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SPARKS QUARTERLY
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

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(An old Chinese proverb.)


VOL. XL, NO. 1 MARCH 1992  WHOLE NO. 157a

 
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DANIEL WILCOX SPARKS (1806-1900)

Son of Thomas and Dianah (Wilcox) Sparks

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by the Sparks Family Association
John J. Carmichael, Jr., President, 3408 N. Rosewood Ave., Muncie, Indiana (47304-2025)

A. Harold Sparks, Vice President, 500 1st St., N., #303, Newton, Iowa  (502087-3104)

Russell E. Bidlack, Secretary-Treasurer & Editor, 1709 Cherokee Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan (48104-4448)
 

The Sparks Family Association was founded in March 1953 as a non-profit organization devoted to assembling and preserving genealogical and historical materials pertaining to the Sparks Family In America.  It is exempt from federal tax under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, Section 503(c)(7).  Membership in the Association is open to all persons connected with the Sparks Family, whether by blood, marriage, or adoption, and to persons interested in genealogical research.  Membership falls into three classes:  Active, Contributing, and Sustaining.  Active Membership dues are $10.00 per year;  Contributing Membership dues are $15.00 per year; and Sustaining Membership dues are any amount over $15.00 that the member wishes to contribute for the support of the Association.  All members receive The Sparks Quarterly as it is published in March, June, September, and December.  Back issues are kept in print and are available for $3.00 each to members of the Association and for $4.00 each to non-members. The first issue of the Quarterly was published in March 1953. Eight quinquennial indexes have been published for the years 1953-57; 1958-62; 1963-67; 1968-72; 1973-77; 1978-82; 1983-87; 1988-92; and 1993-97.  Each index is available for $5.00. 

A complete file of all back issues of the Quarterly (1953-1993), including the nine indexes, may be purchased for $360.00.  The forty-nine years of the Quarterly (1953-1993) comprise a total of 5634 pages of Sparks Family history. The nine indexes (1953-97) amount to over 900 additional pages.  An Index for 1998-2002 will be published in 2003.  A table of contents is also available for $5.00.  Comprising 72 pages, this lists the articles and collections of data appearing in the QUARTERLY between 1953 and 2001.  It is updated at the end of each year.  The International Standard Serial Number that has been assigned to the Quarterly is ISSN 0561-5445.

Orders for individual back issues of the Quarterly, and the table of contents, as well as a complete file should be sent to the editor, Russell E. Bidlack, 1709 Cherokee Rd., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104-4448.  His telephone number is 734-662-5080;  he has no E-mail address.

SOME DESCENDANTS OF

THOMAS SPARKS (ca.1766-ca.1837) OF SURRY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

AND LAWRENCE COUNTY, KENTUCKY

By Paul E. Sparks

[Editor's Note: The December 1991 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Whole No. 156, contained the first part of an article about Thomas Sparks, son of William and Ann Sparks, and some of his descendants. We now present the second part of this article.]

F.  Sarah Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Dianah (Wilcox) Sparks, was born on July 24, 1803, in Surry County, North Carolina.  She accompanied her parents to Lawrence County, Kentucky, and it was there, on Christmas Day 1824, that she was married to Henry Jayne by James Wheeler, a justice of the peace.  Henry had been born on October 5, 1803, in Washington County, Virginia, and was a son of William and Dorcas (Ramey or Remey) Jayne.

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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca. 1766-ca. 1837), continued:

(Three of the children of Thomas and Dianah (Wilcox) Sparks were married to three of the children of William and Dorcas (Ramey) Jayne.  Thomas Sparks, Jr. was married to Catherine Jayne;  Sarah Sparks was married to Henry Jayne;  and Daniel Sparks was married to Sarah Jayne.  Much of the information we have about these families has been obtained from (1) A History of Johnson County, Kentucky, published by Mitchel Hall in 1928;  and (2) The East Kentuckian, Vols. 14-19, Clayton Cox, editor.)

Henry and Sarah (Sparks) Jayne settled down to housekeeping near the little village of Flat Gap, and it was there that they spent the rest of their lives.  Henry died there on May 18, 1870, and Sarah died on October 14, 1893.  They were the parents of nine children.

1. Eleanor ["Nelly"] Jayne, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Sparks) Jayne, was born on January 11, 1825.  She was married to Isom Daniel on May 5, 1842, in Lawrence County.  He had been born on November 20, 1823, at Whitehouse, Kentucky, and was a son of Isham and Mary ["Polly"] (Borders) Daniel.  He died on November 26, 1898, and Nelly died on August 19, 1899.  They were the parents of fourteen children.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca. 1766-ca. 1837), continued:

Children of Isom and Nelly (Jayne) Daniel, continued:

2. Sarah Jayne, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Sparks) Jayne, was born on April 1, 1826.  She was married to David Daniel on January 1, 1846, in Johnson County.  He had been born about 1825 and was a son of Isham and Polly (Borders) Daniel;  thus, he was a brother of Isom Daniel who had been married to Sarah's sister, Nelly, in 1842.  (See Item F, 1, above.)  David and Sarah lived near Whitehouse, Kentucky, where they reared eleven children.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca. 1766-ca. 1837), continued:

Family of David and Sarah (Jayne) Daniel, continued:

3. Daniel Jayne, son of Henry and Sarah (Sparks) Jayne, was born on September 1, 1830.  He was married to Mary Ross on October 1, 1853, in Johnson County.  They had four children.
4. Martha Jayne, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Sparks) Jayne, was born on December 28, 1833.  She was married to David Ross on March 4, 1853.  He had been born about 1823 in Lawrence County, Kentucky, and may have been a brother of Mary Ross.  (See Item F, 3, above.)  Martha died on March 26, 1893, and David died on January 5, 1897.  They were the parents of fourteen children.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca. 1766-ca. 1837), continued:

Children of David and Martha (Jayne) Ross, continued:
6. Mary J. Jayne, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Sparks) Jayne, was born on February 27, 1838.  She was married to Henry Hill on April 13, 1882, in Johnson County.  They moved to Topeka, Kansas.

7. Phoebe Jayne, daughter of Henry and Sarah (Sparks) Jayne, was born on March 17, 1840.  She was married to Colsby Lyon.  (Colsby was sometimes spelled Colby.)  They had five children.

a. Henry Lyon;  he was married to Cora Sagraves.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca.1766-ca.1837), continued:

Children of Colsby and Phoebe (Jayne) Lyon, continued:
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca.1766-ca.1837), continued:

G.  Matthew Sparks, son of Thomas and Dianah (Wilcox) Sparks, was born about 1805 in Surry County, North Carolina.  He was married to Alsey Osburn about 1832, probably in Lawrence County, Kentucky.  She had been born about 1815 in Kentucky and was a daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth ( -----) Osburn, natives of Kentucky.  Matthew and Alsey lived near Flat Gap, Kentucky, where they reared twelve children.  Alsey died on January 31, 1878, and Matthew died sometime after 1880, probably in Elliott County, Kentucky, at the home of his son, Daniel Sparks.

1.  Allen Sparks, son of Matthew and Alsey (Osburn) Sparks, was born about 1833.  He was married to Mary Hundley on March 9, 1877, in Johnson County.  (The license to marry was issued on March 7th; Allen was then 44 years old, and it was his first marriage.  Mary was 19 years old, and it was her first marriage.)  Allen apparently died in the spring of 1897.  He had made a will on March 10, 1890, by which he left one dollar to his daughter, Sarah J. Sprks.  He left the rest of his estate to his brother, Jesse Sparks.  We have no further information about this family.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (Ca. 1766-ca. 1837), continued:

Children of Henry Sparks, continued:
4.  Nathan Sparks, son of Matthew and Alsey (Osburn) Sparks, was born on January 22, 1840.  He was married to Elizabeth Craft on June 1, 1861, in Johnson County.  She had been born in November 1842 and was a daughter of Tillman and Sarah (Sparks) Craft, natives of North Carolina. She and Nathan lived near Flat Gap, Kentucky.

(Sarah Sparks, mother of Elizabeth Craft, was a daughter of Levi and Sarah (Lyon) Sparks.  See the December 1955 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Whole No. 12, for further details of this branch of the Sparks family.)

Shortly after his marriage, Nathan Sparks enlisted in the 14th Regiment Kentucky Infantry of the Union Army and served until the Civil War ended.  He died in the Home for Disabled Veterans of Ohio on August 30, 1919.  (See the abstract of his pension file on page 3929 of this issue of the QUAR TERLY.)  Elizabeth died sometime shortly after 1900, probably in Boyd County, Kentucky. She and Nathan were the parents of ten children.

a.  William H. Sparks was born on March 18, 1863.  He was married to Mary J. ---------- , probably about 1881.  She had been born in October 1861.  According to the 1900 census of Johnson County, she and William had five children:  Mascom, John, Cornelious, Arlie, and Luella.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca. 1766-ca. 1837), continued:

 Children of Nathan and Elizabeth (Craft) Sparks, continued;
c.  Sarah Alice Sparks was born on March 15, 1867.   She was married to a man named Young, and they had at least one child, Goldie.
5.  Lovinia Sparks, daughter of Matthew and Alsey (Osburn) Sparks, was born about 1841.

6.  Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Matthew and Alsey (Osburn) Sparks, was born about 1842.  She was married to James McDowell on February 14, 1874, at the home of her father in Johnson County.  Witnesses were her brothers, Henry Sparks and Nathan Sparks.  According to relatives, James and Elizabeth McDowell had at least two children, Mathis L. and Jemima E.

7.  Sarah A. Sparks, daughter of Matthew and Alsey (Osburn) Sparks, was born about 1845.

8.  Daniel Sparks, son of Matthew and Alsey (Osburn) Sparks, was born in June 1847.  He was married to Rebecca Susan Horton about 1871.  She had been born in November 1851 and was a daughter of Reece Duff and Susan (Cox) Horton.  Daniel and Rebecca were in Elliott County when the 1880 census was taken, but by 1900 they had moved to Kenton County, Kentucky.  Daniel died in 1929 and Rebecca died on May 2, 1930.  They had nine children.

a.  John H. Sparks was born about 1872.   He was married to Mollie Osburn.  He died in 1899.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca. 1766-Ca. 1837), continued:

H. Daniel Wilcox Sparks, son of Thomas and Dianah (Wilcox) Sparks, was born on October 27, 1806, in Surry County, North Carolina, and was a teenage lad when he accompanied his parents to Lawrence County, Kentucky.  It was there that he grew to manhood, and it was there that he was married three times.  His first marriage was to Sarah Jayne on July 31, 1834.  She had been born about 1813 and was a daughter of William and Dorcas (Ramey) Jayne.  (See also Item F, above.)  Daniel and Sarah lived on a 300-acre farm on Hood Creek, a tributary of Big Blaine Creek.  There they had eight children before Sarah died on June 27, 1854.

Daniel was married (2nd) to Ellender Cordial (or Cordell) on May 5, 1859.  He was 46 years, and it was his second marriage.  Ellender was 32 years old, and it was her first marriage.  They were married by Enoch Green, a Baptist preacher.  Ellender was a daughter of William and Jane (Wheeler) Cordle (or Caudill).  When the 1880 census was taken of Lawrence County, Daniel and Ellender had four children in their household.  She apparently died between June 1880 and the early part of 1881.

(In the early records of Lawrence County, the surnames of Caudill, Caudle, Cordial, Cordell, and Cordle were frequently interchanged.  Even within the same family, some members preferred one spelling to another.  We have tried to use these names with the spellings that have been furnished to us.)

The third marriage of Daniel Sparks was to Martha Hardy on December 5, 1881.  She had been born in March 1855 in Virginia and was a widow with a three-year-old son, Robert Hardy.  Relatives say that her maiden name was Spriggs.  She and Daniel had four children before his death, which occurred in October 1900.  He was buried in the family cemetery on his farm on Hood Creek.  Descendants say he carved his own headstone, using a stone which is about four feet tall.  He was the father of sixteen children.

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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca.1766-ca.1837), continued:

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HOME OF DANIEL WILCOX SPARKS, BUILT ABOUT 1840

ON HOOD CREEK IN LAWRENCE COUNTY, KENTUCKY

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1.  Delila J. Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Jayne) Sparks, was born about 1835.  She was married to Elisha Wellman on October 11, 1860, in Lawrence County.  He had been born about 1832 and was a son of Elisha and Sarah Wellman.  When the 1870 census was taken of Lawrence County, Elisha and Delila had five children.
2. Henry Wilcox Sparks, son of Daniel and Sarah (Jayne) Sparks, was born on November 11, 1836, on Hood Creek in Lawrence County, and this is where he spent the rest of his life.  He was a most successful farmer and owned a grist mill, sawmill, and a tannery.  He was also a justice of the peace. He was married to Diadema Bentley on August 30, 1867, in Letcher County, Kentucky.  She had been born in Letcher County on February 10, 1848.


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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca.1766-ca.1837), continued:

Henry Sparks brought his bride to Lawrence County where they reared twelve children.  Diadema died on July 19, 1914, and Henry died on April 27, 1923.  They were buried in the family cemetery on Hood Creek.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca.1766-ca.1837), continued:

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WILLIAM DARWIN SPARKS (1909-1988)

Son of William D.  John Henry and Bertha (Pack) Sparks

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[Scanner's note:  For correction to caption see SQ p. 3952.]

Children of Henry Wilcox and Diadema (Bentley) Sparks, continued:
i.  Benjamin Franklin Sparks was born on March 28, 1881.  He went to Arizona where he died on April 26, 1941.  He had no children.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca.1766-ca.1837), continued:

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DELLA SPARKS (1882-1955)

Daughter of Henry W. and Diadema (Bentley) Sparks

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3.  Eliza Ann Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Jayne) Sparks, was born on March 20, 1838.  She was married to Peter Taylor Burgess about 1860.  He had been born on June 29, 1838, and was a son of Sylvester W. and Jane (Stafford) Burgess.  According to descendants, Peter and Eliza Ann lived on Brushy Fork in Lawrence County where they reared four children.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca.1766-ca.1837), continued:
 

As indicated above, following the death of his first wife, Sarah (Jayne) Sparks, Daniel Sparks was married (2nd) to Ellender Cordial (or Cordle) on May 5, 1859, by Enoch Green, a Baptist minister. Daniel and Ellender had four children.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca. 1766-ca. 1837), continued:


As indicated above, the third marriage of Daniel Wilcox Sparks was to a widow, Martha (Spriggs) Hardy, on December 5, 1881, in Lawrence County.  To this union four children were born.

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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca.1766-ca.1837), continued:


l.  Lucy Frances ["Franky"] Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Dianah (Wilcox) Sparks, was born about 1807 in North Carolina.  She was married to William Ghent on September 20, 1834, in Lawrence County, Kentucky.  He had been born about 1809 in Virginia.  When the 1850 census was taken of Johnson County, Kentucky, William and Franky had five children.  We have no further information regarding this couple.

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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca.1766-ca.1837), continued:

Children of William and Franky (Sparks) Ghent, continued:

[Editor's Note:  In the QUARTERLY of December 1991, Whole No. 156, Dr. Sparks provided a biographical sketch of Thomas Sparks (ca.1766-ca.1837) who was a son of William and Ann (--------- ) Sparks, along with information regarding the first five children of Thomas Sparks:  Hannah, Joseph, Eleanor ["Nellie"], Allen, and Thomas, Jr.  In the present issue, he has extended this record to include the next four children of Thomas, named Sarah, Matthew, Daniel, and Lucy.  Dr. Sparks will present information about the remaining five children of Thomas Sparks in a future issue of the QUARTERLY.]

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DEATH TAKES EARLE M. SPARKS

We have just learned that one of our most loyal members, Earle M. Sparks, passed away on October 16, 1991, at Easton, Maryland.  He is survived by his wife, Doris A. (Nixdort) Sparks; three sons:  Robert A., William E., and Earle M., Jr.; and three daughters: Bonnie A. Blunt, Patricia L. Sparks, and Barbara J. Sparks.

Earle Malone Sparks was born on August 24, 1908, at Bridgeport, Maryland, and was a son of William E. and Nancy Mae Sparks.  He was a co-owner of the Sparks Brothers Farm Supply Company at Ridgely, Maryland.  He was a trustee of the Bridgetown United Methodist Church at Ridgely.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and other family members.

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DEATH TAKES WILLIAM E. SPARKS

It is with deep regret that we report the death of William E. Sparks, who passed away on August 17, 1991, in Sacramento, California. He was a long time member of the Association, and we shall miss him. He is survived by his wife, Eva; a son, William Harry Sparks, a step-daughter, Beverly Sue Kulink; and a step-son, Warren R. Hart.

William Earl Sparks was born on November 17, 1918, and was a son of Harry
Spooner and Lillian (Black) Sparks and a grandson of William Palmer and Anna
Minerva (Harding) Sparks. For further details of this branch of the family,
see the June 1973 and December 1985 issues of the QUARTERLY, Whole Nos.
82 and 132, respectively.

We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife and other family members.

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SOME CORRECTIONS & ADDITIONS

TO THE DESCENDANTS OF JOSIAH A. SPARKS

OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY

A portion of the December 1979 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY was devoted to an article about Josiah A. Sparks (ca.1770-ca.1841) of Adair County, Kentucky.  Among his ten children was a son, Truelove Sparks, born about 1804, who, in turn, had a son named Truelove Sparks, Jr.,born in 1831 in Kentucky.  Truelove Sparks, Jr. was married to Julia Ann Slavens on June 3, 1838, in Mercer County, Missouri, and they had ten children, including a son, Albert J. Sparks, born on November 15, 1863.

Since the publication of that article in 1979, we have received further information about Albert J. Sparks and his family, largely through the efforts and interest of a granddaughter, Annabell G. House.  We are grateful to her for this information.  She lives at 40 N.E. 22nd St., Gresham, Oregon, 97030.

For the sake of clarity, we have continued to use the same alpha-numeric system of outlining the family as we used earlier.

2.  Albert J. Sparks, son of Truelove, Jr. and Julia Ann (Slavens) Sparks, was born on November 15, 1863, in Mercer County, Missouri.  It was there that he was married to Hazeltine Griffin on September 24, 1886.  She had been born on August 13, 1869, and was a daughter of Robert and Tabitha Griffin.  Albert and Hazeltine spent the rest of their lives farming in and around Princeton, Missouri.  He died on March 23, 1938, and she died on July 15, 1950.  They were the parents of twelve children.
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DESCENDANTS OF JOSIAH A. SPARKS, continued:

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Photograph Taken about 1912-13

Family of Albert J. and Hazeltine (Griffin) Sparks

Back row, left to right
Omer Sparks, Oda Sparks, Jessie Sparks, Nellie Sparks, Sylvia Sparks, and Eldon Sparks.
 
Front row, left to right: 

 

Clestia Sparks, Harrison Sparks, Frank Sparks, Hazeltine Sparks (mother) holding Gully Sparks, Maggie Sparks, Albert Sparks (father), and Lloyd Sparks.

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Children of Albert J. and Hazeltine (Griffin) Sparks, continued:

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DESCENDANTS OF JOSIAH A. SPARKS, continued:

Children of Albert J. and Hazeltine (Griffin) Sparks, continued:

 j.  Robert Frank Sparks was born on November 18, 1907.  He was married to Betty Lewis, and they had four sons:  Joseph, William, Roy, and Olin.  Frank (as he was called) died on March 13, 1976.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON SOME DESCENDANTS

OF WALTER AND SUSAN A. (PREWITT) SPARKS

In the QUARTERLY of March 1983, Whole No. 121, beginning on page 2490, we published a record entitled "Descendants of Walter and Susan A. (Prewitt) Sparks of Henry County, Kentucky."  One of the children of this couple was William Sparks who was married to Catherine Tiller in Henry County on April 4, 1837.  We noted  (p. 2493) that William and Catherine were the parents of three children according to census records.  They were John, born May 8, 1838; James, born about 1840; and Stephen, born about 1842.

In that same issue of the QUARTERLY, we published an abstract of the Civil War pension application of John Sparks, son of William and Catherine (Tiller) Sparks, and included with that was a list of John's children provided by a descendant.  John Sparks had moved from Kentucky to Bartholomew County, Indiana, as a young man, and it was there that he was married to Elizabeth Ann Perry.  In 1878, John moved his family to Clark County, Arkansas, and then in 1885 to Hot Springs County, Arkansas.

Thanks to a member of our Association who xeroxed for us an item that she happened across in a publication called the Bartholomew County, Indiana, Ancestors, Vol. 1, No. 2, dated April 1991, we are now able to give some further details regarding James Sparks, the second son of William and Catherine (Tiller) Sparks.  James, we now know, was born in Henry County, Kentucky, on June 21, 1840.

James Sparks either accompanied or followed his brother, John, to Bartholomew County, Indiana.  We believe that their father's brother, Richard W. Sparks, was the same Richard W. Sparks who moved from Iowa to Bartholomew County, Indiana, in or about 1861, so it seems probable that they were influenced to follow their uncle there.

According to a great-grandson of James Sparks, Duane Loy, James became one of the founders of the Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Bartholomew County.  James was married in Bartholomew County on April 4, 1866, to Lucinda Perry, daughter of John Perry.  It is probable that the wives of James and John were sisters. James and Lucinda Sparks were included on the 1870 census of Harrison Township in Bartholomew County.  James was shown as owning $800 worth of real estate and his personal property was valued at $250.  They had one child living at the time this census was taken, a son named John who was nine months old.  Living with them was Samuel Perry, aged 20 years, a cooper.  He may have been a brother of Lucinda.
 
 

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