August 1, 2017

Pages 288-290
Whole Number 21

RECORD OF BIRTHS IN KENTUCKY, 1852-1862

by Paul E. Sparks



In 1852 the Kentucky legislature enacted a law to provide for the registration of all births, deaths, and marriages in Kentucky. The task fell upon the county assessors, who were required to prepare a yearly list of these events. For this job, the assessor was paid two cents for each name. The law made it obligatory for all clergymen, physicians, surgeons, and midwives to report names for registration. Slaves were registered in the name of the owner.

A printed record of the second report has been preserved and is in the possession of The Filson Club, Louisville, Kentucky. It is entitled: The Second Annual Report to the General Assembly of Kentucky Relating to the Registry and Return of Births, Marriages, and Deaths from January 1, 1853 to December 31, 1854.  W. G. Sutton, who prepared the report, complained of the incompleteness of the data, for apparently several counties had sent not only incomplete data, but, in some cases, no data at all. He recommended that the assessor’s fee be increased to five cents per name.

Unfortunately, the registration was discontinued in 1862 because of the internal political strife which had hit Kentucky (and the nation as well) and because of insufficient funds to pay the assessors for performing the tedious task. The loss, from a genealogical point of view, was incalculable. A record of a birth, for example, gave the infant’s name, the father’s name, the mother’s name, and, in some cases, the place of birth within the county.

Some counties continued to register these vital events after 1862, although we have no way of knowing whether the records are complete or accurate. The earlier records, however, accumulated dust in the respective courthouses until 1920 when the Kentucky Historical Society began to salvage them. An index of births and deaths was completed during the 1930’s, and the index of marriages was completed within the past few years. The index is typewritten on 3 x 5 cards and is arranged by counties. The following records of births were taken from these index cards, not from the original lists.


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Whole Number 23

RECORD OF BIRTHS IN KENTUCKY, 1852-1862

(Continued from Vol. VI, No. 1, Whole No. 21, page 290

Infant's Name  Date Father's Name Mother's Name
ESTILL COUNTY
Cynthia A. 9 January 1856 John G. Sparks Mary T. Murphy
Henry D. 7 Oct 1856 Daniel C. Sparks Laura Carter
John Francis  (born at 4 Oct 1852 William Sparks Susan Bowney
Woodwards Creek)      
John S. -- --- 1858 William Sparks Lucy Rawlins
Lurvie 27 March 1858 Samuel Sparks Miss Bowney
Mary Jane Sparks 29 June 1855 ----- ----- Susan Bouney
Nancy 11 July 1852 Daniel Sparks Lavina Carter
Polly Ann 18 September . 1857 William Sparks Lucy Ann Rawlins
Samuel J. 1 June 1858 William Sparks ----- -----
Sarah A. 4 June 1856 Joseph Sparks Matilda Barnes
Sarah Catherine (born at Woodwards Creek) -- ---- ---- Samuel Sparks Letty Bomaly
Susan R. 4 Oct 1858 Joseph C. Sparks Miss Barnes
William 10 June 1858 Levi Sparks Syntha Ann Flynn
FAYETTE COUNTY
Lucy 15 February 1858 William Sparks Mary M. Hillock
FLOYD COUNTY
Malcom 10 May 1904 W. H. Sparks Katie Green
Stella 13 May 1904 Eli Sparks Izonia Richardson
GREENUP COUNTY
Leander 6 January 1855 William Sparks ----- Burke
HARRISON COUNTY
Charles 20 December 1856 John Sparks Jane Bramel
7.2.10.11 Elias 5 Oct 1854 Silas Sparks Isabel Given
Harriett 2 July 1857 William Sparks Eliza Taylor
Mary F. 9 September . 1858 John Sparks Jane Bramel
Nancy E. 30 April 1859 George Sparks Lucy Duncan
7.2.10.10 Netitia Bell 15 Nov 1852 Silas H. Sparks Isabella Givens
7.2.10.12 William 5 January 1857 Silas H. Sparks Isabella Givens
HENDERSON COUNTY
Albert 15 Nov 1853 Samuel Sparks Julia Anderson
Martha J. 1 Oct 1856 Noah Sparks Lucinda Newton
S. E.  15 Nov 1853 Richard Sparks Sarah Crowlel
HENRY COUNTY
George 25 May 1856 W. M. Sparks M. E. List
Lucy 25 Jun 1855 Wm. M. Sparks Mary Leist
HOPKINS COUNTY
Juley 14 December 1858 Richard Sparks Sarah S. Croley
JACKSON COUNTY
Bulina 3 Oct 1858 Barnett Sparks Mary Muck (Mauk?)
Elihu 15 April 1859 John Sparks Mary Jane Murphy
Mary T. 10 May 1858 Daniel C. Sparks Sevina Carter
Mertle 5 January 1904 D. C. Sparks Mary E. Hatfield
Sarah 17 July 1901 Jas. Sparks Mary E. Hatfield
S. E. 14 December 1904 Jeff Sparks Elizabeth Morris
W. T. 28 August 1904 Merrel Sparks Rachel Harrison
(unnamed) 1 August 1859 Robert Sparks Mary Wood
JEFFERSON COUNTY
Albert 22 March 1856 Western Sparks Eliza Welch
Blanche 18 Oct 1857 Ben Sparks Celia Norman
(born in Louisville)      
Eliza J. 18 June 1854 John Sparks Amanda Drake
Julia 4 March 1859 R. W. Sparks Eliza Welch
Louisa 8 April 1856 Wm. H. Sparks Eliza M. Pellici
Martha January 29, 1856 Tinsley Sparks Susan K. Humble
Mary A. 6 August 1857 Tinsley Sparks Percil C. Bullitt
(born in Louisville)      
Myra  16 December 1853 Richard W. Sparks Eliza Ellen Welch
Silius (female) 9 April 1854 Joseph Sparks Asinette Shafer
Wesley (born in Louisville) 19 March 1857 Wesley Sparks Eliza Welch
(unnamed male) 9 July 1854 Daniel S. Sparks Jane Churchman
(unnamed male) (born in Louisville) 12 March 1904 Walter Sparks  Maggie Veil
(unnamed male) (born in Louisville) 23 December 1903 W. L. Sparks S. E. England
(unnamed male) (born in Louisville) 16 April 1901 W. S. Sparks Sarah E. England
JESSAMINE COUNTY
Carrie M. 10 December 1877 Moreau Sparks Elizabeth Clemmons
Ellen 11 August 1854 Isaac Sparks M. A. Hendricks
Ida Florence 17 July 1859 Jas. Sparks Nannie J. Lawlep
George 8 Oct 1852 Jarome sparks Mary Jane Patterson
JOHNSON COUNTY
Alexander 10 September . 1852 Elisha Sparks Susan Pridemore
Andrew 10 Oct 1852 Mathew Sparks Alsy Osburn
Anjeline 19 June 1859 Martin Sparks Hanna Adkins
Benjamin 2 Oct 1856 Elisha Sparks Susannah Pridemore
Dicey A. January 27, 1859 Henry Sparks Mary Conley
Elijah 26 May 1852 Elijah Sparks Sarah Evans
James J. 20 Oct 1861 William Sparks Martha Salyer
Katherine 8 May 1852 Nicholas Sparks ----- -----
Lavitha 23 May 1854 Nicholas Sparks Dorcas Ross
Mahala 29 May 1859 Elisha Sparks Susan Pridmore
Mary A. 6 April 1856 Nicholas Sparks Dorcas Ross
Mary J. 22 Oct 1859 Mathew Sparks Alsy Osburn
Nancy Eveline 26 Oct 1856 William Sparks Louisa Blevens
Rhoda M. 28 May 1861 Elisha Sparks Susannah Pridmore
Sarah 5 March 1858 Nicholas Sparks Dorcas Ross
Silvanna 11 April 1861 Nicholas Sparks Dorcas Ross
Wm. H. 17 December 1858 William Sparks Louisa Blevens
Wm. L. 21 June 1855 Mathew Sparks Alsy Osburn
(unnamed) 4 February 1855 Elisha Sparks Susannah P. Moore
KENTON COUNTY
(unnamed female) January 26,1907 Taylor Sparks Anna Welch
LAUREL COUNTY
Burt 2 June 1856 Calvin Sparks Esther Green
James 17 February 1852 Calvin Sparks Esther Green
Jno. M. 1 Oct 1853 Calvin Sparks Esther Green
Million 8 September . 1857 William F. Sparks Eliza Goins
(unnamed male) 3 September . 1904 James Sparks Emma Hugis
LAWRENCE COUNTY
Alafair 14 April 1860 Thomas Sparks Margaret Johnson
Elbert (both above born 4 August 1857 Alford Sparks Polly Ann Green
at Little Fork)      
Elizabeth 21 September . 1852 Daniel Sparks Jane Jones
(born at Hoods Fork)      
Elizabeth 29 December 1855 John Sparks Mary Hay
(born at Blaine Creek)      
Elizabeth 28 May 1855 Samuel Sparks Nancy Skaggs
(born at Blaine Creek)      
Garred 15 April 1854 Garred Sparks Elizabeth Boggs
Hugh 23 April 1856 Wesley Sparks Nan Cassell
Jas B.   (born at head 15 March 1857 Jno. L. Sparks Mary Hay
of Blaine Creek)      
Jas. M. 14 April 1855 Mathew Sparks Hannah Adkins
Jno. M. 10 March 1856 Wiley Sparks Cynthia Holbrook
Laban 29 Nov 1860 Levi Sparks Mary Gambill
Levi 17 March 1854 John Sparks Mary Hay
Lewis (born at Rove Creek) 28 August 1857 Samuel Sparks Nancy Skaggs
Mary E. 18 May 1853 Hugh Sparks Nancy Carnutt
Milburn (born at Big Sandy) 15 July 1859 Jno. S. Sparks Mary Hay
Nancy J. 15 September . 1853 Samuel Sparks Nancy Skaggs
Rena (born at Little Fork) 5 August 1860 Wesly Sparks Nancy Kasee
Reuben January 29, 1853 Mathew Sparks Hannah Adkins
Sarah 3 Oct 1853 John Sparks Almida Green
Sarah 25 February 1853 John Sparks Mary Hay
Serilda (born at Blaine Creek) 26 February 1862 John Sparks Furidiels Francis
Susan (born at Little Fork) 20 February 1859 John Sparks Almeda Green
William 1 May 1853 Wesly Sparks Nancy Kisee (Kozee?)
Wm. M. (born at Big Blaine Creek) 13 August 1860 Wiley Sparks Synthia Holbrook

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Whole Number 24

RECORD OF BIRTHS IN KENTUCKY, 1852-1862

(Continued from Vol. VI, No. 3, Whole No. 23, page 333)

Compiled by Paul E. Sparks

Infant's Name Date Father's Name Mother's Name
LETCHER COUNTY
Lizzie 12 February 1907 Riley Sparks Frances Holbrook
LEWIS COUNTY
Amanda 20 Jan1859 Wm. Sparks Sian Gilbert
Caroline 15 September .1859 Joseph Sparks Louisa I. Coons
David C. 20 April1859 Melville Sparks Sarah A. Robb
Louisa 18 June1855 Wrn. Sparks ——— Gilbert
John E. 20 January 1877 T. J. Sparks Eliz. Berry
John W. 29 July 1877 John W. Spanks Eliz. Messer
(unnamed female) 16 Dec1852 I. Sparks Ann Sparks
MARSHALL COUNTY
P. A. (male) 26 September . 1904 Lennis Sparks Ida L. Karnes
McCRACKEN COUNTY
Sarow Frances 26 September . 1852 Samuel Sparks July Ann Anderson
MERCER COUNTY
Mary E. -- February 1858 James B. Sparks Harriett Johnson
MORGAN COUNTY
James Hany 11 May 1858 John Sparks May Lykins
John Milton (born at Caney Creek) 25 February 1855 Jesse Sparks Sarah Sparks
Nancy -- ---- 1855 John Sparks Mary -----
Mary Jane 11 May 1856 John Sparks Mary Lykins
Thomas (born at Elk Fork) 26 August 1853 John A. Sparks Mary Lykins
MUHLENBERG COUNTY
C. B. 14 March 1857 Jas. Sparks M. A. Tankle
Jno. E. 4 January 1859 James R. Sparks Marget Tinkle
Mary 6 September . 1907 Maynard Sparks Lelia Hardison
Mary J. 15 September . 1861 W. Sparks Nancy E. Huhler
Reva A.  23 July 1906 H. L. Sparks Verda M. Harrison
(unnamed male) 15 March 1858 William Sparks Susan Overhulie
(unnamed female) 23 July 1907 Harvey Sparks Susan Overhulie
NICHOLAS COUNTY
Benjamin Throop 10 December 1855 John Franklin Sparks Cyntha Bradshaw
Charles 9 August 1855 Otho Sparks Sarah Jane Smith
John J. 3 Nov 1857 John F. Smith Cyntha Bradshaw
Lucy Ellen 3 Nov 1855 Charles Sparks Mary Ann Barnett
Melvina 7 December 1877 Granville Sparks Sallie Gifford
Sarah Eliz. 7 August 1855 Samuel Sparks Abby H. McVey
Thos. Franklin 23 July 1855 James Sparks Eliz. Redmon
OHIO COUNTY
Vernon January 22, 1907 Ruben Sparks Louisa James
OWEN COUNTY
Albert 8 July 1852 Henry Sparks Sarah Smither
M. F. 10 December 1854 A. J. Sparks Sally A. Eads
(unnamed) 4 May 1856 A. J. Sparks Sarah Ead
(unnamed) 25 February 1858 A. J. Sparks E. Eads
OWSLEY COUNTY
Aaron C. 25 Nov 1859 John D. Sparks Phebe Sparks
America (female) (born at Devils Creek) 9 September . 1854 Harvey D. Sparks Nancy Johnson
Andrew    (born at Devils Creek) 15 Oct 1852 Tobias Sparks Delina Sparks
Andrew Jackson    (born at Devils Creek) 30 Oct 1853 Solomon Sparks Angeline Roister
Charlotte    (born at Devils Creek) 13 June 1853 William Sparks Minerva Johnson
Daniel 29 December 1859 Sylvester Sparks Nancy Ashcraft
Ephriam 1 June 1858 William Sparks Minerva Johnson
Felding (male) 13 December 1859 John J. Sparks Tamer Jane Tolson
George W. 20 December 1854 William Sparks Sarah Ann Muck 
Isaac S. 23 Nov 1857 John J. Sparks Phebe Showmaker
James 30 April 1852 H. D. Sparks N. J. Sparks
James 27 May 1852 J. D. Sparks Pheba Sparks
John 2 June 1854 Robert Sparks Mary Wood
John W. 13 September . 1857 William Sparks Susan Tillson
Mary 28 August 1855 William Sparks Minerva Johnson
Mary E. 24 June 1855 Tobias E. Sparks Delilah Shoemaker
Robert 8 April 1853 Wm. Sparks Sarah Muck
Sarah 3 February 1858 Silvester Sparks Nancy Ashcraft
Tobias 27 Nov 1855 John D. Sparks Phebe Shoemaker
William 12 February 1852 Robert Sparks ----- -----
PENDLETON COUNTY
Alfred 3 July 1853 James Sparks Martha Patton
Allen 14 Oct 1855 Jonas Sparks Martha Patton
Sandford 1 July 1858 Jonas Sparks Martha Patton
PIKE COUNTY
Irtley 16 July 1904 Richard Sparks Mary Stanley
Martha 18 April 1852 Richard Sparks Mary June Johns
Victoria -- April 1894 Cy Sparks Louisa Charles
(unnamed male) -- ----- 1877 Josiah Sparks ----- Charles
PULASKI COUNTY
George C. 14 August 1853 Preston Sparks Mary Ely
SHELBY COUNTY
Isabel 31 March 1857 W. J. Sparks Eliza Terrell
SPENCER COUNTY
Alexander 13 September . 1856 Alexander Sparks Louisa Antle
Charles F. 13 January 1853 Alex. K. Sparks Louisa Antle
Elnora 28 December 1855 Wm. Sparks Lucy E. Pierce
Nancy C. January 19, 1855 Alex. Sparks Louisa Antle
Thomas 4 August 1861 A. K. Sparks Louisa Antell
TRIMBLE COUNTY
Andrew J. January 18, 1855 Alexander Sparks Elizabeth Butler
George Ann (female) 15 Oct 1855 Isham Sparks Sarah C. Prewitt

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