June 22, 2019

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.

Number Person Age M/F Born Occupation Net Worth
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 October 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 October 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 October 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 September 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 September 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 October 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 October 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 September 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 September 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  
Monroe County, Mississippi - 1850 Census
Western Division; enumerated November 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.
Neshoba County, Mississippi - 1850 Census
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 October 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 October 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 October 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) "    
Pages 1131-1132
Whole Number 61
Pontotoc County, Mississippi - - 1850 Census
No town shown; enumerated September 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 September 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 November 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 November 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 November 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 November 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 September 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) "    
Pages 507
Whole Number 31
SPARKSES FOUND IN THE 1850 CENSUS OF MISSISSIPPI
Holmes County, Mississippi
(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, Elijah 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 November 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 November 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 September 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 Divisions; enumerated on October 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 October 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 October 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    

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