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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 (Vol. III, No. 1, March 1955, Whole No. 9, p. 65); 1850 census (Vol. V, No. 3, Sep 1957, Whole No. 19, pp. 236-237); Record of Births, 1852-1862 (Vol. VI, No. 14, December 1958, Whole No. 214, p. 347); 1830 census (Vol. VII, No. 3, Sep 1959, Whole No. 27, p. 422); 1820 census (Vol. XIII, No.1, March 1965, Whole No, 49, p. 892); 1840 census (Vol. XIV, No. 14, December 1966, Whole No. 56, p. 1040); Marriages, 1799-1855 (Vol. XIII, No. 14, December 1965, Whole No. 52, p. 946); Pension Application, War of 1812 (Vol. XIII, No. 3, Sep 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. 27 August 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. 18 February 1818. Philemon Thomas of Louisiana to William Sparks, land on Hinkston Creek, 80 acres for $100.

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

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

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

Book G, Page 90. 8 August 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. 16 Nov 1827. John Workman conveys 102 acres of land on Hinkston Creek to Edward Sparks for $1.00.

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

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

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

Book L, Page 156. 9 March 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. 22 Oct 1836. John Fugate & Nancy, his wife, sell 113¼ acres of land to William Sparks & Jonas Sparks for $2800.

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

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

Book 0, Page 472. 8 Nov1848. 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. 1 Nov 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. 19 December 1851. John Crouch sells 69 acres of land to William Sparks & Jonas Sparks for $2094.

Book P, Page 550. 21 May 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 0. 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. 15 February 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. i Sep 1855, A. D. Crouch sells land to William Sparks & Jonas Sparks for $4500.

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

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

Book R, Page 384. 7 Oct 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. 19 Nov 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. 15 Nov 1858. William Kern & Jane, his wife, sell 33 acres of land on the Licking River to Samuel Sparks for $687.

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

Book 1, Page 76. 14 May 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. 14 May 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. 14 May 1864. (The heirs of William Sparks sell land to Harriet Gillaspie for $200, 50 acres.)

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

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

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

Book 1, Page 230. 28 March 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         15
  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
    "     " Otha Sparks             1       1       40
    "     2 Elizabeth Sparks   100 Cassady         3   1100
    "     3 George Sparks   104 Hinkston         1       4   2280
    "     " William Sparks   161½ Hinkston         1       5   5025
    "     " Jonas Sparks   134 Hinkston         1       8   4350
             
1842            
  Dist. 1 Otha Sparks             1       1       50
    "     " Charles Sparks   187 Sugar Creek         1       3      275
    "     2 John Sparks             1       1       25
    "     " Elizabeth Sparks   100 Cassady         3   1100
    "     3 William Sparks   161 Hinkston         1       4   3071
    "     "  George Sparks   104 Hinkston         1       5   1760
             
1843            
  Dist. 1 Otha Sparks             1       2       35
    "     " Charles Sparks   131 Sugar Creek         1       3     170
    "     2 Elizabeth Sparks     74 Cassady         2     484
    "     " Catherine Sparks     36 Cassady         1     236
    "     3 George Sparks   104 Hinkston         1       5   1398
    "     " William Sparks   161 Hinkston         1       4   2429
    "     " Jonas Sparks   136 Hinkston         1       6   2114
             
1844            
  Dist. 1 Charles Sparks             1       1        30
    "     " Otha Sparks             1       1        10
    "     2 Elizabeth Sparks   110 Cassady         5   1090
    "     3 William Sparks     80 Hinkston         1       3  
         same   161 Hinkston       4006
    "     " Joseph Sparks             1       1        50
    "     " Jonas Sparks     50 Hinkston         1       5  
    "     "       same     80 Hinkston       2259
    "     " 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.)

Date Taxpayer Acres Watershed Males> 21 Horses Total Value
             
1849            
  Dist. 1 Otha Sparks          1      1      $40 
     "    " Charles Sparks          1      1        30
    "     2 Elizabeth Sparks     72 Cassady        1      820
    "     3 George Sparks     52 Hinkston      1     1100
    "     " William Sparks   161 Hinkston      1    
           same     10 Hinkston       4010
    "     " Jonas Sparks   130 Somerset      1     3200
    "     " Jonas & Wm. Sparks   Somerset         130
    "     " John Sparks          1    
             
1850            
  Dist. 1 Otha Sparks          1      1       20
     "    " Charles Sparks          1      2       40
     "    2 Elizabeth Sparks     72 Cassady        1     820
     "    3 George Sparks     17 Hinkson      1      3     430
     "    " William Sparks     80 Hinkson      1      3   2180
     "    " Jonas Sparks     50 Hinkson      1      7 1580
     "    " Jonas & Wm. Sparks   162 Hinkson      
     "    "          same     80¾         6070
     "    " Joseph Sparks          1      1       80
     "    " John Sparks          1      2     145

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