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. 4 DECEMBER, 1976
WHOLE NO. 96a

 
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SONS OF MEREDITH AND BURLEY ANN (SPARKS) ROACH

Standing, from viewer's left to right:  MARTIN WARNER ROACH, HENRY HAMILTON ROACH, NIMROD R. ROACH
Sitting, from viewer's left to right: BENJAMIN GIDEON ROACH, WILLIAM AUSTIN ROACH

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THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, published by The Sparks Family Association.

Paul E. Sparks, President, 155 North Hite Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky (40206)
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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 $1.00 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 $2.00. A complete file of all issues of the QUARTERLY (1953 -1975) with the four indexes may be purchased for $55.00. (These 23 years of the QUARTERLY comprise 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, 713 W. Ellsworth Road., Ann Arbor, Michigan. (48104)

DESCENDANT'S OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY

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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 March 1976 issue of the  QUARTERLY, Whole No. 93.  These corrections will be preceeded by three asterisks [i.e. ***] and copied here where appropriate.]

(Editor's note: This is a continuation of the article begun in the March 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY. In that issue, we presented a brief sketch of the life of  William Sparks (born ca. 1760, died ca. 1834) of Adair County, Kentucky, and two of  his children and their descendants: Matthew and Sarah. Here we present data on  the remainder of his children: Mary, Elizabeth, Selah, John, Elihu, Cynthia,  Cathanne, and Jehu.)

III.  Mary ("Polly") Ann Sparks, daughter of William and Mary (-----) Sparks, was born about 1786 in North Carolina. Prior to coming to Kentucky about 1800, she married Nathaniel England. He was born in North Carolina about 1785 and was probably a son of Jonathan England.

We have found few official records of Polly and Nathaniel. They were living by themselves when the 1850 census was taken of Adair County. Nathaniel described himself as a farmer and said that he was 64 years old; Polly was 63. On Dec. 15, 1855, Polly, along with certain other heirs of William Sparks, agreed to sell a portion of her father's estate and Nathaniel concurred. She died in 1858.
A descendant of Polly and Nathaniel England, Ernest J. England, 1206 SE 31st Terrace, Cape Coral, Florida, has collected data about this family for many years and has agreed to share these with us. According to him, Polly and Nathaniel had thirteen children, all of whom attained maturity. They were:

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY. (ca.1760-ca.1834),
continued:

Children of Nathaniel and Polly (Sparks) England:

A. Jeremiah England, son of Polly and Nathaniel England, was born about 1800. He married Nancy Fulmer about 1823 and they moved to Washington County, Ind. They had at least ten children, but only the youngest five have been identified. The five oldest children were born between 1825 and 1835. The others were:

6. Andrew England, son of Jeremiah and Nancy, was born about 1836 in Washington Co., Ind. The 1880 census of that county lists him with his wife, Rhoda, age 30, and two daughters: Jane, age 17, and Ida, age 2. The disparities of the ages of these children and his wife indicates that Rhoda was not his first wife, and there may have been other children of whom we have no record.

7.  James England, son of Jeremiah and Nancy, was born about 1838. He married Nancy -----, born about 1845 in Kentucky and when the 1880 census was taken, they were in Jackson Co., Indiana, with the following family:

a. Henry W. England, born about 1862.
b. Sarah M. England, born about 1867.
c. Alexander England, born about 1868.
d. Frances England, born about 1876.
e. Charles W. England, born about 1878.
8. Henry England, son of Jeremiah and Nancy, was born about 1839.

9. John W. England, son of Jeremiah and Nancy, was born about 1841. He married Mary ----- and when the 1880 census was taken of Jackson Co., Indiana, they had the following children:

a. Susannah England, born about 1865.
b. William W. England, born about 1867.
c. Alexander England, born about 1869.
d. John C. England, born about 1872.
10. Jeremiah England, son of Jeremiah and Nancy, was born about 1844. He married Nancy ----- and they were in Jackson Co., Ind., when the 1880 census was taken. With them were the following children:
 a. Edward England, born about 1869.
 b. Minnie England, born about 1872.
 c. Stella England, born about 1878.
B. William C. England, son of Polly and Nathaniel, was born about 1802. He married Eda Cochrane in 1825 in Green Co., Ky., and they moved to Illinois and then on to Missouri. We have no further information about them.

C. John Thomas England, son of Polly and Nathaniel England, was born about 1804. In 1824, he married Elizabeth Askew, daughter of John Askew, in Adair County. John and Elizabeth had three children:

1. Mary Ann England, daughter of John and Elizabeth, was born about 1826 in Adair Co. She married John McNeeley about 1844 and they had three children prior to his death which apparently occurred about 1848.
a. James M. McNeeley was born about 1845. He is said to have been killed during the Civil War while serving in the Union Army. b. Elizabeth Jane McNeeley was born about 1847. She married James James.
c. Martha Ann McNeeley was born about 1848. She married John England.
After the death of her husband, John McNeeley, Mary Ann married (second) Matthew Sparks, son of William and Elizabeth (Cochrane) Sparks, on March 26, 1849. To this union two children were born before Mary Ann's death in 1867.
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DESCENDANTS OF WIILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY. (ca.1760-ca.1834), continued:

(Editor's note: When Kentucky, History of the State, was published in 1887 by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, a biography of Matthew Sparks was given on page 1001. Named as his parents were William and Elizabeth (Crawhorn) Sparks. Recently, we found the marriage record of the parents of Matthew Sparks in Green County, Ky. They were married on July 19, 1825. The license was issued to William Sparks and Elizabeth Cochran. William's father, Matthew Sparks, gave his consent and Elizabeth's father, Thomas Cochran, gave his consent. We are pleased to correct this error which is nearly 100 years old. See also pages 1796 -1798 of the March 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XXIV, No. l, Whole No. 93) where corrections should also be made and where the children of Matthew and Mary Ann (McNeeley) Sparks are named.)

[Scanner's note:  Corrections made.]

2. Milton England, son of John and Elizabeth England, was born on Oct. 2, 1828, in Adair Co. He died on Feb. 3, 1913. On Jan. 22, 1850, he married Zerelda Jane Burlin Janes, daughter of Thomas M. Janes. She was born on Dec. 13, 1832, and died on Nov. 27, 1890. This couple had ten children:
a. Lucy Jane England, born Dec. 16, 1850.
b. John M. England, born Dec. 5, 1852. He never married.
c. William T. England, born Feb. 15, 1855.
d. Preston B. England, born Aug. 2, 1858.
e. Daniel England, born Aug. 28, 1860.
f. James Watson England, born Sept. 6, 1863. He married Amanda Alice Henegar and they had a son, Ernest England. Ernest England was the father of Ernest J. England who has been so helpful in the preparation of this article.
g. Dorinda England, born March 7, 1866.
h. Fayett England, born Dec. 29, 1867.
i. Lafayett England, born Aug. 30, 1871.
j. Nathaniel England, born Sept. 13, 1876.
3. Daniel T. England, son of John and Elizabeth England, was born on April 21, 1831. He married Mary ("Polly") Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah and Rachel (Janes) Sparks, on Dec. 29, 1853, in Adair County and they had at least eight children. (See page 1805 of the March 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 93, for this family.)
D. James England, son of Polly and Nathaniel England, was born about 1806. He married Nancy Crawhorn Cochran in 1827 in Adair County and they had ten children.
1. Jordan England, son of James and Nancy England, was born about 1829. On Jan. 9, 1849, he married Nancy Sparks, daughter of Jeremiah and Rachel (Janes) Sparks. They had at least four children. (See pages 1804-1805 of the March 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 93, for this family.)

2. Sarah J. England, daughter of James and Nancy England, was born about
1832. In 1853, she married Jacob Reece, son of David and Elizabeth (Janes) Reece. Jacob was born about 1832 in Illinois. His father was born in South Carolina. Sarah and Jacob had five children.

a. James P. Reece, born about 1854.
b. Nancy P. Reece, born about 1856.
c. John W. Reece, born about 1858.
d. Andrew J. Reece, born about 1860.
e. William Reece, born about 1865.
3. Elizabeth England, daughter of James and Nancy England, was born about 1835. She married Thomas Jefferson Barnes.
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY. (ca.1760-ca.1834), continued:

Children of James and Nancy (Crawhorn) (Cochran) England, continued:

4. Levi England, son of James and Nancy, was born about 1837.

5. Martha J. England, daughter of James and Nancy, was born about 1841.

6. Jos. S. England, son of James and Nancy, was born about 1842.

7. Mary A. England, daughter of James and Nancy, was born about 1844.
She married Matthew Wooten, son of Smith and Susan (Sparks) Wooten, and they had three children. (See page 1811 of the March 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 93, for this family. On that page Nancy Crawhorn's  Cochran's given name was erroneously written Elizabeth.)

[Scanner's note:  Correction made.]

8. John T. England, son of James and Nancy, was born about 1846.

9. James M. England, son of James and Nancy, was born about 1848.

10. Albert W. England, son of James and Nancy, was born about 1853.

E. Timothy England, son of Polly and Nathaniel England, was born about 1811 in Kentucky. On April 12, 1832, he married Mary "Polly" Sparks, daughter of Josiah and Susannah (Phillips) Sparks, in A.dair County. They were married by the Rev. Spencer Janes. (M.B. 1, p. 134) They had two children before Polly died in 1840.
1. Martha ("Patsey") England, daughter of Timothy and Polly (Sparks) England, was born about 1833 in Adair County.
2. William Walton England, son of Timothy and Polly (Sparks) England, was born about 1839. He married Amanda Ann Janes in 1852 in Adair County. He was killed during the Civil War.
After the death of his first wife, Polly, Timothy England married Elizabeth Perryman, daughter of Rhoda Perryman. Elizabeth was born about 1820 in Kentucky. Her mother was born about 1792 in North Carolina. Timothy and Elizabeth had five children.
3. George P. England, son of Timothy and Elizabeth, was born about 1841.

4. Charles England, son of Timothy and Elizabeth, was born about 1843.

5. John England, son of Timothy and Elizabeth, was born about 1844.

6. Mary A. England, daughter of Timothy and Elizabeth, was born about 1847.

7. Rhoda E. England, daughter of Timothy and Elizabeth, was born about 1848.

Timothy England was shot and killed accidentally by a brother with whom he was hunting squirrels in the spring of 1851.

F. Ellsworth ("Elzy") England, son of Polly and Nathaniel England, was born about 1813 in Kentucky. In 1832, he married Frances Askew in Adair County. They lived on Red Lick Creek, a branch of the East Fork of Little Barren River, where they reared five children.

1. William M. England, son of Elzy and Frances, was born on April 5, 1838, in Adair County. He was known as "Preacher Bill." About 1858, he married Annie Romines and they had seven children:
a. Nancy F. England, born about 1859.
b. Joseph T. England, born Dec. 21, 1861, died Nov. 2, 1929.
c. James T. England, born Dec. 2, 1862, died in 1933.
d. Amanda England, born about 1865.
e. Ann L. England, born about 1867.
 f. Emily England, born about 1869.
g. Susan England, born about 1873.
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY. (ca.1760-ca.1834), continued:

Children of Ellsworth and Frances (Askew) England, continued:
2. James R. England, son of Ellsworth and Frances, was born about 1845. He was known as "Jim Muggins." He married Nancy Janes, a daughter of Thomas J. Janes, and they had ten children:
a. Cynthia England, born about 1866.
b. Mary Jane England, born about 1867.
c. Annie B. England, born about 1869.
d. LeRoy England, born about 1871.
e. Luther C. England, born about 1872.
f. Susan A. England, born about 1873.
g. Lulie B. England, born about 1874.
h. Noah H. England, born about 1877.
i. Emma E. England, born about 1878.
j. Henryetta England, born about 1880.
3. Daniel England, son of Ellsworth and Frances, was born about 1846.

4. Amos England, son of Ellsworth and Frances, was born on May 28, 1845. He was a Civil War veteran. He married Sally McKinney about 1865 and they had twelve children:

a. Caldonia England, born May 10, 1867.
b. Dicia England, born Jan. 1, 1869.
c. William Elzy England, born March 26, 1870.
d. Alice England, born Oct. 16, 1873.
e. Charles England, born Oct. 26, 1874.
f. Lou Ann England, born Aug. 31, 1875.

***  Item III, F, 4, f, should read as follows:

f. Lou Ann England was born on August 31, 1875. She was married to Stephen Dudley Sparks about 1893. (See Item I, D, 7, d, above.)

g. Nancy Belle England, born Oct. 15, 1877.
h. John "Buck" England, born Nov. 30, 1879.
i. Les A. England, born July 14, 1882.
j. Mary L. England, born March 18, 1884.
k. Burl A. England, born Feb. 12, 1886.
l. Myrtle England, born May 15, 1888. She married Less England, a son of James Watson England and a grandson of Milton England. (See C, 2, f above)

5. John H. England, son of Ellsworth and Frances, was born about 1852.
G. Martha ("Patsey") England, daughter of Polly and Nathaniel England, was born about 1815 in Kentucky. In 1839, she was married to William H. England in Adair County by the Rev. Spencer Janes. William was born in Kentucky about 1814, but whether he was from the same branch of the England familir as Patsey,  we have not learned. He and Patsey moved to Illinois, but returned to Kentucky later. They were non-residents of Kentucky when the estate of Nathaniel was settled in 1862. Their children were:
1. M. A. England, born about 1843 in Illinois.

2. P. J. England, (daughter), born about 1845 in Illinois.

3. James H. England, born about 1846 in Illinois.

4. J. C. A. England (son), born about 1847 in Kentucky.

5. Elzy England (son), born about 1850 in Kentucky.

Patsey England died sometime between 1850 and 1860 and William remarried and reared a second family in Illinois. He died there about 1890.

H. George W. England, son of Polly and Nathaniel England, was born about 1816 in Illinois. In 1839, he married Nancy Janes, a daughter of Littleberry Janes. Littleberry was a native of Virginia and an early settler on the East Fork of

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

Little Barren River. He was married in Washington Co., Ky., in 1801. George and Nancy (Janes) England spent their lives in Adair County where they reared seven children.
1. George H. Y. England, born about 1841.
2. M. B. England (daughter), born about 1842.
3. Eliza Jane England, born about 1846.
4. Thomas J. England, born about 1849.
5. Margaret ("Peggy") England, born about 1851.
6. Jeremiah England, born about 1853.
7. Greenup England, born about 1857.
I. Alexander England, son of Polly and Nathaniel England, was born about 1817 in Indiana. In 1840, he married Sally Reece in Adair County and they had seven children.
1. Mary England, born about 1843.
2. Nancy England, born about 1845.
3. Elizabeth England, born about 1847.
4. Barbara England, born about 1850.
5. William T. England, born about 1853. He married Isabelle ----- and they lived in Fayette County, Illinois.
6. Rebecca J. England, born about 1855.
7. Martha D. England, born about 1859.
J. Mary Ann England, daughter of Polly and Nathaniel England, was born about 1819 in Kentucky. In 1841, she married John B. Janes and they had eight children.
1. Malissa J. C. Janes, born about 1844.
2. Hamilton 0. A. Janes, born about 1845.
3. Mary E. Janes, born about 1847.
4. Greenup Janes, born about 1848.
5. Amanda E. Janes, born about 1850.
6. Rachel Janes, born about 1852.
7. Nancy M. Janes, born about 1854.
8. Malinda Janes, born about 1858.
K. Nancy England, daughter of Polly and Nathaniel England, was born about 1823 in Kentucky. In 1841, she married Mordecai Jesse in Adair County and they had seven children.
1. Robert Jesse, born about 1842.
2. John W. Jesse, born about 1844.
3. Benjamin Jesse, born about 1846.
4. George A. Jesse, born about 1848.
5. Josephine Jesse, born about 1850.
6. Eliza Jesse, born about 1852.
7. James H. Jesse, born about 1855.
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K. Nancy England, daughter of Nathaniel and Polly (Sparks) England, was born about 1823 in Kentucky. In 1841, she was married to Mordecai W. Jesse in Adair County, and they had twelve children:

1. Mary B. Jesse was born about 1842.
2. Calvin M. Jesse was born about 1844.
3. William Jesse was born about 1846.
4. Paulina M. Jesse was born about 1848.
5. Sally Ann Jesse was born about 1850.
6. Robert Jesse was born about 1852.
7. John W. Jesse was born about 1854.
8. Benjamin Jesse was born about 1856.
9. George A. Jesse was born about 1858.
10. Nancy N. J. Jesse was born about 1860.
11. Eliza Jesse was born about 1862.
12. James H. Jesse was born about 1865.
L. Daniel England, son of Polly and Nathaniel England, was born about 1824, probably in Kentucky. In 1843, he married Rebecca Janes in Adair County and they were the parents of nine children.
1. Permelia England, born about 1845.
2. Albert England, born about 1847.
3. Mary England, born about 1850.
4. Polly Ann England, born about 1853.
5. Juliana England, born about 1855.
6. Joseph England, born about 1856.
7. Jeremiah England, born about 1859.
8. Joan B. England, born about 1863.
9. Nellie B. England, born about 1866.
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WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY. (ca.1760-ca.1831), continued:
 

M. Elizabeth ("Betsy") Ann England, daughter of Polly and Nathaniel England, was about 1825 in Kentucky. In 1842 she married George Reece in Adair County they were the parents of four children.
1. Amanda E. Reece, born about 1844.
2. Louisa A. Reece, born about 1846.
3. George Alford Reece, born about 1848.
4. Isaac Reece, born about 1851.
George Reece apparently died between 1850 and 1854, for when Betsy died in she was a widow. William Reece was appointed guardian of Amanda and Isaac; Elzy England was appointed guardian of Louisa; and William England was apointed guardian of George Alford Reece.
IV.  Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of William and Mary (-----) Sparks, was probably born between 1785 and 1790. She married Thomas Bristoe on Oct. 6, 1806, in Adair County. Both her father and mother were named on the marriage license. (M.B. 2-6, page 94)  We have no further information about this couple.

V.  Selah Sparks, probable daughter of William and Mary (-----) Sparks, was probably born between 1785 and 1790. On Dec. 1, 1808, she married Nathan Whittemore in Adair County. Matthew Sparks, probably her brother, was the bondsman. (Filson Club record)  We have no further information about this couple.

VI.  John Sparks, son of William and Mary (-----) Sparks, was born about 1790-1792 in North Carolina according to information given on the 1850 and 1860 censuses of County. He may have been given the middle initial "C", for on one occasion he was referred to as Ja See Sparks. He paid taxes for the first time in Adair in 1811. On Aug. 21, 1816, he married Nancy Barnes, daughter of William Barnes.  Matthew Sparks, John's brother, and J. Abell were bondsmen, and Jeremiah
performed the marriage ceremony. (M.B. 1, page 45) Nancy was born about 1798 in Virginia.

John and Nancy lived on Leatherwood Creek quite near that area of Adair County which became a part of Metcalfe County in 1860. He was a farmer. In 1843, he testified to the Adair County Court that he had the following taxable items: one tithe; 196 acres of land, worth $120; 2 horses, worth $50; and four children between the ages of five and sixteen. He served as overseer of the road from Columbia, the county seat, to the East Fork of the Little Barren River in 1824 as a replacement for John Isbell who had died. He also assumed that post in 1834, replacing Meredith Roach, who later became his son-in-law.

In 1860, John Sparks was listed on the census as 70 years of age and born in North Carolina. With him was his wife, Nancy, age 65 and born in Virginia, and their daughter Lucinda Sparks, age 32. John did not appear on the 1870 census and he probably died between 1860 and 1870. Nancy was living with her daughter, Emeline, the wife of James L. Moore.  In 1880, Nancy, now aged 81, was still living with the Moore family in the Gradyville community.

Joel Brummett, Long Beach, California, has shared a letter with us which sheds a personal light on the family of John Sparks. The letter was written in February 1857 by Elijah Kinnaird of Edmonton, Metcalfe Co., Ky., to his brother, Charles, in Buchanan Co., Nebraska.  A few statements pertain to the family of John Sparks. "Uncle John Sparks last daughter is married the other day. Except Lucinda, she is still weakly. Joe Sparks was married at Xmas the 3rd time to Norman Shirleys. Norman killed himself when in a deranged state of mind."  The last daughter referred  to was Amanda Sparks, who married William T. Bragg on Jan. 10, 1857, while the Joe Sparks is Josiah who married Malinda Shirley on Dec. 25, 1856.

Neither John nor Nancy left wills, but from census data and information furnished descendants, we believe they had ten children, three sons and seven daughters. We ask our readers to report any discrepancies in this list.

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY. (ca.1760-ca.1834),continued:

A. Burley Ann Sparks, daughter of John and Nancy (Barnes) Sparks, was born about 1817 in Green Co., Ky. She probably took the name of Burley Ann to distinguish her from her cousin, Biddy Ann Sparks. On March 12, 1845, Ann Sparks was married to Meredith Roach in Adair County by William J. Traylor. (M.B. 2-6, page 122) Meredith (sometimes designated as Merida or Merriday) was born about 1814 in Rockingham Co., N.C., and was a son of David and Jane (Hampton) Roach, both natives of Virginia. This was the third marriage for Meredith. His first marriage was to Eliza Jane Estes in 1838 by whom he had two children, John Frank Roach and Eliza Jane Roach. His second marriage was to ----- Wilson.

Burley Ann and Meredith lived on Leatherwood Creek where he was a farmer and also a Baptist preacher. He performed many marriage ceremonies in Adair Co. He died in 1867 and was buried in the Old Roach Graveyard near Big Creek Church about two miles west of Gradyville. Burley Ann died sometime after the 1880 census was taken. She and Meredith were the parents of ten children.

1. Nancy Ermine Roach, daughter of Meredith and Burley Ann (Sparks) Roach, was probably born in January 1846. She married John H. England in 1872 in Adair County, and they had seven children.

2. Lucinda Roach, daughter of Meredith and Burley Ann (Sparks) Roach, was probably born in December 1846. She married Daniel England in 1869 in Adair County and they moved to Hill County, Texas. They had five children.

3. William Austin Roach, son of Meredith and Burley Ann (Sparks) Roach, was born on Nov. 16, 1847. In 1866, he married Amanda Brown Dulin, a daughter of Matthew and Ellen (DeMunbrun) Dulin. William farmed in Adair Co. until 1896 when he moved his family by wagon to McLennan Co., Texas, where they settled on a farm near McGregor. William died on Jan. 19, 1922, and Amanda died on Nov. 24, 1923. They are buried in the Old Perry Cemetery near Moody, Texas. They were the parents of seven children, all of whom were born in Adair County.

a. Annlizzie Green Roach was born on July 4, 1868, and died on Aug. 13, 1962. She married Charles E. Hartman in 1896 and they had two children, Lillian Hartman and Meador R. Hartman.

b. Eddie Mona Roach was born on Feb. 15, 1870. She married James W. Coffey in 1891. They lived in Adair County where they had twelve children: George W., Florence, Lawrence D., Mary E., Mary Susan, Clarence, Evie E., John L., William H., Cora, Leslie P., and Fannie M.

c. William Keen Roach was born on May 28, 1872. In 1898, he married Lidya Mae Casey. He was a Baptist preacher. He died in 1945 and was buried at Beggs, Okla. He and Lidya had eleven children: Nancy A., Burton N., Ethel Mae, Fred Lee, William K., Effie N., Woodrow W., Garnett, Burley E., Clarence W., and Charles E.

d. Meredith Neal Roach was born on June 12, 1875, and he died in 1938. In 1894, he married Matilda Alice Walbert and they had five children: Clora, Olis, William E., Nellie, and Lucille.

e. John Burton Roach was born on July 15, 1878, and died in 1956. He married Nora E. Pepper in 1906 and they had five children: John B., Eudora B., L. Mona, Meredith D., and James.

f. Sally Payne Roach was born on Sept. 11, 1882. In 1902, she married Trammel Hicks. They had no children. Sally died on March 8, 1908, and was buried in the Old Perry Cemetery near Moody, Texas.

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY. (ca.1760-ca.1834),continued:

g. Effie Lear Roach, daughter of William Austin and Amanda B. (Dulin) . Roach, was born on March 8, 1888, and died on June 6, 1972. She never married, but she reared two children of her nephew, Meador R. Hartman, after the death of their mother in 1928.
4. Martin Warner Roach, son of Meredith and Burley Ann (Sparks) Roach, was born on Feb. 18, 1851. In 1875, he married Nancy Frances England and they had six children, all of whom were born in Adair County. In 1901, Martin moved his family to McLennan Co., Texas, and settled on a farm near his brothers. There, on May 22, 1910, Nancy Frances died. Their six children were:
a. John Alvin Roach was born on April 21, 1878. He married Liza Jones in 1904 in McLennan County and they had four children: Ruby Lee, Clarence A., John C., and Frank T.

b. Minnie Alice Roach was born on March 2, 1881. She married Willie Quitman Montgomery in 1899 in Adair County and they had three children: Harlan R., James B., and Paul.

c. Emma Ellen Roach was born in August 1885. She married J. C. McKinney.

d. Etta Moss Roach was born on Oct. 1, 1887. In 1904, she married Calvin Luther Stephens and they had six children: Evie E., Grace M., Ione P., Hazel L., Frances T., and C. Geraldine--all girls.

e. Rosa Lou Roach was born on Dec. 20, 1890. In 1907, she married Daniel  Govenor Stephens and they had seven children: John L., Billie Inez, Emma A., Clifford D., Grace T., Alex J., and Jimmie D.

f. LaEuna Pearl Roach was born on March 20, 1893. In 1913, she married Alex J. Dooley and they had one child, Darys J.

After the death of his first wife, Nancy Frances, in 1910, Martin Roach married Mrs. Lillie M. Gorman on April 12, 1911, in Moody, Texas. They had one child:
g. Londell Roach was born on June 1, 1913, and died on Oct. 19, 1919.
5. Amanda F. Roach, daughter of Meredith and Burley Ann (Sparks) Roach, was born on Nov. 22, 1851, and she died on Jan. 11, 1908. In 1872, she married Hugh Thomas Jesse in Adair County and they had six children:
a. Arlena Jesse was born about 1873. She married Tommy Thompson.

b. Amanda Belle Jesse was born about 1876 and died in 1962. She married Will Flatt and they had ten children.

c. Ermine Jesse was born on Sept. 15, 1889 and died on July 18, 1963. She married Acie A. Warner and they had a son, Paul Warner.

d. Etta Jesse married Roy Garmon.

e. Dee Jesse married Jody Kaylor.

f. Valerie Jesse married Tom Shirley.

6. Nimrod R. Roach, son of Meredith and Burley Ann (Sparks) Roach, was born on Sept. 22, 1854, and he died on Aug. 13, 1940. On Oct. 15, 1876, he married Lucy Clark DeMunbrun in Adair County. She was born on Dec. 9, 1850. They were the parents of nine children.
a. Magdalena "Maggie" Delaney Roach was born on Aug. 8, 1877, and died on Aug. 7, 1955. She married John William Jesse on Aug. 9, 1894, and they had nine children: Clarence, Emma, Merida, Lania, Lawrence, Lucy Clark, Arnold, William, and Delma.
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY., KY., (ca.1760-ca.1834), continued:
 

Children of Nimrod R. and Lucy C. (DeMunbrun) Roach, continued:
b. Finis Roach was born on Apr. 21, 1879, and died on Feb. 3, 1959.   He married Anna Belle Jesse on Oct. 2, 1900, and they had nine, children: Zoraida, Ada, Oda, Ruby, Willie, Schuyler, Isla. and Harold.

c. Susanna Roach was born on May 5, 1881, and died on Jan. 13, 1971.  She married Matthew Akin on Oct. 4, 1900, and they had six children:  Ina, Vina, Lawrence, Nimrod J., Stella, and Genola.

d. Lula Roach was born on Aug. 12, 1883, and died on Jan. 26, married Finis Matthew Coomer on Oct. 5, 1905, and they had two children: Delsie and Delphus.

e. Thomas Roach was born on Sept. 9, 1884, and died on Oct. 20, 1955.  He married Nancy Betsey Rowe on Dec. 22, 1917. They had no children.

f. William Meredith Roach was born on Sept. 14, 1887, and died Nov. 30, 1897.

g. Enos Roach was born on Aug. 17, 1888, and died on Nov. 6, 1888.

h. Mary Roach was born on Feb. 17, 1890, and died on Nov. 26,
1975.  She married John Edward Janes on May 23, 1918, and they had one son,  James A. James.

i.  Arnold Herman Roach was born on Oct. 15, 1891, and he died on Dec. 7, 1966. He married Launah Pearl Janes on Dec. 28, 1917. After her death, he married Lola Willa Wood on Nov. 11, 1921, and they had one child, Herman Wood Roach.

Lucy Clark (DeMunbrun) Roach died on Oct. 19, 1929, and on Dec. 3, 1933,  Nimrod Roach married (2d) Fannie Elizabeth Loy.

7. Henry Hamilton Roach, son of Meredith and Burley Ann (Sparks) Roach, born on May 27, 1855. In 1877, he married Rachel Margaret (Sparks) England, widow of Albert W. England, and a daughter of John R. and Priscilla (Reece) Sparks. Henry and Rachel Margaret moved their family to McLennan Co., Texas, about 1900. She died there on Dec. 27, 1917, and he died on Aug. 19, 1924. They are buried in the Old Perry Cemetery near Moody, Texas. They had five children:

a. Lee Roy Roach was born on Oct. 19, 1878. He married Lenora Howard in Texas and they had two children: Elmore and Leona.

b. Fillmore Roach was born on Nov. 13, 1882. He married Lula Nancy Henegar and they had six children: Cora M., Flora E., Ernest N., Rosa L., Ella D., and Evelyn.

c. Ella Roach was born about 1885. She married (1) Minnis Howard an(] (2) George Harper. She had no children.

d. Della Roach (twin sister of Ella) was born about 1885. She married Jeremiah "Jerry" Sparks, a son of Stephen Dudley and Lou Ann (England) Sparks. They had one child, Clarence J.

e. Ellis Roach was born on May 25, 1890. She married John W. Hendrick and they had three children: Arthur H., Ethel L., and Gracie J.

8. Annette E. Roach, daughter of Meredith and Burley Ann (Sparks) Roach, born on March 18, 1858. In 1881, she married William Lazarus Janes and they had one child, Viola.
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY. (ca.1760-ca.1834),continued:

9. Meredith E. Roach, son of Meredith and Burley Ann (Sparks) Roach, was born on Nov. 22, 1859. He apparently did not live to maturity.
10. Benjamin Gideon Roach, son of Meredith and Burley Ann (Sparks) Roach, was born on June 26, 1861. On Jan. 15, 1884, he married Sarah Ann (Simpson) Reece, widow of George W. Reece. She was born on Feb. 5, 1862, and was a daughter of James and Mary Ann (Coffey) Simpson. (Sarah Ann and George W. Reece had one child, a son, Robert A. Reece, born Dec. 5, 1880.) Benjamin and Sarah Ann moved their family to McLennan County, Texas, in 1890 and settled near McGregor. They lived there until their deaths, which occurred for him on March 13, 1926, and for her on July 2, 1953. They prospered in Texas, accumulating 1200 acres of rich farm land. He was known as a shrewd businessman in buying and selling mules. He would also buy corn by the carload and sell it to local farmers. In 1917, he was one of the organizers of the First State Bank of McGregor and served as a director until his death. Benjamin and Sarah Ann (Simpson) Roach were the parents of five children:
a. Clara Roach was born on Nov. l, 1884, in Adair County. She marriedJohn B. Taylor in 1902 in McLennan Co., Texas. He was born on Nov. 11, 1880. They had six children: Mabel, Benjamin R., Roy Lee, Carl L., Lucien W., and Sarah L.
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PHOTOGRAPH OF BENJAMIN GIDEON ROACH FAMILY

Standing, from viewer's left to right: Robert A. Reece, Clara Roach, James M. Roach, and Callie Roach.
Sitting, from viewer's left to right: George Roach, Benjamin Gideon Roach, Sarah Ann (Simpson) Roach, and Lucien W. Roach.

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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KY., (ca .1760-ca.1834).
continued:

Children of Benjamin Gideon and Sarah Ann (Simpson) Roach, continued:
b. James M. Roach was born on Aug. 20, 1887. In 1906, he married Julia S. Manning and they had two children, Herschel L. and Thomas L.  After the death of his wife, Julia, in 1933, James married (2d) Imogene Robinson. He died in 1956.

c. Callie Roach was born on April 18, 1890. She married Henry R. in McLennan Co., Texas. They had no children.

d. George Roach was born on Dec. 27, 1893, at McGregor, Texas. married Maurine Gillean and they had one child, a son, Jack G.

e. Lucien Warner Roach was born on Sept. 14, 1895. He married Addie Horn and they had one child, a son, James W.

B. William Walton "Walt" Sparks, believed to have been a son of John and Nancy (Barnes) Sparks, was born about 1820. On July 26, 1841, he was married to Lucinda Gibson in Adair County by John M. Blair. (M.B. 2-6, page 100)   She was born about 1821 and was a daughter of Job Gibson. Job died on Leatherwood Creek on July 23, 1853, at the age of 75.

Walt and Lucinda settled down to housekeeping on Leatherwood Creek quite near his boyhood home. He was a farmer and also a physician. In 1951, W. Bertress Sparks, of Columbia, Ky., had the mortar-and-pestle which his great-grandfather used in preparing his medicine. Walton eras also active in community affairs.  He was an overseer of his county road; he was a justice of the peace, and he was elected keeper of the county poorhouse in 1864. He and Lucinda owned a considerable amount of land, some of which she inherited from her father. They had eight children:

1. Emily Sparks, daughter of Walt and Lucinda (Gibson) Sparks, was born about 1842. She was married to Daniel England on Aug. 20, 1866, by John W. Sexton at the home of her parents. Witnesses were William R. Wooten and William R. Cumpton. (M.B. 2-6, page 293) Daniel may have been a son Ellsworth England (see above).

2. Charles Weedon "Weed" Sparks, son of Walt and Lucinda (Gibson) Sparks, was: born about 1844. He enlisted in the 13th Regt. Kentucky Cavalry in 1863 and served until his discharge in 1865. (See the abstract of his pension file which was published in the March 1975 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 89.) Weed Sparks was also responsible for the establishment of two post offices in Adair County. (See the December 1954 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 8.)

Weed Sparks was married five times, but he had children by only two of his wives. His first wife was Nancy J. Royse (or Rose) whom he married on Oct. 5, 1865, at the home of Sarah Royse (or Rose). They were married by Meredith Roach and the witnesses were William M. Roach and John Prock.  (M.B. 2-6, page 277) They had three children before Nancy died on Aug. 27, 1877:

a. John Wess Sparks was born on Nov. 3, 1866, and died in 1954.  He married Mary Jane Emory and they lived at Hardyville, Ky., where they had two children, Cora Lee and Charles Basil.

b. Myrtie Sparks was born about 1872. She married Winfield T. Garrison on Aug. 23, 1888. Their bondsman was C. W. Sparks. (M.B. 12, p. 576)

c. Charles Sparks was born on May 1, 1875. He married Harriet Gill and they had seven children: Myrtie Frances, W. Bertress "Buck", John Wess, Charles Arbie, Harlan, Tidy, and Clifton Clovis.

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

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FAMILY OF CHARLES AND HARRIET (GILL) SPARKS

From viewer's left to right: John Wess Sparks, Charlie Sparks, Myrtie F. Sparks, Harriet (Gill) Sparks holding Harlan Sparks, W. Bertress Sparks, Sarah Frances (Landers) Gill, Charles Arbie Sparks.

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(Family of Charles Weedon "Weed" Sparks, continued:)

After the death of his wife, Nancy (Rose) Sparks, Weed Sparks married (2d) Sarah Davis on Oct. 1, 1877, in Green Co., Ky. They were divorced on
Nov. 22, 1879. On Nov. 11, 1880, Weed Sparks married (3rd) Nancy J. Sullivan in Russell Co., Ky. She died on Aug. 18, 1882.

On Nov. 14, 1882, Weed Sparks married Laura J. Mooneyham in Adair County. He was age 38, a blacksmith, and it was his 4th marriage. She was age 18, and it was her first marriage. They were married at the home of Daniel Mooneyham. (M.B.11, p. 60) They had three children:

d. Knall (or Nall) Sparks was born on Aug. 27, 1885. He went to Wheelright, Texas.
e. Walton Sparks was born on Sept. 8, 1891. In 1954, he was living in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where he owned and operated a furniture moving company.
f. Josiah K. Sparks was born on Feb. 20, 1894.
Laura (Mooneyham) Sparks died on April 20, 1898, and shortly afterward, Weed Sparks went to Texas. There, on Feb. 3, 1899, he married Mrs. R. M. McCollum in Grayson County. They were divorced in 1903 and Weed Sparks returned to Adair County where he established a post office which he named for himself, Weed, Kentucky. He died on March 15, 1905.

3. Josiah S. Sparks, son of Walt and Lucinda (Gibson) Sparks, was born about 1847. He married Mary S. ----- and they moved to Nebraska. They had at least one child, a son, Wesley K. Sparks, born about 1875.

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

4. James A. Sparks, son of Walt and Lucinda (Gibson) Sparks, was born about 1851.

5. Elizabeth Norman Sparks, daughter of Walt and Lucinda (Gibson) Sparks, was born on March 11, 1853.

6. Lenora L. J. Sparks, daughter of Walt and Lucinda (Gibson) Sparks, was born on Nov. 25, 1855.

7. William W. Sparks, son of Walt and Lucinda (Gibson) Sparks, was born in April 1858.

8. Lucinda Alice Sparks, daughter of Walt and Lucinda (Gibson) Sparks, was born about 1865. She married Robert Granville Wilson on Sept. 15, 1887, at the home of her parents in Adair County, Ky. (M.B. 12, p. 364)

Lucinda (Gibson) Sparks died prior to September 1886, for on Sept. 2, 1886, Walt Sparks married Mrs. Sarah Frances (Landers) Gill. He was age 65 and a physician. She was 47 years of age. It was the second marriage for both of them. She was the mother of Harriet (Gill) Sparks, wife of Charles Sparks. (See above.)

C. Lucinda Sparks, daughter of John and Nancy (Barnes) Sparks, was born about 1823. She apparently never married.

D. Josiah Sparks, probable son of John and Nancy (Barnes) Sparks, was born on Sept. 30, 1825, according to information furnished by a descendant, William P. Sparks, of Edmonton, Ky. Josiah was a farmer and a blacksmith. He lived on Leatherwood Creek in that part of Adair County which became a part of Metcalfe County in 1860. He was married four times according to information we have received, but we have no record of the first marriage which apparently took place about 1845-48.

In 1849, Josiah Sparks married Elizabeth A. Dooley in Adair County. The day and the month were not recorded in the marriage book in the county courthouse. (M.B. 2-6, p. 144) Elizabeth was a daughter of Isham and Dicey Dooley and was born about 1827. The Dooleys gave the newly-married couple 50 acres of land on Leatherwood Creek on April 10, 1850, for the "natural love and affection for their son-in-law and their daughter." Josiah and Elizabeth had three children, Stephen Dudley, Elizabeth A., and Nancy Jane:

1. Stephen Dudley Sparks, son of Josiah and Elizabeth (Dooley) Sparks, was born in Jan. 1850. He married Lou Ann England about 1893. She was born about 1876. To this union, seven children were born:
a. Jeremiah M. "Jerry" Sparks was born on Apr. 16, 1894, in Adair Co. He died on Sept. 13, 1940, in Waco, Texas. He married Della Roach, a daughter of Henry Hamilton and Rachel Margaret (Sparks) Roach. (See VI, A, 7, d, above)

b. Vera Ann Sparks was probably born about 1897. She married Ervin Sparks and they had two children, both of whom died young.

c. Amos Orbin Sparks was born in 1900. He married Ione Johnson and they had two children, Amos, Jr. and Oleta. Oleta died while young.

d. Rena Sparks was born on Sept. 10, 1904. She married Stoney Witt and they had four children: Hansel E., Henry D., Eva Nell, and Doyle.

e. Lora Bell Sparks was born on April 20, 1906. She married Charles E. Smith and they had three children: Margaret L., Dorris F., and Charles F.

f. Otis Sparks was probably born about 1908. He died at the age of one.

g. Artie Marie Sparks was born on March 25, 1913. She married Byron Nance and they had four children: Harold, Glen, Darrell, and Patricia Ann.

 ***  Item VI, D, 1, should be replaced by the following:
1. Stephen Dudley Sparks, son of Josiah and Elizabeth Ann (Dooley) Sparks, was born in January 1850. He was married to Martha about 1875, probably in newly-formed Met calfe County, Kentucky. When the 1880 census was taken of Metcalfe County, he and Martha had three childen; there may have been other children born to them later.
a. Mary F. Sparks was born about 1876.
b. James W. Sparks was born about 1878.
c. Clay C. Sparks was born in the spring of 1880.
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:

2. Elizabeth A. Sparks, daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth (Dooley) Sparks, was born about 1852.

3. Nancy Jane Sparks, daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth (Dooley) Sparks, was born on Jan. 13, 1855. On Feb. 28, 1871, she married James Jesse in Adair Co. Her father gave his consent to the marriage, and Joseph Jesse, father of James, did likewise for his son. The bondsman was William Jesse. (M.B. 6, p. 295) James Jesse was born on April 3, 1851, and died on March 18, 1918. Nancy died on Jan. 16, 1933. They are buried in the Cottage Hill Cemetery in Collin Co., Texas. They were the parents of four children.

a. John William Jesse was born on July 26, 1872, and died in April 1945. He married Nettie Henegar and they had a family, but we have learned none of their children's names.

b. Annie Elizabeth Jesse was born on Oct. 14, 1876, and she died in 1966. She married Ambrose Klinglesmith and they had three children.

c. Myrtle B. Jesse was born on Jan. 18, 1879, and died on Apr. 24, 1879.

d. Verba Jesse was born on Aug. 3, 1885, and died on Aug. 29, 1964. She married Augusta Garland Button on Sept. 23, 1911, and they had one son, William Garland Button, and one daughter, Jean Rae (Button) Cantrell.

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NANCY JANE (SPARKS) JESSE (1855-1933)

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

Elizabeth A. (Dooley) Sparks, wife of Josiah Sparks, died in 1855, and on Dec. 25, 1856, Josiah Sparks married (3rd) Malinda (Collier) Shirley, widow of Norman Shirley. Both of them were 31 years old. Cager Creel was the bondsman. (M.B. 4, p. 129) Malinda brought four children to the marriage: Mary E. Shirley, Ann M. Shirley, Henrietta Shirley, and John F. Shirley. Josiah and Malinda had two children, Millard Fillmore and Jefferson Dudley:
4. Millard Fillmore Sparks, son of Josiah and Malinda (Collier) Sparks, was born on Feb. 29, 1858. He died on Sept. 19, 1930, in Metcalfe Co., Ky. He married Anna Berta Fraser on Dec. 20, 1882. She was born on Mar. 1, 1859, and was a daughter of Louis H. and Mary Jane (Dulin) Fraser. Millard and Anna had one child:
a. Herbert E. Sparks was born on Aug. 2, 1885. He died on March 3, 1937. He married Inez Boston and they had five children. Anna Berta (Fraser) Sparks died on Dec. 19, 1894. On Nov. 8, 1899, Millard Sparks married (2d) Elvira E. Penick. She was born on July 9, 1871, and was a daughter of Wilford and Venie B. (Walkup) Penick. Millard and Elvira had five children.

b. Jack P. Sparks was born on Aug. 3, 1900. He died on July 5, 1970. He married Eula Bunch.

c. Sally C. Sparks was born on Apr. 30, 1902. She married Leonard Pierce.

d. Venie McChesney Sparks was born on July 13, 1904. She married Payne Wren.

e. Ruby Magdalene Sparks was born on Jan. 17, 1906.

f. Carter Collier Sparks was born on Oct. 7, 1910. He married Mary Frances Lane and they had one child.

5. Jefferson Dudley Sparks, son of Josiah and Malinda (Collier) Sparks, was born on July 9, 1861. He went to Texas.
Malinda (Collier) Sparks died on Nov. 16, 1884, and was buried in Metcalfe County. On Sept. 20, 1885, Josiah Sparks married Mrs. Margaret Fletcher in Adair County. He was 59 years of age and it was his fourth marriage. She was 40 years of age and it was her second marriage. (M.B. 11, p. 614) To this union one child was born:
6. Leona Sparks, daughter of Josiah and Margaret (-----) Sparks, was probably born about 1886. She is said to have married a man by the name of Gilmore and lived in Oklahoma.
Josiah Sparks died on May 15, 1900. He was buried in the Bell Cemetery on the edge of Adair County where it joins Metcalfe County and quite near the farm which he received from his in-laws, Isham and Dicey Dooley.

E. Mary "Polly" Ann Sparks, daughter of John and Nancy (Barnes) Sparks, was born about 1828. On Sept. 21, 1856, she married Solomon Addison Henegar in Adair County. Nimrod Barnes was the bondsman. (M.B. 4, p. 77) Addison was a son of Solomon and Rachel (Sparks ?) Henegar, natives of North Carolina. Polly Ann and Addison lived at Gradyville where they reared six children:

1. Josiah Henegar, born about 1853.
2. Eliza J. Henegar, born about 1860.
3. Ardla F. Henegar, born about 1861.
4. Amanda Alice Henegar, born about 1863; she married James Watt England.
5. John Lewis Henegar, born Aug. 22, 1864. On Dec. 10, 1890, he married Lucy Jane Franklin, daughter of William M. and Elizabeth Jane (Kirk) Franklin. John and Lucy Jane had eight children, but we have not learned
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:

their order of birth. The oldest child was probably Carrie Ethel Henegar who was born on Sept. 27, 1893. She married Milo Dean Mosier. Other children were named Frank, Laude, Kenneth, Charles, Cora Alice, Vernice, and Minnie Eliza.

6. Nancy A. Henegar, daughter of Polly Ann and Addison Henegar, was born about 1867.

Polly Ann (Sparks) Henegar died in 1868 and Addison Henegar married Eliza Jane Roach, daughter of Meredith and Eliza Jane (Estes) Roach. (See VI, A, above)

F. A son was born to John and Nancy (Barnes) Sparks between 1825 and 1830 whom we have not been able to identify.

G. Eliza Jane Sparks, daughter of John and Nancy (Barnes) Sparks, was born about 1834. On Nov. 6, 1855, she married William R. Cumpton in Adair County. He was 21 years of age and she was also age 21; however, her father gave consent to the marriage. Their bondsman was Nimrod Barnes. (N.B. 3, page 198) Eliza Jane and William lived on Crocus Creek when their first child, John D. Cumpton, was born on July 7, 1856.

H. Harriet Margaret Sparks, daughter of John and Nancy (Barnes) Sparks, was born about 1835. On Jan. 21, 1856, she married Isaac Henegar in Adair County. Her father gave his consent to the marriage and Nimrod Barnes was the bondsman. The note of consent reads as follows: "Cleark of Adar Co Ky Pleas let iSaac Hineger hav lisons to marry harret Sparks. Jasee Sparks his mark. P.K. Barnes Isaac Henegar. Jan 21 1856." (M.B. 3, p. 214)  Isaac Henegar was born about 1831 in Mecklenberg Co., N.C., and was probably closely related to Solomon Addison Henegar who married Harriet's sister, Polly Ann Sparks. Harriet and Isaac lived at Gradyville and had six children when the 1870 census was taken of Adair County.

1. John M. Henegar, born about 1857.
2. Nimrod Henegar, born Nov. 7, 1858.
3. Eliza A. Henegar, born about 1861.
4. Meredith Henegar, born about 1865.
5. Stephen W. Henegar, born about 1867.
6. Cansady Henegar, born about 1869.
I. Emmaline Sparks, daughter of John and Nancy (Barnes) Sparks, was born about 1837. On March 20, 1856, she married James Lewis Moore in Adair County. Her father gave his consent and Jeremiah H. Roach was the bondsman. The note of consent reads as follows: "Mr. Clerk of Adair Co Ky please to let James L moor have licens to marry Emaline Sparks March the 19 1856. John Sparks Jeremiah H.M. Roach James L. Moore." (M.B. 4, p. 5) James L. Moore was born about 1838 in Russell Co., Ky. He and Emmaline lived at Gradyville where, by 1880, they had a family of nine children.
1. Cansady Moore, born in Sept. 1858; she died on Jan. 25, 1859.
2. John H. Moore, born about 1860.
3. Lewis W.  Moore, born about 1863.
4.  Love L. "Lutisha" Moore, born about 1865.
5. Hugh T. Moore, born about 1868.
6. Martha A. Moore, born about 1870.
7. Charles B. Moore, born about 1872.
8. Sallie W. Moore, born about 1874.
9. Nancy E. Moore, born about 1876.
J.  Amanda Sparks, daughter of John and Nancy (Barnes) Sparks, was born about 1839. On Jan. 10, 1857, she married William T. Bragg in Adair County. Both
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY KENTUCKY, continued:

had the consent of parents. The witness was Robert Sparks. (M.B. 4, p. 139) Robert Sparks may have been the unidentified son of John and Nancy who was born between 1825 and 1830; however, we have found no other reference to a Robert Sparks of that period of time in Adair County. William T. Bragg was a son of Thomas M. and Hester (-----) Bragg. When the 1880 census was taken of Adair County, Amanda and William had ten children:
1. James Martin Bragg, born about 1857.
2. William H. Bragg, born about 1859
3. Martha A. Bragg, born about 1861.
4. Thomas H. Bragg, born about 1864.
5. John H. Bragg, born about 1866.
6. Wilford Bragg, born about 1869.
7. Tilford Bragg, born about 1869.
8. Elijah Bragg, born about 1871.
9. Wesley Bragg, born about 1873.
10. Loujency Bragg, born about 1877.
VII. Elihu Sparks, probable son of William and Mary (-----) Sparks, was born between 1794 and 1804 according to census data; however, if he were a son of William and Mary, he was quite likely born about 1794 in North Carolina. (On the 1810 census of Adair County, William Sparks had a male, born between 1794 and 1800, in his household.) Elihu Sparks married Rosa Bailey in Adair County on Dec. 14, 1814. She was a daughter of William Bailey (a Filson Club record). Rosa was born between 1794 and 1804.

When the 1820 census was taken of Adair County, Elihu Sparks had a son and two daughters. By 1830, however, he was in Morgan County, Illinois. With him, in addition to his wife, were the following: 1 female, born 1800 -10; 1 male and 1 female, born 1815 -20; 1 male and 1 female, born 1820 -25; and 1 male born 1825 -30. In all probability, Elihu went to Morgan County with his nephews, John R. Sparks and Truelove M. Sparks, in the late 1820's. (See the March 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY, Vol. XXIV, No. l, Whole No. 93.)

Elihu Sparks apparently settled in that area of Morgan County which became a part of Scott County in 1839, for the last record we have found of him on the 1840 census of Scott County, Illinois. With him, in addition to his wife, were the following: 1 female, born 1820-25; 1 male born 1825-30. Also appearing on the 1840 census of Scott County was James Sparks, born 1810-20, and his wife. He could very well have been a son of Elihu Sparks.

From these census data, it appears that Elihu and Rosa (Bailey) Sparks had six children, four sons and two daughters. We have no further information about this family.

VIII. Cynthia Sparks, daughter of William and Mary (-----) Sparks, was probably born about 1799 in Kentucky. On March 16, 1824, she married Spencer Janes in Adair County. Her father was named in the marriage record. The marriage ceremony was performed by Elijah King. (M.B. l, page 92) Spencer Janes was born about 1804 in Tennessee. He was a Baptist preacher and performed many marriages in Adair County.

Cynthia and Spencer were the parents of five children before her untimely death which occurred between 1835 and 1838. All of her children were named when a portion of the estate of William Sparks, her father, was sold in 1855. (Deed Book P, page 562)

A. Mary Ann Janes, daughter of Spencer and Cynthia (Sparks) Janes, was born about 1825. She married Thomas G. Walker about 184?. He was born in Illinois about 1820. When the 1850 census was taken of Adair County, they had four childrenthere may have been others.
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Children of Thomas G. and Mary Ann (Janes) Walker:
1. S. C. Walker, born about 1844.
2. M. A. Walker, born about 1845.
3. M. D. Walker, born about 1847.
4. M. E. Walker, born about 1850.
B. William Dudley Janes, son of Spencer and Cynthia (Sparks) Janes, was born about 1828. He married Sarah Jesse, daughter of Benjamin Jesse, about 1858. William was a Mexican War veteran. He lived in Illinois from about 1861 to 1868, but then moved to Crawford Co., Kansas, where he died in 1907. He and Sarah had seven children:
1. John T. Janes, born about 1860 in Kentucky.
2. Silas Westerfield Janes, born about 1863 in Illinois. He died in 1944.
3. Mary Ellen Janes, born about 1865. She married Joe McGonigee.
4. William David Janes, born about 1868 in Kansas.
5. Harriet Janes, born about 1871 in Crawford County, Kansas.
6. Joseph A. Janes, born about 1873.
7. Jennie Isabelle Janes, born about 1876. She married Oscar Oberg.
C. Thomas Seymour Janes, son of Spencer and Cynthia (Sparks) Janes, was born about 1830. In 1851, he married Celina Moseby and they had ten children. Thomas died in 1912.
1. Nancy J. Janes, born about 1852.
2. Mary Janes, born about 1854.
3. William Dudley Janes, son of Thomas and Celina Janes, was born about 1856. He married Obedience Fudge in 1875 and they had twelve children. William died in 1939
a. S. B. Janes, born about 1877.
b. W. E. Japes, born about 1879.
c. M. E. Janes, born about 1883.
d. Leonard Janes, born about 1886.
e. Thomas Fillmore Janes was born about 1888. He married Mona England and they had three children: Biddy Janes, Evelyn Janes, and Bernice Janes.
f. J. Edward Janes was born about 1892. He married Mary Roach and they had one child, a son, James A. Janes. (See VI, A, 6, h, above)
g. Rosetta Janes, born about 1894.
h. C. B. Janes, born about 1896.
i. Hobson Janes, born about 1897. He married Mabel Tabor.
j. Hattie Lee Janes, born about 1901. She married Gillum Akin and they had three children: Mabel Akin, Ray Akin, and Ralph Akin.
k. Clara Belle Janes, born about 1903. She married Roy Jesse.
l. Louis Garnet Janes, born about 1905. He married Ruby Coomer.
4. Maria A. Janes, daughter of Thomas and Celina Janes, born about 1858. 5. Sarah Janes, daughter of Thomas and Celina Janes, born about 1861.
6. Grace Janes, daughter of Thomas and Celina Janes, born about 1863. She married George Jesse.
7. Lee W. Janes, son of Thomas and.Celina Janes, born about 1865.
8. Thomas S. Janes, son of Thomas and Celina Janes, born about 1869.
9. Ellen D. Janes, daughter of Thomas and Celina Janes, born about 1872. 10. James C. Janes, son of Thomas and Celina Janes, was born about 1874. He married Lou Estes and they had two children: Lulu Janes and Nettie Janes. James C. Janes died in 1927.
D. Gracey Janes, daughter of Spencer and Cynthia (Sparks) James, was born about 1833.
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DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SPARKS OF ADAIR COUNTY, KENTUCKY, continued:
 

E. Silas P. Janes, son of Spencer and Cynthia (Sparks) Janes, was born about 1835.
After the death of his wife, Cynthia (Sparks) Janes, Spencer Janes married Nancy Roberts in 1838. She was the widow of William Roberts.

IX. Cathanne Sparks, daughter of William and Mary (-----) Sparks, was probably born about 1801 in Kentucky. On Feb. 7, 1824, she was married to Scotland McGlasson in Adair County by Elijah King. Her father was named on the marriage record, as were the parents of her husband, Joseph and Doshia McGlasson. Jehu Sparks, probably her brother, and William Barnes were the bondsmen. (M.B. 1, p. 86) We have no further data regarding this couple.

X. Jehu Sparks, probable son of William and Mary (-----) Sparks, was born about 1803. (On the 1810 census of Adair County, William Sparks had a male, born between 1800 and 1810, living in his household.) The first record we have found of Jehu (sometimes also spelled Jehue) Sparks is on the marriage record of Cathanne Sparks and Scotland McGlasson in 1824. (See IX, above) In that same year, Jehu was also taxed as a male over 21 years of age.

Jehu Sparks continued to pay poll taxes intermittently in Adair County for several ,years; however, it was not until 1835 that he paid taxes on any land. In that year he paid taxes on 85 acres of land on Leatherwood Creek valued at $175. He paid no taxes in 1836, but in 1837 he paid taxes on 1128 acres of land, also on Leatherwood Creek. In 1840, he paid taxes on 1138 acres, but the following year the acreage was reduced to 100 acres and then to 90 acres in 1842. He paid poll taxes in 1843, 1844, 1850, 1851, 1852, 1856, and 1857. Finally, he paid taxes on 196 acres of land on Prices Creek in central Adair County in 1857.

(It is interesting to note that in 1836, John Sparks, son of William, also paid taxes on 89 acres of land on Leatherwood Creek, and that in 1838 he was taxed on 1200 acres also on Leatherwood Creek. From 1845 to 1847, he was taxed on 196 acres of land on Prices Creek. If we compare these tax records with those given above for Jehu Sparks, it appears that these two men were assuming the tax payments on the same tracts of land, with one man paying taxes one year and the other paying the taxes the following year. Obviously, the two men were quite closely related.)

Jehu Sparks apparently did not marry, nor did he appear on either the 1820, 1830, 1840, or 1850 censuses of Adair County. The only records we have found of him, other than his tax records, are in the proceedings of a lawsuit he had with Kitty Ann Fraser, and others, over a tract of land. The land was sold by Thomas Dehoney, Commissioner of Chancery, on Sept. 5, 1849, at the Adair County courthouse at an open auction. The highest bidder was Kitty Ann Fraser with a bid of five dollars.

(Editor's note: This concludes the article about the descendants of William Sparks (born about 1760, died about 1834) of Adair County, Kentucky. We welcome additional data pertaining to William Sparks and his descendants from our readers.)

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SPARKS MARRIAGES IN HARDEMAN COUNTY, TENN., 1823-1852. Copied by WPA, 1938

Jefferson Sparks & Penelope Futrell. License issued 4 Sept. 1833; returned 5 Sept. 1833. Married by E. Gossett, J.P.

Solomon Sparks & Martha C. Smith, 23 March 1841.

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DESCENDANTS OF DAVID AND MARY (LITTLE) SPARKS SOUGHT

Mr. A. C. Little, P.O. Box 397, Conover, North Carolina (28613), is preparing a genealogy of the descendants of Captain Daniel Little (1731-1775) of Roway County, North Carolina. The widow of Daniel Little, whose name was Annie Mary, married, as his second wife, Jonas Sparks. Mary Little, daughter of Daniel and Annie Mary Little married David Sparks (born 1768) son of Jonas Sparks by Jonas' first wife. David and Mary (Little) Sparks moved to Hardeman County, Tennessee, sometime after 1800. A record of this family appeared in the QUARTERLY of March 1964 (Vol. XII, No. l, Whole No. 45), pp. 790-807. Mr. Little would like to correspond with descendants of David and Mary (Little) Sparks.

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FAMILY TREE

"More than one ancestor is struggling within you! We are all of mixed blood--very mixed, indeed, but more good than bad. You have two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, sixteen great-great-grandparents, thirty-two great-great-great-grandparents, and so on! Go back only ten generations and you accumulate 2,046 ancestors on the way. You are descended from possibly 1,024 different people of the generation that saw the Mayflower cross the ocean. There is nothing so democratic as a family tree, if you climb into all its branches'."--Albert W. Palmer. (From OUR AMERICAN HERITAGE, edited by Charles L. Wallis, published by Harper & Row.)

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE SPARKS FAMILY ASSOCIATION

It is a pleasure to report the names of twenty-six new members of the Sparks Family Association. These Sparks descendants have joined the Association since our last report in the June 1976 issue of the QUARTERLY.

Nancy Sparks Beckham, 7712 Springdale Dr., Normandy, Missouri (63121)
Ruth Sparks Byrne, 8337 No. 58th Ave., Glendale, Arizona (85302)
Opal L. Cox, 602 W. Oak, Enid, Oklahoma (73701)
Michael R. Gannett, 7310 Meadow Lane, Chevy Chase, Maryland (20015)
Mrs. H. C. Green, Jr., Rt. 1, Box 181 A, Springfield, Tennessee (37172)
W. E. Hornbuckle, Jr., 2012 Banks, Houston, Texas (77006)
Mrs. Veleta Sparks Johnson, 1311 43rd St., Lubbock, Texas (79412)
A. C. Little, P.O. Box 397, Conover, North Carolina (28613)
Harold L. McNabb, 319 No. Maple, Mount Prospect, Illinois (60056)
Edward Nichols, Sitka, Kentucky (41255)
Brenda Sparks Payne, 2224 Berkshire Dr., Owensboro, Kentucky (42301)
Ellen Rogers, Star Rt. 2, Irvine, Kentucky (40336)
Willa Sorensen, 13 Loma Linda, Goodyear, Arizona (85338)
Andrew Sparks, 161 Bolling Rd., N.E., Atlanta, Georgia (30305)
Donald I. Sparks, R.D. 1, Newtown, Pennsylvania (18940)
Dorsel H. Sparks, 220 Main Rd., Thealka, Kentucky (41259)
Rev. George H. Sparks, Jr., 700 Hampton Court, Apt. 6, Dalton, Georgia (30720)
J. Stanley Sparks, 2229 S. Rockford, Tulsa, Oklahoma (74114)
James B. Sparks, 19987 Beachcliff Blvd., Rocky River, Ohio (44116)
Larry W. Sparks, 1027 Fellsridge Ct., Stone Mountain, Georgia (30083)
Ora L. Sparks, Rt. 2, Morehead, Kentucky (40351)
William G. Sparks, 1318 Clyde, Amarillo, Texas (79106)
Ivan B. Stewart, 217 W. Memphis, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (74012)
Mrs. Elizabeth S. White, Rt. 2, Box 440, Morehead, Kentucky (40351)
Mrs. Louise Williams, 21123 Winterset, Saugus, California (91350)
Charles Clayton Wright, 10314 Up River Rd., Corpus Christi, Texas (78410)
 

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