June 19, 2014

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Earlene Scott, 13456 Montego Dr., Poway, California (92064) has asked us to publish the following query. Information on the branch of the Sparks family from which Ms. Scott descends appeared in the Quarterly of June 1986, Whole No. 134, pp. 2868-889. Material on this family also appeared in the issue for June 1985, Whole No. 130, pp. 2738-756.

WANTED: Copy of photograph of SUSAN SPARKS, born December 2, 1830, in North Carolina to John Sparks and Joanna Parkman. Parents married 22 December 1825 in Lawrence County, Mississippi. Susan married Andrew Bell Caddell of Nacogdoches, TX, on January 17, 1847, and she died in Coryell County, Texas on April 8, 1878. I should also like to have a copy of the photo of any SPARKS of this line as I have numerous original photographs and several tintypes that have not been identified. I shall gladly share photos that can be identified with interested parties. I shall send photocopies of my photos to interested parties for comparison with your old family photos, and shall be glad to pay postage and copy charges.

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HENRY SPARKS (1791-1883)

In the Quarterly of June 1986, Whole No. 134, pp. 2899-2902, we published a query on behalf of Nicole J. Walker relating to Henry Sparks (1791-1883) who was born in Salem County, New Jersey. Prior to 1820, Henry Sparks was in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, living near Pittsburgh, where he married Rebecca Davis. In 1828, he moved his family to Crawford County, Pennsylvania, where he died in South Shenango in 1858. A record of his and Rebecca's children appears as part of that query, cited above.

Henry Sparks served in the War of 1812 in the 117th Regiment of New Jersey Militia under a Major Potter. Subsequently, he served in another militia unit from New Jersey, commanded by Capt. Peter Souder (or Sander) under Col. Joshua L. Howell. (See the Quarterly of December 1960, Whole No. 32, pp. 527-28, for an abstract of Henry Sparks's application for bounty land and a pension based on that service.) Serving at the same time in this latter militia unit, and discharged on the same day (December 25, 1814), was a John Sparks, born ca. 1793, who was still a resident of Upper Penns Neck Township in Salem County, New Jersey, in the 1850s. (See the Quarterly of September 1961, Whole No. 35, pp. 580-01, for an abstract of the bounty land application of this John Sparks.) He was probably the John S. Sparks, age 58, who appeared on the 1850 census of Upper Penns Neck Township. Living with him in 1850 was Beulah Armstrong (a daughter??) and Niles Sparks, age 11. (For a complete listing of Sparkses on the New Jersey census of 1850, see the Quarterly of September 1982, Whole No. 119.) It would seem probable that Henry Sparks and John Sparks were related, possibly brothers.

In Upper Penns Neck Township of Salem County, New Jersey, a tax list for 1774 lists the following Sparkses:

1. Robert Sparks. 444 acres; 14 horses and/or cattle
2. John Sparks. 480 acres; 29 horses and/or cattle
3. Henry Sparks (householder)

In Lower Penns Neck Township of Salem County, a tax list for 1773 & 1774 shows the following Sparkses:

1. Henry Sparks. 300 acres. 35 horses and/or cattle, and 2 servants
2. Richard Sparks. 150 acres. 10 cattle only

One of these five men was probably the father of the above Henry Sparks. Ms. Walker's address is: Nicole J. Walker, 3116 W. Nebraska St., Tucson, AZ (85746)



Betty V. Johnston, P.O. Box 3078, Reno, Nevada (89505), wants help in finding the family origins of her father, William W. Sparks of Silver City, New Mexico. He was born February 11, 1874, (this could be 1884), in either Texas, Oklahoma, or Colorado. He married Chloe McCoy on October 16, 1917, at Deming, New Mexico, and they had two children: Dorothy Willis Sparks and Betty Virginia Sparks, born in 1919 and 1921, respectively. William W. Sparks paid dues to the Masonic Lodge at Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, from 1918 to 1928. He was also listed in the 1925 city directory of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Anyone having information about this man is requested to contact Mrs. Johnston at the address given above.