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. XX, NO. 3  SEPTEMBER, 1972
WHOLE NO. 79a

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

GEORGE WAGNER

Born May 1, 1833, Died March 9, 1863

Son of Mary Sparks and Jacob Wagner

Grandson of Abel and Sarah Sparks

(View photograph)

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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 1770, Raleigh, North Carolina (27602)
Russell E. Bidlack, Secretary-Treasurer & Editor, 1709 Cherokee Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan (48104)

The Sparks Family Association was founded in March, 1953, as a nonprofit organi- zation devoted to the assembling and preserving of genealogical and historical materials pertaining to the Sparks family in America. Membership in the Asso- ciation 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 research. Membership falls into three classes: Active, Contributing, and Sustaining.  Active membership dues are three dollars per year,  Contributing membership dues are four dollars per year, and Sustaining membership dues are any amount over four dollars which the member wishes to contribute for the support of the Association. All members, whether Active, Contributing, or Sustaining, receive THE SPARKS QUARTERLY as it is published in March, June, September, and December. 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, 1958 to 1962; and 1963-1967. Each of these is available for $1.00. A complete file of all issues of the QUARTERLY (1953-1971) with the three indexes may be purchased for $45.00.
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.

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SOME SPARKS PHOTOGRAPHS

On page 1497 we have reproduced four photographs of Sparks descendants, the originals of which have been loaned to us by Lucia A. (Mrs. Roy T.) Stephens of Portland, Oregon. Mrs. Stephens is a daughter of John Putnam Brown and a great-granddaughter of Abel Sparks (born 1767). A sketch of this branch of the Sparks family appeared in the QUARTERLY of December, 1958 (Volume 6, No. 14, Whole No. 214), pages 337-39. Mary Sparks, the mother of the five women whose pictures are shown on page 1497, was a daughter of Abel and Sarah Sparks.

Abel Sparks (born 1767) was a son of Solomon and Sarah Sparks of Surry County, North Carolina (see page 98 of the December, 1955 issue of the QUARTERLY (Volume 3, No. 14, Whole No. 12) for data on Solomon and Sarah Sparks). Mary Sparks was born while her parents, Abel and Sarah Sparks, were living in Tennessee; she died on May 10, 1879, in Hampton, Franklin County, Iowa. She was married twice. Her first husband was Jacob Wagner (born 1807, died about 1844) by whom she had eight children, including Sarah Jane and Emdine Catherine whose pictures appear on page 1497.   Mary Sparks married as her second husband, Joseph Brown (born about 1810, died about 1860). They had seven children, three of whose pictures also appear on page 1497. All but one of Mary’s fifteen children grew to maturity. Mrs. Stephens has reported that when her father, John Putnam Brown (1848-1920) was 18 years old, he had 98 cousins.

Mr. and Mrs. Stephens have two living children, Dorothy (Mrs. Richard A. Heider)
and James0 Their daughter Phyllis, who was born May 16, 1920, died on March 6,
1972; she had been a teacher In the Los Angeles Public Schools.

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[Note:  Here appear  four photographs, beneath which are the following captions:]


SARAH JANE (WAGNER) WIRE
EMDINE CATHERINE (WAGNER) VINCENT
Born 1834 
Born 1837, Died 1929
Daughter of Mary Sparks and Jacob Wagner
Daughter of Mary Sparks and Jacob Wagner
   
(View photograph)
(View photograph)
   
 MINERVA (BROWN) HUMPHREY 
MARY IDELL (BROWN) PRIDE
Born 1846, Died 1921
Born 1858, Died 1933
Daughter of Mary Sparks and Joseph Brown
&
 
APAME ANN (BROWN) WHEELER
 
Born 1845, Died 1909
 
Daughters of Mary Sparks and Joseph Brown
   
(View photograph)
(View Photograph)

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NOTES ON DESCENDANTS OF JOHN AND KATHARINE (WADDELL) SPARKS

OF BOURBON AND NICHOLAS COUNTIES, KENTUCKY

By Russell E. Bidlack

A former member of the Association whom we believe is now deceased, Mrs. Edna Briggs, once reported that about 1943 she visited a Mrs. Clara Sparks, widow of John J. Sparks. Mrs. Sparks had been born on October 7, 1855; she was 88 years old at the time Mrs. Briggs interviewed her. Her maiden name had been Clara Bramlett. She stated that her husband’s father had been John Franklin Sparks (sometimes called Franklin), The father of John Franklin Sparks was Jonas Sparks, who had a brother named William Sparks.

According to Clara Sparks, the brothers Jonas and William Sparks had settled in Nicholas County, Kentucky, having come there from Virginia, but originally they were from North Carolina. The two brothers owned land together, and she remembered that the families had had trouble dividing the land in Bourbon and Nicholas Counties.

There can be no doubt that these two brothers about whom Clara Sparks spoke were the WILLIAM SPARKS, born July 30, 1793, who married Catherine Knox, and JONAS SPARKS, born about 1799, who married Elizabeth Knox, both of Nicholas County, Kentucky.

Actually, Jonas and William Sparks were born in Kentucky, not Virginia as Clara Sparks believed. Their father, JOHN SPARKS, who was probably born about 1770 was married in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1792 (marriage bond dated August 22, 1792). He married Katherine Waddell, who, according to Dr. J. S. Gallaway‘s Memories of Old Times in Paris, Kentucky, published in 1939, was a daughter of James Waddell. Her nickname was Katy (sometimes spelled Caty).  John Sparks died in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1814 or 1815. His wife, Katharine (or Katy), died in 1843 in Nicholas County. (The Margaret Waddell, aged 83, born in Maryland, who was living with William Sparks (son of John) when the 1850 census was taken may have been the mother of Katharine and thus the grandmother of William Sparks.)  John Sparks ‘s will, dated August 13, 1814, in Bourbon County, left his property to his wife "Caty."  Because he owned land in adjoining Nicholas County as well as Bourbon County, there are deeds pertaining to his estate in Nicholas County in which his children are named. There are also deeds that indicate he owned land in Fleming County, Kentucky. On August 16, 1808, for example, he purchased for 180 pounds a tract of 104 acres on Fleming Creek in Fleming County (Book B, p. 376) from James Henderson of Clermont County, Ohio; John Sparks was described in this deed as "of Bourbon County."   He sold this tract to William Wishard on July 22, 1811 (Book D, p. 411) for $800.

John Sparks was probably closely related to other Sparkses who settled in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in the late 1780’s. These were:

William Sparks, Sr., paid taxes in Bourbon County as early as 1787.
William Sparks, Jr., paid taxes in Bourbon County as early as 1787.
George Sparks, paid taxes in Bourbon County as early as 1787.
Joseph Sparks, paid taxes in Bourbon County as early as 1795.
Michael Sparks, paid taxes in Bourbon County as early as 1795.

John Sparks's will was dated August 13, 1814, and was probated in February 1815, thus proving that he died sometime between those two dates.

On August 8, 1825, William Sparks of Nicholas County (Book G, p. 90) “did swear out a writ of tiere facie against the estate of John Sparks, decd.” This was apparently a legal step by which the land belonging to John Sparks in Nicholas County could be advertised and sold, which was done, and William Sparks purchased said land. In this document of August 8, 1825, the heirs of John Sparks were identified as follows:

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DESCENDANTS OF JOHN AND KATHARINE (WADDELL) SPARKS, continued:

Katharine Sparks, widow; Michael Stokes, late Michael Sparks; widow and relict of Benjamin Stokes, deceased; Mary Ann Stokes, Catharine Stokes, and Harriet Stokes, heirs of the said Benjamin Stokes, deceased; Isaac Baker and Martha his wife, late Martha Sparks; Jonas Sparks; Susan Sparks; and Katharine Sparks, Jr. (The name Katharine was sometimes spelled Catherine in these records.)

Katharine Sparks, widow of John Sparks, lived in Nicholas County following her husband’s death. On January 6, 1843, she made her will which was probated in the August 1843 court, proving that she died between January and August, 1843. She described herself in the will as “aged and infirm”. She divided her 36-acre farm between her daughter Elizabeth and a granddaughter, Honor Sparks. She left her “bed and bedding” to a grandson named Thomas Baker.

From probate records, deeds, census records, and other documents in Bourbon and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, we know that John and Katharine (Waddell) Sparks had the following children:

1. William Sparks, son of John and Katharine (Waddefl) Sparks, was born on July 30, 1793, and died on March 20, 1864; he was married to Catherine Knox (called Caty) in 1820 (Nicholas County marriage bond dated May 18, 1820). She was born December 3, 1797, and died January 11, 1845. (These dates are taken from Dr. Robert Peter’s History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, published in 1882. There are several deeds dated 1818 and 1819 by which William Sparks purchased land on Hinkston Creek in Nicholas County. (Hinkston Creek forms most of the boundary between Bourbon and Nicholas Counties; it flows northwestward to empty into the South Fork of the Licking Creek.) On August 21, 1821, Caty Sparks purchased for $33.25 from Lydia Swearington a tract of 33 acres on Hinkston Creek (Book E, p. 627); whether this was William’s wife or his mother cannot be determined since they both had the nickname “Caty.”
William Sparks and his brother Jonas appear to have been in some form of partnership. On October 22, 1836, for example, they purchased for $2800 a tract of 113¼ acres in Nicholas County from John and Nancy Fugate. (Book L, p. 199) On December 19, 1851, they purchased a tract of 69 acres for $2 ,094 in Nicholas County from John Crouch (Book P, p. 377). On March 16, 1852, they purchased a tract of 514 acres for $1771 from Daniel and Rachel Thomas (Book P, p. 1406), Apparently it was this property that Clara (Bramlett) Sparks recalled in 1943 that the families later had difficulty dividing.
From a deed in Book 1, page 76 in Nicholas County, Kentucky, dated May 14, 1864, we know that William and Catherine (Knox) Sparks had the following children:
(1) Elvira (or Alvira) Sparks, born about 1821; married James Huffstrutter in 1841 (Nicholas County marriage bond dated September 21, 1841. From census records, it appears that they had the following children:
(1) Louisa who was born about 1842; she married John C. Bedford on Aug. 18, 1865;
(2) William W. who was born about 1846;
(3) John F., who was born about 1848;
(4) James, who was born about 1658; and
(5) Susan Huffstrutter, who was born about 1863.
(2) Susan Sparks, married George W. Crouch.

(3) Joseph W. Sparks, born about 1823, died in 1895 or 1896; he married Christiana A. - - - - -, who was born about 1835. They had children named

(1) William J. Sparks, born about 1858;
(2) Edward or Edniond D. Sparks, born about 1860;
(3) Mary Lee Sparks, born about 1863, married

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DESCENDANTS OF JOHN  AND KATHARINE (WADDELL) SPARKS, continued:
a man named Thomason;
(4) Benjamin J. Sparks, born about 1866; and
(5) Jemima E. Sparks, born about 1876, married a man named Harrison, Joseph W. Sparks made his will in 1895 in Nicholas County and named these five children.
(4) Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of William and Catherine (Knox) Sparks, was born about 1829-30; she was living with her father when the 1850 census was taken.
(5) Harriet Sparks, daughter of William and Catherine (Knox) Sparks, was born Nov. 2, 1833; she married William J. Inlow, son of Abraham and Susan (Sparks) Inlow. He died June 19, 1886, age 52. They had a son named Elliott Inlow, born Dec. 18, 1866. (This is from Bowen’s History of Montgomery County, Indiana.)
2, Michael Sparks (sometimes called Micha), daughter of John and Katharine (Waddell) Sparks, was born about 1795. Although this was a daughter with what is usually considered a man’s name, it is interesting to speculate that she may have been named for the Michael Sparks who first paid taxes in Bourbon County in 1795. She was married to Benjamin Stokes in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1815 (marriage bond dated April 30, 1815). He died before 1825. They had the following children:
(1) Mary Ann Stokes, married Charles Fishback.
(2) Katharine Stokes, married George Sparks, Jr., in Nicholas County, Ky., in 1836 (marriage bond dated Dec. 30, 1836). George Sparks, Jr., is believed to have been a son of George and Rachel (McClenahan) Sparks (see p. 1320 of the June 1970 issue of the QUARTERLY, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, Whole No, 70). George Sparks, Jr., was born about 1811 in Kentucky and moved to Montgomery County, Indiana, about 1852. It is believed that he died at New Ross, Indiana, in 18814. Katharine (Stokes) Sparks died about 18148 in Kentucky and George Sparks, Jr., married as his second wife Hannah Fishback. For a list of the children of George Sparks, Jr., by each of his two wives, see the QUARTERLY cited above.
(3) Harriet Stokes, daughter of Benjamin and Michael (Sparks) Stokes, married William Wasson.
3. Jonas Sparks, son of John and Katharine (Waddell) Sparks, born about 1799; he died in 1855 in Nicholas County, Kentucky. He married Elizabeth Knox (called Betsey) in 1821 (Nicholas County marriage bond dated October 30, 1821). She was born about 1802, (She may have been a sister of Catherine Knox who married William Sparks, brother of Jonas.) As noted in the sketch of William Sparks, Jonas and William owned a number of tracts of land in Nicholas County in partnership. In his will, dated October 26, 1855, Jonas Sparks mentioned his wife, Elizabeth, and the following three children: John, Samuel, and Margaret Ann.
(1) Margaret Ann Sparks, daughter of Jonas and Elizabeth (Knox) Sparks, was called Margaret Jane in some records. She was born on February 11, 1824, and died on March 10, 1884; she married James Addison Young on October 9, 1852 (Nicholas County marriage bond dated September 30, 1852). He was born on May 6, 1826, and died on March 23, 1905. They had a son named Benjamin Young born about 1854 and a son named William Young born about 1856 according to a manuscript written by one James Kimble Young in 1963 entitled “The Young-Banta Family”. From census records, it appears that they also had children named Walter Young, born about 1861, a daughter named “Lot"  Young born about 1864; and another daughter named Mary Young born about 1867.

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DESCENDANTS OF JOHN AND KATHARINE (WADDELL) SPARKS, continued:
(2) John Franklin Sparks, son of Jonas and Elizabeth (Knox) Sparks, was born about 1827. He was married to Cyntha Bradshaw in 1849 (marriage bond in Nicholas County dated August 23, 1849). John Franklin Sparks was still living in 1880 when he was listed on the census of Nicholas County as 54 years old, By November 1885, however, he had died, On that date, corncommissioners met in Nicholas County to determine how his land should be divided among his heirs, and the actual division was made during the February term of Court, 1886. Named in the division of his estate (Nicholas County Inventories and Appeasement Book 1, p. 588) his heirs were named as Cynthia A. Sparks, widow; Jonas A. Sparks; Samuel G. Sparks; John J. Sparks; David W. Sparks; Josephine Alexander; Ida M. Sparks; and Margaret M. Sparks. From census records it appears that John Franklin and Cyntha (Bradahaw) Sparks were the parents of the following children:
(a) Martha Sparks, born about 1850.
(b) Jonas A. Sparks, born about 1852; married Margaret and had
 sons William and Charles.
(c) Elizabeth Sparks, born about 1854.
(d) Benjamin Troop Sparks, born December 10, 1855.
(e) John James Sparks, born Nov. 3, 1857; married Clara Bramlett, who was born Oct. 7, 1855.
(f) Mary Emma Sparks, born about 1860.
(g) Margaret Marjorie Sparks, born about 1862.
(h) David W. Sparks, born about 1864.
(i) Ida M. Sparks, born about 1866.
(j) Josephine Sparks, married Alexander. (No daughter named Josephine is found in census records, but in the division of the estate of John Franklin Sparks an heir is listed as Josephine Alexander.)
(k) Samuel G. Sparks, born about 1871.
(3) Samuel Sparks, son of Jonas and Elizabeth (Knox) Sparks, was born about 1829; he was married to Abigail H. McVey, daughter of John McVey, in 1854 (Nicholas County marriage bond dated July 18, 18514). She was born about 1836, On May 20, 1857, Samuel and Abbey assigned "all our right in Jonas Sparks, dec ‘d., land to James Young."  From census records, it would appear that they had the following children:
(a) Sarah Elizabeth (or Susan) Sparks, born Aug. 7, 1855.
(b) Charles Sparks, born about 1857.
(c) Jonas Sparks, born about 1859.
(d) Margaret Sparks, born about 1861.
(e) Robert Sparks, born about 18614.
(f) Lydia Sparks, born about 1867.
(4) Benjamin Sparks, son of Jonas and Elizabeth (Knox) Sparks, was born about 1833. Apparently he had died prior to 1855 for he was not mentioned in his father’s will.
4. Elizabeth Sparks, who was born about 1800, is believed to have been a daughter of John and Katharine (Waddell) Sparks. There is no reference to a daughter named Elizabeth in the 1825 deed (Nicholas County, Book G, p. 90) where the other heirs of John Sparks were listed. However, Katharine Sparks, widow of John, who made her will on January 6, 1843, mentioned the thirty-six-acre farm “where I live with my daughter, Elizabeth."   Earlier, on April 23, 1835, Katharine Sparks and Elizabeth Sparks had purchased a 33-acre tract on Hinkaton Creek in Nicholas County for ten dollars from Drusilla Thornburgh (Book L, p. 15). On March 9, 1836, Katharine and Elizabeth Sparks sold 35 acres of land for $1.00 to a man

[Scanner's Note:  For information on the remaining three children of John and Katherine (Waddell) Sparks named Martha "Patsey" Sparks, Susan Sparks and Katherine Sparks, Jr., see the QUARTERLY for December, 1980, Whole No. 112, p. 2262.]

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DESCENDANTS OF JOHN AND KATHARINE (WADDELL) SPARKS, continued:

named Alvin Branch (Book L, p. 156). On November 19, 1838, Elizabeth Sparks purchased a tract of 36 acres in Nicholas County for $333.33 from Pratt Hughes and his wife Sarah (Book L, p. 5147). She sold this to E, H. Wilson for $610 on May 21, 1853 (Book P, p. 550).
This same Elizabeth Sparks made her will on December 6, 1867, which was probated at the February 1869 meeting of the Court in Nicholas County (thus we know that she died between December 1867 and February 1869). In her will, Elizabeth Sparks named her children as Honor Sparks, Sally Varner, and Kitty H. Wilson. (This will is recorded in Book H, in Nicholas County.) Katharine Sparks, widow of John Sparks, not only called Elizabeth her daughter in her own will of 1843, but she also left one-third of her 36-acre farm to her “granddaughter, Honor Sparks.”

One might speculate that Elizabeth Sparks was a daughter of Katharine (Waddell) Sparks by a previous marriage. Since she was listed on the 1850 census as fifty years of age, however, this is unlikely since John and Katharine were married in 1792. It is possible that she was actually the daughter-in-law of Katharine and was thus the widow of an unknown son, but this again seems highly unlikely. On the census records from 1810 to 1840, a female is enumerated in the family of John and Katharine Sparks whose age fits that of Elizabeth, while no son is so enumerated.

We know from the will of Elizabeth Sparks that she had three daughters. Who was her husband? Was her maiden name Sparks, and did she marry a man named Sparks, or were her three children illegitimate? If the latter is the case, we can speculate that her father may have disowned her and omitted her from the division of his property, while her mother later brought her into her own home, Perhaps someday a descendant will be able to provide us with the truth. Following is the information we have been able to gather regarding Elizabeth’s three children:

(1) Honora (or Honor) Sparks, was born about 1817, Her grandmother, Katharine Sparks, left one-third of her farm to her while her mother also left property to her in her will of 1867. She apparently never married. She was listed as living alone on both the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Nicholas County. She gave Kentucky as the birth place of both of her parents on the 1880 census.
(2) Sarah Sparks, was born about 18114. She was called Sally Ann Sparks on her marriage bond, dated April 7, 1833, her husband being Noah Varner. He was born about 1810. It would appear from census records of Nicholas County, Ky., that they had children named
(a) Francis M. Varner
(b) Armilda Varner;
(c) Elizabeth Varner;
(d) John Varner;
(e) Margaret Z. Varner;
(f) William Varner; and
(g) Edwin N. Varner.
(3) Kitty Harriet Sparks, was born about 1819. She married Ephraim Wilson in Nicholas County in 1842 (marriage bond dated April 19, 1842). He was born about 1820. According to the 1850 census, they had children named
(a) Artemas Wilson;
(b) Catherine Wilson;
(c) George Ann Wilson;
(d) William 0. Wilson.
The 1860 census indicates that they also had a son named Edward, born about 1852, and a son named David, born about 1853.
(Editor ‘a Note: Credit must be given to our President, Dr. Paul E. Sparks, who located and copied the records on which the above notes are based.)

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SPARKS FAMILIES OF NICHOLAS COUNTY, KENTUCKY

by Paul E. Sparks

Data relative to Sparkses of Nicholas County, Kentucky, have been published earlier and should be referred to by our readers. These can be found as follows: 1800 census (Vol. III, No. 1, March 1955, Whole No. 9, p. 65); 1850 census (Vol. V, No. 3, September 1957, Whole No. 19, pp. 236-237); Record of Births, 1852-1862 (Vol. VI, No. 14, December 1958, Whole No. 214, p. 347); 1830 census (Vol. VII, No. 3, September 1959, Whole No. 27, p. 422); 1820 census (Vol. XIII, No.1, March 1965, Whole No, 49, p. 892); 1840 census (Vol. XIV, No. 14, December 1966, Whole No. 56, p. 1040); Marriages, 1799-1855 (Vol. XIII, No. 14, December 1965, Whole No. 52, p. 946); Pension Application, War of 1812 (Vol. XIII, No. 3, September 1965, Whole No, 51, p. 928).

Our readers are also reminded that the Sparkses of Nicholas County were probably related to the Sparkses of neighboring Bourbon, Fleming, Mason, Lewis, and Harrison Counties.

Property Deeds of Nicholas County, Kentucky, 1799-1865

Abstracted by Paul E. Sparks, 1963

Book E, Page 116. 27 Aug. 1817. Coonrod Yeater & Sally his wife to heirs of John Sparks, deceased, namely: William Sparks; Micha Stokes, late Micha Sparks; Jonas Sparks, Patsey Sparks; Susan Sparks, & Katy Sparks, land valued at $164.

Book E, Page 186. 18 Feb. 1818. Philemon Thomas of Louisiana to William Sparks, land on Hinkston Creek, 80 acres for $100.

Book E, Page 296. 30 Oct, 1818.   George Hufstetter & Catherine his wife to William Sparks, land on Hinkston Creek valued at $600,

Book E, Page 389. 18 March 1819. John May sells land on Hinkston Creek to William Sparks, 55 acres for $12.

Book E, Page 627. 21 August 1821. Lydia Swearingen sells 33 acres of land on Hinkston Creek to Caty Sparks for $33.25,

Book G, Page 90. 8 August 1825. William Thompson, sheriff of Nicholas County conveys land to William Sparks, towit: “whereas the said Sparks did swear out a writ of tiere facie against the estate of John Sparks, deceased, in the hands of Catharine Sparks, his widow, to be administrator and descended and devised to said Catherine Sparks, widow; and to Micha Stokes, late Micha Sparks, widow and relict of Benjamin Stokes, deceased, and John Stokes, administrator of said Benjamin Stokes, deceased, and Mary Ann Stokes, Catherine Stokes & Harriet Stokes, heirs of said Benjamin Stokes, deceased;  Isaac Baker and Martha, his wife, late Martha Sparks; Jonas Sparks, Susan Sparks &. Catharine Sparks, Jr.; all being heirs and legal representatives of said John Sparks, deceased; ... saving to said Catharine Sparks her right of dowery in land of said John Sparks, deceased ...  and land having been advertised for sale ... and William Sparks being successful bidder ...“

Book H, Page 200. 16 Nov. 1827. John Workman conveys 102 acres of land on Hinkston Creek to Edward Sparks for $1.00.

Book I, Page 136. 29 July 1830. Edward Sparks and Polly, his wife, sell 50 acres of land to Jonas Sears for $270.

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PROPERTY DEEDS OF NICHOLAS COUNT!, KENTUCKY, 1800-1865, continued:

Book L, Page 15.  23 April 1835. Drusilla Thornburgh conveys 33 acres of land on Hinkston Creek to Catharmne Sparks & Elizabeth Sparks for $10. 00.

Book L, Page 30. 9 Jan. 1835. David Crouch & Elizabeth, his wife, sell 50 acres of land to William Sparks & Jonas Sparks for $1.00.

Book L, Page 156. 9 March 1836. Catherine Sparks & Elizabeth Sparks convey 35 acres of land to Alvin Branch for $1.00.  (Both women make their marks.)

Book L, Page 199. 22 Oct. 1836. John Fugate & Nancy, his wife, sell 113¼ acres of land to William Sparks & Jonas Sparks for $2800.

Book L, Page 547. 19 Nov. 1838. Pratt Hughes & Sarah, his wife, sell 36 acres of land to Elizabeth Sparks for $333.33.

Book N, Page 407. 23 Sept. 1846. Willabough Stewart sells 55 acres of land to Thomas Sparks, Harrison County, Ky., for $20.

Book 0, Page 472. 8 Nov.1848. Thomas Quisenberry, Nicholas County Commissioner, conveys 15 acres of land for $300 to William Sparks “which Nicholas County Court at its May term 1848 had awarded to said Sparks in his suit against Thomas Stokes and others."

Book P, Page 92. 1 Nov. 1849. John Stokes & Deborah, his wife, sell 3½ acres of land to Charles Fishback, George Sparks, and William Wasson for $300.

Book P, Page 377. 19 Dec. 1851. John Crouch sells 69 acres of land to William Sparks & Jonas Sparks for $2094.

Book P, Page 550. 21 May 1853. Elizabeth Sparks sells 36 acres of land to E. H. Wilson for $610, (Elizabeth Sparks signs her name.)

Book Q, Page101. At the May term, 1850, of the Nicholas County Court “in the case of the heirs of Catherine Sparks, deceased, petition, Charles Fishback was appointed to sell the interest of the heirs in 56 acres of land which descended to the said heirs, towit: Melisa I. Sparks, Martha K. Sparks, Alvin sparks, William 0. Sparks, & Mary C. Sparks, infant children of Catherine Sparks, deceased; Charles Fishback & Mary Ann, his wife; William Wasson & Harriet, his wife; from Benjamin Stokes, deceased.” Land was sold to Robert Hopkins for $366.

Book Q page 217. 15 Feb. 1838. William Sparks & Catsey, his wife, convey 55 acres to Jonas Sparks for $1.00. (This deed was not recorded until 21 August 1854.)
 

Book R, Page 90. i Sept. 1855, A. D. Crouch sells land to William Sparks & Jonas Sparks for $4500.

Book R, Page 315. 20 May 1857. Samuel Sparks & Abbey, his wife, sell “all our right in land of Jonas Sparks, deceased” to James Young.

Book R, Page 363. 18 Sept. 1857, Samuel Sparks & Abbey, his wife, sell land to Sledd Nelson

Book R, Page 384. 7 Oct. 1857. Elizabeth Sparks, widow of Jonas Sparks; John F. Sparks & Cynthia L., his wife; James A. Young & Margaret, his wife, holding by

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PROPERTY DEEDS OF NICHOLAS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1800-1865, continued:

purchase land from Samuel Sparks, another heir of the said Jonas Sparks, deceased; make an amicable division of several tracts of land held jointly by William Sparks & Jonas Sparks, deceased. Land was conveyed to William Sparks

Book S, Page 145. 19 Nov. 1857. George Reed & Mary J., his wife, and John Reed &
Acinath, his wife, sell 39 acres of land on Summerset Creek to John Sparks and
Addison Young for $1971.

Book 5, Page 148. 15 Nov. 1858. William Kern & Jane, his wife, sell 33 acres of land on the Licking River to Samuel Sparks for $687.

Book T, Page 478. 19 Dec. 1860, John sparks & Cynthia, his wife, land to Addison Young.

Book 1, Page 76. 14 May 1864. Elizabeth Sparks; Emmerine Sparks James Huffstetter
& Elvira, his wife; George W, Crouch & Susan, his wife; William Firman Gillaspie &
Harriet, his wife; all heirs of William Sparks, deceased, sell 44 acres of land to Joseph Sparks, also an heir of William Sparks, deceased, for $150.

Book 1, Page 77. 14 May 1864, Joseph Sparks James Huffstetter & Elvira, his wife; George W, Crouch & Susan, his wife; William F. Gillaspie & Harriet, his wife; all heirs of William Sparks, deceased, to Elizabeth Sparks & Emmerine Sparks, also heirs of William Sparks, deceased, 80 acres of land. No money was involved. Christina, wife of Joseph Sparks, also signs.

Book 1, Page 81. 14 May 1864. (The heirs of William Sparks sell land to Harriet Gillaspie for $200, 50 acres.)

Book 1, Page 87. 14 May 1864. (The heirs of William Sparks sell 51 acres of land to Elvira Huffstetter for $150.)

Book 1, Page 112, 14 May l864.  (The other heirs of William Sparks sell 45 acres of land to Susan Crouch for $100.)

Book 1, Page 159. 13 May 1864. James A. Young & Margaret J., his wife, convey 91 acres of land on Summerset Creek to John F. Sparks.

Book 1, Page 230. 28 March 1865. Robert W. Barr sells 148 acres of land to Joseph Sparks for $1900.

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PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN NICHOLAS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1800-1850

Date Taxpayer Acres Watershed Males > 21 Horses Total Value
1800 Joseph Sparks     1517 Licking R.            1           2      - - -
1801-04 No Sparkses
1805 Joseph Sparks Brushy Fork            1          2      - - -
1806 George Sparks Brushy Fork            1      - - -
1807-16 No Sparkses

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PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN NICHOLAS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1800-1850, continued:
 
Date Taxpayer Acres Watershed Males >21 Horses Total Value
1817  William Sparks       80 Summerset        1        3      $790
1818 William Sparks       80 Summerset        1         3       790
1819 George Sparkes        1
William Sparkes     135 Summerset        1         2      1720
William Sparkes, Jr.        1         3        130
Catherine Sparkes       35 Hinkston        3        370
1820 George Sparks     200 Licking R.        1        1          15
William Sparks     135 Hinkston        1        2      1480
Caty Sparks       35 Summerset        1         225
Caleb Sparks        1        1           25
1821 George Sparks        1        1           20
William Sparks     135 Hinkston        2       1470
Jonas Sparks         120
Catherine Sparks       35 Summerset        3         240
1822 George Sparks        1        1           30
William Sparks, Jr.    135 Hinkston        1        2       1550
Catherine Sparks      35 Summerset        1         195
1823 George Sparks        1        2          30
Jonas Sparks        1        2        750
William Sparks    135 Hinkston        1        3      1650
Catherine Sparks      35 Hinkston        1        225
William Sparks        1
1824 George Sparks        1        1          30
William Sparks    135 Hinkston        1        3      1570
James Sparks        1        3        545
Katharine Sparks      33 Hinkston        1        208
1825 George Sparks        1        1         72
William Sparks    135 Hinkston        1        3     2230
Jonas Sparks        1        3       300
Catherine Sparks      33 Summerset       268
Caleb Sparks        1        1         60
1826 William Sparks 2nd        1  
William Sparks    135 Hinkston        1        6     1415
Caty Sparks      35 Summerset         240
George Sparks        1        1         75
Jonas Sparks        1        4       200
1827 Caleb Sparks        1        2        50
Katherine Sparks      40 Hinkston        1      230
Edward Sparks        1        1        50
William Sparks    135 Hinkston        1        6    1320
Jonas Sparks        1        5      225
James Sparks        1
George Sparks        1        1        60

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PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN NICHOLAS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1800-1850, continued:
 
Date Taxpayer Acres Watershed Males > 21 Horses Total Value
1828 (No tax book)
1829 James Sparks        1
George Sparks        1        1       $40
Jonas Sparks        1        2       270
William Sparks        135 Hinkston        1        8     1660
Thomas Sparks        1
Catherine Sparks          34 Summerset      238
1830 George Sparks        1        2        65
Catherine Sparks          32 Summerset      192
Elizabeth Sparks        1        50
William Sparks        135 Hinkston        1        7    1650
James Sparks        1        2      140
Edward Sparks        1
1831 Otho Sparks        1
George Sparks        1        1        50
William Sparks      135 Hinkston        1        5    1600
Jonas Sparks        1        4      150
Katherine Sparks        33 Summerset      231
Elizabeth Sparks       50
Edward Sparks        1        2       75
1832 (No tax book)
1833 William Sparks      135 Hinkston        1        4    1805
Jonas Sparks        1        5     200
Catherine Sparks        33 Hinkston     400
1834 Othia Sparks        1
George Sparks        1        2     100
Katharine Sparks        35 Hinkston     470
William Sparks      105 Hinkston        1        5   1785
Jonas Sparks        85 Hinkston        1        5   1545
1835 George Sparks        1        2     100
Otha Sparks        1
William Sparks      105 Hinkston        1        3   2232
Jonas Sparks        80 Hinkston        1        5   1450
Catherine Sparks        35 Summerset        3     475
1836 Elizabeth Sparks        70 Cassady        4    850
Otha Sparks        1  
George Sparks        1        2    150
Jonas Sparks      130 Hinkston        1        4   3450
William Sparks      162 Hinkston        1        5   4305
1837 (No tax book)

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PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN NICHOLAS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1800-1850, continued
 
Date Taxpayer Acres Watershed Males > 21 Horses Total Value
1838 Otha Sparks          1  
George Sparks          1        3    $140
Jonas Sparks    136 Somerset          1        5    4200 
William Sparks    161½ Somerset          1        5    4780
1839 Otha Sparks          1
Cath. & Eliz. Sparks    100 Cassady          3     1590
George Sparks          1        3      150
Jonas Sparks    136 Hinkson          1        7    4462
William Sparks    161 Hinkson          1        6    5195
1840 Jonas Sparks    136 Hinkston          1        7    3987
William Sparks    161 Hinkston          1        5    4416
George Sparks    104 Hinkston          1        4    2280 
1841
   Dist. 1 Charles Sparks    131 Sugar Creek          1        1      191
     "      " Otha Sparks          1        1        40
     "      2 Elizabeth Sparks    100 Cassady        3    1100
     "      3 George Sparks    104 Hinkston          1        4    2280
     "      " William Sparks    161½ Hinkston          1        5    5025
     "      " Jonas Sparks    134 Hinkston          1        8    4350
1842
   Dist. 1 Otha Sparks          1        1        50
     "      " Charles Sparks    187 Sugar Creek          1        3       275
     "      2 John Sparks          1        1        25
     "      " Elizabeth Sparks    100 Cassady        3    1100
     "      3 William Sparks    161 Hinkston          1        4    3071
     "      "  George Sparks    104 Hinkston          1        5    1760
1843
   Dist. 1 Otha Sparks          1        2        35
     "      " Charles Sparks    131 Sugar Creek          1        3      170
     "      2 Elizabeth Sparks      74 Cassady        2      484
     "      " Catherine Sparks      36 Cassady        1      236
     "      3 George Sparks    104 Hinkston          1        5    1398
     "      " William Sparks    161 Hinkston          1        4    2429
     "      " Jonas Sparks    136 Hinkston          1        6    2114
1844
   Dist. 1 Charles Sparks          1        1         30
     "      " Otha Sparks          1        1         10
     "      2 Elizabeth Sparks    110 Cassady        5    1090
     "      3 William Sparks      80 Hinkston          1        3
        same    161 Hinkston    4006
     "      " Joseph Sparks          1        1         50
     "      " Jonas Sparks      50 Hinkston          1        5
     "      "        same      80 Hinkston    2259
     "      " George Sparks    104 Hinkston          1        2    1432

1845, 1846, 1847, and 1848 (All tax lists were substantially the same as that of 1844: the same persons, acres, etc.)

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PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN NICHOLAS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1800-1850, continued:
 
Date Taxpayer Acres Watershed Males > 21 Horses Total Value
1849
   Dist. 1 Otha Sparks         1       1       $40 
      "     " Charles Sparks       1       1         30
     "      2 Elizabeth Sparks      72 Cassady       1       820
     "      3 George Sparks      52 Hinkston       1    1100
     "      " William Sparks    161 Hinkston       1
          same      10 Hinkston    4010
     "      " Jonas Sparks    130 Somerset       1    3200
     "      " Jonas & Wm. Sparks   Somerset        130
     "      " John Sparks       1
1850
   Dist. 1 Otha Sparks       1       1        20
      "     " Charles Sparks       1       2        40
      "     2 Elizabeth Sparks      72 Cassady       1      820
      "     3 George Sparks      17 Hinkson       1       3      430
      "     " William Sparks      80 Hinkson       1       3    2180
      "     " Jonas Sparks      50 Hinkson       1       7   1580
      "     " Jonas & Wm. Sparks    162 Hinkson
      "     "           same      80¾    6070
      "     " Joseph Sparks       1       1        80
      "     " John Sparks       1       2      145

WILLS OF PERSONS NAMED SPARKS IN NICHOLAS COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1800-1896

Abstracted by Paul E. Sparks

Book C. Katherine Sparks, aged and infirm, to granddaughter, Honor Sparks, one-third of the 36-acres farm where I live with my daughter, Elizabeth. Two-thirds of land to my granddaughter paying to the heirs of Mary Carter, $50 at the rate of $10 per year until paid. To grandson, Thomas Baker, my bed and bedding. Signed
6 January 1843, Witnesses: Joslin J. Hopkins and Andrew W. Shrout. Will probated in August 1843 term of court.
 

Book G. Jonas Sparks to wife, Elizabeth, one-third of the land and household goods. To sons, John Sparks and Samuel Sparks, balance of property and land. Sons to pay daughter, Margaret Ann Young, $1500. Signed, 26 October 1855. Witnesses: David Knox and James Huffstetter. Will probated in December term of Court, 1855.

Book H.  Elizabeth Sparks, to daughters: Honor Sparks, Sally Varner, and Kitty H. Wilson.  Signed 6 December 1867. Probated in the February 1869 term of Court.

Book H. Joseph Sparks to wife, Christiana A. Sparks, one-third of property. To sons: William J. Sparks, E. D. Sparks, and B. J. Sparks, and to daughters: Jendma E. Harrison and Mary Lee Thoinason, balance of property. Wife to be executor. Signed 20 February 1895.  Probated in February term of Court, 1896.

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1840 CENSUS OF NORTH CAROLINA

In previous issues of the QUARTERLY, we have published a listing of persons named Sparks as found on the 1790 census of North Carolina (See the issue for March 1953, Vol. 1, No. 1, Whole No. 1, p. 5-6) and that for the 1850 census (see the issue of December 1961, Vol. II, No. 14, Whole No. 36, p. 599-609). In 1790, 86 persons were enumerated as living in Sparks households in six of the fifty-tour counties of North Carolina. By 1850, 282 persons with the name Sparks were living in eighteen of the 79 counties of the state.  Here we list the 35 Sparks households as found on the 1840 census. Living in these 35 households were 122 males and 114 females.

Unlike the 1850 census, which included the name, age, and place of birth of all members of each household, the 1810 census gives only the name of the head, followed by an enumeration of the members according to age category. The federal census record. for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820 and 1830 used a similar listing. On the 1840 census, males and females were divided into 13 age categories. We may assume that in most households, the man named as the head was the oldest enumerated male, while the oldest enumerated female was his wife. If the head was a woman, as in the case of Temperance Sparks in Wilkes County, we can usually assume that she was the oldest female enumerated. Likewise, we can assume that in most cases the younger members of the household were children of the head. In some instances, however, aged relative. might be living in the household, as well as yoimg apprentices, servants and hired hands, orphaned neighbor children, in-laws, etc. The attempt was to count the members of each household, not to limit the enumeration to the members of the same family.

Slaves and free blacks were also counted In 1840, but they were listed in much broader age categories than the white people. Only three of the Sparks families listed in 1840 in North Carolina owned slaves. These are identified in the following list, with the enumeration of the slaves and free blacks in these households given at the end.

The original documents from which these census records have been copied are preserved in the National Archives. The Genealogic Company, Cendex Division, in Austin, Texas, recently made an index to the 1840 census of North Carolina. Carrie Grant Heppen, using the results of a search of that Index, has copied for us a full enumeration of each Sparks household.
 
 
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 Anson County  . .  ||| .
   John Sparks (p.47) .  2 . .   1 . . . . . . . .  ||| .   1 . . .   1 .   1 . . . . .
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Burke County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
   James Sparks (p.315)   2 . . .   1 . . . . . . .  ||| . . .   1 .   1 . . . . . . .
   Wm. Sparks (p.338) .   1   2 .   1   1 . . . . . .  ||| .   3 .   1 . .   1 . . . . . .
   Jas. Sparks (p.342)   1 . . . .   1 . . . . . . .  |||   1   1 . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   Absolem Sparks (p.350) .   2   1 . .   1 . . . . . . .  |||   1   1 .   2   1 . . . . . . . .
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Cherokee County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
   Athy Sparks (p.242)   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
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Davie County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
   Joseph Sparks (p. 204)   1   1   2 . .   1 . . . . . . .  ||| .   1 . . . .   1 . . . . .   12

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SPARKS FAMILIES ON THE 1810 CENSUS OF NORTH CAROLINA, continued:


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   Stephen Sparks (p.60) . . .   1   1 . . .   1  . . . .  |||   3   1   1   1 . . . . .   1 . .   2
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   Wm. Sparks (p.263)   1   2 . . .   1 . . . . . . .  |||   1   1 . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   Thos. Sparks (p. 265)   2   1 . .   1 . . . . . . . .  |||   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   Barnett Sparks (p. 265)   2   1 . .   1 . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   William Sparks (p.148) .   1 . . . . .   1 . . . . .  ||| . .   1   2   1 .   1 . . . . . .
   Am. P. Sparks (p. 278) . . . . .   1 . . . . . . .  |||   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
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Surry County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
   Thomas Sparks (p. 120)   2 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   William Z. Sparks (p. 120) .   1   1   1 . .   1 . . . . . .  ||| . . .   1 . .   1 . . . . . .
   George Sparks (p. 121)   2   3 . . .   1 . . .   1 . . .  |||   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   Russell Sparks (p. 122)  . . . .   1 . . . . . . . .  |||   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   Benjamin Sparks (p. 122) .   1   2   1 . . .   1 . . . . .  ||| .   1   2   2   1 . .   1 . . . . .
   Joel Sparks (p. 126) . .   1   1   2 . .   1 . . . . .  ||| . .   1   1   2 .   1 . . . . . .
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Wilkes County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
   Solomon Sparks (p. 73)   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . .   2 . . . . . . . .
   Temperance Sparks (p.75) . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . .   1 . . .   1 . . . . .
   Samuel Sparks (p. 75)   2   2   2 .   3 .   1 . . . . . .  |||   1 . .   2 .   1 . . . . .   1
   Richmond Sparks (p. 76)   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .  |||   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   Coleby Sparks (p. 77) . . . . .   1 . . . . . . .  |||   2   1   2   2   1 . . . . . .
   Solomon Sparks (p. 80) . . .   1 . .   1 . . . . . .  ||| . . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   Reuben Sparks (p. 82) .   1   1 . .   1 . . . .   1 . .  |||   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . .
   John M. Sparks (p. 82)   1 .   1   1 . . .   1 . . . . .  |||   1   1   1   1   1 .   1 . . . . . .
   Daniel Sparks (p. 84) . . .   1 . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . .   1 . . . . . . . . .
   Solomon Sparks (p. 84)   2 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .  ||| .   1 . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   Emanuel Sparks (p. 84) . . . .   1 . . . . . . . .  |||   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .
   Wm. R. Sparks (p. 84) . . .   1 . .   1 . .   1 . . .  ||| . . .   1 .   1 . . .   1 . . .
   Jonas Sparks (p. 84)   1   2   1   1   1 .   1 . . . . . .  ||| . . .   1 .   1 . .   1 . . . .
   Joel Sparks (p. 85) .   1   1   1 . . .   1 . . . . .  ||| . .   1 .   1 .   1 . . . . . .
   Mathew Sparks (p. 106) . .   3   1   1 . .   1 . . . . .  |||   3   2 . . . . .   1 . . . . .
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Yancy County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
   Thos. M. Sparks (p. 268)   1 . . . .   1 . . . . . . .  |||   3 . . .   1 . . . . . . . .

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SPARKS FAMILIES ON THE 1810 CENSUS OF NORTH CAROLINA, continued:
 

Slaves owned by Joseph Sparks of Davis County:
     Males:  under 10 years  4 Females:   under 10 years   2
                 10 to 24 years    1                   10 to 24 years     2
                 24 to 36 years    1                           Total female slaves    4
                 36 to 55 years    1
                 55 to 100 years  1
                            Total male slaves   8
Slaves owned by Stephen Sparks of Franklin Co.
    Males:  24 to 36 years  1 Females:  10 to 24 years   1
Free blacks in household of Stephen Sparks of 
    Franklin County:
    Males:  under 10 years   1 Females:  under 10 years   1
                10 to 24 years     3                  10 to 24 years     2
                36 to 55 years     1                  36 to 55 years     1
                              Total free males   5                               Total free females   4
Slaves owned by Samuel Sparks of Wilkes County:
Female: 36 to 50 years:   1

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DEATH TAKES DAVID ALFRED SPARKS

Nelliemae Burns Sparks of Sparks, Nevada, has reported the death of her Uncle Dave Sparks. Born February 2, 1890, David Alfred Sparks died suddenly at his home in Ariel, Washington, on May 3, 1972. He was buried at the Frank Abel Cemetery in Woodland, Washington. Mr. Sparks was married on July 13, 1926, in Dillon, Montana, to Ester Hazel Clifford, born February 2, 1902, in Lincoln, Idaho, the daughter of Ephraim Karlnealius and Ida Deborah (Hill) Clifford. David and Ester Sparks had two children:  Ester Arzela Sparks, born July 24, 1924, married Floyd Allan Seagraves, and David Clifford Sparks, born April 20, 1927, unmarried. Mr. Sparks is also survived by two grandchildren, Robert Allan Seagraves, born June 13, 1950, and Dorothy Ann Seagraves, born October 13, 1951. He is also survived by one brother, Wilbur Douglas Sparks of Woodland, Washington, and one sister, Nola Jane Sparks Hammill of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a half-brother, Harvey Jennings Sparks of Woodland. David Alfred Sparks was a son of James Harvey and Arzela (Lykins) Sparks of Morgan and Lewis Counties, Ky., and a grandson of John Ardie and Mary Ann (Lykins) Sparks and James Harvey and Nancy Jane (Ferguson) Ljyklna of Morgan County, Ky. He was preceded in death by five brothers: William Stuart Sparks, born June 29, 1879; James Monroe Sparks, born Feb. 14, 1881; John Franklin Sparks, born March 23, 1882; Henry Hendricks Cleveland Sparks, born Sept. 7, 1884; and George Grover Sparks, born April 23, 1887, all born in Kentucky. Mr. Sparks was a veteran of the First World War and, following his marriage, resided for some 43 years in Ariel, Washington. He was a fine man, loved dearly by all his family and friends. His remarkably keen memory, which he retained until his death, was of great assistance in our research on the Sparks families of Morgan and Lewis Counties, Kentucky.

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SPARKS FAMILIES IN ARKANSAS - - - 1830 CENSUS

Compiled by William Perry Johnson

What is now Arkansas was part of the Territory of Missouri until 1819, when it was formed as an independent territory and included what is now Oklahoma.   Indians had held full sway over the country until after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Arkansas became a state in 1836. The 1820 census for the Territory of Arkansas has been lost. The 1830 census for the Territory of Arkansas has been preserved in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and includes the counties of Arkansas, Chicot, Clark, Conway, Crawford, Crittenden, Heapstead, Hot Spring, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Miller, Monroe, Phillips, Pope, Pulaski, Saint Francis, Sevier, Union, and Washington.

Sparks families were living in four of Arkansas’ twenty-three counties in 1830. As in all federal censuses from 1790 until 1850, only the head of each household was actually named on the 1830 census. Following his (or her) name is an enumeration of members of the household, divided by sex with thirteen age categories for each.
 
 
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 Conway County  . .  ||| .
   Reuben Sparks (p. 149) . . . . .   1 . . . . . . .  ||| . . .   1 . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pope County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
   Willoby Sparks (p. 171) .   1 . .   1 . . . . . . . .  |||   2 . .   1 . . . . . . . . .
   Matthew Sparks (p. 172)   2   1 . . .   1 . . . . . . .  ||| . . .   1 . . . . . . . . .
   Absolom Sparks (p. 172) . . .   1 . . . . . . . . .  ||| . .   1   1 . . .   1 . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pulaski County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Matthew J. Sparks (p. 239)   1  .   1 .   1 . . . . . . . .  |||   1   1 . .   1 . . . . . . . .
  Matthew J Sparks Sr. p239 . .   1 . . . . .   1 . . . .  ||| . . . . .   1 . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sevier County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
   Berry Sparks (p. 163)   2 . .   1 .   1 . . . . . . .  |||   1   2   1   1 .   1 . . . . . . .

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SPARKS FAMILIES IN DELAWARE -- 1800 CENSUS

Compiled by William Perry Johnson

The 1790 census of Delaware has been lost. A “Reconstructed 1790 Census of Delaware” has been prepared by Leon De Valinger, Jr., State Archivist of Delaware, from 1790 tax lists, or if a tax list for 1790 was not extant the list for the year closest to that date was selected. While this reconstructed census falls short of the original 1790 census, it is an invaluable aid and guide to Delaware families. No persons named Sparks are given in this “Reconstructed 1790 Census of Delaware.“

The 1800 census of Delaware, covering the three Delaware counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex lists six individuals under the name Sparks. A Widow Sparks was living in the City of Wilmington in New Castle County. Also living in the City of Wilmington was a free black woman named Susan Sparks, her family consisting of four free black persons, including herself. Living in another part of New Castle County was Elama Sparks. Two men named Stephen Sparks were living in Kent County, one in Duck Creek Hundred and the other in Little Creek Hundred. (The households of these two men named Stephen Sparks were so similar, as enumerated, that it is possible that they are the same man who moved from one part of the county to another while the census was being taken.) Also listed in Little Creek Hundred of Kent County was a free black man identified as “Stephen Sparks man, Negro”. Perhaps it was intended that his name appear as “Stephen Sparkaman”, but more probab].y he had once been a slave owned by Stephen Sparks.

As in all federal censuses from 1790 until 1850, only the head of each household was actually named on the 1800 census. Following his (or her) name is an enumeration of members of the household, divided by sex, with five age categories for each.
 

  Males Females

               Name

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26
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 .  . New Castle . . . . |||  . . . . .
.   Christiana Hundred . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . .
.   City of Wilmington . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . .
.      Widow Sparks  (p. 168) .   1 . . . .  ||| . .   1 . .
.      Susan Sparks (p. 176) (other free people: 4) . . . . .  ||| . . . . .
. . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . .
.   Appoquinimink Hundred . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . .
.      Elama Sparks (p. 261) . . . .
  1
 .  |||
  2
  1
 .
  1
.
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. . .
Kent County
. . . . .  ||| . . . . .
.   Duck Creek Hundred . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . .
.      Stephen Sparks (p. 19) . . .   1 . .  ||| . .   1 . .
. . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . .
.   Little Creek Hundred . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . .
.     Stephen Sparks, man,
        Negro
(p. 32) (other free people: 5) . . . . .  ||| . . . . .
.    Stephen Sparks  (p. 44) .   1 .  .   1 .  ||| . .   1 . .

 
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