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. XL, NO. 2 JUNE 1992  WHOLE NO. 158a

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

FAMILY OF WILLIAM R. & DEBORAH ANN (WILLIAMS) SPARKS


Front row, left to right:  Florence Ameretta ["Etta"] Sparks, William Russell Sparks (father), Deborah Ann (Williams) Sparks (mother), Jonathan Chapell Sparks.
Middle row, left to right:  Nathan Oscar Sparks, Emma Sparks, Douglas Burton Sparks.
Back row, left to right: Melvin Ernest Sparks, William Ezra Sparks, Grace Sparks, Nancy Alice 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.

 WILLIAM R. SPARKS (1839-1907)

A DESCENDANT OF REUBEN AND CASSA (BUTTERY) SPARKS

By Paul E. Sparks

[Editor's Note: The March 1988 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Whole No. 141, contained an article about Reuben and Cassa (Buttery) Sparks of early Wilkes County, North Carolina.  Among their great-grandchildren was William R. Sparks about whom we then had limited information  Since the publication of that article, descendants have furnished additional information about William R Sparks which we are pleased to report here.  For the sake of uniformity, we have continued to use the same alpha-numeric outline that we used in the 1988 article.  The following should replace item "e" beginning on page 3183.]

e. William Russell Sparks, son of William J. ["Billie"] and Sarah ["Sallie"] (Jennings) Sparks, was born in Owen County, Indiana, on May 20, 1839.  He was a teenage lad when he accompanied his parents in their move to Boone County, Iowa.  There, he grew to maturity, and it was there that he was married to Deborah Ann Williams on September 4, 1862. (The marriage license was issued on September 1st.)  She had been born on September 22, 1843, in Montgomery County, Indiana.
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WILLIAM R. SPARKS (1839-1907), continued:

William R. Sparks was a farmer in southwestern Boone County, Iowa.  It was there that he and Deborah had eleven children, nine of whom lived to maturity.  (All nine are shown with their parents in the photograph taken about 1900 which has been reproduced for the cover of this issue.)  William R. Sparks died on December 4, 1907, at New Market, Iowa;  Deborah died there on February 7, 1919.  Their children were:
(1) Jonathan Chapel Sparks was born about 1863 in Iowa.

(2) Florence Ameretta ["Etta"] Sparks was born on September 11, 1865.  On March 2, 1884, she was married to John Alfred Allison.  He had been born on December 11, 1862, at Guelph, Canada.  He died in July 1923 and was buried in the Memory Cemetery at New Market, Iowa.  Etta died on August 18, 1943, and was buried beside her husband.  She and John had four children.  They were: William Clifford ["Cliff"] Allison, Cordia Ann Allison, Laura V. Allison, and A. Lawrence Allison.

(3) Horace A. Sparks was born about 1866.  He apparently died when he was young.

(4) Nathan Oscar Sparks was born on September 29, 1867.  He was married to Nellie Bly Timberlake on April 3, 1895, in Taylor County, Iowa.  She had been born on October 19, 1870, in Alpha, Illinois, and was a daughter of Robert D. and Amanda (Gamble) Timberlake.  Nathan died on September 30, 1933, at Clarinda, Iowa, and Nellie died on August 2, 1954, at Dubuque, Iowa.  They had three children:  Carl K. Sparks, Faith T. Sparks, and Elizabeth Sparks.  Carl K. Sparks was married to Florence Eva Jones on May 14, 1920, and they were the parents of Marlan Frank Sparks who furnished us with the photograph appearing on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY.

(9) Douglas Burton Sparks was born in 1879.  He died in August 1927.
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: Thomas Sparks (ca.1766-ca.1837) had thirteen children who reached maturity.  Information about the nine oldest children was presented in the December 1991 and March 1992 issues of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Whole Nos. 156 and 157, respectively.  We now conclude this series by presenting information about the remaining four children and their families.]
 

J. Elisha Sparks, son of Thomas and Dianah (Wilcox) Sparks, was born about 1809 in North Carolina.  He was married to Susanna Pridemore on December 16, 1833, in Lawrence County, Kentucky, by Walter Osborne.  His bondsmen were Daniel Sparks, Saul Sparks, and David Sparks.  Susanna had been born about 1810 in Floyd County, Kentucky, and was a daughter of John Pridemore who gave his consent to the marriage, since she was then not of age.  Elisha and Susanna lived on a road between the communities of Flat Gap and Paintsville, near the headwaters of Hood Creek.  It was there that they lived for the rest of their lives.  Susanna died on July 2, 1889, and Elisha died on December 26, 1893.  They were buried in a small cemetery not far from their home. They had thirteen children.

[Mrs. Jean (Slone) McCarty, a great-great-granddaughter of Elisha and Susanna (Pridemore) Sparks, has shared with us a description of two of the Sparks cemeteries where her ancestors were buried.  We are pleased to include here a portion of her observations.]

"A few years ago," Mrs. McCarty wrote, "We visited the small and unnamed cemetery where Elisha and Susanna were buried.  It is on Kentucky State Road 1092, about one-half mile off Kentucky State Road 201.  It is across the road and up a small hill from the Kerz Enterprise Baptist Church and is still being used occasionally.  Elisha and Susanna have field stone markers onto which names and dates have been carved;  however, the stones are beginning to crumble.  Elisha's son, Benjamin, is also buried there."

DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca. 1766-ca. 1837), continued:
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WILLIAM AND MARTHA (SALYER) SPARKS

(Photograph taken about 1900)

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On October 6, 1861, William Sparks went to Catlettsburg, Kentucky, where he enlisted in Company B, 14th Regiment Kentucky Infantry, United States Army.  He served in this unit until January 1865; he was subsequently granted a pension for his service.  (See page 3963 of this issue of the QUARTERLY for an abstract of the papers in his pension file.)   Mrs. McCarty wrote the following regarding his military service.

"My father remembered his grandfather Sparks quite well.  He was with Gen. Sherman on his campaign to take Atlanta, but he never got there because he was wounded in early August 1864.  The bone in his right foot was badly shattered by a bullet, and he remained a cripple for the rest of his life.  His toe nails grew quite funny, and he couldn't cut them himself, so he hired his grandchildren to cut them.

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

William Sparks, son of Elisha and Susanna (Pridemore) Sparks, died on October 18, 1913, and Martha died on December 15, 1915.  They were buried in the Sparks Cemetery on Sparks Branch. Of this cemetery, Mrs. McCarty has written:  "The cemetery where William and Martha (and all but one of their children) are buried is also on Kentucky State Road 1092.  Sparks Branch turns off the road and goes up a hollow and the cemetery is located about one-half mile up the hollow and high on a hill.  There is a road which is passable provided it hasn't rained the night before.  William's headstone is the typical Civil War one, with his name and Co. D., 14th Ky. Inf. carved on it.

"In passing, I would like to say that my father's generation took almost fanatical care of that cemetery,"  Mrs. McCarty continues.  "They met faithfully every year at 10 a.m. on Decoration Day (now called Memorial Day), regardless of the day of the week.  They mowed the grass; cleaned up the fence row; and whitewashed the stones.  Sunken graves were filled in and fresh flowers were placed upon the mounds.  In the absence of fresh flowers, artificial flowers were made from crepe paper and placed upon the graves.  It was an all-day family affair which, unfortunately, is fast disappearing as a custom."

William and Martha (Salyer) Sparks had twelve children.

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

Children of William and Martha (Salyer) Sparks, continued:

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MILBURN AND ALLIE (SPARKS) SLONE

WITH THEIR SON, MITCHELL SLONE

(Photograph taken about 1900)

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

Children of William and Martha (Salyer) Sparks, continued:

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FAMILY OF JAMES MONROE AND MINNIE (SPARKS) SLONE

Front row, left to right:    Amanda Slone, Minnie (Sparks) Slone, Lola Slone
Back row, left to right: Marion Slone, James Monroe Slone, Virgil Slone

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4. Elisha Sparks, Jr., son of Elisha and Susanna (Pridemore) Sparks, was born about 1841.  He served in the 14th Regiment Kentucky Infantry during the Civil War and died on February 12, 1863, while still in the military service.  (See page 3965 of this issue of the QUARTERLY for an abstract of the papers contained in his pension file.)
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca. 1766-ca. 1837), continued:

5. Perlina Sparks, daughter of Elisha and Susanna (Pridemore) Sparks, was born about 1843.  She was married to Andrew Dobbins on November 7, 1864, in Morgan County, Kentucky.

6. Dianah Sparks, daughter of Elisha and Susanna (Pridemore) Sparks, was born about 1846.  She was married to Edwin O'Bryan on August 21, 1866, in Johnson County, Kentucky.

7. Catherine Ann Sparks, daughter of Elisha and Susanna (Pridemore) Sparks, was born about 1848.

8. Tillman Sparks, son of Elisha and Susanna (Pridemore) Sparks, was born on March 27, 1850, in Johnson County, Kentucky.  He was married twice.  His first marriage was to Susan E. Murray on May 6, 1874, in Johnson County at the home of Sam Murray.  She had been born on January 18, 1853, in Johnson County and was a daughter of Samuel and Sarah Jane (Stambaugh) Murray.  Tillman and Susie (as she was called) lived on that part of Hood Creek which is in Lawrence County.  There, they had nine children.

Sometime between 1900 and 1910, Tillman and Susie moved to Greenup County, Kentucky, where Susie died on February 27, 1914.  Tillman was married (2nd) to Mrs. Mary ["Polly"] Carpenter about 1918, and they had one child, a daughter.  Tillman died on June 9, 1929, in Ashland, Kentucky.

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TILLMAN SPARKS WITH HIS SECOND WIFE

Left to right: Tillman Sparks (1850-1929), Tetsie Carpenter (step-daughter), Polly Sparks (Tillman's 2nd wife) holding their daughter, Myrtle Sparks, and Rhoda Carpenter (step-daughter) Ca.1920
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca. 1766-ca. 1837), continued:

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


K. Elijah Sparks, son of Thomas and Dianah (Wilcox) Sparks, was born about 1811 in North Carolina and was about ten years old when his parents arrived in Lawrence County, Kentucky.  It was there that he was married to Sarah ["Sally"] Evans on October 19, 1832, with Wesley Evans, father of Sally, giving his consent.  Daniel Sparks, brother of Elijah, was a witness along with E.E. Stikes.  Sally had been born in Virginia on September 14, 1811.  She and Elijah lived on the Puncheon Fork of Hood Creek in northwest Johnson County where they reared nine children.  Elijah died between 1870 and 1880.  Sally died on October 4, 1891.

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

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

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

L. Dianah Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Dianah (Wilcox) Sparks, was born about 1813 in North Carolina.  She was married to Pardon Morris on June 1, 1832, in Lawrence County, Kentucky, with her father, Thomas Sparks, giving permission to her marriage.  Pardon Morris was a son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Cams) Morris.  He and Dianah lived on or near Cains Creek where they had ten children.
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DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SPARKS (ca. 1766-ca. 1837), continued:

Children of Pardon and Dianah (Sparks) Morris, continued:
 


M. Nicholas Sparks, son of Thomas and Dianah (Wilcox) Sparks, was born about 1812 in North Carolina and was a young lad when he came to Lawrence County, Kentucky, with his parents in 1821.  It was there that he was married to Dorcas Ross on December 21, 1837.  She had been born about 1817 in Scott County, Virginia, and was a daughter of David Ross who gave his consent to her marriage.  Nicholas and Dorcas lived in the Flat Gap area of Johnson County, Kentucky, where they reared twelve children.  Nicholas died there sometime between 1870 and 1880, and Dorcas died sometime after 1880.

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

Children of Robert and Frances Melvina (Carter) Sparks:
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WILLIAM P. AND MARGARET (SPARKS) PHILLIPS

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

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

Children of Sylvanus and Alice (Skaggs) Sparks, continued
[Editor's Note: This is the third and concluding part of the article about Thomas Sparks (ca.1766-ca.1837) and his descendants who lived in and around Johnson County, Kentucky.  Part one appeared in the QUARTERLY for December 1991, Whole No. 156, and part two appeared in the issue for March 1992, Whole No. 157.  We shall be pleased to try to answer questions from our readers regarding this family.   We shall also welcome additional information about Thomas Sparks and his descendants.]

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CORRECTION

The caption under the picture of William Darwin Sparks on page 3906 of the March 1992 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 157, contains an error.  William Darwin Sparks was a son of John Henry Sparks. He was not a son of William D. Sparks as shown beneath his picture on page 3906.  Our readers are asked to make this correction in their copy of the March 1992 issue.

[Scanning editor's note:  Correction made.]

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