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Whole Number 31

Iowa - 1850 Census



Jasper County, Iowa - 1850 Census

Dist. No. 16, enumerated September 5, 1850, by Cary D. Shelledy.

(P. 761) Sparks, Truelove 39 (M) Kentucky Farmer $1000
182-182 " Sarah 40 (F) "    
  " Stephen 15 (M) Illinois    
  " John 14 (M) "    
  " William 13 (M) Iowa    
  " Jeremiah 11 (M) Illinois    
  " Mary 8 (F) Iowa    
  " Angeline 6 (F) "    
  " George 3 (M) "    
  " Eliza 2 (F) "    
  " Margaret 5/12 (F) "    
(p. 764) Sparks, John 43 (M) Tennessee Farmer $3000
193-193 " Elizabeth 43 (F) Kentucky    
  " Jeremiah 21 (M) Illinois    
  " Matthew 18 (M) "    
  " Panina 14 (F) "    
  " William 10 (M) Iowa    
  " John 8 (M) "    
  " Elizabeth 6 (F) "    
  " Samuel 3 (M) "    
  Matthews, Mary 77 (F) Penna.    
  Smith, Samuel 18 (M) Ohio Farmer  

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Whole Number 46

PERSONS NAMED SPARKS LIVING IN IOWA IN 1850

Copied from the 1850 Census by Carrie Grant Heppen

The area that became the state of Iowa on December 28, 1846, had been a part of the vast tract called Louisiana sold by Napoleon to the United States in 1803. Except for an occasional explorer or trapper, however, Iowa was rarely visited by white men until about 1830, when settlers began to infiltrate. As the Indians gradually gave up their rights to the land, white men came in ever greater numbers. In 1836, the white population numbered 10,531; it more than doubled during the next two years, and by 1840 had reached 43,112. When the census of 1850 was taken, Iowa had a population of 192,212. These settlers bad come generally from the eastern and southern states and were largely of British ancestry.

From 1812 until 1821, Iowa was a part of Missouri Territory; from 1824 until 1834, it was unorganized; it was then attached to Michigan Territory, but in 1836 it was made a part of Wisconsin Territory. In 1838 it became a territory in its own name, and in 1846 was admitted to statehood.

In 1850, Iowa consisted of 49 counties; some of these counties were subdivided in later years and today there are 99. The 49 counties in 1850 were: Allamakee, Appanoose, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Buchanan, Cedar, Clarke, Clayton, Clinton, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Frernont, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Muscatine, Page, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Taylor, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, and Winneshiek.

Persons named Sparks lived in only the following Iowa counties in 1850: Appanoose, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton, Davis, Dubuque, Jasper, Jefferson, and Lee. Of the 192,212 persons living in Iowa in 1850, only 76 were named Sparks.

The reader is reminded that on the 1850 census, each family group represented a household and that besides the parents and children, a household might include relatives and hired hands. In each instance where a person named Sparks appears on the census, the entire household of which he was a member is given. In the following list, the page number refers to the page in the volume containing the particular county named. The two numbers given below the page number are those supplied by the census taker. The first was the house number, the second was the family number. These two numbers are often the same, but when two families lived in the same house, the sequences would thereafter be different. These numbers are useful to the genealogist because one can frequently judge how near one family lived to andther by comparing the numbers. For example, in Clinton County we know that the family of Joel Sparks and that of Edward B. Sparks appear to have lived side-by-side, since Joel Sparks is numbered 473-482 and Edward B. Sparks is numbered 474-483.

Appanoose County, Iowa - 1850 Census

Independence Township
(Vol. 1, p. 24) Census taken on November 13, 1850, by Samuel L. Caldwell.

13-13

Sparks, Daniel P.

34

(M)

(born) Pennsylvania

Farmer

$1,000

 

" Mary A.

22

(F)

Delaware

   
 

" Daniel P.

2

(M)

Iowa

   

Rochester Township.
(Vol. 1, p. 34) Census taken on November 16, 1850, by Samuel L. Caldwell

15-15

Waples, Leah

45

(F)

Delaware

. .
 

" Margaret

17

(F)

"

   
 

" Edward

10

(M)

"

   
 

" William

8

(M)

"

   
 

" Elizabeth

5

(F)

"

   
 

Sparks, William

29

(M)

Ohio

Farmer

$100

Cedar County, Iowa - 1850 Census

Rochester Township.
(Vol. 1, p. 187) Census taken on September 4, 1850, by J. H. Robinson.

185-185

Sparks, David T.

28

(M)

Indiana

Farmer

$600

 

" Susan E.

22

(F)

"

   
 

" Albert T.

3

(M)

Iowa

   
 

" Aquilla J.

1/12

(F)

"

   

Rochester Township

(Vol. 1, p. 187) Census taken on September 4, 1850, by J. H. Robinson.

194-194

Sparks, William

23

(M)

Indiana

Farmer

$100

 

" Lucinda

17

(F)

"

   

Clayton County, Iowa - 1850 Census

Mendon Township.

(Vol. 1, p. 352) Census taken August 22, 1850, by Etepolet Price.

659-659

Sparks, James

50

(M)

Kentucky

Farmer

$1,200

 

" Elizabeth

45

(F)

"

   
 

" Allen

27

(M)

"

Farmer

$400

 

" Barton

26)

(M

"

Farmer

$200

 

" James

24

(M)

"

Farmer

$300

 

" Harriet

22

(F)

"

   
 

" Cyrus

21

(M)

"

Farmer

 
 

" Joseph

19

(M)

"

Laborer

 
 

" Rebecca

16

(F)

"

   
 

" Henry

14

(M)

"

   
 

" Mary

12

(F)

"

   
 

" Elizabeth

9

(F)

"

   
 

" John

5

(M)

"

   

Clinton County, Iowa - 1850 Census

Bloomfield Township

(Vol. 1, p. 430) Census Taken October 5, 1850, by J. D. Bourne.

473-482

Sparks, Joel

56

(M)

New York

Farmer

.
 

" Lydia

56

(F)

" "

   
 

" John M.

20

(M)

" "

   
 

" William

25

(M)

" "

   

474-483

Sparks, Edward E.

27

(M)

New York

Farmer

$1,000

 

" Mary

26

(F)

Ohio

   
 

" George

2

(M)

"

   

Jasper County, Iowa, 1850 Census, continued:

District No. 16.

(Vol. 2, p. 764) Census taken September 6, 1950, by Cary D. Shelledy.

193-193

Sparks, John

43

(M)

Tennessee

Farmer

$3000

 

" Elizabeth

43

(F)

Kentucky

   
 

" Jeremiah

21

(M)

Illinois

Farmer

 
 

" Matthew

18

(M)

"

Farmer

 
 

" Panina

14

(F)

"

   
 

" William

10

(M)

Iowa

   
 

" John

8

(M)

"

   
 

" Elizabeth

6

(F)

"

   
 

" Samuel

3

(M)

"

   
 

Matthews, Mary

77

(F)

Pennsylvania

   
 

Smith, Samuel

18

(M)

Ohio

Farmer

 

Fairfield Township.

(Vol. 3, p. 119) Census taken October 15, 1850, by R. W. Steele

40-41

Sparks, A. R.

29

(M)

Virginia

Druggist

$400

 

" Sarah Ann

25

(F)

Pennsylvania

   
 

Markle, Elizabeth

15

(F)

Ohio

   
 

Bighorn, D. S.

26

(M)

North Carolina

Speculator

 
 

" Hannah M.

21

(F)

Massachusetts

   

Lee County, Iowa - 1850 Census

28th Division.

(Vol. 3, p. 600) Census taken September 5, 1850, by Thos. Cherry.

313-313

Sparks, Thomas

36

(M)

Iowa (? see note below)

Farmer

 

" Sarah

36

(F)

Iowa

   
 

" Elizabeth

16

(F)

"

   
 

" Martha

14

(F)

"

   
 

" Mary

12

(F)

"

   
 

" Sarah

7

(F)

"

   
 

" Harriet

6

(F)

"

   
 

" Louisa

4

(F)

"

   
 

" Marion

3/12

(F)

"

   
 

" Ann (Arena?)

3/12

(M)

"

   

[Note: Iowa was given as the birth place for all members of this family, but since there were almost no white settlers in Iowa at the time Thomas and Sarah were born, about 1814, the census taker probably intended Indiana as the birth place of at least the older members of this family.)

29th Division.

(Vol. 3, p. 880) Census taken September 13, 1850, by John M. Newcomb.

797-803

Barber, Luther, Sr.

58

(M)

Connecticut

Farmer

$500

 

" Levia

50

(F)

"

   
 

Darrow, Willard

25

(M)

New York

Farmer

 
 

" Margaret

17

(F)

Ohio

   
 

Sparks, William F.

8

(M)

Iowa

   
 

Anston, Genette

10

(F)

Ohio

   

Pages2689-2694

Whole Number 128

PERSONS NAMED SPARKS LIVING IN IOWA IN 1850

In the Quarterly of June 1964, Whole No. 46, pages 812-815, we published what we thought then to be a complete record of persons named Sparks appearing on the Federal census for Iowa taken in 1850. Since then, however, a number of other Sparkses have been found who should have been included. Rather than simply listing these additions, we have thought it best to re-publish the entire record.

What follows is, we believe, a complete listing of all persons named Sparks that were recorded as living in Iowa in 1850. Census takers then, as now, make mistakes, of course, so we cannot claim that no one was missed. We suggest that individuals and libraries that are maintaining a complete file of the Quarterly note on the issue for June 1964 that this revised and corrected list appears in the December 1984 issue.

[Note: The recommended note for the June 1964 issue has been inserted.]

The area that became the state of Iowa on December 28, 1846, had been a part of the vast tract called Louisiana that had been sold to the United States by Napoleon in 1803. Except for an occasional explorer or trapper, however, the area that would become Iowa was rarely visited by white men until about 1830, when settlers began to infiltrate. As the Indians gradually gave up their rights to the land, white settlers came in ever greater numbers. In 1836, the white population numbered 10,531; it was more than doubled during the next two years, and by 1840 had reached 43,112. When the census of 1850 was taken, Iowa had a population of 192,212. These settlers had come generally from the eastern and southern states and were largely of British ancestry.

From 1812 until 1821, Iowa was a part of the Missouri Territory; from 1824 until 1834, it was unorganized; it was then attached to Michigan Territory; but in 1836 it was made a part of Wisconsin Territory. In 1838 it became a territory in its own name, and in 1846 was admitted to statehood.

by 1850, Iowa had been divided into 49 counties. Many of these counties were subdivided in later years and today there are 99. Persons named Sparks lived in only the following Iowa counties in 1850: Appanoose, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton, Davis, Dubuque, Henry, Jasper, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, and Muscatine. Of the 192,212 persons living in Iowa in 1850, only 88 had the name Sparks.

The reader is reminded that on the 1850 census, each family group represented a household and that, besides the parents and children, a household might include relatives and hired hands. In each instance where a person named Sparks appears on this census, we have copied the entire household of which he was a member.

The page number refers to the page in the volume containing the particular county named. The two numbers given below the page number are those supplied by the census taker. The first was the number that he assigned to the house or building while the second was supposed to represent the family. These two numbers often start out the same, but when two families lived in the same house, the sequence of numbers was, thereafter, different. These numbers are useful to the genealogist because one can frequently judge how near one family lived to another by comparing the numbers. For example, in Clinton County we know that the family of Joel Sparks and that of Edward E. Sparks appear to have have lived side-byside, since Joel's household is numbered 473-482 and Edward's is numbered 474-483.

Appanoose County, Iowa - 1850 Census

  Independence Township
 (Vol. 1, p. 24) Census taken on November 13, 1850, by Samuel L. Caldwell.

13-13 Sparks, Daniel P.   34 (M) Pennsylvania  Farmer  $1,000 
      "      Mary A.  22 (F) Delaware    
      "      Daniel P.   2 (M) Iowa    

  Center Township.
 (Vol. 1, p. 34) Census taken on November 16, 1850, by Samuel L. Caldwell

15-15 Waples, Leah   45  (F) Delaware     
       "     Margaret  17  (F)      "    
       "     Edward  10  (M)      "    
       "     William   8  (M)      "    
       "      Elizabeth   5  (F)      "    
  Sparks, William  29  (M) Ohio Farmer $100

Cedar County, Iowa - 1850 Census

  Rochester Township
Page 94. Census taken September 4, 1850, by J. J. Robinson.

184-184 Sparks, James  26  (M) Indiana  Farmer  $1,000 
       "      Elizabeth 20 (F)      "    
       "      Mahala (F) Iowa    

  Rochester Township.
 (Vol. 1, p. 187) Census taken on September 4, 1850, by J. H. Robinson.

185-185 Sparks, David T.   28  (M) Indiana  Farmer  $600 
      "      Susan E.  22  (F)     "    
      "      Albert T.   3  (M) Iowa    
      "      Aquilla J. 1/12  (F)   "    

   Rochester Township
(Vol. 1, p. 187) Census taken on September 4, 1850, by J. H. Robinson.

194-194 Sparks, William   23   (M) Indiana  Farmer  $100 
      "      Lucinda  17  (F)     "    

Clayton County, Iowa - 1850 Census

   Mendon Township.
(Vol. 1, p. 352) Census taken August 22, 1850, by Etepolet Price.

659-659 Sparks, James  50  (M) Kentucky Farmer $1,200 
      "     Elizabeth  45  (F)     "     
      "     Allen  27 (M)     "  Farmer $400
      "     Barton  26) (M      "  Farmer $200
      "     James  24 (M)     "  Farmer $300
      "     Harriet  22 (F)     "     
      "     Cyrus  21 (M)     "  Farmer  
      "     Joseph  19 (M)     "  Laborer  
      "     Rebecca  16 (F)     "     
      "     Henry  14 (M)     "     
      "     Mary  12 (F)     "     
      "     Elizabeth   9 (F)     "     
      "     John   5 (M)     "     

Clinton County, Iowa - 1850 Census

  District 5.
Page 194. Census taken September 21, 1850.

170-179 Sparks, Levi  25  (M) Maryland  Joiner  $30 
  (Living in a boarding hse)          

   Bloomfield Township
(Vol. 1, p. 430) Census Taken October 5, 1850, by J. D. Bourne.

473-482 Sparks, Joel   56 (M)  New York Farmer   
      "      Lydia  56 (F)   "         "    
      "      John M.  20 (M)   "         "    
      "      William  25 (M)   "         "    
474-483 Sparks, Edward E.   27 (M) New York  Farmer  $1,000 
      "      Mary  26 (F) Ohio    
      "      George   2 (M)   "    

Davis County, Iowa - 1850 Census

  Soap Creek Township.
Page 535. Census taken September 14, 1850, by Samuel T. Caldwell.

54-55 Sparks, Stephen 29  (M) Indiana  Farmer   
       "      Mary 29 (F)      "    
       "      John W. 6 (M) Missouri    
       "      Elizabeth 5 (F)      "    
       "      William W. 3 (M)      "    
       "      Jacob Z. 4/12 (M)      "    

  Bloomfield Township
Page 319. Census taken October 23, 1850.

  Fitzpatrick, William H.  29  (M) Tennessee  Farmer  $300 
         "          Rebecca 25 (F) Indiana    
         "          Jacob J. 7/12 (M)      "    
  Sparks, Zachariah 23 (M)      " Laborer  

Dubuque County, Iowa - 1850 Census

  District 7.
Page 52. Census taken on September 12, 1830, by Jesse M. Harrison.

360-363 Sparks, Levi  52  (M) Pennsylvania  Farmer  $500 
       "      Zulena C. 50 (F) Virginia    
       "      Edwin 20 (M) Ohio Stone mason  
       "      Levi 18 (M)   "    
       "      Zulima 10 (F)   "    
       "      Catherine 9 (F)   "    

 Page 233. Census taken on December 6, 1850, by Jesse M. Harrison

1732-1784 Haislet, Zilla 43  (M) Ohio     
       "      James 29  (M) Michigan    
       "      McManus 18 (M)     "    
       "      George 15 (M)     "    
       "      Lemuel 13 (M) Iowa    
       "      Louisa 11 (F)   "    
       "      Franklin 5 (M)   "    
  Spurgeon, Priscilla 18 (F) Ohio    
  Sparks, Edwin 20 (M)   " Bricklayer  
  Bonhand, Thomas W. 44 (M) Virginia Miner  
  Straw, Peter 24 (M) Germany Miner  
    "      John 26 (M)        " MIner  
  Stipp, John 22 (M) Ohio Miner  

Henry County, Iowa - 1850 Census

  Jackson Township.
Page 256. Census taken November 13, 1850.

1357-1357 Chambers, Joseph  33  (M) Virginia  Farmer  $1300 
          "         Mary 33 (F) Pennsylvania    
          "         Thomas P. 6 (M)           "    
          "         Sarah A. 4 (F) Iowa    
          "         Asa S.  2 (M) "    
  Sparks, Jonathan 20  (M) Pennsylvania     
  Patterson, Eliza J. 30 (F)        "     

Jasper County, Iowa - 1850 Census

  District No. 16.
Page 761. Census taken September 5, 1850, by Cary D. Shelledy.

182-182 Sparks, Truelove  39  (M) Kentucky  Farmer  $1000 
       "      Sarah 40 (F)      "    
       "      Stephen 15 (M) Illinois    
       "      John 14 (M)     "    
       "      William 13 (M) Iowa    
       "      Jeremiah 11 (M) Illinois    
       "      Mary 8 (F) Iowa    
       "      Angeline 6 (F)   "    
       "      George 3 (M)   "    
       "      Eliza 2 (F)   "    
       "      Margaret 5/12 (F)   "    

Page 764. Census taken September 6, 1850, by Cary D. Shelledy.

193-193 Sparks, John  43  (M) Tennessee Farmer  $3000 
      "      Elizabeth  43  (F) Kentucky    
      "      Jeremiah  21  (M) Illinois Farmer  
      "      Matthew  18  (M)    " Farmer  
      "      Panina  14   (F)    "    
      "      William  10   (M) Iowa    
      "      John 8  (M) "    
      "      Elizabeth 6  (F)  "    
      "      Samuel   3   (M)    
  Matthews, Mary  77  (F)  Pennsylvania    
  Smith, Samuel  18   (M) Ohio Farmer  

Jefferson County, Iowa - 1850 Census

   Fairfield Township.
(Vol. 3, p. 119)    Census taken October 15, 1850, by R. W. Steele

40-41 Sparks, A. R.   29  (M) Virginia  Druggist  $400 
      "     Sarah Ann  25  (F) Pennsylvania    
  Markle, Elizabeth  15  (F) Ohio    
  Bighorn, D. S.  26  (M) North Carolina Speculator  
      "      Hannah M.  21   (F) Massachusetts    

Keokuk County, Iowa - 1850 Census

  District 26.
Page 275. Census taken October 26, 1850.

773-773 Sparks, Elizabeth  51  (F) Tennessee    
       "      Rebecca 15 (F) Indiana    

Lee County, Iowa - 1850 Census    28th Division.
 (Vol. 3, p. 600) Census taken September 5, 1850, by Thos. Cherry.

313-313 Sparks, Thomas   36   (M) Indiana Farmer   
      "      Sarah  36  (F)      
      "      Elizabeth  16  (F)      
      "      Martha  14  (F)      
      "      Mary  12  (F)      
      "      Sarah   7  (F)      
      "      Harriet   6  (F)      
      "      Louisa   4  (F)      
      "      Marion 3/12  (F)      
      "      Ann (Arena?) 3/12   (M)      

[Editor's Note: No indication of the place of birth was given by the census taker for anyone in this family except for Thomas.)

    29th Division.
(Vol. 3, p. 880) Census taken September 13, 1850, by John M. Newcomb.

797-803 Barber, Luther, Sr.   58   (M) Connecticut  Farmer  $500 
      "     Levia  50   (F)         "    
  Darrow, Willard   25   (M) New York Farmer  
      "       Margaret  17   (F) Ohio    
  Sparks, William F.   8  (M) Iowa    
  Anston, Genette  10   (F) Ohio    

Muscatine County, Iowa - 1850 Census

  Sweetland Township.
Page 391. Census taken November 1, 1850.

80-80 Sparks, John  27  (M) Kentucky  Potter  $800 
       "      Sarah H. 25 (F) Indiana    
       "      Elihu E. 4 (M) Iowa    
       "      Mary J. 2 (F)   "    

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