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. IV, NO. 1 MARCH, 1956  WHOLE NO. 13a

 
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THE SPARKS FAMILY OF PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Compiled by

William Perry Johnson

(Continued from Vol. III, No. 3, Whole No. 11, page 85)

The previous installment of this article included a listing of all Sparkses given on the land tax lists of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, from 1782 to 1820. Compare that listing with the following, which is a listing of all Sparkses given on the personal property tax lists of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, from 1782 to 1820:

Property Tax Lists
 

1782 -  Matthew Sparks 1 white tithe over 21; 1 horse; 6 cattle
Thomas Sparks 1 same ; 4 horses; 7 cattle
Matthew Sparks 1 same ; 3 horses; 7 cattle
Thomas Sparks 1 same ; 3 horses; 6 cattle
Ellender Sparks 0 same ; 1 horse; 7 cattle

 
1783 -  Matthew Sparks 1 white tithe over 21;  1 horse ; 5 cattle
Thomas Sparks 1 same ; 2 horses; 8 cattle
Ellenor Sparks 0 same ; 2 horses; 6 cattle
Matthew Sparks 1 same ; 2 horses; 5 cattle
Thomas Sparks 0 same ; 2 horses; 5 cattle
Leanard Sparks 0 same ; 1 horse; 4 cattle

 
1784 -  Matthew Sparks 1 white tithe over 21; 1 horse; 4 cattle
Leonard Sparks 1 same ; 2 horses; 4 cattle
Thomas Sparks 1 same ; 1 horse; 6 cattle
Matthew Sparks 1 same ; 1 horse; 4 cattle
Matthew Sparks 1 same ; 0 horses; 3 cattle
ThomasSparks 1 same ; 3 horses; 10 cattle
Thomas Sparks 1 same ; 0 horses; 0 cattle

 
1785 - Thomas Sparks 1 white tithe over 21;  3 horses; 8 cattle
Thomas Sparks, Sr. 1 same ; 2 horses; 5 cattle
Thomas Sparks, Jr 0 same ; 1 horse; 0 cattle
Matthew Sparks 1 same ; 2 horses; 5 cattle

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association
Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 B. Hite Ave., Louisville 6, Kentucky
Oral A. Sparks, Vice-President, R.F.D., Clio, Iowa
Melva (Sparks) Bidlack, Secy.-Treas., 1131 Granger Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich.
William Perry Johnson, Historian-Genealogist, Box 531, Raleigh, N .C.
Russell B. Bidlack, Editor, 1131 Granger Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich.

Membership in The Sparks Family Association is open to all persons connected in any way with the Sparks family, whether by blood, marriage, or adoption, and especially to those interested in genealogical and historical research. Membership falls into three classes: active, contributing, and sustaining. Active membership dues are one dollar per year; contributing membership dues are two dollars per year; and sustaining membership dues are any amount over two dollars. All members, whether active, contributing, or sustaining, receive THE SPARKS QUARTERLY as it is published in March, June, September, and December. Libraries, genealogical and historical societies, and individuals may subscribe to the QUARTERLY, without joining the Association, at the rate of one dollar per year.


 
 
1786 -  Mathew Sparks  1 white tithe over 21; 2 horses; 6 cattle
Thomas Sparks 1 same; 2 horses; 3 cattle
Samuel Sparks 1 same ; 2 horses; 4 cattle
Leonard Sparks 1 same ; 2 horses; 3 cattle
Josiah Sparks 1 same ; 2 horses; 4 cattle
Mathew Sparks 1 same; 1 horse; 4 cattle
Thomas Sparks 0 same; 2 horses; 8 cattle

 
1787 -  Mathew Sparks -- ;  (Names of white tithes over 21 Mathew Sparks)
1 white above 16 and under 21;  3 horses; 9 cattle
Leonard Sparks --  (Names of white tithes over 21; Leonard Sparks)
1 white above 16 and under 21; 2 horses; 1 cattle 
Thomas Sparks --  (Names of white tithes over 21; Thomas Sparks)
1 white above 16 and under 21;  3 horses; 3 cattle 
Mathew Sparks --  (Names of white tithes over 21; Mathew Sparks)
1 white above 16 and under 21; 1 horses; 6 cattle
Thomas Sparks -- (Names of white tithes over 21; Thomas Sparks)
1 white above 16 and under 21; 3 horses; 6 cattle
Elenor Sparks --  Names of white tithes over 21; ( None)
1 white above 16 and under 21; 1 horse; 5 cattle
Josiah Sparks --  (Names of white tithes over 21;  Josiah Sparks)
1 white above 16 and under 21; 1 horses; 0 cattle

 
1788 - Lenard Sparkes 1 white male above 16; 3 horses
John Sparkes 1 same ; 1 horse
Thomas Sparkes, Sr. 1 same ; 3 horses
Matthew Sparkes 1 same ; 4 horses
Thomas Sparkes, Jr. 1 same ; 1 horse
Josiah Sparkes  1 same ; 1 horse
Ellener Sparkes 0 same ; 1 horse
Matthew Sparkes, Jr. 1 same; 2 horses
Samuel Sparkes 1 same; 1 horse

 
1789 -  Lenard Sparkes  1 white male above 16; 1 horse
Matthew Sparkes 1 same ; 3 horses
Thomas Sparkes  1 same; 2 horses 
Josiah Sparkes 1 same ; 1 horse
Ellenare Sparkes 0 same ; 1 horse
Samuel Sparkes 1 same ; 1 horse

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1790 - Matthew Sparks 1 white male above 16; 4 horses
  Thomas Sparks same;  2 horses
  Josiah Sparks same;  1 horse
  Ellenor Sparks same;  2 horses
Lenard Sparks same; 2 horses

 
1791 - Lenard Sparks 1 white male above 16; 1 horse
Josiah & Elenor Sparks same; 4 horses
Thomas Sparks same; 3 horses
Matthew Sparks same; 3 horses

 
1792 -  Matthew Sparkes 1 white male above 16; 3 horses
  Josiah Sparks same;  1 horse
  Thomas Sparkes same;  3 horses
  John Sparkes same;  1 horse
       
1793 - Matt. Sparks 1 white male above 16; 4 horses
  Thomas Sparks same;  2 horses
  Josiah Sparks same;  3 horses
       
1794 -  Thomas Sparkes 1 white male above 16; 2 horses
  Mathew Sparkes same;  4 horses
  Josiah Sparkes same;  1 horse
  Ellenor Sparkes same;  1 horse
       
1795 - Matthew Sparks 1 white male above 16; 5 horses
  Josiah Sparks same;  1 horse
  Ellanor Sparks same;  1 horse
  Thomas Sparks same;  3 horses

 
1796 - Matt. Sparks, "d ferd" 2 white males over 16; 3 horses
  Revd. Thomas Sparks 1 same;  2 horses
  Josiah Sparks same:  2 horses
       
1797 -  Matthew Sparkes 1 white male over 16; 4 horses
Revd. Thos. Sparks same; 2 horses
Josiah Sparks same;  1 horse
Ellonor Sparks 0 same; 1 horse

 
1798 -  Revd. Thomas Sparks 1 white male over 16; 2 horses
  Ellinor Sparks 0 same;  1 horse
  Mathew Sparks 2 same;  3 horses
       
1799 -  Mathew Sparks 2 white males over 16; 4 horses
  Revd. Thomas Sparks 1 same;  2 horses
  Elliner Sparks 0 same;  1 horse

 
1800 -  Ellinor Sparks 0 white males over 16; 1 horse
  Revd. Thomas Sparks 1 same;  2 horses
Matthew Sparks 2 same; 4 horses

 
1801 -  Matthew Sparks 1 white male over 16;  4 horses
  Rev. Thomas Sparks  2 same;  2 horses

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1802 -  Mathew Sparks 1 white male over 16; 3 horses
  Brooks Sparks 1 same  1 horse
[Note: "Brooks Sparks"  and "Matthew B. Sparks" are the same person.]
Revt. Thomas Sparks 2 same; 2 horses

 
1803 - Revt. Thomas Sparks 1 white male over 16; 2 horses
  Matthew Sparks 2 same  4 horses
       
1804 -  Matthew Sparks 2 white males over 16; 4 horses
  Matthew B. Sparks 1 same;  1 horse
  Matthew Sparks, Jr. 1 same;  1 horse
  Revd. Thomas Sparks 0 same;  3 horses
       
1805 -  Revd. Thomas Sparks 0 white males over 16; 2 horses
  Matthew Sparks, Sr. 2 same;  2 horses
  Matthew B. Sparks 1 same;  0 horses
       
1806 -  Matthew B. Sparks 1 white male over 16; 1 horse
  Revd. Thomas Sparks 0 same;  3 horses
  Matthew Sparks & son 2 same;  2 horses
       
1807 - Mathew Sparks 1 white male over 16; 1 horse
  Mathew Sparks, Jr. 1 same;  1 horse
  Rev. T. Sparks & sons 2 same;  1 horse
       
1808 -  Tax List Missing    
       
1809 -  Brooks Sparks 1 white male over 16; 1 horse
  Revd. Thomas Sparks 2 same;  3 horses
  Matthew Sparks 1 same;  1 horse
  John Sparks 1 same;  0 horses
       
1810 -  Rev. T Sparks & Sons 3 white males over 16; 4 horses
  Mathew B. Sparks 1 same;  1 horse
  John Sparks 1 same;  1 horse
  Keziah Sparks & Son 1 same;  3 horses
       
1811 -  Rev. T Sparks & Son  1 white male over 16; 4 horses
  Matthew Sparks 1 same;  1 horse
  John Sparks 1 same;  1 horse
  Matthew B. Sparks 1 same;  1 horse
       
1812 -  John Sparks 1 white male over 16; 1 horse
  Matthew B. Sparks 1 same;  1 horse
  Matthew Sparks 1 same;  0 horses
  Tilleston Sparkes 1 same;  1 horse
       
1813 -  John Sparks 1 white male over 16; 0 horses
  Thomas Sparks 1 same;  2 horses
  Matthew B. Sparks 1 same;  1 horse
       
1814 -  Thomas Sparks, Jr. 1 white male over 16; 1 horse
  Rev T Sparks & 2 Sons 2 same;  4 horses
  Matthew B. Sparks 1 same;  1 horse
  Edmund Sparks 1 same;  0 horses

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1815 -  [This tax list includes furniture, etc.; I have copied only "whites over 16". WPJ]

  John Sparks 1 white male over 16  
  Thomas Sparks 1 same   
  Mathew B. Sparks 1 same   
  Edmond Sparks 2 same   
  Mathew Sparks 1 same   

 
1816 -  Thomas Sparks (Revd) 1 white male over 16  
  Matthew B. Sparks 1 same   
  Edmund Sparks 2 same   
  John Sparks 1 same   
       
1817 -  Mathew B. Sparks 1 white male over 16  
Edmond Sparks 1 same   
  Revd. Thomas Sparks 0 same   
  Adison Sparks 1 same   
  Thomas Sparks, Jr. 1 same   
       
1818 -  Thomas Sparks 1 white male over 16  
  Adderson Sparks 1 same   
  Revd. Thomas Sparks 0 same   
  Matthew B. Sparks 1 same   
  Edmond Sparks 1 same   
       
1819 - Edmd. Sparks 1 white male over 16   
  John Sparks 1 same   
  Mathew B. Sparks 1 same   
  Revd. Thomas Sparks 0 same   
  Addison Sparks 1 same   
  Thos. Sparks 1 same   
       
1820 - Mathew B. Sparks 1 white male over 16  
  Edmond Sparks 1 same   
  Revd. Thomas Sparks 0 same   

Matthew Sparks, Jr., was taxed on a slave in 1788, and Rev. Thomas Sparks was taxed on a slave in 1810, but for the most part the Sparkses of Pittsylvania County, Va., were not slave owners.

Census Records

The 1790, 1800, and 1810 Federal census schedules for Pittsylvania Co., Va., have been lost. Below are the Sparkses found on the 1820, 1830, 1840 and1850 Federal census schedules for Pittsylvania County.
 
 
 

1820 Census: (p.773) Matthew B. Sparks 2 males 10 to 16 years old
    1 male 26 to 45 years old
    2 females under 10 years old
    1 female 10 to 16 years old
    1 female 16 to 26 years old
    1 female 26 to 45 years old

 

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1820 Census (Continued)
 

(p.773)  Edmond Sparks 4 males under 10 years old
    2 males 10 to 16 years old
    1 male 18 to 26 years old
1 male 26 to 45 years old

 
    1 female 10 to 16 years old
    1 female 26 to 45 years old
    1 female over 45 years old
     
  Thomas Sparks 2 males under 10 years old
    1 male 26 to 45 years old
    1 female 26 to 45 years old
     
(p. 781)  Thomas Sparks, Sr. 1 male 26 to 45 years old
    3 females over 45 years old
     
1830 Census: (p. 27) Matthew Sparks 1 male under 5 years old
    3 males 5 to 10 years old
    1 male 40 to 50 years old
    1 female under 5 years old
    1 female 5 to 10 years old
    1 female 10 to 15 years old
    1 female 30 to 40 years old
     
(p.123)  Thomas Sparks (SC) 1 male under 5 years old
    2 males 10 to 15 years old
    1 male 30 to 40 years old
    2 females under 5 years old
    1 female 5 to 10 years old
    1 female 40 to 50 years old
    1 female 80 to 90 years old
     
1840 Census: (p.115) Mathew Sparks 1 male 5 to 10 years old
    2 males 10 to 15 years old
    2 males 15 to 20 years old
    1 male 50 to 60 years old
    1 female 10 to 15 years old
    2 females 15 to 20 years old
    1 female 40 to 50 years old
     
(p.123)  Thomas Sparks 1 male 5 to 10 years old
    1 male 10 to 15 years old
    1 male 15 to 20 years old
    1 male 40 to 50 years old
    1 female under 5 years old
    1 female 10 to 15 years old
    2 females 15 to 20 years old
    1 female 20 to 30 years old
    1 female 40 to 50 years old

 
 
1850 Census:          
    Age Occupation Birth Place  
(p.85) 266-266 Pinckney A. Sparks 30  Laborer Virginia  
  Mary Sparks 25         "   
  Armstead Sparks        "   

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1850 Census (continued)   Age Occupation Birthplace Property
(p.86) Sandy Sparks 25 Laborer Virginia  
  (living with family of Robert W. Williams)
           
(p.87) Thomas Sparks 50 Laborer Virginia  
  Nancy Sparks 51        "   
  Susan W. Sparks 25        "   
  Sandy I. Sparks 22 (male)      "   
  Jane Sparks 19        "   
  Matthew Sparks 16 Farmer      " 
  Mary Sparks 13        "   
           
(p.106) Jesse Cook 80 Farmer Maryland $350
  Milton sparks 25   Virginia  
  Martha Sparks 35        "   
  Nancy Wilson 17        "   
  William Sparks 2        "   

Marriage Bonds

The nineteen Sparks marriage bonds on record in Pittsylvania County are listed below in chronological order:

4 Oct. 1788 - True Love Sparks and Jane Sparks - Martha Sparks, mother of Jane.
14 Aug.1792 - John Sparks and Cathrine Baggerly - David Baggerly, bondsman.
7 Jan. 1794 - Josiah Sparks and Susanna Phillips - Thomas Phillips, father of Susanna.
22 Dec. 1800 - David Gunn and Eleanor Sparks - Matthew (his MS mark) Sparks, bondsman
28 Nov. 1802 - Mathew Sparks and Nancy Sutton - William Booth, bondsman.
27 Nov.1804 - Edmund Sparks and Patsy Wright - Nathan Sparks, bondsman.
1807 - (date of registration) - John Sparks and Judah Dodson.
1809 - David Baggerly and Thaly Sparks - Thomas Sparks, father of Thaly.
2 Jan. 1811 - William Duncan and Jinney Sparks - John Sparks, bondsman.
15 Apr. 1811 - John Were and Nancy Sparks - Edward Murphy, bondsman.
19 Aug. 1816 - Addison Sparks and Polly Watts - Levi Watts, bondsman.
28 Dec. 1818 - Mathew Sparks and Mary Vaughan - William Vaughan, father of Mary.
15 Nov. 1819 - John Sparks and Abigal Sparks - Signed by Caty Sparks.
18 Jan. 1820 - Lemuel Norton and Slender Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Sparks.
16 Nov. 1829 - Thomas Sparks and Mary Ann Booth - Signed by Nancy Booth.
5 Nov. 1847 - Pinkney A. Sparks and Mary Ann Booker - John Booker, bondsman.
22 Aug. 1848 - William A. Soyars and Martha Ann Sparks - Thomas Sparks, father of Martha Ann.
24 Nov. 1851 - Christopher Johnson and Susanna Sparks - Thomas Sparks, bondsman.
21 Dec. 1854 - James A. Thomas and Keziah Jane Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Nancy Sparks - Benjamin Thomas, bondsman.

Wills

There is a record of only one Sparks devisor in Pittsylvania County - Will of Mary A. Sparks, 1872 (Will Book W, page 388) naming Martha V. and Armistead W. Sparks.

Keziah, Jean (Jane), and Eleanor Sparks are named as devisees, as follows:

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(Will Book D & W 11, page 256) Will of John Stone, written 1798, probated 1803, names, among others, wife Jean (Jane), daughter Keziah Sparks and granddaughters Jean Sparks and Eleanor Sparks.

(Will Book W 2, page 12) Will of Daniel Price, written 1845, probated 1846, names, among others, Keziah Sparks \'93who now resides in my family,t1 and bequeaths)

(Will Book W 2, page 20) Will of John P. Price, written and probated 1846, names, among others, Keziah Sparks.

Court Records

{ Pittsylvania County Court Order Books show the following Sparks intestate records:

(Book 4, page 305, dated April 1780) Theophilus Sparks, dectd., John Justice, administrator.

(Book 14, page 433, dated Dcc. 1810) Adams Sutherland is appointed curator of estate of Hezekiah Sparks, dectd.; Matthew B. Sparks, administrator.

Other Sparks data in the early Court Order Books are as follows:

(Book 3, page 99, dated May 1788) Lawsuit, Ellenor Sparks agst. John Norton. (Suit dismissed).

(Book 4, page 391, dated Feb. 1782) "Thomas Sparks and John Gossett producing a reoommendation from the Elders of the Methodist Church as Ministers of that Society are hereby authorized and empowered to joyn together in holy Matrimony any persons within this County agreeable to an Act of Assembly in that case made and provided. (In Book 5, page 398, dated Dec. 1785, the foregoing authorization is renewed.)

(Book 5, page 401, dated Jan. 1787) Ordered that the overseers of the parish of Cambden in this County do bind out Samuel Sparks [and 7 others] in such manner as the Law directs.

(Book 6, page 52, dated March 1788) Sparks vs. Norton, defendant pay costs.

(Book 6, page 302, dated Aug. 1789) John Jones agst. Samuel Sparks (defendant's note for 2 Pounds and 11 Pence).

(Book 7, page 343, dated May 1794) Whitfield Smith agst. Leonard Sparks.

(Book 9, page 123, dated June 1799) On the Motion of Thomas Sparkes for Leave to build a Water Grist Mill on Beans Creek in this county, It is Ordered that the Clerk issue a Writ of Adquode Dann--(?) commanding the sheriffs to Summon a Jury to meet upon the Lands whereon the said Thomas Sparks purposes building his said Mill and Dam, on the 10th day of next month to execute the Same as the Law directs.

In 1800 in Pittsylvania County, one David Gunn obtained a license to marry Eleanor Sparks, with Mathow Sparks as bondsman. The following items may aid in establishing the parentage of this couple. The Gunns wore not landowners in Pittsylvania County, probably because they had occupations that did not require land. Elisha Gunn is evidently the father of David, for he appeared in Pittsylvania County Order Books as early as 1774 and past 1800. David and Elisha Gunn appeared together in 1803. Also in 1803 the following lawsuit was recorded: George Adams, surviving partner of George Adams & Co., for benefit of David Rice, agst. David Gunn, Matthew Sparks, Jr., and Sarah Sparks. Debt - 5 Pounds, 13 Shillings and 3 Pence, plus interest. A Valentine Gunn appeared on record in 1794.

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Deeds

Many Sparks deeds were recorded in Pittsylvania Deed Books. The very earliest deed was given in the first instalment of this article (page 82). Abstracts of the others, arranged chronologically, are given below:

(Deed Book 5, page 245) 15 Aug. 1781 - Edward Sparks of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to Robert Payne - 160 pounds - 559 acres (where Edward Sparks now lives) on waters of Ratledges Creek, including the land sd Sparks purchased of Gilbert Bynum and adj. the same. Signed by mark. Wit. Robert Burton, Robt. Harrison, Jno. McLance. Proven 19 Feb. 1732.

(Deed Book 7, page 555) 3 June 1786 - Thomas Robison of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to Samuel Sparks of same - 5 pounds - 100 acres beginning on Thomas Roberson's line. Signed by Thomas Robison and (wife) Catherine Robison. (No witnesses) Proven 16 Jan. 1786.

(Deed Book 8, page 403) 22 Sept. 1788 - Thomas Sparks of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to David Shelton - 40 pounds - 80 acres on both sides of Stuards Creek, beginning at a white oak on the creek. Signed by Thos. Sparks and (wife) Elizabeth her X mark Sparks. Witnesses: James Garner, William Vincent, Leonard Sparks. Proven 18 May 1789.

(Deed Book 8, page 401) 30 Oct. 1783 - Samuel Sparks of Pittsylvania Ce., Va., to Thomas Norton of same - 30 pounds - 100 acres on Reeds Spring branch, beginning at a Spanish oak. Sigued by Samuel his X mark Sparks, and (wife) Rachel Sparks. Witnesses: Samuel Harvey, Leonard Sparks, Mathew Sparks, John Baggerly. Proven 18 May 1789.

(Deed Book 8, page 379) 1 Nov. 1788 - Thomas Sparks, Sr., to Simon Adams - 150 pounds - 300 acres on north side of Sandy River (where Mathew Sparks now lives), beginning at a white oak on the river. Signed by name. Witnesses: Danl. Tompkins, Thos. Smith, John Baggerly, Leonard Murray. Proven 16 Feb. 1789.

(Deed Book B, page 400) 22 Nov. 1788 - Thomas Sparks, Sr., of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to John Beggarly of same - 100 pounds - 94 acres on south side of Sandy River, beginning at a red oak on the river. Signed by name. Witnesses: Samuel Harvey, Thomas his X mark Horton, Leonard Sparks. Proven 18 May 1789.

(Deed Book 8, page 405) 22 Nov. 1788 - Thomas Sparks of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to Leonard Sparks of same - 100 pounds - (acreage not given) - beginning at a forked Chestnut (adj. David Satton). Signed by name. Witnesses: Samuel Harvey, Thomas his X mark Norton, John Baggerly. Proven 18 May 1789.

(Deed Book 10, page 97) 9 April 1794 - John Stone, Sr., of Pittsylvanla Co., Pa., to Mathew Sparks of same - 25 pounds - 100 acres where Bazel Scott formerly lived. Signed by mark. Witnesses: Richard Bennatt, Joshua Homer, Thomas his X mark Sparks. Proven 15 Dec. 1794.

(Deed Book 10, page 436) Bond to Gov. Robert Brooke, Esqr. - Littlebery and John Gwin and Mathew Sparks to build a bridge across Sandy Creek. Proven 19 Sept. 1796.

(Deed Book 14, page 141) 24 Jan. 1804 - Thomas Sparks of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to Peter Wilson of same - $52 - 52 acres on Beans Creek Mountain (a grant to sd. Thomas Sparks) - adj. McGuff(ord's?), Drury Pulliam, Davis, Price, Trahern. Signed by name. Witnesses: Ro. Harrison, Samuel Trahern, Will Harrison, Mathew Sparks. Proven 17 Sept. 1804.

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(Deed Book 16, page 299) 15 April 1809 - Thomas Sparks & Eliz. Sparks of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to Henry W. Norton of same - 50 pounds - 101 acres on branches of Beens Creek - adj. Watson's Meeting House, sd. Thomas Sparks, sd. Norton, John Norton, incl. the Mtg. House. Both Thomas and Elizabeth Sparks signed by name. Witnesses: Mathew Sparks, Wm. Norton, Jacob his X mark Norton, Asbuary his X mark Norton. Proven 17 April 1809.

(Deed Book 17, page 245) 24 Oct. 1810 - Thomas Sparks of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to David Beggarly of same - $100 - 58 acres - ad,j. John Gwin, Thomas Sparks's old plat. Signed by name. Witnesses: David his X mark Gunn, Mathew Sparks, Henry Beggerly, Tilliston Sparks. Proven 18 Feb. 1811.

(Deed Book 17, page 483) 12 July 1811 - The children of Matthew Sparks, dec'd. (who married Kezia Stone, dec'd.), namely: Mathew B. Sparks and wife Pansy; Edmund Sparks and wife Patsey; John Sparks and wife Judy; Jane Sparks, wife of William Dunken; Nelly Sparks; Nancy Sparks, wife of John Ware; and Thomas Sparks; all of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to Adam Sutherlin - $350 - their shares in deceased parents' lands.

(Deed Book 18, page 342) 13 Nov. 1813 - Thomas Sparks of 1st part, Robert Payne of 2nd, & John Wilson of 3rd part - Thomas Sparks is indebted to sd. John Wilson 73 Pounds, 5 Shillings and l 1/2 Pence - to be paid on or before 25 Dec. 1814 - per bond dated 20 June 1812 - $1.00 - 162 acres - adj. Wm. Gammons, George Adams - also 1 desk, 1 book case, 1 cart and 1 pair of steers. Signed:Thomas Sparks, Re. Payne, Jno. Wilson. Witnesses: Robert Wilson, Peter Tiffin, Geo. Wilson. Proven 15 Nov. 1813. (Deed of Trust)

(Deed Book 20, page 32) 10 June 1816 - Thos. Sparks of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to Peyton Lumpkin of same - $70 - 23 acres, being the tract of land owned by my father and mother, Mathew & Kesiah Sparks, it being my part of the sd. land - on Sandy River, adj. John Wilson, John Adams & Peyton Lumpkin. Signed by mark. Witnesses: Nath. Wilson, John Noble, John Ross, John Hanson, Selby Benson, Littleberry Gwin. Proven 17 June 1816.

(Deed Book 20, page 173) 2 Jan. 1816 - Thomas Sparks and Elizabeth his wife, of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to Clement McDonald of same - 133 Pounds, 4 Shillings - 122 acres on waters of Banes Creek. Signed by name. Witnesses: Absolum Harrison, Richard Harrison, Peter Cahall. Proven 16 Sept. 1816, acknowledged by Thomas Sparks "with certificate and relinquishment of Dower of Elizabeth Sparks.

(Deed Book 21, page 120) 21 Feb. 1817 - George Dodson and wife Betsey, of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to Thomas Sparks of same - $8l - 27 acres on waters of Sandy River adj. Peter Tiffin, Wilson. George Dodson signed by name, his wife signed by mark. (No witnesses.) Proven 18 Aug. 1817.

(Deed Book 23, page 262) 5 Nov. 1819 - Thomas Sparks and wife, Elizabeth, of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to Clemont McDonolld of same - $229 - 27 acces, adj. Wilson. Thomas Sparks signed by name, his wife signed by mark. (No witnesses.) Proven 20 June 1820.

(Deed Book 23, page 292) 20 Dec. 1819 - George Ward and wife Elizabeth, of Pittsylvania Co., Pa., to Thomas Sparks of same - $100 - 50 acres on south side of the long branch - adj. D. Scarce. Both George Ward and his wife signed by mark. Witnesses: Semuel Norton, Joel Hestill, Anderson Sparks. Proven 18 Jan. 1820.

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(Deed Book 23, page 502) 20 Dcc. 1819 - George Ward and wife Elizabeth, of Pittsylvania Co., Va., to Anderson Sparks of same - $100 - 50 acres on south side of Long Branch - adj. Watkins, Gray, David Carces. Both George Ward and his wife signed by mark, Witnesses: Lemuil Norton, Joel H[e]still, Anna her X mark Ward. Proven 18 Jan, 1820.

(Deed Book 25, page 471) 19 Aug. 1823 - Edmond Sparks of Pittsylvania Co., Va., to George Wilson and Robert Wilson, trustee - "Witnesseth that in consideration of the sum of $139.67 by bond of this date which the said Sparks is justly indebted to the said Wilson, and honestly desires to secure payment therof to him, his heirs, etc. and further consideration of one dollar to him paid by Ro. Wilson, ... the said Sparks hath bargained and sold to the said Robert Wilson, 1 bay mare, 1 bay horse, 2 bay colts, 7 head of cattle, 15 head of hogs, 4 beds and furniture, kitchen furniture and wagon and gear, and plantation tools, to have and to hold aforesaid property unto the said Robert Wilson, his heirs, etc. ... Nevertheless, the said Robert Wilson shall, on 25 Dec. next, or as soon thereafter as the said Sparks or Wilson shall request, sell the said property to the highest bidder for cash. Out of money arising from such sale, shall pay the said George Wilson his debt with interest." Signed: Edmond his X mark Sparks, George Wilson. (No witnesses)

(Deed Book 26, page 87) 10 May 1823 - Robert Walters, sheriff of Pittsylvania Co., Va., to Lemuel Norton of same - Court decree of Jan. Term 1822 - Benj. Watkins agnst. Adderson Sparks - 50 acres of sd. Anderson Sparks's land to be sold to satisfy a debt due Robert Walters - Lemuel Norton paid $106.79. Signed: Robert Walters, Shff. (No witnesses.) Proven 23 Jan. 1824.

(Deed Book 27, page 359) 13 Sept. 1825 - Thos. Sparks of Pittsylvania Co., Va., for love and affection, to Lemuel Norton of same - and $1.00 - 50 acres on the long branch of Sandy River, whereon the sd. Thomas Sparks now lives, also 1 mare, 2 cows and calves, 9 head hogs, 2 beds and furniture, 5 split bottom chairs, and all the rest of sd. Sparks's household and kitchen furniture, and all present crop of every description. Signed by name. Proven 16 Sept. 1825. (Deed of Gift.)

(Deed Book 27, page 411) 11 Nov. 1825 - Edmond Sparks of Pittsylvania Co., Va., to Wm. Holt of same - whereas sd. Sparks is indebted to Rebert Wilson, $59.95 as per bond, 1 of this month - also $20.36 to George Wilson, as per bond due 25 Dec. next & $1.00 - 1 Bay mare, horse, 1 cow, 3 feather beds and furniture, 40 barrels of corn, 4 stacks of Blades, 2 stacks of oats, 38 head of hogs, 1 waggon & geer, 5 poll axes, 3 plow hoes, 3 dutch ovens, 4 pots, 1 loom, 2 spinning wheels, 1 flax wheel, 1 pine cupboard & eathern ware, 1 pine chest, 10 split bottomed eharis, 1 sett cups & saucers, 1 dozen plates, 1case hnives & forks, 1 mattock. Sd. Sparks to remain in possession until 1 Nov. 1826. Signed: Edmond his X mark Sparks, Wm. Holt. Witness: R. Z.(?) Shelton. Proven 11 Nov. 1825.

(Deed Book 35, page 99) 7 May 1833 - Thomas Sparks of 1st part, John Ross &o. of 2nd, and Wm. Linn of 3rd part - all of Pittsylvania Co., Va. - sd. Thomas Sparks is indebted to sd. John Ross - $103.24 - per bond dated 30 Oct. 1831 - & $1.00 - one sorrel horse, 2 cows & calves, 2 beds, bedsteds & furniture, 20 head hogs, 1 walnut table, 6 split bottom chairs, and all other property, household & kitchen furniture. Signed: Thomas his X mark Sparks, Jno, Ross, Wn. Linn. (No witnesses.) Proven 10 May 1833.

(Deed Book 57, page 357) 1857 - Milton Sparks and wife Martha, daughter of Jesse Cook - etc.

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(Deed Book 87, page 28) 11 March 1885 - A. J. and Martha V. Young, who was Martha V. Sparks, to Parham Booker - $483 - land on Stuart's Creek, land left by John Booker to Martha V. Young, whose mother was a dau. of sd. John Booker, dec'd. - 106 1/2 acres.

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The names Thomas and Matthew were very popular among the Pittsylvania County Sparkses. It seems rather apparent that each Thomas Sparks named sons Thomas and Matthew, and that each Matthew Sparks likewise named sons Thomas and Matthew! Thus, with two and three of each name always on the records, it is almost impossible to distinguish between grandfather and grandson, uncle and nephew, father and son.

The eldest Thomas Sparks was born c1711, married around 1740 to Elizabeth, who was born c1718, and had perhaps a dozen children, as follows:
 
   (1) ...............b. c1742
   (2) Matthew b. c.1744; m. c1765 Margery-----
   (3) ...............b. c1746
   (4) Samuel....b.29 July 1749
   (5) ...............b.c1750
   (6) ...............b. c1752
   (7) ...............b. 1754
   (8) ...............b. 1756
   (9) ..(son).....b. 1758
  (10) ..(dau).....b. 1760
  (11) ..(son).....b. 1762
  (12). ..(dau).....b. 1762 (twins?)

The eldest Matthew Sparks, no doubt a brother to the above Thomas, was born c1715, married around 1748 to Eleanor -----, who was born c1731, and had perhaps ten or twelve children as follows:
 
 (1) ...(son).........b. c1749
   (2) ....................b. c 1751
   (3) ...Sarah........b. 23 May 1753
   (4) ....................b. c1755
   (5) ....................b. c1757
   (6) ...(son).........b. c1759
   (7) ...Josiah........b. 26 Aug. 1761
   (8) ..True Love..b. 21 July 1764
   (9) ...(son).........b. c1769
  (10) ...(dau).........b. c1773

 

John Josiah, Leonard, Matthew (Jr.), Samuel, and Thomas Sparks (Jr.), who appear on record in Pittsylvania County in the 1780's and 1790's re sons and grandsons of Matthew (Sr.) and Thomas (Sr.). By the early 1800's most of the family had removed elsewhere. Some moved down into Rockingham Co., N.C.; some went to South Carolina and Georgia; and a few settled in Tennessee. It is hoped that further research will enable us to untangle some of these threads of relationship. Members having data on branches of this family are urged to write to either the author of this sketch (William P. Johnson, Box 531, Raleigh, N.C.), or to the editor.

NOTE: An item in the first paragraph on page 82 of the September, 1955, issue of The Sparks Quarterly stated that Matthew and Eleanor Sparks purchased 68 acres, calledBedfordshire Carrier, in 1748 in Prince George's Co., Md., and that they undoubtedly sold the 68 acres prior to removing to Pittsylvania Co., Va., in 1777/8,

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but that the grantee failed to have the deed recorded. Further research has his disclosed the fact that Matthew and Eleanor sold the 63 acres in 1760, while residing in Frederick County, Md.
 
 
  Frederick Co., Md., Deed Book F, page 1180 - 4 November 1760 - Matthew Sparks of Frederick Co, Md., planter, to Evan Jones of same, planter - 2500 lbs. of merchantable tobacco - 68 acres - all that part of a tract of land called Bedfordshire Carrier, beginning at a bounded black oak. Signed: Mathew his X mark Sparks. Witnesses: Chas. Jones, David Lynn. Eleanor Sparks, wife of Mathew, relinquished her dower right. Proven 4 Nov. 1760. 

Frederick County, Md., was formed in 1748 from Prince George' County, but since Matthew Sparks was listed on the 1750 Rent Roll of Prince George's County with Bedfordshire Carrier - 68 acres - it is rather unusual for the deed to have been recorded in Frederiok rather than in Prince George's County. Probably Matthew and Eleanor resided in Federick County most of the 1750's, but removed back to Prince George's County in 1760, having purchased 109 acres in Prince George's Co. in August of that year. Incidentally, Matthew was the one and only Sparks given on the 1750 Rent Roll of Prince George's County, Maryland.

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THANK YOU --- INEZ WALDENMAIER

The officers of The Sparks Family Association would like to thank publicly Mrs. Mae Weldenmaier of 4724 Fifth Street, NW, Washington 11, D.C., for the assistance which she is giving the Association. Mrs. Waldenmaier is a professional genealogist and does research regularly in the National Archives. Her many clients keep Mrs. Waldenmaier busy searching census records, pension applications, published genealogies, etc., for material on a great many families. Although not a Sparks descendant, she has taken an interest in the Quarterly and has been copying Sparks data for the Association as she happens across it while looking for other families. As a result she is providing us with all sorts of Sparks records which would cost a greet deal were we to hire this research done in the usual way. The fact that Mrs. Waldenmaier is an extremely accurate and thorough researcher adds to the importance of her contributions.

Unlike some professional genealogists who do research only as a means of making moncy, Mrs. Waldenmaier is genuinely interested in family history and she takes a personal interest in her clients's problems. This is illustrated by the fact that Mrs. Waldenmaier is responsible for (she is the editor) the Genealogical Newsletter, a new quarterly periodical costing $2.00 per year. As its name suggests, the Newsletter keeps its subscribers informed regarding new publications in the field of genealogy and local history and provides all sorts of useful bits of information helpful to the person doing his own research. In addition, the Newsletter frequently contains a special bibliography of genealogical materials in some special field. The current issue, for example, contains "A Finding-list of the Official County Court Records of Marriages in Virginia ." The officers would like to suggest that any member who wishes to engage a professional genealogist to do research in Washington, D.C., will do well to write to Mrs. Waldenmaier. Her fees are reasonable, she replies promptly to all enquiries, and her work is dependable. Write to: Mrs. Inez Waldenmaier, 4724 Fifth Street, NW, Washington 11, D.C.

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SPARKS FAMILIES IN TEXAS - 1850 CENSUS

Compiled by William Perry Johnson

[Editor' Note: Texas became a state in 1845, and the first Federal census was taken in the State in 1850. Although a Federal census had been taken among the states in 1790, and every ten years thereafter, it was not until the census of 1850 that every member of every household was listed by name. Besides his name, the census taker listed also each person's age, birthplace and sex. For those who were bread-winners, the census taker also noted the occupation and the value of property. Mr. Johnson has made a search for persons named Sparks who were living in Texas and enumerated on the 1850 census. There are now 254 counties in Texas, but there were only 80 in 1850, and Sparkses were found in thirteen of these, as follows: (The numbers given beneath the page numbers in the following list stand for household and family and were simply assigned by the census taker as he progressed from one house to the next. They are useful in indicating who lived "next door" to a given family.]

Brazos County
 
(p.--) William C. Sparks 52 Georgia (M) Farming $26,664
51-51 Jane 44 Tennessee (F)    
  Cleracy 13 Texas (F)    
  John 11     " (M)    
  Elijah 9     " (M)    
  Minerva 7     " (F)    
  William 6     " (M)    
  Samuel 4     " (M)    
  Stephen 26 Tennessee (M) Farming  
  Elizabeth 15 Texas      
(a record of this family [above] was given in the June, 1955, issue of the Quarterly [Whole No. 10])

Cass County
(p.733) Frances M. Sparks 33 Georgia (M) House Carpenter  
128-134 Mary C. 25 Alabama (F)    
  Mary C. 6     " (F)    
  Laici (?) J. 4     " (F)    
  William B. 2 Texas (M)    

Collin County
(p.34) Benjamin Sparks 33 Indiana (M) Farming $960
128-134 Amanda 28 Tennessee (F)    
  William 13 Indiana (M)    
  Martha J. 10 Missouri (F)    
  F. H. 7      " (M)    
  Sarah 4      " (F)    
  Jas. M. 2 Texas (F)    
  Isaac 3/12     " (F) (sic)  

 
(p.40) Moses Sparks 61 Kentucky (M) Farming $640
252-252 Elizabeth 55       " (F)    
  Richd. 24 Indiana (M) Farming $320
  Sarah 22       " (F)    
  A. J. 18       " (M)    
  Elizabeth 16       " (F)    
  A. J. Jones 3 Arkansas (M)    

 

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Fort Bend County
(p.458) William F. Sparks 35 Mississippi (M) Farmer $400
76-76 Manerva 30 Louisiana (F)   .
  Amanda 12 Texas (F)   .
  N. 9      " (F)   .
  Matilda 6      " (F)   .
  Thaddeus 21      " (M)   .
(The above William F. Sparks was the son of Richard & Elizabeth Sparks and was born in Lawrence Co. Miss., in 1814).

Galveston County - City of Galveston
(p.493) William Sparks 43 Tennessee (M) Sheriff $1500
131-139 Lucy 32 South Carolina (F)    
  Arabella 15 Mississippi (F)    
  Sarah 13      " (F)    
  Mary Ann 12 Texas (F)    
  William W. 9      " (M)    
  John 7      " (M)    
(The above William Sparks was a son of Isaac and Wilmoth (Knowland) Sparks of Carroll County, Tenn.)

Harrison County
(p.153) William P. Sparks 53 South Carolina (M) Farmer $1500
387-387 M. 38 Tennessee (F)    
  M. E. 17 Mississippi (F)    
  R. 15      " (M)    
  G. P. 13      " (M)    
  M. 11 Texas (F)    
  J. E. 5      " (M)    
  F. 3      " (F)    

Jefferson County
(p.513) Solomon Sparks 30 Tennessee (M) Laborer  
218-218 Martha C. 30 South Carolina (F)    
  Lucy Ann 8 Tennessee (F)    
  John L. 6      " (M)    
  James E. 3 Louisiana (M)    
  Mary Susan 1 Texas (F)    
  Jacob 22 Tennessee (M)    

 
(513) John S. Sparks 39 North Carolina (M) Farmer $150
219-219 Melinda 29 Tennessee (F)    
  Albert 9 Texas (M)    
  Eliza J. 7      " (F)    
  John F. 4      " (M)    
  Sarah C. 1      " (F)    
  James Court 22 Louisiana (M)    
  Julia Ann Court 14 Tennessee (F)    

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Limestone County
(p.785) Willaba Sparks 47 Georgia  (M) Farmer $250
369-369 Mary 40 Illinois  (F)    
  Levi 25 Arkansas  (M)     
  William 17       "  (M)    
  Tilman 13       "  (M)    
  Clarinda 9 Tennessee  (F)    
  Nancy C. 7       "  (F)    
  Bayley M. 3       "  (M)    
John 1       "  (M) .
Wilbern Jones 31 (not known)  (M) Merchant .
Anna R. Loup 14 Germany  (F) . .
George Swingler 16        "  (M) "None" .
(The above Willaba Sparks was doubtless the "Willoby Sparks" listed on the Pope County, Arkansas, census of 1830)

Nacogdoches County - Town of Nacogdoches
(p105.) Masa C. Millard 27 South Carolina (F)   $6124
33-33 John Millard 5 Texas (M)    
  Mary Millard 2     " (F)    
  Jesse Sparks 12 Mississippi (M)    
  William Sparks 11 Texas (M)    
  O. L. Holmes 36 New York (M) C. C. Clerk $5000
  John Shepherd 27 Pennsylvania (M) Clerk in Store  
  W. C. Pollack 26 Ohio (M) Lawyer $1000
Simpson Shepheard 66 Ireland (M) Merchant $2569

Nacogdoches County
(p.152) Thomas B. Sparks 21 Mississippi (M)    
33-33 Phereby 19  Tennessee  (F)     
(p.117) Elijah Sparks 24 Alabama (M)    
  Kisiah 30 Georgia (F)    
  Daniel 8 Alabama (M)    
  Dartha 5      " (F)    
  Sarah 3      " (F)    
  William 5/12 Texas (M)    

 
(p.179) A. J. Sparks 23 Mississippi (M) Farmer $640
481-481 Mary 19 Tennessee (F)    
  Thomas 11/12 Texas (M)    
  Thomas 21 Mississippi (M)    
  John 17      " (M)    

 
(p.183) J. H. Sparks 35 Mississippi (M) Farmer $5000
512-512 Elizabeth 27 Tennessee (F)    
Rebecca 12 Texas (F)
Martha 8 Mississippi (F)
Isabella 6      " (F)
Nancy 2      " (F)
Wiley Davis 25      " (M)

 
 
  (Note: The above A. J. Sparks (p.179) is known to have been Andrew Jackson Sparks and the J. H. Sparks (p. 183) is known to have been James Hawkins Sparks; they were the sons of Richard and Elizabeth Sparks and brothers of William F. Sparks of Fort Bend County. The Thomas (21) and John (17) living with A. J. Sparks were also brothers.)

 

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Rusk County
(p.535) Luvisa R. Sparks (living with:) 28 Tennessee (F)   $2000
  Elizabeth Wood 40 South Carolina (F)   $1000
             
(p.557 John Sparks 46 Georgia (M) Farmer $500
464-464            
             
(p.637) James Sparks 23 Mississippi (M) Farmer $500
1026- Lucinda 22 Alabama (F)    
...1026            

Sabine County
(p.652) Matthew Sparks 50 South Carlolina (M) Farmer $100
  Elizabeth 43      " (F)    
  Elizabeth 10 Louisiana (F)    
  Nancy 7      " (F)    

Titus County
(p.249) Sarah Sparks 61 Georgia (F)    
445-445 Martha 20      " (F)  
  Sarah 17      " (F)    
             
(p.249) William Sparks 43 Georgia (M)    
446-446 George 12 Alabama (M)    
  Elizabeth 15      " (F)    
  William 5 Texas (M)    
  Marion 1      " (M)    

Washington County
(p.620) M. H. Sparks 35 Ohio (M) Engineer  
381-381 Emiline 25 Arkansas (F)    
  Caroline 6 Texas (F)    
  Mary 4      " (F)    
  John 2      " (M)    

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Death Claims Della Sparks

Once more we must report the death of a member of the Association. Miss Della Sparks died February 11, 1955, in the Safford Inn Hospital at Safford, Arizona. She was born October 14, 1882, in Lawrence County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Henry and Didema (Bentley) Sparks of Davisville, Kentucky. Miss Della went west at an early age, spending considerable time in the state of Washington, going to Arizona about twenty years ago, where she resided until her death. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Angie Chandler of Beaver, Ohio, and Mrs. Linda Wheeler of Minford, Ohio.
 
 

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

It is a pleasure to report the names of fifty Sparks descendants who have joined The Sparks Family Association since December, 1955:

Allen, Mrs. Evelyn, Box 359, Beatrice, Nebraska.
Appelget, Mrs. Leah Sparks, 608 N.W. 36th St. Terrace, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Boice, Irene Ethel, 4601 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, California.
Cales, Mrs. Opal Lou Sparks, Box 398, Eldorado, Texas.
Callaway, Martha Hall, 201 West Concord, Kansas City 12, Missouri.
Connell, Mrs. Suzanne McLaurin, 1845 Madison Ave., Apt. C, Montgomery, Alabama.
Foster, Mrs. John H., Box 232, Hamlin, Texas.
Gardner, Mrs. Fred N., 865 Circle Drive, Boulder, Colorado.
Harmsill, Mrs. Nola Jane Sparks, 312 North Main St., Smithfield, Utah.
Halt, Mrs. J. W., Rt. 1, Box 316, Phoenix, Arizona.
Hughes, Mrs. Robert A., 12 Hanley Downs, St. Louis 17, Missouri.
Kilrnan, Mrs. Alice Rogers, 3906 Fernwood Drive, Houston 21, Texas.
Norris, Mrs. Edna Sparks, 51 Los Laureles Ave., Salinas, California.
Randall, Mrs. Anita, P.O. Box 304, Woodward, Oklahoma.
Salz, Mrs. Ada Sparks, P.O. Box 267, Woodward, Oklahoma.
Sherman, Mrs. Robert Miller, 2807 Washington Ave., Waco, Texas.
Simpson, Mrs. W. A., Box 464-3, Sewell, New Jersey.
Slayden, Mrs. Marie S., Rt. 3, Box 170, Waco, Texas.
Smith, Edwin Forrest, c/o W. F. Smith, Floresville, Texas.
Sparks, Abbott, Jr., 6436 Joyce Way, Dallas, Texas.
Sparks, Miss Alice May, Route 2, Sunnyside,Washington
Sparks, Miss Amy, 710 P.71. 29th St., Apt. C, Oklahoma City 3, Oklahoma.
Sparks, Claude E., Route 2, Union, South Carolina.
Sparks, Clifton, 516 Dickran Dr., Tulare, California.
Sparks, Dean Royer, 2585 North Terrace Ave., Milwaukee 11, Wisconsin.
Sparks, Don C., 15 W. 1200 So., Bountiful, Utah.
Sparks, E. H., 3849 Carlile Ave., Pueblo, Colorado.
Sparks, Early Jack, 4618 R 1/2, Galveston, Texas.
Sparks, Erin F., 910 N. Alleghany, Odessa, Texas.
Sparks, Floyd B., Saranac, Michigan.
Sparks, Frank, 302 Exchange Bldg, Eastland, Texas.
Sparks, George Albert, 598 Columbia Road, Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Sparks, George H., 1109 Connally Drive, Last Point, Georgia.
Sparks, George 0., Sr., 1678 Herbert Ave., Cincinnati 7, Ohio.
Sparks, George W., 215 West Missouri St., Floydada, Texas.
Sparks, Harry P., 24 Stedman St., Wakefield, Massachusetts.
Sparks, Henry Hatcil, Only, Tennessee.
Sparks, J. Kent, Rt. 1, Pope, Tennessee.
Sparks, John E., P.0, Box 655, Spur, Texas.
Sparks, Johnnie H., 2102 Cambridge Dr., Irving, Texas.
Sparks, Laurence A., Box 695, Rotan, Texas.
Sparks, Miss Mary Louise, 60 Pinckney St., Boston 14, Massachusetts.
Sparks, O. M., 803 East Johnson St., Rotan, Texas.
Sparks, Robert T., Eden, Texas.
Sparks, Roy Alvin, 6330 Charles St., Omaha 4, Nebraska.
Sparks, Winston 0., 3401 Reed, Fort Worth 5, Texas.
Talbot, Mrs. Deana Sparks, P.O. Box 11, Woodward, Oklahoma.
Tidball, Mrs. Aneita, 254 Marguerita Lane, Pasadena, California.
Van Name, Elmer G., 230 Bellevue Ave., Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Wagner, G. A., Conrad, Montana.

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SPARKS FAMILIES IN ALABAMA - 1830 CENSUS

Compiled by William Perry Johnson

In 1817 the eastern half of the Territory of Mississippi was formed into the Territory of Alabama, and in 1819 Alabama became a state. The city of Mobile was founded in 1702 by a French Canadian named Jean Baptiste La Moyne. During the Revolutionary War British sympathizers from Georgia settled in the Alabama section, and they were soon followed by planters from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. In the early 1800's many pioneers from Tennessee settled in the northern part of the State. All other sections were soon settled from nearby states and territories.

The 1820 census is missing for the entire State of Alabama. The 1830 census is complete for the 36 counties in Alabama at that time. These 36 counties were: Autauga, Baldwin, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Covington, Dale, Dallas, Fayette, Franklyn, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, and Wilcox.

In 1830 there were Sparks families living in 11 of the 36 counties, as follows: (The number following each name is the page number)
 
 
  Males Females
 . <5 5 to 10 10 to 15 15 to 20 20 to 30 30 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60 60 to 70   <5 5 to 10 10 to 15 15 to 20 20 to 30 30 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60 60 to 70  .
Fayette County  
William Sparks (106) 1 2 1 1   1 1 1
 .  
Franklin County  
Wm. Sparks (161) 1 1 1 1 1 1   2 2 1 1
 
Greene County  
Thos. C. Sparks (16) 1   1
J. R. Sparks (80) 1 1 .   1 1 1
 .  
Jackson County  
Wm. Sparks (104) 1 1 3 1 1   1 1 1 1
Jonathan Sparks108 1 1 1  . 1   1 1 1
 
Jefferson County   .
James Sparks (176) 1   1 1
 .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Lauderdale County  
Millenton Sparks (52) 1 2 1 1   1 1 1
 
Lawrence County  
Thomas Sparks(175) 2 2 2 1   1 1

 

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Sparks Families in Alabama - 1830 Census (continued)
 
  Males Females
<5 5 to 10 10 to 15 15 to 20 20 to 30 30 to 40 40 to 50 50 to 60 60 to 70   <5 5 to 10 10 to 15 15 to 20 20 to 30 30 to 40 40 to 50 50 
to 
60
60 
to 
70
Mobile County  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Thomas Spark (56)  .  .  .  . 1  
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Perry County  
Isaac E. Sparks (131) 2 1   3 1
Nathaniel Sparks (225) 2 1   1 1 1
 .  
Shelby County  
Jessee Sparkes (223) 1 2 1 1 1   2 1 1 1 1
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Tuscaloosa County  
Jno. Sparks (54) 1 1 1   2 1 1 1

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SKRAPS

Your Editor must devote the first paragraph of SKRAPS in this issue to a series of apologies. First, he must analogize for not including the genealogy of John Sparks (1755-1834) of South Carolina aad Georgia in this issue of the Quarterly, as was promised in the December, 1955, issue. It has been thought best to wait until additional material can he obtained. Your editor must also apologize for having been so slow in getting, the membership cards far 1955 mailed to those who were so prompt in sending their dues. His excuse for this delay centers around the fact that he and Mrs. Bidlack are the proud parents of a baby son who was born on January 2, 1956 (36 hours tco late to Qualify as a 1955 income tax deduction!) We have named him Christopher Joel Bidlack--"Christopher" after his 7th great-grandpa Bidlack, and "Joel" after his Sparks ancestor. Like all healthy babies, Christopher has encroached unon the time that his parents had been accustomed to spending on other matters. Christenher's presence also accounts for the tardiness with which this issue of the Quarterly was published.

The officers have been pleased with the promptness with which a large number of the members of the Association have sent their membership dues for 1956. To date (March 19, 1956) we have heard from 231, and the fact that a large percentage of this total have sent more than one dollar has given as reason to believe that a 20-page Quarterly may be possible in l956. We hope that those who have not sent their dues as yet have merely forgotten to do so and that they, too, will continue to give the Association their support. The kind words which many of you wrote on your renewal slips regarding the Quarterly are sincerely appreciated.

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