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See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, June 1970, Whole No. 70, pp. 1316-17:

"Allen Sparks, born June 1, 1822, died April 26, 1907. He received a pension for his service in the Civil War and from those records we have learned the following about him: He was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, on June 1, 1822. He was married twice. His first wife, Martha Moore, died in March 1857 in Leavenworth, Kansas. Perhaps Allen Sparks went to Kansas when his father moved from Indiana to Iowa. He married (second) Sarah A. Woodward on September 25., 1862, at National, Clayton County, Iowa. On May 20, 1861, he enrolled at McGregor, Iowa, as a sergeant in Co. C., 3rd Regiment of Iowa Infantry and was honorably discharged for disability at Mound City, Illinois, on September 19, 1863. He was 5 feet, 10 inches tall at his enlistment, with fair complexion, grey eyes and brown hair; by occupation he was a farmer. According to his certificate of discharge, he was in action at Blue Mills, Mo., on Sept. 17, 1861, and he was at Shiloh on April 6, 1862, where he was wounded in the abdomen; he was engaged in the Siege of Vicksburg and during the battle at Jackson, Mississippi, on July 12, 1862, he was wounded by a musket ball "carrying away the index finger of right hand." On his pension application, he stated that after leaving service he had lived at McGregor, Iowa., except for two years in Farmersburg, Iowa. According to his death certificate, Allen Sparks died on April 26, 1907, from "old age" and was buried in the Oakland Cemetery.

"By his first wife, Martha Moore, Allen Sparks had four children:" (see their individual sheets)

"By his second wife, Sarah A. Woodward, Allen Sparks had four more children:" (same)

See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, December 1970, Whole No. 72, pp. 1366-67:


ALLEN SPARKS, born Jun 1, 1832, in Lewis County, Kentucky, died April 26, 1907 in Clayton County, Iowa, son of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks; married (1st) Martha Moore and (2nd) Sarah A. Woodward. He served in Company C, 3rd Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry. National Archives File Designation: WC 637,531.

Sometime in 1879 Alien Sparks of Clayton County, Iowa, made application for a Civil War pension. We do not have a copy of his application, but on December 23, 1879, the Adjutant General?s Office responded to the Commissioner of Pensions regarding Allen Sparks's service. According to this report, Allen Sparks was enrolled, on June 5, 1861, at Keokuk, Iowa, in Company C of the 3rd Regiment of Iowa Volunteers to serve three years or during the War and that he was mustered into service as a corporal on June 8, 1861. He was reported as present for duty in his company in October 1861; in December he was reported as "sick in Burton Barracks". His company was in action at the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., and at the Battle of Shiloh where he was "slightly bruised in abdomen by spent ball" on April 2, 1862. From August 18, 1862, until April 30, 1863, he was absent from his company "on recruiting service" but was back on duty thereafter. On July 12, 1863, he was wounded at the battle at Jackson, Mississippi. He lost his right index finger and also developed a hernia. On September 19, 1863, he was given a disability discharge, a document which he apparently sent along with his application for it is preserved among his papers at the National Archives. At the time of his discharge, he held the rank of sergeant. According to his discharge certificate, he had been born in Lewis County, Kentucky, was 39 years old, was 5 feet 10 inches tall, of fair complexion, with grey eyes and brown hair, and a farmer by occupation.

Allen Sparks was granted a pension for this service. On July 14, 1898, he responded to a questionnaire of the Pension Office, stating that he had been married twice; that his first wife had been Martha Moore and that she had died in Leavenworth, Kansas, in March 1857. He stated that he had been married to Sarah C. Woodward (his second wife) on September 25, 1862, at National, Clayton County, Iowa, by the Rev. S. Alger. He listed his children as follows: (the first four were by his first wife)

Winfield Sparks, born 1852
Josephus Sparks, born 1854
Benjamin Sparks, born 1856
Henry Sparks, born 1857
Estella Sparks, born July 1, 1863
James K. Sparks, born August 24, 1867
Edward P. (or Edwin) Sparks, born January 20, 1871
Anna M. Sparks, born March 7, 1876

On February 26, 1907, Allen Sparks applied for an increase in his pension. He was a resident of McGregor, Clayton County, Iowa, and said he was 84 years old. He stated also that he had been born in Lewis County, Kentucky, on June 1, 1822. He said he had lived in McGregor since leaving the service in 1863 "except two years in Farmersburg, Iowa." He signed his name as Allen Sparks; Charles A. Jordan, who said he had known Allen Sparks for 20 years, and William R. Kinnain who said he had known him for 30 years, signed as witnesses.

Allen Sparks died on April 26, 1907 "of old age." His death certificate is on file with the other documents and from this we learn that his father's name had been James Sparks and his mother had been Elizabeth Gilman. He was buried in the Oakland Cemetery near McGregor. His son, Edward Sparks of McGregor, supplied this information.

On May 21, 1907, the widow of Allen Sparks, Sarah A. Sparks, applied for a pension. She stated that it was her belief that the first wife of Allen Sparks, whom she called "Marthy Sparks," had died in Kansas City, Missouri. She stated that her own maiden name had been Sarah A. Woodward and that she had been married to Allen Sparks on September 25, 1862, by the Rev. Simon Alger.

(Editor's note: See the QUARTERLY of June 1970 (Vol. XVIII, No. 2, Whole No. 70, pp. 1315-1316) for additional information on Allen Sparks and his branch of the Sparks family.)

See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, December 1984, Whole No. 128, p. 2680:

"Allen Sparks, son of James and Elizabeth (Gilman) Sparks, was born on June 1, 1822, in Lewis County, Kentucky. His biography was given on pages 1315-1316 of the June 1970 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 70, and an abstract of his Civil War pension file was published on pages 1366-1367 of the December 1970 issue of the QUARTERLY, Whole No. 72. [Copied above] In addition, we have received further information about two of his younger children. [See their sheets]