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. XXIII, NO. 4 SEPTEMBER, 1975
WHOLE NO. 91a

 
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ISAAC B. SPARKS, 1822 - 1904

SON OF SOLOMON AND ISABELLA (SWAIM) SPARKS

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Hite Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
William P. Johnson, Historian-Genealogist, Box 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 -1974) with the four indexes may be purchased for $54.00. (These 21 years of the QUARTERLY comprise 1710 pages.)
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, 48104).

ISAAC B. SPARKS, 1822-1904

The portrait on the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY is that of Isaac B. Sparks, who was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on April 2, 1822, and died on January 15, 1904, in Wells County, Indiana. The original of this photograph was loaned to us for publication by Iva B. Sparks Lane, 501 East Christy St., Marion, Indiana (46952). Mrs. Lane is a great-granddaughter of Isaac B. Sparks.

A sketch of the life of Isaac B. Sparks appeared in the June 1959 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. VII, No. 2, Whole No. 26, page 399). He was a son of Solomon and Isabella (Swaim) Sparks who moved with their family from North Carolina to Ohio and then on to Indiana, settling in Wells County about 1835. At the time the article on this family was published in June 1959, we were quite certain that Solomon (father of Isaac B.) was a son of Solomon and Charity Sparks of Wilkes County, North Carolina. It now appears that he may have been a son of Reuben and Cassie (Buttery) Sparks, also of Wilkes County, North Carolina (see the QUARTERLY of September 1967, Vol. XV, No. 3, Whole No. 59, pp. 1082-1089).

Isaac B. Sparks was married on December 18, 1851, to Cynthia A. Roberts$ daughter of William and Martha (Hultz) Roberts. She was born December 27, 1832, and died
on December 17, 1897. Both are buried in the Sparks Cemetery in Wells County, Indiana. They were the parents of the following twelve children:
 

1. William Lewellen Sparks, born Feb. 16, 1853, in Huntington Co., Ind.,and died July 2, 1923, in Van Buren Co., Ind. He married Dorcas Sleetor. Hayes on Oct. 26, 1877. She was born Aug. 1, 1857, and died May 23, 1916. (Mrs. Lane is their granddaughter.)
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PHOTOGRAPH OF ISAAC B. AND CYNTHIA A. (ROBERTS) SPARKS

WITH TWENTY-SIX GRANDCHILDREN

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2. Albert D. Sparks, born Feb. 1855, died Oct. 6, 1877.
3. Robert R. Sparks, born 1857, died 1945; he married Mary Jane McClurg, born 1862, died 1934.
4. Rachel E. Sparks, married Frank Hart.
5. Frederick F. Sparks, born Jan. 2, 1861, died 1948; he married Ruth E. Ruos on Sept. 3, 1887; she was born 1868, died 1953.
6. Sarah A. Sparks, married Alvidor Ruos.
7. Maria Sparks, born 1865, died 1922; she married John Dalrymple.
8. Rebecca Jane Sparks, born Nov. 1868, died July 19, 1869.
9. Susan E. Sparks, married Silas Thrailkill.
10. Isaac H. Sparks, born 1872, died 1938; he married Clara Wiegle.
11. Cynthia E. Sparks, born June 21, 1874; died June 25, 1874.
12. Mary E. Sparks, born Aug. 21, 1875; died Sept. 12, 1875.
A photograph, loaned to us by Mrs. Lane, appears above and shows Isaac B. and Cynthia Ann (Roberts) Sparks with their grandchildren. It is believed this was taken about 1895. Mrs. Lane is able to identify most of these grandchildren.

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JOSIAH SPARKS OF BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND, AND HIS DESCENDANTS

FURTHER CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS

In the QUARTERLY of June 1958 (Vol. VI, No. 2, Whole No. 22) we published an article on "Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland, and His Descendants" and in the December 1959 issue (Vol. VII, No. 4, Whole No. 28, appeared "Additional Data on the Descendants of Josiah Sparks of Baltimore County, Maryland."  In the June 1970 issue (Vol. XVIII, No. 2, Whole No. 70) we published "Additional Notes on Descendants of Josiah Sparks." In each of these articles, we listed as one of the children of Josiah Sparks, Jr., and his wife, Rachel Collett, a daughter named Rachel Sparks. We have learned from James B. McCurley, Jr., of Chevy Chase, Maryland, that this is an error; this daughter was named ELIZABETH Sparks, NOT Rachel Sparks. She was born about 1774 and married William Carlin (also spelled Carland). Both are buried in the old Sparks burying ground on My Lady's Manor near Monkton, Baltimore County, Maryland. The inscription on Elizabeth's stone reads: "Elizabeth Carlin, Died April 25, 1860, 86 years old, Wife." The inscription on her husband's stone reads: "William Carlin, Died October 3, 1847, 73 years old, Husband." Buried near them is Marion Carlin who died in December, 1840, at the age of 32. This was probably a child of William and Elizabeth (Sparks) Carlin.

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Mr. McCurley, who is a great-great-great-great-grandson of Josiah Sparks, Jr., also has sent data copied from a family Bible published in New York in 1858 that was in the possession of Ruth Sparks Rosenkrans of Wayneboro, Virginia, in 1970. This Bible was the property of Rachel (Curtis) Sparks in 1871; she was the wife of Daniel Sparks, son of Josiah Sparks, Jr., and Rachel (Collett) Sparks. According to this record, Daniel Sparks was born in December 1793 and died in 1863. His father's name was given in the Bible as "Josias" rather than "Josiah", but these two names were frequently interchanged. According to the Bible, Rachel (Curtis) Sparks was born February 2, 1794, and died January 1, 1880; she was a daughter of William and Ann Curtis. Daniel and Rachel (Curtis) Sparks had two sons:

1. William Curtis Sparks, born March 3, 1827.
2. Josias Alfred Sparks, born November 10, 1829.
A record of the descendants of these two sons appear in the December 1959 issue
of the QUARTERLY (Vol. VII, No. 4, Whole No. 28, pp. 439-441, incorrectly numbered 339-341.). Not included, however, was the following biographical sketch of William Curtis Sparks that appeared in Genealogy and Biography of the Leading Families of the City of Baltimore and Baltimore Co, Maryland, published by the Chapman Publishing Company in New York, 1897, p. 502.
"Squire W. C. Sparks, who has long been prominently identified with the agricultural interests of the fifty district, and is recognized as one of its leading citizens, began his earthly existence March 3, 1827, in the tenth district, but when a mere child was brought to the fifty district, where he was reared and educated. On attaining his majority he started out to make his own way in the world, and being industrious, energetic, and progressive, he has met with a fair degree of success in his business dealings. In 1851 he purchased one hundred and twenty-five acres of his present farm and to its cultivation and improvement he has principally devoted his attention, making it one of the most attractive and valuable homesteads in the community. As his financial resources have increased, he has added to his estate until he now has one hundred and ninety-seven acres of rich and productive land, which he has placed under a high state of cultivation and supplied with all the accessories and conveniences found upon a model farm of the present century.

"In 1848 Mr. Sparks married Miss Susan Hoover, and to them were born nine children, five still living (1897), namely: Mary E., Emma F., Theodore E.,

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JOSIAH SPARKS OF BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD., & HIS DESCENDANTS, continued:

George A., and Walter H. Those deceased are William H., Francis M., Sarah M., and one other who died in infancy.

"Mr. Sparks uses his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Prohibition party, is an earnest advocate of its principles, and does all within his power to insure its success. As a public-spirited, enterprising citizen, he has done much to advance the general welfare, and on the rolls of Baltimore County's honored and highly esteemed citizens, his name should be found among the foremost. In 1870 he was elected justice of the peace, an office he most creditably filled for one decade, his rulings being impartial and his decisions fair."

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MORE ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS TO THE DESCENDANTS

OF ISAAC SPARKS (ca.1740-1815) OF ESTILL COUNTY, KENTUCKY

The June 1974 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XXII, No. 2, Whole No. 86) was devoted to an article about the descendants of Isaac Sparks, a pioneer settler of Estill County, Kentucky. A descendant of Isaac Sparks, Mrs. J. C. Martin, of Ravenna, Kentucky, has furnished us with additional data of the family of Lewis C. and Nancy Jane (Sparks) Fowler which originally appeared on page 1663 of the QUARTERLY. Her data were taken from a family Bible which her grandfather, Lewis C. Fowler, gave to her mother, La Vina Fowler, on February 23, 1906, as a birthday present.

Lewis C. Fowler, born June 5, 1850.
Nancy Jane Sparks Fowler, born July 11, 1852; died June 10, 1890.
Isaac F. Fowler, born March 27, 1870.
Daniel S. Fowler, born June 19, 1871; died July 16, 1873.
Mary E. Fowler, born July 12, 1873.
Sarah Kate Fowler, born June 6, 1875.
H. David S. Fowler, born February 1, 1877.
Edith "Edie" J. Fowler, born November 7, 1878.
La Vina Fowler, born February 23, 1881.
John Wade Fowler, born October 29, 1882.
Hiram C. Fowler, born December 9, 1887.
Lewis C. Fowler, born December 9, 1887.

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CIVIL WAR PENSION PAPERS OF JOHN W. SPARKS

The following is an abstract of the papers from the pension file for the Civil War service of John W. Sparks. The originals of these records are preserved in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. For a fee of $2.00, a clerk will search a pension file and reproduce those documents that appear to have genealogical value. Unless one pays to have the entire file copied, which may cost $25.00 or more, one can never be sure that the most significant materials have been copied.
 
JOHN W. SPARKS,  son of Richard and Mildred Ann (Satterwhite) Sparks, was born about 1841 and died on September 2, 1862. He served in Battery A, 1st Regiment Kentucky Artillery Volunteers. File Designation at the National Archives: Mother's Application No. 21,346.

On August 21, 1863, Mildred A. Sparks, age 39, a resident of Louisville, Kentucky, appeared before Jack Conn, Jefferson County (Ky.) Court Clerk, to make application

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JOHN W. SPARKS, CIVIL WAR PENSION APPLICATION, continued:

for a Mother's Army Pension. She stated that she was the widow of Richard Sparks and the mother of John W. Sparks. John W. Sparks had been a private in Battery A, Kentucky Artillery Volunteers, and had been killed at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on September 2, 1862, by being crushed between two railroad cars. She appointed Charles C. Tucker, Washington, D.C., as her attorney. She signed her statement by making her mark.

Robert T. Satterwhite, age 47, and John M. Vaughan, age 31, both of Louisville, witnessed her mark and testified that they were personally acquainted with her. Satterwhite said he had known her since childhood, being her cousin, and he also was well acquainted with her son, John W. Sparks. Vaughan said that he did not know John W. Sparks, but that he did know that Mildred Sparks had grown-up sons and that he often read her letters from said son. He said that he often wrote letters for her to her son, being of marriage connection with the family. Jack Conn, Jefferson County Clerk, certified the declaration of both men and also the statement of Mildred A. Sparks.

Other documents in the pension file of John W. Sparks make it quite clear that his mother had made another earlier application for a pension, probably as early as the fall of 1862. As one sorts these documents into their prcper chronological arrangement, one is inclined to become a trifle impatient at the apparent red tape in handling the claim, and slightly incensed at its ultimate disposition. For these reasons, we shall publish some of the documents in their entirety.

John W. Sparks wrote to his mother on April 23, 1862, from Camp Shiloh, Tenn. He told her that he had received her letter dated April 13th and that he was well and hoped she was in good health. He said, "I have been paid at last. I send you here enclosed $25.00. I stand in need of some things & will keep a part of it. We are still at the same camp & I don't know when we will move from it. I have had my Likeness taken & will also send it. I have nothing of importance to write at present."

The last sentence in the paragraph above is a masterful understatement, for Sparks continued: "I had almost forgot to tell you about the big battle we had here. Buregard attacked Genl. Grant at Pittsburg Landing on Sunday and drove our troops back to the river. Genl. Buell arrived Monday morning and took command and the battle was resumed. The rebels were defeated with great loss. The Louisville Legion was in the fight and done well. We got our battery across the river just as the battle was over. Then we went out on Tuesday and was in the cavalry fight that day but none of us got hurt. The battlefield was a terrible sight. Sam Shook who was in the Sixth Kentucky was among the missing. We don't know whether he was killed or not. Balard Bellis was in it but was not hurt."  Sparks then told his mother that he was sending the money by Adams Express for safety. He sent love to her and to "Siss."

John W. Sparks was killed on September 2, 1862, and his commanding officer, Capt. D.C. Stone, filled out the standard certificate which was used when a soldier was discharged prior to the discharge of the entire company, and which reads as follows: "I certify, on honor, that John W. Sparks, a private in Battery A, 1st Regt. Artillery Volunteers, State of Kentucky, born in Henry County, Ky., aged 20 years, 5 ft. 10 in. high, fair complexion, grey eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer, having joined the company on its original organization at Camp Joe Holt, and mustere" into service of the United States on the 15th day of Sept. 1861 to serve for a term of three years, and having served honestly and faithfully with his company to the present date, he was killed accidentally at Murfresboro, Tenn., Sept. 2, 1862. The said Private John W. Sparks was last paid by Paymaster Martin to include the 30th

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JOHN W. SPARKS, CIVIL WAR PENSION APPLICATION, continued:

day of April 1862 and has pay due him from that time to the present date. He has received $55.02 advanced by the United States on account of clothing. He is indebted to Geo. Bickel, Sutler of the Battery, $16.45. Given at Murfresboro, Tenn., this - - - day of Sept. 1862."
On Sept. 12, 1862, Capt. Stone wrote the following letter from a camp near Bowling Green to John Gay in Louisville: "Being told that you are personally acquainted with Mrs. Sparks living in your neighborhood, it becomes my painful duty to announce through you to Mrs. Sparks the death of her son, John W. Sparks, a member of my Battery - - he joined at Camp Joe Holt." The letter continues: "The circumstances are as follows. A large lot of captured flour was being loaded on the cars at Murfresboro, Tenn., a number of barrels being broken, a quantity of flour was spilled. He and another comrade was gathering up some of the flour about the cars when the freight cars were struck by a locomotive, he being in the act of jumping out of the way, was caught between the cars and crushed. He lived but a few minutes. The deceased was a good soldier and a brave young man. He was buried with military honors by the Battery in the City Grave Yard at Murfresboro, side by side with Kentuckians. His effects and pay will be made out and sent on in due form. Any kindest regards to Mrs. Sparks and anything I can do to aid in the settlement of the affairs of her son, I will cheerfully do. In the death of John W. Sparks, I have lost a noble soldier and always ready t o do his duty. A brave and noble young soldier has fallen to sleep doing service for his country."

On Dec. 17, 1862, the mother of John W. Sparks, who had married George Crittenden, made the following statement: "I, Mildred A. Sparks, alias Crittenden, mother and heir at law of John W. Sparks, late private, deceased, of Capt. Stone's Battery of Kentucky Volunteers, and as such an applicant benefit of Act of July 14, 1862, state that the annexed is an envelope in which my said son sent money to me per Express. This 17th day of Dec. 1862." Mrs. Sparks made her mark which was witnessed by Joseph Youll (?) and Jack Conn.

The envelope referred to by Mrs. Sparks was a standard envelope used by the Adams Express Company for the transmittal of money. It was used on April 28, 1862, by her son to send her $25.00. Matthias Rabbeth, Money Messenger for the company, testified that he had delivered the envelope to Mrs. Sparks, now Crittenden, on May 8, 1862, at her home on Ballard Street in Louisville.

On Dec. 17, 1862, John Omer, age 33, a resident of Louisville and a grocer, made an affidavit in support of Mrs. Sparks's claim. He said that John W. Sparks had worked for him in his grocery prior to going into the service, and that on many occasions, Mrs. Sparks had drawn money or groceries against her son's wages, but with his full knowledge and consent.

As to other support of Mrs. Sparks, Omer testified as follows: "I further state that George Crittenden who married said Mrs. Mildred A. Sparks in 1861 also worked for me in my grocery but that he did not, as far as I know or ever heard of, contribute any thing to support of his said wife, said Mrs. Sparks or her family, but on the contrary, positively refused to do so even when I was in his debt and suggested to him to let me pay his said wife either in money or groceries he positively refused to do so - - and did not. Report came that said Crittenden had a wife living and he went away and I have not since either seen or heard of him as living with said Mrs. Mildred A. Sparks, alias Crittenden."

The Clerk of Henry County, Ky., M.B. Pearce, was unable to find the marriage record of the parents of John W. Sparks. On Feb. 13 1863 Pearce certified that he had made a diligent search of the records from 1835 to 1845, but was unable to find any

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JOHN W. SPARKS, CIVIL WAR PENSION APPLICATION, continued:

record of the marriage of Richard Sparks and Mildred Ann Satterwhite. His statement is quite puzzling for a record of the marriage of Richard Sparks and Milly Ann Satterwhite on Jan. 7, 1840, is on file in the Henry County Courthouse.  (See page 763, of the QUARTERLY of Septemter 1963, Vol. XI, No. 3, Whole No. 43)

The Adjutant General's Office confirmed the military service of John W. Sparks on June 13, 1863; however, the Bureau of Pensions apparently requested further details about his death, for on July 7, 1863, his former commanding officer, Capt. D.C. Stone, swore to the following: "It is hereby certified that John W. Sparks, a private in Battery A, comanded by Capt. D.C. Stone in the lst Regt. Ky. Artillery Volunteers, in the war of 1861 -1862, died whilst in the service in Murfresboro, Tenn., on the 2nd day of Sept. 1862, from wounds received in the line of duty, viz: being crushed between two cars which came into collision."

Capt. Stone's statement was refuted by another military officer, which caused Mrs. Sparks's attorney, C.C. Tucker, to write to C.H. Barkley in Louisville, on Aug. 19, 1863, as follows: "I have just received a certificate from Capt. Thomasson concerning the death of John W. Sparks. He says the soldier was not killed while in the line of duty, but on the contrary, was on a car contrary to orders and attempting to steal flour when a train struck the cars knocking Sparks off and injuring him so much that he died. This seems to shut the door against the claim of the mother for a pension unless you can show a different state of facts by some of the other officers."

Upon receipt of Tucker's letter, Barkley wrote on the margin: "This report is certainly an erroneous one - - see enclosures. C.H.B." He then apparently got Capt. Stone to enlarge upon the circumstances surrounding Sparks's death. Capt. Stone made the following affidavit: "Being informed that it has been reported that said Sparks was killed while stealing flour, I answer that the report is erroneous. That some barrels of captured flour had busted in the cars and that the soldiers had gathered up some and taken it to cook instead of their bread, it being government flour and in such condition that it was worthless to the government in transportation, but to the soldiers as a change from army crackers. Besides this the men had been on short rations from Battle Creek up. Besides this moreover the soldiers that went to get flour there and then did not that I ever heard of go for it for the purpose of plundering or stealing in any sense in which that word can be used properly, but only to get government flour for their own eating, and flour that would otherwise go to waste and there was no aspect of the case in which the transaction could be called 'Stealing' in any ordinary or proper use of words." The affidavit was signed on August 24, 1863, by Capt. Stone as late Capt. Battery A, 1st Ky. Arty., and was attested to by Jack Conn, Jefferson County (Ky.) Court Clerk.

Capt. Stone's supplemental statement was sent to Attorney Tucker by Mr. Barkley on September 3, 1863, with this accompanying letter: "I enclose Capt. Stone's supplemental statement which you will use if needed. Capt. S. is much incensed that Capt. T. should write as he has done in regard to one of the best soldiers and best boys that were in the Company. The young man was not a thief from what I can learn of him, but those who did know him speak of him as having been a good boy, quiet and inoffensive, sober and honest and dutiful to his mother who has struggled hard for some years in honest poverty to raise her children in good credit."

Attorney Tucker wrote to the Commissioner of Pensions on Sept. 20, 1864, and asked what action had been taken in the case of Mildred A. Sparks, alias Crittenden, mother of John W. Sparks, of Kentucky, No. 21,346. Tucker said that a new application had been filed on August 25., 1863. There is nothing among the papers supplied by the National Archives from this file to denote whether Tucker received an answer.

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JOHN W. SPARKS, CIVIL WAR PENSION APPLICATION, continued:

The final status of this claim can probably best be summed up by a memorandum from the file. It is not dated; there is no addressee; and the sender's initials are the only identification. It reads as follows: "I have been shown a Captain's certificate stating in the strongest terms that the soldier for whose services this claim is made was at the time of his death absent without leave on a car stealing flour. There is enclosed a letter from C.C. Tucker referring to the said certificate. Mr. Barkley has furnished a certificate equally strong that the said soldier was in the line of duty. Is it best to call for additional evidence in this case? The first declaration and proofs were so voluminous that you directed the return of the papers with the information that this office refused to receive it as a declaration. O.D.B."

(Editor's Note: No pension was approved for Mrs. Mildred A. Sparks, alias Crittenden. Her estate was settled in the Jefferson County (Ky.) Court on October 4, 1876, by Robert Satterwhite, administrator. We believe that Richard Sparks, father of John W. Sparks, was a son of Walter Sparks who married Susan Prewitt in Henry County, Ky., in 1814.)

[Scanner's Note:  For an additional note on John W. Sparks and the 1850 Census record of his family, see the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 92, p. 1792.]

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DEATH TAKES JOHN DUDLEY AND AUDREY (HARRIS) SPARKS

We regret to report the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. John Dudley Sparks during 1974. John Dudley Sparks died on June 24, 1974, at the age of 70; his wife, Audrew (Harris) Sparks, died on October 27, 1974, at the age of 68. They were residents of Chester, Queen Anne's County, Maryland. Mr. Sparks had been a member of the Sparks Family Association for many years. He was born on Kent Island, in Queen Anne's County, on September 28, 1903, a son of William A. and Mary Catherine Sparks. Until his retirement ten years ago, Mr. Sparks owned an oil company, a grocery store, and other businesses in Chester which gained the name of Sparks Corner for the intersection where they were located.  Audrey (Harris) Sparks, wife of John Dudley Sparks, was a daughter of Carrow M. and Wilhelmia Harris. Two sons survived the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Sparks: Mervyn C. Sparks and John D. Sparks, Jr., both of Chester. One brother and one sister also survive Mr. Sparks: James G. Sparks of Carney, Maryland, and Mary Kelley of Chester.

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DEATH TAKES MRS. ANGELINE (WILSON) SPARKS

We regret to report the death on July 15, 1975, of Mrs. Angeline (Wilson) Sparks of Ardmore, Oklahoma; she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Charles Sparks, on October 12, 1962. Both are buried in the Pioneer Chapel of Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Texas. Mr. Sparks was a great-great-grandson of Matthew and Sarah Sparks who moved from Frederick County, Maryland, to the Wilkes County, North Carolina, area before the American Revolution. Following the Revolution, the family moved to the Creek Indian lands of Georgia where Matthew was killed by Indians in 1793. (See the QUARTERLY of June 1961, Vol. IX, No. 2, Whole No. 34, pp. 556-67). Thomas Charles Sparks descended from Matthew and Sarah Sparks through their son, Nathan Sparks, who married (1st) Sally Ellsberry, and (2d) Nancy Hancock. Thomas Charles and Angeline (Wilson) Sparks are survived by two sons, Robert Wilson Sparks and Thomas Charles Sparks, Jr.

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QUERY - - LEONARD & ZERIAH SPARKS

Major Gerald H. Sparks, Box 443, Runge, Texas (78151) is seeking the ancestry of Leonard and Zeriah Sparks who were listed with their family on the 1850 census of Union County, South Carolina (see the QUARTERLY of September 1956, Vol. IV, No. 3, Whole No. 15, pp. 164-66 for complete listing of Sparks families on the 1850 census of Union County, S.C.). Leonard Sparks's age was given as 28 in 1850, thus he was born about 1822; Zeriah was born about 1821; both were born in South Carolina according to the 1850 census. Family tradition indicates that Zeriah's maiden name was also SPARKS. The names Valentine Sparks, Truelove Sparks, and George Sparks are closely connected with this family. (This may suggest a connection with the Sparks family that came from Maryland to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, in 1778.)  Leonard Sparks moved his family from Union County, S.C., to Georgia in the early 1850's; we have not located him on the 1860 census, but his family was living in Gwinnett County, Georgia, in 1870, moving to Calhoun County, Alabama, by 1880.

The second son of Leonard and Zeriah Sparks was George Washington Sparks who married Sarah Jane Turner and moved to Clarksville, near Russellville, Arkansas, immediately after the Civil War. His descendants still live there, although some have moved to California.

Major Gerald Sparks descends from the first son of Leonard and Zeriah; his name was Thomas Sparks. Many of the descendants of Thomas Sparks now live in Calhoun County, Alabama, Florida, and Texas.

Leonard and Zeriah Sparks also had a son named James Josiah Sparks (nicknamed "Burk") who married Mary T. Garrot; they lived in Calhoun County, Alabama. Another son of Leonard and Zeriah, John Sparks, married Mary Canada; they also lived in Calhoun County. Daughters of Leonard and Zeriah were named Ammanda, Mary, Hester, and Florence. Ammanda married Brock Massey in Gwinnett County, Georgia; their descendants moved to Lineville, Alabama, then to Gainsville, Florida. Mary married Hill Garrott, and Hester married Robert Garrott; both lived in Calhoun County, Ala. Florence, the youngest child of Leonard and Zeriah, married James Dutton and moved to Lehigh, Coal County, Oklahoma, where she was still living in the 1920's, with one son and two daughters.

Records obtained from the National Archives reveal that Leonard Sparks enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in Company E, 66th Regiment Georgia Infantry on August 24, 1863, at Decatur, Georgia. On September 19, 1864, he was captured by General Sherman's Army near Warsaw, Georgia. He was sent first to Nashville, Tennessee, where he was listed on a role of prisoners of war on October 27, 1864. On October 29 he was sent to Louisville, Kentucky, and from there he was sent to the military prison at Camp Douglas, Illinois, arriving on November 1. He died at Camp Douglas on January 30, 1865, from "hepatitus" and was buried in grave number 627 in Block 2, Chicago City Cemetery.

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JAMES SPARKS -- LIVERYMAN OF LONDON, 1801-02 -- "GONE ABROAD"

In the Southern Genealogist's Exchange Quarterly, Spring 1973 (Vol. XIV, No. 65) appeared an article pp.  26 - 27) entitled "List of Emigrant Liverymen of London". It is a list of names of individuals who belonged to a trade (livery) in London in 1801-02 and who were identified as having "gone abroad".  In nearly every case, it is assumed these men had migrated to the United States. One of those listed as "abroad" was JAMES SPARKS; his livery was that of barber.

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SPARKS FAMILIES OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY

By Paul E. Sparks

Data relative to the Sparkses of Adair County, Kentucky, have been published  earlier and should be referred to by our readers. These can be found as follows:
 
        Whole   
Subject
Page Volume No. No. Date
1810 Census 65  III  9 March 1955
1820 Census 891 XIII 2 50 June 1965
1830 Census 419 VII 3 27 Sept. 1959
1840 Census  1027 XIV 56 Dec. 1966
1850 Census  205  1 17 March 1957
Births (1852-1862)  288 VI 1 21 March 1958
Marriages (1801-1870) 720  XI  1 41 March 1963
Naming of Sparksville, Ky.  52  II  4 Dec. 1954

The data which follow include other early records copied from official sources in Adair County or in the Kentucky Historical Society at Frankfort, Ky., and which pertain to persons named Sparks. No attempt will be made in this article to tie these families together; however, in a future article we shall try to arrange the relationships.

Persons Named Sparks Who Paid Taxes in Adair County, 1801-1844

1807

Name of Taxpayer Acres 
Watershed
Value Males over 21
   William Sparks 200 E. Fk. Lit. Barren River 1
   Matthew Sparks  50 "   "      "        "           " 1
1808
   William Sparks 308 E. Fk. Lit. Barren River 1
   Matthew Sparks "    "      "        "           " 1
1809
   Matthew 100 Leatherwood Creek 1
1810, 1811, 1812, 1813
   William Sparks 250 Leatherwood Creek 1
   Matthew Sparks 108           "                 " 1
                 1814
   William Sparks 250 Leatherwood Creek $860 1
   Matthew Sparks 108           "                 "  384 1
   John Sparks  - -     30 1
                  1815
   William Sparks 250 $897 1
   Matthew Sparks 108   250 1
   Elihu Sparks  - -      40 1
              1816, 1817
   William Sparks 250 $650 1
   Matthew Sparks 108   255 1
   John Sparks   - -     60 1
   Elihu Sparks   - -     30 1

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PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN ADAIR COUNTY KY., 1801-1844, continued:
 
Name of Taxpayer Acres 
Watershed
Value Males over 21
   
1818, 1819
 
   William Sparks 250 $650            1
   Matthew Sparks 108   300            1
   Elihu Sparks   --       25            1
 
1820, 1821, 1822
   William Sparks 250   650            1
   Elihu Sparks   --     25            1
   John Sparks   --     25            1
1823
   William Sparks 100 Leatherwood Creek   300            1
   John Sparks   --      60            1
   Thomas Sparks   --     70            1
1824
   William Sparks 100   660            1
   Thomas Sparks   --   100            1
   Jehue Sparks   --     --            1
1825
   William Sparks   90 Leatherwood Creek   145            1
   Matthew Sparks 125 Leatherwood Creek   150            1
   Thomas Sparks 134 Cedar Creek   518            1
   David Sparks 200 Goose Creek   145            1
   Jehue Sparks   75 Big Creek     75            1
   Elihu Sparks   --
1826
   William Sparks   90 Leatherwood Creek   286            1
   Matthew Sparks 125 E. Fk. Lit. Barren River   114            1
   Thomas Sparks 133 Cedar Creek   291            1
   Jehue Sparks 100 Prices Creek   200            1
   Elihu Sparks   --     --            1
1827
   William Sparks   95 Leatherwood Creek   300            1
   Thomas Sparks 133 Cedar Creek 1196            1
   Josiah Sparks   --     50            1
   Samuel Sparks   --     50            1
   Truelove Sparks   --     50            1
1828
   William Sparks, Sr.   90 Leatherwood Creek   300            1
   Matthew Sparks 120 Leatherwood Creek   300            1
   Thomas Sparks 133 Cedar Creek   200            1
   John Sparks   --     20            1
   Josiah Sparks   --     70            1
   Josiah Sparks   --      --            1

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PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN ADAIR COUNTY, KY., 1801-1844, continued:
 
Name of Taxpayer Acres  Watershed Value Males over 21
1828, continued
   Jeremiah Sparks     --   10          1
   Samuel Sparks     --   50          1
   Truelove Sparks     --     --          1
   William Sparks, Jr.     --   20          1
1829
   William Sparks, Sr. (tax page torn and illegible)
   Matthew Sparks (tax page torn and illegible)
   John Sparks (tax page torn and illegible)
   Jeremiah Sparks (tax page torn and illegible)
   Thomas Sparks 130 Cedar Creek 310          1
   Josiah Sparks   50 (tax page torn and illegible)
1830
   William Sparks, Sr. 100 Leatherwood Creek 212          1
   Matthew Sparks 300 Leatherwood Creek 275          1
   Thomas Sparks 133 Cedar Creek 250          1
   Jeremiah Sparks     --    --          1
   Josiah Sparks   70 Crocus Creek 120          1
   Samuel Sparks   50 Cedar Creek 105          1
   Truelove Sparks 100 Cedar Creek 125          1
   William Sparks, Jr.     --    --          1
1831
   William Sparks, Sr. 100 Leatherwood Creek 200          1
   Matthew Sparks 120 E. Fk. Lit. Barren River 120          1
   Thomas Sparks 133 Cedar Creek 150          1
   Josiah Sparks, Sr.   39 Glens Fork of Russell Creek   39          1
   Josiah Sparks   69 Crocus Creek   80          1
   Samuel Sparks   50 Russell Creek 100          1
   Jehue Sparks     --    --          1
   Truelove Sparks 100 Russell Creek 120          1
   William Sparks, Jr.     --    --          1
(No list can be found for 1832)
1833
   William Sparks, Sr.   60 Leatherwood Creek 165          1
   Matthew Sparks 120 Leatherwood Creek 120          1
   Thomas Sparks 133 Cedar Creek 300          1
   John Sparks     --    --          1
   Josiah Sparks, Sr.   28 Cedar Creek   28          1
   Josiah Sparks   50 Cedar Creek 150          1
   Samuel Sparks   50 Cedar Creek 100          1
   Jeremiah Sparks     --    --          1
   Truelove Sparks 100 Crocus Creek 150          1
   William Sparks, Jr.     --    --          1

    (No tax list can be found for 1834)

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PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN ADAIR COUNTY, KY., 1801-1844, continued:
 
 
Name of Taxpayer Acres Watershed Value Males over 21
1835
   Matthew Sparks 125 Leatherwood Creek $160          1
   Thomas Sparks    --     --          1
   Josiah Sparks   39 Russell Creek     19          1
   Josiah Sparks   62½ Crocus Creek   139          1
   Jeremiah Sparks   37 Leatherwood Creek     74          1
   Samuel Sparks   50 Russell Creek   140          1
   Jehue Sparks   85 Leatherwood Creek   175          1
   Truelove Sparks 100 Russell Creek   120          1
   William Sparks    --     --          1
1836
   Matthew Sparks 120 Leatherwood Creek   350          1
   John Sparks   89 Leatherwood Creek   150          1
   Josiah Sparks, Sr.   39 Cedar Creek     39          1
   Josiah Sparks   60 Crocus Creek   140          1
   Jeremiah Sparks   5  Leatherwood Creek     50          1
   Samuel Sparks   50 Cedar Creek   100          1
   Truelove Sparks    --     --          1
1837
   Matthew Sparks 250 E. Fk. Lit. Barren River   275          1
   Thomas Sparks 178 Crocus Creek   431          1
   Josiah Sparks 166 Crocus Creek   450          1
   Jeremiah Sparks   50 E. Fk. Lit. Barren River   100          1
   Jehue Sparks 1128 E. Fk. Lit. Barren River   454          1
   Samuel Sparks   50 Cedar Creek   100          1
   William Sparks    --     --          1
1838
   Matthew Sparks 200 Leatherwood Creek   220          1
   John Sparks 1200 Leatherwood Creek 1060          1
   Thomas Sparks    --     --          1
   Josiah Sparks    --     --          1
   Josiah Sparks, Sr.    --     --          1
   Jeremiah Sparks   50 Leatherwood Creek   100          1
(No list can be found for 1839)
1840
   Matthew Sparks 200 Leatherwood Creek   220          1
   Thomas Sparks 178 Crocus Creek   565          1
   Josiah Sparks    --     --          1
   Jeremiah Sparks   50 Leatherwood Creek   150          1
   Samuel Sparks   78 Cedar Creek   206          1
   Jehue Sparks 1138½ Leatherwood Creek   500          1
1841
   Matthew Sparks 150 Leatherwood Creek   150          1
   Thomas Sparks 178 Crocus Creek   431          1

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PERSONS NAMED SPARKS WHO PAID TAXES IN ADAIR COUNTY, KY., 1801-1844, continued:
 
Name of Taxpayer Acres  Watershed Value Males over 21
1841, continued
   Josiah Sparks    --      --          1
   Jeremiah Sparks   17 Leatherwood Creek $  84          1
   Samuel Sparks   78 Cedar Creek   206          1
   Jehue Sparks 100 Leatherwood Creek   240          1
   William Sparks    --     --          1
1842
   Matthew Sparks 150 Leatherwood Creek   185          1
   Thomas Sparks 178 Crocus Creek   550          1
   Jeremiah Sparks   50 Leatherwood Creek     75          1
   Samuel Sparks    --            1 
   Jehue Sparks   90 Leatherwood Creek   330          1
   William W. Sparks    --     --          1
1843
   Thomas Sparks 196 Crocus Creek   520          1
   Thomas Sparks    --     --          1
   Jeremiah Sparks 150 Leatherwood Creek   160          1
   Josiah A. Sparks    --     --          1
   Samuel Sparks    --     --          1
   Jehue Sparks    --     --          1
   Walton Sparks    --     --          1
   William Sparks    --     --          1
1844
   Matthew Sparks 200 Leatherwood Creek   175          1
   Thomas Sparks 196 Crocus Creek   520          1
   Jeremiah Sparks   50 Leatherwood Creek     70          1
   Joseph A. Sparks    --      --          1
   Samuel Sparks    --      --          1
   Jehue Sparks    --      --          1
   Walton Sparks    --      --          1 
   William Sparks    --      --          1

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PROPERTY DEEDS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1801-1870

Abstracted by Paul E. Sparks

Book E, Page 375. 4 Dec. 1820. Indenture between William Caldwell, Clerk of Adair County, for the county of Adair of the 1st part and William Sparks, Senr. of the 2nd part. By order of the said court, William Caldwell doth place Samuel Rose, William Bates, and Matthew Bates, poor boys of this county, with William Sparks to dwell with him until they severally shall arive at the full age of 21 years. Sparks binds himself to teach said apprentices in the art and "mistery" of farming and to provide sufficient meat, drink, and wearing apparel necessary and fit, and to teach or cause to be properly done Reading, Writing and Common Arithmetic, including the Rule of Three, and at the expiration of the terms, to give one complete suit of clothes and to pay each of them three pounds ten shillings.

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PROPERTY DEEDS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1801-1870, continued:

Book E, Page 376. 4 Dec. 1820. (This indenture is the same as that on page 375, except the apprentice is Polly Rose; the term is until her 18th birthday; and she is to be taught the art of spinning, weaving, and housekeeping.)

Book F, Page 414. 22 Aug. 1825. Indenture between Thomas I Chilton of the 1st part and David Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of land of 100 acres on Goose Creek for 180 pounds.

Book F, Page 473. 13 March 1826. Indenture between George Taylor and Anna his wife of the 1st part and Thomas Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of land of 133 acres on Cedar Creek, a branch of Russell Creek, for 40 pounds.

Book F, Page 510. 23 Dec. 1825. Indenture between William Sparks of the 1st part and R. M. Montgomery of the 2nd part. Tract of 179 acres on Leatherwood Creek, a tributary of the East Fork of Little Barren River, for $200.

Book F, Page 520. 27 Jan. 1826. Indenture between William Sparks of the 1st part and William 0. Wheat of the 2nd part. Tract of 31 acres, being a part of a 200 acre survey granted to said Sparks, for $80.

Book G, Page 362. 1 Sept. 1829. Indenture between Edy Foster of the 1st part and Truelove Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 100 acres on Cedar Creek and Dry Fork of Russell Creek for $100.

Book G, Page 363. 8 Sept. 1829. Indenture between George Saunder and Sarah his wife of the 1st part and of the 2nd part. Tract of 50 acres on Cedar Creek, a branch of Russell Creek, for $90.

Book G, Page 380. -- ---- 1827. Indenture between William Sparks of the 1st part and Samuel Taylor of the 2nd part. (Acreage and location not mentioned.) $300.

Book H, Page 388. 8 May 1833. Indenture between Truelove Sparks of the 1st part and Isaac Wright of the 2nd part. Tract of 100 acres on the Dry Fork of Cedar Creek of Russell Creek, originally granted to Edy Foster, for $100.

Book I, Page 124. 26 Sept. 1835. Indenture between Thomas Sparks and Sally his
wife, of the 1st part and Norfleet Newsom of the 2nd part. Tract of 133 acres on Cedar Creek of Russell Creek for $325.

Book I, Page 176. 8 Jan. 1836. Indenture between Truelove Sparks and Nancy, his
wife, of the 1st part and Nathaniel Privett of the n'F d part. Tract of 100 acres on Cedar Creek for $200. Witness: Josiah Sparks, Sr.

Book I, Page 229. 6 April 1836. Indenture between Thomas A. Gilkey and Rosey
Gilkey of the 1st part and Thomas Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 118 acres on Trace Fork of Crocus Creek and Cedar Creek, adjoining land of Josiah Sparks, for $245.

Book L, Page 60. 3 June 1841. Indenture between Josiah Sparks  and Ann, his wife,
of the 1st part and Thomas Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 60 acres on Trace Fork of Crocus Creek, being part of a 400-acre grant to Jonathon Gilkey, for $200.

Book L, Page 139. 16 Apr. 18141. Indenture between Samuel Sparks and Polly, his wife, of the 1st part and Isaac West of the 2nd part. Tract of 0. acres on Cedar Creek of Russell Creek, being part of a tract patented by George Sanders, for $150.

Book M, Page 187. 5 Jan. 18146. Indenture between Isaac West and Nancy, his wife,
of the 1st part and Thomas Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 184 acres on Glens
Fork of Cedar Creek and Crocus Creek, adjoining land sold by Samuel Sparks, for $36.

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PROPERTY DEEDS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1801-1870, continued:

Book M, Page 372. 3 May 1847. Indenture between John Nell of the first part and Thomas Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 99 acres on Crocus Creek for $120.

Book N, Page 132. 18 March 1848. Indenture between Junius Caldwell, Commisioner on Chancery in the suit of Francis Taylor versus heirs of Nathaniel Privett, of the 1st part and Thomas Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 50 acres which Sparks bought at a public sale for $89.54.

Book N, Page 472. 10 April 1850. Indenture between Isham B. Dooley and Dicey, his wife, of the 1st part and Josiah Sparks and Elizabeth A., his wife, of the 2nd part. Tract of 50 acres on Leatherwood Creek of East Fork of Little Barren River for the natural love and affection for their son-in-law and daughter and for $1.00.

Book N, Page 560. 5 Sept. 1849. Indenture between Thomas R. Dohoney, Commissioner on Chancery in the suit of Kitty Ann Frazer, et al, versus Jehue Sparks, of the lst part and Kitty Ann Frazer of the 2nd part. Tract of land to be sold at the courthouse to the highest bidder, and the highest bidder is Kitty Ann Frazer with a bid of $5.00.

Book 0, Page 233. 7 May 1852. Indenture between Thomas Sparks and Sarah, his wife, of the 1st part and Joseph S. Phelps of the 2nd part. Tract of acres on Pettys Fork of Russell Creek for $160.

Book P, Page 90. 4 July 1853. Indenture between the heirs of John Powell of the first part and Thomas Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 83 acres bought at a public sale.

Book P, Page 147. 8 Nov. 1853. Indenture between John S. Coleman and Sally D., his wife, of the 1st part and Lucinda Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 196 acres on Prices Creek for $50.

Book P, Page 245. 26 July 1854. Indenture between Thomas Sparks and Sarah, his wife, of the 1st part and James J. Sparks and Josiah A. Sparks of the art. Tract of 83 acres on Crocus Creek, formerly owned by John Powell, deceased, for $200.

Book P, Page 561. 14 Dec. 1855. Indenture between Matthew Sparks and Elizabeth, his wife, of the 1st part and William L. Walker of tend part. All their right as one of the heirs of William Sparks, deceased, to a tract of 64 acres on Leatherwood Creek, as described in a suit of Dower Demise in Adair Circuit Court in Sparks heirs versus Job Gibson, et al, of an undivided one-tenth interest.

Book P, Page 562. 15 Dec. 1855. John Sparks; Nathaniel England, Sr., and Polly England, his wife, late Polly Sparks; Thomas G. Walker; Mary Ann Walker; William Dudley Janes; Thomas S. Janes; Gracey Janes and Silas Janes, deceased, and all of whom are heirs of William Sparks, deceased, of the 1st part and William L. Walker of the 2nd part. Land on Leatherwood Creek for $20 each.

Book Q, Page 445. 23 May 1857. Nathan Gaither, Jr., Commissioner in the suit of James Gibson, et al, versus Solomon Gibson, et al., in behalf of James Gibson, Mary Wilcox, Elizabeth Gibson, Robert Gibson, Sarah Lacy, and Lucinda Sparks, all of the lst part, to William L. Walker of the 2nd part. Land formerly belonging to their common ancestor, Job Gibson.

Book Q, Page 618. 26 March 1858. Indenture between Jeremiah Sparks, and Frances Jane, his wife, of the 1st part, and William R. Sexton of the 2nd part. Tract of 50 acres on Leatherwood Creek for $400.

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PROPERTY DEEDS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1801-1870, continued:

Book R, Page 21. 1 Oct. 1858. Indenture between W. W. Sparks, and Lucinda, his wife, of the 1st part and Josiah Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 129 acres on Leatherwood Creek, a branch of the East Fork of Little Barren River, being the same land conveyed to Lucinda Gibson by Charles Kennard, for $800.

Book R, Page 85. 21 Dec. 1858. Indenture between James B. White of the 1st part and Thomas Sparks of the 2nd part. An undivided third of two tracts of land on Crocus Creek, one containing 193 acres, the other containing 50 acres, for $243.

Book R, Page 226. 14 June 1859. Indenture between James Breeding, and Elizabeth B., his wife of the 1st part and Matthew Sparks, and Polly Ann, his wife, of the 2nd part. Tract of 70 acres on Leatherwood Creek and Red Lick Creek, branches of the East Fork of Little Barren River, for $150.

Book R, Page 306. 20 May 1859. Indenture between E. L. Dohoney, Commissioner the heirs of Stephen White, of the 1st part and Thomas Sparks of the 2nd part. Their interest in two tracts of 193 acres and 50 acres. See Book R, Page 85, above.)

Book_R, Page 465. Indenture between Samuel Field, and Nancy, his wife of the 1st part and Samuel A. marks of the 2nd part. Fifty acres for $250.

Book R, Page 466. Indenture between Samuel A. Sparks of the 1st part and Benjamin S. Davis of the 2nd part. Fifty acres for $250.

Book _S, Page 168. 27 Aug. 1862. Indenture between James Nell, and Nancy, his wife, of the 1st part and Thomas Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 35 acres on Crocus Creek for $70.
Book S, Page 610. 1 Nov. 1864. Indenture between Uriah Pennington, and Sarah Ann, his wife, late Sarah Ann Sparks, widow of James J. Sparks, deceased, of the 1st part and Thomas Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of-74 acres on Glens Fork, being the same land where James J. Sparks lived at the time of his death and being the dower interest of Sarah Ann Pennington, for $175.

Book T, Page 127. 12 May 1865. Indenture between Gilbert G. Wilkinson, and Susannah, his wife, of the 1st part and J. H. Wicker, C. G. Wicker, J. B. Smith, and T. A. Harroun, all of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, and J. R. Sparks, Thomas Arthur, Albert Lufken, and S. G. Smith, all of Jasper County, Iowa, of the 2nd part. Annual lease of a tract of 228 acres on Crocus Creek to dig for coal, oil, slat water, and iron. If oil is struck, parties of the 1st part are to receive $300 per year for a flow of 10 barrels per day.

Book T, Page 293. 21 Nov. 1865. Indenture between Otho Preston, and Louisa D., his wife, of the 1st part and Mary A. Sparks, wife of Matthew Sparks, of the 2nd part. Tract of 88 acres on the headwaters of Big Creek, for $462.55.

Book T, Page 335. 16 Jan. 1866. Indenture between Henry M. Antle, and Emily, his wife, of the 1st part and Rufus M. Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 75 acres on Crocus Creek and Cabin Fork Creek for $350.

Book T, Page 338. 13 Jan. 1866. Indenture between Thomas Sparks, and Sarah, his wife, of the 1st part and A. C. Patterson of Petroleum Center, Pennsylvania, of the 2nd part. Tract of 100 acres on Cedar Creek of Russell Creek for $950.

Book T, Page 339. 19 Jan. 1866. Indenture between Thomas Sparks, and Sarah, his wife, of the 1st part and Josiah A. Sparks, son of the said Thomas & Sarah Sparks, of the 2nd part. Tract of 195 ¾  acres on Crocus Creek for the natural love they have for their son and $200.

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PROPERTY DEEDS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1801-1870, continued:

Book U, Page 271. 29 March 1865. Indenture between William Stotts and Mary, his wife of the 1st part and William W. Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 95 acres on Leatherwood Creek for $465.

Book U, Page 466. 25 Feb. 1869. Indenture between Elizabeth J. Jones and James W.
Jones of the 1st part and Matthew Sparks of the 2nd part. Tract of 70 acres on Big Creek for $100. This is the same tract bought by John McNeeley, father of Elizabeth J. Jones, and sold by James & Elizabeth B. Breeding to Matthew & Polly Ann Sparks. (See Book R, page 226) The said McNeeley died before obtaining a deed and his widow, Polly Ann, intermarried with Matthew Sparks. Parties of the 1st part give all their right to the property for $100.

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MINA SPARKS (OR JEMIMA), DAUGHTER OF AMOS AND MARGARET SPARKS

In the last issue of the QUARTERLY (June, 1975, Vol. XXIII, No. 2, Whole No. 90, page 1737) we published a query from Mrs. Carol R. Austin requesting information on her husband's ancestor, Mina Sparks, who was born August 7, 1849, in Canada. The names of Mina's parents were not known to Mrs. Austin, but she knew from family records that the family had moved from Canada to the state of Kansas when Mina was quite small.

Following the publication of the query, Dr. Paul E. Sparks identified the family to which we are sure that Mina Sparks belonged in the 1860 census of Kickapoo Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas. The census taker recorded the family on August 7, 1860. The parents were Amos and Margaret Sparks; the daughter named Jemima, who was listed as eleven years old in 1860 must surely have been the "Mina" Sparks who was born August 7, 1849 (thus eleven years old in 1860). Her nickname must have originally been "Mima" from Jemima. The record of this family on the 1860 census is as follows:

Kickapoo Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas (Post Office: Kickapoo) August 7, 1860. (page 797) (family number 1900)
 

Sparks, Amos male   36 Laborer (born) Canada
      "        Margaret  female  37                "
      "        Lucetta     "  15                "
      "        Mary A.     "  13                "
      "        Jemima      "  11          Michigan
      "        Amos  male    8                "
      "        Jennie female    6                "
      "        Reuben male    4                "
      "        Harriet female 11/12          Kansas

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CORRECTION OF CAPTION ON PAGE 1651, THE SPARKS QUARTERLY

The June 1974 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 86, has a picture on page 1651 of Orval Eugene Faubus. The caption should be changed to read: GREAT-GRANDSON OF ELI AND URSALA JANE (SALYER) SPARKS.

[Scanner's note:  Correction made.]

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CORRECTION--1850 CENSUS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, INDIANA

In the June 1960 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. VIII, No. 2, Whole No. 30, pp.488-89) we published a record of the Sparks families listed on the 1850 census of Washington County, Indiana. Because of the difficulty of reading the microfilm of that record, there was great uncertainty regarding some of the names in the two Sparks families listed. Dr. Paul E. Sparks has now had opportunity to study another copy of this record and has been able to make an accurate transcription. Readers are urged to note in their June 1960 issue the following corrections:

Page 666. Washington Township, 17 September 1850.
 

201-201 SPARKS, Matthew  35  (M) Farmer Kentucky $200 
         "          Lucy  35 (F) Indiana
       "          John  13 (M)       "
       "          Sarah  12 (F)       "
       "          Weden  11  (M)       "
       "          Nancy    9 (F)       "
       "          Chloe    7 (F)       "
       "          Mary A.    6 (F)       "
       "          William    5 (M)       "
       "          Benjamin M.    4 (M)       "
       "          Noble    2 (M)       "
       "          Jesse 6/12 (M)       "

Page 766. Monroe Township,  20 October 1850.
 

11-11 SPARKS, James  39 (M) Farmer Kentucky $900 
          "         Rebecca  39 (F)        "
        "         Marget  15 (F) Indiana
        "         Rebecca J.  14 (F)      "
        "         Nancy  12 (F)      "
        "         Robert    7 (M)      "

 [Scanner's note:  Corrections made.]

NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

It is a pleasure to report the names of fifteen new members of THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION. These Sparks descendants have joined the Association since our last report in the June, 1975, issue of the QUARTERLY.

Nance Allen (Mrs. Bobby W.), 804 Solana Drive, Yuma, Arizona (85364)
Lois J. Borneman (Mrs. John D.), 3642 Mt. Ariane Drive, San Diego, California (92111)
Margaret Louise Koster Findley (Mrs. Lyman), 12 Woodland Hills, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (35401)
Buchanan S. Fulmore, 4918 West 97th St., Inglewood, California (90301)
Margaret T. King, 22 A Pinkney Road, Red Bank, New Jersey (07701)
Rhoda A. Martin (Mrs. J. C.), Box 233, Ravenna, Kentucky (40472)
Velma Sparks Oliver (Mrs. Callaway), 485 N. Turnpike Road, Santa Barbara, California (93111)
Don Sparks, 1502 O'Kelley Road, Rockdale, Texas (76567)
Henry H. Sparks, 4100 W. 14th St., Des Moines, Iowa (50313)
Miss Mary Elizabeth Sparks, 11037 Ferina, Apt. 2, Norwalk, California (90650) Oral E. Sparks, 512 Park Ave., Des Moines, Iowa (50315)
Mrs. Tom C. Sparks, 627 Stanley St., Ardmore, Oklahoma (73401)
Walter Charles Sparks, Jr., Box 356, Taft, Texas (78390)
Zoe Ann Sparks (Mrs Jared), 816 Overcrest, Fayetteville, Arkansas (72701)
Mrs. Patricia Sparks Vincent, 1128 Park Ave., Des Moines, Iowa (50315)
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