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The Wedding Picture of

Robert N. And Harriet (Wilkinson) Sparks

Married on November 13, 1888

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

      Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 N. Hite Ave., Louisville, Kentucky. (40206)
      William P. Johnson, Historian-Genealogist, Box 531, Raleigh, NC (27602)
      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 of genealogical and 
   historical materials 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 to persons 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 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: Floyd B. Sparks

The earliest ancestor of the Sparks family of Keene Township, lonia County, Michigan, on whom we have definite information was Joseph Sparks who was married to Mehetabel Johnson on April 29, l747, in Windham, Connecticut. Mehetabel was a daughter of Caleb Johnson who deeded a farm to his “well beloved son and daughter, Joseph and Mehetebel Sparks” on September 4, 1748 (Deed Book C, pp. 51-2). The parentage of Joseph Sparks has not been determined, although he may have been the Joseph Sparks born October 8, 1720, son of Henry and Jane (Shembrey) Sparks of Concord, Massachusetts. (For a complete list of Henry Sparks’s children, see the Quarterly of March, 1960, Vol. VIII, No. 1, Whole No. 29, p. 464.)

Joseph and Mehetabel (Johnson) Sparks moved from Windham to Tolland, Connecticut, sometime prior to 1750. From the town records of Windham and Tolland, it appears that Joseph and Mehetabel (Johnson) Sparks were the parents of the following children, the first born in Windham, all the rest born in Tolland:

1. Lemuel Sparks, born September 11, 1747
2. Melvin Perlye Sparks, born February 15, 1749/50.
3. Elizabeth Sparks, born November 2, 1751.
4. Uriah Sparks, born April 17, 1752 [or l753?]
5. Isaiah Sparks, born November 3, 1754.
6. Jeremiah Sparks, born October 1, 1757.
7. Stephen Sparks, born April 24, 1759.
8. Joseph Sparks, born February 3, 1761. (See the Quarterly for March,1961, Vol.
IX, No. 1, Whole No. 33, for a record of Joseph’s descendants.)

Isaiah Sparks, son of Joseph and Mehetabel (Johnson) Sparks, was married in Ashford, Connecticut, to Filisity Dawset on December 9, 1779. Isaiah had apparently moved to Ashford prior to his marriage and it was there that his children were all born according to the Ashford town records. Isaiah Sparks died on December 7, 1794.  Isaiah and Filisity (Dawset) Sparks were the parents of the following children:

(1) Stephen Sparks, born August 24, 1780, died in l860 in lonia County, Mioh.
(2) Lawrence Sparks, born March 18, 1782.
(3) Isaiah Sparks, Jr., born December, 16, 1783; died May 27, 1785.
(4) Martin Sparks, born August 30, 1785.
(5) Mehetabel Sparks, born September 14, 1787.
(6) Erastus Sparks, born September 29, 1789.
(7) Amos Sparks, born September 24, 1792.
Following the death of Isaiah Sparks in 1794, his widow, Filisity (Dawset) Sparks, and her children all moved to Cortland County, New York, exact date not known, and settled near the town of Homer. There the sons married and reared families. In 1830, Erastus Sparks moved with his family to Trumbull County, Ohio, and ten years later other members of the family moved to Michigan. By 1850, there was not a single Sparks living in Cortland County.

Stephen Sparks, eldest son of Isaiah and Filisity (Dawset) Sparks, married Mercy -----    who had been born in Massachusetts. (Our only information on her is what is found in the 1850 census, where her name is given as Mercy, her place of birth as Massachusetts, and her age as 66 years, thus born about 1784.) They were the parents of two sons, Stephen Jr. and William, and five daughters. In June, 1840, Stephen’ s son William, a young man barely twenty years old, set out with his brother-in-law, Zelotus B. Frost, and an older neighbor named Ephraim Abbott to search for new land in the west. They found their way to lonia County, Michigan, which had just begun being settled, and each of the three selected a tract in Section 15 in what became Keene Township, paying the normal government price of $1.25 per acre.

Young Sparks, Frost, and Abbott returned to New York and in October of the same year their families set out for their new home in Michigan.  The family of William Sparks was actually that of his parents, brother, and sisters, (One sister, Laura, had married Zelotus B. Frost.) When the party reached Buffalo, Ephraim Abbott with his son, Ephraim Jr., left the rest to follow a land route through Canada. Frost and the Sparkses, with the party’s belongings, continued by steam boat to Detroit and from there to lonia County. They found that Abbott and his son had arrived eight days earlier and had found an abandoned shanty near their land. The entire party, numbering twelve members, moved into the shanty. John S. Schenck in his History of lonia and Montcalm Counties, Michigan, wrote in 1881: “All told, the occupants of that exceedingly smaII habitation numbered a total of twelve persons, and in it they managed to live two weeks. At night the floor of the one room was just about covered with beds necessary for the twelve, but in the morning, by piling the beds in a heap, sufficient room was made to allow the women-folks to get about in the performance of their household duties. In the northern half of the town i,e. township there were but few settlers when Abbott, Frost, and Sparks came upon the scene. Schools they had none, and, indeed, needed none, for school-children were scarce, and when they wanted to go to meeting they could not get there short of the Welch school- house in Easton.”

Stephen and Mercy Sparks were the parents of seven children:

1, Sophorna Sparks, daughter of Stephen and Mercy Sparks, was born in Cortland County, New York. When the 1850 census was taken of lonia County she was  listed as living with her sister, Eveline. It is believed that she died unmarried shortly after this.

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Stephen Sparks, Jr.

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2.Stephen Sparks, Jr., son of Stephen and Mercy Sparks, was born December 2, 1813, in Cortland County, New York, and died August 24, 1876, in Keene Township, lonia County, Michigan. He came to Michigan in October, 1840, with his parents  and took up 120 acres of land in Section 15, Keene Township, on which  he built a house in the summer of 1841. He was married in his new home on September 15, 1841, to Angeline Abbott by the Rev. Allen Staples. The Frost and Abbott families witnessed the ceremony. Stephen Sparks, Jr., was more of a woodsman than a farmer and became famous as a deer and bear hunter.

Following  the death of his wife Angeline in 1860, Stephen Sparks, Jr,, was married a second time about 1864 to Ellen Scott, who had been born in Scotland in 1836. She died in May, 1909. By his first wife, Angeline Abbott, Stephen Sparks, Jr., had two  sons, James and Aipheus.

(1) James Harris Sparks, son of Stephen Sparks, Jr., and Angeline (Abbott) Sparks, was born in 1844 and died in 1926. He was married to Midella Hodley on July 4, 1867; she was born in Easton Township, lonia County, Michigan, and died May 14, 1939. To this union were born the following children:
(a) Royal H. Sparks, born Aug. 20, 1869; died Jan. 9, 1958. He married Grace Berry of Shelby, Michigan. Their children were:
(1) Robert Royal Sparks, born April 21, 1901;
(2) Bernice Sparks, born Feb. 8, 1904; and
(3) Theodore F. Sparks, born Dec. 23, 1905.
(b) James Sparks, Jr., born 1871; he married Alice Stedman; he died in the state of Washington.

(c) Midella Sparks, died in infancy.

(d) Charles Sparks, born August 24, 1875; he married Maude Lee and they now live in Kissimme, Florida. He was 90 years old on August 24, 1965.

(2) Aipheus Sparks, son of Stephen Sparks, Jr., and Angeline (Abbott) Sparks, was born November 12, 1847, and died in 1922.  He married Welthia Hull in lonia County, Michigan, in 1870. They were the parents of five children:
                              (a) Erastus Sparks.
                              (b) Albertus Sparks.
                              (c) Claudia Sparks.
                              (d) Lena Sparks.
                              (e) Clarence Sparks.
By his second wife, Ellen (Scott) Sparks, Stephen Sparks, Jr., had two sons, Martin  and Robert, the former of whom died as a child:
(3) Martin Sparks, son of Stephen Sparks, Jr., and his 2d wife, Ellen (Scott) Sparks, was born in 1865 and died January 9, 1873.
(4) Robert N. Sparks, son of Stephen Sparks, Jr., and his 2d wife, Ellen (Scott) Sparks, was born April 13, 1867, and died January 3, 1950. He was married to Harriet Wilkinson of Keene Township, lonia County, Michigan, on November 13, 1888. (The wedding picture of Robert N. and Harriet (Wilkinson) Sparks appears on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly.) To this union was born one son, Floyd B. Sparks.
(a) Floyd B. Sparks, only child of Robert N. and Harriet (Wilkinson) Sparks, was born February 6, 1891. He was married to Wilma Hull of Keene Township, lonia County, Michigan, on October 24, 1910. To this union were born three children, Alden N., Evelyn, and Stephen A.   Floyd B. Sparks, with his son Stephen A. own the  land  consisting of 220 acres which his Grandfather and his Grandfather’s brother took up from the United States government in 1840, the deeds being signed by President Polk in 1845. This farm Is operated as a dairy farm. Following is a record of Floyd B. Sparks’s three children:
(i) Alden N. Sparks, son of Floyd B. and Wilma (Hull) Sparks,was born Jan, 16, 1913. He married Esther Monroe of Belding, Mich., on Feb. 18, 1938, and to this union were born
(1) Robert N. Sparks, born Aug. 6, 1939; and
(2) Gayala. Marie Sparks, born Dec. 3, 1940; she married Herbert Haines on May 7, 1960 and they have three children, Richard, Jeanette, and Michelle.
Alden N.Spark’s first wife, Esther, died on April 10, 1942, and he married, second, Pauline Shindorf on Nov. 27, 1943.To this union were born
(3) Clarence Sparks, born May 21, 1945;
(4) Linda D. Sparks, born Nov. 25, 1948.
(ii) Evelyn Sparks, daughter of Floyd B. and Wilma (Hull) Sparks,  was born Sept. 27, 1916. She married Ernest Geiger of              Otisco Twp., lonia County, on July 1, 1939. To this union were born:
(1) Sharon Geiger, born Nov. 22, 1944;
(2) Glenn Geiger, born July 4, 1947; and
(3) Susan Geiger, born March 29, 1952.

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Floyd B. and Wilma (Hull) Sparks

On The Occasion of Their 50th Wedding Anniversary
October 24, 1960
With Their Children:  Alden N., Evelyn H., and Stephen A.

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(iii) Stephen A. Sparks, son of Floyd B. and Wilma (Hull) Sparks, was born Sept. 22, 1920. He married Ila Dickson of Keene Twp., on June 17, 1942, at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. To this union  have been born six children:
(1) James F. Sparks, born Sept. 6, 1943;
(2) Marquis D. Sparks, born Dec. 8, 1945;
(3) Dan E. Sparks, born Jan. 16, 1949;
(4) Sonya Lee Sparks, born Feb. 26, 1950;
(5) Michael R. Sparks, born Nov. 24, 1953;
(6) Silvia Ann Sparks, born July 24, 1956.
3. Laura Sparks, daughter of Stephen and Mercy Sparks, was born February 8, 1815, in Cortland County, New York. She married there, on May 15, 1840,  Zelotus B. Frost. They migrated with her parents to Keene Twp., Ionia County, Michigan, in October, 1840. They were the parents of the following children:
(1) Helen May Frost, daughter of Zelotus 13. and Laura (Sparks) Frost, was born May 19, 1841. She married William Higgins of Keene Twp. and they were the parents of:
(a) Ruth Higgins.
(b) Walter Higgins.
(c) Clare Higgins.
(2) Laura Frost; she married Hugh Henry Ward of Ada, Michigan. They had one child named H. Z. Ward.
(3) Marcus Frost, son of Zelotus B. and Laura (Sparks) Frost, was born on November 29, 1843.  He married Angie Bisbee and they were the parents of the following children:
(a) Belle Frost; she married Eugene Peck of Keene Twp., in 1885.  They were the parents of eight children.
(b) Grace Frost; she married Orb Weeks of Kent County, Mich.,  in 1892. They were the parents of:
(i) Verle Weeks;
(ii) Lillian Weeks;
(iii) Robert Weeks;
(iv) Clarence Weeks;
(v) Glen Weeks;
(vi) Hilton Weeks;
(vii) Leen Weeks;
(viii) Angie Weeks;
(ix) Edith Weeks.
(c) Abonzo Frost; he married Meryle Holland and they were the parents  of:
(i) Leon Frost;
(ii) Marcus Frost;
(iii) Maxie Frost;
(iv) Audie Frost;
(v) Ned Frost;
(vi) Guy Frost;
(vii) Carl Frost.
(d) Nancy Frost; she married Adelbert Lee of Keene Twp. on May 4, 1904. To this union were born:
(i) Delva Lee, born Feb. 28, 1905;
(ii) Hiram Lee;
(iii) Judson Lee.
(e) Edwin Frost; he married Alberta Hoskins of Keene Twp. They had the following children:
(i) Harold Frost, born 1900;
(ii) Stella Frost, born 1903.
4. Mercy Sparks, daughter of Stephen and Mercy Sparks, was born in Cortland County, New York in 1818; she was married in lonia County, Michigan, on February 21, 1844, to John Butterworth by the Rev. Newcomb Godfrey. No further record.

5. William Sparks, son of Stephen and Mercy Sparks, was born in Cortland County, New York, in 1820 and died in Keene Twp., lonia County, Michigan, in 1873. He came to Michigan in 1840, as stated earlier. He was married to Mary M. Covert in the home of H. V. Covert in Keene Twp. on January 18, 1846, by the Rev. Alfred Allen. She was born in 1824 and died in 1918. William and Mary M. (Covert) Sparks were the parents of the following children:

(1) William Sparks, Jr., son of William and Mary M. (Covert) Sparks, was born; he married Hattie Kilborn. They were the parents of:
(a) Chattie Sparks, married ----- Cozier.
(b) Freeman Sparks, married Ida Shooks.
(c) Melvin Sparks, married Bell Sparks.
(d) May Sparks, married Edgar Carter.
(2) Mercy Sparks, daughter of William and Mary M. (Covert) Sparks, was born September 17, 1855, and died July 31, 1910; she married Wesley  Hare. They had no children.

(3) Stephen B. Sparks, son of William and Mary M. (Covert) Sparks, was born July 1, 1858, and died December 17, 1949. He married Belle M, Purdy; they had the following children:

(a) Gladys L. Sparks, born June 4, 1896; she married Frank A. Slayton in November, 1919. To this union were born:
(i) Carroll A. Slayton, born Dec. 14, 1920; married Marian
Sturgeon on June 7, 1941; children:
1. Kenneth A. Sturgeon,
2. Robert N., Sturgeon
3. David Sturgeon,
4. James Sturgeon.
(ii) Maurice S. Slayton, born April 17, 1923; married Evelyn
Coleman on Oct. 31, 1949; children:
1. Janice Slayton,
2. Bonnie Slayton
3. Alan.
 (iii) Iris M. Slayton, born Aug. 30, 1927; married Alfred Bennett,
April 2, 1949; children:
1.Cindy Bennett,
2.Ann Bennett,
3.Mark Bennett,
4.Gary Bennett.
Children of Gladys L. Sparks and Frank. A. Slayton continued:
(iv) Ray W. Slayton, born Oct. 7, 1932; married Phyllis A.Wheaton
on Feb. 8, 1957; children:
1. Michael R. Slayton
2. Peggy Sue Slayton.
(b) Everett G. Sparks, son of Stephen B. and Belle M. (Purdy) Sparks. No further record.
(4) Nettle Sparks, daughter of William and Mary M. (Covert) Sparks, married Richard Cannon. They had one son,
(a) William Cannon.
(5) Ophelia Sparks, daughter of William and Mary M. (Covert) Sparks, was born February 8, 1863, and died September 14, 1947. She married, first, William Cannon, and second, Walter Stokes. By her first husband she had two children:
(a) Mercy Cannon.
(b) Chauncey Cannon.

(6) Peter Sparks, son of William and Mary M. (Covert) Sparks, was born April 10, 1866, and died on September 20, 1956. He married Orpha Brower. They had no children.

(7) Chauncey L. Sparks, son of William and Mary M. (Covert) Sparks, was born in April, 1868, and died on July 31, 1946. He married Lillie Parker and they were the parents of:

(a)Anson L. Sparks.
(b) Leonard G. Sparks.

6. Amanda Sparks, daughter of Stephen and Mercy Sparks, was born in Cortland County, New York, in 1822. When the 1850 census was taken of lonia County, Michigan, she was listed as living with her sister, Eveline. It is believed that she died, unmarried, soon after 1850.

7. Eveline Sparks, daughter of Stephen and Mercy Sparks, was born in Cortland County, New York, in 1827. She was married to Samuel Hart on April 12, 1847. When the 1850 census was taken, she and her husband were listed with one daughter named

(1) Almeda, born about 1848.
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So far as is known, Lawrence Sparks, son of Isaiah and Filisity (Dawset) Sparks, did not come to Michigan, although one of his sons did. This son’s name was Danforth Sparks and he was born on February 9, 1820, in Cortland County, New York. He died at Saranac, Michigan, on October 13, 1897. Danforth Sparks married Lydia Pray, who was born September 26, 1830, and died November 18, 1898. They were the parents of nine children,

1. Eliza B. Sparks, daughter of Danforth and Lydia (Pray) Sparks, was born  January 15, 1847.

2. Abby G. Sparks, daughter of Danforth and Lydia (Pray) Sparks, was born May 15, 1849, and died April 14, 1900. She married Charles Wandle.

3. George W. Sparks, son of Danforth and Lydia (Pray) Sparks, was born Aug. 31, 1873, in Keene Twp., lonia County, Michigan. He moved to Fort Twp., Mecosta County, Michigan, on April 1, 1904. After being burned out there, he moved to


Chippeway Twp., Mecosta County, in February, 1911. He later moved to Montcalm County were he died on May 6, 1932. His wife, Ella, died on January 7, 1934. They were the parents of four children:

(1) Marvin R. Sparks, son of George W. and Ella A. (Raymond) Sparks, was born July 23, 1876; he married Carrie -----, who was born Aug. 20, 1874.Their children were:
(a) Myrtle B. Sparks, born April 29, 1900.
(b) Forrest A. Sparks, born Sept. 19, 1901.
(c) Truman R. Sparks, born Sept. 25, 1903.
(d) Beulah Sparks, born March 30, 1906.
(2) Alice E. Sparks, daughter of George W. and Ella A. (Raymond) Sparks,
was born Feb. 28, 1800, and died Sept. 23, 1956. She married Charles
Brunner in 1899; he was born March 15, 1871. They were divorced in
1935 and she married, second, Randy Lipscomb on June 26, 1936. He
died Jan. 4, 1956. By her first husband, Alice had two children:
(a) Raymond Brunner, born Dec. 18, 1902.
(b) Ransom Brunner, born Jan. 16, 1905.

(3) Leonard Sparks, born Oct. 29, 1889; he married Mable Belle on Dec. 17,
1910. She was born May 9, 1894. To this union were born:

(a) Jesse Sparks, born June 25, 1911.
(b) Eula Sparks, born Feb. 3, 1913; died Feb. 6, 1913.

(4) Catherine C. Sparks, daughter of George W. and Ella A. (Raymond)
Sparks, was born on March 31, 1892. She married John Haach on July
25, 1910. He was born June 25, 1885, and died May 8, 1942. To this
union were born two children:

(a) Margaret Joye Haach, born Nov. 18, 1911, married Martin Perry on
June 28, 1942.
(b) Russell Lewis Haach, born Jan. 22, 1914; married Laura Peake
Mitchell, Dec. 29, 1936.
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Erastus Sparks, son of Isaiah and Filisity (Dawset) Sparks, was born September 29, 1789. He married Philatha Higgins and moved with his family to Trumbull County, Ohio, in 1830. We have not been able to determine the names of his children, with the exception of a son named Erastus Sparks, Jr., and a daughter named Philotha. It is probable that the Ainasa or Amasor Sparks who married Lucy Higgins in Trumbull County, Ohio, on January 27, 1837, was a son of Erastus and Philatha (Higgins) Sparks. (When the 1850 census was taken of Trumbull County, Amasa and Lucy Sparks were listed with children named Eliza Ann, Melissa, Sophronia, Lorenzo, Mary E., and Lucinda.) It is also probable that the Sylvester Sparks who married Calista Sprague in Trumbull County on November 6, 1844, was a son of Erastus and Philatha (Higgins) Sparks. (When the 1850 census was taken of Trumbull County, Sylvester and Calista Sparks were listed with children named Celia, Wilbor S., and Pluma.)

1. Philotha Sparks, daughter of Erastus and Philatha (Higgins) Sparks, was
married to Elsander Pelton in Trumbull County, Ohio, on Nov. 4, 1841. According
to a Pelton family history, they had children named Alonzo E., Mina J., and


2. Erastus Sparks, Jr., son of Erastus and Philatha (Higgins) Sparks, was born in
Cortland County, New York, on August 19, 1820. He was married in Trumbull
County, Ohio, to Pheme A. Moore on September 6, 1843. In 1856, he moved to
Leoni, Michigan, where he entered the flouring business. He and his wife were
still living in 1881. They were the parents of three children:

(1) Leman E. Sparks, born August, 1844; lived in Chelsea,Michigan, in 1881.
(2) Almira Sparks, born 1846, died July, 1877.
(3) E. R. Sparks, born September 14, 1852.
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(Editor’s Note: The following marriage records were copied for us by Carrie Grant Heppen from Vol. 24 of a typewritten compilation entitled “Iowa Genealogical Records” in the D.A.R. Library in Washington, D.C. Olive K. Porter was the compiler; she worked on behalf of the Genealogical Records Committee of the Iowa D.A.R. in 1933.)

          John Sparks & Adaline Phippa, January 1, 1827.

          John Sparks & Nancy Cartwright, February 14, 1877.

          John E. Sparks & Rebecca Miller, June 14, 1878.

          Leroy D. Sparks & Luella I. Stephens, September 30, 1870.

          Mary C. Sparks & T. J. Irwin, May 2, 1872.

          Mellie Sparks & Joseph Staley, May 2, 1866.

          R. Sparks & Deborah Williams, September 1, 1862.

          Rosa A. Sparks & Joseph D. Mathews, December 29, 1870.

          Ruth Sparks & Charles H. Brown, August 27, 1876.

          S. E. Sparks & Frances Williams, August 10, 1876.

          Sarah A. Sparks & Louis Phipps, December 30, 1869.

          Sarah J. Sparks & Benjamin Hayer, November 9, 1871.

          Thomas Sparks & Sarah Ann Pritchard, April 20, 1873.

          W. S. Sparks & Martha M. Smith, January 1, 1878.

          William J. Sparks & Caroline F. Holbrook, November 5, 1871.

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(Editor’s Note: Mrs. Heppen found the following single Sparks marriage in Wapello County, Iowa, in Vol. 16 of the compilation described above.)

          Zachariah Sparks & Temperance Brown, January 30, 1848.



By: W. F. Arnall

In the June, 1965, issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 50, we published a record of the descendants of Senith (Sparks) Bradshaw and her husband, Wade P. Bradshaw (also known as Peary Wade Bradshaw). W. F. Arnall of Hartville, Missouri, has kindly furnished added information on the eldest son of Senith (Sparks) Bradshaw, Dr. Benjamin Melton Bradshaw, who was born in 1832 (not 1835 as reported on page 898 of the Quarterly [NOTE: correction made]) in Tennessee and came with his parents to Wright County, Missouri, in the early 1840’s.  He married, first, Tildia Owens in 1853. She died at Mt. Home, Arkansas. Dr. Bradshaw married as his second wife the widow of Hile Freeman - - her name is not known. Dr. Bradshaw’s third wife was Cindy (Sendy) Hughes.

By his first wife, Dr. Bradshaw had one child, Peirson Wade Bradshaw, born in November, 1854. By his second wife, Dr. Bradshaw had three children: (1) Katherin Bradshaw, who married Henry Hopkins; (2) Sarah Bradshaw, who married George McCallister; and (3) Richard Bradshaw, who married Molley Bryant.

Peirson Wade Bradshaw, son of Dr. Benjamin M. and Tildia (Owens) Bradshaw, married in 1875 Mary Freeman, who was born in 1857. She was a daughter of Hile Freeman and was thus a step-sister of Peirson W. Bradshaw. They were the parents of eight children:

1. Nancy M. Bradahaw, born Oct. 3, 1876; married Jim L. Barnett.
2. Martha Frances Bradshaw, born Jan. 19, 1879; married Jim Kelley.
3. John Benjamin Bradshaw, born Aug. 11, 1883; married Thula Etheredge.
4. James Peirson Bradshaw, born Nov. 18, 1886; married Sermitha Hill.
5. William Henry Bradshaw, born March 27, 1890; married Nettie Etheridge.
6. Homar Z. M. Bradshaw, born Feb. 7, 1893; married Emely Stout.
7. J. E. Hile Bradshaw, born Nov. 21, 1897; married Alice Raney.
8. Ottie F, Bradshaw, born Oct. 20, 1905; married Olie Brown.

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By: W. F. Arnall

Mr. Arnall has also provided a record of the descendants of George W. Sparks and his wife Nancy. George W. Sparks, son or Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks, was born about 1806 in Iredell County, North Carolina, and died in Wright County, Missouri, on October 8, 1870. (See the Quarterly of September, 1962,  Whole No. 39, p. 663). George W. and Nancy Sparks were the parents of eight children

1. Nervia Caroline Sparks, daughter of George W. and Nancy Sparks, was born in 1830 and died in 1855; she married John G. Ridens in 1849. They were the parents of two children, a son who died at birth and another son named George Washington Ridens.

(1) George Washington Ridens, son of Nervia Caroline Sparks and John G.
Ridens, was born August 29, 1842, and died Dec. 27, 1931. He married,
first, in 1870, Amelda Ann Fliewming, who was born May 22, 1852, and
died Dec. 18, 1882. He married as his second wife, Frances S. Preston,
who was born in 1862 and died in 1942. His children by his first wife,
Amelda Ann Fliewming, were:


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                     Dr. Benjamin M. Bradshaw           Pierson Wade Bradshaw
                             with his third wife                               with his wife
                     Sendy (Hughes) Bradshaw          Mary (Freeman) Bradshaw

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                    Judge William H. Bradshaw           George Washington Ridens
                                                                                         with his second wife
                                                                                   Frances S. (Preston) Ridens
                                                                                      and Daughter, Alcia Pearl

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Children of George Washington and Amelda Ann (Fliewming) Ridens:
(a) John G. Ridens, born 1871.
(b) Jim L. Ridens, born Oct. 30, 1872.
(c) Mary E. Ridens, born Jan. 3, 1874; married M. U. Farris.
(d) Margaret L. C. Ridens, born March 11, 1876.
(e) Menervia Caroline Ridens, born Jan. 16, 1878; married a King; now living at 511 N. 39th St., East St. Louis, Ill.
(f) J. E. S. Ridens, born May 14, 1881.
By his second wife, Frances, George Washington Ridens had the following children:
(g) Willie Isaac Ridens, born Nov. 27, 1886.
(h) Robert Oscar Lee Ridens, born Jan. 5, 1888.
(i)  Charlie Maynard Ridens, born March 23, 1890.
(j)  Myra Jane L. Ridens, born Feb. 20, 1892; married a Hayes.
(k) Valora M. Ridens, born March 17, 1894; married a Lindsey.
(l)  Mable I. Della Ridens, born Oct. 20, 1896; married an Adams.
(m) Jettie Otis Ridons, born Sept. 21, 1898; married a Goodman.
(n) Jessie Ann Ridens, born Nov. 6, 1902; married a Jackson.
(o) Alcia Pearl Ridens, born June 22, 1908; married Denver Cottengim.

2. Tabetha Sparks, daughter of George W. Sparks, was born in 1834; she married
Henry Seagraves. Their children were:

(1) Rev. Joseph F. Seagraves.
(2) Evelyn Seagraves.
(3) Jake Seagraves.
(4) Rachel Seagraves; married Isaac Owens. Following the death of Rachel,
Isaac Owens married Sarah Bradshaw, daughter of Wade P. and Senith
(Sparks) Bradshaw.
3. Ann Sparks, daughter of George W. Sparks, was born in 1836; she married a Jones and moved to Texas.

4. William Sparks, son of George W. Sparks, was born in 1839 and died prior to 1870. He never married.

5. Alvira Sparks, daughter of George W. Sparks, was born in 1841; she married a Long and moved to Laclede County, Missouri.

6. Jane Sparks, daughter of George W. Sparks, was born in 1842.

7. Susannah Sparks, daughter of George W. Sparks, was born in 1846; she  married a Campbell and moved to Laclede County, Missouri.

8. James Sparks, son of George W. Sparks, was born in 1849; he married Jane Moody and they had one child, Mady L. Sparks.

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It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Clifton Sparks of Delano, California. Mr. Sparks had been a loyal member of The Sparks Family Association since 1956. He was born February 2, 1901, and died on September 9, 1965. He was a greatgrandson of Thomas and Mary (Howe) Sparks of York, Pennsylvania.




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WILLIAM SPARKS, born about 1794 in Kentucky; volunteered in Bourbon County, Ky.; married Cordelia Donavan in Fleming County, Ky., in 1815; died in Andrew County, Missouri, between 1856 and 1860; Land Warrany File 45 800- 80- 55.

On October 24, 1850, William Sparks of Lewis County, Kentucky, appeared before a justice of the peace named Stephen Bliss to make application for bounty land under the provisions of the Congressional Act of September 28, 1850. William Sparks stated that he was 62 years old and that he had been drafted as a private into the company commanded by Capt. Henry Ellis in the 16th Regiment of Kentucky Militia commanded by Col. Porter. He stated that he had “volunteered at Millersburg in Bourbon County in the state of Kentucky on or about the 10th day of September, 1814, to serve for the period of six months and continued in actual service for the term of six months and was honorably discharged at Fort Malden [Canada] on the 10th day of March 1815.” He added that “he procured certificate of his discharge which was destroyed by fire at the burning of his Mother’s house in Nicholas County in the State of Kentucky about the year 1826.” William Sparks signed his application for bounty land by mark.

Records in the Treasury Department proved that William Sparks had served as he had claimed and a warrant was issued him for 80 acres of bounty land.

On March 7, 1856, William Sparks made application for additional bounty land under the new Act of March 3, 1855. He made this application before a justice of the peace named Daniel Van Buskirk in Andrew County, Missouri. He again gave his age as 62 years, although six years earlier he had also given it as 62. From census record data it appears that he was more nearly correct in 1856 and that he was born about 1794. In his 1856 application, he gave the same information regarding his service as he had in 1850. However, he stated that his certificate of discharge had been destroyed by fire in 1822 instead of “about ... 1826” as he had stated in 1850. He again signed by mark. Under the Act of 1856, two witnesses were required, and James H. Sparks and William Stephens, both residents of Andrew County, Missouri, signed as witnesses. (There can be little doubt but that James H. Sparks was a son of William Sparks.) This application was also approved and William Sparks was issued a warrant for 80 additional acres of bounty land.

(Editor’s Note: The fact that William Sparks volunteered for service in Bourbon County means that he probably was living in or near Bourbon County in 1814.   We know that there were Sparks families in Bourbon County as early as 1786. It is also interesting to note that William Sparks stated that his written discharge had been burned in his mother’s house in Nicholas County sometime in the 1820’s. Nicholas County adjoins Bourbon County on the north-east.

From census records we know that this William Sparks was the same William Sparks who married Cordelia Donavan in Fleming County, Kentucky, in 1815. (The marriage bond, probably signed a day or two before the actual marriage, was dated August 8, 1815, just five months after he had been discharged from the Army.) Fleming County adjoins Nicholas County on the east and adjoins Lewis County on the southwest.


By 1850, William Sparks had moved to Lewis County, Kentucky. He was listed on the 1850 census as being 56 years of age whereas in his application for bounty land the same year he stated that be was 62 years old. It is probable that the census record is more nearly correct and that he was born about 1794. His birth place, according to the 1850 census, was Kentucky. His wife, Cordelia (Donavan) Sparks, was listed in 1850 as 56 years of age, so she was probably born about 1794 also. Her birth place was given as Kentucky. Living with William and Cordelia Sparks in 1850 was Edward F. Sparks, aged 21, and his wife, Sally, with their infant daughter, Malbora. Edward was their son. There was also a Moses Evans, aged 5, living with William and Cordelia in 1850 - - he may have been a grandchild.

There were eleven different Sparks families living in Lewis County, Kentucky, in 1850. How many of them were closely related to William Sparks is not known. (See the Quarterly of September 1957, Vol. V, No. 3, pp. 233-34, Whole No. 19, for the Sparks families on this census.) From subsequent records, we can be sure that the James H. Sparks and the William A. Sparks living near William Sparks were his sons.

By 1856, William Sparks had moved from Lewis County, Kentucky, to Andrew County, Missouri, for he was a resident of Andrew County when he made his second application for bounty land on March 7, 1856. Apparently he had died by 1860, for according to the census of Andrew County for 1860, his wife, Cordelia, now aged 65 years, was living with their son, Edward F. Sparks, who had also moved to Andrew County.

It appears that two sons of William Sparks accompanied him to Missouri, Edward F. and James H. The latter signed as a witness to his father’s bounty land application in 1856.

Edward F. Sparks, son of William and Cordelia Sparks, was born about 1829. In 1849 (Lewis County, Ky., marriage bond dated January 6, 1849) he was married to Sally Criswell, who was born in Kentucky about 1825. When the 1850 census was taken of Lewis County, Edward and Sally were living with William and Cordelia Sparks--they had a six-month-old daughter named Melbora. Apparently Sally, wife of Edward, died for in 1860 Edward’s wife was listed as Mary M. Sparks.   Living with Edward F. and Mary M. Sparks in 1860 was a Julia Sparks, aged 13, and a Cornelia Sparks, aged 11. These girls could not have been Edward’s children and all evidence points to their being Edward’s nieces, children of his brother, William A. Sparks.  William A. Sparks, son of Willaim and Cordelia (Donavan) Sparks, had been married to Mary Meenach in Lewis County in 1847 (marriage bond dated January 8, 1847 - - she was called Polly on the bond and her father’s name was given as Alexander Meenach.) On the 1850 census of Lewis County, William A. and Mary (Meenach) Sparks had been listed with Julia A. Sparks, aged 3, and Cordelia Sparks, aged 1 year. This Cordelia Sparks, born 1849, died in Andrew County, Missouri, in May, 1879. She was the second wife of Capt. Samuel Blair Stafford (born May 3, 1833, in Carroll County, Tennessee, and died May 11, 1906, in Holt County, Missouri); they were married in 1869 and were the parents of five children: (1) William Marion Stafford, born Jan. 1870; (2) Thomas Mahlon Stafford, born about 1872; (3) Emma Jane Stafford, born Aug. 8, 1873; (4) Elsie Stafford, born 1875 or 1876; and (5) John S. Stafford, born July 11, 1877.

Also living with Edward and Mary Sparks in 1860 was 15-year-old Moses Evans, who had been living with William and Cordelia Sparks in 1850, then aged 5 years. The “Millon Sparks” aged 10, living with Edward and Mary Sparks in 1860 was surely the Mellora Sparks of 1850, daughter of Edward’s first wife. From census records, Edward Sparks appears to have bad the following children, but which wife was the mother of each cannot be determined with available data.


Children of Edward F. Sparks:
          (1) Mellora (or Millon) Sparks, born 1850 in Kentucky.
          (2) Elizabeth Sparks, born about 1851 in Kentucky.
          (3) Phebe S parks, born about 1853 in Missouri.
          (4) Catherine Sparks, born about 1856 in Missouri.
          (5) Minerva Sparks, born about 1858 in Missouri.
          (6) Martha J. Sparks, born about 1861 in Missouri.
          (7) Anna M. Sparks, born about 1864 in Missouri.
          (8) Charlotte M. Sparks, born about 1864 in Missouri.

An older daughter of Edward F. Sparks apparently married a man named Williams and died, for living with Edward and Mary Sparks in 1880 were three granddaughters (relationships were stated in the 1880 census) named (1) Henrietta Williams, born about 1872; (2) Virginia B. Williams, born about 1874; and (3) Martha E0 Williams, born about 1875.

James Harvey Sparks, son of William and Cordelia (Donavan) Sparks, was born in Kentucky about 1826. He was married in Lewis County, Kentucky, in 1848 to Phebe Davis, daughter of George Davis (marriage bond dated January 8, 1848). He and his wife were listed on the 1850 census with one child, Mary A. Sparks, aged one year. They apparently accompanied William and Cordelia to Missouri, for James H. Sparks was a witness to his father’s application for bounty land in 1856. By 1860, according to the census of Andrew County, Missouri, James Harvey and Phebe (Davis) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
          (1) Mary A. Sparks, born about 1849 in Kentucky.
          (2) William Sparks, born about 1851 in Kentucky.
          (3) Marie Sparks, born about 1854 in Missouri.
          (4) Lucy Sparks, born about 1857 in Missouri.
          (5) Alice Sparks, born in May, 1860, in Missouri.

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WILLIAM SPARKS, born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, about 1793; died Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia) on March 13, 1853; married Sarah Clouse in Monongalia County on November 29, 1821. Pension File OWI & Wid., Rej. 18062; also Pension File  WC 9 172.

The earliest record pertaining to William Sparks’s application for a pension is found in Report No, 147 of the U.S. House of Representatives, 30th Congress, 1st Session. On January 25, 1848. Congressman W. T. Lawrence, from the Committee on Invalid Pensions, made the following report:

The petition of William Sparks represents, that on the 3d of May, 1814, he enrolled for five years, and took the bounty under Lieutenant John R. Gay and Captain William Morris, 22d regiment, U.S. infantry, Hugh Bradley, colonel; marched to Pittsburgh, Erie, and Buffalo, and was with the army with which Brown, Scott, Gaines, and Ripley invaded Canada, July 3d, 1814. On the 4th, before day, Fort Erie was taken; fought in the battle of Chippewa, on the 5th; thence, after some marches, at the battle of Bridgewater; received a wound, by the kicking of his own musket, which broke his collar bone. He continued with the army until going into winter quarters, at Sackett’s Harbor, where he remained until the end of his five years. During this time he was transferred, first, to Captain Foulk’s company, then from the 22d to the 2d regiment, under Captain Abner P. Spencer, and last, under Captain Francis Bailey, until he was discharged. He received his bounty of 160 acres of land, leaving his discharge at the land office. He was an orderly sergeant more than the last four years. He is 57 years old; has three children, of fourteen months, nine years, and 11 years old, and a daughter married. He is now, and for four years has been, unable to labor, and is growing worse, from, as he believes,


the wound named, and exposure during the service. He is penniless, and dependent on the labor of his wife and charity of friends. He is unable to prove the facts he states, because he does not know where any of his fellow soldiers are, nor has he ability or means to seek them. Accompanying his petition is Doctor Martin Carr’s affidavit, of June 8, 1846, that he finds Sparks’s collar bone with a fracture of many years’ standing; also has a pulmonary affection, [sic] and is incapable of labor from rheumatism, added to the other infirmities; that he is destitute, and dependent on his wife’s labor.
           “G. R. C. Allen, of Morgantown, in a letter dated December 20, 1847, states, that Sparks has lived in that town many years, and sustains a good moral character, from his knowledge of which, and conversations with him relating to the war, &c., he has no doubt of the truth of the facts stated in his peititon.
           “Edgar C. Wilson confirms the above statement, as to Sparks’s character, which is also sustained by a certificate of 22 citizens of Morgantown. Charles M. Lane, M.D., and Watson Carr, M.D., by affidavit, confirm the statement of Martin Carr as regards his diseases and inability to labor.
           “The committee are of opinion that there is no evidence to show that the disabilities complained of are occasioned by injuries sustained in the service of the United States, and therefore beg to be discharged from the further consideration of the petition.”

The House of Representatives “laid this report upon the table” which meant that no further action was taken by Congress.

On June 3, 1851, T. S. Haymond, who had presented Sparks’s petition to Congress earlier, made application to the Pension Office on his behalf. Haymond stated that William Sparks was in very bad health, “cannot probably live one year, is very poor with a helpless family.” He closed his letter as follows:   “This man Sparks is considered so honest and upright by his neighbours that there is much interest felt by them for his success in this application.”

Along with his appeal for financial assistance, William Sparks submitted the written discharge which he had received in 1819. It reads as follows: “Know ye, That William Sparks, a Sergeant of Captain James Bailey’s Company (F), Second Regiment of Infantry who was enlisted the third day of May one thousand eight hundred and fourteen to serve Five Years is hereby Honorably Discharged from the Army of the United States. Said William Sparks was born in the county of Washington in the State of Pennsylvania, is twenty six years of age, Five feet ten ½ inches high, Light complexion, Brown eyes, Brown hair, and by occupation when enlisted a Farmer. Given at Sackets Harbor the Second day of May 1819.

                                                                                          [signed] H. Brady
                                                                                                         Col. Comd. Post.”

In his declaration dated May 24, 1851, William Sparks gave essentially the same information regarding his service as had appeared in the House Report. He stated that he was “in extreme poverty, not worth fifty dollars in the world and is dependent upon the charity of his neighbours and has been for some ten years for support.” He also stated that he had “resided in Monongalia County (with the exception of some two years residence in Harrison County) Virginia [now West Virginia] ever since he returned from the army in 1819.” He signed this declaration as “Wm. Sparks.”

Also on May 24, 1851, a group of Morgantown citizens signed a statement to the effect that they were well acquainted with William Sparks “and from our knowledge of his integrity and upright deportment do not doubt that all he has stated in his declaration is true. We know of no man whose integrity is more reliable and his morals are unexceptionable.” The signers were: Guy R. C. Allen, Henry Dering, Rawley Holland, Thos, Meredith, Henry Daugherty, Edgar C. Wilson, George L Ray, John N. Byrns, Js. Fitch, and R. L. Berkshire.


On May 27, 1851, Dr. Charles McLane and Dr. Wattson Carr, physicians of Morgantown, signed a declaration regarding William Sparks’s disability. McLane stated he had known Sparks for about twenty-five years and Cerr had known him for about seven years.

No action was taken on behalf of William Sparks and he died on March 13, 1853.

On January 14, 1858, William Sparks’s widow, Sarah Sparks, applied for a pension on the basis of her husband’s service. She recalled his service in the War of 1812, his ill health, and her own need. She stated that her maiden name had been Sarah Clouse. She made this application in Fayette County, Penna., but gave her residence as Monongalia, Va. She signed her application by mark.

With her application, Sarah Sparks submitted a sworn statement by the clerk of the Monongalia County Court “that it appears from the Records of this office that William Sparks and Sarah Clouse were married on the 29th day of November 1821 by Joseph A. Shackleford, a Minister of the Gospel.”

On January 13, 1858, Charles Williams and Shadrack O’Brien, both of Fayette County, Penna., swore before a justice of the peace in Fayette County that they had served in the 22d Regiment in which William Sparks was a sergeant. They swore that “he received a wound in the breaking of the right Collar Bone” during the “Battle of Bridgewater caused by the bursting or kick of a musket - - that after receiving said wound he was removed to the Hospital situated on the 4 mile Creek, State of New York - - at which place said William Sparks remained in this disabled state under the care of Dr. Hull for some two or three months.” The witnesses to this sworn statement were Jonathan D. Springer, J .P., and Daniel Downer.

On February 23, 1858, Dr.  Wattson Carr again prepared a sworn statement regarding William Sparks’s poor health during the last ten years of his life, Dr. Carr was now [l858] “a practicing physician in the City of Chicago.” On January 16, 1858, Dr. Charles McLane and Joseph A. Wheeler of Monongalia County, Virginia, made a similar statement.

Nothing came of this application because the Congressional bill which might have provided a pension for widows of soldiers of the War of 1812 failed to pass. Finally in the year 1878 such an act was passed and on April 1, 1878, Sarah Sparks again applied for a pension. She added no new information, except to note that her husband had not been married previously to his marriage to her and that she herself was now 74 years old. James Shay, aged 77, and Mahala A. Widows, aged 64, signed as witnesses to her application, Shay stating he had known her for 61 years and Mrs. Widows stating she had known her for 50 years.

On September 25, 1878, Sarah Sparks’s application was approved and she was granted a pension of $8.00 per month.

There are a number of documents in this file pertaining to Sarah Sparks’s death, which occurred on January 13, 1887, at the residence of her daughter, in Morgantown. The daughter, Margaret, was the wife of John H. Smith; she gave her age as 52 in 1887.

(Editor’s note: This William Sparks was doubtlessly connected with the Sparks family of Washington County, Penna., featured in the Quarterly of June 1963 (Vol. XI, No. 2), Whole No. 42.)

Abstracts of the applications for bounty land and pensions made by Sparkses who served in the War of 1812 will be continued in the next issue of the Quarterly.



by Mrs. Norma Lee Cole

Who was the father of Amon Sparks (also spelled Amond Sparkes) who was born about 1795 in Union County, South Carolina? It is believed that the grandparents of Amon were Matthew and Elinor Sparks; Matthew was born about 1715 in Prince George’s County, Maryland, while Elinor was born about 1731; they were married around 1748. When a special census was taken in Prince George’s County in 1776, Matthew Sparks was listed as 61 years of age and his wife, Elinor, was listed as 45; living with them were five males (probably sons) aged 27, 17, 15, 11, and 7, as well as two females (probably daughters) aged 23 and 3. The births of only three of these children were recorded in the Register of St. John’s or Pisoataway Parish in Prince George’s County; they were: Sarah, born May 23, 1753; Josiah, born August 26, 1761; and Truelove, born July 21, 1764. From other records, it appears that Matthew Sparks, born about 1749 (married Kezia Stone), and Samuel Sparks, born about 1759, were also sons of Matthew and Elinor. There were probably several other children.

Matthew Sparks, with several of his sons, along with still other branches of the Sparks family, moved from Maryland to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, in 1777 or 1778. (See William Perry Johnson’s article, “The Sparks Family of Pittsylvania County, Virginia” in the Quarterly of September, 1955, Vol. III, No. 3, Whole No. 11, and March, 1956, Vol. IV, No. 1, Whole No.13.)  By 1790, members of this family had moved from Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to the Pacolet River in South Carolina, settling in Union and Spartanburg Counties.

Amon Sparks was born in South Carolina, and it was there that he married Mary Ann Gibson, daughter of Robert and Mary (Evans) Gibson. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Blount County, Alabama, where their son George Washington Sparks was born on April 27, 1819. Two or three years after the birth of this son, the family moved to Monroe County, Mississippi. When the 1830 census of Monroe County was taken, Amon Sparks was listed as “Amand Sparks” aged between 30 and 40 years. His family consisted of his wife, also aged 30 to 40, along with one male between 10 and 15, who would have been his son George Washington Sparks, plus one other male under 5 years, and two females between 5 and 10 years of age.

Amon Sparks died in Monroe County, Mississippi, about 1835. His oldest son, George Washington Sparks, then about 18 years old, took over the family’s support. He married Louanna Roberds on August 26, 1842,

As was noted earlier, Amon Sparks married Mary Ann Gibson, daughter of Robert and Mary (Evans) Gibson. On March 15, 1822, George Washington Gibson, born June 17, 1800, a son of Robert and Mary (Evans) Gibson, married Mary Ann Sparks, daughter of Josiah and Lydia (Tollison) Sparks. (This was the Josiah Sparks, son of Matthew and Elinor Sparks, who as born August 26, 1761; he married Lydia Tollison and when he made his will in Union County, S.C., in 1851, he named his children as: John, Thomas, James, Muse, Nancy, Elizabeth, Abigail, Francis, and Mary Ann.) About 1838, George Washington Gibson, with his family, moved to Monroe County, Miss. This was soon after the death of Amon Sparks so perhaps he went to look after his sister’s interests. In 1846, the two families left Mississippi by ox-teams and wagons to settle in the Far West. They wintered at old Fort Pueblo and the following spring set out for Salt Lake, arriving in the valley in July 1847. The Gibsons remained in Utah while the Sparkses left in 1850 for California and the Mother Lode country, where they opened a boarding house and named the place Diamond Springs after digging the well.

I shall appreciate any help anyone can give me in proving the ancestry of Amon Sparks and will be very pleased to share the information I have on his descendants. Please write to Mrs. Norma Lee Cole, 7414 Sterling Ave., San Bernardino, Calif. (92410)



 By: Paul E. Sparks

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George W. Sparks & Mary S. Durbin, September 30, 1875. Bondsman:father, Silas
          Durbin. He was born in Estill County, Ky., aged 26, 1st marriage; parents born in
          Estill County, Ky. She was aged 16, 1st marriage; father born in Estill County, Ky.,
          mother born in Missouri. Married by A. B. Williams. He living in Jackson County,
          Ky. Book 1, p. 316.

Martha Ann Sparks & Sylvester Whisman, September 30, 1875. Bondsman: Aaron
          Warner. He was born in Lee County, Va., aged 20, 1st marriage; parents born
          in Va. She was born in Wolfe County, Ky., aged 19, 1st marriage; father’s birth
          place was unknown; mother born in Wolfe County, Ky. Married by Hiram Whisman.
          His residence, Wolfe County, Ky.

Julie Sparks & William Goocey, January 9, 1885. He was aged 25; she was aged 16.
          Married at Thomas Sparks’s.

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Katherine Sparks & Isaac Dickson, October 23, 1824. She was daughter of Joseph
          Sparks. Surety, James Sparks.
Harriet Sparks & Jesse Trusedale, Jr., February 2, 1828. (Both of age)
John Sparks & Elizabeth Launtz, 27 March 1830. She daughter of Curtis Launtz.
Thomas Sparks & Mary Wallingford, January 8, 1830. She dau. of John Wallingford.
Catherine Sparks & Eli Nash, September 3, 1832. She daughter of Caleb Sparks.
William Sparks & Susanna Gilbert, March 22, 1834. She daughter of Elias Gilbert.
          Surety, Richard Nash.
Joseph Sparks & Isabella Ellis, Janu&ry 8, 1834. Guardian, Joseph Sparks. Cytha Ann
          Sparks & Jesse Nash, April 12, 1834. Surety, John Sparks. Certificate
          from James Nash, father of Jesse, giving his consent. Cytha Ann Sparks over 21
          years of age as proved by oath of her brother, John Sparks. Married by D. K.
          Putnam, a legally authorized minister.
Joseph Sparks & Nancy Armstrong, January 8, 1837.
Ephraim Sparks & Sally Ann Reilly, January 8, 1837. She daughter of Sam’l. Reilly.
Elizabeth Sparks & William Arthurs, January 8, 1837.
William Sparks & Jane Trusedale, January 8, 1838.
Elizabeth Sparks & Michael Evans, January 8, 1838. She daughter of William Sparks.
Patsey Sparks & Joseph Yates, January 8, 1836. She daughter of James Sparks.
Sidney Sparks & Henry Tolle, January 8, 1830. Bondsman, Jeremiah Tolle.
John Sparks & Angelina Brown, January 8, 1843. She daughter of Daniel Brown.
Julia Ann Sparks & Charles Patton, January 8, 1845. She daughter of James Sparks
          and Malinda Sparks.
Jonas Sparks & Martha Patton, January 8, 1845. She daughter of Charles Patton. He
          son of Malinda Sparks. Bondsman, Charles Patton.
William Sparks & Cynthia Ann Entemann, January 8, 1846.
Jesse Sparks & Nancy Patton, January 8, 1846. She daughter of William Patton.


Lewis County, Kentucky, Marriage Bonds, continued:

William Sparks, Jr., & Polly Meenach, January 8, 1847. She a daughter of Alexander
Caleb Sparks & Elizabeth Dixon, January 8, 1849.
Edward F. Sparks & Sally Criswell, January 8, 1B49. He a son of William Sparks.
          Bondsman, William Sparks.
James H. Sparks & Phebe Davis, January 8, 1848. She a daughter of George Davis.

(Editor’s note: It is apparent that “January 8” has been supplied as the month and the day for nearly all of the above marriages; why this should have been done is a mystery. The original documents undoubtedly contain the correct dates.)


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David Sparks & Araminta Cox, December 30, 1797. Bondsman, Thomas Cox.

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Rachel Sparks & John MoQueen, December 25, 1830. Book 1, p. 178.

William Sparks & Aly Seaborn, married by Isaac Fowler May 28, 1849. Book 2, p. 25.

Margaret E. Sparks & Patterson Becknell, August 15, 1854. Book 2, pp. 79-80. She
aged 12, he aged 23. Married In presence of William Carpenter and Louis Mobley
by Mason Armstrong, M.G. of M.E.C.

Jeremiah Sparks & Miss Sally Morris, January 17, 1856. Book 2, p. 93. John Morris, Jr.,
 bondsman. Both Morris & Sparks made marks. Certificate of William Sparks,
 father of Jeremain, attested by Levi Sparks and John Morris, Jr. Certificate of
Vinson W. Morris attested by James M. Hurst and John Morris, Jr. Married at home
of Jefferson Morris in Madison County in the presence of Robert Seabourn and
Levi Sparks by Hiram Casteel.

Rebecca Sparks & James D. Harvey, Septeniber 10., 1864. Book 7, p. 429. She was
born  in Harlan County, Ky., aged 31, 1st marriage. He aged 35, 2nd marriage.
Bondsman: Jesse Denham.

Absalom Sparks & Miss Susan Ann Turley, August 13, 1867. Book 2, p. 257. Married in
presence of Robert Bogg and Mrs. Hannah Turley by James C. Caldwell, M.C.C.
John W. Sparks & Mary M. Horn, June 17, 1893. Book 23, p. 272.

George Sparks & Addie Warmuth, January 1, 1900. Book 26, p. 71. He aged 25; she
aged 14.

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Daniel Sparks & Sarah Bogard, November 9, 1789. She a daughter of Jacob Bogard. Thornton Sparks & Martha Littlejohn, July 9, 1831. She a daughter of John Littlejohn



It is with deep regret that we report the death of Mrs. Frances Marian Sparks who was one of the charter members of The Sparks Family Association. Mrs. Sparks was born in Waterloo, Wisconsin, on September 21, 1877, and passed away in Santa Ana, California, on June 21, 1965. Mrs. Sparks’s husband was a descendant of Solomon and Catherine (Hillegas) Sparks of Washington County, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Sparks was a most kind and thoughtful person and never failed to include a personal note of appreciation when she renewed her membership dues each year. She leaves one son, Spurgeon Sparks, and one daughter, Mrs. Robert Livingston.

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It is a pleasure to report the names of thirty-two new members of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION. These are our new members who have joined since March, 1965:

Birchfield, Mr. & Mrs. France, Rt. 7, Maryville, Tennessee.
Boldman, Mrs. Blanche, 3814 East 31st St., Indianapolis, Indiana.
Bostic, Mrs. William M. 13161 Coleman Place, Garden Grove, California.
Cotton, Mrs. Edgar A., 2613 Aleatha St., Metairie, Louisiana.
Dye, Mr. & Mrs. Robert L., Rt. 8, Maryville, Tennessee.
Effler, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R., Rt. 5, Maryville, Tennessee.
Jaynes, Mrs. Agnes Sparks, 327 West 7th St., Long Beach, California.
LeRoy, Margaret M., 3121 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Maberry, Mrs. Sallie Belle, 2041-A Hayden St., Amarillo, Texas.
Peterka, Lillian (Mrs. John), 215—20th St., N.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Phillips, Donald Wesley, 2045 Wells Dr., S.W., Atlanta, Georgia.
Sayers, Mrs. Olbert, Cedar Bluff, Virginia.
Smither, Miss Helen F., 8020 Meadow Lane, Leawood, Kansas.
Sparks, Miss Audrey, 4107 N. Whipple, Chicago, Illinois.
Sparks, Bill, 1257 Upton St., Alcoa, Tennessee.
Sparks, Calvin Coolidge, P.O. Box 9, New Cumber land, Pennsylvania.
Sparks, Rev. Derek B., 635 N. Martin Ave., Waukegan, Illinois.
Sparks, Donald B., 10316 S. Minniok Ave., Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Sparks, Edwin Richard, 3420 IT. 64th St., Chicago, Illinois.
Sparks, Glen B., 3419 Lombardy Lane, Dallas, Texas.
Sparks, J. N., 6200 South Whipple, Chicago, Illinois.
Sparks, Richard B., Jr., 3233 Ryan Ave., Ft. Worth, Texas.
Sparks, Dr. Richard K., 328 East Lansing Way, Fresno, California.
Sparks, Miss Robbie E., 4239 IT. Lovers Lane, Dallas, Texas.
Sprinkle, Mrs. Thomas M., 1817 Fairview Blvd., Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Tinon, Mary C., 4447 Licking Co. Rd., No. 26, Rt. 1, Pataskala, Ohio.
Van Metre, Mrs. Robert, 1836 Griffin Ave., Maryville, Tennessee.
Wade, Henry Lee, Paris, Missouri.
White, Lyle, Clarence, Missouri.
White, Miss Madeline, 8553 Elgin, St. Louis, Missouri.
White, William Glenn, R.R. 5, Nashville, Arkansas.
Williams, Mrs. Bernice, 45 Ogden St.-2, Hammond, Indiana.

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We regret to report that at the end of September, sixty-nine members who had paid their dues in the Association in 1964 have failed to do so in 1965.

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