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. XI, NO. 1   MARCH, 1963
WHOLE NO. 41a

 
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JAMES SPARKS (1813-1903)

SON OF RICHARD AND ANNA (SMITH) SPARKS

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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 organi- zation devoted to the assembling of and preserving 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.

THE DESCENDANTS OF JAMES SPARKS (1813-1903)

OF WRIGHT COUNTY, MISSOURI

By James L. Sparks

In the September, 1962, issue of The Sparks Quarterly, beginning on page 661, appeared an abstract of the documents on file in the National Archives relating to the application of Anna Sparks for bounty land. This claim was based on the service of her husband, Richard Sparks, in the War of 1812. One of the children of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks was James Sparks, born July 4, 1813. The following article represents an attempt to trace the descendants of James Sparks. Although my name appears above as the author of this sketch, I actually deserve credit only for compiling the data in this order. The persons who deserve most of the credit are my grandfather, A. B. Sparks, who spent many years gathering material on the family; Mrs. J. B. (Rosa) Sparks of Parsons, Kansas, who carefully preserved my grandfather’s records and made them available to me, and Mr. William F. Arnall, of Hartville, Missouri. In fact, Mr. Arnall deserves more credit than anyone else because he has been gathering genealogical material on the Sparks family for many years. He also deserves much credit for his labor and foresight in protecting Wright County cemeteries and burial places of members of the Sparks family. In a number of instances, he has personally purchased grave markers to mark the burial places of our people. I should like to take this means of thanking Mr. Arnall publicly for his hospitality to me as a guest in his home while I gathered data on the clan. I think the Association as well as all of the descendants of “Uncle Jimmie Sparks” owe Mr. Arnall an eternal Thank You. I also wish to thank the many living grandchildren of James Sparks who have helped in the compilation of this article. I shall be most grateful to any member of the S.F.A. for further information on the ancestors, descendants, and brothers and sisters of James Sparks. Please send your communications to:  James L. Sparks, Box 4601 State Capitol Building, Lincoln 9, Nebraska.

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James Sparks, son of Richard and Anna (Smith) Sparks, was born on July 4, 1813, in Iredell County, North Carolina, and died on Jarch 10, 1903, at Hartville, Wright County, Missouri. He was buried in the Mt. Zion (Pinchem) Cemetery, ten miles east of Hartville. In the past there has been 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) seventy-nine 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 twenty-four years old in 1837; that he enlisted in February, 1837, for one year at Chattanooga, 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 that he had been born in Iredell County, North Carolina. He stated that after the war he lived in Hamilton County, Tennessee, for two years, then in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, for four years, and then in Wright County, Missouri, for fifty years. For many years James Sparks was Justice of the Peace in the town of Hartville, in Wright County.

James Sparks was married four times. He married first, in 1837 in Tennessee, Elizabeth Matthews who died in 1844. She was buried in the Nunn Cemetery two miles east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri. James Sparks married, second, Delilah E. Seagraves who died in 1888. (A portrait of Delilah (Seagraves) Sparks appears below.) James Sparks married, third, Sarah L. Hutsell; they were divorced between 1892 and 1894. He married, fourth, Mary Aim Bivian in 1894. James Sparks had children only by his first two wives.

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Delilah (Seagraves) Sparks

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James Sparks and his first wife, Elizabeth Matthews, had two children:

        I. Mary (Polly) Ann Sparks, born August 4, 1840, in Bledsoe County, Tennessee.
       II. James Richard Sparks, born July 24, 1841, in Laclede County, Missouri.

James Sparks and his second wife, Delilah Seagraves, had the following children, all born four miles east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri.

       III. Martha Jane Sparks, born September 10, 1854.
       IV. William (Bill) Gray Sparks, born about 1856.
        V. Elizabeth Carolina (Caroline) Sparks, born January 8, 1859.
       VI. Thomas J. Sparks, born May 26, 1861.
      VII. Sarah Louisa Sparks, born May 26, 1862 (or 1864).
     VIII. Jacob Baylor Sparks, born December 24, 1866.
       IX. Alfred (or Allord) Burton Sparks, born June 26, 1869.
        X. Missouri Evalyn Sparks, born November 20, 1872 (or 1867-68).

I. Mary (Polly) Ann Sparks, eldest child of James and Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks, was born August 4, 1840, in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, and died on February 28, 1917, at her home five miles north of Norwood, Wright County, Missouri, and was buried in the Mt. Zion (Pinchem) Cemetery ten miles east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri. She was married, first, in 1860 to Baylor B. B. Calhoun who died during the Civil War; he was a private in Company B, 8th Missouri Cavalry, and was hospitalized in the Veterans Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas, at the time of his death on April 27, 1865.  He was buried in the Little Rock National Cemetery. Mary (Polly) Ann Sparks had one child by her first husband, a daughter who died as an infant. She married, second, the Rev. Malroy (Mat) Jackson Arnall, who was born Oct. 13, 1847, and died March 21, 1916. There were no children by this marriage.

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The Rev. Malroy and Mary (Polly) Ann (Sparks) Arnall

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II. James Richard Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks, was born July 24, 1841, in Laclede County, Missouri. He was a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. His discharge, dated June 9, 1865, and signed by Capt. J. S. Hanilton, reveals that he was a corporal in Capt. Dalrymple’s company (G) in the 24th Regiment of Missouri Infantry Volunteers. He had been enrolled on May 4, 1862, to serve three years. He was described as being five feet, five inches tall, of a light complexion, with blue eyes, light hair, and he was a farmer by occupation. James Richard Sparks died at his home five miles north of Norwood, Wright County, Missouri, on March 8, 1894, and was buried in the Curtis Cemetery north of Norwood. He was married twice. He married, first, in October, 1860, Sarah Louisa Barnett, daughter of William and Margaret Jane (Sanders) Barnett; she was born April 23, 1845, and died March 7, 1875, five miles north of Norwood. She was also buried in the Curtis Cemetery. James Richard Sparks married, second, Susan Ann Abshere, on October 18, 1876. She was born in 1846. James Richard Sparks and his first wife, Sarah Louisa Barnett, were the parents of the following children:

1. Mary Ann Sparks, daughter of James Richard and Sarah Louisa (Barnett) Sparks, was born Nov. 20, 1864,  east of Hartville, Wight County, Missouri. She died Aug. 11, 1869, in the fifth year of her age.
2. Margaret Jane Sparks, daughter of James Richard and Sarah Louisa (Barnett) Sparks, was born Jan. 11, 1867,  east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri. She died Jan. 6, 1904, in Mansfield, Missouri. In 1883, she married Isaac Newton Arnall who was born Nov. 15, 1862, in Franklin County, Missouri, and died March 9, 1938, at Hartville, Missouri. They were the parents of the following children:
(1) A. J. Arnall, born April 23, l886; died as an infant on Sept. 10, 1887.
(2) George W. Arnall, born Aug. 13, 1887; died Oct. 10, 1923.
(3) Benjamin H. Arnall, born May 26, 1889; married Minnie A. Roberts.
(4) William L. Arnall, born June 23, 1891; died Oct. 20, 1892.
(5) William F. Arnall, born March 13, 1895, at Mansfield, Wright County, Missouri. He now lives at Eartville. He was originally named Willie Finas Sparks, but he states that “everybody except the family call me William. I did not like the name Willie, so just assumed the name William.” He was married on April 18, 1920, in Parsons, Kansas, to Beatrice G. Piatt, daughter of Charles H. and Elizabeth (McAfee) Piatt. She
was born Dec. 25, 1901, in Washington County, Ohio. Mr. Arnall served in the U.S. Army during World War I. He enlisted on May 1, 1918, in the 66th Operating Engineers with which unit he went to France; be  returned to the United States in August, 1919, and was honorably discharged on Aug. 19, 1919. A portrait of Mr. Arnall taken while he was a soldier in France appears on the following page.
(6) Bessie A. Arnall, born Feb. 27, 1898; died Dec. 14, 1916.
(7) Dewey W. Arnall, born Sept. 12, 1899; died March 5, 1900.
(8) Frank Arnall, born April 2, 1901; married Anna Phillips.
3. William B. Sparks, son of James Richard arid Sarah Louisa (Barnett) Sparks, was born May 24, 1870, east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri, and died as an infant on July 14, 1871.
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W. F. Arnall, American Soldier in France in 1918

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 4. James Alfred Sparks, son of James Richard and Sarah Louisa (Barnett) Sparks, was born Dec. 27, 1871, east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri, and died on Dec. 11, 1946. He was married on March 16, 1892, to Verba Jane Spencer, daughter of John Spencer, who was born May 20, 1867, in Roane County, Tennessee, and died on October 30, 1954. They were the parents of the following children, all born at Norwood, Wright County, Missouri, except Isaac who was born in Arkansas.
(1) James Richard Sparks, born Jan.15, 1893; married Lillie York.
(2) Sarah Louisa Sparks, born Jan. 15, 1893 (twin); married on March 18, 1912, Dave Loyd.
(3) Susan Arm Sparks, born Aug. 31, 1895; married Jesse Dear.
(4) Isaac Clarence Sparks, born May 23, 1898; he married, first, on Dec. 24, 1917, Clara Bell Foster; hemarried, second, in 1941, Mattie Johnson.
(5) Margaret Jane Sparks, born Feb. 16, 1903; married Nov. 23, 1919, Marion Harrison Sanders.
(6) William G. Sparks, born July 20, 1904.; married in Sept., 1925, Jeipha Anderson.
(7) Mary Elizabeth Sparks, born Oct. 15, 1905; married, first, on Aug. 14, 1925, Fredrick Garner; marriedsecond, on Oct. 6, 1951, Carl Leeper.
(8) Joseph Jackson Sparks, born March 8, 1907; married Elizabeth Coffman
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(9) May Belle Sparks, born May 1, 1908; married Linus Dake.
(10) Francis Melvina Sparks, born May 26, 1910; married in Sept., 1952, Bedford Cobb.
5. Andrew Jackson (Jack) Sparks, son of James Richard and Sarah Louisa (Barnett) Sparks, was born Jan. 1, 1874, east of Hartvil1e, Wright County, Missouri; he died in 1950. He married Frances M. Moore, who was born Oct. 30, 1876, and died in 1947. They were the parents of the following children:
                        (1) George A. Sparks, born Sept. 26, 1896.
                        (2) Dicea L. Sparks, born March 25, 1899.
                        (3) Leo Sparks, born June 27, 1903.
                        (4) John W. Sparks, born Oct. 24, 1904.
                        (5) Mary M. Sparks, born Feb. 21, 1907.
                        (6) William H. Sparks, born Dec. 20, 1908.
                        (7) Martha A. Sparks, born May 8, 1911.
                        (8) Louisa J. Sparks, born Aug. 20, 1913.
                        (9) Floyd E. Sparks, born Aug. 26, 1916.
                      (10) Lora Bell Sparks, born Dec. 13, 1918.

James Richard Sparks and his second wife, Susan Ann Abshere, were the parents of the following children:

6. John Anderson Smith Sparks, son of James Richard and Susan Ann (Abshere) Sparks, was born Sept. 28,  1878, north of Norwood, Wright County, Missouri. He is a member of The Sparks Family Association and lives at Norwood, Missouri. He was married on March 10, 1907, to Vernie Ellen Raney, who was born April  22, 1888. They were the parents of the following children:
                        (1) Nellie Sparks, born March 4, 1915.
                        (2) Bob Sparks, born Feb. 8, 1918.
                        (3) Beulah J. Sparks, born July 30, 1920.
                        (4) May Del Sparks, born July 31, 1929.
                        (5) Doris Sparks, born Feb. 2, 1931.
7. Sarah L. Sparks, daughter of James Richard and Susan Ann (Abshere) Sparks, was born Feb. 28, 1881,  north of Norwood, Wright County, Missouri, and died Nov. 9, 1946. She married in February, 1900,  Marve Dugger or Dugar.
8. William Brody Gray Sparks, son of James Richard and Susan Ann (Abshere) Sparks, was born Jan. 26, 1883, north of Norwood, Wright County, Missouri, and died Nov. 6, 1959. He married Dec. 19, 1907, Elizabeth Owens.

9. Lizza Sparks, daughter of James Richard and Susan Ann (Abshere) Sparks, was born Apr. 25, 1885, north of Norwood, Wright County, Missouri. She died as an infant, about two years old.

10. Mellisa Evelyn Sparks, daughter of James Richard and Susan Ann (Abshere) Sparks, was born Aug. 31, 1887, north of Norwood, Wright County, Missouri, and is now living at 801 Morris Ave., Mt. Grove,  Missouri. She was married on March 16, 1909, to Elias Montgomery Fletcher, who was born Jan. 18, 1883, and died on Nov. 17, 1957. They were the parents of the following children:
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(Children of Mellisa Evelyn Sparks and her husband, Elias Montgomery Fletcher:)
                        (1) Ruth Susan Fletcher, born Jan. 9, 1910.
                        (2) Rancle Lowell Fletcher, born Oct. 22, 1911.
                        (3) John Wilton Fletcher, born May 15, 1913.
                        (4) Edna Pauline Fletcher, born Dec. 19, 1915.
                        (5) Clinton Fred Fletcher, born July 21, 1920.
11. Rosetta Sparks, daughter of James Richard and Susan Ann (Abshere) Sparks, was born Feb. 4, 1890, north  of Norwood, Wright County, Missouri. She is now living in California. She married Pete Ussery.
III. Martha Jane Sparks, daughter of James and Delilah (Seagraves) Sparks, was born four miles east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri, on September 10, 1854. She died on May 28, 1926, at her home in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery at Springfield. She was married about 1879 to James Benjamin Freeman, who was born in Kentucky on March 28, 1861; he was a son of James Benjamin Hile Freeman; he died January 3, 1939, and was also buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery. They were the parents of the following children:
1. James Thomas Hile Freeman, son of James B. and Martha Jane (Sparks) Freeman, was born March 5, 1880, east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri. He is now living in Springfield, Missouri. In the spring of 1905 he was married to Taney Beatrice Staples. They had the following children:
                        (1) Thomas E. Freeman.
                        (2) James G. Freeman.
                        (3) Bessie E. Freeman.
                        (4) Opal Delillah Freeman.
                        (5) Florance A. Freeman.
2. Sarah Delilah Elizabeth Freeman, daughter of James B. and Martha Jane (Sparks) Freeman, was born March  30, 1883, east of Hartville, Missouri. She died Oct. 14, 1959. On Dec. 12, 1906, she married Charles D. Mills.

3. Willis J. K. B. Freeman, son of James B. and Martha Jane (Sparks) Freeman, was born March 30, 1883, east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri.   He died on January 18, 1893, when the family home burned.

4. Edward C. Freeman, son of James B. and Martha Jane (Sparks) Freeman, was born Nov. 18, 1886, east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri. He died on January 18, 1893, when the family home burned.

5. Mary A. Freeman, daughter of James B. and Martha Jane (Sparks) Freeman, was born June 30, 1868, east  of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri, and died Nov. 25, 1889.

IV. William (Bill) Gray Sparks, son of James and Delilah (Seagraves) Sparks, was born in Wright County, Missouri, about 1856. He died on December 1, 1891, in Wright County, Missouri, and was buried in the Mt. Zion (Pinchem) Cemetery near Hartville, Wright County, Missouri. He married Aliäe Frances (Fannie) Jackson, who was born June 20, 1859, in Wright County. She died June 20, 1940, in Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont. She was a daughter of Dr. William and Sally (Walker) Jackson. Following the death of William Gray Sparks, she married Amos Perry Smalley. William Gray and Alice Frances (Jackson) Sparks were the parents of the following children:

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(Children of William Gray and Alice Frances (Jackson) Sparks:)

1. William Sparks, son of William Gray and Alice Frances (JaQkson) Sparks, was born before 1881 at Hartville, Wright County, Missouri. He died at birth.
2. Lizzie Sparks, daughter of William Gray and Alice Frances (Jackson) Sparks, was born before 1881 at Hartville, and  died at birth.
3. Lillian Margrett Sparks, daughter of William Gray and Alice Frances (Jackson) Sparks, was born Feb. 18, 1881, at  Hartville, Missouri, and is now living at Oroville, California. She was married on July 2, 1897, to James Earl Church; she married, second, William Chester Carnes.
4. John William Sparks, son of William Gray and Alice Frances (Jackson) Sparks, was born Jan. 29, 1884, at Hartville,  Missouri. He is now living in Tanganoxie, Kansas. He married Elizabeth Southland in 1907.
5. James Richard Sparks, son of William Gray and Allce Frances (Jackson) Sparks, was born in 1886, at Hartville,  Missouri.

6. Della Lulu Sparks, daughter of William Gray and Alice Frances (Jackson) Sparks, was born Nov. 20, 1888, at  Hartville, Missouri. She is now living in Canon City, Colorado. Her husband’s name is W. D. Rule.

7. Ada Sarah Sparks, daughter of William Gray and Alice Frances (Jackson) Sparks, was born Jan. 19, 1890, in Hartville, Missouri. She is now living at 233 Coffinan St., Longmont, Colorado. She was married on Dec. 25, 1910, to Elmer Claude Akers. They are the parents of the following children:

                (1) Anna Belle Akers, born Jan. 2, 1912.
                (2) William Claude Akers, born Nov. 9, 1913.
                (3) Ada Bessie Akers, born Oct. 3, 1916.
                (4) Stephen C. Akers, born Aug. 22, 1923.
                (5) Alice Bonita Akers, born Dec. 3, 1932.
8. Benjamin Gray Sparks, son of William Gray and Alice Frances (Jackson) Sparks, was born in 1891, in Hartville,  Missouri; he died in 1903.
V. Elizabeth Carolina (Caroline) Sparks, daughter of James and Delilah (Seagraves) Sparks, was born four miles east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri, on January 8, 1859. She died in Kansas City, Kansas, on November 21, 1927, and was buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas. She married John D. Glenn, who was born in Tennessee on May 25, 1845; he was a son of William and Sarah (Allison) Glenn. He died November 8, 1912, in Kansas City and was also buried there in the Maple Hill Cemetery. They were the parents of the following children.
1. Jacob Lee (Jake) Glenn, son of John D. and Elizabeth Carolina (Sparks) Glenn, was born in Wright County, Missouri,  on July 17, 1886; he died Nov. 8, 1947. He never married.
2. Martha Catherine (Katy) Glenn, daughter of John D. and Elizabeth Carolina (Sparks) Glenn, was born in Wright  County, Missouri, on Aug. 4, 1888.  She is now living in San Diego, California. On Aug. 14, 1924, she married  William Wiley.
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3. James Hose Webb Glenn, son of John D. and Elizabeth Carolina (Sparks) Glenn, was born in Wright County,         Missouri, date not known. He died as an infant.
4. Hester Ann (Ester) Glenn, daughter of John D. and Elizabeth Carolina (Sparks) Glenn, was born in Wright County, Missouri, on July 13, 1902.  She is now living in El Cajon, California. She married Edward Lee (Jack) Whittaker on Sept. 14, 1918.

5. Andrew Farmer Glenn, son of John D. and Elizabeth Carolina (Sparks) Glenn, was born in Wright County, Missouri, date not known. He died when three years of age.

VI. Thomas J. Sparks (some descendants believe his middle name was Jackson while others believe it was Jefferson), son of James and Delilah (Seagraves) Sparks, was born four miles east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri, on May 26, 1861. He died on Feb. 1, 1937, at his home in Chanu-te, Neosho County, Kansas, and was buried in the Elrnwood Cemetery there. He was married twice. His first wife’s name was Nancy Caudle and by her he had three children. Following the death of his first wife, he married, second, Amanda Elizabeth Grogan, daughter of Ambros Marion and Caroline (Owens) Grogan. She was born November 30, 1881, in Hartyule, Missouri, and is now living at Chanute, Kansas. Thomas J. and Nancy (Caudle) Sparks had the following children:
1. Fred Ellis Sparks, son of Thomas J. and Nancy (Caudle) Sparks, was born in Hartville, Missouri, on October 4, 1892, and died in the Wadsworth Veterans Hospital in Wadsworth, Kansas. He was buried at Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas. He was married on Nov. 5, 1921, to Grace Belle Scott, daughter of William Emmett and Prudence (Johnson) Scott. She is now living in Wichita, Kansas. They were the parents of:
(1) Gerald Edward Sparks, born Dec. 17, 1922, in Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas.
(2) Noel Emmett Sparks, born Aug. 29, 1924, in Chanute, Kansas.
(3) Merrol Ellis Sparks, born Aug. 7, 1927, in Elgin, Chautauqua County, Kansas.
2. Mary Delilah Sparks, daughter of Thomas J. and Nancy (Caudle) Sparks, was born probably in 1893 in Hartville  and died as a child in May, 1899.
3. Docia Bell Sparks, daughter of Thomas J. and Nancy (Caudle) Sparks, was born on Dec. 15, 1894, in Hartville,  Missouri; she died July 4, 1961. She married Nov. 24, 1911, Jessie Howard Rush.
By his second wife, Amanda E. Grogan, Thomas J. Sparks had the following children:

4. John Marion Sparks, son of Thomas J. and Amanda E. (Grogan) Sparks, was born at Mansfield, Wright County, Missouri, on Jan. 29, 1902, and is now living in Orient, Iowa. On April 26, 1937, he married Moiley Grasmick. They have an adopted daughter.

5. Ruth Margaret Sparks, daughter of Thomas J. and Amanda K (Grogan) Sparks, was born at Mansfield, Wright County, Missouri, on Feb. 14, 1905, and is now living in Fresno, California. On April 14, 1920, she was married  to Elijah Clifford Caudle, son of William Hughes and Mattie (Forest) Caudle; he was born in Norwood. Missouri on Jan. 19, 1899. They are the parents of the following children:

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(Children of Elijah C. and Ruth Margaret (Sparks) Caudie:)
(1) Clifford Eugene Caudle, born Aug. 23, 1921, in Norwood, Missouri; he married Bette Jean Schulte on Nov.18, 1943.
(2) Robert Morris Caudle, born Nov. 30, 1922, in Chanute, Kansas; he married Willamae Derryberry on June 2, 1949.
 (3) William Leroy Caudle, born Aug. 7, 1924, in Waco, Texas; he married Irene Johnson on June 3, 1959.
(4) Nina Ruth Caudle, born Nov. 4, 1934, in Waco, Texas, and died as an infant on Nov. 11, 1934.
6. Hazel Lorene Sparks, daughter of Thomas J. and Ainanda E. (Grogan) Sparks was born at Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, on July 1, 1907, and is now living in Chanute, She married Clifford Ruben Holman on Jan. 3, 1927. He was born July 29, 1905. They have one Son:

(1) Donald Eugene Holinan, born Feb. 25, 1929, in Leanna, Allen County, Kansas. He married Dorothy June Phillips on Feb. 27, 1949.

7. Howard Joseph Sparks, son of Thomas J. and Axnanda E. (Grogan) Sparks, was born in Chanute, Kansas, on Dec.14, 1911, and is now living in Fresno, California. He is unmarried.
8. Ethel Lucille Sparks, daughter of Thomas J. and Amanda E. (Grogan) Sparks, was born in Chanute, Kansas, on Dec.2, 1913, and died as a child on Oct. 11, 1922.
9. Thelma Frances Sparks, daughter of Thomas J. and Amanda E. (Grogan) Sparks, was born in Chanute, Kansas, on  Feb. 5, 1919, and is still living. She married, first, Lester Rathburn; second, John L. Verhelst.

10. Effie Marie Sparks, daughter of Thomas J. and Amanda E. (Grogan) Sparks, was born in Chanute, Kansas, on June  23, 1921, and still lives in Chanute. She was married to Donald Clifford Cornell on June 26, 1936.

11. Harold Wayne Sparks, son of Thomas J. and Arnanda E. (Grogan) Sparks, was born in Chanute, Kansas, on Oct. 2, 1923, and still lives in Chanute. He was married to Peggy Joan Barnum on Dec,18, 1949.
VII. Sarah Louisa Sparks, daughter of James and Delilah K. (Seagraves) Sparks, was born at her parents’ home four miles east of Hartville, Wright County, Missouri, on May 26, 1864. She died in Wright County about 1943. She married Alfred Newton (Boie) Moore; he was born in 1852 and died in 1939. They were the parents of the following children, all born near Hartville, Missouri:

        1. Sarah Aletha Moore, married Isaac Binkley.
        2. Minnie Moore, married Charley Stacey.
        3. Pearl Moore, married Arthur E. Dugger.
        4. Finis Moore, married Fannie Woods.
        5. Ora Moore, married Richard Carder.
        6. Blanche Moore.
        7. Neal Moore, married Gladis Hopkins.

VIII. Rev. Jacob Baylor Sparks, son of James and Delilah E. (Seagraves) Sparks, was born at his parents’ rural home near Hartville, Wright County, Missouri., on December 24, 1866. He died on May 1, 1947, at 2200 Hock St., Parsons, Labette County, Kansas. He was marrIed on March 5, 1894, in his sister Missouri’s home in Hartville, to Rosa Ann  Bohannon, daughter of John and Nancy (Bennett)

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Bohannon. She was born March 5, 1879, near Hartville, and is now living in Parsons, Kansas. They were the parents of the following children:

1. Josephene Ann Sparks, daughter of Jacob B. and Rosa Ann (Bohannon) SDarks, was born on Nov. 5, 1895, near  Hartville, Missouri. She was married to James Earl Garrison on March 26, 1922; he was a son of William Luther and Emma Jane (Roader) Garrison, and was born May 4, 1895. They now live in Parsons, Kansas, and are the parents of the following children:
(1) Delpha Naline Garrison was born in Skiatook, Tulsa County, Okla., on June 26, 1922; she was married on March 7, 1942, to Robert Charles Cox.
(2) Norma Rose Garrison was born in Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, on April 31, 1927; she was married on June 13, 1948, to Glen Leslie Hamilton.
(3) Glen Earl Garrison, was born in Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, on June 12, 1933; he was married on March 5, 1954, to Linda Heing.
2. Verba Edith Sparks, daughter of Jacob B. and Rosa Ann (Bohannon) Sparks, was born near Hartville, Wright  County, Missouri, on Jan. 9, 1899, and is now living in Chanute, Kansas. She was married on Feb. 24, 1923, to Rex Smith.
3. Reba Lucille Sparks, daughter of Jacob B. and Rosa Ann (Bohannon) Sparks, was born in Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas, on Nov. 5, 1905, and is now living in Chanute, Kansas. She married Fred M. Gillihan.
IX. Alfred (or Alford) Burton Sparks, son of James and Delilah K. (Seagraves) Sparks, was born at his parents’ rural home near Hartville, Wright County, Missouri, on June 26, 1869; he died on March 22, 1936, in the Oklahoma Masonic Home in Guthrie, Logan County, Okia. He was married twice. He married, first, Alabama Elizabeth Angel, on Jan, 3,1894, in Semour, Webster County, Missouri. Ho married, second, Sally Henrietta LaPrade. By his first wife he had two children:
1. Victor Ego Sparks, son of Alfred (or Alford) B. and Alabama E. (Angel) Sparks, was born east of Hartville, Missouri, on Jan. 13, 1895. He is now living in Oregon. He was married twice. He married, first, on Sept, 7, 1923, Dr. Rachel  Carlton; he married, second, Melba Day on June 10, 1939, in Reno, Nevada. The latter was born Jan. 4, 1915. Victor Ego and Rachel (Carlton) Sparks had two children:
(1) Mildred Jean Sparks, born in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 16, 1925, now living in Portland, Oregon. She married Claude Gates.
(2) James (Jim) Edward Sparks, born in Minneapolis, Mn., on Oct. 4, 1927, now lives in California. He married Janet Peoke.
2. Lester Leo Sparks, son of Alfred (or Alford) B. and Alabama E. (Angel) Sparks, was born in Seymour, Webster  County, Missouri, on April 10, 1897. He died as an infant, on June 22, 1898.
By his second wife, Sally Henrietta (LaPrade) Sparks, Alfred (or Alford) B. Sparks had the following children:
3. Alton Burnett (Jack) Sparks, son of Alfred (or Alford) and Sally H. (Laprade) Sparks, was born in Copan,  Washington County, Oklahoma, on April 9, 1905, and is now living in California. He has been married
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three times. He married, first, Florence Beulah Pope, daughter of James Milton and Frances Silas (Cantley) Pope,  daugiter of James Milton and Frances Silas (Cantley) Pope, on March 10, 1928. She was born Oct. 5, 1908, in  Perkins, Payne County, Oklahoma, and died June 20, 1929. She died at the birth of their only child. Alton B. Sparks married, second, Irene Diebler, and third, Mrs. Irene Evelyn (DeMott) Thompson. Alton Burnett and  Florence Beulah (Pope) Sparks had one child:
(1) James LaPrade Sparks, born June 20, 1929, in Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma. He now lives in  Lincoln, Nebraska and is the author of this article. He was married on May 22, 1960, to Lois Glee Parry.
Alton Barnett and Irene Evelyn (DeMott) Sparks had one child:
(2) Joe Fred Sparks, born Nov. 20, 1943, in Los Angeles, California. He is now in the U.S. Army.
4. Dalphon (Dal) Clinton Sparks, son of Alfred (or Alford) and Sally H. (LaPrade) Sparks, was born in Copan,  Washington County, Oklahoma, on April 9, 1905. He was married in Hillsboro, Sierra County, New Mexico, on  May 27, 1936, to Verna Marie Laumbach, daughter of Daniel and Emma Margaret (Henkens) Laurnbach. She  was born Oct. 8, 1909, on her parents’ ranch near Roy, Harding County, New Mexico. They live in Springer, New Mexico, and have two children:
(1) Gerald Clinton (Jerry) Sparks, born in Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico, on April 19, 1937. He  was married on June J6, 1958, to Betty Gail Miller.
(2) Janet Elaine Sparks, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Dec. 18, 1940. She was married on May 2, 1960, to Ezra David Ikenberry.
5. Mary Alice Sparks, daughter of Alfred (or Alford) and Sally H. (LaPrade) Sparks, was born on Feb. 17, 1921, in Copan, Washington County, Oklahoma. She was married on June 4, 1938, at Bernalillo, San Doval County,  New Mexico, to David Leonard Hethcoatt, son of Grover Cleveland and Belva Lockwood (Robb) Hethcoatt. He  was born April 3, 1919, at Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas. They now live at McArthur, California. They have two children:
(1) Jack Edward Hethcoatt, born Sept. 13, 1940, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
(2) Belva Jill Hethcoatt, born Dec. 17, 1943, in Collinsville, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.
X. Missouri Evalyn Sparks, daughter of James and Delilah K. (Seagraves) Sparks, was born near Hartville, Wright County,    Missouri. (She was born on November 30; some members of the family believe she was older than her brother Alfred (or  Alford) and was born in 1867 or 1868, while others believe she was born in 1872.) She died on May 19, 1947, and was  buried in the Woodland Cemetery, Compton, California. She was married four times. Her first husband’s name was  Andrew Caudle; her second husband ‘was Neil Duggan; her third husband was Robert Holt; and her four husband’s name  was Simpson. By her first husband, Missouri Evalyn Sparks had two chiluren:
1. Gertrude Caudle, daughter of Andrew and Missouri Evalyn (Sparks) Caudle, was born April 3, 1893, in Wright County, Missouri. She now lives in Willowbrook, California. She married R. B. Spencer.
2. Elsie Caudle, daughter of Andrew and Missouri Evalyn (Sparks) Caudle, was born in Wright County, Missouri. She married a man named Robb.
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By Her second husband, Neil Duggan, Missouri Evalyn Sparks had two children:

3. Minta Duggan, daughter of Neil and Missouri Evalyn (Sparks) Duggan, was born February 9, 1900, in Wright  County, Missouri; she married a man named Brown.
4. William Theodore Duggan, son of Neil and Missouri Evalyn (Sparks) Duggan, was born in 1903, in Okinulgee  County, Oklahoma. He is no longer living.


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DESCENDANTS OF R. T. SPARKS TO HOLD FAMILY REUNION

On Sunday, August 4, 1963, the descendants of Robert Thomas Sparks, a pioneer settler of Denton County, Texas, will hold their annual reunion at the Denton City Park. All members of this branch of the Sparks family are urged to attend. At last year’s reunion there were over one hundred family members present.

Robert Thomas Sparks was born September 14, 1848, and died in Denton, Texas, on April 15, 1925. His parents were Stephen and Elizabeth J. (Levi) Sparks, who were married in Allen County, Kentucky, on June 3, 1843. Stephen Sparks joined the Union Army early in the Civil War and died at Pittsburg, Tennessee, on April 15, 1862, as a result of wounds received on the battle field. In 1866, his widow applied for a pension and listed those of her children who were then under sixteen years of age as follows: John S. Sparks, born July 13, 1851; William W. Sparks, born April 10, 1854; Margaret K. Sparks, born November 25, 1857; and Mary V. Sparks, born June 26, 1860. In later records, the daughter Margaret K. was called Louisa M. K. Sparks, and the daughter Mary V. was called Mary E. V. Sparks. Census records indicate there was also a daughter named Amanda C. Sparks who was born about 1846, as well as the eldest son, Robert Thomas Sparks.

As a young man, Robert Thomas Sparks, son of Stephen and Elizabeth J. (Levi) Sparks, moved to Missouri and later to Denton County, Texas. He was married twice. His first wife was Amanda Caroline Collins, whom he married in Bakersfield, Missouri, on November 19, 1876. She was the daughter of John Bunyon and Ruth Elizabeth Collins; she was born in Tennessee on February 20, 1851, and died in Denton, Texas, on June 11, 1888. On January 27, 1889, Robert Thomas Sparks married, second, Ruth Isabel Collins, sister of his first wife.

By his first wife, Robert Thomas Sparks had four children:
                1. George Warren Sparks, born October 13, 1879.
                2, Mary Olie Sparks, born December 1, 1881.
                3. Thomas Luther Sparks, born September 13, 1884.
                4. Lotta Ethel Sparks, born November 2, 1886.

By his second wife, Robert Thomas Sparks had six children:
                5. John Stephen Sparks, born August 25, 1890.
                6. William Franklin Sparks, born August 27, 1892.
                7. Ruth Elizabeth Sparks, born September 10, 1895.
                8. Amanda Carolyn Sparks, born April 6, 1898.
                9. Gilford Raymond Sparks, born Oct. 11, 1900.
              10. Milbra June Sparks, born January 19, 1903.

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SPARKS MARRIAGES IN KENTUCKY (1776-1870)

By Paul E. Sparks

(Editor’s Note: Paul E. Sparks, President of The Sparks Family Association, has been gathering Kentucky records pertaining to the Sparks family for many years. Beginning with this issue of the Quarterly, he will provide a list of extant marriage records relating to persons named Sparks preserved among Kentucky county records, prior to about 1870. As he explains below, many marriages in early Kentucky were never recorded, especially was this true prior to about 1817. In general, these data have been taken from three sources: (1) Paul’s own visits to numerous court houses where he has searched the marriage record files; (2) the Filson Club where most of the research was done by Annie Walker Burns who relied on clerks, acquaintances, student help, etc., and (3) miscellaneous sources. Of the one hundred counties in Kentucky in 1850, Paul reports that he has marriage records at present from only forty.   Nevertheless, we are confident that, though they are not complete, the records which follow will be invaluable to many Sparks descendants.)

Although Kentucky was included as a part of Virginia as early as 1584 when Sir Walter Raleigh received the charter for “Virginia,” it was not until 1776 that it was officially designated as Kentucky County, Virginia. Four years later, Kentucky County was subdivided into three counties, Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln--all eventually to be further divided until Kentucky would have a total of 120 counties. Kentucky became a state in 1792.

The first marriages recorded in Kentucky were performed under the laws of Virginia. Typical of the early laws were those enacted by the Virginia General Assembly in October 1784 which were as follows:

        1. Any minister of the Gospel in regular communion with any society of Christians could celebrate the rites of matrimony
between any persons who could produce a marriage license.
        2. The Governor of Virginia could charge fifteen pence f or issuing the marriage license, and the minister could charge two shillings for performing the marriage ceremony.
        3. The minister was required to produce ministerial credentials, take an oath of allegiance to the Virginia commonwealth, and make a bond of 500 pounds lawful current money.
        4. All marriages must be done in church except in cases of necessity.
        5. Banns were required to be published on three Sundays at the time of divine service.
        6. Marriages could be performed only between the hours of 8 A.M. and 12 noon.
        7. The consent of the parents was required if the parties were under 21 years of age and the consent of the master was required in the case of servants.
        8. Guns could be shot at the celebration of a marriage.
        9. Ministers were required to keep a register of all christenings, marriages, and burials.

When Kentucky became a state in 1792, the marriage laws followed, in the main, those of the parent state, Virginia. However, in 1799, the marriage laws were modified to permit members of the county courts to perform the marriage ceremony if there were insufficient ordained ministers to give the service. In addition, the groom was required to give a bond that his family would not become a charge on the state.

With the numerous restrictions governing marriages, as well as the personal responsibilities placed upon the ministers, it is little wonder that the records of early

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marriages in Kentucky are scant, if not non-existent. R. C. Ballard Thruston, f or many years president of the Filson Club, Louisville, Kentucky, and an ardent preserver of early records, said that it was many years after Kentucky became a state before ministers began preserving the marriage records. Mr. Thruston went on to say: “Early marriage licenses were probably retained by the bride and groom, the minister who performed the ceremony making his return in the form of a list, often as not on a mere scrap of paper and sometimes covering a period of a year or two. It was many years before the custom of returning the marriage license, with proper endorsement of the officiating minister, to the county seat was followed. The first licenses and bonds were written in longhand and it was not until 1817 that printed forms were supplied to the counties, after which the longhand ones gradually ceased.”

ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS (1801-187O)--Filson Club

        Sarah Sparks & Lazarus Isaac, April 12, 1806. Father: William.
        Elizabeth Sparks & Thomas Bristoe, October 6, 1806. Father: William; Mother: Mary.
        Selah Sparks & Nathan Whittemore, Dec. 1, 1808. Bondsman: Matthew Sparks.
        Elijah Sparks & Rosy Bailey, December 14, 1814. Father: William.
        John Sparks & Nancy Barnes, August 20, 1816. Father: William. Bondsmen: Matthew Sparks and J. Abell.
        Catherine Sparks & Scotland McGlosson, Feb. 7, 1824. He a son of Joseph and Doshia McGlosson; she a daughter of
                William Sparks. Bondsmen: Jehue Sparks and William Barnes.
        Cynthy Sparks & Spencer Jones, March 16, 1824. Father: William. Bondsman: Elijah King.
        Truelove Sparks & Nancy Hall, December 21, 1826. Mother: Elizabeth. Bondsman: G. W. Taylor.
        Josiah Sparks & Anna Gilkey, October 18, 1827. Father: Jonathan. Bondsman: G. W. Taylor.
        Jane Sparks & Thomas C. Wright, October 14, 1828. Bondsman: G. W. Taylor.
        Sally Sparks & Samuel Rose, November 18, 1830. Father: Matthew.
        Polly Sparks & Timothy England, April 12, 1832. Bondsman: Spencer Jones.
        Nancy A. Sparks & William Roberts, June 4, 1836. Father: Matthew.
        William W. Sparks & Lucinda Gibson, Aug. 22, 1841. Bondsman: Jno. M. Blair.
        Thomas Sparks & Mary Ann Jones, December 31, 1841. Bondsman: Spencer Jones.
        Patsey Jane Sparks & Wm, W. Berry, December 31, 1842. Father: Matthew R. Bondsman: Spencer Jones.
        Catherine Sparks & Zachariah Collins, December 17, 1842.
        Jane Sparks & Michael Loy, January 19, 1842. Father: Thomas.
        Mary Ann Sparks & Benj. Wilcox, Nov. 6. 1843. Father: Matthew, Bondsman: Spencer Jones.
        Mary M. Sparks & Wm. Hill, January 15, 1846. Bondsman: John S. Noble.
        Josiah J. Sparks & Harriett Powell, October 8, 1846. Bondsman: S. Simpson.
        Sarah A. Sparks & Sidney Murrah, December 8, 1846, Bondsman: John S. Noble.
        Jeremiah Sparks & Frances J. Janes, May 6, 1847. Bondsman: S. Jones.
        John R. Sparks & Pricilla Reece, May 6, 1847. Bondsman: Spencer Jones.
        Joseph Sparks & Elizabeth Wilson, January 7, 1847. Bondsman: Nath. Wilson.
        Matthew Sparks & Elizabeth Mosby, March 26, 1849.
        Nancy Sparks & Jordon England, January 9, 1849. Bondsman: Spencer Jones.
        Matthew Sparks & Mary A. McNeeley, March 26, 1849. Bondsman: Spencer Jones.
        Joseph Sparks & Elizabeth Dooley, 1849.
        Oney Emily Sparks & Thanas Aarons, October 31, 1852. He aged 22, born in Green County, Term.; she aged 21.
        Polly E. Sparks & Dan England, December 29, 1853. He aged 22; she aged 17.
        Sarah C. Sparks & John M. Smith, November 22, 1853. He aged 25; she aged 25.
        Martha C. Sparks & Austin Loy, September 4, 1867. He son of Manerva Loy; she daughter of Josiah Sparks.

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ADAIR COUNTY MARRIAGE BONDS, CONTINUED

        Matthew Sparks & Juliet E. Akin, January 21, 1868. He aged 34 the 25th of this month, born in Adair County, 2d marriage; she aged 24, daughter of Joseph K. Akin.

ALLEN COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS (18l5-l865)--Filson Club

        Stephen Sparks & Elizabeth J. Levi, June 3, 1843. Bondsman: Z. B. Thackston.

BOURBON COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS (1785-l866)--Copied by Paul E. Sparks.

George Sparks & Elizabeth Wells, June 14, 1790. (Book I, page 8) Father: Richard. Bondsman: Wm, Paren.
John Sparks & Caty Waddel, August 22, 1792. (Book I, page 23)
Joseph Sparks & Anne Wilson, January 19, 1797. (Book I, page 35)
Micha Sparks & Benjmin (Benjamin?)Stokes, April 30, 1815. (Book 2, page 53)
Nancy Sparks & Stephen Barton, June 10, 1814. (Book 2, page 56)
William Sparks & Sarah Barton, January 15, 1815. (Book 2, page 56)
Fanny Sparks & Augustus Forsythe, January 17, 1819. (Book 2, page 67)
Polly Sparks & Robert Mclntire, February 18, 1921. (Book 2, page 76)
William Sparks & Eliza Barton, September 21, 1826. (Book 2, page 90)
Charlotte Sparks & Thomas W. Gerrard, September 4, 1827. (Book 2, page 144)
Wesley Sparks & Jane Givens, April 8, 1828. (Book 2, page 226)
Hiram B. Sparks & Josephine Turpen, January 30, 1831. (Book 2, page 221)
Elias Sparks & Elizabeth Jane Hall, 1837.
Nancy Sparks & Charles French, 1846.
Sarah Sparks & Elijah May, 1846.
Richard Sparks & Mary E. Williams, 1864.
George W. Sparks & Harriett Connor, 1866.

[Scanner's note:  The last five couples listed above properly belong in Harrison County.  See the QUARTERLY, p.2036 for this correction together with their correct marriage dates.]

BRACKEN COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS (l796-1857)--Filson Club

        Thomas Sparks & Mahala Taylor, January 21, 1822. Married by Rev. Jeremia Lawson.

BULLITT COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS--Filson Club

        Orson Sparks & Peggy Burdett, September 3, 1811.

CALLOWAY COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS (1822-1844)--Filson Club

        Jane Sparks & John Jeffrey, February 25, 1834.
        Caroline Sparks & Thomas Bizzell, March 28, 1836.
        Burrel Sparks & Rebecca Morris, November 3, 1839.
        William Sparks & Sarah Buoy (Bailey?), January 3, 1843.
        Burrell Sparks & Minerva Woodall, December 25, 1844.

CARTER COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS (1838-1876)--Copied by Clerk

        Martha Sparks & James Litteral, October 29, 1841.
        Nelson Sparks & Margaret Mauk, March 14, 1843.

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CARTER COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS (1838-1876), CONTINUED

        James Sparks & Susanah Whitt, March 30, 1843.
        John Sparks & Emily Henderson, February 12, 1844.
        Isaac Sparks & Mary N. Jones, February 20; 1849.
        Jesse B. Sparks & Sarah Falkner, May 2, 1851.
        Hugh S. Sparks & Nancy Curnutte, April 10, 1852.
        Daniel Sparks & Elizabeth Sparks, June 15, 1852.
        Levi H. Sparks & Nancy Lawson, July 7, 1860.
        Emma Z. Sparks & John Harper, December 28, 1861.
        Sarah Sparks & Frederick Mauk, April 2, 1862.
        Martha Sparks & Jesse Briant, December 22, 1863.
        Thomas Sparks & Galena Stegall, June 30, 1864.
        Mary Sparks & John Lawson, July 12, 1864.
        Isaac Sparks & Polly Branham, January 17, 1865.
        Peter P. Sparks & Julia Cox, December 19, 1865.
        William H. Sparks & Clerrinda Harris, February 12, 1866.
        Mary E. S. Sparks & Isaac Middleton, October 14, 1866.
        Jesse Sparks & Careasey Fults, December 4, 1866.
        George W. Sparks & Rebecca Burchett, July 6, 1867.
        Manerva Sparks & Washington Boggs, February 23, 1868.
        Syntha Sparks & Arthur Prince, February 2, 1869.
        William Sparks & Malinda J. Stephens, October 2, 1873.
        Amanda Sparks & Thomas M. Clark, June 13, 1876.

CASEY COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS--Filson Club

        Elihu Sparks & Josephine Gill, July 20, 1865. He of Casey County; she of Jessamine County.

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS--Fi1son Club

        Susan Sparks & Richard Savage, March 28, 1819. Father: Thomas.
        Sally Sparks & Martin Savage, May 28, 1819.
        Aisley Sparks & James Bourland, May 6, 1820. He son of Archibald Bourland.

CLARK COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS (1793.-1868)--Copied by Paul E. Sparks

        Jenny Sparks & Francis Crouch, May 3, 1798, ~Book 1, page 25) Bondsman: Lawrence Owen.
        George Sparks & Fannie Stivers, January 27, 1800. (Book 1, page 34) Bondsman: Lawrence Owen.  [Note: Stivers corrected from Davis as per the QUARTERLY, p. 1635.]
        John Spark & Mary Bradshaw, May 9, 1804. (Book 1, page 55) Bondsman: Edward Kendred.
        William Sparks & Folly Rogers, November 26, 1805. (Book 1, page 62) Bondsman: James Quisenberry.
        Isaak Sparks & Jane Malone, April 18, 1816. (Book 1, page 152) Bondsman: John Bush.
        John William Sparks & Nancy Berry, September 23, 1868. (Book 3, page 96) Married by C. J. Vaught, M.G.,
                M.E. Church at Levi Berry’s. Witt: William Hall and Ambrose Hall.

(This compilation of Kentucky marriage records for persons named Sparks will be continued in subsequent issues of  The Sparks Quarterly.)

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DEATH TAKES MARGARET SPARKS MILLER

It is with regret that we report the passing of Margaret Sparks Miller (Mrs. Henry  J.) who died at her home in Oakland, California, on October 26, 1962, at the age of eighty-four years and eight months. Mrs. Miller was the last of the children of Joseph Spencer and Melissa C. (Eachus) Sparks, who moved from Kentucky to California in 1852. Joseph Spencer Sparks was a son of Madison and Winifred (Thomas) Sparks; Madison Sparks was a son of Henry and Lucy (Clark) Sparks. (See the Quarterly of December, 1960.) Mrs. Miller was a generous supporter of The Sparks Family Association from the date of its formation. Shortly before her final illness, she sent a detailed record of the descendants of Madison Sparks which we regret could not be prepared for publication before her death.

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DEATH TAXES WILLIAM BRADLEY SPARKS

We regret to report the death of William Bradley Sparks of Greenville, Kentucky, which occurred on September 21, 1962. Mr. Sparks had been a member of The Sparks Family Association almost from the date of its founding and was generous in his financial support. He was formerly engineer and superintendent of the Duncan Coal Company; at the tine of his death he was a director of the Kentucky Reclamation Association, composed of representatives of coal-mining companies, and was the labor relations representative of the West Kentucky Coal Producing Association. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and a member of Greenville First Presbyterian Church and Pond River Masonic Lodge No. 244, F&AM. Mr. Sparks was a son of Thomas Jefferson Sparks (born November 4, 1869, died October 27, 1946) and Monte (Oates) Sparks (born February 2, 1875, died October 29, 1951). They were married in February, 1894. William Bradley Sparks was sixty-six years of age at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hazel (Williams) Sparks, a daughter, Miss Mary Alma Sparks of Louisville, and a sister, Mrs. Guy Dennis Martin, Sr., of Greenville.

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QUERY

Mrs. A. F. Hribal, 1512 N. 12th St., Vincennes, Indiana, is seeking information regarding her Sparks ancestry. She writes as follows: “All that I have on my Sparks relationship is that Cornelius Chadwick came to this country about the middle of the 18th century and married MARY SPARKS of Connecticut. They ‘had three children: John Chadwick, George Chadwick, and Mary Chadwick. The latter was my greatgreat-grandmother. After Mary Sparks Chadwick’s husband Cornelius died, she married his brother, Asa Chadwick, and they had the following children: Hemin Chadwick, Simon Chadwick, Almond Chadwick, Scank Chadwick, and Polly Chadwick.

“Mary Sparks Chadwick died in the late 1840’s in Dubuque, Iowa. Her daughter, Mary Chadwick, was born January 19, 1795. Mary Sparks and her second husband, Asa Chadwick, were living in Cayuga County, New York, in 1810.”

Mrs. Hribal will be pleased to hear from anyone having knowledge of Mary Sparks.

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RECORDS OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS OF VIRGINIA NAMED SPARKS-SPARKES

VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY, RICHMOND

Compiled by Charles Hughes Hamlin

Pinkney A. Sparkes. Company D, 38th Regiment, Armstead’s Brigade; died of disease May 10, 1862. (Vol. 4, p. 260)

A. T. Sparks. Troop C, 4th Regiment, Fitzhugh Lee’s Brigade (W. C. Wickham); enlisted April 1862 for three years. (Vol. 8,  p. 350)

B. H. Sparks. Company D, 1st Battalion Virginia Reserves; enlisted April 1864 at Charlottesville for 11 months; Madison pension list. (Vol. 15, p. 239)

(Buck) W. J. Sparks. Company D, 1st Battalion Virginia Reserves. (Vol. 15, p. 239) (See also W. J. Sparks)

C. C. Sparks. Company G, 7th Regiment, Kemper’s Brigade; enlisted May 1861, private; died at Fort Lee and buried in Finn’ s Point National Cemetery, New Jersey. (Vol. 1, p. 369)

E. Sparks. Company D, 17th Regiment, Corse’s Brigade; enlisted April 1861 for 4 years; wounded Strasburg; Prince William. (Vol. 2, p. 289) This name may be Everett (W.) Speaks.

Gale W. Sparks. Master, Pro. Navy--”Confederate Navy”--Born in Louisiana, appointed from Louisiana; resigned as  Acting Midshipman U.S. Navy April 25, 1861-Acting Midshipman July 8, 1861; passed Midshipman Jan. 8, 1861; Master in line of promotion Provisional Navy June 2, 1864; Mississippi Defenses 1862-63; Mobile Squadron 1863-64; Charleston Squadron 1864- (Vol. 19, p. 233)

Henry T. Sparks. Company D, 1st Battalion Virginia Reserves. (Vol. 15, p. 239)

Hugh Sparks. Troop C, 16th Regiment, Cavalry Brigade. (Vol. 10, p. 546)

J. T. Sparks. Troop C, 16th Regiment, Cavalry Brigade. (Vol. 10, p. 546)

J. T. Sparks, Company G, 45th Regiment. Tazewell pension list. (Vol. 5, p. 106)

J. W. Sparks. Troop C, 4th Regiment, Fitzhugh Lee’s Brigade (W. C. Nickham); enlisted 1861; captured 1864. (Vol. 8, p. 349) (See John Sparks, below; probably the same person.)

J. W. Sparks. Troop C, 16th Reg±ment, Cavalry Brigade. Tazewell pension list. (Vol. 10, p. 546)

James Sparks. 3rd Corporal, Company D, 1st Battalion Virginia Reserves; Madison County. (Vol. 15, p. 236)

John Sparks. Troop C, 4th Regiment, Fitzhugh Lee’s Brigade (W. C. Wickham); enlisted 1861; captured 1864. (Vol. 8, p. 349) (See J. W. Sparks, above; probably the same person.)

John Sparks. Thoop C, 16th Regiment, Cavalry Brigade. (Vol. 10, p. 546)

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John Sparks. “Letchers” Battery, Pegram’s Battalion, Capt. Davidson’s (Greenlee) Battery; under remarks: “Deserted  to enemy May 1862 near Fredericksburg.” (Vol. 18, p. 282) (See next item.)

John Sparks. Brander’s Battalion; Muster Roll of Capt. Greenlee Davidson’s Company J Light Artillery from the city of  Richmond, Va.; known as the Letoher Artillery. This company was enrolled for active service at Richmond 17  February 1862. (W.D.C. 67, p. 3) (See item above.)

Jonas Sparks. Company D, 23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry. (Vol. 14, p. 440)

Jonas J. Sparks. 4th Corporal, Company C, 188th Regiment Virginia Militia; Colonel Henry S. Bowen. (Vol. 20, p. 319)

Joseph S. Sparks. Company D, 1st Battalion Virginia Reserves. (Vol. 15, p. 239)

Joshua W. Sparks. 3rd Corporal, Company C, 188th Virginia Militia; Colonel Henry S. Bowen. (Vol. 20, p. 319)

R. W. Sparks. 3rd Sergeant, Company A, 7th Regiment, Kemper’s Brigade. (Reference to Southern Historical Society  Papers, Vol. 24, pp. 361-363.) (Vol. 1, p. 336)

R. W. Sparks. Company A, 7th Regiment, Kemper’s Brigade; enlisted April 1861. (Doubtless same as above.) (Vol. 1, p. 335)

William Sparks. Company No. 2, 111th Virginia Militia; enlisted Sept. 15, 1861. (Vol. 20, p. 204)

William H. Sparks. Company No. 4, 111th Virginia Militia; enlisted Aug. 14, 1861, Warrensville. (Vol. 20, p. 206)

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MAINE SPARKS ITEMS

The following Sparks records are taken from Vital Records of Gardiner, Maine, to the year 1892, edited by Henry Sewall Webster, pubushed in Gardiner, Maine, by the Reporter-Journal Press, in 1914. Volume II.

Marriages, page 455:

        Sparkes, Bethia, of Bowdoinham, and James Williams, int. October 3, 1813.

        Sparks, Anna L., and Ora K. Hinkley, February 9, 1878.
            “       Emma M. and August Peterson, July 30, 1887.
            “       James, of Bowdoinham, and Mrs. Rachel Curtis, int., April 13, 1858.
            “       Sadie M., and Roderick McDonald, September 13, 1884, in Hallowell.
            “       William W. of Bowdoinham, and Louisa S. Williams, September 15, 1842.

Deaths, page 647:

        Sparks, Emiley, Mrs., October 27, 1885, aged 35.

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SPARKSES LISTED ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF SHELBY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Copied by Carrie Grant Heppen

(5th Civi1 Di3trict, enumerated September 16, 1850, by H. L. Guion)
(page 167)
80-80         Bramby, Larkin        70 (M)         Virginia               Farmer
                        “       Elizabeth     65 (F)           Tennessee
                        “       Hiram          28 (M)             “                        Waggoner
                        “       Louisa         28 (F)           Alabama
                        “       William          6 (M)          Mississippi
                        “       Mary              2 (F)                 "
                  Sparks,  Mary            52 (F)           South Carolina

(11th Civil District, enumberated December 14, 1850, by H. L. Guion)
(page 390)
1657-1657 Sparks, Neill             30    (M)         Tennessee         Farmer
                        “      Nancy             27    (F)                "
                        “      Mary                 4    (F)                 "
                        “      Martha             2     (M)                "
                        “      John           6/12     (M)                "

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

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

    Bohnhoff, Mrs. Dorothy S., 7320 Garfield Road, Freeland, Michigan.
    Boone, Mrs. Elizabeth Duffield, 6630 McCallum St., Philadelphia 19, Pennsylvania.
    Broadwell, Mrs. Sammy Lane Wilkins, 703 Riverside Drive, Columbia, Tennessee.
    Brown, Mrs. Roberta Sparks, 1001 E. 3rd St., Superior, Wisconsin.
    Burress, Mr. & Mrs. John Walter, P.O. Box 38, Tyler, Texas.
    Burress, Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. E., P.C. Box 125, Englewood, Colorado.
    Cain, Mrs. Vesta Jewell Sparks, R. 1, Bancroft, Wisconsin.
    Cearley, Mrs. Ethel Sparks, Dora, Missouri.
    Didier, Mrs. Mary, 1519 N. Charles, Saginaw, Michigan.
    George, Thelma, 307 Richeson St., Covington, Ohio.
    Guess, Marie, R.R. 2, Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
    Lester, Mrs. W. H., 3121 Robin Road, Waco, Texas.
    McKee, Helen Rogers, 772 West Ninth St., Claremont, California.
    Meier, Mrs. Mabel, 22018 Ave. 152, Porterville, California.
    Nass, Mrs. Martha, 2804 Hemphill Park, Austin, Texas.
    Parkins, Mrs. William D., 1719 West 253rd St., Lomita, California.
    Reynolds, Arthur W., Moore, Idaho.
    Sparks, Agnes E., 224 Ellis Ave., Wheaton, Illinois.
    Sparks, Mrs. Anna L. Rt. No. 3, Boone, Iowa.
    Sparks, B. Abbott, Jr., 7528 Baxtershire, Dallas 30, Texas.
    Sparks, Carl, R.D. 1, Plymouth, Ohio.
    Sparks, Mrs. Henry S., 2708 Sunset Dr., Des Moines 21, Iowa.
    Sparks, Miss Jimmie Lee, Route 2, Dermis, Mississippi.
    Sparks, Lovick Verneil, 201 Coryell St., Marietta, Georgia.
    Sparks, Marion Clarence, Jr., P.O. Box 102, Walls, Mississippi.
    Sparks, Zoe, 4850 Cape May, San Diego 7, California.
    Terrell, Celeste, 229 East Tugala St., Toccoa, Georgia.
    Williamson, Mrs. H. K., 300 East Barr St., Lancaster, South Carolina.
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