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JESSE R. SPARKS, Born ca.1780, Died 1865

Original tintype owned by Mrs. Kenneth Dix Coffin

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Hite Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
William P. Johnson, Historian-Genealogist, Box 1770, Raleigh, North Carolina (27602)
Russell E. Bidlack, Secretary-Treasurer & Editor, 1709 Cherokee Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan (48104)

The Sparks Family Association was founded in March, 1953, as a nonprofit organi- zation devoted to the assembling and preserving of genealogical and historical materials pertaining to the Sparks family in America. Membership in the Asso- ciation 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 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 receive THE SPARKS QUARTERLY as it is published in March, June, September, and December.  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, 1958 to 1962; and 1963-1967. Each of these is available for $1.00. A complete file of all issues of the QUARTERLY (1953-1972) 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 eighteen new members of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION. These Sparks descendants have joined the Association since our last report in the June 1972 issue of the QUARTERLY.

Blair, Mrs. Lillian S., Mackinaw, Illinois (61755)
Conrad, Mrs. Barbara, Box 324, Glenns Ferry, Idaho (83623)
Enloe, Lorraine Stamper (Mrs. Albert), 1723 Eighth Ave., North, Great Falls, Montana (59401)
Gebhart, Mrs. J. E., R.R. #2, Box 179, Cedar Springs Rd., New Paris, Ohio (45347)
Hethcoatt, Mrs. Mary Sparks, P.O. Box 102, McArthur, California (96056)
Hicks, Victor M., 2256 Corinth Dr., Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Jayne, Mrs. Mildred A., 1 Grant Ave., Auburn, New York (13021)
Jones, Glenda Jean, Rt. #2, New Bloomfield, Missouri (65063)
Luther, Leslie L., Moravia, New York (13118)
McCoy, Carolyn Sparks (Mrs. Larry E.), 1726 Ohio Parkway, Rockford, Illinois (61108)
Middlebrook, Marion (Mrs. William H.), Box 252, Sturgis, South Dakota (57785)
Mumberson, S. C., 16 Jackson Crescent, Listowel, Ontario, Canada.
Russell, Frank B., 1008 Riverton Rd., Moorestown, New Jersey (08057)
Sparks, Mary Kay (Mrs. Harold), 915 Maple St., Wausau, Wisconsin (54401)
Steltzlen, Janelle (Mrs. Gerald), 17 W 376 West 69th St., Darien, Illinois (60559)
Stint, Mary F. (Mrs. Daniel J.), 1624 Lackey St., Kingsvifle, Texas (78363)
Stroud, Mrs. Doris, Rt. 1, Box 191, Nixon, Texas (78140)
Towers, Mrs. Inez Sparks, 2614 N. Linn St., Peoria, Illinois (61604)



SON OF JESSE R. SPARKS (ca. 1780-1865)

By Russell E. Bidlack

In the March 1962 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. X, No. 1, Whole No. 37) we published an article entitled “Amos Sparks (1785-1867) and His Descendants” (pp. 618-621), and in the QUARTERLY of September 1969 (Vol. XVII, No, 3, Whole No. 67) we published an article entitled “Jesse R. Sparks (born Ca. 1780, died 1865) and His Descendants,” (pp. 1248 -1255). Evidence then and now points strongly toward the probability that Amos Sparks and Jesse R. Sparks were brothers and that they were natives of Maryland. As young men, they both settled in Belmont County, Ohio, and both later moved to Indiana. In each of these articles, however, an unfortunate error was made regarding the parentage of Jeremiah B. Sparks (1808 -1886).

We can now prove that Jeremiah B. Sparks, who was born in Belmont County, Ohio, on November 15, 1808, and died on February 6, 1886, in Hancock County, Indiana, was actually the son of Jesse R. Sparks. In those earlier articles, we had assumed that he was a son of Amos Sparks. Actually, Amos Sparks also had a son named Jeremiah B. Sparks, who was one day younger than Jesse’s son. This Jeremiah B. Sparks, son of Amos, was born on November 16, 1808; he wrote his will on February 27, 1882, and died shortly thereafter.

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Our first realization that there were two persons named Jeremiah B. Sparks, born just one day apart, was when we found that on the 1860 census of Holmes County, Ohio, Amos Sparks, then aged 75 years, was living with the Jeremiah B. Sparks who wrote his will in 1882, while on the 1850 census of Franklin County, Indiana, Jesse R. Sparks was living with the Jeremiah B. Sparks who died in 1886. At first, we thought that Amos was living with his nephew in 1860 and that Jesse R. Sparks was living with his nephew in 1850. It seemed much more likely that each would have been living with his own son. We also found a deed in Franklin County, Indiana, dated March 23, 1829 (Book G, pp.473-4) by which Jesse R. Sparks and his wife Margaret sold to Jeremiah B. Sparks Lot #19 in the town of New Trenton “which said town was laid out by Ralph Weldridge & Samuel Rockefellow.” We knew that this was the Jeremiah who died in 1886 and from family records found later, we knew that he had purchased this land from his father, not his uncle. Then, in July 1971, Mrs. Mildred Tomlinson of 917 Monroe St., Rochester, Indiana, a great-great-granddaughter of Jesse R. Sparks (through his son, Jesse Sparks, Jr., 1807 -1896) found a letter among the possessions of a deceased aunt, Mrs. Jessie Sparks Calvin, that had been written in 1924 by one Martha A. Sparks of Indianapolis. The writer identified herself in this letter as a daughter of the Jeremiah B. Sparks who died in 1886 and gave his father’s name as Jesse. This letter reads as follows:

                                                                                                                            1442 Central Avenue
                                                                                                                            September 20, ‘24
Mrs. Jessie Calvin:

Thirty-five or forty years ago you came to our house in Greenfield, Indiana, with your grandfather, Rev. Jesse Sparks who was my father’s brother. The years have passed and most of the family have gone on before and of recent years I have wanted to know more about our ancestors. A lady whom I met at Battle Ground Camp Meeting, told me you were living and gave me your address.

 I was glad to hear of you again, and wondered if you could give me any additional information about the original Sparks family.


JEREMIAH BURRIS SPARKS, 1808-1886, continued:

The extent of my knowledge is as follows,
     My grandfather and your great-grandfather was named Jesse and [he] came from Brooks County, Virginia to Belmont Co. Ohio, where my father was born. Grandmother ‘s name I think was Mary - - - - -, but I do not know her family name.

    They came to Franklin Co. Indiana, but I do not know the date. Their children were, Jesse, Nathan, Amos, Jeremiah, my father, Tamzon, (Mrs. Taylor) and Jane, (Mrs. Kerr).

     Have you any family records containing any more than this? I am especially anxious to know grandmother ‘s maiden name and when they came to Indiana. I think my father was the youngest boy and that Aunt Jane was the youngest girl and youngest of the family.

    Tamson was born in Virginia in 1802. Father was born in Ohio in 1809.  So the coming of the family to Ohio was between those dates. Do you know anything more? Are the Sparkses in Anderson any of your family? A William Sparks from there married a friend of mine.

     Hoping to hear from you soon, I sign myself
                                                                                                Your cousin
                                                                                                            Martha A. Sparks
                                                                                                            1442 Central Avenue
                                                                                                            Indianapolis, Ind.

It will be noted that Martha A. Sparks stated that her father had been born in 1809.  Later we found, however, that she wrote his correct year of birth, 1808, on another occasion and that it was merely a slip of the pen when she wrote 1809 in this 1924 letter. It was also her intent, though she was not as clear as we might wish, to state that her grandfather and Mrs. Calvin‘s great-grandfather, Jesse Sparks, were the same man.  Mrs. Calvin’s grandfather was Jesse Sparks, Jr.; he was a brother of Jeremiah B. Sparks who was Martha A. Sparks’s father.

Since Martha A. Sparks was obviously an old lady in 1924, we had little hope of ever learning more about her and her family. But luck was with us.

In an effort to learn whether records could be found in Hancock County, Indiana, where we knew that Jeremiah B. Sparks had spent his last years, a letter was written to the County Clerk asking if there were someone in the community who might be willing to search available records for us. The clerk suggested that we write to a local historian named Sue Baker in the town of Greenfield. During the next several months, Mrs. Baker did extensive research for us in Hancock County, including examining old newspapers and visiting local cemeteries. She succeeded in finding two obituaries of Martha Alice Sparks, the writer of the 1924 letter printed above - - she had lived to be 99 years old, dying on May 21, 1950.  In one of these obituaries, her parents were identified as Jeremiah Burris Sparks and Eliza Rockafellow Sparks. Learning that the initial “B” was for Burris proved highly significant. This was the maiden name of Margaret Burris, wife of Jesse R. Sparks. (Although Martha A. Sparks knew her father ‘s middle name was Burris, she did not know that this was her grandmother‘s maiden name; in her letter quoted above, she said that she was particularly anxious to learn the maiden name of her grandmother, whose first name she thought was Mary. Actually, it was Margaret.)

In these obituaries of Martha A. Sparks, it was stated that a Mrs, John Shirk, a niece, had been the nearest relative of Martha at the time of her death in 1950.  Mrs. Baker knew a man named Joe Shirk, so she telephoned him, but he knew nothing


about a Sparks family connection. That very evening, however, Joe Shirk served as toastmaster at a Toastmaster’s District Meeting in Indianapolis. In the audience that evening last April was John C. S. Coffin who had taken his parents, Mr. and Mr.. Kenneth D. Coffin, as his guests. Their home is in Florida and they were visiting their son. Mrs. Coffin’s maiden name had been Shirk, so after the meeting she introduced herself to Joe Shirk and inquired whether they might be related. Mr. Shirk told Mrs. Coffin of his call that day from Sue Baker. To make a long story short, Mrs. Coffin turned out to be a grand-niece of Martha A. Sparks (she had served as her guardian in her last years) and is thus a great-granddaughter of Jeremiah Burns Sparks. Furthermore, Mrs. Coffin not only owns the family Bible that had belonged to Jeremiah Burris Sparks, but also photographs of Jeremiah and his father, Jesse R. Sparks. These have been preserved by Martha A. Sparks. The photograph of Jesse R. Sparks is reproduced on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY; it is a hand-tinted tin-type, mounted behind glass in a lovely gold frame. On the back, Martha A. Sparks had pasted a small piece of paper on which she wrote: “Jessie Sparks, came to Franklin Co. 1820. Father of Jeremiah Sparks.”

It is apparent that Jesse R. Sparks was a very old man when this picture was taken. We know that he died in Dearborn County, Indiana, in 1865; this picture was probably taken sometime between 1860 and 1865. Mrs. Coffin also found another tin-type among her great-aunt’s possessions which is that of a woman considerably younger than Jesse, but in a nearly identical gold frame. In all probability, this was a close relative of Jesse R. Sparks, perhaps one of his daughters. It could not have been his wife, since she died in 1850, before photography of this type was in use. It is reproduced below with the hope that someone may identify her:

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Was this a daughter of Jesse R. Sparks?

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JEREMIAH BURRIS SPARKS, 1808-1886, continued:

As was stated in our sketch of Jesse R. Sparks that appeared in the September 1969 issue of the QUARTERLY, our knowledge of his life is largely limited to the data contained in a biographical sketch of the life of one of his sons, Dr. Nathan B. Sparks, published in a History of Knox County, Indiana, in 1886 (Goodspeed Pub lishing Co., p. 513), We know that Jesse R. Sparks was born between 1780 and 1785. (On the 1850 census his age was given as 66, while on the 1860 census it was given as 78.) According to the sketch of his son, Jesse was a native of Maryland. On the 1850 census, his birth place was given as Delaware, but on the 1860 census it appears as Maryland.  To add to the confusion, Martha A. Sparks, his granddaughter, wrote in the 1824 letter quoted earlier, that he “came from Brooks County, Virginia, to Belmont Co., Ohio.”   We know that she intended to write “Brooke County” rather than “Brooks County,” because Mrs. Coffin has a paper on which Martha A. Sparks wrote an outline of the ancestry of Mrs. Coffin’s mother:  “Mrs. Lura Chafee Shirk, daughter of Mrs. Clara Sparks Chafee, daughter of Jeremiah Burns Sparks, son of Jesse Sparks, who came from Brooke County, Virginia, to Dayton, Ohio, then to Franklin Co., Indiana in 1820. Deeds on hand dated 1828 and 1829 for New Trenton lots.” (This is an obvious reference to the deed mentioned earlier by which Jesse and Margaret Sparks conveyed lot 19 in New Trenton to their son, Jeremiah Burris Sparks.) Brooke County became a part of West Virginia during the Civil War when the western portion of the state seceded from Virginia to form a new state. Brooke County is located in the narrow neck of West Virginia that extends northward between Ohio and Pennsylvania, and adjoins the corner of Belmont County, Ohio, with the Ohio River running between. Perhaps Jesse R. Sparks lived for awhile in Brooke County before moving across the Ohio River into Belmont County, Ohio.  It is also of interest to note that Amos Sparks (1785-1867), whom we are quite positive was a brother of Jesse, was a native of Queen Annes County, Maryland. (When the 1880 census was taken, Jeremiah Burris Sparks stated that both of his parents had been born in Maryland.)

According to the sketch of Jesse R. Sparks’s son cited earlier, Jesse R, Sparks was married to Margaret Burns in Maryland shortly before moving to Ohio. According to Martha A. Sparks, however, their daughter Tamzon (or Tamson) was born in 1802, while they were living in Virginia. (Presumably, she meant Brooke County, in what became part of West Virginia.) Our only other record of a Sparks family living in Brooke County is a Solomon Sparks who was listed there on the 1810 census. He was aged between 26 and 45 and his household comprised three males between 10 and 16, 2 males under 10; one female over 45; one female between 26 and 45; one female be tween 16 and 26; one female between 10 and 16; and one female under 10 years.

According to the sketch of Dr. Nathan B, Sparks, his father, Jesse R. Sparks, was a shoemaker and an auctioneer; he was also sheriff of Belmont County for a number of years.

About 1820, Jesse R. Sparks moved with his family to Indiana. He settled first in Franklin County, probably near the adjoining county of Dearborn, where he was later a resident. He was listed on the 1830 census of Franklin County, his age given as between 50 and 60; his wife was the same age. Living with him were two males, one aged between 16 and 26 and the other between 10 and 16, and two females, one aged 10 to 15 and the other aged 5 to 10. The older of the two males was doubtless his son, Jeremiah B. Sparks, who was then actually 22, while the younger was his son Nathan B. Sparks, who was actually 15.  Two other sons, Amos and Jesse, Jr., had married by 1830 and were recorded by the census taker as heads of nearby households.


JEREMIAH BURRIS SPARKS, 1808-1886, continued:

According to the biographical sketch of Dr. Nathan B. Sparks, cited earlier, Margaret (Burris) Sparks, wife of Jesse R. Sparks, died in 1850, When the census was taken in the fall of 1850, Jesse was living with his son, Jeremiah Burris Sparks, in Brookville Township, Franklin County, Indiana. Jesse ‘s age was given as 66, which if correct would place his birth in 1784. His place of birth was given as Delaware, which must have been an error, although Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, where we think he was born, adjoins Kent County, Delaware, and it is possible that Jesse R. Sparks was born so near the border of Maryland and Delaware that there was some confusion regarding his native state. Perhaps he was not at home the day the census taker came in 1850 and someone merely guessed the state of his origin. Also listed in the family of Jeremiah B. Sparks in 1850 was Jesse’s youngest daughter, Jane Sparks, aged 28. In 1852, Jane married Ellas Kerr of Dearborn County, Indiana (marriage bond dated June 27, 1852, in Dearborn County).  When the 1860 census of Dearborn County was taken, Jesse R. Sparks was listed in the household of his daughter and her husband, Elias Kerr. His age was given as 78, which, if correct, would mean that he was born in 1782; his birthplace was given as Maryland. Perhaps the photograph that appears on page 1519 that we have been unable to identify was of this daughter, Jane.

Jesse R, Sparks died in Dearborn County in 1865. No record has been found of the settlement of his estate. In the biographical sketch of Dr. Nathan B, Sparks published in 1886, it was stated that Jesse R. Sparks and Margaret (Burns) Sparks had nine children. Martha A. Sparks, their granddaughter, listed only six in her 1924 letter, and census records appear to agree with this number.  Perhaps three other children died in infancy. These six known children were:

1.  Tamzon (or Tamson) Sparks, daughter of Jesse R. and Margaret (Burris) Sparks, was born in 1802 according to Martha A. Sparks’s letter quoted on pp. 1517-18; she also stated that Tamzon was born in Virginia (she probably meant in Brooke County which became part of West Virginia at the time of the Civil War), She also indicated that Tamzon had married a man named Taylor. We have no other information.

2.  Jesse Sparks, Jr., son of Jesse R. and Margaret (Burris) Sparks, was born in Belmont County, Ohio, on January 11, 1807, and died on January 5, 1896. On September 2, 1827, he was married to Jemima Thorn in Dearborn County, Indiana; she was a daughter of Stephen and Esther Thorn. After her death, he married a widow named Mrs. Lydia Poling. He was a Methodist minister and had a number of charges in Indiana during his lifetime. He was buried in the Shafer Cemetery in Kewanna, Indiana, beside his first wife. A portrait of Jesse Sparks, Jr., was reproduced on the cover of the September 1969 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XVII, No. 3, Whole No, 67) and a record of his life and descendants may be found in the same issue, pp. 1250-55.

3. Jeremiah Burris Sparks, son of Jesse R. Sparks and his wife Margaret (Burris) Sparks, was born on November 15, 1808. This date is found, along with those for his wife and children, in his family Bible which is now owned by Mrs. Kenneth D. Coffin. A photograph of the first page of this family record appears on page 1522. Jeremiah Burns Sparks was born in Belmont County, Ohio; he died in Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana, on February 6, 1886. He was married on September 19, 1830, to Eliza B. Rockafellar (this is the spelling of the name given in the family Bible; it is also spelled Rockafeller and Rockafellow in other records). She was a daughter of John and Mary Rockafeller and was born in New Jersey on February 5, 1805; she died on December 19, 1880, in Hancock County, Indiana. They were married by


JEREMIAH BURRIS SPARKS, 1808-1886, continued:

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JEREMIAH BURRIS SPARKS, 1808-1886, continued:

Thomas Manwarring. According to an obituary of Eliza B. (Rockafeller) Sparks published in the December 23, 1880, issue of the Hancock County Democrat, (Vol. 40, No. 25), her parents moved from New Jersey to Indiana while she was an infant; they “settled upon the present site of New Trenton in the Whitewater Valley.”

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Jeremiah Burris Sparks, 1808-1886

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Jeremiah B. Sparks, like his brother Jesse Sparks, Jr., became a Methodist minister. According to an obituary that appeared in the Minutes of the Thirty-Fifth Annual Session of the South-East Indiana Confererence of the Methodist Episcopal Church for . . . 1866, page 198, it was Mrs. Sparks who, shortly after their marriage, "brought him to Christ and into the Methodist Episcopal Church some time during 1831.”  He was licensed to preach in 1848 and continued in the ministry until 1879 when, because of increasing deafness, he was forced to retire. He served, usually for two years at a time, in a great many different Indiana churches. He and his wife retired to Greenfield, Indiana, “where his daughters were engaged as teachers in the public school.”
Eliza B. (Rockafeller) Sparks died December 19, 1880. The obituary referred to earlier stated that she “had been a member of the M.E. Church ever since she was fifteen years old, at which time she gave and consecrated herself to God.  It was stated by the Rev. Mr. Rhoades, who preached her funeral discourse, that this Christian woman had read the Bible through more times that she was years of age and had read it once through when upon her bended knees.” Jeremiah and Eliza were buried in the Park Cemetery near Greenfield, Indiana.  Three of their children were buried in the same lot, Martha A., Mary E., and William M.  A photograph taken of their grave stones appears on page 1524.
Mrs. Coffin has kindly loaned us a photograph of Jeremiah Burns Sparks which appears above. We do not know the year in which it was taken; the photographer was S. P. Bungert of Cincinnati, Ohio.

JEREMIAH BURRIS SPARKS, 1808-1886, continued:

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The Graves of Jeremiah B. and Eliza (Rockerfeller) Sparks

With Three of Their Children

in Park Cemetery near Greenfield, Indiana

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Jeremiah Burns and Eliza B. (Rockafeller) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
(1) Hester Ann Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah B. and Eliza B. (Rockafeller) Sparks was born on April 8, 1833, and died on July 25, 1849.
(2) Clara Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah B. and Eliza B. (Rockafeller) Sparks, was born July 5, 1835, and died on October 2, 1918, at Richmond, md. She was married in the Methodist Episcopal Church of Wilmington, Dearborn County, Ind., to the Rev. John Gilmore Chafee on September 28, 1853. He was born October 12, 1828, and died June 2, 1903, in Brookville, Ind. They were the parents of the following children:
(a) Ella Belle Chafee, born January 17, 1856. She was married on August 20, 1878, in Connersville, Ind., to Capt. Horace Parker McIntosh. She died Dec. 30, 1946, in Boston and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

(b) Lura Chafee was born April 5, 1864. She was married to John C. Shirk on March 3, 1886, in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Brookville, Ind. The marriage was performed by her father. She died August 31, 1959, in Rushvillle, Ind.  Ellen Shirk Coffin, whose records have made it possible to compile this history, is a daughter of Lura Chafee Shirk. The following were also children of Lura: Groovener Shirk, Mrs. Loren F. Priest, Samuel Sparks Shirk, Charles Andrew Shirk, Chafee Wright Shirk, and Horace Hamilton Shirk.

(c) Gertrude Anna Chafee, an adopted daughter, was born Jan. 17, 1870. She was married to Schuyler C. Haughey.


JEREMIAH BURRIS SPARKS, 1808-1886, continued:

(3) Mary Eliza Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah B. and Eliza B. (Rockafeller) Sparks, was born July 5, 1838; she died on August 24, 1903, in Indianapolis. She did not marry.
(4) Henry Bascom Sparks, son of Jeremiah B. and Eliza B. (Rockafeller) Sparks, was born on August 14, 1841, in Franklin County, Indiana; he died on March 8, 1929, in Rising Sun, Indiana. He was married (1st) to Laura Blakely Kemp on September 12, 1866; she was born January 16, 18147, in Ohio County, Indiana; she died on Sept. 30, 1909. She was a daughter of William Kemp and Content (Hastings) Kemp according to her death certificate on file at the Department of Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. He married as his second wife Miss Elizabeth M. Howey on November 18, 1916, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana.  She made application for a pension on May 15, 1929, in Ohio County, Indiana, in which she stated that she had been born on February 11, 1875, in Fountain County, Indiana.
Henry Bascom Spanks served as a 1st sergeant in Company C, 3rd Indiana Cavalry, 45th Regiment Indiana Volunteers, enrolling at Indianapolis on August 15, 1862; he was discharged in Washington, D.C., on May 27, 1865. In his application for a pension on February 11, 1925, he described himself at the time of his enlistment as 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with dark complexion, dark hair, and dark eyes, and by occupation a merchant and farmer “until compelled to retire about ten years ago.” In 1916, when he first applied for a pension, the War Department prepared the following report on his service: “Prisoner of War records show him captured at Culpeper, Va. Jan. 27, 1864; confined at Richmond, Va. Jan. 29, 1864; sent to Andersonville, Ga. (date not given) and admitted to Hospital at Andersonville, Ga. Aug. 17, 1864; returned from hospital Aug. 23, 1864; paroled at Savannah, Ga., Nov. 21, 1864; reported at College Green Barracks, Md,, Nov. 25, 1864; sent to and reported at Camp Parole, Md. Nov. 27, 1864; furloughed Dec. 11, 1864, for 30 days; returned to Camp Parole from furlough Jan. 27, 1865, and sent to Camp Distribution, Alexandria, Va., Feb. 9, 1865. The military records do not show any absence without authority, desertion or confinement.”  In an obituary of Martha A. Sparks, sister of Henry B. Sparks, appears the statement: “Three of her brothers served in the Civil War, and she often recalled how the life of one brother, at Andersonville prison, was saved by the miraculous appearance of a spring at the prison.”
(5) William McKendree Sparks, son of Jeremiah B. and Eliza B. (Rockafeller) Sparks, was born on October 18, 1843, and died in Danville, Illinois, on September 26, 1926. He was married to - - - - -  Turner on January 17, 1872. He served in the Civil War, but we do not know in what unit. The following brief obituary appeared in the Greenfield Republican of Septemben 30, 1926, (Vol. XXXVI, No. 39): “Brief funeral services were conducted today by Ross Stoakes at Park Cemetery over the body of William Max Sparks, age 83, who died at the Soldiers Home in Danville, Illinois, Sunday night. The body was brought to the Lynam Funeral Home. The deceased had never lived in Greenfield, but his parents were residents here years ago, His father was a Methodist preacher, J. B. Sparks.”
It will be noted that his middle name is given here as Max. In the family Bible it is given as William McK. Sparks at his birth, but his death was recorded in his sister Martha’ s handwriting as “William McKendree Sparks.”

JEREMIAH BURRIS SPARKS, 1808-1886, continued:

(6) John S. Sparks, son of Jeremiah B. and Eliza B. (Rockafeller) Sparks, was born on May 14, 1851; according to the family Bible, he was married to Sarah J. Walton on June 6, 1867. No further record.
(7) Martha Alice T. Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah B. and Eliza B. (Rockafeller) Sparks, was born on May 14, 1851; she died in Indianapolis, Indiana, on May 21, 1950, aged 99 years. Sue Baker, to whom we have referred earlier, found a typewritten obituary of Martha in the Greenfield Public Library; this may have been read at her funeral. It reads as follows:
“Miss Martha Alice Sparks was born in a Methodist parsonage May 14, 1851 in the village of Manchester, Dearborn County, Indiana. Her father was Jeremiah Burns Sparks and her mother Eliza Rockafellow Sparks. She was one of seven children. Her father was a Methodist minister circuit rider in Southern Indiana. She taught school for 48 years, first in Greenfield, Indiana, but most of those years in the Marion County schools. She attended and graduated from Moore a Hill College, a Methodist school. She was initiated into Kappa Alpha Theta, national college sorority at Moores Hill in 1873,
“She moved from Greenfield, Indiana, with her sister, Mary Sparks, after the death of their father, to Indianapolis in 1886. She and her sister affiliated with Central Ave. Methodist Church at that time, where she kept her membership the rest of her life. She always lived in close proximity to her church, living at 1442 Central Avenue the past 35 years. Teaching was her livelihood, her church was her religious life, where it was her joy and life to work. She has worked in all departments and phases of the church. As a younger woman she was most active in the Epworth League, as well as in the church school. She helped organize the Epworth League and was instrumental in choosing the verse from the Bible that was adopted as the official benediction for it.
“During the Civil War her family lived in Versailles, Indiana. The Morgan Raiders came through Versailles at that time, Her mother had her take what money and valuables they had and had her crawl under the tobacco barn, out of sight and hiding from the Raiders. Her mother stood at the front gate praying that they would not be harmed. The Raiders asked for food, but left without doing any harm.
“Beside her church, Central Avenue Methodist, she belonged to Indiana Society of Pioneers, her family having come to Indiana in 1806, and to the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni. Mrs. John C. Shirk of Brookville is the nearest relative, a niece. Mr. Grosvenor Shirk, a grandnephew and Mrs. Kenneth D. Coffin, a grandniece of Indianapolis. She will be buried in Greenfield, Indiana, where mother, father, her sister Mary, and brother William are buried.”
There were, of course, several other living relatives not mentioned in the obituary.
4, Amos Sparks, son of Jesse R. and Margaret (Burns) Sparks, was born about 1811 in Ohio. He was probably the Amos Sparks who married Nancy Murcy Harper in Franklin County, Indiana, in 1829 (marriage bond dated October 15, 1829). There is a deed on file in Dearborn County, Indiana, dated June 5, 1835, by which “Amos Sparks and Mercy his wife” sold to Jeremiah B. Sparks, brother of Amos, an 80-acre tract in Dearborn County for $265. The witnesses were Jesse Sparks and G. J. Benham (Book 0, p. 225). This wife apparently died

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and it is believed that he married (second) Mary Dewees in 1844 (Franklin County, Indiana, marriage bond dated August 5, 1844). When the 1850 census was taken of Franklin County, he was listed as a resident of Brookville Township, where his brother Jeremiah was also living. He was a farmer; his wife Mary was 35 years old in 1850, thus born about 1815 in Pennsylvania. Five children were living with them, the first three apparently being children by his first wife:
(1) Reuben Sparks, born about 1834.
(2) Tamzon Sparks, born about 1839 (a daughter).
(3) Charlie Sparks, born about 1840.
(4) Allen Sparks, born about 1845.
(5) Margaret Sparks, born about 1847.
5. Nathan B. Sparks, son of Jesse R. and Margaret (Burns) Sparks, was born on April 2, 1815, in Belmont County, Ohio. He attended the Eclectic Medical School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and began the practice of medicine in 1848 in Brooksville, Indiana. He was married on June 3, 1838, in Dearborn County, Indiana, to Harriet E. Skaats, daughter of Jacob and Hannah Skaats. She was born November 29, 1822. In 1861, he was physician and surgeon of the 6th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, in the Civil War. He returned home in 1863.  In 1867 he moved to Knox County, Indiana, and a year later he settled at Monroe City in that county. They were the parents of the following children:
(1) Amos H. Sparks, born about 1841.
(2) Methadese Miltiades Miller Sparks, born about 1845.
(3) Laura V. Sparks, born about 1847.
(4) James W. Sparks, born about 1849.
(5) Rosella Sparks, born about 1850; she married A. C. Falls.

[Scanner's note:  See SQ p. 2431 for the   pension application of Miltiades Miller Sparks.]

6. Jane A. Sparks, believed to have been the youngest child of Jesse R. and Margaret (Burns) Sparks, was born about 1821. In 1852 she was married to Elias Kerr (Dearborn County, Indiana, marriage bond dated June 27, 1852). When the 1860 census was taken, Jesse R. Sparks was living with Jane and her husband in Dearborn County. Our only knowledge of her family are the names of their children listed on the 1860 census:
(1) Jeremiah S. Kerr, born about 1854.
(2) Daniel T0 Kerr, born about 1855.
(3) Ellas S. Kerr, born about 1857.
(4) Clarisa S. Kerr, born about 1858.
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JEREMIAH B. SPARKS, 1808-ca.1882

SON OF AMOS SPARKS (1785-1867)

By Russell E. Bidlack

 In the QUARTERLY of March 1962 (Vol. X, No. 1, Whole No. 37) pp. 618 -21, we published an article on Amos Sparks (1785 -1867) and his descendants. Most of the  information that we have on Amos Sparks is found in an obituary of him written by  Ancil Beach, a colleague in the Methodist ministry, for the Western Christian
Advocate of February 6, 1867. Amos Sparks was a Methodist minister, born on June 7, 1785, in Queen Annes County, Maryland, and died on January 11, 1867, at


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the age of 82. His life history, as given in this obituary, was summarized in the QUARTERLY, as cited above, and will not be repeated here.  We believe that Amos Sparks was a brother of Jesse R. Sparks, see the above article, pp. 1517-27.

A descendant of Amos Sparks through his son Asa Egbert Sparks (1817 -1892), Mrs. Hazel T. Tarman, has copied for us the records of his marriage and the births of his children as they appear in the family Bible. Amos Sparks was married to Nancy Ann Borough on June 2, 1805.  She was born in Indiana on December 1, 1789.
Their children were:

1. Noah Sparks, born January 11, 1807; married Susanna Woodward on May 6, 1826.
2, Jeremiah B. Sparks, born November 16, 1808. (see below)
3. Jesse Sparks, born January 12, 1810; married Judith Darrah on June 27,  1831.
4. Bathaheber Sparks, born May 30, 1813; married Robert Davis on January 30, 1830.
5..Benjamin A. Sparks, born November 16, 1815; married Mary Imhuff on June 13, 1836.
6. Asa A. Sparks, born November 10, 1817; married Amanda Van Scyoc on May 29, 1838.
7. May Sparks, born February 17, 1819.
Further records of the children of Amos and Nancy Ann (Borough) Sparks may be found in the March 1962 QUARTERLY as cited above. However, a serious error was made in that article (page 620) where we erroneously identified their son Jeremiah B. Sparks as the Jeremiah Burris Sparks (1808.1886) who was actually the son of Jesse R.  Spanks. [Scanner's Note:  This error was corrected.]   Apparently, both Amos Sparks and Jesse R. Sparks were living in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1808. As stated before, we believe that they were brothers. From the Bible record of Jeremiah Burris Sparks, son of Jesse R. Sparks, we know that he (Jeremiah Burris Sparks) was born on November 15, 1808. According to the Bible that belonged to Amos Sparks (1785-1867), his son Jeremiah was born the following day, on November 16, 1808.  Born only one day apart, it is not surprising (though certainly confusing) that the parents of these two cousins chose to name them both Jeremiah. They even had the same middle initial, “B”.   Although Amos Sparks did not record in his Bible a middle initial for his son, census records and his will give his name as Jeremiah B. Sparks, though we do not know what the “B” stood for, It is interesting to note, however, that the maiden name of the wife of Amos Sparks was Borough, so perhaps the “B” stood for Borough, or perhaps his middle name was actually Borough.

Our knowledge of the life of Jeremiah B, Sparks, son of Amos, is limited. We know that his father, the Rev. Amos Sparks, remained in Ohio until 1829. From 1826, when he was admitted as a junior preacher to the Ohio Conference of the Methodist Church, until 1829, Amos Sparks was assigned to the Greenville Circuit. The town of Greenville is in Darke County, on the Indiana border. Two counties below Darke County is Butler County, which adjoins the Indiana line on the west and is opposite Franklin County in Indiana. In Butler County, Ohio, there is a record of the marriage of a Jeremiah Sparks and Ann Hughs on November 6, 1837; the marriage was performed by the Rev. William D. Barrett. We believe that this was the Jeremiah B. Sparks who was the son of Amos Sparks.

Jeremiah B. Sparks, son of Amos Sparks, had one son, Granville Moody Sparks, who was born October 26, 1845 and died in 1920. His death certificate gave his mother’s name as Sara Hughes, born in Ohio, The marriage record in Butler County gives Jeremiah’s bride in 1837 as Ann Hughs. . . perhaps her full name was Sarah Ann


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Hughes (or Hughs).  When Granville Sparks signed a declaration for a Civil War pension in 1916, he gave his place of birth as Pretty Prairie, Indiana, but we have not been able to identify this location.

It is a tradition in the family of Granville Moody Sparks that he was named for a popular Methodist minister named Granville Moody.  Granville Moody Sparks served in the Civil War and in his pension application he stated that his mother died before 1850, that his father remarried and that in the summer of 1850 he was living with his father and step-mother in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, According to the 1850 census, however, the family was living in adjoining Holmes County, Ohio, in August 1850. Jeremiah was listed on that census as J. B. Sparks, age 40, a cooper by occupation, and a native of Ohio. His son Granville was listed as “Andrew Sparks” aged 4. Apparently the census taker misunderstood “Granville”. and wrote “Andrew” by mistake A nine-year-old girl, probably a daughter, was also listed-the writing is difficult to read, but the name looks like “Arcul.”

On May 5, 1851, Jeremiah B. Sparks married as his second wife, Ary Twaddle, in Holmes County, Ohio.  From the 1860 census, it would appear that she had been born about 1822. Her name was actually Ariel, the name “Ary” being a nickname. She may have been a widow, because when the 1860 census was taken, a 17-year-old girl was listed in the family as “Ariel Sparks”- - - the same name as Jeremiah’s second wife.  Perhaps this was a daughter of the second wife by an earlier marriage who changed her name to Sparks. On the other hand, this could have been the 9-year old girl who appeared on the 1850 census (ten years earlier) with a name that appears to be “Arcul”. If so, however, it would seem strange that Jeremiah and his first wife would have chosen an unusual name “Ariel” and that ten years later this would also have been the name of Jeremiah’s second wife.

From the 1860 census, it appears that Jeremiah B. Sparks had three daughters by his second wife: Lois B. Sparks, born about 1853; Altha A. Sparks, born about 1845, and Ida C, Sparks, born about 1848.

Amos Sparks was living with his son, Jeremiah B. Sparks, in Knox Township, Holmes County, Ohio, when the 1860 census was taken. Amos age was given as 75. The 1870 census of Holmes County shows Jeremiah, Ariel, and four children living in Nashville, Knox Township.

We have not succeeded in finding the death date of Jeremiah B. Sparks .   In a letter in the pension file of Granville Moody Sparks, he stated that his father had died at Nashville, Ohio, in 1881 and that his step-mother had moved to Huron County, Ohio, shortly thereafter, where she died in 1886. Granville was in error regarding his father’s death date - - - Jeremiah could not have died in 1881 because he made his will on February 27, 1882. This will is on file in Holmes County, Ohio, Will Book 14, page 232. We have obtained a copy of this will from the probate clerk’s office, but that office has not been able to provide us with the date that the will was probated, Jeremiah B. Sparks probably died in 1882 shortly after writing his will.  Unfortunately, he did not identify his children in his will, which reads as foilows:

 In the name of God, Amen: I, Jeremiah B. Spanks of the town of Nashville, in the County of Holmes and State of Ohio, being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail arid transitory life, do therefore make, ordain and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament; that is to say; after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, I give, bequeath and dispose of the residue of my estate, real and personal, as follows, to-wit : - - -

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To my beloved wife Aniel Sparks the house and lot where we now reside, being lot numbered fifty-nine in the town of Nashville in Holmes County, Ohio and also what loose or personal property I am in possession of at the time of my decease. Likewise, I make, constitute and appoint my said wife Ariel to be executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
     In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 27th day of February, A.D., 1882.
                                                                                                    (signed) J. B. Sparks
    The above written instrument was subscribed by the said Jeremiah B. Sparks in our presence and acknowledged by him to each of us; and he at the same time published and declared the above instrument to be his last will and testament and we at the testator’s request and in his presence have signed our names as witnesses hereto.
                                                                                                    (signed) E. J. Darby

                                                                                                                    R. Darby

Granville Moody Sparks, only son of Jeremiah B. and Sarah (or Ann) (Hughes) Sparks, was born on October 26, 1845. Most of the information that we have found regarding him is contained in his Civil War pension file. He was enrolled in the Union Army on December 20, 1863, in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio, as a private in Company B, 60th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was honorably discharged in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 8, 1865. He described himself at the time of his enlistment as 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and a farmer by occupation. In a declaration for a pension dated May 16, 1916, he stated that he had lived in Holmes County, Ohio, after the Civil War until he moved to Kansas in 1888. His post office was Emporia. He was married on November 8, 1871, to Harriet F. Morgan in Nashville, Holmes County, Ohio. In a statement that he signed on May 14, 1898, he gave his living children as:

1. Olive M. Sparks, born October 25, 1874.
2. Victoria B. Sparks, born September 1, 1876.
3. Arminta M. Spanks, born January (or June?) 19, 1878.
4. Alvah 0. Sparks, born July 8, 1882.
5. Edith 0. Spanks, born March 114, 1885.
6. Vera Z. Sparks, born October 19, 1895.
Granville Moody Sparks died in Emporia, Kansas, on November 18, 1920. His death certificate gave his occupation as carpenter. Harriet, his wife, continued to receive a pension for his Civil War service until her death in 1916.

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We regret to report the passing of Genevieve (Sparks) on May 7, 1972, in  Atlanta, Georgia. A record of Mrs. Spalding's ancestry and family appeared in the QUARTERLY of September 1959 (page 417). She was a daughter of Edward Cunningham and Edna Sudella (Phelon) Sparks and was born Nov. 5, 1893. She was married on Oct. 18, 1919, at Springfield, Mass., to Captain (now Colonel) Basil D. Spalding. She is survived by her husband, three children, and six grandchildren.



On the cover of the June 1972 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XX, No. 2, Whole No. 78) the death date of Aaron O. Sparks beneath his picture was given incorrectly as 1931 - - this date should have been given as 1906. The correct date appears in the body of the article.

[Scanner's Note: Correction made]

Esther Sparks Coons of Brownsburg, Indiana, a granddaughter of Aaron 0. Sparks, has provided us with some additional information regarding her branch of the Sparks family. (Aaron 0. Sparks was a son of Thomas John C. Sparks (1822 -1897) who married Martha Ann Askren; the parents of Thomas John C. Sparks were David Sparks (1785 -1861) and his second wife, Elizabeth Roberts (ca. 1790 -1840). There has long been a tradition of the presence of Indian blood in this branch of the Sparks family. Mrs. Coons recalls that her father, John Earl Sparks, used to take the family to the Sparks graveyard near Brownsburg, Hendricks County, Indiana, and “show us some stones in a half-circle facing the east. He always said his grandmother, who was Martha Ann (Askren) Sparks, was a full-blooded Indian and that Indians were buried in that half-circle. He told us how Indians came and visited the graves - - - that they would put up make-shift tents, stay two or three days and be gone one morning, according to what his grandfather, Thomas John C. Sparks, told him.”  Mrs. Coons reports that an elderly man in Brownsburg tells the same story regarding the half-circle of stones.

Mrs. Coons states that her father’s sister, Tura Alice (Sparks) Albright (1875 -1939) always agreed with her father’s account of Indian blood and believed that “Grandma Sparks was a full-blooded Indian.” Mrs. Coons believes, however, that her father and aunt were mistaken in thinking that their grandmother had been an Indian and that it was more likely that it was their great-grandmother, Elizabeth (Roberts) Sparks, second wife of David Sparks, who was an Indian.  Mrs. Coons reports that several descendants of Thomas John C. Sparks had Indian features-long black hair, dark complexions, and high cheek bones - - and that some of them were “loners in nature.”

There is a tradition of Indian blood in some other branches of the Sparks family.  It seems that these traditions are always difficult to document.

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We regret to report the death of one of the Association’s most faithful supporters for many years, Mr. William F. Arnall of Hartville, Missouri. Mr. Arnall was born on March 13, 1895, at Mansfield, Wright County, Missouri; he died on June 26, 1972. His parents were Isaac N. and Margaret Jane (Sparks) Arnall. (See the QUARTERLY of March 1963, Vol. XI, No. 1, Whole No. 41, for a detailed record of Mr. Arnall’s ancestry.) He was married in 1920 to Beatrice G. Piatt. Mrs. Arnall has written the following letter to us regarding her husband’s death:

“Sept. 7, 1972.  Dear Mr. Bidlack: It has been a sad past two months for me.  I guess I should have thought of you sooner. Mr. Arnall passed away June 26. He was sick for a long time & the doctor said he could never get better so Our Dear Lord saw fit to take him on.   Will enjoyed his or your papers so much, even after he couldn’t help anymore. We have met so many nice people through the association. When people came home to visit and ask about older family background, they were sent to Will & his papers. He enjoyed looking up their folks & visiting with them. I shall put this last Quarterly with the others. Yours sincerely,
                                                                                                                    Mrs. W. F. Arnall.”



The following letter from Helen Quinn contains an interesting suggestion for the sharing of family records. We shall be pleased to publish materials prepared by Mrs. Quinn and would encourage members to write to her. Her offer reads as follows:

Dear Mr. Bidlack.

For several years I have wondered just how many other members of the Sparks Family Association are working on the same lines that I am, Surely there are members that I might help and also members who have information for which I have been looking.

In my opinion an article of real value for a future issue of the SPARKS QUARTERLY would be one that listed members’ names, earliest known Sparks ancestor, and geographical area of ancestor search. If you feel this idea has merit and would like some help, I should be happy to put together material for such an article if you would have members send information to me stating that it was for a SPARKS QUARTERLY article.

                                                                                                                        Helen Quinn,
                                                                                                                        1812 Crescent Drive,
                                                                                                                        Springfield, Ohio  55014.

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According to Estelle S. King’s Mississippi Court Records, 1799 -1835, published in 1969 (p. 25), tombstones in the City Cemetery of Vicksburg, Mississippi, carry inscriptions for the following persons named Sparks:

"Erected by JAMES R. SPARKS / in memory of his beloved wife / Elizabeth B. / died in 1848 / in her 30th year."
“JOHN SPARKES, SR. / born 6 Feb. 1776 / died 13 Sept. 1829 / a native of Northumberland, England.”
“JOHN SPARKS / born 14 Dec. 1808 / died (illegible)”
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Mr. S. C. Mumberson, 16 Jackson Crescent, Listowel, Ontario, Canada, is seeking information regarding a great-uncIe named SHADRICK SPARKS. He caine to the United States from the county of Cumberland sometime in the 1800‘s, He was unmarried at the time he left England, but is believed to have married after coming to this country. Mr. Mumberson has some reason to believe that he may have settled in Michigan.



(Editor's Note: The following Sparks marriage records have been copied from a compilation by H. Stanley Craig entitled Gloucester County, New Jersey Marriage Records, published in Merchantville, New Jersey, in 1930.)

John Hedger and ANN SPARKS, April 25, 1769. (p.13)
Benjamin Perkins and ANN SPARKS. December 21, 1815. (p.149)
Jamas Ross and ANN SPARKS) February 15, 1840. (p.161)
Paul Jaquett and BEULAH ANN SPARKS, January 14, 1843. (p. 113)
Charles Lock and MRS. CATHARINE SPARKS, October 12, 1842. (p.126)
DAVID SPARKS and Elizabeth Paul, November 17, 1796 (p.177)
DAVID SPARKS and Annie Beckett, May 28, 1868 (p.177)
ELIJAH SPARKS and Hannah Ann Dougherty, January 27, 1831 (p.177)
Thomas Viguers and ELIZA SPARKS, March 4, 1827 (p.194)
James G McQuade and ELIZABETH H. SPARKS, May 18, 1858 (p.133)
George Peterson and ELIZABETH SPARKS, October 12, 1809 (p.149)
GEORGE SPARKS and Phebe Flags, February 16, 1797 (p.177)
GEORGE SPARKS and Charity D. Peterson, September 9, 1851 (p.177)
Nathan Roberts and HANNAH ANN SPARKS, September 14, 1862 (p.159)
HOWEL SPARKS and Sarah Hider, February 8, 1799 (p.177)
JOHN SPARKS and Sarah Yonker of Philadelphia, March 9, 1818 (p.177)
JOHN C. SPARKS and Elizabeth Cade, October 29, 1829 (p.177)
JOHN M. SPARKS and Sarah Richman, March 16, 1848 (p.177)
JOHN R. SPARKS and Mary Ann Grey of Philadelphia, July 12, 1855 (p.177)
JOSIAH C. SPARKS and Hannah Henry, December 25, 1834 (p.177)
LEWIS C. SPARKS and Anna M. Batten, December 16, 1865 (p.177)
Jesse Smith and. LOUISA SPARKS, March 13, 1875 (p.174)
William H. Pine and MARGARET SPARKS, December 31, 1835 (p.151)
MARK C. SPARKS and Fannie S. Paul, June 2, 1868 (p.177)
Jonas Scoggins and MARY SPARKS (widow), January 16, 1798 (p.163)
William Biddle and MARY SPARKS, both of Salem County, February 1, 1809 (p. 41)
Samuel Jones and MARY SPARKS of Moorestown, February 8, 1838 (p.116)
Helms V. Haritage and MARY ANN SPARKS, January 114, 1814]. (p.102)
Jesse Smith and NANCY SPARKS, July 16, 1808 (p.173)
NELSON W. SPARKS and Sallie T, Reed, April 6, 1870 (p.177)
Jonathan Duffill and PRISCILLA SPARKS, February 28, 1799 (p.76)
Charles B. Matlack and PRISCILLA S. SPARKS, March 5, 1840 (p.130)
Jonathan Duffell and PRUTHA SPARKS, February 28, 1799 (p.250) (different source)
RANDALL SPARKS and Ann Clark, November 24, 1803 (p.177)
Joseph Hellman and REBECCA SPARKS, November 18, 1784 (p.114)
John Wiley and REBECCA V. SPARKS, March 9, 1843 (p.201)
ROBERT C. SPARKS and Mary Rice, April 18, 1839 (p.177)
Joseph String and SALLIE A.. SPARKS, March 1, 1866 (p.184)
SAMUEL D. SPARKS and Harriet Kirby, December 10, 1843 (p.177)
Jonas Lock and SARA SPARKS, March 14, 1783 (p.219)
Charles Dalbo and SARAH SPARKS (widow), December 10, 1805 (p.68)
Isaac Kelly and SARAH SPARKS, April 9, 1840 (p.118)
SIMON SPARKS and Tartar Haines, December 24, 1809 (p.177)
Thomas Peterson and SUSANNAH SPARKS of Salem County, February 23, 1809 (p.150)
THOMAS T. SPARKS (son of Josiah C. and Hannah G. Sparks) and Rebecca Jane Powell (daughter of Joseph and Susan Powell), July 10, 1862 (p.177)
WILLIAM SPARKS and Anne Boyle, January 16, 1800 (p. 177)
WILLIAM SPARKS and Rebecca Love, September 23, 1815 (p.177)
WILLIAM SPARKS and Sarah Hooten, of Burlington County, December 21, 1818 (p.177)
WILLIAM C. SPARKS and Mary P. Stein, January 31, 1833 (p.177)
WILLIAM C. SPARKS and Anna E. Conover, October 29, 1859 (p. 177)
WILLIAM P. SPARKS and Louisa C. Holdcraft, both of Pedricktown, April 30, 1870 (p.177)



Mrs. Marylee Nurmi of 422 Chapin, Chadron, Nebraska (69337) is seeking information regarding the ancestry of her geat-great-grandmother, Miranda Jane Sparks, who married Jacob Greaver (later spelled Griever) who was born in Virginia.   It is believed that the father of Miranda Jane Sparks was named Thomas Sparks and that he lived to be 99 years old. It is believed that Thomas Sparks had the following children:

1. Miranda Jane Sparks (see below).
2. Lib Sparks (female) marrIed Bob Howard.
3. Mat Sparks (female) married Jordon Johnson.
4. Cincy Sparks (female) married - - - - - Hart.
5. William Francis Sparks, born Sept. 1849, in Indiana; married Arvilla Ann Fuller on Sept. 1, 1872.
6. George Sparks.
7. Belle Sparks (female) married Bill Hull.
Miranda Jane Sparks and her husband, Jacob Greaver (or Griever) had the following children:
(1) Edwin or Edward Riley Griever, born Feb, 10, 1860, in either Edgar or Clark County, Illinois, died May 30, 1952; marrIed Mary Angeline Lerew on Jan. 6, 1885.
(2) Mary Ellen Greaver, born March 18, 1863, died Nov. 19, 1905, in Lenora, Dewey County, Okla.; married Joseph Marshall McCasland in Gaylord, Smith County, Kansas.
(3) Thomas Greaver, married Mrs. Bell Lohmiller in 1908.
(4) Elmer Greaver.
(5) Emory Greaver, married Lou Weeks.
(6) Alveda Greaver, single and died young.
Note that only the first son changed the spelling from Greaver to Griever.

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QUERY - - -  DENIZIE EFFA SPARKS (1861-1939)

Mrs. Rene D. Spenser, 7738 Norwalk Blvd., Whittier, California (90606) is seeking information on her great-grandmother's  family.   Denizie Effa Sparks was born in Georgia on November 30, 1861, and was a daughter of William M. Sparks. She was the last of thirteen children and her mother died when she was three or four years old, Three sisters reared her; their names were Rachel, Rebecca, and Throny. We have not succeeded in identifying William M. Sparks.

Denizie Effa Sparks was married on April 11, 1874, in Waco, Texas, to Daniel Franklin Foster, whose father ran the Waco Lumber Yard until he died, then his son, Daniel, ran it until he died on June 22, 1893. All six of their children were born in Waco, Texas, Denizie Effa (Sparks) Foster died on December 22, 1939 in Los Angeles, California,

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MARY SPARKS, born about 1800, orphan of Bourbon County, Kentucky: The June 1972 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 60, No. 2, p. 112, lists the above Mary Sparks among Apprentice Bonds of Bourbon County, Kentucky, 1788-1914.   According to Bourbon County Deed Book 10, p. 59, “Mary Sparks, about 3 years, orphan” was apprenticed to Samuel Johnson on April 18, 1803, to be reared and learn the trade of housekeeping."

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