August 6, 2003

Pages 3291
Whole Number 143


John Cawman Eastlack, who lived in Mantua Township, Gloucester County, Maryland, kept a diary, and on January 20, 1880, he wrote that "yesterday a colony of our neighbors left for Leadville, Colorado." He identified these neighbors as

Thomas T. Sparks, wheelwright
Benjamin Clark, farmer
Daniel Brown, carpenter
Harris Dean, blacksmith

Does anyone among our readers descend from this Thomas T. Sparks, or know something of his family? Your editor would be pleased to hear from anyone who has knowledge of Thomas T. Sparks, wheelwright. Write to Russell E. Bidlack, 1709 Cherokee Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.