April 29, 2016

Pages 599-609
Whole Number 36

SPARKSES IN NORTH CAROLINA -- 1850 CENSUS

by William Perry Johnson



According to the 1790 census of North Carolina, around 86 persons named Spark(e)s were living in six of the fifty-four counties: Anson, Northampton, Rockingham, Rowan, Surry, and Wilkes. In the sixty years between 1790 and 1850, several Spark(e)ses moved to other North Carolina counties; many left North Carolina and settled in other states to the north, west, and south; a few remained at or near the original North Carolina homestead of their forefathers; and a few came from Virginia into North Carolina.

by 1850, according to the Federal census of that year, a total of 282 men, women, and children named Spark(e)s were residents of eighteen (roughly 20 per cent) of the 79 North Carolina counties then in existence:

 

Name of County Number of Spark(e)ses
Anson 5
Ashe 2
Buncombe 5
Burke 12
Caldwell 11
Cherokee 7
Cleveland 39
Davis 6
Edgecombe 2
Iredell 6
Lincoln 1
McDowell 5
Rockingham 7
Rutherford 4
Surry 34
Wake 1
Wilkes 86
Yancey 49
Total---------------- 282

The 1850 population of North Carolina was 869,039. Thus, roughly, one person out of every 3,000 was named Spark(e)s. However, in the counties where there were several Spark(e)s families, the ratio was closer to one out of every 100.

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 another by comparing the numbers. (Thus, in Burke County we know that the family of George Sparks (470-470) lived very near that of William Sparks (471-471).) Opposite each person’s name is given his age, whether male or female, and the state in which he was born. Where the census taker listed occupation and value of real estate owned, this information is also given.

Following is a detailed listing of the Spark(e)ses found on the 1850 census of North Carolina, arranged alphabetically by counties:

Anson County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

Cedar Hill District; Post Office, Burnsville.

(p. 422)            
699-699 Floid, James P 24 (M) North Carolina Farmer .
  " Margaret 17 (F) " "    
  Smith, Sarah 57 (F) " "   $500
  Sparks, Neoma 62 (F) " "    

Diamond Hill District

(p. 433)            
777-777 Sparks, John 38 (M) North Carolina Macanic .
  " Francis 42 (F) " "    
  " James A. 10 (M) " "    
  " Zachry 4 (M) " "    

Ashe County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 17)            
123-123 Sparks, John 66 (M) North Carolina Farmer $400
  " Elizabeth 62 (F) " "    

Buncome County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p.236)            
562-562 Sparks, Abs. 50 (M) North Carolina Laborer .
  " Margaret 45 (F) " "    
  " Sidney 18 (M) " " Laborer  
  " John 15 (M) " "    
  " Cate 12 (F) " "    

Burke County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 366)            
470-470 Sparks, George 31 (M) North Carolina Farmer .
  " Nancy 32 (F) " "    
  " Jeremiah 10 (M) " "    
  " Joseph 5 (M) " "    
  " Emily 3 (F) " "    
  " James 24 (M) " " Miner  
  " Erwin[?] 20 (M) " " Miner  
471-471 Sparks, William 57 (M) North Carolina Farmer .
  " Rachel 56 (F) " "    
  " John 19 (M) " "    
  " Mary Ann[?] 16 (F) " "    
476-476 Hodge, George 35 (M) North Carolina Farmer $1000
  " Lucinda 35 (F) " "    
  " Robert 6 (M) " "    
  " Martha 2 (F) " "    
  Sparks, Jesse 23 (M) " " Labourer  

Caldwell County, North Carolina -- Census

Summer's District

(p. 573)            
337-337 Sprarks, James 48 (M) Surry County, N. C. Farmer .
  " Nancy 43 (F) Burke Co., N. C.    
  " William 12 (M) " " "    
  " Marcus 10 (M) " " "    
  " Mary 6 (F) Caldwell Co., N. C.    
  " Thomas 4 (M) " " "    
338-338 Sparks, Sarah 50 (F) Surry County., N.C.
  " Elizabeth 26 (F) Virginia (insane)  
  " Benjamin 21 (M) Burke Co., N. C.    
  " Elizabeth 70 (F) Maryland    

Cherokee County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 9)            
51-51 Sparks, Saml. P. 29 (M) North Carolina Farmer .
  " Mary 22 (F) " "    
  " Jeremiah 5 (M) " "    
  " Jackson 1 (M) " "    
(p. 27)            
176-176 Sparks, Solomon 60 (M) North Carolina Farmer .
  " Julia 44 (F) " "    
  " Joel 22 (M) Kentucky    

Cleveland County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 407)            
180-180 Sparkes, Lewis 37 (M) North Carolina Farmer $100
  " Sarah 48 (F) " "    
  " John L. 8 (M) " "    
  " Caleb L. 7 (M) " "    
  " William A. 5 (M) " "    
  " Aensley 11/12 (M) " "    
  Jones, Simerena [?] 40 (F) " "    
(p. 408)            
190-190 Sparkes, Thomas 42 (M) North Carolina Farmer .
  " Rachel 36 (F) " "    
  " Morgan 14 (M) " "    
  " Caty 12 (F) " "    
  " Albert 10 (M) " "    
  " Roxannah 8 (F) " "    
  " Elizabeth 6 (F) " "    
  " Rufus 4 (M) " "    
(p. 409)            
194-194 Sparkes, Alpha 32 (M) North Carolina Overseer .
  " Louisa 33 (F) " "    
  " Nancy 10 (F) " "    
  " John T. 8 (M) " "    
  " Monroe 4 (M) " "    
  " Martha 2 (F) " "    
  " Harvey G. 8/12 (M) " "    
(Note: The last four names of the above family appear on page 602 in the Quarterly)

Cleveland County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census (Continued)
(p. 443)            
447-447 Sparkes, John 77 (M) Virginia Miller .
  " Nancy 70 (F) "    
(p. 454)            
526-526 Sparkes, Linsey 25 (M) North Carolina Farmer .
  " Frances 23 (F) " "    
  " William H. 1 (M) " "    
(p. 489)            
782-782 Sparkes, Barnet 42 (M) North Carolina Farmer $200
  " Nicey 40 (F) " "    
  " Craton 15 (M) " "    
  " Thomas 13 (M) " "    
  " Barnet M. 11 (M) " "    
  " Hiram 10 (M) " "    
  " Joshua 7 (M) " "    
  " Katharine 4 (F) " "    
  " Rebecca 2 (F) " "    
  " Unicy 1 (F) " "    
784-784 Sparkes, William 66 (M) Virginia Farmer
  " Judy 66 (F) "    
  " Margaret 30 (F) North Carolina    
  Wright, Mary 73 (F) Virginia   $500

Davie County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 45)            
314-314 Sparks, Martha E. 51 (F) Virginia $1200
  " James 22 (M) Davie Co., N.C. Farmer  
  " Emily 19 (F) " " "    
  " Harvey 16 (M) " " "    
  " Charles 10 (M) " " "    
  Benson, Samuel (black) 34 (M) " " "    
(p. 51)            
360-360 McDaniel, James 50 (M) Davie Co., N.C. Farmer
  " Sarah 44 (F) " " "    
  " Alfred 21 (M) " " " Laborer  
  Sparks, Catherine (mulatto) 20 (F) " " "    

Edgecombe County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 48)            
----376 Sparks, John 22 (M) North Carolina Overseer
  " Martha 20 (F) " "    
  Wadkins, R. 13 (M) " "    
  Johnson [?], Oewel [?] 9/12 (M) " "    

Iredell County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 196)            
1431-1441 Sparkes, Thomas 33 (M) North Carolina Stiller
  " Catharine 33 (F) " "    
  " Michael 9 (M) " "    
  " William A. 7 (M) " "    
  " John C. 4 (M) " "    
  " Adalain J. 1 (F) " "    

Lincoln County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 223)            
537-548 Hagan, Simon 27 (M) North Carolina Farmer $1500
  " Jane 66 (F) " "    
  " Jane 30 (F) " "    
  Sparks, Solomon 12 (M) " "    

McDowell County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 309)            
794-794 Sparks, Ivan A. 24 (M) North Carolina Farmer
  " Elizabeth 22 (F) " "    
  " Esther E. 3 (F) " "    
  " Susan 1 (F) " "    
(p. 312)            
830-830 Mitchel, Hiram [?] J. 30 (M) North Carolina Mason $300
  " Mariah 23 (F) " "    
  " Narcissa 5 (F) " "    
  " William S. 2 (M) " "    
  " Caledonia A. 1/12 (F) " "    
  Sparks, Sarah 22 (F) " "    
  Rector, Thomas 16 (M) " " Apprentice  
  Schism, William 35 (M) " " Mason  

Rockingham County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 8)            
110-110 Sparks, Mathew 67 (M) Virginia Farmer $300
  " Mary 57 (F) "    
  " S. P. 21 (M) "    
  Stires, Martha 23 (F) North Carolina    
  Snow, Joe (black) 25 (M) " "    
(p. 10)            
131-131 French, Thomas 39 (M) North Carolina Farmer $250
  " A. H. 29 (F) Virginia    
  Sparks, M. T. 26 (M) "    
  French, M. S. 4 (F) North Carolina    
  " M. E. 2 (F)      
  " M. A. 8/12 (F)      
(p. 32)            
448-457 Sparks, William H. 26 (M) Virginia Overseer
  " C. M. 28 (F) North Carolina    
  " S. E. 3 (F) " "    

Rutherford County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 595)            
976-1000 Sparks, Calvin 53 (M) North Carolina Farmer $337
  " Susan   (F) " "    
  " Eliza J.   (F) " "    
  " M. R.   (F) " "    

Surry County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

The Southern Division

(p. 169)            
119-120 Wood, Francis 32 (M) North Carolina Farmer $100
  " Elizabeth V.   (F) " "    
  " Luvina   (F) " "    
  Sparks, Elizabeth   (F) " "    
120-121 Sparks, Alexander 26 (M) North Carolina Farmer $100
  " Mary J. 20 (F) " " (married w/i year)  
  Briant, Vicy 18 (F) " "    
  " Lewis 50 (M) " " Shoemaker  
(p. 174)            
189-190 Sparks, Russel 37 (M) North Carolina Farmer $500
  " Nancy 34 (F) " "    
  " Louisa 10 (F) " "    
  " Sally C. 5 (F) " "    
  " John A. 4 (M) " "    
  " Martha D. 3 (F) " "    
  " Mary M. 2 (F) " "    
  " Solomon M. 2/12 (M) " "    
  Denney, Jacob K. 52 (M) " " Labourer  
(p. 175)            
207-208 Sparks, Benjamin 63 (M) North Carolina Farmer $500
  " Sarah 60 (F) " "    
  " Solomon 25 (M) " " Farmer $320
  " Martha 23 (F) " "    
  " Sally 18 (F) " "    
  " Benjamin 17 (M) " " Farmer  
  Frasier [?], Andrew 18 (M) " " Laborer  
(p. 175)            
208-208 Sparks, Joseph 33 (M) North Carolina Farmer $100
  " Martha 27 (F) " "    
  " Benjamin T. 6 (M) " "    
  " William R. 5 (M) " "    
  " John A. 4 (M) " "    
  " Sarah A. 3 (F) " "    
  " James L. 1/12 (M) " "    
  Bully, John 46 (M) " "    
(p. 185)            
347-348 Sparks, William Z. 58 (M) North Carolina Farmer $150
  " Mary 37 (F) " "    
  " James 21 (M) " "    
  Bange, Uriah 10 (M) " "    
(p. 189)            
419-420 Rhinehart, Christian 36 (M) North Carolina Farmer $200
  " Rachel 30 (F) " "    
  " Mary M. 13 (F) " "    
  " James F. 10 (M) " "    
  " Sarah C. 5 (F) " "    
  " Elizabeth C. 6/12 (F) " "    
  Sparks, Elizabeth 25 (F) " "    
  McGuire, Philips 31 (M) " " Physician  
(p. 192)            
454-456 Sparks, William 23 (M) North Carolina Farmer .
  " Araminta 23 (F) " "    
  " James W. 10/12 (M) " "    
465-467 Sparks, Abednego 29 (M) North Carolina Farmer .
  " Mary 21 (F) " "    
  " Jinsey A. 1 (F) " "    

Wake County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 237)            
990-990 Lynn, Christopher 38 (M) North Carolina $419
  [Listed as mullatto; perhaps an error. WPJ]          
  Lynn, Candice 35 (F) North Carolina    
  " Mary 13 (F) " "    
  " Martha 10 (F) " "    
  " Jane 7 (F) " "    
  " Caroline 4 (F) " "    
  " Frances 6 (F) " "    
  " Louisa 7/12 (F) " "    
  Sparks, Elizabeth 65 (F) " "    

Wilkes County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 254)            
59-59 Sparkes, Sidney 44 (M) North Carolina Pauper .
  Gambill, Hugh 20 (M) " " Farmer  
  " Nancy 22 (F) " "    
  " Felix 1 (M) " "    
(p. 256)            
87-87 Sparkes, Reubin 50 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C. Farmer $800
  " Phebe 43 (F) " " "    
  " George 20 (M) " " "    
  " Lewis 18 (M) " " "    
  " Sally 13 (F) " " "    
  " John 9 (M) " " "    
  " William 6 (M) " " "    
(p. 257)            
102-102 Sparkes, Nancy 52 (F) North Carolina . $600
  " Hugh 17 (M) " "    
(p. 266)            
231-231 Sparkes, Tempe 62 (F) Wilkes Co., N. C. . .
  " Malinda 26 (F) Surry Co., N.. C.    
  Tedder, Rosey 27 (F) Wilkes Co., N. C.    
  " Elijah 2 (M) " " "    
(p. 270)            
278-278 Lands [?], Thomas 57 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C. Farmer $400
  Combs, Liday 58 (F) " " "    
  Riddle, Jane 39 (F) " " "    
  Combs, Clara 23 (F) " " "    
  " Levy [?] 22 (M) " " " Farmer  
  Riddle, Jesse 15 (M) " " " Farmer  
  " Lucinda 13 (F) " " "    
  " Jacob 12 (M) " " "    
  Sparks, Wesley 16 (M) " " " Farmer  
(p. 272)            
312-312 Brown, Robert 30 (M) Virginia Farmer $150
  Sparks, Elizabeth 50 (F) Wilkes Co., N.C.    
(p. 276)            
368-368 Sparkes, Joel 53 (M) Wilkes Co., N. C. Farmer $150
  " Charlotte 24 (F) " " "    
  " Caroline 4 (F) " " "    
  " George 2 (M) " " "    
  " Nancy 1 (F) " " "    
(p. 286)            
512-512 Sparkes, William 53 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C. Farmer .
  " Milly 44 (F) " " "    
  " Hugh 8 (M) " " "    
  " Lotty 6 (F) " " "    
  " Martha 3 (F) " " "    
  " Whitfield 1 (M) " " "    
(p. 302)            
779-779 Sparkes, Joseph 27 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C. Farmer $200
  " Mary 24 (F) " " "    
  " Martha 5 (F) " " "    
  " Rachel 9/12 (F) " " "    
(p. 303)            
790-790 Sparkes, Richmond 36 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C. Farmer $250
  " Sarah 33 (F) " " "    
  " Hugh 14 (M) " " "    
  " Asey Ann 12 (F) " " "    
  " John 8 (M) " " "    
  " Joel 6 (M) " " "    
  " Susan 4 (F) " " "    
  " Abner 1 (M) " " "    
(p. 310)            
894-894 Sparkes, Reubin 31 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C. Farmer $500
  " Nancy 34 (F) " " "    
  " Catherine 6 (F) " " "    
(p. 315)            
964-964 Sparkes, Emanuel 39 (M) Ashe Co., N.C. Farmer .
  " Mary 36 (F) Wilkes Co., N.C.    
  " Jane 10 (F) " " "    
  " Reubin 8 (M) " " "    
  " Elizabeth 6 (F) " " "    
  " Sally 4 (F) " " "    
  " Catherine 8/12 (F) " " "    
975-975 Sparkes, David 27 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C. Farmer
  " Keza [or Kiza] 27 (F) Ashe Col, N.C.    
  " Jane 7 (F) Wilkes Co., N.C.    
  " Daniel 5 (M) " " "    
  " Polly 1 (F) " " "    
  Holbrook Vira (mulatto) 7 (F) " " "    
978-978 Spicer, Joseph 27 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C. Farmer $400
  " Jane 68 (F) Virginia    
  " Washington 25 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C.    
  Sparks, Tennessee 19 (F) " " "    
(p. 329)            
1169-1169 Sparkes, Colby 49 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C. Baptist Preacher $700
  " Sarah 46 (F) " " "    
  " Rincy 24 (F) " " "    
  " Christiana 22 (F) " " "    
  " Sarah 20 (F) " " "    
  " Nancy 17 (F) " " "    
  " Lena 14 (F) " " "    
  " Ruth 11 (F) " " "    
  " Julia 8 (F) " " "    
  " Mioma [Naomi] 4 (F) " " "    
(p. 329)            
1174-1174 Sparkes, Samuel 58 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C. Farmer $400
  " Mary 57 (F) " " "    
  " Noah 21 (M) " " " Farmer  
  " Elias 19 (M) " " " Farmer  
  " Ransom 17 (M) " " " Farmer  
  " George 15 (M) " " " Farmer  
  " Samuel 13 (M) " " "    
  " Mary 11 (F) " " "    
(p. 344)            
1373-1373 Sparkes, Joel 30 (M) Surry Co., N. C. Farmer .
  " Mira 30 (F) Wilkes Co., N.C.    
  " Caroline 5 (F) " " "    
  " Lavinia 3 (F) " " "    
  " Edward 1 (M) " " "    
(p. 348)            
1429-1429 Sparkes, Reubin 30 (M) Wilkes Co., N.C. Farmer $150
  " Belinda 21 (F) " " "    
  " William 4 (M) " " "    
  " Martha 9/12 (F) " " "    
1437-1437 Sparkes, James 28 (M) Surry Co., N. C. Farmer .
  " Sophia 25 (F) " " "    
  " Mary 2 (F) Wilkes Co., N.C.    
(p.368)            
1864-1864 Sparkes, David 27 (M) North Carolina . .
  " Keziah 27 (F) " "    
  " Jane 8 (F) " "    
  Holloway, John 6 (M) " "    
  " William 4 (M) " "    
  " Fanny 2 (F) " "    

Yancey County, North Carolina -- 1850 Census

(p. 426)            
598-631 Sparks, Thomas M. 45 (M) North Carolina Farmer $1200
  " Jeremiah T. 7 (M) " "    
  " Joseph W. 5 (M) " "    
  " Matthew L. 3 (M) " "    
  " Mary A. 40 (F) " "    
  " Cyntha A. 15 (F) " "    
  " Nancy M. 13 (F) " "    
  " Sarah A. E. 9 (F) " "    
  " Mary E. 1 (F) " "    
601-634 Sparks, Jeremiah 38 (M) North Carolina Farmer $200
  " Samuel D. 18 (M) " " Laborer  
  " William 16 (M) " " Laborer  
  " Charles 14 (M) " "    
  " James 5 (M) " "    
  " Rachel 35 (F) " "    
  " Mary E. 10 (F) " "    
  " Jane E. 8 (F) " "    
  " Caroline 4 (F) " "    
  " Jemima J. 1 (F) " "    
(p. 430)            
647-681 Sparks, Wilson 28 (M) North Carolina Farmer $200
  " William K. 5 (M) " "    
  " Thomas G. 2 (M) " "    
  " Stephen C. 1/12 (M) " "    
  " Mary 26 (F) " "    
  " Susannah 4 (F) " "    
(p. 431)            
654-688 Sparks, Matthew 37 (M) North Carolina Ironsmith $300
  " John 15 (M) " "    
  " Elizabeth 30 (F) " "    
  " Jane 13 (F) " "    
  " Mary 11 (F) " "    
  " Ann E. 9 (F) " "    
  " Evoline 8 (F) " "    
  " Sophronia 6 (F) " "    
  " Matilda 2 (F) " "    
655-689 Sparks, Harden 31 (M) North Carolina Farmer $300
  " Stephen A. 9 (M) " "    
  " Elizabeth 22 (F) " "    
  " Nancy M. 5 (F) " "    
  " Barsheba M. 4/12 (F) " "    
657-691 Sparks, Barsheba 51 (F) North Carolina . .
  " George 19 (M) " " Laborer  
  " Allen 17 (M) " " Laborer  
  " Reuben 12 (M) " "    
  " Whitfield M. 7 (M) " "    
(p. 431)            
662-697 Sparks, James 21 (M) North Carolina Farmer .
  " John M. 2 (M) " "    
  " George W. 2/12 (M) " "    
  " Jane 23 (F) " "    
  " Mary A. 4 (F) " "    

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