May 8, 2021
Whole Number 68
SPARKS FAMILIES OF LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY
by Paul E. Sparks
Data relative to Sparkses of Lewis County, Kentucky, have been published earlier and should be referred to by our readers. These can be found as follows:
1810 census March, 1955, Whole No. 9, p. 65;
Family of Albert Cyrus Sparks December, 1957, Whole No. 20, pp. 264-66;
Record of Births, 1852-1862 December, 1958, Whole No. 24, p, 347;
1830 census, September, 1959, Whole No. 27, p. 421;
James Albert Sparks December, 1959, Whole No. 28, p. 430;
Parentage of John Ardie Sparks (March, 1960, Whole No. 29, p. 464);
John Ardie Sparks of Morgan-Lewis Counties, Kentucky, March, 1965, Whole No. 49, p. 874-78;
1820 census (Same, p. 892),
Marriages, September, 1965, Whole No. 51, pp. 934-35; and
1840 census December, 1966, Whole No. 56, p. 1029.
Sparks families were in Lewis County three years after it was created from Mason County in 1806, apparently migrating from neighboring Bourbon and Nicholas Counties. In the data which follow, no attempt has been made to tie these families together.
Property Deeds of Lewis County, Kentucky, 1806-1855
Abstracted by Paul E. Sparks, August, 1969
Book F, Page, 458. 17 July 1832. Indenture between James Silvey & Nancy his wife of 1st part and William Sparks of 2nd part. Tract of land on Kinniconnick Creek. 100 acres for $432.
Book G, Page 266. 17 March 1835. Indenture between James McLane & Nancy his wife of 1st part and John Sparks & Elizabeth his wife of 2nd part. Land on Cabin Creek. $85.
Book G, page 474. January 13, 1837. Bill of Sale between John Sparks of 1st part and Richard Nash of 2nd part, by which Sparks sells Nash his household furniture & stuff for $5.00
Book H, Page 134. May 1, 1838. Indenture between Thomas Linley and Michael Doyal of 1st part and William Sparks of 2nd part. Lot #14 in town of Concord for $600.
Book H, Page 355. 7 November 1839. James Sparks of Putnam Co., Indiana, appoints Richard Nash of Lewis County, Kentucky, as his true and lawful attorney to sue for a title to a parcel of land lately occupied by Joseph Sparks, deceased. James Sparks being his son and one of the heirs--at-law and having bought out the other heirs, etc.
Book I, Page 12. 29 October 1839. Indenture between John Go Piper & Charity his wife of 1st part and William Sparks of 2nd part. Tract of land on east fork of Cabin Creek which descended to Charity Piper as one of the children of Edward Boyal, deceased. $40.
Book _I, Page 46. 15 May 1835. Indenture between William Heath, executor of John Heath, deceased, of Mason County, Kentucky, and Isbell Sparks, wife of Joseph Sparks of Lewis County, Kentucky, land on Kinnikinnick Creek of 58 acres for $1.00 provided Isbell Sparks exonerates and sets free.
Book I Page 47. 10 December 1840. Indenture between William Heath of 1st part and Joseph Sparks of 2nd part. 300 acres for $1.00.
Book I, Page 81. 20 October 1838, Indenture between Catherine Gilbert, widow of Elias Gilbert; John Gilbert and Nancy his wife; Nathaniel Gilbert & Salome his wife; John Hoover & Margaret his wife; William Hoover & Rachel his wife; and George Gilbert all heirs at law of Elias Gilbert. Deceased, and parties of the 1st part and William Sparks of 2nd part. 50 acres on Cabin Greek for $150.
Book I, Page 351. 27 June 1842. Indenture between
William G. Wilson,
Isaac Dickson &
126.96.36.199.2.11.3 Katherine Sparks Dickson his wife,
Jesse Trusdell & Harriet his wife,
Samuel Wilson the 1st,
John G. Wilson,
William Herbert & Nancy his wife,
George Burns & Eliza his wife,
Granville Dye & Mary Anne his wife,
Samuel Wilson the 2nd, and
all represented by Socrates Holbrook a commissioner duly appointed by the Lewis County Circuit Court at the March term 1842 all of the 1st part and James Sparks of the 2nd part. Whereas the Lewis County Circuit Court rendered a decree in favor of the said James Sparks against the above named grantors therefore the grantors give to James Sparks for $1.00 a tract of land binding on a tract of land owned by the late Samuel Wilson, deceased, known as his Mill tract and on the lower corner and upper line known as the division line between William G. Wilson and the said Samuel Wilson, deceased- The land to be conveyed in such manner as to include the house and improvements of the late Joseph Sparks, deceased, being the same tract of land sold by the said Samuel Wilson, deceased, and William G. Wilson to the said Joseph Sparks, deceased, in his lifetime and containing 50 acres.
Book I. Page 353. 22 February 1814. Indenture between Isaac Dickson & 188.8.131.52.2.11.3 Katherine Sparks Dickson, his wife of Rush County, Indiana, and Jesse Trusdell & Harriet Trusdell his wife of Shelby County, Indiana, parties of the 1st part and James Sparks of Putnam County, Indiana, of the 2nd part. 50 acres on the Massies Fork of Crooked Creek for $40.00. The interest sold being two equal and undivided sixth parts of land descended to said Catherine Dickson and Harriet Trusdell as heirs-at-law of their father, Joseph Sparks, late of said County of Lewis, deceased.
Book I, Page 355. 24 May 1841. Indenture between Jesse Trussel & Harriet his wife of Jasper Country, Illinois, of the 1st part and James Sparks of Putnam County, Indiana, of 2nd part. For $20 their interest in a tract of land on Massies Fork of Crooked Creek of 50 acres, the interest descending to Harriet Trussel as heir-at-law of her father, Joseph Sparks, late of Lewis County, Kentucky, deceased.
Book J. Page 153. March 31, 1845. Indenture between William C. Halbert, Commissioner, of 1st part and John Gilbert of 2nd part. Whereas by a decree of the Lewis County Circuit Court rendered at the September term 1844, James Sparks was complainant against U. R. McKelIup, James Bell, et al, defendants by said Diane (sic) and William C. Halbert was appointed commissioner to sell at public auction a tract of land on 21 October 1844 and John Gilbert bid $132 as highest bidder therefore we do convey to said Gilbert a tract of land on Massies Fork of Crooked Creek binding on the upper line of a tract of land owned by the late Samuel Wilson deceased and known as his Mill tract (here follows the same description as found in Book 1, Page 351) containing 50 acres.
Book L. Page 201. 3 December 1849. Indenture between William Hicks & Polly his wife of 1st part and Joseph Sparks and Jesse Sparks of 2nd part. Tract of land on the Tar Fork of the Laurel Fork of Kinnikinnick Creek containing 75 (sic) $1025.
Book L. Page 230. 4 December, 1850. Indenture between Joab Hart of Fleming County, Kentucky, of 1st part and William Sparks of 2nd part. Land on east fork of Cabin Creek, 28 acres for $143.
Book M, Page 31. 30 August 185l. Indenture between William P. Thompson & Charlotte his wife of 1st part and John Sparks. Lot 48 in town of Concord for $150.
Book M, Page 138. October, 1849. Whereas a decree by Lewis Circuit Court appointed William H. Thomson commissioner to sell a tract of land on east fork of Cabin Creek and William Sparks was purchaser of 92 acres. Deed recorded.
Book M, Page 150. 20 September 1852. Indenture between William Heath of 1st part and Joseph Sparks of 2nd part. 25 acres for $7.50 being a part of 663 acres belonging to the estate of John Heath, deceased.
Book M, Page 399. 30 September 1853. Joseph Sparks of 1st part to J. C. Hassey and Whittier M. Smith of 2nd part. 53 acres on Kinnikinnick Creek for $700. Joseph and Isabel Sparks both sign.
Book N, Page 154. 29 November 1854. W. S. Owens and Eliza his wife of 1st part and John Sparks of 2nd part. Lot in town of Concord for $25.00.
Book N, Page 171. 4 December 1867 (sic) John Freeman of 1st part to John Sparks & wife Caroline of 2nd part, East half of Lot 47 in town of Concord for $70.00.
Book N, Page 234. 17 May 1855. John Sparks & Caroline his wife of 1st part to Lodwick Pollock of 2nd part. North end of lot #50 in town of Concord.
Book N. page 244. 26 April 1851. Indenture between Sarah & Simon Shively of Adams County, Ohio; James D. McLane of Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, & Teresa his wife; King D. McLane; Archibald S. McLane; Bennoni Ireland & Isabella his wife; and William M. McClane of Lewis County, Kentucky, all of 1st part and heirs-at-law of James McLane, deceased, sell to Melville Sparks, Curtiss Sparks, Sarah Jane Sparks, Cynthia Ann Sparks, William H. Sparks, Thornton Sparks, Mary E_ Sparks, and Eliza E. Sparks all of 2nd part, a tract of land on Cabin Creek owned by James McLane, deceased. $300.
Book N. Page 264. 30 September 1853. Indenture between Joseph Sparks & Isabel his wife of 1st part and Gabriel Darlington of Adams County, Ohio, of 2nd part. 5 acres on Kinnikinnick Creek for $100.
Book N, Page 323. 5 December 1855. Whereas a decree of the Lewis Circuit Court at June term 1855 appointed John Bassett a commissioner to convey to Elizabeth Sparks and the heirs-at-law of the late John Sparks the one undivided seventh of the farm on which James McLane lived and died. $30.00.
Book O. Page 72. 30 September 1853. Indenture between Joseph Sparks & Isabella his wife of 1st part and Samuel McEldowny of 2nd part. 75 acres on Tar Fork of Laurel Fork of Kinnikinnick Creek for $100. Jesse Sparks waives his dower right.
Wills of Lewis County, Kentucky Abstracted
by Paul E. Sparks, Augusta 1969
Will Book D, Page 325. 16 July 1849. Inventory of John T. Sparks, deceased. $242.50 except household furniture & clothing. Executor: John B. Launtz.
Will Book E, Page 193. 25 November 1853. Final settlement of estate of John T. Sparks.
Will Book F, Page, 421. July 1864. Jno. F. Parker, commissioner with Geo. W. Thomas, guardian for Viola B. and Martin F. Sparks. Land on Salt Lick and Kinniconnick Creeks sold on January 19, 1863 for $190 and Geo. Thomas paid the monies to Jesse Sparks, guardian of Viola B. and Martin F. Sparks, appointed by the County Court of Scotland County, Nevada, where children now reside.
Will Book H, Page 263. 2 March 1899. Will of John Sparks produced by R. W. Higgins and O. B. Cox. Estate left to: daughter Eliza Jane Montgomery, Granddaughter, Pearl Sparks; granddaughter, Caroline Sparks; Grandson, John Sparks, wagon shop and tools; son, Joseph Sparks, writing desk and Masonic regalia and rifle. Signed by John Sparks, February 6, 1899.
Will Book H, Page 373. 20 November 1905. Will of Sian Sparks (female) deceased, of Sweeden, Douglas County, Missouri. $5.00 each to my children: Mary Ward, Louisa Howls, Malinda Ann Perry. All the rest of property to my other three children:
George Sparks, Henry Sparks, and Elizabeth Bishop. George Sparks, Executor.
PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY- 1807-1835
|1807, 1808||No Sparkses|
|22 August 1809||George Sparks|
|29 August 1809||Joseph Sparks|
|20 May 1811||Caleb Sparks|
|15 June 1811||George Sparks|
|15 June 1811||Joseph Sparks|
|18 July 1812||George Sparks|
|27 April 1812||Caleb Sparks|
|1813||(No tax Book)|
|1814, 1815||George Sparks|
|1816, 1817||Joseph Sparks|
|1818||(No tax Book)|
|1819, 1820||Joseph Sparks|
|1821, 1822||(No tax Book)|
|1823, 1824||Joseph Sparks||50||Crooked Creek|
|1825||James Sparks||50||Cabin Creek|
|1828, 1829||James Sparks|
|Joseph Sparks||50||Crooked Creek|
|1830, 1831||Caleb Sparks|
|Joseph Sparks||50||Crooked Creek|
|1833||Caleb Sparks||50||Kirniconnick Creek|
|James Sparks||50||Crooked Creek|
|William Sparks, Jr.||150||Kinney|
|1834, 1835||Caleb Sparks||50||Kinney|
|James Sparks||50||Crooked Creek|
|John Sparks||50||Cabin Creek|
|William Sparks, Sr.|
|William Sparks, Jr.||150||Kinnykinnick|
|William Sparks, Jr.|