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. 4  DECEMBER, 1963 
WHOLE NO. 44a

 
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 AMAZIAH SPARKS, 1832-1918 
 son of
ZACHARIAH AND ELIZABETH (CARTER) SPARKS 
SARAH ANN (FOWLER) SPARKS

SECOND WIFE OF AMAZIAH 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 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.

 DESCENDANTS OF ZACHARIAH SPARKS (born 1796)

By Alice May Sparks

In the September, 1961, issue of  The Sparks Quarterly, there appeared an article entitled “Zachariah Sparks (died 1781) of South Carolina.” This article also contains a sketch of William Sparks (1772-1862), son of Zachariah Sparks.  William Sparks married Mary Palmer in South Carolina about l795. She was the daughter of Joshua Palmer, a prominent minister of the Ba.ptist Church. The oldest child of William and Mary (Palmer) Sparks was Zachariah Sparks (obviously named for his grandfather) who was born in 1796 in Laurens County, South Carolina.

Zachariah Sparks, son of William and Mary (Palmer) Sparks, accompanied his parents to Indiana in 1812. On May 16, 1815, he was married in Franklin County, Indiana, to Elizabeth Carter. By 1824 he was living in Johnson County, Indiana, where, on November 20, 1824, he sold land to Isaac Collier and Richard Piles; on the deed Zachariah and his wife, Elizabeth, were listed as being residents of Johnson County. By 1827, Zachariah and Elizabeth had moved to Rush County, Indiana, where they sold land to John Kirkpatrick on January, 27, 1827. Zachariah Sparks was listed on the 1830 census of Rush County as between 30 and 40 years of age; his wife was listed as between 20 and 30. Living, with them were six children, doubtless their own (only the head of the family was listed by name on the 1830 census, other members were simply enumerated by age group.) In Zachariah's family was a boy aged between 5 and 10; another boy under 5 years; two girls between 5 and 10; and 2 girls under 5 years.

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In 1832, when their son Amaziah Sparks was born, Zachariah and Elizabeth were living in Hancock County, Indiana, but later they apparently returned to Rush County. The last record found in Rush County pertaining to Zachariah Sparks is a deed dated September 12, 1835. How much longer they remained in Indiana is not known, but by 1850 the family had moved to Livingston County, Missouri. By 1850, Zachariah’s wife, Elizabeth, had died and he had married a woman named Temperance, born about 1796 in North Carolina. Temperance was probably a widow when Zachariah married her, and the fact that living with Zachariah and Temperance in 1850 were Franklin Brown, aged 18, and Edward Brown, aged 15, suggests that perhaps Temperance was their mother by a previous marriage to a man named Brown. Zachariah and Temperance had no children of their own.

What became of Zachariah Sparks after 1850 is not known. No one named Sparks was listed on the 1860 census of Livingston County, Missouri.

Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks were the parents of the following ten children:

        1. Stephen Sparks, born about 1821.
        2. Sarah Aim Sparks.
        3. Rebecca Sparks, born about 1825.
        4. Zachariah Sparks, Jr., born about 1827.
        5. Nancy Sparks.
        6. Amaziah Sparks, born April 13, 1832.
        7. Matilda Sparks, born about 1835 (twin of Malinda)
        8. Malinda Sparks, born about 1835 (twin of Matilda)
        9. Jane Sparks, born about 1837.
      10. Martha Sparks, born about 1841.

1. Stephen Sparks, son of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1821 and died in Chillicothe, Missouri, about 1859. He was married about 1843 to Mary Fitzpatrick, a daughter of Jacob and Lurana (Haywood) Fitzpatrick. She was born in Tennessee about 1821 and died about 1892 in Missouri. Soon after their marriage in Indiana, they moved to Davis County, Iowa, where they were living in 1850. Later they moved to Missouri. A record of their descendants begins on page 773.
2. Sarah Aim Sparks, daughter of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks, married John Fitzpatrick and had the following children:
(1) Jane Fitzpatrick, married John Walters.
(2) Jefferson Fitzpatrick.
(3) Francis Marion Fitzpatrick, married Becky and had children named Jefferson Fitzpatrick and Willie Fitzpatrick.
(4) Janette Fitzpatrick.
(5) Lucinda Fitzpatrick.
(6) Matthew Fitzpatrick.
3. Rebecca Sparks, daughter of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks, was born in Indiana about 1825. She married William H. Fitzpatrick, who was born about 1821 in Tennessee and was a half-brother of Sarah Ann’s husband. By 1850 they had moved to Davis County, Iowa. They had the following children:
(1) Jacob Jefferson Fitzpatrick, born in March, 1850.
(2) Betty Fitzpatrick, married John Shultz.
(3) Jane Fitzpatrick, died in youth.
(4) Tom Fitzpatrick.
(5) Anne Fitzpatrick.
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4. Zachariah Sparks, Jr., son of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1827 in Indiana. By 1850 he had moved to Davis County, Iowa, and was living with his sister, Rebecca, and her husband, when the 1850 census was taken. He married Syrilda Tucker and, like other members of the family, moved to Kansas about 1855. It is known that he went to California before the Civil War and eventually lived in Tacoma, Washington. No other record of descendants.
5. Nancy Sparks, daughter of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks, married James Frezell. They had the following children:
(1) William Frezell.
(2) Mary Liz Frezell; she married Robert Knox, and had children named James Knox, Mandy Knox, and Nute Knox.
6. Amaziah Sparks, son of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks, was born in Knightstown, Hancock County, Indiana, on April 13, 1832. (Some of his descenaants believe that his full name was Robert Amaziah Sparks, but in all official records his name appears simply as Amaziah.) Sometime prior to 1850, he moved with his father to Livingston County, Missouri; he was listed on the 1850 census as 17 years old and living with his father and step-mother. By 1855, he had moved to Leavenworth, Kansas. On February 19, 1851, according to a statement which he made in 1915, he married Elizabeth Ann Rolston. She died at Leavenworth, Kansas, on October 27, 1857 or 1858. They were the parents of three children. On December 4, 1859, Amaziah Sparks married, second, Sarah Ann Fowler, in Jefferson County, Kansas. On September 12, 1863, Amaziah Sparks enlisted as a private in Company C of the 15th Regiment, Kansas Cavalry of the Union Army and was honorably discharged at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on October 19, 1865. He was described at that time as a farmer, of light complexion, with blue eyes, five feet nine inches tall. In his pension application made many years later, Amaziah stated that his second wife, Sarah Ann, had “stayed at home during the war and took care of the three orphan children by my first wife and two of the others by her.”
Following the war, Amaziah Sparks moved with his family to Yamhill County, Oregon, then to Modoc County, California, then to Lewis County, Washington,  later to Linn County, Oregon, then to Klickitat County, Washington, and finally again to Lewis County, Washington. When he made application for a pension in 1890, he gave his residence as Mossy Rock, Lewis County, Washington. He died there on September 6, 1918, at the age of 86. His second wife, Sarah Ann,  had died on October 27, 1913, at Cheholis, Washington. When he applied for a pension in 1890, he stated that he was “disqualified from earning support from manual labor” because of  heart disease, injury to testicle, and rupture and disabled left hand and failing eye sight.”
Amaziah Sparks was the father of fourteen children, three by his first wife and eleven by his second. The three children by his first wife, Elizabeth Ann, were:
(1) Mary Sparks, born May 4, 1853, in Carroll County, Missouri.
(2) John Sparks, born August 30, 1855, in Leavenworth County, Kansas.
(3) Thomas R. Sparks, born September 12, 1858, in Leavenworth County, Kan.
By his second wife, Sarah Arm, Amaziah Sparks had the following eleven children, all daughters:
(4) Sarah Jane Sparks, born June 8, 1861, in Leavenworth County, Kansas, and died July 31, 1940, at Long Beach, California. She married in Seattle, Washington, James Edward Stone on August 8, 1890. He was born December 19, 1842, in La Porte County, Indiana, and died
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(Record of the children of Amaziah Sparks, continued)
 

November 25, 1931, in Los Angeles, California. Sarah Jane was his second wife. They were the parents of the following children:
(a) Myrtle Stone, born March 5, or May 10, 1891, in Kittitas County, Washington.
(b) Edith Tabitha Stone, born Feb. 16, or April 7, 1892, in Kittitas County, Washington.
(c) James Amaziah Stone, born April 1, 1893, in Chelan County, Washington.
(d) Ernest Victor Stone, born Sept. 22, 1895, in Chelan County, Washington. He married Ina Edna Lewis on June 22, 1930.
(e) Waster Burchard Stone, born Aug. 18, 1896, in Kittitas County, Washington.
(f)  Esther Inez Stone, born March 22, 1898, in Chelan County, Washington. She died Jan. 31, 1946, at Willcox, Arizona. She married Ben D. White.
(g) Blanche Goldie Stone, born Jan. 31, 1900, at Chelan County, Washington. She died Oct. 20, 1954, in San Pedro, California. She married Glenn  Alexander June 18, 1921.
(5) Ella Rebecca (or Rebecca Ella) Sparks, daughter of Amaziah and Sarah Ann (Fowler) Sparks, was born November 6, 1863, in Leavenworth County,  Kansas. She died September 29, 1892.
(6) Emma Frances Sparks, daughter of Amaziah and Sarah Ann (Fowler) Sparks, was born April 4, 1866, in Leavenworth County, Kansas. She died on March 14, 1947, in Portland, Oregon. She married in 1891 Howard Marion Wilson, who was born in Ohio on July 1, 1853, and died in Portland, Oregon, November 1, 1928. They had the following children, all born in the state of Washington:
(a) Ethel Arm Wilson, born April 24, 1889, died Feb. 25, 1954; she married Alfred Starkson in 1906.
(b) Clyde Robert Wilson, born March 31, 1892; he married on May 10, 1923, Edith Stump.
(c) Ralph Arnaziah Wilson, born April 25, 1894; he married on May 18, 1925, Zuta Chalbendar.
(d) Lee Howard Wilson, born Dec. 1, 1900; he married on October 14, 1926, Elsie Prussler.
(e) Walter Wesley Wilson, born Sept, 25, 1903; unmarried.
(f)  Fred William Wilson, born Jan, 28, 1907; he married in Oct. 1931, Margaret Harriger.
(7) Ida Bell Sparks, daughter of Amaziah and Sarah Ann (Fowler) Sparks, was born November 29, 1868, in Yexnhill County, Oregon; she died on May 8, 1905.
(8) Mary Annie Sparks, daughter of Amaziah and Sarah Ann (Fowler) Sparks, was born March 11, 1871, in Modoc County, California.
(9) May Zeralda Sparks, daughter of Amaziah and Sarah Ann (Fowler) Sparks, was born either on November 14, 1873, or May 14, 1874, in Lewis County, Washington. She married John Rich.
(10) Effie Melinda Sparks, daughter of Amaziah and Sarah Ann (Fowler) Sparks, was born March 28, 1876, in Linn County, Oregon. She married, first, Edson Rose; second, James Grimes.
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(Record of the children of Amaziah Sparks, continued)

(11) Loda Lenore Sparks, daughter of Amaziah and Sarah Ann (Fowler) Sparks, was born August 7, 1878 or 1879, in Klickitat County, Washington, and died April 3, 1955. She married, first George Miller; second, George Strange.
(12) Lela Leona Sparks, daughter of Amaziah and Sarah Arm (Fowler) Sparks, was born December 6, 1880 or 1881, in Klickitat County, Washington. She married, first, Forrest Scammon; second, Elmer Grubb.
(13) Gracie Marie Sparks, daughter of Ainaziah and Sarah Ann (Fowler) Sparks, was born April 9, 1884, in Lewis County, Washington. She married Ira Ray and had a daughter named Syneva Marie Ray born Sept. 20, 1903.
(14) Martha Elverda Sparks, daughter of Amaziah and Sarah Ann (Fowler) Sparks, was born May 17, 1886 in Lewis County, Washington. She was called  “Verda.” She married, first, William E. Burdette; second, H. E. Stevenson. She may also have been the Alberty Sparks who married Gene McCandless and had two children, named Hilda Arland McCandless, born April 2, 1908; and John A. McCandless, born May 20, 1909.
(Note: Much of the data on the children of Amaziah Sparks have been provided by Phyllis Lynn Forsyth of St. David, Arizona.)
7. Matilda Sparks, twin of Malinda, daughter of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1835 in Indiana. In 1850 she was living with her father and step-mother in Livingston County, Missouri. She married David Stagner and had the following children:
(1) John Stagner.
(2) Kemper Scott Stagner.
(3) Alice Stagner.
8. Malinda Sparks, twin of Matilda, daughter of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1835 in Indiana, In 1850 she was living with her father and step-mother in Livingston County, Missouri. She married William Young; they had one child:
(1) John Young, who died in his youth.
Malinda married as her second husband, Ashcraft Paton. They moved to Iowa and had one child:
(2) Alice Paton.
9. Jane Sparks, daughter of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1837 in Indiana, In 1850 she was living with her father in Livingston County, Missouri. She married John Burton and they had the following children:
(1) Lum Burton.
(2) John Burton.
(3) Alice Burton.
10. Martha Sparks, daughter of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks, was born in Indiana about 1841. Her age was given as 9 years on the 1850 census of  Livingston County, Missouri, where she was living with her father and stepmother. She married Tom Petty and they had one child:
(1) Nancy Petty.
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Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks (ca.1821-ca.1892)

Wife of Stephen Sparks (ca.1821-ca.1859)

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1.  Stephen Sparks, son of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks, as stated on page 769, was born about 1821 in Indiana and died in Chillicothe, Missouri, about 1859. He and his wife, Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks, had the following children:
(1) John Washington Sparks, born in 1844.
(2) Lurana Elizabeth Sparks, born in 1846.
(3) William Sparks, born February 17, 1848.
(4) Jacob Zachariah Sparks, born in 1850.
(5) Lucinda Jane Sparks, born in 1852.
(6) James Henry Sparks, born in 1855.
(7) Lewis Uel Sparks, born in 1857, twin of Amizah.
(8) Amizah Morgan Sparks, born in 1857, twin of Lewis Uel.
(9) Stephen Sparks, born 1858.
(1) John Washington Sparks, son of Stephen and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks, was born in Davis County, Iowa, in 1844, and died in Missouri in 1866. He enlisted in  the Union Army at the age of 17 and served four years as a corporal in Company F, Eleventh Missouri Cavalry. His sword, which he carried in every Confederate State between 1861 and 1865, is now owned by Alice May Sparks and her brother, Ernest Leroy Sparks. John W. Sparks contracted tuberculosis while serving in the army and he died as a result of this disease in 1866. In 1865, at the close of the war, he was married in Missouri to Emma Cole. They had one child, Stephen Sparks, who died young.
(2) Lurana Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Stephen and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks, was born in 1846 in Davis County, Iowa, and died in Oklahoma about1925. She was married in Missouri to her second cousin, Isaac Fitzpatrick. They had the following children:
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(a) Mary Dosha Fitzpatrick, daughter of Isaac and Lurana Elizabeth (Sparks) Fitzpatrick, married Jack Jenkins. Their children were:
1. Martin Jenkins.
2. Jesse Jenkins.
3. Lewis Jenkins.
4. Reba Jenkins.
5. May Jenkins.
6. Bill Jenkins.
(b) John Eppison Fitzpatrick, son of Isaac and Lurana Elizabeth (Sparks) Fitzpatrick, was drowned while a boy.
(c) William Fitzpatrick, son of Isaac and Lurana Elizabeth (Sparks) Fitzpatrick, married and had two children:
1. William Fitzpatrick.
2. Laurence Fitzpatrick.
(3) William Sparks, son of Stephen and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks, was born on February 17, 1848, in Davis County, Iowa. He was named originally William Wallace Sparks, for the hero in the story called “The Scottish Chiefs,” but he never liked the middle name “Wallace” and dropped it. When he was six years old, he went with his parents to Livingston County, Missouri. He was married at Chillicothe in Livingston County on October 8, 1874, to Mary Emily Risley, daughter of Duncan and Sarah (Wolfe) Bisley. She was born on January 26, 1853, at Warsaw, Illinois. When she was quite young, the family had moved to Iowa and when she was thirteen they had moved to Chillicothe, Missouri. William and Emily became members of the Christian Church in 1876. They went to Kansas and homesteaded land in Osborne County in 1883 and lived there five years. In the fall of 1888, they came to Waitsburg, Washington, and the following year to Douglas County, Washington, where they lived and reared their family. On June 26, 1926, they moved to Sunnyside, Washington, where William Sparks died on March 7, 1933. His wife died in Sunnyside on February 27, 1930. The following sketch was  written by E. L. Sparks, youngest child of William Sparks:
“William Sparks joined the Missouri State Militia near the close of the Civil War, the 33rd Regiment. He was a substitute for G. M. Wilson, and he answered at roll call to that name. He and two other men were one day sent on a scout to capture a rebel who was visiting home on a furlough and were away most of the day. While they were on their scout, Bill Anderson, the infamous Rebel Guerrilla, and his band of bushwhackers, got in battle formation to attack the Union lines. They were on horseback and Bill Anderson gave the famous Rebel yell, ordered a charge, put spurs to his horse and rode at a gallop toward the Union lines. It is supposed he never looked around, and never stopped until they had swun their horses across the Missouri River. So he came on alone, shooting. He carried six revolvers, two in his holsters, two in his boot tops, and two in his saddle bags. He emptied one gun and three shots from the other, but hit no one. The whole Union regiment was firing at him and never registered a hit on him or his horse, so he rode right through the lines. Major Cox, the commander, drew his revolver and fired one shot, hitting Anderson in the hat band, killing him instantly. He was riding a big dappled gray mare and when he fell, his horse stopped. When my father got back to camp, he heard the story, saw the horse, also Anderson’s hat and equipment, and the blood on the saddle. The family learned more than fifty years later that my wife’s grandfather, Joe Turner, was Anderson’s flag bearer, but he and Dad never talked it over.”
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William Sparks (1848—1933)

Son of Stephen and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks as a youthful Union soldier in the Civil War

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William and Mary Emily (Risley) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
(a) Mary Susan Sparks, daughter of William and Mary Emily (Risley) Sparks, was born on December 29, 1875, in Mooresville, Livingston County, Missouri, and died on March 5, 1878, at the same place.

(b) Stephen Lewis Sparks, son of William and Mary Emily (Risley) Sparks, was born April 5, 1877, at Mooresville, Missouri, and died on October 2, 1877, at the same place.

(c) Alice May Sparks, daughter of William and Mary Emily (Risley) Sparks, was born May 4, 1879, at Austin, Bates County, Missouri. She has been a teacher and now lives at R. 2, Sunnyside, Washington. (Editor’s note: Miss Sparks is the compiler of this record of the descendants of Zachariah  and Elizabeth (Carter) Sparks.)

(d) Josie Averie Sparks, daughter of William and Mary Emily (Risley) Sparks, was born September 23, 1881, at Richill, Bates County, Missouri, and died in November, 1951, at Yakima, Washington. She was married on April 1, 1906, at Waterville, Washington, to Amos E. Johnson, son of Andrew and Elna (Mortenson) Johnson. He was born on March 19, 1881, at Denton, Texas. They were the parents of three children:

1. Theresa Johnson, born Jan. 22, 1907, at Waterville, Washington. She was married at Shelby, Montana, in 1926, to Arnold A. Anderson. Both are teachers. They have a daughter named Marilyn, born in 1936, in Colville, Washington

.2. Hazel C. Johnson, born December 15, 1907, in Waterville, Washington. She was married in Yakima, Washington, in 1942, to Lloyd Nord.  They have two children:

(1) Gary Anderson Nord, born in Yakima, Washington, in February, 1944; and
(2) Caroll Anderson Nord, born in Yakima, Washington, on March 29, 1945.
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3. Lyle E. Johnson, born Feb. 12, 1912, in Kennewick, Washington. He is now retired from the Navy. He was married about 1938 in  Philadelphia to Ann Davis. They are the parents of three children:
(1) Joan Johnson, born in 1939, in Philadelphia;
(2) Lina Johnson, born in 1947, in San Francisco; and
(3) Robert L. Johnson, born July 27, 1953, in Bellingham, Washington.
(e) Dellesena Sparks, daughter of William and Mary Emily (Risley) Sparks, was born October 2, 1883, at Proctorville, Missouri, and died on February 23, 1953, at Seattle, Washington. She was a school teacher. She was married in 1926 in Spokane, Washington, to Edward Kahi, who was born on December 11, 1879. He died in Seattle. They were the parents of one child:
1. Ruth Verna Kahl, born April 9, 1927, in Spokane, Washington. She was married on June 29, 1946, at Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Thomas  James Wrigley, who was a son of Edwin Girarde and Laura (Bourgeois) Wrigley. He was born April 1, 1926, at Lake Charles, Louisiana. They are the parents of two children:
(1) Laurence James Wrigley, born Nov. 18, 1950, at Seattle; and
(2) Leland Anthony Wrigley, born July 24, 1955, also in Seattle.
(f) William Henry Sparks, son of William and Mary Emily (Risley) Sparks, was born April 17, 1886, at Osborne, Kansas, He was married on Jan. 1,1908, in Waterville, Washington, to Etta Lucile McElhiriney, daughter of Andrew David and Matilda (Hendricks) McElhinney. She was born Jan. 16, 1887. They have two children:
1. Ralph Hendricks Sparks, born Nov. 26, 1910, at Waterville, Washington. He was married on April 19, 1937, in Los Angeles to Margie Elmore, who was born April 9, 1910. She died Nov. 17, 1955. They had one child, Cheryl Lynn Sparks, born in Inglewood, California, on September 1, 1946.

2. Lee Randall Sparks, born Feb. 27, 1915, at Pateros, Washington. He was married on Nov. 1, 1936, at Glendale, Calif., to Myrtle  Cowfer, daughter of Amos and Ruth (Klabe) Cowfer. They have one child, Diane Lucile Sparks, born May 7, 1944, in the Panama Canal Zone.

(g) Ernest Leroy Sparks, son of William arid Mary Emily (Risley) Sparks, was born on August 23, 1891, at Waterville, Washington. He was married on May 22, 1917, at Chelan, Washington, to Mildred Ella Robertson, daughter of Jack Robertson. She was born April 10, 1898, at Colfax, Washington.  Ernest Leroy Sparks served as a policeman at Toppenish, Washington, and as a guard at Walla Walla, Washington, State Penitentiary. Ernest Leroy and Mildred Ella (Robertson) Sparks are the parents of the following children:
1. Merle Alene Sparks, born March 28, 1918, at Waterville, Washington. She was married on October 18, 1938, at Sunnyside, Washington, to Otto Blum, son of Henry and Mary (Ulrich) Blum. She was born January 6, 1914, at Hebron, North Dakota. They are the parents of five children, all born at Sunnyside:
 (1) Fred Earl Blum, born Aug. 2, 1939; he married Ethel Elaine Baurugarten and they have two children:
(a) Kevin Earl Blum, born July 11, 1961; and
(b) Craig Eugene Blum, born July 16, 1963.
(2) Donald Wayne Blum, born Nov. 4, 1940; died in infancy.
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(3) Douglas Duane Blum, born May 29, 1942.

(4) Shirley Marie Blum, born Sept. 19, 1943; she was married to Larry Dean Stuivenga on September 30, 1963.

(5) Gary Curt Blum, born July 4, 1946.

2. Faye Eugene Sparks, son of Ernest Leroy and Mildred Ella (Robertson) Sparks, was born March 18, 1924, at Waterville, Washington, and died May 17, 1962, at Brunswick, Maine. He was an Aviation Electronics Technician First Class at the ti~ne of his death. He was married on October 26, 1946, at Norfolk, Virginia, to Connie Ciolli.
3. Maynard Earl Sparks, son of Ernest Leroy and Mildred Ella (Robertson) Sparks, was born December 11, 1927, at Sunnyside, Washington. He was married on  September 27, 1946, at Yakima, Washington, to Cleta Lamb, daughter of Adrian and BrQoks (Phillips) Lamb. She was born Dec. 21, 1928, at Ulman, Missouri. They have five children:
(1) Steven Lee Sparks, born Dec. 14, 1947, at Yakima, Wash.
(2) James Leon Sparks, born Dec. 16, 1951, at Yakina, Wash.
(3) Sharon Kay Sparks, born May 9, 1956, at Tacoma, Wash.
(4) Sheila Rae Sparks, born Dec. 20, 1958, at Tacoma, Wash.
(5) Janet Lynn Sparks, born Oct. 22, 1962, at Tacoma, Wash.
4. Ronald Ernest Sparks, son of Ernest Leroy and Mildred Ella (Robertson) Sparks, was born on February 6, 1933, at Sunnyside, Washington. He is a  Security Patrolman at Hanford, Washington, for G.E. and the Atomic Energy Commission. He was married on October 17, 1955, at Grandview,  Washington, to Darlin Mae Clark, daughter of Paul and Sunny June (Tuttle) Clark. She was born on December 4, 1936, at Portland, Oregon. They  had one child, Ray Eugene Sparks, born Oct. 3, 1956, at Richland, Washington. They were divorced and Ronald married as his second wife, Jeraldine  Benton at Sunnyside, Wash., on December 4, 1959. She was born October 8, 1936, in Georgia, daughter of Ira Linus and Rebecca Lois (Pirkle)  Benton. They have one son, David Allen Sparks, born June 15, 1962, at Sunnyside, Wash.
5. Dorothy Mae Sparks, daughter of Ernest Leroy and Mildred Ella (Robertson) Sparks, was born July 27, 1937, at Sunnyside, Washington. She was married on June 9, 1956, at Etonville, Washington, to Bruce Thomas Scurlock, son of Stanley and Christine (Norberg) Scurlock. He was born November 12, 1930, at Tacoma, Washington. They have one child, Susan Carla Scurlock, born December 9, 1957, at Morton, Washington.
6. Robert William Sparks, son of Ernest Leroy and Mildred Ella (Robertson) Sparks, was born July 27, 1937, at Sunnyside, Washington, a twin of Dorothy Mae Sparks.
(4) Jacob Zachariah Sparks, son of Stephen and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks, was born in 1850 in Iowa. He died in infancy.
(5) Lucirida Jane Sparks, daughter of Stephen and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks, was born in 1852 in Missouri, and died in Hinton, Okla., in 1942. She was married to John Hamilton in Missouri about 1871. They were the parents of eight children:
1. Lemuel Hamilton.
2. Jesse Hamilton.
3. Elrena Hamilton.
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4. Minnie Hamilton.
5. Ernest Hamilton.
6. Flora Hamilton.
7. Cora Hamilton.
8. Myrtle Hamilton.
(6) James Henry Sparks, son of Stephen and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks, was born in 1855 in Putnam County, Missouri, and died at Humboldt, Kansas, on  February 5, 1925. He was married in 1881 at Butler, Missouri, to Hattie E. Murphy, who was born about 1860 in Illinois and died in Kansas. They were the parents of the following children:
1. Ina Sparks.
2. George Sparks.
3. Jessie Sparks.
4. Clara Sparks.
5. Susie Sparks.
6. William McKinley Sparks.
7. Jakey Thomas Sparks, born June 10, 1904, at Humboldt, Kansas. He was married on October 10, 1925, to Twila L. Heckendorn, daughter of John B. Heckendorn; she was born on October 9, 1907, in Cheney, Kansas. They are the parents of two children.
(1) George R. Sparks, born July 11, 1927, at Humboldt, Kansas.
(2) James G. Sparks, born Jan. 1, 1933, at Thimboldt, Kansas.
(7) Lewis Uel (Dutch) Sparks, son of Stephen and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks, was born in 1857 in Putnam County, Missouri. He was married in Kansas to Retta Murphy about 1862. They were the parents of the following children:
1. Maude Sparks, died at the age of 15.
2. James Sparks.
(8) Amizah Morgan Sparks, son of Stephen and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks, was born in Putnam County, Missouri, in 1857, a twin of Lewis Uel. He died in Missouri in 1858.
(9) Stephen Sparks, son of Stephen and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Sparks, was born in 1858 in Missouri; he died in infancy.
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SPARKS MARRIAGES IN ANDERSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE, BEFORE 1860

(As copied by the Tennessee Historical Records Survey in 1939)

Lucinda E. Sparks & Andrew J. Sartin, June 14, 1850, by Austin Moore, J.P.

James M. Sparks to Kath. Varnell, October 5, 1854, by Samuel D. Leinart, J.P.

Catherine Sparks to L. T. Wilson, April 29, 1858, by S. D. Whitton, J.P.

Mary Sparks & William Roysden, July 1, 1858, by S. D. Whitton, J.P.

Rachel S. Sparks & Jacob Hays, January 7, 1859, by Austin Moore, J.P.

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DEATH TAKES GEORGE WASHINGTON SPARKS OF PLEVNA, MONTANA

We regret to report the passing of George Washington Sparks on October 10, 1963, in Plevna, Montana. Mr. Sparks had been a member of The Sparks Family Association since 1956. He was a son of Joseph Zachariah Taylor Sparks (born August 28, 1845, in North Carolina, died about 1912) and his wife, Melvina Frances Jane (McClain) Sparks (born December 26, 1850; died December 25, 1931). Joseph Z. T. Sparks and his wife were married on August 25, 1869, probably in Georgia, where several of their children were born. In 1879, however, they moved to McLennan County, Texas, near Waco. At the time of his death in 1912, Joseph Z. T. Sparks was living in Peterburg, Oklahoma.

George Washington Sparks was born in the territory which is now the State of Oklahoma on July 4, 1888. He was married in 1908 to Bernetta A. Berry, who was born July 30, 1891, in Camden County, Missouri. Her parents were Moses Grant and Sarah Ellen (Robertson) Berry. George W. and Bernetta A. (Berry) Sparks were the parents of the following children: (1) Herbert A. Sparks, born 1909; (2) Melvina V. Sparks, born 1911, died 1951; (3) Lelli P. Sparks, born 1913; (4) Ernest L. Sparks, born 1918; (5) George A. Sparks, born 1921, killed in World War II in 1944; (6) Mary C. Sparks, born 1923; (7) James F. Sparks, born 1927; and (8) Robert E. Sparks, born 1929.

[Here appears a photograph, beneath which is the following caption:]

Mr. and Mrs. George W. Sparks of Plevna, Montana

taken in the autumn of 1929.

(View photograph)

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 SPARKSES IN THE WAR OF 1812

 BOUNTY LAND AND PENSION APPLICATIONS

(Continued from page 760)


SOLOMON SPARKS, born about 1793, in Wilkes County, North Carolina; a resident of Cherokee County, North Carolina, prior to 1850. Bounty Land  Warrant File 17 850-80-55.

On June 7, 1852, Solomon Sparks, a resident of Fort Hembreo (?), Cherokee County, North Carolina, appeared before Edward Rogers, a justice of the peace in Union County, Georgia, to make application for bounty land under the provisions of the Act of Congress dated March 22, 1852. He stated that he was 69 years of age and that he had been a private in the company commanded by Captain McLane in the 7th Regiment of North Carolina Militia commanded by Col. J. A. Pearson in the War of 1812. He stated that he had volunteered in Wilkes County, North Carolina, about February 1, 1814, to serve for six months, and was honorably discharged at Salisbury, North Carolina, on September 1, 1814. He appointed John S. Fain of Blairsyule, Union County, Georgia, as his lawful attorney “to process the within mentioned claim.” Solomon Sparks signed his application by mark.

Along with his application, Solomon Sparks submitted his certificate of discharge dated September 1, 1814, and signed by Col. J. A. Pearson. Records in the War Department indicated that he had actually served from March 1, 1814, to July 16, 1814, although his discharge was dated September 1. He was issued a warrant
(No. 292) for 80 acres of land on November 29, 1852.

On April 13, 1855, Solomon Sparks appeared before a justice of the peace named J. R. Dyche in Cherokee County, North Carolina, to apply for additional bounty land under the new act of March 3, 1855. He stated that he was now 80 years of age, still a resident of Cherokee County. He gave no new information about himself in this application. He signed his name to the application on this occasion. Joel Sparks and Benjamin Hariss, both of Cherokee County, signed as witnesses.

(Note by Paul E. Sparks: This Solomon Sparks was probably a son of John Sparks,  a  Revolutionary War pensioner of Wilkes County, North Carolina (see the Quarterly of December, 1955, Vol. III, No. 4, pp. 97-104.) In the account of the children of John Sparks, a probable son, Solomon, is mentioned on page 102. Subsequent research has proven that this Solomon was not a son of John Sparks as suggested there, but was probably a son of Solomon Sparks, Jr., a brother of John. (See pages 382-400 of the Quarterly of June 1959 (Vol. VII, No. 2.)

Little is known of Solomon Sparks, probable son of John. Tradition in the Sparkses of Little Fork of Little Sandy River, Elliott County, Kentucky, says that there was a Solomon Sparks who lived there for a while and then returned to Warne, North Carolina. Warne is located in Cherokee County. This Solomon is said to have been the father of Joel Sparks, who was well known in Elliott County.

In 1811, William Pigg obtained a land grant from John Sparks in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Chain Bearers in the Survey were Solomon Sparks and Joel Sparks. Since this Joel was a son of John Sparks, it is natural to assume that Solomon was a brother or closely related. Solomon Sparks, probable son of John, was listed on the 1820 census of Wilkes County with three sons and two daughters. He had left Wilkes County before 1830.

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The 1850 census of Cherokee County, North Carolina, lists Solomon Sparks, aged 60, a farmer, born in North Carolina, with a wife, Julia Sparks, aged 44, also born in North Carolina. Living with Solomon was his son Joel Sparks, aged 22, also a farmer, born in Kentucky. There was one other Sparks family living in Cherokee County in 1850, Samuel P. Sparks, aged 29, a farmer, born in North Carolina; living with him was Mary Sparks, doubtless his wife, aged 22, also born in North Carolina; also Jeremiah Sparks, aged 5, and Jackson Sparks, aged 1 year, both born in North Carolina.

By 1880, Joel Sparks, son of Solomon, was living in Elliott County, Kentucky. He was listed on the census of that year as Joel Sparks, Sr., aged 55, a farmer, born in North Carolina. Living with him was his wife, Mary Sparks, aged 44, born in North Carolina, and the following children: (1) George W. Sparks, aged 23, born in Ohio; (2) John W. Sparks, aged 14, born in Ohio; (3) Irena Sparks, aged 20, born in Ohio; and (4) Julia E. Sparks, aged 12, born in Kentucky. Also living with Joel Sparks was his mother, Juda A. Sparks, aged 76, born in North Carolina. Note that her name was given as Julia on the 1850 census of Cherokee County, North Carolina.

Since Joel Sparks was closely related to the Lawrence and Elliott Counties, Kentucky, set of Sparkses - - and since this set of Sparkses descended from John Sparks, the Wilkes County, North Carolina, Revolutionary soldier, it is quite natural to assume that his (Joel’s) father, Solomon Sparks, was a brother or closely related to George and Levi Sparks, sons of John, who settled in that section of Kentucky about 1820. However, more definite proof will need to be established.)

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STEPHEN SPARKS, born in 1775 in what is now Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died August 9, 1851, in Jackson County, Indiana. Bounty Land Warrant File  34 698-40-50.

On December 10, 1850, Stephen Sparks, aged 76 yeas, a resident of Jackson County, Indiana, appeared before a notary public named .John M. Ford to make application for bounty land under the act of September 28, 1850. He swore that he had been a private in a company commanded by Capt. Craven Payton in the Indiana Mounted Rangers in the War of 1812.  He stated that he had volunteered in 1812, he could not remember the month and the day, for a term of 12 months, and that he was discharged sometime in 1813. He stated that his company was never attached to any regiment and that he did not receive a written discharge. He signed his name by mark.

Records in the Treasury Department proved that Stephen Sparks had served in the company that he claimed, but that he had entered service on May 1, 1813, and had served until August 25, 1813. He was issued a warrant for 40 acres of bounty land on March 4, 1851.

On May 9, 1859, C. A. Barkley of Louisville, Kentucky, wrote to the Commissioner of Pensions “at the request of son and heir of Mr. Sparks” that he had died before the issue of the warrant; that “no widow is alive and the heirs are scattered and numerous” so that it was hardly worth bothering attempting to divide it among the heirs. None of the heirs were named in this letter, however.

(Editor’s Note: Stephen Sparks was a son of James Sparks, who was born in Cranberry, New Jersey, about 1750. James Sparks moved with his father, Richard Sparks, and several brothers to what became Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, prior to the American Revolution; then in 1782 to Jefferson County, Kentucky; and finally, after several other moves, to Jackson County, Indiana, about 1822. James Sparks served

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in the American Revolution; his application for a pension was published in the September, 1954, issue of The Sparks Quarterly (Vol. II, No. 3, pp. 40-45).Stephen Sparks, son of James, was born in June, 1775, in what is now Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He moved with his father to Kentucky in 1782 and while living in Jefferson County, Kentucky, was married on August 13, 1799, to Catherine Padget (called Catha on the license).

By May 25, 1813, Stephen Sparks and his brother, Moses Sparks, were living in a settlement called Driftwood in Harrison County, Indiana. On that date, they and a number of other settlers signed a petition asking that Stephen Sparks be permitted to erect a water grist mill and saw mill. (See The Territorial Papers of the United States, Vol. VII, p. 259). Prior to 1816, Stephen Sparks and his family moved to what became Jackson County, Indiana, settling at the spot that is now the village of Sparksville (see The Sparks Quarterly of December, 1954, Vol. II, No. 4, p. 52.) Here Stephen Sparks established a ferry across the White River and, because of its convenience, being situated on the principal line of travel between Washington and Lawrence Counties, became well known. In the History of Jackson County, Indiana, published in 1886 by Brant & Fuller, it was stated that Stephen Sparks erected a tread mill at his ferry “and all who patronized it were compelled to loan the use of their horses or oxen to furnish power to do the grinding.”  (p. 377) Stephen Sparks was a member of the first grand jury in Jackson County which met on April 7, 1817. He was active in the local militia and in later years was called Major Sparks.

Stephen Sparks died on August 9, 1851, and was buried in the Sparksville Cemetery. His wife, Catherine, was still living in 1850 when the census was taken, but had died by 1859. They were the parents of a number of children; we do not have a complete list, but we have limited information on the following.

1. James Sparks, son of Stephen and Catherine (Padget) Sparks, was born early in the 1800’s and died on August 3, 1865. He married Elizabeth Hamilton in Washington County, Indiana, on June 22, 1825. She died August 23, 1884. They are known to have had at least one son named William H. Sparks, born September Il, 1830. He married, first, June 16, 1857, Semira Trueblood; second, on February 23, 1869, Lydia A. Payne.
2. Richard A. Sparks, son of Stephen and Catherine (Padget) Sparks, was born about 1805; he was living in Jackson County, Indiana, in 1850. He was married twice, first to Julia Ann Cummins in Jackson County on June 17, 1830. She died February 16, 1849, at the age of 39 years and 5 months. They had at least the following children:
(1) Catherine Sparks, born about 1831.
(2) Philanda Sparks, born about 1833, married Charles H. Fowler in 1851.
(3) Major Sparks, born about 1837.
(4) James C. Sparks, born about 1840, killed in the Civil War in 1862. Richard A. Sparks married, second, Hannah, who was born June 29, 1813, and died January 28, 1859. Richard A. and Hannah Sparks are known to have had at least one son:
(5) Richard F. Sparks.
3. Hiram Sparks, son of Stephen and Catherine (Padget) Sparks, married, first, Elizabeth Albert. They had two children:
(1) Stephen Sparks, married Nancy Jones on March 15, 1856.
(2) Amanda Sparks, married Thomas Car on February 8, 1853.
 Hiram Sparks married, second, Margaret S. Walker on November 27, 1837. Hiram and Margaret had one child:
(3) Betty Sparks, married Daniel Hosea.
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4. Uriah Sparks, son of Stephen and Catherine (Padget) Sparks, died prior to 1848, leaving minor heirs named Arena, Isaac, and Jacob. In 1848, Stephen and Catherine Sparks gave a 65-acre farm to these three grandchildren. It is known that Arena married John Cartwright on December 19, 1848.

5. Amanda Catherine Sparks, daughter of Stephen and Catherine (Padget) Sparks, was born February 16, 1822, and died at Medora, Indiana, on September 22, 1892. She married on June 17, 1835, Villorous Wray (1810-1899).

6. Ward Sparks, son of Stephen and Catherine (Padget) Sparks. Nothing is known of him save his name.

7. William Harrison Sparks (called Harrison), son of Stephen and Catherine (Padget) Sparks, was born November 27, 1811, and died September 2, 1893. He was buried at Leesville, Indiana. He was married four times. He married, first, Desire King, who died August 30, 1837; second, Eliza Hosea (or Hosey), who died in April, 1850; third, Joanna Summers on November 25, 1850, in Jackson County, Indiana; and fourth, Nancy Weddle, who was born March 12, 1829.  It is known that he had a son named George Washington Sparks who was born April 17, 1841, and was thus a son of the second wife, Eliza.
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SPARKS MARRIAGES IN BLOUNT COUNTY, TENNESSEE, PRIOR TO 1860

Copied by the Tennessee Society, Genealogical Records Committee

William Sparks and Nancy Tate, February 26, 1839, by William Henry.

Absolom Sparks and Sarahann Rose, March 18, 1842, by Eli Richey, J.P.

S. J. Sparks and Mary Kennedy, April 5, 1850, by Abernathey Berry, M.G.

John A. Sparks and Mary E. McClanahan, December 203 1850, by Lemons Curran, J.P.

A. L. Sparks and Nancy J. Lain, June 3, 1852, by A. J. McGee, M.G.

Nathan N. Sparks and Jane Potter, December 23, 1852, by Lemons Curran, J .P.

Robert Sparks and Martha Blair, December 30, 1852, by Lemons Curran, J.P.

James Sparks and Catherine J. Feezel, November 17, 1859, by Lemons Curran, J.P.

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BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA, MARRIAGES -- 1800-1853

Copied by the Genealogical Society of Utah

(There was one Sparks marriage, as follows:)

William Sparks and Julia Martin, December 26, 1836; Bondsman, James Martin.

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SPARKSES FOUND IN THE 1850 CENSUS OF CHICKASAW COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI

By Carrie Grant Heppen

 (The Eastern Division; enumerated on October 9, 1850, by John T. Murray)
(Vol. 1, page 661)
458-458 Sparks, Matthew  51  (M) Georgia  Farmer  $460 
       "       Jane 45 (F) South Carolina
     "       Jeremiah 10 (M) Alabama
     "       Susannah   7 (F)        "
     "       Nancy E.   5 (F) Mississippi
     "       Mary A.   2 (F)        "

(The Eastern Division, enumerated October 10, 1850, by John T. Murray) (Vol. 1, page 674)
543-543 Gates, George E.  30  (M) South Carolina  Farmer  $5000 
  Sparks, Robert 26 (M)    "          "
     "       Jane 18 (F)    "          "

 

SPARKSES FOUND IN THE 1850 CENSUS OF ATTALA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI

By Carrie Grant Heppen

 (Township 13, Range 9 E; enumerated on October 28, 1850, by E. H. Sanders) (Vol. 1, page 173)
1123-1231 Sparks, David  45  (M) Georgia Farmer  $50 
       "       Rody 45 (F) South Carolina

 (Same, page 174)
1231-1239 Taylor, Nelson L.  40  (M) North Carolina  Farmer  $1500 
       "      Charlotte 32 (F)      "          "
     "      Mary J. 12 (F) Mississippi
     "      Margaret   8 (F)         "
     "      Charlotte   6 (F)         "
     "      Rebecca   4  (F)         "
     "      Sarah 4/12 (F)         "
Sparks, Allen 14 (M) Alabama

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

It is a pleasure to report the names of six new members of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION. These are our new members since September, 1963.
 

 Fields, Wilbur, Grariton, Wisconsin (54436)
 Haas, Mrs. Mary M. Sparks, 737 W. 136th St., Hawthorne, California (90251)
 Richard, Mrs. R. H., P.O. Box 0, Humble, Texas (77338)
 Romig, Mrs. Glenn, Gilman, Wisconsin.
 Schenck, Mrs. Warren, 848 Elm St., Beloit, Wisconsin.
 Sparks, Robert LeRoy, 4274 W. 4695 So., Salt Lake City, Utah (84120)


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