March 18, 2003

Pages 1884
Whole Number 97

Sparks Families Enumerated
on the 1840 Census of Mississippi



In the Quarterly of March 1968, we published a record of all the Sparks families appearing on the 1850 census of Mississippi (Vol. XVI, No. 1, Whole No. 61). Brief information on the population of Mississippi was given in the introduction to that data (see page 1126, incorrectly numbered as 1108).

Here we present Sparks households as found on the 1840 census of Mississippi. Sparkses were found in only five counties for a total of eleven families. It seems probable, however, that the two men named Hardy Sparks in Lafayette County were the same man, even though they appeared on different pages and a 20-year-old male was listed in the household of one and not the other. Census takers sometimes called on the same household twice and sometimes missed another household completely.

As has been noted in the introduction to the 1830 census of Georgia and that for the 1840 census of Indiana appearing in this issue, only the name of the head of the household appeared in federal census records prior to 1850. Everyone in the household, including the head, was then enumerated in various age groups, with the males separated from the females.
 

Males   Females  Slaves
  0
5
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100
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80
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100
+
100
 
Lafayette County                           |||                            
 Isaac Sparks (162)  1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
 Hardy Sparks (172) 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Hardy Sparks (178) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
                            |||                            
Lowndes County                           |||                            
Samuel Sparks (208) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  4
C. Sparks (214)  3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 1 1 0  0  1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 39
                            |||                            
Tippah County                           |||                            
 Thos. J. Sparks (197) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Ephriam Sparks (197) 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
                            |||                            
Warren County                           |||                            
 Nancy Sparkes (252) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Wm. H. Sparks (259) 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  7
 Jas. R. Sparks (265) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
                            |||                            
Winston County                           |||                            
 Saml. Sparks (266) 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0  3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

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