THE
SPARKS QUARTERLY

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. 2 JUNE, 1957
WHOLE NO. 18a

 
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[NOTE:   Here appears a reproduction of a handwritten document, below which is the following caption:]

Record of the Births of the Seven Eldest Children of Henry & Lucy (Clark) Sparks

[NOTE:  The names of these children appear at the top of page 218]

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 N. Hite Aye,, Louisville 6, Kentucky
William Perry Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer, Box 531,  Raleigh, North Carolina
Russell E. Bidlack, Historian-Genealogist, 1131 Granger Aye., Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Sparks Family Association was founded in March, 1953, as a non-profit organization devoted to the assembling and preserving for posterity 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.

SPARKSES IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

(Continued from Vol. V, No. 1, Whole No. 17, page 203)

PENSION PAPERS OF HENRY SPARKS (1753-1836) AND

HIS WIDOW, LUCY (CLARK) SPARKS
 

Compiled and Edited by Russell E. Bidlack

(Note: The following pension papers pertain to the service of Henry Sparks (1753-1836) in the American Revolution. Both Henry Sparks’s application and that of his widow are included. The originals of these papers are preserved in the National Archives and have the File Number R-9959. The application of Henry Sparks was approved and he was granted a pension of $30.00 per annum effective March 4, 1831. Following the death of Henry Sparks in 1836, his widow applied for a pension. It is not clear from the papers in this file whether she was granted a pension or not.

Henry Sparks, commonly called “Harry” during his lifetime, was the third son of Thomas and Mary (Towles) Sparks and was born on June 16, 1753, in that part of Culpeper County, Virginia, which later became Madison County. (See Vol. IV, No. 2, Whole No. 14 (June, 1956) issue of the QUARTERLY for additional information on this family.) Henry Sparks was married to Lucy Clark, daughter of Captain James and Mary (Marston) Clark in January, 1776. In 1795 Henry Sparks and his family moved to that section of Franklin County, Kentucky, which became Owen County in 1819. He died there on August 14, 1836.

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For some reason, Henry Sparks did not mention in his application for a pension the fact that he had served for two years in the Army prior to his enlistment in 1778. (Note that his widow referred to his having performed three tours of duty whereas he mentioned only two.) His failure to mention this first tour probably was because in recognition of that service he had been granted a large tract of land in Kentucky; he probably felt that he had been fully compensated already for that service. Other records indicate that on February 2, 1776, Henry Sparks had enlisted in Madison, Virginia, for two years as a private in Captain Oliver Towles’s Company, Sixth Virginia Regiment, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel James Hendricks.  On May 6, 1777, he was transferred at Morristown, New Jersey, to the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard commanded by Captain Caleb Gibbs. This unit served as Washington’s body guard. On June 4, 1777, he was promoted to 3d corporal. He was discharged at the end of his enlistment at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on February 2, 1778.

A large amount of material has been collected by the officers of the Association on the life and descendants of Henry Sparks which wili be published in a future issue of the QUARTERLY. Any member who descends from this family who has not corresponded with one of the officers is invited to write to the Editor. We are anxious to make this as complete a record as possible. Address your letters to Dr. Russell E. Bidlack, Editor, The Sparks Quarterly, 1131 Granger Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In copying these documents, capitalization and punctuation have been modernized for the sake of clarity, but no changes have been made in spelling or content. A few minor certificates which contain no data of interest have been omitted.

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State of Kentucky
County of Owen

On this 7th day of January 1833 personally appeared in open Court before the Justices of Owen County Court now sitting, Henry Sparks, a resident of the said County and State, aged 79 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated, that is to say, he mustered into the service of the United States in the Revolutionary War in the month of April, as he now remembers, in the year 1778, as a private soldier and drafted militia man, under Captain James Clark, upon a six month’s tour. That he rendezvoused with his company at the courthouse in Madison County, Va., in which County he resided at the time he entered the service as aforesaid. That there was another company rendezvoused at the same time and place under Capt. Richard Yancy. That the two companies came under the command of Col. James Barbour and were marched by him from their place of rendezvous and joined a brigade under command of Genl. Edward Stevens of Culpeper County, Virginia, and the whole of the forces then marched into N. Carolina in the vicinity of the Cheraw Hills. That they remained in North Carolina till the expiration of their tour of six months as aforesaid. That during said time the diseases of that climate made appearance in the Army and killed a great many of the soldiers. That there was not much over one half of the two companies that went from Madison County, of which this declarent was one, were alive at the termination of their said tour to return home. That at the expiration of his said tour of six months, having fully and faithfully served the same, he was discharged verbally and returned to his residence in Madison County where he lived when he mustered into the service as aforesaid.

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He further states and declares that he on the day of March [sic] 1783, according to his best recollection, he again mustered into the service of the United States in the War of the Revolution as a private soldier, being a drafted militia man, upon a tour of three months under the command of Captain Edward Terrill. That he rendezvoused upon this tour at a ford on the Rapidan River. That there was a full regiment of militia rendezvoused at the same time and place including this declarent's company, and Col. James Barbour took the command of them. That from this said place of rendezvous they were marched toward the Chesapeak Bay in order to meet and repel some British Troops who were landing from vesels in Virginia, and after they had marched some distance on their route, they received intelligence that the British had reembarked and left the coast, and they returned to Madison County and were kept in rediness [sic] during the whoe period of their said tour, to march at a moment's warning to any point where their service might be required; but they were not afterwards marched from the said county till the expirations of their period of service, and when his said tour of duty had expired,he, this declarent, was again verbally discharged and returned to his home in the said county of Madison where he resided when called into service upon this last tour.

He further states and declares that from the great laps [sic] of time, his old age, and consequent loss of memory, he cannot swear directly and positively as to dates or particular length of time which he served, but from his best recollection he served not less than nine months as a private militia soldier in the Revolution, viz; six months under Capt. James Clarke and three months under Capt. Edward Terrill at the times above stated. He further states that he has no documentary evidence whatever of his said services and that he knows of no person now living whose testimony he can procure, who can testify to his said service.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state in the Union.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
                                                                                                                                            [signed] Henry Sparks

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Interrogations propounded by the Court to the above applicant:

1st. Where and in what year were you born?
Answer: I was born in the County of Culpepper and State of Virginia on the 16th day of June 1753 according to the best information which I have on the subject.

2d, Have you any record of your age; and if so, where is it?
Answer: I have a record of my age at home in my Bible.

3d. Where were you living when called into the service, where have you lived since the Revolutionary War, and where do you now live?
Answer: I was living in the County of Madison & State of Virginia when I entered the service upon each of my tours and continued in Madison County till in 1795 when I removed to the County of Franklin, Ky., and from thence I moved in 1800 to the place where I now live in Owen County, and have continued thereon ever since.

4th. How were you called into the service; were you drafted, did you volunteer, or were you a substitute and if a substitute, f or whom?
Answer: I was a drafted militia man upon each tour of duty which I performed.

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5th. State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops when you served; such continental and militia regiments as you can recollect, and the general circumstanes of your service.
Answer: I do not recollect that there were any regular troops with Genl. Stevens. I recollect to have seen upon that tour Genl. Stevens, Col. Barbour, Capt. Clarke under whom I served. We marched upon that tour into North Carolina and there served till the expiration of the tour and then returned. At the crossing of a river, the name of which I have forgotten, at a ford called the Broad Ford (upon the return of the troops) Tarleton was in pursuit and came up just as the troops had effected a passage across the river. Upon this tour great mortality prevailed in the Army from disease. Upon the second tour I served only in the single militia regiment of which Col. Barbour had the command. I recollect Capts. ----- [blank] ---- of that regiment besides my own captain.

6th. Did you receive a discharge from the service, and if so, by whom was it given and what has become of it?
Answer: I never did receive a discharge in writing from the service.

7th. State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood, and who can testify as to your character for veracity, ani their belief of your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
Answer: I will name Thos. V. Bruce, Henry Smither, and John Baum, as persons of my neighborhood to whom I am known.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
                                                                                                                                    [signed] Henry Sparks

We, Thos. V. Bruce, a Clergyman, residing in the county of Owen, and state of Kentucky, & John Brown [sic] residing in the same county and state, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Henry Sparks who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be 79 years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier in the Revolution and we concur in that opinion.

Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid.
                                                                                                                                    [signed] Thos. V. Bruce
                                                                                                                                                 John Baum

And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion, after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier, and served as he states. And the Court further certifies that it appears to them that Thos. V. Bruce who has signed the preceding certificate, is a Clergyman resident in the County of Owen and State of Kentucky, and that John Baum who has also signed the same is [a] resident of tho same county and state and are credible persons & that their statement is entitled to credit.
                                                                                                                                    [signed] Wilson B. Guile
                                                                                                                                                  H. Jout [?]
                                                                                                                                                  John B---- [?]
                                                                                                                    Justices of the Owen County Court.

[There follows a certificate by H. Bacon, Clerk of the Court “that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court."]

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The affidavit of Lewis Willhoite, John Baum, John L. Snelson & Henry Clark & W. Walker, residents of Owen County, taken in the town of Owenton, Owen County, KY., on the  7th day of Jany. 1833.  These affiants state that they are well acquainted with Henry Sparks of Owen County, KY., who they are informed is an applicant to be placed on the pension roll of the United States.  That they have known him for many years and that he has borne and continues to bear, the reputation of an honest and truthful man; that he is a man of ability and morality; is a member of the Methodist Church and, in shor, is one of our best and most reputable citizens.  They state that he has the reputation in his neighborhood of having been a soldier of the Revolution and that they verily believe it themselves and have never heard the fact of his having served as a soldier in the Revolution doubted.  They believe that he is 79 years of ages as he states.
                                                                                                                                            [signed] John Baum
                                                                                                                                                         Lewis Willhoite
                                                                                                                                                         Henry Clarke
                                                                                                                                                         John C, Snelson
                                                                                                                                                        William Walker

[This is followed by the usual certificates by a justice of the peace.]

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State of Kentucky
Owen County

    On this 29th day of May 1839 personally appeared before me, William H. Smither, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, Mrs. Lucy Sparks, widow of Henry Sparks, deceased, aged 78 years, who being duly sworn doth on her oath make the following; declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an act of Congress passed July 1836.

She states that she is the widow of Henry Sparks who was a soldier of the Revolution and was pensioned under the law of the 7 of June 1832. She states that she was married to the aforesaid Henry Sparks in the year of 1776 in the County of Culpeper, State of Va. She further declares that in the fall of the year 1778 she thinks that her husband was drafted and went into the service of the United States for a tour of three months, she thinks, but does not know under what officer. Neither does she know the regiment to which he belonged. She further declares that during the War he served three tours of duty, but from old age and a consequent loss of memory she cannot ---?--- state the length of each tour of duty, nor the regiments to which he belonged. But states that her husband did in his lifetime make a declaration of his service to the War Department and obtain[ed] a pension certificate and she believes that said declaration is now on file at the War Office which will give a full detail of the services of her husband and prays the same may he made a part of this declaration, as her memory, from the raveges of time, is very imperfect. She states that she was married to Henry Sparks early in the year of 1776 and she remained the wife of the aforesaid Henry Sparks until the 14th day of August 1836 when her husband departed this life, since which time she states she has remained a widow to the present day as will appear from the following affidavits. She further declares that from old age and bodily infirmity she is unable to ride to town to make her declaration in open Court. She states that she was born in Va. in the year of 1760 or 1761, but she has no record of her age. She states she moved to Ky. about 40 years ago and that she now lives in Owen County, Ky., on the Ky. River. She further states that during the last year she sent down to the lower part of Ky. to John Clark who was a witness to her marriage and obtained his affidavit which is herewith sent.
                                                                                                                                                her
                                                                                                                          [signed] Lucy  X  Sparks
                                                                                                                                                mark

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   [The declaration of Lucy Sparks was "subscribed and sworn to" on May 29, 1839, before W. H. Smith, Justice of the Peace, Owen County.]

I, Alexander Sparks, certify that Henry Sparks, a soldier and pensioner of the United States, departed this life on the 14th day of August, 1836 and that Lucy Sparks who has made the above declaration is the widow of said Henry Sparks and that she has remained a widow to this day.
                                                                                                                            [signed] A. I. Sparks
Subscribed and sworn to this 29 day of May 1839.

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I. William H. Smither, a Justice of the Peace in and for Owen County, KY., do certify that Lucy Sparks did before me make the above declaration.  I believe her to be as old as she represents herself to be and it appears to my satisfaction that she is a lady of truth and respectability.  I further state that I am well acquainted with her and believe her memory is much impaired by age and that she is unable to appear in open Court to make her declaration.  I further certify that Alexander Sparks, who made the above affidavit, is a reputable man and his statements may be relied upon.  Sworn under my had as a Justice of the Peace in and for Owen County this 29th day of May,  1839.
                                                                                                                            [signed] W. H. Smither

[There follows a certificate signed by Nathaniel M. Bacon certifying to Smither's being a Justice of the Peace.]

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 I, William H. Smither, a Justice of the Peace for Owen County, and one of the Judges of the County Courts for Owen County, do certify that the enclosed leaf containing the birth of the children of Henry Sparks, deceased, who was a pensioner of the United States, was taken from the family records of said Henry Sparks by Capt. Field in my presents [sic] and I further state I was well acquainted with the said Sparks from my youth to his death and say that the ages of his children recorded upon that leaf are written by Henry Sparks himself.  I am well acquainted with his hand writing and know it to be his writing.  Given under my hand as Justice of the Peace in and for Owen County the 1 day of June 1840.
                                                                                                                              [signed] W. H. Smither

[There follows a certificate signed by Nathaniel M. Bacon certifying to Smither's being a Justice of the Peace.]

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[Note:  A photograph of the leaf referred to above appears on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY.  It was obviously torn from a book.  It seems odd that only seven of the children of Henry and Lucy (Clark) Sparks are listed, since there were actually twelve children in all.  Perhaps the record was not maintained after the seventh child was born, or perhaps the remaining five were recorded on another leaf, one leaf being all that was required to prove that Henry and Lucy Sparks had children.  Following are the names and dates which appear on this leaf:]

(see top of next page)

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 Elizabeth Sparks was Born September 23th Day 1777
 James Sparks was Born December 11th Day 1779
 Anthony Sparks was Born January 7th Day 1781
 William Sparks was Born February 5th Day 1785
 Thoms Sparks was Born August 11th Day 1787
 Mary Sparks was Born December 14th Day 1790
 Reubin Sparks was Born September 30th Day l792

[Following is a list of the other five children born to Henry and Lucy (Clark) Sparks

 Madison Sparks, born August 10, 1795
 Rhoda Sparks, born -----
 John Sparks, born June 13, 1803
 Alexander Iverson Sparks, born January 8, 1807
 Henry Sparks, born -----

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I,  John Clark, now in the seventy-third year of my age, do certify that I was well acquainted with Henry Sparks of Owen County, Kentukey, who was a pensioner of the United States. I further state that the said Henry Sparks and Lucy Sparks, his wife, now Widow Sparks, were married in the winter of seventeen hundred & seventy six or seventy seven as well as I now recollect. I further state that the said Lucy Sparks came to my father's after they were married and remained their [sic] until the said Henry Sparks returned from the service.

Given under my hand & seal this 26th day of June 1838.
                                                                                                                                    [signed] John Clark

Christian Country,
State of Kentucky.

 I, B. Bradtshaw, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Christian, afforesaid, do certify that John Clark did before me make oath and subscribe his name to the above affadavit and it appeared to my entire satisfaction that the said John Clark is a man of respectability & veracity. Given under my hand & seal this 26th day of June 1838.

                                                                                                                                    [signed] B. Bradahaw, J.P.

[There follows a statement by Abraham Stiles certifying that Bradshaw was a Justice of the Peace]

[Editor's Note: The above John Clark was a brother of Lucy (Clark) Sparks. He was born in 1767 and died in 1844. He was married, 1st, to Mildred Gibbs on July 27, l786, 2d, to Mary Gaines, on January 22, 1794,]

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Correction to the Pension Papers of Matthew Sparks

Members of the Association are requested to correct page 179 of their copies of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY for December 1956 (Vol . IV, No 4, Whole No16) as fol1ows:  In the paragraph beginning with the words “That he was born” a line of type was omitted; following the words “at which time this Declarent removed” should be inserted, to Wilkes County in the State of Georgia; after residing in this latter place about two years, this Declarant removed.

[Scanner's note:  Correction made.]

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JOHN SPARKS DESCENDANTS FAMILY REUNION

Word has been received from Arminda Fisher (Mrs. Carl J.) of 324 New York Ave., Muncie, Indiana, that the reunion of the John Sparks descendants will be held on August 24, 1957, at the Shelter House, Matter Park, Marion, Indiana.  Basker Dinner.  All friends and interested persons will be most welcome.  The President of the reunion is Peter T. Spencer, R.R. 4, Marion, Indiana; the Secretary is Kenneth Sparks, of LaFontaine, Indiana.

John Sparks, whose descendants will meet for this reunion, was born on December 6, 1806, in Laurens District, South Carolina, the son of William and Mary (Palmer) Sparks.  His parents emitgrated to Indiana in 1812, settling first in Union County, later in Connersville Township, Fayette County.  (A detailed record of the family of William Sparks (1772-1862) will be published in a later issue of the QUARTERLY.)  John Sparks became a distinguished Baptist minister.  He was married to Elizabeth Harlan on November 2,  1826, in Fayette County, Indiana.  She was born January 25, 1807, in South Carolina. and died September 18, 1879, in Liberty Township, Wabash County, Indiana, near the  town of LaFontaine.  He died in Liberty Township on March 8, 1863.  Both are buried at the Cemetery in LaFontaine, Indiana.  They were the parents of eleven children:  Nancy, Mary, Charlotte, Amanda, Martha Ann. Jane, Wilson Thompson, Elizabeth, John Jefferson, William Thomas, and Sarah Emeline.

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 SPARKS FAMILIES IN KENTUCKY -- 1850 CENSUS

Compiled by Paul E. Sparks

Continued from Vol. V, No. 1, Whole No. 17  (March, 1957) page 209)

Estill County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p.62) Sparks, Thomas 45 Kentucky (M) Farmer $150
210-210      "       Patsy 41        " (F)
     "       Sally A. 22        " (F)
     "       John 20        " (M) Laborer
     "       Polly 18        " (F)
     "       William 16        " (M) Laborer
     "       Fanny J. 12        " (F)
     "       Thomas C. 10        " (M)
     "       Elisha P. 6        " (M)
     "       F. M. 4        " (M)
     "       Taylor 2        " (M)

 
(p. 70) Sparks, Samuel 37 Kentucky (M) Farmer
323-323      "       Betty 27        " (F)
     "       Julia A. 12        " (F)
     "       John W. 9        " (M)
     "       Susan J. 5        " (F)
     "       Phillip 4        " (M)
     "       Mathew 1        " (M)

 
(p. 70) Sparks, William 26 Kentucky (M) Farmer
324-324      "       Susan 18        " (F)
     "       Catherine 3        " (F)
     "       Letty 7/12        " (F)

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(Estill County, Ky. -1850 Census, Continued)
(p. 88) Sparks, Elizabeth 55 Kentucky (F)  
586-586

 
(p. 92) Sparks, John 23 Kentucky (M) Farmer $50
639-639      "       Mary J. 17        " (F)
     "       Catherine 3/12        " (F)

 
(p. 97) Sparks, Joseph 24 Kentucky (M) Farmer
702-702      "       Mealinda 22        " (M)
     "       James J. 4        " (F)
     "       Michael J. 3        " (F)

 
(p.101) Sparks, Frances 49 Kentucky (F) 
748-748      "       Daniel 23        " (M) Farmer $200
     "       Susannah 19        " (F)
     "       Caly 17        " (F)
     "       Mary 14        " (F)
     "       Nancy 14        " (F)
     "       Isaac T. 12        " (M)
     "       Solomon 7        " (M)

 
(p.101) Sparks, Barnett 35 Kentucky (M)  Farmer
758-758      "       Polly 33        " (F)
     "       Elizabeth 11        " (F)
     "       Eliza 9        " (F)
     "       Thomas 7        " (M)
     "       George 5        " (M)
     "       Agnes 3        " (F)
     "       Robert 3/12        " (M)

 
(p. 101) Sparks, William 38 Kentucky (M) Farmer $300
756-756      "       Sally A. 22        " (F)

 
(p. 107) Araine, Nathaniel 43 Kentucky (M) Farmer $1000
841-841      "      Loucinda 32        " (F)
     "      Nancy M. 2        " (F)
Sparks, Sally A. 13        " (F)
Franklin, John L. 25        " (M) Farmer

 
(p. 107) Wallace, John 52 Kentucky (M) Farmer $3000
842-842      "      Louanna 37        " (F)
     "      Joseph 11        " (M)
     "      Mary J. 4        " (F)
     "      Louvisa 2        " (F)
West, William W. 14        "  (M)
Sparks, William 17        " (M) Laborer
     "       James 15        " (M) Laborer

 
(p.113) Blackwell, Nancy 51 Kentucky (F)
925-925        "        Samuel 21        " (M) Farmer
       "        Joseph 19        "
       "        Susan 17        "
       "        Elizabeth 15        "
Sparks, Nancy M. 7        "

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Fayette County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p. 117) Sparks, Polly 39 Kentucky (F)
59-59      "       Robert 13        " (M)

 
(p. 197) Sparks, Humphry 48 Kentucky (M)

 
(p. 208) Sparks, Thomas 25 Kentucky (M) Carpenter
173-190 (sic)      "       Churles Ann 23       " (F)
     "       Sarah A. 3       " (F)

 
(p. 211) Sparks, James 32 Kentucky (M)
226-266      "       Mary 25        " (F)
     "       Mary 4        " (F)
     "       Elizabeth C. 2        " (F)

 
 (p. 223) Sparks, William 56 Maryland  (M) Carpenter
406-427      "       Catherine 59 North Carolina (F)
     "       Samuel 24 Kentucky (M)
     "       Mary A. 17        " (F)

 
(p. 252) Sparks, W. C. 33 Kentucky (M) Blacksmith
828-849      "       Marian W. 31        " (F)
     "       Ann E. 8        " (F)
     "       Mary C. 7        " (F)
     "       James W. 3        " (M)
     "       Cora E. 1        " (F)
     "       Charlton 20        " (M)

Gallatin County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p.56) Baldwin, Hiram 34 Ohio (M) Trader $300
54-54      "        Francis 39 Virginia (M) Physician
     "        Stephen 26 Ohio (M) Hotel Keeper
     "        Lydia 19    " (F)
     "        Susannah 23    " (F)
Sparks, Rhoda 30    " (F)
     "       Mary 7 Kentucky (F)
     "       Hiram 5      " (M)
     "       John 2      " (M)

 
(p. 198) Sparks, Washington 38 Kentucky (M) Laborer
607-607      "       Sarah 43 Virginia (F)
     "       George 16 Kentucky (M)
     "       Nancy 10        " (F)
     "       Mary 8        " (F)
     "       Perry 5        " (M)
     "       William 3        " (M)
     "       David 6/12        " (M)

 
(p.201) Sparks, Jesse 27 Kentucky (M) Laborer
699-699      "       Sarah 24        " (F)
     "       James 2        " (M)
     "       Sarah E. 4/12        " (F)

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Greenup County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p. 171) Hern, Harrison 35 Kentucky (M) Carpenter
194-194     "    Lulinca 24 North Carolina (F)
    "    Angeline 10 Kentucky (F)
    "    Thompson 7        " (M)
    "    Henry 5        " (M)
    "    Elizabeth 3        "  (F)
    "    Sarah 1        " (F)
Russell, Sarah 14        " (F)
Sparks, Richard 21 North Carolina (M) Laborer

 
(p. 203) Sparks, William I. 22  Kentucky (M) Farmer
656-656      "       Elizabeth 29        " (F)
     "       James H. 8/12        " (M)

Hardin County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p. 445) Hardin, Sarah 31 Kentucky (F) Farmer $1000
825-825 Spires, Lucy 70 Maryland (F)
Sparks, Mary 11 Kentucky (F)
     "       John 9      " (M)
Hardin, William 3      " (M)
Spires, John 19      " (M)

Harlin County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p. 3) Sparks, Wainwright 20 Tennessee (M) Farmer
23-23      "       Rhoda 12 Kentucky (F)
     "       Nathan 2/12        " (M)

Harrison County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p. 94) Sparks, Thomas 60  Virginia (M) Farmer $1600
639-639      "       Mahala 53        " (F)
     "       Ina 17 Kentucky (F)
     "       Mary 16        " (F)
     "       Washington 12        " (M)
     "       Margaret 10        "  (F)
     "       Elizabeth 8        " (F)

 
(p. 94) Sparks, William S. 27 Kentucky Farmer $500
(640-640)      "       Elizabeth 31        " (F)
     "       Ann 2        " (F)
     "       Mahala 1        " (F)

 
(p. 115) Sparks, Silas 39 Kentucky (M) Farmer $4000
392-395      "       Isabella 36        " (F)
     "       Nancy 14        " (F)
     "       Ruth 13        " (F)
     "       James 10        " (M)
     "       Richard 9        " (M)
     "       Mary 7        " (F)
     "       Sarah 5        " (F)
     "       Martha 3        " (F)
     "       Silas 2        " (M)

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(Harrison County, Ky. - 1850 Census, Continued)
(Family of Silas Sparks continued)
 
Sparks, John W. 3/12 Kentucky (M)
Stump, Adam 56 Pennsylvania (M) Laborer
Snodgrass, Gibson 21 Kentucky (M) Laborer

 
(p. 179) Sparks, Wesley 44 Virginia (M) Farmer
778-784      "       Jane 41 Kentucky (F)
     "       William 19        " (M)
     "       John 16        " (M)
     "       Elizabeth 14        " (F)
     "       Nancy 11        " (F)
     "       George 8        " (M)
     "       Franklin G. 6        " (M)
     "       Catherine 1        " (F)
Tucker, Charles 44        " (M)

Henderson County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p. 336) Sparks, Noah 32 North Carolina (M) Farmer $250
388-388      "       Lucinda 27 Missouri (F)
     "       Pleasant 7 Kentucky (F)
     "       William 2        " (M)

 
(p. 336) Sparks, Sarah 53 North Carolina (F)
389-389      "       Mary 18 Kentucky (F)

Henry County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p. 427) Sparks, Thomas 40 Kentucky (M) Farmer $1000
912-916      "       Mariah 40        " (F)
     "       Abram 15        " (M)
Power, John 18        " (M)
Cox, Charles 57 Virginia  (M)
   "     Martha 58        " (F)
   "     George 18 Kentucky (M)
   "     Garland 17        " (M)
Harp, Geary 70 Virginia (M)
   "     L. 48 Kentucky (F)
Doskins, Polly 20        " (F)

 
(p. 432) Sparks, William 36 Kentucky (M) Farmer
468-468      "       C. 32        " (F)
     "       John 11        " (M)
     "       James 9        " (M)
     "       Stephen 7        " (M)
Yeager, Molly 13        " (F)
     "       Lucy 1        " (F)

 
(p. 455) Sparks, Humphrey 30 Kentucky (M) Tailor $1000
212-212      "       Eliza A. 26        " (F)
     "       Thomas 13        " (M)
     "       Malvina 11        " (M)
     "       Isabelle 7        " (M)
     "       Martha 1        " (F)

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(Henry County, Ky. - 1850 Census, Continued)
(p. 457) Sparks, John 51  Virginia (M) Farmer $8750
241-241      "       Ellen 49 Kentucky (F)
     "       Henry 20        " (M)
     "       George 12        " (M)
     "       Amanda 11        " (F)
     "       Isabella 9        " (F)
     "       Frances 8        " (F)
     "       Patsey 4        " (F)

Hopkins County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p. 145) Sparks, Richard 25 Kentucky (M) Farmer
422-422      "       Sarah L. 25        " (F)
     "       William 3        " (M)
     "       Noah 1        " (M)

Jefferson County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p. 252) Hikes, G. G. 38 Kentucky (M) $4250
459-460     "      Charlotte 28        " (F)
Sparks, Daniel 28        " (M) Mechanic
Ames, Henry 23        " (M) Farmer

 
(p. 259) Guthrie, Margaret 50 Kentucky (F) $2600
561-562 Sparks, Wesley 22        " (M) Merchant
     "       Eliza 20        " (F)
Rush, Sarah 19        " (F)
Guthrie, Eunas 86 Pennsylvania (M)

 
(p. 279) Harman, Squire 30 Kentucky (M) Mechanic
90-91)      "        Elizabeth 21        " (F)
     "        Sarah 8        " (F)
     "        Newton 6        " (M)
     "        Ellen 3        " (F)
     "        Charles 1        " (M)
Ash, Catherine 28        " (F)
Sparks, Joseph 21        " (M) Laborer

 
(p.283) Hopewell, William I. 24 Kentucky (M) Mechanic
847-848         "        Lucy 21        " (F)
        "        Morrison 20        " (M)
Sparks, Jacson 21        " (M)

(Louisville, Ky., Dist. No. 1 - 1850 Census)

(p. 80) Sparks, Zylpha 39 Kentucky (F)
945-1384      "       Benjamin 19        " (M) Boatman
     "       James 17        " (M) Laborer
     "       Reubin 16        " (M)

(Louisville, Ky., Dist. No. 3 - 1850 Census)

(p. 309) Clark, John K. 30 Maryland (M) Printer
372-372 Tarand, Robert 25 Germany (M) Musician
Herman, G. 30        " (M) Musician
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(Jefferson County, Ky. - 1850 Census, Continued)
(Louisville, Ky., Dist. No. 3 - Family of John K. Clark, Continued)
 
Bailey, W. W. 22 Unknown (M) Clerk
Reager, W. 25 Kentucky (M) Clerk
Alexander, Thomas 18        " (M) Engineer
Smith, George 26        " (M) Engineer
Milam, Thomas 26        " (M) Carpenter
Sparks, Mary E. 20        " (F)
Ferguson, Jane 39 Ohio (F)
McLenkins, David 30 Kentucky (M) Clerk
Wallace, S. -- Pennsylvania (M) Steamboat Capt.

 
(p. 322) Dane, Edmund 29 Virginia (M) Tailor
523-523    "      Margaret 30      " (F)
   "      Margaret 9 Kentucky (F)
   "      Alfred M. 7        " (M)
   "       Adeline 2        " (F)
   "       Elizabeth 73 Virginia (F)
   "       William 23      " (M) Overseer
North, Mary 17      " (F)
Bligh, Silas 27 Pennsylvania (M) Bricklayer
   "     Katherine 25 Virginia (F)
   "     Mary 2 Kentucky (F)
   "     Emily 1        " (F)
Jenkins, Richard 35        " (M) Painter
Johnson, James 22 Ohio (M)
Sparks, Walter 22 Indiana (M)

(Louisville, Ky., Dist. No. 4, 8th Ward - 1850 Census)

(p. 432) Ball Henry 44 New York (M) Printer $15,000
730-831   "    Susan 40 Kentucky (F)
Sparks, George 21        " (M) None
     "       Norville 16        " (M)
Ball, Martha 18        " (F)

Jessamine County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


(p.8) Sparks, Isaac 44 Ohio (M) Farmer
97-97      "       Mary A. 41 Virginia (F)
     "       Joseph 19 Kentucky (M)
     "       J. C.  17        " (M)
     "       G. W. 16        " (M)
     "       E. R. 11        " (M)
     "       J. S. 6        " (M)
     "       John W. 3        " (M)
     "       T. T.  1        " (M)

 
(p.40) Sparks, J. B. 42 Kentucky (M) Farmer $10,000
27-27      "       S. D. 42        " (F)
     "       I. E. 19        " (F)
     "       J. E. 17        " (M)
     "       M. A. 15        " (F)
     "       A. E. 13        " (F)
     "       W. H. 11        " (M)
     "       Jerome 9        " (M)

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(Jessamine County, Ky. - 1850 Census, Continued)
(Family of J. B. Sparks, continued)
 
  Sparks, S. C. 7 Kentucky (F)
     "       E. 4         " (F)
     "       M. B. 2         " (F)
     "       N. 5/12         " (F)
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 (p.41) Sparks, Pauline 43 Kentucky (F) Farmer
28-28      "       R. J. 18        " (M)
     "       James 15        " (M)
     "       H. C. 11        " (M)
     "       George W. 7        " (M)
     "       M. E. 50        " (F)

 
 (p. 7) McMurtoy, John 23 Kentucky (M) Painter $600
90-90         "         Martha 25        " (F)
Sparks, Moore 10        " (M)
     "       Endora 8        " (F)
     "       Louisa 5        " (F)

Johnson County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


 (p. 88) Osburn, Jesse 70 North Carolina (M) Farmer $650
111-111      "       Elizabeth 60 Kentucky  (F)
Sparks, Dinah 23        "  (F)
     "       Elizabeth 1        " (F)
Lemaster, Eleazer 90 North Carolina (M)

 
(p. 91)  Sparks, Allen 55 North Carolina (M) Farmer $700
154-154      "       Elizabeth 55 Virginia  (F)
     "       Daniel 21 Kentucky  (M) Farmer
     "       Matthew 20        "  (M)
     "       Andrew 18        "  (M)
     "       Thomas 15        "  (M)
     "       Peter 13        "  (M)
     "       Allen 10        "  (M)

 
 (p.92) Sparks, Reuben 24 Kentucky (M)
157-157      "       Elizabeth 19 Virginia  (F)
Dials, Lucy  45       "  (F)

 
 (p. 92) Sparks, Nicholas 38 North Carolina (M) Farmer $150
158-158      "       Dorcas 33 Kentucky  (F)
     "       Elizabeth 11        "  (F)
     "       Bethena 8        "  (F)
     "       Robert 6        " (M)
     "       Margarett 4        " (F)
     "       David 2        " (M)
     "       Nicholas 1        " (M)
     "       Dorcus 1/12        " (F)

 
(p. 95)  Sparks, Elijah 38 North Carolina (M) Farmer
204-204      "       Sarah 38 Virginia  (F)
     "       William 16 Kentucky  (M)
     "       Mary A. 15        "  (F)

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(Johnson County, Ky. - 1850 Census, Continued)
(Family of Elijah Sparks, continued)
  Sparks, Sarah 13  Kentucky (F)
     "       Lucy 12        "  (F)
     "       Milly 8        "  (F)
     "       Lamira I. 6        "  (F)
     "       Katherine 3        "  (F)
     "       Elijah 2/12        "  (M)

 
(p. 96)  Sparks, Elisha 38 North Carolina (M) Farmer $100
207-207      "       Susan 31 Kentucky  (F)
     "       Lydia 15        "  (F)
     "       Jane 13        "  (F)
     "       William 11        " (M)
     "       Elisha 9        " (M)
     "       Paulina 7        " (F)
     "       Dianah 4        " (F)
     "       Caty A. 2        " (F)
     "       Tillsman 2/12        " (M)

 
(p. 96)  Sparks, Thomas 48 North Carolina (M) Farmer $400
200-200      "       Katherine 43 Kentucky (F)
     "       Sarah 19        " (F)
     "       Eleanor 17        "  (F)
     "       Margarett 15        " (F)
     "       Thomas I. 13        " (M)
     "       Henry 11        " (M)
     "       Daniel 9        " (M)
     "       Katherine 6        " (F)
     "       John 4        " (M)

 
 (p.96) Sparks, Matthew 40 North Carolina (M) Farmer
220-220      "       Alsey 35 Kentucky (F)
     "       Allen 17        "  (M)
     "       Jesse 16        "  (M)
     "       Henry 14        " (M)
     "       Nathan 13        " (M)
     "       Lovinia 10        " (F)
     "       Elizabeth 7        " (F)
     "       Sarah A. 5        " (F)
     "       Daniel 3        " (M)
     "       Nancy E. 6/12        " (F)

Knox County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


 (p. 384) Sparks, John W. 28 Kentucky (M) Farmer  $1,000
877-896      "       Nancy D. 26        " (F)
     "       Marion C. 5        " (F)
     "       William C. 1        " (M)
     "       Sanford 22        " (M) Laborer

Laurel County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


 (p. 27) Sparks, Calvin 24 Kentucky (M) Farmer $400
369-369      "       Esther 26        " (F)
     "       Elizabeth 3        " (F)
     "       Nancy 8/12        " (F)

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(Laurel County, Ky. - 1850 Census, Continued)
(p. 28)  Sparks, James 47 Virginia (M) Lawyer $1,000
370-370      "       Matilda 46 Kentucky (F)
     "       Rebecca 20        "  (F)
     "       Martha 18        "  (F)
     "       Barton 16        " (M)
     "       Absalom 14        " (M)
     "       Nancy 12        " (F)
     "       James 10        " (M)
     "       M. Ann 7        " (F)
     "       Matilda 1        " (F)

Lawrence County, Kentucky - 1850 Census


 (p. 56) Sparks, Wiley 42 North Carolina (M) Farmer $150
67-67 Parker, James 7 Kentucky (M)
    "       Jaica A. 3        " (F)
Sparks, Sintha 31 North Carolina  (F)
     "       Nancy 16 Kentucky (F)
     "       Mary 15        " (F)
     "       Washington 6        " (M)
     "       Lindsey 11        " (M)
     "       Matilda 9/12        " (F)

 
(p. 64) Sparks, Calvin 43 Virginia (M) Farmer $100
133-133      "       Sarah 43       "  (F)
     "       Alford 19 Kentucky  (M) Farmer
     "       Amy 13        "  (F)
     "       Polina 10        " (F)
     "       Nelson 5        " (M)
     "       Benton 1        " (M)

 
(p. 64)  Sparks, Levi 72 North Carolina (M) Farmer $400
134-134      "       Sarah 69 Virginia (F)
     "       John 26 Kentucky (M) Farmer
Debord, Louisa 22 North Carolina  (F)

 
(p. 64) Sparks, Garred 47 North Carolina (M) Farmer $800
135-135      "       Elizabeth 41 Virginia  (F)
     "       Reuben 21 Kentucky  (M)
     "      Eleanor 21        " (F)
     "       Levi J. 19        "  (M)
     "       Hugh 16        "  (M)
     "       Sarah E. 18        "  (F)
     "       Matheny 14        "  (F)
     "       Nancy A. 13        "  (F)
     "       Jemima 11        "  (F)
     "       Walter N. 9        "  (M)
     "       Rebecca 8        "  (F)
     "       Phebe 5        "  (F)
     "       Sidney D. 2        "  (M)
     "       David L. 6        "  (M)

 
(p. 71) Sparks, Reuben 33 North Carolina (M) Farmer
265-265      "       Margaret 28        " (F)
     "       Malvani 5        " (F)

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(Lawrence County, Ky. - 1850 Census, Continued)
 
(p. 71)  Sparks, Hiram 30 Kentucky (M)
266-266      "       Calvon 8/12        "  (M)

 
(p. 71) Sparks, George 54 North Carolina (M) Farmer $700
268-268      "       Nancy 50 Virginia (F)
     "       Cynthia 22 Kentucky (F)
     "       Levi 16        "  (M)
     "       Emmaella 11        "  (F)
     "       Caleb 8        "  (M)
     "       Mary 6        "  (F)
Hucherson, Nancy 25        "  (F)
        "         James F. 1/12        "  (M)

 
(p. 71)  Sparks, Wesley 44 North Carolina (M) Farmer $300
269-269      "       Nancy 28 Kentucky  (F)
     "       Mary 14        "  (F)
     "       Richard 9        "  (M)
     "       Robert 7        " (M)
     "       Martin 4        " (M)
     "       Sena 2        " (F)

 
(p. 71) Sparks, William 38 North Carolina (M) Farmer $100
271-271      "       Mary 34 Kentucky  (F)
     "       Nancy 15        "  (F)
     "       Reuben 12        "  (M)
     "       Isaac 10        " (M)
     "       Joel 8        " (M)
     "       William H. 6        " (M)
     "       George W. 4        " (M)
     "       Francis M. 3        " (M)
     "       Doct[or] F. 1        " (M)

 
 (p. 72) Scaggs, Lewis 62 Virginia (M) Farmer $600
287-287      "       Nancy 56       " (F)
     "       Nancy 25 Kentucky  (F)
     "       Mary 22        "  (F)
Sparks, Martha 1        "
     "       Samuel 24        " (M) Farmer

 
(p. 115) Sparks, Danl. 43  North Carolina (M) Farmer $1,000
872-872      "       Sarah 37 Kentucky  (F)
     "       Delila J. 15        " (F)
     "       Henry Mc 13        "  (M)
     "       Elisa Ann 12        " (F)
     "       Mahala 8        " (F)
     "       Jemima 4        " (F)
     "       Rachel H. 3        " (F)

(TO BE CONTINUED)

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"There is a regard for ancestry which nourishes only a weak pride; but there is also a moral and philosophical respect for our ancestors which elevates the character and improves the heart."-- Daniel Webster (Quoted by Inez Waldenmaier in the Summer, 1957, issue of the Genealogical Newsletter.)

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 NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

It is a pleasure to report the names of nine Sparks descendants who have joined The Sparks Family Association since March., 1957;

Davidson, Mrs. Doris Reimann, 895 West Grant Street, Baton Rouge 2, Louisiana.
Harper, Mrs. Adelle, 2513 Peachtree Road, N.E., Atlanta 5, Georgia.
Hopper, J. Lewis, Claremont, Virginia.
Hopper, Sparks M., Route 3, Box 17, Miller Lane, Richmond, Virginia.
Redwine, James L., Sandy Hook, Kentucky.
Sauer, Mrs. Pearl, 4414 Ocean Beach, Long View, Washington.
Sparkes, S. L., State Dept. of Education, Cordell Hull Bldg., Nashville, Tenn.
Sparks. Dr. Harry, Murray State College, Murray, Kentucky.
Walker, Mrs. Ann Lee Gandy, 5918 Vanderbilt, Dallas, Texas.

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THE VIRGINIA GENEALOGIST

Members of The Sparks Family Association who have Virginia ancestry will be interested in a new genealogical magazine devoted to Virginia genealogy and history. Called The Virginia Genealogist, it is edited and published by Fred Dorman, Box 4883, Washngton 8, D.C. Mr. Dorman is one of the leading professional genealogists of Washington and has conducted valuable research for The Sparks Family Association. He is noted for his accuracy and thoroughness, as well as for his knowledge of genealogical sources.

The Virginia Genealogist began publication this year, two issues having appeared this far. It is a quarterly. Each issue contains forty-eight pages devoted to the transcription of tax lists, abstracts of wills and court records, pension records, vital statistics from early Virginia newspapers, etc. There is also a query section. Subscriptions are $5.00 per year and may be ordered from Mr. Dorman. Write to: Fred Dorman, Editor, Box 4883, Washington 8, D.C.

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SKRAPS

A large portion of the September issue of THE SPARKS QUARTLY will be devoted to a genealogical record of the descendants of Martin Peeples Sparks (1786-1837) through his son, Thomas Hunter Sparks (l8l4-l863), This record has been compiled by Major Charles H. Smith of 213 Dewey Street, Edgewood, Pittsburgh 18, Penna. Maj. Smith' s mothers Sara Jane (Sparks) Smith, was the daughter of Thomas H. Sparks.

Martin Peeples Sparks was sheriff of Morgan County, Georgia, as early as 1818, but it has not been learned where he was born. It is believed that he had a brother named Carter Walton Sparks (l797-l877) who settled later in Floyd County, Georgia. A few years before his death, Martin P. Sparks moved from Morgan County to that section of Paulding County which became Polk County, Georgia, in 1851. Anyone having knowledge of this family is requested to write to Maj. Smith immediately in order triat this record may be made as complete as possible.

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