March 2, 2019

Pages 1776-1781
Whole Number 91

SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1840 CENSUS OF OHIO

by Paul E. Sparks



(Editor's Note: In the December 1966 issue of the Quarterly (Vol. XIV, No. 4, Whole No. 56, pp. 1034-36), we published a record of the families named Sparks who were listed on the 1820 census of Ohio. In the September 1966 issue of the Quarterly (Vol. XIV, No. 3,
Whole No. 55, pp. 1013-16)
, we published a record of all of the families named Sparks listed on the 1830 census of Ohio. Following is a record of the Sparkses listed ten years later on the 1840 census of Ohio.

In all federal census records prior to 1850, only the name of the head of the household was given. Opposite each name, the members of the household, including the head, were enumerated by sex and by age group. In the 1840 census, males and female were divided into thirteen age categories. We may assume that in most households, the man listed as the head of that household was the oldest male enumerated and that the oldest female enumerated was his wife, but one cannot always be sure. Likewise, those members of the household younger than the head were usually his children, but in some instances apprentices, orphaned neighbor children, and relatives were also enumerated as members of the household. Where a woman is named as the head of the household, we can usually assume that she was a widow.

The census taker ordinarily recorded whatever data he was told by the person at home on the day he stopped. Ages were often guessed at while some members of the household were overlooked. Sometimes parents included sons or daughters who were no longer living at home and who were thus counted again in another household. If a married son was living on the home farm with his parents, either the father or the son might be given as head of the household (and thus the only one to be named) depending upon which member of the household gave the census taker the information.

The page number of the volume in which the name appears is given in the following record opposite each name. This information is sometimes significant as an indication whether two different families were living near each other.

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Adams County
Town:West Union
Mary L.Sparks (60) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
John Sparks (60) 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mary Sparks (60) 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Town:Winchester
James Sparks (69) 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Catharine Sparks (69) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Scott Township
Ezra Sparks (79) 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brown County
Fremont Township
L. B. Sparks (236) 0 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
Hunting Township
Levi Sparks (266) 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Union Township
William Sparks (309) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ann Sparks (322) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
James Sparks (323) 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Butler County
Union Township
Elijah Sparks 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Fairfield Township
J. B. Sparks (167) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Town:Rossville
Thomas Sparks 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Carroll County
Perry Township
Wm. B. Sparks(277) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
John Sparks (279) 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Champaign County
Urbana Township
George Sparks 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clark County
Harmony Township
Nicholas Sparks (69) 0 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
Town:Springfield
David Sparks (36) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Green Township
Ephriam Sparks (48) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas Sparks (49) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
 
Clinton County
Union Township
Jos. K. Sparks (300) 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Coshocton County
PikeTownship
Stephen Sparks (343) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
 
Cuyahoga County
City of Cleveland
Ira Sparks (128) 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Darke County
German Township
Andrew Sparks (16) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Eason Sparks (16) 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Delaware County
Berkshire Township
Charles Sparks (178) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Fairfield County
Greenfield Township
John Sparks (289) 0 1 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Violet Township
Rachel Sparks (331) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Fayette County
Concord Township
Elias M. Sparks 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gallia County
Greenfield Township
Charles Sparks (50) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Greene County
Bath Township
John Sparks (221) 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ||| 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miami Township
Richard Sparks (200) 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sugar Creek T/S
S. Sparks (216) 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Guernsey County
Liberty Township
Elias Sparks (388) 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Hamilton County
City of Cincinnati
John M. Sparks (250) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Highland County
White Oak Township
George Sparks (85) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Huron County
Ruggles Township
Dan'l Sparks (345) 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Haven Township
Geo. Sparks (387) 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Licking County
Town: Brownsville
William Sparks (239) 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fallsburg Township
John B. Sparks (255) 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Newton Township
George Sparks (167) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Newark Township
William Sparks (161) 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rebecca Sparks (161) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Washington Township
George Sparks (178) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
John Sparks (178) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Logan County
Zane Township
George Sparks (10) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Isaac Sparks (11) 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Lucas County
Waynesfield Township
Stephen Sparks (258) 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marion County
Marion Township
Samuel Sparks (87) 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ||| 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Morgan County
Town:McConnellsville
William Sparks (194) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Muskingum County
Town:Zanesville
George Spark (399) 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scioto County
Nile Township
Joseph Sparks (84) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Seneca County
Scipio Township
James S Sparks (213) 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 ||| 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
Trumbull County
Green Township
Erastus Sparks (149) 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Amos Sparks (149) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tuscarawas County
Sandy Township
Anna Sparks (362) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Henry Sparks (362) 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
Isaac Sparks (362) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Warren Township
Ephriam L Sparks (379) 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
John Sparks (379) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Cath. Sparks (383) 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Randall Sparks (383) 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
Washington Township
Eliz. Sparks (386) 0 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Warren County
Washington Township
Joel Sparks (98) 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wayne Township
Vetchil Sparke (163) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ||| 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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