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

VOL. XIV, NO. 1  MARCH, 1966

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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 three dollars per year; Contributing membership dues are four dollars per year; Sustaining membership dues are any amount over four 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 three dollars per year. Back issues are kept in print and are available for seventy-five cents per issue. The first issue of the QUARTERLY was published in March, 1953. An index covering the first five years (1953-1957) and another covering the period from 1958 through 1962 have been published and are available for $1.00 each.  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. 


Editor and Publisher of The Franklin County Times

On the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY we are privileged to publish the pictures of three distinguished gentlemen, one of whom is Claude E. Sparks, Editor and Publisher of The Franklin County Times in Russeilville, Alabama. On February 11, 1966, at a meeting of the Alabama Press Association in Birmingham, Fred LePell, Director of the Public Relations Athninistration, of U.S. Steel, presented to Claude E. Sparks and Roswell Falkenberry (Editor and Publisher of The Selma Times-Journal) the “Journalist of the Year” Awards, This was the second time such awards had been given. Sparks and Falkenberry were presented plaques in recognition of their outstanding service to their communities, the state, and the nation.

A native of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Claude E. Sparks is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He came to Russellville in 1953 after working for the Jonesboro (Arkansas) Evening Sun, the Blytheville (Arkansas) Courier-News, and the Marshall (Texas) News-Messenger.

Without knowing it at the time, when Mr. Sparks came to Russellville in 1953 he was actually returning to the home of his ancestors. He had known that his greatgrandfather had been born near Florence, Alabama, but no one in his family had maintained a family record.  In 1964, Mr. Sparks learned of the Sparks Family Association, joi.ned, and soon discovered that he was actually living within five miles of the spot where his great-great- great-grandparents, John and Mollie Sparks, were buried. The photograph of the stone marking their graves in the Sparks Family Cemetery near Russellville reproduced on page 962 was taken recently by Mr. Sparks,


as was also the stone of their son, William Sparks. (John and Mollie Sparks and their descendants are the subject of the article beginning on page 960 of this issue of the QUARTERLY.)

Mr. Sparks’s great-grandfather, Isaac Newton Sparks (called Newt), was born on June 17, 1848. In early boyhood he left Alabama and moved with his widowed mother and brothers and sisters to Hardin County, Tennessee. Then in 1860, with his mother and brothers John, Jim, Joe, and Bob, he moved to Arkansas by ox cart. Mr. Sparks has written as follows regarding his great-grandfather:

“They stopped to live at Smithville in Lawrence County on Coopers Creek where they lived during the Civil War. All of the above-named brothers served in the Confederate Army except Isaac Newton, who was too young. Bob was killed at Shiloh and Joe was shot in the shoulder at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He returned home, developed gangrene and died at Smithville. He probably is buried at Old Bethel Cemetery near Denton, Arkansas. John was a cook in the Confederate Army.

“Left behind in Hardin County, Tennessee, was a sister who married a man named Hulen. His first name is not known in my family, but it is reported that her descendants still live near Savannah, Tennessee.

“Isaac Newton Sparks was married to Mary Street and moved to Sharp County, Arkansas, near Poughkeepsie. They had one daughter, Mary, who later was married to John Justice and then to W. G. Lewsaw. She had children by both marriages. Mary Street Sparks died at the birth of her daughter. Isaac Newton Sparks then married Charity Victoria Goff, who is believed to have been one-quarter Indian. She and Isaac Newton are buried in the church cemetery near their home place. Photographs were baked into the tombstones of both and the likeness is still good today.

“To Isaac Newton and Charity Victoria Sparks was born Joseph Columbus Sparks on February 16, 1880. I was the first grandson of Joseph Columbus and was born on his birthday, February 16, 1929. Joseph Columbus was married to Etta Louella Miller, daughter of Henry Scott Miller of Sharp County. They moved across the field, built a house at the community sometimes called “Push,” and were quite active in the community as farmers.   He was a fine blacksmith and his shop was a delight to me in my childhood.

“At one time in this community, Joseph Columbus Sparks and my father operated the only repair service for automobiles in the area, sold the gasoline, served as carpenters and builders and performed a number of services. My father served as barber, both on occasion served as rural undertaker in time of emergency and my grandmother operated the community’s ‘central’ telephone system. My grandfather was known to pull teeth in this remote community, which was miles from a doctor or dentist during many periods of time. I have witnessed my grandfather pull a tooth while I was a child. He bid the sufferer ‘be seated’ in a cane-bottom chair by the fireplace, took his forceps from a small trunk and hauled out the aching tooth.

"This community is still very remote and the homeplace was sold when Joseph Columbus died several years ago. He and my grandmother are buried next to Isaac Newton and Charity. My grandfather acquired some hill land and cattle, but was not a particu larly good farmer.  He liked saw mills and machinery. He lived his entire life in a house 500 yards from his birthplace.”



By Russell E. Bidlack

In the June, 1961, issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. IX, No. 2, pp. 556-566) we published a detailed record of the life of Matthew Sparks, who died in 1793. We promised that, as we succeeded in gathering data on his children, we would publish a sketch of each one with a record of his descendants. Although our record is far from complete, we here present what has been learned about the eldest son of Matthew and Sarah Sparks.

John Sparks, son of Matthew and Sarah Sparks, was born in 1755 and died in February, 1831. (These dates are found on his tombstone in the Sparks Family Cemetery several miles west of Russeliville, Franklin County, Alabama.) He was a child of about four or five years when his parents moved from Maryland to Rowan County, North Carolina.

The earliest official document which we have found containing John Sparks’s name is the 1775 tax list of Surry County, North Carolina. His father had moved from Rowan County to an area called New River in Surry County, North Carolina, shortly before the tax list for 1775 was drawn up. This area was included in Benjamin Cleveland’s District for tax purposes, and opposite the name of “Matthew Sparks, Sr.” on this 1775 list are given three “taxable polls”: the father himself, and his two eldest sons, “John Sparks” and Matthew Sparks, Jr.”

In 1777, a new county called Wilkes was created from a portion of Surry County and the District of Washington. The area in which Matthew Sparks’s family had settled, called New River, was now included in the new Wilkes County. (In 1799, Wilkes County was divided and this section was included in the new Ashe County. It is still a part of Ashe County today and is near the present site of the town of Jefferson.)

John Sparks had just come of age when the American Revolution began. Thus far, we have found no official document to prove that he served, but in the application for a pension made by his brother, William Sparks, there is a reference to such service. William Sparks, who was six years younger than John, swore on September 14, 1846, that about 1778 he, William Sparks, “was organized into a company of mounted minute men under Andrew Baker, as Captain, and my Brother John Sparks as Lieutenant.” (See the March and June, 1954, Whole Nos. 5 & 6, issues of the QUARTERLY for a transcription of William Sparks’s pension application.)

Our next record of John Sparks is his marriage bond recorded in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and dated August 14, 1781. His bondsman was James Bunyard and the girl whom his bond authorized him to marry was Mary Parmely. They were probably married a day or two after the bond was issued. (See the QUARTERLY of December, 1954, Vol. II, No. 4, Whole No. 8, pp. 54-55, for an explanation of North Carolina marriage bonds.) Mary Parmely, who was often called by her nickname, “Mollie,” was a daughter of Giles Parmely. According to the inscription on her tomestone, she was born in 1763. Her father, Giles Parmely, was born July 1, 1731, in Killingworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut, but he was living in Essex County, New Jersey, when Mary was born. He was in Wilkes County, North Carolina, as early as 1777.

The 1782 tax list of Wilkes County survives and, while John Sparks owned no land in 1782 according to this record, he was taxed on two horses and five cattle. He was probably working for his father at this time. Matthew Sparks, Sr., was taxed in the same district that year on 650 acres.

In 1786 the state of North Carolina ordered that a census be taken of all inhabitants. Fortunately, Wilkes County was one of the eighteen counties which complied


in 1787) and the family of John Sparks was listed near that of his father-in-law, Giles Parmely. Living with John Sparks were “3 males aged under 21 and over 60, and 2 females of every age.” In all probability, these three males were his children - - the reason for the census taker giving them in this age category was that males between 21 and 60 were required to pay the poll tax. One of the females would have been Mollie, John’s wife, while the other was probably a daughter. Living in the same district was John’s brother, William Sparks, who had married by 1787. There was also another John Sparks, who was a son of Solomon Sparks. It is believed that these two John Sparkses were first cousins.

Matthew Sparks, Sr., and most of his family moved from Wilkes County, North Carolina, to what is now Clarke County, Georgia, early in the 1780’s. Only John and William were still in North Carolina in 1786, and by 1790 William also had left to join his father. John Sparks was listed on the 1790 census of Wilkes County; besides himself his household in 1790 consisted of four males under sixteen years and a total of three females (one of whom was his wife). His cousin, the other John Sparks, had exactly the same size family. (For a record of this other John Sparks, who was born in 1753, see the QUARTERLY for December, 1955, Vol. III, No. 4, Whole No. 12, pp. 94-106.)

By the fall of 1791, John Sparks and his family had followed his father and brothers to Georgia. It was in Georgia that John’s son, Enoch Sparks, was born in September, 1791. By 1794, however, John had moved to Greenville District, South Carolina (later called Greenville County), where on February 17, 1794, he purchased from John Stiles of Oglethorpe County, Georgia, two tracts of land, one of 380 acres and the other of 240 acres, on “Beaverdam Creek, a branch of Tygar River.” (Deed Book C, pp. 432-33.) He paid a total of 210 pounds for this land.

John Sparks probably moved to South Carolina with his brother, Matthew Sparks, Jr., (Matthew and his wife, Margaret, witnessed the deeds by which John purchased his land in Greenville District.) In his pension application, Matthew Sparks, Jr., stated that after his father was killed in Georgia in 1793, he “removed to Greenville District in the State of South Carolina, where he resided seven or eight years...” (See the QUARTERLY of December, 1956, Vol. IV, No. 4, Whole No. 16, p. 179.) About the year 1800, Matthew Sparks, Jr., moved from South Carolina to Jackson County, Georgia, but John Sparks remained in South Carolina.

A number of deeds for land purchased and sold by John Sparks are on record in Greenville District (now County), South Carolina, the last being dated 1828. He was listed on the census records of the county from 1800 through 1830; in 1830 he was listed as “John Sparks, Esqr.” aged between 70 and 80.

Shortly after the 1830 census was taken, John Sparks and his wife, Mary (or Mollie), moved from South Carolina to Franklin County, Alabama, to live with their son, William Sparks, who had gone to Franklin County in 1820. Shortly after moving to Alabama, John Sparks died, in February, 1831. His wife lived until September, 1853. Both are buried in the Sparks Family Cemetery, located several miles west of Russellville. One tombstone marks their graves: on one side the inscription reads “John Sparks Sr. Born A.D. 1755, Died Feb. 1831;” on the other side the inscription reads “Mollie, wife of John Sparks Sr. Born A.D. 1763, Died Sep. 1853.” (See the following page for photographs of these inscriptions.) (See also the QUARTERLY of December, 1959, Vol. VII, no. 4, Whole No. 28,  p. 433 (erroneously numbered 333) for a list of the Sparkses buried in that cemetery.)

According to a record of the family of John and Mary (or Mollie) Sparks, prepared
by their great-grandson, Christopher C. Sparks (1846-1923), they were the parents of the following children: (1) William, (2) Robert, (3) Samuel, (4) Enoch, (5) Rebecca, and (6) Elizabeth. The fact that John was called “Sr.” on his tombstone may indicate he had a son named John, but this may have been to distinguish him from his grandson, John Sparks, who was born in 1811 and died in 1847.


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Tombstones of John Sparks (1755-1831) and Mollie Sparks (1763-1853)

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Tombstone of William Sparks (1782-1857), son of John and Mollie Sparks,

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Descendants of John and Mary (Parmely) Sparks:

1. William Sparks, son of John and Mary (Parmely) Sparks, was born May 1, 1782, in Wilkes County, North Carolina; he died on December 25, 1857, in Franklin County, Alabama. He was one of the pioneers of Franklin County, arriving in Russeliville on December 20, 1820. Before moving to Alabama, he seems to have lived in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. He married Eunice Woodruff, who was born August 25, 1786, and died September 25, 1842. (on September 13, 1810, Joseph Woodruff, Sr., sold two tracts of land in Spartanburg County to William Sparks for $100; one tract of 50 acres and one of 40 acres. Joseph Woodruff may have been Eunice’s father.) Robert Leslie James, who wrote the book called Distinguished Men, Women and Families of Franklin Co., Alabama, stated that William Sparks "lived west of Russellville toward Frankfort.”  He described him as a “planter and workman” and mentioned that his parents had “a cook table which is said to have been made by him [William Sparks].”  He added: “He is said to have possessed a passionate temper, but so far as we know, he was a good, law-abiding citizen.” During the War of 1812, William Sparks served five months and twenty days as a private in a company commanded by Manly Ford in Col. Hugh Means’s Regiment. In 1850, William Sparks applied for bounty land on the basis of this service and recalled then that he “had been drafted at Spartanburg District in South Carolina.” (For an abstract of these bounty land papers, see the QUARTERLY of June, 1965, Vol. XIII, No 2, Whole No. 50, pp.910-911.)

William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks were the parents of fourteen children:

(1) John Sparks, son of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks, was born about 1811 in Alabama and died in 1847 in Franklin County, Alabama. His burial place is not known, but may be in a grave with an unlettered stone in the Sparks Family Cemetery near Russellville. John Sparks married Sarah Bowlen, who was born in Georgia in 1815 and died in Lawrence County ,Arkansas, in 1887. Not long after the death of John Sparks in 1847, his widow and children moved to Hardin County, Tennessee. In 1860, Sarah and several of her children moved to Arkansas by ox cart. They settled first at Smithville in Lawrence County on Coopers Creek, where they lived during the Civil War. John and Sarah (Bowlen) Sparks are believed to have had eight children, although the names of only five are known, all sons. The other three were probably daughters; it is known that one daughter married and remained in Hardin County, Tennessee,  The five known sons were:
(a) John T. Sparks, son of John and Sarah (Bowlen) Sparks, was born in Franklin County, Alabama, on Feb. 8, 1843. He moved with his mother and brothers to Hardin County, Tenn., then to Lawrence County, Ark., and finally to Sharp County, Ark. He was a farmer and was still living in 1899 when the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas was published by Goodspeed.  He was married in 1869 to Susan Webb, who was born in Polk County, Missouri, in 1845; she died in 1871. In 1872, John T. Sparks married (second) Alvira Hill, who was born in Lawrence County, Ark., in 1850, daughter of Daniel and Delia Hill. John T. Sparks served in the Confederate Army from 1862 to 1865 under a Captain Huddleson in a cavalry unit. It is said that he was in every battle west of the Mississippi River. By his first wife, Susan (Webb) Sparks, John T. Sparks had a daughter named Mary J. Sparks, born 1868, who married James Wheeler, and a son named William N. Sparks, born about 1870. By his

second wife, Alvira (Hill) Sparks, John T. Sparks bad the following in youth; Ellen O. Sparks, born about 1875; Causette Sparks; Edward B. Sparks; and one other child who died in youth.

(b) James L. Sparks, son of John and Sarah (Bowlen) Sparks, was born about 1847. He married Malinda - - - - - who was born in Arkansas about 1856. They were living in Sharp County, Arkansas, in 1880, and according to the census of that year, they had two children:
(1) Susan F. Sparks;
(2) C. Thomas Sparks, born about 1878.
(c) Robert Sparks, son of John and Sarah (Bowlen) Sparks, served with the Confederate Army and was killed at Shiloh.
(d) Joseph Sparks, son of John and Sarah (Bowlen) Sparks, served in the Confederate Army and was shot in the shoulder at Murfreesboro, Tenn. He returned to his mother’s home at Smithville, Ark., where he died from gangrene.
(e) Isaac Newton Sparks (called “Newt”), son of John and Sarah (Bowlen) Sparks, was born June 17, 1848, near Florence, Alabama. His father died a few months before he was born. He moved with his mother and brothers to Tennessee, then to Arkansas and spent his adult life near Poughkeepsie in Sharp County. Isaac N. Sparks married (first) Mary Street, who died at the birth of their only child, a daughter named Mary. He married (second) Charity Victoria Goff, who Is said to have been one-quarter Indian. She was born September 10, 1859, and died January 30, 1927. Isaac N. Sparks died on June 21, 1920.

By his first wife, Mary (Street) Sparks, Isaac N. Sparks had one child, Mary Sparks, who married (first) John Justice and (second) W. G. Lewsaw.

By his second wife, Charity Victoria (Goff) Sparks, Isaac N. Sparks had the following children:
(2) Joseph Columbus Sparks, born Feb. 16, 1880, and died Aug. 26, 1956. He married Etta Louella Miller, who was born July 4, 1879, and died in 1945. He was a blacksmith. They were the parents of three children:
(i)  Claude E. Sparks, Sr.,
(ii)  Lois Sparks,
(iii)  Lela Sparks.
(3) Paralee Sparks, married Alonzo Stanfill.

(4) Emma Sparks, married Robert Croom, Sr.

(5) Ella Sparks, born May 17, 1886, and died Dec. 31, 1958; she married Lewis Bilbrey.

(6) Myrtle L. Sparks, born Jan. 12, 1897, and died Dec. 27, 1928; she married Luther Jackson Webb.

(7) Lou Sparks, married Robert Crooxn, Jr.

(8) Grover Cleveland Sparks, born Nov. 24, 1892; died Sept. 29, 1900.

(2) Polly Sparks (probably nickname for Mary), daughter of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks, No further record.
(3) Riley Sparks, son of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks, was born in SpartanburgCounty, South Carolina, on October 22, 1811, and died near Frankfort, Alabama, on December 29, 1892. lie was married (first) to Nancy Benson on December 20, 1832. She was born in White County,  Tennessee, on January 15, 1815, and was a daughter of John and Rhoda (Tollerson) Benson. (John Benson was born in Bledsoe County, Tenn., and was a son of Thomas Benson.) Nancy (Benson) Sparks died on January 12, 1857, and Riley Sparks married (second) Nancy Malone, who was born about 1831 and died in 1944. There were no children by the second marriage. (Nancy Malone had a son prior to her marriage to Riley Sparks  He never married.) [Scanner's note: Birth date of Nancy Malone corrected per the Quarterly, p. 1781.]  By his first wife, Nancy (Benson) Sparks, Riley Sparks had the following children:
(a) William Benson Sparks, son of Riley and Nancy (Benson) Sparks, was born Sept. 30, 1833, and died March 24, 1902. He married Mary Odom, who was born in Tennessee on Dec. 30, 1846, and died April 14, 1923. They are known to have had at least three children:
(1) Nannie M. Sparks, born March13, 1860, and died Dec.17, 1930, married A. J. James;
(2) Bettie J.Sparks, born Jan. 8, 1865, died Dec. 30, 1922, married J. W. Hester.
(3) J. H. Sparks, married Arrie Malone who was a daughter of Sandy & (Hester) Malone; she was born Sept. 19, 1877, and died July 7, 1926.

[Scanner's note:  See the QUARTERLY for March 1977, Whole no. 97, p. 1890 for additional infomation on this couple.]

(b) Mary Jane Sparks, daughter of Riley and Nancy (Benson) Sparks, married Thomas Malone.

(c) Daniel Ramy Sparks, son of Riley and Nancy (Benson) Sparks, was born January 7, 1838, and died March 7, 1862.

(d) John Adams Sparks, son of Riley and Nancy (Benson) Sparks, was born July 7, 1840, and died March 23, 1862.

(e) James Madison Sparks, son of Riley and Nancy (Benson) Sparks,  was born December 6, 1842, and died March 21, 1860.

(f) Martha Ann Sparks, daughter of Riley and Nancy (Benson) Sparks,
was born Jan. 3, 1645, and died December 15, 1686. She married Carrol J. McRight, who was born July 26, 1842, and died Feb. 7, 1904.

(g) Christopher Columbus Sparks, son of Riley and Nancy (Benson) Sparks, was born December 30, 1846, and died April 14, 1923. He married (first) on January 2, 1868, Adaline Elizabeth Cook, who was born July 3, 1850, and died January 10, 1881; she was a daughter of John and Mary (Patterson) Cook. Christopher Columbus Sparks married (second) Sara Elizabeth Ezzell on August 4, 1881; she was born August 29, 1858, and died April 28, 1917; she was a daughter of Robert Ezzell. Christopher Columbus Sparks and his first wife, Adaline Elizabeth Cook, were the parents of six children, as follows:

(1) James William Sparks, born Nov. 27, 1868.
(2) Mattie Elizabeth Sparks, born Aug. 3, 1870.
(3) John Lemuel Sparks, born Sept. 7, 1872.
(4) Oscar Mahan Sparks, born Feb. 21, 1875.
(5) Mary Rebecca Sparks, born May 12, 1878.
(6) Benjamin Franklin Sparks, born Dec. 4, 1880.
By his second wife, Sara Elizabeth Ezzell, Christopher Columbus
Sparks had five children, as follows:

Children of Christopher Columbus Sparks and his second wife, Sara Elizabeth Ezzell:

(7) Thomas Jefferson Sparks, born June 23, 1882.
(8) Viola Sparks, born June 23, 1882.
(9) Joseph Madison Sparks, born June 23, 1882.
(10) George Washington Sparks, born Oct. 6, 1885.
(11) Arthur Orlando Sparks, born Jan. 27, 1888.
(h) Riley Franklin Sparks, son of Riley and Nancy (Benson) Sparks, wasborn September 23, 1849, and died October 5, 1890.
(i) Benjamin T. Sparks, son of Riley and Nancy (Benson) Sparks, wasborn in 1849 (apparently a twin of Riley Franklin).

(j) Lemuel Nelson Sparks, son of Riley and Nancy (Benson) Sparks, was born December 15, 1852, and died in 1944 at Red Bay, Alabama. He married Nancy Elizabeth Vinson on December 4, 1879. She was born on January 9, 1862, and died April 24, 1944) she was a daughter of Edwin and Mary (James) Vinson. To this union were born eleven children:

(1) William Christopher Sparks.
(2) Mary Ida Sparks.
(3) Della Ann Sparks.
(4) Riley Edwin Sparks.
(5) Nancy Elizabeth Sparks.
(6) KatIe Virginia Sparks.
(7) Johnny Nelson Sparks.
(8) Rather Cleere Sparks.
(9) Robert Lee Sparks.
(10) Beulah Josephene Sparks.
(11) Ella Bradley Sparks.
(k) Nancy Virginia Sparks, daughter of Riley and Nancy (Benson)
Sparks, was born November 26, 1855, and died September 23,
(4) Rebecca Sparks, daughter of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks,
married Lemuel Nelson.

(5) Artamesa Sparks, daughter of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks,
was born January 15, 1816, and died August 6, 1886; she married
Andrew J. Willis, who was born May 7, 1815, and died November 26,

(6) Willis Sparks, son of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks, was born
about 1815; he married Martha and by 1850 had a son named Marion.

(7) Anna Sparks, daughter of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks. No
further information.

(8) Saleta Sparks, daughter of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks, was
 born February 13, 1818, and died August, 1895; she married Merrille J.
McRight, born November 3, 1813, and died April 22, 1884.

(9) Jerry Sparks, son of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks. No further

(10) Elisha Sparks, son of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks. Twin of
Elijah; no further information.

 (11) Elijah Sparks, son of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks. Twin of
Elisha; no further information.

(12) Elivra Sparks, daughter of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks. She
died about 1895, She married Henderson Bolton and had ohildren named
Frank, Jeff, Monroe, Wash, Daniel, Adeline, and Mollie.

(13) Permelia Sparks, daughter of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks. No further information,

(14) William Sparks, son of William and Eunice (Woodruff) Sparks; he was
born about 1830.

2. Robert Sparks, son of John and Mary (Parmely) Sparks. He was probably born about 1785. No further record.

3. Samuel Sparks, son of John and Mary (Parmely) Sparks. He was probably
born about 1785-90. No further record.

4. Enoch Sparks, son of John and Mary (Parmely) Sparks, was born in September,
1791. He served in the War of 1812 from Greenville County, South Carolina, and
 received bounty land for this service in 1850 and again in 1855. (See the
QUARTERLY of September, 1960, Vol. VIII, No. 3, pp. 502-03 for abstracts of these
bounty land papers.) He was listed on the 1830 census of Greenville County, South
Carolina, as living next to his father, John Sparks. Enoch’s age was given as
between 30 and 40; his wife was listed in the same age bracket and living with
them were three males (probably sons); one male was under 5 years; one was
aged 5 to 10; and the third was between 10 and 15. There were also four females
(probably daughters). One was under 5 years; one was between 5 and 10; one was
between 10 and 15; and one was between 15 and 20. According to the 1850
census, Enoch’s wife was named Nancy and was born about 1792 in South
Carolina. She had died by 1860, but Enoch was still living according to the 1860
census of Franklin County. From census records and other scattered sources, we
have been able to learn the names of only four of Enoch Sparks’s children. These
were as follows:

(1) Samuel Magnus Sparks, born about 1818;

(2)John P. Sparks, born about 1829;

(3) Malinda Sparks, born about 1831;

(4) Mary Sparks, born about 1833. (The latter’s name may have been Matilda.)

(1) Samuel Magnus Sparks, son of Enoch Sparks, was born about 1818. According to a biographical sketch of one of his sons, he married Lucinda Ramsey. However, on the 1850 census of Franklin County, Alabama, his wife’s name was given as Nancy S. Sparks. From various sources, we have found the names of the following children of Samuel Magnus Sparks. There were probably others.

(a) James (or Jimmie) Roe Sparks, born in 1843. He was described by Robert Leslie James in his book on Franklin County, Alabama, as  “one of the oldest and best loved men in Franklin County.” James  stated that he had been born on a farm on Cedar Creek four miles from Frankfort, but was living in Red Bay in 1927; he stated that he had lived at one time in Arkansas and also in Mississippi. He married twice. His first wife was a Miss Reid and several children were born to that union. His second wife, not named by Mr. James, had one daughter by James Sparks. Mr. James described James Roe Sparks as “a Democrat and a Baptist.”

(b) Enoch Magnus Sparks, born 1847, died April 30, 1934, in Hamilton,  Texas. He married Ophelia Adeline Kee, who

was born February 9, 1943, and died July 10, 1911. They had
children named Michael Jonce Sparks, born 1871; Joe Chepas
Sparks, born 1869; Berta Sparks; Eimna Sparks, and Elnora
5. Rebecca Sparks, daughter of John and Mary (Parmely) Sparks. No further record.

6. Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of John and Mary (Parmely) Sparks. No further record.

When the 1850 census was taken of Franklin County, Alabama, Mary (Parmely) Sparks, widow of John, was an old lady eighty-seven years of age. She was listed as living with the family of Liberton and Elizabeth Sweet. Perhaps Liberton Sweet, who was born about 1810, was a grandson of John and Mary (Parmely) Sparks, and perhaps either Rebecca or Elizabeth had married a Sweet.

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Copied by Carrie Grant Heppen

Township Eight, North 6 West, enumerated September 30, 1850, by G. Turnbufl.
(page 164)

657-669 Sparks, Thomas   40   (M) Kentucky Laborer  $200 
        "      Mary A.  31  (F)      "
      "       Catherine  18  (F)      "
      "       Lucritia  16  (F)      "
      "       Sarah A.    7  (F)      "
      "       Ephriam W.     3  (M)      "

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(Editor’s Note: the following records have been taken from the “Marriage Records of Morgan County, Illinois” copied in 1926 by the Rev. James Caldwell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Jacksonville, Illinois.)

Book A

Page  Date of Marriage Groom Bride  Performed by:
24 1833, Sept. 26 SPARKS, Truelove M. Sally Gessford Needham Roach
24 1833, Aug. 8 SPARKS, John  Elizabsth Bradshaw Mathew Stacy, J .P.
24 1833, Sept. 26  Patterson, James  Nancy SPARKS Allen F. Scrugg, M.G.

Book B

41 1844, Feb. 22  SPARKS, Mathew B.  Hannah McCullough Newton Cloud, M.G. 
22 1840, Feb. 23 Acorn, Robert Mary Ann SPARKS James Ransom, M.G.
45 1845, Jan. 25 Denby, Thomas, Jr.  Martha SPARKS Eligah Kirkman, M.G.


[Note: Here appears a photograph, beneath which is the following caption:]

Mr. and Mrs. H. H. West

(View photograph)


Many members of The Sparks Family Association will be saddened to learn of the passing of Lois W. West (Mrs. H. H. West) of 640 West Main Street, Gallatin, Tennessee. For a number of years, Mrs. West painted the Sparks coat-of-arms for members of the Association. She was a gifted artist and every member who owns one of Mrs. West’s paintings is proud of its beauty.

Mrs. West died suddenly at her home on January 7, 1966, the victim of a heart attack. She was born on November 9, 1902, in Only, Tennessee, the daughter of Andrew and Margarette (Pinkerton) Weatherspoon. Both of her parents descended from Matthew and Sarah Sparks (see the QUARTERLY of June, 1961, Vol. IX, Whole No. 34, No. 2, pp. 556-66) through their son Jesse Sparks, who came to Hickman County, Tennessee, about 1810. She was married on October 24, 1924, to Hoke Holland West, son of Ira Stokes and Maggie E. O. (Mundy) West of Smith County, Tennessee. Funeral services for Mrs. West were held in the First Baptist Church, Gallatin, Tennessee, by her pastor, the Rev. James P. Craine, in the presence of a large crowd of friends and relatives on January 9. Interment was made on January 10 in the Charles Nickell Memorial Park, Centerville, Tennessee.




(Editor’s Note: The following copy of the will of Thomas Sparks, who apparently died in 1866, has been made from a photostat of the original which is on file among the probate records of Clark County, Ohio.)

In the name of the benevolent Father of all, I Thomas Sparks of Clark County, Ohio, being of feeble health, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and publish the following as my last will and testament.

Item 1st. It is my will that all my property personal and real, that remains after the payment of my lawful debts, funeral expenses, costs of administration &c. shall be equally divided share and share alike between my following children to wit: Richard Sparks, Charlotte Clark, Ephraini Sparks, Ann Davidson, Rebecca Houston, and David Sparks; and that they may all receive equal shares of my estate, including what they have heretofore received and what remains to be distributed by my executor; it is niy will that the share of David Sparks be appropriated by my executor, first, to pay the claims or notes held by Ephraim Sparks and Rebecca Houston against David Sparks, he having received more of my estate heretofore than any of my other children.

Item 2d. Should there be at the time of my decease any claims or charges which I have requested to be made and kept against any of my children above named, or should I hold any notes or obligations against any of my said children the amount which may be due from either of them on the accounts notes or obligations are to be deducted from the share of my estate given in this will, and the balance or balances only paid to them.

Item 3d. That my farm in Green Township, Clark County, Ohio being the South East quarter of Section 34 Town 5 and Range 8 containing one hundred and sixty acres more or less, be sold by my executor within two years after my decease and that the proceeds be divided as above specified between my above named children.

Item 3d. [sic]  I constitute and appoint James F. Stewart Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annuling all other wills by me heretofore made. Witness my hand and seal this 18th day of January 1864.

Executed and acknowledged                                                      [signed]  Thomas Sparks (seal)
by the above named testator
in the presence of us who sign
this instrument as witnesses
in the presence of the testator
and at his request.
                     [signed] John E. Stewart
                                    David Stewart

Thomas Sparks, Deceased, Last Will and Testament, filed Jan, 2d 1867.
                                                                                                        [signed] John H. Little.

(Further notes by the Editor: Thomas Sparks was born in Salem County, New Jersey, about 1779 (his age was given as 71 on the 1850 census of Clark County, Ohio). As yet we have not succeeded in identifying his parents, although a thorough search of Salem County records should provide this information. On June 4, 1801, he was married in Salem County to Abigail Shaw, who was born about 1781 (her age was given as 69 on the 1850 census). Between 1805 and 1809, Thomas Sparks moved to Greene


County, Ohio; he was living in Sugar Creek Township when the 1820 census was taken.
The date when Thomas Sparks moved from Greene County to nearby Clark County is not known; he was living in Clark County in 1850. From the above will and various census records, we know that Thomas and Abigail (Shaw) Sparks had the following children and grandchildren:

(1) Richard Sparks, son of Thomas and Abigail (Shaw) Sparks, was born in New Jersey about 1805; he married Lucy , who was born in Ohio about 1807. Prior to the Civil War, Richard and his family moved to Illinois and were living in Tazewell County when the 1870 census was taken. They were still living when the 1880 census was taken, at which time Richard was listed as 74 years old and Lucy was listed as 72. They lived in the village of Mackinaw; Richard was listed as a retired farmer. From census records, it appears they had the following children:

(a) Mary Jane Sparks, born in Ohio about 1830; she married Felix Lindsey, a farmer, probably in Tazewell County late in the 1850’s. He was born in Illinois about 1835. Sometime after 1870, this family moved to Kensington, Kansas, By 1870, they had the following children:
(1) Adda Lindsey, born about 1859;
(2) Elnora Lindsey, born about 1862;
(3) Charles Lindsey, born about 1864;
(4) Lena Lindsey, born about 1866.
(b) Robert Sparks, born in Ohio about 1832. He accompanied his parents to Tazewell County, Illinois, and by 1870 had married Sarah E., who was born in Illinois about 1849. In 1870 he was listed as a farmer but in 1880 he was called a grain dealer and was living in the village of Mackinaw. From census records, it appears that they had the following children:
(1) Maggie Sparks, born in 1869, but apparently died prior to 1880;
(2) Bertha J. Sparks, born about 1873;
(3) Robert L. Sparks, born about 1876;
(4) Lelia W. Sparks, born about 1879.
(c) Francis M. Sparks, born in Ohio about 1837, he was called Frank on the 1870 census of Tazewell County, Illinois, and his occupation was given as plasterer. In 1880, however, he was called Francis M. Sparks and was listed as a farmer in Mackinaw Township. In 1870 his wife was listed as Jane Sparks, but in 1880 her name was given as Rebecca J. Sparks. According to the 1870 and 1880 census records, Francis M. Sparks had the following children:
(1) Charles O. Sparks, born about 1865;
(2) Richard Sparks, born about 1866;
(3) Laura K,, or Lauradett, Sparks, born about 1868;
(4) Francis M. Sparks, Jr., born about 1871;
(5) Amos Sparks, born about 1873;
(6) Lewis Sparks, born about 1875.
(d) Lucy Jane Sparks, born about 1840 in Ohio.

(e) Thomas W. Sparks, born in Ohio about 1842. He was listed on the 1870 census of Tazewell County, Illinois, as a farmer, but by 1880 he was living in the village of Mackinaw and his occupation was given as “R.R. Bridge C.” By 1870 he had married--her name was given in 1870 as Adalide, but in 1880 as Mary A., born in Wisconsin about 1848. By 1880 they had the following children:

(1) Ada A. Sparks, born about 1871;
(2) Mabel E. Sparks, born about 1873;
(3) Horace W. Sparks, born about 1876;
(4) Oral S. Sparks, born about 1878.
(f) Abigail Sparks, born about 1845 in Ohio.

(g) Richard Sparks, Jr., born about 1847 in Ohio. He was living with his parents in Tazewell County, Illinois, when the 1870 census was taken. Also living with the family in 1870 was Laura Sparks, born in Ohio about 1850. This may have been Richard’s wife, or it may have been his sister whose name was given as Catherine

in 1850. Richard Sparks, Jr., was still living with his parents in 1680 and was listed as a widower.  Three sons of Richard Jr. were also listed:
(1) Claude G. Sparks, born about 1875;
(2) Sanford Sparks, born about 1877;
(3) Glen R. Sparks, born about 1879.
The son named Sanford was also listed as a grandson in the family of Robert S. and Lucy A. Finks, It seems probable, therefore, that Richard Sparks, Jr., had married a daughter of Robert S. Finks and that she had died by 1880. (h) Catherine Sparks, daughter of Richard and Lucy Sparks, was born in 1650 in Ohio. A Laura Sparks was listed in the home of Richard and Lucy Sparks in 1870, aged 20. This may have been intended for Catherine, but it seems more probable that Laura was the wife of Richard Sparks, Jr.
(2) Charlotte Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Abigail (Shaw) Sparks, was born about 1807. Our only knowledge of this daughter is the mention that Thomas Sparks made of her in his will. She married - - - - - Clark.

(3) Ephraim S. Sparks, son of Thomas and Abigail (Shaw) Sparks, was born near Bellbrook, Greene County, Ohio, in 1809. According to the Centennial History of Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio, he engaged in wagon-making and backsmithing as a member of the firm of Coon, Fryant & Sparks. Later he lived near Clifton and then moved to Springfield, where he died on March 12, 1880. He was married in Clark County, Ohio, to Mary Elwell on January 27, 1831, by Adam Selley, an ordained deacon in the Methodist Church (Marriage
Record Volume 1-B, p. 277). Mary Elwell was born in New Jersey in 1809; she died May 19, 1884. They had the following children:

(a) Simon Sparks, born in 1832, later lived in Dayton.

(b) Abigail (or Abbie) Sparks, born about 1834; married in Clark County, Ohio, Jefferson Aughe on Oct. 6, 1856.

(c) Hannah Sparks, born about 1836; married  - - - - - Littlejohn.

(d) Sarah A. Sparks, born about 1839; married Hiram W. Bachinan.

(e) Ella Sparks, born about 1840; married  - - - - - Gifford.

(f) John Sparks, born about 1841.

(g) Mary Ellen Sparks, born about 1844.

(h) Lydia J Sparks, born in 1849; married Alfred Slack in 1875.

(i) Derostus F. L. Sparks, born in 1851.

(j) William Edward Sparks, born near Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, on August 25, 1853; he married on May 6, 1890, Minnie A. Kimes, daughter of Frank and Mellissa Kimes of Dayton.

(4) Ann Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Abigail (Shaw) Sparks, was born about 1811. She was married in Clark County, Ohio, on August 14, 1834, to Joseph Davidson.

(5) Rebecca Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Abigail (Shaw) Sparks, was born about 1814. She was married in Clark County, Ohio, on October 23, 1834, to Matthew Houston. Her husband probably died prior to 1850 for according to the census of that year she was living with her parents with the following children:

(a) Mary E. Houston, born about 1846.
(b) Margaret Houston. born about 1850
(c) Thomas Houston, born about 1850.
(d) Eli Houston, born about 1843.
(e) Louisa Houston, born about 1844.
(f)  Charlotte Houston, born about 1849.

(6) David Sparks, son of Thomas and Abigail (Shaw) Sparks, was born about 1820 (his age was given as 30 on the 1850 census). He appears to have married three times in Clark County, Ohio; first, to Mary Marks on May 21, 1836; second, to Catharine Berry on April 2, 1839; and third to Sarah Ralphsnyder on Dece,nber 14, 1847. The latter was listed as aged 23 on the 1850 census--her birth place was given as Georgia. From the 1850 census, it would appear that David Sparks had two children by his second wife and one by his third. Perhaps there were others born after 1850. David Sparks was not listed on the 1860 censusof Clark County, Ohio. Following are his children as listed on the 1850 census:

(a) Michael Sparks, born about 1840.
(b) George Sparks, born about 1842.
(c) Edward Sparks, born about 1848.
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Mrs. Joann V. Farris of 136 North Imperial, Denison, Texas (75020) is seeking information on William Sparks who was born in Georgia, probably in the early 1800’s. He married Martha Scarberry who was born in Tennessee.

William and Martha (Scarberry) Sparks had a daughter named Mary Sparks who was born in Tennessee on May 1, 1835, and died at Spiro, Oklahoma, on July 19, 1923. She was buried in a small cemetery at Skullyville, Oklahoma. Mary Sparks was married to Thomas Jackson Boling, who was born in Union County, Georgia, in 1832 and died on January 24, 1884, at Spiro, Oklahoma. Thomas Jackson Boling was a son of Thomas Jackson Boling, Sr., and Elmira McDonald of Union County, Georgia. He was a captain in the 6th Georgia Cavalry in the Civil War, He resigned because of T.B. According to family tradition, he was either a Baptist or a Methodist preacher. At one time he was either sheriff or tax collector in Union County. He is known to have had two brothers, one of whom was named Van Boling. They were both in the Mexican War and were buried at sea off the coast of Vera Cruz, having died in an epidemic.

Mary Sparks and Thomas Jackson Boling were the parents of ten children: (1) Homer V. Boling married Ada Glisson; (2) William Gaberial, married Melisa ; (3) Walter Boling married Mollie Ridge; (4) Richard Boling married Sylvia Smith Lee; (5) Ralph Boling married Frances Higgens; (6) Carolyn Boling married William Bolen; (7) Leotta Boling married “Doc” Palmer; (8) Mattie E. Boling married Charles P. Stewart; (9) Mae Boling married Oscar Ward; and (10) Emma Boling married James Alexander.

Mrs. Farris would be delighted to correspond with anyone having knowledge of this family.

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An error appeared on page 953 of the December, 1965, issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XIII, No. 4). The birth date of Richard M. Sparks, son of William D. Sparks, should have been given as May 4, 1829, not 1819. Members are requested to make this correction in their copy of this issue.

[Scanner's note:  This correction has been made in Whole No. 52.]



By William C. Robertson III

(Editor’s Note: In The Sparks Quarterly for June, 1958 (Vol. VI, No. 2, Whole No. 22) appeared an article entitled  “Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland, and His Descendants.”  Listed among the grandchildren of Josiah Sparks was Wright Sparks, son of Francis and (Wright) Sparks.  The following is a record of Wright Sparks and his family.)

Wright Bruce Sparks, son of Francis Sparks and grandson of Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland, was born in Harford County, Maryland, on May 6, 1785. He was married in Harford County to Mangya von Magnus, whose name was anglicized to Nancy Ann Magnus. She seems generally to have been called Ann. When he applied for a pension in 1871, Wright B. Sparks stated that they had been married sometime in September, 1805.

Little is known of Wright Sparks’s life in Maryland, other than that he served in the War of 1812. On January 3, 1850, he made application for bounty land based on that service, stating that he had been a private in Capt. John Turner’s company of the 42d Regiment of Maryland Militia. Records in the Treasury Department prove that he served from August 28, 1814, to September 26, 1814. In a later declaration, made on June 27, 1859, Wright B. Sparks stated that he had been a resident of Harford County, Maryland, at the time he entered service.  Because he had not received a written discharge, he had some difficulty in proving his service. He wrote to his nephew, John T. Kaufman, in Monkton Post Office, Baltimore County, Maryland, who obtained affidavits from four old friends who could swear to his service: Joseph Walker, Mathew Hunt, John Wiley and Nicholas Shaw. The latter two, both still residents of Harford County, swore that they had been mustered into the same company as Wright B. Sparks and that they had marched with him from Harford County to Baltimore under Captain Turner “to do battle for their country.” Sparks eventually received a warrant for 160 acres of bounty land for his service.

In the autumn of 1816, with his wife and several children, Wright Sparks set out for what was then the West - - Indiana. By December they had reached Pittsburgh, and it was there, four days before Christmas, that Ann gave birth to a daughter whom they named Julia. The following spring the family came on to their new home in Franklin County, Indiana. The side saddle on which Ann Sparks rode, carrying her infant daughter, has been preserved and is in the museum at Miami University.

Wright Sparks settled in what beqame White Water Township in Franklin County, Indiana. In Maryland, it had been the custom to give each farm a name, and Wright Sparks called his Indiana farm “Sparksgate.” The original house that was built at “Sparksgate” was completed in 1818, and between that date and 1847 the main house was built concurrently with Westley Chapel, which is on a part of “Sparksgate.” It was in this latter house that, according to family legend, Morgan’s Raiders stayed while on a sortee in that area. This was an ideal spot for them as it is off from the main road and a heavily wooded area is very close in the rear. Since the Sparks family was from Maryland, they tended to sympathize with the South, and an attempt was made to burn the main house during the War Between the States. The attempt was unsuccessful, as the house is completely of brick and all of the walls are 24 inches thick.

Wright Bruce Sparks and his wife, Nancy Ann Magnus, were the parents of ten children. Following is a record of these children:


Descendants of Wright Bruce Sparks and his wife, Nancy Ann (Magnus) Sparks:

1. William Sparks, son of Wright B. and Nancy Ann (Magnus) Sparks, was born July 16, 1806, in Harford County, Maryland. He was married (first) to Jane Swift in 1829, and they were  the parents of six children, two of whom were living at the time of William’s death in 1881. One
child was named James Sparks; the names of the other five are unknown to this researcher.
William Sparks married (second) Sarah J. Rhodes, date and place unknown; there were no
children by this second marriage. William Sparks died in Indiana on April 29, 1881.

2. John Sparks, son of Wright B. and Nancy Ann (Magnus) Sparks, was born October 12, 1808, in Harford County, Maryland. He married Almira Merrill. He died in Indiana on September 11, 1888. No known children.

3. Frank Sparks, son of Wright B. and Nancy Ann (Magnus) Sparks. No further information.

4. Cyrus Sparks, son of Wright B. and Nancy kin (Magnus) Sparks. No further information.

5. Josiah Sparks, son of Wright B. and Nancy Ann (Magnus) Sparks. He is believed to have been living in Tracy City, Tennessee, in 1889.

6. Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Wright B. and Nancy Ann (Magnus) Sparks, was torn in Harford County, Maryland, on February 10, 1811, and died May 8, 1884, in Franklin County, Indiana. She never married.

7. Cassandra Sparks, daughter of Wright B. and Nancy Ann (Magnus) Sparks, was born in
Harford County, Maryland, date not known. She married a man named Dusong and died in

8. Julia Sparks, daughter of Wright B. and Nancy Ann (Magnus) Sparks, was born in Pittsburgh,
Penna., on December 21, 1816, while her parents were en route to Indiana from Maryland; she
was carried by her mother in her arms while she rode side-saddle to Franklin County. Julia
married William Lowes on September 1, 1836, in Westley M.E. Chapel, by Samuel B. Smith.
Three children were born of this union. Julia Sparks Lowes died August 22, 1900, and is buried
in the Westley M.E,. Church graveyard, Whitewater Township, Franklin County, Indiana. Her
children were:

(1) John Lowes.
(2) William Wright Lowes.
(3) Cassandra Lowes.
9.. Clarissa Sparks, daughter of Wright B. and Nancy Ann (Magnus) Sparks, was born after the family came to Indiana, but the date is not known. She married Elton Merrill on September 15,

10. Leniuel Sparks, son of Wright B. and Nancy Ann (Magnus) Sparks, was born July 9, 1828 in
Franklin County, Indiana. He was married to Martha Ann Powner on November 8, 1849, in
Westley M.E. Church, by Jacob Lanius. He died on February 5, 1892, in Franklin County, Indiana. Three children were born to this union:

          (1)  Mary Celeste Sparks,
          (2)  John Wright Sparks,
          (3)  Clarisa (or Clara) Sparks.
(1) Mary Celeste Sparks, daughter of Lemuel and Martha Ann (Powner) Sparks, was born in Franklin County, Indiana, on October 20, 1850. She was married (first) to William A. Beard on November 10, 1875. One child was born to this union named St. Clair Beard; he was born June 7, 1879,
and died January 14, 1888. William Beard died in June, 1911, and Mary Celeste then married (second) Luther Badger on June 29, 1920. There were no children by this marriage. She died on October 17, 1925.
(2) John Wright Sparks, son of Lemuel and Martha Ann (Powner) Sparks, was born in Franklin County, Indiana, on February 9, 1852. He married Sarah May Cheesman. He died in Franklin County, Indiana, on April 30, 1925. There were no ohildren.
(3) Clarisa (or Clara) Jane Sparks, daughter of Lemuel and Martha Ann (Powner) Sparks, was born in Franklin County, Indiana, on March 5, 1854. She was married on July 23, 1876, in Westley M.E. Church at Sparksgate to Dr. William C. Robertson. Dr. Robertson was a native of Augusta County, Virginia; he was born July 3, 1850, and died on November 1, 1884, at Oxford, Ohio. Following her husband’s death, Clara Jane Sparks Robertson went to Cincinatti. and studied medicine. Upon receiving her degree, she took over her husband’s practice, becoming nationally known in the medical profession. She died at West Elkton, Ohio, on January 15, 1941. Two children were born of the above union: Howard Elbert Robertson and William C. Robertson II.
(a) Howard Elbert Robertson, son of Dr. William C. and Clara Jane (Sparks) Robertson, was born April 29, 1878. He married Grace E. Powell on September 7, 1904. He died in 1956. they were the parents to two children:
(i) Clarisa Carolyn Robertson, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 24, 1906. She married Charles Henry Lay on October 11, 1930, in Indianapolis.  Children:
(1) Carolyn Virginia Lay, born Jan. 28, 1932;
(2) Fredrika Jeanne Lay, born Oct. 23, 1937.
(ii) Howard Edwin Robertson, was born in Indianapolis on Jan. 26, 1909. He married Marian Rosiland Corya on July 14, 1934. One child was born to this union: Jerome Lee Robertson, born Nov. 22, 1940.
(b) William C. Robertson II, son of Dr. William C. and Clara Jane (Sparks) Robertson, was born at West Elkton, Ohio, on November 5, 1882. He was married to Grace Corinne Randall on December 23, 1908, at Zenia, Ohio. He was a newspaper man and public official (see Who’s Who, Vols. 15 & 16.) He died on July 18, 1935, at Cleveland, Ohio. They were the parents of two children:
(i) William C. Robertson III, son of William C. and Grace Corinne (Randall) Robertson, was born at Minneapolis, Minn., on October 24, 1914. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Baumgarten (granddaughter of the Reconstruction
Governor of Louisiana, John McEnery) on July 17, 1939. (For further information, see Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Vol. 6.) Two children were born to this union:
(1) William C. Robertson IV, born October 5, 1940, in New Orleans; and
(2) John McEnery Robertson, born March 9, 1945 in New Orleans.
(ii) Patricia Ann Robertson, daughter of William C. and Grace Corinne (Randall) Robertson, was born July 24, 1920, in Minneapolis. She married Robert Brehm. Children:
(1) Barbara Robertson Brehm, born April 8, 1944;
(2) Robert Randall Brehm, born Oct. 10, 1945;
(3) Richard Lewis Brehm, born Jan. 2, 1947.


It is with deep regret that we report the death in November, 1965, of Rufus Newton Sparks, of Martha, Kentucky. Mr. Sparks died at the age of 88 years following a long illness. Funeral services were held in the Elizabeth Baptist Church at Martha with the Rev. Herbert Phillips and the Rev. Emerson Collier officiating. Burial was in the Sparks Cemetery there.

A retired merchant and farmer at Martha, Rufus Newton Sparks had been born there on February 24, 1877, a son of George W. and Linnie (Grizzell) Sparks. He was a descendant of John Sparks (born 1753) of Wilkes County, North Carolina. (See the QUARTERLY of December, 1955, Vol. III, No. 4, Whole No. 13,  pp. 91-105.) The Bible record of the family his his grandfather, Wiley Sparks, appeared in the QUARTERLY of September, 1957, Vol. V, No, 3, Whole No. 19, p. 214.

Mr. Sparks is survived by his widow, Mrs. Anna Furguson Sparks; three sons, O. G. Sparks of Louisville, Kentucky; Dr. Aubrey L. Sparks, of Warren, Ohio; and Douglas C. Sparks, of Martha; seven grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Cynthia Lyon of Muncie, Indiana, and Mrs. Pearlie Bailey of Ashland, Kentucky.

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District No. 16, Perry Township; enumerated August 12, 1850, by R. Hatton. (page 141)

963-966 Sparks, Thomas  48 (M) Pennsylvania  Farmer $2,000
        "       Mary  50 (F)           "
      "       Delilah  30 (F)           "

 District No. 16, Loudon Township; enumerated August 16, 1850, by R. Hatton. (page 163)

1003-1107 Sparks, David   31  (M) Ohio  Clergyman  $200 
        "       Nancy  27 (F)     "
      "       Emily    2 (F)     "
      "       Audora    1 (F)     "
Redman, Louisa  16 (F)     "

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(Outside the City of New Orleans)
Natchitoches; enumerated October 10, 1850, by J. H. Gallion. (page 6; also numbered 4)

42-42 Sparks, Daniel  34  (M) North Carolina Farmer $200 
        "       Julia  25  (F) Louisiana
      "       Frances    6  (F)      "
      "       Jacob    5  (M)      "
      "       Malissa    3  (F)      "
      "       Dan    1  (M)      "




Mrs. Joy J. Johnson, Pipe Creek, Texas, is seeking information on Electa Sparks who, according to census records, was born about 1797 in Connecticut. She was married about 1813 to Dennis Eli Walker. They lived in Friendship, New York, from 1814 to 1816, then moved to Pennsylvania where they remained until 1831; they then returned to Friendship, New York. Can anyone assist Mrs. Johnson in identifying the family of Electa Sparks?

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Sugar Loaf Township; enumerated October 7, 1850, by S. F. Clark. (page 544)

44-45 Sparks, Berry   58   (M) Georgia  Farmer   
  Olivia  40  (F) Tennessee Keeps house
McCabe, Wm. L.   17  (M) Arkansas  Farmer
McCabe, Eleanor A.   11  (F)       "

City of Fort Smith; enumerated on October 19, 1850, by F. Clark.
(page 578)

32-32 Sparks, Mitchell   33  (M) Ireland Merchant $7000
        "       Hannah B  25  (F) Massachusetts
      "       George T   2  (M)  Arkansas
      "       Thomas  25  (M)  Ireland  Merchant
      "       James H.   21  (M)      "       "

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It is a pleasure to report the names of seventeen new members of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION. These are our new members who have joined since January 1, 1966.

Dalton, Mrs. Charles, 239 N.E. 20th Street, Delray Beach, Florida.
Daugherty, Janibelle Sparks, Box 108, Cherry Fork, Ohio (45618)
Farris, Joann V., 136 N. Imperial, Denison, Texas (75020)
Harlow, Ruth (Mrs. Kenneth w.), 3712 Lafayette, Ft. Worth, Texas (76107)
Rountree, Maggie Sue (Mrs. S. R.), R.F.D. 1, Gatesville, North Carolina (27938)
Sparks, Duane V., 3337 Lynne Way, Sacramento, California (95821)
Sparks, Harry Leslie, Jr., 3118 Columbia Circle, Spokane, Washington (99?05)
Sparks, Dr. Howard L., 5230 Wythe Ave., Richmond, Virginia.
Sparks, James Paul, 20939 Moonlake Street, Walnut, California.
Sparks, Leo, Kellogg Star Route, Oakland, Oregon (97462)
Sparks, Ralph Lee, Box 352, Century, Florida (32535)
Sparks, Samuel, Rt. 3, Lincoln, Illinois (62656)
Sparks, Capt. Samuel Armstrong, 16 Fairland Drive, Pembroke, Massachusetts (02359)
Sparks, Veral E., Flora, Indiana (46929)
Sparks, W. G., P.O. Box 516, Anadarko, Oklahoma (73005)
Sparks, William J., President, Esso Research & Engr. Co., P.O. Box 51, Linden, New Jersey
Usry, John M., B Cronin Court, Rolla, Missouri (65401)

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