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. XIV, NO. 3 SEPTEMBER, 1966
WHOLE NO. 55a 

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

CHAPLAIN (COLONEL) JOHN W. SPARKS

AWARDED THE LEGION OF MERIT

AT  FT.  SAM  HOUSTON,  TEXAS

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by the Sparks Family Association.

   Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 N. Hite Ave., Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
   William P. Johnson, Historian-Genealogist, Box 531, Raleigh, NC
   Russell E. Bidlack, Secretrary-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 and preserving of genealogical and historical materials 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 to persons interested in genealogical and historical research.  Membership falls into three classes:  Active, Contributing, and Sustaining.  Active membership dues are three dollars per year;  Contributing membership dues are four dollars per year; and Sustaining membership dues are any amount over four dollars which the member wishes to contribute.  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 associations, and individuals may subscribe to the QUARTERLY without joining the Association at the rate of three dollars per year.  Back issues are kept in print and are available for seventy-five cents per issue.  The first issue of the  QUARTERLY was published in March, 1953.  An index covering the first five years (1953-1957) and another covering the second five  years (1958-1962) have been published and are available for one dollar each.  The editor of the QUARTERLY 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 Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan.

JOHN W. SPARKS AWARDED LEGION OF MERIT

On the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY appears a photograph of one of our most honored members, Chaplain (Colonel) John W. Sparks, taken on April 28, 1966. On that date, retiring after twenty-three years’ service in the United States Army, Colonel Sparks was awarded the Legion of Merit. Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Dunn, Fourth Army Commanding General, pinned the medal on the uniform of Colonel Sparks at a ceremony at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.

Six weeks following his retirement from the Army, Colonel Sparks was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. As Moderator, Colonel Sparks presides over the sessions of the Assembly, and serves as the highest elected leader of the denomination for the ensuing year. The following sketch of the Colonel’s career appeared in the June 21, 1966, issue of The Cumberland Presbyterian:

“The new moderator was born in Washita County, Okla., in 1911. Graduating from high school in Rocky, Okla., he attended Bethel College, McKenzie, Tenn., and received the BA degree in 1939. He attended the Cumberland Presbyterian Seminary and also Vanderbilt Divinity School, from which he received the BD degree in 1942. He is married to the former Jacqueline Hays of Hopkinsville, Ky., and they are parents of two children: one married daughter, Mrs. Alice Johansson of Seattle, Wash., and a son, John Walter, a junior in high school. His 23 years in the chaplaincy has carried him to posts of service throughout the world. Among his posts of foreign service as Japan. Following his election as moderator, Rev, Thomas Forester, the retiring moderator, who was a missionary in Japan, spoke movingly of Chaplain Sparks’ ministry to them as missionaries. ‘This fellow has meant a lot to many of us,’ Mr, Forester said, and ‘I gladly turn over the gavel to him.’ "

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KENTUCKY SPARKSES IN THE CIVIL WAR

By Paul E. Sparks

Few states gave large numbers of men to serve both the Union and the Confederacy. Kentucky furnished nearly 80,000 Union soldiers, of whom nearly 11,000 were killed in battle or died from disease. No accurate figures can be compiled for Confederate soldiers, but estimates place that figure at over 35,000. Sparks men helped to swell the number in both the Union and the Confederate Army.

Although Kentucky had sympathy and kinship with the South, she refused to leave the Union. Instead, she tried to remain neutral and Governor Magoffin warned both President Lincoln and President Davis against invading Kentucky soil. But by early fall of 1861, men were on their way to military camps such as the Union Camp Dick Robinson in central Kentucky, or the Confederate Camp Burnett, just over the state line in Tennessee.

Kentucky abandoned her position of neutrality in September, 1861, when Confederate troops occupied Columbus and Hickman, followed by Grant’s move into Paducah. Thereafter for nearly four years, Kentucky was never free of strife. Families were divided against each other and kinsmen fought under opposing banners.

In 1866, the State Legislature ordered the Adjutant-General to compile a record of Kentuckians who had served in the Union forces. In 1915, comparable records were published of Kentuckians who had served in the Confederate forces. Both records warn the reader to make allowance for the word “deserted,” pointing out that in many instances men joined another command without the formality of a transfer.  In other instances, men returned to their commands while others were cut off by the enemy and could not return. It will also be noted that there are obvious duplications.

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          From the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, Confederate

Kentucky Volunteers, War 1861-1865. 8 July 1915. Volume 1.

(page 12)      Co. D, 1st Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            FRANCIS N. SPARKS, 4th Sgt., enl. 23 April 1861, Louisville, Ky.
                               Promoted to 4th Sgt. from 2nd Corp., 21 July 1861.
(page 14)      FRANCIS N. SPARKS, Pvt. enl. 23 April 1861, Louisville, Ky.
(page 164)    Co. D, 4th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C .S .A.
                            JOHN SPARKS, Pvt. enl. 10 Sept. 1861, Camp Burnett • Wounded at
                               Murfreesboro, Tenn. Captured at Resaca, Ga. 15 May 1864.
(page 198)    Co. A, 5th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            WILLIAM SPARKS, Pvt. enl. 24 Dec. 1861, Paintsville, Ky.
(page 208)    Co. B, 5th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            JOHN L. SPARKS, Pvt. 25 Oct. 1861, Prestonsburg, Ky.
(page 214)    Co. C, 5th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            H. S. SPARKS, 1st Sgt. 19 Oct. 1861, Prestonsburg, Ky.
(page 218)     Co. C, 5th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            JOHN W. SPARKS, Pvt. enl. 28 Oct. 1861, Prestonsburg, Ky. Went to
                               Captain Ratliff’s Co. H, 8 Jan. 1862.
                            HUGH S. SPARKS, Pv-b. enl. 19 Oct. 1861, Prestonsburg, Ky. Prisoner
                               of war.
(page 222)    Co. C, 5th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            WILLIAM J. SPARKS, Pv-t. 8 May 1863, Rookhouse,Va. prisoner at
                               Missionary Ridge 24 Nov. 1863. In prison to close of war.

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(page 228)    Co. D, 5th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            JOHN L. SPARKS, Pvt. 19 Oct. 1861, Carter Co., Ky.
(page 248)    Co. F, 5th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            MOREAU SPARKS, 1st Sgt. enl. 10 Sept. 1862, Nicholasvi].le, Ky.
                               Apptd. 1st Sgt. 26 Nov. 1862. Wounded at Dallas, Ga., 28 May 1864.
(page 256)    Co. G, 5th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            RICHARD SPARKS, Pvt. eni. 10 Nov. 1861, Pike Co., Ky.
                            JOHN W. SPARKS, 1st Lt., enl. 28 Oct. 1861, Camp Huger.
                            JOEL SPARKS, 3rd Sgt. enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp Huger.
                            HENRY W. SPARKS, 2nd Corp. enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp Huger.
(page 258)    Co. , 5th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            ISAAC SPARKS, Pvt. enl. 29’Dec. 1861, Camp Huger.
                            MARTIN SPARKS, Pvt. enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp Huger. Reported as
                               deserted, 22 Jan. 1862.
                            WILLIAM SPARKS, Pvt. enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp Huger
(page 272)    Co. K, 5th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            JOHN W. SPARKS, 2nd Lt., enl. 26 May 1862, Camp Perry. Resigned
                               25 Aug. 1862.
                            JOEL SPARKS, 2nd Lt., enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp Huger. Elected 2nd
                               Lt. 25 Sept. 1862.
(page 274)    HENRY SPARKS, 4th Corp. enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp Huger.
(page 276)    HENRY SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 14 Dec. 1861, Camp Recovery. Deserted 17
                            Apr. 1862, Moccasin, Va.
                       ISAAC SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp Huger.
                       JESSE SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 14 Dec. 1861, Camp Recovery. Prisoner of
                            War, January 1862.
                       JOEL SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp Huger.
                       MARTIN SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp Huger. Discharged 20
                            Oct. 1862.
                       NATHAN SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp Recovery. Deserted 13
                            March 1862, Moccasin, Va.
                       WILLIAM H. SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp Huger. Discharged
                            20 October 1862.
(page 400)    Co. H, 8th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C .S .A.
                            NOAH W. SPARKS, Pv-b. enl. 13 Oct. 1861, Hopkinsville, Ky. Reported
                               deserted 9 Dec. 1862.
(page 440)    Co. F, 9th Regt. Infantry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            R. F. SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 1 Jan. 1862, Savannah, Tenn.
(page 546)    Co. A, 2nd Regt., Cavalry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            A. SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 17 July 1862, Georgetown, Ky. Transferred to
                               8th Cavalry Regt.
(page 626)    Co. H, 4th Regt. Cavalry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            J. F. SPARKS, Pvt., eni. 10 Sept. 1862, Lexington, Ky. Captured in Ky.
(page 680)    Co. I, 6th Regt. Cavalry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            E. H. SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 16 Sept. 1862, Owenton, Ky.
(page 726)    Co. B, 8th Regt. Cavalry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            E. SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 10 Sept. 1862, Jessarnine Co., Ky.
(page 728)    Co. C, 8th Regt., Cavalry, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            G. T. SPARKS, 1st Corp., enl. 10 Sept. 1862, Shelby Co., Ky.
(page 730)    GEORGE SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 10 Sept. 1862, Shelby Co., Ky.

          From the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, Confederate
       Kentucky Volunteers, War 1861-1865. 8 July 1815. Volume 2.

(page 284)    JOHN W. SPARKS, 2nd Lt., 5th Infantry Regt., Co. K. Commissioned 26
                            May 1862, Camp Perry, Ky. Resigned 25 Aug. 1862.
                       JOEL SPARKS, 2nd Lt., 5th Infantry Regt., Co. K. Enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Camp
                            Hugar, Ky. Elected 25 Sept. 1862.

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(page 288)    JOHN W. SPARKS, 1st Lt. Partisan Rangers, 13 Sept. 1862, Morgan Co.,
                            Ky. Resigned 5 June 1863.
(page 338)    JOHN W. SPARKS, Field’s Co. of Partisan Rangers, Ky. Volunteers,
                            1st Lt. 13 Sept. 1862, Morgan County, Ky. Resigned 5 June 1863.
(page 342)    Field’s Company of Partisan Rangers
                            ISAAC SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 29 Dec. 1861, Lawrence Co., Ky.
                               Transferred 23 Oct. 1863 from Co. K, 5th Ky. Regt.
                            JOHN W. SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 13 Sept. 1862, Lawrence Co., Ky.
                            REUBEN SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 23 Sept. 1862, Lawrence Co., Ky.
                               Deserted 25 Oct. 1863.
                            HUGH SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 26 March 1863, Lawrence Co., Ky. Deserted.
                            JOHN L. SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 18 Jan. 1863, Lawrence Co., Ky. Deserted
                               29 March 1863; returned 12 June 1863.
                            WILLIAM L. SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 1 Feb. 1863, Lawrence Co., Ky.
                            DANIEL SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 14 May 1863, Johnson Co., Ky.
(page 350)    Co. A, 1st Battalion Mounted Rifles, Ky. Volunteers.
                            GEORGE W. SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 18 Oct. 1861, Prestonsburg, Ky.
(page 366)    Co. A., 2nd Battalion Mounted Rifles, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            ELI SPARKS, Pvt., enl. 30 Aug. 1862, Rowan County, Ky.
(page 370)    Co. B, 2nd Battalion Mounted Rifles, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            J. T. SPARKS, Pvt. enl. (7) Fleming Co., Ky, Captured at Lookout Valley,
                               26 November 1863.
(page 398)    Co. F, 3rd Battalion Mounted Rifles, Ky. Volunteers, C.S.A.
                            GEORGE W. SPARKS, Pvt. eni, 9 Sept. 1861, Carlisle, Ky. Transferred
                            from Holliday’s Co. 20 Nov. 1862.

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          From the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, 1861-1866.
          Printed at Kentucky Yeoman Office, Frankfort, Ky., 1866. Volume 1. (This is
       the report of persons serving in the United States, or Union, Army during the
       Civil War.)

(page 26)    Co. G, 1st Ky. Volunteer Cavalry.
                            MARION SPARKS, Pvt. enl. 12 Sept. 1863, Knoxville, Tenn. for 3 years.
                               Time expired.
(page 54)    Co. E, 2nd Ky. Volunteer Cavalry.
                            THOMAS J. SPARKS, farrier, enrolled 14 July 1861, mustered in 9 Sept.
                               1861 at Muldraugh’s Hill, Ky., for 3 years. Mustered out of service.
(page 188)  Co. C, 7th Ky. Volunteer Cavalry.
                            AMOS J. SPARKS, Pvt. enrolled 1 July 1862, mustered in 1 July 1862,
                               at Waterloo, Alabama, for 3 years. Mustered out 10 July 1865,
                               at Edgefield, Tenn. AWOL 23 Aug. 1862 to 10 Dec. 1863. Forfeit
                               all pay to 31 Dec. 1863.
(page 231)   Co. A, 9th Ky. Volunteer Cavalry.
                            HARVEY SPARKS, Pvt. enrolled 10 Aug. 1862, mustered in 22 Aug.
                               1862 at Eminence, Ky., for 1 year. Mustered out 11 Sept. 1863 at
                               Eminence, Ky.
(page 235)   Co. D, 9th Ky. Volunteer Cavalry.
                            WALTON J. SPARKS, saddler, enrolled 10 Aug. 1862, mustered in 22
                               Aug. 1862 at Eminence, Ky., for 1 year. Mustered out 11 Sept. 1863
                               at Eminence, Ky.
(page 239)    Co. F, 9th Ky. Volunteer Cavalry.
                            ROBERT D. SPARKS, Pvb., enrolled 8 Aug. 1862, mustered in 22 Aug.
                               1862 at Eminence, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 11 Sept. 1863 at
                               Eminence, Ky.

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(page 262)    Co. G, 10th Ky. Volunteer Cavalry.
                            JOSEPH A. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 9 Aug. 1862, mustered in 9 Sept.
                               1862 art; Covington, Ky. for 1 year.. Mustered out 17 Sept. 1863,
                               at Maysville, Ky.
(page 357)    Co. C, 13th Ky. Volunteer Cavalry.
                            ADDISON R. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 14 June 1863, mustered in 23
                               Dec.1863 at Columbia, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 10 Jan. 1865,
                               at Camp Nelson, Ky.
(page 369)    Co. L, 13th Ky. Volunteer Cavalry.
                            CHARLES W. SPARKS, Corp., enrolled 28 Sept. 1863, mustered in
                               23 Dec.1863 atColumbia, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 10 Jan. 1865,
                                Camp Nelson,Ky.
                            JOHN R. SPARKS, wagoner, enrolled 1 Sept. 1863, mustered in 23
                               Dec. 1863, at Columbia, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 10 Jan. 1865 at
                               Camp Nelson, Ky.
(page 405)    Co. A, 17th Ky. VOlunteer Cavalry.
                            THOMAS S. SPARKS, Pvt.,  enrolled 18 Sept. 1864, mustered in 3 Jan.
                               1865 at Louisville, Ky. for l year. Mustered out  20 Sept. 1865,
                               at  Louisville, Ky.
(page 420)    Co. L, 17th Ky. Volunteer Cavalry.
                            WILLIAM D. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 6 Sept. 1864, mustered in 5 Dec.
                               1864 at Russellville, Ky., f or 1 year. Mustered out 20 Sept. 1865 at
                               Louisville, Ky.
(page 425)    Co. B, 1st Ky. Veteran Volunteer Cavalry.
                            MARION SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 12 Sept. 1863, mustered in 13 Sept.
                               1863, at Knoxville, Tenn. for 3 years. Mustered out 30 Sept. 1865
                               at Louisville, Ky.  (NOTE: This is probably the same man who is shown
                               on SQ p. 1003, page 26 of records.)
(page 460)    Co. I, 4th Ky. Veteran Volunteer Cavalry.
                            JOHN SPARKS, Pvt;., enrolled 1 Oct. 1862, mustered in 30 Oct. 1862
                               at LouisvilIe, Ky. for 3 years. Mustered out 21 Aug. 1865 at Macon, Ga.
(page 498)    Battery A, 1st Ky. Light Artillery.
                            GREENUP SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 9 March 1864, mustered in 15
                               March, 1864, at Tullahoma, Tenn., for 3 years. Mustered out 15 Nov.
                               1865, Louisville, Ky.  Veteran: transferred from 2nd Ky. Battalion, 4
                                Dec. 1864.
(page 502)     Battery A, .1st K.. Light Artillery.
                            JOHN W. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 5 Sept. 1861, musteredin 9 Sept.
                               1861 at Camp Rousseau for 3 years. Killed by railroad accident at
                               Murfreesboro, Tenn. 2 Sept.1862.
(page 508)     Battery B, 1st Ky. Light Artillery.
                            GREENUP SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 9 March 1864, mustered in 9 March
                               1864 at Tullahoma, Tenn. for 3 years. Veteran to Battery A.
(page 546)     Co. H, 1st Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            ALFRED SPARKS, wagoner, enrolled 9 July 1861, mustered in 9 July
                               1861 at Camp Dennison, Ohio, for 3 years. Promoted to corporal 4
                               Apr.1863. Mustered out 18 June 1864, Covington,Ky.
(page 596)     Co. A, 3rd Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            SAMUEL A. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 12 Aug. 1861, mustered in 8 Oct.
                               1861, at Camp Dick Robinson, Ky., for 3 years. Mustered out 13 Oct.
                               1864 at Louisville, Ky. Reduced to ranks from Corporal, 1 Nov. 1862.
(page 632)     Co. A, 4th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            CLINTON SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 16 July 1861, mustered in 7 Aug.
                               1861, Camp Dick Robinson, Ky., for 3 years. Discharged 25 Oct.
                               1864 on account of expiration of service.

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(page 652)      Co. E, 4th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            ELI SPARKS, Pvt;., enrolled 4 Jan. 1864, mustered in 1 Feb. 1864, at
                               Tyners Station, for 3 years. Mustered out 17 Aug. 1865, at Macon,
                               Ga. Veteran.
(page 654)     Co. E, 4th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            FRANCIS M. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 24 Mar 1864, mustered in 8 Apr.
                               1864, at Louisville, Ky. for 3 years. Died at Annapolis, Md., on
                               17 Dec. 1864.
(page 674)     Co. I, 4th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            JOSEPH A. SPARKS, Corp., enrolled 25 May 1864, mustered in 8 Apr.
                               1864, at Louisville, Ky., for 3 years. Veteran. Discharged 13 June
                               1865, at Camp Chase, Ohio.
(page 754)     Co. C, 7th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            JAMES SPARKS, Sgt., enrolled 19 Aug. 1861, mustered in 22 Sept.
                            1861 at Camp Dick Robinson for 3 years. Mustered out 5 Oct. 1864
                            at Louisville, Ky.
(page 756)     Co. D, 7th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            LEWIS SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 19 Aug. 1861, mustered in 22 Sept.
                               1861 at Camp Dick Robinson for 3 years, Mustered out 5 Oct. 1864,
                               Louisville, Ky.
(page 767)     Co. K, 7th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            JONES SPARKS, Corp., enrolled 26 Aug. 1861, mustered in 22 Sept.
                               1861, at Camp Dick Robinson for 3 years. Not accounted for on
                               muster-out roll.
(page 770)     Co. D, 8th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            WILLIAM SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 7 Oct. 1861, mustered in 15 Jan. 1862
                               at Lebanon, Ky. for 3 years. Sent to hospital in Louisville, Ky. on May 7,
                               1864.
(page 772) Co. D, 8th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            JOSEPH SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 7 Oct. 1861, mustered in 15 Jan. 1862
                               at Lebanon, Ky. for 3 years. Discharged at Nashville, Tenn. 18 March
                               1862.
                            JOHN G. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 7 Oct. 1861, mustered in 15 Jan. 1862
                               at Lebanon, Ky. for 3 years. Discharged 15 Oct. 1862, Nashville, Tenn.
                            ISAAC  T. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 7 Oct. 1861, mustered in 15 Jan.
                               1862 at Lebanon, Ky. for 3 years. Discharged 15 May 1862, at
                               Lebanon, Ky., by reason of disability.
(page 779)    Co. C, 8th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            ELIHU SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 23 Oct. 1861, mustered in 15 Jan. 1862
                               at Lebanon, Ky., for 3 years.
(page 783)    Co. G, 8th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            ELI SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 10 Oct. 1861, mustered in 15 Jan. 1862,
                               at Lebanon, Ky., for 3 years.
(page 797)    Co. F, 9th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            STEPHEN SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 15 Oct. 1861, mustered in 26 Nov.
                               1861 at Columbia, Ky. for 3 years. Died 15 Apr. 1862, Pittsburg, Tenn.
(page 873)    Co. A, 14th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            HENRY SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 22 Apr. 1863, mustered in 22 Apr. 1863,
                               at Louisa, Ky., for 3 years. Transferred to 14th Ky. Veteran Infantry.
(page 874)    Co. B, 14th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            DAVID L. SPARKS, Corp., enrolled 10 Oct. 1861, mustered in 10 Dec.
                               1861, at Louisa, Ky. for 3 years. Mustered out 31 Jan. 1865, Louisa, Ky.
(page 875)    Co. B, 14th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            WALTER O. SPARKS, Sgt., enrolled 10 Oct. 1861, mustered in 10 Dec.
                               1861, at Louisa, Ky., for 3 years. Mustered out 12 Apr. 1863, at Louisa,
                                Ky.

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(page 876)    Co. B, 14th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            LEVI J. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 4 March 1863, mustered in 10 June
                               1863 at Louisa, Ky. for 3 years. Transferred to 14th Veteran Infantry.
(page 879)    Co. D, 14th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            WILLIAM SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 20 Oct. 1861, mustered in 10 Dec.
                               1861 at Louisa, Ky., for 3 years. Mustered out 31 Jan. 1865, at Louisa,
                               Ky.
                            NATHAN SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 5 Aug. 1863, mustered in 30 Aug.
                               1863, at Louisa, Ky., for 3 years. Transferred to 14th Ky. Veteran
                                Infantry.
(page 880)    Co. D, 14th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            ELISHA SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 20 Oct. 1861, mustered in 10 Dec.
                               1861, at Louisa, Ky. for 3 years. Died 10 Feb. 1863, Ashland, Ky.
(page 886)    Co. G, 14th Ky.’ Volunteer Infantry.
                            PETER SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 14 Apr. 1863, mustered in 10 June
                               1863, at Louisa, Ky. for 3 years. Transferred to 14th Ky. Veteran
                                Infantry.
                            ALLEN SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 29 Feb. 1864, mustered in 15 March
                               1864, at Louisa, Ky. for 3 years. Died 29 June 1864, at Chattanooga,
                                Tenn.
(page 896)     Co. A, 15th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            GEORGE W. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 10 Oct. 1861, mustered in 14
                               Dec. 1861, at Camp Pope, Ky. for 3 years. Discharged 21 Feb. 1863
                               at Louisville, Ky., on a certificate of disability.

     From the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, 1861-1866. Printed
     at Kentucky Yeoman Office, Frankfort, Ky., 1866. Volume 2. (This is a continuation of
     the report of persons serving in the United States Army during the Civil war.)

(page 15)      Co. I, 18th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            JOHN SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 8 Dec. 1861, mustered in 8 Feb. 1862,
                               at Cynthiana, Ky. for 3 years.
(page 18)      Field & Staff, 19th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            JAMES B. SPARKS, Surgeon, enrolled 12 Dec. 1861, mustered in 2
                               Jan.1862, at Harrodsburg, Ky. for 3 years.
(page 120)    Co. H, 22nd Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            PETER P. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 22 Oct. 1861, mustered in 10 Jan.
                               1862 at Paintsville, Ky., for 3 years. Mustered out 20 Jan.1865, at
                               Louisville, Ky. (Note: This unit was made up of men from Carter County,
                               Ky.)
                            NELSON SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 22 Oct. 1861, mustered in 10 Jan.
                                1862, at Paintsville, Ky. for 3 years. Discharged at Baton Rouge,
                                La., 18 May 1864 on surgeon’s certificate of disability.
(page 124)    Co. I, 22nd Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            ANNANIAS SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 1 Oct. 1861, mustered in 18 Jan.
                               1862, at Paintsville, Ky., for 3 years. Died 18 Nov. 1862 at
                                Charleston, Va. (Note: This company was apparently from Carter
                                County, Ky.)
(page 140)    Co. D, 23rd Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            JONAS SPARKS, wagoner, enrolled 26 Nov. 1861, mustered in 18 Dec.
                               1861, at Camp King, Ky., for 3 years. Mustered out 8 Jan. 1865,
                               at Huntsville, Ala.
(page 168)    Co. A, 24th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            WINRIGHT SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled. 1 Nov. 1861. Never mustered. 3
                            years. Deserted 8 Jan. 1862 at Lexington, Ky.

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(page 429)    Co. C, 40th Ky. Volunteer Mounted Infantry.
                            MARTIN SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 1 Jan. 1864, mustered in 13 Apr. 1864
                               at Lexington, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 30 Dec. 1864, Catlettsburg,
                               Ky.
(page 433)    Co. E, 40th Ky. Volunteer Mounted Infantry.
                            DANIEL SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 31 Aug. 1863, mustered in 28 Sept.
                               1863 at Grayson, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 30 Dec. 1864 at
                               Catlettsburg, Ky.
(page 436)    Co. G, 40th Ky. Volunteer Mounted Infantry.
                            FRANKLIN J. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 5 Sept. 1863, mustered in 29
                               Sept. 1863 at Grayson, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 30 Dec. 1864 at
                               Catlettsburg, Ky.
(page 444)    Co. A, 45th Ky. Volunteer Mounted Infantry.
                            JAMES SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 6 July 1863, mustered in 10 Oct. 1863
                               at Catlettsburg, Ky. for 1 year. Died 23 Oct. 1863, at Ashland, Ky.
(page 461)    Co. A, 47th Ky. Volunteer Mounted Infantry.
                            ISAAC SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 3 July 1863, mustered in 5 Oct. 1863 at
                               Irvine, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 26 Dec. 1864 at Lexington, Ky.
(page 467)    Co. E, 47th Ky. Volunteer Mounted Infantry.
                            THOMAS SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 24 June 1863, mustered in 5 Oct.
                               1863 at Irvine, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 26 Dec. 1864, at Lexington,
                               Ky.
(page 472)    Co. I, 47th Ky. Volunteer Mounted Infantry.
                            WILLIAM SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 27 Oct. 1863, mustered in 31 Oct.
                               1863, at Camp Nelson, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 12 Apr. 1865 at
                               Lexington, Ky.
                            FRANCIS M. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 9 Dec. 1863, mustered in 31
                               March 1864 at Camp Nelson, Ky. for 1 year. Transferred 7 Apr. 1864
                               to 4th Ky. Infantry.
(page 501)    Co. H, 49th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            SANDFORD SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 22 June 1863, mustered in 19
                                Sept. 1863 at Camp Nelson, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 26 Dec.
                                1864 at Lexington, Ky.
(page 504)    Co. K, 49th Ky. Volunteer Infantry.
                            JAMES A. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 15 Oct. 1863, mustered in 3 Nov.
                               1863, at Somerset, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 26 Dec. 1864 at
                                Lexington, Ky.
(page 547)    Co. G, 54th Ky. Volunteer Mounted Infantry.
                            JOHN SPARKS, Sgt., enrolled 20 Sept. 1864, mustered in 21 Sept.
                               1864, at New Castle, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 1 Sept. 1865, Louis-
                               ville, Ky.
(page 553)    Co. A, 55th Ky. Volunteer Mounted Infantry.
                            SANDFORD SPARKS, Pvt., drafted 19 Sept. 1864, at Covington, Ky.
                               for 1 year. Mustered out 19 Sept. 1865, at Louisville, Ky.
(page 580)    Co. D, 7th Ky. Veteran Volunteer Infantry.
                            THOMAS SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 29 Feb. 1864, mustered in 29 Feb.
                               1864, at Baton Rouge, La. for 3 years. Mustered out 11 Mar. 1866 at
                               Baton Rouge, La. Transferred from 7th Ky. Infantry as a veteran
                            24 Dec. 1864.
(page 603)    Field & Staff. 14th Ky. Veteran Volunteer Infantry.
                            LEVI J. SPARKS, Hospital steward, enrolled 4 March 1863, mustered in
                               10 June 1863 at Louisa, Ky. for 3 years. Mustered out 15 Sept. 1865 at
                               Louisville, Ky. Recruit transferred from Co. B, 14th Ky. Non-veteran
                               Infantry.
(page 605)    Co. A, 14th Ky. Veteran Volunteer Infantry.
                            HENRY SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 22 April 1863, mustered in 22 April
                               1863, at Louisa, Ky. for 3 years. Mustered out 10 July 1865 at
                               Camp Dennison, Ohio.

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(page 606)    Co. B, 14th Ky. Veteran Volunteer’ Infantry.
                            NATHAN SPARKS, p4-b., enrolled 5 Aug. 1863, mustered in 30 Aug.
                               1863 at Louisa, Ky. for 3 years. Mustered out 15 Sept. 1865 at Louis-
                               ville, Ky.
                            LEVI J. SPARKS, Pvb., enrolled 4 March 1863, mustered in 10 June
                               1863 at Louisa, Ky. for 3 years. Transferred to Non-commissioned
                               staff.
(page 608)    Co. C, 14th Ky. Veteran Volunteer Infantry.
                            HENRY SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 20 April 1863, mustered in 22 May
                               1863 at Louisa, Ky. for 3 years. Mustered out 18 July 1865.
(page 609)    Co. D, 14th Ky. Veteran Volunteer Infantry.
                            PETER SPARKES, Pvt., enrolled 14 April 1865, mustered in 10 June
                               1863 at Louisa, Ky. for 3 years. Mustered out 15 Sept. 1865 at
                               Louisville, Ky.

STATE TROOPS PROPER (HOME GUARDS, STATE GUARDS AND MILITIA CALLED INTO SERVICE

(page 760)    Co. F, 1st Regt. Capital Guards, Frankfort Battalion
                            P. J. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 1 April 1864, mustered in 1 April 1864
                               at Frankfort, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 6 Feb. 1865 at Frankfort, Ky.
(page 777)    Co. A, North Cumberland Battalion.
                            SAMUEL SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 1 June 1865, mustered in 28 Aug.
                               1865 at Henderson, Ky. for 1 year. Mustered out 28 Aug. 1865 at
                                Henderson, Ky.
(page 889)    Co. A, 68th Enrolled Militia.
                            JOEL SPARKS, Sgt., enrolled 21 May 1864, mustered in 22 June 1864.
                            REUBEN C. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 21 May 1864, mustered in 22 June
                               1864.
                            RICHARD SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 21 May 1864, mustered in 22 June
                               1864.
(page 890)    Co. B, 68th Enrolled Militia.
                            SAMUEL SPARKS, Capt., enrolled 21 May 1864, mustered in 22 June
                                1864.
                            HENRY SPARKS, Sgt., enrolled 21 May 1864, mustered in 22 June1864.
(page-894)    Co. K, 68th Enrolled Militia.
                            THOMAS SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 21 May 1864, mustered in 22 June
                                1864.
                            MATTHEW SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 21 May 1864, mustered in 22 June
                                1864.
(page 895)    Co. B, 65th Enrolled Militia.
                            WILLIAM SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 21 May 1864, mustered in 22 June
                                1864.

ALPHABETICAL LIST OF OFFICERS

(page 946)    JAMES B. SPARKS, Surgeon, 19th Infantry. Residence: Ducansville, Ky.
                            Resigned 21 Jan. 1863.
(page 967)    Co. C, 8th Kentucky Infantry.
                            JEREMIAH SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 10 Oct. 1861, mustered in 15 Jan.
                               1862 at Lebanon, Ky. for 3 years. Mustered out 26 May 1862, at
                               Wartrace, Tenn.
                            ELI  A. SPARKS, Pvt., enrolled 10 Oct. 1861, mustered in 15 Jan. 1862
                               at Lebanon, Ky. for 3 years. Veteran to 4th Ky. Infantry.

UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS FROM KENTUCKY

(page 43)    Co. I, 108th U.S. Colored Infantry.
                            PETER SPARKS, Pvt., mustered in 11 July 1864, at Louisville, Ky.

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(page 93) Co. B, 119th U.S. Colored Infantry.
HARVEY SPARKS, Pvt., mustered in 25 Jan. 1865, at Lexington, Ky.
(page 103) Co. B, 122nd U.S. Colored Infantry.
LEWIS SPARKS, Pvt., mustered in 4 Oct. 1864, at Louisville, Ky.
MORICE SPARKS, Pvt., mustered in 5 Oct. 1864, at Louisville, Ky.
(page 154) Co. D, 12th U.S. Colored Artillery (Heavy)
GEORGE SPARKS, Pvt., mustered in 25 July 1864, at Camp Nelson, Ky.
(page 155) Co. E, 12th U.S. Colored Artillery (Heavy)
COLMAN SPARKS, Pvt., mustered in 27 July 1864, at Camp Nelson, Ky.
(page 178) Co. M, 13th U.S. Colored Artillery (Heavy)
MADDISON SPARKS, Pvt., mustered in 13 Oct. 1864, at Covington, Ky.

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ADDITIONAL NOTES ON ISAAC SPARKS (died 1834) OF HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO

In the June, 1962, issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. X, No. 2, Whole No. 38, p. 657) we published the will of Isaac Sparks of Hamilton County, Ohio. At that time we had no information regarding his date of birth nor his exact death date. Since then, Mrs. Howard K. Pierce, who descends from Isaac Sparks’s daughter Mary (who married Obadiah Seward) has learned that the tombstone on the grave of Isaac Sparks still survives. It is located in a small cemetery called the McCrea Cemetery, located on the property of the Pillar of Fire, a religious organization at College Hill in Hamilton County, Ohio, near Cincinnati. Isaac Sparks’s tombstone gives his birth date as November 24, 1768, and his death date as August 21, 1834. (He had written his will on July 15, 1834.) Isaac Sparks apparently married twice. There is a stone in the McCrea Cemetery which reads: “Sally Sparks, wife of Isaac Sparks, died December 17, 1825 in her 55th year.” (She was thus born in 1871.) There is another stone which reads: “Sarah Sparks, wife of Isaac Sparks, died March 14, 1839, aged 31 years and 5 months.” (She was thus born in October, 1807.) The latter must have been the wife whom Isaac Sparks mentioned in his will. There is also a stone in the McCrea Cemetery for Rhoda Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Sally Sparks, who died on November 1, 1825, aged 9 years.

In his will, Isaac Sparks mentioned his grandson, Frank Sparks, to whom he left $50.00. We have now learned that Frank Sparks, whose real name was Francis M. Sparks, was the only son of Thompson Sparks, who was a son of Isaac and Sally Sparks. Thompson Sparks died on November 14, 1833, some eight months before his father, Isaac, made his will.

From the information now available, it appears that Isaac Sparks had the following children by his first wife, Sally: (order of birth not known)

1. ----- Sparks; she married a man named McCash and had died prior to July 15, 1834. She had daughters  named Elizabeth McCash and Harriet MoCash whom Isaac Sparks mentioned as his granddaughters in his will.
2. Mary (called Polly) Sparks, born in New Jersey about 1795; she married Obadiah Seward, who was born in South Carolina about 1790 and came to Hamilton County, Ohio, about 1800. In 1824 they  moved to Rush County, Indiana. They had children named Joseph Irvin, Samuel, Sarah, Elcy, Francis, Ruth,  William, and Louann P.
3. Rachel Sparks, married a man named Long.
4. Nancy Sparks, married a man named Cock.
5. Sally Sparks, married a man named Legget.
6. William Sparks; he was probably the iilliam Sparks who married Jane Wiggins in Hamilton County, Ohio,  on October 14, 1819.
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Children of Isaac and Sally Sparks, continued:

7. Isaac Sparks, Jr., born about 1805; he married Rebecca and was still living in Hamilton County, Ohio, when the 1850 census was taken. His children as listed on that census were: Alford, Elizabeth, Ermsley, Sarah, William, Andrew, Edward, and Roda.
8. Thompson Sparks, born in Hamilton County, Ohio, in 1808 and died in Rush County, Indiana, on November 14, 1833. He was married in Rush County, Indiana, on February 2, 1832, to Lucy Jane Head. They had one son, Francis M. Sparks.
9. Rhoda Sparks, born about 1816 and died in Hamilton County, Ohio, on November 1, 1825.
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FRANCIS M. SPARKS (1832—1910)

Francis M. Sparks was born December 12, 1832, near Rushville, Indiana, and died near Maxwell, Indiana, on June 28,11910. He was the only child of Thompson Sparks and Lucy Jane Head and was a grandson of Isaac Sparks (1768-1834), subject of the above sketch.

Thompson Sparks, father of Francis M., was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, on December 1, 1808, and died on November 14, 1833, in Rush County, Indiana. He was a farmer and stockraiser. He was married in Rush County, Indiana, on February 2, 1832, to Lucy Jane Head, born December 29, 1810, daughter of Nathaniel Head who was a native of New Hampshire. Nathaniel Head moved to Portsmouth, Ohio, and followed the occupation of woolen manufacturer.

Thompson Sparks died at the youthful age of 26 years. His widow, Lucy Jane, survived him many years and died February 25, 1880.

In 1844, when Francis M. Sparks was about 12 years old, he accompanied his mother to Hancock County, Indiana, and settled in Brown Township. A sketch of his life which appeared in the Biographical Memoirs of Hancock County, Indiana, published in Logansport in 1902, pages 263-4, contains the following: “Determined to own a home of his own and follow an independent career, he obtained possession of forty acres of land, later adding to it eig~hty more. This latter tract he cleared and improved, and sold it in 1869. The following year Mr. Sparks located on his present farm, formerly known as the Harrison Curry place. He first purchased one hundred and forty nine acres lying partly in Center township and partly in Jackson township. He also bought a tract of fifty-eight acres in Green township, making a total of four hundred and sixty-seven acres in possession of the subject. Here he has carried on all kinds of farming, raising grain and much life stock, particularly cattle.”

Francis M. Sparks was married twice. On July 24, 1859, he was married to Lydia Garner, who was born March 12, 1841, and died in 1863. He was married, second, to Matilda J, Loudenback, on May 6, 1882; she was born in Indiana on November 17, 1846, and died November 11, 1926. Her parents were Joseph and Malinda (Brown) Loudenback. By his first wife, Lydia Garner, Francis M. Sparks was the father of two daughters: (1) Ladora who married Charles E. Moore and had Iva and Roscoe M., and (2) Meotta B., born March 28, 1863 and died Dec. 25, 1886; she married on Aug. 7, 1881’, John C. Loudenback and they had children named Grace, Gertrude, and Joseph Frank Loudenback.

(Note: the above data were supplied by Mrs. R. B. Eagleston, a great-granddaughter of Francis N. Sparks.)

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SPARKSES LISTED ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF OWSLEY COUNTY, KENTUCKY

(Editor’s Note: Beginning in the March 1957 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. V, Whole No. 17, p. 205) and ending in the September 1957 issue (Vol. V, Whole No. 19, page 239) we published the records of Sparks families appearing on the 1850 census of the State of Kentucky. Through an oversight, we failed to include a listing of the Sparks families living in Owsley County in 1850. Following are those families, copied by Dr. Paul E. Sparks.)

(page 293)

209-209 Sparks, Harvey  26 (M) Virginia  Farmer  
        "       Nancy 23 (F) Kentucky
      "       Polley   5 (F)       "
      "       Jane   3 (F)       "
      "       Sarah 5/12 (F)       "

 
212-212 Spencer, John D.  42 (M) Virginia  Farmer  $3000 
        "          Phoeby 42 (F)       "
      "          Nancy 18 (F)       "
      "          Joseph 16 (M) Kentucky
      "          Charlotty 13 (F)       "
      "          John 12 (M)       "
      "          David   9 (M)       "
      "          Isaac   7 (M)       "
      "          George W.   4 (M)       "
Sparks, Tobias 20 (M) Virginia
      "      Peggy  18 (F)       "

 
213-213  Sparks, Ephram, Sr. 68 (M) North Carolina Farmer  
        "        Charlot 72     "          "

 
214-214 Sparks, Ephram, Jr.  30 (M) Virginia  Farmer   
        "       Sarah 26 (F)       "
      "       Ann 11 (F) Kentucky
      "       Nancy   8 (F)       "

(page 294)

230-230 Masterson, Patrick  90 (M) Virginia Farmer  
        "             Mary 27 (F)       "
      "             Phebey 14 (F) Kentucky
      "             Lucy 12 (F)       "
Sparks, John 21 (M) Virginia

(page 306)

397-397 Sparks, William  34 (M) Virginia  Farmer   
        "       Jane 25 (F) Kentucky
      "       Benjamin   6 (M)       "
      "       Jane   2 (F)       "

(page 313)

475-475 Sparks, Isaac 50 (M) Kentucky  Farmer   
        "       Jane 55 (F)       "
      "       Sylvester 25 (M)       " Laborer
Dunaway, John  27 (M)       " Laborer
       "        Perlina 24 (F)       " At home
       "        Elizabeth   4 (F)       "

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(page 318)
549-549 Sparks, Robert  29  (M) Kentucky  Farmer $400  
        "       Mary 24 (F)       "
      "       Isaac   4 (M)       "
      "       Theresa   3 (F)       "
      "       Daniel   1 (M)       "

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QUERY - WHO WAS MATTHEW SPARKS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, INDIANA?

Mr. Roy E. Callaway is compiling a genealogy of the descendants of Micajah Callaway who was born about 1755 in Lynchburg, Virginia. His daughter, Lucy Callaway, who was born about 1815, was married to Matthew Sparks in Washington County, Indiana, on February 4, 1836. This family was still living in Washington County when the 1850 census was taken, but the names on that census are extremely difficult to read. (See the QUARTERLY of June 1960, Vol. VIII, No. 2, Whole No. 30, p. 488.) Mr. Callaway reports, however, that he has found the names of the twelve children of Matthew and Lucy (callaway) Sparks in a settlement of an estate in 1890, as follows:

     Children of Matthew and Lucy (Callaway) Sparks:
          1. John H. Sparks, born about 1837. (The middle initial is probably for Hawkins.)
          2. Sallie Sparks, born about 1838. (She married a man named Dietchler.)
          3. Nancy Sparks, born about 1841. (She married a man named Baker.)
          4. Chloe Sparks, born about 1843. (She married a man named Stewart.)
          5. Mary Ann Sparks, born about 1844. (She married a man named Gates.)
          6. Benjamin Sparks, born about 1845. (His wife was named Sarah E.)
          7. Noble Sparks.
          8. Dr. Franklin S parjcs.
          9. Elizabeth Sparks. (She married a man named Little.)
        10. Jesse Sparks, born about 1849.
        11. Matthew Sparks, probably born after 1850.

Should anyone have further knowledge of this family, please write to the editor, Russell E. Bidlack, 1709 Cherokee Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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A HAUNTED HOUSE NEAR BATH SPRINGS, TENNNESSEE

A member has sent us a clipping from The Jabkson Sun of December 10, 1964, by Mrs.E. H. Wylie, describing an old house located two miles  west of Bath Springs in Decatur County, Tennessee.   Known as the Red House and long believed to be haunted, it was built for a stagecoach inn in 1805, where drivers and horses changed on their trip from Nashville to Memphis. During the Civil War it was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers by General Nathan Forrest and blood stains could be seen long afterward on its floors and walls. Following the war, it gained the reputation of being haunted because its occupants seemed to die young. According to Mrs. Wylie, “A family named Sparks is believed the first to live in the Red House after it was no longer used by stagecoach passengers. Two of the Sparks children were the first to be buried in the Red House Cemetery nearby.”

Does anyone know who this Sparks family may have been?

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1830 CENSUS OF OHIO

Compiled by Carrie Grant Heppen

Late in the 1700’s, settlers began migrating to the area that became the state of Ohio in 1803. Prior to about 1830, nearly all of them came from the eastern seaboard, but after that date large numbers began coming from Germany and Ireland. New Englanders settled the north-eastern part of the state, while southern Ohio was settled largely by people from Virginia and Kentucky. The state grew rapidly. In 1810, Ohio was 13th in size, but by 1820 it was 5th, and by 1830 it had become the 4th most populous state.

Following is a list of the heads of families named Sparks who were listed on the 1830 census. Prior to 1850, only the head of each household was actually named by the Federal census taker. The members of the household, including the head, were then enumerated by sex and age groups opposite his name. Usually the head of the household can be identified in the enumeration as the oldest male and the oldest female was usually his wife. The younger members were usually their children. But there were many exceptions. The genealogist must realize that if in-laws, nephews and nieces, hired men and women, etc., were living with a family at the time the census was taken, they too were enumerated. It should also be kept in mind that the bread-winner was considered to be the head of the household, who was not always the oldest male.
 
 
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Adams County . . . .   . . .
   Tiffin Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
      JOHN SPARKS . . . . .   1 . . . . . . .   .   1 .   2 .   1 . . . . . . . .
      GEORGE SPARKS   1   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . .   .   1 . .   1 .   1 . . . . . .
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   Jefferson Township . . .   1   2 . . . . . . . .   .   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
      SOLOMON SPARKS   1 .   1   1 .   1 . . . . . . .   . . . . .   1 . . . . . . .
   Scott Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
      SOLOMON SPARKS . .   2 . . . . .   1 . . . .   . . . . . . .   1 . . . . .
      LEVI SPARKS   1 .   1   1 .   1 . . . . . . .   . . .   1   1 .   1 . . . . . .
      EZRA SPARKS   2   2 . . .   1 . . . . . . .   . .   1 . .   1 . . . . . . . .
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Brown County . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
   Byrd Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
      ANN SPARKS . . . .   1 .   1 . . . . . .   . . . . .   1 . .   1 . . . . .
   Union Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
      WILLIAM SPARKS . . . . .   1 . . . . . . .   .   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   Hunting Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
      SANFORD SPARKS   1 . . .    2 . . . . . . . .   . . . .   1 . . . . . . . . .
   Huntington Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
      LEVI SPARKS   2 .   1 . . . .   1 . . . . .   .   1 .   1 .   1 .   1 . . . . . .
      JAMES SPARKS   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .   . . . . .   1 . . . . . . . .

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