THE
SPARKS QUARTERLY

THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

“He who careth not from whence he came, careth little whither he goeth.”
Daniel Webster


VOL. III, NO. 3 SEPTEMBER, 1955  WHOLE NO. 11a

 
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THE SPARKS FAMILY OF PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Compiled by

William Perry Johnson

It was during the American Revolution, in 1778 to be exact, that the Sparkses settled in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Prior to that time, the family had made its home in Maryland, in the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Prince George's. In Prince George’s County, the family appears to have resided near the town of Upper Marlboro, which lies about fifteen miles southeast of Washington, D.C., and about the same distance southwest of Annapolis, Maryland.

Probate records for Anne Arundel County, Maryland, on file in the Maryland Hall of Records, in Annapolis, show that a Thomas Sparks died intestate in that county in or near the year 1727. The inventory of estate for Thomas Sparks is dated 20 April 1727, and the papers show that he had “No Relations.” (For some reason, a wife and children apparently did not count as “relations” in these cases.) The account, dated 1732, was made by Leonard Hollyday of Prince George’s County, Maryland, as administrator of Thomas Sparks late of Anne Arundel County, deceased. This Thomas Sparks may or may not be the father of the Thomas Sparks who appears on the records of Anne Arundel County a generation later.

Deed books for Anne Arundel County, Maryland, show seven deeds under the name Sparks, all for one Thomas Sparks. He first appears on record in 1748, when he purchased 162 acres, and in 1752 he obtained 430 more acres of land. By 1756, he had sold all of his land in Anne Arundel County and was living in Baltimore County, Maryland, having removed there late in 1755 or early in 1756. The names of no other persons named Sparks appear in Anne Arundel records except Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Sparks, and the Josiah Sparks mentioned below.

The records of St. Anne’s Parish, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, contain two Sparks items, as follows: (1) Josiah Sparks married 15 July 1749 to Penelope Brown, by the Revd. Mr. Andrew Lendrum. (2) Samuel, son of Thomas Sparks and Elizabeth his wife, was born 29 July 1749. Both Thomas Sparks and Josiah Sparks, with their families, removed to Baltimore County, Maryland, and were members of St. John’s & St. George’s P. E. Church, Harford (then Baltimore) County, Maryland. Josiah Sparks was born c1729 and died, intestate, in 1765, Baltimore County, Maryland, with Penelopy Sparks as adaministratrix. Records of St. John’s & St. George’s P. E. Church, afore-mentioned, show that on the 10th of April, 1770, Aquilla Wyle was

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married to “Pine” Sparks, widow of Josiah, and by 1781 they were living in Shrewsbury Twp., York County, Pennsylvania. Josiah and Penelope Sparks had five sons: Josiah, Matthew, Francis, Elijah and Thomas. (A record of Josiah Sparks, Sr., and his descendants, will appear in a forthcoming issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY.) The estate papers for Josiah, 1765, show that he had “No Relation in this province but Thos. Sparks.” No other records for Thomas Sparks have been found in Baltimore County, except that in 1760 he was granted 38 acres in Baltimore County, called the Hawk’s Nest. Thomas Sparks was born c.1711, and was either the father (by an earlier wife than Elizabeth) of Josiah (b. c.1729), or his elder brother - - probably the former.

The only other Sparks item on the records of St. John’s & St. George’s P. E. Church is the marriage, on the 3rd of September 1762, of Phill Lock Ellcott and Sarah Sparks. Sarah was probably a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Sparks.

There are eleven Sparks deeds or other instruments on record in Prince George’s County, Maryland, as follows:

(1) Book T, page 682 - 7 February 1738 - John Courts of Charles County, Maryland, Gentleman, to Thomas Sparks, Senior, of the county aforesaid, planter - 21 year lease - 250 acres part of a tract of land lying in Prince George's County near Rock Creek and kown by the name of Clean Drinking. /S/ John Courts, Thomas his T mark Sparks. Witnesses: Robt. Yates, Jno. Biscoe. Proven 24 October 1738.

(2) Book Y, page 197 - 25 June l740 - Charles Carroll, of City of Annapolis, Maryland, Esquire, to Thomas Sparke of Prince George’s County, Maryland, planter 21 year lease - 100 acres - part of a tract of land called Cloven Couse. /S/ Charles Carroll. Witnesses: Danil Carroll, Saml Beall, Senr. Proven 25 June l740

(3) Book EE, page 631 - 13 December l748 - William Fields of Prince George's County, Maryland, planter, to Mathew Sparks of same, planter - 3000 lbs. of tobacco - 68 acres, called Bedfordshire Carrier. /S/ William his X mark Fields. Witnesses: B. Young, L. Young. Proven 13 Dec. 1748.

(4) Book RR, page 67 - 27 August 1760 - Benjamin Beall, planter, and wife Sarah, of Prince George's County, Maryland, to Matthew Sparks of same, planter - 5 Shillings 109 acres, called Smith’s Neglect. /S/ Benjamin Beall, Sarah Beall. Witnesses: Morda, Jacobs, Robert Tyler. Proven 27 Aug. 1760.

(5) Book TT, page 113 At the request of Matthew Sparks the following Certificate of a Stray was recorded November 25th, 1763. “Novr. 19th, 1763 - Mathew Sparkes brought Before me the subscriber a Small Black Stallion Colt about Ten hand high has a Small Stare in his forehead he Complains that he Trespasses upon his Inclosure.” /S/ Chrisr. Lowndes.

(6) Book BB2. page 228 - 11 November 1767 - John Banks, Sr., of Frederick County, Maryland, planter, to Thomas Sparks, planter, of Prince George ‘s County, Maryland 55 Pounds 100 acres, called Quee Beck. /S/ John Banks (& wife Mary).

(7) Book CC2. page 136 - 2 February 1775 - James Beck, and wife Rebecca, of Prince George's County, Maryland, planter, to “Matthew Spark of Thomas” of same 50 Pounds 100 acres, called Pleasant Spring Enlarged. /S/ James Beck, Rebecca Beck. Witnesses~ Chris, Lowndes, Mary Henderson. Proven 2 Feb 1775.

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(8) Book CC2, page 177 - At the request of Samuel Sparks the following Certificate of a Stray was recorded August 21st 1775. "Prince George’s County, Ss. I do hereby Certify that Samuel Sparks brought before me this day a Horse with the following Marks which he took up at Mrs. Berrys Plantation about 14 miles from Upper Marlborough a Bright Bay 13½ hands high Branded on the near Shoulder IW natural Pacer and Short Scraped Tail taken up four Weeks ago.”

(9) Book CC2, page 337 - 15 March 1777 - Matthew Sparks, Sr., of Prince George’s County, Maryland, planter, & wife Eleanor, to Richard Beall, son of Ninian, Sr., of same - 100 Pounds - 109 acres, called Smith’s Neglect. /S/ Matthew his X mark Sparks, Eleanor her X mark Sparks. Witnesses: Josa. Beall, Chrisr. Lowndes. Proven 15 March 1777.

(10) Book CC2, page 380 - 30 August 1777 - Thomas Sparks of Prince George’s County, Maryland, planter, to Solomon Groves of same, planter - 150 Pounds - 100 acres, called Quebeck. /S/ Thos. Sparks, & (wife) Elizabeth Sparks. Witnesses: Chrisr. Lowndes, James Beck.

(11) Book CC2, page 396 - 5 April 1777 - Matthew Sparks of Thomas, of Prince George’s County, Maryland, to John Hamilton, Sr., of same - 80 Pounds - 100 acres - part of a tract called Pleasant Spring Enlarged. /S/ Matthew Sparks, & (wife) Margery Sparks. Witnesses: Jos. Beall, Chris. Lowndes. Proven 5 April 1777.

In view of the fact that the counties of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel adjoin, it is supposed that the Thomas Sparks who leased land in Prince George’s County in 1738 and 1740 is identical with the Thomas Sparks who bought land in Anne Arundel County in 1748 and 1752, sold out by 1756, removed 1755/6 to Baltimore County, and by 1767 to Prince George’s County. This is further supported by the fact that the wife’s name in each instance was Elizabeth.

The 1750 Rent Rolls for Prince George ‘s County, Maryland, list but one Sparks: Mr. Matthew Sparks, Bedfordshire Carrier, 68 acres. (Among the land owned by Mr. Caleb Dorsey was Sparks Chance and Sparks Round.)

The Register of St. John’s or Piscataway Parish, Prince George’s County, Maryland, contains the following Sparks data:

Children of Matthew and Elenor Sparks:

Sarah born 23 May 1753
Josiah born 26 Aug. 1761
True Love born 21 July 1764
Children of Matthew and Margery Sparks:
Elizabeth, bapt. 2 Nov. 1766
Jane, bapt. 6 Nov. 1768
In the above Register, True Love Sparks is designated as a female, but is believed to have been a male and identical with the True Love Sparks who married 1788 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to Jane Sparks, and was living in 1790 in Spartanburgh County, South Carolina.

In Volume I of Brnmbaugh’s Maryland Records, is a copy of the 1776 Census of Maryland. Among the inhabitants of St. John’s and Prince George's Parishes, Prince George's County, Maryland, listed on 31 August 1776, are two Sparks families:
(1) Thomas Sparks, age 65: 2 males, ages 18 & 14; Elizabeth, age 58; & 2 females aged 16 & 14. (2) Mathew Sparks, age 61: 5 males, ages 27, 15, 11, and 7; Elinor Sparks, age 45; 2 females, ages 23 & 3.

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Thus, there were three Sparks families in Prince George s County, Maryland. (1) Thomas Sparks (b, c.l711) and wife Elizabeth (b. c.l718); bought 100 acres in 1767 and sold out in 1777. (2) Matthew Sparks (b. c.1715) and wife Eleanor (b. c.1731); bought 68 acres in 1748 and 109 acres in l760; sold the 209 acres in 1777 (undoubtedly sold the 68 acres also, but grantee failed to have the deed recorded). (3) Matthew Sparks (son of Thomas) married (c.1765) to Margery; bought 100 acres in l775; sold out in 1777.

These Sparks families, having sold out in 1777, removed from Prince George's County, Maryland. to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, where they obtained land in 1778.

Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Deed Book 5, page 211 - 25 February 1778 - Sylvester Adams & wife Nansey, of Pittsylvania County, Virginta, to Thomas Sparks of same 110 Shillings (acreage not given) on both sides of Sandy River, /S/ Sylvester Adams Witnesses: George Adams. Edward Cook, Jonathan Montgomery Church. Proven 17 Aug l779 (This is the first and earliest record of the Sparks family in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.)

Land Grant Book E, page 441 Richmond, Virginia, shows that on 1 Sept., 1780 Matthew Sparks. for 35 Shillings was granted 305 acres in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on branches of Sandy River by survey dated 13 March 1778. Same book, page 451, shows that on same date Thomas Sparks, for 15 Shillings, was granted 137 acres in same county, on branch of Strawberry Creek, by survey dated 28 May 1780.

The third land grant to a Sparks in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, is to be found in Land Grant Book H, page 250. On 3rd of July 1783 Matthew Sparks, for 2 Pounds & 10 Shillings, was granted 496 acres in Pittsylvania County, on both sides of Mortons Spring, branch of Sandy River, by survey dated 30 Apr. 1780.

The forth and last land grant is on record in Land Grant Book 51, page 388. Warrant No. 14,050, issued 30 August 1782, and on 6 July 1803 granted to Thomas Sparks, 52 acres in Pittsylovania County, Virginia, on Bean's Creek Mountain, Surveyed 1 April 1902.

Pittsylvania County, Virginia, tax lists, both land and personal property, begin in 1782 and extend to middle 1800's. Below is a listing of the Sparkses given on the land tax lists from 1782 to 1820:

1782 - Matthew Sparks - 796 acres
...........Thomas Sparks - 350 acres

1783 - (Alterations - Matthew Sparks - 496 acres

1784 - (Alterations - none for Sparkses)

1785 - (Alterations - Thomas Sparks - 162 acres from Thomas Robertson
.................................Mathew Sparks, 496 acres Ditto in Ditto (i,e."Rong charged")

1786 - Thomas Sparks - 162 acres
............Samuel Sparks - 100 acres
............Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
............Matthew Sparks - 796 acres
...........(Alterations & Mistakes for 1786 - Samuel Sparks, 100 acres from Thomas Robertson)

l787 - Matthew Sparks - 300 acres
..........Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
..........Samuel Sparks - 100 acres
..........Thomas Sparks - 162 acres

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1788 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
...........Samuel Sparks - 100 acres
...........Matthew Sparks - 300 acres
...........Thos. Sparks (T. Robinson) - 163 acres

1789 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
             Matthew Sparks - 300 acres
             (Davd. Shelton (Tho. Sparks) - 80 acres
             (Leon. Sparks (Tho. Sparks) -  83 acres .

(Note that these two tracts owned by Shelton and Leonard Sparks in 1789 totaled 163 acres, the tract owned by Thomas Sparks.  this Thomas Sparks apparently died c.1789 and his land was divided between Shelton & Leonard Sparks.)

1790 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
            Matthew Sparks - 300 acres
            (Davd. Shelton (T.S.) - 80 acres
            (Lenard Sparkes (same) - 83 acres

1791 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres

1792 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres

1793 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres

1794 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
...........Mathew Sparks (S) - 100 acres

1795 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
...........Mathew Sparks (S) - 100 acres

1796 - Missing

1797 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
...........Mathew Sparks - 100 acres

1798 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
...........Mathew Sparks 100 - acres

1799 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
...........Mathew Sparks - 100 acres

1800 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
...........Mathew Sparks -100 acres

1801 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
...........Mathew Sparks - 100 acres

1802 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
...........Mathew Sparks - 100 acres

1803 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
...........Matthew Sparks - 100 acres

1804 - Thomas Sparks - 350 acres
...........Matthew Sparks - 100 acres

1805 - Mathew Sparks - 100 acres
...........Thos. Sparks-do. (L.P.) - 52 acres
...........Mathew Sparks - 100 acres

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l806 - Matthew Sparks - 100 acres
..........Thomas Sparks - Bal.: - 298 acres
..........Thomas Sparks - do. (L. Pat.) - 52 acres
..........Matthew Sparks - 100 acres

1807 - Mathew Sparks - 100 acres
...........Thomas Sparks - 298 acres
...........Thomas Sparks - 52 acres
...........Mathew Sparks - 100 acres

1808 - Missing

1809 - Mathew Sparks - 100 acres
...........Thomas Sparks - 298 acres
...........Thomas Sparks - 52 acres
...........Mathew Sparks - 100 acres
...........John Sparks - 500 acres

1810 - Thomas Sparks - Balance: 198 acres
...........Same - 52 acres
...........George Sutherland, Ext. John Sparkes to pay - 100 acres
...........Mathew Sparks, deceased - 200 acres

1811 - Thomas Sparks - 222 acres
...........Matthew Sparks, deceased - 200 acres

1812 - Matthew Sparks, deceased - 200 acres - South side of Sandy River
...........Thomas Sparks - 222 acres - Cattail fork Beens Creek

1813 - Thomas Sparks - 222 acres - Cattail fork Beens Creek
...........Matthew Sparks, deceased - 200 acres - S. side Sandy River

1814 - Thomas Sparks - 222 acres - Cattail fork Beens Do. [Creek] - 23 miles southwest of courthouse.
............Matthew Sparks, deceased - 200 acres - S. side Sandy River - 20 miles south of courthouse.

1815 - Matthew Sparks, deceased - 200 acres - S. side (Sandy) River - 20 miles south of courthouse.
...........Thomas Sparks - 222 acres - Cattail fork of Beens Creek - 23 miles southwest of courthouse.

1816 - Thomas Sparks - 222 acres - Cat tail fork of Beens Creek - 23 miles southwest of courthouse.
...........Mathew Sparks, deceased - 200 acres - S. side Sandy River - 20 miles south of courthouse.

1817 - Mathew Sparks, deceased - 200 acres - S. side of Sandy River - 20 miles south-west of courthouse.
...........Thomas Sparks - 27 acres - Sandy River - 18 miles southwest of courthouse

1818 - Thomas Sparks - 27 acres - Sandy River - 18 miles southwest of courthouse
............Mathew Sparks, deceased - 200 acres - s. side Sandy River - 20 miles southwest of courthouse.

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1819 - Mathew Sparks, deceased - 200 acres - S. side Sandy River 20 miles southwest of courthouse
...........Thomas Sparks - 27 acres - Sandy River - 18 miles southwest of courthouse

1820 - Mathew Sparks, deceased - 200 acres - S. side Sandy River 20 miles southwest of courthouse
...........Thomas Sparks 27 acres Sandy River - 18 miles southwest of courthouse

TO BE CONTINUED

(Editor's note: Mr. Johnson will continue his artjcle on the Sparks Family of Pittsylvania in either the December, 1955, or March, 1956, issue of the QUARTERLY. Members who descend from this family are urged to send any data which they may have on the family to Mr. Johnson so that he may incorporate it in his sketch.)

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OBITUARY OF WILLIAM GRANVIL SPARKS

Again we must report the death of a member of the Sparks Family. On June 7, 1955, William Granvil Sparks died at his home in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, being eighty-six years, five months and twelve days of age.

William Granvil Sparks was born on December 26, 1868, near Bloomington, Indiana. When he was a small boy of about ten years, he moved with his parents and brothers and sisters from Indiana to Nebraska, settling on a farm near Beatrice where he grew to manhood. On March 7, 1894, he was united in marriage with Estella Morse, daughter of Wallace and Eliza (Shaman) Morse, at Beatrice, To this union eight children were born: Mrs. Alta Crook (b. 1895) and Mrs. Lucile Miller (b. 1897), both of Scottsbluff; Mrs. Edith Wallin (b. 1899) of Grant, Nebr.; Chester (b. 1902) of Kear ney, Nebr.; Ralph (b. 1905) of Ft. Collins, Col.; Wallace (b. 1908, d. 1930); Norbert (b. 1913) of North Platte, Nebr.; and Mainard (b. 1919) of Denver. At the time of his death, William G. Sparks had twelve grandchildren and fifteen greatgrandchildren.

In 1915 William G. Sparks moved with his family to a farm south of Paxton, Nebr. He spent the next seventeen years on farms in Perkins, Keith, and Lincoln Counties, near Wallace and Sutherland. In 1932 he retired and moved with Mrs. Sparks to North Platte, Nebr. For four years during World War II he served as custodian at Cody School in North Platte where he endeared himself to many children in the community.

He made his covenant with God and was baptized into the Methodist Church. He and his wife both had their membership in the Methodist Church at Scottsbluff, where they moved three years ago. Mrs. Sparks was a man of intellect and was deeply interested in world affairs, His keen sense of humor made him many friends. He was a kind and loving husband and father, and he was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The parents of William Granvil Sparks were William Riley and Barbara (Carter) Sparks. He was the eldest of nine children, his brothers and sisters beings Steven Douglas and Alvin, both of Beatrice; Charlie of North Platte; Murrell of First View, Cola.; John (deceased); Joseph W. (deceased); Mrs. Luala Rossiter of Beatrice; and Mrs, Purmela Craig of Beatrice.

The grandfather of William G. Sparks was Calvin Sparks (b. Dec. 3, 1823, d. July 3 1903, Hoag, Nebr.) who married Mahala Carmichael (b. Apr. 7, l821t, d, Mar. 5, 1910) on Jan. 1, l8L~6, in Monroe County, Indiana. Moving later to Nebraska, Calvin Sparks

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as the first county comissioner in Perkins County. The children of Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks were: William Riley; Tilda Jam; Diella; Lizzie; and Joseph. The daughter Lizzie (Mrs. Lizzie Thompson) is stifl living near Elsie, Nebraska. She is niuety-four years old.

The great-grandfather of Wiilliam G. Sparks was Hardy Sparks who was a native of North Carolina. He moved to Indiana, settling in Monroe County, probabty in the 1820’s. It is believed that he was the Hardy Sparks who married Susanna Brown in Wilkes County, N.C., in 1815 (marriage bond dated Jan. 5, 1815) and who appears on the 1820 census of Wilkes County with two sons (under ten years), himself (between twenty-six and forty-five years), and wife (between sixteen and twenty-six years). He mey also have been the Hardy Sparks who obtained a land grant in Ashe County, N.C., in l824. A grandson of Hardy Sparks (Thomas V. Sparks) stated in a volume published in l884: (History of Morgan, Monroe & Brown Counties, Indiana, Chicago, F. A. Battsy & Co., p. 651) that his grandfather, Hardy Sparks, served in the War of 1812. According to records in the National Archives in Washington, the Hardy Sparks from Wilkes County, N.C., did serve in that war.

A great-granddaughter of Hardy Sparks (Mrs. Jessie Sparks Conder of Stanford, Md.)

gives his wife’s name as Lizzie Brown rather than Susannah Brown, and states that they had seven children:

(1) Allen Sparks, m. Elizabeth Burton, died 1882. Issue (according to his will): William Thomas, Calvin, Sarah Breeden, Eli, and Nancy Jane.

(2) Tilda Sparks, m. Arthur Young. No issue.

(3) William Sparks, b. ca.18l9, m. Betsey (or Nancy ?). Issue: Pad (John ?), Lam (Leonard ?), Betsey, Susie, Nancy Harriett, John, Martin, and Lewis.

(4) Lizzie Sparks, m.Carmichael. Issue: John Calvin, Tild.a Jane, Joseph, Silvester, Wesley, Martha, Martin, Ensley, and William Harrison.

(5) Calvin Sparks (see above).

(6) Henry Sparks, b, April 16, 1829; d.. Aug. 21, 1900, in Monroe County, Md. He married Sallie J. Holder, born 1833, died l911. Issue: Thomas W., John A., Martha E., George N., and Solomon S.

(7) James Sparks, m. ---- Issue: Tilda, John, Mary, Tom, and Mabel.

Mrs. Conder tells us that the first wife of Hardy Sparks died and he married (2d) Martha Motley. By his second wife, Hardy Sparks had eight children, as follows:

(8) John Sparks, m. ----. Issue: Newton, Sarah, Mary, John, Jasper, Henry, George, Laura, Alice, Ida, and Andy,

(9) Alfred Sparks, m. -----. Issue: Emmer (daughter), John, Calvin, Angeline, James, Elvie, Theodore, and Cornelia.

(10) Andy Sparks, m. ----. Issue: John and Daniel.

(11) Mary Ann Sparks, m. -----Nellinger. Issue: Andy, George, Lydia, Martha, and perhaps others.

(12) Martha Sparks, m>.----- Hutchins. Issue: Mary, Jane, Joseph, Calfin, and Lydia.

(13) Merritt Sparks, m. Elinor -----. Issue: James, Alice, and John.

(14) Jane Sparks, m. Dave Weaver. Issue: Frances, John Riley, Newton, Lucinda, Allie (son), Joseph, Sarah, Myrtle, and Jasper.

(15) Joseph Sparks, m. Hannah Carmichael. Issue: Tilda, Ida, Henry, Florence, Rosa, Edgar, and Bessie.

(Editor’s Note: If any of our members descend from this family, we would be very grateful for any additional information which they might send us.)

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MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

In the September, 1953, and September, 1954, issues of the Sparks Quarterly, we listed the new members of The Sparks Family Association. The officers are pleased to report the names of some 140 Sparks descendants who have joined since September, 1954. We are very proud to have a total membership now of over 350 and we are hopeful that the Association will continue to grow.

Bacon, Dr. Mabel N. Sparks, 8816 Mt. Baker Ave., Vancouver, Washington.
Below, Dr. J. L., 318 Second Ave., West, Cullman, Alabama.
Bluemer, Mrs. Elva, 530 Buchanan St., Twin Falls, Idaho.
Brown, Mrs. Betty E., Box 262, Olds, Alberta, Canada.
Byrne, Mrs. J, F., 3816 Kings Way, Sacramento 21, California.
Cartwright, Mrs. Betty Sparks, Drawer Q, San Augustine, Texas.
Cavitt, Hugh Samuel, 3314 Atlantic Street, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Chaney, Mrs. Clara Sparks, 1908 Ave. 0, Lubbock, Texas.
Elliott, Mrs. Margaret Sparks, 19 Whatley St., Lakewood Heights, Atlanta, Georgia.
Ellis, Mrs. R. L., Grundy, Virginia.
Frieze, Mrs. Jewell V., Box 207, Stockton, Missouri.
Gibson, Robert 0., 330 N. 9th, Los Vegas, Nevada.
Giesel, Dr. Roger G., Phelps Apts. 600, 506 East 14th St., Cincinnati 2, Ohio.
Gunn, Clarence, River Road Drive, New Albany, Indiana.
Hadley, J, Marcus, 5614 Franklin St., Whittier, California.
Harris, Mrs. Leonard T., 72 West 14th Place, Chicago Heights, Illinois.
Jackson, Mrs. E. W., 609 Franklin Ave., Moberly, Missouri.
Johnson, Mrs. Livie E., Box 151, London, Kentucky.
Johnson, Mrs. Maggie, Box 75, Clinchoo, Virginia.
King, Mrs. Catherine A., 443 Exchange, Crete, Illinois.
Laverty, Mrs. E. S., 43l0 1/2 No. Keystone Ave., Chicago 41, Illinois.
Lawrence, Mrs. Lucy Sparks, 1825 Calle de Suenos, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Lawrence, Mrs. Marie Sparks, Box 425, San Augustine, Texas.
Lawton, Mrs. Howard, Plymouth, Illinois.
Littrell, Mrs. Minnie M., Hawkeegan Park, Rural. Route 2, Frankfort, Kentucky.
McCurdy, Mrs. Bertha Sparks, 5231 Shearmn Ave., Eagle Rock, California.
McKay, Mrs. H. A., Box 4, Rawlins, Wyoming.
McPherson, Mrs. Jesse Sparks, 856 N. Hawley Ave., Sales, Ohio.
Mallen, Mrs. Hattie Sparks, R.R. 2, Plattsburg, Missouri.
Matthews, Mrs. Mary R. Sparks, 3202 North Fircroft, Covina, California.
Mewhinney, Mrs. Stella McKay, Rogers, Texas.
Miller, Mrs. Margaret R. Sparks, 350 Euclid Ave., Oakland 10, California.
Ramage, Mrs. J, T., Gen\'92l. Bruce Dr., R. 5, Box 123, Temple, Texas.
Reese, Mrs. Susanna Powell Sparks, 856 - 7th St., Ocean City, New Jersey.
Robbins, Mrs. Helen Sparks, 1916 Blue Ridge Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Rode, Mrs. W, B., 125 Wheeler Ave., Los Gatos, California.
Seals, Mildred, 2312 Highland Ave., Apt. 8, Birmingham 5, Alabama.
Selden, Mrs. Claudine Sparks, Drawer Q, San Augustine, Texas.
Sheedy, Mrs. Hattie May Sparks, P.O. Box 1792, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Smith, Mrs. Margaret Sparks, Rt. 1, Box 552c, Alpine, California.
Smith, Mrs. Martha Sparks, 81 President Ave, Providence 6, Rhode Island.
Snyder, Mrs. Clara Sparks, 215 Margaret St., Peoria, Illinois.
Sparkes, Miss J. B., 2091 Scattergood St., Philadelphia, 24, Pennsylvania.
Sparks, Dr. A, R., 12 Gay Place, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Sparks, Archibald J., 4227 W. 104th St., Inglewood 2, California.
Sparks, Arthur, Greenup, Kentucky.
Sparks, Arthur, 1451 Linda Vista Ave., Pasadena 3, California.
Sparks, B. L., 75 McNaughton St., Akron 5, Ohio.
Sparks, Barney C., Route 2, Rogers, Texas.

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Sparks, Beeman R., San Augustine, Texas.
Sparks, Dr. Bernard Iverson, P.O. Box 549, l404 Wilford St., Mayfield, Kentucky.
Sparks, Bob, 112 Reddick Drive, Silver Springs, Maryland.
Sparks, Bradley, 301 North Main St., Greenville, Kentucky.
Sparks, Lt, C, E., Navy No. 100, Box 60, c/o Fleet Post Office, New York, New York.
Sparks, Cecil Caslin, 1639 35th St., Ensley, Alabama.
Sparks, Charles E., 2539 Vermont St., Quincy, Illinois.
Sparks, Charles P., 420 Whitney Blvd., Metarie, Louisiana.
Sparks, Clarence B., 2004 Woodreeve Road, Washington, 18, D.C.
Sparks, Conon W., 4641 South 25th West Ave., Tulsa 7, Oklahoma.
Sparks, Daniel Luthrig, Valentine, Nebraska.
Sparks, David A,, Star Route, Box 14, Ariel, Washington.
Sparks, Deane C., 12759 Pacific Ave., Venice, California.
Sparks, Miss Delphine, 2644 Dwight Way, Berkeley, 4, California.
Sparks, Derril C., Rt. 4, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Sparks, Douglas Wilbur (Dick), c/c Barracks, Palisades Dam, Palisades, Idaho.
Sparks, E. B., Sr., 143 No, Greenwood Ave., Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
Sparks, E. LeRoy, Box 2486, San Augustine, Texas.
Sparks, Earl S., 3186 Atlanta Road, Camden 14, New Jersey.
Sparks, Eddie J., Rt. 6, Box 61, Birmingham, Alabama.
Sparks, Ella L., 114 Minsinger St., Pittsburgh 11, Pennsylvania,
Sparks, Major Enoch P., Japan Ordnance Command, A.P.O. 503, San Francisco, Calif..
Sparks, Ernest N., 1723 Warner Drive, Memphis 7, Tennessee.
Sparks, Ernest R., Drawer Q, San Augustine, Texas.
Sparks, Mrs. Frances, 1202 W. Washington Ave., Santa Ana, California.
Sparks, Frank E., Route 1, Box 217, Little Rock, Arkansas
Sparks, Fred C., 2506 Maplewood Dr., S.E,, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Sparks, Prof. Fred W., 1901 - 16th St., Lubbock, Texas.
Sparks, Miss Gertrude, 128 B. Second St., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Sparks, Grant, 10140 Bridge St., Philadelphia 214, Pennsylvania.
Sparks, Harold Dean, 316 Bird Way, El Paso, Texas.
Sparks, Col. Homer Hudson, 12140 East State St., Sharon, Pennsylvania.
Sparks, Huba E., Wood Road, Box 42, Lyndon, Kentucky.
Sparks, Hugh B., Sparks Pontiac Company, San Augustine, Texas.
Sparks, Mrs. Iva I., 801 High Street, Beatrice, Nebraska.
Sparks, J. S., 3598 Raleigh Frayser Road, Memphis 8, Tennessee.
Sparks, J. W., Jr., Box 6, Cayuga, Texas.
Sparks, James, 5508 McKinley St., Bethesda 14, Maryland.
Sparks, James Douglas, 522 34th St., Ogden, Utah.
Sparks, James 0., R.R. 2, Edinburg, Illinois.
Sparks, James V., Pleasant Valley, Fairmont, West Virginia.
Sparks, Jane, 763 W, Kirk Place, San Antonio, Texas.
Sparks, Jerimy N., Box 184 L.V.S.R., Lucerne Valley, California.
Sparks, Jess W., 1657 252nd St,, Harbor City, California.
Sparks, John, 10409 Muir Place, Kensington, Maryland.
Sparks, John Irvin, 4922 Spaulding St., Omaha, Nebraska.
Sparks, John L., R.F.D. 1, Brattleboro, Vermont.
Sparks, LaVorn G., 1953 Pontius Ave., Los Angeles 25, California.
Sparks, Lee M., R.R. 4, Roherds Lake, Faribault, Minnesota.
Sparks, Col. Leonard C., 2022 Columbia Road, N.W., Washington 9, D.C.
Sparks, Lewis P., 4508 Orange Dr., Louisville, Kentucky.
Sparks, Mrs. Lillian, 4110 Lincoln Ave., Culver City, California.
Sparks, Lowell Haskell, Box 40, Bourbonnais, Illinois.
Sparks, Martan J., 137 So, Fairfax St., Alexandria, Virginia.
Sparks, Marion, Fielden, Kentucky. Sparks, Martin, Sarah, Kentucky.
Sparks, Morris Connell, c/o Eli Lilly & Co., 740 S. Alabama, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sparks, Dorothy, 2053 Eleanore Drive, Glendale 6, California.

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Sparks, Otho O. , 8221 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 46, California.
Sparks, Dr. Paul Reed, 102 W. Broad St., Burlington, New Jersey.
Sparks, Mrs. Pearl A,, 9866 Lawlor St., Oakland 5, California.
Sparks, Peter W., Box 114, Bladensburg, Maryland.
Sparks, Purd W., R.F.D. 1, Tupelo, Mississippi.
Sparks, R. C., 108 - 10 Ave. U, Birmingham 8, Alabama.
Sparks, Ralph C., 314. Westhill Place, San Antonio, Texas.
Sparks, Reuben K., Woodward, Oklahoma.
Sparks, Richard Frederick, 4805 Harwood Drive, Des Moines 12, Iowa.
Sparks, Robert G,, Star Route, Bovina, Texas.
Sparks, Robert O., Box 5114, Columbia, South Carolina.
Sparks, Robert S., 5752 Valley Oak Drive, Hollywood 28, California.
Sparks, Mrs. Rose, 8214 North Orlando Ave., Los Angeles, California.
Sparks, Ruth A,, 1844 Kieber St., Pittsburgh 12, Pennsylvania.
Sparks, Mrs. Ruth M., 5066 Debby Drive, San Diego 15, California.
Sparks, Stella, 321 North Washington St., Falls Church, Virginia.
Sparks, Van J., 5623 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri.
Sparks, Col. Verne, 2681 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida.
Sparks, Walter E., 4027 E. McMillan St., Compton, California.
Sparks, Walter Edward, 1429 21st Place, Santa Monica, California.
Sparks, Warren G., 88 Spy Pond Parkway, Arlington 74, Massachusetts.
Sparks, William Clark, P.O. Box 633, Tyler, Texas.
Sparks, William E., 239 Briar Hill Lane, Woodbury, New Jersey.
Sparks, William Newell, 237 South Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, Ca1ifornia.
Sparks, William Reubin, R.F.D. 3, Columbus, Kansas.
Sparks, William S., 2035 Chalfant St., Pittsburgh 21, Pennsylvania.
Sparks, WIlliam W., 4502 Maryland St., San Diego 16, California.
Vice, Mrs. Elizabeth, 3530 N. Olney St., Indianapolis 18, Indiana.
Wade, Mrs. Lizzie Sparks, 1109 Duncan Ave., Anniston, Alabama.
Wall, Clifford Sparks, 1421 E. 14th St., Long Beach 12, California.
Weaver, Mrs. Frances Sparks, Box 532, San Augustine, Texas.
Webb, Mrs. Hazel Sparks, 1608 Weber Road, Columbus 11, Ohio.
Williams, Pearl Sparks, 844 Ogden St., Denver, Colorado.

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SPARKS FAMILIES IN TENNESSEE -- 1820 and 1830

Compiled by William Perry Johnson

The 1790 and 1800 census schedules for the state of Tennessee are lost, as are those for 1810, except for that of Rutherford County. Also, the 1820 census for the following Tennessee counties has been destroyed: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Orainger, Greene, Hawkins, Hamilton, Jefferson, Knox, McMirin, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Sullivan, and Washington. The 1820 census for the following Tennessee countIes has been preserved: Bedford, Davidson, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Hardin, Hickman, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lincoln, Maury, Montgomery, Overton, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Shelby, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson, and Wilson. Sparks familIes were living in eight of the foregoing twenty-five Tennessee counties in 1820 as listed on page 90.

In all federal census records before 1850, only the name of the head of the family is given. The household, including the head, is then enumerated by sex and age. In the 1820 census, the males were enumerated in six different age groups while the females were listed in five. Usually the head of the family

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appears as the oldest male, the oldest female is usually his wife, and the younger members are ordinarily his children. One must keep in mind, however, that the parents, nephews and nieces, hired men and women, etc., were living in the household at the time the census was taken, they too would be listed as part of the family. One can never be positive, therefore, of the relationship of the various members of a given household.

Sparks Families Listed on the 1820 Census of Tennessee


 
  Males Females
   0-10  10-16  16-18 18-26 26-45 45-up 0-10 10-16 16-26 26-45 45-up

Davidson, County
     John Sparks 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0

Dickson County
     Samuel Sparks 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0

Franklin County
     Joseph Sparks 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
     William Sparks 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0

Hickman County
     Hardy Sparks 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
     Jesse Sparks 2 2 0 0 0 1 4 1 1 1 0

Humphreys County
     John Sparks 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
     Isaac Sparks 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0
     Bailey Sparks 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 1 1

Lincoln County
David Sparks 1 2 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 1

Warren County
George Sparks 1 1 0 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 0

Wilson County
Nathaniel Sparks 2 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0

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The 1830 census has been preserved for all of the sixty-two counties that were in Tennessee in 1830. Twenty-seven different Sparks families (with a total of 198 men, women, and children, living in these households) were listed in fifteen of these sixty-two Tennessee counties in 1830. The method of enumerating families in the 1830 census differed from that of 1820 only in that there was a larger number of age groups. The number given in parenthesis following each name is the number of the page on which this name appears.

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Sparks Families Listed on the 1830 Census of Tennessee


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Bedford County
....Robert Sparks (p. 2)  . 1   1 1
....Edmond Sparks (p. 118)  . 2 2 1   1 1 1
....Mat. B. Sparks (p. 118) 1 1 1  .    . 1 1 1
Blount County
...Absolom Sparks (p. 74) 1 1  . 1   1 1
...Peterson Sparks (p. 106)  .  .  .  . 1   1 . 1
...Peterson Sparks (p. 110) 1  .  .  .  .  .   1 1
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Carroll County
.....Isaac Sparks, Jr. (p. 12) 1 1 2   1 1
.....Hardy Sparks (p. 26) 1 1 1 1   2 1
.....Baily Sparks (p. 28) 1 1 1   4 2 1 1
.....Isaac Sparks, Sr. (p. 78) 1 1 1 1 1   1   2 2 1 1
Claiborne County
.....James Sparks (p. 66) 1 1   1 1
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Franklin County
...Sollomon Sparks (p. 126) 1 1   3 1 1 .
Hardeman County
.....William Sparks (p. 61) 1 1   3 1
.....David Sparks (p. 63) 1   1 1  .  .  .  .  .  .
.....Ephraim Sparks (p.69) 1 1 1 1   1 2 1 1 1
Henderson County
.....John Sparks (p. 8) 1 1   2 1 2 1
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Hickman County
.....Jesse Sparks (p. 32) 1 1 2 1   1 1 2 1 1
McMinn County
.....William Sparks (p. 138) 1 1   1 1
Madison County
.....Daniel Sparks (p. 64) 1   1  .  . 1 .
.....David Sparks (p. 66) 1 1 1   2 1
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Perry County
.....Saml. Sparks (p. 66) 1 1   1 1
Roane County
.....Abijah Sparks (p. 24) 1 2 1  . 1   3 2 1
.....Richard Sparks (p. 26) 3 1 1 1   1 2 1

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Sparks Families Listed on the 1830 Census of Tennessee, Continued
 
Shelby County
.....J. Sparks (p. 85) 1   2 1
.....J. Sparks (p. 85) 3 1 1 1   1  . 1
White County
.....William Sparks (p. 140) 1 1  . 1 2 1   1 2 1 1
Wilson County
.....Nathan Sparks (p. 66) 1 1 1 2 1 1 1   2 3 1 1 1 1

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QUERY

Miss Gertrude Sparks, 128 E. Second St., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, would like to correspond with any member who has information relative to the ancestry of George Sparks, Sr., who settled in the 1780's in Hopewell Twp., Washington County, Pennsylvania. His will was probated there in 1806, naming wife Mary, eldest son Salathiel Sparks (born 1756, to Adams Co., Ohio, in l804, where he died July 20, 1823), son William Bostwick Sparks, son Solomon Sparks (born Nov. 15, 1767, died March 19, 1838, in Adams Co., Ohio; married Catherine Hillegas), daughter Mary Buxton (wife of Jacob Buxton), and son James Sparks (to Mississippi Territory).

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SKRAPS

In the article entitled "Colonel William C. Sparks and His Descendants" which appeared in the June, 1955, issue of the QUARTERLY there is an error. The death date given for Elijah Sparks (born 1868) son of Samuel Alexander Sparks, was mistakenly given as 1897. Elijah Sparks lived until 1951. John Sparks of l0409 Muir Place, Kensington, Maryland, has provided an additional note of interest to this same article. He reports that Clarence Sparks (1873-1919), son of William Crain Sparks, Jr., had three children by his second wife, Mamie Carter, as follows:

(1)William S. Sparks, born Dec. 21, 1900, in Bartlett, Texas, now lives in New York City and is Vice President of R.C.A. He married in 1922, Sarah Hadis.

(2) Jeannette Sparks, born Dec. 27, 1902, in Bartlett, Texas, now lives in Washington, D.C.

(3) John Sparks, born June 23, l904, in Waco, Texas, married in 1933, H. Elizabeth Fritts, who was born in White Post, Virginia, in 1911. They have one daughter, Sydney Elizabeth Sparks, born in Washington, D.C., on July 17, 1937.

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