August 14, 2003

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 Sep 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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