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. XVIII, NO. 3 SEPTEMBER, 1970
WHOLE NO. 71a

 
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THE SPARKS PLACE, NEAR BLENHEIM, SOUTH CAROLINA

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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 nonprofit 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; 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 (1953-1969) with the three indexes may be purchased for $38.00.
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 and applications for membership are available through Dr. Bidlack. The QUARTERLY is printed by off-set at the Edwards Letter Shop, 711 North University Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"THE SPARKS PLACE"

In April 1970, Marlboro County, South Carolina, celebrated its Tricentennial and arrangements were made for twenty-seven of the county’s most interesting homes to be opened to the public. One of the homes chosen was that known as “The Sparks Place”, located one mile from Blenheim on state highway 38. This famous house is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Rogers, Jr., who kindly furnished the photographs which have been reproduced on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY. Mr. Rogers is a great-grandson of Alexander Doddridge Sparks who received this house as a gift from his father, Samuel Sparks, in 1856. A sketch of this branch of the Sparks family appeared in the QUARTERLY of December 1962 (Vol. X, No. 14, Whole No. 140, pp. 689-696).

The Sparks Place was built in 1837 by Robert Adair McTyer. Mr. McTyer sold it in 1857 to Samuel Sparks (1787-1878) who gave it as a wedding present to his son, Alexander Doddridge Sparks (1829-1894). The latter, a wealthy planter, served in the Mexican War and prior to the outbreak of the Civil War he held a commission in the United States Navy. Later he served as an officer in the Confederate Army.

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“THE SPARKS PLACE”, continued:

The army coat of Alexander Doddridge Sparks is preserved in the Confederate Museum
at Columbia, South Carolina, with the inscription: “This coat worn by Capt. A. D.
Sparks, who volunteered and equipped his own Company I, South Carolina Volunteers
(Cavalry).”

At the time the Sparks family came into possession of the house, it was called “Fight Hungry” because the land on which it stands was considered of little value in comparison to the rich river land. The main body of the house remains unchanged today, however a breezeway and kitchen were torn away a number of years ago as were the two front porches which have been replaced with a one-story porch. Otherwise, the house is unchanged since its purchase in 1857 and it has been in continuous possession of some member or descendant of the Sparks family for 113 years. The Rogers family do not live in the house today, but have partially restored it to use for recreational purposes and for family reunions.
 
 

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PERSONS NAMED SPARKS LISTED ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF CRAWFORD COUNTY, PENNA.

Copied by Carrie Grant Heppen

Conneaut Township, enumerated August 6, 1860, by Lewis L. Lord.
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88-92 Sparks, Waterman   50  (M) Birth place not known  Laborer 
       "       Mercy M.   44  (F)           " Kpg. House
     "       Almira   20  (F)           "
     "       Ellen  17  (F)           "
     "       Amos M.  15  (M)           "
     "       Eliza A.  12  (F)           "
     "       Susan    9  (F)           "

(Note: It is unreasonable that the parents in this family did not know where their own children were born; the census taker probably forgot to ask this question and wrote “unknown” later.)

(Same Township, same day; the following family listed next by Lewis L. Lord.)
(page 100a)

89-93 Morley, J. S.  24  (M) Massachusetts Mechanic
  Maria  24  (F) Pennsylvania
Maria 2/12  (F)           "
McMullen, Daniel  18  (M) New York
Page, Varanis, Jr.  23  (M)   "       "
Beckwith, Jerusha  19  (F)   "       "
Sparks, Caroline  17  (F)   "       "
Morley, Byron  12  (M) Ohio

(Note: The Caroline Sparks listed with the Morley family was probably working as a hired girl and was probably a daughter of Waterman Sparks; the fact that her place of birth was given as New York probably means that the Waterman Sparks family was also from New York.)

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NOTES ON THE SPARKS FAMILIES OF LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY

(Editor’s Note: In the December 1969 issue of the QUARTERLY (Whole No. 68, pp. 1271-79) we published a variety of records copied from official sources in Lewis County, Kentucky, pertaining to persons named Sparks. On the basis of those records, along with others supplied by descendants and found outside Lewis County, we began trying to tie members of these families together in the June 1970 issue of the QUARTERLY (pp. 1315-21). Here we continue this attempt. Much remains to be done, and we realize that some of our conjectures may prove to be wrong, but we hope that by publishing what we have gathered it may prove helpful. We also hope that readers whose ancestry goes back to Lewis County will aid us in making these records more complete.)

WILLIAM SPARKS, FROM LEWIS COUNTY, KY., TO ANDREW COUNTY, MISSOURI

William Sparks was born about 1794 in Kentucky. He was married on August 8, 1815, in Fleming County, Kentucky, to Cordelia Donavan, who was also born about 1794 in Kentucky. By 1840 they were living in Lewis County, Kentucky. Sometime between 1850 and 1860, William Sparks moved with his family from Lewis County to Andrew County, Missouri, where he died between 1856 and 1860. His widow, Cordelia, was still living in 1860.

William Sparks served as a private in a company commanded by Captain Henry Ellis of the 16th Regiment of Kentucky Militia commanded by Col. Porter in the War of 1812. He made application for bounty land based on this service while still a resident of Lewis County on October 214, 1850. He gave his age at that time as 62 and stated that he had “volunteered at Millersburg in Bourbon County in the state of Kentucky on or about the 10th day of September, 18114, to serve for a period of six months.” He was discharged at Fort Malden, Canada, on March 10, 1815. He added that “his discharge papers had been destroyed by fire when his mother’s house had burned about 1826 in Nicholas County, Kentucky. Unfortunately, he did not mention his mother’s name. In 1856 he stated that his mother’s house had burned about 1822 rather that about 1826.

William Sparks was granted 80 acres of bounty land for his service in the War of 1812. Under a new law passed in 1856, he applied for additional land, but by this time he had moved to Andrew County, Missouri. In 1856, he again stated, as he had in 1850, that he was 62 years old. From census record data, it appears that he was more nearly correct regarding his age in 1856 than he had been in 1850. He was probably born, as stated above, about 1794. He signed his application in 1850 and again in 1856 by mark. His son, James H. Sparks, signed as a witness in 1856. His other witness in 1856 was William Stephens. William Sparks was granted an additional tract of 80 acres as a result of his second application. (See the QUARTERLY of September 1965, Vol. XIII, No. 3, Whole No. 51, pp. 928-930, for a more detailed abstract of these applications.)

From records discovered thus far, it is believed that William and Cordelia (Donavan) Sparks were the parents of seven children:

1. A daughter, born about 1816; name unknown.
2. A son, born about 1818; name unknown.

3. Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of William and Cordelia (Donavan) Sparks, was born about 1820. She was married to Michael Evans on April 19, 1838, by William L. Parker in Lewis County, Kentucky. We have no further information on Elizabeth except that a five-year-old boy named Moses Evans was

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NOTES ON THE SPARKS FAMILIES OF LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:

living with William and Cordelia when the 1850 census was taken. When the 1860 census was taken in Andrew County, Missouri, this same Moses Evans (aged 15) was living with Edward Sparks, son of William and Cordelia. Perhaps Elizabeth died and her son, Moses Evans, was reared by her parents and her brother.

4. James Harvey Sparks, son of William and Cordelia (Donavan) Sparks, was born about 1825. He was married in Lewis County, Ky., to Pheba Davis in 1848 (license dated January 8, 1848). By 1850, when the census was taken in Lewis County, they had one child, Mary A. Sparks, aged one year. James Harvey Sparks accompanied his parents to Andrew County, Missouri, between 1850 and 1856. He and his family were listed on both the 1860 and the 1870 census of Andrew County. According to these census records, James Harvey and Pheba (Davis) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
(1) Mary A. Sparks, born about 1849 in Kentucky.
(2) William Sparks, born about 1851 in Kentucky.
(3) Marie, Sparks, born about 1855 in Missouri.
(4) Lucy Sparks, born about 1857 in Missouri.
(5) Alice Sparks, born in May 1860 in Missouri.
(6) George Sparks, born about 1863 in Missouri.
(7) Cordelia Sparks, born about 1868 in Missouri.
5. William A. Sparks, Jr., son of William and Cordelia (Donavan) Sparks, was born in Kentucky about 1827. He was married to Mary Meenach in Lewis County, Ky., in 1847 (marriage license dated January 8, 1847). She was called Polly on the marriage license and was identified as a daughter of Alexander Meenach. On the 1850 census of Lewis County, William A. and Mary (Meenach) Sparks were listed as the parents of two children, Julia A. Sparks, aged 3 years, and Cordelia Sparks, aged one year. Apparently William A. Sparks died (perhaps his wife died also) because in 1860 these two children were living with their uncle, Edward Sparks, in Andrew County Missouri. These two children of William A. and Nary (Meenach) Sparks were:
(1) Julia A. Sparks, born about 18147.
(2) Cordelia F. Sparks, born about 18)49, died in May 1879. She was married in 1869 in Andrew County, Missouri, to Capt. Samuel Blair Stafford as his second wife. He was born on May 3, 1833, in Carroll County, Tennessee, and died on May 11, 1906, in Holt County, Missouri. Their children were:
(a) William Marion Stafford, born January 1870.
(b) Thomas Mahlon Stafford, born about 1872.
(c) Emma Jane Stafford, born August 8, 1873.
(d) Elsie Stafford, born about 1875.
(e) John S. Stafford, born July 11, 1877.
6. Edward Sparks, son of William and Cordelia (Donavan) Sparks, was born about 1830 in Kentucky. (His correct middle initial is uncertain--it was either F, J, or L.) On March 16, 1849, he was married to Sally Criswell in Lewis County, Ky., by John Waddell. She was born about 1825 in Kentucky. When the 1850 census was taken, Edward and Sally were living with his parents and they had a daughter named Mellora who was six months old. Later census records would seem to indicate that this name was actually intended for Milton rather than Mellora, and that it was a son rather than a daughter. Sally apparently died, and by 1860

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Edward Sparks had married Mary . He accompanied his parents to Andrew County, Missouri, where he was still living as late as 1880. According to census records, Andrew Sparks had eight children. Those born between 1850 and 1860 may have been by either his first wife, Sally Criswell, or by his second wife, Mary , since we do not know when Sally died; we can be sure that those born after 1860 were by his second wife, Mary.
(1) Milton Sparks, born about 1850 in Kentucky, married Ann E. - - - - who was born about 1855 in Illinois. By 1880 they had a daughter named Hattie J. Sparks, born about 1879, and a son named William A. Sparks, born in May 1880.
(2) Elizabeth Sparks, born about 1851, in Kentucky.
(3) Phoebe Sparks, born about 1853, in Missouri.
(4) Catherine Sparks, born about 1856, in Missouri.
(5) Lucy Minerva Sparks, born about 1858, in Missouri.
(6) Martha J. Sparks, born about 1861, in Missouri.
(7) Anna Maria Sparks, born about 186)4, in Missouri.
(8) Charlotte M. Sparks, born about 186)4, in Missouri.
(One of the daughters of Edward Sparks apparently married a man named Williams and died after having three children. When the 1880 census was taken of Andrew County, Missouri, the following grandchildren were living with Edward Sparks: (1) Henrietta Williams, born about 1872; (2) Virginia B. Williams, born about 1874; and (3) Martha Williams, born about 1875.
7. Sarah Sparks, believed to have been a daughter of William and Cordelia (Donavan) Sparks, was born about 1823.


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CALEB SPARKS OF LEWIS AND NICHOLAS COUNTIES, KENTUCKY

Caleb Sparks was born about 1785 and died about 1835 in Lewis County, Kentucky. He was married to Rebecca Wilson, daughter of Ephraim Wilson, on October 19, 1805, in Bourbon County, Kentucky-. When the 1880 census was taken, Robert Thomas Sparks, son of Caleb and Rebecca, stated that his father (Caleb) had been born in Kentucky and that his mother (Rebecca) had been born in Pennsylvania. There is some reason to believe, however, that Caleb Sparks was born in Virginia. He paid taxes in Lewis County, Kentucky, in 1811 and 1812, but he apparently moved to Nicholas County, Kentucky, about 1813 where he was listed on the 1820 census. He apparently returned to Lewis County about 1828 and paid taxes there that year on land on Kinniconnick Creek. It was there that he gave his consent to the marriage of his daughter, Catherine, to Eli Nash in 1832. Our last record of his paying taxes in Lewis County was in 1835. When his daughter Elizabeth was married to William Arthurs in 1837, however, it was her mother, Rebecca Sparks, who gave consent, thus indicating that Caleb apparently died between 1835 and 1837.

It is believed that Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks had a large family of children, perhaps twelve in all, based on census records, but only seven can be identified by name from the records. According to family tradition, a number of these children eventually moved to Missouri.

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NOTES ON THE SPARKS FAMILIES OF LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:

Following is a record of the children of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks:

1. A son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks was born about 1807; name not known.
2. Robert Thomas Sparks, son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks, was born in 1808 in Kentucky; he died on March 19, 1889, in Hancock County, Illinois. In a number of records he was called Thomas Sparks. According to a granddaughter, Eula May Prince, who did research on the family in 1956, Robert Thomas Sparks married in the late 1820 ‘s and had a daughter who married a man named Riggs and lived in Lampasas, Texas. This first wife of Robert Thomas Sparks died and on April 22, 1830, he was married to Mary Ann Wallingford in Lewis County, Kentucky. She was a daughter of John Wallingford and was born about 1819 in Kentucky; she died on September 9, 1860, in Hancock County, Illinois.
In 1848, Robert Thomas Sparks and his family moved from Lewis County, Kentucky, to Illinois; he was listed on the 1850 census of Henderson County, Illinois, but by 1851 he was living with his family in Dallas City, Hancock County, Illinois, where he spent the remainder of his life. According to Mrs. Prince, “he was an ardent Republican and was one of the few pioneers who voted for both of the Harrisons. He was never so happy as when arguing politics.”
Robert Thomas and Mary Ann (Wallingford) Sparks were the parents of five children:
(1) Catherine Sparks (called Kitty), daughter of Robert Thomas and Mary Ann (Wallingford) Sparks, was born on November 9, 1831, in Kentucky; she died on June 6, 1897, in Nauvoo, Illinois. She was married in 1848 to J. Noel Datin and they settled in Nauvoo, Illinois, the same year. Following is the obituary of Catherine (Sparks) Datin which appeared in a Nauvoo newspaper at the time of her death (this clipping was sent to the Association by Eula May Prince in 1956):
“Mrs. Catharine A. Datin, one of Hancock County’s highly respected pioneers has passed away. At 6:30 o’clock Thursday morning, June 6 (1897), death came to close forever the eyes of a noble and true woman, one widely beloved and respected - - Mrs. Catharine A. Datin, widow of the late J. Noel Datin, at one time mayor and prominent citizen of Nauvoo. The end was not unexpected, yet it came as a surprise to many acquaintances. Mrs. Datin had been confined to the house since last November. Up to that time she had been a woman of robust health and it was confidently expected that she would master this illness in due time. However, last Monday night she received a paralytic stroke which was the cause of her death. She passed peacefully away.
“The deceased’s maiden name was Catharine Ann Sparks. She was born in Kentucky on November 9, 1831, making her age at the time of her death 75 years, 6 months and 27 days. She was married in 1848 to J. Noel Datin, and they came to Nauvoo in the same year. For many years they resided on a farm in Sonora Township, but moved into town about twenty-five years ago.
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Obituary of Catharine Ann (Sparks) Datin, continued:
“Mrs. Datin is survived by eleven children, her husband and four children having preceded her in death. The children living are:Mrs. W. P. Powers, Iowa City, Iowa; Mrs. J. W. Breeden, Stuart, Iowa; Mr. Win. Datin, Des Moines, Iowa; Mr. J. J. Datin, Inkster,N. Dakota; Mrs. George Heberer, Sonora township; D. D. Datin, Guthrie, Oklahoma; Mrs. James Pitt, Los Angeles, California; Mrs.G. W. Wyatt, Guthrie, Oklahoma; Mrs. M. S. Walther, Keytesville, Mo.; Miss Anna Datin, George V. Datin, Nauvoo. There are thirty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
"The deceased belonged to that class of sturdy pioneers who helped blaze the trail for civilization and advancement. With her home was above everything else. Her family life was of unexampled happiness. She was of a bright and sunny disposition, of kind heart and generous impulses. She was possessed of an unceasing industry, an eye that saw only good in others, a spirit for light and truth, a tongue that spoke ill of no one, and a mind forgetful of self and concerned for the welfare of others. Her life was as pure and blameless as it was useful. Her loss is deeply mourned, for she was a most estimable woman. The relatives have the sincere sympathy of the community in their sad loss. The funeral will take place from her late residence this afternoon at 2 o’clock.”
(2) Lucretia Sparks, daughter of Robert Thomas and Mary Ann (Wallingford) Sparks, was born about 183)4. She was listed on the 1850 census as 16 years old. No further record.
(3) Sarah A. Sparks, daughter of Robert Thomas and Mary Ann (Wallingford) Sparks, was born about 1842 in Kentucky; she was still living in 1925 (see the letter written by Ed Fee). She was married to Henry Gilbreth, who was born in 1835 and died in 1906. When the 1880 census was taken, her father, Robert Thomas Sparks, was living with them. Following is the obituary of Henry Gilbreth published in a Dallas City, Illinois, newspaper at the time of his death in February, 1906. From this it appears that he and his wife, Sarah, were separated at the time of his death:
“People were greatly surprised Tuesday morning on learning that Henry Gilbreth, for many years a respected citizen, had been found dead in the doorway of his home on Fifth street where he lived alone. Henry Gilbreth was born near Galena, Ill., in October, 1835, making him at the time of his death about seventy years and four months of age. He came to Dallas City before the war and in 1862 enlisted in Co. H, 78th Illinois Infantry and served three years. After being mustered out he returned to this city and had ever since made it his home. He was sexton of the city cemetery for a quarter of a century and also a member of Allen Post No. 621, G.A.R.
“He is survived by a wife living at Normal, Ill., and nine children, five sons and four daughters, namely: Margaret (Mrs. Jackson), Alice (Mrs. Wm. Anderson) both residents of Oklahoma; Clara, who died about ten years ago at Stratton, Nebraska; Lucy (Mrs. Joe Bootes) of New York City; William, Angels’ Camp, Calif.; Joseph, Carnan, Ill.; Fred, a soldier in the U.S. Army, now stationed at Pekin (clipping torn at this point); John, a student of the Northwestern University at Evans-
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Obituary of Henry Gilbreth, continued:
ton, Ill.; and Benjamin, a soldier now stationed at Ft. Stevens, Oregon.
“After the remains were shrouded and coffined at Koll's undertaking place Wednesday evening they were taken to the city hall, where they remained until the hour of the funeral and were viewed by hundreds of our citizens who knew him so well. He was quiet, honest, industrious, and if he had an enemy in town we never heard of it. The funeral occurred from the M.E. church at 2:00 o’clock this afternoon, Rev. J. B. King officiating. He was laid to rest in the city cemetery over which he had exercised a jealous care for twenty-five years.”
(4) Ephraim Wilson Sparks, son of Robert Thomas and Mary Ann (Wallingford) Sparks, was born on November 8, 18)46, in Rockford, Kentucky, and died on November 5, 1926, in Brady, Texas. He was married in 1878 in Voca, Texas, to Elizabeth Antoinette Scott; she was born July 5, 1851, at Lyons Station, Texas, and died on May 8, 1937, in Brady. Both are buried at Brady. According to an inscription scratched on the back of a faded tin-type photograph taken in 1865 (see page 13)40), Ephraim Wilson Sparks enlisted in Company G, 58th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry on January 16, 1865, in Dallas City, Hancock County, Illinois, at the age of eighteen. An obituary of one of Ephraim’s daughters written in 1955 states that Ephraim was a stone mason “and built many of the old chimneys in Brady. The family home originally was located on the square where Townsend’s Ben Franklin Store stands now. But in the early days the cowboys became so wild, riding down Commerce Street, shooting, roping and pulling up the hitching posts, that Mr. Sparks decided it was time to move his family up on the hill, to get away from the rowdy cowboys and to be near his lime kiln. After the house was moved, however, Mrs. Sparks was afraid to let the children get away from the house for fear the Indians would get them.”
Ephraim Wilson and Elizabeth A. (Scott) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
(1) Robert T. Sparks, born July 12, 1882, in Brady, Texas; he married Edna Stowe on April 9, 1912; she was born on April 25, 1892, and died August 9, 1946. They had two children: Raymond T. Sparks, born January 9, 1913, was killed in World War II on July 14, 1945; and Joe Bob Sparks, born August 19, 1918.

(2) Edna Nafania Sparks, born February 10, 1885, in Brady, Texas, died March 14, 1955, in Brady. She married Chesley James Watters on December 6, 1907, in Brady. He was born July 1, 1883, in Bosqueville, Texas. They had one daughter, Eula May Watters, born September 27, 1908, in Menard, Texas. She was married twice and by her first husband she had one son, Robert Eugene Wall, born March 23, 1933. She married (second) Thomas Calvin Prince on June 14, 1935. He was born January 1)4, 1912, in Wellington, Texas. They had one son, Jerry Lowell Prince, born April 16, 1937, in Brady, Texas.

(3) Anna Laura Sparks, married a man named Strickland of Brady.

(4) Charles F. Sparks.

(5) Ernest W. Sparks.
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 [Note:  There is a photograph of rather poor quality at the top of the page, beneath which is the following caption:]

Ephriam Wilson Sparks, 1846-1926

A Union Soldier at the Age of Eighteen

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A granddaughter of Ephraim Wilson Sparks, Mrs. Eula Mae Prince, deposited a letter with the Sparks Family Association in 1956 which had been written by a friend of Ephraim in 1925. Although the author of this letter, Ed Fee, is in no way related to the Sparks family, we believe it has enough historical interest to justify including it here.

“Dallas City, Ills.
 Feb. 14, 1925
“Dear Old Yankee

     “Just found out thro our friend Doctor Gay and glad to know your still living. As you and I are the only ones living out of our War bunch.   I was just saying the other day that if you was dead I would be the only one left but am glad to know you are still living. I am still feeling fine, have a good house and with my wife and one girl at home and I am about on easy street, but still quite a lot of work yet at my trade as a painter and paper hanger. It was only a year ago that I was working on the old Ed Mansforth place and up in the barn loft saw your name, E. W. Sparks, cut in one of the rafters. Do you remember when you did it?

“Well, Yank, the old timers is about all gone that was here when we was boys. There is some of the Gilbreths around here. Your sister Mrs. Gilbreth is in the Soldiers Home at Quincey. I sometimes see Ben but not often. Don’t know where the rest of them are. I have 14 children, three married, one lives in Peoria, the boy and 2 girls lives in Dallas, one at home. I live in the east end of town, have a nice little house with 5 lots and nothing to worry about. Well Yank, if you get this letter and want to find out any thing, write me, I will be glad to tell you anything I can. Will close for this time and glad I have got track of you.
Yours, Ed Fee."

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(5)Rebecca Jane Sparks, daughter of Robert Thomas and Mary Ann (Wallingford) Sparks, was born about 1850 in Illinois; she died about 1930. She married Walker and lived all of her life in Dallas City, Illinois. A letter which she wrote to a daughter of her brother Ephraim in 1928 has been preserved by Eula Mae Prince and reads as follows:
“Dallas City,
Sept. 27, 1928.
“Dear Niece Edna:

“I received your letter and was glad to hear from you. The last we heard from my Brother (Ephraim) I think he had two children and I think one was named Laura. I have one sister living & have two dead ones. Mother died when your father and myself was small and none of our Mother's folks was near here. My folks was all born in Kentucky, all but myself, I was born in Ills. and as our mother died when we was small, so we did not hear about her folks & never did see any of them. Our Mother’s name was Walingford. Our father’s folks came from Kentucky. Our father’s brothers came and settled in Missouri and had farms there. I went to see them years ago & they were all prosperous farmers. My father had 14 brothers & one sister there, but most of them have passed on. I can’t tell you how old your father was when he went to Texas, he was 18 when he went in the Army & was gone one year and I think maybe he was here two years before he went to Texas. I always thought we would get to see him, but glad to know he had lots of friends. He was always thought of as a good, honest boy. I was glad to see his picture. He looks like our father. Sometime I will send you some of his pictures taken while he was here. Did he tell you he was in the army? Did he get a pension? You say your Mother is an invalid, which I am sorry to hear. My sister Sarah has been In a hospital four years. She is not sick but can’t walk and her nerves are so bad she shakes so she can hardly write. I have no single granddaughter. I have two but not near here. I thank you for writing to me and sending those pictures. Hope to hear from you soon. I will ask you how many brothers you have & if they are married. The weather is very cool here today. This is all for this time. Good by. With Love to All.

Aunt Jane Walker.”
3. Catherine Sparks, daughter of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks, was born about 1811. She was married to Eli Harrison Nash on September 6, 1832, in Lewis County, Kentucky. He was born April 2, 1808, in Kentucky, and was the son of James and Mary (Brackney) Nash who came to Kentucky from Alleghany County, Pennsylvania. His brother, Jesse Nash, married Cytha Ann Sparks in 1834 in Lewis County. Catherine (Sparks) Nash died about 1855; her husband, Eli, died in 1885 at the age of 77. According to the 1850 census, they had the following children:
(1) Rebecca J. Nash, born about 1833.

(2) Mealinda Nash, born about 1834.

(3) Daniel Nash, born about 1836.

(4.) Susan Nash, born about 1838; she married Garrett.

(5) John Nash, born about 1839; he married Elizabeth Ireland.

(6) William Nash, born about 1840; he married Josephine Ireland.

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Children of Catherine Sparks and Eli Harrison Nash, continued:
(7) Thomas C. Nash, born about 1843.

(8) Charles Nash, born about 1846.

(9) Caleb R. Nash, born about 1848.

4. Joseph Sparks, son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks, was born about 1813. He was married on August 18, 1834, to Isabella Ellis in Lewis County, Ky. (According to the license, the guardian of Isabella Ellis was Joseph Sparks; this elder Joseph Sparks was probably the one whose sketch appears on page 1315 of the June 1970 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 66.) Joseph and Isabella (Ellis) Sparks were listed on the 1850 census of Lewis County, Ky., but not on the 1860 census. According to the 1850 census, it would appear that they were the parents of the following children:
(1) Ephraim E. Sparks, born about 1835.

(2) John T. Sparks, born about 1839.

(3) Rebecca J. Sparks, born about 1841.

(4) Mary E. Sparks, born about 1843.

(5) Minta Sparks (daughter), born about 1845.

(6) Thomas M. Sparks, born about 1847.

(7) Jemima Sparks, born about 1849.

5. Ephraim Sparks, son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks, was born about 1815. He was married to Sallie A. Reiley in Lewis County, Ky., on August 6, 1837.  (Ephraim’s father-in-law, Samuel J. Reiley, was his security for a marriagelicense and also gave his consent for his daughter, Sallie, she being under 21 years of age.) We have found no further record of this couple. They probably moved to Missouri.

6. Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks, was born about 1817. She was married in 1837 to William Arthurs. The license was issued on September 6, 1837. William Arthurs, according to the license, was a son of David Arthurs.

7.  Sarah Sparks, daughter of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks, was born about 1819. She was married in Lewis County, Ky., to James Moore, Jr., on April 16, 1839. He was a son of James Moore, Sr., who gave his consent to the marriage since his son was under 21. Rebecca Sparks gave consent for her daughter. According to the 1850 census, it would appear that Sarah Sparks and James Moore, Jr., were the parents of the following children:

(1) Alexander Moore, born about 1839.

(2) Thomas C. Moore, born about 1843.

(3) Ephraim Moore, born about 1845.

(4) Joseph Moore, born about 1849.

8. A daughter, name not known, was born to Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks about 1821.

9. A son, name not known, was born about 1823.

10. A daughter, name not known, was born about 1825.

11. Caleb Sparks, son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks, was born about 1827. He married Elizabeth Dickson in 18149 (license dated Sept. 6, 18)49). She was born about 1825. They were listed on the 1850 and 1860 census of Lewis County, Ky. They apparently had only one child, Dudley T. Sparks, born about 1850.

12.  A daughter was born to Caleb and Rebecca Sparks about 1829, name unknown.

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VITAL RECORDS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY FROM CALIFORNIA CEMETERIES

Mrs. Peter J. Heppen, who has done such extensive research for us on the Sparks family through the years, recently did a thorough search of seventeen unpublished and unindexed volumes of California cemetery records preserved in the D.A.R. Library in Washington, D.C. Here we present her findings regarding persons named Sparks. The volune and page numbers refer to this set of seventeen bound volumes of manuscript material in the D.A.R. Library.

(Vol. 1, p. 41) Union Cemetery, Placerville, California (Copied by Mrs. King Becker of Sacramento, California, in December 1932.)

THOMAS SPARKS, aged 21 years, born in California, buried on Oct. 30, 1876.


(Vol. 2, p. 179) Mountain View Cemetery, Inc., Pasadena, California (Copied by Mrs. Edward H. Morse in 1931-33.)

ROSE E. SPARKS, born Aug. 21, 1874; died Aug. 28, 1911. “Mother”
ANNA E. SPARKS, 1838-1927.


(Vol. 2, p. 250) The Old Whittier Cemetery at N. Citrus & Broadway, Los Angeles County (Copied by Mrs. Carl C. Barley.)

RACHEL E. SPARKS, 1852 -1912.
(Vol. 2, p. 263) Pioneer Cemetery Records, Seventh St. & Sierra Way Ave., San Bernardino, California (Copied by Mrs. Carl C. Barley.)
POLLYANN SPARKS, daughter of G. W. & Luanna Sparks, Jan. 12, 1846 - Jan. 8,1858.
(Vol. 3, p. 164) Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Humbolt, Merced, Monterey, Placer, Sacramento and Sutter - not clear which cemetery the following are buried (Copied by Mrs. King Becker.)
EVA J. SPARKS, born 1898, died 1898.

KATIE SPARKS, born 1896, died 1909.


(Vol. 14, p. 355) Sononia Cemetery, Sonoma County, California - “This little cemetery is called Old Sonoma Cemetery, and is about a mile and a half out of town.” (Copied by Mrs. Ben Hessel, 19314.)

GEORGE W. SPARKS, died October 8, 1890, aged 57 years; native of Kentucky.


(Vol. 6, p. 298) Weston Ranch Cemetery. “...Located about 14 miles north of Ord Bend, Glenn County, on the river road to Hamilton City. It is to the east and near the house on the ranch just across the railroad track. This cemetery is in bad condition, only a few of the original graves with headstones remaining.” This was written in 1939 by Mrs. L. G, Schnabel and Mrs. Milton Hogle who copied these records.

HUGH E. SPARKS, born April 15, 1829, died December 20, 1858. ISAAC SPARKS, born February 11, 1820, died November 1, 1867.
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VITAL RECORDS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY FROM CALIFORNIA CEMETERIES, continued:

(6, p. 250) Willows Cemetery, Glenn County, California. “Located about one-half mile directly east of Willows, on the Glenn Road.” Copied July 12, 1939 by Mrs. L. G. Schnabel, Mrs. Bert Otterson, and Mrs. Milton Hogle. Following Sparks stone is in the Protestant Section.

J. W. SPARKS, born June 14, 1855, died April 28, 1900.
(Vol. 6, p. 155-6) Manzanita Cemetery, Placer County, California. “Located about 5 miles north and slightly to the east of Ltncoln.” Copied June 8, 1939, by Mrs. L. G. Schnabel and Mrs. Milton Hogle.
Infant daughter of E. J. & MARY E. SPARKS (no dates)
ARTHUR V. SPARKS, died July 15, 1872, age 12 years, 8 months, 25 days.
LUCELLA V. SPARKS, died July 19, 1872, age 6 years, 6 days. Children of M. V. and Sarah J. Sparks.
MARTIN V. SPARKS, son of M. V. & Sarah J. Sparks, died June 1, 1865, aged 2 years, 3 months, 23 days.
M. V. SPARKS, 1832-1909. Native of North Carolina. SARAH J. SPARKS, 1843-1916. Native of Maryland.  "This monument was on the ground, too heavy to move, could not see if other side contained records."  [Scanner's note:  Could this have been Martin Sparks, son of William D. and Priscilla (- - -) Sparks, grandson of Matthew and Eunice NIcey Sparks?]
W. M. SPARKS, SR., July 23, 1858 - December 15, 1931.
(Vol. 8, p. 158) Petaluma Cypress Hill Cemetery, Sonoma County, California.
AGNESS SPARK DRESS, daughter of G. & Helene, died Dec. 6, 1887, age 16 years,7 months, 14 days.
A. H. DRESS, June 12, 1827 - July 16, 1882.
AENEAS SPARKS, 1849-1894.
ANNIE SPARKS, wife of Aeneas, 1849-1915.
(Vol. 8, p. 297) Sonoma Valley Cemetery, Sonoma County, California. “This was the first pioneer cemetery in Sonoma."
GEORGE W. SPARKS, native of Kentucky, died Oct. 8, 1896, ae 57 years.


(Vol. 9, p. 129) Rosedale Cemetery, 1831 Washington St., Los Angeles, California. Copied by Mrs. Earl C. Frod.

CATHERINE J. SPARKS, wife of O. D., 1860-1899.
BEN J. SPARKS, Son.
MARTHA C. SMITH, 1878-1905, daughter of W. O. Smith. (This Smith was listed with Sparkses as shown.)


(Vol. 9, p. 359) Evergreen Cemetery, 20)4 N. Evergreen Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. Established in 1877, contained 54,000 burials by Dec. 1942. Copied by Mrs. D. Guy Watson, Mrs. V. Whittingham and Mrs. Earl C. Frost.

FRED LEROY SPARKS, born 5-6-1892, died 1-3-1900.


(Vol. 10, p. - -) Records of Deaths, Sacramento, California, 1849-1885, copied by Mrs. King Becker and Mr. Luke W. Peart.

JAMES SPARKES, died January 10, 1851, aged 21, Native of Illinois.

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VITAL RECORDS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY FROM CALIFORNIA CEMETERIES, continued:

(Vol. 11, p. 6) Artesia Cemetery, located at 922 Artesia Ave., Artesia, Calif.
Copied through the efforts of Dr. Owen C. Coy.

OLIVER SPARKE, 1st Sgt., Company C, 14th Missouri Cavalry. (no dates)
(Vol. 11, p. 243) San Luis Rey Cemetery. Copied through the efforts of Dr. Owen C. Coy.
QUARTIE SPARKS, 1890-1907.
KATHERINE MUGAN SPARKS, 1830-1893.
(Vol. 11, p. 259) Camarillo Cemetery, located in the southern part of Ventura County, about 5 miles east of the town of Oxnard. Copied through the efforts of Dr. Owen C. Coy.
W. W. SPARKS, died July 20, 188)4, aged 149 years, 26 days.
(Vol. 12, p. 212) Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California. Copied by the Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1947.
ISAAC J. SPARKS, died June 16, 1867, age 67 years. (“On same plot as Arza Porter and Rosa Sparks Porter”)
(Vol. 14, p. 279) Newman Cemetery, Stanislaus County, California. “Located on Stuhr Road one mile west of Highway 33. Newman  "was laid out in 1887 when the railroad was built west side of the San Joaquin Valley.”
JOSEPH F. SPARKS, died Jan. 27, 1892, aged 81 years, 8 months, 16 days.
DAVID WILLIAM SPARKS, died Jan, 14, 1891, aged 21 years, 11 months, 22 days.
MELISSA C. SPARKS, 1847-1931.
JOSEPH S. SPARKS, 1885 -1952.
BERDIE N. SPARKS, 1873-1890.
GEORGE N. SPARKS, 1881-1848.
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SPARKS MARRIAGES RECORDED IN COLE COUNTY, MISSOURI (1821-1900)

Copied by Guy McLure Sone & Ruth Wells Sone

SPARKS, JOHN HENRY & Mary Jane Burnett, married June 6, 1896.

Boys, Alexander Eli, age 19, & ANNA SPARKS, age 20, married March 29, 1866.

Williams, Edward T. & LOUISA H. SPARKS, married July 27, 1866.

Vanwert, Cornelius & MRS. MARTHA ANN SPARKS, married March 10, 1864.

Henly, John, Jr., & NANCY SPARKS, married November 22, 1869.

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A TRAGIC LETTER WRITTEN BY ROBERT SPARKS (ca.1824-1864)

THREE DAYS BEFORE HIS DEATH

For a number of years we have had on file in the Association a copy of a Sparks letter which has great historical interest, but which we have hesitated to publish thinking that some of our members might consider it too personal and too tragic to include in the QUARTERLY. The letter was written by Robert Sparks of Wilkes County, North Carolina, on April 25, 1864, three days before he was shot for having deserted the Confederate Army. A copy was furnished us by Mrs. Annie Sparks Wilson of Traphill, North Carolina, in 1951. We understand that this letter was published many years ago in a North Carolina newspaper. We do not know who owns the original letter, but we believe that we have a true copy.

Your editor has decided to publish this letter in the belief that our readers will recognize its historical value. He believes also that they will understand the desperate circumstances which led to Robert Sparks’s decision to desert the Army in order to provide for his suffering family back home.

Robert Sparks was born in 1824 or 1825 in Wilkes County, North Carolina, the son of Joel and Nancy (Blackburn) Sparks and a grandson of the Revolutionary War soldier, John Sparks (1753-1840), a record of whose life and descendants appeared in the QUARTERLY for December 1955 (Vol. III, No. 4, Whole No. 12, pp. 94-104). Joel and Nancy (Blackburn) Sparks were married in Wilkes County in 1814 and had the following children: (1) Richmond Sparks, born about 1815; (2) a daughter, name not known, born about 1816; (3) Melinda Sparks, born about 1818; (4) Nancy Sparks, born about 1820; (5) Robert Sparks, born in 1824 or 1825; (6) Joel Sparks, Jr., born about 1826; (7) Mittie Sparks, born about 1828; and (8) Hugh Sparks, born about 1833.

Robert Sparks was married to Susannah A. in Wilkes County, North Carolina, in 1815. Unfortunately, the writing on the marriage bond is impossible to read today and neither Susannah ‘s maiden name nor the month and day of the marriage can be determined. It will be noted that the letter informing her of Robert’s death was addressed to Susan A. Sparks. Her name on the 1860 census also appeared as Susan, but the 1870 census gives it as Susannah. She was born about 1830.

Robert Sparks lived in Trap Hill Township, Wilkes County, North Carolina. When the 1860 census was taken he was listed as a farmer. His land was valued at $300 and his personal property was valued at $150. Like nearly all of his fellow farmers in Wilkes County, he owned no slaves.

From census records, it appears that Robert and Susannah A. Sparks were the parents of the following children:

(1) Martha Sparks, born about 1848.
(2) Sarah Sparks, born about 1851.
(3) Huldah Sparks, born about 1854.
(4) Bynum Sparks, born about 1856.
(5) Thomas Sparks, born about 1861.
In his letter, it will be noted, Robert Sparks referred to “my little babies” who had died.

According to the Confederate service record for Robert Sparks filed in the National Archives, he was enlisted as a private at Camp Holmes on April 28, 1863, by Col. Mallett. He was listed as a conscript, not a volunteer. His age was given as 38. He was assigned to Company H, 14th North Carolina Infantry.

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A TRAGIC LETTER WRITTEN BY ROBERT SPARKS (ca.1824-1864), continued:

It is not possible, of course, over a century after the event, to guess the full story behind Robert Sparks’s tragedy. We know that he was a plain farmer whose worldly possessions were few. He had five small children when he was drafted at an age which, in most wars, would have excused him from military service. We also know that the desertion rate was high in both the Confederate and the Union Army in 1864. Note that his letter mentions living on half-rations.  Furthermore, these desertions were often not thought of as serious crimes, for more often than not the soldier merely wished to return to his family for a few weeks to look after the crops and care for his children, with the full expectation of returning to his regiment after these tasks had been accomplished. Note that in his letter, Robert Sparks stated that he had been sentenced to death not because of the crime, but as an example to frighten other soldiers from running away.

Robert Sparks left his regiment on March 18, 1864, near Fredericksburg. As a farmer, he knew that if his crops were not planted that spring, his wife and children would suffer great hardship. A week later, however, he was captured and returned to his unit and placed in the Divisional Guard House to await sentence.  He was executed, apparently along with another soldier, on April 28, 1864.

Susannah, or Susan, Sparks, widow of Robert, was still living when the 1870 census of Wilkes County was taken. Her age was given as 40 and living with her were her two sons, Bynum Sparks aged 12, and Thomas Sparks, aged 9. This is our last record of any member of this family.

Following is Robert Sparks’s letter:

"Near Orange, Va.
April 25, 1864.
“Dear and beloved wife:

“This will inform you that I am well as to health, though I am in great distress of mind, Ever praying that Gods blessings will be with you as long as you live, I will relate to you my tale of woe.

“I left my Redgiment on the 18th of March and started home and traveled nearly a week, and was taken up, brought back, court martialed, and sentenced to be shot to death with musketry. The sentence is to be executed on the 28th day of this month between the hours of 12 and 2 oclock.

“Without some reprieve, and I don ‘t have much hope of that, for they have just now set in shooting men for running away, so I havent much hope, but, my dear wife, I dont want you to grieve for me, for I hope I shall be better off if they do shoot me, for my life is but little satisfaction to me anyhow, and I hope that I shall go up yonder where there is no more parting nor shooting men, where I shall praise my God for redemption for ever and ever.

“Oh my dear darling, the last letter that come to the Redgiment, I did not get, the officers said that they burnt it, and I have not wrote to you since I was taken up, I thought I would wait until I heard my sentence, and an awful sentence it is too. I am to be shot for an example to scare others and not for crime.

“Thanks to God that I have not done a crime worthy of death, my dear, dont grieve for me, for they can only kill the body, that is all they can do, and I shall die quick and easy and not be punished to death as many hundred that are

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A TRAGIC LETTER WRITTEN BY ROBERT SPARKS (ca. 1824-1864), continued:

shot on the battlefield. So my dear dont grieve for me, for sometimes I think it will be only a blessing to me to take me out of this troublesome world, But Oh my dear, the ties of mutual are so binding that it makes my heart almost sink within me to think that I shall have to die and never see you anymore, but when I think how good God is, and how happy I hope to be and what a troublesome world that I am going to leave, I do not dread it as much as you might think.
“Oh my dear, I am here in prison among strangers, and no one to tel my troubles to, and none to help me here in this lonesome valley and shadow of death, but Jesus is my firend. He can comfort me, and I hope He will go with me through the lonesome valley of death, and take me home to live with him forever, and my dear, I hope God will bless you and my poor orphan children.

“May He give you grace to live for Him, who died for sinners, that you all may meet me up yonder where my little babies is gone to praise God for redemption for ever and ever, where there will be no more shooting of men for example, nor where we will have to live on half rations.

“Oh my dear, how sweet Heaven will be to me if I can only get there, after suffering so much here, but one moment in Heaven will make up for all, so I dont want you to grieve about me, but pray for yourself and little children that we may all meet in Heaven at last.

“But, Oh, my heart, my heart, it almost sinks within me, to think of leaving you all to the mercies of this merciless world, But God is able to bless you, He is able to provide for you, and to keep you from all harm, So I will leave you in Gods care. May he bless you and keep you as long as you live. I want you to send and get my body. I want it put at the corner of the sweet potato patch, about where the stable stood. Tell brother Richmond to come and get if if  (sic) he pleases. Tell him that I want him to attend to you and settle my accounts for you. I would write him but havent the chance. My dear wife, this is the last letter I expect to write to you. Farewell, my dear, farwell, My little children, farewell, my aged mother, farewell, Neighbors and friends, farewell, to this world and all its pleasures. Tell my aged mother that I have not forgotten her, and that I hope to meet her in Heaven.

“If you come after my body, come to Gen Rhodes Provost Guard, They will show you where it is.  So my darling, may God bless you, may He give you strength to bear up under your trials, May He keep you from all harm,

Farewell, Farewell,
Robert Sparks.”

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“A few lines to Susan A. Sparks

     “I can inform you that I witnesseth the death of your dear husband this day, and I never hated anything so bad as I did that, though it was nothing to me. I will inform you that he told me this morning to write to you. I went in at breakfast, and he requested I shave them, and help them put on their clothes. I asked them if they thought they had made their peace with God, and he said he

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A TRAGIC LETTER WRITTEN BY ROBERT SPARKS (ca. 1824-1864), continued:

thought he has. He said he felt better satisfied than he had since he was in the dungeon. He said he would not mind dying if he could see his poor wife and sweet little children one more time. He told me to write to you and for you to stay on the place that you live on as long as you can, and to do the best you can, And prepare to meet him in Heaven, for he thought that this day his soul would be in Paradise, and requested Richmond to come take his body home,

                 “This from Gideon Spicer
        To Susan Sparks.”
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UNION SOLDIERS NAMED SPARKS WHO

APPLIED, OR WHOSE HEIRS APPLIED, FOR PENSIONS


ALEXANDER SPARKS, born about 1845, died Nov. 14, 1903, in Washington County, Missouri; he married (first) Mary Rose, and (second) Abby Lucas. Served in Co. F, 16th Regiment of Missouri Cavalry. File designations: C723,470 & Wid:583,680.

On July 16, 1890, Alexander Sparks of Washington County, Missouri, appeared before a notary public named Lewis A. Page to apply for a pension based on his service in the Union Army. He stated in his application that he was 45 years old and lived in the town of Richwoods. He swore that he was the same Alexander Sparks who had been enrolled on May 10, 1864, as a private in Co. F, 16th Missouri Cavalry Regt. He stated that he had been discharged at Springfield, Mo., on June 20, 1865. He said that he was partially disabled because of rheumatism. He signed his name by mark; his witnesses were J. N. Schmidt and E. G. Lannen.

Records on file in the War Department were found to support Alexander Sparks ‘s claim for service in the company which he stated, but these records indicated that he had actually been enrolled on November 1, 1863, and had remained in service until July 1, 1865. These records also reveal that when he enlisted, the unit was part of the Missouri Militia. He was listed in these records as present with his company until April 25, 1865, when he had been listed as “absent on detached service at Springfield, Mo.”

Alexander Sparks was awarded a pension. On Jan. 15, 1898, he was asked to answer several questions regarding his family, which he did on May 14, 1898. He stated that his wife’s maiden name was Abby Lucas and that they had been married by Squire F. T. James on Dec. 3, 1874, in Franklin County, Mo. He stated that this was his second wife, however. His first wife was Mary Rose who had died May 7, 1869, at Richwoods, Mo. He stated he had had two children by his first wife and seven by his second wife, as follows:
 
 
Chris Sparks, born 1866
William Sparks, born 1868
John Sparks, born 1875
Abby Sparks, born 1877
Alex Sparks, born 1881
Luly Sparks, born 1888
Eugene Sparks, born 1890
Blanch Sparks, born 1892
Mary Sparks, born 1895

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ALEXANDER SPARKS, CIVIL WAR PENSIONER, continued:

Alexander Sparks died on Nov. 14, 1903. On Dec. 29, 1903, his widow, Abby Sparks, applied for a pension as a soldier’s widow. She stated in her application that she was a resident of Richwoods, Washington County, Mo., and that she was 47 years old. She stated that her maiden name had been Abby Lucas and that she had been married to Alexander Sparks on Dec. 3, 1874, at Luebbering, Mo. She added that his first wife, Mary Rose, had been dead about three years before she married Alexander Sparks. She stated that she was without sufficient means of support and that she had the following children who were under sixteen and still dependent upon her for support: Luly Sparks, born Dec. 3, 1887; Eugene Sparks, born Mar. 12, 1890; Blanche Sparks, born Oct. 11, 1892; Mary Sparks, born July 18, 1896; and Gracie Sparks, born Nov. 8, 1898. Although she stated that she was a resident of Richwoods, she gave her mailing address as Luebbering, Franklin County, Mo. Clara Lock of Luebbering who stated she had known Mrs. Sparks for 10 years, and A. W. Harris of Richwoods, Mo., who stated he had known her for 8 years, signed as witnesses

Abby Sparks, widow of Alexander, died on February 1, 1911. According to her death certificate, she had been born on November 8, 1856, and was 54 years old when she died. She had been born near Luebbering, Mo., and was a daughter of Samuel Wiles Lucas, a native of Virginia, and Alice Abbey Lucas, a native of Tennessee. According to the report of Dr. C. F. Briegleb, she died of “chronic valvular disease of the heart.” On March 6, 1911, F. A. Pilliod was designated by the Probate Court of Franklin County, Mo., as the guardian of Mary Sparks and Grace Sparks, who were minors at the time of their mother’s death. James A. Pilliod and Lyman Bardot acted as securities for F. A. Pilliod.

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

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

Brewer, William R., 31)4 S. Humingbird Lane, Dickson, Tennessee (37055)
Flumerfelt, Betty J. (Mrs. Wm. D.), 14078 S. E. 149th Ave., Bellevue, Washington (98006)
Foote, Mary E. (Mrs. Robert E.), 296 Rock St., Poy Sippi, Wisconsin (54967)
Gardner, Grace Sparks, 1418 Arrowhead, Grand Prairie, Texas (75050)
Johnson, Leonard, 521 12th St., South, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (54494)
Langton, Marjorie (Mrs. Thomas E.), 2148 Dixon St., Stevens Point, Wisconsin (54481)
Macdonald, Lila Vivian Sparks, 9560 - 56 St., No., Pineallas Park, Florida.
Martin, Mrs. Almina Sparks, 15004 - 24th Ave., S.W., Seattle, Washington (98166)
Rapp, Phyllis R. (Mrs. Wm. B.), 318 Mulberry Pl., Sidney, Ohio (45365)
Scott, Mrs. Jewel Sparks, 1115 Summit Ave., Beloit, WIsconsin (53511)
Sparks, Albert Alfonso, 1144 Waller S. E., Apt. 3, Wallerwood Apts., Salem, Oregon (97302)
Sparks, Rev. Asa Howard, 1620 Garland Ave., Gastonia, North Carolina (28052)
Sparks, Dade, 510 Roberts St., Denton, Texas (76201)
Sparks, Jack J., 5411 - 141st Ave., S.W., Seattle, Washington (98116)
Sparks, James W., 14398 Porpoise Dr., S.E., St. Petersburg, Florida (33705)
Sparks, James V., 5140 Columbus Ave., Jacksonville, Florida (32205)
Sparks, Leslie M., 2130 S.W. 116th, Seattle, Washington (98146)
Sparks, Maryon (Mrs. Robert D.), 222 S. Grand Ave., Sherman, Texas (75090)
Spencer, Mrs. Irene D., 7738 Norwalk Blvd., Whittier, California (90606)
Stritikus, George R., Box 1466, Brewton, Alabama (36426)

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