THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION
“He who careth not from whence he came, careth little whither he goeth.” Daniel Webster
|VOL. V, NO. 1||MARCH, 1957||WHOLE NO. 17a|
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[Note: Here appears a photograph, beneath which is the following caption:]
WILLIAM PERRY JOHNSON
Secretary-Treasurer, The Sparks Family Association
(Photo courtesy of News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.)
|THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The
Sparks Family Association.
Paul E. Sparks, President,
155 N. Hite Ave., Louisville 6, Kentucky
The Sparks Family Association was founded in March, 1953, as a non-profit organization devoted to the assembling and preserving for posterity of all genealogical and historical material pertinent to the Sparks family in America. Membership in the 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 two dollars per year; Contributing membership dues are three dollars per year; Sustaining membership dues are any amount over three 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 two dollars per year. Back issues are kept in print and are available for fifty cents per issue, The first issue of the QUARTERLY was published in March, 1953. The editor from March, 1953, to September, 1954, was Paul E. Sparks; since September, 1954, the editor has been Russell E. Bidlack.
WILLIAM PERRY JOHNSON -- A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
By: Russell E. Bidlack
William Perry Johnson, whose portrait is featured on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY, was one of the founders of The Sparks Family Association, and during the four years of the Association’s existence he has spent a large amount of time and effort doing research on behalf of the Sparks family. Many of the articles which have appeared in the QUARTERLY were written solely by Mr. Johnson, and he has provided data for several of those which do not bear his name. All members of the Association should feel a personal debt to Mr. Johnson for the work he is doing to trace and preserve our heritage.
William Perry Johnson was born May 16, 1918, on a farm near Fairmount, Grant County, Indiana, the son of Carter Guy and Mary Evelyn (Seale) Johnson. He is a Sparks descendant, being the great~great-great-great-grandson of Susannah Sparks and her husband, Charles Johnson (see page 98 of the December, 1955, Whole No. 12, issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY.)
At an early age, Mr. Johnson became interested in his family history and in 1936 he went to North Carolina where many of his ancestors had lived in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries. He lived intermittently in North Carolina until 1942, and during these years he spent much of his time gathering genealogical data. In June, 1942, he entered the Army where he continued his genealogical pursuits during his free time. Soon after his induction into the Army he was sent to Camp Lucker, Alabama, where he was assigned to the Wildcat Infantry Division. In October, 1942, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and placed on a cadre; in November of that year he was sent to Camp McCain, Mississippi, as a member of the
Acorn Infantry Division. He became supply sergeant in March, 1943, and was promoted to staff sergeant the following month. He was honorably discharged, due to poor health, in October, 1943. Following his release from the Army, Mr. Johnson settled in Los Angeles, California, where he attended Los Angeles City College. He was graduated, cum laude, in 1950 and later studied for a year at Los Angeles State College.
Much of Mr. Johnson’s research prior to 1951 was devoted to the Hiatt family (his paternal grandmother was a Hiatt) and in that year appeared his monumental Hiatt-Hiett Genealogy and Family History, 1699-1949. This volume, which contains over one thousand pages and some twenty thousand names, was published and distributed by The Jesse Hiatt Family Association, The work has attracted praise in every quarter and reviewers have described it as a model of scholarship, accuracy, and completeness.
In 1952 Mr. Johnson decided to make family history more than just a hobby. He moved back to North Carolina, settling in Raleigh, where he soon established a fine reputation as a professional genealogist. Although he specializes in North Carolina research, he frequently travels to other Southern states and to Washington, D.C., on behalf of his many clients. His wide knowledge of the sources of genealogical research in archives and court houses, and elsewhere, plus an inherent ability, have enabled him to solve genealogical problems which have baffled other researchers.
Mr. Johnson is also the editor and publisher of The North Carolinian, A Quarterly Journal of Genealogy and History, which began puMTcation in March, 1955. Devoted to the publication of previously unprinted genealogical source material, the North Carolinian has attracted wide acclaim. The magazine is of interest to persons all over the United States because North Carolina. dating from the middle 1600’s, has been the ancestral home of thousands of American families. A large percentage of the people living today in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and many other states have ancestors who settled in North Carolina for at least a generation or two before moving on to what appeared to be greener pastures. Mr. Johnson is also the publisher and distributor of the 1815 Tax List of Randolph County, North Carolina, which was compiled and edited tyWinford Calvin Hinshaw. Other similar publications are planned for the future.
The picture which appears on the cover was published originally in the Raleigh News and Observer on March 11, 1956, along with an interesting article about William Perry Johnson written by George Raynor. Mr. Johnson owns one of the largest collections of ancestral pictures in the United States. Those displayed in this picture include his parents, his four grandparents, all eight of his great-grandparents, eight of his sixteen great-great-grandparents, four of his great-great-great-grandparents, and one of his great-great-great-great-grandparents.
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SPARKS MARRIAGE BONDS OF LAWRENCE COUNTY, INDIANA
Copied by Paul E. Sparks
|Henry Sparks||- Nelly Lee||20 June 1819||(Book A, page 11)|
|Hiram Sparks||- Betsy Alvord||22 Feb. 1833||(Book A, page 44)|
|Harrison Sparks||- Desire Alvord||16 Mar. 1833||(Book A, page 44)|
|Moses Sparks||- Martha Ann Cooper||25 Aug. 1841||(Book B, page 283)|
|William A. Sparks||- Lydia A. Payne||20 Feb. 1869||(Book E, page 213)|
|Raymond Sparks||- Lila Meadows||7 Nov. 1895||(Book I, page 416)|
[Note: On this page is a small photograph of Dr. Proctor Sparks]
Once more we must report the passing of one of the charter members of The Sparks Family Association. On January 16, 1957, death came unexpectedly to Dr. Proctor Sparks at his winter home in St. Petersburg, Florida. Members will recall that when the Association was formed in March, 1953, Dr. Sparks not only predicted that it would succeed, but that within two or three years there would be a membership of at least three hundred. In order to encourage the founders of the organization, Dr. Sparks announced that he would donate one hundred dollars to the Association when that coal was reached. Early in 1955 the three hundredth member loined and Dr. Sparks mailed his cheek to the Secretary-Treasurer . The founders will always remember Dr . Sparks for the encouragement which he gave at a time when they were uncertain that the Association could succeed.
Dr. Sparks, who was one of tho best-known physicians of Ashland, Kentucky, was sixty-sevcn years years old at the tine of his death. He was born on June 7, 1890, at Martha, Kentucky. Dr . Sparks was a great-great-great-grandson of John Sparks (1753—1840/41) whose life was sketched in The Sparks Quarterly of December, 1955. His descent from John Sparks was through the fol1owing line: The eldest son of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks was Levi Sparks, born Oct. 2, 1778, in Surry County, N. C., died Oct. 21, 1851, in Laurence County, Kentucky. Levi Sparks married twice and by his second wife, Sarah Lyon, was the father of Calvin Sparks, born Nov. 9, 1806. Calvin Sparks also married a giirl named Sarah Lyon. Calvin and Sarah Sparks were the parents of Nelson Sparks, born June 1, 1845, died Feb. 26, 1932. Nelson Sparks was married on Dec. 15, 1863, to Sarrilda Holbrook, who was born March 4, 1849, and died Dec. 18, 1920.Nelsen and Sarrilda Sparks were the parents of Meredith Benton Sparks, born Nov. 24, 1866, died Nov. 29, 1933. Meredith Benton Sparks was married on Sept. 22, 1887, to Cyntha Alice Bailey, who was born March 21, 1869, and died Feb. 25, 1952. They were the parents of Dr. Proctor Sparks.
Dr. Sparks was a graduate of the Louisville Medical School, having received his M.D. degree in 1917. He practiced for a while in Louisa, Kentucky, before moving to Ashland where he enjoyed a large practice until he retired about four years ago. In recent years he had been spending the winters in Florida and took a number of cruises on Delta Line boats as ship’s doctor. He had just returned from a voyage to South America on board the S. S. del Norte when he died of a heart attack.
Dr. Sparks was a member of the Unity Baptist Church, a Mason, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Kentucky Medical Association and the American Medical Association, past-presidont of the Boyd County Medical Society, and past-chairman of the Board of the Salvation Army. He had also served as director of several local business institutions, and he was active in civic affairs.
On June 10, 1908, Dr. Sparks married Miss Mary Gambill who preceded him in death on December 15, 1951. He is survived by two daughters, Miss Joy Sparks of Ashland, Kentucky, and Irene (Mrs. Mike L.) Graney of Middleton, Ohio, and one grandson, Michael Proctor Graney.
The accompanying photograph is Dr. Sparks’s passport picture and was taken only a few months before his death.
SPARKSES IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
(Continued from Vol. IV, No. 4, Whole No. 16, page 182)
Pension Papers of Margaret Sparks, Widow of Ebenezer Sparks (1758-1832)
Compiled and Edited by Russell E. Bidlack
The following pension records pertain to the service of Ebenezer Sparks (1758-1832) in the American Revolution, although the person who applied for and was granted the pension was his widow, Margaret (Love) Sparks (1762-1853). The pension papers for members of the Sparks family which have been printed in the Quarterly thus far, had been submitted by the veterans themselves. A comparison of these previous1y published papers with those given below, reveals that a widow was required to submit more extensive proof of her husband’s service (in the form of affidavits from persons who knew him during the Revolution) than was required if the veteran himself could swear to his service. The genealogist doing research in these records is grateful for this requirement because affidavits found in a widow’s application frequently contain family history which exists in no other form.
As an introduction to these papers, the following biographical sketch of Ebenezer Sparks has been compiled from the papers which follow and from a family record supplied by Mrs. Millie Sparks Dufresne of Jamaica, Vermont. Mrs. Dufresne states that Raymond Taylor of Weston, Vermont, prepared the family record for her grandmother. It relates primarily to the descendants of Ebenezer’s son Aaron.
Ebenezer Sparks - A Biographical Sketch
Ebenezer Sparks was born Feb. 12, 1758, in the town of Killingly, County of Windham, Connecticut. He was the son of Samuel Sparks, Jr. According to the affidavit of Daniel Fairman (see page 199), Ebenezer was his father’s only son and joined the Army against his father’s will. It will be seen from the various affidavits that he served in several units and took part in a number of historic battles, including those of Bunker Hill and Long Island. He was also present at the hanging of Major Andre.
A sister-in-law and a brother-in-law of Ebenezer Sparks were still living at the time his widow applied for a pension; their statements provide interesting family history. According to the testimony of the sister-in-law, Annar (Love) Woods, Ebenezer Sparks was married twice and his two wives were sisters. He married, 1st, in 1778, in either the town of Killingly or the town of Scituate, Olive Love. She died on August 22, 1780. Annar Woods stated that she was with Olive “at the birth of her first and only child about nine months previous to her death.” That this child was a daughter and was named after her mother is proved by the following entry in the church records of South Killingly: “Olive, dau. of Ebnr. & Olive Sparks, baptized Jan. 16, 1779, on her mother’s account.”
Following the death of his first wife and his discharge from the Army, Ebenezer Sparks moved from Connecticut to what is now the town of Dover in Vermont, located in what was then called “the back country.” This move took place in the year 1781. Robert Love, Ebenezer’s brother-in-law, accompanied him. After moving to Vermont, Ebenezer Sparks married Margaret Love, a sister of his first wife. Margaret Love was born March 5, 1762. This marriage was the first marriage recorded in what is now the town of Dover and occurred on August 22, 1782. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Hezekiah Taylor, a Congregational minister of the town of Newfane, Vermont. In “the back country” of the 1780’s a minister did well to visit a
settlement as often as once a year and a wedding was an event of real importance. The wedding of Ebenezer and Margaret was performed in a log house, with a general invitation being extended to all the settlers to attend. It is related of Parson Taylor that he had a habit when at prayer of rising upon his tip-toes and coming down hard upon his heels, obviously to give emphasis to his words. According to local tradition, Parson Taylor was so emphatic at Ebenezer and Margaret’s wedding that the floor gave way and precipitated the whole party into the cellar.
Ebenezer Sparks is described in an Army record as being five feet, ten inches in height, of dark complexion, and a farmer by occupation. He died January 11, 1832, and was buried in the Dover Center Cemetery. His second wife, Margaret (Love) Sparks, died March 1, 1853, at the age of ninety-one. She was buried also in the Dover Center Cemetery.
Following is a list of the children of Ebenezer and Margaret (Love) Sparks as given in Raymond Taylor’s sketch:
1. Sarah Sparks, born Sept. 29, 1782. She married, 1st, Aaron Wood; 2d, William Bugher.
2. Susanna Sparks, born May 28, 1784; died before December, 1844.
3. Samuel Sparks, born Feb. 23, 1786.
4. Sylvanus Sparks, born July 29, 1787; died Jan. 31, 1861. He married Betsy Hodgkins on Jan. 8, 1812, at Dover.According to Johy Lyman Sparks of Brattleboro, Vermont, Sylvanus Sparks had the following children:
(1) Sylvester, born 1826, died 1905; married 1847, Elvira Gould.
(2) Sally, married a Russell.
(5) Lucy, married a Knowlton.
5. Rachel Sparks, born June 25, 1789; died Aug. 7, 1795.
6. John Sparks, born Nov. 25, 1790; a soldier in the War of 1812; removed to North Brookfield, Mass. He married three times: 1st, Louisa Rawson of Dover; 2d, Hannah R. Foster of Barre, New York; 3d, the widow of Dea. Joseph A. Moore. According to Raymond Taylor’s sketch, John Sparks had the following children:
(1) Henry Sparks, born 1820.
(2) Mary Sparks, born 1825.
7. Ebenezer Sparks, Jr., born July 2, 1792.
8. Hannah Sparks, born April 26, 1794; died August 26, 1795.
9. Hannah Sparks (second), born January 18, 1796; died September 26, 1799.
10. Ichabod Sparks, born Nov. 18, 1796; married Ruth Hill of Dover on May 8, 1820.
11. Thomas Sparks, born Jan. 12, 1800, died in 1866 in Dover. He married Patty Robbins of Newfane, Vermont. According to Raymond Taylor’s sketch, Thomas Sparks had the following children:
(1) Charles E. Sparks, born 1823, married Irene Ingram.
(2) Martha C. Sparks, born 1825, married a Bower.
(3) Ebenezer Sparks, a California pioneer in 1849.
(4) Thomas Sparks, born 1831, died young.
(5) Thomas Sparks (second), born 1834; moved to California in 1854.
(6) Sarah Sparks, born 1836, married a Wilson and moved to California.
(7) John Sparks, born 1839; a California pioneer in the early days.
12. Aaron Sparks, bern Nov. 2, 1803. He married Lucinda Simpson of Dover on March 16, 1823. According to Raymond Taylor’s sketch they had the following children:
(Children of Aaron and Lucinda (Simpson) Sparks:)
(1) Orrin Thomas Sparks, born Dec, 17, 1823, died March 16, 1823.
(2) Asa Underwood Sparks, born Jan. 30, 1826, died as a soldier in the Civil War.
(3) Henry D. Sparks, born Dec. 17, 1827; married in Cavendish, Vt., in 1852, Millie Russell, dt. of Nathaniel and Patty (Hardy) Russell.
(4) John Love Sparks, born Feb. 13, 1830, died Feb. 22, 1918. He married Susan A. Jacobs and resided in Grafton.
(5) Lydia Ann Sparks, born April 19, 1831; married C. A. Bartlett and resided in Winona, Illinois.
(6) Luther Kendall Sparks, born Aug. 30, 1833; resided in Keene, N.H.
(7) Olive Eyna Sparks, born Feb. 8, 1835; married K. Austin and resided in Spring Valley, Illinois.
(8) Thomas Martin Sparks, born Dec, 2, 1836, died 1838.
(9) Hannah Margaret Sparks, born Feb. 19, 1839, died 1853.
(10) Martin Aaron Sparks, born Sept. 26, 1841; resided in Townshend; served in the Civil War.
(11) Mary Jane Sparks, born Sept. 22, 1843; married R. W. Bullaid and resided in Grafton.
(12) Lucy L. Sparks, born Jan. 30, 1846; married, 1st, Dexter Benson; 2d, James H. Stowell.
Pension Papers of Margaret Sparks
(Note: In copying these documents, capitalization and punctuation have been modernized for the sake of clarity, but no changes have been made in spelling or conterrt. A few minor certificates which contain no data of interest have been omitted. Also omitted are several letters by A. S. Campbell, a justice of the peace who assembled the affidavits supporting Margaret Sparks’s claim. These Campbell letters are merely letters of transmittal and contain no essential data.)
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the 7th July 1838 entitled An Act Granting Half Pay and Pension to Certain Widows.
State of Vermont
Windham County SS District of Marlboro SS
On this 27th day of June A.D. 1844 personally appeared Margaret Sparks, a resident of Dover in the County of Windham aforesaid, aged eighty-two years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed July 7, 1838, entitled An Act Granting Half Pay and Pension to Certain Widows.
That she is the widow of Ebenezer Sparks who was a private in the Army of the Revolution in the Connecticut Line; she thinks he was in the Continental Service, that he served at or near Cambridge in the year 1775, and that he also served through the year seventeen hundred and seventy-six, having enlisted for the year, and that he also served in the year 1780, part of which time he was in the Jerseys; thinks he enlisted this campaign for nine months. She believes that said Ebenezer Sparks served under Capt. McGregor in General Huntington’s Brigade, and that the service in 1775 was about six months, and she believes that the service in 1780 was under Major Throop. He resided at Killingly, Conn., at the time of the service, as she believes the service under Capt. McGregor, who lived in Plainefield, Conn., 'was when he, sd. Sparks, first went into the service.'
She further declares that she was married
to the said Ebenezer Sparks in August seventeen hundred and eighty-two
by Hezekiah Taylor at Wordsboro, now Dover; that her husband, the aforesaid
Ebenezer Sparks, died on the eleventh day of January, one thousand eight
hundred and thirty-two; that she was not married to him prior to his leaving
the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of
January seventeen hundred and ninety-four, and at the time above stated.
Sworn to and subscribed on the day (signed] Margaret SX Sparks
& year above mentioned and before mark
[signed] Henry Smith, Judge of Probate for the District of Marlboro, Vermont.
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Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the 2d Section of the Act of Congress of the 4th July 1836.
State of Vermont
District of Marlboro SS
On this 28th day of June 1845, personally appeared before the Probate Court of the District of Marlboro in said State, Margaret Sparks, a resident of Dover in the District of Marlboro in the County of Windham & State aforesaid, aged eighty-three years, who, being first duly sworn according to the law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the 2d Section of the Act of Congress passed July 4, 1836.
That she is the widow of Ebenezer Sparks,
late of Dover aforesaid, deceased, who was a private in the Army of the
Revolution and served at or near Cambridge in 1775. He also served throughout
the year 1776, also under Major Throop in 1780. She further declares that
she was married to the said Ebenezer Sparks in August seven [teen] hundred
and eighty-two by the Revd. Hezekiah Taylor, Minister of the Gospel, at
Wardboro in the State of Vermont, now called Dover, Vermont, and that her
husband, the aforesaid Ebenezer Sparks, died on the 11th day [of] January,
one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, and that she has remained a
widow ever since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to
the proof hereto annexed.
Sworn to and subscribed on the day [signed] Margaret X Sparks
& year above written before mark
[signed] Lemuel Whitney, Judge of Probate.
State of New York
Chautauqa County SS
Robert Love of the town of Hanover in said County being duly sworn, deposes and says that he knows Margaret Sparks of the town of Dover, Windham County, Vermont; that she is a sister of this deponent and was married to Ebenezer Sparks in the (then) town of Wardsboreugh (now Dover), in said county of Windham about the year 1781. This deponent further says he was present at the marriage & witnessed the ceremony. This deponent further says that said Sparks married for his first wife another sister of this deponent; that he served in the Connecticut Line of the Continental Army at Cambridge in the year 1775 and after that enlisted for a year & served in said Connecticut Line during the year 1776, as this deponent was then informed and well understood, and as he now verrily believes.
This deponent says further that said Sparks
served in said Connecticut Line in the Jerseys in the year 1780, where
this deponent frequently saw him and visited him; and particularly this
deponent remembers being with him on the day that Maj. Andre was hung,
& going with him to the prison of Andre about half an hour before his
execution. And this deponent further says he understood at the time that
said Sparks had enlisted for nine months at the time of service last mentioned
& he truly believes that he was in actual service during the whole
of said nine months. This deponent served during the same time in the Massachusetts
Line and according to his recollection the said Sparks served under Gen.
Huntington and Capt. McGregor. And further this deponent says not.
[signed] Robert Love.
Subscribed and sworn to before me
this 15th day of March A.D. 1839.
[signed] Nathan Mixer, Justice of Peace.
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I Annar Woods of Dover, in the county of
Windham and state of Vermont, of the age of eighty years, testify and say
that in the year 1775 I resided in the town of Killingly in the state of
Connecticut. I was well acquainted with Ebenezer Sparks, then of said Killingly,
who afterwards settled in said Dover where he died, I well recollect that
sometime in the summer of 1775 said Sparks went into the service of the
United States to Cambridge, in Mass, In the close of the year 1776, I was
at said Sparks father’s in said Killingly and well recollect that he returned
from the service. The family was expecting him and when I was there we
heard the report of a gun and the cry was that Eben had come home, which
proved to be a fact. I then understood that he had been in the service
eighteen months; that he enlisted in the first place for six months and
at the expiration of said term he enlisted for one year and was in the
year’s service in 1776. I at the time well understood the places that he
had been to, and the officers he had served under, but from age and length
of time, have now forgotten, except his loosing his shoes & most of
his clothing in crossing a creek at Long Island Battle. I further say that
said Ebenezer Sparks died sometime in the month of January in the year
eighteen hundred and thirty-two, and that Margaret Sparks, now of said
Dover, is his widow and has not
married since his death. her
[signed] Annar X Woods
Sworn to and subscribed before me mark
this 14th day of June 1839
[signed] Lyman Howe, Justice Peace.
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State of New York
Chautauqa County SS
Robert Love of the town of Hanover in said County, being duly sworn, deposes and says that he knows Annar Woods of Dover, Windham County, Vermont; that she is a sister of this deponent; that she was married to Timothy Woods in the town of Warwick in the county of Hampshire & Commonwealth of Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War, and about the year 1779, but precisely :it what time, this deponent cannot now recollect. It was not earlier than 1779 nor later than 1781. This deponent was present at the wedding and witnessed the ceremony. Rev. Mr. Reed, then pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Warwick, performed the ceremoney. This deponent had been acquainted with said Woods from the year 1775, when this deponent and said Woods both resided in said town of Warwick. And this deponent further says that said Woods served in the Continental Army stationed near Plattsburg, five months in the summer of the year 1776, as this deponent was then informed and understood and - - - (torn) - - -
believes; and also nine months in the year
1775, and also that he was present at the taking of Gen. Burgoyne in the
fall of that year, as this deponent then well understood, but of which
this deponent has no positive knowledge, he, this deponent, being in a
different part of the service at the time mentioned, viz., near Boston
in the year 1776 and up the Mohawk River in the vicinity of Rome in the
year 1777. And further this deponent says not.
[signed] Robert Love.
Subscribed and sworn to before
me this 15th day of March A.D. 1839.
[signed] Nathan Mixer,
Justice of Peace.
[Note: The following letter was written
by an official in Hartford, Conn., named A. Carrington, in reply to a letter
by A. S. Campbell. Campbell had requested that Carrington search the Revolutionary
records of Connecticut for proof of service of
28 Oct. 1844.
On application of evidence of the service of Ebenezer Sparks in the War of the Revolution, I have examined the documents remaining in the Office relating to that war, and I certify the following to be true extracts & statements from the documents aforesaid.
The pay-roll of Capt. Wm. Coit is not found among those of the companies who served at or near Boston in 1775. But there is evidence on the “Pay Table” Books that he served at Bunker Hill, Roxbury, &c. in 1775 in Colo, Parson’s Regt. and it appears by the rolls of that Regt. that most of the Companies served about 7 months, none have been observed as serving less than five months.
In a “pay-table” journal is this entry: “United States Dr. To order in Treas. pr. Eben. Sparks for loss, Cob, Durkee’s Regt. ‘76 £7.3.0" But one roll of Capt. Durkee’s Regt. for that year has been found. It also appears by the same book that Capt. John McGregory was of the same Regiment and that among the charges to him for his Company is 16 Blankets furnished by the town of Plainfield; the entry is dated May 15, 1777.
In an original document headed “Pay-Roll
of the Short Levies in Majr. Throop’s Company 4th Connt. Regiment who have
served for the Campaign 1780,” certified by Brigadier General J, Huntington,
the name of Ebenezer Sparks is given, as belonging to the town of Killingly,
as having his pay commence 20th July, and paid to 10th December and as
serving 4 months & 21 days.
[signed] A. Carrington, Comptroller.
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I Moses Sabin of Newfane in the state of Vermont, testify and say that the Revd. Hezekiah Taylor was a minister of the Gospel in said Newfane for a great number of years, I think about forty years, and died about thirty years since. I further testify that after the death of said Taylor the records of marriages solemnized by him were kept by his widow until she died, since which time they have been in my hands & I further testify that I have examined said records and that the following
is a true copy of said record. “August Seventeen hundred and Eighty two: married Sparks and Love, both of Wordsborough,” with the exception of the date which is expressed on the record in fair legible figures as follows: August 1782.
[signed] Moses Sabin
State of Vermont
Windham County SS June 3d 1844
Then personally appeared Moses Sabin above named and made oath that the foregoing affidavit by him signed contains the truth. Before me
[signed] Alexander S. Campbell
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I Seth Short of Killingly in the county of Windham and state of Connecticut aged 86 years, being duly sworn according to law, do on my oath depose and say that during the time of the Revolutionary War I lived in the town of Killingly, aforesaid, and knew and was well acquainted with a man by the name of Ebenezer Sparks, who at that time lived in said Killingly and a near neighbor to me.
I do further testify that from the best of my present recollection, I joined a company of drafted or detached militia under Capt. James Gordon in forepart of February 1776, and that said company was (with other companies) stationed at Roxbury, Mass., for a tour of two months. I served out my time and was discharged and came home.
I found the said Ebenezer Sparks in sd. Capt. James Gordon’s Company performing the duties of a soldier when I joined it. Said Sparks did not serve long in sd. Company before he enlisted out for one year service & joined, I think, Colo. Mitchel Varnum’s Regt. After leaving our camp & joining the other Regt. I saw no more of him for more than a year.
Sd. Ebenezer Sparks left Killingly a great
many years since & went off into the back country, since which time
I have not seen him.
[signed] Seth X Short
In presence of:: mark
[signed] Wm. C. Stanton
Killingly SS March 19, 1344
Personally appeared Seth Short of Killingly
aforesaid and who has subscribed the foregoing deposition by his mark and
who is also known to the subscriber as a witness whose testimony is entitled
to full credit and belief, and made solemn oath to the truth of the same
[signed] Wm. C. Stanton
Justice of Peace.
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I Daniel Fairman of Killingly in the county of Windham and state of Connecticut, aged 84 years and upwards, being duly sworn according to law do on my oath depose and say that during the Revolutionary War & before the war commenced, I knew and was well acquainted with Ebenezer Sparks of Killingly aforesaid, & he was a member of Capt. Cady’s Company of militia during the War of the Revolution.
That the said Ebenezer Sparks was gone from home during the year 1776 & 1777. And it was at that time said that he was in the Army as a soldier. At the time that the Americans were driven from Long Island in 1776, it was said he was among the number and the said Sparks sent home to his father to send him some clothes &c., as he had lost everything in the retreat from Long Island, but he would not, because Ebenezer was all the son his father had & Samuel Sparks, Jr., as he then wrote his name, the said Ebenezer Sparks’s father, was very much dissatisfied when the said Ebenezer enlisted. During 1776 & part of 1777 the said Ebenezer Sparks was reputed & believed to have been in the service at Long Island, N. York, & elsewhere. At the time of the taking of Burgoyne in 1777, Ebenezer Sparks aforesaid, Ebenezer Kies [Kris?] Daniel Kies [Kris?] & John Moffat, all enlisted & joined the troops that were enlisted from other places.
That said Sparks was gone from home &
in the service much of the time during the War. This fact was well known
to me from the fact that he was a member of the same company with me in
Killingly & when the company met it was a custom with Capt. Cady at
roll call to report the absent members, if in the Army, to the remaining
members of the company, & E. Sparks, afsd., was often reported as being
in the service. I cannot tell what officers he was under when in the Army
for I never was with him
when in the Army. his
[signed] Daniel X Fairman
In pres. of: mark
[signed] Charles S. Weaver
Wm. C. Stanton
Killingly SS June 24th 1844.
Personally appeared Daniel Fairman who has subscribed to the foregoing deposition and who is knovm to the subscriber as a witness whose testimony is entitled to truth and veracity and made solemn oath to the truth of the same before me.
[signed] Wm. C. Stanton
Justice of Peace.
I Eben Sparks of Dover in the state of Vermont testify and say that I was well acquainted with Ebenezer Sparks, formerly of Killingly, Conn., & late of Dover, Vermont, deceased, who was a Revolutionary soldier, That he died on the 11th day of January A.D. 1832, leaving Margaret Sparks his widow who is still living, I further testify that I am well acquainted with the said Margaret and that she has not been married since the death of the said Ebenezer, but continues single & umnarried.
[signed] Eben Sparks
Sworn to by the above named Eben Sparks who is a credible person, this 27th day of June 1844, before
[signed] Henry Smith, Just. Peace.
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I Annar Woods of Dover in the county of Windham and state of Vermont, testify and say that Ebenezer Sparks, formerly of Killingly, Corm., and late of said Dover, deceased, married his first wife, my sister, whose maiden name was Olive Love. They were married at Killingly, Conn., or in Scituate, by Wm. Bennett, a Baptist Minister, before I was married and I was married in the year seventeen hundred and eighty-one. I moved to Dover in the year seventeen hundred and eighty six or seventeen hundred and eighty-five and have lived in said Dover ever since, and I further
testify and say that when I moved to said
Dover in 1785 or 1786, Ebenezer Sparks, late of said Dover, deceased, then
lived in said Dover and that Margaret Sparks, now of said Dover, who is
now living, then lived with the said Ebenezer, that they were reported
to be husband and wife, and I then understood that they had been married
about three years and I always understood and believed they were married
by the Revd. Hezekiah Taylor, a Congregational Minister of Newfane, Vermont.
In 1785 or 1786 when I moved to Dover, the said Ebenezer and Margaret had
two children, Sarah and Susanna. Susanna is dead and Sarah is now living
and is sixty-two years of age; she was born very soon after their marriage.
Both of the said Ebenezer Sparks’s wives were my sisters and his first
wife, Olive, died soon after said Sparks married her.
[signed] Annar X Woods
[Witness] Jonathan Woods.
State of Vermont
Windham County SS December 31, 1844.
Then Annar Woods, who is a credible person, personally appeared and made oath that the foregoing affidavit by her subscribed is true, Before me
[signed] Alexander S. Campbell
I Reuben Bryant of Plainfield in the county of Windham and state of Connecticut, aged 81 years, being duly sworn according to law do depose and say that I enlisted in December 1775 for one year and was joined to Capt. Christopher Ely’s Company in Colo. Samuel H. Parson’s Regt. (Parson was soon promoted to Brig. Gen.). We commenced this tour of duty at Roxbury, last of December, 1775, and then remained and in that vicinity until the British evacuated Boston when we marched to New York and Long Island. That I served in said company & regiment until about one week prior to the time of the retreat of the Americans from Long Island, when I was taken sick & removed to Kings Bridge, so called, where I remained sick for two or three weeks with camp distemper, when I again resumed my duties.
That I knew Ebenezer Sparks of Killingly prior to the commencement of the Revolutionary War and that said Ebenezer Sparks was a private soldier in 1776 at Long Island & New York & after this at White Plains but he was not in the same regiment with me.
I do not recollect whether I saw said Sparks
at Roxbury, Mass., or not before going to Long Island & N. York. But
I distinctly recollect the said Ebenezer Sparks at Long Island & New
York. The said Sparks used to frequently visit a man who was in the same
company with me, by the name of Isaac Bassett. After the retreat from Long
Island & I got well enough to resume my duties as a soldier, I recollect
of sd. Ebenezer Sparks & the sd. Isaac Bassett one day had a controversy
with each other. I do not positively recollect what company & regt.
the sd. Ebenezer Sparks served in, but I do know that he was then in the
Army as a private soldier & did serve. When he was discharged, I cannot
tell. The last time I recollect of seeing sd. Sparks in the tour was at
White Plains. From White Plains I with some others were ordered to New
Jersey & joined Washington & then went into Pennsylvania. I, there
at White Plains, left sd. Sparks in the service.
[signed] Reuben Bryant.
Windham County SS Plainfield, June 24, 1844.
Personally appeared Reuben Bryant [etc.]
[signed] Wm. C. Stanton,
Justice of Peace.
I Joseph Foster of Chaplin in the county
of Windham and state of Connecticut, aged 83 years, after being duly cautioned
and sworn according to law, deposeth and saith that I served in the War
of the Revolution as a private soldier and some of the
time as a fifer.
That in the year 1778 I performed a tour of duty at New London, Conn. I was in Capt.----- Bates’s Company of militia. David Cady, I think, was an orderly sergeant and was from Killingly. I served in this tour of duty as a substitute for Benjamin Fairbanks who was a resident of Thompson. I commenced this tour in March & was dismissed and came home the last of April. I served about six weeks in this tour but did not in my declaration set forth but one month.
While on this tour of duty, I became acquainted with a man by the name of Ebenezer Sparks who was from Killingly & who was a soldier in the same company with me. Sd. Sparks told me he was a substitute, but I do not now recollect for whom. The said Sparks was one of my mess mates; he served one month in this tour of duty and under the same officers with me.
In 1780 while I was out to the west on
a tour of duty in the Army to N. York & the Jerseys, I came across
the afd. Ebenezer Sparks; he was then a private soldier in the Army. I
cannot tell what officers he was under but I saw him several times while
I was out on this tour of duty in 1780.
[signed] Joseph Foster.
Sworn and subscribed on the
29th day of April 1845, before me
[signed] Vim. C, Stanton, Justice of Peace.
State of Connecticut
Windham County SS Ashford.
On this 30th day of April A.D. 1845, then personally appeared before me, William C. Stanton, a Justice of the Peace within and for the county of Windham, aforesaid, Philip Squires of Ashford, aforesaid, in the county of Windham, aforesaid, aged 90 years, and after being duly cautioned and sworn according to law, deposeth and saith that he was a soldier in the War of the Revolution and that he is now a pensioner of the United States. That he enlisted in December, 1775, and joined the company comnnnded by Capt. Hull in Colo. Charles Webb’s Regt. Mr. Hull was called Capt. by his soldiers, yet might have been only a lieutenant. That he joined said Regt. & Company at or near Cambridge in the state of Massachusetts and was quartered in an old barn. In March was ordered to Roxbury, then to Dorchester Hill and went to fortifying. Deponent thinks it was sometime in March that the troops were ordered to Governors Island, N.Y. That sd. Cob. Webb’s Regt. marched by way of New London with the other troops & then took a sloop & sailed for N.Y. Deponent thinks he was discharged from this tour of duty at Fishkill or the Highlands. During this time deponent underwent many hardships, and served the full term of one year as a private soldier.
That deponent was well acquainted with a man by the name of Ebenezer Sparks of Killingly, Conn.; that sd. Ebenezer Sparks was at Roxbury as a private soldier in a company commanded by Capt. James Gordon on a two months tour of duty under Cob. John Douglass. That sd. Ebenezer Sparks enlisted for a year’s service & deponent thinks in Colo. Durkee’s Regt., Capt. McGreggor’s Company, but will not be too positive into what company & regt. sd. Sparks enlisted. This was in Feb. 1776.
Deponent well recollects Ebenezer Sparks being one of the soldiers that was on Long Island in 1776 & was in the retreat off of the Island and lost some of his baggage. This fact deponent well recollects.
Said Sparks enlisted at Roxbury or in that vicinity sometime in Feb. 1776. He occasionally saw him after his enlistment & knows that he served, & that he enlisted for one year at this time of enlistment. He cannot tell the time of his discharge, but has no reason to doubt but that he served out his full time of enlistment, to wit, one year. That the said Ebenezer Sparks many years ago moved from Killingly into the country & he thinks to the state of Vermont, as it was said at the time.
Sworn and subscribed on the day
[signed Philip Squire]
and year aforesaid named or written, before me
[signed] Tho, C. Stanton,
Justice of Peace.
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State of Vermont,
Windham County. June 28, 1845.
This deponent being 86 years of age doth
depose and say that she was well acquainted with Olive Love and that she
was married to Ebenezer Sparks in 1778, and that she lived with said Sparks
about two years, and died August 22, 1780. That she was with her at the
birth of her first and only child about nine months previous to her death,
which is the reason of her remembering the above facts.
[signed] Annar X Woods
State of Vermont
Windham County SS Dover.
28 day of June A.D. 1845, then Annar Woods of Dover in the county of Windham & state of Vermont personally appearing and after being carefull examined and duly cautioned, made solemn oath that the foregoing deposition by her subscribed contains the truth and nothing but the truth. Before me
[signed] Lyman Howe,
Justice of the Peace.
I further state the above Annar Woods is
a person of truth [and] verasity.
[signed] Lyman Howe,
Justice of the Peace.
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1815 TAX LIST OF RANDOLPH CO., NORTH CAROLINA, PUBLISHED
Members of the Association who trace their ancestry to Randolph County, North Carolina, will be interested to know that William Perry Johnson has published the 1815 Tax List of that county. Over five hundred families are represented in this tax list which bridges the gap between the 1810 census and the 1830 census, since the 1820 census of Randolph County is lost. Copies of this 1815 Tax List are available for $3.00 from William Perry Johnson, Box 531, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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[Note: On page 204 is a map of the State of Kentucky. Above the map are the words "THE FILSON CLUB INCORPORATED LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY" and beneath the map are the words "From Historical Sketches of Kentucky *** By Lewis Collins, Maysville, Kentucky 1847"]
SPARKS FAMILIES IN KENTUCKY - - 1850 CENSUS
Compiled by Paul E. Sparks
(Editor’s Note: Dr. Paul E. Sparks, President of The Sparks Family Association, has made a thorough search of the entire 1850 census of the state of Kentucky and has copied the data given for each person named Sparks. This has been a tremendous undertaking, for in 1850 Kentucky was the eighth largest state in the Union, with a total population of 982,405. Of these persons, 761,413 were white, 10,011 were free blacks, and 210,981 were slaves.
At the time the 1850 census was taken, Kentucky was divided into one hundred counties. The map of Kentucky which accompanies this article was drawn in 1847 and shows the county boundaries as they existed at that time. By 1850 only one change had been made--in 1848 Taylor County was cut off from Greene County. Dr. Sparks has searched the 1850 census of each of these one hundred counties and has found that Sparks families were living in the following thirty-six: Adair, Boone, Bourbon, Breathitt, Caldwell, Calloway, Carter, Daviess, Estiil, Fayette, Gallatin, Greenup, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Henderson, Henry, Hopkins, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knox, Laureb, Lawrence, Lewis, Livingston, McCracken, Mason, Morgan, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Pike, Spencer, and Trimble. Since 1850, twenty new counties have been formed in Kentucky by dividing some of the older counties.
As has been stated before in the Quarterly , the 1850 census is of particular interest to the genealogist for it was the first Federal census which listed every member of every household (except slave) 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. (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” or near a given family.
Because over twenty pages will be required to list all the Sparks families found by Dr. Sparks in the 1850 census of Kentucky, only the first installment can be given in this issue of the Quarterly the list will be continued in the June issue.)
Adair County, Kentucky - 1850 Census
|" S. C.||19||"||(F)|
|" M. D.||14||"||(F)|
|(p.6)||Sparks, James A.||28||Tennessee||(M)||Farmer|
|" M. C.||2||"||(F)|
|" James E.||6/12||"||(M)|
|Morrison, George E.||34||"||(M)||Gunsmith|
|" O. E.||18||"||(F)|
|.||(family cont. on next page)|
(Adair County, Ky. - 1850 Census, Continued
- Family of Mary Sparks)
|Sparks, M. C.||12||Kentucky||(F)|
|" A. R.||10||"||(M)|
|" P. M.||8||"||(F)|
|" S. M.||5||"||(F)|
|" Charles W.||6||"||(M)|
|578-578||" E. A.||23||"||(F)|
|" Stephen D.||7/12||"||(M)|
|590-590||" Mary A.||24||"||(F)|
|" E. J.||3||"||(F)|
|" M. A.||2||"||(F)|
|(p. 51)||Sparks, Jeremiah||42||Kentucky||(M)||Farmer||$300|
|" Sarah A.||15||"||(F)|
|" Jeremiah Jr.||6||"||(M)|
|" A. P.||2||"||(F)|
|(p.54)||Sparks, John||58||North Carolina||(M)||Farmer|
|" M. A.||22||"||(F)|
|" E. J.||17||"||(F)|
|(p.57)||Sparks, William||44||North Carolina||(M)||Farmer|
|809-809||" Elizabeth||30||" "||(F)|
|" Biay A.||18||Kentucky||(F)|
|" Jas. R.||16||"||(M)|
|" N. J.||9||"||(F)|
|" M. J.||6/12||"||(F)|
|" S. A.||6/12||"||(F)|
(Adair County, Ky. - 1950 Census, Continued)
|(p.57)||Sparks, Mathew||67||North Carolina||(M)||Farmer|
|Rose, Mary A.||17||Tennessee||(F)|
|Sparks, William B.||29||Kentucky||(M)||Farmer|
|" M. J.||30||Tennessee||(F)|
|" M. R.||7||Kentucky||(M)|
|" Silous B.||5||"||(M)|
|" M. R.||1||"||(F)|
Boone County, Kentucky - 1850 Census
|(p. 139)||Miller, Julia||26||Kentucky||(F)|
|Grigsby, Samuel C.||14||"||(M)|
|Isaac, Mary J.||12||"||(F)|
|Grigsby, Nancy E.||4||"||(F)|
Bourbon County, Kentucky - 1850 Census
|229-229||" John T.||18||"||(M)|
|(p. 254)||Sparks, Hiram||28||Kentucky||(M)|
|(p. 254)||Rogers, Benjamin||34||Kentucky||(M)|
Breathitt County, Kentucky - 1850 Census
|(p. 23)||Sparks, Colburn||27||North Carolina||(M)||Farmer|
(Breathitt County, Ky., 1850 Census, Continued)
|" Thomas F.||8||"||(M)|
|" Jere M.||2||"||(M)|
Caldwell County, Kentucky - 1850 Census
|(p.330)||Sparks, Matthew||41||South Carolina||(M)||Farmer||$70|
|" Thomas M.||3||"||(M)|
|Cooper, George E.||18||Tennessee||(M)|
Calloway County, Kentucky - 1850 Census
|(p.417)||Sparks, William F.||27||North Carolina||(M)||Farmer|
|239-241||" Sarah||27||" "||(F)|
|" Lucy Ann||5||"||(F)|
|" Nancy J.||4||"||(F)|
|" Jno. W.||2||"||(M)|
Carter County, Kentucky - 1850 Census
|(p. 249)||Sparks, Isaac||21||Kentucky||(M)||Farmer|
|" Martha E.||4||"||(F)|
|(p.256)||Sparks, Nelson||31||North Carolina||(M)||Farmer||$300|
|(p.263)||Sparks, John W.||26||Kentucky||(M)||Farmer||$300|
(Carter County, Ky. - 1850 Census, Continued)
|(p. 286)||Sparks, Solomon||30||Virginia||(M)||Farmer|
|(p.286)||Sparks, Jesse||53||North Carolina||(M)||Farmer||$500|
|518-518||" Nancy||49||" "||(F)|
|" Sarah J.||10||"||(F)|
|(p. 286)||Sparks, John||24||Kentucky||(M)||Farmer||$50|
Daviess County, Kentucky - 1850 Census
|" Mary C.||16||"||(F)|
|" Robt. F.||10||"||(M)|
|" Francis N.||8||"||(M)|
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NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION
It is a pleasure to report the names of fourteen Sparks descendants who have joined The Sparks Family Association since December, 1956:
Adams, Mrs. Minnie Gordon, 1323 South Hanna
St., Fort Wayne, Indiana
Creech, Mrs. Maude, 205 Osage St., Leavenworth, Kansas
Dufresne, Mrs. Millie Sparks, Jamaica, Vermont
Dwyer, Mrs. Viva Ellen, l340 1/2 Goshen Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana
Edwards, George W. Jr., Fort Gay, West Virginia
Edwards, Paul, 722 Tudell Ave., Huntington, West Virginia
Fisher, Mrs. Carl J., 324 New York Ave., Muncie, Indiana
Jurney, R. L., 507 N. Jefferson St., Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Kennedy, Clyde W., 1117 S. Harrison, Shelbyville, Indiana
Newcomb, Mrs. Helen Foster, White Marsh, Virginia
Sparks, Dwight H., 2551 Edgevale Road, Columbus 21, Ohio
Sparks, Mrs. Richard, R.D. 1, La Grange, Ohio
Sparks, Robert W., Erie Resistor Corp., 644 West 12th St., Erie 6, Pennsylvania
West, Mrs. Lois Weatherspoon, 640 W. Main St., Gallatin, Tennessee.
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF INCREASE IN MEMBERSHIP DUES
When The Sparks Family Association was formed in March, 1953, membership dues were set at $1.00 per year and a six-page Sparks Quarterly was issued. Later it was decided to introduce “contributing” and "sustaining" memberships to give recognition to those who wished to contribute more than just $1.00. Meanwhile, the Quarterly has gradually grown from six pages to twenty, yet, until now, active membership dues have remained at only $1.00 per year. The officers of the Association are certain that all members must realize that a quarterly of the present size could scarcely be published if all members sent only $1.00. In fact, it has been only because a rather large number have sent several times that amount that it has been possible for us to accomplish what we have. Furthermore, it has been necessary for your editor to spend countless hours doing the routine typing, assembling, and mailing of the Quarterly - - duties above and beyond those connected with the editorship - - because funds have not permitted him to hire this extra work done by a clerical assistant. Your editor has enjoyed making this contribution, but professional duties now make it necessary that he limit himself just to the editorship of the Quarterly. Any “spare” time could be spent doing research on the Sparks family.
Therefore, since the cost of publishing the Quarterly has more than doubled, the officers of The Sparks Family Association feel that it is now necessary that membership dues be raised to meet this added expense. Present members may renew their 1957 membership at the former rate, but, effective with the publication of this, the March, 1957, issue, all new memberships will be at the following rates:
Sustaining membership-----------Any amount over $3.00
Many of the back issues of the Quarterly have almost become rarities, and it will soon be necessary to reprint some of these in order to keep them in print. Therefore, the price for each back issue will be raised to fifty cents. Old members, however, who have incomplete files, may purchase back issues at the former rate of twenty-five cents each if they send their orders before June 1, 1957.
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The following poem, entitled My Kin
(author unknown) was sent to your editor by Mrs. Ruby Sparks Burnham, 265
Wentworth Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah.
|If you could see your ancestors||If you could see your ancestors|
|All standing in a row,||All standing in a row,|
|Would you be proud of them or not?||There might be some of them, perhaps,|
|Or don’t you really know?||You wouldn’t care to know.|
|Some strange discoveries are made||But there’s another question, which|
|In climbing family trees,||Requires a different view.|
|And some of them, you know, do not||If you could meet your ancestors,|
|Particularly please.||Would they be proud of you?|
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The following Bible verse was used as the motto for the Hiatt—Hiett Genealogy and Family History compiled by William Perry Johnson: “WHOSE SON ART THOU, THOU YOUNG MAN?" I. Samuel 17:58.
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