THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION
“He who careth not from whence he came, careth little whither he goeth.” Daniel Webster
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[Note: Here appears a map, beneath which is the following caption:]
“Original Map of the District of West Augusta and Counties of Ohio, Yohogania and Monongalia.”
“TIME OF REV. WAR (1770’s) (PRESENT-DAY BOUNDARIES ARE ALSO SHOWN.”)
|THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The
Sparks Family Association.
Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 N. Hite Avenue., Louisville 6, Kentucky.
Oral A. Sparks, Vice-President, R.F.D., Clio, Iowa
Melva (Sparks) Bidlack, Sec’y.-Treas., 1131 Granger Ave. , Ann Arbor, Michigan.
William Perry Johnson, Historian-Genealogist, Box 531, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Russell B. Bidlack, Editor, 1131 Granger Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan.
SPARKSES IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
by William Perry Johnson
(Continued from Vol.. II, No. 2, page 38)
EDITOR’S NOTE; In the following document. capitalization and punctuation have been modernized for the sake of clarity, but no changes have been made in spelling or content.
S-32533. Declaration of James Sparks in
order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress, passed 7 June 1832.
State and District of Indiana)
County of Jackson) SS
On this fifteenth day of November in the year 1833, personally appeared before the Honl. Abel Findly, Judge of the Probate Court, the same being a Court of Record of said County of Jackson and State of Indiana, the said James Sparks, a resident of Carr Township in said County of Jackson and State of Indiana, at his room, now also especially occupied on this occation by the said Judge as his Chamber for the time being” Applicant for a pension being unable to appear in Court by reason of bodily infirmity, aged upwards of eighty, near to or about. ninety years of age, who being duly sworn according to the law both on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832:
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as hereinafter stated, That when the Revolutionary War commenced and during the whole time thereof, thereafter until about. or in the year 1782, he, Applicant, resided between Youghahany and Monongahela, perhaps in the county at that time of Westmoreland, at this time of the county of Alleganey, near where Elizabethtown now is in the State of Pennsylvania; where during the Revolutionary War all that time he, Applicant, kept himself in continual readiness for service and on every occation when the United States needed his service, he never waited to he drafted. That he always volunteered his service and went into the service of the United States whenever she needed it, as a volunteer in the Militia of the State of Pennsylvania, there to which he then belonged, That he always served as a private.
He, Applicant, recollects that he served often many tours and campaigns in the service, not less at any one time than about at least from one to two and three months, and net more than about six months except as hereinafter mentioned, in all amounting to three years and four months, which is exclusive of his service in the Pack Horse Service as hereinafter mentioned, That he recollects that at home he, Applicant, belonged to the company of Militia commanded by Captain John Crow and a part of the time, at least, William Crow was his Lieutenant of the same company of Pennsylvania Militia. Capt. Crow was succeeded by former Lieutenant, afterwards Captain, Hartt, who afterwards commanded the same company. That he, Applicant., was some time in the service under other company officers, but does not recollect their names. That he, Applicant, was engaged in defending the frontier settlements during that time against the Indians and some times the British and Canadians who assisted the Indians some times. That he was often in the service engaged [in] scouting and marching night and
day, sometimes during several days together, pursuing the enemy. That during the service aforesaid, he, Applicant, was engaged and assisted in several skirmishes and battles fighting the enemy, but has forgotten and cannot recollect some of them. He recollects distinctly of being engaged while on an expedition in that service against the Indians and some Whites said to be, and thinks they were, British and Canadians assisting the Indians at Lake Erie. That he, Applicant. assisted and fought against these Indians, British and Canadians, as was laid in a battle by the Lake . That in this battle many of the enemy were killed and the rest of them were beaten and driven off and they fled, Applicant recollects that in this battle the blood of the enemy who were killed there coloured and stained the water then in the holes and creek ad that place near the Lake. That he, Applicant, recollects that he saw many of the White enemy with the Indians there on that occation, He, Applicant, thinks, as well as he can recollect, that the United States troops of that expedition to which he belonged were commanded by General Hand, who also commanded at that battle or skirmish, That he, Applicant, was in several other skirmishes as above stated and was several other times under other company officers as above stated, most of whom he has now forgotten or can’t recollect their names. Applicant does not recollect the regiment of Pennsylvania Militia to which he belonged, nor certainly the names of the officers who commanded it, but he recollects that he, Applicant, while in the service was two or three campaigns or tours of service under General Hand, above named, and that he, Applicant, was three other times, or terms of service at least, that he recollects of being under the command of Colonel Heath or Heith, That during that service he, Applicant, was often, cannot recollect how often., at least three or four terms or times or tours, under the command of Colonel, being the same as General, Gibson, who commanded the Fort at Pittsburgh where he, Applicant, was often camped or stationed. That he, Applicant, was, during that service, under the command of General McIntosh one tour of service, or campaign, most. of the time at Fort McIntosh.
Applicant recollects the officers above named distinctly, thinks some of the generals and Col, Heith belonged to the Regular Service, but that he may he mistaken in this particular. He, Applicant; recollects Captain Van Swearengen of the Pennsylvania Militias or Troops, and his company generally but not any other of their names. Applicant recollects that Samuel Lemon, who belonged to the Regular Service, was with Applicant under General Gibson at the same time. but he understands and believes that Samuel Lemon is dead.
That Applicant received many written discharges from the officers under whom he served at different times, as aforesaid, but his discharges were since destroyed by fire at his place of residence in the State of Pennsylvania above stated and described, two or more from Captain Crow, once or oftener from Captain Hartt of Militia aforesaid, and some times from other officers whose names Applicant does not now recollect, and that his acquaintances who know of his services are dead or removed out of his, Applicant’s, knowledge.
That he, Applicant, served several six months’ tours, but cannot recollect how many. He thinks that the battle at Lake Erie was fought during one of his six months.’ tours of service. Applicant recollects distinctly that he went under Colonel Broadhed in the company commanded by Captain Hartt, aforesaid, one short: tour of about thirty days, principally to relieve the troops which were besieged at Fort Lawrence, on or near Muskingum River, or a branch thereof. During that time the troops nearly starved and suffered much. He had a part of the time to live on roots and on hides which he roasted and eat, as Applicant often was compelled to live on roots and suffered much from hunger and fatigue in the service on several occations.
Applicant thinks Colonel Broadhead was of the Regular Service, of the United States, Applicant recollects that he started under Colonel Broadhead in his Campaign up the
Allegany, but Applicant and some other of the troops were left at an intermediate station to protect it and were not taken with the Colonel the whole of his campaign. Applicant thinks he recollects that he heard of a skirmish which Col. Broadhead had during that campaign with the Indians, but was not. in this skirmish, and he, Applicant, has forgotten the name of the station where he was left by Colonel Broadhead as above stated. Applicant does not recollect how long he was in this campaign. He was in it during the whole of it, but no further than the station above mentioned.
Applicant cannot recollect precisely what his age was when he first entered the service. That he, owing to his age and infirmity, cannot recollect the dates or years of any thing connected with his service or age precisely. That he, Applicant, while in the service of the United States during the time of the Revolutionary War, as aforesaid, served three tours or term of said service, in the Pack Horse Service: one tour, or term, of nine months and two others of six months, each making in all one year and nine months service in this Pack Horse Service. He, Applicant, found all his own horses, five but mostly six horses in number, and was engaged in carrying salt and flour and other provisions for the Army and the war from East over the Allegany mountains to supply the western forts and garrisons and the United States Army there, principally to supply Fort McIntosh and the Fort at Pittsburgh. That some times he would not be in actual service during the whole of the time of these tours of Pack Horse Service, but be would some times be at home a short time on furlough while resting and recruiting himself and horses at his residence aforesaid, but was always in readiness to march at a moments warning, and was most of the time of the term in actual service and was considered as being in actual service all the time of each term, or as belonging thereto.
That he, Applicant, always volunteered when he entered the Brigade of the United States Pack-Horse Service. That he, Applicant, suffered much loss of vigour and sustained much injury to his health and constitution during and in, and by reason of, the service aforesaid, for which he has never received any pay or compensation other than an approving conscience.
That his body and mind are now vastly reduced. His body is debilitated and infirm. That he, Applicant, is unable to be moved by help or to be carried, nor can he move himself to Court. That his memory and recollection have almost entirely left him. That he, Applicant, is unable to appear in Court by reason of bodily infirmity. That he, Applicant, cannot recollect the dates nor precise times nor years nor with any certainty or correctness, to his own satisfaction, the order in time of the circumstances, facts and incidents of his services in the United States during the Revolutionary War, other than in the manner or nearly as above, and as hereinafter stated. That some times he recollects better than at other times. He, Applicant, thinks he recollects that one New or Newell or Nevill, or perhaps both, were concerned in the Pack Horse Service, either as Brigade Master or Commissary. That be, Applicant, always belonged during his packing services as aforesaid, to a brigade or company of pack horses, but who the Brigade Master at any of the times aforesaid certainly was, he cannot now recollect other than as above stated, but that he thinks there was a Brigade Master or Brigade Major that commanded or directed the packhorse.
That in or about the year 1782 he, Applicant, removed from his residence in Pennsylvania, aforesaid, to Jefferson County in Kentucky where he resided until in or about the year 1800, when he removed to Vincennes in Indiana where he resided until about the year 1803, when he removed to Jefferson County in Kentucky, aforesaid, where he resided until about the year of ---- (which he does not now precisely recollect) when he removed to Bullett County, Kentucky, where he resided until in or about the year 1822 be removed to Sparks Ferry in Carr Township in Jackson County in the State of Indiana, where he has ever since continually resided and still there resides as first above mentioned.
That in and during the Revolutionary war his, Applicant’s, time, property and person were mostly devoted and given to the service and cause of his Country, and his means of, and ability to acquire, an ample or competent support during the remainder of his life was by reason thereof vastly diminished and circumscribed, and are long since entirely gone, and his resources are wholly exhausted. He is now without and wholly destitute of the means of the means of support, and only as he obtains charity on which he is entirely dependant.
That he has no documentary evidence of his service in the Revolutionary War and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service. That he, Applicant, hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension on or annuity except the present, and that he, Applicant, declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the any of any State.
That he, Applicant, was born near Brandberry [i.e. Cranberry], in the State of New Jersey. That he has no record of his age. That he was living at the place as above described when he was called into the service, in the State of Pennsylvania. That he was never drafted nor was he ever a substitute for any person in the service. That; he does not recollect the militia or continental regiments and the general circumstances of his service, other than as aforesaid. That he, Applicant, does not recollect by whom his discharges from the service as aforesaid were given, except that he received some two or more of them from Captain Crow, once or oftener from Captain Hartt, all which were destroyed by fire as above mentioned when Applicant’s was unfortunately burned at his residence in the State of Pennsylvania, as aforesaid, in the year 1787, late in the fall of that year, as nearly as he can recollect, by which his discharges were burned as aforesaid.
That there are Major Cummins, Esqr., Captain William Lux, Major Stephen Sparks, Benjamin Newkirk, and many others, there being no clergyman in the vicinity of Applicant at this time, to whom he, Applicant, is known in his present neighborhood where he now resides, and who can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier of the Revolution. That he, Applicant, now recollects that while he lived in Jefferson County in the State of Kentucky aforesaid the first time, immediately after he removed there to from the State of Pennsylvania. he went a volunteer one tour of service against the Indians under Hardin, called Colonel Hardin, in his campaign. Applicant cannot recollect when he was born precisely as to the year.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year first aforesaid.
[signed] James Sparks.
[NOTE: The following statement was submitted along with James Sparks’s application:]
We, Benjamin Newkirk residing in the Township of Flinn in the County of Lawrence and the immediate neighbourhood of Sparks Ferry in Jackson County in the State of Indiana, and Stephen Sparks of Sparks Ferry aforesaid residing at this place, and William Lies. of Hamilton Township residing here in Jackson County aforesaid, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with James. Sparks who has subscribed to the above and foregoing declaration; that we believe him to be about ninety years, that he is reputed and believed in the neighbourhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.
And the said Benjamin Newkirk further states that he has been well acquainted with the said James Sparks, Applicant for a pension aforesaid, ever since in the year 1783; that he has always been reputed and believed to be a soldier of the Revolution
during all that time, and to be a man of veracity; none of which has ever boon doubted by his acquaintances wherever he has been known or resided, who have always recognized him to be such.
And the said Stephen Sparks further states that he has been well acquainted with James Sparks’ service in the War of the Revolution by reputation and character as a matter of history about forty years; that he has always been recognized, reputed and believed to he a soldier of the Revolution; that his statements and amount of his services have never been doubted; that said Stephen has often heard the said James Sparks some years ago repeatedly give all the leading circumstances, and most of the parties, of his service at all the times thereof in the War of the Revolution to and with other persons, viz Colonel Richard Sparks, since late of the United States Army, who was the brother of the said James and knew him to be in the service, and also Samuel Lemon who was said to be in the service at the same time with said James, whose statements of his services they always confirmed; that his statements of his service as aforesaid have always been the same except that his memory and powers of recollection have been failing him as he has stated thereof in his declaration as aforesaid, and that he cannot now make as connected statement of his services as he formerly did.
signed: Benjamin Newkirk
William O. Lux
[Note: The following letter is filed with James Sparks’s application:
Washington City, Dec. 13th 1837.
I have the honor to inclose a power of attorney and other papers, given by James Sparks, late of Jackson County, State of Indiana, a Revolutionary pensioner, to Stephen Sparks, intended to enable his said attorney to draw all the pension that might become due him from the United States, The pension agent has refused to pay over the pension due to the said James Sparks at the time of his death to his said attorney; he therefore requests the department to direct the money to be paid to the said Stephen Sparks, or inform him how, and in what manner, the money can be drawn.
I have the honor to be
Your Obedient Servant,
[Note: The following document is also filed with James Sparks’s application.]
Jackson County, Indiana, Sct.
I, Ailcy Newkirk of Lawrence County, aged 79 years, do make the following statement, Viz: I am one of the children of James Sparks, deceased, who died in this county in the month of May or June, 1834, and who had then recently applied for a Revolutionary pension. I make this declaration for the purpose of identifying myself and authorizing C. H. Barkley of Louisville, Kentucky, as my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name, to ascertain what became of the application aforesaid and to find out where the pension certificate was sent to, if ever issued, as I can find no trace of it or any account of it ever having come into his possession.
Said James Sparks left no widow at the time of his death,
Witness my name in said County of Jackson on this 22nd day of March A.D. 1856.
Attest 2 witnesses: her
We, Richard A. Sparks and William H. Sparks, both of Jackson County, Indiana, aged respectively 46 and 44 years, do certify that Mrs, Ailcy Newkirk, who has signed the foregoing declaration, is personally know to us as she therein describes herself. And we are disinterested. This 22 day of March 1856.
signed: Richard A. X Sparks
[NOTE: In another document filed with James Sparkses application, Judge Abel Findly vouches for James Sparks, and believes him to be a Revolutionary soldier, He also vouches for Benjamin Newkirk, Stephen Sparks and William G. Lux, dated 15 Nov. 1833. On 14 May 1856 the Pension Bureau in Washington, D.C., informs Mr. C. H. Barkley, in reply to his letter of 7 April 1856, that “there does not appear to hers been any payments made” in the case of James Sparks. Papers show that the name of James Sparks was inscribed on the Roll of Indiana at the rate of $40 per annum, to commence 4 March 1831. Date of death for James Sparks is given as 25 May 1834, In 1921 Nola Sparks Eichelzer (Mrs. H. H.) of 809 Atkinson Ave., Detroit, Mich., wrote regarding the Revolutionary War services of this James Sparks, as did also, in 1939, a Mrs. Pearl A. Sparks of 1226 Pawnee St., Leavenworth, Kansas.
This concludes all the genealogical data in the pension file, No. S-32533,
for James Sparks, a soldier of the American Revolution. A very little more
information, however, might be found regarding the payment of the pension.
William Perry Johnson
EDITOR’S NOTE: A letter written by William Marshall to John Tipton dated January 1, 1837, which was printed in Vol. XXVI of the Indiana Historical. Collections, indicates that the Stephen Sparks referred to in the above document was actually a son of James Sparks, the applicant for the pension. This letter reads in part as follows; “I am requested by your old friend Major Steven Sparkes of Jackson County to solicit your aid in a matter in which he feels a deep interest. His father, as you will see by referring to a pension list, was a revolutionary soldier and was entitled to a pension, a part of which he drew in his lifetime. Since his death the Major can get no information on the subject. The papers, the Major thinks, are in the Pension Office or in the possession of General John Carr, at least Gen’l. Carr can inform you where they can be found...”
It was this Stephen Sparks, son of James, who operated the ferry which originally gave the name “Sparks Ferry” to the Indiana town now known as Sparksville. Paul E. Sparks is preparing an article on towns in the United States named after members of the Sparks family, in which he will tell us mere about Stephen Sparks and his ferry.
Should any of our members have further information on James Sparks and his descendants, it is hoped that they will copy that data for the editor for future use in the Quarterly.
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The map used as the illustration for the cover of this issue of the Quarterly was prepared by William Perry Johnson to accompany the Revolutionary War pension application of James Sparks. Showing present-day boundaries as well as those of the 1770’s, this map gives the general location of James Sparks’s place of residence at the time he joined the Revolutionary forces. Following the war he continued to live “near where Elizabeth-town now is” until about 1782.
SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP
(to and including September 1, 1954)
In the September, 1953, issue of The Sparks Quarterly appeared a list of the first 121 members of the Sparks Family Association. The Association now welcomes 87 new members, to wit:
Allen, Mrs. C. H.. 2310 E. Genesee St.,
Syracuse 10, New York.
Bailey, Dr. Harold K,, 1400 Montgomery Aye, Ashland, Kentucky.
Bidlack, Harold S., R. F. D,, Manilla, Iowa.
Bowden, Mrs. Ethel S., Hurst, Illinois.
Bowden, Orville, 916 N, 14th St., Herrin, Illinois,
Boyers, John S., 1527 Potter Road, Park Ridge, Illinois.
Bradley, Mrs. Frank, Yatesville, Kentucky.
Brownback, Mrs. P. H., Linfield, Pennsylvania.
Buell, Robert R., R.F.D. 1, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.
Butler, Miss Amoret, Acme, North Carolina.
Carr, Alexander, Medora, Indiana.
Conder, Mrs. Jessie S., Stanford, Indiana.
Cook, Mrs. Wesley D., 6330 W, 79th St., Apt B, Los Angeles 45, California.
Cooke, R. W., Box 425, Hildebran, North Carolina.
Crook, Mrs. Alta, 317 W. 19th St., Scotts Bluff, Nebraska.
Crowell, Mrs. Cecil S., Orient, Illinois,
Edwards, Eugene A., 291 N, Hawkins Ave., Akron, Ohio.
Edwards, George W. Jr., Fort Gay, West Virginia.
Fisher, Mrs. Eula S., 116 S. Taylor Ave., Montebello, California.
Fraley, Mrs. Essie 5, Morehead, Kentucky.
Frazier, Bart, 4041 W. Carroll St., Chicago, Illinois.
Hadley, J. Marcus, 564 Franklin St., Whittier, California,
Hunter, Mrs. Eliza B., 2733 Winchester Ave, Ashland, Kentucky.
Jacobs, Mrs. Sarah 9, 637 E. 2nd Ave., Mesa, Arizona,
Johnson, Mrs. Bertha, 2240 Greenwood Ave., Louisville, Kentucky.
Kash, Mrs. Darleen, 107 W. Main St., Millville, New Jersey.
Lindley, William B., 3151 E. Colorado St., Pasadena 8, California.
Long, Mrs. Terressa, 905 Pratt St., Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Mims, Anne Mae, 817 Johns Road, Augusta, Georgia.
Montgomery, Mrs. Nellie, 27 Kipwyn Terrace, Millville, New Jersey.
Nelson, Mrs. J, M., 3166 Station St., Indianapolis, Indiana.
Oehler, Mrs. Naomi F., 1639 Longfield Ave., Louisville, Kentucky.
Poochie, Mrs. Modest B., Hurst, Illinois.
Ray, Mrs. Elmer N., 2149 Crittenden Drive, Louisville 8, Kentucky.
Rust, Mrs. Lillian C., Orderville, Utah.
Scaggs, Mrs. William, Sharkey, Kentucky.
Shumate, Mrs. Jannie S., 15 Cedar St., Millville, New Jersey.
Sparkes, S. D., 7236 Dalewood Lane, Dallas 14, Texas.
Sparks, A, O. B., 1121 Oak Cliff Road, Macon, Georgia.
Sparks, Alice E., 11 Franklin Street, Penns Grove, New Jersey.
Sparks, Judge Alvah N., Old Mason’s Home, Veachland, Kentucky.
Sparks, Sir Ashley, “Northaw”, Syosset, Long Island, New York.
Sparks, Carvel E., “Sparkill”, Riverton, New Jersey.
Sparks, Charles A., 3128 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta, Georgia.
Sparks, Charles R., 230 Tyne Ave., Louisville 7, Kentucky.
Sparks, Hon. Chauncey, Eufaula, Alabama.
Sparks, Clarence G. Jr., 550 Fairfield Ave., Apt. 3, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sparks, Denton H., 6741 Cregier Ave., Chicago, Illinois,
Sparks, Edd, Louisa, Kentucky.
Sparks, Edgar W., Erwin, Tennessee.
Sparks, Edward John, La Paz Ambassador, c/o State Department, Washington 25, D.C.
Sparks, Mrs. Ethel C., “tSparkill”, Riverton, New Jersey.
Sparks, Fred, 13 Middle Ave., Millville, New Jersey.
Sparks, George Earl, 852 Lakeside Place, Chicago 40, Illinois.
Sparks, Dr. George N., 24 Ivy St., S. E., Atlanta, Georgia.
Sparks, George O. Jr., 5528 Midwood Ave., Baltimore 12, Maryland.
Sparks, George W., R. F. D. 1, Box 131, Scarbro, West Virginia.
Sparks, George W., 13 Middle Ave., Millville, New Jersey.
Sparks, Glenn P., 2222 Griffith St., Ashland, Kentucky.
Sparks, Harris, The Shirley Hotel, 205 W, Madison St., Baltimore I, Maryland.
Sparks, Harve, Fonde, Kentucky.
Sparks, Helen, 2234 1/2 West 15th St., Los Angeles 6, California.
Sparks, Ivora, Secor, Illinois.
Sparks, Jones P., Rural Hall, North Carolina.
Sparks, James D., 2104 Island Drive, Monroe, Louisiana.
Sparks, John D., 111 E. 38th St., Indianapolis 5, Indiana.
Sparks, John Elijah, Route 1, Townley, Alabama.
Sparks, Dr. K. A., 2l3 1/2 E. Walnut St., North Vernon, Indiana.
Sparks, Keith E., 1923 Avery Court, Louisville, Kentucky.
Sparks, Laurence, Williamsburg, Kentucky.
Sparks, Mrs. Leslie, 2845 N. Sherman Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sparks, Lester, 852 Lakeside St., Chicago, Illinois.
Sparks, Lyman 5., 242 N. 5th St., Montpelier, Idaho.
Sparks, Mary Sue, 155 N. Hite Ave., Louisville, 5, Kentucky.
Sparks, R. E. Jr., 1131 S. East St., Evansville, Indiana.
Sparks, Robert, Thatcher, Arizona.
Sparks, Robert L., 155 N. Hite Ave., Louisville 6, Kentucky.
Sparks, Robert L., Route 1, Nicholasville Road, Lexington, Kentucky.
Sparks, Sam D., Jr., 220 Polo Inn Road, El Paso, Texas.
Sparks, Samuel R., Santa Rosa, Texas.
Sparks, W. T. (Bert), 405 S. Lincoln St., Bloomington, Indiana.
Sparks, William B., Trenton, Utah.
Sparks, W, C., 1430 E. Wayne St., South Bend 15, Indiana.
Spraker, Mrs. James Randolph, 64 Dorchester Road, Buffalo, New York.
Stewart, George, 505 N. 14th St., Herrin, Illinois.
Stewart, Sgt. William E., Hq. Co. & H. & S. Bn., Fleet Marine Forces Pacific:, c/o Fleet P.O., San Francisco, California.
Wilson, Mrs. Ruth S., Box 26, Anchorage, Kentucky.
With a membership of well over 200, the Sparks Family Association is progressing and its offspring, The Sparks Quarterly, is traveling far and wide. As additional Sparks descendants join the organization the Quarterly can grow and improve proportionately. There are hundreds of people who would like to join if they only knew of the Association’s existence The chief problem faced by the officers is that of learning the names and addresses of these prospective members. A form letter has been prepared describing the Association and the Quarterly, and copies are being sent to every person named Sparks whose name and address can be found. Each member can assist in this project by copying the names and addresses of Sparkses which appear in his local telephone directory and sending them to:
Russell E. Bidlack,
1131 Granger Ave.,
Ann Arbor, Michigan.
S K R A P S
At the time The Sparks Family Association was formed, and during the publication of the first issues of The Sparks Quarterly, Russell E, Bidlack, the Secretary—Treasurer, was excused by his fellow officers from most of the duties connected with that office. This was occasioned by the fact that he was working on his Ph.D. thesis, which left him very little time to devote to his favorite hobby--genealogy. The thesis was successfully completed and the Ph.D, granted in June of this year, leaving him free to assume the full duties of his office. About this time, however, Paul E. Sparks, who had served both as President of the Association and as Editor of the Quarterly, was making plans to complete his doctorate in education, and he enrolled for the summer term at the University of Indiana. In order that he might devote as much time and energy to his doctoral program as possible, Paul requested that one of his fellow officers assume the editorial responsibilities.
Dr. Bidlack has agreed to succeed Paul as Editor of The Sparks Quarterly, with his wife, Melva (Sparks) Bidlack, acting as Secretary-Treasurer. In order to relieve Paul of some of his duties as President, Oral A. Sparks, of Clio, Iowa, has agreed to serve as Vice-President of the Association. A biographical sketch of our new Vice-President will appear in the next issue of the Quarterly.
The new editor feels certain that the membership deeply appreciates all that Paul has done for the Quarterly in the past and that each one of us wishes him success in his doctoral program. This advice and assistance will be requested frequently as future issues of the Quarterly are prepared.
In the June, 1954, issue of The Sparks Quarterly there inadvertently appeared several typographical errors. Each resulted from our haste in getting the issue to members on time. Following is a list of these errata which subscribers may wish to use in correcting their copies of the June issue: [Note: Thes errors have been corrected on scanned copies.]
Page 33 - second line from bottom - should
be by, not bu.
Page 34 - twelfth line from top - should be affairs, not afairs.
Page 34 - 14th line from bottom - should be practicing, not precticing.
Page 35 - Title of article - should be DESCENDANT, not DECENDANT.
Page 35 - 4th line from bottom - should be Dec., not Lec.
Page 36 - 7th line from bottom - should be one or two boys, not two or three boys.
Page 37 - 12th line from top - should be foot company were still left there, not foot company was still there.
Page 37 - 12th line - strike out the word there at end of line.
Page 37 - 15th line - should be Wilksboro, not Wilkesboro.
Page 37 - 21st line - strike out word return.
Page 37 - 29th line - should read close of the war of revolution, not close of the revolution.
Page 38 - 6th line from top - should be North, not Nroth.
Page 38 - 11th line from top - should read thence to Holmes County in that State where he lived till March 1836, when he removed to this County and vicinity, not thence to Holmes County and vicinity.
Page 38 - 28th line from bottom - should be them, not then.
Page 38 - 22nd line from bottom - should read with a copy which I lost Severall years Since, not with a Copy Severall years Since.
Page 38 - 17th line from bottom should be war, not was.
Page 38 - 12th line from bottom should be Stoped not Stpoed.
[Scanner's note: Corrections made]
It will be noted that the current issue contains ten pages, thus making up for the two pages which were left off the June issue.
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