Whole Number 90
A detailed record, to the present day, of the descendants of William Riley and Barbara Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks has been given to the Association by Mrs. E.P. Wallin, Box 345, Grant, Nebraska (69140). Mrs. Wallin has also provided a copy of the family portrait which appears on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly. This photograph was taken about 1906. A record of the children of William Riley and Barbara Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks was published in the Quarterly of March 1969 (Vol. XVII, No. 1, Whole No. 65), on the cover of which we published a photograph of the parents of William Riley Sparks, Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks.
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 William Riley Sparks was born December 27, 1847, in Greene County, Indiana, and died on August 12, 1926. His wife, Barbara Elizabeth Carter, was a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Martendale) Carter. She was born 3 February 1851, in Greene County, Indiana, and died on Sep 2, 1930. They were the parents of nine children, all of whom appear in this family portrait. Only the youngest child is living today, Murrell Sparks, who sat between his parents for the portrait; he is now 82 years old and lives at Cheyenne Wells, Colorado.
The nine children of William Riley and Barbara Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks were:
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1 William Granvil Sparks, born December 26, 1868;
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.2 Luala Sparks, born Nov 11, 1870;
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.3 John Calvin Sparks, born Sep 2, 1872;
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.4 Joseph Wesley Sparks, born July 10, 1876;
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.5 Steven Douglas Sparks, born Sep 22, 1880;
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.6 Charles Sparks, born Sep 21, 1883;
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.7 Purmela Sparks, born Nov 3, 1886;
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.8 Alvin Sparks, born December 17, 1890; and
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.9 Murrell Sparks, born Sep 27, 1892.
Whole Number 11
OBITUARY OF WILLIAM GRANVIL SPARKS
Again we must report the death of a member of the Sparks Family. On June 7, 1955, 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1 William Granvil Sparks died at his home in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, being eighty-six years, five months and twelve days of age.
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1 William Granvil Sparks was born December 26, 1868, near Bloomington, Indiana. When he was a small boy of about ten years, he moved with his parents and brothers and sisters from Indiana to Nebraska, settling on a farm near Beatrice where he grew to manhood. On March 7, 1894, he was united in marriage with Estella Morse, daughter of Wallace and Eliza (Shaman) Morse, at Beatrice, To this union eight children were born:
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.1 Mrs. Alta Sparks Crook (born 1895) and
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1.2 Mrs. Lucile Sparks Miller (born 1897), both of Scottsbluff;
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1.3 Mrs. Edith Sparks Wallin (born 1899) of Grant, Nebraska;
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.4 Chester Sparks (born 1902) of Kear ney, Nebraska;
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1.5 Ralph Sparks (born 1905) of Ft. Collins, Colorado;
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1.6 Wallace Sparks (born 1908, died 1930);
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1.7 Norbert Sparks (born 1913) of North Platte, Nebraska; and
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.1.8 Mainard Sparks (born 1919) of Denver, Colorado.
At the time of his death, William G. Sparks had twelve grandchildren and fifteen greatgrandchildren.
In 1915 William G. Sparks moved with his family to a farm south of Paxton, Nebr. He spent the next seventeen years on farms in Perkins, Keith, and Lincoln Counties, near Wallace and Sutherland. In 1932 he retired and moved with Mrs. Sparks to North Platte, Nebr. For four years during World War II he served as custodian at Cody School in North Platte where he endeared himself to many children in the community.
He made his covenant with God and was baptized into the Methodist Church. He and his wife both had their membership in the Methodist Church at Scottsbluff, where they moved three years ago. Mrs. Sparks was a man of intellect and was deeply interested in world affairs, His keen sense of humor made him many friends. He was a kind and loving husband and father, and he was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
The parents of William Granvil Sparks were 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 William Riley and Barbara (Carter) Sparks. He was the eldest of nine children, his brothers and sisters beings
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.2 Steven Douglas Sparks
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.3 Alvin Sparks, both of Beatrice;
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.4 Charlie Sparks of North Platte;
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.5 Murrell Sparks of First View, Cola.;
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.6 John Sparks (deceased);
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.7 Joseph W. Sparks (deceased);
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.8 Mrs. Luala Sparks Rossiter of Beatrice; and
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.9 Mrs. Purmela Sparks Craig of Beatrice.
The grandfather of William G. Sparks was 184.108.40.206.2.13.5 Calvin Sparks (born December 3, 1823, died July 3 1903, Hoag, Nebr.) who married Mahala Carmichael (born April 7, 1821, died March 5, 1910) on 1 January 1806, in Monroe County, Indiana. Moving later to Nebraska, Calvin Sparks was the first county comissioner in Perkins County. The children of Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks were:
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 William Riley Sparks;
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Tilda Jam Sparks;
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Diella Sparks;
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Lizzie Sparks (Mrs. Lizzie Thompson) is still living near Elsie, Nebraska. She is ninety-four years old.; and
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Joseph Sparks.
The great-grandfather of Wiilliam G. Sparks was 188.8.131.52.2.13 Hardy Sparks who was a native of North Carolina. He moved to Indiana, settling in Monroe County, probabty in the 1820's. It is believed that he was the Hardy Sparks who married Susanna Brown in Wilkes County, N.C., in 1815 (marriage bond dated 5 January 1815) and who appears on the 1820 census of Wilkes County with two sons (under ten years), himself (between twenty-six and forty-five years), and wife (between sixteen and twenty-six years). He may also have been the Hardy Sparks who obtained a land grant in Ashe County, N.C., in 1824. A grandson of Hardy Sparks (Thomas V. Sparks) stated in a volume published in 1884: (History of Morgan, Monroe & Brown Counties, Indiana, Chicago, F. A. Battsy & Co., p. 651) that his grandfather, Hardy Sparks, served in the War of 1812. According to records in the National Archives in Washington, the Hardy Sparks from Wilkes County, N.C., did serve in that war.
A great-granddaughter of Hardy Sparks (Mrs. Jessie Sparks Conder of Stanford, Md.) gives his wife's name as Lizzie Brown rather than Susannah Brown, and states that they had seven children:
184.108.40.206.2.13.1 Allen Sparks, married Elizabeth Burton, died 1882. Issue (according to his will):
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 William Thomas Sparks,
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Calvin Sparks
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Sarah Breeden Sparks,
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Eli Sparks, and
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Nancy Jane Sparks.
188.8.131.52.2.13.2 Tilda Sparks, married Arthur Young. No issue.
184.108.40.206.2.13.3 William Sparks, born ca.1819, married Betsey (or Nancy) LNU. Issue:
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Pad (John ?) Sparks,
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Lam (Leonard ?) Sparks,
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Betsey Sparks,
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Susie Sparks,
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Nancy Harriett Sparks,
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 John Sparks,
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Martin Sparks, and
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Lewis Sparks.
188.8.131.52.2.13.4 Lizzie Sparks, married FNU Carmichael. Issue:
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 John Calvin Carmichael,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Tilda Jane Carmichael,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Joseph Carmichael,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Silvester Carmichael,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Wesley Carmichael,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Martha Carmichael,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Martin Carmichael,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Ensley Carmichael, and
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 William Harrison Carmichael.
184.108.40.206.2.13.5 Calvin Sparks (see above).
220.127.116.11.2.13.6 Henry Sparks, born April 16, 1829; died August 21, 1900, in Monroe County, Md. He married Sallie J. Holder, born 1833, died 1911. Issue:
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Thomas W. Sparks,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 John A. Sparks,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Martha E. Sparks,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 George N. Sparks, and
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Solomon S. Sparks
184.108.40.206.2.13.7 James Sparks, married Unknown. Issue:
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Tilda Sparks,
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 John Sparks,
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Mary Sparks,
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Tom Sparks, and
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Mabel Sparks.
Mrs. Conder tells us that the first wife of Hardy Sparks died and he married (2d) Martha Motley. by his second wife, Hardy Sparks had eight children, as follows:
188.8.131.52.2.13.8 John Sparks, married Unknown. Issue:
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Newton Sparks,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Sarah Sparks,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Mary Sparks,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 John Sparks,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Jasper Sparks,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Henry Sparks,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 George Sparks,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Laura Sparks,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Alice Sparks,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Ida Sparks, and
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Andy Sparks,
126.96.36.199.2.13.9 Alfred Sparks, married Unknown. Issue:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Emmer (daughter) Sparks,
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 John Sparks,
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Calvin Sparks,
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Angeline Sparks,
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 James Sparks,
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Elvie Sparks,
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Theodore Sparks, and
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Cornelia Sparks.
22.214.171.124.2.13.10 Andy Sparks, married Unknown. Issue:
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 John Sparks and
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Daniel Sparks.
18.104.22.168.2.13.11 Mary Ann Sparks, married FNU Nellinger. Issue:
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Andy Nellinger,
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 George Nellinger,
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Lydia Nellinger,
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Martha Nellinger, and
188.8.131.52.2.13.12 Martha Sparks, married FNU Hutchins. Issue:
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Mary Hutchins,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Jane Hutchins,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Joseph Hutchins,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Calvin Hutchins, and
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Lydia Hutchins.
126.96.36.199.2.13.13 Merritt Sparks, married Elinor LNU. Issue:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 James Sparks,
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Alice Sparks, and
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 John Sparks.
188.8.131.52.2.13.14 Jane Sparks, married Dave Weaver. Issue:
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Frances Weaver,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 John Riley Weaver,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Newton Weaver,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Lucinda Weaver,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Allie (son) Weaver,
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Joseph Weaver,
184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 Sarah Weaver,
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 Myrtle Weaver, and
126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Jasper Weaver.
184.108.40.206.2.13.15 Joseph Sparks, married Hannah Carmichael. Issue:
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Tilda Sparks,
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Ida Sparks,
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Henry Sparks,
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Florence Sparks,
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Rosa Sparks,
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Edgar Sparks, and
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Bessie Sparks.
(Editor's Note: If any of our members descend from this family, we would be very grateful for any additional information which they might send us.)