October 26, 2017

Pages 9999
Whole Number 999

Queries



Isaac Rigdon Sparks 101
Margaret Sparks, Born 1785 101
Isaac Sparks, Born ca. 1809 [Married Elizabeth Lawrence] 101
Bailey Sparks, Born 1760-1770 101
Finley Harrison Sparks, Born December 5, 1873 101
Ancestry of Mary Jane Sparks (1869-1942) 108
Eunice Sparks, Born ca. 1796 108
Elizabeth (Sparks) Ross 108

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QUERY AND ANSWER DEPARTMENT
by William Perry Johnson


In the Dec, 1953 issue of the Quarterly (Vol. I, page 24) it was announced that I would begin in this issue a query and answer department. Several readers have asked why we did not incorporate such a department into our publication, and since we announced our intention of doing so, several have asked for further details regarding the purpose, functioning, benefits, etc., of this new department.

To begin with, the purpose -- the sole purpose of operating a query and answer department in The Sparks Quarterly is to lend a helping hand to those of you, our readers, who are anxious to trace your Sparks lineage. Many readers have observed that to date all the material we have published is so far back that they have no idea whether or not it pertains to their own ancestry, and each reader is naturally more interested in his own ancestry than in all Sparks data in general. Since THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION was planned as a long-range project, it is the intention of the officers and founders of this Association to publish over the years a vast amount of Sparks family history, from the present back several hundred years. But to start out with it was thought best to begin with articles pertaining to the earliest Sparks families in America, then, later, material will be published on both the ancestors and descendants of these early Sparks families in America. This is, of course, a gigantic undertaking, one that will takes years of hard work, and the cooperation of all our readers, if it can be accomplished at all. We will do our best to publish material pertaining to the ancestry of all our members all over the United States, but it may be months, or even years, before data on your own particular family appears in this publication. You, the reader, can hasten the publication of data on your own family by sending us a sketch of your family, beginning with yourself and your immediate family, and tracing back as far as you can, including names, dates, locations, interesting incidents, traditions, etc. The Association will publish these family sketches from time to time in the Quarterly, and endeavor to tie your family in with one of the various Sparks immigrant families, and to other Sparks families in America.

Another way to stimulate interest in your particular branch of the Sparks family is to send queries to this department, and, of course, to lend a hand to another member whenever possible. Many of our readers have Sparks ancestry in common just a few generations back, and if all members will cooperate, we shall all benefit by the exchange of Sparks family data. Most of the copies of the Quarterly are sent to private homes all over America, but at the same time a number of the largest libraries in the United States are on our mailing list, and your query placed in this department will be read by people all over America. Also, anyone going to any one of these libraries to do research on the Sparks family will readily find The Sparks Quarterly and your query, not only now, but for many years to come there will be Sparks searchers reading all issues of the Quarterly. The 'missing link' in one’s lineage often has a way of turning up unexpectedly, and there is no telling when or where some one will see your query and have just the information you have been looking for!

Further, I have in my library a large manuscript collection of Sparks material, covering Sparks families in several states. This will all be published eventually in The Sparks Quarterly, but in the meantime if I have anything in my files that would answer or help to answer any of the queries sent in to this department, I shall make use of this storehouse of material to aid you in the immediate tracing of your Sparks lineage, and all answers to all queries will appear in this department as one answer may benefit many readers.

The cost of having a query appear in this department is a nominal one, at but three cents per word. The money received for queries will go to help defray the expenses of conducting this department, which is a time-consuming task, and the majority of the hours devoted to this new department will be donated to the 'cause.' Amounts under $1.00 may be sent to me in the form of postage stamps.

The method of counting words in a query may be demonstrated by query 1, below, which has 29 words, amounting to a cost of eighty-seven cents. Query 2 has 67 words, at a cost of $2.01.


QUERIES

1. Who was the father of Solomon Sparks, of Frederick Co., Md., born c.1720-30, probably in Queen Annes County, who removed with wife Sarah to Rowan Co., N.C., 1753?

2. Who was the father of Wesley and William Sparks who appear on the 1830 census of Lawrence Co., Ky.? Wesley was born c.1805 in N.C. and married Nancy Kasee in 1835 in Lawrence Co., Ky.; William was born c.18l2 in N.C. and married Mary Lyon in 1832 in Morgan Co., Ky. Were these two brothers also brothers of Nancy Sparks, who married Martin Ison c.1829?

3. Wanted: Ancestry and Descendants of a Henry Sparks who lived in Dorchester County, Maryland, in the early 1700s.

William Perry Johnson, Professional Genealogist

Historian-Genealogist for THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

Address: Box 531, Raleigh, North Carolina.

(Note added to the 1981 reprinting of this issue of the Quarterly. As Mr. Johnson predicted in the above statement, The Sparks Family Association has grown through the years and a vast amount of Sparks genealogy has been published in the Quarterly. We no longer charge for queries, however, but continue to welcome them for publication. William Perry Johnson, who served for some 27 years as the Association’s Historian-Genealogist, died on October 17, 1980.)


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QUERY

Mrs. Evelyn Cole Peters (Mrs. Albert G.) of 2001 West 103rd St., Chicago 43, IL., one of our new members, reports that she has been collecting material on New Jersey Sparks families for a number of years. Mrs. Peters submits the following query:

Who were the parents of Margaret Sparks who married by 1794 Richard Holton (Houlten), son of James and Christianna (Lindmier) Holton of Penns Neck, Salem County, New Jersey? Was she the daughter of Henry Sparks by his first wife, Elizabeth Hildebrand? The family of James Holton attended the Moravian (United Brethren) Church and here we find the baptism record of the first two children of Richard Holton and wife Margaret, nee Sparks. These children were: Samuel, b. October 4, 1795 and James Henry, b. September 17, 1797. Shortly thereafter, Richard Holton moved his family to Penna. (Where?) Son Richard Sparks Holton (my ancestor) was born 1805 in Penna. according to the 1850 census. by 1808 Richard Holton and Joseph Pittman were in Trumbull Co., Ohio. Richard served in the War of 1812. The Pittmans were neighbors of the Holtons and Sparkses in Salem Co., N.J., and had married into the Sparks family. Complete list of the children of Richard and Margaret (Sparks) Holton:

Samuel, b. 1795; James Henry, b. 1797; John; Charles, b. 1801; Richard Sparks, b. 1805; Ann (Harmon); Thomas, b, 1813; Margaret (Robinson); William Harrison, b. 18114; and Jesse.


QUERY

Mrs. Clara Sparks Snyder of 1311 W. Margaret Ave., Peoria, Illinois, would like to learn the parentage of her great-grandfather whose name was Samuel Sparks. He was born somewhere in New Jersey on 15 April 1800 and he died on 23 September 1865 near Lincoln, Illinois. He married Mary Hurd (born 25 October 1805, died 19 November 1893) somewhere in Ohio. Their children were: (order of birth not known) (1) Susan Sparks, born 1836, died 1853, (2) Jesse D. Sparks, (3) James Sparks, (4) Eveline Sparks, and (5) Samuel Sparks, Jr., born 31 October 1846.

Samuel Sparks, Jr., was born near Lincoln, IL., on 31 October 1846 and died there on 27 September 1926. He married, first, Mary Ellen Wendell (born 1849, daughter of Thomas and Fanny Wendell), and, second, Sadie Maltby. by his first wife, Samuel Sparks, Jr., had five children, as follows:

(1) Fanny, born 1868, married Commodore Beaver
(2) Thomas, born 1870, married May Mitchell
(3) Charles Franklin (father of Mrs. Snyder) was born 7 April 1875, died 2 April 1943, married Mary Elizabeth Maltby (born September 4, 1874, died 8 October 1952, daughter of John and Eliza (Lucas) Maitby)
(4) Samuel, born 1876, married Minnie Raber
(5) Marion, born 1887.

by his second wife, Samuel Sparks, Jr., had two more children:

(6) Hazel, married Raymond Reinhardt
(7) Mildred, married Everett Hembreiker.

Anyone having knowledge of this family is requested to write to Mrs. Snyder.


Whole Number 19

QUERY

Does anyone in the Association have information which will assist Mr. Harry P. Sparks of 24 Stedman Street, Wakefield, Mass,, trace his Sparks ancestors? His father was Moses Sparks who died in 1891 when Harry P. Sparks was only three years old. His home was in St. John's, Newfoundland, Moses Sparks's wife was Agatha Lavina Sparks, born May 24, 1861, at Brigus, Newfoundland, daughter of James and Mary Ann (Batcliff) Sparks. She died March 18, 1897, at Wakefield, Mass. James Sparks was born September 3, 1829; Mary Ann Batcliff was born in Newfoundland on April 29, 1828; they were married December 6, 1849. Mr. Sparks does not know the names of his paternal grandparents, but he knows that his father, Moses Sparks, had a sister, Martha Sparks, who was born in Newfoundland about 1876. Mr. Sparks states that "the old folks spelled the name Sparkes."


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QUERY

George Washington Sparks of Plevna, Montana, wonders whether any member of the Association can assist him in tracing his Sparks ancestry. Mr. Sparks was born July 4, 1888, in the territory which is now Oklahoma. He was married in 1908 to Bernetta A. Berry who was born July 30, 1891, in Camden County, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Sparks are 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.

The father of George Washington Sparks was named Joseph Zac Taylor Sparks; he was born August 28, 1845, somewhere in North Carolina, and died in Petersburg, Oklahoma, about 1912; he married Melvina Frances McClain on August 25, 1869, probably in Georgia. She was the daughter of Tom McClain and was born December 26, 1850, in Georgia and died December 25, 1931, in Tuttle, Oklahoma. Apparently Joseph Sparks and his wife settled in Georgia after their marriage and lived in that state until about 1879 when they moved to Texas. When the 1880 census was taken, Joseph Sparks and his family were living in McLennan County, Texas, near Waco. The family was listed as follows:

Joseph S. Sparks (age) 30 Farmer (birth place) N.C.
Frances "   28 Wife   Ga.
Fannie "   8 Daughter   "
John "   6 Son   "
George T. "   4 Son   "
James "   2 Son   "

Mr. Sparks states that there were also children named Joe, Frank, Davie, and Lillie—these were apparently born after 1880.

Mr. Sparks does not know the names of his grandparents and hopes that someone can aid him in finding information regarding them. They were probably from North Carolina and moved to Georgia. They may have lived in Arkansas at one time. He knows that his father had a brother named Isaac (Ike) Sparks who was in Seattle, Washington, at one time, and another brother named Cal who operated a cotton gin in or near Waco, Texas. There was also another brother named Thomas. Three brothers were in the Civil War.


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QUERY -- CAROLINE FIDLER

The following query has been submitted by Charlotte Abell, Zephyrhills, FL 33540.

Seeking information on the ancestry of Caroline Fidler, daughter of Martin and Fanny (King) Fidler. She was born May 14, 1843, in Bullitt County, Kentucky. She was married twice. She was married on October 18, 1869, to James Dudley Kester, and they had two children, Sallie and Fannie. She married (second) Richard M. Sparks on November 18, 1876, in Vigo County, Indiana. They had four children: Ernest Eugene Sparks, Louisa Sparks, Nell Sparks, and Hershel Sparks. Caroline (Fidler) Kester Sparks died in Vigo County, Indiana, on May 9, 1901.

[Editor s Note: This Richard M. Sparks, a shoemaker, was born ca.1836 and was a son of Hiram Sparks (1807-1890) and Laura (Tichenor) Sparks (1809- 1874). See the Quarterly of December 1987, No. 140, pp. 3136-39, for fur intormation regarding him and his descent from Walter and Phoebe Sparks.


Whole Number 27

CAN ANYONE IDENTIFY THIS JOHN SPARKS?

In the Mississippi State Gazette of August 7, 1819, a newspaper published in Natchez, Mississippi, appeared the following death notice:

"Died. John Sparks, 30 years of age, of bilious fever."

If anyone has an idea who this John Sparks was, your editor would appreciate hearing from you.


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QUERY - 73. ARCHIBALD SPARKS (born ca. 1790, died ca. 1836)

Mr. Lyle Carter of Lake Worth, Florida (33460) is seeking information on the ancestry of 73. Archibald Sparks, who was born ca. 1790, probably in Virginia, and married in Woodford County, Kentucky, Elizabeth Carter on June 18, 1814. She was born April 7 or 17, 1790, and was a daughter of John B. and Elizabeth (Mosby) Carter. Archibald and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks are known to have had the following children:

73.1 Georgeann Sparks, born ca. 1815; married Allen Carter in Woodford County, Kentucky, on January 9, 1838.
73.2 John Sparks, born ca. 1817.
73.3 Berry F. Sparks, born ca. 1819; married Sarah Simmons in Woodford County, Kentucky, on June 21, 1849.

Elizabeth, wife of Archibald Sparks, died abont 1824. Sometime in the 1820's, Archibald Sparks moved to Jefferson County, Kentucky. It is probable that he left his three children with Elizabeth's parents in Woodford County; they were named in their Grandfather Carter's will in 1834 and two of them are known to have married in Woodford County.

On April 7, 1826, Archibald Sparks was married, second, to Sarah Lewis in Clark County, Indiana. (Clark County, Indiana, adjoins Jefferson County, Kentucky.) They were the parents of three children:

73.4 William Lewis Sparks, born in Clark County, Indiana, on February 10, 1826;died in Liberty, Missouri, on January 30, 1914.
73.5 Thomas Sparks.
73.6 Kathrine Sparks.

William Lewis Sparks was living in Clay County, Missouri, when the 1880 census was taken. He stated then that his father (Archibald) had been born in Virginia and that his mother (Sarah) had been born in Ireland.

Archibald Sparks had died by 1838; on November 3, 1838, his widow, Sarah, married for her second husband, John Dietz in Clark County, Indiana.

A number of years ago, one of our members, Gentry Harris, copied for our files a letter that he had received from John I. Sparks of Gashland, Missouri, who was a grandson of Archibald and Sarah (Lewis) Sparks. Mr. Harris had written to John I. Sparks after seeing a notice of his 50th wedding anniversary. (John I. Sparks was born in 1851--he was married in 1871) Following is the letter received by Mr. Harris in reply to his query:

Gashland, Missouri
July 9, 1938

Dear Mr. Harris:
Received your letter and congratulations. Thank you very much. In regard to the Sparks family, I can't give you much information. My grandfather, Archibald Sparks, was born in West Virginia. He married a Lewis, have forgotten but I believe it was Sarah Lewis, They had three children: William Lewis Sparks, Thomas Sparks, and Kathrine Sparks. Grandfather left to go South to build ships and we never heard from him after he left. My father, William Lewis Sparks, died in January 1911, age 88 years.

We came from Kentucky to Missouri in 1852. No doubt but your Sparks and we are related. Am sorry I can't give you more information.
Respectfully Yours,
[signed] John I. Sparks.


Whole Number 49

QUERY

Mrs. G. H. Reynolds, 2201-56th Street, Des Moines, Iowa (50310) is seeking information on her Sparks ancestry. Her great-grandmother was Sarah Sparks, born October 8, 1824, in Rush County, Indiana. She died July 9, 1908, in Warren County,. Iowa. Sarah Sparks married George Washington Scott (1822-1911), probably in Missouri. Sarah's father's name was William Sparks and her mother's maiden surname was Howel. William Sparks was born either in Pennsylvania or Ohio; his wife, Howel, was born in Ohio

George Washington and Sarah (Sparks) Scott were the parents of the following children:
1. John Monroe Scott, born July 12, 1843.
2. Benjamin Britin Scott, born February 20, 1847.
3. General Winfield Scott, born February 14, 1849.
4. William Taylor Scott, born June 7, 1852.
5. Elizabeth Dorcas Scott, born August 8, 1854.
6. Mary Catherine Scott, born October 30, 1855.
7. James Mark Rolland Scott, born January 12, 1859.
8. Erastus Wallace Scott, born January 8, 1863.
9. Clarry Francis Scott, born February 7, 1868.

QUERY

Mrs. E. M. Dines, 200 N. Murray Hill Road, Columbus, Ohio (43228) is seeking infor— mat ion on her Sparks ancestry. Sarah A. Sparks was born in Maryland about 1807 Although her parents' names are unknown, census records indicate that they, too, were born in Maryland. About 1833, Sarah A. Sparks married John Anderson, who was born in either Pennsylvania or Virginia (could be either from census reading). She died March 30, 1887, in Vinton County, Ohio; he died in the same county in Oct, 1860. They must have been married before coming to Ohio, as every county in southeastern Ohio has been searched for their marriage record, to no avail.

QUERY

Mrs. Kathryn Durham, 5647 Orizaba Ave., Long Beach, California, is seeking information on an ancestress named Elizabeth Sparks. She married Benjamin S. Carr. Her birth place was Pennsylvania, his was Indiana. Their son, Benjamin Franklin Carr, who was born in Iowa on January 4, 1836, died in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on January 29, 1916. Considering the date of birth of her son, it is probable that Elizabeth Sparks was born between 1800 and 1820.


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QUERY
INFORMATION WANTED ON ELECTA SPARKS, born ca. 1797 IN CONNECTICUT

Mrs. Joy J. Johnson, Pipe Creek, Texas, is seeking information on Electa Sparks who, according to census records, was born ca. 1797 in Connecticut. She was married about 1813 to Dennis Eli Walker. They lived in Friendship, New York, from 1814 to 1816, then moved to Pennsylvania where they remained until 1831; they then returned to Friendship, New York. Can anyone assist Mrs. Johnson in identifying the family of Electa Sparks?


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Whole Number 55

QUERY
WHO WAS MATTHEW SPARKS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, INDIANA?

Mr. Roy E. Callaway is compiling a genealogy of the descendants of Micajah Callaway who was born ca. 1755 in Lynchburg, Virginia. His daughter, Lucy Callaway, who was born ca. 1815, married Matthew Sparks in Washington County, Indiana, on February 4, 1836. This family was still living in Washington County when the 1850 census was taken, but the names on that census are extremely difficult to read. (See the Quarterly of June 1960, Vol. VIII, No. 2, Whole No. 30, p. 488.) Mr. Callaway reports, however, that he has found the names of the twelve children of Matthew and Lucy (callaway) Sparks in a settlement of an estate in 1890, as follows:

Children of Matthew and Lucy (Callaway) Sparks:

1. John H. Sparks, born ca. 1837. (The middle initial is probably for Hawkins.)
2. Sallie Sparks, born ca. 1838. (She married FNU Dietchler.)
3. Nancy Sparks, born ca. 1841. (She married FNU Baker.)
4. Chloe Sparks, born ca. 1843. (She married FNU Stewart.)
5. Mary Ann Sparks, born ca. 1844. (She married FNU Gates.)
6. Benjamin Sparks, born ca. 1845. (His wife was named Sarah E.)
7. Noble Sparks.
8. Dr. Franklin Sparks.
9. Elizabeth Sparks. (She married FNU Little.)
10. Jesse Sparks, born ca. 1849. 11. Matthew Sparks, probably born after 1850.

Should anyone have further knowledge of this family, please write to the editor, Russell E. Bidlack, 1709 Cherokee Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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Whole Number 56

QUERY

WHO WAS WILLIAM SPARKS, BORN IN KENTUCKY IN 1799, DIED 1871?

Mrs. John Peterka, R.R. 1, Swisher, Iowa (52338) is seeking information on the following branch of the Sparks family. Mrs. Peterka would be delighted to correspond with anyone connected with this family.

William Sparks (sometimes spelled Sparkes) was born somewhere in Kentucky in January 1799. Nothing has been learned of his parentage except that a granddaughter once stated that his mother's maiden name had been Stivers. William Sparks died on August 5, 1871, in Johnson County, Indiana. His tombstone in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Hensley Township, Johnson County, Indiana, about 3/4 miles from the town of Samaria, reads: 'William Sparkes, born January 1799, died August 5, 1871.'

In 1934, a granddaughter of William Sparks wrote a letter in which she sketched the family history. She was an elderly woman at the time and her memory was failing, so it is difficult to know how reliable her account is. She stated, however, that the parents of William Sparks had come from Ireland and settled in Kentucky where William was born. She did not give their names, except to state that William's mother's maiden name had been Stivers. It is interesting that a John Stivers lived near William Sparks in 1830, according to the census of that year, and that an Edward Stivers was living near him in 1840. This granddaughter of William Sparks stated that William married Nancy Baden Crafford or Crawford and that her parents had come from England. The death certificate of Edward Sparks, one of William's Sons, the father of Edwards is given as William, born in Kentucky, and the mother is given as Nancy Crawford, born in England. The 1850 census, however, gives the birth place of Nancy as Kentucky. She was born ca. 1804.

William Sparks and his family were living in Johnson County, Indiana, when the 1850 census was taken. It is probable that he was the same William Sparks who had purchased land in Johnson County on January 14, 1834, from Samuel Lawrence. According to the deed for this purchase, William Sparks was a resident of Bartholomew County, Indiana, at the time. He was listed on the 1830 census of Bartholomew; his age was given as between 30 and 40. Living with him was one female (his wife, probably) aged between 20 and 30; also 2 females aged from< 5 to 10 and 2 females aged under 5 years. William and Nancy Sparks were the parents of nine known children, order of birth not know, as follows:

(1) Luanna Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy Sparks, was born in Kentucky during the1820's. She was married in 1839 in Johnson County, Indiana, to William Hogg (marriage bond dated April 25, 1839). They moved to Missouri and were the parents of 16 children.
(2) Katherine T. Sparks, called Kate, daughter of William and Nancy, was born sometime during the 1820's, was married in 1846 in Johnson County, Indiana, to Barton S. Dunham (marriage bond dated January 30, 1846). He was called Bart. They are known to have had three children.
(3) Fanny Jane Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy Sparks, was born sometime during the1820's, and was married in 1847 in Johnson County, Indiana, to Richard Furgeson (or Ferguson), (marriage bond dated May 20, 1847). They were the parents of five children.
(4) James Sparks, son of William and Nancy Sparks, was born ca. 1831 in Indiana and was married in 1850 in Johnson County, Indiana, to Elizabeth Richmond (marriage bond dated January 16, 1850). She was born in Kentucky about 1827. They moved to Grinnell, Iowa, and are known to have had at least five children:Andrew Sparks, Bart Sparks, Crawford Sparks, Abigal Sparks (she married Nelson Frost), Fanny Sparks (she married John Sloan).

(5) Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy Sparks, was born ca. 1833 in Indiana; he was married, first, to A. P. Leggins bywhom she is known to have had eight children. She was married, second, to Marshall Schrongham by whom she had two children.

(6) Edward Sparks, son of William and Nancy Sparks, was born March 20, 1836, in Indiana and died on November 10, 1933, in Maysville, Dekalb County, Missouri. He was married twice. He was married first to Elizabeth A. Pitcher in 1856 (marriage bond dated March 24, 1856). She had one child, but both she and the child died. Edward married, second, Mary Ann Betner in 1857 (Johnson County, Ind., marriage bond dated November 25, 1857). She was born October 22, 1840, in Indiana and died on November 3, 1932, in Maysville, Missouri; she was a daughter of Jacob and Deborah (Huntsinger) Bittner, or Betner. The marriage of Edward Sparks and Mary Ann Betner was performed by the Rev. John W. Ragsdale on November 27, 1857. Edward Sparks was usually called by his nickname, 'Ned.' In 1863, he moved to Missouri and the following year to Iowa, then back to Indiana. In the early 1890's, Edward and Mary Ann moved to Missouri where two of their married children were living. When Edward was in his sixties, he met with a serious accident. He and Mart Thomas had driven a team to Maysville, Missouri, and on the way home the horses ran away. The men were thrown out of the buggy and Edward's hip was broken. There was no one to set it, and it was believed that he was too seriously hurt to recover. He did recover, however, and spent the last thirty years ot his life in a wheel chair. In 1932, Edward became confined to his bed and Mary Ann cared for him although she was almost blind, but very alert. She died on November 3, 1932, and was buried at Fairport Cemetery near Maysville. When friends and neighbors came to call on Edward following his wife's death, he told them, 'We walked hand in hand for 75 years. Now she has found a better hand.' Edward died a year later, on November 10, 1933, and was buried next to his beloved wife. They were the parents of the following children:

(a) Martha M. Sparks, born June 3, 1861, in Indiana, and died June 12, 1938, in Indiana; she married Willis Ault. They had two children, Chester Ault and Dora Ault.
(b) Margaret C. Sparks, born April 16, 1863, in Johnson Co., Indd., and died September 28, 1934, in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa. She married William Petro and had the following children: Vida Opal, Earl McDonald, Bertha Ann, Victor Irvine, LeRoy Ralphard, Tilson, Leona, Elbie, Covie, Ruth, and Lois Cecile.
(c) Breckenridge Sparks, born June 18, 1865, in Iowa, died September 24, 1935, in Maysville, Missouri. He married Ida Urich. They had children named Lawrence, Edith, Harlan, Donald, Lois, and Forest.
(d) Lucy B. Sparks, born April 17, 1868, in Iowa, died January 5, 1894; she married - - - - -Keller and lived in St. Joseph, Missouri. They had one son, named Phillip.
(e) Jacob Sparks, born August 29, 1881, in Indiana. He married Myrtle Beckwith and had children named Fern, Loren and Carl.

(7) William Sparks, Jr., son of William and Nancy Sparks, was born ca. 1839 in Johnson County, Indiana. He was married in 1859 in Johnson County to Miranda Whitacher (or Whitaker), (marriage bond dated May 31, 1859.) The middle initial of William Sparks, Jr., was given as 'C' on the marriage bond and as 'W' on the 1850 census. He died in a Soldiers' home in Arkansas. He had two sons and two daughters.

(8) Margaret Ann Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy Sparks, was born in Indiana in September 1841; she died on January 15, 1861, and was buried in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Johnson County, Indiana. Her age on her tombstone is given as 19 years, 3 months and 27 days. She had married Jesse Bolt and is known to have had one son. She probably died at the time this son was born.

(9) Absolom Sparks, son of William and Nancy Sparks, was born March 10, 1844, and died on August 23, 1932. He married Mary Ellen Dine in April 1865. She was born February 6, 1849 and died on December 22, 1927. They were the parents of four children:

(a) Rebecca Catherine Sparks, born January 31, 1866, and died October 10, 1933. She married Lewis Allen and had seven children.
(b) Margaret Anna Sparks, born .T'an. 5, 1868, and died November 6, 1878. She was buried in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Johnson Co., Ind.
(c) Joseph Ambrose Sparks, born October 22, 1869, and died in 1946. He married Effie Oliver on January 16, 1901. He was called 'Brose' and lived in Morgantown, Ind. He and Effie had one son, Lloyd Oliver Sparks, born May 15, 1902.
(d) William Alonzo Sparks, born November 6, 1871. He married Lizzie Jacobs. They had two daughters, Pearlie Marie Sparks who married Arnold Smith and Violet Hazel Sparks who married Bert Nevil.


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Whole Number 59

QUERY

WHO WERE THE PARENTS OF LOCELIA SPARKS (1801-1872) OF PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND?

Mr. Hobart Darling of 8820 Junipero, Atascadero, California, descends from Locelia Sparks who was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on April 11, 1801, and died in Clinton County, Michigan, in Dec, 1872. In 1819, Locelia Sparks married Ira Asariah Selden in Chautauqua County, New York. They moved to Ohio in 1833 and to lonia County, Michigan, in 1844. They later homesteaded land in Clinton County, Michigan.

It is known that Locelia Sparks had a sister named Sarah who married FNU Barrington; she also had brothers named George Sparks and Asa Sparks, and a half- brother named John Sparks.

Ira A. and Locelia (Sparks) Selden were the parents of the following children:

1. Mary Clarissa Selden, born February 22, 1820, in Chautauqua County, New York; died February 8, 1884, in Orange Twp., lonia County, Michigan; married Theodore Rice Darling about 1840 in Ohio.
2. John Selden, born in 1822 in Chautauqua County, New York,
3. Julius Selden, born in 1824 in Chautauqua County, New York.
4. Benjamin Selden, born in Nov, 1826, in Chautaqua County, New York; died in Eagle Twp., Clinton County, Michigan, in 189-; he married Amanda Martin.


5. Sarah Bethany Selden, born February 22, 1828, in Chautaqua County, New York; died in Danby Twp., lonia County, Michigan, on May 28, 1909; she married Zachariah Grinnels in December 1847 in Ionia County, Mich.
6. Cynthia Selden, born October 9, 1830, in Chautaqua County, New York; died in Orange Twp., lonia County, Michigan, in 1914; she married (first) Thomas Sheridan; (2d) David Joslin; and (third) Wyatt Thorpe.
7. Esther Cordelia Selden, born July 31, 1832, in Chautaqua Co., New York; she died in Traverse City, Michigan, on January 7, 1907; she married (first) Stephen Wainwright; (second) George W. Johnson; and (third) Isaac Morrison.
8. Zelotus Selden, born in December 1834 in Ohio; died in Clinton Co., Mich., in December 1868; he married Eliza Rockwell in May 1866,
9. Lavansy R. Selden, born in 1837 in Ohio; married Jasper Martin about 1855.


10. Lovina R. Selden, born April 18, 1839, in Ohio, died in Osceola Co., Mich., on January 5, 1905; married William Mann in 1856 in Portland, Mich.
11. Locelia Loretta Selden, born June 5, 1842, in Ohio; died April 7, 1920 in lonia Co., Mich.; she married Samuel S. Slaight Nov, 20, 1866.
12. Lafayette Selden, born October 14, 1845, in Clinton Co., Mich.; died in 1917 in lonia Co., Mich.; he married Percy Fifield about 1867.


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Whole Number 60

Query

Clarissa A. Sheppard of 2440 23rd Street, N.L, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, would like to correspond with any member of L.D.S. Church (Mormon) whose genealogy contains a Sparks family living in either Essex County or Kent County, England.


Page 1157

Whole Number 62

QUERY

ARE THERE DESCENDANTS OF JOHN T. AND MARTHA F. (JOHNSTON) SPARKS

David Farris, Box 8574, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (19101) is preparing a genealogy of the descendants of Col. John Tate (1743-1828) of Russell County, Virginia. One of his granddaughters, Cerena Tate (1813-1854), was married in 1835 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, to Richard James Lea. One of their children, Cerena Bratcher Lea, was married in Macon County, Missouri, to James Abner Johnston. A daughter of James Abner and Cerena (Lea) Johnston was Martha Fairlane Johnston (born March 5, 1882, died November 3, 1933); she was married on January 30, 1906, to JOHN P. SPARKS.

Mr. Farris would like to correspond with descendants of John P. and Martha F. (Johnston) Sparks. He assumes that they lived in Macon County, Missouri, but he is not sure.

Page 1158

QUERY

ARE THERE DESCENDANTS OF JAMES JEFFERSON SPARKS (born 1808)

OF PERRY AND HUMPHREYS COUNTIES, TENNESSEE?

Bill R. Linder, 1370 Bryan Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah (84105) would like to get in touch with descendants of James Jefferson Sparks, who was born in Georgia on April 14, 1808. He was a son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Jones) Sparks and a grandson of Matthew and Sarah Sparks. (See the Quarterly of June 1961, Whole No. 34, Vol. IX, No. 2, pp. 556-566, and also of September 1966, Whole No. 55, Vol. XIV, No. 3, p. 1017.)

James Jefferson Sparks came with his parents to Hickman County, Tennessee, about 1810. He married Rhoda Murphree of Hickman County, Tennessee. She was born on December 19, 1813, and was a daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Brown) Murphree.

When the 1850 census was taken, James Jefferson Sparks was living in Humphreys County, Tennessee. From this census record, it appears that he and his wife, Rhoda, had the following children by 1850, all born in Tennessee:

1. Martha Sparks, born ca. 1834.
2. Mary Sparks, born ca. 1837.
3. Daniel Sparks, born ca. 1840.
4. Jesse Sparks, born ca. 1841.
5. Sarah Sparks, born ca. 1845.
6. James Sparks, born ca. 1847.

Both your editor and Mr. Linder would be very pleased to obtain a more complete record of the family of James Jefferson and Rhoda (Murphree) Sparks.

WHO WAS THE PHOEBE SPARKS WHO MARRIED CHRISTOPHER AULT IN 1815?

Mrs. Fred J. Spiser, 9103 S. Milliken St., Whittier, California. (90605) is seeking information on PHOEBE SPARKS who married Christopher Ault in Highland Co., Ohio, on June 21, 1815. They were living in Paint Township in that county when the 1820 census was taken. Christopher Ault bought Federal land in Marion Co., Indiana, on December 20, 1825, and some of his children later lived in Marion, Tipton, and Howard Counties, Indiana. According to one account, the accuracy of which is uncertain, “Phoebe's father was John Sparks of Virginia.” The same source states that Phoebe Sparks and Christopher Ault were the parents of ten children, but we know of only four at this time:

1. Leah Ault, born August 26, 1821, in Highland Co., Ohio; died September 1, 1883, in Tipton Co., Indiana. She married (first) John Griswold on December 30, 1840, and (second) William Hazel on September 1, 1859.
2. Jesse Ault, born October 22, 1835, in Howard Co., Indiana; died August 22, 1910, in Howard Co., Indiana. He married (first) Mary C. Kelley who died on July 26, 1889; he married (second) Mahala J. Dailey on October 8, 1891. Jesse Ault lost his left arm in the Civil War.
3. Christopher Ault, Jr. He married Elizabeth Koable in Howard Co., Indiana, on April 30, 1857. He was a private in Co. D, 51st Regiment of Indiana Infantry Volunteers in the Civil War and died in the General Hospital of Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27, 1862.
4. Lavinia Ault. She married John B. Roby.


Page 1171

Whole Number 63

QUERY

Mrs. Edward B. Johnson of 19 Lakeside Club, Tacoma, Washington (98498) is searching for the parentage and other family records of her great-grandmother, ABBIE SPARKS CRISMAN. Mrs. Johnson knows that Abbie Sparks was born in New York in 1848 or 1849, on either January 21 or December 21. She married John Crisman, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1841 or 1842.

Abbie Sparks Crisman lived in a rural farm home eight miles east and five miles north of Holyoke, Colorado (Philips County), from 1889 to about 1896. She later lived in Greeley, Colorado, and possibly in Amherst, Colorado. She had six children:

(1) Ed, who was living in Greeley, Colorado, between 1925 and 1931 and died (there ?) about 1960.
(2) Mae (Scruggs) lived in St. Louis, Missouri, until about 1955. She married Mahlon Zachow and died in Tacoma, Washington, in 1958.
(3) Lois Love (Colburn), born November 18, 1896, was Mrs. Johnson's grandmother. She died in Tacoma, Washington, in Dec, 1965.
(4) Daughter, name unknown.
(5) Son or daughter, name unknown.
(6) Son or daughter, name unknown.


Whole Number 65

QUERY

Mrs. Asa C. Barnes, of 326 Lincoln Ave., Lincoln, Illinois (62656) is seeking information on her ancestor, SAMUEL SPARKS, who was born somewhere in New Jersey on April 15, 1800, and died in Logan County, Illinois, on September 23, 1865. According to one account, he accompanied his father, a Baptist preacher, to Ohio about 1815. He was married in Clark County, Ohio, to Mary Hurd (or Heard) on May 26, 1825. A daughter of Thomas Hurd, she was born October 25, 1805, and died November 19, 1893. In 1837 Samuel Sparks moved to Sangamon County, Illinois and two years later to Logan County, IL. Their children were named James, Elizabeth, Phoebe Jane, Susan, Jesse D., Eveline, Mary, Samuel Jr., Sarah, and John.


Page 1266

Whole Number 67

WHO WAS NANCY SPARKS, BORN 1810-1820, WHO MARRIED MATHIS COOK?

Mr. Tommy M. Guise, Star Route, Geraldine, Alabama, a new member of the Association, descends from a Nancy Sparks on whom he is anxious to obtain more information. Since her first child was born in 1837, it is probable that Nancy was born between 1810 and 1820. It is also believed that she was born in South Carolina. It is known that her first two children were born there. About 1835 Nancy Sparks married Mathis Cook, probably in South Carolina. He was born January 1, 1803, and died on January 14, 1892.

The family moved from South Carolina, through Georgia, and into Alabama where they settled in DeKalb County. Evidently Nancy died in South Carolina or in Georgia. Mathis Cook's second wife was named Sarah.

Mathis Cook and Nancy (Sparks) Cook were the parents of the following children:

1. Nancy Cook, born August 21, 1837, died September 28, 1919.
2. Joshua W. Cook, born July lh, 1839, died April 26, 1906.
3. Martha Jane Cook, born January 1849, died March 4, 1930.
4. “Liza” Cook. (birth and death date not known)
5. Mary Elizabeth Cook, born February 19, 1858, died June 1930. (This latter
child may have been a daughter of the second wife of Mathis Cook.)

Can anyone assist in identifying Nancy Sparks?


Whole Number 69

DO YOU HAVE AN ANCESTOR NAMED HILL?

Since 1936, Mr. Edwin P. Hill, 3448 West 10th St., Indianapolis, Ind. (46222) has been collecting records on all branches of the Hill family. In fact, he now has records for over 90,000 men named Hill from all over the world. He would welcome information or queries regarding you Hill ancestors.


Page 1670

Whole Number 86

WHO WAS ELLERY SPARKS, DIED 1864?

In Volume 33 of the Iowa Journal of History and Politics was published the diary that a man named William Salter kept between July 4, 1864, and August 17, 1864. Apparently Salter was a journalist and was observing the effects of the Civil War by visiting army hospitals. The entry in his diary for Wednesday, July 27, 1864, reads as follows: "Before Atlanta. Isaac Wickham died this evening. Ellery Sparks also died. Wrote letters for both." Can anyone identify Ellery Sparks?


Pages 1708-1709

Whole Number 88

QUERY- - FRANK SPARKS, JR., (born July 15, 1870)

Charles F. Kinsey, Box 529, Mackinaw, Illinois (61755) is seeking information on his grandfather, Frank Sparks, Jr. He was a son of Francis Marion Sparks, born April 25,1837, died August 4, 1903, at Buffalo, Illinois. His mother was Rebecca Jane (Walker) Sparks. (See the Quarterly of March 1973, Vol. XXI, No. 1, Whole No. 81, pp. 1541-1545, for more data on this branch of the family.) Frank Sparks, Jr., ("Frank" was probably a nickname for Francis) was born July 15, 1870. He was married on August 12, 1895, in Tazewell County, Illinois, to Grace Etta Layton, born June 3, 1877, a daughter of Henry Clay and Mary Marinda (Mathews) Layton. Frank and Grace Etta (Layton) Sparks had two sons: Guy, born November 28, 1895, and Ralph Harold, born June 2, 1897. Frank and Grace were divorced on May 1, 1897. Guy Sparks was adopted by Charles and Maggie Kinsey; Ralph Harold was sent to a Christian Home in St. Louis. Called simply Harold, he was taken out of the Home by people named Pittenger; he used their name but he was never adopted. No one seems to know what became of Frank Sparks, Jr. (born 1870), though it is said that he went to California in the late 1890's.


Whole Number 89

CAN ANYONE IDENTIFY MRS. JANICE FLEMING OF INDIANAPOLIS?

A Mrs. Janice Fleming wrote recently to inquire about joining the Association and to ask for information regarding her ancestor, William Sparks (1772-1862), son of Zachariah Sparks. Mrs. Fleming did not include her address and we have been unable to respond to her query. Her letter was postmarked Indianapolis, Indiana. There are many persons named Fleming in the Indianapolis telephone directory. Can anyone identify this Mrs. Janice Fleming?


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Whole Number 87

QUERY--MARGARET (SPARKS) STUART

Mrs. Dorothy (Long) Moffett, P.O. Box 284, Conneaut, Ohio, 44030, hopes to learn the identity of the parents of Margaret Sparks who was born ca. 1776 (her age was given as 74 on the 1850 census of Ritchie County, Virginia (now West Virginia) and her place of birth was given as Pennsylvania). She died about 1863 at Goose Creek in Ritchie County. Margaret Sparks was married in Harrison County, Virginia (later West Virginia) to Joseph Stuart on February 24, 1797 (Marriage Bond Book 1, page 250).

According to the History of Ritchie County, West Virginia by Minnie Kendall Lowther published in 1911 (page 26), Joseph Stuart with his family, and a brother named George Stuart with his family, moved from Harrison County to what became Ritchie County (both in what became West Virginia at the time of the Civil War) in the year 1805. Joseph Stuart settled, according to the Lowther history, "at the mouth of Stuart's Run," while his brother George settled on land on which the town of Harrisville now stands. Until 1843, when Ritchie County was formed from parts of Harrison, Lewis, and Wood Counties, the area in which Joseph Stuart settled was part of Wood County. Actually, it appears that Joseph Stuart was in Wood County slightly earlier than 1805, the year Lowther states he moved with his family from Harrison County. Mrs. Moffett has found a deed in Wood County dated March 15, 1804, by which he purchased 142 acres of land in Wood County (Deed Book 2. page 208); in this deed, Joseph Stuart is described as "of Wood County."

Joseph Stuart lost his life, according to the Lowther history, by "falling off a lumber kiln, while erecting the first store house at Harrisburg." From other sources, we know that his death occurred in 1823.

The children of Joseph and Margaret (Sparks) Stuart were:

1. Nancy Stuart. She married (first) Joseph Wilkinson; (second) Nicholas Shrader.
2. Stephen Stuart. He married Maria Fitzhue in 1820. They moved to Oregon. 3. John Stuart. Never married; he went to Oregon with is brother, Stephen.
4. Elizabeth Stuart, born ca. 1804. She married Abel Sinnett in 1831 and died in 1881.
5. George Stuart, born ca. 1807. He married Hannah Harris.
6. Rachael Stuart, born ca. 1810. Never married.
7. James Stuart, born ca. 1811. He married Catherine Deem in 1834; she died in 1873.
8. Margaret Stuart, born ca. 1814. She married Thomas Stout in 1831.
9. Belinda Stuart (or Malinda). She did not marry.
10. Joseph Stuart, born ca. 1819. He married Elizabeth Smith in 1846. 11. William S. Stuart, born ca. 1822. He married (first) Sophia Smith in 1853; and (second) Elizabeth A. Ayers in 1863. After his second marriage, he moved to Indiana.

It is quite possible that this Margaret Sparks (ca.1776 -ca.1863) who married Joseph Stuart in 1797 was in some wary a member of the Sparks family that lived in Washington County, Pennsylvania. In the Quarterly of June 1963 (Vol. XI, No. 2, Whole No. 42) we published an article on George Sparks and William Sparks of Washington County, whom we believe to have been brothers. We know that this George Sparks was born in the 1730's and that his wife's name was Mary. George Sparks died in 1806.

The second son of George and Mary Sparks was George Sparks, Jr., born sometime during the 1750's. He married Rachel Norris in 1785 and moved to what is now Taylor county, West Virginia, settling near Pruntytown. Taylor County, however, did not become a separate county until 1844 and the section where George Sparks, Jr., settled was then in Harrison County. (It was in Harrison County that Margaret Sparks was married in 1797.) George Sparks, Jr., died in Harrison County, later Taylor County, in 1802, leaving his wife and six children. Mrs. Bertha Dell Snyder O'Keefe joined the D.A.R. on the basis of the Revolutionary War service per
formed by George Sparks, Jr., who was her great-grandfather. (He served as a private from Pennsylvania and was a prisoner of the British in New York.) Mrs. O'Keefe stated that a grandson of George Sparks, Jr., owned the family Bible listing the six children of George Sparks, Jr., and his wife, Rachel Norris, as follows:

1. Solomon Sparks, born January 4, 1787; married Rachel Nixon.
2. Polly Sparks (probably nickname for Mary)
3. William Sparks (born ca. 1790)
4. Bettie Sparks (probably nickname for Elizabeth, born ca. 1790)
5. George Sparks.
6. Anna Sparks, born January 10, 1800, died June 27, 1873; she married Adam Snyder (1795 -1847) on April 27, 1817.

Rachel (Norris) Sparks, the widow of George Sparks, Jr., married as her second husband, Thomas Little. This marriage is recorded in Harrison County, West Virginia, and is dated July 18, 1808 (Marriage Book 2, page 279).

A query appearing in the D.A.R. Magazine many years ago (Vol. 46, page 244) stated that Anna Sparks, born in 1800, was born near Clarksburgh, which is the county seat of Harrison County, West Virginia. A record copied for us from the "Indiana D.A.R. Genealogical Records Collection", Vol. 1, pp. 73-74, however, states that she was born in what became Taylor County, West Virginia. This latter record gives a list of the twelve children of Anna Sparks and her husband, Adam Snyder, and was published in the Quarterly of September 1963 (Vol. XI, No. 3, Whole No. 43, page 759). In this same issue of the Quarterly, we published an abstract of the War of 1812 Bounty Land Warrant File of Solomon Sparks, son of George Sparks, Jr., and his wife Rachel (Norris) Sparks. This Solomon Sparks was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, on January 4, 1787, and died in Taylor County, West Virginia, on May 21, 1860. He was listed on the 1820 and 1830 censuses of Harrison County, West Virginia (then Virginia, of course). Also listed on the 1830 census of Harrison County, as head of a household consisting of a boy aged under 5 years and a girl aged between 5 and 10, was a Mary Sparks, aged 30 to 40 years.

It is known that this Solomon Sparks was taxed for "one white tithable" in Harrison County in 1817, 1818, 1819, 1821, and 1824. A William Sparks was taxed there also for "one white tithable" in 1824; he was probably also a son of George Sparks, Jr., and Rachel (Norris) Sparks. He was also probably the William Sparks who appeared on the 1850 census of Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia) aged 60 years, with birthplace given as Pennsylvania. Living with him was Sarah Sparks, age 48, Margaret Sparks, age 15, and Mary Sparks, age 13, all born in Virginia.

It is also possible that Margaret Sparks (subject of the query) was the daughter of William Sparks of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, who died in 1788, one of whose children was named Margaret. Fayette County, Pennsylvania, is relatively near
Harrison County, West Virginia. In his will dated March 24, 1788, William Sparks
referred to his "little girls" named Rachel, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Sarah. The Margaret Sparks who is the subject of this query would have been about 12 years
old in 1788. (For a biographical sketch of this William Sparks, see the Quarterly of March 1968, Vol. XVI, No. l, Whole No. 61.) It is possibly significant that a close neighbor of William Sparks in Fayette County, Penna., was named E. D. Stewart. We have no information on what became of the daughters of William Sparks, and can only speculate on the possibility that his daughter Margaret was the subject of this query.


Page 2018

Whole Number 102

QUERY--EUGENE SPARKS, born 1843, died 1918

Richard Hart of 2735 Forest Glen Trail, Riverwoods, Illinois (60015) is seeking information regarding his great-grandfather, Eugene Sparks, who was born April 4, 1843, in Wyoming County, New York, and died in Grand Rapids, Wood County, Wisconsin, on May ll, 1918. He was married twice, first on January 2, 1874, in Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, to Lydia Huff (or Hoff), daughter of Michael Huff (or Hoff) who was born in Wisconsin; she died October 28, 1903, in Grand Rapids. He married, second, Mary Swartout (nickname Mayme) on July 13, 1912; she was born May 29, 1893, at Necedah, Juneau County, Wisconsin, daughter of Chauncey and Julia (Hakes) Swartout. On January 27, 1932, she married Ben Sparks, who died September 5, 1952. In 1958, Sarien Morgan of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, stated in document supporting a pension application of Mary Sparks that she was "a former sister-in-law of Mary Swartout Sparks having been married to her brother-in-law Albert Sparks."

From the application for a Civil War pension, we know that Eugene Sparks was enrolled in the Union Army in Geneseo, New York, on March 13, 1864, in Co. F, l04th Regt. of the New York Volunteer Infantry; he was discharged near Washington on July 17, 1865. He stated that he had moved from New York to Wisconsin in 1867. There is a family tradition that Eugene Sparks was born Eugene Wilber (or Wilburs) and that his parents were killed, after which he was reared by a Sparks family who were relatives. His marriage license to Lydia Huff in 1874 named his parents as John and Mary Wilber. However, his marriage certificate involving his second wife in 1912 gives his parents as Bernard Sparks and Fannie Bainard. When the 1850 census of Wyoming County, New York, was taken, Eugene Sparks ,age 4, was living with Nehemiah Sparks, age 58, and his wife, Lucy Sparks, age 60. Likewise, in 1860, Eugene Sparks, age 14, was living with Nehemiah Sparks, now age 68. Nehemiah and Lucy Sparks are buried in Eagle Village Cemetery, Wyoming County, N.Y.; he died Dec11, 1876; she died July 14, 1858. On both of these censuses, Eugene Sparks's age was given as three years less than what it should have been according to the date of birth (1843) which he gave for himself on his pension application.

Eugene Sparks had at least four children by his first wife: Frank Sparks, born November 2, 1874; Will Sparks, born February 25, 1876; Lottie Sparks, born March 1, 1887; and Flora Sparks, born February 12, 1883. by his second wife he had one son, Walter Sparks, born November 3, 1914.


Page 2042
Whole Number 103

CORRECTION AND QUERY

In the Quarterly for March 1973 (Vol. XXI, No. 1, Whole No. 81, pp.1537-39) appeared a short article on ARCHIBALD SPARKS (born ca. 1790, died about 1836) who was married in Woodford County, Kentucky, in 1814 to his first wife, Elizabeth Carter. His first wife died, leaving three children

Georgeann Sparks,
John Sparks, and
Berry F. Sparks

Archibald was married a second time, in Clark County, Indiana, to Sarah Lewis. Sometime between 1832 and 1838, Archibald Sparks died and his widow subsequently married John Dietz, II. Archibald Sparks and his second wife, Sarah Lewis, had three children:

William Lewis Sparks, born February 10, 1827, died January 30, 1914;
Catherine Davis Sparks, born March 214, 1829, died January 18, 1901; and
Thomas Davis Sparks, born February 10, 1832.

In the brief record of Catherine Davis Sparks appearing on page 1539 of the Quarterly it was noted that she married and had four children. One of these children, Martha Reed, married Albert Glines--the name was incorrectly given as Glives on page 1539.

This correction has been provided by a descendant, Mary Ellen Reeves of 26149 7th Ave., Sacramento, California. (95818). In a recent letter, Mrs. Reeves points out that Catherine Davis Sparks and Thomas Davis Sparks, children of Archibald and Sarah (Lewis) Sparks, had the middle name Davis because an older sister of Sarah, Katherine Lewis, had married Samuel R. Davis. After the death of Archibald Sparks, this sister helped Sarah (Lewis) Sparks care for her small children.

Mrs. Reeves also notes that Sarah Lewis, second wife of Archibald Sparks, was a daughter of John and Martha (Kelly) Sparks; the parents of Martha Kelly were Lawrence and Martha (Smith) Kelly.

Mrs. Reeves reports that she has an oral tradition that a son of William Lewis Sparks (1827-1914) named John I. Sparks, who was living in 1938, moved to Florida. The family had moved from Kentucky to Missouri in 1852. It was at Liberty, Missouri, that William Lewis Sparks died in 1914. Mrs. Reeves would like very much to locate descendants of this William Lewis Sparks.



Page 1448

Whole Number 76

QUERY

A member of the Association, Willard Morris Sparks, has asked written that his company is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a former employee who has mail that cannot be delivered. The employee's name and last address are Mrs. Barbara F. Sparks, Rocky Rivers, Ohio. Anyone knowing Mrs. Sparks is asked to advise her to contact Mr. W. J. Bischof, Office of the Secretary, IEM Corp., Old Orchard Road, Armonk, New York (10504).


Page 2194-2197

Whole Number 109

QUERY: JAMES SPARKS (ca.1803-ca.1880)

OF HARLAN AND LAUREL COUNTIES, KENTUCKY

Mrs. Jeraldyne B. Clipson, 905 Greenville Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio (45246) is seek-the ancestry of her great-great-great-grandfather, James Sparks, who lived in Harlan and Laurel Counties, Kentucky. She would be pleased to correspond with anyone who has information about him, or who is a descendant.

James Sparks was born ca. 1803 in Virginia, and he may have been a son of Absalom and Elizabeth (McQuann or McQuawm) Sparks who were married in Washington County, Virginia, on January 5? 1801. Absalom Sparks was apparently born ca. 1770-1775. He paid taxes on his personal property in Washington County, Virginia, in 1799 and also from 1802 to 1805. by 18ll, however, he had moved to Lee County, Virginia, where he paid taxes that year.

Sometime between 18ll and 1818, Absalom Sparks moved westward to Knox County, Kentucky, settling in that portion which became a part of Harlan County in 1819. He paid taxes in Knox County in 1819, but the following year he paid taxes in Harlan County. He also appeared on the 1820 census of Harlan County as the head of a household which was enumerated as follows:

Absalom Sparks ----- 1 male "between 10 and 16 years of age 1 male between 16 and 18 years of age 1 male over 45 years of age

1 female between 10 and 16 years of age

2 females "between 16 and 26 years of age 1 female over 45 years of age

Absalom Sparks continued to pay taxes in Harlan County until 1829. He also served on a jury there in 1829, but we have found no further record of him. He apparently died prior to 1830, for he did not appear on the 1830 census of Harlan County. James Sparks, probably son of Absalom, was listed in Harlan County as the head of a household which included his wife, three children, and three adults. The enumeration was as follows:

James Sparks ----- 1 male under 5 years of age 2 males between 20 and 30 years of age 2 females under 5 years of age 4 females between 20 and 30 years of age

From these census data and from what we know about the family of James Sparks, it would appear that in 1830 his household consisted of the following persons: himself, 20-30; his brother, 20-30; his son, Calvin, 0-5; his wife, 20-30; his three sisters, 20-30; and his daughters, Elizabeth and Rebecca, 0-5.

James Sparks married Matilda ----- about 1825, probably in Harlan County. She was born ca. 1804 in Kentucky. She and James lived on Martins Fork? a tributary of the Cumberland River, where they owned a 150-acre farm. James was a farmer-attorney, and represented Harlan County in the 1845 session of the Kentucky Legislature. Shortly thereafter, he and Matilda sold their farm and moved to Laurel County, Kentucky.

James and Matilda Sparks had ten children according to census data. All were apparently born in Kentucky. According to the 1830 and 1840 censuses of Harlan County, they had four sons and four daughters born prior to 1840. Two daughters were added about 1843. James and Matilda appeared on the 1850 and i860 censuses of Laurel County. Matilda died sometime after i860; James died after 1880. Here are their ten children:

1. Calvin Sparks, son of James and Matilda Sparks, was born ca. 1826. He married Esther Green about 1846 and they had eight children:

a. Elizabeth Sparks was born ca. 1847. She died on March 4, 1855. b. Nancy Sparks was born ca. 1850. She died on February 27, 1855. c. James Sparks was born on February 17? 1852. He married Rachel ----- and they had at least one child, Mary A. Sparks, born ca. 1874.

d. John M. Sparks was born October 1, 1853. He married Mary ----- and they had at least four children: William H., Malisa E., Jonathan, and Laura A.

e. William Burton Sparks was born June 2, 1856. f. Rebecca Sparks was born ca. 1858. g. Mary E. Sparks was born ca. 1862. h. Absalom Sparks was born ca. 1864.

2. Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of James and Matilda Sparks, was 'born ca. 1828. She married Caleb Witt Catching on November 12, 1849, in Laurel County. He was born ca. 1821 in Kentucky and died about 188l. Elizabeth died sometime after December 188l. She and Caleb had ten children:

a. Matilda Ann Catching was born ca. 1851. On February 2, 1868, she married Wiley W. Jones in Laurel County.

b. Louisa Catching was born in January 1852. She died on November 1, 1853. c. Elizabeth Catching was born April 10, 1853. She died on April 5, 1918, in Elbert County, Colo. She married John Jones on December 31, 1869, in Laurel County. d. Elvada (or Eldorado) "Dora" Catching was born ca. 1855. She married FNU Cox.

e. William Burton Catching was born April 17, 1857. He married Elizabeth Hardin in 188l.

f. John Catching was born ca. 1859. Ida B. Catching was born ca. 186l. On December 17? 188l, she "married W. T. Morris at the home of Widow Catching. h. Benjamin Catching was born ca. 1864.

###i. James Catching was born ca. 1866. He married in Laurel County in 1895. j. Charles Catching was born ca. 1868.

3. Rebecca Sparks, daughter of James and Matilda Sparks, was born ca. 1830. She was a schoolteacher in 1860. On September 10, 1864, she married James D. Harvey in Madison County, Kentucky.

4. Martha Sparks, daughter of James and Matilda Sparks, was born ca. 1833- She married Wesley Johnson on September 16, 1857, in Laurel County.

5. Burton Sparks was born ca. 1834.

6. Absalom Sparks (relatives refer to him as Robert Absalom Sparks), son of James and Matilda Sparks, was born ca. 1836. On July 2, 1856, he married Elizabeth Miller in Laurel County. They had one child, William James, before Elizabeth died in 186l. On July 17, 1862, Absalom enlisted in Company A, 2nd Regiment Kentucky Cavalry, Confederate States Army, commanded by Col. Basil Duke, for three years. He left his son with his parents. When the war ended, he married Susan Ann Turley on August 13, 1867, in Madison County, Ky. They had one child, Robert Absalom Sparks.

a. William James Sparks was born ca. 1858. He died on April 16, 1927, ln Louisville, Ky. He married Zula ----- and they had two daughters, Frances Sparks and Bess Sparks.

b. Robert Absalom Sparks was born ca. 1870, He married Lena Bentley and they had five children: Harry M. Sparks, Alfred Bentley Sparks, William J. Sparks, Robert A. Sparks, and Margaret Sparks.

7. Nancy Sparks, daughter of James and Matilda Sparks, was born ca. 1838. She was a schoolteacher when the 1860 census was taken of Laurel County.

8. James Sparks, son of James and Matilda Sparks, was born January 12, 1840. He served in Company C, 7th Regiment Kentucky Infantry, Union Army, during the Civil War. After returning from the service, he married Hiley Ann Moore on September 20, 1866, in Laurel County. James died in 1884, and Hiley Ann received a widow's pension under Widow Certificate No. 419,349. She died in 1909- She and James had nine children:

a. Elbert B. Sparks was born August 12, 1867. He died on May 15, 1894. b. Tilford Sparks was born December 8, 1868. He died on June 9, 1914. c. Jesse A. Sparks was born September 4, 1870. He died on May 8, 1890. d. Eliza Jane Sparks was born November 14, 1873. She died in June 1929- She married Robert Evans.

Children of James and Hiley Ann (Moore) Sparks, continued:

e. Mahala Annie Sparks was born February 17, 1875. She died in December 1935.

She married Louis Barnett.

f. Edmond D. Sparks was born December 12, 1876. He died on July 11, 1937. g. Julia Catherine Sparks was born October 14, 1878. She died on December 31, 1920. She married James H. Brown.

h. Arrie Bell Sparks was born July 21, 1880. She married Robert Stansbury. i. William Absalom Sparks was born May 13, 1882. He died on December 17, 1929. He married Virginia Hardin and they had at least one child, Mary Elizabeth Sparks.

9. Mary Ann Sparks, daughter of James and Matilda Sparks, was born ca. 1843. She was a twin sister of Matilda Sparks.

10. Matilda Sparks, daughter of James and Matilda Sparks, was born ca. 1843 and was a twin sister of Mary Ann. She married FNU Bible, ca. 1867 3 and they had at least three children according to the 1880 census of Laurel County.

a. William Bible was born ca. 1869. b. Nathaniel Bible was born ca. 1871. c. Alexander Bible was born ca. 1873.

[Editor's Note: For other information about this branch of the SPARKS family, see the December 1965 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 52, pp. 938-40.]


Page 2206

Whole Number 110

QUERY: WHO WAS ELISHA SPARKS, born ca. 1800, 0F PENNSYLVANIA?

The following letter has been received from Dorothea Gumming of the state of Washington. If anyone has knowledge of this Elisha Sparks, please write to the editor who will forward the information to Ms. Gumming.

"I am working on the genealogy of our Mix and Risdon families. My great-great-grandfather, Stephen Mix, married Patience Risdon, daughter of Josiah Risdon. Josiah Risdon was born in Connecticut, lived in Pawlett, Vermont, and in Saratoga County, New York, in 1789 and was a Revolutionary War patriot. Another of Josiah Risdon's children was Orange Risdon who surveyed much of Michigan and who founded the town of Saline, Michigan. I believe his house in Saline is now called the "Meade House" as one of his descendants married Dr. Lewis Durant Meade.

"To get to the Sparks connection ... another of Josiah Risdon's children was Martha "Patty" Risdon who married Thomas Munger. One of their children was Elizabeth Munger who was born in Stillwater, New York, in March 1802. She married ELISHA SPARKS. I believe they lived in Northeast Pennsylvania (Erie County). Their children were Thomas Sparks, Elizabeth Sparks, Martha Sparks, Elisha Sparks, Nathan Sparks, John Sparks, Phoebe Sparks, Manasseh Sparks, and Harvey Sparks. I am interested in finding Risdon information from one of the descendants. We have accumulated quite a bit of information about Josiah Risdon's children, but are seeking more about his own parents. I would like very much to correspond with a Sparks who shares our ancestor, Josiah Risdon."

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Whole Number 110

QUERY - WILLIAM J. SPARKS (ca.1800-1875)

([Editor's Note: Descendants of William J. and Mary Ann (Hornaday) Sparks of Rush, Hendricks, and Marion Counties, Indiana, are seeking information about the parentage of William J. Sparks. Readers who have any knowledge of this family are urged to write to the editor, Russell E. Bidlack.]

William J. Sparks was born ca. 1800 in Ohio, perhaps in Butler County. He came to Rush County, Indiana, in the early 1820's, and it was there that he married Mary Ann Hornaday on July 25, 1825. They were married by John P. Thompson, a minister of the Regular Baptist Church. Mary Ann was born January 30, 1807, in Chatham County, North Carolina, and was a daughter of John and Naomi (Ward) Hornaday, natives of North Carolina. The Hornadays had moved from North Carolina to Butler County, Ohio, about 1809, and then to Rush County, Indiana, in 1821.

On October 28, 1825, William J. Sparks bought land in Rush County from Jeremiah and Mary Marston of Butler County, Ohio, and he and Mary Ann settled down to housekeeping. When the 1830 census was taken of Rush County, the couple had two children, both daughters, born between 1825 and 1830.

William and Mary Ann Sparks sold the land in Rush County on December 10, 1833, to James Armstrong. They signed the deed by making their marks. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Hendricks County, Indiana, where they settled in the general area of Pittsboro and Brownsburg, near the Marion County line. William was a farmer. The family continued to grow, and when the 1840 census was taken of Hendricks County, one daughter and two sons had been added.

On June 5, 1850, William J, Sparks bought land from his brother-in-law, Nathan Hornaday, in Marion County, Indiana, and when the 1850 census was taken on October 10, 1850, he and Mary Ann were living in Pike Township, west of Indianapolis and on the Hendricks-Marion Counties line. William was aged 49, born in Ohio; Mary Ann was aged 44, born in North Carolina. With them were: Amanda Sparks, 20; John Sparks, 18; Elmira Sparks, 15; Alfred Sparks, 14; Isaiah Sparks, 8; Francis Sparks, 6; and Samuel Sparks, 3. All were born in Indiana. William was listed on the census as a farmer with real estate valued at $1,000.

William J. and Mary Ann Sparks sold the land which they had purchased from her brother, Nathan Hornaday, in 1850, on January 26,1875. William apparently died between that date and March 18, 1875, for when a corrected deed was prepared on March 18th, it was signed by Mary Ann Sparks, alone. Descendants say that she then went to live with her daughter, Amanda, but when the 1880 census was taken of Marion County, she was living in the household of her son, Alfred Sparks. She died sometime after 1880. Descendants say that she and William were buried on the farm where they lived for so many years.

From census data and from information furnished by descendants, it seems apparent that William J. and Mary Ann (Hornaday) Sparks had eight children:

1. Naomi Sparks, daughter of William and Mary Ann (Hornaday) Sparks, was born ca. 1827. She was probably named for her maternal grandmother. She may have married prior to 1850.

2. Amanda J. “Mandy" Sparks, daughter of William J. and Mary Ann (Hornaday) Sparks, was born ca. 1829. She married David Sanders on October 13, 1853, in Marion County. They are said to have returned to David's home town, Zionsville, Indiana.

3. William John Sparks, son of William J. and Mary Ann (Hornaday) Sparks, was born ca. 1832. As a young man, he went to Iowa where he homesteaded near what is today the town of Corydon. He married Margaret McKinney in Wayne County, Iowa, on May 5, 1857. William (he was also called John part of the time) became discouraged with homesteading, and returned to Marion County, Indiana. It was there that he appeared on the 1870 census with Margaret and their five children: Mary Sparks, 12; William Sparks, 10; Josephine Sparks, 5; Alexander Sparks, 3; and Elmira Sparks, born in March 1870.

William John & Margaret (McKinney) Sparks had five more children born after 1870 according to descendants. They were: Mattie, James, Mahala, John, and Gilbert. William John Sparks died in 1907 at Melrose, Iowa. He and Margaret had ten children:

a. Mary Sparks was born ca. 1858.

b. William Sparks was born ca. i860.

c. Josephine "Josie" Sparks was born ca. 1864. She married Isaac Hightshoe and they lived in Iowa.

d. Winnings Alexander "Winie" Sparks was born July 4, 1867, in Springfield, Illinois. He married Martha Miller and they lived near Indianapolis, Indiana. Their son, John Albert Sparks (1892-1966) was the grandfather of Rick Sparks, of Anderson, Indiana. Winie Sparks died on September 14, 1928, at North Vernon, Indiana.

e. Marie Elmira Sparks was born in March 1870. She married Solomon Hightshoe, brother of Isaac Hightshoe who married Josie Sparks, and they lived in Iowa.

f. Mattie Sparks was born ca. 1871. She is said to have married Jim Bell.

g. James Sparks was born in 1873. He settled near Fulton, Missouri, where he died.

h. Mahala Sparks was born in 1875.

i. John Sparks was born in 1877.

j. Gilbert Sparks was born in 1880 near Indianapolis, Indiana. He moved to Illinois with his parents and on to Melrose, Iowa, where his parents finally settled. Gilbert moved several times, including a move to Granger, Missouri, where he married Ruth Rowland, daughter of Mayfield and Maggie (Duncan) Rowland. Other states in which he lived were Arkansas, Iowa, and Minnesota. He died in Minnesota in 1974. He had two sons, Arthur Sparks, born in 1909, who is the father of David Sparks, of Blue Earth, Minnesota, and who now lives in Austin, Minnesota, and James Sparks, born in 1913, of Brownsdale, Minnesota.

4. Elmira Sparks, daughter of William. J. and Mary Ann (Hornaday) Sparks, was born on 3 February 1834. She was married twice. Her second marriage was to Caleb Hightshoe on October 20, 1859, in Marion County, Indiana. She died on November 30, 1915, and was buried in the North Liberty Christian Graveyard, Indianapolis, Indiana.

5. Alfred T. Sparks, son of William J. and Mary Ann (Hornaday) Sparks, was born ca. 1837. He married Nancy A. "Nan" Ward, ca. 1862, and they lived in Marion County. When the 1880 census was taken of that county, Alfred and Nan had seven children. Also living with them in the same household were his mother, Mary Ann Sparks, aged 73, and his brother, Isaiah Sparks, aged 36. Children of Alfred and Nan were:

a. Martha J. "Mattie" Sparks, was born ca. 1863. On December 9, 1886, she married Charles Ringo in Hendricks County, Indiana. She is said to have later married FNU Sparks who was not related to her.

b. Oscar Sparks was born ca. 1864.

c. John Sparks was born ca. 1866.

d. Linnie Sparks (daughter) was born ca. 1868.

e. Eva Sparks was born ca. 1871. She married FNU Knight.

f. Marion Tillman "Til" Sparks was born ca. 1873. He invented a process for making cinder blocks and formed a company in Indianapolis.

g. Lilly Sparks was born ca. 1876.

6. Isaiah "Zare" Sparks, son of William J. and Mary Ann (Hornaday) Sparks, was born ca. 1842. He was probably named for a maternal uncle, Isaiah Hornaday. He "was living with his brother, Alfred Sparks, when the 1880 census was taken of Marion County. Relatives report that he never married.

7. Francis Marion Sparks, son of William J. and Mary Ann (Hornaday) Sparks, was born in 1844. He was a drayer in the Pittsboro-Brownsburg area of Hendricks County, Indiana. He was married twice. His first wife was Mary Margaret Ward, sister of Nancy Ward, who married Alfred Sparks. They were married about 1870. After her death in March 1902, Francis married Margaret E. Ward, another sister of his first wife. She was born in 1844 and died in 1917. Francis died in 1936 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana. He and Mary Margaret had six children:

a. Everett Loring "Low" Sparks was born April 22, 1872. He was a plasterer. On June 10, 1894, he married Katie Maher in Pittsboro, Indiana. She was born September 19,1876, and was a daughter of Frank Maher of Lizton, Indiana. Low Sparks died about 1956 and Katie died about 1960. They had four children: Chester Sparks, Gilbert Justin Sparks, Cecil Rose Sparks, and Herschel Sylvester Sparks. Cecil Sparks is the father of James Albert Sparks of St. Louis, Missouri.

b. Anna Sparks was born ca. 1876. She married George Bounsall, a native of Canada.

c. Emerald Glenn Sparks probably was born ca. 1880.

d. Hazel Thelma Sparks probably was born in the 1880's.

e. Francis Marion Sparks was born ca. 1894 and died in infancy.

f. Elmer Bryan Sparks was born in 1896. He died in 1956.

8. Samuel Sparks, son of William J. and Mary Ann (Hornaday) Sparks, was born ca. 1847.


Page 2306

Whole Number 114

QUERY

William Henry Sparks, born August 31, 1805, died October 15, 1896, and his wife, Amy Ellworthy (born April 30, 1806, died July 8, 1884) immigrated to Canada about 1850 from Devon, England. They settled in the township of Barton, Wentworth County (near Hamilton, Ontario) with eight children. Their latter days were spent at Waterdown, Ontario, and they are buried at Grace Anglican Church Cemetery. Children: William Henry Sparks, born 1826; Amy Sparks, born 1830; Mary Sparks, born 1832; Reuben Sparks, born 1833; Susannah Sparks, born 1836; Elizabeth, born 1838; John Southwood Sparks, born 1841; George Southwood Sparks, born 1842 or 1844, married Emily Olive Tansley; and Robert Sparks, born 1850, after the family came to Canada.

I should like to hear from anyone who might have come from this Sparks lineage. I descend from George Southwood Sparks who married Emily Olive Tansley. Please write to: Mrs. Meda Paterson, 1840 18 A St. S. W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada (T2T 4V9).

Page 2316

Whole Number 114

QUERY -- JOHN SPARKS (1815-1889)

Mrs. Mary (Sparks) Guffey, 2600 Socialville Foster Road, Maineville, Ohio (45039) is seeking information regarding the lineage of her great-grandfather, John Sparks (1815 -1889) of New Jersey and Ohio. She would like to correspond with others who are interested in this branch of the SPARKS family.

According to cemetery records, taken from the Friends Burying Ground, Franklin Township, Fulton County, Ohio, JOHN SPARKS was born in New Jersey in February 1816. He died in June 1889 and was buried beside his wife, Emma Sparks, who had died on March 21, 1878. John Sparks married Emaline "Emma" Butcher on January 16, 1845, in Williams County, Ohio. It was probably his second marriage. He and Emma lived in that portion of Williams County which became a part of Fulton County in 1850. When the 1850 census was taken of Fulton County, they were living in Franklin Township. John was aged 35; Emma was aged 34. Both were natives of New Jersey, perhaps Gloucester County. With them in 1850 were: Catherine Sparks, age 13, also a native of New Jersey, and George Sparks, age 14, born in Ohio. Catherine was probably John's daughter by a previous marriage.

John and Emma (Butcher) Sparks had a son, Isaiah Sparks, born to them on July 14, 1851. Isaiah married Amy C. Powell on October 16, 1871, at Hudson, Michigan. She was born June 21, 1851, in Williams County, Ohio, and was a daughter of Joseph and Amy Powell. Isaiah and Amy (Powell) Sparks had six children:

1. Laura Irene Sparks was born July 29, 1872, in Fulton County, Ohio.
2. Lewis Sparks was born June 17, 1875, in Fulton County, Ohio.
3. Elbert Sparks was born September 23, 1879, in LaSalle County, Illinois.
4. Eunice Amy Sparks was born December 15, 1882, in LaSalle County, IL.
5. Alice C. Sparks was born August 29, 1885, in LaSalle County, Illinois.
6. Marion Leland Sparks was born October 26, 1895 in Coffee County, Tennessee. He was the father of Mrs. Mary (Sparks) Guffey.


Page 2369

Whole Number 116

QUERY

Lucille M. Ponder, 1603 No. 46th St., #201, Seattle, WA 98103, is seeking information on Edward Sparks who married a widow, Winifred Wiatt about 1750-1760 in Fauquier County, Virginia. This family moved to Hampshire County, Virginia, which later became part of West Virginia. Was Winifred's maiden name Willoughby? Who were Edward Sparks's parents? Ms. Ponder would be pleased to exchanged information.

QUERY

Johnette L. Franke, Idaho City Stage, Robie Creek, Boise ID 83706, wishes to share family group sheets of ancestors and descendants of John A. Sparks, born ca. 1845, in Arkansas, died 1880 in Indian Territory. His Sparks ancestors were Willis Sparks, born ca. 1814 in Illinois; Elsberry Sparks, born ca. 1791 in Georgia; Absolom Sparks, born ca. 1771 in North Carolina, and Matthew Sparks, born ca. 1730 in Maryland.

QUERY

Francis H. Sparks, 11321 Jerry Lane, Garden Grove, CA 92640, hopes the following information regarding his Sparks line will come to the attention of others interested in the same branch of the family. He writes as follows: "My father was William Austin Sparks, born November 26, 1876, in Lost Nation, Iowa. He died on June 12, 1957, age 80 years. He had a sister, Mabel, no date of birth, though she was younger. She married Charles Bloore. She had two children, Florence Bock and Frances Painter, born near Paris, Missouri.

"William Austin and Mabel Sparks were children of Frank and Mary (Brown) Sparks. We do not have dates nor addresses. We believe Frank was a son of William Sparks, but no dates. We believe Mary (Brown) Sparks had three brothers: Joe Brown, Harvey Brown, and Frank (or Robert) Brown. She also had a sister, Nancy Brown. This William Sparks (grandfather of William Austin Sparks) is believed to have had two brothers, Ed and John. He originated in New York State, having come pre viously from England. There is a gap, but the names of Adeline, Ida, Henry, George, and Bart are somehow connected with William Sparks. Ida Sparks Gregory went to China as a Methodist Missionary during the Boxer War in China. She was there 7 years, had two children, James and Mary Gregory; returned and lived with Henry Sparks in Montana, then later with the family of Edmund Cook, 2d husband of Adeline."


Page 3173

Whole Number 140

QUERY

Ruth M. Mann, 251 Anita Drive, Ottawa, Illinois, 61350, would like to have information regarding the wife and the mother of Matthew Wright Sparks (17831867) of early Adair County, Kentucky. Specifically, she needs information about the parents of Mary ["Polly"] Robinson, born August 25, 1783, in North Carolina, who married Matthew Sparks on August 21, 1802. She also needs in formation about the mother of Matthew Sparks. Her given name was Mary. She probably was born ca. 1760 and married William Sparks, ca. 1780. (See the March 1976 and the December 1976 issues of the Quarterly, Whole Nos. 93 and 96, respectively, for further information about the descendants of Matthew Wright Sparks.)

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QUERY

Mrs. Clarissa A. Sheppard, 2440 23rd Street, N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2M 3Y2, whose maiden name was Sparks, would welcome correspondence with any member of the Association who has traced his/her ancestry to the County of Essex, England. The place names (parishes) there that are associated with Mrs. Sheppard's family are Burnham, Maldon, Orsett, and Woodham Martimer.


Whole Number 147

BUDD / SPARKS DATA SOUGHT

"The Ancestors and Descendants of John Moses Budd and Eliza Jane Sparks," (of Vigo County, Indiana, and St. Clair County, Missouri) will be published in 1990. Anyone wishing to contribute information for this book may doso by contacting the authors before January 31, 1990.

This book will cover the Daniel and Jemima (Gunn) Sparks family and the Joseph Budd and Ruth Thurman family, the parents of the above couple. It will include Spencer County, Kentucky, and Vigo County, Indiana, allied families: Boyll, Cornell/Cornwell, Taylor, Ransom, Knapp, Bailey, Wheeler, Jennings, Ray, and Jones. The authors are especially interested in finding the names of the parents of Joseph Budd and Ruth Thurman, as well as the parents of Jemima (Gunn) Sparks.

Interested persons should write to Marjorie Hannah Budd, 5644 Major Lane, Platteville, Wisconsin, 53818.


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Whole Number 148

QUERY

WHO WERE THE PARENTS OF ROY T. SPARKS, SR. OF DETROIT

Roy T. Sparks, 9207 Dandelion Lane, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 20772, would welcome assistance in tracing his Sparks ancestry. He was born December 6, 1916, in Detroit, Michigan. He had three brothers named George Sparks (born in July 1914), Clifford Sparks (born in 1915, now deceased), and Howard Sparks (born in 1918); he also has a sister named Dorothy Sparks (born in 1921). His parents were Roy T. Sparks, Sr. (born ca. 1893) and Lillian (Cameron) Sparks (born ca. 1895, died May 10, 1924). She was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit.

Roy T. Sparks, Sr. and Lillian Cameron were married on December 20, 1914. Their son, on whose behalf this query is published, can recall that as a small child, he lived with his parents at 13446 Mitchell Street in Detroit. After his mother died in 1924, however, his father placed him and his four siblings in St. Francis Orphanage on Fenkell Street in Detroit.

The elder Roy T. Sparks was an employee of the Ford Motor Company when his wife died in 1924. It has been learned that he quit working there, however, while the children were in the orphanage, after which he seems to have disappeared. His last known address was 97 Winder Street in Detroit.

Mr. Sparks has learned that his mother's parents were from England. His mother's father was named Thomas Patrick Cameron (born ca. March 1852), and it is believed that he and his wife, Hannah (Williams) Cameron (born ca. 1853) emigrated first to Canada and then to Detroit. Besides their daughter, Lillian, they had daughters named Elizabeth Cameron and Emma Cameron; also sons named Arthur Cameron and Ernie Cameron. Thomas Patrick Cameron was born in March 1852; he was a brick mason and inspector in Detroit. He was naturalized about 1883. He was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit.

The name of the father of Roy T. Sparks, Sr. is believed to have been John Sparks, but nothing is known of his background. He was a carpenter. He was probably the John Sparks shown in a 1904 Detroit city directory as a wood-worker and rooming at 112 Champlain Street. In a 1906 Detroit city directory, a John Sparks was shown as a wagon maker and was boarding at 226 Russell Street.

It is believed that Roy T. Sparks, Sr. had two brothers, named Earl Sparks and Percy Sparks. The latter had the nickname "Peachy," and somehow, in later years, his name was changed from Sparks to Barnes. He may have worked as a guard at Jackson State Prison in Michigan, at which time he was using the name Barnes. Earl Sparks worked for the Gray Motor Company and retired in Pontiac, Michigan. He died between 1962 and 1965.

QUERY

NANCY (KELLEY) SPARKS, BORN 1787

In his application for a pension based on his service in the Revolutionary War, William Kelley (or Kelly) was of Switzerland County, Indiana, when he made his application on September 7, 1832. He stated that he had been born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on November 2, 1753. He was married to Sarah in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, on September 14, 1876. In listing their children, he gave NANCY SPARKS, born April 3, 1787, as his eldest daughter. His other children were Catharine, Maray, Alizabeth, Thomas, Rachel, Lydia, & Wflliam, born between 1789 and 1803. He was of Frederick County, Virginia, at the time of his service, later moving to Pennsylvania, then to Kentucky, and finally to Indiana. He died in Switzerland County, Indiana, on January 21, 1834. Can anyone identify this Nancy (Kelly) Sparks?

QUERY

WHO WERE THE PARENTS OF LUCINDA SPARKS

WHO MARRIED DELVILLE WALKER IN 1836 IN OWEN COUNTY, KENTUCKY

Mrs. Martha H. Frost, 1235 Shakespeare, Beaumont, Texas 77706, needs help in determining the parents of her ancestor, Lucinda Sparks, of early Owen County, Kentucky. Lucinda (or Lucy as she was sometimes called) was born ca. 1819, in Kentucky and married Delville Walker in Owen. The marriage bond was dated August 31, 1836 (the year may have been 1835). The bondsman for Delville Walker was John P. Sparks. When the 1840 census was taken of Owen County, the Walkers had a son and a daughter born between 1835 and 1840. They were stfll in Owen County in 1850. Delville was 43 and Lucinda was 30 according to the 1850 census, and their children were named as follows:

Benjamin Walker, 12; Eliza J. Walker, 11; William H. Walker, 9; James H. Wal ker, 7; Thomas F. Walker, 5; and Charles C. Walker, 2.

Without doubt, Lucinda Sparks was closely related to Henry and Lucy (Clark) Sparks who settled in Franklin County, Kentucky, about 1795 in the area which became a part of Owen County when it was formed in 1819. It is believed that she was a granddaughter and was named for her paternal grandmother, Lucy (Clark) Sparks. Several articles have been published in The Sparks Quarterly about the family of Henry and Lucy Sparks; our readers are referred to the following issues: June 1956, Whole No. 14; June 1957, Whole No. 18; December 1960, Whole No. 32; March 1962, Whole No. 37; June 1962, Whole No. 38; and March 1981, Whole No. 113.

[Editor's Note: Lucinda ["Lucy"] Sparks who married Delville Walker should not be confused with another Lucinda Sparks, born ca. 1810, who was a daughter of James B. and Rachel (Petty) Sparks, and a granddaughter of Henry and Lucy (Clark) Sparks. The latter Lucinda was married twice. Her first marriage was to Felix Coombs (or Combs) about 1827, probably in Owen County, and they had one child, Fanny, born January 14, 1828. Felix Coombs died about 1830, and Lucy (as she was called) married (second) Daniel Bradley about 1838. She and Daniel had four children: Angeline, born March 24, 1840; James M., born May 4, 1842; Theresa, born on March 12, 1844; and John P., born January 24, 1847. Daniel Bradley died on October 24, 1848, in Natchez, Mississippi, and Lucy returned to Kentucky. She was living with her son, James M. Bradley, when the 1880 census was taken of Henry County, Kentucky.]


Whole Number 149

QUERY--ALFRED DANIEL SPARKS

Mrs. William L. Vineyard, 7713 Glenister Drive, Springfield, Virginia, 22152,seeks help in determining the place of birth of a son-in-law's ancestor, Alfred Daniel Sparks. Recent information handed down by a descendant indicates that Alfred's surname was not originally SPARKS, but was changed to SPARKS from SPANGGENBURG or SPANKENBURG, and was probably of Moravian derivation. Mrs. Vineyard would like to know whether there is any support for these word- of- mouth traditions.

Alfred Daniel Sparks was born April 15, 1853, supposedly in Burlington County, New Jersey, at a viflage named Shrevesport. (Mrs. Vineyard has been unable to find this place on a map of New Jersey.) He married Mary Catherine ["Katie"] Steinback about 1882, probably in Prince Georges County, Maryland. She had been born on September 29, 1862, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and was a daughter of Matilda (Penrose) Steinback. Alfred died on December 11, 1941, in Fairfax County, Virginia, and Katie died on January 9, 1946, in Arling ton County, Virginia. They had ten children, all born between 1882 and 1901 in either Virginia or Maryland.

The children of Alfred and Katie (Steinback) Sparks were named Cora Bell, Etta Mae, Blanche Erma, William Daniel, Mable Lottie, Alfred R., Pearl Matilda, George Penrose, Ralph Daniel, and Vola Maybelle.

QUERY--JESSE SPARKS (1892-1900)

Doris Park, P.O. Box 2061, Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, VOC 1 RO, would like to correspond with anyone who could provide her with information per taining to Jesse Sparks who was born ca. 1845. He moved from Newfoundland, Canada, to the USA sometime during the late 1800s. He resided in the USA until his death, which may have been around 1900. His wife's name may have been Ann or Leah. Jesse may have worked in a shoe factory. He had a daughter named Naomi Sparks who was born in 1868 in Newfoundland; she was married there in 1891 to Caleb Sparks, dying in 1951 in Newfoundland. Caleb and Naomi Sparks lived at Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1892 to 1895 and had two child ren: (I) Philip Sparks, born September 14, 1892, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, who died February 22, 1967, at Haverhill, Massachusetts, and whose wife's name was Minnie; and (2) Annie Jane Sparks, born May 25, 1894, at Cambridge, Massachusetts; she died on July 9, 1895, in the USA.

Jesse Sparks may have resided and was probably buried in the area of Cambridge or Haverhill, Massachusetts, however, she has been unable to obtain documented information confirming that he ev6r lived or died in the USA. She would appre ciate any information anyone could provide regarding Jesse Sparks and would wel come the opportunity to correspond with descendants of his son, Philip Sparks. QUERY--SAMUEL BRANSON SPARKS (1859-1954)

Robert Branson Sparks, Jr., 808 Windermere Blvd., Alexandria, Louisiana, 71303, would welcome "any information whatsoever or any leads" regarding the following:

(a) Who were the parents of Samuel Branson Sparks, who was born December 24, 1859, married Mary Elizabeth Coad on December 6, 1879, in St. Louisville, Ohio, and died November 20, 1954, in Big Rapids, Michigan?

Family tradition says that John and Anna Sparks were Samuel's parents, and that they lived in Licking County, Ohio, but no further information on them is known

An entry in the Sparks family Bible lists "Anna Weaver Departed July, 1918." Samuel B. Sparks did have a half-brother named William Weaver who lived in Logansport, Indiana, and worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He had one son, Dall Weaver, who lived near Cadillac, Michigan, and died in 1951. Was Anna the mother of Samuel B. Sparks and William Weaver? If so, when and where was she widowed? The census records of Licking County are very inconclusive

(b) How was Samuel Branson Sparks related to Peter Sparks and his brother, George Sparks, of St. Louisville, Ohio?

Peter Sparks was born in 1854. In 1936, he died in Detroit, Michigan, at the home of his daughter, Rosie Sparks Hughes. His son, John Sparks, also lived in Detroit. The family Bible of Robert Branson Sparks, Sr. contains a clipping of Peter's death.


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Whole Number 151

QUERY -- JOHN AND JANE (HILLEN) SPARKS

J. E. Sparks, 2160 Century Park East, Apt. 201 N, Los Angeles, CA 90067, seeks information regarding his grandparents, John and Jane (Hillen) Sparks, who moved from Adams County, Ohio, to Scioto County, Ohio, about 1880. He has no record of them after 1880 and would like to learn when they died and where they were buried.

John Sparks was born in Adams County, Ohio, on May 27, 1824; he was a son of George Sparks (1794-1839) and Mary (Decamps) Sparks (born February 20, 1806). George and Mary Sparks had been married in Adams County on August 12, 1823, and they had five children: (1) John Sparks, born May 27, 1824, see above; (2) Mary Ann Sparks, born March 21, 1827; (3) Salathiel Sparks, born November 20, 1829; (4) George Sparks, Jr., born September 29, 1832; and (5) Gracy Jane Sparks, born July 3, 1835.

John and Jane (Hillen) Sparks appeared on the 1880 census of Green Township, Adams County, Ohio, with their four children: (a) Milton Sparks, born ca. 1861; (b) George T. Sparks, born ca.1864; (c) Anna Jane Sparks, born ca. 1866; and Julius Elmer Sparks, born 1868, who was the father of J. B. Sparks. It is believed that John and Jane (Hillen) Sparks moved to Scioto County, Ohio, soon after the census for 1880 was taken.


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(Picture)

QUERY

Is this a photograph of John and Sussie (Wilson) Sparks? Rose Shelton Newton of 4409 Bridgetown Run, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804, has very generously reproduced the above photograph from the photo album which belonged to Elta Wilson Webber Shelton (1877-1958), a native of Columbus, Kan sas. Her father, John Wilson, was born in Hancock County, Iffinois, in 1859 and came by covered wagon to Ft Scott, Kansas, in 1866. John and his wife, Alice Kirk, whose families made the trip together from Illinois, settled in Columbus, Kansas. It is believed that this is a photograph of Sussie Wilson and her husband, John Sparks, since it was found on a Wilson family page in the album.

Can anyone identify for certain that this Is, indeed, a photograph of John and Sussie (Wilson) Sparks? Furthermore, can anyone identify the parentage of John Sparks and/or provide us with information regarding his family?

QUERY

MARTHA ["NANCY"] (SPARKS) CHESSER JOY

Andrew J. Tidwell, 2801 Guilford Lane, Oklahoma City, OK 73120, seeks information regarding Martha ["Nancy"] Sparks who was born in Virginia about 1790- 1800. She died in Lampasas County, Texas, on October 25, 1880. She was married, first, about 1818, probably in Virginia, to Daniel Chesser. He died about 1825 in Missouri. Their son, William Chesser, was born in 1819 in Virginia. Martha was married, 2nd, in Jefferson County, Illinois, on October 12, 1826, to George W. Joy. Can anyone identify this Martha ["Nancy"] Sparks?

QUERY

CHARLES W. SPARKS, BORN 1863 IN ILLINOIS

Robert L. Sparks, 9904 Edmund Dr., Benbrook, TX 76126, seeks information regarding his grandfather's parentage. His grandfather was Charles W. Sparks who was born somewhere in Illinois in December 1863. He is known to have been married at least twice and to have had six children, the eldest of whom was born in Arkansas while the others were born in Texas. Their names and years of birth were: (1) John Sparks, born 1886; (2) Rachel Sparks, born 1888; (3) Frankie Sparks, born 1889; (4) Kirk Sparks, born 1894; (5) Scott Sparks, born 1896; and (6) Wood Sparks, born 1898. According to the 1900 and 1910 censuses of Texas, Charles W. Sparks, widower, was then living in Runnels County, Texas. Mr. Sparks hopes that a member of the Association may be able to tell him who Charles W. Sparks's parents were as well as to provide information regarding the names, birth dates, and death dates of his wives.

QUERY

DESCENDANTS OF REUBEN H. & SARAH L. (McCLELLAN) SPARKS

A new member of our Association, Dr. A. L. McClellan, 8636 Don Carol Dr., El Cerrito, CA 94530, would like to correspond with any descendant of Reuben H. Sparks and his wife, Sarah L. McClellan. Reuben H. Sparks was born in Maryland about 1777 and died in Washington County, Tennessee, on July 15, 1855. His wife, Sarah, was born ca. 1789 in Virginia. She was a daughter of John and Margaret (Browniow) McClellan. (The marriage bond, dated January 26,1788, for John McClellan and Margaret Brownlow was issued in Rockbridge County, Virginia; Margaret was born November 27, 1769, and was a daughter of James and Kate Browniow.)

Reuben H. and Sarah L. McClellan were married at Blountville, Sullivan County, Tennessee, on September 14, 1807. Reuben was taxed for the first time in Washington County, Virginia, in 1809. He was listed as heading a household there when the census was taken in 1810, 1820, and 1830. About 1836 he moved his family from Washington County Virginia, to Washington County, Tennessee, a distance of about 40 miles.

Most of our information regarding Reuben H. Sparks has been found in his and his wife's applications for bounty land and, in her case, also for a pension, based on his service to the U.S. in the War of 1812. These papers have been preserved at the National Archives; an abstract of these papers appeared in the Quarterly of June 1962, Whole No. 38.

It was on November 22, 1850, that Reuben H. Sparks, a resident of Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee, first applied for bounty land. He stated that he was then (1850) 73 years old and that he had been a private in a company called the "Bucktail Riflemen" commanded by Capt. Henry St. John Dixon in a Virginia volunteer regiment under Major Charles Fenton Mercer. He served from March 8, 1814, to July 5, 1814. He received a warrant for 40 acres of land following the approval of his application.

In 1855, when Congress authorized the granting of additional bounty land to War of 1812 veterans, Reuben H. Sparks again applied (on April 10, 1855). He was still a resident of Washington County, Tennessee, and he gave his age as 78. He died on July 15, 1855, before his application could be acted upon, but his widow was then granted 80 acres of bounty land.

Pensions for widows of soldiers of the War of 1812 were authorized by Congress in 1871, and on June 6, 1872, Sarah (McClellan) Sparks made application. She gave her age in 1872 as 82 years and her residence as Washington County, Tennessee. It was in this application that she gave the information regarding their marriage, as has been noted above. Her application was approved, and she was given a federal pension of $8.00 per month. This continued to be paid until her death on June 21, 1875.

From census records, it appears that Reuben H. and Sarah L. (McClellan) Sparks were the parents of five sons and five daughters. We have succeeded in identifying only six of these children, and accounts of these six were published on pages 2800-2801 of the December 1985 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 132. Since the publication of those accounts, however, additional information has been received which changes several of them. These changes are given below and members of the Association who are maintaining files of the Quarterly are urged to make note of these corrections in their copy of the December 1985 issue. For the purpose of maintaining uniformity, the same alpha-numeric outline used in the earlier accounts will be used here.

QUERY

SEEK DESCENDANTS OF JAMES SPARKS, BORN 1841/42

OF GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA

Donald Sparks, 26 Castlefrank Road, Kanata, Ontario, Canada, K2L 4B4, seeks information regarding JAMES SPARKS who was born at Bells Corners, Napean Township, Carleton County, Ontario, Canada, near Ottawa, either in July 1841 or perhaps on July 3, 1842. He was one of seven sons of George and Letetia (Caldwell) Sparks. George Sparks had been born in County Wexford, Ireland, in 1791 (or 1803), and came to Canada in the early 1800s.

James Sparks, son of George, married Ellen Boyd of Huntley Township, Carleton County, Ontario, near Carp, on March 13 (or 15), 1863. About 1880, James Sparks and two of his brothers, John Sparks and Nicholas Sparks, went to North Dakota to farm. John Sparks later returned to Canada whereas Nicholas and James remained in the U.S. Donald Sparks has traced descendants of Nicholas Sparks in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Utah, and California. He has not succeeded in finding descendants of James Sparks, however.

A daughter of George and Letetia (CaIdwell) Sparks named Elizabeth, who was born in Nepean, Ontario in 1846, was not living at home when the 1881 census of Ontario was taken. It is possible that she may also have moved to the United States.

James Sparks, subject of this query, appeared on the 1880 census of Grand Forks, North Dakota. It is known that he had a son named J. H. Sparks who was born in 1884 in North Dakota; there may have been other children. Does anyone know of descendants of James and Ellen (Boyd) Sparks?

Donald Sparks is a great-great-grandson of George and Letetia (Caldwell) Sparks and descends from a brother of the above James Sparks. George Sparks was a brother of Nicholas Sparks (1792-1862) who was one of the founders of Ottawa. Nicholas Sparks came to Canada about 1816 and was followed by his brother, George, as well as by other brothers named Roger Sparks (1801-1874), Abraham Sparks (1784-1862), and Frederick Sparks (ca.1791-1856). A sister of George was named Elizabeth (ca.1791-1862) also came to Canada and married Edmund Hurt of Templeton, Quebec, about 1828; she died on April 12, 1862.

Donald Sparks has traced his branch of the Sparks family back to the parish of Dranagh in County Wexford, Ireland, where a Nicholas Sparks received (about 1720) a grant of land for having served in the army under the Duke of Marlborough (1650-1772).


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QUERY

SEEK PROOF THAT ELIJAH RICE WAS A SON OF

SAMUEL AND SUSANNAH (SPARKS) RICE

Ms. Jane Bartholomew, 51 North Quaker Lane, West Hartford, Connecticut, 06119, would like to correspond with descendants of Elijah Rice, born in 1771/2 in Connecticut (in the area of the towns of Ashford, Ellington, and Glastonbury). She also seeks documentary proof that Elijah Rice was a son of Samuel and Susannah (Sparks) Rice. There is strong circumstantial evidence of this relationship, but no documentary proof has been found thus far.

Samuel Rice and Susannah Sparks were married in Glastonbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, on August 24, 1757. Samuel Rice was born in 1730; Susannah Sparks was born July 31, 1730, and was a daughter of John and Susannah Sparks of Glastonbury. John Sparks is believed to have been born in or about 1701, and he was probably a son of John Sparks of Windsor in Hartford County, Connecticut. He died in 1746. (See the Quarterly of June 1966, Whole No. 54, page 982, for a record of the probable children of this elder John Sparks, who died in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1740.)

A record of the family of the younger John Sparks who died in 1746 was published in the Quarterly of June 1966, Whole No. 54, page 983. That information will be repeated here for the reader's convenience.

From the probate records of the town of Glastonbury, we know that John Sparks died there early in 1746. As noted above, it is probable that he was the same John Sparks who had been born ca. 1701/02 and who is known to have been a son of John Sparks of Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, who died there in 1710 leaving a widow named Dorothy. The John Sparks who died in 1746 did not leave a will; he appears to have been a relatively young man at the time of his death. His widow, Susannah Sparks, was appointed to administer his estate.

An inventory of his estate was prepared on June 27, 1746, by Manoah Smith and William Densmore and amounted to 39 pounds, 10 shillings, and 9 pence. Appended to the inventory is the note: 'Add Cape Breton wages, L24. 15.04,' which may suggest that he was a sailor. Ezekiel Webster signed Susannah's bond to enable her to administer the estate.

From the record of the settlement of this estate, it appears that John and Susannah Sparks were the parents of the following children:

1. John Sparks, born ca. 1728.

2. Susannah Sparks, born July 21, 1730; married Samuel Rice, son of John Rice, in Glastonbury, Connecticut, on August 24, 1757, according to that town's records. Samuel and Susannah (Sparks) Rice are believed to have been the parents of Elijah Rice, subject of this query.

3. Jonathan Spark, born ca. 1734; he was described as aged 13 years when his mother was appointed to be his guardian on January 6, 1746/7.

4. Dorothy Sparks, born ca. 1737; she was described as aged 10 years when her mother was appointed her guardian on January 6, 1746/7.

5. David Sparks, born ca. 1740; he was described as aged 7 years when his mother was appointed his guardian on January 6, 1746/7. He was probably the David Sparks who appeared on the 1800 and 1810 censuses of East Hartford, Connecticut.

6. Eunice Sparks, born ca. 1744; she was described as aged 3 years when her mother was appointed her guardian on January 6, 1746/7.

7. Anne Sparks, born ca. 1746; she was described as being 'about 6 years of age' on May 11, 1752, when Ezekiel Webster was appointed to be her guardian. She may have been born after her father Died.

On April 7, 1747, Susannah Sparks, widow of John Sparks, requested the court to appoint commissioners to adjust the claims against her husband's estate, 'the estate being insolvent,' whereupon the court appointed Richard Juduthan and Manoah Smith of Glastonbury 'to adjust the claims of the creditors.'

It may be significant that Ezekiel Webster, who was Susannah Sparks's security when she became administratrix of her husband's estate, was appointed to be the guardian of the daughter, Anne Sparks, who probably was born after the death of John Sparks. Perhaps he was a close relative of Susannah, or he may have become her second husband. It is also possible that Susannah had Died by 1752 when this appointment was made.

Elijah Rice, who is believed to have been a son of Samuel and Susannah (Sparks) Rice, Died in Mentz, Cayuga County, New York, in 1828. He is known to have had siblings named William Rice, David Rice, John Rice, and Sarah Rice. He married Bahama Baker, and their children were:

1. Elisha Rice, born ca. 1797; he married Maria Paddock and moved to Michigan.

2. Elijah Rice, Jr., born ca. 1797; he married Curtis and moved to Michigan.

3. Elias Rice, born ca. 1799; he moved to Michigan.

4. Sally Rice, born 1801; she married Levi Stevens.

5. Benjamin B. Rice, born 1806, Died in Elkhart, Michigan. He was married twice, first to Rhoda Hamlin and second to Harriet Malvina Bridges. Their only son was Charles Delos Rice, born April 15, 1859, at Auburn, New York; he was Ms. Bartholomew's grandfather.

6. Charles Rice, born 1803.

7. Mary Rice, born ca. 1805; she married ________ Harlow.

8. John Allen Rice, born ca. 1807; he went west.

9. Bahama Rice, Jr., born ca. 1809; she married William Tanner and moved west

10. Celestina Rice, born ca. 1812; she married John M. Smith.

11. Dorcas Rice, born ca. 1815; she married Hugh Slater.

12. Lydia Rice. Her place in the order of the children is not known; she married Levi Shoals.

Anyone having information on this Sparks line as well as the Rice line is urged to write either to Ms. Bartholomew or to the editor.

 

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Whole Number 153

QUERIES WELCOME FOR PUBLICATION IN The Quarterly

A member of the Association recently expressed disappointment that no query section is included in the Quarterly. As most members surely realize, we frequently include queries regarding our members' Sparks ancestry, although we do not group these in one section of each issue of the Quarterly. Your editor welcomes queries from our members, although we do limit such inquiries to requests for information regarding one's Sparks forebears, or to persons who were very closely related to individuals named Sparks, such as wives or mothers of Sparkses.

There is no charge for publishing queries submitted by our members.

Because we believe that files of the Quarterly will be preserved for genealogical research in libraries long after our own departure from this earth, we also believe that many of the queries appearing therein will serve as sources of information for future genealogical research, as well as coming to the attention of current readers. Therefore, we do not limit queries to a certain number of words as is done in the typical query magazine. In fact, your editor frequently adds material to the query that he may have on the family in question, in order to make the record as complete as possible.

QUERY: JOHN D. SPARKS (1824-1899)

Mrs. Janette Sparks Seaton, 401 Mulberry St., Allendale, Illinois, 62410, would welcome any information on John D. Sparks, who was born March 3, 1824, at Altonburg, Germany, and died on March 7, 1899, in Wabash County, Illinois. He was buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery at St. Francisville, Illinois. He married Anne Breen Farley on August 12, 1860. She died on July 31, 1899. Six children were born to this union as follows:

(1) John Sparks, born 1881, Died 1923;

(2) Kerrline Sparks, born 1862 [no further record];

(3) Mirro Sparks, born 1864, Died 1865;

(4) Anna Sparks, born 1868, Died 1895;

(5) Fredrich Sparks, born 1871 [no further record]; and

(6) Michael Sparks, born 1872, Died 1968.

QUERY: SPARKS-BRIGANCE

Mrs. Richard C. Young, 332 Devon Dr., San Rafael, California, 94903, would like information on the parentage of Sarah A. Sparks She married William C. Brigance in Tennessee, and they moved to Pope County, Arkansas, about 1831 or 1832. Sarah died about 1838-1840. The Sparks and Brigance families lived in Sumner and Carroll Counties, Tennessee.


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Whole Number 154

QUERY--PARENTAGE OF REBECCA (WALLS) SPARKS

Peter G. Thyrre, 3 Chester Street, Ardsley, New York 10502, is searching for the parents of Rebecca Walls who was married in Queen Annes County, Maryland, in 1830 to James Sparks. He apparently died before 1847, in which year his widow was married (second) in the same county to Joel West. Does any member of our association have knowledge of this Walls family?

QUERY--JOHN SPARKS, FROM GREENUP/CARTER COUNTY, KENTUCKY

TO BUCHANAN COUNTY, MISSOURI, ca.1844

Mary Bowen, 4885 Academy Street, San Diego, California 92109-3460, would like to correspond with others who descend from John Sparks and wife Mary J. (Ann?) Green(e) who came to Buchanan County, Missouri, from the Greenup/Carter County area of Kentucky about 1844. She is trying to determine where they lived before moving to Kentucky about 1811.


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Whole Number 162

QUERY -- JONAS R. & PATSY (HANKINS) SPARKS

David A. Henry, 1 Ginger Court, Antioch, CA 94509-5921, seeks information on descendants of Jonas R. Sparks and his wife, Martha ["Patsy"] Hankins, of Latimer County, Oklahoma; earlier they lived in Maiden Springs, Tazewell County


Page 4182

Whole Number 163 QUERY

Can anyone help Mrs. Betty Sparks Johnson, 99 West Arroyo St., Reno, NV 89509-2894? She writes: "After 18 years of searching, I am desperately looking for some trace of my father, Willis William [ "Jack" ] Sparks. He was born February 11, 1874-1886, in Texas; both of his parents were born in Texas. He was married on October 16, 1917, in Deming, New Mexico, to Chloe McCoy. Two children: Dorothy Willis and Betty Virginia. George W. Sparks was best man at the wedding. They lived in Oklahoma between 1918 and 1925."

Whole Number 163

QUERY -- CAROLINE FIDLER

The following query has been submitted by Charlotte Abell, 5210 19th Street, Zephyrhills, FL 33540.

Seeking information on the ancestry of Caroline Fidler, daughter of Martin and Fanny (King) Fidler. She was born on May 14, 1843, in Bullitt County, Kentucky. She was married twice. She was married on October 18, 1869, to James Dudley Kester, and they had two children, Sallie and Fannie. She married (second) Richard M. Sparks on November 18, 1876, in Vigo County, Indiana. They had four children: Ernest Eugene Sparks, Louisa Sparks, Nell Sparks, and Hershel Sparks. Caroline (Fidler) Kester Sparks died in Vigo County, Indiana, on May 9, 1901.

[Editor's Note: This Richard M. Sparks, a shoemaker, was born ca.1836 and was a son of Hiram Sparks (1807-1890) and Laura (Tichenor) Sparks (1809- 1874). See the Quarterly of December 1987, No. 140, pp. 3136-39, for fur intormation regarding him and his descent from Walter and Phoebe Sparks.


Page 4264

Whole Number 165

QUERY — SPARKS & COTHAM FAMILIES

In the QUARTERLIES of March 1990 and September 1990, Whole Nos. 149 and 151, appeared a two-part article devoted to Jesse Sparks (1773-1858) of Hickman County, Tennessee. Jesse Sparks and his second wife, Susan May, had a daughter named Susan Sparks who was born February 24, 1826. Susan Sparks married James Cotham about 1844; he was a son of Stephen and Mary (Shipp) Cotham. Pages 3644-47 of the September 1990 issue of the Quarterly are devoted to the children and grandchildren of James and Susan (Sparks) Catham.

One of our members, Frank A. Anderson of 410 South llth St., Oxford, MS 38655, has asked that a query be published regarding a Stephen Cotham who was born June 1, 1809, in Tennessee, and died on June 15, 1869, in Mississippi. Mr. Anderson's wife's great-grandmother, Neva [Lovenia] Cotham, was a daughter of this Stephen Cotham. Mr. Anderson notes: "Stephen Cotham was a son of Richard Cotham who was born ca. 1780 in North Carolina and died on January 1, 1855, in Arkansas. What I would like to know, is how Stephen Cotham is connected with the Sparkses and Cothams mentioned on page 3644 of the Quarterly (September 1990 issue). Stephen Cotham is referred to as 'Captain.' Did he serve in the military, or was his title an honorary one?"


Page 4437

Whole Number 169

QUERY - INFORMATION SOUGHT REGARDING

WILLIS WILLIAM ["JACK"] SPARKS, BORN 1874

Mrs. Betty Sparks Johnston, 99 West Arroyo Street, Reno, Nevada 89509-2894, has been searching for many years for information regarding her father, Willis William ["Jack"] Sparks. Mrs. Johnston has provided the known facts regarding her father in the list appearing below. She adds: "These facts are documented and I have absolutely no more information, except that someone by the name of Jack Sparks made application to join the Masons in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma, in February 1918; he became a Third Degree Mason and paid his dues until No- vember 1928." Mrs. Johnston wonders whether there might be connection with Willis family: "My sister middle name is Willis, I have George W. Sparks as the best man at wedding 1917."

Fact Sheet - W. W. ["Jack"] Sparks

Name: SPARKS, WILLIS WILLIAM "JACK"
born: 11 February 1874, in Texas.
Married: 16 October 1917, Chloe Elizabeth McCoy, Deming, New Mexico. Chloe was born 30 March 1892, at Minden, Nebraska. "Jack" Sparks, age 33 years, born in Texas. George W. Sparks was witness (father? brother?).
January 1919: Jack Sparks bought a building lot from Lennie Carter, Barnsdall, Oklahoma.
March 1919: First daughter, Dorothy Willis Sparks, was born in Barnsdall, Osage County, Oklahoma; father. Jack Sparks, age 45 years.
1920: Oklahoma Census, Osage County, Barnsdall, shows Jack Sparks as head of his household, age 45 years; his father born in Texas; his mother born in Texas; wife, Chloe.
February 1921; Second daughter, Betty Virginia Sparks, born at Barnsdall, Oklahoma; father, Jack Sparks, age 45 years. [Note that his age was also given as 45 on the birth certificate of daughter, Dorothy, born March 1919.]
June 1921: Jack Sparks deeded house and garage to wife, Chloe McCoy Sparks.
1925: Jack Sparks appears in the City Directory of Tulsa, Oklahoma as living alone at a separate address from Chloe Sparks, who had two children.

Mrs. Johnston hopes that a member of The Sparks Family Association may be able to help her discover the parentage of Jack Sparks and what became of him after 1925.


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Whole Number 168

QUERY—MINNIE ["MADOLINE"] (HOLLOWELL) SPARKS HARKLESS

Janet Margolis Damm, SE 310 Camino, Pullman, Washington, 99163-2206, is search- ing for the place where her great-aunt, Minnie ["Madeline"] Sparks Harkless died. Madeline was born January 26,1884, at Ridge Farm, Illinois, in southern Vermilion County, and she married (first) William B. Sparks on January 28, 1900. He was a son of Josiah and Belle (Jones) Sparks, and it was his second marriage. He and Madeline had one known child, Bloyce Sparks, born in 1902 or 1903. Bloyce Sparks was in Webb City, Missouri, in 1918. William B. Sparks may have died between 1902 and 1917, for sometime prior to 1917, Madeline (Hollowell) Sparks married (second) James H. Harkless. Mrs. Damm welcomes correspond- ence with anyone who has knowledge of this family.

QUERY—A SPARKS FAMILY OF SCHUYLER COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Jim Anfield, 727 S. Stone Ave., LaGrange, Illinois, 60525, needs help in identify- ing his great-great-grandfather Sparks who very likely died in Schuyler County, Illinois, about 1870. Here is all of the information that Mr. Anfield has:

——— Sparks, born prior to 1845 in Pennsylvania, married Lydia A. ——— about 1860, probably in Illinois. She had been born in Penn- sylvania about 1843. They had four children born to them in Illinois before ——— Sparks died, or left the household, prior to 1871. The children were: (1) James Thomas Sparks, born in April 1864; (2) Harriet Sparks, born about 1865; (3) Margaret Sparks, born ca. 1866;

and (4) John Sparks, born ca. 1868. Lydia (-——) Sparks married (second) Hugh Patterson on April 7, 1871, in Schuyler County. He had been born ca. 1805 in Pennsylvania. He and Lydia had four children when the 1880 census was taken of Schuyler County. All had been born in Illinois. They were: Hugh Patterson, born ca. 1873; George Patterson, born ca. 1875; William Patterson, born ca. 1876; and Julius Patterson, born ca. 1879.

Anyone who has information about this family is urged to contact the editor of the Quarterly or Mr. Anfield.


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Whole Number 171

QUERY - HARRY H. SPARKS

At the Gutzon, Borglum Museum at Keystone, South Dakota, there is a history of the construction of Mount Rushmore. At the end of the tour of the museum there is a plaque with the names of all the people who worked on the national monument. One of those listed is Harry H. Sparks. A letter of inquiry was sent to the museum, but they have no information. Does anyone know who Harry H. Sparks was? He worked there in the 1930s. Where was he from?

Query submitted by Ruth Sparks De Wald, Rt. 3, Box 52, Wagner, SD 57380.

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Whole Number 171

QUERY - BY DANA E. EDGECOMB

ANCESTRY OF REBECCA, WIFE (AND WIDOW) OF THOMAS SPARKS

I have been looking for the ancestry of Rebecca Sparks, widow of Thomas Sparks, who married (second) Robert McKenney on December 1, 1692, in Dover or Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was born in 1670 at Scarborough, Maine, and died July 22 (or 23) 1725. If anyone has or finds any clues, they would be greatly appreciated. Very little has been found on this Thomas Sparks. In the Records of the Proprietors of Narragansett Township No. 1, Now the Town of Buxton, York County, Maine, 1733-1811, Cyrus Woodman, Editor7~Concord, New Hampshire, 1871 (page 325), I found a list of Buxton including those which were later annexed to Standish, Maine, in 1824. These lots are in the Cabbage Yard area. A Thomas Sparks was one of the original owners of a "Right" (which usually included lots in more than one division). A list of the persons who drew lots in Range F in the Fourth Division in Buxton, Maine, follows:

1. Drawn by John Woodman & Samuel Knight Original Right of John Baker.

2. Drawn by John Woodman Original Right of.

3. Drawn by Benjamin Bradbury Original Right of Thomas Sparks.

4. Drawn by Original Right of.

5. Drawn by Joseph Leavitt Original Right. Next piece common.

It is quite likely that the Benjamin Bradbury who drew THOMAS SPARKS Lot No. 3 was an heir. No deed has been found, increasing the likelihood that Benjamin was an heir. Does anyone have any information that might link this Thomas to Thomas of Scarborough or to indicate that Benjamin was, indeed, an heir? (Please send any information you have to Dana E. Edgecomb, RFD #1, Box 7240, Sebago Lake, Maine 04075.)


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Whole Number 172

QUERY — (KILBY/SPARKS CONNECTION IN VIRGINIA)

David Scott Harlow of 10224 Korona Dr., Mechanics-vine, VA 23111, is seeking information regarding the parentage of his great-grandfather, William Ansylum (or Anselm) Kilby, who was born in 1813. He lived in the same Culpeper-Madison Counties, Virginia, area as did James and Lucy (Sparks) Kilby, and Mr. Harlow is trying to determine whether William Ansylum Kilby may have been a son of James and Lucy (Sparks) Kilby's son, Joseph Kilby (born 1780) who married Celah Jenkins in October 1801. There is also the possibility that he was a son of John Kilby, Jr. (brother of James) whose wife was Agathy Ballenger.

Mr. Harlow wonders whether there might exist a Sparks family Bible, or an old family letter, containing information on the parentage of William Ansylum Kilby (sometimes spelled Killbe or Killbee).

Lucy Sparks, wife of James Kilby, was born ca. 1751; she was a daughter of Thomas and Mary (Towles) Sparks. An article about this branch of the Sparks family appeared in the Quarterly of June 1956, Whole No. 14, pp. 129-147. In the will of Thomas Sparks (died 1787), probated in Culpeper County, Virginia, which had been written on December 10, 1784, mention was made of his son-in-law, James Kilby, to whom Thomas Sparks bequeathed "a parcill of Land he now lives on..." (The full text of the will of Thomas Sparks appears on pp. 134-35 of the Quarterly.) Thomas Sparks (who was a son of John and Mary Sparks) had been a witness to the will of John Kilby on December 8, 1770. John Kilby was the father of James Kilby and John Kilby, Jr.)


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Whole Number 180

QUERY -- DID ISAAC SPARKS (Born ca.1804) PERFORM SERVICE IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION?

The following query is published at the request of Cora Sparks Esch, Rt. 1, Box 140, Spalding, NE, 68665.

"We have recently discovered we descend through Isaac Sparks, born ca. 1740 in, possibly, Pennsylvania. I think his family history was in the Quarterly, pp. 1578 through 1670. Our lineage comes through his son, George Sparks, down to George M. Sparks, born in 1818, who died as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War while a prisoner in St. Louis, Missouri.

"My query is this. Does anyone have information as to any military service in the Revolutionary War for Isaac? Most anyone of his age living at that time did something to support the American cause, unless they were Tories or sympathetic toward the English, which would be OK."

[Editor s Note: The Isaac Sparks to whom Ms. Esch refers has been the subject of portions of three different articles in the Quarterly. The pages to which she specifically refers are found in the issue for September 1973, Whole No. 83. Additional information about him may be found in the Quarterly of March 1974, Whole No. 85, pp. 1620-1687, and in the issue of June 1981, Whole No. 114, pp.2294-95. Isaac Sparks was born ca. 1740 and died about 1815. We believe that he was the Isaac Sparks who appeared on the 1773 tax list of Tyrone Township in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. by 1783, he was living in Franklin Township in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, that was then within a large area claimed by both Pennsylvania and Virginia based on the overlapping Royal Charters they had received as British Colonies. Their dispute was not settled until 1784 by the Continental Congress. Isaac Sparks and his family were living in Estill County, Kentucky, in the late 1700s and the early 1800s.]


Whole Number 186

QUERY - ELSIE (HAMMOND) MORSE SPARKS

Probably Born in Cortland County, New York

Died in Monroe, Adams County, Wisconsin, in 1888

Holly Sprise Kobza, 937 Bascom Hill Drive, Baraboo, WI, 53913, seeks information on Elsie Hammond, daughter of John and Phoebe/Sarah (Smith) Hammond of Solon, Cortland County, New York. The year of her birth appearing on her tombstone is 1812, but this is probably in error. It appears that her parents were married about 1820--perhaps she was born in 1822. She was married twice. Her first marriage was to George W. Morse in January 1839 in Adams County, Wisconsin. He was a member of the bar there, and it was there that he died in January 1863.

When the federal census of 1870 was taken in Adams County, Wisconsin, Elsie was shown as "Elsey Morse," living with her blind sister, Margaret Hammond. Elsie s age was recorded as 52, and she was a native of New York. Margaret Hammond, also born in New York, was shown as 45 years old. On a state census taken in 1875, however, Elsie was recorded as Else Sparks, and she was shown as head of her own household with one male and one female living with her, but not named. The male was probably her brother, Silas Hammond, and the female was doubtless her sister Margaret. Silas Hammond had been living in Boone County, Illinois, when the 1860 census was taken; he was shown then in the household of Eben Hammond, an uncle. On this 1860 census, Silas Hammond was described as a "cripple." Ms. Kobza adds: "I think Margaret is with distant relatives in 1855 as a servant in Delaware County, New York, and in 1860 in Adams County (Strongs Prairie Township) as a teacher living with the Buchanan family." From census records, it appears that Elsie had been married to a man named SPARKS between 1870 and 1875, but his first name has not been discovered. Did he die before the 1880 census was taken?

The:1880 federal census of Monroe, Wisconsin, gives Elsie s brother, Silas Hammond, age 52, a native of New York, as head of the household in which she was living. Also in this 1880 household was Elsie s blind sister, Margaret Hammond, age 56, born in New York. Although the directions to census takers in 1880 were that the marital status of each adult was to be recorded (married, single, widowed/divorced), this column was left blank beside Elsie s name, who was now shown as 63 years old and a native of New York. Her name appeared as "Elsie Sparks." Elsie was shown on a state census for Wisconsin taken in 1885; her name was given as "Elsie Sparks" and there was one other female living with her, unnamed, who was doubtless her sister, Margaret .

Elsie (Hammond) Morse Sparks died in Monroe, Wisconsin, in 1888, and she was buried beside her first husband, George Morse, in the Strongs Prairie Cemetery in Adams County, Wisconsin. The inscription on her tombstone reads: "Elsie S. Parks, sister, 1812-1888." Although from this inscription, one would assume that Elsie s second husband had been named "Parks," the fact that her name appears as Sparks in three censuses leads one to assume that the stone carver mistook the letter "S" to be Elsie s middle initial rather than the first letter of her surname, "Sparks."

A photograph of Elsie (Hammond) Morse Sparks appears at the beginning of this article.


Whole Number 186

QUERY - STELLA (SPARKS) SAGE, 1890-1918

Jo Ann Sage Hofhine, 4058 Ronald Rd., Chubbuck, ID, 83202-2408, hopes that someone can assist her in learning more regarding her grandmother, Stella (Sparks) Sage, born July 13, 1890, probably in Deer Park, Illinois. She was a daughter of Jesse D. Sparks and his second wife, Laura Steritt Parker. Stella Sparks was married on December 24, 1912, to Durward Scott Sage; she died on December 8, 1918, and was buried in Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa.

Jesse D. Sparks, father of Stella, was born November 6, 1838, in Logan County, Illinois; he served in the 106th Regiment Illinois Infantry in the Civil War; (an abstract of his pension application appeared in the March 1993 issue of the SPARKS Quarterly, Whole No. 161, pp. 4094-95). Jesse D. Sparks was a son of Samuel and Mary (Heard or Hurd) Sparks. (See the above cited issue of the Quarterly, pp. 4080-90 for a record of this branch of the Sparks family.)

We have not learned the name of the first wife of Jesse D. Sparks, but there was a daughter born to that union named Nellie J. Sparks. Nellie was born December 17, 1875, and died on April 4, 1923. She married Frank D. Lee on February 14, 1894. Her grave in Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa, is next to that of her half-sister, Stella (Sparks) Sage.

The second wife of Jesse D. Sparks was Laura Steritt Parker, a daughter of Thorton and Martha Parker. Jesse D. and Laura Steritt (Parker) Sparks were married in 1885. Laura had been born on November 27, 1853, and died on January 27, 1919. She was buried, as noted above, in Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa. In addition to Stella Sparks, grandmother of Jo Ann Sage Hofhine, Jesse D. and Laura Steritt (Parker) Sparks were the parents of James Sparks and Nulta Sparks.

Ms. Hofhine has written as follows:

I would like to learn all I can about my grandmother, Stella (Sparks) Sage, her brothers and sisters, and their children. After her death in 1919, my Dad, Jess Winfield Sage, and his brother, Nulta LaVerne Sage, were reared by their Sage aunts in Delphos, Ottawa County, Kansas. Durwood Scott Sage and the rest of his family left Delphos, and eventually all the Sages migrated to Idaho. So, making contact with a "close/distant" cousin would be an answer to a lifelong dreamof mine. Any help anyone can give me would be so appreciated.


Whole Number 186

QUERY - MARGARET ANN (SPARKS) ALTHIZER (1827-1910)

Carolyn Gladney Powell, P.O. Box 129, Lake Lure, North Carolina, seeks information regarding the parentage of her great-great-grandmother, Margaret Ann Sparks, who married Alexander G. Althizer in Decatur County, Indiana, on March 14, 1843. Ms. Powell descends from their daughter, Melissa, who married Jacob Womack.

Margaret Ann Sparks was born June 22, 1827, in Kentucky. Her entry on the 1900 census, in which there was a section regarding the place of birth of one s parents, indicates that her father had been born in Kentucky while her mother had been born in Virginia. The names of Margaret Ann s parents are not known. She died in August 1910 in Fulton County, Missouri, two miles west of Calwood, Missouri, according to her obituary appearing in the Fulton Gazette of August 19, 1910. She was buried in the Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery at Fulton, Missouri.

When the 1860 census was taken, Alexander and Margaret Ann Althizer were living in Jackson Township, Putnam County, Missouri, where they were shown with eight children. According to Margaret Ann s obituary, she had a total of fourteen children, of whom eight were still living when she died. From census and cemetery records, a total of ten have been identified. They were:

1.Thomas J. Althiser, born ca. 1844 in Illinois; he died in 1921, at Calwood,Missouri.

2.Eliza Althiser, born ca. 1845 in Illinois; she was married to John Jackson on July 25, 1860.

3. Melissa Althiser, born ca. 1847 in Illinois; she was married to Jacob Womack.

4. Ferdina T. Althiser (male), born ca. 1849 in Illinois; he married Lucinda J.----.

5. Armita Althiser, born ca. 1852.


Whole Number 11

QUERY

Miss Gertrude Sparks, 128 E. Second St., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, would like to correspond with any member who has information relative to the ancestry of George Sparks, Sr., who settled in the 1780 s in Hopewell Twp., Washington County, Pennsylvania. His will was probated there in 1806, naming wife Mary, eldest son Salathiel Sparks (born 1756, to Adams Co., Ohio, in 1804, where he died July 20, 1823), son William Bostwick Sparks, son Solomon Sparks (born November 15, 1767, died March 19, 1838, in Adams Co., Ohio; married Catherine Hillegas), daughter Mary Buxton (wife of Jacob Buxton), and son James Sparks (to Mississippi Territory).



Page 495

Whole Number 31

QUERY -- JOHN SPARKS OF MORGAN COUNTY, GEORGIA

Your editor is preparing an article for publication in the next issue of the Quarterly on the family of John and Sarah (Tickle) Sparks of Morgan County, Georgia. The record of this family is far from complete, and we hope that someone reading this query will be able to supply some of the missing links before the final copy is made for publication. John Sparks of Morgan County was born ca. 1780. Apparently he lived in North Carolina before coming to Georgia about 1815. He either died or moved away from Morgan County before 1830. Several of his children are known to have settled later in Alabama. According to a Bible record, John and Sarah (Tickle) Sparks were the parents of the following children. Do any members of the Association descend from them?

Thomas Sparks, born October 6, 1801
James Robert Sparks, born September 15, 1803
John Henry Sparks, born May 15, 1806
Henrietta Sparks, born July 28, 1808
General Pinckney Sparks, born December 9, 1811
Andrew Jackson Sparks, born February 23, 1815
Mahala Bonner Sparks, born August 27, 1819


Page 847

Whole Number 47

QUERY - PRISCILLA SPARKS, BORN ca. 1780

Mrs. Elizabeth Duffield Boone, 6630 McCallum St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is seeking information regarding her great-great-grandmother, named Priscilla Sparks, who was born ca. 1779/82 in Woodbury, New Jersey. Priscilla married Jonathan Duffield in Woodbury on February 28, 1799. He was born ca. 1770/75. Mrs. Boone descends from Priscilla's son, Joseph Duffield, born in 1812 and died in 1888, who married Hannah Shafer on November 15, 1835.

QUERY

Burt Anderson, P.O. Box 535, West Chester, Pennsylvania, is working on a third edition of the genealogy of the Sharpless family, the first having been printed in 1816 and the second in 1887. There is a Sparks connection about which he is curious but has been able to find no information.

William Aratus Gilpin and his wife Elizabeth Brown had one daughter, Anna Elizabeth Gilpin. She was born May 28, 1835, place unknown, although her parents were born in Wilmington, Delaware. This Miss Gilpin was married August 8, 1868, to Charles Elkitten Sparks. This is the extent of Mr. Anderson's information. If anyone has a clue regarding this branch of the Sparks family, Mr. Anderson would be delighted to hear from him.


Pages 896-897

Whole Number 50

QUERY -- INFORMATION WANTED ON THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM WILEY SPARKS

by Agnes Sparks Jaynes

On the cover of this issue of the Quarterly appears a photograph of William Wiley Sparks and his wife, Penelope Keller, with their first five children. This picture was taken about 1893 and has been furnished by Agnes Sparks Jaynes of 327 West 7th Street, Long Beach, California. Mrs. Jaynes is a daughter of William Wiley and Penelope (Keller) Sparks and is anxious to learn more about this branch of the Sparks family.

William Wiley Sparks was born March 2, 1854, in Pike County, Arkansas, and died on April 6, 1930, in Snyder, Oklahoma. Mrs. Jaynes believes that his father s name was Andrew Russell Sparks and that his mother's name was either Caroline Osborne or Caroline Larkin. It is believed that William Wiley Sparks had brothers named Green Sparks and Marion Sparks.

William Wiley Sparks married Penelope Keller on June 27, 1878, in Franklin County, Arkansas. She was born on October 18, 1860, in Franklin County, Arkansas, and died on October 16, 1952, at Hunting Beach, California. She was a daughter of Nathan and Nancy (Stone) Keller. William Wiley Sparks and Penelope Keller were the parents of nine children, all born in Branch, Franklin County, Arkansas.

Children of William Wiley and Penelope (Keller) Sparks:

(1) Nathan Russell Sparks, born June 6, 1880; died January 1, 1948; he married Lizzy Vest on 10 Jan1904.

(2) Marion Andrew Sparks, born February 28, 1882; he married Cleme Hunter about 1905.

(3) Nancy Caroline Sparks, born February 10, 1884.

(4) Mary Etta Sparks, born October 28, 1886.

(5) Millie Sparks, born February 9, 1889; she married Bill Champion about 1913.

(6) Ora Viola Sparks, born October 5, 1896; she married Thomas King February 18, 1912.

(7) Agnes Sparks, born January 12, 1900; she married Anderson Keykendall October 25, 1914; she married (second) Orville Sidney Jaynes on September 12, 1943.

(8) Millard McKinley Sparks, born January 8, 1903; he married Gene Tarpley on October 9, 1918.

(9) Marvin Sparks, born January 4, 1906; died October 9, 1906.

Mrs. Jaynes would be very pleased to hear from anyone with information on the ancestry of William Wiley Sparks.


Page 973

Whole Number 53

QUERY

INFORMATION WANTED ON WILLIAM SPARKS, BORN IN GEORGIA 1800/15, WHO MARRIED MARTHA SCARBERRY AND LIVED IN TENNESSEE

Mrs. Joann V. Farris of 136 North Imperial, Denison, Texas (75020) is seeking information on William Sparks who was born in Georgia, probably in the early 1800's. He married Martha Scarberry who was born in Tennessee.

William and Martha (Scarberry) Sparks had a daughter named Mary Sparks who was born in Tennessee on May 1, 1835, and died at Spiro, Oklahoma, on July 19, 1923. She was buried in a small cemetery at Skullyville, Oklahoma. Mary Sparks married Thomas Jackson Boling, who was born in Union County, Georgia, in 1832 and died on January 24, 1884, at Spiro, Oklahoma. Thomas Jackson Boling was a son of Thomas Jackson Boling, Sr., and Elmira McDonald of Union County, Georgia. He was a captain in the 6th Georgia Cavalry in the Civil War, He resigned because of T.B. According to family tradition, he was either a Baptist or a Methodist preacher. At one time he was either sheriff or tax collector in Union County. He is known to have had two brothers, one of whom was named Van Boling. They were both in the Mexican War and were buried at sea off the coast of Vera Cruz, having died in an epidemic.

Mary Sparks and Thomas Jackson Boling were the parents of ten children: (1) Homer V. Boling married Ada Glisson; (2) William Gaberial, married Melisa ; (3) Walter Boling married Mollie Ridge; (4) Richard Boling married Sylvia Smith Lee; (5) Ralph Boling married Frances Higgens; (6) Carolyn Boling married William Bolen; (7) Leotta Boling married "Doc" Palmer; (8) Mattie E. Boling married Charles P. Stewart; (9) Mae Boling married Oscar Ward; and (10) Emma Boling married James Alexander.

Mrs. Farris would be delighted to correspond with anyone having knowledge of this family.


Whole Number 101

QUERY - ISAAC RIGDON SPARKS

Joseph W. Clark (20111 Church Lake Dr., Bonney Lake, Washington, 98390) is seeking information on the parentage of his paternal great-grandfather, Isaac Rigdon Sparks, who was born March 2, 1860, in Douglas County, Missouri. He died on August 1, 1930, in Los Angeles, California. Isaac Rigdon Sparks was married on September 5, 1895, to Primitney January Eakins (or Akins) in Pulaski County, Missouri. She died on August 5, 1902, in Jasper County, Missouri; she was the daughter of Samuel D Eakins (or Akins) and Elizabeth Cadwell. They are known to have had at least three children, but the names of only two are known: (1) Lillie Frances Sparks, born July 9, 1896, in Pulaski County, Missouri, and died May 16, 1961; she married Wilbur Clark on August 25, 1912; and (2) Rudolph Sparks, born June 15, 1898, died July 25, 1917, in Laclede County, Missouri.

QUERY - MARGARET SPARKS, born 1785

Gaila J. Waugh (Mrs. Frank), Star Rt., Lynch, Nebraska, 68746, is seeking the parentage of Margaret Sparks who was born February 9, 1785. She died on November 14, 1864, in Licking County, Ohio. She married John Burge who was born either in Virginia or Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on October 23, 1784; he died in Licking County, Ohio, on December 4, 1829. Their children were: (1) Jacob Burge, born 1804 in Greene County, Pennsylvania; (2) Jesse Sparks Burge, born 1808 in Greene County, Pennsylvania; (3) William Burge (he may have had the middle name Curry); (4) John Burge, born 1816 in Licking County, Ohio; (5) Josiah Burge; and (6) Delilah Burge. They may also have had daughters named Anna, Sarah, Priscilla, and Mariah.

QUERY - ISAAC SPARKS, BORN ca. 1809

Mrs. Stanley Korenski, 2519 Dexter Street, Terre Haute, Indiana (47805) is seeking information regarding her great-great-grandfather, Isaac Sparks, who was born ca. 1809 in North Carolina. He married a widow named Elizabeth Lawrence in Hendricks County, Indiana, in 1830 She was born in 1800 in Kentucky and had two children prior to her marriage to Isaac Sparks. Isaac and Elizabeth Sparks had two children: (1) John W. Sparks, and (2) Mary Elizabeth Sparks. Mary Elizabeth Sparks married William Matthew Jones in Hendricks County, Indiana, on June 12, 1856. Mrs. Korenski would welcome correspondence with anyone connected with this branch of the Sparks family.

QUERY - BAILEY SPARKS, born 1760-70

Mrs. Lemuel M. Rathbone, l64l3 Fitzhugh Rd., Austin, Texas (78736) is seeking vital statistics and marriage data for Mary H., wife of Michael F. Fields. She was born ca. 1813-1815 and is believed to have been a daughter of Bailey Sparks of Carroll County, Tennessee.

Bailey Sparks, born between 1760 and 1770, who is believed to have been the father of Mary H. Sparks, was a son of Matthew and Sarah Sparks who moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to the Surry-Wilkes County area of North Carolina about 1758. (A sketch of the life of Matthew Sparks appeared in the Quarterly of June 1961, Vol. IX, No. 2, Whole No. 34, pp.556-566.) Bailey Sparks accompanied his parents to Georgia following the American Revolution. by 1820 he had married and was living with his family (wife, four females, probably daughters, under 10

years of age and one male also under 10, probably a son) in Humphries County, Tennessee. He was living near his brother, Isaac Sparks. by 1830 he had moved to Carroll County, Tennessee, and on the census of that year was called "Baily Sparks Sr." From this census record, it would appear that he had married a second wife by 1830 some 20 years his junior. Five males (probably sons) and six females (probably daughters) were enumerated in his household in 1830. He was probably the Bailey Sparks who obtained a land grant in Carroll County in 1846. A Bailey Sparks, perhaps a grandson, served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, enlisting in Marlin Falls, Texas, in 1862 at the age of 17.

Michael F. and Mary H. (Sparks ?) Fields had the following children: (1) Bailey S. Fields, born ca.1830; (2) Sarah A. Fields, born ca.1832; (3) James A. Fields, born ca.1834; (4) Martha E. Fields, born ca. 1836; (5) Mary Fields, born ca. 1838; (6) Sidney Fields, born ca. 1840 and married William R. Griffin; (7) Susan Isabel Fields, born 11 October 1845 or 1843, married Andrew Jackson Caraway; (8) Malissa D Fields, born September 9, 1846 and married John Wellington Cleveland; and (9) Daniel R. B. Fields, born ca. 1849.

In 1830 Michael Fields and wife were in Carroll County, Tennessee, but by 1840 the family had moved to Carroll County, Mississippi. In 1850 they were in Yalobusha County, Mississippi, and by the mid-1850 s most of their children were in Gonzales County, Texas, but no record of the death of the parents has been found. Michael Fieldts brother, James Fields, married Matilda Sparks in Carroll County, Mississippi, on June 9, 1838. James Fields was in Carroll County, Mississippi, when the 18140 census was taken, then they lived briefly in Yalobusha County, and by 1850 they were in Choctaw County, Mississippi. The children of James and Matilda (Sparks) Fields listed on the 1850 census were named: (1) William B. Fields; (2) James A. Fields; (3) Daniel G. Fields; (4) Winney A. Fields; (5) Mary E. Fields; and (6) Martha Fields. Was Miltilda Sparks who married James Fields also a daughter of Bailey Sparks?

QUERY - FINLEY HARRISON SPARKS, born December 5, 1873

Judy Houston of 8332 East Arlington Road, Scottsdale, Arizona (85253) is seeking information regarding her Sparks line. Her great-grandfather was Finley Harrison Sparks who was born October 25, 1873; his place of birth is believed to have been on the eastern shore of Maryland. He died in Cherrydale, Virginia, on December 5, 1915. According to his death certificate, his parents were Daniel B. and Julia A. (Chance) Sparks, of Maryland. Finley Harrison Sparks is believed to have had a brother named Thomas Sparks who married Blanche Smith.

Finley Harrison Sparks married Emma May Smith who was born near Churchill, Maryland. It is believed that they were married on February 11, 1881. They had three children, all deceased: (1) Hazel Ida Sparks; (2) Finley Gordon Sparks; & (3) Richard Melvin Sparks.


Page 3673

Whole Number 152

QUERY

MARTHA ["NANCY"] (SPARKS) CHESSER JOY

Andrew J. Tidwell, 2801 Guilford Lane, Oklahoma City, OK 73120, seeks information regarding Martha ["Nancy"] Sparks who was born in Virginia about 1790-1800. She died in Lampasas County, Texas, on October 25, 1880. She was married, first, about 1818, probably in Virginia, to Daniel Chesser. He died about 1825 in Missouri. Their son, William Chesser, was born in 1819 in Virginia. Martha was married, 2nd, in Jefferson County, Illinois, on October 12, 1826, to George W. Joy. Can anyone identify this Martha ["Nancy"] Sparks?


Page 3681

Whole Number 152

QUERY

CHARLES W. SPARKS, BORN 1863 IN ILLINOIS

Robert L. Sparks, 9904 Edmund Dr., Benbrook, TX 76126, seeks information regarding his grandfather s parentage. His grandfather was Charles W. Sparks who was born somewhere in Illinois in December 1863. He is known to have been married at least twice and to have had six children, the eldest of whom was born in Arkansas while the others were born in Texas. Their names and years of birth were: (1) John Sparks, born 1886; (2) Rachel Sparks, born 1888; (3) Frankie Sparks, born 1889; (4) Kirk Sparks, born 1894; (5) Scott Sparks, born 1896; and (6) Wood Sparks, born 1898. According to the 1900 and 1910 censuses of Texas, Charles W. Sparks, widower, was then living in Runnels County, Texas. Mr. Sparks hopes that a member of the Association may be able to tell him who Charles W. Sparks s parents were as well as to provide information regarding the names, birth dates, and death dates of his wives.


Whole Number 152

QUERY

DESCENDANTS OF REUBEN H. & SARAH L. (McCLELLAN) SPARKS

A new member of our Association, Dr. A. L. McClellan, 8636 Don Carol Dr., El Cerrito, CA 94530, would like to correspond with any descendant of Reuben H. Sparks and his wife, Sarah L. McClellan. Reuben H. Sparks was born in Maryland about 1777 and died in Washington County, Tennessee, on July 15, 1855. His wife, Sarah, was born ca. 1789 in Virginia. She was a daughter of John and Margaret (Browniow) McClellan. (The marriage bond, dated January 26,1788, for John McClellan and Margaret Brownlow was issued in Rockbridge County, Virginia; Margaret was born November 27, 1769, and was a daughter of James and Kate Browniow.)

Reuben H. and Sarah L. McClellan were married at Blountville, Sullivan County, Tennessee, on September 14, 1807. Reuben was taxed for the first time in Washington County, Virginia, in 1809. He was listed as heading a household there when the census was taken in 1810, 1820, and 1830. About 1836 he moved his family from Washington County Virginia, to Washington County, Tennessee, a distance of about 40 miles.

Most of our information regarding Reuben H. Sparks has been found in his and his wife s applications for bounty land and, in her case, also for a pension, based on his service to the U.S. in the War of 1812. These papers have been preserved at the National Archives; an abstract of these papers appeared in the Quarterly of June 1962, Whole No. 38.

It was on November 22, 1850, that Reuben H. Sparks, a resident of Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee, first applied for bounty land. He stated that he was then (1850) 73 years old and that he had been a private in a company called the "Bucktail Riflemen" commanded by Capt. Henry St. John Dixon in a Virginia volunteer regiment under Major Charles Fenton Mercer. He served from March 8, 1814, to July 5, 1814. He received a warrant for 40 acres of land following the approval of his application.

In 1855, when Congress authorized the granting of additional bounty land to War of 1812 veterans, Reuben H. Sparks again applied (on April 10, 1855). He was still a resident of Washington County, Tennessee, and he gave his age as 78. He died on July 15, 1855, before his application could be acted upon, but his widow was then granted 80 acres of bounty land.

Pensions for widows of soldiers of the War of 1812 were authorized by Congress in 1871, and on June 6, 1872, Sarah (McClellan) Sparks made application. She gave her age in 1872 as 82 years and her residence as Washington County, Tennessee. It was in this application that she gave the information regarding their marriage, as has been noted above. Her application was approved, and she was given a federal pension of $8.00 per month. This continued to be paid until her death on June 21, 1875.

From census records, it appears that Reuben H. and Sarah L. (McClellan) Sparks were the parents of five sons and five daughters. We have succeeded in identifying only six of these children, and accounts of these six were published on pages 2800-2801 of the December 1985 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 132. Since the publication of those accounts, however, additional information has been received which changes several of them. These changes are given below and members of the Association who are maintaining files of the Quarterly are urged to make note of these corrections in their copy of the December 1985 issue. For the purpose of maintaining uniformity, the same alpha-numeric outline used in the earlier accounts will be used here.

Page 2800. Item 3.
Ann Eliza Sparks, daughter of Reuben H. and Sarah L. (McClellan) Sparks,,was born in 1810 or 1811. She was a seamstress and never married. She was living with her brother, William A. Sparks, when the 1870 census was taken of Washington County, Tennessee.

Page 2800. Item 4.
James Lawrence Sparks, son of Reuben H. and Sarah L. (McClellan) Sparks, was born October 9, 1813, in Abingdon, Virginia; he died on September 15, 1897, in Lauderdale County, Tennessee. He married March garet C. Greer in Washington County, Tennessee, on October 18, 1836. (In the December 1985 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 132, appeared a record of Samuel Greer Sparks, son of James L. and Margaret C. (Greer) Sparks, based on Samuel s answers to a questionnaire sent to all Tennessee veterans of the Civil War in 1922. Information concerning his own and his father s family appears there.)

Page 2800. Item 4, e.
James Lawrence Sparks, Jr., son of James L. and March garet (Greer) Sparks, was born in Tennessee about 1847. He was married to Laura Mays on November 3, 1870, in Fayette County, Tennessee. When the 1880 census was taken, they were listed in Lauderdale County, Tennessee. With them were four children; there may have been others born to them later.

a. Robert Sparks was born in Tennessee about 1872.

b. Hewitt Sparks was born in Tennessee about 1875.

c. Laura M. Sparks was born in Tennessee about 1878.

d. Lawrence Sparks was born in Tennessee about 1880.


Page 4236

Whole Number 166

QUERY - DESCENDANTS OF MALINDA (SPARKS) ARNOLD

Barbara Pollard Carter, 1027 E. Loop 456, #105, Jacksonville, TX 75766, descends from Jeremiah Sparks, Sr. (ca. 1765-1840) who lived in Georgia (Franklin and Morgan Counties) during the last fifty years of his life. (See The Sparks Quarterly of December 1960, Whole No. 32, pp. 518-525) One of Jeremiah's daughters mentioned in his will (dated October 11, 1839 and filed in Morgan County, Georgia) was Malinda (Sparks) Arnold. She had been married to James B. Arnold in Morgan County, Georgia, on August 13, 1816.

Mrs. Carter descends from a daughter of James B. and Malinda (Sparks) Arnold named Emily who was married on December 4, 1833, to Seaborn Harris (1816-1884) in Morgan County, Georgia. They moved to Texas about 1837. Seaborn Harris died in Sabine County, Texas, and his wife, Emily (Arnold) Harris is known to have died there also, sometime after 1870. Mrs. Carter would like to correspond with others who descend from this same line.


Page 4582

Whole Number 172

QUERY

Paul S. Anderson, 412 W. Davis Dr., Nowata, OK, 74048, is seeking information regarding his maternal grandmother, whose name was Grace E. Sparks. She was born February 14, 1893, and died in April 1960. She is known to have lived at 2703 S. Indiana Ave. , Chicago, Illinois. The mother of Grace E. Sparks is belived to have been Alice Sparks.

Mr. Anderson is suffering from an eye disease called "Retinitis Pigmentosis," that eventually causes total blindness. He is attempting to discover whether he may have inherited this disease from his Sparks ancestors. Can anyone assist him in this endeavor?


Whole Number 174

QUERY -- HAROLD CLEFFORD SPARKS, DIED 1986

Carol J. Sparks of 109 Don Mor Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has asked us to publish the following query.  Carol is seeking information on the family of Harold Clefford Sparks who died in Palm Springs, California, in July, 1986. He was surived by his daughter, Mary Scott of West Palm Springs, and his son, Larry Sparks of Whitewater, California; also seven grandchildren and a brother. Harold Clefford Sparks had three brothers. He was a son of Henry Clefford Sparks of New Bloomfield, Callaway County, Missouri, who married the former Cora Lee Hombuckle of Mokane, Missouri. Any information will be appreciated. QUERY -- ANCESTORS OF BARNETT MARION SPARKS

Scott Sparks, 4214 Newpond Trail, Kennesaw, Georgia, 30244, has asked us to publish the following query.  He is interested in learning the identity of the ancestry of Barnett Marion Sparks, Sr., who was born ca. 1809 in Virginia, according to the 1860 Cleveland County, North Carolina, census. His wife's name was Eunice ["Nicy"] and his children were named Rebecca, Eunice, Susan, and Kisiah ["Cizar"]. All children were born between 1835 and 1854 in or around Cleveland County, North Carolina. Barnett Sparks, Sr. and his son, Barnett Marion Sparks, Jr., moved to Cherokee County, Alabama, between 1860 and 1870. (770) 591-9633; SSparks8S9@aol.com.


Page 4792-4793

Whole Number 177

QUERY -- WILLIAM J. ["JAY"] SPARKS (1850-1924)

[James W. Sparks, whose address appears at the end of this query, has asked us to publish this item regarding his great-grandfather, William J. Sparks, whose nickname was "Jay."]

William J. ["Jay"] Sparks, a son of King David and Martha Elizabeth (Bass) Sparks, was born October 26, 1850, in Owen County, Indiana. It is apparent that he was named after his paternal grandfather, the Rev. William J. ["Billie"] Sparks. [See the SPARKS Quarterly of March 1988, Whole No. 141, pp. 3176-3206, for an article entitled "Further Notes on the Descendants of Reuben & Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, of Early Wilkes County, North Carolina," which is devoted to this branch of the Sparks family.]

Sometime between October 1850 and November 1852, Jay Sparks's parents moved from Indiana to Marcey Township, Boone County, Iowa. A map of Boone County shows King David's farm adjoining that of his father, the Rev. William J. (Billie) Sparks. It was here that Jay grew to manhood and was educated. Jay was married twice, and I will attempt to provide the information currently available on both of his families in the hope that a reader of the Quarterly may be able to help in filling in details.

Jay Sparks’s first marriage was to Caroline Frances Holbrook on November 8, 1871. Frances, as she is remembered by many of the living relatives, was born ca. 1840 in Iowa. She died in Yankton, South Dakota, in 1900. To this union were born five children:

1. Albert Clinton Sparks, born May 28, 1872, in Boone County, Iowa; he died on August 19, 1961, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

2. Andrew Atrus Sparks, born ca. 1876, in Boone County, Iowa.

3. Thomas James Sparks, born May 22, 1877, in Boone County Iowa; he died on February 23, 1922, at Yankton, South Dakota.

4. Rosa Ellen Holbrook Sparks, born September 17, 18--. (Her year and place of birth are uncertain.)

5. Chester Sparks, born in April 18--, not sure where.

Jay and Frances Sparks left Boone County, Iowa, and moved west, arriving in Yankton, South Dakota, on December 24, 1889. This is where the dates seem to get mixed up. Albert Clinton Sparks, their oldest son, and his wife, Lucy (Vaughn) Sparks, celebrated their fifty-ninth wedding anniversary in November 1959, and the article published about them in the Rapid City, South Dakota, newspaper stated that Albert Clinton Sparks had arrived in South Dakota on December 24, 1889, when he was 16 years of age. If the December date is correct, then he would have been 18 years of age.

Jay's second marriage was to Anne Sophie Harvey in either 1901 or 1902. At the time of the marriage, Anne had a son, John Harvey, from a previous marriage, who had been born on September 29, 1889. Jay and Anne Sparks had four children:

6. Mable Elizabeth Sparks, born May 17, 1902, at Yankton, South Dakota; she died there on March 9, 1989.

7. William Manily Sparks, born in February 1904, at Sioux City, Iowa.

8. Clifford Sparks, born March 29, 1906, at Sioux City, Iowa.

9. Clara Jule Sparks, born August 10, 1908, at Sioux City, Iowa.

Jay Sparks died on January 16, 1924, in Yankton, South Dakota; he was buried in Aten, Nebraska. According to the obituary of their daughter, Mable Elizabeth Sparks, Jay and Anne Sparks traveled to Sioux City, Iowa, by covered wagon in 1903. They left Sioux City and moved to Thurston County, Nebraska. Then, according to the same obituary, they moved to Omaha, Nebraska. From there, they moved to Smithland, Iowa, then returned to the Yankton, South Dakota, area in 1918. I suspect that the "area" was Aten, Nebraska, which was a tiny town just across the river in Nebraska.

If anyone reading this article has information on either family of Jay Sparks, please contact me,

James W. Sparks
938 Henderson #2
Ogden, Utah 84404
(Phone: 801-393-5614)

Pages 4798-4800

QUERY -- JAMES B. SPARKS, 1830/31-1910

We hope that a descendant of James B. Sparks may note the above abstract of the Civil War pension papers and this query, and that he/she may be able to add information for us regarding the parentage and family of James B. Sparks. In his application in 1907 for increased pension benefits, James B. Sparks stated that he had been born in September 1830 at Newark, Ohio.

On his death certificate in 1910, however, his date of birth was given as December 27, 1831. This information had been supplied by Mrs. Frank Dunlap of Clinton, Indiana. She was probably a close relative, perhaps a daughter, of James B. Sparks.

Newark, given by James B. Sparks as his place of birth in his pension application, is the seat of justice for Licking County, Ohio. Genealogical research there is difficult because in 1875 the courthouse burned. Although we have gathered a considerable amount of information regarding Sparkses in Licking County from census records, we have not found James B. Sparks on the 1850 census. He and his first wife, Elizabeth, are included on the 1860 census of Harrison Township of Licking County, however. There his age appears as 32, as does also that of Elizabeth, with Ohio given as the place of birth for each. Their children were listed as follows:

Chas. M. Sparks, age 9.

Mary C. Sparks, age 6.

William A. Sparks, age 4.

Dratemma C. Sparks, age 1.

From the listing of his children in his pension application, it appears that James B. Sparks's daughter named Dratemma C. Sparks, must have died in childhood. From his pension application, we know that he and Elizabeth had four children born after June 1, 1860, the date on which the 1860 census was based. They were:
John Sparks, born 1860 (apparently between June and Dec, 1860).

Netter Sparks, born 1864.

Jennie Sparks, born 1866.

Cora Sparks, born 1871.

According to his pension application, his first wife, Elizabeth (Saultus) Sparks, died in 1878, in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1883, James B. Sparks married (second) a widow named Mahala C. (Grigsby) Roberts. Her first husband had been James Roberts. James B. Sparks died on February 15, 1910, and Mahala died on April 27, 1920.

It may prove to be significant that on the same day (May 2, 1864) that James B. Sparks was enrolled in Company E of the 135th Regiment Ohio Infantry, a young man named Erastus Felton Sparks (born November 21, 1837) of Licking County was enrolled in the same company. Erastus was a son of William and Sidney (Cunningham) Sparks. We have found no record to prove a relationship between James B. and Erastus Felton Sparks, however. (See the September 1996 issue of the SPARKS Quarterly, Whole No. 175, pp. 4696-4697, for an abstract of the pension file for Erastus Sparks and, beginning on page 4680, his biographical and family record.)

As noted in the above abstract, the death certificate for James B. Sparks indicates that his father was "unknown," while the maiden name of his mother had been "Rebecca Sparks." There was a Rebecca Sparks, born ca. 1812 in Virginia, who married Henry Bullock in Licking County. They were living with their family in Washington Township when the 1850 census was taken. The place of birth for both Henry and Rebecca was given on the census as Virginia; Henry Bullock's age was given as 37, Rebecca's as 38.

Ranging in age from 14 to one year, their seven childrens' names were: Isaac, Nancy, George, Margaret, Henry, John, and Elizabeth. It is curious that their son named George who was aged 10 in 1850 (born February 16, 1840), changed his name to "George Sparks" during the Civil War. Because of a controversy with an officer, he deserted from Company C, 76th Regiment Ohio Infantry on February 26, 1862. Then, under the name of George Sparks, he enlisted in the 27th Regiment Michigan Infantry and was enrolled in Company C of that regiment, on December 31, 1863. Explaining his reason for doing this, in order to qualify for a pension many years later, he stated that he had chosen "Sparks" as his surname because Sparks had been his mother's maiden name. (We plan to publish this pension file in a later issue of the Quarterly.)

There is strong evidence to believe that the Rebecca Sparks who became the wife of Henry Bullock of Licking County, Ohio, about 1835, was a daughter of George and Nancy Sparks who were living there when the 1830 census had been taken. A resident of Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia), George Sparks had served in the War of 1812, and, on November 2, 1850, as a resident of Washington Township, Licking County, he had applied for bounty land based on that service. (See the SPARKS Quarterly of December 1960, Whole No. 32, page 526, for an abstract of his bounty land application file.)

George Sparks had been born ca. 1773/77 and died on February 5, 1868, "in the 96th year of his age" according to his tombstone in a cemetery located on his farm near the village of St. Louisville in Washington Township. His wife, Nancy Sparks, had died on November 3, 1842, and George Sparks had been married (second) to a widow named Jane Wilson.

Should any of our readers have further information relating to the Sparkses mentioned here, your editor would be delighted to hear from you, as would Dr. Paul E. Sparks, President of our Association. Please write to Russell E. Bidlack, 1709 Cherokee Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, or to Paul E. Sparks, 155 N. Hite Ave., Louisville, KY 40206.


Page 4808

Whole Number 178

QUERY -- NANCY (SPARKS) LESTER (1837-1914)

Tom Wagner of HC 63, Box 59, Nettie, West Virginia, 26681 (304-846-2058) has additional copies of photographs of Nancy Artha Sparks, wife of Isaac Lester; daughter of Garrett and Elizabeth (Boggs) Sparks, from Lawrence County, Ken tucky. He is interested in exchanging photographs with anyone in Nancy's family line (brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, etc.)

Page 4837

Whole Number 178

QUERY -- THE MAIDEN NAME OF SUSANNA ( ) SPARKS

Jane Bartholomew of 51 N. Quaker Lane, West Hartford, Connecticut, 06119, has asked us to publish the following query:

Elijah Rice, born April 5, 1771, at Ellington, Connecticut, was a son of Samuel Rice and Susanna Sparks. Susanna (Sparks) Rice, who was born July 31, 1730, in Hartford, Connecticut, was a daughter of John Sparks, Jr. (1702-1774) and Susannah -

I am trying to trace the ancestry of John and Susannah, and to find Susannah's maiden name. John Sparks, Jr. was a son of John Sparks, who died in 1710 in Hartford, Connecticut, and his wife, Dorothy

I have the descendants of Samuel and Susanna (Sparks) Rice all the way down to my grandchildren.

Page 4839

A CORRECTION AND A QUERY

PERTAINING TO THE FAMILY OF ZERAH SPARKS (ca.1784-ca.1868)

In the Quarterly of September 1991, Whole No. 155, we published an article entitled "Zerah Sparks (ca.1784-ca.1868) and His Known Descendants, of South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. Zerah Sparks probably was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He lived the early portion of his adult life in the Union Spartanburg-Counties area of South Carolina where he married his first wife (whose name has not been discovered), by whom it appears that he was the father of ten children. Following her death prior to about 1834, Zerah was married, 2nd, to Luranna Horn, by whom he had ten additional children. He and his famfly lived briefly in North Carolina in the early 1840s, then in Butts County, Georgia, but by 1850 they had moved to DeKalb County, Alabama. A little later, Zerah moved to Marshall County, Alabama, where he died about 1868.

A son of Zerah and his first wife was named William W. ["Billy"] Sparks, born on December 28, 1818, in South Carolina. He was married on December 10, 1844, to Elizabeth W. Evans. In the Quarterly cited above, on page 3807, we stated that Elizabeth was a daughter of Archibald W. Evans. A descendant of this couple through their son, Francis Marion Sparks .(ii:sualW called by his middle name, Marion) is Cathrine Woodall Brown (Mrs. John Lee). Mrs. Brown has pro vided the following correction:

William W. ["Billy"] Sparks did, indeed, marry Elizabeth W. Evans; however, her father was not Archibald W. Evans, but DavidEvans. David Evans1 will, dated May 8, 1873, with codicil added July 1, 1873, was presented for probate to the Butts County [Georgia] Court of Ordinary at its October term of 1873. He named his child ren as follows: Elizabeth W. Sparks, Mary A. Lunnceford, John B. Evans, Wiffis W. Evans, David F. Evans, and Stephen C. Evans. He also named two grandchildren, who were children of two of his de ceased children: Jesse E. Evans whose wife was Martha L. (Carter) Evans, and James A. Evans. These grandchildren were: William H. Evans and Sarah J. McGough.

Mrs. Brown would welcome correspondence with other descendants of Zerah Sparks. She is especially interested in discovering proof of the parentage of Zerah Sparks and of the identity of his first wife. Her address is: 3520 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon, Tennessee, 37087.


Page 4884
Whole Number 179

QUERY - ROBERT WARNER SPARKS, Born 1939

Deborah Ruth Hanna, 1427 Custoza Ave., Rowland Heights, CA 91748, has asked us to publish the following query. "I am looking for Robert Warner Sparks who was born on April 16, 1939, in Barboursville, WV. His parents listed on his birth certificate are Youngey Ewing Mills and Mary Virginia Peddicord. Robert Warner Sparks has three half-sisters, Ramona Jean, Harriet Ann, and myself, Deborah Ruth. The common link between us is our mother. Her name at death was Mary Virginia Peddicord Hazelett. "I am trying to do my family history and am looking for living relatives. If you believe you are the person I'm looking for, or know his whereabouts, please contact me. I can be reached at work at 262/937-2535; at home at 626/310-3511; or e-mail DHANNA 1203@AOL.COM."


Page 5096

Whole Number 184

QUERY

by Wilda K. W. [Wendy] Morris nee Hooton

I would like to hear from descendants af Jesse B. (born 1849, Washington County, Indiana) and Sarah (Northrup) Sparks: Mamie Bell Sparks, born 1874, married Hiram Daniel Whitsel; Frank Sparks, born ca.1876, died 1969; Fred Sparks, born ca. 1877 in Oskaloosa, Iowa; Rosa Sparks, born ca.1880, married Jesse B. Hooten (or Hooton); Lucy Nora Sparks, born 1886, married William Brown; Jennie E. Sparks, born September 8, 1889, married Lewis Dye; and Charles M. Sparks, married Eva Dye.

I am especially interested in descendants of their son Fred Sparks and his wife Lovina Cindarilla (Rilla or Rella) Good (or Goad?) of Osborne County, Kansas, my paternal grandparents. Their known children were: Howard Sparks, Rollie Emery Sparks; and Pearl Sparks. My mother thinks that Rollie had another brother (perhaps named David) and another daughter (Zelma?). She believes that they took their youngest daughter to Texas, leaving the other children in Iowa, and that one daughter may have been adopted by a family in Minnesota. Rollie's birth certificate says that his mother had had 7 children up to and including this one, and that 3 were still living.

Rollie Emery Sparks (my birth father) was born January 14, 1916, in Osborne County, Kansas. He was raised by Rosa Sparks and James B. Hooton who were buried in a small cemetery in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He applied for Social Securitv in Iowa, and married my mother about 1935 or 1936,using the name Hooton rather than Sparks. He is identified as R. E. Hooton on my birth certificate. He often used the name Emery rather than Rollie, also. They lived in Iowa City, where he worked in a restaurant. They were divorced around 1940. I am sure that he was married at least two more times. According to the S. S. Death Records, Rollie Sparks died March 12, 1988, probably in or near St. Louis, MO.

George (Lyle) Whitsel, son of Mamie Bell Sparks and Hiram Daniel Whitsel, and his wife (who was my mother's sister) were also buried in the same Oskaloosa cemetery as Rosa and Jesse Hooton. I am in contact with the daughter of George Whitsel, to whom I am related through both my birth father and my mother. I can be contacted at wem@ameritech.net or at 499 Falcon Ridge Way, Bolingbrook, IL, 60440.

[Editor's Note: See the Quarterly of December 1978, Whole No. 104, for an article entitled "Matthew B. Sparks (ca.1815-1892) of Washington County, Indiana, and Mahaska County, Iowa," pp. 2044-52.]

QUERY
by David Seguy

My grandmother was Laura Sparks. She was born in Louisiana (Morgan City?) around 1901. She married a Henry Seguy and had 2 daughters, Loretta and Myrtle, born in 1927 and 1932 in or around New Orleans.

Laura Sparks had a sister, Mary Louvenia. She also had 3 brothers: William Sparks, Jesse Sparks, and David Sparks. They all resided in Louisiana at some point in time. I believe Laura Sparks's parents were Dave (David) Sparks and Delilah (Bunch) Sparks. They were married in Jefferson Parish in 1883; I would appreciate ANY information on this branch of the Sparks family. David Seguy, 8330 NW 15th Street, Pembrooke Pines, Florida, 33024. Phone: 954-441-3197.


Page 5198

Whole Number 187

QUERY - - PARENTAGE OF DANIEL C. SPARKS

OF MARYLAND AND LOUISIANA

MARRIED IN BALTIMORE IN 1845 TO AMELIA LEMMON


Brenda G. Daigle of 208 Hidalgo Dr., Houma, Louisiana, 70363, seeks information on her great-grandfather, Daniel C. Sparks. He was shown on the 1870 census of the city of Plaquemine in the Louisiana Parish of Iberville. His age was given as 56 (thus born ca. 1814), and as having been born in Maryland. The Sparks children living in his household were named on this 1870 census as: Daniel, Louisiana, Sarah, Emily, Anna, and Stephen, all shown as born in Louisiana. The son named Daniel, the oldest, was shown as 21 years of age. In our record of Sparkses found on the 1850 census of Louisiana (See the Quarterly of September 1985, Whole No. 131, pp. 2794-96), no one named Daniel C. Sparks was found. In an obituary of his daughter, Emily (Mrs. Richard C. Johnson) at her death on February 22, 1959, age 101, it was stated: "Mrs. Johnson was born in Baltimore, Md., and came to Louisiana when she was quite young with her parents, the late Daniel C. and Amelia Lemmon Sparks." As noted, however, the census taker in 1870 recorded her place of birth as Louisiana, not Maryland.

A marriage record for Daniel C. Sparks and Amelia Lemmon, dated October 7, 1845, has been found in Baltimore County, Maryland. (See "Sparks Marriages, 1779-1851, in Baltimore County, Maryland," in the Quarterly of September 1957, Whole No. 19, p. 240.)

A family record taken from a Bible by a distant relative of Brenda Daigle gives the following family record, although Brenda Daigle has not seen this Bible herself:

Daniel Chilton Sparks, born March 1814 in Maryland; died 10-6-1879 at 2 a.m.

Amelia Lemmon, born 2-18-1827 in Maryland; died 5-18-1864.

Child 1. Richard Stephen Sparks, born 7-20-1846 in Maryland; died 10-6-1859.

2. Daniel C. Sparks, born 11-22-1848 in Louisiana; died 1-31-1912; married 1-30-1877, Mary Cornellia Brown who died 12-29-1937.

3. Louisiana Sparks, born 6-12-1851 in Louisiana.

4. Sarah Jane Sparks, born 1-13-1853 in Louisiana; died 9-19-1940; married 1-25-1876, William L. Briggs.

5. Emily Sparks, born 10-14-1854 in Maryland; died 10-20-1855.

6. Ann Amelia Sparks, born 8-3-1856; died 10-27-1876.

7. Emily Sparks, born 3-26-1857 in Maryland; died 2-22-1959; married Clarence Delano. Later she married Richard C. Johnson.

8. Stephen Richard Sparks, born 10-4-1863, in Louisiana.

While it was not unusual to give the name of a deceased child to another child born later, as in the case of the second Emily Sparks and the second Stephen Sparks, there is an obvious error in this record pertaining to the dates of birth of Ann Amelia Sparks and the second Emily Sparks- -the second Emily could not have been born less than eight months after the second Ann Amelia.

Ms. Daigle reports that her distant relative has reported that a Richard Lemmon Sparks had died 5-1872. She adds: "I'm sure if it was written in the Sparks's family Bible, he must have been closely related." She has also noted: "In the information above, if a state was included, it is because that information was given in the Bible. If not state is given, it was omitted in the Bible. Did Amelia go back to stay with relatives in Maryland when two of her babies were born? I do remember my uncle telling me that D. C. Sparks was a conductor on a train, so maybe they did go back and forth from Louisiana to Maryland."


Page 5252

Whole Number 188

QUERY — John Ed (Edward ?) Sparks of Waco, Texas

Erik Pappa of 7313 Bosky Springs St., Las Vegas, NV 89131, seeks information regarding John Ed (Edward ?) Sparks who was married on November 29, 1900, to Bessie Wiggins in Waco, Texas. Their children included Erik's grandmother, Saba Francis Sparks, who was born in Waco on May 14, 1908 (or 1909 or 1911). Other children were named Alene (spelling ?), Lucille, and Harkum (spelling ?). Anyone having information that might help Erik Pappa is urged to write to him at his address given above, or to contact him through e-mail at pappa@vegas. infi,net. His telephone number is (702) 395-7917.

Page 5254

Whole Number 188

QUERY — LOCATION OF GRAVE OF QUARTUS STRONG SPARKS

Who Died on August 5, 1891, in San Bernardino, California

In the Quarterly of September 1995, Whole No. 171, pp.4499-4512, we published an article on Quartus Strong Sparks and his family. There we noted that, according to a newspaper account published in San Bernardino, California, Sparks died there on August 5, 1891. We do not have information, however, on where he was buried.

It is at the request of Ms. B. Lynn Jeppson, P.O. Box 128593, San Diego, California, 92112, that we publish this query regarding the burial place of Quartus Strong Sparks. She writes that her aunt, Ms. Norma Rigby, would like to place an honorary plaque on his tombstone "because of the work he did in California." Can anyone assist her? We assume that Sparks was buried in the San Bernardino area. Ms. Jeppson would welcome a letter or a collect telephone call from anyone having this information (801-254-3163 or 619-236-1746).

QUERY — BROOKS SPARKS (Born ca. 1809 in South Carolina)

Shelley Sparks Sheldon, 130 Roswell Farms Court, Roswell, Georgia, 30075, asks: Does anyone know of Brooks Sparks who married Lydia Brown in 1829 in Newton County, Georgia? The next record of Brooks Sparks is in Coweta County, Georgia, in the 1850s and then in Cherokee County, Alabama, in the 1860s. The children of Brooks Sparks and Lydia (Brown) Sparks were: Missouri, Mercia, Malcolm, William, Shelton, Martha, Gasaway, Nehemiah, Nancy, Washington, Susannah, and Texas. There was possibly a daughter named Ruthenia, also.

Page 5259

Whole Number 188

QUERY — CHILDREN OF LEONARD AND PATSEY (BEARD) SPARKS

Leonard Sparks and Patsey Beard were married in Jefferson County, Tennessee, ca. 1806. Census records indicate that both were born in South Carolina. They lived in Jefferson County, Tennessee, about 1806-1812 (see the Quarterly, December 1961, Whole No. 36). It is known from census records that Patsey (Beard) Sparks resided in Cherokee County, Alabama, in the 1880s in the household of son, Elihu Sparks (her age listed as 101). I am looking for a list of the children (or any additional information) of Leonard and Patsey (Beard) Sparks. Please respond to: Shelley S. Sheldon, 130 Roswell Farms Court, Roswell, GA 30075.


Page 5394

Whole Number 190

QUERY - CALVIN AND MARY (EASSON) SPARKS

Susan Hammond of 1216 Dearborn St., Fort Wayne, Indiana, has made the following inquiry; I am researching the ancestry of my husband's grandmother, whose birth name was Mamie Floretta Sparks. She was born July 15, 1907, in Kalamazoo Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. According to her obituary (she died on March 21, 1991) her birth parents were Calvin and Mary (Easson) Sparks. She was later adopted by a teacher whose last name was Mellon, and Grandma's first name was changed to Dorothy at that time.

Mrs. Hammond added that she had noted in some back issues of the Quarterly that some of the descendants of Samuel and Margaret (Lorton) Sparks went from New England to Kalamazoo County, and she has wondered whether Calvin Sparks might have belonged to that family.


Page 5543

Whole Number 194

QUERY--WILLIAM SPARKS (ca.1832-1867)

Larry Meyers, 2133 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas (73091), has asked us to publish the following query. Anyone having information on his Sparks line is urged to write to Mr. Meyers.

I am searching ftr the ancestors of one WiThnm Sparks, born ca. 1832 in Alabama. He was married in 1852 in St. Clair County, Alabama, to Emily

A. Evergreen Taylor-Stapp. They resided in the Brices Crossroads area of Pontotoc County, Mississippi, in 1860. William Sparks was shot and killed by Lewis J. Robinson on June 23, 1867, in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, and was buried on Charles Nelson's farm.

The children of William and Emily Evergreen Sparks were:

Sarah Frances ["Fanny"] Sparks; she married Richard Pate in 1876.

Charlott J. 3. Jenny Sparks, born 1856; she was married in 1880 to Richard Pate.

George 0. Sparks; he married Mary Ella Hackler.

Melvirila Victorie Sparks, born 1860.

Susan C. Sparks, born 1863; she was married in 1880 to Perrin R. Addair

William Emily Sparks, born 1866; he was married in 1881 to W. A. Robinson.


Page 4311-4312

Whole Number 166

QUERY

Charlotte Abell, 5210 19th Street, Zephyrhills, FL, 33540, would like to correspond with anyone who has knowledge of Martin Fidler (also spelled Fiddler and Fiddlar) and his wife,Fanny King, who were the parents of Caroline (Fidler) Kester Sparks, second wife of Richard M. Sparks of Vigo County, Indiana. The Fidler family was living in Bullitt County, Kentucky, in 1843 when Caroline was born there.

[Editor's Note: Richard M. Sparks was born in Vigo County, Indiana, on January 15, 1836, and died there on July 16, 1896. He was buried in Second Prairie Creek Baptist Church in Vigo County. We were in error on page 4171, 4th pargraph, of the September 1993 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 163, when we stated that Richard M. Sparks was shown on the 1860 census of Kirkland Township, Adams County, Indiana. Actually, he appeared on the 1860 census of Vigo County, Indiana, Linton Township (page 419) as R. M. Sparks, farmer with his wife, Sarah, and two children: Roselinda, age 3, and Cyras, age 1.

[Richard M. Sparks was a son of Hiram Sparks (1807-1890) and Laura (Tichenor) Sparks (1809-1874). Hiram Sparks and Laura Tichenor had both been born in Kentucky; they had been married in Vigo County, Indiana, in 1828 (license dated November 3, 1828). (See the Quarterly of December 1987, Whole No. 140, page 3138, for a biographical sketch of Hiram Sparks, he being a son of Richard and Mary [Smith] Sparks and a grandson of Walter and Phoebe Sparks.) Much of issue no. 140 of the Quarterly was devoted to Walter Sparks and his family.

[Richard M. Sparks was a shoemaker by trade. He was married (first) to Sarah Ellen Boyle in Vigo County, Indiana, on December 7, 1854; she had been born on December 22, 1836, and died on November 10, 1875. She was a daughter of David P. Boyll (1800-1851) and Ruth Carr (born 1801). Richard M. and Sarah Ellen (Boyll) Sparks had three children: (1) Roselinda ["Rose"] Sparks, born ca.1857; she was married in 1876 to William Patrick Dowell; (2) Cyrus [or Clayton] Sparks, born ca.1859; and (3) Perley D. [or L.] Sparks, born ca.1865, died 1923; he was married (first) to Martha A. Payne, and (second) to Susan McCrocklin.

[After the death of his first wife, Richard M. Sparks was married (second) on November 18, 1876, in Vigo County, to a widow, Caroline (Fidler) Kester; she had been born on May 14, 1843, in Bullitt County, Kentucky, and died on May 9, 1901. Caroline was a daughter of Martin and Fannie (King) Fidler, as noted above. She had been married (first) on October 18, 1869, to James Dudley Kester (1841-1872), son of John Pound and Sarah Ann (Beauchamp) Kester; they had two daughters, Sallie Kester and Fannie Kester.

[Richard M. Sparks and his second wife, Caroline (Fidler) Kester Sparks, were the parents of four children (our numbering of them following in sequence from those by his first wife): (4) Ernest Eugene ["Gene"] Sparks, born December 18, 1877, died in Vigo County on November 20, 1936; he was married twice, first to Eunice Ellen Beauchamp in Vigo County on November 2, 1897 and (second) to Isola Mary Pound on November 2, 1905, also in Vigo County; (5) Louisa Sparks, born February 26, 1879, died September 10, 1897; she was married to John H. Stout in 1896 in Vigo County; (6) Nell Sparks, probably born in 1881; she married Harry Stringhurst in Vigo County in 1899; and (7) Hershal M. Sparks, probably born in 1883; he married Stella Russell in Vigo County on February 23, 1901.]

Page 4312

Whole Number 166

QUERY - LORA [or LORENA] (SPARKS) HELM

Lorena Helm Zamboni, 1227 First St., Sparks, NV, 89431, hopes that someone can help her find information on the parents of Lora (Lorena) Sparks, her grandmother, who was born in November 1873 in or around Willow Springs, Howell County, Missouri. She married John William Helm on December 9, 1891 in the same area. They moved to Grand Valley, Colorado, in 1891, then to Washington, and on to Southern California. Mrs. Zamboni does not know the names or the places of birth of Lora (or Lorena) Sparks's parents.


Page 2257

Whole Number 112

QUERY

Irene Sevrey of 18015 Alyssum Dr., Sun City West, Arizona (85375) is seeking information regarding her great-great-grandmother, Mary Sweet, whose maiden name was given as SPARKS on the death record of her son, Hiram R. Sweet. Mary's husband was B. Sweet--believed to have been Benjamin Sweet. According to the 1850 census, Mary Sparks (?) was born in Connecticut although another source gives New York. Her age in 1850 was given as 38, indicating that she was born ca. 1812. Her husband, B. Sweet, had apparently died before the 1850 census was taken. At that time, Mary (Sparks ?) Sweet was living with her children in Oswego County, New York, in or near the town of Volney. Mary may have been connected with one of the Sparks families listed on the 1850 census of Oswego County, New York (see the Quarterly of September 1960, Vol. VIII, No. 3, Whole No. 3, pp. 505--6) but we have no proof. The children of B. and Mary (Sparks ?) Sweet as listed on the 1850 census were:

1. Benjamin Sweet, born ca. 1826.

2. Hiram R. Sweet, born October 12, 1835. He married Harriet M. Chaffee on October 7,1857, in Schroepel, New York. They moved to Michigan (Antrim County) about 1868-9.

3. R. Harrison Sweet, born ca. 1839.

4. Davis A. Sweet, born ca. 1842.

5. John W. Sweet, born ca. 1845.

6. Henry A. Sweet, born ca. 1846.

7. George E. Sweet, born ca. 1849.

Page 2258

Whole Number 112

QUERY - URIAH SPARKS, ca.1797- 1863

George C. Burdette of 5243 Rockborough Trail, Stone Mountain, Georgia (30083) is seeking information on the family of Uriah Sparks and would like to correspond with any possible descendants. Mr. Burdette descends from his son, Dennis M. Sparks. Uriah Sparks was born ca. 1797 in North Carolina. We believe, but cannot prove conclusively at this time, that he was a son of Abel Sparks (son of Solomon and Sarah Sparks) who was born ca. 1767 in Surry County, North Carolina,in that section of the county that later became Wilkes County and is now part of Yadkin County. Abel Sparks moved to Clarke County, Georgia, about 1804.

Uriah Sparks was in Morgan County, Georgia, in 1814. It is believed that he was married about 1821. He was in Newton County, Georgia, in 1830 and in Carroll County, Georgia, in 1840 and 1850. by 1860 he was in Talladega County, Alabama, where he died on June 12, 1863.

Uriah Sparks was married three times. We have not discovered the name of his first wife. He married (second) Miss Sarah Whatley on December 8, 1831, in Newton County, Georgia. He married (third) Mrs. Mahola (Browning) Coleman on July 2,1859, in Talladega County, Alabama.

We believe that Uriah Sparks had the following children by his first and second wives.

1. George W. Sparks, born ca. 1822, probably in Morgan County, Georgia. He married Martha Green.

2. Green Sparks, born between 1820 and 1835, probably in Morgan County, Georgia.

3. William Sparks, born ca. 1826, probably in Morgan County, Georgia.

4. Unknown male, born ca. 1825-1830, in Morgan or Newton County, Georgia.

5. Mary Sparks, born June 6, 1833, in Newton County, Georgia; she died July 27,1897, in Clay County, Alabama. She married Aaron Parker.

6. Martha Sparks, born ca. 1835, probably in Newton County, Georgia.

7. Simeon Sparks, born ca. 1837, in Newton or Carroll County, Georgia.

8. Sarah Sparks, born ca. 1839, in Carroll County, Georgia.

9. C. Napoleon Sparks, born ca. 1841, in Carroll County, Georgia. He was probably the Napoleon Sparks used on the 1870 census of Carroll County, Georgia, with wife Ann and two children, Joseph Sparks, age 2, and Thomas Sparks, age 7 months. This Thomas Sparks was Thomas Jefferson Sparks, born February 14, 1870, who married Eulila Ellen Henderson in Pike County, Arkansas, in 1891. The full name of C. Napoleon Sparks was probably Citizen Napoleon Bonaparte Sparks who, besides sons Joseph Sparks and Thomas Jefferson Sparks, had children named Citizen Napoleon Bonaparte Sparks, Jr. born Ca. 1872; Mary (“Molly”) Sparks, born Ca. 1872; Anna Sparks, born ca. 1876; Reuben Sparks, born ca. 1877; and Ada Sparks, born ca. 1880.

10. Joseph Sparks, born ca. 1843. (It seems probable that he was actually a stepson of Uriah Sparks, a son of his third wife, Mahola Coleman, by her previous marriage.)

11. Andrew Sparks, born Ca. 1844, in Carroll County, Georgia. (Could his other given name have been Moses?)

12. Dennis M. Sparks, born November 1844, in Carroll County, Georgia. He died July 14, 1934, in Clay County, Alabama. He married Julia Ann McCoy on November 11, 1866, in Clay County, Alabama.

13. Nancy Sparks, born March 14, 1850, in Carroll County, Georgia. She died on April 8, 1929, in Clay County, Alabama. She married James Powell.


Page 2260

Whole Number 112

QUERY -- ANN SPARKE

Edward N. Gordon of 850 W. Santa Rosa St., Tucson, Arizona (85706) is seeking information regarding the parents and family of his ancestor, ANN SPARKE, who was born ca. 1762 in Gloucester County, Virginia. She married Churchill Gordon (born February 10, 1761) in Culpeper County, Virginia, about 1784. Churchill Gordon served as a midshipman in the Virginia Navy during the Revolutionary War. Churchill and Ann (Sparke) Gordon had the following children:

1. James Alexander Gordon, born Culpeper County, Virginia, in 1786; married Ann C. Gaines.

2. Eliza Gordon; married (first) James Gordon, and (second) John Diggs.

3. William Sparke Gordon; married Henrietta Layton.

4. Ann Sparke Gordon; married William Blackwell in 1819. He was born in 1800.

5. John Harrison Gordon; married Elizabeth Grasty.

6. Sarah Lee Gordon; married Ludwell Diggs.


Page 2289-2290

Whole Number 113

QUERY

The following query is published at the request of Lucille Dale Ponder whose address is given below.

“I am researching my great-great-grandmother, NANCY SPARKS, who was born in 1764 in Armagh, Ireland. Nancy married JOHN LAMB in 1781, whether in Ireland or in America is debatable. My great-grandmother, Mary (Polly) Lamb was born in Pennsylvania about 1793, so they must have been in Pennsylvania before then.

John Lamb, who was born in 1764, died in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, in 1824 and was buried in Lick fun Presbyterian Churchyard near Bellefonte.

NANCY (SPARKS) LAMB then moved on to Alleghany Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania, to live near her son, John Lamb, and my great-grandmother, Mary (Lamb) Dale. She died 3 February 1853, and was buried in Old Concord Cemetery, Pleasantville, Venango County, Pennsylvania. She was 88 or 89 years old at the time of her death. She was shown as 85 on the 1850 census of Pennsylvania.

She is quoted as saying she was the daughter of a Scottish-Irish laird. She was doubtless an Ulster Scot as was the Lamb family who came to America in 1752.

Nancy (Sparks) Lamb is supposed to have had a half-brother named Vennor, but whether he was Vennor Sparks or had the surname Vennor, I cannot say.

I would be glad to correspond with anyone researching Sparkses in Ireland or Pennsylvania. My address is:

Lucille Dale Ponder
1603 No. 46th Street, #201
Seattle, WA 98103


Page 5568

Whole Number 195

QUERY --PARENTAGE OF STEPHEN ALEXANDER SPARKS (1846-1903)

Ms. Jessie Jeffries seeks information regarding the parentage of Stephen Alexander Sparks, her great-great-grandfather, who seems to have used his middle name, i.e., Alexander Sparks, rather than his full name. Family records indicate that he was born in March 1846, in Washington County, Missouri. He served in Company F, 16th Regiment of Missouri Cavalry, on the Union side in the Civil War, as shown in his application for a U.S. pension in 1890. (An abstract of his pension file preserved at the National Archives was published in the Quarterly of September 1970, pp.1349-50. He had served under the name Alexander Sparks.)

Alexander Sparks, as he seems to have been called, was married twice. He married (first) Mary Rose who had died in 1869 at Richwoods in Washington County, Missouri, and (second) to Alice Abigail Lucas. This second marriage took place in Franklin County, Missouri, on December 2, 1874. by his first wife, he was the father of two children according to his pension records: Chris Sparks, born in 1866, and William Sparks, born in 1868. by his second wife, who was called "Abby," he was the father of eight children: John Sparks, born 1875; Abby Sparks, born 1877; Alex Sparks, born 1881; Luly Sparks, born 1888; Eugene Sparks, born 1890; Blanch Sparks, born 1892; Mary Sparks, born 1895; and Gracie Sparks, born 1898.

Stephen Alexander Sparks (or Alexander Sparks) died in Washington County, Missouri, on November 4, 1903. His second wife, Abby (Lucas) Sparks, then received a widow's pension following his death; she died on February 11, 1911.

When the 1850 census was taken in Washington County, Missouri, the only Sparks household listed was that headed by Elijah Sparks, age 57, a native of North Carolina. His wife, Nancy, age 53, had been born in South Carolina, according to this census record. (See the Quarterly of March 1985, Whole No. 129, p.2723.) Although Stephen Alexander Sparks was not listed in the household of Elijah and Nancy Sparks in 1850, we wonder whether the census taker may simply have missed him.

Anyone having knowledge of this branch of the Sparks family is urged to write to Jessie Jeffries, 9458 Ranch Lane, Shreveport, Louisiana (71106), with a copy to the editor of the Quarterly.

QUERY -- WILLIAM F. SPARKS, BORN IN MONROE COUNTY, MISSOURI

Peg Wilson, 2904 W. Rancho Dr., Phoenix, Arizona (85017) writes: "I am trying to find a William F. Sparks that was born in Monroe County, MO. I don't have any dates or location of his death. Only information that I have is he married Emily J. Sinkler on February 28, 1897, and she died on December 1, 1937. She was buried in the Sunset Cemetery in Madison, MO. If anyone has any information, I would really appreciate it."


Page 5674

Whole Number 197

QUERY -CHARLEY VIRGIL SPARKS

Bessie Sparks Samuels, 5745 Harrison St, Kansas City, KS (64110) seeks information regarding her father, Charley Virgil Sparks. She writes as follows:

I hardly knew my father, so I can only write what little I know and what I have been told. I'm not sure how accurate my hearsay information is. I do know his name, and on my birth certificate it said he was born in Sipio, Pittsburgh County, Oklahoma, and was 45 years old in 1929. My mother told me he was born June 19, 1894. The month and day may be incorrect, but it's all I have to go on. He may have been adopted and taken to Texas.

It is my understanding that he was married very young, but when he learned his wife was expecting a baby, he left her and joined the Navy. I remember seeing a picture of him in a Navy uniform. He was also married to a lady named Grace Morris in Oklahoma and had a son, Dee J. Sparks.

My father married my mother, Bessie Earl Edwards (daughter of John Crawford Edwards and Viola Isetta Short) on December 24, 1928, and I was born in Bayside, Refugio County, Texas. They were divorced when I was about five and living in Palacious, Matagorda County, Texas. He was living in Palacious when he was married again on March 8, 1939, to Lillian Rose, who was a crippled lady who did housework for a living. I remember her as being very sweet and good to my sister and me when we visited; they had a little girl named Larue. I believe there were other children, but I don't know their names.

The rumor came to me that the children were adopted out as Lillian was unable to support them, and my daddy had left her. We moved from Palacious when I was just past ten, and I never saw him again. I heard he was buried in Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona. I have searched the Internet and had people working for me reading stones in the cemeteries, but they cannot find his grave. He was a mechanic and I believe he was self employed, so he may not have paid Social Security.

He has three grandsons living in Scottsdale, Arizona, but they know nothing about him either. I do not know when he died. Might someone have run across Charley Virgil Sparks, or perhaps could give me an idea of where next to look?

Thank you -Bessie Sparks Samuels

Page 5676

Whole Number 197

QUERY

Bernice Ann Munsey writes that she is still seeking the parents of Elizabeth Sparks who married Jacob Ross in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or in New Jersey, in the 1790s. Her mailing address is 3623 N. 37th St., Arlington, VA, 22207. (E-mail: BannMunsey@aol.com.)

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