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<hr> <H1 align="center"><b></b> Margaret "Peggy" (Sparks) Evans (born ca.1825)<br>&<br> Frances Elmira "Almira" Porter (1830-1898)</H1> <p>In the <a href="../php/view_pages.php?article=127-A">Quarterly of September 1984, Whole No. 127</a>, we published a record of the family of <b> Matthew Sparks</b> (1759 -1841) whose wife's name was <b>Margaret MNU</b>. We stated there that her maiden name had been Traylor, but further research has disproved that assumption. We have no clue regarding what her maiden name might have been. We are now doubtful, also, that Matthew had the middle initial "J." Among primary sources, we find only one census record where this appears . Here, and in future references to him, we shall refer to him as Matthew Sparks, Jr., even though, following the death of his father (the elder Matthew Sparks) in 1793, he dropped its use from his own signature.</p> <p>The youngest of the children of <b>Matthew Sparks, Jr. and Margaret Sparks</b> was named <b> Matthew Jefferson Sparks</b>; he was born <i>ca. 1802</i>, probably in Jackson County, Georgia.</p> <p><b>Matthew Sparks, Jr.</b> (1759-1841) had served in the American Revolution and received a pension for his service. His pension application made in 1832 reveals that he had moved with his family many times during the years following the Revolution . They had been living in Greenville District, South Carolina, before moving to Jackson County, Georgia, shortly before <b>Matthew Jefferson Sparks</b> was born. He accompanied his parents and siblings in their move from Georgia to Kentucky in 1807, then to Illinois Territory in 1810, and to Arkansas Territory in 1817. A few years thereafter, he was married, we believe, in Pulaski County, Arkansas, to Mary, whose nickname was "Polly." We have not discovered her maiden name.</p> <p>Matthew Jefferson Sparks continued to live in Pulaski County, and when the 1830 census was taken, the ages of both himself and his wife were enumerated as being between 20 and 30, thus born between 1800 and 1810. The four children living in their household were enumerated as follows: a male between 10 and 15, thus born between 1815 and 1820; a female between 5 and 10, thus born between 1820 and 1825; and a male and a female under age 5, thus born between 1825 and 1830. There may have been another child born after 1830; see Matthew's will below.</p> <p>Matthew Jefferson Sparks died as a young man, probably at age 31. He must have known death was near when he made his last will on December 2, 1832. It was probated on February 4, 1833. As seen in the text below, it appears that his eldest son had died earlier, and that he thought his wife might be pregnant. His will follows : <blockquote>I, Matthew Jefferson Sparkes, of the County of Pulaski & Territory of Arkansas, United States of America, have made this my last will & testament in manner and form following, that is to say :</blockquote> <blockquote>1st, after my decease I desire that all my just debts & funeral expenses be paid.</blockquote> <blockquote>2nd, after my just debts & funeral expenses are paid, it is my desire that my wife, Polly Sparkes, have all my estate whether real or personal or whatsoever kind there may be for the purpose to raise and educate my children, Peggy Sparkes, John Sparkes and Almira Sparkes. Also a posthumous child if there be one.</blockquote> <blockquote>3rdly & lastly, I desire that my aforesaid wife be my executrix to this my last will & Testament & to act as such without being bound to security or put to the trouble of appraising & making an inventory of my real estate.</blockquote> <blockquote>In witness whereof, I, the said Matthew Jefferson Sparkes, have set my hand and affixed my seal this second day of December A . D. one thousand eight hundred & thirty-two.</blockquote> <blockquote> <table border=0 cols=3 width="70%"> <tr><td width="7%">Attest:<p></td> <td>Richard Graves (seal)<br> Casey James (seal)<br> Rebecca Hudson, her mark</td> <td align=RIGHT>                      his <br> Matthew Jefferson Sparks<br> seal </td> </tr> </table> </blockquote> <p><br> The above will of Matthew Jefferson Sparks has been copied from the Probate Court's recorded copy, and we may wonder whether the clerk added the "e" to the spelling of Matthew's name. We are certain that he, like other members of his family, spelled his name "Sparks," not "Sparkes." <p>The will was entered for probate in the Pulaski County Court on February 4, 1833, by two of the witnesses: Richard Graves and Rebecca Hudson. Matthew Jefferson Sparks had probably died a few days before. As noted earlier, the eldest son, who had been enumerated with the family on the 1830 census, appears to have died before his father since only the three younger children were named in their father's will. Whether a posthumous child was born to Mary ["Polly"] Sparks later, as suggested might occur according to Mathew Jefferson Sparks's will, we do not know. We have not found Mary ["Polly"] Sparks in later census records of Pulaski County, and we may wonder whether she might have been married a second time before the 1840 census was taken.</p> <p>When the September 1984 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No.127, was published, our only knowledge of the children of Matthew Jefferson and Mary [ "Polly"] Sparks was the listing of them in their father's will. We continue to have no information on the son named <b>John Sparks</b>, but Steven J. Porter, 7505 Camelback Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana, recently provided us with records that further identify the two daughters: Peggy (a nickname for Margaret), and Almira (whose full name had been Frances Elmira) .</p> <p>It was in Hot Springs County, Arkansas, that <b> Margaret ["Peggy"] Sparks</b> married <b>Jonathan Evans</b> on September 27, 1840. (Hot Springs County had bordered Pulaski County until 1835 when Saline County was created.) This couple appears on the 1850 census of Hot Springs County with five children, as follows: <table align="center" border=1 cols=6 width="65%"> <tr><td width="8%">Evans, </td> <td>Jonathon H</td> <td width="4%">Age</td> <td width="10%">29</td> <td width="12%">born in</td> <td>Tennessee</td> </tr> <tr> <td>   "</td> <td>Margaret</td> <td> "</td> <td>25</td> <td> "    "</td> <td>Arkansas</td> </tr> <tr> <td>   "</td> <td>Eliza V.</td> <td> "</td> <td> 8</td> <td> "    "</td> <td>    "</td> </tr> <tr> <td>   " </td> <td>Mary C.</td> <td> "</td> <td> 7</td> <td> "    "</td> <td>    "</td> </tr> <tr> <td>   " </td> <td>Almira</td> <td> "</td> <td> 5</td> <td> "    "</td> <td>    "</td> </tr> <tr> <td>   "</td> <td>Egbert M.</td> <td> "</td> <td> 4</td> <td> "    "</td> <td>    "</td> </tr> <tr> <td>   "</td> <td>Milton N.</td> <td> "</td> <td> 2</td> <td> "    "</td> <td>    "</td> </tr> </table> <p>Steven Porter has provided the following information about his ancestor,<b> Almira Sparks</b>, daughter of Matthew Jefferson and Mary ["Polly"] Sparks. Almira was born in Pulaski County, Arkansas, on <i>January 9, 1830</i>. Although she was called Almira in her father's will and was known as Almira in her family, she had been named originally Frances Elmira Sparks. She was married in Saline County, Arkansas, on January 4, 1846, to <b>Joel Turner Porter</b>, son of <b>Ridley and Edith (Johnson) Porter</b>. Usually called by his middle name, Turner, he had been born June 4, 1825, and died sometime after June 1900, in Grant County, Arkansas. During the Civil War, he served in Logan's Brigade, Captain Miller's Company, 11th Cavalry Regiment of the Confederate Army . He and Almira lived near Hurricane Creek (pronounced "Hairkin Crick"), two miles east of Sheridan, Arkansas.</p> <p>Almira (Sparks) Porter died on February 18, 1896, in Grant County, Arkansas. (Grant County was not created until 1869, from portions of Hot Springs, Saline, and Jefferson Counties.) A record of the eight known children of Joel Turner and Almira (Sparks) Porter follows: <blockquote> <b> Nancy C. ["Sis"] Porter</b> was born in <i>May 1848</i> in Grant County, Arkansas; she died after 1920. She married (first) <b>Daniel S. Williams</b>, in October 1869, and (second) to <b>James J. Gallion</b> after 1880. Her children by her first husband were:</blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <p><b> Emma Williams</b>, born <i>ca. 1871</i>. She married <b>Jarrett Newell</b>.<br> <b> Minnie [Etta ?] Williams</b>, born <i>ca. 1873</i>. </blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote>Her children by her second husband, <b>James J. Gallion</b>, were:</blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <p><b> Thomas R. ["Tom"] Gallion</b>, born in <i>August 1881</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas. He married <b>Belle Young</b> on February 16, 1913. <br> <b> Edward J. Gallion</b>, born in <i>May 1884</i>, died in 1962 in Grant County, Arkansas. He married <b>Argie Ladd</b> on June 23, 1907.<br> <b> Finis Gallion</b>, born <i>October 13, 1886</i>, in Grant County. He married <b>Bettie Brown</b> on December 25, 1913. </p> </blockquote> <p>He died on September 28, 1918, in France, during the closing days of World War I.</p> <b> Joel Thomas ["Tom"] Porter</b> was born <i>January 8, 1850</i>, in Merry Green Township, Grant County, Arkansas, and died on January 2, 1911, in Buck range Howard County, Arkansas . He served as a justice of the peace in Grant County, Arkansas, 1896-1898. He married (first) <b>Emmaline ["Emma"] E. Worthen</b> after 1870; she was a daughter of <b>John and Louisa (Veazey) Worthen</b> . He married (second) <b>Josephine Anna ["Jo"] ["Joanna"] Rootes</b> on December 21, 1881, in Grant County, Arkansas. She was a daughter of <b>Harris [or Horace] and Sarah (Hill) Rootes</b>. He was a nephew of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, and was living with him in the 1830s. The two children of Joel Thomas and Emmaline (Worthen) Porter were:</blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Oliphia (or Olief?) ["Ollie"] Porter</b>, born in <i>October 1872</i> in Sheridan, Grant County, Arkansas. She married <b>Daniel Albert Kimmer</b> on May 21, 1900, in Grant County</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> John T. Porter</b>, born <i>August 1874</i> in Sheridan, Grant County, Arkansas; died before June 13, 1913. He married <b>Mary Alice Smith</b> on January 6, 1901, in Howard County, Arkansas.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote>The children of Joel Thomas ["Tom"] and Josephine (Rootes) Porter were:</blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> "Sister" Porter</b>, born <i>ca. 1883</i>, died ca. 1895 by drowning. Her name may have been Frances .</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Edward ["Edd"] Porter</b>, born <i>October 16, 1885</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas; he died on October 12, 1960, in Sheridan, Grant County, Arkansas. He married <b>Mary ["Mollie"] Wilson</b> on March 7, 1929, in Grant County.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> James Walter ["Walt"] Porter</b>, born <i>August 1887</i>, in Grant County.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Hardin Harvey ["Hardy"] Porter</b>, born in <i>June 1890</i> in Grant County, Arkansas. He died in Schaal, Arkansas.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Benjamin Franklin Porter</b>, born <i>July 6, 1892</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas; he died on November 30, 1966, in Mineral Springs, Howard County, Arkansas. He married <b>Deedie Young</b> in Howard County, Arkansas.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Jesse J. ["Jess"] Porter</b>, born in <i>September 1895</i> in Grant County, Arkansas.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Herbert Newton Porter</b>, born <i>October 11, 1898</i>, in Arkansas. He died June 29, 1957, in Grant County, Arkansas. He married (first) <b>Willie Leek</b> on December 11, 1920, in Howard County, Arkansas. He married (second) <b>Cordelia ["Cordie"] Davis</b> on August 8, 1934, in Howard County. He married (third) <b>FNU LNU</b> He married (fourth) <b>Bertha Cross</b> on September 14, 1942 in Jefferson County, Arkansas. (Cross was not her maiden name.) He was married (fifth) to <b>Vera Pauline Stewart</b> in 1947.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote> <b> Amanda ["Mandy"] E. Porter</b> was born <i>November 16, 1859</i>, in Grant County Arkansas, and died on November 27, 1921, in Grant County. She married Jonathan ["Jack"] Hardin in May 1885 in Grant County. Their children were:</blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Birdie Hardin</b> (whose name was possibly Bertha or Roberta), born in <i>April 1888</i> in Grant County, Arkansas. She married <b>John Howen</b> on October 2, 1910.<br> <b> Edward Hardin</b>, born in <i>September 1891</i>.<br> <b> John E. Hardin</b>, born <i>December 30, 1893</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas; he died on March 26, 1911, in Grant County <b> Jack Dewey Hardin</b>, born in <i>July 1898</i>. He was called "Joe."</blockquote> <b> James Henry Porter</b> was born <i>July 9, 1860</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas, and died January 4, 1934, in Buck Range, Howard County, Arkansas. He married <b>Laura Jane McCool</b>, a half-sister of Josephine Anna Rootes, Joel Thomas Porter's second wife, Laura Jane was a daughter of <b>George McCool and Sarah Hill</b>. The children of James Henry and Laura Jane (McCool) Porter were:</blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> James Thomas ["Tom"] Porter</b>, born <i>March 10, 1884</i>, in Sheridan, Grant County, Arkansas; he died on January 18, 1970, in Paraloma, Sevier County, Arkansas. He married Mary Ella Wright on July 28, 1915, in Howard County, Arkansas.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Sarah Dove Porter</b>, born <i>January 9, 1886</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas; she died on June 7, 1911, in Buck Range, Howard County, Arkansas. She married Thomas A. ["Tom"] Stone on October 14, 1909, in Howard County, Arkansas.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Willie Porter</b>, born <i>December 22, 1887</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas; she died on February 22, 1966, in Mineral Springs, Howard County, Arkansas . She married James Oscar McKee on March 17, 1918.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Catherine ["Katy"] Porter</b>, born <i>September 17, 1891</i>, in Arkansas; she died on January 19, 1973, in Mineral Springs, Howard County, Arkansas. She married Thurman Goodlett on March12, 1917.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Idus Shaw Porter</b>, born <i>May 25, 1894</i>, in Arkansas; he died on July 28, 1981, in Mineral Springs, Howard County, Arkansas. He married Lois Chloe Hooker.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Clarence Butler Porter</b>, born <i>December 18, 1896</i>, in Buck Range, Howard County, Arkansas; he died in December 1972 in Texarkana, Arkansas .</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Laura Ella Porter</b>, born <i>September 10, 1889</i>; she died on July 10, 1905, in Buck Range, Howard County, Arkansas.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Blanche Elizabeth Porter</b>, born <i>September 10, 1902</i>, in Buck Range, Howard County, Arkansas; she died on September 14, 1998, in Texarkana, Arkansas. She married Paul Cowling.</blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote> <b> Frances Almira [ "Fannie"] Porter</b> was born in <i>1864</i> in Grant County, Arkansas; she died in 1942 in Grant County, Arkansas. She married E. Andrew ["Ann"] Hardin in Grant County . Their children were :</blockquote> <blockquote><blockquote> <b> Hattie E. Hardin</b>, born <i>July 19, 1885</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas; she died on October 26, 1962. She married <b>Henry H. Hill</b> on January 28, 1904, in Grant County, Arkansas. <br> <b> George Hardin</b>, born <i>February 14, 1890</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas; he died on September 25, 1912. <br> <b> Herbert ["Buddie"] Hardin</b>, born <i>November 8, 1891</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas; he died on January 14, 1907, in Grant County. <br> <b> Edna E. Hardin</b>, born <i>December 2, 1899</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas; he died on April 14, 1929, in Grant County.<br> <b> Bennie Carlisle Hardin</b>. <p>Three other children of Andrew and Frances Almira (Porter) Hardie died before 1900. </blockquote> </blockquote> <blockquote> <b> Turner Porter</b> was born in <i>1865</i> in Grant County, Arkansas. <p><b> Edward R. Porter</b> was born <i>March 20, 1868</i>, in Grant County, Arkansas. He died in 1900 in Grant County. <p><b> Flora Eva ["Evy"] Porter</b> was born <i>January 9, 1874</i> in Grant County, Arkansas. She died on July 18, 1952, in Grant County. She married <b>William Allison</b> in 1899. They had no children. </blockquote> <p><a name="end"></a> <p><a href="#">top</a></p></body> </html>