April 22, 2021

Pages 3000-3033
Whole Number 137


by Thomas F. and Virginia N. Howard

(Editor's Note: Your editor knows that he speaks for scores of Sparks descendants who trace their family roots to New England when he expresses here his deep appreciation to Thomas and Virginia Howard of 59 Old County Road, East Granby, Connecticut, for the following article. The Howards have promised, furthermore, to provide even more material on the New England branches of the Sparks family for publication in our Quarterly. Anyone who has ever done genealogical research based on primary sources scattered over several states will appreciate the devotion, close attention to detail, and plain hard work that the following article represents. We are, indeed, most grateful.)

This article or series of articles will, we hope, help to fill the void that exists in the history of the Sparks family in the New England area. When we were asked to consider preparing an article on the Connecticut Sparkses, we soon realized that the line was much more than a Connecticut line. The fact is the Sparks line that we have come to know so well comes from Massachusetts to Connecticut and Rhode Island and later returns to Massachusetts and still later proceeds to the states of Vermont and New York and points further west. There are two main branches of the Sparks family in Connecticut. The older line is that of John Sparks of Hartford whose descendants go to East Windsor, Glastonbury, and Vernon. The second line, the one we relate to and the main focus here, is that of 43. Henry Sparks of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, whose children go to Killingly, Connecticut; Warwick, Rhode Island; Tolland, Connecticut; Dover, Vermont; and Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Sources of information used to compile this article range from standard public records to private papers. One record in particular belonged to a great-granddaughter of John Sparks of Killingly, Connecticut, which, while inaccurate in places, proved valuable for the years between 1750 and 1850 when vital records were scanty. Descendants of this New England line from New England, Michigan, Illinois, Arkansas, and California have provided valuable input and have added valuable pieces to the Sparks puzzle. We thank them for that help. We also encourage all descendants of this line to communicate with us, especially in areas where our data are scanty.

The chronicle begins with 43. Henery Sparks [i.e. Henry] who, at the time of his marriage to Martha Barrett, July 10, 1676, in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, was of Exeter, New Hampshire. Born ca. 1646, he may be the same Henery who left Bristol, England, on 28 August 1666 bound to Edward Tocknell and destined for New England. (See Tepper, Passengers to America) Henery was fined in 1667 at Cocheco (now Dover, New Hampshire) for fighting with the Indian Cromwell; he was taxed in 1671. In 1673 he was fined for taking Samuel Leavitt's bridle "on 27:12:1673, Samuel Leavett Vs. Henery Sparkes for taking away his bridle from Goodman Robie in a disorderly way, under suspicion of theft. Judgement for plaintiff." (From Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, Vol. V, 1672 74) In February 1677-78, he was "late of Ex. now sojourning at Chelmsf ack. Judg. to Simon Bradstreet." (Noyes, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire) In February 1676, Henry was credited to Chelmsford in the return of a Middlesex Regiment of Militia as it met the challenge of King Phillip's War. He was twice pressed into service. He was granted land in Chelmsford for this service. (History of Chelmsford)

Martha Barrett, daughter of Thomas and Frances (Woolderson) Barrett and granddaughter of Thomas and Margaret Barrett, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1656. Her father moved to Chelmsford prior to March, 1660. She married 43. Henery Sparks on July 10, 1676 in Chelmsford. It is probable that they had the following children:

43.1 Frances Sparks; born in Chelmsford and died 6 May 1683;
43.2 Henry Sparks;
43.3 Abiell (or Abigail) Sparks;
43.4 Deliverance Sparks.

It was while Henry was fighting in the eastern parts of the colony that problems beset Martha. She was put in jail in Boston on suspicion of witchcraft. The History of Chelmsford, quoting from the Massachusetts Archives, provides us with an account of John Arnold, the Boston jailer, who not only played host to Martha Barrett Sparkes for 58 weeks, from 28 October 1691 to 8 December 1692, but had as his guests the more celebrated ladies from Salem, including Sarah Good, Sarah Osbourn, and Rebecca Nurse. On 1 November 1692, Martha's father, Thomas Barrett, petitioned the Governor and Council for her release. The account above and the petition below are taken from the Massachusetts Archives, Vol. 135.

To his Excy. Sr. William Phips, Knt. Capn Genll. and Governor in Cheife of their Majties Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England and to the Honed. Council thereof

The Humble Petition of Thomas Barrett of Chelmsford in New England, in behalf of his Daughter Martha Sparkes, wife of Henry Sparkes who is now a Souldier in their Majties Service att the Easterne Parts, and soe hath beene for a Considersble Time, Humbly Showeth That yor Petitionrs Daughter hath Layne in Prison in Boston for the Space of Twelve months and Five days, being Committed by Thomas Danforth, Esq the Late Depty Governor, upon suspicion of Witchcraft, Since which noe Evidence hath appeared against her in any Such matter, neither hath any Given bond to prosecute her nor doth any one att this day accuse her of any such thing as yor Petitionr knows of. That Yor Petitionr hath ever since Kept two of her children - - the one of 5 years ye other of 2 years old, wch hath been a considerable Trouble and charge to him in his poore & meane Condition; besides yor Petitionr hath a Lame antient & sick wife, who for these 5 yeares & upwards past hath beene soe afflicted: as that shee is altogether rendred uncapable of affording her self any help, wch much augments his Trouble. Yor Poore Petitionr Earnestly and humbly Intreates Yor E'cy & honrs. to take his distressed condition into yor consideracon, And that you will please to order ye releasemt. of his Daughtr. from her confinement. Whereby shee may returne home to her poore children to look after them, haveing nothing to pay the charge of her Confinemt.

Thomas Barrett appeared before the Court on December 6, 1692, and guaranteed a bond for Martha's appearance before the next session of the Court. Two days later she was set free. The Records of the Middlesex County Court for this period were burned in a Concord fire since that time. No papers relating to the case are to be found in the Court files of 1692 and 1693 (according to the History of Chelmsford).

As if this were not enough, Henery Sparks died 16 July 1694 in Chelmsford. Martha (Barrett) Sparks died 28 February 1697 in Chelmsford at 40 years of age. A record of the children of Henery and Martha (Barrett) Sparks follows:

43.1 Frances Sparks, a probable daughter of Henery and Martha (Barrett) Sparks, was born ca. 1678 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Records to confirm or refute that record have been destroyed by fire. She married Richard Virgin of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, on May 1, 1696. According to the Chelmsford Vital Records, Frances and Richard had four children. She died, probably in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, sometime between February and May of 1705. Richard Virgin married (second) Margaret Lattany in Boston on 21 June 1705.

In the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (Vol. 67, published in June 1979), Edward Virgin provided the following information on the children of Richard and Frances (Sparks) Virgin.

43.1.1 Elizabeth Virgin was born in Chelmsford on February 4, 1696/7 and married Thomas Waite 6 November 1722. At that time both were listed as of Freetown. She and her sister were warned out of Rehoboth on January 24, 1725/6 and warned out of Billerica on 12 February 1732/3. She was indicted for theft and cleared by a jury on 12 December 1738 in Concord. Mercy Waite, their only known child, was baptized on 2 November 1746 in Chelmsford; Mercy married John Danforth on 6 May 1779 in Billerica.

43.1.2 William Virgin was born in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, on January 23, 1698/9. He was a servant and beneficiary in the will of Peter Wright of Concord.He married on 10 March 1719/20 Abigail Lamson, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Lamson. He was accused by Ruth Shepard of Concord of being the father of her unborn child and adjudged to be the father. The child, Elizabeth Shepard, was born in Concord on 2 October 1721. William was later of Brookfield and acquired an interest in Indian lands in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. He had moved back to Western, a part of Brookfield, by January 1769. Abigail died 24 April 1779, and William married (second) Mary Hambleton on 18 June 1779. He died in Western on May 25, 1782 and left a legal mystery concerning the disposition of his estate. Although he was considered a wealthy man, a court-appointed committee could find no estate. He and his first wife, Abigail, were buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery at Warren Centre, Massachusetts. William's known children were Elizabeth Shepard, born in Concord on October 2, 1721. Loice/Lois Virgin, born in Brookfield June 3, 1739, married (intention dated 30 August 1757) to Solomon Lamson of Acton. They had at least one child, David Lamson, born in Warren July 26, 176(5)?.

43.1.3 Ebenezer Virgin was born in Chelmsford on April 2, 1702. He married Hannah Foster on February 9, 1731/2 in Queen Anne's Chapel, Episcopal, in Newbury. He was one of two men appointed to lay out a new township at Penny Cook on the Merrimack River. He was a proprietor and one of the first settlers of Pennacook, New Hampshire. He died there in 1766. The children of Ebenezer and Hannah (Foster) Virgin were: Phineas Virgin, born November 21, 1733. Ebenezer Virgin, born May 25, 1735. William Virgin, born July 4, 1737 and died August 21, 1803. Jonathan Virgin, born October 29, 1740 and died February 8, 1755. Mariam Virgin, born May 23, 1744. Elijah Virgin, born June 17, 1747. John Virgin, born August 8, 1749 and died 19 May 1786.

43.1.4 Marsy/Mercy/Mary Virgin was born in Chelmsford in February, 1705. She was also a servant and beneficiary (as was her brother William) in the will of Peter Wright. Listed as of Sutton, she married John Rawson of Mendon on February 19, 1729/30. The last account of her is the warning out of Billerica with her sister, Elizabeth, on February 12, 1732/3.

So ends the history of Frances (Sparks) Virgin's children as provided by Edward Virgin. We can only speculate on the source of the problems of these children--did the imprisonment on witchcraft charges of their mother follow them? William and Ebenezer found acceptance outside of Chelmsford in their later life, but the daughters never did seem to find that peace.

43.2 Henry Sparks was born ca. 1684 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. On June 22, 1714 Henry Sparks of Concord, in selling land to Samuel Proctor of Chelmsford, stated in the Concord land record that this piece of land "meadow and upland," was land inherited from his Honored father, Henery Sparks. Also in the Concord Town Records of 12 September 1699, payment of 10 shillings was made for damages to "Sparkes meadow" made in constructing a highway. The description of the road puts the land immediately adjacent to or within the town of Chelmsford. On December 7, 1708, Henry received a tax abatement from the selectmen of Concord according to Concord Town Records.

43.2 Henry Sparks married (first) in Concord on December 7, 1709, Hannah Lamson, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Rice ?) Lamson. She had been born in Cambridge ca. 1679 and died in a distemper epidemic on February 15, 1717/18 in Concord and was buried there.

43.2 Henry Sparks married (second) Jane Shambrey on November 12, 1718 in Concord. She died in Killingly, Connecticut, on May 16, 1729.

43.2 Henry Sparks married (third) Mehetabel MNU.

It is not known where or when Henry died. The last record we have of him is dated 1760 when he appeared in Tolland, Connecticut, in connection with the estate of his son, Joseph. However, a search of the Rhode Island State Archives and the Rhode Island Historical Society revealed an interesting, if not conclusive, bit of evidence. A Henry Sparks was killed on May 3, 1768, in Newport, Rhode Island Colony, by an officer, Thomas Carless, of the British Ship of War, HMS Senegal. According to the account given by Carless in his Petition to the Rhode Island General Court requesting a special Superior Court session, he and seven members of the Senegal crew were attacked by Henry Sparkes, Philip Decker, Elijah Knapp, and "one other person." The attack was said to have occurred on Thomas Street in Newport around 11 or 12 P. M. It was in an effort to defend themselves that Henry Sparkes and Philip Decker were wounded. Henry died of his wounds and was placed in the house of Elijah Knapp. A special Superior Court session set for June 1st listed Thomas Carless, Charles John Marshall, and Robert Young, all Senegal officers, as defendants. Unfortunately, we have yet to find the record of the trial. There is a question of Henry's last name for, while the State Archives clearly have him as "Sparkes," the Court records show him as "Sparker." We have yet to come across any other records on Sparkers anywhere. Henry was, at the time of his death, a journeyman shoemaker by trade. It is possible he was the Henry Sparks of Concord whose child, Mehetabel, was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, in 1737. He would have been about eighty years old in 1768, Is it possible that he married a fourth time? There were Sparks widows (Sarah and Ruth) in 1768 and 1782, respectively, in Rhode Island.

In 1725, according to the Killingly, Connecticut, Land Records, Henry Sparks, "late of Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts," bought land near the Five Mile River and apparently moved his family at that time. He remained in Killingly until ca. 1734 when he moved to Warwick, Rhode Island. He was made a freeman. His son, Samuel, married in Warwick, and Henry's daughter, Mehetabel, was born there. Henry remained in Rhode Island until ca. 1741 when he returned to Killingly. Before his son, Joseph, left to fight in the French and Indian War, he deeded his land to his father who promised to live on it. That document was written in 1760. Joseph died in battle in New York in 1760. It is not known whether Henry in fact moved to Tolland to carry out that agreement. Henry, throughout the land records, is referred to as of Killingly and as a husbandman, but family tradition claims he was a blacksmith. Land records in Concord infer he was at least a part-owner in an Iron Works. (Editor's Note: In the Quarterly of March 1960, Whole No. 29, p. 464, we published records pertaining to Henry Sparks and his family as found in the Concord records.)

Children of Henry Sparks and his first wife, Hannah (Lamson) Sparks:

43.2.1 Amos / Amus Sparks, born February 26, 1710/11 and died March 1, 1710/11 in Concord.
43.2.2 Samuel Sparks, born November 6, 1713 in Concord and died ca. 1776 in Killingly, Connecticut.
43.2.3 Ebenezer Sparks, born October 19, 1715 in Concord.

Children of Henry Sparks and his second wife, Jane (Shambrey) Sparks:

43.2.4 Jane Sparks, born September 3, 1719 in Concord.
43.2.5 Joseph Sparks, born October 8, 1720 in Concord and died September 10, 1760 in Oswegatche, New York.
43.2.6 Peter Sparks, born December 6, 1721 in Concord.
43.2.7 Daniel Sparks, born April 1, 1723 and died 14 June 1723 in Concord.
43.2.8 Isaac Sparks, born March 9, 1723/24 and died 12 July 1724 in Concord.
43.2.9 Mercy Sparks, born September 11, 1725 in Concord.
43.2.10 Abigail Sparks, born April 22, 1729 in Killingly, Connecticut.

Children of Henry Sparks and his third wife, Mehetabel (MNU) Sparks:

43.2.11 Moses Sparks, born August 23, 1731 in Killingly and died 12 June 1757 in Pomfret, Connecticut.
43.2.12 Enos Sparks, born November 23, 1733 in Killingly.
43.2.13 Mehetabel Sparks, born July 28, 1737 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

A record of the individual children of Henry Sparks (for those that survived infancy) follows:

43.2.2 Samuel Sparks was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on November 6, 1713. He married Margaret Lorton, the daughter of John and Deborah (Knight) Lorton, in Warwick, Rhode Island, on February 4, 1736. Margaret Lorton was born in Putnam, Connecticut, on September 9, 1716. Her mother, Deborah Knight, was John Lorton's second wife; he was married previously to Mary Longley. Deborah probably died sometime before 1720 because John Lorton was married for the third time to Hannah Russell on May 25, 1720. Samuel and Margaret Sparks remained in Warwick, Rhode Island until ca. 1741, and it is likely their first children were born there. Samuel died ca. 1776 and was buried on Sparks Hill in Killingly, Connecticut.

Research among available records in both Rhode Island and Connecticut shows that 43.2.2 Samuel Sparks owned land that was literally in both states. References to land transactions in Connecticut consistently state that his land extended to the Rhode Island Colony line. In the land records of Rhode Island, he is listed as of Warwick in 1741, of Scituate in 1756 and 1762. He and his son, Samuel, Jr. are also found in the September 2, 1760, Colony Tax List. Samuel Sparks, Sr. had a tax of 9 shillings, and Samuel, Jr. was billed for 7 shillings and 9 pence.

Military records of the French and Indian War in Rhode Island indicate that Samuel Sparks served in Capt. Jencke's Company which was the 2nd Company of Col. Samuel Angell's Regiment that had been organized in February, 1757.

John Lorton, the father of Margaret (Lorton) Sparks, died in 1749, and in his will he left a cow to his son-in-law, 43.2.2 Samuel Sparks, and his daughter, Margaret Sparks. The bulk of his estate was left to his son, John Laughton, Jr., and his daughter, Sarah Comrin, both living in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. It is apparent that they did not intend to move to Killingly because both sold their interest in the land they inherited. Sarah sold her interest to Samuel Sparks in 1767 when Samuel was listed in Killingly, Connecticut. The extent of the Sparks holdings increased greatly by this acquisition. Family tradition indicates that Samuel died ca. 1776. Samuel Sparks, Junior was listed as such until March, 1776. Land records beyond that date list him only as Samuel Sparks, it being no longer necessary, apparently, to distinguish him from his father. We have no further record of Margaret (Lorton) Sparks. The family tradition suggests that she lived to 1800 and died in the Killingly area.

Listed below are the probable children of Samuel and Margaret (Lorton) Sparks. They are not listed in their order of birth, and the actual number may be more than eight. Tradition says that there were eleven. Samuel Sparks, jr, born ca. 1738, probably in Warwick, Rhode Island. He died in 1797 in Killingly, Connecticut. Margaret Sparks, born ca. 1740, probably in Warwick, Rhode Island. She died sometime after 1811 in the state of New York. Hannah Sparks, born ca. 1742, probably in Rhode Island. She died in Killingly, Connecticut, date unknown. Henry Sparks, born ca. 1746, probably in Rhode Island. He died 26 August 1816 in Hartford, New York. Asa Sparks, born ca. 1748, probably in Rhode Island. He died in 1814 in Sheffield, Massachusetts. John Sparks, born in July, 1750, probably in Rhode Island. He died 5 June 1814 in Killingly, Connecticut. Joseph Sparks, date of birth not known but probably born in Rhode Island. He died at sea on January 8, 1795 on a homeward voyage. Ichabod Sparks, date of birth not known but probably born in Rhode Island. He died in 1797 in Killingly, Connecticut.

(Editor's Note: Mr. and Mrs. Howard plan to present further information regarding the children of Samuel and Margaret (Lorton) Sparks in a future issue of the Quarterly.) Here only their son John is treated in detail.) John Sparks, son of Samuel and Margaret (Lorton) Sparks, was born in July 1750 and was one of the younger children; he is the one with whom we are most familiar since it is from John that our lineage with the Sparks family descends.

Photographs of the tombstones for John and Bethia (Burrows) Sparks in the South Killingly, Connecticut, Congregational Church burying ground. (Chalk was used to make the inscriptions more legible.) On John's stone appear the words:

Our father is gone & left us to mourn.
He finally has spoken 'twill soon be [our turn]
In the month of June he was laid in his gravel
O may we remember the loving he gave.

(The epitaph on Bethia's stone cannot be read in its entirety.)
(Picture) John Sparks was born either on 1 or 12 July 1750, probably in Rhode Island. Much of what has been written in DAR records derives from family tradition which claims that John was born in England and came to this country as a small child. There is much evidence to refute this claim. The same sources that claim John's English birth agree that Samuel and his wife emigrated to this country after 1750 (when John was born) and yet state with certainty that not only was Samuel John's father, but that Henry was John's grandfather. Land records in Connecticut and Rhode Island show Henry or Samuel buying or selling land in those states in the 1720's, 1730's and 1740's. This includes Killingly, Connecticut, where the family tradition originates. John Lorton's will and its accompanying receipts place Samuel in the Killingly area in 1750. These records are but a fraction of the public documents that list Samuel and Henry in this country before 1750. That Samuel and Henry were in this country when John was born Seems more than probable.

John Sparks appears first in public records when he responded to the Lexington Alarm in 1775. He married Bethia Burrows (or Barrows), the daughter of Thomas and Dorcas (Slack) Barrows, probably in 1774, and they had eleven children. All were probably born in Killingly, Connecticut. Bethia Sparks was born ca. 14 March 1751, probably in Attleborough, Massachusetts, and died 27 April 1814; John died about six weeks later, on 5 June 1814, both of an influenza type disease. Both were buried in South Killingly, Connecticut. John's grave is suitably decorated for his Revolutionary War service. (A photograph showing his tombstone with the Revolutionary War marker in the background appears on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly. On page 3007 we have included another photograph showing John's stone in greater detail as well as that of his wife, Bethia. White chalk was used to make the incriptions more legible.)

John Sparks not only responded to the Lexington Alarm, but he also saw service in the New York campaign where he was with other Killingly men, including his brothers and brother-in-law, in Capt. David Cady's company in 1777. Many documents found in the Rhode Island State Archives and the Rhode Island Historical Society indicate that there was a John Sparks/Sparkes serving in the state militia continuously from 1777 through 1781 involving service at Warren and Johnston, Rhode Island. We suspect that there were two men named John Sparks, one from Newport, Rhode Island, and the other from Killingly, Connecticut. In 1785 the latter took his oath of allegiance to his country at Killingly town meeting and was admitted a freeman.

by the time John Sparks died in 1814, he had extensive land holdings. The farm was partly his by inheritance from his father, Samuel Sparks; part he received from John and Mary Bush by caring for them when he was needed; and part was land that he had acquired, especially the Shippee farm. His inventory on June 16, 1814, lists "one farm containing about two hundred and seventy acres of land... with one quarter part of a saw mill together with the mill stones" worth $3600.00.

The children of John and Bethia (Burrows) Sparks, all born in Killingly, Connecticut, were: John Sparks, jr., born January 1, 1775. Thomas Sparks, born November 25, 1778. Samuel Sparks, born August 9, 1780. Lurana Sparks, born July 7, 1782. Sylvia Sparks, born 1784. Olive Sparks, born 1786. William Sparks, born 1788. He died young. Elizabeth ["Betsy"] Sparks, born 3 June 3, 1790. Henry W. Sparks, born June 3, 1792. Aurilla Sparks, born 1794. She died young. Sally Sparks, born August 6, 1796. John Sparks, was born January 1, 1775 in Killingly, Connecticut, and married Lois Day, the daughter of Abner and Mary (Wilson) Day, ca. 1797, probably in Killingly. Shortly after their marriage, John and Lois moved west to Pennsylvania and settled in Tioga Point where they are listed in the 1800 Pennsylvania census. The census of Luzerne County lists two males between 16 and 25, two females between 16 and 25, and a female child under 10 years. The other adult female was probably John's sister, Sylvia. The family was in Pennsylvania only a short time and moved north on the Susquehanna River to Tioga County, New York. It is probable that they settled in the town of Spencer.

It was in Tioga County, New York, that John Sparks wrote his will and died. The will was written on 28 September 1803 and was proved by the Surrogate Court on 10 March 1804. It is most probable that he died, therefore, in January or February of 1804. The cemetery in which John was probably buried no longer exists. The athletic field of the high school and apartment building construction destroyed it.

There is little doubt that the John Sparks who died in New York was the son of John and Bethia Sparks. In the Killingly, Connecticut, land records, there is a document which lists John and Lois Sparks of Tioga Point, Pennsylvania, relinquishing Lois's right in the estate of her father, Abner Day, of Killingly. Also, Olive Sparks, a daughter of John and Lois, listed her birthplace as Spencer, New York.

After John's death, his widow and children returned to Killingly and Lois married as her second husband Henry W. Sparks, John's youngest brother.

The children of John and Lois (Day) Sparks were:

Aurilla Sparks, born 1798; John Sparks, born 1800; and Olive Sparks, born ca. 1802. Aurilla Sparks was born ca. 1798 in Killingly, Connecticut. She returned to Killingly ca. 1804 after the death of her father. She married John Smith, 2nd, the son of John and Jemima (MNU) Smith and the grandson of Dr. Elisha Smith, before 1815. Aurilla (Sparks) Smith died in Killingly on 24 May 1852. John Smith 2nd also died in Killingly on 2 December 1871. Both were buried in Killingly in the SmithAldrich Cemetery.

John Smith was a farmer and worked the land he received from the estate of Aurilla's grandfather as well as the inheritance he received from his father and grandfather. The Smiths were neighbors of the Sparkses. Their farm was right on the Connecticut/Rhode Island border.

John and Aurilla (Sparks) Smith had seven known children, all of whom were probably born in Killingly, Connecticut. Betsy Smith was born ca. 1817. She married Philip Salisbury, the son of Peleg and Lydia (Sweet) Salisbury on January 12, 1840 in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Philip also was born ca. 1817; he was a stonecutter by trade. Betsy and Philip moved from Smithfield to Johnston, Rhode Island, sometime after 1850. Betsy died March 13, 1894 and Philip on August 11, 1902. Both were buried in North Providence, Rhode Island. They had three children: Amanda Salisbury, born ca. 1841 in Smithfield, Rhode Island; Estina Salisbury, born in 1849 in Smithfield, married William Kinnecom in 1869; and James W. Salisbury, born in Johnston, Rhode Island, ca. 1852. Leonard Smith was born ca. 1817; he died at age 15. John Lester Smith was born in April 1818; he married Olive Corey ca. 1845. Olive was born in Griswold, Connecticut. In the 1850 Killingly census, John was listed as age 30 and Olive as age 25. Their children: George Albert Smith, age 4, born in Plainfield, Connecticut. He married Mary MNU; Betsy S. Smith, age 6 months, born in Killingly; Silas Nelson Smith. He married Adlaide Young; Amanda Aurilla Smith married Charles Owen; Leonard Smith; Irving Eric Smith married Harriet Taylor; Olive Arminda Smith married Stephen Tucker; Dwight Lester Smith married Zylpha MNU.

Olive (Corey) Smith died in Killingly on 15 December 1874. John L. died in Killingly on 26 August 1893. Both were buried in the Smith-Aldrich Cemetery. Mary Smith was born ca. 1822; she married Alanson Palsey of Rhode Island ca. 1843. They were in the 1850 and 1860 Rhode Island censuses, and they were residing in the town of Smith field where Alanson was listed as a farmer. They had eight known children who were all born in Rhode Island. Estella Palsey was born ca. 1844 and married Royal Otis Butman, the son of Olney and Phebe Butman, on December 26, 1870. Alice J. Palsey was born ca. 1845 and married Henry J. Wyatt Palsey on 10 August 1875. Charles J Palsey was born ca. 1847 and died 30 December 1880. Maria Adelaide Palsey was born ca. 1849 and married Maxcy A. Steere on 23 July 1870. Abby E. Palsey was born ca. 1851. Henry S. Palsey was born in 1853. Edgar C. Palsey was born in 1855 and married (first) Fannie Palmer on 29 November 1876, and (second) Susan Cameron on 27 September 1883. Edgar died ca. 1888. Annie May Palsey was the last child born, but no further information has been found. Julia Smith, date of birth not known, married John Brown. They had ten known children named Simon Brown, George Brown, William Brown, Sarah Brown, John Brown, Mary Brown, Elvena Brown. She married Cassius Sparks, a son of Henry and Lydia (MNU) Sparks, Ida Brown, Eva Brown, and Charles Brown. Erastus Smith was born ca. 1823 in Killingly, Connecticut. He married (first) Patience C. Simmons in Killingly on 27 November 1849. She was born ca. 1832 in Foster, Rhode Island, the daughter of Caleb and Rhoda (MNU) Simmons. Patience Smith died in Killingly on 19 May 1869. Erastus Smith married (second)Emily L. Parker who was born in Brooklyn, Connecticut. Erastus and Patience (Simmons) Smith had nine children: Mary Smith (1851-1869); Eliza Smith (1853-1861); Isadora Smith (1855-1861); William Smith (1856-1858); Allen Smith (1859-?). He married Laura MNU; Henry Smith. Henry married and had two children, Ethel Smith and Asa Smith; Carrie Smith. She married John Smith and had four children: Elizabeth Smith, Clarence Smith, Jared Smith, and Nina Smith; Clarence Smith (1866- ? ) ; and Fannie Isabel Smith. She married William Keach and had two children: Alice Keach and Edward Keach. Silas Smith was born ca. 1828 in Killingly; he married Elsey Ann Simmons on November 3, 1851. Elsey was the sister of Patience Simmons Smith. Silas died a short time later. Elsey married (second) Sumner Niles. Silas and Elsey Ann had a daughter named Julia who was born After Silas died. Julia Smith was born in Killingly ca. 1851; she married James M. Babbitt in Killingly on August 13, 1864. She was listed as 15 and he as 37. James was born in Gloucester, Rhode Island, and he was a blacksmith. They had nine children recorded in the Killingly vital records between 1865 and 1877. There are no further birth, marriage, or death records for this family after that date. Their children were: Eliza A. Babbitt, born September 1, 1865; Capitolia Babbitt, born December 10, 1866; James Monroe Babbitt, born October 15, 1868; Cordelia Babbitt, born October 14, 1870; Julia A. Babbitt, born October 19, 1874, died September 12, 1875; Charles Henry Babbitt, born February 14, 1876; and Edward Babbitt, born May 29, 1877.

Children numbered five and six are not listed. It is not known if they survived. John Sparks, the second child and only son of John and Lois (Day) Sparks, was born in 1800 in Tioga Point, Pennsylvania. He married Selinda Amesbury Field, daughter of Ebenezer and Miriam (Lane) Field, on June 15, 1823. The marriage is recorded in Attleborough, Massachusetts. Selinda was born in Attleborough on November 16, 1804. She died in Norwich, Connecticut, on August 14, 1876. John also died in Norwich on May 22, 1870.

John Sparks spent his youth living with his step-father /uncle on what was his grandfather's farm. He became a blacksmith until the early 1830's when he entered and won a lottery for $1,000.00 grand prize. It was then that he bought a store and turned it into a bakery. He listed his occupation as baker for the rest of his life. When John and Selinda moved to Willimantic and then to Norwich, Connecticut, the bakery was given to his son-in-law, James Logee. The Logees kept the bakery in the family until close to 1900. One of John's sons also became a baker.

John and Selinda (Field) Sparks had 12 children, all of whom, it is believed, were born in Killingly, Connecticut. William Henry Sparks, born April 2, 1823, died January 18, 1824. Almira A. Sparks, born 1825, died 18 July 1862 in Killingly. She married Darius Wood on 14 December 1847. They had no known surviving children. Julia M. Sparks, born 1825, died March 17,1858 in Killingly. She married James K. Logee on 13 October 1844 in Thompson, Connecticut. After Julia's death, James married (second) Mary A. Chadwick. He died 30 March 1892. All three were buried in Killingly. James and Julia had three sons. James E. Logee, born 6 March 1845, died 29 February 1888. He married (first) Addie S. Tucker, and (second) Lucy Angell Wheaton. Addie died July 21, 1868; Lucy died 16 March 1897. All died in Killingly. William K. Logee, born 1846, died 5 December 1919 in Providence, Rhode Island. He married Emily L. Mason; she died March 13, 1875 in Killingly. Henry Logee was born January 31, 1851. He married Agnes Smith before 1873. No further data are known. The father and all three sons listed their occupations as bakers. John L. Sparks was born ca. 1828; he married Mariette Clark on May 25, 1856 in Willimantic, Connecticut. William H. Sparks was born January 5, 1829, and died March 16, 1835. Helen S. Sparks was born in 1832 and died January 9, 1873 in Norwich, Connecticut. She married George H. Stanton, son of Francis and Sybil (Osborne) Stanton, in Norwich on July 7, 1850. George and Helen had four children: Howard L. Stanton, born in 1854; he married (first) Fannie L. Hotchkiss in 1874; he married (second) Katharine Kind in 1905. Howard and Fannie had two daughters: Georgie Coit Stanton who married James H. Whitney; and Amy Louise Stanton who married Herbert R. Kind. George H. Stanton who was born in 1856 in Willimantic and died in 1929 in Norwich, Connecticut. He married (first) Ella Archer in 1879 in Norwich; he married (second) Elizabeth E. James in 1913 also in Norwich. George H. and Ella had three children: John Wesley Stanton who died when he was seven years old on October 4, 1882 in Norwich; Helen Stanton who was born in 1888 and who married Ludwig Krumbholz on December 28, 1916 in Norwich; Tyler Sparks Stanton, who was born November 7, 1894 and who married M. Stephenson in Norwich on June 22, 1916.

George H. Stanton and his second wife, Elizabeth E. (James) Stanton, had one daughter named: Wilma Stanton who married FNU Moore. Julia E. Stanton who was born in 1858; she married Charles B. Hotchkiss in Norwich in 1877. Franklin Augustus ["Frank"] Stanton, born March 31, 1859 in Norwich; he died in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1918. He worked many years for Colt's Firearms. He married (first) Margaret McGrath in Norwich in 1879; she was a daughter of Patrick and Mary (Collins) McGrath. Margaret died in Norwich in 1887. Frank then married (second) Nellie McCarthy of Portland, Connecticut. She died in Hartford. Frank and Margaret (McGrath) Stanton had four children: Frank A. Stanton was born July 23, 1881 and died October 1, 1882. Mary Helen Stanton was born May 6, 1883 and died in Hartford, Connecticut; she married Timothy Sullivan in 1904 in Norwich, Connecticut. George H. Stanton was born April 23, 1885 and died in Mansfield, Connecticut, on 20 June 1906; he was unmarried. Maud T. Stanton was born August 24, 1886 and died in Norwich on 13 December 1921; she married John Devlin, who died in East Hartford on August 10, 1924. John and Maud T. (Stanton) Devlin had four surviving children (several were stillborn). These four children were: Mary Jane Devlin, born in 1907 in Norwich and married Timothy LNU Howard LNU in Hartford; Felix Edward Devlin, born 1914 in Norwich and married Stella Sojka in Derby, Connecticut; Margaret Theresa Devlin, born 1916 and married Robert McDonnell in New York; and John Devlin who died in West Hartford in 1926. Thomas Sparks was born ca. 1834. He died August 15, 1873 in Norwich, Connecticut. He was listed as a portrait painter. Mary J. Sparks was born in March 1835; she died January 22, 1836. Henry Kirk Sparks was born July 17, 1837 at Danielson, Connecticut, and died August 31, 1906 at Mystic, Connecticut. He enlisted in the Civil War on August 5, 1862 in Company K, 18th Regiment Connecticut Infantry and served until he was discharged on June 27, 1865 at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. In 1904 he applied for a pension based on his Civil War service and it is from the papers in his pension file that the following data regarding his life have been taken. At the time of his enlistment, he was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall weighing 200 pounds with a dark complexion, black hair, and black eyes; he was a baker by occupation - - he was a cook during his Civil War service. In responding to a questionnaire from the Bureau of Pensions on June 9, 1904, Sparks stated that he had been married to Mary F. Burdick on August 15, 1858 at Preston, Connecticut. She was then 19 years old, having been born At Hopkinton, Rhode Island. They had three children: Bertha E. Sparks, born December 29, 1859 who married Joseph Noble; Henry I. Sparks, born August 6, 1867; and John E. Sparks, born August 17, 1872.

Henry stated that since being discharged in 1865, he had lived at Preston, Connecticut, for eight years and the rest of the time at Mystic, Connecticut. When he applied for an increase of his pension on July 10, 1905, he was a resident of Groton, Connecticut. He also stated that his mother's name had been "Celinda Fields" rather that "Selinda Field" as we have it.

Following the death of Henry K. Sparks in 1906, his widow, Mary F. Sparks, applied for a widow's pension. Two of her sisters testified on 26 May 1908 regarding her being a widow of Henry Kirk Sparks. They were Sarah A. Spalding, age 68, and Annie A. Dean, age 61, both living at 442 Main Street in Norwich, Connecticut. They stated that they had known Henry Kirk Sparks since he had been a school boy and that neither he nor Mary had been married prior to their own marriage in 1858. Mary F. (Burdick) Sparks died January 25, 1913. Albert Sparks was born ca. 1839; he married Lucy Rogers. He remained in Norwich and became the editor of the daily newspaper there. Albert and Lucy had at least two sons, Merton Sparks and Earle Sparks. Edwin King Sparks was born in 1841; he died July 15, 1849. He was buried in Killingly. Harriett Sparks was born in 1847. The last reference to her was in the 1870 census of Norwich. She was then 23 years old and living with her mother and her brother, Thomas. Olive Sparks, the youngest child of John and Lois (Day) Sparks, was born in Spencer, New York, ca. 1803. She married William H. Butman, a natural child of Polly Butman, who lived on an adjoining farm of the Sparks family called the Butman Lot. The Butmans bought this property shortly after 1800 and indicated that they were from Rhode Island. Olive and William were married between 1815 and 1820. The census records of the pair indicate that they traveled a great deal. The 1820 Connecticut census lists them in Killingly; the 1830 Rhode Island census lists them in Scituate; the 1840 Connecticut census lists them in Brooklyn; and the 1860 Connecticut census lists them in Killingly. A search of the Killingly vital records failed to locate death records for either William or Olive, but they were buried in the Butman Lot in Killingly. There is no headstone, however, to prove this. William and Olive (Sparks) Butman had thirteen known children: Avery Butman was born ca. 1821 and died ca. 1856, probably in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He fell to his death from a mast on his sailing ship. He was both the owner and the master of the sloop New York. He married Jane McCloud, who was ten years older than he, on September 3, 1843 in Rhode Island. They had one child, Mary Butman, who was born ca. 1845.

After Avery's death, his widow, Jane, returned to Nova Scotia. Olney Butman was born in 1823; he died in Rhode Island on April 26, 1886. He married (first) Phebe Melora Aldrich, daughter of Jonathan and Lurana (Sparks) Aldrich, ca. 1844, probably in Killingly. Phebe died in Rhode Island on October 23, 1881. Olney married (second) Frances I. ["Fannie"] Gray in Rhode Island on 27 May 1885. She died in Rhode Island on 14 March 1887. On the 1850 census of Killingly, Olney and Phebe were listed as 28 years of age. Olney's birthplace was given as Foster, Rhode Island. They had three children when this census was taken: Sylvia L. Butman, age 5, born in Webester, Massachusetts, in 1845; Salinda M. Butman, age 3, born in Millbury, Massachusetts, 1847; and Royal Otis Butman, age 1 year, born in Oxford, Massachusetts, 1849. There is a marriage record for Royal Otis Butman to Ella Palsey in Rhode Island on December 26, 1870. A daughter: Flora L. Butman, was born 16 November 1872 and died 22 May 1876. Nothing further is known.

A search of each of these towns was made, but none of these birth records could be located. Selinda Butman died young. Hitty Butman died young. Otis Butman. He died fighting in the Mexican War. William H. Butman. He married Clarissa Ingram. They are known to have had six children: Abe Butman, George Butman, William Butman, Alice Butman, Ellen Butman, and Daughter Butman.

Where this family resided is still unknown. George M. Butman was born ca. 1831. He died of yellow fever during the Civil War. He was a private in Company K of a regiment from Rhode Island. He was mustered in on September 6, 1862, was on detached service in the hospital in November 1862, was listed as absent sick beginning on 4 July 1863 and until he died at General Hospital, Covington, Kentucky, on 20 August 1863. John Leonard Butman was born ca. 1833. He married Lucy MNU and they had one known child, Lucy Jane Butman, who married John Burt. Sarah Butman was born ca. 1835. She married John W. Shippee on March 20, 1856 in Killingly. John was born in and was a resident of Foster, Rhode Island, at the time of their marriage. He was then 25 years old. Sarah and John had one known child: John Everett Shippee who married Ida Mason and had children named Bernice Shippee Anthony Shippee, Lucy Shippee, Florence Shippee, Gladys Shippee, and Edith Shippee.

John W. and Sarah (Butman) Shippee were both buried in the Shippee Family Cemetery in Foster, Rhode Island, along with their son and daughter-in-law. Sarah died September 6, 1906. No death date is yet known for John W. Shippee. Lydia Butman was born in 1836; she married Erastus Fiske on March 19, 1858 in Killingly. She died in Killingly on 13 February 1867. Erastus married (second) Mary Dexter. Lydia and Erastus had three known children, none of whom survived to adulthood. They were Rosalie E. Fiske, born February 18, 1860, died December 27, 1873; William E. Fiske, born September 10, 1861, died October 4, 1862; Edwin C. (or E.) Fiske, born June 15, 1866, died February 11, 1867. Almira Laura Butman was born ca. 1840 in Connecticut and died 20 July 1862 in Killingly. Phebe M. Butman was born ca. 1845 in Connecticut; she died 23 April 1864 also in Connecticut. Emma Jane Butman was born ca. 1850 in Massachusetts; she married Anthony Matthewson. Thomas Sparks, the second son of John and Bethia (Burrows/ Barrows) Sparks, was born November 25, 1778 in Killingly, Connecticut. He apparently made the trip west with his brother, John, and his sister, Sylvia, first to Tioga Point, Pennsylvania, and then to Spencer, New York. It was in Spencer on February 17, 1812 that he married Margaret Cowell of that town. Also he apparently returned to the New England area because, at the outbreak of hostilities in the War of 1812, he enlisted in Providence, Rhode Island, under Capt. William Batty in the 25th Regiment of U.S. Infantry. He died at Sacketts Harbor, New York, on November 25, 1813 as a private in the same regiment. Members of Thomas' family questioned the marriage when the widow, Margaret filed for a pension in 1851 and again in 1853, but the pension was granted. A land warrant was also issued on November 24, 1852 to Olive Sparks, the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Cowell) Sparks. In 1852, Olive was declared the only child and heir of Thomas, but by 1858 Margaret's claim as widow was granted. (An abstract of these pension papers in the National Archives appears in the Quarterly of June 1964, Whole No. 46, pp. 820-21.) Olive Sparks Samuel Sparks was born August 9, 1780 in Killingly, Connecticut. He married Mary Colegrove, daughter of Stephen and Juda/Judith (Ayles worth) Colegrove, ca. 1800. She had been born in Rhode Island, probably in the town of Foster. Samuel owned the sawmill along with his father and brother-in-law, Jonathan Aldrich, and lived at least for a short time in North Providence, Rhode Island, and Sterling, Connecticut. Samuel was listed as the executor of his father's estate in 1814, but his brothers and sisters contested that fact, and Samuel was removed as executor. Documents signed by his brothers and sisters claimed that he had received much of the father's estate before he (John) died and that Samuel should be omitted from any further award. The court agreed.

Shortly thereafter, Samuel and his family moved west. He is found in Tioga County, New York, on the 1820 census. He then settled in Mina, Chautauqua County, New York, where he is listed on the 1830 census. Family tradition claims that on his way west in a covered wagon pulled by a pair of oxen, he passed the inn run by his sister, Betsy, and her husband, Ira Irons. They were never seen again. It is not known where or when Samuel and Mary Sparks died. Samuel evidently had five children. Descendants of the family have knowledge of four children and a possible half-brother. Connecticut probate records list a Weity Sparks, daughter of Samuel Sparks, of Sterling, Connecticut, in a guardianship document. The children of Samuel and Mary included the following: Locelia Sparks, born April 11, 1801; George Washington Sparks, born 1804; Sarah Sparks, born before 1809; Polly Sparks, born before 1809; and Asaph Sparks, born ca. 1810. Locelia Sparks, also known as Celia was born in Connecticut on 1April 1, 1801. She married Ira Asariah Selden in New York ca. 1819. She died in Danby, Ionia County, Michigan, on 13 December 1872. Ira and Locelia were the parents of 12 children. Mary Clarissa Selden was born February 22, 1820; she married Theodore Rice Darling ca. 1840, probably in Ohio. Mary died February 8, 1884, and Theodore died January 22, 1883, both in Orange Township, Ionia County, Michigan. Mary and Theodore had 10 children: Ephraim Darling, born September 28, 1842 in Ohio; Maria Darling born September 28, 1842 in Ohio; Ira Darling, born 1844 in Orange Twp., Ionia County, Michigan; Celia Darling, died young; Charles A. Darling, born June 3, 1849 in Orange Twp. Cynthia Darling, born March 1, 1852 in Orange Twp. Benjamin Franklin Darling, born April 18, 1854 in Orange Twp. Myron Tupper Darling, born January 29, 1858 in Orange Twp., and Orlando Cyprus Darling, born May 28, 1862. John Selden was born in 1822 in Chautauqua County, New York. Julius Selden was born in 1824 in Chautauqua County, New York. Benjamin Selden was born in November 1826 in Chautauqua County, New York. He died in the 1890's in Eagle Twp., Clinton County, Michigan. He married Amanda Martin. Sarah Bethany Selden was born February 22, 1828 in Chautauqua County, New York. She died 28 May 1909 in Danby, Ionia County, Michigan. She married Zachariah Grinnels in December 1847 in Ionia County. Cynthia Selden was born October 9, 1830 in Chautauqua County, New York. She died in 1914 in Orange Twp., Ionia County, Michigan. Cynthia Selden married (first) Thomas Sheridan, (second) David Joslin, and (third) Wyatt Thorpe. Esther Cardelia Selden was born July 31, 1832 in Chautauqua County, New York; she died January 7, 1907 in Traverse City, Michigan. She married (first) Stephen Wainright, (second) George W. Johnson, and (third) Isaac Morrison. Zelotus Selden was born in December 1834 in Ohio; he died in December 1868 in Eagle Twp., Clinton County, Michigan. He married Eliza Rockwell in May 1866. Lovansky R. Selden was born in 1837 in Ohio. She married Jasper Martin ca. 1855. Lovinia R. Selden was born April 18, 1839 in Ohio; she died at Evart, Osceola County, Michigan, on January 5, 1905. She married William Mann ca. 1856 in Portland, Michigan. Locelia Loretta Selden was born June 5, 1842 in Ohio; she died April 7, 1920 in Portland, Ionia County, Michigan. She married Samuel Sylvester Slaight on November 20, 1866 in Portland. Lafayette Selden was born October 14, 1845 in Clinton County, Michigan; she died in 1917 in Danby, Ionia County, Michigan. She married Percy Fifield ca. 1867. George Washington Sparks, son of Samuel and Mary (Colegrove) Sparks, was born in 1804, probably in Rhode Island. He married Martha R. Selden after moving to Mina Township, Chautauqua County, New York. She died in 1856. He married (second) Julia A. MNU. Julia may have been a Clark because in the 1860 census of Steuben County, Indiana, George and Julia had living with them a Lucretia Clark, age 15, and Harriet Clark, age 12. George W. Sparks died in Steuben County, Indiana, on January 21, 1881 and was buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near the town of Angola. It is probable that George and Martha Sparks had seven children. George byron Sparks was born ca. 1826 in New York. He married Jerusha A. MNU who was born ca. 1846. by 1880 they had children named: Flora J. Sparks, Judson D. Sparks, Franklin S. Sparks, Hattie A. Sparks, and George F. Sparks. William Sparks was born in New York in 1831. He was listed on the 1850 census of Huron County, Ohio, five households from George and Martha with the family of Meigs and Betsy Palmer. It is very probable that he was the son of George and Martha. Selden S. Sparks was born ca. 1832 in New York. Sarah A. Sparks was born ca. 1832 in New York. Elizabeth J. Sparks was born in 1834 in Ohio. Wesley Sparks was born ca. 1837 in Ohio. Judson Sparks was born ca. 1840 in Ohio. Sarah Sparks was born before 1809. She married John Barrington and they are known to have had two sons: George E. Barrington. James Barrington. Mary [ "Polly" ] Sparks was born before 1809. Nothing further is known about her. Asaph W. Sparks was born in Killingly, Connecticut, ca. 1810. (He was called William A. Sparks on the death certificate of his son, Lyman.) He died in Huron County, Ohio, between 1850 and 1860. He married Betsy Fuller, also born in Connecticut ca. 1812. They were married ca. 1829, probably in Chautauqua County, New York. Asaph and Betsy are known to have had four children. Lyman E. Sparks was born 11 May 1832 in New York. He married Lovisa E. Baker on 1 November 1857 in Huron County, Ohio. Lyman died in Jackson, Michigan, on October 26, 1899, and Lovisa died 19 August 1908. He was enrolled for service in the Civil War on October 20, 1862 at Indianapolis, Indiana, in Company K, 20th Regiment Indiana Infantry. He was wounded in action on May 5, 1864 during the Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia. He was mustered out of service on 12 July 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana. According to the papers pertaining to his and his widow's applications for pensions based on his war service, they had at least two children: Frances E. Sparks, born February 9, 1859 married FNU Edmonds; and Roxie E. Sparks, born ca. 1865 married FNU Perkins. Alma A. Sparks was born ca. 1834 in New York. She married P. V. Woodruff ca. 1856 in Ohio. On the 1860 Huron County, Ohio, census they are listed with children named Emma Woodruff, born ca. 1856, and Orra Woodruff, born ca. 1859.

Betsy (Fuller) Sparks is also listed as a member of the household. Orra O. Sparks was born March 25, 1836 in New Haven Twp., Huron County, Ohio; she married Freeman M. Vosburg on May 3, 1855 in Norwalk, Ohio. He was born in 1824 and died in 1901. They moved from Huron County in Ohio to Wood County in 1856 and to Portage Twp. in 1864. Their children were: Leander C. Vosburg, born ca. 1857 and died January 14, 1898; John N. Vosburg; and Lucy A. Vosburg who married (first) Charles Rickerd and (second) Augustus Cox. Mercia Sparks was born ca. 1840 in Huron County, Ohio. Lurana Sparks, the eldest daughter of John and Bethia Sparks, was born July 7, 1782 in Killingly, Connecticut. She married Jonathan Aldrich, son of Levi Aldrich and either Eunice (Peck) Aldrich or Mary (Grosvenor) Aldrich, ca. 1802. Jonathan Aldrich had been born on August 25, 1780 and died 22 June 1851. Lurana died September 9, 1852. Both died in Killingly, Connecticut, and were buried in the Smith-Aldrich Cemetery in Killingly. They had 15 children, many of whom died young. They spent much of their lives in Killingly, but did move west to New York for a short time. Four of their children were born in New York. Lurana apparently found the country there too primitive, especially the wolf packs, so they returned and remained in Killingly. The children are listed, as far as is known, according to date of birth, but for most, their specific places of birth are unknown. It is assumed that most were born in Killingly. Polly Aldrich died in infancy. Charlotte Aldrich died at age 40, unmarried. William Aldrich died at age 14. Abigail Aldrich married Ichabod Allen and moved to Woonsocket, Rhode Island. They had eight children. Olive Allen married Charles Buxton and had one child, Ida Buxton. Simeon Allen married Hattie Cole and had four children: Ed Allen, Abbie Allen, Mabelle Allen, and an
unnamed female infant. Nancy Allen died young. Nancy Allen (second), named for her older sister who died, married John Hackett and had four children: William Hackett, Thomas Hackett, Percy Hackett, and
a daughter, name not known. Thomas Allen died of consumption at age 12 or 14. Charlotte Allen also died of consumption when young. Antoine Allen married Annie MNU, but had no family. Ira Allen married twice and had several children by his second wife Charlotte Allen died young. Sarah Aldrich married Smith Steere and moved to Chepatchet, Rhode Island. They had seven children. Edmund Steere married twice and had two sons, William Steere and Edmund Steere. Joshua Steere married and had two daughters. Adelaide Steere married William Place and had one son, Waldo Place. Phebe Steere married FNU Loveland and had four sons. Rebecca Steere married and moved to Baltic, Connecticut. Smith Steere, Jr. died young. Maxcie Steere married Adelaide Palsey and had five children. Luther Aldrich died in infancy. Julia Ann Aldrich married Samuel Smith of Foster, Rhode Island, on March 14, 1829 in Killingly, Connecticut. She died about eleven months later. Jonathan Aldrich was born March 7, 1813. He married Abigail Darling in Thompson, Connecticut, on March 19, 1835. Jonathan died August 30, 1883; Abigail died May 14, 1893. Both were buried in Killingly, Connecticut. They had five children. William Prescott Aldrich was born October 10, 1835. James Aldrich was born May 20, 1842. Melissa Aldrich was born November 5, 1844. Jonathan Aldrich. Francis Aldrich. Eden Aldrich was born February 25, 1815. He married Fannie Corey of Griswold, Connecticut, before 1850. Fanny had been born on March 8, 1827. Eden died February 6, 1908 and Fanny died August 8, 1910. Both were buried in Killingly, Connecticut. They had seven children, all born in Killingly. Their names were Julia Ann Aldrich, Silas Aldrich, Levi Aldrich, Etta Aldrich, Abbie Aldrich, Fannie Aldrich, and Edith Aldrich. Lydia Ann Aldrich married Henry Sparks, a son of Henry W. Sparks and Lois (Day) Sparks. That line is explained on below. Levi Aldrich died at age 12. Phebe Melora Aldrich married Olney Butman, the son of William and Olive (Sparks) Butman. This line was explained above. Silas N. Aldrich married (first) Louise Lawrence. He married (second) Catherine Monahan and they had nine children. Silas died January 21, 1881 at the age of 56, and Catherine died April 9, 1907. Both were buried in Killingly. The children of Silas N. Aldrich were: Mary Aldrich (a daughter of Louise (Lawrence) Aldrich).

The children of Silas' second wife, Catherine (Monahan) Aldrich: Henry Aldrich. Eden Aldrich. An unnamed infant who died May 21, 1850. Cora Aldrich, born ca. 1861; died April 21, 1880. Sylvia M. Aldrich, born ca. 1865; died June 26, 1876. An unnamed infant who died January 11, 1866. Silas N. Aldrich, born ca. 1867; died June 25, 1887. Willie Aldrich, born ca. 1870; died March 8, 1876. Mary Aldrich married David T. Potter. They had three children. Mary died at the age of 41 and was buried in Killingly with her daughters. Ella Potter, Mary Potter, Henry Potter. Sylvia Sparks was born in 1784 in Killingly, Connecticut. She probably traveled with her brother, John Sparks, to Tioga Point, Pennsylvania, and there she met and married Abijah Northrup, the son of Nathan and Sarah (Crawford) Northrup, ca. 1801. Abijah, known as "Bij", became well-known on the Susquehanna River as a boatman. Sylvia died sometime after 1850. On the 1850 Pennsylvania census, she is shown as living with her daughter, Betsy. Abijah died before 1850. The Northrup family lived near Monroe Township in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Abijah and Sylvia had 11 children.

In the history of Bradford County, Abijah's wife is listed as "Sylvia Parks" and descendants of this family, believing this to be true, have attempted to trace her lineage through the Parks family. Family traditions derived from Lurana Aldrich brought this Parks connection into question. Since Sylvia was apparently living with John and Lois Sparks, and since Lois did return to Killingly from the Pennsylvania-New York area, she would have had first-hand information on Sylvia to pass on to Lurana Aldrich. The children of Abijah and Sylvia (Sparks) Northrup were: John S. Northrup was born ca. 1803 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He married Maria Sickles ca. 1825; he died 25 December 1883 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Polly Northrup was born ca. 1804. She married (first) FNU Merithew and (second) William Talada. James B. Northrup was born ca. 1806. He married Ruth MNU. Harry Northrup was born August 23, 1807 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He married Nancy Cox ca. 1831; he died January 2, 1881 in Monroeton, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Richard Northrup was born May 25, 1810 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He married Caroline Talada ca. 1829; he died April 25, 1866 in Monroe Twp., Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Joseph Northrup was born ca. 1812 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Melinda Northrup was born ca. 1815 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. She married Anthony Johnson ca. 1834; she died in Bradford County, date not known. Samuel Northrup was born ca. 1816 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He married Arletta Talada; he was buried in Athens in Bradford County. Betsy Northrup was born ca. 1817 in Bradford County. She married FNU Osterheut. She was buried in Monroe Twp., Bradford County. Abijah Northrup was born ca. 1819 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He married twice; his second wife's name was Arminda MNU. He died September 16, 1873 in Bradford County. Sarah Northrup was born ca. 1821 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. She married John Talada ca. 1840. She died February 24, 1908 in Bradford County. Olive Sparks was born in 1786 in Killingly, Connecticut. She married Thomas C. Smith, brother of Stephen Smith (who married Olive's sister, Sally Sparks), before 1810. Thomas Smith probably was born in Rhode Island. They moved west shortly after 1823 and settled in southwestern, Illinois. Three men named Thomas C. Smith are listed in Illinois, but none survived to the 1850 census. Thomas and Olive Smith had three children. William Smith. He is said to have married and moved west. Eliza Smith. She is said to have married FNU Newell. Anne Smith was born ca. 1810. She married Joseph T. Anthony. She died June 13, 1851, aged 42 years. Joseph T. Anthony died October 20,1847. Both Anne and Joseph, as well as a son named William, were buried in Killingly, Connecticut. The son, William T. Anthony, died April 29, 1839, aged 2 years, 3 months, and 10 days. William Sparks was born in 1788. He died young. Elizabeth ["Betsy"] Sparks was born June 3, 1790 in Killingly, Connecticut. She married (first) Thomas Irons, who died March 5, 1817 in Gloucester, Rhode Island, at the age of 26. She married (second) Ira Irons, brother of Thomas, later in 1817. She had two sons by her second marriage. The father of Thomas and Ira Irons was probably Samuel Irons of Gloucester, Rhode Island, who died in Gloucester on November 2, 1815.

Betsy and Ira left Killingly shortly after their marriage and headed west. On the 1820 census of New York, they are listed as living in Tioga County, New York, in the town of Candor. A son had been born by this time. On the 1830 New York census, they are listed in Orleans County, in the town of Albion. They then moved to Erie County, New York, to the town of Hamburg and settled there. The first land records in Hamburg date from 1837. The 1855 and 1865 New York state census records provide additional data on this family. Betsy is listed on the 1855 census as 62 years old, born in Connecticut, married, and an eighteen-year resident of Hamburg. Ira Irons, Sr. is listed as a widower in the 1860 federal census. In the 1865 New York state census, Ira, Sr. is listed as 72 years old, born in Rhode Island, married one time, now widowed, and a farmer. He died shortly thereafter.

Their route from Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, to Hamburg, Erie County, New York, can be followed, not only from their listings in the census records, but also from the birthplaces of their two sons. They apparently traveled first to Albany County, New York, and then to the counties of Tioga, Tompkins, Orleans, and finally Erie. Their children were: Ira Irons, Jr. was born ca. 1818 in Albany County, New York. He married (first) Mary MNU ca. 1845 in Erie County; he married (second) Olive Maria Dascomb, a widow, before 1865. Arnold Irons was born ca. 1823 in Tompkins County, New York. He married (first) Clare MNU ca. 1847. She had been born in Rhode Island and listed her age as 38 in the 1855 census of New York. Arnold Irons married (second) Hellen MNU ca. 1857. Henry W. Sparks was born June 3, 1792 in Killingly, Connecticut. He married (first) Lois (Day) Sparks, the widow of his oldest brother, John Sparks, sometime before 1812, probably in Killingly. Lois died in Killingly on January 3, 1855 and was buried in the Sparks Family Cemetery. Henry W. Sparks married (second) Savallo Shippee in Rhode Island on July 9, 1871. Nothing further is known regarding her. Henry died October 22, 1886 in Killingly and was buried there in the Sparks Family Cemetery. Henry and Lois had two children.

Henry W. Sparks was the primary beneficiary of his father's estate. He methodically purchased from his brothers and sisters their portions of their father's estate until by 1850 he owned all of the original farm, except that owned by his sister, Lurana (Sparks) Aldrich, and his niece, Aurilla (Sparks) Smith. Even later, more of the farm was consolidated when Henry W.'s son married Lurana's daughter. Henry W. owned the western and central portions of the farm, and it is on that western boundary that the Sparks Family Cemetery is located. Lurana and Jonathan Aldrich and John and Aurilla Smith owned the eastern section of the farm, the Aldriches the southern section, the Smiths the northern section. Today, the Smith-Aldrich cemetery can be seen on a hill overlooking Smith Pond and the Rhode Island border. That cemetery is just to the east of the original homesite of John and Bethia Sparks. Henry Sparks, the only surviving child of Henry W. and Lois (Day) Sparks, was born September 13, 1812. He married Lydia Aldrich, a daughter of Jonathan and Lurana (Sparks) Aldrich, on either the 3rd or the 13th of June, 1838, in Killingly, Connecticut. Henry died 29 March 1889 in Killingly and was buried in the Sparks Family Cemetery. Lydia died March 15, 1901 in Killingly and was buried in the Sparks Family Cemetery also. Mary Ann Sparks was born in 1814; she died when small and was buried in South Killingly, Connecticut. Aurilla Sparks was born in 1794. She died young. Sally Sparks was born 6 August 6, 1796 in Killingly, Connecticut. She married Stephen Smith, a brother of Thomas C. Smith (husband of Olive Sparks), sometime before 1820. Stephen and she were listed in the Killingly, Connecticut, census in both 1820 and 1830 as a family of four. In 1840, they were listed in the Pomfret, Connecticut, census. Stephen Smith had been born ca. 1793; he died in Pomfret, Connecticut, on January 15, 1847. On the 1850 census of Pomfret, Sally was listed as the Widow Sally Smith, age 57. She was also living in Pomfret in 1860. Family tradition says that she traveled to Ohio to visit her oldest son, George, became ill, and died in Ohio. Stephen and Sally had four children. George Smith was born in Killingly, Connecticut and moved west to Ohio. Thomas Smith. Patty Maria Smith. She married FNU Williams. Elijah Smith was born ca. 1831. He married Susan B. MNU ca. 1858. He was living in Plainfield, Connecticut, according to the 1860 census, with his wife, Susan, and their year-old son, Clarence A. Smith.

43.2.3 Ebenezer Sparks was born October 19, 1715 in Concord, Massachusetts. A marriage intention was filed in Woodstock, Connecticut, between Ebenezer and Elizabeth White of Hartford, Connecticut, on June 5, 1736. The last record that we have of Ebenezer is a land record dated 1737 at which time he was of Stonington, Connecticut.

43.2.4 Jane Sparks, the daughter and first child of Henry Sparks and his second wife, Jane (Shambrey) Sparks, was born September 3, 1719 in Concord, Masssachusetts. She married Joseph Ross on February 25, 1741 in Brooklyn, Connecticut. They were listed as of Pomfret, Connecticut, and all of their children were born there. It is possible that Joseph Ross was the son of Joseph Ross of Windham, Connecticut. No information after 1756 has been found regarding this family. Their children were William Ross, born March 15, 1741 in Pomfret, Connecticut. Elizabeth Ross, born January 10, 1744 in Pomfret, Connecticut. Joseph Ross, born September 29, 1753 in Pomfret, Connecticut. Joseph Ross (second), born September 13, 1756 in Pomfret, Connecticut.

43.2.5 Joseph Sparks was born October 8, 1720 in Concord, Massachusetts. He married Mehetabel Johnson, a daughter of Caleb and Lydia (Lovejoy) Johnson, in Windham, Connecticut, on April 29, 1747. According to French and Indian War records at the Connecticut Historical Society, he died at Fort Oswegatche in northern New York on September 10, 1760, during a military campaign. Perhaps fearing he would not return, Joseph had deeded virtually all of his estate to his father, Henry Sparks of Killingly and his brother, Peter Sparks of Stonington, before he left for the battlefield.

Joseph and Mehetabel (Johnson) Sparks were the parents of eight children. The youngest, who was named for his father, was born five months following the death of his father. Lemuel Sparks was born September 11, 1747 in Windham, Connecticut. He married (first) Jane MNU and (second) Bathsheba Clark in Lebanon, Connecticut, on July 9, 1772. Lemuel had one child by his first wife, named Lemuel Sparks, Jr.. Lemuel moved from Windham to Mansfield and finally to Hampton, Connecticut. The land records of Hampton indicate that the family moved from the town shortly after the 1800 census was taken. No definitive destination is known, but there is a transaction involving land in Brandon, Vermont, dated 1803 in Hampton, in which a Lemuel Sparks and a William Sparks were respectively grantee and grantor. by his second wife, Lemuel Sparks was the father of four five or six children. Lemuel Sparks, Jr., son of Lemuel Sparks and his first wife, Jane (MNU) Sparks, was born April 6, 1769 in Windham, Connecticut. He moved to Massachusetts and is found in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, in the 1800 census. He married (first) Mary MNU who was born ca. 1773 and died in Lee, Massachusetts, on March 6, 1818. He married (second) Anne Bayman/Bement on November 8, 1818. She married (second) Elijah Thomas. Lemuel Sparks died on July 18, 1822 in Lee, Massachusetts. His will, in listing his children, divided them by age. All of the children were by his first wife. As of July 18, 1822, the first four children were over 21 years of age; the next three were between 14 and 21 years; and the last three were under 14 years of age. John Nye, Jr. of Lee, Massachusetts, was named guardian for the five youngest children. Stephen Sparks was born no later than 1801. His father's will indicates that he was living in New York in 1822. Daniel Sparks was born no later than 1801. His father's will indicates that he was living in Lenox, Massachusetts in 1822. Sophronia Sparks was born no later than 1801. Her father's will indicates that she was living in New York in 1822. Lyman Sparks was born ca. 1801. He married on August 22, 1840, Harriet W. Holmes. Lyman died September 10, 1884 in Lee, Masssachusetts. In his will, he left his entire estate to Celina H. Sparks, wife of his adopted son, Albert C. Sparks, who was named the executor of Lyman's estate. Jesse Sparks was born in 1805; he died in Lee, Massachusetts, on September 18, 1824 in a powder mill explosion. John Sparks was born between 1801 and 1808. He married Betsy Holmes on October 5, 1836 in Lee, Massachusetts. He died in Lee and his will was proved there on October 6, 1875. Betsy also died in Lee on October 9, 1885. Their children included: Jeannette Sparks. She married William Wheeler of Lee; she had died by 1885. They had two surviving sons in 1885: Charles N. Wheeler of Vermont and Elmer E. Wheeler of David's Island, New York. Jennie A. Sparks. She married Lyman Bristol. They moved from West Stockbridge and Great Barrington, Massachusetts, to Bethel, Connecticut. Newton Sparks. He was of Lee, Massachusetts, in 1885. Emily Sparks. She was of Lee, Massachusetts, in 1885. Almira Sparks was born in 1808; she died in 1827 in Lee, Massachusetts. Charles Sparks was born in 1812; he died May 27, 1827 in Lee, Massachusetts. Lucinda / Lucretia Sparks was born March 4, 1814. Clarissa Sparks was born December 20, 1815.

[Webmaster Note:There was a Joseph Sparks, born August 23, 1772 in Connecticut, son of Lemuel and Bathsheba Sparks. Joseph would be Joseph Sparks. This changes the numbers for the last 4 children.] Joseph Sparks, born August 23, 1772. Phinehas Sparks was born in Mansfield/ Ashford, Connecticut, on December 13, 1774. He married Betsy Mosely on January 1, 1799. At the time of his marriage, Phinehas was a resident of Natchaug, Connecticut. William Sparks was born in Mansfield, Connecticut, on May 21, 1775. In the Willimantic, Connecticut, vital records, William Sparks published his marriage intention to Esther Davis on January 11, 1800. It is probable that the William Sparks listed on the 1850 census of New York for Genesee County, in the town of Darien, was this same William Sparks. This census shows him as 70 years old, with his wife, Lydia Sparks, age 68, who had been born in Vermont, and also a 12-year-old female named Azetta Sparks. Priscilla Sparks was born May 15, 1777 in Mansfield, Connecticut; she died April 8, 1795 in Hampton, Connecticut, in her 18th year. Jeremiah Sparks was born November 6, 1778 in Mansfield, Connecticut. It is probable that the Jeremiah Sparks listed on the 1850 New York census for Onondaga County, in the town of Otisco, is this same Jeremiah. He is shown as 71 years of age with his wife, Martha Sparks, age 63, also born in Connecticut. In the same town, on the same page of the census, there is a listing of a Lansing Sparks, age 36, born in New York, who was a farmer. In his household, there is a Hannah Sparks, age 64, born in Connecticut; also listed are Hannah M. Sparks, age 20, born in New York; and Harriet Sparks, age 28, born in New York. (See the Quarterly of March 1982, Whole No. 117, pp. 2378-98, for a record of persons named Sparks appearing on the 1850 census of New York.) Melven Perlye Sparks was born February 15, 1749/50 in Tolland, Connecticut. Elizabeth Sparks was born November 2, 1751 in Tolland, Connecticut. Uriah Sparks was born April 17, 1752 in Tolland, Connecticut. Isaiah Sparks was born November 3, 1754 in Tolland, Connecticut. He was married in Ashford, Connecticut, to Filisity Dawset on December 9, 1779. It was in Ashford that their seven children were born, according to that town's vital records. Isaiah Sparks died there on December 7, 1794. His widow, Filisity, subsequently moved with her children to Cortland County, New York, and settled in the town of Homer. Following is a list of the children of Isaiah and Filisity (Dawset) Sparks: Stephen Sparks was born August 24, 1780; he died in 1860 in Ionia County, Michigan. He married Mercy MNU, who was born ca. 1784 in Massachusetts. An article devoted to this family appeared in the Quarterly of September 1965, Whole No. 51, pp. 916-24. Here we list only the names of the children of Stephen and Mercy Sparks. Sophorna Sparks. She is believed to have died in Ionia County, Michigan after 1850. Stephen Sparks, Jr. was born December 2, 1813; he died August 24, 1876. He married Angeline Abbott in Ionia County, Michigan on September 15, 1841. See the above article for a record of their descendants. Laura Sparks was born February 8, 1815, in Cortland County, New York. She married there on May 15, 1840 Zelotus B. Frost. They migrated with her parents to Keene Twp., Ionia County, Michigan, in 1840. A record of her family appeared in the above cited Quarterly. Mercy Sparks was born in Cortland County, New York, in 1818. She was married in Ionia County, Michigan, on February 21, 1844 to John Butterworth. We have no further record of her. William Sparks was born in Cortland County, New York, in 1820 and died in Ionia County, Michigan, in 1873. He married Mary M. Covert in Keene Twp., Ionia County, Michigan, on January 18, 1846. A record of his family appears in the above cited Quarterly. Amanda Sparks was born in Cortland County, New York, in 1822. It is believed that she died, unmarried, in Ionia County, Michigan, after 1850. Eveline Sparks was born in Cortland County, New York, in 1827. She married Samuel Hart on April 12, 1847. It is known from the 1850 census that she had a daughter, Almeda Hart, born ca. 1848. Lawrence Sparks was born in Tolland, Connecticut, on March 18, 1782. So far as we know, Lawrence Sparks did not come to Michigan, although a son named Danforth Sparks did so. Danforth Sparks is the only child of Lawrence on whom we have information. He was born February 9, 1820 in Cortland County, New York, and died at Saranac, Michigan, on October 13, 1897. He married Lydia Pray who was born September 26, 1830 and died November 18, 1898. A record of the children of Danforth and Lydia appears in the above cited Quarterly. Isaiah Sparks, Jr. was born in Tolland, Connecticut, on December 16, 1783?. We have no further information regarding him. Martin Sparks was born in Tolland, Connecticut, on August 30, 1785. He was about 15 years old when he moved with his mother and siblings to Cortland County, New York. There he married Lydia Dodge who had been born in 1789. She died March 25, 1836. Martin Sparks later married, as his second wife, Clarissa MNU, who was born ca. 1794 in New York. Martin Sparks died in 1875. A biographical sketch of Martin Sparks, along with a record of his descendants, appeared in the Quarterly of March 1969, Whole No. 65, pp. 1211-14. Here we shall list only the names of his children, all of whom, we believe, were by his first wife, Lydia (Dodge) Sparks. Harriet Sparks. It is known that she married FNU Frazier. Isaiah Sparks was born ca. 1815. He married Anna MNU. Isaiah Sparks died in the Civil War and was buried in Charleston, South Carolina. Parley Sparks was born in Cortland County, New York, but lived his adult life in Chautauqua County. His wife's name was Mary MNU. Reuben Sparks was born ca. 1826 in Cortland County, New York. He married twice; his first wife was Miriam Webster of Auburn, New York; he married his second wife, Isabel MNU, in Buffalo, New York. Martha Sparks lived and died at Cherry Creek, New York. She married Eliphalet Wilcox. Hannah C. Sparks married Edward Kelly. Charles Sparks was a raftsman on the Allegheny River. Sarah Sparks was born on October 7, 1825 in Cortland County, New York. She died in Moravia, New York, on August 19, 1910. She married Alonzo Arnold. Cynthia Sparks was born on June 6, 1833. She died February 14, 1900 in Moravia, New York. She married John Martin Nostrandt. FNU Sparks. Her name was either Lydia or Esther. It is believed that she married Edward Kelly. It was at her birth that her mother, Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, died. Mehetabel Sparks was born in Tolland, Connecticut, on September 14, 1787. Erastus Sparks was born in Tolland, Connecticut, on September 29, 1789. He married Philotha Higgins, probably in Cortland County, New York. later moving to Trumbull County, Ohio. Information regarding the family of Erastus and Philotha (Higgins) Sparks appears in the September 1965 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 51, pp. 923-24. Their children: Philotha Sparks. He married Elsander Pelton on November 4, 1841, Erastus Sparks, Jr., who was born August 19, 1820. He married Pheme A. Moore. Amasa (or Amasor) Sparks. He married Lucy Higgins Sylvester Sparks. He married Calista Sprague. Amos Sparks was born in Tolland, Connecticut, on September 24, 1792. He went with his mother and siblings to Cortland County, New York, ca. 1800 and there married Desire Sylvester. by 1850, Amos Sparks had moved his family to Crockery Township, Ottawa County, Michigan. From census records, it appears that they had at least three children: Orville A. Sparks was born ca. 1829. Melvin P. Sparks was born ca. 1833. Albertus Sparks was born in Cortland County, New York, on November 10, 1839. He married Sarah H. Rathbone on 7 June 1866. He served in Company 1, 3rd Michigan Regiment and Company M, 10th Regiment Michigan Cavalry in the Civil War and received a pension based on that service. An abstract of his pension papers and information regarding his family appeared in the Quarterly of June 1970, Whole No. 70, pp.1327-29. Jeremiah Sparks was born in Tolland, Connecticut, in October 1757. We have no further information regarding him. Stephen Sparks was born in Tolland, Connecticut, on April 24, 1759. He married Sarah Holt ca. 1780-85. He died June 9, 1827 (Correction Note: from issue 149) and was buried in Leicester, Addison County, Vermont. He served from there in the American Revolution. From census records, it appears that Stephen and Sarah (Holt) Sparks may have had as many as eleven children. We know of two. Stephen Sparks, Jr. See The Sparkses of Leicester, Vermont for additional information on this Stephen Sparks. Nehemiah Sparks who was born March 14, 1792 and married Lucy Starkweather on January 1, 1815, at Brandon, Vermont. (See page 3034 of the present issue of the Quarterly for an abstract of the application of Nehemiah Sparks for a pension based on his son's service in the Civil War.) Joseph Sparks was born in Tolland, Connecticut, on February 3, 1761. He became a farmer in the town of Willington in Tolland County, Connecticut. On December 24, 1789 he married Eleanor Orcutt, daughter of Caleb Orcutt. He served in the American Revolution in the Continental Army and in 1818 applied for and received a pension for that service, although two years later his pension was revoked because he owned more property than was permitted under the provisions of the pension law at that time. These papers, along with those of his wife who subsequently applied for a widow's pension, were reproduced with data on his family in the Quarterly of March 1961, Whole No. 33, pp. 535-39. The children of Joseph and Eleanor (Orcutt) Sparks were: Jared Sparks was born May 10, 1789 and died March 14, 1866. He was born seven months prior to the marriage of Joseph Sparks and Eleanor Orcutt, and his father was not identified in the record of his birth in the town records of Willington. According to tradition in the town of Willington, however, Joseph Sparks was his father. Of all persons named Sparks in the history of the United States, Jared Sparks is the best known of any in the world of scholarship. He was the 18th president of Harvard University. For a sketch of his life and a record of his children, see the above cited issue of the Quarterly with a portrait of Jared Sparks on the cover. Roxana Sparks was born April 3, 1791; she died, unmarried, on November 11, 1857 in Willington, Connecticut. Parker Sparks was born July 15, 1793; he died August 19, 1794. Pearl Sparks was probably born in 1796. He died as an infant on January 6, 1797. Daniel Sparks was born on November 1, 1797 in Willington, Connecticut. It is known that he was a resident of New York City in 1844, but we have no further record of him. Origen Sparks was born on June 23, 1800. (He was called "Dugen Sparks" on the 1850 census of Willington, Connecticut.) He married in Willington on November 26, 1829 Calista (or Celesta) Converse. He died in Willington on April 2, 1852; Calista died on July 28, 1898 at age 88. Both were buried in the Willington Hill Old Cemetery as were a number of their children. by the time the 1850 census was taken, they were the parents of seven children; whether others were born after 1850, we do not know. Josephine C. Sparks was born ca. 1830. She married Waldo Johnson of Warren, Massachusetts, on December 30, 1852 in Willington. She died August 29, 1854, aged 33 years, and was buried in the Willington Hill Old Cemetery. Maria L. Sparks was born ca. 1833; she died March 29, 1851 and was buried in the Willington Hill Old Cemetery. Henry O. Sparks was born September 17, 1835 in Eastford, Connecticut and died March 23, 1916. Caleb B. Sparks was born in 1839; he died October 3, 1852 and was buried in the Willington Hill Old Cemetery. Calenda M. Sparks (called Sulinda C. Sparks on the 1850 census) was a twin of Caleb B. She died March 4, 1883. Josiah C. Sparks was born ca. 1842. Julia C. Sparks was born ca. 1844. She married FNU King. She died April 10, 1924 and was buried in the Willington Hill Old Cemetery. Mariann B. Sparks was born ca. 1846. Parker Sparks (second by this name) was born in Willington, Connecticut, on August 14, 1802; he died July 9, 1806. (The name Parker probably had its origin from the fact that Joseph Sparks had served in the Continental Army under a Captain Parker.) Caleb Sparks was born in Willington on February 3, 1804. He was a resident of of Rutland, Poultney County, Vermont, in 1844 when he sold land to his brother, Solymon, but we have no information regarding them thereafter. Solymon Sparks was born on March 15, 1807 in Willington, Connecticut. He married Annis Holman in Willington on April 14, 1833. She had been born on August 20, 1810 in Union, Connecticut, and was a daughter of Rufus and Lucy (Eddy) Holman. When the 1850 census was taken, they were living in the town of Vernon, Connecticut--the census-taker recorded Solymon's name as "Lyman Sparks" and his wife's name as "Anna Sparks.") Solymon Sparks died March 23, 1881; his wife, Annis, died March 31, 1884 in Vernon, Connecticut. Their children were: Seraph Augusta Sparks (called Augusta on the 1850 census) was born November 7, 1838 at Willington, Connecticut. She was married on August 27, 1854 to the Rev. Andrew J. Culver in Manchester, Connecticut. He had been born on 7 November 1832 in Vernon, Connecticut, and died in November 1904 in Hartford, Connecticut. She died April 23, 1908 in Hartford. We have no record of their children. Philander E. Sparks was born May 20, 1841 at Willington. He married Elizabeth Brierly on March 9, 1868 at Rockville, Connecticut. He died March 1, 1900 at Sturgis, South Dakota. We have no record of children. Lucy Elizabeth Sparks was born May 22, 1843 at Willington. She was married at Springfield, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1867 to James M. Coe. She died at Richmond, Indiana, on February 27, 1910. Their children were: Carrie Elizabeth Coe was born November 14, 1867 in Springfield, Massachusetts. She died 28 Sepember 1868. Demas Sparks Coe was born November 1, 1869 in Richmond, Indiana. He married Mary Phoebe Wiggins and had a daughter named Margaret Coe, born July 1, 1905. Albert Martin Coe was born March 29, 1871; he died 21 June 1873. Mary Adelaide Sparks (called Adalaide on the 1850 census) was born November 11, 1845 at Rockville, Connecticut. She was married on June 17, 1866 in Rockville, Connecticut, to Randall H. Haling. She died at Rockville on May 9, 1889. We have no record of children. Ellen Lavina Sparks was born November 12, 1847, in Willington, Connecticut. She died there on 20 February 1848. Dwight Henry Sparks (called Henry D. Sparks on the 1850 census) was born September 27, 1849 at Rockville, Connecticut. He died there June 2, 1852 and was buried in the Willington Hill Old Cemetery in Willington. Joseph Sparks, son of Joseph and Eleanor (Orcutt) Sparks, was born June 24, 1809 in Willington, Connecticut. He was a shoemaker according to the 1850 census. He died in 1901 and was buried in the East Cemetery in Willington. He was "of New York" when he married his first wife, Mary Battey, in Willington on October 13, 1833. She had been born in 1813 and died in 1854. Joseph Sparks married (second) Emily Morse who had been born in 1814 and died in 1867. Joseph Sparks married (third) Rosetta Felch who had been born in 1818 and died in 1896. On a single stone in the East Cemetery in Willington appears Joseph's name and the names of his three wives as well as four of his children. From this record and census records, it appears that Joseph Sparks had the follow children by his first wife, Mary (Battey) Sparks: Andrew J. Sparks, born ca. 1834, died 1906. Sarah J. Sparks, born in 1836, died 1856. She married FNU Barrett. Mary E. Sparks, born 1846, died 1875. Ellen B. Sparks, born 1853, died 1879.

(Editor's Note: On March 19, 1941, the historian for the town of Willington, Connecticut, responded to a query regarding the Sparks family sent to him by Mrs. Edna Sparks of Worcester, Massachusetts. A copy of this letter has come into the possession of the editor and a paragraph is given below. The historian, Leon O. Woodworth, had lived for many years in Willington Hill, West Willington. The "Uncle Joseph Sparks" to whom he referred as "the local shoemarker," was obviously the Joseph Sparks noted above who had been born in 1809 and lived until 1901. The "2 brothers" and their sister, "Marion," must have been children of Origin Sparks, "Marion" being the "Mariann B. Sparks" born ca. 1846.

"The Sparkses were an old family when I came to Willington, and there were 2 brothers, both widowers, an old Uncle, Joseph Sparks, the local shoemaker, and the sister of the 2 brothers. They were characters like no one else in town. Being the descendants of a line of 'real old timers' who had lived as their ancestors had, upon the produce of their very rocky farm. The cheeses, butter, jellies and vegetables were peddled out from door to door or taken to the country store to be swapped in for groceries and other supplies. Marion [the sister] was an exceptional butter maker, and her jellies and jams excelled in quality of any on the market. They were the souls of honor and each had their share in the homestead, and paid their share very methodically, of running the home. Joseph, the Uncle, lived not too far away, and was also a highly respected man in Willington. ")

43.2.6 Peter Sparks, son of Henry and Jane (Shambrey) Sparks, was born December 6, 1721 in Concord, Massachusetts. It is not known whether Peter married and his date of death is likewise unknown. However, the family tradition indicates he was buried on Sparks Hill in Killingly, Connecticut, in a plot next to a road and not found in town cemetery records. A footstone is all that is visible now. Land records exist which list Peter Sparks of Stonington, Connecticut, and the last record we have is a land record dated December 25, 1760 between Peter Sparks of said Stonington and Lemuel Sparks, the eldest son of Joseph Sparks, deceased.

43.2.7 Daniel Sparks was born April 1, 1723. He died June 14, 1723, in Concord.
43.2.8 Isaac Sparks was born March 9, 1724. He died July 12, 1724 in Concord.
43.2.9 Mercy Sparks was born September 11, 1725 in Concord.
43.2.10 Abigail Sparks was born April 22, 1729 in Killingly, Connecticut.

43.2.11 Moses Sparks, the first child of Henry Sparks by his third wife, Mehetabel (MNU) Sparks, was born August 23, 1731 in Killingly, Connecticut, and died in Pomfret, Connecticut, on June 12, 1757. Little is known of Moses. Military records list him in a campaign to Fort Edward with Lt. Col. Eleazer Fitch's Company. He was listed later as "sick at Fort Edward" in 1756. He died shortly thereafter in Pomfret, Connecticut.

43.2.12 Enos Sparks was born November 23, 1733 in Killingly, Connecticut. Nothing further is known of Enos.

43.2.13 Mehetabel Sparks was born on July 28, 1737 in Warwick, Rhode Island. She married John Mitchell on October 7, 1762 in Stonington, Connecticut. Nothing further is known of them.

43.4 Deliverance Sparks was born in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, on March 8, 1690. He was merely two years of age when his mother was imprisoned in Boston for witchcraft. Nothing further is known of Deliverance until he was noted in a muster roll for Queen Anne's War (1702-1713). He was part of the military expedition to the French fort of Port Royal, Nova Scotia, in September 1710 and a member of Lt. Col. Ballantine's Company. Port Royal was captured by the British, and its name was changed to Annapolis Royal. His length of service was noted as 23/1.

(Editor's Note: Thomas and Virginia Howard will continue to trace THE SPARKSES OF NEW ENGLAND in future issues of the Quarterly.)