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

VOL. XX, NO. 2  JUNE, 1972

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Thomas  John C. Sparks 
Aaron O. Sparks (1848-1906)
 son of
with his wife 
Thomas  John C. Sparks 
Martha Ann (Askren) Sparks 
Martha Ann (Askren) Sparks
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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Hite Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
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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 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 for the years1958 -1962; and and the third for the years 1963 -1967. Each of these is available for $1.00. A complete file of all issues of the QUARTERLY (1953 -1971) with the three indexes may be purchased for $45.00.
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 and applications for membership are available through Dr. Bidlack. The QUARTERLY is printed by off-set at the Edwards Letter Shop, 711 North University Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan.


It is a pleasure to report the names and addresses of twelve new members of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION. These Sparks descendants have joined the Association since our last report in the March 1972 issue of the QUARTERLY.

Bunch, George A., 428 West 4725 South Ogden, Utah (48803)
Coffin, Ellen Shirt (Mrs. Kenneth Dix), 512 North Rivershide Drive, New Smyrna Beach, Florloa (32069)
Deethardt, Emily (Mrs. T. R.), 2520 Fairway Drive, Fremont, Nebraska (68025)
Gee, Maxine L. (Mrs. Howell A.), 2242 East 7th St., Casper, Wyoming (82601)
Greene, Naomi N. (Mrs. R. E.), 9201 - 211th Ave. East, Sumner, Washington (98390)
Konz, Mary Lee Sparks (Mrs. George), 365 Briar Lane, Lake Bluff, Illinois (60044)
Morelli, Dorothy M. (Mrs. Anthony A.), 1 Savage Rd., Kendall Park, New Jersey(08824)
Parka, Mrs. Lennora So, 4822 Cambray Dr., San Antonio, Texas (78229)
Sparks, Edward L., 1115 Okeechobee Rd., West Palm Beach, Florida (33401)
Sparks, Jan T., 2061 Euclid Ave., Apt. 6, Palo Alto, California (94303)
Sparks, Noel C., 9465 56th St., Riverside, California (92509)
Turner, Mrs. Maurice Sparks, P.O. Box 1053, Rosamond, California (93560)



of Hendricks County, Indiana

By Paul E, Sparks

(Edibor's Note: In the December 1956 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. IV, No. 4, Whole No, 16, pp. 172-175)  Ben Sparks, now deceased, shared with us an intimate account of his family, entitled “Family Memories.”  His great-great-grandfather, David Sparks, had lived for awhile in Kentucky where most of his children were born, but settled in Hendricks County, Indiana, in 1827 where he died in 1861. Subsequently, in the June 1960 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. VIII, No. 2, Whole No. 30, pp. 473-481), appeared a portion of the autobiography of William Tennis Sparks, a great-grandson of David Sparks, which shed further light on the descendants of David Sparks.   Since that time, we have uncovered data relating to other descendants of David Sparks which we now publish even though these do not complete the record. Much of the data used in this article were secured by Mrs. Eldon J. (Esther Sparks) Coons, Route 3, Brownsburg, Indiana (46112) who is a great-greatgranddaughter of David Sparks, and by Mrs. Lola G, Burch, 6040 Broadway, Indianapolis, Indiana (46220) who Is also a great-great-granddaughter of David Sparks.)

David Sparks was born on March 16, 1785, and died on August 22, 1861, according to data in the possession of Mrs. Burch. Mrs. Burch has a Bible which was the personal Bible of Mrs. Vada (Hendricks) Randal, a great-granddaughter of David Sparks and an aunt of Mrs. Burch. In the Bible is a faded piece of paper on which the dates are written. According to the History of Hendricks County, Indiana by John V. Hadley (published by Bowen & Co. in 1914), po 47, “David Sparks was the first white man in this territory. He came in the year 1827, three years before any definite settlement had been made In this portion [Brown Township] of the county.” According to the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Hendricks County, Indiana, David Sparks was born in Tennessee. Since Tennessee did not become a state until 1796, he was probably born at a place which ultimately became a part of Tennessee.

There seems to be little doubt that David Sparks was married three times. Nothing is known of his first wife except that she was the mother of his son, Hugh.  Hugh Sparks was born on July 11, 1806, in Pulaski County, Kentucky, according to his great-grandson, William Tennis Sparks. He was known to have some half-brothers in Hendricks County, Indiana. Hugh Sparks was reared in Madison County, Ohio, and it is probable that he lived with relatives, perhaps those of his mother. He was in Franklin County, Indiana, with his family in 1850.

In all probability, the first wife of David Sparks died prior to 1810 and he had remarried to Elizabeth Roberts with whom he is listed without children on the 1810 census of Pulaski County, Kentucky. An interesting account of how Elizabeth (Roberts) Sparks’s name was discovered is told by Mrs. Coons, She writes:

“Enclosed is a copy of the first minutes of the Big White Lick Baptist Church.  It was a thrill to note that as soon as other settlers came, they met together to worship God and have fellowship together. Note that David Sparks’s wife is Elizabeth.”  Following is a transcript with the exact wording and spelling of the document Mrs. Coons sent:

“the BOOKS of the records of big white Lick church Hendricks County ia [sic] we the undersigned members met at Br Adam Spickelmlers on the 12 day of October 1833 and were Constituted in a reaguler Baptist Church to wit

    [The names of the original members follow on the next page]


Abraham Spickelmier and Charity 2
Adam Spickelmier and phebe 2
Aaron Spickelmier and Jane  2
  David Sparks and elizabeth 2
  Jane dollenhick 1
Nancey dollanhick  1
Caleb Sherley and phebe 2
the names of the members that came & helps to constitut us a church from eagel creak is John king patrick H. Bulavin; from Littel White Lick Br Benjamin Haury; Br John Lamnbert   We the helps after examanantion finding them in order for constitution and they agree to be constituted on the Articles of faith at the danvill association and have rules of decorum and we do constitute them a church ...“
Mrs. Coons continues: “I am also enclosing a copy of page 432, Marriage Book 10
of Hendricks County, Indiana, on which the marriage of Thomas J. C. Sparks (his
second) to Polly Ann Richardson on December 19, 1889, is recorded.  Note that
Thomas gave his mother "a maiden name as Roberts."

David and Elizabeth (Roberts) Sparks appeared on the 1820 census of Pulaski
County, Kentucky, with four children:  one boy and three girls, all born between
1810 and 1820. AccordIng to the 1830 census of Hendricks County, Indians, they had the following children:  a daughter, born 1810 -1815; a daughter and a son born between 1815 and 1820; and a son born 1820 -1825. From. these census records and family documents, we know that David and Elizabeth (Roberts) Sparks were parents of:

Rebecca Sparks, born about 1812
Nancy Sparks, born about 1815
Galen Sparks, born In 1816
a daughter, name not known, born about 1818
Thomas John C. Sparks, born In 1822.
Elizabeth (Roberts) Sparks died on February 19, 1840, age 50; she was thus born about 1790, and David Sparks married, as his third wife, Sarah Pinkley on February 12, 1841, in Hendricks County, Indiana, No children were born to the latter marriage.

On March 5, 1853, eight years before he died, David Sparks made his will, which is preserved in the courthouse of Herndricks County. It reads as follows:

 “I, David Sparks of the County of Hendricks and State of Indiana do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made

 “First I direct that my body be decently interred and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate and situation in life, and as to such wordly goods, as it has pleased God to intrust me with, I dispose of the same in the following manner to wit:  I direct first that all of my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first money that shall come to the hands of my Executors from any portion of my Estate, real or personal, I also direct that a fair valuation or appraisement be made by two judicious neighbors of all my said Estate, including all my personal property with household and kitchen furniture and after being signed with their names that a copy of the s ame be given by them to my Executor, I also direct that all of my personal property be sold at public auction and on such credit or for ready money as my Creditor may deem most advisable and that the proceeds thereof be divided equally between my


grand-children as follows: David Poynter, Martha E. Poynter, A. C. Poynter, Mary Ellen Poynter, Elizabeth Roy, Amilda Roy, David Roy. Also I direct that Mary E. Sparks and Reny Ann Sparks have One Dollar each. I also direct that my beloved wife have her necessary support off of the farm during her natural life.  I also direct that all of the Real Estate of which I shall die seized or possessed of, I give and Bequeathed to my beloved son Thomas John C. Sparks, and to effuate [sic] this intention I hereby vest my Executor with full power and authority to dispose of and I further declair and direct that the afore said legacy to my wife be in lieu of her Dowery if she so elect, and I hereby make and declare my worthy and esteemed friend Wm. McDaniel, my Executor of this my last will and testament.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF I David Sparks, this testator, have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of March, 1853.
                                                                                     David      X      Sparks, (Seal)
                    Signed, sealed, published and declared in the presence of us

                                                                        Lewis S. Hunter

                                                                        B. M. Logan

The inventory taken of David Sparks’s personal property following his death has been preserved and provides an interesting picture of life of the time. It is too lengthy to reproduce here (amounting to a total of $977.31), but a few Items and their value may be of interest: one log chain, 75¢; one double tree and two single trees, 40¢; 21 bushels of wheat, $10.75; one wash tub, 15¢; one “shugor kettle,” $1.00; one side saddle and one bridle, 75¢; 13 gal. stone ware,” 91¢; one pot, 10¢; one little wheel, 30¢;   one big wheel, $1.00;  "one real,” 35¢; one looking glass, 40¢; one “trunnel bed and beding”, $3.50; "6 cover ledes”, $18.00; 3 blankets, $3.00; 4 quilts, $2.40; 12 sheets, $8.40; 2 pillows and one spread, $1.75; one clock, 75¢; one coffee mill, 25¢; 3 hay stacks, $8.00; 6 hogs, $8,40; one sow and 8 pigs, $5.00; one “roan cowe”, $12.00; 8 geese, 80¢; “one barrel and molases,” $10.50; 8 yards of cloth, $4.00; 12 turkeys, $3.00.

Following is the information that we have been able to gather on the children of David and Elizabeth (Roberts) Sparks:

1. Rebecca Sparks, eldest child of David and Elizabeth (Roberts) Sparks, was born January 30, 1813, in Kentucky.  On August 33, 1830, she married John Poynter in Hendricks County, Indiana.  Rebecca died on August 30, 1839. She and John Poynter had at least four children who were named in the will of their maternal grandfather, David Sparks. According to the will and other family records, the children of Rebecca and John Poynter were:
(1) David F. Poynter, born about 1831. He married Nancy - - - - - about 1851. On the 1860 census of Hendricks County, Ind., his age was given as 28; wife Nancy’s age was also 28; daughter Sarah C. was age 8, and daughter Jane C. was seven months old. His first wife apparently died and David F, Poynter was married, secondly, to Mrs. Clara McDaniel, a widow. They had no children. According to the gravestone of David F. Poynter in the Bethesda Cemetery, north of Brownsburg, Ind., he died in 1914. We have no further information of the family.
(2) Martha E. Poynter. No further information.
(3) Sarah . Poynter. No further information.
(4) Mary Ellen Poynter. No further information.

Children of David and Elizabeth (Roberts) Sparks, continued:

2. Nancy Sparks, second child of David and Elizabeth (Roberts) Sparks, was born January 3, 1815, in Kentucky. She married Asa Roy on May 20, 1831, In Hendricks County, Indiana, and they had at least three children. These children were named in the will of their maternal grandfather, David Sparks, which was given above, The children were:
(1) Elizabeth Roy, born about 1833. She married Zimri McCaslin on December 22, 1861, in Hendricks County, Ind. We have no further information on this family.
(2) Amilda Roy. All we know is that she was named in the will of David Sparks.
(3) David Roy. He married Jane Casandra Newman and they moved to Iowa.  They had the following children: Benjamin, John T., James P., David, Oliver, and Newton.
 Nancy (Sparks) Roy died prior to 1845, for in that year year her husband, Asa Roy, remarried.
3. Galen Sparks, eldest son of David and Elizabeth (Roberts) Sparks, was born on September 12, 1816, in Kentucky. On December 19, 1835, he purchased eighty acres of land from his parents for one hundred dollars according to Hendricks County, Ind., Deed Book 4, page 140, David Sparks had acquired the land a few months earlier from the federal government. The deed indicated that both David and Elizabeth Sparks signed the deed by making their marks.
On December 26, 1836, Galen Sparks married Lydia Askren in Hendricks County, Ind. He died on Sept. 30, 1845, a young man just eighteen days past his 29th birthday. He left his widow with three small daughters: Mary Elizabeth Sparks, born about 1839; Ruah Ann Sparks, born In 1841; and Hannah Sparks, born about l845.
The widow of Galen Sparks, Lydia (Askren) Sparks was born In Indiana on April 24, 1813. She was a daughter of William and Nancy (Hollett) Askren and was named in the will of her maternal grandfather, Thomas Hollett, dated Nov. 9, 1824, in Wayne County, Ind. Also named in the will were her brother, Richard Askren, and her two sisters, Caty Askren and Martha Ann Askren, Martha Ann Askren married Thomas J. C. Sparks, brother of Galen Sparks. On the 1850 census of Hendricks County, Lid,, Lydia (Asicren) Sparks, widow of Galen, was living next to her father-In-law, David Sparks, and his 3rd wife, Sarah. With her were her three daughters and a niece, Martha K. Poynter.
On July 30, 1853, Lydia (Askren) Sparks married as her second husband William M, Dinwiddie in Hendricks County, Ind. When the 1860 census was taken of that county, living with Lydia and William Dinwiddie was Lydia’s daughter, Ruah Ann Sparks, now age 18, William Dinwiddie died about 1865. Lydia died on Oct, 20, 1874.
(1) Mary Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Galen and Lydia (Askren) Sparks, was born on June 20, l839. According to records In the possession of Mrs. Burch, Mary Elizabeth was married to Milton Hendricks on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. by Mr. Dugan on March 14, 18580 She died on June 24, 1916.
Milton Hendricks was born on June ]3, 1831. He fought on the Union side in the Civil War and lost a leg. The federal. government fitted him with an artificial limb. He remained quite active, however, and

DESCENDANTS OF DAVID SPARKS (l785-1861, continued:

wore out so many peg legs” that the government Investigated to see the reason why. When the investigator arrived, Mr. Hendricks took him to the barn and showed him several peg-legs which had been worn into splinters. He died on Jan, 27, 1908.
Mary Elizabeth (Sparks) Hendricks and Milton Hendricks had eight children:
(a) Ollie May Hendricks was born on May 15, 1860.  She died on April 28, 1863.

(b) Cora Ann Hendricks was born Dec. 5, 1861. She married Paris A. Hastings on Aug. 26, 1891, at Danvifle, Ind.

(c) Myra Jane Hendricks was born on March 21, 1863. She married David W. Herring on Feb. 22, 1886. They were married by Myra Jane‘s great-uncle, the Rev. Thomas J. C. Sparks.

(d) Charles Thomas Hendricks was born Nov. 28, 1864. He died on Sept. 30, 1866.

(e) Orestes Horner Hendricks was born on June 7, 1868. He married Mrs. Eva May Campbell Sutton on Sept. 29, 1902, at Washington, Ind. He died on May 2, 1931,

(f) Vada Belle Hendricks was born on Nov. 13, 1871. She married W. F. Randal on Feb. 15, 1908, at Danville, Ind. She died on July 5, 1926.

(g) Lora Mapes Hendricks was born on Feb. 15, 1874. She married Edward F. Kendall on Sept. 27, 1899 at Washington, Ind. They were the parents of Mrs. Burch who has contributed greatly to this article.

(h) Erie Grace Hendricks was born on July 19, 1877. She married Arthur W, Hillery on Sept. 27, 1899, in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Lora.

(2) Ruah Aim Sparks, daughter of Galen and Lydia (Askren) Sparks, was born July 4, 1841 She was married to William H. Faught on Sept. 1, 1863, in Hendricks County, Ind. Shortly afterwards, she and her husband; her sister, Mary Elizabeth and her husband, Milton Hendricks, and their family; and her mother, Lydia (Askren) Sparks Dinwiddie, left Hendricks County by covered wagon and went to Kansas where they home-steaded on land Milton Hendricks was eligible to enter for service in the Union Army.  According to information furnished by Mrs. Lola Burch, Lydia Dinwiddie was not happy in Kansas. Her son-In-law, Milton Hendricks, promised her that when the railroad came through, he would bring her back to Indiana, which he did.
Ruah Ann (Sparks) Faught, and her husband, William Faught, remained in Kansas and reared a family, Ruah Ann died on Dec. 17, 1918, in Dixon Township, Sumner County, Kansas, Children of Rush Ann and William Faught were:
(a) Elizabeth Jane Faught, born Jan, 16, 1875, at Danvifle, Lid,, and died on Nov. 3, 1940, at Buffalo, Okla. She married John William Felkel on Nov. 28, 1895, and had six children.

(b) Llddy May Faught. She married Alex Hanna. No further data.

(c) Pyrrhus Edward Faught. He married Anna Minnie Harmon in Grant County, Okla., on Aug, 21, 1897, and had a daughter, Ruah, and a son, John.

(3) Hannah Sparks, youngest daughter of Galen and Lydia (Askren) Sparks, died in 1850 at the age of five years.

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[Note:  Here appears a photograph with the following text constituting the caption.]

The Kansas pioneer home of Ruah Ann (Sparks) Faught and her family. Taken in 1891 or during the years imediately following, this picture was sent by Ruah Ann (Sparks) Faught to her niece, Cora Ann (Hendricks) Hastings after the latter’s marriage on Aug. 26, 1891. Cora Ann had been a small child when the Faught and Hendricks families moved from Indiana to Kansas. The Hendricks family returned to Indiana after a few years, but the Faught family remained in Kansas. Shown in the picture, which is owned by Mrs. Lola Burch, is Ruah Ann (Sparks) Faught and her husband, William H. Faught. Mrs. Burch thinks that the young man on the horse was probably their son, Pyrrhus Edward Faught. The young woman was probably one of their daughters with two of her own children. The picture provides an interesting glimpse of pioneer life in Kansas. We hope that a Kansas descendant will see it and identify the individuals positively.
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4. Thomas John C. Sparks, youngest child of David and Elizabeth (Roberts) Sparks, was born on July 5, 1822, in Kentucky. He died on February 16, 1897, in Hendricks County, Ind., where he had lived for 70 years.   He was married to Martha Ann Askren, a sister of Lydia (Askren) Sparks, wife of Galen Sparks, in Hendricks County on March 22, 1840. To this union were born seven children: David William, Deborah Ann, Aaron Othenial, Elizabeth C., Mary A., and Procipina.
Martha Ann Askren was born on April 19, 1820, in Indiana and died on Sept. 8, 1884, in Hendricks County, Ind. After her death, Thomas John C. Sparks was

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married to Polly Ann Richardson on Dec. 19, 1889. As was stated earlier, in applying for the marriage license, Thomas Sparks gave his mother's maiden name as Roberts, It was this document which helped to prove that her maiden name in full was Elizabeth Roberts. Thomas and Polly Ann (Richardson) Sparks had no children.

According to A History of Hendricks County, Indiana (Interstate Publishing Co., 1885), Thomas Sparks began his education in a school district which was organized in 1832, Jesse Smith was the teacher in the log schoolhouse built just west of the village of Brownsburg.

 The Directory of Hendricks County, Indiana, (Clive & McHaffie, 1874), lists Thomas J. C. Sparks as a “farmer, 3 miles northwest of Brownsburg. Born in Kentucky in 1822.  Settled in Hendricks County in 1828. Democrat and Regular Baptist, Brown Township.”

Thomas J. C. Sparks was ordained to the ministry in 1869 in the Big White Lick Regular Baptist Church, the same church which his parents had helped to organize in 1833. The original church was made of logs and stood just east of Pittsboro, Indiana, on what Is now Indiana Route 136. An old cemetery marks the spot.  Later, a new church was built at this location, but ultimately the congregation decided to move into the village of Pittsboro where the church became imown as the Pittsboro Regular Baptist Church.

Thomas Sparks also served as the pastor of the Mount Tabor Baptist Church located north of Brownsburg in Fayette, Indiana, He was knwn as an eloquent speaker of his day.  He was very active until ill health caused him to give up his duties. His picture, with his first wife who died in 1884, appears on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY.

After the death of his first wife, Martha Mn, Thomas J. C. Sparks made a will on May 27, 1889. Provisions of the will included the followings

First, all debts to be settled and paid for out of personal property.
Second, to my son, Aaron 0. Sparks, twenty acres.
Third, to my daughter, Debora A. Beasley, twenty acres.
Fourth, to my daughter, Mary A. Peters, twenty acres.
Fifth, to my son, David W. Sparks, one-half acre.
Sixth, to my grandson, John Thomas Sparks, (son of D, W. Sparks) nine and one-half acres.
Seventh, to my grandson, Newton Allen Sparks, and my granddaughter, Annie Sparks (children of D. W, Sparks) nine and one-half acres excepting one-half acre known as the Sparks graveyard.
Eighth, provided should I marry and die before my wife, she shall have 26 acres of the south end of said real estate.

Thomas Sparks named Joseph M. Tolle as his executor and the will was witnessed by B, P. Jones and W. M. McDonald.

All of the land disposed of by the will of Thomas J. C. Sparks was located in Section 33, Township 17, North of Range 1 East in Hendricks County, Indiana. The Sparks graveyard mentioned in Item 7 of the will is still used as a burial place (1971).   Buried there are: David Sparks and wife, Elizabeth; Galen Sparks, his wife, Lydia, and their daughter, Hannah; Thomas J. C. Sparks, and wife, Martha Ann; Aaron 0. Sparks and wife, Elizabeth; William Dinwiddie, 2d husband of Lydia Sparks; John Thomas and Safia Sparks; a small son of David William and Mary (May) Sparks; a small daughter of John Thomas and Safia Sparks; and many neighbors and friends of the family.


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Following is a record of the children of Thomas John C. Sparks and his wife,
Martha Ann (Askren) Sparks:

(1) David Williams Sparks, son of Thomas John C. and Martha Ann (Askren) Sparks, was born about 1842 in Indiana. lie was married, first, to Mary May on Oct. 31, 1861, and to this union a son, John Thomas Sparks, was born about 1862. David William Sparks married, second, Rachel McCaslin on July ll, 1872, and to this union were born two children, Newton Allen Sparks and Annie Sparks. David William Sparks died in 1906.
(a) John Thomas Sparks, son of David William and Mary (May) Sparks, was married to Sophia Bez on March 23, 1886. (Her name was also spelled Safia.) They had three sons: Irvin Sparks, Everett Edward Sparks, and Carl William Sparks,

(b) Newton Allen Sparks, son of David William and Rachel (McCaslin) Sparks, married Kate - - - - -. They had no children.

(c) Annie Sparks, daughter of David William and Rachel (McCaslin) Sparks, married James Sullivan, They had children: Andrew, Margaurite, and Helen, Annie (Sparks) Sullivan died in 1939, Her husband, James Sullivan, died in 1953. (Editor’s note: Of Annie (Sparks) Sullivan and her husband, James Sullivan, Mrs. Coons writes: “Jim and Annie were very dear to us. We visited them and they visited us, They were like grandparents. Our grandfather, Aaron Sparks, died before my parents were married and we never knew him, but we dearly loved his widow, Sarah Elizabeth (Smoot) Sparks, who lived with us nine years. Jim and Annie filled a need for us. They lost their own children at an early age, so we also filled a gap in their lives. Every Sunday they visited their children's graves and then came by to visit us, Jim always had candy. Every Thanksgiving they ate with us. They usually brought the turkey and Annie always baked a fruit cake.  Ruth, my oldest sister, spent lots of time in their home until she married. All of us loved them. After Annie died, Jim was so lonely. He moved back to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and spent his last days there.”)

(2) Infant of Thomas John C, and Martha Ann (Askren) Sparks born about 1844.
(3) Deborah Ann Sparks, daughter of Thomas John C, and Martha Ann (Askren) Sparks, was born Dec, 1, 1845, in Hendricks County, md, She married Lewis Beasley on Oct. 18, 1865. They had at least two children:
(a) Thomas Beasley, married Sally Hough-Harring.
(b) Cora Beasley.
(4) Aaron Othenial Sparks, son of Thomas John C. and Martha Ann (Askren) Sparks, was born on Nov. 22, 1848. He married Sarah Elizabeth Smoot. She was born on Feb. 2, 1856, and died on June 22, 1931. Aaron Sparks died on Nov. 3, 1906.   Children of Aaron and Sarah Elizabeth (Smoot) Sparks were:
(a) Tura Alice Sparks, born about 1875, died in 1939. She married William Albright and had a son, John Albright, and a daughter, Mary Albright.

(b) Chlora Abigal Sparks, born about 1877, died in 1925. She married Perry Hugo Wefler and had a son, Perry Lowell Wefler.

(c) John Earl Sparks, born Jan. 19, 1883, died March 12, 1958.  He married Emma Mabel Devlin on May 14, 1907, and they had eight children, four girls and four boys, including a set of twins. John Earl Sparks was ordained to the Baptist ministry on July 23, 1927, and served his church faithfully until overtaken by ill


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health.  He was a structural steel worker until he was severely injured by a fall while working on the Manual Training High School in Indianapolis in 1921.  He then moved to a farm near Pittsboro where he farmed until employed by the Allison Company at Speedway City, Indiana. The children of John Earl and Emma (Devlin) Sparks were:
i. Chlora Ruth Sparks, born Feb. 13, 1908 married Thomas H. Brant.
ii. Mary E. Sparks, born Jan. 19, 1912; married Harry K. Wilson.
iii. Mabel L, Sparks, born March 17, 1914; married Ernest H. Fivecoat .
iv. Lawrence R. Sparks, born March 4, 1915; married Lorena Lohrman.
v, Chester W. Sparks, born Nov. 28, 1917; married Freda Hennipman.
vi.  Esther L. Sparks, born Nov. 28, 1917; married Eldon J. Coons.
vii. John A. Sparks, born Nov, 8, 1919; married Barbara Unversaw.
viii. Paul E. Sparks, born July 1921; married Marie Lingle.
(d) Emma Etta Sparks, daughter of Aaron 0. and Sarah E. (Smoot) Sparks, died young.
(e) Mallessa Ella Sparks, daughter of Aaron 0. and Sarah E. Smoot)  Sparks, died young.
(5) Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Thomas J. C. and Martha Ann (Askren) Sparks, was born on Nov. 28, 1851, We have no further information regarding her.

(6) Mary A. Sparks, daughter of Thomas J. C. and Martha Ann (Askren) Sparks, was born on Sept. 25, 1853. On May 25, 1876, she was married to John Peters in Hendricks County, Indiana, We have no further information regarding this family.

(7) Procipina Sparks, daughter of Thomas J. C, and Martha Ann (Askren) Sparks, was born on Nov. 14, 1860; she died young.

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Rebecca Sparks and John Poynter, 13 Aug. 1830.
Nancy Sparks and Asa Roy, 20 May 1831 (Book 1½, p. 3)
Galen Sparks and Lydia Askren, 26 Dec, 1836 (Book 1½, p. 3.20)
Nicy A. Sparks and Nathaniel Helton, 8 Nov. 1838 (Book 2, p. 35)
Thomas J, C, Sparks and Martha Ann Askren, 22 Mar. 1840 (Book 2, p, 80)
David Sparks and Sarah Pinkley, 12 Feb. 1841 (Book 2, p. 112)
Lydia A. Sparks and Wm, L, Hutch, 5 Mar. 1846 (Book 3, p. 59)
Lydia Sparks and Wm. M. Dinwiddie, 30 July 1853 (Book 4, p. 372)
Mary E. Sparks and Milton Hendricks, 14 May 1853 (Book 5, p. 228)
William Sparks and Phoebe B. Fancett, 3 Sept. 1854 (Book 4, p. 463)




Mary B, Sparks and William M. Jones, 12 June 1856 (Book 5, p. 83)
David W, Sparks and Mary J. May, 31 Oct. 1861 (Book 6, p. 91)
Ann R, Sparks and William H. Faught, 1 Sept. 1863 (Book 6, po 213)
Deborah Ann Sparks and Lewis Beasley, 18 Oct. 1865 (Book 6, p. 396)
David W. Sparks and Rachel McCaslin, 11 July 1872 (Book 7, p. 457)
Samuel Sparks and Mary Hatfield, 20 Oct, 1874 (Book 8, p. 164)
Mary A, Sparks and John Peters, 25 May 1876 (Book 8, p. 310)
Joseph Sparks and Ada Clark, 30 Nov. 1879 (Book 9, p. 87)
Isaac Sparks and Sophronia Orton, 6 Oct. 1881 (Book 9, p. 255)
John T. Sparks and Sophia Bez, 23 March 1886 (Book 10, p. 100)
Mattie Sparks and Charles Ringo, 9 Dec. 1886 (Book 10, p. 161)
Thomas J. C. Sparks and Polly Richardson, 19 Dec. 1889 (Book 10, p. 432)
Katella Sparks and Marcus Craven, 10 Feb. 1897 (Book 11, p. 519)
Luther F. Sparks and Nettie Brill, 21 April 1897 (Book 11 p. 539.)
Frances R. Sparks and Willim M, Sparks, 3.4 Oct. 1887 (sic5 (Book 12, p. 3)
Oliver W. Sparks and Vangie Burgens, 30 July 1899 (Book 12, p. 358)
Mollie A. Sparks and James H. Hedges, 11 Feb. 1904 (Book 12, p. 557)
Pearl Sparks and Millard Weaver, 16 Oct. 1912 (Book 14, p. 78)
Everett S. Sparks and Ruth Case, 19 March 1933 (Book 14, p. 118)

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In the QUARTERLY of September 1971 (Vol. XIX, No. 3, Whole No, 75, pp. 1416-1418) we published a list of the children of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks who moved from Lewis County, Kentucky, to Scotland County, Missouri, between 1850 and 1860, Joseph Sparks was born on March 10, 1813, a son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks.  He and Isabella Ellis were married in Lewis County, Kentucky, on August 18, 1834. Since preparing that record, we have learned that tombstones for Joseph and Isabella are to be found in the Black Oak Cemetery, near Memphis, Missouri, in Scotland County. Joseph Sparks died, according to his stone, in December 1875, at the age of 62 years, 8 months and 20 days, while his wife, Isabella Sparks, died on March 25, 1886, at the age of 70 years, 7 months, and 5 days.

In the same article, we listed John Thomson as a son of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks, and his picture appeared on the cover of the September 1971 issue with his brothers Ephraim B. Sparks and Thomas Marshall Sparks. Like his parents, John Thomson Sparks is buried in Black Oak Cemetery near Memphis, Missouri, His tombstone gives his birth date as September 6, 1839; he died on February 20, 1905. He was married to Chloe A. Calhoun on December 22, 1865. She was born, according to her tombstone beside her husband’s, on May 3, 1845, and died on June 15, 1902. A correspondent whose father kept a scrapbook of obituaries from Scotland County newspapers, has copied the following obituary of John Thomson Sparks for us:

“Another one of Scotland County ‘a best citizens passed away at his home just west of Granger, Feb. 20, 1905. John T, Sparks was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, Sept, 6, 1839, moved to Missouri in October 1853, where he resided until his death. He was united in marriage to Chloe A, Calhoun Dec. 22, 1865. Two children were born to them, Bertie and Lutie, who were with him in his last hours. He leaves besides two children to mourn his death two grandchildren, one brother and four sisters and a host of relatives and friends. He was a good man, honored, loved and respected by all who knew him.  In 1899, in October, he had a stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered. For years he has been an earnest Christian and a devoted member of the Christian Church.


Another son of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks was Thomas Marshall Sparks whose  picture appeared on the cover of the September 1971 issue of the QUARTERLY with his two brothers. He is also buried in the Black Oak Cemetery in Scotland County.  According to his tombstone, he was born July 22, 1847, and died January 17, 1912.

His wife ‘s stone gives her name as Elizabeth J. Sparks, born December 2, 1848, died  March 22, 1912. Buried near them is an infant daughter, Sarah Sparks, who died September 2, 1877. The marriage record in Scotland County of  “Thomas Sparks and Lizzie Searight, February 25, 1875 was probably that of this couple.

A correspondent has also reported that in Ripley County, Indiana, there is a record in the courthouse of a Sarah S. Sparks who was born in Scotland County, Missouri, on March 31, 1856, and died on April 23, 1902. She was married to Alfred Harris on May 21, 1877 (he died April 25, 1899), It seems probable that this Sarah L Sparks was a daughter of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks; on page 1417 of the QUARTLY we listed a daughter named Sarah Isabel Sparks with date of birth unknown.

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(The following Sparks marriages have been copied for us by a correspondent; we do not
 have the book and page numbers for these.)

Germina Sparks and Littleton Johnson, 13 April 1871
Viola Sparks and George Forguson, 7 January 1873
Thomas Sparks and Lizzie Searight, 25 February 1875
Martin F, Sparks and Amanda F, Sheets, 1 August 1875
William Sparks and Anna Smith, 31 December 1875
Rinta Sparks and Lewis J. McLellan, 9 March 1876
Amanda Sparks and Benjamin Steeples, 20 October 1876
Mary A. Sparks and George W. Holstead, 3 August 1879
Esther Sparks and William Miller, 25 September 1882
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Darrell J. Peet of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has called our attention to some errors appearing in the obituary of William Milton Sparks which we published in the QUARTERLY of September 1971 (Vol. XIX, No. 3, Whole No. 75, p. 1419). We indicated that the father of William Milton Sparks married Nancy Hayes. According to Mr. Peet, her name was actually Nancy Ann Hay. We indicated that Virgil Sparks, a son of Solomon and Nancy Ann (Hay) Sparks, married Lizzie Kelly - - her name was actually Elizabeth  Kel!y. Another son, George Sparks, was actually named George Washington Sparks (1909-1966); he married Regina Ann Kelley (we gave the name “Jimi” which may have been a nickname). Mr. Peet believes that Solomon and Nancy Ann (Hay) Sparks also had a daughter named Rebecca whom we did not mention.

According to Mr. Peet ‘s records, this Solomon Sparks was born in 1866 and died in 1909; his wife, Nancy Ann Hay, was born in 1869 and died in 1947. He believes that Solomon was born in Carter County, Kentucky, probably in an area that is now Elliot County. His father was also named Solomon Sparks. The elder Solomon was born in1820 and died in 1873; his second wife (Solomon Jr, ‘s mother) was Helen Birchfield. Mr. Peet states that “Solomon Sparks, Sr., a Civil War soldier, was born in Virginia, probably Lee County. Solomon's father, Jesse Sparks, was probably the Jesse shown


CORRECTION, continued:

on the Lee County, Va., census of 1820 and the Jesse Sparks who appeared on the 1830, 1840, 1850, and 1860 censuses of Lawrence and Carter Counties, Ky. His age in 1850 was given as 53, born in North Carolina; in 1860 his age was given as 62, born in Virginia. His wife's name was Nancy; on the 1850 census her age was given as 49, born in North Carolina; on the 1860 census her age appears as 57 and her place of birth as Virginia. Jesse Sparks was granted land in Lawrence and Carter Counties, Kentucky, in 1830, 1832, 1834, 1836, and 1840.”

[Scanner's Note:  The above corrections have been made.]

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Mrs. Ruth S. Wood of Pleasureville, Kentucky, has loaned your editor an interesting letter written in 1924 by Theodore C. Sparks of Kansas City, Missouri, Mrs. Wood is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of John Sparks of Virginia on whom we published information in the QUARTERLY of June 1956 (Vol. IV, No. 2, Whole No. 14, pp. 129-147) in an article entitled “The Sparks Family of Orange, Culpeper, and Madison County, Virginia. One of the sons of John Sparks and his wife Mary was Thomas Sparks, born about 1715 who died in 1787 in Culpeper County, Va.  He married Mary Towles. One of their sons was Humphrey Sparks, born about 1749; he married Milly Nalle. One of their children was Martin Sparks who married Catty Middleton in 1801 in Woodford County, Kentucky. Their son, Abraham G. Sparks (1823-1886) was Mrs. Wood ‘a grand-father. He married Sara Frances (Martin) Moore, a widow, in 1858 in franklin County, Kentucky; she was a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Cole) Martin. (In the QUARTERLY for September 1958 we published a letter written by Abraham G. Sparks to Mrs. Moore shortly before their marriage; see Vol. VI, No. 3, Whole No. 23, pp. 325-26.) Both died in Owen County, Kentucky. Mrs. Wood’s father was John Abraham Sparks, born September 25, 1863, in Owen County, Ky., died July 27, 1939, in Pleasureville, Ky. His wife was Mary Ellen (Clements) Sparks, born Sept, 9, 1864, died July 4, 1948.

The letter quoted below was written to Mrs. Wood’s father. The writer was Theodore C. Sparks, a great-great-grandson of Henry and Lucy (Clark) Sparks. Henry Sparks (1753- 1836) was a brother of Humphrey Sparks mentioned above. (Henry and Humphrey were sons of Thomas and Mary (Towles) Sparks.) The writer of this letter, Theodore C. Sparks, and its recipient, John Abraham Sparks, were thus third cousins, once removed.

In an earlier letter to Theodore C. Sparks, John A, Sparks had told him of his grand-mother’s relationship to the family of Jesse James.  Mrs. Wood has explained that Elizabeth Cole, who married Henry Martin and was John A. Sparks‘s maternal grand-mother, was a cousin of Zerelda S. Cole who married Robert James, father of Jesse, on Dec. 28, 1841. “Both families,” according to Mrs. Wood, lived on the Forks of Elkhorn, near Frankford, Ky., until the James family moved to Missouri.“  Jesse James’s father, Robert James, was president of Georgetown College, Kentucky, several years before moving to Missouri.

Regarding Theodore C. Sparks, author of this letter, Mrs. Wood states, “Mr. Sparks was a prominent attorney and lecturer at the School of Law in Kansas City, Mo, We have not heard from the family since his death in 1930 at the age of 59. He was survived by a son, William M. Sparks, and a daughter, Margery L. Sparks. His wife was living at the time of his death.”

(the letter begins on the next page)



                                                                                September 8th, 1928.

Mr. John A. Sparks,
Pleasureville, Kentucky.

Dear Sir:

     Your letter of Sept. 3rd has been received and read with much interest. I promise not to ask any more questions, though I got a good “chuckle” out of your last paragraph, relating to lawyers’ questions, etc. It has been a real pleasure to me to write to you as well as to read your letters.   .....

    Your statement that your grandmother on your mother’s side was a Miss Cole, and a cousin of the mother of Jesse and Frank James is interesting to me, because the James family lived at Kearney in Clay County were I was born and raised, their home being some 15 or 18 miles from where we lived.  Jesse was born in Clay County as shown by an interview with his mother, who was a Mrs. Samuel, James’ father having gone west to hunt gold, but died on the way with a fever, as she afterwards learned. Jesse and Frank were members of Quantrel‘s command, and after the war, with the Younger boys, became outlaws.  Their boast was that they never molested or robbed a Southern man.  I remember well when Jesse James was shot by Ford, under arrangements with Gov, T. T. Crittenden, member of the Kentucky Crittenden family. My father said one time in my presence that he was in favor of the arrest and punishment of the entire gang, but such a cowardly means as was employed in killing Jesse was outrageous. The fact was that no one could have arrested him, but Ford got his confidence and shot him while he was hanging a picture in his home, then at St. Joseph, and while his revolvers were lying on the bed in the room out of Jesse’s reach.  He was said to be a “Dead shot” and no one would match skill with him in any shooting contest. I saw Frank afterwards many times here at Kansas City, who was also a fine shot with a revolver.

    Precisely when Jesse James was killed I cannot state, though I am quite certam that I have newspaper clippings showing the date. A search for them has not been successful, but I know it was during the administration of Gov. Crittenden which was from 1881 to 1885. [He was killed on April 3, 1882.]  Bob Ford’s conduct in that connection was cowardly and mean beyond expression, but of course it was a good riddance.  Whether the end justified the means was the large question under discussion, the argument that it did being based upon the proposition that Jesse could not have been arrested by civil authorities without the probable death of at least half of the posse seeking to accomplish it.

    Clay County had a Sheriff named Timberlake, who ran for reelection and was defeated because it was believed that he made no effort to arrest Jesse. I remember well that my father and many of our neighbors voted against him for that reason, I presume he had no desire to commit suicide.

    The name Quantrell (or Quantrill) is spelled both ways, and it is difficult or impossible for me to certainly determine which is correct; anyway it makes no difference in this connection.

    Thomas Coleman Younger was described as one who “looked like a bishop and fought like a bengal tiger.” He was said to have been a zealous student of the Bible, and I have heard that he preached to the convicts at Stillwater Penitentiary in Minn. after their arrest and plea of guilty to the Northfield Bank robbery, in which “Cole”, Jim, and Boy Younger were implicated and pleaded guilty.



    My wife knew Miss Retta Younger well, she having been a sister of the three above mentioned.  She was a school teacher south of Independence in this (Jackson) county. My wife met Cole Younger and perhaps others of them along about 1886, when my wife ‘s family moved to the country from Independence on account of her brother’s health. She describes Miss Retta as a high class woman of a rather subdued type, and worked for a pardon for her brothers.

    My wife also knew some of the Daltons (who were related to the Youngers), but did not know any of the members of the “Dalton Gang” she thinks, as the ones she knew were younger than the outlaw Daltons. They lived on a farm adjoining that of my wife‘s Uncle John Campbell Marshall, who she thinks was a brother of Tom and Humphrey Marshall, though she says this has been denied.  Her Uncle John came from Kentucky (either Franklin or Owen County), and was a farmer south of Independence until the death of his wife, when he moved to Independence and lived in the family of my wife ‘s mother until his death. He also was a great student of the Bible and did not drink “fire-water” as Tom did.

    Cannot say when we will come to Kentucky; hope to do so in a year or two.

                                                                        Yours very respectfully

                                                                                    (signed) T. C. Sparks.

(Editor's note: A number of people claimed through the years that Jesse James was not shot as was reported and that they were the real Jesse James. One such person was J, Frank Dalton who died in Texas in 1951 claiming to be 103 years old. The operator of a Jesse James museum in Stanton, Missouri, (Rudy Turilli) recently offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could prove that this J. Frank Dalton had not been the real Jesse James, The widow of Jesse's son, Mrs. Stella James, age 85 and two of her daughters presented evidence to collect the reward, the evidence including the James family Bible, Turifli refused to accept their evidence, however.  They took the matter to court, and on May 8, 1970, won their case, forcing Thrilli to pay them the $10,000. A newspaper at the time speculated that “the old outlaw Jesse James would have been proud of the easy way three of the James girls of Los Angeles picked up $10,000 Friday in his old Missouri stamping ground.”)

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Volume 1 of the Idaho State Gazatteer and Business Directory for 1901-1902, contains a list of land owners. Ten of these men were named Sparks and were listed as follows:

              Name     County No. of Acres  Assessed Value  Post  Office
Sparks,  A. W. Bear Lake       340         $1,750      Dingle
     "         Alfred     "       "       150           1,650           "
     "        James      "       "         80              810           "
     "        John A,      "       "           5               182           "
     "        John H.      "       "        26               650           "
     "        Thomas F.     "       "        33               730           "
     "        Wilford      "       "      109               530           "
Spark,  W. R. Lemhi        ---              180       Salmon
Sparks, John  Oneida      160               777       Stone
     "        Walter S.       "   1,865            8,770   American Falls





(Editor ‘s Note: In the QUARTERLY for September 1967 we began publishing abstracts of the pension papers of persons named Sparks who had served on the Union side of the Civil War, The records given here have been abstracted from xerox copies of papers obtained from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. For $1.50 (formerly $1. 00), the National Archives provides xerox copies of those papers in a pensioner’s file which appear to the clerk making the search to have genealogical value. It should be remembered that our data from these files are, therefore, limited to those documents which the clerk at the National Archives chose to copy for the $1.50 provided. A complete search of all the papers in the file of a pensioner would often provide additional data of significance.)
AQUILA V. SPARKS born about 1834 Baltimore, Md.; died April 10, 1897; married Fannie B. Lyle Dec. 13, 1877, in St. Louis, Mo. He was a resident of Ouachita County, Arkansas, when he applied for a pension in 1890. Served in Co. K, 31st Regiment of Missouri Volunteers and  Co. D of the 32d Regiment of Missouri Infantry. Certificate no.

On Sept. 26, 1890, Aquila V. Sparks of the town of Camden, in Ouachita County, Ark., appeared before a justice of the peace named J, B. Fredheim to make application for a pension. He stated that he was 56 years old. He stated that he had enrolled in July 1862 in Co. B, 31st Regiment of Missouri Volunteers and that he had been discharged at St. Louis, Mo., in July 1865. He stated that he felt he was eligible for a pension because of “partial loss of eyesight and crippled hand.”   He stated that he had not applied for a pension previously. He signed his application as “A. V. Sparks.” His witnesses were M. C. Booth and Fred G, Snyder.

The Bureau of Pensions requested that the War Department provide a record of this service. On Sept. 21, 1893, it was reported that Aquila V. Sparks had been enrolled as a private in Company K of the 31st Regiment of Missouri Infantry on Sept. 30, 1862, and had been mustered out as a private with the company on July 18, 1865. It was stated that by the time his discharge, his company had become Company D of the 32d Regiment of Missouri Infantry.  It was reported that he had been missing in action on Dec. 31, 1862, at Fall’s Bluff, Mississippi, a battle that had been fought on Dec. 29, 1862. He had been reported to be a prisoner at Jackson, Miss., on April 16, 1863, having been captured at Vicksburg, Miss., on Dec. 29, 1862; he had been paroled at New Orleans, La,, on March 13, 1863; he had reported at Camp Paroled, Md,, on May 16, 1863, and had been sent to Benton Barracks on May 19, 1863, where he arrived on May 23 and was sent to join his regiment. He was reported as present with his unit on Oct. 31, 1863, but on Dec. 31, 1863, he was Absent on recruiting service,* which he continued until Feb. 29, 1864. From June 30, 1864, to Aug. 31, 1864, he was absent on detached service.

Aquila V. Sparks died on April 10, 1897, according to an application of his widow for a pension dated June 10, 1897. She stated in her application that she was a resident of the town of Webster Groves, in St. Louis County, Mo. She stated that her maiden name had been Fannie B. Lyle, that she was 43 years old, and that she had been married to Aquilla V. Sparks on Dec. 13, 1877, in St. Louis, Mo,, (Rev. Robert Irwin having married them). In response to the request for the names of children under the age of 16, she gave the following:



Ruth L. Sparks, born Sept. 23, 1881
Mattie L. Sparks, born Oct. 27, 1883
Judith C. Sparks, born Feb. 20, 1889
She signed her name as “Fannie L. Sparks,” and S. A. Moody signed as her witness.

Among the materials copied by the National Archives from this file is the birth certificate of Judith Sparks, youngest child of Aquila V. and Fannie B. (Lyle) Sparks.  According to this document, Judith was the fifth “child of this Mother.” She was born Feb. 20, 1889, in Webster Groves, Mo. Her father was identified as A V. Sparks, 55 years of age, born in Baltimore, Md., and a carpenter by occupation. Her mother was identified as Fannie B. Lyle Sparks, born in Louisville, Ky., age 36.

(Editor’s Note: From the above records, we know that Aquila V. Sparks was born in
or near Baltimore, Md., about 1834. He was living near St. Louis, Mo., when he enlisted in the Union Army in 1862, and it was in St. Louis that he was married to Fannie B. Lyle (born about 1854) in 1877. At the time he applied for a pension in 1890, he was living in Ouachita Co., Ark., however, his daughter, Judith, had been born in Webster Groves, Mo., in 1889, and his widow was living in Webster Groves when she rrade application for a pension in 1897. Aquila V. Sparks died on April 10, 1897.

(The name “Aquila” is associated with a Baltimore County, Md, branch of the Sparks family. An Aquila W. Sparks married Dorcas Conway in Baltimore Co., Md., in 1816. He is known to have been a son of Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks and he lived in Baltimore County, but we have no record of his family. (See the QUARTERLY of June 1958, Vol. VI, No. 2, Whole No. 22, p. 298.) There is also a record of an Aquila Sparks who married Sarah A. Merryman there in 1823, and an Aquila A. Sparks married Mary Jane Halbert in 1845. This Aquila A. Sparks was probably the Aquila Sparks who was listed with wife Mary Jane on the 1850 census of St. Louis County, Mo., with a son named Rene Sparks, aged 3 years. His occupation was that of a tinner. (This family was listed twice on the 1850 census of St. Louis, once in the 2d Ward and again in the 4th Ward. He was listed as 26 years old in one case and 29 in the other (thus born about 1821-1824) while Mary Jane Sparks was listed as 21 years of age in one case and 23 in the other (thus born about 1827-1829). When the 1870 census of St. Louis County was taken, an Aquila Sparks was listed in the town of Carondelet. His age was given as 38, his birth place as Maryland, and his occupation as *house carpenter .“ He seems to have been unmarried--living with him as a "laborer* was Oscar Rollins with wife Jenny and baby Alfred.   A thorough search of St. Louis County records would doubtless tell us more about the subject of this sketch.

(An Aquilla Sparks, born in Maryland about 1820, was listed as a teacher, 30 years old, in Dearborn County, Ind., on the 1850 census, There was also an Aquilla Sparks living in Adams County, Ill, in the 1870’s. Elijah and Annie Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland, who were married about 1775, are said to have had a son named Aquila Sparks who moved to “one of the Western States as a young man.” (See the QUARTERLY of June 1958, Vol. VI, No.  2, Whole No. 22, p. 297.))

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ASA L SPARKS, of Colrain, Franklin County, Massachusetts; a private in Co. D), 34th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, enrolled Dec. 10, 1863, died in service June 5, 1864. Married Caroline E. Huntley Aug. 15, 1854. File WC 39, 304.



On August 30, 1864, Caroline S. Sparks appeared before a judge of probate named Charles Mattom of Franklin County, Massachusetts, to make application for a pension, She stated that she was a resident of the town of Colrain in Franklin County, that she was 39 years old, and a widow of Asa W. Sparks who had been a private in Co. D, 34th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and “was killed or died at Piedmont near Staunton, Virginia, on June 5, 1864.” She stated that she had been married to Asa W. Sparks on August 15, 1854, at Newfane (state not indicated) and that her maiden name had been Caroline E. Huntley, She stated that she had been commonly called “Carrie” and that that name had appeared on her marriage certificate. She stated that she and Asa W. Sparks had had one child, Sarah Leni Sparks, born February 10, 1858. She appointed Samuel H, Reece of Greenfield, Franklin County, as her lawful attorney. She signed her name as “Caroline S. Sparks.”

Hugh B. Miller and Ephraim H, Thompson, both of Colrain, signed as witnesses, stating that they had known her and her husband, now deceased, for five years and that they had lived together as man and wife.

The Adjutant General’s office made a search of Asa W. Sparks’s military record and reported that he had been enrolled in Co. D of the 34th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers on Dec. 10, 1863, at Coirain, Mass,, to serve 3 years and that he had been mustered in on Dec. 10, 1863, at Long Island.   No record could be found of his service after February 1864.

Very few records were supplied by the National Archives from this file, but it appears that a pension was granted to Caroline E. Sparks.   It is reported that she died on March 31, 1905, her last payment of $12 having been made on March 4, 1905. In her application, she indicated that she had attached her marriage certificate to her application, but this was not reproduced by the Archives. We have nothing in our files on this Asa W. and Caroline E, (Huntley) Sparks.

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AUGUSTUS M. SPARKS, born Oct. 3, 1839, in Massac County, Ill,, died Dec. 16, 1930, in Madison County, Ill; married Mary Ellen Smith Aug. 8, 1867, in Staunton, Ill. He served as a 2d lieutenant in Company I of the 122d Regiment of Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War. File designation: 974,009.

On Oct. 4, 1909, Augustus N. Sparks appeared before a notary public in Madison County, Ill., to make application for a pension under an act passed by Congress on Feb. 6, 1907, He stated that he was already receiving a pension (Certificate 974,009) so we know that he had made application earlier, but that document was not xeroxed for us by the National Archives. He stated in this 1909 application that he was 70 years old and a resident of Madison County, Ill. He stated that he had enrolled at Staunton, Ill,, on Sept. 4, 1862, as a 2d lieutenant in Co. I of the 122d Regt. of Illinois Volunteers, and that he had been honorably discharged at Mobile, Ala,, on July 15, 1865.  He described himself at the time of his enlistment as 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a light complexion, blue eyes, and light colored hair, and a farmer by occupation. He stated that he had been born Oct. 3, 1839, in Massac County, Ill. He stated that after the Civil War, he had lived in Madison County, Ill., except for two years when he lived in Montgomery County, Ill. He signed his name as “Augustus M. Sparks”; J, G, Delicote and J. E. Flynn signed the application as witnesses.

On Dec. 27, 1897, while he was a pensioner under an earlier application, Augustus N, Sparks had filled out a questionnaire for the Bureau of Pensions. His address was



given as Poag, Ill. He stated that his wife ‘s maiden name had been Mary Ellen Smith and that they had been married on August 8, 1867, in Staunton, Ill., by the Rev. James Hutchison and that a record of this marriage could be found at Carlinville, in Macoupin County, Ill. He stated that he had not been married previously, He listed his living children as:

Minnie Sparks, born July 8, 1868
Ida May Sparks, born June 24, 1872
Lydia N, Sparks, born January 28, 1876
Gertrude A. Sparks, born January 10, 1878
Frank A. Sparks, born August 11, 1880
Freddie W. Sparks, born September 9, 1882
Julia Ellen Sparks, born September 4, 1885
Joseph L. Sparks, born April 19, 1890
On November 20, 1915, Augustus N. Sparks completed another questionnaire in which he gave the same information as above, adding that his wife had never been married before she married him, but that she had died on July 17, 1913, at Poag, Ill. On this questionnaire, he was asked to list all of his children, whether alive or dead, and in addition to those whom he had listed in 1897, he gave the following:
 Thomas R. Sparks, born October 8, 1874 (dead)
 Edward Manin (?) Sparks, born September 4, 1885 (dead) (twin of Julia Ellen)
He gave the birth date of Ida May Sparks as June 24, 1870, rather that 1872, and he indicated that Frank A. Sparks, born August 11, 1880, had died between 1897 and 1915.

Augustus W. Sparks was being paid at the rate of $100 per month when he died on Dec. 16, 1930.

(Editor ‘a note: We have done no specific research into the family of Augustus M. Sparks. We have no record of him on the 1850 census of Illinois, although according to the 1860 census he was born in Illinois, He was living in Madison County, Ill,, when the 1860 census was taken, and his post office was given as Upper Alton, He was listed as a farmer with $400 in personal property. Although we know from his pension record that he did not marry until 1867, he was listed as head of a household in 1860: (Madison County, Illinois, Township 5, Range 9, page 212)

Augustus Sparks  20 (Male)  Farmer  Illinois  $400
A. J.              "  19 (Female) .       " .
William         "   20 (Male)  . Kentucky .
Mary Ann     "  54 (Female) . Virginia .
Elvira            "  26        " . Illinois .
Sarah J.       "   4        " .       " .

One may speculate that the A. J. Sparks (female) and William Sparks may have been sister and brother of Augustus.  The fact that William’s birthplace is given as Kentucky may indicate the family moved from Kentucky to Illinois about 1840. The Mary Ann Sparks (age 54, so born about 1806) was probably the mother. (Note that Mary Ann was born in Virginia; on the 1880 census Augustus M. Sparks indicated that his mother had been born in Virginia while his father had been born in Kentucky.) Perhaps his father, whose name we do not know, had died before 1860, The 26-year old Elvira Sparks may have been a widowed sister-in-law with her 4-year-old daughter, Sarah J., but this is just speculation.

When the 1870 census was taken, Augustus M. Sparks was simply listed as “A. Sparks,’ aged 30, with the town of Venice as his post office. His wife Mary’s age was given as 22 and their eldest child, Minnie, was three.)

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