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 Webeter


VOL. VI, NO. 3 SEPTEMBER, 1958 WHOLE NO. 23a

 
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ACHILLES KNIGHT SPARKS
(1813-1873)

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

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

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

THE DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS (DIED 1816) OF PUTNAM COUNTY, GEORGIA,

THROUGH HIS SON, ACHILLES KNIGHT SPARKS (1813-1873)

By: Martha Sparks Smith

William Sparks, my great-grandfather, was born about 1780, probably in Anson County, North Carolina. A number of people have tried at different times to trace his ancestry, but no one has been able, as yet, to prove It conclusively. At the present time, a considerable amount of evidence points to his being the son of Charles Sparks, who was a resident of Anson County, North Carolina, at the time of his death in 1797. Charles Sparks had lived earlier on the Pee Dee River in what is now Marlboro County, South Carolina. Following the Revolutionary War, he had moved up the river into Anson County, North Carolina. From the will of Charles Sparks, dated May, 1797, it is evident that he had been married twice. To each of the children by his first wife, (whose name is given on some early deeds as Gracella), he left five shillings as a token bequest. These children he named as: Sarah Lyons (she married William Lyons in Anson County in 1786 or 1787), Polly Tomkins, Susanna Smith, Thomas Sparks, William Sparks, Daniel Sparks, and Elizabeth Sparks. The second wife of Charles Sparks was named Jane, by whom he had “three younger children,” named John Sparks, Nancy Sparks, and James Sparks. He left the bulk of his property to Jane “to enable her to bring up and raise her three children with which I leave her.” From various references and traditions in the family, it is believed that the William Sparks whom Charles Sparks named as one of the children by his first wife, was my great-grandfather.

There is, however, another tradition regarding the parentage of William Sparks. In an old Bible owned by Joseph Wood Sparks, who was born in 1846 and who was a grandson of William Sparks, appears the statement that the father of William Sparks also had the name William. A daughter of Joseph Wood Sparks copied this record for me in 1922, but today the Bible cannot be located. According to this record, which was written

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in the Bible many years after the events recorded, a William Sparks, who was born North Carolina in 1743, settled in White Plains, Greene County, Georgia. He is said to have been married twice, first to Rachel Cohen by whom he had one son, John, who had a son named William J. Sparks who is supposed to have been a prominent lawyer Jefferson, Texas. Following Rachel’s death, William Sparks is supposed to have married a second time by whom he had three children: William Sparks (my great-grandfather), Thomas Sparks, and Sarah Sparks. The name of the second wife is not recorded in the Bible. In this same Bible record, the marriage of my great- grandfather is erroneously recorded--according to the Bible record he married Patsey Bryan on September 10, 1812; actually he married Martha (“Patsey”) Dixon on that date. Since this error occurs, it seems all the more probable that an error also exists regarding the “William Sparks, born in 1743.”

The “William Sparks, born in 1743” tradition was accepted as true by Colonel Thomas Hardeman of Macon, Georgia, who was the son of Thomas and Sarah (Sparks) Hardeman, (Sarah being the daughter of Thomas and Achsah (Love) Sparks and a niece of my great-grandfather). The late Julia McIntosh Sparks, a descendant of the Revolutionary War soldier, John Sparks, of Washington County, Georgia, (see bottom of page 99 of The Sparks Quarterly for December, 1956), related several years ago how, when she was enough to join the D.A.R., she went to Col. Hardeman to ask whether he could help her with her Sparks line. “He was then old,” Miss Sparks stated, “retired, and an invalid and somewhat childish. He would not let me touch his big manuscript book, but read to me and I took notes.” Miss Sparks passed on to a number of Sparks descendants the information which she obtained from Col. Hardeman, including the story of a William Sparks born in 1743.  In 1924, Mrs. Robert Love Sparks of Macon, Georgia, (whose husband was a grandson of Thomas and Achsah (Love) Sparks), wrote me that, after many months of searching, she had found “Mr. ‘Preach’ Hardeman’s book of Genealogies,” and she copied for me the following statement regarding the Sparks family: “Three brothers came to America in 1757, landing at Baltimore. One Sparks went to N.J., one to Mass., and one to N.C. It was from the last one named we descended--One Philip, one Sam (supposed to be the N.C. one) & one named Aleck. The 1st one I know anything positive about is William who came from N.C. & settled in White Plains, GA.  He was born in 1743 and was married twice . . .“ The story of “three brothers” coming to America and settling in widely separated areas, is one which professional geneagists meet continually--apparently stemming from an attempt to explain how persons of the same surname could appear in different American colonies at about the same time.  As with nearly every other family in which such a tradition exists, it is virtually certain that this Sparks tradition is erroneous. Furthermore, although we are not able to disprove the existence of the William Sparks who was supposed to have been born in 1743 and to have married a Miss Cohen, nothing has been found thus far among official records to indicate that such a person ever did live in Georgia. Whether Col. Hardeman obtained his information regarding this William Sparks from the Bible record referred to above, or whether someone inserted this information in the Bible after obtaining it from Col. Hardeman, is not known.

It is true that William Sparks, my great-grandfather, had a brother named Thomas and a sister named Sarah. Thomas Sparks was born sometime prior to 1775; he married, about 1798, Achsah Love, daughter of Lt. Col. David and Jean (Blewett) Love of Anson County, North Carolina. Achsah was born on October 25, 1779, and died on April 6, 1834. The death date of Thomas Sparks has not been found, but he was buried at
Shady Dale, Georgia, a village located in Jasper County. Thomas and Achsah (Love) Sparks were the parents of William H. Sparks (1800-1882), who wrote the book known to so many Sparks descendants, Memories of Fifty Years. (Mr. Bidlack has been collecting material on this family and is preparing an article for a later issue of the Quarterly.)  Thomas Sparks was living on St. Simon's Island in McIntosh County, Georgia, in 1800 when his son, William H. Sparks, was born.  However, he was in Greene County, Georgia, in 1798 and again in 1802; he was a justice of the peace in

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Greene County in 1803. By 1813 he was a resident of Putnam County, Georgia, where a son, Ovid Garten Sparks, was born on December 4, 1813. In addition to these two sons, Thomas Sparks had a daughter, Sarah, who married Thomas Hardeman.

There is no question but that William Sparks (my great-grandfather) and Thomas Sparks were brothers. It is known also that they had a sister named Sarah who married Benjamin Whitfield. Note that Charles Sparks, whom I believe to have been the father of William and Thomas, had a daughter named Sarah, but that in his will he gave her name as Sarah Lyons. A marriage record in Anson County, North Carolina, indicates that she did marry William Lyons in 1786 or 1787. There is the possibility, of course, that she married Benjamin Whitfield as her second husband. (In 1783 Benjamin Whitfield was a witness to a deed signed by Charles Sparks in Anson County.)

By 1812, William Sparks (my great-grandfather) was living in Putnam County, Georgia, where he was married on September 10, 1812, to Miss Martha Dixon, born in 1787, daughter of Nicholas and Martha Dixon of Putnam County. The record of this marriage is on file in the Ordinary’s Office in Putnam County. A tax list of Putnam County for 1813 listed both William and his brother Thomas as residents. William was taxed on his land in Putnam County along with “11 polls”--in all probability, ten of these eleven polls were slaves. Thomas Sparks was taxed for “6 polls” and land in Putnam, Greene, and Wilkinson Counties.

William Sparks died as a relative young man in 1816. He did not leave a will and William Whitfield was appointed administrator of his estate on May 6, 1816. The inventory of his estate, showing all household furnishings, farm stock and tools, and about twelve slaves, amounted to $6,767.37 1/2. The later court minutes reveal that on February 2, 1818, Thomas Sparks, brother of William, was appointed guardian of the two minor sons of William and Martha (Dixon) Sparks. Martha, the widow, received “a child’s part of the estate.” She was called “Patsey” in the records of the estate, also in the will of her father, Nicholas Dixon, which was dated March 28, 1823, and probated October 18, 1826. On October 12, 1819, she married, as her second husband, Daniel McKay. She died on May 20, 1834, and was buried at Forsyth, Georgia.

1st Generation (from William and Martha)
     William and Martha (Dixon) Sparks were the parents of two children:

2nd Generation (1) Achilles Knight Sparks, my grandfather. (see below)

2nd Generation (2) William McCurdy Sparks (called Mack, sometimes Major), born at Eatonton, Putnam

County, Georgia, on November 2, 1814; died on August 12, 1896, at East Point (near Atlanta) in Fulton County, Georgia, and was buried on the Sparks Plantation near Juniper. He married Penelope Terrell Milner, daughter of Benjamin and Penelope (Holmes) Mimer, on November 19, 1835, at Blountsville, Jones County, Georgia. She was born October 11, 1812, in Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, and died June 18, 1888, in Talbot County, Georgia. William McCurdy Sparks held the rank of Major during the Mexican War. (We plan to publish a record of the descendants of William McCurdy Sparks at a later date--Ed.)  [NOTE:  See also page 701 of the SPARKS QUARTERLY.]

ACHILLES KNIGHT SPARKS, 1813-1873

This writer’s paternal grandfather, Achilles (called “Killy”) Knight Sparks, was born in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia, on September 5, 1813. On September 12, 1835, at the age of twenty-two, he was married to Miss Martha Ann Lake, who was born in Forsyth, Monroe County, Georgia, on August 2, 1815. She was a daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth (Acree) Lake, and was a granddaughter of Richard Lake, Revolutionary soldier

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from Hunderdon County, New Jersey, who purchased land in Greene County, Georgia, in 1796. The U.S. census of 1790 lists Richard Lake among the taxpayers of that district. (See The Lake Family by Devereux Lake, page 137.) Achilles Sparks died in Putnam County, Georgia, on November 24, 1873; Martha Ann, his widow, died in Pike County, Georgia, on August 16, 1898. They are both buried in the cemetery at Griffin, Georgia. At the time of her death, Martha Ann was making her home with her eldest son, William Sparks, and his wife, Sarah.

Practically nothing is known to me of my grandfather’s youth. He was three years old when his father, William Sparks, died. His father’s brother, Thomas Sparks, became his guardian and from census records it appears that he and his brother, McCurdy, lived with their uncle. My father, Ludlow Ekillis Sparks, gave me in 1919 the following information about his father:

“After my mother and father were married they lived on his plantation near some river--think Ocmulgee--in Monroe County. From this plantation he moved to Harris County to his plantation there. From there he went to either Forsyth or Griffin; took a contract with Dred Hill and some ----- Fisher to build a railroad--later known as the Central of Georgia. During his lifetime he built part of the West Point road about Opelika, Alabama. Took a contract filling up some long trestles on the So. Western road from Macon to Columbus. Next he built part of the road--that part between Millen and Waynesboro--now known as the Central. He built the road from Thomaston to Barnesville in 1854 to1865, now known as the Central of Georgia. He moved to Graysville, Georgia, and lived there when he was cutting the tunnel through Missionary Ridge, four or five miles from Chattanooga. It was said that the tunnel through that Ridge was so nearly completed that the Union and Confederate soldiers could hear through it. Work on this tunnel during the War Between the States was necessarily suspended and not resumed during his lifetime. When the war ended he left Graysville, and returned to his plantation near Griffin.”

It was at Ringgold, Catoosa County, Georgia, that my father and his brothers enlisted in the Confederate Army. (Ringgold is quite near Graysville.)

My father’s middle name was the same as my grandfather’s first name, Achilles, but my father always spelled it “Ekillis,” probably because at that time ours was a phonetic language and a name was spelled in any way that conveyed the sound--hence “Ekillis” for Achilles.

So far as we know, Achilles Sparks left no written record of any incident of his life, of his home, of his associations, of his Seminole War record, nor of his physical or social status. We can only speculate about these things. From his photograph, reproduced on the cover of this issue of the Quarterly, we know he was a man of powerful physique. He appears to have been of good moral habits and a communicant of the Methodist Church. He seems to have prospered and we gather that his children inherited a comfortable property.

We believe he was a man of some standing and worth in the communities in which he lived. We have knowledge of his sons and daughters; likewise of their descendants. If, as is often the case, the mental and moral qualities of a man are reflected in the personalities of his children, we are warranted in concluding that he was a man of forceful character, a man of sobriety, of industry and probably of a religious turn of mind.

Following is a listing of the children of Achilles Knight and Martha Arm (Lake) Sparks and their descendants:

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3rd GEN: 1. William Abraham Sparks, eldest son of Achilles Knight and Martha Ann (Lake) Sparks, was

born Dec. 19, 1836; died May 5, 1911. He married Miss Sallie Crawford. She died in June, 1911. No children

3rd GEN: 2. Alonzo Norflick Sparks, son of Achilles Knight and Martha Ann (Lake) Sparks, was born

April16, 1838; died in California. He married, in Graysville, Ga., Miss Hattie Smith of Richmond, Va. Children: Two daughters, names unknown, who lived in Tennessee.

3rd GEN: 3. Ludlow Ekillis Sparks, son of Achilles Knight and Martha Ann (Lake) Sparks, was born

April 21, 1840, near Forsyth, Monroe County, Ga.; died Nov. 6, 1922, at Morrow Station, Ga. He served in the Confederate Army during the War Between the States; following is his own account of his service: “I enlisted in the Confederate Army at Ringgold, Catoosa County, Georgia, in May 1861 as a private in Company B, 1st Georgia Battalion, for one year’s service. Our battalion was sent to Pensacola, Florida; from there we went to Navy Yard at the mouth of Pensacola Bay. Garrisoned Fort McRee at the bombardment of that Fort for three days by the Yanks’ Fleet, and Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island; from there transferred to Mobile, Alabama. At the organization I was elected First Sergeant of our Company (B). At the expiration of our first enlistment, we re-enlisted for duration of the war and organized the First Confederate Regiment Georgia Volunteers; sent to Fort Gaines, Ala., mouth of Mobile Bay. Remained there until ‘64; transferred to Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s Army at Dalton, Ga.; was in campaign from there to Atlanta, Ga.; was wounded at Pine Mountain, near Marietta, Ga.; was in campaign from there to Atlanta, Ga.; was wounded at Pine Mountain, near Marietta, Ga., 15 June, ‘64. After my wound healed I was put on special service at Columbus, Ga., remained there until the surrender.”

Ludlow Ekillis Sparks was married twice; first, to Mrs. Molly (Innis) Stanton on Nov. 6, 1870. There were no children of this marriage. After the death of his first wife, he was married, second, on March 12, 1885, to Miss Mary Ida McClary, daughter of Capt. Robert James and Anna Leonora (Plowden) McClary. She was born on April 11, 1854, in Calhoun Co., Ga., and died on May 11, 1908, in Atlanta, Ga. Children:

4th GEN:              A. Margaret Audessa Sparks, born Dec. 25, 1885, in Atlanta, Ga. She  married,
Feb. 27,1908,Bartow Woodson Elliott, who was born Oct. 26, 1874. Children:
5th GEN: (a) Robert Henry Elliott, born Morrow Station, Ga., Oct. 4, 1909; married,    Sept. 7, 1946, Miss Carrie Lucile Cole, who was born Dec. 31, 1921. Robert Henry Elliott served in the Air Force in World War II. No children
5th GEN: (b) Mary Ida Elliott, born Morrow Station, Ga., Aug. 29, 1911; married, first, Feb. 3, 1934, Alonza Frank Brooks, born Dec. 10, 1912; they had one daughter, Lilliam Joanne Brooks, who was born Dec. 28, 1934, and married William Heidenrich on Sept. 1, 1957. Mary Ida married, second, on March 15, 1946, John W. Little, born Sept. 24, 1904; children: Jimmy Lynn Little, born Dec. 13, 1946; Nancy Elaine Little, born Sept. 2, 1950.
5th GEN:  (c) An infant, Roger Elliott, born 1916, died 1916. 
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5th GEN: (d) Lynn Ekillis Elliott, born Jan. 10, 1922; died Dec. 5, 1929. 
5th GEN:  (e) Floyd Gregory Elliott, born Sept. 19, 1924; married Feb. 8, 1946, Miss  Mary Veatrice Landingham, who was born Aug. 26, 1924. Children: Floyd Gregory Elliott, born Dec. 9, 1946; Michael Lee Elliott, born Oct. 28, 1950; and Randal Lynn Elliott, born Aug. 26, 1956. 

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4th GEN:              B. Edward Knight Sparks, son of Ludlow E. and Mary Ida (McClary) Sparks was born
in Pike County, Ga., on Sept. 15, 1888; married Nov. 14, 1912, Miss Estelle Chambliss, born July 19, 1892.  They had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Sparks, born in Atlanta, Ga., on Sept. 8, 1914. She married James B. Owen; they have one son, James B. Owen Jr., born in Atlanta on Oct. 9, 1946.

4th GEN:             C.  Martha McClary Sparks, daughter of Ludlow E. and Mary Ida (McClary) Sparks,
born near Morrow Station, Ga., Nov. 20, 1891; married, June 12, 1912, Olin Parks Smith, who was born July 4, 1889, in Elbert Ga. He died Nov. 14, 1941. One daughter: Mildred Marlin Smith, born in Elberton, Ga., May 26, 1913; she married in Bryn Mawr, Pa on July 8, 1939, Dr. David Graham Wright, who was born Nov. 9, 1912.  They have two children: David Wallace Wright, born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Jan. 16, 1942; and John Thornton Wright, born in Providence,R.I., on Jan. 20, 1946. 

4th GEN:            D.  Robert Ludlow Sparks, son of Ludlow E. and Mary Ida (McClary) Sparks was born
near Morrow Station, Clayton Co., Ga., on July 11, 1893; married on Dec. 22, 1923, Miss Elizabeth Parkins, who was born on Sept. 4, 1893. No children.

3rd GEN:   4.  Sarah Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Achilles Knight and Martha Ann (Lake) Sparks, was
born in Oct., 1841; she married, on Dec. 10, 1866, John C. Whitcomb. She died Jan. 24, 1886. They had two children:

 
4th GEN: A.  Harry Whitcomb. 
B.  Iva Whitcomb.
No further information about descendants

3rd GEN:    5.  James McCurdy Sparks, son of Achilles Knight and Martha Ann (Lake) Sparks was born
 in October, 1843; died Feb. 12, 1881. He was married to Miss Lizzie Blanton on Oct. 4, 1870. She was born in 1852 and died in 189 Both were buried at Griffin, Ga. He was a dealer in hardware and furniture, proprietor of a livery stable, and proprietor of the hotel in Griffin. They had one son, Henry Sparks, who married Annie Claston & lived in Alabama; he had a son named Henry Claxton Sparks, born 1915.

3rd GEN:   6.  Joseph Wood Sparks, son of Achilles Knight and Martha Ann (Lake) Sparks was born
Aug. 12,1846; died March 9, 1918, in Albany, Ga., buried in Montgomery, Ala. He was married on Dec. 27, 1875, to Miss Estelle C. Allen, daughter of Robert H. and Sarah (Santett) Allen. She was born April 25, 1857, and died on May 24, 1907. Children:

 
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5th GEN:

A.  Lois Sparks, born Jan. 11, 1877; married on June 12, 1899, Dr. Charles F. Chandler, of Montgomery, Ala. They had one child: 

     (a) Annie Lasseter Chandler, born May 4, 1906; married Oct. 16, 1929, J. A. Williams. 


 
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B.  B. Ruth Sparks, born March 19, 1880; died Sept. 17, 1934; married Oct. 15, 1903, Mr. J. E. Robinson, of Thomasville, Ga. Children

     (a) Joseph Evans Robinson, Jr., born Dec. 26, 1905; died Nov. 1940;      married Feb. 22, 193-, Marjorie Cox.

     (b) Robert Sparks Robinson, born Oct. 15, 1912; married, Aug. 1935, Mildred McDonald. 


 
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C.  Joseph Robert Sparks, born Mar. 14, 1883; died April 16, 1925; married in April or March, 1907, Ruth Ziegler. Children: 

     (a) George Wood Sparks, born June 20, 1908; married July 28, 1934, Mary Evelyn Kline. No children.

     (b) Joseph Robert Sparks, Jr., born Aug. 1, 1915; he married and had one daughter, name unknown.

     (c) Elizabeth Ruth Sparks, born Oct. 9, 1912.

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D.  Achilles (or Echilles) Sparks, son of Joseph Wood Sparks, born Sept. 2, 1888; married April 4, 1920, Pearl Wall.  Children: 

     (a) E. K. Sparks, Jr., born Dec. 14, 1920; married, Jan. 16, 1942,  Estelle G. Hudson. Children: E. K. Sparks III, born June 29, 1943; James F. Sparks, born June 29, 1949; Timothy H. Sparks, born Dec. 27, 1951; Melissa Ann Sparks, born July 27, 1953; Robert Brian Sparks, born April 8, 1957.

     (b) Ruth Estelle (or Rena) Sparks, daughter of Achilles and Pearl (Wall) Sparks, born April 25, 1926. She married April 17, 1949, Wayman Wallace. They have two children: Debbie L. Wallace, born July 27, 1950; and Claudia (Nancy) Wallace, born Jan. 8, 1953.

     (c) Elna Lois Sparks, daughter of Achilles and Pearl (Wall) Sparks, born Aug. 11, 1924; married Oct. 26, 1942, Harry A. Bozarth.  They have two children: Lois Ann Bozarth, born June 7, 1944;  and Harry A. Bozarth, Jr., born June 13, 1948.


 
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E.  Henry Conklin Sparks, son of Joseph Wood and Estelle C. (Allen) Sparks, was born April 16, 1894; married Oct. 12, 1921, Louise Pharr, of Washington, Ga. Children:

     (a) Henry C. Sparks, Jr., born Aug. 8, 1922; died Aug. 9, 1922.

     (b) Lavonia Hammond Sparks, born June 27, 1925; married Dec. 26, 1946, Col. Max Thurmond. They had one daughter: Louise Carroll Thurmond, born June 9, 1951. Following the death of Col. Thurmond, Lavonia married, second, on April 24, 1954,  Ed D. Richetson,[sic] Jr. They have one son: Edward Doughty Ricketson [sic] III, born March 10, 1955.

     (c) Henry C. Sparks, Jr., born July 7, 1928; married June 26, 1955, Helen Powell. Children: Henry Sparks III, born April 23, 1956; and Joseph M. Sparks, born April 23, 1956 (twins).


 
Joseph Wood and Estelle C. (Allen) Sparks also had an infant daughter, born Dec. 6, 1878, who died at birth. There were also an infant daughter and infant son who died at birth for whom we have no dates.

3rd GEN:    7. Martha Pruella (Ella) Sparks, daughter of Achilles Knight and Martha Ann (Lake) Sparks,
was born Aug. 19, 1849. She was married to John T. Jones of Pike Co., Ga. It is known that they had a son named William Jones. No further data. 

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QUERY

George Washington Sparks of Plevna, Montana, wonders whether any member of the Association can assist him in tracing his Sparks ancestry. Mr. Sparks was born on July 4, 1888, in the territory which is now Oklahoma. He was married in 1908 to Bernetta A. Berry who was born July 30, 1891, in Camden County, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Sparks are the parents of the following children: (1) Herbert A. Sparks, born 1909; (2) Melvina
V. Sparks, born 1911, died 1951; (3) Lelli P. Sparks, born 1913; (4) Ernest L. Sparks, born 1918; (5) George A. Sparks, born 1921, killed in World War II in 1944; (6) Mary C. Sparks, born 1923; (7) James F. Sparks, born 1927; and (8) Robert E. Sparks, born 1929.

The father of George Washington Sparks was named Joseph Zac Taylor Sparks; he was born August 28, 1845, somewhere in North Carolina, and died in Petersburg, Oklahoma, about 1912; he married Melvina Frances McClain on August 25, 1869, probably in Georgia. She was the daughter of Tom McClain and was born December 26, 1850, in

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Georgia and died December 25, 1931, in Tuttle, Oklahoma. Apparently Joseph Sparks and his wife settled in Georgia after their marriage and lived in that state until about 1879 when they moved to Texas. When the 1880 census was taken, Joseph Sparks and his family were living in McLennan County, Texas, near Waco. The family was listed as follows:
 

Joseph S. Sparks (age) 30 Farmer (birth place) N.C.
Frances        " 28 Wife Ga.
Fannie          " 8 Daughter  "
John             " 6 Son  "
George T.     "  4 Son  " 
 James          " 2 Son  "

 Mr. Sparks states that there were also children named Joe, Frank, Davie, and Lillie—these were apparently born after 1880.

Mr. Sparks does not know the names of his grandparents and hopes that someone can aid him in finding information regarding them. They were probably from North Carolina and moved to Georgia. They may have lived in Arkansas at one time. He knows that his father had a brother named Isaac (Ike) Sparks who was in Seattle, Washington, at one time, and another brother named Cal who operated a cotton gin in or near Waco, Texas. There was also another brother named Thomas. Three brothers were in the Civil War.

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QUERY

Mrs. Mary A. Sparks, Box 512, Lovell, Wyoming, is seeking information regarding the parentage of John Sparks, born in Indiana in 1832. He married Mary West, who was born in Missouri. They resided on a farm seven miles north of Cassville, Barry County, Missouri. It is here that seven of their children were born, one child was born in Arkansas, but the place of his birth is not known. The children of John and Mary (West) Sparks were as follows:
     (1) Richard Sparks, born 1856, Cassville, Mo., believed to have died between 1870 and 1880 and buried on  the old Sparks farm.
     (2) Daril Sparks, born 1860, in Arkansas, also believed to have died between the years 1870 and 1880 and buried on the Sparks farm.
     (3) Sarah Elizabeth Sparks, born Aug. 31, 1865, Cassville, Mo.; married James Leep in Tahlequah, Okla.; she died in Cookso’n, Okla., Aug. 8, 1937.
     (4) James William Sparks, born 1866, Cassville, Mo.; married Dora Thornton in Tahlequah, Okia.; his death date is not known.
     (5) Peter Sparks, born May 8, 1869, Cassville, Mo.; married Glena C. Reed, in Tahlequah, Okia. He died in Thermopolis, Wyoming, Feb. 11, 1943.
     (6) George A. L. Sparks, born Jan. 6, 1871, Cassville, Mo.; married Ockrie Ellen Chaudoin in Tahlequah, Okla. He died June 3, 1951, in Arkansas City, Kansas.
     (7) General Grant Sparks, born 1875, Cassville, Mo.; died May 31, 1946, in Vinita, Okla.

There was also an Ellis Sparks in this family, but the date of his birth is not known. John Sparks is believed to have had a brother who lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but his name is not known. He is also known to have had a brother named Peter, and it is assumed by relatives that John’s father was also named John and was born in Kentucky. John and Mary (West) Sparks moved with their family to Tahlequah, Okla., about 1890, and they both died there about 1900 or in the early 1900’s.

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The old Sparks school house is still standing on the Sparks farm near Cassville, Mo., and is now being used as a country church. Behind this church is a cemetery and are three of John Sparks’s sons buried there, presumeably Richard, Daril, and Ellis.  The graves are not marked.

Does anyone have any information on this family which might assist me in tracing the parentage of John Sparks?  I should like to get in touch with any Sparks in or near Smith, Arkansas.

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GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER OF MATTHEW SPARKS JOINS
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS

Decendants of Matthew Sparks, who died near Athens, Georgia, in November, 1793, (see The Sparks Quarterly, December, 1956, page 177), will be interested to know that one of our members has joined the National Society, Daughters of the American Colonists on the basis of her descent from Matthew Sparks. Mrs. Mary Neal (Horner) , who lives at 7-A Vanderbilt Campus, Nashville 5, Tennessee, is a great-great-grand- daughter of Matthew and Sarah Sparks. Following is her line of descent:

     Matthew Sparks (ca.l730-1793) married Sarah Thompson (ca.l732-ca.l830)

     Jesse Sparks (1773-1858) married Elizabeth Jones (ca.1775-ca.1817)

     Sarah Sparks (1797-1856) married John Homer, Jr. (1793-1878)

     John Valentine Homer (1824-1913) married Elizabeth Dilworth Patterson (1827-1892)

     Corne1ius Alonzo Homer (1868-1930) married Mary Elizabeth Green (1869-1941)

     Mary Neal Homer (born 1903) married Edward Everett Bryan (born 1901)

Any American woman of good moral character, who has attained her eighteenth year, is able to membership in this Society, provided she is acceptable to the Society, and is the lineal descendant of a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the colonies prior to July 4, 1776. An applicant must furnish proof of her descent from such an ancestor. Mrs. Bryan was eligible on the basis of Matthew Sparks having been an original land owner in Rowan County, North Carolina, his having performed jury service at various times between 1761 and 1766, and his having been an overseer of roads in Rowan County in 1773.

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CORRECTION

An unfortunate error appears in the Quarterly of June, 1958, in the article entitled "The Descendants of Matthew and Prudence Sparks Through Their Son, Lemuel.” On page 302, under Albert E. Newby (1522c1), the following correction should be made: Mr. Newby is still living - - it was his wife, Sadie (Hatfield) Newby, who died in Hillsboro,  Oregon, in 1924. Mr. Newby married, second, on May 9, 1953, Bessie (Hatfield) Ingram.

[Scanner's note:  Correction made.]

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"He alone deserves to be remembered by his children, who treasures up and preserves the memory of his fathers."--Edmund Burke.

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A SPARKS LOVE-LETTER WRITTEN A CENTURY AGO

(Editor’s note: The original of the following letter is owned by Mary Etta Mills (Mrs. John R.) of Perry, Ohio, who has given permission to the Editor to publish it in the QUARTERLY. Mrs. Mills is the granddaughter of the writer of this letter, Abraham Gregory Sparks. He was born about 1810 and was the son of Martin Sparks (see the September, 1956, issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Vol. IV, No. 3, Whole No. 15, p. 155). The lady to whom the following letter was addressed was a widow named Sarah Frances (Martin) Moore. She and Abraham G. Sparks were married later during the year (1858). She died in 1875 and Abraham G. Sparks died on July 18, 1886, in Owen County, Kentucky. They had three children: (1) Martin Sparks, born 1859, died 1860; (2) Sarah Sparks, born 1863, died 1940; (3) John Abraham Sparks, born in 1863.

This letter, which has considerable historical interest, has been copied word for word, including errors in spelling, except that capitalization and punctuation have been modernized. It is apparent that when the letter was written, Abraham G. Sparks, who lived near the town of Monterey on the Kentucky River in Owen County, Kentucky, had just returned from the town of Midway, in Woodford County, where he and Mrs. Moore had made plans for their wedding.)

                                                                                                      Owen Cty Ky. June 24th 1858.
To Mrs. Sarah F. Moore

                 Dear Madam:

     Agreeable to promise, I now take my pen in hand to try to address you a few lines by way of correspondance &c. Perhaps my communication will appear to you more in the shape of a journal than otherwise. Well, the day I parted with you at Midway, you now, was intensly warm and perhaps would of been more intolerable had my mind been otherwise engaged. Before I reached the first mill from your town, I fell into a reflective mood, that is, Old Sodom. I reflected on bygone days, the days of my youth, the hapiest time of life or has been such to me. I past by the many playgrounds where me and my comrades used to revel, and thought how many had gone down to the dark and silent tomb, and why was it that I still survive, and while in this mood I was allmost forced to acknowledge the predestination doctrine, which is that man has to accomplish a certain destiny while on earth and I still had something to accomplish before my destiny is complete. I thought of you who is dearer to me than anything on earth and imagined that I was spared, or you still survive, to accomplish. the last link of our destiny. But enough. And while ploding on my weary way with nothing but my own thoughts to amuse me, for I had no company throughout the entire day, I came to Mr. Arnolds of mail notoriety, who at this time would give all the wealth of the Indies, did he possess it, to give to gain his former reputation and standing in society. Alass, how vail is wealth unless gotten in the rite way. Well, I made better progress in traveling than I expected when I left you. I reached the heights of Mogadore just as the sun went down some twenty one miles from Midway. The most butiful and sublime scene I witnessed there that has fallen to my lot to witness. I saw there on one of the highest mountains on a rout but seldom traveled by man, the going down of the sun in all its splendor. Where I was I had a commanding view of the Ky. River with its mianderings and windings through the many gorges that seamed to raise their mighty arms as barriers to its further progress. I turned from the contemplation of that scene to look on the many farms and houses & hamlets that were visible in the distance, and while there I looked in the direction of Midway and you, but looked in vain. The tall hills that reared there everlasting peaks high in that direction prevented my view and iff ever, while In the contemplation of these scenes, I praid devoutly it was then and there. My past life came to my mind that I had lived for the welfare and comfort of others alone, and now it mite be possible my time for comfort and enjoyment was near at hand.

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I ---?--- or imagined I felt as Moses of old felt after journying through the wilderof Padanceram [?], for forty years of his life. He came at last to Mount Pisgah looked over into the land of promise and was taken hence and his sepulcher remains there to this day. Well, I reached Mr. Bullards a short time after dark, met with him until morning, left his house in time to get to Monterey to meet my friends that I spoke of when I was at your house. We did not transact the business, but appointed a day for that purpose which is in a short time. I wish to get through with business of that sort as speedy as possible and hope by the 13th of July. I shall be entirely through so that I can remane at home after you get here. Perhaps I should say that some of your friends in Midway are quite anxious and solicitous our arrangement, one gentleman in particular. After I left you, I was through with business in that section and hastened onward as fast as possible, but was detained some time by a gentleman a wishing to now when I was coming to Midway and thus and so and to make him a confident in that cause and all would be rite. I said to him it is no use for me to come here, my visits avail nothing and I will come no more. Well, it seems to me today that it has been a month since I saw you. Time passes off very tardy to me. Three weeks from last Tuesday I will see you again and after that I hope we will no more be separated in life. The river is falling very fast at this time but should the river go dry and I should keep my health I will be at Frankfort [the county seat of Franklin County] at the appointed time. I have not seen Milly  my sister since I came home but expect to see her this week and tell her all, so she may be prepared. For the lack of paper I must now come to a close, but feel like I could write to you all the evening. Write as you said you would for anxiety is greatly heightened with me since I saw you. So farewell, may happiness ever attend you both solid and serene and may your last days be the best, is the sincere wish of your humble friend &c. &c.

                                                                                                                   [signed] A. G. Sparks

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SPARKS FAMILIES IN INDIANA -- 1820 AND 1830

Compiled from Census Records by Paul E. Sparks

When the state of Indiana was admitted to the Union in 1816, it had a population of about 75,000. By the time the first federal census was taken in 1820, the population had increased to 147,178; by 1840 to 685,866. An unusually high birth rate and heavy imigration were the principal factors accounting for the increased numbers. Prior to about 1840, Indiana was settled largely by native born Americans, most of whom came from southern stock; in fact, more Southerners migrated to Indiana than to any other state of the Old Northwest. In the 1840’s and 1850’s, however, there was a marked increase in immigration from Germany and the British Isles, especially Ireland.

On all federal census records prior to 1850, only the name of the head of the household was given. The entire household, including the head, was then enumerated by sex and age groups. Usually the head of the household was the oldest male, the oldest female was usually his wife, and the younger members were ordinarily his children. the genealogist must realize, however, that if in-laws, nephews and nieces, hired men and women, etc., were living in the family at the time the census was taken, they too were listed as part of the household.

According to the 1820 census of Indiana, there were twenty-eight different Sparks families living in ten different counties. By 1830 there were fifty-seven Sparks families living in twenty—two different counties. Most of these families had migrated to Indiana from the southern states. Following is a tabulation of these families:

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1820 CENSUS OF INDIANA


Males Females
0
10
10
16
16
18
18
26
26
45
45
up
. 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up

Dearborn County
   Eliza Sparks 0 1 0 1 1 0 . 0 1 1 0 1
   Hamlet Sparks 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 0 0 1 0 0

Delaware County
   William Sparkes 2 0 0 0 1 0 . 3 0 0 1 0
   Zach.  Sparkes 1 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 0 0 1 0

Fayette County
   Joseph Sparks 2 0 0 1 1 0 . 1 0 0 1 0
   Joshua Sparks 0 0 0 1 0 0 . 0 0 1 0 0
    William Sparks 3 2 0 1 0 1 . 1 0 1 1 0
0
10
10
16
16
18
18
26
26
45
45
up
. 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up

Franklin County
    Elijah Sparks 1 0 0 0 1 0 . 2 2 0 1 0
   Joshua Sparks  0 0 0 1 0 0 . 0 0 0 0 0
   Leonard Sparks  1 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 0 0 1 0
   Matthew Sparks  0 0 0 2 0 1 . 0 1 2 1 1
   Wright Sparks  3 2 1 1 1 0 . 4 0 0 1 1
    Thomas Sparks 1 0 0 0 1 0 . 0 0 1 0 0

Harrison County
    Baxter Sparks 5 1 0 1 1 0 . 0 1 1 0 0
    John Sparks  1 0 0 0 1 0 . 3 1 0 1 0
0
10
10
16
16
18
18
26
26
45
45
up
. 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up

Jackson County
   Henry Sparks  2 0 0 0 1 0 . 0 0 1 0 0
   James Sparks  0 0 0 0 0 1 . 0 2 0 0 1
   James Sparks  1 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 0 1 0 0
   Moses Sparks  2 0 0 1 1 0 . 2 0 1 0 0
   Stephen Sparks 2 2 1 2 0 1 . 0 0 1 1 1

Knox County
    John Sparks 0 0 0 0 0 1 . 0 1 2 0 1
   Martin Sparks  0 0 0 0 2 0 . 0 0 2 0 0

Scott County
   Orson Sparks  2 0 1 0 1 0 . 2 0 0 1 0
   Edward Sparks  0 0 0 1 0 0 . 0 0 1 0 0
   Hector Sparks  1 0 0 1 0 0 . 0 0 1 0 0
   William Sparks  1 1 0 0 1 0 . 4 0 0 1 0

Vigo County
   Wesley Sparks  1 0 0 0 1 1 . 1 0 1 0 1

Wayne County
  Cornelius Sparks  3 0 0 0 1 0 . 1 1 0 1 0
0
10
10
16
16
18
18
26
26
45
45
up
. 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1830 CENSUS OF INDIANA


Males Females
 
0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100
 
0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100

Bartholomew County 

   William Sparks 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Clark County 
 Edwd Sparks 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Daviess County 
 Daniel Sparks  2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Wm. Sparks   0  1  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  
 Dearborn County 
   Eliza Sparks 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
   Hamlet Sparks  1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   James Sparks  1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   John Sparks  2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Norval Sparks  1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Fayette County 
   Amos Sparks   0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Hugh Sparks 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
   William Sparks 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Fountain County 
   Thomas Sparks  1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Franklin County 
  Amos Sparks   0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Jesse Sparks 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Jesse Sparks  0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
  Joshua Sparks  1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Leonard Sparks  0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Matthew Sparks 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  William Sparks 1st 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  William Sparks 2nd 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Wright Sparks 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Harrison County 
   Baxter Sparks 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
   John Sparks 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Thos. Sparks 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Hendricks County 
   David Sparks  0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jonathan Sparks 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Henry County 
   William Sparks  1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1830 CENSUS OF INDIANA (Continued)

 
Males Females
 
 
0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100
 
0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100
Jackson County 
   Moses Sparks  1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Rebecky Sparks 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
   Stephen Sparks 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
   Uriah Sparks 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ward Sparks 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Jefferson County 
   James Sparks 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Johnson County 
   George Sparks 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
 
 
0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100
 
0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100
 Lawrence County 
   Henry Sparks 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   James Sparkes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 . 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
   James Sparkes 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Matthew Sparks 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Orange County 
   Stephen Sparks 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 
 
0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100
 
0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
+
100
 Parke County 
   Westley Sparks 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Adison Sparks 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Randolph County 
  George Sparks 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Solomon Sparks 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Rush County 
   Isaac Sparks 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   John Sparks 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   John Sparks 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Joshua Sparks 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Stephen Sparks 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   William Sparks 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Zach. Sparks 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Scott County 
   Hector Sparks 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   William Sparks 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Union County 
   Elijah Sparks 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1830 CENSUS OF INDIANA (Continued)

Males Females
 
 
0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
100
+
  .
0
5
5
10
10
15
15
20
20
30
30
40
40
50
50
60
60
70
70
80
80
90
90
100
100
+
Vigo County 
   Hyram Sparks 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Richard Sparks 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 . 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Wayne County 
   Andrew Sparks 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
RECORD OF BIRTHS IN KENTUCKY, 1852-1862

(Continued from Vol. VI, No. 1, Whole No. 21, page 290


Infant's Name  Date Father's Name Mother's Name

ESTILL COUNTY
   Cynthia A. 9 Jan. 1856 John G. Sparks Mary T. Murphy
   Henry D. 7 Oct. 1856 Daniel C. Sparks Laura Carter
   John Francis   (born at 4 Oct. 1852 William Sparks Susan Bowney
      Woodwards Creek) . . .
   John S. -- --- 1858 William Sparks Lucy Rawlins
   Lurvie 27 Mar. 1858 Samuel Sparks Miss Bowney
   Mary Jane Sparks 29 June 1855 ----- ----- Susan Bouney
   Nancy 11 July 1852 Daniel Sparks Lavina Carter
   Polly Ann 18 Sep. 1857 William Sparks Lucy Ann Rawlins
   Samuel J.  1 June 1858 William Sparks ----- -----
   Sarah A.  4 June 1856 Joseph Sparks Matilda Barnes
   Sarah Catherine (born at -- ---- ---- Samuel Sparks Letty Bomaly
      Woodwards Creek) . . .
   Susan R.  4 Oct. 1858 Joseph C. Sparks Miss Barnes
   William 10 June 1858 Levi Sparks Syntha Ann Flynn***
***[Scanner's note:  See p. 1255, Whole No. 67 for information on this family.]

FAYETTE COUNTY
   Lucy 15 Feb. 1858 William Sparks Mary M. Hillock

FLOYD COUNTY
   Malcom 10 May 1904 W. H. Sparks Katie Green
   Stella 13 May 1904 Eli Sparks Izonia Richardson

GREENUP COUNTY
   Leander 6 Jan. 1855 William Sparks ----- Burke

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Infant's Name  Date Father's Name Mother's Name

HARRISON COUNTY
   Charles 20 Dec. 1856 John Sparks Jane Bramel
   Elias 5 Oct. 1854 Silas Sparks Isabel Given
   Harriett 2 July 1857 William Sparks Eliza Taylor
   Mary F. 9 Sep. 1858 John Sparks Jane Bramel
   Nancy E. 30 Apr. 1859 George Sparks Lucy Duncan
   Netitia Bell 15 Nov. 1852 Silas H. Sparks Isabella Givens
   William 5 Jan. 1857 Silas H. Sparks Isabella Givens

HENDERSON COUNTY
   Albert 15 Nov. 1853 Samuel Sparks Julia Anderson
   Martha J. 1 Oct. 1856 Noah Sparks Lucinda Newton
   S. E.  15 Nov. 1853 Richard Sparks Sarah Crowlel

HENRY COUNTY
   George 25 May 1856 W. M. Sparks M. E. List
   Lucy 25 Jun 1855 Wm. M. Sparks Mary Leist

HOPKINS COUNTY
   Juley 14 Dec. 1858 Richard Sparks Sarah S. Croley

JACKSON COUNTY
   Bulina   3 Oct. 1858 Barnett Sparks Mary Muck (Mauk?)
   Elihu 15 Apr. 1859 John Sparks Mary Jane Murphy
   Mary T. 10 May 1858 Daniel C. Sparks Sevina Carter
   Mertle   5 Jan. 1904 D. C. Sparks Mary E. Hatfield
   Sarah 17 July 1901 Jas. Sparks Mary E. Hatfield
   S. E. 14 Dec. 1904 Jeff Sparks Elizabeth Morris
   W. T. 28 Aug. 1904 Merrel Sparks Rachel Harrison
   (unnamed)   1 Aug. 1859 Robert Sparks Mary Wood

JEFFERSON COUNTY
   Albert 22 Mar. 1856 Western Sparks Eliza Welch
   Blanche 18 Oct. 1857 Ben Sparks Celia Norman
      (born in Louisville) . . .
   Eliza J. 18 June 1854 John Sparks Amanda Drake
   Julia  4 Mar. 1859 R. W. Sparks Eliza Welch
   Louisa  8 Apr. 1856 Wm. H. Sparks Eliza M. Pellici
   Martha 29 Jan. 1856 Tinsley Sparks Susan K. Humble
   Mary A.  6 Aug. 1857 Tinsley Sparks Percil C. Bullitt
      (born in Louisville) . . .
   Myra  16 Dec. 1853 Richard W. Sparks Eliza Ellen Welch
   Silius (female)  9 Apr. 1854 Joseph Sparks Asinette Shafer
   Wesley 19 Mar. 1857 Wesley Sparks Eliza Welch
      (born in Louisville) . . .
   (unnamed male)   9 July 1854 Daniel S. Sparks Jane Churchman
   (unnamed male) 12 Mar. 1904 Walter Sparks  Maggie Veil
      (born in Louisville) . . .
   (unnamed male) 23 Dec. 1903 W. L. Sparks S. E. England
      (born in Louisville)  . . .
   (unnamed male) 16 Apr. 1901 W. S. Sparks Sarah E. England
      (born in Louisville)  . . .

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Infant's Name  Date Father's Name Mother's Name

JESSAMINE COUNTY
   Carrie M. 10 Dec. 1877 Moreau Sparks Elizabeth Clemmons
   Ellen 11 Aug. 1854 Isaac Sparks M. A. Hendricks
   Ida Florence 17 July 1859 Jas. Sparks Nannie J. Lawlep
   George  8 Oct. 1852 Jarome sparks Mary Jane Patterson

JOHNSON COUNTY
   Alexander 10 Sep. 1852 Elisha Sparks Susan Pridemore
   Andrew 10 Oct. 1852 Mathew Sparks Alsy Osburn
   Anjeline 19 June 1859 Martin Sparks Hanna Adkins
   Benjamin   2 Oct. 1856 Elisha Sparks Susannah Pridemore
   Dicey A. 27 Jan. 1859 Henry Sparks Mary Conley
   Elijah 26 May 1852 Elijah Sparks Sarah Evans
   James J. 20 Oct. 1861 William Sparks Martha Salyer
   Katherine   8 May 1852 Nicholas Sparks ----- -----
   Lavitha 23 May 1854 Nicholas Sparks Dorcas Ross
   Mahala 29 May 1859 Elisha Sparks Susan Pridmore
   Mary A.   6 Apr. 1856 Nicholas Sparks Dorcas Ross
   Mary J. 22 Oct. 1859 Mathew Sparks Alsy Osburn
   Nancy Eveline 26 Oct. 1856 William Sparks Louisa Blevens
   Rhoda M. 28 May 1861 Elisha Sparks Susannah Pridmore
   Sarah  5 Mar. 1858 Nicholas Sparks Dorcas Ross
   Silvanna 11 Apr. 1861 Nicholas Sparks Dorcas Ross
   Wm. H. 17 Dec. 1858 William Sparks Louisa Blevens
   Wm. L. 21 June 1855 Mathew Sparks Alsy Osburn
   (unnamed)   4 Feb. 1855 Elisha Sparks Susannah P. Moore

KENTON COUNTY
   (unnamed female) 26 Jan. 1907 Taylor Sparks Anna Welch

LAUREL COUNTY
   Burt   2 June 1856 Calvin Sparks Esther Green
   James 17 Feb. 1852 Calvin Sparks Esther Green
   Jno. M.   1 Oct. 1853 Calvin Sparks Esther Green
   Million   8 Sep. 1857 William F. Sparks Eliza Goins
   (unnamed male)   3 Sep. 1904 James Sparks Emma Hugis

LAWRENCE COUNTY
   Alafair 14 Apr. 1860 Thomas Sparks Margaret Johnson
   Elbert (both above born   4 Aug. 1857 Alford Sparks Polly Ann Green
      at Little Fork) . . .
   Elizabeth 21 Sep. 1852 Daniel Sparks Jane Jones
      (born at Hoods Fork) . . .
   Elizabeth 29 Dec. 1855 John Sparks Mary Hay
      (born at Blaine Creek) . . .
   Elizabeth 28 May 1855 Samuel Sparks Nancy Skaggs
      (born at Blaine Creek) . . .
   Garred 15 Apr. 1854 Garred Sparks Elizabeth Boggs
   Hugh 23 Apr. 1856 Wesley Sparks Nan Cassell
   Jas B.    (born at head 15 Mar. 1857 Jno. L. Sparks Mary Hay
      of Blaine Creek) . . .
   Jas. M. 14 Apr. 1855 Mathew Sparks Hannah Adkins
   Jno. M. 10 Mar. 1856 Wiley Sparks Cynthia Holbrook

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Infant's Name  Date Father's Name Mother's Name

LAWRENCE COUNTY (continued)
   Laban 29 Nov. 1860 Levi Sparks Mary Gambill
   Levi 17 Mar. 1854 John Sparks Mary Hay
   Lewis  28 Aug. 1857 Samuel Sparks Nancy Skaggs
      (born at Rove Creek) . . .
   Mary E. 18 May 1853 Hugh Sparks Nancy Carnutt
   Milburn  15 July 1859 Jno. S. Sparks Mary Hay
      (born at Big Sandy) . . .
   Nancy J. 15 Sep. 1853 Samuel Sparks Nancy Skaggs
   Rena   5 Aug. 1860 Wesly Sparks Nancy Kasee
      (born at Little Fork) . . .
   Reuben 29 Jan. 1853 Mathew Sparks Hannah Adkins
   Sarah   3 Oct. 1853 John Sparks Almida Green
   Sarah 25 Feb. 1853 John Sparks Mary Hay
   Serilda  26 Feb. 1862 John Sparks Furidiels Francis
      (born at Blaine Creek) . . .
   Susan  20 Feb. 1859 John Sparks Almeda Green
      (born at Little Fork) . . .  
   William   1 May 1853 Wesly Sparks Nancy Kisee (Kozee?)
   Wm. M.  (born  13 Aug. 1860 Wiley Sparks Synthia Holbrook
       at Big Blaine Creek) . . .

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THE SOUTHERN GENEALOGIST’S EXCHANGE

Since a large proportion of the members of The Sparks Family Association descend from Southern branches of the family, it is thought that a relatively new genealogical publication should be called to their attention. It is THE SOUTHERN GENEALOGIST’S EXCHANGE, now in its second year, edited and published by Mrs. Aurora C. Shaw, an able genealogist of the South. It is issued four times a year, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, is nicely mimeographed, with pages measuring 8-1/2 x 11”, and with 30 to 36 pages per issue. A wide range of subjects are covered. Samples of articles which have appeared are the following: Indexes to the 1840 censuses of several counties in Florida and Arkansas, “Formation of Florida Counties,” “List of Georgia Court Houses Destroyed by Fire, Theft,” “Upper Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church,” “Sketches of Early Baptist Ministers & Georgia Baptists,” “Family Reunions,” “Cemeteries,” “New Books & Publications,” “What’s My Line [Query Section]”, “Family Bible Records,” many family records, genealogies, biographical sketches, etc. Those interested may subscribe to THE SOUTHERN GENEALOGIST’S EXCHANGE for $3.50 per year. Single issues and back issues are available for $1.00 each. Address: Mrs. Aurora C. Shaw, 2525 Oak Street, Jacksonville 4, Florida.

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CORRECTIONS: In “The Story of Thomas Hunter Sparks (1814-1863)” which was continued in the June, 1958, issue of the Quarterly, the following corrections should be made on page 312: In the 3rd paragraph, line 11, the sentence beginning “He was a frequent visitor...” should read “I was a frequent visitor...” In the 3rd paragraph, line 13, the phrase beginning “where I say...” should read “where I saw...” In the 3rd paragraph, line 23, the sentence beginning “Medora Sparks, daughter of Mary Ann Linton...” should read “Medora Sparks, daughter of Mary Ann (Leonard) Sparks...” On page 313, 2nd paragraph, line 6, after the word “as’ interpolate the word "that” making the sentence read “cooked only as that age knew how...”

[Scanner's note:  Corrections been made.]

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

It is a pleasure to report the names of nineteen Sparks descendants who have joined The Sparks Family Association since March, 1958:

Brooks, Mrs. J. B., 658 Sherwood Road, Atlanta 9, Georgia
Cravens, Fadjo, Jr., 2208 South “Y” St., Fort Smith, Arkansas
Dorsey, Mrs. Annie C., 601 Polk St., Marietta, Georgia
Hamilton, Miss Anne, 304 Shorter Ave., Rome, Georgia
Hood, Mrs. Vera Dove, Box 112, Katy, Texas
Hughes, Mrs. Ruby, Thatcher, Arizona
Linton, Miss Lucy, 448 Milledge Ave., Athens, Georgia
Miller, Mrs. Harvey S., 238 Woodland Rd., Lake Bluff, Illinois
Morgan, Mrs. Annie Sue B., 3008 Avenue “F”, Ensley 8, Alabama
Morgan, Mrs. Forrest, 121 Alexander St., Memphis, Tennessee
Phillips, Mrs. Lila D., Route 1, Box 8-B, Opelousas, Louisiana
Smith, Charles H., Jr., Box 30, 3670 West Imperial Highway, Inglewood, California
Smith, Col. Clifton S., 206 North Mayo St., Cornpton, California
Sparks, Floyd L., 21218 Birch St., Hayward, California
Sparks, George S., 38 Diamond Ave., Bristol, Rhode Island
Sparks, Lester E., Box 404, New Castle, Colorado
Taylor, Geneva Morgan, 3008 Avenue “F”, Ensley 8, Alabama
Williamson, Mrs. Edwin H., 639 Riverview Drive, Dravosburg, Pennsylvania

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S K R A P S

The record of the descendants of Thomas Hunter Sparks, which Major Charles E. Smith is preparing for publication in the Quarterly, will appear in the December, 1958, issue. Maj. Smith has had considerable difficulty tracing some of the descendants.

Paul E. Sparks has prepared for future publication in the Quarterly a complete listing of all the Sparks families who were enumerated on the 1850 census of Indiana. We also have completed a similar compilation of all Sparks families enumerated on the 1850 census of Alabama which also will be published in the Quarterly as we have space. Meanwhile, if there are members who are anxious to have the Sparks listings in any particular county of Indiana or Alabama, your editor will be glad to send you the data which we have.

All members of the Association are urged to constantly be on the “look-out” for historical data pertaining to persons named Sparks. When any of you have occasion to check census records, county histories, or other historical materials and happen across data on a Sparks family, even though it is not your line, please copy it and send it to one of the officers of the Association. Many of you have done this in the past and more than once data so sent has provided the “missing link” in another member’s line. Remember, also, that we are constantly trying to enlarge our membership. When you meet someone named Sparks, tell him about the Association and the Quarterly and send us his name and address so that we can send him a special invitation. Remember, the more members we have, the larger we can make the Quarterly, and the more family data we can publish.

Perry Sparks of Hamlin, Texas, recently sent us this quotation from the works of Macauley: “A people that take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.”

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