September 17, 2017

Pages 3244-3248
Whole Number 141

PERSONS NAMED SPARKS
APPEARING ON THE FEDERAL CENSUSES OF MAINE
IN 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, AND 1850
Introductory Note



Here we present a record of the persons named Sparks (Spark, Sparkes) who appeared on federal census records from 1810 through 1850 in the state of Maine. Readers interested in these families may wish to refer to the Quarterly of March 1979 (Whole No. 105) and September 1979 (Whole No. 107) in which we published rather extensive records pertaining to certain Sparks families from Maine.

As we have reminded our readers before, federal census records prior to the census taken in 1850 contain only the names of the heads of households. The members of each household were then enumerated following the name of the head according to age groupings, with males separated from females. The person heading the household was included in the enumeration. We know that mistakes were sometimes made in calculating ages, and it should also be kept in mind that the enumeration of household members included more than family in some instances. Anyone besides family members living in a household, whether a hired man, a roomer, or a neighbor child serving as an apprentice, for example, was enumerated as a member of that household.
The 1850 census was the first to include the name, with age, place of birth, occupation (if any), and value of real estate owned (if any) of each person (except slaves) found by the census taker in his district.

A number was assigned by the census taker to each dwelling house that he visited and another to each. family living in that house, although some census takers were more careful in this calculation than others. These numbers are useful in suggesting how close to each other two families may have lived, since the numbers were assigned as the census taker progressed. In copying the entries for Sparkses from the 1850 census of Maine, beginning on page 3247, we have included the names of all members of each household where a Sparks appears. This information often provides a clue for identifying family relationships even though such relationships were not given on the 1850 census.

SPARKS HOUSEHOLDS APPEARING ON THE 1810 CENSUS OF MAINE
  Males   Females
  0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
||| 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
Cumberland County
Town of Brunswick
   David Sparks (p. 93         1 |||         1
 
Lincoln County
Town of Bowdoin
   Nicholas Sparks (p. 54)         1 |||       1
   Samuel Sparks (p. 54) 2   2 1   ||| 3 2 1 1  
Town of Bowdoinham
   James Sparks (p. 363) 1 2     1 ||| 1 1 2   1
   Samuel Sparks (p. 363)     1     ||| 2   1    
SPARKS HOUSEHOLDS APPEARING ON THE 1820 CENSUS OF MAINE
  0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
||| 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
Lincoln County
Town of Bowdoinham
   Samuel Sparks (p. 178) 2     2   ||| 3 1   1  
   James Sparks, Jr. (p. 179) 2   1     |||     1    
   James Sparks (p. 180)     2   1 ||| 2 1 1 1 1
SPARKS HOUSEHOLDS APPEARING ON THE 1830 CENSUS OF MAINE
  Males   Females
  0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100
||| 0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100
Hancock County
 Town of Orland
Thomas Sparks (183)    1 1   1     1           |||     2       1            
 Town of Bowdoinham
Samuel Sparks (p313)     1 1     1             ||| 2 1 2 1     1            
Nicholas Sparks (313) 1         1               ||| 1 1       1              
Jas. Sparks, Jr. (p314) 1   2     1               ||| 2 1 1     1              
James Sparks (p315)                 1         |||     2   1 1     1        
David Sparks (p321) 3 1   1 1                 ||| 1 1       1              
SPARKS HOUSEHOLDS APPEARING ON THE 1840 CENSUS OF MAINE
  0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100
|||  0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100
Hancock County
 Town of Orland
Freeman Sparks (239) 1       1 1               ||| 1       1       1        
Thos. S. Sparks (239)     1 1 1       1         |||     1         1          
                            |||                          
Lincoln County
 Town of Bowdoinham
James Sparks (276)   2 1   2   1             |||     2 2     1            
Nicholas Sparks (276)     1   1   1             |||   1 1 1   1              
Samuel Sparks (276)         2     1           |||   1 2 1 1     1          
David Sparks (286)   1 3 1   1               |||   1   1   1 1            
 
Washington County
 Town of Eastport
John Sparks (74) 1       1                 ||| 1     1 1                

PERSONS NAMED SPARKS APPEARING ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF MAINE

Cumberland County Maine - 1850 Census

  Town of Gray
Page 226. Census taken September 5, 1850, by Wm. V. Seaghly.

309-309 Clark, Sarah  40   (F) New Brunswick  
  Sparkes, Margaret 11  (F)    
  Clark, Matilda 5  (F)    
     "     James 3  (M)    
     "     Jane G. 2  (F) Maine  
     "     Martha 1/12  (F)    

  Town of Brunswick
Page 245. Census taken October 9, 1850, by David Allan

680-759 Allen, Moses  50   (M) Maine Millman
     "    Hannah 49  (F)    
     "    Charles 21  (M)   Millman
     "    Moses 18  (M)    
     "    Henry 16  (M)    
  Sparkes, Charles 27  (M)    
       "        Melinda 24  (F)    
       "        Emma E. 2  (F)    
  Bishop, Manson 18  (M)   Millman
  Hatch, Susan 28  (F)    
      "     Mary A. 18  (F)    
      "     Carolina 15  (F)    
  Kay, Sarah 31  (F)    
  Tilman, Sarah 19  (F)    
      "      Hannah 20  (F)    
  Graves, Mary 16  (F)    
  Dyer, Elizabeth 26  (F)    
  Knowlton, Susan 19  (F)    
  Vincent, Maria 16  (F)    
  Ferguson, Sidney 19  (M)   Laborer
  Hunter, Catherine 18  (F)    
      "      Mary J. 24  (F)    
      "      Lucy A. 15  (F)    
  Dennison, Hannah 18  (F)    
  Card, Huldah 25  (F)    

Lincoln County, Maine - 1850 Census

  Town of Bowdoinham
Page 303A. Census taken on July 27, 1850, by Syms Gardner.

177-177 Sparks, James, 2d  37   (M) Maine Bricklayer  $1500
       "      Elenor 31  (F)     "  
       "      Mary Ellen 3  (F)     "  

Page 305A. Census taken July 29, 1850, by Syms Gardner

202-202 Sparks, David  49   (M) Maine Farmer       $1500
       "      Rhoda 54  (F)     "  
       "      Albion R. P. 24  (M)     " Ship Carpenter
       "      Samuel C. 23  (M)     "   "         "
       "      William P. 20  (M)     " Farmer
       "      Maria G. 18  (F)     "  
       "      David C. 17  (M)     "  

Page 307A. Census taken on August 1, 1850, by Syms Gardner.

232-232 Sparks, James  55   (M) Maine Farmer         $3,000
       "      Hepsebah 54  (F)     "  
       "      James M. 17  (M)     " Farmer
       "      Winship 17  (M)     "  
       "      Newell 9  (M)     "  

(Same page, enumerated same day, immediately following the above James Sparks)

233-233 Sparks, William  33   (M) Maine Sea Captain
       "      Louisa 32  (F)     "  

(Same page, enumerated same day)

244-244 Sparks, Samuel  63   (M) Maine Farmer         $2,000
       "      Emma 62  (F)     "  
       "      Emma 34  (F)     "  
       "      Samuel 32  (M)     " Farmer
       "      Hipsaney 27  (F)     "  
       "      Sarah W. 22  (F)     "  
       "      Charlotte 19  (F)     "  

 (Same page, enumerated same day)

247-247 Sparks, Nicholas  51   (M) Maine Farmer         $4,000
       "      Silence 32  (F)     "  
       "      Edward 22  (M)     " Joiner
       "      Harriet 17  (F)     "  
       "      Sewall 9  (M)     "  
       "      Mary E. 2  (F)     "  
       "      George H. 4/12  (M)     "  
  Phelps, Sullivan 22  (M)     " Farmer

 Page 311. Census taken August 6, 1850, by Syms Gardner

275-275 Sparks, David 2d 31  (M) Maine Farmer        $2,000
       "      Emily S. 26  (F) New York  
       "      Mary S. 2  (F) Maine  
  Horton, Syrus J. 17  (M) New York  

 Page 319. Census taken August 13, 1850, by Syms Gardner

386-386 Tarbox, Martha  58   (F) Maine  
      "      Carolina 26  (F)     "  
....and 24 other persons, various surnames, both male and female, adults and children, but not listed or grouped together as is usual for families, among which persons are:
  Sparks, Hepsebah 20  (F) Maine  
  Sally, James Sparks (sic) 18  (M)     " Sailor

  City of Bath
Page 179. Census taken August 14, 1850, by Ammi R. Mitchell.

635-748 Gressey, Charles  25   (M) Brit. Providence Caulker
       "        Frances A. 28  (F) Maine  
       "       Martha J. 5/12  (F)     "  
  Sparks, Horatio N. 26  (M)     " Laborer
       "      Lucy H. 26  (F)     "  
       "      David N. 2  (M)     "  

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