Whole Number 160
by Paul E. Sparks
[Editor's Note: As was noted in the preceding article, the William Sparks who died in Queen Annes County, Maryland, in 1709, was the ancestor of thousands of Sparks descendants living today in all parts of the United States. Each of his four sons had large families; we know that there were at least thirty-five grandchildren who reached adulthood. (See pages 3229-31 of the June 1988 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 142, for a tentative list of these grandchildren.)
[Articles about William Sparks and three of his sons have already been published in the Quarterly. Besides the preceding article, an account of the life of William Sparks appeared on pages 1381-89 of the March 1971 issue, Whole No. 73. In that same issue, pages 1376-81, we presented information about 1.1 John Sparks, brother of William, who died in Queen Annes County, Maryland, in 1700, along with documentary proof that two sons of John were living in Hampshire County, England, in 1717. We are certain that it had been from there that William and John had come to Maryland many years earlier. Information regarding 1.2.1 William Sparks, Jr., the eldest son of William Sparks (died 1709), appeared in the Quarterly of December 1989 (Whole No. 148) as part of the article on 126.96.36.199 William Sample Sparks, son of William, Jr., pp. 3484-3500. 1.2.4 John Sparks, the probable second son of William Sparks (died 1709) was the subject of an article on pages 1699-1704 of the December 1974 issue, Whole No. 88, and an account of 1.2.5 Joseph Sparks, who was William's youngest son, appeared on pages 3554-61 of the March 1990 issue, Whole No. 149.
[Paul E. Sparks now presents the information that we have found regarding 1.2.2 George Sparks, whom we believe to have been the third son of William Sparks (died 1709) of Queen Annes County, Maryland.]
The earliest record that we have found of George Sparks, son of William and Mary (MNU) Sparks of early Queen Annes County, Maryland, is in a deed made in Kent County, Maryland, on March 25, 1707, by which William Sparks gave to his son George, a 150-acre tract of land called "Sparks Choice." The consideration was "In Respect of the Love I bear unto my Son, George Sparkes." William had acquired this land in 1681, and he may have given it to his son as a wedding present. (See also page 1386 of the March 1971 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 73, for more details regarding this deed.)
George Sparks had been born ca. 1678 in Talbot County, Maryland. (Queen Annes County was then part of Talbot and was not cut off as a separate county until 1706.) George Sparks married Mary in or ca. 1700 in what is now Queen Annes County. It seems quite likely that George and his wife were living on the same "plantation" as his parents when his father made his will in June 1709. In his will, William Sparks specified that after his death "my Son George and his wife and Children Shall have Liberty to live three years with his mother on my now Dwelling plantation in my now Dwelling house to make a crop of Corne and Tobo he laying in five barrells of Indian come every year dureing the said time and to take due care of his mothers Stock and for so doing to have his and wife and Children's accomodations and to pay no rent dureing the sd Time."
Apparently, George and his brother, William Sparks, Jr., had shown some degree of impatience to have control of their father's land, and their father may have been aware of their feelings, for, after making a clause in his will by which he left all of his land to his wife, he requested her "not to protest her Son, William Sparks, but then he Shall have the Same Liberty as he has now what is ordered before for George Sparks Excepting that neither the said Wm. nor George do molest or disturb their mother dureing her widowhood."
We have no way of knowing how long George Sparks and his family lived with his mother after the death of his father, although, with Mary's second marriage to Thomas Trickey sometime before October 24, 1711, she probably moved from the Sparks "plantation" to that of her new husband. It was not until February 25, 1719/20 that another record reveals a legal act by George Sparks. On that date he sold the 105-acre tract which had been given to him by his father in 1707. He sold this land, called "Sparks Choice," to Augustine Thompson, a wealthy planter in Queen Annes County, for the consideration of seven pounds, three shillings, plus 3,000 pounds "of good, sound, merchantable tobacco." Mary Sparks, wife of George, agreed to the sale, having been "first privitely examined according to law" as to her feelings about the sale.
It is interesting to note that a month later, 1.2.5 Joseph Sparks, brother of George, sold his portion of "Sparks Choice" to Augustine Thompson, also, The consideration was 3,000 pounds of merchantable tobacco for the 100-acre tract of land. In both sales, the deeds were witnessed by John Whittington and James Earle.
On October 3, 1728, George Sparks was one of a group of citizens from Queen Annes County who signed a petition to the Assembly of the Province of Maryland requesting the formation of a new parish from a portion of St. Pauls Parish. The reason for this request was that many parishioners of St. Pauls had to travel a great distance to attend church. As a result of the petition, St. Lukes Parish was established in 1728. The church was built in the village of Church Hill.
The following year, George and Mary Sparks were involved in another land sale when George's brother, William Sparks, sold a tract of land which he had inherited from their father. The land was the 114-acre tract called "Sparks Outlet" which William Sparks, Senior had acquired in 1687. This tract was sold by William Sparks, Junior on March 3, 1729/30 to Thomas Honey for 6,000 pounds of tobacco. George and Mary Sparks were witnesses to the fact that George's brother, William Sparks, received the tobacco, although the tobacco, itself, was probably not delivered to him by Thomas Honey, but rather a document transferring ownership to it.
We have found no further records of either George or Mary Sparks, including any which concern the administration of their estates. It seems apparent that they both died intestate. It is obvious that they had children before 1709 when George's father made his will. by a process of elimination, we have set the size of their family as seven children, and we have also made "educated guesses" regarding their names and identity. We must remind our readers, however, that while these designations are conjectural, nevertheless, the probable children of George and Mary Sparks were the following:
188.8.131.52 George Sparks, Jr., born ca.1702
184.108.40.206 Joseph Sparks, born ca.1704
220.127.116.11 Jonas Sparks, born ca.1706
18.104.22.168 James Sparks, born ca.1710
22.214.171.124 William Sparks, born ca.1715
126.96.36.199 Ursula Sparks, born ca.1720
188.8.131.52 Sarah Sparks, born ca.1722
184.108.40.206 George Sparks, probable son of George and Mary ( ) been their eldest child, he was born ca. 1702, confused with his cousin, George, who was a son of John Sparks, may have. He should not be and Cornelia (Curtis) Sparks. Since both of these men were born ca. the same year, and because we have found no other man named George Sparks in the area of Queen Annes County at that time, we are fairly confident that the George Sparks with whom we are dealing here was a son of George and Mary Sparks. (See pages 1699-1704 of the December 1974 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 88, for further information about the 220.127.116.11 George Sparks who was a son of John and Cornelia Sparks.)
On September 14, 1729, 18.104.22.168 George Sparks married Elizabeth Ricketts in the newly-created St. Lukes Parish, and, according to the parish register, they had at least four children born between 1730 and 1740. George was a witness to the will of Rebecca Collins in 1749 and to the will of Arthur Miller "of Kent County" in 1750. It was at about this time (1750), that Elizabeth (Ricketts) Sparks apparently died, and George married (second) Ann Bolton, on November 6, 1755, in St. Lukes Church. This is the last record we have found of him. The known children of George and Elizabeth (Ricketts) Sparks were:
22.214.171.124.1 Elizabeth Sparks, born on August 9, 17-- (in or ca. 1730). Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Ricketts) Sparks, was born August 9, 17--. (The year of her birth is now illegible, but we place her birth as ca. 1730.) She married John Sinnot on October 28, 1755, in St. Lukes Church. A few days later, her father was married there also, indicating that perhaps she had been keeping house for him after her mother's death. We have learned nothing further about her.
126.96.36.199.2 Rebecca Sparks, born on May 16, 17-- (in or ca. 1733). Rebecca Sparks, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Ricketts) Sparks, was born May 16, 17--. Like the birth year of her sister, Elizabeth, that for Rebecca is also now illegible in the parish register. We believe, however, that her year of birth was ca. 1733. We have learned nothing further about her.
188.8.131.52.3 Thomas Sparks, born January 8, 1736. Thomas Sparks, son of George and Elizabeth (Ricketts) Sparks, was born January 8, 1736, according to the register of St. Lukes Parish. Apparently he was married ca. 1757, for when the special census was taken of Queen Annes County in 1776, he was shown as having six children, five daughters and one son. His wife apparently died ca. 1776, and he married (second) Juliana ( ) Meredith Sparks, widow of a cousin, 184.108.40.206 James Sparks. (See page 2565 of the December 1983 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 124.)
The last record in which we have found mention of Thomas Sparks is the 1783 tax list of Queen Annes County. In this, he was listed as a resident of the "Upper District." We have been unable to identify his first wife or any of his children.
220.127.116.11.4 George Sparks, born on October 7, 1738. George Sparks, son of George and Elizabeth (Ricketts) Sparks, was born October 7, 1738. He married Rachel ca. 1763. She had been born ca. 1740. George died sometime between April 1786 and March 1787. He had made a will on April 7, 1786, in which he named his wife and his nine sons. The will was probated on March 10, 1787, and recorded in Will Book SC, p. 62. The original, bearing the actual signature of George Sparks, has also been preserved at the Maryland Hall of Records at Annapolis, and it is a copy of that original which follows, the only change being the addition of punctuation for clarity.
[Will of George Sparks, son of George and Elizabeth (Ricketts) Sparks:]
In the name of God, Amen. I, George Sparkes of Queen Anns County & State of Maryland, Farmer, being sick & weak in Body but of sound Mind, Memory & Understanding do make & publish this my Last Will & Testament. First, I Recommend my Soul unto the hands of God that gave it hoping thro the Merits of Jesus Christ to Inherit Eternal Life & my Body to be buried at the discretion of my Executors herein Mentioned and my Real & personal Estate to be divided in manner & form following.
First I give & bequeath unto my son William Sparkes one Black Horse Colt Known by the name of Fox, 3 years old next spring --
Item I give & bequeath unto my son John Sparkes one Bay horse Colt 2 years old Next Spring Known by the name of Little John, the said John Sparkes to have the said Colt when he the said John Sparks shall arrive at the age of twenty one years.
Item I give & bequeath unto my beloved Wife Rachel Sparkes all my remain Estate Both real & personal during her life a Widow, but if it should happen that the aforesaid Rachel Sparkes should Marry, then the said Rachel Sparkes to be put to her thirds; the aforesaid Rachel Sparkes during her Widowhood is hereby Bound to Keep together & to take the best care she can of all my Children & to give them the following Board, Schooling To Wit-- To my son John Sparkes one & half years Board & Schooling to Commence on the 1 day of Jany 1787 & Expire before the arrives at the age of twenty one. To my son George Sparkes one years Board & Schooling to Commence on 1 Day Jany 1787 & to Expire before he arrives at the age of twenty one. To my son Thomas Sparkes two years Board & Schooling to Commence on the 1 Day Jany 1788 & to Expire before he arrives at the age of twenty one. To my sons Joseph & Isaack Sparkes two years Board & schooling each to Commence Immediately after my discease & to Expire as soon as Circumstances will admit. To my sons Nehemiah, Lodowick & Allen Sparkes two years Board & Schooling each to Commence when they Arrive at Ten years & to Expire by the time they arrive at the age of fourteen years. If the aforesaid Rachel Sparkes Depart this her Natural Life or should she Marry then the whole of my Remaining Real & personal Estate I give & bequeath unto my son William Sparkes during his Natural Life and the aforesaid William Sparkes to Comply in full with every Lagacy given to my sons which they have not received from my Beloved Wife, Rachel Sparkes, that is to say their Board & Schooling as specified & to Keep them together in the best Manner he can, and after My Beloved Wife Rachel Sparkes & my son William Sparkes Depart this their Natural Life then the whole of my Estate, Real & personal to be sold to the most advantage and one Equal Share of the profit arisising [sic] from the sale I give & bequeath unto each of my sons whose names are Inserted, that May be living when the sale takes place, reserving one Equal share for my son William Sparkes Lawful begotten heir should he have one. Lastly I hereby nominate & appoint my Loving Wife Rachel Sparkes to be my Executrix & My son William Sparkes Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, Jointly, Hereby revoking all former Will or Wills by me heretofore Made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 7th Day April One Thousand seven Hundred & Eighty six.
[signed] Georg Sparks (Seal)
Signd. seald. Publish'd & declar'd by the
within named George Sparkes to be his last
Will & Testament in the presence of us who
have hereunto subscrib'd our Names as
Witnesses thereto in the presence of the
Testator and at his Request
William X Sparkes
[signed]'John Allen Langston
[The following documentation was added by the register of deeds for Queen Anne's County.]
Queen Ann's County Ct "Then came Rachel Sparkes and William Sparkes and made Oath the 10th Day of March 1787" on the holy Evangels of almighty God that the within Instrument of ''writing is the true and whole Will and Testament of George Sparkes, late of Queen Ann's County, deceased, that hath come to their Hands or Possession, and that they do not know of any other -- Certified:
, Regr. of Wills
for Queen Ann's County
Queen Ann's County Ct'Then came Benjamin Garrett and William Sparkes two of the the 10th Day of March 1787'subscribing Witnesses to the within last Will and Testament of ''George Sparkes late of Queen Ann's County, deceased, and severally made Oath on the holy Evangels of almighty God that they did see the Testator therein named, sign and seal this Will and that they heard him publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament, that at the time of his so doing, he was to the best of their Apprehensions of sound and disposing Mind, Memory and Understanding and that they respectively subscribed their Name and Mark as Witnesses to this Will in the Presence and at the Request of the Testator and in the Presence of each other, and that they saw John Allen Langston subscribe his respective Name as a Witness to this Will in the Presence and at the Request of the Testator.
Sol Clayton, Regr. of Wills
for Queen Ann's County
It appears that this will was written for George Sparks by John Allen Langston, who, throughout the document, spelled the name Sparks as Sparkes. When George Sparks signed his own name at the end of the will, however, he clearly spelled his name "Sparks," although he omitted the final "e" of George.
It is of interest to note in connection with George Sparks's provisions for the education of his sons, that as early as 1723 the Assembly of the Province of Maryland had established one school in each county, located as near to the center of the county as might be and "as may be most convenient for the boarding of children." The schoolhouse in Queen Annes County was located on the main road from Centreville to Queenstown. Students were taught reading, writing, arithmetic, and gramMarch for which their parents or guardians paid a fee of 25 shillings, or 300 pounds of tobacco per annum. See Emory's History of Queen Annes County, published in 1950 by the Maryland Historical Society.)
Rachel Sparks, widow of George Sparks, did not remarry, and she apparently held the family together until her death in 1805. We have no way of knowing, of course, whether she was able to send her sons to the boarding school as directed by her husband's will. She was the head of her household when the1790 and 1800 federal censuses were taken. It seems likely that she had been pregnant when her husband died, for she named a daughter,Mary Sparks, in her will. George Sparks had made no mention of a daughter in his will.
Rachel made her will on February 21, 1805, in Queen Annes County, and it was proven on November 12, 1805. Two sons, George Sparks and Thomas Sparks, who had been named in her husband's will, were not mentioned in her own will. They may have died or had moved away. As abstracted several years ago by the present writer, here are the essential parts of the will of Rachel Sparks:
Beneficiaries: Sons, Nehemiah Sparks, Lodowick Sparks, Allen Sparks, John Sparks, William Sparks, Isaac Sparks, and Joseph Sparks.
Executors: Sons, Lodowick Sparks and Allen Sparks.
Witnesses:'Nathan Sparks and William Elliott.
18.104.22.168 Joseph Sparks, probable son of George and Mary ( ) Sparks, was born ca. 1704. He married Elizabeth Kelley on November 18, 1731, in Queen Annes County. He served in Capt. James Brown's Company of Provincial Militia in 1748. He died intestate in the latter part of 1758, and the Queen Annes County Court appointed his son, 22.214.171.124.2 David Sparks, as the administrator of his estate.
David Sparks had barely attained adulthood, having reached his 21st birthday just a few months earlier, and his father's death was the start of a chain of unusual events, ending with David's own death in the early part of 1762. Apparently, several members of the family of Joseph Sparks were victims of some kind of malady. Joseph died in 1758; his wife died shortly afterwards; and two sons died just a few years later.
An inventory was taken of the estate of Joseph Sparks by Benjamin Gould and Abner Dudley which was presented to the Queen Annes County Court on February 6, 1759. Arthur Sparks and Joseph Sparks signed the inventory as the "next of kin", and David Sparks, administrator, swore to the accuracy of its contents. The total value of the estate was slightly over 17 pounds.
As indicated above, David Sparks, son of Joseph and administrator of his father's estate, did not live to complete the settlement of the estate, whereupon, the Queen Annes County Court appointed John Pinder as the administrator of the estate of Joseph Sparks as well as the estate of David Sparks.
On June 10, 1762, John Pinder gave the Queen Annes County Court an accounting of the estate of David Sparks. On February 9, 1764, he gave the court a final accounting of the estate of Joseph Sparks. The settlement, which included the earlier inventory by David Sparks, amounted to 23 pounds.
In the accounting of the estate of Joseph Sparks, the representatives of his family were recorded as follows:
Wife: Elizabeth Sinnett, his widow, since remarried, but now deceased.
Daughter: 126.96.36.199.1 Anne, wife of David Reed.
Son: 188.8.131.52.2 David Sparks, the former administrator, now deceased.
Daughter: 184.108.40.206.3 Elizabeth Sparks all "of age"
Son: 220.127.116.11.4 Joseph Sparks
Daughter: 18.104.22.168.5 Mary Sparks
Son: 22.214.171.124.6 Arthur Sparks, 20 years old on February 17th.
Daughter: 126.96.36.199.7 Frances Sparks, 12 years old in May.
Daughter: 188.8.131.52.8 Amey Sparks, 10 years old on July 28th.
From the Accounts and Inventories cited above, it seems quite apparent that Joseph and Elizabeth (Kelly) Sparks had eight children.
184.108.40.206.1 Ann Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Kelley) Sparks, was probably the eldest child, and we place her year of birth as ca. 1733. She married David Reed on October 10, 1750, in Queen Annes County. She attested (as the nearest of kin) the account of her brother, Arthur Sparks, in 1766.
220.127.116.11.2 David Sparks, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Kelley) Sparks, was born August 1, 1737, and was baptized on August 18, 1737, according to the register of St. Lukes Parish in Queen Annes County. He married Mary Tippins on February 20, 1759, in St. Lukes Church at Church Hill, Maryland. The marriage was of short duration for (as set forth, above). David died just three years later, in early 1762.
As we have noted above, the death of David Sparks presented a minor legal problem to the Queen Annes County Court, since his own estate had to be accounted for in addition to completing the administration of his father's estate. The court solved the problem by appointing John Pinder as the administrator of both estates. Again, Benjamin Gould and Abner Dudley took an inventory, this time of the estate of David Sparks. The return was made to the court on March 19, 1792. Here is the inventory as it was recorded on page 52 of Queen Annes County Inventory Book 78.
A just and true Inventory of the Goods & Chattles of David Sparks, late of Queen Annes County, deceased, taken and appraised in current money on March 29, 1762.
|His wearing apparel||1||0||0|
|One bed, with old tick, bolster, pillow,'rug, bedstead, cord||2||10||0|
|One small old chest||0||3||0|
|One old frying pan, broken||0||1||0|
|One old broken poplar table||0||1||0|
|One quart bottle||0||0||0|
|One old pail and piggin||0||1||0|
|One black horse, aged about twenty years||0||10||0|
|One sorrel mare, aged about fourteen years||2||10||0|
|One bay mare colt, aged about two years||3||0||0|
|Two small breeding sows and five pigs||0||15||0|
|Two small hogs about ten months old @ 4s.||0||8||0|
|Two small hogs about seven months old'@ 2s 6d||0||5||0|
|One small heifer about three years old||1||7||6|
|Six lbs. of old pewter @ 1s||0||6||0|
|One pair pot hooks||0||2||0|
|One old plow with share, colter and single-tree irons||0||12||6|
|One small old spyglass, broken||0||0||6|
|One old and sorry sickle||0||0||2|
|One old man's saddle||0||5||0|
|61/2 bushels of wheat seeded in ground @ 7s 6d||2||8||9|
|42 lbs. sorry pot metal @ 2s||0||7||0|
|2 ½ lbs. of old iron @ 2s||0||0||4 ½|
|3 old knives and 4 old forks||0||1||6|
|23 lbs of salt pork @ 8s||0||5||9|
|One small parcel of old lumber||0||1||0|
Joseph Sparks seal 'Benjn. Gould seal
Arthur Sparks his mark Abner Dudley seal
The final account of the estate of David Sparks was made by John Pinder on February 9, 1764. Included in the return were two pounds "Pencilvania currency" which were due David Sparks as his share of the estate of his father, Joseph Sparks. Also included were five pounds "Maryland currency" belonging to the estate of Joseph Sparks which were in the possession of David Sparks at the time of his death. The total amount of the estate of David Sparks was nearly twenty pounds.
We have found no evidence that David and Mary (Tippins) Sparks had a child, although there was a David Sparks, born 1755-1774, who married Milly Vickers in Kent County, Maryland, in 1793. There is a possibility that he was a son of David and Mary.
18.104.22.168.3 Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Kelley) Sparks, was "of age" in 1764, and we place her year of birth as 1739. She married FNU Russell. She attested as "nearest of kin" the account of her brother, Arthur Sparks, in 1766.
22.214.171.124.4 Joseph Sparks, Jr. was born ca. 1740. He was "of age" in 1764.
126.96.36.199.5 Mary Sparks was born ca. 1742. She was baptized on July 25, 1744, at St. Lukes Church, Church Hill, Maryland. She was "of age" in 1764.
188.8.131.52.6 Arthur Sparks was born February 17, 1743. He witnessed the inventories of the estates of his father and of his brother, David. He was married, apparently ca. 1763, to a woman named Ruth____, and they had one child, 184.108.40.206.6.1 Hester Sparks, born ca. 1764. Hester died prior to 1769. Arthur Sparks died in the early part of 1766, and his wife, Ruth Sparks, was appointed as his administrator.
She presented an inventory of his estate to the Queen Annes County Court on June 13, 1766. The estate was appraised by William Gould and Abner Dudley, and the total value was a little over fourteen pounds. Elizabeth Russell and Ann Reed, sisters of Arthur Sparks, attested to the appraisal of his estate as the "nearest of kin."
Ruth Sparks, widow of Arthur, gave a final accounting of her husband's estate to the Queen Annes County Court on April 6, 1769. by this time, she had remarried, and her husband, Absalom Sparks, was her co-administrator. Representatives of Arthur Sparks were his widow, Ruth Sparks, and their child, Hester, under age and now (1766) deceased. Thomas Graves and David Reed were sureties for Ruth and Absalom Sparks.
(Absalom Sparks, who married Ruth Sparks, the widow of Arthur Sparks,was, in all probability, a first cousin of Joseph Sparks, father of Arthur. For further details of Absalom Sparks and his family, see the December 1974 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 88.)
220.127.116.11.7 Frances Sparks was born in May 1751. We have learned nothing further about her.
18.104.22.168.8 Amey (or Amy) Sparks was born July 28, 1753. We have learned nothing more about her.
Following, probable children of George and Mary (MNU) Sparks:
22.214.171.124 Jonas Sparks was born ca. 1706. He married Mary Sinnott on August 4, 1731, in Queen Annes County as recorded in the register of St. Lukes Parish. He was listed on the Oath of Fidelity roll taken in 1778 in Queen Annes County, and also on the tax list of 1783. He apparently died prior to 1790. According to the register of St. Lukes Parish, he and Mary had at least three children.
126.96.36.199.1 Lambert Sparks was born January 7, 173-. (The fourth digit is illegible, but we judge it to have been the numeral "3.") He married Deborah Wiggins ca. 1755. She may have been a daughter of Charles Wiggins of Kent County, Maryland, who died in 1797 and named in his will, Deborah, wife of Lambert Sparks.
188.8.131.52.2 Mary Ann Sparks was born March 2, 1739.
184.108.40.206.3 Jemima Sparks was born November 10, 1741.
220.127.116.11 James Sparks was born ca. 1713. He married Rebecca______ ca. 1740, and, according to the register of St. Lukes Parish, they had at least two children. James took the Oath of Fidelity in 1778; he died sometime after 1778.
18.104.22.168.1 Ursula Sparks was born ca. 1740 and was baptized on December 13, 1741, in St. Lukes Church in Queen Annes County. She was probably named for her father's sister, Ursula.
22.214.171.124.2 William Sparks was born ca. 1750, and was baptized on June 4, 1751, in St. Lukes Church in Queen Annes County. He was apparently a married man with two children when the special 1776 census was taken of Queen Annes County; however, we have not learned either the name of his spouse nor the names of his children. On that census, William was listed as "William of James."
126.96.36.199 William Sparks was born ca. 1715. He was probably the Wililam Sparks who married Ellinor Brooks on August 30, 1738, in Queen Annes County. They appear to have had at least one child, 188.8.131.52.1 William Sparks, who was born ca. 1740 and who was listed on the 1776 census of Queen Annes County as "William of William."
184.108.40.206 Ursula Sparks was born ca. 1720. She married William Gregory on December 22, 1741, in Queen Annes County.
220.127.116.11 Sarah Sparks was born ca. 1722. She married John Offley Collins on February 10, 1746/47, in Queen Annes County