March 27, 2019

Pages 4439-4452
Whole Number 169

PERSONS NAMED SPARKS FOUND ON THE 1860 CENSUS OF INDIANA

by Russell E. Bidlack



With the compilation that follows, we begin a major, long-term research and publication effort to record in The Sparks Quarterly the names and personal data of persons named Sparks who appeared on the 1860 census of the United States. As most of our members are aware, we have, over the past 42 years, published a record of Sparkses found on extant census records from 1790 through 1850. To do this for Sparkses listed on the 1860 census will be a formidable task--our nation's population totaled nearly 31+ million then. Only through the use of indexes prepared by others will this compilation be possible, of course.

For the 1860 census of Indiana, we are fortunate to have available an excellent index published a few years ago on microfiche by the Indiana Historical Society, called "The 1860 Indiana Census Project." Countless hours of dedicated effort by a number of talented researchers made this index possible. We doubt that an index of equal quality exists for the 1860 census of any other state at this time.

Using this index, your editor believes he has been able to locate on the microfilm of the original 1860 census of Indiana, preserved by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., every individual named Sparks recorded therein.

A brief history of census taking in the United States may be appropriate before describing the nature of the 1860 census. The first federal census was taken in 1790 in accordance with a provision in Article I, Section 2, of the Unites States Constitution. The purpose was to determine how membership in the House of Representatives should be divided among the states, based on the population of each. This remains today as the basic reason for the census being taken every ten years. The marshals of the U.S. judicial districts were assigned responsibility for taking not only the 1790 census, but those that followed until 1850, when responsibility was assigned to the Department of Interior. In 1790, the marshals were directed to visit every household in the original thirteen states, plus the districts of Kentucky, Maine, and Vermont, as well as the Southwest Territory (Tennessee). Marshals were to record the name of the head of each household, followed by an enumeration of the members of the household, including the head, under the following descriptions: (1) free white males of 10 years and upwards; (2) free white males under 16 years; (3) free white females of all ages; (4) all other free persons (by sex and color); and (5) slaves. While everyone living in each household was to be enumerated, only the name of the head was recorded. The completed census for the district was then to be posted at a public place for all inhabitants to examine if they chose.

As each federal census was taken after 1790 (at ten-year intervals), more detailed questions were asked, but it was not until 1850 that the name of anyone other than the head of each household was recorded. It must also be kept in mind that each enumeration represented a household, not a family; all persons living in the household were counted as members, including employees.

Besides recording the name of each member of each household, the census taker in 1850 and thereafter was directed to record, also, each person's sex, color, age, and his/her place of birth. The occupation for free males over the age of fifteen was to be recorded; the occupation of employed women was also to be given, although census takers were often unsure of whether the work of a wife or mother at home was an occupation. Real estate owners were required in 1850 to report the dollar value of that property.

Essentially the same questions were asked for the 1860 census as in 1850, except that in addition to the dollar value of real estate, the dollar value of one's personal property was also required.

In 1860, as in 1850, marriages within the year (between June 1, 1859, and June 1, 1860) were to be noted, and space was provided to note whether a child had attended school during the year past. It appears that this question was not always asked, however. Persons over twenty years of age who could not read or write any language were to be identified, as was anyone who was deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, a pauper, or a convict. The census taker in 1860, as in 1850, was directed to ask in each household whether a member had died during the previous year (between June 1, 1859, and June 1, 1860); if so, this information was to be recorded on a separate form.

The printed forms, called schedules, provided for taking the 1860 census, measured 12 1/2 X 17 1/2 inches; they were printed on two sides, with space for 40 entries on each side. (There was a separate schedule for slaves.) Each page contained blank spaces for the township or town to be filled in, as well as the name of the county, the nearest post office, and the date. Each sheet was to be signed by the census taker.

In order to distinguish families from households, the census taker in 1860 was to assign a number to each "Dwelling House, numbered in the order of visitation." He was also to assign a number to each separate family "in the order of visitation." Many census takers failed to make this distinction, however. Although a blank space was provided for each page number, as these schedules were assembled by state in the Department of the Interior, an overall numbering system was assigned, and it is this number that we give in the following record of Sparkses.

While the directions to census takers were fairly detailed, we know that the "Assistant Marshals," as they were called, differed in the degree of their exactitude in following those directions. The quality of their handwriting varied greatly, of course, as did the blackness of their ink. In most in stances, the census taker would copy the information he had obtained in each household after he returned to his home. There are known instances where a wife performed this task for her husband, and it was this final copy of the schedule that was sent to Washington. Each time a record is copied, of course, there is further opportunity for error.

In recording names of a household in 1860, the census taker was directed as follows: "The names are to be written, beginning with the father and mother; or if either, or both, be dead, begin with some other ostensible head of the family; to be followed, as far as practicable, with the name of the oldest child residing at home, then the next oldest, and so on to the youngest, then the other inmates, lodgers and boarders, laborers, domestics, and servants."

The data contained in the census of 1860 were to represent each household and/or family as it existed on June 1, 1860, regardless of the date on which a given schedule was completed. Any family member who had died after June 1, 1860, was to be included, but anyone who had died prior to June 1, 1860, was to be omitted. (Those who had died during the previous year, as noted above, were to be recorded on a separate mortality schedule.)  Census takers often erred in making this distinction among the recently deceased, as they did, also, in recording ages. The directions received by census takers indicated that ages should be calculated as of June 1, 1860. While we can assume that in most instances this was explained to whomever the census taker interviewed in each household, that individual was often unsure of the age of each child or employee. On some occasions, misinformation was given deliberately. (Mary Todd Lincoln's age on the 1860 census of Springfield, Illinois, appears as "35," but Mrs. Lincoln was actually 41 years old at the time. May we speculate that it was she who was interviewed by the Springfield census taker on July 14, 1860, rather than Honest Abe?)

Marshals and assistant marshals taking the 1860 census were not required to interview personally the head of each household. A wife at home the day the census taker came might provide the information, or even a mature child might be the one questioned. Finding no one at home, the census taker might even acquire his information from a neighbor, although this was not a common practice. We must, therefore, use census data as tentative until verified through other sources, including earlier or later census records.

The spelling of names on census records, especially unusual names, often reflects a census taker's use of his imagination. The name "Sparks" was common enough, however, that its spelling was usually written correctly, although the alternative "Spark" or "Sparkes" may or may not have been the choice of the family involved.

In copying the information found on the 1860 census for households headed by a person named Sparks, your editor has included all members, whether or not their name was Sparks. Likewise, where one or more persons named Sparks appear in households headed by someone of a different name, those entire households have been copied (except where a Sparks is listed in a hotel or institution). The "other names" in these households often provide clues for discovering family relationships. It was not until the 1880 census that a question regarding the relationship of each member to the head of that household was provided.

In order to make effective use of our space, data from the 1860 census is presented under each county in Indiana in the following sequence: Township or town, the local post office, followed by page number and the name of the census taker with the date. The line below these data begins with the number that the census taker assigned to the "dwelling house" and to the family. This is followed by the individual's name and his/her age and sex (M or F). Census takers in 1860 were directed to leave blank the space provided for color "in all cases where the person is white," but "where the person is black, insert the letter B; if mulatto, insert M." The entry for "Profession, Occupation, or Trade" follows, then the dollar value of real estate and that for "Personal Estate."This is followed by place of birth. Census takers were instructed here to give the state, territory, or country. They were permitted to abbreviate these place names, and we find a great variety of such abbreviations. Here we use the two-letter abbreviation for each state as established by the U .S. Post Office.

The answers to the questions regarding whether individuals had been married within the year, whether attended school within the year, whether able to read and write (if over the age of 20), and whether deaf and dumb, blind, etc., have been transcribed here in notes following each household where present.


Pages 996
Whole Number 54

SPARKSES LISTED ON THE 1860 CENSUS OF IndianaDIANA


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Page 205. Census taken June 21, 1860, by C. A. Korbly.
450-439
Number/Name Person Age M/F Born Occupation Net Worth
SPARKSES LISTED ON THE 1860 CENSUS OF BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY
San Creek Township (Post Office: Elizabethtown), enumerated August 25, 1860, by S. W. Smith.
(page 437, Vol. 2)
1899-1910 Sparks, Nathan B. 40 (M) Ohio Physician $500/
  " Harriet E. 36 (F) Indiana   $800
  " Amos H. 19 (M) "    
  " Milteedes (?) 16 (M) "    
  " Laura V. 13 (F) Ohio    
  " James W. 11 (M) Indiana    
  " Missouri R. 9 (F) "    
  Osborn, Sarah J. 17 (F) "    
1900-1911 Sparks, Reuben H. 37 (M) Indiana Meth. Minister --/$300
  " Rachel 23 (F) "    
  " Anna Bell 4 (F) "    
  " Horace B. 2 (M) "    
  " Charles H. 20 (M) " Shoemaker  
  VanWye (?), John 61 (M) Pennsylvania Farmer $400/
  " Mary 55 (F) North Carolina   $400
  " Rachel 22 (F) Indiana    
  " Frances G. 17 (F) "    
  " William P. 14 (M) "    
  " Ellen 7 (F) "    
  " Laura A. 5 (F) "    
  " Mary A. 3 (F) "    
  Sparks, Frank 2 (M) "    
             
1901-1902 Sparks, Joseph C. 29 (M) Indiana Physician --/$150
Pages 1030-1033
Whole Number 56
SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1860 CENSUS OF VIGO COUNTY
Probably no other county in the United States contained more families named Sparks a century ago than did Vigo County, Indiana. A list of Sparks families living there in 1850 appeared in the Quarterly of June, 1960 (Vol. VIII, No. 2, Whole No. 30) pp. 484-488. We know that a number of these families descended from Richard Sparks of Allegheny County Pennsylvania, through his sons Walter and Daniel who moved to Jefferson County, Kentucky, in the 1780's. We plan to publish a record of the known descendants of Richard Sparks in the next issue of the Quarterly. Should any of our members descend from these Vigo County Sparkses, your editor would very much like to hear from you.

This census record was copied for us in the National Archives by Mrs. Peter J. Heppen. The first numeral beneath the page number is that which the census taker assigned to the house in which the family lived; the second numeral is that which he assigned to the family. The age of each individual was noted by the census taker (he was often in error by a few years) as well as the state in which he was born. The occupation of each wage earner was given as well as the value of his real estate followed by the value of his personal property.

Linton Township (P.O. Prairiton); enumerated on July 5, 1860, by S. W. Rigney (page 407)
572-552 Sparks, Presley 41 (M) Kentucky Farmer $1900
  " Milly 35 (F) Indiana   /$800
  " Scott 12 (M) "    
  " Taylor 12 (M) "    
  " Christopher 2 (M) "    
  " Milly 4/12 (F) "    
  Mobly, Almire 9 (F) "    
  " Isabell 7 (F) "    
  Sparks, Elizabeth 38 (F) Kentucky    
Linton Township (P.O. Pimento); enumerated by S. W. Rigney on July 10, 1860. (page 419)
657-631 Sparks, R. M. 24 (M) Indiana Farmer $600
  " Sarah 23 (F) "   /$250
  " Reselinda 3 (F) "    
  " Cyrus 1 (M) "    
(page 421)
669-641 Sparks, Hiram 53 (M) Kentucky Farmer $3000
  " Leura 50 (F) "   /$900
  " Naten 22 (M) Indiana Farmer  
  " Peter 20 (M) " Farm laborer  
  " Hulda 17 (F) "    
  " Ira 15 (M) "    
  " Leticia 12 (F) "    
  " Darthula 10 (F) "    
  " Silas 7 (M) "    
(page 423)
686-657 Sparks, C. B. 38 (M) Indiana Shoemaker --/$200
  " Meldaneta 25 (F) "    
  " William 10 (M) "    
  " Laura A. 6 (F) "    
(same) (Note that the following family lived next door to C. B. Sparks)
(page 423)
687-658 Sparks, Emily 43 (F) Kentucky ----- $3000
  " William 20 (M) Indiana Farm laborer /$1000
  " Thomas 17 (M) "    
  " Sarah 15 (F) "    
  " Carline 12 (F) "    
(Same township and P.O.; enumerated by S. W. Rigney on July 13, 1860)
(page 433)
751-719 Sparks, Dorrin (?) 24 (M) Indiana Farmer --/$300
  " Louisa 24 (F) "    
Pearson Township (P.O. Riley); enumerated July 26, 1860, by S. W. Rigney
(page 469)
994-959 Sparks, Joseph 37 (M) Kentucky Farmer $500
  " Sarah 32 (F) "   /$200
  " Martha 11 (F) "    
  " William 8 (M) "    
  " James 6 (M) "    
  " Mary 4 (F) "    
(Note that the following family lived next door to Joseph Sparks)
(page 469)
995-960 Sparks, Asa 47 (M) Kentucky Farmer $500
  " Lucy 35 (F) "   /$350
  " James 18 (M) " Farm Laborer  
  " John 15 (M) "    
  " Viniard 11 (M) "    
  " Amanda 5 (F) Indiana    
  " Newton 3 (M) "    
  " Margaret 6/12 (F) "    
Otter Creek Township (P.O. Terre Haute); enumerated August 14, 1860, by A. M. Pettengill
(page 631)
1169-1131 Keenan, John 58 (M) Ireland Farmer $800
  Ward, Susan 22 (F) Ohio   /$200
  " James 8/12 (M) Illinois    
  Sparks, Adison 25 (M) Indiana Farm laborer  
  Patten, Charlotte 7 (F) Ohio    
  " Matilda 5 (F) "    
(Same township; Ward 2 in Terre Haute; enumerated July 16, 1860, by G. Wasson)
(page 710)
374-368 Brokaw, George E. 34 (M) Indiana Merchant $9000
  " Lizzie B. 27 (F) "   /$5000
  " Frank C. 4 (M) "    
  Craft, Mrs. E. B. 45 (F) Ohio   $4000
  " Wm. S. 21 (M) Indiana Clerk /$500
  " Fannie A. 23 (F) "    
  " Lucia 30 (F) "    
  Griswold, W. A. 37 (M) New York Hardware $4000
  " Elizabeth 33 (F) " "   /$600
  Sparks, Mary 19 (F) Ohio    
(Same township; Ward 3 in Terre Haute; enumerated July 23, 1860 by J. G. Wasson)
(page 731)
494-476 Sparks, Richd 33 (M) Indiana Dep. Sheriff --/$150
  " Mary 22 (F) Ohio    
  " Martha 7 (F) Indiana    
  " Frances M. 5 (F) "    
  Patrick, Eleanor 60 (F) Connecticut   $200
  " Septer 22 (M) Indiana Painter /$100
  " Elizabeth 23 (F) "    
  Brown, ----- 24 (M) England Carriage trimmer $1000/$150
(Same township and ward of Terre Haute; enumerated July 23, 1860, byJ. G. Wasson)
(page 734)
512-493 Sparks, N. C. 51 (M) Kentucky Farmer $12,000
  " Penelope C. 51 (F) " Milliner /$10,000
  " Catharine 14 (F) Indiana    
  " Margaret C. 13 (F) Missouri    
  " Martha 8 (F) Indiana    
  Tilley, Mary 50 (F) Kentucky    
(Lost Creek Township; (P.O. Terre Haute); enumerated August 22, 1860)
(page 780)
915-843 Sparks, Geo. W. 39 (M) Kentucky Farmer --/$300
  " Sallie 34 (F) Indiana    
  " John E. 16 (M) "    
  " Letetia 14 (F) "    
  " Catherine 11 (F) "    
  " Barbara E. 8 (F) "    
  " Havdin (Hardin?) 5 (M) "    
  " Wm. 3 (M) "    
  " Louisa 8/12 (F) "    
(Riley Township (P.O. Riley), enumerated September 10, 1860)
(page 803)
1081-1001 Sparks, Albert W. 29 (M) Indiana Farmer --/$600
  " Letitia A. 29 (F) Kentucky    
  Miles, Catharine 11 (F) Indiana    
  " Edw. 10 (M) "    
  Sparks, Mary A. 6 (F) "    
  " Laura V. 5 (F) "    
  " Hiram W. 2 (M) "    
  " Otis O. 4/12 (M) "    
(Same township and post office; enumerated September 25, 1860)
(page 836)
1311-1230 Sparks, Wm. 44 (M) Kentucky Farmer $5500
  " Eveline 52 (F) "   /$500
  " Letitia 21 (F) "    
(Note: The following family immediately follows that of Wm. and Eveline Sparks; the census taker did not fill in this family's last name nor did he make ditto marks to indicate that the name was the same as the preceding name, i.e., Sparks. Mrs. Heppen believes that he simply forgot to make ditto marks and that the family probably had the name Sparks.)
(page 836)
1312-1231 ------, Henry 54 (M) Ohio Farmer $5500
  ------, Susannah 54 (F) Virginia   /$500
  ------, Margaret 24 (F) Indiana    
  ------, M. Elizabeth 21 (F) "    
  ------, Wm. 20 (M) "    
  Hatfield, Jacob 54 (M) Virginia Laborer  
  ", Francis Iowa 12 (F) Iowa    
Page 1412
Whole Number 74
SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1860 CENSUS OF DAVIESS COUNTY
Copied by Carrie Grant Heppen
Washington Township (town of Washington), enumerated June 26, 1860, by T. A. Baker
(page 646)
408-406 Force, Thos 30 (M) Indiana Farmer $2000/$1000
    " Rebecca 30 (F)   "    
    " Mary 5 (F)   "    
    " Gertrude 2 (F)    "    
    " Lydia 9/12 (F)    "    
  Sparks, Calvin 22 (M)    " Farm Laborer $800
(Same Township; same date)
(page 646)
411-409 Storms, Daniel 46 (M) Ohio Farmer $4500/$1500
    "  John J. 43 (M)   " Farmer $4500/$1500
    "  Eliza 40 (F)   "    
    "  Mary 16 (F)   "    
    "  Jonathan 14 (M) Indiana    
    "  Eva 10 (F)   "    
    "  Lida 4 (F)    "    
    "  Ella 2 (F)   "    
  Sparks,---- - 28 (M)   " Farm Laborer  
(Same Township; same date)
(page 649)
428-426 Sparks, John T  28 (M) Indiana Farmer $800/$300
    "  Martha 23 (F)    "    
    "  Wiley   2 (M)    "    
    "  Daniel   1 (M)    "    
    "  Daniel 60 (M) Kentucky    
429-427 McDonald, David B   27   (M) Indiana Farmer  $1200/ $600
    "   Mary 20 (F)    "    
    "   Nancy 64 (F) Kentucky    
    "   Caiphas 29 (M) Indiana    
(Same Township, enumerated July 6, 1860, by T. A. Baker)
(page 678)
658-656 Jones, Wilson 36 (M) Indiana Druggist $1200/$200
    "  Eliza 37 (F) Pennsylvania    
    "  Ophelia   9 (F) Indiana    
    "  Charles   8 (M)    "    
    "  Mary 4 (F)    "    
    "  Walter   2 (M)    "    
  Sparks, Nancy 37 (F)    " Domestic  
(Barr Township; town of Black Oak Ridge; enumerated June 18, 1860 by James S. Morgan
(page 775)
(Note: Sparks families found on the 1850 census of Daviess County were published on Page 404 of the Quarterly, June, 1959, Vol. VII, NO. 2, Whole No. 26.)
Adams County, Indiana --1860 Census
Kirkland Township Post Office: Decatur
Page 39. Census taken by John M. McConnel on June 14, 1860
268-263
Sparks Sabra 60 (F) SC Housekeeper $400-4100
" Ransom 36 (M) NC    
" Mary 24 (F) Indiana    
(Note: Neither Sabra nor Ransom could read and write.)
Root Township Post Office: Decatur
Page 88. Census taken by John M. McConnel on July 5, 1860
618-612
Warner Sarah 37 (F) PA Housework $750-$150
" Mary C. 14 (F) Indiana    
" George W. 13 (M) Indiana    
" John H. 8 (M) Indiana    
Sparks Jesse 6 (M) Indiana    
" Elizabeth A. 5 (F) Indiana    
(Note: The last four children had attended school.)
Bartholomew County, Indiana --1860 Census
Sand Creek Township Post Office: Elizabeth Town
Page 437. Census taken by S. W. Smith on August 21, 1860
1899-1910
Sparks Nathan B. 40 (M) Ohio Physician $500-$800
" Harriet E. 36 (F) Indiana    
" Amos H. 19 (M) Indiana    
" Miltiedes M. 16 (M) Indiana    
" Laura B. 13 (F) Ohio    
" James W. 11 (M) Indiana    
" Missouri R. 9 (F) Indiana    
Osborn Sarah J. 17 (F) Indiana    
(Note: All six children had attended school.)
1900-1911
Sparks Reuben H. 37 (M) Indiana Meth E. Minister - $300
" Rachel 23 (F) Indiana    
" Anna Belle 4 (F) Indiana    
" Horace B. 2 (M) Indiana    
" Charles H. 20 (M) Indiana Shoemaker  
Vanwye John 61 (M) PA Farmer $400-$400
" Mary 55 (F) NC    
" Rachel 22 (F) Indiana    
" Francis [sic] L. 17 (F) Indiana    
" William O. 14 (M) Indiana    
" Ellen 7 (F) Indiana    
" Laura A. 5 (F) Indiana    
" Mary A. 3 (F) Indiana    
Sparks Frank 2 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Francis L., Wm. O., and Ellen Vanwye had attended school.)
1901-1912
Sparks Joseph C. 29 (M) Indiana Physician $150
(Note: Joseph C. Sparks was the only person shown in his household.)
German Township Post Office: Taylorsville
Page 406. Census taken by S. W. Smith on August 11, 1860
1679-1690
Sparks Edwar [sic] 36 (M) PA Butcher $300-$300
" Catherine 26 (F) PA    
" Lewis F. 4 (M) PA    
" David W. 1 (M) PA    
Boone County, Indiana --1860 Census
Sugar Creek Township Post Office: Thorntown
Page 877. Census taken by Geo. E. Hanford on June 25, 1860
568-554
Sparks Benj. 40 (M) Tailor $400-$100 Ohio
" Mary 40 (F) Kentucky    
" Henry 18 (M) Indiana Day Laborer  
" Benjamin 15 (M) Indiana    
" Amos 12 (M) Indiana    
" Laura B. 8 (F) Indiana    
" Charly [sic] 7 (M) Indiana    
" Thomas 4 (M) Indiana    
" Alvin 1 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Henry, Benjamin, Amos, and Laura B. Sparks had attended school.)
Brown County, Indiana --1860 Census
Hamlin Township Post Office: Mt. Mariah & Cleona
Page 91. Census taken by James A. McKinny on July 12, 1860.
635-635
Sparks Edward 25 (M) Indiana Farmer $400-$225
" Mary A. 22 (F) Indiana    
Cass County, Indiana --1860 Census
Jefferson Township Post Office: Logansport
Page 823 (92). Census taken by A.
672-667
Sparks Lyman 28 (M) New York Carpenter - $100
" Lavinia E. 19 (F) Ohio    
" Frances E. 1 (F) Indiana    
Clark County, Indiana --1860 Census
City of Jeffersonville Post Office: Jeffersonville
Page 329 & 330. Census taken by M. Van Howard on June 2, 1860
38-39
Clinkenbeard Joseph 54 (M) Indiana Carpenter - $100
" Marenda 29 (F) Kentucky    
" Mary 12 (F) Kentucky    
" Virginia 10 (F) Kentucky    
Sweet James 17 (M) Kentucky Clerk  
Gourman Patrick 21 (M) MD Cooper  
Sparks Benj. F. 34 (M) Kentucky Laborer $300 -
Page 372. Census taken by M. Van Howard on June 19, 1860
Sparks Levi 44 (M) MD Merchant $6000-$6500
" Mary 33 (F) Virginia    
" Mary M. 13 (F) Indiana    
" Thomas 24 (M) Indiana Salesman  
" Nathen [sic] 22 (M) Indiana Salesman  
" Jane 15 (F) Indiana    
Wagener Mary 24 (F) IL    
Town of Utica Post Office: Utica
Page 526. Census taken by M. Van Howard on August 16, 1860
240-241
Sparks Samuel 36 (M) Kentucky Laborer $100
" Josephine 22 (F) Indiana    
" Chas. 6 (M) Indiana    
" Franklin 3 (M) Indiana    
McGill Franklin 7 (M) Indiana    
Clay County, Indiana-- 1860 Census
Township of Washington Post Office: Bowling Green
Page 557. Census taken by Albertus L. Lansing on June 7, 1860
156-156
Sparks Merritt 51 (M) New York Master Blacksmith  
" Angelica 47 (F) New York Tailoriss [sic] $500 -
" Anna M. 19 (F) New York Seamstress  
" Amanda 16 (F) PA Seamstress  
  Merritt A. 10 (M) PA    
(Note: 10-year-old Merritt had attended school.)
Township of Jackson Post Office: Brazil
Page 794 (123). Census taken by David C. Studdard on July 17, 1860
897-889
Sparks Leonard 39 (M) Indiana Laborer - $300
" Malinda 38 (F) Indiana Housekeeper  
" Francis M. 19 (M) Indiana Laborer  
" Nancy 16 (F) Indiana Domestic  
" Lyman C. 12 (M) Indiana    
" Mary E. 10 (F) Indiana    
" Lucinda J. 8 (F) Indiana    
" Sarah E. 5 (F) Indiana    
" Israel L. 1/12 (M) Indiana    
(Note: The four oldest children had attended school.)
Clinton County, Indiana --1860 Census
Township of Perry Post Office: Colfax
Page 86. Census taken by s. D. Armstrong on July 16, 1860
624-624
Sparks Allen 46 (M) PA Farmer $4300-$900
" Nancy 33 (F) Kentucky    
" Elisha 16 (M) Indiana    
" Sarah A. 4 (F) Indiana    
  Thomas J. 8/12 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Nancy Sparks could not read or write; Elisha had attended school.)
Township of Perry Post Office: Colfax on July 16, 1860
Page 86. Census taken by J. D. Armstrong
625-625
Sparks Thomas 49 (M) PA Farmer $3200-$660
" James A. 22 (M) Indiana Farmer - $185
" Elizabeth 19 (F) Indiana    
  Mary A. 17 (F) Indiana    
  Emaline 14 (F) Indiana    
  Margaret F. 11 (F) Indiana    
  Joseph 9 (M) Indiana    
(Note: The above household of Thomas Sparks immediately follows that of Allen Sparks given on the previous page. The four youngest children in the above household had attended school.)
Daviess County, Indiana --1860 Census
Township of Barr Post Office: Black Oak Ridge
Page 775. Census taken by Samuel Morgan on June 18, 1860
298-298
Sparkes James 35 (M) Indiana Farmer $4000-$500
299-299
McDoniel Abselum [sic] 22 (M) Indiana Farmer - $300
Sparkes Darkis 32 (F) Indiana    
" William 11 (M) Indiana    
" Henary Louisa 8 (F) Indiana    
" Maryan 1/12 (F) Indiana    
Township of Washington Post Office: Washington
Page 646. Census taken by Thos. A. Baker on June 26, 1860.
408-406
Force Thos. 30 (M) Indiana Farmer $2000-$1000
" Rebecca 30 (F) Indiana    
" Mary 5 (F) Indiana    
" Gertrude 2 (F) Indiana    
" Lydia 9/12 (F) Indiana    
Sparks Calvin 22 (M) Indiana    
Note: Mary Force was shown as having attended school.
411-409
Storms Daniel J. 46 (M) Ohio Farmer $4500-$1500
" John J. 43 (M) Ohio Farmer $4500-$1500
" Eliza 40 (F) Ohio    
" Mary 16 (F) Ohio    
  Jonathan 14 (M) Indiana    
  Eva 10 (F) Indiana    
  Lida 4 (F) Indiana    
  Ella 2 (F) Indiana    
Sparks Sanford 28 (M) Indiana Farm Laborer - $700
(Note: Another researcher has copied the name "Storms" as "Jones." The children named Mary, Jonathan, and Eva in this family had attended school.)
Page 649. Census taken by Thos. A. Baker on June 26, 1860
428-426
Sparks John T. 28 (M) Indiana Farmer $800-$300
" Martha 23 (F) Indiana    
" Wiley 2 (M) Indiana    
" Daniel 1 (M) Indiana    
" Daniel 60 (M) Kentucky    
Page 678. Census taken by Thos. A. Baker on July 6, 1860
658-656
Jones Wilson 36 (M) Indiana Druggist $1200-$2000
" Eliza 37 (F) PA    
" Ophelia 9 (F) Indiana    
" Charles 8 (M) Indiana    
" Mary 4 (F) Indiana    
" Walton 2 (M) Indiana    
Sparks Nancy 37 (F) Indiana Domestic  
Note: Ophelia and Charles Jones were shown as having attended school.)
Dearborn County,Indiana -- 1860 Census
Township of Sparta (No post office recorded; probably also Sparta.)
Page 189. Census taken by James D. English on June 26, 1860
236-236
Sparks Hamlett 64 (M) Virginia Farmer $300-$100
" E.Y. 63 (F) Virginia    
" N.G. 22 (M) Indiana    
  C.B. 20 (M) Indiana    
  Wm. 17 (M) Indiana    
  L. 29 (F) Indiana    
  Americk 26 (F) Indiana    
(Note: On the 1850 census of Dearborn County [see the Quarterly of March 1985, Whole No. 129, page 2725] Hamlett's wife's name appears as Elizabeth T.; the son named here as N . G. was given as Novel, i.e., Norval In 1850; the son named as C.B. was given as Charles B.; the daughter shown as L. Sparks was Liberty; and the daughter called "Americk" was shown as America.)
Township of Center, City of Aurora Post Office: Aurora
Page 457. Census taken by Marcus Levy on June 1860
492-530
Sparks Elijah 46 (M) Kentucky Laborer $1500-$300
" Elizabeth 40 (F) Kentucky    
Township of Hogan Post Office: Wilmington
Page 505 (115). Census taken by Marcus Levy on August 1, 1860
822-874
Kerr Elias 33 (M) Indiana Farmer  - $300
" Jane A. 39 (F) Indiana    
" Jeremiah S. 6 (M) Indiana    
" Daniel F. 5 (M) Indiana    
" Elias S. 3 (M) Indiana    
" Clarisa S. 2 (F) Indiana    
Sparks Jesse 78 (M) MD    
(Note: Jeremiah S. Kerr had attended school.)
City of Lawrenceburg Post Office: Lawrenceburg
Page 6. Census taken by Jacob P. Dunn on June 5, 1860
33-36
Sparks Norval 59 (M) Kentucky Grocer - $600
" Margaret 33 (F) Indiana    
" David E. 31 (M) Indiana Merchant $2000-$2000
" Ann 24 (F) Indiana    
" John 20 (M) Indiana Grocery Clk.  
Depri [Depew] John 15 (M) Ohio Merchts. Clk  
Page 9. Census taken by Jacob p. Dunn on June 6, 1860
59-62
Hawkins Wm. 30 (M) PA Blacksmith - $100
" Rachel 27 (F) PA    
" Eben. [?] J. 4 (M) Indiana    
Sparks Wm. 11 (M) Indiana    
Mattocks Eli 32 (M) PA Bag Master I & C -$1000
" Elizabeth 24 (F) PA    
(Note: William Sparks had attended school.
Occupation of Eli Mattocks probably intended for Barge Master.)
Decatur County, Indiana --1860 Census
Township of Washington Post Office: Greensburg
Page 772 (139). Census taken by Wm. M. English on August 3, 1860
1046-1046
Sparks Amos 49 (M) Ohio Huckster  - $400
" Mary 45 (F) PA    
" Allen W. 12 (M) Indiana    
  Margaret 10 (F) Indiana    
  Amos 8 (M) Indiana    
  Martha 5 (F) Indiana    
  Jerome 3 (M) Indiana    
(Note: The four oldest children had attended school.)
Elkhart County, Indiana --1860 Census
Township of Clinton Post Office: Goshen
Page 298 (128). Census taken by C. S. Hascall on July 27, 1860
873-873
Sparks Isaac 59 (M) Ohio Farmer $2000-$328
" Eleanor 54 (F) PA Housekeeper  
" Mary B. 20 (F) Indiana Housework  
" Isaac 18 (M) Indiana Laborer  
" George 15 (M) Indiana    
" Sarah 13 (F) Indiana    
" Ruth 10 (F) Indiana    
Nelson Margaret E. 12 (F) Indiana    
Sevarz [Swartz] Joseph 24 (M) Ohio Laborer  
(Note: Isaac, George, Sarah R., and Ruth Sparks had attended school,
as had also Margaret E. Nelson.)
Page 359 (187). Census taken by C. S. Hascall on August 2, 1860
1255-1255
  Simon 40 (M) PA Laborer  
" Catherine 35 (F) Ohio    
" Caroline 13 (F) Indiana    
" Simon 1 (M) Indiana    
Sparks Joseph 29 (M) Indiana Laborer  
Jacobs Samuel  29 (M) Indiana Blacksmith $6000-$200
" Catherine 60 (F) PA    
" Edwin 6 (M) Indiana    
" George 37 (M) Indiana Laborer  
Fayette County, Indiana-- 1860 Census
Township of Jackson Post Office: Everton
Page 588. Census taken by William Kerr on June 7, 1860
133-133
Sparks, Elizabeth 54 (F) NJ   - $1050
" James 21 (M) Indiana Farmer - $150
Rously, Ann 27 (F) Indiana Teacher C. S.  
Township of Connersville Post Office: Connersville
Page 627. Census taken by William Kerr on June 22, 1860
424-421
Sparks Wm.  47 (M) Indiana Farmer $23,640-$2,314
" Elizabeth 46 (F) Indiana    
" Mary Ann 25 (F) Indiana    
  John E. 24 (M) Indiana Farmer  
  William L. 22 (M) Indiana Farmer  
  Catherine 20 (F) Indiana    
  Sarah E. 18 (F) Indiana    
  Milton P. 16 (M) Indiana    
  Emaline L. 14 (F) Indiana    
  Hirum L. 12 (M) Indiana    
  Pheba 8 (F) Indiana    
  Martha E. 6 (F) Indiana    
  Stephen 4 (M) Indiana    
Childers Hiram 1 (M) Indiana    
(Note: All Sparks children from William L. through Martha B. had attended school.)
425-422
Sparks Hirum 39 (M) Indiana Farmer $9,750-$3,905
" Elizabeth 37 (F) Indiana    
" Francis M. 17 (M) Indiana Farm Laborer  
" Albert 12 (M) Indiana    
" Wm. 88 (M) SC   - $1,500
(Note: Francis M. and Albert had attended school.)
Floyd County, Indiana --1860 Census
City of New Albany, 1st Ward, Post Office: New Albany
Page 171. Census taken by W. W. Bradley on July 3, 1860
1220-1220
Sparks Preston 33 (M) Tennessee Farmer  
" Mary 32 (F) Tennessee    
" John 10 (M) TN    
" Henry 9 (M) TN    
" George 6 (M) Kentucky    
" William 5 (M) TN    
" Sylvester 2 (M) TN    
City of New Albany, 6th Ward Post Office: New Albany
Page 418 (102) Census taken by Samuel H. Owen on June 25, 1860
773-792
Sparks Richard 27 (M) Kentucky Brick Mason - $300
" Ellen 24 (F) Indiana    
Page 428 (112). Census taken by Samuel H. Owen on June 27, 1860
787-806
Armstrong David 49 (M) Kentucky Teamster $2000-$1000
" Jane 54 (F) Virginia Seamstress  
Sadler Joshua 14 (M) Indiana    
Sparks John 49 (M)      
" May [Mary ?] E. 21 [or 29] (F) Indiana    
" Thomas J. 9 (M)      
" William 8 (M)      
(Note: The two Sparks children had attended school.)
Franklin County, Indiana --1860 Census
Township of White Water Post Office: New Trenton
Page 141. Census taken by E. Barber on July 16, 1860
973-954
Kennedy Jas. E. 31 (M) Indiana Farmer - $650
" Sarah 29 (F) Indiana    
" Wilber 11/12 (M) Indiana    
Sparks Amy 29 (F) Indiana    
Whipple Joseph 12 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Joseph Whipple had attended school.)
Township of White Water Post Office: Drewesburgh
Page 151. Census taken by E. Barber on July 16, 1860
1049-1027
Sparks John 52 (M) MD Farmer $5,500-$2,500
" Almira 51 (F) Ohio    
Thompson Abram 18 (M) Indiana Farm Hand  
Township of White Water Post Office: New Trenton
Pages 157 & 158. Census taken by E. Barber on July 18, 1860
1093-1071
Sparks Wright 76 (M) MD Farmer $9,600-$1,100
" Ann 73 (F) MD    
" Isabel 42 (F) MD    
1094-1072
Sparks Samuel 30 (M) Indiana Farmer  - $800
" Martha Ann 30 (F) Indiana    
" Silestia 9 (F) Indiana    
" Clarrissa 5 (F) Indiana    
Lackheart James 30 (M) PA School Teacher  
(Note: Silestia and Clarrissa Sparks had attended school.)
Township of Laurel: Post Office: Laurel
Page 506 (170). Census taken by Alfred Slater on August 23, 1860
1261-1156
Sparks Hugh 54 (M) Kentucky Farmer $1,000-$400
" Rebecca 49 (F) Kentucky    
" Samuel T. J. 11 (M) Indiana    
Fulton County, Indiana-- 1860 Census
Township or Liberty Post Office: Fulton
Page 566 (57). Census taken by B. N. Banks on June 26, 1860
374-374
Sparks Jeremiah B. 26 (M) Indiana Farmer $1,500-$300
" Margaret J. 26 (F) Ohio    
" Prarie Birds 5/12 (M) Indiana    
Page 567. Census taken by Em N. Banks on June 26, 1860
379-379
Sparks Jesse 53 (M) Ohio Farmer $2,000-$300
" Jemima 53 (F) New York    
" Stephen 23 (M) Indiana    
" Philora 8 (F) Indiana    
(Note: Stephen Sparks had attended school.)
380-381
Sparks Theodore 29 (M) Indiana Farmer - $300
" Christina 26 (F) Ohio    
" Jesse 9 (M) Indiana    
" Philora J. 7 (F) Indiana    
" William H. 3 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Jesse and Philora J. Sparks had attended school.)
Greene County, Indiana-- 1860 Census
Township of Center: Post Office: Jonesburgh
Page 676. Census taken by John D. Killian on June 29, 1860
627-627
Sparks Hardy 63 (M) Farmer $1,600-$600 NC
" Martha 50 (F)     NC
" Martha 19 (F) Serving   Indiana
" Merit 17 (M) Indiana Farm Laborer  
" Nancy J. 11 (F) Indiana    
" Hardy 7 (F) [sic]     Indiana
(Note: The parents in this family, Hardy and Martha, could not read and write; Merit Sparks had attended school.)
628-628 Census taken by John D. Killian on July 3, 1860
Sparks Alfred 23 (M) Indiana Farmer $800-$200
" Sarah 25 (F) Indiana    
" Mary E. 8/12 (F) Indiana    
(Note: Alfred and Sarah Sparks could not read and write.)
Page 690.
737-737
Sparks Calvin 50 (M) Farmer $1,000-$400 Ohio
" Rebecca 46 (F) Ohio    
" Sarah C. 16 (F) Serving   Indiana
" James L. 13 (M) Indiana    
" Joseph T. 9 (M) Indiana    
" Alonzo 6 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Rebecca Sparks could not read and write; Sarah C., James L. and Joseph T. Sparks had attended school.)
Page 693. Census taken by John D. Killian on July 4, 1860
760-760
Sparks Calvin 32 (M) [Blank    
" Mahala 32 (F)      
" Matilda J. 13 (F)      
" William R. 11 (M)      
" Dianna 9 (F)      
" Susanna 7 (F)      
" Maria E. 3/12 (F)      
(Note: The parents in this family, Calvin and Mahala Sparks could not read and write; the four oldest children had attended school.)
Page 695. Census taken by John D. Killian on July 6, 1860
773-773
Sparks Jerome 24 (M) Ohio Farmer $400-$200
" Melissey 24 (F) Indiana    
" Martha E. 5 (F) Indiana    
" Deletinia [?] 3 (F) Indiana    
" John D. 1 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Jerome and Melissey were shown as unable to read and write.)
Page 698. Census taken by John D. Killian on July 6, 1860
789-789
Sparks James A. 22 (M) Ohio Farmer $800-
" Nancy A. 21 (F) Indiana    
" Mary M. 3 (F) Indiana    
" Joseph H. 1 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Nancy A. Sparks was shown as unable to read and write.)
Township of Richland Post Office: Bloomfield
Page 724. Census taken by John D. Killian on July 17, 1860
952-952
Sparks David W. 46 (M) Ohio Farmer $3,500-$700
" Nancy 44 (F) Virginia    
" Joseph S. 19 (M) Indiana Farm Laborer  
" Malissa 12 (F) Indiana    
Page 727. Census taken by John D. Killian on July 18, 1860
972-972
Sparks Andrew   (M) Ohio Farmer $700-$100
" Elizabeth   (F) Indiana    
" Nancy J.   (F) Indiana    
973-973
Sparks Andrew S. 69 (M) NJ Farming $1,000-$450
" Jane 65 (F) PA    
" Mary E. 27 (F) Ohio Serving  
Dobbins David M. 13 (M) Indiana    
Page 735. Census taken by John D. Killian on July 21, 1860
1025-1025
Sparks Charles 29 (M) Ohio Farmer  - $200
" Ann 33 (F) Indiana    
" Eli 10 (M) Indiana    
" Mary 10 (F) Indiana    
" James 8 (M) Indiana    
" Rebecca A. 5 (F) Indiana    
" Eliza J. 3 (F) Indiana    
" John 8/12 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Charles and Ann Sparks were shown as unable to read and write.)
Hamilton County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
Township of White River Post Office: Cicero
Page 85. Census taken by George Kreng on June 26, 1860
600-600
Sparks James 39 (M) NC Farmer $2,000-$747
" Rebecca 39 (F) Ohio    
Baily Margaret 11 (F) Indiana    
(Note: Rebecca Sparkes was shown as unable to read and write.)
Township of Noblesville Post Office: Noblesville
Page 229. Census taken by Wm. T. Messick on June 1, 1860
30-30
Ferguson Archille 44 (M) Kentucky Sheriff $4,000-$500
" A. V. [?] 34 (F) Ohio    
Stark George 18 (M) Ohio Laborer  
" Mary K. 15 (F) Ohio    
Doll Caroline 15 (F) Ohio    
" Sallie 14 (F) Indiana    
Sparks Frederick 14 (M) Indiana    
Kane Thomas J. 28 (M) Ohio Lawyer - $100
Sawyer Peter C. 38 (M) NJ Express Agent $1,700-@100
(Note: George and Mary K. Stark, as well as Caroline Doll, had attended school.)
Page 4529-4541
Whole Number 171
PERSONS NAMED SPARKS FOUND ON THE 1860 CENSUS OF IndianaDIANA
by Russell E. Bidlack
[Compiler's Note: A transcription of data from the 1860 census of Indiana pertaining to all persons named Sparks was begun in the Quarterly of March 1995, No. 169, page 4439. Households headed by persons with names other than Sparks, but which included one or more Sparkses, have also been included . The following Indiana counties in which one or more Sparkses were found were included in the March 1995 issue: Adams, Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Cass, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, Elkhart, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, and Hamilton. In the June 1995 issue, No. 170, we included the following counties : Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Lagrange, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Ohio, Orange, Parke, Perry, and Putnam. We now continue this transcription . Note that the first number before the name of the head of each household is that which the census taker assigned to dwellings in sequence; the second number is that of the family . These numbers differ from the point that two families occupied a single dwelling. Following each name is his/her age as reported to the census taker by whomever he interviewed in that particular dwelling, with an indication whether male or female . Next is the occupation, usually limited to males considered to be of legal age; then the value of that individual's real estate, if any, followed by a hyphen. Preceded by the hyphen is the value of his/her personal property, if any. The place of birth is the final item.]
Ripley County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
Adams Township. Post Office: Hermann
Sparke Frederick 48 (M) Bavaria Farmer $900-
  " Catherine 42 (F) Bavaria    
  " Frederick 16 (M) Ohio    
  " Philapoena 13 (F) Ohio    
  " Louisa 11 (F) Ohio    
  " Phillip [sic] 6 (M) Ohio    
  " Catherine 5 (F) Indiana    
  " Henry 3 (M) Indiana    
(Note: In all probability, Frederick Sparke, the head of this household, did not have the surname "Sparke" when he came to the United States from Bavaria; perhaps he adopted the name because his German name was difficult for his English- speaking neighbors to pronounce, or because it had a pronunciation similar to "Sparke".  An immigration official may even have assigned the name to him. Philopoena, Louisa, and Phillipp had attended school within the year.)
Rush County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
Richland Township . Post Office : Richland
Page 783. Census taken June 16, 1860, by Thos. B. Robinson.
273-275
Sparks James 33 (M) Indiana Farmer -$100
  " Mahetable 30 (F) Indiana    
  " John W. 12 (M) Indiana    
  " William F. 10 (M) Indiana    
  " Edward 8 (M) Indiana    
  " Margaret 6 (F) Indiana    
  "  Amanda 4 (F) Indiana    
  "  James 3 (M) Indiana    
  " Charles 50 (M) Indiana Farm Hand  
(Note: John W., Wm F., Edward, and Margaret attended school within the year.
Charles Williams shown as unable to read and write.)
St. Joseph County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
Center Township . Post Office : South Bend
Page 73. Census taken June 22, 1860, by John Gallagher.
501-501
Sparks Robt. 34 (M) Ohio Farmer -$1200
  " Martha 24 (F) Ohio    
  " Josiah 13 (M) Ohio    
  " Mary 9 (F) Ohio    
  " Susan 7 (F) Ohio    
  " Martha 5 (F) Ohio    
  Ematien [sic] 3 (M) Ohio    
  Mathew 2/12 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Josiah, Mary, Susan, and Martha attended school within the year.)
Town of South Bend. Post Office: South Bend
Page 324. Census taken June 11, 1860, by Elmer Ross.
217-205
Whitman William 30 (M) New York Teamster -$300
  " Mary A. 28 (F) Ireland    
  " Mary H. 6 (F) New York    
  " Margaret A. 5 (F) New York    
  " John F. 3 (M) New York    
  " Louisa M. 1 (F) New York    
Sparks Clarrica [sic] 66 (F) New York    
Scott County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
Lexington Township . Post Office : Lexington
Page 959. Census taken June 21, 1860, by James E. Fouts.
347-338
Rawlings Aaron 50 (M) Kentucky Farmer $2200-$700
  " Sara J. 38 (F) Indiana    
  " Eliza A. 18 (F) Indiana    
  " Nathan H. 15 (M) Indiana    
  " Emily J. 12 (F) Indiana    
  " Martha E. 10 (F) Indiana    
  " William J. 6 (M) Indiana    
  " Thomas E. 1 (M) Indiana    
Sparks Sarah 68 (F) Virginia    
Rawlings Lusella 81 (F) Virginia    
(Note: Nathan H., Emily J., Martha E.and Thomas E. Rawlings attended school within the year.)
Vienna Township . Post Office : Vienna
Page 1012. Census taken July 14, 1860, by James E. Fouts.
745-721
Applegate George J. 34 (M) Indiana Farmer $2000-$720
  " Martha J. 33 (F) Indiana Housework  
  " Sarah 10 (F) Indiana    
  " Rachel 9 (F) Indiana    
  " Thomas 7 (M) Indiana    
  " Andrew 5 (M) Indiana    
  " John 3 (M) Indiana    
  " George 1 (M) Indiana    
Sparks Rachel 69 (F) Virginia    
(Note: Sarah, Rachel, and Thomas Applegate attended school within year. Rachel Sparks shown as unable to read and write.)
Township of Jennings. Post Office : New Frankfort
Page 1062. Census taken August 4, 1860, by James E. Fouts
1115-1081
Sparks William R. 27 (M) Indiana Cooper - $75
  " Elizabeth 26 (F) Indiana    
  " Melvina 6 (F) Indiana    
  " Henry 5 (M) Indiana    
  " William 3 (M) Indiana    
  " James 4/12 (M) Indiana    
  " Catherine 73 (F) NC    
(Note: William R. and Elizabeth Sparks, as well as Catharine Taylor, shown as unable to read and write.)
Shelby County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
2nd Ward in Shelbyville . Post Office : Shelbyville
Page 811. Census taken June 7, 1860, by wm Mortimer.
131-134
Sparks Noah 53 (M) Ohio Cooperer - $75
  " Nancy 29 (F) Ohio Tailoress  
  " Lafayette 23 (M) Ohio Cooper  
  " Theodore 19 (M) Indiana Cooper  
  " Mary 16 (F) Indiana    
  " Herchell 14 (M) Indiana    
  " Laura B. 11 (F) Indiana    
  " James 8 (M) Indiana    
  " Amanda 3 (F) Indiana    
(Note: Laura B. and James Sparks attended school within the year.)
Switzerland County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
Cotton Township. Post Office : Allensville
Page 131. Census taken August 25, 1860, by John S. Green.
978-957
Sparks J. B. 50 (M) Ohio Clergyman - $800
  " Eliza 50 (F) Indiana    
  " H. B. 18 (M) Indiana    
  " Mary E. 20 (F) Indiana    
  " William 16 (M) Indiana    
  " John S. 14 (M) Indiana    
  " Martha A. 9 (F) Indiana    
(Note: The four oldest Sparks children, not including Martha, were shown as attending school within the year.)
Posey Township. Post Office: Patriot
Page 10. Census taken June 13, 1860, by J. S. Green.
72-70
Sparks Wm. 58 (M) Ohio Basket Maker - $150
  " Terrissa 37 (F) Virginia    
Cole Nancy J. 18 (F) Indiana    
Sparks T. J. 16 (M) Kentucky    
  " W. J. 14 (M) Kentucky    
  " Danl 11 (M) Kentucky    
  " Terrissa 8 (F) Kentucky    
  " John M. 6 (M) Indiana    
  " Elizabeth A. 4 (F) Kentucky    
(Note Wm Sparks shown as unable to read and write.)
Tippecanoe County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
City of Lafayette. Post Office: Lafayette
Page 732. Census taken June 2, 1860, by John Tilly.
53-59
Sparks Francis 27 (M) Ohio Laborer - $150
  " Mary 20 (F) Indiana    
  " Wm. 1/12 (M) Indiana    
Lamb Elisabeth [sic] 45 (F) Ohio    
  " Jas. 50 (M) New York Laborer  
  " Jas. 15 (M) Indiana Laborer  
(Note: Jas. Lamb, age 50, shown as unable to read and write; Jas. Lamb, age 15, shown as attending school within the year.)
City of Lafayette; Post Office : Lafayette
Page 736. Census taken June 4, 1860, by John Tilly
77-84
Sparks James 25 (M) Ohio Farmer - $50
  " Sarah 28 (F) Ohio    
Tayton [sic] Rebecka 51 (F) Ohio    
(Note Following household on the same page, but continuing on page 737.)
85-92
Sparks William 61 (M) PA Brick Mason $1300-$200
  " Catherine 52 (F) PA    
  " Peter 22 (M) Indiana    
  " Catherine 16 (F) Indiana    
Sparks Israel 14 (M) Indiana    
  " Ellen 12 (F) Indiana    
  " Thos. 7 (M) Indiana    
  " Benjamin 13 (M) Indiana    
  " Francis 28 (M) Ohio Brick Maker - $25
  " Mary 20 (F) Indiana    
  " William 1/12 (M) Indiana    
(Note: The household headed by Francis Sparks appearing on page 4532, 2nd from bottom of page, comprised of Francis, himself, with Mary Sparks (doubtless his wife) and the one-month-old wm Sparks, (and with three members of a Lamb family), appears to have been repeated (but not the Lambs) in the household of William Sparks, beginning at the bottom of page 4532. While the age of Francis Sparks appears as 27 when he was first shown and 28 in the second instance, ages were frequently estimated by whomever the census taker interviewed . It seems likely that Francis was a son of William and Catharine Sparks who still considered him to be a member of their household when reporting to the census taker. In the second listing of Mary, she was shown as unable to read and write.)
City of Lafayette. Post Office: Lafayette
Page 791. Census taken June 9, 1860, by
557-511
Snider Joseph 40 (M) Saxweimar Boarding house $150-$100
  " Margaret 24 (F) Belgium    
  " George 6 (M) Indiana    
  " Louisa 5 (F) Indiana    
  " John 2 (M) Indiana    
  " William 2/12 (M) Indiana    
Shellinger George 23 (M) Unknown Laborer  
  " Rachell 22 (F) MI    
Sparks B. S. 41 (M) Ohio Tailor  
  "  Julia 30 (F) Ohio    
  " Sonora 5/12 (F) Indiana    
Kirshner Andrew 24 (M) Wertenburg Carpenter  
Strosser Frank 23 (M) Switzerland Laborer  
Myer Michael 35 (M) Switzerland Stone Cutter  
City of Lafayette. Post Office: Lafayette
Page 796. Census taken June 10, 1860 by John Tilly
599-552
Ward Sarah 53 (F) England Widow $1000 -
Sparks Warren 20 (F) Ohio Painter  
  " Sarah J. 19 (F) Indiana    
Sprague Rachael 32 (F) Unknown    
City of Lafayette. Post Office: Lafayette
Page 923. Census taken June 26, 1860, by John Tilly.
1473-1502
Hollam William 41 (M) Virginia Carpenter $1500-$100
  " Emily 52 (F) New York    
  " Vans [?] 6 (M) Virginia    
  " Emily J. 4 (F) Virginia    
Carney Catherine 16 (F) Ireland Domestic  
Sparks Orange 21 (M) Ohio Printer  
Charter Orange 40 (M) New York Carpenter  
(Note: Vans [?] Hollam was shown as attending school within the year.)
Tipton County, Indiana-- 1860 Census
Cicero Township Post Office: Tipton
Page 45. Census taken June 11, 1860, by N. J. Jackson.
334-333
Sparks James 63 (M) Kentucky Farmer $600-$150
  " Elizabeth 56 (F) Kentucky    
  " Thomas 33 (M) Kentucky Day Laborer  
  " Clarisa 31 (F) Kentucky    
  " James 19 (M) Indiana Day Laborer  
  " Ellen 13 (F) Indiana    
  " Amanda 3 (F) Indiana    
(Note: James and Ellen Sparks shown as attending school within the year.)
Vanderburgh County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
Pigeon Township, City of Evansville. Post Office: Evansville
Page 503. Census taken August 20, 1860, by John H. Bafendeck.
808-817
Spark C. A. 38 (M) Prussia Upholster [sic] $2000-$2000
  " Emilie 24 (F) Bevaria    
  " Luia [sic] 4 (M) Indiana    
  " C. A. H. 2 (M) Indiana    
809-818
Spark Heinrich 36 (M) Prussia Upholster [sic] - $75
  " Louisa 28 (F)     Prussia
  " Wilhelmine 3 (F)     Prussia
(Note: In all probability, C. A. Spark and Heinrich Spark, heads of the above households, did not have the surname "Spark" when they came to the United States from Prussia; perhaps they adopted the name because their Prussian name was difficult for their English-speaking neighbors to pronounce, or because it had a pronunciation similar to "Spark".  An immigration official may even have assigned the name to them.  From the birth places of their children, it appears that Heinrich Spark followed C. A. Spark to America and adopted the name C. A. Spark was using.)
Vermillion County, Indiana-- 1860 Census
Clinton Township. Post Office: Clinton
Page 210. Census taken July 24, 1860, by James M. Hood.
775-78-
Sparks Joseph 36 (M) Farmer - $200 MD
  " Phebe 31 (F) Kentucky    
  " Martha 10 (F) Indiana    
  " Susan A. 8 (F) Indiana    
  " James 5 (M) Indiana    
  " William 2 (M) Indiana    
  " Charles B. 8/12 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Martha, Susan A ., and James Sparks shown as attending school within the year.)
Clinton Township. Post Office: Furnace
Page 231. Census taken July 31, 1860, by James M. Hood.
926-933
Sicknaiger William 36 (M) Germany Carpenter - $200
Sparks Margaret 23 (F) Germany    
  " Irssey [sic] 3 (F) Ohio    
  " Mary 1 (F) Ohio    
Note : Margaret Sparks was probably a widow; having been born in Germany, her maiden name was surely not Sparks.)
Highland Township. Post Office: Perrysville
Page 77. Census taken July 7, 1860, by A. J. Adams.
174-181
Sparks Daniel 55 (M) MD Farmer $4000-$1600
  " Mary A. 42 (F) Ohio Keeping house  
  " Enoch G. 15 (M) Indiana    
  " Joseph F. 13 (M) Indiana    
  " Warner 11 (M) Indiana    
  " Edith 8 (F) Indiana    
  " Anna 2 (F) Indiana    
(Note: The four oldest Sparks children shown as attending school within the year.)
Highland Township. Post Office: Perrysville
Page 79. Census taken July 10, 1860, by A. J. Adams.
184-192
Jacobs Nathan 39 (M) Ohio Farmer - $300
  " Mary 33 (F) Ohio    
  " Daniel 11 (M) Indiana    
  " John C. 9 (M) Indiana    
  " Rachel 7 (F) Indiana    
  " Maria 4 (F) Indiana    
  " Eliza J. 1 (F) Indiana    
Sparks William 26 (M) Indiana Farmer - $15
187-195
Lacey James M. 45 (M) New York Farmer $1500-$800
  " Ann M. 39 (F) New York    
  " Elisha A. 18 (M) New York    
Sparks Samuel 24 (M) Indiana    
(Note: The census taker added "Idiotic" following the name of Samuel Sparks; he was also shown as unable to read and write.)
Vigo County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
Linton Township. Post Office: Prairieton
Page 407. Census taken July 5, 1860, by S. W. Rigney.
572-559
Sparks Presley 41 (M) Kentucky Farmer $1900-$800
  " Milly 35 (F) Indiana    
  " Scott 12 (M) Indiana    
  " Taylor 12 (M) Indiana    
  " Christopher 2 (M) Indiana    
  " Milly 4/12 (F) Indiana    
Mobly Almira 9 (F) Indiana    
  " Isabell 7 (F) Indiana    
Sparks Elizabeth 38 (F) Kentucky    
(Note: Milly Sparks, 35, and Elizabeth Sparks were shown as unable to read and write.)
Page 419. Census taken July 10, 1860, by S. W. Rigney
657-631
Sparks R. M. 24 (M) Indiana Farmer $600-$250
  " Sarah 23 (F) Indiana    
  " Roselinda 3 (F) Indiana    
  " Cyras [sic] 1 (M) Indiana    
Page 421. Census taken July 10, 1860, by S. W. Rigney.
669-641
Sparks Hiram 53 (M) Kentucky Farmer $3000-$900
  " .Leura 50 (F) Kentucky    
  " Naten [Vaton] 22 (M) Indiana Farmer  
  " Peter 20 (M) Indiana Farm Laborer  
  " Hilda 17 (F) Indiana    
  " Ira 15 (M) Indiana    
  " Leticia 12 (F) Indiana    
  " Darthula 10 (F) Indiana    
  " Silas 7 (M) Indiana    
(Note: The four youngest Sparks children shown as attending school within the year.)
Page 423. Census taken July 15, 1960, by S. W. Rigney.
656-658
Sparks C. B. 38 (M) Indiana Shoemaker - $200
  " Meldaneta 25 (F) Indiana    
  " William 10 (M) Indiana    
  " Leaura [sic] 6 (F) Indiana    
(Note: William and Leaura A. Sparks shown as attending school wfthin the year.)
657-659
Sparks Emily 43 (M) Kentucky   $3000-$1000
  " William 20 (F) Kentucky    
  " Thomas 17 (M) Indiana    
  " Sarah 15 (F) Indiana    
  " Caroline 12 (F) Indiana    
(Note: Thomas and Sarah Sparks shown as attending school within the year.)
Linton Township. Post Office: Pimento
Page 433. Census taken July 13, 1860, by S. W. Rigney.
751-719
Sparks Darwin 24 (M) Indiana Farmer - $600
  " Louisa 24 (F) Indiana    
Lost Creek Township. Post Office: Terre Haute
Page 780. Census taken August 22, 1860, by J. G. Sasson.
915-843
Sparks Geo. W 39 (M) Kentucky Farmer - $300
  " Sallie 34 (F) Indiana    
  " John E. 16 (M) Indiana    
  " Letitia [sic] 14 (F) Indiana    
  " Catherine 11 (F) Indiana    
  " Barbara E. 8 (F) Indiana    
  "  Hardin 5 (M) Indiana    
  " Wm. 3 (M) Indiana    
  " Louisa 8/12 (F) Indiana    
Otter Creek Township. Post Office: Terre Haute
Page 631. Census taken August 14, 1860, by A. M. Pettengill.
1169-1169
Keenan John 58 (M) Farmer $800-$200 Ireland
Ward Susan 22 (F) Ohio    
  " James 8/12 (M) IL    
Sparks Adison 25 (M) Indiana Farm Laborer  
Patten Charlotte 7 (F) Ohio    
  " Matilda 5 (F) Ohio    
(Note: Charlotte Patten shown as attending school within the year.)
Pearson Township. Post Office: Riley
Page 469. Census taken July 26, 1860, by S. W. Rigney
994-959
Sparks Joseph 37 (M) Kentucky Farmer $500-$200
  " Sarah 32 (F) Kentucky    
  " Martha 11 (F) Kentucky    
  " William 8 (M) Indiana    
  " James 6 (M) Indiana    
  " Mary 4 (F) Indiana    
(Note: The three oldest children shown as attending school within the year.)
995-960
Sparks Asa 47 (M) Kentucky Farmer $500-$350
  " Lucy 35 (F) Kentucky    
  " James 18 (M) Kentucky Farm Laborer  
  " John 15 (M) Kentucky    
  " Viniard [sic] 11 (M) Kentucky    
  " Amanda 58 (F) Indiana    
  " Newton 3 (M) Indiana    
  " Margaret 6/12 (F) Indiana    
Riley Township. Post Office: Riley
Page 803. Census taken September 10, 1860, by J. G. Wassen.
1081-1001
Sparks Albert W. 29 (M) Indiana Farmer - $600
  " Letitia A. 29 (F) Kentucky   $1000 -
Miles Catherine 11 (F) Indiana    
  " Edw. 10 (M) Indiana    
Sparks Mary A. 6 (F) Indiana    
  " Laura V. 5 (F) Indiana    
  " Hiram W. 2 (M) Indiana    
  " Otis O. 4/12 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Place of birth of Albert W. Sparks shown as "Kentucky" but crossed out.)
Riley Township. Post Office: Riley
Page 836. Census taken September 25, 1860, by John G. Wasson.
1311-1230
Sparks William 44 (M) Kentucky Farmer $1080-$250
  " Eveline 52 (F) Kentucky    
  " Letitia 21 (F) Kentucky    
Town of Terre Haute, 2nd Ward. Post Office: Terre Haute
Page 703. Census taken July 16, 1860, by J. S. Wasson
311-309
Sparks Saml. K. 74 (M) Kentucky Preacher $10,000-$500
  " Cath [sic] 72 (F) Kentucky    
Carr Elizabeth 25 (F) Indiana    
Page 710
374-368
Brokaw George 34 (M) Indiana Merchant  
  " Lizzie B. 27 (F) Indiana    
  " Frank C. 4 (M) Indiana    
Craft Mrs. E. B. 45 (F) Ohio    
  " Wm. S. 21 (M) Indiana Clerk  
  " Fannie A. 23 (F) Indiana    
  " Lucia 30 (F) Indiana    
Griswold W. A. 37 (M) New York Hardware  
  " Elizabeth 33 (F) New York    
Brunswick Mary 23 (F) Indiana [Color] Black  
Sparks Mary 19 (F) Ohio    
Town of Terre Haute, 3rd Ward. Post Office: Terre Haute
Page 730. Census taken July 23, 1860, by J. G. Wasson
488-470
Pence Allen 40 (M) Ohio Physician  
  " Louisa 25 (F) Bavaria    
Sparks V. M. 22 (M) Indiana Clerk  
Colter Sarah 39 (F) CT    
Carr Maggie 25 (F) Ireland Domestic  
Henry Frank 35 (M) Ireland Saloon [?]  
  " Ellen 25 (F) Ireland    
  " Frank, Jr. 9 (M) Ohio    
  " Mary A., Jr. 9 (F) Ohio    
  " Kate 4 (F) Ohio    
(Note: The three Henry children, including 4-year-old Kate, shown as attending school within the year;
494-476
Sparks Rich'd 33 (M) Indiana Dept. Sheriff - $150
  " Mary 22 (F) Ohio    
  " Martha 7 (F) Indiana    
  " Frances M. 5 (M) Indiana    
Patrick Eleanor 60 (F) CT   $200-$100
  " Septer [sic] 22 (M) Indiana Painter  
  " Elizabeth 24 (F) Indiana    
Brown [blank] 24 (M) Indiana Carriage Trimmer $1000-$150
(Note: Rich'd and Mary Sparks shown as having been married within the year.)
Town of Terre Haute, 3rd Ward. Post Office: Terre Haute
Page 734 Census taken July 23, 1860, by J. G. Wasson.
552-493
Sparks N. C. 51 (M) Kentucky   $12,000-$10,000
  " Penelope C. 51 (F) Kentucky Miliner  
  " Catherine 14 (F) Indiana    
  " Marg't C. 13 (F) MO    
  " Martha 8 (F) Indiana    
Tilley Mary 50 (F) Kentucky    
(Note: All three Sparks children shown as attending school within year.)
Wabash County, Indiana-- 1860 Census
Liberty Township. Post Office: Lagro
Page 409. Census taken in July, 1860, by E. B. Thomas.
1266-1266
Sparks John 53 (M) SC Farmer & Minister $8730-$1500
  " Elizabeth 53 (F) SC Housewife  
  " Wm. 22 (M) Indiana Laborer  
  " Elizabeth 18 (F) Indiana Domestic  
  " John 17 (M) Indiana Laborer  
  " Sarah 15 (F) Indiana    
  " Wm. 12 (M) Indiana    
Harton John 30 (M) Ireland Laborer  
(Note: John, Sarah, and Wm Sparks (12) shown as attending school within the year.)
Warrick County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
Owen Township. Post Office: Boonville
Page 732. Census taken August 22, 1860, by C. Dalrymple.
209-212
Sparks John 30 (M) NC Grocery Keeper $125-$300
  " Elizabeth 28 (F) Indiana    
  " Joseph E. 6 (M) Indiana    
  " Sarah C. 9 (F) Indiana    
  " Mary 4 (F) Indiana    
  " Armer [sic] 2 (M) Indiana    
Note: Sarah C. Sparks shown as attending school within year.)
Washington County, Indiana-- 1860 Census
Jefferson Township. Post Office: Drusilla
Page 167. Census taken July 20, 1860, by Wm. M. Greendale.
677-634
Sparks James 50 (M) Kentucky Farmer $2000-$1800
  " Rebecca 49 (F) Kentucky    
  " Mary Ann 25 (F) Indiana    
  " Rebecca Jane 24 (F) Indiana    
  " Nancy 22 (F) Indiana    
  " Robert 17 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Robert Sparks shown as attending school within the year.)
Wells County, Indiana-1860 Census
Township of Rock Creek. Post Office: Bluffton
Page 796. Census taken June 8, 1860, by James Dailey.
164-160
Sparks Andrew J. 26 (M) Indiana Farmer $4000-$1000
  " Mary 21 (F) Ohio    
  " Josiah 4 (M) Indiana    
  " Lydia 2 (F) Indiana    
Sparks Susannah 55 (M) Ohio Farmer $1000-$5000
Rain Hannah 21 (F) Ohio    
Huff Sylvester 15 (M) Indiana    
(Note: This is an example of the census taker assigning separate numbers to two families living in the same dwelling. Sylvester Huff shown as attending school within the year.)
166-163 [& p.797]
Roberts Robert 49 (M) Kentucky Farmer $5000 -$1000
  " Abigail 44 (F) NC    
  " James 31 (M) Indiana Farmer  
  " Martha 17 (F) Indiana    
  " John 11 (M) Indiana    
  "  [p. 797] Nathan 8 (M) Indiana    
  " Robert D. 2 (M) Indiana    
Sparks Mary Jane 19 (F) Indiana    
Morgan Jacob S. 21 (M) Indiana Laborer  
Jones Thomas J. 21 (M) Ohio Laborer  
(Note: James, Martha, John, and Nathan Roberts, as well as Mary Jane Sparks and Jacob S. Morgan, all shown as attending school within the year.)
Page 810. Census taken June 13, 1860, by James Dailey.
257-250
Sparks Solomon 35 (M) Indiana Farmer $3000-$1000
  " Susannah 31 (F) Indiana    
  " Henry C. 12 (M) Indiana    
  " Andrew J. 8 (M) Indiana    
  " Sarah I. 7 (F) Indiana    
  " Elvina 5 (F) Indiana    
  " Charles W. 2 (M) Indiana    
  " "Unknown" 2/12 (M) Indiana    
(Note: Susannah Sparks shown as unable to read and write; Henry C., Andrew J., Sarah I., and Elvina Sparks all shown as attending school within the year.)
Page 813. Census taken June 15, 1860, by James Dailey.
276-267 [& -268]
Sparks Huldah 46 (F) NC Farmer [sic] $3500-$1000
Johnson Elizabeth 71 (F) Virginia    
[-268]
Sparks William 23 (M) Indiana Farmer $180-$200
  " Samantha 23 (F) Ohio    
  " Armina 1/12 (F) Indiana    
(Another example of two families living in one dwelling.)
White County, Indiana -- 1860 Census
Union Township . Post Office : Monticello
Page 636. Census taken July 10, 1860, by Jonathan Fox.
520-519 [& -520]
McCullock Van 44 (M) Ohio Farmer $3800-$800
  " Elizabeth 41 (F) PA Housekeeper  
  " Mary 18 (F) Indiana School Mistress  
  " Nancy 16 (F) Indiana Housework  
  " Martha 9 (F) Indiana    
  " John 6 (M) Indiana    
  Carra 3 (F) Indiana    
Sparks John 14 (M) Indiana    
[-520]
McCullock Colin 21 (M) Indiana Farm Laborer  
  " Margaret 21 (F) Ohio Housekeeper  
Sparks Cornelia 12 (F) Indiana    
[Note:(The two McCullock familIes were living in the same dwelling. Colin and Margaret McCullock were shown as having been married within the year. Nancy, Martha, and John McCullock were shown as attending school within the year, as were also John and Cornelia Sparks, both of whom were minors living with the McCullocks.]
Page 639. Census taken on July 10, 1860, by Jonathan Fox.
544-544
Hughes Elice 24 (M) Ohio Lawyer - $50
  " Abba 18 (F) Indiana Housekeeper  
Sparks Joseph 16 (M) Indiana Day Laborer  
  " Francis 1 (F) Indiana    
(Note: Elice and Abba Hughes were shown as having been married within the year.)
[Compiler's Note : This completes our transcription of the record of persons named Sparks found on the 1860 census. These names were located through an excellent index published by the Indiana Historical Society . The microfilm of each Indiana county shown as containing a Sparks (Spark, Sparkes, etc.) was then searched for the complete listing for the household in which a Sparks appeared in the index.]

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