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. XIII, NO. 1  MARCH, 1965 
WHOLE NO. 49a

 
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 JOHN ARDIE SPARKS

Born ca. 1820 in Lee County, Va. 
Died in 1902 in Lewis County, Ky.

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MARY ANN (LYKINS) SPARKS

Wife of John Ardie Sparks 
Born in 1824 - - Died in   1908

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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 P. Johnson, Historian-Genealogist, Box 531 Raleigh, North Carolina.
      Russell E. Bidlack, Secretary-Treasurer & Editor, 1709 Cherokee Road, 
                                                                                       Ann Arbor, Michigan. (48104)
 

The Sparks Family Association was founded in March, 1953, as a non-profit organization 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. An index covering the first five years  (1953-1957) has been published and is available for $1.00. An index for the next five years is in preparation.  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.

JOHN ARDIE SPARKS (1817/20 -1902) OF MORGAN COUNTY, KENTUCKY

AND HIS DESCENDANTS

By: Mrs. James D. Sparks

According to family tradition, John Ardie Sparks was a son of William and Nancy Sparks of Lee County, Virginia. William Sparks, the father, is believed to have died when John Ardie was about five years old. The exact year of birth of John Ardie Sparks has not been established - - there is a tradition that he was born in 1817, but census records indicate that it was more probably 1820. The fact that descendants believe he was four years older than his wife, who was born in 1824, also lends support to the date of 1820.

The mother of John Ardie Sparks, according to family tradition, following the death of her first husband, married (second) a Mr. Shepherd. Since a James Shepherd (born in Virginia about 1805) and his wife Nancy (born in Virginia about 1807) were living in Lee County, Virginia, in 1850 according to the census of that year, there is some reason to believe that this Nancy was John Ardie Sparks’s mother. (On the 1830 census of Lee County, a Nancy Sparks was listed as born between 1800 and 1810; living with her was one female, aged under 5 years; if this was the mother of John Ardie Sparks, as seems probable, he must have been living with relatives at the time the 1830 census was taken.)

John Ardie Sparks is known to have had one sister, Abigail (or Abbie) Sparks. When he was about thirteen years old (about 1833) John Ardie Sparks and his siter “ran away” from the home of their mother and step-father and went to Kentucky. They probably went to live with relatives who had gone to Kentucky earlier.

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On November 10, 1841, John Ardie Sparks obtained a bond in Morgan County, Kentucky, to marry Mary Ann Lykins (or Likens), daughter of William P. and Hannah (Stout) Lykins. She was born, according to a record made by her mother in the Lykins family Bible, on November 1, 1824, at Johnson’s Fork, now in Magoffin County, Kentucky. (Her tombstone, however, gives her birth date as July 31, 1824.) John Ardie Sparks died in 1902 in Petersville, Louis County, Kentucky, and his wife, Mary Ann, died November 5, 1908, at the home of her son, Henry Harrison Sparks, in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky.

Abigail Sparks, sister of John Ardie Sparks, was marrieci sometime prior to 1848 to George Wesley Yates and they were listed on the 1850 census of Lewis County, Kentucky.

John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks were the parents of eleven children. Following is a record of these children, based upon family records and census records of Morgan County, Kentucky.
 

1. William Jackson Sparks, son of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks, was born in 1843 in Morgan County, Kentucky; he died in 1926. He married Molly Raburn (also spelled Rayburn and Raeburn). They were the parents of the following children:
          a. Ann Sparks, married Raburn.
          b. Mattie Sparks, born in Lewis County, Kentucky.
          c. John Sparks, born about 1872.
          d. Dudley Sparks, born about 1874.
          e. William Sparks, born about 1882.
          f.  (female) born about 1877.
          g. Cora Sparks, born about 1880; married ----- Blankenship.

2. Nancy Sparks, daughter of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks, was born in
 1845 and was listed in the 1850 census; she had died by 1855, however, and was
  buried in Morgan County, Kentucky.

3. Hannah Sparks, daughter of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks, was born
 November 6, 1847, in Morgan County, Kentucky, and died in 1921. She married on
 June 12, 1866, in Fleming County, Kentucky, Franklin Cassidy. They were the
  parents of the following children:
          a. Samuel Cassidy, born 1869.
          b. Allan Cassidy, born 1871, died 1954; he married Maggie Aldridge and had
              children named Thomas, Oliver, William, Edna, and Betsey Cassidy.
          c. John Cassidy, born 1873; he married Lucy Hardy.
          d. Henry Cassidy, born 1875.
          e. North Cassidy, born 1877; he died at the age of 20; never married.
          f.  Emma Cassidy, born 1879.
          g. Nancy Cassidy, born 1880; she died at the age of 20; never married.
          h. Reuben Cassidy, born 1883; died at the age of 15.
          i. Harvey Cassidy, born 1887 in Lewis County, Kentucky.

4. Allen Sparks, son of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks, was born in 1849 in
 Morgan County, Kentucky, and died at the age of 21; he never married.

5. Sarah Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks, was
born October 4, 1850, in Morgan County, Kentucky; she died in the l890’s. She was
married on May 30, 1870, in Fleming County, Kentucky, to Charles Nealus (or
Nealis) and had the following children:

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Children of Sarah Elizabeth Sparks and Charles Nealus:
          a. Charlie Nealus, born in Lewis County, Kentucky.
          b. Dode Nealus.
          c. Rhoda Nealus, died at the age of 15, unmarried.
          There were probably additional children.
6. Thomas Jefferson Sparks, son of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks, was
born August 27, 1853, at Elk Fork, Morgan County, Kentucky, and died December
24, 1942. He was married on February 15, 1876, in Lewis County, Kentucky, to
Elizabeth Berry, daughter of Enoche Berry. They had the following children:
          a. John Enoche Sparks, born January 20, 1877, and died in Arizona; never married.
          b. Rosa Margaret (Maggie) Sparks, born 1879 and died November 24, 1934. She
               married John Bravard.
          c. Bruce Jefferson Sparks, born 1882 and died at the age of 21; buried in
               Leavenworth, Kansas.
          d. Grover Tillman Sparks, born 1884 and died October 16, 1955; he is known to
               have marned twice.
          e. Burnal Sparks, born 1887 and died August 30, 1955, when killed by a horse; is
               known to have married three times.
          f.  Mary Ellen Sparks, born March 30, 1891. She married (first) Edward Gordley;
               (second) William Elliott Davis; and (third) James A. Lutes.
          g. David E. Sparks, born June 15, 1895; be married Virginia
7. Nancy Sparks, daughter of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykina) Sparks, was born in
1855 in Morgan County, Kentucky. (This was the second daughter named Nancy.)
 She died between 1860 and 1870.

8. Mary Ann Jane Sparks, daughter of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks, was born May 11, 1856, in Morgan County, Kentucky, and died in 1933. She was married on September 10, 1873, in Lewis County, Kentucky, to Ace (Asa) Carrington, and had the following children:
          a. Pleasant Carrington, born about 1882.
          b. Albert Jackson Carrington, born about 1895.

         There were probably additional children, including, it is thought, two daughters.
9. James Harvey Sparks, son of John Ardie arid Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks, was born April 19, 1859, in Morgan County, Kentucky, and died March 4, 1935, in Woodland, Washington, where he is buried. He married (first) on October 14, 1878, in Lewis County, Kentucky, Arzela Lykins (or Likens) the daughter of James Harvey and Nancy Jane (Ferguson) Lykins of Morgan County, Kentucky. Arzela Lykins was born December 15, 1856, at Johnson’s Fork, now Magoffin County, Kentucky, arid she died March 14, 1905, at Hyrum, Utah; she was buried in Corinne, Utah.  James Harvey and Arzela (Lykins) Sparks had the following children:
          a. William Stuart Sparks, born June 29, 1879, and died in 1958 in Ashland, Oregon.
              He married (first) on June 27, 1906, Lovina Coil and (second) in 1926 Ruth
              Sparks.
          b. James Monroe Sparks, born February 14, 1881; died 1883.
          c. John Franklin Sparks, born March 23, 1882; died September 26, 1930, in
              Juneau, Alaska; he married in 1905 Fannie Jepperson.
          d. Hendricks (Henry) Cleaveland Sparks, born September 7, 1884; died March 27,
              1953; be was married (first) in July 1907 to Lula Jardine; he was married
               (second) in 1911 to Hattie Townsend.
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Children of James Harvey and Arzela (Lykins) Sparks, continued:
          e. George Grover Marion Sparks, born April 23, 1887; died September 12, 1951.
              He married (first) in September 1907, Jennie Jardine; he married (second)
              Gladys Luckert.
          f. David Alfred Sparks, born February 2, 1890. He was married on July 13, 1926, to
              Ester Hazel Clifford, born February 2, 1902, the daughter of Ephriam Karinealius
              and Ida Deborah (Hill) Clifford; she died October 8, 1947, and was buried in
              Rose Hill Cemetery in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They were the parents of two children:
                    (1) Ester Arzela Sparks, born July 24, 1928; married October 24, 1949, Allan
                         Seagraves.
                    (2) David Clifford Sparks, born April 20, 1927; unmarried.

          g. Wilbur Douglas (Dick) Sparks, was born May 18, 1892, in Lewis County,
              Kentucky. He was married on DeQember 24, 1926, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Gladys
              Viola Clifford, who was born November 8, 1903, in Milo, Idaho, the daughter of
              Ephriam Karnealius and Ida Deborah (Hill) Clifford. Wilbur Douglas and Gladys
              Viola (Clifford) Sparks had the following children:
                    (1) Arzela LaVerne Sparks, born July 8, 1928; died.November 17, 1928;
                          buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

(2) James Douglas Sparks, born November 23, 1929, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  He was married on September 24, 1949, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Nelliemae Burns, who was born August 13, 1928, in Mobridge, South Dakota,                 daughter of Peter Paul and Hazel Alvera (Thrope) Burns. James                  Douglas and Nelliemae (Burns) Sparks had the following children:
                              (a) Brettford Tyler Sparks, born Dec0 22, 1.951, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
                              (b) Beverley Coririn Sparks, born April 6, 1954, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

          h. Nola Jane Sparks, born June 7, 1895; she married William Wright Hammill.

   James Harvey Sparks (born 1859, son of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks,
   was married a second time to Rosetta Benson, who was born December 9, 1869, and
   died January 17, 1935. They were the parents of one child:
          i. Harvey Jennings Sparks, born November 7, 1909; he married in August, 1936,
             Nettie Linden.

10. Henry Harrison Sparks, son of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks, was born
      on October 6, 1861, in Morgan County, Kentucky, arid died on June 14, 1942. He was
      married on July 26, 1881, to Mary Jane Hoffman, who was born August 14, 1854, in
      Brown County, Ohio. They were the parents of the following children:
          a. Lula Belle Sparks, born April 28, 1882; died April 26, 1953; she married Obe
              Dixon.
          b. Carra Floyd Sparks, born November 21, 1888; he married Carmen Ramey.
          c. Vera Alma Sparks, born October 19, 1891; died May 199 1952; married in
              October 1910 to Curtice Day; married (second) to Vern Morris.
          d. Harland Gardner Sparks, born in September, 1894; married Emma Webb.
          e. Leana May Sparks, born December 25, 1895; married June 6, 1914, to Charles
              Mitchell.

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11. David Sparks, son of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks, was born September 4, 1865, and died in 1941. He married (first) Dora Shaw, and (second) Annie . It is believed that he had two daughters by his first wife and a son, named David Allen Sparks, born in West Virginia, by his second wife.

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QUERY

Mrs. G. H. Reynolds, 2201-56th Street, Des Moines, Iowa (50310) is seeking information on her Sparks ancestry. Her great-grandmother was Sarah Sparks, born October 8, 1824, in Rush County, Indiana. She died July 9, 1908, in Warren County,. Iowa. Sarah Sparks married George Washington Scott (1822-1911), probably in Missouri. Sarah’s father’s name was William Sparks and her mother’s maiden surname was Howel. William Sparks was born either in Pennsylvania or Ohio; his wife, Howel, was born in Ohio

George Washington and Sarah (Sparks) Scott were the parents of the following children:
     1. John Monroe Scott, born July 12, 1843.
     2. Benjamin Britin Scott, born February 20, 1847.
     3. General Winfield Scott, born February 14, 1849.
     4. William Taylor Scott, born June 7, 1852.
     5. Elizabeth Dorcas Scott, born August 8, 1854.
     6. Mary Catherine Scott, born October 30, 1855.
     7. James Mark Rolland Scott, born January 12, 1859.
     8. Erastus Wallace Scott, born January 8, 1863.
     9. Clarry Francis Scott, born February 7, 1868.

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QUERY

Mrs. E. M. Dines, 200 N. Murray Hill Road, Columbus, Ohio (43228) is seeking infor— mat ion on her Sparks ancestry. Sarah A. Sparks was born in Maryland about 1807 Although her parents’ names are unknown, census records indicate that they, too, were born in Maryland. About 1833, Sarah A. Sparks married John Anderson, who was born in either Pennsylvania or Virginia (could be either from census reading). She died March 30, 1887, in Vinton County, Ohio; he died in the same county in October, 1860. They must have been married before coming to Ohio, as every county in southeastern Ohio has been searched for their marriage record, to no avail.

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QUERY

Mrs. Kathryn Durham, 5647 Orizaba Ave., Long Beach, California, is seeking information on an ancestress named Elizabeth Sparks. She was married to Benjamin S. Carr. Her birth place was Pennsylvania, his was Indiana. Their son, Benjamin Franklin Carr, who was born in Iowa on January 4, 1836, died in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on January 29, 1916. Considering the date of birth of her son, it is probable that Elizabeth Sparks was born between 1800 and 1820.

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 MATHEW PATTON SPARKS (1855-1940) AND HIS DESCENDANTS

By: Robert R. Robinson, Jr.

(Note: This record of the family of Mathew Patton Sparks has been made possible largely through the efforts of Mrs. George W. Sparks to collect and preserve family records over a period of many years.)

Mathew Patton Sparks was born in Shelby County, Texas, on February 17, 1855, the youngest of six children of Mathew and Malissa Sparks. The family had moved to Texas from Coffee County, Tennessee, at least part of the way by boat, between September 20, 1850, and January 11, 1851. In 1860 they were living in the Clay Mound Community, Shelby County, and by 1870 had moved to the Concord area in adjoining Rusk County.

The elder Mathew Sparks, father of Mathew Patton Sparks, was born about 1814 in Virginia, and it is probable that he was the son of Edmund (or Edmond) and Patsey (Wright) Sparks, married in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, in 1804, who moved to Bedford County (adjoining Coffee County), Tennessee, with Matthew B. Sparks (Edmund’s brother) and his family prior to 1830. (See The Sparks Quarterly of March, 1956, Vol. IV, No. 1, pp. 109-121, Whole No. 13, and March, 1962,Vol. X, No. 1, pp. 636-637, Whole No. 37.) The elder Mathew Sparks and his wife were listed on the 1840 census of Coffee County and lived next to Thomas Sparks (probably Mathew’s brother).

Mathew and Malissa Sparks were the parents of the following children:

               1. Martha Ann Sparks, born October 21, 1841.
               2. James Harvey Sparks, born January 10, 1844.
               3. Eliza Francis Sparks, born January 4, 1846.
               4. Elizabeth Eualline Sparks, born April 30, 1848.
               5. Edmund Neiley Sparks, born January 11, 1851.
               6. Mathew Patton Sparks, born February 17, 1855.

Malissa, wife of the elder Mathew Sparks, was born about 1815 in Tennessee and was no doubt the daughter of Neelly S. Patton, born about 1782 in Ireland; he was living in the second house (the house being occupied by another Patton, named William, probably a son) away from Mathew and Malissa according to the 1850 census. Supporting such a proposition is the name of Mathew and Malissa’s son, Edmund Neiley Sparks, who would thus be named for his two grandfathers, i.e., Edmund Sparks and Neelly S. Patton. Mathew Patton’s name lends further support.

Malissa, wife of the elder Mathew Sparks and mother of Mathew Patton Sparks, died between 1860 and 1870 and is buried in a Methodist Cemetery near Concord, as is also Mathew who died between 1870 and 1880.

Martha Ann Sparks (no. 1 above) never married; the man she was supposed to marry was killed in the Civil War. She lived with her parents until their deaths, living afterwards with Mathew Patton and family until they left East Texas and later with Edmund Neiley and his family until her death sometime after 1908.

James Harvey Sparks (no. 2 above) enlisted as a private on June 18, 1862, in Panola County, Texas, for three years or the duration of the War, in Captain William H. Tucker’s Company G, Texas Lancers, Cavalry, 28th Regiment, Colonel Horace Randal commanding, Confederate States Army. He died either while still in active service or after having been released because of illness.

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Eliza Francis Sparks, daugifter of Mathew and Malissa Sparks (no. 3 above) married
Sanford Bridwell. Fannie and Sanford’s children included (1) Jim, (2) Jessie, (3)
Minnie, married Jim McElroy), and (4) Eva, married Bea Brooks. Their descendants
are still centered for the most part in the Rusk County area.

Elizabeth Eualline Sparks, daughter of Mathew and Malissa Sparks (no. 4 above) married John A. Bridwell (he was called Al) and they were the parents of seven children: (1) Bertha, born about 1875, married ----- Briton; (2) Rosa, born about 1877; (3) Edgar, born about 1878; (4) Sanford; (5) Ollie, married ----- Hunt; (6) George; and (7) Minnie. Their descendants are still centered for the most part in the Rusk County area.

Edmund Neiley Sparks, son of Matthew and Malissa Sparks (no. 5 above) likewise remained in Rusk County. He married Emma Martin and they were the parents of seven children:
               (1) Jim Sparks.
               (2) Julian Sparks, married Lena . They were the parents of:
                         (a) Gretchen Sparks.
                         (b) Mary Sparks, married Hillon.
                         (c) Vista Sparks, married McLeroy.
                         (d) Maurine Sparks, married Simpson.
               (3) Walter Sparks.
               (4) Elbert Sparks.
               (5) Tommie Sparks.
               (6) Virgie Sparks, married Dr. Lowe.
               (7) Charlie Elmo (Buddy) Sparks, born March 9, 1884; married Roxie ----- who
                    was born October 3, 1890. They were the parents of:
                         (a) Ernest (Billie) Sparks, born October 13, 1913.
                         (b) Estell Sparks, born December 8, 1914; married ----- Stone.
                         (c) Helen Sparks, born January 1, 1916; married ----- Simpson.
                         (d) Frank Sparks, born March 18, 1920.
                         (e) Hazel Sparks, born September 1, 1923; married ----- Humphries.

Mathew Patton Sparks, son of Mathew and Malissa Sparks (no. 6 above) was the third member of the family to marry into the family of Sanford and Helen Ellisa (Nolan) Bridwell, natives of Tennessee who moved to Texas via Alabama. (Sanford made the Gold Rush of 1849, but he remained in California for only a short time before he returned to Texas.) He and Martha Susan Bridwell, born January 19, 1862, in Texas, were married in Rusk County in 1876 and were the parents of ten children, eight of whom reached maturity and six of whom are still living. A farmer, Mathew Patton Sparks lived on land adjoining his father-in-law’s before he moved to Navarro County in 1897. After staying a year, they returned to Rusk County and remained until 1901, moving then to Hunt County. In 1906 another move was made, to Cook County, where they lived on Judge Lindsey’s land; before 1911 they moved to Dundee in Archer County. A bad drought came along, making conditions so bad they had to get drinking water from the Wichita River (from bogs knee deep in mud and leaves), so a son, George, went by train to Floydada (Floyd County) on Texas’ South Plains to investigate land there. He returned and said he was moving his family to “where I can get some drinking water.”  He and his brother, Adrain, and their families moved by wagons (the trip taking five days, with overnight stops at Seymour, Benjamin, Guthrie, Dickens and Lakeview) in August 1913.  Mathew Patton, Martha, and their three youngest children followed in December. A daughter, Mollie Robinson, and children and a son, Wallace, and family made the move by train in March of 1914, while Mollie’ s husband and George’s wife’s parents and brother came by wagons. Another daughter, Annie Dalton, and family arrived later. At the time of the family’s arrival in Floyd County, land on the South Plains was selling for about $7.00 per acre, but no one had $7.00 or could borrow it in those days. Today, the average price for this same land (which is now mostly irrigated) centers around the $450.00 per acre figure.

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Martha Susan (Bridwell) Sparks (1862-1924) 
Wife of Mathew Patton Sparks
Walter Sparks (Son of Edmund Neiley Sparks)&Mary Effie Robinson(Sparks) (Daughter of Mathew Patton Sparks)

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                                                                                  Four Generations:
                                                                        Mathew Patton Sparks (1855-1940)
                                                                        Adrian Sparks (born 1880)
                                                                        Ruth Sparks Borum (born 1912)
                                                                        Billy Ted Borum (born 1930)

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Mathew Patton and Martha Sparks remained in Floydada until they died and both are buried in the Floydada Cemetery.  Martha, bedfast for a number of years before her death, died January 15, 1924; Mathew Patton Sparks died of an appoplexy stroke and a brain hemorrhage January 25, 1940, thirty-one days before his 85th birthday. Until six months before he died, he was active.

Martha Susan Sparks, wife of Mathew Patton, was a member of a Baptist family, but later attended the Methodist Church; Mathew Patton Sparks, reared a Methodist, joined the Church of the Nazarene several years before his death. (Today the family is predominantly Methodist; among other churches represented are Baptist, Church of Christ, and Roman Catholic.)

Family members, occupation-wise, are found in many different fields, e.g., merchant marine, teaching, restaurant, commercial airline, movie theater, farming, cotton gin, nursing, professional, business, aircraft industry, etc. Location-wise, the family is settled today in order of predominance in Texas (primarily on the South Plains), California, Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.

Children of Mathew Patton and Martha Susan (Bridwell) Sparks (all born in Rusk County, Texas):

          (1) Bruce Sparks, son of Mathew Patton and Martha Susan (Bridwell) Sparks, was
                born in 1878 and died in 1895. His grave is in the old Bridwell Family Cemetery
                near the Countyline Baptist Church, Rusk County, Texas.

          (2) Adrian Leland Allen Sparks, son of Mathew Patton and Martha Susan (Bridwell)
                Sparks, was born September 19, 1880; he married on October 11, 1909, in
                Wichita Falls, Texas, Bessie Merrill (born September 9, 1889 in DeQueen,
                Arkansas, and died November 11, 1964, in Lubbock, Texas). He lives in
                Lubbock. They were the parents of the following children:
                    (a) Lena Mae Sparks, born July 17, 1910, at Dundee, Archer County, Texas;
                          married (1st) Vernon C. Anderson (born July 22, 1887, died August 4,
                         1939) and (2nd) C. w. (Charlie) Mason (born April 19, 1893); lives in
                          Phoenix, Arizona. She and her first husband had one child, Charles Lee
                          (Chuck) Anderson, born Jan. 7, 1937; he is married and has two children.
                    (b) Ruth Sparks, born June 16, 1912, at Dundee; married Edgar Thedford
                          Borum (born April 20, 1907); lives at Earlh, Texas. They are the parents of
                          two children:
                              (i) Billy Ted Borum, born Sept. 5, 1930, at Big Springs, Texas; married,
                                   and has four children.
                             (ii) Bobby Ray Borwn, born May 25, 1946, at Plainview, Texas.
                    (c) Annie Opal Sparks, born April 25, 1914, at Floydada, Texas;married Shirley
                         Sandefur (born May 31, 1913); lives at Paducah, Texas. Children:
                              (i) Hal Sandefur, born Jan. 21, 1937, at Paducah; married; he has one
                                   child and lives at Lubbock.
                             (ii) A. L. Sandefur, born October 14, 1939, at Paducah; he is married
                                   and has two children; lives at Lubbock.
                            (iii) Carol Ann Sandefur, born Oct. 24, 1945, at Paducah.
                    (d) Beatrice Sparks, born July 5, 1916, at Floydada; she married (1st) Stone
                          and (2nd) Willard Herbert Rylatt (born Aug. 12, 1912, at Spokane,
                          Washington); lives at Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Children:
                              (i) Darrell Bert Rylatt, born Oct. 119 1936, at Jerome, Arizona; he is
                                   married and has one child.
                             (ii) Adrain Lynn Rylatt, born June 16, 1949, at Colorado Springs, Col.

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          Children of Adrain Leland and Bessie (Merrill) Sparks, continued:
                    (e) Pauline (Polly) Sparks, born September 28, 1918, at Floydada; she
                          married Newell Parker (born November 23, 1915); lives in Floydada.
                    (f)  Georgie Lee Sparks, born April 25, 1920, at Floydada; married James
                         Cox (born October 14, 1914); lives in Plainview. Children:
                              (i) Jimmie Dale Cox, born Nov. 23, 1940, at Plainview.
                             (ii) Joy Gayle Cox, born May 2, 1944, at Plainview.
                            (iii) Patsy Cox, born May 2, 1952, at Plainview.

          (3) George Washington Sparks, son of Mathew Patton and Martha Susan (Bridwell)
                Sparks, was born on October 4, 1882; he was married on October 25, 1910, to
                Mamie Ethel Mince (born March 4, 1895, at Bluntsville, Alabama), daughter
                of Joseph David and Carrie Neil (Logan) Mince; lives in Crosbyton, Texas.
                They have had five children:
                    (a) Charles Elmer Sparks, born September 27, 1911, at Dundee, and died
                          January 12, 1912, at Dundee.
                    (b) Loy Hubert Sparks, born February 11, 1913; married Sylvia Nell Patton
                         (born Jan. 11, 1918, at Matador, Texas); lives at Sacramento, California.
                    (c) Jueanice Sparks, born January 24, 1914, and died on the same day, at
                          Floydada.
                    (d) Stanley Earl (Bud) Sparks, born March 22, 1915, in Floyd County; married
                          Maude Evelyn Beck (born Jan. 2, 1919, in Floyd county) on April 3, 1939,
                          in Matador; lives in Floydada. Children:
                              (i) Iwana Joy Sparks, born Sept. 29, 1940, in Floydada; married Laron
                                  Fulton (born Oct. 20, 1937); lives in Floyd County. They have two
                                  children:
                                        (1) Shonda LeAnn Fulton, born April 6, 1961; and
                                        (2) Lanny Chris Fulton, born Dec. 18, 1963.
                              (ii) Gloria Jeanne Sparks, born January 23, 1945, in Floydada.
                    (a) Juanita Merle (Nita) Sparks, born July 10, 1916, at Floydada; married
                          Robert B. Welborn (born Nov. 17, 1910, at Cooksville, Texas); lives in
                          Floydada; they have one daughter:
                              (i) Linda Lea Welborn, born January 7, 1941; married Vaughn Ginn
                                  (born Dec. 19, 1939), son of Guy and Margaret (Smith) Ginn; lives
                                  in New Deal, Texas. They have had three children:
                                        (1) Philip Vaughn Welborn Ginn, born Nov. 1, 1961;
                                        (2) Kaylan Kay Ginn, born Jan. 18, 1964, died Jan. 19, 1964
                                        (3) Caryn Mylea Ginn, born Feb. 14, 1965.

          (4) Mary Effie (Mollie) Sparks, daughter of Mathew Patton and Martha Susan
               (Bridwell) Sparks, was born October 16, 1885. She was married on February
               4, 1906, in Commerce, Hunt County, Texas, to Robert Lemuel Robinson (born
               March 5, 1880, in Scott County, Arkansas, and died January 5, 1933, in
               Floydada), son of Simon Columbus Augustus and Martha Ann Maranda
               (Simpson) Robinson; lives in Fort Worth, Texas. They were the parents of three
               children:
                    (a) Thelma Lucille Robinson, born February 6, 1907, at Gainsville, Texas;
                          married Thomas Calvin (Jack) Dempsey (born May 15, 1892, in the Indian
                          Territory (now Oklahoma) where his father built the first cotton gin in the
                          Territory), on April 3, 1933, in Frederick, Oklahoma; lives at Dempseyville,
                          (near Silverton) Texas, and at Lubbock, Texas. They have one son:

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(i) Thomas Keith Dempsey, son of Thomas C. and Thelma Lucille (Robinson) Dempsey, was born November 19, 1937. He married (first) in 1955 Delphine Black (born April 21, 1937, at Brownfield, Texas.) They were divorced and he married (second) in August 24, 1958, Shirley Scott. He lives in Lubbock. Children:
(1) Thomas Keith Dempsey, Jr., born Dec. 10, 1956, in Lubbock;
(2) Lanan Dempsey, born Jan. 21, 1961, in Lubbock.
                    (b) Bonnie Edra Robinson, born Sept. 14, 1908, at Gainsvilbe; she married
                          Dean Angus (divorced); lives at Fort Worth.
                    (c) Robert Rex Robinson, born August 19, 1912, at Dundee; he married
                          Else (Elsie) Frieda Martha Zwahr (born February 12, 1917, at Port Arthur,
                          Texas), daughter of Karl Ernst and Bertha Caroline (Seiler) Zwahr, on
                          February 6, 1938, at Lubbock; lives in Spur, Texas. They have one son:
                              (i) Robert Rex Robinson, Jr., born September 27, 1940, at Plainview,
                                  Texas.

          (5) William Wallace Sparks, son of Mathew Patton and Martha Susan (Bridwell)
                Sparks, was born February 8, 1888, and died December 12, 1932, in Floydada.
                He was married first to Lottie Maxwell (born November 3, 1897, at Dundee and
                died December 25, 1946, at Newport, Virginia); they were divorced and he
                married (second) Grace . Children:
                    (a) Helen Sparks, born September 22, 1913, in Dundee; married (first)
                         Altman, (second) Rivers, (third) George Brenchly, (fourth) Freddie
                         Armstead, (fifth) Carl Epley, who was killed in the maritime service, (sixth)
                         J. W. Mehlmann, and (seventh) W. M. (Bill) Wright; lives in California.
                    (b) Adeline Sparks, born October 23, 1915, in Floydada; married Thomas De
                          Temple; lives in Philadelphia, Penna. Children:
                              (i) Donald Wayne Martine, Jr., born Jan. 2, 1932, in Fort Worth; married
                                  and has two children; stationed with the Navy in California.
                             (ii) Ronald Layne De Temple, born November 23, 1948, in San
                                   Francisco.
                            (iii) Jeffery De Temple, born about 1950 in Pennsylvania.

          (6) Annie Elmer Sparks, daughter of Matthew Patton and Martha Susan (Bridwell)
                Sparks, was born in 1889. She married Jesse W. Dalton (born Oct. 15, 1886).
                She died in 1920 at the Blanco Community (near Floydada) and was buried
                with her baby which was born and died on the same day as she did. Children of
                Annie E. and Jesse W. Dalton:
                    (a) Lowell Wallace Dalton, born Oct. 9, 1910, at Dundee; married Nellie Dean
                          (born Oct. 28, 1913, in Grant County, Arkansas, and died Jan. 21, 1956,
                          in Muleshoe, Texas), daughter of John Yates; lives in Muleshoe, Texas.
                          Children:
                              (i) Laquinta Dalton, born May 22, 1940; married.
                             (ii) Caroline Dalton, born Nov. 16, 1942. (iii) Johnnie Dalton, born May 9,
                                  1947.
                    (b) Leland Eddie Dalton, born Feb. 14, 1912, at Dundee; married Exa Merle
                          Lavvorn (born July 15, 1912); lives in California. Children:
                              (i) Gwendolyn (Gwen) Marlene Dalton, born June 10, 1931, in Plainview;
                                   married Thomas Ford Guinn (born May 14, 1932).
                             (ii) Leland Elvie Dalton, born Feb. 1, 1934, at Plainview; married Lu Ann
                                  Risk (born Feb. 16, 1935).

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          Children of Annie Elmer Sparks and her husband, Jesse W. Dalton, continued:

          (c) Jessie Dalton, born Oct. 29, 1913, at Dundee; married Robinson; lives at
                Muleshoe, Texas. Children:
                    (i) Robert Robinson, born August 6, 1941; married; one child.
                   (ii) Tabitha Monette Robinson, born March 16, 1946.
          (d) Choice Windell Dalton, born May 11, 1915, in Floyd County; married (first)
                Louise Christine Wood (born July 18, 1913), divorced; he married (second)
                Surratt; lives in California. Children:
                    (i) Choice Windell Dalton, Jr., born Nov. 12, 1937.
                   (ii) Jackie Wade Dalton, born Jan. 15, 1939.
                  (iii) Marie Annette Dalton, born May 13, 1941.
                   (iv) Eddie Lynn Dalton, born July 1, 1943.
                    (v) Deborah Joyce Dalton, born Feb. 12, 1951.
          (e) Wayland Harrell Dalton, born May 15, 1918, in Floyd County; married Mary Ruth
                Surratt (born April 27, 1919); lives in Riverside, Calif. Children:
                    (i) Sonja Ruth Dalton, born March 22, 1938; married Edwards.
                   (ii) Bobby Reeves Dalton, born August 23, 1941 and died August 25, 1941.
                  (iii) Wayland Wallace Dalton, born April 25, 1943, and died Jan. 30, 1945.
                   (iv) Brenda Marlene Dalton, born June 20, 1946.
                    (v) Robert Lynn Dalton, born Jan. 6, 1955.

          (7) Herbert Sanford Sparks, son of Mathew Patton and Martha Susan (Bridwell)
                Sparks, was born December 15, 1891. He married (first) Minnie Annon Steen
                (born September 1, 1897, and died October 15, 1917); he married (second)
                Eula Mae Allen (born August 25, 1902), they were divorced and he married
                (third) Jeannie Stinson (born September 30, 1926), also divorced. He lives
                in Phoenix. He has one daughter:
                    (a) Martha Lee Sparks, born July 24, 1924; appeared as a child actress in
                          many movies including Daddy Long Legs and Goodby to London (with
                          Will Rogers); she married Bob Stamin (divorced); lives in Phoenix. One
                          daughter:
                              (i) Nancy Lee Stamm, born October 28, 1946.

          (8) James Harvey Sparks, son of Mathew Patton and Martha Susan (Bridwell)
                Sparks, was born in 189-; he died when he was eleven days old; buried in Rusk
                County.

          (9) Eddie Nolan Sparks, son of Mathew Patton and Martha Susan (Bridwell)
                Sparks, was born August 2, 1895; he was married to Clara A. McKee (born
                May 17, 1897, in Fayetteville, Arkansas). He died January 7, 1950, in
                Prescott, Arizona. His widow is now Mrs. Guy Freeborn of Phoenix, Ariz.
                They were the parents of two children:
                    (a) Teddy Nolan Sparks, born February 18, 1917; married Thelma -----;  lives
                          in Prescott.
          (b) Eddye Lois Sparks, born October 31, 1921; married Jack Shira; lives in Las
                Vegas, Nevada. They have one son,
                    (i) Jack Shira, Jr., born June 20, 1959.

          (10) Wilma Sparks, daughter of Mathew Patton and Martha Susan (Bridwell)
                Sparks; was born March 12, 1900; married November 29, 1928, in Plainview,
                Texas. Stanley (Stan) Johnston (born April 25, 1903); lives in Garden Grove,
                Calif.

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SPARKS MARRIAGES IN KENTUCKY

By: Paul E. Sparks (Continued from page 817)

LAUREL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS (1825-1851)

From the Records of the Filson Club

Abraham?)
Absolom?) Sparks & Elizabeth Miller, July 2, 1856. Bondsman: W. J. Miller.

Elizabeth Sparks & Caleb W. Catching, November 12, 1849.

Martha Sparks & Wesley Johnson, September 16, 1857. Bondsman: John W. Johnson.

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS (l822-1865)

Copied by Paul E. Sparks & Lawrence County Court Clerk

George Sparks & Nancy Short, July 31, 1822. (Book I, p. 12) Married by Stephen
     Wheeler, Baptist minister.
Thomas Sparks & Katherine Jayne, December 24, 1823. (Book I, p. 17) Married by
     Stephen Wheeler, Baptist minister.
Sarah Sparks & Henry Jayne, December 25, 1824. (Book I, p. 26) Married by James
     Wheeler, Jr., J.P.
Jarret Sparks & Elizabeth Boggs, September 19, 1825. (Book I, p. 31) Married by
     Stephen Wheeler, Baptist minister.
Calvin Sparks & Sally Lyon, June 16, 1828. (Book I, p. 48) Married by Stephen
     Wheeler, Baptist minister.
Wiley Sparks & Sintha Holebrook, August 20, 1832. (Box 3) Married by Stephen Wheeler
     Baptist minister. Bondsman: John Holebrook.
Elijah Sparks & Sarah Evans, October 19, 1832. (Box 3) Consent of her father, Wesley
     Evans. Witnesses: Daniel Sparks & E. E. Stikes.
Dianah Sparks & Pardon Morris, 1832. (Box 2, missing?)
Sinay Sparks & Iray Isam, September 5, 1833. Bondsman: Calvin Sparks.
Elisha Sparks & Susannah Pridemore, December 16, 1833. (Box 3) Consent of her
     father, John Pridemore, of Floyd County. Bondsmen: Daniel Sparks, Saul Sparks,
     and David Sparks.
Franky Sparks & William Gent, September 20, 1834. (Book I, p. 116)
Daniel Sparks & Sarah Jayne, July 31, 1834. (Book I, p. 112)
Sarah Sparks & Tilman Craft, March 18, 1835. (Book I, p. 131)
Wesley Sparks & Nancy Keesee, June 19, 1835. (Book I, p. 121)
Frances Sparks & Reuben Keesee, December 1, 1836. (Book I, p. 134)
Charlotte Sparks & Andrew Cain, 1837. (Box 1)
Nicholas Sparks & Dorcas Ross, December 21, 1837. (Box 3) Bondsman: Robert Ross.
Kesiah Sparks & Campbell Gent, February 23, 1839. (Box 2, missing) Consent of her
     father, Thomas Sparks. Married by Stephen Wheeler, Baptist minister.
Etheldred Sparks & Ella Gent, October 14, 1841. (Box 3) Bondsman: Robert Ross.
Sirena Sparks & Daniel Castle, October 17, 1844. (Box 1)
John W. Sparks & Almeda Green, December 21, 1845. (Book II, p. 133) Married by
     Elder Rufus Humphrey.
Mary A. Sparks & Hiram Morrow, 1846. (Box 2, missing?)
Samuel Sparks & Nancy Scaggs, November 11, 1847. (Box 3) Consent of her father,
     Lewis Scaggs. Married by Lewis Scaggs.

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Lawrence County, Kentucky, Marriage Bonds (1822-1865), continued:

Nancy Sparks & John Hutchison, March 21, 1847. (Book II, p. 112) Consent of her father,
     George Sparks. His father, Peter Hutchison. Married by William Barker. Witnesses:
     William Green & James Mason.
Reuben Sparks & Elizabeth Dues, July 6, 1849. (Book II, p. 24)
Matthew Sparks & Hannah Adkins, January 18, 1852. (Book II, p. 48) He 21 years old;
     she 23 years old. Married by G. C. Burgess, J.P.
Alfred Sparks & Mary Ann Green, December 30, 1852. (Book II, p. 53) He born on head
     of Big Blame Creek; she in Scott County, Virginia. He 21 years old; she 14 years old.
Polly Sparks & Harvey Lester, May 11, 1854. (Book II, p. 72) He 21 years old; father,
     William Lester. She 18 years old; father, Calvin Sparks. He was born Taswil (i .e .
     Tazewell) County, Virginia; she born Lawrence County, Kentucky. Witnesses: Wiley
     Sparks, William Lions, and Thomas Lester.
Polly Sparks & Lewis Lyon, January 2, 1854. (Book II, p. 77)
Bethena Sparks & David Curnutte, September 27, 1855. (Book II, p. 96)
Reuben Sparks & Mary Curnutte, December 18, 1857. (Book II, p. 114) He 28 years old;
     she 21 years old. Married by Enoch Green, Baptist minister. Witnesses: David & Mary
     Wellrnan.
Nancy Sparks & Nelson White, January 8, 1857. (Book II, p. 106)
George Sparks & lafair Chafin, January --, 1858. (Box 3) He born in Johnson County,
     Kentucky, age 22, 1st marriage. She born in Logan County, Virginia, age 27, third
     marriage. Married by H. Moore, minister, Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
Nancy Sparks & Isaac Lester, February 4, 1858. (Book II, p. 121) He born in Tazewell
     County, Virginia, age 20 years. She 20 years old. Married at home of Garrett Sparks
     by Enoch Green, Baptist minister. Witnesses: R. R. Sparks & William Lyon.
Daniel Sparks & Eleanor Cordial, May 5, 1859. (Box 3) He born in Surry County, North
     Carolina, age 46 years, 2nd marriage. She born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, age
     32 years, 1st marriage. Married by Enoch Green, Baptist minister.
Rebecca H. Sparks & John F. Green, October 27, 1859. (Book 3A, p. 31) He born in
     Cabell County, Virginia, 20 years. old. She born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, 17
     years old. Married by Enoch Green, Baptist minister.
Lizy A. Sparks & Peter T. Burgess, 1860. (Box I)
Delilah Sparks & Elisha Wellman, 1860. (Book 3A, p. 25)
Peter Sparks & Alafair Jordan, February 15, 1860. (Book 3A, p. 31) He age 21. Her
     father, John W. Jordan. Married by John Hale, minister, Methodist Episcopal Church,
     South. Bondsman: Hiram J. Jordan. Witness: Jesse Jordan.
Allen Sparks & Anna Gibson, October 1, 1863. (Book 5, p. 69) Married by Silvester
     B. Miller, Baptist minister.
Joel Sparks & Eliza J. Adkins, 1863. (Book 5, p. 71)
Nelson Sparks & Surrilda Holbrook, December 15, 1864. (Book 5, p. 55) He 19 years
     old. She 15 years old. Witnesses: Jno. J. Gambill & William Boggs, Jr.
Martin Sparks & Nancy Colyer, October 20, 1865. (Box 3) His father, Wesley Sparks. Gemima Sparks & John Green, March 2, 1865. (Book 3A, p. 30) His father, Thomas
     Green. Married by Enoch Green, Baptist minister.
David L. Sparks & Thursa Curnutte, May 14, 1865. (Book 5, p. 83) Her father, Reuben
     Curnutte. Bondsman: David G. Curnutte. Married by Enoch Green, Baptist minister.
Seana Sparks & George Stephen, 1865. (Box 3)
Pheba J. Sparks & Francis Parker, 1865. (Book 5, p. 77)
Anna Sparks & Ellis Booth, 1865. (Book 5, p. 79)
Mahala A. Sparks & James L. Wheeler, 1865. (Book 5, p. 83)
Jennie Sparks & John Green, 1865. (Book 5, p. 83)
Rachel Sparks & Enoch Green, August 21, 1865. (Box 2) His father, Giles Green. Her
     father, Daniel Sparks.

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SARAH SPARKS CONNAWAY

(Born 1778 in South Carolina; Died 1872 in Indiana)

A query by: Ruth Conway Rees

Ruth Conway Rees (Mrs. Elmer L.), R.R. 5, Connersville, Indiana (47331) is seeking information on her great-great-grandmother, Sarah Sparks, who was born near Sumter, the county seat of Sumter County, South Carolina, on July 26, 1778. Sarah Sparks was married to James Connaway (or Conway) at Sumter, South Carolina, in October, 1795. He was born in Orange County, Virginia, on July 26, 1778, arid was a son of Catlett Connaway (or Conway) who died September 14, 1827, and Susannah Fitzshugh Connaway (or Conway) who died March 15, 1819. (In his family Bible, James Connaway recorded the names of three brothers: Catlett, Jr., died July 25, 1839; Edwin, died May 5, 1854; and John, died April 5, 1859.)

According to family tradition, James and Sarah (Sparks) Connaway lived at Dobbs Corner, South Carolina - - there is a Dobb’s Crossroad about 10 miles east of Sumter.   In September, 1815, James and Sarah, with nine of their thirteen children, moved from South Carolina to Union County, Indiana. James Connaway died on September 21, 1851, and his wife, Sarah (Sparks) Connaway died October 12, 1872. They are buried in Union Cemetery at Lyonsville, Indiana.

The above dates are all taken from the family Bible of James Connaway, which was published in Philadelphia in 1828. Following is a list of the children of James and Sarah (Sparks) Connaway taken from this family Bible:

     (1) Mary Connaway, born in S .C. Sept. 28, 1797; married John Wood.
     (2) Margaret Connaway, born in S.C. March 1, 1799; married David Wilson.
     (3) Charles Connaway, born in S.C. March 10, 1801; married Mariah White.
     (4) Nancy Connaway, born in S.C. August, 1803; married John Douthitt.
     (5) Lucetty Connaway, born in S.C.  Dec. 24, 1805; married Aaron Harlen.
     (6) Sarah Connaway, born in S.C. August 26, 1808; married Abraham Sutton.
     (7) Zachariah Connaway, born in S.C. June 3, 1810; married Susan Williams.
     (8) Cindarilla Corinaway, born in S.C. April, 1812; married Richard Morrow.
     (9) Elizabeth Connaway, born in S.C. July 1, 1814; married Samuel E. Williamson.
   (10) Lavicy Connaway, born in Indiana Feb. 27, 1817; married Soloman Simpson.
   (11) Jane Connaway, born in Indiana February 25, 1819; married George W. Springer.
   (12) Julia Ann Connaway, born in Indiana April 12, 1821; married John T. Frazy.
   (13) Harry Connaway, born in Indiana May 8, 1824; married Lidie A. Gard.

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DEATH TAKES JOHN ANDERSON SMITH SPARKS

Again we must report the passing of one of the older members of the Association.
John Anderson Smith Sparks of Norwood, Missouri, was born on September 28, 1878,
and died on February 12, 1965. Mr. Sparks was a son of James Richard and Susan
Ann (Abshere) Sparks. His picture appeared in the March, 1964, issue of the
Quarterly, and a record of his ancestry was published in the March, 1963, issue.
His wife, Vernie E. Raney Sparks, and his three daughters, Nellie, May Del, and
Doris, survive him. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, north of Norwood.

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[Here appears a photograph, beneath which are the following remarks:]


The above photograph has been furnished by Willie Sparks of Mountain Grove, Missouri.  His father and mother are shown (Andrew Jackson and Frances M. (Moore) Sparks, along with their two eldest children, George A. Sparks, born September 26, 1896, and Dicia Sparks (now Mrs. Garner) born March 25, 1899. This photograph was taken about 1901. For additional information on this branch of the Sparks family, see the Quarterly of March, 1963, page 711 Whole No. 41.

(View photograph)

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DEATH TAKES MRS. CECIL CROWELL

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Mrs.  Cecil Crowell, widow of Earl Crowell, of Orient, Illinois. She was a charter member of The Sparks Family Association. Mrs. Crowell was born May 30, 1900, and died December 2, 1964. She was a daughter of George and Elizabeth (Painter) Sparks, and a granddaughter of Hugh and Nancy (Curnutte) Sparks of Carter and Lawrence Counties, Kentucky. By her first husband, Netter Stewart, Mrs. Crowell had two sons who survive her, George Stewart and William Stewart. She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Donaldson, Mrs. Ethel Bowden, and Mrs. Elizabeth Pressler. Mrs. Donaldson and Mrs. Bowden live in Hurst, Illinois, while Mrs. Pressler lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1820 CENSUS OF KENTUCKY

Compiled from Microfilm, The Filson Club, Louisville, Kentucky

by: Paul E. Sparks

The state of Kentucky figures importantly in the genealogical research into many branches of the Sparks family, even though the descendants of these branches are now widely scattered. Admitted to the Union in 1792, Kentucky was settled largely by immigrants from Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia. Many of these settlers, or their children, moved on with the tide of emigration to Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and the other western states. Census records such as this provide the genealogist with one of his most valuable aids in tracing the westward path followed by his ancestors.

This record for 1820 fills an important gap in previously published census records of the Sparks family in Kentucky. In the March, 1955, issue of the Quarterly (Vol. III, No. 1, Whole No. 9) the Sparkses appearing on the 1810 census were listed (page 65). In the Quarterly of September, 1959 (Vol. VII, No. 3, pp. 419-422, Whole No. 27) we published a record of the Sparks families listed on the 1830 census of the state. Beginning in the Quarterly of March, 1957 (Vol. V, No. 1, p. 205, Whole No. 17) we published a record of the Sparkses named on the 1850 census. The following data should be used with these previously published records.

In all federal census records prior to 1850, only the head of each household was actually named. Opposite his name, the members of his household were s±mply enumerated by sex and age groups. The head of the household was also included in the enumeration.

In the 1820 census, males and females were enumerated separately, with the males divided into the following six age groups: (1) those under ten years; (2) those aged between 10 and 16 years; (3) those between 16 and 18; (4) those between 18 and 26; (5) those between 26 and 45; and (6) those 45 years old and above. The females were divided into similar age categories, except that those between 16 and 26 were placed in one group. (With an obvious view toward determining the military capacity of the country, the males between 16 and 26 were divided into two groups.) Ordinarily we can assume that where the head of the household was a male, he was the same as the oldest male in the enumeration. Thus, we can be sure that the Elihu Sparkes listed in Adair County was the male enumerated as aged 18 to 26; we can also guess that the members of his household included a wife between 16 and 26, along with one son and two daughters, all under 10 years. However, this can only be a logical guess, for these three children could have been relatives whom Elihu had taken to rear, and the female between 16 and 26 could have been a relative, or a housekeeper.

Of the sixty-eight counties in Kentucky in 1820, Sparkses were found in twenty-six. The following counties had no one named Sparks: Alien, Barren, Bath, Bracken, Breckinridge, Butler, Caidwell, Casey, Clark, Clay, Cumberland, Daviess, Floyd, Franklin, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Grayson, Green, Jessamine, Knox, Livingston, Logan, Mason, Monroe, Montgomery, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Ohio, Pendleton, Rockcastle, Simpson, Todd, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whitley, and Woodford.

Sparks families were found in the following twenty-six Kentucky counties in 1820: Adair, Boone, Bourbon, Bullitt, Campbell, Christian, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Greenup, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Henderson, Henry, Jefferson, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Owen, Pulaski, Scott, Shelby, and Trigg.

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1820 CENSUS OF KENTUCKY


  Males Females
 . 0
10
10
16
16
18
18
26
26
45
45
up
  0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
Adair County .
 . Elihu Sparks  (p. 45)  1 0 1 0 0   2 0 1 0   0
. John Sparks (p. 45)   0    0   0   0    1   0  .   1   0   1   0    0
. William Sparks (p. 49)   0   0   1    1   0   1 .   0   0   1   0   1

 
Boone County .
 . James Sparks (p. 35)  3 1 0 0 2   2 1 0 1   0
. Thomas Sparks (p. 37)   1   0   1   1   1   0   2   0   0   1   0

 
Bourbon County .
 . Catherine Sparks (p. 140)  0 2 0 0 0   0 1 0 1   0
. William Sparks (p. 142)   3   0   0   0   1   0 .   1   0   0   1   0

 
Bullitt County .
 . Benjamin Sparks (p.179) 5 0 0 1 0   0 1 1 1   0
. Samuel K. Sparks (p.187)   0   1   0   0   1   0 .   0   1   1   1   0

 
  Males Females
0
10
10
16
16
18
18
26
26
45
45
up
0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
Campbell County .
James Sparks (p.245)  0 0 2 0 0  . 1 0 1 0 0

 
Christian County .
Thomas Sparks (p. 294) 1 2 0 0 1   2 0 1 0 0

 
Estill County .
Isaac Sparks (p. 45)  0 0 1 0 0   0 0 0 1 0
. William Sparks (p. 51)   0   0   0   1   0   0 .   0   0   1   0    0
. George Sparks (p. 51)   4   2   1   0   1   0 .   0   1   0   1    0
. Ruth Sparks (p. 51)   1   0   0   0   0   0 .   3   1   4   0    1
. William Sparks, Jr.  (p. 51)   1   1   0   0   0   1   4   1   0   1    0
. Caty Sparks (p. 51)   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0    1
Fayette County
Elenor Sparks (p. 67)  0 3 0 0 0   0 0 0 1 0
. William Sparks (p. 85)   2   0   0   1   0   0 .   0   0   0   1    0

 
  Males Females
..  0
10
10
16
16
18
18
26
26
45
45
up
  0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
Fleming County .
 . William Sparks  (p. 73)  1 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0

 
Greenup County .
 . Isaac Sparks (p174)  2 1 0 1 0   2 0 0 1 0
. John Sparks (p174)   1   1   0   0   1   0   4   1   0   1    0
Hardin County .
 . Thomas Sparks (p. 26)  0 0 2 1 1  . 0 1 1 0 0

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1820 CENSUS OF KENTUCKY, Continued:
 
 

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

 
Harlan County .
 . Absalom Sparks (p120)  0 1 0 0 1  . 0 1 2 0 1

 
Harrison County .
 . William Sparks  (p144)  2 2 2 0 1  . 0 0 2 0 1

 
Henderson County .
 . Thomas Sparks (p. 6)  2 0 0 1 0   0 0 1 0 0

 
Henry County .
 . Walter Sparks (p. 218)  3 0 0 1 0  . 1 1 0 1 0
. (James Sparks) adj. (p. 251)   1   2   0   0   1   0 .   3   1   0   0   0
. (William Sparks)adj. (p. 251)   0   0   0   1   0   0 .   1   0   1   0   0
. Robert Sparks (p. 261)   2   2   1   3   1   0 .   2   0   1   1   1

[Scanner's Note:  The last three names above were added according to a correction in the QUARTERLY on page 1813.]
 

  Males Females
 . 0
10
10
16
16
18
18
26
26
45
45
up
 . 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
Jefferson County .
 . Ezra Sparks (p.43)  0 0 1 0 0   1 0 1 0 0
. Walter Sparks (p.43)   0   0   0   1   0   1 .   0   0   0   0   1
. Ephram Sparks (p.48)   2   0   0   0   1   0 .   2   0   1   0   1
 . William Sparks (p.48)   0   2   0   2   0   1 .   0   1   1   0   1
. Hampton Sparks (p.53)   1   0   0   0   1   0 .   0   0   0   1   0

 
Lewis County .
Joseph Sparks (p370)  3 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 0

 
Lincoln County .
Anderson Sparks (p.62)  1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0

 
Madison County .
James Sparks (p121)  0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

 
Mercer County .
  George Sparks (p370)  0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1

 
  Males Females
0
10
10
16
16
18
18
26
26
45
45
up
0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
Nicholas County .
George Sparks (p412)  2 2 0 0 1   1 0 1 1 0
. Catharine Sparks (p420)   0   1   0   0   0   0 .   3   0   2   0   1
. Caleb Sparks (p420)   2   2   0   0   1   0 .   3   0   0   1   0
. Catharine Sparks .   0   0   0   1   1   0 .   1   1   2   0   1

 
Owen County
 . Anthony Sparks (p104)  4 0 0 1 0   2 2 0 1 0
. Madison Sparks   "   0   0   0   0   1   0 .   0   0   0   1   0
. Henry Sparks, Sr.   "    0   1   1   2   1   1 .   0   0   1   0   1
. Humphrey Sparks   "   0   0   0   0   0   1 .   0   0   1   2   1
. Martin Sparks   "   0   2   1   0   0   1 .   1   0   0   0   1
(all listed as adjoining each other)

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1820 CENSUS OF KENTUCKY, Continued:
 
 

  Males Females
0
10
10
16
16
18
18
26
26
45
45
up
  0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
Pulaski County .
David Sparks (p.42)  1 0 0 1 0  . 3 0 0 1 0

 
Scott County .
  James Sparks (p134)  1 0 0 1 0   0 0 1 0 0

 
Shelby County .
 . Valentine Sparks (p132)  1 0 0 1 0   1 0 1 0 0
. Daniel Sparkes (p137)   1   0   0   0   1   0 .   2   0   0   1    0
. Richard Sparkes (p137)   4   2   0   0   1   0 .   1   0   0   1    0

 
Trigg County .
 . Eli Sparks (p.4)  0 0 1 0 0  . 1 0 1 0 0

DEATH TAKES THOMAS JOSHUA SPARKS

We regret to report the death of Thomas Joshua Sparks, whose home was in Pryor, Oklahoma. Mr. Sparks was the father of Chaplain John W. Sparks, whose portrait appeared on the cover of the June, 1964, issue of the Quarterly. Mr. Sparks was a son of John English and Mary Jane (Grogan) Sparks and was born on March 21, 1877, at Boxley, Arkansas; he died on November 22, 1964. Mr. Sparks’s widow, Sarah Louisa (Mashburn) Sparks survives him.

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DEATH TAKES AMANDA ELIZABETH SPARKS

We regret to report that Mrs. Amanda Elizabeth (Grogan) Sparks, widow of Thomas Jackson Sparks, passed away on February 13, 1965, at Chanute, Kansas. She was 83 years old, having been born on March 30, 1881, at Hartville, Missouri. Her parents were Ambros Marion and Caroline (Owens) Grogan. She was married to Thomas J. Sparks (his second wife) on August 14, 1898; he preceded her in death on February 1, 1937. Mrs. Sparks leaves one daughter, Ruth Sparks Caudle; her only son, John Sparks, of Orient, Iowa, died on October 1, 1964.

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ADDITION TO THE 1810 CENSUS OF KENTUCKY

Although the writing is very difficult to decipher, Paul E. Sparks reports that it seems probable that the census taker of Shelby County, Kentucky, in 1810 intended to record the name DAVID SPARK (p. 729). This name was not included in the record of Sparkses on the 1810 census of Kentucky published in the Quarterly of March, 1955, page 65 (Vol. III, No. 1, Whole No. 9). This David Spark (?) was listed with the following members of his household: 1 male (himself) between 26 and 45 years of age; 2 males under ten years; 1 female between 26 and 45; 1 female between 10 and 16; and 2 females under 10 years of age.

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

It is a pleasure to report the names of twenty-four new members of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION. These are our new members since September, 1964:
 

Berrey, Harry H., Culpeper, Virginia (22701)
Bierly, Joan G. (Mrs. Thomas), 606 E. Walnut, Shelbina, Missouri.
Brieser, Mrs. Howard W., Rt. 5, Princeton, Illinois (61356)
Coy, Irene (Mrs. Fred, Jr.), Box 253, Pacific, Missouri (63069)
Dardis, Mrs. Freda Ferne, Rt. 1, Box 4660, Elverta, California.
Hanson, Jessie F. (Mrs. H. T.), Box 582, Anoka, Minnesota (55303)
Hooker, Mrs. Nellie, 1307 W. 20th Terr., Kansas City, Missouri.
Lindsey, Bessie B. (Mrs. E. E.), 208 E. Fourth St., Rome, Georgia (30161)
Orme, Mrs. W. R., 2121 Madison, Ogden, Utah (84403)
Reynolds, Georgia M. (Mrs. G. H.), 2201 - 56th St., Des Moines, Iowa (50310)
Ridout, Harold L., 4210 W. 44th St., Minneapolis, Minnesota (55424)
Sparke, Hugh Aleck, 157 Archer Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana.
Sparks, Donald E., 12136 Sunny Crest Place, Bridgeton, Missouri.
Sparks, Dwight A., Lynnville, Iowa (50153)
Sparks, Keith Fogus, 225 Evelyn Ave., Roseville, California (95678)
Sparks, Kenneth V., 9280 La Reta Way, Riverside, California.
Sparks, Robert, 1145 Thermalito Ave., Oroville, California (95965)
Sparks, Miss Sallie, Box 151, Mackinaw, Illinois (61755)
Sparks, William Luther, 436 E. Catawba Ave., Akron, Ohio (44301)
Wade, Mrs. Melba Sparks, 40 West 1st St., South, Kaysville, Utah.
Walker, Miss Roma, R.R. 2, Osceola, Missouri (64776)
Waters, Mrs. Gerald, Box 82, Big Piney, Wyoming.
White, Helen M., Shelbina, Missouri.
Wolfe, Charles C., 712 Pine St., Jeannette, Pennsylvania.


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S K R A P S

It is a pleasure for the Secretary-Treasurer of The Sparks Family Association to report that, at this writing, nearly half of our members have paid their 1965 dues. Many of these have paid at the contributing and sustaining rates (two have sent checks for $25.00) and there is reason to hope that the financial status of the Association will be great improved this year if the remaining half of our members pay their dues at the same rate. We are enclosing a notice with this issue of the Quarterly for each member from whom we have not received dues.

One of our members wrote recently to point out the value of genealogical queries. Not only does the query offer the possibility that someone seeing it may be able to provide the answer, but it also records in permanent form the information that the querist has regarding his Sparks ancestry. For someone else, either now or in years to come, this query may provide iLportant information. We are always happy to include queries regarding a member’s Sparks ancestry. There is no charge. Please make your query as detailed as possible, giving all the information that you have, so that these data may be helpful to others.

Several of our members have suggested that dues in the Association should be increased next year. The officers have, therefore, decided to increase active membership dues in 1966 to $3.00 per year. Contributing membership dues will be $4.00, and sustaining membership dues will be any amount over $4.00. The old rate, however, will continue throughout 1965.
 

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