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Picture taken March 16, 1901

Standing, left to right, sons: John Warne Sparks, Stephen Martin Sparks, Lewis Edward Sparks, & Wilson Pence Sparks

Sitting, far left is the father, Francis Marion Sparks, and on the far right is the mother, Sarah Frances (Warne) Sparks

The three daughters, left to right, are: Daisy Belle Sparks, Nellie Edith Sparks, and Martha Frances Sparks

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Hite Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
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 75 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 -1974) with the four indexes may be purchased for $54.00. (These 21 years of the QUARTERLY comprise 1690 pages.)
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.



By Kenneth Edgar Sparks

Stephen Sparks was born July 6, 1808, in either Union County, Indiana Territory, or in Laurens County, South Carolina. He was the sixth child of William and Mary (Palmer) Sparks and the grandson of Zachariah and Mary Sparks of South Carolina.  It was assumed previously that Stephen was born in South Carolina because of a sketch written by his brother, Hiram Sparks, in which it was stated that William and Mary Sparks emigrated to Indiana Territory in 1812. There is now some doubt about that date. On all census records available that record birthplace, Stephen's is recorded as Indiana. This is also true of other accounts, one giving his birthplace as Union County, Indiana. Stephen obviously believed that he had been born in Indiana. It is interesting that John Sparks, brother of Stephen, who was less than two years older, always gave his own birthplace as South Carolina. Either William and Mary Sparks came to Indiana Territory in 1807 or 1808, instead of in 1812, or Stephen was wrong about his birthplace. He was married in 1828, so it is unlikely that he could have been born after 1812. When the 1810 census of Laurens County, South Carolina, was taken, William Sparks was not listed. Unfortunately, there was no census of Indiana Territory in 1810. In volume VII of the Territorial Papers of the. United States (Indiana), page 691, there is a petition to Congress by a group of Indiana citizens dated December 12, 1809. One of the signers was William Sparks. It is not certain that this was the same William Sparks who emigrated from South Carolina.



On July 10, 1828, Stephen Sparks married Asenith Woolverton (spelling from the marriage bond) in Fayette County, Indiana. She was a widow whose maiden name was Esseneth Green, or Greene. She was married first to Thomas Woolverton in Fayette County on November 2, 1825. Thomas Woolverton was born about 1800, probably in Ohio. He bought 40 acres of land on Village Creek, in Fayette County, Indiana, on March 20, 1823, not far from the William Sparks farm. Thomas Woolverton built and operated a grist mill and a saw mill on this land, possibly with his brother or relative, Moses Woolverton. Thomas was one of the charter members, as were William and Mary Sparks, of the Village Creek Baptist Church which was constituted on July 24, 1824. He made his last will. and testament on October 22, 1827, and died before November 13, 1827. Apparently there were no children, at least none living in 1827. As stated above, on July 10, 1828, Esseneth (Greene) Woolverton married Stephen Sparks. She had been born in East Tennessee about 1804. It is not known who her parents were, although there were three Green families in Fayette County in 1820, all of whom had daughters between 16 and 25: Daniel Green and wife Peggy (no mention is made of Esseneth in his will of 1854); James M. Green; and Ransbard Green and wife Ruth (they moved to Rush County in 1820). All three families were probably related. According to family tradition, Esseneth was a descendant of General Nathaniel Greene, of Revolutionary War fame, although the connection has not been substantiated. The above mentioned Daniel Green was also referred to as a descendant of General Greene.

Stephen and Esseneth Sparks moved to Rush County, Indiana, where Stephen received a grant of land comprising 80 acres about four miles north of Rushville on December 31, 1828. On January 11, 1845, Stephen and Esseneth Sparks sold their farm in Rush County to David Fitzpatrick and, with their eight children, emigrated westward to Platte County, Missouri. Stephen apparently bought his new land from the State of Missouri, part of the Internal Improvement Lands. He owned 158 acres.

The family moved again in the fall of 1854, this time to Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory, locating on Walnut Creek, three miles south of Easton. Stephen bought 160 acres from the U.S. Government, a part of the Deleware Trust Lands, for $1.25 per acre. Stephen and Esseneth sold their land in Missouri to Smith Turner on April 19, 1856. In Kansas, Stephen was active in the Free-State Party, which strongly opposed the introduction of slavery into Kansas Territory. He voted in all Free-State elections beginning in November, 1854. He was a member of the Topeka (Free-State) Legislature in October, 1855, which drafted a frame of government forbidding slavery. Stephen was subsequently reelected, holding this office four terms. As quoted in the original article in the March 1972 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 77, (pp. 1459-65), Stephen and Esseneth testified before the Congressional Committee investigating the troubles in Kansas in May, 1856. In 1858, Stephen Sparks was elected a member of the State Senate under the Lecompton Constitution, but never filled the office.

Esseneth Sparks died between 1856 and 1859. Stephen married as his second wife, Margaret Emma Piper, a native of Ohio. They were married in Leavenworth, Kansas, sometime before May 1859 when they mortgaged. some land. They did not, have any children, although she apparently died in childbirth. She died in May, 1860.

Stephen Sparks's third wife was Mrs. Elizabeth McGee, a widow whom he married on October 15, 1860, in Fayette County, Indiana. She was born about 1820 in Kentucky, the daughter of a German immigrant father. It is not known when she died. Stephen Sparks was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church, near his home, where he continued to live until his death on February 11, 1899.



(Editor's Note: The author of the above article, Kenneth Edgar Sparks of 12300 N.E. 24th St., Vancouver, Washington (98661), recently published a 74-page book entitled The History of a Sparks Family (1974). In this volume, Mr. Sparks has provided a detailed record of Stephen Sparks's father and grandfather, as well as that of many of his descendants. Sketches appear of each of Stephen's eight children, including Francis Marion Sparks, the subject of the following article. Mr. Sparks reports that he has a few copies of this volume that members may purchase for $5.00.)

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By Kenneth Edgar Sparks

Francis Marion Sparks was born on April 20, 1843, in Rush County, Indiana, the eighth child of Stephen and Esseneth (Greene) Woolverton Sparks. Francis left Indiana with his parents in the spring of 1845 and emigrated to Marshall Township, Platte County, Missouri. The family stayed there nine years and then moved to Kansas in October, 1854. They settled on Walnut Creek, three miles south of Easton, Leavenworth County, Kansas. Kansas was then the center of a national dispute over slavery in the territories. Francis' father, Stephen Sparks, was very active in the Free-State Party and, because of this, his life and those of his family were threatened numerous times. One such incident occurred in January of 1856 when riders came to the Sparks home searching for Stephen. Part of this incident centered on Francis, as told in his mother's words before a Congressional investigating committee: "Dunn then left him, and turned to my little son, about twelve years old, and put the pistol to his breast, and asked him where his father's Sharpe's rifle was, and my son told him he had none. Dunn asked him where those guns were, pointing to the racks, and told hini if he did not tell the truth, he would kill him; and my son told him the men-folks generally took care of the guns." The men left without harming anyone.

Francis Sparks's mother, Esseneth, died between 1856 and 1859. Sometime between those years, probably soon after his mother's death, Francis left Kansas and returned to Fayette County, Indiana. When the 1860 census was taken on June 22, he was living in the home of his uncle, Hiram Sparks, and wife, Elizabeth (Stoops) Sparks. Also living there were Albert Sparks, aged 12, and William Sparks, age 88, father of Hiram and grandfather of Francis.

As the Civil War approached, Francis tried to join the Union Army, but he was turned down because he was only 17. He finally did enlist on August 28, 1861, at Richmond, Indiana, in Captain Gilbert Truslers Company H of the 36th Regiment of Indiana Volun teer Infantry for a period of three years. He was recorded as being 5 feet 11½  inches tall, of light complexion, grey eyes, and black hair, and by occupation a farmer. They were mustered into service on September 16, 1861, went immediately to the front, and shared the fortunes of the Army of the Ohio until April, 1862, when a forward movement led to their presence on the battlefield of Shiloh. His company was nearly all killed three different times during the war, but Francis managed to survive, although he was wounded several times, once critically, resulting in a medical discharge. He told of one soldier who had been wounded in the hip. Upon returning to the company, he was again wounded in the same hip. When he returned the second time, he decided he would hang a cast iron skillet from his belt, covering that hip before going into battle. After the battle was over, there was indeed a bullet mark on the skillet. In later life, Francis never talked of shooting anyone during the war, although he was an excellent shot and was in several important battles.


FRANCIS MARION SPARKS (18113-1930), continued:

He told of an incident during the war in which several Union soldiers, including himself, were sitting on a hill resting and drinking coffee. Across a nearby canyon, on the opposite hillside, they saw something which they thought was a coyote sitting under a tree. It was too far away to see it clearly. Because Francis was the best shot, the other soldiers tried to get him to shoot at the "coyote." He refused to shoot, telling them that he never shot at anything he didn't intend to kill and since they weren't sure that it was a coyote, and it might be a man, he wouldn't shoot. The other men continued trying to talk him into shooting, but he refused again. Finally one of the men decided that he would try to shoot the "coyote". He shot, missing by a few feet. Immediately a man jumped up from under the tree where he had been sitting and ran into the nearby woods.

Francis had learned to shoot very well as a boy in Kansas and Indiana. He used to talk about shooting squirrels while a boy. Lead for bullets was quite expensive so he would wait until the squirrel was in front of a limb; then he would shoot, killing the squirrel, and the lead would lodge in the tree. After collecting the squirrel, he climbed the tree and dug out the lead, which was remelted and made into a new bullet. His son, Steve, said that he could not remember his father ever missing anything he shot at.

During the Civil War, Francis was badly wounded in the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee at Pittsburg Landing on April 6, 1862. There were 25,000 casualties on that day and the one following. He was shot through the lungs and bled profusely. Like many of the other wounded, he managed to get to a small pond in the area. There were so many wounded and dead men and animals lying around and in the pond that it was red with blood. Because of this, it was named Bloody Pond, a name it still carries. A southern boy who was also wounded shared his blanket with Francis and they comforted each other. They spent a frightening and thoroughly miserable night, neither expecting to survive his ordeal. It rained very hard nearly all night and the Union gunboats on the Tennessee River kept up their cannon fire. The next day after the battle ended, the Union troops came to collect the wounded and the dead. They picked up Francis and the Southern boy's blanket. There was a field hospital set up nearby and it is likely that Francis was first taken there. He eventually was sent to the hospital in St. Louis. As far as he was ever able to learn, the Southern boy died at Bloody Pond. Francis developed pneumonia and because of it, and because of the severity of his wounds, one lung was removed. In later life, he had considerable trouble with lung ailments. Many years later, he revisited the Shiloh battlefield with some of his family. He was surprised at the level lay of the land. He had come up the river bank during the battle and did not get an accurate view of the area. He remarked that the way to "see" a battlefield is to lie down on the ground and crawl.

According to War Department records, Francis Sparks was back with his company from July, 1862, to February 28, 1863. On March 3, 1863, Lieutenant Robert B. Carr, Company Commander, filed a Certificate of Disability for Discharge for Corporal Francis M. Sparks at the camp near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The certificate states: "During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty 59 days. I know nothing of the origin of his disease, but know that he has been unable to perform real service for three months." On the same certificate, the Assistant Surgeon for the Regiment stated that he found Francis "incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of [illegible], of thirteen months standing - which has been treated with all the means at our command without benefit..." The discharge was granted on March 8, 1863, at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It was signed by Lieutenant Colonel 0. H. P. Carey.


FRANCIS MARION SPARKS (1843-1930), continued:

From Tennessee, Francis Sparks returned to Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana, where on December 1, 1863, he was married to Sarah Frances "Fannie" Warne. They were married by Frank's (as he was called then) uncle, William Sparks, a prominent Baptist minister. Sarah Frances Warne was born October 1, 1843, in Franklin County, Indiana, the daughter of John H. and Eliza Jane (Martin) Warne. They bought three acres of land from Frank's uncle, Hiram Sparks. Frank and Fannie stayed in Fayette
County, Indiana, until the end of the Civil War. Their first son, John Warne Sparks, was born there on September 6, 1864. In Indiana, Frank found people very violent in their opinions - - talking a bloody war, safely by their firesides. This bothered him a great deal and also aroused his Sparks temper, so he and his small family headed west on November 4, 1865. They settled in Leavenworth County, Kansas, near his father and step-mother, Stephen and Elizabeth Sparks. Also nearby were his brothers, Moses, William, and Greene. On the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Leavenworth County they are listed as living in Alexandria Township, with their post office at Spring Dale, a Quaker community south of Easton.

In Kansas, Frank and Fannie's other nine children were born. Following is a list of their children's names and birthdates, with the death dates of those who died in infancy.

1. John Warne Sparks, born September 6, 1864, in Indiana.
2. Annie Laurie Sparks, born November 1, 1866, in Kansas; died Feb. 28, 1867.
3. Martha Frances Sparks, born June 25, 1868.
4. Twin sister to Martha Frances who died on the same day; unnamed.
5. Wilson Pence Sparks, born June 30, 1871.
6. Daisy Belle Sparks, born September 19, 1873.
7. Lewis Edward Sparks, born December 13, 1875.
8. Stephen Martin Sparks, born May 15, 1878.
9. Nellie Edith Sparks, born October 29, 1880.
10. Lee Sparks, born November 4, 1884, died November 6, 1884.
Shortly after the birth and death of their last child, Lee Sparks, Frank began to suffer from tuberculosis. It became very difficult for him to breathe and he was quite weak. His condition was complicated because he had only one lung. He went to several doctors in Kansas but none could help him. All finally gave him up to death from consumption, as tuberculosis was called then.  On January 29, 1889, Frank transferred their 80 acres of land to Fannie, evidently to avoid any estate problems in case he should die. Someone, possibly Charlie Sparks, son of Frank's brother, Greene Sparks, took him in a buckboard to central Oklahoma Territory in the summer
of 1889. The climate in Kansas was very humid, and it was hoped that the drier climate and higher altitude of Oklahoma would improve his condition. After three or four months there he was much improved. When he was no longer confined to bed and could do light work, he sent for his family, who had stayed on the farm in Kansas. They came in November, 1889. They sold their land in Kansas to John S. Sparks, youngest son of Frank's deceased brother, John, on August 20., 1891. The family first settled on school land southeast of Fort Reno. Charlie Sparks spent the winter with them and then returned to Kansas.

The family lived on this land until 1891 when they participated in the run for the land west of Fort Reno. Frank and his sons, John and Wilson, who were old enough to claim land, went together. Each claimed 160 acres, 16 miles west of Fort Reno. Wilson's land lay north and across the county road from his father's. John's joined Frank's on the south. The oldest daughter, Mattie, also made a claim several :miles away.


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The first home that Frank Sparks built was a partial dugout. Later it became the chicken house. When he first moved onto the land, he bought water rights to a small stream for one year from an Indian in exchange for a hog, They planned to use that water until they could dig their own well, However, shortly the water was shut off. Frank want up to see the Indian and he was told that the hog was gone, so the water was gone too, After considerable discussion, the Indian was convinced to let the water flow. This land was officially deeded to him on November 25,1902.  He  acquired the 160 acres south when his oldest son, John Sparks, was murdered in 1907.  Frank and his sons farmed, planting mainly corn, maise, wheat, and watermelons. Frank always had a large pile of watermellons under a tree that he would give to anyone that asked for some, but he had no sympathy with those who tried to steal his melons.

When the family first moved to the Oklahoma farm, they had some trouble with neighboring Caddo Indians to the south of the nearby South Canadian River. Occassionally the Indians would steal a horse or cow. On at least one occasion, the Caddos triad to burn them out.  Frank saw an Indian riding on horseback along the


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fence line. Puffs of smoke were coming up from behind him in the grass every few feet. He was probably lighting matches and dropping them in the grass. Frank knew a local Indian and told him about the incident, adding that he would have his gun ready and shoot if it happened again. It didn't. On other occasions, the family had to actually fight fire with buckets of water and blankets. However, the relations with the local Indians, Caddo and Kiowa, were usually very good. Francis had an acute sense of justice and fairplay toward the Indians. He was a staunch man of the Bible, a preacher, although not ordained, and the Indians felt that they could trust him. They called him "Old-Man-Who-Think-Straight" because they could bring their grievances to him and he treated them fairly. Francis was highly respected and perhaps a little feared by the white community, and often when the whites were in the wrong he talked them into making restitution to the Indians. In fact, relations with the Kiowas were so good that Francis' son, Lew, was adopted into their tribe as a brother. Another son, John, spent considerable time among them.

Frank Sparks, with his friends Albin and Arnold Brandley (Albin was the father of Frank's son-in-law, Charley Brandley), did quite a bit of gold prospecting in the Wichita Mountains. Frank also had a gold mine in the canyon on his farm. He often mailed in samples to the assay office. There was considerable gold, but not enough to make it worth mining. The mine has since been lost.

Frank and Fannie Sparks lived on their farm in Canadian County, Oklahoma, in relative peace and contentment, until their deaths; Fannie died on April 19, 1915, and Frank died on December 9, 1930. Actually, Frank lived the last six months of his life in El Reno with his youngest daughter, Nell Schmoyer, and her family. They are both buried at El Reno, Oklahoma. After Fannie's death in 1915, several of the children lived with Frank for awhile and helped him farm his land. Also for awhile, he lived at the old soldiers home, in Leavenworth, Kansas, and also stayed with his nephew, Charles S. Sparks, and family about 1919 or 1920 in McLouth, Kansas.

Beginning in 1914, Frank received a monthly pension from the U.S. Government because of his service in the Civil War. After his death, Frank's five living children decided to sell the farm. Charley Brandley, husband of Frank's deceased daughter, Mattie, bought it for his son, Frank A. "Buck" Brandley. The farm is now owned by Frank's great-great-grandson, Roger Chiles.

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According to Charles Edward Banks's Planters of the Commonwealth, 1620 -1640, published in 1961, EDWARD SPARKS came to Boston on a ship called the Increase of London under the command of Robert Lea in 1635. The ship left England in the latter part of April, 1635, and arrived at Boston late in July. According to the record, EDWARD SPARKS was 22 years old in 1635, thus born about 1613. He was described in the ship's records as a servant, meaning that, in order to earn his passage to the New World, young Edward had agreed to serve whoever paid his passage for a given number of years (often seven). It is probable that the ship's captain, Robert Lea, had given Edward passage on the Increase of London and that he then "sold" his service to some Boston merchant after reaching America. We have no knowledge of what became of this EDWARD SPARKS, but he may well be the ancestor of one of the branches of the Sparks family in America.



By Paul E. Sparks

(Editor's Note: Many American genealogists, are convinced that two of the largest and most common genealogical problems are: (1) "bridging the ocean" and (2) "bridging the mountains." By this they mean finding the ancestors of persons who were early emigrants from the British Isles or western Europe, and finding the ancestors of persons who left the eastern seaboard states to settle in the newly won west after the Revolutionary War. Persons named Sparks have been no exception to these problems, so it is particularly satisfying when we apparently find data which solve one of these genealogical gaps.)

The June 1973 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY (Vol. XXI, No. 2, Whole No. 82) was devoted to an article about Elijah Sparks of early Indiana. Part of the article was concerned with the lack of knowledge as to his place of birth and as to his parentage. Contemporaries had given conflicting testimony as to his place of birth, some saying that he was born in Queen Annes County, Virginia (there was no such county in Virginia) while others stated that he had been born in Frederick County, Virginia.  None could tell who his parents were. It now appears from data recently uncovered that Elijah Sparks was born in Queen Annes County, Maryland, and that his parents were Absalom and Elizabeth (Brown) Sparks.

Absalom Sparks was born in the early part of the 1700's, probably about 1720, and was a son of John and Cornelia (- - - - -) Sparks of Queen Annes County, Maryland, and a grandson of William and Mary Sparks who came to Maryland about 1670, probably from County Hampshire, England. William Sparks died in 1709 in Queen Annes County and left a will in which he named his children, including his son, John Sparks.  (See the March 1971 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Vol. XIX, No. 1, Whole No. 73, for a fuller account of William and Mary Sparks.)

John Sparks, father of Absalom, was born about 1680, probably in Talbot County, Maryland. Prior to 1704, he married Cornelia - - - - -.  Her maiden name was very probably Curtis for in 1704 she and her husband, John Sparks, acted as administrators of the estate of Caleb Curtis in neighboring Kent County, Delaware. Caleb Curtis was very likely her father or her brother.

Like his father, John Sparks was a parishoner of St. Luke's Church, located at Church Hill in Queen Annes County, and it was there that many of the births and marriages of his family were recorded. (See also the March 1971 issue, Whole No. 73, of the QUARTERLY.)

By his father's will, John Sparks inherited a tract of land which his father had purchased from John Hamer. John's father realized that the title to the land might prove to be faulty, so he provided for an alternate inheritance if that proved to be the case. Undoubtedly, the title was not valid, for in March 1716, John Sparks and his brother, William Sparks, returned the land to Hamer. William Sparks rebought the land from Hamer at a later date.

John Sparks was involved in three more land transactions prior to his death. In 1715, he and his wife, Cornelia, were granted a tract of 100 acres from Charles Carroll, agent for Charles Calvert, Lord Baltimore, Proprietor of the Province of Maryland. The land was on the south side of Southeast Branch of the Chester River about one-half mile above Syberry's Branch. It was granted to John Sparks for his natural lifetime, or for the natural lifetime of his wife, Cornelia, or for the natural lifetime of his son, John Sparks, Jr.



The second transaction came in 1722 when John Sparks bought back 200 acres of land which his brothers, George Sparks and Joseph Sparks, had inherited from their father, but which they had sold to Augustine Thompson in 1719. The tracts of land were called "Sparks Choice" and "Sparks Enclosure."

The final land transaction was made in 1733 when John and Cornelia Sparks sold a lot in Ogles Town for 565 pounds of tobacco. Ogles Town was authorized by the Maryland Assembly in 1732 and was to be erected on the south side of the Southeast Branch at its mouth. There is no trace of the village today. We have not learned how the lot became the property of John and Cornelia Sparks.

John Sparks made his will in 1731 and after his death on April 19, 1737, the will was entered into court for probation on May 24, 1737. Here is the full text:

The Last Will of John Sparks of Queen Annes Count, Maryland

"In the name of God Amen.    I, John Sparkes, of Queen Anne's County and Province of Maryland, Planter, being sick and weak but of sound mind and perfect memory and not knowing how long it may please God to call me Doe make ordain & publish this to be my last Will & Testament in writing

"First and Principally I Bequeath my Soul to Almighty God my Creator & merciful Redeemer and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian-like manner by my Executors hereafter named

"and as for the Worldly Goods it hath pleased God to-bless me with I Devise Bequeath and Dispose of in manner & form following after my just debts are duly paid.

"Item. I give and bequeath unto my five sons George, John, Millington, Absalom & Caleb my three tracts of land viz: one called "Sparkes Inclosure" containing 195 acres, "Sparkes Choice" containing 100 acres & 100 acres lying in his Lordships Mannor in Queen Anne's County on the southeast branch of Chester River the whole containing 395 acres to be equally divided between them & their heirs and assigns forever.

"My will is that my loving wife Cornelia Sparkes have the use of my dwelling Plantation and Appurtenances thereto belonging during her Widowhood & no longer, as also the use of my Negro man Will during her life and after her decease then my Will is that my said Negro Man be & remain to my son Caleb to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

"And as for the remainder of my Personal estate I leave to be equally divided one third to my loving wife Cornelia Sparkes and the other two thirds among my nine children viz: George, John, Millington, Absalom, Caleb, Sarah, Mary, Rachell & Cornelia to them their heirs & assigns forever.

"Item. I give and bequeath to my Granddaughter, Sarah Sparkes, daughter of my son William Deceased one featherbed two blankets & a Rug to her her heirs & assigns forever.

"And Lastly I Doe constitute Authorize and Appoint my loving wife Cornelia Sparkes my whole & sole executor of this my last Will & Testament to see this my Will performed and Doe hereby revoke annul and make void all other Wills by me heretofore made & this only to be deemed and taken for my last Will & Testament



"for witness whereof I have hereunto sett my seal this 28th day of Janry 1731.
[signed] John J S Sparkes
"Signed Sealed Pronounced & Declared
to be the last Will & Testament of
the said John Sparkes
Jacob   F   Kelley
Margt   N\    Kelley
Eliza   E  Sparkes
"Mar 24, 1837. Then came Margaret Kelley Jacob Kelley & Elisabeth Sparkes all the subscribing witnesses to the within Will before me the Subscriber, Deputy Comry of Queen Anne's County who being duly & solemnly sworn on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God did dispose & say that they saw the Testator John Sparkes sign the same Will and heard him Publish & Declare the same to be his last Will & Testament and at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehensions of sound and disposing mind & memory & that they subscribed their Respective names as Witnesses to the said Will in the presence of the said Testator and at his request which Oath was taken by the said witnesses in the presence of George Sparkes son & heir at Law of the said Deceased which same George Sparkes did not object to the Probate of the said Will.
Sworn to before me          [signed] Jam Earle"
Cornelia Sparks, widow of John, qualified as his executrix on May 28, 1737, with George Elliott and John Merrideth as her bondsmen and her bond was fixed at 200 pounds. On June 3, 1737, she returned an inventory of the personal property of her deceased husband amounting to 158 pounds. The property had been appraised by John Earl and Edward Brown. Two of John Sparks's sons, John, Jr., and Millington, were witnesses to the inventory.

Cornelia Sparks did not live long enough to complete the settlement of her husband's estate; she died on December 22, 1737. After her death both her date of death and that of her husband were recorded in the Register of St. Luke's Parish) her son, George Sparks, was appointed Administrator de Bonis non to finish the settlement of the estates of both of his parents. He made a final accounting of the estate of his mother on December 14, 1739. After all debts were satisfied, the estate of Cornelia Sparks amounted to 108 pounds. Representatives of Cornelia included eight of her children: George Sparks, John Sparks, Millington Sparks, Absalom Sparks, Caleb Sparks, Sarah Herbert, Mary Ruth, and Cornelia Alley.
John and Cornelia Sparks had ten children and all of them reached adulthood. This article is concerned with only one of then, Absalom Sparks, but it is our intention to prepare other articles about all of then to be presented in future issues of the QUARTERLY. The children of John and Cornelia Sparks were:

1. William Sparks was probably born about 1700. He died on January 15, 1730/31, as recorded in the Register of St. Luke's Parish, leaving at least one child, Sarah Sparks, who was mentioned in her grandfather's will. At the present, we have no information about her.


Children of John. and. Cornelia Sparks, continued:

2. George Sparks was probably born about 1705. He married Sarah Salisbury on December 3, 1730, and they had at least three children.

3. John Sparks, jr., was probably born between 1705 and 1710. He married Sarah Tippins (?) about 1730 and they had about ten children.

4. Millington Sparks was probably born between 1710 and 1720. He married Mabel Ruth on February 9, 1740, and they had at least four children.

5. Caleb Sparks was probably born between 1720 and 1725. He married Hannah O'Bryan on March 19, 1745, and they apparently had ten children.

6. Sarah Sparks was probably born. between 1710 and 1720. She married - - - - - Herbert prior to 1739. Nothing more has been learned of her.

7. Rachel Sparks was probably born between 1710 and 1720. She married. Robert Hawkins. Nothing more has been learned of her.

8. Mary Sparks was probably born between 1710 and 1720. She married ----Ruth prior to 1739. Nothing more has been learned of her.

9. Cornelia Sparks was probably born between 1715 and 1720. She married Peter Alley prior to 1739 and they had at least two children.

10. Absalom Sparks was probably born about 1720 -1725. He is believed to be the father of Elijah Sparks, the subject of this article; we will tell as much about him as we have learned.

We have found only a few records pertaining to Absalom Sparks. We believe he was one of the younger children of John and Cornelia, probably the youngest. In 1744 he bought from his brothers, Caleb and Millington, the shares of "Sparks Choice" and "Sparks Enclosure" which they had inherited from their father. Absalom sold these tracts of land the following year to John Earle for 7, 000 pounds of tobacco and 20 pounds in money.

There are two records pertaining to Absalom Sparks dated 1748. One of these is a record. of his service in the Provincial Militia in the Company of Captain William Hopper. The other record is that of his marriage to Elizabeth Brown on November 17, 1748, as recorded in the Register of St. Luke's Parish. Elizabeth was a daughter of Edward and Mary Brown. Edward Brown died in 1763 and named (among other children) his daughter, Elizabeth, wife of Absalom Sparks.

A few months after his marriage, Absalom Sparks bought a tract of land called "Tullys Delight" which was located near Back Creek, a tributary of Southeast Branch of Chester River. In 1752, along with certain of the other heirs of John and Cornelia Sparks, Absalom Sparks and his wife, Elizabeth, sold their interest in "Sparks Choice," but since there was no consideration in the transaction, this could have been just a confirmation of an earlier sale. In 1758, Absalom bought a quantity of household goods from his sister, Cornelia, and her husband, Peter Alley.

Elizabeth (Brown) Sparks, wife of Absalom, apparently died about 1765 -1770, and Absalom married (second) Ruth.  Then, in the latter part of 1771, Absalom Sparks died. He left no will and his widow, Ruth Sparks, was appointed the administratrix of his estate. On January 21, 1772, she brought into court an inventory of his property which had been appraised by Benj. Chaires and James Finley. Witnesses to the appraisal were Absalom's brothers: John Sparks, C. Sparks, and Millington Sparks. (The "C. Sparks" was Caleb Sparks.) Absalom's nephew, Levi Sparks, was also a witness. The inventory amounted to over 209 pounds and included in the list of articles were three small Bibles appraised at eight shillings.



In 1774, Ruth Sparks, widow of Absalom, married William Tippins and together they presented to the court the record of the final Balances, and also the record of the final Account of the estate of Absalom Sparks on August 11, 1774. The Balances record showed that after all of Absalom's debts and other obligations had been settled, the estate amounted to 130 pounds. One-third of the estate was given to his widow, Ruth Tippins, while the residue was equally divided among his seven children. Named in the final account as representatives of the deceased (in addition to his widow, Ruth Tippins) were his seven children: Eliza, of age and wife of Henry Thompson; Robert Sparks; Brown Sparks; Mary Sparks; Absalom Sparks, Jr.; Elijah Sparks; and Atheliah Sparks. All except Eliza were identified as "under age."

If we may assume that Eliza, wife of Henry Thompson, had just reached the age of 21 in 1774, and that the son Robert was very nearly 21 years old, and, further, that the children. were named in this document dated August 11, 1774, in the order of their birth, we can then fairly well arrange the probable dates of birth of the children of Absalom and Elizabeth (Brown) Sparks. It should be kept in mind that they were married in 1748 and that Elizabeth died in the late 1760's.

1. Eliza Sparks was probably born about 1750; she had married - - - - - Thompson prior to August 11, 1774.
2. Robert Sparks was probably born. about 1753 -1754.
3. Brown Sparks, was probably born about 1756.
4. Mary Sparks was probably born about 1758 -1759.
5. Absalom Sparks, Jr., was probably born about 1762.
6. Elijah Sparks was probably born about 1765.
7. Athaliah Sparks was probably born about 1767.
Robert Sparks, oldest son of Absalom and Elizabeth (Brown) Sparks, apparently took charge of handling the business of the family, and by 1776 he had bought and sold property. It is this particular activity on his part that provided us the clue which led us to believe that the Elijah Sparks of early Indiana was quite probably the same Elijah Sparks who was a son of Absalom and Elizabeth (Brown) Sparks. Our readers will recall that Elijah Sparks (of early Indiana) had complained mildly in a letter written to President James Madison in 1813 that "It was my misfortune ... to be deprived of Parents in very early life and from the Law of primogenitr & other misfortunes, I was thrown on the world, helpless & unlearned." This reference to the Law of Primogeniture indicates that he had an older brother who had been favored in some way in the settling of their parents' estates.

There are other clues which help to confirm our belief that Elijah Sparks, son of Absalom and Elizabeth (Brown) Sparks, was the Elijah Sparks of early Indiana.

1. Elijah Sparks, son of Absalom, was probably born about 1765, thus he fits agewise the Elijah Sparks of early Indiana who was born, according to contemporaries, about 1770.

2. Both parents of Elijah Sparks, son of Absalom, died when he was quite young; thus he would fit the situation which Elijah Sparks of early Indiana related to President Madison: "It was my misfortune ... to be deprived of Parents in very early life ..."

3. Elijah Sparks, son of Absalom and Elizabeth (Brown) Sparks, had an other brother named Robert Sparks as did Elijah Sparks of early Indiana. Elijah Sparks of early Indiana was on his way to visit his brother, Robert Sparks,
a Methodist minister living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, when he died in 1815.



4. Finally, both Elijah Sparks of early Indiana (who died in 1815) and his brother, Robert Sparks, became Methodist ministers quite early in their lives. (In Frederic Emory's Queen Annes County, Maryland, published in Baltimore by the Maryland Historical Society, in 1950, p. 223, it is stated that the Centreville Circuit of the Methodist Church was served in 1805 by Robert Sparks and William Fox and in 1806 by Robert Sparks and John Ruth.) Did the three small Bibles left by Absalom Sparks when he died in 1771 have an influence on the decision of two of his sons to become ministers?
Descendants of Elijah Sparks of early Indiana are invited to respond to this article. In the meantime, we believe that we have bridged another genealogical gap.

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Arlene Saffell of El Segundo, California, an authority on the Kuykendall family, has called our attention to an error on page 1673 of the September 1974 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XXII, No. 3, Whole No. 87). Moses Kuykendall, whom Elizabeth Sparks married as her second husband, had not been married first to Sarah Feree as stated. Sarah Feree was the second wife of Benjamin Kuykendall, father of Moses Kuykendall, and was thus the latter's step-mother. She died in 1802 and is buried in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in a graveyard on Old River Road between Wilson and Coal Valley, just north of Clairton. Elizabeth Sparks's first husband, Samuel Ketcham, died, as stated on page 1673, in 1778. How many years passed before she married Moses Kuykendall is not known; we know that they were married before January 20, 1792, for on that date Moses Kuykendall signed, as bondsman, the marriage bond for Samuel Griffy and Hannah Ketcham in Jefferson County, Kentucky (Bond Book 1781-1826, page 15). On this bond, Moses Kuykendall is identified as Hannah Ketcham's step-father, proving that Hannah's mother, Elizabeth Sparks, was married to Moses Kuykendall at that time. Since Elizabeth's first husband, Samuel Ketcham, had died in 1778, she was probably married to noses Kuykendall in the early 1780's. Moses Kuykendall owned lard in 1769 in that portion of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, that became Washington County. He was probably born about 1748; whether he had been married prior to his marriage to Elizabeth (Sparks) Ketcham is not known.

[Scanner's Note:  Correction noted in Whole No. 87.]

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In the QUARTERLY of December 1970 (Vol. XVIII, No. 4, Whole No. 72) we published (pp. 1355-1361) a record of the family of Jonathan Sparks who was born about 1792. We believe that Jonathan was a son of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks of Surry County, North Carolina. Jonathan Sparks was married to Rachel Swaim in Surry County in 1817 (marriage bond dated November 26, 1817). The last record that we have of Jonathan Sparks is the 1840 census, at which time he was living in Franklin County, Tennessee. It is believed that he died there. Mrs. Ted K. Clifton of Fort Wayne, Indiana, believes that Rachel was the Rachel Swaim born August 15, 1802, to Quaker parents named Elihu and Sarah (Mills) Swaim. This family came to Guilford County, North Carolina, about 1773 from Nantucket. There were also other Swaims who moved to Franklin County, Tennessee, as did Jonathan and Rachel (Swaim) Sparks. Mrs. Clifton's source for this information is the Hinshaw Quaker Records.

[Scanner's Note:  Some information above relating to Rachel (Swaim) Sparks is erroneous and has been corrected in the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 92, p. 1792.]




By Paul. E. Sparks

In the June 1958 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. VI, No. 2, Whole No. 22, pp. 293-307) an article was published entitled "Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland, and his Descendants." One of Josiah's five sons was Matthew Sparks who was probably the youngest. He was born about 1760 in Baltimore County and married a widow, Prudence (Wright) Sharp, in 1786. They settled, first, near the Mason and Dixon line above New Market in Baltimore County, but they moved, sometime prior to 1814, to Franklin County, Indiana.

Matthew Sparks and his wife, Prudence, did not go directly to Indiana, but settled for several years in Shelby County, Kentucky. There, on March 1, 1804, Matthew bought 300 acres of land lying between Mulberry and Grist Creeks from Isham and Jane Talbott. This land was part of an original 1000-acre survey made for James Harrod and for it Matthew paid 400 pounds.

On November 12, 1811, Matthew and Prudence Sparks sold this tract of land to Joseph Venable of Virginia for $3,737.00. Apparently they did not leave this area immediately because four months later, on March 11, 1812, they sold two additional tracts of land to the Methodist Episcopal Church. One tract, consisting of one acre, was to be used in erecting a place of worship, while the second tract, consisting of three acres, was to be used to build a dwelling house for Methodist preachers and their wives who traveled to Shelby County. The consideration for the first tract was $10.00 and for the second tract it was $36.00. It is interesting to note that this was the same Methodist Church circuit which was served about 1802 -1804 by the circuit-riding preacher, Elijah Sparks. (See pages 1699 -1702 of this issue of the QUARTERLY as well as that of June 1973, Whole No. 82, pages 1559 -1560.)

Leonard Sparks, son of Matthew and Prudence, either remained in Shelby County whey. his parents went on to Franklin County, Indiana, or he returned later, for it was there on April 7, 1814, that he married Hannah Sharp. We do not know whether Hannah was related to Prudence Sparks's first husband or not.

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Plans are underway to publish an article within the near future about the Sparks family of Adair County, Kentucky. The article will be concerned primarily with the descendants of two Sparks men whom we believe were brothers. They were William Sparks and Josiah Sparks, and we believe that they were sons of William Sparks of Prince Georges County, Maryland.

The first of these men to come to Kentucky was William Sparks who settled about 1798 in a part of Green County which became Adair County in 1801. William was born about 1760, probably in Prince Georges County, Maryland, and he probably moved with his parents to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, about 1777. He lived for a short time in North Carolina before coming to Kentucky. He had at least nine children; there may have been others. These nine were: Matthew Wright, Sarah, Elizabeth, Selah, John, Elihu, Cynthia, Catherine, and Mary. Some of William's descendants went to Morgan County, Illinois, and then on to Jasper County, Iowa.

Josiah Sparks did not join his brother (?), William Sparks, until about 1827. Josiah was born about 1760, probably in Prince Georges County, Maryland. In 1794


Josiah Sparks married Susan Ann Phillips in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and soon thereafter he moved to Union County, South Carolina. By 1816, his son, Thomas Sparks, had moved westward to Jefferson County, Tennessee. In 1823, Thomas Sparks joined his uncle (?), William Sparks, in Adair County, Kentucky. Then in 1827, Thomas was joined there by his father and his brothers. Josiah Sparks had at least nine children; there may have been others. These nine were: Thomas, John, Samuel, Truelove, Jane Phillips, Josiah, Jr., Elizabeth, Martha, and Sarah. Some of Josiah's descendants went to Sangamon County, Illinois, and then on to Jasper County, Missouri.

Descendants of William and Josiah Sparks are urged to share in the proposed article. Data concerning the descendants of these men will be most welcome. In particular, old pictures and documents, such as old letters, are needed to illustrate the article. Contributors are requested to write to Dr. Paul E. Sparks, 155 North Hite Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206).

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We regret to report the passing of another loyal member of the Association.  Dalphon Clinton Sparks died on December 13, 1974, in Raton, New Mexico, of a heart attack. Born July 20, 1908, in Copan, Washington County, Oklahoma, he was a son of Alfred B. and Sally H. (La Prade) Sparks. Alfred (or Alford) B. Sparks (1869 -1936) was born near Hartville, Wright County, Missouri, and was a son of James and Delilah E. (Seagraves) Sparks. James Sparks (1813 -1903) was born in Iredell County, North Carolina, and was a son of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks. See the QUARTERLY of March 1963 (Vol. XI, No. 1, Whole No. 41, pp. 705-718) for a record of this branch of the Sparks family.

Dalphon Clinton Sparks, known generally as D. C. Sparks, was married in Hillsboro, Sierra County, New Mexico, on May 27, 1936, to Verna Marie Laumbach; she was born on October 8, 1909. She survives her husband, as do their two children, Gerald Clinton (Jerry) Sparks of Vienna, Virginia, and Janet Elaine (Sparks) Ikenberry of Springer, New Mexico. He is also survived by five grandchildren, by two brothers, Victor Sparks and Jack Sparks of Oregon and California, and a sister, Mrs. Mary (Sparks) Hethcoatt of McArthur, California.

D. C. Sparks was a long-time Santa Fe telegrapher. He was graduated from Copan High School and he later attended the Chillicothe, Missouri, Business School. In 1928, he began his long career with the Santa Fe Railroad, serving first as a telegrapher in French, New Mexico, and subsequently throughout the Santa Fe's New Mexico Division, which includes parts of Texas and Colorado. During World War II he served briefly in the Panama Canal Zone with the U.S. Railroad Service.

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Mail addressed to R. L. Jurney of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, has been returned marked "deceased." Mr. Jurney joined the Association in 1957 and has been generous in his support through the years. We have no further information regarding his passing.




(Editor's Note: The June 1974 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XXII, No. 2, Whole No. 86) was devoted to an article about the descendants of Isaac Sparks, pioneer settler of Estill County, Kentucky. Since the publication of that article, we have received additional information and our readers are asked to make the proper additions and/or changes.)

Pages 1646-1647.

2. Annis Sparks, daughter of William and Hannah (Skinner) Sparks, and her husband, John Blanton, had three children:

a. Lucinda Blanton was born on Oct. 4, 1854. On July 13, 1870, she married John Parsons Miller, a son of John and Malinda (Repass) Miller. Lucinda (Blanton) Miller is buried on the old Miller farm in Estill County. She and John had nine children:
(1) Pleasant Green Miller was born on Oct. 24, 1871, and died on Jan. 20, 1967. He is buried in Shelby County, Ky. He was married three times. The first marriage was to Mollie D. Rogers and they had a son, Edward Conroy "Roy" Miller. Roy Miller married Bessie Stout. After the death of his first wife, Pleasant married Betty Davidson and they had one son, Frank Miller, who married Kitty McGuire. The second marriage ended in divorce and Pleasant Miller married (third) Emma Thurman. To this union two children were born: Mildred Miller who married the Rev. Bailey Davis, a Baptist minister, and Clarence L. Miller, who married Katherine Barrickman. Pleasant Green Miller always said that he was named for a church (now defunct) in Bourbon County, Ky., known as the "Pleasant Green Church in the Bluegrass." He served as a commissioner of prohibition in Kentucky and Tennessee and was also with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(2) Clarence Miller was a graduate of Centre College and an attorney. He served in the Kentucky Legislature for several terms and was also State Commissioner of Finance. He never married.

(3) William Miller married (first) Minnie Lisle and they had a son, Glenn Miller. William married (second) Ardith ----- and they had two children: Gordon Miller and Arlene Miller. Like his brother, Clar
ence, William Miller served in the Kentucky Legislature. He was also
clerk of Allen County, Ky. He was an Army captain in World War I.

(4) Daniel Miller was a Spanish-American War veteran and lived in Irvine, Ky. He married but had no children.

(5) Harry Miller married ----- Douglas and had several children, including a son, Douglas Miller, who married Hallie Underwood. Harry Miller, too, served in the Kentucky Legislature.

(6) Eva Miller married William Polk and had a daughter, Myrtle Lee Polk, who married Gilbert Neal.

(7) James Miller was born on March 4, 1882. He went to Arizona where he died on Dec. 1, 1914. He never married.

(8) Lydia Miller married Chester Gourley. They had no children and after their divorce, Chester married Lydia's sister, Virginia.



(ca.1740-1815), continued:

(9) Virginia Miller married Chester Gourley.
b. Malinda Blanton, daughter of John and Annis (Sparks) Blanton, was probably born about 1857. She married John Gum and they had a family but we we have been able to learn nothing about their children.

c. Annis Blanton, daughter of John and Annis (Sparks) Blanton, was probably born about 1859. She never married.

Page 1650.

5. William Riley Sparks, son of William and Hannah (Skinner) Sparks, was born about 1839 in Estill County. On August 2, 1861, Riley Sparks (as he was known) enlisted in Company H, 2nd Illinois Cavalry Volunteers, at Frederick, Schuyler County, Illinois. He was discharged on April 28, 1862, at Hickman, Ky., because of a disability caused by illness of typhoid fever. According to his pension papers, he was 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighed about 170 pounds. Riley Sparks was pensioned on January 13, 1891, and was living on his brother Jeremiah's farm in Jackson County, Kentucky. He died on July 4, 1892. (See Civil War Pension File No. 710513)

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5. John G. Sparks, son of Daniel and Lavin is (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1860. He married (first) Barthena Parsons on May 4, 1882, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) To this marriage two children were born:

a. William Joseph "Willie Joe" Sparks was born about 1886 and died in 1973. He married - - - - - Hoover.

b. Loucinda Sparks. She married Jim Daniel Hoover.

John G. Sparks married (second) Ella Moore, daughter of John Alden and Jemima (Scrivener) Moore, and they had nine children:
c. Nannie Sparks.
d. Barthena Sparks.
e. Rosa Sparks.
f.  Provie Sparks.
g. Mayfree Sparks.
h. Dillard Sparks.
i.  David Sparks. He married Flora Sparks, daughter of Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Sparks, and they had at least one child, a son, Glendon Sparks.
j.  Lloyd Sparks.
k. Liza Sparks.

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QUERY- - FRANK SPARKS, JR., (born July 15, 1870)

Charles F. Kinsey, Box 529, Mackinaw, Illinois (61755) is seeking information on his grandfather, Frank Sparks, Jr. He was a son of Francis Marion Sparks, born April 25,1837, died August 4, 1903, at Buffalo, Illinois. His mother was Rebecca Jane (Walker) Sparks. (See the QUARTERLY of March 1973, Vol. XXI, No. 1, Whole No. 81, pp. 1541-1545, for more data on this branch of the family.) Frank Sparks, Jr., ("Frank" was probably a nickname for Francis) was born July 15, 1870. He was married on August 12, 1895, in Tazewell County, Illinois, to Grace Etta Layton, born June 3, 1877, a daughter of Henry Clay and Mary Marinda (Mathews) Layton. Frank and Grace Etta (Layton) Sparks had two sons: Guy, born November 28, 1895, and


QUERY- - FRANK SPARKS, JR., (born July 15, 1870, continued:

Ralph Harold, born June 2, 1897. Frank and Grace were divorced on May 1, 1897. Guy Sparks was adopted by Charles and Maggie Kinsey; Ralph Harold was sent to a Christian Home in St. Louis. Called simply Harold, he was taken out of the Home by people named Pittenger; he used their name but he was never adopted. No one seems to know what became of Frank Sparks, Jr. (born 1870), though it is said that he went to California in the late 1890's.


When a record of the Sparks families listed on the 1810 census of Virginia was published in the QUARTERLY of September 1967 (Vol. XV, No. 3, Whole No. 59, pp. 1090 -1091), it was explained that the 1810 census schedules for nearly twenty counties had been lost. Among the surviving census schedules for 1810, Sparks families were listed in seven Virginia counties: Berkeley, Brooke, Caroline, Kanawha, Loudoun, Madison, and Washington. These Sparks records were published as noted above. Since that time, however, the tax lists for these missing,counties have been searched and a Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia has been edited by Netti Schreiner Yantis (1971). Sparks families paid taxes in five of the Virginia counties in 1810 that are among those for which the 1810 census records have been lost. These were as follows:
(above 16)
Grayson County
   William Sparks
April 11, 1810
Hardy County (Jonathan Bransons 
                          List - East District)
   George Sparks
   William Sparks
Mecklenberg County
   Matthew Sparks
April 14, 1810
   William M. Sparks
March 17, 1810
Orange County
   Joseph Sparks
June 13, 1810
Pittsylvania County
April 13, 1810
   John Sparks and Son
May 11, 1810
   Matthew B. Sparks
April 13, 1810
   Matthew Sparks & David Gun
April 12, 1810
   Revd. Thomas Sparks & 3 Sons
April 12, 1810



It is a pleasure to report the names of forty-seven new members of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION. These Sparks descendants have joined the Association since our report in the March 1974 issue of the QUARTERLY.

Mrs. Alice Barnett, Deming, New Mexico (88030).
William F. Biggs, Jr., 824 W. Gift St., Peoria, Illinois (61604)
Verna Sparks Boucher (Mrs. Philip G.), 2421 Elm St., Butte, Montana (59701)
Marian L. Brown (Mrs. Frank C.), Box 534, Skippack, Pennsylvania (19474)
Miss Mary F. Carmichael, 320 N. Milledge Ave., Athens, Georgia (30601)
Jeraldyne Clipson (Mrs. Addison H.), 905 Greenville Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio (45246)
Mrs. Evelyne F. Duncan, 410 North Willson, Bozeman, Montana (59715)
Mildred E. Ellers, 624 W. Lincoln Road, Kokoma, Indiana (46901)
Mary Gates (Mrs. Merton), 9410 Dominican Dr., Miami, Florida (33157)
Miss Virginia Goudelock, Rt. 5, Box 369, Gaffney, South Carolina (29340)
Barbara E. Grether (Mrs. Elmer E.), 14022 Margage St., Van Nuys, California (91401)
Mrs. Butler Hughes, Rt. 3, Box 617, Trinity, North Carolina (27370)
Charles F. Kinsey, Box 529, Mackinaw, Illinois (61755)
Melvin E. Kirkpatrick, 10609 Upton Ave., South, Bloomington, Minnesota (55431)
Mary V. Langstraat (Mrs. Corney), R.R. 1, Eddyville, Iowa (52553)
Nancy Sparks McFall (Mrs. R.H.), 4409 Dobie Rd., Okemos;Michigan (48864)
Betty L. Marriott, 1158 N. Acacia, Rialto, California (92376
Dorothy Long Moffett (Mrs. Vinton L.), P.O. Box 284, Conneaut, Ohio (44030)
Nancy Sparks Morrison (Mrs. R.P.), 2148 Berkeley Ave., S.W., Roanoke Virginia
(24015) Opal M. Muncy (Mrs. Bennett W.), P.O. Box 775, Louisa, Kentucky (41230)
Mrs. Manena Sparks Schwering, Blue River, Oregon (97413)
Arthur Quitman Sparks, 1711 Forest Creek Rd., Augusta, Georgia (30994)
Curtis Wayne Sparks, 503 Wagner St., Greenwood, Mississippi (38930)
Edward B. Sparks, 224 East High St., Lexington, Kentucky (40508)
Eli Sparks, Jr., General Delivery, South Irvine, Kentucky (40483)
F. Hazen Sparks, R.R. 1, Box 139, North Webster, Indiana (46555)
Frank C. Sparks, 428 So. State St., Nampa, Idaho (83651)
Frank J. Sparks, Jr., 5 Pine Woods Rd., Cranby, Connecticut (06035)
Garth E. Sparks, 1605 W. Charles St., Champaign, Illinois (61820)
Glen B. Sparks, 218 Pine Circle, Goldsboro, North Carolina (27530)
Harold A. Sparks, 3 Bayberry Lane, Williamsburg, Virginia (23185)
Jimmy L. Sparks, 1123 Ridgecrest Ave., Burlington, North Carolina (27215)
Joe D. Sparks, 1725 Alderbrook Court, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia (30345)
Judith B. Sparks (Mrs. H. Wayne), 934 Fountain, Alameda, California (94501)
Lawrence Powell Sparks, Jr., 1530 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, Georgia (30601)
Philip Michael Sparks, 245 West 104th St., New York, New York (10025)
Robert E. Sparks, 732 Holley St., Saint Albans, West Virginia (25177)
Robert J. Sparks, Box 163, Chalmette, Louisiana (70043)
Rufus T. Sparks Jr., 1914 Chickasaw Dr., Evansville, Indiana (47715)
Dr. Thomas W. Sparks, 7253 Yorktown Dr., New Orleans, Louisiana (70127)
Walter C. Sparks, R.R. 1, Richland, Indiana (47634)
Beverly June Sparks Sutton (Mrs. R.C.), Rt. 1, Box 1666, Meadow Vista, California (95722) B. R. Taylor, 3608 South 31st Street, Temple, Texas (76501)
Esther Vernatti (Mrs. W. J., Jr.), P.O. box 3096, Glenstone Station, Springfield, Missouri (65804)
Robert S. Viguers, Jr., 109 Wayne Dr., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (17112)
Billie Foote Wassenberg (Mrs. W. A.), R.F.D.3, Box 10, Marysville, Kansas (66508)
Mrs. Mae Yakubisin, 1212 Homewood, S.W., Canton, Ohio (44710)

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