September 26, 2017

Pages 1360-1363
Whole Number 72

SOLOMON SPARKS, OF SURRY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
AND FRANKLIN COUNTY, TENNESSEE



It is believed that 1.2.5.1.2 John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks had a son named 1.2.5.1.2.7 Solomon Sparks who was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, ca. 1790, and it is believed that it was this Solomon Sparks who moved from North Carolina to Franklin County, Tennessee, prior to 1830. This was the same county in Tennessee to which Jonathan Sparks [Webmaster Note: Disproved in Issue 113.], also a son of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks, moved about 1830.

[Webmaster Note: See Issue 138 to see that this Solomon Sparks was NOT the son of 1.2.5.1.2 John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks, but rather a son of 1.2.5.1.1 Joseph Sparks.]

1.2.5.1.1.x Solomon Sparks married Susan, who was born ca. 1802 in North Carolina. Whether they were married in North Carolina or Tennessee is not known. Solomon Sparks was listed on the 1830 census of Franklin County, Tenn. His age was given as between 30 and 40 (thus born between 1790 and 1800). His wife's age was given as between 20 and 30 (thus born between 1800 and 1810). Living with them were four children: a boy born between 1820 and 1825, a girl born between 1814 and 1820, and. three girls born between 1825 and 1830.

When the 1840 census was taken of Franklin County, the family of Solomon Sparks was listed as follows:

1 male (himself) aged 40 -50 (born 1790-1800)
1 female (wife) aged 30 -140 (born 1800-1810)
1 male aged 15 -20 (born 1820-1825)
2 males aged 5 -10 (born 1830-1835)
2 males under 5 years (born 1835-1840)
1 female aged 10 -15 (born 1825 -1830)
1 female aged 5 -10 (born 1830-1835)
1 female under 5 years (born 1835-1840)
1 female aged 80 -90 (born 1750-1760)

In all probability, the old lady aged between 80 and 90 was a relative, perhaps Solomon's mother-in-law. It is believed that his mother had died earlier.

The 1850 census of Franklin County, Tennessee, gives 1.2.5.1.1.x Solomon Sparks's age as 60 (thus born ca. 1790) and his birth place as North Carolina. He was a farmer. His wife's name was Susan, aged 48 (thus born ca. 1802), born in North Carolina. Their children as listed on the 1850 census, all born in Tennessee, were named as follows:

1.2.5.1.2.5.1 Nancy C. Sparks, aged 20 (born ca. 1830)
1.2.5.1.2.5.2 George       "            "   19     "       "     1831
1.2.5.1.2.5.3 John            "            "   17     "       "     1833
1.2.5.1.2.5.4 Hannah       "            "   16     "            1834
1.2.5.1.2.5.5 Carroll                        14                 1836
1.2.5.1.2.5.6 Peter                          10                 1840
1.2.5.1.2.5.7 Jane                             8                 1842
1.2.5.1.2.5.8 Alfred                           7                 1843
1.2.5.1.2.5.9 Lucinda                  "     4                 1846

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