February 12, 2019

Pages 1334-1342
Whole Number 71


(Editor's Note: In the December 1969 issue of the Quarterly (p. 1271) - Whole Number 68, December 1969 issue of the Quarterly (pp. 1271-1275), and December 1969 issue of the Quarterly (pp. 1275-1279), 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, 90.6 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: William Marion Stafford, born January 1870. Thomas Mahlon Stafford, born ca. 1872. Emma Jane Stafford, born August 8, 1873. Elsie Stafford, born ca. 1875. 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 MNU, 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 MNU, 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. MNU, who was born ca. 1855 in Illinois. by 1860 they two children: Hattie J. Sparks, born ca. 1879, and 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)

Query - Parentage of Leonard Sparks (ca. 1822-ca. 1865)