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February 2, 1954, Indian Creek Lodge, Stone Mountain, Ga.

Dear Mr. Sparks:

My sister, Julia McIntosh Sparks, passed away January 12, 1954. She was loved by so many and will be greatly missed by friends and relatives. Julia was so much interested in your work, and enjoyed the SPARKS QUARTERLIES so much. I have all my sister's records of the Sparks family, and if I can be of any help, I hope you will let me know.

Sincerely, Mrs. Nellie (Sparks) Allen

Syracuse, New York.

(Editor's Note: To Mrs. Allen, and to her brother, Dr. George W. Sparks, we extend our deepest sympathy. We, too, will miss 'Cousin Julia.')


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OBITUARY OF 1.2.1.2.2.5.1.5.2.1 WILLIAM GRANVIL SPARKS


Again we must report the death of a member of the Sparks Family. 1.2.1.2.2.5.1.5.2.1 William Granvil Sparks died June 7, 1955, at his home in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, being eighty-six years, five months and twelve days of age. [Wemaster: Please see Article 065-A for detail of this family.]

William Granvil Sparks was born December 26, 1868, near Bloomington, Indiana. When he was a small boy of about ten years, he moved with his parents and brothers and sisters from Indiana to Nebraska, settling on a farm near Beatrice where he grew to manhood. On March 7, 1894, he married Estella Morse, daughter of Wallace and Eliza (Shaman) Morse, at Beatrice, To this union eight children were born:

Mrs. Alta Sparks Crook, born in 1895 and
Mrs. Lucile Sparks Miller, born in 1897, both of Scottsbluff;
Mrs. Edith Sparks Wallin, born in 1899 of Grant, Nebr.;
Chester Sparks, born in 1902 of Kear ney, Nebr.;
Ralph Sparks, born in 1905 of Ft. Collins, Col.;
Wallace Sparks, born in 1908, died 1930;
Norbert Sparks, born in 1913 of North Platte, Nebr.; and
Mainard Sparks, born in 1919 of Denver.

At the time of his death, William G. Sparks had twelve grandchildren and fifteen greatgrandchildren.

In 1915 William G. Sparks moved with his family to a farm south of Paxton, Nebr. He spent the next seventeen years on farms in Perkins, Keith, and Lincoln Counties, near Wallace and Sutherland. In 1932 he retired and moved with Mrs. Sparks to North Platte, Nebr. For four years during World War II he served as custodian at Cody School in North Platte where he endeared himself to many children in the community.

He made his covenant with God and was baptized into the Methodist Church. He and his wife both had their membership in the Methodist Church at Scottsbluff, where they moved three years ago. Mrs. Sparks was a man of intellect and was deeply interested in world affairs, His keen sense of humor made him many friends. He was a kind and loving husband and father, and he was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The parents of William Granvil Sparks were 1.2.1.2.2.5.1.5.2 William Riley and Barbara (Carter) Sparks. He was the eldest of nine children, his brothers and sisters beings Steven Douglas and Alvin, both of Beatrice; Charlie of North Platte; Murrell of First View, Cola.; John (deceased); Joseph W. (deceased); Mrs. Luala Rossiter of Beatrice; and Mrs, Purmela Craig of Beatrice.

The grandfather of William G. Sparks was 1.2.1.2.2.5.1.5 Calvin Sparks born December 3, 1823, died July 3, 1903, Hoag, Nebr. He married Mahala Carmichael on January 1, 1846. She was born April 7, 1821, died March 5, 1910, in Monroe County, Indiana. Moving later to Nebraska, Calvin Sparks was the first county comissioner in Perkins County. The children of Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks were: William Riley; Tilda Jam; Diella; Lizzie; and Joseph. The daughter Lizzie (Mrs. Lizzie Thompson) is still living near Elsie, Nebraska. She is ninety-four years old.

The great-grandfather of William G. Sparks was 1.2.1.2.2.5.1 Hardy Sparks who was a native of North Carolina. He moved to Indiana, settling in Monroe County, probabty in the 1820's. It is believed that he was the Hardy Sparks who married Susanna Brown in Wilkes County, N.C., in 1815 (marriage bond dated January 5, 1815) and who appears on the 1820 census of Wilkes County with two sons (under ten years), himself (between twenty-six and forty-five years), and wife (between sixteen and twenty-six years). He mey also have been the Hardy Sparks who obtained a land grant in Ashe County, N.C., in 1824. A grandson of Hardy Sparks (Thomas V. Sparks) stated in a volume published in 1884: (History of Morgan, Monroe & Brown Counties, Indiana, Chicago, F. A. Battsy & Co., p. 651) that his grandfather, Hardy Sparks, served in the War of 1812. According to records in the National Archives in Washington, the Hardy Sparks from Wilkes County, N.C., did serve in that war.

A great-granddaughter of Hardy Sparks (Mrs. Jessie Sparks Conder of Stanford, Md.) gives his wife's name as Lizzie Brown rather than Susannah Brown, and states that they had seven children:

1.2.1.2.2.5.1.1 Allen Sparks, married Elizabeth Burton, died 1882.
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.2 Matilda ["Tilda") Sparks, m. Arthur Young.
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.3 William Sparks, born ca.1819.
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.4 Elizabeth Sparks
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.5 Calvin Sparks
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.6 Henry Sparks, born on April 16, 1829; died August 21, 1900, in Monroe County, Md. He married Sallie J. Holder,
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.7 James Sparks

Mrs. Conder tells us that the first wife of Hardy Sparks died and he married (second) Martha Motley. by his second wife, Hardy Sparks had eight children, as follows:

1.2.1.2.2.5.1.8 John Sparks
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.9 Andrew Sparks
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.10 Alfred Sparks
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.11 Mary Ann Sparks
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.12 Martha A. Sparks
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.13 Merritt Sparks
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.14. Nancy Jane Sparks
1.2.1.2.2.5.1.15 Joseph Sparks

(Editor's Note: If any of our members descend from this family, we would be very grateful for any additional information which they might send us.)


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Dr. Mabel (Sparks) Bacon

Once more we must report the death of a member of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION. Dr. Mabel (Sparks) Bacon, whose name headed the list of new members printed in the September issue of the Quarterly, passed away August 29, 1955, at the Christian Church Old Peoples' Home at Beaverton, Oregon. She was born Mabel Nancy Sparks on April 14, 1869, in Irvington, Iowa, the youngest of twelve children of Edwin and Priscilla (Spurgeon) Sparks. She leaves to mourn her passing one daughter, Veta Bacon Fully (Mrs. Fred Fully) of Yucaipa, California, and five grandchildren. All of her eleven brothers and sisters have preceded her in death.

Dr. Bacon was the great-great-granddaughter of George Sparks, Sr., who died in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1806.


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OBITUARY OF ERNEST RICHARD SPARKS

On May 16, 1956, death came to one of the Association's most active and enthusiastic members, Ernest Richard Sparks of San Augustine, Texas. It is with deep personal sadness that your Editor writes this obituary for he had been corresponding with Mr. Sparks and was gathering material for an article on his ancestry for an early issue of the Quarterly. Ernest R. Sparks had provided funds for extensive research in South Carolina and Texas records which added a large amount of Sparks history to the Association's files. This material is making it possible for a number of other members to trace their ancestry. Mr. Sparks had also contributed generously to the Association and had arranged for all seven of his children to become members. A recent letter from his widow, Audra Eva (Ford) Sparks, contains the following statement: "My husband was so proud of belonging to The Sparks Family Association and was so interested in tracing his family."

71.4.1.1.1.5 Ernest Richard Sparks was born December 13, 1890, at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, the fifth child of 71.4.1.1.1 Samuel Lawrence and Frances E. (Freeland) Sparks. When he was about six years old the family moved to a farm in Texas. When he was eighteen, he began writing life insurance and also taught singing [in] schools throughout East Texas and Louisiana.

As the years passed he became increasingly successful in the insurance field and for several years was State Representative of National Life Insurance Company, being one of their top salesmen.

In 1935 Mr. Sparks established his own insurance firm, calling it the Home Life Association. Located in San Augustine, this company gradually grew in size and importance until by 1955 it had become the largest Local Mutual Aid in the State of Texas. At the end of 1955 the Home Life Association was able to report a total of 24,000 satisfied members, with a surplus fund of over $375,000.00. Over $4,000,000.00 worth of new insurance was written by the firm in 1954 and 1955.

Ernest R. Sparks was a kind, friendly man who never boasted of his success; he was hard-working and humble. His widow has described him as a man who made friends wherever he went. "He always looked for the good instead of the bad, and to the richest and to the poorest he always had a kind word and a smile."

Mr. Sparks contributed freely of his time to many worthy causes. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the San Augustine Salvation Army Chapter for many years and was still a member of the Board when he died. He served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the San Augustine Independent School District for a number of years and was active in that work during the building of the present elementary building and the gymnasium in San Augustine. He was active in the promotion of sports and had much influence in establishing the school's athletic program and band.

Mr. Sparks was active in the Methodist Church and for a number of years served on the Board of Stewards. He was an active member in the Redland Lodge No. 3 A. F. & A. M. In the Blue Lodge he had served as Worshipful Master, District Deputy Grand Master, and Secretary. In the Chapter he had served as Excellent High Priest and Grand Visitor. In the Council he had served as Thrice Illustrious Master and Grand Visitor. In the Commandry he had served as Secretary and Treasurer. That he was a faithful mason is an understatement.

On July 25, 1914, when he was twenty-three, Ernest R. Sparks married Audra Eva Ford who was born February 5, 1894, in Bronson, Texas, the daughter of Robert Lee and Pinkie (Baldree) Ford, Seven children were born to this union, all in San Augustine, as follows:

71.4.1.1.1.5.1 Beeman R. Sparks, born November 29, 1915, married Gertha Williams October 5, 1940; sho was born in San Augustine County, Texas, April 19, 1921. They have two children, Cornelia Ann Sparks born in San Augustine April 24, 1941, and John Richard Sparks born in San Augustine January 10, 1943.

71.4.1.1.1.5.2 Dixie Marie Sparks, born May 2, 1917, married Wyman W. Roberts August 2, 1939; he was born in Coffeville, Alabama, May 25, 1916, and passed away September 15, 1950. They had no children. Marie is now married to Charles Pasco Lawrence who was born July 15, 1925; they were married March 13, 1952, and have no children.

71.4.1.1.1.5.3 Frances Kathleen Sparks, born March 5, 1919, married Paul Bryan Weaver September 30, 1939; he was born in Garrison, Texas, January 27, 1908. They have one child, Ernestine Paula, born in Nacogdoches, Texas, January 11, 1944.

71.4.1.1.1.5.4 Hugh Bernice Sparks, born August 27, 1920, married Anna Inez King December 7, 1946; she was born in Hemphill, Texas, January 30, 1926. They have two children, Deborah Ann Sparks born April 7, 1952, in Nacogdoches, Texas, and Hugh Bernice Sparks, Jr., born March 27, 1955, in Minden, Louisiana.

71.4.1.1.1.5.5 Ernest LeRoy Sparks, born March 26, 1922, married Agnes Marie Williams January 30, 1946; she was born in San Augustine County, Texas, January 14, 1928. They have one child, Stephen Randal Sparks, born February 4, 1949, in Lufkin, Texas.

71.4.1.1.1.5.6 Betty Jean Sparks, born January 4, 1928, married Baxter Polk Cartwright, Jr., February 9, 1946. Baxter Polk was born in San Augustine Dee. 20, 1924. They have two children, Ford Sparks Cartwright born August 26, 1947, in Center, Texas, and Kalitah Bernice Cartwright born in Center, Texas, August 3, 1950.

71.4.1.1.1.5.7 Claudine Sparks, born July 10, 1931, married James Robert Selden February 4, 1949; he was born in Palestine, Texas, April 13, 1926. They have one child, Robert Zachary Selden born March 28, 1950, in Center, Texas.

The parents of Ernest F. Sparks were 71.4.1.1.1 Samuel Lawrence and Frances E. (Freeland) Sparks. (See Quarterly Article 132-A for ancesters of Samuel Lawrence Sparks.) They were married January 2, 1881, at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, Frances being the daughter of James A. and Amanda (Salter) Freeland. She was born December 27, 1860, in De Sota Parish, Louisiana, and died July 24, 1930, in San Augustine. Samuel Lawrence Sparks was born March 31, 1856, in Henderson County, Tennessee, and died January 10, 1929, in East Hamilton, Texas. Samuel Lawrence and Frances born (Freeland) Sparks were the parents of the following children: (All except Webster and Syble were born at Pleasant Hill, La.; Webster and Syble were born at East Hamilton, Texas.

71.4.1.1.1.1 Louis Ollie Sparks, born December 3, 1881, died September 16, 1952. He married Grace Cox.
71.4.1.1.1.2 Alva Reeves Sparks, born June 28, 1884. He married Mattie Taylor October 1, 1908.
71.4.1.1.1.3 Eula Reeves Sparks, born September 12, 1886. She married Tom Giles.
71.4.1.1.1.4 Ever Sparks, born September 30, 1888.
71.4.1.1.1.5 Ernest Richard Sparks, born December 13, 1890, died May 16, 1956.
71.4.1.1.1.6 Henry H. Sparks, born March 28, 1894. He married Effie Fussell.
71.4.1.1.1.7 Webster F. Sparks, born June 13, 1899. He married Marjorie Wilburn.
71.4.1.1.1.8 Syble Lee Sparks, born November 29, 1904. She married James Garner.

The grandparents of Ernest R. Sparks were 71.4.1.1 Lawrence Ivan and Elizabeth (Prince) Sparks. Mr. Sparks did not have a very complete record of his grandfather and was anxious to obtain more information on his life and ancestors. Research into various records has revealed that Lawrence Ivan Sparks (he was known by his contemporaries as "Ivey") was born in Georgia, but by 1840 was living with his parents, Lloyd and Rebecca Sparks, in Union County, South Carolina.

The exact date of birth of Lawrence Ivan Sparks has not been determined--his age was given on the 1850 census as 17, which, if correct, would indicate that he was born ca. 1833. Other records indicate that he may have been born a few years earlier. Soon after 1850, Lawrence Ivan Sparks married Elizabeth Prince, daughter of Joseph Franklin and Millie (Barnet) Prince. Elizabeth was considerably older than Lawrence Ivan for she was born in 1820. Joseph F. Prince, Elizabeth's father, died April 11, 1842, as a result of falling out of a boat in the Tyger River in Union County, S.C. Elizabeth's mother, Milley Barnet, was the daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Barnet. Milley married, as her first husband, Abel Putman and it was after his death that she married Joseph F. Prince. The 1850 census indicates that the Lloyd Sparks family and Milley Prince's family lived on adjoining farms in Union County. Milley Prince died in 1864. On December 22, 1854, Lawrence and Elizabeth (Prince) Sparks sold to Elizabeth's brother, Gist Prince, Elizabeth's share of her father's estate. Gist Prince paid $100 for Elizabeth's share. This land was described as lying on Tyger River bounded by lands belonging to John Cain, Elisha Easters, the Rev. Thomas Ray and John Prince.

Lawrence Ivan Sparks and his wife moved from Union County, S.C., to Henderson County, Tenn., about 1856. Several other members of his family, including his parents, had moved to Henderson County earlier. From Tennessee, Lawrence Ivan Sparks moved to Shelby County, Texas, where on March 25, 1863, he enlisted in the Confederate Army (Company A, 28th Texas Cavalry). Discharged at the close of the war, Lawrence Ivan Sparks traded his home and about 300 acres of land near Buena Vista Post Office in Shelby County for a team of horses and a wagon and took his family to Louisiana. He settled near the tovm of Pleasant Hill in De Sota County. He appeared on the 1880 census of' De Sota County giving his age as 54; he stated that his parents had been born in South Carolina while he had been born in Georgia. About 1896 he returned to Shelby County, Texas, where he settled near the town of East Hamilton. There he died in April, 1910, His wife, Elizabeth, died in 1899 in Patroon, Texas.

Lawrence Ivan and Elizabeth (Prince) Sparks had two children besides Samuel Lawrence (father of Ernest Richard Sparks). They were: Ellen Sparks, born ca. 1852, who married a Smith, and Lugenia Sparks, born ca. 1854, who married an Adams. Both of these daughters were born in South Carolina before the family moved to Tennessee.

Lloyd Sparks, great-grandfather of Ernest R. Sparks and father of Lawrence Ivan Sparks, was born ca. 1796. by occupation he was a farmer, or "planter" as he was described in the 1850 census. Both Lloyd and his wife, Rebecca, were born in South Carolina, probably in Union County, but after their marriage they apparently moved to Georgia where their children were born. by 1840, however, they were living in Union County, S.C. On the 1850 census, Lloyd Sparks's age was given as 53 and Rebecca's as 51; on the 1860 census, Lloyd's age was siven as 64 and Rebecca's as 63.

The only record of Lloyd Sparks purchasing land in Union County, S.C., is a deed dated June 5, 1850, by which he purchased 216 acres for $1404 from J. R. Starnes. The deed was witnessed by John Gibbs and T. B. Thomson. The land is described as being located on "Sparks Creek" and "bounded by lands of Hiram Wilbourn, the heirs of Joseph Prince, Marshall Barnette, James Johnson and the said Starnes."

Lloyd and Rebecca Sparks were members of the Padgett's Creek Baptist Church in Union County. A member of The Sparks Family Association, Mr. Claude E. Sparks of Union, S.C., is Church Historian of this Church and has very kindly searched the records for references to the Sparks family. He found that Rebecca Sparks was received "by letter" into the Church in April 14, 1849. Between September 29, 1849, and October 11, 1849, Lloyd Sparks "was received into the fellowship of the Church by experience and baptism," along with his sons, Thomas Sparks and James C. Sparks. (Census records indicate that these two sons of Lloyd were aged 22 and 21, respectively, in 1850, while Lloyd's other four sons were under 21 and hence ineligible for membership in the Baptist Church at that time.) On October 18, 1851, Letters of Dismission were granted by the Padgett's Creek Baptist Church to "Brother Loyd Sparks and his wife, Rebecca Sparks, also to his two scns, Thomas Sparks and James C. Sparks."

The reason for the issuance of this "Letter of Dismission" was obviously to enable Lloyd Sparks and his family to become members of a church in another community; we may assume, therefore, that it was in 1851 that the family moved from Union County. In 1860 Lloyd Sparks and three of his sons were living in Henderson County, Tenn., the place to which they had probably moved in 1851. Unfortunately, the court house in Henderson County burned a number of years ago making it virtually impossible to learn whether Lloyd Sparks bought or sold land there or whether his estate was probated in that county. He was not listed in the 1870 census of Henderson County.

Besides his son Lawrence Ivan Sparks, Lloyd Sparks seems to have had five other sons, but no daughters; (this conclusion is based upon census records). The 1840 census, which listed only the head of the family by name, indicated that two sons were born between 1825 and 1830, three sons between 1830 and 1835, and one son between 1835 and 1340. The 1850 census gave the ages of the six sons as fellows: (1) Thomas, 22; (2) James Callaway, 21; (3) Elijah, 19; (4) Lawrence Ivan, 17; (5) B. Marion, 15; (6) Washington Berry, 13. Anyone having further knowledge of this family is requested to write to the Editor.


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Death Claims Della Sparks

Once more we must report the death of a member of the Association. Miss Della Sparks died February 11, 1955, in the Safford Inn Hospital at Safford, Arizona. She was born October 14, 1882, in Lawrence County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Henry and Didema (Bentley) Sparks of Davisville, Kentucky. Miss Della went west at an early age, spending considerable time in the state of Washington, going to Arizona about twenty years ago, where she resided until her death. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Angie Chandler of Beaver, Ohio, and Mrs. Linda Wheeler of Minford, Ohio.


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OBITUARY OF MRS. ESTELLA SPARKS

In the September , 1955, issue of The Sparks Quarterly we reported the death of William Granvil Sparks. We must now report the death of his widow, Mrs. Estella (Morse) Sparks who passed away on June 22, 1956, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Wallin of Grant, Nebraska.

Mrs. Sparks was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Morse and was born August 31, 1874, at Belleville, Wisconsin She was eighty-one years old at the time of her death. At an early age she moved with her parents, brother and sister by covered wagon to Kansas and later to Faulkton, S.D. When still a small girl she was baptized in a river near Faulkton and joined the Methodist Church to which faith she remained a faithful member until her death. At Easter time of this year she was presented her fifty year membership pin of the church at Soottsbluff which was her home.

From Dakota the family moved to Beatrice, Nebr., and on March 7, 1894, she was united in marriage to William Granvil Sparks at Beatrioe. Eight children were born to this union: Mrs. Alta Crook and Mrs. Lucile Miller of Scottsbluff, Nebr.; Mrs. Edith Wallin of Grant, Nebr.; Chester Sparks of Kearney; Ralph Sparks of Fort Collins, Cole.; Norbert Sparks of North Platte, Nebr.; Mainard Sparks of Denver, Cole. One son, Wallace, passed away in 1930.

In 1915, Mr. and Mrs. Sparks moved with their family to a farm south of Parton, Nebr. They spent the next seventeen years on farms in Perkins, Keith and Lincoln counties and in 1932 they purchased a home in North Platte and retired. While living in North Platte, she was an active member in community affairs and belonged to the Mary Lincoln group of the church and the HOA club. About five years ago she was presented the good neighbor award in North Platte. Three and a half years ago she and her husband purchased a home in Scottsbluff and moved there to be near their two eldest daughters.

Mrs. Sparks was loved by all who knew her and was a kind, loving and faithful wife and mother, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She and her husband had celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on March 7, 1955. She was preceded in death by her husband, and son, Wallace, her father and mother, one brother, Henry Morse. Besides her seven children she leaves to mourn her passing one sister, Mrs. Lucy Burcham of Loveland, Cob., twelve grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Adams Funeral Home in North Platte, June 24, 1956. The Rev. Luverne Hicks, pastor of the Methodist Church officiated. Interment was in the family lot in North Platte cemetery.

[Editor's Note: In the obituary of William Granvil Sparks his grandparents's names were given but no birth and death dates had been found at that time. We have since learned that Calvin Sparks (grandfather of William Granvil Sparks) was born December 3, 1823 and died at Hoag, Nebr., on July 3, 1903. Mahala Carmichael, wife of Calvin Sparks, was born April 7, 1824, and died March 5, 19l0.]


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DEATH TAKES ROBERT LAWRENCE SPARKS

Again we must report the death of a member of the Association. On June 5, 1956, a heart attack proved fatal to Robert Lawrence Sparks of Williamsburg, Kentucky. Mr. Sparks was 73 years of age when he died.

A native of Lawrence County, Kentucky, Robert Lawrence Sparks was born April 8, 1882, in the neighborhood of Peach Orchard on Nat's Creek. He was a son of George Graham and Elizabeth (Painter) Sparks; his grandparents were Hugh S. and Nancy (Curnutte) Sparks (see the Dec, 1955, issue of the Quarterly, page 102.)

Funeral services were conducted for Robert Lawrence Sparks on June 7, 1956, at the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg and burial was in the Highland Cemetery. Members of Williamsburg Lodge No. 490, F. & A. M. were in charge of services at the grave.

Mr. Sparks's widow, Susie (Higginbotham) Sparks, survives him as does his two sons, Earl Sparks of Corbin, Kentucky, and Robert Lawrence Sparks, Jr., of Lexington. Three brothers and four sisters survive: Lester Sparks of Chicago; George E. Sparks of Indianapolis; Earl Sparks of Cincinnati; Mrs. Cecil Crowell, Mrs. Ethel Bowden, and Mrs. Hazel Donaldson, all of Hurst, Illinois; and Miss Elizabeth Sparks of Cincinnati.


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Dr. Proctor Sparks

[NOTE: On this page appears a small photograph of Dr. Proctor Sparks]

Once more we must report the passing of one of the charter members of The Sparks Family Association. On January 16, 1957, death came unexpectedly to Dr. Proctor Sparks at his winter home in St. Petersburg, Florida. Members will recall that when the Association was formed in March, 1953, Dr. Sparks not only predicted that it would succeed, but that within two or three years there would be a membership of at least three hundred. In order to encourage the founders of the organization, Dr. Sparks announced that he would donate one hundred dollars to the Association when that coal was reached. Early in 1955 the three hundredth member loined and Dr. Sparks mailed his cheek to the Secretary-Treasurer . The founders will always remember Dr . Sparks for the encouragement which he gave at a time when they were uncertain that the Association could succeed.

Dr. Sparks, who was one of tho best-known physicians of Ashland, Kentucky, was sixty-sevcn years years old at the tine of his death. He was born June 7, 1890, at Martha, Kentucky. Dr . Sparks was a great-great-great-grandson of John Sparks (1753'1840/41) whose life was sketched in The Sparks Quarterly of Dec, 1955. His descent from John Sparks was through the fol1owing line: The eldest son of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks was Levi Sparks, born October 2, 1778, in Surry County, N. C., died October 21, 1851, in Laurence County, Kentucky. Levi Sparks married twice and by his second wife, Sarah Lyon, was the father of Calvin Sparks, born November 9, 1806. Calvin Sparks also married a giirl named Sarah Lyon. Calvin and Sarah Sparks were the parents of Nelson Sparks, born June 1, 1845, died February 26, 1932. Nelson Sparks was married on December 15, 1863, to Sarrilda Holbrook, who was born March 4, 1849, and died December 18, 1920.Nelsen and Sarrilda Sparks were the parents of Meredith Benton Sparks, born November 24, 1866, died November 29, 1933. Meredith Benton Sparks was married on September 22, 1887, to Cyntha Alice Bailey, who was born March 21, 1869, and died February 25, 1952. They were the parents of Dr. Proctor Sparks.

Dr. Sparks was a graduate of the Louisville Medical School, having received his M.D. degree in 1917. He practiced for a while in Louisa, Kentucky, before moving to Ashland where he enjoyed a large practice until he retired about four years ago. In recent years he had been spending the winters in Florida and took a number of cruises on Delta Line boats as ship's doctor. He had just returned from a voyage to South America on board the S. S. del Norte when he died of a heart attack.

Dr. Sparks was a member of the Unity Baptist Church, a Mason, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Kentucky Medical Association and the American Medical Association, past-presidont of the Boyd County Medical Society, and past-chairman of the Board of the Salvation Army. He had also served as director of several local business institutions, and he was active in civic affairs.

On June 10, 1908, Dr. Sparks married Miss Mary Gambill who preceded him in death on December 15, 1951. He is survived by two daughters, Miss Joy Sparks of Ashland, Kentucky, and Irene (Mrs. Mike L.) Graney of Middleton, Ohio, and one grandson, Michael Proctor Graney.

The accompanying photograph is Dr. Sparks's passport picture and was taken only a few months before his death.


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DEATH TAKES THOMAS McHENRY, JR.

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Thomas McHenry, Jr., whose widow, Sallie (Sparks) McHenry, is one of the charter members of The Sparks Family Association. Mr. McHenry was a graduate civil engineer, having retired after forty- nine years of service with the Pennsylvania Rail Road. He and his wife made their home in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. For some time prior to his death, Mr. McHenry was the victim of arthritis and a few months ago suffered a heart attack. He died suddenly on the night of October 22, 1957, while alone with his wife. He was an exemplary citizen and an active worker in the Presbyterian Church.

Thomas McHenry, Jr., was born December 18, 1880, at Allegheney City, Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas and Sarah (Wilson) McHenry. He was married in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on June 3, 1919, to Sallie Wimberly Sparks, daughter of William Daniel and Annie Elizabeth (Wimberly) Sparks. Mrs. McHenry was born November 18, 1888, at Rock Run, Alabama. Her great-grandfather was 25. Martin Peeples Sparks (1786-1837) whose life and descendants will be sketched in the March, 1958, issue of The Sparks Quarterly.

Thomas and Sallie (Sparks) McHenry, Jr., were the parents of three sons, all of whom served in World War II and are now married: (1) Dr. Thomas McHenry, III, born June 6, 1920; married Gloria Louise Schmitt on May 20, 1944, in Pittsburgh, Penna.; (2) William Sparks McHenry, industrial engineer, born February 24, 1923; married Adelaide Kowabeska on September 6, 1947, in Ambridge, Penna.; (3) Frank Wilson McHenry, industrial engineer, born July 30, 1927; married Betty Sittig on October 3, 1953, in Ambridge, Penna.

Genealogical statistics concerning these marriages will be extended in the March, 1958, issue of the Quarterly. We extend our sympathy to Mrs. McHenry and her family. Also to Miss Katharine Mdllenry, sister of Mr. McHenry, and the only surviving member of his parental family.


Whole Number 25

DEATH TAKES WALTER EVERETT SPARKS

One of our most faithful members, Mrs. Frances Sparks, 1202 West Washington Ave., Santa Ana, California, has written us of the death on January 16, 1959, of Walter Everett Sparks of 4027 East McMillan Street, Compton, California. He was born June 11, 1888, in Missouri and 'was a descendant of George Sparks of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, an American soldier in the Revolutionary War. For many years Mr. Sparks was Secretary of the Hollywood Movie Carpenters and was a faithful member of 'The Sparks Clan of Southern California,' an organization in which Mrs. Frances Sparks has long been active. He was a member of The Sparks Family Association, having joined in 1954. He leaves his wife, Lena, and one daughter, Mrs. Pearl Deal Stoysin. He also leaves two grandchildren, Curtis Dean and Donna Dean.


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Whole Number 21

DEATH TAKES MILBY PORTER

The Sparks Family Association extends its sympathy to Mrs. Ruth 0. (Ely) Porter, whose query regarding her Sparks ancestry appeared in the last issue of the Quarterly. Mrs. Porter's husband, Milby Porter, died on January 18, 1958, in Houston, Texas. Mr. Porter was 81 years old at the time of his death, a native Houstonian. He was a member of the Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church and of the Golden Chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was a Spanish-American War Veteran, First Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and one of the few remaining members of the Class of '96 of VMI. Mr. Porter is survived by his widow, three sisters, and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.


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Whole Number 24

DEATH TAKES GEORGE WILLIAM WAGNER
GREAT-GRANDSON OF 1.2.5.1.1 ABEL SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of George William Wagner, a devoted member of The Sparks Family Association since 1955. Mr. Wagner died of a heart attack at his home in Conrad, Montana, on August 31, 1958. He was eighty-three years old at the time of his death.

Born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, on September 18, 1874, Mr. Wagner moved with his parents to a farm near Blue Earth, Minnesota, where he attended school. They later farmed near Guckeen, Minnesota. He married Minnie Gertrude Brownlee, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Gordon) Brownlee, in Dec, 1902, and he and his wife came to Montana in 1910, homesteading twenty-eight miles east of Conrad. He lived there until he retired in 1942. Mrs. Wagner died in 1956. He is survived by four daughters: Mrs. George (Gertrude) Kovatch of Kellogg, Idaho; Mrs. Olive Harris of Conrad; Mrs. A. J. (Marian) Kovatch of Conrad; and Mrs. Mae Bales of Tillamook, Oregon.

Mr. Wagner was connected with the Sparks family through his paternal grandmother, Mary (Sparks) Wagner, daughter of Abel and Sarah Sparks. Abel Sparks, Mr. Wagner's great-grandfather, was the son of Solomon and Sarah Sparks of Surry County, North Carolina. (See page 98 of the Dec, 1955, issue of The Sparks Quarterly.) [NOTE: This and much of the information below is erroneous. This Abel Sparks was the grandson of Solomon and Sarah Sparks and the son of Joseph and Rachel Sparks. The issue is clarified in The Sparks Quarterly for June 1987, Whole No. 138 in an article titled Two Men Named Abel Sparks, pp. 3061-3084.]

Mr. Wagner owned the family Bible in which was recorded the birth of Abel Sparks, along with that of his wife and children. Following is a transcription of this record:

Abel Sparks was born January 8th, 1767
Sarah Sparks was born May, 1767
Children:
Geo. Sparks, born October 14th, 1800
Hannah Sparks, born May 9th, 1802
Frances Sparkes, born October 27th, 1803
Elizabeth Sparkes, born April 13th, 1805
Ann Sparkes, born June 7th, 1808
Martha Sparkes, born April 1st, 1811
Soloman Sparkes, born September 5th, 1812
John Sparkes, born March 25th, 1814
Mary Sparks, born October 25th, 1815
Sarah Sparks, born September 13th, 1817
Abraham Sparks, born July 27th, 1821
Rebecca Sparkes, born December 27th, 1825
Jane Sparks, born July 19th, 1827

Relatively little has been learned regarding the life of Abel Sparks. He may have been married twice, for on the 1800 census of Wilkes County, North Carolina, he was listed with five children, two boys and three girls, all under ten years of age. Since the Bible record gives no children born before 1800, it would seem probable that they were children by. an earlier wife. It is possible, of course, that these five children were not his own and were merely living in his household when the 1800 census was taken. Another problem exists regarding the birth date of Sarah, wife of Abel. If she was born in 1767, as the Bible record indicates, she would have been thirty-three years of age when her first child, George, was born in 1800, and sixty years old when her daughter, Jane, was born in 1827. Although it is not impossible for a woman of sixty to bear a child, it is very unusual -- so unusual that, if she was the mother of all the children named, she must have been born several years after 1767.

Several records have been found in Wilkes County, North Carolina, pertaining to Abel Sparks. The earliest of these is a tax record dated 1800 on which he was taxed for 60 acres of land. A letter of attorney dated July 31, 1801, to Abel Sparks from his brothers and sisters is also on file in Wilkes County; this appears to have involved the settlement of the estate of Abel's father. Although it is evident that Abel Sparks owned land in Wilkes County by 1800, the only deed pertaining to his purchase of land is dated December 12, 1801. It records the purchase by Abel Sparks from Humphrey Cockerham, both of Wilkes County, for 100 pounds, a tract of 150 acres described as follows: "a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Wilkes beginning on the East fork of Swan Creke on Timothy Sisks line, running with the sd line South to a stake in James Foxes line, then East running with sd line to a white oak on the County ithe, thence North with the County to the Long Glade Creek, thence running down sd crick with the various courses of the stream to the beginning." The witnesses to this deed were Mordecoi Samuel and James Dowell; it was recorded in the Wilkes County courthouse in February, 1805.

In 1805, Abel Sparks was taxed for 100 acres of land in Wilkes County. The last record pertaining to him in the county states that he was chosen to serve on a jury on August 5, 1807.

by 1812 Abel Sparks had moved to Tennessee, but in what section he settled is not known. Sometime between 1815 and 1820 he moved to Illinois, settling in Bond County, for he and his family were listed on the 1820 census of that county as follows:

Abel Sparks
1 male over 21 years
3 males under 21 years
7 free white females

No record has been found thus far to reveal when or where Abel and Sarah Sparks died. Some members of the family moved to Grant, Wisconsin, in later years. A marrlage is recorded in Bond County, Illinois, for one of Abel Sparks' children: on October 10, 1822, Fanny (Frances) Sparks married Francis Kirkpatrick. Of the other children, it is known that Elizabeth married a Jones, Sarah married William Dennis, and Rebecca married William Andrews.

1.2.5.1.1.2.9 Mary Sparks, daughter of Abel, was Mr. Wagner's grandmother. She was born while her parents were living in Tennessee, and died on May 10, 1879, in Hampton, Franklin County, Iowa. She was married twice, her first husband being Jacob Wagner, who was born in Palatine, New York, August 24, 1807. He was a farmer living in Grant County, Wisconsin, when, about 1844, he was killed by a neighbor who struck him on the head with a fence post. It was winter and there was lots of snow; Jacob Wagner had taken down this man's fence in order to take a shortcut home. The children of Jacob and Mary (Sparks) Wagner were as follows:

1.2.5.1.1.2.9.1 Elizabeth Wagner, born January 22, 1832, died March 17, 1923; married Samuel Wanamaker.
1.2.5.1.1.2.9.2 George Wagner, born May 1, 1833, died March 9, 1863; never married.
1.2.5.1.1.2.9.3 Sarah Jane Wagner, born May 22, 1834; married Jake Wire.
1.2.5.1.1.2.9.4 Jesse William Wagner, born June 28, 1835; died June 1, 1922; never married.
1.2.5.1.1.2.9.5 Emdine Catherine Wagner, born January 9, 1837, died February 1, 1929; married Scott Vincent.
1.2.5.1.1.2.9.6 Solomon Wagner, born August 20, 1838, died January 20, 1924; he was married five times. His first wife's maiden name was Sullivan; he married 2nd Mrs. Pricella Ice Ward. Solomon is buried at Stockton, California.
1.2.5.1.1.2.9.7 Jasper Newton Wagner, born November 4, 1839; never married; he was lost in a storm on a wagon train going West.
1.2.5.1.1.2.9.8 Jacob Harrison Wagner, born February 28, 1841; died February 25, 1929; married Margaret Horning.

Mary (Sparks) Wagner married, as her second husband, Joseph Brown who was born ca. 1810 and died about 1860. He was a Quaker, born in Pennsylvania, but lived in Grant County, Wisconsin. They had the following children:

1.2.5.1.1.2.9.9 Apame Ann Brown, born March 25, 1845; died May, 1909; married Bentley Wheeler.
1.2.5.1.1.2.9.2 Minerva Brown, born November 14, 1846; died June, 1921; married Charles Humphrey.
1.2.5.1.1.2.9.3 John Brown, born July 23, 1848; died August 24, 1920; married Mary Ann Gullickson.


1.2.5.1.1.2.9.4 Dave Brown, born August 20, 1850; died February, 1914; married Evelyn Medley.


1.2.5.1.1.2.9.5 Marques De Lafayette (Mark) Brown, born June 14, 1852; died December 26, 1899; married Agnes Nowell.
1.2.5.1.1.2.9.6 Pheobe Brown, born July 9, 1854; died June 4, 1855.
1.2.5.1.1.2.9.7 Mary Idell Brown, born February 21, 1858; died December 18, 1933; married Dr. John Pride.

The above information on Mary (Sparks) Wagner Brown has been supplied by Mr. Wagner's daughter, Mrs. Olive M. W. Harris, who has been an active supporter of the Association for the past several years.

Should anyone have further information on Abel Sparks or his descendants, your editor would be very pleased to hear from him.


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Whole Number 24

DEATH TAKES DR. GEORGE M. SPARKS

In the Dec, 1955, issue of The Sparks Quarterly, we reviewed a book entitled A New Frontier in Education by Bertram Holland Flanders which is largely a biography of Dr. George McIntosh Sparks. It is with deep regret that we must now record the death of' Dr. Sparks.

Dr. Sparks joined The Sparks Family Association during its first year of existence and was a generous contributor during the succeeding years. He was a descendant of John and Margaret (Hampton) Sparks of Washington County, Georgia, a full record of whose decendants we plan to publish in the near future.

Dr. Sparks died suddenly on October 28, 1958, of a heart attack while visiting a daughter, Mrs. William T. Eison, at Tryon, North Carolina. He was sixty-eight years of age, having been born in Quitman, Brooks County, Georgia, on November 19, 1889. He was the second son of Andrew Jackson and Julia Catherine (McIntosh) Sparks and was a great-grandson of John Sparks, mentioned above.

Since the story of Dr. Sparks's inspiring life was told in the Dec, 1955, issue of the Quarterly, it will not be repeated here: except: to note that, until he retired in June, 1957, Dr. Sparks was president of the largest accredited business college in the South, the Georgia State College of Business Administration, Atlanta, Georgia. President Noah Langdate, Dr. Sparks's successor, expressed his personal sentiments and those of the faculty and staff of the College as follows: "I express for myself and for all of us our sense of grief and loss at the death of Dr. George McIntosh Sparks. We owe to him that we are here present today in our college with the good achievements we have made and the prospect of greater ones soon. Dr. Sparks showed strength and character throughout a long, productive life. He always concerned himself for the welfare of the people with whom he found himself. He labored ever in the interest of education and endeavored to support and to found schools."


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Whole Number 25

DEATH TAKES LESTER F. SPARKS

Mrs. Cecil Crowell, of Orient, Illinois, a charter member of the Association, writes of the passing of her brother, Lester Foley Sparks, who died on September 6, 1958. Mr. Sparks had been living with his sister. He was born May 30, 1902, in Mt. Ash, Kentucky, and had been a resident of Clifford, Illinois. He leaves his wife, Hilda Sparks, of Chicago, and the following children: Rosemary, of Indianapolis, md.; Mrs. Jeanie Farrell and Virginia, of Chicago; and Robert Sparks, of Chicago. He also leaves the following sisters: Mrs. Crowell; Mrs. Hazel Donaldson, of Bush, Illinois; Mrs. Ethel Bowden, of Hurst, Illinois; and Mrs. Elizabeth Ligette, of Cincinnati.


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Whole Number 29

DEATH TAKES HARRY CRAWFORD DOUGLAS

We regret to annouce the passing of the husband of one of our most faithful members, Mrs. Sara Sparks Lynch Douglas.

Harry Crawford Douglas was born October 26, 1881, the son of Joseph and Eliza (Shanks) Douglas, and died on December 7, 1959. He was a lifetime resident of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and was a retired contract department manager for the United States Steel Corporation. Mr. Douglas was a member and retired ruling elder of the First Presbyterian Church of McKeesport. He was a member of Youghiogheny Lodge 583, F. & A.M.; McKeesport Commandery 86, Knights Templar; McKeesport Royal Arch Chapter 282; Syria Temple, Masonic Veteran's Association; Grand Holy Royal Arch of Pennsylvania; Golden Circle A .T .0. of Gettysburg College and the Volunteer Hospital Corps of Shadyside Hospital. He was a past commander of the Sons of Union Veterans and past commander of the Knights of Malta.

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas were the parents of three daughters: Mrs. Nedra Mayo and Mrs. Crete Alverson, both of McKeesport, and Mrs. Zoe Sample of Cleveland. There are three grandsons: Todd Douglas Sample, 19; Charles Lee Alverson, 18; and Mark Crawford Mayo, 14.

Mrs. Douglas is a great-granddaughter of 32.2 Benjamin Sparks who died in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in 1801. 32.2 Benjamin Sparks was a brother of 32.3 Col. Richard Sparks who died July 2, 1815, at his residence at Bayou Pierre, Claiborne County, Mississippi. Another brother was 32.1 James Sparks, who died May 25, 1834, in Carr Township, Jackson County, Indiana, and whose application for a Revolutionary War pension was printed in the September , 1954, issue of the Quarterly (pp. 40-45). Another brother was 32.4 Walter Sparks who settled in Jefferson County, Kentucky, and died there about 1830. Still another brother was 32.5 Daniel Sparks, who died in Scott County, Indiana, sometime before 1820. These five brothers were all sons of 32. Richard Sparks, Sr., who was a. resident of Cranberry, Middlesex County, New Jersey, during the 1750's. by 1773, Richard Sparks, Sr., was a resident of Rosatraver Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. (This area is now part of Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania). He was still living there when the 1790 census was taken, but probably died shortly thereafter. A large amount of material has been collected on this family by the editor, and a full history will be compiled eventually for publication in the Quarterly.

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Whole Number 29

DEATH TAKES CARRIE R. SPARKS

We regret to report the death of another member of the Association, Miss Carrie R. Sparks of Wheaton, Illinois. Miss Sparks was born July 13, 1869, and died at the Hazelhurst Nursing Home, West Chicago, Illinois, on November 9, 1959. She was a member of one of the pioneer families of Schuyler County, Illinois, and was a descendant of Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland. (See the June, 1958, [Whole No. 22] issue of the Quarterly for a record of this family--Miss Sparks was mentioned on page 303.)

Miss Carrie R. Sparks was a graduate of the Illinois State Normal University at Normal, Illinois, where she prepared herself for teaching, a profession in which she later distinguished herself. She retired from teaching in 1921. Her membership was in the Gary Memorial Methodist Church of Theaton, Illinois.


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Whole Number 32

DEATH TAKES DR. D. H. SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of another charter member of The Sparks Family Association. Dr. David Hoyt Sparks, who had practiced medicine in Birmingham, Alabama, for the past forty years, died in a Birmingham hospital on October 3, 1960. Surviving are his wife, Maxine Elliott McCarty Sparks; a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Sparks Gaines, of Atlanta; a granddaughter, Jacqueline Gaines, and a grandson, Horace James Gaines, Jr.; and a brother, O. H. Sparks, of Doyleston, Penna.

Dr. Sparks was born May 31, 1886, at Spring Garden, Alabama. He was a graduate of Jacksonville State Normal College and studied medicine at the University of Virginia. He was graduated from Tulane University in 1912 and interned at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Sparks served as a captain in World War I. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ensley, Alabama, the Jefferson County Medical Society, and the Alabama State Medical Society. He was a Mason.

Dr. Sparks was a son of David Martin Sparks (1846-1928) and America Pauline Nelson Sparks (1848-1903). David Martin Sparks was born near Cave Springs, Georgia, and died at Cedartown, Georgia. He was the son of Harris Sparks and Mary Martin Boone Sparks. Harris Sparks was born June 2, 1815, in Fayette County, Georgia, and died in Cherokee County, Alabama, on June 7, 1854. The parentage of Harris Sparks has not been determined. Following are the names of the children of Harris and Mary Martin (Boone) Sparks:

(1) Sarah Daniel Sparks, born November 19, 1837.
(2) Missouri Eveline Sparks, born May 22, 1839.
(3) Banks Sparks, born December 19, 1840.
(4) Martha Ann E. Sparks, born August 31, 1842.
(5) Lucinda Catherine Sparks, born June 16, 1844.
(6) David Martin Sparks, born July 15, 1846.
(7) Harris Peolia Worth Sparks, born February 22, 1850.
(8) Mary Almedia F. D. Sparks, born November 27, 1852.
(9) William O. Butler Sparks, born June 4, 1848.


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Whole Number 36

DEATH TAKES MRS. ORAL A. SPARKS OF CLIO, IOWA

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Alice Evelyn (Mace) Sparks, wife of Oral A. Sparks. (Mr. Sparks is the author of "Trials and Tribulations of the Early Day Motorist" that appeared in the September , 1960, issue of the Quarterly.) Mrs. Sparks, daughter of Albert and Annie Mace, was born near Allerton, Iowa, on March 18, 1889, and died on October 19, 1961. She and her husband were married on June 7, 1911, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 7, 1961. Mr. and Mrs. Sparks were the parents of the following children: Melva Sparks Bidlack of Ann Arbor, Michigan; J. Gerald Sparks of Great Falls, Montana; and the Rev, A. Harold Sparks of Waterloo, Iowa.


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Whole Number 37

DEATH TAKES BEN SPARKS

A recent letter from Mrs. Ben Sparks, Jr., tells of the passing of her husband's father, Ben Sparks, on July 23, 1961, in Brunswick, Georgia. Ben Sparks was born in Rushville, Indiana, on August 6, 1889, a son of John and Rebecca (Conner) Sparks. On August 23, 1913, he married Ethel Faye Lowe, daughter of Frank and Ella Lowe, who was born November 1, 1887. To this union were born two children, Ben Sparks, Jr., and John Frank Sparks. Mrs. Sparks survives her husband. Members of the Association will recall Ben Sparks's very interesting article entitled "Family Memories" that appeared in the Dec, 1956, issue of the Quarterly.


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Whole Number 37

DEATH TAKES DR. REUBEN DAVID SPARKS

Mr. W. C. Sparks, a charter member of The Sparks Family Association, has written of the death of his father, Dr. Reuben David Sparks, who passed away on August 28, 1960, at the age of eighty-nine.

Reuben David Sparks was born at the Forks of Blame in Lawrence Cou.nty, Kentucky, on June 3, 1871, a son of Reuben R. and Mary (Canute) Sparks. This branch of the Sparks family has produced many physicians, including two of Reuben's brothers, Dr. J. Cecil Sparks of Ashland, Ky., and Dr. Walter Sparks of West Virginia. After graduating from the Louisville School of Medicine, Reuben D. Sparks came to Morgan County at the age of 23 and began practicing on Elkfort at the mouth of Williams Creek. Later he moved to West Liberty, also in Morgan County. In all, Dr. Sparks practiced medicine in Morgan County for sixty-four years. In 1958, he was presented a scroll of honor at a ceremony in the public square of West Liberty for his "long, kind, efficient and unselfish service to the people of Morgan and surrounding counties." At that time, Dr. Sparks stated that he had kept records of the babies he had delivered and that the number was 5,010. Among these were 280 sets of twins and 60 sets of triplets.

Dr. Sparks was a true "horse and buggy doctor." He often traveled by horseback into all parts of Morgan County and adjoining counties and, during epidemics, would sometimes stay in the saddle two or three days at a time. His fee in those days was two dollars for a trip up to ten miles, and fifty cents each for patients seen along the way. He remembered he once had eight typhoid patients in one family at the same time.

Dr. Sparks was married on February 16, 1898, to Florence (Hutchinson) Sparks; she died on January 15, 1948. Dr. Sparks is survived by two sons, Winfred C. Sparks of South Bend, Indiana, a district executive for the J. C. Penny Company, and Walter D. Sparks of Mountain Lake, New Jersey, a department head for the Bell Telephone division of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company. Dr. Sparks was buried in Salyers Cemetery at West Liberty, Kentucky.


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Whole Number 39

DEATH TAKES EDWARD BYRON SPARKS, SR.

We regret to announce the passing of another member of The Sparks Family Association. Mr. Edward byron Sparks, Sr., of Fort Smith, Arkansas, died on February 13, 1962. He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church of Fort Smith. His survivors include his wife; one son, E. B. Sparks, Jr., and one granddaughter, Marilee Sparks.


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Whole Number 41

DEATH TAKES MARGARET SPARKS MILLER

It is with regret that we report the passing of Margaret Sparks Miller (Mrs. Henry J.) who died at her home in Oakland, California, on October 26, 1962, at the age of eighty-four years and eight months. Mrs. Miller was the last of the children of Joseph Spencer and Melissa C. (Eachus) Sparks, who moved from Kentucky to California in 1852. Joseph Spencer Sparks was a son of Madison and Winifred (Thomas) Sparks; Madison Sparks was a son of Henry and Lucy (Clark) Sparks. (See the Quarterly of Dec, 1960.) Mrs. Miller was a generous supporter of The Sparks Family Association from the date of its formation. Shortly before her final illness, she sent a detailed record of the descendants of Madison Sparks which we regret could not be prepared for publication before her death.

DEATH TAKES WILLIAM BRADLEY SPARKS

We regret to report the death of William Bradley Sparks of Greenville, Kentucky, which occurred on September 21, 1962. Mr. Sparks had been a member of The Sparks Family Association almost from the date of its founding and was generous in his financial support. He was formerly engineer and superintendent of the Duncan Coal Company; at the tine of his death he was a director of the Kentucky Reclamation Association, composed of representatives of coal-mining companies, and was the labor relations representative of the West Kentucky Coal Producing Association. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and a member of Greenville First Presbyterian Church and Pond River Masonic Lodge No. 244, F&AM. Mr. Sparks was a son of Thomas Jefferson Sparks (born November 4, 1869, died October 27, 1946) and Monte (Oates) Sparks (born February 2, 1875, died October 29, 1951). They were married in February, 1894. William Bradley Sparks was sixty-six years of age at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hazel (Williams) Sparks, a daughter, Miss Mary Alma Sparks of Louisville, and a sister, Mrs. Guy Dennis Martin, Sr., of Greenville.


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Whole Number 44

DEATH TAKES GEORGE WASHINGTON SPARKS OF PLEVNA, MONTANA

We regret to report the passing of George Washington Sparks on October 10, 1963, in Plevna, Montana. Mr. Sparks had been a member of The Sparks Family Association since 1956. He was a son of Joseph Zachariah Taylor Sparks (born August 28, 1845, in North Carolina, died about 1912) and his wife, Melvina Frances Jane (McClain) Sparks (born December 26, 1850; died December 25, 1931). Joseph Z. T. Sparks and his wife were married on August 25, 1869, probably in Georgia, where several of their children were born. In 1879, however, they moved to McLennan County, Texas, near Waco. At the time of his death in 1912, Joseph Z. T. Sparks was living in Peterburg, Oklahoma.

George Washington Sparks was born in the territory which is now the State of Oklahoma on July 4, 1888. He was married in 1908 to Bernetta A. Berry, who was born July 30, 1891, in Camden County, Missouri. Her parents were Moses Grant and Sarah Ellen (Robertson) Berry. George W. and Bernetta A. (Berry) Sparks were the parents of the following children: (1) Herbert A. Sparks, born 1909; (2) Melvina V. Sparks, born 1911, died 1951; (3) Lelli P. Sparks, born 1913; (4)Ernest L. Sparks, born 1918; (5) George A. Sparks, born 1921, killed in World War II in 1944; (6) Mary C. Sparks, born 1923; (7) James F. Sparks, born 1927; and (8) Robert E. Sparks, born 1929.


Whole Number 45

DEATH TAKES MRS. AMANDA CAROLYN (SPARKS) LONG

We regret to report the death of Mrs. Amanda Carolyn (Sparks) Long in Wichita Falls, Texas, on March 1, 1964. Mrs. Long, who was born April 6, 1898, was a daughter of Robert Thomas and Ruth Isabel (Collins) Sparks. Her Sparks ancestry was mentioned in the Quarterly of March, 1963, Vol. XI, No. 1, page 718. [Note: Long is incorrect. Lange is correct. See the Quarterly for June, 1963, p. 824 for this correction.]


Whole Number 46

DEATH OF LEONARD JESSE SPARKS

We regret to report the death of Leonard Jesse Sparks of Fresno, California, father of one of our active members, Gerald J. Sparks. Leonard Jesse Sparks was born August 1, 1884, in St. Paul, Nebraska, where he lived for many years. Twenty-two years ago he moved to Southern California and for the past eleven years he has lived in Fresno. Ho died on May 26, 1964, and was buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Fresno. Surviving are his son, Gerald J. Sparks of Manhattan Beach, California; a sister, Mrs. Effie Madison of Anaheim, California; a brother, George Newton Sparks, of Lucerne Valley, California; and two grandchildren, Daniel and Cheryl Sparks.

Leonard Jesse Sparks was one of ten children of Jasper N. and Margaret Ellen (Gregory) Sparks, who 'were married on April 17, 1875. Jasper N. Sparks was born March 25, 1847, in Indiana; be was a son of Temple T. Sparks and Mary Ann (Rogers) Sparks who were married on March 26, 1843 in Franklin County, Indiana.

Whole Number 46

DEATH TAKES JERIMY N. SPARKS

We regret to report the passing of Jerimy N. Sparks of Lucerne Valley, California, who had been a member of the Sparks Family Association for many years.

Jerimy N. Sparks was born August 6, 1880, in Boone County, Iowa, and left this life on April 17, 1964, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife, Nina L. Sparks, his sister, Mrs. Dorothea James, a daughter, Mrs. Florence Steffen, and two grandsons, Richard and Loren Steffen.

During World War I, Jerimy N. Sparks served in France with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. After the war, he attended the Garrett Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, to study for the ministry. For several years be was pastor of three rural churches in Kansas at the same time. In 1915 he drove with his family from Kansas to Los Angeles. Here he helped to establish the First Methodist Church where he was a member for many years. In October 1939 he and his wife, Nina, moved to Lucerne Valley, California., and lived in a tent while building their own home. Shortly after that, they, along with Mr. & Mrs. Miller and Mr. Conrad established, the United Church of Lucerne Valley, presently known as the Calvary Bible Church. At one time this church held their services in the Sparks home for a two-year period. In the construction of the church buildings, Mr. Sparks donated many hours of labor and did more of the work than any one individual.

Mr. Sparks always had a great interest in missionary work throughout the world. In 1914 ho helped establish a school for boys in Hyd.rabad, India, which today has some 3500 students. He has always encouraged the ministry of world-wide missions and in the last few years he and his wife have supported a Korean orphan under the World Vision Orphanages. His home throughout the years in Lucerne Valley was always open to missionaries and many church fellowship potlucks, parties and meetings were held there.

Funeral services for Mr. Sparks were held on April 20 at the Calvary Bible Church, the Rev. Russell L. Sloan officiating. The Rev. Bob Allen, missionary under the Sudan Interior Mission and friend of the family for many years led in prayer.

Shortly before her husband's death, Mrs. Sparks submitted records of his branch of the Sparks family. Your editor regrets that it is not possible to publish this article in the Quarterly prior to Mr. Sparks's death. It will appear in the near future.


Whole Number 47

DEATH TAKES MAJOR CHARLES H. SMITH

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Major Charles H. Smith, a charter member of The Sparks Family Association. We believe that Mr. Smith was our oldest member at the time of his passing, and he was certainly one of our most earnest supporters. A tribute was paid to Major Smith in the March, 1962, issue of the Quarterly, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Many of our members sent him greetings on that occasion, which pleased him greatly. It was one of his sorest regrets that he was never able to answer each one of these letters and cards individually. Major Smith's health began to fail shortly after this, and he gradually lost his eyesight. The last two years were years of tragedy. He was forced to spend most of his time in the hospital, his only daughter's husband was killed in an automobile accident, and on February 4, 1964, his wife died.

Charles H. Smith was born in Athens, Georgia, on June 15, 1872, and died on August 11, 1964, in the Oakland Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents were Hines Maguire and Sarah Jane (Sparks) Smith. (See the Quarterly of March, 1958, Vol. VI, No. 1, Whole No. 21, for a record of his branch of the Sparks family.)

Mr. Smith was an electrical engineer for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation from 1894 until his retirement in 1938, and was three times elected president of the Wilkinsburg branch of the Westinghouse Club. He served as a major in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War and worked for the Hercules Power Company in Ravenna, Ohio, during World War II.

Mr. Smith is survived by his son, Charles, and his daughter, Mrs. Sally S. Miller, both of California, and by a sister, Mrs. Sara K. Henshall of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Burial was in Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, Georgia.


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Whole Number 48

DEATH TAKES OLLIE (HICKMAN) SPARKS AND HER SON, NORMAN CARROLL SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Ollie May (Hickman) Sparks of Mt. Etna, Iowa, and that of her son, Norman Carroll Sparks, of Grovespring, Missouri.

Ohio May Hickman was a daughter of George D. and Naomi (Tuttle) Hickman. She was born a farm near Vilhisca, Taylor County, Iowa, on March 22, 1882, and passed away at her home in Mt. Etna on October 16, 1963. She was eighty-one years of age.

When she was a year old, she moved with her parents to Adams County, Iowa, in the Mt. Etna vicinity, where she lived the rest of her life--over fifty years in the small, century-old house that was her home at the time of her death. On May 25, 1907, she married Bart J. Johnston and to this couple two daughters were born, G. Thelma Johnston, who died in 1924, and R. Elda Powell of Compton, California. On May 18, 1911, her husband died. After a five-year widowhood, she married David G. Sparks on July 25, 1916, at Mt. Etna. David G. Sparks is a son of William A. Martha (Lucas) Sparks; for his ancestry see the Quarterly of March, 1962, page 626. Two boys were born to this union, Norman Carroll Sparks and T. Merrill Sparks.

Mrs. Sparks was always a conscientiously religious person and as a nine-year-old girl, accepted Jesus as her Saviour in the Methodist Church in Mt. Etna, and she maintained her membership there for the remainder of her life. Her faith in God and her interest in her home and family were her major concerns. Music was another of her necessities and she loved to sing and play and to be around others who did. In her younger years, she composed verses and melodies of her own. She enjoyed traveling and meeting people. Her inner optimism and spirituality were often a source of strength to others in her family. Her memory of people and events was remarkable and accurate. She expected much from life, much from others and much from herself. It follows naturally that she felt we should give our best and most gracious selves to life.

Mrs. Sparks passed away just four months before her oldest son, Norman Carroll Sparks, died suddenly in Niangua, Missouri, at the age of forty-six. Norman was born November 12, 1917, in Mount Etna, Iowa, grew to manhood there, and graduated from the Corning High School in 1936. That autumn he moved to California and there on February 24, 1940, he married Nola Belle McCartney. To this couple four children were born, Norman, Norene, Nolan, and Nelson. In 1951, be and his family moved from California to Grovespring, Missouri, which was their home until his death.

Early in life; Norman accepted Christ as his Saviour and remained a conscientious Christian. He was a member of the Prospect Baptist Church in Niangua, Missouri, where he also served as a deacon.

In California, Norman worked for California Shipyards and Howard Hughes. At the time of his death, he was employed by Drury College in Springfield and he was much liked and respected by all who knew him. He gave generously of himself in helping others. Norman served in the U.S. Army during World War II.


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DEATH TAKES JOHN ANDERSON SMITH SPARKS

Again we must report the passing of one of the older members of the Association.

John Anderson Smith Sparks of Norwood, Missouri, was born September 28, 1878, and died on February 12, 1965. Mr. Sparks was a son of James Richard and SusanAnn (Abshere) Sparks. His picture appeared in the March, 1964, issue of the Quarterly, and a record of his ancestry was published in the March, 1963, issue. His wife, Vernie E. Raney Sparks, and his three daughters, Nellie, May Del, and Doris, survive him. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, north of Norwood.

DEATH TAKES MRS. CECIL CROWELL

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Mrs. Cecil Crowell, widow of Earl Crowell, of Orient, Illinois. She was a charter member of The Sparks Family Association. Mrs. Crowell was born May 30, 1900, and died December 2, 1964. She was a daughter of George and Elizabeth (Painter) Sparks, and a granddaughter of Hugh and Nancy (Curnutte) Sparks of Carter and Lawrence Counties, Kentucky. by her first husband, Netter Stewart, Mrs. Crowell had two sons who survive her, George Stewart and William Stewart. She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Donaldson, Mrs. Ethel Bowden, and Mrs. Elizabeth Pressler. Mrs. Donaldson and Mrs. Bowden live in Hurst, Illinois, while Mrs. Pressler lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

DEATH TAKES THOMAS JOSHUA SPARKS

We regret to report the death of Thomas Joshua Sparks, whose home was in Pryor, Oklahoma. Mr. Sparks was the father of Chaplain John W. Sparks, whose portrait appeared on the cover of the June, 1964, issue of the Quarterly. Mr. Sparks was a son of John English and Mary Jane (Grogan) Sparks and was born March 21, 1877, at Boxley, Arkansas; he died on November 22, 1964. Mr. Sparks's widow, Sarah Louisa (Mashburn) Sparks survives him.

DEATH TAKES AMANDA ELIZABETH SPARKS

We regret to report that Mrs. Amanda Elizabeth (Grogan) Sparks, widow of Thomas Jackson Sparks, passed away on February 13, 1965, at Chanute, Kansas. She was 83 years old, having been born on March 30, 1881, at Hartville, Missouri. Her parents were Ambros Marion and Caroline (Owens) Grogan. She married Thomas J. Sparks (his second wife) on August 14, 1898; he preceded her in death on February 1, 1937. Mrs. Sparks leaves one daughter, Ruth Sparks Caudle; her only son, John Sparks, of Orient, Iowa, died on October 1, 1964.


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DEATH TAKES CLIFTON SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Clifton Sparks of Delano, California. Mr. Sparks had been a loyal member of The Sparks Family Association since 1956. He was born February 2, 1901, and died on September 9, 1965. He was a greatgrandson of Thomas and Mary (Howe) Sparks of York, Pennsylvania.

DEATH TAKES MRS. FRANCES MARIAN SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Mrs. Frances Marian Sparks who was one of the charter members of The Sparks Family Association. Mrs. Sparks was born in Waterloo, Wisconsin, on September 21, 1877, and passed away in Santa Ana, California, on June 21, 1965. Mrs. Sparks's husband was a descendant of Solomon and Catherine (Hillegas) Sparks of Washington County, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Sparks was a most kind and thoughtful person and never failed to include a personal note of appreciation when she renewed her membership dues each year. She leaves one son, Spurgeon Sparks, and one daughter, Mrs. Robert Livingston.


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DEATH TAKES THOMAS ELIHUGH SPARKS

We regret to report the passing of Thomas Elihugh Sparks, who was born October 16, 1893, and died on August 12, 1965. He was 71 years, 9 months, and 26 days old. Funeral services were held on August 14 at Rhodes Chapel, Runge, Texas, and interment was in Runge Cemetery. The Rev. James Dawson, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated. Left to mourn his passing was Mr. Sparks's wife, Elaine Waters Sparks; one son, Major Gerald H. Sparks (retired); and four daughters, Mrs. Rose Riggs, Mrs. Norma Deal, Mrs. Ena Lay, and Mrs. Joyce Wright.


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DEATH TAKES LOIS W. WEST

Many members of The Sparks Family Association will be saddened to learn of the passing of Lois W. West (Mrs. H. H. West) of 640 West Main Street, Gallatin, Tennessee. For a number of years, Mrs. West painted the Sparks coat-of-arms for members of the Association. She was a gifted artist and every member who owns one of Mrs. West's paintings is proud of its beauty.

Mrs. West died suddenly at her home on January 7, 1966, the victim of a heart attack. She was born November 9, 1902, in Only, Tennessee, the daughter of Andrew and Margarette (Pinkerton) Weatherspoon. Both of her parents descended from Matthew and Sarah Sparks (see the Quarterly of June, 1961, Vol. IX, Whole No. 34, No. 2, pp. 556-66) through their son Jesse Sparks, who came to Hickman County, Tennessee, about 1810. She was married on October 24, 1924, to Hoke Holland West, son of Ira Stokes and Maggie E. 0. (Mundy) West of Smith County, Tennessee. Funeral services for Mrs. West were held in the First Baptist Church, Gallatin, Tennessee, by her pastor, the Rev. James P. Craine, in the presence of a large crowd of friends and relatives on January 9. Interment was made on January 10 in the Charles Nickell Memorial Park, Centerville, Tennessee.

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DEATH TAKES RUFUS NEWTON SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death in Nov, 1965, of Rufus Newton Sparks, of Martha, Kentucky. Mr. Sparks died at the age of 88 years following a long illness. Funeral services were held in the Elizabeth Baptist Church at Martha with the Rev. Herbert Phillips and the Rev. Emerson Collier officiating. Burial was in the Sparks Cemetery there.

A retired merchant and farmer at Martha, Rufus Newton Sparks had been born there on February 24, 1877, a son of George W. and Linnie (Grizzell) Sparks. He was a descendant of John Sparks (born 1753) of Wilkes County, North Carolina. (See the Quarterly of Dec, 1955, Vol. III, No. 4, Whole No. 13, pp. 91-105.) The Bible record of the family his his grandfather, Wiley Sparks, appeared in the Quarterly of September , 1957, Vol. V, No, 3, Whole No. 19, p. 214.

Mr. Sparks is survived by his widow, Mrs. Anna Furguson Sparks; three sons, O. G. Sparks of Louisville, Kentucky; Dr. Aubrey L. Sparks, of Warren, Ohio; and Douglas C. Sparks, of Martha; seven grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Cynthia Lyon of Muncie, Indiana, and Mrs. Pearlie Bailey of Ashland, Kentucky.


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DEATH TAKES COLBY SPARKS OF GATES, KENTUCKY

We regret to report that the Rev. Colby Sparks, a Baptist preacher who was born in Elliott County, Kentucky, died at the age of 89 on August 15, 1965. A son of Levi H. and Nancy (Lawson) Sparks, Colby Sparks was born February 23, 1876. His father, Levi H. Sparks, had been born on May 31, 1834, and had died on May 20, 1911. (For a record of the Sparks ancestry of Colby Sparks, see the Quarterly of Dec, 1955, Vol. III, No. 4, Whole No. 12, pp. 97-102.)

Colby Sparks was married twice, first, on September 26, 1898, to Nancy Belle Braum, and, second, on July 1, 1905, to Julia Mauk who survives him. In addition to his wife, Colby Sparks left four sons and five daughters to mourn his passing. William Sparks of Wheelersburg, Ohio; Levi Sparks and Andrew Sparks of Olive Hill, Kentucky, Ivan Sparks, of Warner Robins, Georgia; Mrs. Lola Power of Morehead, Kentucky; Mrs. Opal Gregory of El Paso, Texas; Mrs. Bonnie Oney, of Hammond, Indiana; Mrs. Eva Oney, of Soldier, Kentucky; and Mrs. Susan Sturgill, of Heath, Ohio. He also left 27 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren. Nancy Jane (Sparks) Skaggs, sister of Colby Sparks, died this summer.


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DEATH TAKES RUTH M. SPARKS

Captain Ellsworth F. Sparks, a retired officer in the United States Navy, has reported the passing of his wife, Ruth M. Sparks. Mrs. Sparks died on May 29 and was buried at Fort Roseorans National Cemetery on June 1, 1966. We extend our deep sympathy to Captain Sparks.

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DEATH TAKES J. KENT SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of J. Kent Sparks of Linden, Perry County, Tennessee. A charter member of The Sparks Family Association, Mr. Sparks died in a Nashville hospital on August 7, 1966, at the age of 78 years.

J. Kent Sparks was born July 17, 1888, in Perry County, Tennessee, near where his great-grandfather had settled about 80 years earlier. Mr. Sparks married Miss Bess Edwards, who survives him, as do also their two daughters, Elizabeth (Mrs.Willie Hudson) and Jessie (Mrs. David Walker). Elizabeth has one daughter named Ann Elizabeth, and Jessie has two daughters, Elizabeth and Sara Kent Walker.

J. Kent Sparks was the son of Jesse and Manerva (Ledbetter) Sparks. Jesse was the only son of Jesse and Folly (Patterson) Sparks. J. Kent Sparks's great-grandfather, the first 1.2.1.2.2.7 Jesse Sparks, was a son of 1.2.1.2.2 Matthew and Sarah Sparks (see the Quarterly of June 1961, Vol. IX, No. 2, Whole No. 34, pp. 556-566.) Jesse Sparks, son of Matthew and Sarah, was born July 23, 1773, in North Carolina and died in Perry County, Tennessee, on January 5, 1858. He moved from North Carolina to Georgia with his father following the American Revolution, but about 1810 he moved to Tennessee, purchasing land in Hickman County in 1810. He was married twice, first to Elizabeth Jones and, following her death about 1818, he married, second, Susan May. He had ten children by his first wife and eight children by his second wife.

One of J. Kent Sparks's most prized possessions was the family Bible which had belonged to his great-grandfather containing the birth records of the eighteen children. Mr. Sparks copied this for the Association, adding records of marriages where possible. This record follows:

Jesse Sparks, son of Matthew and Sarah Sparks, was born July 23, 1773. He married (first) Elizabeth Jones, who was born in Georgia on April 10, 1774. They were the parents of the following children:

1.2.1.2.2.7.1. Sally Sparks, born December 23, 1796. (She married John Homer of Perry County.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.2. Nancy Sparks, born December 14, 1798. (She married Samuel Thomas of Hardeman County, Tenn.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.3. Edai Sparks, born February 19, 1801. (She married FNU Hale from Arkansas.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.4. Betsy Sparks, born February 24, 1803. (She married Richard Brown of Hickman County, Tenn.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.5. Polly Sparks, born October 22, 1805. (She married Abner Coleman of Perry County.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.6. James Jefferson Sparks, born April 14, 1808. (He married Rhoda Murphree of Hickman County, Tenn.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.7. Jesse Sparks, Jr., born February 13, 1811. (He married Mrs. Polly (Patterson) Horner of Perry County.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.8. John Valentine Sparks, born March 15, 1813. (Died in youth, apparently.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.9. Patsy Sparks, born August 22, 1814.
1.2.1.2.2.7.10. Ann Sparks, born January 20, 1817. (Never married)

by his second wife, Susan May, Jesse Sparks had the following children:

1.2.1.2.2.7.11. Nathan Sparks, born August 28, 1819.
1.2.1.2.2.7.12. Philip Matthew Sparks, born October 29, 1820. (Died young.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.13. Absolam Sparks, born April 25, 1822. (Married Malinda McClain.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.14. Hannah Sparks, born January 29, 1824. (Married Levi Murphree.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.15. Susan Sparks, born February 24, 1826. (Married FNU Cotham.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.16. David Sparks, born January 23, 1827.
1.2.1.2.2.7.17. Catherine Sparks, born August 21, 1828. (Married FNU Reeves.)
1.2.1.2.2.7.18. Jonathan Sparks, born November 25, 1834. (Married Parálee Dickson.)


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DEATH TAKES ADRIAN LELAND SPARKS & HERBERT S. SPARKS

Mrs. Ted Borurn of Earth, Texas, a member of the Association since 1965, has written of the passing of her father, Adrian Leland Sparks, and also of the death of her uncle, Herbert S. Sparks. These two brothers were sons of Matthew Patton Sparks. An article on this family by Robert R. Robinson, Jr., appeared in the Quarterly of March 1965 (Vol. XIII, No. 1), Whole No. 49, pp. 879-885.

Adrian Leland Sparks was born in Henderson, Texas, on September 19, 1880, and died on June 16, 1966. He was living at Floydada, Texas, at the time of his death and was buried in the Floydada Cemetery. His wife, Bessie (Merrill) Sparks, preceded him in death on November 11, 1964.

Herbert Sanford Sparks was born December 15, 1891, and died on August 24, 1966. He was living in Phoenix, Arizona, at the time of his death. He was buried in the Greenwood Memorial Park in Phoenix. (Data on his family were published on page 885 of the Quarterly.)


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DEATH TAKES FATHER OF MRS. NELLIEMAE BURNS SPARKS

We regret to report the passing of Peter Paul Burns, father of Mrs. Nelliemae Burns Sparks, a member of the Association for many years. Mr. Burns was born on June 10, 1907, in Prairieburg, Iowa, and died on September 20, 1966, at his home in Reno, Nevada. He was the son of William and Carrie May (Zimmer) Burns, who were married in Anamosa, Iowa, on July 31, 1881. Peter Paul Burns married Hazel Alvera Thrope on May 28, 1927, in Scranton, North Dakota. Mrs. Burns survives her husband. Their only child, Nelliemae, married James Douglas Sparks on September 24, 1949, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Mrs. Sparks was born August 13, 1928, in Mobridge, South Dakota; Mr. Sparks was born November 23, 1929, In Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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DEATH TAKES MOTHER OF JOHN SPARKS

Mr. John Sparks of Mount Airy, Boyce, Virginia, one of our most faithful members, has written of the passing of his mother on September 17, 1966. She had been born on April 17, 1881, and had lived a full and contented life. John's father, Clarence Sidney Sparks, died in Alpine, Texas, on December 31, 1919.


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DEATH TAKES SENATOR EDWARD MARTIN

On March 19, 1967, death claimed one of the most generous supporters of The Sparks Family Association, former United States Senator Edward Martin of Pennsylvania. Senator Martin's interest in the Sparks family stemmed from the fact that his wife, Charity, descends from Colonel Richard Sparks (born ca. 1757, died 1815). Mrs. Martin has been an invalid for many years, and it was always the Senator who sent her membership dues each year. He also contributed an extensive file of material on Colonel Richard Sparks.

Senator Martin was eighty-seven years old at the time of his death, but he still possessed the military bearing of a man who had participated in every United States war from the Spanish-American, for which he quit college at eighteen to enlist as a private, through World War II. Rising through the ranks, he was made a major general and commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1941.

In 1943, Martin was elected governor of Pennsylvania and served that office until 1947. He was the favorite son presidential candidate of the Pennsylvania delegation at the 1948 Republican National Convention. He supported Governor Thomas Dewey at that Convention and delivered Dewey's nomination address.

From 1947 until 1959, Edward Martin served in the United States Senate. At the time of his retirement he was the ranking Republican member of the Finance Committee. He constantly urged reduced spending, a balanced budget, and lower taxes.

Following his retirement, Senator Martin secluded himself from public life and devoted most of his time to the presidency of the Dunn-March Gas and Oil Company. His home was in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Senator Martin is survived by his wife, Charity; one daughter, Mary Murphy of Washington; and one son, Edward Martin, Jr., of Wanesburg, Pennsylvania.


Whole Number 65

DEATH TAKES FORMER GOVERNOR CHAUNCEY SPARKS OF ALABAMA

Death claimed one of the most prominent members of the Association on November 6, 1968. Former Governor Chauncey Sparks died on that date at the age of 84 at his home in Eufaula, Alabama. Governor Sparks had been a member of the Association almost from the date of its founding in 1953 and had been one of our most loyal supporters. His portrait appeared on the cover of the June 1954 issue of the Quarterly (Whole No. 6), and was followed by a biographical sketch.

Governor Sparks was born October 8, 1884, on a farm fourteen miles west of Eufaula. His grandfather, Samuel Sparks, migrated from Musoogee County, Georgia, to Barbour County, Alabama, in the early 1850"s. His father, George W. Sparks, married Sarah E. Castellow. Chauncey was one of their four children.

Chauncey Sparks was Alabama"s chief executive from 1943 to 1947. A bachelor, he was credited with giving Governor Wallace his political start. The former governor was a candidate to the Democratic National Convention in 1948, but declined to walk out like many other Dixie representatives did. He subsequently ran for governor again in 1950, but made the political misjudgement of boasting during the campaign of being a loyal Democrat. He retired from public life after his defeat in 1950 and spent most of his remaining years in Barbour County.

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DEATH TAKES MRS. ARMINDA J. FISHER

Through an unfortunate oversight, we failed to inform members of the Association of the passing of one of our most faithful and helpful members. Mrs. Arminda J. Fisher died on December 22, 1967.

Mrs. Fisher was a descendant of Zachariah Sparks (died about 1781) of South Carolina through his son William Sparks (1772-1862) who migrated to Indiana in 1812. She was born in Wabash County, Indiana, in 1906 and was a graduate of of Madame Blakeslee"s School in Indianapolis. She married Carl J. Fisher and from 1947 until 1955, when be served as Auditor for Delaware County, she served as Deputy Auditor. At an earlier date she had taught school.

Mrs. Fisher was a member of the High Street Methodist Church, Harrington Bible Class, Order of Eastern Star at La Fountaine, and the Paul Revere Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, of which she was past regent and past registrar. At the time of her death, she was serving as a member of the State DAR Lineage Research Committee and also as secretary of the state organization of Children of the American Revolution. She was well-known as a genealogist for many years. Mrs. Fisher was also a member of Weetomp Chapter of the Daughters of American Colonists.

Mrs. Fisher"s husband survives her, as do also three daughters, Mrs. Floyd (Naomi) Campbell, Mrs. Robert (Carolyn) Halteman, Mrs. Jack (Janelle) Reber; two sons, Carl Fisher of Michigan City and Lowell Fisher of Vallejo, California. A sister, Mrs. Susanna Brane, also survives as does her mother, Mrs. Frank Ridenour of Carmi, Illinois. Burial took place in the Mount Etna Cemetery, south of Huntington, Indiana.

DEATH TAKES DOROTHY S. FOSTER

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of another faithful and generous member of the Association. Dorothy Sparks Foster died on September 4, 1968. Mrs. Foster was born December 31, 1900, in Rushville, Indiana, the daughter of Judge William M. Sparks and Della (Young) Sparks. Her husband was Horace Foster, son of Horace S. and Cora (Rowley) Foster; he was born July 2, 1897. They were married on August 16, 1924, and had two sons, James Sparks Foster, born March 12, 1927, and Robert Rowley Foster, born May 16, 1928.

Mrs. Foster was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and Symposium. She was graduated from Rushville High School and from Indiana University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. For many years she served with the American Red Cross as executive secretary in Rush and Delaware Counties and for 15 years was a volunteer field consultant in the Eastern area.

Mrs. Foster"s great-grandfather was Jerome Bonaparte Sparks, who was born on February 22, 1809, and died on November 6, 1873, in Jessamine County, Kentucky. Mrs. Foster never succeeded in learning the name of the father of Jerome Bonaparte Sparks, but his mother"s name was Elenor Sparks. She died in or near Lexington, Kentucky, in 1832. From Elenor Sparks" s will and the family records which Mrs. Foster inherited from her father, we have been able to prepare the following record of the children and descendants of Elenor Sparks.


Whole Number 69

DEATH TAKES SIDNEY ROSSITER

We have been informed by Roy Sparks of Omaha, Nebr., that Sidney Rossiter of Dewitt, Nebr., the husband of Mrs. Luala (Sparks) Rossiter, passed away on July 27, 1969. aged 100 years, 9 months, and 11 day. Mr. Rossiter was mentioned in the article on Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks which appeared in the Quarterly of March 1969 (Vol. XVII, No. 1, Whole No. 65, p. 1207).

Charles F. Sparks, with his sons and daughters; picture taken June 22, 1969. Seated: Son W. D. Sparks & Charles F. Standing: Sons Russell V., Bert L., & Lowell H., Daughters Maxine and Tressie and Son C. K. Sparks.

Charles F. Sparks, 1885-1969 Picture taken "at the well" in I960 showing his beloved Kentucky hills.

Virgie T. (Sparks) Sparks, 1889-1934

Wife of Charles F. Sparks, 1885-1969

Daughter of John C. & Mary S. (Green) Sparks

Picture taken in 1905

DEATH TAKES DR. JOHN S. SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of another long-time member of the Association. On February 21, 1970, Dr. John S. Sparks died suddenly at his home, "Mount Airy," at White Post, Virginia. Dr. Sparks was born June 23, 1904, in Waco, Texas. He was a graduate of Dallas University School of Pharmacy and was a registered pharmacist for over 40 years in Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He was a member of the Northern Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia Pharmaceutical Association. He served with the U.S. Navy's medical service corps as a pharmacist during World War II in the South Pacific.

Dr. Sparks is survived by his widow, Elizabeth Fritts Sparks; one daughter, Mrs. Sydney Elgin, Oakton, Va.; one brother, Sidney Sparks, Dingman's Ferry, Pa., and two grandchildren.


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DEATH TAKES THOMAS CARLTON SPARKS

We regret to report that Thomas Carlton Sparks died on April 6, 1970, at the age of 87 years. He was a son of William Martin and Mary Elizabeth (Phillippa) Sparks. He was buried in the Valley Halley Cemetery in Fairfield, Alabama. For a record of his ancestry see the article devoted to Jeremiah Sparks, Sr., Ca. 1765-18140 that appeared in the Quarterly of December 1960 (Vol. VIII, No. 14, Whole No. 32). Thomas Carlton Sparks's name appears on page 524.

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DEATH TAKES MRS. DELILAH FREEMAN KISER

One of our members, Irma Hills Hebard, has reported the passing of Mrs. Delilah Freeman Kiser on January 26,1970, in St, John's Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. She was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Springfield. Mrs. Kiser was the greatgranddaughter of James Sparks and the great-great-granddaughter of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks. Her full name was Opal Delilah Freeman and she was the daughter of James Thomas Hile Freeman, See page 712 of the March 1963 Quarterly (Vol. XI, No. 1, Whole No. 111) for her ancestry.


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DEATH TAKES MELISSA EVELYN SPARKS

We deeply regret to report the passing of another member of The Sparks Family Association. On October 20, 1970, Mrs. Elias M. Fletcher, whose maiden name was Melissa Evelyn Sparks, died in Wright County, Missouri, where she had been born on August 31, 1887. She lived north of the town of Norwood, Missouri. A daughter of James Richard and Susan Ann (Abshire) Sparks, she married Elias N. Fletcher on March 16, 1909. James Richard Sparks, her father, was born July 24, 1841, and died on March 8, 1894. (See the Quarterly of September 1962, Vol. X, No. 3, Whole No. 39, pp. 661-665 for a record of this family.)  Mrs. Fletcher left five children; (1) Ruth Fagan; (2) Rancle Fletcher; (3) Edna Saladin; (4) Jack Fletcher; and (5) Clinton Fletcher.


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DEATH TAKES MISS ROSE E. SPARKS (1885-1971)


We regret to report the passing of Miss Rose Eiily Sparks, aged eighty-six, of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Lawrence County, Kentucky. Miss Sparks died on October 21, 1971. She was an aunt of Dr. Paul E. Sparks, President of the Sparks Family Association, and a charter member of the Association.

Funeral services were conducted in the Bradley Gap Baptist Church and burial was in the Sparks Cemetery on Morgans Creek in Lawrence County.

Miss Sparks was born in Lawrence County on May 19, 1885, and was a daughter of the late Colby and Martha (Chaff in) Sparks. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Flora Williams of Beckley, West Virginia, and a host of nieces and nephews.


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DEATH TAKES DAVID ALFRED SPARKS

Nelliemae Burns Sparks of Sparks, Nevada, has reported the death of her Uncle Dave Sparks. Born February 2, 1890, David Alfred Sparks died suddenly at his home in Ariel, Washington, on May 3, 1972. He was buried at the Frank Abel Cemetery in Woodland, Washington. Mr. Sparks was married on July 13, 1926, in Dillon, Montana, to Ester Hazel Clifford, born February 2, 1902, in Lincoln, Idaho, the daughter of Ephraim Karlnealius and Ida Deborah (Hill) Clifford.

David and Ester Sparks had two children: Ester Arzela Sparks, born July 24, 1924, married Floyd Allan Seagraves, and David Clifford Sparks, born April 20, 1927, unmarried. Mr. Sparks is also survived by two grandchildren, Robert Allan Seagraves, born June 13, 1950, and Dorothy Ann Seagraves, born October 13, 1951. He is also survived by one brother, Wilbur Douglas Sparks of Woodland, Washington, and one sister, Nola Jane Sparks Hammill of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a half-brother, Harvey Jennings Sparks of Woodland.

David Alfred Sparks was a son of James Harvey and Arzela (Lykins) Sparks of Morgan and Lewis Counties, Ky., and a grandson of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks and James Harvey and Nancy Jane (Ferguson) Ljyklna of Morgan County, Ky. He was preceded in death by five brothers: William Stuart Sparks, born June 29, 1879; James Monroe Sparks, born February 14, 1881; John Franklin Sparks, born March 23, 1882; Henry Hendricks Cleveland Sparks, born September 7, 1884; and George Grover Sparks, born April 23, 1887, all born in Kentucky. Mr. Sparks was a veteran of the First World War and, following his marriage, resided for some 43 years in Ariel, Washington. He was a fine man, loved dearly by all his family and friends. His remarkably keen memory, which he retained until his death, was of great assistance in our research on the Sparks families of Morgan and Lewis Counties, Kentucky.


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DEATH TAKES GENEVIEVE (SPARKS) SPALDING


We regret to report the passing of Genevieve (Sparks) Spald.ing on May 7, 1972, in Atlanta, Georgia. A record of Mrs. Spalding's ancestry and family appeared in the Quarterly of September 1959 (page 417). She was a daughter of Edward Cunningham and Edna Sudella (Phelon) Sparks and was born November 5, 1893. She was married on October 18, 1919, at Springfield, Mass., to Captain (now Colonel) Basil D. Spalding. She is survived by her husband, three children, and six grandchildren.


DEATH TAKES WILLIAM F. ARNALL

We regret to report the death of one of the Association's most faithful supporters for many years, Mr. William F. Arnall of Hartville, Missouri. Mr. Arnall was born on March 13, 1895, at Mansfield, Wright County, Missouri; he died on June 26, 1972. His parents were Isaac N. and Margaret Jane (Sparks) Arnall. (See the Quarterly of March 1963, Vol. XI, No. 1, Whole No. 41, for a detailed record of Mr. Arnall's ancestry.) He was married in 1920 to Beatrice G. Piatt. Mrs. Arnall has written the following letter to us regarding her husband's death:

“September 7, 1972. Dear Mr. Bidlack: It has been a sad past two months for me. I guess I should have thought of you sooner. Mr. Arnall passed away June 26. He was sick for a long time & the doctor said he could never get better so Our Dear Lord saw fit to take him on.  Will enjoyed his or your papers so much, even after he couldn't help anymore. We have met so many nice people through the association. When people came home to visit and ask about older family background, they were sent to Will & his papers. He enjoyed looking up their folks & visiting with them. I shall put this last Quarterly with the others. Yours sincerely,
                                                                                                                   Mrs. W. F. Arnall.”


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Whole Number 82

DEATH TAKES CARRIE GRANT HEFFEN

Through the twenty years that the Quarterly has been published, Carrie Grant Heppen has provided more material for publication in its pages than any other researcher. It is with deep personal sadness that the editor reports the death of Mrs. Heppen on April 13, 1973. Although I met her personally only once, twenty years of correspondence had made her a very special friend.

Mrs. Heppen was a professional genealogist of great talent and unparalleled integrity. She lived in Washington, D.C., where she not only had ready access to such splendid sources for genealogical research as the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the D.A.R. Library, but she was so well known to and highly respected by the librarians and archivists in charge of those collections that she had access to materials that are unknown to many researchers. One could always be confident that the genealogical and historical data gathered by Mrs. Heppen was not only accurately and fully copied, but that her imaginative research had left few sources undiscovered. Shortly after we began publishing the QUARTER.LY, Mrs. Heppen agreed to watch for Sparks materials while doing research for other clients. Much of our most valuable data on the family thus came to light through what she called her “random findings on the Sparks family.” Only a small portion of the data gathered for us by Mrs. Heppen have been published - - we shall continue to use her findings for as long as the Quarterly survives.

Carrie Grant Heppen was 72 years old when she died, a victim of lung cancer. Born in Georgia, Mrs. Heppen came to Washington to work for the National Recovery Administration in the 1930's. She later was a secretary for the General Services Administration. Her first husband, Army Captain Clay C. Grant, died in 1925. Her second husband, Peter Joseph Heppen, died in 1963. She left a son, Thomas H. Grant, and a daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Lohfeld. She was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

DEATH TAKES HOBART DARLING

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of a Sparks descendant who has long been a loyal supporter of the Sparks Family Association, Mr. Hobart McKinley Darling. Born on March 20, 1897, he died on April 8, 1973. A native of Michigan, Mr. Darling worked for the city of Grand Rapids for some twenty-five years. He and his wife were living in retirement at Atascadero, California, at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Anna, who continues to support our Association; one daughter, Mrs. Vernon (Dolly) Hollinger of Cedar Pines Park, California.; four sisters; and three grandchildren.

Mr. Darling descended, through both of his parents, from Locelia Sparks (also called Celia) who was born in Connecticut on April 11, 1801. She was a daughter of Samuel and Mary Sparks of Killingly, W'indham County, Connecticut. Besides their daughter Locelia, Samuel and Mary Sparks are believed to have had sons named George and Asa, and a daughter, Sarah, who married a Mr. Barrington. Locelia Sparks was married in Chautauqua County, New York, to Ira Asariah Selden in 1819. They moved to Ohio about 1833, then to Clinton County, Michigan, in 1844; she died in Danby Township, lonia County, Michigan, on December 13, 1872.


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Whole Number 84

DEATH TAKES HAZLE TEGARD TARMAN


It is with deep regret that we report the death of Mrs. Hazle Tegard Tarman, a most supportive member of the Association for the past decade. She died of a heart attack on April 29, 1973, in Bloomington, Illinois, and was buried in El Paso, Illinois. Her parents were William White Tegard (born November 14, 1855, died May 7, 1926) and Clara May Sparks (born March 12, 1861, in Woociford County, Illinois, and died June 1, 1938, in El Paso, Illinois). Mrs. Tarman was active in a number of organizations in El Paso, including the American Legion Auxiliary, the Order of Eastern Star, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She had been a switchboard operator for the El Paso Telephone Company for thirty-five years prior to her death. Mrs. Tarman 's maternal grandparents were Asa and Amanda (Van Scyoc) Sparks. Asa Sparks was born November 10, 1817, and was a son of Amos and Nancy Ann (Borough) Sparks. (Nancy Ann's maiden name may have been spelled Burrow rather than Borough.) See the Quarterly of December 1972 (Vol. XX, No. 14, Whole No. 80, pp. 1527-30) for more information on Mrs. Tarman's branch of the Sparks family. We are grateful to Rita M. Pierce for telling us of Mrs. Tarman 'a passing. Miss Pierce had been the one first to interest Mrs. Tarman in genealogy. Although they both traced their Sparks lines, they could never find a direct connection. “Our families had been friends and neighbors for nearly seventy years," Miss Pierce reports; “I have lost a very close and dear friend.”

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DEATH TAKES J. FRANK GIBSON

It is with deep regret that we report the death of John Franklin Gibson, a loyal & most generous member of the Association for many years. A resident of Mesa, Arizona, Mr. Gibson died of a heart attack on October 12, 1973. Mr. Gibson was a great-great-grandson of Josiah and Lydia (Tollison) Sparks on whom we published data in the Quarterly of September 1965 (Vol. XIII, No. 3, Whole No. 51, p. 933). Mr. Gibson descended through their daughter, Mary Ann Sparks (born June 10, 1802, died September 3, 1861) and her husband, George Washington Gibson (born June 17, 1800). (Mrs. J. Frank Gibson reports that her son, Franklin K. Gibson, is president of the George Washington Gibson Family Association.) George Washington Gibson and Mary Ann Sparks were married on March 15, 1822.

Josiah Sparks was a son of Matthew and Elinor Sparks and was born August 26, 1761; his birth was recorded on the register of St. John's or Piscataway Parish, Prince George 'a County, Maryland. This branch of the family moved to Pitteylvania County, Virginia, at about the time of the American Revolution. by 1790, Josiah Sparks had moved to South Carolina. He lived on the Pacolet River and owned land in Spartanburg County as well as Union County. His home was located in that part of Union County that is now Cherokee County, South Carolina. The will of Josiah Sparks was recorded in Union County, South Carolina, on January 29, 1853 - - he had written it on February 21, 1851. He probably died late in 1852 or early in January 1853. From his will and other records, we believe that Josiah and Lydia (Tollison) Sparks were the parents of the following children:

1. John Sparks, born ca. 1785.
2. Thomas Sparks, born ca. 1787.
3. James Sparks, born ca. 1789.
4. Muse Sparks, born ca. 1791.
5. Nancy Sparks, born ca. 1793; died before 1851; married - - - - - McAhan.


6. Elizabeth Sparks, born ca. 1796; died before 1851; married - - - - - Hall.


7. Frances Sparks, born ca. 1800.
8. Mary Ann Sparks, born June 10, 1802; see above.
9. Abigail Sparks, born ca. 1804.

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Whole Number 88

DEATH TAKES DALPHON CLINTON SPARKS (1908-1974)

We regret to report the passing of another loyal member of the Association. Dalphon Clinton Sparks died on December 13, 1974, in Raton, New Mexico, of a heart attack. Born July 20, 1908, in Copan, Washington County, Oklahoma, he was a son of Alfred B. and Sally H. (La Prade) Sparks. Alfred (or Alford) B. Sparks (1869 -1936) was born near Hartville, Wright County, Missouri, and was a son of James and Delilah E. (Seagraves) Sparks. James Sparks (1813 -1903) was born in Iredell County, North Carolina, and was a son of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks. See the Quarterly of March 1963 (Vol. XI, No. 1, Whole No. 41, pp. 705-718) for a record of this branch of the Sparks family.

Dalphon Clinton Sparks, known generally as D. C. Sparks, was married in Hillsboro, Sierra County, New Mexico, on May 27, 1936, to Verna Marie Laumbach; she was born on October 8, 1909. She survives her husband, as do their two children, Gerald Clinton (Jerry) Sparks of Vienna, Virginia, and Janet Elaine (Sparks) Ikenberry of Springer, New Mexico. He is also survived by five grandchildren, by two brothers, Victor Sparks and Jack Sparks of Oregon and California, and a sister, Mrs. Mary (Sparks) Hethcoatt of McArthur, California.

D. C. Sparks was a long-time Santa Fe telegrapher. He was graduated from Copan High School and he later attended the Chillicothe, Missouri, Business School. In 1928, he began his long career with the Santa Fe Railroad, serving first as a telegrapher in French, New Mexico, and subsequently throughout the Santa Fe's New Mexico Division, which includes parts of Texas and Colorado. During World War II he served briefly in the Panama Canal Zone with the U.S. Railroad Service.

DEATH TAKES R. L. JURNEY

Mail addressed to R. L. Jurney of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, has been returned marked "deceased." Mr. Jurney joined the Association in 1957 and has been generous in his support through the years. We have no further information regarding his passing.


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Whole Number 89

DEATH TAKES ERNEST LE ROY SPARKS

We regret to report that Ernest LeRoy Sparks of San Augustine, Texas, died on February 19, 1975. A lifelong resident of San Augustine, he was born March 28, 1922, and was Vice-President of the Home Life Insurance of Texas, founded by his father, Ernest Richard Sparks, whose obituary appeared in the September 1956 issue of the Quarterly (Vol. IV, No. 3, Whole No. 15, pp. 151-52). The only son of Ernest LeRoy Sparks, Stephen R. Sparks, has now joined the Association, our first known example of a third generation of Association members.

Ernest LeRoy Sparks is survived by his wife, Agnes; his son, Stephen R.; one grandson; his mother, Audra Eva (Ford) Sparks; four sisters, Marie Lawrence, Frances Maxwell, Betty Jean Cartwright, and Claudine Selden; and two brothers, Beeman Sparks and Hugh Sparks.

Ernest LeRoy Sparks was a grandson of Samuel Lawrence and Frances E. (Freeland) Sparks who moved from Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, to Texas in 1896. His greatgrandparents were Lawrence Ivan and Elizabeth (Prince) Sparks. Known as "Ivey" Sparks, Lawrence Ivan Sparks was born in Georgia but by 1840 was living with his parents, Lloyd and Rebecca Sparks, in Union County, South Carolina. The father of Lawrence Ivan Sparks, Lloyd Sparks, was born ca. 1796. Both Lloyd Sparks and his wife, Rebecca, were born in South Carolina, but moved to Georgia after their marriage. It was in Georgia that their children were born. by 1840, however, they had returned to Union County, South Carolina. We have not succeeded in tracing the parentage of Lloyd Sparks.


Whole Number 91

DEATH TAKES JOHN DUDLEY AND AUDREY (HARRIS) SPARKS

We regret to report the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. John Dudley Sparks during 1974. John Dudley Sparks died on June 24, 1974, at the age of 70; his wife, Audrew (Harris) Sparks, died on October 27, 1974, at the age of 68. They were residents of Chester, Queen Anne's County, Maryland. Mr. Sparks had been a member of the Sparks Family Association for many years. He was born on Kent Island, in Queen Anne's County, on September 28, 1903, a son of William A. and Mary Catherine Sparks. Until his retirement ten years ago, Mr. Sparks owned an oil company, a grocery store, and other businesses in Chester which gained the name of Sparks Corner for the intersection where they were located. Audrey (Harris) Sparks, wife of John Dudley Sparks, was a daughter of Carrow M. and Wilhelmia Harris. Two sons survived the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Sparks: Mervyn C. Sparks and John D. Sparks, Jr., both of Chester. One brother and one sister also survive Mr. Sparks: James G. Sparks of Carney, Maryland, and Mary Kelley of Chester.

DEATH TAKES MRS. ANGELINE (WILSON) SPARKS

We regret to report the death on July 15, 1975, of Mrs. Angeline (Wilson) Sparks of Ardmore, Oklahoma; she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Charles Sparks, on October 12, 1962. Both are buried in the Pioneer Chapel of Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Texas. Mr. Sparks was a great-great-grandson of Matthew and Sarah Sparks who moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to the Wilkes County, North Carolina, area before the American Revolution. Following the Revolution, the family moved to the Creek Indian lands of Georgia where Matthew was killed by Indians in 1793. (See the Quarterly of June 1961, Vol. IX, No. 2, Whole No. 34, pp. 556-67). Thomas Charles Sparks descended from Matthew and Sarah Sparks through their son, Nathan Sparks, who married (first) Sally Ellsberry, and married (second) Nancy Hancock. Thomas Charles and Angeline (Wilson) Sparks are survived by two sons, Robert Wilson Sparks and Thomas Charles Sparks, Jr.


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Whole Number 93

DEATH TAKES MRS. SURRILDA (DOBYNS) SPARKS

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We have learned with regret that the mother of Mrs. Jewell (Sparks) Ross, Sandy Hook, Kentucky, one of our long-time members, died on April 12, 1974. She was Mrs. Surrilda (Dobyns) Sparks, who was also a SPARKS descendant. She was nearly 96 years of age. The above picture was taken when she was 91, in 1970.

Surrilda Dobyns was born May 15, 1879, a daughter of Jackson and Perlina (Sparks) Dobyns, a granddaughter of Calvin and Sarah (Lyon) Sparks, and a greatgranddaughter of Levi and Sarah (Lyon) Sparks of Wilkes County, North Carolina, and Lawrence County, Kentucky. On January 22, 1898, she married John Newton Sparks in Lawrence County. John Newton Sparks was born April 13, 1874, a son of Lindsay and Catherine (Skaggs) Sparks, a grandson of Wiley and Cynthia (Holbrook) Sparks, and a great-grandson of Levi and Sarah (Lyon) Sparks. (For further details about these families, see the December 1955 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 12.)

John N. and Surrilda (Dobyns) Sparks were the parents of four children: Arville Sparks, Jewell (Sparks) Ross, Goldie (Sparks) Wheeler, and Junius Sparks.


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Whole Number 94

DEATH TAKES HARRY L. SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Harry L. Sparks who died on May 21, 1973, at Shelbyville, Kentucky. He was a charter member and loyal supporter of the Sparks Family Association. He was survived by his wife, Ura (Thomas) Sparks; a son, John Meredith Sparks; two grandsons, John M. Sparks, Jr., and David Sparks; and two sisters, Firs. Ruth Wood and Mrs. Ben Field. Harry was a Methodist, a Mason, a veteran of World War I, and a member of the 1933 Kentucky Legislature.

Harry L. Sparks descended from 21. John and Mary Sparks of Orange County, Virginia, through their son, 21.1 Thomas Sparks, who married Mary Towles, ca. 1740. (See the June 1956 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 14.) Thomas Sparks had a son, 21.1.3 Humphrey, born ca. 1749 who married Milly Nalle and they had a son, Martin Sparks, who was the great-grandfather of Harry L. Sparks. (See the September 1956 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 15.) Harry L. Sparks's paternal grandparents were Abraham Gregory and Sarah F. (Martin) Sparks and his parents were John Abraham and Mary Ellen (Clements) Sparks.


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Whole Number 94

DEATH TAKES . GLADYS VIOLA (CLIFFORD) SPARKS

James D. Sparks, a charter member of the Association, has reported the passing of his mother, Gladys Viola (Clifford) Sparks, born November 8, 1903, in Lincoln, Bonneville County, Idaho, died January 9, 1976, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was the 4th child of Ephriam Karlnealius Clifford and Ida Deborah (Hill) Clifford. A sister and she married brothers. The sister, Ester Hazel Clifford, married David Alfred Sparks, born February 2, 1890, while Gladys Viola Clifford married Douglas Wilbur (Dick W.) Sparks who was born May 18, 1892, in Vanceburg, Lewis County, Kentucky, a son of James Harvey and Arzela (Lykins) Sparks and a grandson of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks of Morgan and Lewis Counties, Kentucky. She had two children, Arzela La Verne Sparks born July 8, 1928, died November 17, 1928, and James Douglas Sparks, born November 23, 1929, in Idaho Falls, Idaho; he married September 24, 1949, in Pocatello, Idaho, Nelliemae Burns, daughter of Peter Paul and Hazel Alvera (Thorpe) Burns.

DEATH TAKES MRS. ANNIE (BREWER) MORGAN

We regret to report the passing on November 2, 1975, of Mrs. Annie (Brewer) Morgan, a long-time member and generous supporter of the Association. She was born on May 4, 1892, the 8th child of George W. and Medora Waddell (Sparks) Brewer, and was married on December 24, 1915, to Joseph Westly Morgan (born May 22, 1891). The were the parents of four children who survived infancy: (1) Flora Ann Morgan, born January 20, 1917; (2) Joseph Westly Morgan, Jr., born December 2, 1918; (3) Dorothy Lee Morgan, born November 21, 1819; and (4) Geneva Blance Morgan, born July 16, 1921. A daughter, Ruth, died in infancy.

Medora (Waddell) Sparks, Mrs. Morgan's mother, was born September 15, 1859, and died on September 8, 1937; she was a daughter of James M. and L. Virginia (Blance) Sparks. James M. Sparks, born October 11, 1839, at Cedartown, Polk County (then Paulding County) Georgia, and died on March 5, 1876, near Cedartown. He was a son of Thomas Hunter Sparks (1814 -1863) and his first wife, Mary Ann (Leonard) Sparks. Thomas Hunter Sparks was a son of 25. Martin Peeples Sparks (1786 -1837) and Elizabeth (Whatley) Sparks (1795 -1870). For a detailed record of this branch of the Sparks family, see the March 1958 issue of the Quarterly Vol. VI, No. 1, Whole No. 21, pp. 271-280; the June 1958 issue (Vol. VI, No. 2, Whole No. 22, pp. 308-314), and the March 1959 issue (Vol. VII, No. 1, Whole No. 25, pp. 360-366).

Mrs. Morgan's brother, Benjamin E. Brewer, who was born April 3, 1886, died on June 6, 1975. Two members of this family are still living, her brother Joseph A. Blance Brewer, born February 22, 1899, and her sister Daisy B. Brewer (Mrs. Daniel McLean) born March 12, 1902.


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Whole Number 98

DEATH TAKES ALBERT A. SPARKS

'We note with regret the death of Albert Alfonso Sparks, one of our most active & enthusiastic members. He died on December 5, 1976, at Ellensburg, Washington. He was born March 14, 1892, a son of James Allen and Levina Jane (Bowers) Sparks. On November 2, 1913, he married Jessie Harriett Heaton and they had six children: Luella, Frances, Minerva, Lowell, Stanley, and Douglas.

Albert had an unusually keen interest in his Sparks lineage and contributed a great deal of information about his grandfather, William Harrison Sparks, which was published in the June 1971 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 74. A charming description of Albert was written by a kinswoman, Robin Seibel, and appeared in the March 1974, issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 85.

Our sympathy is extended to his wife, Jessie, and to his children.


Page 1943
Whole Number 100

DEATH TAKES GERTRUDE SPARKS (1891-1977)

We regret to report the death of Miss Gertrude Sparks which occurred on July 2, 1977, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Miss Sparks was a very early member of the Association and, with her sister, Leota Lawton of Plymouth, Illinois, prepared an article on the descendants of Ezra and Mahala (Shriver) Sparks which appeared in the September 1963 issue of the Quarterly (7101. XI, No. 3, Whole No. 43) pp. 747-56.

Gertrude Sparks was born July 16, 1891, at Douglas, Butler County, Kansas, and was a daughter of James S. and Alice M. (Davis) Sparks. She was a graduate in home economics of the University of Wisconsin in Madison and taught for many years in fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Her grandfather was Solomon Shriver Sparks who was born in Adams County, Ohio, in 1821, while her great-grandfather was Ezra Sparks (1795-1862) who was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Ezra was a son of Solomon Sparks (1767-1838) who moved :with his family from Washington County, Pennsylvania, to Adams County, Ohio, about 1805.


Whole Number 101

DEATH TAKES MRS. MARIE (PICKERING) ROMIG

It is with regret that we report the death of Mrs. Marie (Pickering) Romig, of Gilman, Wisconsin, on December 3 1976. Mrs. Romig was born October 9, 1907, at Sheldon, Wisconsin. She married Glenn Romig and they had four children who survive her. They are: Theodore, Darrell, Nancy, and Marilyn. Also surviving are two sisters, Miss Darthea Pickering and Mrs. Evelyn Sanford.

DEATH TAKES LLOYD BURNETT SPARKS

We regret to report the passing of Lloyd Burnett Sparks, son of Robert L. and Elsie (Burnett) Sparks; born December 14, 1910, died in an industrial accident on April 18, 1977. He is survived by his wife, Iris Ruth (Karraker) Sparks, two daughters, and three grandchildren. He was a descendant of Baxter Sparks (see the Quarterly of March 1972, Vol. XX, No. 1, Whole No. 77, pp. 1466-74). Two of Mr. Sparks's sisters, Frances Sparks Jones and M. Lucile Edwards, are members of the Association. Mrs. Jones is making a determined effort to discover the parentage of Baxter Sparks (1777-1840) who was born in Virginia, married Elizabeth Gwin, and moved to Harrison County, Indiana, about 1805-06.


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Whole Number 105

DEATH TAKES MARION SPARKS

We regret to report the death of 44.6.5.4.z Marion Sparks on October 5, 1978. He was born on November 16, 1890, at Berea, Kentucky, and was a son of 44.6.5.4 William and Jane (Lake) Sparks. William Sparks was a son of 44.6.5 Robert Sparks, a grandson of 44.6 Isaac Sparks, Jr. and a great grandson of 44. Isaac Sparks, Sr., a pioneer settler in Estill County, Kentucky. (See the June 1974 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 86.) Delbert Sparks, son of Marion Sparks, is a member of the Association. We extend our sympathy to the family.


Whole Number 108

DEATH TAKES CHARLES HARRIS ON SPARKS

We deeply regret to report the passing of Charles Harrison Sparks, of Norman, Oklahoma, on August 1, 1979. He was a longtime member of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION and one of its most generous supporters.

Mr. Sparks was born September 28, 1909, ln Carmen, Oklahoma., and was a son of James Harrison and Leota Essie (Purcell) Sparks. His grandparents were David E. and Etta Lee (McClain) Sparks; his great-grandparents were James A. and Nancy Ann (Heaton) Sparks; his great-great-grandparents were David W. and Nancy (Hyden? ) Sparks; and his 3rd great-grandparents were Andrew Sinnockson and Jane (Templeton) Sparks. For further details on this branch of the family, see the June 1963 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 42.

Mr. Sparks had also lived in Healdton, Oklahoma., and Temple, Oklahoma., before moving to Norman. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Pharmacy in 1928. He retired from Sears Merchandise Control after 30 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Edith; two daughters, Sylvia Ann Lee, of Norman, and Sherry Beasley, of Lawrenceville, Georgia; a brother, James, of Lyons, Kansas; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Sparks, of Lyons. Interment was in the Walters Cemetery, Walters, Oklahoma.


Whole Number 124

DEATH TAKES JOSEPH SPARKS LUPTON

We have received word of the death of Joseph Sparks Lupton, a long-time member of the Sparks Family Association, on November 17, 1983, at Cimarron, Kansas. He was born July 3, 1889, and was a son of David and Jennie Catherine (Sparks) Lupton. He married Ada Hungate on August 27, 1914. She died in 1982.

Mr. Lupton is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Cecil Miller, Cimarron, Kansas, and Mrs. Cecil Davis, Garden City, Kansas, and by a sister, Mrs. Frances Johnson. (See page 1418 of the September 1971 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 75, for further information about his SPARKS ancestry.)

DEATH TAKES FRED W. SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Dr. Fred Winchell Sparks who died on February 15, 1982, at Claremont, California. He was born November 13, 1891, in Georgetown, Texas, and grew up in Lampasas, Texas. He was a son of Lloyd R. and Lucy Belle (Eubank) Sparks and a grandson of Martin Van Buren and Susan Louisa (Bull) Sparks. The father of Martin Van Buren Sparks was Samuel Wyatt Sparks, born July 7, 1803, in Queen Annes County, Maryland, son of William Millington Sparks, born ca. 1775 in Queen Annes County.

Dr. Sparks graduated from Southwestern University and received his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago. He taught mathematics and was the author and co-author of several textbooks in advanced mathematics. The last 35 years of his teaching career were spent at Texas Technological College. He retired in 1961 and moved to California. He and his wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Romans, have one daughter, Mary Romans Sparks, who married Kermit Dean Matthews. The Matthews' have two children, Fred K. Matthews and Mary Lois Matthews.

(In all probability, Dr. Sparks was a descendant of Millington Sparks, a son of John and Cornelia Sparks of early Queen Annes County, Maryland. See the March 1971 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 73, page 1389.)


Whole Number 127

DEATH TAKES MINNIE MAE (PIERCE) HUFFER

It is with deep regret that we report the death on August 28, 1984, of Minnie Mae (Pierce) Huffer (Mrs. Enos G.) in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Mrs. Huffer joined our association in 1953, the very year in which it was founded. A record of her branch of the Sparks family, for which she and her sister, Rita M. Pierce, contributed much of the information, appeared in the March and June, 1984, issues of the Quarterly.

Mrs. Huffer was born March 10, 1896, at Two Rivers, Wisconsin. She was a daughter of Harry Clyde and Emna Caroline (Spurgeon) Pierce. Her paternal grandmother, Sarah (Sparks) Pierce (1834-1883) was a daughter of Joseph and Sarah (DeFord) Sparks; she was a descendant of Joseph Sparks who died in Frederick County, Maryland, in 1749.

Mrs. Huffer was a graduate of Illinois State (Normal) University and, prior to her marriage in 1930, she taught school in Illinois and Ohio. She was a member of a number of patriotic and historical societies, including the D.A.R. Her husband, Enos G. Huffer, had been an invalid for a number of years; his care had occupied most of Mrs. Huffer's time for the past seven years. He died on September 5, 1984, just one week following Mrs. Huffer's passing. Mr. and Mrs. Huffer were the parents of two children, the Rev. Bruce P. Huffer and Nancy (Huffer) Macomber.


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Whole Number 132

DEATH TAKES ROBERTA "ROBIN" SEIBEL

We regret to report the passing of a loyal member of the Association, Roberta ["Robin") Seibel, who died on August 10, 1985, at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, California. She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Seibel, of Santa Ana, California, and a daughter, Roberta V. Seibel, of Denver, Colorado.

Robin was one of our most enthusiastic members and a most generous supporter of the Association. In the words of her husband, she "was a unique and beautiful person." She devoted much time to the research of her branch of the SPARKS family and shared her information unselfishly. She was a great-great-great-greatgranddaughter of Isaac Sparks (ca.1740-ca.1815), an early pioneer who came from Pennsylvania to Kentucky County, Virginia, about 1777. She collaborated on several articles for the Quarterly and in particular those pertaining to her ancestry that appeared in the March and June 1974 issues.

Robin had many genealogical interests, and she collected a large amount of genealogical data in both printed and manuscript form, including some 57,000 4x6 cards filled with information. Since her death, her husband has placed her papers and records in the Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) in Los Angeles.

Robin was a daughter of Robie and Goldie (Harrison) Sparks; a granddaughter of Ancil Daniel and Julie (Bolin) Sparks, a great-granddaughter of Levi and Cyntha Ann (Flynn) Sparks; a great-great-granddaughter of William and Hannah (Skinner) Sparks; and a great-great-great-granddaughter of Isaac, Jr. and Annis (McGuire) Sparks.

We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband and to her daughter.


Whole Number 135

DEATH TAKES VERNON W. JOBE

It is with regret that we report the death of a loyal member of the Association, Vernon W. Jobe, who passed away on May 27, 1986, in the Tampa (Florida) General Hospital. He is survived by his wife, the former Marie Uhl; a son, Vernon L. Jobe, of Dayton, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Vernon's father was a cousin of our Association's president, Dr. Paul E. Sparks.

Vernon W. Jobe was born February 17, 1926, at Akron, Ohio, and was a son of Milton Edgar and Anon (Whitmore) Jobe. His paternal grandparents were Samuel J. and Nora Jane (Sparks) Jobe, and his great-grandparents were Colby and Martha Permelia (Chaffin) Sparks. (See pages 1242-45 of the June 1969 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 66.) We extend our sympathy to his wife and son.

DEATH TAKES CHARLES JUSTIN SPARKS

It is with regret that we report the death of another longtime member of the Association, Charles Justin Sparks, who died on February 11, 1985, at North Ft. Myers, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Helen (Schaeffer) Sparks; two sons, Richard Charles Sparks and Martin John Sparks; and two daughters, Janice Ann and Bonnie Lee.

Charles was born March 20, 1919, at Kewanna, Indiana, son of Justin Charles and Ruth (Shaw) Sparks, and a grandson of Charles Justin and Clara Dell (Zellers) Sparks. See p. 1253 of the September 1969 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 67, for further details of this branch of the Sparks Family.


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Whole Number 138

DEATH TAKES CHARLES C. ROSE

It is with deep regret that we report the death of a long-time member of the Association, Charles C. Rose, who passed away on December 28, 1986, at his home in Keaton, Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, the former Addie Mae Tincher; a son, Fred H. Rose; and three daughters: Maureen McFaddin, Mary Martha Rose, and Elizabeth Ann Rose.

Charlie Rose was born January 24, 1897, in Johnson County, Kentucky, and he was a son of Thomas and Mary Mandy (Gambill) Rose. He was a great-great-great-grandson of William and Ann Sparks, pioneer settlers of Surry County, North Carolina, through their daughter, Rachel Sparks who married John Rose in June 1772 in Surry County.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and children.


Whole Number 139

DEATH TAKES GERTRUDE (DIETZ) SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of a most loyal member of the Association, Gertrude Theresa (Dietz) Sparks, who passed away at West Palm Beach, Florida, on February 4, 1987. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Sherman Sparks, who died in 1971. She is survived by her daughter, Sara Jean (Sparks) Beach, and two grandchildren. (For further details about the lineage of Guy Sherman Sparks, see the September 1971 and June 1984 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 75 and 126 [p. 2635], respectively.)

Gertrude (Dietz) Sparks was born December 24, 1898, at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and was a daughter of Albert Valentine and Mary Elizabeth (Sattler) Dietz. She had a 30-year career as an Indiana teacher and was active in many social and professional organizations. We extend our sympathy to her daughter and to her grandchildren.


Whole Number 145

DEATH TAKES LAURA BELLE COCHRAN

It is with regret that we record the death of Laura Belle (McKenzie) Cochran on July 9, 1988, at Ashland, Kentucky. She is survived by a son, Dewie, and three daughters, Catherine, Charlene, and Anna Belle. Her husband, Dewie Cochran, Sr., died in 1979.

Mrs. Cochran was born September 11, 1901, in Boyd County, Kentucky, and was a daughter of Sargent and Arizona (Sparks) McKenzie. Her maternal grandparents were Tillman and Susie (Murry) Sparks, and her great-grandparents were Elisha and Susanna (Pridemore) Sparks of Johnson County, Kentucky.
We extend our sympathy to members of Mrs. Cochran's family.

DEATH TAKES LORETTA ORME

It is with regret that we report the death of Loretta (Sparks) Orme who passed away on December 15, 1988, at her home in Ogden, Utah. She was a long-time member of the Association, and we shall miss her interest and support.

Loretta (Sparks) Orme was born May 27, 1901, in Nephi, Juab County, Utah. She was a daughter of Dwight Coridon and Lillie May (Black) Sparks; a granddaughter of Quartus Strong and Mary Holland (Hamilton) Sparks; and a great-granddaughter of David and Mercy (Thayer) Sparks of Maine and Massachusetts.

Mrs. Orme is survived by a son, Gordon R. Orme, and two daughters, Patricia Gessel and Guinevere Runyon. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Orme, and a son, Douglas D. Orme.
We extend our sympathy to the members of her family.

DEATH TAKES JAMES DOUGLAS SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we record the death of James Douglas Sparks who passed away on June 21, 1988, at his home in Van Buren, Arkansas. He had been a member of the Association since 1954. He is survived by his wife, the former Nelliemae Burns, to whom we extend our sympathy. James D. Sparks was born November 23, 1929, in Idaho, and was a son of William Douglas and Gladys (Clifford) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were James Harvey and Arzela (Lykins) Sparks, and his great-grandparents were John Ardie and Mary
Ann (Lykins) Sparks. (See the March 1965 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 49, for a detailed account of this branch of the family.


Whole Number 149

DEATH TAKES CECILE (SPARKS) CURSON

It is with regret that we report the death of one of our most interested mem bers, Cecile (Sparks) Curson, who passed away on November 16, 1989, at her home in Monroe, Michigan. She is survived by her husband, Carl F. Curson; two sons, Charles W. Curson and Dennis C. Curson; and a daughter, Cathy Ann (Curson) Spalding, all of Monroe.

Cecile Sparks was born December 2, 1919, at Sparta, Tennessee, and was a daughter of William Samuel Heston and Loretta Ann (Robinson) Sparks, both natives of Putnam County, Tennessee. William S. H. Sparks was a son of Joseph Z. and Mary Frances (Stewart) Sparks and a grandson of William and Rachel Delina (Lee) Sparks. (See the September 1982 issue of the Quarterly Whole No. 119, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.)

We extend our sympathy to her husband, her children, and to other members of the family.

DEATH TAKES ELIZABETH (SPARKS) McCANN

We regret to report the death of one of our most loyal and generous members, Elizabeth Joyce (Sparks) McCann, who passed away on August 21, 1989, at her home in Sun City, Arizona. She is survived by her husband, William R. McCann, and four sons, W. R., Jr. of Springfield, Virginia; Michael E., of Brookings, South Dakota; Charles, of Lincoln, Nebraska; and James J., of Denver, Colorado.

Elizabeth Joyce Sparks was born January 20, 1918, in Austin, Texas, and was a daughter of Earl Sylvester and Harriet (Clements) Sparks. Her paternal grandparents were David Francis and Mary Louisa (Bryan) Sparks, and her great-grandparents were Joel and Mary (Shatley) Sparks. (See the September 1961 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 35, for the bounty land application file of Joel Sparks for his service in the War of 1812.) We extend our sympathy to her husband and to her sons.

MARY PEARL (SPARKS) BILBREY DIES AT 102 YEARS

We regret to report the death of one of our oldest members, Mary Pearl (Sparks) Bilbrey, who died at Eureka, Illinois, on February 7, 1990, at the age of 102 years. Her husband, Ira Bilbrey, died on June 7, 1979. She is survived by a son, Cecil Bilbrey, and a daughter, Gladys (Bubrey) Punke.

Mary Pearl Sparks was born October 29, 1887, in Woodford County, Illinois, and was a daughter of Amos and Elizabeth (Pearson) Sparks. Her paternal grandparents were Asa E gbert and Amanda (Van Scyoc) Sparks, early settlers in Woodford County.

We extend our sympathy to her son and daughter and to other members of the family.

(For a more detailed account of this branch of the Sparks family, see the March 1962 and December 1988 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 37 and 144, respectively.)

DEATH TAKES JOHN SPARKS

It is with regret that we record the death of longtime member John Sparks, who passed away on September 19, 1989, in Davenport, Iowa. He was one of our most enthusiastic and generous members. He is survived by his wife, Leota (Dickinson) Sparks; a daughter, Sharon Mullan, of McLean, Virginia; and a son, Curtis Dickinson, of Mollusk, Virginia.

John Sparks was born October 29, 1915, in Lafayette County, Missouri, and was a son of John and Clarinda H. (Schley) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were Andrew J. and Emma E. (Zentmyer) Sparks, and his great-grandparents were Joel and Mary (Shatley) Sparks. (See the September 1961 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 35, for the bounty land application file of Joel Sparks for his service in the War of 1812.)

We extend our sympathy to his wife and to other family members.


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Whole Number 51

DEATH TAKES THELMA (SPARKS) PRYOR

We have received notice that Thelma (Sparks) Pryor died on December 13, 1989, at her home in Maysville, Oklahoma. She had been a member of the Association since 1985. She is survived by her step-mother, Doris Sparks; a sister, Jeanne Phillips; and three brothers: Richard, Gerald, and Clifford Sparks, to whom we extend our sympathy.

Thelma Laverne Sparks was born March 24, 1912, in Sioux City, Iowa, and she was a daughter of Louis P. and Edna Laverne (Goiten) Sparks. She was a descendant of Thomas and Esther Ann (Dunn) Sparks, early settlers in Boone County, Iowa. (See the December 1964 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 48, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.)

DEATH TAKES JOHN W. FULTON

We regret to report the death of John W. Fulton on November 12, 1989, at his home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He was an interested member of the Association, and we shall miss his support. He is survived by his daughters, Anne 0. Magal and Hester Jane Whitchey. His wife, Anne (Healy) Fulton, died in August 1988.

John William Fulton was born October 6, 1909, in Monroe County, Iowa, a son of Charles B. and Grace R. (Miller) Fulton. His maternal grandparents were William T. and Hester Jane (Sparks) Miller. Hester Jane Sparks was a daughter of Jesse S. and Sarah Ann (Logan) Sparks who were married on October 7, 1861, in Lewis County, Kentucky. Jesse S. Sparks was a son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks of Lewis County, Kentucky. (See the September 1970 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 71, for further details about this family. At the time that issue of the Quarterly was published, we had no proof that Caleb and Rebecca Sparks had a son, Jesse S. Sparks, born in 1825; however, we did know that they had an unidentified son, born between 1820 and 1825. See page 1342 of the above cited Quarterly.)

We extend our deepest sympathy to the daughters of John W. Fulton.


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Whole Number 58

DEATH TAKES ROBERT ORSON GIBSON (1880-1967)

We regret to report the passing of another of our faithful members. Robert 0. Gibson, whose portrait appears on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly, had been a generous supporter of the Association almost from its formation and exchanged many letters with the editor regarding his great-grandfather, Josiah Sparks of Union County, South Carolina. One of Nevada's leading and honored citizens, Mr. Gibson died at his home on June 29, 1967. He was eighty-six. He was a son of Moses Washington Gibson and Lydia Ann Badger, and a grandson of George Washington Gibson and Mary Ann Sparks (who was a daughter of Josiah Sparks of Union County, South Carolina.)

In Dec, 1965, Robert 0. Gibson was honored on his 85th birthday by the Las Vegas, Nevada, Junior High School which bears his name.

He was born December 19, 1880, in Duncan, Utah. He was graduated from the Brigham Young Academy (now a University) in 1900. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Mr. Gibson was a Bishop of the St. Thomas Ward of the LDS Church for twenty-five years, and also served as member and as president of the school board in two southern Nevada communities for more than twenty-five years.

He was elected to the 1919 Nevada Legislature where he was instrumental in consolidating several small school districts in southern Nevada. He also spent several years as member and as chairman of local Red Cross chapters, and as a councilman for the district for the Boy Scouts of America,

In addition to being a Bishop for his Church, he also served in the Stake Presidency of Moapa Stake, and for twenty years served his church as a patriarch.

He married Edith Alice Hinton, who preceded him in death by three years. They were the parents of eight children, seven of whom survive: Inez G. Waymire of Overton, Nevada; Catherine G. Later of Pico Rivera, California; K. Owen Gibson of Boulder City, Nevada; Floyd H. Gibson of Terrance, California; Mary G. Atchley of Las Vegas, Nevada; M. Carl Gibson of Provo, Utah; and Josephine G. Downey of Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Gibson is also survived by thirty grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

DEATH TAKES MRS. DEWEY SPARKS GRAHAM (1899-1967)

We regret to report the passing of Mrs. Dewey Sparks Graham, aged sixyy-seven, of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Lawrence County, Kentucky. Mrs. Graham died on March 28, 1967. She was the aunt of Dr. Paul S. Sparks, President of The Sparks Family Association.

Funeral services were conducted in Graham, Kentucky, and burial was in the Sparks Cemetery on Morgans Creek in Lawrence County.

Mrs. Graham was born August 28, 1899, and was a daughter of the late Cobe and Martha (Chaffin) Sparks. Survivors include the husband, Frank Graham of Akron; a daughter, Mrs. George Thomas of Akron; two sisters, Miss Roaa Sparks and Mrs. Flora Williams of Louisa; and three grandchildren.


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DEATH TAKES SHERIDAN D. CAVITT

We regret to report the passing of another of our faithful members, Mr. Sherican D. Cavitt, aged seventy-two, of Waco, Texas. He was a descendant of Richard Sparks who died in Nacogdoches County, Texas, in 1838.

Mr. Cavitt was born in Holland, Texas, where he was in the merchantile business for many years. He served at one time as mayor of Holland before moving to Waco, Texas. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Waco; a Master Mason, Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of Karem Temple in Waco. He is survived by his wife, Ellen B. Cavitt, a son, S. D. Cavitt, Jr., of Georgetown, Texas; and two brothers, J. Frank Cavitt of San Angelo and J. Carter Cavitt of Great Falls, Montana. A son, Franklin C. Cavitt, died in 1936. Four grandchildren also mourn his passing.


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Whole Number 61

DEATH TAKES FIELDER L. SPARKS

Roy Sparks of 622 Sylvan St., Emporia, Kansas, has informed us of the death of his cousin, Fielder L. Sparks of Clyde, Kansas, and formerly of Emporia. Fielder had been a faithful member of the Association for many years. He was born in 1908 in Butler, Missouri, the son of the late John and Lily Sparks. He was reared on a farm east of Emporia and attended the Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. Following his graduation, he spent his life in the educational field, first as a teacher and later as a school superintendent. He was Superintendent of Schools in Onaga, Kansas, before taking the position of Superintendent of Schools in Clyde, Kansas.

Fielder L. Sparks was preceded in death by his wife and his father. Among the survivors are one son, J. D. Sparks of Clyde, his mother of Perry, Kansas, and a sister, Mrs. Merrill Greenlee of Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was buried beside his wife in Delavan, Kansas.


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Whole Number 61

OBITUARY OF 1.2.5.6.3.1 CORNELIUS SPARKS (1789-1862)

While doing research in the School of Theology Library of Butler University, Amanda Fisher (Mrs. Carl J.) came across the following obituary of Cornelius Sparks (1789-1862) last summer. As was her custom, Mrs. Fisher took time to copy this obituary for us, even though she was in no way connected with the family of Cornelius Sparks. (Mrs. Fisher died suddenly just before Christmas, 1967- - we shall certainly miss her friendly letters and her frequent contributions of genealogical materials.)

Mrs. Fisher found this obituary in a volume called The Christian Record for 1861-62. Mrs. Fisher noted that 'it is beautifully witten in a style we never read today.'

A biographical sketch of 1.2.5.6.3.1 Cornelius Sparks was published in the Quarterly for March 1964 , Whole No. 45, (Vol. 12, No. 1) pp. 803-804. The oldest son of 1.2.5.6.3 David and Mary (Little) Sparks of Rowan County, North Carolina, Cornelius Sparks married Susannah Stephens in 1812. They moved to Wayne County, Indiana, by ox team in 1814. In 1828, the family moved to Berrien County, Michigan, where Cornelius died in 1862. They were the parents of the following children:

1.2.5.6.3.1.1 Joseph Sparks, born January 24, 1814.
1.2.5.6.3.1.2 Spencer Sparks, born December 9, 1815.
1.2.5.6.3.1.3 David Sparks, born August 14, 1817.
1.2.5.6.3.1.4 Mary Sparks, born July 7, 1819.
1.2.5.6.3.1.5 Elizabeth Sparks, born July 26, 1821.
1.2.5.6.3.1.6 Levi Sparks, born October 3, 1823.
1.2.5.6.3.1.7 Anna Sparks, born September 30, 1825.
1.2.5.6.3.1.8 Ira Sparks, born October 31, 1827.
1.2.5.6.3.1.9 Wilson Sparks, born April 19, 1830.
1.2.5.6.3.1.10 Susan Sparks, born August 1, 1832.
1.2.5.6.3.1.11 Cynthia Sparks, born August 27, 1834.

'Died at the residence of his son, Levi, August 17, 1862, Bro. Cornelius Sparks, age 73 years. When over fifty years of age, under the labors of Elder John Martindale, Bro. Sparks embraced the Christian faith, and for twenty years he was a faithful servant of our adorable Redeemer. He met death with composure, and closed his eyes upon the scenes of earth with a well grounded hope of a blissful immortality beyond the grave. His body rests in the narrow house appointed for all the living, but his spirit in the bosom of God. Bro. Sparks left nine children and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.

'We confidently expect to meet and greet our departed brother in the fair climes of immortal day, where the smart of separation shall be felt and feared no more forever.' (Written by William N. Roe, Buchanan, Michigan, August 26, 1862.)


Whole Number 66

DEATH TAKES NANCY JANE SPARKS SCAGGS

We learned recently that on June 5, 1968, death claimed another member of The Sparks Family Association, Mrs. Nancy Jane Sparks Scaggs. Mrs. Scaggs was a daughter of Levi Hansford and Nancy (Lawson) Sparks and was born in Elliott County, Kentucky, on March 9, 1878. She was united in marriage to William Scaggs on May 20, 1897. To this union were born: Eva, Estill, Cecil, Joseph, Alma Lee, Nellie, Earnest, and Charlie. Mrs. Scaggs's paternal grandparents were George and Nancy (Short) Sparks. (See the December 1956 issue of the Quarterly, Vol. III, No. 4, Whole No. 12, page 102.)


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Whole Number 67

DEATH TAKES MRS. ELLA SPARKS NORRIS

The Sparks Family Association lost another charter member on July 6, 1969, with the death of Mrs. Ella Sparks Norris, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Mrs. Norris was a daughter of the late John Willis and Anna Margaret (Meier) Sparks. She was a granddaughter of George Graham and Elizabeth (Painter) Sparks, and a great-granddaughter of Hugh S. and Nancy (Carnutte) Sparks. (See page 102 of the Quarterly.)

Mrs. Norris was born in Whitley County, Kentucky, on March 25, 1910. She was graduated from Berea College Hospital School of Nursing in 1931 and worked as a registered nurse all of her professional life. At her death, she was a supervisor at Charity Hospital at Lake Charles.


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Whole Number 72

DEATH TAKES IDA HOLBROOK JONES

Again it becomes the painful duty of the editor to report the death of a charter member of The Sparks Family Association. Mrs. Ida Holbrook Jones died on October 12, 1970. If she had lived until November 24, she would have been 90 years old.

Ida Holbrook was born November 24, 1880, at Traphill, North Carolina, daughter of John Preston Holbrook (1847-1935) and Nancy E. (Bryan) Holbrook. John Preston was a son of William Holbrook (1815-1891) who married Sarah Sparks (1817-1902), oldest daughter of John Sparks, Jr. and Mary (Fields) Sparks. John Sparks, Jr. (c1794-c1865) was a son of John Sparks, Sr. (1753-1840) and Sarah (Shores) Sparks, of Wilkes County, North Carolina. (See pages 93-1014 of the Quarterly for December 1955, Vol. III, No. 14.) John Sparks, Sr. was thus a great-great-grandfather of Ida Holbrook.

Ida Holbrook married Wiley Reid Jones on August 17, 1910. He preceded her in death on January 13, 1964. They had no children.

Cousin Ida possessed a great knowledge of her Sparkses and through her extensive notes we have been able to tie together many family strands which otherwise would have remained as conjecture. The Association will miss her greatly and we mourn her passing from our midst.


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Whole Number 75

DEATH TAKES GUY SHERMAN SPARKS

We deeply regret to report the passing of Guy Sherman Sparks of Muncie, Indiana, on September 26, 1971, following a long illness. Mr., Sparks had been a member of The Sparks Family Association for many years, His parents were John Sherman Sparks (1863-1917) and Mary (Loveless) Sparks (1860-1951); his grandparents were Allen and Nancy (Rogers) Sparks; his great-grandparents were James and Margaret (Ray) Sparks; and his great-great-grandparents were William and Martha (Moore) Sparks. Mr. Sparks was born in Flora, Indiana, on July 22, 1897. He was graduated from Indiana University in 1922, He was a freshman in college when his father died and he worked his way through school by working in the Indiana University bookstore and by managing the bookstore at Ball State University in Muncie during the summers.

Mr. Sparks was associated with Marshall Field and Company for 16 years before coming to Muncie in 1938 to become personnel manager for Moore Co. and Hager Manufacturing Co. for the next 18 years. He spent 11 years with the Indiana Employment Security Division as assistant manager. He was a member and past president of the Foremans Club, Eastern Indiana Personnel and Industrial Relations Association and the Exchange Club, He also served as president of the Visiting Nurse Association Board for three years and served seven years as a board member, He was a 50-year member of the Flora Masonic lodge 605, F&AM.

Mr. Sparks is survived by his wife, Gertrude (Dietz) Sparks and by one daughter, Sara Jean Sparks Balch of Indianapolis, wife of Charles Guthrie Balch. Their children are Susan Marie Balch, 11 years of age, and Sandra Ann Balch, who is 8 years old.

DEATH TAKES WILLIAM MILTON SPARKS

We deeply regret to report the passing of William Milton Sparks, aged 76, who died at his residence in Nazie, Kentucky, on July 18, 1971, born January 28, 1895, William Milton Sparks was a son of the late Solomon and Nancy (Hay) Sparks.  His brothers and sisters were:

(1) Ulyssis Sparks, married Mary Roseberry;
(2) Virgil Sparks, married Elizabeth Emma Kelly;
(3) George Washington Sparks (1909-1966), married Regina Ann Kelley;
(4) Noah Sparks, married Viola Fannin;
(5) James Sparks, married Martha LNU,
(6) Emory Sparks, married Jane Fannin;
(7) Mary Amanda (Mandy) Sparks, married Alfred Skaggs; and
(8) John Mart Sparks, married Della Fyffe.

[Note: Darrell J. Pest of Albuquerque, New Mexico, believes that Solomon and Nancy Ann (Hay) Sparks also had a daughter named Rebecca.]

[Note: According to Mr. Pest 's records, this Solomon Sparks was born in 1866 and died in 1909; his wife, Nancy Ann Hay, was born in 1869 and died in 1947. He believes that Solomon was born in Carter County, Kentucky, probably in an area that is now Elliot County. His father was also named Solomon Sparks. The elder Solomon was born in 1820 and died in 1873; his second wife (Solomon Jr, 's mother) was Helen Birchfield. Mr. Pest states that “Solomon Sparks, Sr., a Civil War soldier, was born in Virginia, probably Lee County. Solomon's father, Jesse Sparks, was probably the Jesse shown on the Lee County, Va., census of 1820 and the Jesse Sparks who appeared on the 1830, 1840, 1850, and 1860 censuses of Lawrence and Carter Counties, Ky. His age in 1850 was given as 53, born in North Carolina; in 1860 his age was given as 62, born in Virginia. His wife 's name was Nancy; on the 1850 census her age was given as 49, born in North Carolina; on the 1860 census her age appears as 57 and her place of birth as Virginia. Jesse Sparks was granted land in Lawrence and Carter Counties, Kentucky, in 1830, 1832, 1834, 1836, and 1840.” ]

William Milton Sparks married Bertha Barber, born September 3, 1899, who survives him, along with three sons and six daughters:

Noah Sparks of Lucasville, Ohio;
Everett Sparks of Mazie, Ky.;
Conrad Sparks of Mazie, Ky..;
Mrs. Nancy Sparks of Sandy Hook;
Mrs. Magdeline Sparks Stephens of Blame;
Mrs. Erma Sparks Skaggs of Mazie;
Mrs. Imogene Sparks Collier of Hillard, Ohio;
Mrs. Evelyn Sparks Ferguson of Isonville; and
Mrs. Elaine Sparks of Martha, Ky. 

He also left 36 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

[Scanner's Note: See Whole No. 78, pp. 1487-88, for corrections to the above article which have been made and for additional information on the above Solomon Sparks.]

DEATH TAKES MRS. LOTTA ETHEL (SPARKS) GIBBONS

Mrs., Gladys Gibbons Robinson has reported the passing of her mother, Mrs. Lotta Ethel (Sparks) Gibbons, on July 14, 1971. Mrs. Gibbons had been a member of the Sparks family Association for many years. She was born November 2, 1886, in Denton, Texas, and was 84 years old at the time of her death.


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Whole Number 103

DEATH TAKES JOHN WILL SPARKS

Once again it becomes our duty to record the death of another charter member of the Sparks Family Association. John Will Sparks of Carter County, Kentucky, passed away on June 25, 1978. He was born in Elliott County, Kentucky, on October 13, 1896, a son of Ashby and Amanda (Mauk) Sparks and a grandson of Levi and Nancy (Lawson) Sparks. (See page 102 of the December 1955 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 12, for additional information about his lineage.) He was a member of the Regular Baptist Church. He never married.


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Whole Number 109

DEATH TAKES JANICE (STONER) LYMAN

It is with regret that we report the death of a member, Mrs. Janice (Stoner) Lyman on October 20, 1979, at Binghamton, New York. She was born July 29, 1923;, at Norwich, N.Y., and. was a daughter of Clarence and Florence (Blackburn) Stoner. Her maternal grandparents were Edward and Delia (Sparks) Blackburn.

Delia (Sparks) Blackburn was born September 25, 1869, at Courtland, Michigan. She was a daughter of James and Susan Sparks, and a granddaughter of James Sparks, Sr. (1785-1878). James Sparks, Jr. (18l5-1893) emigrated to the United States from Herefordshire, England, ca. 1860, along with two brothers and three sisters, and perhaps his parents. They stopped for a few years in Onondoga County, New York, before continuing west to Michigan where they settled in the lonia and Kent Counties area.

Mrs. Lyman is survived by her husband, Leon Lyman; three children (Lawrence Lyman, Gregory Lyman, and Janette (Lyman) Hibbard; a brother, John Stoner; and a sister, Marietta (Stoner) Watson.

DEATH TAKES JAMES CHARLES PARK, JR.

It is with deep regret that we note the passing of a most faithful and generous member of the Association, James Charles Park, Jr., who died on January 1, 1980. He was born December 6, 1904, at Crowder, Oklahoma, and was a son of James Charles, Sr. and Emma Mae (Ferrill) Park. Emma Mae Ferrill was born in 1883 and was a daughter of John B., Jr. and Margaret (Lewis) Ferrill. Her paternal grandparents were John B., Sr. and Martha Jane (Sparks) Ferrill, thus Martha Jane Sparks was a great-grandmother of James Charles Park, Jr.

Martha Jane Sparks (usually called Jane) died on July 20, 1931, at Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to her death certificate, she was born in 1845 in North Carolina. The name of her father was not known; her mother was Mary Hampton. During the Civil War, Jane wrote to an uncle, William Sparks, who lived near her home at Sedalia, Missouri. She is said to have had an older brother, "Hamp" Sparks, and sisters, Louisa Sparks and Emma Sparks, all of whom came to Oklahoma after the close of the Civil War. Hamp Sparks lived at Catossa, Oklahoma. Louisa Sparks married A. E. Sweet, and Emma Sparks married FNU White.

Jane Sparks married John Burton Ferrill at Georgetown, Missouri, on October 15? 186l, just two months after he had joined the Union Army on August 11, 186l. They had one child, John Burton Ferrill, Jr., who was born February 28, 1863. John Burton Ferrill, Sr. died of a service-connected illness on April 15, 1863 in the Lawson Hospital at St. Louis, Missouri. Jane (Sparks) Ferrill married, as her second husband, Basil Airheart on November 4, 1868, at Wyandotte, Missouri, and they had two sons. Will Airheart and Basil Airheart, Jr. Jane married (third) John M. Bunch on December 4, 1907, at Crowder, Missouri. They had no children.

DEATH TAKES TROY EDGAR SPARKS

It is with regret that we record the death of one of our members , Troy Edgar Sparks, on May 9, 1979, at Duncan, Oklahoma. He was born August 10, 1910 , at Waurika, Oklahoma, and was a son of Caswell Perry Sparks. His grandfather was George W. Sparks of Sarcoxie, Missouri. His great-grandfather was Josiah A. Sparks , Jr. of Adair County, Kentucky, and Lawrence County, Missouri. A record of this "branch of the family has appeared in the December 1979 issue of the Quarterly along with the present issue. See page 2183 of this issue for the specific reference to Troy Edgar Sparks.

Mr. Sparks leaves his wife, Dorothy Ruth (Hall) Sparks; one daughter, Harla June (Sparks) Hall; three sons, Perry Edgar Sparks, Ray Kent Sparks, and Jerry Hall Sparks; and one sister, Mrs. Pauline (Sparks) Lang.


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Whole Number 111

DEATH TAKES NED T. SPARKS

We regret to report that Ned T. Sparks, a member of our Association, died on April 2, 1980. His membership has been taken up by his widow, Margaret C. Sparks. Mr. Sparks was born November 15, 1900, in Morganton, N. C.; he was a son of John L. Sparks and Purella (Rector) Sparks, both of Burke County, N. C. His grandparents were William M. Sparks and Virginia (Berry) Sparks, both of Burke County. He is survived by his wife, a sister, Mary (Sparks) Dobson of Nebo, N. C., a brother, Jack Sparks, of Glendale, California., and a grandson, Philip M. Harrison of Silver Spring, Maryland.


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Whole Number 112

DEATH TAKES JACQUELINE HAYS SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we note the death of Jacqueline Hays Sparks of Memphis, Tennessee, on July 27, 1980. Mrs. Sparks was the wife of longtime and very supportive Association member, the Rev. Dr. John W. Sparks. She had been a member of the library staff of the Memphis Theological Seminary for a number of years prior to her death. Dr. Sparks's ancestry appeared in the June 1978 issue of the Quarterly (Whole No.102) and his portrait appeared on the cover of the issue for June 1964 (Whole No. 46) at the time of his retirement at the rank of colonel (chaplain) from the United States Army.

DEATH TAKES DAVID ALFRED SPARKS

We have just learned of (and now record) the death of David Alfred Sparks, a longtime member of the Sparks Family Association, at his home in Ariel, Washington, on May 3, 1972. He was a son of James Harvey and Arzela (Lykins) Sparks, and a grandson of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks. (See the March 1965 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 49.) David was born February 9, 1890, in Lewis County, Kentucky. He married Esther Hazel Clifford in Beaverhead County, Montana, on July 13, 1926, and they had two children, Esther Arzela Sparks and David Clifford Sparks. He was an uncle of James Douglas Sparks, whose wife, Nelliemae (Burns) Sparks, has given this report to us.


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Whole Number 120

DEATH TAKES A. EUGENE EDWARDS

It is with deep regret that we record the death of A. Eugene Edwards, a longtime member of the Association, who passed away on August 31, 1982, at Akron, Ohio. He was born January 17, 1915, at Chatteroy, West Virginia, and was a son of George W. ["Buck") and Georgia (Sparks) Edwards. His maternal grandfather was Colby Sparks whose trip by covered wagon from Texas to Kentucky was recorded in the June 1969 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 66. Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Marguerite, and three daughters, Patricia Anne Cheek, Barbara Jean Patterson, and Carol Susan Barger.


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Whole Number 121

DEATH TAKES CLAUDE E. SPARKS

We regret to report the death of Claude Ezell Sparks on February 4, 1983. Born on December 11, 1897, Mr. Sparks was a life-long resident of Union, Cross Keys Community, South Carolina. He was extremely helpful to the Association in tracing the family and descendants of John Sparks (born ca. 1755, died 1826) of Union County, South Carolina. Much of the Quarterly of March 1960 (Whole No. 29) was devoted to this branch of the Sparks family. Mr. Sparks was the principal historian of Union County for many years and published a history of the County in 1977. Claude E. Sparks was a son of William Mayfield and Jennie (Bobo) Sparks. His grandfather was Levi Sparks (1826-1899) and his grandmother was Levi's third wife, Leannah F. (Bobo) Sparks.


Whole Number 126

DEATH TAKES FRANCES SPARKS JONES

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Frances (Sparks) Jones, who passed away on March 11, 1983, at Walnut Creek, California. She was one of the most enthusiastic and generous supporters of The Sparks Family Association. She is survived by her husband, Giles E. Jones, and three sisters: Ina Trammell, M. Lucile Edwards, and Betty Farris. She was born March 17, 1916, at Marion, Illinois, and was a daughter of Robert and Elsie (Burnett) Sparks. She was a descendant of Baxter Sparks (1777-1840). (See the March 1972 issue of THE SPARKS Quarterly, Whole No. 77, for further details of the family of Baxter Sparks. See also page 1828 of the June 1976 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 94, for a query about the parents of Baxter Sparks.)


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Whole Number 129

DEATH TAKES VERNIE LOUIS SPARKS

We have just learned of the death of Vernie Louis Sparks, a member of the Association, who died on November 9, 1983, at his home in Chula Vista, California. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cleo J. Sparks whose address is now Rt. l, Box 145 K59, Blanchard, OK 73010. Vernie was born September 1, 1933, and was a son of William Robinson and Nettie (Whiteley) Sparks of Boxley, AR. See page 2009 of the June 1978 Quarterly for further details of the ancestry of William Robinson Sparks.


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Whole Number 130

DEATH TAKES McKISSACK SISTERS

It is with regret that we record the deaths of Mrs. Althea (McKissack) Self on January 31, 1985, and of her sister, Miss Clara McKissack, on February 2, 1985. There were buried in the Talpa (Texas) Cemetery after a joint funeral service. Mrs. Self was born February 17, 1908. Miss McKissack was born August 29, 1912. They were sisters of Mrs. Addie Hardaway whose husband is a descendant of 1.2.1.2.2.3 William and Mary (Fielder) Sparks through their daughter, Eady (Sparks) Simmons. The husband of Mrs. Self is also a Sparks descendant. See page 1310 of the June 1970 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 70.

DEATH TAKES SALLIE BELLE (SPARKS) MABERRY

It is with regret that we record the death of Sallie Belle (Sparks) Maberry who died on February 13, 1985, at her home in Amarillo, Texas. She was 91 years of age.

Mrs. Maberry was born in Oklahoma and was a daughter of Nathan Robert and Margery Ellen (Maxwell) Sparks. Her grandparents were Jesse Hancock and Susan (Cornel) Sparks; her great-grandparents were Nathan and Nancy (Hancock) Sparks; and her great-great-grandparents were Matthew and Sarah (Thompson) Sparks. See the June 1961 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 34, for futher details about this branch of the Sparks family.

Mrs. Maberry was preceded in death by her husband, Buell George Maberry, whom she married in 1921. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Margery Ann Gilmor, of Waterloo, Iowa; a son, James W. Maberry, of Pierre, South Dakota; a sister, Ina Madden, of San Antonio, Texas; and a brother, Robert D. Sparks, of Alamogordo, Texas. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo for 64 years.

DEATH TAKES ROBERT WARREN SPARKS

We have learned of the death of a long-time member of the Sparks Family Association, Robert Warren Sparks, who passed away on September 8, 1983, at Fort Worth, Texas. He left as his survivors: his wife, Moreene Sparks; two sons, Cmdr. Buddy T. Sparks, U.S. Navy, and Warren Sparks, Fort Worth, Texas; and a daughter, Carroll (Sparks) Barrow. He was buried in the Justin Cemetery, Justin, Texas.


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Whole Number 131

DEATH TAKES MARTHA (SPARKS) DAVIS

We regret to report the passing of another loyal member of The Sparks Family Association, Martha (Sparks) Davis, who died on March 15, 1985, in the King's Daughters' Medical Center at Ashland, Kentucky. She had been graduated from the King's Daughters' School of Nursing there in 1928. She is survived by her husband, Fred T. Davis; her daughter, Mrs. Sara M. Heald; two sisters, Mrs. Eva Fields and Mrs. Dorothy Murphy; two brothers, James E. Sparks and Paul E. Sparks; and three grandchildren.

Martha (Sparks) Davis was born 3 February 1907, at Burnwell, West Virginia, and was a daughter of the late James B. and Sarah (Conley) Sparks. Her paternal grandparents were Colby and Martha (Chaffin) Sparks, and her great-grandparents were Hugh and Nancy (Curnutte) Sparks. See the December 1955 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 12, for further details of this branch of the SPARKS family.

Martha was a most enthusiastic member of the Association and gave generously of her time to the promotion of its work. Her major contribution was her work with the 1963 -1967, the 1968-1972, and the 1973-79 indexes. On the latter two, she did the indexing of the surnames almost single-handedly, while her brother, Paul E. Sparks, President of the Association, did the geographical names. She will be greatly missed for the untiring work she did for the readers of the Quarterly.

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DEATH TAKES VERNIE LOUIS SPARKS

We learned recently, with regret, of the death of Vernie Louis Sparks, a member of The Sparks Family Association, who died on November 9, 1983, at his home in Chula Vista, California. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cleo J. Sparks, whose address is now Route 1, Box 145K59, Blanchard, Oklahoma 73010.

Vernie was born September 1, 1933, and was a (Correction: grandson) of William Robinson and Nettie (Whiteley) Sparks of Boxley, Arkansas. His parents were William Russell and Hilda (Morgan) Sparks. See page 2009 of the June 1978 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 102, for further details of the ancestry of William Robinson Sparks.


Whole Number 133

DEATH TAKES JOSEPH Z. SPARKS

It is with regret that we report the death of another loyal member of the Association. Joseph Zachariah Sparks passed away on January 24, 1985, at Springfield, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; a son, Joseph E. Sparks of Galesburg, Illinois; and five grandchildren. Another son, Jack Lee Sparks, preceded him in death. We extend our deepest sympathy to the members of his family.

Joseph Z. Sparks was born June 21, 1911, at Buffalo Hart, Illinois. He was a son of Zachariah Kelsey and Margaret Isabelle (Hoff) Sparks, and a grandson of John William ["Candy"] and Charlotte Temple (Collins) Sparks of Adair County, Kentucky. Details about this branch of the family can be found on pages 2155-66 of the December 1979 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 108, and on pages 2534-35 of the June 1983 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 122.

DEATH TAKES LUCIA ANN STEPHENS

We regret to report the passing of one of the oldest members of our Association. Lucia Ann Stephens joined our organization in 1953 and thus ranked as a Charter Member. She was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on January 26,1893; she died on May 20, 1985. She was a daughter of John Putnam and Mary Ann (Gullickson) Brown and a granddaughter of Mary (Sparks) Brown. Mary Sparks was a daughter of Abel and Sarah Sparks; she was born October 25, 1815, in Tennessee and died on May 10, 1879, Franklin County, Iowa. (See the Quarterly of December 1958, Whole No. 24, pp. 337-39 and the issue of September 1972, Whole No. 79.)

Mrs. Stephens moved with her parents from Iowa to Seattle, Washington, when she was 13 years old. She married Roy Thomas Stephens in 1917. Their first child, Dorothy Stephens Heider, was born while her father was serving overseas in World War I with the U. S. Navy. Two other children were born to this union: Nadine Phyllis Stephens (1920-1972) and James Arthur Stephens (1928-1982).

Mrs. Heider has written of her mother as follows: "She was a dedicated wife and mother, had numerous life-long friends, was a past matron of the Eastern Star, and directed her own affairs until she passed away at 92. She loved the Sparks Quarterly and could almost name the day it would arrive." We extend to Mrs. Heider, herself a faithful member of our Association, and to her family, our deepest sympathy.


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Whole Number 134

DEATH TAKES EDITH (SPARKS) WALLIN

It is with deep regret that we record the death of a long-time member of the Sparks Family Association, Edith (Sparks) Wallin, who passed away on November 20, 1985, at Grant, Nebraska. She was born in 1899 and was a daughter of William Granvil and Estella (Morse) Sparks and a granddaughter of William Riley and Barbara Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks. Her death followed by just a few months that of her uncle, Murrell Sparks, who passed away on August 30, 1985. He was the last of the persons whose pictures were shown on page 1731 of the June 1975 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 90. For further information about this branch of the SPARKS family, see the September 1955 and March 1969 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 11 and 65, respectively.


Whole Number 135

DEATH TAKES IRA PAULUS ISON

It is with deep regret that we report the death of a charter member of the Association, Ira Paulus Ison, who passed away on August 7, 1986, at his home at Stephens, Kentucky. He was born December 13, 1885, in Elliott County, Kentucky, and was a son of Andrew Jackson and Hannah (Creech) Ison. He was a retired school teacher and farmer. His wife, Nancy, preceded him in death.

Mr. Ison is survived by five daughters: Vesta White, Jackson, Ohio; Pauline Bentley and Claudia Mitchell, both of Columbus, Ohio; Lorene Riggs, Zanesville, Ohio; and Madeline Johnson, Stephens; two sons: Wendell Ison, Columbus, Ohio, and Milo Ison, Stephens. Four sons: Glen Ison, Waldo Ison, Quentin Ison, and Berdine Ison preceded him in death.

Ira Ison was a most capable amateur genealogist and local historian. When the Sparks FAmily Association was founded in 1953, he was the authority to whom we turned to unravel the tangled relationships of all of the Sparkses who had come from North Carolina to north-eastern Kentucky about 1821. He will be remembered for his keen memory and genealogical knowledge. We extend our sympathy to his family.

Ira Paulus Ison (1885-1986)
(Picture)


Whole Number 136

DEATH TAKES JESSE RAYMOND HOLT

We regret to record the death of another member of the Association, Jesse Raymond Holt, who passed away on December 20, 1985, at Kingman, Arizona. He was survived by a brother, H. B. ["Buster"] Holt of Prescott Valley, Arizona. He was never married.

Raymond Holt was born November 13, 1899, in Roby, Texas. He became a stockman and was honored by the Arizona National Livestock Show in 1979 as a member of the Arizona Stockmen Hall of Fame. He was a son of John Wesley and Mary Ann (Sparks) Holt; a grandson of James Henderson and Margaret Elizabeth (Rash) Sparks; and a great-grandson of Ephraim E. and Sallie A. (Reiley) Sparks. See pages 1415-18 of the September 1971 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 75, for further details of this branch of the family.


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Whole Number 140

DEATH TAKES NINA LEONA (SPARKS) BRIGHT

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Nina Leona (Sparks) Bright who died on September 4, 1987, at Florence, Colorado. She is survived by a sister, Flossie Marie (Sparks) Welsch, and a brother, Henry Erwyn Sparks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Edman Bright.

Nina Leona Sparks was born September 12, 1901, at Kinsley, Kansas, and was a daughter of David Grove and Rosa Adell (Minton) Sparks. Her paternal grandparents were Frederick Bryant and Mary Elizabeth (Speer) Sparks. We extend our deepest sympathy to her sister and to her brother. (See the March 1964 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 45, for further details of the lineage of this branch of the Sparks family.)

DEATH TAKES RHODA (YOUNG) WEBB

We deeply regret to report the passing of Mrs. Rhoda (Young) Webb of Louisville, Kentucky, on October 10, 1987. She is survived by her husband, William Webb, and their two sons, Raymond Webb and Daymond Webb.

Rhoda Young was born at South Irvine, Kentucky, and was a daughter of Luther and Cynthia Ann (Sparks) Young. Her maternal grandparents were James and Sarah Jane (Sparks) Sparks. We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband and her sons. (For further information about this branch of the Sparks family, see the September 1983 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 123.)


Whole Number 141

DEATH TAKES A. DALE SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we record the death of A. Dale Sparks who died at his home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on January 15, 1987. He was one of our most interested members, and we shall miss him. He is survived by his wife, the former Constance Scott, and five children: A. Dale Sparks, Jr., Diane Thomas, Janice Dempsey, Mary Norwood, and Richard Sparks.

Albert Dale Sparks was born December 12, 1923, and was a son of William A. and Hazel (Bixby) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were William and Jane (Lakes) Sparks, natives of Jackson County, Kentucky. (See page 1656 of the June 1974 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 86, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.) We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Sparks.

DEATH TAKES PAUL REED SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Paul Reed Sparks who died on April 27, 1987, at his home in South Boston, Virginia. He was one of our earliest members. He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Cornwell; also two sons, Dr. Paul C. Sparks and John Sparks, and four grandchildren.
Dr. Sparks was born February 25, 1908, at Burlington, New Jersey, and was a son of Edgar Reed and Addie Julia (Everest) Sparks. Edgar Reed Sparks was a son of Nelson Woodward Sparks and a grandson of Howell H. Sparks, both natives of Salem County, New Jersey. (See page 760 of the September 1963 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 43, for further details about this branch of the Sparks family. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Sparks.

DEATH TAKES EVA J. WILLIAMSON

It is with deep regret that we report the death on December 5, 1987, of Eva J. Williamson (Mrs. Edwin H.). Mrs. Williamson had been a most generous supporter of the Association since she first joined it in 1958. born January 5, 1918, in Cullman, Alabama, she was a daughter of Joseph T. and Carrie Josephine (Brewer) Gay. Her maternal grandmother was Medora Waddell (Sparks) Brewer (1859-1937), daughter of James Martin and Lula Virginia (Blance) Sparks. Photographs of James Martin and Lula Virginia appeared on page 362 of the Quarterly, Whole No. 25, March 1959. We extend our sympathy to Mrs. Williamson's husband and four children: John, Edwin, Joyce, and Janet.


Whole Number 142

DEATH TAKES HUGH F. COOK

It is with regret that we record the death of Hugh F. Cook who died on November 30, 1987, at the Cape Cod [Massachusetts] Hospital after a long illness. He was the husband of our long-time generous member, Lurana (Higgins) Cook. He is also survived by a son, Charles A. Cook, and a daughter, Dr. Evlin L. Kinney.

Hugh Francis Cook was born August 26, 1914, at Carmel, California, and was a son of Leon Leslie and Lura Inis (Scott) Cook. He was active in the historical and genealogical societies of the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts. For further details about this branch of the family, see the September 1979 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 107.

We extend our sympathy to his wife and to his children.

DEATH TAKES ELAINE WATERS SPARKS

We regret to report the death of Mrs. Elaine Waters Sparks, widow of Thomas Elihugh Sparks (see the Quarterly of December 1965, Whole No. 52, p. 856). Mrs. Sparks died on December 5, 1987, in Runge, Texas. She was born November 27, 1903, in Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama, the eldest child of Burton Lee Waters and Elizabeth Enoree Fitzgerald. Funeral services were held at the Rhodes Chapel, Runge, Texas, and interment was in the Runge Cemetery beside her husband and eldest son, S2c Burt Monroe Sparks, who was killed in action in the South Pacific in 1942. Left to mourn her passing is one son, Major Gerald H. Sparks, USAF Retired; and four daughters: Mrs. Rose Higgs, Mrs. Norma Deal, Mrs. Ena Lay, and Mrs. Joyce Wright. There are also eleven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.


Whole Number 143

DEATH TAKES RITA M. PIERCE

by Paul E. Sparks

It is with a great deal of personal sadness that we record the death of a longtime member, Rita M. Pierce, who passed away on May 10, 1988, at her home in El Paso, Illinois. We exchanged many letters with her over the years which dealt with her branch of the Sparks family, and we frequently reminded each other that we had a common Sparks ancestor who died in Frederick County, Maryland, in 1749--thus we were "cousins."

Rita Maxine Pierce was born February 26, 1909, in El Paso and was a daughter of Harry and Emma (Spurgeon) Pierce and a granddaughter of David and Sarah (Sparks) Pierce. Her branch of the family left Frederick County, Maryland, about 1773 and settled in Washington County, Pennsylvania. From there they went to Indiana and then to Fulton County, Illinois, about 1844. An obituary for Rita's sister, Minnie Mae (Pierce) Huffer, appeared on page 2673 of the Quarterly for September 1984, Whole No. 127.

Rita taught junior high school history in the Springfield, Illinois, area and had a special interest in American history. She was a capable genealogist. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of El Paso, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Eastern Star. She is survived by a sister, Besse (Pierce) Moore of Chicago.

We extend our sympathy to her sister and her other relatives. (For further details of this branch of the Sparks family, see the March 1984 and June 1984 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 125 and 126, respectively.)


Whole Number 146

DEATH TAKES ERNESTINE (ERNST) SEITER

We regret to report the death on January 18, 1989, of a most loyal member of the Association, Alace Ernestine (Ernst) Seiter, who passed away at her home in Lexington, Missouri. She was an avid genealogist and contributed a great deal of information to the Association about Sparkses across America. She is survived by a niece and nephew to whom we extend our sympathy.

Mrs. Seiter spent her lifetime in professional education. She taught in elementary schools at Moberly, Missouri; in junior and senior high schools at Higginsville, Missouri; at the University of Missouri and the University of Wyoming; and she ended her professional career after teaching 22 years in the Lexington Public Schools. She will probably be best remembered, however, for helping deserving students through high school and college. She maintained scholarships at the University of Missouri and Notre Dame University, and she left a considerable part of her estate for the endowment of scholarships at the Albany (Missouri) High School and the library of the University of Missouri.

Ernestine Seiter was born February 29, 1904, at Albany, Missouri, and was a daughter of Charles and Mary Alace (Sparks) Ernst. On the Sparks side of her ancestry, her grandparents were William P. and Minerva (Harding) Sparks, and her great-grandparents were Hamlet and Elizabeth (Cheesman) Sparks. For further details of this branch of the Sparks family, see the June 1973, December 1974, and December 1985 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 82, 88, and 132 respectively.

ASA HILL SPARKS DIES

We regret to report the death of Asa Hill Sparks who passed away on February 3, 1989, at his home in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a prominent minister of the Church of the Nazarene and had pastored churches in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Asa Hill Sparks was born in 1913 and was a son of Asa Garfield and Motie May (Applegate) Sparks. His branch of the Sparks family was headed by Thomas Sparks (1766-1837) who came from Surry County, North Carolina, to Lawrence County, Kentucky, about 1820. Thomas Sparks was a son of William and Ann Sparks who came to North Carolina from Frederick County, Maryland, about 1765.

Brother Sparks (as he was called by many who knew him) is survived by his wife, the former Pansy V. Cooper; two sons, Dr. Asa Howard Sparks and Dr. Jonathan D. Sparks; and a daughter, Mrs. Martha M. Trau. We extend our smypathy to them and their families.

DEATH TAKES EVERETT L. SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Everett L. Sparks who passed away on March 6, 1988, at Maryville, Illinois. He was a most ardent member of the Association and made many valuable contributions to our knowledge of persons named SPARKS across America. He is survived by his wife, Muriel; a son, Denton; two daughters, Michelle Sparks and Leslie Mae Fincher; a brother, Grover; and three sisters, Nellie Sparks, Clara Backensto, and Thelma Crews.

Everett was well-known for his knowledge of the history of early southern Illinois, with its historic caves and legends of Indians and early explorers. He was also a writer and had just completed a book about the legendary Piasa bird paintings on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. It will be published posthumously under the title, In Search of the Piasa Bird.

Everett Lloyd Sparks was born February 1, 1918, in Madison County, Illinois, and was a son of Uella Earl and Nellie (Brooker) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were William Martin and Frances R. (Burch) Sparks. William Martin Sparks was a son of William and Nancy (Tate) Sparks and a grandson of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, natives of North Carolina. (For further details of this branch of the family, see the September 1955 and the March 1969 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 11 and 65, respectively.)

We extend our sympathy to the members of Everett's family. Members of the family have made a generous contribution to the Association in his memory.


Whole Number 147

DEATH TAKES LORENE (SPARKS) DAY

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Lorene (Sparks) Day who passed away on October 8, 1988, at her home in Morehead, Kentucky, at the age of 82 years. Her husband, Robert B. Day, died just two months earlier in August 1988. She is survived by a nephew, Richard Staggs, of Morehead, to whom we extend our sympathy.

Lorene (Sparks) Day was born in 1906 in Boyd County, Kentucky, to Ulysses and Mary (Thompson) Sparks, natives of Elliott County, Kentucky. Her grandparents were George W. and Louisa (Creech) Sparks, and her great-grandparents were William and Mary (Lyon) Sparks. See page 101 of the December 1955 issue of THE SPARKS Quarterly, Whole No. 12, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.

DEATH TAKES CHARLES W. STEEPLES

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Charles W. Steeples who passed away on July 9, 1988, at National City, California. He had been an active member of the Association for several years and was quite interested in his SPARKS ancestry. He is survived by his wife, Willa, and two daugh ters: Joyce Usquiano and Christine Coelho. We extend our sympathy to them.
Charles Wilmer Steeples was born April 23, 1916, in Missouri and was a son of Wilmer and Maria Hulda (Choulett) Steeples. His paternal grandparents were Benjamin F. and Amanda A. (Sparks) Steeples. For further information about this branch of the Sparks family, see the March 1977 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 97.

DEATH TAKES JAMES F. SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of James F. Sparks, a longtime and generous supporter of the Association, who passed away on May 6, 1988, at Lewiston, Idaho. He is survived by his wife, Ruby, and several relatives. His first wife, the former Anna Laura Calhoun, pre-deceased him in 1969.

James Franklin Sparks was born January 2, 1901, in Roane County, Tennessee, and was a son of John Marny and Sarah Guinn (Williams) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were David Carson and Araminta Angeline (Wilson) Sparks, also natives of Roane County. We extend our sympathy to his wife and relatives. [For further information about the branch of the Sparks family to which James belonged, see the June 1978 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 102.


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Whole Number 150

DEATH TAKES IRA ORAN SPARKS

We regret to report the death of Ira Oran Sparks, a longtime member of the Association, who died on December 18, 1989, at Russellville, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, Dixie (Ross) Sparks; two sons, James Ira Sparks and Billie Earl Sparks; and three brothers, Ellis Sparks, Emmett Sparks, and Argie Sparks.

Ira Oran Sparks was born February 2, 1915, in Pope County, Arkansas, and was the eleventh of thirteen children born to James Matthias and Elizabeth Rebeccah (Simpson) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were George Washington and Sarah Jane (Turner) Sparks, and his great-grandparents were Leonard and Zeriah (Sparks) Sparks. See the September 1976 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 95, for further information about this branch of the Sparks family.

We extend our sympathy to his widow and other members of his family.

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Whole Number 150

DEATH TAKES JANIBELLE (SPARKS) DAUGHERTY

It is with regret that we record the death of a long-time member, Janibelle Daugherty, who passed away on August 17, 1989, at her home in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Mary Lee Sparks Konz, who is also a member of the Association. We extend our sympathy to the survivors.

Janibelle Sparks was born in August 1894 in Clark County, Indiana, and was a daughter of Nathan and Fannie Belle (Pile) Sparks. Her paternal grandparents were Levi and Mary Rebecca Brooks (Godwin) Sparks, natives of Queen Annes County, Maryland. (See the December 1983 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 124, for further information about this branch of the Sparks family.


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Whole Number 153

DEATH OF DONALD WAYNE SPARK

We have been saddened to learn of the untimely death of a member of the Sparks Family Association, Donald Wayne Sparks, who died on May 27, 1990, at Scottsboro, Alabama. He was a victim of amytropic lateral sclerosis and was only thirty years of age. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; two daughters, Desiree and Marissa; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Sparks; two brothers, Jeff and Stanley; and four sisters, Sybil, Pamela, Barbara, and Denise.

Wayne (as he was called) was born August 1, 1959, in Jackson County, Alabama, and he was a descendant of Zarah and Luranna (Horn) Sparks, through their son, Zerah Sparks, Jr. An article about Zerah Sparks, Sr. and his descendants is being prepared for a future issue of the Quarterly.

We extend our sympathy to Wayne's wife, children and the other members of his family.

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Whole Number 153

DEATH CLAIMS DEWEY COCHRAN, JR.

It is with regret that we record the death of Dewey Cochran, Jr. who passed away on June 12, 1990, at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Ashland, Kentucky, following a sudden illness. He is survived by his wife, Betty; a daughter, Susan; a step-daughter, Mary Beth; and three sisters: Catherine, Charlene, and Anna Belle. We extend our sympathy to the members of his family.

Dewey Cochran was born May 29, 1933, in Boyd County, Kentucky, and was a son of Dewie and Laura Belle (McKenzie) Cochran. His maternal grandparents were Sargent Newton and Arizona (Sparks) McKenzie and his great-grandparents were Tillman and Susie E. (Murry) Sparks of Johnson County, Kentucky. His great-great-grandparents were Elisha and Susanna (Pridemore) Sparks, and his great-great-great-grandparents were Thomas and Diana (Wilcox) Sparks who came from Surry County, North Carolina, to Lawrence County, Kentucky, about 1821.

DEATH TAKES CATHERINE (COCHRAN) BROOKS

It is with regret that we record the death of Catherine (Cochran) Brooks who died on November 25, 1990, at Catlettsburg, Kentucky. She is survived by two sisters, Anna Belle (Cochran) Dowdy and Charlene (Cochran) Salyers. Her husband, Charles E. Brooks, Died in 1988. We extend our sympathy to the members of her family.

Catherine (Cochran) Brooks was born August 27, 1921, in Boyd County, Kentucky, and was a daughter of Dewie and Laura Belle (McKenzie) Cochran. See the obituary of Mrs. Brooks's brother, Dewey Cochran, Jr., above, for further details of her Sparks ancestry.

DEATH TAKES FRANKLIN D. SPARKS
Great-grandson of Charles Sparks (1808-1862)

It is with regret that we report the death of long-time member, Franklin D. Sparks, who passed away on November 19, 1990, at the Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Chloe-Anna; a son, Ed Sparks; a daughter, Betsy: a brother, Ernest; and a sister, Beatrice. He was an independent IGA grocer, a Baptist, and a Mason.

Franklin Sparks was born March 9, 1907, at Sunbury, Ohio, and was a son of Frank E. and Grace Pearl (Clements) Sparks. His grandfather was Eli J. Sparks, and his great-grandfather was Charles Sparks. (See the Editor's Note below for further details about this branch of the family.) We extend our sympathy to the family of Mr. Sparks.

[Editor's Note: Charles Sparks, great-grandfather of Franklin D. Sparks, was born 4 February 1808, according to the family Bible records. Information given on the 1850 census of Delaware County, Ohio, showed his birthplace as Ohio. He was a cordwainer, or shoemaker, and was living in Berkshire Township. He was married on Christmas Day, 1834, to Sarah Carpenter. She had been born on December 16, 1811, in Ohio. Charles died on May 7, 1862, and Sarah died on June 16, 1884. According to information from descendants and from census records, they had five children.

1. Charles M. Sparks, Jr., son of Charles and Sarah (Carpenter) Sparks, was born on October 9, 1835, probably in Delaware County, Ohio. When the 1850 census was taken of that county, he was shown as 14 years of age.

2. Sarah Jane Sparks, daughter of Charles and Sarah (Carpenter) Sparks, was born on May 11, 1841, in Ohio. She was 9 years old when the 1850 census was taken.

3. Eli J. Sparks, son of Charles and Sarah (Carpenter) Sparks, was born April 16, 1844, in Ohio, and was 6 years old when the 1850 census was taken. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Jane Isadore Stockwell on July 20, 1873. She was born November 9, 1853, and was a daughter of Hosea and M. Delia (Atley) Stockwell. She died sometime during the period between 1920 and 1930 at Sunbury, Ohio.

Eli J. and Jane Isadore (Stockwell) Sparks had two children:

a. Frank E. Sparks was born April 22, 1874, at Sunbury, Ohio. He married Grace Pearl Clements on May 6, 1906, in Knox County, Ohio. She had been born on May 30, 1884, and was a daughter of Wesley and Mary Etta (Knox) Clements. Frank and Grace had three children: Franklin D. Sparks, Beatrice M. Sparks, and Ernest Sparks.

b. Grace May Sparks, daughter of Eli J. and Jane Isadore (Stockwell) Sparks, was born October 15, 1876, at Sunbury, Ohio. On October 24, 1894, she married Orrie Clark, and they had two children, Frances Marie Clark and Ralph Clark.

Eli J. Sparks married (second) Elsie Schlagle about 1893 and they moved to Lewisville, Indiana. He and Elsie had two children, Clarence W. Sparks and Maude W. Sparks. Eli died about 1920 at the home of his son, Frank E. Sparks, in Mt. Liberty, Ohio.

4. James C. Sparks, son of Charles and Sarah (Carpenter) Sparks, was born ca. 1846 in Ohio, and was 4 years of age when the 1850 census was taken. He served in Company B, 187th Regiment Ohio Infantry in the Civil War. (See page 3736 of this issue of the Quarterly for an abstract of his Civil War pension file.)

After returning from the war, he married Sarah A. (Smith) Russell on July 16, 1867, at Raymond, Ohio. She had been born January 12, 1839, in Fairfield County, Ohio, and was the widow of Henry Russell who had died in 1861. James C. Sparks died on July 2, 1896, in Union County, Ohio. Sarah A. Sparks died on July 7, 1928, in Richwood, Ohio. We have not learned whether they had any children.

5. John Sparks, son of Charles and Sarah (Carpenter) Sparks, was born July 11, 1852, in Delaware County. He is known to have married, but the name of his wife has not been learned. We have no further information about him.


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Whole Number 155

DEATH TAKES ANNA M. BRADLEY

It is with deep regret that we report the death of long-time member, Anna (Musser) Bradley, who passed away at her home in Ashland, Kentucky, on July 31, 1991. She had been a member of the Association since its formation in 1953. Her husband, Arlie J. Bradley, died on July 20, 1971. She is survived by a daughter, Suzanne (Bradley) Boggs of Catlettsburg, Kentucky.

Anna Mary Musser was born April 25, 1905, in Ashland, Kentucky, and was a daughter of James Alpha and Laura Belle (Sparks) Musser. Her maternal grandparents were Fred and Catherine (Kegley) Sparks, natives of Elliott County, Kentucky. (See the December 1955 and June 1989 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Numbers 12 and 146, respectively, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.

We extend our sympathy to Suzanne (Bradley) Boggs and her family.


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Whole Number 156

DR. BERNARD I. SPARKS DIES

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Dr. Bernard I. Sparks, Jr., who passed away at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 13, 1991. He was a longtime member of the Association, and we shall miss his enthusiastic support. He is survived by his wife, the former Carolyn Reynolds; a son, Bernard I. Sparks, III; a daughter, Susan (Sparks) Passons; and a sister, Jean H. Sparks.

Bernard Iverson Sparks, Jr. was born June 14, 1913, at Middlesboro, Kentucky, to Bernard I. and Mabel (Hutcheson) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were John Wesley and Lucy (Craig) Sparks; his great-grandparents were Alexander Iverson and Mary Ann (Calvert) Sparks; and his 2nd-great-grandparents were Henry and Lucy (Clark) Sparks, early settlers of Owen County, Kentucky.

We extend our sympathy to Mrs. Sparks and to other family members.

[For further details of this branch of the Sparks family, see the June 1956,June 1957, and December 1960 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 14,18, and 32, respectively.]

DEATH TAKES OZELL D. SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Ozell D. Sparks who passed away on May 20, 1991, at Rainsville, Alabama. He and his wife, the former Pluma Taylor, were most interested in helping to preserve the records of persons named Sparks.

Ozell D. Sparks was born October 14, 1905, in DeKalb County, Alabama, and was a son of Charles Russell and Dora (Culpepper) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were Zerah and Mary Jane (Windsor) Sparks.

In addition to his wife, Ozell is survived by three sons: D. L. Sparks, Ozell J. Sparks, and Jim Sparks; and one daughter, Lovell (Sparks) Thomas.

We extend our sympathy to Mrs. Sparks and to her children.

[For further details about this branch of the Sparks family, see the Sep1991 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 155.]

DEATH TAKES IONE (SPARKS) RAY

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Ione (Sparks) Ray, a charter member of The Sparks Family Association, who passed away on May 4, 1991, at Louisville, Kentucky. She was born in April 1900 and was a daughter of William H. and Viola Jane (Harmon) Sparks. Her grandparents were George W. and Nancy (Shortridge) Sparks, and her great-grandparents were William Harrison and Eliza (Hosea) Sparks. Her 2nd-great-grandfather, Stephen Sparks, was a son of James Sparks, a pioneer settler of southern Indiana.

Several articles have been published in the Quarterly about this branch of the Sparks family, among which are the September 1954 issue, Whole No. 7, and the December 1963 issue, Whole No. 44. We extend our sympathy to the surviving members of her family.

BLANCHE (SPARKS) HOLMBERG DIES

It is with a personal degree of sadness that we report the death of Blanche (Sparks) Holmberg who passed away on November 16, 1991, at Louisville, Kentucky. She was born February 1, 1916, in Elliott County, Kentucky--a daughter of David Ballard and Tina (Nickles) Sparks; a granddaughter of John Elliott and Elizabeth (Boggs) Sparks; and a great-granddaughter of Nelson and Margaret (Mauk) Sparks. (See the June 1989 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 146, for further details about this branch of the Sparks family. Blanche was most helpful in the preparation of that article.) We extend our sympathy to the surviving members of her family.


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Whole Number 157

DEATH TAKES EARLE M. SPARKS

We have just learned that one of our most loyal members, Earle M. Sparks, passed away on October 16, 1991, at Easton, Maryland. He is survived by his wife, Doris A. (Nixdort) Sparks; three sons: Robert A., William E., and Earle M., Jr.; and three daughters: Bonnie A. Blunt, Patricia L. Sparks, and Barbara J. Sparks.

Earle Malone Sparks was born August 24, 1908, at Bridgeport, Maryland, and was a son of William E. and Nancy Mae Sparks. He was a co-owner of the Sparks Brothers Farm Supply Company at Ridgely, Maryland. He was a trustee of the Bridgetown United Methodist Church at Ridgely.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and other family members.

DEATH TAKES WILLIAM E. SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of William E. Sparks, who passed away on August 17, 1991, in Sacramento, California. He was a long­time member of the Association, and we shall miss him. He is survived by his wife, Eva; a son, William Harry Sparks, a stepdaughter, Beverly Sue Kulink; and a stepson, Warren R. Hart.

William Earl Sparks was born November 17, 1918, and was a son of Harry Spooner and Lillian (Black) Sparks and a grandson of William Palmer and Anna Minerva (Harding) Sparks." For further details of this branch of the family, see the June 1973 and December 1985 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 82 and 132, respectively. .

We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife and other family members.

Page 3928

ARTHUR J. DHALLIN, JR. DIES

We have been saddened to learn of the death of Arthur J. Dhallin, Jr., who passed away on February 17, 1991, at Sacramento, California. He is survived by a son, Arthur J. Dhallin, III; a daughter, Joanne Stark; and three sisters: Mildred Daum, Dorothy Steiner, and Elaine Birdwell.

Arthur J. Dhallin, Jr. was born July 5, 1915, at Churchill, Idaho, and was a son of Arthur J. and Drusy E. (Rogers) Dhallin. His maternal grand­parents were John M. and Lavinia Jane (Smith) Rogers, and his great-grand­parents were Samuel E. and Elizabeth (Sparks) Rogers. For further details about this branch of the Sparks family, see the Quarterly of June 1985, Whole No. 130.

We extend our deepest sympathy to family members.


Whole Number 159

DEATH TAKES LAWRENCE C. SPARKS, JR.

We have just received the news of the death of Lawrence C. Sparks, Jr. who passed away on October 15, 1991, at Sheridan, Indiana. He was a longtime and most generous member of the Association and spent much of his time researching his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy F. (Glenn) Sparks. He leaves a son, Lawrence C. Sparks, III and a daughter, Sharon A. (Sparks) Cole. We extend our sympathy to his children....


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Whole Number 160

DEATH TAKES ELIZABETHE (SPARKS) MARES

It is with deep regreat that we report the death of one of our most loyal and generous members, Elizabethe (Sparks) Mares, who died on October 22, 1992, at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Elizabethe Sparks was born September 13, 1914, to William Everett and Nellie (Boyd) Sparks of Grand Junction, Colorado. She became a nurse and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Her first husband, Melvin Erickson, died in 1972. Her second husband, Frank Mares, died in 1982.

Elizabethe is survived by a step-daughter, Louise Forbes, and a brother, Charles E. Sparks, Sr. We extend our sympathy to her family.

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Whole Number 160

DEATH TAKES FRANK B. RUSSELL

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Frank B. Russell on November 1, 1992, at his home in Moorestown, New Jersey. He was a long-time member of the Association, and we shall miss his enthusiastic support.

Frank B. Russell was born in 1909 at Wisemantown, Kentucky, and was a descendant of Charles and Martha (Sparks) Russell of Surry County, North Carolina. Charles Sparks was born in Surry County in 1800, and Martha Sparks was born there in 1801. Charles died in Greenup County, Kentucky, in 1873; Martha died in Estill County, Kentucky, in 1883.

Frank is survived by his wife of fifty years, Roberta (Parks) Russell, and by two daughters, Rosemary (Russell) Leyland and Joanne (Russell) Johnson.

We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife and children.


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Whole Number 162

DEATH TAKES VIRGIL L. WALKER

We have been saddened to learn of the death of one of our most enthusiastic and helpful members, Virgil L. Walker, who passed away on March 14, 1993, at Buchanan Dam, Texas.

Virgil was born June 30, 1920, at Ft. Worth, Texas, and was a son of Virgil and Bessie (Graham) Walker. He was a great-great-grandson of Lydia Sparks who married Friend Boatright about 1824. She was a daughter of Absalom and Lydia (Elsberry) Sparks. (See pp. 2443-48 of the September 1982 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 119, for further details of this branch of the family.

Virgil is survived by his wife, the former Doreen H. Walters, two step-sons and two step-daughters, and a brother.

We extend our sympathy to his wife and other family members.

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Whole Number 162

DEATH TAKES WILLIAM THOMAS [SPARKY] SPARKS
AND
BLANCHE I. (SCHOOLEY) SPARKS

We have learned only recently of the deaths of two of the most loyal and enthu­siastic supporters of our Association, W. T. ["Sparky" I Sparks and his wife, the former Blanche Irene Schooley. "Sparky" died on March 18, 1993, and Blanche died on June 10, 1993. Funeral services were conducted in the First Presbyterian Church of Odessa, Missouri, where both were members. They were buried in the Odessa Cemetery.

William Thomas Sparks was born August 7, 1912, at Odessa, Missouri, and was a son of William Walker and Lou Etta (Proctor) Sparks. His paternal grand­parents were John Christian Sparks (1815-1896) and Sarah M. (Cobb) Sparks (1831-1882). John Christian Sparks was a great-grandson of the William Sparks (born ca.1725, died 1801/02) who was featured in the Quarterly of June 1991, Whole No. 154, pp. 3751-98.

"Sparky" was a longtime funeral director of the Husman-Sparks Funeral Home in Odessa.

Blanche Irene (Schooley) Sparks was born March 24, 1911, near Robbins, Missouri, and was a daughter of Dr. R. C. and Lena (Morehead) Schooley. She taught school in Odessa for nearly forty years.

Both "Sparky" and Blanche held membership in civic and social organizations too numerous to mention, and both were vital members of their community. They celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on January 17, 1992. They are survived by a daughter, Brenda (Sparks) Craven, and two grandsons, Lucas an Micah Craven.

We extend our sympathy to Mrs. Craven and to other family members.

DEATH TAKES MELVA (SPARKS) BIDLACK

Your editor has the painful task of recording here the death of his beloved wife, Melva Helen Sparks. She died at our home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on April 19, 1993. Melva had been diagnosed in late November 1992 as being terminally ill with colon cancer.

Although not a "paying-member" of The Sparks Family Association, Melva had con­tributed to the Quarterly in countless anonymous ways over the past forty years, from her proofreading and correcting to helping in the stuffing and mail­ing. Furthermore, it was only because her maiden name was Sparks that your editor developed an interest in the Sparks family's history.

Melva Helen Sparks was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 17, 1918, the only daughter of Oral A. and Alice E. (Mace) Sparks. She was a 4th great-grand­daughter of the William Sparks (born Ca. 1725 in Queen Annes County, Maryland, died in 1801/02 in Surry County, North Carolina) whose life story was featured in the Quarterly of June 1991, Whole No. 154.

Melva was reared on the family farm near Clio, Iowa. She and your editor met as students at Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, in 1939, and we were married in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1942, while I was stationed nearby at Camp Robin­son, in World War II. We have four children: Stanley (wife, Nancy), Martha (husband, John Russell), Christopher (wife, Linda), and Harold (wife, Martha). They, and our five grandchildren, Lisa, Matthew, Christopher, Sarah, and Amanda, helped us celebrate our golden wedding anniversary last June, none of us apprehending that it would be our last anniversary. Melva's two brothers survive, J. Gerald Sparks and the Rev. A. Harold Sparks.

I should like to express my gratitude to the many members of the Association who have expressed their sympathy to me, and I thank each of you for your patience in accepting my delay in publishing the 1993 issues of the Quarterly.

Whole Number 162

DEATH TAKES DIXIE (ROSS) SPARKS

We have been saddened to learn of the death of Dixie (Ross) Sparks who passed away on June 8, 1993, at the St. Mary's Medical Center in Russeliville, Arkansas She was the widow of Ira Ora Sparks who died on December 18, 1989. She had continued her husband's membership in the Association and was a most enthusias­tic and loyal member until her death.

Dixie Ross was born January 13, 1917, and was a daughter of George Lee and Ellie (Dickey) Ross. She is survived by two sons, James Ira Sparks and Billie Earl Sparks.

We extend our sympathy to the members of her family.

(For further information about the branch of the Sparks family to which her hus band belonged, see the issues of the Quarterly of September 1976 and June 1990, Whole Nos. 95 and 150, respectively.)


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Whole Number 163

DEATH TAKES JAMES RICHARD SPARKS

We regret to report that James Richard Sparks, who joined The Sparks Family Association in 1954, died on September 30, 1993, in Columbus, Ohio; he was ninety-six years old. His generous support of our Association extended over nearly four decades, and we shall miss him.

Following his retirement in 1961, James Richard Sparks made a "genealogical tour" across the United States, tracing the migration of his branch of the Sparks family from Maryland to North Carolina, then to Missouri, and on to Kansas. He shared his genealogical and historical research with the Association, including a photograph which he found of his grandfather, Richard M. Sparks (1829-1893). We used this on the cover of the Quarterly of December 1989. (In that issue, we traced the history of William Sample Sparks [born ca.1700, died ca.1765] who was a fourth great-grandfather of James Richard Sparks.)

James was born February 21, 1897, in the large house that had been built by his grandfather, Richard M Sparks, located about one mile east of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. His parents were Clarence G. and Clara Myrtle (Huffaker) Sparks. He was married on July 14, 1920, to Alice Bobek (1897-1960), and they were the parents of two children, Phyllis Jean Sparks, born in 1905, and Richard James Sparks, born in 1910.

A photograph that James Richard Sparks shared with us is reproduced above. Taken about 1906, it shows James Richard at about the age of thirteen with his younger sister, Helen Jewell Sparks. It was taken in Wichita, Kansas.


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Whole Number 164

DEATH TAKES SHERWOOD E. SPARKS

It is with a great personal sadness that we record the death of one of the Association's charter members, Sherwood E. Sparks, who passed away on November 10, 1993, at Beckley, West Virginia. He was among our most loyal and generous members and was always ready to support the Association's projects.

Sherwood E. Sparks was born July 25, 1909, at Chatteroy, West Virginia, and was a grandson of Colby and Martha (Chaffin) Sparks. He was a most successful coal owner and operator in a highly competitive industry, rising from a miner to the top of the profession. He was also quite generous with his good fortune and shared it with many worthy causes.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, the former Martha Belle Short, and by a sister, Freda Burchette. We extend our sympathy to them and to other members of their families.

[Editor's Note: For further details about this branch of the Sparks family, see the December 1955, No. 12; June 1969, No. 66; September 1987, No. 139; and the December 1991, No. 156, issues of the Quarterly.

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Whole Number 164

DEATH CLAIMS CLARICE (SPARKS) BURRIS

We regret to report the death of a most helpful member of the Association, Clarice (Sparks) Burris, who passed away on March 29, 1993, at her home in Corpus Christ!, Texas, at the age of eighty-four.

Clarice Sparks was born September 11, 1908, at Sardis, Texas, and was a daughter of Enoch Bonner and Ella (Reagan) Sparks. Her paternal grandparents were Newell Crane and Laura (Fetzer) Sparks, and her great-grand- father was Stephen Franklin Sparks, a pioneer settler of Texas who fought there in the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836 in the Texas-Mexican War. Clarice was predeceased by her husband. She is survived by a son, Ron A. Burris. We extend our deepest sympathy to her son and other family members.


Page 4401 & 4406
Whole Number 168

DEATH TAKES NORA (KRING) FLOWERS

We have just learned that Nora (Kring) Flowers, one of our loyal members, died on May 28, 1993, at San Antonio, Texas. She was 94 years of age. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Morrison and Mrs. Norene Searls; one son, Frank Flowers; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Blakely; and one brother, Woodrow Kring.

Nora Kring was born December 8, 1898, in Yoakum, Texas, and was a daughter of James D. and Ada (Sparks) Kring. Her maternal grandparents were Newell Crane and Laura (Fetzer) Sparks. She married Herbert F. Flowers on November 11, 1916, and they had five children, three of whom they reared to matur- ity. Herbert Flowers died on January 7, 1975, at Waco, Texas.

We extend our sympathy to Mrs. Flowers' children and other family members.

(For further details about this branch of the Sparks family, see the September 1985 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 131, pp. 2775-77.)

DEATH TAKES HENRY S. SPARKS

It is with deep'regret that we record the death of long-time member, Henry S. Sparks who died on March 1, 1994, at Des Moines, Iowa. He was 88 years of age and had been a member of the Association for twenty-two years. He is survived by his wife, Helen; two daughters, Patricia (Sparks) Vincent and Nancy Sparks; and three sons: Ed Sparks, Henry H. Sparks, and Barry Sparks.

Henry Sylvester Sparks was born in 1905 at Connellsville, Missouri, and was a son of Caleb ["Cale"] and Pearly (Goren) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were Sylvester and Hannah Serena (Vincent) Sparks. (See the June 1981 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, No. 114, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.)

We extend our sympathy to Mrs. Sparks and her children.

DEATH TAKES WILLIAM P. ["BUDDY"] SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we record the death of William Pinckney ["Buddy"] Sparks who died on April 30, 1994, in Florida. He was buried on May 5, 1994, in the Oakland Cemetery at Waco, Texas. His wife, the former Floyd Lucille ["Sis"] Golding, died in December 1993, and a brother, Leonard Call Sparks, died on October 26, 1987. He is survived by four sisters: Mrs. E. C. Mueller (Vivian E.) of Corsicana, Texas; Mrs. A. A. Eakin (Anita V.) of San Antonio, Texas; Mrs. H. E. Eubanks, Jr. (Alean) of Waco, Texas; and Mrs. I. E. McDaniel (Sandra M.) of Port Arthur, Texas.

William Pinckney Sparks, Jr. was born December 11, 1915, at Waco, Texas, the son of William Pinckney, Sr. and Mattie May (Moncrief) Sparks, natives of McLennan County, Texas. His paternal grandparents were 40.5.3 William Pinckney and Victoria Aglentine (Bumgarner) Sparks, the former a native of Lowndes County, Mississippi, and the latter a native of Stewart County, Georgia. This Sparks family came to Texas in 1863, traveling by covered wagon when General Pinckney and Georgiann Maxwell (Stone) Sparks left Choctaw County, Mississippi, with their children:40.5.3.4 William Pinckney Sparks, 40.5.3.3 Medora Henrietta Sparks, 40.5.3.5 Thomas Earl Sparks, and 40.5.3.6 Elizabeth Ann Sparks. They settled at Waco and later moved to Downsville, Texas. (See page 542 of the March 1961 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 33, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.)

We extend our sympathy to the family of Mr. Sparks.


Page 4436
Whole Number 169

DEATH TAKES JACK D. SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Jack D. Sparks on December 22, 1994, at St. Joseph, Michigan. He was one of our most interested and generous members, and his counsel and support will be sadly missed by the officers of the Association. He is survived by his wife, the former Fredda i Sullivan; a son, Jack David Sparks, Jr.; three daughters, Suzanne Sparks, Cinde Party ka, and Katherine Telgarsky; and three brothers. Earl Sparks, Alan Sparks, and Tom Sparks.

Jack David Sparks was born November 24, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois. He was a son of Earl Edwin and Utah Gertrude (Rice) Sparks and a grandson of Noah Webster and Julia Ann (Anderson) Sparks who lived in and around the Hender- son-Hopkins-Webster Counties area of Kentucky in the mid-1800s.

In the June 1986 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, on page 2892, we repro- duced a photograph of Mr. Sparks and presented a biographical sketch. This was occasioned by his being honored by the Wall Street Transcript as the "Best Chief Executive of the Home Appliance Industry." He was then Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Whirlpool Corporation. (Besides the June 1986 issue of the Quarterly, No. 134, see the issue of June 1976, No. 94, for further details of the ancestry of Jack D. Sparks.)

We extend our sympathy to his wife, his children, and to other members of Mr. Sparks's family.


Page 4481
Whole Number 170

DEATH TAKES PAUL MELVIN SPARKS

We regret to record the death of one of our most interested members, Paul Melvin Sparks, who died on July 6, 1994, in Wichita, Kansas. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Eddingfield) Sparks; two daughters, Toni (Sparks) Graber, and Shelley (Sparks) Burke; and a son, Jeff Sparks.

Paul Melvin Sparks was born March 3, 1923, at Macksville, Kansas, and was a son of Claude Lovell and Maude Christine (Deffenbaugh) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were James Andrew and Nancy Ann (Heaton) Sparks, and his great-grandparents were David Wallace and Nancy (Marks) Sparks.  It is believed, but has not been conclusively proven, that David Wallace Sparks was a son of Andrew Sinnockson and Jane (Templeton) Sparks of New Jersey, Ohio, and Indiana. (See pages 738-741 of the June 1963 issue of the Quarterly, No. 42, for further details of this branch of the family.)

We extend our belated sympathy to his wife, children, and other family members.


Whole Number 171

DEATH TAKES HELEN SPARKS AT AGE 101

It is with a degree of personal sadness that we report the death of one of our Association's charter members, Helen Sparks, who passed away on Febru- ary 11, 1995, at the Victoria Special Care Home in El Cajon, California. She was 101 years of age! Her survivors include a nephew, James Sparks, and a niece, Helen Stutzman.

Helen was born March 24, 1893, in Valentine, Nebraska. She was a daughter of Levi Carlton and Bertha C. (Ludwig) Sparks and a granddaughter of Joseph and Caroline (Flanegin) Sparks. Great-grandparents were Cornelius and Susannah (Stevens) Sparks, pioneer settlers of Berrien County, Michigan. (See the March 1964 and March 1978 issues of the Quarterly, Nos. 45 and 101, respectively, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.) A special article and photograph appeared in the March 1993 issue of the Quarterly on Helen's 100th birthday.

We extend our sympathy to Helen's nephew and niece and to other members of her family.


Whole Number 172

DEATH TAKES THE REV. JAY B. BUDD

We regret to report that on August 24, 1995, a long-time member of the Association, Jay B. Budd, died at the Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Lorene Budd; sons: Leonard Budd, Clair Alien Budd, and Philip Budd; and a daughter, Shirley (Budd) Williams. He was a minister and evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene for many years.

Jay Bernard Budd was born November 23, 1919, at Parsons, Kansas, and was a son of James Floyd and Mabel Lena (Bernard) Budd, and a grandson of Samuel Smith Stores and Rosannah (Fisher) Budd. Paternal great-grandparents were John and Eliza Jane (Sparks) Budd. (See the December 1987 and March 1989 issues of the Quarterly, Nos. 140 and 145, respectively, for further details regarding this branch of the Sparks family.)

We extend our sympathy to Jay's widow and to his children and other family members.


Whole Number 173

DEATH TAKES CHARLES PAUL SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we record the death of a longtime and generous member, Charles Paul Sparks, who passed away on October 16, 1995, at Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Jean Sparks, and two sons, Paul Edward Sparks and Steven Douglas Sparks.

Charles Paul Sparks was born October 9, 1915, near Charley, a post office in southeastern Lawrence County, Kentucky. He was a son of Charles Clarence and Fannie (France) Sparks and a grandson of Nelson and Calista (Ward) Sparks. (See pp. 3853-3873 of the December 1991 issue of The Sparks Quarterly.)

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, his sons, and other family members.

DEATH TAKES HAROLD E. SPARKS

We regret to report the death of Harold E. Sparks who passed away on May 14, 1995, at his home near Secor, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Joanna (Bailey) Sparks; two sons, David Sparks and Michael Sparks; and two daughters, Sharon (Sparks) Duncan and Susan (Sparks) Johnson.

Harold Eugene Sparks was born March 9, 1925, in El Paso, Illinois, and was a son of Arthur F. and Ruth (Cable) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were Edward L. and Margaret (Geiselman) Sparks, and his great-grandparents were Asa and Amanda (Van Scyoc) Sparks. (See pp. 617-631 of the March 1962 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 37, for further details of his lineage.)

We extend our sympathy to his wife, children, and other family members.


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Whole Number 173

ALVIN KEITH BRANDENBURG DIES

It is with regret that we record the death of Alvin Keith Brandenburg who passed away on October 17, 1995, at Mountain Home, Idaho. He was most interested in his Sparks ancestry and was a generous member of the Association. He is survived by his wife, LaVonne (Newman) Brandenburg; a son, Alvin Keith Brandenburg, Jr.; and two daughters, Carol (Brandenburg) Charlton, and Nancy Brandenburg.

Keith (as he was known by his family) Brandenburg was born May 20, 1926, at Checotah, Oklahoma, and was a son of Eugene and Emma Beulah (Sparks) Brandenburg. His maternal grandparents were James Madison and Eva Jean (Park) Sparks of Madison County, Arkansas, and his great-grandparents were Jonah and Margaret (Kirk) Sparks, also of Madison County. Descendants continue to search for the parents of Jonah (or Jonas) Sparks.

We extend our sympathy to his widow and other family members.


Page 4666
Whole Number 174

DEATH TAKES HARRY M. SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of a longtime member of the Association, Harry M. Sparks, who died on May 20, 1996, at his home in Murray, Kentucky. He had been a most interested and generous member of the Association for over thirty years, and we shall miss him. He is survived by his wife, the former Lois Ogdon Stfles, and two sons, Harry Sparks, Jr. and Phillip Sparks.

Harry M. Sparks was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, and was a son of Robert Absalom and Lena (Bentley) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were Absalom and Susan Ann (Turley) Sparks, and his great-grandparents were James and Matilda Sparks of early Harlan and Laurel Counties, Kentucky. (See pp.937940 of the December 1965 issue of the SPARKS Quarterly, Whole No. 52, for a biography and photograph of Harry M. Sparks. See also pp.2683-2684 of the December 1984 issue, Whole No. 128, for a query pertaining to this branch of the Sparks family.)

We extend our sympathy to Harry's widow and their two sons and other family members.


Page 4711
Whole Number 175

OBITUARY OF ELIZABETH W. (SPARKS) PICKERING 1849-1906

[Editor's Note: In the SPARKS Quarterly of March 1961, Whole No. 33, appeared an article entitled "Jared Sparks (1789-1866)—A Biographical Sketch," at the end of which (page 534) we listed his five children, one of whom was Elizabeth W. Sparks, born May 1, 1849, who was married on March 9, 1876, to Edward C. Pickering. We are grateful to Douglas C. Schenk of Monson, Massachusetts, for xeroxing the following obituary of Mrs. Pickering for us. It appeared in the September 5, 1906, issue of the Stafford Press, a newspaper published in Stafford Springs, Connecticut .

[Jared Sparks, whose portrait appeared on the cover of the Quarterly cited above, was born May 10, 1789, and died on March 14, 1866. He was married twice, first in 1832 to Frances Jane Allen, who died on July 12, 1835. His second wife was Mary Crowinshield Silsbee, by whom he was the father of five children, one of whom was Elizabeth, subject of the following obituary.

[Jared Sparks was a famous American historian of the 19th century, best known for his twelve-volume Writings of George Washington, the first volume of which was a biography of Washington, published between 1834 and 1837. On February 1, 1849, Sparks became the 18th president of Harvard University. Because of his prominence as a scholar, a number of people named Sparks, who were in no way related to Jared Sparks, named sons "Jared" in his honor.]

We clip from the Boston Herald of August 30 [1906] the following about the death of Mrs. Pickering, a daughter of a well-known native of this town: "Mrs. Lizzie Wadsworth Pickering, wife of Prof. Edward C. Pickering, director of the Harvard observatory and professor of astronomy at the university, died late yesterday afternoon at her residence in Cambridge. Mrs. Pickering had been ill for some time. She was the daughter of Jared Sparks, the famous historian, who was the first McLean professor of history in Harvard, and who was president of the college from 1849 to 1853. She was born in Cambridge on May 1, 1856 [error, the year was 1849]. Her education was provided by private tutors and private schools in Cambridge and Boston. On March 9, 1874, she married Mr. Pickering, who even then, a graduate of nine years, was well known as an astronomer. He was at the time professor of physics in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but two years later, in 1876, was appointed director of the Harvard college observatory and professor of astronomy, and since that time has had his residence on the observatory grounds. Mrs. Pickering took for herself the supervision of the garden plots on the grounds and became an expert in floriculture. She had for many years entire charge of the gardening there, and the observatory grounds vied with the botanic gardens in the matter of floral display. Up to a few years ago she was one of the most energetic of the ladies of the faculty who instituted the 'university teas' for the college students in Brooks House on Friday afternoons. Her gracious presence and superior conversational powers made her an object of attraction at those gatherings and endeared her to many Harvard men. She went abroad in 1883, 1886, 1900, and in 1901. She is survived only by her husband."

Page 4712

DEATH TAKES LLOYD ALBERT SPARKS

We regret to report the death of Lloyd Albert Sparks who passed away on December 25, 1995, at the Princeton [Missouri] Care Center. He is survived by two daughters and two sons. They are: Alice (Sparks) Parker, Leotta (Sparks) Artheton, Benton Sparks, and Albert Sparks.

Lloyd Sparks was born June 15, 1905, at Princeton, Missouri, and was a son of Albert J. and Hazeltine (Griffin) Sparks. His paternal, grandparents were: Truelove, Jr. and Julia Ann (Slavens) Sparks, and his great-grandparents were: Truelove and Nancy (Hall) Sparks. (For further information about this branch of the Sparks family, see page 2164 of the December 1979 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 108, and page 3912 of the March 1992 issue. Whole No. 157.)

We extend our sympathy to Lloyd's children and other family members.


Page 4758-4759
Whole Number 176

THEOPHILUS SPARKS, JR. DIES

It is with deep regret that we report the death of a longtime member of the Associa tion, Theophilus Sparks, Jr., who passed away on October 22, 1996, at Arlington, Texas. He was a most interested and generous supporter of the Association, and we shall miss his counsel. He is survived by his wife, Marie (Gilbert) Sparks; a son, David Sparks; and a daughter, Marie Elaine (Sparks) Christian.

Theophilus Sparks, Jr. was born November 9, 1923, at Fort Worth, Texas; he was a son of Theophilus, Sr., and Sarah (Paris) Sparks His paternal grandparents were John Henry and Mary Dalla (Lane) Sparks, and his great- grandparents were George Washington and Elizabeth Jane (Morgan) Sparks of Union County, Georgia. (See pp. 2519-1524 of the June 1983 issue and pp. 3307-3326 of the December 1988 issues, Whole Nos. 122 and 144, of The Sparks Quarterly for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.)

We extend our sympathy to the widow of Theophilus Sparks, to his children, and to other members of his family.


Page 4779
Whole Number 177

DEATH TAKES ROBERT KENNARD SPARKS, SR.

We record with deep regret the death of longtime and most generous supporter of the Association, Robert Kennard ["Ken"] Sparks, who died on December 4, 1996, at Falmouth, Massachusetts. He leaves to mourn him, his wife, Mary (Fink) Sparks, and two sons, George Powell Sparks and Robert K. Sparks, Jr.

Robert Kennard Sparks, Sr. was born January 16, 1917, at Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents were Warren Powell and Marie (Manthei) Sparks, and his grandparents were Dr. Warren Powell, Sr. and Sarah (Lang) Sparks of Morgantown, Indiana. His great-great-great-great-grandparents were Henry and Lucy (Clark) Sparks, pioneer settlers of Franklin County, Kentucky. (For further details about this branch of the SPARKS family, see the following issues of THE SPARKS Quarterly: June 1956, No. 14; December 1960, No. 32; March 1981, No. 113; and March 1989, No. 145.)

We extend our sympathy to Ken's widow, his sons, and other family members.


Page 4887
Whole Number 179

DEATH TAKES DR. ALFRED M. BOYCE

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Dr. Alfred M. Boyce who passed away on July II, 1997, at his home in Riverside, California. He is survived by two sons. Alien Boyce and Barry Boyce, and a daughter, Karen (Boyce) Risher.

Alfred Mullikin Boyce was born May 2, 1901, near Centreville, Maryland. He was a son of Zollicoffer C. and Delia (Sparks) Boyce. His maternal grandparents were Joseph H. and Anne R. (Hazzard) Sparks, who were married on December 15, 1873, in Caroline County, Maryland. Joseph H. Sparks was a son of --and Elizabeth (MNU) Sparks. She was enumerated on the 1850 census of Queen Annes County, Maryland.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Alfred's children and other family members. The photograph reproduced below was taken about 1910 when Alfred was about nine years old. Included in the photograph are his sister, Lillian, and his parents, Zeil (as he was called) and Delia (Sparks) Boyce.


Page 4887
Whole Number 179

WILLIAM ROBERT SPARKS DIES

It is with deep regret that we record the death of William Robert Sparks who passed away on July 25, 1997, at Louisville, Kentucky. He was buried near his home in the Sulphur [Kentucky] Cemetery. He is survived by his wife. Millicent ["Penny"] Sparks; a daughter, Leota Bonneau; and brothers, Eddie Sparks and Stephen Sparks.

William Robert Sparks was born May 26, 1917, in Trimble County, Kentucky. He was a son of James William and Nannie Lee (Ethington) Sparks of Henry County, Kentucky. (For additional information about his Sparks lineage, see the September and December 1994 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 167 & 168, respectively.)


Whole Number 180

DEATH TAKES EMERSON TROY SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of a long-time member of our Association, Emerson Troy Sparks, who passed away on June 18, 1997, just a few days before he would have celebrated his 99th birthday. He became a member of the Association in 1957 and had a keen interest in his Sparks lineage. He is survived by three daughters, Lou Anne (Sparks) Nicks, Audrey Faye Sparks, and Judith Jo Sparks.

Emerson Troy Sparks was born July 28, 1898, in Jefferson County, Alabama, and he was a son of James Monroe and Lou Ann (Coley) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were Thomas and Judith Winn (Brown) Sparks, and his great-grandparents were Leonard and Zeriah (Sparks) Sparks. (An article about Leonard Sparks and his descendants was published in the September 1976 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 95.)


Page 4954
Whole Number 181

DEATH TAKES ANN LEE (GANDY) WALKER

It is with deep sadness that we make a tardy acknowledgement of the death of long-time member, Anna Lee (Gandy) Walker, who passed away on December 16, 1996, in Dallas, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Judge Dee Brown Walker.

Ann Lee (Gandy) Walker was born November 24, 1909, and was a descendant of Matthew J. and Margaret (----- ) Sparks through a granddaughter, Martha Naomi (Sparks) Rutledge. (See the September 1984 issue of the Quarterly, No. 127, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.)

We extend our sympathy to Judge Walker and other relatives.

DEATH TAKES MARY ELLEN HENSON

We record with regret the death of Mary Ellen Henson who passed away on April 26, 1997, at her home in Elliott County, Kentucky. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Ellen Chandler. Her husband, Jacob C. Henson, died in 1961.

Mary Ellen (Pennington) Henson was born November 30, 1910, in Elliott County, Kentucky, and was a daughter of Ora Nelson and Mona (Green) Pennington. Her maternal grandparents were Samuel Logan and Mary Ellen (Harper) Green, and her great-grandparents were John and Emmaella (Sparks) Harper. (See pp. 4713-4755 of the December 1996 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 176, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.)

We extend our sympathy to Mary Ellen's daughter and to other family members.

DEATH TAKES DAVID B. ZURSCHMEIDE

We report with regret the death of Dr. David B. Zurschmeide who passed away on August 23, 1997, in San Diego, California, where he was a resident. He is sur- vived by his wife, Mary Jane (Wray) Zurschmelde; two daughters, Jennifer Zurschmeide and Julie (Zurschmeide) Seigler; and a son, Jeffrey Zurschmeide.

David B. Zurschmeide was born October 8, 1940, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Dowling and Pauline (Sparks) Zurschmeide. His maternal grandparents were William Jasper and Mary Elizabeth (Carman) Sparks. (For further details about this branch of the Sparks family, see the December 1989 issue of the Quarterly, No. 148.)

We extend our sympathy to David's wife, children, and other family members.


Page 5010
Whole Number 182

DEATH TAKES CARL BOGGS

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Association member Carl Boggs who passed away on July 10, 1998, at Slidell, Louisiana. He is survived by his wife, Joanne (byers) Boggs; two daughters, Vicki Boggs and Cynthia (Boggs) Taylor; one son, Carl David Boggs; and one brother, John Marvin Boggs, Jr.

Carl Raymond Boggs was born July 21, 1929, at Webbville, Kentucky, and was a son of John Marvin and Emma Maxie (Sparks) Boggs. His maternal grandparents were Milton Elliott and Tennessee (Thompson) Sparks. (For further details of this family, see the September 1977 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, No. 179.)

We extent our deepest sympathy to Carl's wife, children, and other family members.


Page 5021
Whole Number 182

CLINTON SPARKS DIES

We have been saddened to learn of the death of one of our most enthusiastic members, Clinton B. Sparks, who passed away on April 30, 1998, at Catonsville, Maryland. He is survived. by his wife, Geraldine (Bitzer) Sparks, and by a son, Robert Sparks.

Clinton Bryant Sparks was born December 13, 1927, at Gad, West Virginia. He was a son of Andrew Connally Van Bibber and Vina Belle (Copenhaver) Sparks.

His paternal grandparents were William M. and Margaret Elizabeth (Hart) Sparks; his great-grandparents on the Sparks side were James E., Jr. and Elizabeth (Callison) Sparks; his 2nd-great-grandparents were James E. and Mary ["Molly"] (Boggs) Sparks; and his 3rd-great-grandparents were George and Sarah (MNU) Sparks. (For further details of this family, see pp. 4411-36 of the March 1995 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 169.

We extend our sincere sympathy to Clint's wife and son, and to other family members.


Pages 5040-5041
Whole Number 183

OBITUARY OF ALBERT A. SPARKS
(ca. 1846-1911) of Norwich, Connecticut

[Editor's Note: The following obituary was found by one of our members, Douglas C. Schenk of Monson, Massachusetts, while he was perusing a bound volume of the Hartford, Connecticut, Daily Times, for the year 1911. Mr. Schenk very kindly xeroxed this for our use in the Quarterly.

[Albert A. Sparks was a son of John and Selinda (Field) Sparks. He was men- tioned, with brief biographical information, in the article by Thomas F. and Virginia N. Sparks entitled "The Sparkses of New England" that appeared in the March 1987 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 137 (see page 3013).]

Albert A. Sparks, night editor of the Norwich Bulletin. died suddenly Monday morning at his home. He arrived home about 4:30 and, as usual, started to fix the kitchen fire and the furnace fire. His wife arose at 6:15 and when passing the room of her husband noticed that it was vacant. She kept on to the kitchen and found Mr. Sparks on the kitchen floor near the stove. Drs. Stark and Kimball were called. They decided that apoplexy was the cause of death.

Mr. Sparks was born in Killingly, 65 years ago, the son of John Sparks and Selinda Fields Sparks. [His mother's maiden name is believed to have been "Field" rather than "Fields."] He entered the Bulletin office and mastered the trade of a printer about the time of the Civil War. He became an expert workman and later he went to San Francisco, and was there during the time of a big earthquake. He returned to Norwich and on August 5, 1869, married Margaret L. Andrews of Preston. Mrs. Sparks died and left a daughter, who is now the wife of Judge George E. Parsons, the clerk of the superior court. On October 25, 1876, Mr. Sparks married Lucy A. Rogers, a native of Groton. She survives her husband, together with two sons—Merton F. Sparks of Elgin, IL. and Earl L. Sparks of Norwich.


Page 5073-5074
Whole Number 184

DEATH TAKES ARCHIE SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we record, belatedly, the death of long-time member, Archie Sparks, who died on September 22, 1996, at his home in Reaver, Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Louise (Murray) Sparks, and two sons, Alan Sparks and Brian Sparks.

Archie Eldon Sparks was born July 2, 1917, at Beaver, Iowa, and was a son of Crover Cleveland and Katherine Elizabeth (Hansen) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were John Edward and Rebecca (Miller) Sparks, and his greatgrandparents were King David and Elizabeth (Bass) Sparks. His great-greatg;randparents were William J. and Sarah (Jennines) Sparks. (See the March 1988 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No., 141, for further details of this family.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Archie's wife and sons.

DEATH TAKES JACK SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Jack Sparks who passed away on January 29, 1998, at Fort Worth, Texas. He was one of our most enthusiastic members and was always pleased to share his information. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Sparks; a son, Gary Jayne Sparks; and two daughters, Linda Lou (Sparks) Hargis and Connie Jo Ann (Sparks) Woolsey.

Jack Sparks was born February 14, 1921, in Konawa, Oklahoma, and was a son of Jim and Margaret Ann (Teague) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were Thomas Jefferson and Nancy (Isaacs) Sparks, natives of Jackson County, Kentucky. (See page 1654 of the June 1974 issue of The Sparks Quarterly, Whole No. 86, for further information about his Sparks ancestry.)

We extend our deepest sympathy to Jack's wife and children and to other family members.


Page 5136
Whole Number 185

DEATH TAKES BETTY JANE (HARKNESS) CAIN

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of a loyal member of our Association for the past twenty years, Betty Jane Cain. Born on October 23, 1918, in Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Cain died on January 7, 1999, at Spring Valley, California. A daughter of Frederick H. and Margaret(Hackett)Harkness,she was a descendant of Nicholas and Mary (Ridley) Sparks who were married in Truro, Massachusetts, on February 13, 1728/29. (See the Quarterly of March 1979, Whole No. 105, for a record of this branch of the Sparks family.)

Mrs. Cain was a homemaker, a Girl Scout leader, and president and life member of her local PTA. Her principal hobby had been genealogy. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Albert Cain, Sr.; sons Albert C. Cain, Jr. and John E. Cain; daughter Margaret A. Adams; one brother and two grandchildren.

We extend our sympathy to the members of Mrs. Cain's family.


Page 5136
Whole Number 185

Death Takes ROBERT R. SPARKS

We have been saddened to learn of the death of Robert R. Sparks on December 20, 1998, at his home in Catonsville, Maryland. He is survived by a nephew, George H. Sparks of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His wife of 62 years, the former Mable Jeanette Bean, died in 1995.

Roberts Richardson Sparks was born in October 1908. He was a son of James Walker and Elizabeth (Richardson) Sparks. His paternal grandparents were Benjamin Hume and Martha (Brown) Sparks of Madison County, Virginia. (For further details of his Sparks ancestry, see the December 1964 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 48.)

We extend our sympathy to his nephew and other family members.


Page 5197
Whole Number 187

DEATH TAKES ELEANOR (McCAULEY) WORLEY

We have been saddened to learn of the death from cancer of Eleanor Russell (McCauley) Worley (Mrs. David P.) on October 22, 1998. Mrs. Worley had been born on April 10, 1922. A member of our Association since 1981, she has been a most generous and helpful supporter through the years. According to her son, David, her genealogical records have been placed with the Delaware County, Ohio, Historical Society.

Mrs. Worley was a descendant of Richard Sparks, subject of an article in the Quarterly of June 1999, Whole No. 186, beginning on page 5149. Her descent was through Richard's son, Walter Sparks (ca.1760-ca.1827) who was featured in in the Quarterly of December 1987, Whole No. 140. We quoted from Mrs. Worley's extensive research on Walter Sparks, Jr. (born ca.1802) whose first wife was Nancy King, beginning on page 3167. A photograph of Mrs. Worley's grandparents, John Samuel and Anna Cora (Power) Sparks, appeared on page 3159.


Page 5252
Whole Number 188

DEATH TAKES CROSBY SPARKS

We regret to report the passing of a loyal member of our Association, Crosby Sparks, a resident of Winchester, Kentucky. His son, Robert C. Sparks, has sent us a copy of his fathers obituary that appeared in the Winchester Sun on October 19th.

Crosby Sparks, like our late President, Paul E, Sparks, was a descendant of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Crosby^ descent was through John and Sarah's son, Levi Sparks (1778-1851) while Paul's great-great-grandfather, George G. Sparks (1796-1879), was a brother of Levi. (See the article devoted to Levi and his family in the Quarterly of June 1996, Whole No. 174, pp.4638-66. A reference to Parish Sparks, father of Crosby, appears on page 4655.)

Crosby Sparks, a native of Lawrence County, Kentucky, was 86 years old at the time of his death on October 18, 1999. He was a retired employee of the Lexington-Bluegrass Army Depot and an active member of the local Amateur Radio Association. He was a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College and a civilian employee of the Signal Corps during World War II, He was a member of the First Baptist Church, East Lexington Avenue, in Winchester.

In addition to his wife. Myrtle R. Sparks, Crosby is survived by two sons, Robert C. Sparks of Clarkston, Michigan, and Stephen D. Sparks of Milford, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Linda R. Woosley of Winchester; four grandchildren, one step-grandchild, and a sister, Nina Sparks of Winchester. We extend our sympathy to Crosby's family.


Page 5392
Whole Number 190

DEATH TAKES EVA VIRGINIA (SPARKS) FIELDS

Dorothy Sparks Murphy, sister of the Association's late President, Paul E. Sparks, has written to tell us of the death of her and Paul's sister, Eva Virginia (Sparks) Fields, on December 19, 1999. Mrs. Fields, daughter of James ["Jim"] William and Sarah Elizabeth (Conley) Sparks, had been born at Yatesville, Kentucky, on November 12, 1912. She had been married to Roy C. Fields on June 9, 1934, in Boyd County, Kentucky. In the Quarterly of December 1999, Whole No.188, we published, beginning on page 5270, an account Paul had written a number of years ago, about his parents and siblings.

In her letter, Mrs. Murphy noted: "I am the only one left in my family. I miss talking on the phone to Paul, who died March 4, 1999. He would always tell me something amusing. I have three cousins and myself left in our generation. I will be 78 next Monday, January 31, 2000."


Page 5499
Whole Number 193

DEATH TAKES JACK B. SPARKS

We regret to report the death, at age 93, of Jack B. Sparks, a member of our Association since 1983. He lived in Renton, Washington, where he owned the firm Sparks Electric. He had been born July 4, 1907, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and died on December 14, 2000. Jack was a son of John Burton and Ada Louise (Lewis) Sparks. He was a gr.-gr.-gr.-grandson of William Sparks (ca.1760-ca.1827) of Pennsylvania and Kentucky about whom we published an article in the December 1987 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 140, pp.3129-63. Jack's great-grandfather, Owen Sparks, is noted on page 3138.

Jack B. Sparks was a member of the May Creek Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. He is survived by his wife, Ina Ree Sparks; also sons Jack B. Sparks, Jr. and Michael 0. Sparks, also daughters Louanna R. Cook, Marla K. Wright, and Lynette J. Sparks, and his sister, Violet Tamura. We extend our sympathy to Mr. Sparks's family.


Page 5551
Whole Number 194

DEATH TAKES DR. SHERMAN PAUL SPARKS

Dr. Robert D. Sparks, one of our most supportive members of the Sparks Family Association, has written to tell us of the death of his father, Dr. Sherman Paul Sparks of Rockwall, Texas. Sherman joined the Association in 1975 and continued as a sustaining member until recently. His son, Robert, also of Rockwall, has noted that his father had been active in various historical societies and was Presi­dent of the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He added that his father is greatly missed in his community--"his large shoes are difficult to fill."

Sherman Sparks was a son of Ernest Melvin Sparks (born September 3, 1872) and a grandson of Bateman R. Sparks (1841-1918) and Catharine E. (Habermeir) Sparks. Bateman R. Sparks, son of Ezra and Catherine (Griffey) Sparks, was a veteran of the Union Army in the Civil War. He was featured in the Quarterly of September 1976, Whole No. 95; his photograph appeared on the cover of that issue.

We extend our deep sympathy to members of Sherman's family.


Whole Number 196

DEATH TAKES DR. CLAUD GLENN SPARKS

We regret to report the death on November 3, 2001, of Dr. Claud Glenn Sparks of Austin, Texas. Called Glenn by his many friends, he was a descendant of Richard and Sarah (Peterson) Sparks, a branch of the Sparks family that was featured in the Quarterly of June 1978, Whole No.102, beginning on page 1993. Richard Sparks, a native of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, was a probable son of Samuel Sparks, originally from Maryland. It was in Newton County, Arkansas, that Richard and Sarah Sparks died, Richard between 1860 and 1870, and Sarah between 1870 and 1880. They were the parents of thirteen children.

Dr. Sparks, born in 1922, received his Bachelor of Science degree from East Texas State College in 1941. Immediately thereafter he entered military service in the European Theater of Operations with the Headquarters , Advance Section Communications Zone; he received his discharge in 1945. In 1949, Glenn was awarded his Master of Arts degree from Texas Christian University, and in 1952 the Master of Library Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1967, he completed his Ph.D. degree at the University of Michigan.

Glenn had a distinguished career in both academic library administration and as a library educator. He served as dean of the Graduate School of Library Science at the University of Texas at Austin between 1973 and 1982. He became an early member of our Association.

We extend our sympathy to his widow, Lou Turner Sparks, and to their daughter, Anne Frances Sparks Lightfield.

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