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(Editor's note: In the December 1969 issue of the Quarterly (pp. 1271-79) we published a variety of records copied from official sources in Lewis County, Kentucky, pertaining to persons named Sparks. On the basis of those records, along with others supplied by descendants and found outside Lewis County, we here try to tie members of these families together. Much remains to be done, and we realize that some of our conjectures may prove to be wrong, but we hope that by publishing what we have gathered it may prove helpful. We also hope that readers whose ancestry goes back to Lewis County will aid us in making these records more complete.)
22.214.171.124.2.11 Joseph Sparks was born ca. 1777 in Virginia and died in 1838 in Concord, Lewis County, Kentucky. He was probably the Joseph Sparks who married Anne Wilson on January 19, 1797, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Joseph paid taxes in Bourbon Co., Kentucky, from 1796 to 1804; however, he paid taxes in Lewis County, Kentucky, in 1809 and is listed in that county on the census for 1810, 1820, and 1830. Records and letters from descendants indicate that Joseph Sparks had the following children:
126.96.36.199.2.11.1 James Sparks was born ca. 1798. He married Nancy Elizabeth Gilman. From census records, we know that Elizabeth was born ca. 1807 in Pennsylvania. According to a biographical sketch of her grandson, James Harvey Sparks (see Jesse W. Weik's History of Putnam County, Indiana, published in 1910, p. 374), Elizabeth was a daughter of Henry Gilman who was a soldier in the Revolution under General Wayne. She died sometime after 1880. James Sparks lived on Cabin Creek in Lewis County, Kentucky, near his father until ca. 1838 when he moved to Putnam County, Indiana. Subsequently, he went to Clayton County, Iowa, where he is listed on the 1850 census. His portrait appeared on the cover of the December 1959 Quarterly--at that time we were uncertain of his name. He apparently died before 1857, in which year his widow, Elizabeth, was living in Olmstead County, Minnesota, near her son Albert Cyrus Sparks. In 1870 she was living with her son John in the same place; when the 1880 census was taken she was also living with this son. Records indicate that James and Elizabeth Sparks were the parents of thirteen children. They were:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Patsey Sparks, born ca. 1820; she married Joseph Yates in 1836 in Lewis County, Kentucky.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Allen Sparks, born June 1, 1822, died April 26, 1907. He received a pension for his service in the Civil War and from those records we have learned the following about him: He was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, on June 1, 1822. He was married twice. His first wife,Martha Moore, died in March 1857 in Leavenworth, Kansas. Perhaps Allen Sparks went to Kansas when his father moved from Indiana to Iowa. He married (second) Sarah A. Woodward on September 25, 1862, at National, Clayton County, Iowa. On May 20, 1861, he enrolled at McGregor, Iowa, as a sergeant in Co. C, 3rd Regiment of Iowa Infantry and was honorably discharged for disability at Mound City, Illinois, on September 19, 1863. He was 5 feet, 10 inches tall at his enlistment, with fair complexion, grey eyes and brown hair; by occupation he was a farmer. According to his certificate of discahrge, he was in action at Blue Mills, Missouri., on September 17, 1861, and he was at Shiloh on April 6, 1862, where he was wounded in the abdomen; he was engaged in the Siege of Vicksburg and during the battle at Jackson, Mississippi, on July 12, 1862, he was wounded by a musket ball "carrying away the index finger of right hand." On his pension application, he stated that after leaving service he had lived at McGregor, Iowa, except for two years in Farmersburg, Iowa. According to his death certificate, Allen Sparks died on April 26, 1907, from "old age" and was buried in the Oakland Cemetery. by his first wife, Martha Moore, Allen Sparks had four children:
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1 Winfield Sparks, born 1852. He was living with his uncle,188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Albert Cyrus Sparks, in Olmstead Co., Mimi., when the 1860 census was taken.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.2 Josephus Sparks, born 1854. He was living with his uncle,22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Joseph Sparks, when the 1860 census was taken of Olmstead Co., MN
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.3 Benjamin Sparks, born 1856. He was living with his uncle, 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Albert Cyrus Sparks, in Olmstead Co., MN, when the 1860 census was taken.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.4 Henry Sparks, born 1857.
by his second wife, Sarah A. Woodward, Allen Sparks had four more children:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.5 Estella Sparks, born July 1, 1863.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.6 James K. Sparks, born August 26, 1867.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.7 Edwin (or Edward) P. Sparks, born January 20, 1871.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.8 Anna Sparks, born March 7, 1876.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Barton Sparks was born ca. 1824. No further record.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 James Harvey Sparks was born February 8, 1826. According to a biographical sketch of James Harvey Sparks in Jesse W. Weik's History of Putnam County, Indiana, published in 1910, James H. Sparks was 12 years old when the family moved to Putnam County from Lewis County, Kentucky. They settled near Mt. Meridian. When he was 18 years old, he went to Greencastle and learned the trade of blacksmith. When the 1850 census was taken he was listed as "Harvey Sparks" and was living in the family of Greenburg Lyon in Putnam County, Jefferson Township. He served in Company I, 143rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. On February 27, 1851, he married Emily Jane Coffman, daughter of John and Mary (Williams) Coffman of Fountain Co., Ind. They were natives of Kentucky. According to Weik's history, John Coffman was a soldier in the War of 1812 under Gen. William Henry Harrison and was In the Battle of Morgantown on the River Thames. Emily Sparks died on February 7, 1902; James H. Sparks was still living in 1910. He was a member of the Christian Church and was a Mason. Their children:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1 John William Sparks, living in Mansfield, Ind., in 1910.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.2 Charles P. Sparks, living in Cloverdale Twp., Putnam Co., md., in 1910.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.3 Allen Sparks, died November 18, 1901, of typhoid fever.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.4 Lee Sparks, died November 29, 1901, of typhoid fever.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.5 Herschel Sparks, died October 25, 1901.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.6 Arizona Sparks.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.7 Elmer Sparks.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Harriet Sparks was born ca. 1828. No further record.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Albert Cyrus Sparks, born January 8, 1830, died March 22, 1915. He married Sarah Jane Collins. A full record of Albert Cyrus Sparks and his family appeared in the Quarterly for December 1957 (Vol. 5, No. 14, Whole No. 20, pp. 264-66).
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Joseph Sparks was born February 28, 1832. (This date, as well as those which follow, appears in his family Bible owned a few years ago by Sarah Amilda Parks Sparks.) He moved to Pleasant Grove, Olmsted County, MN, with his brother, Albert C. Sparks, and there married Sarah Amilda Parks on September 16, 1857. She was a daughter of Pleasant H. and Nancy Parks and was born March 19, 1839, in Danville, Hendricks Co., Lid. According to a descendant, Mrs. Harold L. Ridout, military records show that he enlisted in the Union Army on February 24, 1864, at Rochester, MN, and died aboard the ship J. S. Pringle on December 3, 1864. After his death, his widow Sarah married (second)Jabez B. Clemons, who was the administrator of Joseph's estate. Joseph and Sarah A. (Parks) Sparks were the parents of the following children as recorded in his family Bible:
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1 Angeline Sparks, born September 11, 1858.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.2 John Marion Sparks, born June 6, 1860, died February 24, 1940.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.3 Nancy Elizabeth Sparks, born March 18, 1862.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.4 Joseph William Sparks, born March 18, 1864. (He apparently died young, for there is no mention of him in the papers settling the estate of his father in 1866.)
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 William Sparks was born ca. 1833. Although he was not listed with the family on the 1850 census of Clayton County, Iowa, he was listed as 18 years of age and living with his mother in Olmsted Co., Minnesota, when a special state census was taken there in 1857.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Rebecca Sparks was born ca. 1835. No further record.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Henry Sparks was born ca. 1837. No further record.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Mary Sparks was born ca. 1839 and was living with her mother in 1857.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Elizabeth Sparks, born ca. 1841. According to the 1850 census, she was born in Kentucky, but it is believed that this was an error and that she probably was born after the family moved to Indiana. According to a descendant of her brother, Albert C. Sparks, she married FNU Kirk and lived near New Sharon, Iowa.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 John Sparks, born ca. 1845 in Indiana. He was living with the family of Allen and Alice Dice when the 1857 Minnesota census was taken of Olmsted County. He is known to have married and was living in Olmsted County as late as 1880.
22.214.171.124.2.11.2 Harriet Sparks was born ca. 1805. She married Jesse Truesdale, Jr., on 5 February 1828, and moved to Cloverdale, Indiana, ca. 1850.
126.96.36.199.2.11.3 Katherine Sparks was born ca. 1807. She married Isaac Dickson in Lewis County, Kentucky, in 1824 - - license dated October 23, 1824.
188.8.131.52.2.11.4 William Sparks was born ca. 1810. He married Jane Truesdale on August 2, 1838. William Sparks lived in Lewis County, KY, until his death in 1886 at the age of 76. He was a farmer and boatbuilder at Vanceburg. Jane was born February 1, 1810, at Trinity, Kentucky, and died on March 24, 1846; she was buried in the Salem Cemetery in Lewis County. She was a daughter of Jesse Truesdale, Sr., and was a sister of Jesse, Jr., who married Harriet Sparks. William and Jane (Truesdale) Sparks were the parents of:
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 James Sparks, born ca. 1840.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Joseph Sparks, born September 14, 1844. The following appears in A History of the State of Kentucky published in 1888 by Perrin, Battle, and Kniffin: "Joseph A. Sparks fought on the Union side in Co. G, 10th Kentucky Cavalry. He was captured at Atlanta and imprisoned in the Andersonville prison for seven months. After mustering out, he taught school for two years in Vanceburg before being elected county clerk. He married in 1871 Mary O. Kingsbury of Ironton, Ohio, and they had two children, 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1 Charles A. Sparks, the elder now 14 (in 1888) only surviving. Mrs. Sparks died in 1875 and Joseph A. Sparks married in 1886 Miss Lillie B. Ingrim. Mr. Sparks is a member of the firm of J. W. Sparks and Brother, dry goods dealer in Maysville. He is a Republican and a Mason."
184.108.40.206.2.11.5 Sidney Sparks, daughter of Joseph Sparks, was born ca. 1813. She married Henry Tolle, son of Stephen Tolle, in Lewis County, KY, in 1830, license dated July 17, 1830.
220.127.116.11.2.11.6 Son, born ca. 1816. Census records would indicate that Joseph Sparks had a son born ca. 1816. No further record.
18.104.22.168.2.11.7 Son, born ca. 1818. Census records would indicate that Joseph Sparks had a son born ca. 1818. No further record.
86. George Sparks was born ca. 1767 and died prior to 1840, probably in Nicholas County, Kentucky. He was probably the George Sparks who married Rachel McClenahan in Nicholas County, Kentucky, on April 18, 1805. (This may have been his second marriage since a George Sparks married Elizabeth Wells on June 14, 1790, in Bourbon County.) It is quite possible that his widow was the female aged between 70 and 80 who was enumerated among the family of George Sparks on the 1840 census of Nicholas County; this latter George Sparks is believed to have been a son of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks.
George Sparks paid taxes from 1787 to 1799 in Bourbon County, but apparently was In that portion of Bourbon County which became Fleming County in 1798 because he paid taxes in Fleming County from 1802 to 1804. He was in Lewis County from 1809 to 1817, but went to Nicholas County where he lived until his death prior to 1840.
George Sparks was an Ensign and then a Lieutenant in the Fleming County Regiments (Cornstalk Militia), first in the 30th Regiment and then in the 58th Regiment in 1803-04.
According to census records, George Sparks had children as follows:
86.1 (daughter) born 1794-1800 (probably by an earlier marriage)
86.2 (daughter) born 1800-1810
86.3 (son) born 1800-1810
86.4 (son) born 1810-1820
86.5 (daughter) born 1810-1820
86.6 (son) born 1810-1820
86.7 (son) born 1810-1815
86.8 (son) born 1815-1820
86.9 . (daughter) born 1815-1820
86.10 (daughter) born 1820-1825
Some descendants believe they can identify four of the ten children of George Sparks as George Sparks, Jr.; John Thornton Sparks; Cytha Ann Sparks; and William Sparks. More positive proof is needed to make this claim a certainty; however, in the hope that the publishing of these records will stimulate the uncovering of additional data, we are giving the records of these four persons as probable children of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks:
86.1 (daughter) born ca. 1800.
86.2. (daughter) born ca. 1806.
86.3 John Thornton Sparks, born ca. 1809; he married Elizabeth Launtz in Lewis County, Kentucky, on 1 April 1830. On the marriage bond that was dated March 7, 1830, John Sparks was identified as over 21 years of age and consent for the marriage of Elizabeth was given by Curtis Launtz. John Thornton Sparks was sometimes listed in official records as John Sparks and sometimes as Thornton Sparks. He died as a relatively young man in 1849 in Lewis County. Earlier, in 1834, he had signed the marriage bond of his sister, 86.5 Cytha Ann Sparks, when she married Jesse Nash. One of his nephews remembers him as "Uncle John Thornton"; this man also recalled an "Uncle William" Sparks and an aunt who married a Scott. Elizabeth (Launtz) Sparks was born ca. 1805 in Maryland; she was a daughter of Curtis Launtz and was living with her daughter, Nancy Sarah (Sparks) Guthrie in Lewis County in 1880. John Thornton and Elizabeth (Launtz) Sparks had the following children:86.3.1 Melville Sparks, born ca. 1830, married Sarah Agnes Robb.(Note: There was another Thornton Sparks who was born ca. 1805 who married Martha Littlejohn in Mason County, Kentucky, in 1831 and was living in Fleming County, Kentucky, in 1840.)
86.3.2 David Curtiss Sparks, born ca. 1831.
86.3.3 Louisa Sparks, born ca. 1833, married William McElroy on March 6, 1866.
86.3.4 Nancy Sarah Sparks, born ca. 1835, married Thomas Guthrie.
86.3.5 (daughter) born ca. 1837.
86.3.6 Henry Sparks, born ca. 1838.
86.3.7 William Henry Sparks, born ca. 1840, married Josephine Holliday In 1866.
86.3.8 John Thornton Sparks, born ca. 1842, married Mary - - - - .
86.3.9 Mary E. Sparks, born ca. 1845.
86.3.10 Elizabeth E. Sparks, born ca. 1848.
86.4 George Sparks, Jr., believed to have been a son of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks, was born ca. 1811 in Kentucky died at New Ross, Montgomery Co., Indiana, in 1884. He married (first) Catherine Stokes in Nicholas County, Kentucky, in 1836 or 1837 (the marriage bond was dated 1 December 30, 1836); she was a daughter of Benjamin and Micha (Sparks) Stokes and she died ca. 1848. (Micha Sparks, mother of Catherine, was a daughter of John and Katharine (Waddell) Sparks of Nicholas County and was born ca. 1795.) Following the death of his first wife, Catherine, ca. 1848, George Sparks, Jr., married as his second wife, Hannah Fishback, who was born between 1819 and 1823 (her age was given as 31 on the 1850 census and as 37 on the 1860 census). About 1852, George Sparks, Jr., moved with his family from Kentucky to Montgomery County, Indiana. According to census records, George Sparks, Jr., had the following children. It is believed that the first five were by his first wife, Catherine Stokes, and the last six were by his second wife, Hannah Fishback.86.4.1 Melissa J. Sparks, born ca. 1838 in Kentucky.86.5 Cytha Ann Sparks, born ca. 1811 probably in Fleming County, Kentucky, believed to have been a daughter of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks. She died in 1880 in Franklin County, Missouri. She married Jesse Nash on April 12, 1834, in Lewis County, Kentucky.
86.4.2 Martha E. Sparks, born ca. 1840 in Kentucky.
86.4.3 Alvin Branch Sparks, born in Carlisle, Kentucky, ca. 1842, died August 12, 1910; he married Lucy Bowen.
86.4.4 William B. Sparks, born ca. 1844, in Kentucky.
86.4.5 Mary C. Sparks, born ca. 1848, in Kentucky.
86.4.6 John I. Sparks, born ca. 1849 in Kentucky.
86.4.7 Charles M. Sparks, born 1850 in Kentucky. He married Emma Fishback who was born in Bourbon Co., Kentucky, in 1852. Charles M. Sparks died at Advance, Boone Co., Indiana on NOv. 3, 1919. Their children were:22.214.171.124 Nellie M. Sparks, married Charles M. Ray, of Advance, Indiana.86.4.8 Harriet Sparks, born ca. 1853 in Indiana.
126.96.36.199 Franklin Forrest Sparks, born August 7, 1882, at Advance, Indiana. He was graduated from Harvard University in 1911, in which year he married Helena Nelson, daughter of William and Lena (Donavan) Nelson. He was principal of Broadwater County High School in Townsend, Montana, in 1921. They had four children:188.8.131.52.1 Dixie Sparks, born September 30, 1912;184.108.40.206 Lilith Sparks, married Frank Heady of Advance, Indiana.
220.127.116.11.2 Blanche Sparks, born October 1914;
18.104.22.168.3 Charles Sparks, born September 1915; and
22.214.171.124.4 Nancy Sparks, born December 1917.
126.96.36.199 Anna Gould Sparks, married Russell Wyncoop of Lebanon, Indiana.
188.8.131.52 Chester Sparks, lived in Indianapolis, Indiana.
184.108.40.206 Maurice Sparks; died in infancy.
86.4.9 David B. Sparks, born ca. 1855 in Indiana.
86.4.10 Ellen Rebecca Sparks, born ca. 1857 in Indiana.
86.4.11 Frances B. Sparks, born ca. 1861 in Indiana; married a Mr. Conner, buried in Union Hill Cemetery.
Jesse Nash, husband of Cytha Ann Sparks, was born ca. 1813, son of James and Mary (Brackney) Nash who came to Kentucky from Alleghany County, Pennsylvania. He was a brother of Eli Nash who married 220.127.116.11.2.1.3 Catherine Sparks, daughter of Caleb Sparks, in 1834. Jesse and Cytha Ann (Sparks) Nash had the following children:86.5.1 William George Nash, born ca. 1835, married Jane Boyd and lived in Oklahoma and Texas.86.6 William Sparks, born in 1812, believed to have been a son of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks, married Siarina Gilbert on March 23, 1834, in Lewis County, Kentucky. She was a daughter of Elias and Catherine Gilbert. (Her name is given on records as Sidney, Syanna, Lyanna, Susanna, and Sian..) She was born ca. 1817 in Kentucky and died ca. 1905 in Douglas County, Missouri. William and Sianna (Gilbert) Sparks were the parents of the following children.
86.5.2 Eliza Nash, born ca. 1837, married William Dunbar.
86.5.3 James Harrison Nash, died young.
86.5.4 Josephine Nash, died young.
86.5.5 John Thornton Nash, born ca. 1841, died in 1932 at Lyons, Kansas.
86.5.6 Jesse Nash, born ca. 1843, died in 1924 at Mansfield, IL.
86.5.7 Elizabeth Nash, died young.
86.5.8 Sarah Nash, born ca. 1847, married Henry Stahl, died in 1926 at Philmont, New York.
86.5.9 Theophilus Nash, born ca. 1849, died 1900 at Sterling, Kansas
86.5.10 Adolphus Nash, died young.
86.5.11 Mary Brackney Nash, married George Dexter, died in Lafayette, Indiana in 1818.104.22.168 Mealinda Sparks, born ca. 1837, married James W. Perry in 1858.86.7,86.8, 86.9, and 86.10. No information on these children of George Sparks.
86.6.2 (daughter) born ca. 1839.
86.6.3 William Henry Sparks, born ca. 1843.
86.6.4 George Sparks, born ca. 1845.
86.6.5 Elizabeth Sparks, born ca. 1847, married Bishop.
86.6.6 James Sparks, born ca. 1852, died September 1854.
86.6.7 Mary Sparks, born ca. 1853; married - - - - Ward.
86.6.8 Louisa Sparks, born June 18, 1855; married - - - - - Howls.
86.6.9 Amanda Sparks, born January 20, 1859.
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NOTES ON THE SPARKS FAMILIES OF LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY
(Editor's Note: In the December 1969 issue of the Quarterly (pp. 1271-79) we published a variety of records copied from official sources in Lewis County, Kentucky, pertaining to persons named Sparks. On the basis of those records, along with others supplied by descendants and found outside Lewis County, we began trying to tie members of these families together in the June 1970 issue of the Quarterly (pp. 1315-21). Here we continue this attempt. Much remains to be done, and we realize that some of our conjectures may prove to be wrong, but we hope that by publishing what we have gathered it may prove helpful. We also hope that readers whose ancestry goes back to Lewis County will aid us in making these records more complete.)
90. William Sparks was born ca. 1794 in Kentucky. He was married on August 8, 1815, in Fleming County, Kentucky, to Cordelia Donavan, who was also born ca. 1794 in Kentucky. by 1840 they were living in Lewis County, Kentucky. Sometime between 1850 and 1860, William Sparks moved with his family from Lewis County to Andrew County, Missouri, where he died between 1856 and 1860. His widow, Cordelia, was still living in 1860.
William Sparks served as a private in a company commanded by Captain Henry Ellis of the 16th Regiment of Kentucky Militia commanded by Col. Porter in the War of 1812. He made application for bounty land based on this service while still a resident of Lewis County on October 24, 1850. He gave his age at that time as 62 and stated that he had "volunteered at Millersburg in Bourbon County in the state of Kentucky on or about the 10th day of September , 1814, to serve for a period of six months." He was discharged at Fort Malden, Canada, on March 10, 1815. He added that "his discharge papers had been destroyed by fire when his mother's house had burned ca. 1826 in Nicholas County, Kentucky. Unfortunately, he did not mention his mother's name. In 1856 he stated that his mother's house had burned ca. 1822 rather that ca. 1826.
William Sparks was granted 80 acres of bounty land for his service in the War of 1812. Under a new law passed in 1856, he applied for additional land, but by this time he had moved to Andrew County, Missouri. In 1856, he again stated, as he had in 1850, that he was 62 years old. From census record data, it appears that he was more nearly correct regarding his age in 1856 than he had been in 1850. He was born, as stated above, ca. 1794. He signed his application in 1850 and again in 1856 by mark. His son, James H. Sparks, signed as a witness in 1856. His other witness in 1856 was William Stephens. William Sparks was granted an additional tract of 80 acres as a result of his second application. (See the Quarterly of September 1965, Vol. XIII, No. 3, Whole No. 51, pp. 928-930, for a more detailed abstract of these applications.)
From records discovered thus far, it is believed that William and Cordelia (Donavan) Sparks were the parents of seven children:
90.1 A daughter, born ca. 1816; name unknown.
90.2 A son, born ca. 1818; name unknown.
90.3 Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1820. She married Michael Evans on April 19, 1838, by William L. Parker in Lewis County, Kentucky. We have no further information on Elizabeth except that a five-year-old boy named Moses Evans was living with William and Cordelia when the 1850 census was taken. When the 1860 census was taken in Andrew County, Missouri, this same Moses Evans (aged 15) was living with Edward Sparks, son of William and Cordelia. Perhaps Elizabeth died and her son, Moses Evans, was reared by her parents and her brother.
90.4 James Harvey Sparks was born ca. 1825, He was married in Lewis County, KY, to Pheba Davis in 1848 (license dated January 8, 1848), by 1850, when the census was taken in Lewis County, they had one child, Mary A. Sparks, aged one year. James Harvey Sparks accompanied his parents to Andrew County, Missouri, between 1850 and 1856. He and his family were listed on both the 1860 and the 1870 census of Andrew County. According to these census records, James Harvey and Pheba (Davis) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
90.4.1 Mary A. Sparks, born ca. 1849 in Kentucky.
90.4.2 William Sparks, born ca. 1851 in Kentucky.
90.4.3 Marie Sparks, born ca. 1855 in Missouri.
90.4.4 Lucy Sparks, born ca. 1857 in Missouri.
90.4.5 Alice Sparks, born in May 1860 in Missouri.
90.4.6 George Sparks, born ca. 1863 in Missouri.
90.4.7 Cordelia Sparks, born ca. 1868 in Missouri.
90.5 William A. Sparks, Jr., was born in Kentucky ca. 1827. He married Mary Meenach in Lewis County, KY, in 1847 (marriage license dated January 8, 1847). She was called Polly on the marriage license and was identified as a daughter of Alexander Meenach. On the 1850 census of Lewis County, William A. and Mary (Meenach) Sparks were listed as the parents of two children, Julia A. Sparks, aged 3 years, and Cordelia Sparks, aged one year. Apparently William A. Sparks died (perhaps his wife died also) because in 1860 these two children were living with their uncle, Edward Sparks, in Andrew County Missouri. These two children of William A. and Mary (Meenach) Sparks were:
90.5.1 Julia A. Sparks, born ca. 1847.
90.5.2 Cordelia F. Sparks, born ca. 1849, died in May 1879. She was married in 1869 in Andrew County, Missouri, to Capt. Samuel Blair Stafford as his second wife. He was born May 3, 1833, in Carroll County, Tennessee, and died on May 11, 1906, in Holt County, Missouri. Their children were:
22.214.171.124 William Marion Stafford, born January 1870.
126.96.36.199 Thomas Mahlon Stafford, born ca. 1872.
188.8.131.52 Emma Jane Stafford, born August 8, 1873.
184.108.40.206 Elsie Stafford, born ca. 1875.
220.127.116.11 John S. Stafford, born July 11, 1877.
90.6 Edward Sparks was born ca. 1830 in Kentucky. (His correct middle initial is uncertain-it was either F, J, or L.) On March 16, 1849, he married Sally Criswell in Lewis County, KY, by John Waddell. She was born ca. 1825 in Kentucky. When the 1850 census was taken, Edward and Sally were living with his parents and they had a daughter named Mellora who was six months old. Later census records would seem to indicate that this name was actually intended for Milton rather than Mellora, and that it was a son rather than a daughter. Sally apparently died, and by 1860 Edward Sparks had married Mary LNU, He accompanied his parents to Andrew County, Missouri, where he was still living as late as 1880. According to census records, Andrew Sparks had eight children. Those born between 1850 and 1860 may have been by either his first wife, Sally Criswell, or by his second wife, Mary -, since we do not know when Sally died; we can be sure that those born after 1860 were by his second wife, Mary.
90.6.1 Milton Sparks, born ca. 1850 in Kentucky, married Ann E. -, who was born ca. 1855 in Illinois. by 1860 they had a daughter named 18.104.22.168 Hattie J. Sparks, born ca. 1879, and a son named 22.214.171.124 William A. Sparks, born in May 1880.
90.6.2 Elizabeth Sparks, born ca. 1851, in Kentucky.
90.6.3 Phoebe Sparks, born ca. 1853, in Missouri.
90.6.4 Catherine Sparks, born ca. 1856, in Missouri.
90.6.5 Lucy Minerva Sparks, born ca. 1858, in Missouri.
90.6.6 Martha J. Sparks, born ca. 1861, in Missouri.
90.6.7 Anna Maria Sparks, born ca. 1864, in Missouri.
90.6.8 Charlotte M. Sparks, born ca. 1864, in Missouri.
(One of the daughters of Edward Sparks apparently married FNU Williams and died after having three children. When the 1880 census was taken of Andrew County, Missouri, the following grandchildren were living with Edward Sparks: 90.6.x.1 Henrietta Williams, born ca. 1872; 90.6.x.2 Virginia B. Williams, born ca. 1874; and 90.6.x.3 Martha Williams, born ca. 1875.
90.7 Sarah Sparks, believed to have been a daughter of William and Cordelia (Donavan) Sparks, was born ca. 1823.
Query - William A. Sparks (ca. 1794-ca. 1858)
126.96.36.199.2.1 Caleb Sparks was born ca. 1785 (actually - December 3, 1786) and died ca. 1835 in Lewis County, Kentucky. He married Rebecca Wilson, daughter of Ephraim Wilson, on October 19, 1805, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. When the 1880 census was taken, 188.8.131.52.2.1.2 Robert Thomas Sparks, son of Caleb and Rebecca, stated that his father (Caleb) had been born in Kentucky and that his mother (Rebecca) had been born in Pennsylvania. There is some reason to believe, however, that Caleb Sparks was born in Virginia. He paid taxes in Lewis County, Kentucky, in 1811 and 1812, but he apparently moved to Nicholas County, Kentucky, ca. 1813 where he was listed on the 1820 census. He apparently returned to Lewis County ca. 1828 and paid taxes there that year on land on Kinniconnick Creek. It was there that he gave his consent to the marriage of his daughter, Catherine Sparks, to Eli Nash in 1832. Our last record of his paying taxes in Lewis County was in 1835. When his daughter Elizabeth Sparks married William Arthurs in 1837; however, it was her mother, Rebecca Sparks, who gave consent, thus indicating that Caleb apparently died between 1835 and 1837.
It is believed that Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks had a large family of children, perhaps twelve in all, based on census records, but only seven can be identified by name from the records. According to family tradition, a number of these children eventually moved to Missouri.
Following is a record of the children of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks:
184.108.40.206.2.1.1 A son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks was born ca. 1807; name not known.
220.127.116.11.2.1.2 Robert Thomas Sparks was born in 1808 in Kentucky; he died on March 19, 1889, in Hancock County, Illinois. In a number of records he was called Thomas Sparks. According to a granddaughter, Eula May Prince, who did research on the family in 1956, Robert Thomas Sparks married in the late 1820's and had a daughter who married FNU Riggs and lived in Lampasas, Texas. This first wife of Robert Thomas Sparks died and on April 22, 1830, he married Mary Ann Wallingford in Lewis County, Kentucky. She was a daughter of John Wallingford and was born ca. 1819 in Kentucky; she died on September 9,1860, in Hancock County, Illinois.
In 1848, Robert Thomas Sparks and his family moved from Lewis County, Kentucky, to Illinois; he was listed on the 1850 census of Henderson County, Illinois, but by 1851 he was living with his family in Dallas City, Hancock County, Illinois, where he spent the remainder of his life. According to Mrs. Prince, "he was an ardent Republican and was one of the few pioneers who voted for both of the Harrisons. He was never so happy as when arguing politics."
18.104.22.168.2.1.2 Robert Thomas and Mary Ann (Wallingford) Sparks were the parents of five children:
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Catherine Sparks (called Kitty) was born November 9, 1831, in Kentucky ; she died on June 6, 1897, in Nauvoo, Illinois. She was married in 1848 to J. Noel Datin and they settled in Nauvoo, Illinois, the same year. Following is the obituary of Catherine (Sparks) Datin which appeared in a Nauvoo newspaper at the time of her death (this clipping was sent to the Association by Eula May Prince in 1956):
"Mrs. Catharine A. Datin, one of Hancock County's highly respected pioneers has passed away. At 6:30 o'clock Thursday morning, June 6 (1897), death came to close forever the eyes of a noble and true woman, one widely beloved and respected" Mrs. Catharine A. Datin, widow of the late J. Noel Datin, at one time mayor and prominent citizen of Nauvoo. The end was not unexpected, yet it came as a surprise to many acquaintances. Mrs. Datin had been confined to the house since last November. Up to that time she had been a woman of robust health and it was confidently expected that she would master this illness in due time. However, last Monday night she received a paralytic stroke which was the cause of her death. She passed peacefully away.
"The deceased's maiden name was Catharine Ann Sparks. She was born in Kentucky on November 9, 1831, making her age at the time of her death 75 years, 6 months and 27 days. She was married in 1848 to J. Noel Datin, and they came to Nauvoo in the same year. For many years they resided on a farm in Sonora Township, but moved into town about twenty-five years ago.
"Mrs. Datin is survived by eleven children, her husband and four children having preceded her in death. The children living are: Mrs. W. P. Powers, Iowa City, Iowa; Mrs. J. W. Breeden, Stuart, Iowa; Mr. Wm. Datin, Des Moines, Iowa; Mr. J. J. Datin, Inkster, N. Dakota; Mrs. George Heberer, Sonora township; D. D. Datin, Guthrie, Oklahoma; Mrs. James Pitt, Los Angeles, California; Mrs. G. W. Wyatt, Guthrie, Oklahoma; Mrs. M. S. Walther, Keytesville, Missouri.; Miss Anna Datin, George V. Datin, Nauvoo. There are thirty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
"The deceased belonged to that class of sturdy pioneers who helped blaze the trail for civilization and advancement. With her home was above everything else. Her family life was of unexampled happiness. She was of a bright and sunny disposition, of kind heart and generous impulses. She was possessed of an unceasing industry, an eye that saw only good in others., a spirit for light and trouth, a tongue that spoke ill of no one, and a mind forgetful of self and concerned for the welfare of others. Her life was as pure and blameless as it was useful. Her loss is deeply mourned, for she was a most estimable woman. The relatives have the sincere sympathy of the community in their sad loss. The funeral will take place from her late residence this afternoon at 2 o'clock."
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Lucretia Sparks was born ca. 1834. She was listed on the 1850 census as 16 years old. No further record.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Sarah A. Sparks was born ca. 1842 in Kentucky; she was still living in 1925 (see the letter written by Ed Fee). She married Henry Gilbreth, who was born in 1835 and died in 1906. When the 1880 census was taken, her father, Robert Thomas Sparks, was living with them. Following is the obituary of Henry Gilbreth published in a Dallas City, Illinois, newspaper at the time of his death in February, 1906. From this it appears that he and his wife, Sarah, were separated at the time of his death:
"People were greatly surprised Tuesday morning on learning that Henry Gilbreth, for many years a respected citizen, had been found dead in the doorway of his home on Fifth street where he lived alone.... Henry Gilbreth was born near Galena, IL., in Oct, 1835, making him at the time of his death about seventy years and four months of age. He came to Dallas City before the war and in 1862 enlisted in Co. H, 78th Illinois Infantry and served three years. After being mustered out he returned to this city and had ever since made it his home. He was sexton of the city cemetery for a quarter of a century and also a member of Alien Post No. 621, G.A.R.
"He is survived by a wife living at Normal, I11., and nine children, five sons and four daughters, namely: Margaret (Mrs. Jackson), Alice (Mrs. Wm. Anderson) both residents of Oklahoma; Clara, who died ca. ten years ago at Stratton, Nebraska; Lucy (Mrs. Joe Bootes) of New York City; William, Angels' Camp, California.; Joseph, Carnan, I11.; Fred, a soldier in the U.S. Army, now stationed at Pekin (clipping torn at this point); John, a student of the Northwestern University at Evanston, IL.; and Benjamin, a soldier now stationed at Ft. Stevens, Oregon.
"After the remains were shrouded and coffined at Koll's undertaking place Wednesday evening they were taken to the city hall, where they remained until the hour of the funeral and were viewed by hundreds of our citizens who knew him so well. He was quiet, honest, industrious, and if he had an enemy in town we never heard of it. The funeral occurred from the M.E. church at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. J. B. King officiating. He was laid to rest in the city cemetery over which he had exercised a jealous care for twenty-five years."
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Ephraim Wilson Sparks was born November 8, 1846, in Rockford, Kentucky, and died on November 5, 1926, in Brady, Texas. He was married in 1878 in Voca, Texas, to Elizabeth Antoinette Scott; she was born July 5, 1851, at Lyons Station, Texas, and died on May 8, 1937, in Brady. Both are buried at Brady. According to an inscription scratched on the back of a faded tin-type photograph taken in 1865 (see page 1340), Ephraim Wilson Sparks enlisted in Company G, 58th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry on January 16, 1865, in Dallas City, Hancock County, Illinois, at the age of eighteen. An obituary of one of Ephraim's daughters written in 1955 states that Ephraim was a stone mason "and built many of the old chimneys in Brady. The family home originally was located on the square where Townsend's Ben Franklin Store stands now. But in the early days the cowboys became so wild, riding down Commerce Street, shooting, roping and pulling up the hitching posts, that Mr. Sparks decided it was time to move his family up on the hill, to get away from the rowdy cowboys and to be near his lime kiln. After the house was moved, however, Mrs. Sparks was afraid to let the children get away from the house for fear the Indians would get them."
Ephraim Wilson and Elizabeth A. (Scott) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1 Robert T. Sparks, born July 12, 1882, in Brady, Texas," he married Edna Stowe on April 9, 1912; she was born April 25, 1892, and died August 9, 1946. They had two children:
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1.1 Raymond T. Sparks, born January 9, 1913, was killed in World War II on July 14, 1945; and
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1.2 Joe Bob Sparks, born August 19, 1918.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.2 Edna Nafania Sparks, born February 10, 1885, in Brady, Texas, died March 4, 1955 in. Brady. She married Chesley James Walters on December 8, 1907, in Brady. He was born July 1, 1883, in Bosqueville, Texas. They had one daughter, Eula May Walters, born September 27, 1908, in Menard, Texas. She was married twice and by her first husband she had one son, Robert Eugene Wall, born March 23, 1933. She married (second) Thomas Calvin Prince on June 4, 1935. He was born January 14, 1912, in Wellington, Texas. They had one son,Jerry Lowell Prince, born April 16, 1937, in Brady, Texas.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.3 Anna Laura Sparks, married FNU Strickland of Brady.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.4 Charles F. Sparks.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.5 Ernest W. Sparks.
Ephraim Wilson Sparks, 1846-1926
A Union Soldier at the Age of Eighteen
A granddaughter of Ephraim Wilson Sparks, Mrs. Eula Mae Prince, deposited a letter with the Sparks Family Association in 1956 which had been written by a friend of Ephraim in 1925. Although the author of this letter, Ed Fee, is in no way related to the Sparks family, we believe it has enough historical interest to justify including it here.
"Dallas City, Ills.
4 February 1925
"Dear Old Yankee
"Just found out thro our friend Doctor Gay and glad to know your still living. As you and I are the only ones living out of our War bunch I was just saying the other day that if you was dead I would be the only one left but am glad to know you are still living. I am still feeling fine, have a good house and with my wife and one girl at home and I am about on easy street, but still quite a lot of work yet at my trade as a painter and paper hanger. It was only a year ago that I was working on the old Ed Mansforth place and up in the barn loft saw your name, E. W. Sparks, cut in one of the rafters. Do you remember when you did it?
"Well, Yank, the old timers is about all gone that was here when we was boys. There is some of the Gilbreths around here. Your sister Mrs. Gilbreth is in the Soldiers Home at Quincey. I sometimes see Ben but not often. Don't know where the rest of them are. I have 4 children, three married, one lives in Peoria, the boy and 2 girls lives in Dallas, one at home. I live in the east end of town, have a nice little house with 5 lots and nothing to worry about. Well Yank, if you get this letter and want to find out any thing, write me, I will be glad to tell you anything I can. Will close for this time and glad I have got track of you.
Yours, Ed Fee."
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Rebecca Jane Sparks, daughter of Robert Thomas and Mary Ann (Wallingford) Sparks, was born ca. 1850 in Illinois; she died ca. 1930. She married FNU Walker and lived all of her life in Dallas City, Illinois. A letter which she wrote to a daughter of her brother Ephraim in 1928 has been preserved by Eula Mae Prince and reads as follows:
September 27, 1928.
"Dear Niece Edna:
"I received your letter and was glad to hear from you. The last we heard from my Brother (Ephraim) I think he had two children and I think one was named Laura. I have one sister living & have two dead ones. Mother died when your father and myself was small and none of our Mother's folks was near here. My all born in Kentucky, but myself, I Ills. and as our mother died when we small, so did not hear about her & never see any of them. name Walingford. father came from Kentucky. brothers settled Missouri had farms there. went to them years ago they were prosperous farmers. 4 one sister there, most have passed on. can't tell you how old your he Texas, 18 the Army gone year think maybe here two before Texas. always thought would get him, glad know lots friends. a good, honest boy. his picture. looks like father. Sometime will send some pictures taken while army? pension? say is an invalid, which am sorry hear. Sarah has been hospital four years. She sick walk nerves are bad shakes hardly write. no single granddaughter. thank for writing me sending those pictures. Hope soon. ask many if married. weather very cool today. This time. Good by. With Love All.
Aunt Jane Walker."
22.214.171.124.2.1.3 Catherine Sparks was born ca. 1811. She married Eli Harrison Nash on September 6, 1832, in Lewis County, Kentucky. He was born April 2, 1808, in Kentucky, and was the son of James and Mary (Brackney) Nash who came to Kentucky from Alleghany County, Pennsylvania. His brother, Jesse Nash, married Cytha Ann Sparks in 1834 in Lewis County. Catherine (Sparks) Nash died ca. 1855; her husband, Eli, died in 1885 at the age of 77. According to the 1850 census, they had the following children:
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Rebecca J. Nash, born ca. 1833.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Mealinda Nash, born ca. 1834.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Daniel Nash, born ca. 1836.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Susan Nash, born ca. 1838; she married FNU Garrett.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 John Nash, born ca. 1839; he married Elizabeth Ireland.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 William Nash, born ca. 1840; he married Josephine Ireland.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Thomas C. Nash, born ca. 1843.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Charles Nash, born ca. 1846.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Caleb R. Nash, born ca. 1848.
126.96.36.199.2.1.4 Joseph Sparks, son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks, was born ca. 1813. He was married on August 18, 1834, to Isabella Ellis in Lewis County, KY. (According to the license, the guardian of Isabella Ellis was Joseph Sparks; this elder Joseph Sparks was probably the one whose sketch appears on page 1315 of the June 1970 issue of the Quarterly.) Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks were listed on the 1850 census of Lewis County, KY, but not on the 1860 census. According to the 1850 census, it would appear that they were the parents of the following children:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Ephraim E. Sparks, born ca. 1835.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 John T. Sparks, born ca. 1839.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Rebecca J. Sparks, born ca. 1841.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Mary E. Sparks, born ca. 1843.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Minta Sparks (daughter), born ca. 1845.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Thomas Marshall Sparks, born ca. 1847.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Jemima Sparks, born ca. 1849.
220.127.116.11.2.1.5 Ephraim Sparks was born ca. 1815. He married Sallie A. Reiley in Lewis County, KY, on August 6, 1837. (Ephraim's father-in-law, Samuel J. Reiley, was his security for a marriage license and also gave his consent for his daughter, Sallie, she being under 21 years of age.) We have found no further record of this couple. They probably moved to Missouri.
18.104.22.168.2.1.6 Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1817. She was married in 1837 to William Arthurs. The license was issued on September 6, 1837. William Arthurs, according to the license, was a son of David Arthurs.
22.214.171.124.2.1.7 Sarah Sparks was born ca. 1819. She was married in Lewis County, KY, to James Moore, Jr., on April 16, 1839. He was a son of James Moore, Sr., who gave his consent to the marriage since his son was under 21. Rebecca Sparks gave consent for her daughter. According to the 1850 census, it would appear that Sarah Sparks and James Moore, Jr., were the parents of the following children:
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Alexander Moore, born ca. 1839.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Thomas G, Moore, born ca. 1843.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Ephraim Moore, born ca. 1845.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Joseph Moore, born ca. 1849.
184.108.40.206.2.1.8 A daughter, name not known, was born to Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks ca. 1821.
220.127.116.11.2.1.9 A son, name not known, was born ca. 1823.
18.104.22.168.2.1.10 A daughter, name not known, was born ca. 1825.
22.214.171.124.2.1.11 Caleb Sparks, son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks, was born ca. 1827. He married Elizabeth Dickson in 1849 (license dated September 6, 1849). She was born ca. 1825. They were listed on the 1850 and 1860 census of Lewis County, KY. They apparently had only one child, 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Dudley T. Sparks, born ca. 1850.
184.108.40.206.2.1.12 A daughter was born to Caleb and Rebecca Sparks ca. 1829, name unknown.
Whole Number 72
In the last issue of the Quarterly (September 1970) we included a sketch of Robert Thomas Sparks, born 1808, died 1889, son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks. Since that article appeared, a descendant, Mrs. Eula May Prince, has sent us a portrait of Robert Thomas Sparks which we have reproduced on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly. We have no clue regarding the date when this portrait was painted, although we can be sure that it was done after he moved his family from Kentucky to Iflinois in 1848.
Mrs. Prince, who has provided this picture of her great-grandfather, was mentioned on page 1339 of the September issue. There we gave her husband's name as Thomas Calvin Prince. We regret to report that Mr. Prince died on April 19, 1968. In that sketch we mentioned that Mr. and Mrs. Prince had one son, Jerry Prince. We also mentioned Mrs. Prince's son by a previous marriage, but we gave his name as Robert Wall whereas his name is actually Ralph E. Wall.
|Ephraim Wilson Sparks||Elizabeth A. Scott Sparks|
|1846-1926||Wife of Ephriam W. Sparks|
The only son of Robert Thomas Sparks was 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Ephraim Wilson Sparks, born in 1846, died 1926. We published a picture of Ephraim on page 1340 of the September issue as a young Union soldier at the age of eighteen. Mrs. Prince has sent us photographs of Ephraim Wilson Sparks and his wife, Elizabeth A. (Scott) Sparks taken in their old age. These are reproduced in this issue on page 1353.
Since publishing data on Ephraim W. Sparks in the September issue, we have obtained papers from his Civil War pension file at the National Archives. From these we learn that he was mustered into service in Company G, 58th Regiment of Illinois Infantry on March 17, 1865, at the age of eighteen. He had blue eyes, auburn hair, a fair complexion, and was five feet and six and one-half inches tall. He was discharged on March 16, 1866, in Montgomery, Alabama. He married Elizabeth Antoinette Scott on August 25, 1878, in Brady, Texas. In answer to the question regarding his place of residence following the Civil War, he stated that he had lived in Dallas City, Illinois, until March 1873; he was in Columbus, Texas, from March to September 1873, and was in Bell County, Texas, in 1874 and 1875; he was in Liano County, Texas, in 1876; he lived in Brady, Texas, from 1876 to 1907 when he moved to Grady, Curry County, New Mexico, where he remained until sometime after 1915 when he returned to Brady, Texas. He died there on November 5, 1926. His wife died in Brady on May 8, 1937. When we published the sketch of his life in the September issue we did not have dates of birth for his three youngest children. From the records which he and later his wife submitted to obtain pensions, we are able to supply those dates. The children of Ephraim W. and Elizabeth A. (Scott) Sparks were:
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1 Anna Laura Sparks, born December 1, 1879.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.2 Robert Thomas Sparks, born July 12, 1882.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.3 Edna Nafania Sparks, born February 10, 1885.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.4 Charles Francis Sparks, born June 20, 1886.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.5 Ernest Wellington Sparks, born July 10, 1889.
Whole Number 75
EPHRAM ELLIS SPARKS (1835-1901)
with his brothers
JOHN THOMAS SPARKS (born 1839)
THOMAS MARSHALL SPARKS (born ca.1847) ,
In the Quarterly for September 1970 (Vol. XVIII, No. 3, Whole No. 71) we published an article on Caleb Sparks of Lewis County, Kentucky, and his descendants. 220.127.116.11.2.1 Caleb Sparks was born ca. 1785 (actually: December 3, 1786) and died ca. 1835 in Lewis County, Kentucky. He married Rebecca Wilson, daughter of Ephraim Wilson, on October 19, 1805, in Bourbon County, Kentucky. One of the sons of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks was 18.104.22.168.2.1.4 Joseph Sparks, born March 10, 1813, Since publishing the above article, we have received additional information on this branch of the family from Mrs. Joseph V. Collins of Arvada, Colorado, a great-granddaughter of Joseph Sparks, and from Mrs. Doris L. Miller of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a great-great-granddaughter of Joseph Sparks.
Mrs. Collins has provided us with the exact date of birth of Joseph Sparks - - whereas on page 1342 we were able only to speculate that he had been born in 1813, we now know that he was born March 10, 1813. According to Mrs. Collins' records, Joseph Sparks was born in Highland County, Ohio. Highland County, Ohio, and Lewis County, Kentucky, are quite near each other, Adams County, Ohio, separating them. 22.214.171.124.2.1.4 Joseph Sparks married Isabella Ellis in Lewis County, Kentucky, on August 16, 1834. (According to the marriage license, the guardian of Isabella Ellis was Joseph Sparks; this elder Joseph Sparks was probably the one whose sketch appears on page 1315 of the June 1970 issue of the Quarterly.) Joseph and Isabella Sparks were living in Lewis County, Kentucky, when the 1850 census was taken. When we prepared the sketch on their family for the September 1970 issue (p. 1342), this 1850 census record was the last reference we had been able to find to Joseph and Isabella Sparks. From Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Miller we have learned, however, that tney moved to Scotland County, Missouri, where they were listed on the 1860 census. Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Ephraim Ellis Sparks, born May 6, 1835, died January 6, 1901.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 John Thomson Sparks, born ca. 1839.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Rebecca June Sparks, born ca. 1841; married a Mr. Miller.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Mary Elizabeth Sparks, born ca. 1843.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Aminta Sophia Sparks, born ca. 1845; married a Mr. McClellan.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Thomas Marshall Sparks, born ca. 1847.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Jemima Sparks, born ca. 1849.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Mahala Catherine Sparks, born ca. 1852.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Amanda America Sparks, born ca. 1854.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Sarah Isabel Sparks, born --?--
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Infant daughter, died.
A photograph of the three sons of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks appears on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly.
Mrs. Collins reports that Joseph Sparks, his wife, and some of their children, are buried in old Black Oak Cemetery north of Granger, Missouri.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Ephraim Ellis Sparks, oldest son of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks, was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, on May 6, 1835, He came with his parents to Scotland County, Missouri, between 1850 and 1860. On February 16, 1860, he married Rebecca Frances Smith, by the Rev. T. D., Boyle; the ceremony was held near Keokuk, in Lee County, Iowa, She was born January 22, 1838, They settled 5½ miles north of Arbela in Scotland County, Missouri. The Civil War began shortly after they were married and Ephraim Ellis Sparks served first in the militia and on August 8, 1864, he enlisted in Co. 1, 39th Regiment of the Missouri Volunteer Infantry in which unit he was promoted to 1st Sergeant. He was discharged in St. Louis on March 75, 1865. He was described at the time of his enlistment as 29 years of age, a farmer by occupation, with blue eyes, dark hair, a fair complexion, and 5 feet 8 inohes tall. In 1895 he applied for and received a pension for this service.
Following the Civil War, Ephraim Ellis Sparks was elected a representative from Scotland County to the Missouri Legislature and at a later date was Judge of the County Court of Scotland County. In 1888 he traded 320 acres of his home place in Scotland County for 640 acres in Rush County, Kansas, near the little town of Bison. This trade was with a man named Peter Nelson.
Ephraim Ellis Sparks died on January 4, 1901, and his wife Rebecca died on April 11, 1920, Both are buried in the Lone Star Cemetery west of Bison, Kansas. All of their children except Jennie are also buried there, The children of Ephraim E. and Rebecca F. (Smith) Sparks were:
126.96.36.199.2.1 .4.1.1 Annie Isabel Sparks was born February 5, 1861. She married George L. Timken and they had three children:188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1.1 Mabel Timken married Harry A. Schleifer
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1.2 Leslie Timken married Frances Cain
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1.3 William Timken married Clara
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.2 Jennie Catherine Sparks was born April 3, 1865, and died Dec, 9, 1916, at Excelsior Springs, Missouri. She married April 18, 1888, at Azen, MO, David Lupton (born July 7, 1854, died October 16, 1947, from Iowa. They had children:220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.2.1 Joseph Sparks Lupton, born July 3, 1889
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.2.2 Ellis Lupton
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.2.3 Frances Lupton
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.3 Joseph Sparks was born April 1, 1870, He married Anna Ficken and had two children:,22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.3.1 Annie Laura188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.4 Susan Rebecca Sparks was born January 6, 1872. She married Herman Timken and had children named:
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.3.2 Ellis Sparks.22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.4.1 Walter J. Timken
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.4.2 Mae A. Timken
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.4.3 Evelyn A. Timken
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.4.4 Joseph E. Timken.
Another son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks was 188.8.131.52.2.1.5 Ephraim Sparks, born ca. 1815. He married Sallie A. Reiley in Lewis County, Kentucky, on August 6, 1837. Ephram's father-in-law, Samuel J. Reiley, was his security for a marriage License and also gave his consent for his daughter, Sallie (or Sarah), she being under 21 years of age. When we listed Ephraim Sparks as a son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks in the Quarterly of September 1970 (p. 1342) we had no record of him following his marriage. We have since learned that he, like his brother Joseph, went from Kentucky to Scotland County, Missouri, where he was listed with his family on the 1860 census, living very near the family of his brother, Joseph. Their post office was Memphis, Missouri, in Johnson Township. The census was taken on August 2, and the family was listed as follows: (The age given for his wife Sarah (or Sallie) A. Sparks is obviously an error - - she must have been nearly 40 years old in 1860 rather than 30.)
|Sparks||184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Ephriam E. Sparks||40||Kentucky||Farmer||$500|
|"||Sarah A. Sparks||30||"|
|"||18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Caleb Sparks||20||"||Farm laborer|
|"||126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 James Sparks||18||"||" "|
|"||184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Christina Sparks||17||"||Domestic|
|"||18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Rebecca Sparks||15||"||"|
|"||126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Susannah Sparks||13||"|
|"||184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 E. W. (male) Sparks||10||"|
|"||18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Nancy J. Sparks||7||"|
|"||126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Joseph Sparks||2||"|
Whole Number 78
In the Quarterly of September 1971 (Vol. XIX, No. 3, Whole No, 75, pp. 1416-1418) we published a list of the children of 184.108.40.206.2.1.4 Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks who moved from Lewis County, Kentucky, to Scotland County, Missouri, between 1850 and 1860, Joseph Sparks was born March 10, 1813, a son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks. He and Isabella Ellis were married in Lewis County, Kentucky, on August 18, 1834. Since preparing that record, we have learned that tombstones for Joseph and Isabella are to be found in the Black Oak Cemetery, near Memphis, Missouri, in Scotland County. Joseph Sparks died, according to his stone, in December 1875, at the age of 62 years, 8 months and 20 days, while his wife, Isabella Sparks, died on March 25, 1886, at the age of 70 years, 7 months, and 5 days.
In the same article, we listed 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 John Thomson Sparks as a son of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks, and his picture appeared on the cover of the September 1971 issue with his brothers 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Ephraim E. Sparks and 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Thomas Marshall Sparks. Like his parents, John Thomson Sparks is buried in Black Oak Cemetery near Memphis, Missouri, His tombstone gives his birth date as September 6, 1839; he died on February 20, 1905. He married Chloe A. Calhoun on December 22, 1865. She was born, according to her tombstone beside her husband's, on May 3, 1845, and died on June 15, 1902. A correspondent whose father kept a scrapbook of obituaries from Scotland County newspapers, has copied the following obituary of John Thomson Sparks for us:
"Another one of Scotland County 'a best citizens passed away at his home just west of Granger, February 20, 1905. John T, Sparks was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, Sept, 6, 1839, moved to Missouri in October 1853, where he resided until his death. He was united in marriage to Chloe A, Calhoun December 22, 1865. Two children were born to them, Bertie and Lutie, who were with him in his last hours. He leaves besides two children to mourn his death two grandchildren, one brother and four sisters and a host of relatives and friends. He was a good man, honored, loved and respected by all who knew him. In 1899, in Oct, he had a stroke of paralysis from which he never recovered. For years he has been an earnest Christian and a devoted member of the Christian Church.
Another son of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks was 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Thomas Marshall Sparks whose picture appeared on the cover of the September 1971 issue of the Quarterly with his two brothers. He is also buried in the Black Oak Cemetery in Scotland County. According to his tombstone, he was born July 22, 1847, and died January 17, 1912.
His wife 's stone gives her name as Elizabeth J. Sparks, born December 2, 1848, died March 22, 1912. Buried near them is an infant daughter, Sarah Sparks, who died September 2, 1877. The marriage record in Scotland County of "Thomas Sparks and Lizzie Searight, February 25, 1875 was probably that of this couple.
A correspondent has also reported that in Ripley County, Indiana, there is a record in the courthouse of a Sarah Sparks who was born in Scotland County, Missouri, on March 31, 1856, and died on April 23, 1902. She married Alfred Harris on May 21, 1877 (he died April 25, 1899), It seems probable that this Sarah Sparks was a daughter of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks; on page 1417 of the QUARTLY we listed a daughter named Sarah Isabel Sparks with date of birth unknown.
Whole Number 97
In the Quarterly of September 1971 (Vol. XIX, No. 3, Whole No. 75, pp. 1416-1418) we published a list of the children of 22.214.171.124.2.1.4 Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks who moved from Lewis County, Kentucky, to Scotland County, Missouri, between 1850 and 1860. In an earlier issue (September 1970, Vol. XVIII, No. 3, Whole No. 71) we published an article on Caleb Sparks (born ca. 1785, died ca. 1835), father of Joseph Sparks. In a subsequent issue (June 1972, Vol. XX, No, 2, Whole No. 78, pp. 1486-1487), we published further information on some of the children of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks. We are now able to provide additional data on still another child of Joseph and Isabella, their daughter, Amanda Sparks. These data have been provided by descendants, Charles W. Steeples and Jean Steeples Mowrer. Mr. Steeples has also provided us with a copy of the will of Joseph Sparks.
Joseph Sparks was born March 10, 1813, a son of 126.96.36.199.2.1 Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks. Joseph died in Scotland County, Missouri, in Dec, 1875. He wrote his will on September 22, 1871, which was witnessed by Joseph A. Gill and Richard Lewis. He bequeathed to his wife, Isabel Sparks, a portion of his land (about one-half section) which was to be sold following her death and divided among his children. He also left her all of his "household and kitchen furniture, and one pair of work horses to be chosen by her on the place; harness for the same, two milch cows, and enough grain & hay for one year's feed and provision; enough hogs for her support [several words blurred] one corn plow, one stubble plow, one harrow, also all the poultry that may be on the farm at my death, also my family Bible and such other books as she may choose." He directed that the rest of his land (about 230 acres) be sold and the proceeds divided among his children:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Ephraim Ellis Sparks, born May 6, 1835, died January 6, 1901.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 John Thomson Sparks, born ca. 1839.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Rebecca June Sparks, born ca. 1841; married a Mr. Miller.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Mary Elizabeth Sparks, born ca. 1843.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Aminta Sophia Sparks, born ca. 1845; married a Mr. McClellan.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Thomas Marshall Sparks, born ca. 1847.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Jemima Sparks, born ca. 1849.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Mahala Catherine Sparks, born ca. 1852.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Amanda America Sparks, born ca. 1854.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Sarah Isabel Sparks, born --?--
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Infant daughter, died.
Each of his eight children was to receive one-eighth part, except that John Sparks was to receive $260 less than the rest and Mary E. Thomas was to receive $100 less than the rest. Later in his will, Joseph Sparks directed that two of his sons, Ephraim E. Sparks and Thomas M. Sparks, serve as the executors of his estate and that, instead of giving his daughter, Jemima Johnson, her share that they use $570 to purchase a tract of land to be deeded to her "for her sole use during her life and then to revert to her heirs." This will was probated on December 22, 1875.
When we listed 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Amanda Sparks as the ninth child of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks on page 1417 of the Quarterly, we could only speculate regarding her birth date. From family records provided by Mr. Steeples and Mrs. Mowrer, we are now able to state that she was born February 24, 1854, in Scotland County, Missouri, and died there on December 4, 1894. Furthermore, her full name was Amanda America Sparks. She was buried in the Black Oak Cemetery in Johnson Township, Scotland County. On October 12, 1876, she was married in Scotland County to Benjamin Franklin Steeples. He was born January 20, 1852, in Clark County, Illinois, the son of Henry and Malinda (Bishop) Steeples. His mother died when he was five years old and when he was eleven his father died as a soldier in the Union Army (January 10, 1863). He was reared in the home of Judge John Thomson. Benjamin Steeples, following the death of Amanda, married, as his second wife, Hallie Jones in 1896. He died on May 17, 1919, and was also buried in Black Oak Cemetery. Benjamin F. and Amanda A. (Sparks) Steeples had three children:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1 Arthur Steeples, born October 11, 1879, died February 12, 1920. He married Florence C. Hummel on April 16, 1904; she was born April 10, 1881, and died October 5, 1946. Their children were:220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1.1 Mary Amanda Steeples, born September 17, 1908.1.2.5.10.2.1.4.9.2 Marion Steeples, born 1881, died 1944. He married Viola Curry of Granger, Missouri; she was born January 28, 1885, and died August 23, 1958. They had children named:
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1.2 Robert Hummel Steeples, born November 23, 1912; died November 13, 1975.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.1.3 Elizabeth Jean Steeples, born March 26, 1915.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1.4 James Benjamin Steeples, born March 14, 1917.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.1.5 Florence Christine Steeples, born November 21, 18188.8.131.52.10.2.1.4.9.2.1 Lavance Steeples, born January 21, 1910, died November 19, 19184.108.40.206.10.2.1.4.9.3 Wilmer Steeples, born August 20, 1891, died October 28, 1946. He married Marie Hulda Choulett on September 13, 1913. She was born June 11, 1892, and died June 29, 1938. Both are buried in Sedalia, Missouri. Following the death of his wife, Wilmer Steeples married (second) Mrs. Maude Small. The children of Wilmer and Marie Hulda (Choulett) Steeples were:
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.2.2 Laverne Steeples, twin of Lavance, born January 21, 1910, died in 1913.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.2.3 Verona Steeples, born May 31, 1915, died June 23, 19188.8.131.52.10.2.1.4.9.3.1 Clara Amanda Steeples, born October 28, 1914.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.3.2 Charles Wilmer Steeples, born April 23, 1916.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.3.3 Benjamin Franklin Steeples, born August 20, 1922.
Mr. Steeples has also provided us with a copy of the obituary of 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Thomas Marshall Sparks, son of Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks. This supplements the information given on page 1487 of the Quarterly (June 1972, Vol. XX, No. 2, Whole No. 78):
"Thomas Marshall Sparks, youngest son of Joseph and Isabel Ellis Sparks, was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, July 22, 1847 and died at this home in Granger, Missouri. January 17, 1912. The parents of the deceased moved from KY. to Scotland Co., Missouri. when the deceased was a small boy and settled 2½ miles north of where Granger is now located, where he has resided.
"On February 25, 1875, he married Elizabeth Searight. He leaves to mourn his death his beloved wife, one daughter Mrs. Vic Davis, 3 grandchildren, one having died in infancy. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. T. W. Thomas and Mrs. L. J. McClellan, both of Phillips County, Kansas, and many others who reside in Missouri, Kansas & Kentucky.
"T.M. Sparks was an honored member of the I.O.O.F., an institution which he loved very much. While he did not attend the regular, he loved its Principles and especially that one where the open hand of an odd fellow is always extended to a brother. His life was like that of Jo Patha to David, when a man was down and needing help, he was there to assist him, thus exemplifying the character of a good Samaritan.
"Funeral Services were held from the residence, January 20 at 1 P.M. in the presence of a large crowd. J.H. Lane had charge of the service at the house. The I.O.O.F. took charge of the body and tenderly laid it to rest in the Black Oak Cemetery using their impressive ritualistic burial service for the occations."(from the Memphis Democrat)
Whole Number 111
by Paul E. Sparks
(Editor's Note: In the September 1970 issue of the Quarterly, Vol. XVIII, No. 3, Whole No. 71) pp. 1336-42, we published an article about 184.108.40.206.2.1 Caleb Sparks of Lewis and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky. Further data have been uncovered in Fleming County, Kentucky, about Caleb Sparks which will undoubtedly interest descendants of this man. Fleming County adjoins both Lewis and Nicholas Counties.)
On the 10th day of February 1800, the County Court Clerk of Fleming County was instructed to care for the well-being of two sons of 220.127.116.11.2 William Sparks who had died. The sons were 18.104.22.168.2.1 Caleb Sparks and 22.214.171.124.2.2 Joseph Sparks. The court order, recorded in Court
Book B, was as follows:
Ordered that the clerk of the court bind Caleb Sparkes and Joseph Sparkes, infant heirs of FNU Sparkes, deceased, to William McCormick to learn the art and mistery of Tanning and Currying; whereupon an indenture binding the said Caleb and Joseph to the said William McCormick was produced in court, acknowledgeed by Joshua Stockton, clerk, as aforesaid and the said William McCormick and ordered to be recorded.
The court order was signed by Richard Tilton, Commissioner.
The indentures were recorded on the same day as the court order and can be found in Deed Book A, page 324 and page 325. The indenture for Caleb Sparks was recorded on page 324 and is identical to the indenture for Joseph Sparks which was recorded on page 325 with the single exception that the term of Joseph's apprenticeship was for twelve years from the first day of March 1800. Here is the indenture copied exactly as it appears in the deed book.
This indenture made the tenth day of February Eighteen Hundred between Richard Tilton, Bryan Rout and John Mart, Gentlemen, Justices of the County Court of fleming of the one part and William McCormick of the other part wittnesseth that the said Justices by Virtue of the Power given them by law have placed and Bound out and by these presents do place and bind out Kalip Sparks an infant orphan of William Sparks, Deceased unto said McCormick for full term of seven years from the third of next December ensueing the date heir of to be taught and instructed in the Business of Taning and Currying and the said Apprentice to Dwell Continue and serve the said Master from the date hereof until Seven Years from the third day of next December During all which time the said Apprentice his said Master Well and faithfully shall serve his Secrets keep and all his Lawful Commands everywhere ready obey he shall not do or suffer to be done by others hurt to his said Master but in all things behave himself well as a faithful Apprentice ought to during the aforesaid term of service and the said William McCormick is to Learn or cause him to be taught the said Apprentice the art or Mistery of the Tanning and Currying Business and to procure and provide the said Apprentice Meat drink washing lodging and Wearing Aperal during the term of his Apprenticeship and also to learn the said Apprentice to Read Write and Cipher to the Rule of Three in said Term and At the Expiration of said Term of service to Pay said Apprentice fifty Dollars Worth of Clothing Likewise a Horse and Saddle worth twenty five pounds or other proper to that amount in witness whereof said William McCormick hath hereby Set his hand and seal the Day and Year first above written. Execute in the presence of:
/s/ William McCormick
At a Court begun and held for Fleming County on the 10th Day of February 1800, This indenture binding Caleb Sparks to William McCormick was produced in Court and acknowledged by said McCormick and ordered to be recorded.
/s/ Joshua Stockton C.F.C.
An indenture for a minor orphan was not uncommon in early America. The custom was for the court (or a judge) to apprentice the orphan to a citizen of the community who would teach him a trade. In turn, the apprentice would perform tasks for the master. Generally, the apprentice became, to all intents and purposes, a member of the household. The term of the apprenticeship usually lasted until the apprentice's twenty-first birthday, or until the master agreed to shorten the term.
According to the indenture of Caleb Sparks, his seven-year term of service was to end on December 3, 1807; thus he was born twenty-one years earlier, or on December 3, 1786. His brother, Joseph, was to serve a twelve-year apprenticeship which was to end on March 1, 1812; thus he was born March 1, 1791.
Both boys (Caleb had just passed his thirteenth birthday; Joseph was soon to be nine) were to be taught to tan hides. A part of the process was known as "currying" which involved dressing the tanned hide by soaking, scraping, beating and coloring. In addition, they were to be taught to read, write, and cipher to the Rule of Three. The latter term was used in those days to denote a method of finding a fourth term of a proportion when the other three terms were known.
William Sparks, father of Caleb and Joseph, was probably the 126.96.36.199.2 William Sparks, Jr. who was in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1786 where he signed a petition asking the Virginia legislature to create a new county. William Sparks, Sr. also signed the petition. William Sparks, Jr. paid taxes in Bourbon County from 1787 to 1797. He probably went with Nicholas County when it was created in 1799.
We have no data concerning Joseph Sparks, brother of Caleb. In the June 1970 issue of the Quarterly (Vol. XVIII, No. 2, Whole No. 70) pp. 1315-18 we published an article about a Joseph Sparks of Lewis County, Kentucky. That Joseph Sparks, however, was born ca. 1777 and married in 1797 in Bourbon County, Kentucky to Anne Wilson. A Joseph Sparks also served as a soldier in the War of 1812 from August 15 to October 14, 1812. He was from Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Whole Number 128
On pages 1315 -1318 of the June 1970 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 70, an article was published about the descendants of 188.8.131.52.2.11 Joseph Sparks (ca.1777-1838) of Lewis County, Kentucky. Since the publication of that article, we have received additional information about a son of Joseph Sparks. The son was 184.108.40.206.2.11.1 James Albert Sparks (ca.1798-1856) who married Nancy Elizabeth Gilman on March 3, 1820; they were married in Adams County, Ohio, right across the Ohio River from Lewis County, Kentucky. She was a daughter of Henry Gilman. This couple continued to live in Lewis County until ca. 1838 when they moved to Putnam County, Indiana, where they settled at Cloverdale. They stayed there only a few years and then moved to Clayton County, Iowa, where James died on March 6, 1856. His picture appeared on the cover of the December 1959 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 28.
Shortly after the death of her husband, Nancy Elizabeth Sparks (she went by the name of Elizabeth) moved to Olmsted County, Minnesota Territory, taking with her her two youngest children, 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 William Sparks and 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Mary Sparks. In all probability, Elizabeth made this move to be near her daughter, 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Martha (Patsey?) (Sparks) Yates, and her sons, 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Joseph Sparks and 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Albert Cyrus Sparks. She was living near these children when a special census was taken in 1857 of Olmsted County shortly before Minnesota became the 32nd state in 1858.
Elizabeth Sparks did not remain long in Minnesota, and when the 1860 census was taken of Iowa, she was living at Farmersburg in Clayton County. With her were three sons: 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 William Sparks, 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Henry Sparks, and 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 John Sparks. The following year, on May 28, 1861, her son, Henry Sparks, enlisted in Company C, 3rd Regiment Iowa Infantry. He contracted acute bronchitus in the early part of 1863, and on April 27, 1863, he received a medical discharge. He returned to his home at Farmersburg, Iowa, where he died on June 10, 1863. (See pages 2694 -2696 of this issue of the Quarterly for an abstract of his pension file.)
On August 15, 1878, Elizabeth Sparks applied for a Mother's Pension for her son's military service. She was issued Mother's Certificate No. 198,491, and she was placed upon the pension roll. According to affidavits which she made prior to her death, she sold her farm in Iowa in 1866 and returned to Olmsted County. She remained there until 1881 when she again returned to Iowa where she settled at McGregor. On May 2, 1882, at the age of 80 years, she made her final affidavit to support her pension status. She died on September 13, 1885, in Clayton County.
188.8.131.52.2.11.1 James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks were the parents of thirteen children. All of them were listed on pages 1315-1318 of the June 1970 issue of the Quarterly; the information presented on those pages will not be repeated here. We shall, however, continue to use the same numbering system we used on those pages with the added information that we are now able to provide.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Martha ["Patsy"] Sparks was born ca. 1820 in Lewis County, Kentucky. On May 18, 1836, she was married in that county to Joseph L. Yates. Her father gave his consent to the marriage. Joseph was born December 27, 1813, in Meadsville, Pennsylvania. The first child of Patsy and Joseph was born in Lewis County in 1837, but the following year, Patsy followed her parents to Putnam County, Indiana, and it was there that her second child was born.
Patsy and Joseph remained in Putnam County until ca. 1852 when they moved to Marquette County, Wisconsin, and settled at Princeton. They stayed there for two years and then went to Olmsted County, Minnesota, in 1855. Patsy died in that county on January 16, 1895, and Joseph died there on April 5, 1900. They were buried from the Pleasant Grove Christian Church of which they were mem bers. They were the parents of twelve children, but we have learned the names of only nine of them.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1 Elizabeth Yates was born ca. 1837 in Lewis County, Kentucky. She married William Collins ca. 1854, and they had at least five children: Martha J. Collins, James H. Collins, Mary Collins, Hettie M. Collins, and Joseph E. Collins. Elizabeth (Yates) Collins died on April 23, 1895.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.2 Mary Jane Yates was born ca. 1838 in Putnam County, Indiana. She married David Overend in 1857. She died on June 13, 1919.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.3 John Yates was born November 29, 1841, at Cloverdale, Indiana. He died in September 1911 at Pleasant Grove, Minnesota, and was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery. He served in Company H, 6th Regiment Minnesota Infantry during the Civil War. He married Matilda Jane Parks on July 3, 1866, and they had six children, all of whom died in infancy except one son, Benjamin F. Yates.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.4 Harriet Yates was born ca. 1845 and died when quite young.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.5 Joseph Yates, Jr. was born September 16, 1848, in Putnam County, Indiana; he died on December 24, 1928. On July 21, 1868, he married Ella C. Potter and, according to the 1885 census of Olmsted County, they had at least seven children: Julia Yates, Alvarne Yates, Martha Yates, Larue Yates, Ruel Yates,Clara Yates, and Joseph Yates.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.6 Martha Yates was born in 1852 at Princeton, Missouri. She died when quite young.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.7 Carolyn Yates was born ca. 1854 at Princeton, Missouri. She married Orrin Walker. She died at Livingston, Montana, on April 5, 1945.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.7 Rebecca Yates was born June 19, 1856. She married Franklin Parks on October 13. 1878. She died on December 21, 1907, at Tracy, Minnesota.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.8 Benjamin F. Yates was born ca. 1860. He married Mattie Lambert on December 19, 1886. He died on September 12, 1942.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Allen Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks, was born June 1, 1822, in Lewis County, Kentucky. His biography was given on pages 1315-1316 of the June 1970 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 70, and an abstract of his Civil War pension file was published on pages 1366-1367 of the December 1970 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 72. In addition, we have received further information about two of his younger children.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.6 James W. Sparks was born August 24, 1867, in Iowa. He died on March 24, 1913. He married Minnie Walters and they had two children:
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.6.1 Clifford Sparks and
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.6.2 Kenneth Sparks.
(Webmaster Note: Previous list says James W. Sparks was born August 26)
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.8 Anna Sparks was born March 7, 1876. She married Jacob Hansel on October 1, 1901. He was born in 1876 and was a son of William Henry and Delia Marie (White) Hansel. Anna and Jacob had two children:
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.8.1 Russell Hansel and
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.8.2 Dale Hansel.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Barton Sparks was born ca. 1824 in Lewis County, Kentucky. He married Christiana Michael on November 21, 1844, in Putnam County, Indiana. She was born June 30, 1827, in Augusta County, Virginia, and was a daughter of Jacob Michael, a native of Pennsylvania. The first two children of Barton and Christiana were born in Indiana, but when the 1850 census was taken of Marquette County, Wisconsin, Barton and Christiana were living in the village of Pleasant Valley. by 1860, they were in Parke County, Indiana. According to a descendant, Mrs. Mildred Haynie, Barton died in Pratt County, Kansas. After his death, Christiana married Joseph Barker on March 25, 1896. He was the father of Elizabeth Barker who married 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1 William F. Sparks. (See below.) Joseph Barker was also the father of Amanda E. Barker who married Benjamin Ami Sparks. (See below.) Christiana died on January 13, 1910, in Miller County, Missouri. She and Barton had nine children.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1 William F. Sparks was born ca. 1845. He married Elizabeth Barker, a daughter of Joseph Barker, and they had two children:
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1 Benjamin Sparks and
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.2 Amanda Sparks.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.2 Sarah Jane Sparks was born October 6, 1848, in Indiana. She married Samuel Henry Welch. He was born July 16, 1843. He served in Com pany K, 334th Regiment Indiana Volunteers during the Civil War. He died on July 15, 1905, and Sarah Jane died on January 27, 1910. They were buried in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Rice County, Kansas. They had eight children:
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.2.1 Eugenia Welch,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.2.2 Ida B. Welch,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.2.3 Barton Welch,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.2.4 Lerenzo Dan Welch,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.2.5 Mary Etta Welch,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.2.6 Mattie Welch,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.2.7 Henry Edwin Welch, and
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.2.8 Minnia May Welch.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.3 Mary Ann Sparks was born February 6, 1850. She married Jacob Orender on September 12, 1869. He was born in February 1834. He served as a bugler in Company L, 6th Regiment Missouri Volunteers during the Civil War. He died on May 17, 1915, and Mary Ann died on February 10, 1922. They were buried in Eldon, Missouri. They had six children:
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.3.1 John W. Orender,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.3.2 Joseph M. Orender,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.3.3 Terri J. Orender,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.3.4 Lovie M. Orender,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.3.5 Rosa B. Orender, and
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.3.6 Pearl M. Orender.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.4 Elizabeth C. Sparks was born in December 1852. She married Reuben J. Allen on November 5, 1868, in Carroll County, Missouri. They had at least nine children:
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.4.1 William J. Allen,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.4.2 Marion Ely Allen,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.4.3 Susie V. Allen,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.4.4 Mary J. Allen,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.4.5 Oliver Allen,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.4.6 Annie Allen,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.4.7 Leora A. Allen,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.4.8 Christine Allen, and
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.4.9 Penelope Allen.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.5 James Sparks was born ca. 1855.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.6 Benjamin Ami Sparks was born September 5, 1857. He went by the name of "Am." On March 19, 1876, he married Amanda Emiline Barker in Carroll County, Missouri. He died on November 24, 1934, in Wakenda, Missouri. He and Amanda had six children:
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.6.1 Emma Ellen Sparks,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.6.2 William Edward Sparks,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.6.3 John Jacob Sparks,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.6.4 Ida Bell Sparks,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.6.5 Barton Sparks, and
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.6.6 Golda Mae Sparks. The last named was the mother of Mrs. Mildred Haynie who has been most helpful in providing information about this branch of the Sparks family.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.7 Barton Sparks was born December 9, 1862. He married Martha Alice Logan on November 11, 1883. He died on September 8, 1934, at Waynesville, Missouri. He and Mary Alice had two children:
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.7.1 William Perry Sparks and
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.7.2 Mary Elizabeth Sparks.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.8 Jacob Sparks was born September 7, 1867. He died on August 30, 1897. He married Lily F. Henson, daughter of Thomas R. and Alice Henson. Jacob and Lily had at least one child,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.8.1 Herman J. Sparks.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.9 Christine Sparks was born June 4, 1873, in Pulaski County, Missouri. She died on April 7, 1940. She married Andrew Franklin Gan. He was born in March 1868 and was a son of George and Suanna Gan. Christine and Andrew had five children:
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.9.1 George B. Gan,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.9.2 Herman A. Gan,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.9.3 Hester A. Gan,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.9.4 Herbert G. Gan, and
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.9.5 Effie L. Gan.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 James Harvey Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks, was born February 8, 1826. His biography appeared on pages 1316 -1317 of the June 1970 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 70. In that account, his year of birth was given as 1830, but this was apparently an error. [Note: Error corrected in Whole No. 70.]
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Harriet Sparks was born ca. 1828. She married FNU Dickson, probably in Clayton County, Missouri. We have no further information about them.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Albert Cyrus Sparks was born January 8, 1830. His biography appeared on pages 265 -266 of the December 1957 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 20.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Joseph Sparks was born February 28, 1832. His biography appeared on page 1317 of the June 1970 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 70.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Rebecca Sparks was born ca. 1834. He married FNU Moore, ca. 1853. She died in 1856.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Henry Sparks was born ca. 1836 in Lewis County, Kentucky. He served in Company C, 3rd Regiment Iowa Infantry and died on June 10, 1863, from acute bronchitus, which he contracted during his military service and for which he received a medical discharge. (See pages 2694 -2696 of this issue of the Quarterly for an abstract of the pension file by which his mother received a Mother's Pension.)
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 William Sparks was born ca. 1838 in Indiana. According to a statement from his mother, he was crippled by "white swelling," or tuberculosis of the bone. In 1869, he married Martha Ann Owens in Olmsted County, Minnesota. She was born July 17, 1854, in Iowa and was a daughter of Francis and Barbara Owens. William died on April 16, 1882, and Martha Ann died on August 13, 1907. They had four children.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1 William Henry Sparks was born November 15, 1869. He died on July 26, 1906. In 1893, he married Sarah E. Brown, and they had three children:
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1.1 Rena May Sparks,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.2 Inez Estelle Sparks, and
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1.3 William Harold Sparks.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.2 Florence Sparks was born ca. 1876.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.3 Pearl Sparks was born ca. 1876. She married FNU Davidson.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.4 James G. Sparks was born in July 1882.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Mary Sparks was born ca. 1840 in Indiana. On March 13, 1859, she married Hezekiah Niles Stowe in Clayton County, Iowa. He was born ca. 1835 in the state of New York. He died ca. 1872 in Olmsted County, Minnesota. He and Mary had six children.18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1 James Niles Stowe was born ca. 1859.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.2 John Hezekiah Stowe was born November 28, 1861, in Clayton County, Iowa. He married Mary Ellen Nowell in 1897. He died on September 17, 1946.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.3 Harriet Stowe was born in 1863 in Olmsted County, Minnesota.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.4 George Stowe was born ca. 1867 in Olmsted County, Minnesota.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.5 Nettie Anna Stowe was born ca. 1869.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.6 Stanley Stowe was born March 4, 1872, in Olmsted County, Minnesota. He died on February 17, 1875.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1842 in Indiana. She married Armisted Kirk. We have no further data.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 John Sparks was born ca. 1844 in Indiana. Like his brother, William, he was crippled by "white swelling" in one leg. He married Hannah Trowbridge, ca. 1869. She was born ca. 1837 in Ohio and was a daughter of Joseph and Emma (Reilly) Trowbridge. John and Hannah had three children.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1 Arizona Sparks was born ca. 1871.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.2 Bartlett Sparks was born ca. 1873.
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.3 J. J. Sparks was born ca. 1877.