Note H1581 Index
See THE SPARKS QUARTERLY, June, 1973, Whole No. 82, pps 1574-5:
America sparks, youngest daughter of Elijah and Elizabeth (Weaver) Sparks, was born about 1814-1815. On May 1, 1834, she was married to Hosier J. Durbin, brother of William Sappington Durbin; thus the two Sparks sisters, America and Eliza Ann, married two Durban brothers, Hosier and William. (See Dearborn County, Indiana, Marrige Book 3, pg 116)
A brief biography of Hozier J. Durbin is given in a book which is a biography of is brother, John Price Durbin. THE LIFE OF JOHN PRICE DURBIN was written by John A. Roche in 1889, and according to his account, "John Price Durbin's youngest brother, Hozier J. Durbin, was a member of the Indiana (Methodist) Conference and at the time of his death was agent for the American Bible Society. Hosier J. Durbin was killed on August 11, 1851, when a tree limb fell on him during a storm. He had been a member of the State Legislature of Indiana. He was a speaker of persuasive eloquence and a powerful preacher."
Note H1582 Index
SQ pg 2774: "America E. Sparks, daughter of Stephen and Emily (Whi taker)
Sparks, was born about 1846. She was married to J. H. Dawson on Febr uary 12,
1866, in McLennan County."
Note H1583 Index
SQ pg 3694: "Her first marriage was to Charles Holland by whom sh e had two sons, Charles, Jr., and Elmer. Charles Holland was a broth er of William George Holland who was married to Fannie Sparks, siste r of America Jane. After the death of her first husband, America wa s married, second, to a man named Kennedy by whom she had two childre n, Clifford and Molena. She died in August 1942."
Note H1584 Index
SPARKS QUARTERLY, June 1963, Whole No. 42, pg 743: ELLIOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY, MARRIAGE BONDS (1869-1912):
America V. Sparks & Harvey Gray, February 23, 1888, (Book 2, page 352) Married at home of Joel D. Sparks.
Note H1585 Index
SQ p. 3553: Ammah died at the birth of "Buddy" and he was adopted by James and Polly Sparks, his grandparents.
Note H1586 Index
See SQ p 4873: "They were buried in the Land O'Lakes [Wisconson] Cemetery. We have not learned whether they had any children."
Note H1587 Index
SQ p. 4043:
"Amey (or Amy) Sparks, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Kelley) Sparks, was born on July 28, 1753. We have learned nothing more about her."
Note H1588 Index
See SQ p. 232 for birth information.
Note H1589 Index
SQ 3866: Andrew Sparks, son of Allen and Elizabeth (Kozee) Sparks , was born
about 1833. He was married to Elizabeth Conn on September 21, 1854 , in Morgan
County, Kentucky. She had been born about 1833 in Virginia. When th e 1880
census was taken, they were living in Elliott County. Apparently the y had no
Note H1590 Index
See The Sparks Quarterly, June 1998, Whole No. 182, pg. 5002:
"Andrew Sparks, born about 1835. He was a Union Soldier in the Civil War, and, while he was a prisoner of war in Mississippi, he died on March 6, 1863. He had been married to Elizabeth Owen a number of years before enlisting.
See The Sparks Quarterly, September 1971, Whole No. 75, pps 1429-30 for the following abstract of his widow's pension application:
"ANDREW SPARKS, a private in Company F, 77th Regiment (Infantry) of Illinois Volunteers, died a prisoner of war in Mississippi on March 6, 1863; he married Elizabeth Owen in Woodford County, Illinois, on Feb. 17, 1859; sons John W. Sparks and Daniel P. Sparks. His widow married (second) Joseph McKenzie. File Designation: Minor Certif. 247,826."
"Elizabeth Sparks, widow of Andrew Sparks, applied for a pension prior to 1873. A copy of that application was not sent in the file of papers provided by the National Archives. A later record reveals that the pension was approved in 1873 in the amount of $8.00 per month, beginning on September 15, 1873.
"The earliest document provided by the National Archives from this pension file is an application made by Elizabeth Sparks on November 28, 1887, for a pension for her two sons by Andrew Sparks. In this application, she stated that she was a resident of Jasper County, Missouri, and was 46 years old. She stated that her husband, Andrew Sparks, "was killed or disappeared at Guntown fight, Miss. in 1863 in the War of the Rebellion"; that he was a private in Company F, 77th Regiment of Illinois Infantry. She stated that her maiden name had been Elizabeth Owen and that her marriage certificate was already on file at the Pension Office. (This certificate states that Andrew Sparks and Elizabeth Owen had een married on February 17, 1859, by O. A. Burgess, a minister of the Gospel, in Woodford County, Illinois.) She gave her two sons' names as John W. Sparks, born February 17, 1860, and Daniel Sparks, born February 12, 1862. she stated that John W. Sparks was living in Humbolt, Allan County, Kansas, and Daniel Sparks was living in Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri. Both signed this application.
"In this application, Ellizabeth Sparks stated that she had remarried--that her name was now McKinsey. (A marriage certificate on file among these documents reveals that Elizabeth (Owen) Sparks, widow of Andrew Sparks, married as her second husband Joseph McKinsey at the residence of John W. Bradshaw, Justice of the Peace, in Jasper County, Missouri, on September 14, 1873.) The witnesses to her application in 1887 were George W. Cunningham of Carthage, Missouri, and J. W. Dreyden of Brest, Missouri. She signed the application by mark.
"A report by the War Department dated November 13, 1886, regarding the records on file for Andrew Sparks indicates that he was a private in Company F of the 77th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers and that the company records indicated that he was mistakenly listed as having deserted "at Mouth of White River, Ark., January 18, 1863." This report quotes the company record book as follows: "Charges of Desertion of Jany. 18th and 29th 1863, are removed. He was captured on or about January 29, 1863, near Napoleon, Ark., and died at Jackson, MIss., March 6, 1863, while a prisoner of war --- cause of death unknown."
"A pension of $2.00 per month for each of her sons until they reached the age of 16 was granted on September 15, 1873.
"On September 11, 1901, Elizabeth McKinsey applied for a renewal of her pension, stating that as the widow of Andrew Sparks she had received a pension until her marriage to Joseph McKinsey, but she stated that her second husband had died on June 24, 1873, and asked to be restored to the pension rolls. She gave her post office address as Elsmore, Kansas. Her two sons signed as witnesses, signing their names as J. W. Sparks and D. P. Sparks, both being residents of Elsmore, Kansas.
"Also included in the documents sent by the National Archives from this file is a copy of a mortgage dated September 26, 1899, "between Elizabeth Sparks (widow) of Elsmore in the County of Allen and State of Kansas of the first part, and Nancy E. Fisher of the second part," by which Elizabeth Sparks mortgaged for $600 six lots in the town of Elsmore, Kansas. This document was probably submitted to prove that Elizabeth Sparks was in need of a pension. It is interesting that she resumed the name "Sparks" after her second husband died.
"Her pension was restored at the rate of $30.00 per month. The last record in the file indicates that Elizabeth Sparks, widow of Andrew Sparks, died on May 12, 1922, at which time her last address was given as Erie, Kansas."