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. XXII, NO. 2 JUNE, 1974
WHOLE NO. 86a

 
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[Note:  On the cover is a photograph, beneath which is the following caption:]

LEVI SPARKS, SON OF WILLIAM AND HANNAH (SKINNER) SPARKS

Born 1832, Died 1919

With His Wife

CYNTHA ANN (FLYNN) SPARKS

Born 1831, Died 1913

They lived near Station Camp, Kentucky

Photograph taken about 1912

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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 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 receive THE SPARKS QUARTERLY as it is published in March, June, September, and December.  Back issues are kept in print and are available for 75 cents per issue. The first issue of the QUARTERLY was published in March, 1953. Four indexes have been published for the years 1953 -1957, 1958 -1962, 1963 -1967 and 1968 -72.  Each is available for $1.00. A complete file of all issues of the QUARTERLY (1953 -1973) with the four indexes may be purchased for $51.00.
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 from Dr. Bidlack. The QUARTERLY is printed by off-set at the Edwards Letter Shop, 711 North University Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan.

DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR., OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY

(Continued)

By: Paul E. Sparks

(Editor's Note: This is a continuation of the article begun in the March 1974 issue of the QUARTERLY. In that issue, we presented a brief sketch of the life of Isaac Sparks, Sr. (ca.1740 -ca.1815) of Estill County, Kentucky, and five of his children and their descendants: Elijah, William, John, George, and Jenny. Here we present data on the remainder of his children, Isaac, Jr., Thomas, James, and Peggy. Readers interested in this Estill County, Kentucky, branch of the family should note that a large portion of the September 1973 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. LCI, No. 3, Whole No. 83) was devoted to records of the Sparks family of Estill County. Many details regarding Isaac Sparks, Sr., given in the September 1973 issue were not repeated in the March 1974 issue.)

VI. Isaac Sparks, Jr., son of Isaac and Catherine Sparks, was born between 1784 and 1794 according to the 1810 census of Estill County, but since he paid taxes on himself as being age 21 or above in Clark County in 1804, he most probably was born about 1783. His place of birth has not been resolved. A daughter stated, according to the 1880 census of Lee County, Kentucky, that both of her parents were born in Virginia, but other children of Isaac Sparks, Jr., stated to their 1880 census taker that he was born in Kentucky. He died about 1846 in Estill County.

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DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR., OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:

Isaac Sparks, Jr., paid taxes in Estill County from 1808 until 1827, but by 1829 he was living in Madison County on Indian Creek, a tributary of the Rockcastle River. This part of Madison County became a part of Jackson County when it was created in 1858. Isaac Sparks, Jr., was listed on the 1830 census of Madison County, but he was back in Estill County in 1840.

Isaac Sparks, Jr., was married twice. His first marriage was to Annis McGuire in Estill County on March 8, 1809, with Abner Wiseman as his bonds man. (Actually the license was issued on that date, but it was not returned until September 18, 1810.) (M.B. A, page 2, and M.B. 2, page 32) Annis McGuire was a daughter of William McGuire, for at the August term of the Estill County Court in 1808, as an "infant orphan of William McGuire" she chose Abner Wiseman as her guardian. She was probably born about 1790. Isaac and Annis (McGuire) Sparks had four children: William Sparks, Mary "Polly" Sparks, Rachel Sparks, and Barnett Sparks. Annis (McGuire) Sparks apparently died between 1816 and 1820.

Isaac Sparks, Jr., married, second, to Frances Crawford probably about 1822. She was born about 1801, a daughter of Joseph Crawford. To the marriage of Isaac and Frances, eleven children were born: Robert Sparks, Joseph Sparks, John G. Sparks, Daniel C. Sparks, Sarah Sparks, Susannah Sparks, Catherine Sparks, Mary Jane Sparks, Nancy Sparks, Isaac Sparks, and Solomon Sparks.

As stated above, Isaac Sparks, Jr., died about 1846. He left no will; however, a Jackson County Court record, along with census data, confirms his children as named above. The court order was recorded on page 410, Deed Book 1, November 11, 1863. According to an abstract, Henry Faubus, a court appointed commissioner, acting for Barnett Sparks, the plaintiff, conveyed to Barnett Sparks 75 acres of land on the War Fork of Station Camp Creek in which the other heirs of Isaac Sparks, deceased, had an interest. Named as the other heirs were: William Sparks, Jeremiah Fowler and wife, Mary; John McQueen and wife, Rachel; Robert Sparks; Joseph Sparks; John G. Sparks; Daniel C. Sparks; Isaac Sparks; Solomon Sparks; Madison Alcorn and wife, Sarah; Susan Horn; Catherine White, and Woodson Horn and wife, Mary Jane.

A. William Sparks, son of Isaac and Annis (McGuire) Sparks, was born about 1810 in Estill County. He paid taxes in that county from 1834 to 1850. On August 11, 1829, he married Hannah Skinner in Estill County. She was a daughter of Courtland and Hannah (Reed) Skinner who were married in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1793. Hannah (Skinner) Sparks apparently died between 1843 and 1849. Children of William and Hannah Sparks were:
1. Levi Sparks, son of William and Hannah (Skinner) Sparks, was born November 9, 1832, and died November 21, 1919. He lived and died on the Levi Sparks Branch of Station Camp Creek in Estill County. In 1856, he married Cyntha Ann Flynn, a daughter of Levi and Jane (Fowler) Flynn. Cyntha Ann was born February l5, 1831, and died March 3, 1913. Both Levi and Cyntha Ann are buried in the Sparks Cemetery on the hill that overlooks the old Sparks homeplace. (A photograph of Levi and Cyntha Ann (Flynn) Sparks appears on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY.)

Roberta "Robin" Seibel, a great-granddaughter of Levi and Cyntha Ann Sparks, has written a description of this couple that is quite appealing. She wrote: "Levi was a farmer whose 4 a.m. hog call distressed some, amused others and woke everyone for some distance.

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DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR., OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:
 
I think something special should be said for this couple whose hearts and home harbored so many orphans, lonely oldsters, and anyone who had a need. They hosted so many weddings, I stopped counting. One cannot talk about them to anyone who remembers them without recognizing that these were two very special people, genuinely loved and admired by all. Children loved to play pranks on "Uncle Levi." Young people enjoyed the happy times and the music and laughter that filled their house.  Old folks found a haven of comfort in their family circle. Levi Flynn, a nephew of Cyntha Ann, is not a tall man and he said the reason he is short is because he couldn't keep his feet still when the Sparkses got out their fiddles, banjos, and accordions, and he wore himself down from dancing."

Children of Levi and Cyntha Ann (Flynn) Sparks were:

a. William ("Little Willie") Sparks, born June 10, 1858. He died when a small child.

b. Ansil Daniel Sparks, born April 14, 1860, in Estill County, and died. January 30, 1945, in Indiana. He was obviously named for Dr. Ansil Daniel, a well-known physician of Estill County. Dr. Daniel was born about 1801 and practiced medicine for a lifetime; he was still making house calls in a buggy at age 82. His life touched the lives of many citizens of Estill County, including those of the of the Sparks families.
On January 13, 1881, Ansil Daniel Sparks married Julie Caroline Bolin, daughter of Milam and Nancy (Trent) Bolin. (Estill Co. M.B. 1871-87, page 288) Julie Caroline was born January 30, 1862, in Tennessee and she died August 12, 1946. Ansil Sparks was nearly six feet tall while Julie was not quite four and one-half feet tall.
 

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This photograph is among a collection inherited by Robin Sparks Seibel. She believes that it may be a photograph of her grandfather, Ansil Daniel Sparks. Can anyone identify this picture for sure? She describes the original as a "much abused tintype."

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[NOTE:  On page 1643 there are two photographs.  At the top of the page is a group photograph and on the bottom right of the page is a photograph of Robie Sparks.]

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Above: (Rear, left to right) Ansil D. Sparks, with his son-in-law, Bob Andis, his son, Ola Sparks, and his daughter, Rosa.
(Front, left to right) Julie Bolin Sparks, wife of Ansil D. Sparks, their daughter-in-law, Goldie (Harrison) Sparks, their son Robie Sparks, and their son Neal Sparks.
Mrs. Seibel explains: "My pretty grandmother was never happy with pictures of herself," hence the cut portion.

The photograph to the right is that of Robie Sparks (1884-1962), son of Ansil Daniel and Julia (Bolin) Sparks. He was the father of Robin Seibel who owns the originals of these photographs.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR. OF ESTILL COUNTY KENTUCKY, continued:
 

The children of Ansil Daniel and Julie Caroline (Bolin) Sparks were:

(1) William Jefferson 'Willie" Sparks, born March 22, 1882, in Estill County and died in 1960. He married Edith McClain and they had eight children.
(2) Robie Sparks, born January 15, 1884, and died March 3, 1962. He married Goldie Harrison and they had three children, including Roberta "Robin" (Sparks) Seibel who has been so helpful in the preparation of this article.
(3) Molly Sparks, born February 21, 1886, and died in infancy.
(4) Rosa Sparks, born May 25, 1887, in Estill County. She died in 1969 in Indiana. She married Robert Andis and they had two children.
(5) Cornelious "Neal" Sparks, born April 7, 1890, and died in 1969. He never married.
(6) Marvella Sparks, born February 4, 1892, died November 19, 1894.
(7) Ola "Jack" Sparks, born March 5, 1899, in Johnson County, Indiana, and died February 14, 1970. He never married.

c. Sarah Ann Sparks, daughter of Levi and Cyntha Arm (Flynn) Sparks, was born about 1862. She died in Ohio. She married Daniel Sandlin and they had the following children:
(1) Ansil Daniel Sandlin, nicknamed "Bunk" or "Bunkum". He married Margaret Hale and they had eight children.
(2) Cynthia Sandlin, called "Sissy", married Amos Durbin and they had seven children.
d. Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Sparks, son of Levi and Cyntha Ann (Flynn) Sparks, was born December 31, 1864, in Estill County and died in October 1951 in Indiana. On September 19, 1892, he married (first) Marvella Pratt, daughter of William and Caroline (Trent) Pratt. Marvella was born May 4, 1870, and died November 26, 1901. She was a cousin of Julie Bolin, wife of Ansil Daniel Sparks. Jeff and Marvella Sparks had the following children:
(1) Myrtle Sparks, born January 3, 1894. She married Frank Clem and lives (1974) at Walton, Indiana. They had four children.

(2) Charles Foster Sparks, born February 17, 1895, and died April 2, 1921. He never married.

(3) Bessie Sparks, born October 13, 1896. She lives in Indiana.

(4) Cecil Sparks, born about 1898. He married Opal Craig and they had two children.

(5) James West Sparks, born December 9, 1899. He married Mildred Oldham and they had five children. They live in Indiana.

(6) Julie May Sparks, born October 15, 1901. She married Homer Hall and they had two children. She is buried in Ohio.

After the death of his wife, Marvella (Pratt) Sparks, Jeff Sparks married (second) Zoda Gentry in 1903 in Estill County. She was born March 25, 1882, and died in 1969 in Indiana. She was reared by Levi and Cyntha Ann (Flynn) Sparks. To the union of Jeff and Zoda (Gentry) Sparks were born:
(7) Homer Sparks, born about 1904. He died in infancy.

(8) Flora Sparks, born May 27, 1906. She married David Sparks, a son of John G. Sparks, grandson of Daniel C. Sparks, and a greatgrandson of Isaac Sparks, Jr. They had two children.

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DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR., OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:
 

Children of Jeff and Zoda (Gentry) Sparks, continued:

(9) Raymond Sparks, born July 2, 1908. He married Lillie Bird and they had three children.

(10) Showie May Sparks, born October 6, 1910. She married Robert Ripberger and they had two children.
 

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Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Sparks (1864-1951) with children by his first wife, Marvella (Pratt) Sparks: James W. 1899; Myrtle 1894; Bessie 1896; Cecil 1898; Charles Faster 1895; and Julie May 1901

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DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR., OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:
 

Children of Jeff and Zoda (Gentry) Sparks, continued:
(11) Winvil Sparks, born December 16, 1915. He married Madeline Garland and they had two children.

(12) Eva Sparks, born July 7, 1918. She married Herman Poe and they had three children.

(13) Ernest Sparks, born July 5, 1920. He married Maydrew Evans and they had two children.

e. Hannah J. Sparks, daughter of Levi and Cyntha Ann (Flynn) Sparks, was born about 1867 in Estill County and died December 18, 1951. On October 7, 1885, she married James R. Crank at the home of her father in Estill County. Her brother, Ansil Daniel Sparks, was a witness. (M.B. 1871-87, page 932) Hannah and James Crank had the following children:
(1) Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Crank, born September 1886. He married Josie Carter and they had eleven children. In 1970 they had 26 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Jeff Crank is a minister and lives in Ohio (1973).

(2) Levi Crank. He died in childhood.

(3) Cyntha Ann Crank, born in 1891 and died in 1961. In January 1906 she married James Cox at the.home of her grandfather, Levi Sparks, in Estill County. James Cox was a son of Nancy Ann (Sparks) Cox, a grandson of John G. Sparks (see below) and a great-grandson of Isaac Sparks, Jr. Cyntha Ann and James were parents of six children.

(4) Bertha Crank; she married Thomas Powell and died at age 17.

(5) Leonard Crank; he married (first) Nancy Winkle and (second) Betty Marcum. There were children born to both marriages.

(6) Pearl Crank, born November 24, 1899. She married David Allen. She had one daughter.

f. Levi F. "Squire" Sparks, born about 1872. He married Lucy Ann Crawford and they had five children, all of whom live in or near Irvine, Kentucky.
(1) Eli Sparks. He married (first) - - - - -  Stevens and (second) - - - - - Tipton. He had fourteen children.

(2) Maud Sparks. She married Millard Eve and they had several children.

(3) Daniel Sparks. He died at age 17.

(4) Sarah Sparks. She married James Plummer and they had four children.

(5) Gardner Sparks. He married Lilly Estes.

2. Annis Sparks, daughter of William and Hannah (Skinner) Sparks, was born about 1833 in Madison County, Kentucky. On January. 26, 1854, she was married to John Blanton at the home of her brother, Levi Sparks, in Estill County. (M.B. 1854-71, page 10) Annis died shortly after the birth of their only child, Lucinda Blanton, in 1855.
a. Lucinda Blanton married John P. Miller on July 13, 1870, and they were the parents of three children:

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DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR., OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:
 

Children of Lucinda Blanton and John P. Miller:
(1) Pleasant Green Miller, born about 1871. He lived to be quite old and was married three times. We have not learned the name of his first wife, but he married (second) Betty Davidson and they had one son. A grandson of the second marriage was once mayor of Irvine. Pleasant Miller married (third) Emma Thurman and they had two children.

(2) Clarence Miller. He is an attorney and has been a state representative several times in the Kentucky General Assembly. He never married.

(3) William Miller. He left Estill County and we have no further information about him.

3. Jeremiah Sparks, son of William and Hannah (Skinner) Sparks, was born on July 1, 1835, and died on October 8, 1905] in Jackson County, Kentucky. He is buried in the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery at McKee, Kentucky. He enlisted October 10, 1861, at Estill Springs, Kentucky, in Company G, 8th Regiment, Kentucky Foot Volunteers, United States Array and received a medical discharge on May 22, 1862, at Murphreesboro, Tennessee. He almost lost his eye-sight when struck down by a typhoid epidemic that ran through his regiment and took the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. He also suffered from permanently impaired lungs. He was 5 feet, 11 inches tall and had blue eyes, fair hair, and a fair complexion according to his applica for a pension. (For an account of his regiment, see History of 8th Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, by T. S. Wright, 1880.)

On January 17, 1856, in Madison County, Jeremiah Sparks was married to Sarah ("Sally") Morris, daughter of Vincent W. Morris. Levi Sparks, brother of Jeremiah, attested to the consent of his father, William Sparks, to the marriage. (M.B. 2, page 93) Sally Morris was born in Clay County, Kentucky, on January 24, 1838, and died on February 13, 1920, in Jackson County. This couple lived on Doe Creek in Jackson County. They had twelve children:

a. John Riley Sparks, son of Jeremiah and Sally (Morris) Sparks, was born August 10, 1857. He married Amanda Gillum on October 17, 18811, in Estill County at the home of Milton Estes. Witnesses were
R. W. Stancil and Marcus Thomas. (M.B. 1871-1887, page 374)

b. Vincent W. "Jeff" Sparks, son of Jeremiah and Sally (Morris) Sparks, was born November 26, 1858. He married Elizabeth Morris on March 25, 1880, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-1896, page ) According to the Vital Records of Jackson County, they had a son, ,S. E. Sparks, born December 1 , 1904.

c. Elizabeth ("Eda Jane") Sparks, born April 11, 1863. She harried Leander Nunn on August 14, 1879, at the home of her father in Jackson County. (N.B. 1858 -1896) Leander Nunn was a son of Russell and Esther Nunn. When the 1880 census was taken of Jackson County, Eda Jane and Leander had one son, William R. Nunn, born in May 1880.

d. Armilda E. Sparks, born February 28, 1865. She married William H. Anderson on August 16, 1880, at the home of her father in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858 -1896)

e. Margaret Malinda Sparks, born January 25, 1867. She married Alexander Morris on January 3, 1884, at the home of her father in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858 -1896)

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DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR., OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:

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

JEREMIAH SPARKS (1835 -1909)

with his wife

SALLY (MORRIS) SPARKS (1838-1920)

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Children of Jeremiah and Sally (Morris) Sparks continued:
 

f. Isaac Canada Sparks, son of Jeremiah and Sally (Morris) Sparks, was born June 25, 1869. He became a successful horticulturisL according to information we have received.

g. Merrill Sparks, son of Jeremiah and Sally (Morris) Sparks, was born April 4, 1872. He married Sarah Ann Dickson on February 19, 1891, in Jackson County, Kentucky. (M.H. 1858 -1896) She apparently died prior to 1904 because by that year, according to Vital Records of Jackson County, Morrill Sparks had married Rachel Harrison and had a son, William T. Sparks.

h. Fanny Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah and Sally (Morris) Sparks, was born May 10, 1874. She married Samuel B. Welch on March 13, 1896, in Jackson County. (M.H. 1858 -1896) According to Vital Records of Jackson County, Fanny and Samuel Welch had at least two children:

(1) John Welch, born in 1901.

(2) Maud Welch, born in November 1904.


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DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR., OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:
 

Children of Jeremiah and Sally (Morris) Sparks, continued:
i. James F. Sparks, born March 31, 1877. He married Margaret Hatfield on February 22, 1896, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858 -1896) According to Vital Records of Jackson County, James F. and Margaret Sparks had at least one child, Sarah Sparks, born August 17, 1901.

j. Daniel Sparks, born about 1878. He was not mentioned in the application for a pension, and apparently he died while young.

k. Hannah Sparks, born March 13, 1881. She married Abijah Spurlock on October 8, 1896, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858 -1896) According to Vital Records of Jackson County, Hannah and Abijah Spurlock had a son,
Henry Spurlock, born May 24, 1906.

l. Nancy "Nannie" Sparks, born September 30, 1883. According to the Vital Records of Jackson County, she married Isaac Isaacs on August 12, 1904 .

4. Isaac Sparks, son of William and Hannah (Skinner) Sparks, was born about 1838 and died May 11, 1901. He enlisted July 3, 1863, at Irvine, Kentucky, in Company A, 47th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry, U.S. Army, and was discharged in December 1864 at Lexington, Kentucky. He served as a company cook. He was 6 feet tall and had blue eyes, black hair, and a fair complexion according to his application for a Civil War pension. On March 1, 1860, Isaac Sparks married Sarah Sandlin in Jackson County with Kennada Sandlin as his bondsman. (M.B. 3, page 99) Sarah Sandlin was born about 1843 and apparently died about 1872. They lived on a 327-acre farm on Sand Lick in Jackson County. To this marriage the following children were born:
a. Mary F. Sparks, born about 1861. On March 29, 1883, she married William D. Wilson in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) She married (second) - - - - Webb. On November 7, 1891, she married (third) Erasmus Lamb. By the latter marriage she had at least one child, a daughter, Etta Lamb.

b. William R. Sparks, born about 1862. He is probably the William Sparks who married Martha Drew on March 15, 1883, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858 -96)

c. John K. Sparks, born about 1864. He married Fanny S. Gabbard November 18, 1886, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) They had at least one child, Maud Sparks, born June 1, 1888.

d. Frances J. Sparks, born about 1868.

e. George Sparks, born about 1871. On November 26, 1892, he married Fanny Sandlin in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96)

After the death of his first wife, Sarah (Sandlin) Sparks, Isaac Sparks married (second) Louisa (or Eliza) Standifer on November 2, 1882, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) Louisa was a daughter of William Standifer who performed the wedding ceremony in his home. To this union were born the following children:
f. James P. Sparks, born about 1884.

g. Milas Sparks, born April 2, 1886. He married and had the following children: Alice Sparks, Nina Sparks, Berdenia Sparks, Elvyn Sparks, and Ina Sparks.

h. Levi Sparks, born February 19, 1888. He :harried and had the following children: Grace Sparks, Bertel M. Sparks, Travis E. Sparks, Roy L. Sparks, Beulah Sparks, Herman Sparks, and Helen Sparks.

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DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR., OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:
 

Children of Isaac arid Louisa (Standifer) Sparks, continued:
i. Maggie Sparks, born November 24, 1889.

j. Nannie Sparks, born February 3, 1892 .

k. Green Sharks, born about 1893.

l. Rosa Sparks, born January 20, 1899, and died December 25, 1900.

After the death of Isaac Sparks in 1901, Louisa (Standifer) Sparks married as her second husband, Join F. Gabbard, on December 11, 1902, and he became the guardian of Isaac Sparks's children who were underage at that time.
5. William Riley Sparks, son of William and. Hannah (Skinner) Sparks, was born about 1839. Riley Sparks, as he was known, went to the Nebraska Territory (now Montana) before 1859 and established a farm at Sun River and a silver mine at Silver Bow. Misfortune, in the form of unscrupulous partners, over took him and he lost all of his holdings. He returned to Estill County before his death in 1890. He never married.
6. Eli Sparks, son of William and Hannah (Skinner) Sparks, was born on April 6, 1841, and died on December 28, 1926, in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. He enlisted. on October 10, 1861, in Company G, 8th Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S. Army. He re-enlisted on June 4, 1864, in Company C, 4th Ategiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S. Army and was discharged on August 17, 1865. He was engaged in the Battle of Chickamauga, the Battle of Buzzards Roost, and the Raid through Alabama. He sustained injuries in the military service which caused some paralysis and impairment for the rest of his life.

Eli Sparks married (first) Jane Smith in February 1866 in Jackson County and to that marriage two children were born:

a. Loucinda Sparks, born February 1867.

b. Sarah Elizabeth Sparks, born September 26, 1868. She married - - - - Robertson.

Eli and Jane (Smith) Sparks were divorced and he left Jackson County in March 1869 and went to Arkansas where he settled at Combs. It was there at the home of William Carpenter that he was introduced to his second wife who was a widow, Ursula Jane (Salyer) Stewart. They were married on October 20, 1869, in Madison County, Arkansas, and lived, farmed, and reared a family a few miles from Combs, and it was there that Ursula died on April 29, 1913. Two children were born to Eli and Ursula:
c. Malinda Ann Sparks, born May 8, 1870, died May 16, 1958. She married (first) William Henry Faubus. He was born on February 8, 1.868, a son of Ellis and Biddie Ann (Parsley) Faubus. To this iaarriap e were born eight children:
(1) John Samuel ("Little Sam") Faubus, was born October 2,14, 1887, at Combs. Arkansas. He was a very knowledgeable and well educated man; during his life he was a farmer, miner, railroader, and timber-worker. He was a member of the Church of Christ and he was a Democrat. He enjoyed writing poetry and was a good musicIan. In 1963, he wrote: "My grandfather, Eli Sparks, was born in Kentucky about 1840. I never knew where his family came from. His father was an abolitionist and grandfather joined the Union Army and served to the end of the war in 1865. He came to Arkansas in 1969 and was one of the best fiddlers I have ever known."


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DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR., OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued;

On December 24, 1908, "Little Sam" Faubus married Addie Joslin, a daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Thornbury) Joslin. To this union seven children were born, including Orval Eugene Faubus who became Governor of Arkansas in 1955, an office that he held for six terms. He was a popular executive and the first Governor of Arkansas to be elected more than three terms.
[NOTE:  Here appears a photograph, beneath which is the following caption:]

ORVAL EUGENE FAUBUS

Six-term Governor of Arkansas

&

GREAT-GRANDSON OF ELI AND URSALA JANE (SALYER) SPARKS.

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(2) Lillie Ada Faubus, daughter of William H. and Malinda Ann (Sparks) Faubus, married Loddie A. McChristian.

(3) Addie Faubus, daughter of William H. & Malinda Ann (Sparks) Faubus.

(4) Mary E. Faubus, daughter of William H. & Malinda A. (Sparks) Faubus.

(5) W. Eli Faubus, son of William H. & Malinda Ann (Sparks) Faubus.

(6) Minnie M. Faubus, daughter of William H. & Malinda Ann (Sparks) Faubus.

(7) Harvey Faubus, born July 3, 1897.

(8) Orba Faubus, born February 24, 1899.


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DESCENDANTS OF ISAAC SPARKS, SR., OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:
 

d. Maryada Sparks, daughter of Eli and Ursula (Salyer) Sparks, was born in July 1873. She married ----- Center.

After the death of his wife, Ursula, in 1913, Eli Sparks married (third) Belle Duncan. There were no children born to this marriage. Eli Sparks finally moved to Cherokee County, Okla., where he died on December 28, 1926.

7. Polly Ann Sparks, daughter of William and Hannah (Skinner) Sparks, was probably born about 1843. She married William Washington ("'Wash") Lynch on June 15, 1864, in Estill County. (M..B. 1854 -71, page 30) She died in Arkansas.
After the death of his wife, Hannah (Skinner) Sparks, between 1843 and 1849, William Sparks (son of Isaac and Annis (McGuire) Sparks) married as his second wife Sarah "Sally Ann" Muck on May 2, 1850, in Estill County. (M.B. A, page 175) They moved to Owsley County where, according to the Vital Statistics of Owsley County, they had at least two children:
8. Robert Sparks, son of William and Sally Ann (Muck) Sparks, was born April 8, 1853.

9. George W. Sparks, son of William and Sally Ann (Muck) Sparks, was born December 20, 1854.

On January 10, 1855, William and Sally Ann Sparks sold land on Station-Camp Creek in Estill County. A year later, on January 17, 1856, William gave consent to the marriage of his son, Jeremiah Sparks, to marry Sarah Morris. This is the last official record that we have found. Family tradition says he moved with his second family to Arkansas and that he became the father of triplets. No data have been found to support this tradition.

B. Mary "Polly" Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Annis (McGuire) Sparks, was probably born about 1811. She married Jeremiah Fowler on April 14, 1825, in Estill County. (M.B. A, page 42) Jeremiah Fowler was born about 1802, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hill) Fowler. When the 1830 census was taken, Jeremiah and Polly were living in Madison County and had a son and daughter, but they were back in Estill County when the 1850 census was taken. According to the census data and information furnished us, they had the following family:

1. Isaac Fowler, son of Jeremiah and Polly (Sparks) Fowler, was born about 1827. In 1845, he married Edith Lakes and they had the following family:
a. Jeremiah Fowler, born about 1847.

b. Carter Fowler, born about 1848.

c. Lewis C. Fowler, born about 1850. On April 28, 1869, he was married to Nancy Jane Sparks in Jackson County. (M.B. 1866-72) She was a daughter of Daniel C. Sparks (see below).

d. Jonathan Fowler, born about 1852.

e. Hiram C. Fowler, born about 1853.

f. James Fowler, born about 1855.

g. Mary Jane Fowler, born about 1857.

h. Eleana Fowler, born about 1859.

i. Eliza Ann Fowler, born about 1859. She was a twin to Eleana.

2. Rachel Fowler, daughter of Jeremiah and Polly (Sparks) Fowler, was born about 1829.

3. Richard Fowler, son of Jeremiah and Polly (Sparks) Fowler, was born about 1836.

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4. Jane Fowler, daughter of Jeremiah and Polly (Sparks) Fowler, was born about 1839. In 1857 she married William Lakes and they had at least one child:
a. John Francis Lakes, born August 19, 1861, and died on July 12, 1906. He married Malinda Jane Sparks about 1889. She was a daughter of James J. Sparks and a granddaughter of Joseph C. Sparks (see below).
5. Lucy Fowler, daughter of Jeremiah and Polly (Sparks) Fowler, was born about 1847.

6. Polly Ann Fowler, daughter of Jeremiah and Polly (Sparks) Fowler, was born about 1849.

Names of four other children of Jeremiah and Polly (Sparks) Fowler have been given to us, but we cannot verify these names nor can we give them any order of birth. These are:
7. Carter Fowler.

8. Jeremiah Fowler.

9. Lewis Fowler.

10. James Fowler.

C. Rachel Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Annis (McGuire) Sparks, was probably born about 1813/1814 according to the 1870 census of Jackson County and the 1880 census of Lee County. On December 25, 1830, she was married to John McQueen in Madison County. (M.B. 1, page 178) They had the following children:
1. Robert McQueen, son of John and Rachel (Sparks) McQueen, was born about 1835.

2. Mary "Polly" McQueen, daughter of John and Rachel (Sparks) McQueen, was born about 1837.

3. Barnett McQueen, son of John and Rachel (Sparks) McQueen, was born about 1839. He married Jane -----, probably about 1865 and they had at least five children

a. Annis McQueen, born about 1870.
b. Susan McQueen, born about 1872.
c. David McQueen, born about 1874.
d. Rachel McQueen, born about 1876.
e. Elizabeth McQueen, born about 1878.
4. Joseph McQueen, son of John and Rachel (Sparks) McQueen, was born about 1842. He married Nancy -----, probably about 1865, and they had at least six children:
a. Michael McQueen, born about 1867.
b. Amanda McQueen, born about 1868.
c. John McQueen, born about 1870.
d. Elias Queen, born about 1872.
e. Wesley McQueen, born about 1877.
f. Mary McQueen, born in May 1880.
5.John McQueen, son of John and Rachel (Sparks) McQueen, was born about 1842.

6. Daniel McQueen, son of John and Rachel (Sparks) McQueen, was born about 1844.

7. Sally A. McQueen, daughter of John and Rachel (Sparks) McQueen, was born about 1849.

8. Frances McQueen, daughter of John and Rachel (Sparks) McQueen, was born about 1852.

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9. William McQueen, son of John and Rachel (Sparks) McQueen, was born about 1855.

10. Elizabeth McQueen, daughter of John and Rachel (Sparks) McQueen, was born about 1857.

11. Rebecca J. McQueen, daughter of John and Rachel (Sparks) .McQueen, was born about 1860.

D. Barnett Sparks, son of Isaac and Annis (McGuire) Sparks, was born about 1815/1816. On January 17, 1839, he married Mary "Polly" Muck in Estill County. (M.B. A, page 109) Polly was born about 1817. Barnett Sparks paid taxes in Estill County from 1847 until Jackson County was formed in 1858, then he became a taxpayer in the new county. He lived on War Fork of Station Camp Creek where he and his brothers owned a considerable amount of land. According to census data and information furnished to us, Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks were the parents of eleven children:
1. Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks, was born about 1839. On August 5, 1856, she was married to Elihu Crawford, with her father acting as bondsman. (M.B. 1852-1856, page 237) Elihu Crawford was born about 1835, a son of Joseph Crawford, Jr., and a nephew of Frances Crawford, second wife of Isaac Sparks, Jr. When the 1880 census was taken, Elizabeth and Elihu Crawford were living in Lee County and had the following family:
a. Delina Crawford, born about 1862.

b. Josiah Crawford, born about 1864.

c. John Crawford, born about 1867.

d. Sarah Crawford, born about 1869.

e. Lucy Ann Crawford, born about 1875. She married Levi "Squire" Sparks, son of Levi and Cyntha Ann (Flynn) Sparks, and a grandson of William and Hannah (Skinner) Sparks. (See above.)

f. George Crawford, born about 1879.

2. Eliza Sparks, daughter of Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks, was born about 1841. On May 8, 1860, she was married to Sandford Ross in Jackson County with her father acting as a bondsman. (M.B. 3, page 107) According to the 1870 census of Jackson County, Eliza and Sandford Ross had at least five children. Eliza apparently died after the fifth child was born; this was Robert, who was four months old when the census was taken in 1870.
a. Thomas Ross, born about 1861.

b. Lucy A. Ross, born about 1863.

c. George Ross, born about 1865. He married Elzira Flynn and they had eight children.

d. Barnett Ross, born about 1867.

e. Robert Ross, born about 1870.

3. Thomas Sparks, son of Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks, was born about 1843. He married Nancy Isaacs on December 29, 1868, in Jackson County, with Samuel Isaacs as his bondsman. (M.D. 1866-72, page 175) According to the 1880 census of Jackson County, Thomas and Nancy were the parents of the following children, though there may have been others:
a. Samuel Sparks, born about 1870.

b. Dovea Sparks, born about 1873.

c. Dolla Sparks, born about 1875.

d. Barnett "Barney" Sparks, born about 1878.


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4. George W. Sparks, son of Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks was born about 1845. He !riarried Mary S. Durbin, daughter of Silas Durbin,  in Lee County on September 30, 1875. (M.B. 1, page 316) When the 1880 census was taken of Jackson County, they had the following children, and there may have been others:
a. Maggie Sparks, born about 1875.
b. John Sparks, born about 1877.
c. James Sparks, born about 1878.
5. Agnes Sparks, daughter of Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks, was born about 1847. On January 1, 1872, she married John Reece in Jackson County with her brother, Robert, acting as bondsman. (M.B. 1866-72)

6. Robert Sparks, son of Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks, was born in July 1850. On September 21, 1872, he married Susan (Smith) Pigg in Jackson County. (M.B. 1872-76, p. 20) Susan was the widow of ----- Pigg who had been killed in the Civil War. Robert Sparks migrated to Oregon in 1892. He and Susan had at least five children:

a. Mary E. Sparks, born about 1874.
b. John Sparks, born about 1876.
c. Thomas Sparks, born about 1878.
d. James Sparks, born in February 1880.
e. William Harland Sparks, born April 7, 1882. He married and had at least one child, Betty Ann Sparks, who married Erwin I. Gubser of Winston, Oregon.
7. Sarah A. Sparks, daughter of Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks, was born about 1853.

8. Mary Ann Sparks, daughter of Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks, was born about 1855.

9. Perlina Sparks, daughter of Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks, was born October 3, 1858. She married William P. Parrott on October 23, 1879, at the home of her father in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96)

10. James Sparks, son of Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks, was born about 1863.

11. Solomon Sparks, son of Barnett and Polly (Muck) Sparks, was born about 1865.

As stated. earlier in this article, Annis (McGuire) Sparks apparently died between 1816 and 1820. After her death, Isaac Sparks, Jr., married Frances Crawford, probably about 1822. She was born about 1801 and was a daughter of Joseph Craw ford. Isaac and Frances had eleven children:
 
E. Robert Sparks, son of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1823 and apparently died between 1861 and 1869. He married Mary Ann Wood about 1845 and they were living in Owsley County when the 1850 census was taken.  (The Owsley County courthouse burned in 1929 and most of the official records were destroyed.)  By 1860, Robert and Mary Ann Were living in Jackson County. They had the following family:
1. Isaac Sparks, son of Robert and Mary Ann (Wood) Sparks was born about 1846.

2. Theresa Jane Sparks, daughter of Robert and Mary Ann (Wood) Sparks, was born about 1847.

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Children of Robert and Mary Ann (Wood) Sparks, continued:
 

3. Daniel Sparks, son of Robert and Mary Ann (Wood) Sparks, was born about 1849. He married Hulda Blevens on February 9, 1875, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1872-76., page 220) They had four children when the 1880 census was taken of Jackson County, but there were probably other children born later:
a. Mary J. Sparks, born about 1875.
b. Robert Sparks, born about 1877.
c. Jeremiah Sparks, born December 1879.
d. Burton Sparks, a twin to Jeremiah, born December 1879.
4. William Sparks, son of Robert and Mary Ann (Wood) Sparks, was born February 12, 1852. He married Jane Lakes on March 2, 1874, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1872-76, page 142)

5. John Sparks, son of Robert and Mary Ann (Wood) Sparks, was born June 2, 1854. He was known as "Rambler John" and was a blacksmith.

6. Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Robert and Mary Ann (Wood) Sparks, was born about 1856.

7. James Sparks, son of Robert and Mary Ann (Wood) Sparks, was born August 1, 1859. He married (first) Sarah J. Sparks, a daughter of his uncle, John G. Sparks (see below), on January 11, 1883, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) The following children were born to this marriage.

a. Mary Sparks. She married David Fowler.
b. Cynthia Sparks. She married Luther Young.
c. Robert Sparks, born June 12, 1892, and died April 6, 1964. He married and had children, but we have no further data about this family.
James Sparks married (second) Catherine "Kate" Fowler, a daughter of Lewis C. Fowler,and there were several children born to them.
After the death of Robert Sparks, son of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, which occurred sometime between 1861 and 1869, his widow, Mary Ann, married William T. Bowles on February 1, 1870, in Jackson County. (M. B. 1866-72)

F. Joseph C. Sparks, son of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1825 and died on February 17, 1905. He enlisted on October 7, 1861, at Estill Springs, Kentucky, in Company K, 8th Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, United States Array and received a medical discharge on May 28, 1862, for disability incurred as a result of typhoid pneumonia. He suffered from permanent lung damage for the rest of his life. At age 55 he weighed only 135 pounds, and by age 60 he was described as "badly nourished, emaciated and palsied."  His family physician, Dr. Ancil Daniel, stated in 1885: "He is a very poor man and in poor health since his return from the army." On December 27, 1879, Joseph C. Sparks appointed a neighbor, and probably a. close kinsman, Lewis Sparks, to act in his behalf for a pension. (See Civil War Pension File No. 333,325) In his application for a pension, Joseph C. Sparks described himself at the time of his enlistment in 1861 as 6 feet tall, with blue eyes, black hair, and a dark complexion.

On March 12, 1846, Joseph C. Sparks was married to Malinda Jane Barnes in Estill County. (M.B. A, page 152) She was born about 1828. They lived at Wagersville, Kentucky. They had ten children.

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

JOSEPH C. AND MALINDA (BARNES) SPARKS

With Their Grandson, Marcus, Son of John R. Sparks

Picture Taken about 1900

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The children of Joseph C. and Malinda Jane (Barnes) Sparks were
 

1. James J. Sparks, son of Joseph and Malinda Jane (Barnes) Sparks, was born on January 12, 1847. His nickname was "Groundhog Jim." On December 27, 1866, he married Mary "Polly" Alcorn at the home of his father in Estill County. (M.B. 1854-71, page 45) Only one child was born to this union
a. Malinda Jane Sparks, born January 1, 1868, in Lee County. She died on July 21, 1945, at Newport, Kentucky. She was reared in the home of her grandparents, Joseph and Malinda Jane Sparks. On September 17, 1889, she married John Francis Lakes, son of William and Jane (Fowler) Lakes, in Lee County. Both Malinda Jane Sparks arid John Francis Lakes were great-grandchildren of Isaac Sparks, Jr. They were the parents of:
(1) Sidney Lakes, born June 24, 1890. He died at the age of one month from a wasp sting.
(2) Aria Adna Lakes, born June 30, 1891. She married Robert Grimes and they had one child.
(3) Georgana Lakes. She married Daniel B. Sparks and they live in Irvine, Kentucky. They had five children.
(4) Hiram Francis Lakes, born February 16, 1895, He married Natilda Young and they live in Irvine, Kentucky.
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[NOTE:  Here appears a photograph, beneath which is the following caption:]

MALINDA JANE (SPARKS) LAKES, 1868 -1945

Daughter of James J. and Polly (Alcorn) Sparks

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Children of John Francis and f'Ialiada Jane (Sparks) Lakes, continued:
(5) Letha Jane Lakes, born June 1, 1897. She married James Roland Lee and they had at least; one child.
(6) John Sanford Lakes, born December 5, 1900, and died in 1917.
(7) Lavina Lakes, born October 30, 1902. She married James Claude Felts and they had five children.
(8) Clara May Lakes, born May 2, 1905, She married Henry Colston and they had seven children.
About 1878, James J, Sparks married (second) Maranda Farthing. When the 1880 census was taken of Estill County, James J. and Miranda were living next to his parents. According to the census data and inforrnation given to us by descendants, James J. and Miranda (Farthing) Sparks had the following family:
b. Eliza A. Sparks, born about 1879.
c. John D. Sparks.
d.. M ary Sparks. She married Clarence Hensley.
e. Sara. Sparks. She married John Moore.
According to Lavina (Lakes) Felts, daughter of Malinda Jane (Sparks) and John Francis Lakes, James J. Sparks married (third) Fanny Land.  Mrs. Felts states that she (Fanny) was the only maternal grandmother that she ever knew and that she called her "Aunt Fanny."  Mrs Felts says that


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James J. and Fanny (Land) Sparks had the following children:
f.  Benjamin Sparks.
g. Robert Sparks.
h. Price Sparks.
i.  Becky Mae Sparks; she died when quite young.
j.  Hobert Sparks.
k. Joseph Sparks.
2. Mishal Jane Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Malinda Jane (Barnes) Sparks, was born April 12, 1848, in Estill County. She married John W. Richardson on April 1, 1867, at the home of her father in Estill County. (M.B. 1854-71, page 54)

3. Ruth Alice Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Malinda Jane (Barnes) Sparks, was born about 1851. She died on Station Camp Creek on August 17, 1852.

4. Richard T. "Dick" Sparks, son of Joseph and Malinda Jane (Barnes) Sparks, was born October 25, 1854, in Estill County. He married Mary M. Lady on July 3, 1873, in Estill County with his father as a witness. (M.B. 1871-87, page 74) When the 1880 census was taken of Estill County, Dick and Mary had the following family:

a. Susan J. Sparks, born about 1874.
b. Dillard Sparks (son), born about 1876. c. Evaline Sparks, born in July 1879.
Dick Sparks married (second) Lucy Ann Carter on December 9, 1887, at the home of his uncle, Daniel Sparks, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) He migrated to Indiana after selling his farm to Levi Howard Flynn, husband of Dick's cousin, Mary Margaret Sparks, a daughter of John G. Sparks. The farm was covered with virgin timber, chestnut trees and a large orchard of old-fashioned apple trees.
5. Sarah Ann "Sally" Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Malinda Jane (Barnes) Sparks, was born June 4, 1856. She married Richard McKinney on December 22, 1877, in Estill County at the home of her brother, James J. Sparks. (M.B. 1871 -87, page 198) She lived to be over 100 years old.

6. Susan Reen Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Malinda Jane (Barnes) Sparks, was born October 4, 1858. She married Dave Robinson and they had at least one child. Susan Reen (Sparks) Robinson lived to be nearly 100.

a. Diana "Did" Robinson; she married George Reece and they had four children.
7. William Joseph Sparks, son of Joseph and Malinda Jane (Barnes) Sparks, was born February 11, 1861. He married Nancy E. Robertson on February 22, 1883, in Estill County. (M.B. 1871-87, page 372) He was known as "Willie Joe."

8. Benjamin J. Sparks, son of Joseph and Malinda Jane (Barnes) Sparks, was born April 20, 1863. He married Louzain Hoover and they lived at Ross Creek, Kentucky.

9. Elijah Sparks, son of Joseph and Malinda Jane (Barnes) Sparks, was born January 8, 1867. He married Elizabeth White.

10. John R. Sparks, son of Joseph and Malinda Jane (Barnes)  Sparks, was born April 24, 1870. He married Jane Hoover.

G. John G. Sparks, son of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1827 and died on March 30, 1903. He enlisted on October 9, 1861, at Irvine, Kentucky, in Company D (later K), 8th Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry,
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United States Army, and received a medical discharge on October 27, 1862, at Nashville, Tennessee, for disability from "camp fever." He served as a musician. According to his pension papers, he was 5 feet, 6 inches tall and had blue eyes, black hair, and a dark complexion. (See Civil War Pension File No. 333,1198.)

On August 2, 1849, John G. Sparks married Mary Jane Murphy, a daughter of John and Catherine Murphy. (M.B. A, page 175) She was born about 1833 and died about 1898. John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks lived at Sand Spring in Jackson County. On December 4, 1855, John and Catherine Murphy deeded 50 acres of land on the South Fork of Station Camp Creek, adjoining land already owned by John G. Sparks, to John G. Sparks in "consideration for love and affection for their son-in-law." (Estill County Deed Book K, page 355) John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks had sixteen children:

1. Catherine (or Cathanne) Sparks, daughter of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born about 1850 and died in 1898 in Jackson County. She married Mitchell Richardson on January 5, 1867, with her father acting as bondsman. (M.B. 1866 -72, page 183) Mitchell was born about 1849 and died in 1927. They lived at Drip Rock, Kentucky, and had seven children:
a. Mary Richardson; she married - - - - - Russell.
b. Vina Richardson; she married Bill Gabbard.
c. Coleman Richardson, born about 1873, died in 1947. He married Nettie B. - - - - -.
d. George "G.P." Richardson; he married Alice ----.
e. Turner Richardson.
f.  Mitchell Richardson, Jr.
g. Edward Richardson.
2. Franklin M. Sparks, son of John and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born about 1851. He married Martha Collett on July 30, 1873, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1872 -76, page 18) They moved to the head of Red Bird River in Leslie County, Kentucky, and had at least two children:
a. Daniel Sparks. He married Dovie Isaacs. He lived for a time with his cousin, Levi Sparks, and was known as "Curly Headed Dan."

b. P. L. Sparks. He married Polly Jane Chaney.

3. Frances Sparks, daughter of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born about 1853. On August 10, 1870, she married Nathan N. Isaacs in Jackson County. (M.B. 1866-72) According to the 1880 census of Jackson County, they had at least four children:
a. Sarah J. Isaacs, born about 1873; she married Santford Webb.
b. John Isaacs, born about 1875.
c. Lucinda Isaacs, born about 1878.
d. Isaac "Bud" Isaacs, born about 1879. He married Molly Alcorn.
4. Daniel Sparks, son of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born about 1854. On November 25, 1880, he married Susan E. Cox in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858 -96) They had at least three children:
a. Thomas "Tom" Sparks.
b. Mary Jane Sparks; she married ----- Rader.
c. Cash Sparks.
5. Cynthia A. Sparks, daughter of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born January 9, 1856, and died on July 20, 1857. (Vital Statistics of Jackson County)
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6. Elihu Sparks, son of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born April 15, 1859. He was nicknamed "Poke". He died young.

7. Isaac T. Sparks, son of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born about 1862 and died in 1933. He married Winnie Hyatt on December 26, 1882, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) To this union five children were born:

a. Wade Sparks, born about 1885. He was living in Irvine, Kentucky in 1973.
b. Thomas Sparks, born about 1891. He was living in Irvine, Kentucky, in 1973.
c. William Sparks.
d. Amanda Sparks; she married ----- Russell.
e. Sarah Sparks; she married ----- Isaacs.
8. Nancy Ann Sparks, daughter of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born January 17, 1864, and died in 1917. She married Charles T. Cox on April 5, 1881, in Jackson County at the home of her father. (M.B. 185896) They had six children:
a. Perry Cox, born February 20, 1882, and died April 11, 1944.
b. Taylor Cox, born August 9, 1884.
c. James Cox, born January 11, 1887; he married Cynthia Ann Crank, a granddaughter of Levi and Cyntha Ann (Flynn) Sparks. James was living in Ravenna, Kentucky, in 1973.
d. John S. Cox, born August 23, 1891.
e. Jeff Cox, born May 23, 1895; he moved to New York.
f. Isaac Cox, born July 24, 1900.
9. Sarah J. Sparks, daughter of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born about 1866. She married James Sparks, son of Robert and Mary Ann (Wood) Sparks. (see above.)

10. Malinda B. "Dutch" Sparks, daughter of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born about 1868. On January 20, 1894, she married John "Jack" Sparks, a son of Isaac T. and Angeline (Alcorn) Sparks (see below) in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) They had the following family:

a. Hannah Sparks; she married ----- Marcum.
b. Abijah "Bige" Sparks.
c. Rosa Sparks; she married ----- Arvin.
11. Mary Margaret Sparks, daughter of John and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born June 26, 1870, and died in 1910. She married Levi Howard "Bud" Flynn on September 20, 1888, at the home of her father in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858 -1896) Bud Flynn was born October 4, 1864, a son of Levi and Minerva (Hymer) Flynn. They had the following family:
a. Robert Clay "R.C." Flynn, born December 21, 1889. He married Mollie Arvin on January 6, 1915. He was a teacher for 27 years; a tax commissioner for 15 years; and he is also a minister. He is a
veteran of World War I. They have two children
(1) Sue Helen Flynn; she is a teacher.
(2) Robert Charles Flynn; he is a teacher.
b. Lena Jane Flynn, born April 25, 1891. She married Jesse R. Sanders and they had three children:
(1) Pearl Sanders.
(2) Opal Faye Sanders.
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Children of Levi Howard and Mary Margaret (Sparks) Flynn, continued:
c. Piillard Allen Flynn, born December 21, 1892, and died January 28, 1969. He married. Daisy Webb and they had the following:
(1) Alva G. Flynn.
(2) Vida Webb Flynn.
(3) Genevieve Flynn.
d. Anna May Flynn, born March 15, 1894, and died October 24, 1918. She married Milton B. Williams and they had three children.

e. Rosella Flynn, born February 8, 1896, and died February 6, 1897.

f. Ida Belle Flynn, born August 30, 1897. She married Santford F. Williams and moved to Ohio. Their family included:

(1) Howard Clay Williams.
(2) Irene Williams.
(3) Jo Ann Williams.
(4) Joyce Williams.
g. Carrie Flynn, born June 1, 1899, and died January 10, 1917.

h. Maude Flynn, born May 27, 1901. She married Robert L. Estes and they had the following family:

(1) Howard Lee Istes.
(2) Minnie Frances Estes.
(3) Lucille Estes.
(4) Lillian Estes.
i. Bessie Flynn, born May 13, 1904. She married. Jacob "Jake" Osborne and they had the following children:
(1) Clyde Burton Osborne.
(2) Cecil Glenn Osborne.
(3) Robert Lee Osborne.
j. Rollins Burnam "R.B." Flynn, born April 1, 1906. He married (first) Rosa Lakes and they had a daughter, Bernice. He married (second) Thelma Howell.

k. Lucille Flynn, born February 12, 1908. She married Walter Yates and they had a daughter, Juanita.

12. Edah J. Sparks, daughter of John and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born about 1873. She died when quite young.

13. John H. ("John Champ") Sparks, son of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born about 1875. He married ----- Tipton and they had at least one child,

(a) Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Sparks; she married Robert G. Estes.
14.. Barnett "Barney" Sparks, son of John G. and Many Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born about 1878. He married Rosa -----, but he died as a young man.

15. Jane Sparks, daughter of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born about 1879. She died while quite young.

16. Carter Franklin ("C.F.") Sparks, son of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks, was born February 15, 1882, and died February 22, 1917. He married Clara Marcum. She was born May 10, 1889. They had the following family

a. Hattie Sparks, born September 24, 1908. She married ----- Rice and lives at Hamilton, Ohio.

b. Nona Sparks, born March 24, 1910. She married ----- Coffey.

c. Alfred Sparks, born February 10, 1912.

d. Harman Sparks, born May 4, 1913 or 1914.


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H. Daniel C. Sparks, son of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1828. On September 4, 1852, he was married to Lavina Carter in Estill County. (M.B. A, page 180) He paid taxes in Estill County from 1849 to 1858 when the portion of the county in which he lived went to help form Jackson County. He lived on the South Fork of Station Camp Creek. Daniel and Lavina Sparks had the following children:
[Scanner's note:  In the June, 1977, issue of the  QUARTERLY, Whole No. 97, at pp. 1899 -1902, further information is provided regarding the descendants of Daniel C. and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, with particular reference to their son, John Grandison Sparks, including two photographs.]
l. Nancy Jane Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Lavina (Carter) Sparks, was born July 11, 1853. She married Lewis C. Fowler in Jackson County on April 28, 1869, with her father acting as bondsman. (M.B. 1866-72)  Lewis C. Fowler, born about 1850, was a son of Isaac and Edith (Lakes) Fowler, and a grandson of Jeremiah and Polly (Sparks) Fowler (see above). Children born to Nancy Jane and Lewis Fowler were:
a. Isaac D. Fowler, born in 1870. He married Nancy J. Sparks in Jackson County on January 26, 1893. She was a daughter of Solomon S. Sparks, youngest brother of Daniel C. Sparks (see below).
b. Hiram Fowler. He married Sudie King.
c. Lewis Fowler. He was a twin of Hiram Fowler.
d. Wade Fowler. He married Minnie Lancaster and they had the following
children:
(1) Emma Fowler; and
(2) Dorcie Fowler.
e. Catherine Jane "Kate" Fowler

f. Mary Fowler. She married Archie Wagers.

g. Vina Fowler. She married Everett Alexander.

h. Eda Fowler. She married Wesley Winkler.
 

2. Solomon Sparks, son of Daniel and Lavina (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1854 and died July 29, 1922, at Evelyn, Kentucky. On February 5, 1878, he married Sarah J. Moore at the home of his uncle, Solomon Sparks, in Estill County. (M.B. 1871-87, page 206) Sarah was born on June 14,1850, and died on March 31, 1936. Solomon and Sarah Sparks lived at Evelyn, Kentucky, and had at least two children (probably more):
a. John D. Sparks, born about 1879.

b. Cynthia Sparks, born October 31, 1893. She married Talton Embry,Jr., on December 25, 1912, at Evelyn, Kentucky.

3. Henry D. Sparks, son of Daniel and Lavina (Carter) Sparks, was born October 7, 1856.

4. Mary Frances Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Lavina (Carter) Sparks, was born May 10, 1858. She married Elijah Metcalf on February 5, 1878, at the home of her father in Jackson County (M.D. 1858-96)

5. John G. Sparks, son of Daniel and Lavina (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1860. He married (first) Ella Moore, daughter of John Alden and Jemima (Scrivner) Moore, and they had two children:

a. William Joseph ("Willie Joe") Sparks, born about 1886. He was living at Drip Rock, Kentucky, in 1973.

b. Loucinda Sparks. She married ----- Hoover.

According to information that we have received, John G. Sparks married (second) Barthena J. Parsons and they had a son:
c. David Sparks. He married Flora Sparks, daughter of Thomas Jefferson ("Jeff") Sparks and they had at least one child, Glendon Sparks.
6. Margaret A. Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Lavina (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1862. She married John H. Richardson on January 4, 1881, at the home of her father in Jackson County (M.B. 1858-96).


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7. Minerva Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Lavina (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1866. She married Joseph Richardson on July 19, 1881, at the home of her father in Jackson County. Her brother, John G. Sparks, was a witness. (M.B. 1858 -96)

8. Lavina Sparks, daughter o£ Daniel and Lavina (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1870. She was probably the Louvina Sparks who married J. H. Andrew on December 2, 1888, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96)

9. Daniel Sparks, son of Daniel and Lavina (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1874.

10. Cynthia Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Lavina (Carter) Sparks, was born about 1877. On August 27, 1892, she married Coleman Cox in Jackson County. (M.B. 1891-94)

I. Sarah Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1830. On July 26, 1849, she married Madison B. Alcorn, Jr. in Estill County. (M.B. A, page 170) Madison was born about 1823 in Indiana. According to the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Jackson County, Sarah and Madison Alcorn had the following children:
1. William J. Alcorn, born about 1851.

2. Susan Jane Alcorn, born April 27, 1852.

3. Isaac T. Alcorn, born about 1855.

4. Deborah F. Alcorn, born February 14, 1856.

5. Albert Alcorn, born December 5, 1857.

6. Albert C. Alcorn, born September 26, 1858.

7. Daniel Alcorn, born about 1860.

8. Sarah D. Alcorn, born about 1862.

9. Mary J. Alcorn, born about 1866.

10. Cynthia A. Alcorn, born about 1868.

J. Susannah Sparks, daughter of Isaac and. Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1832. On May 2, 1853, she married William Horn in Estill County. (M.B. 1852-56, page 32) William Horn was born about 1824, a son of Aaron Horn and Elizabeth (Barker) Horn. According to the Vital Records of Estill County, they had at least three children (there were probably more):
1. Woodson Horn, born May 16, 1854.
2. Elizabeth Frances Horn, born in May 1855.
3. Rebecca J. Horn, born August 22, 1856.
K. Catherine Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1834. On November 17, 1853, she married Thomas White in Estill County with her brother, Daniel Sparks, acting as bondsman. (M.B. 1852-56, page 62) We have no further data about this family; however, on the 1860 census of Jackson County, a child, Mary Jane White, age 4 years, was living with the family of John G. Sparks, a brother of Catherine (Sparks) White. Perhaps she was a daughter of Catherine and Thomas White.

L. Mary Jane Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1836 and died about 1880. She was a twin of Nancy Sparks who died in 1854 at the age of sixteen. (Vital Records of Estill County) On June 26, 1854, Mary Jane Sparks married Woodson Horn at the home of her widowed mother, Frances Sparks. Her brother, Daniel Sparks, was bondsman. (M.B. 1852-56, page 93) Woodson Horn was a brother of William Horn who had married Mary Jane Sparks's sister, Susannah, about a year earlier. According to the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Jackson County, Mary Jane and Woodson Horn had fourteen children. They were:

1. John P. Horn, born about 1855.

2. Elizabeth . Horn, born April 20, 1857.

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Children of Woodson and Mary Jane (Sparks) Horn, continued:
3. Mitchell Thomas Horn, born April 7, 1858.
4.Aaron Horn, born about 1859.
5. Lavina Horn, born about 1861.
6. Susan J. Horn, born about 1863.
7. Rebecca Horn, born about 1864.
8. Sarah D. Horn, born about 1867.
9. Woodson G. Horn, born about 1868.
10. Daniel Horn, born about 1870.
11. Mary J. Horn, born about 1871.
12. Nancy A. Horn, born about 1873.
13. Amanda Horn, born about 1876.
14. Harry Horn, born about 1879.
M. Nancy Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1836 and died in September 1854 of fever. She was a twin of Mary Jane Sparks.

N. Isaac T. Sparks, son of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1838. On January 10, 1860, he married Angeline Alcorn in Estill County. She was born about 1835. According to the 1880 census of Jackson County, Isaac and Angeline Sparks had the following children:

1. Madison D. Sparks was born about 1861. He married Katy Holt on May 8, 1882.

2. Simpson Sparks was born about 1863. On May 17, 1881, he married Franky Ann Holt in Estill County. (M.B. 1871-87, page 316)

3. Isabel Sparks was born about 1869.

4. Sidney G. Sparks was born about 1872. On May 25, 1894, he married Ida Cox in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) From information we have received, they had the following children (there were probably others):

a. William Turner Sparks.
b. Isaac Thomas Sparks.
c. Sidney B. Sparks.
d. John P. Sparks.
5. John G. "Jack" Sparks was born about 1873. On January 20, 1894, he married Malinda B. "Dutch" Sparks, daughter of John G. and Mary Jane (Murphy) Sparks (see above).

6. Leannah Sparks was born about 1874. On October 24, 1895, she married Daniel G. Sparks in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) He was a son of Solomon and Rebecca Ann (Horn) Sparks (see below).

0. Solomon S. Sparks, son of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born about 1843. On July 12, 1863, he married Rebecca Ann Horn in Estill County. She was a daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Wells) Horn. (M.B. 1854-71, page 24) Solomon S. and Rebecca Ann Sparks were the parents of at least five children (there may have been more):
1. Susan Sparks was born about 1865. She is probably the Emmaline Sparks who married Eli Fox in 1885.

2. Mary F. Sparks was born about 1867.

3. John W. Sparks was born about 1869. He was probably the John W. Sparks who married Milly Murphy in Jackson County on January 10, 1889. (M.B. 1858-96)

4. Daniel G. Sparks, born about 1872. On October 24, 1895, he married Leannah Sparks, daughter of Isaac and Angeline (Alcorn) Sparks (see

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above). They were married at the home of Daniel's father., in Jackson County. Witnesses were John Sparks, Isaac Sparks, and Sidney Sparks. (M.B. 1858-96)

5. Nancy J. Sparks, daughter of Solomon and Rebecca Ann (Horn) Sparks, was born about 1877. On January 26, 1893, she married Isaac Fowler at her father's home in Jackson County. Witnesses were: Daniel Sparks and M. D. Alcorn. (M.B. 1858-96) Isaac Fowler was a son of Lewis and Nancy Jane (Sparks) Fowler and a grandson of Daniel and Lavina (Carter) Sparks (see above). [Scanner's Note:  See the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 92, p. 1791 for more information on the Fowler family.]

VII. Thomas Sparks, Sr., probably a son of Isaac and Catherine Sparks, was born about 1785 in Kentucky. When the estate of Isaac Sparks, Sr., was sold in 1815, he was one of the buyers. When the 1860 census was taken of Estill County, he stated that he was 75 years old, but his age was given as 87 when he died. in August 1870. (Vital Records of Estill County) He was exempted from paying taxes in Estill County in 1851 because of age and infirmity, thus he was about seventy years old in 1851.
 

We believe that Thomas Sparks was married twice, and perhaps three times. We do not know the name of the first wife, nor the year of marriage. She had apparently died prior to the taking of the 1810 Genus of Estill County, and Thomas Sparks was probably living with his parents and was one of the males aged 16 to 26 enwnerated in that household. He married (we believe it was his second marriage) Dosha Thomas on November 16, 1812, in Estill County with John Stivers acting as his bondsman. (M.B. A, page 52) On August 7, 1826, Thomas Sparks married Polly Sparks in Estill County.
(M.B. A, page 75) We believe that this Thomas Sparks may well have been the same Thomas Sparks who had married Dosha Thomas in 1812.

Apparently there were no children born to Thomas Sparks and Dosha Thomas and she died prior to 1820. When the 1820 census was taken of Estill County, Thomas Sparks was probably the male, age 26 to 45, living with his widowed mother, Caty Sparks. We do not think any children were born to the third marriage.

Thomas Sparks paid taxes in Estill County from 1812 until he was exempted in 1851, but oddly enough, he was not listed on any census until 1860. On that census (1860) he was living with the family of Marion and Sarah Powell. Also living with the Powell family was James Crouch, age 63.

From the records we have found, we believe that Thomas Sparks had at least two children, both of them by his first marriage. These children were:
 

A. Frances "Frankey" Sparks, probable daughter of Thomas Sparks, Sr., and his first wife, was born about 1800 according to the 1850 Estill County census. On October 28, 1824, she married James Crouch in Estill County. (M.B. A, page 40) When the 1830 census was taken, they had four children: a son, born about 1825, and two sons and a daughter, all born between 1825 and 1830.

On the 1850 census of Estill County, James and Frankey (Sparks) Crouch were listed as aged 53 years and 50 years, respectively. With them was a daughter, Sally Crouch, aged 20 years. Frankey Crouch apparently died prior to 1860, for when the census was taken that year, James Crouch was in the household of his son-in-law, Marion Powell, who had married Sally Crouch. Also in the same household (as mentioned above) was Thomas Sparks, age 75, whom we believe was the son of Isaac and Catherine Sparks and the grandfather of Sally (Crouch) Powell.

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Frances "Frankey" (Sparks) Crouch and her husband, James Crouch, were the parents of at least four children, but we know the name of only one child:
1. A son was born about 1825.

2. A son was born between 1825 and 1830.

3. A son was born between 1825 and 1830.

4. Sarah "Sally" Crouch was born about 1830. She married Marion Powell and, according to the 1860 census of Estill County, they were the parents of four children (there were probably others):

a. James Powell, born about 1853.

b. Jesse Powell, born about 1855.

c. David Powell, born about 1857.

d. Franklin Powell, born about 1859.

B. Thomas Sparks, Jr., probably son of Thomas Sparks, Sr., and his first wife (name unknown), was born about 1805. He was listed on every census of Estill County from 1830 to 1870. He paid taxes on land on White Oak Creek for the first time in 1825 where he was designated as "Thomas Sparks, Jr." Also paying taxes that year was Thomas Sparks, Sr. Thomas Sparks, Jr., died sometime between 1870 and 1880. (For further data on Thomas Sparks, Jr., our readers are invited to read pages 1400-1401 of the June 1971 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Whole No. 74. At that time, we speculated that William Harrison Sparks (1834-1906) was a son of Thomas Sparks. We have since learned that William Harrison Sparks was a son of John and Nancy (Eastis) Sparks (see page 1626 of the QUARTERLY of March 1974, Whole No. 85).

On April 20, 1825, Thomas Sparks, Jr., married Martha "Patsy" Powell in Estill County. (M.B. A, page 43) She may have been a daughter of Ambrose Powell who was living adjacent to Thomas and Patsy on the 1830 census, his age between 60 and 70 years. Patsy was born in Kentucky about 1809 and apparently died between 1860 and 1867. Thomas Sparks, Jr., left no will, but from census and other records, we believe that he and Patsy had the following family:

1. Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Patsy (Powell) Sparks, was born about 1826. She married John Shepherd and they had at least one child, a son, Francis J. Shepherd, born April 16, 1856. (Vital Records of Estill County)

2. A son was born to Thomas and Patsy (Powell) Sparks between 1825 and 1830 whom we cannot identify.

3. Sally A. Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Patsy (Powell) Sparks, was born about 1828. On November 24, 1851, she married Francis Crouch with her father acting as bondsman. (M.B. 1851-57, page 4) At least five children were born to this marriage.

a. Mary Jane Crouch, born July 11, 1853.
b. Thomas Crouch, born June 28, 1856.
c. James Crouch, born August 14, 1858.
d. Francis Crouch, born about 1864.
e. Sarah Crouch, born about 1867.
4. John Sparks, son of Thomas and Patsy (Powell) Sparks, was born about 1830.

5. Polly Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Patsy (Powell) Sparks, was born about 1832. She is probably the Polly Sparks who married Henry Shepherd on September 21, 1854, in Estill County. (M.B. 1852-56, page 112) According to the 1860 census of Estill


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County, Henry and Polly Shepherd had the following children:
a. Susannah Shepherd, born about 1855.
b. John T. Shepherd, born about 1856.
c. Betty Shepherd, born about 1858.
d. Sarah Shepherd, born about 1860.
e. Elizabeth Shepherd, born about 1862.
f. Amanda Shepherd, born about 1865.
6. William Sparks, son of Thomas and Patsy (Powell) Sparks, was born about 1833. He enlisted on November 7, 1861, at Estill Springs, Kentucky, in the 8th Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S. Army, and served in Company D and Company K. He died on September 26, 1863, from wounds received in the Battle of Chickamauga. (This battle was fought on September 19-20, 1863. For a full account of this regiment, see History of the 8th Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry by T. S. Wright, published in 1880.

On May 26, 1855, William Sparks married Lucy Ann Rawlins at the home of John Finney in Estill County. (M.B. 1854-71, page 16) She was born about 1833. Four children were born to this union:

a. Daniel B. Sparks, born February 18, 1856. On October 19, 1876, he married Ellen Pritchett in Estill County. (M.B. 1871-87, page 160)

b. Polly Ann Sparks, born September 18, 1857.

c. John S. Sparks, born December 30, 1858. On October 6, 1880, he married Adaline Abney in Estill County. (M.B. 1871-87, page 268)

d. Eli Sparks, born April 20, 1861.

Lucy Ann (Rawlins) Sparks applied for a widow's pension on January 18, 1864, with Thomas Sparks and Daniel B. Rawlins as witnesses. On March 1, 1864, Lucy Ann married (second) Tucker Abney in Estill County. (M.B. 1854 -71, page 26) The marriage did not last long and they were divorced. On January 1, 1866, she married (third) Elkanah McDowell. On November 19, 1866, Archibald Snowden signed the pension papers as guardian of the children of William Sparks.

7. Fanny Jane Sparks, daughter of Thomas and Patsy (Powell) Sparks, was born about 1838. On March 28, 1857, she married William Watson. William Blanton acted as bondsman.

8. Thomas Sparks, son of Thomas and Patsy (Powell) Sparks, was born about 1840. He married Elizabeth -----, probably about 1867. When the 1880 census was taken of Lee County, they had the following children:

a. Judah Sparks, born about 1869.
b. Luannah Sparks, born about 1871.
c. Martha Sparks, born. about 1873.
d. Fanny Sparks, born about 1874.
e. Susan Sparks, born about 1876.
f. Joseph Sparks, born about 1878.
9. Elihu P. Sparks, son of Thomas and Patsy (Powell) Sparks, was born about 1844. Like his brother, William Sparks, he enlisted in Company C, 8th Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S. Army, at Estill Springs, Ky., on September 23, 1861. While in


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the service, he was hospitalized for mumps and for "camp fever." According to his service record, he was 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and had blue eyes and a dark complexion.

At the close of the war, Elihu married Josephine Gill on July 20, 1865, in Jessamine County, Kentucky, at the home of J. Buford.  When the 1870 census was taken of Estill County, they were listed as the parents of:

a. Patsey Sparks, born about 1867.

b. William T. Sparks, born about 1869.

10. Francis M. Sparks, son of Thomas and Patsy (Powell) Sparks, was born about 1846.

11. Taylor Sparks, son of Thomas and Patsy (Powell) Sparks, was born about 1848. On September 27, 1873, he married Angeline Dunaway in Estill County at the home of Jeff Walling. (M.B. 1871-87, page 74) When the 1880 census was taken of Estill County, Taylor and Angeline Sparks had the following persons living in their household: Dillar Neal, age 19; James Neal, age 15; and Zattie Blackwell. We do not know their relationship to Taylor Sparks, but they were probably children of Angeline by previous marriages.

After the death of his wife, Martha "Patsy" (Powell) Sparks, Thomas Sparks married Calista Mansfield on October 27, 1867, in Estill County. (M.B. 1854-71, page 59) They apparently had no children. As stated above, Thomas Sparks died in August 1870. When the 1880 census was taken, Calista (Mansfield) Sparks was living with the family of Pigg Johnson in Madison County.

VIII. James Sparks, probable son of Isaac and Catherine Sparks, was born between 1775 and 1794 according to the 1820 census of Madison County; however, if he was the youngest son of Isaac and Catherine, he was probably born about 1788. He was probably one of the two males, age 16-26, living with the family of Isaac Sparks, Sr., when the 1810 census was taken of instill County. James Sparks paid taxes in Estill County from 1811 (when he came of age) to 1826, except for the years 1819 and 1820 when he paid taxes in Madison County. He apparently owned no land and paid the poll tax only. On March 16, 1813, James Sparks married Susanna Rogers in Estill County. His bondsman was John Rogers, and the marriage ceremony was conducted by David Chenault of Madison County. (M.B. A, page 6 & M.B. B, page 50) Susanna Rogers was a widow. On July 11, 1814, James Sparks gave consent to the marriage of a step-daughter as follows: "I am willing for the marriage between Sary Rogers my stepdaughter and Isaac Dunaway." He signed as Jams Sparks. Susanna signed as Susan Rogers, but the Rogers was crossed out and the name Sparks was added. Thomas Sparks attested to the consent.

When the 1820 census was taken, James Sparks was living in Madison County. With him was his wife and a male born between 1804 and 1810. The male was probably a son of Susanna (Rogers) Sparks by her previous marriage.

James Sparks apparently left this section of Kentucky about 1826. We do not know where he went nor whether he left descendants.

IX. Peggy Sparks, possibly a daughter of Isaac and Catherine Sparks, was born between 1784 and 1790; if our speculation is correct, she was the youngest of the nine children. She may have been the female, aged 10 to 16, living in the household of Isaac Sparks, Sr., when the 1810 census was taken of

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Estill County; however, if this were the case, she would have needed the consent of her parents when she was married in 1811. The young female in the household of Isaac Sparks, Sr., may instead have been a granddaughter.

Peggy Sparks married Nathaniel Oldham on March 6, 1811, in Estill County. John Chaney acted as bondsman. (Actually the license was issued on that date, but it was not returned until May 6, 1812.) (M.B. B, page 38)

Nathaniel Oldham was born about 1782, a son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Simpson) Oldham who came to Kentucky in 1775 and settled in Madison County. Nathaniel and Peggy (Sparks) Oldham had only one child, a son named David Oldham, born about 1813. Peggy (Sparks) Oldham apparently died a short time after the birth of her son for on August 7, 1811, Nathaniel Oldham married (second) Dosha Spence.

David Oldham married and left Madison County. When he returned to Madison County, he was accompanied by a grown daughter. His stay in Kentucky was brief and he soon left for Missouri. We have no further data about him.

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(Editor's Note: This completes Dr. Sparks's record of the descendants of Isaac Sparks, Sr., of Estill County, Kentucky. Although it represents a remarkable amount of dedicated and painstaking research, the record. is not complete. We hope that this will come to the attention of some of the descendants of Isaac Sparks, Sr., who are doubtless scattered over most of the nation. We hope that many of them will send us data to supplement what has been presented here.)

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WHO WAS ELLERY SPARKS, DIED 1864?

In Volume 33 of the Iowa Journal of History and Politics was published the diary that a man named William Salter kept between July 4, 1864, and August 17, 1864. Apparently Salter was a journalist and was observing the effects of the Civil War by visiting army hospitals. The entry in his diary for Wednesday, July 27, 1864, reads as follows: "Before Atlanta. Isaac Wickham died this evening. Ellery Sparks also died. Wrote letters for both." Can anyone identify Ellery Sparks?

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WILLIAM SPARKS, BORN IN DEVONSHIRE, ENGLAND, 1873

The following biographical sketch appears in the History of Michigan by Charles Moore, published in 1915 (Vol. II, page 779): "William Sparks, born Devonshire, England, May 9, 1873, came to the United States, age 12, with parents, George E. and Elizabeth (Way) Sparks. In the fall of 1900 he became one of the organizers and founders of The Sparks-Withington Company. He was a Mason and an Episcopalian. He married Miss Matilda ("Tillie") J. Peters, August 24, 1894. Their issue: Harry G. Sparks, born August 28, 1895, and Clifford A. Sparks, born October, 1897."

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