September 18, 2017

Pages 2543-2548
Whole Number 123

SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF MICHIGAN



In this issue of the Quarterly, we continue our project of publishing the record of persons named Sparks (also Spark and Sparkes) found on the census of the United States that was conducted by the federal government in 1850. Readers are referred to the introduction to the listing of Sparkses of New York in 1850 that appeared in the March 1982 issue of the Quarterly for a more detailed explanation regarding the information contained in the 1850 census.

On the following pages, under each Michigan county in which a Sparks was found to be living, we have noted the township, town, village, district, precinct, etc. where given by the census taker, along with the page number appearing in the volume in which this record is preserved in the National Archives. Also given are the household and family numbers assigned by the census taker; these are sometimes helpful in determining how close two families may have lived to each other. Following the individual's name is his/her age, sex (M or F), state or country of birth, occupation (if any was listed), and value of real estate owned (if any). Race was also recorded in the 1850 census, but since everyone listed on the followpages was white, we have omitted the column from the Michigan census.

It must be kept in mind that these are the records made by a census taker based upon information provided by someone who was at home on the day he called on the family. Accurate information was not always given to the census taker, and he sometimes misunderstood what was told to him. While the genealogist considers census records to be a major source for research, he must recognize that errors exist in these records.

We are able to publish these listings of Sparkses appearing on the 1850 census because a number of indexing projects have been completed in recent years. Paul Sparks, our Association's president, has worked through a professional genealogist named Jack Strickland to glean the Sparks records from these federal records.

Berrien County, Michigan - 1850 Census

Division No. 10.
Page 137. Census taken July 17, 1850.

63-63 Sparklin, John 20 (M) Birthplace unk. Carpenter  

                             (living in a boarding house - there is the possibility that this was intended for Sparks)

Page 169. Census taken August 4, 1850.

559-559  Sparks, David 33 (M) Indiana  Farmer  $460
      "       Harriet  25  (F) Virginia    
      "       Catherine  5 (F)  Michigan    
      "       Cornelius 4 (M)      "    
      "       Evaline 1 (F)     "    

Page 173. Census taken August 7, 1850.

614-514 Sparks, Cornelius  61  (M) North Carolina Farmer $3000 
       "      Susana  56 (F)     "         "    
       "      Wilson 20 (M) Michigan    
       "      Susana 18 (F)     "    
       "      Cynthia 16 (F)     "    
       "      Spencer 8 (M)     "    
       "      Ira 23 (M) Indiana Farmer $300
615-615 Sparks, Levi  27  (M) Indiana Farmer $1000 
       "      Maria 24 (F) Virginia    
621-621 Sparks, Spencer 34  (M) Indiana Farmer $800 
       "      Sarah 35 (F) Ohio    
       "      Louisa J. 10 (F) Michigan    
       "      Susana 8 (F)     "    
       "      John 6 (M)     "    
       "      William O. 4 (M)     "    

Page 221. Census taken September 10, 1850.

1379-1379 Sparks, Joseph  26  (M) South Carolina Farmer $800 
       "      Mary 32 (F)     "         "    
       "      Liddy M. 9 (F) Michigan    
       "      Lucy H. 5 (F)     "    
       "      Ira E. 3 (M)     "    

Calhoun County, MIchigan - 1850 Census

  Town of Marshall
Page 153. Census taken July 31, 1850.

489-489 Sparks, Daniel  47 (M) New York Farmer $1400 
       "      S.  43 (F)   "      "    
       "      W. 13 (M) Ohio    
       "      R. 7 (M)   "    

Clinton County, MIchigan - 1850 Census

  Dewitt Township.
Page 52. Census taken September 12, 1850.

67-67 Fletcher, Hosea  35  (M) Massachusetts Laborer  
       "       Lucy A. 32 (F) New York    
       "       William O. 7 (M) Michigan    
       "       Albert W. 6 (M)     "    
       "       George W. 3 (M)     "    
  Sparks, Francina 25 (F) New York    

Genessee County, MIchigan - 1850 Census

  Vienna Township
Page 228. Census taken July 23, 1850.

20-20 Sparks, George  47  (M) New York Farmer $2000 
       "      Adaline  44 (F)   "      "    
       "      Henry 25 (M)   "      "    
       "      Stiles 22 (M)   "      "    
       "      Adeline 7 (F) Michigan    

  Richfield Township
Page 318. Census taken September 24, 1850.

570-670 Cooley, Elijah  22  (M) Massachusetts Farmer $600 
       "      John 20 (M)          "    
       "      Martha 16 (F) Michigan    
  Sparks, Mary 24 (F) Massachusetts    
      "      Jennet 3/12 (F) Michigan    

Ingham County, Michigan - 1850 Census

  Phelpstown.
Page 86. Census taken September 10, 1850.

218-218 Sparks, Daniel  26  (M) New York Farmer $350 
       "      Sarah 26 (F)   "      "    
       "      Elias H. 8 (M) Michigan    
       "      Mahetable A. 5 (F)     "    
       "      Mary J. 4 (F)     "    
       "      Harvey 1 (M)     "    

Ionia County, Michigan - 1850 Census

  North Plains
Page 160. Census taken October 18, 1850.

575-575 Spark, Lester W.  39  (M) New York Farmer $600 
       "    Harriet 39 (F) Vermont    
       "    Newton 14 (M) New York    
       "    Cyrus 12 (M)   "      "    

  Keen Township
Page 205. Census taken Septembner 12, 1850

636-636 Sparks, Danforth  31  (M) New York Farmer  $400 
       "      Lydia 11 (F) Dist. of Columbia    
       "      Eliza 3 (F) Michigan    
       "      Abby 1 (F)     "    
637-637 Sparks, William  29  (M) New York Farmer $400 
       "      Mary M. 26 (F)   "      "    
       "      William N. 3 (M) Michigan    
       "      Myron E. 1 (M)      "    
  Butterfield, Isaac 21 (M) New York    
638-638 Sparks, Stephen  69  (M) Connecticut Farmer  
       "      Mary  66 (F) Massachusetts    
639-639 Sparks, Stephen, Jr.  37 (M) New York Farmer $600 
       "      Angeline 29 (F)   "      "    
       "      James 6 (M) Michigan    
       "      Alpheus 3 (M)      "    
640-640 Hart, Samuel  27  (M) New York Laborer  
       " Evaline 23 (F)   "      "    
       " Almedee 3 (F) Michigan    
  Sparks, Sophronia 38 (F) New York    
      "      Amanda 28 (F)   "      "    

Jackson County, Michigan - 1850 Census

  Columbia Township
Page 419. Census taken September 18, 1950

1536-1536 Sparks, Norman  30 (M) Massachusetts Farmer $1000 
       "      Sarah 20 (F) New York    

  Town of Napoleon.
Page 444. Census taken September 13, 1850.

337-337 Sparks, Austin  51 (M) Connecticut Farmer $1000 
       "      Hannah 49 (F) New York    
       "      Catherine 21 (F)   "      "    
       "      Wesley 16 (M)   "      "    
  Cline Jacob C. 86 (M)   "      "    
338-338  Sparks, Oscar  25  (M) New York Farmer $800 
       "      Harriet 22 (F) Vermont    
       "      Julia 3 (F) Michigan    
       "      Catherine 1/12 (F)       "    
340-340 Sparks, Marcus  31  (M) New York Farmer  
       "      Louisa 23 (F) Vermont    
       "      Eustatia 5 (F) Michigan    
       "      Isabell 3 (F)      "    
       "      Adalaide 6/12 (F)      "    

Kalamazoo County, Michigan - 1850 Census

  Town of Kalamazoo
Page 294. Census taken July 17, 1850, by N. Gibbs.

424-438 Sparks, Benjamin  45 (M) Massachusetts   $100 
       "      Oscar 5 (M) Michigan    

  Village of Oshtemo.
Page 58. Census taken July 31, 1850, by N. Gibbs.

831-845 Sparks, Henry 39  (M) Connecticut Farmer $2500 
       "      Minerva  44 (F) Massachusetts    
       "      Nathaniel 19 (M) Connecticut    
832-846 Sparks, Asell  36  (M) Massachusetts Farmer $1600 
       "      Sabry 30 (F)          "    
       "      Munson B. 5 (M) Michigan    
       "      Olive 67 (F) Connecticut    
833-847 Sparks, Kelsey  35  (M) Massachusetts Farmer $500 
       "      Elizabeth 33 (F)          "    
       "      Comfort 10 (F) New York    
       "      John K. 8 (M)   "      "    
       "      Mary J. 2 (F) Michigan    

Livingston County, Michigan - 1850 Census

  Howell Township.
Page 696. Census taken July 27, 1850.

341-341 Sparks, Harvey S.  32  (M) New York Farmer $500 
       "      Eliza M.  32 (F)   "      "    
       "      Anna S. 7 (F)   "      "    

  Genoa Township.
Page 774. Census taken August 17, 1850.

921-921 Abbey, Jeris  60  (M) Massachusetts Farmer $800 
       "     Cynthia  60 (F) Vermont    
       "     Sewel 31 (M) New York Carpenter  
       "     Amanda 33 (F)   "      "    
       "     Malan 7 (M)   "      "    
       "     Elizabeth 4 (F) Michigan    
       "     Jerrold 29 (M) New York Lime burner  
       "     Christiana 21 (M)   "      "    
  Spark, Jehial 22 (M)   "      " Laborer  
  Tricker, E. C. 39 (M)   "      " Blacksmith   

  Green Township
Page 810. Census taken August 28, 1850.

1166-1166 Sparks, Jas.  36  (M) Connecticut Farmer  
       "      Deborah 24 (F) New York    
  Clemens, Moses  12 (M) Michigan    
       "         Lina 48 (F) New York    
       "         James 14 (M) Michigan    
       "         Clark 16 (M)      "    

Macomb County, Michigan - 1850 Census

  Shelby Township.
Page 148. Census taken August 16, 1850.

598-598 Summers, George W.  36  (M) New York    
       "           Isabell 33  (F) Michigan    
       "           George E. 12 (M)      "    
       "           Ellen 10 (F)      "    
       "           Lydia 9 (F)      "    
       "           Thomas 5 (M)      "    
       "           Isabell 3 (F)      "    
       "           Frances M. 1 (F)      "    
  Scudder, Jane 16 (F)      "    
  Sparks, Mary 17 (F)      "    
  Lockwood, Chaney 16 (M)      "    

Ottowa County, Michigan - 1850 Census

  Crockery Township.

351-351 Sparks, Amos  57 (M) Connecticut Farmer $200 
       "      Desire 53 (F) Vermont    
       "      Orville O. 21 (M) New York Laborer  
       "      Melvin P. 17 (M)   "      "    
       "      Albertus 11 (M)   "      "    
  Sylvester, Lydia 60 (F) Massachusetts    

St. Clair County, Michigan - 1850 Census

  Village of Port Huron.
Page 184. Census taken July 16, 1850, by True P. Tucker.

53-53 Sparks, Amos  25  (M) Canada Laborer  
       "      Margaret 28 (F)      "    
       "      Lucretia 5 (F)      "    
       "      Mary Ann 4 (F)      "    
       "      Jemima S. 9/12 (F)      "    
  McLoud, William 30 (M)      "    
  Sparks, Reuben 23 (M)      "    

St. Joseph County, Michigan - 1850 Census

  Florence Township.
Page 315. Census taken September 18, 1850.

858-858 Sparks, Daniel  39  (M) Massachusetts Farmer $700 
       "      Lucretia 38 (F) New York    
       "      Charles E. 9 (M) Michigan    
  Jonson, Mary 16 (F)      "    
       "      Nelson 11 (M)      "    
  Leake, Emily 15 (F) New York    

Page 4619

Whole Number 173

A HOUSEHOLD MISSED IN THE TRANSCRIPTION OF SPARKSES
ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF MICHIGAN


Editor's Note: In the Quarterly of September 1983, Whole No. 123, pp. 2543- 2548, we transcribed the households on the 1850 census of Michigan that were found to include one or more persons named Sparks. No one named Sparks was found in the Branch County, Michigan, 1850 census by the professional researcher who made this record for us. A member of the Association, Jim Frost of Wagoner, Oklahoma, however, has located a Sparks family there. Your editor has transcribed this household from a microfilm of the original 1850 census, as follows:

Branch County, Michigan- 1850 Census

Page 48. Butler Township. Census taken August 15, 1850, by S. A. Holbrook

Sparks Samuel 93 (M) Rhode Island Farmer  
" Marinda 43 (F) Vermont    
" John 21 (M) New York Farmer $400 in land
" Lucy 16 (F) New York    
" Mary 14 (F) Ohio    
" Joseph 10 (M) Ohio    
" Lyman 2 mo (M) Michigan    

[Editor's Note: While Samuel Sparks's age appears as 93, we suspect that he was more nearly 73. Samuel, Marinda, and John were shown as unable to read or write. Lucy was shown as having attended school within the previous year.]

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