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Whole Number 31

Census - 1850 - Mississippi



Holmes County, Mississippi - 1850 Census

(p. 252) Sproles, Wilson R. 30 (M) North Carolina Farmer $1500
351-351 " Mary A. 25 (F) " "    
  " Henry 6 (M) Mississippi    
  " Martha 4 (F) "    
  " William 2 (M) "    
352-352 Sproles, Cornelius 25 (M) North Carolina Farmer $265
  " Elizabeth 24 (F) Mississippi    
  " Mary 4 (F) "    
  " Thomas 18/12 (M) "    
353-353 Sproles, S. M. 22 (M) North Carolina Farmer $500
  " Sarah 17 (F) Alabama    
  " Susan F. 3/12 (F) Mississippi    
354-354 Sproles, John W. 24 (M) Alabama Farmer $600
  " Mary D. 20 (F) Mississippi    
  Skinner, Mycilla 20 (F) "    
  Elmore, William 12 (M) "    
  Skinner, William 6 (M) Missouri    
355-355 Sproles, Saml. J. 32 (M) North Carolina Farmer $400
  " Nancy 30 (F) Mississippi    
  " Nicy 12 (F) "    
  " Richd. 9 (M) "    
  " Mary E. 6 (F) "    
  " Nancy A. 4 (F) "    
  " Elisha M. 1 (M) "    
  Riley, Ruth 18 (F) "    
357-357 Rogers, William M. 22 (M) South Carolina Farmer $1200
  Sparks, Solomon 19 (M) North Carolina Farmer  
(p. 253) Sproles, Elisha 28 (M) Georgia Farmer $1000
362-362 " Permelia 28 (F) "    
  " Timon 12 (M) "    
  " Margaret 2 (F) Mississippi    
  " Wilson 6/12 (F) "    
363-363 Sproles, Solomon H. 25 (M) Alabama Farmer $450
  " Matilda 25 (F) Mississippi    
  " Mary C. 4 (F) "    
  " James M. 2 (M) "    
  " Nancy 62 (F) North Carolina    
  Morrow, James 23 (M) South Carolina Farmer  
366-366 Gober, Elijah C. 33 (M) Mississippi Farmer $300
  " Mary 37 (F) North Carolina    
  Sproles, Stephen 16 (M) Mississippi    
  " Mary 14 (F) "    
  " Sarah 12 (F) "    
  " Henry 9 (M) "    
  " Martha 6 (F) "    
  Gober, Elijah C. 3 (M) "    
  " James D. 2/12 (M) "    
  Sproles, Rebecca 63 (F) Alabama    
395-395 Sproles, Elijahd [?] 27 (M) North Carolina Farmer  
  " Nancy C. 19 (F) Mississippi    
(p. 255) Sproles, Zachariah 45 (M) South Carolina Farmer $800
403-403 " Elizabeth 45 (F) " "    
  " Sarah J. 15 (F) Mississippi    
  " James 11 (M) "    
  " John 9 (M) "    
  " Susan 7 (F) "    
  " Margaret 5 (F) "    
  " Claramon 5/12 (F) "    
(p. 261) Sproles, Sarah 33 (F) Mississippi   $240
491-491 " Pernicy 13 (F) "    
  " Solomon 12 (M) "    
  " Mary 9 (F) "    
  " Sarah 8 (F) "    
  " Rachel 5 (F) "    

Page 657

Whole Number 38

SPARKSES FOUND IN THE 1850 CENSUS OF TISHOMINGO COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI

by Carrie Grant Heppen

(4th District, Northern Divison; enumerated Nov 13, 1850 by Wm. Scruggs)

(page 139)

949-949 Sparkes, Lewis 27 (M) North Carolina Farmer $250
  " Mary 24 (F) Tennessee    
  " Lewis 1 (M) Mississippi    
  " Jackson 3/12 (M) Mississippi    

(Same; enumerated Nov 14, 1850, by Scruggs)

(page 142)

971-971 Sparkes, Wm. 29 (M) North Carolina Farmer $800
  " Emilene 22 (F) Tennessee    

Page 656
Whole Number 38

SPARKSES FOUND IN THE 1850 CENSUS OF PONTOTOC COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI

by Carrie Grant Heppen

(Enumerated Sep 4, 1850, by Andrew J. Clark)

(page 129, Vol. 7)

166-166 Sparkes, Thomas 35 (M) North Carolina Farmer $150
  " Jane 34 (F) ""    
  " Richard 12 (M) Alabama    
  " William 9 (M) "    
  " Samuel 7 (M) Mississippi    
  " Joshua 3 (M) "    
  " Sarah 11/12 (F) "    
167-167 Abernathy, S. 83 (M) North Carolina Farmer  
  " Ruth 71 (F)      
168-168 Sparks, Peterson B. 44 (M) South Carolina Farmer $600
  " Isabella 30 (F) North Carolina    
  " Sarah 19 (F) Tennessee    
  " Duvall (Dred) 12 (M) Alabama    
  " Caroline 10 (F) "    
  " Ruth 9 (F)      
  " Samuel 7 (M)      
  " William 5 (M) Mississippi    
  " Robert 3 (M) "    
  " James 4/12 (M) "    

Page 784

SPARKSES FOUND IN THE 1850 CENSUS OF CHICKASAW COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI

by Carrie Grant Heppen

(The Eastern Division; enumerated on Oct 9, 1850, by John T. Murray) (Vol. 1, page 661)

458-458

Sparks, Matthew

51

(M)

Georgia

Farmer

$460

  " Jane

45

(F)

South Carolina

   
  " Jeremiah

10

(M)

Alabama

   
  " Susannah

7

(F)

"

   
  " Nancy E.

5

(F)

Mississippi

   
  " Mary A.

2

(F)

"

   

(The Eastern Division, enumerated Oct 10, 1850, by John T. Murray) (Vol. 1, page 674)

543-543

Gates, George E.

30

(M)

South Carolina

Farmer

$5000

  Sparks, Robert

26

(M)

" "

   
  " Jane

18

(F)

" "

   

SPARKSES FOUND IN THE 1850 CENSUS OF ATTALA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI

by Carrie Grant Heppen

(Township 13, Range 9 E; enumerated on Oct 28, 1850, by E. H. Sanders) (Vol. 1, page 173)

1123-1231

Sparks, David

45

(M)

Georgia

Farmer

$50

  " Rody

45

(F)

South Carolina

   

(Same, page 174)

1231-1239

Taylor, Nelson L.

40

(M)

North Carolina

Farmer

$1500

  " Charlotte

32

(F)

" "

   
  " Mary J.

12

(F)

Mississippi

   
  " Margaret

8

(F)

"

   
  " Charlotte

6

(F)

"

   
  " Rebecca

4

(F)

"

   
  " Sarah

4/12

(F)

"

   
  Sparks, Allen

14

(M)

Alabama

   

Pages 1126-1129

Whole Number 61

SPARKS FAMILIES IN MISSISSIPPI -- 1850 CENSUS

Although French and Spanish adventurers in the sixteenth century visited the area that eventually became the State of Mississippi, the first real settlement was made in 1699 by the French at Old Biloxi. In 1716, a colony was also established by the French at Natches. In 1763, the French ceded the province to Great Britain and during the period leading up to the Revolution a good many English families settled in the Natches area. The Natchez District remained loyal to Great Britain during the Revolution - - In fact, it became a haven for Loyalists all the way to the Atlantic. Following the Revolution, Spain laid claim to the Natchez District and it was not until 1798 that Spanish rule was overthrown. On April 7, 1798, Congress created the Mississippi Territory, with Natchez as the territorial capital.

Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and the opening of the Mississippi River, thousands of settlers came from the east and the north to take up land. On December 10, 1817, the State of Mississippi was created, with the eastern half of what had been Mississippi Territory cut off to form Alabama Territory. In 1820, the population of the state was 75,448. Jackson became the state capital in 1822.

The last of the Indian lands in Mississippi were opened for settlement in 1837, bringing another great migration.

Today the population of Mississippi is overwhelmingly native born. The greatest number of original settlers were Scotch-Irish from the Atlantic seaboard states Cotton became Mississippi’s leading crop, especially in the Delta, which meant that a great slave population developed. From 1840 until recently, the black population outnumbered the white.

When the 1850 census was taken, 139 individuals named Sparks were listed. Not a single adult male among these people named Sparks, however, was a native of Mississippi. Most of the Sparks families had migrated from other southern states, such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Virginia.

The identification of these Sparks families living in Mississippi in 1850 has been made possible through the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Norman B. Gillis of 2519 Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana. The Gillises have made an index of all surnames appearing on the 1850 census of Mississippi, and for a modest charge Mr. Gillis copied the Sparks data for us from this index. We sent Mr. Gillis’ report to Carrie Grant Heppen to check against microfilm of the original records in Washington and she supplied additional details. Mrs. Heppen found Mr. Gillis’ research to be remarkably accurate and we would recommend that anyone searching for a Mississippi ancestor of the 1850 period would do well to engage Mr. Gillis’ services.

In the following list, the page number refers to the page of the bound volume (handwritten) in the National Archives containing the particular county named. (In some instances, two different series of paging have been given In these volumes.) The two numbers below the page number are those given by the census taker in 1850 as he went from house to house. The first is the number he assigned to the house, while the second is the number he assigned to the family. These numbers are often the same, but when two families were found to be living in the same house, the sequence in numbering would thereafter be different. These numbers are useful to the genealogist because through them one can often judge how near one family lived to another. For example, in Ponola County, Matthew Sparks was given the house and families numbers 586-586, while Clary Sparks was given the numbers 587-587. From these numbers, we can be quite certain that the two families lived side-by-side and they were probably closely related. On the other hand, Moses S. Sparks in the same district was given the numbers 251-251, which probably means he was living some distance from Matthew and Clary.

Opposite each person’s name is given his age, whether male or female, the state in which he was born, his occupation, and the value of his real estate. It should be remembered that the census taker simply copied the information given him by the person whom he interviewed. In some instances, the age merely represented an estimate, and even the place of birth might represent hearsay.

It should be kept in mind that each family group represented a household and that besides the parents and children, a household might have included relatives and hired-hands. In Attala County, for example, Allen Sparks (fourteen years of age) was living with the family of Nelson L. Taylor. He may have been a relative or a hired-hand. Nearby lived David and Rody Sparks; perhaps Allen was their son.

All members of each household containing a Sparks are listed here because these names may at times aid in establishing relationships.

The date on which the census taker made his enumeration is also given because this has a bearing upon the ages given. Furthermore, a child born in 1850 after the census taker had visited a household would not, of course, be included.

Adams County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

City of Natchez, South; enumerated July 30, 1850, by J • Warner. (Vol. 1, p. 16A)

262-251

Near, Cynthia

50

(F)

South Carolina

  Duval, Ellen

39

(F)

Tennessee

   
  Batchelar, L. F.

10

(M)

Missouri

   
  SPARK, Alice A.

9

(F)

"

   

Attala County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

Township 13, R 9 B; enumerated Oct 28, 1850, by B. H. Sanders. (Vol. 1, p. 173)

1223-1231

SPARKS, David

45

(M)

Georgia

Farmer

  " Rody

45

(F)

South Carolina

   

(Same township and enumeration as above) (Vol. 1, p. 173A)

1231-1239

Taylor, Nelson L.

40

(M)

North Carolina

Farmer

  " Charlotte

32

(F)

" "

   
  " Mary J.

12

(F)

Mississippi

   
  " Margaret

8

(F)

"

   
  " Charlotte

6

(F)

"

   
  " Rebecca

4

(F)

"

   
  " Sarah

4/12

(F)

"

   
  SPARKS, Allen

14

  Alabama

   

Chickasaw County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

Eastern Division; enumerated Oct 14, 1850, by John T. Murray
(Vol. 1, p. 332)

458-458

SPARKS, Mathew

51

(M)

Georgia

Farmer

$460

  " Jane

45

(F)

South Carolina

   
  " Jeremiah

10

(M)

Alabama

  
  " Susanah

7

(F)

"

   
  " Nancy E.

5

(F)

Mississippi

   
  " Mary A.

2

(F)

"

   

Eastern Division; enumerated Oct 23, 1850, by John T. Murray (Vol. 1, p. 338A)

543-543

Gates, George E.

30

(M)

Alabama

Farmer

$5000

  SPARKS, Robert

26

(M)

South Carolina

Farmer

 
  " Jane

18

(F)

" "

   

DeSota County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

Northern Division; enumerated Sep 14, 1850, by H. Car Forrest (Vol. 2, p. 381)

196-196

SPARKS, David

34

(M)

North Carolina

Farmer

  " Permelia

27

(F)

Georgia

   
  Clark, Isam D.

39

(M)

Virginia

Genwright

 
  " Mary F.

6

(F)

Mississippi

   
  " William A.

5

(M)

Alabama

   

Itawamba County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

District No. 6, enumerated Sep 3, 1850, by W. W. Gaither (Vol. 3, p. 306)

57-59

SPARKS, John B.

40

(M)

South Carolina

Farmer

$800

  " Martha

16

(F)

Alabama (deaf and dumb)

   
  " Frances

14

(F)

"

   
  " Jane

13

(F)

"

   
  " William

8

(M)

Mississippi

   
  " James

6

(M)

"

   
  Ramsey, Henderson

18

(M)

South Carolina

Farmer

 

District No. 6. enumerated Oct 3, 1850, by W. W. Gaither (Vol. 3, p. 347A)

612-612

SPARKS, Jesse

65

(M)

South Carolina

Farmer

$500

  " Mary

60

(F)

" "

   
  " Jesse F.

34

(M)

Alabama

   
  Ramage, Nancy J.

27

(F)

South Carolina

   

District No. 6. enumerated Oct 27, 1850, by W. W. Gaither (Vol. 3, p. 356A)

730-737

SPARKS, John

20

(M)

Kentucky

Farmer

  " Martha

18

(F)

Alabama

   

Lafayette County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

No town shown; enumerated Sep 2, 1850, by James D. McKay (Vol. 4, p. 227A)

30- ---

SPARKS, Citizen

49

(M)

Georgia

Farmer

  " Abigail

28

(F)

Mississippi

   
  " Cynthia A.

15

(F)

Georgia

   
  " Solomon

13

(M)

"

   
  " Moses

12

(M)

"

   
  " Susan H.

3

(F)

Mississippi

   
  " Marion

8

(F)

"

   
  " Lydia

1

(F)

"

   

SPARKS, Isaac

35

(M)

Tennessee

Farmer

$500

  " Frances A.

30

(F)

Louisiana

   
  " William C.

10

(M)

Mississippi

   
  " Mary R.

8

(F)

"

   
  " Joseph J.

6

(M)

"

   
  " Sarah J.

3

(F)

"

   
  " Franklin A.

10/12

(M)

"

   

Lowndes County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

No town or township shown; enumerated Sep 7, 1850, by W. H. H. Patterson

(Page 62a)

183-183  Sparks, Joseph R. 35 (M) South Carolina Farmer  $800
     "     Frances H.  25 (F) South Carolina . .
.    "     Mary B.M. 2 (F) Mississippi . .

 

Marshall County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

Northern Division; enumerated December 3, 1850, by Jno. R. McCarrole. (Vol. 5, p. 360)

1113-1113

Rogers, Stephen

45

(M)

North Carolina

Farmer

$400

  " Mary 45 (F) " "    
  " Benjamin R. 14 (M) Tennessee    
  " Mary E. 13 (F) "    
  " Stephen M. 10 (M) "    
  " Jane 8 (F) "    
  " Sarah F. 4 (F) Mississippi    
  SPARKS, Jesse 23 (M) Tennessee Farmer  

Western Division; enumerated Nov 22, 1850, by E. B. McGuire (Vol. 6, p. 96A (192)

474-474

SPARKS, John T.

50 (M) Maryland Planter $9960
  " Eliza 39 (F) Kentucky    
  " George T. 12 (M) "    

(Note: John T. Sparks owned 29 male slaves and 22 female slaves in 1850; he was a son of Josiah Sparks, see p. 298 [Whole No. 22] of the Quarterly.)

No town shown; enumerated August 8, 1850, by Jas. Watts. (Vol. 6, p. 126)

175-184 SPARKS, E. 24 (M) Alabama Farmer $150
  " Issabella (sic.) 24 (F) "    
  " Columbianna 3 (F) Mississippi    
  " Uriah 1 (M) "    

No town shown, enumerated Oct 1, 1850, by Jas. White. (Vol. 6, p. 153A.)

536-569 SPARKS, Andrew J. 36 (M) Georgia Clerk of Probate $500
  " Amanda 28 (F) North Carolina    
  " Winfield 2 (M) Mississippi    
  " Blanch 1/12 (F) "    
  " Mahala B. 28 (F) Georgia    

Noxubee County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

No town shown; enumerated Oct 11, 1850, by L. J. H. Foster (Vol. 6, p. 228A)

551-551 SPARKS, G. P. 50 (M) Alabama School Teacher  
  " Catharine A. 19 (F) Florida    
  " Eliza 6 (F) Alabama    
  " Boney 1 (F) Mississippi    

Penola County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

District 13. (Vol. 6, p. 325A)

251-251 SPARKS, Moses S. 38 (M) Virginia Blacksmith $800
  " Elizabeth 30 (F) Kentucky    
  " Helen 11 (F) Mississippi    
  " Hannah 10 (F) "    
  " Joseph H. 8 (M) "    
  " Benjamin 6 (M) "    
  " Elizabeth 5 (F) "    
  " Simeon 2 (M) "    

District 13; enumerated Oct 31, 1850, by Wm. Raney (Vol 6, p. 348)

586-586 SPARKS, Matthew 23 (M) South Carolina Farmer

$400

  " Caroline 20 (F) Tennessee    
587-587 SPARKS, Clary 50 (M) South Carolina  
  " Eliza 15 (F) Tennessee    
  " Jane 18 (F) "    
  " Andrew 9 (M) "    
  " Martha 6 (F) "    

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Whole Number 61

Pontotoc County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

No town shown; enumerated Sep 4, 1850, by Andrew J. Clark.
(Vol. 7, p. 65 (129)

166-166 SPARKS, Thomas 35 (M) North Carolina Farmer $150
  " Jane 34 (F) " "    
  " Richard 12 (M) Alabama    
  " William 9 (M) "    
  " Samuel 7 (M) Mississippi    
  " Joshua 3 (M) "    
  " Sarah 11/12 (F) "    

(Same as above; also enumerated on Sep 4, 1850 - - two houses beyond)
(Vol. 7, also page 69 (129)

168-168 SPARKS, Peterson B. 44 (M) South Carolina Farmer $600
  " Isabella 30 (F) North Carolina    
  " Sarah .19 (F) Tennessee    
  " Dreall [Dred] .12 (M) Alabama    
  " Caroline .10 (F) "    
  " Ruth 9 (F) "    
  " Samuel 7 (M) "    
  " William 5 (M) Mississippi    
  " Robert 3 (M) "    
  " James 11/12 (M) "    

Tippah County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

District No. 2; enumerated on Nov 7, 1850, by W. H. Slover.
(Vol. 7A, p. 480A)

1214-1214 SPARKS, Samuel 45 (M) North Carolina Farmer $200
  " Susannah 34 (F) Tennessee    
  " Elizabeth J. 18 (F) "    
  " Sarah A. .16 (F) "    
  " Henrietta 13 (F) Alabama    
  " Richard M. 8 (M) "    
  " Nathan H. 7 (M) "    
  " James J. 4 (M) Mississippi    
  " Samuel W. 1 (M) "    

Third Division; enumerated on Nov 18, 1850, by Thos. C. Hindman, Jr.
(Vol. 7A, p. 564 (1129)

1025-1025 SPARKS, Jonas 49 (M) North Carolina Farmer  
  " Rebecca .44 (F) " "    
  " Amanda 20 (F) Tennessee    
  " Daniel 18 (M) "    
  " Rebecca C. 13 (F) "    
  " Jones 9 (M) "    
  " Laura 4 (F) "    
  " Joseph 2 (M) "    

Third Division; enumerated on December 6, 1950, by Thos. C. Hindman, Jr.
(Vol. 7A, p. 570A (1142))

1122-1122 SPARKS, William 30 (M) Kentucky Carpenter $100
  " Sarah M. .24 (F) Tennessee    
  " James E. 7 (M) Mississippi    
  " Christopher W. 4 (M) "    
  " Clementine C. 3 (F) "    
  " Thomas N. 9/12 (M) "    

(Same as above, also enumerated on December 6, adjoining William Sparks)
(Vol. 7A, p. 570A (1142))

1123-1123 SPARKS, Ephriam 57 (M) North Carolina Carpenter
  " Sarah 63 (F) " "    
  " Frances 28 (F) Alabama    
  " Hampden 24 (M) Tennessee    
  " Elizabeth 21 (F) "    
  " Agnes 17 (F) "    

(Same as above, also enumerated on December 6, adjoining Ephriam Sparks)
Vol. 7A, p. 570A (1142)

1124-1124 SPARKS, Thomas J. 33 (M) Kentucky Farmer
  " Penelope 30 (F) North Carolina    
  " Eliza 16 (F) Tennessee    
  " Martha 14 (F) "    
  " Benjamin F. 12 (M) "    
  " Sarah T. 9 (F) Mississippi    
  " Joseph 7 (M) "    
  " Joan 4 (F) "    
  " James 6/12 (M) "    
  McMillen, Doke 22 (F) Tennessee    

Toshomingo County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

Fourth District, Northern Division, enumerated on Nov 13, 1850, by Wm. Scruggs.
(Vol 8, p. 70)

949-949 SPARKS, Lewis 27 (M) North Carolina Farmer $250
  " Mary 24 (F) Tennessee    
  " Lewis, Jr. 1 (M) Mississippi    
  " Jackson 3/12 (M) "    

Fourth District, Northern Division, enumerated on Nov 14, 1850, by Wm. Scruggs
(Vol. 8, p. 71A)

971-971 SPARKS, William 29 (M) North Carolina Farmer $800
  " Emiline 22 (F) Tennessee    

Warren County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

City of Vicksburg; enumerated August 8, 1850, by R. H. Tompkins
(Vol. 8, p. 184)

217-223 SPARKS, William H. 41 (M) New York Livery keeper $10,000
  " Eliza W. 22 (F) Kentucky    
  " Ann C. 15 (F) Mississippi    
  " Henrietta 9 (F) "    
  " John S. 6 (M) "    
  Coulson, James A. .35 (M) New York Merchant  
  " Harriet A. 23 (F) Mississippi    
  " Elizabeth 2 (F) "    
  " Alice 3/12 (F) "    
  Caswell, Thaddeus St. J. 20 (M) New York    

Winston County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census

Town not shown; enumerated Sep 20, 1850, by William B. Smith
(Vol. 8, p. 347)

452-458 Dotson, John W. 40 (M) Tennessee Farmer $300
  " Elizabeth 33 (F) Georgia    
  " Leonidus 16 (M) Alabama Farmer  
  " William 12 (M) Mississippi    
  " Mary 8 (F) Alabama    
  " Albert 6 (M) "    
  " Sarah 5 (F) "    
  SPARKS, Narcissa 18 (F) "    

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