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

VOL. XVI, NO. 2  JUNE, 1968

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Left to right:  Bill Coats, Roxy J. Sparks, Elsie J. Sparks, Alice Sparks, and Edward Thomas Sparks.  (The mule, walking in a circle, supplied the power.)

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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, Secretrary-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 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; and Sustaining membership dues are any amount over four dollars which the member wishes to contribute.  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 associations, 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) has been published, as well as one covering the years 1958-1962 and another covering the years 1963-1967). Each of these is available for $1.00.  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.


On the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY appears a delightful photograph of a hay-baling scene in the Missouri Ozarks taken about 1911. The youngest member of this group, who reports that she was sometimes teasingly called “Cat's-Got-Her-Tongue,” is Elsie J. (Sparks) Jamieson (Mrs. James Y. Jamieson). Mrs. Jamieson is the compiler and the typist of the 1963-68 index to the QUARTERLY. Members will recall that it was also Mrs. Jamieson who prepared the index for the years 1958-62. Each of us owes her a debt which it will be impossible to repay for this splendid service.

This photograph was taken on the farm of John S. Sparks (1851-1941) near Bakersfield, Missouri. From left to right the individuals are: (1) Bill Coats who later married Alice Sparks; (2) Roxy J. Sparks, daughter of John S. Sparks, whom Mrs. Jamieson recalls as “most dearly loved by us all” - - she died at the age of twenty-five in 1923; (3) Elsie J. Sparks, now Mrs. James Y. Jamieson, granddaughter of John S. Sparks; (4) Alice Sparks, daughter of John S. Sparks, who later married Bill Coats; and (5) Edward Thomas Sparks, son of John S. Sparks, who, with his wife Josie, lives on land which was part of his father’s original firm near Bakersfield.


The branch of the family to which Mrs. Jamieson belongs descends from Stephen and Elizabeth J. (Levi or Levy) Sparks who were living in Allen County, Kentucky, in 1850. We have not succeeded in determining the parentage of Stephen Sparks, although we know he belonged to a branch of the family living in Orange County, Indiana, in the 1830’s and 1840’s. Stephen Sparks and Elizabeth J. Levi (or Levy) were married in Allen County, Kentucky, in 1843. The marriage bond on file there is dated June 3, 1843, and we can be sure that they were married either on that day or soon thereafter. Stephen Sparks was born about 1822 and his wife was born about 1826.

Although married in Allen County, Kentucky, Stephen and Eli zabeth Sparks lived in Indiana during the latter 1840’s, where their first two children were born. According to descendants, their eldest son, Robert Thomas Sparks, was born in Orange County, Indiana, in 1848. They were back In Allen County, Kentucky, when the 1850 census was taken. In 1853 they were living in Barren County, Kentucky, where a child (male, unnamed) was recorded as born on October 12, 1853. Although the names of the parents were clearly recorded as Stephen Sparks and Elizabeth Levi, there is an obvious error in the date because six months later, on April 10, 1854, their son William was born. Perhaps the birth of their son John S. Sparks, which occurred on July 13, 1851, was not reported until 1853.

By 1861, Stephen Sparks was living in Monroe County, Kentucky. Since Allen, Barren, and Monroe Counties all adjoin each other, he probably lived in about the same locality between 1850 and 1861 - - in fact, he may have lived very near the spot where the three counties touch each other and did not actually move at all.

In 1861, Stephen Sparks enlisted in the Union Army. According to Army records, he was enrolled in Company F, 9th Kentucky Volunteer Regiment, on October 15, 1861, and was mustered in November 26, 1861, at Columbia, Kentucky, for three years. He was fatally wounded at the Battle of Shilob and died at Pittsburg, Tennessee, on April 15, 1862. He left a widow (Elizabeth) and six children.

Following her husband’s death, Elizabeth Sparks moved with her children to Indiana where she had relatives; then, in 1866, the family moved to Crawford County, Missouri, and finally to Howell County, Missouri, where she died in 1874 at the age of forty-eight.

Stephen and Elizabeth (Levi) Sparks were the parents of the following children:

(1) Amanda C. Sparks, born about 1846.

(2) Robert Thomas Sparks, born September 14, 1848, in Orange County, Indiana, and died April 15, 1925, in Denton, Texas. He married (1st) Amanda Caroline Collins and (2d) Ruth Isabel Collins. For a list of his children, see the SPARKS QUARTERLY of March 1963 (Whole No. 41, Vol.  XI, No, 1, page 718).

(3) John S. Sparks, born July 13, 1851, in Allen County, Kentucky,  and died January 31, 1941, at Bakersfield, Missouri. He married Mary E. Smith., daughter of John Blair and Sarah (Thompson) Smith; she was born in Tennessee on January 9, 1856, and died on February 10, 1932, at Bakersfield. They were the parents of the following children:
(a) William Stephen Sparks, born February 20, 1886, died October 22, 1957, at West Plains, Missouri. He married Emma Swick, daughter of John Addison and Emma (McCready) Swick.

Children of John S. and Mary B. (Smith) Sparks, continued:

(b) Ora Elizabeth Sparks, born about 1888, died December 14, 1891.
(c) Edward Thomas Sparks, born March 1, 1892. He married Nancy Josephine Vaughan, daughter of John A. and Elizabeth Jane (Holman) Vaughan.
(d) Sarah Alice Sparks, born 1894, died April, 1960; she married Bill Coats.
(e) Roxy Jane Sparks, born January 18, 1898; died October 5, 1923.
(f) Noah Sparks, died in infancy.
John S. and Mary B. (Smith) Sparks and their children, with the exception of the sole survivor, Edward Thomas Sparks, are buried in the cemetery at Bakersfield, Missouri, which is across the line in Ozark County.

(4) William W. Sparks, son of Stephen and Elizabeth (Levi) Sparks, was born on April 10, 1854. No further information.

(5) Louisa Margaret Katherine Sparks, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth (Levi) Sparks, was born on November 25, 1857. She married Samuel M, Smith, son of John Blair and Sarah (Thompson) Smith. According to descendarts, they had the following children, all born in Bakersfield, Missouri:

(a) Sallie Smith, born March 2, 1881. She married - - - - - Seymour.
(b) Emily Smith, born January 24, 1883, died August 30, 1902;  she married - - - - -  Guffey.
(c) William A. Smith, born January 5, 1885, died November 4, 1952.
(d) Ida Smith, born October 30, 1886, died January 30, 1916; she married - - - - - Sappington.
(e) Homer B. Smith, born June 21, 1890.
(f) Hattie Smith, born February 8, 1893; died March 31, 1933; she married - - - - -  Morris.
(g) Theodore Smith, died in infancy.
(h) Johnny Smith, died in infancy.
(i) Thomas Smith, died in infancy.
(6) Mary V. Sparks, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth (Levi) Sparks, was born June 26, 1860. No further information.

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By Elsie J. Jamieson

(EdItor’s Note: In a recent letter, Mrs. Jamieson recalled some of her childhood impressions of life in the Missouri Ozarks Country a half-century ago. She has kindly consented to share these memories with other members of the Association.)

The 1911 hay-baling scene (on the cover) depicted only one of the many interesting facets of life in southern Missouri. Sorghum-making was a cooperative venture with neighbors joining in, and was particularly exciting for children, as was also sheep-shearing season. As to the latter, not all of the wool was sold - -



a portion was saved for carding and spinning. We had a small building called the “smoke house” where meats were cured and stored. Another, called the “blacksmith shop” housed the forge and bellows where bars of iron were made into horseshoes and other items.  Uncle Edd (Edward Thomas Sparks) had a saw-mill, run by a steam engine, which was doubly exciting because of the spice of danger. We were remarkably self-sufficient, with most of our necessities produced on the farm, and our need for store-purchased items minimal. It was a very democratic way of life, as I remember it, with no man rating himself, or being rated, higher than any other man. It seems to me to have represented the 19th century ideal, soon to be made obsolete by the encroachment of 20th century mechanization and technology.

Others might view it with different eyes, but for me the Missouri Ozarks at that time was a child’s paradise. The area was more wooded than now and spring houses were still in common use. There were small rippling streams to wade in, and crawdads, tadpoles, minnows and dragon flies to examine. Child-oriented duties included helping care for certain of our farm animals, each of which had a pet name and was dearly loved. Also, there were goose-berries, and wild black-berries and wild greens to pick. On summer nights, there was a cacophony of sounds, but louder than all others were the Screech Owl and the Whip-Poor-Will. One memorable night there were strange cries heard throughout the neighborhood, conjectured as emanating from a Bob-Cat, or “Panther”, which had strayed from the forest up north.

For living creatures, both wild and tame, Aunt Roxy and my mother taught me to have love and compassion. In the meadows, the trees, the sunset, the clouds and the star-studded evening sky, my father showed me how to look for beauty. This is how I happened to be looking at the sky one balmy evening about the year 1915 when, to my amazement, a large glowing object passed directly over my head, apparently just above tree-top level. My parents were considerably puzzled by my excited description of the object and my insistence that it must have landed (or fallen) in the pasture back of our orchard, therefore we should all go out to look for it.  (My parents had never heard of UFO’s.) Later in the year, all of us watched what to us was a spectacular display of Northern Lights on the distant horizon.

In retrospect, it seems to me that we must have lived nearly as close to nature as the Indians who once occupied the area. Robert Thomas Sparks, in his Memories, stated that in 1868 or 1869, Howell County, Missouri, was a hunter’s paradise. That it had been a good hunting ground much earlier is evident by the number of Indian arrow-heads to be found as late as 1915. I believe that there are many old Indian mounds existing in Howell County today.

Sociability was not neglected. There were interesting trips to nearby areas by spring-wagon or buggy. The yearly 4th of July picnic at Bakersfield attracted people from miles around. Each of the little one-room school houses which dotted the area served also as Church, Sunday School, and general meeting house. During school sessions, my father was the teacher.  On Sundays or prayer nights, my grandfather (John S. Sparks) was usually the preacher. I believe he was called a “Free Will Baptist.”  He received no pay, and he interpreted the Bible as he saw it, with appropriate references to the Holy Ghost, the glories of Heaven and the fires of Hell. (The first adult book I ever read, before I was old enough to enter school, was “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, and I should like to believe that this book, with its attractive, padded cover, might have belonged to my grandfather.) Another preacher, very popular, was a kinsman named Duke Kirnbrough. Still another, who soon left the area to become pastor of a large



city church, was Frank Coats, brother of Bill Coats (who married Sarah Alice Sparks). After preaching on Sundays, people were invited to each other’s homes for Sunday dinner. (Truthfully, this was sometimes hard on the farm-wife, since Sunday dinners were expected to be substantial in both variety and amount.

With the approach of the 1920’s, the Ozark farms were operating at a competitive disadvantage with other areas. Because of their hilly nature, they could not be adapted to the mechanized type of farming which was proving so successful elsewhere, I remember my grandfather, during this and later periods, repeating the phrase, “The rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer.” It seems to me to have been all too true, although others might disagree. My father had been supplementing his farm income by teaching school (one year he tried a combInation of teaching and running a small store), but it was not adequate. About 1920 my father auctioned off his farm and equipment, and we moved from the friendly lovely Ozarks to another state, to an oil-oriented town, where exploitation of one’ s fellow man was held to be a virtue, our somewhat quaint dialect held to be the mark of a “hill billy”, and complete honesty the mark of a simpleton.   Also, the drinking water was foul.

During the 1920’ s, on one of our trips back to the Ozarks, we found the road to Shady Grove School House almost impassable, interlaced with gullies and sharp protruding flint rocks which slashed the tires of our Model T.  In 1965, I visited Howell County with my husband, and found conditions entirely changed. There were excellent roads everywhere; trim farm houses were equipped with electricity, running water, deep freeze and TV; and the healthy, attractive people were as friendly as in my childhood. Shady Grove School House, however, though outwardly intact, was vacant and unused. Bly, which in my grandfather’ a youth had been a flourishing little mining town, and in my childhood had diminished to three houses and a store, was now completely non-existent as if it had never been, No longer could we ford the creek at Bakersfield - - instead, we crossed over a neat and functional, but unexciting, bridge. One thing has remained unchanged, through hard times and good: the Ozark water, which for drInking purposes, surely must be the best in the world. That which we sampled has remained as unpolluted as it was fifty years ago, and I believe that Ponce de Leon might have had better success in his search for the Fountain of Youth had he lingered in the Missouri Ozarks.

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In Vol. 78, page 345, of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register appears the statement that John Winchester, who was born on May 3, 1783, in New London, Connecticut, and died on August 30, 1859, in Morgantown, Indiana, married as his first wife NANCY SPARKS. The marriage bond for this union is recorded in Hardin County, Kentucky, and is dated June 18, 1803. Benjamin Johnson performed the marriage. According to the above source, Nancy died in 1813 or 1814, It is also stated that she was a daughter of Job Sparks.  [Scanner's Note:  See SQ p. 1449 for the following correction and additional information on this family:  ".....actually, Job Sparks was her brother. Nancy Sparks was a daughter of Thomas Sparks."

There are two other Sparks marriage bonds on record in Hardin County, Kentucky. On April 17, 1800, Benjamin Johnson obtained a bond to marry Elizabeth Sparks on April 17, 1800, and on November 10, 1827, Charles Norris obtained a bond to marry Polly Sparks.






(Editor’s Note: This record of the descendants of Robert Sparks (1777-1831) by Miss Helen White, who lives at 209 East Spruce Street, Shelbina, Missouri, was begun in the QUARTERLY of June 1967 (Whole No. 58, Vol. XV, No. 2, p. 1062) and was continued in the issue for December 1967 (Whole No. 60, Vol. XV, No. 4, p. 1108). In those issues, Miss White traced the descendants of Robert’s sons, John Ford Sparks (1799-1871) and James Parnell Sparks (1801-1846). In this issue we continue Miss White’s record of the children of Robert and Isabelle (Ford) Sparks, with their descendants.)

[Scanner's Note:  Referring to this article, the following was published in the June, 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 94, on page 1833:


In the June 1967, December 1967, June 1968, and December 1968 issues of the QUARTERLY we published a series of articles about the descendants of Robert Sparks (1777-1831) of Madison County, Virginia, and Henry County, Kentucky. Our readers are requested to make the following corrections and additions to these articles:" (here on pages 1833 & 1834 follows the corrections and additions).

[Scanner's Note (cont.) The corrections will be inserted in place of the original material where practical.  Lengthy corrections and additions will be added where appropriate.  All changes will be printed in italics.]


Phoebe Smith Sparks, third child and eldest daughter of Robert and Isabelle (Ford) Sparks, was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, near Pleasureville,  probably born in Madison County, Virginia, on January 8, 1803, and died on July 13, 1863. She is buried on the Sparks farm north of Pleasureville, Kentucky. She remained on the farm in Kentucky and, because she was an invalid, she was given the greater part of her father’s estate. She never married.


Thomas Jameson Sparks, fourth child and third son of Robert and Isabelle (Ford) Sparks, was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, near Pleasureville, on October 10, 1804. In 1831 he married Mariah Sparks, daughter of Humphrey and Milly (Nalle) Sparks. (Humphrey Sparks, father of Mariah, was a brother of John Sparks, who was Thomas Jameson Sparks’s grandfather; thus Thomas Jameson Sparks and his wife, Mariah, were first cousins once removed.) The marriage bond is dated Oct. 17, 1831.

Thomas Jameson and Mariah (Sparks) Sparks had a son (probably their only child) named Abraham G. Sparks who was born about 1835. He died at the age of 20 in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1855. Mariah also died in 1855, aged 59 years.

In 1856 Thomas Jameson Sparks married as his second wife, Mildred Sparks. We have not been able to identify Mildred Sparks - - she may have been a widow. Thomas Jaineson Sparks died in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1865. He made his will on June 6, 1865, and it was probated on June 24, l865.  He left his entire estate to his second wife, Mildred.

In all probability, Thomas Jarneson Sparks had only one child, Abraham G. Sparks, who died at the age of 20 years.


William Madison Sparks, fifth child and fourth son of Robert and Isabelle (Ford) Sparks, was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, near Pleasureville, on August 30, 1806, and died in Missouri on November 20, 1879, He was married in Kentucky about 1830 to Parthesia Baker, who was born on October 14, 1812, and died on May 28, 1863, They are both buried at Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery near Shelbiria, Missouri, They were the parents of eight children:



1. Pauline (“Polina”) B. Sparks, daughter of William Madison and Parthesia (Baker) Sparks, was born in Kentucky on April 6, 1832, and died on April 23, 1860. She married. C. B. Whitehead, who was born on October 28, 1830, and died on January 27, 1892; he married as his second wife, Sarah M. - - - - - , who was born in 1845 and died on April 28, 1878. He and both his wives are buried at Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery near Shelbina, Missouri.  C. B. Whitehead and his first wife, Pauline B. Sparks, were the parents of two children:
(1) Elnora Whitehead; she married - - - - - Patton.
(2) William Stout (“Buddy”) Whitehead.
2. Elizabeth (“Betty”) Sparks, daughter of William Madison and Parthesia (Baker) Sparks, was born in Kentucky in March 1835, and died on April 12, 1877. She married Thomas Magruder on March 31, 1851; he was born in 1820 and died in 1896. They are buried at Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery near Shelbina, Missouri. They were the parents of six children:
(1) Jemima Magruder, born January 20, 1852; died 1857.
(2) William T. (“Buddy”) Magruder, born April 16, 1853; died March 8, 1915.
(3) Hiram Magruder, born May 19, 1855; died October 17, 1856.
(4) Charles N. Magruder, born November 22, 1860; died 1862.
(5) Shelby W. Magruder, born May 19, 1866.
(6) Robert Franklin Magruder, born January 15, 1877, died 1928; he married Laura L. Burks, who was born in 1877 and died in 1937.
3. Eliza F. Sparks, daughter of William Madison and Parthesia (Baker) Sparks, was born in Kentucky in March 1835 (she was a twin of Elizabeth), and died on May 8, 1862. She never married.
4. Sarah J. Sparks, daughter of William Madison and Parthesia (Baker) Sparks, was born on August 15, 1840, and died February 10, 1906, She was married in 1875 to John Gregory Buckman, who was born on July 18, 1842, and died on December 25, 1909. They are buried in Shelbina, Missouri. They had two children:
(1) Infant son, born and died on December 18, 1876.
(2) Ida Mae Buokman, born in Monroe County, Missouri, on April 26, 1878. She was married on December 18, 1901, to J. Willie Wilt, who was born on April 18, 1873, and died on July 22,
1920. Ida married again on December 14, 1929, to Elias T. Caldwell, who was born on December 7, 1873, and died on February 23, 1941. Willie Wilt and Elias Caldwell are buriedin Shelbina, Missouri. By her first husband, J. Willie Wilt, Ida Mae Buckman had one son named Gregory Wilt who was born April 20, 1917; he married Ruby Brown on June 4, 1939, and they have one son named Ted Wilt, who was born September 12, 1942, Ted Wilt was married on December 10, 1966, to June Meddows.
5. Charles Sparks, son of William Madison and Parthesia (Baker) Sparks, was born on December 4, 1843, and died on August 24, 1863, He did not marry.
6. Robert F. Sparks, son of William Madison and Parthesia (Baker) Sparks, was born in June 1844 and died in March 1889.


7. Mary Ann Sparks, daughter of William Madison and Parthesia (Baker) Sparks; no further information.
8. William Franklin Sparks, son of William Madison and Parthesia (Baker) Sparks, was born on January 4, 1853, and died on May 7, 1893. He was married on October 6, 1877, to Phoebe Ann (Sparks) McConnell, daughter of Henry Jefferson Sparks and widow of James William McConnell. William Franklin Sparks and Phoebe Ann were first cousins. She was born in Kentucky on August 16, 1847, and died in 1929. Following the death of William Franklin Sparks, she married as her third husband, Spurghian Gaiel Parsons.  William Franklin and Phoebe Ann (Sparks) Sparks were the parents of two children:
(1) Emmett Weldon Sparks, born on November 18, 1879, died on March 1, 1956. He married Jessie Marie Smock, who was born June 16, 1882. They had two daughters:
(A) Phoebe Smock Sparks, born August 24, 1911; she married Jack Corkins on November 20, 1934.

(B) Jennie Sue Sparks, born December 12, 1915; she married David Watkins on June 24, 1936. They had four children:

(1) Phoebe Ann Watkins, born March 23, 1937;
(2) David Watkins, born September 22, 1940;
(3) Mary Susan, b. 1948;
(4) Jane S., b. 1953.
(2) Vilette Nellis (“Lettie”) Sparks, daughter of William Franklin and Phoebe Ann (Sparks) Sparks, was born on January 6, 1882, and died on February 26, 1951. She married William Henry White on November 18, 1903; he was a son of Henry Harrison White, Sr., and Eliza H.(Whiteside) White and was born November 14, 1878. Lettie is buried in Shelbina, Missouri.

Henry Jefferson Sparks, son of Robert and Isabelle (Ford) Sparks, was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, near Pleasureville, on March 30, 1808, and died on February 28, 1888; he is buried in the Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery near Shelbina, Missouri. He was married (first) to Nancy Threlkeld on December 9, 1830. Nancy was born on April 20, 1812, and died on September 16, 1855; she is buried on the James Parnell Sparks farm south-west of Shelbina, Missouri. Henry Jefferson Sparks married as his second wife, Jane Threlkeld, a sister of his first wife. They had no children. Jane was born on April 12, 1816, and died on November 4, 1855. Henry then married as this third wife, Mrs. Sarah (Pearcy) Whitlow, widow of John Whitlow and a sister of Martha (Pearcy) Sparks, wife of Robert Sparks who was a brother of Henry Jefferson Sparks. Sarah was born April 16, 1821, and died February 6, 1865. She is buried at the Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery.......and they had two children: Kate Sparks and Mattie Sparks. (Which see below.) Henry Jefferson Sparks had a total of eleven children.

1. Mary Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Henry Jefferson and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born in 1832 arid died in 1846 at the age of 14 years.

2. Oliver T. (or S.) Sparks, son of Henry Jefferson and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born on June 13, 1833, and died on October 4, 1862. He was married in Henry County, Kentucky, on October 12, 1854, to Susana A. Maddox, who was born September 2, 1836, and died March 16, 1915. They are buried in the Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery near Shelbina, Missouri. Oliver served in the Civil War as a captain. They were the parents of three children:

(1) Notely M. Sparks, son of Oliver and Susana A. (Maddox) Sparks, was born in 1855 and died on June 17, 1879. He is buried in the Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery near Shelbina, Missouri.
(2) Nannie P. Sparks, daughter of Oliver and Susana A. (Maddox) Sparks, was born in 1857 and died in 1920. She married Thomas M. Rash, who was born in 1856 and died in 1924. They had five ohildren:
(A) Joella Rash, born November 4, 1880, died December 21, 1917. She married Notely S. Combs, who was born on October 12, 1875, and died on January 9, 1935. They had three daughters:
(a) Thelma Combs, born in May 1901; she married Rick Clapper, born Sept. 5, 1898. They have three children: (1) Bill Not Clapper, born Dec. 31, 193-; married Jean Brown and has a son Mike; (2) Caroline Clapper, married Herbert Thoxel and had a son named William Jeffrie; and (3) Bickey Clapper, born June 17, 1934, married Eileen - - - - -, who was born Sept. 4, 1936, and had two daughtes, Jill, born July 30, 1961, and Kay, born April 24, 1963.
(b) Mary D. Combs, born 1909, died 1927.
(c) Nadine Combs.
(B) Henry 0. Rash, born August 14, 1884, died two days later; buried at Crooked Creek Baptist Church.

(C) Paul Rash, born May 15, 1886, died Jamiary 17, 1945; buried at Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery.

(D) Sue Ann Rash, married Elbert Bierly. They had four children

(a) Nora Bell Bierly, married John Pence. They had three children: (1) Carl Dean Pence, married and had two children, Allison and Paula Catherine; (2) Paula Pence, married Charles Roune and had four children, Terry, Diana Jo, Debra Sue, and Janie; (3) Barbara Fence.
(b) Jane Bierly, married Harlan Wagner; they have three children: Don, Dug, and Bob.
(c) Pauline Bierly, married Robert Freeman; they have two children: Gary and Linda.
(d) Tom Bierly, married Joan Greenwell.
(E) Glenn Thomas Rash, born March 5, 1898, died Nov. 28, 1942; he married Edith Sahn. They had one son, Tom Rash, who married on March 14, 1962, Dorothy Farrell.
(3) Henry Owen Sparks, son of Oliver and Susana A. (Maddox) Sparks, was born on August 21, 1858, and died on June 15, 1946. He was married to Ann Valentine Witters, who was born March 6, 1865, and died May 10, 1921. They are buried at Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery. They were the parents of five children:


(A) Notely Maddox Sparks, son of Henry Owen and Ann V. (Witters) Sparks, was born October 12, 1880, and died December 21, 1936. He was married on December 4, 1905, to Helen Rash, who was born April 28, 1886, and died December 28, 1946. They are buried in Shelbina, Missouri. They had seven children:
(a) Ann Adeline Sparks, born March 11, 1907; she married Henry Roth, Jr., on Feb.12, 1928. They had three children: (1) Marion Elizabeth Roth, born Dec. 4, 1928; married John Low on May 18, 1951, he was born Aug. 7, 1924) they had 3 girls, Lucinda Ann, born Nov. 30, l951, Jan Wayland, born June 8, 1955; and Elizabeth Gaye, born Jan. 25, 1957 and died in April 1964. (2) Norma Jean Roth, born October 6, 1934; married Robert Jaynes, Jr., on June 25, 1955; he was born Aug. 5, 1928.They have three children: Stephen Loyd, born Dec. 6, 1956; Laura Ann, born July 28, 1958; and David Henry, born April 2, 1962. (3) Karen Sue Roth, born April 27, 1941.

(b) Henry Owen Sparks, born August 3, 1909; he married Virginia Bell Byars on Dec. 21, 1935; she was born Aug. 19, 1913. They have four children: (1) Richard Owen Sparks, born March 4, 1937; he married Nancy Sue Mitchell on Aug. 18, 196-, she was born Dec. 14, 1942; they have a child, Kimberly Louann born Dec. 10, 1964. (2) Carol Elaine Sparks, born Jan. 3, 1941; married on Sept. 4, 1960, to James Evert Greening, who was born May 13,1940. (3) Larry Maddox Sparks, born Feb. 27, 1946. (4) Nancy Ann Sparks, born Oct. 30, 1948.

(c) Frances Elizabeth Sparks, born Feb. 19, 1911; she married Thomas Lee Ratliff on Feb. 16, 1934; he was born Nov. 6, 1912. They had four children: (1) Mary Elizabeth Ratliff, born Dec. 3, 1934; married Jan. 1, 1954, to John Davis Gosney, who was born June 8, 1934. They had four children: Pamela Kay, born Oct. 2, 1954; David Brian, born Dec. 2, 1956; Bradley Darion, born Aug. 7, 1963. (2) Helen Yvonne Ratliff, born Oct. 13, 1936; married Larry Wayne James. (3) Kerry Ann Ratliff, born Apr. 7, 1943. (4) Daralee Ratliff, born May 2, 1946.


(d) Harold Rash Sparks, son of Notely Maddox & Helen (Rash) Sparks, was born Feb0 16, 1913; he married Dec. 21, 1940, to Ella Burditt, who was born Sept. 24, 1919. They had two children: (1) Betty Jean Sparks, born Feb. 24, 1942, married Donald Anderson on June 16, 1963; and (2) Harold Wayne Sparks, born Oct. 12, 1943, married on Aug. 24, 1963, to Judith Ann Branscomb, who was born Dec. 14, 1942.

(e) Carolyn Sparks, daughter of Notely Maddox & Helen (Rash) Sparks, was born Nov. 19, 1915; she married on July 28, 1943, Monroe Bohrer, who was born Nov. 7, 1912. They have five children: (1) Charles Lee Bohrer, born May 22, 1944, married Linda Sue Pendleton; (2) Dorothy Jean Bohrer, born Aug. 19, 1945, married Larry Wayne Abell; (3) Robert Bohrer, born May 18, 1947; (4) Gary Wayne Bohrer, born Sept. 27, 1951; and (5) Carol Ann Bohrer, born May 26, 1954.

(f) Mary Sue Sparks, daughter of Notely Maddox & Helen (Rash) Sparks, was born June 30, 1919; she married on Feb. 9, 1938, John Alexander Lyell, who was born Aug. 17, 1916. They had two children: (1) Linda Lou Lyell, born April 15 , 1942, married Dec. 17, 1960, to Arthur Lee Culiffer; and (2) Edward Lyell.

(g) Helen Martine Sparks, daughter of Notely Maddox & Helen (Rash) Sparks, was born Feb. 24, 1927; she married on Dec. 14, 1945, to Walter August Behring, who was born Feb. 7, 1920, They have nine children:

(1) Connie Rae Behring, born June 16, 1947;
(2) John August Behring, born Oct. 2, 1948;
(3) Mary Lou Behring, born Dec. 22, 1949;
(4) James Walter Behring, born Feb. 28, 1951;
(5) Donald Lee Behring, born July 15, 1954;
(6) Gale Martin Behring, born May 17, 1956;
(7) Laura Ann Behring, born April 10, 1961:
(8) Eugene Ray Behring, born Oct. 7, 1965; and
(9) Janene Kay Behring, (twin) born Oct. 7, 1965.
(B) Minta Sparks, daughter of Henry Owen and Ann V. (Witters) Sparks. No further information.

(C) Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Sparks, daughter of Henry Owen and Ann V. (Witters) Sparks; she married (first) Claude Snell, and (second) George Wheaton.


(D) Goldie Sparks, daughter of Henry Owen and Ann V. (Witters) Sparks, was born in 1891; she married George E. Mayfield, who was born in 1884 and died in 1951. They had four children:
(a) Doris Mayfield; she married Harry K. Hawker and they had two children: (1) Jacquelyn Ann Hawker, who married William Dean Whitworth; and (2) George Frederick Hawker, who married Sally Ann Galbraith.

(b) James H. Mayfield; he married Bernice Huff and had two children: (1) Larry Don Mayfield; and (2) Carla Jean Mayfield.

(c) Ray Mayfield; he married Eunice Lasall and they had two children: (1) Nancy, who was Eunice’s daughter; and (2) George Owen Mayfield.

(d) Martha Mayfield, married Raymond Winicler. They had two children: (1) Ronald linkler who married Grace Mittlestead and had a daughter named Melinda Jean; and (2) Robert Wayne Winkler.

(B) June Sparks, daughter of Henry Owen and Ann V. (Witters) Sparks. She married Harry McPhetters and, as her second husband, Erwin Calemen. She had one child:
(a) lila Rae MoPhetters, who married Robert T. Miller and had four children: (1) Mary Margaret Miller, who married Wayne Bardman and had a daughter named Mechille Bardman; (2) Robert T. Miller; (3) Nancy Rae Miller; and (4) Donnie Miller.

3. Samuel P. Sparks, son of Henry Jefferson, and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born  was born in 1835 in Monroe County, Missouri; he married Lydia J. - - - - -, who was born on February 2, 1840, and died on May 4, 1863, and was buried at Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery. We have very little information on this family. One record lists three children: Ollie, Nellie, and Edward. Another record provided by Florence Sullivan, who has the old Nolan Bible, lists thts children of Samuel P. Sparks as: Oliver, Mary Eilean, Lula, and Edward. There is a grave on the Jesse Lee Lewis farm, south-west of Shelbina, Missouri, of Nancy Jane Sparks, daughter of Samuel and Lydia Sparks, born in January 1861 and died on October 3, 1861.

4. Martha Jane (“Mat”) Sparks, daughter of Henry Jefferson and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born in 1837, and was married on January 10, 1861, to William D. Gardner. He was born in Henry County, Kentucky, on July 19, 1830. Here again we have two different records. One record gives the following children: Gertrude; James; Annie Bell, who married a Parsons; Eugene, who married Mattie B. Vaughn; and Edrick. The record in the Nolan Bible lists the children as: Jr., Anna Bell; Eugene; Edna; Harvey; and John William. I found a grave of Nannie Price Gardner, born November 7, 1861, died August 18, 1866.

5. 6. Isabelle (“Idd”) Sparks, daughter of Henry Jefferson and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born October 17, 1842, and died January 8, 1930. She married Francis M. King, who was born January 31, 1835, and died September 30, 1911. They are buried in Shelbina, Missouri. They had three children:


Children of Isabella (“Idd”) Sparks and her husband, Francis M, King:
(1) Elbert J. King, born August 25, 1865, died April 10, 1951. He married Minnie Amanda Maupin, born March 4, 1866, died December 24, 19390 They are buried in Shelbina, Mo.
(2) Eddie King, died May 8, 1869 as an infant 10 days old.

(3) Annie Mattie King; she married and had children named Harry and Isabelle.

6. 5.  John William Sparks, son of Henry Jefferson and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born about 1844 or 1845; in 1840; he was married on January 13, 1865, to Elizabeth Threlkeld; after her death he married her sister, Clarisso Threlkeld on April 7, 1881.

7. James Fountain Sparks, son of Henry Jefferson and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born in 1845.

78.  Phoebe Ann (“Mitt”) Sparks, daughter of Henry Jefferson and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born in Missouri on August 16, 1847, and died in 1929. She was married on August 31, 1865, to James McConnell, who was born in Kentucky on February 25, 1841, and died on March 25, 1866. Her second marriage was to William F. Sparks on October 6, 1877. William F. Sparks was a son of William Madison and Parthesia (Baker) Sparks and was thus a first cousin of Phoebe Ann. (See page 1151.) William F. Sparks died on May 7, 1893 and Phoebe Ann married as her third husband, Spurghian (“Spur”) Gaiel Parsons, on December 15, 1904. He was born on August 29, 1844 and died in 1930. Phoebe Ann ("Mitt) Sparks died on Dec. 4, 1929.  They are buried in Shelbina, Missouri. Phoebe Ann had one child by her first husband and two children by her second husband:

(1) Annie Jim McConnell, daughter of Phoebe Ann Sparks and her first husband, James McConnell, was born in Monroe County, Missouri, on May 22, 1866, and died on September 23, 1956. She was married on October 10, 1893, to William Mosby Nolan, who was born on October 17, 1864, and died on March 1, 1942. They had two daughters:
(A) Pauline Nolan, born May 28, 1895; she married Pollard Adams, who was born November 14, 18--. They had a daughter.
(a) Betty Ann Adams; she married (1st) Joe Kelly and (2d) Walter Grey. She had three children: (1) Joanne Kelly; (2) Lin Grey; and (3) Shelly Kay Grey.
(B) Florence Nolan, born September 3, 1900; she married on July 2, 1925, Michael Sullivan, who was born October 19, 1894. They had one son:
(a) William M. Sullivan, Jr., born February 22, 1929; he married Carla Wilcock, who was born April 13, 1933. They had a son named Michael Sullivan III, born December 1, 1954.
(2) Emmett Weldon Sparks, son of Phoebe Ann Sparks and her second husband, William F. Sparks, was born on November 18, 1879. (For a record of his family see page 1151.)
(3) Vilette Nellis (“Lettie”) Sparks, daughter of Phoebe Ann Sparks and her second husband, William F. Sparks, was born January 6, 1882. (For a record of her family see page 1151.)



8. 9. Nancy Alice Sparks, daughter of Henry Jefferson and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born on Jan. 15, 1850, and died on April 23, 1851, at the age of one year, 3 months and 8 days.

9. 10. Sarah Ellen Sparks, daughter of Henry Jefferson and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born on September 12, 1853, and died on September 23, 1855. She is buried on the James Parnell Sparks farm.

10. 12. Mattie D. Sparks, daughter of Henry Jefferson and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, Sarah (Pearcy) Whitlow Sparks, was born in 1962, and married Silas Patterson. They had one son, named Harry Patterson.

11. Kate Sparks, daughter of Henry Jefferson and Nancy (Threlkeld) Sparks, Sarah (Pearcy) Whitlow Sparks, was born on September 15, 1859, and died on November 7, 1939. She was married to Elias Sparks, son of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks; he was born on March 3, 1859, and died on August 14, 1930. They are buried in Shelbina, Missouri. For a record of their children, see the sketch on Elias Magruder Sparks on page 1066 of the June 1967 issue of the QUARTERLY (Whole No. 58, Vol. XV, No. 2).


Mary Ann Sparks, daughter of Robert and Isabelle (Ford) Sparks, was born in or near Pleasureville, Kentucky. She is believed to have been the seventh child and was probably born about 1809. We have no further information.

(Editor’s Note: In future issues of the QUARTERLY we shall publish records compiled by Helen White of the descendants of the other children of Robert Sparks (1777-1831) of Madison County, Virginia, and Henry County, Kentucky.)

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David Farris, Box 8574, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (19101) is preparing a genealogy of the descendants of Col. John Tate (1743-1828) of Russell County, Virginia. One of his granddaughters, Cerena Tate (1813-1854), was married in 1835 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, to Richard James Lea. One of their children, Cerena Bratcher Lea, was married in Macon County, Missouri, to James Abner Johnston. A daughter of James Abner and Cerena (Lea) Johnston was Martha Fairlane Johnston (born March 5, 1882, died November 3, 1933); she was married on January 30, 1906, to JOHN P. SPARKS.

Mr. Farris would like to correspond with descendants of John P. and Martha F. (Johnston) Sparks. He assumes that they lived in Macon County, Missouri, but he is not sure.





Bill R. Linder, 1370 Bryan Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah (84105) would like to get in touch with descendants of James Jefferson Sparks, who was born in Georgia on April 14, 1808. He was a son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Jones) Sparks and a grandson of Matthew and Sarah Sparks. (See the QUARTERLY of June 1961, Whole No. 34, Vol. IX, No. 2, pp. 556-566, and also of September 1966, Whole No. 55, Vol. XIV, No. 3, p. 1017.)

James Jefferson Sparks came with his parents to Hickman County, Tennessee, about 1810. He married Rhoda Murphree of Hickman County, Tennessee. She was born on December 19, 1813, and was a daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Brown) Murphree.

When the 1850 census was taken, James Jefferson Sparks was living in Humphreys County, Tennessee. From this census record, it appears that he and his wife, Rhoda, had the following children by 1850, all born in Tennessee:

1. Martha Sparks, born about 1834.
2. Mary Sparks, born about 1837.
3. Daniel Sparks, born about 1840.
4. Jesse Sparks, born about 1841.
5. Sarah Sparks, born about 1845.
6. James Sparks, born about 1847.
Both your editor and Mr. Linder would be very pleased to obtain a more complete record of the family of James Jefferson and Rhoda (Murphree) Sparks.

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Mrs. Fred J. Spiser, 9103 S. Milliken St., Whittier, Calif. (90605) is seeking information on PHOEBE SPARKS who married Christopher Ault in Highland Co., Ohio, on June 21, 1815. They were living in Paint Township in that county when the 1820 census was taken. Christopher Ault bought Federal land in Marion Co., Indiana, on December 20, 1825, and some of his children later lived in Marion, Tipton, and Howard Counties, Indiana. According to one account, the accuracy of which is uncertain, “Phoebe’s father was John Sparks of Virginia.” The same source states that Phoebe Sparks and Christopher Ault were the parents of ten children, but we know of only four at this time:

1. Leah Ault, born August 26, 1821, in Highland Co., Ohio; died September 1, 1883, in Tipton Co., Indiana. She married (first) John Griswold on December 30, 1840, and (second) William Hazel on September 1, 1859.

2. Jesse Ault, born October 22, 1835, in Howard Co., Indiana; died August 22, 1910, in Howard Co., Indiana. He married (first) Mary C. Kelley who died on July 26, 1889; he married (second) Mahala J. Dailey on October 8, 1891. Jesse Ault lost his left arm in the Civil War.

3. Christopher Ault, Jr. He married Elizabeth Koable in Howard Co., Indiana, on April 30, 1857. He was a private in Co. D, 51st Regiment of Indiana Infantry Volunteers in the Civil War and died in the General Hospital of Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27, 1862.

4. Lavinia Ault. She married John B. Roby.




In the QUARTERLY for December 1962 (Whole No. 40, Vol. X, No. 4, pp. 679-704) we published a lengthy article on James Sparks (born about 1670, died 1736) of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and his descendants. One of the sons of James Sparks was James Sparks, Junior (born about 1700, died 1758), and one of the sons of James Sparks, Jr., was Daniel Sparks (born 1740, died 1810), who was an officer in the American Revolution. A son of Daniel Sparks was Daniel Pierce Sparks (born 1784, died 1867). In our sketch of this Daniel Pierce Sparks on page 695 of the QUARTERLY, we stated that he had a son named Daniel Pierce Sparks, Junior, but at that time we had no further information on him.

Mrs. Heppen, our faithful researcher in Washington, recently found an article on this Daniel Pierce Sparks, Jr., which tells his story in a most interesting fashion. This appeared in a volume entitled Oklahoma Portrait and Biographical Record published in Chicago by the Chapman Publishing Company in 1901, pages 885-886. We believe that the entire article is worthy of reproduction here.

It is interesting to note that in this sketch, written in 1901, and directly based on data supplied by Daniel Pierce Sparks, Jr., (who is called D. P. Sparks in the article), reference is made to his great-great-grandfather, James Sparks. According to this article, James Sparks, the great-great-grandfather, “emigrated from England to Virginia in colonial days.” Our earliest record of James Sparks is a deed in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, dated December 25, 1723, by which he leased a 200-acre tract from Francis and Anthony Thornton. Perhaps it was in 1723 that James Sparks actually emigrated from England to Virginia.

In this article, the mother of Daniel Pierce Sparks, Jr., is identified as Maliza Vincent, daughter of Enoch Vincent. However, when Maliza applied for a pension in 1878, based on her husband’s service in the War of 1812, she stated that her maiden name had been Vinson. (See the QUARTERLY of September 1960, Whole No. 31, Vol. VIII, No. 3, p. 501.)

Following is the complete article on Daniel Pierce Sparks, Jr., taken from the Oklahoma Portrait and Biographical Record, published in 1901.

D. P. SPARKS, proprietor of the English Kitchen Restaurant, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, is the pioneer in this line of business here, and has made a splendid success of the enterprise. He is known far and near, owing to the fact that the people of the surrounding territory are liberal patrons of his in their frequent trips to this thriving town. He makes a point of providing well for them, even though his accommodations have been greatly taxed at times, as on one occasion, when he furnished meals to fifteen hundred persons within one day.

A native of Louisiana, born near Shady Grove, St. Mary’s parish, near Centerville, April 3, 1845. D. P. Sparks is a son of D. P. and Maliza (Vincent) Sparks, the father of English and the mother of Irish-English descent. The great-great-grandfather of our subject emigrated from England to Virginia in colonial days, and his grandson, Capt. D. P. Sparks, grandfather of the present bearer of his name, was born in Virginia, and just before the Revolution located upon a plantation in South Carolina, also being a merchant there until some time prior to his death. During the great war he served in the colonial army with the rank of captain under the leadership of General Benton. D. P. Sparks, father of our subject, was born on the old South Carolina plantaion, whence he removed to Louisiana, there becoming



a wealthy sugar planter, his property being situated on the Bayou Teche. A short time before the Civil war he sold out and bought another large sugar plantation across the river from New Orleans, and there he died in 1867. Though of an old southern family, and a life-long inhabitant of the South, he was firmly opposed to secession from the Union, and it was a great sorrow to him that his two only sons joined the Confederate army. J. C. (John C. Calhoun Sparks), who belonged to the Hampton Legion, South Carolina Volunteers, was killed while employed as a scout in West Virginia. Of his three sisters, one is deceased [1901]. The mother, who departed this life in Texas, was a native of Tennessee, and daughter of Enoch Vincent, also a Tennesseean, and of an old family of that state.

The happy days of boyhood were passed by D. P. Sparks at the old plantation home, “Shady Grove,” in Louisiana. His education was pursued under private tutors and in private schools. At the beginning of the Civil war he was attending Furman University at Green, S. C., and when his professor of mathematics, John F. La Meau at once set about organizing a company for Hampton’s legion, it is not strange that the youthful ardor of this lad of sixteen led him to respond to the call. After proving his bravery on many a battlefield, he was assigned to a body of scouts, commanded by his brother and a Mr. Mickler. Their duties lying chiefly in the field between the lines of the two opposing armies, their escapes and dangers were multitudinous, it is needless to say. On returning from one hazardous trip, the tired scouts scattered, finding entertainment in different houses in a certain locality. Captain Farnsworth, of Illinois, with three hundred boys in blue, seized his opportunity, and had his soldiers surround the houses and capture as many of the scouts as possible. Mr. Sparks, at the house of a Mr. Howison, with some of his comrades, made a rush for liberty, mounted horses and started for a tract of timber, but while endeavoring to capture a small squad of Federals, were surrounded and made prisoners. After spending three months in prison at Washington, he was exchanged, and later was the second lieutenant of Peterkin’s Cavalry company, attached to L. M. Keitt’s Regiment of South Carolina. For nearly eight months he was stationed in the state last mentioned, mostly on picket duty, and later returned to the Hampton Legion. For a period prior to the evacuation of Charleston, S. C., he was on duty there, and then was sent to Wilmington, N. C., where he remained until the evacuation of that city. Starting to join the main army corps at Appomattox, he arrived in the vicinity of General Bragg’s forces. That officer, desiring to know the strength of the Federals, asked for two volunteers from his army to return to Wilmington, in order to get pointers from Federals. No one would volunteer. The captain of the company to which Mr. Sparks belonged, Captain Williams, appealed to Mr. Sparks and a Mr. Smith, but they did not wish to attempt the work, on account of the near termination of the war; however, they finally consented, and returned to the edge of Wilmington, capturing the courier who came with dispatches to the army at the front. Bringing the dispatch with them they returned to their army. General Schofield marched out on the Newbern road to intercept General Bragg and keep him from going to join General Lee. On this trip, Mr. Sparks and his comrade ran the risk of their lives many times, About five days after their return, the enemy surrendered and disbanded.

While on picket duty in South Carolina, Maloney, an Indianapolis boy, made his escape from Andersonville and fled down the Santee river, where he was captured by the Confederates and taken into camp. Maloney was ragged and wanted a pair of trousers, and talked so constantly about his needs that Mr. Sparks gave him the only pair he had besides the pair he was wearing.

Returning home at the close of the war, Mr. Sparks found that his father had lost much of his property as a result of the conflict. Though he personally was a Union man, the fact that he had two sons in the Confederate army prejudiced the Federals



against him and his lands were confiscated. Fortunately, however, the lands were returned later by the government. For a time Mr. Sparks operated the home place. In 1868 he removed to Houston, Tex., where he first clerked, and later was employed as messenger by the Texas Express Company, his line being between Denison and Galveston. His next position was that of bookkeeper in Houston, after which he settled in Hearne, Tex. For one year he engaged in the general mercantile business at Mumford’s Prairie, after which he carried on a lumber business at Belleville, Tex., and also manufactured lumber at Brantley Station for four years. Selling out, he settled at Greenville, Tex., where he carried on a grocery and restaurant business, but was not successful, losing all that he had previously made. Starting anew in a small restaurant, he gradually worked his way to a prosperous position.

In 1897 Mr. Sparks came to Shawnee [Oklahoma] and bought an interest in the English Kitchen with James Stewart, the two continuing together for a year. Mr. Sparks then purchased his partner’s interest, and continued the business alone. At first, he had a small restaurant across from the station, but after a month he established himself at his present location, and later added to the building, taking out a partition and enlarging his quarters. This is not only the oldest, but also the largest restaurant in the city, and has a capacity for accommodating fifteen hundred persons in one day. During the fall season, when trade brings many farmers to the town, the restaurant often entertains from four to five hundred people in a single day.

Politically Mr. Sparks is a Democrat, but not radical in his opinions. In religion he is an Episcopalian and has officiated as a vestryman in his church. He was made a member of the blue lodge and Royal Arch Chapter in Belleville, Tex., and is also connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a stock holder in the Oklahoma State Bank.  Recently he purchased the home of A. B. Dunlap, formerly a banker at Shawnee. [Note that this was published in 1901.]

The marriage of Mr. Sparks took place in Belleville, Tex., and united him with Miss Josephine Haggarty, who was born in Georgia and grew to womanhood in Texas. They are the parents of four children: Chesley, who was engaged in the insurance business at Shawnee until his death, September 8, 1900; Josephine, who is a graduate of the high school of Greenville, Tex., and is now [1901] teaching in the Shawnee high school; J. Calhoun, and D. P., Jr.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Prather Elisberry of Chillicothe, Missouri, has compiled and placed in the Library of Congress a list of the marriages in Carroll County, Missouri, between 1833 and 1856. The following Sparks marriages appear in this list according to a search made by Mrs. Peter J. Heppen:

James H. Frazell to NANCY J. SPARKS, October 13, 1846 (married by C. B. Wilcox, M. G.)

THOMAS SPARKS of Chariton County, Missouri, to Martha Moffis, April 13, 1848 (married by John Daugherty, J.P.)

AMIJIDHA SPARKS to Elizabeth Ralston, February 19, 1852 (married by R. S. Humphrey, Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ)



It is a pleasure to report the names and addresses of twenty-two new members of THE
SPARKS ASSOCIATION. These are our new members who have joined since December, 1967.

Crosbie, Mrs. Marjorie, Box 308, Markle, Indiana (46770)
Davis, Mrs. Hugh, R.R. 4, Arkansas City, Kansas (67005)
Dowell, Jim, 4926 Leeds Court, Dunwoody, Georgia (30043)
Gay, Joseph T., The Lutherans Children’s Home of the South, Salem, Virginia (24153)
Graham, Mrs. Ruth, 4608 South 450 West, Ogden, Utah (84403)
Law, Vera Sparks (Mrs. Roy W.), 4055 Witham Hill Road, Corvallis, Oregon (97330)
Mars, Ellene McKay (Mrs. William A.), 716 Southwood Dr., Uniontown, Ohio (44685)
Sharpe, Marguerite, 1021 North Concord St., Santa Ana, California (92701)
Sparks, Albert John, 517 N. 6th Ave., East, Newton, Iowa (50208)
Sparks, Glenn C., 605 Bethel Ave., Muncie, Indiana (47303)
Sparks, Robert A., 5517 25th Ave., South, Minneapolis, Minnesota (55417)
Sparks, Robert E., P.O. Box 1172, Modesto, California (95353)
Sparks, Robert M., 1312 Harris Drive, Camarillo, Calfornia (93010)
Sparks, Roy, Box 196, Dahlgren, Virginia (22448)
Sparks, Vincent Wayne, Jr., 8002 Greenwillow Court, Huntsville, Alabama (35802)
Sparks, William L., 136 Richmond Avenue, Dayton, Ohio (45406)
Sterling, Mary Low (Mrs. Johnny), 827 South 5th Street, Chickasha, Oklahoma (73018)
Tarter, Mrs. Joe C., 1004 Va].verde St., Carlsbad, New Mexico (88220)
Terrell, Wendell M., 6402 West 15th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana (46224)
Tomlinson, Mrs. Mildred B., 318 West Fourth Street, Rochester, Indiana (46975)
Walters, Janet (Mrs. Leroy), Rt. 1, Box 108A, Bynum, Texas (76631)
Wisler, Mrs. Clyde, 105 South Neosho, Emporia, Kansas (66801)
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There was a most unfortunate series of errors in the sequence of page numbers assigned to the March 1968 issue of the QUARTERLY. Your editor still has not figured out how he managed to make such a blunder, but it somehow happened. Since this will cause problems in a future index, members are urged to correct their copies of the March 1968 issue as follows:

Page 1106 should be  changed to  1124
“ 1107      “       “            “        “  1125
“ 1108      “       “            “        “  1126
“ 1109      “       “            “        “  1127
“ 1110      “       “            “        “  1128
“ 1111      “       “            “        “  1129
“ 1112      “       “            “        “  1130
“ 1113      “       “            “        “  1131
“ 1114      “       “            “        “  1132
“ 1115      “       “            “        “  1133
“ 1116      “       “            “        “  1134
“ 1117      “       “            “        “  1135
“ 1118      “       “            “        “  1136
" 1119      “       “            “        “  1137
“ 1120      “       “            “        “  1138
“ 1121      “       “            “        “  1139
“ 1122      “       “            “        “  1140
“ 1123      “       “            “        “  1141
“ 1124      “       “            “        “  1142
[Scanner's note:  These changes have been made.]

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