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. X, NO. 3  SEPTEMBER, 1962 
WHOLE NO. 39a

 
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GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUT ION

OF MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION


Alabama 17     Nebraska 8
Alaska 0     Nevada 1
Arizona 7     New Hampshire 0
California 33     New Mexico 7
Colorado 8     New York 9
Connecticut 2     North Carolina 7
Delaware 0     North Dakota 0
District of Columbia 3     Ohio 11
Florida 11     Oklahoma 6
Georgia 19     Oregon 2
Hawaii 0     Pennsylvania 10
Idaho 8     Rhode Island 1
Illinois 19     South Carolina 1
Indiana  10     South Dakota 2
Iowa  3     Tennessee  14
Kansas      Texas 54
Kentucky 32     Utah 7
Louisiana 5     Vermont 1
Maine 0     Virginia 9
Maryland 8     Washington 11
Massachusetts 4     West Virginia 4
Michigan 6     Wisconsin 4
Minnesota  1     Wyoming 3
Mississippi  3     Canada 1
Missouri  9     Grand Bahama Island 1
Montana  3

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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, Historian-Genealogist, Box 531 Raleigh, North Carolina.
      Russell E. Bidlack, Secretary-Treasurer, 1709 Cherokee Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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 QUARTERLY is printed at the Edwards Letter Shop, .711 N. University, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

SPARKSES IN THE WAR OF 1812

BOUNTY LAND AND PENSION APPLICATIONS

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REUBEN SPARKS of Jefferson County, New York; died November 17, 1836, in Bedford, Ontario, Canada. Widow, LUSETTA (RICE) SPARKS, born about 1785. Pension File, WO 11 488.

On June 7, 1875, Lusetta Sparks, widow of Reuben Sparks, made application for a pension under the act of February 14, 1871. She stated that she was a resident of Ivermay in the county of Bruce, Province of Ontario, Canada, and that she was 87 years old. She stated that Reuben Sparks had enlisted in the United States service and served at Sackets Harbour, New York, during the War against Great Britain of 1812-15, “and was honorably discharged at the close of each one of two periods of enlistment in the said service; that she cannot now remember under what captain or in what company, regiment, brigade or division the said service was performed.” She stated that her name before her marriage was Lusetta Rice and that she was married to Reuben Sparks on January 24, 1814, by the Rev. Mr. Warner at Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, and that Reuben Sparks died at Bedford, Ontario, on November 17, 1836. Lusetta Sparks signed her application by mark; Reuben Sparks (who was probably a son) and Abraham Neelands signed as witnesses; both ware residents of the township of Arran, Province of Ontario.

On July 3, 1875, the Pension Office informed Mrs. Sparks that before any action could be taken on her application, she would have to furnish the names of the officers under whom her husband had served. She replied on October 15, 1875: “I cannot remember the name of the company my husband served in. I think the Captain’s name was Bremner, I cannot [be] sure. He served as a volunteer; there

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never was any Land Warrant received.” A search was made by the Treasury Department, and, although they found that a company had been commanded by a Capt. Andrew Bremner, they could not find a record of the soldier’s name in his company. The application was rejected on December 28, 1875, on the basis of lack of evidence that Reuben Sparks had ever served.

On September 26, 1883, Lusetta Sparks, now a resident of Westport, Mendocino County, California, appointed W. T. Fitzgerald of Washington, D.C., as her attorney to reopen her application. She signed this document by mark, as she had the earlier applications. Again, Reuben Sparks (probably her son) signed as a witness, indicating that he, too, had moved to California. Because still no evidence of her husband’s service could be found, her application was again rejected.
 
 
RICHARD SPARKS, born about 1770-80, probably in North Carolina or Virginia, died in Jefferson County, Tennessee, in 1836. He married Anna Smith, born about 1785, in Franklin County, North Carolina, June 1, 1805; she died in Wright  County, Missouri.   Bounty Land Warrant 43 018-80-55.

On February 22, 1854, Anna Sparks, a resident of Wright County, Missouri, appeared before William Butler, a justice of the peace, to make application for bounty land. She stated that she was 65 years old and was the widow of Richard Sparks who had been a private in a company commanded by Capt. Thomas Crawford in the 7th Regiment of North Carolina Militia commanded by Jas. Pearson “in the War with the Creek Indians.” She stated that he had volunteered at Sallsbury [i.e. Salisbury] North Carolina, on or about September 4, 1814 [she intended this to be February 1, 1814] for six months and was honorably discharged at Salisbury, North Carolina, on Sept. 4, 1814. She stated that she and Richard Sparks had been married in Franklin County, North Carolina, on June 1, 1805, by James Sowell, a justice of the peace, and that her maiden name had been Anna Smith. She stated that her husband, Richard Sparks, had died in Jefferson County, Tennessee, on October 19, 1836, and that she had not remarried. Her signature on this application appears as “Anna Sparks,” although later she stated that H. H. Lea had signed her name for her. The witnesses to her application were P. W. Bradshaw, her son-in-law, and George W. Sparks, her son; they stated that “they were acquainted with the said Anna Sparks & Richard Sparks for about five years before the death of the said Richard Sparks and that they lived together and was recognized as man & wife.” Both signed their names to this document.

With her application, Anna Sparks sent the discharge that her husband had received. It reads as follows: “Salisbury, 4 day of September 1814. I certify that Richard Sparks a Private in Captain Thomas Crawfords company of Infantry in the 7th Regiment of detached Militia from North Carolina, in the service of the United States, has performed his tour of service; and is hereby regularly and honourably discharged. [signed]  Jas Pearson Colonel 7th Regiment N.C. Militia, U. States’ service.”

War Department records proved that Richard Sparks had served from February 1, 1814, to September 4, 1814. His widow, Anna Sparks, was issued a warrant for 80 acres of bounty land on May 23, 1854.

On August 11, 1855, Anna Sparks again appeared before William Butler and made application under the new act of March 3, 1855, for additional bounty land. She stated that she was “about seventy years” old and a resident of Wright County, Missouri. Instead of saying that her husband had served in the War against the Creek Indians, as she had in her first application, she stated in 1855 that he had served in the War of 1812. She stated she had been “married to the said Richard Sparks in Franklin County in the State of North Carolina about the year AD 1805, (the precise date not

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recollected) by one James Sowell an acting Justice of the peace.” She stated that Richard Sparks had “died in Jefferson County in the State of Tennessee in the fall of the year AD 1836, the precise date of his death not being now recollected.” She added that she knew of no person living who had witnessed her marriage. She signed this application by mark. George W. Sparks and P. W. Bradshaw again witnessed Anna’s application. They stated that they had known Richard and Anna Sparks to be husband and wife and declared that “the said Richard Sparks died in the County of Jefferson in the State of Tennessee in the year 1836, we having been present at his death and burial.” Both signed their names.

Since Anna Sparks signed her application in 1855 by mark, whereas it appeared that she had written her name in her first application, the Pension Office questioned whether she was the same person. On July 14, 1856, she again appeared before William Butler and declared that “she is unable to write her own name, and that she always makes her mark and that she knows of no other way of accounting for any dissimilarity in the signatures. In her application for bounty land in 1854 she states that H. H. Lea wrote her name and she made her mark, and in her application for bounty land now on file in the Pension Office, she states, that Julian Frazor wrote her name and that she made her mark.” She signed this statement by mark and George W. Sparks and P. W. Bradshaw again were the witnesses--but in this instance Bradshaw wrote his first name rather that the initial “P”--it appears to be “Pearce.

Anna Sparks was granted a warrant for 80 additional acres of bounty land.

(Editor’s Note: From the above records, we know that Richard Sparks and Anna Smith were married in Franklin County, North Carolina, on June 1, 1805; that Richard Sparks volunteered for service in the War of 1812 on February 1, 1814, at Salisbury, North Carolina, and that he died in Jefferson County, Tennessee, on October 19, 1836.

The records of Franklin County, North Carolina, have been searched by William Perry Johnson, but the name of Richard Sparks does not appear among them. Perhaps Anna Smith lived in Franklin County while Richard Sparks lived in another county and he simply came to Franklin County for the marriage. There was a Stephen Sparks who purchased land in Franklin County in 1810 and died there in April, 1846. He had previously lived in Warren County, North Carolina. This Stephen Sparks’s wife was named Elizabeth. They apparently had no children and had become estranged by the time of Stephen’s death. Perhaps this Stephen Sparks and Richard Sparks were related.

Military records of North Carolina reveal that Richard Sparks was a resident of Iredell County, North Carolina, when he volunteered during the War of 1812. Census records reveal that Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks were living in Iredell County, North Carolina, in 1810, 1820, and 1830. Richard was listed as aged over 45 in 1810, which, if correct, would mean that he was born before 1765 and was at least 40 years old when he and Anna ware married in 1805. However, on the 1830 census his age was given as between 50 and 60, which would mean he was born between 1770 and 1780. This latter census is probably more accurate than the earlier one. Anna was born about 1785.

The date on which Richard Sparks and his family moved to Tennessee has not been determined, except that it must have been between 1830 and 1836. In her application, Anna stated that Richard Sparks died in Jefferson County, Tennessee, on October 19, 1836. The clerk of probate of Jefferson County reports that there is no record of his estate being settled there, but early records of this kind are often lacking. About 1840, Anna (Smith) Sparks moved from Tennessee to Wright County, Missouri, with several of her children.

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W. F. Arnall of Hartville, Missouri, and James L. Sparks, Box 4601 State Capitol, Lincoln 9, Nebraska, both of whom descend from Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks, have furnished the Association with a considerable amount of information on the descendants of Richard’s son, James Sparks. Little is known of his other children. Following is a list of those children of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks whom we have been able to identify; the order of their birth is uncertain:

(1) George Washington Sparks, born about 1806.
(2) William Sparks, probably born about 1809.
(3) Siney or Seneth Sparks, born about 1810.
(4) James Sparks, born July 4, 1813.
(5) Alfred B. Sparks, born about 1820.
(6) Polly Sparks.
(7) Elizabeth or Betsy Sparks.
(8) Thomas Sparks
(1) George Washington Sparks, son of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks, was born about 1806 in Iredell County, North Carolina. He married Rachel who was also born in North Carolina about 1806. They moved to Tennessee with Richard Sparks between 1830 and 1836 and about 1840 they moved to Wright County, Missouri. George Washington and Rachel Sparks are known to have had the following children, perhaps others:
(a) Tabitha Sparks, born about 1834.
(b) Anna Sparks, born about 1836.
(c) William Sparks, born about 1839.
(d) Alvira Sparks, born about 1841.
(e) Jane Sparks, born about 1842.
(f) Susannah Sparks, born about 1846.
(g) James Sparks, born about 1849.
(2) William Sparks, son of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks. Nothing is known among the Wright County, Missouri, Sparkses about this William Sparks. However, a William G. Sparks, born about 1809, is known to have been living in Hamilton and Jefferson Counties, Tenn., between 1830 aud 1846. Since it is also known that he was born in North Carolina, we are inclined to believe that he was the same William Sparks who was the son of Richard and Anna. By 1850, this William Sparks was living in Walker County, Georgia, having moved there from Tennessee about 1846.   He was a farmer, but was also a minister in the Methodist Church. He died in Georgia in 1857. He married Nazey  Daffron, a native of Tennessee, who died in 1887. According to a biographical sketch of their son, Dr. Jacob S. Sparks that appeared in the History of Southeast Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1888), p. 948, William G. and Nazey (Daffron) Sparks were the parents of ten children. The names of eight of these can be determined from  the 1850 census of Walker County, Georgia.
(a) Owen D. Sparks, born about 1832 in Tennessee.
(b) Jacob S. Sparks, born October 10, 1834, in Jefferson County, Tenn.
(c) Susan J. Sparks, born about 1837 in Tennessee.
(d) William G. Sparks, born about 1839 in Tennessee.
(e) Martha Sparks, born about 1841, in Tennessee.
(f)  Cyntha Sparks, born about 1843 in Tennessee.
(g) Richard Sparks, born about 1844 in Tennessee.
(h) Joseph Sparks, born about 1847 in Georgia.
(3) Siney or Seneth Sparks, daughter of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks, was born in North Carolina about 1810. She came to Wright County, Missouri, with the rest of the family about 1840 and died there. She was married to
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             P. W. Bradshaw in Tennessee. They are known to have had the following children, perhaps others:
                    (a) Benjamin Bradshaw, born about 1832 in Tennessee.
                    (b) Elizabeth Bradshaw, born about 1835 in Tennessee; married ----- Jerrett.
                    (c) Joseph Bradshaw, born about 1837 in Tennessee.
                    (d) Richard Bradshaw, born about 1839 in Tennessee.
                    (e) William Bradshaw, born about 1842 in Missouri.
                    (f)  Martha Bradshaw, born about 1846 in Missouri; married ----- Owens.
                    (g) Anna Bradshaw, born about 1848 in Missouri; married ----- Sanders.
                    (h) Sarah Bradshaw, born about 1850 in Missouri; married ----- Owens.

(4) James Sparks, born July 4, 1813, in Iredell County, North Carolina, died March 10, 1903, at Hartville, Wright County, Missouri. (There is some question regarding the year of his birth, but most records support the belief that it  was 1813.  In 1892, James Sparks applied for a pension based on his service in the war with the Cherokee Indians (in which the Indians were forced to go to reservations west of the Mississippi River) in 1837. He stated that he was  then (1892) 79 years of age and that he had served as a corporal in the company commanded by Capt. G. W.  Laffery in the regiment commanded by Col. Byrd comprised of Tennessee Mounted Volunteers.  He stated that he had been 24 years old in 1837; that he enlisted in February, 1837, for one year at Chatianooga, Tennessee, then called Ross’s Landing, and that he was discharged in July or August, 1837, at Chattanooga. He stated that when he enlisted he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, with blue eyes, black hair and a dark complexion, that he had been a farmer by occupation and had been born in Iredell County, North Carolina. He stated that after the war he lived in Hamilton County, Tennessee, for 2 years, then in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, for 4 years, and then in Wright County, Missouri, for 50 years. James Sparks was married four times. He married first, in Tennessee, Elizabeth Matthews in 1837; she died in September, 1844. He married, second, Delilah Seagraves, who died in 1888. He married, third, Sarah L. Hutsell; they were divorced between 1892 and 1894. He married, fourth, Mary Ann Bivian in 1894. By his first wife, James Sparks had two children:
(a) Mary or Polly Sparks, born August 4, 1840, in Tennessee, died February 29, 1917. She married, first, in1860, B. Calhouse; second, in 1870, Matthew J. Arnall.
(b) James Richard Sparks, born July 24, 1841, in Laclede County, Missouri, died March 8, 1894. He married Sara L. Barnett; she died in Wright County, Missouri, in 1875 at the age of 30. James Richard Sparks married, second, Susie Abshire, who was born July 24, 1848, and died January 19, 1923.
By his second wife, Delilah Seagraves, James Sparks had the following children:
(c) Martha Jane Sparks, born September 10, 1854; died May 28, 1926. She married James B. Freeman who was born May 28, 1861; died January 3, 1939.
(d) William Grey Sparks, died Dec. 1, 1891; married Fannie Jackson.
(e) Caroline Sparks, married John Glenn.
(f) Thomas Jefferson Sparks, born May 26, 1861; died Feb. 1, 1939. He married Nancy Caudle; second, Amanda Grogen.
(g) Sarah Sparks, born May 26, 1862; married Alf  Moore.
(h) Jacob Baylor Sparks, born Dec. 24, 1866; died April 1, 1947. He married Rosa Bohannon.
(i) Missouri Sparks, born 1867 or 1868; married (1st) Andrew Caudle; (2d) Neil Duggan; (3rd) Robert Holt; (4th) ----- Seymore.
(j) Alford Burton Sparks, born June 26, 1869; died March 22, 1936; married (1st) Alabama E. Angel; (2d) Sally Henretta LaPrade.
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(5) Alfred B. Sparks, son of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks, was born about 1820 in North Carolina. He moved to Tennessee with his parents and to Wright County, Missouri, about 1840. He later moved to Arkansas where he died. He married Nancy and they are known to have had four children:
(a) William Sparks, born about 1845.
(b) Sarah Sparks, born about 1846.
(c) Malinda Sparks, born about 1849.
(d) George Sparks, born after 1850.
(6) Polly Sparks, daughter of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks. Her real name was probably Mary. We have no information regarding her life.
(7) Elizabeth or Betsy Sparks, daughter of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks. She married in Tennessee before 1840 John Martin. They moved to Arkansas.
(8) Thomas Sparks, son of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks. According to Mr. Arnall, he moved to Texas and was never heard from again.)
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RICHARD SPARKS, born about 1790, died in Philadelphia September 18, 1820; married ELIZA FORD FREESTON, born about 1796. Bounty Land Warrant File 33 715-80-55.

On March 4, 1851, Eliza F. Sparks, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, appeared before Joel Cook, a justice of the peace, to make application for bounty land under the act passed by Congress on September 28, 1850. She stated that she was 55 years old and was the widow of Richard Sparks who had served as a private in the First Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Artillery commanded by Col. A. M. Prevost in the War of 1812; that he had volunteered at Philadelphia on or about August 20, 1814, for the term of six months and that he was honorably discharged at Philadelphia on January 3, 1815. She stated that she had been married to Richard Sparks in Philadelphia on May 4, 1815, by the Rev. Nicholas Collin and that her name before her marriage was Eliza Ford Freeston. She stated that Richard Sparks had died at Philadelphia on September 18, 1820. She signed her name as “Eliza F. Sparks.”

Along with her application, Eliza F. Sparks submitted a sworn statement dated March 4, 1851, made by Thomas Sparks, aged 66 years, and Sophia Donaldson, aged 59 years, both residents of Philadelphia. They swore that they were both acquainted with Richard Sparks in his lifetime and with his widow, Eliza, who “has not married again since his death.” Both signed their names to this document and Joel Cook signed as a justice of the peace. The relationship of Thomas Sparks to Richard Sparks was not stated.

Also accompanying this application is a copy made by Joel Cook of the orginal marriage certificate of Richard and Eliza Sparks. It reads as follows: “These certify, that Richard Sparks, by trade plummer, resident in Philadelphia, son of decd. David Sparks and his relict Rachel in Philadelphia, past twenty four years of age, of the one party, and Eliza Ford Freeston, resident in Philada., Daughter of decd. Robert Freeston and his relict Mary in Philada., past eighteen years of age, of the other party, are joined in the Banns of Holy Wedlock on this day by me. Given under my hand and seal at Philadelphia on the fourth day of May in the year of Christ one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.
                                                                                                    (signed) Nicholas Collin (Seal)
Rector of the Swedish Church in the
State of Pennª.
We the underwritten, have witnessed the solemnization of this Nuptial Contract and certify, that it is free from every legal impedements.
                                                                                                    (signed) Jacob F. Sparks
                                                                                                                William Freeston.”

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On February 12, 1852, Eliza F. Sparks made a sworn statement to the effect that she knew nothing of a written discharge of Richard Sparks and stated that she did not believe he had ever received one.

Records in Washington proved that Richard Sparks had served as a private in Capt. James M. Linnard’s company in Col. A. M. Prevost’s regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers from August 24, 1814, to January 3, 1815. Eliza F. Sparks was issued Land Warrant No. 30,750 for 80 acres of bounty land.

On October 16, 1855, Eliza F. Sparks appeared before Charles D. Freeman, a justice of the peace, to make application for additional bounty land under the act of March 3, 1855. She stated that she was still a resident of Philadelphia and that she was
59 years old. She gave the same information as in her first application. She signed her name as “Eliza F. Sparks.” Hannah C. Flickiver and Sophia Donaldson signed as witnesses. At the end of her application, Eliza directed the Commissioner of Pensions to deliver her warrant to her attorney, John H. Frick. The witnesses to her signature this time were Thos. Sparks, Jr., and Charles D. Freeman. She was issued a warrant for 80 additional acres of bounty land.

(Editor’s Note: From the marriage certificate of Richard Sparks and Eliza Ford (Freeston) Sparks, we know that Richard was a son of David Sparks of Philadelphia and that David Sparks had died prior to 1815. David Sparks was listed as a resident of Philadelphia on the 1790 census--his household consisted of 2 males over 16, 3 males under 16, and 4 females. Eliza F. Sparks, widow of Richard, was listed on the 1850 census of Dock Ward in Philadelphia; her age was given as 45 and she was living in the household of Thomas Sparks, aged 50. Also living with Thomas Sparks was Sophia Donaldson, aged 40, all born in Pennsylvania. Thomas Sparks and Sophia Donaldson, it will be recalled, swore in 1851 that they had known Richard Sparks. Thomas Sparks was probably a brother of Richard and perhaps Sophia Donaldson was a sister.)

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ROBERT SPARKS born about 1779 in Maryland; married Catharine Fink in Jefferson County, Ohio, in March, 1815; he died in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, May 29, 1826.

On January 7, 1851, Catharine Sparks, a resident of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, applied for bounty land under the act of September 28, 1850. She stated that she was 59 years old and the widow of Robert Sparks, who was a private in the company commanded by Capt. Absolem Martin of the 27th Regiment of U.S. Infantry and was transferred to Capt. A. Gray’s company of the 19th Regiment of the U.S. in the War of 1812. She stated that he had enlisted at Springfield, Jefferson County, Ohio, on or about August 6, 1813, for one year, and was discharged at Detroit, Michigan, on August 6, 1814. She stated that she had been married to Robert Sparks at Springfield, Jefferson County, Ohio, in March, 1815, by John Moody, a justice of the peace, and that her name before her marriage was Catharine Fink. She stated that her husband, Robert Sparks, died in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, on May 29, 1826, and that she was still his widow. She signed her application by mark before George W. Ilwaine, a justice of the peace.

Attached to the application of Catharine Sparks is a sworn statement dated January 17, 1851, by Mary Arm Cahill and Margaret Fink who stated that they were both acquainted with Robert Sparks and his wife, Catharine, and that they were present at their marriage which was performed by John Moody at Springfield, Ohio, in March,1815. They stated that Robert Sparks had died in Tuscarawas County sometime in 1826. Both Mary Ann Cahill and Margaret Fink signed by mark.

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Along with her application, Catharine Sparks sent her husband’s written discharge. It indicates that his service was exactly as she had stated it to be in her application. It also states that Robert Sparks was born in the state of Maryland, and that he was thirty-five years old at the time of his discharge on August 6, 1814; also that he was five feet, eight inches tall with dark hair, grey eyes and a light complexion; that he was a farmer by occupation.

Also included with her application was a certified copy of the record of marriage which had been filed in the Jefferson County, Ohio, court house. It reads as follows: “I do hereby certify that Robert Sparks and Catherine Fink were lawfully married in the presence of Many People before me the Subscriber One of the Justices of the Peace in and for said County on the Second day of March A.D. 1815. Witness my hand and Seal the 9th instant. [signed] John Moody J.P.”

Catharine Sparks was issued a warrant for 160 acres of bounty land.

(Editor’s Note: Little is known of this branch of the Sparks family, as we have no records from Ohio that pertain to Robert Sparks or his descendants. It is known that Robert and Catharine (Fink) Sparks had at least one child, John Sparks, born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, on May 12, 1823. We have a note copied from a work entitled History of Howard and Chariton Counties, Missouri, pp. 1217-1219, stating that this John Sparks was a son of Robert snd Catharine (Fink) Sparks and that Robert Sparks “was originally from Maryland, and moved to Pennsylvania when a young man.” There was another Sparks family that moved from Fayette County, Pennsylvania, to Tuscarawas County, Ohio, but Robert Sparks does not appear to have belonged to the same family.)

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ROBERT SPARKS born about 1789 in North Carolina, drafted in 1814 in Jasper County, Georgia; resident of Putnam County, Georgia, in 1850. Bounty Land Warrant File 13 249-80-50.

On November 25, 1850, Robert Sparks, a resident of Putnam County, Georgia, appeared before a justice of the peace named J. A. Hawkins to make application for bounty land. He stated that he was 61 years old; that he had served as a private in the company commanded by Capt. Sam Lane in the regiment of militia commanded by Col. Jones in the War of 1812; that he was drafted in Jasper County, Georgia, on October 25, 1814, for six months and was honorably discharged at Fort Hawkins, Georgia, on April 30, 1815, and that he did not receive a written discharge. He signed his name as “Robert Sparks.” In an attached document, he appointed J. A. Turner of Eatonton, Georgia, as his lawful attorney.

Records searched by the Pension Office in Washington revealed that Robert Sparks had actually served from November 21, 1814, until May 6, 1815. He was issued a warrant for 80 acres of bounty land.

(Editor’s Note: Robert Sparks was listed on the census of Putnam County, Georgia, as early as 1820. He is also listed among the military records of Georgia as having served in the Putnam County Militia as captain from 1824 to 1826. According to the 1850 census, he was born in North Carolina. The wife of Robert Sparks, according to the 1850 census, was named Sarah. She was born in South Carolina about l792. Census records would seem to indicate that Robert Sparks was a. prosperous farmer; hs owned six slaves in 1830 and a total of 36 in 1850. His real estate was valued at $3600 in 1850. The date of death of Robert Sparks is not known, but on March 3, 1863, he was declared incompetent, and his son, Wilshire Sparks, was appointed his guardian. Robert Sparks had a large family, at least five sons and three daughters,

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but we can identify positively only one son, Wilshire H. Sparks, who was born August 20, 1820, in Putnam County, Georgia, married Nancy Smith, and died in 1905. It is known that Wilshire Sparks had a son named Charles Worth Sparks, born June 29, 1856, who was living in Vidalia, Georgia, in 1925, and a daughter, Mrs. Texie Hardy of Eatonton, Georgia. According to the 1850 census, three young people named Sparks were living with Robert and Sarah. It would seem probable, however, that they were grandchildren rather than children. Their names were: Arrianda Sparks, born about 1832; Robert Sparks, born about 1836; and Washington Sparks, born about 1840.)

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ROBERT SPARKS, born in Steuben, Maine, about 1804, son of Thomas Sparks; a resident of Beverly, Massachusetts, in 1880. Pension File Surv. 0 34 571.

On July 8, 1880, Robert Sparks, a resident of Federal St., Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, made application for a pension under the act of 1878. He stated that he was 76 years old and that he had not previously made application for bounty land. He stated that he had been a drummer boy in a company commanded by Capt. Gregory in the Maine Regiment of Volunteers commanded by Col. John Brewer (later Maj. John Balcom) in the War of 1812. He stated that he had enlisted at Robinstown, Maine, on or about January 1, 1813, for one year and that he was honorably discharged at the same place in the latter part of 1814. He stated that he was only 9 years old when he enlisted as a drummer boys added: “My father, Thomas Sparks, had enlisted previously, and enlisted me. I took the bounty $1. and was taught drumming by one David Beverly of Machias, Maine.” He stated that when he enlisted, he was a “farmer boy, born in Steuben, Maine, height 5 ft. 2 inches, complexion dark, eyes dark, hair black.” He further declared “that his father subsequently to enlisting him as above stated, was ordered away from the post, and then this deponent re-enlisted in the same Company and Regiment as above stated and was employed as a waiter upon Ensign Archie Campbell of said Regiment.” He stated that after his discharge he had resided “in St. George, New Brunswick, most of the time (fifty years)--I have resided for a short time in Beverly, Mass., in 1872, and in Nealville, Wisconsin six months and in Anoka, Minnesota, from 1873 to 1878, and since last date in said Beverly, Mass.” He signed his name as “Robert Sparks”; the witnesses were John P. Foster and Philo C. Hanson. Both witnesses were residents of Beverly, Massachusetts; Foster was 20 years old, lived on Conning St., and stated he had known Sparks for 3 years; Hanson was 45 years old, lived on Federal St., and stated he had known Sparks for 35 years. They stated “that they have talked with him many times (20) about his service in said war, and have heard him mention the names of his officers and that he was in the service, and in sight, when Eastport, Maine, was taken.”

Although the Pension Office was unable to locate any record of his service, Robert Sparks was granted a pension of $8.00 per month.

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ROBERT U. SPARKS, born about 1792, in New Jersey; a resident of Camden, New Jersey. Bounty Land Warrant File 8 474-120-55.

On October 26, 1850, Robert U. Sparks, a resident of the city of Camden, New Jersey, appeared before John Williams, Clerk of the Quarter Sessions Court in Philadelphia to make application for bounty land under the provisions of the act of September 28, 1850. He stated that he was 58 years old and that he had been a private in the War of 1812 in Capt. Frieze's company in a regiment of Volunteers of New Jersey Militia commanded by Co1. Howell. He stated that he had volunteered on or about

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September 1, 1814, for 6 months and that he was discharged at Salem, New Jersey, on December 20, 1814, but that he did not receive a written discharge. Records in the Treasury Department prove that his actual service extended from September 27 to December 21, 1814. He signed his name as “Robert U. Sparks.” He was issued a warrant for 40 acres of bounty land.

On March 28, 1855, Robert U. Sparks applied for additional bounty land under the act of March 3, 1855. He stated he was 62 years old and a resident of Camden County, New Jersey. He gave no information about himself that he had not given in 1850. John C. Githens and Nathan A. Carter, both residents of Camden, were his witnesses. He was issued a warrant for 120 additional acres of bounty land.

On July 17, 1871, Robert U. Sparks, still a resident of Camden, but now aged 79 years, made application for a pension under the act of February 14, 1871. He gave essentially the same information regarding his service in the War of 1812 as he had given earlier, except that he identified his captain more specifically as Henry Freas and his colonel as Joshua Howell. He stated that his wife’s name was Amy, and that they had been married in Allowaystown. Clayton Trueax of 17 S. Fifth St., Camden, and Edward S. Cooper of 416 Taylor Ave., Camden, witnessed his signature. A pension was approved in the amount of $8.00 per month. A note in this file indicates that Robert U. Sparks died on February 1, 1872.

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DEATH TAKES EDWARD BYRON SPARKS, SR.

We regret to announce the passing of another member of The Sparks Family Association. Mr. Edward Byron Sparks, Sr., of Fort Smith, Arkansas, died on February 13, 1962. He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church of Fort Smith. His survivors include his wife; one son, E. B. Sparks, Jr., and one granddaughter, Marilee Sparks.

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CORRECTION

The following correction is made to the item pertaining to William Edmond Gay on page 364 of the March, 1959, issue of the Quarterly (Vol. VII, No. 1, Whole No. 25): Mr. Gay’s middle name is Edmond, not Edmund. He was divorced from Shirley McNellis Gay in 1956, not 1957. On February 14, 1959, Mr. Gay was married to Elizabeth Ann Trask. She was born January 5, 1934, in Farmington, Maine. They have one son, David Robert Gay, born December 31, 1961, in Schenectady, New York.

[Scanner's note: Correction made.]

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MRS. NELLIEMAE BURNS SPARKS OFFERS TO SEARCH CENSUS RECORDS

Mrs. Nelliemae Burns Sparks, one of our most enthusiastic and active members, reports that she has purchased a Griscombe Microfilm viewer on which she is able to read 35 and 16 mm. film and that she has also purchased film containing many census records. Mrs. Sparks offers to search any census record for a member of the Association in exchange for the cost of the film. Census records are available on film at the National Archives from 1800 to 1880. The cost varies from six to eleven dollars. Those interested in taking advantage of Mrs. Sparks’s generous offer should write to her for further information.

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CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS FROM OHIO NAMED SPARKS

(Editor’s Notes The following record of Civil War soldiers named Sparks who served in regiments from Ohio has been taken from the 12-volume work entitled Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866 which was publiched in Akron by the Werner Company between 1886 and 1893.)

ALEXANDER R. SPARKS. Drafted as a private in Co. G, 122d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on June 14, 1864, for 3 years. Aged 26 years. Mustered out with company on June 26, 1865.

ALFRED SPARKS. Enlisted in Co. H, First Kentucky Volunteer Infantry (composed entirely of Ohio men) on July 9, 1861, for 3 years, as a wagoner. Age not stated. Mustered out with company on June 18, 1864,

ANDREW SPARKS. Enlisted from Ohio with the U .S. Navy as a Landsman on Sept. 1, 1864, for 1 year. No further information.

BENJAMIN F. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. C, First Regiment, U.S. Veteran Volunteer Engineers, on March 14, 1865, for 1 year. Aged 17. Mustered out with company on Sept. 26, 1865. (Erastus F. Sparks, aged 28, was also a private in this company.)

CHARLES F. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private on May 2, 1864, in Co. D, 136th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry which was organized at Camp Chase, Ohio, to serve 100 days. Aged 35. Mustered out with company on Aug. 31, 1864.

DAVID SPARKS. Enlisted as an officer in Co. K, 45th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on July 1, 1862, for 3 years. Aged 44. Appointed 1st lieutenant on Aug. 6, 1862; promoted to captain of Co. F, same regiment, on March 2, 1863; transferred back to Co. K in Aug., 1863. Mustered out with company on June 12, 1865.

DAVID G. SPARKS. Enlisted in Co. H, 153rd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry for 100 days as a private on May 2, 1864. Aged 37. Mustered out with company on Sept. 9, 1864.

ERASTUS SPARKS. Enlisted in Co. E, 136th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry for 100 days on May 2, 1864 (this regiment was composed of National Guard units from Licking and Hardin Counties). Aged 28. Mustered out with company on Sept. 1, 1864. (James Sparks, aged 39, was also a private in this company.)

ERASTUS F. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. C, First Regiment, U.S. Veteran Volunteer Engineers, on March 29, 1865, for 1 year. Aged 28. Mustered out with company on Sept. 26, 1865. (Benjamin F. Sparks, aged 17, was also a private in this company.)

FRANK W. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. C, 55th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on October 20, 1861. (This regiment was organized at Norwalk, Ohio.) Aged 20. Appointed corporal, date not given. Wounded Nov. 25, 1863, in the Battle of Mission Ridge, Tenn.; reduced to private, date not given. Mustered out Oct. 19, 1864, at Atlanta, Ga., on expiration of term of service.

GEORGE B. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. B, 24th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on May 30, 1861, for 3 years. Aged 21. Wounded Dec. 31, 1862, in the Battle of Stone River, Term. Mustered out with company on June 21, 1864. (Joseph B. Sparks, aged 20, was also a private in this company.)

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GEORGE B. SPARKS. Perhaps the same as above. Enlisted for 1 year on Oct. 3, 1864. He enlisted as a private in a list of unassigned recruits of the 178th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Aged 21. His name does not appear on any of the company rolls of this regiment.

GEORGE M. SPARKS. Enlisted in Co. B, 32d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on Aug. 9, 1861, for 3 years. (This regiment was organized near Mansfield, Ohio.) Aged 25. He may have enlisted as a sergeant since he was later reduced to private, date not known. Mustered out with company July 20, 1865.

GEORGE W. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. H, 101st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on Aug. 11, 1862, for 3 years. Aged 18. He was wounded, captured and paroled in Sept., 1863, at Chickamauga, Ga.; mustered out with company on June 12, 1865. (James P. Sparks, aged 22, was also a private in this same company.)

GEORGE W. SPARKS. Enlisted for 3 years in Co. K, 45th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on July 1, 1862. Aged 19. Appointed 2d lieutenant on Aug. 6, 1862; promoted to 1st lieutenant of Co. I on Nov. 20, 1862; promoted to captain July 13, 1864, but not mustered; discharged Aug. 16, 1864, at Cincinnati, Ohio, for wounds received May 14, 1864, in the Battle of Resaca, Ga.

GEORGE W. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. C, 163rd Regiment Ohio Volunteer rnfaiWry, on May 2, 1864, for 100 days. Aged 18. Mustered out with company on Sept. 10, 1864. (Wesley W. Sparks was a sergeant in this same company.)

GRANVILLE SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. B, 60th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on Feb. 26, 1864, for 3 years. Aged 18. Mustered out with company on July 28, 1865.

HENRY SPARKS. Drafted as a private in Co. C, 66th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on Sept. 24, 1864, for 1 year. Aged 40. Mustered out on June 1, 1865, near Bladenburg, Md., by order of the War Department.

HENRY H. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. A, 64th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on Oct. 2, 1861, for 3 years. Aged 21. Appointed corporal July 1, 1865. Mustered out with company on Dec. 3, 1865.

ISAAC SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. H, l52d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on May 2, 1864, for 100 days. Aged 24. Mustered out with company on Sept. 2, 1864. (This regiment was made up of units of the National Guard in Darke and Clarke Counties.)

ISAAC W. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. H, 195th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on Feb. 28, 1865, for 1 year. Aged 18. Mustered out with company on Dec. 18, 1865.

ISAIAH SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. D, 134th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for 100 days on May 2, 1864. Aged 27. Mustered out with company on Aug. 31, 1864. (This regiment was composed of units of the National Guard from Hancock and Shelby Counties.)

J. E. SPARKS. A member of the Second Regiment Reserve Militia organized in Cincinnati area in July, 1861. When martial law was declared on Sept. 4, 1862, by Gen. Lew Wallace, this unit was mustered into the service of the U.S. J. E. Sparks served for 30 days in Co. C and was mustered out with the company on Oct. 4, 1862. Aged 31.

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J. H. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. C, 139th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on May 2, 1864, for 100 days. Aged 20. Mustered out with company on Aug. 26, 1864. (This regiment was composed of National Guard units from Cincinnati and from Van Wert and Ottawa Counties.)

JAMES SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. E, 135th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on May 2, 1864, for 100 days. Aged 39. Mustered out with company on Sept. 1, 1864. (Erastus Sparks was also a private in this company. This regiment was composed of National Guard units from Licking and Hardin Counties.)

JAMES SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. B, 187th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on Feb. 1, 1865, for 1 year. Aged 18. Mustered out with company on Jan. 20, 1866.

JAMES H. SPARKS. Enlisted as a corporal in Co. H, 186th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for 1 year on Jan. 3, 1865. Aged 20. Promoted to sergeant on Sept. 1, 1865. Mustered out with company on Sept. 18, 1865.

JAMES P. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. H, 101st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on Aug. 11, 1862, for 3 years. Aged 22. He was transferred to Co. H, 8th Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps, on Dec. 10, 1863. (George W. Sparks, aged 18, was also a private in Co. H, 101st Regiment.) James P. Sparks was discharged on July 2, 1865, by order of the War Department.

JOHN SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. A, 121st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on Aug. 13, 1862, for 3 years. Aged 19. He was killed on March 21, 1865, in the Battle of Bentonville, N.C., and he was buried at Raleigh, N.C., section 4, grave 81. (This regiment was organized at Delaware, Ohio; William Sparks, aged 42, was also a private in Co. A.)

JOHN G. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. G, 25th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on June 18, 1861, for 3 years. Aged 33. Mustered out with company on June 18, 1866. (This regiment was organized at Columbus, Ohio.)

JOHN M. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. D, 25th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on June 8, 1861, for 3 years. Aged 18. Transferred to the 12th Battery Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery on March 12, 1862. Mustered out June 25, 1864, on expiration of term of service. (The 25th Regiment was organized at Columbus, Ohio.)

JOHN V. SPARKS. Enlisted on April 4, 1865. Aged 19. (The volume containing further details on this man’s service is missing in the University of Michigan Library--we shall try to provide this information in a subsequent issue.)

JOSEPH SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. I, 67th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on Dec. 26, 1862, for 3 years. Aged 25. Transferred to Co. H, same regiment, on Sept. 1, 1865. Mustered out with company on Dec. 7, 1865.

JOSEPH SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. B, 169th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on May 2, 1864, for 100 days. Aged 18. Died Aug. 20, 1864, at Fort Ethan Allen, Virginia. Buried at Arlington, Va. (The 169th Regiment was organized at Camp Cleveland, Ohio.)

JOSEPH R. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. B, 24th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on July 24, 1861, for 3 years. Aged 20. Mustered out with company on June 21, 1864. (George B. Sparks, aged 21, was also a private in this company.)

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JOSEPH R. SPARKS. Probably the same as the Joseph R. Sparks, above. Enlisted as a private in Co. A, First Regiment U.S. Veteran Volunteer Engineers, on Sept. 2, 1864, for 2 years, Aged 23, No further record.

LEMUEL SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. B, 72d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infanon Nov, 11, 1861, for 3 years. Aged 25. Died of disease on May 16, 1862, at Camp No. 6, near Corinth, Mississippi.

LESLIE H. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. A, 72d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on Oct, 31, 1861, for 3 years. Aged 18. No further record, perhaps same man as below.

LESLIE H. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. M, First Regiment Ohio Volunteer Heavy Artillery, on July 4, 1863, for 3 years. Aged 19. Drowned June 5, 1864, at Loudon, Tenn. Buried in Chattanooga, Tenn., section H, grave 152.

LORENZO H. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. B, 105th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on Aug. 10, 1862, for 3 years. Aged 19. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps on May 31, 1864.

MAHLON SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. A, 64th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on Oct. 2, 1861, for 3 years. Aged 43. Promoted to sergeant Nov. 18, 1861; promoted to 1st sergeant May 12, 1863. Discharged May 21, 1865, at Camp Dennison, Ohio, on surgeon’s certificate of disability. (This regiment was organized at Mansfield, Ohio.)

RILEY SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. B, 123rd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on Aug. 18, 1862, for 3 years. Aged 18. Captured Jan. 3, 1863, in hospital at Petersburg, Va.; discharged April 25, 1863, on surgeon’s certificate of disability. (This regiment was organized at Monroeville, Ohio.)

STEPHEN L. SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. H, 2d Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on Sept. 10, 1861, for 3 years. Aged 18. Discharged April 4, 1863, on surgeon’s certificate of disability.

WESLEY W. SPARKS. Enlisted as a sergeant in Co. C, 63rd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on May 2, l864, for 100 days. Aged 24. Mustered out with company on Sept, 10, 1864, (George W, Sparks, aged 18, was a private in this same company.)

WILLIAM SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. A, 121st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry on Aug. 13, 1862, for 3 years. Aged 42. Discharged on Sept. 24, 1863, at Camp Dennison, Ohio, on surgeon’s certificate of disability. (John Sparks, aged 19, was a private in this same company.)

WILLIAM SPARKS. Enlisted as a private in Co. K, 50th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry Aug. 11, 1862, for 3 years. Aged 20. No further record.

WILLIAM SPARKS, Enlisted on June 8, 1863. Aged 21. (The volume containing further details on this man’s service is missing in the University of Michigan Library--we shall try to provide this information in a subsequent issue.)

ZEBULON SPARKS. Enlisted on Dec. 10, 1863. Aged 30. (The volume containing lurther details on this man’s service is missing in the University of Michigan Library - - we shall try to provide this information in a subsequent issue.)

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WILL OF ISAAC SPARKS (1819) OF FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNA.

(Editor’s Note: The following is a copy of the original will of Isaac Sparks who died in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in 1819 or 1820. This transcription has been made from a photostat of the original which is preserved in the court house of Fayette County. Capitalization and punctuation have been standardized, but content and spelling have been unchanged.)

This the thirty-first day of October in the year of our Lord eight hundred & nineteen; I, Isaac Sparks of Fayette County, Township of Washington & Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, being indisposed in body, but of sound mind & memory;

Therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that [it] is appointed for all men to die, do make arid ordain this my last will and testament.

First of all I order that my body be buried in a Christian like & decent manor at the discretion of my executors, and as touching sutch worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased providence to bless me with in this life, I give, devise and dispose of in the following maner and in form

Impremise, it is my will and I do order that in the first place all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and sattesfied.

Item, I here mention that I did some time before this date convey by deed unto my Sons John and Ephraim three quarters of a section of land in the state of Ohio, which three quarters is part of Section number one of Township nine in Range one, of the unapropriated land in the military district.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Isaac one quarter section of land in the state of Ohio known & described by the south west quarter of Section no. twenty-two of Township fifteen in Range seven entered in the Land Office at Stubenville which as also I here will unto him three hundred dollars to be paid unto him out of the money ariseing out of the sale of my personal estate if there is a sufficiency remaining after settling my other debts, if not the ballance wanting of said sum to be paid out of the money ariseing out of the land here described to be sold.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph one quarter section or there abouts as per article of agreement with Zacha Biggs bearing date the 6th of Dec. 1816 with the several courses and distances therein specified said to contain one hundred & fifty-nine acres & 31 p. described as follows: on the northwest corner of Section thirty-four Township 15 and Range seven, as will be seen on the records in Jefferson County, Ohio, as per agreement between myself & Zacha Biggs making the creek the line, my said land or parcell of land I will & bequeath unto my said son Joseph, heirs and assigns forever, and be it known that I have some time back given directions that a deed should be made for said land in my said son Joseph’s name, which if complyed with before this date it is not yet come to hand, therefore to be considered to be the same land here willed as I also will unto my said son Joseph one sadle and my watch, and three hundred dollars to be paid to him out of the money ariseing out of the sale of my moveable estate if there should be sufficient, if not the remainder to said amount out of the sale of my land hereafter described to be sold.

Item, I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Anna the use and possession of the plantation & appertainances thereunto belonging whereon I now dwell in Washington Township, County of Fayette & Commonwealth of Pennsylvania adjoining lands of John Lloyd & others as long as she remains my widow, with two horse cretures, two cows, six sheep, and six swine with all the geese and poltry to me belonging, the cretures

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here willed to her of every description is left to her choice of all I am possessed of at my death, as also I direct that my said widow shall detain as mutch grain & hay as shall be sufficient for her and family and the cretures here willed to her for one year, as also two feather beds, beadsteads and beding, her choice of all the beds to me belonging, one desk and book case, the cupboard and furniture, the tea kettle, one brass kettle, one dinner pot, one eighteen gallon kettle, and earthen ware, one dineing table, one looking glass, half a dozen winser chairs, my wagon, one plough and irons, one harrow, geers for two horses, and my Bible and logchain, as it is my will that all my children remain with my said widow that is now single as long as they shall chusese to do and remain in a single life, that my said widow & them be one family and pertake of the incomes of said plantation with my said widow at her discretion, yet it is my will and I do order that if my said widow should marry that she immediately clear the plantation having no further demands on the same takeing with her the property here to her willed, as it is my will and I do order that immediately after my said widow’s death or marriage the said plantation, the prevelidge of which is here willed to my said widow, be put to sale either publick or private as shall be to the most advantage to my children to whom it is hereafter described to affect--that the same be sold by my executors to be received on payments or other ways, the money ariseing therefrom to be euqually devided amongst my four daughters, viz. Mary, Anna, Hannah & Clarressa, except a part should be other ways. disposed of by this will.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary one feather bed and beding, one side sadle & bureau which I have delivered to her before this date, as also I will unto my said daughter the one fourth part of the money ariseing from the sale of my plantation here directed to be sold except a part should be used as directed to Isaac & Joseph as if any should be made use of for them out of the sale of my land no division is to be made unto my daughters untili theirs is paid agreeable to the terms of this will.

Item, I give & bequeath unto my daughter Anna one feather bed & boding, one bureau, which I have delivered to her before this date, as I also will unto her one side saddle with the one fourth of the amount of the money ariseing from the sale of my plantation with the same reserves made in my daughter Mary’s.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hannah one feather bed & beding, one side saddle, and one bureau, with the one fourth part or share of the money ariseing from the sale of my plantation as in case of the other daughters above cited.

Item, I also will unto my daughter Clarressa one feather bed and beding, one side saddle and one bureau, as I also will unto her the one fourth part or share of the money ariseing from the sale of my plantation here directed to be sold except as before described in case of my sons Isaac & Joseph as of there is enough of the money ariseing from my personal estate to pay my debts and the sums to my said two sons willed my said four daughters shall have the whole of the price of said plantation.

Item, it is my will & I do order that if any of my said children here named should die without issue that the property here willed to them or either of them shall be sold & equally divided amongst all my surviving children altho if any of my children that have issue be deceased at such time their children shall come in for a child’s share as their parents could have done if living.

It is also my will that emediately after my death all my moveable estate not here before willed be put to publick sale by my executors & placed to the payments of my debts & the remainder to Isaac & Joseph to the amot specefied to them & if there should be any remainder of said money I direct that it be eaqually divided amongst all my children, sons & daughters, yet as to my wearing apparel I order that the same be eaqually divided amongst my four sons, John, Ephraim, Isaac & Joseph.

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Item, I likewise constitute, make and ordain my only & sole executors of this my last will and testament my mutch beloved wife Anna and my son Isaac and my trusty neighbour James D. Cope, and I do hereby utterly disanul and revoke all and every other former wills & testaments ratifying this & no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day & year first here cited.
                                                                                                                       [signed] Isaac Sparks (seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered
by the said Isaac Sparks
in the presence of us
            [signed] Edward Chambers
                         Jonathan Hewitte
                         Samuel Cope

Fayette County Ss.
    The twenty-sixbh day of July Anno Domino 1820 before me the subscriber registered in the Probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for said County personally came Janathan Hewitte & Samuel Coope the two latter signing witnesses to the aforegoing last will & testament & on their solemn affirmations did respectively declare that they saw the testator when of disposing mind sign and seal the foregoing writing as and for his last will & testament, that they know of no later will made by him and that they together with the other witness signed the same as witnesses thereto in the presence of the testator & in the presence of each other--Given under my hand & seal of said office the same day.
                                                                                                                    [signed] Alexander M. --?--
                                                                                                                                            Register.

(Editor’s Note: Isaac Sparks, author of the above will, was a son of the Hon. John Sparks of Gloucester County, New Jersey. Data on the Hon. John Sparks and his ancestry were published in the Quarterly of September, 1957 (Vol. V, No. 3, pp. 242-44) and in that of March 1958 (Vol. VI, No. 1, pp. 286-87). The Hon. John Sparks was born in Ireland in 1716 or 1717 and was a son of Simon Sparks. He married, as his first wife, Mary Sparks, who was his first cousin, a daughter of Henry Sparks. The Hon. John Sparks died in Gloucester County in 1802. Isaac Sparks, son of the Hon. John and Mary (Sparks) Sparks, was born in New Jersey about 1760. He married Anna Lloyd, daughter of Ephraim Lloyd of Lower Penns Neck, New Jersey; she was born on March 18, 1759, if her age on her tombstone was given correctly. Isaac Sparks lived in New Jersey; he was a resident of Lower Penns Neck as late as 1796. By 1800, however, he had moved to Washington Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. One of the records recorded in Fayette County which proves he was a son of the Hon. John Sparks is a document dated January 20, 1807, by which he set free a Negro slave named Mark whom he states he had purchased from “my Father John Sparks, Esq., of Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey” on November 3, 1797. Isaac made his will on October 31, 1819. The will was probated on July 26, 1820, which proves that he died between these two dates. His wife, Anna, lived until December 27, 1847; she died in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and on her tombstone in Pleasant Valley near the town of Mineral City her age is given as 87 years, 9 months, and 9 days.

Isaac and Anna (Lloyd) Sparks were the parents of eight children born between about 1780 and 1800. Their names were: (1) Mary Sparks, (2) John Sparks, (3) Ephraim Sparks, born Jan. 1, 1790, (4) Isaac Sparks, (5) Joseph Sparks, (6) Anna Sparks, (7) Hannah Sparks, and (8) Clarressa Sparks. We know that two of these sons, John and Ephraim, had moved to Ohio prior to their father’s death; they lived in Tuscarawas County. We would be much interested to hear from descendants cf this family.

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SPARKS FAMILIES IN INDIANA -- 1850 CENSUS

ADDITIONS

Beginning in the June, 1959, issue of the Quarterly and running through the issue of June, 1960, we published the records of the Sparks families found on the 1850 census of Indiana. Since that time, Mrs. Heppen, our professional genealogist in Washington, has found the records of several Sparks families who were missed in our earlier search of the Indiana census of 1850.

Marion County, Indiana - 1850 Census

(In addition to the two Marion County Sparks families enumerated in the Quarterly of December, 1959, Vol. VII, No. 4, p. 448 (incorrectly numbered 348), Mrs. Heppen has found the following) —

Pike Township, enumerated October 10, 1850, by Presley Hutton.
(p. 881)

1469-1469  Sparks, William  49 (M)  Ohio  Farmer  $1000
         “      Mary  44 (F) North Carolina
       “      Amanda  20 (F) Indiana
       "      John  18 (M)      "
        “      Elmira  15 (F)      "
        “      Alfred  14 (M)      "
        “      Isaiah    8 (M)      "
`         “      Francis    6 (M)      "
        “      Samuel    3 (M)      "

Van Buren Township, enumerated August 28, 1850, by John M. Sluss.
(p. 665)
 

509-509  Crow, Isaiah W.   38  (M) Virginia $4000  
      "      Lucretia  32  (F)      "
    "      Therasia  12  (F) Indiana
    "      Joseph  10  (M)     "
    "      Esther    8  (F)     "
    "      Laura    2  (F)     "
Sparks, George  20  (M)     " Farmer
Stansberry, John  19  (M)     "      "

Indian Creek Township, District No. 132, enumerated September 19, 1850, by Sluss.
(p.710)

817-817 Sparks, William  31  (M) North Carolina  Farmer $600
       "        Nancy  31  (F)     "        "
     "        Leonard J.    8  (M)     "        "
     "        John P.    8  (M)     "        "
     "        James    5  (M)     "        "
     "        Elizabeth J.    3  (F) Indiana
     "        Nancy H.    1  (F)      "

            Ripley County, Indiana - 1850 Census

(In addition to the Ephraim Sparks family enumerated in the Quarterly of June, 1960, Vol. VIII, No. 2, p. 483, Mrs. Heppen found the following; also in Johnson Township, on page 414:)

303-305         Boswell, Garrison         25      (M)     Indiana                     Farmer
                           "        Amanda            30      (F)      Kentucky
                        Arters, Rebecca             3      (F)           "
                        Sparks, Rebecca         64      (F)     Pennsylvania

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Wayne County, Indiana - 1850 Census

(In addition to the John Sparks family enumerated in the Quarterly of June, 1960, Vol. VIII, No. 2, p. 489, Mrs. Heppen found a Daniel Spark family, as given below. She also believes that the age intended for John Sparks was 49, rather than 37, and that the name of the 12-year-old male in the family was Harman Sparks rather than Hanson; also that the 7-year-old female was named Barbary rather than Buckry; she also found that the youngest member of this family, 5-year-old Joseph, was born in Indiana, not Virginia as given on page 489. Also, John Sparks was living in Dalton Township, not Gallia Township.)

Centre Township, enumerated September 11, 1850, by John B. Still.
(p. 375)
271-271         Spark, Daniel         39     (M)     Pennsylvania                     Farmer             $1200
                            “       Rebecca    35      (F)     Virginia
                            "       Mary           14      (F)      Indiana
                            “       Sarah         12      (F)           "
                            “       Henry C.    10      (M)           "
                            "       Emily           8       (F)           "
                            “       Enos            6       (M)          "
                            “      Amanda       4       (F)           "
                            “      Stephen       2       (M)          "

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

It is a pleasure to report the names of twenty new members of The Sparks Family Association. These are our new members since June, 1962.

Brown, John Terry, 1042 East Currahee, Toccoa, Georgia.
Deatherage, Miss Marie L., 1706 South 10th Ave., Yakiina, Washington.
Ellis, Marion, 503 Center Ave., Janesville, Wisconsin.
Forsyth, Phyllis Lynn, St. David, Arizona.
Jamieson, Mrs. Elsie J., 304 Sycamore St., Falls Church, Virginia.
Nickell, Mrs. Olive, Driggs, Idaho.
Oswald, Mrs. Lucy Harper, 1809 Greystone Rd., N.W., Atlanta 18, Georgia.
Park, J. C., Jr., 2519 39th St., Lubbock, Texas.
Sparks, Dalphon Clinton, P.O. Box 653, Springer, New Mexico.
Sparks, H. J., Rt. 1, Box 114, Brookings, Oregon.
Sparks, Hyrum Morgan, 1608 Belmont, Boise, Idaho.
Sparks, Jack R., 2404 - 41st St., Snyder, Texas.
Sparks, James D., 7331 W. Green Lake Drive, North, Seattle 3, Washington.
Sparks, John Lee, North Jackson Ave., Russeliville, Alabama.
Sparks, Larry Petree, 609 East Lawrence St., Russellville, Alabama.
Sparks, Miss Mona, 160 Dodge Drive, Nashville, Tennessee.
Sparks, Richard Ralph, 1914 Yancey Ave., Montgomery 7, Alabama.
Sparks, Willard Morris, Flemingsburg, Kentucky.
Thomas, Mrs. Delia Sparks, 2645 S.W. 43rd St., Oklahoma City 19, Oklahoma.
Williams, Mrs. Catherine Sparks, 270 Peachtree Hills Ave., N.E., Apt. D, Atlanta 5, Georgia.
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