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ALBERT SPARKS (1838 -1923)

A Photograph Taken on Their 50th Wedding Anniversary

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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 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. Four indexes have been published for the years 1953 -1957, 1958- 1962, 1963 -1967 and 1968 -72.  Each is available for $1.00. A complete file of all issues of the QUARTERLY (1953-1972) with the four indexes may be purchased for $48.00.
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 from 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 of sixteen new members of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION. These Sparks descendants have joined the Association since our report in the JUNE 1973 issue of the QUARTERLY.

Crane, George R., 212 - 24th St., Santa Monica, California (90402)
Creely, Dorothy L. (Mrs. R. S.), 340 Nobel Dr., Santa Cruz, California (95060)
DeSeims, Florence N. (Mrs. Wilbur C.), 2732 Cambridge Ct., Oklahoma City, OK (73116)
Finch, Mary Lou (Mrs. John S.), 93114 Roe Ave., Prairie Village, Kansas (66208)
Forbes, Molene (Mrs. Joe), 1709 Gill St., Fort Worth, Texas (76131)
Groher, Maxine E. (Mrs. G. M.), 9022 Smaliwood Ave., Downey, California (90240)
Halberstadt, Mrs. Robert L., 1814. North Park Towne FL, Philadelphia, Penna. (19130)
Hand, Mrs. George, 500 6th St., Canadian, Texas (79014)
Jennings, William E., 7658 Sequoia Court, Orland Park, Illinois (60462)
Meredith, Mrs. Mildred, 339 Limestone St., Indianapolis, Indiana (46202)
Skinner, Mrs. Mildred Durbin, 8810 Pendleton Pike, Lot 325, Indianapolis, Indiana (46226)
Sparks, Mrs. Billy, Rt. 3, Box 231, Edmonton, Kentucky (42129)
Sparks, Jack D., 2721 Highland Court, St. Joseph, Michigan (49085)
Stack, Marrian Trentham (Mrs. Thomas G.), 118 S. Castle Rd., Dalton, Georgia (30720)
Stukesbary, Dolores Jean (Mrs. Joseph L.), 4360 N. Drury, Kansas City, Missouri (64117)
Tinsley, Mrs. Maud Hood, 120 Pratt St., Bastrap, Louisiana (71220)




William Perry Johnson recently came into possession of a series of letters written about two decades ago by a Mr. Amos Redding of Bluffton, Indiana, which contain some interesting data on a branch of the Sparks family on which we have previously published material. Mr. Johnson has kindly shared these data with the editor for publication.

The branch of the Sparks family with which Mr. Redding was connected was that on which we published data in the June 1959 issue of the QUARTERLY (VOL. VII, No. 2, Whole No. 26, p. 398). There we gave the limited information that we had gathered on Moses Sparks, son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks; we did not at that time even have the birth and death dates for Moses Sparks. Later, in the QUARTERLY of September 1971 (Vol. XIX, No. 3, Whole No. 75, p. 1421) we were able to report that one of our correspondents, Marjorie Crosbie, had discovered the tombstone of Moses Sparks in a cemetery near the town of Markle in Huntington County, Indiana. According to his tombstone, Moses Sparks died on November 11, 1840, aged 25 years and 16 days. This would mean that he was born October 25, 1815. On the same stone are recorded the deaths of two daughters of Moses Sparks, both of whom died in 1845. These were Catherine Sparks, died September 15, 1845, aged 11 years and 6 months, and Elizabeth Sparks, died September 2, 1845, aged 12 years and 6 months.

We are now able, with the letters of Mr. Amos Redding and data furnished by a relatively new member of the Association, Mrs. Iva Lane of Marion, Indiana, to give a more detailed record of Moses Sparks and his descendants. Mrs. Lane descends from Isaac B. Sparks (1822-1904), brother of Moses Sparks.

Moses Sparks, son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on October 25, 1815. He moved to Indiana in 1834 and settled in Rock Creek Township, Huntington County, Indiana. His father came to Indiana the same year, settling in that part of Huntington County that was cut off to form Wells County in 1835. On February 20, 1838, Moses Sparks was married to Abigail Redding “by David M. Stewart, a Presbyterian minister." (see Rush County, Ind., Marriage Book 1, p. 17). She was born, according to the records of Mr. Amos Redding referred to earlier, on December 12, 1815, and died on April 8, 1862. She was a daughter of Isaiah Redding.

Besides the two daughters who died in 1845, Moses and Abigail (Redding) Sparks had a son named Albert Sparks born November 24, 1839, and a daughter named Mary Jane Sparks, born after Moses died. Moses Sparks was only 25 years old when he died on November 11, 1840; the cause of his death is not known. His widow, Abigail (Redding) Sparks was married on April 21, 1841, to her second husband, Robert Roberts (born February 23, 1811, died February 5, 1880) whose first wife had been Nancy Brown (1816-1840). Robert and Abigail had children named John Roberts, Martha Roberts, Nathan Roberts, Elizabeth Roberts, and Robert Roberts.

In a biographical sketch of Albert Sparks, son of Moses and Abigail (Redding) Sparks that appeared in a History of Huntington County, Indiana (Chicago, Brant & Fuller, 1887), pp. 704-05, it was stated that Mary Jane Sparks, daughter of Moses and Abigail (Redding) Sparks, died unmarried.

Albert Sparks, son of Moses and Abigail (Redding) Sparks, was born on November 24,1839, according to the published biographical sketch mentioned above. However, Mr. Amos Redding gave Albert ‘s birth as December 24, 1838. Albert Sparks died June 17, 1923. He was a farmer in Rock Creek Township, Huntington County, Indiana, having inherited the farm that his father had purchased shortly before his death. The sketch


DESCENDANTS OF MOSES SPARKS (1815-1840), continued:

mentioned above contains the following: “After his marriage, Mr. Sparks began farming on his present place, twenty-seven acres being ready for the plow. Their first house was made of hewed logs, the room being eighteen by twenty-four feet. He worked hard to improve his home, and the first log rolling held in Rock Creek township was on his farm. After a few years he built his present comfortable house and barn, and carries on general farming. He has one hundred acres of tillable land and fifty-eight acres of rough, uncleared ground, which furnishes excellent pasture for his stock. He has been reasonably successful in life, and has laid up a competency which will insure him against future want. He is a man of strict integrity whose every act will bear the searchlight of truth, his endeavor having been to live up to the teachings of the Christian church of which he is a member.  In politics he is a Democrat." (Note that this was published in 1887.)

Albert Sparks was married twice. He was married to his first wife, Mary Ann Roberts of Grant County, Indiana, on February 10, 1860. She was also called Mara and Manette; she was born in 1842 and died on September 30, 1860, in childbirth; her infant also died. Albert Sparks was married on June 25, 1861, in Huntington County, Indiana, to his second wife, Martha Roberts, who was born on November 7, 1831, and died on March 7, 1915. She was a sister of his first wife. Albert and both of his wives are buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Wells County, Indiana.

Albert and Martha (Roberts) Sparks were the parents of the following children: (the data that follow have been taken from the notes of Mr. Amos Redding)

1. Mary Sparks, born May 17, 1862, died March 30, 1927. She married Davilla Lamb who was born June 30, 1858, and died Jan. 10, 1937. They were the parents of:
(1) Estella Lamb, married Herman Miller.
(2) Ora Lamb, married Ethel Bayless.
(3) Infant son, born 1882, died 1882.
(4) Nellie Leota Lamb, born 1883, died 1883.
2. Rosella Sparks, born December 1863, died April 14, 1933. She married Rufus Fishbaugh of Wells County, Ind., who was born Oct. 3, 1862, and died Oct. 6, 1941. They had two children:
(1) Clarence Fishbaugh, born March 20, 1886, died Nov. 7, 1942.
(2) Ernest Fishbaugh, married (first) Mary Louise - - - - -; and (second) Elsie - - - - -, born 1902, died 1942; and (third) Hortense - - - - -.
3. Elisha Sparks, born December 30, 1863; he died when he was nine years old.
4. Emma Sparks, born 1868; she died on November 14, 1886, at the age of 18.
5. William Sparks, born February 8, 1869, died 1931. He married Luella Mason, who was born in 1882. They had children named:
(1) Ora Sparks.
(2) George Sparks, born Nov. 18, 1902; he married Ethel Forest.
(3) Guy Sparks.
(4) Imogene Sparks, born Oct. 23, 1910; she married George Gerber.
(5) Mildred Sparks; she married Russell Robart.
(6) Leslie Sparks, born 1910; he married Dorothy Green, born 1914.
6. Joseph I. Sparks, born June 20, 1870, died August 25, 1932. He married Rosa Hunt, who was born in 1873 and died Sept. 14, 1952. They had children named:
(1) Donald Sparks, married Mary Ripley.
(2) Kenneth Sparks, married Iris Michaels.
(3) Ester Sparks, married Earl Mossburg.
(4) Darhl Sparks, born May 11, 1903, died May 7, 1926;she married Lloyd Heck.

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Children of Albert and Martha (Roberts) Sparks, continued:

7. Almeda Sparks, born 1872, died May 16, 1901. She married Benjamin Francis Fishbaugh, (called Frank) of Wells County, Ind.; he was born Oct. 3, 1866, arid died Dec. 19, 1951. After Almeda’s death, he married Estella Hite. Children of Almeda Sparks and Benjamin F. Fishbaugh were:

(1) Infant son, born 1892, died 1892.
(2) Infant son, born 1893, died 1893
(3) Rushes Fishbaugh, died 1894.
(4) Anna Fishbaugh, born 1898, died 1898.
(5) Martha Fishbaugh; she married Charles Bennett.
8. Martha Sparks, born 1875, died July 27, 1954. She married George Randol (or Reynolds ?) who died in November 1952. They had a daughter, Fern, who married three times: (1st) Brice Butterfield, (2d) Elmer Balcon, and (3rd) - - - - - Russell.
9. Julia A. Sparks, born February 2, 1880; she died December 12, 1954.

10. Charlie E. Sparks, born October 13, 1882; he died April 17, 1913.

(Editor’s Note: The photograph of Albert and Martha (Roberts) Sparks, taken on their 50th wedding anniversary, was loaned to us for reproduction on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY by Iva B. Sparks Lane of Marion, Indiana.)

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In the June 1960 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. VIII, No. 2, Whole No. 30, p. 485, we published a record of the Sparks families as found on the 1850 census of Vermillion County, Indiana. We listed the family of Joseph Sparks (age 24) of Clinton Township and the family of Daniel Sparks (age 48) of Highland Township. We missed a Sparks family living in Lost Creek Township, as recorded on October 1, 1850. We are grateful to Mrs. Hobart Darling for copying this record for us. The family and household are both numbered eleven. The age, sex, and place of birth is given for each member of the household:

Sparks, William 30 Male Kentucky
      "       Eveline 41 Female       "
McMahan, Samuel 18 Male       "
        "         Catherine 16 Female       "
        "         Mary A. 14 Female       "
        "         Louis 12 Male       "
        "         Merticia   9 Female       "



By Russell E. Bidlack

One of the advantages of publishing a family magazine, as opposed to waiting until one has accumulated sufficient material to publish a book, is that it is always possible to make an addition or a correction in a subsequent issue. In the June 1962 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. X, No. 2, Whole No. 38, p. 657) we published the will of an Isaac Sparks, dated July 15, 1834, that had been found in Hamilton County, Ohio. At that time, our knowledge of the family of Isaac Sparks was limited to that which he revealed in his bequests. In the September 1966 issue (Vol. XIV, No. 3, Whole No. 55, pp. 1009-1010), we reported that a descendant of Isaac Sparks, Mrs. Howard K. Pierce, had sent us information following her discovery of the tombstones (with birth and death dates) of Isaac Sparks and his two wives at College Hill, in Hamilton County, Ohio. We had accumulated sufficient data by 1966 to speculate quite accurately regarding nine of Isaac ‘s children. Later we were to learn that he actually had ten children. Two years later, in the March 1968 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XVI, No. 1, Whole No. 61, pp. 1135-1142, incorrectly numbered 1117-1124) we were able to publish a sketch of the life of William Sparks of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, who died in 1788 and whom we strongly believed to have been the father of Isaac Sparks. We were able also to report at that time that we had located another descendant of Isaac Sparks. Mr. Buell McCash of Columbia, Missouri, who owns a great many of Isaac’s papers, including his pocket Bible purchased in 1819.  As a result of data furnished us by Mr. McCash, we were able to add still further facts regarding Isaac’s life.

In the QUARTERLY for September 1968 (Vol. XVI, No. 3, Whole No. 63, pp. 1167-69) we reported that Mrs. David Gibbs had identified her great-great-grandmother, Nancy (Sparks) Cox as a daughter of Isaac Sparks, and we were able to give a list of the children of Nancy. Then, in September 1971 (Vol. XIX, No. 3, Whole No. 75, pp. 1420-21), we reported that Mr. McCash had discovered some notes in the old pocket Bible of Isaac Sparks that he had never seen before. These provided documentary proof that Isaac Sparks (1768-1834) had, indeed, been a son of William and Rachel Sparks of Fayette County, Pennsylvania. From this record, we were also able to determine the maiden name of Isaac’s first wife and her age at the date of her death. There remained, however, many unanswered questions regarding Isaac’s children.

In January 1973, a letter came to the editor from Sally Baker (Mrs. W. T.) of Dallas, Texas. She had seen a notice regarding the Sparks Family Association in the Genealogical Helper and wrote to inquire whether we had any information regardirig her great-great-great-grandmother, Rachel Sparks, who was a daughter of Isaac Sparks (born November 24, 1768). Mrs. Baker further revealed that in 1905, her great-grandfather, Dr. Henderson Free Hornaday, who had married a great-granddaughter of Isaac Sparks, had compiled a genealogical record of the family. Mrs. Baker has kindly supplied us with a xerox copy of the original manuscript. It is apparent that Dr. Hornaday had access to family records that may no longer exist. The record that Dr. Hornaday prepared gives every evidence of painstaking accuracy.

Among Dr. Hornaday’ s papers, are three pages of notes made by his father-in-law, William Preston Long (1825 -1912), whose mother was Rachel (Sparks) Long, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks. In writing of his mother’s family, William Preston Long stated: “My Mother‘s Family: Her father’s name was Isaac Sparks, Born Nov. 24th 1768.  Her Mother’s maiden name was Sarah Hankins, Born Feb. 20th 1771. They raised a family of 10 children.” He then listed the children, with dates of birth, as follows:

-1605 -

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The children of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks:

1. William Sparks, born March 18, 1791.
2. Elizabeth Sparks, born April 22, 1793.
3. Polly Sparks, born January 5, 1795.
4. Rachel Sparks, born September 19, 1798.
5. Nancy Sparks, born October 2, 1800.
6. John Sparks, born October 8, 1802.
7. Isaac Sparks, born September 25, 1805.
8. Thompson Sparks, born December 1, 1808.
9. Sally Sparks, born December 28, 1810.
10. Rhoda Sparks, born November 5, 1816.

It seems probable that Dr. Henderson Free Hornaday used the above record, prepared by his father-in-law, William Preston Long, in compiling his own genealogical record of this branch of the Sparks family. However, in giving his own record of the children of Isaac Sparks, Dr. Hornaday gave two slightly different dates. Whereas Mr. Long gave Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, wife of Isaac, as born February 20, 1771, Dr. Hornaday gave the date as “Feb. 20th 1770”. Whereas Mr. Long gave the birth date of Sally Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, as December 28, 1810, Dr. Hornaday gave the date as “Dec. 20th 1810”. We cannot tell which dates are correct; both Mr. Long and Dr. Hornaday may have copied from the same Bible record and perhaps interpreted the handwriting in these entries differently. Neither Mr. Long nor Dr. Hornaday mentioned the date of marriage of Isaac Sparks and Sarah Hankins - - this is recorded in the pocket Bible owned by Mr. McCash as May 6, 1790.

In his record of the family. Dr. Hornaday gave the date of death of Isaac Sparks as 1833, with neither month nor day. From Isaac’s tombstone, we know that he actually died on August 21, 1834. No mention was made either by Mr. Long or Dr. Hornaday of the fact that Sarah (Hankins) Sparks died on December 17, 1825 (according to her tombstone), and that Isaac Sparks married as his second wife another woman named Sarah, maiden name not yet discovered, who died on March 14, 1839. According to her tombstone, this second wife was 31 years and 5 months of age when she died; she was thus born in October 1807. Apparently, there were no children by this second wife.

In another section of his genealogical record, Dr. Hornaday gave what information he had available regarding each of the children of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks. In the following paragraphs, Dr. Hornaday’s statements are given as quotations, with further notes by the present writer:

Children of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks:

1. William Sparks, son of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, was born March 18, 1791. According to Dr. Hornaday, “William married and moved to Rush Co., md. and had a family of children, and where his wife died; he married a second wife and moved to northwest Mo. where he raised another family of children, and where he died at a ripe old age.” Dr. Hornaday apparently did not know the name of either of William’s wives, nor could he name any of the children. However, his brief description of the life of William Sparks leaves little doubt that he was the William Sparks whose will, written on August 14, 1876, in Atchison County, Missouri, appeared in the QUARTERLY of September 1968 (Vol. XVI, No. 3, Whole No. 63, p. 1172). There we also published a query by Mrs. Gerald H. Reynolds, a great-greatgranddaughter of William Sparks. Mrs. Reynolds has known that the William Sparks who was her great-great-grandfather, was born between June 1790 and


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August 14, 1791. Note that William, son of Isaac Sparks, was born March 18, 1791. Everything else also fits - - there is ample evidence that Mrs. Reynolds’ great-great-grandfather was married twice and had children by both wives, as Dr. Hornaday stated. Sarah, daughter of William Sparks, born October 8, 1824, was born, accordIng to her death certificate, in Rush County, Indiana, where Dr. Hornaday states that William Sparks, son of Isaac, moved from Ohio. Mrs. Reynolds’ great-greatgrandfather, William Sparks, is known to have moved to Missouri in the late 1830’s, settling with his second wife, Mary Templeton, in Atchison County, which is, as Dr. Hornaday stated, in the north-west corner of Missouri.
William Sparks’s first wife is believed to have been Sarah Howell;  they were probably married in Hamilton County, Ohio, before 1815. She died before 1830. It is believed that Sarah Howell was a daughter of Chatfield Howell whose last will was probated on March 12, 1832; he had written it on July 2, 1830. In his will, Chatfield Howell referred to “heirs of my daughter Sarah.” Earlier (see p. 1173 of the QUARTERLY) we had speculated that William’s wife had been Catherine Howell because a William Sparks and wife Catherine sold land in Rush County, Indiana, in 1825 (Book B, p. 1). We now believe that this was another William Sparks.
On February 28, 1830, William Sparks married (second) a widow named Mary Templeton, in Franklin County, Indiana. From her tombstone, it would appear that she was born June 6, 1802; she died December 22, 1879, near Rock Port, Atchison County, Missouri. Mary Templeton was a widow of William Templeton whose father, Robert Templeton, mentioned his daughter-in-law, Mary, in his will dated October 7, 1829 (Franklin County Order Book B, 1827-1834, p. 115) as well as her two children, James Mortimer Templeton (born March 11, 1822) and Elizabeth Ann Templeton (born July 11, 1824). In the July 1831 term of the Probate Court of Franklin County, Indiana, William Sparks was appointed guardian of these two children (Franklin County Order Book B, 1827-1834, p. 119).
By his first wife, William Sparks had the following children:
(1) William J. Sparks. He may have been the William Sparks who was born between 1815 and 1820 who was married in 1840 (license issued August 10, 1840) in Hancock County, Indiana, to Olive Wilkinson. This family was living in Brown Township, Hancock County, Indiana, when the 1850 census was taken. William’s age was given as 32, with birth place as Indiana; Olive‘s age was given as 31, born in Virginia. They had two children, Ann Eliza, born about 1847, and Sarah, born in 1850. William and Olive were listed also on the 1860 census of the same township with the same two children. William J. Sparks was still living in 1876 when his father wrote his will.
(2) Charlotte Sparks; she married Albert Herrick (or Kerrick) in 1833. She was still living when her father wrote his will in 1876.
(3) Sarah Sparks, born October 8, 18214. She was married on Oct. 18, 1842,  to George Washington Scott. See page 1174 of the QUARTERLY for a list of their children.

(4) Anna M. Sparks; she married   Sampson and had died prior to 1880.

(5) Eliza A. Sparks; she married Dubois and had died prior to 1876.

By his second wife, William Sparks had the following children:
(6) Oliver G. Sparks, born about 1832. (See the QUARTERLY, p. 1174)
(7) Susah H. Sparks, born about 1835; she married William Bartholomew.
(8) Martha B. Sparks, born about 1839; she married - - - - - Davis.
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2. Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, was born, according to Dr. Hornaday‘s records, on April 22, 1793. He added the following note: “Elizabeth married a man by the name of James McCash. They lived in Hamilton Co., Ohio, and raised a family of children and she died.”
Elizabeth Sparks was the great-grandmother of Mr. Buell McCash. His records give her birth as April 19, 1793 (rather than April 22). She died on December 7, 1825. She married James McCash, who was born August 26, 1788, and died October 23, 1871. He was the second son of David Lenoir McCash (born January 1, 1758, died September 20, 1832) and Margaret Ewing (born February 14, 1758, died September 22, 1804). David Lenoir McCash and Margaret Ewing were married in Glasgow, Scotland, in October 1779. (James McCash once owned a major portion of the present-day Fountain Square, civic center of modern Cincinnati, Ohio, but finding the soil unproductive, he sold this tract and bought a farm about nine miles away at Mt. Healthy.) James McCash and Elizabeth Sparks were the parents of the following children:
(1) David McCash. He was married twice, first to Mary Bruin and second  to - - - - - Derby.
(2) Harriet McCash. She was married to William Osborn.
(3) Isaac Sparks McCash, born April 28, 1819, died March 5, 1911. He was married to Martha Ann VanZandt, who was born August 14, 1823, and died February 23, 1906. They were the parents of eleven children, one of whom was Isaac Newton McCaah (born June 5, 1861, died May 20, 1961) who was the father of Buell McCash. Mr. McCash owns the pocket Bible once the property of Isaac Sparks; he also owns Isaac Sparks ‘s Justice of the Peace Docket for Colerain Township, Hamilton County, Ohio.
(4) Sarah Ann McCash. She never married.
(5) Israel McCash. He married Sarah Ann Loper.
(6) Elizabeth McCash, She married Jediah Stout Hill.
Following the death of Elizabeth (Sparks) McCash in 1825, James McCash was married a second time, to a woman whose name was also Elizabeth, but Mr. McCash has not succeeded in finding her maiden name. She was knownin the family as “Aunt Betsy.” By her, James McCash had a son named John McCash.
3. Polly Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, was born January 5, 1795. (Polly was often a nickname for Mary, but whether this daughter was actually named Polly or Mary we do not know.) Dr. Hornaday gave the following information: “Polly married Obadiah Seward in Hamilton Co., Ohio. They moved to Rush Co., Ind., and raised a family of four boys and five girls. After their children were most grown they moved to Madison Co., Ind., where they died.”
A member of the Association, Mrs. Mildred Pierce of Wichita, Kansas, descends from this daughter of Isaac Sparks and has provided additional information, as follows: Both Obadiah and Polly are buried in the Harlan Cemetery in Hancock County, Indiana. According to his tombstone, Obadiah died on February 21, 1867, at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 3 days. This would mean that he was born on September 18, 1790. Polly (Sparks) Seward, wife of Obadiah, died on February 20, 1870; her age on the tombstone appears as 75 years, 1 month, and 15 days. This gives us her birth date as January 5, 1795, which matches exactly the record made by William Preston Long.

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Obadiah Seward was a son of Samuel and Elsie (Gentry) Seward who came to Hamilton County, Ohio, about 1800. It was probably between 1810 and 1815 that Obadiah and Polly were married. In 1824 they moved to Indiana, the Fayette and Rush County area; they later lived in Hancock County where they died. Dr. Hornaday stated that they had four sons and five daughters. Mrs. Pierce has a record of four sons and four daughters, as follows:
(1) Joseph Irvin Seward, married Charlotte Hopper.
(2) Samuel Seward, married Elizabeth Loveless.
(3) Sarah Seward, married Dr. Gregg.
(4) Elcy Seward, married John Van Dyke.
(5) Francis Seward, married Phoebe Van tbrke.
(6) Ruth Seward, married John Huston.
(7) Louann P. Seward, born about 1830 married Daniel Franklin.
(8) William Seward, born about 1833, married Mary Ann Justice.
4. Rachel Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, was born on September 19, 1798. She was married to Daniel Long on October 14, 1819. Since this was Dr. Hornaday ‘a branch of the family, he gave full information regarding this family, including the following sketch of Daniel Long’ a life:
“In early childhood, Daniel Long went with his parents from Pennsylvania to Ohio, where they located on the present site of Cincinnati, where they lived some years in a block house. They then moved some ten or twelve miles north of Cincinnati where his father died on April 14, 1801. Later his mother married a man by the name of Isaac Starrett; with them he lived on the farm until he reached manhood, when he married Rachel Sparks. They purchased and occupied a small farm seven miles north west of Cincinnati, the then growing center of commerce, which furnished a ready market for the products of the little farm. While living on this farm, five children, four boys and one girl, were born to them. About February, 1833, they sold their farm and moved to Noble Township, Rush County, Ind., where they purchased a larger farm. By industry and economy and good business judgement, he was able to add other acres to his original purchase, until he owned 240 acres of as fine land as could be found anywhere. As that was strictly an agricultural district, it was his aim to bring his farm into a higher state of cultivation and make it more productive each year. The principle products of the country at that time were corn and hogs, and as there were no railroads, Cincinnati was the only available market, and all the marketable stock of the country had to be driven, and all grain sold, hauled to that point. About this time, the White Water Canal was constructed, from Lawrenceburg to Connersville, which furnished some transportation facilities for the surplus grain produced in that region. On this farm his wife died on January 5, 1841, her death being preceded a few weeks by that of an infant daughter. In 1843 he married Abigail Lindley, who was to him a good wife, and to his children a good step-mother. Four of his children having gone to make homes of their own, in 1853 he sold his farm and bought a smaller place near Fayetteville, in the western part of Fayette County, Indiana, where he lived until his death.
“During his lifetime, he had divided, equally, his means with his children, as they attained their majority, retaining sufficient to guarantee the comforts of life to himself and wife in their old age. The settlement of his estate was made by his son, Isreal, as executor. His early religious views were those entertained by the people of those days called New Lights or Christians. Some years after locating in Rush County, he became a member of what was called Little Flat Rock Christian Church, where he joined with John P. Thompson and Benj. F. Reeve as Elders of that Congregation, which position he occupied until

THE FAMILY OF ISAAC SPARKS (1768-1634), continued:

his removal to Fayetteville to which place he transferred his membership and was then chosen an elder, which position he was filling at the time of his death. He was in his day and time a close Bible student. Politically, he was what has been called a Jeffersonian democrat, and these views were entertained by him at the time of his death.

“Death came to Daniel Long while he was visiting his children at Indianapolis. While on this visit, he attended the State fair and was near a portable saw mill that was making a trial exhibition when the boiler exploded, instantly killing him and some fifteen others. He was taken to his home at Fayetteville and afterward buried by the side of his former wife in the cemetery at Little Flat Rock Church. His funeral was preached by John P. Thompson and Benj. F. Reeve, with whom he had been so long and so closely associated in his church work. His second wife remained at the home at the home at Fayetteville for a number of years after his death. When she sold her interest in the farm and removed to Vevay, Ind., she made her home with a sister where she died.”

Biographical sketches were written by Dr. Hornaday for each of the children of Daniel and Rachel (Sparks) Long who reached adulthood, but space does not permit their inclusion here. Their children were:
(1) Isaac Sparks Long, born Aug. 14, 1821, died June 5, 1893; he married Sarah V. Smith on Nov. 23, 1843.
(2) Jacob Long, born Sept. 30, 1823, died Oct. 9, 1825.
(3) William P. Long, born Dec. 10, 1825, died Jan. 30, 1912; he married Sarah D. Reeve, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Reeve, on Feb. 24, 1848. She was born in Mason Co., Ky., Oct. 22, 1829 and died April 4, 1895. It was their daughter, Elizabeth A. Long, who married Dr. Hornaday who compiled the genealogical record of this family.
(4) Alfred J. Long, born Sept. 23, 1828, died Sept. 9, 1884.
(5) Rhoda Long, born Sept. 27, 1830, died Sept. 25, 1897; she married John Spivey on May 16, 1850.
(6) Isreal Long, born June 18, 1823; he married Jane Morrison.
(7) Martin V. Long, born Dec. 30, 1635, died July 6, 1854.
(8) Susan A. Long, born July 4, 1840, died Nov.7, 1840.
5. Nancy Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, was born on October 2, 1800. Dr. Hornaday states in his genealogical record that “Nancy married Tunis Cox and lived in Hamilton Co., Ohio, where they raised a large family of children and where she died.” Several years ago, a great-greatgranddaughter of Nancy Sparks, Mrs. David Gibbs of Holton, Indiana, sent us rather full information regarding Nancy and her family which we published in the September 1968 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XVI, No. 3, Whole No. 63, pp. 1167-1169).
Nancy Sparks (often called Anna as a nickname) was married to Tunis Cock on November 2, 1820, in Hamilton County, Ohio. The spelling of the name was gradually changed from “Cock” to “Cox”. She died on June 7, 1841. The children of Tunis and Nancy (Sparks) Cox were:
(1) William Cox, born Oct. 7, 1821.
(2) Thompson Cox, born Nov. 29, 1822; he married Susan Patterson in 1844.
(3) Mary Ann Cox, born June 21, 1824; she married Nicholas Goshorn (?).
(4) Sally Cox, born Dec. 6, 1825; married a Titus.
(5) Gresham Cox, born March 18, 1827.

THE FAMILY OF ISAAC SPARKS (1768-1834), continued:

Children of Tunis and Nancy (Sparks) Cox, continued:
(6) Andrew Jackson Cox, born February 6, 1829.
(7) Elizabeth Cox, born December 12, 1830.
(8) Isaac Cox, born March 17, 1832.
(9) Martha Jane Cox, born September 1, 1834.
(10) Harriet Cox, born January 8, 1836, died June 25, 1868; she married Alexander Dom, Sr.
(11) George Washington Cox, born December 27, 1837; he married (first) Rebecca Ayres in 1858; he married (second) Mrs. Martin (Hole) Smith in 1868.
(12) Catherine Cox, born June 5, 1839.
6. John Sparks, son of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, was born October 8, 1802. Dr. Hornaday indicated in his genealogical record that he had no information on this son, though he knew that he had married. John was not mentioned in his father’s will, which is probably an indication he had died prior to that date (July 15, 1834). Isaac Sparks willed a lot that he owned in Mount Pleasant to a grandson whom he called “Eria Sparks,” adding that “if he does not survive, then to Martha Sparks, his sister.” Perhaps these were children of his son, John.
7. Isaac Sparks, Jr., son of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, was born on September 25, 1805. Dr. Hornaday wrote as follows regarding this son: “Isaac Jr. married and raised quite a family of children; died in Hamilton Co., Ohio, near where he was born.” This son is listed as “Isaac Sparks, Jr.” on the 1830 census of Colerain Township, Hamilton County, Ohio - - his name immediately follows that of his father on the census list. His household consisted of one female between 20 and 30 years (no doubt his wife) and two boys, one between 5 and 10 years, and the other under 10 years of age. In the Hamilton County marriage records, there is a record of the marriage of Isaac Sparks and Sarah Leggett, dated April 18, 1826. However, when the 1850 census was taken, when all members of each household were listed by name, Isaac’s wife’s name appeared as Rebecca. Her (Rebecca’s) age was given as 39, thus she was born about 1811. The ages of the children of Isaac Sparks, Jr., as listed on the 1850 census, would suggest two families - - thus it seems probable that he was married twice. As named on the 1850 census, his children were:
(1) Alford Sparks, born about 1831.
(2) Elizabeth Sparks, born about 1832.
(3) Ermaley Sparks (female), born about 1834.
(4) Sarah Sparks, born about 1842.
(5) William Sparks, born about 1843.
(6) Andrew Sparks, born about 1846.
(7) Edward Sparks, born about 1847.
(8) Roda Sparks, born about 1850.
8. Thompson Sparks, son of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, was born on December 1, 1808. Dr. Hornaday wrote of him in 1905: “Thompson married Ludy Head. They had one child, Francis by name. He died in 1833 of cholera in Hamilton Co., Ohio.”
Mrs. R. B. Eagleston, a great-great-granddaughter of Thompson Sparks, furnished information on this branch of the family which we published in the QUARTERLY of September 1966 (Vol. XIV, No. 3, Whole No. 55, p. 1010).

THE FAMILY OF ISAAC SPARKS (1768-1834), continued:

Thompson Sparks died on November 14, 1833, in Rush County, Indiana. He had married Lucy Jane Head there the year before, on February 2, 1832. She was born December 29, 1810, and lived until February 25, 1880. Their only child., Francis M. Sparks, was born December 12, 1832, and died on June 28, 1910. Additional information appears in the issue of the QUARTERLY cited above.
9. Sally Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, was born on December 28, 1810. Dr. Hornaday merely stated in the account of the family that he wrote in 1905 that “Sally was married and died in Hamilton Co., Ohio, near the place of her birth.” We know from her father’s will that she was living in 1834 and that she was married to a man named Legget, for he called her by that name.
10. Rhoda Sparks, youngest child of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, was born on November 5, 1816. Dr. Hornaday’s note on her reads: “Rhoda died in her girlhood days and was buried in Hamilton Co., Ohio.” There is a stone in the McCrea Cemetery at College Hill in Hamilton County which gives her death as November 1, 1825. Rhoda was nine years old. Her mother, Sarah (Hankins) Sparks died six weeks later, on December 17, 1825.
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Mrs. R. E. Greene, 9201 - 211 Avenue East, Sumner, Washington, is searching  for information on James Monroe Sparks, who was born somewhere in Kentucky on June 8, 1833. He died in Pittsburg, Kansas, on March 8, 1906, and was buried in the Mount Olive Cemetery near Pittsburg, Kansas. (Who were his parents?) He was married to Sara A. McPhearson (or McPherson) on March 6, 1856. She was born on December 13, 1831, somewhere in Kentucky. (Who were her parents?) She died on April 3, 1874, probably in Illinois. James Monroe Sparks married as his second wife, Melissa Jane (Helm) Jones on May 6, 1875. She was a widow with two small daughters. She is believed to have been born near Walpole, Illinois, on February 22, 1852. She is known to have had a brother named Russell Helm. She died in Piggott, Arkansas, on November 14, 1897.

James Monroe Sparks was a carpenter as well as a farmer. When the 1860 census was taken, he was living in Hardin County, Illinois - - at that time he gave his occupation as Farmer and his place of birth as Kentucky. Descendants recall that he used to speak of a place called Sparks Hill. There is a village by that name in Hardin County, Illinois (it had a population of 21 twenty years ago). In all probability, this village was named for James Monroe Sparks.  Hardin County is located at the south-eastern tip of Illinois and adjoins Crittenden County, Kentucky. Since James Monroe Sparks was born in Kentucky, he may not have had to travel far to settle in Hardin County, Illinois. At one time he is believed to have lived in Peoria, Illinois. Sometime prior to 1881, he moved with his family to Pittsburg, Kansas, where he died in 1906. James Monroe Sparks and his first wife, Sara A. McPhearson, had the following children:

1. Jenetti Sparks, born May 8, 1857, died October 10, 1857.
2. John William Sparks, born June 25, 1859, died in 1890.
3. Nancy Ellen Sparks, born December 18, 1860.
4. Thomas J. Sparks, born August 14, 1862.
5. Mary J. Sparks, born March 31, 1864.
6. William Sherman Sparks, born January 28, 1867.
7. Ollie Lov Sparks, born June 5, 1871, died January 10, 1944.

QUERY - - JAMES MONROE SPARKS (1833-1906), continued:

By his second wife, Melissa Jane Helm, James Monroe Sparks had the following children:

8. Eliza May Sparks, born April 6, 1876, died March 17, 1897.
9. James A. Sparks, born October 28, 1876.
10. Bessie Lavina Sparks, born August 31, 1881, died August, 1966.
11. Charlie R. Sparks, born March 5, 1685, died March 3, 1950.
12. Lottie R. Sparks, born October 19, 1888, died July 10, 1889.
13. Lucy Pearl Sparks, born July 9, 1890, in Arkansas.
14. Elsie Fay Sparks, born August 13, 1893.
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It is with deep regret that we report the death of Mrs. Hazle Tegard Tarman, a most supportive member of the Association for the past decade. She died of a heart attack on April 29, 1973, in Bloomington, Illinois, and was buried in El Paso, Illinois. Her parents were William White Tegard (born November 14, 1855, died May 7, 1926) and Clara May Sparks (born March 12, 1861, in Woociford County, Illinois, and died June 1, 1938, in El Paso, Illinois). Mrs. Tarman was active in a number of organizations in El Paso, including the American Legion Auxiliary, the Order of Eastern Star, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She had been a switchboard operator for the El Paso Telephone Company for thirty-five years prior to her death. Mrs. Tarman ‘s maternal grandparents were Asa and Amanda (Van Scyoc) Sparks. Asa Sparks was born November 10, 1817, and was a son of Amos and Nancy Ann (Borough) Sparks. (Nancy Ann’s maiden name may have been spelled Burrow rather than Borough.) See the QUARTERLY of December 1972 (Vol. XX, No. 14, Whole No. 80, pp. 1527-30) for more information on Mrs. Tarman’s branch of the Sparks family. We are grateful to Rita M. Pierce for telling us of Mrs. Tarman ‘a passing. Miss Pierce had been the one first to interest Mrs. Tarman in genealogy. Although they both traced their Sparks lines, they could never find a direct connection. “Our families had been friends and neighbors for nearly seventy years," Miss Pierce reports; “I have lost a very close and dear friend.”

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Records of marriage licenses recorded in Gallatin County, Illinois, between 1813
and 1830 were copied by Lucy Bender and placed in the Library of Congress a
number of years ago. The following four Sparks marriages are included:

SALLY SPARKS & Lewis Boatwright, November 12, 1813.
POLLY SPARKS & Allen Miller, November 12, 1813.
BENJAMIN SPARKS & Dicey Tidwell, January 15, 1814.
FANNY SPARKS & Hiram Tidwell, June 6, 1814.
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“When I see a snake poking his head out of a hole, I just go around and say, ‘That hole belongs to that snake. “ Quoted from Rimfire Hamrick in Best of “Hillbilly”, a prize collection of wise and witty writing from Jim Comstock’s fabulous West Virginia Hillbilly, compiled and edited by Otto Whittaker.



It is with deep regret that we report the death of John Franklin Gibson, a loyal & most generous member of the Association for many years. A resident of Mesa, Arizona, Mr. Gibson died of a heart attack on October 12, 1973. Mr. Gibson was a great-great-grandson of Josiah and Lydia (Tollison) Sparks on whom we published data in the QUARTERLY of September 1965 (Vol. XIII, No. 3, Whole No. 51, p. 933). Mr. Gibson descended through their daughter, Mary Ann Sparks (born June 10, 1802, died September 3, 1861) and her husband, George Washington Gibson (born June 17, 1800). (Mrs. J. Frank Gibson reports that her son, Franklin K. Gibson, is president of the George Washington Gibson Family Association.) George Washington Gibson and Mary Ann Sparks were married on March 15, 1822.

Josiah Sparks was a son of Matthew and Elinor Sparks and was born on August 26, 1761; his birth was recorded on the register of St. John’s or Piscataway Parish, Prince George ‘a County, Maryland. This branch of the family moved to Pitteylvania County, Virginia, at about the time of the American Revolution. By 1790, Josiah Sparks had moved to South Carolina. He lived on the Pacolet River and owned land in Spartanburg County as well as Union County. His home was located in that part of Union County that is now Cherokee County, South Carolina. The will of Josiah Sparks was recorded in Union County, South Carolina, on January 29, 1853 - - he had written it on February 21, 1851. He probably died late in 1852 or early in January, 1853. From his will and other records, we believe that Josiah and Lydia (Tollison) Sparks were the parents of the following children:

1. John Sparks, born about 1785.
2. Thomas Sparks, born about 1787.
3. James Sparks, born about 1789.
4. Muse Sparks, born about 1791.
5. Nancy Sparks, born about 1793; died before 1851; married - - - - - McAhan.
6. Elizabeth Sparks, born about 1796; died before 1851; married - - - - - Hall.
7. Frances Sparks, born about 1800.
8. Mary Ann Sparks, born June 10, 1802; see above.
9. Abigail Sparks, born about 1804.
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Mrs. Laura Lurene (Neas) Sluder of 2632 Lorna Drive, Melbourne, Florida (32935) is seeking information on her great-grandfather, Steven Andrew Douglas Sparks, who is believed to have been born in Illinois in 1855. He died on August 14, 1951, in Terre Haute, Indiana. His father’s name is not known, but his mother’s name was Caroline Poor. Steven A. D. Sparks married Nancy Jane Roberts, who was born in 1861; she died in Streeter, North Dakota. It is known that Steven A. D. Sparks had brothers name Isaac Sparks and John Sparks, and a sister named Annie Sparks. Mrs.  Sluder descends through Steven A. D. Sparks‘s son, John Ellis Franklin Sparks, who was born on April 14, 1880, in Clark County, Illinois, and died on May 17, 1952, in Tuscola, Illinois. Other children of Steven A. D. and Nancy Jane (Roberts) Sparks were:

1. James Isaac Milbern Sparks.
2. Steven Elmer Clarence Sparks, died March 7, 1964.
3. Julie (Dovie) Sparks, died 1918.
4. John Ellis Franklin Sparks, see above.
5. Ira Ervin Sparks, died June 18, 1960.
6. Anne Sparks, died 1930.
7. Emma (Jerrie) Sparks, died 1950.
8. Florence Sparks, believed to have died young.


In the QUARTERLY of March 1964 (Vol. XII, No. 1, Whole No. 45, pp. 790-807) we published an article on Jonas Sparks (died 1805) of Rowan County, North Carolina. One of the children of Jonas Sparks was Esther Sparks who was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, on March 20, 1770. We gave the information that we had available in 1964 pertaining to the children of Esther, but since that time Mrs. E. L. Mead, who descends from Esther’s daughter, Elizabeth (born 1790), has provided us with a more detailed record.

Esther Sparks was married in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1787 to Jesse Caton (the Rowan County marriage bond is dated January 20, 1787). Jesse Caton was born April 20, 1762; he was the son of Jonas Caton and was doubtless a close relative of the Anna Caton who married Jonas Sparks, Jr., brother of Esther. Jesse Caton was taxed in Fayette County, Kentucky, on May 19, 1789. In 1800 he was taxed in Clark County, Kentucky, which had been formed from Fayette and Bourbon County in 1792. About 1811, he settled with his family in Warren County, Missouri, near the town of Marthasville. Their children were:

1. Noah Caton, born between 1780 and 1790; he married Fanny NcDermid on November 12, 1814, in St. Charles County, Missouri.
2. Jonas Caton, born between 1790 and 1800.
3. Jesse Caton, Jr., born in 1800 in Kentucky; he married Missouri Lamme on February 23, 1841, in Warren County, Missouri.
4. Elizabeth Caton, born August 16, 1790; she married John Boone Calloway on February 22, 1809, in St. Charles County, Missouri; she died on September 20, 1821, in St. Charles County.
5. Nancy Caton. She married Adam Zumwalt on May 6, 1813, in St. Charles County, Missouri.
6. Jemima Caton. She married John Carter on June 13, 1814, in St. Charles County, Missouri.
7. Rebecca Caton. She married (first) a Mr. McCutcheon; (second) David Howard.
8. Frances Caton. She married Daniel Gillis on March 28, 1833, in Warren County, Missouri.
9. Hester Ann Caton. She married Hines C. Linn on February 18, 1836.
According to some of these marriage dates, it would appear that this list is not in order of birth. Jesse Caton died in 1856 in Warren County, Missouri.
Elizabeth Caton, daughter of Jesse and Esther (Sparks) Caton, was married to John Boone Galloway on February 22, 1809, in St. Charles County, Missouri. He was the son of Flanders Calloway and Jemima Boone, daughter of Daniel and Rebecca Boone. John B. Calloway died in 1823, St. Charles County, Missouri. The children of John and Elizabeth (Caton) Calloway were:
(1) Emiline Roberta Calloway, born about 1811; she married Haden Boone, probably in 1825, and died before 1856 in Warren County, Missouri.
(2) Verlena Calloway; she married John Bryan on February 14, 1833, in Warren County, Missouri.
(3) James Calloway, born April 24, 1816; he married Mary Jane McKinney on July 19, 1838, in Warren County, Missouri. He died July 11, 1889
(1) Octavia Calloway, born about 1819. She married Schulyer Rice on February 18, 1836, in Warren County, Missouri.


In the QUARTERLY of December 1964 (Vol. XII, No. 14, Whole No. 48) we published an article on "Isaac Sparks of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and His Descendants ."  One of the grandchildren of Isaac and Anna (Lloyd) Sparks on whom we gave information was Mary Sparks, daughter of Ephraim L. and Sarah (Cook) Sparks (see page 870). A great-grandson of Mary Sparks. George A. Bunch of Ogden, Utah, has provided additional information on Mary and her children. Mr Bunch tells us that Mary’s middle name was Lloyd (which was her grandmother ‘s maiden name). She was born on February 11, 1827, and died in 1902 in Wheaton, Illinois. She was married on November 6, 1849, to a merchant named James Neel (we had given the spelling as Neal on page 870), son of William and Mary Neel, of Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He was born January 10, 1822. They had the following children:

1. John Neel, born September 9, 1851.
2. Adeila Emma Neel, born April 21, 1854; died March 15, 1858.
3. William Franklin Neel, born November 20, 1856; died April 10, 1858.
4. Elizabeth Cook Neel, born March 1, 1859.
5. Anna May Neel, born April 1, 1861, at Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
6. George Edward Neel, born January 25, 1864, at Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
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The following records of soldiers named Sparks who served in South Carolina regiments during the War Between the States were copied for us by William Perry Johnson at the South Carolina Historical Commission in Columbia, South Carolina.

Sparks, A. D. Captain, Company L, 20th Regiment, Infantry. (Remarks: Marlboro District; Discharged Mt. Pleasant)

Sparks, Absolom. Private, Company D, 6th Regiment, Infantry. (Remarks: Discharged Jan. 18, 1863, for disability)

Sparke, B. Private, Company H, 1st Regulars, Infantry. (Remarks: Spartanburgh District)

Sparks, B. U. Private, Company K, 5th Regiment, Cavalry. (Remarks: Union Dist.)

Sparks, Barham. Private, Company A, 18th Regiment, Cavalry. (Remarks: Union District; transferred to Co. in exchange for ----; enlisted Nov. 12, 1861. Exchanged back)

Sparks, D. Pierce. Private, Company K, 2nd Regiment, Cavalry. (Remarks:
Enlisted June 14, 1861)

Sparks, Drewry. Private, Company D), 3rd Battalion, Infantry. (Remarks: Laurens District)

Sparks, Gary. Private, Company C, 18th Regiment, Infantry. (Remarks: Age 26, Union District; Surrendered at Appomattox)

Sparks, George. Private, Company K, 8th Regiment, Infantry. (Remarks: Age 22, Marlboro District; Discharged 1861)



Sparks, J. C. Private, Company H, 12th Regiment, Infantry. (Remarks: Age 20; York District; Wounded Aug. 29, 1862, at 2nd Manassas; Discharged for wounds)

Sparks, J. Calhoun. Private, Company K, 2nd Regiment, Cavalry. (Remarks:
Killed while scouting near Fredericksburg; Enlisted June 14, 1861)

Sparks, Jesse. Private, Company D, 13th Regiment, Infantry. (Remarks: Age 32; Newberry District; Died at Fredericksburg)

Sparks, Jesse. Private, Company C, 18th Regiment, Infantry. (Remarks: Age 35; Union District; Discharged at Charleston)

Sparks, John F. Private, Company A, 18th Regiment, Infantry. (Remarks: Union District; Died at hospital in Virginia; Enlisted Jan. 1862)

Sparks, John W. W. Private to 6th Sergeant, Company A, 1st Regulars, Infantry. (Remarks: Spartanburgh District)

Sparks, Levi. Private, Company C, 18th Regiment, Infantry. (Remarks: Age 36; Union District; Discharged at Charleston)

Sparkes, M. Private, Company A, 1st Regulars, Infantry.

Spark, Thomas. Private, Company I, 1st Regulars, Infantry.

Sparks, W. A. Private, Company H, 12th Regiment, Infantry. (Remarks: Age 21; York District; Wounded Aug. 29, 1862, at 2nd Mariassas; Discharged for wounds)

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(The following marriage bonds were copied a number of years ago from the original records in Brown County, Ohio, and placed in the library of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C.)

ELIZABETH SPARKS and James Davidson, November 17, 1836.

ESTHER SPARKS and Alonzo Palmer, January 3, 1850 (married by J. S. Peregrine, M.G.)

REBECCA SPARKS and William Robe, November 3, 1858 (married by Dyer Burgess, M.G.)

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(The following marriage records were copied in 1940 from the original records and placed in the library of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington; the bound volumes in which these Sparks marriages are found have the titles:
Early Marriages of Butler County, Ohio, 1824-1834” and “Early Marriages of Butler County, Ohio, 1835-1847.”)

JOHN SPARKS and Almira Manel, married by John Burk, J.P., January 26, 1832.



ISABELLA SPARKS and Samuel Dick, Jr., married by Rev. Adam. B. Gilliland, March 20, 1834.

MALINDA SPARKS and James Love, married by Richard Easton, J.P., March 3, 1836.

CHARLOTTE SPARKS and William McTheny, married by Samuel McLean, J. P., September 23, 1836.

JEREMIAH SPARKS and Ann Hughs, married by Rev. William D. Barrett, November 6,

RHODA SPARKS and Jacob Beard, married by Samuel McLean, J.P., March 31, 1838.

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(Records of marriages found in Clark County, Ohio, were copied a number of years ago and placed in the library of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C. The period covered in this compilation is 1818 -1865. Following are the Sparks marriages found in this work.)

ABIGAIL SPARKS and Thompson Miller, married November  - -, 1843. (Book 2, p. 430)

ABIGAIL SPARKS and Jefferson Aughe, married October 6, 1856. (Book 4, p. 532)

ANN SPARKS and Joseph Davidson, married August 14, 18314. (Book 2, p. 430)

DAVID SPARKS and Mary Marks, married May 21, 1836. (Book 2, p. 156)

DAVID SPARKS and Catharine Berry, married April 2, 1839. (Book 2, p. 293)

DAVID SPARKS and Sarah J. Ralphsnyder, married December 14, 1847. (Book 3, p. 99)

EPHRAIM SPARKS and Mary Elwell, married January 27, 1831. (Book 1-B, p. 277)

HANNAH M. SPARKS and Burr B. Littleton, married January 25, 1860. (Book 5, p.165)

MARY J. SPARKS and Felix E. Lindsey, married October 7, 1857. (Book 14, p. 1465)

REBECCA SPARKS and Matthew Houston, married October 23, 1834. (Book 2, p. 85)

SAMUEL SPARKS and Mary Heard, married May 26, 1825. (Book 1-B, p. 106)

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(Like the above records, the following Sparks marriages of Clinton County, Ohio, were found in a compilation of marriages in the library of the Daughters of the American Revolution copied from the originals in Clinton County.)

JOSEPH K. SPARKS and Abi Farquhar, married November 1, 1842.

SOLOMON SPARKS and Isabella A. Sargent, married November 17, 1859.



In 1883-84, the United States Central Publishing Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, published a 1,290-page directory entitled The Southern Business Guide. The book was described as “containing the name, business, and address of the leading merchants, manufacturers and business men of the southern states.” Included were Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. St. Louis was the largest city in the directory with a population of 350,522. She was followed by Baltimore (332,313), New Orleans (216,1140), and Louisville (123,758).

Persons named Sparks were sprinkled throughout the volume as follows:


 p. 221 Maysville (5,520) J. W. Sparks & Bro., Dry Goods
 p. 223 Nicholasville (2,315) J. S. Sparks, Grocery
 p. 223      “        Sparks & Reed, Druggists
 p. 223      “        T. T. Sparks, Grocer
 p. 233 Vanceburg (1,400) Joseph Sparks, Wagons
 p. 234 Winchester (2,275) Robert Sparks, Feed & Sale Stables
p. 445 St. Michaels (1,200) 0. P. Sparks, Undertaker
p. 540 Macon (12,748)       W. B. Sparks, Cotton Warehouse, Third & Poplar
p. 544 Quitman (1,600)       A. J. Sparks, Grocer
p. 546 Sandersville (1,280) Sparks, May & Co., Dry Goods
p. 559 Swainsboro (3,050)  C. W. Sparks, Editor
 p. 752 Ft. Smith (about 5,000) J. M. Sparks & Co., Druggist
 p. 1,178 Galveston (22,258) Bailey Sparks, Saloon, Post Office, corner 20th.
 p. 1,260 Waco (about 15,000) Sparks, Mallory & Allen, Clothing, 314 Austin Ave.
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During the years that the Association has been in existence, we have received dozens of accounts of the destruction of old family letters and documents when the old family home was cleaned out or during an annual spring house cleaning. All too often, these old letters and documents contained genealogical data that have been lost forever, while others described a way of life, and an aspect of social history, that would fascinate and enlighten future generations. Likewise, old photographs, often dating back a century or more are discarded daily because no one remembers the identity of the subjects. Before a grandparent or great aunt passes from the scene, everyone with any regard for family history should sit down with that person and record on the backs of the pictures in the old family album the names and dates than can be remembered. Tomorrow may be too late! And let your editor borrow those old letters and photographs for publication in the QUARTERLY.

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