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. XXXVIII, No. 3   SEPTEMBER 1990    WHOLE NO.151a

 
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FAMILY OF THOMAS & REBECCA CATHERINE (MURPHREE) PINKERTON


Back row, left to right: William Levi Pinkerton, Maggie Pinkerton, Josie Pinkerton, Mattie Pinkerton, and Alice Thomas Pinkerton.
Front row, left to right: Sarah Pinkerton, Bettie Pinkerton, Thomas Pinkerton, Joel C. Pinkerton, and Rebecca Catherine (Murphree) Pinkerton. [Rebecca was a daughter of Levi & Hannah (Sparks) Murphree and a granddaughter of Jesse & Susan (May) Sparks.]

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.
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JESSE SPARKS (1773-1858)

SON OF MATTHEW AND SARAH (THOMPSON) SPARKS

AND HIS DESCENDANTS

[Editor's Note: This is a continuation of the article begun in the March 1990 issue of the SPARKS QUARTERLY. In that issue, we presented a brief sketch of the life of Jesse Sparks (1773-1858) of Hickman County, Tennessee, and ten of his children and their descendants: Sarah, Nancy, Eady, Elizabeth, Mary Jane, James J., Jesse, Jr., John, Martha, and Ann. These children were by his first marriage which was to Elizabeth Jones. She died about 1817.

Here we present data on his other eight children: Nathan, Phillip Matthew, Absalom, Hannah, Susan, David, Catherine, and Jonathan. These children were by his marriage to Susan May.]

Shortly after the death of his wife, Elizabeth (Jones) Sparks, about 1817, Jesse Sparks was married (2nd) to Susan May. She had been born in 1795 and was a daughter of William and Hannah May. She took over the responsibility of caring for Jesse's youngest children, and, in addition, she and Jesse had eight children of their own.

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K. Nathan Sparks, son of Jesse and Susan (May) Sparks, was born on August 28, 1819, in Hickman County, Tennessee. He was probably named for his uncle, Nathan Sparks. Young Nathan was married to Martha Cannon about 1839. She had been born about 1823 in Tennessee and was a daughter of Dennis Cannon. (Martha and Nathan Sparks were among the heirs named in the will of Dennis Cannon on August 12, 1853, according to Will Book H of the Humphreys County Court.)

On January 5, 1846, Nathan Sparks bought 61 acres of land on Big Hurricane Creek, a tributary of Duck River, from Lewis W. Bryant for $75.00. He sold the land in 1853, and he and his family apparently moved from Tennessee. According to the 1850 census of Humphreys County, he and Martha had four children, and they may have had others who were born to them later. We have no further information about this family.

L. Philip Matthew Sparks, son of Jesse and Susan (May) Sparks, was born on October 29, 1820. He died when he was quite young.

M. Absalom Sparks, son of Jesse and Susan (May) Sparks, was born on April 25, 1822. He was probably named for his uncle, Absalom Sparks. He was a blacksmith. He was married to Malinda Boles, probably in 1845. She had been born on November 5, 1822. Absalom died in June 1894. After his death, Malinda made her home with their son, James E. Sparks. She died on May 27, 1910. She and Absalom were probably buried in the family cemetery on their farm in Humphreys County. They had eight children.

Children of Absalom and Malinda (Boles) Sparks, continued: N. Hannah Sparks, daughter of Jesse and Susan (May) Sparks, was born on January 29, 1824, in Hickman County, Tennessee. It was there that she was married to Levi Murphree on March 9, 1843. He had been born on January 10, 1822, and was a son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Brown) Murphree. He died on January 5, 1892, and Hannah died on November 24, 1893. They were buried in the Murphree Cemetery at Only, Tennessee. They were the parents of nine children.
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RACHEL HANNAH (LANCASTER) ROBBS

(1872-1918)

Photograph taken about 1916 -1917

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SONS OF MARY ANN FRANCES (MURPHREE) COOPER LANCASTER

[Daughter of Levi and Hannah (Sparks) Murphree]


Standing, left to right: David Cooper, Levi Lancaster, Monroe Lancaster, Robert Lancaster, and Pleasant Lancaster.
Squatting, left to right: Will Lancaster and John Lancaster.

 (Photograph taken about 1928)

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WILLIAM AND SUE (MURPHREE) MOORE

(Photograph taken about 1910)

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SARAH POCAHONTAS ["POKE"] MURPHREE

(1858-1928)

(Photograph taken about 1920)

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Children of Sarah Pocahantas (Poke) Murphrey and her first husband, John R. Wilkins:
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GEORGE AND VINA (MURPHREE) OWENS

(Photograph taken about 1905)

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JESSE AND VINA (WEATHERSPOON) MURPHREE

(Photograph taken about 1905)

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DAVID W. AND LOU EMMA (MURPHREE) OWENS

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O. Susan Sparks, daughter of Jesse and Susan (May) Sparks, was born on February 24, 1826. She was married to James Cotham about 1844. He had been born on June 4, 1820, and was a son of Stephen and Mary (Shipp) Cotham. Susan died on July 26, 1872, and James died on February 23, 1876.  They were buried in the Union Chapel Cemetery on Little Richiand Creek in Humphreys County. They had eight children.


P. David Sparks, son of Jesse and Susan (May) Sparks, was born on January 23, 1827, and apparently died when he was quite young.

Q. Catherine ["Katie"] Sparks, daughter of Jesse and Susan (May) Sparks, was born on August 21, 1828. She was married to Houston ["Hugh"] Reeves about 1847. When the 1850 census was taken of Hickman County, they were enumerated in Dwelling No. 845 on October 23rd. He was aged 23 and she was aged 21. We have no further information about them.

R. Jonathan Sparks, son of Jesse and Susan (May) Sparks, was born on Novem ber 25, 1834, in Hickman County,Tennessee. He had not reached adulthood when his mother died, and when the 1850 census was taken of Hickman County, he was shown as 16 years of age and living with his 77-year-old father. Apparently they continued to live together until Jesse died in 1858.

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It was also about this time that Jonathan Sparks was married to Jane Paralee Dickson. Paralee (as she apparently was called) had been born about 1836 in Tennessee, probably in Perry County. When the 1860 census was taken of Perry County, Jonathan and Paralee had an 11-month-old son.

When the Civil War broke out, Jonathan enlisted in Company C, 10th Regi ment Tennessee Cavalry, Confederate States Army, to serve for three years. Apparently he served until the close of the war, and when the 1870 census was taken, he and his family were still in Perry County. Four more children had been born to them.

We have not learned when or where Jonathan Sparks died, but it was some time prior to 1910. When the census of that year was taken, his wife, Paralee (Dickson) Sparks, was living in the household of her son in Coahoma County, Mississippi. She and Jonathan had five children, and there may have been others born to this couple.

1. Nathan Jesse Sparks was born on March 12, 1859. He became a merchant. On October 7, 1890, he was married to Lauretta Sparks in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She had been born on September 20, 1864, in Tennessee. We have not learned the names of her parents; however, a descendant states that she and Nathan were cousins. Nathan died on April 22, 1921, and Lauretta died on March 26, 1946. They had eight children.


[Editor's Note: This concludes our record of the descendants of Jesse Sparks, son of Matthew and Sarah (Thompson) Sparks. It is far from complete. We shall welcome additional data pertaining to him and to his descendants from our readers.]

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