THE
SPARKS QUARTERLY

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

“To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root."
An old Chinese proverb.


 
VOL. XXIX, NO. 2 June 1981
WHOLE NO.114a

 
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SHASTEKA CHARLES SPARKS, 1868-1927

WITH SON  (DRIVER)

PAUL ANDERSON SPARKS, BORN 1905

Photograph taken about 1922 (see page 2305)

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.
Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Hite Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
Russell E. Bidlack, Secretary-Treasurer & Editor, 1709 Cherokee Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan (48104)

The Sparks Family Association was founded in March, 1953, as a nonprofit organization devoted to the assembling and preserving of genealogical and historical materials pertaining to the Sparks family in America.  Membership in the Association is open to all persons connected with the Sparks family, whether by blood, marriage, or adoption, and to persons interested in genealogical research. Membership falls into three classes: Active, Contributing, and Sustaining.  Active membership dues are $5.00 per year; Contributing membership dues are $10.00 per year; and Sustaining membership dues are any amount over $10.00 which the member wishes to contribute for the support of the Association. All members receive THE SPARKS QUARTERLY as it is published in March, June, September, and December.  Back issues are kept in print and are available for $2.00 per issue. The first issue of the QUARTERLY was published in March, 1953. Four indexes have been published for the years 1953 -1957, 1958 -1962, 1963 -1967, 1968 -72 and 1973-1977.  Each is available for $4.00. A complete file of all issues of the QUARTERLY (1953 -1980) with the five indexes may be purchased for $110.00. (These twenty-eight years of the QUARTERLY comprise 2266 pages of Sparks Family history. The five indexes total an additional 360 pages.)

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FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE FAMlLY OF GEORGE SPARKS (ca.1777-ca.1853) OF ESTILL

COUNTY, KENTUCKY, AND BROWN COUNTY, INDIANA

(Editor’s Note: In the March 1974 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 85, we began a two-part article about the descendants of Isaac Sparks (ca.1740-ca.1815) of Estill County, Ky. Since the conclusion of that article in the June 1974 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 86, new data have been uncovered which shed additional light on the origin of this branch of the SPARKS family, and which also provide a substantial extension of the list of descendants of one of Isaac’s sons, George Sparks.

In addition to the material referred to above, our readers will also find data about this branch of the family in two other issues of the QUARTERLY. On page 991 of the June 1966 issue, Whole No. 54, are the persons named SPARKS who were listed on the 1860 census of Putnam County, Missouri. Then on page 1392 of the March 1971 issue, Whole No. 73, are the marriages of persons named SPARKS in Putnam County, Mo., from 1849 to 1869. There are two errors in those marriage data, however: John Sparks married Susan Dilks, not Welks, on April 20, 1865, and Elizabeth Sparks married Andrew Hurley, not Kerby, on Aug. 8, 1869.)

There can be little doubt that Isaac Sparks, named above, came from Pennsylvania to Kentucky. In 1850, his son, George Sparks, was listed on the census of Brown County, Indiana. He gave Pennsylvania as his birthplace. George and his wife, Fanny (Stivers) Sparks, were living in the household of their youngest daughter, Rose Anna, and her husband, George Admire. George Sparks was 73 years of age, while his wife, Fanny, was 70 years of age according to this 1850 census.  Fanny was listed as a native of Pennsylvania also.

Isaac Sparks was very likely the Isaac Sparks who appeared on the 1773 tax list of Tyrone Township in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. (Bedford County was formed in 1771. Two years later, in 1773, Westmoreland County was formed from Bedford County.) When the 1773 tax list of Bedford County was published in the Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, Vol. 22, page 52, the name of Isaac Sparks was printed as Isaac Parks - a not uncommon error. By 1783, Isaac Sparks was living in

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FAMILY OF GEORGE SPARKS (ca.1777-ca.1853) of Kentucky and Indiana, continued:

Franklin Township Westmoreland County. He paid taxes that year on 100 acres of land, 1 horse, 3 cattle, and 6 sheep. The total number of inhabitants in his household was given as seven.

Assuming that two of the members of the household of Isaac Sparks in 1783 were himself and his wife, the other five members were probably their children. This fits fairly well the family of Isaac Sparks which was in Estill County, Ky., inthe late 1700's and early 1800’s. According to the article which appeared in the March 1974 issue of the QUARTERLY, Isaac Sparks and his wife, Catherine, had, five children who were probably born prior to 1783. These were: Elijah Sparks, born about 1767; William Sparks, born about 1770; John Sparks, born about 1772; George Sparks, born about 1777; and Jenny Sparks, born about 1780.

It is also quite possible that Isaac Sparks is the same man who was appointed as a constable in Yahogania County, Virginia, on Dec. 23, 1776, and again on Aug.26,1777. (See “Minutes of Court of Yahogania County” published in Records of the District of West Augusta, Ohio County, and Yahogania  Virginia by the Ohio State University Printing Dept. in Columbus in 1970, p.80 and page 97.) (Our readers are reminded that this area was claimed by both Pennsylvania and Virginia, and that Yohogania County embraced. all of Westmoreland County, Penn., and also portions of Washington, Fayette, Allegheny, and Beaver Counties.)

There is also a strong possibility that Isaac Sparks was closely related to William Sparks who also paid taxes in Franklin Township in Westmoreland County,Penn. This William Sparks was the subject of an article in the March 1968 issue of the Quarterly, Whole No. 61. William Sparks died in 1788 and left a will inwhich he named his Child- ren. They were: Isaac, Ann, William, James, Rachel, Margaret, Elizabeth, Sarah, and John. The Isaac Sparks who was the son of William was born Nov. 24, 1768, and died in or near Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 21, 1834. (See the QUARTERLY of September 1971, Whole No. 75, p. 1421.) One can speculate that the Isaac Sparks who was born about 1740 and who moved to Kentucky was a brother of the William Sparks who died in Pennsylvania in 1788. We have no proof of such a relationship, however.

We realize that the foregoing does not constitute irrefutable proof that the Isaac Sparks of Pennsylvania and the Isaac Sparks of Estill County, Kentucky, were the same person. We do want to establish this position as a point of conjectural reference. Perhaps one of our readers can add data to the conjecture which will erase all doubt.

There is no doubt, however, that George Sparks was a son of Isaac and Catherine Sparks. George Sparks was married twice. His first marriage was probably about  1795. We have not learned the name of his wife, but they apparently had three children, the youngest born in January 1799. George married (2nd) Fanny Stiverson Jan. 27, 1800, in Clark County, Kentucky, and they had eleven children, eight sons and three daughters. (See page 1635-37 of the March 1974 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 85, for other information about the family of George and Fanny (Stivers) Sparks.

At the time the article about George and Fanny (Stivers) Sparks was written, we were able to identify only one child, William Sparks, who was born to George and his first wife. Since the publication of that article, we have been able to make positive identification, of several other children as well as to make some probable identifications. Here is a list of the children of George Sparks:

A. Catherine Sparks
B. Frances "Franky" Sparks
C. William Sparks
D. An unidentified son
E. An unidentified daughter
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Children of George Sparks, continued:

F. An unidentified son
G. An unidentified son
H. Sarah Ann Sparks
I. James Sparks
J. Daniel Sparks
K. John Sparks
L. Richard Sparks
M. George Sparks, Jr.
N. Rosa Anna Sparks


A.  Catherine Sparks, probable daughter of George Sparks and his first wife, was born about 1796, and was probably named for her grandmother Sparks. She married Isaac Henry on July 25, 1819, in Estill County, Kentucky. When the1820 census was taken of Estill County, she was apparently widowed, for she was listed as the head of her household as Kitty Henry.

B. Frances “Franky” Sparks, probable daughter of George Sparks and his first wife, was probably born about 1798. She married James Crouch on Oct. 28, 1824, in Estill County, Kentucky. When the 1830 census was taken of Estill County, they had four children, a son born about 1825; and two sons and one daughter,born between 1825 and 1830.

C. William Sparks, son of George Sparks and his first wife, was born in January 1799. He married Nancy Crawford about 1820, probably in Estill County, Ky. He was listed on the 1820 census of Estill County, and he paid taxes there from 1821 to 1824. He then apparently joined his father and moved to the area of Indiana where Brown, Bartholomew and Johnson Counties come together. He was listed on the 1830 census of Bartholomew County, but by 1840 he was in Johnson County where he remained until his death on Aug. 5, 1871. He and Nancy were the parents of nine known children. (See also pages 1037-1039 of the December 1966 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 56, for other details about this family.)

1. Luanna Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy (Crawford) Sparks, was born on May 16, 1821, in Estill County, Ky. She accompanied her parents to Johnson County, Ind., where, on April 25, 1839, she married William Hogg. He was born on May 8, 1787, in Cork, Ireland, and he died in April 1880, in Putnam County, Missouri. Luanna (Sparks) Hogg died on May 29, 1910. She and William were buried in the Hogg Cemetery, near Graysville, Mo. According to a descendant, they had thirteen children who reached maturity.
a. Francis “Frank" Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on Oct. 29, 1840, at Morgantown, Indiana. He married Ellen Ann Brown on April 4, 1861, in Putnam County, Mo. He died on Dec. 22, 1915, at Hartford, Mo.
b. Susan Hogg, daughter of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on July 9, 1843. On March 17, 1861, she married Talton E. Sparks in Putnam County. He was a son of John and Delila (Demar) Sparks. (See K,2, below for further details of this family.)
c. William Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on Aug. 4, 1845. He died on March 13, 1863, while serving in the Union Army during the Civil War.
d. James Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on June 20,1848. He married Mary Ann ----- and they had five children:
(1) Julia Ann Hogg married Colman Fowler and they had three children:  (a) Orville Fowler; (b) Pauline Fowler married a man named McKim; and (c) Laura Fowler married a man named Richmond.
(2) Vernie Hogg married a man named Savage.

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Children of James and Mary Ann Hogg, continued:

(3) Jonathan Hogg married and had six children: (a) James, (b) Aral, (c) Nova M., (d) Monte, (e) Sadie Mae, and (f) Nina Bell.
(4) Lonnie Hogg married a woman named Victor.
(5) Mary Hogg married a man named Gipson and they had six children: (a) Selma Gipson married a man named McQueen; (b) Okal Gipson; (c) Everett Gipson; (d) Colman Gipson; (e) Gene Gipson; and (f) Opal Gipson.
e. Nathaniel Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on July 16, 1850. He married Sarah Ellen Hukeby on Aug. 6, 1873. She was born on Aug. 21, 1856, and she died on April 7, 1941. Nathaniel died on April 11, 1928. They had nine children:
(1) Luanna Hogg was born about 1876. She married James Vincent.
(2) Edward Hogg was born in May 1879.
(3) Edith Hogg was born about 1880.
(4) William Hogg died in 1972.
(5) Carl Hogg.
(6) George Hogg.
(7) Nancy Hogg was born in 1890. She married a man named Morton.
(8) Mooty Hogg married a man named West.
(9) Tisco Hogg was born in 1896. He died on Dec. 18, 1978.
f. Talton Emery “Em” Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on May 30, 1852. On Dec. 28, 1873, he married Missouri R. Wade. She was born on Feb. 22, 1858, and died on Dec. 17, 1880. After her death, Em Hogg married Celia Ann Cain on Nov. 19, 1882. She was born on Feb. 22, 1863, and she died on Dec. 9, 1937. Em Hogg died in 1938. By his first marriage he had two children and by his second marriage he had twelve children.
(1) Mary Ida Hogg was born on June 9, 1875. She died on June 12,1964. She married Allen Williams and they had two children, Ailey and Mearl.
(2) Flora Anna Hogg married a man named McFarland.
(3) Fannie Jane Hogg married a man named Morgan.
(4) Alice Victory Hogg married a man named Vincent.
(5) Clarence Izear Hogg was born on July ll, 1886.
(6) Offie Hogg was born on Feb. 3, 1888. She died on Aug. 8, 1937.She married Delbert West.
(7) Margaret E. Hogg was born on June 27, 1890. She died on Sept. 4, 1891.
(8) William Thomas Hogg was born on May 12, 1893. He married Nellie L. Collins and they had two children: Pharis and Carminieta. William died on Jan. 8, 1968.
(9) James Edward Hogg was born on July 14, 1894. He married Mahala E. Collins.
(10) Alva L. Hogg was born on Jan. 9, 1896.
(11) Ernie Laton Hogg was born on Jan. 9, 1898.
(12) Lovisa Hogg was born on Oct. 27, 1899. She married a man named Brown.
(13) Chester M. Hogg was born on Dec. 5, 1901. He married Nellie Capps and they had three children: Santa C., Irvin L., and Leona V.
(14) Belle Gladys Hogg was born on June 19, 1908. She married a man named Himmerman.
g. Absalom Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on Jan. 20, 1854. He married Sarah ----- and they had six children: Edward, Oma, Ott, Vada, Richard, and Martha.
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h. Oliver Perry Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on Jan. 24, 1856. He died on Sept. 24, 1873.
i. Edward Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on Jan. 14, 1858. He married Mary Ramsey and they had four children.
(1) Neal M. Hogg married Maggie Suttier and they had a daughter, Nola.
(2) Pearl Hogg was born in 1881.
(3) Luanna Hogg was born in 1888.
(4) Susan Hogg married Jesse McFarland and they had thirteen children: Glenn, Earl, E.J., Ailey, Dennis, Vane, C.O., Paul, Dee, Mary, Anna Belle, Edith, and Grace.
j. Aaron Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on Oct. 17,1858. He died before 1870.
k. Latham C. Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on Oct. 17, 1860. He died on Sept. 24, 1933. He married Martha E.Robbins, daughter of John and Nancy Jane (Sparks) Robbins, on June 9,1887. (See K, l, f, below, in the September 1981 issue)
l. John Richard Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on July 16, 1861. He died on Dec. 18, 1940. He married Emmaline Cain and apparently they had no children.
m. Thomas Hogg, son of William and Luanna (Sparks) Hogg, was born on Dec. 27, 1863. He died on March 24, 1941. He married Ella Bolander and they had six children: Frank A., Myrtle, Mabel, Erastus, Everett, and Clonnie.
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KATHERINE T. (SPARKS) DUNHAM and her husband BARTON S. DUNHAM
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2. Katherine T. “Kate” Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy (Crawford) Sparks,was born probably about 1825. She may have been named for her great-grand-mother, Catherine Sparks of Estill County, Ky. Kate married Barton “Bart” Dunham on January 30, 1846, in Johnson County, Ind. It was his second marriage. He and Kate had three children.
a. David Barton
b. “Sis” Barton married a man named Shepherd.
c. A daughter whom we have been unable to identify
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3. Fanny Jane Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy (Crawford) Sparks, was probably born about 1827. On May 20, 1847, she married Richard Ferguson in Johnson County, Ind. They were the parents of five children, three sons and two daughters. We have not learned their names.
4. James Sparks, son of William and Nancy (Crawford) Sparks, was born on March 30, 1831, in Johnson County, Ind. He served in Company D, 82nd Regiment Indiana Infantry. (See the March 1981 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 112, for an abstr- act of his pension application file.) On Jan. 16, 1850, he married Elizabeth Richmond in Johnson County, Ind. She was born about 1827 in Kentucky. After the Civil War ended, James and Elizabeth moved to Grinnell, Iowa. They had nine children:
a. Fanny Sparks was born on July 5, 1850. She married John Sloan.
b. Abigail Sparks was born on July 20, 1851. She married Nelson Frost.
c. Edward Sparks was born on Sept. 28, 1852.
d. Barton Sparks was born on Dec. 5, 1855.
e. Luanna Sparks was born on Feb. 21, 1857.
f. Andrew Sparks was born on April 21, 1858.
g. William P. Sparks was born on Oct. 18, 1859. He married a woman named Rosa.
h. Crawford Sparks was born on June 22, 1866.
i. Catherine Sparks was born on April 22, 1869.
5. Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1833 in Indiana. On Jan. 2, 1851, she married Abraham P. Leggins(Logan?) in Johnson County, Ind. They had eight children, but we havelearned none of their names. Elizabeth married, second, Marshall Schrongham by whom she had two children.
6. Edward Sparks, son of William and Nancy (Crawford) Sparks, was born on March 20, 1836, in Indiana and died on Nov. 10, 1933, in Maysville, Dekalb County, Missouri. He was married twice. He married Elizabeth A. Pitcheron March 24, 1856, in Johnson County, md. She had one child, but both she and the child died. Edward married, second, Mary Ann Betner on Nov. 25, 1857, in Johnson County. She was born on Oct. 22, 1840, in Indiana and died on Nov. 3, 1932, in Maysville, Mo. She was a daughter of Jacob and Deborah (Huntsinger) Bittner or Betner. The marriage of Edward and Mary Ann was performed by the Rev. John W. Ragsdale on Nov. 27, 1857. Edward was usually called by his nickname, “Ned.” In 1863, Edward 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 he was in his sixties, he met with a serious accident. He and Mart Thomas had driven a team to Maysville, Mo., 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 of 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.” He died a year later, on Nov. 10, 1933, and was buried next to his beloved wife. They were the parents of the following children:
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FAMILY OF GEORGE SPARKS (ca.1777-ca.1853) OF KENTUCKY AND INDIANA, continued:

Children of Edward and Mary Ann (Betner) Sparks:
 

a. Martha M. Sparks, born June 3, 1861, in Indiana, and died June 12, 1938,in Indiana. She married Willis Ault and they had two children, Chesterand Dora.
b. Margaret C. Sparks born April 16, 1863, in Johnson County, Ind., and died Sept. 28, 1934, in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa. She married William Petro and they had the following children: Vida Opal, Earl McDonald, Bertha Ann, Victor I., LeRoy Ralphard, Tilson, Leona, Elbie,Covie, Ruth, and Lois Cecile.
c. Breckenridge Sparks, born June 18, 1865, in Iowa; died Sept. 24, 1935, in Maysville, Mo. He married Ida Urich and they had children named: Lawrence, Edith, Harlan, Donald, Lois, and Forrest.
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BRECKENRIDGE SPARKS (1865-1935)

SON OF EDWARD & MARY ANN (BETNER) SPARKS

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d. Lucy B. Sparks, born April 17, 1868, in Iowa; died Jan. 5, 1894. She married Keller and lived in St. Joseph, Mo. They had one son named Philip.
e. Jacob Sparks, born Aug. 29, 1881, in Indiana. He married Myrtle Beckwith and had children named Fern, Loren, and Carl.
7. William C. Sparks, son of William and Nancy (Crawford) Sparks, was born on July 20, 1838, in Johnson County, Ind. He served in Company A and Company C, 7th Regiment Indiana Cavalry. (See the March 1981 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 12, for an abstract of his pension file.) On May 31, 1859, he married Miranda Whitaker in Johnson County, Ind. She was born about 1840 in Indiana. William and Miranda continued to live in Johnson County until after the death of his father in 1871 when they moved to Putnam County, Mo., probably to be near his Sparks relatives. He went to Arkansas in 1894 and to the Oklahoma Territory in 1897. He died in a Soldiers Home in Arkansas sometime after 1916.
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FAMILY OF GEORGE SPARKS (ca.1777-1853) OF KENTUCKY AID INDIANA, continued:

Children of William C. & Miranda (Whitaker) Sparks:

a. Matilda J. Sparks was born in March 1860 in Indiana.
b. Jefferson T. Sparks was born about 1863 in Indiana.
c. Mary E. Sparks was born about 1866 in Indiana.
d. George W. Sparks was born about 1869 in Indiana.
e. Susan R. Sparks was born about 1872 in Missouri.
f. Luanna Sparks was born about 1875 in Missouri.
g. William C. Sparks, Jr. was born about 1877 in Missouri.
8. Margaret Ann Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy (Crawford) Sparks, was born on Sept. 18, 1841, in Johnson County, Ind. There, on March 19, 1860, she was married to Jesse W. Bolt. She died on Jan. 15, 1861, probably at the birth of their son. She was buried in the Beth.Iehem Cemetery in Johnson County.
9. Absalom Sparks, son of William and Nancy (Crawford) Sparks, was born on March 10, 1844, and died on Aug. 23, 1932. He married Mary Ellen Dine in April 1865. She was born on Feb. 6, 1849, and died on Dec. 22, 1927. They had four children.
a. Rebecca Catherine Sparks was born on Jan. 31, 1866, and died on Oct. 10, 1933. She married Lewis Allen and had seven children.
b. Margaret Anna Sparks was born on Jan. 5, 1868, and died on Nov. 6, 1878. She was buried in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Johnson County, Ind.
c. Joseph Ambrose “Brose” Sparks was born on Oct. 22, 1869, and died in 1946. He married Effie Oliver on Jan. 16, 1901, and they had one son, Lloyd Oliver Sparks. Brose and Effie lived in Morgantown, Ind.
d. William Alonzo Sparks was born on Nov. 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.
D, E, F, G. Three sons and one daughter whom we have been unable to identify were born to George and Fanny (Stivers) Sparks between 1800 and 1810. By 1820, one son and the daughter were no longer living in the household of George Sparks; they may have married and left home or died. The other two sons were still in the household in 1820, but when the 1830 census was taken, they, too, were no longer in the household.

H. Sarah Ann Sparks, probable daughter of George and Fanny (Stivers) Sparks, was born between 1800 and 1810. She married William Cardwell on Jan. 14, 1838, in Brown County, Ind. They were married by Thos. M. Adams, a justice of the peace.

I. James I. Sparks, son of George and Fanny (Stivers) Sparks, was born about 1809 in Kentucky, and was a young man when he accompanied his parents to Johnson County, Ind. It was there that he married Elizabeth Ferguson on Feb. 14, 1839. She was born about 1819 in Kentucky. James followed his brothers to Missouri about 1849 and was in Putnam County when the 1850 census was taken. He was still in Putnam County when the 1860 census was taken and was listed as a farmer. He apparently died about 1875 for Elizabeth, his widow, married Andrew Richmond on Dec. 31, 1877. James and Elizabeth had eight children.

1. Nancy Jane Sparks, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Sparks, was born about 1840 in Johnson County, Ind. On Oct. 16, 1856, she married Daniel Morgan in Putnam County, Mo. She is probably the Nancy Morgan who died in 1859 and was buried in the Rose Cemetery in Putnam County.
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2. John C. Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Sparks, was born about 1843 in Indiana. He served in Company C, 2nd Regiment Missouri State Militia, in the Civil War. (See the March 1981 issue of the Quarterly Whole No. 112, for an abstract of his pension file.) On April 20, 1865, he was married to Susan Jane Dilks in Putnam County, Mo., by his uncle, Daniel Sparks, a justice of the peace. John died on Feb. 17, 1883, and Susan died on March 26, 1906. According to his pension file in the National Archives, they had seven children, but we have learned the names of only four of them.
a. Laura B. Sparks, daughter of John and Susan (Dilks) Sparks, was born on Dec. 7, 1870, in Putnam County, Mo.
b. Sarah Jane Sparks, daughter of John and Susan (DiZLks) Sparks, was born on June 30, 1877, in Putnam County, Mo.
c. Everett J. Craben (?) Sparks, son of John and Susan (Dilks), was born on July 7, 1879, in Shawnee County, Kansas.
d. Myrtle Sparks, daughter of John and Susan (Dilks) Sparks, was born on Aug. 22, 1881, in Shawnee County, Kansas.
3. Emily “Milly” Sparks, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Sparks, was born about 1845 in Indiana.
4. Levi Collins “Bud” Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Sparks, was born in August 1847 in Indiana. On March 18, 1875, he married Tabitha E. Vincent in Putnam County, Mo. She was born in May 1858 in Missouri and
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LEVI C. SPARKS (1847-1922)

with wife TABITHA (right), with her hand on his shoulder and (left) RENA (VINCENT) SPARKS, widow

of Sylvester Sparks

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was a daughter of John “Jack” and Elizabeth (Corneilson) Vincent, and a sister of Rena Vincent who married Vess Sparks (see Item 5, below.) Bud Sparks died in 1922 and Tabitha died in 1927. They were buried in the Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa. They had six children, all born in Putnam County, Mo.
a. Minnie F. Sparks, daughter of Levi and Tabitha (Vincent) Sparks, was born about 1876. She died in 1924. She married Sam Maginnis.
b. Everett Elton Sparks, son of Levi and Tabitha (Vincent) Sparks, was born in August 1878. He died in 1954. He married Emma Franklin.
c. David Sylvester Sparks, son of Levi and Tabitha (Vincent) Sparks, was born on June 1, 1880. On April 9, 1903, he married Delilah Albright at Unionville, Mo. She was born on Feb. 4, 1890, at Mendota, Mo.,and was a daughter of Henry and Florence (Pickins) Albright. Delilah died on April 29, 1948, and David died on Aug. 26, 1960. They were buried in the Webb Cemetery, Spring Hill, Iowa. They were the parents of six children.
(1) Homer Lee Sparks was born on May 25, 1904, and died on July 9,1978. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Jennie Faust on Jan. 18, 1925, and to this marriage two children were born. He married, second, Mary Ella Morse on May 27, 1939. She was born on May 20, 1916, and was a daughter of Samuel and Grace Morse. Homer and Mary Ella had four children, all born in Warren County, Iowa.
(a) David L. Sparks was born on July 26, 1925. He married Elma Joy Cooper and they had three children: Sharon, Matthew, and Roxanne.
(b) Richard L. Sparks was born on Oct. 18, 1931. He married Donna Brown and they had seven children: Richard, Debra, Dianne, Daniel, Joseph, Brenda, and Dennis.
(c) Gary LeRoy Sparks was born on Sept. 12, 1940. He married Loyce Jean Curtis and they have two children: Laura Lynn and Beth Michelle.
(d) Betty Lynn Sparks was born in March 1942; she died in December 1942.
(e) William L. “Bill” Sparks was born on April 28, 1943. He married and has one daughter, Tammy.
(f) Edna Louise Sparks was born on Nov. 12, 1944. She married, first, James Edwards and, second, Arnold Shackelford. She has three children: Sheila, Sonya, and Brian.
(2) Neal Ray Sparks, son of David Sylvester and Delilah  (Albright) Sparks, was born on Dec. 23, 1905, and died in 1964. He married Alice Woods.
(3) Edna Bell Sparks, daughter of David Sylvester and Delilah (Albright) Sparks, was born on June 27, 1907. She married, first, Bert Ray and, second, Joe Moore.
(4) Helen Mandy Sparks, daughter of David Sylvester and Delilah (Albright) Sparks, was born on Feb. 21, 1910. She married Johnny Llewellyn.
(5) Icyle Adeline Sparks, daughter of David Sylvester and Delilah (Albright) Sparks, was born on Sept. 29, 1916. She married Merle Rinard and they had two children: Jack and Donna.
(6) Jacob Donald Sparks, son of David Sylvester and Delilah (Albright) Sparks, was born on Jan. 29, 1924. He married Imogene Short and they have two children: Linda and Nancy.
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FAMILY OF GEORGE SPARKS (ca.1777-ca.1853) OF KENTUCKY AND INDIANA, continued:

Children of Levi C. and Tabitha E. (Vincent) Sparks, continued:

d. Haley Elizabeth Sparks was born in February 1884. She married, first, a man named McClure. She married, second, C. Tibbet, and she married, third, F. Powell.
e. Edna Sparks was born in March 1887 and died on Jan. 20, 1980. She married George Parker.
f. Maude Bell Sparks was born in February 1890 and died on Oct. 25,1976. She married Martin Haines.
5. Sylvester “Vess” Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Sparks, was born about 1849 in Indiana and was carried as a baby to Missouri. It was there in Putnam County that he married Hannah Serena “Renat’ Vincent on July 25, 1875. (See item 4, above.) She was born in May 1860. Vess Sparks was injured in a mining accident about 1898 and died from the injuries about three weeks later. Rena married Ben Swearingen in 1910. She died in June 1923. She and Vess had six children:
a. James Ezekiel Sparks was born on Jan. 1, 1877, and died in 1950.
b. Caleb Hester “Cale” Sparks was born in November 1879 and died on March 16, 1920. He married Pearl Goren and they had two children: Henry and Golda.
c. Gertrude Sparks was born about 1881. She may have married a man named Percantile. She apparently died prior to 1900.
d. Julius Deuteronomy Sparks was born in June 1884. He married Minnie Johnson.
e. Barbara Ethel Inez Sparks was born on Dec. 25, 1888. She married Jesse Lynn in 1917.
f. Lela Parlee Sparks was born on May 30, 1896. She was about one and one-half years old when her father died from his injuries sustained in the mining accident. She married William Francis Biggs.
6. Mary Sparks, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Sparks, was born about 1852 in Missouri.
7. George Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Sparks was born about 1854.
8. Cornelius “Neal” Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Ferguson) Sparks, was born in May 1860. He married Mary Ellen West on April 21, 1878, in Putnam County, Mo. She was born on March 3, 1860, and died on May 18, 1930. She was buried in the Rose Cemetery, Graysville, Mo.  Neal and Mary Ellen had one child, Laura, who was born about 1879. She married M. W. Hurley and they had two children: Rozetta and Minnie.
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(Editor’s Note: This record providing further information regarding the family of George Sparks (ca.1777-ca.1853) of Estill County, Ky., and Brown County,Ind., will be continued in the next issue of the QUARTERLY. There we shall provide information on the following additional children of George Sparks: Daniel Sparks, born Aug. 26, 1810; John Sparks, born about 1814; Richard W.Sparks, born on or about Jan. 13, 1816; George M. Sparks, born about 1818; and Rosa Ann Sparks, born about 1822.)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT A DESCENDANT OF JAMES PARNELL SPARKS OF KENTUCKY AND MISSOURI

(Editor’s Note: A portion of the December 1967 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 60, was devoted to the family of James Parnell Sparks who moved from Henry County, Kentucky, to Monroe County, Missouri, about 1839. Among the thirteen children in the family of James Parnell Sparks was a son, George R. Sparks, born about 1845. (See page 1121 of the issue which is cited above.) Descendants of George R. Sparks have sent information regarding his family which we now present.)

George R. Sparks married Maude Anna Snell in December 1864 and they had eight children, including three who died in infancy. Those who reached maturity were: Shasteka Charles Sparks, Panola Sparks, Tehaska Sparks, Sally Sparks, and Milton Sparks.

I. Shasteka Charles Sparks was born on April 10, 1868, in Shelbina, Missouri. He married Gertrude Mae Kendrick and they had two children before she died on October 12, 1903, in St. Louis, Missouri. After her death, Shasteka married Lillie Lechey Hicks by whom he had one child. Shasteka died on March 5, 1927, at Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He and two of his siblings, Panola and Tehaska, were named for members of an Indian family which had befriended their father.

[Note: Here appears a photograph, beneath which is the following caption:]

GERTRUDE MAE (KENDRICK) SPARKS

died 1903

FIRST WIFE OF SHASTEKA SPARKS

(View Photograph)

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A DESCENDANT OF JAMES PARNELL SPARKS, continued:

1. Ralph Merical Sparks, son of Shasteka and Gertrude (Kendrick) Sparks, was born on Jan. 16, 1895, at Cambridge, Ohio. He married Juliette Yvonne Sanson in France on May 29, 1916. She was born on Oct. 25, 1899, at Tours, France, and was a daughter of Emile and J. A. (Rennady) Sanson. Ralph Sparks was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces during World War I. Afterwards, he became a steamfitter construction supervisor. He died on Jan. 15, 1975, at Baton Rouge, La. He and Juliette had six children.
A. Gisele Anita Sparks was born on March 9, 1918, in France. She married Carl Kenneth Beadle and they had two children.
a. Charles K. Beadle was born on March 22, 1942. He married Jan Devall and they had three children: Keith, Ken, and Kim.
b. Ralph Andrew Sparks was born in 1944. He married Ramona Olinde and they had two children: Kevin and Karl.
B. Robert Charles Sparks was born on August 26, 1921, in Chilliwac,Canada. He married Jane Evans and they had four children.
a. Vivian Elaine Sparks was born on Sept. 19, 1944. She married Lonnie B. Dyer and they had three children: Denise, Bryant,and Jennifer.
b. Linda Gail Sparks was born on July 8, 1947. She married DeWayne Lang and they had three children: Deena, Tammie, and Kevin.
c. Robert Charles Sparks, Jr. was born on Nov. 8, 1952. He married Diane Williams and they had two children: Blayne and Lauren.
d. Ricky Joseph Sparks was born on Jan. 30, 1960.
C. Raymond Daniel Sparks was born in 1923 in Monroe, Louisiana. He died on April 5, 1926, from the effects of poison that he had accidentally eaten.

D. Marvin Edward Sparks was born in 1924. He died on April 5, 1926, in the same accident as his brother, Raymond. They were buried in the Five Point Cemetery in Monroe, Louisiana.

E. Annette Yvonne Sparks was born on Nov. 1, 1926, in Monroe, Louisiana. She married Kenneth Lee Cox and they had two children.

a. Don Lee Cox was born on Sept. 7, 1948. He married Patricia Ann Rook and they had two children: Wendy and Sheila.
b. Barbara Anita Cox was born on Feb. 12, 1951. She married Henry S. Herbst.
F. Harvey Lee Sparks, son of Ralph and Juliette (Sanson) Sparks, was born on April 9, 1929, at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He married Juanita F. Harwell on June 25, 1960. She was born on July 26, 1931, and was a daughter of John B. and Mary L. (Ourso) Harwell. Harvey and Juanita had one child, John Rene Sparks, born on March 30, 1965.
2. Maude Althea Sparks, daughter of Shasteka and Gertrude (Kendrick) Sparks, was born on Jan. 18, 1898, at Shelbina, Missouri. She married Robert Searcy Rasbury on March 15, 1915. She died on June 10, 1975. She and Robert had six children.
A. Esther Louise Rasbury was born on Nov. 26, 1916.
B. Marjorie Elizabeth Rasbury was born on Sept. 8, 1918. She married McDonald Hunt.
C. Robert Search Rasbury, Jr. was born on May 11, 1922.
D. Ramona June Rasbury was born on June 1, 1929.
E. Wanda Delores Rasbury was born on Feb. 26, 1931.
F. Glenn Darwin Rasbury was born on Nov. 1, 1932.
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A DECENDANT OF JAMES PARNELL SPARKS, continued:

3. Paul Anderson Sparks, son of Shasteka and Lillie Lechey (Hicks) Sparks, was born on Jan. 1, 1905, at Commerce, Missouri. He was a professional musician. He married Pauline Otto and they had four children: Judy Sparks, Nancy Sparks, Linda Sparks, and Jean Sparks.
II. Panola Sparks, daughter of George and Maude (Snell) Sparks, was born about 1870. She was usually referred to as “Nola.”

III. Tehaska Sparks, son of George and Maude (Snell) Sparks, was probably born in the 1870’s. He married a woman named Emma.

IV. Sally Sparks, daughter of George and Maude (Snell) Sparks, was probably born in the 1870’s. He married a woman named Emma.

V. Milton “Milt” Sparks, son of George and Maude (Snell) Sparks, was probably born in the 1870’s. He is said to have married a woman from the state of New York and lived there. They were managers of a dairy.

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QUERY

William Henry Sparks, born Aug. 31, 1805, died Oct. 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).

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CORRECTION

In the March 1964 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XII, No. 1, Whole No. 45) we published a record of the family of Jonas Sparks (died 1805) of Rowan County, N.C. A son of Jonas was David Sparks, born about 1768, who married Mary Little. A son of David and Mary (Little) Sparks was Minus Lafayette Sparks, born in Rowan County, N.C., about 1811. On page 805 we reported that Minus Lafayette Sparks had married Sarah Cherry. We have since learned that Sarah’s name was not Cherry, but rather it was Shinn. The marriage took place on January 27, 1851, in Hardeman County, Tennessee. We thank our long-time member, Bill Haas, for this correction.

[Scanner's note:  Corrections noted in Whole No. 45.]

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF CONNECTICUT

Editor’s Note: Following is a transcription of the families named Sparks, as well as families in which one or more persons named Sparks, were living in the state of Connecticut as listed on the U.S. census of 1850. It is our goal eventually to publish a record of all persons named Sparks from the entire census of 1850. In previous years we have published such records for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas.

Although a federal census has been taken every ten years beginning in 1790, it was not until the census of 1850 that each member of every household was listed by name. Prior to 1850, only the head of each household was identified. The1850 census has thus long been a major source for genealogical research in the United States.

Here we list the Sparkses appearing on the 1850 census of Connecticut. In 1850, as today, the state was divided into eight counties, as follows, with the year or organ-  ization of each: Fairfield (1666), Hartford (1666), Litchfield (1751), Middlesex (1785), New Haven (1666), New London (1666), Tolland (1785), and Windham (1726). As can be seen, there was at least one Sparks living in each of these eight counties in 1850.

The instructions given to the census taker in 1850 directed him to visit every household in his district and to obtain from a member of that household the following information about each individual: Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation,Value of Real Estate own- ed, Birthplace, Whether married within the year, Whether in school within the year, and an indication if the individual were unable to read or write. The census taker was to number the pages of his census sheets and to number each house and each family. So long as there was just one family per house, these two numbers would, of course, be the same.

In this transcription we have given the town (a New England town would be called a township in many parts of the country) in which each family lived as well as the date on which the family was visited. The house and family numbers have been copied here because they often suggest how close together two families were living, and thus possible relationships. For example, in the town of Glastonbury in Hartford County, the fact that Parmelia Sparks’s house was given the number 463 and the house of William C. Sparks was numbered 465 suggests that they lived very near to each other.

Following the name of each individual appears his/her age in 1850, sex (M or F), color (W or B), place of birth, occupation, and value of real estate. Occasionally the census taker added further notes as did the one in Killingsly who indicated the town of birth as well as the state.

In using census data for genealogical research, it must be kept in mind that errors are to be found in these records. The census taker recorded the information given to him by whomever he interviewed--that individual may have had to guess at the ages of some members of his household, as well as their place of birth. The census taker sometimes misunderstood the information given, or guessed wrong on the spelling of a name. We can never be sure of the person to whom he spoke in the household, and there are instances where we suspect that a neighbor provided the information when the family was away on the day the census taker came by. Occasionally, a family was missed altogether, while there are examples of the same family being recorded twice by two different census takers who were uncertain of the boundary lines of their districts.

Despite these shortcomings, the 1850 census is a splendid source for genealogical research. We would welcome further information from our readers who find their Sparks ancestors among these records.
 

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