June 19, 2014

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QUERY--WILLIAM SPARKS, BORN 1850, SON OF GEORGE SPARKS



Cora Sparks Esch of Spalding, Nebraska (68665) is seeking information regarding the family of her grandfather, WILLIAM SPARKS, who was born March 4, 1850, somewhere in Missouri, perhaps in Jasper County. It is known that his father's name was GEORGE SPARKS who was also born in Missouri, date unknown.

William Sparks is known to have had a brother named ABRAHAM SPARKS who lived in Milian in Sullivan County, Missouri, in the early 1900's and had several sons. William Sparks married Hannah Luticia Everett in Arcola, Illinois, on June 19, 1873 (perhaps 1872). She was born May 15, 1858, at Knoxville, Illinois, and died in April 1921 in Walthill, Nebraska. William Sparks died on July 2, 1935, and was buried at Walthill. They had lived in Missouri following their marriage, then had moved to Moorhead, Iowa, and finally to Nebraska. They were the parents of the following children:

(1) John Allen Sparks, born August 19, 1874; died 194-(?) and was buried at Walthill, Nebraska.
(2) Emma Sparks, born Nov 16, 1876, died December 21, 1878.
(3) Lilly Mae Sparks, born Sep 19, 1879, died July 28, 1881.
(4) Mary Ann Sparks, born Sep 1, 1882, died in 1962.
(5) George Leroy Sparks, born June 25, 1885, died April 10, 1957.
(6) Birdie Ellen Sparks, born June 25, 1888, died in January 1967.
(7) Manda Capitola Sparks, born July 4, 1894.
(8) Frankie Devore Sparks, born February 10, 1899, died in 1969.
George, Birdie, and Manda were born in Monona County, Iowa. Frank was born in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

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QUERY - WILLIAM SPARKS, BORN 1850, SON OF GEORGE SPARKS

Cora Sparks Esch, R.R. 1, Box 77RA, Spalding, NE, 68665, continues to seek information regarding the family of her grandfather, WILLIAM SPARKS, who was born on March 4, 1850, somewhere in Missouri, perhaps in Jasper County. It is known that his father's name was GEORGE SPARKS who was also born in Missouri, date unknown.

William Sparks is known to have had a brother named ABRAHAM SPARKS who lived in Milan in Sullivan County, Missouri, in the early 1900s and had several sons. William Sparks married Hannah Luticia Everett in Arcola, Illinois, on June 19, 1873 (perhaps 1872). She was born May 15, 1858, at Knoxville, Illinois, and died in April 1921 in Walthill, Nebraska. William Sparks died on July 2, 1935, and was buried at Walthill. They had lived in Missouri following their marriage, then had moved to Moorhead, Iowa, and finally to Nebraska. They were the parents of the following children.

1. John Allen Sparks, born August 19, 1874; died 194-[?] and was buried at Walthill, Nebraska.
2. Emma Sparks, born Nov 16, 1876; died December 21, 1878.
3. Lilly Mae Sparks, born Sep 19, 1879; died July 28, 1881.
4. Mary Ann Sparks, born Sep 1, 1882; died in 1962.
5. George Leroy Sparks, born June 25, 1885; died April 10, 1957.
6. Birdie Ellen Sparks, born June 25, 1888; died in January 1967.
7. Manda Capitola Sparks, born July 4, 1894.
8. Frankie Devore Sparks, born February 10, 1899; died in 1969.

George, Birdie, and Manda were born in Monona County, Iowa. Frank was born in Missouri Valley, Iowa.


QUERY-- MINA (SPARKS) AUSTIN, 1849-1883

Carol R. Austin (Mrs. Charles W.), 9726 Mirage Circle, Garden Grove, California (92644) desires information on an ancestor of her husband's, MINA SPARKS. She was born August 7, 1849, probably in Canada. The names of her parents are not known, but it is known that the family moved to Kansas at an early day and settled at Ellsworth in Ellsworth County.

MINA SPARKS married John Orlando Austin, as his second wife, on Nov 23, 1868 (place not known). (In an undated newspaper clipping, Mina's name appears as Minnie, but it is believed that Mina was the correct spelling.) She died at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Wilford, on August 23, 1883. Her death probably occurred in Kansas, but possibly in Colorado. Her children were:

(1) Freddie Austin, born Nov 14, 1869, died August 28, 1870.


(2) Addie Maud Austin, born February 12, 1871, died Oct 17, 1879.
(3) Annie Richmond Austin, born June 15, 1873, died Oct 19, 1874.
(4) Charles Peck Austin, born June 9, 1875, in Detroit, Michigan; he married Florence Homes, daughter of Philip Henry and Ann E. (Tobey) Holmes on February 15, 1898, in Gardner, Kennebec County, Maine. He died on 19 January 1948, in New York.

A scrapbook in the family has references to mining stock in Buena Vista, Colorado, property lost in a Denver flood, and pictures of John 0. Austin and Chief Sitting Bull; there is also a picture taken in Coffeyville, Kansas, of some Indians on their way to Washington to sign a peace treaty. Can anyone identify members of this family?

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