October 26, 2017

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Whole Number 59

DESCENDANTS OF 1.2.5.1 SOLOMON AND SARAH SPARKS,
OF MARYLAND AND NORTH CAROLINA
THROUGH THEIR SON, REUBEN SPARKS (ca. 1755-1840)



1.2.5.1 Solomon Sparks was born in Maryland ca. 1725. It is probable that he was a son of 1.2.5 Joseph Sparks who died intestate in Frederick County, Maryland, in 1749. (Solomon named one of his sons Joseph, probably for his father.) Sometime before 1750, Solomon Sparks married Sarah LNU.

On March 20, 1750, Solomon Sparks patented 93 acres of land in Frederick County, Maryland, and gave this tract the descriptive name of Cold Friday. This land was located on Beaver Dam Branch, a tributary of Linganore Creek. On June 20, 1753, Solomon Sparks and his wife, Sarah, sold this tract of 93 acres for 35 pounds to Mathew Howard. Solomon is designated in this deed as a "farmer.'

Sometime in 1753, probably soon after selling this tract of land, Solomon Sparks moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to near Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina. (Rowan County was formed on April 12, 1753 from Anson County.) Solomon and Sarah Sparks were among the first settlers in that area of North Carolina. Two years after their arrival, Governor Arthur Dobbs visited Salisibury and wrote the following description on November 24, 1755: 'The Yadkin here (Trading Ford) is a large beautiful river where is a ferry. It is near 300 yards over, it was at this time fordable scarce coming to the horses bellies. At 6 miles distance I arrived at Salisbury the County town of Rowan, the town is but just laid out, the Court House built and 7 or 8 log Houses erected.' (From The Colonial Records of North Carolina, Vol. 5, page 355.)

Solomon Sparks settled in the Forks of the Yadkin, less than ten miles north of Salisbury, in what is now Davie County, North Carolina. In 1761, he obtained a land grant for 250 acres in Rowan County, on the west side of the Yadkin River, opposite the mouth of Muddy Creek. In 1762, he obtained a grant for 290 acres on the south side of the Yadkin River, which adjoined his other grant.

by the early 1760's, 1.2.5.1 Solomon Sparks had been joined in North Carolina by several of his close relatives from Frederick County, Maryland: 1.2.1.2.2 Matthew Sparks, 1.2.1.2 William Sample Sparks, 1.2.5.6 Jonas Sparks, and 1.2.1.2.3 James Sparks. Perhaps they were all brothers. (Note: the relationship numbers correctly show how these men were related. Also,Jonas' uncle was William Sample.) (An article on Jonas Sparks appeared in the Quarterly for March 1964, Vol. XII, No. 1, Whole No. 45, pp. 790-807; in the Quarterly for June 1961 there appeared an article on Matthew Sparks, Vol. IX, No. 2, Whole No. 34, pp. 556-566; an article on Solomon Sparks appeared in the Quarterly for December 1955, Vol. III, No. 4, Whole No. 12, pp. 97-98.)

In 1763, Solomon Sparks sold a portion of his land on the Yadkin to Jonas Sparks, who was probably his brother, and another portion to Valentine Vanhouser. According to a statement made by John Sparks, son of Solomon, when applying for a Revolutionary War pension in 1832, Solomon Sparks and his family moved from the Forks of the Yadkin to what is now Wilkes County (then Surry County) North Carolina, in 1772. When the dividing line between Wilkes and Surry Counties was surveyed in 1778, it was found that the line cut through Solomon's plantation, but according to the Court Minutes, his house was on the Surry side. Thus, Solomon Sparks lived just south of the present village of Swan Creek in the western part of what is now Yadkin County, North Carolina.

by 1800, 1.2.5.1 Solomon and Sarah Sparks had both died. Neither of them left a will, nor has a family Bible record been found listing the names of their children. However, a document recorded in the Wilkes County Court Records reveals the names of those still living in the Wilkes County area in 1801. It is a Letter of Attorney dated July 31, 1801, from John Sparks, Reuben Sparks, Solomon Sparks [Jr.], Mary Sparks Jacks, Hannah Sparks Denny, Susannah Sparks Johnson, and Joseph Sparks to Abel Sparks, all being children of Solomon Sparks. We know from his application for a pension that John Sparks, son of Solomon, was born in 1753; it seems probable that he was the oldest son. Assuming that the other children were listed in the Letter of Attorney in the order of their birth, we may speculate on their birth dates as follows:

Original list:

1.2.5.1.2 (1.2.5.1.1) John Sparks, born 25 February 1753; married Sarah Shores.
1.2.5.1.3 (1.2.5.1.2) Reuben Sparks, born ca. 1755; married Cassie Buttery.
1.2.5.1.7 (1.2.5.1.3) Solomon Sparks, Jr., born ca. 1757.
1.2.5.1.4 Mary Sparks, born ca. 1759; married FNU Jacks.
1.2.5.1.6 (1.2.5.1.5) Hannah Sparks, born ca. 1761; married James Denney in 1784.
1.2.5.1.5 (1.2.5.1.6) Susannah Sparks, born ca. 1763; married Charles Johnson in 1784.
1.2.5.1.1 (1.2.5.1.7) Joseph Sparks, born ca. 1765.
1.2.5.1.8 Abel Sparks, born January 8, 1767; his second wife was Sarah LNU.

New list based upon subsequent articles:

1.2.5.1.1 Joseph Sparks, born ca. 1751.
1.2.5.1.2 John Sparks, born February 25, 1753; married Sarah Shores.
1.2.5.1.3 Reuben Sparks, born ca. 1755; married Cassie Buttery.
1.2.5.1.4 Mary Sparks, born ca. 1759; married FNU Jacks.
1.2.5.1.5 Susannah Sparks, born ca. 1763; married Charles Johnson in 1784.
1.2.5.1.6 Hannah Sparks, born ca. 1761; married James Denney in 1784.
1.2.5.1.7 Solomon Sparks, Jr., born ca. 1757.
1.2.5.1.8 Abel Sparks, born January 8, 1767; his second wife was Sarah LNU.

1.2.5.1.3 REUBEN SPARKS (ca. 1755-1840),
Son of 1.2.5.1 SOLOMON & SARAH SPARKS

1.2.5.1.3 Reuben Sparks, believed to have been the third son of Solomon and Sarah Sparks, was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, ca. 1755. He was married ca. 1783, probably in Wilkes County, North Carolina, to Cassa (or Cassie) Buttery, who was born ca. 1765 and died in 1842. She was probably a daughter of, or closely related to, Timothy Buttery, whose estate was settled in 1802 in Wilkes County. (According to the Minutes of the Wilkes County Court dated February 1, 1802.

Reuben Sparks and Richard Allen were securities for the bonds of Mary Buttery and Jesse Allen who were named as administrators of Timothy Buttery's estate. In a subsequent court record, Mary Buttery is identified as the widow of Timothy. In 1806, she marrIed as her second husband Joseph Thomson (Wilkes County Marriage Bond dated May 4, 1806).

Reuben Sparks is mentioned frequently in the land and court records of Wilkes County. He frequently served on juries, helped to lay out roads, and he was an active member of the South Fork of Roaring River Baptist Church. In 1829, 1830, 1832 and 1834, he served as a delegate to the Baptist Association. Like his father, he owned land in both Wilkes County and in Surry County. In 1792, he purchased 340 acres in Surry County on Hunting Creek from Richard Goode for 50 pounds (Book E, pp. 229-30). In 1797, he sold 170 acres in Surry County 'on the North Fork of Hunting Creek on the Brushy Mountains to James Denney for 100 pounds (Book G, pp. 365-66). In 1799 he purhased a tract of 300 acres in Wilkes County on the Big Elkin from Andrew Crow. (Book E, p. 306). In 1800 he sold a tract of 170 acres in Surry County on Hunting Creek on the Brushy Mountain to William Jeffrey (Bock H, p. 318). On March 5, 1835, Reuben Sparks sold a tract of 100 acres on Roaring River in Wilkes County to William R. Sparks, his son, for $300 (Book 1841-51, p. 44). This land was desoribed as where 'the sd. Reuben Sparks now lives.' On the same day, he sold an adjoining tract of 70 acres to his son Jonas Sparks for $300 (Book 1841-51, p. 42).

According to the records of Old Roaring River Baptist Church in Wilkes County, Reuben Sparks died at 2:00 A.M. on July 13, 1840. His wife, Cassie Sparks, died ca. 1842. It is believed that Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks were the parents of the following children: (there may well have been other children)

1.2.5.1.3.4 (1.2.5.1.3.1) Benjamin ["Bennie"] Sparks, born ca. 1784.
1.2.5.1.3.1 (1.2.5.1.3.2) John Sparks, born ca. 1786.
1.2.5.1.3.5 (1.2.5.1.3.3) Solomon Sparks, born ca. 1792.
1.2.5.1.3.7 (1.2.5.1.3.4) Jonas Sparks, born ca. 1794.
1.2.5.1.3.8 (1.2.5.1.3.5) William Russell Sparks, born January 2, 1797.
1.2.5.1.3.2 (1.2.5.1.3.6) Lydia Sparks, born ca. 1800.
1.2.5.1.3.10 (1.2.5.1.3.7) Matilda Sparks, born in March, 1805.
1.2.5.1.3.8 Reuben Sparks, Jr., born ca. 1808.

Revised List from Whole Number 141: the numbers below and all other pages will use the revised list

1.2.5.1.3.1 John Sparks, born ca.1784
1.2.5.1.3.2 Lydia Sparks, born ca.1785
1.2.5.1.3.3 unidentified daughter, born ca.1786
1.2.5.1.3.4 Benjamin Sparks, born ca.1787
1.2.5.1.3.5 Solomon Sparks, born ca.1791
1.2.5.1.3.6 unidentified daughter, born ca.1793
1.2.5.1.3.7 Jonas Sparks, born ca.1794
1.2.5.1.3.8 William Russell Sparks, born 1797
1.2.5.1.3.9 Amelia Sparks, born ca.1799
1.2.5.1.3.10 Matilda Sparks, born March, 1805

1.2.5.1.3.4 Benjamin Sparks was born ca. 1787 in either Wilkes, or Surry County, North Carolina; he lived in that part of Surry County which was cut off to form Yadkin County in 1850 and died there in 1876, He married Sarah Jeffreys, daughter of William and Patsey Jeffrey (or Jeffreys) ca. 1802. She was born in 1785 and died in 1870. His will, dated May 8, 1872, is on file in Yadkin County (Book 2, p. 81) . From his will and records supplied by descendants, we know that Benjamin and Sarah (Jeffreys) Sparks had the following children:

1.2.5.1.3.4.1 Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1812 and died prior to 1872; she married FNU Redding and had children named Sarah Redding, Mary Redding, and Willam T. Redding who were mentioned as grandchildren in Benjamin Sparks's will of 1872.

1.2.5.1.3.4.2 William Russell Sparks was born ca. 1797 (not 1813) and died prior to 1860. He was generaly called 'Russell'. He married Nancy Martin, daughter of Alfred Martin, and from census records it appears they had children named:

1.2.5.1.3.4.2.1 Louisa Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.2 Sally C. Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.3 John A. Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.4 Martha D. Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.5 Mary M. Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.6 Solomon M. Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.7 Lydia B. Sparks, and
1.2.5.1.3.1.2.8 William R. Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.4.3 John Sparks according to descendants of his brother, John Sparks 'went west ."
1.2.5.1.3.4.4 Joseph Sparks (called 'Joe'), son of Benjamin and Sarah (Jeffreys) Sparks, was born June 12, 1817, and died May 8, 1902; he was married in October 1842 to Martha Elvira Dimmette. A grandson of Joseph (Dr. H. C. Salmons) stated in 1952 that Joseph and Martha Elvira (Dimmette) Sparks were the parents of the following children:

1.2.5.1.3.4.4.1 Benjamin Franklin Sparks, born October 18, 1843;
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.2 William Russell Sparks, born November 18, 1844;
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.3 John Q, Adams Sparks, born March 13, 184-;
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.4 Sarah Ann Sparks, born June 14, 1847;
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.5 James Lewis Sparks, born May 18, 1850;
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.6 Nancy Rosaline Sparks, born May 28, 1856;
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.7 George Washington Sparks, born November 18, 185-;
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.8 Elizabeth Sparks, born October 26, 1860

1.2.5.1.3.4.5 Mary (Polly) Sparks married Constantine Gray.
1.2.5.1.3.4.6 Hannah Sparks married John Felts and, according to relatives, 'went west.'
1.2.5.1.3.4.7 Lydia Sparks married Peyton Dimmettee (or Dimmit).
1.2.5.1.3.4.8 Solomon Sparks was born ca. 1825 and died prior to 1872; he married Rachel Martin, daughter of Alfred Martin, They had the following children:

1.2.5.1.3.4.8.1 Solomon Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.8.2 Nancy Sparks, born ca. 1855;
1.2.5.1.3.4.8.3 Benjamin Sparks, born in 1860;
1.2.5.1.3.4.8.4 Sarah Sparks; and
1.2.5.1.3.4.8.5 Augusta Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.4.9 Martha C. Sparks was born ca. 1827; she never married.
1.2.5.1.3.4.10 Sarah (Sally) Sparks was born ca. 1832; she married Enoch D. Swaim of Yadkin County, N.C. in 1851 (Yadkin County marriage bond dated November 19, 1851).
1.2.5.1.3.4.11 Benjamin Franklin Sparks was born ca. 1833; he married Amanda Jane Sale on February 23, 1864. They had children named:

1.2.5.1.3.4.11.1 Dinah Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.2 Carrie Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.3 Mary Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.4 Benjamin Franklin Sparks
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.5 James Leo Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.6 Lillie Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.7 Minnie Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.8 Everett Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.9 Worth Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.10 Carol Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.11 Paul Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.12 William Sparks, and
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.13 Glen Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.1 John Sparks, son of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, was born ca. 1781; he married Elizabeth ca. 1806; she was born ca. 1786 and died ca. 1865. They moved to that part of Ashe County, North Carolina, which was cut off to form Alleghany County in 1859. Two children had been born to John and Elizabeth by the time the 1810 census of Wilkes County, N.C., was taken, and by 1820 there were six children according to that census. by 1830, they had moved to Ashe County where John Sparks purchased for $100 a tract of 200 acres from John Allen Woodruff on September 15, 1830; this land was located 'on the waters of Brush Creek' in Ashe County (Deed Book 0, p. 78). On March 20, 1841, John Sparks sold this tract for $1000 to his son, Reuben Sparks. John and Elizabeth Sparks were listed on the 1850 census of Ashe County; his age was given as 66 and Elizabeth's as 62. In 1859, Alleghany County was cut off from Ache County; John and Elizabeth apparently lived in that part that became the new county. When the 1860 census was taken of Alleghany County, John's age was given as 77 and Elizabeth's as 74. Living on an adjoining farm was their son, Reuben Sparks. Both John and Elizabeth appear to have died by 1870. It is believed that John and Elizabeth Sparks were the parents of four sons and two daughters, but we can be certain of the names of only two sons:

1.2.5.1.3.1.1 William J. ["Billie"] Sparks, born April 10, 1807.
1.2.5.1.3.1.2 Sarah Sparks, born ca. 1809.
1.2.5.1.3.1.3 Mary [ "Polly" ] Sparks, born ca. 1812.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4 Solomon Sparks (son of John and Elizabeth), born ca. 1814.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5 Emanuel Sparks, son of John and Elizabeth Sparks, was born ca. 1816. He married Mary LNU; they were listed on the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses of Wilkes County, North Carolina, and from these records it would appear that they had the following children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.5.1 Jane Sparks, born ca. 1840;
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.2 Reuben Sparks, born ca. 1842;
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.3 Elizabeth Sparks, born ca. 1844;
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.4 Sarah Sparks, born ca. 1846;
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.5 Catherine Sparks, born ca. 1850;
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.6 Nancy Sparks, born ca. 1851;
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.7 John Sparks, born ca. 1852;
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.8 Mary Sparks, born ca. 1854;
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9 Emaline or Martha Sparks, born ca. 1857;
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.10 Frances or Fanny Sparks, born ca. 1858;
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.11 Carey Sparks, born ca. 1864; and
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.12 Sarah J. Sparks born ca. 1866.

1.2.5.1.3.1.6 Reuben Sparks, was born ca. 1819; he married Nancy, who was born ca. 1816. They were living in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1850 with one child named Calton Sparks, aged 6. They both joined Old Roaring River Baptist Church in Wilkes County 'by experience' on the 4th Saturday of April, 1843; in November 1849 they were dismissed by letter to go to a new church at Woodruff. In 1860 they were living in Alleghany County on a farm adjoining Reuben's parents, 1.2.5.1.3.1 John and Elizabeth Sparks. Living with Reuben and Nancy in 1860 was a young man named Catton Sparks, aged 17, who seems not to have been a son. There was also a 9-year-old boy living with them named 1.2.5.1.3.1.6.1 Isaiah Sparks, their only son. In Alleghany County there is a document on file (Will Book A, p. 111) which states that Nancy Sparks, wife of Reuben, died May 26, 1890. Reuben, her husband, is described as 'a non-resident.' Isaiah (or Isali) Sparks is identified as their only child, but he had died prior to 1890 leaving a wife named Charity and two children, 1.2.5.1.3.1.6.1.1 J. C. Sparks and 1.2.5.1.3.1.6.1.2 J. E. Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.5 Solomon Sparks was born ca. 1791. We have not succeeded in tracing this Solomon Sparks. The name Solomon was such a common name among the Sparkses in North Carolina that it is extremely difficult to keep the various Solomons straight.

1.2.5.1.3.7 Jonas Sparks was born ca. 1794 in Wilkes or Surry County, North Carolina. In 1817 he married Mary Brown, a daughter of John Brown of Wilkes County. The marriage bond is dated September 27, 1817 and John Brown was the bondsman.

On the cover of this issue of the Quarterly appears a photograph of Mary (Brown) Sparks, wife of Jonas Sparks. It has been provided by Mary Etta Sayers Bostic, a great-great-granddaughter of Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks. Mary (Brown) Sparks, daughter of John Brown, was born ca. 1801. It is believed that she was still living as late as 1875; this picture was probably taken sometime in the 1870's.

Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks were listed as members of the South Fork of Roaring River Baptist Church in 1829. In 1835, Jonas purchased 70 acres of his father's home place in Wilkes County, North Carolina, while his brother, William R. Sparks, purchased 100 acres. Earlier, on April 5, 1821, Jonas Sparks had purchased a tract of 30 acres adjoining his father's land in Wilkes County from Noel Wadill (Wilkes Deed Book 1841-51, page 24); this tract was described as lying on 'the East Side of Roaring River.' On May 13, 1835, Jonas Sparks purchased for $5.00 a tract of twenty-five acres from the State of North Carolina. This tract was described as follows: 'Beginning on his own North west Corner at a bunch of kornbeans on the bank of Roaring River and runing West Crossing Roaring River with William R. Sparkes line fourteen poles to a Stake then North ninety five poles to a Chesnut and Maple in Browns line then East with sd. line Thirty two poles to a Chesnut then South With Browns line Crossing the river Sixty poles to a poplar at or near to Browns Corner then East with Browns line Thirty five poles to a pine in his own line then west with sd. line forty six poles to the Beginning.' (Wilkes County Deed Book 1841-51, p. 34). The reference to an adjoining tract belonging to a man named Brown suggests that Mary Brown may have lived on a farm adjoining the Sparks family.

In 1848, 1.2.5.1.3.7 Jonas Sparks moved with his family to Tazewell County, Virginia, and settled in an area called Baptist Valley. Jonas Sparks is believed to have died there in 1875.

Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks are believed to have been the parents of ten children, In John Newton Harman's Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia, published in Richmond in 1925, three of their sons are identified: Jonas J. Sparks, Joshua W. Sparks, and Joseph Sparks. From other records, we believe that we can identify most of the others, but we cannot be certain.

1.2.5.1.3.7.1 John Henry Sparks, without doubt the oldest son of Jonas and Mary (Brown) C. Sparks, was born ca. 1818. He was married three times. His first wife was Matilda Holloway died May 25 or 26, 1854, upon the birth of a son. John Henry Sparks married Rebecca Mitchell, his second wife, on April 23, 1855. His third wife was Sallie Pruett. by his first wife, John Henry Sparks is believed to have had the following children:

1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1 Jonas Sparks, born ca. 1842; he married Lucy Harrison in Tazewell County in 1865;
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.2 William Sparks, born ca. 1844;
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.3 Martha Sparks, born ca. 1848;
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.4 Joseph Sparks, born ca. 1851, and
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5 John Henry Sparks, Jr., born February 25, 1854; he was reared by his grandparents and married Lucinda Asbury.

by his second wife (Rebecca Mitchell) John Henry Sparks had a daughter named:

1.2.5.1.3.7.1.6 Melissa Sparks, born ca. 1857.

There were probably other children born after 1860.

1.2.5.1.3.7.2 Reuben R. Sparks, believed to have been a son of Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks, was born ca. 1820. He remained (or perhaps returned to) Wilkes County, North Carolina, and became a Baptist minister. His wife's name was Ann; no record of any children.
1.2.5.1.3.7.3 a daughter of Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks, is believed to have been born ca. 1822.
1.2.5.1.3.7.4 Malinda Sparks, believed to have been the fourth child of Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks, was born ca. 1824. She was married in 1846 to Jacob Lyon (Wilkes County marriage bond dated June 6, 1846, with James Durham as bondsman.) ]

1.2.5.1.3.7.5 Timothy Sparks, son of Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks, was born ca. 1828; he died in Smyth County, Va. He married Jane Lyon (or Lyons); they were the parents of the following children:

1.2.5.1.3.7.5.1 Joshua Sparks, married Sarah Marinda Jolly;
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.2 Austin Sparks;
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.3 Mary Jane Sparks;
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.4 Nancy Catherine Sparks;
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.5 Cynthia Sparks;
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.6 Susan Sparks;
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.7 Shadrick Sparks, born ca. 1869;
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.8 Sarah Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.7.6 Shadrach Sparks was born ca. 1828.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7 Joshua William Sparks, son of Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks, was born ca. 1830; he died August 4, 1903. He married Cynthia Hankins, daughter of Moses and Patty Hankins, in Tazewell County, Va., on April 23, 1850. She was born in Virginia ca. 1830 and died May 9, 1918. They were the parents of at least two children:

1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1 Jonas J. Sparks who married Ellen Ball in 1873; and
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.2 Elizabeth Sparks, born February 17, 1851, died December 4, 1920; she married a distant cousin,1.2.5.1.2.4.1.3 John T. Sparks, son of 1.2.5.1.2.4.1 Richmond Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.7.8 Jonas J. Sparks was born in Wilkes County, N.C., on October 23, 1833, and died in Tazewell Co., Va., on November 8, 1911. He was married on August 19, 1851, to Polly Hankins, daughter of Joseph and Nancy (Mitchell) Hankins. She was born in Virginia on December 25, 1829, and died February 14, 1904. Jonas J. Sparks served in the Confederate Army in the Civil War in Captain Elias Harman's Company of Rangers. Jonas J. and Polly (Hankins) Sparks were the parents of the following children:

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.1 Joseph A. Sparks, married Hannah Mary Whitt;
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.2 Mary Sparks, married the Rev. John Ezra Linkous;
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3 Jonas R. Sparks, married Patsy Hankins and moved to Oklahoma;
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.4 Robert M. Sparks, married Martha Maxwell;
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.5 Samuel B. Sparks, married Emma Griffith; and
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6 George W. Sparks, born April 27, 1868, married Mary Elizabeth Virginia Faris.

1.2.5.1.3.7.9 Joseph Sparks, son of Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks, was born ca. 1838. He joined the Confederate Army during the Civil War and died in service.

1.2.5.1.3.8 William Russell Sparks, son of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, was born in North Carolina ca. 1797. He was married twice. He married, first, in Wilkes County, Sally Wilcoxson, in 1821 (marriage bond dated March 13, 1821, with Reuben Sparks as bondsman). From the 1840 census of Wilkes County, it would appear that they were the parents of a 1.2.5.1.3.8.1 daughter born ca. 1823 and a 1.2.5.1.3.8.2 son born ca. 1825. Sometime prior to 1839, Sally died and William Russell Sparks married, as his second wife, Permela Gentry (marriage bond dated April 12, 1839, with Samuel Sparks as bondsman). Permela's nickname was Milly and she was born ca.

1806 in Wilkes County, N.C. From the 1850 census of Wilkes County, it would appear that William R. and Permela (Gentry) Sparks were the parents of the following children:

1.2.5.1.3.8.3 Hugh Sparks, born ca. 1842.
1.2.5.1.3.8.4 Lotty Sparks, born ca. 1846.
1.2.5.1.3.8.5 Martha Sparks, born ca. 1847.
1.2.5.1.3.8.6 Whitfield Sparks, born ca. 1849.

When the 1860 census was taken in Wilkes County, Martha and Whitfield were still listed as living with William Russell and Milly Sparks, but not Hugh or Lotty. However, Leander Sparks and Elijah Sparks, both aged 17 years, were living in the family.

1.2.5.1.3.2 Lydia Sparks, daughter of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, was born ca. 1785 (perhaps earlier). She married Henry Bauguess. They are known to have had a son named Bryant Bauguess who was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on March 29, 1823. by 1850, Bryant Bauguess was living in Jefferson Township, Owen County, Indiana, and his mother Lydia was living with him along with Eli P. Bauguess, aged 22, and Fanny Bauguess, aged 20.

(Addition Note: Tim Peterson of Kansas City, Missouri, has called our attention to the fact that on the 1850 census of Jefferson Township, Owen County, the age of Lydia (Sparks) Bauguess was given as 65. If this is correct, it would appear that she was born ca. 1785 and would thus have been one of the oldest children of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, who were married in Wilkes County, N.C., ca. 1783. )

Mr. Peterson has also pointed out the various spellings given in official records for the name Buttery. Some members believe that the preferred spelling was Butry, although any name, except the most common, was often recorded according to what seemed right to the clerk making the record. Mr. Peterson also notes that "Cassie," the name of Lydia's mother, was also sometimes written as Cassa and Kassiah.

1.2.5.1.3.10 Matilda Sparks, daughter of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, was born March, 1805. She died August 18, 1878, in Surry County, North Carolina. She married Wiley Gentry in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1825 (Wilkes County marriage bond dated October 12, 1825, with William R. Sparks as bondsman).

Wiley Gentry was a son of Jonathan and Sally (Fender) Gentry and was born in March, 1805, and died May 27, 1878. Wiley and Matilda (Sparks) Gentry were the parents of the following children:

1.2.5.1.3.10.1 Tennyson Gentry was born October 25, 1826. He died in 1848. He never married.
1.2.5.1.3.10.2 Reuben Gentry, born 1828, died 1852; never married.
1.2.5.1.3.10.3 Jonathan Gentry, born March 1, 1830, died December 9, 1896; he married 1856 Emily Long, who was born in 1824 and died in 1904.
1.2.5.1.3.10.4 Cassy Gentry, born 1832, died 1856; she married in 1856 Levi D. Burcham.
1.2.5.1.3.10.5 Levi Gentry, born 1834, died 1852; never married.
1.2.5.1.3.10.6 Jonas Gentry, born 1836, he married Maninda Hall in 1854.
1.2.5.1.3.10.7 William Gentry, born 1838, died 1866; never married.
1.2.5.1.3.10.8 Sally Gentry, born 1840, died 1870; never married.
1.2.5.1.3.10.9 John Gentry, born 1843, died 1862; never married.
1.2.5.1.3.10.10 Wiley Gentry, born 1845; never married.
1.2.5.1.3.10.11 Allen Gentry, born 1847; died 1912; he married Susan Edwards in 1881.

??1.2.5.1.3.8 Reuben Sparks, believed to have been a son of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, was born ca. 1808. This may have been the Reuben Sparks who married Phoeby Blackburn in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1828 (marriage bond dated October 10, 1828, with Eli Blackburn as bondsman).

1.2.5.1.3.3 unidentified Daughter Sparks. It is believed that Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks had a daughter.
1.2.5.1.3.6 unidentified Daughter Sparks. It is believed that Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks had a daughter.

(Editor's Note: As is evident in the above article, there remain many uncertainties regarding the children and grandchildren of Reuben Sparks (ca. 1755-1840). We hope that descendants of this family who have additional data will send these records to the editor.)


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Whole Number 89

SOME DESCENDANTS OF 1.2.5.1.3 REUBEN AND CASSA (BUTTERY) SPARKS


In the Quarterly of September 1967 (Vol. XV, No. 3, Whole No. 59) we devoted several pages to a record of the family of 1.2.5.1.3 Reuben Sparks (ca.1755-1840) and his wife, Cassa (or Cassie) (Buttery) Sparks (ca.1765 -1842). Reuben Sparks was a son of 1.2.5.1 Solomon and Sarah Sparks who moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1753. Reuben was born after the family moved to North Carolina; he lived and died in the area of Wilkes and Surry Counties. Reuben and Cassa (Buttery) Sparks had eight children, one of whom was Lydia, born ca. 1804. She married Henry Bauguess. One of their descendants, Tim Peterman of 11315 Applewood Dr., Kansas City, Missouri. (64134), has supplied us with new information regarding some of Lydia (Sparks) Bauguess' descendants.

1.2.5.1.3.2 Lydia Sparks and Henry Bauguess were married in the early 1820's. A son, Bryant Bauguess, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on March 29, 1823. A daughter, 1.2.5.1.3.2.2 Fanny Bauguess, was born in 1830. There were probably other children as well. When the 1850 census was taken, Bryant Bauguess was living in Jefferson Township, Owen County, Indiana. His mother, Lydia (Sparks) Bauguess, was living with him along with his sister, Fanny, and Eli P. Bauguess; the latter was probably a brother. Soon after 1850, Fanny Bauguess moved to Crawford County, Illinois, where, on January 6, 1853, she married Alexander Maleom Eagleton, a son of James Eagleton. A month later, on February 17, 1853, James M. Eagleton, brother of Alexander, married Nancy A. Bauguess. She was doubtless a close relative, perhaps sister, of Fanny. Between 1853 and 1868, Alexander and Fanny (Bauguess) Eagleton moved to Arcadia, Crawford County, Kansas. In 1869, they moved to Rich Hill, Bates County, Missouri, where they operated the Eagleton Hotel. He died ca. 1900; Fanny died in 1925 at the age of 95. They had four children:

1.2.5.1.3.2.2.1 Lydia Margaret Eagleton, born January 22, 1868, died 1949; she married Josef Peterman (died 1953) a Swiss immigrant, son of Jakob Peterman. They had eleven children.
1.2.5.1.3.2.2.2 John Eagleton married Jane LNU and moved to Colorado. They had five children.
1.2.5.1.3.2.2.3 Mable Eagleton married Bert De Bord and had three children.1.2.5.1.3.2.2.4 Fannie Eagleton married (first) FNU Mickey; she married (second) FNU Gee. She had four children.

FAMILY OF JOHN & NANCY (CARTWRIGHT) SPARKS

(Front row, left to right) Orvel Sparks, Grover Sparks, John Sparks (father), Nancy (Cartwright) Sparks, (mother), George Sparks, and Della Sparks
(Back row, left to right) Clinton Sparks, Carl Sparks, Sarah Sparks, Frank Sparks, Alice Sparks, Justin Sparks, and Flossie Sparks

Photograph taken about 1920; see pages 3184-85
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Pages 3176-3206
Whole Number 141

FURTHER NOTES ON THE DESCENDANTS OF 1.2.5.1.3 REUBEN & CASSIE (BUTTERY) SPARKS
OF EARLY WILKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
by Paul E. Sparks


(Editor's Note: A portion of the September 1967 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 59, was devoted to the descendants of Solomon and Sarah Sparks of Maryland and North Carolina through their son, Reuben Sparks. Reuben Sparks was born ca. 1755, or just about the time that his parents settled in Rowan County, North Carolina. He married Cassie (or Cassa) Buttery ca. 1783, probably in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and they had ten children. Reuben died in 1840 and Cassie died ca. 1842.

Since the publication of the article referred to above, additional information has been obtained about some of the children of Reuben and Cassie (or Cassa) Sparks which we now present. We are also taking advantage of this opportunity to present these children in their probable order of birth, and to make some corrections to the earlier article. )

Reuben and Cassie Sparks appeared on all of the census records of Wilkes County, North Carolina, from 1790 to 1840, and it seems quite apparent from these records that they were the parents of ten children. We believe that we have identified eight of these children, and we present them below in their probable order of birth.

1.2.5.1.3.1 John Sparks, born ca.1784
1.2.5.1.3.2 Lydia Sparks, born ca.1785
1.2.5.1.3.3 unidentified daughter, born ca.1786
1.2.5.1.3.4 Benjamin Sparks, born ca.1787
1.2.5.1.3.5 Solomon Sparks, born ca.1791
1.2.5.1.3.6 unidentified daughter, born ca.1793
1.2.5.1.3.7 Jonas Sparks, born ca.1794
1.2.5.1.3.8 William Russell Sparks, born 1797
1.2.5.1.3.9 Amelia Sparks, born ca.1799
1.2.5.1.3.10 Matilda Sparks, born ca.1805

1.2.5.1.3.1 John Sparks was born ca. 1784, probably in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth Rose, ca. 1806 in Wilkes County. She was born ca. 1788 in North Carolina and was probably a daughter of Emanuel and Mary Rose. John and Elizabeth were listed on the 1810 and 1820 censuses of Wilkes County, but by 1830 they had moved to that part of Ashe County, North Carolina, which was cut off to form Alleghany County in 1859. They were listed on the 1830 and 1850 censuses of Ashe County and the 1860 census of Alleghany County. On the latter census, John's age was given as 77 and Elizabeth's as 74.

Elizabeth (Rose) Sparks joined the Old Roaring River Baptist Church on the second Saturday of January 1829, and she was dismissed on the fourth Saturday of November 1849 to help form a new church at Woodruff, North Carolina. She died ca. 1865; John died sometime between the spring and fall of 1868. His health was failing, and he made his will on May 13, 1868. It was probated at the fall term of the Alleghany County Court. All of his children were named in the will. Here is the full text of the will.

May the 13th, Eighteen Hundred Sixty Eight. This day in bad health, but sound reason, calling to mind the mortality of my body and the short time of life, I do make this my last will and testament as follows, that is to say:

First of all, I give to my son, Emanuel Sparkes, my bed and bed clothing for his part of my estate.

Next, to my daughter, Nancy Bogues, fifteen dollars out of the debt for two cows that she bought at the sale for her part of my estate.

Next, I give to my daughter, Cassy Brooks, a note that I hold against Hardin Brooks of thirteen dollars and interest for ten years and the account against Harden Brooks for property that he bought at the sale for his [sic] part of my estate.

Next, I give to my son, Daniel Sparkes children twenty five dollars in money for their part of my estate.

Next, I give to my son, William Sparks, one dollar for his part of my estate.

Next, I give to my son, Solomon Sparks, one dollar for his part of my estate.

Next, I give to my daughter, Sarah Hall, one dollar for her part of my estate.

Next, to my daughter, Polly Hollaway, children, one dollar each for their part of my estate.

Next, to my son, R. J. Sparks, the balance of my property and accounts for taking care of me my lifetime for his part of my estate, and make his [sic] son, R. J. Sparks, executor to his [sic] last will and testament.

    Signed, sealed, day and date above written.
                                                                                  his
                                                                  JOHN      X      Sparks (seal)
                                                                               mark
Attest:
John C. Roberts
Wm. Woodruff

State of North Carolina, Alleghany County, Fall Term, 1868, Superior Court of Law:

The within will of John Sparks, Decd., is duly proven in open court by the oath of Wm. Woodruff, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, whereupon, R. J. Sparks, the executor appointed comes into court and takes the oath of executor as the law directs.
                                               Witness: Wm. A. J. Foulkes, O.S.C.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1 William J. ["Billie"] Sparks, son of John and Elizabeth (Rose) Sparks, was born April 10, 1807, in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and it was there that he married Sarah ["Sallie" ] Jennings in 1828. (The marriage bond was dated September 13, 1828, and the marriage was probably performed a short time later.) Sallie was born September 25, 1809, in Wilkes County. It was also in Wilkes County that Billie was converted and baptized into the Baptist Church by the Rev. George Douglas.

In 1831, Billie and Sallie decided to move westward to Indiana where they stopped in Owen County quite near the village of Bowling Green and just over the county line from Clay County. Billie bought land in Owen County in 1836, 1837, and 1839. He was also the first blacksmith in Owen County. He was joined there by his brother, Solomon Sparks, ca. 1848.

Billie Sparks continued to have an active interest in the church, and shortly after settling in Indiana, he was ordained a minister in the Baptist Church near Bowling Green. He was pastor there from June 1845 to 1849.

WILLIAM J. ["BILLIE"] SPARKS

(1807-1878) 
(Picture)

TOMBSTONE OF

SARAH (JENNINGS) SPARKS

(1809-1896) (Picture)

In 1851, the brothers, 1.2.5.1.3.1.1 Billie and Solomon Sparks, decided to move their families further west to the new lands which were opening up in the state of Iowa. They traveled slowly, stopping for a while in Pike County, Illinois. They crossed the Mississippi River at Keokuk, Iowa, and there the two families apparently separated, or prepared to separate. Billie continued northwestward until he reached Boone County, Iowa, while Solomon traveled almost directly west until he reached Mercer County, Missouri. There the two brothers lived for the rest of their lives, scarcely more than 100 miles apart, a distance, however, which in those days made frequent trips back and forth quite difficult.

William Sparks (Billie) was a farmer all of his life, but he is best remembered for his missionary work in his church and for taking leadership in the establishment of new churches wherever he lived. He organized the North Union Baptist Church on June 1, 1852, and was its first and only minister for twenty-seven years. He traveled by foot and by horseback, and during a revival, he would be absent from his home for a week or more at a time. He died June 28, 1878, in Boone County. Sallie died there on February 2, 1896. They were buried in the Sparks Cemetery about ten miles southeast of Ogden, Iowa.

They were the parents of thirteen children:
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1 King David Sparks (he was usually called David), son of William and Sarah (Jennings) Sparks, was born in December 1829 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and was a small boy when he traveled with his parents to Owen County, Indiana. There he grew to manhood, and it was there that he married Elizabeth ["Betsy"] Bass on August 16, 1849. She had been born on February 9, 1830, in North Carolina. Shortly after the birth of their first child in the fall of 1850, David and Betsy moved with his parents to Boone County, Iowa, arriving there in October 1851. They bought 144 acres of land, and David became a successful farmer. He was a member of the North Union Baptist Church which was founded by his father.

Betsy Sparks died December 16, 1871, and was buried in the Sparks Cemetery near Ogden, Iowa. David married (second) Mrs. Nancy Williams on September 7, 1872. She was the widow of Samuel Williams who had died in 1860 leaving her with nine children. David Sparks died October 2, 1892, and was buried beside his first wife, Betsy, in the Sparks Cemetery. He and Betsy had nine children.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.1 William J. Sparks was born October 26, 1850, in Owen County, Indiana. He married (first) Caroline Holbrook in Boone County, Iowa, on November 5, 1871, and they had five children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.1.1 Albert Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.1.2 Andrew Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.1.3 Chester Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.1.4 Thomas Sparks, and
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.1.5 Rosa Sparks.

Caroline Sparks died in 1900, and William married (second) Anne Harvey in 1902. They had four children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.1.6 Mabel Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.1.7 Manley Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.1.8 Clifford Sparks, and
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.1.9 Clara Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.2 Mary C. Sparks was born November 10, 1852, shortly after her parents settled in Boone County. It was there that she married T. J. Irvin on May 2, 1872.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.3 Sarah J. ["Sade"] Sparks was born December 19, 1854. She married Benjamin Hayer in Boone County on November 9, 1871.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.4 Millie Matilda Sparks was born December 26, 1856. She died in 1875.

JOHN & REBECCA (MILLER) SPARKS
Taken on Their 60th Wedding Anniversary, 1938
(Picture)

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.5 John Edward Sparks was born March 26, 1859, at Woodward, Iowa. He married Rebecca Miller on June 14, 1878, in Boone County, Iowa. She was born February 25, 1861, in Boone County and was a daughter of James and Sarah (Stumbo) Miller. John Sparks died October 19, 1939, at Ogden, Iowa; Rebecca died at Armour, South Dakota, on April 7, 1950. They were the parents of seven children, including one who died at birth. The five who survived were:

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.5.1 Edward J. Sparks was born December 14, 1879. He died on December 9, 1960. He married Ella Fuhlendorf on September 23, 1903, and they had at least one child named Verna Sparks .

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.5.2 Harry Herbert Sparks was born August 30, 1881 and died December 19, 1957. He married Minnie Belle Clabaugh on January 22, 1902. She was born November 7, 1881, at Everett, Pennsylvania, and was a daughter of Ephraim and Mary (Felton) Clabaugh. Harry and Minnie had seven children: Lloyd Sparks, Roy Sparks, Viola Sparks, Clyde Sparks, Dorothy Sparks, Dale Sparks, and Ruth Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.5.3 Grover Cleveland Sparks was born October 12, 1884. He died May 25, 1977. He married Katherine E. Hansen on May 9, 1904, and they had four children: Mamie Sparks, LeRoy Sparks, Hazel Sparks, and Archie Sparks.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.5.4 Harvey Sparks was born January 12, 1890. He died January 26,1970. 1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.5.5 Mae Sparks was born May 6, 1903. She died November 10, 1959. She married Julius Scherbarth on March 6, 1923, and they had two children: Virginia Scherbarth and Elzie Scherbarth.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.6 Surilda Evatine Sparks, daughter of David and Betsy (Bass) Sparks, was born May 30, 1861. She died June 2, 1934. She married C. A. Barnes and they had five children: Mary Barnes, Alpha Barnes, Edith Barnes, Clara Barnes, and Charles Barnes.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.7 Olive Malinda Sparks was born September 12, 1863. She died August 6, 1954. She married George Holtz in 1883, and they had four children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.7.1 Raymond Holtz,
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.7.2 Dwight Holtz,
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.7.3 Violet Holtz, and
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.7.4 Glenn Holtz.

OLIVE MELINDA (SPARKS) HOLTZ
SARAH J. (SPARKS) HAYER
SURILDA EVATINE (SPARKS) BARNES
(Picture)
ALPHA PRESTON SPARKS (1866-1958)
and his second wife
MATTIE (PARKER) REPLOGUE
(Picture)

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.8 Alpha Preston Sparks was born June 27, 1866, in Boone County, Iowa, and it was there that he was married on December 22, 1886, to Minnie Ann Enfield. She had been born October 17, 1869, in Boone County and was a daughter of William and Mildred (Combs) Enfield. She died December 12, 1922, at Jet, Oklahoma. She and Alpha had four children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.8.1 Corbet William Sparks was born March 1, 1894. He married Neva Rebecca Sawyer on June 3, 1917, at Warrensburg, Missouri. She had been born March 18, 1897, in Lane County, Kansas, and was a daughter of Joseph L. and Esther E. (Wolf) Sawyer. Neva died October 18, 1957, and Corbet died October 29, 1964. They had five children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.8.1.1 byerl Louise Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.8.1.2 Myerl Leason Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.8.1.3 Charlotte Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.8.1.4 Beauford A. Sparks, and
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.8.1.5 Wendell C Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.8.2 Manley Sparks was born ca. 1897 and died when quite young.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.8.3 Edna Sparks was born ca. 1900 and died when quite young.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.8.4 J. Manford Sparks was born October 14, 1903. He married Frances LNU. He died in 1959. There were no children born to this marriage.

After the death of his first wife, Alpha married (second) Mattie (Parker) Replogle on May 15, 1927. He died September 24, 1958, at Jet, Oklahoma.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.1.9 Lydia C. Sparks was born ca. 1869 in Iowa. She died in October 1877 at the age of nine years.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.2 Jonathan Sparks was born April 24, 1831, in North Carolina. He died June 29, 1901. He never married.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.3 Mary ["Polly"] Sparks was born March 14, 1833, in Indiana. She married Francis M. Williams.
He was born June 22, 1831. Polly died September 28, 1878, according to tombstone inscriptions in the Sparks Cemetery in Boone County, Iowa. She and Francis had at least two children, John Williams and Eliza Williams.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.4 Milley Sparks was born March 4, 1836, in Indiana. She died February 18, 1906. She married Joseph Staley on May 2, 1866, in Boone County, Iowa.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5 William R. Sparks was born on May 20, 1839, in Indiana and was a young man when he accompanied his parents to Boone County, Iowa. It was there that he married Deborah A. Williams on September 4, 1862. (The license was dated September 1st.) She was born September 22, 1843, in Montgomery County, Indiana. She and William had at least six children according to census records and information furnished by relatives and, in all probability, there were others born to her and her husband. The six about whom we have knowledge were

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.1 Jonathan C. Sparks was born ca. 1863 in Iowa.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.2 Florence Amoretta Sparks was born September 11, 1865. She was called "Etta." On March 2, 1884, she married John Alfred Allison.

He had been born December 11, 1862, at Guelph, Canada. He died in July 1923 and was buried in the Memory Cemetery at New Market, Iowa. Florence died August 18, 1943, and was buried beside her husband.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.3 Horace A.Sparks was born ca. 1866.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.4 Nathan O. Sparks was born ca. 1868.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.5 Thomas W. Sparks was born in November 1869.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.6 Nancy Alice Sparks was born September 24, 1880. She married Linton Henry Roberts on August 15, 1900. He had been born 13 September 13 1879, in Dallas Center, Iowa. Nancy died June 26, 1964, at Clarinda, Iowa, and was buried in the Old Memory Cemetery. Linton died January 20, 1968, and was buried beside his wife.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6 John Sparks was born October 31, 1841, in Indiana and was a young lad when his parents moved to Iowa. When the Civil War broke out, he enrolled in the Union Army, but was taken ill and was unable to serve. After the war ended, he married Adeline Phipps on January 1, 1870. She was a daughter of Solomon Phipps. She died in 1871 when their first child was born. The child died also. John Sparks married (second) Nancy Sophrona Cartwright on February 14, 1877. She had been born November 25, 1858, in Pike County, Ohio, and was a daughter of William A. and Hannah M. (Miller) Cartwright.

John Sparks was a general farmer and stock-raiser. He also owned a sawmill and operated a threshing machine during the harvest season. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Moingona, Iowa. He served as a county constable, road supervisor, and a member of the school board. He and Nancy had eleven children. (See the cover of this issue of the Quarterly for a picture of this family.)

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.1 Sarah Jane Sparks was born November 12, 1877. She married Wallace McCall and they lived in Kansas City, Missouri. She died in 1946.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.2 Hannah Alice Sparks was born March 9, 1879, in Boone County, Iowa. On December 23, 1903, she married Albert Rinehart. He had been born July 20, 1867, in Carroll County, Illinois. Albert and Alice (as she was called) had eight children, including two who died in infancy. They were:
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.2.1 Effie A. Rinehart was born March 28, 1905.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.2.2 An unnamed child was born June 7, 1906, and died two days later.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.2.3 Geneva Mae Rinehart was born July 11, 1907. She married Forest Joy Shadle on September 5, 1928, at Waterloo, Iowa. He was born September 11, 1901, in Boone County, Iowa, and was a son of Grant and Anna (McClain) Shadle. Geneva Mae Shadle has been most helpful in the preparation of this article and has furnished the picture of the family of John and Nancy Sparks with their family on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly. She and Forest have two children, Gary F. Shadle and Ronald D. Shadle.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.2.4 Forest O. Rinehart was born June 12, 1909. He died April 16, 1963.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.2.5 Wesley P. Rinehart was born December 21, 1911. He died December 12, 1953.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.2.6 Doyle M. Rinehart was born August 11, 1913. He died September 6, 1963.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.2.7 Donald A. Rinehart was born May 11, 1915. He died April 14, 1961.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.2.8 An unnamed child born on June 12, 1917, and died the same day.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.3 George Edward Sparks was born October 11, 1880. He died in 1950.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.4 Della Mae Sparks was born August 20, 1882. She married FNU Elliott. She died in 1963.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.5 William Grover Sparks was born November 22, 1884. He died in 1956.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.6 John Franklin ["Frank"] Sparks was born December 28, 1886. He married Ella LNU. He died in 1958.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.7 Jonathan Carl Sparks was born February 7, 1889. He died in 1950.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.8 James Justin Sparks was born March 14, 1891. He died in 1974.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9 Orvel Chester Sparks was born June 16, 1894. He married Viola May Harvey on December 22, 1915, in Boone County, Iowa. She had been born April 12, 1899, in Illinois and was a daughter of William J. and Mary Ann (Tilley) Harvey, natives of England. Orvel and Viola had eight children.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9.1 Bertha May Sparks was born December 16, 1916.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9.2 Glenn Chester Sparks was born October 10, 1918.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9.3 Frances Annetta Sparks was born February 24, 1920.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9.4 William Ronald Sparks was born April 17, 1921.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9.5 Alice Marie Sparks was born August 7, 1923.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9.6 Whanetta Jane Sparks was born June 22, 1925.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9.7 Marjorie Ann Sparks was born June 9, 1927. She married Carl Arvid Larson on January 7, 1944. He had been born September 1, 1924, and was a son of Erik David and Hulda Sofia (Safstrom) Larson. The Larsons have three children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9.7.1 Sheryl Lou Larson,
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9.7.2 Vickie Sue Larson, and
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9.7.3 Lance Lee Larson.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.9.8 Betty Arlene Sparks was born January 6, 1929.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.10 Clinton Mason Sparks was born January 25, 1897. He died in 1948.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.6.11 Flossie Anita Sparks was born February 11, 1899. She married FNU Thrush. She died in 1973.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.7 James Sparks born March 7, 1844.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.8 Stephen Sparks (twins) were born March 7, 1844. They died the same day they were born.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.9 Martha Sparks
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.10 Elizabeth Sparks (twin daughters) were born on February 28, 1845. They died on the same day they were born.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.11 Nancy Sparks was born on March 10, 1847. She died April 22, 1862, at the age of 15 years.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.12 Jane Sparks, twin sister of Nancy Sparks, was born March 10, 1847. She died April 30, 1884. She never married.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.13 Sarah Ann Sparks was born January 28, 1849. She married Louis Phipps on December 20, 1869, in Boone County, Iowa. She died July 28, 1931.

1.2.5.1.3.1.2 Sarah Sparks, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Rose) Sparks, was born ca. 1809 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. It was there that she married Benjamin Hall in 1828. The marriage bond was issued on January ary 16, 1828, with Daniel Brown as bondsman. Benjamin Hall was born ca. 1806 in Wilkes County.

1.2.5.1.3.1.3 Mary [ "Polly" ] Sparks, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Rose) Sparks, was born ca. 1812 in Wilkes County, and it was there that she married Hampton Holloway in 1834. The marriage bond was issued on February 1, 1834, with William M. Forester as bondsman. Hampton was born ca. 1810 and was a son of John and Mary (Rose) Holloway. When the 1850 census was taken of Wilkes County, Hampton and Polly had six children, and there may have been others born later.

1.2.5.1.3.1.3.1 John Holloway was born ca. 1834. He married Adeline Mathis. He died in 1864.
1.2.5.1.3.1.3.2 Cassie Ann Holloway was born ca. 1835.
1.2.5.1.3.1.3.3 Andrew Jackson Holloway was born ca. 1837.
1.2.5.1.3.1.3.4 Elizabeth Holloway was born ca. 1838.
1.2.5.1.3.1.3.5 Franklin Holloway was born ca. 1839.
1.2.5.1.3.1.3.6 Richard Holloway was born ca. 1847.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4 Solomon Sparks, son of John and Elizabeth (Rose) Sparks, was born September 19, 1814, in Wilkes County, and it was there that he married Malinda Ann Caudill in 1835. The marriage bond was issued on 1 April 1835, and Hampton Holloway, Solomon's brother-in-law, served as his bondsman. Malinda Ann had been born September 6, 1816, and was a daughter of Sarah (Jennings) Caudill. ("Caudill" was also spelled "Cordell" and "Cordle. ") When the 1840 census was taken of Wilkes County, Solomon Sparks was living near his brothers, Daniel Sparks and Emanuel Sparks, in Capt. Spicer's District. At that time, he had three children, a daughter and two sons.

Sometime ca. 1846 (perhaps at the encouragement of his brother, William) Solomon Sparks moved his growing family to Owen County, Indiana, where the two brothers were re-united. A daughter, Malinda, was born to Solomon and Malinda Ann shortly after they arrived in Indiana, but she died there in the summer of 1850. In 1851, the two families apparently decided to move further west. They traveled slowly, and a son, James, was born to Solomon and Malinda Ann in the summer of 1852 in Mercer County, Illinois. by the mid-1850's, however, they were in Mercer County, Missouri, where Solomon's and Malinda Ann's youngest child was born in 1858.

The Civil War had a big impact upon the family of Solomon and Malinda Sparks. Two sons fought on the Union side and lived to receive pensions for their military service. Malinda died July 23, 1886, and Solomon died June 30, 1889. They were buried in Mercer County, Missouri. They were the parents of eight children.

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.1 Nancy Sparks was born ca. 1836 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She married Jesse N. King in 1854, and they had at least three children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.1.1 John S. King,
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.1.2 William J. King, and
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.1.3 Mary King.

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2 William James Sparks was born October 21, 1837, in North Carolina, and was a young man when he arrived in Mercer County, Missouri, with his parents. There he was soon caught up in the Civil War fever which tore Missouri apart, the population being about evenly divided in their sympathies for the South and the North. On October 26, 1863, he enlisted in Company E, 12th Regiment Missouri Cavalry. (See the present issue of the Quarterly, page 3208 for an abstract of his pension file.)

WILLIAM JAMES SPARKS (1837-1926)
Son of Solomon and Malinda (Caudill) Sparks
(Picture)

After the war ended, William James Sparks married Sarah Jane Smith on January 18, 1867. She had been born January 10, 1845, in Missouri. She and William had ten children before her death on August 11, 1884. After her death, William was married twice. He married Melissa Boiles ca. 1890; they were divorced in March 1899. He then married (third) Belle (Milner) Walker, widow of John Walker, on July 9, 1902, and they lived together until his death on March 25, 1926. (See the following page for a photograph of William James Sparks.) The children of William James and Sarah Jane (Smith) Sparks were:

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.1 Israel S. Sparks was born December 9, 1867, in Missouri. He married Merlena Jane Goins. He died in 1948.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.2 David Manuel Sparks was born January 12, 1869. He married Minnie Jane Hickman, ca. 1890. She had been born in 1872 in Mercer County. David died in 1944 at Kansas City, Missouri, and Minnie died in 1952 at Salina, Kansas. They were the parents of seven children, including a child who died shortly after his birth.

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.2.1 Patricia Sparks was born January 1, 1892. She married Claude H. Brawner. She died January 13, 1970.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.2.2 Mildred Sparks was born ca. 1895. She died in 1909 at the age of fourteen years.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.2.3 Goldie Imogene Sparks was born November 1, 1898. She married Henry Martin. She died January 17, 1974.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.2.4 Theodore William Sparks was born April 23, 1905. He died December 7, 1972. He married Thelma LNU
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.2.5 Lola Avinelle Sparks was born May 8, 1908. On September 9, 1926, she married William Abner George in Mercer County. He had been born November 14, 1906, at Ravenna, Missouri. Lola died August 13, 1969, and William died December 16, 1980. They had six children: David L. George, Theodore George, James L. George, Joan George, Linda Jean George, and William J. George.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.2.6 Louella Sparks was born April 12, 1912. She married Orville Chartier.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.2.7 Eugene Sparks was born March 2, 1915, and died two days later.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.3 Solomon Sparks was born 6 February 1870. He married Illa Green. He died in 1959.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.4 Amy Sparks was born July 30, 1872.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.5 John Thomas Sparks was born January 5, 1874. He married Stella M. LNU He died in 1956.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.6 William James Sparks, Jr. was born January 6, 1876, in Missouri. On November 8, 1909, he married Nell Elnora Harvey. She had been born November 25, 1887, at Minneapolis, Kansas, and was a daughter of William and Lucinda (Riley) Harvey. William Sparks died April 9, 1950, at Delphos, Kansas; Nell died there on December 26, 1967. They had five children:
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.6.1 Kenneth Wayne Sparks was born 6 February 1910.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.6.2 Banieta Lee Sparks was born ci. She married FNU Davis
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.6.3 Loren Dale Sparks was born May 10, 1917. He married Dora Lee Orebaugh on September 3, 1940. She had been born November 20, 1919, and is a daughter of Claude R. and Ferma (Conn) Orebaugh.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.6.4 Samuel Athos Sparks was born July 27, 1919.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.6.5 Bonnie Jean Sparks was born June 23, 1924. She married Thomas L. Workman.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.7 Asa Virgil Sparks was born February 26, 1878. He married Maude E. LNU- He died in 1973.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.8 Aramina Sparks was born August 16, 1880.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.9 Alice Sparks was born September 4, 1882.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.2.10 Millie Sparks was born August 11, 1884. She married a man by the name of Lowry.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3 John S. Sparks was born May 15, 1840, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Like his brother, William, he joined the Union Army during the Civil War, enlisting in Com pany H, 4th Regiment Missouri Militia. (See the present issue of the Quarterly, page 3209 for an abstract of his pension file.) After leaving the service, he married Nancy Jane Sexton on February 18, 1864, in Mercer County. She had been born in 1845 in Indiana. John Sparks died November 3, 1909, and Nancy Jane died on July 30, 1916. They had nine children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.1 William Thomas Sparks was born January 15, 1865. He married July Melvina Susan Morris and they had five children.

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.1.1 Nancy Jane Sparks was born June 15, 1895.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.1.2 John Thomas Sparks was born in July 1899.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.1.3 Earl Sparks was born, ca. 1902.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.1.4 Clarence Hewey Sparks was born, ca. 1905.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.1.5 Effie Truzilla Margaret Filla Sparks was born, ca. 1908, and she died while quite young.

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.2 Melinda E. Sparks was born September 24, 1866.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.3 Martha A. Sparks was born September 14, 1868.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.4 Riley E. Sparks was born January 16, 1871.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.5 Effie F. Sparks was born March 25, 1873.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.6 Mary A. Sparks was born ca. 1778.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.7 Lanora L. Sparks was born February 27, 1882. She married FNU Foster.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.8 Sherman Sparks was born May 20, 1884.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.3.9 Frank T. Sparks was born April 22, 1887.

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.4 Sarah Sparks was born May 21, 1843, in North Carolina. She married David Van Vacter, Jr. on July 12, 1860, in Mercer County, Missouri. He was born January 1, 1832, in Indiana and was a son of David and Margaret Van Vacter. He served in Company C, 35th Regiment Missouri Infantry during the Civil War and received a pension for his service. Sarah died October 28, 1892, and David died January 8, 1898. They were buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Mercer County which is located on a part of the original farm purchased ca. 1855 by Solomon Sparks. They had nine children.

DAVID AND SARAH (SPARKS) VAN VACTER
with Daughter, Ida, and son, Warren
Taken ca. 1890 (Picture)

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.4.1 Elizabeth Van Vacter was born April 21, 1861. She married Washington Mundell on June 19, 1881. She died November 5, 1887, and was buried at Oketo, Kansas.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.4.2 Solomon Van Vacter was born June 4, 1863. He married Fama Oder. He died ca. 1944 and was buried in the St. Paul Cemetery in Mercer County.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.4.3 Lydia Van Vacter was born April 25, 1866. She married Thomas Devers. She died April 18, 1902, and was buried at Oketo, Kansas.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.4.4 William Van Vacter was born May 4, 1868. He died March 19, 1889.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.4.5 Perry Van Vacter was born September 4, 1869. He married Hannah Goins.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.4.6 David Martin Van Vacter was born May 12, 1873. He died on August 12, 1874.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.4.7 Isaac Van Vacter was born February 18, 1876. He married Minnie Covey in July 1898. He died in July 1910 and was buried in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Mercer County, Missouri.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.4.8 Ida Van Vacter was born December 11, 1878. She died April 27, 1894.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.4.9 Warren Van Vacter was born June 28, 1882. He married Susie Covey. He died ca. 1954 and was buried at St. Joseph, Missouri.

Seated: NANCY (SPARKS) KING & SARAH (SPARKS) VAN VACTER
Standing: EMILY (SPARKS) BAKER
Daughters of Solomon and Malinda (Caudill) Sparks
(Picture)

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.5 Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1846 in North Carolina. She married Isaac Sexton, ca. 1864. She died in 1924 and was buried in the Zoar Cemetery at Cainsville, Missouri. According to the 1880 census of Mercer County, Missouri, she and Isaac had ten children: Joseph W. Sexton, James A. Sexton, Mary J. Sexton, John W. Sexton, Isaac N. Sexton, Laura H. Sexton, Sarah E. Sexton, Frank J. Sexton, Lillie Mae Sexton, and Kateslea Sexton.

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.6 Malinda Sparks was born ca. 1848 in Owen County, Indiana. She died there in 1850.

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.7 James ["Jim"] M. Sparks was born July 17, 1852, in Mercer County, leis:- He became a cobbler. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Martha C. Nickolson in 1870. She was born January 22, 1852. They had seven children. After her death, Jim Sparks married a woman named Sadie _LNU in 1918, and they had one child, Mildred Sparks . Jim Sparks died December 12, 1844 at the home of a daughter, Viola. Following is a list of his eight children, all but the last (Mildred) being children of his first wife.

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.7.1 Mary Sparks was born January 2, 1872. She married FNU Goins, and they lived at Albion, Nebraska.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.7.2 Michael Artemis Sparks was born February 19, 1874. He married Annie Viola Griffith in 1894 at Princeton, Missouri. She had been born April 30, 1878, at Big Spring, Texas, and was a daughter of Thomas Griffith. Michael and Annie had two children, Elmer E. Sparks and Alta Marie Sparks. Michael was a grandfather of Mrs. Claudette Hand who has helped with this article.
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.7.3 Viola Sparks was born in 1876. She married George Monk, and they lived in Allendale, Missouri.


1.2.5.1.3.1.4.7.4 Sylvester Sparks was born ca. 1879. He lived in Tarkio, Missouri.


1.2.5.1.3.1.4.7.5 Emery Sparks was born August 18, 1882. He lived in Boone, Nebraska.


1.2.5.1.3.1.4.7.6 David Sparks was born ca. 1885. He died when quite young.


1.2.5.1.3.1.4.7.7 Roy Sparks was born January 28, 1890. He lived in Boone, Nebraska.

Child of James M. and Sadie MNU Sparks:
1.2.5.1.3.1.4.7.8 Mildred Sparks was born ca. 1919. She lived at Clarinda, Iowa.

1.2.5.1.3.1.4.8 Emily Sparks was born ca. 1858 in Iowa. She married M. A. Baker. She died in 1926.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5 Emanuel Sparks was born ca. 1816 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was undoubtedly named for his maternal grandfather, Emanuel Rose. He married Mary LNU, ca. 1839. She was born ca. 1819 in North Carolina. Emanuel died sometime between 1870 and 1880. He and Mary had nine children according to census records.

1.2.5.1.3.1.5.1 Jane Sparks was born ca. 1840 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.2 Reuben Sparks was born ca. 1842. He married Martha LNU, ca. 1862, and when the 1870 census was taken of Wilkes County, they were living on a farm adjoining that of his father. With them was a seven year-old girl. We believe that Reuben and Martha also had two other children who were listed in the household of Reuben's parents when the census was taken, and there may have been other children born to this couple. Their known children were:
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.2.1 Mary J. Sparks was born ca. 1863.


1.2.5.1.3.1.5.2.2 Cassie Sparks was born ca. 1864.


1.2.5.1.3.1.5.2.3 Sarah J. Sparks was born ca. 1866. She was probably the Sarah J. Sparks who married William F. Vannoy ca. 1890. He was born in 1862 and was a son of Daniel and Betty (Edwards) Vannoy.) (See item H, 1, d, below.) Sarah died October 11, 1911, leaving her husband with several young children. According to Log Cabin Families of Stone Mountain, North Carolina, she and Bill had nine children George W. Vannoy, Maudie Vannoy, Daniel Vannoy, Sarah Vannoy, Pearl Vannoy, Will Vannoy, Tishy Vannoy, John Vannoy, and Robert Vannoy.

1.2.5.1.3.1.5.3 Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1844.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.4 Sarah J. Sparks was born ca. 1846.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.5 Nancy Catherine Sparks was born in the spring of 1850.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.6 John Sparks was born ca. 1852.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.7 Mary Sparks was born ca. 1854.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.8 Martha Emeline Sparks was born ca. 1856.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9 Frances ["Fannie"] Sparks was born ca. 1858. She married James G. Absher, ca. 1879. He was born in September 1858 and was a son of Edmond and Katherine (Holbrook) Absher. Fannie died November 23, 1889, at Swords Creek, Virginia, shortly after their fifth child was born. James died March 29, 1937, in Tazewell County, Virginia.

1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.1 John Edward Absher was born November 2, 1880. He married Rachel Cordelle. They lived at Fork Ridge, Virginia.

1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2 William Avery Absher was born September 19, 1882. He married Dallas Cook, ca. 1904. He died 1 April 1931, at Red Ash, Virginia, from a bullet wound in his abdomen. He and Dallas had eleven children.

1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2.1 Ira Tevis Absher was born January 6, 1905. He married Annie Mae Ratliff, and they had one child.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2.2 Charles F. Absher was born October 5, 1906. He married Helen L. Gentry, and they had two children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2.3 Lemuel M. Absher was born June 14, 1908. He married Edna E. Wells, and they had three children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2.4 Bertie Helen Absher was born March 1, 1910. She married Dock Robert Hunt on August 11, 1934, and they had six children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2.5 Mary V. Absher was born November 22, 1911. She married Clarence B. Shelton, and they had five children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2.6 Harold Absher was born May 20, 1913. He married Virginia S. Akers, and they had three children, including Harold Absher, Jr. who has been most helpful in sharing information about the Absher family.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2.7 John Creed Absher was born January 15, 1915. He married Virginia Price, and they had seven children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2.8 Sadie Willie Absher was born September 21, 1916. She married Andrew C. Hutton, and they had four children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2.9 Thelma M. Absher was born January 11, 1919. She married Samuel Akers, and they had two children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2.10 William Jesse Absher was born September 29, 1920. He married Belva J. Dickerson, and they had two children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.2.11 Fannie M. Absher was born September 25, 1924. She married Kermit Spence, and they had three children.

John Edward Absher, William Avery Absher, & Charles Allen Absher
Sons of James and Fannie (Sparks) Absher
(Picture)

1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.3 Charles Allen Absher was born September 8, 1885. He married Rena Belle Chambers.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.4 James Mathus Absher was born March 2, 1887. He married Dora Bell Dixon, a daughter of John and Callie (Jackson) Dixon. James and Dora had nine children.

James Mathus Absher
1887-1953
(View photograph)

1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.4.1 Emma Mae Absher was born September 14, 1909. She married (first) James T. Wood and (second) Charles P. Logwood.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.4.2 Ina F. Absher was born June 9, 1911. She died May 6, 1981. She married Jack J. Preas.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.4.3 Ulvia Absher was born July 3, 1913, and she died August 23, 1981. She married Herman Fielder and they had two children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.4.4 Fannie Idell Absher was born August 10, 1916. She married Con Dye, and they had four children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.4.5 Marquis Paul Absher was born February 19, 1919. He died February 24, 1966. He married Edith Barker, and they had three children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.4.6 Reva Mary Absher was born August 14, 1921. She married Ralph Deskins.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.4.7 James M. Absher, Jr. was born July 16, 1925. He married (first) Madeline Summers and (second) Jackie E. Smith.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.4.8 Donald Blaine Absher was born December 21, 1927. He married (1st) Lois Lambert and (second) Gladys LNU.
1.2.5.1.3.1.5.9.5 Fannie Absher was born in January 1889; she died the following November.
1.2.5.1.3.1.6 Reuben J. Sparks was born January 1, 1819, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Nancy McGrady, ca. 1840. She was born May 8, 1816, and was a daughter of Isaiah McGrady.

Reuben and Nancy settled down to housekeeping in rugged northern Wilkes County, but quite near Brush Creek in adjacent Ashe County. It was on Brush Creek that Reuben bought a 200-acre farm from his father on March 20, 1841, for $1,000.

A son, 1.2.5.1.3.1.6.1 Calton Sparks, was born to him and Nancy on August 5, 1843.

(Editor's Note: The reader is referred to page 1086 of the September 1967 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 59, for an earlier account of the family of Reuben and Nancy (McGrady) Sparks in which an error was made because of the lack of pertinent records at that time. In that earlier issue, this couple was said to have had a child named Catherine, born ca. 1843. We now know that this child was actually a son and that his name was Calton.)

Reuben and Nancy were listed on the 1850 census as residents of Wilkes County, but sometime during the 1850s, they moved to Ashe County, probably to be near his aging parents. In 1859, the part of Ashe County in which John and Elizabeth Sparks lived was cut off to form Alleghany County. When the 1860 census of Alleghany County was taken, Reuben and Nancy Sparks were shown as living very near Reuben's parents (probably on adjoining farms). Living with Reuben and Nancy was their son, Calton, and a second son, 1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2 Isaiah Sparks (named for his maternal grandfather) who had been born in 1851.

The Civil War had a tragic impact upon the little family of Reuben and Nancy Sparks. Their eldest son, Calton, now 19 years of age, enlisted on May 3, 1862, as a 3rd sergeant in Company I of the 61st Regiment

LIEUT. CALTON SPARKS (1843-1864)
Confederate States Army
(Picture)

North Carolina Infantry, Confederate States Army, on May 3, 1862.

He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on June 9, 1863. Then, at the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia, he was killed on July 30, 1864.

Parts of the story of the military service of Calton Sparks are told by entries written in the family Bible of his parents. (The Bible is now in the possession of the Rev. Elmer Ray Sparks of Sparta, North Carolina.) The first record states that he (Calton) "became a Soldier May the 3rd 1862 and left home on the 6 day of June 1862." Another record states that he "Returned home on furlough March 26th 1864 for 20 days leave." This is followed by the entry: "Calton Sparks fell in the Battle of Peters Burg 30 of July 1864."

The most poignant account of the death of Calton Sparks is found in a letter (also in the possession of the Rev. Elmer Ray Sparks) written on July 31, 1864, by Solomon Fender to Calton's father. Here is the letter just as it was written nearly 124 years ago.

July the 31 1864     In the entrenchment near PetersBurg Va.

Mr. Rubin Sparks Dear friend   it is with pleasure that I seat my Self to try and write you a few lines to let you know how we are all getting a long as to the health of our co it is tolerable good but we all are a seeing hard times here I can in form you that we had a severe fite here yesterday we made a considerable Slaughter a mong the enemy and repused them in every attempt but we Suffered considerable loss on our Side and a mong them I haf to Say to you that your Son Calton was one among them he was killed dead on the field he was shot threw the neck with a minny ball he was the ondly officer that was lost in our co and he was as good a officer as ever could of been to his practice the loss of Lieut. C. Sparks is greate to his co it is awful nuse for me to haf to try to announce to you but there is no doubt in my mind but which your loss of him is his eternal gain for there has never been a man in the army that did not conduct his Self any better than he did there is no doubt but what he is better off to day than any of us that is left in thiss troublesom world. I Will Say to you Hay Wood Crowse is now gone to Peters Burg to get a coffin to Burry him in he will be put away as good as we can do it here we will have his grave marked and numbered Sow you can come and get him if you choose to do so. Calton has some few little notions here that Haywood Crowse will try to Save for you he will Send them to you the first opportunity if you dont come down after his boddy come down if you can I cannot give a correct account of our losses Lieut was all the man that was killed in our co we had onelly 2 men wounded in our co Doc Caudle and Meredeth Cheek they was severely wounded it is thought by the most of the enemy we taken about 1000 prisners the lines is quiet thiss morning but it is thought that the yankies is a reen forcing veryy fast as I cant tell much more at this time I will close write to mee as soon as you get this send it to Peters Burg VA so no more onelly I remain your friend til death thiss from
Solomon Fender TO Ru Bin Sparks and family

I onlely hope that thiss will find you all well and doing well I fear that you cant read thiss for it is the warmest time here that I ever saw and I am a Swetting So that my paper is wet with swet and I cant write on it you may be sure that I am in bad order for writing this morning for I am very feeble this morning no more at this time So fare well for the present

S. Fender to R Sparks

(Editor's Note: The Union Army's Petersburg Campaign began in June 1864 and lasted until Mav 1865. General Grant's object was to capture the Confederate stronghold at Petersburg (a vital communications center for the Confederates) and then to move on Richmond from the south of the James River.

The incident on July 30, 1864, in which Calton Sparks lost his life, followed an attempt by the Yankees (under the command of General Burnside) to construct a mine beneath a Confederate battery and trenches. The mine was dug between June 25 and July 23, 1864, and extended from the Union trenches some 511 feet with two lateral galleries 75 feet long - - it was 20 feet beneath the surface.

Eight thousand pounds of black power were then placed in this mine. The explosion came at 4:45 a. m. on July 30, creating a crater 170 feet long, 60 to 80 feet wide, and 33 feet deep; at least 278 Confederates were killed or wounded. In the battle that followed, the Union forces failed to take advantage of their dramatic surprise; by 8:30 a.m., over 15,000 were engaged in the area of the crater.

The assault the Union army 3,798 casualties (out of 20,708 troops engaged) while the Confederate army's casualties were about 1,500 (out of 11,466 engaged).

Writing of this event in his memoirs, General Grant stated: "The effort was a stupendous failure..." General Burnside was relieved of his command during the investigation that followed. Petersburg did not fall to the Union army until April 2, 1865.)

After serving as the executor of his father's will in the fall of 1868, Reuben Sparks went to Russell County, Virginia, where he appeared on the 1870 census. His wife, Nancy (McGrady) Sparks, continued to live in Alleghany County, North Carolina, and was listed there on the 1870 census. These two census records are as follows, with name, age, sex, occupation, value of real estate owned, and place of birth:

1870 Census of Alleghany County, North Carolina
     Page 603. Cherry Lane Township Family # 19

Sparks, Nancy 54  F Keeping house $1,000 North Carolina 
    "      Isaiah 29 M At home    

  1870 Census of Russell County, Virginia
     New Garden District (August 18, 1870) Family # 205

Sparks, Reuben 49 M Farmer $300 North Carolina 
     "      Matilda 27 F       "         "
    "      Jackson 5 M       "         "
Reuben Sparks continued to live in Russell County, Virginia, and he was listed on the 1880 census there. His age was given as 60 and his occupation as farmer. Living in the same household was Matilda C. Sparks, age 37; also Jackson M. Sparks, age 14, and Lucinda Sparks, age 9. We have not learned whether Jackson and Lucinda were children or Reuben and Matilda; however, the marriage record of Jackson M. Sparks indicates that he was their son. When he married Albure Dye on November 29, 1886, his parents were recorded as being Reuben Sparks and Matilda Sparks. It was also in Russell County, Virginia, that Reuben Sparks, aged 65, a widower, married Matilda Crowed, a widow, aged 50, on August 31, 1891. He was identified in this marriage record as being a son of John and Elizabeth Sparks; she was identified as a daughter of John and Charlotte Crowed. Perhaps a reader can help us unravel these relationships.

Nancy (McGrady) Sparks died in Alleghany County, North Carolina, on May 26, 1890. According to a document on page 111 of the Alleghany County Will Book A, she was the wife of Reuben Sparks, a non-resident. We have not learned the date of the death of Reuben. He and Nancy had two children.

1.2.5.1.3.1.6.1 Calton Sparks was born August 5, 1843, and was killed in action in the Civil War on July 30, 1864. (See above for further details of the life and death of this man.)
1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2 Isaiah S. Sparks was born March 15, 1851. He married Charity Willey on January 1, 1871. She had been born October 27, 1848, and was a daughter of Levi and Nancy (Billings) Willey. She died February 13, 1891. We have not learned the date of death of Isaiah Sparks. They had five children.

1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.1 Pomeroy Sparks was born December 22, 1871.
1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.2 William Sparks was born ca. 1872.
1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.3 Julius Edmond ["Eddie"] Sparks was born April 23, 1873. He married Fannie Edwards, ca. 1897. She had been born November 24, 1876, and was a daughter of David and Caroline Edwards. Eddie and Fannie lived at Sparta, North Carolina. He died there on April 20, 1962; Fannie died June 8, 1965. They had eight children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.3.1 David Glen Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.3.2 Callie L. Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.3.3 George S. Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.3.4 Laura M. Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.3.5 Simon E. Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.3.6 John Robert Sparks,
1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.3.7 James Woodrow Sparks, and
1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.3.8 Treva E. Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.4 John Calton Sparks was born 4 February 1875. He married Margaret Virginia [ "Jennie" ] Edwards on September 7, 1897. She had been born July 2, 1877, and was a daughter of Andrew Mack and Eliza (Richardson) Edwards. She died April 13, 1935; John on December 24, 1961. They had 7 children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.4.1 Stella Clide Sparks, 1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.4.2 James A. Sparks, 1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.4.3 Dewey Israel Sparks, 1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.4.4 Tressie May Sparks, 1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.4.5 Elmer Ray Sparks, 1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.4.6 Eliza Hazel Sparks, & 1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.4.7 John L. Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.1.6.2.5 Levi Sparks was born ca. 1877. We have learned nother further about him.

1.2.5.1.3.1.7 Cassie Sparks was born ca.

1821
in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She married Hardin Brooks ca. 1844.

He was born in 1824 and was a son of Stokes and Clarussa (Reynolds) Brooks.

Hardin and Cassie lived in Alleghany County, North Carolina. She died there in 1902, and he died in 1903. According to Log Cabin Families of Stone Mountain, North Carolina written in 1981 by Harden and Virginia Royall, they had ten children.

As described in the Royalls' book, here are the children:
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.1 Robert Brooks was born September 30, 1845. He married Sarah Ann Royall, ca. 1867. She was born February 15, 1844, and was a daughter of William and Sarah (Sanders) Royall. Robert and Sarah Ann had ten children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.1.1 Jesse Frank Brooks was born April 13, 1868. He married Rena Edwards. He died May 20, 1936. He and Rena had four children: Maud Brooks, Tyre G. Brooks, Minnie Brooks, and Mack Brooks.


1.2.5.1.3.1.7.1.2 John N. Brooks was born January 10, 1870. He married Cordelia Crouse. He died July 14, 1945. He and Cordelia had four children:Martha Ellen Brooks, Richard A. Brooks, Ida C. Brooks, and Lillie Brooks.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.1.3 Nancy Jane Brooks was born in 1871. She died in 1877.


1.2.5.1.3.1.7.1.4 Robert Sam Brooks was born in 1873. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Laura Estep and his second was to Daisy White. He died in 1931. He was the father of two children: Martha Brooks and Mary brooks.


1.2.5.1.3.1.7.1.5 Sarah ["Sally"] Brooks was born in 1877. She married Scott Norman. She died in 1936. She and Scott had four children: Inez Norman, Litel Norman, Ronnie Norman, and Raymond Norman.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.1.6 Richard Brooks was born in 1878 and died in 1890.


1.2.5.1.3.1.7.1.7 Cassie Alice Brooks was born in 1880. She died in 1970. She married James F. Calloway and they had six children: Marvin Calloway, Charles C. Calloway, Effie Calloway, Olevia Calloway, John R. Calloway, and Walter R Calloway.


1.2.5.1.3.1.7.1.8 Andrew Jackson Brooks was born in 1883. He died in 1954. He married Ruthie Ella Crouse, and they had ten children: Robert C. Brooks, Floyd H. Brooks, Ronnie K. Brooks, Fay Brooks, Joseph V. Brooks, Sebert M. Brooks, Mary Brooks, Samuel Brooks, Paul Brooks, and Zell Brooks.


1.2.5.1.3.1.7.1.9 Martha Brooks was born in 1885 and died in 1910.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.1.10 William Horton Brooks was born in 1888. He died in 1974. He married Sarah Ella Royall, and they had three children: Mae Brooks, Annie Brooks, and Verna Brooks.

1.2.5.1.3.1.7.2 Nancy Brooks was born ca. 1848.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.3 Sarah Brooks was born ca. 1852.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.4 William Matthew Brooks was born March 8, 1854. He married Charity Lucinda (Harris) Royall on February 20, 1873. She had been born September 2, 1837, and was a daughter of Lewis and Hannah (Gray) Harris. She was also the widow of Wiley Royall who had been killed during the Civil War. She died in 1915 and was buried in the Butlerville [Indiana] Cemetery. William and Charity had one child:

1.2.5.1.3.1.7.4.1 Charles William Brooks was born April 19, 1880. He married Fannie Annice Galyean, and they had seven children: Tyra Brooks, Raymond Brooks, Mary Jane Brooks, Virtie Jean Brooks, Walter Brooks, Blanch Brooks, and Roy Brooks.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.5 Clarissa Brooks was born ca. 1855.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.6 John A. Brooks was born ca. 1857. He married Medie Ann Edwards, and they had six children.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.6.1 Cora Brooks married Samuel Cheek.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.6.2 Maggie Brooks married Walter Bennett.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.6.3 Troy Brooks married Cindy Warren.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.6.4 Andrew Brooks married (first) FNU Williams and (second) May Higgins.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.6.5 Ella Brooks married John Gentry.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.6.6 Ransom Brooks married Edith Blackburn.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.7 Calton Brooks was born ca. 1859.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.8 James H. Brooks was born ca. 1861. He married Mary Brooks on December 24, 1882.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9 Martha A. Brooks was born ca. 1867. She married William Lewis Royall on August 2, 1883, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He had been born in 1863 and was a son of Wiley and Charity Lucinda (Harris) Royall.

(See 1.2.5.1.3.1.7.4 above.) William died in 1912; Martha died in 1934. They had seven children.

1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.1 Carrie Royall was born in 1884. She died in 1970. She married (first) Charles Kimes and (second) George Felton.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.2 Etta Royall was born in 1887. She died sometime during the 1970's. She married (first) Amos McCoy and (second) Roy Morris. She had three children by her first marriage:

1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.2.1 Mildred P. McCoy,
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.2.2 Retha I. McCoy, and
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.2.3 Dora E McCoy.

1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.3 Wiley Harden Royall was born ca. 1889. He married Florence Dye and they had eight children: Carl Royall, Clyde Royall, Ralph Royall, Wiley H . Royall , Jr., Vera Royall, Martha Royall, Kenneth Royall, and Mary Royall.

1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.4 Lizzie Louella Royall was born ca. 1892. She married Sherman Vetor, and they had four children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.4.1 Lawrence Vetor,
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.4.2 Camilla Vetor,
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.4.3 Esther Vetor, and
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.4.4 Roland Vetor.

1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.5 Delia C. Royall was born in 1895. She died in 1908.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.6 Arthur Alexander Royall was born February 27, 1898. He died in 1956. He married Alta Pearl Rhoads, and they had six children: Retha H . Royall, Ruth B. Royall, Derrill L. Royall, Merrill E. Royall, John W. Royall, and James R. Royall.
1.2.5.1.3.1.7.9.7 Paul Monroe Royall married Thelma Lucille Newlin, and they had four children: Russell D. Royall, Iris I. Royall, Ronald M. Royall, and Robert R. Royall.

1.2.5.1.3.1.7.10 Rufus M. Brooks was born in 1871.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8 Daniel Sparks was born ca. 1822 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Kizziah Holloway, ca.

1841. She had been born June 17, 1822, and was a daughter of Daniel and Mary (Woodruff) Holloway. (On her tombstone, the year of her birth appears as 1824.) On the 1850 census, Daniel and Kizziah were listed as residents of Wilkes County.

Descendants say that Daniel and Kizziah went to Missouri ca. 1853, probably to join the family of Daniel's brother, Solomon Sparks, in Mercer County. It was there that Daniel died, apparently ca. 1855, and Kizziah returned to North Carolina. There, she married Joel Brown, ca. 1858. He was a widower with a large family of children.

Joel and Kizziah Brown were listed on the 1860 census of Yadkin County, North Carolina. They had two children of their own before Joel died in 1866 at the age of 52. When the 1870 census was taken of Yadkin County, Kizziah was living in the household of her son, William Sparks, and his wife, Mary. With her were her two children by Joel Brown: Joel Brown, Jr. and Binam Brown.

About 1871, Kizziah went to Texas to join the family of her daughter, Frances. It was there that she died May 9, 1892, in Comanche County. She was buried in the DeLeon Cemetery. She and Daniel Sparks had five children, all of whom were born in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

1.2.5.1.3.1.8.1 Jane Sparks was born ca. 1842. She was probably the Jane Sparks who married B. C. Hutchison on April 10, 1858, in Wilkes County. He had been born ca. 1838, and his full name was probably Benjamin Cleveland Hutchison. He and Jane had at least one child, Daniel J. Hutchison, born ca. 1859, and in all probability there were other children as well born to this couple.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8.2 John Sparks was born ca. 1844. Descendants believe he married Nancy Brown, a daughter of his step-father, Joel Brown.


1.2.5.1.3.1.8.3 William J. Sparks was born ca. 1846. Descendants believe he married Mary Brown, a daughter of his step-father, Joel Brown, and that they had at least two children, 1.2.5.1.3.1.8.3.1 Dorah Sparks, born ca. 1867, and 1.2.5.1.3.1.8.3.2 Daniel Sparks, born ca. 1869.

1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4 Mary Frances ["Fannie" ] Sparks was born October 27, 1849, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She married Thomas Brown on May 7, 1865, in Yadkin County after he returned from the Civil War where he had served in the 1st Battalion of North Carolina Sharpshooters, Confederate States Army. He had been born May 30, 1844, and was a son of Joel and Elizabeth (Waggoner) Brown, thus he was a step-brother of Fannie.

THOMAS AND MARY FRANCES ["FANNIE"] (SPARKS) BROWN
Photograph Taken about 1900
(Picture)
Thomas and Fannie Brown moved to Grayson County, Virginia, in 1867 where they raised a crop. It was also there that their first child was born. The following year they moved to Grayson County, Texas, where they lived for a short time before moving on to Wise County. Their last move was to Comanche County, Texas, in 1869 where they lived for the remainder of their lives.

Thomas Brown died December 12, 1912, and Fannie (Sparks) Brown died on January 1, 1934. They were buried in the DeLeon [Texas] Cemetery. They had twelve children, ten of whom reached maturity.

1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.1 Mary [ "Mollie" ] Brown was born in 1867 in Grayson County, Virginia. She married (first) FNU Clark on August 9, 1882; she married (second) J. G. Jennings.

1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.2 William Mitchell Brown was born in Texas on September 9, 1871. He married Martha Louise Hunt in 1906. He died in 1950.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.3 Eliza Jane Brown was born February 14, 1874. She was married twice. Her first marriage was to FNU Walker in 1888, and her second was to Don Wheat in 1908. She died October 31, 1950.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.4 John Thomas Brown was born February 14, 1876. He married Anne Missouri Loyd. He died April 8, 1949.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.5 Sarah Kesiah Brown was born September 24, 1878. She married Jesse H. Lewis on April 6, 1893. She died in September 1960.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.6 Susan Brown was born December 14, 1880. She married James A. Teague on June 1, 1897.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.7 Julius R. and Julia P. Brown, twins, were born December 20, 1882, and died shortly thereafter.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.8 Julia P. Brown, twins, were born December 20, 1882, and died shortly thereafter.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.9 Daniel Bolivar Brown was born November 24, 1883. He married Myrtle Irene White on January 8, 1906. He died March 3, 1960.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.10 Boone Golden Brown was born January 20, 1885. He married Maude LNU He died August 1, 1966.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.11 Fannie Lee Brown was born December 18, 1887. She married (first) FNU Guest and (second) William Gleason.
1.2.5.1.3.1.8.4.12 Maggie Lena Brown was born in May 1892. She died in June 1902.

1.2.5.1.3.1.8.5 Daniel Sparks, Jr., was born on 5 February 1852, in North Carolina. He left home when he was still a young man. A descendant states that Daniel used the money ($25.00) which he inherited from his grandfather, John Sparks, in 1868 and went to the Dakota Territories. He was listed there on the 1880 census in what is now Lawrence County, South Dakota. He remained there until he was about 45 years of age when he went to Texas, probably at the death of his mother.

It was in Texas that Daniel Sparks met and courted Margaret Louisa (Fritts) Henson. She had been born February 21, 1863, in Texas and was a daughter of Claborn and Sarah (Lawson) Fritts. She was also the widow of Z. T. Henson who had died in 1891 leaving her with one child. Daniel and Margaret were married on August 17, 1897. Daniel's cousin, John A. Bauguess, was his best man, and Margaret's sister, Savilla Mae (Fritts) Roberson, was her attendant.

(See the following page for the photograph taken at their marriage.)

Daniel Sparks died June 5, 1914, in Stephens County, Texas. Margaret died February 14, 1938, in Comanche County, Texas. They had three children.

1.2.5.1.3.1.8.5.1 Thomas Claborn Sparks was born July 14, 1898, in Comanche County, Texas, and it was there that he married Manolia Jane Patton on December 9, 1917. She had been born June 14, 1898, in Montgomery County, Arkansas, and was a daughter of Archie and Idella (Morphew) Patton. Thomas died March 31, 1983, at Temple, Texas. He and Manolia Jane had five children Neda G. Sparks, Calude D. Sparks, Ira W. Sparks, Dorothy J. Sparks, and Gladys Sparks. Neda and Gladys have been most helpful in the preparation of this portion of this article.

(Seated, left to right) JOHN A. BAUGUESS & DANIEL SPARKS
(Standing, left to right) SAVILLA MAE ROBERSON & MARGARET (FRITTS) HENSON SPARKS
Taken on Daniel's and Margaret's Wedding Day
August 17, 1897
(Picture)

1.2.5.1.3.1.8.5.2 Sarah Kezirah Sparks was born March 24, 1900. She was named for her maternal and paternal grandmothers. She married Oscar Swindell on November 5, 1921. She died September 20, 1984.

1.2.5.1.3.1.8.5.3 Daniel Francis ["Frank"] Sparks was born January 29, 1905. He married Velma Fern Williams on September 3, 1941. He died December 21, 1963.

1.2.5.1.3.1.9. Nancy Sparks was born April 27, 1824, probably in Wilkes County, North Carolina. (The 1850 census of Wilkes County has her birthplace as Ashe County.) She married Robert Bauguess, Jr., ca. 1846. He had been born December 23, 1823, and was a son of Robert and Mary (Sparks) Bauguess. (Mary Sparks was a daughter of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks; see page 101 of the December 1955 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 12.) Robert and Nancy (Sparks) Bauguess were listed on the 1850 census of Wilkes County. Both were 23 years of age according to this census, and with them was a one-year-old girl, Mary Bauguess. Nancy died on March 22, 1897, and was buried in the Old Roaring River Baptist Church Cemetery at Traphill, North Carolina. Robert died June 26, 1914, and was buried beside his wife, Nancy.

(Editor's Note: We shall conclude this article about the descendants of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks of early Wilkes County, North Carolina, in a future issue of the Quarterly.)


Pages 3262-3285
Whole Number 143

FURTHER NOTES ON THE DESCENDANTS OF
1.2.5.1.3 REUBEN & CASSIE (BUTTERY) SPARKS
OF EARLY WILKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

by Paul E. Sparks


(Editor's Note: In the March 1988 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 141, pages 3175-3206, we published the first part of an article devoted to the descendants of 1.2.5.1.3 Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks of early Wilkes County, North Carolina. We now present the second, and concluding, part of this article.

It should be noted that this article supplements an earlier article that appeared in the Quarterly of September 1967, Whole No. 59. That was devoted to the descendants of Solomon and Sarah Sparks who moved from Frederick County, North Carolina, to The Forks of the Yadkin sometime in the 1750s.

1.2.5.1.3 Reuben Sparks, son of Solomon and Sarah Sparks, was born ca. 1755, either just prior to, or shortly after, his parents moved to Rowan County, North Carolina. "The Forks of the Yadkin," where 1.2.5.1 Solomon Sparks purchased land on the North Yadkin River in 1761, was the name used for the area within Rowan County that now comprises Davie County (created in 1836).

In the March 1988 issue of the Quarterly, we presented a record of the descendants of 1.2.5.1.3.1 John Sparks, born ca.1784, died 1868, the eldest of the ten children of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks.

Here we present what is known to us at this time regarding the remaining nine children of Reuben and Cassie, with their known children and grandchildren.)

1.2.5.1.3.2 Lydia Sparks was born ca. 1785 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and it was there that she married Henry Bauguess, ca. 1820. He was born in Virginia and was a son of Richard and Kizziah (MNU) Bauguess. He apparently died ca. 1840, and Lydia moved to Owen County, Indiana, probably to join her nephews, William and Solomon Sparks. When the 1850 census was taken of Owen County, she was shown as 65 years of age and living in the household of her son, Bryant B. Bauguess. According to descendants, Lydia and her husband had at least three children.

1.2.5.1.3.2.1 Bryant B. Bauguess was born March 29, 1823, in Wilkes County. He went to Indiana prior to 1848 where he settled near his cousins, William and Solomon Sparks, in Owen County. It was there that he married Mary Elizabeth Holliday on December 6, 1848.

She had been born March 23, 1827, and was a daughter of George and Agnes Holliday. Bryant and Mary Elizabeth moved to nearby Crawford County, Illinois, ca. 1852, but returned to Owen County a short time later.

In August 1855, Bryant Bauguess moved to Kansas where he settled in Bourbon County, about fourteen miles south of Fort Scott. He apparently was not molested during the border warfare of the Civil War. In the latter part of that conflict, he served in the Kansas State Militia. After the war ended, he served as a justice of the peace for twelve years and as chairman of the Drywood Township Board for two terms. He was a deacon of the Predestenarian Baptist Church.

Mary Elizabeth (Holliday) Bauguess died in Kansas on September 23, 1896. In 1905, Bryant left Bourbon County and moved to Snohomish County, Washington, where he settled in the village of Sultan. He died there on February 6, 1913, just a few weeks before his 90th birthday. He and Mary Elizabeth had nine children.

1.2.5.1.3.2.1.1 Agnes Bauguess was born January 16, 1850, in Indiana. She died October 30, 1916.
1.2.5.1.3.2.1.2 Lydia Bauguess was born February 24, 1852, in Illinois. She died on June 27, 1873.
1.2.5.1.3.2.1.3 George Washington Bauguess was born July 14, 1854, in Indiana. He died February 4, 1875.
1.2.5.1.3.2.1.4 William Henry Bauguess was born December 3, 1856, in Kansas. He died in 1931.
1.2.5.1.3.2.1.5. Irene Matilda Bauguess was born January 19, 1860, in Kansas. She died June 23, 1882.
1.2.5.1.3.2.1.6 Eli Lincoln Bauguess was born April 20, 1862. He died June 8, 1862.
1.2.5.1.3.2.1.7 Ulysses Grant Bauguess was born June 6, 1864. He died May 2, 1935.
1.2.5.1.3.2.1.8 Bryant Bauguess, Jr. was born March 26, 1867. He died May 14, 1918.
1.2.5.1.3.2.1.9 Elizabeth Ellen Bauguess was born January 20, 1871. She died August 10, 1945. She married FNU Wood.
1.2.5.1.3.2.2 Eli P. Bauguess was born ca. 1827.

1.2.5.1.3.2.3 Fanny Bauguess was born ca. 1830 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She moved with her mother and her brothers to Owen County, Indiana, and then she apparently went with her brother, Bryant, when he moved to Crawford County, Illinois. There she met and married Alexander Eagleton on January 17, 1853. He had been born March 18, 1827, in Crawford County and was a son of James and Margaret (Montgomery) Eagleton. Alexander and Fanny went to Missouri where he died at Rich Hill about 1900. Fanny died there in 1925. They had four children.

1.2.5.1.3.2.3.1 John Eagleton was born ca. 1855. He married Jane LNU and they moved to Colorado. They had five children: Arthur Eagleton, Earl Eagleton, Ony Eagleton, Harry Eagleton, and Cecil Eagleton.
1.2.5.1.3.2.3.2 Fannie Eagleton was born ca. 1860. She married FNU Mickey, and they had four children: Herschel, Albert, Ruby, and George.
1.2.5.1.3.2.3.3 Mable Eagleton was born ca. 1865. She married Bert DeBord, and they had at least two children, Alice DeBord and Grover DeBord.
1.2.5.1.3.2.3.4 Lydia Margaret Eagleton
was born January 22, 1868, in Crawford County, Kansas. She married Joseph Peterman on January 1, 1889. He was born on May 11, 1861, in Lucerne, Switzerland, and was a son of Jakob Peterman. Lydia died at Rich Hill, Missouri, in 1949. Joseph died in 1953. They were the parents of ten children.
1.2.5.1.3.2.3.4.1 Lydia Fay Peterman was born ca. 1889 and died in infancy.
1.2.5.1.3.2.3.4.2 Joseph Peterman, Jr. was born ca. 1891. He married Clara Hall, and they had three children: Raymond Peterman, Melvin Peterman, and Paul Peterman.
1.2.5.1.3.2.3.4.3 Nellie Peterman was born ca. 1893. She married FNU Lewman, and they had two children, Arlene and William
1.2.5.1.3.2.3.4.4 Bessie Peterman was born ca. 1895.
1.2.5.1.3.2.3.4.5 Roy Peterman was born ca. 1897. He married Barbara LNU, and they had at least one child, Roy Peterman, Jr.
1.2.5.1.3.2.3.4.6 George Dewey Peterman was born ca. 1899. He died in infancy.


1.2.5.1.3.2.3.4.7 Letha Peterman was born ca. 1901.


1.2.5.1.3.2.3.4.8 Charles Peterman was born ca. 1903. He married and had at least two children, Charles Peterman, Jr. and James Peterman.


1.2.5.1.3.2.3.4.9 Ralph Peterman was born ca. 1905. He married Betty LNU, and they had two children: Brenda Peterman and Pamela Peterman.
1.2.5.1.3.2.3.4.10 Katerine Peterman was born ca. 1907. She died in infancy.

1.2.5.1.3.3 An unidentified daughter apparently was born to Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks between 1785 and 1790.

1.2.5.1.3.4 Benjamin Sparks was born ca. 1785 in either Wilkes or Surry County, North Carolina. (His age was given as 63 on the 1850 census of Surry County and as 74 on the 1860 census of Yadkin County, North Carolina.) He married Sarah Jeffreys, ca. 1810. She was born ca. 1789 in North Carolina and was a daughter of William and Martha ["Patsey"] (MNU) Jeffreys. (Her age was given as 60 on the 1850 census and as 71 on the 1860 census.) She was named as a daughter in the will of William Jeffreys, which was proven at the November 1831 term of the Surry County Court. She died in 1870 in Yadkin County. Benjamin died there in 1876. They had twelve children, including an unnamed daughter who apparently died at birth. (For further information about the family of Benjamin and Sarah Sparks, see the September 1967 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 59.) A list of their children follows.

1.2.5.1.3.4.1 Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1812. She married FNU Redding, ca. 1830, and they had at least three children. Elizabeth died prior to 1872; her children were named in the will of their grandfather, Benjamin Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.4.1.1 Sarah Redding was born ca. 1830.
1.2.5.1.3.4.1.2 Mary Redding was born ca. 1833.
1.2.5.1.3.4.1.3 William T. Redding was born ca. 1835.
1.2.5.1.3.4.2 William Russell Sparks was born ca. 1813 in Surry County, North Carolina. He was generally referred to as "Russell" and was probably named for his uncle, William Russell Sparks. He married Nancy Martin, ca. 1839. She was born ca. 1816 and was a daughter of Alfred Martin. Russell was listed on the 1840 census of Surry County (his wife was enumerated with him in his household), and both were named on the 1850 census of Surry County. When the 1860 census was taken of Yadkin County, Nancy was listed as head of the household. Russell Sparks apparently died sometime after 1872 for he was named in his father's will that year. According to census records, he and Nancy appear to have had eight children.

1.2.5.1.3.4.2.1 Louisa A. Sparks was born in the spring of 1840. She married Jesse Turlburt on May 1, 1860, in Yadkin County by her grandfather, Benjamin Sparks, a justice of the peace.
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.2 Sarah ["Sallie"] C. Sparks was born ca. 1844.
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.3 John A. Sparks was born ca. 1846.
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.4 Martha D. Sparks was born ca. 1847.
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.5 Mary M. Sparks was born ca. 1848.
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.6 Solomon M. Sparks was born in the spring of 1850. He married Mary Ann Seagraves on December 28, 1870, in Yadkin County.
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.7 Lydia E. Sparks was born ca. 1853.
1.2.5.1.3.4.2.8 William Russell Sparks, Jr. was born ca. 1854.

1.2.5.1.3.4.3 John Sparks was born ca. 1824. He is said to have "gone west."
1.2.5.1.3.4.4 Joseph Sparks was born June 12, 1817. He married Martha Elvira Dimmitt in October 1842, probably in Surry County, North Carolina. She had been born ca. 1823 in North Carolina. Joseph and Martha lived at Bald Knob where they reared eight children. He died on May 8, 1902.

Their children:

1.2.5.1.3.4.4.1 Benjamin Franklin Sparks was born October 10, 1843.
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.2 William Russell Sparks was born November 18, 1844.


1.2.5.1.3.4.4.3 John Quincey Adams Sparks was born March 13, 1846. He married Mary Salmons on March 13, 1870, in Yadkin County, North Carolina. She was a daughter of Enoch and L. Salmons.
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.4 Sarah Ann Sparks was born June 14, 1847.
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.5 James Lewis Sparks was born May 18, 1850.
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.6 Nancy Rosaline Sparks was born May 28, 1856.
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.7 George Washington Sparks was born November 18, 1858, in Yadkin County, North Carolina. He was married there to Martha C. Ray on October 5, 1881.
1.2.5.1.3.4.4.8 Fannie Elizabeth Sparks was born October 26, 1860.
1.2.5.1.3.4.5 Mary ["Polly"] Sparks was born ca. 1819. She married Constantine Gray, ca. 1845, and they were the parents of at least seven children.

1.2.5.1.3.4.5.1 Martha Gray was born ca. 1846.
1.2.5.1.3.4.5.2 William Gray was born ca. 1847.
1.2.5.1.3.4.5.3 James Gray was born ca. 1848.
1.2.5.1.3.4.5.4 Melinda Gray was born ca. 1852.
1.2.5.1.3.4.5.5 Bueth Gray was born ca. 1854.
1.2.5.1.3.4.5.6 Williford Gray was born ca. 1855.
1.2.5.1.3.4.5.7 Henry Gray was born ca. 1859.

1.2.5.1.3.4.6 Hannah Sparks was born ca. 1821. She married John Felts and, according to relatives, they "went west."
1.2.5.1.3.4.7 Lydia Sparks was born ca. 1827. She married Peyton Dimmitt.
1.2.5.1.3.4.8 Solomon Sparks was born ca. 1825. He married Rachel Martin, ca. 1854. She was born ca. 1828 and was a daughter of Alfred Martin, thus she was a sister of Nancy Martin who married Solomon's brother, 1.2.5.1.2.4.2 William Russell Sparks. Solomon and Rachel lived near the community of Cycle in Yadkin County. According to a descendant and from census records, it appears that they had four children.

1.2.5.1.3.4.8.1 Nancy P. Sparks was born ca. 1855. She married Calvin H. Hicks in January 1871 in Yadkin County, North Carolina.
1.2.5.1.3.4.8.2 Benjamin Sparks was born ca. 1860. He married Jane Dobbins and they had four children according to a descendant.
1.2.5.1.3.4.8.2.1 Solomon Sparks married Ida Wells.
1.2.5.1.3.4.8.2.2 Winfield Sparks married Florence Swan.
1.2.5.1.3.4.8.2.3 Elizabeth Sparks married Hubert Roberts.
1.2.5.1.3.4.8.2.4 Lavina Sparks married T. F. Pardue.

1.2.5.1.3.4.8.3 Sarah Sparks was born ca. 1863. She married Ellis Brown.
1.2.5.1.3.4.8.4 Augusta Sparks was born ca. 1866. She married Asenath Matthews.

1.2.5.1.3.4.9 Martha C. Sparks was born ca. 1830. She never married.
1.2.5.1.3.4.10 Sarah ["Sallie"] Sparks was born ca. 1832. She married Enoch D. Swaim in 1851, in Yadkin County, North Carolina. (The marriage bond was issued on November 19, 1851, and the marriage probably took place within a few days.) 1.2.5.1.3.4.11 Benjamin Franklin Sparks was born October 9, 1833. Apparently he was married twice. He was probably the Benjamin Sparks who married Elmiira Matilda Felts in 1854 in Yadkin County. (The marriage bond was issued on May 27, 1854, with Elisha M. Felts as the bondsman.) When the 1860 census was taken of Yadkin County, Benjamin, aged 27, and Mira, aged 22, were living in the household of Benjamin and Sarah Sparks. Apparently Elmira died shortly thereafter, for on February 23, 1864, a marriage bond was issued for Benjamin Sparks to marry Amanda Jane Sale. Mandy Sale was born January 13, 1846, and was a daughter of James and Amelia (Gray) Sale

Benjamin F. Sparks was a successful man and acquired nearly 1,000 acres of land in Yadkin and Wilkes Counties, including four tracts which he purchased from his father in 1872. On November 12, 1899, he made a will (Will Book 2, page 81) by which he left all of his property to his wife, M. J. Sparks. He died a few months later, on May 13, 1900. Mandy Jane survived him by several years, dying on December 19, 1907. She had made a will (Will Book 3, page 70) a few days earlier in which she named eight sons and four of her five daughters. Her daughter, Ellen Dinah, had died in 1904. (Following is a record of the children and descendants of Benjamin F. and Amanda Jane (Sale) Sparks.)

JOHN & ELLEN DIANE (SPARKS) ARMSTRONG
With their four daughters
(Left to right) Pearl, Frieda, Mary Jane, and Joyce (ca.1893)
(Picture)

1.2.5.1.3.4.11.1 Ellen Diane ["Dinah" ] Sparks was born in 1865 in Yadkin County, North Carolina. She married John Armstrong on February 20, 1886, in Wilkes County. He had been born May 12, 1863, in Yadkin County. Dinah died on April 23, 1904, at Logansport, Indiana. John died at Bluffton, Indiana, on May 26, 1916. They had five children.

1.2.5.1.3.4.11.1.1 Bessie Pearl Armstrong was born December 3, 1888, in Huntington County, Indiana. She married Oren G. Johnson on December 20, 1906. She died December 14, 1918, at Bridgeport, Indiana. She and Oren had four children: Vera Marie Johnson, Lawrence Armstrong Johnson, Dorothy Elberta Johnson, and Robert Oren Johnson.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.1.2 Joyce Armstrong was born January 23, 1890. She married Ira Summers. She died February 8, 1977, at Warren, Indiana. She and Ira had two children, Kenneth Summers and Iva Mae Summers.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.1.3 Frieda Armstrong was born October 12, 1891. She died January 1, 1946. She never married.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.1.4 Mary Jane Armstrong was born April 27, 1893. She married Colson McAfee. She died February 19, 1958, at Bluffton, Indiana. She and Colson had a son, Glade Allen McAfee.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.1.5 Everett C. Armstrong was born in December 1895. He died March 16, 1896.

1.2.5.1.3.4.11.2 Carrie Sparks was born ca. 1867. She married Virgil M. Swaim, a minister of the Gospel.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.3 Mary Sparks was born ca. 1869. She never married. She died in 1916.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.4 Benjamin F. Sparks, Jr. was born ca. 1871.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.5 James Leo Sparks was born February 21, 1874. He married Mary ["Mollie"] Savannah Rose. She was born May 4, 1880. James died December 2, 1946.

Mollie died January 8, 1978. They had nine children:

Nina Virginia Sparks,
Elmo Davis Sparks,
Guy DeWitt Sparks,
Coy Watson Sparks,
Imogene Sparks,
Nancy Jane Sparks,
Vera Louise Sparks,
Minnie Carolyn Sparks, and
Mary Rose Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.4.11.6 Lilly Louella Sparks was born August 12, 1879. She married Thomas A. Armstrong. She died April 9, 1931.

1.2.5.1.3.4.11.7 Minnie Faye Sparks was born ca. 1880. She married Caldwell Dobbins.

1.2.5.1.3.4.11.8 Everett Clarence Sparks was born 5 February 1881, near Jonesville, North Carolina. He married Nancy Ann Dobbins ca. 1902. She was born January 9, 1882, at Cycle, North Carolina. Everett died April 2, 1966. They had seven children.

1.2.5.1.3.4.11.8.1 Glade Zeno Sparks was born September 4, 1903. He married Dina Lee Martin on November 11, 1925, and they had five children: Vernon Sparks, Zeno Sparks, Kenneth Sparks, Roland Sparks, and Shirley Ann Sparks.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.8.2 Elzie Sparks
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.8.3 Jane Sparks
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.8.4 Roy Sparks
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.8.5 Hubert Sparks
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.8.6 Milas Clarence Sparks was born June 24, 1918. He died September 19, 1980.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.8.7 Ruth Sparks
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.9 Marvin Worth Sparks was born March 9, 1884. He married Cora Pinnix. He died June 29, 1933.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.10 Leland Carl Sparks was born April 3, 1886. He married Etta C. Dobbins.

He died February 10, 1965.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.11 Paul Sparks was born ca. 1888. He married Bertha Beherns.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.12 William G. Sparks was born ca. 1890. He died in 1917. He never married.
1.2.5.1.3.4.11.13 Robert Glenn Sparks was born ca. 1892. He married Mattie Jones.

1.2.5.1.3.5 Solomon Sparks was born ca. 1790 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was probably the Solomon Sparks with five children, born between 1810 and 1820, who was listed on the 1820 census of Wilkes County. We have no further information about this family.

1.2.5.1.3.6 An unidentified daughter of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks was born ca. 1795.

1.2.5.1.3.7 Jonas Sparks was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on June 2, 1793. It was there that he married Mary Brown in 1817. (The marriage bond was dated September 27, 1817, and they were doubtless married shortly thereafter.) Mary was born September 21, 1800, and was a daughter of John Brown. Jonas Sparks died January 18, 1875, in Tazewell County, Virginia, and Mary died there in June 1890. They had nine children. (For further information about this couple, the reader is referred to the September 1967 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 59, pp. 1086-88.)

1.2.5.1.3.7.1 John Henry Sparks was born ca. 1819 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was married three times. His first marriage was to Sarah Matilda Hankins, ca. 1840 in North Carolina. She was a daughter of James Hankins. She died February 25, 1854, in Tazewell County, Virginia. On April 23, 1855, John Henry Sparks married (second) Rebecca Mitchell in Tazewell County. She was born ca. 1820 and was a daughter of John and Sarah (Hankins) Mitchell. She apparently died ca. 1871, and John Henry married (third) Sarah A. Pruitt on September 21, 1871, in Tazewell County. He died February 9, 1888. He had eight children. Those by his first marriage were: Jonas, William, Martha, Joseph, and John Henry, Jr. by his second marriage, he had: Melissa, Reuben, and Rebecca. He had no children by his last marriage.

1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1 Jonas Sparks was born in February 1842 in North Carolina. He married Lucinda [ "Lucy" ] Harrison on February 10, 1865, in Tazewell County, Virginia.

She was born in January 1849. According to the records of the 1880 and 1900 censuses of Tazewell County, Lucy and Jonas had eleven children.

1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1.1 Martha Sparks was born ca. 1866.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1.2 Joseph Sparks was born ca. 1868.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1.3 John Sparks was born ca. 1870.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1.4 Lydia Sparks was born in August 1871.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1.5 Mary B. Sparks was born in September 1873.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1.6 Rachel Sparks was born ca. 1875.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1.7 Harriet Sparks was born in March 1877.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1.8 Nancy ["Nannie"] Sparks was born in June 1878.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1.9 Elias Sparks was born in August 1880.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1.10 Jonas Sparks, Jr. was born in April 1882.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.1.11 William Sparks was born in February 1884.

1.2.5.1.3.7.1.2 William Sparks was born ca. 1845.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.3 Martha Sparks was born August 4, 1847. She died June 8, 1932.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.4 Joseph P. Sparks was born in January 1851. On November 7, 1871, he married Susan Pruitt in Tazewell County, Virginia. She was born in October 1848 and was a daughter of Archibald and Martha Pruitt. Joseph and Susan had four children.

1.2.5.1.3.7.1.4.1 Mary Sparks was born ca. 1873.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.4.2 Martha Sparks was born ca. 1876.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.4.3 Sarah ["Sally"] Sparks was born ca. 1877.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.4.4 Archibald Sparks was born ca. 1878. He married Ollie LNU and according to the 1900 and 1910 censuses of Tazewell County, they had at least five children: Joseph S. Sparks, Martha Sparks, Dewey Sparks, Thomas Sparks, and May Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5 John Henry Sparks, Jr. was born February 25, 1854, in Tazewell County, Virginia. It was there that he married Lucinda [ "Lucy" ] Asbury on August 28, 1873. She was born March 4, 1855, and was a daughter of Fielding Kirk and Martha (Harrison) Asbury. John Henry died September 27, 1936, at Stony Ridge, Virginia. Lucy died the following day. They were the parents of thirteen children. (See also page 2175 of the December 1979 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 109, for other information about the family of this couple.)

1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.1 Fielding Kirk Sparks was born December 1, 1874. He died in May 1955. He married Victoria Shrader.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.2 Launa Almeda Sparks was born March 20, 1876. She died May 13, 1948, in Pylesville, Maryland. She married Thomas P. Beavers in 1895.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.3 Mary M. Sparks was born June 3, 1877. She died October 7, 1936. She married Hugh Shrader.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.4 Martha Elizabeth Sparks was born August 19, 1879. She died October 10, 1961. She married James Beavers.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.5 Walter Thomas Sparks was born April 14, 1882. He died October 11, 1936. He married (first) Fannie Cameron and (second) Jennie Miller.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.6 Hannah Jane Sparks was born March 20, 1884. She died March 20, 1927. She married Zachariah T. Mitchell.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.7 Laura Miller Sparks was born July 6, 1887. She died October 17, 1955, at Bluefield, West Virginia. She married Milton Landan Hankins.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.8 Carrie Caroline Sparks (twin of Laura) was born July 6, 1887. She died June 22, 1967. She married Ezra Whitt.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.9 Polly Amanda Sparks was born January 25, 1890. She died June 25, 1973, at Cedar Bluff, Virginia. She married Monroe Boothe in 1909.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.10 Malicia Rebecca Sparks was born August 22, 1891. She died May 9, 1919. She married James Crouse.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.11 Columbus M. Sparks was born August 22, 1893. He married Pattie Harrison.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.12 Charles W. Sparks was born October 24, 1895. He died September 18, 1962. He married Julia Mae Whitt.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.5.13 Oliver Eugene Sparks was born July 27, 1898. He died October 19, 1963, in Cleveland, Ohio. He married Effie Cameron.

1.2.5.1.3.7.1.6 Melissa Sparks was born June 22, 1856.
1.2.5.1.3.7.1.7 Reuben Sparks was born November 13, 1857. He married Margaret Caroline Linkhous, ca. 1880. She was born ca. 1860 and was a daughter of William P. and Mary B. (Cecil) Linkhous. According to the Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia, written in 1925 by John N. Harman, Sr., Reuben and Margaret had two children, Ernest Sparks and Lavisa Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.7.1.8 Rebecca Sparks, daughter of John Henry and Rebecca (Mitchell) Sparks was born ca. 1861.

1.2.5.1.3.7.2 Reuben R. Sparks was born ca. 1820 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Ann C. LNUApparently they had no children.

1.2.5.1.3.7.3 Sarah M. Sparks was born ca. 1822 in Wilkes County.

1.2.5.1.3.7.4 Malinda Sparks was born in January 1824 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She married Jacob Lyon on June 6, 1846, in Wilkes County. He was born ca. 1813. The last record we have found of this couple is their names on the 1850 census of Wilkes County. At that time they had no children.

Webmaster Note: In Whole Number 200, this Malinda was attached to 1.2.5.1.2.4 Joel Sparks whose wife was Nancy Blackburn. Her generation number is changed to 1.2.5.1.2.4.3 .

1.2.5.1.3.7.5 Timothy Sparks was born in January 1823 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Jane Lyon, ca.

1845. She was born in January 1826 and was a daughter of Solomon Lyon. Timothy and Jane were listed on the 1860 census of Wilkes County, but by 1870 they were in Tazewell County, Virginia, where they were listed on the census of that year.

Timothy died in Smyth County, Viginia, in 1907. Jane died there in 1919. They had eight children.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.1 Joshua Sparks was born in April 1847. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Marinda Jolly ca. 1869. She was born ca. 1850 and was a daughter of William Jolly. She and Joshua had four children before her death in 1896. Joshua married (second) Martha N. LNU- She was born in May 1867. She and Joshua had one child. Joshua died in 1936.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.1.1 Malinda Sparks was born ca. 1870.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.1.2 Timothy W. Sparks was born ca. 1872.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.1.3 Sarah M. Sparks was born ca. 1877.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.1.4 John A. Sparks was born ca. 1879.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.1.5 Jonas T. Sparks was born in May 1897.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.2 Austin Sparks was born ca. 1849 in North Carolina. He was married four times according to a descendant. His first marriage was to Mary Mitchell on July 29, 1868, in Tazewell County, Virginia. She was born ca. 1847. She apparently died ca. 1871, probably at the time their second child was born prematurely. Austin married (second) Hester Hankins on May 26, 1873. She was a daughter of William and Polly (Mitchell) Hankins. She and Austin had four children before her death ca. 1878. Austin married (third) Sarah LNU, and they had one child when the 1880 census was taken of Tazewell County. We have not learned the name of the fourth wife of Austin Sparks. He had at least six children.

1.2.5.1.3.7.5.2.1 Joseph Sparks was born April 10, 1870.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.2.2 Rebecca Jane Sparks was born December 17, 1871.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.2.3 Annie Sparks was born ca. 1874.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.2.4 Mary Sparks was born ca. 1875.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.2.5 James William Sparks was born ca. 1876. He married Jane Althizer.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.2.6 Minnie Sparks was born ca. 1880.

1.2.5.1.3.7.5.3 Mary Jane Sparks was born ca. 1854 in North Carolina.


1.2.5.1.3.7.5.4 Nancy Catherine Sparks was born ca. 1857.


1.2.5.1.3.7.5.5 Cynthia Sparks was born ca. 1860.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.6 Susan Sparks was born ca. 1863.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.7 Sarah Sparks was born ca. 1866.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.8 Timothy Shadrach Sparks was born in April 1870. He married and had at least two children according to census records of Tazewell County.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.8.1 Ary L. (or Ida J. ?) Sparks was born in November 1893.
1.2.5.1.3.7.5.8.2 Glenn E. Sparks was born in June 1896.
1.2.5.1.3.7.6 Shadrach ["Shade"] Sparks, son of Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks, was born ca. 1828. He is known to have married and to have had at lease one son and one daughter; this is the extent of our information.

JOSHUA WILLIAM & CYNTHIA (HANKINS) SPARKS
Photograph taken about 1900

1.2.5.1.3.7.7 Joshua William Sparks was born in September 1830, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was usually called by his middle name, William. He accompanied his parents to Tazewell County, Virginia, in 1848, and it was there that he married Cynthia Hankins on April 23, 1850. She was born ca. 1830 in Virginia and was a daughter of Moses and Patty Hankins. During the Civil War, William served as a sergeant in Witcher's Battalion of Virginia Mounted Rifles, Confederate States Army. After he returned from the war, his parents lived with him until their deaths. He died August 4, 1903, and Cynthia died May 9, 1918. They had three children.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1 Elizabeth Sparks was born February 17, 1851, in Tazewell County, Virginia. It was there that she married John Tyler Sparks on July 9, 1867. He was born July 6, 1841, in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and was a son of 1.2.5.1.2.4.1 Richmond and Sarah (Pruitt) Sparks who had moved from Wilkes County to Tazewell County ca. 1865. (John Tyler Sparks was a great-grandson of John Sparks, brother of Reuben Sparks, subject of this article; thus he and Elizabeth were third cousins. See the December 1955 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 12, for further information about the lineage of John Tyler Sparks. See also Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia, 1925.)

John Tyler Sparks died February 21, 1906; Elizabeth died December 4, 1920. They were the parents of ten children.

1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1.1 Cynthia Sparks was born June 11, 1868. She married Robert Lee Linkous, ca. 1886, and they had nine children: Otis E.; Bessie Lee; Fred; Frank; Clarence; John T., Jr.; Cavie; William; and Thomas.

1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1.2 Sarah Sparks was born January 22, 1871. She married Thomas H. Dillon, and they had three children: Robert Dillon, Mollie Dillon, and Pearl Dillon.

1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1.3 William J. Sparks was born March 18, 1873. On December 23, 1896, he married Maude Christian in Tazewell County, Virginia. She was born on June 1, 1876, and was a daughter of Crockett and Betty (Harrison) Christian. She died May 15, 1900; William died December 25, 1952. They were members of the Salem Primitive Baptist Church at Dry Fork, Virginia. They had two children: Myrtle M. Sparks and Vivian Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1.4 Mary J. Sparks was born August 7, 1875. She married Andrew J. Harman, and they had three children: William, Graham, and Violet.

1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1.5 Rebecca Sparks was born May 14, 1878. She married John Franklin Beavers on April 9, 1902. He was born March 12, 1877. Rebecca died on March 10, 1950. She and John had four children: Theresa, Willeta, Clarence, and Lawrence.

1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1.6 Tacie Sparks was born May 14, 1880. She married Augustus W. Griffiths on January 11, 1906. He was born November 19, 1864. He and Tacie had two children: Myrtle and Daisy.

1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1.7 John L. Sparks was born November 21, 1882. He died when quite young. 1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1.8 Nancy [ "Nannie" ] Sparks was born May 1, 1885.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1.9 Lily Cavie Sparks was born April 2, 1888. She died when quite young.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.1.10 Bessie D. Sparks was born July 4, 1891. She married Frank Pruett, and they had two children: Gussie and Willie.

1.2.5.1.3.7.7.2 Jonas J. Sparks was born ca. 1853. He married Ellen Ball ca. 1873, and they had three children when the 1880 census was taken of Tazewell County, Virginia. There may have been other children born to this couple.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.2.1 Charlotte Sparks was born ca. 1875.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.2.2 Jonathan Sparks was born ca. 1876.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.2.3 Jonas Sparks was born ca. 1879.

FAMILY OF HENRY P. AND MARY JANE (SPARKS) LINKOUS

(Behind parents, left to right) Charles Linkous, Robert Linkous, Jonas B. Linkous, Joseph A. Linkous, and Thomas E. Linkous.
(Seated, left to right) Henry P. Linkous and Mary Jane (Sparks) Linkous. The youngest son, Milburn Luther Linkous, standing between parents. This photograph, which includes only the six youngest children, was taken about 1905.

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1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3 Mary Jane Sparks, daughter of William and Cynthia (Hankins) Sparks, was born July 17, 1861, in Tazewell County, Virginia, and it was there that she married Henry-Perry Linkous on September 14, 1876. He was born February 22 , 1958, and was a son of William P. and Mary B. (Cecil) Linkous. Henry's brother, John Ezra Linkous, married Mary Sparks, a cousin of Mary Jane Sparks. (See Item G, 8, b, below.) Mary Jane died January 15, 1925, and Henry died October 1, 1937. They had eleven children.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3.1 James Raleigh Linkous was born in September 1877. He married Frances E. Brown. He died in 1935.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3.2 Elizabeth Caroline Linkous was born July 25, 1879. She married Newton P. McCann on January 25, 1898. She died April 16, 1956, in Tazewell County, Virginia; Newton died there on March 28, 1950. They had six children: Hobart, Arthur, Sallie Belle, Vivian, Mary, and Henry.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3.3 Mary Sarilda Linkous was born ca. 1881 and died the following year.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3.4 John William Lee Linkous was born in 1883. He died in 1896.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3.5 Cynthia C. Linkous was born in July 1885. She married Frank Spence.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3.6 Joseph Alexander Linkous was born in 1887. He married (first) Ella Rye and (second) Lucy Hankins. He died in 1976.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3.7 Jonas Brown Linkous was born in April 1890. He married Barbara Waldron. He died in 1974.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3.8 Thomas Ezra Linkous was born in November 1892. He married Pearl Waldron. He died in 1952.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3.9 Charles W. Linkous was born in April 1895. He died in 1905.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3.10 Robert Henry Linkous was born in April 1895 and was a twin brother of Charles W. Linkous. He married Catherine ["Kitty"] Pruett.
1.2.5.1.3.7.7.3.11 Milburn Luther Linkous was born in July 1898. He married Laura Waldron. He died in 1960.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8 Jonas J. Sparks, son of Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks, was born October 23, 1833, in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and he went with his parents to Tazewell County, Virginia, as a young lad in 1848.
Jonas J. Sparks married Mary ["Polly"] Hankins in Tazewell County, Virginia, on August 19, 1851. She was born December 25, 1829, in Tazewell County and was a daughter of Joseph and Nancy (Mitchell) Hankins. Jonas J. Sparks served in Witcher's Battalion of Virginia Rifles, Confederate States Army with his brother, Joshua, during the Civil War. Polly Sparks died February 14, 1904, and Jonas died November 8, 1911. They were the parents of five sons and one daughter.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.1 Joseph A. Sparks was born in July 1852. He married Mary J. Whitt ca. 1878. She was born in May 1851, and was a daughter of Archibald Whitt. She and Joseph had four children according to the 1900 census of Tazewell County.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.1.1 Alexander Hamilton Sparks was born ca. 1879. He married Martha ["Mattie"] Christian, and they had at least four children: Mary Sparks, Virgie Sparks, Joseph Sparks, and Elba C. Sparks
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.1.2 Jonas P. Sparks was born in January 1882. He married Rebecca Smith. 1.2.5.1.3.7.8.1.3 Samuel P. Sparks was born in January 1884. He married Lissa Baldwin.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.1.4 Silas W. D. Sparks was born in October 1886.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.2 Mary Sparks was born ca. 1854. She married John Ezra Linkous, ca. 1875. He was a minister of the Gospel and a son of William P. and Mary B. (Cecil) Linkous. John and Mary had at least three children.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.2.1 Mary [ "Polly" ] Linkous was born December 6, 1876. She married Robert C. Hankins.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.2.2 Charles B. Linkous was born November 10, 1878. He married Mollie Turner.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.2.3 Elizabeth Jane Linkous was born October 18, 1880. She married Arch M. Whitt
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3 Jonas R. Sparks was born July 21, 1856, in Virginia. He married Martha ["Patsy"] Hankins on May 4, 1876, in Tazewell County. She was born in April 1859 and was a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Quicksall) Hankins. Jonas Sparks was a minister of the Christian Church. He was listed on the 1900 census of Tazewell County, Virginia, but about 1901 he moved to Oklahoma and died there in February 1912. He and Patsy had ten children.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3.1 James Matthew Sparks was born in April 1879. He married Mattie Robinson.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3.2 Margaret [ "Maggie" ] Sparks was born in December 1880. She married Charles Johnson.

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3.3 Elizabeth Olivia Sparks was born in December 1882. She married Montgomery Johnson.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3.4 Rachel R. Sparks was born in February 1885. She married J. N. Dugger.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3.5 Jay Gould Sparks was born in December 1886. He married Cora Maude Dorton on June 28, 1908, in Russell County, Virginia.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3.6 Lucy Violet Sparks was born in August 1888. She married Thomas Woosley on March 17, 1913, in Russell County, Virginia.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3.7 John Robert Sparks was born in April 1891.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3.8 Hattie May Sparks was born in January 1894.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3.9 Ernest J. Sparks was born in March 1899. He married Dorothy Robinson.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.3.10 Wilford Elmore Sparks was born, ca. 1900.

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.4 Robert McHenry Sparks, son of Jonas J. and Polly (Hankins) Sparks, was born May 21, 1858, at Baptist Valley, Virginia. He married Martha Hester Maxwell on October 3, 1878. She was born in June 1862 and was a daughter of Frank and Evelyn Maxwell. She and Robert had seven children.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.4.1 Silas Toby Sparks was born January 13, 1880. He married Lula Pruett on September 9, 1903.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.4.2 Eva Sparks was born ca. 1882; it is likely that she died in infancy.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.4.3 Harriet A. Sparks was born March 24, 1885, at Baptist Valley, Virginia.

She married Walker Ringstaff on May 30, 1906.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.4.4 Ida May Sparks was born in December 1887.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.4.5 Margaret M. Sparks was born May 28, 1890. She was married twice.

Her first marriage was to C. H. Griffith on July 6, 1906, and her second marriage was to Raymond Ellis on September 19, 1934.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.4.6 William Reece Sparks was born in May 1895.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.4.7 Norman Sparks was born ca. 1904.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.5 Samuel B. Sparks was born ca. 1861. He married Emma Griffith on November 2, 1885. She was a daughter of Tazewell Griffith. According to the Annals of Tazewell County, they had nine children: Mattie Sparks, Frank Sparks, Roy Sparks, Glenn Sparks, Newton Sparks, Walter Sparks, George Sparks, Robert Sparks, and Joseph Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6 George Washington Sparks, son of Jonas J. and Polly (Hankins) Sparks, was born April 17, 1868. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Virginia Elizabeth ["Jennie"] Farris on October 19, 1887. She was born on December 14, 1866, and was a daughter of Major Wilson and Mary Jane (Durman) Farris. Jennie and George had seven children before her death on February 28, 1914. George married (second) Jane Waggoner on September 13, 1921. They had no children. George died in April 1941. His children by his first wife were:

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.1 Minnie Ora Sparks was born July 29, 1888. She married William T. Bandy, and they had nine children:

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.1.1 William C. Bandy
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.1.2 Anna M. Bandy
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.1.3 George F. Bandy
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.1.4 James A. Bandy
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.1.5 John K. Bandy

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.1.6 Charles R. Bandy
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.1.7 Sarah V. Bandy
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.1.8 Shirley F. Bandy
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.1.9 Elmer C. Bandy

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.2 Stella Maude Sparks was born October 31, 1890. She married Olbert Sayers. She died August 29, 1966. She and Olbert had six children:

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.2.1 May Etta Sayers
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.2.2 Berniece Sayers
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.2.3 Olbert Sayers, Jr.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.2.4 Ancil B. Sayers
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.2.5 Virginia Mae Sayers
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.2.6 George C. Sayers

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.3 Virginia Blanche Sparks was born November 28, 1894. She married Charles S. Dalton, and they had three children: Virginia E. Dalton, Ora Lena Dalton, and Edward Dalton

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.4 Major Wilson Farris Sparks was born April 12, 1898. He married Ruby Avis Bowman. She was born January 16, 1904, at South Point, Ohio, and was a daughter of William C. and Ida (McKee) Bowman. Wilson Sparks died July 13, 1932, in a coal mine accident. He and Ruby had six children: James Sparks, George Sparks, Fred Sparks, Louise Sparks, Jane Sparks, and Major Wilson Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.5 Mary Edna Sparks was born April 29, 1902. She married Carl E. Thompson, and they had one child, Frank Thompson.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.6 Seldon Copenhaver Sparks was born March 12, 1905. He died June 16, 1928. He never married.
1.2.5.1.3.7.8.6.7 George W. Sparks, Jr. was born April 27, 1907. He died July 3, 1929. He never married.

1.2.5.1.3.7.9 Joseph Sparks was born ca. 1838 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and was a goodsized lad when his parents moved to Tazewell County, Virginia. He was a first corporal of Company C, Witcher's Battlaion Virginia Mounted Rifles, Confederate States Army during the Civil War and died in the service.

1.2.5.1.3.8 William Russell Sparks, son of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, was born on January 2, 1797, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was married twice.

His first marriage was to Sara Wilcoxson in March 1821. (The marriage bond was issued on March 13, 1821, so we can assume the marriage took place shortly thereafter.) They had at least two children before Sarah's death which probably occurred prior to 1830. William then married (second) Permela ["Milly"] Gentry in April 1839. (The marriage bond was issued on April 12, 1839.) This marriage also took place in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She was born ca. 1806. According to the 1850 census record of Wilkes County, William and Milly had four children.

William Sparks moved to Floyd County, Virginia, sometime prior to 1869, for in August of that year, he wrote a letter from Floyd County to his daughter, Fanny, in Wilkes County. This letter has been preserved and is now in the possession of a great-granddaughter. Here is the letter just as it was written.

Floyd County, Virginia. August the 8th 1869.

Very Dear Daughter and Family.

Having just received your friendly letter, I take this opportunity to drop you a few lines in answer to it. We are all injoying common helth at present for which we ought to be very thankful to the giver of all blessings which we injoy. My prayer is that these few lines may find you all in good health and prosperity.

You stated in your letter that little Billy was not injoying good health.

Perhaps you have traveled him too much to school. It may be that it would be better to keep him at home a while and let his helth improve and when he gets older his schooling will do him more good.

You complain of heavy taxes and hard times. I am sory to hear it, but I am not able to help you at this time being purty hard run about money myself.

Your wrote to me about the confused state of the churches in that country. I am sorry to hear it. I am sorry to hear that the Old Roaring River Church which has been a mother church about one hundred years and now has no parson.

Fanny, I should be so glad if you can come one time and see us, but if you cannot come, you may write again. Farewell for the time. Give my best respects to your friends.

To Fanny Vannoy

[signed] William R. Sparks

William Russell Sparks died February 27, 1880. He was the father of six children.

1.2.5.1.3.8.1 Frances ["Fanny"] Sparks, daughter of William and Sarah (Wilcoxson) Sparks, was born ca. 1823. She married William Vannoy ca. 1840. He was born ca. 1820 and was a son of Abner Vannoy. He and Fanny had at least four children.

He died at Atlanta, Georgia, during the Civil War. Fanny died sometime after 1900.
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1 Daniel Vannoy was born ca. 1842. He married Sarah Elizabeth ["Betty"] Edwards, ca. 1867, and they had nine children according to the book entitled Log Cabin Families of Stone Mountain, North Carolina by Hardin and Virginia Royall (privately published in 1981). Daniel died in 1923. Both he and his wife were buried in the Old Roaring River Church Cemetery at Traphill.

1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.1 Eula Alice Vannoy was born ca. 1868. She never married.
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.2 Sarah Jane Vannoy was born ca. 1870. She never married.
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.3 Edie Frances Vannoy was born ca. 1872. She never married.
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.4 Carrie J. Vannoy was born October 3, 1874. She married John E. Hutchison. She died August 15, 1954. She and John had eight children:

1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.4.1 Mary Hutchison,
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.4.2 Sylvester Hutchison,
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.4.3 Sherman Hutchison,
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.4.4 Elizabeth Hutchison,
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.4.5 James Hutchison,
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.4.6 Joseph Hutchison
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1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.4.7 Martha Hutchison, and
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.4.8 Nancy Hutchison

1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.5 William R. Vannoy was born in 1877; he died when quite young.
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.6 Susan Elizabeth Vannoy married John Henry Galyean.
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.7 Nancy P. Vannoy married Sylvester Myers.
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.8 Mary N. Vannoy.
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.1.9 Margaret Olevia ["Maggie"] Vannoy.

1.2.5.1.3.8.1.2 Sarah A. Vannoy was born ca. 1845.
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.3 Martha J. Vannoy was born in 1853. She married Thomas Royall, and they moved to Floyd County, Virginia. The had no children.
1.2.5.1.3.8.1.4 William R. Vannoy was born ca. 1862. He married Sarah J. Sparks about 1890. (See "Sarah in Part I of this article, the Quarterly of March 1988, Whole No 141.)

(Editor's Note: Further details regarding this Vannoy family will be found in the book cited above, Log Cabin Families of Stone Mountain, North Carolina, pp. 188-193.)

1.2.5.1.3.8.2 Daniel W. Sparks, son of William Russell and Sarah (Wilcoxson) Sparks, was born ca. 1825. He married Mary L. Walker in February 1843, in Wilkes County, North Carolina, with his brother-in-law, William Vannoy, as his bondsman. (The marriage bond was dated February 16, 1843, and we can assume the marriage took place shortly thereafter.) Daniel died four months later, on June 11, 1843, at the untimely age of eighteen years.

1.2.5.1.3.8.3 Hugh Sparks, son of William Russell and Milly (Gentry) Sparks, was born ca. 1842. His middle given name may have been Leander.
1.2.5.1.3.8.4 Letty Sparks was born ca. 1844.
1.2.5.1.3.8.5 Martha J. Sparks was born ca. 1847.
1.2.5.1.3.8.6 Whitfield Sparks was born ca. 1849.

1.2.5.1.3.9 Amelia ["Milly"] Sparks, daughter of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, was born ca. 1799 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and it was there that she married Emanuel Bauguess in September 1817, the marriage bond being dated September 26, 1817. Joseph Spicer was the bondsman. Emanuel Bauguess was born ca. 1797 in North Carolina and was a son of Richard and Keziah (Rose) Bauguess. Both Milly and Emanuel were members of the Old Roaring River Baptist Church; she joined "by experience, Saturday, January 2, 1829. Emanuel died in the fall of 1861, while Milly apparently died in 1878. They were the parents of seven children.

1.2.5.1.3.9.1 Elizabeth Bauguess was born March 16, 1819, at Traphill, North Carolina. She married John A.

Holloway
ca. 1839. He was born July 26, 1823, in Wilkes County and was a son of Daniel and Polly (Woodruff) Holloway. He was a Confederate soldier and died during the Civil War at Petersburg, Virginia. He and Elizabeth had eight children.

1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1 Daniel David Holloway was born June 20, 1840, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Sarah Jane Brooks on December 20, 1860. She was born on September 11, 1838, in Iredell County, North Carolina, and was a daughter of Young and Elizabeth (Murdock) Brooks. She died November 14, 1909, and Daniel died April 14, 1925. They had eleven children.

DANIEL DAVID & SARAH JANE (BROOKS) HOLLOWAY
Photograph taken about 1900
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1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.1 Martha E. Holloway was born May 21, 1861. She died June 5, 1864.

1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2 William Eli Holloway was born September 9, 1864, at Whitehead, North Carolina. He married Mary Elizabeth Smith on December 25, 1886, in Surry County, North Carolina. She was born June 2, 1865, in Surry County and was a daughter of James Mathew and Dinah [ "Dedy" ] Smith. She died August 10, 1937, at Farmington, New Mexico. William died in Durango County, Colorado, on October 26, 1938. They had six children.

1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.1 James Monroe Holloway was born ca. 1889. He married Amanda Fulk.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.2 Isaac Murray Holloway was born September 13, 1891. He married (first) Emma Thomas and (second) Myrtle Taylor.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.3 Sarah Leota Holloway was born October 30, 1893. She married (first) William Johnson; (second) June Lawson; and (third) Laverne Stelrecht.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.4 William Levi Holloway was born June 19, 1895. He died September 23, 1979, at Renton, Washington. He married Dena Ralston on January 16, 1918, and they had seven children:

1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.4.1 Orella Holloway,
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.4.2 Kenneth Holloway,
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.4.3 Helen Holloway,
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.4.4 Merle Holloway,
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.4.5 Adrian Holloway,
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.4.6 Retha Holloway, and
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.4.7 Darrell Holloway.

1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.5 John Young ["Ted"] Holloway was born March 8, 1897. He married Ephra Frances Taylor.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.2.6 Alice Martha Ann Holloway was born July 2, 1900. She married (first) Jess Paul Carmon and (second) Danny Child.

1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.3 Nancy A. Holloway was born in 1867. She married Thomas Wooten. She died on March 20, 1896.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.4 Cassie Diane Holloway was born ca. 1868. She married Joseph Childress.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.5 John Young Holloway was born August 17, 1870. He died April 2, 1882, probably during an epidemic of diphtheria.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.6 Emaline Holloway was born in 1871. She married James Caudill.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.7 Robert Nathan Holloway was born April 27, 1872. He married Elizabeth ["Betty"] Woodruff on January 4, 1904, in Alleghany County, North Carolina. She was born June 29, 1882, in Alleghany County and was a daughter of John Allen and Eveline (Spicer) Woodruff. Robert Holloway died April 20, 1951, and Betty died November 29, 1966. They had eight children.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.7.1 Nancy Jane Holloway was born February 22, 1905. She married Cary Brown on April 4, 1927.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.7.2 Joseph Wheeler Holloway was born August 23, 1907. He married Vivien Brooks on February 12, 1930.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.7.3 Lillie Mae Holloway was born September 17, 1909.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.7.4 Mary Flossie Holloway was born December 2, 1911.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.7.5 John Robert Holloway was born May 7, 1914.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.7.6 Mattie Evelyn Holloway was born June 18, 1918.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.7.7 Theodore ["Ted"] Holloway was born July 7, 1921. He married Myrtle Choate.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.7.8 Margaret Holloway was born February 15, 1923. She married Gaither Evans.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.8 James Monroe Holloway was born March 4, 1875, at Whitehead, North Carolina. He married Sarah Beatrice [ "Attie" ] Choate on December 12, 1899, in Alleghany County. She was born November 21, 1881, and was a daughter of William and Martha Jane (Richardson) Choate. James Holloway died August 17, 1953, and Attie died January 24, 1971. They had five children.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.8.1 Claude Emerson Holloway was born January 10, 1901. He married (first) Carrie Joines and (second) Sally Fougherty.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.8.2 Clive Holloway was born November 19, 1904. He married Margie Brooks.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.8.3 William Paul Holloway was born March 23, 1908. He died August 31, 1910.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.8.4 Ruby Jane Holloway was born November 23, 1911. She married Ralph Ezekiel Joines.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.8.5 Bert Monroe Holloway was born July 10, 1914.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.9 Margaret Jane Holloway was born December 10, 1876. She died May 12, 1882, probably from diphtheria.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.10 Daniel Franklin Holloway was born December 14, 1877. He died on May 12, 1882, probably from diphtheria.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.1.11 Sarah Eliza ["Sally"] Holloway was born 4 February 1881. She married John R. Jones. She died January 20, 1943.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.2 Amelia ["Milly"] Holloway, daughter of John A. and Elizabeth (Bauguess) Holloway, was born in 1843. She married Henry Casey and they had at least one child, Eliza Jane Casey, who married Thomas Nicholson.

1.2.5.1.3.9.1.3 Mary Holloway was born ca. 1845.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.4 Sarah Holloway was born ca. 1848. She married Thomas Caudill.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.5 Matilda Holloway was born ca. 1850.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.6 Emanuel Holloway was born in 1852. He married Rose Ann LNU, ca. 1880, and they had seven children.

1.2.5.1.3.9.1.6.1 Arthur Holloway was born in 1882.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.6.2 Daniel F. Holloway was born in 1887.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.6.3 Mary E . Holloway was born in 1888.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.6.4 Hattie C. Holloway was born in 1891.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.6.5 John B. Holloway was born in 1894. He married Phoebe J. Haynes.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.6.6 Andrew J. Holloway was born in 1895.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.6.7 Joseph Holloway was born in 1897.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.7 Martha Holloway was born ca. 1854.
1.2.5.1.3.9.1.8 Joshua Holloway was born ca. 1857. He married Charlotte LNU
1.2.5.1.3.9.2 Cassie Bauguess was born ca. 1820. She was undoubtedly named for her maternal grandmother. She never married.
1.2.5.1.3.9.3 Sarah ["Sally"] Bauguess was born ca. 1824. When the 1850 census was taken of Wilkes County, North Carolina, she was living in the household of her sister, Elizabeth.

1.2.5.1.3.9.4 Richard Bauguess was born ca. 1826. On November 2, 1879, he sold land to David Hanks. Both of them lived in Ashe County, North Carolina, but the land was in Wilkes County on Roaring River and was "the land on which the said Richard Bauguess' mother lived and died which is to be divided between the seven heirs of Manuel Bauguess and Milly Bauguess, his wife."

1.2.5.1.3.9.5 Reuben Bauguess was born ca. 1828, and was probably named for his maternal grandfather. He married Polly LNU, ca. 1850.

1.2.5.1.3.9.6 Jonas Bauguess was born ca. 1830. He was appointed by the Wilkes County Court as the administrator of his father's estate on October 21, 1861. He married Matilda LNU.
1.2.5.1.3.9.7 Lydia Bauguess was born ca. 1832. She married Nathaniel Ingool on September 25, 1853.

1.2.5.1.3.10 Matilda Sparks, daughter of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, was born in March 1805 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. She married Wiley Gentry in October 1825 (the marriage bond was dated October 12, 1825, with her brother, William Russell Sparks, acting as their bondsman). Wiley was born in March 1805 and was a son of Jonathan and Sally (Fender) Gentry. He died May 27,1878, in Surry County, North Carolina, and Matilda died there three months later, on August 18th. They were the parents of eleven children, all probably born in North Carolina.

1.2.5.1.3.10.1 Tennyson Gentry was born October 25, 1826. He died in 1848. He never married.
1.2.5.1.3.10.2 Reuben Gentry was born March 15, 1828. He died in 1852. He never married.

1.2.5.1.3.10.3 Jonathan Gentry was born March 1, 1830. He married Emily Long ca. 1856. She was born November 4, 1824, in Grayson County, Virginia, and was the youngest of twelve children born to William and Amy Long. Jonathan and Emily lived near Independence, Virginia, until 1869 when they moved to Marion County, Kansas, where they settled near Peabody. Jonathan died there on December 9, 1896, and Emily died in 1904. Jonathan and Emily (Long) Gentry had four children.

1.2.5.1.3.10.3.1 Meda V. Gentry was born December 26, 1857, in Grayson County, Virginia. She married John Henry Harris on December 28, 1886. He was born on September 10, 1857, in Rockingham County, Virginia. Meda died in 1897. She and John Henry had one child.
1.2.5.1.3.10.3.1.1 Gentry W. Harris was born January 22, 1897. He married Caroline Ann O'Donnell on June 16, 1930.
1.2.5.1.3.10.3.2 Sarah Gentry was born May 5, 1860. She married Henderson S. Martin. She died December 3, 1941, in Marion County, Kansas. She and Henderson had one child, Sibyl Martin.
1.2.5.1.3.10.3.3 William Gentry was born September 29, 1862. He married Nancy Baxter, and they had seven children: byrd Gentry, Victor Gentry, Grace Gentry, Grover Gentry, Walter Gentry, Mary Gentry, and John Gentry.
1.2.5.1.3.10.3.4 Manela Gentry was born April 26, 1867. She married Fred Johns. They apparently had no children.
1.2.5.1.3.10.4 Cassie Gentry was born February 13, 1832. She married Levi D. Burcham in 1856 and died that same year.
1.2.5.1.3.10.5 Levi Gentry was born January 14, 1834. He died in 1852. He never married.
1.2.5.1.3.10.6 Jonas Gentry was born in 1836.

He married Marinda Hall in 1854, and they had five children.
1.2.5.1.3.10.6.1 Wiley Gentry was born in 1856 and died in 1865.
1.2.5.1.3.10.6.2 Matilda Gentry was born in 1856 and was a twin of Wiley.
1.2.5.1.3.10.6.3 Summers Gentry was born in 1859. He became a Baptist minister. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Piney Chapman by whom he had nine children; however, we have not learned their names. His second marriage was to Mrs. Ellen Adams by whom he is said to have had two children whose names we have not learned. He died January 19, 1908.
1.2.5.1.3.10.6.4 Horton Gentry was born in 1861.
1.2.5.1.3.10.6.5 William R. Gentry was born January 29, 1863. He was a teacher. He married Lena R. Edwards on December 22, 1890, at Sparta, North Carolina, and they had two children. William died June 19, 1933.
1.2.5.1.3.10.6.5.1 Grace Mary Gentry was born November 29, 1895. She married a physician, George W. Holcombe, and they had one child, Doris Holcombe.
1.2.5.1.3.10.6.5.2 Ruth Elizabeth Gentry married a physician, Carlisle Cox, on December 23, 1917, and they had two children: Aleen Cox and Benjamin Cox.
1.2.5.1.3.10.7 William Gentry was born in 1838.

He died in 1866. He never married.
1.2.5.1.3.10.8 Sarah ["Sally"] Gentry was born in 1840. She died, unmarried, in 1870.
1.2.5.1.3.10.9 John Gentry was born in 1843.

He died in 1862. He never married.
1.2.5.1.3.10.10 Wiley Gentry, Jr. was born in 1845.
1.2.5.1.3.10.11 Allen Gentry was born October 16, 1847. He married Susan Edwards in 1881, and they had four children.

1.2.5.1.3.10.11.1 Mamie Gentry was born May 9, 1884, and died two weeks later on May 23rd.
1.2.5.1.3.10.11.2 Emma Laura Gentry was born April 27, 1885. She married William V. Hurt on August 20, 1914. They lived at Edwards Crossroads, North Carolina, where they reared four children.

1.2.5.1.3.10.11.2.1 Clyde Fowler Hurt was born October 5, 1915.
1.2.5.1.3.10.11.2.2 William Ovid Hurt was born October 27, 1917.
1.2.5.1.3.10.11.2.3 Orena Grace Hurt was born May 31, 1920.
1.2.5.1.3.10.11.2.4 Harold Worth Hurt was born March 21, 1924.

1.2.5.1.3.10.11.3 Alice Cary Gentry was born January 9, 1888.
1.2.5.1.3.10.11.4 Carl Merz Gentry was born August 3, 1890. He died September 28, 1915.

(Editor's Note: This concludes Dr. Sparks's supplementary article about the known descendants of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks which was begun in the March 1988 issue of the Quarterly. He will be pleased to try to answer questions from our readers regarding this family, and we shall welcome additional information about descendants of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks that any reader might have.)


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Florence Ameretta ["Etta"] Sparks, William Russell Sparks (father), Deborah Ann (Williams) Sparks (mother), Jonathan Chapell Sparks.
Nathan Oscar Sparks, Emma Sparks, Douglas Burton Sparks.
Melvin Ernest Sparks, William Ezra Sparks, Grace

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1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5 WILLIAM R. SPARKS (1839-1907)
A DESCENDANT OF REUBEN AND CASSA (BUTTERY) SPARKS

by Paul E. Sparks


[Editor's Note: The March 1988 issue of The Sparks Quarterly Whole No. 141 contained an article about Reuben and Cassa (Buttery) Sparks of early Wilkes County. North Carolina. Among their great-grandchildren was 1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5 William R. Sparks about whom we then had limited information. Since the publication of that article, descendants have furnished additional information about William R. Sparks which we are pleased to report here. The following should replace item "e" beginning on page 3183.]

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5 William Russell Sparks, son of William J. ["Billie"] and Sarah ["Sallie"] (Jennings) Sparks, was born in Owen County, Indiana, on May 20,1839. He was a teenage lad when he accompanied his parents in their move to Boone County, Iowa. There, he grew to maturity, and it was there that he married Deborah Ann Williams on September 4, 1862. (The marriage license was issued on September 1st.) She had been born September 22,1843, in Montgomery County, Indiana.

William R. Sparks was a farmer in southwestern Boone County, Iowa. It was there that he and Deborah had eleven children, nine of whom lived to maturity. (All nine are shown with their parents in the photograph taken about 1900 which has been reproduced for the cover of this issue.) William, R. Sparks died December 4, 1907, at New Market, Iowa; Deborah died there on February 7, 1919. Their children were:

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.1 Jonathan Chapel Sparks was born ca. 1863 in Iowa.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.2 Florence Ameretta ["Etta"] Sparks was born September 11, 1865. On March 2, 1884, she married John Alfred Allison. He had been born December 11, 1862, at Guelph, Canada. He died in July 1923 and was buried in the Memory Cemetery at New Market, Iowa. Etta died August 18, 1943, and was buried beside her husband. She and John had four children. They were: William Clifford [" Cliff"] Allison, Cordia Ann Allison, Laura V. Allison, and A. Lawrence Allison.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.3 Horace A. Sparks was born ca. 1866. He apparently died when he was young.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.4 Nathan Oscar Sparks was born September 29, 1867. He married Nellie Bly Timberlake on April 3, 1895, in Taylor County, Iowa. She had been born October 19, 1870, in Alpha, Illinois, and was a daughter of Robert D. and Amanda (Gamble) Timberlake. Nathan died September 30, 1933, at Clarinda, Iowa, and Nellie died August 2, 1954, at Dubuque, Iowa. They had three children:

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.4.1 Carl K. Sparks. He married Florence Eva Jones on May 14, 1920, and they were the parents of Marlan Frank Sparks who furnished us with the photograph appearing on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.4.2 Faith T. Sparks
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.4.3 Elizabeth Sparks.

1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.5 Thomas W. Sparks was born in November 1869. He apparently died when he was young.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.6 William Elza Sparks was born February 14, 1872. He died July 22, 1953.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.7 Grace Sparks was born March 18, 1874. She married Richard ["Dick"] McKinley, and they had two sons. She died November 3, 1963.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.8 Melvin Ernest Sparks was born March 23, 1877. He died July 17, 1952.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.9 Douglas Burton Sparks was born in 1879. He died in August 1927.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.10 Nancy Alice Sparks was born September 24, 1880. She married Linton ["Lint"] Harry Roberts on August 15, 1900. He had been born on September 13, 1879, at Dallas Center, Iowa. He and Nancy had five children: Elmer Roberts, Vera Roberts, Marjorie Roberts, Harry Roberts, and Don Roberts. Nancy died June 26, 1964, at Clarinda, Iowa, and was buried in the Old Memory Cemetery. Lint died January 20, 1968, and was buried beside his wife.
1.2.5.1.3.1.1.5.11 Emma Sparks was born ca. 1882. She married FNU Humphrey, and they had one child, Joyce Humphrey. Emma died in December 1962.

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