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 DECEMBER, 1975
WHOLE NO. 92a

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

FRANCIS M. SPARKS (1832 -1910)

WITH DAUGHTERS LADORA AND MEOTA BELL

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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 -1975) with the four indexes may be purchased for $55.00. (These 22 years of the QUARTERLY comprise nearly 1800 pages of Sparks Family history.)
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)

FRANCIS M. SPARKS (1832-1910)

On the cover of this issue of the QUARTERLY we are using a photograph of Francis M. Sparks (born December 12., 1832, died June 28, 1910) with his daughters, Ladora and Meota. The tintype from which this print was made was loaned to us by Mrs. R. B. Eagleston of Greenfield, Indiana; Mrs. Eagleston is a great-granddaughter of Francis M. Sparks and a granddaughter of Francis' daughter, Meota. Mrs. Eagleston has called your editor's attention to the scar above the left eye of Francis M. Sparks where he was kicked by a horse, a reminder of a farming hazard that is now largely forgotten.

A sketch of the life of Francis M. Sparks was published in the QUARTERLY of September 1966 (Vol. XIV, No. 3, Whole No. 55), page 1010. Born near Rushville, Indiana, he was the only child of Thompson and Lucy Jane (Head) Sparks. His father, Thompson Sparks, son of Isaac and Sarah (Hankins) Sparks, was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, on December 1, 1808, and died on November 14, 1833, when Francis was less than a year old.   Lucy Jane, mother of Francis, lived until 1880. When Francis was about twelve years old, he accompanied his mother to Hancock County, Indiana, where he spent the remainder of his life as a farmer.   He was married twice, first on July 24, 1859, to Lydia Garner (born March 12, 1841, died in 1863), and second to Matilda J. Loudenback (1846-1926) whom he married in 1882.

The two daughters shown in the photograph were by Francis' first wife, Lydia (Garner) Sparks, who died soon after the birth of the second daughter. The first

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FRANCIS M. SPARKS (1832-1910), continued:

daughter, Ladora Sparks, was born in either 1860 or 1861; she married Charles E. Moore and had two children, Iva and Roscoe M. The second daughter, Meota Bell Sparks, was born March 28, 1863, and died December 25, 1886; she was married on August 7, 1881, to John C. Loudenback and they had children named Grace, Gertrude, and Joseph F.

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MEOTA BELL SPARKS

1863-1886

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[Note:  At the bottom of the page is a photograph, beneath which is the following caption:]

Grandchildren of Francis M. Sparks

Gertrude, Joseph (Frank) and Grace Loudenback Iva Moore

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1840 CENSUS OF OHIO

Compiled by Paul E. Sparks

(Editor's Note: In the December 1966 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XIV, No. 4, Whole No. 56, pp. 1034-36), we published a record of the families named Sparks who were listed on the 1820 census of Ohio. In the September 1966 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XIV, No. 3,
Whole No. 55, pp. 1013-16), we published a record of all of the families named Sparks listed on the 1830 census of Ohio. Following is a record of the Sparkses listed ten years later on the 1840 census of Ohio.

In all federal census records prior to 1850, only the name of the head of the household was given. Opposite each name, the members of the household, including the head, were enumerated by sex and by age group. In the 1840 census, males and female were divided into thirteen age categories. We may assume that in most households, the man listed as the head of that household was the oldest male enumerated and that the oldest female enumerated was his wife, but one cannot always be sure. Likewise, those members of the household younger than the head were usually his children, but in some instances apprentices, orphaned neighbor children, and relatives were also enumerated as members of the household. Where a woman is named as the head of the household, we can usually assume that she was a widow.

The census taker ordinarily recorded whatever data he was told by the person at home on the day he stopped. Ages were often guessed at while some members of the household were overlooked. Sometimes parents included sons or daughters who were no longer living at home and who were thus counted again in another household. If a married son was living on the home farm with his parents, either the father or the son might be given as head of the household (and thus the only one to be named) depending upon which member of the household gave the census taker the information.

The page number of the volume in which the name appears is given in the following record opposite each name. This information is sometimes significant as an indication whether two different families were living near each other.
 
 
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Adams County  .  .  .  . .  |||   .  .
 Town: West Union . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Mary L.Sparks (60)  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0
  John Sparks (60)  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0
  Mary Sparks (60)  0  1  1  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  1  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 Town: Winchester . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  James Sparks (69)  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  1  0   0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
  Catharine Sparks (69)  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0
 Scott Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
   Ezra Sparks (79)  1  1  1  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  2  1 0  0  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0

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 Fremont Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  L. B. Sparks (236)  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 Hunting Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Levi Sparks (266)  0  1  1  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 Union Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  William Sparks (309)  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
  Ann Sparks (322)  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
  James Sparks (323)  0  1  1  0   0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  2  1  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
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Butler County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 Union Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Elijah Sparks  0   0   0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  |||  1  0  1  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0
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  J. B. Sparks (167)  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 Town: Rossville . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Thomas Sparks  0  2  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
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Carroll County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 Perry Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Wm. B. Sparks(277)  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0
  John Sparks (279)  1  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
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Champaign County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 Urbana Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  George Sparks  1  0  0  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
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 Harmony Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Nicholas Sparks (69)  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 Town: Springfield  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  David Sparks (36)  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 Green Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Ephriam Sparks (48)  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  2  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
  Thomas Sparks (49)  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0
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Clinton County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 Union Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Jos. K. Sparks (300)  1  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0

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 PikeTownship . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Stephen Sparks (343)   0  0   0   1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0
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Cuyahoga County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 City of Cleveland . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
   Ira Sparks (128)  1  0  0  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0   1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0
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Darke County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 German Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Andrew Sparks (16)  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  |||  1  1  0  2  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0
  Eason Sparks (16)  1  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
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 Berkshire Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Charles Sparks (178)  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
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Fairfield County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 Greenfield Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  John Sparks (289)  0  1  0  1  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 Violet Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Rachel Sparks (331)  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
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Fayette County . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 Concord Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Elias M. Sparks  1  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
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 Greenfield Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Charles Sparks (50)  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   |||  2  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
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Greene County  |||
 Bath Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  John Sparks (221)  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  |||  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 Miami Township . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  Richard Sparks (200)  1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
 Sugar Creek T/S . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  S. Sparks (216)  0  1  0  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  |||  0  0  1  1  0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0

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