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. XXIV, NO. 1 MARCH, 1976
WHOLE NO. 93a

 
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SPARKS MILL AT LYNNVILLE, IOWA

Here, in 1846, John R. Sparks constructed a small paddle-wheel sawmill. Power for the mill was supplied from a mill pond which was created by the back-water of a large wooden dam across the North Skunk River. He soon added a gristmill to make flour by buying the best French buhrstones he could find. The nearest other mill was at Oskaloosa. The present dam (shown above) was built during the winter of 1918-1919.

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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 1792 pages of Sparks Family history.)

The editor of the QUARTERLY since September 1954 has been 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)

DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS (ca.1760-ca.1834) OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY

By Paul E. Sparks

[Scanning editor's note:  Substantial corrections  will be found in the December 1990 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 152 at pp. 3681-86 relating to this and another article concerning William Sparks of Adair County which appears in the December 1976 issue of the  QUARTERLY, Whole No. 96.  These corrections will be preceeded by three asterisks [i.e. ***] and copied here where appropriate.]

(Editor's Note: During 1975, we published abstracts of records of various types pertaining to the branch of the Sparks family that lived in Adair County, Kentucky. (See pages 1720-29 of the March issue; pages 1735-36 of the June issue; pages 1763-71 of the September issue; and 1782-90 of the December issue.) Making use of these and other official records, along with many family records supplied by descendants, Dr. Paul E. Sparks has prepared a history of this family, the first part of which follows.)

The first record that we have found of the Sparkses who came to the Adair County area of Kentucky is a "headright claim" made on April 21, 1799, by William Sparks for 104 acres of land on Leatherwood Creek in Green County. This section of Kentucky (south of Green River) had been reserved by the state of Virginia for her soldiers, but in 1795 Kentucky, new a sovereign state, opened these lands to any person over 21 years of age who had a family. Such persons were entitled to no less than 100 nor no more than 200 acres, but they had to be bona fide settlers on the land for at least one year before they could come into actual possession; thus William Sparks settled there sometime prior to 1799. About two weeks after making his first claim, he was granted an additional 200 acres on the East Fork of the Little Barren River, probably on Leatherwood Creek which is a tributary of East Fork in Green County. (In 1801, this part of Green County became a part of a new county named Adair in honor of General John Adair, a prominent governmental leader in early Kentucky.)

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DESCENDANTSOF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:

William Sparks was born about 1760, probably in Prince Georges County, Maryland, and he very likely went as a small lad with his parents to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, about 1777. We are not certain about the name of his father since the only clue we have was furnished by descendants in Jasper County, Iowa, in 1894.  According to a history of Jasper County published at that time, the name of the father of William Sparks of Adair County was also William Sparks. If this information is correct, without doubt the elder William Sparks was a son of either Matthew or Thomas Sparks. (See the QUARTERLY of September 1955 and March 1956, Whole Numbers 11 and 13.)

We have not learned the date nor the place of the marriage of William Sparks to Mary -----, but it was probably about 1781 in North Carolina. We have no clue regarding Mary's maiden name. Their first child, Matthew Sparks, was born on January 14, 1783, in North Carolina according to information given to us by descendants. Then, prior to 1799, the family moved to Kentucky and settled in Green County on Leatherwood Creek. William and Mary Sparks continued to live there until their deaths, which apparently occurred about 1834.

Adair County tax records show that William Sparks paid taxes from 1807 to 1833. In 1820, for example, he entered the following items subject to taxation: one white tithe; 150 acres, valued at $6.00 per acre; 50 acres, valued at 25¢ per acre; and two horses valued at enough to bring the total of taxable property to $1,000. William sold property on two occasions. On December 23, 1825, he sold a tract of 129 acres on Leatherwood Creek to R.M. Montgomery for $200. About one month later, on January 27, 1826, he sold another tract of 31½ acres to William 0. Wheat for $80.

In December 1820, the Adair County Court agreed to permit William Sparks (now referred to as Senior) to have two apprentices, William and Matthew Bates, in his home until they became 21 years of age for the purpose of instructing them in the "art and mistery of farming" and further "to provide sufficient meat, drink and wearing apparel ... and teach them ... Reading, Writing and Common Arithmetic ... and at the expiration of the term to give one complete suit of clothes and to pay unto each 3 pounds 10 shillings."  It was also agreed that Sparks should take another apprentice, Polly Rose, until her 18th birthday and to teach her the art of spinning, weaving, and housekeeping. In all likelihood, the male apprentices are the males, born between 1810 and 1820, enumerated in the household of William Sparks when the 1830 census was taken of Adair County.

Neither William Sparks nor his wife, Mary, left a will, but from census, marriage, and historical records, and from information given by descendants, we have a list of their children which we believe to be fairly accurate and complete. Our readers are reminded, however, that we are uncertain about the order of the births of some of their children.

I. Matthew Sparks, son of William and Mary (-----) Sparks, was born on January 14, 1783, in North Carolina. Although we have found no official reference made to a middle name, descendants refer to him as Matthew Wright Sparks. According to these same descendants, he married Mary ("Polly") Robinson on August 21, 1802. She was born in North Carolina on August 15, 1783.

Matthew Sparks apparently did not accompany his father to Kentucky, for his oldest child, William, was born in North Carolina in 1804. By 1806, however, he had moved to Kentucky where his second son, John R. Sparks, was born on March 16, 1806. On April 23, 1807, both Matthew and his father paid taxes in Adair County - - he paid on 50 acres and his father paid on 200 acres. Both farms were located on Leatherwood Creek. We have not found a record of the

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DESCENDANTSOF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:
acquisition of Matthew's land; perhaps it was given to him by his father and no deed was every recorded.
Matthew Sparks took an active part in the governmental affairs of Adair County. he was appointed overseer of the road in his part of the county on several occasions. The road for which he was responsible went from Big Creek to the Burkesville Road. He was a farmer, and on the 1850 census he stated that he was 67 years of age and that he had been born in North Carolina.

Polly (Robinson) Sparks apparently died prior to 1849, for on April 6, 1849, Matthew Sparks married Elizabeth Mosby. He stated that he was 66 years of age and she stated that she was 48 years of age. They were married by Spencer James, a brother-in-law of Matthew. (M.B. 2-6, page 141)

On December 14, 1855, Matthew Sparks, as an heir of William Sparks, deceased; sold his undivided interest in a tract of land on Leatherwood Creek to William L. Walker. Elizabeth Sparks, his wife, agreed to the sale. (Deed Book P, page 561) The next day, other heirs of William Sparks sold their interest in the land to William L. Walker, also. The sale of the land was probably made in preparation for Matthew to join two of his sons in Jasper County, Iowa. In 1856, according to a history of Jasper County, Matthew left Adair County and went to Iowa where he joined his sons, John R. Sparks and Truelove M. Sparks, who had settled there in 1845. It was there, on March 29, 1867, that Matthew Sparks died at the age of 84 years and was buried in Swan Cemetery near Lynnville.
All of our sources of information (census data, marriage records, published histories, and family records furnished by descendants) indicate that Matthew and Polly Sparks were the parents of thirteen children, but thus far we have been able to make definite identification of only eight of them, four sons and four daughters, and probable identification of one other, a daughter.
A. William Sparks, son of Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks, was born about 1804 in North Carolina. He came to Leatherwood Creek in Adair County with his parents when he was a small boy and he lived there all of his life. He was married to Elizabeth CrawhornCochran about 1828. She was born about 1810 and was a daughter of Thomas Crawhorn  Cochran, a Revolutionary War soldier. William Sparks was a farmer.

[Scanner's note:  See SQ p 1858 re correction.]

According to a history of Kentucky written in 1887, William Sparks died on January 25, 1878, "a consistent Christian and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church." His wife, Elizabeth, died about 1870 at the age of sixty. They were the parents of eleven children.

1. Thomas Sparks, son of William and Elizabeth  (Crawhorn)(Cochran) Sparks, was probably born about 1829. He was not living with his parents when the 1850 census was taken of Adair County.

2. Matthew Sparks, son of William and Elizabeth (Crawhorn)(Cochran) Sparks, was born on January 25, 1831. On March 26, 1849, he was married to Mary Ann (England) McNeeley in Adair County. They were married by Spencer Janes,a Baptist minister. (M.B. 2-6, page 141) Mary Ann was born about 1826 and was a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Askew) England. She was the widow of John McNeeley by whom she had three children: James M. McNeeley, born about 1845; Elizabeth Jane McNeeley, born about 1847; and Martha Ann McNeeley, born about 1848. (See III,C,1, below.)

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:

Matthew Sparks moved to Indiana in 1860 and in 1861 he enlisted in the 49th Regiment Indiana Infantry where he served until his discharge for illness in 1863. (See the abstract of his pension file in the March 1975 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 89.) After his release from the service, he returned to Adair County where, on November 21, 1865, he and Mary Ann bought an 88-acre farm on the headwaters of Big Creek. Here, Mary Ann died in 1867. They had two children:
a. William Sparks was born about 1858 in Adair County. He was still single when the census was taken in 1880.
b. Susan E. Sparks was born about 1862.
On January 21, 1869, Matthew Sparks married (second) Juliet Akin, a daughter of Joseph K. and Nancy B. (Fowler) Akin. Matthew was 34 years of age and it was his second marriage; Juliet was 24 years of age and it was her first marriage. James S. Akin was the bondsman. (M.B. 5, p. 201) To this marriage, five children were born:
c. George Ann Sparks was born about 1869. She married Charles E. Kingrey on November 7, 1894.
d. Mary Ellen Sparks was born about 1872. On March 17, 1892, she married J. W. Sampson in Adair County. He was 27 years old and she was 21. It was the first marriage for both. (M.B. 14, p. 252)
e. Moses S. Sparks was born about 1874. In 1895 he married Annice Stotts in Adair County; the month and the day were not recorded. (M.B. 16, p. 74)
f. Josiah William Sparks was born on February 24, 1879.
g.Victoria Sparks was born on August 11, 1882.
Juliet (Akin) Sparks apparently died between 1882 and 1892, for on September 11, 1892, Matthew Sparks married Melvina McGinnis, the widow of G. B. McGinnis, Jr. The marriage was performed by the Rev. Russell Harvey at the home of G. B. McGinnis, Sr. (M.B. 14, p. 316)

According to a history of Kentucky published in 1887, Matthew Sparks was a highly successful farmer and businessman. He owned "a fine farm of 215 acres, well improved, with good residence and outbuildings, and four other farms of 390 acres, besides a saw and grist mill. His estate, worth $10,000, is the result of his own industry and economy, as he began without a dollar. He and Mrs. Sparks and two of the daughters are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and in politics he is a Democrat."

Matthew Sparks died at his home at Fairplay, Kentucky, on June 7, 1893.

3. Biddy Ann Sparks, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Crawhorn)(Cochran) .Sparks, was born about 1832. On September 4, 1852, she was married to Franklin McKinney in Adair County by the Rev. Spencer Janes. Both of them stated that they were single and that they were born in Adair County. (M.B. 2-6, p. 168) Franklin was born about 1817. When the 1860 census was taken, they had three children:

a. Louisa Jane McKinney was born on December 10, 1853.
b. Polly Ann McKinney was born on October 10, 1856.
c. William M. McKinney was born about 1859.
4. James Riley Sparks, son of William and Elizabeth (Crawhorn)(Cochran) Sparks, was born about 1834. He married Gracey H. Janes in 1858 in Barren County, Ky., and they had at least one child, William Sparks, born on June 9, 1859.
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:

5. Mary Ann Sparks, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Crawhorn)(Cochran) Sparks, was born about 1837. She married Thomas Walker according to a history of Kentucky.

6. Susan Sparks, daughter of William and Elizabeth  (Crawhorn)(Cochran)  Sparks, was born about 1839. She married John Mitchell according to a history of Kentucky.

7. Nancy Jane Sparks, daughter of William and Elizabeth  (Crawhorn)(Cochran)  Sparks, was born about 1841. She married James Johnson according to a history of Kentucky.

8. William W. Sparks, son of William and Elizabeth  (Crawhorn)(Cochran) Sparks, was born about 1843. He served in the 16th Regiment Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. (See the abstract of his military file in the March 1975 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Whole No. 89.) He apparently did not marry and died about 1893.

9. Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Crawhorn)(Cochran)  Sparks, was born about 1846. She married Frank Saters according to a history of Kentucky.

10. Martha Jane Sparks, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Crawhorn)(Cochran)  Sparks, was born about 1850. She married John Helstead according to a history of Kentucky.

11. Sarah Ann Sparks, daughter of William and Elizabeth  (Crawhorn)(Cochran)  Sparks, was born about 1850. She married ----- Saters according to a history of Kentucky.

B. A daughter, whom we have been unable to identify, was born to Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks between 1800 and 1810.

C. John R. Sparks, son of Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks, was born on March 16, 1806 in Green County, Kentucky; descendants believe that the initial "R" stands for his mother's maiden name. On October 6, 1828, he married Elizabeth Matthews, daughter of William and Mary Matthws in Morgan County, Illinois. Elizabeth was born in Green County, Kentucky, on January 7, 1806. Her mother was born in Pennsylvania about 1773 and she died in Jasper County, Iowa, in 1855.

John R. Sparks left Adair County about 1826 and went to Morgan County, Illinois, where, after his marriage, he bought a farm. In 1836, he sold the farm and moved to "government" land in Lee County, Wisconsin Territory, which would become Iowa Territory in 1838. Prior to 1840, he and John B. Thompson founded the village of Columbus in Van Buren County on the north side of the Des Moines River near Copper Creek, but it failed of permanancy. The legislature also authorized him to build a dam while he was in Lee County.

In March 1845, John made his final move, going from Van Buren County to newlyformed Jasper County where he entered 320 acres of government land on the North Fork of the Skunk River near present-day Lynnville. There, with the help of his sons, he added to the farm until he owned 500 acres of choice farming land. It was also there that in 1846 (the year Iowa became the 29th state) he built the first flour mill in Jasper County on the Skunk River.

John R. Sparks was active in business and governmental affairs. The first Board of Commissioners of Jasper County consisted of Joab Bennett, Manly Gifford and John R. Sparks. One of their first responsibilities was to lay off the courthouse square at Newton and borrow enough money to build the courthouse. In 1865, Sparks and several neighbors joined a business firm from Chicago in

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., :continued:

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

JOHN R. SPARKS
Deceased
Born in Adair Co., Ky. March 16, 1806
Settled in Jasper Co., 1845.
Died Aug. 17, 1886

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ELIZABETH SPARKS
Deceased
Born Jan. 7, 1806.
Settled in Jasper Co. March 1845
Died June 7, 1886

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SITE OF ORIGINAL SPARKS MILL

WITH OLD WATERWHEEL AND WOODEN DAM

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DESCENDANTSOF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:
 

leasing land on Crocus Creek in Adair County, Kentucky, for the purpose of digging for coal, oil, salt-water and iron. If oil was struck, the business was to pay $300 per year for a flow of ten barrels per day. We do not know how the business venture turned out.

John R. Sparks was also a founder of the Claim Protection Society of Lynn Grove which was established at a meeting held on his farm in 1846. At that meeting, a clerk was elected whose job was to make a plat of the precinct on which all claims were noted, and the claims were also registered on a separate piece of paper. Any newcomer to the community was advised to inspect the plat and determine whether the land in which he was interested was already claimed. In that way, Jasper County escaped much of the "claim jumping" that was prevalent elsewhere in Iowa.

A history of Jasper County, published in 1894, contains a biography of John R. Sparks which states: "During the days of the old-line Whig party, he was very active in politics, and on the birth of the Republican party, he voted for Fremont. He was honored with different offices, among them being that of County Commissioner. In the progress of education and religion he was greatly interested and was always ready to support all laudable enterprises. He was one of the most highly respected and honored men in the county, and was widely known, the family being the second to locate in this part of the country."

John R. Sparks died on August 17, 1886, just two months after the death of his wife, Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks, on June 7, 1886. They are buried in Woodland Cemetery in Jasper County.

(John R. Sparks of Jasper County, Iowa, should not be confused with John R. Sparks of Macoupin County, Illinois. The latter was also born in 1806, but in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and was a son of Matthew and Nancy (Sutton) Sparks. He married Elizabeth Bradshaw in 1833 in Morgan County, Illinois. Undoubtedly, the two men were related, perhaps as close as second or third cousins. For further information about Matthew and Nancy (Sutton) Sparks, see the March 1962 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Whole No. 37.)
John R. and Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks had eleven children, but three of them died in early childhood. Their names were: (1) Jeremiah S.; (2) Margaret W.; (3) Matthew T.; (4) Paninah; (5) William Henry; (6) John Barry; (7) Elizabeth S. and (8) Samuel T.
1. Jeremiah S. Sparks, son of John and Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks, was born in Morgan County, Illinois, on August 8, 1829. He accompanied his parents to Iowa in 1836 and attended district schools there. He became a successful farmer. On October 2, 1851, he married Nancy M. Simms in Jasper County. She was born in Logan County, Kentucky, on September 30, 1829, one of ten children born to David and Elizabeth (Elstom) Simms. Jeremiah and Nancy lived in Lynn Grover Township.

A history of Jasper County, published in 1894, gave this description of Jeremiah S. Sparks: "After his marriage our subject settled on his present farm, then wild and uncultivated land, erected a log cabin 18 by 18 feet in dimensions, and made his home there until 1862, when the present substantial and comfortable abode was built. The original estate comprised eighty acres and he now has in his possession 320 broad and fertile acres. He at one time had over 500 acres, but has sold a little at a time until it has diminished to its present acreage."

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:

"Mr. Sparks is a stalwart Republican. He cast his first Presidential vote in 1852. He has held local offices in his township, and is a man honored and respected by all. Mr. and Mrs. Sparks are connected with the Methodist Protestant Church and are active and valued members, he holding an office in the same. Our subject and his father were the principal builders of the church."

Jeremiah S. Sparks died on January 27, 1903, in Jasper County. His wife, Nancy, died a year later, on January 22, 1904. They were the parents of seven children

a. Mary E. Sparks was born on July 7, 1852. On Dec. 20, 1874, she married B. P. Roten and they had two children.

b. Martha Paninah Sparks was born on Feb. 28, 1854. She married Joseph B. Sylvester on Dec. 9, 1881.

c. David J. Sparks was born on April 1, 1857. He is said to have married and to have had six children, but we have been unable to get further information.

d. Albert L. Sparks was born on Oct. 7, 1859. On Nov. 2, 1879, he married Rosa Hamilton and they had three children.

e. John H. Sparks was born on Dec. 19, 1862. He married Emma Andrews.

f. Benjamin M. Sparks was born on April 3, 1865, and died while quite young.

g. Nellie L. Sparks was born on April 24, 1867. She married Perry 0. Maxom.

2. Margaret W. Sparks, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks, was born on October 31, 1830, in Morgan County, Illinois. She accompanied her parents to Iowa where, on August 3, 1849, she was married to Jesse Hammer by James F. New, a justice of the peace. Theirs was the second marriage performed in Jasper County. Jesse was born on October 4, 1820, in Jefferson County, Tennessee, and he was a son of Elisha Hammer. Jesse Hammer was married four times, the marriage to Margaret W. Sparks being the second one. Margaret died on November 24, 1860, and was buried in the Saran Cemetery in Jasper County. Jesse died on September 2, 1873, at Richland, Iowa. They had six children.
a. Elizabeth Lucinda Hammer was born on June 2, 1851. She died in infancy.

b. Marion R. Hammer was born on Jan. 26, 1853. He married Mary Emma Dooley on October 22, 1876, and they had at least one child, Marion R. Hammer, Jr., born in 1878, who became an attorney, and Jesse Marion Hammer.  Marion R. Hammer, Sr., was a physician. He died in 1940.
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c. Samuel Lafayette Hammer was born on July 13, 1854. He married Phoebe Minthorn, a sister of Huldah Minthorn. Hulda Minthorn married Jesse Hoover and they were the parents of Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States. After the death of his parents, Herbert Hoover lived for awhile with his aunt and uncle, Samuel and Phoebe Hammer, and he accompanied them when they moved to California. Samuel Hammer died in 1941.

d. Jasper Fremont Hammer was born on Apr. 8, 1855. He died in 1925.

e. Martha Ellen Hammer was born on May 23, 1858. She married Lewis Guthrie and they had two children, Jesse J. Guthrie and Margaret Guthrie. Martha Ellen died in 1946.

f. Mary Emma Hammer was born on June 2, 1860. After the death of her mother, she lived with her maternal grandparents, John and Elizabeth Sparks. She died at Winfield, Kansas.

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:

3. Matthew T. Sparks, son of John and Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks, was born on November 5, 1834, probably in Morgan County, Illinois. On October 6, 1857, he married Martha Starr in Jasper County. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in the 5th Regiment Iowa Infantry in July 1861 and served until his death three years later in the Andersonville (Georgia) Prison on July 9, 1864. He is buried in Grave 3060 at that site. (See the abstract of the pension file for his service in the March 1975 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 89.)

Matthew and Martha (Starr) Sparks were the parents of three children:

a. John James Sparks was born on Aug. 16, 1858.
b. Elizabeth J. Sparks was born on Dec. 26, 1859.
c. Matthew W. P. Sparks was born on Nov. 2, 1861.
4. Peninah Sparks, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks, was born on December 3, 1835, probably in Morgan County, Illinois, and came to Iowa with her parents. On April 10, 1856, she married Thomas Sherman in Jasper County. He was born at Brimfield, Mass., on September 6, 1828. She died on January 17, 1911.  Her husband died on april 10, 1909.  They were the parents of at least eight children. We have not learned the order of birth of the last five of them.
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]
a. Sarah E. Sherman was born about 1857. On Oct. 11, 1883, she married H. M. Gove, a son of Sabine and Harriet (Kendle) Gove.

b. Nettie Sherman was born about 1859. On March 11, 1885, she married T. L. Gove, a son of Sabine and Harriet (Kendle) Gove.

c. John H. Sherman was born March 23, 1861 and died in 1927. On Dec. 23, 1887, he married Anna L. Shoop, daughter of William H. and Sarah E. (Hiles) Shoop.
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]

d. Lewis H. Sherman was born after 1860. He married Amy J. Smith.
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]

e. William A. Sherman was born December 21, 1868 and died in 1870
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]

f. Edwin S. Sherman was born April 10, 1870, and died in 1938.  He married Dora Patterson.
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]

g. Frederick M. Sherman was born July 12, 1872, and he died in 1948.  He married Ella Andreas on October 10, 1899.
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]

h. Franklin 0. Sherman was born on November 1, 1876, and he died in 1945.  He married Clara Mae Forsythe on January 10, 1898.
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]

Peninah and Thomas Sherman both died in Jasper County. He died in 1909 and she died in 1911.

5.  William Henry Sparks, son of John and Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks, was born on October 10, 1840. He enlisted in the 5th Regiment Iowa Infantry in July 1861 and served until his death on September 1, 1864, apparently in the Andersonville (Georgia) Prison. (See the abstract of his military records in the May 1975 issue of THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, Whole No. 89) William Henry Sparks apparently never married.

6. John Barry Sparks, son of John and Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks, was born on May 29, 1842, in Lee County, Iowa Territory. On November 22, 1877, he married Amanda Mirtis Sylvester in Jasper County. She was born in Logan County, Illinois, on August 29, 1851, and was a daughter of Dickson and Ann Sylvester.

Following his marriage, John Barry Sparks lived for a few years on his father's farm, but about 1880 he moved to his own farm. Then, after the death of his father in 1886, he bought out the other heirs and moved back to the old homeplace where he engaged in mixed farming and stock raising. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Protestant Church. He was a member of the Lynnville Masonic Lodge and in politics he was a Republican. He died on May 3, 1918, in Jasper County; his wife died there on June 8, 1927. They were the parents of six children.

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:

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

FAMILY OF JOHN BARRY AMANDA MIRTIS (SYLVESTER) SPARKS

(Picture taken about 1905)

Top row, from the viewer's left to right: Effie (Mallory) Sparks, Nancy Willimina (Sparks) Bushong, Hugh Bushong, Orpha Emma Sparks, Joseph Burnham, Daisy Ann (Sparks) Burnham, Ada Elizabeth (Sparks) Howell.

Middle row, from the viewer's left to right: Ralph Sparks, Amanda Mirtis (Sylvester) Sparks, John Barry Sparks, Albert H. Howell. [Scanner's note: On page 1803 the names of Amanda and John were apparently inadvertantly transposed and are correctly listed above.]

Bottom row, from the viewer's left to right: Lavern Sparks, born 1901; Albert Sparks, born 1903; and Glenn Howell, born 1899.
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]

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John Barry Sparks and his wife, Amanda Mirtis (Sylvester) Sparks, were the parents of the following children:
a. Daisy Ann Sparks was born on Aug. 25, 1878 and died on July 28, 1957. She married Joseph A. Burnham and they had one child, a daughter.

b. Ada Elizabeth Sparks was born on Aug. 28, 1880, and died on Sept. 5, 1959. She married A. H. Howell; they had a son and a daughter.

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:

Children of John Barry and Amanda Mirtis (Sylvester) Sparks, continued:

c. Ralph Sylvester Sparks was born on Aug. 27, 1881, and died December 6, 1950. He married Effie Miranda Mallory, a daughter of Dewitt Madison and Sarah Catherine (Jumper) Mallory on August 14, 1900.  She was born on May 31,m 1882, and she died on December 6, 1967.  They had seven children:  Laverne Millard Sparks, albert John Sparks, Elmer DeWitt Sparks, Doyle Sabin Sparks, Erma Orpha Sparks, Ralph Clair Sparks, and Lorene Lonora Sparks.
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]

d. Nancy Wilhelmina Sparks was born on Dec. 27, 1882 and died on December 16, 1915. She married Hugh Lawton Bushong on December 8, 1901.  He was born on January 14, 1882, and he died on January 20 1939.  They had two daughters.
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]

e. Ernest T. Sparks was born on Aug. 25, 1887, and died on Feb. 22, 1888.

f. Orphia Emma Sparks was born on Oct. 9, 1888. She married Marion R. Hammer, Jr., on November 11, 1918.  She died on May 10, 1972.  He was a grandson of Orphia's aunt, Margaret (Sparks) Hammer. (See C, 2, b, above)
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]

7. Elizabeth S. Sparks, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks, was born on November 23, 1844, and died on January 5, 1923, in Des Moines, Iowa. She married Andrew E. Noble on May 19, 1872, in Jasper County.  They had two children, a son and a daughter.
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]

8. Samuel T. Sparks, son of John and Elizabeth (Matthews) Sparks, was born on August 27, 1847, in Jasper County and it was there that he married Sarah Cordelia Butrum on March 19, 1868. She was born on July 5, 1848, and was a daughter of Andrew and Nancy Butrum. In May 1864, Samuel Sparks enlisted in the 48th Regiment Iowa Infantry and served until his discharge in October 1864. (See the abstract of his pension file in the March 1975 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 89.) Samuel and Sarah were the parents of five children:

a. Eva May Sparks was born on May 30, 1869, and she died on June 26, 1936. She married Fred Krohn and they had one child, a daughter, Reva Krohn.

b. Charles Wesley Sparks was born on Sept. 11, 1871, and died on Oct. 2, 1932. He married Cecyl Rose Gove, a daughter of William Sabin and Amarilla (Allen) Gove, and they were the parents of three children: Avonel B. Sparks, Harriet W. Sparks, and Charles R. Sparks.

c. Frank B. Sparks was born on Dec. 12, 1874, and died on March 17, 1948. He married Jennie May Gove, a sister of Cecyl Rose Gove, on Nov. 23, 1899, and they had twelve children: Gladys E. Sparks, Elva B. Sparks, Samuel Gove Sparks, Frank Hazen Sparks, Harold C. Sparks, Sara A. Sparks, Russell W. Sparks, Albert G. Sparks, Wilbur J. Sparks, Ward W. Sparks, Merle Ted Sparks, and Betty Lou Sparks.

d. Carrie Belle Sparks was born on Nov. 27, 1877.

e. Clifford Jerry Sparks was born on Oct. 5, 1885.

Samuel and Sarah (Butrum) Sparks both died in Jasper County. He died on March 18, 1905, and she died on May 22, 1928.
D. Jeremiah Sparks, son of Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks, was born about 1808 and he  apparently died just prior to 1860died on July 15, 1859, at the age of 51 years, 7 months, and 20 days.  On July 20, 1827, he was married to Rachel Janes in Adair County, Kentucky, by Elijah King. (M.B. 1, page 107) They lived on Leatherwood Creek where Jeremiah purchased 66 acres of land. The land sold for $20 per 100 acres. Jeremiah and Rachel Sparks had nine children before her death about 1845.

[Scanner's note:  For correction see SQ p. 2420.]

1. A son whose name we have not learned was born to Jeremiah and Rachel about 1829.

2. Nancy Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah and Rachel (Janes) Sparks, was born about 1830. On January 9, 1849, she was married to Jordan England in Adair County, Ky., by the Rev. Spencer Janes. (M.B. 2-6, p. 141) Jordan England was born about 1829 and was a son of James and Nancy (Crawhorn)(Cochran) England. Nancy and Jordan lived on Red Lick Creek where, in 1860, they had four children:

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:

Children of Jordan and Nancy (Sparks) England:
a. Rachel England was born about 1851.

b. William R. England was born about 1854.

c. Sarah Margaret England was born on July 9, 1857.

d. Mary Elizabeth England was born about 1859.

3. Margaret Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah and Rachel (James) Sparks, was born about 1833. On August 21, 1855, she married James Romines in Adair County, Ky. She was over the age of 21 and it was her first marriage. The bondsman was William A. Reece. (M.B. 3, p. 74) Margaret and James lived on Red Lick Creek where, in 1860, they had three children:
a. Nancy W. Romines was born on Aug. 10, 1856.

b. Polly Romines was born about 1858.

c. Greenup Romines was born about 1860.

4. Sarah Ann Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah and Rachel (James) Sparks, was born about 1835. She married William A. Reece about 1852. He was born about 1825. They had at least five children
 a. John Reece was born about 1853.

 b. George Washington Reece was born on Aug. 17, 1854.

 c. Preston Berry Reece was born on Nov. 6, 1856.

 d. Rachel Reece was born about 1859.

 e. Amanda Ellen Reece was born on March 6, 1861.

5. Mary "Polly" E. Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah and Rachel (James) Sparks, was born about 1836. On December 29, 1853, she married Daniel T. England in Adair County, Ky. She was 17 years old and he was 22. (M.B. 3, p. 59) He was born on April 21, 1831, and was a son of John Thomas and Elizabeth (Askew) England. Polly and Daniel lived at Breeding, Ky., where they had at least eight children:
a. Mary Elizabeth England was born on Oct. 29, 1854.

b. Sarah A. England was born on April 11, 1856. In August 1874, she married Isaac Whitfield Reece in Metcalfe County, Ky., and they had at least one child, a son, Isaac Luther Reece, who was born on Sept. 18, 1887. Undoubtedly there were other children.

c. Jeremiah England was born on July 22, 1859.

d. Richard England was born about 1860.

e. Rachel England was born about 1861.

f. Greenup England was born about 1863.

g. George S. England was born about 1866.

h. James A. England was born about 1869.

6. Gracey Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah and Rachel (Janes) Sparks, was born about 1838. We have no more information about her.

7. Jeremiah M. Sparks, son of Jeremiah and Rachel (Janes) Sparks, was born on March 27, 1839. He married Sirena Dooley in 1860 in Adair County, Ky. Witnesses were M. England and S. Dooley. (M.B. 2-6, p. 223) Sirena was born on Apr. 11, 1840. Jeremiah was a farmer on Leatherwood Creek. He and Sirena were members of the Chestnut Grove Christian Church and they are buried in the church cemetery. She died on December 30, 1916, and he died on July 11, 1920. They were parents of at least seven children.

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:
 

Children of Jeremiah M. and Rachel (Janes) Sparks:

*** "The first line at the top of the page should read as follows:
"Children of Jeremiah M. and Sirena (Dooley) Sparks:"  "

a. Rachel Sparks was born on Nov. 1, 1861.

b. Greenup W. Sparks was born about 1865. On Oct. 16, 1887, he married Sallie E. Petty in Adair County, Ky. He said he was 22 years of age and that he was born in Washington County, Ky. She was 18 years of age. It was the first marriage for both. (M.B. 12, p, 380)

c. Mary Jane Sparks was born about 1868. On Aug. 21, 1888, she married George 0. Reece in Adair County, Ky. He was 20 years old and his father, J. C. Reece, gave his consent. She was 21. They were married at the home of her father, J. M. Sparks. (M.B. 12, p. 582) d. Stephen D. Sparks was born about 1870.

***   Item I, D, 7, d, should read as follows:

d. Stephen Dudley Sparks, son of Jeremiah M. and Sirena (Dooley) Sparks, was born in September 1871. He was married to Lou Ann England about 1893. She had been born on August 3, 1875, and was a daughter of Amos and Sarah (MeKinney) England. Stephen and Lou Ann had eight children:

    (1) Jeremiah M. [" Jerry"] Sparks was born on April 16, 1894. He was married to Della Roach. She was born about 1885 and was a daughter of Henry H. and Rachel Margaret (Sparks) Roach. (See Item VI, A, 7, d, on page 1865 of the December 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 96.) Jerry and Della had one child, Clarence J. Sparks.
    (2) Vera Ann Sparks was born in May 1896. She was married to Ervin Sparks, and they had two children, both of whom died young.
    (3) Amos Orbin Sparks was born in July 1899. He was married to lone Johnson, and they had two children, Amos Sparks, Jr. and Oleta Sparks. Oleta died when she was quite young.
    (4) Rena Sparks was born on September 10, 1904. She was married to Stoney Witt, and they had four children: Hansel E., Henry D., Eva Nell, and Doyle.
    (5) Lora Bell Sparks was born on April 20, 1906. She was married to Charles E. Smith, and they had three children:
      Margaret L., Doris F., and Charles F.
    (6) Otis Sparks was born about 1908 and died at the age of one year.
    (7) An unidentified child was born to Stephen and Lou Ann Sparks about 1910.
    (8) Artie Marie Sparks was born on March 25, 1913. She was married to Byron Nance, and they had four children:
      Harold, Glen, Darrell, and Patricia Ann.
e. Nancy E. Sparks was born about 1875. She married George England on April 13, 1893, at the home of her uncle, David J. Sparks. She was 18 and he was 19 years of age. (M.B. 15, p. 6)
f. Adda L. Sparks was born about 1877.

g. Lue S. Sparks was born about 1879.

8. Rachel M. Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah and Rachel (Janes) Sparks, was born about 1841. In November 1858, she married George McCloskey in neighboring Cumberland County, Ky. She gave her age as 20 and he gave his age as 24.

9. Greenup S. Sparks, son of Jeremiah and Rachel (Janes) Sparks, was born about 1845. In April 1861, he enlisted in the 2nd Regiment Ky. Light Artillery and served until November 1865. (See the abstract of his pension file in the March 1975 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 89) A few days after he returned from the service, he married Mary Ann England on Dec. 14, 1865. They were married by Meredith Roach and their witnesses were Joseph Jesse and William Reece. (M.B. 2-6, p. 274) Greenup and Mary Ann had at least one child and there may have been others. He died on Sept. 1, 1898.

a. Nancy E. Sparks, born about 1869.
Rachel (Janes) Sparks, wife of Jeremiah, apparently died shortly after the birth of their son, Greenup S. Sparks. On May 6, 1847, Jeremiah Sparks married as his second wife, in Adair County, Ky., Jane Janes. Her uncle, Spencer Janes, performed the wedding ceremony. (M.B. 2-6, p. 128) To this union, at least three children were born and there may have been others.

10. A. P. Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah and Jane (Janes) Sparks, was born about 1848.

11. David J. Sparks, son of Jeremiah and Jane (Janes) Sparks, was born about 1854. He married Loumira A. Janes in Adair County, Ky., on Aug. 10, 1876. He gave his age as 21 and Loumira said that she was 17. Jeremiah M. Sparks was the bondsman. It was the first marriage for both. (M.B. 8, p. 288)

[Scanner's note:  See SQ p. 2420 for the following:  "We also take opportunity to make a correction in the family of Jeremiah Sparks. On page 1806 of the March 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY, David J. Sparks was listed as a son of Jeremiah and Jane (James) Sparks. This is incorrect. He was a son of John R. and Priscilla (Reece) Sparks of Adair County as set forth on page 2179 of the March 1980 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 109." ]

12. Napoleon B. Sparks, son of Jeremiah and Jane (Janes) Sparks, was born on May 9, 1856.

E. Sarah "Sally" Sparks, daughter of Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks, was probably born about 1810. On November 20, 1830, her father gave his consent for her to marry Samuel Rose. They were married by Elijah King. (M.B. 1, p.126)  When the 1840 Adair County census was taken, they had three sons and two daughters. They did not appear on the 1850 census and probably moved away.

F. Truelove M. Sparks, son of Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks, was born on August 15, 1812, in Adair County, Ky. Descendants say that the initial "M" stood for Milton. He left Adair County about 1826, probably with his brother, John R.

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:

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

TRUELOVE M. SPARKS, born 1812, died 1887

with his wife

SARAH (GUESSFORD) SPARKS, born 1809, died 1883

(View photograph)

Sparks, and went to Morgan County, Illinois. There, on September 26, 1832, he married Sarah "Sally" E. Guessford. She was born in Adair County, Ky., on July 27, 1809.

Truelove and Sally Sparks lived on a farm on Indian Creek in Morgan County when their first child was born in 1833, but about 1836 Truelove and his brother, John R. Sparks, went to Iowa where they finally settled down in Lynn Grove Township in Jasper County. Here, Truelove and Sally Sparks farmed and reared a family of twelve children, nine of whom attained maturity.

1. Stephen J. Sparks, son of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on August 28, 1833, in Morgan County, Illinois, and accompanied his parents to Iowa while still a small boy. There, in Jasper County, he married Martha Ann Loten (or Lawton) on April 1, 1858. To this marriage two children were born:
a. Amanda Sparks, born January 24, 1859.

b. Martha A. Sparks, born in October 1861, died at the age of two years.

Martha Ann (Loten) Sparks died in December 1861 at the untimely age of 21, and the following August, Stephen Sparks enlisted in the 40th Regiment Iowa Infantry. (See the abstract of his pension file in the March 1975 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 89.) After his discharge from the service in July 1863, he returned to Jasper County where, on December 26, 1863, he married Rebecca (Gile or Guile) Wolf, widow of George Wolf. Rebecca was a daughter of Samuel and Eliza Gila (or Guile), and the mother of two small children, Eliza Wolf and Calvin Wolf.
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:
 

Stephen and Rebecca Sparks lived on a 200-acre farm in Lynn Grove Township where he bought and shipped cattle to Chicago on an extensive scale; he became known as one of the leading stockmen in central Iowa. In 1912, the following tribute was given to him in Past and Present of Jasper County, Iowa: "Mr. Sparks joined the Masons at Camp Polk, Iowa, in 1862... and he belongs to the Lebanon Lodge at Lynnville. He is also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. In politics he stands for the best interests of the county regardless of party. He served 22 years as road supervisor and 20 years as school director, his long service in these positions being sufficient evidence of his high standing in his home community.... Among other commendable acts was the giving of $1000 to aid in building the local Christian Church of which he and his estimable wife are worthy members...."

Stephen Sparks died on July 29, 1918, and his wife, Rebecca, died on August 26, 1927. They were the parents of six children.

c. Sarah M. Sparks was born on Dec. 19, 1864. She married Charles Monroe and they were living in Mahaska County, Iowa, in 1912.

d. William P. Sparks was born on May 20, 1867. He was living in Grinnell, Iowa, in 1912.

e. Laura M. Sparks was born on May 30, 1870. She married A. Hawkett of Grinnell, Iowa. He was a carpenter.

f. Perry M. Sparks was born on May 11, 1873. He was living on his parents' farm in 1912.

g. Clara B. Sparks was born on Nov. 15, 1877 and died in 1880.

h. Stephen Jasper Sparks was born on Oct. 4, 1880. He was living at Sturgis, South Dakota, in 1912.

2. John R. Sparks, son of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on August 30, 1834, in Morgan County, Illinois. As a small boy, he came with his parents to Iowa. He married Mary E. Cartwright on April 1, 1858, in Jasper County. Census records indicate that John and Mary had at least five children and there may have been others.
a. Isaac N. Sparks, born about 1859.
b. Sarah E. Sparks, born about 1861.
c. Cynthia L. Sparks, born about 1863.
d. Huldah E. Sparks, born about 1867.
e. John M. Sparks, born about 1870.
3. William Preston Sparks, son of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on January 4, 1836, in Lee County, Wisconsin Territory (later the state of Iowa). On May 22, 1855, he married Angelina Harriet Burnham, daughter of Rodney and Mary (Shields) Burnham, in Jasper County. She was born on July 31, 1838, at Carthage, Illinois. William and Angelina had sixteen children:
a. Mary Frances Sparks was born on March 1, 1856, and died on March 1, 1946, in Poweshiek County, Iowa. She married Moses Van Gorkum on Aug. 16, 1874.
b. Sarah M. Sparks was born on July 28, 1857, and died on Oct. 11, 1859.
c. Margaret Jane Sparks was born on Jan. 2, 1859, and died on Nov. 30, 1937. She married Marshall Meredith on Dec. 13, 1877.
d. Stephen A. Sparks was born on Aug. 18, 1860, and died on Nov. 29, 1934. He married Minnie J. Shepherd on July 8, 1883. She was a daughter of Samuel and Amanda Shepherd and was born in Hendricks County, Indiana, about 1866.
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:

Children of William Preston and Angelina H. (Burnham) Sparks, continued:
e. Eliza E. Sparks was born on Feb. 11, 1862, and died on Sept. 11, 1839. She married William Shepherd on Sept. 21, 1881. He was a brother of Minnie J. Shepherd and was born in Indiana about 1857.
f. Curtis John W. Sparks was born on July 12, 1863, and died on Feb. 11, 1916.
g. George W. Sparks was born on March 16, 1865, and died on April 4, 1947. He married Ella White on Nov. 14, 1888. She was born about 1867 and was a daughter of Wyat and Emwna (Edwards) White.
h. Elizabeth E. Sparks was born on Aug. 11, 1866, and died on May 21, 1941. On Nov. 4, 1884, she married Boston A. Turner, son of Walter and Martha R. (Simms) Turner.
i. Florence Rebecca Sparks was born on March 25, 1868, and died on Dec. 8, 1955.
j. Amanda M. Sparks was born on June 24, 1870, and died in April 1949.
k. William P. Sparks was born on Oct. 7, 1871, and died on May 27, 1948. He married Hester Katherine Shaffer on Feb. 22, 1893. She was born on May 9, 1871, and died on March 18, 1935.
l. Harriet A. Sparks was born on Nov. 28, 1873, and died on Nov. 24, 1955.
m. Milton Truelove Sparks was born on June 12, 1876, and died on Aug. 18, 1957.
n. Eddie Elmer Sparks was born on April 20, 1878, and died on Nov. 23, 1950. He married (1) Ida Mae Beason on July 17, 1899, and they had one child, a son.  She died on August 23, 1902.  He married (2) Myrtle Ellen Elliott, daughter of Orlando Asa and Hannah (Humphreys) Elliott, on August 1, 1906 and they had seven children.  She was born on March 25, 1880, and died on February 27, 1951.
[Scanner's note:  See page 2025 for above additions.]
o. Freddie B. Sparks was born on Jan. 17, 1881, and died on Dec. 14, 1920.
p. Edna R. Sparks was born on Dec. 17, 1883, and died in Nov. 1928.
William Preston Sparks died on July 21, 1913, at Lynnville, Iowa. His wife, Angelina, died on October 8, 1908.

4. Thomas J. Sparks, son of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on November 14, 1837, and died on September 10, 1845.

5.Jeremiah J. Sparks, son of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on March 11, 1839, in Morgan County, Illinois. On October 22, 1861, he enlisted in the 4th Regiment Iowa Cavalry and served until he was discharged in December, 1864. (See the abstract of his pension file in the March 1975 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 89.) On February 22, 1866, he married Sally Rayborn in Jasper County, Iowa. She was born in Highland County, Chio, in 1844. When the 1870 Jasper County census was taken, Harrison Rayborn, age 56, born in Ohio, was living with Jeremiah and Sally; he may have been Sally's father. At least two children were born to this union (perhaps there were others).

a. Frederick Sparks was born about 1868.
b. Harry Sparks was born about 1870.
Sally (Ray-born) Sparks apparently died prior to 1915, for in that year Jeremiah Sparks married Mary (Mick) Gosnell, widow of Hiram Gosnell. Jeremiah Sparks died on June 29, 1917.

6. Martin Van Buren Sparks, son of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on April 30, 1841, and died on September 5, 1845.

7. Mary E. Sparks, daughter of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on December 18, 1842. She married Benajah "Ben" CarsonCorson on July 15, 1858. [Scanner's note:  See SQ p. 1925 for correct spelling of Benajah Corson's name and a list of their children.]

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:

8. Angelina F. Sparks, daughter of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on December 24, 1845. She married John Potter on October 11, 1866.

9. George W. Sparks, son of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on February 8, 1847, in Lee County, Iowa. On October 3, 1864, he enlisted in the 10th Regiment Iowa Infantry and served until he was mustered out on August 15, 1865. (See the abstract of his pension file in the June 1975 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 90.) After leaving the service, George was married to Amanda J. Butram (or Berthram) can August 29, 1867, by the Rev. Elisha Flaugh, a Methodist minister. Amanda was born about 18112 in Illinois. To this marriage three children were born:

a. Dora Sparks was born in August 1871.
b. Alberta Sparks was born on Dec. 14, 1874.
c. Herbert Sparks was born about 1876 and died when quite young.
George and Amanda (Butram) Sparks were divorced in 1905, and he later married Nancy Cadwell. She died in 1912. George Sparks died sometime after March 10, 1922.

10. Eliza E. Sparks, daughter of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on September 6, 1848, and died in 1934. She married Lucian Butram on August 29, 1867.

11. Margaret A. Sparks, daughter of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on January 13, 1850, and she died on November 14, 1865.
12. Truelove Milton Sparks, Jr., son of Truelove and Sally (Guessford) Sparks, was born on February 1, 1853, and died in 1927. He married Francina Edwards in 1874
After the death of his wife, Sally (Guessford) Sparks, on May 24, 1883, Truelove Sparks married Margaret (Miller) Eller. It was the third marriage for her. He died on December 2, 1887, in Jasper County, Iowa.

G. Susan Sparks, probable daughter of Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks, was born about 1813 in Kentucky. She married Smith Wooten about 1833 and they had eleven children:

1. William Wilbur Wooten, son of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, was born March 3, 1834. In 1856, he married Rebecca Janes, daughter of Thomas J. Janes. She was born on March 27, 1838. To this union nine children were born:
a. John Calvin Wooten, born about 1857, died when quite young.
b. James Taylor Wooten, born in 1858. He married Elizabeth Patterson in 1877.
c. William Milum Wooten, born about 1860. He married Clarinda Bell Glidewell.
d. Spencer B. Wooten, born June 18, 1862. He married (1st) Lucinda F. England and (2d) Zannie Ellen Gilpin.
e. Silas M. Wooten, born about 1865. f. Thomas S. Wooten, born about 1867. g. Mary G. Wooten, born about 1870.
h. Martha Vianna Wooten, born probably about 1873.
i. Ethel Wooten, born in 1877. She married Millard Janes.
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., continued:

Children of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, continued:
2. Truelove Wooten, son of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, was born about 1835. He was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War.

3. Smith A. Wooten, son of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, was born about 1836.

4. Middleton Wooten, son of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, was born about 1838.

5. Matthew R. Wooten, son of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, was born on January 25, 1844. He fought on the Union side during the Civil War. In 1865, he married Mary A. England, a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Crawhorn) Nancy (Cochran) England. They had at least three children.
[Scanner's note: See SQ p. 1859 re correction.]

a. Jacob Wooten, born about 1866.
b. Sarah Wooten, born about 1867.
c. James Wooten, born about 1868.
Matthew Wooten died on April 23, 1923. Both he and his wife, Mary, are buried in the Antioch Church Cemetery on Sparks Ridge in Adair County, Ky.

6. John M. Wooten, scan of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, was born about 1842 in Kentucky.

7. Polly Wooten, daughter of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, was born about 1846 in Missouri. She married Jeff Dials.

8. Frederick Wooten, son of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, was born in 1848 in Illinois. He married Barbara -----.

9. Susan Wooten, daughter of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, was born in 1849 in Illinois. She married David Moneyham.

10. Eliza Jane Wooten, daughter of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, was born in 1855 in Illinois. She married Ben Franklin.

11. Elizabeth Wooten, daughter of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, was born about 1858.

H. Nancy A. Sparks, daughter of Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks, was born about 1815 in Adair County, Ky. On June 5, 1836, she married William Roberts. Her father gave his consent and the marriage was performed by her uncle, Spencer Jones. (M.B. 1, p. 154)

I. A daughter whom we have been unable to identify was born to Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks between 1815 and 1820.

J. A son whom we have been unable to identify was born to Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks between 1815 and 1820.

K. Another daughter whom we have been unable to identify was born to Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks between 1815 and 1820.

L. Mary Ann Sparks, daughter of Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks, was born about 1823. On November 7, 1843, she married Benjamin Wilcox in Adair County. Her father gave his consent and the marriage was performed by her uncle, Spencer

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY KY., continued:
 

Janes (M.B. 2-6, p. 115) When the 1850 census was taken of Adair County, Benjamin and Mary Ann (Sparks) Wilcox had three children (there were probably others).
1. Mary Wilcox, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Ann (Sparks) Wilcox, was born about 1845.

2. Susan Wilcox, daughter of Benjamin and :Mary Ann (Sparks) Wilcox, was born about 1847.

3. Elizabeth Wilcox, daughter of Benjamin and :Mary Ann (Sparks) Wilcox, was born about 1849.

M. Martha ("Patsey") Jane Sparks, daughter of Matthew and Polly (Robinson) Sparks, was born about 1825. On December 31, 1842, she married William Berry in Adair County. Her father gave his consent and the marriage was performed by her uncle, Spencer Janes. 2-6, p. 104)
II. Sarah Sparks, daughter of William and Mary (-----) Sparks, was probably born between 1785 and 1790. She married Lazarus Jesse in Adair County on April 12, 1806. Her father gave his consent and the marriage was performed by Jeremiah Abell. (PM. B. 1, p. 10)

Lazarus and Sarah (Sparks) Jesse appeared on the 1830 and 1840 censuses of Adair County, but they did not appear on the 1850 census. According to the census records of 1830 and 1840, they were the parents of ten children, six sons and four daughters, all born between 1807 and 1830. We have not learned any of their names.

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(Editor's note; We shall conclude this article about the descendants of William Sparks of early Adair County, Kentucky, in a future issue of the QUARTERLY.)

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QUERY -- PEACHIE (SPARKS) KILBEY

Bartlett Kilbey Brown of 303 Harding Blvd., Apt. #1, Roseville, Calif. (95678) would like information regarding his great-great-grandparents, John Kilbey and PEACHIE (SPARKS) KILBEY, who were married in Scott County, Kentucky, in 1809 or 1810. Was John the son of James and Lucy (Sparks) Kilbey of Culpeper County, Virginia? (For information on the ancestry of Lucy (Sparks) Kilbey, see the QUARTERLY of June 1956, Vol. IV, No. 2, Whole No. 14, p. 137.) Who were Peachie's parents? Does any reader of the QUARTERLY know anything about the origin of the name of the Sparks Road near St. Joseph, Missouri? The family of Peachie (Sparks) Kilbey is said to have belonged to the Sparks family for whom this road was named.

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-1813-

DEATH TAKES MRS. SURRILDA (DOBYNS) SPARKS

[Note:  Here appears a photograph without caption.]

(View Photograph)

We have learned with regret that the mother of Mrs. Jewell (Sparks) Ross, Sandy Hook, Kentucky, one of our long-time members, died on April 12, 1974. She was Mrs. Surrilda (Dobyns) Sparks, who was also a SPARKS descendant. She was nearly 96 years of age. The above picture was taken when she was 91, in 1970.

Surrilda Dobyns was born on May 15, 1879, a daughter of Jackson and Perlina (Sparks) Dobyns, a granddaughter of Calvin and Sarah (Lyon) Sparks, and a greatgranddaughter of Levi and Sarah (Lyon) Sparks of Wilkes County, North Carolina, and Lawrence County, Kentucky. On January 22, 1898, she married John Newton Sparks in Lawrence County. John Newton Sparks was born on April 13, 1874, a son of Lindsay and Catherine (Skaggs) Sparks, a grandson of Wiley and Cynthia (Holbrook) Sparks, and a great-grandson of Levi and Sarah (Lyon) Sparks. (For further details about these families, see the December 1955 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 12.)

John N. and Surrilda (Dobyns) Sparks were the parents of four children: Arville Sparks, Jewell (Sparks) Ross, Goldie (Sparks) Wheeler, and Junius Sparks.

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CORRECTION--1820 CENSUS OF KENTUCKY

In the QUARTERLY of March 1965 (Vol. XIII, No. 1, Whole No. 49, pp. 890-93), we published a record of the heads of families named Sparks appearing on the 1820 census of Kentucky, with an enumeration of each of their households. Dr. Paul E. Sparks has discovered that in the listing of Sparkses on the 1820 census of Henry County, Kentucky, three names were omitted. Readers are urged to make note of the following additions of these names on page 892 of the QUARTERLY.
 
 

  Males Females
 . 0
10
10
16
16
18
18
26
26
45
45
up
  ||||| 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
Henry County, Kentucky
(James Sparks) adj. (page 251)  1 2 0 1 0   |||||  3 1 0 0 0
(William Sparks)adj. (page 251)    0    0   0    1    0    0   |||||    1    0   1   1   1
. . . . . . . .   ||||| . . . . .
Robert Sparks (page 261)    2   2   1    3    1    0   |||||    2    0     1    1    1

[Scanner's Note:  Correction made.]

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

It is a pleasure to report the names of thirty-nine new members of the Sparks Family Association. These Sparks descendants have joined the Association since our last report in the December 1975 issue of the QUARTERLY.

Joseph E. Asbury, 6341 Cleveland, Kansas City, Kansas (66104)
Bernice Boatman (Mrs. R.G.), 2738 N. Center, Odessa, Texas (79762)
Bartlett K. Brown, 303 Harding Blvd., Apt. #1, Roseville, California (95678)
Mary Jane Sparkes Brown, 951 Dwyer, Memphis, Tennessee (38122)
Shirley A. Calapp (Mrs. Keith), 5767 - 64th St., Sacramento, California (95824)
M. Lucile Sparks Edwards (Mrs. L. Bryce), Rt. 1, Box 120, Thompson, Illinois (62890)
Eleanor 0. Gray (Mrs. Jack), Rt. 1, Box 557B , West Linn, Oregon (97068)
Mrs. Frances S. Jones, 2756 Tice Creek Dr., Manor #8, Walnut Creek, California (94595)
JoAnn Robison Knowles, 4071 Crest Hill Rd., Dallas, Texas (75227)
William Moore 1614 Rush Rd., New Madison, Ohio (45346)
Jean Steeples Mowrer (Mrs. Dale W.), 1318 East 89th St., Kansas City, Missouri (64131)
Charlotte L. Kilbey Mullins, Rt. 1, Box 251-M, Grovetown, Georgia (30813)
Lloyd W. Schempp, 12102 "W" St., Omaha, Nebraska (68137)
Robert H. Shirkey, 5555 Kensington Rd., Detroit, Michigan (48224)
Ada Ivalene Sparks, Box 123, Martha, Kentucky (41159)
Benjamin Earl Sparks, 2483 Shenandoah Dr., Chattanooga, Tennessee (37421)
David A. Sparks, 226 West 7th, Blue Earth, Minnesota (56013)
Douglas L. Sparks, 3123 Sunny Lane, Louisville, Kentucky (40205)
James Albert Sparks, 7038 Nashville Ave., St. Louis, Missouri (63117)
Larry W. Sparks, RD # 3, Susan Dr., Calcutta, East Liverpool, Ohio (43920)
Lawrence Elliott Sparks, 2525 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, California (95817)
Lyle W. Sparks, 1204 6th St., Port Hueneme, California (93041)
Melvin C. Sparks, 103 Marshall St., Columbia, Kentucky (42728)
Paul Sparks, 819 W. Eubanks, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (73118)
Paul T. Sparks, Sr., 2408 College Lane, St. Joseph, Missouri (64503)
Raymond E. Sparks, Centerville Rd., East Wallingford, Vermont (05742)
Dr. Rex M. Sparks, 3361 South Blvd., Columbus, Ohio (43204)
Rick Sparks, 2626 Delaware St., Anderson, Indiana (46014)
Robert W. Sparks, 1419 West 43rd St., Erie, Pennsylvania (16509)
Roy J. Sparks, 291 N. Haldeman, Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
Warren L. Sparks, 1015 Uppingham Dr., Thousand Oaks, California (91360)
William Henry Sparks, Jr., 3526 Burrell Dr., Louisville, Kentucky (40216)
Charles W. Steeples, 24 North Kenton Ave., National City, California (92050)
Jessie Pearl Sutherland (Mrs. Dean), 1403 N. Scenic Acre Dr., Horseshoe Bend, Ark. (72536)
Mrs. Edward Swan, Rt. 1, Box 8, Celina, Tennessee (38551)
Helen Vera White (Mrs. Leslie), "White Anchors Farm", Rt. 1, Box 261, Montross, Virginia (22520) Carol Williams (Mrs. Gene), 2485 Catalina Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah (84121)
Robert W. Winchester, 22026 South Pontine Ave., Carson, California (90745)
Clifford William Wright, 1444 Hermosa Ave., #30, Chula Vista, California (92011)
 

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