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SPARKS FAMILIES OF NICHOLAS COUNTY, KENTUCKY

by Paul E. Sparks



Data relative to Sparkses of Nicholas County, Kentucky, have been published earlier and should be referred to by our readers. These can be found as follows:

1800 census, March 1955, Whole No. 9, p. 65;
1820 census, March 1965, Whole No, 49, p. 892;
1830 census, September 1959, Whole No. 27, p. 422;
1840 census, December 1966, Whole No. 56, p. 1040;
1850 census, September 1957, Whole No. 19, pp. 236-237;

Record of Births, 1852-1862, December 1958, Whole No. 24, p. 347;

Marriages, 1799-1855, December 1965, Whole No. 52, p. 946;

Pension Application, War of 1812, September 1965, Whole No, 51, p. 928.

Our readers are also reminded that the Sparkses of Nicholas County were probably related to the Sparkses of neighboring Bourbon, Fleming, Mason, Lewis, and Harrison Counties.


Property Deeds of Nicholas County, Kentucky, 1799-1865

Abstracted by Paul E. Sparks, 1963


Book E, Page 116. August 27, 1817. Coonrod Yeater & Sally his wife to heirs of John Sparks, deceased, namely:

William Sparks,
Micha Stokes,
late Micha Sparks,
Jonas Sparks,
Patsey Sparks,
Susan Sparks, &
Katy Sparks.

Land valued at $164.

Book E, Page 186. February 18, 1818. Philemon Thomas of Louisiana to William Sparks, land on Hinkston Creek, 80 acres for $100.

Book E, Page 296. October 30, 1818.  George Hufstetter & Catherine his wife to William Sparks, land on Hinkston Creek valued at $600.

Book E, Page 389. March 18, 1819. John May sells land on Hinkston Creek to William Sparks, 55 acres for $12.

Book E, Page 627. August 21, 1821. Lydia Swearingen sells 33 acres of land on Hinkston Creek to Caty Sparks for $33.25.

Book G, Page 90. August 8, 1825. William Thompson, sheriff of Nicholas County conveys land to William Sparks, towit: whereas the said Sparks did swear out a writ of tiere facie against the estate of John Sparks, deceased, in the hands of Catharine Sparks, his widow, to be administrator and descended and devised to said Catherine Sparks, widow; and to Micha Stokes, late Micha Sparks, widow and relict of Benjamin Stokes, deceased, and John Stokes, administrator of said Benjamin Stokes, deceased, and Mary Ann Stokes, Catherine Stokes & Harriet Stokes, heirs of said Benjamin Stokes, deceased; Isaac Baker and Martha, his wife, late Martha Sparks; Jonas Sparks, Susan Sparks &. Catharine Sparks, Jr.; all being heirs and legal representatives of said John Sparks, deceased;... saving to said Catharine Sparks her right of dowery in land of said John Sparks, deceased...; and land having been advertised for sale ... and William Sparks being successful bidder...

Book H, Page 200. November 16, 1827. John Workman conveys 102 acres of land on Hinkston Creek to Edward Sparks for $1.00.

Book I, Page 136. July 29, 1830. Edward Sparks and Polly, his wife, sell 50 acres of land to Jonas Sears for $270.

Book L, Page 15. April 23, 1835. Drusilla Thornburgh conveys 33 acres of land on Hinkston Creek to Catharmne Sparks & Elizabeth Sparks for $10. 00.

Book L, Page 30. January 9, 1835. David Crouch & Elizabeth, his wife, sell 50 acres of land to William Sparks & Jonas Sparks for $1.00.

Book L, Page 156. March 9, 1836. Catherine Sparks & Elizabeth Sparks convey 35 acres of land to Alvin Branch for $1.00.  (Both women make their marks.)

Book L, Page 199. October 22, 1836. John Fugate & Nancy, his wife, sell 113¼ acres of land to William Sparks & Jonas Sparks for $2800.

Book L, Page 547. 19 November 19, 1838. Pratt Hughes & Sarah, his wife, sell 36 acres of land to Elizabeth Sparks for $333.33.

Book N, Page 407. 23 September 23, 1846. Willabough Stewart sells 55 acres of land to Thomas Sparks, Harrison County, KY, for $20.

Book 0, Page 472. November 8, 1848. Thomas Quisenberry, Nicholas County Commissioner, conveys 15 acres of land for $300 to William Sparks which Nicholas County Court at its May term 1848 had awarded to said Sparks in his suit against Thomas Stokes and others."

Book P, Page 92. November 1, 1849. John Stokes & Deborah, his wife, sell 3½ acres of land to Charles Fishback, George Sparks, and William Wasson for $300.

Book P, Page 377. December 19, 1851. John Crouch sells 69 acres of land to William Sparks & Jonas Sparks for $2094.

Book P, Page 550. May 21, 1853. Elizabeth Sparks sells 36 acres of land to E. H. Wilson for $610, (Elizabeth Sparks signs her name.)

Book Q, Page101. At the May term, 1850, of the Nicholas County Court in the case of the heirs of Catherine Sparks, deceased, petition, Charles Fishback was appointed to sell the interest of the heirs in 56 acres of land which descended to the said heirs, towit: Melisa I. Sparks, Martha K. Sparks, Alvin sparks, William O. Sparks, & Mary C. Sparks, infant children of Catherine Sparks, deceased; Charles Fishback & Mary Ann, his wife; William Wasson & Harriet, his wife; from Benjamin Stokes, deceased. Land was sold to Robert Hopkins for $366.

Book Q page 217. February 15, 1838. William Sparks & Catsey, his wife, convey 55 acres to Jonas Sparks for $1.00. (This deed was not recorded until 21 August 1854.)

Book R, Page 90. September 1, 1855, A. D. Crouch sells land to William Sparks & Jonas Sparks for $4500.

Book R, Page 315. May 20, 1857. Samuel Sparks & Abbey, his wife, sell all our right in land of Jonas Sparks, deceased to James Young.

Book R, Page 363. September 18, 1857, Samuel Sparks & Abbey, his wife, sell land to Sledd Nelson

Book R, Page 384. October 7, 1857. Elizabeth Sparks, widow of Jonas Sparks; John F. Sparks & Cynthia L., his wife; James A. Young & Margaret, his wife, holding by purchase land from Samuel Sparks, another heir of the said Jonas Sparks, deceased; make an amicable division of several tracts of land held jointly by William Sparks & Jonas Sparks, deceased. Land was conveyed to William Sparks

Book S, Page 145. November 19, 1857. George Reed & Mary J., his wife, and John Reed & Acinath, his wife, sell 39 acres of land on Summerset Creek to John Sparks and Addison Young for $1971.

Book 5, Page 148. November 15, 1858. William Kern & Jane, his wife, sell 33 acres of land on the Licking River to Samuel Sparks for $687.

Book T, Page 478. December 19, 1860, John sparks & Cynthia, his wife, land to Addison Young.

Book 1, Page 76. May 14, 1864. Elizabeth Sparks; Emmerine Sparks James Huffstetter & Elvira, his wife; George W, Crouch & Susan, his wife; William Firman Gillaspie & Harriet, his wife; all heirs of William Sparks, deceased, sell 44 acres of land to Joseph Sparks, also an heir of William Sparks, deceased, for $150.

Book 1, Page 77. May 14, 1864, Joseph Sparks James Huffstetter & Elvira, his wife; George W, Crouch & Susan, his wife; William F. Gillaspie & Harriet, his wife; all heirs of William Sparks, deceased, to Elizabeth Sparks & Emmerine Sparks, also heirs of William Sparks, deceased, 80 acres of land. No money was involved. Christina, wife of Joseph Sparks, also signs.

Book 1, Page 81. May 14, 1864. (The heirs of William Sparks sell land to Harriet Gillaspie for $200, 50 acres.)

Book 1, Page 87. May 14, 1864. (The heirs of William Sparks sell 51 acres of land to Elvira Huffstetter for $150.)

Book 1, Page 112, May 14, 1864. (The other heirs of William Sparks sell 45 acres of land to Susan Crouch for $100.)

Book 1, Page 159. May 13, 1864. James A. Young & Margaret J., his wife, convey 91 acres of land on Summerset Creek to John F. Sparks.

Book 1, Page 230. March 28, 1865. Robert W. Barr sells 148 acres of land to Joseph Sparks for $1900.


PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN NICHOLAS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1800-1850

Date Taxpayer Acres Watershed Males >21 Horses Total Value
1800 Joseph Sparks 1517 Licking R. 1 2 - - -
1801-04 No Sparkses  
 
1805 Joseph Sparks   Brushy Fork 1 2 - - -
 
1806 George Sparks   Brushy Fork 1   - - -
 
1807-16 No Sparkses  
1817 William Sparks 80 Summerset 1 3 $790
 
1818 William Sparks 80 Summerset 1 3 790
 
1819 George Sparkes     1    
  William Sparkes 135 Summerset 1 2 1720
  William Sparkes, Jr.     1 3 130
  Catherine Sparkes 35 Hinkston   3 370
 
1820 George Sparks 200 Licking R. 1 1 1 5
  William Sparks 135 Hinkston 1 2 1480
  Caty Sparks 35 Summerset   1 225
  Caleb Sparks     1 1 25
 
1821 George Sparks     1 1 20
  William Sparks 135 Hinkston   2 1470
  Jonas Sparks         120
  Catherine Sparks 35 Summerset   3 240
 
1822 George Sparks     1 1 30
  William Sparks, Jr. 135 Hinkston 1 2 1550
  Catherine Sparks 35 Summerset   1 195
 
1823 George Sparks     1 2 30
  Jonas Sparks     1 2 750
  William Sparks 135 Hinkston 1 3 1650
  Catherine Sparks 35 Hinkston   1 225
  William Sparks     1    
 
1824 George Sparks     1 1 30
  William Sparks 135 Hinkston 1 3 1570
  James Sparks     1 3 545
  Katharine Sparks 33 Hinkston   1 208
 
1825 George Sparks     1 1 72
  William Sparks 135 Hinkston 1 3 2230
  Jonas Sparks     1 3 300
  Catherine Sparks 33 Summerset     268
  Caleb Sparks     1 1 60
 
1826 William Sparks 2nd     1    
  William Sparks 135 Hinkston 1 6 1415
  Caty Sparks 35 Summerset     240
  George Sparks     1 1 75
  Jonas Sparks     1 4 200
 
1827 Caleb Sparks     1 2 50
  Katherine Sparks 40 Hinkston   1 230
  Edward Sparks     1 1 50
  William Sparks 135 Hinkston 1 6 1320
  Jonas Sparks     1 5 225
  James Sparks     1    
  George Sparks     1 1 60
1828 (No tax book)          
 
1829 James Sparks     1    
  George Sparks     1 1 $40
  Jonas Sparks     1 2 270
  William Sparks 135 Hinkston 1 8 1660
  Thomas Sparks     1    
  Catherine Sparks 34 Summerset     238
 
1830 George Sparks     1 2 65
  Catherine Sparks 32 Summerset     192
  Elizabeth Sparks       1 50
  William Sparks 135 Hinkston 1 7 1650
  James Sparks     1 2 140
  Edward Sparks     1    
 
1831 Otho Sparks     1    
  George Sparks     1 1 50
  William Sparks 135 Hinkston 1 5 1600
  Jonas Sparks     1 4 150
  Katherine Sparks 33 Summerset     231
  Elizabeth Sparks         50
  Edward Sparks     1 2 75
 
1832 (No tax book)          
 
1833 William Sparks 135 Hinkston 1 4 1805
  Jonas Sparks     1 5 200
  Catherine Sparks 33 Hinkston     400
 
1834 Othia Sparks     1    
  George Sparks     1 2 100
  Katharine Sparks 35 Hinkston     470
  William Sparks 105 Hinkston 1 5 1785
  Jonas Sparks 85 Hinkston 1 5 1545
 
1835 George Sparks     1 2 100
  Otha Sparks     1    
  William Sparks 105 Hinkston 1 3 2232
  Jonas Sparks 80 Hinkston 1 5 1450
  Catherine Sparks 35 Summerset   3 475
 
1836 Elizabeth Sparks 70 Cassady   4 850
  Otha Sparks     1    
  George Sparks     1 2 150
  Jonas Sparks 130 Hinkston 1 4 3450
  William Sparks 162 Hinkston 1 5 4305
 
1837 (No tax book)          
 
1838 Otha Sparks     1    
  George Sparks     1 3 $140
  Jonas Sparks 136 Somerset 1 5 4200
  William Sparks 161½ Somerset 1 5 4780
 
1839 Otha Sparks     1    
  Cath. & Eliz. Sparks 100 Cassady   3 1590
  George Sparks     1 3 150
  Jonas Sparks 136 Hinkson 1 7 4462
  William Sparks 161 Hinkson 1 6 5195
 
1840 Jonas Sparks 136 Hinkston 1 7 3987
  William Sparks 161 Hinkston 1 5 4416
  George Sparks 104 Hinkston 1 4 2280
 
1841            
Dist. 1 Charles Sparks 131 Sugar Creek 1 1 191
Dist. " Otha Sparks     1 1 40
Dist. 2 Elizabeth Sparks 100 Cassady   3 1100
Dist. 3 George Sparks 104 Hinkston 1 4 2280
Dist. " William Sparks 161½ Hinkston 1 5 5025
Dist. " Jonas Sparks 134 Hinkston 1 8 4350
 
1842            
Dist. 1 Otha Sparks     1 1 50
Dist. " Charles Sparks 187 Sugar Creek 1 3 275
Dist. 2 John Sparks     1 1 25
Dist. " Elizabeth Sparks 100 Cassady   3 1100
Dist. 3 William Sparks 161 Hinkston 1 4 3071
Dist. " George Sparks 104 Hinkston 1 5 1760
 
1843  
Dist. 1 Otha Sparks     1 2 35
Dist. " Charles Sparks 131 Sugar Creek 1 3 170
Dist. 2 Elizabeth Sparks 74 Cassady   2 484
Dist. " Catherine Sparks 36 Cassady   1 236
Dist. 3 George Sparks 104 Hinkston 1 5 1398
Dist. " William Sparks 161 Hinkston 1 4 2429
Dist. " Jonas Sparks 1 36 Hinkston 1 6 2114
 
1844  
Dist. 1 Charles Sparks     1 1 30
Dist. " Otha Sparks     1 1 10
Dist. 2 Elizabeth Sparks 110 Cassady   5 1090
Dist. 3 William Sparks 80 Hinkston 1 3  
  same 161 Hinkston     4006
Dist. " Joseph Sparks     1 1 50
Dist. " Jonas Sparks 50 Hinkston 1 5  
Dist. " same 80 Hinkston     2259
Dist. " George Sparks 104 Hinkston 1 2 1432
1845, 1846, 1847, and 1848 (All tax lists were substantially the same as that of 1844: the same persons, acres, etc.)
 
1849  
Dist. 1 Otha Sparks     1 1 $40
Dist. " Charles Sparks     1 1 30
Dist. 2 Elizabeth Sparks 72 Cassady   1 820
Dist. 3 George Sparks 52 Hinkston 1   1100
Dist. " William Sparks 161 Hinkston 1    
  same 10 Hinkston     4010
Dist. " Jonas Sparks 130 Somerset 1   3200
Dist. " Jonas & Wm. Sparks   Somerset     130
Dist. " John Sparks     1    
 
1850  
Dist. 1 Otha Sparks     1 1 20
Dist. " Charles Sparks     1 2 40
Dist. 2 Elizabeth Sparks 72 Cassady   1 820
Dist. 3 George Sparks 17 Hinkson 1 3 430
Dist. " William Sparks 80 Hinkson 1 3 2180
Dist. " Jonas Sparks 50 Hinkson 1 7 1580
Dist. " Jonas & Wm. Sparks 162 Hinkson      
Dist. " same 80¾       6070
Dist. " Joseph Sparks     1 1 80
Dist. " John Sparks     1 2 145

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