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. XVII, NO. 1  MARCH, 1969
WHOLE NO. 65a

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

Calvin Sparks (1823-1903)
with his wife
Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks (1824-1910)

(View photograph)

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Rite Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
William P. Johnson, Historian-Genealogist, Box 1770, Raleigh, North Carolina (27602)
Russell E. Bidlack, Secretary-Treasurer & Editor, 1709 Cherokee Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan (48104)

 
The Sparks Family Association was founded in March, 1953, as a non-profit organization devoted to the assembling 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 f or the support of the Association. 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. Three indexes have been published, the first covering the first five years of the QUARTERLY (1953-1957); the second covering the years from 1958 to 1962; and the third covering the years from 1963 through 1967. Each of these is available for $1.00. A complete file of all issues of the QUARTERLY (1953-19 64) with the three indexes may be purchased for $35.00.
The editor of the QUARTERLY from March 1953 to September 1954 was Dr. Paul E. Sparks; since September 1954 the editor has been Dr. Russell E. Bidlack, 1709 Cherokee Road,Ann Arbor, Michigan (48104). Back issues should be ordered from Dr. Bidlack, The QUARTERLY is printed at the Edwards Letter Shop, 711 North University Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan.

DESCENDANTS OF HARDY SPARKS (born ca. 1797)

OF NORTH CAROLINA AND INDIANA

On the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY appears the portrait of Calvin Sparks (1823-1903) and his wife, Mahala Carmichael Sparks (1824-1910). The original of this photograph was loaned to us by Mrs. E. P. Wallin, Box 345, Grant, Nebraska. Mrs. Wallin is a great-granddaughter of Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks.

In the September 1955 issue of the QUARTERLY, we published some data on this family, noting that the parents of Calvin Sparks were Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks. Hardy Sparks was living in Wilkes County, North Carolina, when he was married to Susannah Brown in 1815 (the marriage bond was dated January 5, 1815, and they were probably married on that day or one or two days later). Hardy Sparks was born about 1797 in North Carolina. He doubtless belonged to the branch of the Sparks family which moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to

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Wilkes County, North Carolina, in the 1760’s, but we have not succeeded in proving his parentage as yet. Hardy Sparks served in the War of 1812 from Wilkes County.

Hardy Sparks and his family were still living in Wilkes County, North Carolina, when the 1820 census was taken, by which time he had two sons listed as under ten years of age. He may have been the Hardy Sparks who obtained a land grant in Ashe County, North Carolina, in 1824. He settled in Monroe County, Indiana, probably in the 1830’s, later apparently moving over the line into Greene County.

Hardy Sparks’s first wife died in the 1830’s and he married as his second wife Martha Motley. He was still living when the 1860 census was taken in Green County, Indiana. Hardy Sparks was the father of seven children by his first wife and eight by his second wife. The following record of these children is based on information supplied by a great-granddaughter (Mrs. Jessie Sparks Conder of Stanford, Indiana, in 1954) and supplemented from census and other official records:

1. Allen Sparks, son of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born in North Carolina about 1817. He came to Monroe County, Indiana, sometime prior to 1837, for in November 1837 he was married there to Polly Weaver (the marriage bond in Monroe County is dated November 17, 1837, Book A, p. 157). She was born in North Carolina about 1822. She died between 1850 and 1859, and in December 1859 Allen Sparks married his second wife, Elizabeth Burton (Monroe County marriage bond dated December 14, 1859, Book 4, p. 20). She was born in North Carolina about 1821. According to the 1850 census, Allen Sparks was living in Beach Creek Township, Greene County, Indiana, and in 1860 he was living in Indian Creek Township, near Harrodsburgh. When he died in 1882, however, he was a resident of Monroe County, Indiana. It is believed that his first wife, Polly (Weaver) Sparks, was the mother of all of his children except his youngest daughter, Nancy Jane Sparks. In his will, dated March 20, 1882, and probated May 26, 1882 (Monroe County Will Book 4, p. 306), Allen Sparks left the bulk of his property to his second wife, Elizabeth. Children:
(a) William Thomas Sparks, son of Allen and Polly (Weaver) Sparks, was born about 1838; he died on August 4, 1897, in Monroe County, Indiana. He married Vice Madaris, who was born in Owen County, Indiana. They had children named William T. Sparks, born in 1874; Allen S. Sparks; Mary Sparks, Sarah Sparks, Mandy Sparks, Millie Sparks, Ida Sparks, and Cora Sparks.
(b) Calvin Sparks, son of Allen and Polly (Weaver) Sparks, was born about 1845; he is believed to have been the Calvin L. Sparks who married Maria E. Smith in Monroe County, Indiana, in 1865 (marriage bond dated January 17, 1865, Book 4, p. 325); he died in Monroe County, Indiana, on March 22, 1907.
(c) Elisha (or Eli) Sparks, son of Allen and Polly (Weaver) Sparks, was born about 1847; he died on August 9, 1910, in Monroe County, Indiana. His will dated August 5, 1910, and probated August 12, 1910, names his children as follows: John Sparks, Samuel Sparks, Frank Sparks, Orpha Weaver, Mary Counts, James Sparks, Grace Caines, Anna Sullivan, Hila Mood,  Roy Sparks, Pearl Sparks, Osia Sparks, and Hubert Sparks.
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(d) Sarah Sparks, daughter of Allen and Polly (Weaver) Sparks, was born about 1849. In her father’s will she was called Sarah Breeden.
(e) Nancy Jane Sparks, daughter of Allen and Elizabeth (Burton) Sparks, was born about 1860. She married - - - - -  Walker.
2. Matilda Sparks (called Tilda), daughter of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born about 1818. She married Arthur Young. No children.
 3. William Sparks, son of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born in North Carolina about 1820. He married Nancy - - - - -  in North Carolina and it was there that their first three children were born. They moved to Indiana about 1846 and were living in Monroe County, Indiana, when the 1850 and 1860 censuses were taken. From these census records, it appears that they were the parents of the following children:
(a) Leonard J. Sparks, son of William and Nancy Sparks, was born in North Carolina about 1842. (twin of John T.)
(b) John T. Sparks, son of William and Nancy Sparks, was born in North Carolina about 1842. (twin of Leonard J.)
(c) James H. Sparks, son of William and Nancy Sparks, was born in North Carolina about 1845.
(d) Elizabeth J. Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy Sparks, was born in Indiana about 1847.
(e) Nancy H. Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy Sparks, was born about 1849, in Indiana.
(f) Susan Sparks, daughter of William and Nancy Sparks, was born in Indiana about 1854.
 4.Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born   in North Carolina about 1821. She married Carmichael. They were   the parents of the following children:
(a) John Calvin Carmichael.
(b) Matilda Jane Carmichael (called Tilda).
(c) Joseph Carmichael.
(d) Silvester Carmichael.
(e) Wesley Carmichael.
(f) Martha Carmichael.
(g) Martin Carmichael.
(h) Ensley Carmichael.
(i) William Harrison Carmichael.
5. Calvin Sparks, son of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born in North Carolina on December 3, 1823, and died at Hoag, located near Beatrice, Nebraska. On January 1, 1846, Calvin Sparks was married in Monroe County, Indiana, to Mahala Carmichael (Book B, p. 98). She was born on April 7, 1824, and died on March 5, 1910. Their portrait appears on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY. Both are buried in the Sparks Cemetery at Beatrice, Nebraska. Calvin Sparks was the first County Commissioner of Perkins County, Nebraska, where he had moved with his family about 1881. Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks were the parents of ten children; information about them has been provided by Mrs. E. P. Wallin:
(a) Matilda Jane Sparks, daughter of Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks, was born about 1847. She was called Tillie.

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Children of Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks, continued:
(b) -William Riley Sparks, son of Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks, was born December 27, 1847, in Greene County, Indiana, and died on August 12, 1926. He married Barbara Elizabeth Carter, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Martendale) Carter; she was born on February 3, 1851, in Greene County, Indiana, and died on September 2, 1930. Their children were:
(1) William Granvil Sparks, born December 26, 1868, near Bloomington, Ind. When he was about 10 years old, he moved with his parents to Nebraska, settling on a farm near Beatrice where he grew to manhood. On March 7, 1894, he was married to Estella Morse, daughter of Wallace and Eliza (Sharman) Morse. He died on June 7, 1955, at Scottsbluff, Nebraska. (see page 85 of the September 1955 issue of the QUARTERLY for his obituary.) The wife of William Granvil Sparks, Estella Sparks, died on June 22, 1956. (see page 160 of the September 1956 issue of the QUARTERLY for her obituary.) They were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Alta Crook, born 1895; Mrs. Lucile Miller, born 1897; Mrs. Edith Wallin, born 1899; Chester Sparks, born 1902; Ralph Sparks, born 1905; Wallace Sparks, born 1908, died 1930; Norbert Sparks, born 1913; and Mainard Sparks, born 1919.
(2) Luala Sparks, born November 11, 1870, in Greene County, Indiana. She married Sidney Rossiter, who was born October 16, 1868. He celebrated his 100th birthday on October 16, 1968, at his home near Beatrice, Nebraska.
(3) John Calvin Sparks, born September 2, 1873, in Greene County, Indiana; he died on July 1, 1949, at Beatrice, Nebraska.
(4) Joseph Wesley Sparks, born July 10, 1876, in Greene County, Indiana; he died on July 13, 1950, at Salem, Oregon.
(5) Stephen Douglas Sparks, born September 22, 1880, in Greene County, Indiana; he died in March 1962 at Beatrice, Nebraska.
(6) Charlie Sparks, born September 21, 1883, at Diller, Nebraska, and died at North Platte, Nebraska.
(7) Purmela Sparks, born November 3, 1886, at Hoag, Nebraska, and died at Grand Island, Nebraska, on September 21, 1968; buried at Beatrice.
(8) Alvin Sparks, born December 17, 1890, at Hoag, Nebraska, and died at Beatrice.
(9) Murrell Sparks, born September 27, 1892, at Hoag, Nebraska; he is still living at his home at Cheyenne Wells, California.
(c) Dianna Sparks, daughter of Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks, was born about 1849.

(d) Susanna Sparks, daughter of Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks, was born about 1853.

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Children of Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks, continued:
(e) Maria E. Sparks, daughter of Calvin and Mahala (Carmichael) Sparks, was born about 1860.

(f) Theodosha Sparks.

(g) Sitha Sparks.

(h)Annie Sparks.
(i) Joseph Sparks; he married Zapora Jameson and had children named Noah Sparks, Herbert Sparks, Guy Sparks, Ira Sparks, Elsie Sparks, and Effie Sparks.

(j) Lizzie Sparks; she married James A. Thompson and had children named Albert and Alta (twins), Louise, Manfred, Pearley, Estella, and Leslie.

 6. Henry Sparks, son of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born on April 19, 1829, in North Carolina, and died in Monroe County, Indiana, on October 10, 1905. According to George Blanchard’s History of The Counties of Morgan, Monroe, and Brown, Indiana, published in l884 he settled in Greene County, Indiana, in 1842. ‘When the 1850 census of Greene County was taken he was listed as living with his brother Allen Sparks. Henry Sparks married Sarah J. Holder in Greene County, Indiana, in March, 1851 (marriage bond dated March 10, 1851, Book E, p. 247). She was born in 1833 and died on August 21, 1911. They had the following children:
(a) Thomas W. Sparks, born March 3, 1852; he married Lou Emma Butcher.
(b) John A. Sparks, born about 1854.
(c) Martha E. Sparks, born about 1856.
(d) George M. Sparks, born about 1859.
(e) Solomon E. Sparks.
7. James Sparks, son of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born in North Carolina about 1831. He was living with the Jacob Tague family in Monroe County, Indiana, when the 1850 census was taken. He married Louisa - - - - -, who was born in Indiana about 1836. Sometime prior to 1848 he moved to Cazenovia Township, Woodford County, Illinois, where he was living when the 1860 census was taken. By 1880, however, he and his family were living in Blakely Precinct in Gage County, Nebraska. They were the parents of the following children:
(a) Matilda J. Sparks (called Tilda) was born about 1858 in Ill.
(b) John H. Sparks, born about 1860 in Illinois.
(c) Mary C. Sparks, born about 1863 in Illinois.
(d) Thomas H. Sparks, born about 1865 in Illinois.
8, John Sparks, son of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born in North Carolina in 1833. He was married to Martha E. Holder in Greene County, Indiana, in September 1854 (marriage bond dated September 12, 1854, Book F, p. 34). She was born ca. 1836 In North Carolina and died

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about 1870. John Sparks married as his second wife Martha A. who was born in 1849 in North Carolina and died in Gage County, Nebraska, in 1919. John Sparks moved from Indiana to Nebraska after the Civil War, settling near his brother, James Sparks, in Gage County where his family was listed on the 1880 census. By his first wife, John Sparks had four children; he had seven by his second wife:

(a) Newton (or William) Sparks, son of John and Martha 3. (Holder) Sparks, was born in Indiana about 1856.
(b) Sarah J. Sparks, daughter of John and Martha 3, (Holder) Sparks, was born in Indiana about 1857.
(c) Mary 3. Sparks, daughter of John and Martha 3. (Holder) Sparks, was born in Indiana about 1858.
(d) John J. Sparks, son of John and Martha E. (Holder) Sparks, was born about 1862.
(e) James H. Sparks (called Henry), son of John Sparks and his second wife, Martha A.  - - - -, was born about 1874.
(f) Laura F. Sparks, daughter of John Sparks and his second wife,  Martha A. - - - - -, was born about 1877.
(g) George W. Sparks, son of John Sparks and his second wife,  Martha A. - - - - -, was born about 1879.
(h) Jasper Sparks, son of John Sparks and his second wife, Martha A. - - - - -, was born between 1880 and 1888.
(i) Alice Sparks, daughter of John Sparks and his second wife,  Martha A. - - - - -, was born between 1880 and 1888.
(j) Ida Sparks, daughter of John Sparks and his second wife, Martha A. - - - - -, was born between 1880 and 1888.
(k) Andrew Sparks, son of John Sparks and his second wife, Martha A. - - - - -, was born between 1880 and 1888.
John Sparks (son of Hardy and Susaimah (Brown) Sparks) lost his life during the famous blizzard of 1888. Mrs. E. P. Wallin has loaned us a clipping from an old scrapbook telling of this tragedy. This particular account was written in 1905 on the 17th anniversary of the great storm. It reads: “Yesterday was the seventeenth anniversary of THE BLIZZARD. The terrible storm which covered the country from the north line of the Dakotas to central Kansas, and to as great an extent east and west, seemed to select this section of the state [Gage County. Nebraska] as its center. Many lives were lost, thousands of cattle perished, trains were delayed, roads were blockaded, in fact we have no record of such a storm since the first white men settled in this section, and began to write history.
 “It was during this terrible storm, which has ever been remembered as THE BLIZZARD, since it had no equal before nor since, that Hon. John Sparks lost his life, while trying to return from Beatrice to his home eight miles west of this city....
 “On the fatal day, John Sparks, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed citizens of the county, started home from Beatrice and was lost in the blinding storm. He had unhitched his team, and turned them loose, and they found their way home the next day. A search was instituted, and the body of Mr. Sparks found a quarter of
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Sketch of John Sparks, son of Hardy & Susatmah (Brown) Sparks, continued:
a mile from home. Mr. Sparks was a man of about sixty years of age, and had represented Gage county in the legislature. He made a hard fight. but the elements overcame him.
 “This was the most severe storm in the history of the country, and its anniversary is remembered by those who were here seventeen years ago yesterday.”
 
9. Andrew Sparks, son of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born about 1835. He married and had sons named John Sparks and Daniel Sparks.
10. Alfred Sparks, son of Hardy and Susannab (Brown) Sparks, was born about 1837 in Indiana. He married Sarah Martindale in Greene County, Ind., on October 12, 1857, (book F, p. 326). She was born in Indiana about 1835. Alfred Sparks died at the age of 70 on March 21, 1907, in Greene County. They had the following children:
(a) Mary E. Sparks (called Emmer) was listed as 8 months of age on the 1860 census.    She died on September 28, 1917, in Greene County, Ind.
(b) John Sparks.
(c) Calvin Sparks.
(d) Angeline Sparks.
(e) James Sparks.
(f) Elvie Sparks.
(g) Theodore Sparks.
(h) Cornelia Sparks.
11. Mary Ann Sparks, daughter of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born about 1839 in Indiana. She married - - - - - Nellinger. They had children named Andy, George, Lydia, Martha, and perhaps others.

12. Martha A. Sparks, daughter of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born about 1841 in Indiana. She married      Hutchins. They had children named Mary, Jane, Joseph, Calvin, and Lydia.

13. Merritt Sparks, son of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born about 1844. He married Elinor Martendale in Greene County, Indiana, in 1862 (marriage bond dated February 4, 1862, Book G, p. 201). She was born in 1843 and died in Greene County on April 6, 1920. They had children named:
(a) James Sparks.
(b) Alice Sparks.
(c) John Sparks.
14. Nancy Jane Sparks (called Jane), daughter of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born about 1848 in Indiana. She married Dave Weaver. They had children named Frances, John Riley, Newton, Luoinda, Allie (son), Joseph, Sarah, Myrtle, and Jasper.
15. Joseph Sparks, son of Hardy and Susannah (Brown) Sparks, was born about 1853 in Indiana. He married Eannah Carmichael. Their children were named: (a) Tilda; (b) Ida; (c) Henry; (d) Florence; (e) Rosa; (f) Edgar; and (g) Bessie.


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THE FAMILY OF MARTIN SPARKS, 1785-1875, OF NEW YORK

In the QUARTERLY of September 1965 (Vol. XIII, No. 3, Whole No. 51) appeared an article entitled  “The Sparks Family of Keene Township, lonia County, Michigan.” We noted there the family of Joseph Sparks, who married Mehetabel Johnson on April 29, 1747, in Windham, Connecticut. Joseph Sparks moved with his family to Tolland, Connecticut, prior to 1750. One of the sons of Joseph and Mehetabel (Johnson) Sparks was Isaiah Sparks, who was born on November 3, 1754, in Tolland. He married Filisity Dawset in Ashford, Connecticut, on December 9, 1779. It was in Ashford that the seven children of Isaiah and Filisity (Dawset) Sparks were born, as follows:

1. Stephen Sparks, born August 24, 1780; died in 1860 in Michigan.
2. Lawrence Sparks, born March 18, 1782.
3. Isaiah Sparks, Jr., born December 16, 1783; died May 27, 1785.
4. Martin Sparks, born August 30, 1785; died 1875.
5. Mehetabel Sparks, born September 14, 1787.
6. Erastus Sparks, born September 29, 1789.
7. Amos Sparks, born September 24, 1792.
Following the death of Isaiah Sparks in 1794, his widow and her children all moved to Cortland County, New York, and settled near the town of Homer.  There the sons married and reared families. It was noted in the above mentioned article that the son Erastus Sparks (born 1789) married Philatha Higgins and moved to Trumbull County, Ohio, while the son Stephen Sparks (born 1780) moved to lonia County, Michigan. Until recently we had no knowledge of the son named Martin Sparks, who was born on August 30, 1785. However, a new member of the Association, Mr. Leslie L. Luther of Moravia, New York, is a great-grandson of Martin Sparks and has been kind enough to furnish us some information on the family of Martin Sparks. Mr.  Luther states: “Herewith are biographical sketches of all we have of our branch. This was obtained from my grandmother Cynthia and her sister Sarah in my younger days, supplemented by what my mother had remembered hearing them state.” We have been able to add some data to these sketches based on census records.

Martin Sparks was fifteen years old, according to his daughters’ statements, when he moved with his mother and the rest of the family to Cortland County, New York. Since he was born on August 30, 1785, this means that the family left Connecticut about 1800. Martin Sparks married Lydia Dodge, who was born in 1789. She died on March 25, 1836 (aged 46 years and 8 months) and was buried in what is now called the Old Cemetery in Blodgett Mills, in Cortland County, New York. Martin Sparks later married, as his second wife, Clarissa, who was born about 1794 in New York.

Prior to 1845, Martin Sparks and his family were living in the village of Liverpool, just north of Syracuse, New York, where in 1845 his daughter Cynthia fell into the canal and was pulled out by her hair. From there they removed to Moravia, New York, and lived in the house known as the Stone Mill House, and later as the William Selover House, on the south-west corner of East Cayuga and Williams Streets. When the 1850 census was taken, Martin Sparks, with his second wife Clarissa, and his daughter Cynthia, were living in the town of Moravia, Cayuga County, New York. Following the death of his second wife, Martin Sparks lived with his son Reuben Sparks in Auburn, New York, and later with his son Parley Sparks in Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York, where he died in 1875, lacking four days of being 90 years of age. He was buried at Ellington.

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It is believed that all of Martin Sparks’s children were by his first wife,

Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, as follows: (exact order of birth not known)

(1) Harriet Sparks, daughter of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, married a man named Frazier. All that is known of her is that she lived “on the south end of Lake Michigan” and had a daughter named Mary.

(2) Isaiah Sparks, son of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, was born about 1815. His wife’s name was “Aner,” probably a nickname for Anna; she was born about 1821. Isaiah Sparks and his family were living in the township of Salina, in Onondaga County, New York, when the 1850 census was taken. His occupation was given as “Carpenter & Joiner.” He died in the Civil War and was buried in Charleston, South Carolina. From census records it appears that Isaiah Sparks had three children:

(a) Frances Sparks, born about 1846.
(b) William Henry Sparks, born about 1848.
(c) Charles Sparks, born about 1853.
‘When the 1850 census was taken, there were also listed as living with Isaiah Sparks and his wife two other children, Eugene Sparks, aged 4 years, and Eugenia Sparks, also aged four.  Perhaps they were also children of Isaiah, but the manner in which they are listed may indicate they were step-children. Possibly, “Aner” was a second wife.

(3) Parley Sparks, son of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, was born in Cortland County, New York, but lived his adult life in Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York, and died there. His wife’s name was Mary. They had two children (perhaps also a third):

(a) Frank Sparks, who was mentally handicapped, died in middle life.
(b) Nettle Sparks; she married (first) William Johnson; she later married (second) William Clapp, son of Aaron William and Louisa (Arnold) Clapp, and a nephew of Alonzo Arnold who married Sarah Sparks, daughter of Martin.
(4) Reuben Sparks, son of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, was born about 1826. He moved from Cortland to Auburn, New York, where he was listed as a “Painter” on the 1850 census. He built a home on the north corner of Fulton Street and Grant Avenue “by moonlight”, which is still standing. He married as his first wife, Miriam Webster of Auburn, by whom he had three children. Following the death of his first wife, he moved to Buffalo, New York, where he remarried and became wealthy for those days as the owner of a company “furnishing equipment for ocean going vessels,” probably meaning Great Lakes vessels.

Reuben’s second wife, whose first name was Isabel, was a school teacher; she is said to have disliked his children and they in turn disliked her. The eldest of his children, John Sparks, especially disliked his step-mother and when he was about twelve years of age, while living in Buffalo, he disappeared while on an errand. Many years later, at the time of the great Galveston, Texas, flood, the newspapers carried the story of the heroic act of a steam engineer named John Sparks who ran his train through the

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flooded area to evacuate the marooned populace. Reuben Sparks was then living in Florida and on seeing the article, contacted the engineer and found his lost son. Reuben Sparks died and was buried in Florida where he had a southern home. His three children were:

(a) John Sparks, born about 1849. (See above account.)
(b) Frank Sparks, born in 1852. He was physically handicapped and never married. He died in Nebraska.
(c) Louise Sparks; she is said to have lived in Michigan and to have died there.
(5) Martha Sparks, daughter of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, lived at Cherry Creek, New York, where she died. It has been said that she married a man named Dennis, but this is thought to be an error. It is known that she married Eliphalet Wilcox, a veteran of the War of 1812, and by him had three children:
(a) Kit Wilcox (probably a nickname), married Thebeus Warner. No children.
(b) Eliza Wilcox; she married (first) Ed Graham, and (second) a man named Dennis. She had children and in later life lived in Charlotte, near Rochester, New York, where her son was postmaster.
(c) Estella Wilcox; she married a man named Hunt and lived at Cherry Creek, New York.
(6) Hannah C. Sparks, daughter of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks; she married Edward Kelly. She is known to have had the following children:
(a) Edward Kelly.
(b) Frank Kelly.
(c) Clara Kelly.
(d) Ella Kelly.
(e) Susan Kelly.
(f) William Kelly. He went to Texas.
(7) Charles Sparks, son of Martin and Lydi& (Dodge) Sparks; he was a raftsman on the Allegheny River, a man of gigantic physique. He is said to have married and to have had about ten children.
(8) Sarah Sparks, daughter of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, was born on October 7, 1825, in Cortland County, New York; she died in Moravia, New York, on August 19, 1910. She was married in Moravia on September 8, 1844, to Alonzo Arnold, who was born in Locke, New York, on June 13, 1823, and died in Moravia on June 30, 1891. They lived on East Cayuga Street in Moravia in a house which Alonzo built in 1876. Alonzo was quite a local character, a good man who sometimes imbibed too freely. Often when this happened he would borrow a wheelbarrow and push it home as it seemed to steady his walking. The next morning he always returned it. His wife’s sister, Martha Wilcox, on one occasion, gave her sister a quantity of choice tulip bulbs from her home in Chautauqua County. Alonzo was fond of raw onions, and one night when “under the influence” got into the cellar and ate all of Sarah’s tulip bulbs for onions. Alonzo had a sister, Louisa, who married A. W. Clapp, and their son, William Clapp of Ellington, New York, married Nettie (Sparks) Johnson, daughter of Parley Sparks, as her second husband. The children of Sarah and Alonzo Arnold were:

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Children of Sarah Sparks and her husband, Alonzo Arnold:
(a) Corydon L. Arnold, born in Moravia, N.Y., September 19, 1847; died June 1, 1904; he married Mrs. Florence(Harmonson) Ogden. They had one child, Nora.
(b) Mary M. Arnold, born in Moravia, N.Y., in April, 1853; died there on March 9, 1940; she married Humphrey Davenport. He was a Civil War soldier. They had twelve children and many descendants.
(c) Wellington Arnold, born in Moravia, N.Y., in 1854; died there on March 9, 1935; married Delilah Hinman. No children.
(d) Harriet Arnold, born Moravia, N.Y., on January 30, 1858; died there on January 2, 1886; she married Schuyler Hilts. They had one child who died in infancy and a daughter named Harriet who died soon after her birth.
(e) Perry Arnold, born in Perry, New York, on August 27, 1859; he died in Moravia on March 21, 1925. He married and had two children.
(9) Cynthia Sparks, daughter of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, was born in Cortland County, New York, on June 6, 1833; she died in Moravia, New York, on February 14, 1900. She married in Moravia on September 17, 1850, John Martin Nostrandt, who was born in Preble, New York, on September 17, 1829, and died in Moravia on August 20, 1913. He was of Holland Dutch descent with ancestry extending back many generations on record with Mr. Luther. He was a farmer in southern Cayuga County. They had three children:
(a) William H. Nostrand, born Locke, New York, on May 24, 1852; died in Seneca Falls, New York, on December 14, 1932. He married Eliza Tate. They had six children.
(b) Edward P. Nostrand, born Sinclair, New York, on September 4, 1859; he died in Reading, Mass., on April 13, 1928; he married (first) Emrnan Waring; and (second) Nellie Rogers. No children.
(c) Miriam Augusta Nostrand, born Moravia, New York, on December 5, 1862; died in Moravia, N.Y., on November 5, 1945. She married George Franklin Luther. They had six children, the eldest of whom is the compiler of these records.
(10) Sparks. There is confusion regarding the tenth child of Martin and Lydia (Dodge) Sparks. According to one account, her named was Lydia, but it is believed that this results from a confusion with her mother’s name. There is another account that her name was Esther Sparks and that she married Edward Kelly and lived in Michigan, but bad no children. Any any case, it was apparently at the birth of this child that Lydia (Dodge) Sparks, wife of Martin, died in 1836.
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MELISSA (PATTON) SPARKS (born ca. 1815) -- HER ANCESTRY

By Ruth Ellenwood McGuyre (Mrs. Prince E. McGuyre)

On page 879 and following of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY for March 1965 (Vol. XIII, No. 1, Whole No. 49) there is an article on MATHEW PATTON SPARKS (1855-1940) AND HIS DESCENDANTS by Robert H. Robinson, Jr.

Mr. Charles H. Sparks and your editor have graciously asked me to furnish the proof of the assumed parentage of Melissa (Patton) Sparks, the mother of Mathew. While I cannot furnish absolute proof, the records found to date leave little doubt that she was the daughter of Neely S. Patton, as was assumed by Mr. Robinson.

My search for my husband’s ancestors began about 1950, when I asked his mother to tell me what she knew of her ancestors. Her information was meagre. She knew her grandfather was THOMAS JOSEPH PATTON and that he had died near Chandler, Oklahoma (then Indian Territory). A little of this story is included here as an incentive to those of you who may be discouraged by a seeming brick wall in your research.

MARTHA LOUISE PATTON MOGUYRE was born on 8 December 1880 at Eastman, I. T.(Okla.), the daughter of ALBERT GALLATIN PATTON and FRANCES (FANNY) MISSOURI CAROLINE BOYLES.  Her paternal grandparents were THOMAS JOSEPH PATTON and MARTHA JANE RAGSDALE.

The first “break” in my search came in the form of a memorandum from a cousin in Oklahoma who sent the record made by Sarah Patton Bond, the oldest daughter of Thomas Joseph Patton. This record follows:

 “Great Grandpa Patton’s name was Neely. He came from Bedford Co. Tennessee to Texas. He died in 1851 and was burned at Gilmer, in east Texas. He had 9 children. Their names were as follows: Elizabeth Jane Stephens, Sally Johnston, Melissie Sparks, Mary Chambers, Ludusky (never married), Thomas Joseph, Williams, and Susan Adelaid. One girl died at about 16 years of age. Aunt Sarah had forgotten her name. Susan Adelaid, the youngest, was married twice; first to Clark, then to Page.

 “The family came to Texas in 1850 except the two oldest girls and the second son, William.  Thomas Joseph, our grandfather, was born Dec. 28, 1819 and died in June of 1896 near Chandler, Okla. He had 4 sons: John Ganaway, Albert Gallitan, Sam Houston, and William Edward. There were 2 girls: Sarah Elizabeth, and Nancy Adelaid.

“S.E, Bond - age 80 ) Ages when this
 Nan Casebolt - 74  ) was written by
 Will Patton - 70       ) Aunt Sarah in Oct. 1933”


How many times I have blessed Annt Sarah for leaving this record of the Patton family.

I believe my first query on the Pattons of Bedford County, Tennessee, was the one placed in the Exchange Edition of THE GENEALOGICAL HELPER for September 1955. An answer suggested Neely was the brother of James Patton of Asheville, N.C., and the data this lady in Texas sent me have since proved substantially correct. James DID have a brother Neely, but he never came to this country, as did all the other brothers of James. Our Neely was the son of Thomas, and Thomas was one of the brothers of James.

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The second “break” in this search came on April 1, 1959, when I had only 30 minutes in the courthouse at Upshur, Gilmer County, Texas. No will for Neely Patton was found; the all too frequent story we have all encountered - - a destroyed courthouse. The records available, however, did produce a real goldmine of information in the form of the following document:

 “Exhibit of the Estate of N. S. Patton Filed In office November 28th A.D. 1853 G. E. Warren C. Clk.
 “First anual Exhibit of the Estate of N. S. Patent deod By his administrator T. J. Patton

“Amts presented to me for payment
B. C. Beazelys apd med  14.00
J. N. Alisons apd “  12.00
Lively & Hagens apd  14.60
Austin Walker apd for Coffin  15.00
Laduska Pattons apd for horse  40.00
Livery of S. S. Patriot    7.00
John L. Clarks apd  10.00
        Amts yet due the Estate
Two Notes on Jas. M. Stephens  $1832.00
Two      “        “ Thos J. Chambers  199.50
One Note on Matthew Sparks  100.00 
         Apd   “        “             do     47.00
2 Notes N. S. Johnson  156.00
1 Note on J. L, Clark      8.00
1 apd                  do    60.00
1 Note “ T. J. Patton    83.00
1 Note “ Win H Mathers    41.00
The State of Texas       )
 Upshur County County)   before me Win L Martin Chief Justice for said County personally appeared the undersigned authority and after being duly sworn sais ,sic~ that the above exhibit is correct and true to the best of his knowledge and belief so help me God
[signed] Thos. J. Patton
Sworn to and Subscribed before me 28th Nov. A. D. 1853
Wm. L. Martin Chief Justice

Examined and approved Nov. 29th A. D. 1853 Wm L. Martin Chief Justice.”

Aunt Sarah (Bless herl) in her memorandum provided us with the married surnames of all of Neely Patton’s daughters. How grateful we are that their husbands all owed Neely Patton money, as these notes due the estate provide us with the given names of the daughters’ husbands. Only one has not yet been found, the given name of Mr. Page, the second husband of Susan Adelaid Patton-Clark-Page. The Wm. H. Mathers, who also owed the estate, has not yet been identified. Neely Patton was the guardian of two minor daughters of his uncle, Daniel Patton, who died in Coffee County, Tennessee in 1837-38. We suspect that this Win. H. Mathers may be the husband of one of these two girls.

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