THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION
“He who careth not from whence he came, careth little whither he goeth.” Daniel Webster
|VOL. XV, NO. 2||JUNE, 1967||
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ROBERT ORSON GIBSON (1880-1967)
GREAT-GRANDSON OF JOSIAH SPARKS (1761-1851)
|THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by the
Sparks Family Association.
Paul E. Sparks, President,
155 N. Hite Ave., Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
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.
ROBERT SPARKS (1777-1831) OF MADISON COUNTY, VIRGINIA,
AND HENRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY, AND HIS DESCENDANTS
By HELEN WHITE
[Scanner's Note: Referring to this article, the following was published in the June, 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 94, on page 1833:
"SOME CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS
In the June 1967, December 1967, June 1968, and December 1968 issues of the QUARTERLY we published a series of articles about the descendants of Robert Sparks (1777-1831) of Madison County, Virginia, and Henry County, Kentucky. Our readers are requested to make the following corrections and additions to these articles:" (here on pages 1833 & 1834 follows the corrections and additions).
[Scanner's Note (cont.) The corrections will be inserted in place of the original material where practical. Lengthy corrections and additions will be added where appropriate. All changes will be printed in italics.]
In previous issues of the QUARTERLY articles have been published relating to the branch of the family to which Robert Sparks (1777-1831) belonged. In the June, 1956, issue (Vol. IV, No. 2, Whole No. 14, pp. 129-147) appeared “The Sparks Family of Orange, Culpeper, and Madison Counties, Virginia,” in which was traced the genealogy of John and Mary Sparks. John Sparks, the great-grandfather of Robert Sparks, is believed to have lived in Caroline County, Virginia; he died prior to 1737 when his children moved to Orange County, Virginia. The section of Orange County in which they settled was cut off to form Culpeper County in 1748. Later, in 1793, the north-western corner of Culpeper County, where the Sparks family lived, was out off to form Madison County. The widow of John Sparks married, as her second husband, Spencer Bobo. One of the sons of John and Mary Sparks was Thomas Sparks, born about 1715. Thomas Sparks married Mary Towles, daughter of Stokeley and Ann (Vallott) Towles. Thomas Sparks, who died in 1787 in that section which was then Culpeper County, was the grandfather of Robert Sparks.
The oldest child of Thomas and Mary (Towles) Sparks was John Sparks, who was born about 1745. He married Phoebe Smith and one of their children was Robert Sparks (1777-1831). John and Phoebe Sparks lived and died on a plantation near Oak Park
in Madison County, Virginia. (A map of this area appears on page 852 of the December 1964 issue of the QUARTERLY (Whole No. 48) as part of an article devoted to “Henry Sparks (1773-1860) - - of Madison County, Virginia.” This Henry Sparks was another son of John and Phoebe (Smith) Sparks and was a brother of Robert.)
One of the interesting records pertaining to John Sparks which has survived in Culpeper County, is a claim which he made at the close of the American Revolution for four and three-fourths bushels of rye which he had furnished the American Army. This claim is dated October 16, 1780.
John Sparks died in Madison County in 1803. His wife, Phoebe, died there in 1814. Following is a list of the children of John and Phoebe (Smith) Sparks:
1. Nancy Sparks, born 1767, married Samuel Wilhoit in 1796 (marriage bond dated September 12, 1796). She died about 1816.Robert Sparks, believed to have been the youngest son of John and Phoebe (Smith) Sparks, was born on February 15, 1777, according to his family Bible. Nothing is known of his youth, but on July 21, 1798, he was married in Madison County, Virginia, to Isabelle Ford. She was born in Virginia on May 23, 1776. (Her name was often written as Isabella, and her nickname was Ibby.) She was a daughter of Abfire Ford of Madison County and she appears to have had a sister named Mary. On September 18, 1806, Abfire Ford deeded two slaves (named Molly and Lewis) to “my beloved daughter Mary” and a slave named Harry to “my son in law Robert Sparks.” In the same deed, he gave one slave named Amy to “my daughter Mary Ford and my son in law Robert Sparks jointly.” Perhaps Abfire Ford did not wish to separate the members of this slave family so deeded them to his daughter Mary and his daughter Isabelle’s husband in such a way as to keep them from being separated.
2. Frances (Fanny) Sparks, born about 1771, married William Hume.
3. Henry Sparks, born January 2, 1773, died January 28, 1860. He married Hannah Hume on March 10, 1803. (See the QUARTERLY for December 1964, Vol. XII, No. 4, Whole No. 48, pp. 850-860.)
4. Thomas Sparks, born about 1775, died May 17, 1853. He married Susanna Fishback, daughter of Harmon Fishback, on November 28, 1794. She was born July 11, 1777, and died May 21, 1850.
5. Robert Sparks, born February 15, 1777, died April 10, 1831; he was married to Isabelle Ford on July 21, 1798. She was born May 23, 1776, and died April 19, 1861.
6. Mary (Polly) M. Sparks, born about 1780. She married her cousin, Jasper Sparks, son of William and Elizabeth Sparks. She died about 1851.
7. Susan or Susanna Sparks. No further record.
8. Elizabeth (Betsy) Vetalty Sparks. She married Merry Aylore.
Isabella Ford was born on May 23, 1776, not 1796. It has been discovered recently that she was a daughter of John and Alphia (Petty) Ford. It was stated on page 1063 that she was a daughter of Abfire Ford, based on an 1806 deed of gift. It was assumed that Abfire Ford was her father. Actually, "Abfire Ford" was her mother (a widow in 1806) whose real name was probably spelled Alphia, although it appears in other records as Alfire, Abfire, Affire, Apphia, and Alphifia. In his will dated Dec. 11, 1791 (Culpeper County, Va.), John Ford calls his wife Alphia Ford. There can be little doubt that she was a daughter of John and Rebecca (Sims) Petty. John Petty made his will in Orange County, Va., on July 26, 1768 (probated Sept. 27, 1770) and named Abfire Ford as one of his children.
Robert Sparks and his family moved from Madison County, Virginia, to Kentucky about 1807. His name appeared on the tax roll of Madison County for the last time in 1806, when he was taxed for one slave and five horses. Robert Sparks was probably inspired to seek a new home in Kentucky by his uncle, Henry Sparks, who had settled near the present town of Monterey in Owen County, Kentucky, in 1795. (See the QUARTERLY of December, 1960, Vol. VIII, No. 4, Whole No. 32, pp. 512-517, for data on Henry Sparks (1753-1836). Robert Sparks settled first near Pleasureville in Henry County, then about 1810 he moved a few miles north of Pleasureville.
In 1815, Robert’s mother, Phoebe (Smith) Sparks, died at her home in Virginia. John Hume acted as Robert’s attorney in helping to settle Phoebe’s estate and in one of the documents which he signed be referred to “Robert Sparks and his wife Eby of Kentucky.”
The earliest record which has been found pertaining to the purchase of land in Henry County, Kentucky, by Robert Sparks is a deed dated August 5, 1820, by which he bought fifty acres from Daniel Demaree, Cornelius Bice and Tunnis Vannoys for $1200 (Book 12, p. 49). On April 6, 1821, he purchased 85 acres on Drennons Lick Creek from David and Nancy Adams for $1190 (Book 9, p. 168). The only deed which has been found whereby Robert Sparks sold land was dated March 2, 1830, when he sold three and three-fourths acres on Drennons Lick Creek for $32.81¼ to Peter A. Banta of Johnston County, Indiana. Robert and Isabelle both signed this deed - - she wrote her name as “Ibby Sparks.” (Book 14, p. 206)
On October 9, 1830, Robert Sparks made his will and six months later, on April 10, 1831, he died at the age of fifty-four. Following is an abstract of this will made by Paul B. Sparks a number of years ago from the recorded copy (Book 5, page 1). "... To my dearly beloved wife Isabella after all debts and funeral expenses are paid all my possessions real and personal during her widowhood and good behaviour except as is hereafter disposed of that is to say unto my sons Robert and Oliver and also my youngest daughters Ibby Ann and Betsey each a horse and saddle apiece to make them equal with the others of my children who have had. And moreover when it shall please God to take my dearly beloved wife Isabella I wish that all property in her possession be divided among my children provided if upon division there appears an insufficiency to support my daughter Phebe enough shall be retained for that purpose and I wish that three men of intelligence and unblemished character shall be appointed as commissioners to settle the point of sufficiency. And I do constitute my sons John and William as my executors. 9 October 1830.” Robert Sparks signed his will by mark, although on earlier occasions he had written it. His uncle, Henry Sparks, signed as a witness, as did also H. Giles.
Isabelle (Ford) Sparks, widow of Robert, lived for thirty years after Robert’s death. She died on May 19, 1861. Both are buried in Pleasureville. They were Baptist by faith.
Robert and Isabelle (Ford) Sparks were the parents of eleven children, as follow:
1. John Ford Sparks, born May 26, 1799, died September 21, 1871. He married, first, Patsy Threlkeld; second, Eleanor S. “Nellie” Fallis.
2. James Parnell Sparks, born January 1, 1801, died June 1, 1846. He married Sarah Elizabeth Threlkeld.
3. Phoebe Smith Sparks, born January 8, 1803, died July 13, 1863. She was an invalid and never married.
4. Thomas Jameson Sparks, born October 10, 1804, died June, 1865. He married, first, his cousin, Mariah Sparks, daughter of Humphrey and Milley Sparks; he married, second, Mildred Sparks.
5. William Madison Sparks, born August 30, 1806, died November 20, 1879. He married Parthesia Baker.
6. Henry Jefferson Sparks, born March 30, 1808, died February 28, 1888. He married, first, Nancy Threlkeld; second, Jane - - - - - ; and third, Mrs. Sarah (Pearcy) Whitlow.
7. Mary Ann Sparks, born June 11, 1810. She probably died in youth as there is no further reference to her.
8. Robert Sparks, born July 27, 1811, died January 21, 1872. He married Martha Pearcy.
9. Oliver Towles Sparks, born September 22, 1813, died 1863. He married Elizabeth Lacklin.
10. Ibby Anne Sparks, born February 24, 1817, died February 24, 1908. She married Isaac Perry McConnell.
11. Betsy Vallatty Sparks, born June 9, 1819, died December 1, 1841. She did not marry.
JOHN FORD SPARKS, 1799-1871
John Ford Sparks, son of Robert and Isabelle (Ford) Sparks, was born on May 26, 1799, in Madison County, Virginia, and died on September 21, 1871. He was married first to Patsy Threlkeld on September 26, 1822, in Shelby County, Kentucky; she was born on September 26, 1803, and died on December 20, 1836. John Ford Sparks married for his second wife Eleanor S. “Nellie” Fallis on August 14, 1837; she was born in Henry County, Kentucky, on May 7, 1808, and died on July 12, 1876. John Ford Sparks and both of his wives are buried in Pleasureville, Kentucky. He bad a total of ten children, five by each wife. He was a farmer and a Baptist. Following is a record of his children:
1. Fountion C. Sparks, son of John Ford and Patsy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, on July 15, 1823, and died on May 12, 1899. He was married in Henry County, Kentucky, on July 30, 1848, to Phoebe Ann Sparks, daughter of James P. and Sallie (Threlkeld) Sparks. She was born on December 3, 1831, and died on January 12, 1893. Prior to 1850, Fountain C. Sparks moved with his family to Missouri and settled near the town of Shelbina. Fountain C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks were the parents of twelve children:
(1) John William Sparks, son of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, was born June 17, 1849, and died April 14, 1857 (aged 7 years, 9 months and 27 days); he is buried on the James Parnell Sparks farm six miles south-west of Shelbina, Missouri.
(2) Mary Jane Sparks, daughter of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, was born in 1851 and died in 1923; she married in 1876, in Monroe County, Missouri, Charles W. Hanger, who was born Sept. 16, 1840, in Augusta County, Virginia, and died in 1920 in Shelbina, Missouri. They are buried in Greenwood Methodist Cemetery. He fought in the Civil War and spent some time in Mississippi. They had five children:(A) Annie Hanger, daughter of Mary Jane and Charles Hanger, was born in 1878 and married in 1916 in Shelbina, Missouri, Daniel H. Tillit, born 1869, died 1951.
(B) Ada B. Hanger, daughter of Mary Jane and Charles Hanger born July 21, 1881, died January 28, 1906; she married Harry H. Burks and they had one son, who was named Charley Linsfield Burks, born January 24, 1906, died February 6, 1906.
(C) Patsy Hanger, daughter of Mary Jane and Charles Hanger, was born in 1883 and married Chester A.
CallasCallis, who was born in 1882. They had three children:(a) Tom(D) Charles Robinson Hanger, son of Mary Jane and Charles Hanger, was born in 1890 and died in 1922; he married Jenn Baker. CallasCallis, born 1909, married May 25, 1935, Lou Bridgford, born 1911; they have one child named Charles Ernest CallasEmmett Callis, born 1939;
(b) Mary Virginia
CallasCallis, born 1912, married Russell Johnson, born 1906; they had three children, Bill born 1938, Bruce born 1940, and Bonnie born 1943;
CallasCallis, born 1915, married Esie Monroe and had one child, Mary Lou CallasCallis, born 1946.
[Scanner's note: Corrections made as per the QUARTERLY, p. 2398.]
(E) Emmett Fountain Hanger, son of Mary Jane and Charles Hanger, was born in 1892; he married Gladys Foster, who was born in 1898.
Children of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, continued:
(3) James Henry Sparks, son of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, was born in 1853 and died on June 8, 1873 (19 years, 9 months and 14 days). He is buried at Greenwood Methodist Cemetery.
(4) Martha Isabel Sparks, daughter of Fountion C. and Phoebe Arm Sparks, was born June 19, 1856, and died April 30, 1862 (5 years, 10 mo. and 11 days). She is buried on the James Parnell Sparks farm six miles south of Shelbina, Missouri.
(5) Elias Magruder Sparks, son of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, was born March 3, 1859, and died August 14, 1930; be was married on October 21, 1880, to Kate Sparks, daughter of Henry Jefferson Sparks; she was born September 15, 1859, and died November 7, 1939. They are both buried in Shelbina, Missouri. They were the parents of four children:(A) Fannie B. Sparks, daughter of Elias and Kate Sparks, was born in 1881 and died in 1926; she married Ernest S. Threlkeld, born 1871, died 1958. They are buried in Shelbiria, Missouri. They had three children:(6) Theodor D. Sparks, son of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, was born June 18, 1861, and died November 13, 1863. He is buried on the James Parnell Sparks farm.(a) Virginia Threlkeld, born 1910, married Don Landerth.(B) Ray Sparks, son of Elias and Kate Sparks, was born in 1886 and died February 12, 1887.
(b) Ruth Belle Threlkeld, born 1920, married John Simpson and had a daughter, Marianne born in 1940, who married Don Freeman. Ruth divorced John Simpson and married W. J. Squir.
(c) Jack Threlkeld, born 1922, married Ann - - - - they adopted Ann’s son, Jackie Lee.
(C) Leo Sparks, son of Elias and Kate Sparks, was born in 1890 and is no longer living. He married Eva Pollard. They had one daughter,(a) Jane Sparks, born 1914, died 1960; she married Kenneth Cravens. She was burned to death. Jane and her father, Leo, are buried in Shelbina, Missouri.(D) Anna M. Sparks, born December 31, 1891, died January 29, 1892.
(7) Edgar Crockett Sparks, son of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, was born in 1864 and died in 1865.
(8) Andrew Johnson Sparks, son of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, was born in 1866 and died in 1935. He was married on February 19, 1897, toNannie Cochrane, who was born in 1877 and died in 1925. Andrew and Nannie Lou are buried in Shelbina, Missouri. They had two children:(A) Mary Lill Sparks, born in 1900; married Orville Low on July 21, 1923; he was born in 1898.
(B) Joyce Sparks, born 1912, died 1945; she married Charles Antle and they had two children:(a) Charles Antle, born October 12, 1935; he married Margaret - - - - -and they have three children, Davis Mikel, Karen, & Charles III.
(b) Sue Antle, born June 26, 1940; m. Ray Kuhn.
Children of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, continued:
(9) Sarah Lorena “Lola” Sparks, daughter of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, was born in 1868 and died in 1957; she was married on January 14, 1890, to Jesse Lee Lewis, who was born in 1863 and died in 1945. They are buried in Shelbina, Missouri. They were the parents of five children:(A) Fountain Lewis, son of Lola and Lee Lewis, was born December 31, 1891, and died March 9, 1963; he married Mary Francis, who was born in 1894. He is buried in Shelbina, Missouri.(10) Charles Ford Sparks, son of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, was born April 16, 1870, and died December 12, 1928. He is buried in Greenwood Methodist Cemetery.
(B) Jesse Lewis, son of Lola and Lee Lewis, was born in 1894; he married Ruby Hendrick, who was born in 1892. They are divorced. They had one daughter,(a) Jessie Ruth Lewis, born April 25, 1916; she married Riley Smith on November 13, 1940. He was born in 1914. They had one son, Eugene Lee Smith, born December 25, 1941.(C) Nelle Lewis, daughter of Lola and Lee Lewis, was born in 1898; she married Harry Douglass, who was born in 1890.
(D) Russell Lewis, son of Lola and Lee Lewis, was born December 21, 1903; he married Nadine Durbin on Oct. 21, 1924; she was born March 23, 1905. They had two children:(a) James Emmett Lewis, born October 16, 1926; he married Venita Lutz, born November 4, 1926, and they have three children:(E) Jimmie King Lewis, son of Lola and Lee Lewis, was born in 1906; he married Gladys Collins, who was born in 1908 and died in 1960; she is buried in Shelbina, Missouri.(1) Steven Van Lewis, born June 24, 1948;(b) Helen Elaine Lewis, born July 29, 1929; she married William “Bill” Eagle, who was born October 19, 1927.
(2) James Russell Lewis, born August 2, 1952; and
(3) Sharrie Lee Lewis, born February 8, 1957.
(11) Fountain George Sparks, son of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, was born in 1872 and died the same year. He is buried in Greenwood Methodist Cemetery, southeast of Shelbina, Missouri.
(12) Emmett Alonzo Sparks, son of Fountion C. and Phoebe Ann Sparks, was born in 1874 and died in 1875. He was buried in Greenwood Methodist Cemetery.
2. Mary Jane Sparks, daughter of John Ford and Patsy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born in 1825 in Henry County, Kentucky; she was married on March 18, 1844, in Henry County to Elias Magruder. After his death, she married Thorton Adams, who was born October 24, 1818, and died March 7, 1907. She had children by both husbands, as follows:
(1) Elizabeth “Betsy” Magruder, daughter of Mary Jane and Elias Magruder, born 1845, died 1877; she married Arthur Vanlandingharn, who was born in 1841 and died in 1872. They had two children:
(A) Bell Vanlandingham, born 1867, died 1939; she married Jim Whaley, who was born in 1869 and died in 1934. They had a daughter named Mary Whaley.(2) John E. Magruder, son of Mary Jane and Elias Magruder, was born in 1847 and died in 1891; he married Mary Jane Patterson, who was born in 1848 and died in 1917. They had one son:
(B) Mary C. Vanlandingbam, born in 1869 and died the same year.(A) John Elias “Grude” Magruder, born 1868, died 1954; he married Mary Alice Lewis, who was born in 1871 and died in 1928. They are buried in Greenwood Cemetery. They had eight children:(3) Martha Allen Magruder, daughter of Jane and Elias Magruder, was born in1849 and died January 2, 1895; she married James Samuel Caldwell, who was born in 1838 and died on January 21, 1884. They were buried in Shelbina, Missouri. They had five children:(a) Eddie Magruder, born 1892, died 1917.
(b) Elmer Magruder, born 1894; he married Ora Belle Hilber and they had two children:(1) Mary Hilber Magruder, married Carl Brown and had a daughter named Debbie; and(c) Glenn Magruder, born 1896; he married Laura Morrison; they were divorced and he was later married (1965) to Martha Turney. He and Laura had two children:
(2) Charles Magruder, married June - - - - -(1) Billie Jean, married Herman Davis; and(d) Nina Magruder, born 1899; she married Loyd Threlkeld and they had a son named Kenneth who married Virginia Clark and has two daughters, Pam and Peggie Threlkeld.
(2) Pauline, married twice, Baker and Poage.
(e) Loyd Magruder, born 1904; he married Leota Garret and (second) Faye Gaines. He had two daughters:(1) Betty Fay Magruder, married Carl Kaltoff; and(g) Nellie Kate Magruder, born 1910, died 1919.
(2) Wanda Magruder, married Walter Ida.
(h) John Allen Magruder, born 1915; married Emma Caldwell. They were divorced and he married Ruth Montgomery. John adopted Ruth’s son, Raymond, and had one of his own, named Michel Allen Magruder.
Children of Martha Allen Magruder and James Samuel Caldwell:
(A) Elias T. Caldwell, son of Martha A. and James S. Caldwell, born December 7, 1874, died February 23, 1941. Buried in Shelbina, Missouri.(4) Hayes Adams, son of Mary Jane Sparks and her second husband, Thorton Adams, married Ella Rash.
(B) Nannie Gee Caldwell, daughter of Martha A. and James S. Caldwell, born1876, married Edward Gillispie, who was born July 13, 1873, and died May 6, 1940. Buried in Shelbina, Missouri.
(C) Isaac W. “Ike” Caldwell, son of Martha A. and James S. Caldwell, born August 12, 1878, died February 6, 1962; married Berta B. McCuary. Buried in Shelbina, Mo.
(D) James “Jim” Caldwell, son of Martha A. and James S. Caldwell, born September 3, 1880, died March 20, 1963. Buried in Shelbina, Missouri.
(E) Marcus Caldwell, son of Martha A. and James S. Caldwell, born February 25, 1884, married Leona Hardwick, who was born June 5, 1892. They had two sons:(a) James Elias Caldwell, born June 23, 1917; married Merle Grant. He had four children:(1) Frances Caldwell, born April 28, 1949;(b) Bobbie G. Caldwell, born October 11, 1921; he married Helen Livingston and they had three children:
(2) James Franklin Caldwell, born June 30, 1951;
(3) Nancy Caldwell, born April 17, 1956; and
(4) Rose Marie Caldwell, born February 28, 1961.(1) Philip Caldwell;
(2) Beth Caldwell; and
(3) Camille Caldwell.
(5) Nannie S. Adams, daughter of Mary Jane Sparks and her husband, Thorton Adams, was born in 1855 and died July 23, 1892; she married Thomas Threlkeld, who was born on December 7, 1843, and died in September 1936. They are buried at Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery in Monroe County, Missouri. They had four children:(A) William Arwsy Threlkeld, son of Nannie and Thomas Threlkeld, born December 7, 1883, in Monroe County, Missouri, and died September, 1963; he married Ruby Lee Brown, who was born October 27, 1894. They had three children:(a) Ray Brown Threlkeld, born January 5, 1918, died in 1963; he married Nadine Opie and lived north of Paris.(B) James Threlkeld, son of Narmie and Thomas Threlkeld, was born October 12, 1887, and died in 1945; he married Goldie Gamble.
(b) Charley W. Threlkeld, born August 28, 1927; he lives north-west of
(c) Nannie Lou Threlkeld, born November 14, 1928; she married James D. Sullivan. She is a teacher in Mexico, Missouri.
(C) Luella “Lula” Threlkeld, daughter of Nannie and Thomas Threlkeld, was born April 3, 1885; she married Ernest W. Hardwick on November 14, 1908; he was born September 20, 1884, and died December 28,19 - -. They had two children:
Children of Luella Threlkeld and Ernest W. Hardwick:
3. Robert F. Sparks, son of John Ford and Patsy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born in Henry County, Kentucky, on February 10, 1826, and died July 26, 1880. He married Pauline "Polina" JanePemberton , who was born July 11, 1829, and died December 28, 1890. They are buried at Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery near Shelbina, in Shelby county, Missouri. They were the parents of eight children:(6) Henry L. Adams, son of Mary Jane Sparks and Thorton Adams, was born in 1858, and died on November 16, 1863 (5 years, 5 months and 9 days).(a) Robert Thomas “Jack” Hardwick, born Feb. 20, 1911, married Jessie Virginia Wilson in 1934; she was born April 29, 1916. They live in Centralia, Missouri, and have three children:(D) Alexander Threlkeld, son of Nannie and Thomas Threlkeld, was bornNovember 15, 1889; he was married on March 30, 1921, to Sadie S. Austin.(1) Wilma Sue Hardwick, born March 3, 1936, married Harold Eugene Ward.(b) Anna Frances Hardwick, born May 23, 1909; she was married on May 7, 1936, to Eppie Rient Arends, who was born Jan. 8, 1912. She teaches school in Paris. Children:
(2) Rodney Keith Hardwiok, born 1938, married Barbara Bell, who was born in 1941. They have two children, Rhonda Lynn, born1961, and Michael D., born 1962.
(3) Mary Linda Hardwick, born 1945, married Dwight McKenzie, who
was born in 1945.(1) Phoebe Ann, born Feb. 21, 1944, died at birth.
(2) Patricia Nan, twin, born Feb. 21, 1944, died at birth.
(3) Jerry Arends, born March 22, 1945.
(7) Sarah Margaret Adams, daughter of Mary Jane and Thorton Adams, was born December 16, 1860, and died November 12, 1933; she married Ike W. Caldwell, who was born October 26, 1858. They had two children:(A) Hayes Caldwell, son of Sarah Margaret and Ike W. Caldwell, was born August 25, 1884, and died January 21, 1912. He is buried in Shelbina, Missouri.
(B) Mary Caldwell, daughter of Sarah Margaret and Ike W. Caldwell, was born February 17, 1891, and died October 13, 1919. She married Herbert Carter. She is buried in Shelbina, Missouri.
(1) John R. Sparks, son of Robert F. and Pauline "Polina" Jane (Pemberton) Sparks, was born October 8, 1851. No further record.
(2) Henrietta Sparks, daughter of Robert F. and Pauline "Polina" Jane (Pemberton) Sparks, was born September 13, 1852.
Children of Robert F. and Polina Jane Sparks, continued:
(3) Rozana Sparks, daughter of Robert F. and Polina Jane Sparks, was born August 4, 1855, and died July 5, 1940. She married Silas Thomp Barker on December 13, 1893, in Shelby County, Missouri. They had two sons:(A) Charley Barker, died at the age of twelve.(4) Parthesa S. “Cease” Sparks, daughter of Robert F. and Polina Jane Sparks, was born July 21, 1857, in Shelby County, Missouri, and died March 5, 1910. She married on August 24, 1885, Daniel Vohee Barker of Shelby County, Missouri. They had four children:
(B) Ike Washington Barker, born 1899, died 1925.(A) Rose Lee Barker, born 1886, died 1959; she married Elza B. Abrams. They had four children:(5) Marquis “Mark” Sparks, son of Robert F. and Polina Jane Sparks, was born October 4, 1859, and died April 7, 1952; he married Mary “Mollie”(a) Opal Abrams, born 1911, married - - - - - Gorden.(B) Arthur Joe Barker, born 1891.
(b) Ruby Abrams, born 1913, married Brad Johnson.
(c) Cecil Abrains, born 1915.
(d) Jessie Abrams, born 1917, married Jesse Schupp.
(C) James Mark Barker, born 1893.
(D) Daniel Edward Barker, born 1895, died 1896.
VanlandinghamMorris, who was born in 1861 and died in 1927. Both are buried in Shelbina, Missouri. They had no children, but reared Paul Sparks, son of Arthur P. Sparks.
(6) Robert Lee Sparks, son of Robert F. and Polina Jane Sparks, was born February 5, 1866, in Shelby County, Missouri, and died February 15, 1895. He is buried in the Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery near Shelbina, Missouri. He was married on January 16, 1890, by a Baptist minister named D. W. Morgan, to Sarah Catherine “Kate” Smith, a daughter of Henry & Nancy Smith. Kate was born in 1865 and died in 1943. She married, second, Henry Veal in 1901. They are buried in Shelbina, Missouri. Robert Lee and Kate (Smith) Sparks were the parents of two children:(A) Maggie Sparks, daughter of Robert Lee and Kate Sparks, married Victor Wade. They had two children:(a) Walter Lee Wade, born Aug. 19, 1911; he was married on Nov. 11, 1934, to Georgia Lee Neville, who was born Nov. 25, 1913. They have four children:(B) Marvin Lee Sparks, son of Robert Lee and Kate Sparks, was born in 1894; he married Ruth Irene Estes, who was born in 1894 and died in 1947. They had three children. He married (second) Mildred McElhiney, born in 1916.(1) James Stanley Wade, born Oct. 25, 1936;(b) Henry Lee Wade, married Louella Hayden. They have one son, Victor Haydon Wade.
(2) Georgia Lee Wade, born Feb. 10, 1939; she married Feb. 20,
1960, Michael Martin Paul, who was born Feb. 10, 1939, and they have two children, Michael Martin, Jr., born May 18, 1961; and G. L., IV, born March 27, 1964.
(3) Neville Stephen Wade, born April 26, 1942; and
(4) Thomas Henry Wade, born April 26, 1947.
Children of Marvin Lee and Ruth Irene (Estes) Sparks:
4. Sarah Margaret Sparks, daughter of John Ford and Patsy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born in Henry County, Kentucky, on November 11, 1829, and died in Missouri on May 21, 1889. She is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery near Shelbina, Missouri. She was married on May 25, 1848, in Henry County, Kentucky, to Mark D. Maddox; he was born March 6, 1819, and died February 28, 1901, and is also buried in Greenwood Cemetery. They had three children:(7) Gabie S. Sparks, daughter of Robert F. and Polina Jane Sparks, was born on March 22, 1869, and died April 29, 1885, buried at Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery.(a) George Lee Sparks, born May 27, 1917, died in St. Louis, Missouri, June 12, 1961, and buried in Shelbina, Missouri. He married Leota A. Kropf and had two children:(1) Linda Lou Sparks, married on Sept. 18, 1962, to Donald Hartman;(b) Victor Turner Sparks, born October 5, 1919, died in Madison, Missouri, Feb. 5, 1962, and is buried in Shelbina; he married Phyllis Alpaugh and had two sons:
(2) Bill Lee Sparks.(1) Ronald Sparks, born 1946; and(c) Margaret Ruth Sparks, born 1929; she married Roger Ratliff, who wasborn in 1928. They had four children:
(2) Donald Loren Sparks, born 1948.(1) Roger Bradley Ratliff, born 1953;
(2) Katherine Ratliff, born 1955;
(3) Elizabeth Ratliff, born 1958; and
(4)Steven Ratliff, born 1961.
(8) Arthur P. Sparks, son of Robert F. and Polina Jane Sparks, was born on May 26, 1872, and died on February 12, 1954. He married Leta Carter on October 4, 1897. She was born July 4, 1881. He is buried in Shelbina, Missouri. They had one son:(A) Paul Twain Sparks, son of Arthur P. and Leta (Carter) Sparks, was born February 12, 1901. He married Ruth Game, then (second) Mary Shore, who was born May 17, 1909. He had five children:(a) Jean Sparks, married James Harry Hugh. They have two children:(1) Carol Hugh, born June 11, 1958; and(b) Jack Sparks, born Jan. 3, 1926; he married Agnes Burtemper and they have three children:
(2) Mary Beth Hugh, born April 17, 1964.(1) Michele Sparks, born Nov. 18, 1956;(c) Shirley Sparks.
(2) Susan Sparks, born April 15, 1959; and
(3) Bobby Sparks, born Feb. 22, 1962.
(d) Peggy Sparks, born June 26, 1939; married
GreerLee Carter. They have one son, Rocket Lee GreerCarter born July 17, 1961. Peggy Sparks, daughter of Paul Twain Sparks, married Lee Carter, not Greer. Their son was Rocket Lee Carter. Peggy is now married to Darrell Charbonneau and they have a son, Lawrence E. Charbonneau, born Nov. 18, 1971. Paul T. Sparks, Jr., son of Paul Twain Sparks, was born Jan. 21, 1945, and is now married to Judith Tahir; they have a daughter, Mary Margaret, born Dec. 31, 1971.
(e) Paul Sparks, born January 21, 1945.
Children of Sarah Margaret Sparks and her husband, Mark D. Maddox:
(1) Martha Ella Maddox, daughter of Sarah Margaret and Mark Maddox, was born in 1849 and died in 1923; she married Thorton Keith, who was bornAugust 13, 1847. Both are buried in Shelbina, Missouri. They were the parents of eight children:(A) Willie Pearl Keith, born September 6, 1869, died Aug. 25, 1873 (3 years, 11 months, and 18 days); buried in Greenwood Methodist Cemetery, Shelby County, Missouri.(2) Isabelle Maddox, daughter of Sarah Margaret and Mark Maddox, was born September 8, 1853, and died October 27, 1895. She married John Francis and they were the parents of seven children:
(B) M. Ernest Keith, born 1871, died 1938; he married Addie May Collins, who was born in 1874 and died in 1964. They had two children:(a) Alma M. Keith, born 1898, died 1899.(C) Lena May Keith, born 1873, died 1954; she married Sam J. Kimble, who was born in 1877 and died in 1945. Both are buried in Shelbina. They had one daughter,
(b) Laliah Keith, married Fred Byrd.(a) Margaret Kimble, born Nov. 8, 1909; she married Harvey Raby and they had a daughter. They were divorced and Margaret later marriedLeRoy Martin. She died a few years ago in Florida. Her daughter was Juline Raby, born June 30, 1931; she is a missionary in Japan.(D) Alonzo “Lon” Keith, married Aug. 19, 1896, Addie Wiggins.
(E) Harry Keith, born 1879, died 1959; he married Claude Swearingan, who was born in 1877 and died in 1960. Both are buried in Shelbina, Missouri.
(F) Bert Keith, born 1881; She married Luther Fitzpatrick, born 1879, died 1944, buried in Shelbina. They had one daughter,(a) Ruth Fitzpatrick, born Oct. 28, 1908, married Ike Carlson, who was born May 28, 1907. They had a son named Keith Carison, who was born Dec. 20, 1933; he married Uta Schnalt and they have a son named Keston, born Nov. 22, 1956.(G) Lester T. Keith, born 1883, died 1954.
(H) Myrtle Keith, born 1886.(A) Kate Francis, born 1877, died 1947; she married Henry Willis Kimble and they had one son,(a) Francis Waymon Kimble, born May 23, 1911; he married on Nov. 23, 1938, Helen Pauline King, who was born August 6, 1917. They had two sons:(1) Larry Francis Kimble, born July 9, 1940, married Dec. 27, 1959, Bonnie Jean Baker, born Sept. 20, 1941. They have three children, Larry Alan, born July 18, 1960; Kirk Waymon, born Mar. 9, 1963; and Dona Patrice, born Dec. 10, 1964.
(2) Francis Waymon Kimble, Jr., born Dec. 6, 1943, was married in 1966 to Carolyn Buckman.
Children of Isabelle Maddox and her husband John Francis, continued:
5. Henry S. “Hen” Sparks, son of John Ford and Patsy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born in Henry County, Kentucky, on December 30, 1830, died February 19, 1892. He married Sarah Elizabeth “Bet” Sparks, daughter of James Parnel]. and SarahElizabeth (Threlkeld) Sparks. She was born August 7, 1536, and died July 19, 1921. They had two children:(B) Maggie Francis, daughter of John and Isabelle (Maddox) Francis, was born in 1879 and died December 21, 1880, and the age of 1 year, 6 months and 6 days.(3) Maggie Joe Maddox, daughter of Sarah Margaret and Mark Maddox, was born April 22, 1867, and died February 16, 1944. They are buried in Shelbina, Missouri. She married William “Bill” Applegate, who was born December 4, 1865, and died May 23, 1947. They had one daughter:
(C) Mark Maddox Francis, son of John and Isabelle (Maddox) Francis, was born October 26, 1881, and died August 13, 1963; he married Myrtle Noel in November, 1907. They had one son,(a) Jack Francis. He married and had two children, Jack and Linn.(D) Mildred “Sunie” Francis, daughter of John and Isabelle (Maddox) Francis, married Dan Kemp.
(E) Bill Francis, son of John and Isabelle (Maddox) Francis, married Lillian Johnson. They had one daughter,(a) Oathia Francis; she married and had a daughter named Vairis.(F) Elena Francis, married Nick Hentges. They had three children:(a) Ted Hentges, married Wanda - - - - -; they have an adopted daughter, Nancy.(G) Earl Francis, son of John and Isabelle (Maddox) Francis, married Iva - - - - - .
(b) Francis Hentges, married Margaret - - - - - They have two children, Roberta and Barbara.
(c) Betty Hentges, married Mac McDonald.(A) Nellie Margaret Applegate, born March 22, 1896, and died April 19, 1896. She is buried in Shelbina, Mo.
(1) Mary “Nora” Sparks, born 1854, died 1894; she married Edwin Robinson and they had two Sons:
6. George P. Sparks, son of John Ford and Patsy (Threlkeld) Sparks, was born in Henry County, Kentucky on June 5, 1835, and died on April 18, 1863, at the age of 25. He is buried in Pleasureville, Kentucky.(A) George W. Robinson, born 1890, died 1892.(2) George T. “Short” Sparks, born Dec. 1, 1857; he married Stella A. - - - who was born in 1877. They had a daughter named Elizabeth Sparks who married Joe A. Bier. George T. "Short" Sparks was born on Dec. 1, 1857. He died on Sept. 8, 1910. He married Stella A. Long on Feb. 25, 1903. She was born in 1877 and died on March 4, 1905. They had one daughter, Elizabeth Sparks, who was born on Feb. 27, 1905. She married Joseph A. Bier on Feb. 16, 1926, and they had two sons: James Sparks Bier, born in 1927, married Ann Foley; and Robert Jay Bier, born in 1935, married Jo Ann Smith.
(B) Jim Henry Robinson, married Stella Withers. They had a son named Jim Henry Robinson who married Mildred Harding and had a son named Jim Henry Robinson 3rd.
7. Amanda L. Sparks, daughter of John Ford
Patsy (Threlkeld) Sparks Eleanor "Nellie"
(Fallis) Sparks, was born in Henry County, Kentucky, on November 13,
1839, and died on May 16, 1881; she married George Mandell Hill,
who was born June 21, 1839, and died September 2, 1879. They are buried
in Pleasureville, Kentucky. They had two children:
Children of Amanda L. Sparks and her husband, George Mandell Hill:
(1) Fletcher Hill, son of Amanda and George Hill, was born August 20, 1870, and died January 25, 1893, in Pleasureville, Kentucky, by taking his own life over a love affair.8. Isabelle “Bell” Fallis Sparks, daughter of John Ford and
(2) Fannie Hill, daughter of Amanda and George Hill, was born she married Charlie Warren. They had four children and moved to Richmond, Virginia. (Mrs. Leonard Wood of Pleasureville, Kentucky, furnished this information on Amanda L. Hill. She told that Fannie Hill, daughter of Amanda, was raised by Capt. Threlkeld and his wife, Fannie (Sparks) Threlkeld, Amanda’s sister. Fletcher was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, following Amanda’s death.)
(1) Lulie “Lucy” List, daughter of Isabella and Henry List, was born in 1860 and died in 1876, at the age of 16 of typhoid fever in Kentucky.
(2) Virginia Hill List, daughter of Isabelle and Henry List, was born in 1862 and died at the time of her daughter’s birth, or soon thereafter. She married Harry Clubb and had a daughter named Mary Isabelle Clubb, who married Wood.
(3) George Sparks List, son of Isabelle and Henry List, was born December 13, 1865, and died December 13, 1913, in Everett, Washington; he is buried in Lake View Cemetery in Seattle. He married Julia Gouch and they had three daughters. He and Julia were divorced about two years before his death in Shreveport, Louisiana. Their daughters names were:(A) Marion List.(4) Frank Voris List, son of Isabelle and Henry List, born October 23, 1868, died June 5, 1920; he was married, first, to Fanny McCutcheon in Missouri. One daughter, Tutt, was born to this marriage. They were divorced and he married, second, Clara Grace Churchill on May 26, 1908, in Seattle, Washington. She was born June 19, 1885, in Park Rapids, Minnesota. They had seven children. Following is a list of the children of Frank Voris List:
(B) Ruth List.
(C) Virginia List.(A) Putt List, daughter by his first wife, married John Dorsey Ewing.
(B) Margaret List, daughter of Frank Voris and Clara G. (Churchill) List, was born Feb. 18, 1909; she was married on Sept. 29, 1931, to Raymond Richard Davis, who was born in July 1891 and died Dec. 31, 1934. Margaret married, second, Jack Kenneth Smith on Sept. 10, 1941. They were divorced in 1943. Margaret had two children by her first husband and one by her second husband, as follows:
Children of Margaret List and her first husband, Raymond Richard Davis:
(a) Eunice Jean Davis, born Oct. 1, 1932; she married Harold Eugene Quenby, who was born July 17, 1929. They had two children.By her second husband, Jack Kenneth Smith, Margaret List had one son.(1) Harold Eugene, born Jan. 4, 1951; and(b) Raymond Richard Davis, Jr., born Sept. 29, 1934; he married Jean Vickory in 1953 in Idaho. They were divorced in 1956 and he married, second, Judith Beaudry on Sept. 22, 1956. They were divorced in 1958 and he married, third, Bonnie Butler. They, too, are divorced. No children.
(2) Constance Louise, born May 1, 1954.(c) Phillip Kenneth Smith, born July 23, 1943, in Seattle, Washington; he was married on June 13, 1964, to Jean Christine Summerfelat. He is(C) Frank Voris List, Jr., son of Frank Voris and Clara G. (Churchill) List, was born on April 6, 1910; he married Nathylie Eleanor MacDonald on June 20, 1935, in Honolulu. He is a graduate of Annapolis Navy Academy (1933) and retired at the rank of captain in 1947. He is a certified public accountant and lives in Santa Rosa, Calif. He has one daughter, Jane Eleanor List.
an ensign in U. S. Naval Aviation. No children.
(D) George Price List, son of Frank Voris and Clara G. (Churchill) List, was born October 1, 1911; he was married in the Panama Canal Zone on April 1, 1941, to Christina Maria Grossling of Santiago, Chile; she was born on March 7, 1913. They were divorced in 1955. They had one child:(a) Christina Maria List, born June 28, 1948; she married Larry Ray Covington who was born Jan. 1944, in Memphis, Penn. They have two children.(E) Lydia Gertrude List, daughter of Frank Voris and Clara G. (Churchill) List, was born August 1, 1913; she married Richard Howard Hendricks on September 10, 1930; he was born August 14, 1909, in Cle Elum,Washington. They had three children:(1) Larry Ray Covington, Jr., born Dec. 19, 1963; and
(2) Michael Lee Covington, born December 28, 1965.(a) Shirley Joann Hendricks, born July 9, 1933; she married James Kenneson in August 1956. They have five children:(1) Rebecca Ruth, born July 28, 1961;(b) Carol Jean Hendricks, born Nov. 26, 1934; she married May 22, 1956, Phillip B. Monzon. They have three children:
(2) Elizabeth Ann, born Oct. 10, 1962;
(3) Lois Carol, born Oct. 30, 1963;
(4) Sara Kristen, born Dec. 9, 1964;
(5) David James, born February 7, 1961, adopted in 1964.(1) Rickey, born Sept. 16, 1957;
(2) Christine Lee, born Sept. 6, 1961; and
(3) Robert B., born May 8, 1963.
Children of Lydia Gertrude List and her
husband, Richard Howard Hendricks, continued:
(5) Gertrude List, daughter of Isabelle and Henry List, was born on October 27, 1872; she was married in 1893 to George Humphrey, who was born August 23, 1865. Gertrude was reared by the William Warren family, his wife being Lucy Lewis. They had three Sons:(c) Richard Heath Hendricks, born Aug. 7, 1942; he married Mary Schofstal on June 8, 1963; she was born in April 1943. They have one child, Richard William Hendricks, born on August 15, 196-.(F) Paul Churchill List, son of Frank Voris and Clara G. (Churchill) List, was born on Nov. 25, 1914. He died on Oct. 20, 1918, during the influenza epidemic.
(G) John Phillip List, born Oct. 29, 1916; he married Eloise Weaver, who was born in McKinney, Texas. They were married in New York City on Aug. 3, 1951. He is the King County Librarian in Seattle, Washington. She was born Oct. 17, 1913.
(H) Eunice Belle List, daughter of Frank Voris and Clara G. (Churchill) List, was born May 11, 1919. She was married to Chester L Himes on Jan. 17, 1940; he was born May 25, 1910. They have three children:(a) Michael Roger Himes, born March 20, 1941.
(b) Margaret Jeanette Himes, born May 10, 1944. She married Donald
Michael Shorb on Sept. 10, 1965; he was born in 1942.
(c) Alan Richard Himes, born March 23, 1953.(A) William Warren Humphrey, born July 27, 1894; he married Madeline Cotton on June 7, 1916; she was born June 7, 1894. They had two children:(a) Hilda Humphrey, born May 5, 1917; married John Fitgerald and had a(B) George Russell Humphrey, born June 30, 1900; he married Roberta Prather in 1927. They had one child,
son named John.
(b) William Warren Humphrey, Jr.; he married Marion Whiting and they adopted two children, Andrea and William Warren, III.(a) Patricia Humphrey, born June 27, 1928; she married William Welch in 1946. He died in 1950 and she married, second, Clark Churchill, Jr., who died in 1960. She married, third, Robert Harriman. By her first husband, she had two sons, Russell Welch and John Welch.(C) Patrick List Humphrey, born May 19, 1908; he married Peggy Jane Doyle on April 20, 1935; she was born June 26, 1913 They live in Kansas City and have two children:(a) Marilyn Humphrey, born July 27, 1938; she married Leon Lants, Jr., on Jan. 26, 1957; he was born May 20, 1936. They have two children.(1) Cynthia Lants, born Feb. 14, 1960; and(b) Jan Humphrey, born May 19, 1947.
(2) Leon Lants III, born April 30, 1963.
(6) Henry List, son of Isabelle and Henry List. No further data.
(7) Charles O. List, believed to have been a son of Isabelle and Henry List, died March 21, 1863. No further data.
9. Frances A. “Fannie” Sparks, daughter of John Ford and
Patsy (Threlkeld) Eleanor "Nellie"
(Fallis) Sparks, was born in 1842 in Henry County, Kentucky, and died
in 1906. She married Grandison “Capt.” Threlkeld, who was born in
1839 and died in 1877. They had two children:
(1) Morgan Threlkeld, born in 1866 and died in 1933. He married Lula McNeil Wheatley of Owen County, Kentucky. They had a daughter, Elizabeth.10. ***Patsy Threlkeld Sparks was a daughter of John Ford and Eleanor "Nellie" (Fallis) Sparks. She was born on Oct. 25, 1840, in Henry County, Kentucky and she died on March 23, 1926. She married "Buddy" Permenus Jeremiah MaGruder on Oct. 24, 1867, and they had three children:
(2) Will Threlkeld, married Mary Harding. No children.
[***Scanner's Note: The original data has been replaced by that from SQ p 1833:]
(1) Nellie Fallis MaGruder was born on Dec. 25, 1869. She died on Nov. 16, 1889, and is buried in the Pleasureville (Ky.) Cemetery.(Editor’s Note: In future issues of the QUARTERLY we shall publish records compiled by Helen White of the descendants of the other children of Robert Sparks (1777-1831) of Madison County, Virginia, and Henry County, Kentucky.)
(2) Fannie B. MaGruder was born on April 25, 1872. She died on March 29, 1898. She married W. C. Clubb.
(3) Eugene O'Bannon MaGruder was born on March 23, 1885. He died on May 24, 1957, at Pleasureville, Ky. He married Austia List on Oct. 31, 1912, and they had three children: George Travis MaGruder, born in 1915, married Josephine Roberts; Nell Fallis MaGruder, born in 1918, who married William F. Pollard; and Gene List MaGruder, born in 1919, married Dorothy O'Haner.
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INSCRIPTIONS FROM TOMBSTONES IN THE CHURCH HILL CEMETERY
QUEEN ANNES COUNTY, MA.RYLAND
Copied by Paul B. Sparks
(In one lot) Ezekiel
Sparks, born 14 August 1837, died 26 January 1907
Emily Jane Sparks, his wife, born 1836, died 1911
William H. Sparks, born 5 March 1831, died 18 June 1896
Arthur Sparks, born 11 October 1861, died 8 May 1908
Marie S. Sparks, 1900-1902
William G. Sparks, 1902-1905
George W. Sparks, 1899-1905
Willard T. Sparks, 1908-1908
Wilbert Sparks, 1908-1908
(In one lot) George H.
Mary A. Sparks, 1860-1919
(In one lot) J. Medford
Sparks, born 2 August 1875, died 19 February 1913
Addie T. Sparks, born 15 November 1884, died 30 January 1966
DEATH TAKES ROBERT ORSON GIBSON (1880-1967)
We regret to report the passing of another of our faithful members. Robert 0. Gibson, whose portrait appears on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY, had been a generous supporter of the Association almost from its formation and exchanged many letters with the editor regarding his great-grandfather, Josiah Sparks of Union County, South Carolina. One of Nevada’s leading and honored citizens, Mr. Gibson died at his home on June 29, 1967. He was eighty-six. He was a son of Moses Washington Gibson and Lydia Ann Badger, and a grandson of George Washington Gibson and Mary Ann Sparks (who was a daughter of Josiah Sparks of Union County, South Carolina.)
In December, 1965, Robert 0. Gibson was honored on his 85th birthday by the Las Vegas, Nevada, Junior High School which bears his name.
He was born on December 19, 1880, in Duncan, Utah. He was graduated from the Brigham Young Academy (now a University) in 1900. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Mr. Gibson was a Bishop of the St. Thomas Ward of the LDS Church for twenty-five years, and also served as member and as president of the school board in two southern Nevada communities for more than twenty-five years.
He was elected to the 1919 Nevada Legislature where he was instrumental in consolidating several small school districts in southern Nevada. He also spent several years as member and as chairman of local Red Cross chapters, and as a councilman for the district for the Boy Scouts of America,
In addition to being a Bishop for his Church, he also served in the Stake Presidency of Moapa Stake, and for twenty years served his church as a patriarch.
He was married to Edith Alice Hinton, who preceded him in death by three years. They were the parents of eight children, seven of whom survive: Inez G. Waymire of Overton, Nevada; Catherine G. Later of Pico Rivera, California; K. Owen Gibson of Boulder City, Nevada; Floyd H. Gibson of Terrance, California; Mary G. Atchley of Las Vegas, Nevada; M. Carl Gibson of Provo, Utah; and Josephine G. Downey of Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Gibson is also survived by thirty grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren
DEATH TAKES MRS. DEWEY SPARKS GRAHAM (1899-1967)
We regret to report the passing of Mrs. Dewey Sparks Graham, aged sixyy-seven, of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Lawrence County, Kentucky. Mrs. Graham died on March 28, 1967. She was the aunt of Dr. Paul S. Sparks, President of The Sparks Family Association.
Funeral services were conducted in Graham, Kentucky, and burial was in the Sparks Cemetery on Morgans Creek in Lawrence County.
Mrs. Graham was born on August 28, 1899, and was a daughter of the late Cobe and Martha (Chaffin) Sparks. Survivors include the husband, Frank Graham of Akron; a daughter, Mrs. George Thomas of Akron; two sisters, Miss Roaa Sparks and Mrs. Flora Williams of Louisa; and three grandchildren.
DEATH TAKES SHERIDAN D. CAVITT
We regret to report the passing of another of our faithful members, Mr. Sherican D. Cavitt, aged seventy-two, of Waco, Texas. He was a descendant of Richard Sparks who died in Nacogdoches County, Texas, in 1838.
Mr. Cavitt was born in Holland, Texas, where he was in the merchantile business for many years. He served at one time as mayor of Holland before moving to Waco, Texas. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Waco; a Master Mason, Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of Karem Temple in Waco. He is survived by his wife, Ellen B. Cavitt, a son, S. D. Cavitt, Jr., of Georgetown, Texas; and two brothers, J. Frank Cavitt of San Angelo and J. Carter Cavitt of Great Falls, Montana. A son, Franklin C. Cavitt, died in 1936. Four grandchildren also mourn his passing.
NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION
It is a pleasure to report the names of thirty-four new members of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION. These are our new members who have joined thus far in 1967.
Alton, Mrs. Carl, P.O. Box 331, Dickinson,
Bohnhoff, Mrs. Elmer, 7320 Garfield Road, FreeJ.and, Michigan (48623)
Constantine, Martha (Mrs. George), 3019 S. Madison St., Tulsa, Oklahoma (74114)
Goldman, Martha B., 3814 East 31st St., Indianapolis, Indiana (46218)
Hanely, Amy Sparks (Mrs. B. M.), 7512 Alexandria Place, Stockton, California.
Morley, Martha S. (Mrs. Charles), 7411 Axton St., Springfield, Virginia (22151)
Mortensen, Mable D. (Mrs. Leland M.), 57 S. Hobson St., Mesa, Arizona (85201)
Murphy, Eva (Mrs. Lowell), Kinderhook, Illinois (62345)
Peterson, Miss Nancy S., 3212 North Terry St., Fort Worth, Texas (76106)
Ross, Jewell Sparks, R. 1, Sandy Hook, Kentucky.
Schratz, Elva Sparks (Mrs. Bruce C.), P.O. Box 418, De Valls Bluff, Arkansas (72041)
Shanahan, Mrs. Virginia, P.O. Box 674, Hoopa, California (95546)
Sparks, Arthur L., 118 Alberta St., Martin, Tennessee (38237)
Sparks, B. E., 1600 Courtland Circle, Clovis, New Mexico (88101)
Sparks, Clyde, 1419 N. Prince, Clovis, New Mexico (88101)
Sparks, Dennis, Box 277, Ashland, Mississippi (38603)
Sparks, Donald, Box 517, Pinedale, Wyoming.
Sparks, George A., 626 Geneva St., Huntington Beach, California (92646)
Sparks, Gertrude (Mrs. Guy), 301 N. Tillotson Ave, Muncie, Indiana.
Sparks, Miss Helen, 2908 Aerial Ave., Dayton, OhiO (45419)
Sparks, Mrs. James 5., 6704 Rockwood St., Little Rook, Arkansas (72207)
Sparks, Joe M., Rt. 3, Box 147, Augusta, Kansas (67010)
Sparks, John Milton III, P.O. Box 1462, Wickenburg, Arizona (85358)
Sparks, John N., Jr., 5 W. Reddina St., Middletown, Delaware (19709)
Sparks, Kenneth K., 1708 Lomb Ave., W.., Birmingham, Alabama (35208)
Sparks, Lawrence C., Jr., 10620 Westfield Rd., Indianapolis, Indiana (46280)
Sparks, Leslie Carroll, 4701 Dartford Ave., Baltimore, Maryland (21229)
Sparks, Marvin H., 531 N. Union St., Lincoln, Illinois (62656)
Sparks, Michael R., 539 S. York St., Elmhurst, Illinois (60126)
Sparks, Travis E., 1119 Beaumont Ave., Dayton, Ohio (45410)
Vaughn, Mrs. B. A., 235 Tech Rd., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (15205)
Wayrnire, Inez G., Box 385, Overton, Nevada (89040)
Williams, Marguerite N. (Mrs. T. L.), 1095 Pine St., Wmnnetka, Illinois (60093)
Willis, J. N. 521 Talley Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee (37411)
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