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. XLV, NO.3 September 1997    WHOLE NO.179a

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

FAMILY OF JAMES FRANKLIN AND MISSOURI (GREEN) WHITE

WITH HIS PARENTS

NELSON T. AND NANCY (SPARKS) WHITE



 

Front row, left to right:  Nancy (Sparks) White, Amanda Susan White,
and Nelson T. White holding Della Mae White
Back row, left to right: David G. White, Missouri (Green) White holding
Lucian Coleman White, James Franklin White,
John Nelson White, and James Estill White

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.
Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Hite Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206-2311)
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The Sparks Family Association was founded in March, 1953, as a non-profit organi- zation devoted to the assembling and preserving of genealogical and historical materials pertaining to the Sparks Family in America.  It is exempt from federal income tax under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(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 and $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 -1957, 1958 -1962, 1963 -1967, 1968 -72, 1973 -1977, 1978-1982,1983 -1987; and 1988-92.  Each index is available for $5.00. A complete file of the back issues of the Quarterly (1953-1996), including the eight indexes, may be purchased for $290.00.  The forty-four years of the Quarterly (1953 -1996) comprise a total of 4,760 pages of Sparks Family history.  The eight indexes  amount to 874 additional pages.  A table of contents is also available for $5.00.  Comprising 65 pages, this lists the contents of each issue beginning with that for March 1953; it is updated at the end of each year with a listing for the year just completed and is mailed to each member without charge.  The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) that has been assigned to the Quarterly is ISSN 0561-5445.

Orders for individual back issues of the Quarterly, the table of contents, as well as for a complete, file should be sent to the editor, Russell E. Bidlack, 1709 Cherokee Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104-4498.

SPARKSES OF EARLY LAWRENCE COUNTY, KENTUCKY

ROBERT SPARKS (ca.1780-ca.1815)

SON OF JOHN AND SARAH (SHORES) SPARKS

OF WILKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

AND HIS DESCENDANTS OF LAWRENCE COUNTY, KENTUCKY

By Paul E. Sparks

(Editor's Note: Between 1820 and 1830, five men named SPARKS and their families settled in Lawrence County, Kentucky. Two of these men, James Sparks and Thomas Sparks, were brothers, being sons of William and Ann Sparks. Two other men, Levi Sparks and George Sparks, were also brothers, they being sons of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks. The fifth man named Sparks to settle in Law- rence County was John Wesley Sparks (usually called Wes); he was a nephew of Levi and George Sparks, he being a son of their brother, Robert Sparks. Articles about four of these men have been published in the QUARTERLY as follows:
Thomas Sparks, December 1991, Whole No. 156 and March 1992, Whole No. 157; James Sparks, March 1994, Whole No. 165; Levi Sparks, June 1996, Whole No. 174; and George -Sparks, December 1996, Whole No. 176.

[The article that follows deals with the children of Robert Sparks, brother of Levi Sparks and George Sparks. Although Robert Sparks apparently did not come to Lawrence County, four of his children were among. its early settlers. We, are inclined to believe that these four were all of Robert's children. Our information has come to us from the records of the late Ira Paulus Ison, and we again express our indebtedness to Mr. Ison for his help. He died in 1986.

[The Sparkses who came to Lawrence County settled there shortly after its formation in 1821. At that time, the county embraced a large territory, and, as its popula tion grew, other counties were formed from portions of it. Carter County ,was formed in 1838; Johnson County was formed in 1843; and Boyd County was formed in 1860. After the Civil War, Elliott County was formed in 1869, and Martin County was formed in 1870. In the article that follows, references to these- six counties will not usually be followed by "Kentucky," it being understood that we will refer only to the counties with these names that are located in Kentucky.]

Robert Sparks, son of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks, was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, about 1780. Only one official record bearing his name has been found. This is in a survey made of a land grant to John Sparks, Senior in 1804 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, located on the East Fork of Roaring River. In this, Robert Sparks was named as a chain-bearer in this survey. The .rest of the scanty information that we have about him has come to us from relatives in Wilkes County, North Carolina, or in Lawrence County.

Robert Sparks was married to Margaret Pigg about 1804, and they were the parents of four children. She may have been a daughter of William Pigg who paid taxes in 1814 on property near that of John Sparks, Sr. In neighboring Surry County, North Carolina, a Nathan Pigg served as bondsman for the marrriage of Waitman Summers and Winney Durham on March 8, .1811.

We have found no record of the death of Robert Sparks nor that of his spouse, Margaret (Pigg) Sparks. He was not enumerated on the 1810 or 1820 censuses of North Carolina; he may have died prior to 1820. His widow was apparently living with her son, Wesley Sparks, when the 1830 census was taken of Lawrence County, Kentucky; she was probably the female, aged 50-60 years, then living in his house hold.

We believe that the children of Robert and Margaret (Pigg) Sparks were: John Wesley Sparks, Nancy Sparks, William Sparks, and Reuben Sparks. Available in formation about each follows:

A. Wesley Sparks, son of Robert and Margaret (Pigg) Sparks, was born about 1806 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. His full name was John Wesley Sparks, but he was usually called Wesley or "Wes." He was probably about ten years old when his father died. He grew to manhood in North Carolina, and, about 1825 he brought his mother and siblings to Lawrence County where he joined his uncles, Levi Sparks and George Sparks. He was shown as head of his house hold when the 1830 census was taken of Lawrence County.

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Wesley Sparks paid taxes in Lawrence County for the first time in 1831. He was married there to Nancy Kozee on August 22, 1835. His brother, Reuben Sparks had been his bondsman for the marriage license dated June 7, 1835. Nancy had been born about 1819 in Kentucky and was a daughter of Elias Kozee. She and Wes went to housekeeping on Wallowhole Creek, and it was there~ on October 1, 1846, that he was issued a Lawrence County land warrant for 100 acres of land. (Kentucky counties were given permission in 1835 to claim and to dispose of vacant land within their boundaries.) When the 1850 census was taken of Lawrence County, Wes and -Nancy were shown with five children. Their nearest neighbor was Wes's uncle, George Sparks.

Wes Sparks was still living in Lawrence County when the 1860 census, was taken. Shortly thereafter, his son, Martin Sparks, was enrolled in the 5th Regiment Kentucky Infantry, Confederate States Army. Wes' 5 son, Richmond, joined Union forces in 1864. Wesley was issued two more Lawrence County land war rants on May 15, 1865, for tracts on Wallowhole Creek consisting of 380 and 275 acres. In 1869, the portion of Lawrence -County where he lived became a part of a newly-formed county named Elliott County. When the 1870 census was taken of Elliott County, - Wes and Nancy were living near Culver, Kentucky, with their two youngest sons.

 
Nancy (Kozee) Sparks was not enumerated on the 1880 census of Elliott County; she had probably died by then. Wesley Sparks, age 74, was still living near Culver, with his two youngest sons, John Wesley Sparks and Reuben Sparks. We have found no record of his death, nor the place where he was buried. He and Nancy had twelve children.
 
1. Nancy Sparks, daughter of Wes and Nancy (Kozee) Sparks, was born about
1836 in Lawrence County. She was married to Daniel Stephens, a son of Thomas Stephens. We have no further information about this couple.

2. Richmond Sparks, son of Wes and Nancy (Koze'e) Sparks, was born about
1840 in Lawrence County. His given name was often copied as Richard. He was married to Polly Ann Oma Stephens on August 7, 1861, in Morgan County, Kentucky. She had been born about 1845 in Floyd County, Ken tucky, and was usually called Oma.

On December 29, 1861, Richmond Sparks was enrolled in Company G, 5th Regiment Kentucky Infantry, Confederate States Army. He probably served until his unit was defeated during the spring of .1862, and he then returned home. He was enrolled on May 21, 1864, in Company A, 68th' Regiment Ken tucky Militia in Union forces, commanded by David Sturgell. Several years later, his widow applied for a pension based on his service. (See page 4879 of this issue of the QUARTERLY for an abstract of his pension file.)

When Richmond Sparks died on January 31, 1878, at Fielden, Kentucky, he was only 37 years of age. His youngest child was born posthumously. He and Oma had seven children.
 

a. Martin Van Buren Sparks was born on March 30, 1864. He was married to Missouri ["Zue"] Prince on January 20, 1884, in Elliott County. She had been born on June 27, 1868. When the 1900 census was taken of Lawrence County, Zue and Martin were living on the East Fork of Little Sandy River. Zue died on February 24, 1907, and was buried in the Hen sley Cemetery near Webbville, Kentucky. We have not learned the date of the death of Martin. He and Zue had nine children. They were:
Rena Bell Sparks, Serilda J. Sparks, Julia D. Sparks, Sarah 0. Sparks, Walter Van Sparks, Virgie J. Sparks, James Logan Sparks, Daniel H. Sparks, and Mary L. Sparks.

b. Daniel Sparks was born on October 9, 1865. He was married to, Mary Ellen -Sparks about 1884. She had been born in March 1870 and was a daughter of Francis Marion and Almedia Frances (Wells) Sparks, thus she and Daniel were second cousins. (See Item C, 7, a, below.) According to relatives and census records, they lived on Wallowhole Creek where they reared eight children to maturity. They were: Cecil R. Sparks, Francis Marion Sparks, Martin B. Sparks, Beverly Sparks, Stella Sparks, Pearlie Sparks, Sarah Sparks, and Alice Sparks.


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c. Serilda Sparks was born on January 17, 1868. She was married to Baugess White. We have no further information about them.

d. George Sparks was born on July 25, 1870. He was married to Mary [1'Mol- lie11] McComas about 1889. She had been born in February 1867 and was a daughter of George McComas. She and George were living on the East Fork of Little Sandy River in Lawrence CQunty when the 1900 census was taken. They had twelve children. They were: Rose Annie Sparks, Marion Sparks, Richmond Sparks, Monroe Sparks, Rhoda Sparks, Oneida Sparks, Wilma Sparks, Asa Hood Sparks, Richard Sparks, Hester Sparks, May Sparks, and Essie Sparks.

e. Caney Sparks was born on May 19, 1874. He was married to Calista JaneRamey in 1894 in Lawrence County. She had been born in August 1877, and was a daughter of Daniel Ramey. She died on March 9, 1942, and Caney died on May 21, 1943. They had nine children. They were: Bertha Sparks, Cora Sparks, John Wesley Sparks, Daniel Garfield Sparks, Mary Sparks, Della Lea Sparks, Laban T. Sparks, Edna Sparks, and Gladys
Sparks.

f. William Sparks was born on May 16, 1876. We have no further information about him.

g. John Wesley ["Little Wes"] Sparks was born Posthumously on October 25, 1878. He was married to Lucinda Jane Ramey in 1898 in Lawrence County.She had been born in April 1879 and was a daughter of Daniel Ramey.  She and "Little Wes"lived on Wallowhole Creek. They were buried in un-marked graves in the Little Wes Sparks Cemetery located east of Wallowhole Road. According to relatives and census records, they had seven children.

 
They were: Charles Sparks, Alice Sparks, Buddle Sparks, Eva Sparks,Daniel Sparks, Mary Sparks, and May Sparks.
3. Robert Sparks, son of Wes and Nancy (Kozee) Sparks, was born about 1843. He was a 13-year-old boy when he was shot and killed by his cousin, 10-year- old George Sparks, a son of William and Mary (Lyon) Sparks. (See Item C, 6, below.)

4. Martin Sparks, son of Wes and Nancy (Kozee) Sparks, was born about 1845 in Lawrence County. On December 29, 1861, he was enrolled in Company G, 5th Regiment, Confederate States Army. He probably served in that unit until it was defeated in the spring of 1862, when he returned home. Then, on Decem ber 27, 1863, he enlisted at Grayson, Kentucky, in Company C, 40th Regi ment Kentucky Infantry of the Union Army to serve for one year. He served until December 30, 1864, when he was mustered out with his company. (See page 4880 of this issue of the QUARTERLY for an abstract of his pension file.)

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After returning from the service, Martin Sparks was married to Nancy Collier on October 25, 1865, in Lawrence County. (The license was issued on October 23, 1864.) Nancy had be en born about 1842. She and Martin lived near Fielden, Kentucky, where they had six children before Martin's death on May 18, 1879, at the age of 34 years. After Martin's death, Nancy was mar ried (second) to Martin Gambill on January 2, 1889. The children of Martin and Nancy Sparks were:
a. Richmond ["Rich"] Sparks was born on October 5, 1866. He was married to Mary Ellen Hicks about 1888. She had been born in August 1869 and was a daughter of Henry Hicks. Rich and Mary Ellen lived near Isonville, Kentucky, where they raised nine children. They were: Mertie M. Sparks, Bertie Fay Sparks, William A. Sparks, Lucy L. Sparks, Viola Sparks, Phoebe Sparks, John Sparks, Henry Sparks, and Lonnie Sparks.

b. Robert L. Sparks was born on August 28, 1868. He was married to Moffle Gambill in 1890 in Lawrence County. She had been born in April 1871 and was a daughter of Chine Gambill. Robert Sparks died about 1940 and was buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Boyd County, Kentucky. He and Mollie had two children: Harrison Sparks and Lonnie Sparks.

c. Mary ["Polly"] Sparks was born on August 26, 1870. She was married to William Stephens. We have no further information about them.

d. Renia Sparks was born on February 2, 1872. She was married to Milton Terry on August 4, 1894, in Elliott County. We have no further informa tion about them.

e. Allen M. Sparks was born on July 3, 1874. He was married to Mary Eliza beth Roseberry in 1901 in Lawrence County. She had been born on Octo ber 20, 1884, and was a daughter of Hyge and Regina Ann (Gambrn) Rose- berry. Allen and Mary Elizabeth lived near Mazie, Kentucky. Allen died on April 8, 1966, and Mary Elizabeth died on September 21, 1971. They had five children: John Rich Sparks, Minnie Sparks, Robert Martin Sparks, Nancy Sparks, and August Sparks.

f. Margaret ["Peggy"] Sparks was born on January 5, 1876. She was mar ried to Martin Gambrn in 1894 in Lawrence County. We have no further information about this couple.
 

5. Lousina ["Sena"] Sparks, daughter of Wes and Nancy (Kozee) Sparks, was born about 1847. She was married to George Stephens in 1865 in Lawrence County. He had been born about 1844 and was a son of George Stephens. Sena was buried in an unmarked grave in the Stephens Cemetery on Wallow- hole Creek. She and George had six children:
 
a. Nancy J. Stephens was born about 1865.
b. William Stephens was born about 1866.
c. Renia A. Stephens was born about 1871.
d. Oma E. Stephens was born about 1873.
e. James W. Stephens was born on April 20, 1875.
f. Malinda J. Stephens was born about 1879.
6. Serilda ["Rilda"] Sparks, daughter of Wes and Nancy (Kozee) Sparks, was born about 1849. She was married to Caney Stephens on January 1, 1870, in Elliott County. It was there that Rilda died on April 22, 1877, of con sumption. She and Caney had one child, Sarah A. Stephens, born on No vember 4, 1874.

7. William ("Bill"] Sparks, son of Wes and Nancy (Kozee) Sparks, was born on May 1, 1853. He was married to Malinda J. Stephens on October 2, 1873, in Carter County. She had been born about 1856. She and Billlived on Wallowhole Creek. They were buried there in the Bill Sparks Cemetery in unmarked graves. They had ten children.
 
 

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 Children of Bill and Malinda J. (Stephens) Sparks:
a. Hugh Sparks was born on July 20, 1874. He was married to Cynthia AlafairFannin on January 1, 1894, in Elliott County. She had been born in August 1877 and was a daughter of Alfred Fannin. Alafair (as she was called) and Hugh lived near Hurricane, Kentucky. He died there in 1949, and Alafair died there in 1961. They were buried in the Hugh Sparks Cemetery on Wallowhole Creek. They had nine children. They were: Malinda Jane Sparks, Emily S. Sparks, Greenville Sparks, James Sparks, John Wesley Sparks, Bird Sparks, Joel Sparks, Ossie Sparks, and Bessie May Sparks.

b. Greenville ["Green?"] G. Sparks was born on December 17, 1875. He was married to Elizzie Jones on October 30, 1909, in Elliott County.

c. Wesley Sparks was born in~October 1876. He was married to Malinda Jane Stephens on August 18, 1897, in Elliott County. She had been born in June 1882 and was a daughter of George Stephens. Wesley and Jane (as she was called) lived on Wallowhole Creek where they reared eight children. They were: Caney Sparks, Russell Sparks, Rilda Sparks, Richard Sparks, Bud Sparks, Alice Sparks, Viola Sparks, and May Sparks.

d. Elizabeth ["Liz"] Sparks was born in August 1880. She was married to James Ramey, a son of Daniel Ramey, about 1900. They had nine children. They were: Linda Ellen Ramey, Tabitha Jane Ramey, Mary Ramey, Martha R. Ramey, James Ramey, Proctor Ramey, Green Ramey, Irene Ramey, and Ollie Ramey.

 
e. William Sparks was born on September 4, 1882. He was married to Ida Stephens on October 1, 1902, in Elliott County.

f. George Sparks was born on July 7, 1886, in Elliott County. It was there that he was married to Martha Stephens on June 20, 1903. She had been born on March 2, 1884, in Elliott County and was a daughter of John and Sarah (Holbrook) Stephens. George died in 1949. Martha survived him for nearly twenty-five years, dying on December 24, 1972. She and George had eight children. They were: Lonnie Sparks, William Alden Sparks, George Sparks, Bert Sparks, Elizabeth Sparks, Malissa Sparks, Fay Sparks, and Martha Sparks.

g. Byrdine ["Bird"] Sparks was born on May 11, 1887. He was married to Fiona Jenkins. He may have been the Bird Sparks who was shot and killed by Alex Frazier in 1916/1917. He was buried in an unmarked grave in the Brn Sparks Cemetery.

h. Martha J. Sparks was born on June 8, 1893. She was married to Elijah Justice.

i. Rose Goldie Hester Sparks was born on April 15, 1896. She was married to Monroe Sparks, and they had at least one child, Carl Sparks, who was born about 1917.

j. Bessie Sparks was born on December 1, 1899.
 

8. Hugh Sparks, son of Wes and Nancy (Kozee) Sparks, was born on April 23,
1856. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Rose Anna ("Lady"] Gilbert about 1874. She had been born about 1856 and was a daughter of Thomas Gilbert. She and Hugh had five children before her death, which occurred about 1890. Hugh was married (second) to Malinda Stephens on June 14, 1896, in Elliott County. She had been born in April 1873. Appar ently, she and Hugh had no children.
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Hugh Sparks was shown as head of his household on the 1880 census of Elliott County, but when the 1900 census was taken, he was in Boyd County. He was back in Elliott County in 1908, according to a school census. We have found no record of his death. By his first marriage, he had five child ren. They were:
 
a. Nancy Elizabeth Sparks was born on July 14, 1875. She was married to William Melvin Evans about 1894. He had been born in May 1874 and was a son of Marion Evans. When the 1900 census was taken of Boyd County, Melvin (as he was called) was living in the household of his father-in-law, Hugh Sparks. With him was his spouse and their two children, Hugh Evans and Rosa Evans, and an adopted child, Harry Evans.

b. George W. Sparks was born on February 3, 1877. He was married to Amanda Stephens.

c. Travis Sparks was born in December 1881. He was married to Mollie Stephens in 1906.

d. Henry Harrison Sparks was born in January 1887. He was married to Grace Lunsford on August 10, 1910, in Elliott County.

e. Mary J. ["PoIIy"] Sparks was born on February 27, 1890.
 

9. Nancy Sparks, daughter of Wes and Nancy (Kozee) Sparks, was born about
1859.

10. Rena Sparks, daughter of Wes and Nancy (Kozee) Sparks, was born on August 5, 1860. She was married to George W. Sparks on March 19, 1880, in Elliott County. He had been born about 1856 in North Carolina, proba bly in Cherokee County, and was a son of Joel and Mary Jane (Grew) Sparks. After the killing of George's brother, Solbmon Sparks, on Septem ber 8, 1877, in Elliott County, Joel and Mary Jane returned to Cherokee County, North Carolina, and it is highly probable that George and Rena fol lowed them. We have no further information about this couple. (See page 2271 of the March 1981 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 113, for fur ther details regarding the above incident.)

11. John Wesley Sparks, Jr., son of Wes and Nancy (Kozee) Sparks, was born on July 9, 1865, in Lawrence County, but he lived most of his life near the village of Sarah in southeastern Elliott County. He was married twice. His first marriage was to Mary Josephine Sparks about 1889. She had been born on March 8, 1867, and was a daughter of Reuben and Mary Jane (Weilman) Sparks. (See Item C, 2, below.) She and Wesley had two children when she died on September 12, 1894, probably when their third child was born. That child did not survive.

Wesley Sparks was married (second) to Tabitha Ramey on January 31, 1895, in Lawrence County. She had been born on November 29, 1879, and was a 16-year-old daughter of Daniel Harrison and Fair Ellen Harris (Cordle) Ramey. She took charge of the two young children of Wesley, and when the 1900 census was taken of Elliott County, she and Wesley also had three child ren. They eventually had thirteen children. Wesley died at Sarah, Ken tucky, on April 13, 1927. Tabitha survived him nearly 35 years, dying on May 24, 1961. They were buried in the Wes Sparks Cemetery No. 2, south of Wallowhole, Kentucky; however, there are no dates on their tombstones. Wesley was the father of sixteen children, including the unnamed child who died at birth. (In the following list of his children, note that the first three were by his first wife, Mary Josephine, while those who follow were by his second wife, Tabitha.)


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Children of John Wesley Sparks, Jr.:
a. Nancy Jane Sparks was born on December 10, 1889. She was ma?ried to Walter Sparks. She died on August 30, 1917.

b. Sena Sparks was born on September 27, 1891. She was married to Nelson Boggs.

c. A child was born to Wesley and Mary Josephine Sparks in 1894, and died at birth.

d. James William ["Billy"] Sparks was born on November 11, 1895. He was married to Eva Holbrook, a daughter of Foster Holbrook. Billy and Eva lived in Dearborn, Wisconsin, and had at least one child, Paul Sparks, born about 1922.
 

e. Daniel ["Dan"] Reuben Sparks was born on November 4., 1898. He was shot and killed on June 21, 1921, near his home at Sarah, Kentucky. His 14- year-old sister, Mary J. Sparks, was also killed at the same time. As hand ed down to relatives, the incident was described as follows:
 

The passage of the 18th Amendment to the Federal Constitution may have played a part in this tragic incident. (Enforcement of the amendment, the prohibition of the making or using of alcohol, began in 1921, and many small, but licensed, distilleries were dismantled or destroyed. Before the Amendment was repealed in 1933, many persons lost their lives in trying to enforce this unpopular law.)
f. Jennie Ella Sparks was born on October 12, 1899. She was married to Alonzo ["Lon"] Gilliam, a son of William Gilliam. Ella (as she was called) and Lon lived near Isonville, Kentucky. She died there on September 21, 1978. According to her obituary, she and Lon had three children. They were:
a daughter who was married to Ival Wolfenbarger; a daughter who was married to Alva Kelley; and a son, Denval Gilliam.

g. Hugh ['1Hewey'1] Thadius Sparks was born on March 1, 1901. He was mar ried to Emma Lee Skaggs on April 28, 1927. She had been born on June 20, 1907, and was a daughter of Phiffip and Lizzie Ann (Coffee) Skaggs. Hewey was an oil-well-pumper. He and Emma were members of the Big Blaine United Baptist Church. He died on November 30, 1971. Emma died on May 13, 1985. They were buried in the Morton Sparks Cemetery at Blaine, Kentucky. They had one child, Lucille Ruth Sparks.

h. Martin Sparks was born on Nqvember 16, 1902, in Elliott County. He was a blacksmith. He was married to Hannah Ferguson about 1930. She had been born on March 19, 1908, and was a daughter of Frank and Virgie (Bailey) Ferguson. She and Martin lived near Martha, Kentucky, where they were members of the Big Blaine United Baptist Church. Martin died on March 19, 1978, and Hannah died on February 4, 1982. They were buried in the Sturgill Cemetery. They had four children: Hugh Denver Sparks, Ova Lee Sparks, Ronald C. Sparks, and Chester V. Sparks.


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i. John Wesley Sparks was born on October 22, 1905. He was married to Dova Gilliam, and they lived in Portsmouth, Ohio. They had nine children.
j. Mary J. Sparks was born on February 17, 1907. She was killed on June 21, 1921. (See Item B, 11, e, above.)

k. Robert Richard ["Rich"] Sparks was born on April 22, 1908, in Elliott County. He was married to Lucy Holbrook. They lived in Greenup County, Kentucky. Rich died on January 29, 1986. He and Lucy had four children. They were: S. H. Sparks, Roberta Sparks, Waynetta Sparks and Janey Sparks.

k. Robert Richard ["Rich"] Sparks was born on April 22, 1908, in Elliott County. He was married to Lucy Holbrook. They lived in Greenup County, Kentucky. Rich died on January 29, 1986. He and Lucy had four children. They were: S. H. Sparks, Roberta Sparks, Waynetta Sparks and Janey Sparks.

 l. Rena Elizabeth Sparks was born on January 13, 1910. She was mar ried to Jesse Gilliam about 1930. He had been born on September 23, 1900, and was a son of John and Ellen (Nickell) Gilliam. Jesse and Rena lived near Martha, Kentucky. She died there on January 9, 1973, and Jesse died there on July 12, 1984. They had nine children. They were: Evon Gilliam, Geneva Gilliam, Trevia Gilliam, Justine Gil liam, Carol Jean Gilliam, Daniel Gilliam, Leonard Gilliam, Amos Gilliam, and Harold Dean Gilliam.
 

12. Reuben Sparks, son of Wes and Nancy (Kozee) Sparks, was born in 1867. He lived on Wallowhole Creek in Elliott County. He was married to Dova J. Whitt about 1895. She had been born in May 1873 and was a daughter of Bauguess Whitt. According to census records and to information fur nished by relatives, Reuben and Dova had seven children. They were:
a. Bertie L. Sparks was born on March 16, 1896.
b. David Sparks was born on March 12, 1898.
c. John E. Sparks was born on February 5, 1900.
d. Reuben Sparks, Jr. was born on April 8, 1902.
e. Emma Sparks.
f. Jane Sparks.
g. Rupert Sparks.
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B. Nancy Sparks, daughter of Robert and Margaret (Pigg) Sparks, was born about 1809 in North Carolina. She accompanied her brothers to Kentucky,and it was there, on February 19, 1830, that she was married to Martin Ison in Morgan County. He had been born in Washington County, Virginia, about 1804 and was a son of Archibald and Mary (Gilliam) Ison. He was a brother of Ira Ison who was married to Loucina Sparks in 1833. (See Item F, page 4659, of the June 1996 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 174.)

Martin and Nancy (Sparks) Ison lived near Newcombe on Ison Creek in present- day Elliott County. We have found no records of their deaths, which apparently came to Martin about 1850 and to Nancy sometime after 1880. They had eight children.

1. Charles Ison, son of Martin and Nancy (Sparks) Ison, was born on July 3,
1830. He was married to Sarah Hamilton on September 12, 1850, in Morgan County, Kentucky. She had been born about 1832. She and Charles had seven children. They were:
2.  William Ison, son of Martin and Nancy (Sparks) Ison, was born in March 1832. He was married to Elizabeth Hamilton about 1860. She had been born about 1838. According to the 1880 census of Elliott County, she and William had seven children. They were:
3. Joshua Ison, son of Martin and Nancy (Sparks) Ison, was born on May 20,  1833. He was married to Mary Gilliam about 1860. She had been born about 1842 in Kentucky and was a daughter of Isaiah and Nancy (Adkins) Gilliam According to the history of Elliott County published in 1992, Joshua and Mary (Gilliam) Ison had eleven children.


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

GRAVESTONE OF ALONZO C. ["LONNIE"] ISON (1893-1918)

(A World War I Casualty)

Great-grandson of Martin and Nancy (Sparks) Ison

(View photograph)

Children of Joshua and Mary (Gilliam) Ison:
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Scanned and Edited by Harold E. Sparks