June 2, 2016

Pages 1705-1706
Whole Number 88

ARTICLE PLANNED ABOUT SPARKSES OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY



Plans are underway to publish an article within the near future about the Sparks family of Adair County, Kentucky. The article will be concerned primarily with the descendants of two Sparks men whom we believe were brothers. They were William Sparks and Josiah Sparks, and we believe that they were sons of William Sparks of Prince Georges County, Maryland.

The first of these men to come to Kentucky was 20.1 William Sparks who settled about 1798 in a part of Green County which became Adair County in 1801. William was born ca. 1760, probably in Prince Georges County, Maryland, and he probably moved with his parents to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, ca. 1777. He lived for a short time in North Carolina before coming to Kentucky. He had at least nine children; there may have been others. These nine were:

20.1.1 Matthew Wright Sparks
20.1.2 Sarah Sparks
20.1.3 Elizabeth Sparks
20.1.4 Selah Sparks
20.1.5 John Sparks
20.1.6 Elihu Sparks
20.1.7 Cynthia Sparks
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0.1.8 Catherine Sparks
20.1.9 Mary Sparks.

Some of William's descendants went to Morgan County, Illinois, and then on to Jasper County, Iowa.

20.2 Josiah Sparks did not join his brother, 20.1 William Sparks, until about 1827. Josiah was born ca. 1760, probably in Prince Georges County, Maryland. In 1794 Josiah Sparks married Susan Ann (or Susannah) Phillips in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and soon thereafter he moved to Union County, South Carolina. by 1816, his son, Thomas Sparks, had moved westward to Jefferson County, Tennessee. In 1823, Thomas Sparks joined his uncle (?), 20.1 William Sparks, in Adair County, Kentucky. Then in 1827, Thomas was joined there by his father and his brothers. 20.2 Josiah Sparks had at least nine children; there may have been others. These nine were:

20.2.1 Thomas Sparks
20.2.2 John Sparks
20.2.3 Samuel Sparks
20.2.4 Truelove Sparks
20.2.5 Jane Phillips
20.2.6 Josiah Sparks, Jr.
20.2.7 Elizabeth Sparks
20.2.8 Martha Sparks
20.2.9 Sarah Sparks.

Some of Josiah's descendants went to Sangamon County, Illinois, and then on to Jasper County, Missouri.

Descendants of William and Josiah Sparks are urged to share in the proposed article. Data concerning the descendants of these men will be most welcome. In particular, old pictures and documents, such as old letters, are needed to illustrate the article.

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