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. 4 DECEMBER, 1969
WHOLE NO. 68a

 
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[Note:  On the cover is a drawing of the Sparks Family Coat of Arms.]

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Hite Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
William P. Johnson, Historian—Genealogist, Box 531, 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 for 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 (1953-1964) 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.

THE SPARKS FAMILY COAT OF ARMS

By Russell E. Bidlack

In the QUARTERLY for June 1960 (Vol. VIII, No. 2, Whole No. 30), we published an article on the Sparks coat of arms, with a drawing of the arms on the cover which had been made for the Association by Lois Weatherspoon West. Since many of our members who have joined the Association since the publication of that article have inquired about the Sparks coat of arms, it seems appropriate to republish this article with Mrs. West’s drawing.

Mrs. West died on January 7, 1966. Prior to her death, she had made many paintings of the Sparks coat of arms for members of the Association. Mrs. West’s daughter, Mrs. S. R. Rountree, Jr., Rt. 1, Box ll!i., Gatesville, North Carolina (27938) has taken up her mother’s hobby and is willing to make paintings of the Sparks coat of arms for Association members for $5.50. Most heraldic artists charge from $25.00 to $50.00 for such paintings, so Mrs. Rountreets offer is a real bargain.

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THE SPARKS FAMILY COAT OF ARMS

Let us begin with a brief introduction to the very complex field of heraldry. It all goes back, of course, to the Middle Ages when fighting men were encased in armor. Since the warrior’s face was hidden by his helmet and since the armor of one knight or esquire was little different from that of any other, friend and foe often looked very much alike. Since most of the fighting was done either hand to hand or “horse to horse,” some means of easy identification was essential. Inasmuch as the shield was the most visible piece of a warrior’s armor, it became the custom to paint on the shield a design which one’s friends would recognize. The same design would be painted or sewed upon the short coat which a knight usually wore over his armor to ward off the heat of the sun - - hence the term “coat of arms.“ To further identify himself, the warrior frequently attached a small object on the top of his helmet, such as a carved animal or other device. Known as the “crest,” this object could often be seen above the din of battle, and friend could recognize friend.

Although at first each warrior seems to have chosen his own decorative figures to paint on his shield, it gradually became the custom for these to be “granted” by his overlord, whether king, emperor, or prince. These were carefully “registered” to avoid duplications. However, coats of arms were sometimes used for centuries before anyone got around to “granting” them. Even today, in countries where aristocratic titles and the pomp of royalty survive, coats of arms are still granted and registered.  In this country, it is unusual for a family to design a new coat of arms for itself, but institutions, especially colleges and universities, frequently engage heraldic artists to design unique arms for their use.

It also became the custom for sons to inherit the father’s coat of arms and his crest. Thus these marks of identity came to relate to whole families, not just to individuals. Some families also adopted motoes - - actually war cries used to locate friends during battle. However, the motto frequently changed - - often brothers with the same coat of arms would adopt different mottoes. So it is that no single motto is usually identified with one entire family.

Heraldry, which is the study of coats of arms, is foreign to a democratic country such as the United States; there are no facilities for “registering” a coat of arms in Washington. But because most of us descend from families of Western Europe, we may take pride in displaying a coat of arms used by our European relatives. An authority on Heraldry, Roberta McClean, has made the following interesting observation:  “There was at one time a general idea that the possession of a coat of arms was a sign of aristocracy, and for that reason many people would not use them for fear of appearing snobbish. Nothing is further from the truth. Family pride is an honorable thing, found in all walks of life.  The arms might have been earned by any brave soldier, and to have your own and care for them is no more a sign of snobbishness than to treasure great-grandmother’s best breastpin or grandpa’s watch.”

Since the name Sparks is a British name, it is to the authoritative work entitled Encyclopaedia of Heraldry, or General Armory of England, Scotland, and Ireland that we must go for information on the Sparks coat of arms. This work was compiled by John Burke and John Bernard Burke; the third edition was published in London in 1847 and describes the coats of arms and crests of about 20,000 families. According to this work, a family named Sparke, with branches in Essex, London, and Plymouth, registered its coat of arms in 1577. The Burkes list other branches of the family in the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Surrey, Cornwall, and Devon. Whether all persons named Sparks in America descend from these branches of the

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THE SPARKS FAMILY COAT OF ARMS

family in England is unknown. It is known that Simon Sparks, who settled in New Jersey prior to 1739, used this coat of arms with the motto “Scintillae.”

Because coats of arms were common to the upper classes of all countries of Western Europe, a regular “science” of heraldry was developed by which a description of a coat of arms was equally meaningful to a Frenchman, a German, an Englishman, or an Italian. Thus, a description (called a “blazon”) of a coat of arms in heraldic terms is almost meaningless to one who is unfamiliar with the language of heraldry, the terms having been taken originally from the old Norman-French tongue.

The Burkes described the Sparks coat of arms as follows: “Chequy or and vert, a bend erm. Crest- - Out of a ducal coronet or, a demi panther rampant guardant argent spotted with various colours, fire issuing from the ears and mouth, proper.” This means that the shield in the Sparks coat of arms is divided into squares (chequy) of alternately different colors--gold (or) and green (vert). (When represented in black and white, gold is indicated with black dots and green with slanting lines.) The words “a bend erm” mean that two lines extend diagonally across the shield (“from the Dexter Chief to the Sinister Base”) and that between those two lines is contained one fifth of the “field” which is covered with ermine. The description of the crest is more easily understood. Immediately above the helmet is a golden ducal coronet out of which arises the upper half (demi) of a panther standing upright (rampant), full faced (guardant, meaning “on guard”), silver (argent) and spotted with various colors, with fire coming out of the tiger’s ears and mouth--the fire being the natural color of fire (proper).

In many instances, the colors used on a coat of arms were chosen because of their symbolic meanings. Ermine, being white, was embolical of purity and honor. Gold symbolized generosity and elevation of mind, while green frequently represented the forest, in some cases the king’s forest. Possibly the first Sparks to use this coat of arms was a guard of the king’s forest, a man of purity and honor, generous and learned.

No motto is given by the Burkes for the Sparks family.

In painting or drawing the coat of arms, it became customary to use what is called mantling, or scrollwork, around the shield and helmet. This is purely decorative and has no particular meaning except to add color to the painting. The mantling represents the cloak worn over the armor by the warrior to protect himself from both sun and rain. This cloak frequently became torn in battle and, since these tears were marks of bravery, they were patched with various colors in order better to display them,. Upon returning home and hanging his shield on a peg in the wall, the warrior would hang his cloak on the same peg so that it draped on either side of the shield. The helmet, with the crest on top, would also be placed on the same peg, above the shield. It is with this arrangement in mind that, for centuries, artists have painted the family coat of arms. In Mrs. Rountree’s paintings of the Sparks coat of arms, the mantling is gold, with red used for shading.

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According to a manuscript record in the D.A.R. Library in Washington, D.C., there is an old cemetery in Hartford, New York, in which the following grave stone inscriptions were copied in 1930:

Henry SPARKS, died April 26, 1816, aged 69 years.
Abigail SPARKS, died June 6, 1810, aged 60 years.

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SPARKS FAMILIES OF LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY

By Paul E. Sparks

Data relative to Sparkses of Lewis County, Kentucky, have been published earlier
and should be referred to by our readers. These can be found as follows:
1810 census (Vol. III, No. 1, March, 1955, Whole No. 9, p. 65); Family of Albert
Cyrus Sparks (Vol. V, No. 4., December, 1957, Whole No. 20, pp. 264-66); Record of Births, 1852-1862 (Vol. VI, No. 4, December, 1958, Whole No. 24, p. 347); 1830
census (Vol. VII, No. 3, September, 1959, Whole No. 27, p. 421); James Albert
Sparks (Vol. VII, No. 4, December, 1959, Whole No. 28, p. 430); Parentage of John
Ardie Sparks (Vol. VIII, No. 1, March, 1960, Whole No. 29, p. 464); John Ardie
Sparks of Morgan-Lewis Counties, Kentucky (Vol. XIII, No. 1, March, 1965, Whole
No, 49, p. 874-78); 1820 census (Same, p. 892); Marriages (Vol. XIII, No. 3,
September, 1965, pp. 934-35); and 1840 census (Vol. XIV, No. 4, December, 1966, Whole No. 56, p. 1029).

Sparks families were in Lewis County three years after it was created from Mason
County in 1806, apparently migrating from neighboring Bourbon and Nicholas
Counties. In the data which follow, no attempt has been made to tie these
families together.

Property Deeds of Lewis County, Kentucky, 1806-1855

Abstracted by Paul E. Sparks, August, 1969

Book F, Page 458. 17 July 1832. Indenture between James Silvey & Nancy his wife of 1st part and William Sparks of 2nd part. Tract of land on Kinniconnick Creek. 100 acres for $432.

Book G, Page 266. 17 March 1835. Indenture between James McLane & Nancy his wife of 1st part and John Sparks & Elizabeth his wife of 2nd part. Land on Cabin Creek. $85.

Book G, page 474. 13 Jan, 1837. Bill of Sale between John Sparks of 1st part and Richard Nash of 2nd part, by which Sparks sells Nash his household furniture & stuff for $5.00.

Book H, Page 134. 1 May 1838. Indenture between Thomas Linley and Michael Doyal of 1st part and William Sparks of 2nd part. Lot #14 in town of Concord for $600.

Book H, Page 355. 7 Nov. 1839. James Sparks of Putnam Co., Indiana, appoints Richard Nash of Lewis County, Kentucky, as his true and lawful attorney to sue for a title to a parcel of land lately occupied by Joseph Sparks, deceased. James Sparks being his son and one of the heirs-at-law and having bought out the other heirs, etc.

Book I, Page 12. 29 Oct. 1839. Indenture between John G. Piper & Charity his
wife of 1st part and William Sparks of 2nd part. Tract of land on east fork of
Cabin Creek which descended to Charity Piper as one of the children of Edward
Boyal, deceased. $40.

Book I, Page  46. 15 May 1835. Indenture between William Heath, executor of
John Heath, deceased, of Mason County, Kentucky, and Isbell Sparks, wife of
Joseph Sparks of Lewis County, Kentucky, land on Kinnikinnick Creek of 58 acres
for $1.00 provided Isbell Sparks exonerates and sets free.

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PROPERTY DEEDS OF LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1806-1855, continued:

Book I, Page 47. 10 Dec. 1840. Indenture between William Heath of 1st part and Joseph Sparks of 2nd part. 300 acres for $1.00.

Book I, Page 81. 20 Oct. 1838. Indenture between Catherine Gilbert, widow of Elias Gilbert; John Gilbert and Nancy his wife; Nathaniel Gilbert & Salome his wife; John Hoover & Margaret his wife; William Hoover & Rachel his wife; and George Gilbert all heirs at law of Elias Gilbert, deceased, and parties of the 1st part and William Sparks of 2nd part. 50 acres on Cabin Creek for $150.

Book I, Page 351. 27 June 1842, Indenture between William G. Wilson, William Sparks, John Sparks, Joseph Sparks, Isaac Dickson & Katherine his wife, Jesse Trusdell & Harriet his wife, James Wilson, Andrew Wilson, George Wilson, Samuel Wilson the 1st, Mason Wilson, Amos Wilson, John G. Wilson, William Herbert & Nancy his wife, George Burns & Eliza his wife, Granville Dye & Mary Anne his wife, Susan Wilson, Lucinda Wilson, Samuel Wilson the 2nd, and Joanna Wilson all represented by Socrates Holbrook a commissioner duly appointed by the Lewis County Circuit Court at the March term 1842 all of the 1st part and James Sparks of the 2nd part. Whereas the Lewis County Circuit Court rendered a decree in favor of the said James Sparks against the above named grantors therefore the grantors give to James Sparks for $1.00 a tract of land binding on a tract of land owned by the late Samuel Wilson, deceased, known as his Mill tract and on the lower corner and upper line known as the division line between William G. Wilson and the said Samuel Wilson, deceased. The land to be conveyed in such manner as to include the house and improvements of the late Joseph Sparks, deceased, being the same tract of land sold by the said Samuel Wilson, deceased, and William G. Wilson to the said Joseph Sparks, deceased, in his lifetime and containing 50 acres.

Book I, Page 353. 22 Feb, 1841. Indenture between Isaac Dickson & Catherine his wrfe of Rush County, Indiana, and Jesse Trusdell & Harriet Trusdell his wife of Shelby County, Indiana, parties of the 1st part and James Sparks of Putnam County, Indiana, of the 2nd part. 50 acres on the Massies Fork of Crooked Creek for $40.00. The interest sold being two equal and undivided sixth parts of land descended to said Catherine Dickson and Harriet Trusdell as heirs-at-law of their father, Joseph Sparks, late of said County of Lewis, deceased.

Book I, Page 355. 24 May 1841. Indenture between Jesse Thussel & Harriet his wife of Jasper County, Illinois, of the 1st part and James Sparks of Putnam County, Indiana, of 2nd part. For $20 their interest in a tract of land on Massies Fork of Crooked Creek of 50 acres, the interest descending to Harriet Thussel as heir-at-law of her father, Joseph Sparks, late of Lewis County,
Kentucky, deceased.

Book J, Page 153. 31 March l845. Indenture between William C. Halbert, Commissioner, of 1st part and John Gilbert of 2nd part. Whereas by a decree of the Lewis County Circuit Court rendered at the September term 1844., James Sparks was complainant against U. R. McKellup, James Bell, et al, defendants by said Diane (sic) and William C. Halbert was appointed commissioner to sell at public auction a tract of land on 21 Oct. 1844 and John Gilbert bid $132 as highest bidder therefore we do convey to said Gilbert a tract of land on Massies Fork of Crooked Creek binding on the upper line of a tract of land owned by the late Samuel Wilson deceased and known as his Mill tract (here follows the same description as found in Book I, Page 351) containing 50 acres.

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PROPERTY DEEDS OF LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1806-1855, continued:

Book L, Page 201. 3 Dec. 18)49.  Indenture between William Hicks & Folly his wife of 1st part and Joseph Sparks and Jesse Sparks of 2nd part. Tract of land on the Tar Fork of the Laurel Fork of Kinnikinnick Creek containing 75 (sic) $1025.

Book L, Page 230.  4 Dec. 1850.  Indenture between Joab Hart of Fleming County, Kentucky, of 1st part and William Sparks of 2nd part. Land on east fork of Cabin Creek, 28 acres for $l43.

Book M, Page 31. 30 Aug. 1851. Indenture between William P. Thompson & Charlotte his wife of 1st part and John Sparks. Lot 48 in town of Concord for $150.

Book N, Page 138. October, 1849. Whereas a decree by Lewis Circuit Court appointed William H. Thomson commissioner to sell a tract of land on east fork of Cabin Creek and William Sparks was purchaser of 92 acres. Deed recorded.

Book N, Page 150. 20 Sept. 1852. Indenture between William Heath of 1st part and Joseph Sparks of 2nd part. 25 acres for $47.50 being a part of 663 acres belonging to the estate of John Heath, deceased.

Book M, Page 399. 30 Sept. 1853. Joseph Sparks of 1st part to J. C. Hassey and Whittier M. Smith of 2nd part. 53 acres on Kinnikinnick Creek for $700. Joseph and Isabel Sparks both sign.

Book N, Page 154. 29 Nov. 1854. W. S. Owens and Eliza his wife of 1st part and John Sparks of 2nd part. Lot in town of Concord for $25.00.

Book N, Page 171. 14. Dec. 1867 (sic) John Freeman of 1st part to John Sparks & wife Caroline of 2nd part. East half of Lot 47 in town of Concord for $70.00.

Book N, Page 234. 17 May 1855. John Sparks & Caroline his wife of 1st part to Lodwick Pollock of 2nd part. North end of lot #50 in town of Concord.

Book N, page 244. 26 April 1851. Indenture between Sarah & Simon Shively of Adams County, Ohio; James D. McLane of Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, & Teresa his wife; King D. McLane; Archibald S. McLane; Bennoni Ireland & Isabella his wife; and William M. McClane of Lewis County, Kentucky, all of 1st part and heirs at-law of James McLane, deceased, sell to Melville Sparks, Curtiss Sparks, Sarah Jane Sparks, Cynthia Ann Sparks, William H. Sparks, Thornton Sparks, Mary E. Sparks, and Eliza E. Sparks all of 2nd part, a tract of land on Cabin Creek owned by James McLane, deceased. $300.

Book N, Page 264. 30 September 1853. Indenture between Joseph Sparks & Isabel his wife of 1st part and Gabriel Darlington of Adams County, Ohio, of 2nd part. 5 acres on Kinnikinnick Creek for $100.

Book N, Page 323. 5 Dec. 1855. Whereas a decree of the Lewis Circuit Court at June term 1855 appointed John Bassett a commissioner to convey to Elizabeth Sparks and the heirs-at-law of the late John Sparks the one undivided seventh of the farm on which James McLane lived and died. $30.00.

Book 0, Page 72. 30 Sept. 1853. Indenture between Joseph Sparks & Isabella his wife of 1st part and Samuel McEldowny of 2nd part. 75 acres on Tar Fork of Laurel Fork of Kinnikinnick Creek for $100. Jesse Sparks waives his dower right.

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Wills of Lewis County, Kentucky

Abstracted by Paul E. Sparks, August, 1969

Will Book D, Page 325. 16 July 1849. Inventory of John T. Sparks, deceased.
$242.50 except household furniture & clothing. Executor: John B. Launtz.

Will Book E, Page 193. 25 November 1853. Final settlement of estate of John T.
Sparks.

Will Book F, Page 421. July 186)4. Jno. F. Parker, commissioner with Geo. W. Thomas, guardian for Viola B. and Martin F. Sparks. Land on Salt Lick and Kinniconnick Creeks sold on 19 January 1863 for $190 and Geo. Thomas paid the monies to Jesse Sparks, guardian of Viola B. and Martin F. Sparks, appointed by the County Court of Scotland County, Nevada, where children now reside.

Will Book H, Page 263. 2 March 1899. Will of John Sparks produced by R. W.

Higgins and 0. B. Cox. Estate left to: daughter Eliza Jane Montgomery;
Granddaughter, Pearl Sparks; granddaughter, Caroline Sparks ;Grandson, John
Sparks, wagon shop and tools; son, Joseph Sparks, writing desk and Masonic
regalia and rifle. Signed by John Sparks, 6 February 1899.

Will Book H, Page 373. 20 November 1905. Will of Sian Sparks (female) deceased, of Sweeden, Douglas County, Missouri. $5.00 each to my children: Mary Ward, Louisa Howls, Malinda Ann Perry. All the rest of property to my other three children: George Sparks, Henry Sparks, and Elizabeth Bishop. George Sparks, Executor.

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 PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY -- 1807-1835


 Date
Taxpayer
Acres
Watershed

 
1807,1808  No Sparkses     

 
22 Aug. 1809  George Sparks     
29 Aug. 1809 Joseph Sparks

 
1810  George Sparks     
Joseph Sparks

 
20 May, 1811 Caleb Sparks    
15 Jun. 1811 George Sparks
15 Jun. 1811 Joseph Sparks

 
18 July 1812 George Sparks     
27 Apr. 1812 Caleb Sparks

 
1813  (No tax book)     

 
1814, 1815  George Sparks     

 
1816, 1817  Joseph Sparks     

 
1818  (No tax book)     

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PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1807-1835, continued:

  Date
Taxpayer 
Acres 
Watershed 

 
1819, 1820  Joseph Sparks     

 
1821, 1822  (No tax book)     

 
1823, 1824  Joseph Sparks 
50 
Crooked Creek 

 
1825 James Sparks 
50 
Cabin Creek 

 
1826 James Sparks     

 
1827  James Sparks     
John Sparks
William Sparks

 
1828, 1829  James Sparks     
Joseph Sparks
50
Crooked Creek
Caleb Sparks

 
1830, 1831  Caleb Sparks     
James Sparks
John Sparks
Thomas Sparks
William Sparks
Joseph Sparks
50
Crooked Creek

 
1833  Caleb Sparks 
50 
Kinniconnick Creek 
James Sparks
50
Crooked Creek
John Sparks
Thomas Sparks
William Sparks
William Sparks, Jr.
150
Kinney
William Sparks
1834, 1835 Caleb Sparks 
50 
Kinney 
James Sparks
50
Crooked Creek
John Sparks
50
Cabin Creek
Joseph Sparks
William Sparks, Sr.
William Sparks, Jr.
150
Kinneykinnick
William Sparks
William Sparks, Jr.

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MARRIAGE RECORDS OF SPARKSES IN LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY -- 1806-1890

Copied by Paul E. Sparks, August, 1969

(Editor’s Note: Marriages of Lewis County, Kentucky, are given on page 934 of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XIII, No. 3, September 1965, Whole No. 51) as copied from the records of The Filson Club, Louisville, Kentucky. The marriage licenses which follow were copied by Paul E. Sparks from the original records in the Lewis County courthouse, Vanceburg, Kentucky. As presented to our readers, these records are abstracts rather than the exact wordings.)

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MARRIAGE RECORDS OF SPARKSES IN LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1806-1890:

Book A, page 68. Katharine Sparks & Isaac Dickson. Security: James Sparks. License issued 23 Oct. 182)4. No return. Isaac Dickson of lawful age as proved by his own oath & a certificate from Joseph Sparks, the father of Catharine, giving his consent duly proved and filed. J. H. Robb, Clerk.

Book A, page 87. Harriett Sparks & Jesse Trusdale, Jr. Security: Isaac Dickson. License issued 2 Feb. 1828, married by Peter N. Cox, E.C.C., 5 Feb. 1828. Both parties over age 21 as proved by oaths. Joseph Robb, Clk.

Book A, page 97. John Sparks & Elizabeth Launtz. Security: Hugh Wilson. License issued 7 March 1830, married by William F. Mavity, E.C.C., 1 April 1830. John Sparks over age 21 & a certificate from Curtis Launtz giving his consent proved by oath of Hugh Wilson. Jos. Robb, Clk.

Book A, page 98. Thomas Sparks & Mary Ann Wallingford. Security: John Walling-
ford. License issued 19 April 1830, married by Thomas Warring 22 April 1830.
Thomas Sparks over age 21 as proved by his oath & personal consent of John
Wallingford, father of Mary Ann, given before me. Jos. Robb, C. Clerk.

Book A, page 99. Sidney Sparks & Henry Tolle. Security: Jeremiah Tolle. Certificate from Stephen Tolle father of Henry, giving his consent proved by oath of
Jeremiah Tolle a witness thereto. A certificate from Joseph Sparks, father of
Sidney, giving his consent as proved by oath of Jesse Thusedale. License issued
17 July 1830. No return. George W. Parker, D.C.

Book A, page 110. Catherine Sparks & Eli Nash. Security: Caleb Sparks. License issued 3 Sept. 1832, married by James McClain, J.P.L.C., 6 Sept. 1832. Eli Nash over age 21 as proved by own oath, and personal consent of Caleb Sparks, father of Catherine given before me, King D. McLane, D.C.

Book B, page 9. William Sparks & Syanna Gilbert. Security: Richard Nash. License
issued 22 March 183)4, married by James McClain, J.P.L.C., 23 March 183)4. William
Sparks over age 21 as proved by his oath & certificate of consent from Elias
Gilbert, father of Syanna. Joseph Robb, C.C.L.C.

Book B, page 9. Cytha A. Sparks & Jesse Nash. Security: John Sparks. License issued 12 April 1834, married by D. K. Putnam, Minister of the Gospel, 13 April 1834. Certificate from James Nash, father of Jesse, giving his consent proved by oath of John Sparks. Cytha Ann Sparks over age 21 as proved by oath of her brother, John Sparks. Jos. Robb, Cik. LCC.

Book B, page 12. Joseph Sparks & Isabella Ellis. Security: John Thomson, Sr.
License issued 18 August 1834, married by John Tomson 18 August 183)4. Joseph
Sparks over age 21 as proved by his oath & personal consent of Joseph Sparks
the guardian of Isabel Ellis given before me. J. Robb, Clk.

Book B, page 24. Patsy Sparks & Joseph Yates. Security: James Garrett. License issued 18 May 1836, married by James McClain 18 May 1836. Joseph Yates over age 21 as proved by his oath & certificate from James Sparks, father of Patsey giving his consent proved by oath of James Garret. Joseph Robb, Clk.

Book B, page 33. Joseph Sparks & Nancie Armstrong. Security: William Sparks. License issued .5 June 1837, married by John Johnson, JPLC, 8 June 1837. Personal consent of William Sparks father of Joseph given before me & certificate of Aaron Armstrong, father of Nancy, giving consent as proved by oath of Lewis Armstrong, a witness. Jos. Robb, C L Cty C.

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MARRIAGE RECORDS OF SPARKSES IN LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1806-1890, continued:

Book B, page 34. Ephraim Sparks & Sallie A. Reiley. Security: Samuel J. Riley.
License issued 5 Aug. 1837, married by John Johnson, JPLC, 6 August 1837.
Ephraim Sparks over age 21 as proved by his oath & personal consent of Samuel J.
Riley, father of Sally, given before me. Jos. Robb, Clerk.

Book B, page 34. Elizabeth Sparks & William Arthurs. Security: John Johnson.
License issued 6 Sept. 1837. No return. Certificate from David Arthurs, father
of William, and from Rebecca Sparks, mother of Elizabeth, proved by oath of John
Johnson. Joseph Robb, Clk.

Book B, page 39. Elizabeth Sparks & Michael Evans. Security: William Sparks.
License issued 16 April 1838, married by William L. Parker 19 April 1838.
Michael Evans over age 21 as proved by his oath & personal consent of William
Sparks, father of Elizabeth, given before me. Edwin L. Singleton, D.C.

Book B, Page 41. William Sparks & Jane Tru.esdale. Security: James Henderson. License issued 1 Aug. 1838, married by Hugh Wilson 2 August 1838. Both parties over 21 as proved by their oaths. Joseph Robb, Clk.

Book B, page 45. Sarah Sparks & James Moore, Jr. Security: James Moore, Sr. License issued 8 April 1839, married by Lewis Hamrick 16 April 1839. Return made 6 August 1839. Personal consent of James Moore, Sr., father of James Moore, Jr., given before me & a certificate in writing from Rebecca Sparks, mother of Sarah, giving consent as proved by oath of William Arthurs. J. Robb, Clerk.

Book B, page 80. John Sparks & Angelina Brown. Security: Daniel Brown. License issued 11 Dec. 1843, married by John P. Hampton 19 Dec. 1843. Return made 15 Jan. 1844. John Sparks over age 21 as proved by his oath & personal consent of Daniel Brown, father of Angelina, given before me. Joseph Robb, Clk.

Book C, page 3. Julia Ann Sparks & Charles Patton. Security: Jonas Sparks.
License issued 19 Aug. T8115, married by John Thomson 21 Aug. 18E5. Return made
21 Aug. 18)46. Charles Patton over age 21 as proved by oath & certificate from
Malinda Sparks, mother of Julia Ann, giving consent proved by oath of Jonas Sparks, a witness. Joseph Robb, Clk.

Book C, page 4. Jonas Sparks & Martha Patton. Security: Charles Patton. License issued 19 August 18)45, married by John Thomson 21 Aug. 1845. Return made 21 August 1846. Certificate from Malinda Sparks, mother of Jonas, giving consent proved by Charles Patton, a witness, and certificate from Thomas Patton, father of Martha, giving consent proved by Charles Patton, a witness. Joseph Robb, Clk.

Book C, page 16. Jesse Sparks & Nancy Dickson. Security: William Dickson. License issued 21 Oct. 1846, married by John Thomson 21 Oct. 1846. Jesse Sparks over 21 as proved by own oath & personal consent of William Dickson, father of Nancy, given before me. Wm. C. Ireland, D.C.

Book C, page 17. William Sparks & Cynthia Ann Bateman. Security: Bazil B. Applegate. License issued 14 Dec. 1846, married by George W. Harden 24 Dec. 1846. Both parties over age 21 as proved by oath of Bazil B. Applegate. Joseph Robb, Clk.

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MARRIAGE RECORDS OF SPARKSES IN LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1806-1890, continued:

Book C, page 28. William Sparks, Jr., & Polly Meenach. Security: Michael Evans and William Sparks, Sr. License issued 30 Dec. 18)47. No return. Personal consent of William Sparks, Senr., father of William Sparks, Jr., given & certificate from Alexander Meenach, father of Polly, giving consent proved by oath of Mordecai Meenach and Michael Evans. J. Robb, Clk.

Book C, page 34. James H. Sparks & Pheba Davis. Security: George Davis. License issued 8 June 1848. No return. James H. Sparks over age 21 as proved by own oath & consent of George Davis, father of Pheba, given before me. W. C. Ireland.

Book C, page 40. Edward J. Sparks & Sally Criswell. Security: William Sparks. License issued 16 March 1849, married by John Waddell 16 March 1849. Personal consent of William Sparks, father of Edward J., and Sally Criswell over age of 21 years proved by own oath. Joseph Robb, Clerk.

Book --, page --. Caleb Sparks & Elizabeth Dickson. Security: Jesse Sparks. License issued 6 Sept. lö)49. No return. Both parties over age 21 as proved by their oaths. Joseph Robb, Clerk.

(Note: from this point forward, the license book was printed on a standard form, and unfortunately no relationships were proven.)
 
 

Book D, page 206. Joseph Sparks & Louisa Jane Comes. Security: William C. Comes 29 Oct. 1856
Book E, page 153. Malinda Sparks & James W. Perry.  Security: William Sparks 31 July 1858
Book F, page 191. Jesse Sparks & Sarah Ann Logan.  7 Oct. 1861
Book C, page 200. Eliza E. Sparks & J. Wilson McElroy.  6 Mar. 1866
Book H, page 244. Mary Ann Sparks & William Walker.  12 May 1868
Book H, page 288. Joseph Sparks & Mary J. Seaman.  21 Oct. 1868
Book J, page 108Sarah Sparks & Cleatin Pressley.  27 Nov. 1872
Book J, page 222Mary J. Sparks & Asa Carrington.  16 Sep. 1873
Book J, page 358Louisa B. Sparks & James A. Crawford  14 Feb. 1874
Book K, page 22.   Eliza J. Sparks & Lewis P. Secrest.  7 Nov. 1874
Book K, page 88.   Moses Sparks & Martha W. Duffey.  8 Apr. 1875 
Book K, page 230. Mary A. Sparks & Lewis N. Latham.  14 Feb. 1876
Book K, page 316. Sarah J. Sparks & Thomas F. Guthrie.  8 Sep. 1876
Book K, page 348. Amanda E. Sparks & Joseph Sartain.  4 Nov. 1876
Book L, page 216. James H. Sparks & Arzilla Lykins. 14 Oct. 1878
Book L, page 348. Elizabeth Sparks & Eli Holland.  28 May 1879

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MARRIAGE RECORDS OF SPARKSES IN LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1806-1890, continued:


Book M, page 39Jesse Sparks & Cynthia Dunaway.  26 June 1880
Book H, page 43.   Isaac Sparks & Bertha McVey.  17 July 1880
Book H, page 53.   Nancy J. Sparks & Amos Riley.  11 Aug. 1880
Book H, page 85.   Stephen Sparks & Martha C. Day.  24 Nov. 1880
Book N, page 159. Mary E. Sparks & W. K. Parker.  23 Aug. 1881
Book H, page 202. Alfred S. Sparks & Lillie Heath.  19 Dec. 1881
Book N, page 401. Mary C. Sparks & Lewis Howd.  12 Mar. 1884
Book N, page 475. Alfred Sparks & Mary F. Fatten.  22 Aug. 1884
Book N, page 483. John Sparks & Elizabeth B. Essex.  12 Sep. 1884
Book 0, page 107Frank Sparks & Sarah N. Patton.  21 Feb. 1885
Book 0, page 363Joseph A. Sparks & Sallie B. Ingrim.  18 Aug. 1886
Book 0, page 395.   Ella Sparks & Joseph B. Carrington.  6 Oct. 1886
Book 0, page 605John Sparks & Minta Riley.  28 June 1887
Book P, page 481. Jennie Sparks & Samuel Sparks 26 Sep. 1889
Book Q, page 151. Andrew J. Sparks & Ella Lykins.  22 Dec. 1890
Book Q, page 383. Oathey Sparks & Charles Nealis.  17 Dec. 1891

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Note: In the next issue of the QUARTERLY, we plan to include sketches of the Sparks families from Lewis County, Kentucky, based on the records published in this issue and on other materials in our files. We would be pleased to hear from any of our members who descend from these families and who can provide us with additional data.

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TROUP COUNTY, GEORGIA., MARRIAGE RECORD

According to the May 1969 issue of the Georgia Pioneers (Vol. VI, No. 2, p. 60) the following marriage is recorded in Troup County, Georgia:

 Mrs. Caroline E. W. Sparks & Leonard Dozier, October 1, 1837.

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MILITARY RECORDS OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS NAMED SPARKS

WHO LIVED IN TEXAS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CIVIL WAR

(Editor's Note: Here we begin a series of abstracts of the military records in the National Archives in Washington pertaining to Confederate soldiers named Sparks who served in the Civil War. We have chosen to begin with the state of Texas and upon completion of the records for that state, we shall consider whether it will be worth while to continue with other states. We shall be interested in hearing from our readers regarding the value of this series.

Military records of Confederate soldiers do not exist in large quantity and they often fail to provide anything approaching a complete record of the individual’s service. Rarely do they contain references to the soldier’s family.)

A. W. SPARKS (born about 1841, his home was in Titus County, Texas.)

 A. W. Sparks enrolled as a private in what was called Capt. Charles S. Stewart’s Company on October 14, 1861, the date on which this unit was accepted into the service of the Confederate States. His age was given as 20 years; his horse was valued at $110 and his equipment at $15. The company was organized at Camp Reeves in Grayson County, Texas. A. W. Sparks was credited with having traveled 145 miles to rendezvous.
This company was successively designated as Captain Stewart's Company; Sims’ Regiment Texas Volunteers; Captain English’s Company, 4th Regiment Texas Cavalry; and Company I, 9th Regiment Texas Cavalry. The 9th (also known as the 4th and as Sims') Regiment Texas Cavalry was accepted into the service of the Confederate States October 14, 1861, for twelve months and was re-organized in May, 1862. A record dated February 28, 1862, states that A. W. Sparks was “on sick furlough, at home, Titus Co., Texas,” where he seems to have remained until at least October 1862. The muster roll for November and December 1862 lists him as "Absent on detached service.” In March 1863 he was listed as "Present"  but in May and June 1863 he was listed as "absent with leave” and on July 31, 1863, he was listed as “sick in camp.”  In June 1864 he was listed as “Present.”  On May 13, 1865, he was listed on a “Roll of Prisoners of War of the Ninth Regiment, Texas Cavalry, Company I, Confederate States Army, commanded by Lt, Col. J. C. Bates, surrendered at Citronelle, Alabama, by Lt. Gen. R. Taylor, C.S.A., to Maj. Gen. E. R. S. Canby, U.S.A., May 4, 1865, and paroled at Jackson, Miss., May 13, 1865.”

ALBERT SPARKS (born about 1841)

 Albert, Sparks enlisted for the duration of the war at Sabine Pass on September 20, 1861 by S. B. Davis, as a private. On October 1, 1861, he joined and was enrolled in Capt. J. N. Blair’s Company of what was initially called Capt. J. M. Blair ‘s Company in Likens' Battalion Texas Volunteers. He gave his age as 20 years. This company subsequently became Company A, 11th Battalion Texas Volunteers. Albert Sparks’s name appears on the company’s muster roll from September through December 1862, The official history of this battalion reads as follows:
This battalion was organized in the latter part of 1861, with one cavalry, one artillery and two infantry companies and known in that field as Likens’ Battalion Texas Volunteers. Early in 1862 an infantry company and a cavalry company were added and it was designated the 6th Battalion Texas Infantry. It was reorganized June 17, 1862, and known in the field as A. W. Spaight ‘s Battalion Texas Volunteers. The battalion was broken up November 20, 186)4, and all but Company B were assigned to the 21st Regiment Texas Infantry as Companies A, E, H, B, F and K.

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MILITARY RECORDS OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS NAMED SPARKS FROM TEXAS, continued:

BAILEY SPARKS (born about 1845)

 Bailey Sparks enlisted in Capt. Thos. P. Hightower’s Company, Waller’s Battalion Texas Cavalry, on April 14, 1862, at Marlin, Falls County, Texas, by Thos. P. Hightower. His age was given as 17. He was mustered into the service on April 23, 1862, at Hempstead by E. Wailer, Jr. A note on one of the records indicates that he was a substitute for a man named Cornelison. The last record of his being paid was dated September 1, 1863. His name appeared on the muster roll for Company B of this battalion for January and February 1864 with the note “Absent, In Arrest.” Following is a summary of the history of this unit: Wailer’s Regiment Texas Cavalry was first organized as the 13th, or Wailer’s Battalion Texas Cavalry with five companies, A to E. Company F was enlisted in Louisiana August 27, 1862. An unidentified company, Captain Menard’s, Captain Goode ‘s and Captain Dunn’s Companies Texas Cavalry were added from time to time to complete the regiment.

C. A. SPARKS.

 C. A. Sparks enlisted on September 15, 1862, in Waco, Texas, as a private in Company G of the 6th Regiment Texas Cavalry. (This Regiment was also called the 2d and Stone‘s Regiment Texas Cavalry; it was organized in September 1861 for 12 months. It was reorganized under the Conscript Act in May 1862.)  On the Company Muster Roll of September and October 1862, C. A. Sparks was listed as “present,” but in November and December 1862 he was listed as “Absent on scout duty.” He was listed as “present” again until May 186)4 when he was listed as “Absent on detached service.” His name appears on a Roll of Prisoners of War in Company G, 6th Regiment Texas Cavalry, Confederate States Army, commanded by Col. Jack Wharton, surrendered at Citronelle, Ala., by Lieut. Gen. R. Taylor, C.S.A., to Maj. Gen. E. R. S. Canby, U.S.A., May 4, 1865, and paroled at Jackson, Miss., May 13, 1865.”

CHARLES S. SPARKS (born about 18)4)4)

 Charles S. Sparks appears on a company muster-in roll dated February 15, 1862, at Camp Likens as a private in Capt. John D. Hamilton’s Company, 1st Regiment, Johnson’s Brigade, Texas Mounted Volunteers. His age was given as 18. His horse was valued at $140 and his equipment at $20. This is the only record pertaining to Charles S. Sparks.  This company subsequently became Company D, 14th Regiment Texas Cavalry. The 14th Regiment Texas Cavalry was organized and mustered into the service of the Confederate States February 15, 1862, and reorganized May 8, 1862. It was also known as Johnson’s Regiment Texas Cavalry and as the 1st Regiment Johnson’s Brigade Texas Mounted Volunteers.

D. M. SPARKS (born about 1830)

 D. M. Sparks was mustered into service as a private on February 5, 1862, in Rusk, Texas (Cherokee County) by A. J. Coupland. His age was given as 32, and he traveled 25 miles to rendezvous. He enlisted for 12 months and joined Capt. W. G. Engledow’s Company, which was known under various names: Captain Engledow’s Company and Company A, Roberts’ Regiment Texas Infantry; Captain Engledow’s Cornpany and Company C, 11th Regiment Texas Infantry.  On a muster roll dated June 30, 1862, he was listed as “present, sick.” In another muster roll for July and August 1862 he was listed as “Detailed as Gunsmith July 15, ‘62.” In November 1862 he was listed as “Ord. Dept. as regimental

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D.M. SPARKS (born about 1830), continued:

gun smith,” He seems to have continued in this capacity during much of the war, for a later muster roil carries the note under his name: “Detailed as Regimental Carpenter by order of Col, Roberts Sept. 24 ‘63.” The last record pertaining to D. M. Sparks, dated April 1865, carries the note “Detached Service in Ord. Dept, Tyler, Tex,, Spi. Order 292, Nov. 22/64,”  The 11th (also known as Roberts’) Regiment Texas Infantry completed its organization April 9, 1862, with ten companies, A to K, which had previously been mustered into the service of the Confederate States for twelve months, It was reorganized June 23, 1862, under provisions of the Conscript Act and the company letters changed.

DANIEL SPARKS

 Daniel Sparks enlisted for one year on March 26, 1862, at Camp Colbert, Indian Nation, also called Choctau Station; he was sworn into service by M. W. Damron, in Company D, 18th Regiment Texas Cavalry. Also known as Darnell ‘s Regiment of Texas Cavalry, it was accepted into the service of the Confederate States on March 15, 1862, with ten companies. A part of this regiment was captured at Arkansas Post, Ark.., January 11, 1863, and exchanged east of the Mississippi River in April and May, 1863, when it was consolidated with similar remnants of the 17th, 24th and 25th Regiments Texas Cavalry.

 A muster roll for May and June 1863 does not indicate whether Daniel Sparks was present or not, but a note indicates that he was not among those captured at the Arkansas Post.  The last record pertaining to Daniel Sparks is a muster-roll for January and February 1864 of Capt. N. W. Damron’s Company of the 17th Consolidated Cavalry. This company subsequently became Company E, 17th Consolidated Regiment Texas Dismounted Cavalry. This regiment was a field organization formed July 1, 1863, in the Trans..Mississippi Department principally of men who had formerly belonged to the 15th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th Regiments Texas Cavalry and to the 6th and 10th Regiments Texas Infantry and who had not been captured at Arkansas Post, Ark,, January 11, 1863,

EDWARD SPARKS

 Edward Sparks enlisted on May 10, 1862, at Henderson, Texas, for 3 years in Company K, Ochiltree Regiment Texas Infantry. This company was known at various times as Captain Whetstone’s Company and Company K, Ochiltree’s Regiment Texas Infantry, and as Company I, 18th Regiment Texas Infantry. The 18th (also known as Ochiltree’s) Regiment Texas Infantry, with eleven companies, A to L, completed its organization by the election of field officers May 13, 1862.  A muster-roll for September and October 1862 lists Edward Sparks as “Sick at hospital at Camp Nelson.” In November 1862 he was listed in the same manner and in December 1862 he was listed as absent at Little Rock Hospital. This is the last record pertaining to Edward Sparks.

ELIJAH SPARKS (born 1840, of Bell County, Texas)

 Elijah Sparks enlisted on March 24, 1862, at Belton, Texas. His age was given as 21 years. He was enrolled by F. A. Supple and was mustered into service at Camp Terry in Austin, Texas, on April 11, 1862, for 3 years as a corporal in Capt. Hillery M. Bouldin’s Company, Allen’s Regiment Texas Infantry. He traveled 68 miles to rendezvous. This company subsequently became Company I, and the regiment became the 17th Regiment Texas Infantry. According to the official record,

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MILITARY RECORDS OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS NAMED SPARKS FROM TEXAS, continued:

ELIJAH SPARKS (born 18)40, of Bell County, Texas), continued:

Elijah Sparks “Died at Camp Nelson, Nov. 23, 1862, of Con’t’n of Brain, Prairie Co., Ark.” In another record his disease was called “Brain Fever.”

 (Editor’s note: The portrait of Elijah Sparks appeared on the cover of the QUARTERLY for June 1955 (Vol. III, No. 2, Whole No. 10). He was a son of William C. and Jane (Alexander) Sparks. He married in Bell County, Texas, in 1861, Sarah Atlas Reed, daughter of William and Emeline (Cobb) Reed. They had one child, a daughter, named Jane Sparks who was born in 1863 and died near Holland, Texas, in 1907. She married Albert Johnston McKay. See the above issue of the QUARTERLY, page 73, for additional information.)

ISAAC SPARKS (born about 1837)

Isaac Sparks enlisted for 12 months on January 20, 1862, at Dallas as a private in Capt. John T. Colt’s Company of Darnell’s Regiment Texas Volunteers. This later became Company E of the 18th Regiment Texas Cavalry. His age was given as 25 years. He was enrolled by John Colt on February 2)4, 1862, and his name appears on a musterroll dated Dallas County, Texas, March 15, 1862; his horse was valued at $125 and his equipment at $20.

The 18th (also known as Darnell’s) Regiment Texas Cavalry was accepted into the service of the Confederate States March 15, 1862, with eleven companies, and reorganized May 26, 1862, with ten companies, Captain Witt’s Company having become an independent command. A part of this regiment was captured at Arkansas Post, Ark., January 11, 1863, and exchanged east of the Mississippi River in April and May, 1863, when it was consolidated with similar remnants of the 17th, 24th and 25th Regiments Texas Cavalry. The muster-rolls from June 30, 1862, through December 1862 show him as present. He was among those captured at Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, Ark., on January 11, 1863, and was taken to the Union prison at Camp Douglas, Illinois, where he was paroled on April 2, 1863, and delivered at City Point, Virginia, on April 10, 1863. He is shown as present from April 1863 until September 1863, when he was listed as “Absent, wounded, in hospital.” He died “at Newman, Ga., Jan. the 7, 1864.”

FRANCIS M. SPARKS

Our only record of Francis M. Sparks is a company muster-roll for the period from September 19 to December 1863 on which he is listed as a Second Lieutenant in Company I, 2d Regiment Texas Cavalry. There is the note that he enlisted for a period of six months at Camp Buford. He was paid $20.80 for the use of his horse and was “Elected 2d Lt. Sept. 18, 1863.”  The 2d Regiment Texas Cavalry, State Troops, was organized in 1863 with ten companies, A to K. Some of the companies appear to have served in an organization known as the 13th Battalion Texas State Troops prior to the formation of this regiment and some of the men subsequently served in Bourland’s Regiment Texas Cavalry and Capt. Jones’ Company Texas Cavalry.

FRED SPARKS

Fred Sparks, doubtless a nickname for Frederick, enlisted on April 1, 1862, in Corinth, Mississippi, in Capt. J. S. Anderson’s Company (Wharton Guards) Cavalry. This company, which subsequently became Company L of the 8th Regiment of Texas

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MILITARY RECORDS OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS NAMED SPARKS FROM TEXAS, continued:

FRED SPARKS, continued:

Cavalry, was enlisted on April 1, 1862, at Corinth, Mississippi, for 90 days. The 8th Regiment Texas Cavalry (also known as Terry’s, the 1st, and the 8th Regiment Texas Rangers) had been organized in October 1861 with companies A through K. As already stated, Company L was added to this regiment in Corinth, Mississippi. It is probable that the men joining this new company were Texans who had been discharged from some other unit, and it is quite probable that this Fred Sparks was the same man as listed below. He was appointed 1st Sergeant of Company L and was marked as present from April 1 through June 29, the 90 days for which he enlisted.

FREDERICK SPARKS (also called Fred)

Frederick Sparks was listed as a private in Company B of Davidson’s Battalion Texas Cavalry in December 1863, but was “absent, sick per Certificate.” No information is given regarding his enlistment. This battalion is known officially as Ragdale’s Battalion Texas Cavalry and was organized in October 1862. It was known at various times as the 4th Battalion Arizona Brigade, the 2d Battalion Arizona Brigade, the 1st Battalion Arizona Brigade, Davidson’s Battalion Texas Cavalry and Daly’s Battalion Texas Cavalry.

On January 2)4, 186)4, he was listed as “Absent sick, Hospital Beaumont.” A letter is preserved dated March 7, 1864, in which Capt. W. D. Doryley (spelling uncertain) of the Fuel and Forage Department at Houston in.formed a Capt. C. M. Mason: “Private F. Sparks, Co. B, Daly’s Battalion has made application for detailed employment tn the Q.M. Dept. A disabled soldier, his claims are foremost, and I would respectfully request the applicant be granted and he be ordered to report for duty to me.” Added to this application is the following statement by Dr. W. P. Riddell, surgeon of the General Hospital at Houston, dated March 7, 186)4: “I have examined Pr. F. Sparks of Co. B, Daly’s Battalion & find him unfit for field duty in the consequence of the loss of lower phalanges of three fingers of left hand--stumps still unhealed. I recommend that the detail be granted.”
 Records indicate that Frederick Sparks continued on this special assignment for as late as March 1865. Among the papers in his file is a torn document dated August 7, 1865, which he signed as a prisoner of war “having been surrendered by E. Kirby Smith” in which Sparks accepted the conditions of parole not to serve in the armies of the Confederate States. He signed this document as “F. Sparks.”  It seems quite probable that this Frederick Sparks is the same man as the Fred Sparks in the preceding sketch.

HENRY SPARKS (from Hopkins County?)

Henry Sparks enlisted on September 1, 1862, in Hopkins County for 3 years as a private in Company G, 23rd Regiment of Texas Cavalry. The 23rd (also known as the 27th) Regiment Texas Cavalry completed its organization about Oct. 25, 1862, with ten companies, A to K. The regiment appears to have served as Dismounted Cavalry at the close of the war.

 Henry Sparks was admitted to the General Hospital in Houston on May 1, 1863, with “acute dysentery” and was discharged on May 25, 1863. On November 18, 1863, he was listed as absent from his regiment since August 31, 1863, because of illness by authority of the Regimental Surgeon, with the note “Furloughed to Hopkins Co., Texas--has not reported.” On a company muster-roll for January and February 186)4, Henry Sparks was listed as “Absent sick since Sept 4th ‘63 & reporting by certificate.” The last record pertaining to Henry Sparks is a regimental return for March 1865 where Henry Sparks is listed as absent “with leave furloughed 28 days.”

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MILITARY RECORDS OF CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS NAMED SPARKS FROM TEXAS, continued:

HUGH S. SPARKS (born about 1843)

     Hugh S. Sparks enlisted on October 25, 1861, in Houston, Texas, “for the war.” His age was given as 18 years and he was credited with having traveled 100 miles to rendezvous. The officer with whom he enlisted was identified as “Lieut. Sparks.” On the same date, October 25, 1861, he was enrolled in Capt. James S. Lauderdale’s Company in Nelson’s Regiment Texas Volunteers. This company subsequently became Company G, 10 Regiment Texas Infantry. The 10th (also called Nelson’s) Regiment Texas Infantry was organized in October 1861 with eight companies, A.to H, which had been mustered into service on various dates from October 13 to 31, 1861. Most of the members of this regiment were captured at Arkansas Post, Ark., January 11, 1863, and exchanged in April, 1863, east of the Mississippi River where they were temporarily consolidated in May, 1863, with similar remnants of the 6th Regiment Texas Infantry and the 15th Regiment Texas Cavalry.

     Hugh S. Sparks was listed as present on various muster-rolls and in February 1862 was listed as “camp cook, daily duty.” However, from February 28 to June 30, 1862, he was listed as “absent sick at Brownsville, Arkansas.” The muster-roll for July and August 1862 lists him as “sick in quarters,” but he was on duty in September and October 1862. He was taken prisoner with most other members of the regiment at Arkansas Point on January 11, 1863, and taken to Camp Douglas in Chicago, Illinois, where he died in prison of small pox on February 23, 1863.  A report indicates that he had “no effects,” that is, no property at the time of his death.

J. SPARKS

Only one brief document pertains to this soldier, whose name appears simply as J. Sparks. He is listed as a private in Company D of the 21st Regiment Texas Infantry in the month of November 1864. The following notation appears on this record: “With leave, Furlough, 60 days from Oct. 12/64 N W Texas.” This regiment, also known as Spaight’s Regiment of Texas Infantry, was formed on November 20, 1864, by the consolidation of four companies of Griffin’s Batallion Texas Infantry, per S.O, No. 62 Hdqrs. Dist. of Tex., N. Nex. and Ariz., dated Nov. 11, 1864. Companies A, B, C and E of Griffin’s Battalion Texas Infantry, became Companies I, G, C and D, respectively, and Companies A, C, D, E, F and G, 11th Battalion Texas Infantry, became Companies A, E, H, B, F and K, respectively. There seems little doubt but that this J. Sparks is the same man as the J. F. Sparks of Company B of Spaight’s Battalion, below.

J. F. SPARKS

Only two brief records pertain to J. F. Sparks. He is listed as having enlisted as a private at Sabine Pass on May 8, 1864, in Company B of Spaight’s Battalion of Texas Volunteers. Only July 1, 1864, he is listed as “absent without leave” from this same company.  This battalion had been organized in 1861 and was known as Liken’s Battalion of Texas Volunteers. It was reorganized on June 17, 1862, and known in the field as A. W. Spaight’s Battalion of Texas Volunteers, but later reorganized as the 11th Battalion of Texas Cavalry. The battalion was broken up on November 20, 1864, and Company B (with A,E,F,H, and K) was assigned to the 21st Regiment Texas Infantry.

 There seems little doubt but that this J. F. Sparks was the same man who was listed as “J. Sparks,” above, in Company D of the 21st Regiment Texas Infantry in November 1864.

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J. H. SPARKS (born about 1844)

J. H. Sparks enlisted on October 1, 1861, at Marshall, Texas, as a private in Capt. H. B. Granbury’s Company, 7th Regiment Texas Infantry, for 3 years. He was enlisted by Capt. H. B. Granbury and his age was given as 17. He joined the company on October 2, 1861, and was enrolled by John Gregg. He traveled 210 miles to rendezvous.
This company was also known as Company B, Bailey’s Consolidated Regiment of Infantry. It was formed by the consolidation of Companies A, D, F and G, 7th Regiment Texas Infantry. Bailey’s Consolidated Regiment of Infantry was a temporary field organization which was formed in October 1862 by order of Gen. Tiighinan and consisted of eleven companies, A to L. Companies A and B were composed of a remnant of the 7th Regiment Texas Infantry. The other companies came from two other regiments. The organization appears to have been broken up in January or February 1863, and the men returned to their former commands.
J. H. Sparks was listed as present in a company muster roll for October 1, 1861, to August 1, 1862. He was captured with his company on February 16, 1862, and was listed as one of 1021 prisoners of war sent from Camp Douglas, Illinois, to Vicksburg to be exchanged on September 3, 1862. On October 31, 1862, he was listed on a company muster roll for the Consolidated Company B of the 7th Regiment Texas Infantry. He was listed as having been last paid on July 31, 1862. Another record in his file indicates “Discharged & final statement given Nov. 23, 1862.” The last record states: “Discharged Dec. 1, 1862; Not paid his bounty.”

(Editor’s Note: These abstracts of military records of Confederate soldiers named Sparks from Texas will be continued in a future issue of the QUARTERLY. We should welcome information from any of our readers who can provide personal data for any of these soldiers.)

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

It is a pleasure to report the names and addresses of eighteen new members of THE
SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION.

Mrs. Charles Cheek, Rt. 1, Box 100, Jonesville, North Carolina (286)42)
Verna Lee Clark, P.O. Box 1955, Long Beach, California (90801)
Levi F. Flynn, Rt. 89, Wagersville, Kentucky (40487)
Robert Clay Flynn, 501 Laurel St., Irvine, Kentucky (40336)
Tommy N. Guise, Star Route, Geraldine, Alabama (35974)
H. Kathryn Hardy, 108 E. 13th St., Apt. 409, Indianapolis, Indiana (46202)
Mrs. Myrtle L. James, 1324 St. James, Farmington, New Mexico (87401)
Mrs. Winnie E. Pittman, 2200 Heights Circle, Alamagordo, New Mexico (88310)
Roberta L. Seibel, 12641 Panorama View, Santa Ana, California (92705)
Mrs. Althea Self, P.O. Box 624, Talpa, Texas (76882)
Billy R. Sparks, 478 Jefferson Ave., Barberton, Ohio (44203)
Bob Sparks, 7827 Dogwood St., El Paso, Texas (79925)
Cleaston Sparks, Rt. 1, Blue Ridge, Georgia (30513)
Earle N. Sparks, R.D. 1, Box 186, Ridgely, Maryland (21660)
Jerry Melvin Sparks, 376 Messina, Manchester, Missouri (63011)
John Sparks, 1614 Hermitage Ave., S.E., Huntsville, Alabama (35801)
Kenneth Clark Sparks, 601 Nirk Ave., Kirkwood, Missouri (63122)
Orville E. Sparks, 392 Reis Ave., Vallejo, California (94590)

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