November 6, 2018

Pages 2914-2928
Whole Number 135

1.2.5.2 JOSEPH SPARKS (ca.1730-1809) OF FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND
& BEDFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

by Paul E. Sparks



(Editor's Note: It is quite logical to assume that the persons named SPARKS who were in early Frederick County, Maryland, when it was formed from part of Prince George's County in 1748, were descendants of 1.2 William Sparks who had died in 1709 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland. Two of the records which tie the two counties together pertain to 1.2.1.2 William Sample Sparks who was in Queen Anne's County prior to 1736 and who was in Frederick County in 1749. Other records pertain to 1.2.5 Joseph Sparks, born ca. 1690 and son of 1.2 William Sparks [died 1709], who very probably was the Joseph Sparks who died in Frederick County in 1749. Perhaps records will be found someday to prove that this assumption is correct. For further information about the Sparkses of early Maryland, see the March 1971 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 73.)

1.2.5.2 Joseph Sparks, the patriarch of the Sparkses of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, was born ca. 1730, probably in Queen Anne's County, Maryland, and was a son of 1.2.5 Joseph and Mary Sparks. Joseph Sparks, Senior died intestate in the spring of 1749 in Frederick County, Maryland, and his wife, Mary Sparks, was appointed as his administratrix. An inventory of his personal property was recorded on May 1, 1749, by Joseph Wood and William Carmack. 1.2.1.2 William Sample Sparks and Rachel Sparks attested to the inventory as "kinn" of the deceased. (John Frederick Dorman, an authority of Maryland genealogy, has noted (p. 275) in Genealogical Research: Methods and Sources, published in 1980, that: "Maryland colonial inventories are unique in that they were signed by the two nearest of kin and two greatest creditors. The relatives frequently were brothers or brothers-in-law, rather than children, and it is sometimes possible to establish family connections through these signatures when other records fail to identify the family of the deceased.") On June 21, 1749, Mary Sparks presented the inventory of her husband's property to the Frederick County Court as a "just and perfect" one. Later that year, on November 20th, she made a final settlement of the estate.

In addition to his property, Joseph Sparks left a large family consisting of seven sons and five daughters, and the following year (1750) the children apparently asked for their share of his estate. This action may have been prompted by the large size of the family and the necessity for some of the children, especially the boys, to move away from Frederick County to look for larger and perhaps more fertile farming land. Shortly after the death of Joseph Sparks, Sr., at least two of the older sons were married, and others were making plans to get married, thus it is easy to conclude that the children became impatient to get their share of their father's estate. (Unlike today, in colonial times heirs living at a distance from the deceased had a very difficult time collecting their share of an estate.) Whatever the reason, it probably became necessary for the children of Joseph Sparks to ask the Frederick County Court to intervene on their behalf.

The following memorandum was adopted by the Frederick County Court at its August term of 1750:

Memorandum this day towit : The twenty second day of August Anno Dom seventeen hundred and fifty. Mary Sparks, Col. Henry Munday and Thomas Wilson (Toms Creek) of Frederick County entered into and executed a certain writing obligatory in one hundred and fifty three pounds, one shilling, current money, to be paid unto Solomon, Joseph, Charles, Jonas, Jonathan, William, George, Merum, Mary, Ann, Rebecka and Sarah Sparks on condition that the above bounden Mary Sparks, or some person on her behalf, shall and do well satisfie and pay unto the above named Solomon, Joseph, Charles, Jonas, Jonathan, William, George, Merum, Mary, Ann, Rebecka and Sarah Sparks, their executors, administrators, assigns or lawful guardian or guardians, their respective parts or portions of Joseph Sparks, deceased, his estate according to Act of Assembly in such cases made and provided.

Shortly after the apportionment of the estate of Joseph Sparks, three of his sons, Solomon, Jonas, and probably Jonathan, went southward to western North Carolina where they settled in Rowan County. (See the December 1955 and the March 1964 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 12 and 45, respectively, for further accounts of Solomon and Jonas Sparks.) Three others sons of Joseph Sparks, George, Charles, and William, went to Pennsylvania where they settled in what ultimately became Washington County. (See the June 1963 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 42, for a further account of these three men.) We have no further information about the five daughters of Joseph and Mary Sparks of Frederick County, Maryland.

The remaining son, Joseph Sparks, Junior, who is the subject of this article, was one of the oldest (if not the oldest) of the children of Joseph and Mary Sparks, and perhaps because of his position as the head of the family, he very likely remained with his mother in the area where the family had settled in Frederick County. Here it was that he married Mary McDaniel, apparently ca. 1752. She probably was born in the 1730's and was a daughter of James and Rebecca McDaniel. (When James McDaniel died in 1775 in Frederick County, he named as one of his daughters, Mary Sparks.)

On November 21, 1752, Joseph Sparks patented fifty acres of land which he named "Sparks Delight" and which was located on the east side of Beaver Dam Branch. (In the colony of Maryland, each patentee had the right to choose a name for his tract of land, and this name became part of the official record.) The land was a part of the holdings of Lord Baltimore, and Joseph Sparks agreed to pay a rent of two shillings twice each year to Baltimore's agent, Benjamin Tasker. The rent was to be paid at the City of St. Marys on the feast day of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (March 25) and the feast-day of St. Michael, the Archangel (September 29). Ten years later, on February 8, 1762, Joseph Sparks and his wife, Mary, relinquished their claim to this land to Hugh Evans for twenty pounds.

("Sparks Delight," which was bought and sold by Joseph Sparks, should not be confused with another tract of land, also called "Sparks Delight" and also located in Frederick County which was patented by William Sparks on July 11, 1749. Both patents called for fifty acres. Their deed descriptions have been platted and measured carefully by a modern computing technique. In the case of the "Sparks Delight" patented by Joseph Sparks, the grant actually measures 52.7 acres, while "Sparks Delight" patented by William Sparks actually measures 47.8 acres. The tracts have different descriptions and when drawn to scale have quite dissimilar configurations.)

In the fall of 1760, Joseph Sparks decided to move northward from Beaver Dam Branch to the waters of Big Pipe Creek, and on November 19th he purchased 100 acres of land from Raphael and Elenor Taney of St. Mary's County, Maryland, for 45 pounds. The land was originally patented in 1743 by John Digges who had named it "Brothers Agreement." (This patent was originally a fairly large tract of land, but had been divided into many smaller tracts. In District No. 6 of Frederick County in 1798, nearly one-third of the land owners paid taxes on land which had been a part of "Brothers Agreement.") Joseph's land was located on the "south side of a branch of Piney Creek commonly called Joseph Sparks Branch and about twenty rods west of said Sparks's spring which emties itself into the said branch." It was further described as the "parcell of land laid out for Charles Sparks, being part of the re-survey of 'Brothers Agreement'." A year later, Sparks added an adjoining 50 acres to his farm which he bought from Taney for 21 pounds.

Minutes of the early Frederick County Court give some insight into the community activities of Joseph Sparks. He was a witness to the will of Thomas Harris on October 2, 1757. He was a member of the Grand Jury at the August term of court in 1763. At the November 1769 term, he was appointed by the court as overseer of the road from Big Pipe Creek to Taneytown. The following year, he made an affidavit that he had attended a trial as a witness for the court for two days. The March 1779 term of court appointed him as overseer of the main road from Big Pipe Creek to the "temporary line of the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania."

About 1774, 1.2.5.2.1 Joseph Sparks, Jr., son of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks, and now about twenty years of age, went to Pennsylvania where he purchased land in Providence Township in Bedford County. The land was located south of the Juniata River. He was probably accompanied by his brothers, 1.2.5.2.2 James Sparks and 1.2.5.2.5 Solomon Sparks, for all three brothers were in Bedford County during the Revolutionary War, and both Joseph and Solomon served in a military unit known as the Rangers. This unit had the responsibility of guarding the frontier from hostile Indians who were allies of Great Britain. Many years later, Solomon Sparks recalled that his company remained in Bedford County during 1782 and that, after the war ended, he went back to Maryland and lived there about two years before returning to Bedford County. (See pages 59-61 of the March 1955 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 9, for an abstract of his pension file.)

Joseph Sparks, Sr. apparently did not accompany his sons to Pennsylvania, or, if he did, he did not stay there very long before returning to Frederick County in Maryland. When the 1790 census was taken of Frederick County, he was listed as head of a household consisting of himself, a male under the age of sixteen, and three females. In 1798, he paid taxes on 146 acres of land described as "Part of The Re-Survey of Brothers Agreement" and which was valued at 200 pounds.

On April 30, 1800, Joseph Sparks sold his land in Frederick County to James Fisher. Both men were identified as "of Frederick County." The land was composed of two adjoining tracts located on the Joseph Sparks Branch which was a tributary of Piney Creek. Joseph signed the deed by making his mark. There was no dower release to the document; undoubtedly Joseph's wife, Mary (McDaniel) Sparks, was dead by this time. Perhaps it was her death that prompted the sale.

After the sale of the land, Sparks went to Bedford County, Pennsylvania, arriving there in time to be listed on the 1800 census. Living in his household was one female, aged 26 to 45. This was, in all probability, his daughter, Chloe Sparks.

In the winter of 1808/09, Joseph Sparks became ill, and he made his will on March 13, 1809. To his oldest son, Joseph, Jr., he left his bed, bed-clothing, etc. To his sons, James and Solomon, and to his daughters, Mary, Rebeckah, Susannah, Elizabeth, and Sarah, he left three pounds each. To his youngest daughter, Chloe, and her heirs, if any, he left the rest of his personal and real property. If she should die without heirs, the property was to be sold (providing a majority of the remaining heirs agreed) and the estate to be divided among the remaining heirs. He named as his executors, his son, Joseph Sparks, Jr., and his daughter, Chloe Sparks. Amos McDaniel, Peter McDaniel, and Joseph O'Neal witnessed the will which was probated on April 3, 1809.

Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks had nine children, three sons and six daughters. Joseph, Jr., the eldest, was born in 1754. Chloe, the youngest child, was born ca. 1770. The other children have been arranged below in the probable order of their births, but there may be need to rearrange these as additional data are found.

The Clear Ridge area of West Providence Township in Bedford County,
Pennsylvania, where the sons of Joseph Sparks (ca.1730-1809) settled in 1774
(Map)

Children of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks:

1.2.5.2.1 Joseph Sparks, Jr., born 1754.
1.2.5.2.2 James Sparks, probably born ca.1755
1.2.5.2.3 Mary Sparks, probably born ca.1757
1.2.5.2.4 Sarah Sparks, probably born ca.1758
1.2.5.2.5 Solomon Sparks, born in 1760
1.2.5.2.6 Rebecca Sparks, probably born ca.1762
1.2.5.2.7 Susannah Sparks, probably born ca.1764
1.2.5.2.8 Elizabeth Sparks, probably born ca.1766
1.2.5.2.9 Chloe Sparks, probably born ca.1770

1.2.5.2.1 Joseph Sparks, Jr. was born March 25, 1754, in Frederick County, Maryland. He grew to manhood on his father's farm and when he was about twenty years of age, he decided to join the ranks of those who were looking for cheap, fertile land across the Appalachian Mountains in the Province of Pennsylvania. In 1774, he and his brothers, James (about 19 years old) and Solomon (about 15 years old), arrived in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. There they settled near present-day Everett on Clear Ridge between the streams of Clear Creek and Greys Run, just south of a bend in the Juniata River. (See the map on page 2918.)

No record has been found of the marriage of Joseph Sparks, Jr., which probably occurred ca. 1778. He may have been married in Bedford County or he may have returned to Frederick County and brought his teen-age bride, Elizabeth -----, to Clear Ridge. We have not learned her maiden name. Their first child was born in September 1780, and when the first U.S. census was taken in 1790, they had six children, three boys and three girls.

A short time after Joseph and his brothers arrived in Bedford County, the conflict between the American colonies and Great Britain broke out. The three brothers served in the American militia throughout the Revolutionary War. Joseph served in an organization which defended the frontier from hostile Indians who were allies of Great Britain; he served from 1778 to 1783 in the Rangers of the Frontier.

After the Revolutionary War ended, Joseph began acquiring land on Clear Ridge in Bedford County. On January 25, 1786, he bought 300 acres. Another 300-acre tract was added in 1789, and another tract of equal size was added in 1792. His final purchase was made on April 16, 1794, when he bought 400 acres. He also owned a mill on Clear Creek.

Elizabeth Sparks, wife of Joseph, died on March 16, 1803, at the age of 39 years; their youngest child, a son, was then four years old. Apparently, the older children assumed the responsibility of running the house and the family stayed intact. When the 1810 census was taken of Bedford County, all of the children were still living at home. Six of the eight children were living at home in 1820; apparently five of the children never married. There are scattered county records pertaining to Sparks.

On May 8, 1787, Joseph Sparks and Joseph McDonald, guardians of Hugh McDonald, a child of William McDonald, deceased, requested the Bedford County Court to apprentice their ward to James Martin, Esq. until he reached his 21st birthday at which time Martin was to give him eight pounds (or a horse), a set of plow-irons, a grubbing hoe, an axe, and his freedom. He was also to receive schooling during the apprenticeship.

Another record pertaining to Joseph Sparks is dated nearly twenty-five years later. On April 2, 1811, upon the request of Sarah Conrad, the Bedford County Court named Joseph Sparks as the guardian of fourteen year-old Henry Conrad, Jr., minor child of Henry Conrad, deceased.

In the summer of 1827, Joseph Sparks became quite ill. He had celebrated his 73rd birthday the previous March, thus he was an "old man" for his times. He made his will on September 15th and asked his neighbors, Uriah Hughes and Amos McDaniel, to witness it. He died three days later. All of his eight children were named in the will, which was probated on October 12, 1827, at the Bedford County courthouse. Here are the essential provisions of that document.  

Item. To my son, Solomon, all the right and title to my share or half of a tract of land I own with Abraham Wemmer in partnership on Brush Creek joining lands of David Buck, Hugh Gillon, George Moyers, and others.

Item. To my daughter, Christianea, my son, Joseph, my daughter, Elizabeth, and my son, John, each an equal right to the tract of land I now live on, each to pay annually an equal share of what may be counted sufficient to maintain my daughter, Barbara, in all needful necessaries during her life.

Item. To each of the above named four, one feather bed and bedding; one horse creature, Joseph having the first choice, John the second and Christianea the third; one cow of their choice. To daughter, Elizabeth, one lume [sic]; To daughter, Barbara, one feather bed.

Item. To my son, James, and daughter, Mary Morris, one young cow. To son, Solomon, one feather bed.

Item. As for the goods not willed or bequeathed, all are to be sold at a public sale and used to pay my debts. If any are left, they are to be divided among my four children, Christianea, Joseph, Elizabeth, and John.

Item. As for such other lands as I have and have not bequeathed, they shall be sold to satisfy the balance of my debts and then divided equally among the last named four children.

Item. I appoint my sons, Joseph and John, as my executors.

Witnesses: his
Joseph X Sparks
Uriah Hughes seal
Amos McDaniel

Joseph Sparks died on September 18, 1827. He was buried beside his wife, Elizabeth, in the Indian Springs Cemetery in West Providence Township in Bedford County, near Everett, Pennsylvania. An inscription on his cemetery marker indicates that he was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

(Indian Springs Cemetery, where many of the descendants of Joseph Sparks were buried, is located in the southern part of West Providence and is about four miles south of the village of Everett. On the map on page 2918, it is located quite near the dwelling identified as "J. Tate.")

Children of Joseph and Elizabeth Sparks:

1.2.5.2.1.1 Solomon Sparks was born September 13, 1780. He was undoubtedly named for his uncle, 1.2.5.2.5 Solomon Sparks (1760-1838) (who married Rachel Weimer), with whom he has sometimes been confused. He is said to have married Rachel Manville.

There are few records of this Solomon Sparks. As far as we can determine, he did not appear by name on the 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, or 1850 censuses of Bedford County. We have found no records of his marriage nor of any children who were products of that marriage. Tombstones in the Providence Cemetery give the following information:

Solomon Sparks, September 13, 1780 - April 8, 1853
Rachel Sparks, September 23, 1794 - February 13, 1872.

1.2.5.2.1.2 Christianea Sparks was born September 21, 1782. She never married. She died on October 1, 1871, at the age of 89 years and 11 days. She was buried in the Indian Springs Cemetery near Everett, Pennsylvania.

1.2.5.2.1.3 Mary Sparks was born ca. 1784. She was probably named for her paternal grandmother. She married Elijah Morris sometime before 1827. We have no further information about this couple.

1.2.5.2.1.4 Joseph Sparks was born ca. 1785. He served during the War of 1812 as a private in the company commanded by his uncle, 1.2.5.2.5 Solomon Sparks, in the 2nd Regiment Pennsylvania Militia. (See pages 584-85 of the September 1961 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 35, for an abstract of his Bounty Land file.) After the death of his father in 1827, he apparently assumed the role of the head of his household and was listed as such on the 1830, 1840, and 1850 censuses of Bedford County. When the latter census was taken, his sisters, Christianea and Elizabeth, were living in his household.

Joseph died sometime between March 22 and April 22, 1862. He had made his will on March 22nd leaving his estate to his nephews who were all sons of his brother, 1.2.5.2.1.8 John Sparks. Named in the will were:

1.2.5.2.1.8.3 John C. Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5 Samuel B. Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.7 Abraham Sparks, and
1.2.5.2.1.8.1 Joseph H. Sparks
.

The will was proven on April 22, 1862, in the Bedford County Court. Named as his executor was his nephew, Joseph H. Sparks.

1.2.5.2.1.5 Elizabeth Sparks was born June 24, 1787, according to the inscription on her tombstone in the Indian Springs Cemetery near Everett, Pennsylvania. She never married. She died on July 28, 1858. Her will was recorded on page 267 of Will Book 4 in the Bedford County courthouse. She left her estate to her brother, Joseph Sparks, and to her nephew, Joseph H. H. Sparks.

1.2.5.2.1.6 James Sparks was born ca. 1788. He served during the War of 1812 as a 2nd Corporal in a company commanded by his uncle, Solomon Sparks, in the 2nd Regiment Pennsylvania Militia. (See pages 529-30 of the December 1960 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 32, for an abstract of his Bounty Land file.) (Webmaster note: these two accounts to not match in wife's name or military rank.)

James Sparks married his cousin, 1.2.5.2.2.2 Mary Sparks, ca. 1823. She was born ca. 1800 and was a daughter of James and Nancy (Rogers) Sparks. (See 1.2.5.2.2.2 below.) James Sparks was a blacksmith. According to the 1830, 1840, and 1850 census records of Bedford County, he and Mary had four children; however, we have learned the names of only two of them. James Sparks died sometime after March 1855.

1.2.5.2.1.6.1 Dau1 born ca. 1825
1.2.5.2.1.6.2 Dau2 born ca. 1829.
1.2.5.2.1.6.3 Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1830.
1.2.5.2.1.6.4 Reuben Sparks was born ca. 1834.

1.2.5.2.1.7 Barbara Sparks was born ca. 1791. She apparently was crippled and never married. Her father made provision for her care and livelihood in his will in 1827. She survived him several years, dying on May 30, 1838. She was buried beside her parents in the Indian Springs Cemetery.

1.2.5.2.1.8 John Sparks was born on April 4, 1799. He married Rebecca A. Wareham, ca. 1840. She was born May 16, 1816. They lived in West Providence Township where John was a farmer. He also served as a Justice of the Peace. John died on August 30, 1876. He had made a will just a few weeks before his death in which he named the following: his wife, Rebecca, his sons, Joseph H., John, Samuel B., and Abraham; and his daughters, Sarah E. and Mary C. John's wife, Rebecca, survived him by nearly thirty years, dying on August 15, 1905.

1.2.5.2.1.8.1 Joseph H. Sparks was born February 9, 1841. He served in Company K, 133rd Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. (See the March 1986 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 133, for an abstract of his pension file.) Joseph H. H. Sparks was married twice. His first marriage was to Mary Bussard on January 31, 1867. They apparently had no children. His second marriage was to Georgia E. Casteel on June 28, 1898. She was born ca. 1879. Joseph Sparks was superintendent of the Sweet Root Forestry Reservation in Bedford County. He died on October 13, 1912, at Clearville, Pennsylvania. He and Georgia, his second wife, had four children.

1.2.5.2.1.8.1.1 John A. Sparks was born June 11, 1899.
1.2.5.2.1.8.1.2 William S. Sparks was born March 19, 1901.
1.2.5.2.1.8.1.3 Mary E. Sparks was born February 17, 1904.
1.2.5.2.1.8.1.4 Bertha I. Sparks was born August 21, 1909.

1.2.5.2.1.8.2 Sarah E. Sparks was born September 24, 1842. She married William Davis. She died on February 4, 1878.

1.2.5.2.1.8.3 John Clay Sparks was born April 25, 1844. He served in Company K, 133rd Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry with his brother, Joseph, during the Civil War and received a pension in later years for his service. He never married. He died on November 24, 1924. (See the December 1985 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 132, for an abstract of of his pension file.)

1.2.5.2.1.8.4 Matthew P. Sparks was born March 11, 1846. He died on March 24, 1858, just a few days after he had reached his twelfth birthday.

1.2.5.2.1.8.5 Samuel Barkley Sparks was born October 6, 1848, at the Old Sparks Mill in Black Valley on a part of the land claim settled by his grandfather at the time of the American Revolution. He married Mary Magdalene Stayer on July 4, 1874. She was born in 1856 and was a daughter of Aaron and Mary (Defibaugh) Stayer. Samuel died on September 1, 1914, and Mary died in 1932. They were buried in the Indian Springs Cemetery at Everett. They had nine children.

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.1 David Sparks was born ca. 1875. He died when he was aged seven years.

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2 Rebecca Jane Sparks was born December 1, 1876. She married Jeremiah Franklin Weicht on July 4, 1893. He was born July 4, 1871, and was a son of Jeremiah W. and Rose Anne (Bussard) Weicht. Jeremiah F. Weicht died on August 30, 1935, and Rebecca Jane died on August 13, 1946. They were the parents of fourteen children:

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.1 Robert P. Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.2 Rosa Ellen Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.3 Mary Ethel Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.4 Roy E . Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.5 Zelma Mae Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.6 Anna Belle Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.7 Grace E. Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.8 Lloyd E. Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.9 Richard E. Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.10 Alice P. Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.11 Benjamin F. Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.12 Bertha I. Weicht,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.13 Gladys R. Weicht, and
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.2.14 Alberta L. Weicht

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.3 John Sherman Sparks was born April 14, 1878. He married Dora Belle Amick on April 10, 1901, in Bedford County. She was born November 14, 1883, at Clearville, Pennsylvania, and was a daughter of George Washington and 1.2.5.2.5.11.5 Jane Elizabeth (Sparks) Amick. (Jane Elizabeth Sparks was a daughter of Solomon and Susan Black) Sparks (See below.) John and Dora (Amick) Sparks were the grandparents of three of the members of the Sparks Family Association who have made excellent contributions to this article: John R. Akers, H. C. Smith, and Mrs. Marion Rinard. John and Dora (Amick) Sparks had seven children:

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.3.1 Mabel Rebecca Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.3.2 Samuel George Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.3.3 Mary Kathryn Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.3.4 Nellie Grace Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.3.5 Evelyn Gertrude Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.3.6 Albert Vaughn Sparks, and
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.3.7 Helen Elizabeth Sparks.

(A photograph of this family appears on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly.)

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.4 Samuel Russell Sparks was born February 25, 1880. He married Sarah Belle Karns in December 1904. He died on October 10, 1950. He and Sarah Belle had nine children:

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.4.1 Frank S. Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.4.2 Mary Lyda Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.4.3 Webster Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.4.4 George C. Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.4.5 Nellie L. Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.4.6 Montford J. Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.4.7 Clair Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.4.8 Leroy Elswood Sparks, and
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.4.9 Gerald Lee Sparks.

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.5 Joseph Patterson Sparks was born November 4, 1882. On April 8, 1908, he married Anna Pearl Beck. She was born in February 1888 and was a daughter of Chapman Beck. Joseph died on October 14, 1956, and Anna died in June 1980. They had seven children:

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.5.1 Gilbert Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.5.2 Evelyn Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.5.3 Martha Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.5.4 Phoebe Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.5.5 Richard Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.5.6 Fred Sparks, and
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.5.7 Eunice Sparks.

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.6 Aaron Sparks was born ca. 1884. He died in infancy.

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.7 Abram Wareham Sparks was born September 29, 1886. On January 1, 1908, he married Edna Virginia (Krouse) Davis. She was born April 26, 1888, and was a daughter of Mary Davis. Abram died on May 5, 1935. He and Edna had five children:

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.7.1 Charles E. Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.7.2 Roy S. Sparks,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.7.3 Robert W. Sparks ,
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.7.4 Constance R. Sparks, and
1.2.5.2.1.8.5.7.5 Mary E. Sparks

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.8 William Sparks was born ca. 1888. He died in infancy.

1.2.5.2.1.8.5.9 Charles Calvin Sparks was born October 30, 1892. He died on July 25, 1921. He never married. He was a Pennsylvania State Trooper at the time of his death.

1.2.5.2.1.8.6 James Sparks was born May 26, 1853. He died five years later, on November 15, 1858.

1.2.5.2.1.8.7 Abraham W. Sparks was born ca. 1855. He died on April 11, 1916. He never married.

1.2.5.2.1.8.8 Phineas Sparks was born February 29, 1856. He died a few weeks later on March 10, 1856.

1.2.5.2.1.8.9 Mary Catherine Sparks was born May 24, 1857. She married Aaron Stayer, a brother of Mary Magdalene Stayer. (See Item 1.2.5.2.1.8.5 above.) Mary Catherine died on September 10, 1927. Aaron died on July 10, 1933. He and Mary Catherine had no children.

1.2.5.2.2 James Sparks, son of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks, was born ca. 1755 in Maryland. He grew to manhood in Frederick County, and when he was about nineteen years of age, he accompanied his brothers,Joseph and Solomon, to Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He may have served in the Pennsylvania Militia during the Revolutionary War, but we have found no record of his service. He probably returned to Frederick County after the war ended, and he is probably the James Sparks who was appointed as an ensign in the Frederick County Militia on June 18, 1794. It is also quite likely that he married Nancy ["Ann"] Rogers there ca. 1795. She was born ca. 1765 and was a native of Frederick County.

by 1800, James and Nancy (Rogers) Sparks were in Bedford County where they appeared on that year's U.S. census. James was also listed as the head of his household on the 1810, 1820, 1830, and 1840 censuses of that county. He entered 250 acres of land there on June 20, 1792. He added nearly 600 acres of land to his farm in the mid-1830's and at his death he owned nearly 1,000 acres of land in Bedford County.

According to a History of Bedford County published in 1884, the early settlers placed only a slight value upon their land. The story is told that James Sparks and one of his brothers decided to divide a tract of land which they held co-jointly. When the question arose as to who should have the upper or more valuable part, they settled it by taking a stick and "choosing up" after the manner of boys playing baseball.

Nancy (Rogers) Sparks died ca. 1835. According to census records, she and James were the parents of six children. James died sometime between May 1841 and March 1842. He made a will on May 22, 1841, and it was probated on March 3, 1842. Here is an abstract.  

Item. The 800 acres of land which I acquired by three patents in the 1830's shall be so divided into 200 acre tracts between my four sons: William, Absalom, Daniel, and David, that the shares of William, Absalom, and David shall include the land on which they now reside, and Daniel's share shall be taken from the north end of the 800 acres.

Item. The 190 acre tract which I obtained from James Hamilton in 1833 shall be equally divided between my sons, Daniel and David. Both shall have equal access to the sawmill on the said tract.

Item. To daughter, Elizabeth Sparks, now intermarried with Wilson L. Weeks, I give $300.

Item. To daughter, Mary Sparks, now intermarried with James Sparks (blacksmith), I give one silk dress to be given one year after my decease.

Item. To son, Daniel Sparks, one good horse, one cow and five sheep; to son, David Sparks, one good horse, one cow and four sheep and six hogs, to make them equal with the rest.

Item. I have money due and coming to me from Frederick County, Maryland, which shall be divided equally among my four sons, William, Absalom, Daniel, and David, and my daughter, Elizabeth Weeks.

Item. My sons, Daniel and David, shall be my executors.  

his
Witnesses: James X Sparks
Benjamin Martin seal
John Nagle

1.2.5.2.2.1 William Sparks, son of James and Nancy (Rogers) Sparks, was born ca. 1799 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He married Susan A. -----, ca. 1830. She was born ca. 1806 in Pennsylvania. William and Susan were listed on the 1840 and 1850 censuses of Bedford County, and, according to these sources, they were the parents of five children. William apparently died prior to 1870, and Susan died sometime after 1880.

1.2.5.2.2.1.1 James Sparks was born March 12,1831. He served in Company K, 208th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. (See the December 1985 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 132, for an abstract of his pension file.) On September 15, 1859, he married Margaret Stuckey at Clearville, Pennsylvania. She was born February 28, 1835, in Pennsylvania. She died on February 12, 1879, at Everett, Pennsylvania. James died on January 23, 1904. They were buried in the Sparks Cemetery, south of Clearville. They had seven children.

1.2.5.2.2.1.1.1 Matilda Sparks was born September 26, 1860. She married FNU Mortimer.
1.2.5.2.2.1.1.2 Maria Ann Sparks was born December 6, 1862. She married FNU Koontz.
1.2.5.2.2.1.1.3 Jonas Sparks was born April 13, 1865.
1.2.5.2.2.1.1.4 Ruth Jane Sparks was born September 24, 1867. She married Josiah Weimer on December 11, 1884. She died on May 7, 1933. She had no children.
1.2.5.2.2.1.1.5 Daniel Sparks was born February 17, 1870.
1.2.5.2.2.1.1.6 Henrietta Sparks was born January 18, 1873. She married FNU Horton.
1.2.5.2.2.1.1.7 William Sparks was born ca. 1876. He died prior to 1898.

1.2.5.2.2.1.2 Josephine Sparks, daughter of William and Susan Sparks, was born ca. 1833.
1.2.5.2.2.1.3 A son was born ca. 1835.
1.2.5.2.2.1.4 A daughter was born ca. 1838.
1.2.5.2.2.1.5 Susan A. Sparks was born ca. 1849. She was aged 23 years and living with her widowed mother when the 1880 census was taken of Bedford County, Pennsylvania. With her was a two-year-old son, 1.2.5.2.2.1.5.1 Robert H. Felton.

1.2.5.2.2.2 Mary Sparks was born ca. 1800. She married her cousin, 1.2.5.2.1.6 James Sparks. (See above.)

1.2.5.2.2.3 Absalom Sparks, son of James and Nancy (Rogers) Sparks, was born ca. 1804. He married Mahala Grubb, ca. 1835. She was born ca. 1813 in Pennsylvania. She died sometime after 1880. Absalom died in June 1862. He made a will on June 2, 1862, which was proven on June 24, 1862. In it, he named his wife, Mahala, and his eldest son, David, and referred to other children whom he did not name. He and Mahala had three children.

1.2.5.2.2.3.1 David G. Sparks was born ca. 1836. He was living with his brother, 1.2.5.2.2.3.2 James Henry Sparks, and was unmarried, when the 1880 census of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, was taken.

1.2.5.2.2.3.2 James Henry Sparks was born June 2, 1841. He served in Company K, 208th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. (See the December 1985 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 132, for an abstract of his pension file.) He married Elizabeth Gibson on April 12, 1864, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She was born December 18, 1840, and was a daughter of George Gibson, Sr. James Henry Sparks died on October 13, 1917, and Elizabeth died on January 2, 1927. They had three children:  

1.2.5.2.2.3.2.1 Mary A. Sparks was born June 3, 1867.
1.2.5.2.2.3.2.2 Sarah J. Sparks was born August 2, 1869.
1.2.5.2.2.3.2.3 Curtis G. Sparks was born September 21, 1873.

1.2.5.2.2.3.3 Jacob Sparks was born ca. 1841; he may have been a twin of James Henry Sparks. 

1.2.5.2.2.4 Daniel Sparks, son of James and Nancy (Rogers) Sparks, was born September 10, 1806. He married Catherine LNU, ca. 1845, and when the 1850 census was taken of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, they were listed in the West Providence Township. He was listed as 38 years of age and Catherine as 34 years of age. When the 1870 census was taken, they were living at Bloody Run, Pennsylvania. With them were three children: Barbara Baughman, 30; John Baughman, 19; and James Baughman, 14.

Daniel Sparks died on May 30, 1877, and his will was proven on June 8, 1877. He specified that he was to be buried on the farm of Philip Sparks (his nephew) according to the rites of the Lutheran Church. He left his estate to his wife, Catherine, and to four Baughman children: Barbara, Jane, John, and James, whom he had reared. He did not specify his relationship to them. Catherine died on May 5, 1889. She, too, requested in her will that she be buried beside her husband in the graveyard recently owned by Philip Sparks. Mentioned in her will were: Barbara Baughman; Jane Baughman, who married Charles Karns; and Simon Karns, her son; also her nieces, Mary Pee and Eliza Zembower, who married Josiah Zembower.

1.2.5.2.2.5 David Sparks was born ca. 1809. He married Sarah Ann LNU, ca. 1840. She was born December 31, 1816. She and David had at least three children. He died in July 1869, and his will was proven on July 21, 1869. He stipulated that he was to be buried in the graveyard on his farm according to the rites of the Presbyterian Church. Named as his heirs were: his wife, Sarah Ann Sparks, and his sons, 1.2.5.2.2.5.x Wilson Sparks and 1.2.5.2.2.5.y Philip Sparks. Sarah Ann Sparks died on April 27, 1872.

1.2.5.2.2.5.1 Wilson W. Sparks was born ca. 1841. He served in Company K, 208th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. (See the June 1977 issue of the Quarterly for an abstract of his pension file.) On February 7, 1866, he married Mary C. Williams in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She was born ca. 1842.

Wilson W. Sparks was one of the original incorporators of the Crystal Spring Camp Meeting Association, an early Methodist Church Camp, established in 1886. He also served as a trustee of the organization until his death. The camp is located just east of the Bedford County line in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, about four miles south of Breezewood. The Association celebrated its centennial in August 1986.

Wilson W. and Mary C. (Williams) Sparks had at least two children, 1.2.5.2.2.5.1.x Bertha W. Sparks, born ca.1867, and 1.2.5.2.2.5.1.y Ross A. Sparks, born ca.1875. Wilson died on November 16, 1898, and Mary died on August 17, 1932. He left his estate to his wife, Mary C. Sparks, and to his son, Ross A. Sparks, and his daughter, Bertha W. Sparks who had married FNU Harter.

1.2.5.2.2.5.2 Philip W. Sparks was born ca. 1844. He married Rebecca W. LNU, ca. 1872. She was born ca. 1855. He apparently died ca. 1878, leaving Rebecca with two small children, 1.2.5.2.2.5.2.1 Laura, born ca.1873, and 1.2.5.2.2.5.2.2 David E., born ca.1875. 

1.2.5.2.2.5.3 Elisa Sparks may have been a daughter of David and Sarah Ann Sparks; however, we have found no record of her.

1.2.5.2.2.6 Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of James and Nancy (Rogers) Sparks, was born April 29, 1811. She married Wilson L. Weeks. He was born January 19, 1810, and he died on November 27, 1885. Elizabeth died on February 17, 1888. They had at least one child, a son, 1.2.5.2.2.6.1 David Weeks.

1.2.5.2.3 Mary Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks, was born ca. 1757 in Frederick County, Maryland. She is said to have married FNU Murray and to have have had at least three sons, 1.2.5.2.3.1 John Murray, 1.2.5.2.3.2 Joseph Murray, and 1.2.5.2.3.3 Solomon Murray. We have not been able to confirm this statement.

1.2.5.2.4 Sarah Sparks was born ca. 1758, probably in Frederick County, Maryland. She is said to have married FNU O'Neil. We have no further information about her.

(Editor's Note: This record of the descendants of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks will be continued in a future issue of the Quarterly.)



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Whole Number 136

JOSEPH SPARKS (ca.1730-1809) OF FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND
& BEDFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

by Paul E. Sparks


(Editor's Note: This is a continuation of the article begun in the September 1986 issue of the Quarterly. In that issue, we presented a brief sketch of the life of Joseph Sparks (ca.1730 -1809) of Frederick County, Maryland, and four of his children and their descendants: Joseph, Jr., James, Mary, and Sarah. Here we present data of the remainder of his children: Solomon, Rebecca, Susannah, Elizabeth, and Chloe. )

The photograph reproduced on the cover of the present issue of the Quarterly pertains to the family of Samuel Barkley Sparks, son of John and Rebecca (Wareham) Sparks, and grandson of Joseph Sparks. [See page 2923 of the September 1986 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 135.] It was taken at Black Valley, near Indian Springs and south of Everett, Pennsylvania, in Bedford County. The group had assembled at the old SPARKS home-place on Easter Sunday, 1909. The house has since been torn down. [See the map on page 2918 of the September 1986 issue for the location of the old SPARKS home-place in West Providence Township. It was located about four miles south of the village of Everett and is shown on that map as the dwelling of "J. Sparks." This is also the site of the home of Samuel Barkley Sparks. ] )

1.2.5.2.5 Solomon Sparks, son of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks, was born July 13, 1760, in Frederick County, Maryland, according to the inscription on his tombstone in the Providence Union Church Cemetery in Bedford County, Pennsylvania; however, he stated that he had been born in 1758 when he applied for a military pension in 1832. He was probably named for his uncle, 20. Solomon Sparks, who went from Frederick County, Maryland, to Rowan County, North Carolina, ca. 1755. (See the December 1955 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 12.) When Solomon was about sixteen years of age, he went with his brothers, Joseph and James, to Bedford County. It was there that he enlisted in Boyd's Ranger Company of the Pennsylvania Militia in the spring of 1782 to fight the Indians who were allies of Great Britain during the Revolutionary War. He served for a period of about fifteen months. Many years later he applied for a pension for his service. (See the March 1955 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 9, for an abstract of his pension file in the National Archives.)

At the close of the Revolutionary War, Solomon returned to Frederick County, Maryland, where he stayed about two years before returning to Bedford County. It may have been in Frederick County that he married Rachel Weimer ca. 1784. She had been born on September 23, 1764, according to the inscription on her tombstone in Providence Union Church Cemetery. On April 16, 1794, Solomon received 400 acres of land in Bedford County, probably for his service in the Pennsylvania Militia. He also received 200 acres from the state of Pennsylvania.

With the outbreak of the second war with Great Britain in June 1812, Solomon organized a company of riflemen which was mustered into service of the United States on September 25, 1812, and was attached to the 2nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Riflemen, commanded by Col. William Piper. Included in Sparks's company as a 2nd Corporal was his nephew, 1.2.5.2.1.6? James Sparks, and the roster of privates included another nephew, Joseph Sparks, and his own two sons, 1.2.5.2.5.? Abraham Sparks and 1.2.5.2.5.? Joseph S. Sparks. The unit saw action at Buffalo, New York. (See the December 1960 and March 1961 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 32 and 33, respectively, for accounts of these men and their military service.)

Solomon Sparks was undoubtedly a successful farmer. His home was made of brick which was a bit uncommon in the rural areas of that time. He was also a shrewd businessman and made careful and profitable investments. He made a will many years before his death, for he had accumulated a considerable estate and two of his children had not yet attained adulthood. With a great deal of concern for the details of the disposition of his property, he made his will on January 10, 1821. Following is an abstract of the will.

First of all. I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the dust to be buried in a Christian-like manner.

Secondly. My funeral and debts are to be paid as soon as circumstances permit.

Third. To my beloved wife, Racheal, one-half of the brick house, together with all the bedding, one table, six chairs and all the kitchen furniture. Also one cow and one riding creature.

Fourthly. To my son, Abraham Sparks, the home place together with buildings and improvements, reserving only his mother's half of the brick house which is to descend to him at his mother's death. Also 200 acres of land on Owl Creek in Crawford County, together with all my horses, cows and stock, wagons, ploughs, harrows and farming utensils as well as household furniture not already bequeathed; together with all outstanding debts which he is to pay off.

My son, Abraham, is to pay to my five beloved daughters, namely: Sarah, Hannah, Mary, Delilah and Rachel, the sum of $200 each in the following manner: On January 1, 1826, $150 to Sarah; on January 1, 1827, $50 to Sarah and $100 to Hannah; on January 1, 1828, $100 to Hannah and $50 to Mary; on January 1, 1829, $100 to Mary and $50 to Delilah; on January 1, 1830, $50 to Mary and $100 to Delilah; on January 1, 1831, $50 to Delilah and $100 to Rachel; on January 1, 1832, $100 to Rachel.

Fifthly. To my son Joseph Sparks, I give the Hagerly place and a 100 acre warrant tract on the Turnpike Road. Also $100 in turnpike stock.

Sixthly. To my son, Jonah Sparks, I give the Chapman place on Clear Ridge and also the claim I have to the land adjoining the east of the new bridge on the Turnpike Road. Also $100 in turnpike stock.

To my son, John Sparks, I give the Chaney place adjoining Philip Morgert.

To my beloved son, Solomon Sparks, I give the old place on Clear Ridge and the Calhoun place.

To my grandson, William Latta, I give $100 to be paid to him when he comes of age.

If any of my children should not live to enjoy their shares thus bequeathed, it is my will that it should be equally divided between the surviving heirs.

P.S. I also give my son, Abraham Sparks, $150 of turnpike stock and he is to provide a comfortable living for his mother and provide keeping for her horse and cow and provide for the children until they arrive at 21 years of age.

Lastly. I appoint my wife, Rachel Sparks, and my eldest son, Abraham Sparks, executors of my will. Thus having endeavored to be plain and explicit in all devises, I hope and trust that no dispute will arise concerning them, but if the case should be otherwise, my will is that all disputes shall be decided by three impartial and intelligent men known for their good understanding.
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                                                                               Solomon   Õ  Sparks
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Witnesses:
   Joseph Sparks
   Abraham Martin

Solomon Sparks lived to see all of his children attain adulthood. He died on April 8, 1838, at the age of 77 years, 8 months and 25 days. His will was probated on April 24, 1838. Four days later, his widow, Rachel Sparks, renounced her appointment as his co-executor and his son, Abraham Sparks, was granted letters of administration of his father's estate. Rachel died on February 13, 1842, at the age of 77 years, 4 months and 20 days. She and Solomon had eleven children.

1.2.5.2.5.x An unidentified daughter was born to Solomon and Rachel Sparks. She probably died (or was married and left home) after 1800. She was not listed in the Hollar Bible.

1.2.5.2.5.1 Sarah Sparks was born December 16, 1786. She apparently married FNU Latta, probably sometime between 1810 and 1820. They had at least two children: a son, 1.2.5.2.5.3.1 William Latta, who was named in his grandfather's will in January 1821 (see above) and a daughter, 1.2.5.2.5.3.2 Indiana, who apparently married FNU Hugs (or Hays).

1.2.5.2.5.1.1 William Latta apparently had two children:1.2.5.2.5.1.1.1 William Latta, born ca. 1841, and 1.2.5.2.5.1.1.2 Jane Latta, born ca. 1843. They were living with their grandmother, Sarah Sparks, in the household of their great-uncle, Abraham Sparks, when the 1850 census was taken of Bedford County. Their father may have died prior to 1850 (or he and Sarah may have been divorced for Sarah had resumed her maiden name according to that census) .

Sarah Sparks died sometime between September 12, 1860, (when she made her will) and September 26, 1860, (when her will was probated). She named her son, William Latta; her daughter, Indiana Hugs (or Hays); and a granddaughter, Jane Latta.

1.2.5.2.5.2 Hannah Sparks was born November 21, 1788. She married Solomon Hollar, apparently sometime between 1810 and 1820. She died prior to November 1867. They had at least five children:

1.2.5.2.5.2.1 Philip Hollar,
1.2.5.2.5.2.2 Susan Hollar,
1.2.5.2.5.2.3 Rachel Hollar,
1.2.5.2.5.2.4 Rebecca Hollar, and
1.2.5.2.5.2.5 Hannah Hollar
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1.2.5.2.5.3 Abraham Sparks was born on February 8, 1791, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He served in the War of 1812 as a soldier in Capt. Solomon Sparks's Company, organized in Bedford County, according to the Pennsylvania Archives, Vol. 7, pages 737-38. After the death of his father in 1838, he headed a household composed of his sisters, Sarah and Rachel, and his grand-nephew and grand-niece, William and Jane Latta. On the 1850 census of Bedford County, he was listed as an inn-keeper and farmer with real estate valued at $15,000. He apparently never married.

A considerable portion of the real estate owned by Abraham Sparks was located in Bureau County, Illinois, and this may have been a reason why his brother, Joseph S. Sparks, migrated there in 1851. When Abraham Sparks died, intestate, on November 28, 1854, it was natural that the Bureau County Court should appoint Joseph S. Sparks to administer the settlement of the estate.

1.2.5.2.5.4 Joseph S. Sparks gave an inventory of his brother's estate shortly after his appointment as administrator. Abraham owned six tracts of land in Bureau County totaling 291 acres. The annual income from the sale of the crops (corn, oats and wheat) amounted to over $400 according to the inventory. Joseph did not live long enough, however, to make a final settlement, dying on March 31, 1868. The Bureau County Court then appointed his son, Joseph R. Sparks, to make a final settlement which he did on June 10, 1868. Named as heirs were:

Heirs  Date Amount
Hannah Bogges, executor of Jonas Sparks 23 November 1866 $55.84
Philip Hollar, administrator of Hannah Hollar 25 November 1867 $53.24
Delilah Hughs  25 November 1856 $53.24
Julia Manspeaker, heir of Sarah Sparks  20 December 1864 $53.24
Mary Morgert  20 September . 1864 $53.24
Rachel Kennard  January 1, 1861 $55.50
------- executor of Solomon Sparks 5 August 1867 $53.24
William States, guardian of heirs of John Sparks 22 July 1867 $53.24
J. S. Sparks  27 July 1867 $42.46

1.2.5.2.5.4 Joseph S. Sparks was born on May 11, 1793 in Bedford County. He served in the military company organized by his father during the War of 1812. After the war ended, he married Elizabeth Naill on March 27, 1817, in Tanneytown, Maryland. She had been born on April 2, 1799, and was a daughter of Christian and Mary Naill. Joseph and Elizabeth lived in East Providence Township in Bedford County where they appeared on the 1840 and 1850 censuses. On the latter census, Joseph was listed as a farmer and his real estate was valued at $6,000.

On February 1, 1851, Joseph Sparks, still a resident of East Providence Township, applied for bounty land based on his military service during the War of 1812. (See the September 1961 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 35, for an abstract of his bounty land file.) He was granted a tract of forty acres. Shortly thereafter, he moved his family to Bureau County, Illinois, where they settled near the village of Wyanet. It was there, in 1855, that he applied for additional land for his military service. This time his application was challenged by the Pension Office which asked him to prove that he was the correct Joseph Sparks, since, apparently, there were two men by that name who had served in the War of 1812 from Bedford County, Pennsylvania. (See the June 1965 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 50, for additional information about the family records of Joseph S. Sparks.)

ELIZABETH (NAILL) SPARKS
(1799-1892)
Wife of Joseph S. Sparks
(Picture)

During the Civil War, all of the sons of Joseph and Elizabeth (Naill) Sparks served in the Union Army. Joseph died on March 31, 1868, shortly after the war ended. Elizabeth survived him for nearly twenty-five years, dying on August 25, 1892, at the age of 93 years. They had nine children.
1.2.5.2.5.4.1 Mary Ann Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Naill) Sparks, was born December 19, 1818, in Bedford County. On February 13, 1838, she married Simon Nycum. He was born December 25, 1818, at Rays Hill, Pennsylvania, and was a son of John and Mary (Shartzer) Nycum. He lived in East Providence Township where he was a farmer and local businessman, according to the Nycum Genealogy by Homer C. Nycum, published in 1963. (We are indebted to Mr. Nycum for most of the information about the Nycum family.) Mary Ann died on 5 February 1892, and Simon died on May 30, 1900. They were buried in the Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Rays Hill. They had ten children.
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.1 Martha Permelia Nycum was born July 15, 1839. She died on January 13, 1877. She never married.

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.2 William Henry Harrison Nycum was born August 9, 1841. He served in Company C, 133rd Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry and Company G, 186th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. After the war ended, he went to Illinois and Iowa where he became a well-to-do businessman. He died on January 6, 1903, in Chicago, Illinois. He never married.

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.3 John Quincy Adams Nycum was born December 6, 1843, at Rays Hill. He served in the 186th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War, and after the war ended, he married Ann Margaret Gump on November 4, 1868. She was born August 31, 1848, at Rainsburg, Pennsylvania, and was a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Stuckey) Gump. John Nycum was a teacher, farmer, and also operated a general store with his father. He died on May 7, 1922, and Ann died on August 14, 1938. They had seven children:

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.3.1 Ira Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.3.2 Stella Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.3.3 John Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.3.4 William Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.3.5 Grace Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.3.6 Bessie Nycum, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.3.7 Marian Nycum
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1.2.5.2.5.4.1.4 George Washington Nycum was born March 12, 1846, at Rays Hill. He was a businessman and teacher, as well as a farmer. On October 24, 1878, he married Bertha Gordon Wilson at Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania. She was born September 23, 1857, in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and was a daughter of William and Maria (Lysinger) Wilson. George died on December 22, 1930, at Freeport, Illinois; Bertha died on November 10, 1942, at Mt. Carroll, Illinois. They had three children:

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.4.1 Harry Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.4.2 Simon Nycum, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.4.3 Mary Nycum.

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.5 Henry Clay Nycum was born October 15, 1848, at Brush Creek, Pennsylvania. He was a builder and contractor. On May 9, 1877, he married Norma Cecelia Alsop. She was born December 29, 1857, and was a daughter of John and Mary Ann (Metzger) Alsop. Henry Lycum died on April 5, 1926, at Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, where he had moved in 1891. Norma died on May 1, 1928. They had five children:

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.5.1 Lena Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.5.2 Percy ["Bud"] Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.5.3 Charles Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.5.4 Denzil Nycum, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.5.5 Inda Adelle Nycum.

The latter named was a grandmother of Margaret (Davis) Jacobs who has furnished most of the information about the Nycum family.

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.6 Albert Luther Nycum was born November 24, 1850. He was a railroad inspector. On September 23, 1880, he married Emma DeVerne Alsop at Bedford, Pennsylvania. She was born April 29, 1853, at Bedford and was a daughter of John and Mary Ann (Metzger) Alsop, and a sister of Norma Cecelia Alsop who married 1.2.5.2.5.6.1.5 Henry Clay Nycum, brother of Albert. (See above.) Albert Nycum died on February 26, 1923, at Edgewood, Pennsylvania, and Emma died there on November 14, 1931. They were the parents of seven children, including an unnamed son who died at birth. They were:

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.6.1 Albert Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.6.2 Leila Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.6.3 John Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.6.4 Mary Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.6.5 Simon Nycum, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.6.6 Joseph Nycum.

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.7 Joseph Winfield Scott Nycum was born May 17, 1853, at Rays Hill. He was a carpenter. On November 4, 1874, he married Mertie Belle Filler. Mertie Belle (Filler) Nycum was born June 3, 1857, and was a daughter of John and Sarah (Falk) Filler. Joseph Nycum died on September 6, 1914, and Mertie died on May 4, 1931. They had four children:

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.7.1 Sallie Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.7.2 John Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.7.3 Lulu Nycum, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.7.4 Simon Nycum.

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.8 Simon Franklin Nycum was born July 7, 1855. He married Mary Loretta Treusheim. She was born April 27, 1857, at Buffalo Mills, Pennsylvania, and was a daughter of John Treusheim, a native of Germany. Simon died on February 20, 1914, and Mary died in 1929. They were buried in the Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery. They had six children, including an unnamed daughter who died at birth. The others were:

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.8.1 Leroy Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.8.2 Johnnie Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.8.3 George Nycum,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.8.4 Merle Nycum, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.8.5 Paul Nycum.

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.9 Mary ["Mollie"] Elizabeth Nycum was born December 18, 1857. On June 6, 1877, she married John Wesley Poffinberger at Rays Hill. He was born in 1843 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and was a son of Jacob and FNU (Derr) Poffinberger. He was a Lutheran minister. He died in 1908 at Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, and Mollie died on June 15, 1942. They had four children:

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.9.1 Merle Poffinberger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.9.2 Emma Poffinberger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.9.3 Mary Poffinberger, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.9.4 Judd Poffinberger.

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.10 Susan Emma Nycum was born July 13, 1860. On May 13, 1885, she married John Steele Hershberger. He was born on November 25, 1855, in Bedford County, and he was the minister of the Everett Church of the Brethren. He was also an Associate Judge of Bedford County. Susan died on March 14, 1952. She and John had eight children:

1.2.5.2.5.4.1.10.1 Mary Hershberger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.10.2 Henry Hershberger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.10.3 William Hershberger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.10.4 Paul Hershberger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.10.5 Ruth Hershberger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.10.6 Leone Hershberger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.10.7 Naomi Hershberger, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.1.10.8 Lois Hershberger.

1.2.5.2.5.4.2 Solomon Christian Sparks, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Naill) Sparks, was born December 3, 1820. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Mary Maria Ramsey in East Providence Township, ca. 1843. She died on August 2, 1845, when their first child was born. Solomon married (second) Sarah Jane Householder on November 29, 1849, at Camelstown, Pennsylvania. They moved to Bureau County, Illinois, ca. 1851.

SOLOMON C. SPARKS
(1820-1900)
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Solomon Sparks served in the 93rd Regiment Illinois Infantry during the Civil War and received a pension for his service. (See the March 1986 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 133, for an abstract of his military service file.) Sometime prior to August 1898, he moved to Montrose, Missouri. by this time his wife, Sarah Jane, had died.
It is believed that Solomon C. Sparks died ca. 1900, although we have found no record of his death. He was the father of six children.
1.2.5.2.5.4.2.1 Mary Elizabeth Sparks was born August 2, 1845. She married Robert Mosher.
1.2.5.2.5.4.2.2 Anna Maria Sparks was born November 25, 1851. She married FNU Houghton.
1.2.5.2.5.4.2.3 Emma Sparks was born July 28, 1855. She married Frank Lysinger.
1.2.5.2.5.4.2.4 Albert Sparks was born May 8, 1857. He married Lori LNU
1.2.5.2.5.4.2.5 Jessie Sparks was born March 1862. She married FNU Clark.
1.2.5.2.5.4.2.6 William Sparks was born May 29, 1864.

1.2.5.2.5.4.3 Rachel Rebecca Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Naill) Sparks, was born February 18, 1823, at Rays Hill, Pennsylvania. In 1842, she was confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Blood Run, Pennsylvania. She married Isaac Lysinger on June 24, 1847. He was born on February 25, 1819, and was a son of Henry and Elizabeth Lysinger.

In the fall of 1852, Isaac and Rachel, with their two small children (Susan Elizabeth Lysinger had died just a few days earlier) started for Illinois. Notes left in a family Bible indicate that they went by boat across Lake Erie and then by wagon to Chicago. From Chicago they went by the canal southward to the town of Peru where they disembarked and drove a wagon to the village of Wyanet. They settled on a farm about five miles north of the village.

RACHEL REBECCA (SPARKS)  ISAAC LYSINGER
LYSINGER  

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The family of Isaac and Rachel continued to grow. Their son, Joseph enlisted during the Civil War when only sixteen years of age in the 146th Regiment Illinois Infantry, but returned home safely. Two children, Anson and Virginia, were born, but lived for only a short time.

In December 1893, Isaac and Rachel joined their children at Aurora, Nebraska, where Isaac died on September 19, 1895. He was buried at Wyanet, Illinois. Rachel survived him three years, dying on May 7, 1898. She was buried beside Isaac at Wyanet. They were the parents of eight children.

1.2.5.2.5.4.3.1 Joseph Lysinger was born May 7, 1848, at Rays Hill, Pennsylvania, and was a four-year-old child when his parents moved to Wyanet, Illinois. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in the 146th Regiment Illinois Infantry at the age of sixteen, and served until the end of that conflict. After returning home, he went to Nebraska where he settled in the village of Aurora. There he married Ella R. Lyon in 1891. He was a farmer, but also engaged in milling. He died on April 30, 1919.

1.2.5.2.5.4.3.2 Susan Elizabeth Lysinger was born October 23, 1849. She died on October 8, 1852.

1.2.5.2.5.4.3.3 Mary [ "Mollie" ] Martha Lysinger was born April 25, 1852, and was a baby when her parents moved from Pennsylvania to Illinois. She suffered from the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis most of her life. She never married. She died on September 15, 1902.

1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4 Simon Nycum ["Dick"] Lysinger was born March 18, 1854, in Bureau County, Illinois. He went to Nebraska, probably with his brother, Joseph, and it was there that he married Julia Ellen Lehane on November 1, 1874. She was born June 10, 1853, in Cork, Ireland, but came to America with her parents when she was three years old. Dick Lysinger died on April 19, 1933, and Julia died the following year. They had eleven children, seven daughters and four sons. They were:

1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4.1 DeEtta Lysinger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4.2 Isaac Lysinger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4.3 Richard Lysinger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4.4 Joseph Lysinger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4.5 Stella Lysinger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4.6 Hattie Lysinger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4.7 Lanore Lysinger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4.8 Evelyn Lysinger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4.9 Cecil Lysinger,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4.10 Bessie Lysinger, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.4.11 Lawrence Lysinger.

1.2.5.2.5.4.3.5 Anson Lysinger was born in October 1855 and died the following year, on November 14th.

1.2.5.2.5.4.3.6 Virginia Cordelia Lysinger was born April 24, 1858. She died on January 4, 1861.

1.2.5.2.5.4.3.7 Hattie Marie Lysinger was born February 29, 1860, in Bureau County, Illinois, and it was there that she married Clement Harrington on February 1, 1877. He was born September 8, 1858, and was a son of Nathan and Margaret Elizabeth (Sapp) Harrington. He and Hattie were farmers in Bureau Township and were members of the Methodist Church. They had six children:

1.2.5.2.5.4.3.7.1 Mollie Elizabeth Harrington,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.7.2 Nathan Earl Harrington,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.7.3 Verna Harrington,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.7.4 Cliff Harrington,
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.7.5 Rait Harrington, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.3.7.6 Mildred Harrington
.

Nathan Earl Harrington married Blanche Sutherland Spratt and they were the parents of 1.2.5.2.5.6.3.7.2.1 Madge Edna (Harrington) Brieser who has been most helpful in providing information about her branch of the family.

1.2.5.2.5.4.3.8 Belle Lysinger was born March 14, 1862, in Bureau County, and it was there that she married Jacob Petty in November 1889. A few years after their marriage, they moved to Aurora, Nebraska. They had two children, a boy and a girl, before the untimely death of Belle on November 24, 1899. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

1.2.5.2.5.4.4 Maria Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Naill) Sparks, was born August 28, 1825. She was confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Blood Run, Pennsylvania, on December 17, 1842. She died a year later on December 23, 1843.

1.2.5.2.5.4.5 Susanna N. Sparks was born December 18, 1827. She died on November 24, 1843.

1.2.5.2.5.4.6 Abraham J. Sparks was born December 3, 1830, in Bedford County. He accompanied his parents to Bureau County, Illinois, where he married Eleanor R. Frankenberger on June 10, 1855. They lived at Wyanet, Illinois. Abraham served as a captain in Company H, 146th Regiment Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. (See the September 1967 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 59, for an abstract of his pension file.) He died on January 1, 1881, at Del Norte, Colorado. Eleanor died in 1913. They were the parents of five children.

1.2.5.2.5.4.6.1 Alice L. Sparks was born March 20, 1856. She married George Scott and they had four children:

1.2.5.2.5.4.6.1.1 Louise Scott,
1.2.5.2.5.4.6.1.2 Ingersoll Scott,
1.2.5.2.5.4.6.1.3 Helen Scott, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.6.1.4 Alice Scott
.

1.2.5.2.5.4.6.2 Jennie Elizabeth Sparks was born May 31, 1858. She married Charles W. Haskin, and they had three children:

1.2.5.2.5.4.6.2.1 Genevieve Haskin,
1.2.5.2.5.4.6.2.2 Ada Haskin, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.6.2.3 Eugene Haskin
.

1.2.5.2.5.4.6.3 Cora B. Sparks was born October 14, 1860. On December 24, 1879, she married William E. Sapp and they had one child: 1.2.5.2.5.6.6.3.1 Raymond Sapp. Cora died on October 24, 1933.

1.2.5.2.5.4.6.4 Clarissa Irene Sparks was born October 26, 1865. She married Thomas Gibson.

1.2.5.2.5.4.6.5 Edgar S. Sparks was born April 17, 1870. He married and had at least one child, 1.2.5.2.5.4.6.5.1 Fayladene Sparks.

DAVID W. SPARKS
(1833-1908)
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1.2.5.2.5.4.7 David W. Sparks, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Naill) Sparks, was born July 15, 1833, at Rays Hill, Pennsylvania. He was among the first men in Bureau County, Illinois, to respond to President Lincoln's call to arms when the Civil War broke out, and he enlisted in Company H, 12th Regiment Illinois Infantry on May 1, 1861, for a three-months period. Subsequently, he served in Company C, 93rd Regiment Illinois Infantry as a lst lieutenant. (See the December 1985 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 132 for an abstract of his pension file.)

After returning home from the military service, David Sparks married Evaline Pomeroy on June 28, 1863, at Princeton, Illinois. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1889 where he died on September 2, 1908. He and Evaline had three children.

1.2.5.2.5.4.7.1 Ione Sparks was born November 21, 1869.
1.2.5.2.5.4.7.2 Joseph Lyman Sparks was born January 25, 1872.
1.2.5.2.5.4.7.3 Ralph Waldo Sparks was born August 18, 1875.
1.2.5.2.5.4.8 Joseph R. Sparks was born December 17, 1835, in Bedford County, and accompanied his parents to Bureau County, Illinois, in 1851. According to a publication, Veterans Buried In Illinois, he served in Company A, 139th Regiment Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. The National Archives has no record of his service, however; he probably served in a unit of the Illinois State Militia. After the death of his father in March 1868, Joseph R. Sparks was appointed to complete the settlement of the estate of his uncle, 1.2.5.2.5.3 Abraham Sparks. He made the final settlement on June 10, 1868. He died on Janaury 25, 1909, and was buried in Grave 287 in the Forest Hill Cemetery at Wyanet, Illinois.

Joseph R. Sparks may have been the Joseph Sparks who married Elizabeth LNU ca. 1864 and appeared on the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Bedford County, Pennsylvania. According to these censuses, he and Elizabeth had four children:

1.2.5.2.5.4.8.1 George W. Sparks, born ca.1865;
1.2.5.2.5.4.8.2 Eliza J. ["Jennie"] Sparks, born ca.1868;
1.2.5.2.5.4.8.3 Harry C. Sparks, born ca.1871; and
1.2.5.2.5.4.8.4 David C. Sparks, born ca.1873.

JOHN E. N. SPARKS
(1839-1912)
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1.2.5.2.5.4.9 John Ecker Naill Sparks was born August 26, 1839, in Bedford County. He was a young lad when his parents moved to Bureau County, Illinois. He served in the 57th and 151st Regiments of the Illinois Infantry during the Civil War and received a pension for his service. (See the March, 1986, issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 133, for an abstract of his pension file.) On May 13, 1862, he married Anna E. Barber at Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois. She was born July 16, 1842, at Batavia, New York, and was a daughter of Joel and Rowena Fay Barber.

After their marriage, John and Anna continued to live in Bureau County until 1873 when they moved to Gordon, Nebraska. They stayed there until 1894 when they moved to Montrose, Missouri. They left Missouri in 1900 and moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. John died there on Aubust 31, 1912. Ann died on November 15, 1921. They were the parents of ten children.

1.2.5.2.5.4.9.1 Nellie Maria Sparks was born May 14, 1863. She died the following year.
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.2 Franklin Ernest Sparks was born May 29, 1867. He died on March 12, 1948.
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.3 Anna Blanche Sparks was born July 4, 1869. She died in 1891.
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.4 Grace Rowena Sparks was born March 26, 1872. She died on February 28, 1902, and was buried beside her parents in the Pagosa Springs Cemetery in Colorado. She never married.
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.5 Harry Lysinger Sparks was born June 5, 1874. He died on March 21, 1966, at the age of 92 years.
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.6 John Volney Sparks was born February 21, 1876. He died on October 2, 1879, when only three years old.
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.7 Volney Leroy Sparks was born May 30, 1878. He died on June 2, 1939.
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.8 Forrest Herbert Sparks was born January 16, 1880. He died on November 26, 1952.
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.9 Edna Elizabeth Sparks was born July 19, 1882. She died on May 22, 1964.
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.10 Earl Grant Sparks was born May 19, 1885. He married Analeta Lawhead on July 27, 1923, in Platte County, Wyoming. She was born April 8, 1891, and was a daughter of Robert Alvah and Anna Laura (Beard) Lawhead. Earl Sparks died on July 19, 1964. He and Analeta had three children:

1.2.5.2.5.4.9.10.1 Aurelia Sparks,
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.10.2 Jane Sparks,
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.10.3 John Earl Sparks, and
1.2.5.2.5.4.9.10.4 Anabeth Sparks.

John Sparks has been most helpful in the preparation of this article and has supplied many of the photographs used as illustrations.

1.2.5.2.5.5 Jonah Sparks (sometimes written as Jonas), son of Solomon and Rachel Sparks, was born in Pennsylvania June 16, 1796. He appeared on the 1830 and 1840 censuses of Bedford County as head of his household. According to the enumeration of his family on these censuses, it seems apparent that he had married ca. 1818 and that he had two children, a son born before 1825, and a daughter born between 1820 and 1825. According to information furnished by a relative, he "went to Illinois." We have found no further record of him in Bedford County.

Jonah Sparks may have been the John Sparks (born ca.1795 in Pennsylvania) who was listed on the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Rock Island County, Illinois. With him were his wife, Elizabeth (born ca.1800 in Pennsylvania) and a son named Jonas Sparks (born ca.1819 in Pennsylvania). This Jonas Sparks married Margaret Kirk on January 25, 1857, in Hancock County, Illinois. She was born ca. 1826 in Tennessee and was a daughter of Armstrong and Mary (Bolinger) Kirk. She and Jonas had four children:

1.2.5.2.5.5.1 James M. Sparks,
1.2.5.2.5.5.2 John B. Sparks,
1.2.5.2.5.5.3 Charles W. Sparks, and
1.2.5.2.5.5.4 J. A. ["Albert"] Sparks
.

Jonah Sparks apparently had died before the e state of his brother, Abraham Sparks, was finally settled. On November 23, 1866, a notation was made on the settlement record, "by cash, Hannah Bogges Ex Jonas Sparks, $55.84." Perhaps Hannah Bogges was a granddaughter.

1.2.5.2.5.6 Mary Sparks was born on March 11, 1798. She married Baltzer Morgart, ca. 1820. He was born ca. 1785 and was a son of Peter Morgart. Baltzer kept a tavern for many years and also held some political offices. He was also identified with the interests of the Providence Baptist Church. According to census records, Baltzer and Mary had at least nine children. He died in 1853 and Mary died in 1874. Their children were:

1.2.5.2.5.6.1 Rachel Morgart was born in 1823. She is said to have married FNU Snell.
1.2.5.2.5.6.2 Christine Morgart was born ca. 1825. She married FNU Steckman.

1.2.5.2.5.6.3 Phillip G. Morgart was born in 1828.
1.2.5.2.5.6.4 Andrew J. Morgart was born ca. 1830.
1.2.5.2.5.6.5 Abram Morgart was born in 1832. According to a History of Bedford County he married Sarah McElwain, and they had nine children.
1.2.5.2.5.6.6 Rebecca Morgart was born ca. 1834. She married FNU Barndollar
1.2.5.2.5.6.7 Emiline Morgart
was born in 1837. She married William States.
1.2.5.2.5.6.8 Mary Martha Morgart was born in 1839. She was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at St. Clairsville, Pennsylvania. She married George L. Grossman in 1865. He was born in 1833. Mary died in 1902 and George died in 1917.
1.2.5.2.5.6.9 Amanda Morgart was born in 1841. She married FNU Stedman.

1.2.5.2.5.7 Delilah Sparks was born August 18, 1800. She married Uriah Hughes, ca. 1820. He was born ca. 1794 and was a bricklayer and plasterer. He died in 1866 at the age of 72 years. Delilah died on November 25, 1875. According to a History of Bedford County published in 1884, she and Uriah had three children.

1.2.5.2.5.7.1 Pheobe Hughes. She married FNU Noble and lived in Blair County, Pennsylvania.
1.2.5.2.5.7.2 William Hughes.
1.2.5.2.5.7.3 Bartley Hughes. He married Susan Leader, daughter of David Leader, and they lived in the same neighborhood where they were born.

1.2.5.2.5.8 John Sparks, son of Solomon and Rachel Sparks, was born in Bedford County on February 3, 1800. He married Barbara LNU, ca. 1830. She was born ca. 1810 in Pennsylvania. John and Barbara were listed on the 1840 and 1850 censuses of Bedford County, and, according to these records, they had eight children, four sons and four daughters. John died ca. 1865 and Barbara died after 1870.

1.2.5.2.5.8.1 Sarah Sparks was born ca. 1834. She married FNU Williams.
1.2.5.2.5.8.2 Rachel Sparks was born ca. 1836.
1.2.5.2.5.8.3 Ann Sparks was born ca. 1838. She apparently died prior to 1867.
1.2.5.2.5.8.4 Uriah Hughes Sparks was born ca. 1842. He served in Company H, 107th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. (See the September 1986 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 135, for an abstract of his pension file.) He apparently never married. He died on March 13, 1893, at Tatesville, Pennsylvania.
1.2.5.2.5.8.5 Eliza Sparks was born ca. 1843.
1.2.5.2.5.8.6 William Sparks was born in May 1845. He served in Company D, 101st Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. (See the September 1986 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 135, for an abstract of his pension file.) After returning from the service, he married Catherine Barnes on March 3, 1870, in Bedford County. She was born ca. 1849 in Pennsylvania. William died on January 10, 1915, at Portage, Pennsylvania. He and Catherine had one child,

1.2.5.2.5.9.6.1 Hugh Sparks, born on April 28, 1870.

1.2.5.2.5.8.7 Jonas Sparks was born ca. 1846. He married Elizabeth LNU, ca. 1875, and when the 1880 census was taken of Bedford County, they had two children. There may have been other children born to this couple.

1.2.5.2.5.8.7.1 Jonas Sparks was born ca. 1877.
1.2.5.2.5.8.7.2 William Sparks was born in April 1880.
1.2.5.2.5.8.8 John Sparks was born ca. 1847. He served in Company I, 194th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. (See the September 1986 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 135, for an abstract of his pension file.) He was married twice. His first marriage was to Rebecca J. Sleighter ca. 1875. They had four children before her death on February 24, 1892. John married (second) Annie E. McFarland on July 24, 1892, and they had two children. John died on January 23, 1900. His children were:
1.2.5.2.5.8.8.1 Joseph W. Sparks was born February 5, 1876.
1.2.5.2.5.8.8.2 Harry A. Sparks was born August 18, 1877.
1.2.5.2.5.8.8.3 Samuel E. Sparks was born February 3, 1880.
1.2.5.2.5.8.8.4 Minnie M. Sparks was born July 19, 1883.
1.2.5.2.5.8.8.5 Bertha Blanche Sparks was born May 3, 1893.
1.2.5.2.5.8.8.6 Barbara E. Sparks was born August 26, 1897.

1.2.5.2.5.9 Rachel Sparks was born May 7, 1808. She married Moses Cunnard and they moved to Ohio according to a relative. We have no further information about her.

1.2.5.2.5.10 Solomon Sparks, Jr. was born June 1, 1812 in Bedford County. He married Susan Black, ca. 1834. She was born in Pennsylvania ca. 1814. Solomon and Susan lived on Clear Ridge on the home place which he had inherited from his father in April 1838. He was a farmer.

Solomon apparently took sick during the spring of 1865 and made his will on June 23rd. by this time, his eldest daughter and son were married, and his son, Silas, was still in the Union Army. Named as his heirs were his wife, Susan; his sons: Abraham, Silas, and John; and his daughters: Mary McDaniel, Jane, Ann Rebecca, and Emma Susan. Witnesses were: David Sparks, Wilson H. Sparks, and John Sparks. The will was probated on January 18, 1866. The children of Solomon Sparks, Jr. were:

1.2.5.2.5.10.1 Abraham B. Sparks was born ca. 1835. He married Clarissa Kerr in 1859.
1.2.5.2.5.10.2 Mary A. Sparks was born ca. 1837. She married Barkley McDaniel in 1859.
1.2.5.2.5.10.3 Silas H. Sparks was born ca. 1840. He served in Company K, 133rd Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. (See the September 1986 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 135, for an abstract of his pension file. According to this file, Silas had only one child, 1.2.5.2.5.10.3.1 Mary L. Sparks, born July 11, 1872.)

Silas Sparks married Julia K. Kerr on March 19, 1868, in Everett, Pennsylvania. She was born ca. 1834 in Pennsylvania. When the 1870 census was taken of Bedford County, Silas and Julia Sparks lived in West Providence Township. Living in their household were: John Kerr, 46, a farm laborer; Maggie V. Akers, 15, a domestic servant; Ruth Wertz, 10; Edward L. Feaster, 4; and S. Edward Sparks, aged 1 year. Four years later, Silas Sparks and his family moved to Cowley County, Kansas. Silas died at Winfield, Kansas, on January 9, 1910; Julia died on June 20, 1922.

One of the most interesting letters in the files of the Sparks Family Association was written on February 23, 1957, by W. M. Feaster to Russell E. Bidlack, editor of the Quarterly. Mr. Feaster lived on Rural Route 4, Winfield, Kansas. Here is the letter in its entirety

"I was informed by the 'Genealogical Research' of Chicago, Illinois, that you might be able to give me some information in regard to my father. He was put in a Catholic Convent by his mother some place near Bedford, PA. The convent and the Bedford County Courthouse both burned down we have been told.

"His name was Robert E. Lee Pfeister (we aren't sure of the spelling of his last name) when he was placed in the convent. Mr. & Mrs. Silas H. Sparks of Bedford, Penn. took him out of the home ca. 1869 when he was 2 yrs. old and started adoption. Sparks changed his name to Edgar Rudolph Sparks when they took him. They moved to Cowley Co., Winfield, Kansas, in 1874.

"Can you give me any information in regards to this. Any information would be appreciated."

                                                                               [signed] W. M. Feaster"

It seems quite obvious that Silas and Julia (Kerr) Sparks were the foster parents of Robert Edward Lee Feaster. We do not know whether he was ever legally adopted. Attempts to reach W. M. Feaster of Winfield, Kansas, in 1986 were not successful.

1.2.5.2.5.10.4 William Henry Sparks was born ca. 1841. He is said to have married a woman named Mary. We have no further information about him.

1.2.5.2.5.10.5 Jane Elizabeth ["Jenny"] Sparks was born June 16, 1844, at Clear Ridge, Pennsylvania. She married George Washington Amick on November 30, 1865. He was born on October 8, 1837, at Bedford, Pennsylvania, and was a son of David and Hanna (Robertson) Amick. Jenny Amick died on April 24, 1898, and George died in November 1913. The were the parents of eleven children.

1.2.5.2.5.10.5.1 Frank R. Amick was born March 29, 1866. He died on January 26,1882.
1.2.5.2.5.10.5.2 Ida F. Amick was born September 15, 1868. She died in 1954. In 1905, she married George M. Raudabaugh.
1.2.5.2.5.10.5.3 Ralph L. Amick was born September 19, 1870. He died on February 10, 1927. He married Sarah E. Swartz on December 1, 1897.
1.2.5.2.5.10.5.4 Gertrude O. Amick was born June 18, 1872. She died in January 1953. On July 22, 1890, she married Albert Corle.
1.2.5.2.5.10.5.5 Lola C. Amick was born March 24, 1874. She married James P. Rupp on May 15, 1901. She died on August 8, 1928.
1.2.5.2.5.10.5.6 Umphrey A. Amick was born November 2, 1875. He married Laura J. Steckman on April 9, 1914. He died on July 15, 1939.
1.2.5.2.5.10.5.7 Linna L. Amick was born May 10, 1879. She married Joseph Evarts in March 1905.
1.2.5.2.5.10.5.8 Dora Belle Amick was born November 14, 1881. She died on June 25, 1969. On April 10, 1901, she married 1.2.5.2.1.8.5.3 John Sherman Sparks (see above). 1.2.5.2.5.10.5.9 John Milton Amick was born September 13, 1883, and died a few days later on October 12, 1883.
1.2.5.2.5.10.5.10 Nellie V. Amick was born February 12, 1885. She died on October 16, 1940. She married Nathan Miller in February 1905.
1.2.5.2.5.10.5.11 William R. Amick was born April 19, 1887. He died on April 6, 1972. He married Lillian E. Thompson on September 14, 1914.
1.2.5.2.5.10.6 Ann Rebecca Sparks was born ca. 1850. She married Harry H. Hixon in 1866. We have no further information about them.

1.2.5.2.5.10.7 Emma Susan Sparks was born ca. 1853. She married Lawreston M. Bennett in 1880. We have no further information about them.

1.2.5.2.5.10.8 John W. Sparks was born ca. 1856. We have no further information about him.

1.2.5.2.6 Rebecca Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks, was born ca. 1762 in Maryland. She is said to have married FNU Irons and according to information furnished by a relative, they had five children:

1.2.5.2.6.1 John Irons,
1.2.5.2.6.2 Joseph Irons,
1.2.5.2.6.3 Rebecca Irons,
1.2.5.2.6.4 Susannah Irons, and
1.2.5.2.6.5 Elizabeth Irons.

1.2.5.2.7 Susannah Sparks was born ca. 1764 in Maryland. She is said to have married FNU Weimer and they moved to Ohio where Susannah died near the city of Athens.

1.2.5.2.8 Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1766 in Maryland. She is said to have married FNU Means and to have had seven children:

1.2.5.2.8.1 Hugh Means,
1.2.5.2.8.2 Edward Means,
1.2.5.2.8.3 Joseph Means,
1.2.5.2.8.4 Daniel Means,
1.2.5.2.8.5 Charles Means,
1.2.5.2.8.6 Bernard Means, and
1.2.5.2.8.7 James Means
.

1.2.5.2.9 Chloe Sparks was born ca. 1770 in Maryland. She apparently never married and became the head of the household after her father died in 1809. She was co-executor of his estate, along with her brother, Joseph, and under the terms of her father's will, she inherited all of his property which was not specified in his will. If she had any heirs, she could pass this property on to them, but if she died without issue, the property was to be sold and the proceeds were to be divided equally among the remaining heirs of her father.

Chloe Sparks died in 1832 without a will. Joseph Sparks and John Sparks, probably sons of her brother, Joseph, were appointed as her administrators. The final settlement was made in 1847.

(Editor's Note: This concludes the article about the descendants of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks of Frederick County, Maryland, and Bedford County, Pennsylvania. We shall welcome additional data pertaining to this couple and their descendants from our readers.)


Page 3348-3350
Whole Number 144

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE DESCENDANTS OF
JOSEPH SPARKS (ca. 1730-1809)
OF FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND, AND BEDFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA


[Editor's Note: A portion of the December 1986 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 136, was devoted to the descendants of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks, early settlers of Frederick County, Maryland. Since the publication of that article, we have received additional information about two of their children, Solomon Sparks and Susannah Sparks. This information has come to us through the interest of Donald Teeter and Timothy King, and we appreciate their willingness to share their records. Mr. Teeter lives at 1522A Old Towne Manor, Cumberland, Maryland (21502). Mr. King lives at 224 12th Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. (20003).

1.2.5.2.5 Solomon Sparks, son of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks, was born June 13, 1760, in Frederick County, Maryland. (See also pages 2959-2974 of the December 1986 issue of the Quarterly.) He married Rachel Weimer, ca. 1785. She was born September 23, 1764, and was a daughter of Abraham and Hannah (MNU) Weimer. Abraham Weimer was a son of Johannes and Wientje (Symons or Simons) Weimer, thus a brother of Adam Weimer who married 1.2.5.2.7 Susannah Sparks. (See below.) Johannes (Weimer) was born in 1696 in Germany and migrated to the colony of New Jersey where he lived for a while in Hunterdon County. He bought land in Frederick County, Maryland, in 1761 and died in Bedford County, Virginia, in 1780. The surname of Weimer was also spelled Wemmer, Wemer, Wimmer, and sometimes Winner.

Rachel (Weimer) Sparks died on February 13, 1842, in Bedford County. She and Solomon had ten children, according to records handed down in the Hollar family of Bedford County. They are shown below as recorded in the Hollar Bible. Our readers will note that these birthdates are at variance with those published in the "December 1986 [Whole No. 136] issue of the Quarterly, pages 2961-2972. Since the birthdates we had received earlier were incomplete, we are inclined to accept the Hollar Bible records as being correct. These dates are given below:

  SPARKS Quarterly
September 1986  
Hollar Bible
1.2.5.2.5.1 Sarah Sparks January 16, 1787 December 16, 1786
1.2.5.2.5.2 Hannah Sparks ca. 1785 November 21, 1788
1.2.5.2.5.3 Abraham Sparks February 8, 1788 February 8, 1791
1.2.5.2.5.4 Joseph Sparks May 11, 1794 May 11, 1793
1.2.5.2.5.5 Jonah Sparks ca. 1793 June 16, 1796
1.2.5.2.5.6 Mary Sparks March 10, 1798 March 11, 1798
1.2.5.2.5.7 Delilah Sparks August 15, 1800 August 18, 1800
1.2.5.2.5.8 John Sparks ca. 1799 February 3, 1804
1.2.5.2.5.9 Rachel Sparks ca. 1796 May 7, 1808
1.2.5.2.5.10 Solomon Sparks, Jr. January 11, 1810 June 1, 1812

1.2.5.2.5.2 Hannah Sparks was born November 21, 1788, according to the Hollar Bible. Her birth was probably in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and it was probably there also that she married Solomon Hollar ca. 1819. He was born on February 7, 1792, and was a son of Valentine and Susanna (Ott) Hollar. He served in the War of 1812 in the 2nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Riflemen as a member of the company of Capt. Solomon Sparks, his future father-in-law. He was also one of the first elders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Everett, Pennsylvania, which he helped to organize in 1842. He died on April 3, 1856. Hannah died two years later, on May 28, 1858. They were buried in the Everett Cemetery. They had seven children, but apparently one child (unnamed) died in infancy. The birth records of the other six children came from the Hollar family Bible.

1.2.5.2.5.2.1 Rachel Hollar was born 6 February 1820, probably at Earlston, Pennsylvania. She married John King, ca. 1839. She died on June 22, 1894, at Everett, according to a record in the Everett [Pennsylvania] PRESS. She and John had children, but we have been unable to find their names and birthdates.

1.2.5.2.5.2.2 Phillip Valentine Hollar was born January 11, 1822. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was married three times. We have not learned the name of his first wife who died on August 22, 1848. There were probably no children born to this marriage. Phillip married (second) Malinda Hebner, ca. 1853, and they had three children before her death, which occurred on May 10, 1860. His third marriage was to Rebecca J. Bottomfield on December 31, 1861. They had no children. He died on February 16, 1888, near Everett, according to the Everett PRESS. Rebecca died on March 8, 1892.

1.2.5.2.5.2.2.1 Luther Hollar was born ca. 1855, according to the 1860 census of Bedford County.
1.2.5.2.5.2.2.2 Sarah Hollar was born ca. 1857.
1.2.5.2.5.2.2.3 Robert Hollar was born ca. 1858. He died on November 23, 1876.
1.2.5.2.5.2.3 Susanna Hollar was born February 9, 1824. She married Adam Weaverling ca. 1847.
1.2.5.2.5.2.4 Rebecca J. Hollar was born December 4, 1826. She married Thomas Richey. She died on March 16, 1895, and was buried in the Everett Cemetery.
1.2.5.2.5.2.5 John Andrew Hollar was born February 13, 1829. He died on July 2, 1836, and was buried in the Everett Cemetery, Everett, Pennsylvania.
1.2.5.2.5.2.6 Hannah Hollar was born October 12, 1831. She married Jeremiah H. Thompson on November 4, 1867. She died on June 6, 1915, at Everett, Pennsylvania.

1.2.5.2.7 Susannah Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks, was born ca. 1762 in Frederick County, Maryland. (See also page 2974 of the December 1986 issue of the Quarterly, Vol. XXXIV. No. 4, Whole No. 136.) She married Adam Weimer, ca. 1775. He was born ca. 1740 and was a son of Johannes and Wientje (Symons or Simons) Weimer; thus a brother and a sister (Solomon Sparks and Susannah Sparks) married into the Weimer family, Solomon marrying a niece of Adam Weimer who married Susannah.

Adam Weimer, son of Johannes Weimer, died sometime between March 7, 1825, when he made his will, and May 21, 1825, when his will was probated. Named in the will were his wife, Susannah, and their six sons: Joseph. Abraham, Jacob, John, James, and Solomon. Susannah (Sparks) Weimer is said to have died on May 14, 1825. This date is apparently based upon a tombstone on the Weimer (now Von Stein) farm in Bedford County, on which the inscription reads as follows: "ZW was Born 1752 D May 14 1825." If this stone does mark Susannah's grave, then Adam's death probably occurred shortly before the date on which she died. Adam and Susannah (Sparks) Weimer were the parents of six children:

1.2.5.2.7.1 Joseph Weimer was born in 1775. He married Elinor Smith, and they had one child, John Weimer. John married Matilda Shipley.
1.2.5.2.7.2 Abraham Weimer was born ca. 1777.
1.2.5.2.7.3 Jacob Weimer was born ca. 1779.
1.2.5.2.7.4 John Weimer was born ca. 1781.
1.2.5.2.7.5 James Weimer was born ca. 1783.
1.2.5.2.7.6 Solomon Weimer was born ca. 1785.

Pages 3478-3481
Whole Number 147

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT DESCENDANTS OF
JOSEPH SPARKS (ca.1730-1809)
OF FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND & BEDFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA


[Editor's Note: A portion of the September, 1986, issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 135, was devoted to an article about the descendants of Joseph Sparks, who died in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in 1809. One of his children was Sarah Sparks who was born ca. 1768 in Maryland. She was named in Joseph's will (he left her 3 pounds), but we had no other information about her except that she married FNU O'Neil. Since the publication of that article, we have received further information about her, largely through the interest and efforts of a descendant, Harry Smith. Mr. Smith lives at 2419 Donlon Road, Chatham, Wilmington, Delaware, 19803.

We now present the information furnished by Mr. Smith. For the sake of uniformity, we have continued the same alpha-numeric outline system used in the earlier article.

1.2.5.2.4 Sarah Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Mary (McDaniel) Sparks, was born ca. 1768 in Frederick County, Maryland. Originally, we believed that she was born ca. 1758, but in view of the five children born to her between 1800 and 1810, we have changed her probable year of birth to 1768. These data are also in better agreement with the order by which her father named his daughters in his will, and also with the census records.

Sarah grew to womanhood in the home of her parents, and it seems likely that she accompanied her brother, Solomon Sparks, to Bedford County, Pennsylvania, ca. 1784. It was probably there that she met and married Peter O'Neal ca. 1784.

Peter O'Neal was born ca. 1754, probably in Maryland, and was a son of John and Margaret O'Neal (or O'Neil). (John O'Neil was born in Antrim County, Ireland, ca. 1719 and came to Maryland ca. 1749.) Peter was in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, as early as 1780, and he served in the Pennsylvania Continental Line during the American Revolution. He bought a 100-acre tract of land in Providence Township in Bedford County in August 1781 and paid taxes there as a single male in 1783 and 1784.

The family of Peter and Sarah (Sparks) O'Neal was listed on the 1790, 1800, and 1810 censuses of Bedford County, and from these records and from probate records, we know that they were the parents of twelve children, seven sons and five daughters. Peter died in the early fall of 1832. Earlier that year, he had made his will on April 11th. As recorded on page 20 of the Bedford County Will Book No. 3, here is the will:

In the name of God, Amen. I, Peter O'Neal of Providence Township, Bedford County, being in sound mind, memory and understanding, do make and publish this my last will and testament as follows:

Item. I desire after my decease that all my just debts be paid and my body decently buried, and if my wife, Sarah, should survive me to have all my estate, both real and personal, during her natural life.

Item. After the decease of myself and my wife, I give all my real estate to be equally divided among all my children, except Solomon O'Neal, my son, I give him nothing as he has been otherwise provided for.

Item. My son, Joseph O'Neal, I give an equal share with the rest of the children of the tract of land I live on and my personal estate, but any of my other lands, I give him no part.

Item. I give my two sons, David and Samuel O'Neal, fifty dollars more than any of my other children and each of them as they have continued to live with me.

Item. I desire my executors hereafter mentioned to sell all my real estate to the best advantage as soon as convenient after myself and my wife's decease and convey the same, fee simple, and as I have sold a tract of land to my son, William, if I should die before I convey the same to him, I hereby empower my executors to convey the same to him agreeable to the agreement between us.

Item. I appoint my two sons, John and James O'Neal, executors of this my last will and testament to carry out the same in effect.

Witness my hand and seal the 11th day of April 1832.

Witnesses: Charles Ashcom, William Burton. Probated October 5, 1832.

1.2.5.2.4.1 John O'Neal was born ca. 1786. He married Priscilla Bussard.
1.2.5.2.4.2 Chloe O'Neal was born ca. 1788. She married James Shaw.
1.2.5.2.4.3 Joseph O'Neal was born ca. 1790. He married Delilah Nycum.
1.2.5.2.4.4 James O'Neal was born ca. 1794. He married Catherine Snowly.
1.2.5.2.4.5 Solomon O'Neal was born ca. 1796. He married Eva Beltz.

1.2.5.2.4.6 William O'Neal was born September 30, 1798, in Bedford County. He married Arah Ann Robinson on March 1, 1828, in Monongalia County, Virginia. She was born on September 30, 1803, in Virginia and was a daughter of James Robinson. William died on March 24, 1881. He and Arah Ann were buried in the Frame Church Cemetery near Clearville, Pennsylvania. They had five children.

1.2.5.2.4.6.1 James R. O'Neal was born September 26, 1831.
1.2.5.2.4.6.2 Reuben P. O'Neal was born August 26, 1834.
1.2.5.2.4.6.3 William Rizoe O'Neal was born July 5, 1840.
1.2.5.2.4.6.4 John Elza O'Neal was born February 5, 1843. He served in Company D, 138th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. After the war ended, he moved to Pasadena, California.
1.2.5.2.4.6.5 Rachel Sarah O'Neal was born August 26, 1846. She married Harvey Grubb on December 18, 1866. He was born March 11, 1843, and was a son of John and Mary Grubb. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War and received a pension for his service in later years. He died on December 1, 1917, and Rachel died on July 21, 1924. They were buried in the Frame Church Cemetery. They had five children.

1.2.5.2.4.6.5.1 Ann Amelia Grubb was born September 11, 1867. She married Hiram G. Smith on June 8, 1892. He was born on November 2, 1860, and was a son of Hillery and Leah Ann (MNU) Smith. She was a school teacher. He died in December 1934, and Ann died on July 1, 1963. They had seven children:

1.2.5.2.4.6.5.1.1 Charles Smith,
1.2.5.2.4.6.5.1.2 William Smith,
1.2.5.2.4.6.5.1.3 Harvey Smith,
1.2.5.2.4.6.5.1.4 May Smith,
1.2.5.2.4.6.5.1.5 Donald Smith,
1.2.5.2.4.6.5.1.6 Lloyd Smith, and
1.2.5.2.4.6.5.1.7 Estella Smith
.

1.2.5.2.4.6.5.2 Ira Grubb was born March 21, 1869.
1.2.5.2.4.6.5.3 Albert L. Grubb was born October 29, 1874.
1.2.5.2.4.6.5.4 Ida Grubb was born May 7, 1879.
1.2.5.2.4.6.5.5 Pearl Jane Grubb was born September 8, 1884.

1.2.5.2.4.7 Margaret O'Neal was born ca. 1800. She married William Cornell.
1.2.5.2.4.8 Mary O'Neal was born ca. 1802. She married a man name Hixon.  
1.2.5.2.4.9 Samuel O'Neal was born ca. 1804.
1.2.5.2.4.10 Susan O'Neal was born ca. 1806.
1.2.5.2.4.11 David O'Neal was born ca. 1808. He married Elizabeth -----
1.2.5.2.4.12 Elizabeth O'Neal
was born ca. 1810. She married William Robinson.

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