February 14, 2021
Whole Number 65
THE FAMILY OF
18.104.22.168.4 MARTIN SPARKS, 1785-1875,
of NEW YORK
In the Quarterly of September 1965 (Whole No. 51) appeared an article entitled "The Sparks Family of Keene Township, lonia County, Michigan." We noted there the family of 43.2.5 Joseph Sparks, who married Mehetabel Johnson on April 29, 1747, in Windham, Connecticut. Joseph Sparks moved with his family to Tolland, Connecticut, prior to 1750. One of the sons of Joseph and Mehetabel (Johnson) Sparks was 22.214.171.124 Isaiah Sparks, who was born November 3, 1754, in Tolland. He married Filisity Dawset in Ashford, Connecticut, on December 9, 1779. It was in Ashford that the seven children of Isaiah and Filisity (Dawset) Sparks were born, as follows:
126.96.36.199.1 Stephen Sparks, born August 24, 1780; died in 1860 in Michigan.
188.8.131.52.2 Lawrence Sparks, born March 18, 1782.
184.108.40.206.3 Isaiah Sparks, Jr., born December 16, 1783; died May 27, 1785.
220.127.116.11.4 Martin Sparks, born August 30, 1785; died 1875.
18.104.22.168.5 Mehetabel Sparks, born September 14, 1787.
22.214.171.124.6 Erastus Sparks, born September 29, 1789.
126.96.36.199.7 Amos Sparks, born September 24, 1792.
Following the death of Isaiah Sparks in 1794, his widow and her children all moved to Cortland County, New York, and settled near the town of Homer. There the sons married and reared families. It was noted in the above mentioned article that the son 188.8.131.52.6 Erastus Sparks (born 1789) married Philotha Higgins and moved to Trumbull County, Ohio, while the son 184.108.40.206.1 Stephen Sparks (born 1780) moved to lonia County, Michigan. Until recently we had no knowledge of the son named 220.127.116.11.4 Martin Sparks, who was born August 30, 1785. However, a new member of the Association, Mr. Leslie L. Luther of Moravia, New York, is a great-grandson of Martin Sparks and has been kind enough to furnish us some information on the family of Martin Sparks. Mr. Luther states: "Herewith are biographical sketches of all we have of our branch. This was obtained from my grandmother Cynthia and her sister Sarah in my younger days, supplemented by what my mother had remembered hearing them state." We have been able to add some data to these sketches based on census records.
Martin Sparks was fifteen years old, according to his daughters' statements, when he moved with his mother and the rest of the family to Cortland County, New York. Since he was born August 30, 1785, this means that the family left Connecticut ca. 1800. 18.104.22.168.4 Martin Sparks married Lydia Dodge, who was born in 1789. She died on March 25, 1836 (aged 46 years and 8 months) and was buried in what is now called the Old Cemetery in Blodgett Mills, in Cortland County, New York. Martin Sparks later married, as his second wife, Clarissa MNU, who was born ca. 1794 in New York.
Prior to 1845, Martin Sparks and his family were living in the village of Liverpool, just north of Syracuse, New York, where in 1845 his daughter Cynthia fell into the canal and was pulled out by her hair. From there they removed to Moravia, New York, and lived in the house known as the Stone Mill House, and later as the William Selover House, on the southwest corner of East Cayuga and Williams Streets. When the 1850 census was taken, Martin Sparks, with his second wife Clarissa, and his daughter Cynthia, were living in the town of Moravia, Cayuga County, New York. Following the death of his second wife, Martin Sparks lived with his son 22.214.171.124.4.4 Reuben Sparks in Auburn, New York, and later with his son 126.96.36.199.4.3 Parley Sparks in Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York, where he died in 1875, lacking four days of being 90 years of age. He was buried at Ellington.
It is believed that all of Martin Sparks's children were by his first wife, Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, as follows: (exact order of birth not known)
188.8.131.52.4.1 Harriet Sparks, daughter of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, married FNU Frazier. All that is known of her is that she lived "on the south end of Lake Michigan" and had a daughter named Mary Frazier.
184.108.40.206.4.2 Isaiah Sparks, son of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, was born ca. 1815. His wife's name was "Aner," probably a nickname for Anna; she was born ca. 1821. Isaiah Sparks and his family were living in the township of Salina, in Onondaga County, New York, when the 1850 census was taken. His occupation was given as "Carpenter & Joiner." He died in the Civil War and was buried in Charleston, South Carolina. From census records it appears that Isaiah Sparks had three children:
220.127.116.11.4.2.1 Frances Sparks, born ca. 1846.
18.104.22.168.4.2.2 William Henry Sparks, born ca. 1848.
22.214.171.124.4.2.3 Charles Sparks, born ca. 1853.
When the 1850 census was taken, also listed as living with Isaiah Sparks and his wife, were two other children, Eugene Sparks, aged 4 years, and Eugenia Sparks, also aged four. Perhaps they were also children of Isaiah, but the manner in which they are listed may indicate they were step-children. Possibly, "Aner" was a second wife.
126.96.36.199.4.3 Parley Sparks, son of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, was born in Cortland County, New York, but lived his adult life in Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York, and died there. His wife's name was Mary MNU. They had two children (perhaps also a third):
188.8.131.52.4.3.1 Frank Sparks, who was mentally handicapped, died in middle life.
184.108.40.206.4.3.2 Nettie Sparks; she married (first) William Johnson; she later married (second) William Clapp, son of Aaron William and Louisa (Arnold) Clapp, and a nephew of Alonzo Arnold who married Sarah Sparks, daughter of Martin.
220.127.116.11.4.4 Reuben Sparks, son of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, was born ca. 1826. He moved from Cortland to Auburn, New York, where he was listed as a "Painter" on the 1850 census. He built a home on the north corner of Fulton Street and Grant Avenue "by moonlight", which is still standing. He married as his first wife, Miriam Webster of Auburn, by whom he had three children. Following the death of his first wife, he moved to Buffalo, New York, where he remarried and became wealthy for those days as the owner of a company "furnishing equipment for ocean going vessels," probably meaning Great Lakes vessels.
Reuben's second wife, Isabel MNU, was a school teacher; she is said to have disliked his children and they in turn disliked her. The eldest of his children, 18.104.22.168.4.4.1 John Sparks, especially disliked his step-mother and when he was about twelve years of age, while living in Buffalo, he disappeared while on an errand. Many years later, at the time of the great Galveston, Texas, flood, the newspapers carried the story of the heroic act of a steam engineer named John Sparks who ran his train through the flooded area to evacuate the marooned populace. Reuben Sparks was then living in Florida and on seeing the article, contacted the engineer and found his lost son. Reuben Sparks died and was buried in Florida where he had a southern home. His three children were:
22.214.171.124.4.4.1 John Sparks, born ca. 1849. (See above account.)
126.96.36.199.4.4.2 Frank Sparks, born in 1852. He was physically handicapped and never married. He died in Nebraska.
188.8.131.52.4.4.3 Louise Sparks; she is said to have lived in Michigan and to have died there.
184.108.40.206.4.5 Martha Sparks, daughter of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, lived at Cherry Creek, New York, where she died. It has been said that she married FNU Dennis, but this is thought to be an error. It is known that she married Eliphalet Wilcox, a veteran of the War of 1812, and by him had three children:
220.127.116.11.4.5.1 Kit Wilcox (probably a nickname), married Thebeus Warner. No children.
18.104.22.168.4.5.2 Eliza Wilcox; she married (first) Ed Graham, and (second) FNU Dennis. She had children and in later life lived in Charlotte, near Rochester, New York, where her son was postmaster.
22.214.171.124.4.5.3 Estella Wilcox; she married FNU Hunt and lived at Cherry Creek, New York.
126.96.36.199.4.6 Hannah C. Sparks, daughter of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, married Edward Kelly. She is known to have had the following children:
188.8.131.52.4.6.1 Edward Kelly.
184.108.40.206.4.6.2 Frank Kelly.
220.127.116.11.4.6.3 Clara Kelly.
18.104.22.168.4.6.4 Ella Kelly.
22.214.171.124.4.6.5 Susan Kelly.
126.96.36.199.4.6.6 William Kelly. He went to Texas.
188.8.131.52.4.7 Charles Sparks, son of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, was a raftsman on the Allegheny River, a man of gigantic physique. He is said to have married and to have had about ten children.
184.108.40.206.4.8 Sarah Sparks, daughter of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, was born October 7, 1825, in Cortland County, New York; she died in Moravia, New York, on August 19, 1910. She was married in Moravia on September 8, 1844, to Alonzo Arnold, who was born in Locke, New York, on June 13, 1823, and died in Moravia on June 30, 1891. They lived on East Cayuga Street in Moravia in a house which Alonzo built in 1876. Alonzo was quite a local character, a good man who sometimes imbibed too freely. Often when this happened he would borrow a wheelbarrow and push it home as it seemed to steady his walking. The next morning he always returned it. His wife's sister, Martha Wilcox, on one occasion, gave her sister a quantity of choice tulip bulbs from her home in Chautauqua County. Alonzo was fond of raw onions, and one night when "under the influence" got into the cellar and ate all of Sarah's tulip bulbs for onions.
Alonzo Arnold had a sister, Louisa Arnold, who married A. W. Clapp, and their son, William Clapp of Ellington, New York, married 220.127.116.11.4.3.2 Nettie (Sparks) Johnson, daughter of 18.104.22.168.4.3 Parley Sparks, as her second husband.
The children of Sarah and Alonzo Arnold were:
22.214.171.124.4.8.1 Corydon L. Arnold, born in Moravia, NY, September 19, 1847; died June 1, 1904; he married Mrs. Florence (Harmonson) Ogden. They had one child,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Nora Arnold.
184.108.40.206.4.8.2 Mary M. Arnold, born in Moravia, NY, in April, 1853; died there on March 9, 1940; she married Humphrey Davenport. He was a Civil War soldier. They had twelve children and many descendants.
220.127.116.11.4.8.3 Wellington Arnold, born in Moravia, NY, in 1854; died there on March 9, 1935; married Delilah Hinman. No children.
18.104.22.168.4.8.4 Harriet Arnold, born Moravia, NY, on January 30, 1858; died there on January 2, 1886; she married Schuyler Hilts. They had one child who died in infancy and a daughter named Harriet who died soon after her birth.
22.214.171.124.4.8.5 Perry Arnold, born in Perry, New York, on August 27, 1859; he died in Moravia on March 21, 1925. He married and had two children.
126.96.36.199.4.9 Cynthia Sparks, daughter of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, was born in Cortland County, New York, on June 6, 1833; she died in Moravia, New York, on February 14, 1900. She married in Moravia on September 17, 1850, John Martin Nostrandt, who was born in Preble, New York, on September 17, 1829, and died in Moravia on August 20, 1913. He was of Holland Dutch descent with ancestry extending back many generations on record with Mr. Luther. He was a farmer in southern Cayuga County. They had three children:
188.8.131.52.4.9.1 William H. Nostrand, born Locke, New York, on May 24, 1852; died in Seneca Falls, New York, on December 14, 1932. He married Eliza Tate. They had six children.
184.108.40.206.4.9.2 Edward P. Nostrand, born Sinclair, New York, on September 4, 1859; he died in Reading, Mass., on April 13, 1928; he married (first) Emman Waring; and (second) Nellie Rogers. No children.
220.127.116.11.4.9.3 Miriam Augusta Nostrand, born Moravia, New York, on December 5, 1862; died in Moravia, NY, on November 5, 1945. She married George Franklin Luther. They had six children, the eldest of whom is the compiler of these records.
18.104.22.168.4.10 daughter Sparks. There is confusion regarding the tenth child of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks. According to one account, her named was Lydia, but it is believed that this results from a confusion with her mother's name. There is another account that her name was Esther Sparks and that she married Edward Kelly and lived in Michigan, but had no children. Any any case, it was apparently at the birth of this child that Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, wife of Martin, died in 1836.
Whole Number 104
THE FAMILY OF MARTIN & LYDIA (DODGE) SPARKS
Some Additional Data
REUBEN SPARKS, born ca. 1826
son of Martin & Lydia (Dodge) Sparks
SARAH SPARKS, DAUGHTER OF
Martin & Lydia (Dodge) Sparks
with her husband, Alonzo Arnold
In the Quarterly of March 1969, Whole No. 65, we published a record of the family of 22.214.171.124.4 Martin Sparks (1785 -1875). He was a son of 126.96.36.199 Isaiah and Filisity (Dawset) Sparks and a grandson of 43.2.5 Joseph and Mehetabel (Johnson) Sparks of Windham, Connecticut. Following the death of Isaiah Sparks in 1794, his widow and her children moved to Cortland, New York, and settled near the town of Homer. Martin Sparks was then 15 years old. He subsequently married Lydia Dodge. She died in 1836 and Martin married (second) Clarissa LNU-. Martin Sparks lived in the village of Liverpool, New York, in 1845, moving subsequently to Moravia, Cayuga County, New York. He died in Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York in 1875.
In listing the ten children of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, we noted that a daughter was named Hannah. A news member of the Association, Kathryn K. Hasmann descends from Hannah and has provided us with additional data regarding her. Mrs. Hasmann has also loaned us photographs of three of the children of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks which we are reproducing here.
Supplementing the data regarding Hannah C. Sparks given on page 1213 of the Quarterly, Mrs. Hasmann has provided the following: Her full name was 188.8.131.52.4.6 Hannah Crosby Sparks; she was born April 6, 1829, in Cortland, New York, and she died on October 19, 1911, in South Dayton, New York. She was married on September 13, 1848, in Moravia, New York, to Edward Kelly who was born September 10, 1821, in Newry, County Doom, Ireland, and died on April 15, 1864, in Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York. He served in Company B, 112th New York Regiment in the Civil War (July 30, 1862, to June 5, 1863). His death less than a year following his discharge resulted from his having lain wounded for several days in the Dismal Swamp in Virginia.
HANNAH C. (SPARKS) KELLY
Daughter of Martin & Lydia (Dodge) Sparks
With Daughters Clara and Ella
Taken ca. 1890
The children of Edward and Hannah C. (Sparks) Kelly, were:
184.108.40.206.4.6.1 Melvin Lorimer Kelly, born April 9, 1850, died July 30, 1865, at the age of 15.
220.127.116.11.4.6.2 Edwin Newcomb Kelly, born September 2, 1851, died 1927.
18.104.22.168.4.6.3 Clara Theresa Kelly, born April 11, 1853, in Lancaster, Ontario, Canada, and died April 21, 1939, in Grants Pass, Oregon. She married Frank Sylvester Ireland in 1872. They were the grandparents of Mrs. Hasmann who has provided this information and the photographs.
22.214.171.124.4.6.4 Eugene Henry Kelly, born September 25, 1854, died 1902.
126.96.36.199.4.6.5 Helen Kelly, born probably in 1856 and died in 1856.
188.8.131.52.4.6.6 Albert Frank Kelly, born January 9, 1857, died September 6, 1929.
184.108.40.206.4.6.7 Ella Amelia Kelly, born September 12, 1858, married William D. Phelps.
220.127.116.11.4.6.8 Martin Kelly, born in 1860, died as an infant in 1860.
18.104.22.168.4.6.9 William Sparks Kelly, born March 4, 1862, in Ellington, NY, and moved to Texas.
Whole Number 118
ADDED DATA ON FILISITY (DAWSETT) SPARKS AND LYDIA (DODGE) SPARKS
In the Quarterly of March 1969, Whole No. 65, we published information pertaining to 22.214.171.124.4 Martin Sparks who was born August 30, 1785, in Ashford, Connecticut. He was one of seven children born to 126.96.36.199 Isaiah and Filisity (Dawsett) Sparks and was a grandson of 43.2.5 Joseph and Mehetabel (Johnson) Sparks who moved from Windham, Connecticut, to Tolland, Connecticut, prior to 1750. Some years following the death of Isaiah Sparks (he died in 1794), his widow, Filisity (Dawsett) Sparks, moved with her family to Cortland County, New York. It was there that 188.8.131.52.4 Martin Sparks grew to adulthood and married Lydia Dodge; Lydia died on March 25, 1836, and Martin Sparks later married Clarissa MNU. Prior to 1845, Martin Sparks and his family lived in Liverpool, just north of Syracuse, New York, and later in Moravia, New York. It is believed that all ten of Martin's children were by his first wife, Lydia (Dodge) Sparks.
Kathryn K. Hasmann, a descendant of Martin Sparks and a member of The Sparks Family Association, has been doing research on the ancestry of Lydia Dodge, Martin Sparks's first wife. Mrs. Hasmann reports that Lydia was born in July 1789 and was the ninth child of Jonathan Dodge II and his wife, Mary (Warner) Dodge who was a daughter of Nathan and Mary (Owens) Dodge of Colchester, Connecticut. Lydia's first marriage was to FNU Palmer by whom she apparently had no children. Her second marriage was to Martin Sparks at Homer, New York, on October 13, 1814.
Jonathan Dodge II, father of Lydia, was born September 26, 1747, and died on September 21, 1794, in Colchester, Connecticut; his marriage to Mary Warner took place on July 13, 1769 or 1770. His parents were Jonathan and Mercy (Williams) Dodge of Colchester, Connecticut. This elder Jonathan Dodge was born August 3, 1721, in New Shoreham, Rhode Island, and died on January 19, 1794; his wife and the mother of his ten children was Mercy Williams whom he married on November 7, 1744, at New London, Connecticut.
The parents of the elder Jonathan Dodge (the great-grandparents of Lydia) were David Britain and Rebecca (Yeoman) Dodge. David Britain Dodge was born December 26, 1691, in New Shoreham, Block Island, Rhode Island, and died on July 30, 1764, at Colchester. He married Rebecca Yeoman on May 15, 1717. His parents were John and Mary (Gardiner) Dodge, who were married in 1679. John Dodge was born ca. 1644 and died in 1729. (John Dodge's second wife was Mary Enos or Innis.) The parents of John Dodge were Tristram and Anne Dodge. Tristram came to Block Island via Newfoundland from Devonshire, England. This Tristram Dodge was thus the great-great-great-grandfather of Lydia (Dodge) Sparks.
Mrs. Hasmann is also working on the ancestry of Filisity (Dawsett) Sparks, wife of Isaiah Sparks (1754-1794), who was Martin Sparks's mother. Mrs. Hasmann has learned that Filisity Dawsett was a daughter of Lawrence and Lucey Dawsett of Ashford, Connecticut. Filisity was born September 20, 1756, and was married there on December 9, 1779, to Isaiah Sparks. Mrs. Hasmann notes: "Since she took her children and moved to Cortland County, New York, when it was a wilderness (ca. 1800), I feel certain she must have remarried. She does not show up in any census under the name Sparks."
Mrs. Hasmann would be pleased to correspond with descendants of this branch of the Sparks family regarding their Dawsett and Dodge ancestry.