August 19, 2017

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Mr. S. C. Mumberson, 16 Jackson Crescent, Listowel, Ontario, Canada, is seeking information regarding a great-uncIe named SHADRICK SPARKS. He caine to the United States from the county of Cumberland sometime in the 1800's, He was unmarried at the time he left England, but is believed to have married after coming to this country. Mr. Mumberson has some reason to believe that he may have settled in Michigan.

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Mrs. Marylee Nurmi of 422 Chapin, Chadron, Nebraska (69337) is seeking information regarding the ancestry of her geat-great-grandmother, Miranda Jane Sparks, who married Jacob Greaver (later spelled Griever) who was born in Virginia.  It is believed that the father of Miranda Jane Sparks was named Thomas Sparks and that he lived to be 99 years old. It is believed that Thomas Sparks had the following children:

1. Miranda Jane Sparks (see below).
2. Lib Sparks (female) marrIed Bob Howard.
3. Mat Sparks (female) married Jordon Johnson.
4. Cincy Sparks (female) married - - - - - Hart.
5. William Francis Sparks, born September 1849, in Indiana; married Arvilla Ann Fuller on September 1, 1872.
6. George Sparks.
7. Belle Sparks (female) married Bill Hull.

Miranda Jane Sparks and her husband, Jacob Greaver (or Griever) had the following children:

(1) Edwin or Edward Riley Griever, born February 10, 1860, in either Edgar or Clark County, Illinois, died May 30, 1952; marrIed Mary Angeline Lerew on January 6, 1885.
(2) Mary Ellen Greaver, born March 18, 1863, died November 19, 1905, in Lenora, Dewey County, Oklahoma.; married Joseph Marshall McCasland in Gaylord, Smith County, Kansas.
(3) Thomas Greaver, married Mrs. Bell Lohmiller in 1908.
(4) Elmer Greaver.
(5) Emory Greaver, married Lou Weeks.
(6) Alveda Greaver, single and died young.

Note that only the first son changed the spelling from Greaver to Griever.

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Mrs. Rene D. Spenser, 7738 Norwalk Blvd., Whittier, California (90606) is seeking information on her great-grandmother's family.  Denizie Effa Sparks was born in Georgia on November 30, 1861, and was a daughter of William M. Sparks. She was the last of thirteen children and her mother died when she was three or four years old, Three sisters reared her; their names were Rachel, Rebecca, and Throny. We have not succeeded in identifying William M. Sparks.

Denizie Effa Sparks was married on April 11, 1874, in Waco, Texas, to Daniel Franklin Foster, whose father ran the Waco Lumber Yard until he died, then his son, Daniel, ran it until he died on June 22, 1893. All six of their children were born in Waco, Texas, Denizie Effa (Sparks) Foster died on December 22, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.