April 19, 2021

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Whole Number 48 HENRY SPARKS (1773-1860)

by Russell E. Bidlack

(Note: Among those who have contributed data upon which portions of this sketch are based are: Louise Knoche of Larned, Kansas; Lucy Harper Oswald of Atlanta, Georgia; Robert I. Sparks, IV, of Spotsylvania, Virginia; and William Perry Johnson. Lillian Sparks Rust of Orderville, Utah, provided the photographs for the cover.)

In the June, 1956, issue of the Quarterly Whole No. 14, pp. 129-147, we published an article entitled "The Sparks Family of Orange, Culpeper, and Madison Counties, Virginia." There we traced the first two generations of descendants of John and Mary Sparks.

One of the sons of 21. John and Mary Sparks was 21.1 Thomas Sparks (born ca. 1715, died 1787) who married Mary Towles, daughter of Stokeley and Ann (Vallott) Towles. They lived two miles southwest of Slate Mills in that section of Culpeper County, Virginia, that became Madison County in 1793.

The oldest child of Thomas and Mary (Towles) Sparks was 21.1.1 John Sparks, born ca. 1745. He married Phoebe Smith ca. 1765. John and Phoebe (Smith) Sparks lived, died and were buried on a farm one and one-half miles north of Oak Park, Madison County, Virginia. One of the interesting records pertaining to John Sparks that has survived in Culpeper County is a claim which he made following the end of the Revolutionary War for four and three-fourths bushels of rye to the American Army on October 16, 1780. This service on the part of John Sparks to the American Revolution should qualify his descendants for membership in the DAR and SAR. John Sparks died in Madison County in 1803 and his wife, Phoebe, died in 1814. They were the parents of the following children:

[Webmaster Note: Correction and replacement from WN 58.] Nancy Sparks, born 1767, married Samuel Wilhoit in 1796 (marriage bond dated September 12, 1796). She died ca. 1816. Frances (Fanny) Sparks, born ca. 1771, married William Hume. Henry Sparks, born January 2, 1773, died January 28, 1860. He married Hannah Hume on March 10, 1803. (See the Quarterly for December 1964, Whole No. 48, pp. 850-860.) Thomas Sparks, born ca. 1775, died May 17, 1853. He married Susanna Fishback, daughter of Harmon Fishback, on November 28, 1794. She was born July 11, 1777, and died May 21, 1850. Robert Sparks, born February 15, 1777, died April 10, 1831; he married Isabelle Ford on July 21, 1798. She was born May 23, 1776, and died April 19, 1861. They moved to Henry County, Kentucky, ca. 1810 and there Robert Sparks died in 1830 or 1831. (He made his will on October 9, 1830 and it was probated in July 1831.) Mary (Polly) M. Sparks, born ca. 1780. She married her cousin, Jasper Sparks, son of William and Elizabeth Sparks. She died ca. 1851. Susan or Susanna Sparks. No further record. Elizabeth (Betsy) Vetalty Sparks. She married Merry Aylore.

Benjamin Hume Sparks, a son of Henry and Hannah (Hume) Sparks and a grandson of John and Phoebe (Smith) Sparks, prepared a record of the descendants of his father and mother sometime prior to his death in 1914. The following record is based largely upon Benjamin Hume Sparks's account, although the editor has re-arranged it somewhat and has added data from other sources. The portrait of Benjamin Hume Sparks that appears on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly was furnished by Mrs. Burton 0. Rust of Orderville, Utah. Henry Sparks, son of John and Phoebe (Smith) Sparks, was born in what is now Madison County, Virginia, on January 2, 1773. He married Hannah Hume, daughter of Charles and Hannah (Jones) Hume, on March 10, 1803. She was born July 12, 1785, and died July 30, 1861. Henry Sparks died on January 28, 1860. Henry and Hannah (Hume) Sparks were the parents of thirteen children, all born in Madison County, Virginia, as follows: John J. Sparks, born December 19, 1803. Frances Sparks, born March 21, 1805. Charles S. Sparks, born January 2, 1807. Joseph S. Sparks, born October 12, 1808. Robert W. Sparks, born September 15, 1810. Moses Samuel Wilhoit Sparks, born September 25, 1812. Martha E. A. Sparks, born November 20, 1814. Benjamin Hume Sparks, born October 7, 1816. Henry T. Sparks, born September 1, 1818. Hannah J. Sparks, born February 25, 1821, a twin of William Thomas. William Thomas Sparks, born February 25, 1821, a twin of Hannah J. James M. Sparks, born May 4, 1823. Susan C. Sparks, born February 3, 1826. John Sparks was born December 19, 1803, and died July 7, 1808. Frances Sparks was born March 21, 1805, and died August 27, 1830. She married William Pratt on May 26, 1829. They had one daughter: Mary E. Pratt, who was born May 16, 1830; she married James W. Boyd, who was born August 2, 1829, and had the following five children: William Boyd, born October 22, 1852. Charles Hunie Boyd, born June 26, 1854. Joseph flume Boyd, born September 2, 1857. Mary L. Boyd, born February 5, 1860. Frank C. Boyd, born November 21, 1873. Charles S. Sparks was born January 2, 1807. He married Frances S. Brown in January, 1833; she died 2 Feb1870. Charles S. Sparks died April 28, 1896. Their children were: Gerta F. Sparks, born December 30, 1834. William Henry Sparks, born December 5, 1836, died February 25, 1902. Phoebe Ann Sparks, born January 6, 1841, died June 30, 1848. Thomas Shirley Sparks, born October 25, 1844, died November 23, 1862. Charles S. Sparks, born January 2, 1846, died April 28, 1896. Frances Brown Sparks, born December 7, 1850, died September 2, 1870. Joseph S. Sparks was born October 12,1808. He married, first, on August 25, 1834, Harriet Jones; they had one child who died shortly after birth, on October 7, 1835. Harriet died on August 24, 1836. Joseph S. Sparks married, second, on January 19, 1843, Harriet M. Tinsley; she died May 30, 1862. Joseph S. Sparks and his second wife, Harriet M. (Tinsley) Sparks, were the parents of the following children: Abraham T. Sparks, born December 23, 1843. Harriett E. Sparks, born February 14, 1845; married David Lacy. Marietta Sparks, born January 6, 1847; married Alley Jones Robert Walker Sparks was born September 15, 1810 and died February 13, 1840. He married Frances (Fanny) Brown in November, 1833 (Madison County marriage bond dated November 25, 1833). She died October 26, 1895. They were the parents of the following children: Champ Corner Sparks, born December 31, 1835. Bushrod H. Sparks, born February 9, 1837. Robert Walker Sparks, Jr., born June 3, 1840; he was married on October 21,1868, to Narmie Catherin Harrison, daughter of George W. Harrison; they were the parents of the following children: George H. Sparks, born November 11, 1869. Fanny W. Sparks, born November 17, 1871. Mary S. Sparks, born October 20, 1874. Robert W. Sparks, Jr., born March 23, 1877, died May 17, 1948, in Orange, Virginia. He married Adelaide Caroline Bullock, who was born in 1900 and died April 26, 1925. Their children were: Robert W. Sparks, III, born March 12, 1920; Thomas Newton Sparks, born October 16, 1921; and Edward Bullock Sparks, born April 12, 1925. Thomas N. Sparks, born March 6, 1881. Sally B. Sparks, born February 5, 1884. Charles F. Sparks, born July 1, 1887. Nannie H. Sparks, born August 5, 1889. Moses Samuel Wilhoit Sparks was born September 25, 1812; he was married in March, 1838 (Madison County marriage bond dated March 22, 1838) to Elizabeth Ann Yager (or Yearger) who was born August 20, 1820, and died January 30, 1885. Moses S. W. Sparks died November 17, 1883, in Panola County, Mississippi. Moses S. W and Elizabeth Ann (Yager) Sparks were the parents of twelve children: Helen Marr Sparks, born December 27, 1838; she married John Kemp. Hannah Hume Sparks, born April 23, 1840, and died February 24, 1870, in Lockland, Texas. In January, 1857, she married Joseph (or Moses) Wright. Joseph Henry Sparks, born 1841; he was killed in the Battle of Chickamagua on September 22, 1863. Benjamin Franklin Sparks, born September 23, 1843; in August, 1865, he married Kate File. Martha Elizabeth Sparks, born May 8, 1846; she married Richard M. Knox on December 19, 1865, and died in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in October, 1882. Simeon Taylor Sparks, born August 5, 1848, in Panola County, Miss.; on December 17, 1868, he married Lucy Jane Weaver who was born February 23, 1849, in Lowndes County, Mississippi; she died on April 7, 1934. They were the parents of the following children: Olive C. Sparks. Joseph Henry Sparks. Eloise Weaver Sparks. Susan Helen Sparks, born July 26, 1876, at Crawford, Miss., and died June 15, 1957. She married in 1898 Joseph Nelson Harper, who was born March 11, 1874, and died July 1, 1936. They had one child: Lucy Elizabeth Harper, born in 1901; she married Joseph Albert Oswald. Lucy Elizabeth Sparks. Frederick Yeager Sparks. Sarah Virginia Sparks, born December 30, 1850; she married on March 10, 1870, Joseph Fowler. Susan Martha (or Martin) Sparks, born May 8, 1854; she married on December 24, 1875, David T. Black. James Buchanan Sparks, born October, 1856; he married on February 18, 1879, Octavia Cansler. Thomas Walker Sparks, born March 14, 1859; he married in November, 1883, Mattie Macon. William Wallace Sparks, born September 3, 1861; he died February 5, 1890, in Eureka, Mississippi. Sterling Price Sparks, born May 19, 1864; he married in November, 1887, Annie Davis. Martha E. A. Sparks was born November 20, 1814, and died on October 18, 1847. She was married on December 24, 1833, to Arthur Lewis, who died August 30, 1837. They were the parents of one child: Mary Hannah Lewis, born May 10, 1835. Benjamin Hume Sparks was born October 7, 1816, and died August 3, 1914. He was married on December 23, 1841, to Martha Brown, daughter of Joel and Mildred (Terrell) Brown; she was born January 14, 1821, in Madison County, Virginia, and died on March 28, 1893. (Benjamin Hume Sparks's portrait, along with that of his wife, appears on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly.) Benjamin Hume Sparks and his wife, Martha (Brown) Sparks, were the parents of the following children, all born in Madison County, Virginia: Hannah Mildred Sparks was born December 11, 1842, and died May 4, 1931. She was married on December 1, 1859, to John J. Brown. They were the parents of seven children, all born in Madison County, Virginia: Charles I. Brown, born September 2, 1861; he married April 11, 1888, Alice Sword. Melvin Brown, born June 16, 1864. John William Brown, born August 22, 1866; he married Lillian MNU on May 20, 1893. Wade H. Brown, born March 19, 1868; he married Luna Horndon on December 4, 1896. Mary Belle Brown, born November 8, 1871; she married Edward Bowen on October 23, 1901. Benjamin Brown, born February 15, 1875; he married Nannie Bowen. Champ Connor Brown, born November 18, 1877. Sallie C. Sparks was born March 3, 1845, and died May 15, 1872; she was married in December, 1869, to B. F. Rosson. They had one child: Mary W. Rosson, born December 27, 1870; she married Charles Collins in 1904. James Walker Sparks was born April 3, 1847, and died at West River, Maryland, on January 29, 1886. He moved from Madison County, Virginia, to West River, Ann Arundel County, Maryland, ca. 1870. He was married in May, 1872, to Elizabeth Pindell Richardson, daughter of Thomas John and Elizabeth (Watkins) Richardson; she was born December 14, 1848, and died September 19, 1927, in Washington, D.C. They were the parents of six children: Erwood Richardson Sparks, born May 3, 1873, West River, Maryland; he died April 17, 1943, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was married on October 23, 1901, to Clara H. Keilholtz. James Walker Sparks, Jr., born November 6, 1875, at West River, Maryland; he was married on July 21, 1900, to Anna Mae Richardson, who died January 22, 1952. They had one son: James L. Sparks, born May 19, 1901. Bertha Sparks, born September 6, 1877, at West River, Maryland. She married Arthur P. Rigdon in June, 1896, and had one child: Thelma Rigdon, born January 1, 1898. She married Henry Heidkamp in June, 1952. Thomas Richardson Sparks, born December 9, 1879, at West River, Maryland. He married on October 28, 1903, Xenia Carr. She died July 18, 1947. They had three children: Thomas C. Sparks, born July 13, 1904, married Mildred Myers; Roberts R. Sparks, born Octtober, 1908, married Mable Bean; and Douglas Hume Sparks, born May, 1914, married Anna Diehl. Harris Sparks, born December 26, 1883, at West River, Maryland; he never marr ied. Maurice Cheston Sparks, born July 11, 1886, in Madison County, Virginia; he never married and was drowned in Pittsburgh on December 9, 1921. Martha Ella Sparks was born August 27, 1849, and died November 26, 1901. She was married on January 23, 1872, to William A. Collins, who died December 27, 1899. They were the parents of ten children: Selden F. Collins, born October 28, 1872; he married Louise Butler on August 20, 1904. C. Watts Collins, born November 12, 1874. William Hume Collins, born December 3, 1876; died ca. 1906. Harriett R. Collins, born March 23, 1879; she married and died in the Hawaiian Islands. Ella E. S. Collins, born April 8, 1881; she married Arista W. Lacy on December 29, 1903. Martha H. Collins, born August 8, 1883. Ada B. Collins, born October 10, 1885. James W. Collins, born September 12, 1887. Sallie L. Collins, born October 14, 1889. Hay Collins, born April 14, 1892; died May 4, 1894. Bushrod H. Sparks was born August 11, 1852, and died September 15, 1917. He married Eva F. Conway on November 21, 1872. They were the parents of four children: Rosa V. Sparks, born September 18, 1873. Henry B. Sparks, born December 3, 1875. Mamie M. Sparks, born March 3, 1878; died in 1944 in Washington, D.C. William Clark Sparks, born August 30, 1883. Fannie Belle Sparks was born August 23, 1854, and died July 18, 1939. She was married on October 18, 1877, to William T. Utz, who died April 22, 1894. They were the parents of seven children: William Lee Utz, born June 25, 1879. Ben S. Utz, born November 1, 1880. Sallie Utz, born September 4, 1882; she married Rev. FNU Hall. Carrie C. L. Utz, born October 19, 1884. Laura B. Utz, born September 30, 1886; she married T. H. Lillard. Charles A. Utz, born November 10, 1888. George W. Utz, born December 10, 1890; died the same day. Ada C. Sparks was born October 30, 1856, and died June 29, 1931. She was married in 1883 to Thomas F. Aylor, and had two children: Hugh H. Aylor, born March 8, 1884. James W. Aylor, born February 3, 1887. Benjamin Walter Sparks was born January 23, 1859, and died November 25, 1909, in Ephraim, Utah. He was married in 1892 to Jane Hilda Nielson, who was born April 23, 1869, in Ephraim, Utah, and died July 17, 1938, in the same place. She was the daughter of Mons and Johanna (Jenson) Nielson. They were the parents of the following eight children: Benjamin Hume Sparks, born November 13, 1893, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died September 7, 1953. Hulda Ada Sparks, born January 12, 1895, in Salt Lake City; he died October 4, 1916. Claud Ivan Sparks, born October 3, 1896, in Salt Lake City. Lilian May Sparks, born October 18, 1897, in Ephraim, Utah. She married Burton Orlando Rust in Manti, Utah, on May 15, 1918. He was born October 26, 1896, in Greenwich, Utah. They are the parents of the following children: Lillian Ruth Rust, born February 24, 1919; Marjorie Alice Rust, born July 19, 1920; Lois Valeria Rust, born June 30, 1922; Don Lyall Rust, born June 20, 1927, died on the same day; Ada Marilyn Rust, born September 7, 1928; and Burton Lavoy Rust, born June 1, 1937. Walter Neilson Sparks, born March 27, 1899, in Ephraim, Utah. Myrtle June Sparks, born June 23, 1901, in Ephraim, Utah. Edma Virginia Sparks, born April 7, 1903, in Ephraim, Utah. Rachel Marie Sparks, born June 12, 1906, in Ephraim, Utah. Willie L. Sparks was born August 7, 1861, and died March 3, 1863. Dora H. Sparks, daughter of Benjamin H. and Martha (Brown) Sparks, was born January 11, 1863, and died February 12, 1937. She married Ashford L Berry in September, 1887. They were the parents of four children: Harry H. Berry, born October 3, 1888. Linda Berry, born June 13, 1890; married John Whitehead. Ada Berry, born March 20, 1892. John D. Berry, born September 30, 1894. Henry T. Sparks was born September 1, 1818, and died September 6, 1891. He married Lucy O'Bannon, who died October 8, 1888. They had one child: Ida Sparks, born ca. 1854; she married P. F. Smith. Hannah J. Sparks was born February 25, 1821, and died September 2, 1901. She married Charles L Tatum, who died September 2, 1901. They had no children. William Thomas Sparks was born February 25, 1821, twin of Hannah J., and died February 8, 1880, in Saline, Missouri. He was married on August 14, 1845, to Maria Elizabeth Fry, who was born in 1829 in Culpeper County, Virginia. (For a sketch of William Thomas Sparks and his sons, see the article following this, written by Louise Knoche.) William T. and Maria Elizabeth (Fry) Sparks were the parents of twelve children, all but the last four of whom were born in Virginia, the last four were born after the family moved to Missouri: Anna Belleville Sparks was born January 1, 1847, and died in Saline County, Missouri, on August 30, 1928. She was married on March 10, 1864, to George W. Potter who was born in Kentucky on February 14, 1835, and died in Saline County, Missouri, on February 5, 1904. They were the parents of eleven children. Mary C. Potter, born May 12, 1865, died May 12, 1887. Jennie Lee Potter, born September 15, 1867, died July 28, 1868. James William Potter, born August 7, 1869, died April 14, 1912; he never married. John Thomas Potter, born August 20, 1871; he married Sallie Barron. Benjamin F. Potter, born October 5, 1873; he married Lydia Barr on. George Belleville Potter, born July 16, 1876, died January 11, 1877. Susan Elizabeth Potter, born December 21, 1877; married Riley Barron. Henry C. Potter, born August 1, 1880, died August 23, 1914; he never married. Marion Sparks Potter, born November 13, 1883; he married Myrtle Offery. Emma Louise Potter, born July 31, 1886, died February 1, 1933; she married Clarence Thomas on August 1, 1906. He was born in Saline County, Missouri, on April 23, 1885 and died at Kansas City, Missouri, on April 4, 1960. Anna May Potter, born May 28, 1889, died December 7, 1909; she married CalMarch E. Riddle. Marion Sparks was born December 23, 1848; he married Emma Bierne Walker in Saline County, Missouri, on September 4, 1872. They were the parents of twelve children: Ada Merry Sparks, born June 2, 1873; she married October 2, 1902, James Nonry Wallace. Marion Walker Sparks, born May 2, 1876; died May 26, 1879. Nellie Tutt Sparks, born December 28, 1877; she married Newman Newell on September 11, 1896. William Frost Sparks, born January 12, 1880. Marion Wallis Sparks, born February 24, 1882. Mary Lee Sparks, born September 14, 1884; died March 1, 1891. Dave Dean Sparks, born November 4, 1886. Clyde Vest Sparks, born January 9, 1888. Alice Gray Sparks, born March 23, 1890. March jorie Sparks, born May 13, 1897. Dorothy Sparks, born May 13, 1897, died May 9, 1898. Louise Virginia Sparks, born October 27, 1898. Alice Sparks was born September 28, 1850; she married A. G. Graves. They had no children. Ada Catherine Sparks was born July 12, 1852, and died August 8, 1852. William Clark Sparks was born July 23, 1853; he married Mary Boswell December 27, 1877. They were the parents of seven children: Charles Marion Sparks, born October 9, 1878; he married Gennie Heath. Elgin Clark Sparks, born July 5, 1880. Palmore Brooks Sparks, born January 23, 1882. h Claude byron Sparks, born January 22, 1884. George Fry Sparks, born January 23, 1886. John Wood Sparks, born January 25, 1888. William Garnett Sparks, born August 1, 1892. Henry C. Sparks was born September 22, 1854; he married Mary B. Long on December 18, 1877. They were the parents of nine children: Margaret Fry Sparks, born November 10, 1878. Charles Meriweather Sparks, born June 26, 1880. Henry Long Sparks, born April 24, 1882. Ida Viola Sparks, born November 7, 1883. Sallie Ethel Sparks, born October 13, 1886. William Grover Sparks, born November 26, 1887. Mary Roberta Sparks, born April 29, 1892. Kathryn Sparks, born January 4, 1897. John Thomas Sparks, born September 20, 1898. Clara Walker Sparks was born March 22, 1856 and died August 29, 1895. John P. Sparks was born July 7, 1858; he married Ella Osborne on October 20, 1880. They were the parents of seven children: Ethel Sparks, born March 7, 1882. Homer Osborne Sparks, born January 17, 1884. Anna Elizabeth Sparks, born December 6, 1885. Sarah Gertrude Sparks, born January 18, 1890. Robert Henry Sparks, born September 22, 1892. John P. Sparks, Jr., born January 23, 1895, died 1898. James Harold Sparks, born December 25, 1902. Charles Sparks was born May 4, 1861; he married Sallie Lee Wallace on June 21, 1887. They were the parents of five children: Charles Henry Sparks, born May 8, 1888. Sallie Lee Sparks, born September 29, 1890. Susan Louise Sparks, born November 30, 1892. Robert Copeland Sparks, born July 2, 1897. William Clark Sparks, born May 15, 1900. Thomas Sparks was born September 10, 1864; he died February 12, 1890. He never married. Fannie Belle Sparks was born August 6, 1866, and died September 13, 1867. James Meriweather Sparks was born March 6, 1870. He married Woodie Minner and had one child named Adelle Sparks. James M. Sparks, son of Henry and Hannah (Hume) Sparks, was born May 4, 1823, and died November 16, 1898. He was married on December 22, 1846, to Mary Wayland. They were the parents of five children: Mary W. Sparks was born November 9, 1848, and died June 30, 1886. She married Edward Lacy. Virginia A. Sparks was born sometime in the 1850's and died April 29, 1893. She married FNU Gaar. Lillie I. Sparks was born sometime in the 1850's and died December 5, 1881. Fannie B. Sparks was born April 5, 1865, and died May 13, 1889. She married John Conway. Simeon I. Sparks was born December 10, 18--, and died March 18, 1905. Susan C. Sparks was born February 3, 1826, and died January 20, 1892. She was married on February 3, 1854, to Zephenia Butler, who died January 2, 1892. They were the parents of five children: Frances B. Butler was born December 29, 1854. Charles H. Butler was born September 3, 1856. Cormora Butler was born September 3, 1859. Hannah M. Butler was born August 3, 1861, and died July 23, 1864. Susan C. Butler was born August 3, 1863.