June 19, 2014

Pages 4670-4671
Whole Number 174

THOMAS SPARKS (1821-1893)
A UNION SOLDIER IN THE CIVIL WAR



In the SPARKS Quarterly of March 1996, Whole No. 173, pp.4624-4626, we presented an abstract of the pension application of Thomas Sparks who had served in Company H, 146th Regiment Indiana Infantry in the Union Army. He was a resident of Rising Sun in Ohio County, Indiana, when he made his application for a pension.

In an "Editor's Note" following this abstract, we provided a limited amount of biographical data for Thomas Sparks, as well as brief information regarding his children. Since the appearance of the March 1996 issue of the Quarterly, we have received additional information from a great-granddaughter of Thomas Sparks, Mrs. Suzanna L. Wagner, 10357 98th Street, Seminole, FL 34643. We are now able to present more precise Information regarding the dates of birth and death of Thomas Sparks and of his wife, Elizabeth (Mitchell) Sparks, as provided by Mrs. Wagner.

Thomas Sparks was born February 2, 1821, in Kentucky; he died on December 6, 1893, in Rising Sun, Indiana. He was married in Ohio County, Indiana, on Decembar 12, 1854, to Elizabeth Mitchell. She had been born May 19, 1831, and died on November 16, 1901. They were the parents of six children.

A. Sarah Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Sparks,
B. James Sparks, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Sparks, was born in 1859 in Indiana. He married Clara E. Burton. Family records show that they had three children, but the name of only the first is known.

C. Oscar Sparks, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Sparks, was born in 1861 in Indiana. He married Prudence Billingsley. Family records show that they had four children, but those records do not give their names.

D. Martin Parkinson Van Buren Sparks, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Sparks, was born September 22, 1864. He was married on August 19, 1891, in Rising Sun, Indiana, to Ora May Dugle who had been born in 1875, and was a daughter of Henry and Clara (Hall) Dugle. Martin and Ora were both born in Rising Sun, Indiana, and both were buried there. He died in 1941, she died in 1963. Martin worked on the Penn-Cental Railroad in Greensburg, Indiana. They had four children.

E. John Sparks, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Sparks, was born No vember 4, 1865; he died on January 16, 1929. He never married and was blind at the time of his death. He was buried in Rising Sun, Indiana.

F. Ella Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Sparks. Her dates of birth and death are not known. She was married twice. Her first husband had the surname Jones; her second husband had the surname Doyel.

(Editor's Note: As was noted when we presented the abstract of the pension file for Thomas Sparks in the March 1996 issue of the Quarterly, we have not been able to determine his parentage. We would welcome further information regarding him from any descendant who might notice the above record.]

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