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VOL. XVIII, NO. 2  JUNE, 1970
WHOLE NO.  70a

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JOHN THOMAS SPARKS (1846-1919) with his wife

MARY (POWELL) SPARKS (1848-1928)


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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Hite Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
William P. Johnson, Historian-Genealogist, Box 531, Raleigh, North Carolina (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 nonprofit 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; and Sustaining membership dues are any amount over four dollars which the member wishes to contribute for the support of the Association. 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. Three indexes have been published, the first covering the first five years of the QUARTERLY (1953-1957); the second covering the years from 1958 to 1962; and the third covering the years from 1963 through 1967. Each of these is available for $1.00. A complete file of all issues of the QUARTERLY (1953-1969) with the three indexes may be purchased for $35.00.
The editor of the QUARTERLY from March 1953 to September 1954 was Dr. Paul E. Sparks; since September 1954 the editor has been Dr. Russell E. Bidlack, 1709 Cherokee Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan (48104). Back issues should be ordered from Dr. Bidlack. The QUARTERLY is printed by off-set at the Edwards Letter Shop, 711 North University Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Mrs. Thelbert T. Self, P.O. Box 6211., Talpa, Texas (76882) is seeking information on the family of Mary Elizabeth Sparks, who was born on April 13, 1852, near Atlanta, Georgia, and died on August 11., l93~, in Travis County, Texas. On January 11, 1872, Mary Elizabeth Sparks was married to Silas Wright Crossley in Karnes County, Texas. He was born on September 6, 18SS, in Karnes County, Texas, and died on March 17, 1929. Mrs. Self’s husbands Thelbert T. Self (1906-l96S) was a grandson of Mary Elizabeth Sparks and her husband, Silas Wright Crossley. He stated that Mary Elizabeth’s parents were J. C. and Mary Jane Sparks. It is believed that this Sparks family came to Texas prior to 1872, the year in which Mary Elizabeth was married to Silas W. Crossley. Can anyone identify this branch of the Sparks family?

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Mr. Donn H. Sparks, 8417 Tally Ho Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, has very kindly loaned us a collection of family records prepared many years ago by members of his family, including his grandfather, John Thomas Sparks (1846-1919). Included are a number of interesting photographs, one of which, the wedding picture of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks taken in 1870, appears on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY.

This branch of the Sparks family descends from Josiah Sparks, born about 1729, who lived in Maryland. Josiah Sparks married Penelope Brown on July 15, 1749, in St. Anne's Parish, Annapolis, in Anne Arundel County, but by 1759 he and his family had moved to Baltimore County where he died in 1765. His widow married as her second husband, on April 10, 1770, Aquilla Wyle. Josiah and Penelope (Brown) Sparks had five children: (1) Francis Sparks, born about 1750, married a Miss Wright; (2) Josiah Sparks, Jr., born in 1752, married Rachel Collett; (3) Elijah Sparks, born in 1754, married Anne - - - -; (4) Thomas Sparks, born in 1758, married Rachel Perdue; and (5) Matthew Sparks, born about 1760, married a widow named Prudence (Wright) Sharp. (For a more detailed record of this family, see the QUARTERLY of June l9S8, Vol. VI, No. 2, Whole No. 22, pp. 294-307.)

Josiah Sparks, Jr., born in 1752 and died in 1846, was a son of Josiah and Penelope (Brown) Sparks, and he was the great-grandfather of John Thomas Sparks. A sketch of Josiah Sparks, Jr., appeared in the QUARTERLY of December 1959 (Vol. VII, No. 14, Whole No. 28, pp. 1438-1431, incorrectly numbered as 338-341). In that sketch of Josiah Sparks, Jr., we noted that his wife’s name was Rachel, but that we had no knowledge of her maiden name. John Thomas Sparks, in his notes on his ancestry, stated that her maiden name was Rachel Collett. Both Josiah, Jr., and his wife Rachel were buried in the Sparks family cemetery on My Lady’s Manor near Monkton, Baltimore County, Maryland. Josiah Sparks, Jr., died on January 19, 1846, according to his tombstone “in his 94th year.” Rachel died on September 28, 1818, and on her tombstone her age was given as 69 years and 9 months. Josiah Sparks, Jr. served in the Whiskey Rebellion as well as in the War of 1812. John Thomas Sparks stated that on the chimney of the old Sparks house near Monkton where Josiah, Jr., lived the date “1787” had been carved, but whether the house had been built by Josiah, Jr., he did not know.

Josiah Sparks, Jr., and his wife, Rachel Collett, were the parents of eight children:
(1) Aaron Sparks, born about 1787, married his cousin, Elizabeth Sparks; (2) Thomas Sparks, born about 1790, married Sarah Rampley; (3) Francis Sparks, born in 1792, married Betsie Ellen; (4) Matthew Sparks; (5) Daniel Sparks, born in 1793, married Rachel Curtis; (6) Sarah Sparks, born about 1780, married John Mays; (7) Ruth Sparks, born about 1781, married William Pearce; and (8) Elizabeth Sparks, married William Carland (sometimes spelled Carlin). [Scanner's note:  Elizabeth's name corrected from Rachel; see the  QUARTERLY, p. 1756.]

Thomas Sparks, son of Josiah Jr. and Rachel, was born about 1790 and was the grandfather of John Thomas Sparks, but the latter did not know the date of Thomas’ birth. He stated that Thomas Sparks married Sarah Rampley and he believed both Thomas and Sarah were buried in the Sparks family cemetery near Monkton, but he could not find their graves.

Unfortunately, John Thomas Sparks did not record the names of the children of Thomas and Sarah (Rampley) Sparks, but from other records we know that they had children named Aaron, Elizabeth and Rachel. The son Aaron was John Thomas Sparks ‘s father and was born in 1817 and died in 186)4, Aaron Sparks married Mary C. Sterret, daughter of John Stewart and Letitia (Creighton) Sterret. She was born in 1819 and died in 18S3. Aaron was a farmer in Baltimore County, Maryland, and when the



1850 census was taken his children were listed as Delia J. Sparks, aged 9; Mary
Sparks, aged 7; Caroline Sparks, aged 5, John Thomas Sparks, aged 14, and Francis
Sparks, aged 2.

John Thomas Sparks, son of Aaron and Mary C. (Sterret) Sparks, was born in Baltimore
County in 18146. He was married on February 15, 1870, to Mary Powell, daughter of
Curtis and Margaret (Welch) Powell. She was born in 1848 and died in 1928. John
Thomas Sparks died in 1919.

During the Civil War, John Thomas Sparks served as a government employee in Washington. He recalled that “it fell to my lot to help defend Washington, when General Early threatened that city during the Civil War. Our regiment was on duty when Lincoln was inaugurated in 1865, and again when he was assassinated. I marched with the escort that took his body to the train when it was sent to Springfield, Illinois, for burial. I also witnessed the Grand Review of the army, before it was disbanded, which took place in Washington on May 23 and 24, 1865. My regiment was not an enlisted one. The men were government employees subject to military orders. It was while I was in Washington, in the Government’s employ, that I heard Col. Jaques lecture when he returned from the South, after his failure to arrange terms of peace with Jefferson Davis.”

Following the Civil War, John Thomas Sparks moved to fllinois, settling in Adams County. In 1884 he moved with his family to a farm two miles east of West Point, in Hancock County. Their home in time came to be known as Sparks’s Corner. John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks were the parents of seven children:

1. Inez Evelyn Sparks, daughter of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born near Hebron Church, Adams County, Illinois, on November 21, 1870. She married James Lee Martin, who was born in 1867. They had the following children:
(1) Lee Ross Martin, born 1890, died 1929; married Lottie Wray.
(2) Charles Herbert Martin, born 1892; married Viroqua Brightman.
(3) Elinor Martin, born 1895; married John A. Morgan.
(4) Evelyn Martin, born 1897; married David Mills.
(5) Dorothy Martin, born 1899; married Lial C. Newman.
2. Charles Elmer Sparks, son of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born on January 7, 1875, near Mendon, Adams County, Illinois; he died in 1926. He married Nina Pearl Shepard in 1904. No children.
3. Curtis Powell Sparks, son of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born in 1880 near Pleasant Grove Church, Adams County, Illinois. He married Ida Powell in 1903. They had a son named Lawrence Sparks born in 1904.
4. Harry Lee Sparks (twin of Hugh Irving), son of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born on July 3, 1882, near Columbus, Illinois. He married Flora Rampley in 1904. Children:
(1) Clifford Sparks, born 1905; married Verona - - - -.
(2) Gladys Muriel Sparks, born 1907; married Ernest Franson in 1929.
(3) Truman Lester Sparks, born 1914; married Elsie - - - - in 1935.
(4) Mervin Sparks, born 1917.


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44th Wedding Anniversary - - 1914

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5, Hugh Irving Sparks (twin of Harry Lee), son of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born on July 3, 1882, near Columbus, Illinois. He was married to Mary Cunningham on August 16, 1905. They had a son named Harold Eugene Sparks who was born in 1906; he married Ruby Fern Scarlett. Harold Eugene and Ruby Fern (Scarlett) Sparks had children named Gay  Eugene, born 1929, and Donald Hugh, born 1930,
6. Thomas Cecil Sparks (twin of Margaret Ethel), son of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born on December 1, 1885, near West Point, Illinois.
7 Margaret Ethel Sparks (twin of Thomas Cecil), daughter of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born on December 1, 1885, near West Point, Illinois.
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Mrs. Nell Clarke Cooke, a descendant of Thomas Sparks (1807-1877) of Jonesboro, Arkansas, has called our attention to several errors on page 1232 of the June 1969 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XVII, No, 2, Whole No. 66). Mrs. Cooke points out that in the sketch of Bertha Madelynne Sparks, the name of her husband was given as George H. Clark. His name was actually spelled Clarke, and the names of his children listed on page 1232 should likewise have been spelled Clarke. Mrs. Cooke adds that Clyde Nuell Clarke, son of George H. and Bertha Madelynne (Sparks) Clarke, died in Colorado, but was buried in St. Louis, Missouri. His daughter, Nell Clarke, married Sidney F. Cooke, as stated in our sketch, and they had a daughter named Ann Ross Cooke who married James Thomas Bagley of Fayetteville, Tennessee. They have two sons, Matthew Starke Bagley, born in 1967, and Steven Clarke Bagley, born in 1970.

[Scanner's note:  Corrections made.]

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The following item appeared recently in the Williamson County Sun published in Georgetown, Texas: “A poignant story and mystery dating back to 1917 came to light last week as a gentleman and his family made the journey all the way from New Mexico to try and locate information about his father, who died near Georgetown in early May of 1917. The visitor this year was A. J. Sparks of Deming, New Mexico. Just a little more than 53 years ago, his father, David Sparks, and David’s brother, Henry, were travelling across Texas. David Sparks became ill and the two men camped near a small creek a few miles from Georgetown. Sometime between May 1 and May 14, 1917, David Sparks died, His brother buried him and continued on his journey, arriving at the home of David’s wife in Kemprier, Texas. Henry informed his sister-in-law of the tragedy.  A. J. was just a young man at the time, recalls only this meager information regarding the death of his father. David Sparks had been a Texas Ranger around the l870s and 80s, and also served as a deputy sheriff in El Paso in the late 1890s. He had never lived in Georgetown, but fate simply claimed his life at the time he was nearby.  A. J. Sparks would like to find out something more about his father - - and the trip down to central Texas was in search of information. Files of the Sun revealed nothing regarding his death, and records of him in the Court House were also not found.”

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(Editor’s note: In the December 1969 issue of the QUARTERLY (pp. 1271-79) we published a variety of records copied from official sources in Lewis County, Kentucky, pertaining to persons named Sparks. On the basis of those records, along with others supplied by descendants and found outside Lewis County, we here try to tie members of these families together. Much remains to be done, and we realize that some of our conjectures may prove to be wrong, but we hope that by publishing what we have gathered it may prove helpful. We also hope that readers whose ancestry goes back to Lewis County will aid us in making these records more complete.)


Joseph Sparks was born about 1777 in Virginia and died in 1838 in Concord, Lewis
County, Kentucky. He was probably the Joseph Sparks who married Anne Wilson on
January 19, 1797, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Joseph paid taxes in Bourbon Co.,
Kentucky, from 1796 to 180)4; however, he paid taxes in Lewis County, Kentucky,
in 1809 and is listed in that county on the census for 1810, 1820, and 1830.

Records and letters from descendants indicate that Joseph Sparks had the following children:

1. James Sparks, son of Joseph Sparks, was born about 1800. He married Elizabeth Gilman. From census records, we know that Elizabeth was born  about 1807 in Pennsylvania. According to a biographical sketch of her grandson, James Harvey Sparks (see Jesse W. Weik’s History of Putnam County, Indiana, published in 1910, p. 374), Elizabeth was a daughter of Henry Gilrnan who was a soldier in the Revolution under General Wayne. She died sometime after 1880. James Sparks lived on Cabin Creek in Lewis County, Kentucky, near his father until about 1838 when he moved to Putnam County, Indiana. Subsequently, he went to Clayton County, Iowa, where he is listed on the 1850 census. His portrait appeared on the cover of the December 1959 QUARTERLY--at that time we  were uncertain of his name. He apparently died before 1857, in which year his widow, Elizabeth, was living in Olmstead County, Minnesota,  near her son Albert Cyrus Sparks. In 1870 she was living with her son John in the same place; when the 1880 census was taken she was also living with this son. Records indicate that James and Elizabeth Sparks were the parents of thirteen children. They were:
(1) Patsey Sparks, born about 1820; she married Joseph Yates in 1836 in Lewis County, Kentucky.
(2) Allen Sparks, born June 1, 1822, died April 26, 1907. He received a pension for his service in the Civil War and from those records we have learned the following about him: He was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, on June 1, 1822. He was married twice. His first wife, Martha Moore, died in March 1857 in Leavenworth, Kansas. Perhaps Allen Sparks went to Kansas when his father moved from Indiana to Iowa. He married (second) Sarah A. Woodward on September 25, 1862, at National, Clayton County, Iowa. On May 20, 1861, he enrolled at McGregor, Iowa, as a sergeant in Co. C, 3rd Regiment of Iowa Infantry and was honorably discharged for disability at Mound City, Illinois, on September 19, 1863. He was 5 feet, 10 inches tall at his enlistment, with fair complexion, grey eyes and brown hair; by occupation he was


a farmer. According to his certificate of discahrge, he was in action at Blue Mills, Mo., on Sept. 17, 1861, and he was at Shiloh on April 6, 1862, where he was wounded in the abdomen; he was engaged in the Siege of Vicksburg and during the battle at Jackson, Mississippi, on July 12, 1862, he was wounded by a musket ball “carrying away the index finger of right hand.” On his pension application, he stated that after leaving service he had lived at McGregor, Iowa, except for two years in Farmersburg, Iowa. According to his death certificate, Allen Sparks died on April 26, 1907, from “old age” and was buried in the Oakland Cemetery.  By his first wife, Martha Moore, Allen Sparks had four children:
(a) Winfield Sparks, born 1852. He was living with his uncle, Albert C. Sparks, in Olmstead Co., Mimi., when the 1860 census was taken.
(b) Josephus Sparks, born 185)4. He was living with his uncle, Joseph Sparks, when the 1860 census was taken of Olmstead Co., Minn.
(c) Benjamin Sparks, born 1856. He was living with his uncle, Albert C. Sparks, in Olmstead Co., Minn., when the 1860 census was taken.
(d) Henry Sparks, born 1857.
By his second wife, Sarah A. Woodward, Allen Sparks had four more children:
(e) Estella Sparks, born July 1, 1863.
(f) James K. Sparks, born August 26, 1867.
(g) Edwin (or Edward) P. Sparks, born January 20, 1871.
(h) Anna Sparks, born March 7, 1876.
(3) Barton Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks, was born about 1824. No further record.
(4) Harriet Sparks, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks, was born about 1825. No further record.

(5) James Harvey Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks, was born February 8, 1830. 1826 [Scanner's note:  See SQ p. 2681]  According to a biographical sketch of James Harvey Sparks in Jesse W. Weik’s History of Putnam County, Indiana, published in 1910, James H. Sparks was 12 years old when the family moved to Putnam County from Lewis County, Kentucky. They settled near Mt. Meridian. When he was 18 years old, he went to Greencastle and learned the trade of blacksmith. When the 1850 census was taken he was listed as “Harvey Sparks” and was living in the family of Greenburg Lyon in Putnam County, Jefferson Township. He served in Company I, 143rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. On Feb. 27, 1851, he married Emily Jane Coffman, daughter of John and Mary (Williams) Coffman of Fountain Co., Ind. They were natives of Kentucky. According to Weik’s history, John Coffman was a soldier in the War of 1812 under Gen. William Henry Harrison and was In the Battle of Morgantown on the River Thames. Emily Sparks died on Feb. 7, 1902; James H. Sparks was still living in 1910. He was a member of the Christian Church and was a Mason.


Following are the children of James Harvey and Emily Jane (Coffrrtan) Sparks:

(a) John William Sparks, living in Mansfield, Ind., in 1910.
(b) Charles P. Sparks, living in Cloverdale Twp., Putnam Co., md., in 1910.
(c) Allen Sparks, died Nov. 18, 1901, of typhoid fever.
(d) Lee Sparks, died Nov. 29, 1901, of typhoid fever.
(e) Herschel Sparks, died Oct. 25, 1901.
(f) Arizona Sparks.
(g) Elmer Sparks.
(6) Albert Cyrus Sparks, born January 8, 1830, died March 22, 1915.  He married Sarah Jane Collins. A full record of Albert  Cyrus Sparks and his family appeared in the QUARTERLY for December 1957 (Vol. 5, No. 14, Whole No. 20, pp. 264-66).
(7) Joseph Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks, was born on February 28, 1832. (This date, as well as those which follow, appears in his family Bible owned a few years ago by Sarah .Amilda Parks Sparks.) He moved to Pleasant Grove, Olmsted County, Minn., with his brother, Albert C. Sparks, and there married Sarah Amilda Parks on Sept. 16, 1857. She was a daughter of Pleasant H. and Nancy Parks and was born on March 19, 1839, in Danville, Hendricks Co., Lid. According to a descendant, Mrs. Harold L. Ridout, military records show that he enlisted in the Union Army on Feb. 2)4, 186)4, at Rochester, Minn., and died aboard the ship J. S. Pringle on Dec. 3, 1864. After his death, his widow Sarah married (second) Jabez B. Clemons, who was the administrator of Joseph’s estate. Joseph and Sarah A. (Parks) Sparks were the parents of the following children as recorded in his family Bible:
(a) Angeline Sparks, born Sept. 11, 1858.
(b) John Marion Sparks, born June 6, 1860, died Feb. 24, 1940.
(c) Nancy Elizabeth Sparks, born March 18, 1862.
(d) Joseph William Sparks, born March 18, 1864. (He apparently died young, for there is no mention of him in the papers settling the estate of his father in 1866.)
(8) William Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks, was born about 1833. Although he was not listed with the family on the 1850 census of Clayton County, Iowa, he was listed as 18 years of age and living with his mother in Olmsted Co., Minnesota, when a special state census was taken there in 1857.
(9) Rebecca Sparks, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks, was born about 1835. No further record.
(10) Henry Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Oilman) Sparks, was born about 1837. No further record.
(11) Mary Sparks, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks, was born about 1839 and was living with her mother in 1857.

Children of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks, continued:

(12) Elizabeth Sparks, born about 1841. According to the 1850 census, she was born in Kentucky, but it is believed that this was an error and that she was probably born after the family moved to Indiana. According to a descendant of her brother, Albert C. Sparks, she married a man named Kirk and lived near New Sharon, Iowa.
(13) John Sparks, born about 18)45 in Indiana. He was living with the family of Allen and Alice Dice when the 1857 Minnesota census was taken of Olmsted County. He is known to have married and was living in Olmsted County as late as 1880.
2.  Harriet Sparks, daughter of Joseph Sparks, was born about 1805. She married Jesse Truesdale, Jr., on February 5, 1828, and moved to Cloverdale, Indiana, about 1850.
3. Katherine Sparks, daughter of Joseph Sparks, was born about 1807. She married Isaac Dickson in Lewis County, Kentuck, in 1824 - - license dated Oct. 23, 1824.
4. William Sparks, son of Joseph Sparks, was born about 1810. He married Jane Truesdale on August 2, 1838. William Sparks lived in Lewis County, Ky., until his death in 1886 at the age of 76. He was a farmer and boatbuilder at Vanceburg. Jane was born February 1, 1810, at Trinity, Kentucky, and died on March 24, 1846; she was buried in the Salem Cemetery in Lewis County. She was a daughter of Jesse Truesdale, Sr., and was a sister of Jesse, Jr., who married Harriet Sparks. William and Jane (Truesdale) Sparks were the parents of:
(1) James Sparks, born about 1840.
(2) Joseph Sparks, born September 14, 1844. The following appears in A History of the State of Kentucky published in 1888 by Perrin, Battle, and Kniffin: “Joseph A. Sparks fought on the Union side in Co. G, 10th Kentucky Cavalry. He was captured at Atlanta and imprisoned in the Andersonville prison for seven months. After mustering out, he taught school for two years in Vanceburg before being elected county clerk. He married in 1871 Mary 0. Kingsbury of Ironton, Ohio, and they had two children, Charles A. Sparks, the elder now 14 (in 1888) only surviving. Mrs. Sparks died in 1875 and Joseph A. Sparks married in 1886 Miss Lillie B. Ingrim. Mr. Sparks is a member of the firm of J. W. Sparks and Brother, dry goods dealer in Maysville. He is a Republican and a Mason.”
5. Sidney Sparks, daughter of Joseph Sparks, was born about 1813. She was married to Henry Tolle, son of Stephen Tolle, in Lewis County, Ky., in 1830, license dated July 17, 1830.
6. Son, born about 1816. Census records would indicate that Joseph Sparks had a son born about 1816. No further record.

7. Son, born about 1818. Census records would indicate that Joseph Sparks had a son born about 1818. No further record.

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George Sparks was born about 1767 and died prior to 1840, probably in Nicholas County, Kentucky. He was probably the George Sparks who married Rachel McClenahan in Nicholas County, Kentucky, on April 18, 1805. (This may have been his second marriage since a George Sparks married Elizabeth Wells on June 14, 1790, in Bourbon County.) It is quite possible that his widow was the female aged between 70 and 80 who was enumerated among the family of George Sparks on the 1840 census of Nicholas County; this latter George Sparks is believed to have been a son of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks.

George Sparks paid taxes from 1787 to 1799 in Bourbon County, but apparently was In that portion of Bourbon County which became Fleming County in 1798 because he paid taxes in Fleming County from 1802 to 1804. He was in Lewis County from 1809 to 1817, but went to Nicholas County where he lived until his death prior to 1840.

George Sparks was an Ensign and then a Lieutenant in the Fleming County Regiments (Cornstalk Militia), first in the 30th Regiment and then in the 58th Regiment in 1803-04.

According to census records, George Sparks had children as follows:

 1. (daughter) born 179)4-1800 (probably by an earlier marriage)
 2. (daughter) born 1800-1810
 3. (son) born 1800-1810
 4. (son) born 1810-1820
 5. (daughter) born 1810-1820
 6. (son) born 1810-1820
 7. (son) born 1810-1815
 8. (son) born 1815-1820
 9. (daughter) born 1815-1820
 10. (daughter) born 1820-1825
Some descendants believe they can identify four of the ten children of George Sparks as George Sparks, Jr.; John Thornton Sparks; Cytha Ann Sparks; and William Sparks. More positive proof is needed to make this claim a certainty; however, in the hope that the publishing of these records will stimulate the uncovering of additional data, we are giving the records of these four persons as probable children of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks:
1. (daughter) born about 1800.
2. (daughter) born about 1806.
3. John Thornton Sparks, born about 1809; he was married to Elizabeth Launtz in Lewis County, Kentucky, on April 1, 1830. On the marriage bond that was dated March 7, 1830, John Sparks was identified as over 21 years of age and consent for the marriage of Elizabeth was given by Curtis Launtz. John Thornton Sparks was sometimes listed in official records as John Sparks and sometimes as Thornton Sparks. He died as a relatively young man in 1849 in Lewis County. Earlier, in 1834, he had signed the marriage bond of his sister, Cytha Ann Sparks, when she married Jesse Nash. One of his nephews remembers him as “Uncle John Thornton”; this man also recalled an “Uncle William” Sparks and an aunt who married a Scott. Elizabeth (Launtz) Sparks was born about 1805 in Maryland; she was a daughter of Curtis Launtz and was living with her daughter, Nancy Sarah (Sparks) Guthrie in Lewis County in 1880.




 John Thornton and Elizabeth (Launtz) Sparks had the following children:
(l) Melville Sparks, born about 1830, married Sarah Agnes Robb.
(2) David Curtiss Sparks, born about 1831.
(3) Louisa Sparks, born about 1833, married William McElroy on March 6, 1866.
(4) Nancy Sarah Sparks, born about 1835, married Thomas Guthrie.
(5) (daughter) born about 1837.
(6) Henry Sparks, born about 1838.
(7) William Henry Sparks, born about 1840, married Josephine Holliday In 1866.
(8) John Thornton Sparks, born about 1842, married Mary - - - - .
(9) Mary E. Sparks, born about 1845.
(10) Elizabeth E. Sparks, born about 1848.
(Note: There was another Thornton Sparks who was born about 1805 who married Martha Littlejohn in Mason County, Kentucky, in 1831 and was living in Fleming County, Kentucky, in 1840.)
4. George Sparks, Jr., believed to have been a son of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks, was born about 1811 in Kentucky died at New Ross, Montgomery Co., Indiana, in 1884.  He married (first) Catherine Stokes in Nicholas County, Kentucky, in 1836 or 1837 (the marriage bond was dated 1 December 30, 1836); she was a daughter of Benjamin and Micha (Sparks) Stokes and she died about 1848. (Micha Sparks, mother of Catherine, was a daughter of John and Katharine (Waddell) Sparks of Nicholas County and was born about 1795.)  Following the death of his first wife, Catherine, about 1848, George Sparks, Jr., married as his second wife, Hannah Fishback, who was born between 1819 and 1823 (her age was given as 31 on the 1850 census and as 37 on the 1860 census). About 1852, George Sparks, Jr., moved with his family from Kentucky to Montgomery County, Indiana. According to census records, George Sparks, Jr., had the following children. It is believed that the first five were by his first wife, Catherine Stokes, and the last six were by his second wife, Hannah Fishback.
(1) Melissa J. Sparks, born about 1838 in Kentucky.
(2) Martha E. Sparks, born about 1840 in Kentucky.
(3) Alvin Branch Sparks, born in Carlisle, Kentucky, about 1842,
died August 12, 1910; he married Lucy Bowen.
(4) William B. Sparks, born about 1844, in Kentucky.
(5) Mary C. Sparks, born about 1848, in Kentucky.
(6) John I. Sparks, born about 1849 in Kentucky.
(7) Charles M. Sparks, born 1850 in Kentucky.  He married Emma Fishback who was born in Bourbon Co., Kentucky, in 1852.  Charles M. Sparks died at Advance, Boone Co., Indiana on NOv. 3, 1919.  Their children were:
(a) Nellie M. Sparks, married Charles M. Ray, of Advance, Indiana.
(b) Franklin Forrest Sparks, born Aug. 7, 1882, at Advance, Indiana. He was graduated from Harvard University in 1911, in which year he was married to Helena Nelson, daughter of William and Lena (Donavan) Nelson. He was principal of Broadwater County High School in Townsend, Montana, in 1921. They had four children:
(1) Dixie Sparks, born Sept. 30, 1912;
(2) Blanche Sparks, born Oct. 1914;
(3) Charles Sparks, born Sept. 1915; and
(4) Nancy Sparks, born Dec. 1917.
(c) Lilith Sparks, married Frank Heady of Advance, Indiana.
(d) Anna Gould Sparks, married Russell Wyncoop of Lebanon, Indiana.
(e) Chester Sparks, lived in Indianapolis, Indiana.
(f) Maurice Sparks; died in infancy.
(8) Harriet Sparks, born about 1853 in Indiana.
(9) David B. Sparks, born about 1855 in Indiana.
(10) Ellen Rebecca Sparks, born about 1857 in Indiana.
(11) Frances B. Sparks, born about 1861 in Indiana; married a Mr. Conner, buried in Union Hill Cemetery.
5. Cytha Ann Sparks, born about 1811 probably in Fleming County, Kentucky, believed to have been a daughter of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks. She died in 1880 in Franklin County, Missouri. She was married to Jesse Nash on April 12, 18314, in Lewis County, Kentucky.




Jesse Nash, husband of Cytha Ann Sparks, was born about 1813, son ofJames and Mary (Brackney) Nash who came to Kentucky from Alleghany County, Pennsylvania. He was a brother of Eli Nash who married Catherine Sparks, daughter of Caleb Sparks, in 1834. Jesse and Cytha Ann (Sparks) Nash had the following children:
(1) William George Nash, born about 1835, married Jane Boyd and lived in Oklahoma and Texas.
(2) Eliza Nash, born about 1837, married William Dunbar.
(3) James Harrison Nash, died young.
(4) Josephine Nash, died young.
(5) John Thornton Nash, born about 1841, died in 1932 at Lyons, Kansas.
(6) Jesse Nash, born about 1843, died in 1924 at Mansfield, Ill.
(7)  Elizabeth Nash, died young.
(8) Sarah Nash, born about 1847, married Henry Stahl, died in 1926 at Philmont, New York.
(9) Theophilus Nash, born about 18149, died 1900 at Sterling, Kansas
(10) Adolphus Nash, died young.
(11) Mary Brackney Nash, married George Dexter, died in Lafayette, Indiana in 1875.
 6. William Sparks, born in 1812, believed to have been a son of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks, married Siarina Gilbert on March 23, 18314, in Lewis County, Kentucky. She was a daughter of Elias and Catherine Gilbert. (Her name is given on records as Sidney, Syanna, Lyanna, Susanna, and Sian..) She was born about 1817 in Kentucky and died about 1905 in Douglas County, Missouri. William and Sianna (Gilbert) Sparks were the parents of the following children.
(1) Mealinda Sparks, born about 1837, married James W. Perry in 1858.
(2) (daughter) born about 1839.
(3) William Henry Sparks, born about 1843.
(4) George Sparks, born about 1845.
(5) Elizabeth Sparks, born about 1847, married      Bishop.
(6) James Sparks, born about 1852, died Sept. 1854.
(7) Mary Sparks, born about 1853; married - - - - Ward.
(8) Louisa Sparks, born June 18, 1855; married - - - - - Howls.
(9) Amanda Sparks, born January 20, 1859.
 7, 8, 9, and 10. No information on these children of George Sparks.

(These notes on the Sparks families of Lewis County, Kentucky, will be continued in future issues of the QUARTERLY.)

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WHO WAS EDWIN J. SPARKS, born 1864, died 1902?

Mrs. John Peterka of Swisher, Iowa, has sent us a clipping from the May 9, 1970, issue of the Ottunwa Courier published in Ottumwa, Iowa, which had been sent to her by a friend. This account tells of the recent discovery of a grave stone bearing the inscription “EDWIN J. SPARKS, 1814-1902, INTERRED IN CITY OF MEXICO” beneath the floor boards of an old barn which was being torn down in the town of Batavia, Iowa. The account reads as follows:

“Two Batavia men got a startle when they were tearing down an old barn here Friday (May 8, 1970). Ripping out a piece of flooring they discovered a grave which had been hidden for nearly seven decades.. Don Bihain and Gerald Smith found the tombstone on the Marion Purdun property located in the town ‘s west end. Inscription of the marker is: “Edwin J. Sparks, 1864 -1902, Interred in City of Mexico.”

“‘It really surprised me when I lifted up the plank and saw a tombstone,’ said Bihain. ‘At first I thought I was seeing things.’

“The grave might not have been found for many years had it not been for a family from California moving to town. Ron Weldon and his family are fixing up the property and had acquired the two men’s services to transform a barn into a garage. ‘It ‘s strange and hard to believe,’ stated Weldon. ‘It sounds like something you would read in a mystery magazine.’

“Not a single clue had been uncovered in the strange and baffling case. Numerous questions have been asked but as yet no one has the answers. Authorities have been unable to determine whether the barn was erected over the grave or whether the barn was constructed before 1902. Several persons surmised the Mexico referred to on the headmarker is Mexico, Missouri. Local officials said they plan to check with Missouri to learn if the grave was moved from there.

“Several senior citizens recall a Clyde Sparks and his two sisters who resided in town during the early 1900’s but could not connect the names. The covering over the grave, which is illegal, preserved the condition of the marble and granite tombstone for nearly 68 years. Some people feel there is more behind the case while others assume there is a simple logical reason for it. Whichever it may be, the hidden grave mystery remains unanswered and many feel that’s how it will remain.”

The town of Batavia is located in Jefferson County, Iowa, just over the line from Wapello County, in the south-east corner of the state. The town of Mexico is the county-seat of Audrain County, Missouri, and is located about 100 miles south of Batavia.

We are not able to identify this Edwin J. Sparks from our Association records. We do have a record of a widow named Sarah Sparks who was born about 1825 in Kentucky and was living in Mexico, Missouri, when the 1870 census was taken. She was quite wealthy, owning $20,000 worth of real estate. Living with her was an eleven-yearold girl named Mary Sparks, probably a daughter; also living with her was a Sallie Casady, aged 22, who was listed as “boarding.” A black female servant named Nett Jackson was living in the household, as well as a four-year-old black girl named Minnie Jackson, probably a daughter of Nett. Ten years earlier, according to the census of 1860, this same Sarah Sparks was listed as living in Mexico, Mo., with Margaret Muldrow. At that time (1860) Sarah Sparks (her name was given as S. J. Sparks) was listed as 35 years old, while Margaret Muldrow was 56. Little Mary (called M. E. Sparks) was listed as 3 years old in 1860.

Can anyone identify this Edwin J. Sparks?




Vesta J. Cain of Bancroft, Wisconsin, has provided us with additional material on the descendants of Thomas and Mary (Howe) Sparks. The original article on this family appeared in the QUARTERLY of March 1970 (Vol. XVIII, No. 1, Whole No. 69). On page 1302 we listed Charles F. Sparks, son of Robert Davenport and Armina (Pickering) Sparks. This record has been expanded for us by Mrs. Cain as follows:

Charles F. Sparks, son of Robert Davenport Sparks and his first wife, Armina Pickering, was born Aug. 26, 1856, in Plainfield, Wisc., and died in Stevens Point, Wisc. He worked as a custodian in the public schools and also at one time was a mechanic in the railroad shops there before they were moved. He married Manie Sievright and they had five children of their own plus an adopted daughter named Grace. Their children and descendants are the following:

(A) Robert Samuel Sparks, son of Charles F. and Armina (Pickering) Sparks, was born Doc. 2, 1877, in Portage County, Wisc.; he married Lulie Todd. They were the parents of three children:
(1) Adelaide Armina Sparks, born Sept. 3, 1906, at Stevens Point, Wisc. She married Robert Goetz in July 1937.They had a son named Robert Sparks Goetz, born Aug. 15,1940; he married Nancy Ness on June 2, 1962, and they had a daughter named Laura Lynn, born Aug. 7, 1963.
(2) Agnes Eulalia Sparks, born July 5, 1908. She has been a teacher at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, for many years.
(3) Roberta Sparks, born July 15, 1913. She married Maurice Brown on Sept. 1, 19143.. They had one daughter, Beth Lu Brown, born Nov. 10, 19146. Beth Lu now married and has a child. Roberta is a teacher at Superior, Wisc.
(B) Nida Nancy Marie Sparks, daughter of Charles F. and Armina (Pickering) Sparks, was born May 23, 1880, at Nevins, Clark County, Wisc. She was married to Thomas Moore on Sept. 21, 1907; he died at Kalamazoo, Mich. They had two children:
(1) Marian Moore, born March 11, 1912; she married Nelson Deyoung. Their children are Mary Lou Deyoung, Thomas N. Deyoung, and Karen L. Deyoung.
(2) Charles A.Moore, born August 1, 1919; he married Alic Zehl on July 26, 1934, in Goshen, Indiana. They had children named Judith Ellen Moore and June Diane Moore.
(C) Loron Sparks, son of Charles F.. and Arnina (Pickering) Sparks. He married and had one daughter.  He was a teacher and superintendent of schools in Ellensburg, Washington. He was born March 9, 1883.

(D) Lula Sparks, daughter of Charles F. and Armina (Pickering) Sparks, was born July 18, 1886. She lived in Michigan, had no children.

(E) Jessie Sparks, daughter of Charles F.. and Armina (Pickering) Sparks, was born March 20, 1892. She married and lived in Michigan; no children.

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Mrs. Roberta Sparks Seibel, 126141 Panorama View, Santa Ana, California (92705) has called our attention to a mistake in the QUARTERLY of September 1959 (Vol. VII, No. 3, page 1420). The listing of Sparks families on the 1830 census of Estill County, Kentucky, is incorrect and our readers are asked to delete this listing. The correct listing should give the following:

 (p. 2146) Thomas Sparks
1 male (himself) aged 20 to 30.
2 males under five years.
1 female between 20 arid 30.
2 females under 5 years.
 (p. 203) Isaac Sparks
1 male (himself) aged 30 to 140.
2 males aged ‘ to 10 years.
1 male under 5 years.
1 female aged 30 to 140 years.
[Scanner's note:  Correction made.]
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In the QUARTERLY of December 1969 (Vol. XVII, No. 14, Whole No. 68, p. 1281) we published an abstract of the Confederate service of C. A. Sparks. A distant cousin of C. A. Sparks, Mrs. Aldean A. Eakin of Pebble Beach,California, has provided the following identification of C. A. Sparks, pointing out that his full name was Ciicero Augustus Sparks, though he was always known as “Gus.”

Cicero Augustus (Gus) Sparks was born on February 14, 1837, in Blount Springs, Blount County, Alabama. He was a son of James Robert and Rebecca (Thompson) Sparks and was a grandson of John and Sarah (Tickle) Sparks (see the QUARTERLY of March 1961 (Vol. IX, No. 1, Whole No. 33, pp. 5140-142) for a sketch of this family.

Cicero Augustus Sparks was married to Henrietta McCann on February 9, 18614; she was born November 8, 1837, in Aberdeen, Mississippi. They were married in Waco, Texas. When the 1860 census was taken, “Gus” Sparks was listed as a Hotel clerk. On the 1880 census of McLennan County, Texas, he was listed as a Cotton Buyer. According to this 1880 census, he had children named Fannie F. Sparks, born about 1868; Johnnie M. Sparks, born about 1872; and Jessie F. Sparks, born about 1868. “Gus’t Sparks died on April 2, 1888, in Waco, Texas. His daughter Fannie married her first cousin, John Wesley Downs, son of W. W. and Henrietta (Sparks) Downs, on October 2, 1889, in Waco, Texas.

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We regret to report that Thomas Carlton Sparks died on April 6, 1970, at the age of 87 years. He was a son of William Martin and Mary Elizabeth (Phillippa) Sparks. He was buried in the Valley Halley Cemetery in Fairfield, Alabama. For a record of his ancestry see the article devoted to Jeremiah Sparks, Sr., Ca. 1765-18140 that appeared in the QUARTERLY of December 1960 (Vol. VIII, No. 14, Whole No. 32). Thomas Carlton Sparks’s name appears on page 524.

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One of our most generous and helpful members, John D. Sparks of Indianapolis, recently obtained information for us on a branch of the Sparks family that came to the United States from Ireland in 1791 or 1792. This information was supplied by Nelle B. Robinson (Mrs. C. O.) of Point Four Six, 647 East 84th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Mrs. Robinson reports that her husband’s aunt owns the family Bible listing the births and the family of John Sparks and his son, Martin Sparks.

John Sparks, according to this family Bible, was born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland, in 1761. John Sparks was married in Castlebar, Ireland, on November 2, 1791, to Lady Jane Burk, who was born in Dublin in 1764. Soon after their marriage, they came to the United States and lived first in Boston, later in New York City. By 1820, John and Jane (Burk) Sparks had moved to Vincennes, Indiana, and shortly after 1820 they moved to Illinois.

John Sparks died on February 17, 1821, in Crawford County, Illinois; his wife Jane (Burk) Sparks died on June 25, 1839, in York, Clark County, Illinois. They were the parents of six children.

1. Martin Sparks, son of John and Jane (Burk) Sparks, was born on September 10,1792, in Boston, Mass. He accompanied his parents to New York while he was a small child. On September 5, 18114, he entered service for the War of 1812; in his bounty land application many years later he stated that he had been ordered into service as a Second Sergeant in Capt. John McNaughton’s company of New York Militia at Salem, New York. He served in this company until September 22, 18114, when the company was discharged at Burlington, Vermont. He was married in Boston on June 16, 1816, to Ann Jane Parker. By 1820 they were living in Vincennes, Indiana, and by 1824 in Illinois. On December 9, 1824, he was commissioned a lieutenant of the 16th Regiment of Illinois Militia. He was still living in 1855 when he applied for bounty land on the basis of his service in the War of 1812, at which time he was a resident of York, Clark County, Illinois. (See the QUARTERLY of March 1962, Vol.. X, No, 1, Whole No. 37, p. 635, for an abstract of his application..)
Martin and Ann Jane (Parker) Sparks were the parents of six daughters:
(1) Harriet Sparks, born in 1820 in Vincennes, Indiana; married Benjamin Robinson.
(2) Mary Jane Sparks, born Jan, 22, 1826; married Lewis 0. Shultz on March 13, 1849.
(3) Sophie Leona Sparks, born Dec. 28, 1828; married Robert Aber on August 3, 1847.
(4) Sarah Henrietta Sparks, born April 214, 18314; married Curtis Preston on March 13, 1849.
(5) Charlotte Ellen Sparks, born March 17, 1837; married W. H. C. Coleman on May 12, 1857.
(6) Emma Eliza Sparks, born November ll, 18140; married Milton Wilhite on April 3, 1861.
2. John Clynch Sparks, son of John and Jane (Burk) Sparks, was born May 12, 1795 in Boston. He died in Vincennes, Indiana. No further information.
3. Harriet Jane Sparks, daughter of John and Jane (Burk) Sparks, was born Jan. 6, 1798 in New York City, She married William Ketchum; she died in York, Illinois, on June 5, 1878.
4, 5, & 6. Daughters, names not known.. One married Calvin Parker.




In the QUARTERLY for September 1967 (Vol. XV, No. 3, Whole No. 59) we began a series of abstracts of pension applications by Civil War soldiers and their heirs which are on file in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. We resume this series here.
ALBERT T. SPARKS, born in Iowa December 20, 1847, died in Iowa March 31, 1871, son of David T. and Susan E. (Walker) Sparks. Served in the 9th Battery of Indiana Artillery. File designation: 436,559.

On December 8, 1890, Susan E. Thomas appeared before the Deputy Clerk of the Dist. Court in Boone County, Iowa, to make application for a Civil War pension on the basis of the service of her son, Albert T. Sparks, under an Act of Congress dated June 27, 1890. She stated that she was 63 years old, a resident of Boone, Iowa, and was the mother of Albert T. Sparks (by her first husband) who had enlisted for service in the Union Army in Putnam County, Indiana, on January 16, 1864, in Capt. George R. Brown’s 9th Battery of Indiana Artillery. She stated that her son, Albert T. Sparks, had died on March 31, 1871, at Boonsboro, Iowa “from the effects of Chronic Diarrhea & its results incurred in the service of the United States in the line of duty.” She appointed W. D. Templin as her attorney and Martha Feisy (spelling uncertain) and J. P. Patterson signed as witnesses. She signed her name as Susan E. Thomas.

With her application, Susan Thomas submitted the following affidavit:

“State of Iowa! SS
 Boone County /

      “I, John S. FreidJ.ey, Clerk of the District Court within and for the said county do certify that Mrs. Susan E. Thomas of said county presented to me a book which perports to be her family record and from the appearance of the same, I believe to be such and that the entries therein contained appears to be made about the time of the dates of therein as follows:

Albert T. Sparks born Dec. 20th 1847
Albert T. Sparks died March 31st 1871
David T. Sparks and Susan E. Walker married Oct. 14th 1846
David T. Sparks died Sept. 3rd 1852 (Father)
Shelawen Thomas died May 13th 1875
       “In testimony whereof witness my hand and seal affixed at my office in Boone, Iowa, this Dec. 8th A.D. 1890.
John S. Friedley
Clerk Dist. Court.”
On December 1, 1891, Susan E. Thomas made an additional affidavit as follows:
“That she is the claiment as above and that her income is as follows, of 95 acres of farm land in Boone Co. Iowa which is about $200 a year and out of this amount she pays her taxes and the repairs in keeping up the land with the improvements amounting to $100 per year leaving her income one hundred dollars a year and that her age and condition of her health prevent her from performing manual labor and that this amount is not sufficient to render her a support. She cannot prove his death or birth other than by the family record, a copy of which is on file and that there was no widow or child at his death, that he died from disease of the lungs on the 31st day of March 1871.”



Also contained in this file is a brief statement from the War Department that Albert T. Sparks had served as a private in the 9th Battery of the Indiana Artillery. From the records obtained from the National Archives, it is not clear whether Susan was successful in her application or not.

Editor’s Note: We are not able, at this time, to tie this family to other branches of the Sparks family. From the family record by Mrs. Thomas with her application, we know that her maiden name was Susan E. Walker and that she and David T. Sparks were married on October 14, 1846. We have a census record dated September 14, 1850, which proves that David T. Sparks and his wife were living in Rochester Township, Cedar County, Iowa, at that time. David’s age was given as 28, thus he was born about 1822; Susan’s age was given as 22, thus she was born about 1828. Both were natives of Indiana according to the census record, and David was a farmer, Their son, Albert T. Sparks, was listed as 2 years old, born in Iowa. They also had another son, Aquilla J. Sparks, who was listed as one month old, thus he was born in July or August, 1850.

Living very near David T. Sparks in 1850 was the family of William Sparks, aged 23, born Indiana, and Lucinda Sparks, aged 17, also born in Indiana. Perhaps David and William were brothers.

David Sparks died, according to Susan ‘s family record, on September 3, 1852. Susan apparently married as her second husband, Shelawen Thomas, who died on May 13, 1875.
ALBERTUS SPARKS, son of Amos and Desire (Sylvester) Sparks, born Cortland County, New York, Nov. 10, 1839; lived in Oceana Co., Michigan; died in Atlanta, Georgia, on Jan. 3, 1915.. Married Sarah H. Rathbone June 7, 1866. Served in Co.. I, 3rd Michigan Regiment and Co. M, 10th Regt. of Michigan Cavalry.. File designation XC 2 690,087.

On June 1, 1912, Albertus Sparks appeared before a notary public named Arthur Converse to make application for a pension. He stated that he was 72 years old, a resident of Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan, and that he had enrolled at Grand Rapids, Michigan, on May 13, 1861, as a private in Co. I of the Third Regiment of Michigan Infantry. He stated that he had been discharged at Alexandria, Va., on October 30, 1862. He stated that he had enrolled again on February 22, 1865, in Company H, 10th Regiment of Michigan Cavalry and was discharged on September 30, 1865, at Chattanooga, Tennessee. He described himself at the time of his service as 6 feet tall, with light complexion, blue eyes, light colored hair, and by occupation a mechanic. He stated he had been born November 10, 1839, at Cortland, Cortland County,New York, and that he had lived in Ferry, Michigan, from the time of his discharge. He also stated that he was already receiving a pension, but that he now wished to apply again under provisions of the new act passed May 11, 1912. We do not have a copy of his first application, but apparently that was submitted in 1877. There is a document from the Adjutant General’s Office dated Nov. 214, 1877, certifying his service in 1861 and that he had seen action at Bull Run, Virginia, on July 21, 1861, and was discharged because of disability on October 20, 1861.

The certificate of disability for discharge for Albertus Sparks is in the file and contains the statement: “Said Albertus Sparks has done but little duty since enlisted and has done no duty since the Battle of Bull Run July 21st 1861. Said Sparks has complained of Rheumatism ever since that time and been wholly


ALBERTUS SPARKS, Civil War Pensioner, continued:

unfit for duty.” Also contained in this file is the certificate of discharge of Albertus Sparks following his service in 1865. A search of War Department records in 1915 revealed that during his second enlistment he had received medical treatment between August 1 and August 14, 1865, for “Retention urine” and from August 3 to September 30, 1865, for “Billious fever.” He was discharged on September 30.

Albertus Sparks was granted a pension following his application in 1877, amount not stated in available records. On January 15, 1898, he was asked to provide information regarding his family. He stated that he had been married to Sarah H. Rathbone at Ferry, Michigan, on June 7, 1866, and that he had the following living children:

1. Albertus Sparks, Jr. born April 27, 1867
2. Jennett Sparks    " September 10, 1868
3. Lillie Sparks     " July 14, 1870
4. Alpha H. Sparks    " November 11, 1872
5. Lizzie H. Sparks    " February 5, 1882
6. Minnie D. Sparks    " June 8, 1884
7. Charley B. Sparks     " May 7, 1886
8. Tilla (?) H. Sparks    " August 15, 1890
9. Mildred S. Sparks    " June 5, 1895

 Albertus Sparks died from “senility” on January 3, 1915, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he and his wife had apparently moved. According to his death certificate, he had been born November 10, 1839, in Cortland, New York, and was a son of Amos Sparks and Desire Sylvester.

On February 13, 1915, the widow of Albertus Sparks, Sarah H. Sparks, applied for a widow’s pension. She gave her residence as 140 Atlanta Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, and Mary Gill and Buel Gill signed as her witnesses. She supplied a certified copy of her marriage certificate stating that Albertus Sparks, of Grand Haven, Michigan, being about 25 years of age, and Sarah Rathbone of Otto, Michigan, being about 17 years of age, had been united in marriage on June 7, 1866, in Otto, Michigan, by Daniel N. Gustin, Justice of the Peace, in the presence of C. P. Rathbone and M. H. Gustin. Sarah H. Sparks also wrote the following letter to accompany her application:

140 Atlanta Ave., Atlanta, Ga.
Mar. 15, 1915.
G. M. Saltzgaber, Corn. of Pensions. Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir:

I hereby certify that the following facts are true to the best of my knowledge:

      I was married to Albertus Sparks, on June 7th, 1866, at my Mothers Horns, in Ferry Township, Oceana Co., Michigan, and have lived with him from that time, until his Death here Jan. 3rd, 1915. Those present at my wedding were the following, including Mother, Sister and Brothers:
     C. P. Rathbone, now living in Montague, Mich.,
     LeGrand Rathbone, now living at Grand Rapids, Mich. on 5th Ave.,
     P. R. Rathbone, now living at Shelby, Mich.,
     Mrs. Julia McClure, now living at Lansing, Mich.

My Mother being dead, I am writing these Brothers and Sister, for their affidavits to the Ceremony.

      In regard to the two who have known my Husband all his life, will get the affidavits of Mr. Win. S. Fleming, of Montgomery, and will try and get one from ---(blank)---, Muskegon, Mich., if he is still living. I can think of no others living that I can locate.


ALBERTUS SPARKS, Civil War Pensioner, continued:
      The same two people last mentioned above, know that we have always lived together from the time of our marriage, also that he was never married before.
      As to the Physicians Certificate of Death, it has been furnished.
      In regard to those who were present at this Death, they were as follows: Tillie Sparks, Mildred Sparks, C. B. Sparks, Della Sparks and myself Sarah H. Sparks, and their statements will be made, and sworn to, as soon as possible.
     I trust there will be no great amount of delay, as my Husbands death has plunged us into debt, and that the Marriage Certificate, as well as the Pension Papers, also his discharge of the 10th, Mich, Cavalry, will be returned to me promptly.
Respectfully yours,
(Signed) Sarah H. Sparks
Witness: B. F. Archer, Hart, Mich.
Sarah H. Sparks was granted a pension, amount not revealed in the papers supplied by the National Archives. She died in St, Petersburg, Florida, on Aug. 11, 1939, aged 90 years, 9 months, and 8 days. According to her death certificate, she was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, on November 3, 1848, a daughter of Jerome Rathbone, who was born in Penna., and Alveria Fulsom, also born in Penna. She was buried in the Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Petersburg.

(Editor’s Note: Albertus Sparks, born Nov.. 10, 1839, died Jan. 3, 1915, was a son of Amos and Desire (Sylvester) Sparks. Amos Sparks, his father, was born on Sept. 214, 1792, and was a son of Isaiah and Felisity (Dawset) Sparks of Ashford, Connecticut.. Isaiah Sparks, father of Amos, died on December 7, 1794, and his widow, Felisity, had moved her family shortly thereafter to Cortland County, New York, where the sons married and reared their families. Amos Sparks married Desire Sylvester in New York and they had at least three sons. By 1850, Amos had moved his family to Crockery Township, Ottawa County, Michigan. When the census was taken that year., he was listed as a farmer. His three sons were listed as:
                    Orville A. Sparks (age 21) born about 1829
                    Melvin P. Sparks (aged 17) born about 1833
                    Albertus Sparks (aged 11) born November 10, 1839

Living with Amos Sparks in 1850 was Lydia Sylvester, aged 60 years, a native of Massachusetts. Perhaps she was the mother of Desire (Sylvester) Sparks, wife of Amos. Amos and Desire Sparks were still living in Ottawa County when the 1860 census was taken. A brother of Amos, Stephen Sparks, settled in lonia County, Michigan, in 18140. (See the. QUARTERLY of September 1965, Vol. XIII, No. 3, Whole No, 51, pp. 916-23.) Another brother of Amos, Erastus Sparks, settled in Trumbull County, Ohio. The parents of Isaiah Sparks (and thus the great-grandparents of Albertus Sparks) were Joseph Sparks and Mehetabel Johnson who were married in Windham, Connecticut, on April 29, 1747.)

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On page 1254 of the September 1969 QUARTERLY (Vol. XVII, No. 3, Whole No. 67) we stated that Norman Scott Beeler, son of George Walter and Effie (Scott) Beeler, born August 2, 1886, was deceased. This was an error. Mr. Beeler is still living; it was his wife who had died, One of our members, Ruth B. Alcorn, called this error to our attention. She reports that Mr. Beeler has remarried; the name of his second wife is not known.

[Scanner's note:  Correction made.]



One of our members, Irma Hills Hebard, has reported the passing of Mrs. Delilah Freeman Kiser on January 26, 1970, in St, John’s Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. She was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Springfield. Mrs. Kiser was the greatgranddaughter of James Sparks and the great-great-granddaughter of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks. Her full name was Opal Delilah Freeman and she was the daughter of James Thomas Hile Freeman, See page 712 of the March 1963 QUARTERLY (Vol. XI, No. 1, Whole No. 111) for her ancestry.

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The following records have been copied from a volume in the Library of Congress compiled by Gertrude Barber in 1930 (Fl27 S91 B3).

Gravestone Inscriptions of Velie & Neversink Cemetery, now known as Fatllschurch & Nevers ink Cemetery Asn.  Inc., Sullivan County, New York.

Calvin Sparks, born March 10, 1822, died November 10, 1862.
White Sulpher Springs Cemetery, White Sulpher Springs, Sullivan County, New York.
George W. Bartholomew, 1813 -1896.
Rebecca Sparks, wife, 1829 -1892.
Truman W. Bartholomew, 1866 -1892,
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In the December 1969 issue of the QUARTERLY we noted the grave stone inscription for Henry Sparks of Hartford, New York, who died on April 26, 1816, aged 69 years. We have since learned that there is a will on file in Washington County, New York, for Henry Sparks of the town of Hartford, dated Aug. 1, 1815, and probated on Sept. 12, 1815. In his will, Henry Sparks mentioned his daughter Hannah, and his sons Jesse Sparks and Samuel Sparks, also daughters Bethana, Polly, Phebe, and Melinda. The executor was Lemuel Griffin of Hartford.

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It is a pleasure to report the names and addresses of nine new members of THE

Anderson, Mary Jo M. (Mrs. John S.), Rt, 5, Bethlehem Rd., Paris, Ky. (40361).
Arp, Mrs. Naomi T., Rt. 1, Fairmeadows Farm, Philadelphia, Tennessee (37846).
Conway, Hattie Lue Sparks (Mrs. Hugh A.), 6069 Wooten Dr., Falls Church, Va.(22044).
Cooke, Mrs. Nell Clarke, 3763-F N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, Georgia (30033).
Buster, Mrs. R. A., Rt. 1, Twitty, Texas (79090).
Rice, Mrs. Jimmy C,, 508 Bel Air Drive, Nashville, Tennessee (37217).
Rogers, Katherine, 1324 N. 65th St., Waco, Texas (76710).
Sparks, Eva (Mrs. Ronald), Edmore, North Dakota (58330).
Sparks, Mrs. Viola, Rt. 1, Plainfield, Wisconsin (54966).

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