Whole Number 22
In 1890 a descendant of 18. Josiah Sparks, John F. Kaufman of Baltimore, Maryland, prepared a record of the branch of the Sparks family to which his grandmother, Elizabeth (Sparks) Kaufman, belonged. A copy of this manuscript came into the possession of another descendant of Josiah Sparks, Mr. Laban Sparks of Baltimore. In 1932 Major Charles H. Smith of Pittsburgh obtained a copy of this record from Laban Sparks and has since turned it over to The Sparks Family Association. This genealogy of the family of Josiah Sparks is far from complete and it is poorly organized, but the data which it contains seem to be accurate. It is partially presented below, with additions from other sources. Very few dates were given by Mr. Kaufman--it has been possible to provide some from other sources. Major Smith copied the inscriptions of some tombstones in St. James Churchyard in the town of Mockton near Baltimore which have been incorporated below.
The order of birth of the five sons of Josiah Sparks is not positively known. They were born between 1749, the year in which he was married, and 1765, when he died. Exact birth dates are known for only two, Elijah Sparks (1754) and Thomas Sparks (1758)--these appear on their tombstones. It seems probable, however, that they were born in the following order: 18.1 Francis Sparks, 18.2 Josiah Sparks, Jr., 18.3 Elijah Sparks, 18.4 Thomas Sparks, and 18.5 Matthew Sparks.
Mr. Kaufman attempted to trace the descendants of each of these five sons. Of the descendants of the son Matthew, however, Mr. Kaufman was able to learn little because this family had moved many years earlier to Indiana. Fortunately, Mary Turner Jones (3344 Steele Street, Denver 5, Colorado), a great-great-granddaughter of Matthew Sparks, has been able to supply a detailed record of Matthew's descendants through his son Lemuel. Mrs. Jones was assisted by two other members of the Association, Mrs. Ethel Lawler of Wheaton, Illinois, and Mrs. Florence K. Rode of Los Gatos, California.
A word of explanation of the system used to number the descendants of Josiah Sparks is probably necessary. Josiah Sparks has been assigned number '18'. In the number for each of his sons, Josiah's number is repeated, followed by a number to represent the order of birth, believed to be correct, of these sons. Thus, the number '18.5' is used for Matthew Sparks because he is believed to be the fifth son of Josiah. Matthew's oldest son, Levi, thus receives the number '18.5.1'. The number for Mrs. Jones is '220.127.116.11.2.2'.
18. Josiah Sparks, the earliest ancestor of this branch of the Sparks family about whom definite information has been obtained, was born ca. 1729. The earliest official record which has been found pertaining to Josiah Sparks is that of his marriage. In the records of St. Anne's Parish, Annapolis, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, is the following: 'Josiah Sparks married July 15, 1749, to Penelope Brown, by the Rev. Mr. Andrew Lendrum.' One deed involving Josiah Sparks is on record in Anne Arundel County. It is dated December 9, 1749, and records the sale of fifty acres of land by Josiah Sparks to Doctor James Doull. This tract of land was called 'Hunting Park' and was located in Frederick County, Maryland. Doctor Doull, who was a resident of Frederick County, paid 'twelve pounds Maryland currency' for the tract. Josiah Sparks was identified in this deed as being a 'planter of Ann Arundale County in the province of Maryland.' How he had come into the possession of this land has not been learned--perhaps he was a resident of Frederick County at an earlier date.
by 1759 Josiah Sparks had moved to Baltimore County, Maryland, for in that county on August 7, 1759, he received a mortgage from Gale Frizell. In all probability, Josiah Sparks was a son of 17.1 Thomas Sparks who purchased 162 acres of land in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, in 1748. Thomas Sparks moved to Baltimore County between 1752 and 1756. The last record among the Baltimore County land records pertaining to Thomas Sparks is a certificate dated 1760 which he held for 38 acres in Baltimore County called 'Hawk's Nest.' A patent was not issued for some reason, so he was never actually granted the land. Thomas Sparks was still alive in 1765 when he was named as Josiah's only relative 'in this province' when the latter's estate was settled. (In this connection, widows and children were not considered as 'relatives.') (See The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 11, September , 1955, pp. 79 & 80, for additional notes on Thomas Sparks.)
Josiah Sparks died in 1765 in Baltimore County. Unfortunately, he did not leave a will. His wife, Penelopy, was appointed administratrix. Her inventory of Josiah's estate has been preserved--it was dated June 17, 1765, and amounted to slightly over 84 pounds.
Penelopy (Brown) Sparks, widow of Josiah, was married, second, on April 10, 1770, to Aquilla Wyle. This marriage is recorded in St. John's & St. George's P. B. Church in Harford County, Maryland. (In 1770 Harford County was part of Baltimore County--it was cut off from Baltimore County in 1773.) by 1781 Penelopy and her second husband had moved to Shrewsbury Township, York County, Pennsylvania. Children:
18.1 Francis Sparks, believed to have been the eldest son of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks, was born ca. 1750, married a Cassandra Wright, sister of the wife of his brother, Matthew, and lived near New Market, Baltimore County, Maryland. He was the father of eight children, order of birth not proven:
18.1.1 John T. Sparks, said to have moved to the central part of Kentucky; married and had one son named 18.104.22.168 George Sparks; removed to Mississippi between 1845 and 1850.
18.1.2 Thomas Sparks, according to Mr. Kaufman's account, moved to Ohio about 1834. (Correction Note: He was probably the same Thomas Sparks who married Jennie Harwood - this is incorrect based upon a correction in Issue 133). He actually married Mary Elizabeth Pierce on December 24, 1824, in Baltimore County, Maryland; subsequently they lived in Butler County, Ohio, and in Jackson County, Indiana.
He was born in Ohio, and settled at an early date in Sullivan County, Indiana, where he resided until his death about 1849. Thomas Sparks, according to Mr. Kaufman, had a son named 22.214.171.124 John who was living in Posey County, Indiana, in 1890. The History of Sullivan County, Indiana, by Thomas J. Wolfe, 1909, states that Thomas Sparks was the father of:
126.96.36.199 Walter P. Sparks, born March 29, 1842, who married Martha J. Lisman.
188.8.131.52 Philip Sparks who married Mahala J. Capner and settled in Montgomery County, Indiana.
[Webmaster Note: Please read the article from the Quarterly Whole No. 142 for the corrected list of children of 18.1.2 Thomas Sparks and 18.4.3 Thomas Sparks]
18.1.3 Josiah Sparks, died at his father's homestead near New Market while young.
18.1.4 Wright Sparks, the fourth and last son of Francis Sparks, was born ca. 1786. He moved to Franklin County, Indiana, prior to 1820; on the 1850 census of Franklin County his age was given as 64. Wright Sparks married Ann (Nancy Ann Magnus) and had sons named:
184.108.40.206 John Sparks,
220.127.116.11 Lemuel Sparks, and
18.104.22.168 William Sparks.
[Webmaster Note: See WN 53 for a complete list of children]
18.1.5 Mary Sparks, married, first, FNU Sharp (who was a son of Matthew Sparks's wife by her first husband, John Sharp); they had several children, including a daughter who married a man by the name of FNU Cardwell of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Mary Sparks married, second, Isaac Decker by whom she had one son. They lived in Hancock County, Ohio.
18.1.6 Ruth Sparks, married Josiah Pearce in Baltimore County, Maryland, on December 5, 1816. He was a farmer and lived on Deer Creek in the Seventh District of Baltimore County. They moved to Crawford County, Ohio, thence to Holt County, Missouri. They had several children, the oldest son being 22.214.171.124 Silas Pearce who was living in Holt County, Missouri, in 1890, according to Mr. Kaufman.
18.1.7 Elizabeth Sparks, married Frederick Kaufman in Baltimore County, Maryland, on March 31, 1813. He carried on the saddlery and harness business in the Seventh District of Baltimore County. She died in 1828, and he died in 1858. They had four sons and one daughter:
126.96.36.199 Francis S. Kaufman,
188.8.131.52 James M. Kaufman,
184.108.40.206 Thomas Kaufman,
220.127.116.11 John P. Kaufman, and
18.104.22.168 Eliza Kaufman.
It was John T. Kaufman who compiled the history of this Sparks family upon which the present account is largely based. He married Mary A. Bond of Baltimore City, Maryland, in 1856. His occupation was that of a saddle and harness manufacturer. He was living in the city of Baltimore when the record was compiled in 1890.
18.1.8 Prudence Sparks, married Richard Gasnell in Baltimore County, Maryland, on December 9, 1820. No further data.
18.2 Josiah Sparks, Jr., believed to have been the second son of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks, was born ca. 1752. He served in the Whiskey Rebellion as well as in the War of 1812. He lived in the Tenth District, Baltimore County, Maryland, married, and was the father of eight children:
18.2.1 Aaron Sparks, born ca. 1787, died May 31, 1856. He was orderly sergeant in the War of 1812. He married his cousin, 18.3.5 Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of 18.3 Elijah Sparks. She was born in 1803 and died July 10, 1883. Both are buried in St. James Churchyard, Mockton, Maryland. They were the parents of five children:
22.214.171.124 Rachel Sparks, born ca. 1832.
126.96.36.199 Josiah Sparks, born October 25, 1833.
188.8.131.52 Francis Sparks, born ca. 1836.
184.108.40.206 Mary Sparks, born ca. 1838.
220.127.116.11 Marceline Sparks, born ca. 1840.
18.2.2 Thomas Sparks, son of 18.2 Josiah Sparks, Jr., born ca. 1790, married, and had the following children:
18.104.22.168 Aaron Sparks
22.214.171.124 James Sparks
126.96.36.199 Elizabeth Sparks
188.8.131.52 Rachel Sparks
18.2.3 Francis Sparks was born ca. 1792. He was a farmer and lived on 'My Lady's Manor,' a farm in the Tenth District, Baltimore County, Maryland. He was listed on the 1850 census as being 58 years old; his wife Betsy's age was given as 56. They had no children, according to Mr. Kaufman.
18.2.4 Matthew Sparks occupied and owned a farm in the Tenth District. He married and had four children, but their names were not given by Mr. Kaufman.
18.2.5 Daniel Sparks, also a farmer in Baltimore County, was living with his brother, Aaron, in 1850--his age on the 1850 census was given as 56. He married and had two children, but their names were not given by Mr. Kaufman. (Webmaster note: See below.)
18.2.6 Sarah Sparks married, but died childless.
18.2.7 Ruth Sparks married a farmer named Pearce and lived in the Seventh District of Baltimore County, according to Mr. Kaufman. She had children, names unknown, some of whom lived in the 'Western States' in 1890.
18.2.8 Rachel Sparks married William Carland, a farmer. She had children, names unknown.
18.3 Elijah Sparks, son of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks, was born in 1754 and died in 1812. He married Annie Anderson, who was born in 1756 and died in 1808. Both are buried in St. James Churchyard, Mockton, Maryland. Their birth and death dates are taken from their tombstone. Elijah and Annie Sparks were the parents of the following children:
18.3.1 Joshua Sparks (In WN 171, an article about this Joshua shows his middle name as Low), son of Elijah Sparks, settled in Indiana near White Water, according to Mr. Kaufman. He was probably the Joshua Sparks who, with wife Rachel, was living in Rush County, Indiana, in 1832 according to a deed.
18.3.2 Aquila Sparks moved to 'one of the Western States as a young man' according to Mr. Kaufman. An Aquihla Sparks, age 30, was living in Logan Township, Dearborn County, Indiana, in 1850--he was listed on the census as a teacher and his birthplace was given as Maryland.
18.3.3 Elijah Brown Sparks was born ca. 1808; he married Elizabeth Anderson and lived at Parkton, in the Seventh District of Baltimore County, Maryland. The following children were listed on the 1850 census:
184.108.40.206 William Sparks, born ca. 1835.
220.127.116.11 Elmira Sparks, born ca. 1838.
18.104.22.168 Rebecca Sparks, born ca. 1840.
22.214.171.124 Alice Sparks, born ca. 1843.
126.96.36.199 John Sparks, born ca. 1846.
188.8.131.52 Joshua Sparks, born ca. 1849.
18.3.4 Edward Sparks, son of Elijah Sparks, married a FNU Miles. He was sheriff of Baltimore City in 1860. In 1890 he was living in York County, Pennsylvania. No children.
18.3.5 Elizabeth Sparks married her cousin, 18.2.1 Aaron Sparks, son of 18.2 Josiah Sparks, Jr.. She was born in 1803 and died July 10, 1883.
18.3.6 Mary Sparks, married Matthew Drake, a hardware merchant of Baltimore City. No children.
18.4 Thomas Sparks, son of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks, was born May 23, 1758, and died on January 19, 1815. He was married on August 16, 1779, in Baltimore County, Maryland, to Rachel Perdue, daughter of Laben Perdue. She was born August 13, 1758, and died January 17, 1815. Both are buried in St. James Churchyard in Mockton, near the city of Baltimore. Thomas and Rachel (Perdue) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
18.4.1. Laban Sparks married Sarah Green in Baltimore County, Maryland, on March 27, 1816. He was a farmer and lived in the Tenth District, Baltimore County. He was the father of the following children:
184.108.40.206 Rachel Sparks, born ca. 1818.
220.127.116.11 Shadrack Sparks, born ca. 1820.
18.104.22.168 Matilda Sparks, born ca. 1828.
22.214.171.124 Cecilia Sparks, born ca. 1834.
18.4.2 Aquila (or Quila) Sparks married Dorcas Conway in Baltimore County on August 24, 1816. He settled in the city of Baltimore. No further data.
18.4.3 Thomas Sparks moved to Indiana. (Correction Note from Issue 133: Thomas married Jennie Harwood. He received bounty land based on his service in the War of 1812; these papers were abstracted and published in the Quarterly of June 1964, Whole No. 46, page 818.)
18.4.4 Walter Sparks moved to St. Michaels. No further data.
18.4.5 Sarah Sparks married Lawrence Cuddy in Baltimore County on July 30, 1805. No further data.
18.4.6 Penelopy Sparks married Charles Robinson on August 14, 1816, in Baltimore County. No further data.
18.4.7 Rachel Sparks married John T. Sumwalt in Baltimore County, on December 21, 1816. No further data.
18.5 Matthew Sparks, son of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks. (See Mary Turner Jones's article which follows.)
Whole Number 22
by Mary Turner Jones
18.5 Matthew Sparks, believed to have been the youngest son of Josiah and Penelopy (Brown) Sparks, was born in Baltimore County, Maryland. He died, presumably, in 1845 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He was married in 1786 to a widow, Prudence (Wright) Sharp, who was a sister of William Wright of Baltimore. On the marriage bond, which was dated March 23, 1786, and recorded in Baltimore County, her name was given as 'Providence' instead of 'Prudence,' but this appears to have been an error. Her first husband was John Sharp, by whom she had one son and one daughter; his estate was settled early in March, 1786, in Baltimore County; Prudence was the administratrix.
According to the account of John T. Kaufman, Matthew Sparks settled first on the Mason and Dixon Line above New Market in Baltimore County. Sometime prior to 1814 Matthew Sparks moved to Indiana, for in that year he purchased land in Franklin County. On December 16, 1815, he was chosen as a Justice of the Peace in Franklin County. He was still living in Franklin County when the 1830 census was taken. Later the family moved to Schuyler County, Illinois, where Matthew was living when he wrote his will on October 3, 1842. It was probated on May 13, 1845, which probably means that he died early in 1845. Following is the text of the will of Matthew Sparks:
In the name of God Amen-
I Mathew Sparks, being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this, My Last Will and Testament, In Manner and form Following, (that is to say) I give and Bequeath to my beloved wife, Prudence Sparks and my daughter, Ruth Sparks, in manner and form following Viz: I will and Bequeath all my land estate with all the appurtenances therewith belonging or in any wise appertaining The land lying and being as follows viz: the Homestead being the West half of the North West quarter of section Nineteen (19) Town two North, Range one West of the fourth principal Meridian, also the North East Quarter of Section Twenty-nine (29) Town Two North, Range One West of the fourth principal Meridian lying and being in the County of Schuyler, and State of Illinois. As to all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal estate, Chattel and title of what kind and nature soever, I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Prudence, and my daughter Ruth, jointly and sever by during their natural life.
After the death of my beloved wife Prudence and my daughter Ruth, all property left by them, I will and bequeath to be divided equally between my four grandsons, namely Levi Sparks, son of Leonard and Hannah Sparks; Bloyes Sparks, son of Lemuel and Ann Sparks; Sam C. Sparks, son of Levi and Sophia Sparks; and Robert Blackburn, son of Sam and Nippy Blackburn, and I hereby appoint my beloved daughter Ruth Sparks, sole executor of My Last Will and Testament hereby revoling all former wills by me made, and that this my will may be binding.
I Will and bequeath to Leonard Sparks, $1.00, to Lemuel Sparks $1.00 and Levi Sparks $1.00, and my daughters Casander Roberts, Betty Cornwell, and Nippy Blackburn, $1.00 each.
In witness hereof I have herinto set my hand and seal this thrice day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred forty two.
Signed, sealed published and aclaimed by the above named Mathew Sparks, In the presence of us who have hereto subscribed our names and Witnesses in the presence of the testators.
[signed] Samuel McMatter
" W. D. Scott
" John G. McMatter
[signed] Mathew Sparks
Matthew and Prudence (Wright) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
18.5.1 Levi Sparks. It is apparent from the will of Matthew Sparks that Levi married and was the father of at least one child, Sam C. Sparks. He was listed on the 1840 census of Schuyler County, Illinois, and from other records it is known that he was a candidate for justice of the peace from Ridgeville precinct in Schuyler County on August 5, 1839, and again on August 7, 1843. When the 1850 census was taken in Schuyler County, Sophia Sparks was listed as head of the household; this probably means that Levi had died, although it is possible that he had joined the California gold rush. Sophia's birth place was given as Vermont, her age as 40. Living with her were James Sparks (age 20) and Esther Sparks (age 17), both born in Ohio.
18.5.2 Lemuel Sparks was born in 1794 in Baltimore County, Maryland, and died in 1855 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He was married in 1818 in Franklin County, Indiana to Nancy Jane Bartlow, who was born in 1794 in Kentucky, a daughter of James Bartlow, who was a son of John Bartlow of Ohio. She died in 1879 in Schuyler County, Illinois. The brick house built by Lemuel and Nancy Sparks after he returned from the California Gold Rush is still standing. It is located about three miles north-west of Rushville, on the Camden Road, on what was known for many years as the McCreery estate. (The portraits of Lemuel Sparks and his wife appear on the cover of this issue, along with a picture of this house.) The Sparks Cemetery was located on the piece of land on which this house stands, and quite a number of Sparks descendants were buried there. The bodies were later removed to the Rushville Cemetery. Some of the stones may possibly still be found there. Lemuel Sparks made his will on March 22, 1849. He left all of his property to his wife; to each of his children he gave a token bequest of two dollars.
Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks were the parents of eleven children:
126.96.36.199 Ruth Sparks was born in 1820 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She married John Campbell. They had one daughter, Lizzie Campbell, who married George Ballard and died in childbirth at the age of 23 years.
188.8.131.52 Louisa Sparks was born in 1821 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She married James Leas. She died in 1915 in Brazos, Texas.
184.108.40.206 Bloyce W. Sparks was born in 1822 in Schuyler County, Illinois; died in 1916 in Lewiston, Missouri. He married Sarah Hale. Children:
220.127.116.11.1 Lemuel Sparks.
18.104.22.168.2 Mary Sparks; married Al Clark; no children.
22.214.171.124.3 Charlotte Sparks.
126.96.36.199.4 John S. Sparks, born in 1854 near Rushville, Illinois; died in 1911 near Huntsville, Illinois. He was married in 1886 to Ida Blanch Galliher, who was born in 1868 near Astoria, Illinois, and died in 1938 at Galesburg, Illinois. Children:
188.8.131.52.4.1 Glenn Sparks, born 1871; unmarried.
184.108.40.206.4.2 Nellie Blanche Sparks, born 1891; married Ed. Behymer. They live in California and have three children: Ernest Behymer, Chester Behymer, and Donald Behymer.
220.127.116.11.4.3 Lloyd Sparks, born 1895 at Augusta, Illinois. He married Helen Hurley in 1926 at Galesburg, Illinois. They have one son, 18.104.22.168.4.3.1 Robert Sparks.
22.214.171.124.4.4 Lola Sparks, born 1901 in Augusta, Illinois; unmarried.
126.96.36.199.4.5 Amanda Sparks; unmarried.
188.8.131.52.4.6 Lafayette Sparks, born near Brooklyn, Illinois, he died in 1916 in Wichita, Kansas. He was married in 1874 to Manzella Brown, who was born in Illinois in 1854. She died in Wichita, Kansas, in 1934. Lafayette and Manzella (Brown) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
184.108.40.206.4.6.1 Ota Sparks, born in 1875 near Brooklyn, Illinois; married Mel Holderby in 1917; she died in 1942 in Wichita, Kansas. There were no children.
220.127.116.11.4.6.2 Iva Sparks, born 1878 near Brooklyn, Illinois; she married, first, Ed Harris and had one son, Merle Harris, born in 1904. She married, second, Roy Richardson. They had no children. She died in 1955 in Wichita, Kansas.
18.104.22.168 Lemuel A. Sparks, son of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1824 in Franklin County, Indiana. He was married in 1848 in Rushville, Illinois, to Catherine Swan Masten, a widow. He died in 1893 in Oakland, California. Catherine Swan was a daughter of George Swan and was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1819. She died. in Oakland, California, in 1896. Lemuel A. and Catherine (Swan) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
22.214.171.124.1 Mary E. Sparks, born 1851 in Oregon; married W. L. Crocker of Oregon. They had two children,
126.96.36.199.1.1 Ormon Crocker and
188.8.131.52.1.2 Everett Crocker.
184.108.40.206.2 Sarah C. Sparks, born 1853 in Oregon; died in 1891.
220.127.116.11.3 Orra June Sparks, born 1856 in Portland, Oregon; died 1945 in Oakland, California. She married twice. Her first husband was H. C. Newby of Portland, Oregon, whom she married in 1875. Her second husband was Frederick L. Krause of Marysville, California; they were married in 1886 in San Francisco. by her first husband she had the following children:
18.104.22.168.3.1 Mildred Newby, born in 1877 in San Jose, California; She died in 1944. She was married in 1906 to T. T. Kincaid. No children.
22.214.171.124.3.2 Albert E. Newby, born in 1878 in San Jose, California. He was married in 1910 to Sadie Hatfield of Portland, Oregon. He died in Hullsboro, Oregon, in 1924. Children:
126.96.36.199.3.3 Paul Newby, born 1911 in Oakland, California; died in 1945. He was married in 1939 to Marcella Davis. They had two children: Albert, born in 1940; and Garry born in 1944.
188.8.131.52.3.4 Al. C. Newby, born 1912, in Portland, Oregon. He was married in 1940 in Ethete, Wyoming, to Thelma Duntsch of Riverton, Wyoming. They are the parents of two children: Paul Newby , born in 1943 in Dallas, Texas; and Alison Newby, born in 1947 in Bozeman, Montana.
by her second husband, Frederick L. Krause, Orra June Sparks had the following children:
184.108.40.206.3.5 Florence Krause, born in 1888 in Oakland, California. She was married in 1926 to Walter E. Rode and is presently living in Los Gatos, California.
220.127.116.11.3.6 Fred Krause, born in 1891 in Oakland, California.
18.104.22.168.3.7 George Krause, born in 1893 in Oakland, California.He was married in 1922 to Pruda Moon of Oakland, California. Children:
22.214.171.124.3.7.1 George B. Krause, born 1923 in Oakland, California; married in 1950 to Helen Dorward of San Diego. They have a son, George Lawrence Krause, who was born in 1951 in Redding, California.
126.96.36.199.3.7.2 Phyllis Krause, born 1929 in Oakland, California; she was married in 1951 in Larainie, Wyoming, to E. A. Watlington of Dyersburg, Tennessee. They have three children: Susan Watlington, born 1952 in Laramie; Amy Watlington, born in 1954 in Casper, Wyoming; and Avery Watlington, born in 1957 in Casper, Wyoming.
188.8.131.52.3.8 Miriam Krause, born in 1896 in Oakland, California. She was married in 1921 to L. C. McDonald of Oakland. Children:
184.108.40.206.3.8.1 Betty June McDonald, born 1923 in Oakland; married in 1951 to Leonard Schwinn. They have two children, Cathy June Schwinn, born 1953, and Penny Schwinn, born 1955, both in Redwood City, California.
220.127.116.11.3.8.2 Leonard C. McDonald, born in 1929 in Oakland, California.
18.104.22.168.4 Georgia Ann Sparks, born 1858.
22.214.171.124.5 Marie Louise Sparks, born 1860.
126.96.36.199 John Bartlow Sparks, son of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1825 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He died in 1910 in Rushville, Illinois. He was married twice. His first wife was Mary Jane Hare. His second wife was Lucy Matilda (Ripp) Berg, a widow with three sons, Auther Berg, Nelson Berg, and Edwin Berg. Matilda was born in 1847 and died in 1924 in Rushville, Illinois. by his first wife, John Bartlow Sparks had the following children: (several died in infancy.)
188.8.131.52.1 Adra Agnes Sparks, born in 1862 in Schuyler County, Illinois; died in 1942 in Laporte, Texas. She was married in 1884 to Frank Rader, a teacher, who died in 1915. They were the parents of the following children:
184.108.40.206.1.1 Morris Rader. He was publisher of the Glasford Gazette for many years. He died in 1957. He married Kate Barron of Glasford, Illinois, and had two sons:
220.127.116.11.1.1.1 Lynn Rader, married Pearl Lightbody and teaches at the Univ. of California.
18.104.22.168.1.1.2 Bruce Rader, is unmarried a publishes the Glasford Gazette.
22.214.171.124.1.2 Claire Rader, married Essie Ostrand at Laporte, Texas. They have four children:
126.96.36.199.1.2.1 Charles Ostrand,
188.8.131.52.1.2.2 Evelyn Ostrand,
184.108.40.206.1.2.3 Esther Ostrand, and
220.127.116.11.1.2.4 Herbert Ostrand.
18.104.22.168.1.3 Ivan Rader, lives in Houston, Texas. He married and has one son, 22.214.171.124.1.3.1 Bill Rader.
126.96.36.199.1.4 Berwin Rader, lives in Houston, Texas. He married and has two daughters, 188.8.131.52.1.4.1 Mary Frances Rader and 184.108.40.206.1.4.2 Judy Rader .
220.127.116.11.2 Eva Sparks, daughter of John Bartlow and Mary Jane (Hare) Sparks, was born in 1865 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She died in 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. Her husband was Ollie Negley who died in 1915. They were the parents of the following children:
18.104.22.168.2.1 Dale Negley, married Addle Ballou. They have one daughter, 22.214.171.124.2.1.1 Virginia.
126.96.36.199.2.2 Enola Negley, married Alexander Healy. They live in Detroit and have two children:
188.8.131.52.2.2.1 Nancy Healy and
184.108.40.206.2.2.2 Tommy Healy.
220.127.116.11.2.3 Harold Negley, married, first, Lois McCormick; second Lorraine Donner. There were no children by the first marriage; by the second marriage there was one daughter, 18.104.22.168.2.3.1 Carrol Negley.
by his second wife, John Bartlow Sparks had the following children:
22.214.171.124.3 Carrie Rose Sparks, was born in 1869 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She taught school for twenty-five years. She is a graduate of the University at Normal, Illinois and was principal of Washington School at Normal. She is presently living at Wheaton, Illinois. Unmarried.
126.96.36.199.4 Alta Enola Sparks, was born in 1871 and died in 1926 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She married Ralph Brines in 1905. They had one daughter who died at birth.
188.8.131.52.5 Catherine Sparks (Katie), was born in 1875 and died in 1949. She married Claude Scott in 1900. They had one son, John Scott , who married Irene Ward; they have two children, Virginia Scott, who married John Campbell of Astoria, and Richard Scott.
184.108.40.206.6 Abbie Ethel Sparks, was born in Schuyler County in 1879. She was married in 1902 to Wm. R. Lawler who died in 1914. She presently lives in Wheaton, Ill. They had two children:
220.127.116.11.6.1 Charles Harold Lawler, was born in 1905. A Lt. Commander of the USNR in the South Pacific in World War II, he was accidently drowned in 1944.
18.104.22.168.6.2 Doris Lucie Lawler was born in 1909. She was married in 1934 to Sheldon Olson of Chicago. They live at Wheaton, Illinois, and have two children: 22.214.171.124.6.2.1 Sheldon Olson, Jr., born in 1935; and 126.96.36.199.6.2.2 Darrell Olson, born in 1941.
188.8.131.52 Angeline Sparks, daughter of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1826 and died in 1916 at Raritan, Illinois. She married a Lovell and had one child:
184.108.40.206.1 Cora Lovell, married Frank Wells and had four children: Myrtle Wells, Edd Wells, Percy Wells, and Archer Wells.
220.127.116.11 Isabella Sparks, daughter of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1831 and died in 1893 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She was married in 1852 to Allen Robertson Turner, son of Samuel and Rachael (Robertson) Turner. He was born in 1832 and died in 1913. They were the parents of the following children:
18.104.22.168.1 Otto Sparks Turner, was born in 1853, died in 1929 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He married, first, in 1885, Mary Etta Ford who died in 1914. They had no children, but raised an orphan boy, Reno Fink. Otto Sparks Turner married, second, in 1915, Jessie Peyton Suddeth, a widow.
22.214.171.124.2 Darwin Samuel Turner, was born in 1857 in Schuyler County, and died in 1937 in Denver, Colorado. He was married in 1885 to Emma Nelson, a daughter of Teel and Mary Jane (Little) Nelson. She was born in 1858 and died in 1918 in Schuyler County, Ill. They were the parents of the following children:
126.96.36.199.2.1 Clinton Nelson Turner, was born in 1888, died in infancy.
188.8.131.52.2.2 Mary Olive Turner, was born in 1892 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She was married in 1920 in Denver, Colorado, to Orb Jones of Camden, Illinois. They are the parents of the following children:
184.108.40.206.2.2.1 Lois Olive Jones, born in 1921 in Boulder, Col.; died in 1935 in Denver, Col. 220.127.116.11.2.2.2 Richard Nelson Jones, born in 1924 in Boulder, Colorado.; died in 1940 in Denver.
18.104.22.168.2.2.3 George Turner Jones, born in 1928 in Boulder, Col. He was married in 1949 to Fern Fritz of New Raymer, Col. They have three children:
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 George Charles Jones, born in 1950 in Denver, Col.;
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Betsy Ann Jones, born in 1953 in Denver, Col.; and
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Diana Lynn Jones, born in 1956 in Grand Junction, Colorado.
22.214.171.124.3 Willis Fred Turner, was born in 1864, died in 1941 in Rushville, Illinois. He was married in 1889 to Alice Bertroche, who was born in 1868 and died in 1958 in Denver, Colorado. They were the parents of the following children:
126.96.36.199.3.1 Effie Ainanda Turner, was born in 1890, died in 1957 in Rushville, Illinois. She married Howard Quinn. A daughter died in infancy; a son, Esmund Quinn, was born in 1910.
188.8.131.52.3.2 Bessie Margaret Turner, was born in 1891. She married Russell Fallgatter. They reside in Denver, Colorado.No children.
184.108.40.206.3.3 Ward Allen Turner, was born in 1896, died in 1956 in Hammond, Indiana. He had a son, Norris Turner.
220.127.116.11.3.4 Lois Turner, died in infancy.
18.104.22.168.3.5 Loa Turner, was born in 1897, died in 1911 at Rushville, Ill.
22.214.171.124.3.6 Helen Katherine Turner, was born in 1900, died in 1919. She married Max Fritz. She died in childbirth, leaving twin sons, George Fritz and Fred Fritz.
126.96.36.199.4 Olive Rose Turner, daughter of Allen R. and Isabella (Sparks) Turner, was born in 1867 and died in 1948 in Schuyler County, Ill. She was married in 1886 to James Creighton (Crate) Bartlow, who was born in 1867 and died in 1949, a son of James Henry and Charlotte (Moore) Bartlow. Their children were:
188.8.131.52.4.1 Fontanelle Bartlow, born 1887, died 1918. Unmarried.
184.108.40.206.4.2 Floy Maude Bartlow, born 1891. She married Clarence Sherman and they had one child, 220.127.116.11.4.2.1 James Henry Bartlow Sherman, born in 1914, died in 1951; unmarried. Floy taught school in Schuyler County and was graduated from I.S.N.U. She taught in Springfield, Illinois, until retirement.
18.104.22.168.4.3 Herbert Allen Bartlow, born 1893, died in 1944 in a fire caused by a gasoline explosion. He was married in 1914 to Reba Reich, daughter of Matthias and Laura (Honefenger) Reich of Brown County, Illinois. Their children were:
22.214.171.124.4.3.1 Doris Elizabeth Bartlow, born 1915. She was married, first, to Robert Greer who died in 1938. They had one child, 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Gary Allen Greer, born in 1936. She married, second, in 1940, Beryl Skiles. They have two children, 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Cheryl Beth Skiles, born 1941; 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Mama Sue Skiles, born 1942.
126.96.36.199.4.3.2 Maurine Lucille Bartlow, born 1917. She was married in 1939 to James Strong. They have two children, 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Herbert Lee Strong, born 1946; and 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 James Michael Strong, born 1947.
22.214.171.124.4.3.3 Margie Darlene Bartlow, married Edwin J. Davis in 1942. They have two children: 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Eddie Joe Davis, born 1945; and 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Catherine Davis, born 1948.
18.104.22.168.4.3.4 Tressa Isabella Bartlow, born 1894, died 1941. She taught school in Schuyler County, Ill.; married in 1916 to Robert Rittenhouse, who was born in 1894, son of William and Rachael (Stoneking) Rittenhouse. Children:
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Randall Bartlow Rittenhouse, born 1917. He was married in 1943 to Evelyn Fehr in Bremerton, Washington. They have two children: Robert (Bobby) Rittenhouse, born 1944; and Randa Rittenhouse, born 1945; both in Bremerton, Washington.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Roberta Rittenhouse, born 1920 in Schuyler County, Ill. She received her M.A. degree from the Univ. of Michigan in 1951 and now teaches in Springfield, Illinois.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Dexter Lee Rittenhouse, born 1921 in Schuyler County. He married Shirley Jones of Bader, Ill. They have two children: Lynette Rittenhouse, born 1950; Thomas Lee Rittenhouse, born 1953.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Almeda Floy Rittenhouse, born 1925. She was married in 1945 to Don. S. Runkle of Rushville. They have two children: Teresa Nan Runkle, born 1948; and Douglas Steele Runkle, born 1952. They live in Quincy, Illinois.
188.8.131.52.4.4 Norris Creighton Bartlow, son of James C. and Olive Rose (Turner) Bartbow, was born in 1898, died in 1950. He was married in 1929 to Alice Burnside. Their children:
184.108.40.206.4.4.1 byron Burnside Bartlow, born 1930. He was married in 1949 to Shirley Jean Wheelhouse. They have three children: Terryl Jean Bartlaw, born 1950; Kathy Ann Bartlow, born 1951; and byron Michael Bartlow, born 1955.
220.127.116.11.4.4.2 Bonnie Nell Bartbow, born 1931. She was married in 1953 to Keith Vaughn. They have two children: Brenda Dianne Vaughn, born 1955; and James Melvin Vaughn, born in 1957.
18.104.22.168.4.4.3 Norma Elaine Bartlow, born 1933. She was married in 1951 to Vernon Chute. They have two children: Stephen Norris Chute, born 1952; and Rodney Craig Chute, born 1956.
22.214.171.124 Rozella Sparks, daughter of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in in Schuyler County, Illinois. She married Daniel Knock, a widower, in 1885. She died in 1898 in Rushville, Illinois
126.96.36.199 Peter Boring Sparks was born in in Schuyler County; he died in 1890 in Decatur, Illinois. He was a doctor. He was married twice. We have no data on his first wife. His second wife was Ellen Wegley (###), born in 1842 at Perry, Illinois; died in 1923 at Dwight, Illinois. by his first wife, he was the father of the following children:
188.8.131.52.1 Negley Sparks.
184.108.40.206.2 Clifton Sparks, born in 1858 and died in 1940. He was married to Mary Ellen Vermillion (??) in Decatur, Illinois. They had one son:
220.127.116.11.2.1 Ralph Sparks, born in 1893, died in 1937. He was married to Gayle Threlkeld in Decatur, Illinois. They had one son,18.104.22.168.2.1.1 James Sparks, born in 1926.
by his second wife, Peter Boring Sparks was the father of the following child:
22.214.171.124.3 Mary Ellen Sparks, born 1880. She was married in 1904 to Daniel Fox at Dwight, Illinois. They have two children:
126.96.36.199.3.1 John Fox, born 1909 in Dwight, Illinois. John was married in 1946 to Cleo Knoebel of Medford, Oregon. No children.
188.8.131.52.3.2 Eleanor Fox, born 1913 in Dwight, Illinois. She was married in 1940 to Edmond Redmond. No children.
184.108.40.206 Amanda Olive Sparks, daughter of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1838 in Schuyler County, Illinois. She taught school in Schuyler County and attended the university at Normal, Illinois. She was never married. She died in 1930 in Rushville, Illinois, at the age of 92 years.
220.127.116.11 James Francis (Frank) Sparks, son of Lemuel and Nancy (Bartlow) Sparks, was born in 1840 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He died in 1918 on his farm in Tina, Missouri. He married Martha Ross, daughter of Tolbert and Catherine (Snyder) Ross of Schuyler County. Three children,Laura, Hetty, and Myrtle died in childhood of diphtheria. They were the parents of two other children:
18.104.22.168.1 Jennie Sparks, was born in 1869 in Illinois, and died in 1947 in Denver, Col. She was married in 1890 to Charles Liggett of Iowa. Their children were:
22.214.171.124.1.1 Frankie Liggett, (named for her grandfather), was born in Tina, Missouri, in 1893. She now lives in Denver.
126.96.36.199.1.2 Charles Marvin Liggett, born in 1898 in Tina, Missouri. He was married in 1919 to Celia Cbausen (###) of Tarkio, Missouri. They have three daughters:
188.8.131.52.1.2.1 Charlotte Genevieve Liggett, born in 1920 in Colorado Springs, Col. She was married in 1940 to Harold Lee Merritt. They have four sons:
Harold Lee Merritt, born 1942;
Gary Allen Merritt, born 1945;
Darrell Wayne Merritt, born 1952; and
Gene Kent Merritt, born 1955. Living in Englewood, Colorado.
184.108.40.206.1.2.2 Catherine Marietta Liggett, was born in 1922 in Colorado Springs, Col. She was married in 1945 to Raymond Jansen of Chicago. They have two children: Tommy Burgess Jansen, born in 1945 in Denver, Col.; and Kenneth Michael Jansen, born in 1947 in Chicago.
220.127.116.11.2.3 Donna Lorraine Liggett, was born in 1928 in Denver, Col. She was married in 1947 to Bob L. Skogg. They have three children; Larry Lee Skogg, born 1950 in Denver; Laurie Lorraine Skogg, born 1952 in California; and Susan Lynn Skogg, born 1955 in California.
18.104.22.168.2 Bert Sparks, son of James Francis and Martha (Ross) Sparks, was born in 1870 and died in 1939. He was married twice. No children.
18.5.3 Leonard Sparks. From the will of Matthew Sparks, it is apparent that Leonard Sparks married Hannah, and that he had at least one son, Levi Sparks. There can be little doubt but that he was the same Leonard Sparks who was listed on the 1820 and 1830 census records of Franklin County, Indiana. by 1840 he was living in Clay County, Illinois. On the 1850 census of Clay County, Hannah Sparks was listed as the head of the household; this probably means that Leonard had died prior to 1850, although it is possible that he had joined the California gold rush. The children of Hannah Sparks were given as:
22.214.171.124 Levi B. Sparks,
126.96.36.199 Mathew J. Sparks,
188.8.131.52 Nancy Sparks,
184.108.40.206 Prudence Sparks, and
220.127.116.11 Leonard Sparks.
18.5.4 Elizabeth Sparks, according to Mr. Kaufman's account, married a Mr. Conner and lived at Connersville, Indiana. Mr. Kaufman stated that she had children and grandchildren.
18.5.5 Ruth Sparks, according to Mr. Kaufman's account, lived in Connersville, Indiana, with her sister, Elizabeth. She was probably single.
18.5.6 Neppy (probably Penelope) Sparks, was born in 1804 and died in 1876. She married James Blackburn, who was a physician and surgeon in Schuyler County, Illinois; Dr. Blackburn was born in 1805 and died in Dec, 1852. Their family consisted of five sons and four daughters; among the sons were Robert Blackburn, Bryson M. Blackburn (born 1828), and Orville Blackburn (born in 1832).
18.5.7 Casander Sparks married Silas Roberts of Xenia, Ohio; he died about 1880 and, according to Mr. Kaufman's account, was worth about a million dollars at that time. Casander died about 1850. Mr. Kaufman stated that five daughters were living in 1890: Elizabeth Kaufman at Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio; Mrs. Inskip, Lexington, Kentucky; Emmersetta Roberts, a single woman; Dianah Roberts, also single; and Louise 'who married a gentleman in St. Louis, Missouri, who died several years ago'.
Whole Number 28
In the June, 1958, issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 22, pp. 294-298, appeared an article entitled 'Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland, and His Descendants.' This account was based largely upon a record compiled by John F. Kaufman in 1890. One of our most loyal and generous members, Mr. M. A. Sparks, P.O. Box 5142, Charlottesville, Virginia, is a great-great-great-grandson of Josiah Sparks. Following the publication of this article, Mr. Sparks journeyed back to his ancestral home in Maryland and gathered a considerable amount of additional data which he has kindly furnished the Association. Much of this new material pertains to the descendants of Josiah Sparks, Jr., the second son of the first Josiah Sparks. In order to present it in as clear a manner as possible, the sketch on Josiah Sparks, Jr., is explained below, incorporating the record of his descendants which had been published on pages 296 and 297. The method of numbering each descendant used in the earlier record has been maintained here.
18.2. Josiah Sparks, Jr., second son of Josiah and Penelope (Brown) Sparks, married Rachel. He died on January 19, 1846; his wife, Rachel, died on September 28, 1818. Both were buried in the Sparks family cemetery on My Lady's Manor near Monkton, Baltimore County, Maryland. On Josiah's gravestone it is recorded that he was 94 years old when he died; thus he was born ca. 1752. On Rachel's gravestone it is recorded that she was 69 years, 9 months old when she died; thus her birth date was about Dec, 1748. Josiah Sparks, Jr., served in the Whiskey Rebellion as well as in the War of 1812. He lived in the Tenth District, Baltimore County. He and Rachel were the parents of eight children:
18.2.1 Aaron Sparks, born ca. 1787, died May 31, 1856. He was an orderly sergeant in the War of 1812. He married his cousin, 18.3.5 Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of 18.3 Elijah Sparks, on April 7, 1831, in Baltimore County. She was born in 1803 and died July 10, 1883. Both were buried in St. James Churchyard, Monkton, Maryland. They were the parents of five children:
18.104.22.168 Rachel Ann Sparks, born December 31, 1831; died April 22, 1912; she was buried in St. James Churchyard, near Monkton, Baltimore County.
22.214.171.124 Josiah Sparks, born October 25, 1833; died January 6, 1903. He married Margaret Scott, born December 27, 1837, died November 3, 1899. Both were buried in St. James Churchyard, as were two of their children:
126.96.36.199.1 Freddie N. Sparks, born April 28, 1866, died April 20, 1869; and
188.8.131.52.2 John H. Sparks, born March 14, 1870, died November 25, 1870.
184.108.40.206 Francis Morrison Sparks, born December 25, 1835, died February 17, 1897. He married Julia Remare, who was born January 28, 1850, and died November 29, 1916. Both were buried in St. James Churchyard. They were the parents of three children:
220.127.116.11.1 Douglas Alan Sparks. He married Emily Hutchins, who is no longer living. They were the parents of three daughters and one son.
18.104.22.168.2 Richard Remare Sparks, born in 1875. He married Charlotte Payne. They are the parents of two daughters, Dorothy Sparks and Anne Sparks, and one son.
22.214.171.124.3 Joseph Morrison Sparks, born in 1877. He married Pauline Pleasants. No children. He owns the farm, called My Lady's Manor, which is near Monkton and on which the old Sparks graveyard is located.
Here Josiah Sparks, Jr., and his wife, Rachel, were buried, along with a number of their descendants.
126.96.36.199 Mary Sparks, born ca. 1838.
188.8.131.52 Marceline Sparks, born June 28, 1841; died September 1, 1863.
Whole Number 70
Mr. Donn H. Sparks, 8417 Tally Ho Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, has very kindly loaned us a collection of family records prepared many years ago by members of his family, including his grandfather, John Thomas Sparks (1846-1919). Included are a number of interesting photographs, one of which, the wedding picture of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks taken in 1870, appears on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly.
This branch of the Sparks family descends from 18. Josiah Sparks, born ca. 1729, who lived in Maryland. Josiah Sparks married Penelope Brown on July 15, 1749, in St. Anne's Parish, Annapolis, in Anne Arundel County, but by 1759 he and his family had moved to Baltimore County where he died in 1765. His widow married as her second husband, on April 10, 1770, Aquilla Wyle. Josiah and Penelope (Brown) Sparks had five children:
18.1 Francis Sparks, born ca. 1750, married a Miss FNU Wright;
18.2 Josiah Sparks, Jr., born in 1752, married Rachel Collett;
18.3 Elijah Sparks, born in 1754, married Anne LNU;
18.4 Thomas Sparks, born in 1758, married Rachel Perdue; and
18.5 Matthew Sparks, born ca. 1760, married a widow named Prudence (Wright) Sharp.
(For a more detailed record of this family, see the Quarterly of June 1958, Whole No. 22, pp. 294-307.)
18.2 Josiah Sparks, Jr., born in 1752 and died in 1846, was a son of Josiah and Penelope (Brown) Sparks, and he was the great-grandfather of John Thomas Sparks. A sketch of Josiah Sparks, Jr., appeared in the Quarterly of December 1959 Whole No. 28, pp. 1438-1431. In that sketch of Josiah Sparks, Jr., we noted that his wife's name was Rachel, but that we had no knowledge of her maiden name. John Thomas Sparks, in his notes on his ancestry, stated that her maiden name was Rachel Collett. Both Josiah, Jr., and his wife Rachel were buried in the Sparks family cemetery on My Lady's Manor near Monkton, Baltimore County, Maryland. Josiah Sparks, Jr., died on January 19, 1846, according to his tombstone "in his 94th year.” Rachel died on September 28, 1818, and on her tombstone her age was given as 69 years and 9 months. Josiah Sparks, Jr. served in the Whiskey Rebellion as well as in the War of 1812. John Thomas Sparks stated that on the chimney of the old Sparks house near Monkton where Josiah, Jr., lived the date "1787” had been carved, but whether the house had been built by Josiah, Jr., he did not know.
Josiah Sparks, Jr., and his wife, Rachel Collett, were the parents of eight children:
18.2.1 Aaron Sparks, born ca. 1787, married his cousin, 18.3.5 Elizabeth Sparks;
18.2.2 Thomas Sparks, born ca. 1790, married Sarah Rampley;
18.2.3 Francis Sparks, born in 1792, married Betsie Ellen;
18.2.4 Matthew Sparks;
18.2.5 Daniel Sparks, born in 1793, married Rachel Curtis;
18.2.6 Sarah Sparks, born ca. 1780, married John Mays;
18.2.7 Ruth Sparks, born ca. 1781, married William Pearce; and
18.2.8 Elizabeth Sparks, married William Carland (sometimes spelled Carlin). (Webmaster note: Corrected from data below).
18.2.2 Thomas Sparks, son of 18.2 Josiah Jr. and Rachel, was born ca. 1790 and was the grandfather of John Thomas Sparks, but the latter did not know the date of Thomas' birth. He stated that Thomas Sparks married Sarah Rampley and he believed both Thomas and Sarah were buried in the Sparks family cemetery near Monkton, but he could not find their graves.
Unfortunately, John Thomas Sparks did not record the names of the children of 18.2.2 Thomas and Sarah (Rampley) Sparks, but from other records we know that they had children named:
184.108.40.206 Aaron Sparks was born in 1817 and died in 1864. He married Mary C. Sterret, daughter of John Stewart and Letitia (Creighton) Sterret. She was born in 1819 and died in 18?3. Aaron was a farmer in Baltimore County, Maryland, and when the 1850 census was taken his children were listed as:
220.127.116.11.1 John Thomas Sparks (aged 14 in 1850), was born in Baltimore County in 1846 (????) . He was married on February 15, 1870, to Mary Powell, daughter of Curtis and Margaret (Welch) Powell. She was born in 1848 and died in 1928. John Thomas Sparks died in 1919.
18.104.22.168.2 Delia J. Sparks, aged 9;
22.214.171.124.3 Mary Sparks, aged 7;
126.96.36.199.4 Caroline Sparks, aged 5, and
188.8.131.52.5 Francis Sparks, aged 2.
184.108.40.206 Elizabeth Sparks and
220.127.116.11 Rachel Sparks.
During the Civil War, 18.104.22.168.1 John Thomas Sparks served as a government employee in Washington. He recalled that "it fell to my lot to help defend Washington, when General Early threatened that city during the Civil War. Our regiment was on duty when Lincoln was inaugurated in 1865, and again when he was assassinated. I marched with the escort that took his body to the train when it was sent to Springfield, Illinois, for burial. I also witnessed the Grand Review of the army, before it was disbanded, which took place in Washington on May 23 and 24, 1865. My regiment was not an enlisted one. The men were government employees subject to military orders. It was while I was in Washington, in the Government's employ, that I heard Col. Jaques lecture when he returned from the South, after his failure to arrange terms of peace with Jefferson Davis.”
Following the Civil War, John Thomas Sparks moved to Illinois, settling in Adams County. In 1884 he moved with his family to a farm two miles east of West Point, in Hancock County. Their home in time came to be known as Sparks's Corner. John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks were the parents of seven children:
22.214.171.124.1.1 Inez Evelyn Sparks, daughter of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born near Hebron Church, Adams County, Illinois, on November 21, 1870. She married James Lee Martin, who was born in 1867. They had the following children:
126.96.36.199.1.1.1 Lee Ross Martin, born 1890, died 1929; marriedLottie Wray.
188.8.131.52.1.1.2 Charles Herbert Martin, born 1892; married Viroqua Brightman.
184.108.40.206.1.1.3 Elinor Martin, born 1895; married John A. Morgan.
220.127.116.11.1.1.4 Evelyn Martin, born 1897; married David Mills.
18.104.22.168.1.1.5 Dorothy Martin, born 1899; married Lial C. Newman.
22.214.171.124.1.2 Charles Elmer Sparks, son of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born January 7, 1875, near Mendon, Adams County, Illinois; he died in 1926. He married Nina Pearl Shepard in 1904. No children.
126.96.36.199.1.3 Curtis Powell Sparks, son of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born in 1880 near Pleasant Grove Church, Adams County, Illinois. He married Ida Powell in 1903. They had a son named Lawrence Sparks born in 1904.
188.8.131.52.1.4 Harry Lee Sparks (twin of Hugh Irving), son of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born July 3, 1882, near Columbus, Illinois. He married Flora Rampley in 1904. Children:
184.108.40.206.1.4.1 Clifford Sparks, born 1905; married Verona LNU.
220.127.116.11.1.4.2 Gladys Muriel Sparks, born 1907; married Ernest Franson in 1929.
18.104.22.168.1.4.3 Truman Lester Sparks, born 1914; married Elsie LNU in 1935.
22.214.171.124.1.4.4 Mervin Sparks, born 1917.
JOHN THOMAS AND MARY (POWELL) SPARKS
44th Wedding Anniversary - - 1914
HUGH IRVING & MARY (CUNNINGHAM) SPARKS
with son HAROLD EUGENE SPARKS
126.96.36.199.1.5 Hugh Irving Sparks (twin of Harry Lee), son of John Thomas and Mary (Powell) Sparks, was born July 3, 1882, near Columbus, Illinois. He married Mary Cunningham on August 16, 1905. They had a son named Harold Eugene Sparks who was born in 1906. Harold married Ruby Fern Scarlett. Harold Eugene and Ruby Fern (Scarlett) Sparks had children named Gay Eugene Sparks, born 1929, and Donald Hugh Sparks, born 1930.
188.8.131.52.1.6 Thomas Cecil Sparks (twin of Margaret Ethel) was born December 1, 1885, near West Point, Illinois.
184.108.40.206.1.7 Margaret Ethel Sparks (twin of Thomas Cecil) was born December 1, 1885, near West Point, Illinois.
Whole Number 88
by Paul. E. Sparks
In the June 1958 issue of the Quarterly, 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 18.5 Matthew Sparks who was probably the youngest. He was born ca. 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 1 March 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.
Whole Number 91
In the Quarterly of June 1958, Whole No. 22 we published an article on "Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland, and His Descendants" and in the December 1959 issue, Whole No. 28, appeared "Additional Data on the Descendants of Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland." In the June 1970 issue, Whole No. 70) we published "Additional Notes on Descendants of Josiah Sparks." In each of these articles, we listed as one of the children of Josiah Sparks, Jr., and his wife, Rachel Collett, a daughter named Rachel Sparks. We have learned from James B. McCurley, Jr., of Chevy Chase, Maryland, that this is an error; this daughter was named ELIZABETH Sparks, NOT Rachel Sparks. She was born ca. 1774 and married William Carlin (also spelled Carland). Both are buried in the old Sparks burying ground on My Lady's Manor near Monkton, Baltimore County, Maryland. The inscription on Elizabeth's stone reads: "Elizabeth Carlin, Died April 25, 1860, 86 years old, Wife." The inscription on her husband's stone reads: "William Carlin, Died October 3, 1847, 73 years old, Husband." Buried near them is Marion Carlin who died in Dec, 1840, at the age of 32. This was probably a child of William and Elizabeth (Sparks) Carlin.
Mr. McCurley, who is a great-great-great-great-grandson of Josiah Sparks, Jr., also has sent data copied from a family Bible published in New York in 1858 that was in the possession of Ruth Sparks Rosenkrans of Wayneboro, Virginia, in 1970. This Bible was the property of Rachel (Curtis) Sparks in 1871; she was the wife of 18.2.5 Daniel Sparks, son of Josiah Sparks, Jr., and Rachel (Collett) Sparks. According to this record, Daniel Sparks was born in December 1793 and died in 1863. His father's name was given in the Bible as "Josias" rather than "Josiah", but these two names were frequently interchanged. According to the Bible, Rachel (Curtis) Sparks was born 2 February 1794, and died January 1, 1880; she was a daughter of William and Ann Curtis. Daniel and Rachel (Curtis) Sparks had two sons:
220.127.116.11 William Curtis Sparks, born March 3, 1827.
18.104.22.168 Josias Alfred Sparks, born November 10, 1829.
A record of the descendants of these two sons appear in the December 1959 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 28, pp. 439-441. Not included, however, was the following biographical sketch of 22.214.171.124 William Curtis Sparksthat appeared in Genealogy and Biography of the Leading Families of the City of Baltimore and Baltimore Co, Maryland, published by the Chapman Publishing Company in New York, 1897, p. 502.
"Squire W. C. Sparks, who has long been prominently identified with the agricultural interests of the fifty district, and is recognized as one of its leading citizens, began his earthly existence March 3, 1827, in the tenth district, but when a mere child was brought to the fifty district, where he was reared and educated. On attaining his majority he started out to make his own way in the world, and being industrious, energetic, and progressive, he has met with a fair degree of success in his business dealings. In 1851 he purchased one hundred and twenty-five acres of his present farm and to its cultivation and improvement he has principally devoted his attention, making it one of the most attractive and valuable homesteads in the community. As his financial resources have increased, he has added to his estate until he now has one hundred and ninety-seven acres of rich and productive land, which he has placed under a high state of cultivation and supplied with all the accessories and conveniences found upon a model farm of the present century.
"In 1848 Mr. Sparks married Miss Susan Hoover, and to them were born nine children, five still living (1897), namely:
126.96.36.199.x1 Mary E. Sparks,
188.8.131.52.x2 Emma F. Sparks,
184.108.40.206.x3 Theodore E. Sparks,
220.127.116.11.x4 George A. Sparks, and
18.104.22.168.x5 Walter H. Sparks.
Those deceased are:22.214.171.124.x6 William H. Sparks,
126.96.36.199.x7 Francis M. Sparks,
188.8.131.52.x8 Sarah M. Sparks, and
184.108.40.206.x9 one other who died in infancy.
"Mr. Sparks uses his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Prohibition party, is an earnest advocate of its principles, and does all within his power to insure its success. As a public-spirited, enterprising citizen, he has done much to advance the general welfare, and on the rolls of Baltimore County's honored and highly esteemed citizens, his name should be found among the foremost. In 1870 he was elected justice of the peace, an office he most creditably filled for one decade, his rulings being impartial and his decisions fair."