September 18, 2017

Pages 939
Whole Number 52

SPARKSES LISTED ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF HARTFORD COUNTY CONNECTICUT

by Carrie Grant Heppen



Town of Glastenbury, enumerated October 21, 1850, by Chester Adams. (page 774)

465-509

 

Sparks, William C.

 

45

 
(M)

Connecticut

 

Farmer

 

$4,000

 
  " Mary A. 23

 
(F) "    
  " Helen 18

 
(F) "    
  " Laura 16

 
(F) "    
  " Jennette C. 13

 
(F) "    
  " Emeline M. 10

 
(F) "    
  Warner, Nancy

 
25

 
(F) "    
  Watrous, Mary A.

 
31

 
(F) "    
  Warner, Jane

 
23

 
(F) "    
  Tryon, Margaret

 
13

 
(F) "    
  Taylor, Mary

 
23

 
(F) "    
  Dutton, Francis

 
18

 
(M) " Carder

 
 
  Goff, Jacob

 
20

 
(M) Germany

 
Laborer

 
 
  Abel, Augustus

 
25

 
(M) " Laborer

 
 
  Sparks, Lucinda

 
67

 
(F) Connecticut

 
   

(page 775)

463-507

 

Sparks, Parmelia

 

62

 
(F)

Connecticut

 
 

$600

 
  " Reuamah 20

 
(F) "    

(page 825) Enumerated October 10, 1850.

 

Sparks, Chauncey

 

37

 
(M)

Connecticut

 

Spinner

 

$500

 
  " Elizabeth 33

 
(F)      
  " Nathan 11 (M))      
  " Josephine 9 (F)      
  " Frank 4 (M)      
  " Noble 2 (M)      

Editor's Note: The entire census of Hartford County for 1850 has not been searched for persons named Sparks. The above families were found in Part 2, comprising 926 pages.


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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF HARTFORD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT

Copied by Carrie Grant Heppen

  Town of Suffield, enumerated September 10, 1850, by T. H. Spencer
(Vol. 3, Part 1, p. 177, or 89)

40-48 Hastings, David   57  (M) Connecticut  Farmer $4000 
        "        Lamisa  55  (F)            "    
  Buscar, Henry M.  14  (M) Massachusetts   (Black)
  Sanderson, James  13  (M) Scotland    
  Sparks, Louisa  10  (F) Connecticut    
  Taylor, Henry M.   5  (M)            "    

  (Same) Enumerated September 17, 1850, by T. H. Spencer
(Vol. 3, Part 1, p. 194, or 97A)

169-191 Stiles, Israel   72  (M) Connecticut  Farmer  $2650 
      "    Dorcus  64  (F)          "    
      "    Roena  41  (F)          "    
      "    Lucinda  49  (F)          "    
  Sparks, James  17  (M) England    

  (Same) Enumerated September 17, 1850, by T. H. Spencer
(Vol. 3, Part 1, p. 196, or 94A)

  Sparks, John   47  (M) England Farmer  $200 
      "       Emma  37  (F)     "    
      "       Richard  14  (M) Connecticut    
      "       Henry   6  (M)          "    
      "       Elizabeth   3  (F)          "    

  (Same) Enumerated September 17, 1850, by T. H. Spencer
(Vol. 3, Part 1, p. 197, or 99)

192-216 Remington, Thomas   32  (M) Connecticut  Farmer  $2500 
            "          Mary  43  (F)          "    
            "          Jane   9  (F)          "    
            "          Dexter   5  (M)          "    
  Sparks, Edwan  16  (M)          "    
  Barden, Levi  15  (M) Massachusetts    
  Hastings, Emma  38  (F) Connecticut (insane)  

  (Same) Enumerated September 24, 1850, by T. H. Spencer
(Vol. 3, Part 1, p. 223, or 112)

400-432 Kent, Henry P.   47  (M) Connecticut Cigar Manf.  $7000 
    "    Jane  42  (F)          "    
  Jenks, Helen  14  (F)          "    
  Spencer, Jerusha  78  (F) Massachusetts    
  Stebbins, Marie  49  (F) Connecticut    
  Ford, Margaret  25  (F) Ireland    
  Miller, Julia  21  (F) Connecticut    
  Bemont, Frances  16  (F)          "    
  Sparks, John  24  (M) England Laborer  
  Higby, Ruth  27  (F) Connecticut    
  Ruggles, N. D.  47  (M) Rhode Island Cigar Maker  

  Town of Glastenbury, enumerated October 21, 1850, by Chester Adams
(Vol. 4, Part 2, p. 388, or 775)

463-507 Sparks, Parmelia  62  (F) Connecticut    $600 
      "       Reuaman  20  (F)      

Town of Glastenbury, enumerated October 21, 1850, by Chester Adams
(Vol. 4, Part 2, p. 388, or 775)

465-509 Sparks, William C.   45  (M) Connecticut  Farmer $4000 
       "      Mary A.  23  (F)          "    
       "      Hellen  18  (F)          "    
       "      Laura W.  16  (F)          "    
       "      Jennette C.  15  (F)          "    
       "      Emeline  10  (F)          "    
  Warner, Hancey  25  (M)          "    
  Watrous, Mary A.  31  (F)          "    
  Warner, Jane  23  (F)          "    
  Lyon, Margaret  13  (F)          "    
  Taylor, Mary  23  (F)          "    
  Sutton, Francis  18  (M)          " Carder  
  Goff, Jacob  20  (M) Germany Laborer  
  Abel, Augustus  25  (M)     "       "  
  Sparks, Lucinda  67  (F) Connecticut    

  (Same; enumeraget October 10, 1850, by Chester Adams
(Vol. 4, Part 2, p. 413, or 825)

239-269 Sparks, Chauncey  37  (M) Connecticut  Physician  $500 
       "      Elizabeth  33  (F)          "    
       "      Nathan  11  (M)          "    
       "      Josephine   9  (F)          "    
       "      Frank   4  (M)          "    
       "      Noble   2  (M)          "    

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF CONNECTICUT


Editor's Note: Following is a transcription of the families named Sparks, as well as families in which one or more persons named Sparks, were living in the state of Connecticut as listed on the U.S. census of 1850. It is our goal eventually to publish a record of all persons named Sparks from the entire census of 1850. In previous years we have published such records for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas.

Although a federal census has been taken every ten years beginning in 1790, it was not until the census of 1850 that each member of every household was listed by name. Prior to 1850, only the head of each household was identified. The 1850 census has thus long been a major source for genealogical research in the United States.

Here we list the Sparkses appearing on the 1850 census of Connecticut. In 1850, as today, the state was divided into eight counties, as follows, with the year or organization of each: Fairfield (1666), Hartford (1666), Litchfield (1751), Middlesex (1785), New Haven (1666), New London (1666), Tolland (1785), and Windham (1726). As can be seen, there was at least one Sparks living in each of these eight counties in 1850.

The instructions given to the census taker in 1850 directed him to visit every household in his district and to obtain from a member of that household the following information about each individual: Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation,Value of Real Estate owned, Birthplace, Whether married within the year, Whether in school within the year, and an indication if the individual were unable to read or write. The census taker was to number the pages of his census sheets and to number each house and each family. So long as there was just one family per house, these two numbers would, of course, be the same.

In this transcription we have given the town (a New England town would be called a township in many parts of the country) in which each family lived as well as the date on which the family was visited. The house and family numbers have been copied here because they often suggest how close together two families were living, and thus possible relationships. For example, in the town of Glastonbury in Hartford County, the fact that Parmelia Sparks's house was given the number 463 and the house of William C. Sparks was numbered 465 suggests that they lived very near to each other.

Following the name of each individual appears his/her age in 1850, sex (M or F), color (W or B), place of birth, occupation, and value of real estate. Occasionally the census taker added further notes as did the one in Killingsly who indicated the town of birth as well as the state.

In using census data for genealogical research, it must be kept in mind that errors are to be found in these records. The census taker recorded the information given to him by whomever he interviewed -- that individual may have had to guess at the ages of some members of his household, as well as their place of birth. The census taker sometimes misunderstood the information given, or guessed wrong on the spelling of a name. We can never be sure of the person to whom he spoke in the household, and there are instances where we suspect that a neighbor provided the information when the family was away on the day the census taker came by. Occasionally, a family was missed altogether, while there are examples of the same family being recorded twice by two different census takers who were uncertain of the boundary lines of their districts.

Despite these shortcomings, the 1850 census is a splendid source for genealogical research. We would welcome further information from our readers who find their Sparks ancestors among these records.

Fairfield County Connecticut -1850 Census
Town of Danbury.

Page 124.  Census taken August 13, 1850.

694-694 Sparks, Walter 32 (M) (W) New York Farmer  
     "      Jane 33 (F) (W) Connecticut    
     "      James H. 7 (M) (W)          "    
     "      Caroline F. 5 (F) (W)          "    
     "      John J. 2 (M) (W) New York    
     "      Walter 1 (M) (W) Connecticut    

Town of Bridgeport.
Page 230.  Census taken August 3, 1850.

404-404 Sparks, Catherine 30 (F) (W) New York Living in a boarding house

Town of Bridgeport, 11th Ward.
Page 268. Census taken August 16, 1850.

1006-1006 Ward, Joseph 53 (M) (W) Connecticut Laborer  
    "     Szvina 43 (F) (W)      "    
  Hall, Nelson 22 (M) (W)      " Carriage maker  
  "   Rufus 18 (M) (W)      "      "            "  
  Sparks, Samuel 20 (M) (W) New Jersey      "            "  
  Hayes, Samuel 19 (M) (W) Connecticut      "            "  

Hartford County, Connecticut - 1850 Census

Town of Suffield.
Page 177. Census taken September 10, 1850, by T. H. Spencer.

40-48 Hastings, David 57 (M) (W) Connecticut Farmer $4000
       "        Lamisa 55 (F) (W)        "    
  Buscar, Henry M. 14 (M) (W) Massachusetts    
  Sanderson, James 13 (M) (W) Scotland    
  Sparks, Loisa 10 (F) (W) Connecticut    
  Taylor, Henry M. 5 (M) (W)        "    

Page 194.  Census taken September 17, 1850 by T. H. Spencer

169-191 Stiles, Israel 72 (M) (W) Connecticut Farmer $2650
    "     Dorcus 64 (F) (W)        "    
    "     Roena 41 (F) (W)        "    
    "     Lucinda 49 (F) (W)        "    
  Sparks, James 17 (M) (W) England Farmer  

Page 196

188-210 Sparks, John 47 (M) (W) England Farmer $200
      "      Emma 37 (F) (W)      "    
      "      Richard 14 (M) (W) Connecticut    
      "      Henry 6 (M) (W)        "    
      "      Elizabeth 3 (F) (W)        "    

Page 197.

219-216 Remington, Thomas 32 (M) (W) Connecticut Farmer $2500
         "          Mary 43 (F) (W)        "    
         "          Jane 9 (F) (W)        "    
         "          Dexter 5 (M) (W)        "    
  Sparks, Edwin 16 (M) (W)        "    
  Barden, Levi 15 (M) (W) Massachusetts    
  Hastings, Emma 38 (F) (W) Connecticut    

Page 223.  Census taken September 24, 1850, by T. H. Spencer

400-432 Kent, Henry P 47 (M) (W) Connecticut Mnfg cigars $7000
  "    Jane 42 (F) (W)         "    
  Jenks, Helen 14 (F) (W)         "    
  Spencer, Jerusha 78 (F) (W) Massachusetts    
  Stebbins, Maria 49 (F) (W) Connecticut    
  Ford, Margaret 25 (F) (W) Ireland    
  Miller, Julia 21 (F) (W) Connecticut    
  Bemont, Frances 16 (F) (W)        "    
  Sparks, John 24 (M) (W) England Laborer  
  Higby, Ruth 27 (F) (W) Connecticut    
  Ruggles, N. D. 47 (M) (W) Rhode Island Cigar maker  

Town of Glastonbury.
Page 388.  Census taken October 21, 1850, Chester Adams.

463-507 Sparks, Parmelia 62 (F) (W) Connecticut   $600
     "       Reuamah 20 (F) (W)         "    
465-509 Sparks, William C 49 (M) (W) Connecticut Farmer $4000
     "       Mary A. 23 (F) (W)         "    
     "       Hellen 18 (F) (W)         "    
     "       Laura W. 16 (F) (W)         "    
     "       Jennette C. 15 (F) (W)         "    
     "       Emeline 10 (F) (W)         "    
  Warner, Nancy 25 (F) (W)         "    
  Watrous, Mary A. 31 (F) (W)         "    
  Warner, Jane 23 (F) (W)         "    
  Lyon, Margaret 13 (F) (W)         "    
  Taylor, Mary 23 (F) (W)         "    
  Sutten, Francis 18 (M) (W)         " Carder  
  Goff, Jacob 20 (M) (W) Germany Laborer  
  Abel, Augustus 25 (M) (W) Connecticut    
  Sparks, Lucinda 67 (F) (W)        "    

Page 413.  Census taken October 10, 1850, by Chester Adams.

239-269 Sparks, Chauncey 37 (M) (W)  Connecticut Spinner $500
      "      Elizabeth 33 (F) (W)         "    
      "      Nathan 11 (M) (W)         "    
      "     Josephine 9 (F) (W)         "    
      "     Frank 4 (M) (W)         "    
      "     Noble 2 (M) (W)         "    

Litchfield County, Connecticut - 1850 Census

Town of Sharon.
Page 46.  Census taken September 6, 1850.

699-699 Sparks, Lemuel 35 (M) (W) Massachusetts Founder  
      "      Abigail 33 (F) (W)         "    
      "      Sarah 6 (F) (W)         "    
      "      Walter 3 (M) (W)         "    

Canaan District.
Page 52.  Census taken August 29, 1850.

819-819 Sparks, James 48 (M) (W) Connecticut Butcher  
       "      Asparia 46 (F) (W) Massachusetts    
       "      Edgar 18 (M) (W)         " Forgeman  
       "      Erwin 18 (M) (W)         " Forgeman  

Page 53.  Census taken August 29, 1850.

833-833 Brown, Cornelius 41 (M) (W) New Jersey Forgeman $1000
     "      Elizabeth 39 (F) (W) Connecticut    
     "      Harriet E. 14 (F) (W)        "    
     "      George H. 11 (M) (W)        "    
  Boardman, Elizabeth 74 (F) (W)        "    
  Sparks, Warren 21 (M) (W) Massachusetts Forgeman  
        "        Ezra 19 (M) (W)        " Forgeman  

Salisbury District.
Page 53.  Census taken August 5, 1850.

206-206 Carrl, William 33 (M) (W) New York Refiner $4500
  "     Dorcas F. 38 (F) (W) Connecticut    
  "     Frances C. 12 (F) (W)        "    
  "     Lloyd W. 8 (M) (W)        "    
  "     Georgianna 3 (F) (W)        "    
  Sparks, Warren 22 (M) (W) Massachusetts Forgeman  

Litchfield Township.
Page 262.  Census taken July 31, 1850.

158-158 Sparks, Osborn 27 (M) (W) Massachusetts Farmer $1100
      "       Sarah M. 21 (F) (W) Connecticut    
      "       Alice R. 2 (F) (W)          "    

 Middlesex County, Connecticut - 1850 Census

Town of Saybrook.
Page 252.  Census taken August 30, 1850.

527-527 Sparks, Enos 50 (M) (W) Maryland Laborer  
  Wood, Azubah 32 (F) (W) Connecticut    

Town of Portland.
Page 426.  Census taken October 23, 1850.

215-215 Sparks, Edward 53 (M) (W) Connecticut Stone cutter  
     "       Esther 49 (F) (W)        "    
     "       Edward B. 24 (M) (W)        " Clerk  
     "       Mary C. 22 (F) (W)        "    
     "       Nathan 19 (M) (W)        " Student  
     "       Elizabeth 10 (F) (W)        "    
  Peters, Lorinda 10 (F) (B)        "    

New Haven County, Connecticut - 1850 Census

Town of Orange.
Page 423.  Census taken September 7, 1850.

209-218 Hardyear, Clarissa 82 (F) (W) Connecticut   $600
  Sparks, Betsey 55 (F) (W)        "   $600
    "        William 14 (M) (W)        "    
    "        Cabella 12 (F) (W)        "    
212-221 Stone, Ezra 49 (M) (W) Connecticut   $2000
    "      Laura 38 (F) (W)        "    
  Sparks, Edward 24 (M) (W)        " Shoe maker  
     "       Phebe 17 (F) (W)        "    

(Note:  Edward and Phebe Sparks were identified as having been married within the year.)

New London County, Connecticut - 1850 Census

East Lyme.
Page 405.  Census taken August 30, 1850.

54-54 Sparkey, Owen 25 (M) (W) Connecticut Farmer  

Norwich.
Page 123.  Census taken October 15, 1850.

2078-2078 Sparkes, John 50 (M) (W) Pennsylvania Baker  
    "          Celinda 48 (F) (W) Massachusetts    
    "          John L. 23 (M) (W) Connecticut    
    "          Helen 18 (F) (W)        "    
    "          Thomas 16 (M) (W)        "    
    "          Henry 11 (M) (W)        "    
    "          Albert 7 (M) (W)        "    
    "          Harriet 3 (F) (W)        "    
  Palmer, Maria 28 (F) (B)        "    

Page 195.  Census taken November 16, 1850.

3308-3308 Sparks, Maria 28 (F) (W) Connecticut (living in a  
                 " boarding house)  

Tolland County, Connecticut - 1850 Census

Willington.
Page 258.  Census taken October 19, 1850.

184-184 Sparks, Joseph 40 (M) (W) Connecticut Shoe maker $800
     "        Mary 35 (F) (W)        "    
     "        Andrew 15 (M) (W)        "    
     "        Sarah J. 13 (F) (W)        "    
     "        Mary E. 3 (F) (W)        "    
  Branch, WaIde 17 (M) (W)        " Laborer  

Pages 258-259

192-192 Sparks, Dugen 50 (M) (W) Connecticut Carpenter $1200
     "       Celesta 42 (F) (W)        "    
     "      Josephine C. 20 (F) (W)        "    
     "       Maria L. 17 (F) (W)        "    
     "       Henry O. 15 (M) (W)        "    
     "       Caleb B. 12 (M) (W)        "    
     "       SuIinda C. 12 (F) (W)        "    
     "       Julia C. 6 (F) (W)        "    
     "       Josiah C. 8 (M) (W)        "    
     "       Mariann B. 4 (F) (W)        "    

Town of Vernon.
Page 272.  Census taken September 20, 1850.

6-6 Sparks, Abiel (?) 44 (M) (W) Connecticut  Farmer $2000
     "        Matilda 42 (F) (W)        "    
     "        Lyman 20 (M) (W)        " Painter  
     "        Antonnette 16 (F) (W)        "    
     "        Martha Ann 14 14 (F) (W)        "    
     "        William E. 10 (M) (W)        "    
     "        Henry H. 9 (M) (W)        "    
     "        Sarah L. 7 (F) (W)        "    
     "        Louisa 4 (F) (W)        "    
  Beckwith, James 28 (M) (W)        " Laborer  

Page 276.  Census taken September 21, 1850.

90-90 Sparks, William 51 (M) (W) Connecticut Farmer $2000
    "        Lucy 48 (F) (W)         "    

Page 276.  Census taken September 21, 1850.

91-91 Sparks, George W. 24 (M) (W) Connecticut Farmer  
    "        Susan 23 (F) (W)         "    
    "        Harriet E. 18 (F) (W)         "    
     "        William B. 14 (M) (W)         "    
  Riley, Johanne 22 (F) (W) Ireland    

Page 277.

94-94 Moore, George A. 40 (M) (W) Rhode Island Merchant $1000
     "      D. E. 38 (F) (W) Connecticut    
     "      John E. 15 (M) (W)         "    
     "      Lucius 10 (M) (W)         "    
  Sparks, Martha 15 (F) (W)         "    

Page 285.  Census taken September 26, 1850.

248-248 Sparks, Lyman 43 (M) (W) Connecticut   $1700
      "      Anna 40 (F) (W)         "    
      "      Augusta 11 (F) (W)         "    
      "      Philander 9 (M) (W)         "    
      "      Lucy 7 (F) (W)         "    
      "      Adalaide 4 (F) (W)         "    
      "      Henry D. 11/12 (M) (W)         "    
250-250 Johnson, William 28 (M) (W) Connecticut Joiner $1000
       "       Sarah 21 (F) (W) New York    
  Sparks, James 19 (M) (W) Connecticut Painter  

Windham County, Connecticut - 1850 Census

Village of Voluntown.
Page 190. Census taken September 21, 1850

41-41 Sparks, Henry 33 (M) (W) Connecticut Cabinet workman  
      "      Clarissa 30 (F) (W)         "    
      "      Eliza 15 (F) (W)         "    
      "      Charles 12 (M) (W)         "    
      "      Alfred 9 (M) (W)         "    
      "      Gideon 5 (M) (W)         "    
      "      Edward 4 (M) (W)         "    
      "      William 1 (M) (W)         "    

Page 200.  Census taken October 2, 1850.

216-216 Robbing, Eunice 65 (F) (W) Connecticut    
  Brown, James 9 (M) (W)         "    
  Wilkinson, John N. 53 (M) (W)         "    
    "        Mahetable 5 (F) (W)         "    
  Sparks, Wealthy Ann 10 (F) (W)         "    

Town of Killingsly.
Page 328. Census taken August 28, 1850.

119-119 Taylor, John 55 (M) (W) Rhode Island Laborer  
          (born in Providence)    
       "    Roxana 54 (F) (W) Massachusetts    
          (born in Attleborough    
  Sparks, Daniel T. 18 (M) (W) Connecticut    
          (born in Killingsly)    

Page 371.  Census taken September 27, 1850.

821-821 Sparks, Henry 58 (M) (W) Connecticut Farmer $3000
          (born in Killingsly)    
     "        Lois  68 (F) (W) Connecticut    
          (born in Killingsly)    

pages 371-372.

822-822 Sparks, Henry 37 (M) (W) Connecticut Farmer  
    "        Lydia Ann 33 (F) (W)         "    
    "        Mary Ann 11 (F) (W)         "    
    "        William H. 9 (M) (W)         "    
    "        Lois D. 7 (F) (W)         "    
    "       Cassins(?)M.C. 4 (M) (W)         "    
    "       John Q. A. 1 (M) (W)         "    

(Note: All members of this family were noted by the census taker as having been born in Killingsly.)

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