Whole Number 91
The portrait on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly is that of Isaac B. Sparks, who was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on April 2, 1822, and died on January 15, 1904, in Wells County, Indiana. The original of this photograph was loaned to us for publication by Iva B. Sparks Lane, 501 East Christy St., Marion, Indiana (46952). Mrs. Lane is a great-granddaughter of Isaac B. Sparks.
A sketch of the life of Isaac B. Sparks appeared in the June 1959 issue of the Quarterly (Vol. VII, No. 2, Whole No. 26, page 399). He was a son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks who moved with their family from North Carolina to Ohio and then on to Indiana, settling in Wells County ca. 1835. At the time the article on this family was published in June 1959, we were quite certain that Solomon (father of Isaac B.) was a son of Solomon and Charity Sparks of Wilkes County, North Carolina. It now appears that he may have been a son of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, also of Wilkes County, North Carolina (see the Quarterly of September 1967, Vol. XV, No. 3, Whole No. 59, pp. 1082-1089).
Isaac B. Sparks was married on December 18, 1851, to Cynthia A. Roberts, daughter of William and Martha (Hultz) Roberts. She was born December 27, 1832, and died on December 17, 1897. Both are buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Wells County, Indiana. They were the parents of the following twelve children:
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 William Lewellen Sparks, born February 16, 1853, in Huntington Co., Ind.,and died July 2, 1923, in Van Buren Co., Ind. He married Dorcas Sleetor Hayes on October 26, 1877. She was born August 1, 1857, and died May 23, 1916. (Mrs. Lane is their granddaughter.)
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Albert D. Sparks, born February 1855, died October 6, 1877.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Robert R. Sparks, born 1857, died 1945; he married Mary Jane McClurg, born 1862, died 1934.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Rachel E. Sparks, married Frank Hart.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Frederick F. Sparks, born January 2, 1861, died 1948; he married Ruth E. Ruos on September 3, 1887; she was born 1868, died 1953.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Sarah A. Sparks, married Alvidor Ruos.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Maria Sparks, born 1865, died 1922; she married John Dalrymple.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Rebecca Jane Sparks, born November 1868, died July 19, 1869.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Susan E. Sparks, married Silas Thrailkill.
188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 Isaac H. Sparks, born 1872, died 1938; he married Clara Wiegle.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Cynthia E. Sparks, born June 21, 1874; died June 25, 1874.
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Mary E. Sparks, born August 21, 1875; died September 12, 1875.
A photograph, loaned to us by Mrs. Lane, appears above and shows Isaac B. and Cynthia Ann (Roberts) Sparks with their grandchildren. It is believed this was taken ca. 1895. Mrs. Lane is able to identify most of these grandchildren.