April 24, 2021
Whole Number 124
SPARKSES OF EARLY HARLAN COUNTY, KENTUCKY,
AND CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
by Paul E. Sparks
It appears quite likely that the progenitor of the Sparkses of early Harlan County, Kentucky, and Claiborne County, Tennessee, was 103.1 William Sparks, Senior, who appeared on the 1830 census of Harlan County. He was born ca. 1765, probably in North Carolina, but he owned land in Grayson County, Virginia, on which he paid taxes from 1797 to 1810. He and his wife, Mary, sold the land, which consisted of 60 acres on Big Fox Creek, a tributary of New River, on November 17, 1810. The deed was recorded in March 1813.
After the sale of land in Grayson County, William Sparks apparently moved to Claiborne County where he purchased an 80-acre tract of land from Jesse Powers on May 10, 1821. He did not stay long in Claiborne County, however, for on May 24, 1826, he purchased 370 acres of land on Brownies Creek in Harlan County from George Rowland.
(For nearly fifty years (1819 to 1867), Claiborne County, Tennessee, and Harlan County, Kentucky, had a common boundary, thus records of this branch of the SPARKS family can be found in both Tennessee and Kentucky. It was not until 1867 that Bell County was formed from Harlan and Knox Counties. Since then, Harlan County and Claiborne County have no longer adjoined.)
William Sparks was a farmer. He was also a preacher and performed several marriages in Harlan County. On at least one of these record, he was recorded as W. A. Sparks. He paid taxes on his land until 1832 when he, and his wife, Mary MNU, sold their property to Levi Hoskins and others. In all probability, this sale was made in anticipation of the disposal of their estate in the event of their deaths. After the sale of this property, we have found no further record of this couple; apparently they both died between 1832 and 1836.
As noted above, William Sparks was in Harlan County in 1830 where he was listed as the head of his household. He and his wife were enumerated as having been born between 1760 and 1770. Living with them were two females, born between 1800 and 1810, and four children: one female, born 1810-1820; one male, born 1820-1825; and one male and one female, born 1825 -1830. Also listed on this census was a household headed by William Sparks, Junior. He and his wife were both born between 1800 and 1810, and they had a son who was born between 1825 and 1830.
We have found no clues as to the parentage, of William Sparks, Senior, although we believe he belonged to the branch of the SPARKS family that went from Frederick County, Maryland, to Rowan County, North Carolina, sometime between 1755 and 1765. As noted above, the first record we have found of William as a taxpayer in Grayson County, Virginia, was dated 1797. At that time, Grayson County had a common boundary with Wilkes County, North Carolina, where a large group of Sparkses lived from its formation in 1777 from Surry County. Surry County had been formed seven years earlier (in 1770) from Rowan County.
Although not specifically named, we believe that William Sparks left two parcels of land in Claiborne County which his children inherited at the time of his death. These tracts, each consisting of 100 acres, were sold on March 29, 1836. In both deeds, the sale was made by the same group of people, who, though not so identified in the deeds, were probably selling land that they had inherited. It is obvious from the deeds that it was a SPARKS family which had inherited the land, although, as was the custom, the husbands of the Sparks women who were married were the ones who did the selling, with the wives simply signing and stating that they did so "without compulsion or restraint" from their husbands.
These Sparks heirs were:
103.1.1 Elizabeth (Sparks) Tucker, wife of John Tucker;
103.1.2 Polly (Sparks) Sweet, wife of Owen Sweet;
103.1.3 Jane Sparks;
103.1.4 Susanna (Sparks) Collins, wife of Mathew Collins;
103.1.5 William Sparks;
103.1.6 James Sparks;
103.1.7 Cynthia (Sparks) Jarmon, wife of Moses Jarmon.
The land was sold to Henry Wilson of Harlan County, Kentucky, who had married Margaret Sparks a few years earlier, and it seems apparent that he and Margaret were "buying out" the other heirs.
The census records of Harlan County and Claiborne County have been most helpful in trying to place these eight heirs into a probable order of birth. The eight children of William and Mary Sparks (as far as we have been able to determine) were:
103.1.1 Elizabeth Sparks;
103.1.2 Polly Sparks (likely a nickname for Mary);
103.1.3 Jane Sparks;
103.1.4 Susanna Sparks;
103.1.5 William Sparks, Jr.;
103.1.6 James Sparks;
103.1.7 Cynthia Sparks; and
103.1.8 Margaret Sparks.
Here is what we have learned about each of them.
103.1.1 Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of William and Mary Sparks, was probably the oldest of the children. According to census data, she was born between 1790 and 1800, thus we have placed her year of birth as ca. 1795. She married John Tucker, ca. 1815. It may have been a second marriage for him, for he was apparently born ca. 1770. Elizabeth and John had five children (4 sons and one daughter) when the 1830 census was taken of Claiborne County, all of them were enumerated as having been born between 1815 and 1830. We have not learned any of their names, nor have we found any other record of this family.
103.1.2 Polly Sparks (her given name was probably Mary) was born between 1790 and 1800, according to the 1830 census of Claiborne County, and we place her year of birth ca 1797. She married Owen Sweet and when the 1830 census was taken of Claiborne County, they had four children (2 sons and 2 daughters), all of whom were enumerated as having been born between 1815 and 1830. We have not learned any of their names, nor have we found further record of this family.
103.1.3 Jane ["Jennie"] Sparks was born between 1790 and 1800 according to the 1840 census of Harlan County; however, on the 1870 census of Bell County, Kentucky, her date of birth appears to have been ca 1802. For these reasons, we place her year of birth as ca. 1799. She was probably born in North Carolina, although on one census her birthplace was given as Virginia. She was listed as Jeney Sparks on the 1840 census; as Jane Sparks on the deeds and on the 1870 census of Bell County; and some descendants refer to her as Jinnie or Jennie. We will refer to her as Jennie Sparks in the following paragraphs, believing it to have been her nickname.
Jennie Sparks apparently never married. Descendants say that she fell in love with a man named Jesse Lay, ran away from home with him, and reared four children in the Harlan-Claiborne Counties area of Kentucky and Tennessee. This story is given some credence by census records in which she was named as the head of her household in the 1840 census as well as the 1850 census. Additional support for this account of Jennie Sparks is given by the 1830 and 1840 censuses of Claiborne County on which a man named Jesse Lay is listed as a close neighbor of James Sparks, brother of Jennie.
(Editor's Note: Jesse Lay, whose age was given as 52 on the 1850 census of Claiborne County, Tennessee, was probably a son, or grandson, of the Jesse Lay who was listed on the 1790 census of Wilkes County, North Carolina. This elder Jesse Lay had obtained grants of 150 acres of land on Linville's Mill Creek in Wilkes County on June 15, 1778, and on November 9, 1784, he obtained grants for 150 additional acres on the same creek. A Thomas Lay and a Thomas Lay, Jr. also obtained land in that area. This elder Jesse Lay was still in Wilkes County in 1793 when he served as bondsman for the marriage between James Beams and Nancy Moore (bond dated September 26, 1793). Earlier, on February 7, 1793, he had signed as bondsman ("100 pounds specie") for David Lay who was charged with "begetting a bastard child on FNU Lay." David Lay and Mary Lay were married in 1794 (bond dated March 26, 1794) with David Lay, Sr. as bondsman.)
Jennie Sparks was probably living in the home of her parents, 103.1 William and Mary Sparks, when the 1830 census was taken of Harlan County. She was probably one of the females, enumerated as born between 1800 and 1810, who were living in that household. With her was a female, born between 1810 and 1820; a male, born between 1820 and 1825; and a male and a female, born between 1825 and 1830.
The earliest official record that we have found of Jennie Sparks are the deeds of Claiborne County mentioned earlier. On these deeds, she signed her name as Jane Sparks, indicating that she was not married at that time (March 29, 1836). She was head of her own household in Harlan County when the 1840 census was taken. She lived on Brownies Creek. With her were three children, two sons and one daughter. (Jennie's daughter, 126.96.36.199 Julia Sparks, had married Barnett Arnett on February 10th of that year and was not living at home.)
Descendants have preserved fairly complete records of the family of Jennie Sparks, and these have been published in a book entitled Pioneer Families of Clay County, Kentucky. This book was edited and published by Kelly and Hazel Smith) Morgan in 1970. In this account of the family of Jennie Sparks, we believe there is an error. The authors state that Jennie Sparks brought four children to Clay County, but they then proceed to name five. Named as a daughter is Polly Sparks who is said to have married Abner Spurlock and moved to Jackson County, Kentucky. We do not believe that the Polly Sparks who married Abner Spurlock could have been a daughter of Jennie Sparks, since she was born, we believe, between 1860 and 1880. See page 2259 of the December 1980 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 112, for a list of the children of Samuel E. and Fanny (Sparks) Welch, one of whom, John Welch, married Anna Pearl Spurlock, daughter of Abner and Polly (Sparks) Spurlock.
On the 1850 census of Harlan County, Jennie Sparks headed Family No. 22; with her were her son, Riley (aged 31) and her daughter, Mary A. (aged 17). Living next door was her son, Winright Sparks, aged 24, in Family No. 23. Family No. 24 was headed by Jennie's brother-in-law, Henry Wilson (aged 40) with his wife, Margaret (Sparks) Wilson (aged 40) and their family.
We have not found Jennie Sparks on an 1860 census, but in 1870 she was living at Callaway in newly-formed Bell County, in the household of her daughter, Mary A. (Sparks) McDaniel. We have not learned the date nor place of her death. Here is what we have learned of her children:
188.8.131.52 Julia Sparks, daughter of Jennie Sparks, was born ca. 1818 in Virginia. On February 10, 1840, she married Barnett Arnett in Harlan County. He was born ca. 1803 in Kentucky and apparently was a widower with two children. He and Julia had eight children:
Letitia Arnett, and
184.108.40.206 Riley Sparks, son of Jennie Sparks, was born ca. 1820 in Virginia. On the 1860 census of Harlan County, he was living with his brother-in-law, Barnett Arnett. He was 40 years of age and described as a mechanic. It was also noted that he was crippled. Relatives report that he could not walk.
220.127.116.11 Winright (or Wainwright) Sparks, son of Jennie Sparks, was born on October 3, 1826, near Tazewell, Tennessee. He died January 20, 1887, in Clay County, Kentucky. On December 31, 1847, he married Rhoda Miracle in Harlan County. She was born September 8, 1829, and was a daughter of Abraham and Fannie (Wilder) Miracle. She died September 14, 1910. Winright served in the 24th and 47th Regiments of Kentucky Infantry during the Civil War. See page 2583 of this issue of The Sparks Quarterly for an abstract of his pension file.
18.104.22.168.1 Nathan Sparks, born on May 25, 1850, in Harlan County.
22.214.171.124.2 William Riley Sparks, was born May 14, 1852, in Clay County, Kentucky. Thereafter, this family became identified with Clay County, and it is there that most of the records are found.
Other children born to Winright and Rhoda were: (assuming this is birth order)
126.96.36.199.3 Mary C. Sparks,
188.8.131.52.4 Abraham B. Sparks,
184.108.40.206.5 Fannie Jane Sparks,
220.127.116.11.6 Rachel Margaret Sparks,
18.104.22.168.7 Julia A. Sparks,
22.214.171.124.8 Henry Clay Sparks,
126.96.36.199.9 America Sparks,
188.8.131.52.10 Elizabeth Sparks, and
184.108.40.206.11 Israel Sparks.
220.127.116.11 Mary Ann Sparks, daughter of Jennie Sparks, was born ca. 1830 in Harlan County. She married William Frank McDaniel, ca. 1868, and they had at least one child, a son, Elihu McDaniel, born in the spring of 1870. We have no further information about this family.
103.1.4 Susanna Sparks, daughter of William and Mary Sparks, was listed as 50 years of age on the 1850 census, and as 59 years of age on the 1860 census of Claiborne County, thus she was born ca. 1800. She married Matthew Collins, ca. 1827, and they had at least six children: Matilda Collins, Eliza Collins, Sarah Collins, Seth Collins, Henry Collins, and Matthew Collins. We have found no further information regarding this family.
103.1.5 William Sparks, Jr., son of William and Mary Sparks, was born ca. 1802 in North Carolina. He married Sarah MNU ca. 1825. She was born ca. 1804 in Tennessee. William was the head of his household on the 1830 census of Harlan County and on the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Claiborne County. According to these census record (and with some degree of speculation) we believe he and Sarah had eight children:
18.104.22.168 Preston Sparks, probable son of William and Sarah Sparks, was born June 25, 1827, in Harlan County. He married Mary Ann Ely on January 25, 1849, in Claiborne County. She was born December 7, 1827, and died January 9, 1873, in Clarke County, Indiana. Preston served in Company C, 81st Regiment Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. (See page 2581 of this issue of The Sparks Quarterly for an abstract of his pension file.) He died December 26, 1862, in Louisville, Kentucky. He and Mary Ann had six children:
22.214.171.124.1 John P. Sparks
126.96.36.199.2 Henry H. Sparks
188.8.131.52.3 George C. Sparks
184.108.40.206.4 William C. Sparks
220.127.116.11.5 Sylvester W. Sparks
18.104.22.168.6 Mary Sparks.
22.214.171.124 William H. Sparks, probable son of William and Sarah Sparks, was born ca. 1830 in Claiborne County. He died March 4, 1892, in Tulare County, California. On October 8, 1851, he married Elmira Goin in Claiborne County. She was born ca. 1832 and died June 9, 1914, in Visalia, California. William H. Sparks served in Company M, 12th Regiment Missouri Infantry during the Civil War. (See page 2582 of this issue of The Sparks Quarterly for an abstract of his pension file.) He and Elmira had at least four children:
126.96.36.199.1 Winfield S. Sparks
188.8.131.52.2 Preston Sparks
184.108.40.206.3 Millard F. Sparks
220.127.116.11.4 Elizabeth Sparks.
18.104.22.168 Calvin Sparks, probable son of William and Sarah Sparks, was born ca. 1832. He died in November 1895 in Claiborne County. He married Jamima MNU, ca. 1849. He served in Company B, 1st Regiment Tennessee Light Artillery during the Civil War. (See page 2580 of this issue of The Sparks Quarterly for an abstract of his pension file.) According to the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Claiborne County, he and Jamima had at least four children:
22.214.171.124.1 Elizabeth Sparks
126.96.36.199.2 John Sparks
188.8.131.52.3 Thomas J. Sparks
184.108.40.206.4 Pleasant Sparks.
220.127.116.11 Nancy Sparks was born ca. 1836.
18.104.22.168 Thomas Sparks was born ca. 1839 in Tennessee. He married Drucilla Ely in 1859 in Claiborne County.
22.214.171.124 Matthew Sparks was born ca. 1842.
126.96.36.199 Margaret M. Sparks was born ca. 1844.
188.8.131.52 Sarah Sparks was born ca. 1847.
103.1.6 James Sparks, probable son of William and Mary Sparks, was born between 1800 and 1810, according to the 1830 and 1840 censuses of Claiborne County, thus we have placed his year of birth as ca. 1804. On the 1830 census, his wife was enumerated with him as having been born between 1800 and 1810 also. With them were two children, a boy and a girl. When the 1840 census was taken, the wife of James Sparks was not enumerated; apparently she had died. With him was a male, born between 1825 and 1830, and a female, born between 1830 and 1835. They were probably his son and daughter.
[Scanner's note: The following language appears in the Quarterly for Sepember, 1991, Whole No. 155, at page 3825: "Since that (the above) article was written, we have received additional information about James Sparks's family which we are pleased to add as well as to make some corrections." Please see pp3825-28 for corrections and additions.]
We have not found James Sparks on an 1850 census; apparently he died between 1840 and 1850. We have found an Edmond Sparks, aged 26, on the Claiborne County census of 1850 whom we believe to have been a son of James Sparks. Living in his household was Elizabeth Murry, aged 22, whom we believe to have been his sister.
184.108.40.206 Edmond Sparks, probable son of James Sparks, was born ca. 1825 in Tennessee. He is said to have married Martha Rainey, ca. 1841. He was head of his family on the 1850 census of Claiborne County; on the 1860 census of Union County, Tennessee; and on the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Whitley County, Kentucky. According to these censuses, he and Martha had eight children:
220.127.116.11.1 Sally A. Sparks
18.104.22.168.2 Rebecca Sparks
22.214.171.124.3 William E. Sparks
126.96.36.199.4 Edmond L. Sparks
188.8.131.52.5 Lucinda E. Sparks
184.108.40.206.6 Nancy E. Sparks
220.127.116.11.7 Harvey Rufus Sparks
The 18.104.22.168.7 Harvey Rufus Sparks (son of Edmond), named above, was the subject of an item in the December 1954 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 8. According to that account, he had been born in 1843 and died in 1954, thus being nearly 112 years old when he died. Our records are at variance with this statement. According to the 1900 census of Bell County, Kentucky, Harvey Sparks was born in May 1860. With him on that census, was his wife, Omie, whom he had just married. He also had five children:
22.214.171.124.7.1 George Sparks, born in May 1880;
126.96.36.199.7.2 Lizzie Sparks, born in September 1883;
188.8.131.52.7.3 Martha Sparks, born in July 1886;
184.108.40.206.7.4 Sarah Sparks, born in May 1889; and
220.127.116.11.7.5 Mat Sparks, born in June 1895.
Also living in the household was a stepson, General Pennington, born in January 1890.
18.104.22.168.8 M. H. Sparks, a daughter.
22.214.171.124 Elizabeth Sparks, probable daughter of James Sparks, was born ca. 1830. She married FNU Murry.
103.1.7 Cynthia Sparks, daughter of William and Mary Sparks, was born between 1800 and 1810, according to the 1830 census of Harlan County, and we have placed her year of birth as ca. 1806. She married Moses Jarmon (or Jarman), ca. 1825, and when the 1830 census was taken, there were two children living in their household, a boy and a girl, probably their children, born between 1825 and 1830. We have no further information about this family.
103.1.8 Margaret Sparks was born ca. 1808. She married Henry Wilson ca. 1830. He was born ca. 1808 in Kentucky and was probably a son of Richard Wilson. Henry and Margaret had eight children according to the 1850 census of Harlan County.
126.96.36.199 Nancy Wilson, born ca. 1832.
188.8.131.52 James Wilson, born ca. 1835.
184.108.40.206 Lucinda Wilson, born ca. 1837.
220.127.116.11 Richard Wilson, born ca. 1838. According to a descendant, he married Mary Hurst and they had at least one child, a son, named Irvin Wilson.
18.104.22.168 Callaway Wilson, born ca. 1843.
22.214.171.124 Sarah Wilson, born ca. 1846.
126.96.36.199 Irvin Wilson, born ca. 1848.
188.8.131.52 Margaret Wilson, born in January 1850.
Whole Number 155
SPARKSES OF EARLY HARLAN COUNTY, KENTUCKY,
AND CLAIBORNE COUNTY, TENNESSEE
-- A CORRECTION
[Editor's Note: the December 1983 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 124, contained an article about the Sparkses who settled near the boundary of Harlan County, Kentucky, and Claiborne County, Tennessee, in the early 1800s. This branch of the family was headed by 103.1 William Sparks (ca.1765-ca.1835) and his wife, Mary. Among their eight children was a son, James Sparks, born ca. 1804. Since that article was written, we have received additional information about James Sparks's family which we are pleased to add as well as to make some corrections. We shall continue to use the same alpha-numeric outline for the sake of clarity.]
103.1.6 James Sparks, son of William and Mary Sparks, was born ca.1804 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. He was married ca. 1823, but we have not found the name of his wife. They had two children, a son and a daughter, before her death, which apparently occurred ca. 1834. When the 1840 census was taken of Claiborne County, a James Sparks was shown as heading a household that included only two other persons, a boy, born ca. 1825-30, and a girl, born ca. 1830-35. This enumeration does not fit the family of the James Sparks under discussion here, due, perhaps, to errors made by the census taker.
James Sparks apparently was married (second) ca. 1835 to Kizziah MNU. She had been born ca. 1816 in Tennessee. When the 1850 census was taken, James and Kizziah were in Anderson County, Tennessee. With them were four children:
James Sparks, Mary Sparks, Katherine Sparks, and Elizabeth Sparks. James and Kizziah Sparks were in Campbell County, Tennessee, when the 1860 census was taken, but by 1870 they were back in Anderson County; apparently they lived near the boundary line of these two counties. by 1880, they were in Campbell County, and this is where they probably died a few years later. Shown as living with them on the 1880 census, was their youngest daughter, Elizabeth Sparks, aged 34, and a one-year-old grandson, Madison Sparks. James Sparks was the father of six children. Here is what we have learned about each of them.
184.108.40.206 Ransom Sparks, probable son of James and his first wife, was born ca. 1824 in Tennessee. (In an earlier article, his name was given erroneously as Edmond.) He was married ca. 1841 to Martha A. Rainey. She had been born ca. 1822 in Tennessee. Ransom and Martha were in Claiborne County, Tennessee, when the 1850 census was taken; they were in Union County, Tennessee, in 1860; and in Whitley County, Kentucky, in 1870 and 1880 when those censuses were taken.
Ransom Sparks served in Company D, 1st Regiment Tennessee Infanty of the Union Army during the Civil War. See page 3828 of this issue of the Quarterly for an abstract of his Civil War pension application. We have found no records pertaining to the deaths of either Ransom or Martha Sparks. He was living in Knox County, Kentucky, in 1892 when he applied for a military pension. His post office was given as Bryant's Store. The last record that we have found of Martha (Rainey) Sparks is contained in the 1880 census of Whitley County, Kentucky. Ransom and Martha A. (Rainey) Sparks were the parents of eight children.
220.127.116.11.1 Sally A. Sparks was born ca. 1841 in Tennessee.
18.104.22.168.2 Rebecca Sparks was born ca. 1843.
22.214.171.124.3 William E. Sparks was born ca. 1845.
126.96.36.199.4 Edmond L. Sparks was born in April 1848 in Tennessee. He married Sarah E. Wambless in 1877 in Whitley County, Kentucky. She had been born in December 1861 in Kentucky. She died in 1945 at Saxton, Kentucky. Sarah Sparks Branch of Tacketts Creek in Whitley County, Kentucky, was named for her. Edmond Sparks died in 1918. They had eleven children, but only four of them were still living in 1900. These four were:
Mary J. Sparks, Laura M. Sparks, Henry Everett Sparks, and Rosie L. Sparks.
SARAH E. (WAMBLESS) SPARKS -- EDMOND L. SPARKS
From tintypes taken ca. 1875
188.8.131.52.5 Lucinda E. Sparks was born ca. 1853.
184.108.40.206.6 Nancy E. Sparks was born ca. 1857.
220.127.116.11.7 Rufus Harvey ["Harve"] Sparks was born in May 1860. He was married three times. His first marriage was to Elizabeth ["Liz"] Bennett. They had no children.
His second marriage was to Matilda Murray ca. 1878. They had five children:
18.104.22.168.7.1 George Sparks
22.214.171.124.7.2 Lizzie Sparks
126.96.36.199.7.3 Martha Sparks
188.8.131.52.7.4 Sarah Sparks
184.108.40.206.7.5 Mat Sparks.
Harve's third marriage was to Omega Pennington in 1900 in Claiborne County, Tennessee, and they had one son, 220.127.116.11.7.6 Henry Sparks. Harve died October 11, 1954, at Pearl, Kentucky.
18.104.22.168.8 M. H. Sparks (daughter) was born ca. 1862.
22.214.171.124.2 Daughter1 Sparks (James and his first wife) was born ca. 1830. We have found no further records of her. In the earlier article (page 2578) of the December 1983 issue of the Quarterly, we stated incorrectly that her given name was probably Elizabeth.
126.96.36.199.3 James Madison Sparks, son of James and Kizziah (MNU) Sparks, was born in August 1836 in Tennessee. He married Katherine Varnell on October 5, 1854, in Anderson County, Tennessee, by Samuel D. Leinhart, a justice of the peace. She had been born in July 1829 in Tennessee. James (sometimes called Madison) and Katherine were living in Anderson County, Tennessee, when the 1860 census was taken, but they were in Campbell County, Tennessee, when the 1870, 1880, and 1900 censuses were taken. (As our readers probably know, the 1890 census for nearly all of the United States has been lost.) James Sparks was a farmer, but descendants say that he was also a Minister of the Gospel. According to census records, he and Katherine had seven children.
188.8.131.52.3.1 Rufus Sparks was born in July 1855 in Tennessee. He was married twice. His first marriage was to California MNU ca. 1878. She had been born ca. 1858 in Tennessee. She and Rufus had at least three children before her death, which apparently occurred ca. 1886. They were:
184.108.40.206.3.1.1 James Milton Sparks, born in June 1879
220.127.116.11.3.1.2 Hubert M. Sparks, born in September 1883
18.104.22.168.3.1.3 William F. Sparks, born in February 1885.
After the death of his first wife, Rufus Sparks married (second) Delila E. Hill ca. 1888. She had been born in June 1868 in Kentucky. She and Rufus had six children, according to the 1900 census of Campbell County, Tennessee, but only four of them were living then. These four were:
22.214.171.124.3.1.4 Harlan L. Sparks, born in June 1890;
126.96.36.199.3.1.5 George B. Sparks, born in July 1892;
188.8.131.52.3.1.6 Oma Sparks(a daughter), born in August 1896; and
184.108.40.206.3.1.7 Charles Garfield Sparks, born July 21, 1901.(For additional information about this family, see page 3327 of the December 1988 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 144.)
220.127.116.11.3.2 Minerva D. Sparks was born April 29, 1857. She married William David Sharp on September 17, 1874, in Campbell County, Tennessee.
18.104.22.168.3.3 Rebecca Jane Sparks was born in the spring of 1860.
22.214.171.124.3.4 Isaac Sparks was born ca. 1862.
126.96.36.199.3.5 Stephen Sparks was born ca. 1864.
188.8.131.52.3.6 James Sparks was born ca. 1867.
184.108.40.206.3.7 Bertha C. Sparks was born in June 1882.
220.127.116.11.4 Mary M. Sparks, daughter of James and Kizziah ( ) Sparks, was born ca. 1840 in Tennessee. She married William Roysden on July 1, 1858, in Anderson County, Tennessee, by S. D. Whitton, a justice of the peace.
18.104.22.168.5 Katherine Sparks was born ca. 1842 in Tennessee. On April 29, 1858, she married L. T. Wilson in Anderson County, Tennessee, by S. D. Whitton, a justice of the peace.
22.214.171.124.6 Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1844. She was living with her parents when the 1850 and 1870 censuses were taken of Anderson County, Tennessee, and also with her parents when the 1860 and 1880 censuses were taken of Campbell County, Tennessee. Apparently she was never married.
[Editor's Note: As has been indicated above, only "logical proof" has been found that 126.96.36.199 Ransom Sparks (Item 188.8.131.52, above) was a son of James Sparks. It is our hope that, with the publication of this corrected account of the family of James Sparks, one of our readers may find that he/she has, and will share with us, positive proof of this relationship. One of our most interested members, James T. Sparks, is a great-grandson of Ransom Sparks. He would be pleased to hear from anyone who has any knowledge of this family. His address is: R.R. 1, Box 289-A, Elizabethtown, Illinois, 62931.]