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. 4  DECEMBER, 1970
WHOLE NO. 72a

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

ROBERT THOMAS SPARKS

Born 1808, Died 1889

   SON OF CALEB AND REBECCA (WILSON) SPARKS

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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.

ROBERT THOMAS SPARKS, 1808-1889

In the last issue of the QUARTERLY (September 1970) we included a sketch of Robert Thomas Sparks, born 1808, died 1889, son of Caleb and Rebecca (Wilson) Sparks. Since that article appeared, a descendant, Mrs. Eula May Prince, has sent us a portrait of Robert Thomas Sparks which we have reproduced on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY. We have no clue regarding the date when this portrait was painted, although we can be sure that it was done after he moved his family from Kentucky to Iflinois in 1848.

Mrs. Prince, who has provided this picture of her great-grandfather, was mentioned on page 1339 of the September issue. There we gave her husband’s name as Thomas Calvin Prince. We regret to report that Mr. Prince died on April 19, 1968. In that sketch we mentioned that Mr. and Mrs. Prince had one son, Jerry Prince. We also mentioned Mrs. Prince’s son by a previous marriage, but we gave his name as Robert Wall whereas his name is actually Ralph E. Wall.

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Ephraim Wilson Sparks 
Elizabeth A. Scott Sparks
1846-1926 
Wife of Ephriam W. Sparks
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Sarah A. Sparks
Born about 1842

(She married Henry Gilbreth)

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ROBERT THOMAS SPARKS, 1808-1889, continued:

The only son of Robert Thomas Sparks was Ephraim Wilson Sparks, born in 1846, died 1926. We published a picture of Ephrairri on page 1340 of the September issue as a young Union soldier at the age of eighteen. Mrs. Prince has sent us photographs of Ephraim Wilson Sparks and his wife, Elizabeth A. (Scott) Sparks taken in their old age. These are reproduced in this issue on page 1353.

Since publishing data on Ephraiin W. Sparks in the September issue, we have obtained papers from his Civil War pension file at the National Archives. From these we learn that he was mustered into service in Company G, 58th Regiment of Illinois Infantry on March 17, 1865, at the age of eighteen. He had blue eyes, auburn hair, a fair complexion, and was five feet and six and one-half inches tall. He was discharged on March 16, 1866, in Montgomery, Alabama. He was married to Elizabeth Antoinette Scott on August 25, 1878, in Brady, Texas. In answer to the question regarding his place of residence following the Civil War, he stated that he had lived in Dallas City, Illinois, until March 1873; he was in Columbus, Texas, from March to September 1873, and was in Bell County, Texas, in 1874 and 1875; he was in Liano County, Texas, in 1876; he lived in Brady, Texas, from 1876 to 1907 when he moved to Grady, Curry County, New Mexico, where he remained until sometime after 1915 when he returned to Brady, Texas. He died there on November 5, 1926. His wife died in Brady on May 8, 1937. When we published the sketch of his life in the September issue we did not have dates of birth for his three youngest children. From the records which he and later his wife submitted to obtain pensions, we are able to supply those dates. The children of Ephraim W. and Elizabeth A. (Scott) Sparks were:

1. Anna Laura Sparks, born December 1, 1879.
2. Robert Thomas Sparks, born July 12, 1882.
3. Edna Nafania Sparks, born February 10, 1885.
4. Charles Francis Sparks, born June 20, 1886.
5. Ernest Wellington Sparks, born July 10, 1889.
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DEATH TAKES IDA HOLBROOK JONES

Again it becomes the painful duty of the editor to report the death of a charter member of The Sparks Family Association. Mrs. Ida Holbrook Jones died on October 12, 1970. If she had lived until November 24, she would have been 90 years old.

Ida Holbrook was born November 24, 1880, at Traphill, North Carolina, daughter of John Preston Holbrook (1847-1935) and Nancy E. (Bryan) Holbrook. John Preston was a son of William Holbrook (1815-1891) who married Sarah Sparks (1817-1902), oldest daughter of John Sparks, Jr. and Mary (Fields) Sparks. John Sparks, Jr. (c1794-c1865) was a son of John Sparks, Sr. (1753-1840) and Sarah (Shores) Sparks, of Wilkes County, North Carolina. (See pages 93-1014 of the QUARTERLY for December 1955, Vol. III, No. 14.) John Sparks, Sr. was thus a great-great-grandfather of Ida Holbrook.

Ida Holbrook married Wiley Reid Jones on August 17, 1910. He preceded her in death on January 13, 1964. They had no children.

Cousin Ida possessed a great knowledge of her Sparkses and through her extensive notes we have been able to tie together many family strands which otherwise would have remained as conjecture. The Association will miss her greatly and we mourn her passing from our midst.

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THE FAMILY OF JONATHAN AND RACHEL SPARKS

OF SURRY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, AND FRANKLIN COUNTY, TENNESSEE

(Editor ‘s Note: Most of the information on Jonathan Sparks and his family has been compiled for us by Mr. J. W. Willis of 521 Talley Road, Chattanooga, Tenn. Mr. Willis has made a hobby of tracing the early families of Franklin County, Tennessee. We are very grateful for his assistance.)

Jonathan Sparks was born in North Carolina about 1792. There seems little doubt that he was a son of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks (see the QUARTERLY of December 1955, Vol. III, No. 14, Whole No. 12, pp. 97-104). John Sparks, who was born on February 25, 1753, was a son of Solomon and Sarah Sparks who had moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1753. John Sparks had moved with his parents to what is now Wilkes County, North Carolina (then Surry County) about 1772. John Sparks married - - - - - Shores, daughter of Reuben and Susannah Shores in Surry County, North Carolina, about 1777. John Sparks served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War and received a pension for his services in later years. He died in Wilkes County, North Carolina, about 1840.

Our first official record of Jonathan Sparks is his name on the Surry County tax list of 1815 when he was taxed in Captain Martin’s District for 220 acres valued at $300, located on Beaver Darn Creek adjoining the land of J. Edwards. He was taxed regularly for this land until 1821, when his name appears on the tax list for the last time. The owners of land adjoining Jonathan Sparks in 1820 and 1821 were William Rose, John Rose, Jr., Benjamin Sparks, James Parks, Sr., and John Parks. We have found no record of Jonathan Sparks either purchasing or selling this tract of land - - perhaps he inherited it.

Jonathan Sparks was married to Rachel Swaim in Surry County, North Carolina, in 1817. The marriage bond was dated November 26, 1817, and William Sparks served as bondsman while James Parks served as witness. The marriage was probably performed a few days after November 26. It is believed that Jonathan Sparks had an older brother named William Sparks (see the article cited above, page 101).

Another Jonathan Sparks, this one of Wilkes County, North Carolina, can easily be  confused with the subject of this sketch. This Jonathan of Wilkes County was a son of Solomon Sparks, Jr., and his wife Charity (see the QUARTERLY of June 1956, Vol. VII, No. 2, Whole No. 26, pp. 381-387). This latter Jonathan was a number of years younger than the Jonathan who was a son of John and Sarah Sparks and was unmarried at the time that his father, Solomon, made his will in December 1817.

Jonathan Sparks, son of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks, was listed on the 1820 census of Surry County, his age being given as between 26 and 45, thus born between 1775 and 1794. His wife’s age was given as 16 to 26 (born between 1794 and 1804). By 1820 they had had three children, two sons and one daughter.

Jonathan Sparks was not listed on the 1830 census of Surry County, North Carolina. Apparently he had moved away, perhaps as early as 1821, but his name did not appear on the 1830 census of Franklin County, Tennessee. He was listed there on the 1840 census, however, and from the birth places of his children in subsequent census records it appears that he was living somewhere in Tennessee in the late 1820 ‘s.

Jonathan and Rachel Sparks were still living in 1850; we have no later record of them. From census records and other research performed by Mr. J. W. Willis, we have been able to assemble the following record of their children and grandchildren.

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THE FAMILY OF JONATHAN AND RACHEL (SWAIM) SPARKS, continued:

It is believed that Jonathan and Rachel (Swaim) Sparks had ten children:

1. - - - - - Sparks, a daughter, born between 1818 and 1820, according to the 1820 census.

2. Lawson Sparks, son of Jonathan and Rachel (Swaim) Sparks, was born about 1819 in North Carolina. About 1845 he married Charity who, according to the 1850 census, was born in Tennessee about 1828. About 1855, Lawson Sparks moved to Princeton, Dallas County, Arkansas, where his wife apparently died shortly after a baby boy was born in March 1860. From census records it appears that Lawson and Charity Sparks had the following children:

(1) Royal Sparks (a son), born about 1846; apparently died before 1860.
(2) Susan J. Sparks, born about 18147.
(3) Caroline Sparks, born about 1850.
(4) Washington Sparks, born about 1852.
(5) John Sparks, born about 18514.
(6) Rachel Sparks, born about 1856.
(7) Jane C. Sparks, born about 1858.
(8) “Infant” (son) born in March 1860.
3. Solomon Sparks, son of Jonathan and Rachel (Swaim) Sparks, was born about 1820; he moved from Franklin County, Tennessee, to Cleveland County, Arkansas, about 1858. A grandson, John Sells, recalled in 1958 that Solomon Sparks was driving a stagecoach out of Stevenson, Alabama, on the night of November 13, 1833, during the famous meteor shower - - his horses were frightened and ran away. Solomon Sparks married about 1840-42 Jane Champion, daughter of Daniel and Mary Champion. She was born about 1820 in Tennessee. Based on the 1870 census of Saline Township, Princeton, Arkansas, where he moved in 1867, Solomon Sparks had the following children: (all born in Tennessee)
(1) John Sparks, born about 1849.
(2) Mary Sparks, born about 1852.
(3) Martha Sparks, born about 1854; she married James R. Sells, son of William McDonald and Eleanor (Champion) Sells who was known as “Bear Jim” because of his size. Their children were Elizabeth; James; William; John born 1881, died 1958; Grover; Robert; and Ruth.
(4) Alice Sparks, born about 1856.
(5) Benjamin Sparks, born about 1858.
(6) Hannah Sparks, born about 1859.
(7) James H. Sparks, born about 1860.
(8) Ed Sparks, born about 1862.
(9) Franklin Sparks, born about 1865.
(10) Nora Sparks, born about 1867.
14. Jacobson Sparks (called Jacob Esau in one record), son of Jonathan and Rachel (Swain) Sparks, was born about 1828; according to census records, it appears that he was born after his parents moved from North Carolina to Tennessee. He married Cynthia Champion, who was born in Tennessee about 1822 and died in Franklin County, Tennessee, in 1910; she was a daughter of Randolph and Martha (Wilson) Champion. About 1852 he moved with his brother, John C. Sparks, to Dallas County, Arkansas. According to Civil War records in the National Archives, Jacobson Sparks and his

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THE FAMILY OF JONATHAN AND RACHEL (SWAIM) SPARKS, continued:

brother, John C. Sparks, both served in the Confederate Army in Company F of Morgan’s Battalion of Arkansas Infantry; both were enrolled on June 16, 1862, in Tulip, Dallas County, Arkansas, by Capt. McNeill and traveled 70 miles to rendezvous in Little Rock on June 24. Jacobson Sparks (called Jacob in these Army records) was listed as “absent, sick furlough" in January 1863. A document is on file signed by a surgeon named J. N. Thompson on January 27, 1863, which states that a furlough had been approved by various officers for Private Jacob Sparks. He stated: “I hereby certify that I have carefully examined said soldier arid find him incaptable of performing the duties of a soldier because of diarrhea following remet fever. I further certify that in my opinion he will not be able to resume his duties in a less period than twenty days. Believing that it would be beneficial to his health, I recommend that a furlough for twenty days be granted to him.”

This is the last record of Jacobson Sparks in this Confederate Army file. However, a granddaughter of Jacobson and Cynthia Sparks, Mrs. Elizabeth Sparks Summers of Sherwood, Tenn., has preserved a letter dated August 30, 1863, by John C. Sparks, brother of Jacobson, informing his wife Cynthia of Jacobson’s death on August 20, 1863. This letter was written from Camp Prince where John C. Sparks had returned following some kind of military action, probably patrol duty, in which both he and his brother had been engaged. Writing to his sister-in-law, whom he addressed as “Dear Sister”, he informed her and her family of the tragedy. The individuals whom he referred to as Carter and Garner were obviously fellow soldiers:

                                                                                                        “Camp Prince, Aug. 30, 1863
“Dear Sister: With a heavy heart I take my pen in hand to inform you of the lamentable death of your husband which occured on the 20th of this instant.  He Carter and Garner went to the creek after water, and when they had got their water they went off a few steps to the shade and was lying down.  Carter and Garner said they didn ‘t know whether they all went to sleep or not. When they were awakened by the tree falling it was a dead oak and it struck in the top of the sycamore that they were lying under, brother Jacob had run 5 or 6 steps from where he was lying when Garner went back. He found a limb on him nearly foot through and took it off of him and he never breathed nor struggled. It also hurt Carters arm pretty badly but didn't break it, we got a good strong coffin arid buried him as decent as we could on the bank of the Porto River near where we are camping 10 miles south of Fort Smith. The grave is on the east side of the river at what is called the upper ford about 20 steps from the bank under a burdock tree about 10 inches through, and a large field on the left of the road as you eye from Fort Smith. The grave is on the left between the corner of the fence and the ford of the river. His name is cut on a stone and stands up at the head of the grave close to the tree. I didn’t tell you where the limb fell on him. It struck him across from the left hip to the right shoulder. I thought I would describe the place so that if you wanted to send after him that you could find the place. I will send his clothes and money by first safe chance that I have. He had 100 dollars in Confederate and 2½ in gold and 90 cents in silver, I am the worst lost that I ever was in my life. It appears like every friend that

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THE FAMILY OF JONATHAN AND RACHEL (SWAIM) SPARKS, continued:

I ever had is gone but that is only what we all owe our maker and we should not grieve, but we can’t help it when our relations and friends fall around. I want you to write to me as soon as you get this so I will know whether you get this or not. I can’t give you any news at present.

                                                                                                        Yours truly,

                                                                                    J. C. Sparks to Cinthia Sparks and family."

Following the death of her husband, Cynthia Sparks moved back to Franklin County, Tenn., with her children. Mrs. Summers owns the family Bible containing the births of their children. Jacobson Sparks had placed a string at the page he had reached in reading it through and that string still remains at the same place.

Jacobson and Cynthia (Champion) Sparks were the parents of six children:

(1) William (Bill) Sparks, born March 27, 1852, in Arkansas and died on March 10, 1943. He married (1st) Elizabeth Sells on Sept. 30, 1870. She was born in 1860 and died in May 1932, the daughter of William MacDonald and Eleanor (Champion) Sells. He married (2nd) Alice (Swain) Sanders, a widow, in 1892; she was born about 1865 and died in 1954. (She had three children by her previous marriage, Sallie Sanders, born 1882; John Sanders, born 1884; & Lindsey Sanders, born 1888.) By his first wife, William Sparks had the following children:
(a) Albert Sidney Sparks, born Dec. 18, 1871, died March 7, 1970, at Normandy, Tenn. He married (1st) Sallie Summers on Jan. 5, 1875 (she was born Aug. 2, 1856 and died Mar. 25, 1897). They had one child, Foster Sparks, born Mar. 25, 1897, died Aug. 8, 1964. Albert S. Sparks married (2d) Sarah Crimpshire (no children); he married (3rd) Donaldson, by whom he had three children:
(1) Loma Sparks, born Mar. 214, 1924;
(2) Mabel Sparks, born Oct. 28, 1928; and
(3) Herbert Sparks, born Dec. 7, 1930.
(b) James E. Sparks, born May 6, 1873; died young.
(c) Margaret Sparks, born June 6, 1875; died Jan. 1, 1910; married Walsh Stubblefield.
(d) Allen A. Sparks, born Aug. 12, 1878, died Aug. 6, 1932; married Della Landers.
(e) Ben F. Sparks, born Aug. 28, 1881; married Louie Bell Holder,
born June 7, 1885, daughter of John L. and Mary (Anderson)
Holder. They had three children:
(1) John E. Sparks, born May 23, 1905, married Grace Fults and had Edgar C., born 1931, and Kenneth C., born 1932;
(2) Emily Sparks; and
(3) Mary Sparks.
(f) Jacob (Jake) Sparks, born Dec. 25, 1884; died Aug. 10, 1908. Did not marry.
(g) Son, died in infancy.
By his second wife, William Sparks had the following children:
(h) Elizabeth Sparks, born Aug. 30, 1893; married Cam Summers,
born 1888. They had
(1) Elsie J. Summers, born Sept. 24,1925; and
(2) Ethel Jean Summers, born Sept. 26, 1927.
(i) William (Pat) Sparks, born May 3, 1895; died 1916.
(j) Lever (or Lewis) Sparks, born Nov. 27, 1897; died 1899.
(k) Lucy Sparks, born Dec. 24, 1900; married J. J. Crownover,
born 1894, died 1966; they had one child, Peggie Crown-
over, born Nov. 28, 1931, who married - - - - - Jackson.

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THE FAMILY OF JONATHAN AND RACHEL (SWAIM) SPARKS, continued:
Children of Jacobson and Cynthia (Champion) Sparks, continued:
Children of William Sparks continued:
(l) Hugh Sparks, (called Buck), born July 24, 1904.
(m) Katie Sparks, born Aug. 3, 1906; married Will O’Dell.
(n) Horace Sparks, born June 16, 1908, died Dec. 22, 1926.
(o) Susie Sparks, born Sept. 25, 1911; married George D. Hitchcock, born 1898, died May 17, 1961.
(2) Eleanor Caroline Sparks, daughter of Jacobson and Cynthia (Champion) Sparks, was born Feb. 20, 1854, and died Sept. 12, 1943; she married Wince Canton, born Dec. 6, 1848.
(3) Moses Sparks, born June 30, 1856; died young.
(4) Fanny Sparks, born July 21, 1857; married Marion Elliott.
(5) Jonathan (Jack) Sparks, born Oct. 18, 1859 (or Oct. 26); married Martha Sells Sept. 4, 1879, who was born about 1858, daughter of James T. and Frances (Shipp) Sells.
(6) Jacob (Bud) Sparks, born Oct. 27, 1861 (?), in Arkansas, died Oct. 30, 1932; married Sept. 22, 1880, Eliza Sells, born March 13, 1860, died Feb. 21, 1936, daughter of James T. and Frances (Shipp) Sells. They had the following children:
(a) Tom Sparks; lived in Texas.
(b) Jake Sparks, born 1883; died June 22, 1959; married Mollie Stubblefield, daughter of Henry and Emma Morris Stubblefield. Children: Chester, Thomas, James, and Minnie.
(c) Will Sparks; lived in California.
(d) Cynthia Sparks; married Luke Summers (1873-1945); she was his second wife.
(e) Fannie Sparks, born 1893; married Andy Holder.
(f) Ben Sparks, married Verdie Stubblefield, daughter of Henry Stubblefield.
(g) John Sparks, born 1900; married Lucy Summers, daughter of Bob and Callie Willis Summers.
5. Cynthia Sparks, daughter of Jonathan and Rachel (Swaim) Sparks, was born about 1830. No further information.

6. Isabella Sparks, born about 1832. She is probably the Isabella Sparks who married Henry F. Sells in Franklin County, Tennessee, on Sept. 25, 1852.

7. Jane Sparks, born about 1834, daughter of Jonathan and Rachel (Swaim) Sparks.

8. John C. Sparks, son of Jonathan and Rachel (Swaim) Sparks, was born about 1838. He moved to Dallas County, Arkansas in the 1850’s. His age was given as 24 at the time of his enlistment in the Confederate army in 1862. When the 1860 census was taken of Dallas County, John C. Sparks was listed as a farmer with real estate valued at $840 and personal property valued at $180. He was apparently unmarried and was living in the household of A. P. Henderson. His age was given as 29, but other records would seem to indicate this was an error and that he was actually 22. Like his brother,

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THE FAMILY OF JONATHAN AND RACHEL (SWAIM) SPARKS, continued:
 

Jacobson Sparks, he was enrolled by Capt. McNeill in Tulip, Dallas County, Arkansas, in Company F, Morgan’s Battalion of the 26th Arkansas Infantry, and they both traveled 70 miles to rendezvous with their company in Little Rock on June 24, 1862. He was listed on his company roll as present regularly until March 14, 1865, when he was hospitalized in Shreveport, La., with the disease “rubecola.” He was released from the hospital on March 21, 1865. We may assume that he was discharged soon after this date. (John C. Sparks’s middle name may have been Crockett - - a descendant of his brother Solomon, named W. P. Drake, wrote in 1940 that Solomon had a brother named Crockett Sparks. A Crocket Sparks was living with wife Martha in Dorsey County, Arkansas, in 1880, as was also a Solomon Sparks.) John C. Sparks married Martha in the late 1860 ‘s.  In 1870, when his family was given on the 1870 census of Dallas County, Arkansas, he and Martha had a nine-month-old son named Jacob E. Sparks, obviously named for his brother who had been killed during the Civil War.
9. Edzmond Sparks, son of Jonathan and Rachel (Swaim) Sparks, was born about 1840, No further information.

10. Sarah F. Sparks, daughter of Jonathan and Rachel (Swaim) Sparks, was born about 1843. No further information.

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SOLOMON SPARKS, OF SURRY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

AND FRANKLIN COUNTY, TENNESSEE

It is believed that John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks had a son named Solomon Sparks who was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, about 1790, and it is believed that it was this Solomon Sparks who moved from North Carolina to Franklin County, Tennessee, prior to 1830. This was the same county in Tennessee to which Jonathan Sparks, also a son of John and Sarah (Shores) Sparks, moved about 1830.

Solomon Sparks married Susan , who was born about 1802 in North Carolina. Whether they were married in North Carolina or Tennessee is not known. Solomon Sparks was listed on the 1830 census of Franklin County, Tenn. His age was given as between 30 and 40 (thus born between 1790 and 1800). His wife’s age was given as between 20 and 30 (thus born between 1800 and 1810). Living with them were four children: a boy born between 1820 and 1825, a girl born between 1814 and 1820, and. three girls born between 1825 and 1830.

When the 18140 census was taken of Franklin County, the family of Solomon Sparks was listed as follows:

1 male (himself) aged 40 -50 (born 1790-1800)
1 female (wife) aged 30 -140 (born 1800-1810)
1 male aged 15 -20 (born 1820-1825)
2 males aged 5 -10 (born 1830-1835)
2 males under 5 years (born 1835-1840)
1 female aged 10 -15 (born 1825 -1830)
1 female aged 5 -10 (born 1830-1835)
1 female under 5 years (born 1835-1840)
1 female aged 80 -90 (born 1750-1760)
In all probability, the old lady aged between 80 and 90 was a relative, perhaps Solomon’s mother-in-law. It is believed that his mother had died earlier.

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SOLOMON SPARKS, OF NORTH CAROLINA AND FRANKLIN COUNTY, TENNESSEE, continued:

The 1850 census of Franklin County, Tennessee, gives Solomon Sparks’s age as 60
(thus born about 1790) and his birth place as North Carolina. He was a farmer.
His wife ‘s name was Susan, aged 48 (thus born about 1802), born in North Carolina.
Their children as listed on the 1850 census, all born in Tennessee, were named
as follows:

Nancy C. Sparks, aged 20 (born about 1830)
George        “             “    19      “        “      1831
John             “             “    17      “        “      1833
Hannah        “             “    16      “        “      1834
Carroll          “             “    14      “        “      1836
Peter            “             “    10      “        “      1840
Jane             “             “      8      “        “      1842
Alfred           “             “      7      “        “      1843
Lucinda       “             "      4      “        “      1846


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CORRECTION

A new member of the Association, Evelyn (Baldwin) Ensign NcMakin, has sent us some corrections to be made on page 1296 of the QUARTERLY (March 1970, Vol. XVIII, No. 1, Whole No. 69). Mrs. McMakin is a daughter of Mindwell Amanda Sparks and Everett Baldwin. She states that her mother had told her that she did not have a middle name - - that her grandfather who chose the name Mindwell for her had said that if she were given a middle name, then she would prefer that to Mindwell. According to Mrs. McMakin, Mindwell Sparks and Everett Baldwin were married on October 4, 1912, not August 4 as stated in the QUARTERLY. She adds that Beulah Mindwell Baldwin was born on February 23, 1925, not 1928 as stated. She also tells us that Florence Sparks, who married Lou Nicolla had five children, not four. We gave the second child as Robert Lee, but there were actually two sons, one named Robert and the other named Lee. These five children were: (1) Vivian, (2) Robert, (3) Lee, (4) Lake lone, and (5) Corben Carlton.

[Scanner's note:  Corrections made.]

Mrs. McMakin herself is listed on page 1296 as the second child of Mindwell Sparks and Everett Baldwin. Her first husband, Guy Ensign, died on September 26, 1967. She was married on June 2, 1968, to Robert George McMakin.

On page 1297, Clarice M. Sparks is listed as the eldest child of John and Augusta (Messing) Sparks. She was married a second time in 19145 and had four more children, Sally, Rose, Frank, and Samuel. She died in 1969.

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Another error in the March 1970 issue has been called to our attention by Mrs. Jewell Sparks Scott. On page 1297 we listed the birth date of Jewell Sparks, daughter of James and Ada Sparks, as October 10, 1903. This date should have been October 18, 1903. She married Donald Scott. They have a son named Kenneth Scott, born April 12, 1936. He married Karen Sally Corlett, born August 13, 1937. They have two children: Donald Kenneth Scott, born July 1, 1959, and David Alan Scott born March 27, 1962.

[Scanner's note:  The above corrections and additions have been made.]

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IMMIGRANTS NAMED SPARKS WHO CAME TO MARYLAND BEFORE 1675

By Paul E. Sparks

That part of North America now called Maryland was first settled by white people in 1631 when William Claiborne came over from the colony of Virginia and established a trading post on Kent Island. He remained without neighbors until 1634 when the first colonists, led by Leonard Calvert, arrived from England in the vessels called the ARK and the DOVE, and founded the county of St. Marys. The future of the colony (named Terrae Marie or Maryland in honor of Queen Henrietta Maria) was assured. Thereafter, settlers from England poured in by shipload after shipload.

Each freeman who came to Maryland was given 100 acres of land for himself, his wife, and each child over age sixteen. In addition, he was given 50 acres for each child under age sixteen and for each "servant" he brought with him. "Servants" were persons brought in for hire and obligated to work or in some other manner pay for their transportation. In general, these persons were farmers, mechanics, masons, carpenters, shipbuilders, and often they were educated clerks and teachers.

Generally speaking, the lot of a servant was not especially unpleasant. The indenture usually lasted from two to six years and at the end provision was made to give him or her a degree of independence. In the case of a male servant, he was given fifty acres of land, an ox, a gun, two hoes, and a modest amount of clothing. If the servant were a female, she received a skirt, waistcoat, apron, smock, cap, shoes and stockings, and three barrels of Indian corn.

This provision for encouraging new colonist8 proved so popular that seven years after the colony was established the land allowance was reduced from 100 acres to 50 acres for adults and to 25 acres for each child under age sixteen. In like manner, the early liberal allowance of land for transporting colonists was tightened. Initially the transportation of five men was worth 2000 acres, but in 1636 this was changed to require the transportation of ten men for this amount of land, and in 1641 it was again changed to require twenty men and women to be worth 2000 acres

In many cases, the servant paid for his transportation by simply transferring the acreage he was to receive as a new colonist to the person who transported him. In turn, the person who provided the transportation might transfer his right to the land to another person who had no actual part in arranging or providing the transportation.

The system was finally abolished in 1683.

In the index which follows, the names of many colonists have been omitted and in cases where there were many names, only those settlers named SPARKS have been included in the interest of brevity. In future issues of the QUARTERLY, we hope to be able to trace further the record of these Sparks immigrants to Maryland.

The book and page numbers which appear in the following list refer to the bound volumes at the Hall of Records in Annapolis, Mazyland, entitled INDEX OF EARLY SETTLERS, MARYLAND, 1633 -1680.

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IMMIGRANTS NAMED SPARKS WHO CANE TO MARYLAND BEFORE 1675, continued:

(Book 6, page 71)   I, Thomas Skillingham, of the province of Maryland, do assign George Richardson all my right and title to these following Rights of Land. First for Thomas Skillingham and Mary, his wife, WILLIAM SPARKS - - - Servants in all Six, Ann Powell, Mary Webb, John Green, as witness my hand this 2nd day of the month (sic) 1663. (signed) Thomas Skillingham.

(Book 6, page 80) I, Peter Bannister, do assign Thomas Bradly or his assignees, all my right and title of Land due to me for service done in this provice by myself who came in 1654, Catherine Birkby 1654, John Ashby 1657, WALTER SPARKE 1659, witness my hand this 27th day of October 1663. (signed) Peter P. Bannister.

(Book 6, page 90) Then came George Richardson and demanded Land for the transportation of himself in Anno 1661, Mary Richardson in 1663, Thomas Hayward in 1662, WILLIAM SPARKE in 1662

(Book 11, page 348) These servants were consigned to Thomas Motley by Mr. Willm. Dysester, merchant of Landon, for 1000 acres of land ... MARY SPARKES ... 1668.

(Book 12, page 413) 7 February 1669. Then came John Tench of Talbott County and proved right to 1100 acres of land for transporting ... MARY SPARKS

(Book 13, page 114) Rights proved by Richard Tilghman for whose transportation he hath paid in years 1668, 1669, and 1670. Dated 22 May 1671. ... THOMAS SPARKES, 1669

(Book 13, page 122) A list of the names of Servants consigned to Richard Carter of Talbot County ... THOMAS SPARKES, 1669... (Note: this is the same Thomas Sparkes whose transportation was paid by Richard Tilghman who now consigned him to Richard Carter.)

(Book 15, page 379) 6 January 1676. Came Samuell Lead Better, merchant, and proved rights to 2650 acres of land for transporting the 53 persons following into this province ... MARY SPARKE ... (Note: Apparently this was in Baltimore County.)

(Book 15, page 397) 3 March 1676/77. Know all men by these presents that I, Peter Paggan, Commander of the ship ELIZABETH KATHERINE, doe assigne over the rights to Thomas Taylor of the County of Anne Arundel ... MATT SPARKE...

(Book 17, page 477) Then came RICHARD SPARKS of St. Mary’s County and proved Rights for So acres for his time of service performed in this province. 26 July 1673.  (Note: he then assigned those rights to Edward Clarke.)

(Book 18, page 106) Then came John Hudson of Dorchester County and proved right to 200 acres of land for transporting himself, HESTER SPARKES, Rowland Williams and John Little into this province. 1674.

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In the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. LXXIX, 1948, pp. 69-72, appears a list of “Servants to Foreign Plantations from Bristol, England, 1654-1686”. In Table 1 there is a list of “Emigrants: Destination: Maryland” in which the servant numbed 120 is given as ROBERT SPARKES with the date Sept. 13, 1670. In Table 2 appears a list of “Bondrnasters” for these servants, and the bondmaster given for servant 120 (i.e. Robert Sparkes) is named PETER SPARKES.

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UNION SOLDIERS NAMED SPARKS WHO

APPLIED, OR WHOSE HEIRS APPLIED, FOR PENSIONS


ALFRED SPARKS, born in Kentucky July 1, 1834, died in Danforth, IllInois, June 7, 1916. He married Isabelle Massey in Bracken County, Kentucky, in 1864. He served in Company H, 1st Regiment of Kentucky Infantry Volunteers. File Designation at the National Archives: SC 150,511.

The earliest record copied for us from this file is a statement from the Assistant Adjutant General of the U.S. to the Commissioner of Pensions dated August 19, 1876. Apparently Alfred Sparks had applied for a pension and the Adjutant General ‘s Office was requested to supply data on his Civil War service. According to this statement, Alfred Sparks was enrolled on July 9, 1861, at Camp Dennison, Kentucky, in Company H, 1st Regiment of Kentucky Infantry Volunteers to serve three years; he was mustered into service as a private on the same day. On August 31, 1862, he was listed as present in Company H. On June 18, 1864, on a company roll prepared at Covington, Kentucky, he was reported as a wagoner, but “Detached as Division Teamster” beginning on June 30, 1863, and returned to duty May 22, 1864. He was mustered out of service with his company on June 15, 1864. According to this report, the Regimental return for June 1862 “reports this man in Genl. Hosptl.” but that “Casualty lists of command furnish no evidence of wounds as alleged.”

It is apparent that Alfred Sparks was granted a pension. On May 14, 1898, he signed a statement requested by the Bureau of Pensions, swearing that he had been married to Isabelle Massey in 1864 at 1864 at Foster Landing, Bracken County, Kentucky. He stated that he had not been previously married and had no living children.

On August 14, 1909, Alfred Sparks applied for an increase in his pension. He stated that he was a resident of Mason County, Kentucky, and that he had been born on July 1, 1834. He appointed S. A. Cuddy as his lawful attorney; Byron Rudy and John Walsh signed as witnesses. Alfred Sparks signed this document by mark. It appears that his pension was increased to $20.00 per month.

Alfred Sparks died on June 7, 1916. His last check (for $90.00) was returned to the Bureau of Pensions and from this record it appears that he was living in Danforth, Illinois, at that time.

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ALFRED L. SPARKS, born January 14, 1843 in Salem, New Jersey, and died. June 17, 1908, in Camden, New Jersey; he was a son of David and Abigal Sparks; he married Mariah Butler in Salem on September 30, 1866; he served in the Sixth Regimental Band (New Jersey), in the 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and in Capt. Stroud a Company of Pennsylvania Volunteers. File Designation: WC 665,414.

Alfred L. Sparks applied for and was granted a pension sometime prior to 19014. The earliest document fran his file supplied by the National Archives is a questionnaire sent to Alfred L. Sparks by the Bureau of Pensions on January 15, 19014. His address was given as 6214 Benson St., Camden, New Jersey. He filled out this questionnarie on March 23, 19014, stating that he had been born on January 14, 18143, in Salem, New Jersey, and that he had been married to Maria Butler in Salem by the Rev. John R. Murphy. He stated he had not been married previously and that he had two living children: Mary Archer Test and Alfred L. Sparks, Jr. He stated that he had enlisted on June 25, 1863, and again on

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ALFRED L. SPARKS, CIVIL WAR PENSIONER, continued:

July 15, 1864, in Philadelphia. His home before his enlistment had also been Salem, New Jersey. He was discharged on January 6, 1864, at Harrisburg the first time and at Philadelphia on July 15, 1864, the second time. He stated he had lived in Salem, New Jersey, until 1876, then at Swedesboro, New Jersey, until 1881, then had moved to Camden, New Jersey. He gave his occupation as Railroad Conductor. He described himself at the time of his service as 5 feet 8½ Inches tall, weighing 136 pounds, with grey eyes, light hair and light complexion. He signed his name as Alfred L. Sparks, with Samuel S. Weaver and Susan Weaver acting as witnesses.

On February 16, 1907, Alfred L. Sparks applied for an increase in his pension. Here he stated that he had first enlisted at Trenton, New Jersey, on October 14, 1861, as a musician in the Sixth Regimental Band and was honorably discharged near Alexandria, Virginia, on August 9, 1862. He stated that he also served as Chief Trumpeter in the 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry, enrolling on June 24, 1863, and being honorably discharged on January 6, 1864. He stated that he also served as sergeant in Capt. Geo. D. Stroud’s Company, Pennsylvania Volunteers, for 100 days from July 18, 1864, to October 31, 1864. He gave his occupation in this document as Shoemaker. He signed his name first as A. L. Sparks, then as Alfred L. Sparks. John W. Bodine signed as a witness, having known him for 25 years; John Cromie also signed, indicating he had known him for 14 years.

Alfred L. Sparks died on June 17, 1908, in Camden, New Jersey. His death certificate gave his parents’ names as David and Abigal Sparks; his age as 65 years, 5 months and 13 days. The cause of death was given as “Softening of the Brain” and the length of illness as two years. His doctor was W. G. DuBois. He was buried in the Harleigh Cemetery in Camden.

On June 23, 1908, Maria Sparks, widow of Alfred L. Sparks, applied for a pension. She gave her age as 62 and her residence as Camden, New Jersey. She said she had been married to Alfred L. Sparks in Salem, New Jersey, on September 29, 1866, by the Rev. John Murphy. She stated that she had no children under sixteen. She signed her name as Maria Sparks. Mary A. Test, her daughter, signed as a witness, stating that she had known Mrs. Sparks for 35 years. Oscar B. Test also signed as a witness, stating he had known her for 20 years.

Mrs. Sparks submitted with her application a statement signed by the County Clerk of Salem County, Benjamin E. Harris, that the marriage of Alfred L. Sparks to Mariah Butler, both of Salem, on September 30, 1866, by John R. Murphy, Pastor of the Salem Baptist Church, was recorded in Book C, page 357 of the marriage records in his office.

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ALLEN SPARKS, born about 1840, probably in Kentucky; he died in service on June 30, 1864 in Tennessee; he married Anna Gipson in Lawrence County, Kentucky, on October 1, 1863. File Designation at the National Archives: Widow Pension File 145635.

On July 19, 1864, Anna Sparks, widow of Allen Sparks, appeared before a notary public in Lawrence County, Kentucky, to make application for a widow’s pension. She stated that she was 22 years old and a resident of Peach Orchard, Lawrence County, Kentucky. She stated that her husband, Allen Sparks, had been a private in Company G, commanded by Captain John C. Collins, in the 14th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers commanded by Col. G. W. Gallup, and that he had died at the

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ALLEN SPARKS, CIVIL WAR PENSIONER, continued:

General Hospital in Tennessee on June 30, 1864. She also stated that she had been married to Allen Sparks at Louisa, Lawrence County, Kentucky, on October 1, 1863, and that her maiden name had been Anna Gipson. She stated that she had no children.

With her application, Anna Sparks submitted a true copy of her marriage license from Lawrence County. Silvester B. Miller, a Baptist preacher, had performed the marriage. Anna Sparks also included with her application the following document signed by her husband’s commanding officer:

“Station at Louisa, State of Kentucky, 28th day of November 1864, I, John C. Collins, Captain of Company G, Fourteenth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, certify that Allen Sparks was a private in my Company, that he was mustered into the service of the United States on the 10th day of December 1861 and that he died at General Hospital in the State of Tennessee on the 30th day of June 1864 of Disease contracted while in the service of the United States.
                                                                                        Given und. My hand this the 28th day of
                                                                                        November 1864
                                                                                        John C. Collins Capt.
                                                                                        Co. G 14th Regt. Ky. Vol.”

On March 23, 1865, the Adjutant General’s Office also supplied proof of Allen Sparks’s service and death, noting that he had been mustered into service on December 14, 1861, at Camp Wallace, Kentucky, to serve three years and that the muster roll of Company G of the 14th Regiment dated January 30, 1865, carried the statement “Died in Gen ‘l Hosp‘t Chattanooga, Tenn., June 30th 1864 of chronic diarrhea.”

A pension of $8.00 per month was approved for Anna Sparks commencing on June 30, 1864. On October 22, 1865, Anna Sparks married as her second husband, Ellis Booth, in Lawrence County, Kentucky. On April 16, 1870, Anna Booth (formerly Anna Sparks) wrote to the pension office explainng that she had been the widow of Allen Sparks and that the last payment of her pension had been only through March 14, 1865, and that she was entitled to payment between March 14, 1865, and her remarriage on October 23, 1865. She appointed J. F. Steward of Paintsville, Kentucky, as her attorney to collect this “arrears.” She signed her name by mark and stated that she resided on Sandy River in Johnson County, Kentucky.

On October 31, 1870, Anna Booth again applied for this arrearage and George W. Pack and John B. Pack signed as witnesses. Whether she ever collected this is not known.

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ALLEN SPARKS born June 1, 1822, in Lewis County, Kentucky, died April 26, 1907, in Clayton County, Iowa, son of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks; married (1st) Martha Moore and (2nd) Sarah A. Woodward. He served in Company C, 3rd Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry. National Archives File Designation: WC 637,531.

Sometime in 1879 Allen Sparks of Clayton County, Iowa, made application for a Civil War pension. We do not have a copy of his application, but on December 23, 1879, the Adjutant General ‘a Office responded to the Commissioner of Pensions regarding Allen Sparks’s service. According to this report, Allen Sparks was enrolled on June 5, 1861, at Keokuk, Iowa, in Company C of the 3rd Regiment of

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ALLEN SPARKS, CIVIL WAR PENSIONER, Continued:

Iowa Volunteers to serve three years or during the War and that he was mustered into service as a corporal on June 8, 1861. He was reported as present for duty in his company in October 1861; in December he was reported as “sick in Burton Barracks”. His company was in action at the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., and at the Battle of Shiloh where he was “slightly bruised in abdomen by spent ball” on April 2, 1862. From August 18, 1862, until April 30, 1863, he was absent from his company “on recruiting service” but was back on duty thereafter. On July 12, 1863, he was wounded at the battle at Jackson, Mississippi. He lost his right index finger and also developed a hernia. On September 19, 1863, he was given a disability discharge, a document which he apparently sent along with his application for it is preserved among his papers at the National Archives. At the time of his discharge, he held the rank of sergeant. According to his discharge certificate, he had been born in Lewis County, Kentucky, was 39 years old, was 5 feet 10 inches tall, of fair complexion, with grey eyes and brown hair, and a farmer by occupation.

Allen Sparks was granted a pension for this service. On July 14, 1898, he responded to a questionnaire of the Pension Office, stating that he had been married twice; that his first wife had been Martha Moore and that she had died in Leavenworth, Kansas, in March 1857. He stated that he had been married to Sarah C. Woodward (his second wife) on September 25, 1862, at National, Clayton County, Iowa, by the Rev. S. Alger. He listed his children as follows: (the first four were by his first wife)

Winfield Sparks, born 1852
Josephus Sparks, born 1854
Benjamin Sparks, born 1856
Henry Sparks, born 1857
Estella Sparks, born July 1, 1863
James K. Sparks, born August 24, 1867
Edward P. (or Edwin) Sparks, born January 20, 1871
Anna M. Sparks, born March 7, 1876

On February 26, 1907, Allen Sparks applied for an increase in his pension. He was a resident of McGregor, Clayton County, Iowa, and said he was 84 years old. He stated also that he had been born in Lewis County, Kentucky, on June 1, 1822. He said he had lived in McGregor since leaving the service in 1863 “except two years in Farmersburg, Iowa.” He signed his name as Allen Sparks; Charles A. Jordan, who said he had known Allen Sparks for 20 years, and tilliam R. Kinnain who said he had known him for 30 years, signed as witnesses.

Allen Sparks died on April 26, 1907 “of old age.” His death certificate is on file with the other documents and from this we learn that his father’s name had been James Sparks and his mother had been Elizabeth Gilman. He was buried in the Oakland Cemetery near McGregor. His son, Edward Sparks of McGregor, supplied this information.

On May 21, 1907, the widow of Allen Sparks, Sarah A. Sparks, applied for a pension. She stated that it was her belief that the first wife of Allen Sparks, whom she called “Marthy Sparks,” had died in Kansas City, Missouri. She stated that her own maiden name had been Sarah A. Woodward and that she had been married to Allen Sparks on September 25, 1862, by the Rev. Simon Alger.

(Editor’s note: See the QUARTERLY of June 1970 (Vol. XVIII, No. 2, Whole No. 70, pp. 1315-1316) for additional information on Allen Sparks and his branch of the Sparks family.)

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REVIEW OF A NEW BOOK WRITTEN BY A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION

A member of the Association has just published a very impressive book. Mr. Hoke Holland West, 6140 West Main St., Gallatin, Tennessee, has spent a quarter of a century gathering material on the West family. In the end, his book contained so much more than just a family record, Mr. West gave it a more descriptive title:   WHAT IS IN A NAME? WEST, THE LIFE OF A FAMILY, A PEOPLE, THEIR HISTORY, THEIR HOMES, THEIR JANUS AND THEIR HOPES, THEIR LABORS AND THEIR COURAGE, THEIR FAITH, THEIR DEVOTION AND THEIR LOYALTY, THEIR LOVE AND THEIR DREAMS.

Miles West, ancestor of the West family portrayed in this volume, was born in Virginia in what is now Charlotte County on April 22, 1771. He was united with the Hunting Creek Baptist Church in 1801 and preached his first sermon at the water’s edge before changing to dry clothes. He came to Tennessee in 1804, arriving at what is now Carthage on Christmas Eve and spent the night one mile north of there, moving on to the vicinity of Rome and Dixon Springs the following day. A short time thereafter, he cast his lot with Dixon Creek Baptist Church and in January 1807 he became the second pastor of that church. He served there until 1812 when he transferred to Salt Lick Church in Jackson County where he served as pastor the remainder of his life. He died in August 1804, having lived in Smith County, Tennessee, almost forty-one years. His wife, Lucy Parker, died about two months later. Miles West’s father was Dr. Robin West, who came to Virginia about 1740-1750 from Ulster. He died in 1804 while on the trip to Tennessee and was buried at Jonesboro, Tennessee.

Mr. West, author of this volume, was the husband of Lois Weatherspoon West who painted the Sparks coat-of-arms for so many members of the Association prior to her death in 1966. (Mrs. S. R. Rountree, R.F.D. 1, Box 1114, Gatesville, North Carolina, 27938, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. West, is now performing this service; paintings may be ordered from her for $5.50 each.)

Mr. West’s book may be ordered directly from him for $18.75 per copy, plus So cents for mailing costs. It contains nearly 1400 pages and measures 9 x 12 inches. There are many illustrations, some in color, including the West and Parker coats-of-arms. The volume is handsomely bound with an attractive jacket. Mr. West’s address is: 6140 West Main St., Gallatin, Tennessee, 37066.

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MORE ON DAVID SPARKS WHO DIED IN 1917 NEAR GEORGETOWN, TEXAS

In the QUARTERLY for June 1970, Whole No. 70, page 1314, we reprinted an item from the Williamson County Sun about a man named A. J. Sparks who was searching for the grave of his father. The following item appeared in this paper on June 18, 1970:

“A story in last week’s SUN asked for help for a New Mexico man, A. J. Sparks, who was here recently searching for information about his father who died near Georgetown when he was traveling through the country on an expedition in 1917. Clyde Raney reported that he remembers the incident and can take Mr. Sparks to his father’s grave in Berry’s Creek Cemetery. The SUN staff wrote this news to Mr. Sparks immediately. Mr. Raney remembers hearing his father tell of the traveler who camped in the upper end of the park and took sick and died; of the men who went out to dig a grave; and of the eight or ten men who were at the funeral service - - all of this made an indelible impression on the twelve year old Clyde. He remembers the careful way the grave was dug and that it was close to the fence where two live oak trees grew. He went out to the old cemetery last week and located an unmarked grave in the spot that he remembered.”

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF HARTFORD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT

Copied by Carrie Grant Heppen

   Town of Suffield, enumerated Sept. 10, 1850, by T. H. Spencer
(Vol. 3, Part 1, p. 177, or 89)

40-48 Hastings, David   57  (M) Connecticut  Farmer $4000 
         "         Lamisa  55  (F)             "
Buscar, Henry M.  14  (M) Massachusetts (Black)
Sanderson, James  13  (M) Scotland
Sparks, Louisa  10  (F) Connecticut
Taylor, Henry M.    5  (M)             "

   (Same) Enumerated Sept. 17, 1850, by T. H. Spencer
(Vol. 3, Part 1, p. 194, or 97A)

169-191 Stiles, Israel   72  (M) Connecticut  Farmer  $2650 
       "     Dorcus  64  (F)           "
     "     Roena  41  (F)           "
     "     Lucinda  49  (F)           "
Sparks, James  17  (M) England

   (Same) Enumerated Sept. 17, 1850, by T. H. Spencer
(Vol. 3, Part 1, p. 196, or 94A)

Sparks, John   47  (M) England Farmer  $200 
       "        Emma  37  (F)      "
     "        Richard  14  (M) Connecticut
     "        Henry    6  (M)           "
     "        Elizabeth    3  (F)           "

   (Same) Enumerated Sept. 17, 1850, by T. H. Spencer
(Vol. 3, Part 1, p. 197, or 99)

192-216 Remington, Thomas   32  (M) Connecticut  Farmer  $2500 
             "           Mary  43  (F)           "
           "           Jane    9  (F)           "
           "           Dexter    5  (M)           "
Sparks, Edwan  16  (M)           "
Barden, Levi  15  (M) Massachusetts
Hastings, Emma  38  (F) Connecticut (insane)

   (Same) Enumerated Sept. 24, 1850, by T. H. Spencer
(Vol. 3, Part 1, p. 223, or 112)

400-432 Kent, Henry P.   47  (M) Connecticut Cigar Manf.  $7000 
     "     Jane  42  (F)           "
Jenks, Helen  14  (F)           "
Spencer, Jerusha  78  (F) Massachusetts
Stebbins, Marie  49  (F) Connecticut
Ford, Margaret  25  (F) Ireland
Miller, Julia  21  (F) Connecticut
Bemont, Frances  16  (F)           "
Sparks, John  24  (M) England Laborer
Higby, Ruth  27  (F) Connecticut
Ruggles, N. D.  47  (M) Rhode Island Cigar Maker

   Town of Glastenbury, enumerated October 21, 1850, by Chester Adams
(Vol. 4, Part 2, p. 388, or 775)

463-507 Sparks, Parmelia  62  (F) Connecticut    $600 
       "        Reuaman  20  (F)

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SPARKS FAMILIES ON THE 1850 CENSUS OF HARTFORD CO., CONN. continued:
 

Town of Glastenbury, enumerated October 21, 1850, by Chester Adams
(Vol. 4, Part 2, p. 388, or 775)

465-509 Sparks, William C.   45  (M) Connecticut  Farmer $4000 
        "       Mary A.  23  (F)           "
      "       Hellen  18  (F)           "
      "       Laura W.  16  (F)           "
      "       Jennette C.  15  (F)           "
      "       Emeline  10  (F)           "
Warner, Hancey  25  (M)           "
Watrous, Mary A.  31  (F)           "
Warner, Jane  23  (F)           "
Lyon, Margaret  13  (F)           "
Taylor, Mary  23  (F)           "
Sutton, Francis  18  (M)           " Carder
Goff, Jacob  20  (M) Germany Laborer
Abel, Augustus  25  (M)      "        "
Sparks, Lucinda  67  (F) Connecticut

   (Same; enumeraget October 10, 1850, by Chester Adams
(Vol. 4, Part 2, p. 413, or 825)

239-269 Sparks, Chauncey  37  (M) Connecticut  Physician  $500 
        "       Elizabeth  33  (F)           "
      "       Nathan  11  (M)           "
      "       Josephine    9  (F)           "
      "       Frank    4  (M)           "
      "       Noble    2  (M)           "

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ADDED INFORMATION ON GEORGE SPARKS, JR., BORN ABOUT 1811, DIED 1884

In the QUARTERLY of June 1970 (Vol. XVIII, No. 2, Whole No. 70, p. 1320) we gave a sketch of George Sparks, Jr., born about 1811 in Kentucky, son of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks. From a book by Tom Stout entitled Montana, Its Story and Biography published in 1921 we have learned that George Sparks, Jr., died at New Ross, Montgomery Co., Indiana, in 1884. George Sparks,Jr., married twice. A son by his second wife, Hannah (Fishback) Sparks, was Charles M. Sparks according to this history of Montana - - we gave his name as Charles B. Sparks in the QUARTERLY. Charles N. Sparks was born in 1850; he married Emma Fishback who was born in Bourbon Co., Kentucky, in 1852. Charles M. Sparks died at Advance, Boone Co., Indiana, on Nov. 3, 1919. Their children were:

(1) Nellie M. Sparks, married Charles M. Ray, of Advance, Indiana.
(2) Franklin Forrest Sparks, born Aug. 7, 1882, at Advance, Indiana. He was graduated from Harvard University in 1911, in which year he was married to Helena Nelson, daughter of William and Lena (Donavan) Nelson. He was principal of Broadwater County High School in Townsend, Montana, in 1921. They had four children:
(1) Dixie Sparks, born Sept. 30, 1912;
(2) Blanche Sparks, born Oct. 1914;
(3) Charles Sparks, born Sept. 1915; and
(4) Nancy Sparks, born Dec. 1917.
(3) Lilith Sparks, married Frank Heady of Advance, Indiana.
(4) Anna Gould Sparks, married Russell Wyncoop of Lebanon, Indiana.
(5) Chester Sparks, lived in Indianapolis, Indiana.
(6) Maurice Sparks; died in infancy.
[Scanner's note:  The above corrections and additions have been placed in the original article.]

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