May 1, 2016

Pages 1271-1275
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 (Vol. Ill, No. 1, March, 1955, Whole No. 9, p. 65);
Family of Albert Cyrus Sparks (Vol. V, No. 4, Dec, 1957, Whole No. 20, pp. 264-66);
Record of Births, 1852-1862 (Vol. VI, No. 4, Dec, 1958, Whole No. 24, p, 347);
1830 census (Vol. VII, No. 3, Sep, 1959, Whole No. 27, p. 421);
James Albert Sparks (Vol. VII, No. 4, Dec, 1959, Whole No. 28, p. 430);
Parentage of John Ardie Sparks (Vol. VIII, No. 1, March, 1960, Whole No. 29, p. 464);
John Ardie Sparks of Morgan-Lewis Counties, Kentucky (Vol. XIII, No. 1, March, 1965, Whole No. 49, p. 874-78);
1820 census (Same, p. 892),
Marriages (Vol. XIII, No. 3, Sep, 1965, Whole No. 51, pp. 934-35); and
1840 census (Vol. XIV, No. 4, Dec, 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. 13 January 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. 1 May 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 Nov 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 3 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 Oct 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 Oct 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, William Sparks, John Sparks, Joseph Sparks, Isaac Dickson & Katherine his wife, Jesse Trusdell & Harriet his wife, James Wilson, Andrew Wilson, George Wilson, Samuel Wilson the Ist, Mason Wilson, Amos Wilson, John G. Wilson, William Herbert & Nancy his wife, George Burns & Eliza his wife, Granville Dye & Mary Anne his wife, Susan Wilson, Lucinda Wilson, Samuel Wilson the 2nd, and Joanna Wilson 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 & Catherine 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 184l. 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. 31 March 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 Sep 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 Oct 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 Dec, 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. Oct, 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Nov 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Nov 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 19 January 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, 6 February 1899.

Will Book H, Page 373. 20 Nov 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

Date Taxpayer Acres Watershed
1807, 1808 No Sparkses    
22 August 1809 George Sparks    
29 August 1809 Joseph Sparks    
1810 George Sparks    
  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
1826 James Sparks    
1827 James Sparks    
  John Sparks    
  William Sparks    
1828, 1829 James Sparks    
  Joseph Sparks 50 Crooked Creek
  Caleb Sparks    
1830, 1831 Caleb Sparks    
  James Sparks    
  John Sparks    
  Thomas Sparks    
  William Sparks    
  Joseph Sparks 50 Crooked Creek
1833 Caleb Sparks 50 Kirniconnick Creek
  James Sparks 50 Crooked Creek
  John Sparks    
  Thomas Sparks    
  William Sparks    
  William Sparks, Jr. 150 Kinney
  William Sparks    
1834, 1835 Caleb Sparks 50 Kinney
  James Sparks 50 Crooked Creek
  John Sparks 50 Cabin Creek
  Joseph Sparks    
  William Sparks, Sr.    
  William Sparks, Jr. 150 Kinnykinnick
  William Sparks    
  William Sparks, Jr.    

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