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. XXV, NO. 2 JUNE, 1977
WHOLE NO. 98a

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

DANIEL CRAWFORD SPARKS (born ca. 1828)

and his wife

LOUVINA (CARTER) SPARKS (born ca. 1836)

with grandson

SOLOMON DAVID SPARKS (born 1907)

(View photograph)

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-1898-

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 $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 -1976) with the four indexes may be purchased for $58.00. (These 24 years of the QUARTERLY comprise 1876 pages of Sparks Family history.)

The editor of the QUARTERLY is 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.

SKRAPS

In the early issues of the QUARTERLY, we used the heading "SKRAPS," the reverse spelling of Sparks, for odds and ends of Sparks history. We revive it here to appeal to our members to share with your editor "skraps" of family data which you may have tucked away in a family Bible or an old trunk in the attic. During the past thirty years, Dr. Paul E. Sparks and your editor have accumulated a vast collection of Sparks genealogy. We are slowly organizing these data and sharing them with our members through the QUARTERLY. Despite this vast data bank of Sparks history already in our possession, we are constantly seeking more information to enable us to tie together and interpret what we have. On many occasions family records supplied by a member have provided the clue or the proof needed to link one record with another to identify a lost ancestor or prove a relationship.

Since January 1, we have added nearly 100 new members to the Association, the largest increase in membership for many years. There is obviously a greater interest in genealogy across the country today than at any time in our history. The solutions to a great many genealogical mysteries are in the hands of these new members as well as our old members. We beg you to tell us what you know about your Sparks ancestors, copy or loan us old letters and documents, and interview the elderly members of your family and record whatever they can recall about the family. With the death of every elderly Sparks, there are lost forever valuable genealogical data--unless some thoughtful relative records those memories before death erases them. We are almost always able to add information to that which is submitted by a member, while the information that you submit will, sooner or later, help someone else.

We are always pleased to publish (without cost) queries regarding the Sparks ancestry of our members. We like for these to be as detailed as possible, for the query itself often becomes a source of information for someone else.

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-1899-

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

Three Sons of Daniel and Louvina (Carter) Sparks

       John Grandison Sparks, born 1860
Henry David Sparks, born 1856
 Daniel Carter Sparks, born 1874

(View photograph)
 

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE DESCENDANTS OF DANIEL CRAWFORD SPARKS,

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

(Editor's Note: The June 1974 issue of the QUARTERLY (Vol. XXII, No. 2, Whole No. 86) contained the second part of a two-part article about the descendants of Isaac Sparks, Sr., of Estill County, Kentucky. Subsequent to that publication, descendants furnished additional data and corrections to the article and these were published on pages 1707 -1708 of the December 1974 issue (Vol. XXII, No. 4, Whole No. 88) and on page 1757 of the September 1975 issue (Vol. XXIII, No. 3, Whole No. 91).

Recently, a descendant of Daniel Crawford Sparks, grandson of Isaac Sparks, Sr., Mrs. Lloyd H. Hatfield, Falmouth, Indiana, sent more data which add considerable information to the article and also make some needed corrections. Our readers are asked to make this information a part of the original article.)

[Scanner's note:  Reference made.]

H. Daniel Crawford Sparks, son of Isaac and Frances (Crawford) Sparks, was born on April 25, 1828. On September 4, 1851, he was married to Louvina Carter in Estill County. (M.B.A., p. 180) She was born on May 10, 1836, and was a daughter of John and Nancy (Runyon) Carter. Daniel paid taxes in Estill County from 1849 to 1858 when that portion of the county in which he lived went to help form Jackson County. He and Louvina lived on the South Fork of Station Camp Creek where they reared ten children:
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-1900-

DESCENDANTS OF DANIEL CRAWFORD SPARKS, continued:

Children of Daniel Crawford and Louvina (Carter) Sparks:

1. Nancy Jane Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Louvina (Carter) Sparks, was born on July 11, 1852. On April 28, 1869, she was married to Lewis C. Fowler. She died on June 10, 1890. She and Lewis C. Fowler had at least nine children. (See pages 1663 and 1757 of the QUARTERLY.)

2. Solomon S. Sparks, son of Daniel and Louvina (Carter) Sparks, was born on September 13, 1854. He married Sarah Jane Moore on February 5, 1878, and they had at least four children. Sarah Jane died on March 31, 1936. (See also page 1663 of the QUARTERLY.)

3. Henry David Sparks, son of Daniel and Louvina (Carter) Sparks, was born on October 7, 1856. He married Julie Williams on August 4, 1881, in Estill County. He died in Missouri on January 20, 1944.

4. Mary Frances Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Louvina (Carter) Sparks, was born on May 15, 1858. On February 5, 1878, she married Elijah Metcalf and they had several children. She died on March 8, 1929, in Missouri. (See also page 1663 of the QUARTERLY.)

5. John Grandison Sparks, son of Daniel and Louvina (Carter) Sparks, was born on October 11, 1860. He married Barthena ("Thena") Jane Parsons on May 4, 1882. She was born on March 25, 1862, and was a daughter of Joseph and Mary C. (Adams) Parsons. Thena Jane died on March 20, 1893. She and John had seven children:

a. Elizabeth Frances Sparks was born on Feb. 3, 1883. She married John Alden Moore on Jan. 7, 1897, and they had several children. She died on July 16, 1949.

b. William Joseph ("Willie Joe") Sparks was born on Aug. 1, 1884. He died on Dec. 26, 1973. He married Louise Hoover Webb. They had no children.

c. George F. Sparks was born on March 13, 1886, and died on Oct. 25, 1888.

d. Mary ("Molly") Rebecca Sparks was born on March 13, 1887. On Dec. 15, 1904, she married Bantford Richardson and they had several children. She died on Aug. 19, 1965.

e. Minnie Ella Sparks was born on July 17, 1889. She married John P. McQueen and they had several children. She died on Oct. 23, 1968, in California.

f. Lucinda Sparks was born on April 8, 1891. She married Jim Dan Hoover on Jan. 1, 1909, and they had several children. She lives in Estill County.

g.  Daniel C. Sparks was born on March 20, 1893, and died on March 21, 1893.

After the death of his first wife, Thena Jane (Parsons) Sparks, John G. Sparks married (2nd) Melinda Ella Moore on November 30, 1893. She was born on April 9, 1870, and was a daughter of John H. and Melinda Leitha (Horn) Moore. John G. and Ella had eleven children. He died on September 26, 1943, in Estill County. Ella died on November 29, 1951, at Glenwood, Indiana.
h. Sarah Margaret Sparks was born on Dec. 29, 1894. She was married on Aug. 15, 1912, to Millard Franklin ("Frank") Hatfield. He was born on May 17, 1879, and was a son of John D. and Alzira (Couch) Hatfield. Sarah and Frank had eight children. He died on Feb. 20, 1970, at Connersville, Indiana.
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-1901-

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

Family of John G. Sparks and his second wife, Ella (Moore) Sparks

Photograph taken 1918

Seated, left to right: Daniel Crawford Sparks, Sr. (father of John G. Sparks); Mayfra Sparks; John G. Sparks; Lloyd Sparks; Ella (Moore) Sparks holding grandson David Hatfield; Lester Hatfield, grandson.

Standing, left to right: S. David Sparks; Nannie Sparks; Eliza Sparks; Rosa Sparks, Dillard Sparks, Barthena Sparks, Elisha Curtis Sparks; Provie Sparks, Sarah Sparks Hatfield holding Freda Hatfield.

(View photograph)

Children of John Grandison and Melinda Ella (Moore) Sparks, continued:
i. Rosa Sparks was born on July 3, 1896. She was married on April 18, 1918, to Frank H. Richardson and they had nine children. Rosa died on Feb. 14, 1973, at Connersville, Ind., and Frank died on the following July 24th.

j. Eliza Sparks (twin to Rosa) was born on July 3, 1896. She married Harvey R. Neal on July 26, 1920, and they had five daughters. Eliza died on Nov. 29, 1975, at Connersville, Indiana.

k. Barthena Jane Sparks was born on Feb. 24, 1898. She married Charles Witt and they had one daughter. Barthena Jane died on Sept. 28, 1928.

l. Dillard Franklin Sparks was born on Oct. 29, 1899. He was married to Zettie Mae Smith on June 29, 1924, and they had one daughter and one

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-1902-

DESCENDANTS OF DANIEL CRAWFORD SPARKS, continued:

Children of John Grandison and Melinda Ella (Moore) Sparks, continued:

m. Nannie Catherine Sparks was born on July 19, 1901. She married James Harden Brandenburg on Aug. 31, 1923, and they had three children. Nannie lives at Connersville, Ind.

n. Provie Melinda Sparks was born on July 19, 1903. She was married to Vernon Elliott on July 22, 1925, and they had two sons and a daughter. They live in Irvine, Kentucky.

o. Elisha Curtis Sparks was born on March 21, 1905. He died on April 16, 1953, in California. He never married.

p.  Solomon David Sparks was born on Aug. 7, 1907. He married (1st) Flora ("Flo") Sparks and they had one son and one daughter. David married (2nd) Provie (Marcum) Fowler and (3rd) Ella Jones. He lives in Connersville, Indiana.

q.  Mayfra Sparks was born on Feb. 28, 1912. She married Lester Kellam
on Sept. 15, 1940, and they had five children. They live near Connersville, Ind., on a farm.

r. Lloyd Sparks was born on Aug. 4, 1913. He married Prescova ("Cova") L. Lucas and they had one son and one daughter. Cova died on Feb. 9, 1970, and Lloyd died on Oct. 19, 1971. They lived at Connersville, Indiana.

6. Margaret Ann Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Louvina (Carter) Sparks, was born on August 16, 1863. She married John H. Richardson on December 30, 1880, at the home of her father in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) She died on February 14, 1882.

7. Manervia Elizabeth Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Louvina (Carter) Sparks, was born on February 4, 1866. (See page 1664 of the QUARTERLY.) She was married on July 18, 1881 to Joseph Richardson.

8. Luvina Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Louvina (Carter) Sparks, was born on October 14, 1870. She married John Henry Andrew on December 2, 1888, in Jackson County. (M.B. 1858-96) She died sometime after 1915.

9.  Daniel Carter Sparks, son of Daniel and Louvina (Carter) Sparks, was born on January 31, 1874. On October 20, 1908, he was married to Mary Emily Hatfield, and they had two daughters. Daniel died on February 25, 1948. Mary lives with a granddaughter near Richmond, Kentucky, where on October 27, 1976, she celebrated her 100th birthday.

10. Cynthia Ann Sparks, daughter of Daniel and Louvina (Carter) Sparks, was born on May 4, 1877. On August 27, 1892, she married Coleman Cox in Jackson County. (M.B. 1891-94) They had several children. Cynthia died on April 7, 1935.

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SPARKS MARRIAGES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE, 1787-1859

LUESA SPARKS and Henry Stephenson, August 2, 1831. Test: Jas Sevier by Sam'1 Greer. Married by G. Bell.

JAMES L. SPARKS and Margaret Green, October 18, 1836. Married by Jno. W. Cunningham, M.G.

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-1903-

EARLY SPARKSES OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE

Between 1928 and 1939 there appeared in five parts a monumental work entitled Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire by Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis. It was published in Portland, Maine, by the Southworth-Anthoensen Press. It was the intent of the authors to record genealogically significant data for persons found in the records of Maine and New Hampshire whose parents had been married prior to 1699. The data are given in very brief form. On page 650, the following information appears for persons named Sparks; abbreviations have been spelled out in this transcription:

EDWARD SPARKS, age 22, came as a servant with Thomas Page." On page 522, Thomas Page is identified as "gentleman, tailor, Saco, from All Saints Stayning, London, arrived at Boston in the Increase the last of July 1635, age 29, bringing wife Elizabeth, age 28, two children; and servants EDWARD SPARKES, age 22, Katherine Taylor, age 24. Taxed in Saco Sept. 1636..." This Edward Sparks who came to New England as Thomas Page's servant was born about 1613, since he was 22 in 1635. From another source, Planters of the Commonwealth, 1620 -1640, by Charles Edward Banks, published in 1961, we learn that the full name of the ship on which EDWARD SPARKS came to America was the Increase of Boston with Robert Lea as master. The ship left England the latter part of April and arrived in Boston at the end of July 1635.
We have no further record of this EDWARD SPARKS.

HENRY SPARKS. The following information is given in the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire regarding HENRY SPARKS of Exeter, New Hampshire: "HENRY SPARKS fought with Cromwell the Indian in 1667, both fined at Cochecho [which is the present town of Dover, N.H.] Taxed 1671. Fined in 1673 for taking Samuel Leavitt's bridle from Goodman Robie's. Lists 356j, 381. [ List 356 represents Dover, N.H., and 381 represents Exeter and Stratham, N.H.]  Of Exeter, he married Martha Barrett at Chelmsford 10 July 1676. In February, 1677-8, 'late of Exeter, now sojourning at Chelmsford.' Acknowledged judgement to Simon Bradstreet." Chelmsford is in Massachusetts where HENRY SPARKS had married Martha Barrett in 1676.

HESTER SPARKS. The Genealogical Dictionary... gives the following: "CHESTER SPARKS witnessed John Pickering's bond to Abraham Corbett in 1665. One Esther Sparhawk married Samuel Adams in Chelmsford in 1668."

JOHN SPARKE. The Genealogical Dictionary... gives the following: "JOHN SPARKE, Saco 1653, his lot mentioned 1656. Lists 243a, 244be. [Both of these lists are for Saco. Saco later, in 1718, became Biddeford.] Town rate made 28 Aug. 1669 toward maintaining old Goodman SPARKS, who was buried 24 Oct. 1669."

JOHN SPARKS. The Genealogical Dictionary... gives the following regarding another JOHN SPARKS: "JOHN SPARKS, a Barrington proprietor. List 339  [which is for Portsmouth and Greenland, N.H]  SUSANNA SPARKS received into Portsmouth South Church 4 Oct. 1719 and son JOHN SPARKS baptized."

THOMAS SPARKS. Regarding THOMAS SPARKS, The Genealogical Dictionary... gives: "THOMAS SPARKS started and dropped an action against Nicholas Tuckerman in York Court 1666. One THOMAS SPARKS, resident in Cape Elizabeth in 1685, bought from Clement Swett a house and 20 acres next north of John Parrott. One REBECCA, widow of THOMAS SPARKS married Robert McKenney at Dover in 1692. In 1732 land was laid out to their son, Henry McKenney out of the land deeded by Mr. Fryer to Mr. Hollicomb; old home was nearby." A descendant of Robert McKenney, Harry W. Rowe, wrote to William Perry Johnson on Oct. 31, 1967, that Robert McKenney, who was born in Scarborough, Maine, ca. 1665, and died there July 22, 1725, married in Portsmouth, N.H., on Dec. 12, 1692, MRS. REBECCA SPARKS, widow of THOMAS SPARKS. She died on April 19, 1724, the day after an Indian attack. Mr. Rowe states that records in the York Courthouse reveal that THOMAS SPARKS purchased land in Scarborough in 1685. Mr. Rowe believed that this THOMAS SPARKS was connected with the Sparks family of Ipswich, Mass.

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-1904-

EARLY SPARKSES OF MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, continued:

A John Harris is identified in the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire as a "fisherman, Isle of Shoals, likely the witness to a Smuttynose deed 6 Dec. 1685, ... married MARY SPARKS (daughter of JOHN SPARKS of Ipswich and Boston), marriage bond 24 June 1687, surety Jabesh Negus of Boston. Thereafter he lived in Ipswich where his wife died 6 May 1730, he died 3 Dec. 1738." An article in Vol. 106 of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register page 26, gives the birth date of John Harris as 17 Sept. 1671 and describes him as a twin son of John and Joanna Harris.

A Walter Roper is identified in the Genealogical Dictionary... (p. 596) as a "carpenter, about 48 in 1661, about 50 in 1661-2, about 65 in 1676 and with wife Susan, about 53 in 1669, settled in Hampton perhaps as early as 1640. Freeman 13 May 1642. Selectman 1644. Had share in commons 1646. Before 1647 he sold out to Robert Sayward and moved to Ipswich. ... Will 1680 names wife and surviving children. In 1710 MARY SPARKS was the only surviving child. ... Mary was baptized 22 Aug. 1641, married JOHN SPARKS."

A Jocob Perkins is identified in the Genealogical Dictionary... (p. 542) as of "York, Wells, born 15 Feb. 1685, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (SPARKS) of Ipswich. ... He married 1st Lydia Stover (daughter of John Stover); at least 1 son, John. He married 2d in Hampton 17 Oct. 1717 Anna Littlefied..." A book entitled Ancestry of Nathan Dane Dodge and His Wife Sarah (Shepherd) Dodge by Mary A. Dodge Parsons, published in Salem, Mass., in 1896, identifies (pp.27-28) this Jacob Perkins as a grandson of John Perkins of Gloucester, England, who emigrated in the Lion to Boston in 1631. Jacob Perkins was born Aug. 3, 1662, and died in Nov.
1705. He married (first) ELIZABETH SPARKS on Dec. 27, 1684; she died on April 10, 1692. He married (second) Sarah Treadwell who died Aug. 5, 1738. This volume identifies ELIZABETH SPARKS as a daughter of JOHN SPARKS of Ipswich. He was an innkeeper and was in Ipswich as early as 1655.

JOHN SPARKS OF IPSWICH, MASSACHUSETTS

BORN PRIOR TO 1635, DIED PRIOR TO 1704

Many references to John Sparks, Innkeeper of Ipswich, Massachusetts, are found in Thomas Franklin Waters' two-volume Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony published by the Ipswich Historical Society, 1905 -17. He appears initially in 1655 in the Ipswich court records as an apprentice to Obadiah Wood, a "biskett baker." In the 1660's he was a partner with Thomas Bishop who kept an "ordinary." In February, 1671-2, he bought a house with two acres of land with a bake house and obtained a license to keep his own inn. In September 1671 he obtained a license to sell "beere at a penny a quart, provided he entertain no Town inhabitants in the night, nor suffer to bring wine or liquor to be drunk in his house."

On November 26, 1661, John Sparks was married in Boston to Mary Sinnet (born November 19, 1640) daughter of Walter and Mary Sinnet of Boston. The marriage was performed by Governor John Endecott.

According to historian Waters, the Sparks hostelry came to be known far and wide. Here the Quarter Sessions Court held its sittings, the Worshipful Major Nathaniel Saltonstall held Court at Sparks's Inn in March 1685-6, and the famous Judge Samuel Sewell entered in his diary on.March 13, 1687-8: "I lodge at Sparks, Mr. Stoughton and Capt. Appleton came to see me." In 1692, during the famous "witch burnings" in Salem, an accused witch named Rachell Clentons was tried in a court held "at the house of Mr. John Sparks in Ipswich." The accused witch was finally acquited.

John Sparks "kept his famous hostelry for twenty years," according to historian Waters. "Judge Sewall on his circuits tasted its good cheer, and many a man of renown tarried about its wellspread board. Officers and soldiers were quartered here in time of danger from Indian raids." (Vol. 1. p. 345)

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JOHN SPARKS OF IPSWICH, MASSACHUSETTS, continued:

In 1686, John Sparks's license to keep an inn was broadened to give him liberty to "sell drink without doors". The rules under which an innkeeper operated in Puritan New England were strict. Waters quotes those to which Sparks agreed in 1686 when his license was renewed:

He shall not suffer any unlawful play or names, in said house, garden, orchard or elsewhere, especially by men servants or apprentices, comon laborers, Idle persons, or shall suffer any Town Inhabitants to be in said house drinking or tipling on the satterday night after the sunsett or on the Sabbath day, nor wittingly or willingly admit or receive ... any person notoriously defamed of for theft, Incontinency or drunkenness ... nor keep or lodge there any stranger person above the Space of one day and one night together, without notice thereof, first given to such Justice or Selectman as above said.
On May 1, 1691, John Sparks sold to Col. John Wainwright 1½ acres of his two acre tract, including the inn, the bake-house, and a barn. He retained half an acre and a small house in which to live during his retirement years. The Ipswich Court-, records of March, 1693, contain the entry: "John Sparks, the Tavern keeper in Ipswich, having laid down his license and the house being come, as is said into the hands of Mr. John Wainwright, license is granted for keeping of a tavern there to any sober man whom Mr. Wainwright may secure."

How long after retiring as innkeeper John Sparks lived is not known, but on March 12, 1704-5, John Roper sold to Col. John Wainwright "a dwelling house... formerly in possession of Mr. John Sparks, now in possession of Mary, widow of John."  Thus we know that John Sparks was dead by March 1701--5.

As noted in the preceding article, we know that John and Mary (Sinnet) Sparks had a daughter Mary who married John Harris in 1687 and a daughter Elizabeth who married Jacob Perkins in 1684.  Ipswich town records reveal that a daughter Rose, born April 1.8, 1673, married Thomas Newman on June 1, 1692, and a daughter Sarah, born February 17, 1675-6, married John Newman on January 31, 1705-6. Another daughter, Margaret, was born August 20, 1670. It appears that John and Mary (Sinnet) Sparks had a son named John who died before 1712. It was this John Sparks who apparently married Mary Roper, who was baptized August 22, 1641 and was a daughter of Walter Roper who moved from Hampton, New Hampshire to Ipswich before 1647.

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WHATEVER BECAME OF SAMUEL R. SPARKS?

A member of the Association, Mildred Pierce, recently copied for us an item that she happened across in a Methodist Church paper called The Christian Advocate and Journal, New York Issue dated July 3, 1840 (Vol. 14, No. 46, Whole No. 722) . This item reads as follows:

Samuel R. Sparks left this city [Baltimore] between two and three years ago for the west. He left his family and home with a view of procuring employment as a turner, which was his calling. He was a man of good character, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The last satisfactory information received of him was a letter to his family dated at Hancock, Maryland, April 1838. Anyone who can give satisfactory information of him will render an important service to the cause of humanity to forward it to the address of his deeply disconsolate wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Sparks of this City.
                                                                        Baltimore, Jan. 4, 1840.

We know that a Samuel R. Sparks was married in Baltimore County, Maryland, on January 10, 1822, to Elizabeth Hitchcock. This story was repeated on many occasions - - a man headed west and his family never heard from him again. Did Samuel R. Sparks die among stangers of a sudden illness, was he murdered for the money that he probably carried with him to start a new life, or did he desert his family, take a new wife, and rear another family somewhere in "the west"?

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SPARKS FAMILIES APPEARING ON THE 1800 CENSUS OF MARYLAND

(Editor's Note: A record of the Sparks families appearing on the 1790 census of Maryland was published in the March 1953 issue of the QUARTERLY, Vol. I, No. 1. Here we give a record of Sparks families or households appearing on the 1800 census of Maryland. Sparkses were found in the counties of Caroline, Kent, and Queen Annes. No households were listed as headed by persons named Sparks in the following counties: Alleghany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Montgomery, Prince Georges, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Worchester, or the City of Baltimore. The 1800 census for Baltimore County is not available.

In the 1800 census, the name of the head of each household is given. The entire household, including the head, is then enumerated by sex and age groups. Ordinarily we may assume that the head of the household, when the name is that of a man, is the oldest male enumerated and the oldest female is his wife. If a woman is named as the head, we can almost always assume that she is a widow and is the oldest female enumerated. The other members of the household are usually the head's children.  If, however, parents, other relatives, friends, or hired men and women were living in the household, they, too, were enumerated. Because of this, we can never be certain of the relationship of the individuals enumerated. The number in parentheses following each name is the page number on the census. These often indicate how closely one household lived to another, although in some instances (as in Queen Annes County) the census taker rearranged the entries according to the alphabet. No distinction has been made here between the spelling Sparks and Sparkes.)
 
 
 
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 Richard Sparks (474)  1  1  1  0  1  |||  0  0  1  1  1 .  0 .  1
 William Sparks (475)  2  0  1  1  0  |||  2  0  1  0  1 .  0 .  3
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 David Sparks (154)  1  0  0  1  0  |||  2  1  0  1  0 .  0 .  0
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 John Sparks ((372)  1  1  0  1  0  |||  0  1  0  1  0 .  0 .  0
 Horatia Sparks (372)  2  0  0  1  0  |||  1  2  0  1  0 .  0 .  1
 Nathan Sparks (372)  3  1  4  1  0  |||  3  2  2  1  0 .  0 .  0
 Sarah Sparks (372)  0  0  0  0  0  |||  1  0  0  0  1 .  2 .  0
 Rachel Sparks (372)  0  0  4  0  0  |||  0  0  1  0  1 .  0 .  4
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 Slighter Sparks (372)  1  1  2  0  0  |||  1  1  2  0  0 .  0 .  0
 Solomon Sparks (372)  4  2  1  1  0  |||  1  1  2  2  0 .  0 . 19
 Millington Sparks (372)  2  0  1  0  0  |||  0  1  0  0  0 .  0 .  2
 Elizabeth Sparks (372)  0  1  0  1  0  |||  2  1  0  1  0 .  0 .  0
 Moses Sparks (372)  2  0  0  1  0  |||  1  0  0  1  0 .  0 .  0
 Caleb Sparks (378)  2  0  0  0  1  |||  0  0  0  1  1 .  0 .  0
 Mordica Sparks (376)  2  2  2  0  1  |||  1  0  2  1  0 .  0 .  3
 Mary Sparks (376)  1  2  1  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  1 .  0 .  1
 Levi Sparks (376)  0  0  1  1  1  |||  0  0  2  0  1 .  0 . 16

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-1907-

SPARKS FAMILIES APPEARING ON THE 1810 CENSUS OF MARYLAND

(Editor's note: When the Federal census of 1810 was taken, households headed by persons named Sparks (or Sparkes) were found in five of the nineteen existing counties of Maryland. This census followed the same sex and age groupings for the enumeration of members of each household as did the census of 1800. Following the page number given in parentheses following each name, we have added the line number as well. Since the census-taker usually filled the lines on each page in a sequential order as, he went from house to house, the closeness of the names on a page probably gives some indication of the georaphical proximity of the houses. No distinction has been made here between the spelling Sparks and Sparkes.)
 
  Males Females
*A: Other free people; *B: Slaves 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
||| ||| 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
. A
*
. B
*
Baltimore County . . . .  |||  . . . . . . . . .
 (Pipe Creek & North Hundred;  . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . .
 outside the city of Baltimore) . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . .
 A. Sparks (510-2)  0  2  0  2  0  |||  0  2  0  2  0  0 .  0
 Elija Sparks ((536-7)  1  2  2  1  0  |||  1  1  0  0  0 .  2 .  3
 Thos. Sparks (539-13)  1  0  0  1  0  |||  3  0  0  1  0 .  0 .  0
 Josias Sparks (540-13)  0  0  4  0  1  |||  0  0  2  0  1 .  8 .  0
 Wright Sparks (541-10)  2  0  1  0  0  |||  0  0  1  0  0 .  0 .  0
 Casandra Sparks (541-14)  0  1  1  1  0  |||  1  1  1  0  1 .  0 .  0
 Thos. Sparks (544-3)  2  0  2  2  1  |||  2  0  2  0  1 .  0 .  1
. . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . .
Kent County . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . .
 Sarah Sparks (850-5)  0  1  0  0  0  |||  0  0  0  0  0 .  0 .  0
. . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . .
Talbot County . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . .
 Moses Sparks  0  0  0  0  1  |||  0  0  0  0  0 .  3 .  0
*A: Other free people; *B: Slaves 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
||| ||| 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
A
*
B
*
Queen Annes County . .  |||  . . . . . . . . .
 Rachel Sparks (104-9)  0  1  0  0  1  |||  1  1  0  0  1 .  4 .  4
 Maryann Sparks (105-10)  1  1  0  0  0  |||  0  1  1  0  1 .  7 .  0
 Samuel Sparks (107-3)  1  0  0  1  0  |||  2  0  0  1  0 .  9 .  0
 Noah Sparks (109-15)  2  1  0  1  1  |||  2  1  0  1  0 .  0 .  2
 Solomon Sparks (111-9)  2  0  0  1  0  |||  0  1  1  1  1 .  4 .  5
 Slighter Sparks (111-12)  3  1  0  1  2  |||  1  0  1  0  0 .  1 .  1
 Jonathan Sparks (111-13)  0  0  1  0  1  |||  1  0  1  0  0 .  1 .  1
 Elizabeth Sparks (111-17)  1  2  0  0  0  |||  0  1  0  1  0 .  0 .  0
 Nathan Sparks (112-3)  1  2  0  0  1  |||  1  0  0  0  1 .  11 .  3
 Mary Sparks (112-6)  0  2  2  0  0  |||  0  0  0  1  1 .  0 .  1
 John A. Sparks (112-10)  1  0  0  1  0  |||  2  0  1  0  0 .  0 .  0
 William Sparks (113-6)  0  0  0  1  0  |||  2  0  0  2  0 .  0 .  5
 Joseph B. Sparks (113-7)  1  2  0  1  0  |||  1  1  0  1  0 .  4 . 10
 Joseph Sparks (115-3)  1  0  0  1  0  |||  2  0  1  1  0 .  0 .  6
 John Sparks (115-14)  1  0  0  1  0  |||  1  0  1  1  0 .  0 .  0
 Nehemia Sparks (116-18)  2  2  1  0  2  |||  0  1  1  0  0 .  0 .  0
 Enoch Sparks (116-19)  0  0  0  1  1  |||  0  0  1  0  0 .  0 .  0

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-1908-

SPARKS FAMILIES APPEARING ON THE 1810 CENSUS OF MARYLAND, continued:
 
  Males Females
*A: Other free people; *B: Slaves 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
||| ||| 0
10
10
16
16
26
26
45
45
up
A
*
B
*
Queen Annes County (cont.) . . .  |||  . . . . . . . .
 Elizabeth Sparks (121-10)  2  0  0  0  0  |||  1  0  2  0  1 .  0 .  0
 Joshua Sparks (121-13)  1  1  1  0  0  |||  1  0  1  0  0 .  0 .  1
 Solomon Sparks (123-13)  1  1  1  2  1  |||  1  1  0  1  0 .  7 . 16
 Elizabeth Sparks (128-1)  1  0  0  0  0  |||  1  0  0  1  0 .  3 .  3
 Seth Sparks (148-16)  2  0  0  1  0  |||  1  0  0  0  0 .  0 .  1
. . . . . .  ||| . . . . . . . . .
Caroline County . . . . .  ||| . . . . .  . . . .
 Richard Sparks (179-13)  0  0  1  0  1  |||  0  0  1  0  1 .  0 .  1
 Elijah Sparks (211-12)  0  0  1  1  0  |||  0  0  1  1  0 .  0 .  0
 Stephen Sparks (215-8)  1  0  0  1  0  |||  3  0  0  1  0 .  0 .  0
 William Sparks (216-13)  2  0  1  0  1  |||  1  1  0  1  0 .  0 .  4

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SPARKS FAMILIES LISTED ON THE 1850 CENSUS

OF QUEEN ANNES COUNTY, MARYLAND

Copied by Paul E. Sparks

Editor's Note: As will be noted in the listing of Sparks households appearing on the 1800 and 1810 censuses of Maryland, an unusually large number of Sparkses lived in Queen Annes County. Dr. Paul E. Sparks has searched the microfilm of the 1850 census of Queen Annes County. While we know that many Sparkses migrated from this county to other parts of the United States during the early 1800's, there were still many there in 1850.

Dr. Sparks had copied information regarding the entire household of each family in which there was a person named Sparks, even though he may not have been part of the immediate family; he has also copied information regarding persons with names other than Sparks in households headed by a Sparks. The 1850 census did not provide information on the relationship of members within households.
Census-takers were instructed in 1850 to number consecutively each house and each family. Throughout the Queen Annes County census, however, the same number was used for both house and family; no attempt seems to have been made to distinguish between different families living in the same house. After each person's name appears the following; information: age, race, sex, occupation, value of real estate owned, and place of birth. It is interesting to note that every Sparks listed on this census had been born in Maryland.
 

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