March 22, 2020

Pages 2175
Whole Number 108


In the Quarterly of September 1967, Whole No. 59, we published an article on the Descendants of Solomon and Sarah Sparks, of Maryland and North Carolina, through their son, Reuben Sparks (ca.1755-1840). On page 1087 of this article, we noted that John Henry Sparks, born ca. 1818, was a son of Jonas and Mary (Brown) Sparks and a grandson of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks. This John Henry Sparks and his first wife, whose name was given as Matilda Holloway, had a son named John Henry Sparks, Jr. born February 25, 1854.

A descendant of John Henry Sparks, Jr. is Fielden K. Mitchell of Rt. 2, Airvilie, Pa. (17302). He has provided us with a list of John Henry Sparks, Jr.'s children. Mr. Mitchell also gives Sarah Matilda Hankins as the first wife of John Henry Sparks, Sr. rather than Matilda Holloway as stated in the article. John Henry Sparks, Jr. was born in Tazewell County, Virginia, on February 25, 1854. He was married on August 28, 1873, to Lucinda (or Lucy) Asbury, daughter of Fielding Kirk and Martha (Harrison) Asbury, who was born in Tazewell County on March 4, 1855. He died on September 27, 1936, at Stony Ridge, Tazewell County, Va. She died there one day later, on September 28, 1936. They were the parents of 13 children, all born at Dry Fork, Tazewell County, Va.: Fielding Kirk Sparks, born December 1, 1874 and died in May 1955. He married Victoria Shrader. Launa Almeda Sparks, born March 20, 1876, died May 13, 1948, in Pylesville, Harford County, Md. She married in 1895 Thomas P. Beavers. Mary M. Sparks, born June 3, 1877, died October 7, 1936. She married Hugh Shrader. Martha Elizabeth Sparks, born August 19, 1879, died October 10, 1961. She married James Beavers. Walter Thomas Sparks, born April 14, 1882, died October 11, 1936. He married (first) Fannie Cameron and married (second) Jennie Miller. Hannah Jane Sparks, born March 20, 1884, died March 20, 1927. She married Zachariah T. Mitchell. Laura Miller Sparks, born July 6, 1887, died October 17, 1955, at Bluefield, Mercer Co., W. Va. She married Milton Landan Hankins. Carrie Caroline Sparks (twin of Laura), born July 6, 1887, died June 22, 1967. She married Ezra Whitt. Polly Amanda Sparks, born January 25, 1890, died June 25, 1973, in Cedar Bluff, Va. She married in 1909 Monroe Boothe. Malicia Rebecca Sparks, born August 22, 1891, died May 9, 1919. She married James Grouse. Columbus M. Sparks, born August 22, 1893. He married Pattie Harrison. Charles W. Sparks, born October 24, 1895, died September 18, 1962. He married Julia Mae Wlitt. Oliver Eugene Sparks, born July 27, 1898, died October 19, 1963, in Cleveland, Ohio. He married Effie Cameron.