THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION
|VOL. XXIV, NO. 2||JUNE, 1976||
WHOLE NO. 94a
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[Note: On the cover is a photograph, beneath which is the following caption:]
NOAH W. SPARKS (1844-1919)
son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks
with his second wife
MAGGIE HENRIETTA (DODGE) SPARKS (1862-1934)
|THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The
Sparks Family Association.
Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Hite
Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
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 -1975) with the four indexes may be purchased for $55.00. (These 23 years of the QUARTERLY comprise nearly 1792 pages of Sparks Family history.)
WHO WAS THE ANCESTOR OF THE SPARKSES OF WEBSTER COUNTY, KENTUCKY?
by Paul E. Sparks
For several years we have been collecting data about a SPARKS family that settled that area of Kentucky which became Webster County in 1860. A descendant of this branch of the family, Jack D. Sparks, 2721 Highland Court, St. Joseph, Michigan (49085) has contributed most generously for the support of our research. Webster County was formed from parts of Henderson, Hopkins, and Union Counties. The Sparks family settled on Deer Creek near the present-day village of Sebree and quite close to the boundary line between Hopkins and Henderson Counties. The family apparently came to Kentucky about 1820, for one of its members, Noah Sparks, was born in North Carolina about 1817, while his brother, Samuel Sparks, was born about 1821 in Kentucky.
Although settlement began in Kentucky about 1774, and she became a state in 1792, it is surprising; that there were no persons named SPARKS in the entire western half of the state on the censuses of 1790, 1800, and 1810, and there were only three SPARKS families in the western part of the state on the 1820 census. These were THOMAS SPARKS, born prior to 1775, of Christian County, with his wife, three sons and two daughters; ELI SPARKS, born between 1794 and 1801, of Trigg County, with his wife and one daughter; THOMAS SPARKS, born between 1775 and 1794, of Henderson County,
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with his wife and two sons. (Actually on all census records prior to 1850, households were enumerated as males and females in certain age groups; it is our conjecture that the oldest female in each of these three families was the wife and that the boys and girls enumerated were sons and daughters of the head of the household.)
On the 1830 census of Kentucky, only four persons named SPARKS were listed as heads of families in the western half of the state. THOMAS SPARKS, who was on the 1820 census of Christian County, was now in adjoining Caldwell County with six males (probably sons) and three females (probably daughters). ELI SPARKS, who was on the 1820 census of Trigg County, was now in neighboring Callaway County, with four females (probably daughters). (He is probably the ELI SPARKS on the 1840 census of Edgar County, Illinois.) JOHN SPARKS, born between 1790 and 1810, appeared for the first time on the 1830 census of Christian County with one male (probably son). THOMAS SPARKS, who was on the 1820 census of Henderson County, was not listed in 1830; however, on the census of adjoining Hopkins County, SARAH SPARKS, born between 1790 and 1800, was listed as the head of a family with three males (probably sons).
Sarah "Sally" Sparks is without doubt the matriarch of the Webster County Sparkses. We have found only a few specific records of her. She was the head of her family in 1830, as indicated above, with one son born between 1815 and 1820 and two sons who were born between 1820 and 1825. She was also the head of the family when the 1840 census was taken. With her was one son, born betwen 1810 and 1820; two sons born between 1820 and 1825; and a daughter born between 1830 and 1835. When the 1850 census was taken, she was living in Henderson County. Her age was given as 53. With her was a daughter, Mary Sparks, age 18. On the 1860 census of Webster County, Sarah Sparks was listed as 63 years old and she was living with her son, Samuel Sparks.
The county records of Henderson, Hopkins, Webster, and Union Counties have been searched, but only three records of persons named SPARKS were found prior to 1839. In 1813, Thomas Sparks paid taxes on himself (over age 21) and on one horse in Hopins County. In 1822, Thomas Sparks paid taxes in Henderson County on himself (over age 21) and on one horse. (He may have been the same person.) In 1833, Matthew Sparks paid taxes in Hopkins County on himself (over age 21) and two horses. These are the only records found in this entire area until 1839 when Noah Sparks began paying taxes on himself. In 1844, Samuel Sparks and Richard Sparks also began paying taxes in Hopkins County.
By using a process of elimination of the persons named SPARKS who were in western Kentucky in 1820 and 1830, we are tempted to conclude that Sarah Sparks was the wife of the.Thomas Sparks who headed a family in Henderson County in 1820. All of' the other men named SPARKS who were in western Kentucky can be accounted for with the exception of Thomas Sparks who appeared on the 1820 census of Henderson County; thus it appears quite logical to assume that Sarah Sparks was his wife, and perhaps his widow. She was in the right age group; she had a son born prior to 1820; and she lived on the boundary line between Henderson and Hopkins Counties as did Thomas Sparks.
There are several reasons, however, that make us reluctant to arrive at this conclusion, logical though it may be. First, Thomas Sparks had two sons born between 1810 and 1820, or at least males living with him. Assuming that Noah Sparks, born about 1817 in North Carolina, was one of the sons, who and where was the other son listed on the 1820 census? Second, where was Thomas Sparks in 1830? Had he died? Had he moved away? Had he separated from his wife and family? Third, if Thomas Sparks had died or had moved away from his family prior to 1830, who was the father of the daughter of Sarah Sparks, Mary Sparks, who was born about 1832?
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In 1958, a grandson of Richard P. Sparks (see below), Claude Sylvester Wiseman, of Marion, Illinois, gave the following information about his Sparks ancestry. He said that his mother's maiden name had been Sarah Sparks and that she had two brothers, Noah Sparks and John Sparks. His grandfather was Richard Sparks who had married a woman whose maiden name had been Croweley. They came from Virginia to Kentucky in a covered wagon. He said that his great-grandfather was Noah Sparks and that his greatgreat-grandfather had emigrated from Curry County, Ireland, on the Mayflower.
Obviously, there is at least one patent error in this information - - the Mayflower of Pilgrim fame sailed from England in 1620, at least 150 years before the birth of any great-great-grandfather of Mr. Wiseman, although there have been other ships with this name. In addition, there is no Curry County, Ireland; however, there is a Kerry County, Ireland. There is also a Surry County, North Carolina, where a large number of Sparks families settled in the late 1700's. Many records have been. searched in Virginia and North Carolina but so far we have found no record of either a Thomas and Sarah Sparks, or of a Noah and Sarah Sparks. Perhaps the publication of this article will help to solve this genealogical problem.
Sarah Sparks was the mother of four children. Noah Sparks was born in February 1817 in North Carolina. Samuel Sparks was born about 1821 in Kentucky. Richard P. Sparks was born about 1823 in Kentucky. Mary "Polly" Ann Sparks was born about 1832 in Kentucky. (Her children gave her place of birth as North Carolina on the 1880 census which asked for the place of birth of one's parents.) Sarah Sparks did not appear on the 1870 censuses of Webster, Henderson, Hopkins, or Union Counties; it seems probable that she had died between 1860 and 1870.
1. Noah Sparks, son of ----- and Sarah (-----) Sparks, was born in February 1817 in North Carolina. The first official record we have found of him is the 1839 tax list of Hopkins County where he is listed as having paid a poll tax and taxes on a horse valued at $150. He was a farmer. On June 13, 1842, he married Lucinda Newton in Hopkins County. They were married by Nathaniel Harding, a justice of the peace. Lucinda was born about 1823, probably in Missouri, although when the 1870 census was taken, her birthplace was given as Kentucky.
Noah and Lucinda settled on Deer Creek, a stream which drains eastern Webster County and empties into the Green River near Sebree. There, on September 26, 1849, Noah purchased 84 acres of land from Washington Newton (probably a relative of Lucinda) for $1.00 per acre.
Examination of the early land deeds of this area show that a common practice among the farmers was that of mortgaging their future crops; thus, on November 30, 1846, Noah Sparks loaned $45.00 to James Hunt who pledged his 1846 tobacco crop and his horses and wagon as security.
In 1858, Noah Sparks and a neighbor, Stephen D. Oglesby, bought 297 acres on Deer Creek from Thomas A. Pages for $600. On April 24, 1862, the men sold 100 acres of the tract to Joseph Z. Shelton for $445. On June 16, 1862, they sold an additional 46 acres to Burton Williams for $325, and a day later, they sold 72 acres to G. A. Oglesby for $396. The deeds were all signed by the wives of the two men, Lucinda Sparks and Louisa Oglesby. The last sale of property we found which was made by Noah and Lucinda Sparks was in 1866 when they sold 80 acres of land on Whiteside Creek in Webster County to John Gardner.
Noah and Lucinda were living in Webster County when the 1880 census was taken. He was 63 years of age and was born in North Carolina. His father's birthplace was given as Virginia and his mother's birthplace as North Carolina. Lucinda was 58 years of age and was born in Kentucky. Her father's birthplace was given
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as North Carolina and her mother's birthplace was given as Kentucky. No records were found of the deaths of Noah and Lucinda and neither of them left a will. Census records indicate that they had five children:
A. Pleasant Sparks, son of Noah and Lucinda (Newton) Sparks, was born on Feb. 11, 1843, probably in Henderson County. He died on September 14, 1924, at Hend.erson, Ky. On August 12, 1863, he enlisted in Company C, 35th Regiment Kentucky Infantry. (See the abstract of his pension file in this issue of the QUARTERLY, beginning on page 1823.)
Pleasant Sparks was married twice. His first marriage was to Arga C. Grayson on Feb. 23, 1865, in Webster County. She was born about 1843 in Kentucky. They were the parents of eleven children:1. Louisa M. Sparks was born Jan. 11, 1866. She is probably the L.M. Sparks who married Silvanis Sheffer in Webster County on Dec. 27, 1883.Arga C. (Grayson) Sparks died on Feb. 7, 1900, and on Sept. 27, 1906, Pleasant Sparks married (as his second wife) Mattie (Mason) Berry in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. She was the widow of M. A. Berry who had died in 1902. Pleasant and Mattie Sparks had one child:
2. Edmund C. Sparks was born on Feb. 3, 1867.
3. Henry 0. Sparks was born on Sept. 11, 1868.
4. George L. Sparks was born on Dec. 8, 1869.
5. L. Ellen Sparks was born on Dec. 17, 1871.
6. William R. Sparks was born on Aug. 27, 1873. He is probably the William R. Sparks who married Hallie Cobb on Feb. 16, 1899, in Webster County.
7. J. F. Sparks was born on June l, 1875.
8. David S. Sparks was born on Jan. 6, 1877.
9. P. L. Sparks was born on Feb. 11, 1881.
10. C. A. Sparks was born on Feb. 7, 1883.
11. N. W. Sparks was born on July 4, 1887.12. Lillian Sparks was born on Jan. 25, 1971.B. William Sparks, son of Noah and Lucinda (Newton) Sparks, was born about 1847 in Kentucky. He is probably the William Sparks who married L. J. Grayson on Jan. 28. 1869, in Webster County. They were married at the home of Ura Grayson by David Morehead. Witnesses were William Crowley and J. W. Grayson. When the 1880 census was taken of Webster County, William and L.J. Sparks had four children; there were probably others born after 1880.1. A. C. Sparks (son) born about 1870.C. Martha J. Sparks, daughter of Noah and Lucinda (Newton) Sparks, was born on Oct. 1, 1856, in Henderson County, Ky. She is probably the Martha J. Sparks who married H. L. Head on Dec. 11, 1873, in Webster County. When the 1880 census was taken of that county, they had one child; there were probably others born after 1880.
2. G. W. Sparks (son) born about 1873.
3. U. E. Sparks (daughter) born about 1876.
4. James E. Sparks was born about 1878.1. Rutherford Head was born about 1876.
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D. Joel Sparks (sometimes also designated as Joseph), son of Noah and Lucinda (Newton) Sparks, was born on March 10, 1859. On Nov. 25, 1880, he married Billie J. Grayson in Webster County, Ky., at the home of Pierce Grayson. They were both 21 years of age and it was the first marriage for each of them. To this marriage at least four children were born:II. Samuel Sparks, son of ----- and Sarah (-----) Sparks, was born about 1821 in Kentucky. On Jan. 26, 1843, he was married to Julia Ann Anderson in Hopkins County, Ky., by Nathaniel Harding, a justice of the peace. She was born about 1824 in North Carolina. When the 1850 census was taken, Samuel and Julia were living in McCracken County, Kentucky, and it was there that two of their children. were born, one in 1850 and another in 1852. By 1855, however, they were back in Henderson County, where, on May 12, 1859, Samuel bought a 53-acre tract of land on Knob Lick Creek, a tributary of Deer Creek, for $215. Then when Webster County was formed in 1860, the family of Samuel Sparks went with the new county. When the census was taken that year, Samuel's mother, Sarah Sparks, was living with them.1. Nora Sparks was born about 1881. She is said to have married a man named Cobb and they lived in Evansville, Indiana.E. Jasper N. Sparks, son of Noah and Lucinda (Newton) Sparks, was born about 1863. He was 19 years of age and living with his parents when the 1880 census was taken of Webster County, Ky.
2. Roy Esmond Sparks was born on Aug. 21, 1883. He married Grace Fraser and they had at least one child, a son named Roy Earl Sparks.
3. Clarence Sparks was born about 1886. He was living in Evansville, Ind., in 1953.
4. Lydia Sparks was born about 1889. She married ----- Westbrook and was living in Denver, Colo., in 1953.
Samuel and Julia Ann appeared on the 1870 census of Webster County. His occupation was given as a mechanic. He did not appear on the 1880 census and apparently they had moved from Kentucky. We have found no record of their deaths, and neither of them left a will in Webster County. From census data and the vital records of McCracken and Henderson Counties, Kentucky, we have compiled what we believe to be a complete record of their children:
A. Noah W. Sparks, son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks, was born on March 7, 1844. On Oct. 1, 1862, he enlisted in Company H, 26th Regiment Illinois Infantry. (See the abstract of his pension file in this issue of the QUARTERLY, beginning on page 1824.) Noah W. Sparks was married twice. His first marriage was to Eunice Harkins in 1869 and they had one child:1. Frank Sparks was born on Dec. 20, 1873, in LaSalle County, Illinois.After the death of his wife, Eunice (Harkins) Sparks, at Tonica, Illinois, on Feb. 4, 1883, Noah Sparks married (second) Maggie Henrietta Dodge on June 29, 1885, at Princeton, Illinois. She was born on March 31, 1862. To this marriage, five children were born:2. Leora Sparks was born on April 14, 1886.Noah W. Sparks died on Nov. 15, 1919, and his wife, Maggie Henrietta (Dodge) Sparks, died on Dec. 27, 1934.
3. Julia Sparks was born on June 24, 1888.
4. Fred Sparks was born on Dec. 14, 1889.
5. Earl Sparks was born on Oct. 6, 1896.
6. Hazel Sparks was born on July 29, 1897.
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B. Nancy A. Sparks, daughter of Samuel and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks, was born about 1846. On Feb. 11, 1862, she was married to William M. McGraw at the home of her parents in Webster County. She was 16 years old and he was 20. They were married by David Morehead, a minister of the Gospel. Witnesses were James Garrard and Josiah Hoskins. When the 1880 census was taken of Webster County, they had three children and there were probably others born after 1880.III. Richard P. Sparks, son of ----- and Sarah (-----) Sparks, was born about 1823 in Kentucky. He paid taxes on himself in 1844 (thus he was over 21 years old) in Hopkins County. On May 20, 1847, he was married to Sarah L. Crowley in Henderson County by Winson Crew, a minister of the Regular Baptist Church. Sarah was born about 1825 in Kentucky. Richard and Sarah were enumerated on the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Hopkins County, but were in Webster County when the 1870 and 1880 censuses were taken. On the 1880 census, Richard was listed as age 55 and born in Kentucky. The 1880 census provided for the birthplace of each individual's parents and the father of Richard was indicated as having been born in Virginia; his mother's birthplace was given as North Carolina.1. Martha J. McGraw was born about 1867.C. Thomas Sparks, son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks, was born about 1848. In 1870 he was age 22 and living in the home of his parents in Webster County.
2. Noah W. McGraw was born about 1870.
3. Mary A. McGraw was born about 1875.
D. Samuel Sparks, son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks, was born about 1850 in McCracken County, Kentucky.
E. Sarah Frances Sparks, daughter of Samuel and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks, was born on Sept. 25, 1852, in McCracken County, Kentucky. On Dec. 17, 1868, she was married to Alexander Wall by Algernon Edwards at the home of her parents in Webster County. Witnesses were George M. Edwards and Sarah Melton.
F. Albert Sparks, son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks, was born on Oct. 17, 1855, in Henderson County, Kentucky.
G. Henry Sparks, son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks, was born about 1858.
H. Richard Sparks, son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks, was born about 1860.
I. Powell Sparks, son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks, was born about 1863.
Richard and Sarah Sparks left few other records of themselves. In 1852, he mortgaged his corn and tobacco crops in Henderson County to Andrew Woods for $35. A year later, Woods married Richard Sparks's sister, Mary Ann Sparks. On Oct. 3, 1859, Richard mortgaged his tobacco crop to Peyton Cox for $75. On Sept. 8, 1874, Sparks bought 50 acres of land on Deer Creek from George W. Hardeman for $450, but he sold the same tract a year later to Carvin Johnson for $450.
Richard and Sarah (Crowley) Sparks apparently had six children:
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Children of Richard and Sarah (Crowley) Sparks:
A. William Sparks, son of Richard and Sarah (Crowley) Sparks, was born on March 18, 1848. He died on Oct. 2, 1853.IV. Mary "Polly" Ann Sparks, daughter of ----- and Sarah (-----) Sparks, was born about 1832 in Kentucky. (It is interesting to note that her children gave her birthplace as North Carolina on the 1880 census.) On May 30, 1853, she was married to Andrew J. Woods in Henderson County, Ky., by Lud Brackett, a minister of the Gospel. Joseph Beal was the bondsman for Woods "to marry Polly Ann Sparks, daughter of Sarah Sparks, widow." Witnesses were Joseph Beal and James Beal. Woods was born about 1815 in Tennessee.
B. Noah H. Sparks, son of Richard and Sarah (Crowley) Sparks, was born about 1850.
C. John W. Sparks, son of Richard and Sarah (Crowley) Sparks, was born about 1852.
D. Sarah E. Sparks, daughter of Richard and Sarah (Crowley) Sparks, was born on Nov. 15, 1853, in Henderson County, Ky. On Jan. 31, 1888, she married W. B. Wiseman in Webster County. They had at least one child.1. Claude Sylvester Wiseman was probably born about 1890. He died in August 1973 at Marion, Illinois.E. Julia A. Sparks, daughter of Richard and Sarah (Crowley) Sparks, was born on Dec. 14, 1858, in Hopkins County, Ky. She is probably the Julia A. Sparks who was married to Ebenezer Cobb on July 25, 1888, in Webster Co.
F. Catherine "Katie" Sparks, daughter of Richard and Sarah (Crowley) Sparks, was born about 1863.
According to the 1860, 1870, and 1880 censuses of Webster County, Polly Ann and Andrew J. Woods were the parents of seven children, all of them born in Kentucky. Polly Ann did not appear on the 1880 census; apparently she had died before 1880. Their children were:
A. James F. Woods, son of Andrew and Polly Ann (Sparks) Woods, was born about 1854. He married Sarah -----, probably about 1875. When the 1880 census was taken, they had one child named Henry Woods, born about 1877 in Kentucky. There were probably other children born after 1880.
B. David Woods, son of Andrew and Polly Ann (Sparks) Woods, was born about 1856.
C. Mary E. Woods, daughter of Andrew and Polly Ann (Sparks) Woods, was born about 1859.
D. Sarah Catherine "Kate" Woods, daughter of Andrew and Polly Ann (Sparks) Woods, was born about 1860.
E. Lucinda Woods, daughter of Andrew and Polly Ann (Sparks) Woods, was born about 1862.
F. William "Billy" Woods, son of Andrew and Polly Ann (Sparks) Woods, was born about 1866.
G. Matilda "Tildy" Woods, daughter of Andrew and Polly Ann (Sparks) Woods, was born about 1868.
UNION SOLDIERS NAMED SPARKS WHO APPLIED, OR WHOSE HEIRS APPLIED,
FOR PENSIONS FOR SERVICE IN THE CIVIL WAR
(Editor's Note: From time to time in past issues of the QUARTERLY we have published abstracts of the pension files of Union soldiers who served in the Civil War. A great many Union soldiers and their widows (sometimes parents and children) received Federal pensions for their service and the papers comprising their files in the National Archives in Washington contain fascinating records of both historical and genealogical significance. We have an index of all of the pension files for persons named Sparks that was compiled for us a number of years ago by Carrie Grant Heppen. There are over 600 names on this list. For $2.00 it is possible to obtain xerox copies of selected documents from one of these files.
Dr. Paul. E. Sparks, President of our Association,
has obtained a number of these files (selected papers therefrom that appear
to a clerk doing the search to have genealogical importance) and has abstracted
them. We shall publish them in the QUARTERLY as space permits.)
|PLEASANT SPARKS,||son of Noah and Lucinda (Newton) Sparks, was born on Feb. 11, 1843 in Henderson County, Ky. He died on Sept. 14, 1924. He married (first) Arga C. Grayson in 1865 and (second) Mattie (Mason) Berry in 1906. He served in Company C, 35th Regiment Kentucky Infantry. Files Designations: Inv. Cert. No. 921,798; Minor Cert. No. 959,400. See page 1819 of this issue of the QUARTERLY for additional data on his family.|
Pleasant Sparks enlisted in Company C, 35th Regiment Kentucky Mounted Infantry on August 12, 1863, at Owensboro, Ky., and was discharged at Louisville, Ky., on Dec. 29, 1864. The military records we received from the National Archives were incomplete, but they do show that he was present for duty during that period of time except when he was taken prisoner on Dec. 14, 1863, near Fort Donelson, Tennessee. The Bureau of Pensions acted favorably on his application for a pension and he was issued Invalid Certificate No. 921,798 on or about Aug. 5, 1890.
On March 11, 1907, Pleasant Sparks made application for increased. pension benefits under the 1907 Act of Congress. He stated that he was 64 years of age and lived near Sebree, Kentucky. At the time of his enlistment he was 5 ft. 8 in, tall; he had a fair complexion, blue eyes and dark hair; he was a farmer. S. M. Stinnett and O. C. Cates, both residents of Sebree, attested to the application which was notarized by B. M. Sutton. We received nothing to denote the action taken on this request.
On April 12, 1815, Sparks responded to
a questionnaire from the Bureau of Pensions. He stated that he was
born in Webster County, Ky., (at that time a part of Henderson County)
on Feb. 11, 1843. On Feb. 23, 1865, he married Arga C. Grayson in Webster
County, Ky., and they had eleven children. They were:
|Louisa M. Sparks, born Jan. 11, 1866||J. F. Sparks, born Jun 1, 1875|
|Edmon C. Sparks, born Feb. 3, 1867||David S. Sparks, born Jan. 6, 1877|
|Henry O. Sparks, born Sept. 11, 1868||P. L. Sparks, born Feb 11, 1881|
|George L. Sparks, born Dec. 18, 1869||C. A. Sparks, born Feb. 7, 1883|
|L. Ellen Sparks, born Dec. 17, 1871||N. W. Sparks, born July 4, 1887|
|William R. Sparks, born Aug. 27, 1873.|
(The sex of the children identified only by initials is not given.)
Pleasant Sparks went on to state on this questionnaire that his wife, Arga, had died in Webster County on Feb. 7, 1900. On Sept. 27, 1906, he had married Mattie (Mason) Berry, widow of M. V. Berry, who had died on Feb. 25, 1902, at Henderson, Ky. To this second marriage one child, Lillian Sparks, was born on Jan. 25, 1911.
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Pleasant Sparks was 81 years of age when he died on Sept. 14, 1924, at 504 Letcher St., Henderson, Ky., of general debility. W. R. Sparks, probably his son, completed the death certificate. He said that Pleasant Sparks was a son of Noah and Lucinda (Newton) Sparks. Noah Sparks was a native of North Carolina, but the birthplace of Lucinda Newton was given as "unknown". Dr. Peyton Ligon of Henderson was the attending physician; F. L. Tapp & Co. of Dixon, Ky., was the undertaker; and the burial was at the Mt. Lebanon Church.
On Oct. 6, 1924, Mattie Sparks, widow of Pleasant, made application for a Minor Pension for her daughter, Lillian Sparks, now thirteen years of age. Henry Powell and J. D. Morehead witnessed the application which was notarized by R. H. Royster. The application was accompanied by an affidavit from Cora Burton, age 35, of Sebree, which stated that she was at the home of Mattie Sparks on the day of the birth of her daughter, Lillian, on Jan. 25, 1911. The reason she remembered the date so well was that her own daughter was born just two months later on March 20, 1911. Minor's Cartificate No. 959,400 was issued on Oct. 11, 1924. Lillian Sparks continued to receive a pension until Jan. 24, 1927, when she was dropped from the pension rolls because of legal limitation. At that time she was receiving 30.00 per month.
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|NOAH WEBSTER SPARKS,||NOAH WEBSTER SPARKS, son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks, was born on March 7, 1844. He died on Nov. 15, 1919. He married (first) Eunice Harkins in 1869 and (second) Maggie H. Dodge on June 29, 1885. He served in Company H, 26th Regiment Illinois Infantry. File Designations: Inv. Cert. No. 659,075; Wid. Cert. No. 902,844. See page 1820 of this issue of the QUARTERLY for further data on the family of Noah Webster Sparks.|
Noah W. Sparks filed an application for a invalid pension on Oct. 18, 1886, but the original application form was not included in the materials sent from his file at the National Archives. Apparently he claimed that he was suffering from a disease of the lungs. On March 1, 1877, the War Department sent his military records to the Bureau of Pensions. He had enrolled on Oct. l, 1862, at Holly Springs, Mississippi, as a private in Company H, 26th Regiment Illinois Infantry Volunteers for three years and was mustered out with his company on July 20, 1865, at Louisville, Kentucky. He was in the Regimental Hospital on Jan. 24, 1863, and he was also in the U.S. General Hospital at Marietta, Georgia, for a period of time in October 1864. There was no other evidence of a disability.
On Nov. 25, 1889, William A. Wright, age 56, a resident of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, testified that in January, 1863, Sparks was "taken with lung fever near LaGrange, Tennessee, and was hospitalized for some time and had a cough which terminated in weak lungs." Wright said he knew this as a fact since he had served in the same military company as Sparks. Joseph Shoptaw, age 47, a resident of Grayville, Ill., also made an affidavit on Dec. 19, 1889, in which he gave substantially the same testimony as did Wright.
On Dec. 27, 1889, Sparks made a general affidavit. He was now 47 years of age and lived at Mt. Vernon, Posey County, Ind. He said he was unable to furnish the evidence of the Regimental Surgeon, since he (the surgeon) had died in Texas in October 1889. He said he did not know the whereabouts of the Orderly Sergeant or a Commissioned Officer who could support his claim and he had to rely upon the evidence of his former comrades. He was placed on the pension rolls under Invalid Certificate No. 659,075 at the rate of 8.00 per month.
On Oct. 24, 1902, Sparks applied for an increase in his pension under the 1900 Act of Congress, claiming that he continued to suffer from disease of the lungs and a
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a general debility. He lived at 216 Wells Street, Chicago, Ill. He appointed the firm of Oscar B. Barber & Company as his attorneys. Nothing was included from his file to indicate what action was taken on this application.
Again on March 24, 1908, Sparks asked for increased pension benefits under the 1907 Act of Congress. He was now 64 years of age and lived at 401 Sedgwich St., Chicago, Ill. He said he was born in Webster County, Ky., on March 7, 1844. At the time of his enlistment he was 5 ft. 8 in. tall; he had a light fair complexion, brown eyes and light brown hair; and.he was a farmer by occupation. Since leaving the service he had lived in Tonica, LaSalle County, Ill., and Paducah, Ky. Charles L. Burkhard and Ed Efert witnessed his signature and the application was sworn to before Ernest Stock, Jr., a notary public of Cook County. The pension was increased to $18.00 per month.
On March 19, 1915, Sparks responded to a questionnaire from the Bureau of Pensions. He said he had been born at Sebree, Ky. He had married Eunice Harkins in 1869 and she died at Tonica, Ill., on Feb. 4, 1883. They had one child, Frank Sparks, who was born on Dec. 20, 1873, at LaSalle, Ill. Sparks said he was married (second) to Maggie Dodge in 1884 by the Rev. Bunker and to this union five children were born:
Leora Sparks, born April 14, 1885, at Mt. Vernon, Ind. (This was probably in 1886)Noah W. Sparks died from lobar pneumonia on Nov. 13, 1919, at his residence at 6750 Belmont Ave., Chicago, Ill. At the time of his death, he was receiving a pension of $40.00 per month.
Julia Sparks, born June 24, 1888, at Mt. Vernon, Ind.
Fred Sparks, born Dec. 14, 1889, at Mt. Vernon, Ind.
Earl Sparks, born Oct. 6, 1896, at Tonica, I11.
Hazel Sparks, born July 29, 1897, at Tonica, Ill.
On Dec. 22, 1919, the widow of Noah W. Sparks, Maggie H. (Dodge) Sparks, applied for a pension under the 1916 Act of Congress. She stated that she had been born on March 31, 1862, at Tonica, Ill., and had married Sparks on June 29, 1884, under her maiden name of Maggie Henrietta Dodge. She said her husband had been married previously to Eunice Harkins who had died on Feb. 17, 1883.
The clerk of Bureau County, Ill., James Fletcher, sent a confirming copy of the marriage record of Noah W. Sparks and Maggie H. Dodge to the Bureau of Pensions and she was placed on the pension rolls under Widow Certificate No. 902,844.
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|WILLIAM C. SPARKS,||son of Reuben and Phoebe (Blackburn) Sparks, was born on May 1843, in Wilkes County, N.C. He died on May 30, 1930. He married Phoebe McCann on Dec. 19, 1878. He served in Company H, 10th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry. File Designation: Inv. Cert. No. 347,120 .|
On Aug. 31, 1881, William C. Sparks, age 35, a resident of Traphill, N.C., made application for an invalid pension. He said he had enlisted on March 1, 1864, in Company H, 10th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry commanded by John Q. A. Bryant and was discharged at Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 1, 1865. At the time of his enlistment, he was 6 feet tall; he had a fair complexion, blue eyes and black hair; and he was a farmer by occupation. During the spring of 1865, while stationed at Pulaski, Tenn., he contracted asthma and a disease of the heart and lungs for which he was treated at the Washington Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. He was also taken to the Gayoso Hospital where he stayed from Feb. 16, 1865, until June 1865. Since his discharge from the service, he had been treated by Dr. Tyra York. He appointed A. B. McSebb & Co., Washington, D.C., as his attorneys. Wesley Joines and Joseph P. Pruitt attested his application.
UNION SOLDIERS, PENSIONS FOR SERVICE IN THE CIVIL WAR, continued:
The War Department confirmed Sparks's military service on Aug. 22, 1883. He had enlisted for a period of three years at Nashville, Tenn., in Company H, 10th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry and had been mustered out with his company at Nashville on Aug. 1, 1865. He had been hospitalized from Feb. 17, 1865, to April 30, 1865, at Memphis, Tenn., but the nature of his illness was not stated.
On Aug. 19, 1886, William V. Smoot, age 40, a resident of Traphill, N.C., made an affidavit to support Sparks's claim. He said he was a comrade soldier of Sparks and that in October 1864, Sparks was stricken with chronic diarrhea for which he was treated in the regimental hospital. Then, in February 1865, Sparks took what the doctors called asthma and lung disease and was sent to Washington Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. Smoot said that Sparks developed a severe cough and the right side of his breast sunk in with what the doctors said was a collapsing of the right lung.
Sparks was issued Invalid Certificate No. 347,120 and placed on the pension rolls.
On May 4, 1898, William C. Sparks responded to a questionnaire from the Bureau of Pensions. He said his wife, Phoebe F. Sparks, had died on May 30, 1896. They had five living children. They were:
Annie Bell Sparks, born Dec. 7, 1879Sparks responded to another questionnaire on April 15, 1915. He said he was born at Traphill, N.C., on May 25, 1843. He was married to Phoebe McCann on Dec. 19, 1878, by J. F. Gentry, a justice of the peace. After the death of his wife in 1896, he had not remarried.
Cora E. Sparks, born May 9, 1883
George W. Sparks, born April 14, 1886
Tyra Clifton Sparks, born Feb. 14, 1891
Leftridge Blaine Sparks, born April 6, 1895
On Oct. 20, 1924, William C. Sparks, now 80 years of age, made an application for additional benefits under the 1920 Act of Congress. He said he was suffering from a gall bladder disease, which was probably malignant, and from general debility due to old age. Dr. Ira G. Gambill, Elkin, N.C., and Annie B. Wilson, Traphill, N.C., witnessed his signature and C. G. Arnfield notarized the application.
When William C. Sparks died on May 30, 1930, he was receiving a pension of 90.00 per month.
(Editor's Note: For further details about William C. Sparks and his branch of the Sparks family, see the December 1955 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Whole No. 12.)
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|DAVID L. SPARKS,||son of James and Elizabeth (Maddox) Sparks, was born on July 30, 1844, in Pike County, Missouri. He died on Nov. 13, 1864. He served in Company C, 39th Regiment Missouri Infantry Volunteers. File Designation: Father's Cert. No. 248,074.|
No copy of the original application of James Sparks, father of David L. Sparks, was sent to us by the National Archives, but apparently he requested a father's pension prior to Jan. 19, 1888, for on that date the Bureau of Pensions requested the military records of David L. Sparks from the War Department. On Feb. 4, 1888, the War Department sent the records which showed that David L. Sparks had enrolled in Company C, 39th Regiment Missouri Infantry Volunteers on Aug. 6, 1864, at Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri, for six months. He died in the hospital at Glasgow, Missouri, on Nov. 13, 1864, of typhus fever. According to his personal description records, he was 20 years of age; he was born in Pike County, Missouri; he was 5 ft 9 in. tall; he had a light complexion, gray eyes and light hair; and he was a farmer by occupation.
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On April 5, 1888, R. Y. Jones, age 73, a resident of Pike County, Mo., made a lengthy affidavit to support the claim of James Sparks. Jones said he had lived as a close neighbor to Sparks since 1864 and knew his statements to be facts. James Sparks was about 78 years of age and owned a farm of 157 acres that could be described as very poor land and not worth more than twelve cents per acre. In spite of this, James Sparks and his wife, Elizabeth, raised a family there consisting in 1864 of David L. Sparks, age 18; Susan Sparks, age 16; Elizabeth Sparks, age 14; Nancy Sparks, age 12; and Alley Sparks, age 10. David L. Sparks had assisted his father on the farm to support his mother and sisters and also to support his mother's sisters and her father. After he entered the service, he sent money home to his father to help support the family.
On July 15, 1887 (the affidavit continued) Elizabeth Maddox Sparks, wife of James Sparks and mother of David L. Sparks, died. At about the same time, James Sparks lost the sight of his eyes and was no longer able to earn his support and he was destitute. His land was worthless and he had no personal property. The affidavit was sworn to before J. W. Edwards, Probate Clerk, Pike County, Missouri.
On July 12, 1888, Pike County Clerk, J. W. Edwards, sent sworn testimony about the family records of James Sparks to the Bureau of Pensions. The testimony contained a statement that James Sparks and Elizabeth Maddox were married on Aug. 17, 1837, in Louisville, Kentucky. The family records also showed that David Lambert Sparks was born on July 30, 1844, and departed this life on Nov. 13, 1864.
James Sparks was issued a pension under Father's Certificate No. 248,074. When he died on or about June 4, 1890, he was receiving a pension of 12.00 per month.
On Nov. 19, 1890, Nannie Kramer, age 35, and Maggie Walkley, age 31, both residents of Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri, made a joint declaration. They said they were the only surviving sisters of David L. Sparks who were under the age of 16 years at the time of his death, and since he left no widow or children, they made the declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension rolls under the Act of Congress granting pensions to dependent relatives. They appointed James D. Kincaid, Bowling Green, Missouri, as their attorney. J. S. Barnum and Nancy Lawrence witnessed their signatures and the declaration was sworn to before B. F. Parsons, Clerk of the Louisiana Court of Common Pleas. Nothing was sent from the file to show what action was taken on this declaration.
(Editor's Note: James Sparks, with his
wife Elizabeth (Maddox) Sparks, appeared with their family on the 1850
census of Pike County, Missouri. When one compares the list of children
of James and Elizabeth given in the R. Y. Jones affidavit, above, with
this census record, it is apparent that Jones mentioned only those
children still living at home in 1864 and that the three youngest children
mentioned by Jones (Elizabeth, Nancy, and Alley) were born after
1850. The census record appears as follows - - the family's post
office was Peno, Missouri.
|Sparks, James||(age) 39||(sex) M||born Kentucky|
|" Mary A.||12||F||Missouri|
|" Benjamin F.||10||M||"|
|" Martha J.||8||F||"|
|" Susan S.||2||F||"|
QUERY--PARENTAGE OF BAXTER SPARKS (1777-1840)
In the QUARTERLY of March 1972 (Vol. XX, No. 1, Whole No. 77) pages 1466-74, we published a record of the family of Baxter and Elizabeth (Gwin) Sparks. This rather extensive record of this branch of the Sparks family had been discovered in a collection of old letters purchased by a 16-year-old boy in Oklahoma. From these records, and other documents already in our files, we learned that Baxter Sparks had been born in Virginia on May 8, 1777; he married Elizabeth Gwin (or Gwinn) who had been born on May 1, 1786. They became the parents of ten children: Mary L., Thomas P., John G., Mathew N., Wesley H., George T., Edmond B., David R., Harvey A., and William A. J. Baxter Sparks and his family moved from Virginia to Harrison County, Indiana; by 1837 they had moved to Macoupin County; Illinois, where Baxter Sparks died on September 7, 1840. His wife, Elizabeth (Gwin) Sparks, died there on March 24, 1844. Harrison County, Indiana, is in the southerniriost tier of Indiana counties and is separated from Jefferson, Hardin, and Meade Counties, Ky., by the Ohio River. When the 1810 census of Harrison County was taken, Baxter Sparks was shown as living in Harrison Township. Shown as living next to Baxter Sparks on the 1810 census was John Gwinn, a man a generation older than Baxter, and living very near also was John Gwinn, Jr., who was about the same age as Baxter Sparks. It seems rather likely that the elder John Gwinn was Baxter's father-inlaw.
At the time these records were published in 1972, we knew of no descendant of Baxter Sparks, but a new member in 1973, Frances S. Jones of Walnut Creek, California, discovered that this was her family. She has since made a determined effort to discover the parentage of Baxter Sparks.
Another descendant of Baxter Sparks, George S. Milnor of 310 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois, who was living in 1941, was also much interested in this branch of the Sparks family, as revealed in a letter that he wrote to Mrs. Jones's uncle. It is unlikely that Mr. Milnor is still living, but we hope that through this query we may get in touch with a member of his family. Mr. Milnor was a great-grandson of Baxter Sparks; his grandfather (Baxter's son) was David R. Sparks, born 1823, died 1907, who married Ann Davenport Chapman. Their daughter, Mary Ann Sparks, married Frank R. Milnor in 1874 and was the mother of George S. Milnor.
In his letter to Mrs. Jones's uncle (Charles A. Sparks), Mr. Milnor referred to a recent visit he had paid to Charles A. Sparks, adding: "In reporting the matter to my uncle, Hosea B. Sparks, Palm Beach, Florida, he was very much interested as he remembered very well having visited your grandfather (John G. Sparks) many years ago." Mr. Milnor went on to report that Hosea B. Sparks, who was a son of David R. Sparks and a grandson of Baxter Sparks, had sent him photographs of John G. Sparks and wife, and he referred to the record of the family that he was maintaining.
Mr. Milnor referred to the father of Baxter Sparks as THOMAS SPARKS of Richmond, Virginia; he also stated that the maiden name of the wife of Thomas Sparks was Sanders, but he did not mention her first name. We had speculated that the family of Baxter Sparks had belonged to the Pittsylvania County, Virginia, branch of the family because a Gwin (or Gwinn) family was closely associated with that branch of the Sparks family. If Mr. Milnor was right regarding Baxter Sparks's father having lived near Richmond, then we are wrong in thinking he may have belonged to the Pittsylvania County branch, because Richmond is a long distance from Pittsylvania County.
Mr. Milnor mentioned having a son living at Fort Lewis, Washington, in 1941. Would a member of the Association living in that area be willing to try to determine whether a person named Milnor might still be living there? If anyone has information on this Sparks line, please write either to your editor or to Frances S. Jones, 2756 Tice Creek Dr., Manor #8, Walnut Creek, California (94595).
QUERY-- ADELINE SPARKS (born 1809) MARRIED ISAAC NEWTON
A Sparks descendant named Harry Roderick is seeking information regarding the parentage of Adeline Sparks who was born in Pennsylvania on October 20, 1809. She was married on January 1, 1826, to Isaac Newman who was born in Fayette County, Penna., on October 20, 1800. The names of his parents are not known - - they died when he was quite young and he was reared by Ephraim Walters. Isaac Newman and Adeline Sparks lived in German Township, Fayette County, Penna., following their marriage, but in 1849 they moved with their children to Jefferson Township, Green County, Wisconsin. Adeline (Sparks) Newman died on September 21, 1868; her husband, Isaac Newman, lived to be 94; he died July 21, 1894. They are buried north of Juda, Wisconsin, in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. They both belonged to the Baptist Chruch.
Isaac and Adeline (Sparks) Newman were the parents of 18 children, 11 of whom lived beyond childhood. Their names were: Hulda, Naomi L., Mary J., Hannah, Pamelia, Elizabeth, Adeline, Martha M., Hattie, Lena Emma, and V. S. B. (a son). Mr. Roderick descends from the daughter Pamelia (or Pamela) who married Washington Mitchell in 1850 in Green County, Wisconsin.
Adeline was 16 years old when she married Isaac Newman. A Henry Sparks, whom we have not succeeded in identifying, obtained a warrant to a tract of land in Wayne Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, on April 14, 1794. (Greene County adjoins Fayette County.) When this land was patented in 1796, however, John and William Newbold became the owners. We have not been able to identify this Henry Sparks. It is possible that he was the father of Adeline.
If anyone has information on this family, please write to the editor.
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QUERY- - HANNAH J. SPARKS MARRIED JAMES R. CRANK, 1885
Mr. Raymond D. Crank, 404 Mormon St., Folsom, California (95630) is seeking information regrading the three wives and children of James R. Crank. James R. Crank was married three times. He married (first) Mary Jane Fowler on December 16, 1872, in Jackson County, Kentucky. On October 7, 1885, he married (as his second wife) Hannah J. Sparks in Estill County, Kentucky. On July 25, 1898, he married (third) Lizzie Barrett in Clay County, Kentucky. Mr. Crank seeks information on the children of these marriages, births, deaths, cemetery records, old pictures, etc.
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DEATH TAKES HARRY L. SPARKS
It is with deep regret that we record the death of Harry L. Sparks who died on May 21, 1973, at Shelbyville, Kentucky. He was a charter member and loyal supporter of the Sparks Family Association. He was survived by his wife, Ura (Thomas) Sparks; a son, John Meredith Sparks; two grandsons, John M. Sparks, Jr., and David Sparks; and two sisters, Firs. Ruth Wood and Mrs. Ben Field. Harry was a Methodist, a Mason, a veteran of World War I, and a member of the 1933 Kentucky Legislature.
Harry L. Sparks descended from John and Mary Sparks of Orange County, Virginia, through their son, Thomas Sparks, who married Mary Towles, probably about 1740. (See the June 1956 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 14.) Thomas Sparks had a son, Humphrey, born about 1749 who married Milly Nalle and they had a son, Martin Sparks, who was the great-grandfather of Harry L. Sparks. (See the Sept. 1956 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 15.) Harry L. Sparks's paternal grandparents were Abraham Gregory and Sarah F. (Martin) Sparks and his parents were John Abraham and Mary Ellen (Clements) Sparks.
DEATH TAKES . GLADYS VIOLA (CLIFFORD) SPARKS
James D. Sparks, a charter member of the Association, has reported the passing of his mother, Gladys Viola (Clifford) Sparks, born Nov. 8, 1903, in Lincoln, Bonneville County, Idaho, died Jan. 9, 1976, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was the 4th child of Ephriam Karlnealius Clifford and Ida Deborah (Hill) Clifford. A sister and she married brothers. The sister, Ester Hazel Clifford, married David Alfred Sparks, born Feb. 2, 1890, while Gladys Viola Clifford married Douglas Wilbur (Dick W.) Sparks who was born May 18, 1892, in Vanceburg, Lewis County, Kentucky, a son of James Harvey and Arzela (Lykins) Sparks and a grandson of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks of Morgan and Lewis Counties, Kentucky. She had two children, Arzela La Verne Sparks born July 8, 1928, died November 17, 1928, and James Douglas Sparks, born Nov. 23, 1929, in Idaho Falls, Idaho; he married Sept. 24, 1949, in Pocatello, Idaho, Nelliemae Burns, daughter of Peter Paul and Hazel Alvera (Thorpe) Burns.
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DEATH TAKES MRS. ANNIE (BREWER) MORGAN
We regret to report the passing on November 2, 1975, of Mrs. Annie (Brewer) Morgan, a long-time member and generous supporter of the Association. She was born on May 4, 1892, the 8th child of George W. and Medora Waddell (Sparks) Brewer, and was married on December 24, 1915, to Joseph Westly Morgan (born May 22, 1891). The were the parents of four children who survived infancy: (1) Flora Ann Morgan, born Jan. 20, 1917; (2) Joseph Westly Morgan, Jr., born Dec. 2, 1918; (3) Dorothy Lee Morgan, born Nov. 21, 1819; and (4) Geneva Blance Morgan, born July 16, 1921. A daughter, Ruth, died in infancy.
Medora (Waddell) Sparks, Mrs. Morgan's mother, was born Sept. 15, 1859, and died on Sept. 8, 1937; she was a daughter of James M. and L. Virginia (Blance) Sparks. James M. Sparks, born Oct. 11, 1839, at Cedartown, Polk County (then Paulding County) Georgia, and died on March 5, 1876, near Cedartown. He was a son of Thomas Hunter Sparks (1814 -1863) and his first wife, Mary Ann (Leonard) Sparks. Thomas Hunter Sparks was a son of Martin Peeples Sparks (1786 -1837) and Elizabeth (Whatley) Sparks (1795 -1870). For a detailed record of this branch of the Sparks family, see the March 1958 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. VI, No. 1, Whole No. 21, pp. 271-280; the June 1958 issue (Vol. VI, No. 2, Whole No. 22, pp. 308-314), and the March 1959 issue (Vol. VII, No. 1, Whole No. 25, pp. 360-366).
Mrs. Morgan's brother, Benjamin E. Brewer, who was born April 3, 1886, died on June 6, 1975. Two members of this family are still living, her brother Joseph A. Blance Brewer, born Feb. 22, 1899, and her sister Daisy B. Brewer (Mrs. Daniel McLean) born March 12, 1902.
In the QUARTERLY of December 1975 (Vol. XXIII, No. 4, Whole No. 92, page 1781) we erroneously referred to the wife of Lemuel Nelson Sparks (1852-1944) as Nancy Benson Sparks. Her name was actually Nancy Elizabeth Vinson, daughter of Edwin Sherrod Vinson; she was born January 9, 1862, and died April 24, 1944. Her name appeared correctly on page 966 of the QUARTERLY of March 1966 (Vol. XIV, No. 1, Whole No. 53) along with a list of the children of her and her husband, Lemuel Nelson Sparks. We hope that members of the Association will make this correction on page 1781 of their file of the QUARTERLY.
[Scanner's Note: Correction made.]
FURTHER DATA ON THE DESCENDANTS OF SOLOMON SPARKS,
OF WILKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
In the QUARTERLY of June 1959 (Vol. VII, No. 2, Whole No. 26, pp. 382-394) we published a record of the descendants of Solomon Sparks, Jr., and his wife Charity of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Solomon Sparks, Jr., who died in 1817, was a son of Solomon and Sarah Sparks who moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to North Carolina, settling near Salisbury in Rowan County, in 1753. Solomon Sparks, Jr., lived his entire life in Wilkes County, N.C., near the boundary between Wilkes and Surry Counties; he was a farmer by occupation. By his wife, Charity, he had six sons: George, Solomon, William, Samuel, Jonathan, and Joseph.
George Sparks, believed to have been the oldest son, was born about 1788. He married Delila ---- about 1806. Prior to 1830, George and Delila, with their ten children, migrated from Wilkes County, N.C., to Randolph County, Indiana. An eleventh child, Mary Ellen Sparks, was born in Indiana. Later the family moved to Wells County, Indiana, where George Sparks died in 1843. The children of George and Delila Sparks were: Dicey, Aaron, Elizabeth, Sarah, Faribee, Lydia, George W., Matilda, Abel, Delila, and Mary Ellen.
At the time the above mentioned article was published, we had very little information regarding Mary Ellen Sparks, youngest daughter of George and Delila. Recently a granddaughter of Mary Ellen joined the Association and has supplied us with information about her. We are grateful to Florence Norris DeSelms (2732 Cambridge Court, Oklahoma City, Okla.), for this information and for loaning us the original of the photograph appearing on page 1832.
Mary Ellen Sparks (whose nickname was Molly), daughter of George and Delila Sparks, was born on January 30, 1832, in Indiana. She was married to Elias Wilcoxson (or Wilcoxson) in Wells County, Indiana, on December 6, 1851 (Marriage Book 2, p. 90). Elias Wilcoxson served in the Civil War (Company K, 75th Indiana Infantry) and later received a pension. According to his application, Elias Wilcoxson was born on May 6, 1830, in Surry County, N.C., although a family Bible record gives the year as 1829. Like the Sparks family, his parents, Jesse and Sarah Elizabeth (Denny) Wilcoxson, moved from North Carolina to Randolph County, Ind., then to Wells County. He died on February 4, 1913, at Pentwater, Michigan, in the home of his brother, James C. Wilcoxson. There is some confusion regarding the date of death of Mary Ellen (Sparks) Wilcoxson. According to family records, she died on February 12, 1913, in Wells County, Ind., but according to the pension application of Elias Wilcoxson, he married (as his second wife) Margaret Dewitt on March 1L, 1889, in Wells County. A claim for reimbursement for care and medical service during Elias Wilcoxson's last illness states that both of his wives were dead.
The family Bible that belonged to Charles A. Wilcoxson (son of Elias and Mary Ellen (Sparks) Wilcoxson, is now owned by Mrs. Hazel Crabill, daughter of Charles A. Wilcoxson of Warsaw, Ind. In it is a list of the children of Elias and Marry Ellen (Sparks) Wilcoxson, as follows:
1. Solomon Wilcoxson, born December 31, 1852.
2. William Wilcoxson, born September 22, 1854, died December 17, 1940.
3. Henry Wilcoxson, born February 3, 1857, died June 14, 1938.
4. Daniel Wilcoxson, born August 23, 1859, died July 14, 1933.
5. Johnnie Wilcoxson, born May 10, 1862, died in infancy.
6. Sarah Wilcoxson, born January 23, ----, died early.
7. Amos ("Jack") Wilcoxson, born September 16, 1867.
8. Alexander ("Alec") Wilcoxson, born January 30, 1869, died June 13, 1908.
FURTHER DATA ON THE DESCENDANTS OF SOLOMON SPARKS, JR., continued:
Children of Elias and Mary Ellen (Sparks) Wilcoxson, continued:
9. Charles A. Wilcoxson, born February 4, 1871, died December 23, 1939.Mary Ellen Wilcoxson married Marion Warden Norris on May 22, 1893. They were the parents of Florence N. DeSelms who has furnished us with this information.
10. Mary Ellen Wilcoxson, born April 2, 1872, died September 27, 1906.
[Note: Here appears a photograph, beneath which is the following paragraph as the caption.]The original of the above photograph is owned by Florence . DeSelms. On the back is printed "Markle, Ind. M.C. Walker, (photographer)." Mrs. DeSelms has identified the lady standing (in the center) as Mary Ellen (Sparks) Wilcoxson, daughter of George and Delila Sparks, who was born in 1832. Judging from her probable age, it would seem that this photograph was taken sometime in the 1870's. We have not been able to identify the two older ladies sitting and holding their Bibles, but it seems quite possible that they were two of Mary Ellen's older sisters. We hope that someone will be able to identify them.
[Scanner's note: The lady seated on the left was identified as Lydia (Sparks) Brown. See the QUARTERLY for December 2001, p. 5595 for this indentification and other information. Go to wn196a.]
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SPARKS COAT OF ARMS STILL AVAILABLE FROM MRS. ROUNTREE
Maggie Sue Rountree (Mrs. S.R.) continues to paint coats of arms and continues to give a discount to members of the Association requesting hand painted copies of the Sparks coat of arms. She charges $8.00 plus mailing costs for one copy of the Sparks arms, 6.00 for each additional copy. For the coat of arms of other families, she charges 12.00 plus mailing costs for one copy and 10.00 for each additional copy. Her address is RFD Box 195, Gatesville, North Carolina (27938).
SOME CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS
In the June 1967, December 1967, June 1968,
and December 1968 issues of the QUARTERLY we published a series of articles
about the descendants of Robert Sparks (1777-1831) of Madison County, Virginia,
and Henry County, Kentucky. Our readers are requested to make the following
corrections and additions to these articles:
|Page 1063.||Isabella Ford was born on May 23, 1776, not 1796. It has been discovered recently that she was a daughter of John and Alphia (Petty) Ford. It was stated on page 1063 that she was a daughter of Abfire Ford, based on an 1806 deed of gift. It was assumed that Abfire Ford was her father. Actually, "Abfire Ford" was her mother (a widow in 1806) whose real name was probably spelled Alphia, although it appears in other records as Alfire, Abfire, Affire, Apphia, and Alphifia. In his will dated Dec. 11, 1791 (Culpeper County, Va.), John Ford calls his wife Alphia Ford. There can be little doubt that she was a daughter of John and Rebecca (Sims) Petty. John Petty made his will in Orange County, Va., on July 26, 1768 (probated Sept. 27, 1770) and named Abfire Ford as one of his children.|
|Page 1066.||Kate Sparks, wife of Elias Magruder Sparks, died on Nov. 7, 1939, rather than Nov. 7, 1839.|
|Page 1070.||The full name of the wife of Robert F. Sparks was Pauline "Polina" Jane Pemberton.|
|Page 1074.||George T. "Short" Sparks was born on Dec. 1, 1857. He died on Sept. 8, 1910. He married Stella A. Long on Feb. 25, 1903. She was born in 1877 and died on March 4, 1905. They had one daughter, Elizabeth Sparks, who was born on Feb. 27, 1905. She married Joseph A. Bier on Feb. 16, 1926, and they had two sons: James Sparks Bier, born in 1927, married Ann Foley; and Robert Jay Bier, born in 1935, married Jo Ann Smith.|
|Page 1071.||The maiden name of the wife of Marquis "Mark" Sparks was Morris, not Vanlandingham.|
|Page 1072.||Peggy Sparks, daughter of Paul Twain Sparks, married Lee Carter, not Greer. Their son was Rocket Lee Carter. Peggy is now married to Darrell Charbonneau and they have a son, Lawrence E. Charbonneau, born Nov. 18, 1971. Paul T. Sparks, Jr., son of Paul Twain Sparks, was born Jan. 21, 1945, and is now married to Judith Tahir; they have a daughter, Mary Margaret, born Dec. 31, 1971.|
|Page 1074.||George P. Sparks, son of John Ford and Patsy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born on June 5, 1835. Amanda L. Sparks was a daughter of John Ford and Eleanor "Nellie" (Fallis) Sparks.|
|Page 1075.||Isabelle "Bell" Fallis Sparks was a daughter of John Ford and Eleanor "Nellie" Fallis Sparks.|
|Page 1078.||Frances A. "Fannie" Sparks was a daughter
of John Ford and Eleanor "Nellie" (Fallis) Sparks. Patsy Threlkeld Sparks
was a daughter of John Ford and Eleanor "Nellie" (Fallis) Sparks. She was
born on Oct. 25, 1840, in Henry County, Kentucky and she died on March
23, 1926. She married "Buddy" Permenus Jeremiah MaGruder on Oct. 24, 1867,
and they had three children:
(1) Nellie Fallis MaGruder was born on Dec. 25, 1869. She died on Nov. 16, 1889, and is buried in the Pleasureville (Ky.) Cemetery.
|Page 1108.||James Parnell Sparks was probably born in Madison County, Virginia, not in Shelby County, Kentucky.|
|Page 1108.||Isabelle "Ibby" Jane Sparks was born in 1829.|
SOME CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS,
|Page 1121.||The children of Angus and Gertie Lee (Francis) Sparks were: Vinata Pearl Sparks, born in 1899, who married Degar McKinley Potter; Vadon Maurice Sparks, born in 1902, who married Carrie Ningler; Vivian Mae Sparks, born in 1904, who married Robert Louis Koch; and Russell Kay Sparks, born in 1909, who married Veronica Dolan.|
|Page 1149.||Phoebe Smith Sparks, Thomas Jameson Sparks, and William Madison Sparks, children of Robert and Isabelle (Ford) Sparks, were probably born in Madison County, Virginia, not Shelby County, Kentucky.|
|Page 1151.||Henry Jefferson Sparks married as his second wife, Jane Threlkeld, a sister of his first wife. They had no children. He married as his third wife, Sarah (Pearcy) Whitlow, and they had two children: Kate Sparks and Mattie Sparks. (Which see below.)|
|Page 1155.||Samuel P. Sparks was born in 1835. Martha Jane "Mat" Sparks was born in 1837. Isabelle "Idd" Sparks should be numbered "6" rather than "5".|
|Page 1156.||John William Sparks was born in 1840; he should be numbered "5" rather than "6". The name of James Fountain Sparks should be inserted between the names of John William Sparks and Phoebe Ann "Mitt" Sparks; he was born in 1845. Phoebe Ann "Mitt" Sparks should be numbered "8" rather than "7"; she died on Dec. 4, 1929.|
|Page 1157.||Nancy Alice Sparks was born on Jan. 15, 1850; she should be numbered "9" rather than "8". Sarah Ellen Sparks should be numbered "10" rather than "9". Mattie D. Sparks was born in 1862 and was a daughter of Henry Jefferson and Sarah (Pearcy) Whitlow Sparks. She should be numbered "12" rather than "10". Kate Sparks was a daughter of Henry Jefferson and Sarah (Pearcy) Whitlow Sparks.|
|Page 1183.||Eliza Jane (Sparks) White was born in 1851 rather than in 1841, as listed under the picture.|
|Page 1188.||Eliza Jane Sparks was married in 1872 rather than 1871. Page 1191. Robert Lewis White died in Lynwood, California.|
|Page 1186.||(Bottom of page) Julia Cannely Sparks died in Miami, Florida, rather than in Kansas City, Missouri.|
[Scanner's Note: The above corrections and additions have been made.]
MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION
It is a pleasure to report the names of the following new members of the Sparks Family Association. These Sparks descendants have joined the Association since our last report in the March 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY.
Flo C. Butler (Mrs. Ed), Rt. 2, Box 193 BA, Edmond, Oklahoma (73034)
Victoria Sparks Forrester (Mrs. Patrick), 28 Irving St., #22 Haskins Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts (02138)
Mrs. J. T. Huddleston, Rt. 3, Box 249, Burkesville, Kentucky (42717)
Shirley E. Johnson, 9 South Meadow Lane, Madison, Wisconsin (53705)
Francis Sparks Kerr, 903 Fair Addition, Great Falls, Montana (59404)
Mrs. H. C. Morrison, 245 Union, St. Louis, Missouri (63100)
George H. Sparks, Jr., 1801 Shadow Lane #5, Dalton, Georgia (30720)
Howard W. Sparks, 122 E. Oakland Ave., Huntington, West Virginia (25705)
James D. Sparks, 602 Garrison Ave., Ft. Smith, Arkansas (72901)
James E. Sparks, Breeding, Kentucky (42715)
Keith W. Sparks, 6 Cade Circle, Muncie, Indiana (47304)
Morgan Sparks, 904 Lamp Post Circle, S.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico (87123)
Mrs. Tula R. Swafford, Quarter Horse Motel, P.O. Box AU, Benson, Arizona (85602)
Geneva M. Taylor, 233 20th Street, S.W., Birmingham, Alabama (35211)
Mrs. Rhoda Webb, 4804 Burkhead Ave., Pleasure Ridge Park, Kentucky (40258)
Norma Sparks Wheeler (Mrs. Paul), RFD 4, Box 447, Marion, Illinois (62959)
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