach in a certain place. They didn’t have any church houses. There were some school houses scattered about, and I think that is where he preached. He took me along to open gates. At least, that is the way I figured it.

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WILLIAM SPARKS of Bourbon County, Kentucky. Born at least as early as 1792; died in 
Bourbon County, Ky., in 1849; married Elizabeth Barton in Bourbon 
County in 1826 (this may have been a second marriage); Elizabeth, his
widow, was living in Marion County, Missouri, in 1855; 8he later lived in 
Saline County, Missouri. Land Warrant File 68-919-160-55; Widow’s 
Pension Application  File 27,711.

In June, 1855 (exact day not stated) Mrs. Elizabeth Sparks, aged 48 years, appeared before a justice of the peace named Henry W. Holingsworth in Marion County, Missouri, to make application for bounty land under the act passed by Congress on March 3, 1855. She stated that she was a widow of William Sparks who had been a wagoner in the War of 1812 under Wagon Master William Johnson (later found to be Capt. William Garrard) in a regiment of Kentucky Volunteers. She stated that William Sparks had volunteered in Bourbon County, Kentucky, near the end of August, 1812 for a term of 6 months and that he had been honorably discharged. She stated that she and William Sparks had been married on December 25, 1826, by the Rev. G. Gates and that her name before her marriage had been Elizabeth Barton. She also stated that William Sparks had died in Bourbon County, Kentucky, on August 25, 1849, and that she was his widow. She signed her name in a clear hand as “Elizabeth Sparks.” Samuel M. Stone and Thomas H. Garrard signed as witnesses.

With her application, Elizabeth Sparks submitted a sworn statement made by Joseph Shawhorn (spelling uncertain) and William Barton, both residents of Bourbon County, Kentucky, that had been made on June 8, 1855. Both swore that they had served in the War of 1812. Shavvhorn stated he had been a wagoner under Wagon Master Robert Houston in a regiment of Kentucky volunteers commanded by Col. Lewis, while Barton swore he had been a sergeant in the company of Capt. Garrard in a regiment of cavalry commanded by Col. Ball. They both swore that they had been intimately acquainted with William Sparks and that he had served as his widow claimed in the War of 1812.

Treasury Department records later revealed that William Sparks had served as a wagoner from September 6, 1812, to November 9, 1812, when he was discharged, and that he had furnished his own team and wagon; that he had travelled some 192 miles--he had been allowed 13 days to return home after his discharge and had been paid for a total. of 78 days of service; his compensation had been $255.00. (The fact that he had been paid for his services would later prevent his widow from receiving a pension, but did not prevent her from receiving bounty land.)

Apparently more detailed information regarding William Sparks’s service was requested, and on May 12, 1857, William Barton prepared a more informative statement. He swore that he was a resident of Bourbon County, Kentucky, and that he had been an “orderly sergeant in the Troop of Cavalry commanded by Capt. Garrard and attached to Col. Ball’ s squadron of Kentucky Volunteers .“ He stated: “I saw William Sparks in the service of the United States, engaged as a teamster. I met him driving his team on the road between St. Mary’s and Fort Defiance in the State of Ohio. He was under the command of William Markham or William Johnson, Wagon Masters, or Davis Carnear, Quarter Master, I can’t say which, I know ... that he resided in Bourbon County, Kentucky, at the time. We often talked the matter of our trip over after the war but it has been many years since, and I cannot give the name of the paymaster who paid him. I know he has been dead for a number of years .“ He added that he also knew that Elizabeth Sparks was his widow. Although he did not indicated that he was related to


Elizabeth Sparks, it seems likely that he was her brother, since her maiden name had been Elizabeth Barton.

Joseph Shawhorn (spelling uncertain) also prepared a sworn statement on this matter on May 14, 1857. He swore that he also had been a teamster and that he had seen William Sparks in the same service.

Elizabeth Sparks’s application was finally approved and she was issued a warrant for 160 acres of bounty land.

On May 5, 1878, Elizabeth Sparks applied for a pension on the basis of her husband’s service in the War of 1812. She was then a resident of Arrow Rook, Saline County, Missouri, and was 73 years old. Because she provided very little information regarding her husband’s service, her application was returned. She applied again on October 20, 1881, and submitted a sworn statement from the Bourbon County, Kentucky, county clerk regarding her marriage. He stated that “William Sparks & Eliza Barton were joined in marriage by G. Gates, a minister of the Gospel on the 21st day of September, 1826, as appears from the marriage records in my office.” She added that her marriage had been performed near the town of Paris, Kentucky.

On February 10, 1879, Mrs. Talitha Scott of Fayette County, Kentucky, aged 72 years, swore that she had been acquainted with Elizabeth Sparks for 40 years and likewise had known William Sparks and that they had lived together as husband and wife.

The application of Elizabeth Sparks for a pension was finally rejected because her husband had been paid for his service as wagoner and had never really enlisted as a soldier. On December 18, 1889, a lawyer named F. C. Nesbit attempted to reactivate her application, stating that she was “very poor and 83 years old.” However, he was not successful. We have no record of the date of her death.

(Editor’s Note: A brief record of the settlement of the estate of William Sparks has been found in the Bourbon County, Kentucky, Court records.  As stated by his widow, he died on August 25, 1849. On September 3, 1849, the administration of his estate was granted to William Barton, who was doubtlessly the same William Barton who provided Elizabeth with sworn statements regarding her husband’s service. He was probably Elizabeth’s brother. Hiram Sparks signed as bondsman for William Barton. (See Bourbon County Order Book 0, p. 144) On November 5, 1849, a sale was held to dispose of the personal property of William Sparks in Bourbon County. Unfortunately, these records make no mention of the family of William Sparks, although Hiram Sparks and Lloyd Sparks were mentioned in connection with the sale of his property. This Hiram Sparks was probably the same Hiram Sparks who was listed on the 1850 census of Bourbon County as 28 years of age and living by himself. Possibly he was a son of William Sparks by an earlier marriage. A Lloyd Sparks was listed on the same census, aged 23, living with the family of Benjamin and Mary Rogers. He may have been a son of William and Elizabeth. Elizabeth Sparks, widow of William, was also listed on the 1850 census of Bourbon County with her family, as follows (all born in Kentucky):

                              Elizabeth Sparks, aged 43 (thus born about 1807)
                              John T.          “               “ 18 ( “         “         “     1832)
                              Charlotte       “               “ 16 ( “         “         “     1834)
                              Sarah            “               “ 14 ( “         “         “     1836)
                              James           “               “ 12 ( “         “         “     1838)
                              Sophia          “               “   9 ( “         “         “     1841)
                              Victoria         "               “   7 ( “         “         “     1843)
                              Mary              “               “   4 ( “         “         “     1846)


WILLIAM SPARKS, born May 1, 1782, in Wilkes County, North Carolina; died December 25, 1857, in Franklin County, Alabama. Bounty Land Warrant File 41 652-80- 55.

On November 30, 1850, William Sparks, aged 68 years and a resident of Franklin County,  Alabama, appeared before a justice of the peace named E. C. Harris to make application for bounty land. He swore that he was the identical William Sparks who had been a private in Captain Manly Ford’s company in a regiment commanded by Col. Hugh Means, in the War of 1812. He stated that he had been drafted at Spartanburg District in South Carolina about October 1, 1814, for the term of 6 months, but that he served only 5 months and 20 days and was honorably discharged at Orangeburg, South Carolina, on March 12, 1815. He signed his application in a clear hand as “Wm. Sparks.”

With his application, William Sparks submitted his hand-written discharge which reads as follows: “Orangeburg, March the 12th, 1815. This is to Certify that Wm Sparks, a private in my Company of So. Car. Militia in the U. States Service has faithfully and honorably served his Country five Months & twenty days is by order of Majr. Wm Fields honorably Discharged from the service. [signed] Manley Ford, Capt.”

The application of William Sparks was approved and he was issued a warrant for 80 acres of bounty land.

On August 25, 1855, William Sparks, still a resident of Franklin County, Alabama, appeared before a justice of the peace named James H. Trimble to make application for additional bounty land under the new law of March 3, 1855. He stated that he was now 74 years old, and that he had previously received a warrant for 80 acres which he had “located in this county.” Again he signed his name as “Wm. Sparks.” Tandy Russell and A. A. Hughes, both residents of Franklin County, signed as witnesses. William Sparks received a warrant for 80 additional acres of bounty land as a result of this application.

(Editor’s Note: William Sparks was a brother of Enoch Sparks, whose applications for bounty land were abstracted in the Quarterly of September, 1960 (Vol. VIII, No, 3, Whole No. 31) pp. 502-03. They were sons of John and Mary (Parmely) Sparks and were grandsons of Matthew and Sarah Sparks (see the Quarterly of June, 1961, Vol. IX, No. 2, Whole No, 34) pp. 556-66.) William Sparks was born on May 1, 1782, in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and died December 25, 1857, according to his tombstone in the Sparks Cemetery west of Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama. As a young man he moved from Wilkes County, North Carolina, to Spartanburg District, South Carolina, and in 1820 moved with his family to Franklin County, Alabama. His wifes maiden name was Eunice Woodruff who was born August 25, 1786, and died September 25, 1842. They were the parents of the following children:

(1) John Sparks.
(2) Polly Sparks (probably nickname for Mary).
(3) Riley Sparks, born in Spartanburg County, S.C., Oct. 22, 1811, died near Frankfort, Ala.,  on Dec. 29, 1892. He married, first, Nancy Benson on Dec, 20, 1832; she was born in White County, Tenn., Jan. 15, 1815. She died Jan. 12, 1857, and Riley married, second, Nancy Malone, born about 1831, died 1944, There were no children by the second marriage. By his first wife, Riley Sparks had the following children: William Benson Sparks; Mary Jane Sparks; Daniel Rainy Sparks; John Adams Sparks; James Madison  Sparks; Martha Ann Sparks; Christopher Columbus Sparks; Riley Franklin Sparks; Lemuel Nelson Sparks; and Nancy Virginia Sparks.
(4) Rebecca Sparks.
(5) Artainesa Sparks.
[Scanner's Note:  Birthdate of Nancy Malone corrected as per the Quarterly p. 1781.]
(Names of children of William Sparks continued on next page)

          (Children of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks, continued)

          (6) Willis Sparks, born in S.C. about 1815; married Martha and by 1850 had a son named
                Marion Sparks.
          (7) Anna Sparks.
          (8) Saleta Sparks.
          (9) Jerry Sparks.
        (10) Elisha Sparks.
        (11) Elijah Sparks.
        (12) Elivra Sparks.
        (13) Permelia Sparks.
        (14) William Sparks, born about 1830.

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Burt Anderson, P.O. Box 535, West Chester, Pennsylvania, is working on a third edition of the genealogy of the Sharpless family, the first having been printed in 1816 and the second in 1887. There is a Sparks connection about which he is curious but has been able to find no information.

William Aratus Gilpin and his wife Elizabeth Brown had one daughter, Anna Elizabeth Gilpin. She was born May 28, 1835, place unknown, although her parents were born in Wilmington, Delaware. This Miss Gilpin was married August 8, 1868, to Charles Elkitten Sparks. This is the extent of Mr. Anderson’s information. If anyone has a clue regarding this branch of the Sparks family, Mr. Anderson would be delighted to hear from him.

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By: Mrs. Edna Perry Deckler

On May 24, 1838, the Republic of Texas House of Representatives passed a resolution to publish AN ABSIRACT OF TIlE ORIGINAL TITLES OF RECORD IN THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE. These records have been reprinted by the Pemberton Press, 1 Pemberton Parkway, Austin, Texas, in 1964. From these records, which are not indexed, has been compiled the following list of Sparks men granted land in the Republic of Texas:

          (Pages 42—43)
          Grantee--William C. Sparks Date of Title--Nov. 21, 1832; for one league of land, situated
          “Brazos, E. side, N. of Navasota.”

          Grantee--Matthew Sparks Date of Title--October 3, 1835; for one league of land, situated
          “W. Bernard, E. side.”

          (Pages 54—55)
          Grantee--Wilkinson Sparks Date of Title--July 21, 1835; for one-fourth league of land,
          situated”on the Colorado.”

          (Pages 107—8)
          Grantee--Richard Sparks Date of Title--August 15, 1835; for one league of land, situated “
          on the W. bank of the Trinity.”

          (Pages 121—122)
          Grantee--James Sparks Dated of Title--July 8, 1835; for one league of land, situaged “joins
          Geo. W. Price.”


Some Early Sparks Families in Texas, continued:

          (Page 146)
          Mentions the name of Nehemiah Sparks in connection with location of a grant to someone

          (Page 165)
          William C. Sparks, grantee; Date of Title--Oct. 20, 1834; 25 labors of land, situated "on the
          waters of San Andres (Darr’s Creek) boundary on the N.W. corner of Fulcher.”

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JOSEPH  S. SPARKS, 1794-1868

Proof of his Parentage

In The Sparks Quarterly of September, 1961 (Vol. IX, No. 3, Whole No, 35, pp. 585-87) we published abstracts of the bounty land application papers of Joseph S. Sparks and the pension application papers of his widow, Elizabeth (Naill) Sparks. Joseph S. Sparks was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and moved to Bureau County, Illinois in 1851 where he died in 1868. In the editor’s note to these papers, it was suggested that Joseph S. Sparks was probably the son of Solomon Sparks who had served in the American Revolution. We lacked documentary proof of this relationship, however. Fortunately, one of our new members, Mrs. Howard W. Brieser, of Princeton, Illinois, has supplied the proof needed to establish this relationship.

Mrs. Brieser is a great-granddaughter of Rachel Sparks, born February 19, 1823, who was a daughter of Joseph S. and Elizabeth (Naill) Sparks. Rachel Sparks married Isaac Lysinger. Mrs. Brieser has a letter written to Rachel to her daughter, Hattie Harrington, in which she copied some records from the family Bible that had belonged to Joseph S. Sparks. This was the same family Bible from which the births of the children of Joseph S. and Elizabeth (Naill) Sparks were copied in 1878 to support Elizabeth’s claim for a pension.

Not only does this record owned by Mrs. Brieser prove that Joseph S. Sparks was the son of Solomon Sparks, but it also provides additional data on Solomon and his wife.

Solomon Sparks, according to this Bible record, was born July 4, 1760. When he made application for a pension in 1832, Solomon stated he had been born in 1758, adding that he had “a record of my age at home.” It seems apparent that he made a slight error of two years in calculating the year of his birth, and we can be quite sure that the Bible record provides the correct date.

Solomon Sparks had been born in Frederick County, Maryland, according to his sworn statement of August 29, 1832. (See the Quarterly for March, 1955, Vol. III, No. 1, Whole No. 9, p. 59) He was a son of Joseph Sparks who had moved with his family from Maryland to Bedford County, Pennsylvania, about 1778. Joseph died in 1809. In 1782, Solomon Sparks enlisted in a Pennsylvania unit whose function it was to protect the frontier against the Indians. He served some 18 months. During the War of 1812, Solomon Sparks was captain of a company of 50 men organized in Bedford County. He died, according to the Bible record found by Mrs. Brieser, on April 8, 1838. His wife’s name was Rachel; she was born September 23, 1754 (this may have been intended for 1764) and died February 13, 1842.

Joseph S. Sparks, son of Solomon and Rachel Sparks, was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, on May 11, 1794, and died in Wyanet, Illinois, on March 31, 1868. He was marrled to Elizabeth Naill at her father ‘s hcrne near Taneytown, Frederick


County, Maryland, on March 27, 1817. She then moved to Bedford County, Penn., with her husband. From this record from the family Bible, we now know that Elizabeth was born April 2, 1799, and that she was a daughter of Christian and Mary Naill, who were married on March 24, 1796. (Christian Naill was born March 10, 1774, and died Novemher 26, 1820; his wife was born February 27, 1778, and died November 17, 1815.) Elizabeth (Naill) Sparks, widow of Joseph S. Sparks, died August 25, 1892, at the age of 93. Following is a list of the children of Joseph S. and Elizabeth (Naill) Sparks as copied from Joseph’s family Bible in 1878 to support Elizabeth’s claim for a pension:

                    (1) Mary Arm Elizabeth Sparks, born December 19, 1818
                    (2) Solomon Christian Sparks, born December 3, 1820
                    (3) Rachel Rebecca Sparks, born February 19, 1823
                    (4) Maria Sparks, born August 28, 1825
                    (5) Susanna N. Sparks, born December 18, 1827
                    (6) Abraham Sparks, born December 3, 1830
                    (7) David W. Sparks, born July 15, 1833
                    (8) Joseph R. Sparks, born December 17, 1835
                    (9) John E. N. Sparks, born August 26, 1839

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Carrie Grant Heppen has copied the following records from Vol. I of Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry’ s Clay County, Missouri, Cemetery Records in the D .A .R. Library in Washington, D.C.

Gash Graveyard (copied July 18, 1949)

          Sparks,   W. A., born Jan. 28, 1835, died Nov. 6, 1902
               "          Low P., wife of W. A. Sparks, born Dec. 31, 1841, died Jan. 11, 1916.
               "          Willis Earl, son of W. A. and Low P. Sparks, born Sept. 18, 1880, died Aug. 2,
               "          Henry, born June 28, 1810, died Dec. 31, 1884.
               "          Sallie, wife of Henry Sparks, born Dec. 15, 1810, died Dec. 24, 1869, aged 28
                           years, 2 days.
               "          Adelbert C., son of Henry and Sally Sparks, died July 8, 1877, aged 25 years.

Barry Graveyard (copied March 25, 1948)

          Sparks,   Marion, 1875-1914.
               "          James M., born April 28, 186-(?), died Jan. 4, 1899.
               "          Bob Lou, wife of Marion Sparks, 1878-1914.
               "          William S., born Oct. 8, 1894, died Aug. 25, 1925.

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The following is found on page 125 of Catherine L, Knorr’s Marriages of Charlotte
County, Virginia, 1764-1815.

     6 October 1788.    Marriage bond of Benjamin Weatherford and NANCY SPARKS; Surety,
                                    John Carrier; they were married on November 12, 1788, by the Rev. Edward



(Note: For a number of years, Mrs. Pauline Jones Gandrud, of 311 Caplewood Terrace, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who is a leading professional genealogist in Alabama, has very kindly copied for us material relating to the Sparks family as she has come across it in her research. Mrs. Gandrud reports that the earliest records in the Fayette County Court House have been burned and that the earliest existing marriage records begin in 1866. She has copied for us the Sparks marriages on record in Fayette County from 1866 to 1885, as follows:)

          Book I

          p. 1. James A. McDonald & BASHIBA SPARKS, June 19, 1866.

          p. 144. ROBERT SPARKS & Margaret Cates, June 21, 1867.

          p. 134. CARREL SPARKS (Male) & Francis Simmons (Female), Jan. 13, 1868.

          p. 212. R. T. SPARKS & Susan Tucker, July 18, 1869.

          p. 499. George C. Sanford & BARBA L. SPARKS, Dec. 15, 1875.

          p. 615. W. J. Taylor & RUTHA SPARKS, Jan. 1, 1878.

          p. 6340 CARRAL SPARKS & Menerva Kidd, March 10, 1878.

          p. 636. ROBERT SPARKS & Sarah McClure, June 2, 1878.

          Book A.

          p. 42. JOHN SPARKS & Grissia Castleberry March 4, 1880.

          p. 202. Geo. W. Cooper & SALLIE R. SPARKS, August 21, 1883.

          p. 215. Elias Morris & HASSlE SPARKS, Nov. 22, 1883.

          p 285, D. N. Fowler & MAY C. SPARKS, Dec. 30, 1884.

         p. 298. L. F. Rice & BETSY ANN SPARKS, March 19, 1885.

          p. 307. R. B. Castleberry & SARAH L. SPARKS, July 11, 1885.

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Copied by the W. P. A.

Book C, p.. 7

     DAVID SPARKS & Rhoda Sharp, July 20, 1838, married by Caleb Hartgroves, J.P.

Book —, p.  459
     J. C. Chandler & EMILY C. SPARKS, January 15, 1866, married by J. W. Moore, J.P.

Book B, p. 272
     Daniel M. Nibiet & TEXAS L. SPARKS, December 5, 1880, married by W. F. Wright, J.P.

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