Note    H1659         Index

SQ 100:
"Calvin Sparks, born 9 Nov. 1806; married 1828, Sarah Lyon ."

See the SPARKS QUARTERLY, p. 886 for the following marriage information from Lawrence County, Kentucky, Marriage Bonds (1822-1865):
Calvin Sparks & Sally Lyon, June 16, 1828. (Book I, p. 48) Married by Stephen Wheeler, Baptist minister.
SQ p. 4647:

"Calvin Sparks, son of Levi and Sarah (Lyon) Sparks, was born on Novem-ber 9, 1806, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He received a good education in the local schools and was a good-sized lad when he accompanied his parents to Kentucky. Descendants say that he taught school near the village of Martha in Lawrence County. He was married to Sarah ["Sally"] Lyon on June 19, 1828, in Lawrence County by Stephen Wheeler, a Baptist minister. Sally had been born on July 10, 1806, and was a daughter of John and Mary ["Polly"] (Holbrook) Lyon.

"Calvin and Sally lived on the Right Fork of Big Blaine Creek where they reared six children. Sally died there on August 29, 1876. Calvin made his home with his son, Nelson Sparks, until his death on February 26, 1894. He and Sally were buried in the Dobyns Cemetery located near the mouth of Wiley Branch."


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SQ 4878: "Calvin Sparks, son of Reuben and Margaret (Pruitt) Sparks, was shown as 8 months old and born in Kentucky on the 1850 census of Lawrence County. If the census taker calculated ages as of June 1, 1850, as the forms instructed him to do, this would place Calvin's birth in October (possibly November) 1849. Calvin was still living with his parents when the 1870 census was taken of Crawford County, Kansas, but he has not been found on the 1880 census. As noted earlier, however, a son of Calvin named William Reuben Sparks of Columbus, Kansas, writing in 1955, stated that he (William Reuben Sparks) had been born in 1876 in Crawford County, Kansas."

The following obituary notice was published in the Girard Free Press, Kirard, Kansas, March 16, 1922, and was sent by Robert W. Sparks, a great-grandson of Calvin A. Sparks.

Death of Calvin Sparks

Calvin Sparks was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, January 16, 1850. He died at his home, 206 North Osage Street, Girard, March 15, 1922, at the age of 72 years. Mr. Sparks moved with his parents to Allen county, Kansas, in 1864. On August 30,1874, he was united in marriage with Miss Antha Mitchell at Joplin. Soon there after they moved to Cherokee and have lived there and in Girard ever since.
Mr. Sparks is survived by his wife, two sons, William of Miami, and Frank of Radley; two daughters, Mrs. Martha Kuhn of Girard, and Miss Mary, at home, There are also nine grand children and one great grandchild.
He has been a member of the Christian Church thirty years, funeral services will be held at the Christian Church, Friday, at 2:30 p. m. Rev. W. E. Babb officiating.


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See SQ p4853:
"Caney Sparks was born on May 19, 1874. He was married to Calista Jane Ramey in 1894 in Lawrence County. She had been born in August 1877, and was a daughter of Daniel Ramey. She died on March 9, 1942, and Caney died on May 21, 1943. They had nine children. They were: Bertha Sparks, Cora Sparks, John Wesley Sparks, Daniel Garfield Sparks, Mary Sparks, Della Lea Sparks, Laban T. Sparks, Edna Sparks, and Gladys Sparks."


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See the SPARKS QUARTERLY, pg 1977:

"Carleton Joseph Sparks, son of Levi Carlton and Bertha C. (Ludwig) Sparks, was born in Valentine, Nebraska, on November 30, 1898, and died in El Cajon, California, on September 12, 1970. He married Valentine Queen Shaw of Valentine, Nebr., by whom he had one daughter, Patricia Ann Sparks. They were divorced and he married (2d) Dorothy Harms of Valentine on June 18, 1934--one adopted daughter, Doris Margaret Sparks. He and his second wife were also divorced. He was educated at a military academy and at the University of Nebraska. He became a metal lather and worked in various sections of the U.S., returning to Valentine in 1933 to help run the Ludwig Lumber Yard.

"While living in Valentine, Charleton Joseph Sparks was very active in local politics, serving several times as mayor and several terms on the City Council. He was also active in St. John's Episcopal Church, in the American Legion, and the Firemen's organization. While Joe and his brother Dan were both partners in the Ludwig Lumber Yard, the term Sparks Brothers again came into common use in Valentine, this time referring to these two nephews of the original Sparks Brothers."


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SQ 3867: Carlos B. Sparks was married to Bertha Ann Barber abou t 1911. She
had been born on October 22, 1890, and was a daughter of John T. an d Trinvilla
(Crane) Barber. She and Carlos had five children: Alberta, Edgar, G lenna,
Eldon and Howard.