September 17, 2017

Pages 4148
Whole Number 163


We have just recently learned that Jonas Sparks (ca.1730-1805), a friend and neighbor of the well-known pioneer, Daniel Boone, is among a large group of settlers which has been honored for helping with the establishment of Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky, in 1775. A marble stone, approximately fifteen feet high, has been erected at the entrance to the re-constructed fort, and about 750 names have been carved on the four faces of the stone. Among these names is that of Jonas Sparks.

The story of the role played by Jonas Sparks and his family in the establishment of Fort Boonesborough has been related in three issues of the Quarterly and will not be repeated here. Needless to say, the officers of the Association are proud to report this honor. The issues of the Quarterly are those of Sepember 1953, the March 1964, and the June 1991, Whole Nos. 3, 45, and 154, respectively.

Fort Boonesborough is located near the village of Boonesboro in northern Madison County and is a part of the Kentucky Department of Parks. It can be easily reached from Interstates 64 and 75 and is on State Route 388, about ten miles north of Richmond, Kentucky.